QUIRKY WORLD ... Feminist award is one in the sty for male chauvinist pigs

USA: Screen and TV star, diva and beloved Muppet Miss Piggy has been recognised for her contributions to society with a feminist award at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Feminist award is one in the sty for male chauvinist pigs

The glamorous, outspoken pig received the award at the ceremony from the Elizabeth A Sackler Centre for Feminist Art. The presentation included a conversation with veteran women’s rights campaigner Gloria Steinem and a 20-minute video retrospective of Miss Piggy’s career.

“Moi is thrilled, but frankly, not surprised to be receiving this Sackler Center First Award,” Miss Piggy said. “It is truly wonderful to be celebrated and share this honour with fellow legends, role models, and pioneers of female fabulousity. We rock!”

Miss Piggy’s long-time squeeze, Kermit the Frog, was in the audience for the ceremony.

The annual Sackler Center First Awards honour extraordinary women who are first in their fields. Elizabeth A Sackler, president of the centre for feminist art, theory and advocacy for women’s issues, said Miss Piggy embodies exceptional spirit, determination and grit and has taught lessons about overcoming obstacles to generations of fans.

Double trouble

USA: Police say a Pennsylvania man showed up drunk to be fingerprinted for a previous drunken driving charge and earned himself another one in the process.

Kevin Kroll, age 41, of Dunbar Township faces a preliminary hearing on June 30 on charges of drunken driving and public drunkenness for the February 20 incident.

That’s when Uniontown police say Kroll walked in smelling of alcohol when he arrived to be fingerprinted for a January 9 drunken driving incident.

The officer smelled alcohol and gave Kroll a breath test — and later a blood test — both of which showed he was legally intoxicated.

Picking up fag ends

ENGLAND: The chewed end of a fat cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed could fetch up to £1,000 (€1,370) at auction.

Churchill, then aged 87, smoked the cigar at Middlesex Hospital in 1962 while recuperating from a fractured hip after falling out of bed.

A student nurse collected it for her younger brother and saved it in a paper “Middlesex Hospital soiled dressing disposal bag”. The cigar, which has remained in the bag ever since, will go under the hammer at Duke’s of Dorchester on October 15.

Whale bid flounders

USA: An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, with the fibreglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship.

Still, Port of Astoria executive director Jim Knight said the sea lions briefly “got deathly silent” when the orca sailed into view. That was just before it started listing and tipped over.

Once the 32ft killer whale replica is repaired, “There’s a chance we’ll do it again,” Knight said.

Sea lions have become a nuisance because they damage docks, prevent boaters from using the docks, and eat salmon.

Slitherin’ species

ENGLAND: Harry Potter was the inspiration for the naming of a new species of ancient reptile unearthed in a quarry.

An undergraduate from the University of Bristol has proved that fossils from the previously unstudied Woodleaze Quarry in Gloucestershire belong to a new species of the “Gloucester lizard” Clevosaurus.

This species was named in 1939 after Clevum, the Latin name for Gloucester. Part of the name chosen for the new species — Clevosaurus sectumsemper — takes inspiration from a spell cast in the Harry Potter books.

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