A few edifying excerpts from today’s edition of the Harper’s Weekly newsletter which I have referenced here several times previously:
a Florida man was arrested after killing a prostitute
and asking his fifth-grade son to help him get rid
of the body. Britney Spears was upset to learn that there
are no unicorns in New Zealand, Al Franken was sworn
in as a senator, and Michael Jackson was to be buried
without his brain.
A 75-year-old woman beat a fawn to death with a
shovel in Euclid, Ohio, and three Georgia policemen were
in trouble for Tasing their waffle-house waiter for
laughs. An explosion at a beef jerky plant in June was
expected to cause a national Slim Jim shortage.
Wisconsin scientists, after a 20-year study into
caloric restriction, confirmed that hungry monkeys live
longer; German scientists found that pigs can catch swine
flu from humans. Researchers studying Senegalese villagers
found that fathers will spend more time with children who
look like them, and SpongeBob was turning ten. An analysis
of 38 nun brains showed that people with greater language
skills as teenagers are less likely to exhibit symptoms of
Alzheimer’s, researchers in North Carolina found that
people who build castles in the sand are at a greater risk
of diarrhea, and scientists in San Diego made a robot head
study itself in a mirror until it learned to smile.