Lifestyle Exclusive the July/August 2019 issue

Nearly an Early Endgame

Headline Humor
By Jonathan Spence

“WE WERE AT AN ASSEMBLY HANGAR WHERE THEY MADE THE SPRUCE GOOSE. WE HAVEN’T STARTED SHOOTING YET AND WE DECIDE TO TAKE OUT A BUNCH OF PELLET PISTOLS AND PUT ON PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR, AND ME AND [DIRECTOR JON] FAVREAU AND A COUPLE OTHER FOLKS LITERALLY HAD A PSYCHOTIC SHOOTOUT. AND I JUST THOUGHT THAT WAS THE DUMBEST, UNNECESSARY, INSURANCE-RISK THING I’VE EVER DONE— AND THAT’S REALLY SAYING SOMETHING [FOR ME].”

Actor Robert Downey Jr. recollecting the care-free early days filming Iron Man back in 2007, which launched Marvel’s 22-film juggernaut that recently concluded with Avengers: Endgame. The New York Times

Dog-Gone It

“My insurance company spent $1.2 million on me with traditional means before I switched to a $5 a week medicine that actually saved me.” >> Joe Tippens, a man who claims his advanced cancer was cured after he ditched traditional treatments for canine deworming medication. KOCO.com

What A Zoo

“Insurance is there to protect against the unexpected, no matter how unlikely the circumstance.” >> Aviva’s Andy Briggs recalling the most unusual claims of 2018, which included a gorilla bite; a bored, clawed cat locked inside a car; and an amorous yet nearsighted horse that mounted a car. The Sun

Premiums Are Coming

“Jon Snow’s not known for his smarts, but he could do worse than take us up on our offer of insurance considering the potential hazards he’ll face over the coming weeks.” >> Simon Gallivan, an Irish insurance broker who calculated it would cost just over $1 billion to rebuild Winterfell, the 8,000-year-old castle central to the popular show “Game of Thrones.” Irish Mirror

The Dishonest Truth

“There was good evidence that Mr. Romaine had been dishonest in the presentation of his claim.” >> David Callow, barrister for Zurich Insurance, describing the refrigerator repairman who claimed he had no noisy hobbies while suing his company for hearing loss. Which was confusing when videos surfaced of the man riding motorcycles and playing guitar in a rock band. Daily Mail

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