When Mongolians celebrate the Lunar New Year with a days-long holiday called Tsagaan Sar, the centerpiece is usually a fabulous ul boov. Ul boov means “shoe sole cake”—a humble name for a towering dessert that’s steeped in tradition and plays a role similar to a Christmas tree or family shrine.
New York state has enacted strong new legal protections for abortion rights. The new law, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, safeguards rights laid out in Roe v. Wade and other court rulings, including a provision permitting late-term abortions when a woman's health is endangered, The Associated Press reports. The state's previous law, which had been on the books for nearly 50 years, only permitted abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—One of the nation’s most prominent cowards achieved his long-standing goal of banning courageous people from serving in the military, the coward confirmed on Tuesday.
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ON JANUARY 14, 2019, THE last mountain caribou to call the contiguous United States home made her exit from the wild, according to Science.
Four young men were arrested in upstate New York over the weekend for an alleged plot to attack a small Muslim community, called Islamberg, 150 miles north east of New York City. Police announced charges Tuesday against three suspects from suburban Rochester, ranging 18-to-20 years old, along with a 16-year-old minor high school student, who, over the course of about a month, stockpiled 23 firearms and three homemade bombs filled with black powder and nails to carry out the planned attack. The young men communicated on a chat app, Discord, that is popular among the far-right, according to police.
AFTER A 30-YEAR CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN,bone-eaters once again soar above the Alps. According to the French charity League for the Protection of Birds, the bearded vulture is now considered back in the European mountain range, reports Le Monde, with 39 breeding pairs in residence. The birds had been completely wiped out in the region by poisoning or shooting in the early 20th century. In 1987, a pair—one from Afghanistan and one from Russia—were brought in, but it was a decade before they had their first chick. (They may have needed some time to overcome the language barrier.) Thanks to the concerted efforts of experts and bird-lovers, the population has slowly grown stronger. The reintroduction and breeding project is just one attempt among many worldwide to revive diminishing vulture populations.
Marcel Marceau was known worldwide as a master of silence. The world-famous mime delighted audiences for decades as “Bip,” a tragicomic figure who encountered the world without words. But during World War II, his skills as a mime came in handy for another reason: He used them to save Jewish children during the Holocaust.
Frankincense is a resin of the Boswellia sacra tree, more commonly referred to as the frankincense tree. These gnarled trees may not be the most majestic plants on earth, but they are extremely sturdy, and they can be tapped for their aromatic resin. Frankincense resin is used for the production of incense, perfumes, and essential oils, and it was a highly prized product in antiquity.
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Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees have received permission to skip work during the partial government shutdown due to financial hardship, and union leaders said Tuesday that they expected absences to surge as part of a coordinated protest that could hamper the government’s ability to process taxpayer refunds on time.
BERLIN — A leaked proposal to impose universal speed limits on the Autobahn is causing outrage among car-loving Germans.
Washington (CNN) — In the midst of a partial government shutdown stalemate over a border wall, the State Department has had to cancel, for now, an international conference focused on border security -- due to that very shutdown.
It’s a question I get asked frequently, most recently by a colleague who was shocked to find that his new pair of prescription eyeglasses cost about $800.
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Frog eye salad is a sweet contradiction. Definitely not made of frog eyes, and not your average lettuce-based salad, this sweet, creamy side dish is a beloved treat in the United States’ Rocky Mountain region. A particular favorite among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, frog eye salad is a staple of Mormon potlucks, cookouts, funerals, and holidays. It’s especially beloved on Thanksgiving, claiming the top spot in online Thanksgiving recipe searches in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah in 2014.
ON A BRIGHT AUGUST DAY in 1884, a group of men gathered near Long Island Sound. They arrived in boats that nearly capsized, wagons pulled by heaving horses, and streetcars where no room was left for conductors to walk between the rows. It was the annual clambake of the Connecticut Fat Men’s Club.
The highly codified steps of the Japanese tea ceremony foster living in and appreciating the present moment. This sentiment is distilled, beautifully and deliciously, in the sweets that accompany the ritual. Known as wagashi, these small treats capture the flavors, colors, and, in some cases, landscapes of the seasons.
Lil’ Toot serves no functional purpose other than being an incredibly fun and cute way to avoid one of the more scenic 15-minute walks in the state of California.
If you attend a church picnic or potluck in the Midwest, there’s a good chance you’ll find a salad that can satisfy your sweet tooth.
You’ll often find Parisians snacking on a croque monsieur, France’s signature crispy ham-and-cheese sandwich, in bars and cafes. Meanwhile, in St. Louis, delis and restaurants prepare what’s known as a Gerber Sandwich. This open-faced creation also features ham, cheese, bread, and crispiness. But rather than use sourdough or French bread, St. Louisans layer their grilled ham atop buttery, toasted garlic bread. Then, instead of using a cheese that anyone outside of St. Louis knows about, they layer on Provel. This heavily-processed blend of mozzarella, provolone, and Swiss is a citywide favorite and the star of St. Louis–style pizza. Melting it over bread or pizza crust yields a one-of-a-kind coating of bubbly, crackly, molten cheese.
The stone stands atop a place in Stirling, Scotland, that’s also called “Mote Hill” or “The Heading Hill,” a spot where an ancient Pictish Fort once stood. Over time, this area became the place where King James I would have his enemies dispatched. Most notably was that of Murdoch, Duke of Albany in 1425, the grandson of King Robert II, founder of the Stewart Dynasty.
SOCKS AND SANDALS. The combo might elicit cruel jabs from footwear snobs today, but people been rocking it since ancient times. In the eighth century B.C., for instance, the Greek poet Hesiod instructed contemporaries to wear piloi, something soft and matted, under their sandals. Sometime around the year 300, a kid was running around near the ancient city of Antinoupolis, in Egypt, with his or her foot stuffed into a striped sock split into two, kind of like mittens for the feet—the big toe in one part, and the four other little piggies in the other. That socked foot was likely strapped into a sandal.
On the third Saturday of June, Bell Buckle, Tennessee, throws a party in honor of an iconic local pairing: MoonPies and RC Cola. MoonPies—two round graham cracker cookies sandwiching marshmallow and enrobed in a chocolate coating—have been a specialty of nearby Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 1917. RC (“Royal Crown”) Cola is a Georgia-based soft drink that tasters liken to Pepsi. In the 1950s, each item could be purchased for a nickel, and the duo became known locally as “the working man’s lunch.” The pairing even earned its own song, “Gimme an RC Cola and a MoonPie,” performed by Bill Lister (also known as “radio’s tallest singing cowboy”).
The Art of David Alvarez
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ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2003, MAGICIAN David Blaine stepped into a clear acrylic box and was hoisted into position above the Thames River. There he would dangle for 44 days, in full view of passersby. He would eat nothing. He would drink only water. In the course of his ordeal, he was taunted by onlookers who hurled rotten eggs and hamburger patties at his transparent prison.