Are You In The Loop? The NFL Referee Fiasco, a Future Bacon Shortage, and a Hong Kong Billionaire’s Plan to Wed His Daughter.
Sunday (September 23rd, 2012)
Just a week after it was born, the giant panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. died. The cause of death is still unknown. [Source]
After a 26-year ban, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that New Zealand naval ships would be allowed to dock at U.S. bases. This also marks the first time a U.S. Defense Secretary has visited New Zealand since 1982. [Source]
What was supposed to be a sweet sixteen party turned into a rager because the Facebook invitation went viral. The Project X-style party even spawned a viral video. Though officials pleaded people to not come, about 3,000 of the 30,000 invited did. [Source]
The 2012 Emmy Awards were Sunday night. Here’s a list of the nominees and winners.
Monday (September 24th, 2012)
A woman took her cat to get a flea bath and instead her beloved 8-year-old pet was euthanized. [Source]
CNN is attracting controversy for using the deceased Libyan Ambassador Christopher Steven’s diary as a tip for a story on the show Anderson Cooper 360. State Department representative Philippe Reines called the use of the diary “disgusting.” [Source]
The World Health Organization issued a statement saying they have found a new SARS-like virus. The strain of virus was found in a British man who had recently been in Saudi Arabia. [Source]
A growing number of people in Spain are dumpster diving to make ends meet due to the low employment rates in the country for young people. [Source]
The average SAT Reading scores are at the lowest they’ve been in forty years. The SAT Writing scores are also nine points down from when the College Board first started testing for it in 2006. [Source]
In a stunning, unfair, and completely unbelievable call, the replacement referees called a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks and made Russell Wilson, former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback, the first quarterback to throw a winning interception, making the final score in the game against the Green Bay Packers 14-12. The referees for the game were apparently former Lingerie Football League refs that were fired for their lack of good skills. Many Packers players as well as other NFL players, celebrities and even politicians have expressed how they felt about the game, including Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who is known for his anti-union stance. Many are hoping that this could lead to the end of the referee lockout and bring back the official and more qualified referees though some think that this doesn’t change anything. If you do not understand football, Gawker
has a nice guide to the whole fiasco.
Tuesday (September 25th, 2012)
Canada evidently has a cheese smuggling issue. [Source]
One perk of global warming: England is becoming more climatically suitable for wine and champagne. [Source]
The National Pig Association in the UK made an announcement about the shrinking size of herds in the EU and apparently the U.S. is having the same issue. This is due to farmers slaughtering more pigs, leading to a drop in pork prices but meaning a lower supply next year and possibly a bacon shortage.
Wednesday (September 26th, 2012)
Think you have what it takes to woo a Hong Kong socialite from her wife? A Hong Kong billionaire is offering HK$500 million to a man who can win over his daughter. [Source]
America’s obesity problem is not news to its citizens but many retired military leaders are becoming increasingly concerned about childhood obesity’s impact on finding qualified recruits for the military. [Source]
A cheating scandal rocked New York City’s Stuyvesant High School earlier this year in June. Students now try to justify their actions. [Source]
Google adds a new underwater feature to its maps system. Now users can view ocean scenes in the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, and the Philippines. [Source]
The NFL lockout finally ended when the league came into agreement with the NFL Referees Association.
Thursday (September 27th, 2012)
About one in seven crimes in New York now involve an Apple product. [Source]
The University of California is going to pay each of the victims of the pepper-spray incident at UC-Davis a settlement of $30,000. [Source]
A Renoir painting that was bought at a flea market was going to be auctioned off until museum officials from the Baltimore Museum of Art pulled up documents showing that the painting was stolen in 1951. [Source]
Friday (September 28th, 2012)
A plane crash in Nepal killed 19 minutes after take-off from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Among the dead were seven British citizens, five Chinese citizens, and seven Nepalese nationals, including the three Nepalese members of the crew. [Source]
The army is seeking to curb off the high suicide rates. The average for 2012 has been nearly one suicide a day so far. [Source]
Saturday (September 29th, 2012)
Fox News aired a live suicide on accident while following a car chase. [Source]
The man responsible for the Innocence of Muslims film is now being held in jail for violating terms of his probation. [Source]
*The author of this article is indeed from Wisconsin and is indeed a Packers and Badgers fan. She stands by everything she said in this article regarding the Monday Night Football game.