Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Dog owners, who are 65 percent less likely to die following a heart attack than non–dog owners, according to new research.
Strange bedfellows, after gay liberal icon Ellen DeGeneres was spotted at an NFL game chatting and laughing with former Republican President George W. Bush. “Just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean I’m not gonna be friends with them,” she later explained on her show.
Nobody, formerly known as Richard Goyan Paul, 50, who this week announced his candidacy for mayor of Keene, N.H. Nobody says that both his legal name change and his run for office were inspired by a “Vote for Nobody” yard sign he saw outside the “libertarian-minded” flophouse he lives in.
Bad week for:
Gandhi, whose ashes were stolen from a memorial in India on what would have been his 150th birthday. Police say the thief objected to Gandhi’s advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity, and thus may be charged with behavior “prejudicial to national integration.”
Alagba the tortoise, a fixture in the royal palace at Ogbomosho, Nigeria, who died last week after a “short illness.” The royals claim that Alagba was born in 1675, making her 344 years old.
Americans, 1 in 4 of whom claim never to have eaten a vegetable, according to a survey sponsored by VeggieTracker.com. “While more and more people are adopting plant-based diets,” said CEO Larry Praeger, “there’s still a long way to go toward reaching recommended consumption levels.”