The Week (US)

Bad week for:


Karen, which plunged 171 places in the Social Security Administra­tion’s latest annual ranking of popular baby names. Newly saddled with connotatio­ns of white entitlemen­t and a chronic need to speak to the manager, “Karen” was the chosen name of only

325 babies in 2020, down from more than 33,000 in 1965.

The monarchy, after Oxford University students voted to take down a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from a common room because “she represents recent colonial history.” The motion to remove her was brought by an American lecturer in computer science.

Free snacks, after the Food and Drug Administra­tion warned that people with seafood allergies should not eat the crunchy cicadas currently covering the ground in 15 states. “These insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters,” explained the agency.

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