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Missionary work, and more

Good week for: Missionary work, Taking a sad song and making it better, Changing teams; Bad week for: Innocence, Innovation, Gender stereotypes

Good week for:

Missionary work, after Fox News news anchor Brit Hume made an on-air plea to the adulterous Tiger Woods to convert from Buddhism to Christianity. “I don’t think that [Buddhism] offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith,” Hume said.

Taking a sad song and making it better, after a large group of passengers stranded in Newark airport for six hours began singing a rousing rendition of the Beatles’ classic “Hey Jude.”

Changing teams, after President Obama appointed former test pilot and former male Amanda Simpson—her first name used to search be Mitch—as a senior technical advisor in the Commerce Department. She is the first openly transgender presidential appointee.

Bad week for:

Innocence, after Internet security firm Symantec released a list of the top terms searched by kids in 2009. “Porn” was in the top four for kids ages 7 and under, just ahead of “Club Penguin.”

Innovation, after Bulgarians participating in a survey voted the “chushkopek,” an appliance for roasting up to seven peppers at a time, as the most revolutionary household advance of the 20th century, beating out electricity, television, and the cell phone.

Gender stereotypes, after a shopping center in Shijiazhuang, China, opened a “car park for women.” Officials said the lot’s parking spaces are 3 feet wider, and are painted in pink and light purple, to cater to women’s “strong sense of color and different sense of distance.”

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