1.) Twenty cities have been nominated, and 10 will receive the honor of being named an All American City, but will Folly Beach make the cut? The National Civic League has announced their finalists for the 2013 honors and Folly Beach will compete with the likes of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Birmingham, Alabama and Dunn, Garner and Thomasville, North Carolina for the distinction. Once described by pollster George Gallup as a “Nobel Prize” for civic accomplishment, more than 600 communities have been given the award since its inception in 1949. The Awards will be presented June 14th – 16th in Denver, Colorado.
2.) The United Nations has a simple way to address world hunger – we should all eat more insects. According to the BBC, a new UN report says insects are everywhere, reproduce quickly, and have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint. Bugs make effective livestock, needing just one-twelfth the feed given to cattle to produce an equal amount of protein, and most insects emit much less greenhouse gas than do other livestock. The big problem is "consumer disgust." The report acknowledges that even though 2 billion people already eat insects, Westerners are reluctant to do so. The solution to that problem is for chefs to help raise insects' "status" by putting them in recipes and serving them at restaurants.
3.) If your son or daughter is a high school senior looking to head to college in the fall, perhaps they may want to consider enrolling at New College Nottingham in England. The school has developed a new major, in response to student demand, in Heavy Metal. The course, due to start in September, teach student to compose and perform heavy metal songs, along with including modules on the music business, the history of heavy metal and its role in films and video games. In the students' second year, they will perform on tour at venues around the country.