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Thousands of pigs roamed the streets of New York City in the 1800s, until gentrification drove them away. — Quartz

"On his first visit to America in 1842, Charles Dickens found plenty to ridicule—America’s money obsession, their manners, their tobacco chewing habits. But the biggest target of Dickens’ humor was New Yorkers. Specifically, their pigs."

"Stepping onto Broadway, New York’s biggest commercial thoroughfare, Dickens encountered “two portly sows” and “a select party of half-a-dozen gentlemen hogs” among the brightly dressed ladies and a bustle of coaches. Even more than this strange sight of pigs roaming the city’s streets, Dickens was captivated by the free and easy swine lifestyle—a “roving, gentlemanly, vagabond kind of life.” Scavenging curbside trash in droves, New York’s wandering pigs were on “equal, if not superior footing” with humans—a model of self-sufficiency."

Manure Spills Reported to DEC, By County

After reading about the manure spill in Westerlo, I was curious to see how many manure spills had been reported to the DEC since 1972. The answer is 353 spills were reported, at least with the keyword "manure". Western New York -- DEC Region 9 seems to have the greatest number of reported manure spills -- but that may be due to differences on how regional offices in the state report spills. As the DEC doesn't standardize reporting of materials, it's possible other manure spills have been reported, but they used a different keyword, like "nutrients" or mispellings of manure. Here is the Westerlo story: http://wnyt.com/news/tractor-trailer-crash-injures-driver-route-411-silver-creek-road-westerlo-albany-county/4544404/

Data: NYS DEC Spill Database, July 18, 2017. Keyword "manure", joined together by county of spill. https://data.ny.gov/Energy-Environment/Spill-Incidents/u44d-k5fk

Cows Flown In To Alleviate Qatar’s Milk Shortage

"After they land, the cows will make a home in the Wisconsin of Qatar "on a site covering the equivalent of almost 70 soccer fields, (where) new grey sheds line two strips of verdant grass in the desert with a road running through the middle up to a small mosque," according to Bloomberg.

Al Khayyat, chairman of a company called Power International Holding, told Bloomberg that he had already been planning on importing the cows by boat. But when Qatar was cut off by Saudi Arabia and four other countries, he picked up the pace. He expects milk production to begin by the end of June and to meet a third of Qatar's milk demand by mid-July. He told the publication that shipping the cows by air raised the transport cost five times over, to $8 million."

Eating Ice Cream For Breakfast May Improve Mental Performance And Alertness, Study Says

" Although an early morning sugar rush may be parents and teachers worst fears, a new study recently found eating ice cream first thing in the morning can actually be beneficial for the brain. The study, published by Kyorin University professor Yoshihiko Koga, said eating ice cream right after waking up can result in improved instances of alertness and mental performance."