Right now, the strongest storm you may ever see in your lifetime is raging on the other side of the world. When Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines today, winds were 195 mph, with gusts of up to 235 mph. This raises two questions for me. Why don’t we get to name anything a “super hurricane?” It just sounds cooler. Also, why do we in North America freak out so much over our weather. People in the South Pacific are faced with the mother of all storms, and they’re just calming hunkering down for the day. If you’re a World Series MVP who was busy coming in third in Boston’s mayoral race this week, odds are you missed it.
This week, the Miami Dolphins found themselves in hot water when offensive lineman Richie Incognito was accused of threatening and physically abusing teammate Jonathan Martin. Audio was released of OL using racial slurs and making threats against Martin and his family, and video of a shirtless rant at a bar. The Dolphins, for the most part, have tried to play it off, saying that it’s just part of team building. Considering that they are 4-4 this season, Miami might want to think about a different approach, preferably one not also used by the KKK.
Toronto makes headlines for first time since SARS
It was a somewhat significant week in American politics, with the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, but the real political news came out of Canada this week. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, admitted, after months of denial, that he has smoked crack cocaine. He also freely admits that he drinks a bit much sometimes and a video was released this week with Ford making a death threat. Yet he refuses to step down. The Miami Dolphins let Ford know that if he ever does resign, he’s got a spot on their roster.
The bugs are sending them
A report released this week found that meteorites, like the one that exploded over Russia earlier this year, are seven times more likely than previously thought. You may remember that the sound wave from the space rock explosion damaged buildings and knocked people over, which is only a fraction of what could have happened if it had struck the Earth intact. Yep, apparently that’s way more likely than we thought. Sleep well, everyone!