North Korea decided to prove a point last week by launching a long-range missile. It was successful — if you define "long range" as about 10 miles.

The rocket broke up soon after launch. North Korean scientists quickly huddled to assess their mistakes. They decided that next time they would put two Mentos in the Coke bottle.

Wait a minute. Didn't Jimmy Carter negotiate an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program back in 1994? What happened?

The Utah State Office of Education admitted to a math error last week that will cost public schools $25 million. How long until some enterprising student makes the case that his math errors on a test weren't nearly as serious?

The NBA is thinking of adding sponsor names to its uniforms to enhance revenue. I guess that means advertisers are reasonably sure Dennis Rodman won't ever come out of retirement.

Rodman was sort of a walking billboard, but not exactly one to which you would attach your company logo.

Rick Santorum pulled out of the presidential race last week. Word now is that the janitor who cleaned up after the recent GOP debates will be the next big challenger to Mitt Romney.

Santorum vowed to keep fighting against President Obama's re-election, but he stopped short of endorsing, or even mentioning, Mitt Romney. That's kind of like losing the starting quarterback job and vowing to beat the opposing team on your own.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is hanging in there. His filing-fee check to get on the ballot in Utah bounced. Not to worry. Once he's president he can do all the deficit spending he wants.

Remember when a tea party was a friendly gathering where people at least pretended to be nice?

If Mitt Romney is supposed to be the candidate who has a problem connecting with women voters, why is it that the person forced to apologize to women for being insensitive last week was a Democratic strategist?

Strategist Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney, a stay-at-home mother of five, had "never worked a day in her life." Rosen clearly has never had to go anywhere with toddlers.

Rosen is a frequent White House visitor who apparently travels in disguise. At least, White House officials are acting as if they'd never heard of her.

Jay Evensen is the associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. Follow him on Twitter @jayevensen.