Good week/Bad week
Good week for:
Modern families, after two gay male penguins at the Berlin Zoo adopted an abandoned egg and will hatch a chick in early September. Skipper and Ping, who are inseparable, are “taking turns to keep the egg warm,” said a zoo spokesman.
Cat people, after scientists announced the development of a vaccine for the cat allergies that afflict up to 10 percent of the U.S. population. The vaccine eliminates a protein that triggers allergic reactions and is delivered by injection to the cat, not its owner.
Eco-constipation, after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended Amazon deforestation by saying that if people want to help the environment, they should “poop every other day” instead of daily. “That would be better for the whole world,” he added.
Bad week for:
Range, after a 65-year-old Chinese man was hospitalized with a collapsed lung following a marathon karaoke session in which he hit some very high notes. “I was very excited in the heat of the moment,” said the man, identified in news reports only as Wang.
Screen time, with a new study showing that the percentage of British teenagers needing glasses soared from 20 percent to 35 percent between 2012 and 2018. The teens spend an average of 26 hours a week staring at a smartphone or other screen.
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York and Democratic presidential candidate, who received a mere 23 corn kernels out of 20,000 cast in the Iowa State Fair’s quirky poll of its attendees. “The goal is to keep building,” the unfazed candidate told the New York Post.