Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Gingers, with new research suggesting that people who carry the gene responsible for red hair also have a lower “perceived age.” The study found that carriers of the MC1R gene look roughly two years younger than their biological age.
Telemetrics, with the launch in South Korea of a diaper insert that informs parents via a smartphone app when their baby has peed or pooped and needs a change.
Deadlines, after Bloomberg.com reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is racing to complete reports on whether President Trump conspired with the Russians and obstructed justice, and will issue his findings right after the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Bad week for:
Civility, after a coven of New York witches announced a ceremony to formally “hex” newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “We intend to make Kavanaugh suffer,” said organizer Dakota Bracciale. “Basically, it’s all about causing suffering.”
Sharing, after reports that a California high-school student came to school with cookies made in part from her grandmother’s ashes, and distributed them to her classmates. “This is a weird one,” a police spokesman said, adding that there has been no indication of “anybody being harmed physically” by the cookies.
Priorities, with estimates that Americans will this year collectively spend $480 million on Halloween costumes for their pets. This is more than double the amount spent on pet costumes back in 2010—an increase, say experts, that reflects people being able to send out photos of costumed dogs and cats on social media.