5 people having a worse Monday than you.

5 people having a worse Monday than you.
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5 people having a worse Monday than you.

5. People who procrastinated signing up for Obamacare until the very last day. If you waited until today to sign up for Obamacare, you may be encountering some technical difficulties. But isn't that the Healthcare.gov experience you were hoping for? It would be such a yawnfest if you found registering for your state's health coverage plan to be straightforward and simple. That wouldn't make a very good story at all! Signing up for Obamacare should be annoying enough to complain about to your friends and coworkers but ultimately effective, like all good government programs. And if you're a fan of the Affordable Care Act, you'll be happy to know those glitches were caused by a huge surge in people signing up just before the deadline. About 9.5 million previously uninsured people now have insurance, plus we all got to see Obama on Between Two Ferns. Win-win. —SRD

 

5 people having a worse Monday than you.

4. 'How I Met Your Mother' fans. After nine years chronicling the romantic exploits of Ted Mosby, it's time for fans of the show known as HIMYM to finally say goodbye. Luckily, this season made that parting a little easier, since it was pretty much universally considered overwrought, and worse, not very funny (although Marshall finally using up his slap bet slap during Barney's wedding last week was pretty fun). Still, by the time you get to the ninth season of a show, most fans will be loyal enough to stick it out just to see the characters they love say a few more lines. So even though it's clearly time for the show to end, it's a little bittersweet to bid farewell to a show that was, to many, legendary. —SRD

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5 people having a worse Monday than you.

(via Wikipedia User Sven)

3. People looking for work at Wal-Mart. The recent announcement that Wal-Mart has a lower "acceptance rate" than Harvard University has gone as viral as economic stories can go, with the alarming statistic that only 2.6% of people who apply for jobs at Wal-Mart are accepted, vs. just under 6% for applicants to Harvard University. This news should be taken with some large grains of salt (only people who already have good grades apply to Harvard, whereas anyone with any qualifications might apply to Wal-Mart, plus there's tons of turnover at Wal-Mart and people apply over and over), but more than anything, it tells us what we already know: the economy sucks, and it sucks hardest for the people who are already struggling the most. —JMC

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5 people having a worse Monday than you.

(image via Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia)

2. Japanese "scientists" who "research" killing whales for "not food." The UN's International Court of Justice has, at long last, called out Japan on their blatant dishonesty in claiming their whaling industry was for scientific research. Whaling was supposed to have been outlawed worldwide in the 1980s, however a provision in that ban allowed for occasional whale killing for legitimate scientific research. Before you knew it, Japan had painted "science vessel" on the side of their whaling ships, and kept killing whales for 30 years (although it did give us the show Whale Wars). The ICJ ruling is not technically legally binding, but Japan had earlier pledged to abide by it. Most people expect it to pull a similar trick and find a way to make their "scientific" whale harvesting look even more "scientific," but it's still a bad day to be determined to kill endangered animals with near-human intelligence. —JMC

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5 people having a worse Monday than you.

(via Wikipedia)

1. A little girl from South Carolina who wanted to make the woolly mammoth her state fossil. Eight-year-old Olivia McConnell wrote to her state representatives this year to suggest that the woolly mammoth become South Carolina's state fossil. In a well-researched letter, Olivia noted that almost all of the 50 states have a state fossil, and woolly mammoth teeth found on a South Carolina plantation were one of the first vertebrate fossils found in North America. Her (adorable) bill passed easily in the house, but got stuck in the state senate when Senator Kevin Bryant insisted on adding "three verses from the Book of Genesis detailing God’s creation of the Earth and all of its living inhabitants." Because this was really weird and off-topic, the Lt. Governor ruled it out of order, causing another senator, Mike Fair—a teach-the-controversy kind of guy—to place an objection on the bill. So now the bill is stalled, and all we can hope for is that little Olivia becomes a militant liberal. —SRD

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