Controversy of the week
Good week for:
Indivisibility, with a computer’s discovery of the largest-so-far-known prime number. Space does not permit a printing of the number here, but it has 23,249,425 digits and is one less than 2.
Randall Hansen, author of Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942–1945, which unexpectedly landed on best-seller lists amid overwhelming demand for Michael Wolff’s similarly titled White House exposé. “I haven’t seen this level of interest since the book first came out,” marveled Hansen.
Talking to your toilet, after developers at CES 2018, the consumer electronics expo, unveiled an internet-connected toilet that can be commanded to play music and responds to voice commands, such as “lift the seat” and “flush.”
Bad week for:
Miami’s Museum of Ice Cream, which was fined for polluting the environment with plastic fake sprinkles, tracked out into the city by departing customers. The museum said it was consulting with “environmental experts” to develop a “biodegradable sprinkle.”
The swift completion of their appointed rounds, after a gang of aggressive wild turkeys kept mail carriers from reaching up to 30 Ohio homes for the past three weeks. Carriers are arming themselves with air horns and will try making deliveries at night.
Oregonians, many of whom are not happy about a new law that allows motorists to pump their own gas for the first time in state history. “I REFUSE to pump my own gas,” one resident wrote in an online poll. “I had to do it once while visiting my brother in California and I almost died.” ■