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This viral clip of Dartmouth alum Jake Tapper prior to the Alabama election is too good not to share

8.53 million views and counting — and that’s only on this iteration of the video, which is ricocheting all across internet. Watch until the end.

Meanwhile, Roy Moore continues to refuse to concede. Via the Washington post:

Read the executive order related to Sununu’s new advisory council on diversity and inclusion

Gov. Chris Sununu has announced the establishment of an 18-person advisory board charged with making recommendations on ways to combat discrimination through legislative and other efforts, as well as the formation of a new civil rights unit within the New Hampshire Department of Justice. The executive order related to the former is below. Click here to read the Valley News’ full news alert.

Astronauts will watch ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in space

Nah, man, it’s happening. You can thank technology.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that NASA astronauts about the International Space Station will be treated to a screening of the latest Star Wars film, which is due to release in theaters on Friday.

Very few details are available, but NASA spokesman Daniel Huot confirmed that the International Space Station crew will watch The Last Jedi in orbit. There’s no timeline yet on when the screening will be.

Do you think they have to worry about spoilers in space? #deepthoughts

Either way, it’s pretty cool. I’ll bet the astronauts are pumped.

Happy Hanukkah! How about some doughnuts?

From this morning’s Valley News:

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, but it is also the Festival of Fried Foods, and a perfect time for consuming guilt-free doughnuts and fried chicken.

 

Why fry? Oil is central to the Jewish holiday, which commemorates the victory of rebellious Maccabees over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. When the Jews went to clean up and rededicate the ransacked temple, they needed eight days to prepare sacred oil for the temple lamps and candelabras. Although they found just a single small vial of purified oil, enough for one day, so the story goes, that little bit of oil lasted eight days until more could be made.

Click here to read more — and to get your hands on the recipe for salted tahini doughnuts, shown below!

 

Salted tahini doughnuts. Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post.

‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year

*Applause emoji*

In a year that brought us a lot of buzzwords, dictionary Merriam-Webster has chosen “feminism” as its No. 1.

Merriam-Webster‘s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, showing a 70% increase over 2016. It also saw several spikes in lookups that corresponded to various news reports and events during the year. The general rise in lookups tells us that many people are interested in this word; specific spikes give us insight into some of the reasons why.

From The Associated Press:

Today, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.”

Read more about why the dictionary chose “feminism” here.