Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Skipping the small talk, after a Japanese pub introduced a robot bartender that can rapidly mix drinks and pour beers. “I like it because dealing with people can be a hassle,” said patron Satoshi Harada. “With this you can just come and get drunk.”
Proving the obvious, after a new study in the International Journal of Psychology found that drivers of luxury German sports cars are more likely to be “self-centered men who are argumentative, stubborn, disagreeable, and unempathetic.”
Bill and Melinda Gates, who announced they were donating $100 million to help in the detection and treatment of the Wuhan coronavirus and accelerate the development of a vaccine.
Bad week for:
Cover-ups, after President Trump congratulated “the Great State of Kansas” when the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl. He quickly sent out an amended tweet hailing Missouri, home of the Chiefs, but Trump loyalists pointed out that there is a “Kansas City” in Kansas—which is true, though it lacks an NFL franchise.
Recycling, after officials in Baltimore County, Md., admitted the county hasn’t actually recycled any glass in the past seven years, despite requiring residents to place discarded bottles and jars in recycling bins the entire time.
Full disclosure, with the arrest of two Florida men who were found to be transporting large quantities of illegal narcotics in a bag printed with the words “BAG FULL OF DRUGS.” In a Facebook post, Florida police cautioned criminals against such labeling, since “our K-9’s can read.”