Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Sequels, with news of a renewed plan to build Titanic II, an ocean liner modeled on the doomed vessel that sank in 1912 with the loss of some 1,500 lives. Blue Star Line officials promise the new ship will deliver the “authentic Titanic experience.”
New York City, which enjoyed its first gun violence–free weekend in at least 25 years. “A city of 8.6 million people, not a single shooting for three days,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Let’s thank the NYPD for what they’ve achieved.”
Blissful ignorance, with a new study that found that marital happiness correlates strongly with lack of sexual experience prior to marriage. One theory, said researcher Bradford Wilcox, is that “having more partners prior to marriage makes you critically evaluate your spouse in light of previous partners, sexually and otherwise.”
Bad week for:
Megyn Kelly, after the NBC host wondered on her show why people “get in trouble” for “putting on blackface at Halloween.” After a backlash, an apologetic Kelly hosted an on-air panel of black people who explained the history of blackface to her.
Natural lighting, after China announced plans to launch an artificial moon into orbit above the city of Chengdu in 2020. The satellite will have a reflective coating that will direct the sun’s rays down onto the city at night, making streetlights unnecessary.
Snacking, after a wild brawl erupted in a Swedish concert hall during a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The flashpoint was a concertgoer loudly rustling a bag of candy during the symphony’s tear-jerking fourth movement, “Adagietto.”