Zoo launches song to help save tigers
WASHINGTON — Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo released an “endangered song” Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
The new song, “Sumatran Tiger,” was recorded on 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number of plays. So the only way to save the song is to digitize and “breed” it by sharing the music through social media, organizers said.
New Americans turn to goats to address food demand
COLCHESTER, Vt. — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont: refugees struggling to find the food of their homelands and farmers looking to offload unwanted livestock.
The half dozen kids — that is, baby goats — that arrived last week at Pine Island Farm were the latest additions to the Vermont Goat Collaborative, a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Some dairy farmers who otherwise would discard bucklings at birth or spend valuable time finding homes for them now can send them to Colchester, where they will be raised and sold to refugees, some of whom have spent full days traveling to Boston or New Hampshire for fresh goat, or have settled for imported frozen meat.
‘Dick and Jane’ artworks up for auction
BROOKLINE, N.H. — In the portrait, the little boy’s blue eyes twinkle as he looks straight ahead. His apple cheeks shine. There’s a gap in his teeth, and his reddish-brown hair is just slightly tousled. He’s an All-American boy.
He’s Dick, of the illustrated “Dick and Jane” series that helped teach generations to read from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Popcorn is one of my all-time favorite foods. It’s crunchy, fluffy, buttery and really just fantastic, or at least I think so. One way to make it even more awesome, however, is to add caramel to it. Do not be deceived: real caramel corn is not the stale brown stuff that you get in a tin at Christmas time. The real stuff comes out of the oven hot with a sugary coating and is hard to resist even for people who are not popcorn freaks like me. Here is how to make a batch.
Start by popping the popcorn. I use a stove-top popper, but microwave popcorn can be used as well, as long as there is little to no butter on it. You want it to be as plain as possible, so the tastes of the caramel and the butter are not competing with each other. While your popcorn is popping, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Once your popcorn is done, pour it on to a baking pan, carefully picking out any loose kernels that may have not popped. Place the popcorn in the oven as is. This will keep it warm so that the caramel can distribute over it properly when it is done.
Turn Meatless Monday into a meatless week
Are you a fan of Meatless Mondays? If so, you’re in for a big treat (or a giant plateful of veggies, which are really the same thing)! April 21 - 27 is National Vegetarian Week in the USA.
According to usvegweek.com, there are three major reasons why pledging to “eat nothing with a face” for a single week is important. To start with, “nine billion land animals (and billions more aquatic animals) are raised and killed for food each year in the United States.” That’s more than 1 million animals every hour! The overwhelming majority of them, according to usvegweek.com, are kept on factory farms, where the goal is to raise as many animals as possible in the least amount of time and space. “By choosing vegetarian foods we can stand up for animals every time we sit down to eat.”
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