Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Wiccans, who now outnumber Presbyterians in the U.S., according to a report in ChristianPost.com. Wicca, which encompasses a number of pantheistic belief systems, including witchcraft, now has 1.5 million adherents, compared with 1.4 million Presbyterians.
Virtual pheromones, with news that scientists at Malaysia’s Imagineering Institute are working on “digital smell technology” that could soon allow the users of online dating services to send odors to one another.
Female Trumps, after Social Security Administration data revealed that the number of parents naming their daughters “Melania” has surged 227 percent since 2015, while “Ivanka” is up 362 percent. “Donald,” however, is down 11 percent.
Bad week for:
Tingling, with reports that the former head of Vermont’s Air National Guard was forced to retire because he used an F-16 to pursue an extramarital affair. Col. Thomas Jackman used the supersonic fighter jet to fly to Washington, D.C., to see a woman who, he said in a gushing email, “always makes me smile (and tingle…).”
Astronauts, with the discovery of unknown strains of drug-resistant bacteria in the toilets of the International Space Station. NASA said the bugs are “not an active threat” but need to be monitored.
Convenience, after the residents of two retirement villages in Brisbane, Australia, protested plans to build a crematorium adjacent to their facilities. “We all know we are going to go at some time or other,” said resident Ron Wells, “but we don’t want to be reminded on a daily basis every time we go shopping.”