Two white-tailed kites exchange their prey in mid-air. Picture: Steve Shinn / Rex Features
Life-Altering Cookie Bowl of the Day: Muffin tins are great for making muffins, but thinking outside the tin can be pretty rewarding.
Introducing: Cookie Bowls.
Just follow these “somewhat easy” instructions, scoop some ice cream in there — cookie dough, perhaps? — and you’ve just made your life one cookie bowl better.
Oh, and also, “cookie bowl” is now a unit of measure. It measures happiness. It’s the happiest one can be.
maybe if he’s good…
Hazard Scale of the Day: After a particularly nasty natural disaster, there is one reliable metric that FEMA turns to in order to determine the severity of the damage: The “Waffle House Index.”
Green indicates that Waffle Houses in the affected area are serving a full menu, meaning that the damage is limited. Yellow signals more extensive damage, resulting in a limited menu (the generators are on and food supplies are low).
Finally, red means severe damage has forced the restaurant to close its doors — something the Waffle House prides itself on doing very rarely. In fact, all but one of the 22 Waffle Houses that lost power during Hurricane Irene were up and running by Wednesday evening.
“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed?,” says FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, “that’s really bad. That’s where you go to work.”
Compare And Contrast of the Day: It was 20 years ago today that Nickelodeon launched their very first batch of Nicktoons: Original animated series produced by Nickelodeon for Nickelodeon.
Doug, which kicked off the lineup at 10AM ET, was followed by Rugrats at 10:30, and The Ren and Stimpy Show at 11.
Obviously 1991 Nick was way cooler than 2011 Nick…obviously.
Morning Fluff: Agent Kitty defends the Universe from the likes of evil Dr. Leaf.
How are kittens always so frickin adorable?
We Should All Be So Amazing of the Day: Sensei Keiko Fukuda, the last surviving student of Judo founder Kanō Jigorō, has officially been promoted to the rank of 10th dan — the highest black-belt degree in her sport — becoming the first woman to reach the rank, and only the sixteenth person to achieve it since the martial art was founded in 1882.
Oh, and did I mention Fukuda is 98 years old?
“All my life,” Fukuda, who started practicing judo in 1935, said, “this has been my dream.”
Fukuda is no stranger to breaking barriers. In 1972, following a letter campaign to reverse the longstanding rule prohibiting women from rising above 5th dan (which kept her at the same level for nearly two decades), she became the first woman promoted to 6th dan.
And she’s not done yet: Fukuda continues to teach judo three times a week at a women’s dojo in Noe Valley.
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