Bold start. Smooth finish. The newsletter that interesting people love.
Happy Tuesday! Cleaning up my apartment over the weekend, I found an old Isaac Asimov book that took me both back to my childhood and to the fantastical future the sci-fi master conjured. Meet some of his worthiest 21st-century successors today, coo at Washington’s cutest resident, check out a polite election where “dear” is a slight, tap your feet to 2020’s biggest dance craze and fix a dinner date with a difference. Find answers to yesterday’s quiz at the end.
Still recovering from COVID-19, President Donald Trump on Monday returned from the hospital, promptly removing his face mask at the White House to wave to television cameras. “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” he wrote on Twitter, even as more members of his team including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tested positive. Trump is not “out of the woods” yet, his doctor said. America isn’t either, with cases rising nationally.
It’s on. In Kyrgyzstan, protesters broke into parliament to demand the annulment of last weekend’s national election that they claim was rigged to help President Sooronbai Jeenbekov consolidate power. They also released former President Almazbek Atambayev, accused of corruption, from a detention center.
Ever have one of those lazy quarantine days where you eat three bags of frozen pizza rolls? It feels great in the moment, but always leaves you feeling sluggish. Just like us, pets need nutritious meals to feel their best. Luckily, our friends at Spot & Tango have revolutionized pet food so your pet can live a longer, happier life. Their dog food is made with 100 percent human-grade ingredients and never includes artificial additives or preservatives. Best of all, their meal plans start at only $6.99 per week, and shipping is always free. Check it out now and use code OZY30 for 30 percent off!
The next few weeks will be particularly heated in the U.S. But America isn’t alone. These other countries are headed for major elections this month.
Votes to Watch
1. New Zealand
When the bombshell revelation about the country's leader is that she once smoked cannabis, you know you’re not in America. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern faces conservative National Party leader Judith “Crusher” Collins, who patronizingly referred to Ardern as “dear” in their latest debate. Better than calling your opponent a “clown.” They’re fighting the Oct. 17 election over housing, mental health and plastics. You see, they’ve already effectively defeated COVID-19.
President John Magufuli has projected himself as a messiah against corruption. But he has also banned political rallies since 2016 and cracked down on all opposition. The Oct. 28 vote won’t be free or fair. Just how much Magufuli feels the need to rig the election will be a truer measure of how unpopular he is.
True, we live in turbulent times. But like Asimov, the best science fiction writers make you marvel at the possibilities before humankind even as we grapple with today’s reality.
The chart-topping song by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion has spawned a range of dance videos — but it’s the routine on TikTok by Guam choreographer Brian Esperon that's winning over a legion of fans, including Cardi B herself.
We asked you to match weather words to their meanings. Linda F., Elizabeth B., Jay S., Linda W., Kim H., Eborica, Robert M., Kristine W., Barry J., Sunny S., Anthony S., Helen C., V. Gillis, Leigh C., Maynard H., Lynette M., MaryLou G., William P., Heather M., Greg N., Jon T., Deborah R. and Raymond D. — you all got it right!!!!
a. Horribly sultry: Swullocking
b. Little balls of snow: Graupel
c. Spring with warm days, chilly nights: Sugar Weather