Sue’s List #22
Welcome to a unique compilation that delves into a wide range of subjects, from the perils faced by pedestrians to the world of tofu cat litter and the fascinating world of Sh'mallow. Enjoy!
Alarming Surge in Pedestrian Fatalities: A Call for Urgent Action to Save Lives on US Roads
Pedestrian fatalities in the United States reached a staggering high in 2022, with 7,508 unfortunate souls struck and killed by cars. It's like a throwback to the '80s, but definitely not a cool one. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian deaths have skyrocketed by a mind-boggling 77% since 2010, while all other traffic-related deaths have only increased by 25%. Talk about going the extra mile, or in this case, the extra fatal mile. If you're planning a stroll, you might want to avoid New Mexico, Arizona, and Florida, where the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents were recorded. And get this: pedestrians are twice as likely to become fatally hit at 30 mph compared to 20 mph, and a whopping five times more likely at 40 mph. Nighttime is also prime time for pedestrian fatalities, so watch your step after the sun goes down. As GHSA CEO Jonathan Adkins aptly puts it, "Every day, 20 people go for a walk and do not return home." It's a tragic reality, but preventable. We need better infrastructure, slower speeds, and a crackdown on risky driving behaviors. Thankfully, the government is stepping in with proposals for higher safety standards, including automatic emergency braking and pedestrian-detection technology. Let's hope we can put the brakes on this deadly trend and make our sidewalks safer for everyone.
If you've ever dreamed of magically spraying marshmallows on your hot chocolate like Reddi-wip, your wish has come true! Thanks to a delightful mom-and-pop startup called Sh'mallow from Portland, Oregon, you can now get aerosol cans of dairy-free marshmallow topping. Imagine spraying it directly on s'mores, ice cream, or even straight into your mouth (when no one's watching, of course). For $30, you can enjoy a 3-pack that comes with a mini-torch for toasting. The mastermind behind this marshmallow revolution is Kenny Baker, a former coffee shop worker turned truck driver. Inspired by hot chocolate being served in coffee shops, he tinkered with at-home aerosol whipped cream equipment and marshmallow recipes. The result is a dairy-free, gluten-free, and kosher concoction made of sugar and egg whites. Baker is excited to showcase Sh'mallow at the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show, currently happening at NYC's Javits Center. Get ready to indulge in marshmallow madness!
Flush Away Your Litter Woes with Tofu Cat Litter
We all love our furry friends but cat litter? Not so much…..thankfully Tofu cat litter is here to save the day, and it's tofu-rific! Made from food-grade soy pulp, this litter is the purr-fect choice for environmentally conscious kitty owners. Not only is it free from harmful toxins and synthetic compounds, but it also offers unbeatable convenience. Why? Because this tofu magic easily dissolves in water, allowing you to simply flush it down the toilet when needed. Talk about easy cleanup! No wonder it's gaining popularity. In fact, one popular brand of tofu cat litter is raking in a whopping $16K per month on Amazon. It's time to join the Alternative Cat Litter revolution, where eco-friendly and health-conscious cat owners are saying goodbye to traditional clay litter. Say hello to wood cat litter and grass cat litter, the trendy alternatives that are making tails wag and purrs soar. Let's keep our furry friends happy and our planet even happier!
For small peeps
Get ready for the most paw-some events of the summer! The SoNo Collection, Norwalk's ultimate retail, lifestyle, and event space, is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Summer Pup Parties! Calling all pet owners, it's time to make your furry friend's summer dreams come true. The SoNo Collection is a haven for dogs, both indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy a dog-friendly environment all year round. But this summer, they are taking it to a whole new level with their special pop-up Pup Parties on the SoNo Garden Roof Terrace.
Join on select Saturdays - June 24, July 22, and August 12 - for an extravaganza of canine fun. Watch your pups romp, run, and play in a tail-wagging wonderland. They have lined up an array of exciting activities, including delicious eats and treats, entertaining games, fabulous giveaways, and surprises that will make you and your furry companion howl with delight.
But that's not all! Make it a true family day out by indulging in brunch, lunch, or dinner at any of The SoNo Collection's delectable restaurants and market eateries. Whether you're in the mood for a gourmet meal or a quick bite, we have something to satisfy every palate. And yes, your pup is more than welcome to join you for a scrumptious feast.
So mark your calendars and head over to The SoNo Collection located at 100 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Find out more about this exciting event and explore all that The SoNo Collection has to offer by visiting their website at www.thesonocollection.com.
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Happy 4th of July and see you next Tuesday!