ATTACK OF THE CICADAS, A 4 Year Old Mayor, and Is Merida Still Brave?
Posted 5/14/2013 3:00:00 PM

Over the next few weeks, billions of cicadas are expected to invade the East Coast, from North Carolina to Connecticut. Maybe even TRILLIONS.

But the good news is they're EDIBLE.

In an interview with NBC Philadelphia, Isa Betancourt from the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University explains that cicadas are, quote, "arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton."

"We regularly eat the arthropods of the sea" . . . meaning things like lobsters and crabs. And she even describes cicadas as, quote, "the shrimp of the land."

In fact, cicadas are considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world, including China, of course. And there's even a cicada COOKBOOK you can download for free called "Cicada-Licious".

Recipes include cicada dumplings, cicada stir-fry, cicada cookies, and cicada-rhubarb pie. According to the author, boiled cicadas DO taste a lot like shrimp.

Or if you eat them raw, they have a, quote, "delicate nutty flavor." You just have to pull the wings off first, because they tend to get stuck in your teeth.

If you think this all sounds crazy, the folks at the United Nations disagree. Just yesterday, they released a 200-page report, suggesting that bugs might be one of the keys to fighting world hunger.

Dorset, Minnesota, a town with a population of 22, chose their mayor by putting everyone's name in a hat and pulling one out. And this year the winner is a FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy!

Here are The Best Things About Having a Four-Year-Old Mayor.

All cops are required to dress like Power Rangers.

He can be bribed with a single Go-Gurt.

He'll come with Michael Bloomberg's adorable size, but without the intrusive "Nanny State" policies.

During ribbon cutting ceremonies, his tiny stature will make those gigantic scissors look even more hilariously gigantic.

Even though he naps 14 hours a day, he still accomplishes WAY more than the average elected official.

Property line disputes are resolved in favor of whoever has Goldfish crackers on hand.

He often conducts press briefings with applesauce in his hair.

The city seems less threatening now that the homeless are dressed as "Yo Gabba Gabba" characters.

There'd be a new ordinance banning the eating of vegetables.

One of the things people love about Disney's "Brave" is that the lead character, Merida, is a fierce, young, independent woman who would NEVER conform to sexist gender roles.

Until now.

Disney has named Merida its 11th official "Disney Princess". And with that title comes a brand new, glammed up makeover that's making a lot of people angry.

Check out a before-and-after pic on today's blog.

One of those people is BRENDA CHAPMAN . . . who won an Oscar for writing and co-directing "Brave" (co-directing because she was REMOVED FROM THE PROJECT. ATTICA!).

She's LIVID about the changes they made to Merida, calling it, quote, "a blatantly sexist marketing move based on money."

She adds, quote, "There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls. Disney marketing and the powers that be . . . should be ashamed of themselves.

"When little girls say they like it because it's more sparkly, that's all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy 'come hither' look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It's horrible!"

"Merida was created to break that mold . . . to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance. "

"I forget that Disney's goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me."

What do YOU think of the changes? Leave your comments below.

Posted By: Max Foizey  

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