Hello from Nashville! As many of you know, Father’s Day is a bit difficult for me after losing my dad a few years ago, so I decided that a mother/daughter trip was in order this year. So I’m writing this while lying in bed in a hotel in the Music City after eating my weight in hot chicken, and I’m not complaining, although the scale might during this week’s weigh in.
I won’t lie – despite the vacay, this weekend was still a bit tough. Frankly, whoever said this gets easier is a liar. But that being said, I was blessed with an incredible dad, and a fantastic mom who has now assumed both parenting roles, plus I’m going to a plantation to eat grilled pimento cheese tomorrow, so all in all, life is pretty good. Better than some people’s, anyway.
Miguel Anaya Pablo
The minute I saw the headline “Drunk farmer starts fight with his own pig but dies after having three fingers and his privates bitten off,” I knew we had a story that must be told in this column, because who could possibly be having a worse weekend than this guy?
Sixty-year-old Miguel Anaya Pablo, a farmer in the town of San Lucas Ojitlan, in south-western Mexico, returned home from a party and apparently got into a “fight” with the pig, who lived in his home. According to The Sun, “The animal managed to bite his testicles and severe [sic] three fingers of his right hand and he was rushed to hospital,” where he later died from an infection caused by the wounds.
Well, there’s not really much else to say here, is there? [Via The Sun]
It was a bad weekend for dudes with pets, apparently. And also one for people who live in Santiago’s building in New York, where his snake is on the loose.
53-year-old Santiago was bitten by his snake on Saturday morning in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. He was taken to the hospital and has since been discharged, but the snake is still on the loose, prompting the New York Police Department to issue an alert to those in the building to be on the lookout for the reptile, particularly because it’s breed is unknown.
Hmmm, after these two stories, can we all agree to stick to cats and dogs as pets? [Via New York Post]
Juvenile backed that azz up…right into jail.
The rapper, whose real name is Terius Gray, was arrested on Friday after he finished a show at Southport Hall in Louisiana. The charge? He apparently owes the mother of his son $150,000 in child support.
According to reports, Juvenile has skipped several court dates in the case, so Civil Court Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott sent the 41-year-old to a jail in New Orleans on Saturday; he’ll stay there for 30 days if he chooses not to pay up.
Come on dude, you gotta pay for your kids. But let’s remember happier times, shall we?
[Via New Orleans Advocate]
Coconut Oil Devotees
For a while, people have been pushing coconut oil on me and telling me I should incorporate it into my diet. Now, as I’ve said previously, I don’t care for unsolicited diet advice and in this case, I was apparently right not to listen.
In a recent advisory published in the journal Circulation, the American Heart Association (AHA) said that coconut oil, which is 82 percent saturated fat, can raise “bad” cholesterol levels just as much as butter, beef fat, or palm oil. An increase in bad cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis – the hardening and clogging of arteries that leads to heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular diseases.
The advisory also discusses how some studies about weight loss have pointed to a fat found in coconut oil, medium-chain triglyceride, and how it may increase metabolism. However, according to Mashable, “those trials involved consuming unusually high levels of the fat — more than you’d realistically consume when mixing coconut oil into your diet,” even if you are doing a high-fat diet like Paleo.
See? This is why I don’t take advice from anyone but my nutritionist. [Via Mashable]
I know nothing about rugby. Literally nothing. But even I know that what David Halaifonua did to Allen during the matchup between Tonga and Wales was out of control.
Monday Morning Boost
Also, I’m going to try something new this week and you can let me know in the comments how you feel about it. While reading about five people that had a worse weekend than you is likely a welcome boost on a Monday morning, I’ve been thinking for a while that I wanted to start also including something each week just to make us all smile on the crappiest day of the week. So, to kick it off, here’s an orangutan with a fidget spinner..
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 14, 2017