The Madeleine Brand Show for June 13, 2012

Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank: 115-year tortoise marriage ends in divorce

Tortoises are pictured at the Shahjalal

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Two tortoises had to be separated after spending 115 years together at a zoo in Austria. Luckily for Bibi and Poldi, there are plenty of tortoises in the sea.

Luke Burbank, host of the podcast "Too Beautiful to Live," brings us his wrap-up of the week’s awesome and not awesome news.

The world's oldest marriage ended this week. A tortoise couple that has been together for 115 years has broken up. Workers at the Reptilienzoo Happ in Austria realized the pair needed a divorce when female tortoise Bibi started attacking male tortoise Poldi.

Sweden is running possibly the greatest social media experiment of our time. Random Swedish citizens are being allowed to control Sweden's national Twitter account for one week, and post whatever they'd like.

That's led to some controversy. The most recent twitter gatekeeper, a 27-year-old woman named Sonja, is the 24th Swede selected and she's been tweeting some racy things. Despite offended people, Sweden is letting the experiment to continue.

And Burger King cares little for your attempts to get in shape before summer. The Bacon Sundae, a vanila soft serve topped with fudge, caramel bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon, weighs in at 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.

Guest:



Luke Burbank, host of the podcast "Too Beautiful to Live."


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