In October, thousands of federal <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/career">employees</a> were furloughed and multiple government agencies were put on hold—among them, the FDA, the government agency responsible for monitoring the quality of our food and drawing our attention to things like, for example, an unfortunately timed salmonella outbreak on the West Coast that affected nearly 300 people. Mess with our democracy—that’s one thing. (We’re used to it.) Jeopardizing our primary protein source is another issue altogether.
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Early in 2013 we were treated to a sideshow scandal involving Notre Dame <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/football">linebacker</a> Manti Te’o and the death of his “girlfriend,” who, as it turned out, existed only on social media. Despite since landing himself a spot on the San Diego Chargers’ roster, Te’o emerged from the scandal as one of the most disliked sporting figures in the country, which is sure to have knocked his confidence with the ladies. If only the poor guy made a comfortable living doing something that women find physically attractive.
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The New York Giants Resolve to Not Ruin Our Fantasy Teams Again
Some teams have “rocky starts,” and then some teams are the New York Giants. The multiple-Super Bowl-winning champions seemed, in the first weeks of the 2013 season, to suddenly forget how to play <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/football">football</a>. Ranking a gentleman’s 12th in the preseason ESPN power-rankings, by week seven the Giants fell to 31st, or second-to-dead-last. More important, fantasy teams everywhere were thrown into a DEFCON state. Week eight did see the Giants beat the 1-4 Vikings, bringing their power ranking to a commanding 29th.
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Defacing Banksy’s public (albeit illegal) works didn’t stop at a pug named Freddi urinating on the street artist’s World Trade Center piece in New York’s Financial District in mid-October. Bansky had his street art tagged by other vandals in Bed-Stuy, and a Queens resident tried to sell chipped-off bits of his “Sphinx” sculpture for $100 a pop. The New York Post got in on the action too, proclaiming “GET BANKSY!” on its front page. And to drive it all home, the police got onto his tail, “It’s kind of hard [to catch him], because nobody knows what he looks like,” an NYPD source said. Seems like a good use of police resources. Maybe it’s time <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/destinations">New York</a> let him catch a break.
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The NSA Resolves to Not Share Our Drunk Texts
When news broke in June that the NSA had the ability to track practically everyone’s <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/technology">cell phones</a>, our immediate reaction was to delete all of our texts. Since we can’t imagine that did anything toward actually correcting the problem, we solemnly ask the NSA to never publish, reveal, or otherwise hint at a hypothetical message exchange that occurred between midnight and 3 a.m. on a Tuesday in March after a few daiquiris and too much time on Facebook. Thank you.
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