Wednesday, June 22 2022

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I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.

That’s what Elon Musk’s transgender daughter declared in a petition to change her name from Xavier Alexander Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson. No reason for this public rebellion has been offered—but the legal papers were filed soon after he expressed support for Republicans. Also this: In the past, Musk has said of gender pronouns: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”


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Big Story

Kangaroo country: India’s exotic wildlife problem

The TLDR: The discovery of kangaroos in Bengal revealed an unexpected side to the problem of illegal wildlife trade—a growing interest in exotic animals that are imported into the country. And it isn’t just kangaroos.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Splainer is hiring!
  • A great “storm” over Maharashtra
  • Israel is heading for its fifth national election
  • And the nominees for President are…
  • Nobel prize medal sells for $103.5 million 
  • A big Pornhub scandal
  • A crypto scam targeting Indians
  • Meesho does good
  • The one-leg test for life expectancy
  • Wanna buy Balenciaga and Prada for your metaverse avatars?


Sanity Break

  • Beyonce's ‘Break My Soul’ 


A list of curious facts

  • The cranky tabloid journalist behind King Tut's curse
  • A wheel that rolls uphill! 
  • The practice of ‘peecycling’
  • The missing cartier "Patiala Necklace" showed up in this year’s Met Gala


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