It is now time for a quick recap of the most recent Week In Review peek from the weekend of August 14th through the 16th. No need for us to dilly-dally with statistics on user viewership or preachy inspiration about the future of the peek, let’s just dive right into the news.
U.S. Presidential Elections
In case you aren’t plugged into the goings-on of our world's most famous attention vacuums, we’ve got you covered. In an effort to make up for the rampant negativity that spews from his campaign, Trump is trying to make amends.
Tinder has been in the news a lot recently. They’ve parted ways with a top executive and went on a Twitter diatribe following an unflattering article featured in Vanity Fair. All press is good press, but all matches are not good matches.
Speaking of Twitter….
The big sports news of the week centered around the New York Jets training camp. Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith was sucker-punched in the face by linebacker IK Enemkpali, breaking the QB’s jaw. Smith will likely be forced to sit out the next 6-10 weeks following the punch, which was allegedly over a mere $600.
The J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets are such a farcical organization. Jets fans, bless their hearts, are doing their best to find a silver lining. They are even going so far as calling this a blessing in disguise, since backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick may actually be better than Geno Smith. If only they were the team featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks. If only, if only.
The international community produced some equally strange stories this week. There has been yet another incident with a large big game cat, however, this one is far more touching. Instead of a poached lion in Africa this week’s kitty is a shy tiger in India. Zookeepers are trying to get him to breed with a female they’ve captured to help boost the species’ population, but the tiger is unable.
Equally humorous is the story of the New Zealand entrepreneur who believed the key to running a successful bar was removing the primary reason people frequent bars in the first place. Brilliant.
Lastly, there’s Ukraine. If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, stop reading this and immediately go do so. It’s fantastic. For those who have seen it and are still reading, you are surely familiar with Rocket, the raccoon warrior with a bad attitude. Ukraine certainly seems to know who I’m talking about. They hope to breed and train these critters to be part of a squad that detects and disables mines. It is actually quite a cool idea.
And lastly, we have Los Angeles, the city of angels that you can’t see because the sky is blanketed with smog. The city has recently filled their reservoir with millions of black plastic balls in an attempt to stave off evaporation. It is an extremely innovative idea that makes for incredible theater if you are able to get your hands on a video of the process.
If you look up “LA Dumps Millions of Plastic Balls” you should find an article that includes a video of a dump truck emptying its entire payload of balls down a ramp. I could watch this video
for the rest of my life. The city, as this last yak points out, has also decided to incorporate hundreds of miles of bicycle lanes into their streets. This is, of course, a ploy to encourage fitness and reduce fuel consumption, while also alleviating traffic by getting people to use alternative methods of transportation. I don’t think it is going to work. LA is just too damn hot. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your week, and we’ll see you next time around!