From Harper’s Weekly Review:
The police charged a Massachusetts man with assault for throwing an object “later determined to be a large pickle” at a Vermont highway worker. British rail workers mistook a naked man sunbathing on train tracks for a dead body. “It is not as uncommon as you might think,” a spokeswoman for the rail company said. A German shepherd from New York became the first American dog to test positive for the coronavirus, an Indian entrepreneur was coordinating a private jet to reunite pets with their quarantined owners, and the Netherlands ordered the culling of 10,000 minks to prevent the virus from spreading across fur farms. Madagascar’s minister of education was fired after she proposed that every student in the country be given three lollipops to make up for the bitter aftertaste of an unproven herbal remedy for COVID-19.
“Dr. Miami,” a surgeon and reality-TV star, offered his clients drive-through Botox injections for parts of their faces not covered by masks. There were new COVID-19 outbreaks at a meatpacking plant in Utah and a seafood-processing facility in Oregon. Donald Trump, who toured a factory manufacturing COVID-19 tests without a mask or gloves, signed an executive order that would allow construction projects to circumvent environmental regulations after an “economic emergency” had been declared by the president; the EPA proposed that public health be excluded from its cost-benefit analyses; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that there was more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than at any time in history. The third named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, Cristobal, made landfall on the Gulf Coast. No police officers were injured.