Sh*t happened 5/29/15: Rays limbo, GOP clown car & more

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Sh*t happened 5/29/15: Rays limbo, GOP clown car & more


Admit it: you woke up this morning and reached for your Thursday pants, only to find they were gone. In the hamper. The only pair left? Your Friday pants. 

Indeed, due to the Memorial Day holiday, it was a short week. Thursday felt like Wednesday; Wednesday, Tuesday, and so on.

In case it flew by a little to quickly for you to keep up, here's what happened on the Thursday you thought was Wednesday.

After a circuitous, at-times caustic five-hour "workshop," the St. Petersburg City Council agreed to disagree on what to do about the Tampa Bay Rays, who are itching to leave the Trop before their agreement to play there ends in 2027. A seemingly bemused Mayor Rick Kriseman looked on, occasionally chiming in on a discussion that would have ideally taken place, oh, I'unno, before they rejected an agreement to let the Rays explore Hillsborough and pay millions if they left. Totally missing from the discussion? You guessed it: the Rays.

Shut-ins and last-minute gift buyers rejoice: On Thursday, Amazon.com launched same-day delivery in some metropolitan areas, including Tampa Bay! Those who order by noon will receive their items by 9 p.m. the same day. There are a couple of hitches, though. You have to be a member of Amazon Prime, a paid premium service the company offers, in order to be eligible, and your purchase has to be $35 or more.

Former New Jersey Governor George Pataki has jumped into the GOP presidential primary. He faces a field full of significantly better-known candidates. And that field is friggin' crowded. So far there's former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (who hasn't announced yet), U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and (yes!) Donald Trump. Please, Jon Stewart, don't retire!

In a press conference streamed live via Periscope, Busch Gardens execs announced a new coaster slated to open in summer. Dubbed Cobra's Curse, it's a “spin coaster” with a top elevation of 70 feet and does all kinds of crazy shit, like spins and goes backwards. Plus, the cue will be air-conditioned.

And, finally, in case you missed it, if you use the Google Chrome, there's an extension you can download that switches out Rubio's and Bush's names with "Florida Man" in news headlines. Think of the possibilities!

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