The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward – Your “Sunday” Evening News
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights…
Cannes Film Festival: This past Sunday marked the final day of the famous Cannes Film Festival in France. Going from May 14-25th the best of the best films finally got the recognition they deserve. Among the winners include Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, and Samuel Theis, winners of the Caméra d’or for Party Girl. Andrey Zvyagintsev, won Best Screenplay Award for Leviathan. Bennett Miller, took home the Best Director Award for Foxcatcher, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, won the Palme d’or for Winter Sleep. I’m not sure about anyone else, but these types of festivals, the ones that shy away from the Hollywood hype, are the ones we look to when choosing what to watch on date night.
Graduation Season: Each May marks the end of an era for college seniors (and super seniors) all over the country. The books have been burned, the professors flipped off, and that backpack can finally be handed down to the next eager student. While the parties may also be over, summer has just begun. For those who don’t plan on living like Van Wilder for the next several years, it’s time to get out there and, as Mom would say it: “Get a real job!”. We know, this time can be troubling for most, but when exams stop, and grads have a moment to breathe, it’s a darn good feeling. Congratulations to the class of 2014!
Mirror Experiment: What do you see when you look in the mirror? Someone ugly, fat, or awkward? What do you think others would say upon seeing you for the first time? A lucky group of people were put in front of a mirror and told to describe themselves. Most of what they said ended up negative and self defeating. The lucky part? Strangers were on the other side of the mirror giving their first impression of the person describing themselves. The strangers’ opinions were often positive and, at times, the complete opposite of what these people described as something they wish they could change. Grab a tissue and watch the touching video below.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fast things can change. Here’s what’s happening around the world…
Arizona Wild Fire: The now-named Slide Fire in Northern Arizona continues to rage as investigators search for the cause. Parts of the Sedona area are hurting for tourists as Slide Rock State Park has been closed since May 20th. The fire has burned 32 square miles, and Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith says it could take months before they find the cause of the fire.
Islamists in Nigeria: Suspected Islamic gunman fired on civilians as they came to the open-air market to trade in a village in Nigeria, killing 20. The attack was in a village northeast of Africa’s biggest oil producer. This attack is not one of its kind, unfortunately, and attacks like this happen almost daily closer to Boko Haram‘s Islamic campaign. Boko has been tied to the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls, as well as to attacks such as the one on Thursday, which killed 28. Since April 14, almost 500 have been killed in attacks and bombings. At what point does one group get so out of control? At what point will Central Africa finally be freed from the constant turmoil of its countries’ borders? At what point do guns rule over politics? The lives of these people need peaceful, but strong, consideration.
Myrtle Beach Motel Shooting: Back at home, gun crimes continue to stay rampant, as they always have been. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 3 people were killed and another wounded in a shooting following a large fight outside a motel. Police suspect there was more than one person firing, and that it didn’t seem random. Yet again, more families are ruined by sheer stupidity.
The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, take it as something pretty freaking cool, but, uh… here ya go.
Indy 500: The Indy 500 was this weekend, and yee haw, it was a rip roaring good time! Cars went fast; they stayed low to the ground, and they turned left a bunch. While much more sophisticated and world recognized than Nascar, the crowd tends to be the same. The Indianapolis Speedway held over 200,000 people to watch cars go ’round and ’round for 200 laps or 500 miles. This year’s winner was Ryan Hunter-Reay. Winning a race is such an amazing accomplishment for a driver if you think about it. Driving 500 miles in such a short time, while avoiding other racers and managing not to die? Pretty cool.
Kiwi Birds: This weekend, we found out that science has lied to us once again. The adorable Kiwi Bird has been assumed as related to the larger Emu all our lives. Well, scientists in Australia have found out that the Kiwi is a relative of the much larger Elephant Bird from Madagascar. Both birds had the ability to fly, unlike Emus and Ostriches. While the Kiwi can fit in the palm of your hand, Elephant Birds could grow up to 10-feet tall. Imagine that Buffalo Wing!
Wiz Khalifa Arrested: Wiz Khalifa is definitely not the first rapper to be arrested on marijuana charges, nor was he the first person to take a selfie. But on Wiz became the first rapper to post a jail room selfie on Twitter Monday morning after being arrested at a Texas airport for possession of .5 grams of marijuana. The rapper was allowed his phone in the cell, and looked quite bored as he took a selfie behind bars. Wiz Khalifa doesn’t hide his love for ganja. In fact, it’s not the first time he’s been arrested for having it (or throwing it out a hotel window). Good Luck, Wiz!… “But first, let me take a #jailhouseselfie”