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It’s Sunday night and I’m curled up in bed writing this column while listing to the pup snore like a foghorn. Life isn’t bad except that I am attempting to embark on a 90% fruit-and-veggie diet to detox my body of the carbs that had seemingly found my ass in the last few weeks. But before I spend the rest of the night googling ways to make everything out of cauliflower, let’s take a look at some people who had a worse weekend than you.
The Golden State Warriors were on the verge of eliminating the San Antonio Spurs during Round 1 of the playoffs on Sunday before things took a very weird turn.
About midway through the third quarter, with the Spurs leading by 9, power forward David West was assessed a technical foul. The only problem? West was actually in the tunnel running the stationary bike before entering the game when the foul was issued, which lead to some Twitter backlash.
David West just got a technical while riding the bike in the tunnel = LEGEND!! pic.twitter.com/uS7oomKcHK
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 22, 2018
However, it turns out that West was engaging in a little bit of trickery here. West was actually on the bench when he allegedly yelled something protesting a call; he then sprinted over to the tunnel and got on the bike – and then the foul was called.
The weirdness doesn’t stop there – a fan recorded Stephen Curry talking with ref Tony Brothers, trying to convince him that the comment attributed to West was actually made by a fan in the crowd.
Steph Curry telling official Tony Brothers that whatever was said from the bench that led to the technical called on David West was yelled by a fan. pic.twitter.com/9riIR55TJ3
— Raul Dominguez Jr. (@Abrjsdad) April 22, 2018
All of the drama had some kind of effect since the Spurs wound up winning 103-90. Perhaps West should just stay on that bike for game 5? [via SBNation]
The People Of New Jersey
Lots of people make fun of New Jersey but given that my only experience of the state is driving through, I’ve generally refrained from this line of humor. However, I won’t show the same restrain regarding their illustrious former governor – and this time, it’s the NJ citizens that are paying… literally.
To celebrate the end of this term, Chris Christie commissioned a portrait of himself. This in itself is not unusual. What is unusual is the price tag: Christie’s portrait, to be painted by Australian artist Paul Newton, will cost $85,000 – more than those of Christie’s three gubernatorial predecessors combined.
I’m sure the people of New Jersey are thrilled with “their” purchase – not that the money could have gone to paying for keeping certain bridges or beaches open. [via Vanity Fair]
Caesar Salad Lovers
Me this past Friday night:
In my hotel bed at 920 eating a room service Caesar salad. You could say I’m living my best life.
— Jenna (@JennaLCrowley) April 21, 2018
Me this past Friday night after reading this news:
Actually, I’m fine – but none of us are going to be enjoying a delicious Caesar any time soon. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 53 Americans have been sickened by E. coli linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. And since 90% of the romaine consumed in the U.S. between November and March are from the Yuma area, the CDC is basically warning Americans not to eat any romaine.
“For now, the best advice I can give to people is don’t eat romaine,” says Jaydee Hansen, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Food Safety. Hansen continued to explain that while most forms of e.coli are relatively harmless and will only effect the very young, very old and those with compromised immune systems, but that this particular strain, which produces a toxin called Shiga, which “will kill healthy people.”
And here I thought salad was healthy for me. [via Daily Mail]
People say a ton of stupid shit on social media with some unintended consequences, but for one teenager in Florida, his post landed him in jail.
19-year-old Christopher Hungria often posted on social media about unique way of protecting his money: keeping it in a lockbox in a tank with two Burmese pythons. It didn’t work out so well, when last fall, two women robbed the apartment he shared with his grandmother, making off with around $10,000.
To make matters worse for Hungria, someone tipped off Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about his money-guarding reptiles and he was charged with four misdemeanor counts of introducing non-native species to the state. Not a huge deal… until Hungria skipped a court appearance Wednesday regarding the charges and found himself locked up.
Guess they’ll be no slithering out of this one. [via New York Post]
Google, we have a problem.
On Sunday, some Gmail users reported finding spam emails in their outboxes, meaning that their accounts were sending out the messages about penis enlargements and weight loss that we all love to hate. Some of these members reported having their accounts set up with two-factor authentication, meaning an extra layer of security didn’t help with the issue; neither did changing their passwords.
Google released the following statement to Mashable:
We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder. We have identified and are reclassifying all offending emails as spam, and have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as part of this incident. If you happen to notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam. More information on how to report spam can be found by visiting our Help Center.
Thanks for that generic non-answer, Google. Huge help. [via Mashable] .