Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Platonic love, after the producers of Sesame Street denied a claim by one of the show’s former writers that longtime puppet roommates Bert and Ernie were designed to portray a homosexual relationship. “Bert and Ernie are best friends,” said Sesame Workshop in a statement, but puppets “do not have a sexual orientation.”
People power, after Denise Mueller-Korenek, 45, pedaled a bicycle at 183.9 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, drafting behind a gasoline-powered dragster that had towed her up to 150 mph. It was a new world record for human-powered cycling.
Newport Beach, Calif., which a new Census Bureau survey ranked as the most affluent community in the U.S., with a per capita income of $97,597. That’s higher than even the tech haven of Palo Alto, Calif.
Bad week for:
Feline curiosity, after a cat snuck into an electricity substation in New Orleans and knocked out power to 7,500 customers. “Unfortunately,” said local power supplier Entergy in a statement, the cat did “not survive contact with high-voltage equipment.”
Post-workout nutrition, after Jaroslav Bobrowski, a triathlete in training, was banned from an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Germany when he finished devouring 100 plates of sushi. “That is not normal,” the proprietor told local reporters.
Norman Rockwell, the iconic painter of wholesome scenes from American life, after angst-ridden singer Lana Del Rey announced that the title of her new album will be Norman F---ing Rockwell.