Biography.com’s “Week in Review” highlights interesting people who’ve made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Lunch of Reconciliation? President Obama and Mitt Romney Come Together
Political pundits call the lunch meeting between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney “optics” but generally agree that the collaborative gesture between the former political opponents was a good show for bipartisanship—especially in light of the current gridlock over the fiscal cliff negotiations. (Hmm…we wonder if Obama offered Romney a gift to win him over…ahem.)
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The two men reportedly ate a healthy meal of white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad while discussing how to secure America’s leadership in the world. While there was no word on dessert, boxing gloves were photographed in the room where they had lunch. Aides jokingly reassured the press, though, that “no punches were thrown.”
Source: NBC News
Kim Jong-Un Is The Onion’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’
The Hamster Dance was in full order when the satirical news outlet The Onion crowned North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un 2012′s “Sexiest Man Alive.”
“Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile,” The Onion writes.
Unfortunately for its sake, China’s Communist Party paper the People’s Daily wasn’t keen on the funny media outlet’s m.o. and took the story seriously, adding a 55-page photo gallery of the young leader and his scintillating hungry expressions.
Poisonous Politics: Was Yassar Arafat Murdered By Polonium-210?
It’s been eight years since Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat died at the age of 75, but it’s only now that an investigation is underway to see if he was poisoned with polonium-210, a powerful radioactive substance that once ingested, can destroy the human body at a rapid rate. Although some conspiracy theorists have accused Israel of being behind his demise, it has denied the charge, claiming that his death would be of no benefit to it.
Regardless, the recent inquiry came when Arafat’s widow allowed scientists to test for the substance using some of his personal belongings (toothbrush, kaffiyeh, bedsheets, etc.), which consequently, revealed high levels of the poison.
Arafat’s body was exhumed for tissue samples, but the results won’t be out for several months.
If the Palestinian leaderm was indeed murdered by polonium-210, there’s a chance (albeit slim) that authorities could trace the substance back to the killer, especially considering it’s only accessible to a select group of peole. As for finding out the motive behind the assassination? For now, that might be harder to figure out.
Ono She Didn’t: Yoko Ono Touches on the Private Parts of Fashion
As an activist, artist, and the wife of John Lennon, Yoko Ono is used to wearing many hats (literally and figuratively), and this week, she’s added fashion designer to her resume.
At the hip NYC boutique Opening Ceremony, Ono launched a limited edition menswear line that was inspired from a book of fashion sketches she gave to her famous hubby in 1969.
“She really wanted to celebrate every part that she loved about him,” Humberto Leon, OC’s co-founder, told The Daily Beast.
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And by looking at the clothes, it was obvious what parts she loved: Many of her eccentric, show-stopping man garbs highlight parts of the human anatomy that well, even the biblical character of Adam put fig leaves on. Take for instance, Ono’s pair of white trousers that feature a see-through mesh cutout that shows off one’s gluteus maximus (all for a meager $250 bucks).
“People are scared of having sex. I wanted to give them at least some conceptual fun,” Ono said.
Just don’t try to get too conceptual around the office.