Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Reading the Kindle version, after Danish researchers discovered that three medieval manuscripts in a library’s Rare Books Collection were coated with arsenic, perhaps as a preservative. “The toxicity of arsenic does not diminish with time,” researchers noted.
Grooming, after the holder of the world record for Longest Fingernails finally had them clipped off and donated them to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum. “I have become a real celebrity,” said Shridhar Chillal, 82, of Pune, India, who had been growing his nails since 1952.
Not pressing charges, after a Virginia man playing pickup basketball in a gym called the police when he was knocked to the ground by what he felt was an illegal screen. A responding officer reminded the players to be “civil.”
Bad week for:
Oral suction, when a gang of would-be gasoline thieves in Australia tried to siphon the fuel out of a parked tourist bus and tapped the onboard sewage tank instead. Police said the thieves fled “with a somewhat bitter taste in their mouth.”
The male ego, after fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, 71, called Viagra “the worst thing to happen to women” in recent years. Until ED drugs came along, she said, there was “a certain fairness” in how age treated the sexes.
Selective editing, after a photo of President Trump’s prepared, damage-control statement asserting his belief in Russian election interference showed he’d crossed out a line pledging to bring “anyone involved in that meddling to justice.”