Good week for:
Powerful curses, after researchers in the U.K. found that shouting expletives during physical exertion can boost strength, especially during tasks that require short, intense bursts of power like opening a tight-lidded jar. “We have yet to understand the power of swearing,” one researcher concluded.
Digging for treasure, after scientists at several U.S. universities revealed that eating boogers can improve dental hygiene and overall good health, thanks to their “rich reservoir” of good bacteria.
Recycling, after a Danish brewery launched a new line of beer named Pisner, made with barley fermented in human urine. “If it had tasted even a bit like urine, I would have put it down,” one sampler said. “But you don’t even notice.”
Bad week for:
Avoiding the pole tax, after a New York City strip club attempted to dodge a $3.1 million state tax bill by claiming its exotic dancers could be classed as sex therapists, and so were not subject to taxes. A tax tribunal rejected the argument, and the Penthouse Executive Club must now pay up.
Business class, after researchers in Denmark discovered that people who exhibit the “Dark Triad” of personality traits—narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism—are more likely to have majored in business or economics at college.
Taking cheap shots, after a Colorado high school teacher was suspended for allowing students in his Spanish class to whack a Donald Trump piñata to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. “This was incredibly disrespectful,” said the local school superintendent. ■