My friend Barbara DelHotal has a class of phenomena she calls "WOWs" -- Weirdnesses of the World. Stuff you wouldn't think could happen in real life, and would be pooh-poohed if you put it in fiction -- but here it is. The last few days have been rich in WOWs. And since every weirdness is also an opportunity...
* An eBay auction reached $1300 for a Corn Flake shaped like Illinois, before eBay shut down the auction because it violated their rule about not auctioning food. The auction was later re-opened to auction a "coupon," which is allowed, to claim the Corn Flake. I'm now looking through my daily Fiber One, which unfortunately all seem to be shaped like bacilli.
* A genealogist, through painstaking research, has discovered that Hillary Clinton is related to Angelina Jolie. I'm wondering how far back I have to go to discover I'm related to my idol, Jane Austen.
* The Pentagon inadvertently shipped electrical fuses for ICBMs to Taiwan, instead of the helicopter batteries they had ordered. Now I'm trying to figure out how I can get shipped to me Stephen King's royalty checks, instead of my own.
Finally, not a WOW but a piece of pleasant news: The Japanese publisher Hayakawa has bought my Probability trilogy. These will be my first novels published in Japanese.