Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Gender fluidity, with the news that an elderly lioness at the Oklahoma City Zoo is growing a mane. Only young male lions typically grow manes, for hormonal reasons, but zoo staff say that Bridget, 18, has been growing one since November.
Creative destruction, with a report in the journal Iraq that ISIS’s demolition of the ancient Tomb of Jonah in Mosul unearthed a trove of 2,700-year-old archaeological artifacts, including historically important carvings and inscriptions.
Employment opportunities, after the Vatican launched a major training program for exorcists. Church officials say the need for exorcisms has tripled over the past few years, due to the use of fortune-tellers and Tarot readers who “open the door to the devil.”
Bad week for:
South Carolina, where a spelling error in a proposed “sagging pants” law could force state residents to wear high-waisted “mom jeans.” The bill levies fines on anyone whose pants hang more than 3 inches below “the crest of his ileum,” which is in the stomach region, well above the hip bone, or ilium.
Touchscreen toddlers, after British researchers warned that young children who grow up relying on tablets and smartphones lack the “hand strength” needed to hold a pencil and write.
Ethnic pride, after complaints about a Confederate flag being flown above a Seattle house led the Norwegian-American owner to explain it was a Norwegian flag he was flying for the Olympics. Like the Confederate battle flag, Norway’s flag features a blue and white cross on a red background, but the resemblance ends there.