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Taiwan urges citizens not to change name to ‘salmon’

Taiwan urges citizens not to change name to ‘salmon’

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(CNN) — Sushi is a favorite meal for many people around the world, but some residents in Taiwan are going to extraordinary lengths to get their hands on it for free -- by officially renaming themselves "salmon" to take advantage of a restaurant promotion. Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior stepped in on Wednesday and urged people to think carefully before changing their names after a surge in applications.According to the country's Name Act, people are entitled to do so just three times, meaning in theory someone could end up stuck with the name.Almost 100 people have registered to change their name as part of a promotion by the restaurant chain Sushiro, which runs until the end of Thursday, according Taiwan's official Central News Agency (CNA).On Monday, the chain announced it would give a...
The world’s ‘most dangerous’ cheese

The world’s ‘most dangerous’ cheese

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Editor's Note — (CNN) — The Italian island of Sardinia sits in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea, gazing at Italy from a distance. Surrounded by a 1,849-kilometer coastline of white sandy beaches and emerald waters, the island's inland landscape rapidly rises to form hills and impervious mountains. And it is within these edgy curves that shepherds produce casu marzu, a maggot-infested cheese that, in 2009, the Guinness World Record proclaimed the world's most dangerous cheese.Cheese skipper flies, Piophila casei, lay their eggs in cracks that form in cheese, usually fiore sardo, the island's salty pecorino.Maggots hatch, making their way through the paste, digesting proteins in the process, and transforming the product into a soft creamy cheese. Then the cheesemonger cracks open the top -- ...
Planning a trip? Here are the facts

Planning a trip? Here are the facts

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(CNN) — Bathed in the faint light at the end of the once seemingly endless pandemic tunnel are visions of trips that reunite us with loved ones or take us to some blissfully new environment.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still urging Americans -- even those who have been vaccinated -- not to travel, although a recent uptick in the number of passengers screened at US airport checkpoints indicates that people are traveling again in greater numbers.So in many cases, we may be getting ahead of ourselves. But there is no doubt that interest in traveling and making future plans is picking up -- raising lots of questions about how to safely navigate the new travel landscape.Each country has its own tangle of rules and restrictions, so almost any trip will require deep pre-tr...
Leyna Bloom makes history in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Leyna Bloom makes history in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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Written by Leah Dolan, CNNLeyna Bloom is the first first Black and Asian transgender woman to be featured in a Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated, hitting stands in July.The American model and actress initially made headlines as the first trans woman of color to star in a movie that premiered at Cannes Film Festival, 2019's "Port Authority." In a statement to CNN Style, Sports Illustrated praised Leyna Bloom's "undeniable sense of self that shines through the minute she walks on set."Leyna Bloom walks the runway for Chromat Spring/Summer 2020 during New York Fashion Week Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images"(Leyna's) story represents one grounded in resilience and we couldn't be more thrilled to help her tell it," the statement continued. "Her presence as the first trans woman of color to b...
Scandalous story of Ireland’s naked female statues

Scandalous story of Ireland’s naked female statues

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(CNN) — On forgotten walls of country churches or crumbling castles throughout Ireland, the tiny figures squat unseen. Lost in gray brickwork, obscured by ivy or moss, Sheela-na-gig stone carvings can be hard to spot in the wild -- but these medieval creations are in no way coy. Typically bald-headed naked females, with hanging breasts and legs spread wide to display exaggerated vulvas, Sheela-na-gigs at first seem peculiarly out of place in the prim surroundings of a Christian church. However, these envoys from an ancient past have a lot to teach us about Irish and northern European history, and about the pagan roots of the global festival now known as St. Patrick's Day. While in modern times it's a one-day celebration, it was once a three-day carnival that finished on March 18 -- Sheelah...