Leaves aren’t the only things falling in Arkansas this autumn. Turkeys are falling too—out of airplanes!
Arkansas is one of the top turkey-producing states in America. Its yearly Turkey Trot festival started on Friday. The festival has happened for 72 years in a row. It includes a 5K run, music, dancing, and lots of turkey eating. And each year, a pilot flies over the festival and drops turkeys out of the plane. In the past, people have taken the turkeys home for pets—or for Thanksgiving dinner.
Turkeys can fly. But they usually fly from tree to tree, not through the sky after falling out of planes! Last year, not all the dropped turkeys survived the fall. Now people are complaining. They think the drop should be against the law. Turkey drops may be fun for people, they say. But they aren’t very nice for the birds!
(AP Photo: A wild turkey is released from a plane in Yellville, Arkansas.)
Fires raged in Santa Rosa, California. Katherine Weaver and her family quickly escaped to safety. Katherine was still in her nightgown! And she had to leave someone behind: her Bernese mountain dog, Izzy.
Katherine’s son Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen searched for Izzy once the fires stopped. They walked through a creek. They climbed dangerous, hilly roads. Would Izzy still be alive?
The two men found Katherine’s house. It was completely destroyed. But then Izzy bounded out—safe and sound! Her thick fur coat probably protected her from the fire’s heat.
That’s good news in a time full of bad news in California. Many people there have had to leave their homes as terrible fires burn. It isn’t safe to go back to Santa Rosa yet. Veterinarians there are taking care of 64 cats at 44 dogs. Cats often have the worst injuries. They have breathed in too much smoke. Their paws, fur, and whiskers are burned. Vets give them bandages and medicine. Shelter workers put the found animals’ pictures on their website. “We rescued these cats and dogs. Are they yours?”
(AP Photo: Jack Weaver, left, and his brother-in-law, Patrick Widen, pose with Izzy on October 14, 2017.)
Humberto Montano and Cesar Villareal paddle with all their might. They have to travel half a mile across Lake Pesaquid—in a boat made from a pumpkin!
Around 10,000 people came to watch this year’s Pumpkin Festival regatta in Windsor, Nova Scotia. More people entered the race than ever before. The 50 teams sliced open huge pumpkins. They took out the mushy, seedy insides so the heavy pumpkins would float. Then they painted their boats and set sail.
Giant pumpkins don’t make good pies. But they can be pretty reliable as boats. Someone once traveled 25 miles in one!
(AP Photo: The boys race their giant pumpkins in the19th annual Windsor-West Hants Pumpkin Festival regatta.)
In this quiet city, people walk from place to place. Some glide down the street on bicycles. Listen closely. Something is missing—the sound of engines. Where are all the cars?
You have heard of this famous city: Paris, France. And it isn’t actually a quiet city full of bikes and walkers yet. That is just a dream for the future—the near future. Paris’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, wants to make driving gas-powered cars illegal there by 2030.
Paris has had problems with air pollution in the past few years. At times, City Hall has had to ban half of all cars from traveling. To help keep air clean, officials have made public transportation free for several days. Many Parisians do not own cars. But Mayor Hidalgo is trying to encourage those who do to leave their cars at home. Added bike lanes make traffic move more slowly. Some citizens grow upset. They say, “You are starting a war on cars!”
Will Paris become a car-free city? Time will tell.
(AP Photo: People watch a dance performance during the “day without cars” in Paris.)
Biologists peer through binoculars at an eagle’s nest. A little eaglet has hatched from its shell! Finally, bald eagles are back in Vermont!
Scientists discovered the first modern bald eagle nest in Vermont in 2002. Before that, the eagles had been missing for 60 years. It was good that the eagles were finally there. But for the species to survive, the birds needed to be having healthy babies too. The biologists waited and waited. After six years, a strong eaglet finally left the nest.
Now things are getting better and better for the birds. Vermont has cleaner water. There are more forests along shorelines. Eagles can make homes there. This year, eagles produced 35 young birds in Vermont. That’s a record! Biologists hope the same thing happens next year. If it does, the bald eagle may finally get scratched off the state’s endangered species list.
(AP Photo: A young bald eagle flies over the shoreline of Lake Champlain near Vermont.)
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ― Isaiah 40:31
Now that lady has a surprised face! And it’s no wonder. She just won a million dollars . . . for inventing a new flavor of chip!
Ellen Sarem is from San Antonio, Texas. She won this year’s Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” contest. She made up a flavor called Crispy Taco. Lay’s workers have invented a recipe for chips with that flavor. In fact, you can already buy a bag of them. You can also buy the runners up: Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese and Fried Green Tomato.
Here are some other flavors people came up with for the contest: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Popper, Toasted Ravioli, Avocado Toast, Nashville Hot Chicken, Smoked Gouda and Honey, Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Sloppy Joe. Which ones would you try?
(AP Photo: Ellen Sarem wins her prize in Dallas, Texas.)
“I’ll have the Froot Loops with Rice Krispies, mini marshmallows, dried strawberries, strawberry syrup, a waffle cookie, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, please!”
What would your parents say if you asked for that for breakfast? At a cereal café in Europe, that request is perfectly normal—and extremely popular.
Cereal cafes seem to be opening up all over Europe. Most offer at least 100 brands of cereal and dozens of fruit and candy toppings. Café customers can also choose from all kinds of flavored milk. At Pop Cereal Café in Lisbon, Portugal, diners can even take naps on a bunk bed!
A fancy bowl of cereal at a café usually costs somewhere between three and nine dollars. That’s more than a whole box of cereal costs in the grocery store! But the price doesn’t keep customers away. Some sit slurping up Cookie Krisp, Choco Krispies, Kinder chocolates, M&Ms, bananas, and chocolate milk. Others munch Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks with honey, apples, and wheat milk. They would never eat this at home! To them, it’s worth a few extra bucks.
(AP Photo: One fruity combination of sugary cereal and flavored milk at the El Flako cereal café in Barcelona, Spain)
Whoa! Stop the car! Is that a zebra by the side of the road?
Drivers near Lebanon, Oregon, look twice. Then they drive up to the farm where the zebra lives and ask, “Hey, can we get a closer look?” Many snap photos of the black and white wonder.
The zebra’s name is Zinfandel. She has a serious job. She guards goats. Her owners, Norman and Rosalinda Vizina, say she does her job just as well as a dog or a llama would.
The Vizinas have cared for Zinfandel since she was just 10 days old. At first, they fed her with a bottle. Now they have had their faithful goat-guard for 10 years!
(AP Photo: Zinfandel watches over goats near Lebanon, Oregon.)
On your mark, get set, GO!
Forty-two slick cars motor down the road in Darwin, Australia. They didn’t gas up before their long race across the desert. They run on sunlight!
The cars come from countries all over the world. Their crews are allowed to drive between eight in the morning and five in the evening each day of the race. Some cars stopped working right away. They had to pull off the road. Others cruise along the pavement at more than 60 miles per hour. That’s not especially fast for an ordinary car. But it’s quite speedy for a solar car. The cars will finish the race after traveling almost 2,000 miles.
Along the way, the cars stop in at checkpoints. There, they find out how the weather will hold up. After all, they need sunlight to keep going! If solar cars became popular, they could save lots of gasoline. Would they change the way people drive? Imagine this. You hop into the family car—but only on sunny days!
(AP Photo: The University of Michigan Solar Car Team car competes on Saturday, October 7.)
It’s apple season! That means lots of work for migrant laborers from the warm country of Mexico. Many come to help Pennsylvania farmers harvest fruit. They say Pennsylvania weather is downright “frio”! (That’s Spanish for cold.) That’s why Reverend Roddy Runyan is unloading a bag of coats.
Sometimes migrant workers do not make enough money to live well. Reverend Runyan wants to help care for them. He tries to visit 100 migrant camps every year. He gives out things like clothes, Bibles, and soap.
Reverend Runyan tells The Evening Sun that a Bible verse inspires his work: “Love the sojourner (stranger).” (Deuteronomy 10:19)
(AP Photo: Migrant workers laugh as Reverend Roddy Runyan unloads coats in Carlisle, Pennyslvania.)
Ants and beetles in the kitchen? Normally, that would close down a restaurant. But at the Insects in the Backyard bistro in Bangkok, Thailand, bugs are the business plan.
People in Thailand already eat bugs. Street vendors push carts of fried crickets and buttery silkworms. But Backyard has taken things to the next level. There, creepy-crawlies are more than a snack. They become fancy dishes like watermelon and cricket salad and spaghetti with silkworm. The restaurant is designed to make bug-eating an important part of fine dining.
Bugs like the ones served at the Backyard bistro are very nutritious. Would you eat there? For some diners, that’s an easy “yes.” But the restaurant is still facing a big problem: The sight and crunch of bugs still makes some other customers say “ick.”
(AP Photo: Kelvarin Chotvichit eats fried bamboo worms, silkworms, and crickets at Insects in the Backyard restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.)
Mount Agung is going to blow! Run for cover! But don’t forget to feed the dogs first.
People living near the Indonesian volcano Mount Agung have serious reasons to worry. The last time it erupted, more than 1,000 people died. Now more than 140,000 people have fled from their homes. But a group of volunteers stays behind. They carry dried food and canned meat to a Hindu temple on the mountain. Dogs trot out and gulp down the food.
The workers aren’t the only ones going back into the danger zone. Some people travel back to care for their farm animals. It is risky. But the animals are their source of money. And no one knows when the eruption will happen. It could be minutes. But it could be months too.
(AP Photo: Volunteers from the Bali Animal Welfare Association feed dogs abandoned in Bali, Indonesia.)
“Call a taxi! No, not the ordinary yellow kind. The flying kind!”
A whirling helicopter called Volocopter lifts off the ground in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This taxi helicopter run is just a test. Officials hope it will someday be a usual sight in the wealthy city. Would you ride in a flying taxi? How about one with no pilot? That’s exactly what Volocopter is.
Dubai’s streets are very busy. Cars are jammed bumper to bumper. No wonder people want to take off into the sky! One of Volocopter’s makers says Dubai will be ready for flying taxis in five years. But not yet. Officials have to make some flying car safety rules first.
(AP Photo: A Volocopter prototype flies in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, during a test flight in Dubai.)
What would you want as a gift for your 100th birthday? Bobbie Arrasmith wanted 100 birthday cards. She has gotten more than 1,000! Her mailman probably needs a break!
Ms. Arrasmith lives in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A story in the Northwest Florida Daily News told readers about her birthday wish. Now she has received cards from all over the world! A whole kindergarten class sent her letters. Little league teams, senators, churches, and businesses have all sent cards too. The NWF Daily News reports that someone wrote her a letter on notebook paper because she couldn’t afford a card. Ms. Arrasmith wants to find out who that person is so she can give her a box of food.
Right now, Ms. Arrasmith is still 99. She will turn 100 on October 7.
(AP Photo: Bobbie Arrasmith looks at some of the birthday cards she has received at her home.)
Your gut is full of helpful bacteria. Did you know that a bug’s gut contains the same stuff? Yep—bugs are full of bugs! And scientists just made a big discovery about those teeny-tiny bacteria. They may be able to fight malaria.
Malaria is a disease carried by mosquitoes. The insects pass the disease to people by biting them. Many people—especially people in Africa—die from malaria every year. To prevent it, people put nets around their beds to keep mosquitoes out. They also kill the insects with sprays.
But now scientists have found an oddball strain of bacteria in mosquitoes. They changed the bacteria’s genes. Now the bacteria gives off a malaria-killing substance. Mosquitoes pass the helpful bacteria to their bug babies. A mosquito colony in the lab has fought off malaria now for seven years!
Will scientists find a way to spread the good germ to mosquitoes all around the world?
(A.P. Photo: A microscope image of mosquito larvae scientists worked on. The young bugs glow with fluorescent markers.)
A gray wolf stalks past at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Until now, people there were worried about the wolves. Minnesotans feared the wild animals were disappearing. But they have good news. (At least, it’s good news if you like living with wolves.) For every hundred wolves, 25 more were added to the population this year. About 2,850 live there now.
Wildlife managers say there’s a good reason for the gray wolf comeback. Minnesota had lots of deer this year. For wolves, that means an all-year buffet!
Some people want to take wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan off the endangered species list. Judges say “no.” But wolf hunters haven’t given up hope. Maybe Congress will say “yes.”
(AP Photo: A gray wolf in Minnesota)
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