Wednesday, December 27, 2006

In this season of year’s-best lists, Yr Editor is finally abstaining. Oh, I’ve been wanting to go on the wagon for a while now, but the Washington Post Outlook editor kept enabling me. He fled the paper months ago, and this yr, there was no call. (But if I find out next Sunday that they replaced me with anything other than a staff-written piece, I’ll—why, I’ll—I . . just don’t know what I’ll do.)
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Below The Fold
Several Nigerian scammers who probably just can’t afford Internet access tried to steal oil from pipelines in Lagos, resulting in explosions that killed at least 260 . . . . . Sounds Like a Joke: Recent environmentalist crackdowns in India mean snake-charmers are having to do their shtick without snakes . . . . . A fistfight in a jail cell in North Platte, Neb., was started by Brian Bruggeman’s farting (and apparently his fists are as strong as his SBDs) . . . . . Germany’s new pro-procreation law kicks in on Jan. 1, offering the equivalent of up to $33k, and apparently about-to-deliver pregnant women are working hard to delay the drop . . . . . South Korea has an incentive plan for the new year, too: The Ministry of Gender Equality (that’s, uh, the real name) is giving prizes to companies based on the number of male employees who pledge not to go whoring following the holiday office party . . . . . Breakdown of the year-end bonus given to Goldman Sachs chairman Lloyd Blankfein ($53.4m, not counting his salary, $600k): $100 for every single minute of the year, awake or not . . . . . An Australian researcher said the cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii not only endangers pregnant women (as has been known) but can make men stupider (that’s bad) and healthy women more sociable and promiscuous (not so bad).