Only in New York.

Happening in the World: What is classified as the world’s most dangerous bird – the cassowary – may have been the earliest bird raised by humans. Described as territorial, aggressive, and “dinosaur-looking,” the cassowary may have been domesticated 18,000 years ago, in accordance with archaeological evidence of egg collection. In comparison, humans are believed to have first domesticated chickens 9,500 years ago (CNN).

Happening in the US: Top US military officials are set to face questioning about the end of the war in Afghanistan. The back-to-back hearings with the Senate and House Armed Services committees are scheduled for today and Wednesday (Washington Post).

Happening in NYC: NYC police have impounded vans being used as Airbnb rentals throughout Chelsea and the East Village. Dubbed “Operation Room Service,” more than half a dozen vehicles were busted. The office’s investigation included watching a Youtuber’s review of renting out one of the said vehicles, said Sherriff Joseph Fucito (NBC New York).

Happening in Our Community: The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought is featuring Professor Carol Gluck in a discussion on the contested memory of mass violence and “global memory culture” this Friday, October 1 from 11am to 12pm. Register here.

Study Snack of the Day: Chocolate-covered almonds. Almonds are full of Vitamin E, which (supposedly) boosts brain function. It’s a no-brainer.

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