Aung San Suu Kyi, Niagara Falls tightrope walk, mint juleps: What’s Spiking (Thursday)

Vera H-C Chan

The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
Yahoo! and across the Web for Thursday May 3, 2012

Research by Search editor Liz Streng

A politician long oppressed by the opposition now joins them in a country's historic chapter. A man who comes from a long line of daredevils decides on a honeymoon destination for his next trick. And even those who don't know the odds of Daddy Long Legs versus Rousing Sermon versus I'll Have Another will be sipping a southern tradition this weekend. Toast to what you readers have been searching.

STANDOUT SPIKES (a deeper dig behind three trending terms)

Aung San Suu Kyi: The politician's roots in Burma's evolution went deep. Her father founded the army and helped win the country's independence from the British in 1947, only to be assassinated that year. Her mother gradually rose in the political ranks, becoming an ambassador to India and Nepal. Kyi received her degrees in England, where she met her husband, and returned in 1998 to take care of her mother. Politics though was in her blood, and she would become the general secretary for the National League for Democracy. Her party won a majority in the 1990 general election, but she was under house arrest. Out of 21 years, she was under house arrest for almost 15. Now she has signed an oath to join a parliamentary system created by the opposition who jailed her. A biopic about the Nobel Laureate, "The Lady," starring Michelle Yeoh, is in theaters now. Aung will travel abroad for the first time in 24 years to see her sons and grandchildren.

Niagara Falls Tightrope Walk: Nik Wallenda, as the surname might hint, descends from the Great Wallendas—about seven generations, to be precise. In keeping with his family lineage, he has earned a Guinness Book of World Records for biking on a high wire. Now he plans the death-defying trick to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope June 15, which inspired a fifth grader to ask, "I'm not trying to be rude but, are you crazy?" A Discovery Channel reality series on this daredevil this fall.

Mint Julep Recipe: As the Kentucky Derby rides into Churchill Downs this weekend, people are searching for the race's signature drink. According to the Derby site, about 120,000 of these drinks are served up at the racetrack, which requires 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

Controversy rages over the minutiae of a proper julep -- chipped or shaved ice, crystalline or boiled sugar -- but julep purists agree that a real mint julep must be served in a frosted silver julep glass. And, of course, made with the finest Kentucky bourbon. Moonlight and magnolias are optional.

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