The week that was


I try to stay away from the big stories of the week as this newsletter’s tagline is quirky stories you might have missed from the week prior. But it would be insensitive to at least acknowledge the overturning of Roe v. Wade. It was a dark week where the GOP’s long-game reared its ugly head and “ushered in an era of grave doubt about the status of liberty in the United States.

In other news,

Toyota issued a global recall for 2,700 of its first edition electric cars because of a tendency for the wheels to fall off.

It got so hot in Oklahoma that the interstate highways are buckling under the heat.

Brittney Griner, the WNBA star held in a Russian prison, was unable to talk on the phone with her partner, Cherelle, on their fourth wedding anniversary. Brittney called the US embassy in Moscow 11 times but there was no one to pick up the phone to put the call through. Nobody could be bothered to come in on a Saturday.

San Francisco, where browsing real estate listings is everyone’s hobby, is perplexed by the latest home to come on the market. It’s about a foot and a half tall.

A 100-year old Brazilian man set a Guinness World Record for working the longest at the same company. Walter Orthmann started working at a textile factory back in 1938. His secret? “You need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future. Here and now is what counts.”

The Pirates game against the Cubs was briefly interrupted at the bottom of the 2nd when a squirrel ran onto the field. Another squirrel (no relation) shorted out a power circuit and and caused a massive power outage in downtown Asheville.

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov auctioned off his 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and raised a record $103.5 million for Ukrainian child refugees. Dmitry was editor-in-chief of an independent Russian newspaper that was shut down by the Kremlin in March.


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