Friday, July 25, 2008

The Week In Pictures: Off to the Races Edition

Random Friday Thoughts

I'm off to the races shortly to join my friends on our annual trip to Saratoga where we'll visit the historic site of the American Revolution's Battle of Saratoga, wander aimlessly through the art museums, take refreshing nature walks...

Oh wait. We're actually not doing any of those things. I meant to say that we're going to drink heavily and bet on horses.

Anyway, right now I'm stuck at work waiting for my boss to call after her flight lands so that I can reassure her that yes, I can indeed do my job correctly (despite all evidence to the contrary). It's been a remarkably stressful few weeks both personally and professionally, and I can't tell you how badly I need this weekend with friends.

So with all of that said, let's move on to the WiP:


Difficulties in the world's economy have reached as far as the Vatican, which announced that the Pope has been forced to take on a second job as an Australian Police officer.


Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb called a proposal to combine cabinet meetings with power walks this autumn plan to highlight health issues "F***ing ludicrous!" Later he explained his remarks calling it "The dumbest idea I've ever heard."


The publisher of disgraced author James Frey's new book "Bright Shiny Morning"have put a disclaimer on the novel stating that, while it - in marked contrast to "A Million Little Pieces" - is correctly billed as a work of fiction, it's so boring it may turn readers into stone.


The company behind the planned Chutes and Ladders theme park declared bankruptcy this week after they were unable to open the attraction because they'd forgotten to order the chutes.


Joining millenniums-old Orion, Ursa Major is the newest constellation, which astronomers have named "Asian Boy Band."


Spanish matador Jose Miguel Perez Joselillo survived a scary moment when he was nearly gored by a bull.


Fortunately, after a quick check of his manhood, he proudly showed the audience that he was, indeed, still intact.


Lambskin won the Child Roping competition at the Mutton Rodeo with a record time of just over six seconds.


World 400m Hurdles champion Kerron Clement nearly failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team after stopping in the middle of a race to pose for the cameras.


Satan dammed "to my house" riders in the Tour de France after becoming frustrated when they prevented him from crossing the road.


"So You Think You Can Dance" judges were wowed when a pair of competitors overcame adversity by finishing their routine despite a water main break that flooded the stage.


And finally the Spiderman family enjoyed a summer day in NYC by having a picnic on the side of a skyscraper.