Happy Monday, my friends. And it’s the first day of summer! Of course, that doesn’t mean jack when you’ve got an office job and a cubicle with no windows that makes it hard to ascertain what season it is. But alas, even if you spent your Sunday actually fearing the first day of beach season simply because it is a Monday, there will always be some people that had a worse weekend than you did.
I was immersed in an SVU marathon yesterday, so I missed the apparent descent into madness that became the final round of the U.S. Open.
According to USA Today, here’s what I missed:
Facing a three-foot par putt on the fifth hole Sunday, [Dustin] Johnson grounded his putter to the side of the ball as part of his routine, then started to put his putter behind the ball – not yet touching the ground – when the ball moved ever so slightly backward.
Johnson immediately stopped his routine and called over a USGA rules official who was walking with the group. Johnson told him that he had not caused the ball to move. The official quickly made the determination that Johnson’s assessment of the situation made sense and allowed him to play on without a penalty.
Less than two hours later, however, another rules official approached Johnson on the 12th tee to tell him the USGA was once again looking at what happened on the fifth green. Instead of assessing a penalty at that time, though, the official told Johnson that the USGA wanted to look at the video of what happened on No. 5 with Johnson immediately after the round.
WTF? In the end, it didn’t really matter, as the players trailing Johnson fell apart and he was alone on top of the leaderboard. DJ won his first major, and some also retribution against the USGA who not only jerked him around for two hours deciding if they were going to assess him an extra stroke, but also screwed him out of a chance at a major during the 2010 U.S. Open after he grounded his club in a poorly-defined waste bunker.
Of course, DJ may have won the Open, and made USGA officials look like morons in the process, but the real winners? Dudes that like to look at Paulina Gretzky.
[via USA Today]
All of us have had someone unwanted show up at our front door. Someone trying to talk us into their religion, a kid hawking candy or magazines, an ex. But I don’t think that most of us have ever had a visitor like this before:
A Thai man named Attanai Thaiyuanwong discovered this giant monitor lizard trying to open the door of his home in Nonthaburi over the weekend. Thai tradition states that monitor lizards actually bring good fortune to those that happen to encounter them, but when they are the size of a small human and trying to open the door of your house with their mouth…not so much. [via Mashable]
It’s been a rough year for Chipotle, with all of those people getting sick from their food and all. And the hits just keep on coming, as the burrito giant has lost its place as the most popular Mexican-inspired restaurant in the U.S.
In fact, Chipotle dropped all the way to number five in the survey conducted by Harris Poll. The new number 1? Moe’s Southwest Grill, followed by Taco Bell, Qdoba (YASSSSSSSSSSSS), and Baja Fresh. Chipotle is still kicking the crap out of Moe’s money-wise ($4.5 billion versus $640 million), but in the hearts and minds of Americans, Moe’s (and not getting a foodborne illness) is tops.
[via Mental Floss]
Nick Young isn’t exactly having a great 2016, either. Earlier this year, his Lakers teammate D’Angelo Russell secretly recorded a video of him seemingly confessing to cheating on fiancé Iggy Azalea. Then Kobe retired, meaning the Lakers are likely to suck even harder than they do already. And now comes the cherry on top of his shit sundae: Azalea finally dumped his ass.
According to Gossip Cop, Azalea wrote in a statement, “Unfortunately, although I love Nick and I have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him – It’s become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to. I genuinely wish Nick the best. It’s never easy to part ways with the person you planned you’re entire future with, but futures can be rewritten and as of today mine is a blank page.” Young, in response, simply tweeted the word “Single.”
Doesn’t look like there’s any rings – championship or wedding – in Young’s immediate future.
[via Gossip Cop]