travels, travails and troubles of being a Baguio boy
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Last Week from Harper's
Rosie, now the oldest donkey in the world at age 55, was sickly, and may not survive this year's harsh British winter.
At least 150,000 people were now thought to have died in Port-au-Prince alone (with a countrywide total perhaps double that number); 132 people have been rescued, including an infant who spent one week--half her life--buried. One thousand mourners gathered near the ruins of Port-au-Prince's Roman Catholic Cathedral for the funeral of Haitian Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, who died in the quake, and a New Mexico Christian group sent 600 solar-powered audio Bibles, a device called The Proclaimer, to broadcast scriptures in Creole. CNN Chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta was left the only doctor at a Haitian field hospital after the U.N. forced a Belgian medical team to evacuate; Anderson Cooper was filmed carrying a bleeding boy away from a crowd of looters after the boy was struck in the head by a concrete block; and the media questioned whether it was appropriate for journalists in Haiti to be wearing tight T-shirts on air.
Researchers found that, except for their time at school, American children spend almost every waking moment (more than 7.5 hours a day) using an electronic device, and a British study revealed that rickets was on the rise among children because they do not spend enough time outdoors. A 42-year-old man died of stroke after becoming over-excited while watching the film "Avatar," and to commemorate the death of its founder, Glenn Bell, Jr., Taco Bell displayed on its website a packet of Border Sauce marked "Filled with Sadness."
The lone bookstore in Laredo, Texas, closed, and a Georgia mother punished her 12-year-old son for his bad grades by forcing him to hammer to death his pet hamster. Erich Segal, the author of "Love Story," who coined the phrase "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry," died of a heart attack, as did "Spencer" crime novelist Robert Parker, whose body was found at his writing desk. "He loved doughnuts," his agent said. A popular British health club released an ad warning "fatties" that they would be the first to be eaten by aliens. Moments before Gillian Cooke, a British bobsledder who will compete in the Winter Olympics, jumped into her sled during a World Championship event, her suit split open and revealed her buttocks.
A visitor to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art tripped and fell into Pablo Picasso's "The Actor," causing a six-inch tear to the canvas. The saltmarsh sparrow was foundto the be the most promiscuous bird in the world, and a pair of swans stunned staff at a British wildfowl sanctuary by becoming only the second couple in 40 years to divorce. To dispose of the elderly, Martin Amis, age 60, called for euthanasia booths "on every corner where you could get a martini and a medal," and scientists concluded that engineers could learn from slime.