Phyllis Sanford turned 3 today!
Focus on the two ladies: Michelle Thrush, from the Cree Nation in Canada in the black dress; and Misty Upham from the Blackfeet Nation in the USA in a light dress. Misty says they are the first Native Americans to walk the Cannes red carpet. Also, the man right behind Misty is Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. They are doing so for their movie Jimmy P. Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian
Fox has one of the fastest recoveries in the Endangered Species Act’s history.
One of America’s rarest mammals, found only on six Channel Islands, the island fox was driven nearly to extinction in the 1990s by predatory golden eagles. By 1999, there were only about 85 island foxes left on Santa Cruz Island, while nearby San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands were each down to about 15.
Today, the species is on the verge of a dramatic recovery—one of the fastest in the history of the Endangered Species Act—with nearly 2,500 on the Channel Islands.
Restored Faith in Humanity of the Day: A Kindergartner Read 875 Books in One School Year
People say kids don’t read enough books these days, but one young pupil at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles, Los Angeles, would beg to differ. Over the course of the past school year, five-year-old Sophia Moss read through nearly the entire kindergarten and first-grade sections of her school’s library. According to the local news report, her father Carl helped her check out five books a week this fall, which eventually grew to more than 20 books per week. In addition to her passion for reading, Sophia has already begun writing her first book, a story about a superhero turtle titled “Sophia’s Pet.”
Stereotank is a little “library” in NYC designed by Venezuelan architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente. The concept creates an ‘inhabitable’ environment, where users can immerse themselves into the space, taking the time to browse through books and borrow or exchange them. The structure is built out of an inversed plastic tank and a wooden frame. perforations around the volume allows visitors to peek inside and preview the interior configuration, which can be accessed by ducking under the yellow structure. [via designboom]