A lighthearted look at news of the day:
This is Presidents Day, a day set aside to remember George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two presidents who didn’t have Twitter around to ruin everything.
Imagine how history would have been different if these presidents had Twitter, especially in their early years.
“Told Dad I chopped down a cherry tree. Got punished anyway. Lame. #unfair.”
“Lighting in this cabin stinks. Can hardly see to give myself an education. #buildaschool.”
McDonald's has announced that the Happy Meal will now offer low-calorie, low-sodium, health-conscious meals with the option of receiving a book instead of a toy. Soon it also may have to change the name to the “Never mind, Mom and Dad, I’ll take a Big Mac instead” meal.
With new robot helpers poised to become part of our homes, some ethicists are wondering whether they should be programmed to make ethical decisions. For instance, should the robots know better than to obey a child’s command to do something mean to another child? Can we reasonably require this of a robot but not of the people we elect to Congress?
If robot manufacturers were smart, they would program these machines to trade insulting political memes with each other on social media. Then the rest of us would have time for more leisurely pursuits.
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Utah lawmakers made it official last week. A statue of Martha Hughes Cannon, first female state senator in the nation, soon will represent the state in Statuary Hall in the nation’s Capitol. Philo T. Farnsworth will be on the way out, which is sad. Really, though, if you invent something like television, you ought to expect to be canceled someday.
The website carinsurancecomparison.com has ranked Utahns as the 24th most careless drivers in the nation in 2017. Frankly, it’s hard to care about that.