Good week for:
Smiley faces, after German researchers found that 97 percent of observers perceived the Mona Lisa’s expression to be unequivocally “happy,” not ambiguous, as art historians have long contended.
Sticking the landing, after James Sundby of Minnesota somehow survived without serious injury when he accidentally drove his car off an embankment, soared 210 feet over Lake L’Homme Dieu, and landed on its partially frozen surface. “The fact that guy is even alive is a miracle,” a police spokesman said.
Procreating, after researchers in France found that having children increases life expectancy by about two years, especially for widowed or divorced older men. The scientists speculate that elderly parents benefit from the social and financial support that their adult offspring can provide. ■