WiGWAG | Nuns vs. Katy Perry, Leo’s eco campaign, and more

Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg and Matthew Reddin

Tweeting typos

Twitter users had a gas responding to a recent tweet from the Boston Globe. Providing an update on the killing of four Marines at a recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Globe said: “Ed Reinhold, FBI, says FBI has investifarted about 70 leads already.” Responses to the typo soon followed. One tweeted: “The FBI is off to a good fart, but sulfur they haven’t found any connections. Time to stop methane around and step on the gas!”

Runway pay gap

While the pay gap between men and women stubbornly persists, it’s refreshing that there’s one industry in which the women kick the guys’ butts on payday: modeling. Forbes compiled figures that show female models make millions more than their male counterparts. The highest paid female supermodel is Gisele Bundchen (now retired), who brought home $47 million worth of bacon in 2014. Sean O’Pry, the most handsomely compensated male model, earned only $1.5 million in 2013.

Nuns vs. Katy Perry

A legal fight continues in Los Angeles, where two Catholic nuns say they so object to Katy Perry that they must object to the pop star’s proposed purchase of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s convent. The property is valued at $15 million and consists of eight acres and a villa. The nuns say they would be violating their canonical vows if they were forced to sell to Perry. The alternative is to sell to a developer. 

Loving Leo

Leonardo DiCaprio announced on Twitter that the environmental foundation he created after filming Titanic is handing out $15 million to such groups as Amazon Watch, Save the Elephants and the World Wildlife Fund. “The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” DiCaprio said. His foundation supports projects in more than 40 countries.

Lower learning

A philosophy professor left his job at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, after the evangelical school adopted a statement affirming a belief in God as the creator of humanity. The professor had managed an online forum focused on the intersection of faith and science. He said he was leaving so he wouldn’t cause any tension.


A truck hauling portable toilets containing human waste crashed on an Interstate in Bellingham, Washington, causing a 5-mile backup. A HAZMAT team pumped up 20 gallons of the mess. The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted that traffic was “constipated” during the “pottypocalypse.”

Math and marijuana

Evergreen Cannabis in the Evergreen State of Washington got hit with a violation after a store clerk sold pot to a minor. The penalty for such a sale is a $2,500 fine and a 10-day suspension from sales. The co-owner identified the problem as a math error. The clerk miscalculated when trying to determine from a driver’s license the age of the customer, who was just a few months shy of 21. We know what you’re thinking.

Sweet prince

Prince William, second in line to the throne of England, made history by taking a job as a civilian. He’ll give all his earnings to charity. The prince of a guy is piloting an air ambulance, with a four-days-on, four-days-off schedule to balance work, family and royal life. William said work as a medical emergency helicopter pilot is a natural progression from his service as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot.

Stubborn snow

August is upon us, but don’t tell that to the dirt-covered snow that still hasn’t completely melted since being dumped at a defunct Buffalo railroad station after last November’s record-breaking storm. Two snow piles nearly 10 feet high in some spots are still melting. The two piles resemble earthen berms because the snow is covered with a thick layer of dirt with grass growing on it. 


San Francisco now has nine public walls covered with a repellant paint that makes pee spray back on the offender’s shoes and pants. It’s the city’s latest attempt to clean up urine-soaked alleyways and walls. Signs reading “Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place,” hang above some walls. The paint has proved effective on walls in Hamburg’s St. Pauli quarter, where beer drinkers often can’t be bothered to find a bathroom.

Rodman’s got Trump’s rump

When former Bull Dennis Rodman tweeted his support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid, maybe it was payback. Not so long ago, all the sane people in the world took Rodman to task for his “basketball diplomacy” trips to North Korea. During one such trip, he sang “Happy Birthday” to BFF Kim Jong Un and blamed an American missionary imprisoned there for his arrest. But Trump called the trips “smart,” saying Rodman is “a lot better than what we have” in the White House.