World’s youngest yoga teacher

A seven-year-old girl in India earned a Guinness World Record as the world’s youngest certified yoga instructor.

The record-keeping organisation said Praanvi Gupta was seven years and 165 days old when she was verified as the world’s youngest yoga instructor (female).

Gupta, who started practicing yoga with her mother when she was 3 1/2 years old, was certified as a teacher by the Yoga Alliance Organisation after completing a 200-hour training course.

“I want to spread the love of yoga to as many people as possible,” Gupta told. Gupta regularly shares her love of yoga on her YouTube channel.

Chocolate bars made from plants

The Hershey Co. said that Reese’s Plant Based Peanut Butter Cups will be its first vegan chocolates sold nationally, soon followed a second plant-based extra creamy with almonds and sea salt.

The chocolates are made with oats instead of milk, Hershey said.

Hershey has experimented with vegan chocolate before. It sold an oat-based chocolate bar called Oat Made in some test markets starting in 2021.

Hershey said consumers want choice and are looking for products they consider healthier or with fewer ingredients, including reduced sugar and plant-based options. But plant-based versions will cost more, though the price isn’t shared yet.

Letters sent to Spider-Man’s Queens address exhibit

A New York Museum is displaying hundreds of letters addressed to Marvel hero Spider-Man, delivered to a Queens home that shares the costume adventurer’s comic book address.

The City Reliquary Museum said the home at 20 Ingram Street in Forest Hills started receiving letters addressed to “Peter Parker” and “Spider-Man” after the address was revealed as the home of the super hero and his Aunt May in a 1989 comic book.

Incidentally, the family who lived at the address also share the last name Parker. In many of the letters, children ask Spider-Man for help getting their own super hero careers off the ground. The exhibit is titled “Dear Spider-Man, Letters to Peter Parker” and runs through April 2.

Cricket-flavoured ice cream scoops

A German ice cream parlour has expanded its menu with a skin-crawling offering: cricket-flavoured scoops with dried brown crickets on top.

The unusual confection is available at Thomas Micolino’s store in southern Germany’s town of Rottenburg am Neckar, a German news agency reported.

European Union regulation allows the use of the insects in food. Under the regulation, crickets may be frozen, dried or used as a powder. The EU already allowed migratory locusts and flour beetle larvae as a food additive.

Micolino’s ice cream is made of cricket flour, heavy cream, vanilla extract and, honey, and he tops it with dried whole crickets.

The creative vendor says that while some people are disgusted and even upset that he is offering insect ice cream, curious customers have mostly liked the new flavour.

Published in Dawn, Young World, March 25th, 2023

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