Hannah's Headlines- 4/4/2017

Posting Your Election Ballot Online Is No Longer A Crime

If you want to take a selfie with your election ballot and post it online, you can now do so without penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court kept a federal appeals court ruling in place that struck down the ban back in September on free-speech grounds.

New Hampshire officials who brought the suit argued that by posting ballots online was a way to buy votes in the technological age. The appeals court rejected that argument saying their concerns were too broad. In it's opinion, the court offered: "The ballot-selfie prohibition is like 'burn[ing down] the house to roast the pig.'"

So selfie away!

Source: Newsy

Want To Know How April The Giraffe Is Doing? There’s An Alert For That

You can now keep tabs on April the giraffe’s pregnancy using text alerts…but it will cost you.

Can't wait to find out when April the giraffe finally delivers her baby? Join the crowd. Hundreds of thousands of people have been faithfully watching the live stream of April's enclosure at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, patiently waiting for a calf.

It's been about 16 months now that April's been pregnant and the folks at the zoo know onlookers are wondering how much longer they're going to be waiting. So they've come up with a text alert system to provide labor and baby announcements. You can sign up for a one-time fee of four-99.Source: Live Science

Today is Cordon Bleu Day

April 4th is Cordon Bleu Day! “Cordon bleu” means “blue ribbon” in French. In the 1500s, the Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit became known as “Les Cordon Bleus.” The knights used a blue ribbon to hang their talisman, and eventually the term became associated with distinction and honor.

In the culinary world, cordon bleu is a savory roulade dish made with chicken (or veal), ham and Swiss cheese. Despite what the names might indicate, chicken cordon bleu did not actually originate at Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school. It actually appeared first in America during the 1960s and evolved over time. USA! USA! USA!.

Today is Hug a Newsman Day

April 4th is Hug a Newsman Day! Each year this day gives everyone the opportunity to say thank you, and if it’s okay with then their local newsperson.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary tells us that the word “newsman” dates back to 1596. They have been working hard for many years to bring us the news from around the world.

Man Tried To Pet A Sleeping Tiger

Most people want to stay as far away from man eating animals as possible. Matthew Swearingen wanted to get up close and personal. The 34-year-old jumped a fence at the Denver Zoo and tried to pet a sleeping tiger. 

Luckily for both the tiger and Swearingen, but mostly Matt, he wasn;t able to reach the animal and no injuries were reported. 

It's unclear why Swearingen jumped the fence, but in light of the incident, the zoo says it's assessing if anything needs to be done to "discourage this illegal behavior from happening again."

Source: 9 News

The Most And Less Stressful States Are Revealed-When it comes to the nation's most stressful states, the South is taking the cake.

Let’s face it, stress affects us all. It’s having an outlet to unload it that makes the difference. One way is to live in a low stress state….we mean the place not the state of mind!

Wallethub determined Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are the three most stressful states in the country. West Virginia and Kentucky rounded out the top five. The rankings were determined by evaluating factors that stress people when it comes to work, money, family and personal health, state divorce rates, crime rates and average credit scores.

Minnesota is considered the least-stressed state, followed by North Dakota, Iowa, South Dakota and Utah.Source: Wallethub

The Spaghetti Doughnut Looks Insane

There's a new dessert in town that has everyone talking. It's part spaghetti, part donut. Pop Pasta’s spaghetti donuts are exactly what they sound like: a portable way to take your pasta with you literally anywhere. The ingredients? Pasta leftovers, eggs, cheese fried up in the shape of donuts.

Flavors include:

  • Red Sauce Pop - spaghetti, parmesan, eggs, tomato puree, olive oil, salt.
  • Bolognese Pop- spaghetti, parmesan, eggs, ground beef, tomato puree, olive oil, onions, garlic, salt.
  • Carbora Pop - spaghetti, parmesan, eggs, bacon, black pepper, salt.

If you're in the mood to try out one of these, you'll have to head to Smorgasburg food market in Brooklyn, New York. Or, if you can't get to Brooklyn, just make one at home!

Source: Cosmo

The Internet Is Having A Field Day With The Yahoo-AOL Re-Branding Name-This is no April Fool’s joke, but it is probably a bad idea…

When Verizon takes over Yahoo, it will be merged with AOL. So what to call this hybrid of two heritage brands? How about “Oath”?

That’s the surprise announcement Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL made yesterday online. In the age of fake news, this may be a misstep, but we’ll have to wait and see. MEanwhile, the internet had fun with it.

Source: USA Today

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