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How do you make a better piñata? A Mexican party isn't complete without a piñata. Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures. The figures will later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club. ... - Posted on February 12, 2015
Ancient skull found in Israel may be from Africa Long ago, humans left Africa. They passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey. It's a partial skull from an Israeli cave. The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago. It fits... - Posted on February 10, 2015
This year, Monarchs cover a little more ground The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels. But their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres. It was the ... - Posted on February 9, 2015
Would you hang out with cats, rabbits – or owls? In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is an exotic concept. People can't get enough of it. A cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are almost fully booked more than two months in advance. But in ... - Posted on February 4, 2015
Wanna a better selfie? Get a selfie stick Selfies at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with a landmark in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo. Now, though, relatively new gadgets called selfie sticks make it ... - Posted on February 2, 2015
Ballooning across the ocean like camping in the sky An international team is piloting the helium-filled, Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records. Balloon pilots Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev), of Russia, launched from Saga... - Posted on January 30, 2015
Bikes can make your home look wheely cool Bicycles have become part of hipster culture. Today there are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments. You can find them from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York. The rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky seats and vintage ... - Posted on January 29, 2015
What? Another country has run out of fries? Forget the French fries. How about a side of yuca with that Big Mac? Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes. Now they are serving alternatives. Like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca. That's a starchy staple of traditional South American c... - Posted on January 21, 2015
Commuter bus runs on human waste On November 20, 2014, tourists boarded a bus at Bristol Airport. It ran to Bath in England. The markings on the bus, however, showed that this bus was different. One side of the bus pictured people dumping food scraps into food-recycling bins. This is how people dispose of waste in... - Posted on January 16, 2015
What's in a name? A free, round-the-world trip! A Toronto man who made headlines last month by offering a free round-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend has found Ms. Right. Jordan Axani, 28, and his then girlfriend, named Elizabeth Gallagher, booked heavily discounted round-the-world a... - Posted on January 14, 2015