Good week/Bad week
Good week for:
Astronauts, with news that both Russian-made toilets on the International Space Station are now working again. ISS commander Luca Parmitano had warned that station residents were mere hours from having to wear “space diapers.”
Monopolies, with the release of Singularity, a new dating app that matches heterosexual women with…Aaron Smith, 31, of Greensboro, N.C. “The biggest problem with other apps,” said Smith, who happens to be Singularity’s co-designer, “is that my face is not featured prominently.”
‘Existential,’ which was selected by Dictionary.com as its 2019 Word of the Year. “It speaks to this sense of grappling with our survival, both literally and figuratively, that defined so much of [the year’s] discourse,” said site research editor John Kelly.
Bad week for:
Apostrophe’s, after John Richards, founder of The Apostrophe Protection Society in the U.K., declared defeat in his effort to promote the correct use of apostrophes and reduce errors such as “pizza’s.” “Ignorance has won,” said Richards, 96.
Tweeting alone, after a new book on Melania Trump reported that President Trump and the first lady not only have separate beds but also separate bedrooms on separate floors in the White House.
Winter wonderlands, with news that the annual “Christmas in Ice” sculpture garden in North Pole, Alaska, has been canceled for the first time ever due to lack of ice. “Is this another one of a series of warm winters in Alaska that are part of our changing climate?” said local climatologist Rick Thoman. “You bet.”