First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for Slate.com in July. In categories ranging from ordinary vital signs and the kid’s progress in sound-making to dietary reactions and quantity and quality of each poop, stats are kept 24/7 (even with a bedside laptop to facilitate nighttime entries). She began tracking her own health during pregnancy, but then decided, “Why stop now?” when her daughter was born. Webb’s pediatrician rated the kid’s health as “A-minus,” but the parents’ as “C,” adding: “You guys need to relax.”
A (poorly) hidden agenda
Richard Boudreaux was charged in January with burglarizing Kenney’s Seafood (where he previously worked) in Slidell, La., when he became the most recent perp to fail to outflank surveillance cameras. He had thought to wear a bucket over his head as he moved through the store — except he had waited until well inside (within camera range) before actually putting it on.
At one with nature
Germany’s center-left Social Democrats posted about 8,000 campaign placards in July that they proudly hailed as “eco-friendly” and biodegradable to attract the support of environment-concerned voters. However, 48 hours later, at the first rainfall, the posters became waterlogged and, indeed, biodegraded. Reported Hamburg’s Spiegel Online, “None of the campaign workers could have guessed … how quickly the environmentally friendly process … would begin.”
Too rich for mayor’s blood
James “Sonny” McCullough, mayor of a New Jersey shore town named Egg Harbor City, announced in August that he was selling his waterfront home — because real estate taxes were too high (more than $31,000 a year) after a recent re-assessment. The mayor, 71, told an Atlantic City newspaper that he had planned to live the rest of his life in the home, but was uncertain he could afford to live anywhere in Egg Harbor.
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