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The Continuing Crisis

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published August 28, 2015

The Continuing Crisis

Reuters reported in early July that a big loser in the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers was (since all negotiators have gone home to sell the deal) the brothel industry of Vienna, Austria, which hosted that final round. With so many (male, mostly) diplomats in town for two stressful months, business had been robust -- especially compared to the previous round in notoriously expensive Lausanne, Switzerland. [Reuters, 7-5-2015]

The Undernews From Wimbledon: The All England Club, host of tennis's most hallowed tournament, is, formally, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, at which presumably Britain's 11,900 croquet "regulars" aspire to play -- although their British Open Championship is actually held at the nearby Surbiton Croquet Club, which this year hosted 50 competitors from four continents, according to a July New York Times dispatch. The leading U.S. player -- Ben Rothman of Oakland, California, the "croquet pro" at Mission Hills Country Club near Palm Springs -- is the reputed "world's leader" in prize money ($4,500). [New York Times, 7-6-2015]

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