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July 2016

Disney Doodle: Ray the Firefly Wishes On A Star at Epcot

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

In this week’s “Disney Doodle,” artist Ashley Taylor imagines what Ray the Firefly from “Princess and the Frog” would do if he had a chance to visit a Disney theme park. In the film, stargazing Ray is in love with the Evening Star whom he believes is the spirit of his former firefly love, Evangeline.

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This Town Called Dildo Is Actually Quite Picturesque

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

After The New York Times introduced us to a town called Dildo over the weekend, we knew we had to dig up some photos and see if the place was worth a visit. And as it turns out, the wee village of Dildo is much more than just a provocative na...

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Main Street Popcorn Company Pops Fresh New Flavors at Disney Parks

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

I love popcorn! There’s something magical when listening to the air popper I have at home “pop, pop, pop” a fresh batch. I find the same enjoyment when watching fresh popcorn is made at places like Karamell-Küche in Germany Pavilion at Epcot . Recently, the Consumables team at Disney Parks Merchandise introduced several new flavors of pre-packaged popcorn to their Main Street Popcorn Company line. I spoke with merchandiser Patrice Guy to learn about these delicious additions.

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Witnessing a traditional Pe’a (tattoo) done in Samoa

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The Pe'a is the popular name of the traditional male tatau (tattoo) of Samoa and it covers the body from waist to the knees. The word tattoo in the English language is believed to have originated from the Polynesian word tatau. The tatau process fo...

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Arturo, World’s Saddest Polar Bear, Dies After Decades In Captivity

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|


Arturo, a 31-year old polar bear held in captivity for more than two decades, has died in Argentina.


He first made headlines as the “world’s saddest bear” two years ago, when more than a million petitioners urged Mendoza Zoo to move Argentina's last polar bear to a facility in Canada. The zoo's former director declined to do so, saying the animal was too old.


Arturo had lived in the zoo since the age of 8 before his death on Sunday due to what the officials called complications from old age, The Associated Press reports. While wild polar bears often die in their teens, those in captivity can live into their mid-30s.


Despite the animals hailing from regions north of the Arctic Circle, temperatures in Arturo's heavily concreted enclosure often soared higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and he was said to live in "deplorable conditions."


Animal rights groups marked Arturo's passing with some calls to end the existence of zoos in their current form.



RIP Arturo, the "saddest polar bear in the world" He had spent the last 23 years suffering at a zoo in Argentina. https://t.co/SgTsX4mOPm

— PETA (@peta) July 4, 2016



Greenpeace Argentina released a statement saying Arturo's time in the zoo "prioritized the exhibition for commercial and recreational purposes over conservation and animal welfare."


"Remember that [Arturo] was not the only animal in captivity and in poor condition," Soledad Sede, a campaigner for the group, said.

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