Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Bugging suspects, after a Wisconsin man fleeing police on foot surrendered because he was being badly bitten by a swarm of mosquitoes. “When we handcuffed him, he asked us to wipe his forehead because he had 15 to 20 mosquitoes on his forehead,” said an officer.
Scrabble players, after Merriam-Webster has agreed to add the two-letter word “ew” to the latest edition of The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary. Also added was the word “OK,” which, lexicographer Peter Sokolowski said, “is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time.”
Vague rebranding, with news that Dunkin’ Donuts is to drop the word “Donuts” from its name, only days after Weight Watchers announced that it is changing its name to “WW,” in which neither of the Ws stands for anything in particular.
Bad week for:
Heathers, with new research indicating that the girl’s name “Heather” has fallen out of fashion faster than any name in history. Just 219 babies were named Heather in 2017, down from more than 24,000 in 1975.
Europe, where French fries are projected to be an inch shorter this year, after summer heat waves led to harvest of undersize potatoes. This year, said Pierre Lebrun of Belgium’s Walloon Potato Growers’ Association, “we will all eat smaller fries.”
Luc Anus, a Belgian politician whose election ads were banned from Facebook owing to his unusual last name. “Facebook just does not accept my name,” said Anus, 26. Anus is now campaigning under the name “Luc Anu.”