Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Openness, after, in a lavish ceremony, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, elevated his mistress, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, 34, to the role of official concubine, with his wife, Queen Suthida, sitting expressionless at his side.
Extraterrestrial life, with news that the private Israeli spacecraft that crashed into the moon this April was carrying a cargo of dehydrated tardigrades, or “water bears,” microscopic animals able to survive up to 10 years without water or oxygen.
Right-sizing, after a New Jersey school district eliminated the $141,000-a-year position of principal, rather than lay off teachers or other administrators. “We did something like this a few years ago,” said a school board official. “It worked out.”
Bad week for:
Senior moments, when in the wake of the massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump, 73, referred to “those who perished in Toledo,” while Joe Biden, 76, lamented “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before.”
Germans, who are being kept awake in large numbers by a louder-than-usual hedgehog-mating season. “Hedgehogs snarl loudly during the hours-long mating ritual,” a “hedgehog expert” in Munich explained, “and the males make the most noise.”
Unplanned pregnancies, after former Ohio University basketball star D.J. Cooper, 28, was banned for two years from European leagues because he failed a drug test. Cooper’s urine indicated that he was either pregnant himself or had borrowed a urine sample from his pregnant girlfriend.