Hannah's Headlines- 4/13/2017

Taiwan Becomes The First Asian Country To Ban Eating Dogs And Cats

According to island's official Central News Agency, Taiwan has outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat with the passing a landmark amendment to its animal protection laws. Anyone who eats or trades dog / cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 and $8,200.

"Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat," says Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation. "But this amendment specifically prohibiting the actual consumption of dog meat today is welcome."The amendment also bans "walking" the pet on a leash pulled by cars and motorcycles and raises the penalty for cruelty to animals. The country has doubled the maximum prison term for animal cruelty to two years, and raised the fine up to $65,500 for any act that deliberately harms animals and results in mangled limbs, organ failure or death.

Source: CNN

An App To Distract Your Kids While You Have Sex

When you have kids, your sex life suffers. And one Australian condom company feels our pain, so they’ve created a new app to keep kids busy while grown-ups get busy.

Four Seasons condoms developed a cartoon cleverly called “The Extendables” that connects to a mobile app on phones, tablets, or smart TVs through a webcam to alert mom and dad when the kiddos move away from the screen and possibly toward the adult action. And here’s where the name comes in - if parents want a few more minutes of alone time, they use the app to “extend” the cartoon longer. How smart is that?!

The idea is brilliant because kids are ninjas, so we never hear them coming, especially in the heat of the moment. And no one wants to scar their child for life by having them walk in on an R-rated scene.

Sure, you can keep them occupied with PBS kids on your iPad for a few minutes, but you never know when they’ll need a snack or to tell you about what they just learned, so this saves frisky folks from those mood-busting moments. And if a creative solution like this could bring back some romance to your post-kid sex drought, it’s worth a try.

Source: The Stir

Today is Thomas Jefferson Day

April 13th is Thomas Jefferson Day! This is the day we honor the birth of the third United States president, Thomas Jefferson. He was born on April 13th, 1743.

Thomas Jefferson is commemorated annually on this day so Americans can remember one of the most influential Founding Fathers and the lead author of the Declaration of Independence.

No, he wasn’t a perfect man. In spite of his abolitionist statements and his advocacy for ending slavery during the Revolutionary War, he actually owned over 600 slaves in his lifetime. And let’s not forget about his relationship with Sally Hemings. Still, his contributions to his nation made him one of the most well respected leaders of our time.

This day was originally recognized as part of the Presidential Proclamation 2276 on March 21st, 1938. Then in 2007, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation 8124 stating the day will commemorate Jefferson’s birthday, who is a monumental figure and will be cherished forever in our Nation’s history as a great president.

Today is National Peach Cobbler Day

April 13th is National Peach Cobbler Day! This is the day we celebrate the classic American dessert that’s been by your sweet tooth’s side at each family event, picnic, and barbeque since the 19th century.

Here’s the funny part – originally, peach cobbler wasn’t considered “worthy” to serve for dessert. Now the deep-dish fruit pie is known as one of America’s most traditional sweet treat.

Even better, it’s is one of those awesome desserts because you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating it – after all, it’s made with FRUIT! Okay seriously, we know it’s filled with nutritious peaches, and that the gobs of thick biscuit dough and tons of sugar kind of negate that…but seriously…good stuff!

What Are The Worst Culinary Sins? Here’s What Twitter Thinks

Cooking can be forgiving and you can make some swaps without affecting the finished product. But some kitchen decisions result in disaster, like using fat-free cheese instead of the real stuff. Give us all the fat or give us nothing!

So when the hashtag #CulinaryCardinalSins started trending on Twitter, you know people had some strong opinions. Here’s what people just won’t stand for when it comes to their food:


And one more that no one can argue with: Heating leftover fish for lunch at the office

Source: Huffington Post

MTV Brings Back "Fear Factor"

Congratulations are in order for Ludacris. He’s been tapped to host the revival of “Fear Factor” for MTV. 

This time, the challenges won’t be about eating bugs and stuff. Instead, they’ll use urban legends, popular scary movies, and viral videos as the inspiration to push contestants beyond their comfort zones and force them to “take action against some of their biggest stressors.” 

What does that mean? You’ll find out when the “Fear Factor” reboot premieres on May 30th. 

Source: Entertainment Weekly

You Can Drink Beer Made From Baseball Bat Shavings At Atlanta Braves Games

Atlanta’s new home of the Braves, SunTrust Park opens tomorrow (Friday) and they’ll be giving fans the chance to taste baseball like never before. Thanks to the Terrapin Beer Company from nearby Athens, Georgia, a brand new beer called “Chopsecutioner” will be on tap. And it’s aged on wood from real Mizuno baseball bats.

“There’s some waste from bats from when they spin them down or carve them down,” explains Terrapin brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski.” “And that’s the product that we use to age the beer.”

Chopsecutioner is only 5% alcohol by volume, so it’s ideal for sipping in the sun at a game. And it’ll be on draft for the entire Braves’ 2017 season, but there are no plans for “expansion” – you’ll have to head to SunTrust Park to taste it yourself.

Source: Fox News

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