Small bites

Published 8:30 am Sunday, April 10, 2022

It takes years to become a great soprano
Maria Callas, Birgit Nilsson and Joan Sutherland earned their fame in their day as the world’s greatest sopranos. Ten-year-old Victory Brinker of Latrobe, PA may be a little too young for her debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera or La Scala in Milan, Italy but the odds are she’ll make it one day soon, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. At the age of seven she was performing at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and was dubbed the world’s youngest opera singer by the folks at Guinness who keep track of world records like this one. Brinker says her opera-loving mom introduced her to the world of opera when she was six years old, inspiring her to pursue the art form. As she put it, she loved “the challenge of the difficult arrangements, the technique required to sing, all the runs, and the different languages all the arias are written in.”
Blame it on St. Patrick
It was the annual St. Patrick’s Day holiday that prompted moms in Center Grove, IN, Irish or not, to dress their kids in Shamrock green when they sent them off to Sugar Grove Elementary School, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. It was picture day, so many of the children were wearing green clothing and the photographer used “green screen” technology, which caused goofs in the proofs. It’s fixable but the photo proofs quickly became cause for levity. The green screen made the children’s clothing to reflect the background sets. As one mom explained it to reporters at WTHR-TV, “The top of [her son’s] hoodie is green, so he turned into the fence here. He had lime green shorts on, so I guess the darker the shirt the more transparent the background comes through. And he had a green mohawk, but that is completely gone.”
See Spot run
Italian authorities have hired a new guard to protect the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii – a tireless patrol dog, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. What breed of dog, you ask? It’s a 21st century “quadruped robotic dog” with the not-so-21st century name of Spot. Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, says “Often the safety conditions within the tunnels dug by grave robbers are extremely precarious, and so the use of a robot could signify a breakthrough that would allow us to proceed with greater speed and in total safety.”
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