News Round Up, Oddball Edition

1. Bolivia president Evo Morales, 54, signs for top football team. “You’d think he’d be too busy running the country, but the 54-year-old has penned a contract with Santa Cruz-based side Sport Boys and will now be available for selection. The president, who is described as a creative midfielder, impressed the club during several charity matches against journalists, and now he’ll get to play for real.”  I agree with the first sentiment and love the description of his style as “creative.”

2. Chinese road has huge pylon in middle.  “According to local news reports, the road developer planned the route without realising it ran right through the transmission tower, which has been in place since 2007.”   I can sort of understand getting the planning wrong, but who was the fool who actually built the road around the pylon? (and by pylon, they mean an electrical tower).

3. This is what an address looks like in Brazil’s futuristic capital.  and this is a planned city??

4. The Lives of Retired Sex Workers in Mexico City.  A great photo essay by David Rosenberg in Slate, documenting the work of photographer Bénédicte Desrus, who spent 6 years getting to know the women at Casa Xochiquetzal, “a home in Mexico City for (mostly) retired sex workers.” “The women often asked her why she was interested in taking their portraits. Desrus used that as an opening to earn their trust through lighthearted banter. “I was respectful,” Desrus laughed. “I said, ‘Because you’re old and ugly.’ ” I love the modifier “mostly.”

5. This is more of a “rur-roh” rather than an oddball news item, but I thought I’d include it because it’s pretty unusual.  A Washington Post article on the dire straits of the Ukraining army:  “Their situation is so dire that requests to the United States for nonlethal aid have included basics such as field rations, blankets and even toothpaste. They begged their own citizens to make donations via a hotline. Observers say some troops in the field are still without body armor and helmets. In addition, experts say the many Ukrainian units lack modern communications gear needed to avoid the interception of messages.

Sometimes the soldiers conducted a cursory search of car trunks. Sometimes not.

“Are you carrying a bomb?” a soldier asked a driver from Donetsk.

“Not today,” the driver joked, and the soldier waved him on.