QUIRKY WORLD ... Pink with pleasure: Muppet gets museum’s top award

USA: A prestigious award from the Brooklyn Museum honours women who have made outstanding contributions in their fields — and this year’s surprise honouree is... Miss Piggy.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Pink with pleasure: Muppet gets museum’s top award

The Muppets character joins a distinguished list of recipients of the Sackler Centre First Awards. They include theatre director Julie Taymor and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

The Daily Beast recently called Miss Piggy “the Gloria Steinem of the Muppet world”. She’ll be interviewed at the ceremony on June 4 by the feminist herself.

The museum’s Elizabeth Sackler Centre for Feminist Art was founded by its namesake. Sackler says Miss Piggy embodies “spirit, determination, and grit” and has taught millions important lessons about overcoming obstacles.

Miss Piggy — known for her French affectation — declared: “Moi is thrilled.”

Kermit the Frog will also attend.

Cheesed off

USA: A burnt bowl of macaroni and cheese forced a brief evacuation at the Iowa Capitol.

Iowa Department of Administrative Services spokesman Caleb Hunter said somebody’s lunch burned in a microwave behind the Senate Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol.

He said that the smoke prompted a short evacuation of the entire building during the morning.

Hunter added that he was not aware of any property damage or injuries.

The royal pastry

ENGLAND: Royal fans who have spent more than a week camping outside the Lindo Wing where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth received a special delivery direct from Kensington Palace.

Luxury pastries were dropped off to the group of five at their tents as a thank you for their support, as anticipation of the birth of Kate and William’s second child mounts.

A red and white eyesore

ENGLAND: A homeowner who had her multimillion-pound house painted in red and white candy stripes, infuriating her neighbours, has been ordered to cover up the eye-catching paint job.

The townhouse underwent its revamp after neighbours objected to plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new house and two-storey basement.

Locals told how they returned home to find painters and decorators up ladders giving the home a stick-of-rock makeover.

A risk-free hen party

USA: Want farm-fresh eggs without the commitment of owning chickens? Try renting them.

Poultry leases are a growing business for companies in the US as people seek to live more sustainably through local food sources. Rentals allow customers to get eggs from humanely raised hens without the commitment of ownership.

Companies like Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken offer packages that include hens, a coop, supplies, and support. Seasonal rentals cost a few hundred dollars and last about six months, though shorter and cheaper deals are available.

Auction hits a home run

USA: A Honus Wagner T206 baseball card has been auctioned for $1.32m (€1.2m).

Robert Edward Auctions said 42 bids were placed for the card, which was rated as a three condition on a scale from one to 10, with 10 the best. The winning bid was for €1.2m, plus 20% commission.

New Jersey-based Robert Edward Auctions said the record price for a Wagner T206 American Tobacco card is $2.8m. That one was rated as an eight condition.

Wagner is one of the best players to ever play Major League Baseball, turning out for 21 seasons from 1897 to 1918.


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