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New Sesame Street Muppet Is Poor And Hungry

“Sesame Street” has got a hungry, impoverished new character—and it isn’t Oscar the Grouch or the Cookie Monster. Lily, a 7-year-old girl whose family often struggles to get enough to eat, will appear in the show’s prime-time special “Growing Hope Against Hunger” this Sunday, reports Entertainment Weekly. The Wal-Mart-sponsored special looks at the issue of hunger, which affects an estimated 17 million Americans. Read more…

World’s Shortest Living Cat, Fizz Girl, Gets Into Guinness Book

A tiny cat in San Diego is getting about the biggest honor possible: A spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The cat in question is named Fizz Girl and she measures a measly 6 inches tall from floor to shoulder. As a result, she’s just been declared the world’s shortest living cat by the folks at Guinness World Records. Read more…

Today’s Lady News: Jewish Women, Move To The Side For Men!

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  • New signs have been posted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which read “Precious Jewish daughters, please move over to the side when you see man come across.” The neighborhood has a high concentration of Orthodox Jews, who operate a strict separation between the sexes among people who are unrelated. So far, at least 16 signs have been removed by New York City’s parks department — not because of their content but because they were nailed to trees, which is illegal. [Brooklyn Paper]
  • On domestic violence and doing “too much” in self-defense. [Madame Noire]
  • Geeks in the Seattle area, make sure you check out Geek Girl Con this weekend (Oct. 8 and 9) for as much nerdiness as you can handle! [Geek Girl Con 2011]
  • Paula Louise Ettelbrick, an LGBT activist and former executive director of the nonprofit International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, died today at 56. [Queerty]

Three Women Winners Of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

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Three women from Africa and the Middle East have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (pictured), peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and democracy activist Tawakul Karman of Yemen have all been honored for their commitment to nonviolence. The majority of individuals to win the Nobel Peace Prize in the past 110 years have been men; the last time a woman won was seven years ago. Congratulations, ladies! It’s a proud day to be a woman. [New York Times]

Michelle Obama To Set Jumping Jack World Record

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Michelle Obama is our hero. She is using the get-lots-of-people-to-do-a-simple-thing strategy in order to set a Guinness World Record. More specifically, she is teaming up with National Geographic Kids to break the world record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24 hour period, beginning on October 11 at 3 p.m. and ending on October 12th at the same time. To break the record, they will need a minimum of 20,426 people to do a minute of jumping jacks—so they are recruiting groups of kids all over the world. Hundreds of kids in DC will even get to do their jumping jacks on the South Lawn of the White House. We bet the Secret Service is not too thrilled  – after all, that’s an awful lot of kids to frisk. [Newser]

10 Mothers Who Tried To Sell Their Babies

If only babies came with an exchange policy, then we’d never have to hear about another mother trying to sell her newborn for $15,000. Bridget Wismer is the latest baby seller to get caught. She allegedly planned to take a trip to Disney World with the bank she made from her baby. Her asking price seems a little low, doesn’t it? Disney World is not that fun.

Click through to see some more mothers who tried to sell their babies. I’m sad that there are enough of theses stories for a full slideshow … but, alas, there are. [USA Today]

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