Pat’s Picks: Thursday, August 2
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 2 August 2012 8:26 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
The coolest thing in any paper this morning comes from the New York Times, who set out to answer this question: “Nathan Adrian’s 100-meter freestyle won gold. But how would he do against every medalist in this event – ever?” The result is an amazing interactive chart comparing the race times for swimmers 100 years ago with yesterday’s 100 M freestyle result.
Eight badminton players from China, South Korea and Indonesia have been booted from the Olympic for trying to lose, which would guarantee them a good position in the next round. San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy says he doesn’t blame the players for tanking, instead he blames the sport’s format. Pointing out that all of the expelled teams had clinched spots in the bracket, he writes: “They were trying to get an edge. Isn’t that what athletes do?”
“Cock Fight” is the New York Post’s take on the latest in the Chick-Fil-A controversy. Huge lines formed at stores around the country yesterday. In some cases people wanted to express their support for the traditional definition of marriage. In other cases it was a freedom of speech issue.
No longer will those who dare to enjoy a late breakfast be faced with “a sea of empty chairs, all of which have been claimed at sunrise.” According to the Daily Mail, Carnival Cruises is implementing a “use it, or lose it” policy aimed those people who wake up early and drape a towel over prime deck chair real estate before absconding.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson became the event to watch yesterday after he got stuck on a zipline while promoting the Olympic celebrations. The Wall Street Journal says he was in good spirits as he dangled in a blue harness while onlookers snapped photos, at one time joking to the crowd beneath: “Get me a rope? Get me a rope, okay?” VIDEO
Is there any joy left in gymnastics? The Washington Post says “women’s gymnastics have become so technically rigorous and physically demanding that the battle for Olympic gold leaves little room for the artistry and joy that have made the sport one of the Games’ most popular.” The papers points the finger at the sport’s judging, which rewards difficulty over artistry.
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal this morning about the recording of Kidz Bop cover songs and the changes they make to lyrics to make songs more family friendly. Like turning this Carly Rae Jepsen description of checking out a stranger—“His ripped jeans skin was showin.’ “—into this more g-rated version: “Ripped jeans, smile showin.’ “
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