Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Licensed cabs, with a new study showing that the back seats of ride-sharing cars, such as those affiliated with Uber or Lyft, carry 35,000 times as many germs as the average toilet seat, and 219 times as many as the back seat of the average licensed cab, which is required to get regular cleaning.
Voyeurs, after a traffic jam on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa Bay was caused by motorists gawking at a “mating ball” of male manatees trying to get it on with a female in heat.
Autocrats, with a remarkable eight-goal performance by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an exhibition hockey game with both officials and real professional players. The nimble, 66-year-old Putin had defenders and goalies so wrong-footed that in slow-motion replays they almost appeared to be letting him score.
Bad week for:
Conquistadores, with new archaeological research suggesting that many of the Spanish invaders captured by Aztecs were fattened up for six months, then ritually slaughtered one by one and eaten.
Donald, the once popular boy’s name, which dropped 39 places in popularity between 2017 and 2018. The name’s current ranking of No. 526 is its lowest since Social Security Administration records began in the 1880s.
Responsibility, when Australia’s central bank admitted that the word “responsibility” is misspelled “responsibilty” three times in tiny print on the new $50 banknote, of which 46 million are already in circulation. So far, the bank is withholding the name of the specific official responsble. (Note: That’s a joke, not a typo.)