From my guru of craziness and unfairly obscure news, Harper’s Weekly Review:
Police officers in Kansas were summoned to defuse a rod of dynamite that turned out to be a beef stick.
[I]t was reported that the executives of Talkspace, an app that connects users with therapists, had read transcripts of an employee’s sessions at a company-wide meeting.
…an Iowa man broke into a bank and stole hand sanitizer.
The former president of Argentina is suing Google for allegedly listing her occupation as “Thief of the Argentine Nation.”
I had to read what follows three times before I sort of understood it. Then I read it again and I’m not sure the first part about the King of Thailand has anything to do with the last part, about donations to Mermaids.
Hundreds of people joined a Harry Potter–themed action to protest the monarchy in Thailand, whose king quarantined in the Bavarian Alps with a harem of 20 women, and donations to Mermaids, an organization that supports trans youth, surged during the week of J. K. Rowling’s birthday.
Two quotes from different parts of our world that demonstrate the delivery of dead-pan wit:
The U.S. Department of State sent text messages in Persian and English to Russian and Iranian cell phones, offering up to $10 million for information about attempts to hack American voting machines. “If Iran could influence elections, it would influence its own elections,” said one Tehran IT specialist.
Louis DeJoy, a major Trump donor who was appointed postmaster general in June, announced a large-scale restructuring of the Postal Service that fired or demoted 23 executives and gives him more power. “Just to be honest, we’re very suspicious of this new postmaster general,” said the chief of staff of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
And a nip of animal news:
Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, who is polling at two percent, canceled a campaign appearance after a bat bit her.