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Good morning!! The start of the week is never easy, but to paraphrase Mary Poppins, a spoonful of sugar can make life’s toughest tasks fun. Taste offbeat yet brilliant desserts today, meet the Ugandan Ruth Bader Ginsburg of global law, check out the next big IPOs, wear Mexico’s coolest dancing shoes and test your Emmy knowledge with our trivia game.
Bangkok police Monday signaled plans to charge protesters who led a historic march on the Thai royal palace over the weekend, demanding reforms to the monarchy and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The protesters aren’t backing down.
What if we have to flee Earth altogether? Learn how to build a house on Mars.
Start stockpiling fish scales and fungi. They contain a compound, chitin, that Singapore scientists have found could prove vital for construction on the red planet when mixed with its soil. Time to run and scavenge the garbage before others get the idea ...
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Check out OZY’s Sunday Magazine on Ginsburg’s unparalleled journey from law clerk to rock-star jurist. The women you’ll meet next are among the world’s most powerful female judges today — and could carve out a legacy as seminal as RBG’s.
Next Global Ginsburgs
1. Julia Sebutinde
She knows the terror of conflict. The 66-year-old Ugandan jurist survived three civil wars before becoming the first female African judge appointed to the world’s highest court, the International Court of Justice, in 2012. Now she’s using that platform to fight for the small guy even when hers is a dissenting voice like RBG’s was so often — whether it’s the Marshall Islands against India on nuclear weapons or Senegal against Belgium on torture.
2. Rosa Weber
The vice president of Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court doesn’t shy away from taking on the country’s most powerful — or its most entrenched beliefs. In 2018, she led unprecedented public hearings on decriminalizing abortion until 12 weeks — currently allowed only to victims of rape or if the mother’s life is in danger. And last year, she challenged President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision allowing citizens to carry loaded weapons in public.
3. Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat
AppointedMalaysia’s first female chief justice last year, Tengku Maimun has built a reputation as a dissenter. Now she’s encouraging her peers on the top court to follow her example — even though that has left her in the minority in recent cases. “The loyalty that is expected from you is allegiance to defend the principle of the separation of powers, independence of the judiciary and [to] uphold the rule of law,” she told her fellow judges last year.
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Jimmy Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston started a “Dumpster fire” at the Emmy Awards last night — and then struggled to put it out. But crazy moments at the Emmys aren’t a new phenomenon.
This Emmy winner nearly picked a date over the award ceremony the year she won. Name her.
The economy’s down, but IPOs are in fashion in Brazil, witnessing a surge unseen since 2007 as firms race to draw cash from a market unmoved by the pain of millions who’ve lost jobs. One of the biggest gainers? Fashion retailer Soma Group, which raised $348 million through its late July IPO. Fashion forward indeed.
Kings wore these in what is today the Republic of Congo. The sandals were also royal heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation. But the Congolese weren’t alone. Toe knob sandals — called the paduka — have also been worn for centuries in India. Ornate padukas were part of a bride’s trousseau.
2. Pointy Boots
Wear these on the dance floor and you’ll be sure to stand out. Just make sure your partner doesn’t trip on these brilliant — and relatively new — Mexican creations. Measuring up to 5 feet long, some are so big the wearer must strap them to their belt to be able to walk. This fashion statement has now made its way into the U.S. too. Point made.
3. Dep Lop
Made from discarded rubber tires, these sandals were worn by the Viet Cong as they fought the booted American military in Vietnam. The sandals won, the boots lost. Recent years have seen a revival in interest in them.
Finally, start your week on a high … a sugar high.
Malva pudding is a cake made with bread, apricot jam, vinegar and a generous dose of Amarula, the South African version of Bailey’s — served with ice cream. Let all your worries melt away. Read more.
2. Ice Cream Burger
Crumbled cookies, bonbons, oodles of chocolate ice cream and much more sandwiched between hamburger buns. If you can beat this Hong Kong specialty, the treat’s on me. Read more.
3. Dinosaur Delicacy
Think of the flavors of the banana, pineapple, papaya and mango … all in one. Mark Twain called the cherimoya — with its dinosaur-like skin — the most delicious fruit known to man. It’s from the Andes but you can find it on Amazon. Read more.