Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Lost causes, after the Curry Pizza Co. in Fresno, Calif., announced that it will give one free pizza to any group of at least four diners who surrender their cellphones while they eat. The goal is to have diners actually “talk to each other,” the company said of its offer, which may have come a decade too late.
Alternatives to Tinder, after an anonymous Mormon put up billboards around Salt Lake City inviting potential brides to meet an “LDS millionaire looking for a wife.” Hundreds have applied.
Persecuted heterosexuals, with the announcement of a planned “Straight Pride Parade” through the streets of Boston in August. “There’s a lot of people that are uncomfortable with a lot of things that are happening,” explained organizer John Hugo.
Bad week for:
Symbolism, with the death of the symbolic “friendship tree” French President Emmanuel Macron gave to President Trump and jointly planted with him on the White House lawn as “a reminder of the ties that bind us.”
Fake news, after reports that a pro-Kremlin Russian TV network was making its own TV series that will contradict HBO’s unflattering Chernobyl miniseries. The Russian version, said director Alexei Muradov, will show that “American agents had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant” and sabotaged it.
Innocence, after a screaming crowd watched a polar bear hunt down and devour a duck who happened to alight in the pool of the San Diego Zoo bear enclosure. “He ate the ducky!” one young zoogoer exclaimed.