From time to time around these parts, when things get really, really bad, we like to take a few moments to get a little perspective. Yes, you might be out there getting your ass kicked. Yes, you might be living in a state of panic about the future of your job. Yes, you might feel unjustly maligned by those protesting Wall Street. Yes, you might be worried about a less than stellar bonus necessitating you turn your "bedroom into a home office." But at least you're not forced to suffer the indignities of working at the mercy of an ineffectual regulator too pussy to stick its hand up someone's ass when it really matters and for that you should be thankful.
A slew of four-letter words was narrowly avoided at this year's World Scrabble Championships when a competitor demanded his opponent be strip-searched after the disappearance of a letter 'G'. Furious Chollapat Itthi-Aree, from Thailand, demanded officials take Ed Martin, an IT consultant from London, to the toilet and search him believing he had the missing tile about his person. But judges at the tournament in Warsaw, Poland, disagreed with Mr Itthi-Aree, a 24-year-old math teacher. They refused to carry out the search, enabling Mr Martin, 35, to go on to win the game by a single point.