Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Sending in the clowns, after a New Zealand man brought an “emotional support clown” to a meeting where he was fired. The clown mimed crying and made balloon animals to lighten the mood, and Joshua Jack said that, aside from losing his job, “it was all smooth running.”
A dish served cold, with reports that John Bolton, whom President Trump forced out as national security adviser last week, has already contacted literary agents about writing a memoir of his time in the White House. “He has a lot to dish,” a source said.
A flicker of self-awareness, after President Trump explained his opposition to eco-friendly LED lightbulbs by claiming that in the “not good” light they emit, “I always look orange.”
Bad week for:
America, home to the highest proportion of climate-change deniers—15 percent—of any developed nation, according to a new YouGov survey. In the runner-up spot is oil-rich Saudi Arabia.
Following your dreams, after Jenna Evans of California removed and swallowed her engagement ring while dreaming that thieves were trying to steal it. “When I woke up and it was not on my hand, I knew exactly where it was,” says Evans, who needed emergency surgery to recover the ring from her intestines.
Big government, after a Kenyan lawmaker announced a new initiative to curb flatulence on airplanes by cutting down on alcohol and distributing bicarbonate of soda with every meal. “If there is any one given irritant that makes people fight onboard, it is the fart,” said Dr. Lilian Gobo. “It is terrible within the plane.”