July Fourth may have come and gone, but we’re still in the celebratory spirit. So as a belated tip of the hat to the birth of America, we’ve curated a selection of recent stories pertaining to all things fresh and new. Let’s take a look back:
Disneyland has announced that it will be updating a scene at the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean ride next year so that it no longer features women being sold on the auction block. The ride, which was first launched in the 1960s, currently shows women tied together in a line while a pirate auctions them off to the highest bidder. In the updated version, a woman from the auction is reimagined as a pirate, while the auction itself is redone as a scene showing townspeople surrendering their goods. Marty Sklar, one of the original designers at Anaheim park, said that Walt Disney had always supported updating the rides to suit the times. Now if Disney could just stop subjecting the world to craptastic Pirates of the Caribbean movies, we would be golden.
A newly-discovered photograph may prove that Amelia Earhart survived her 1937 plane crash — at least according to a new History Channel documentary. Former U.S. Treasury Agent Les Kinney found the black-and-white photo, which shows a group of people standing on a dock in the Marshall Islands. Several forensic analysts say that two blurry figures depicted in the image are Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan. While most experts believe that Earhart ditched into the Pacific Ocean, theorists have long posited that the famed aviator crash-landed onto the Marshall Islands and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. But perhaps the real question is: Was Amelia Earhart — gasp — A NEW JERSEY HOUSEWIFE??
A dress code that reportedly bans women from entering the Speaker’s lobby in the U.S. Capitol if they’re seen wearing sleeveless blouses or dresses, or open-toed shoes, is getting attention after several female reporters have said they’ve been warned they would be removed from the Speaker’s lobby if they broke the dress code again. The written rules stipulate that women should wear “appropriate attire,” but just what constitutes “appropriate attire” is largely left up to the House Speaker — Paul Ryan, in this case. Back in June, Ryan took it upon himself to remind House members that they “should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearance on the floor may be.” Yeah, we wouldn’t want anything inappropriate to be happening with our lawmakers.
A Syrian woman who sought asylum in the United Kingdom has come up with the best-ever way to make a mark in her new home: CHEESE. Razan Alsous is an award-winning dairy industry entrepreneur, whose tasty work has been recognized by former prime minister David Cameron. After fleeing Syria in 2012, Aslous decided to embark on a career as a cheesemaker. She spent a year experimenting in her kitchen, researching the market, and applying for a small-business loan. In 2014, she launched Dama Cheese (short for Damascus) and shortly thereafter won bronze at the World Cheese Awards. Brb, just adding “Attend World Cheese Awards” to the top spot on our bucket list.