This Week in Family
When Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce on Twitter after 25 years of marriage, it sparked a big question: How would the couple divvy up their more than $130 billion in assets? Although other divorcing wealthy couples often settle their claims out of court and out of the public eye, writes the Atlantic staff writer Joe Pinsker, this might not be the case for the Bezoses, who also reportedly never signed a premarital agreement. Pinsker talked to family-law attorneys about how the couple might split their money, and how these cases tend to shake out for other ultra-wealthy couples.
Some people tend to put others at ease right away when they walk into a room, while others do the opposite. Psychology researchers believe this is a measurable part of people’s personalities. It’s a trait called “affective presence,” writes the Atlantic senior editor Julie Beck, that shows how someone can make a positive or negative impact on others regardless of their actual feelings.
As anyone who has spent a lot of time with kids know, young children are nearly universally terrible at telling jokes. As the Tumblr page “Kids Write Jokes” documents, the jokes are often absurdist (“A man and a lizard walk into a bar and the barman says, ‘No lizards’”) or complete anti-jokes (“Why did the tiger throw up on the couch? He was sick”). As the Atlantic staff writer Ashley Fetters writes, these “jokes” say a lot about how children understand humor, and the trial-and-error nature of finding out what’s actually funny.