Some places spook even those who scoff at the supernatural.
Our reporter braved a night in a haunted castle to find out why.
Some places spook even those who scoff at the supernatural.
Our reporter braved a night in a haunted castle to find out why.
The long-standing rule of matching wine and food -- red wine with red meat and white wine with fish -- actually has a scientific explanation, according to two scientists working for the Mercian Corporation, a Japanese producer and marketer of wine.
Can making something more fun change human behavior for the better? The Swedish seem to think so.
Southwest Airlines has launched an air fare sale in which some flights cost the same as what other carriers charge to check a bag.
Extreme pumpkin carving might not sound as intense as the envelope-pushing activities of tatted and pierced Gen-X daredevils usually called 'extreme.
It was found that alcohol should rank fifth, behind only cocaine, heroin, barbiturates and methadone, while tobacco should rank ninth, ahead of cannabis, LSD and Ecstasy.
A picture may be worth a thousand words but in monetary terms it's worth ten thousand pounds. winners of the landscape photographer awards
Facebook is quietly offering a fix to one of the social-networking service's most awkward loose ends -- what happens to user profiles after they die
Many consumers are feeling deceived now that SIGG has been outed for failing to tell the public that its bottles were not BPA-free, at least not the ones that were manufactured before August 2008
Take a glimpse of the near future.
Electric vehicles and other types of eco-friendly cars are taking center stage at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show, which runs through November 4.Following the commercial success of Toyota's hybrid car Prius, Japanese car makers introduced their latest line up of eco-friendly cars.
A politician from Ireland's governing party has claimed that "jumpy" drivers could benefit from having a relaxing alcoholic drink to steady their nerves.
Now that a former female Anheuser-Busch executive has filed a lawsuit claiming the beer company discriminated against her based upon her gender, some wonder if AB is acting a little too much like its target market, with a "locker room and frat party atmosphere" that works against female employees.
Apparently exposing someone to a deadly and lifelong disease isn't a big deal in the court of law.
When it comes to beauty products, sometimes ignorance is bliss.
Snake venom, bird droppings, snail serum and cow dung are but a few of the industry's extreme and off-putting ingredients that one might be shocked to know can be slathered about your body.
For every military hero or band of rebels who defied overwhelming odds, there's usually a handful of strategic or tactical blunders on the opposite side of the equation.
Here's the worst of the worst.
Halloween rules! Free candy, hot girls dressing provocatively, and costume parties.
Sometimes however, the costume parties suck, ugly girls trick you by dressing all hot, and neighbors give out the nastiest candy on Earth. So, because of that, here they are¦ the 11 treats you pray you dont get this Halloween.
The global downturn has left the car industry facing an unprecedented challange.
Graham Ruddick looks at the five men who will shape the industry's future.
When the people of the small Mexican town of Parcutin heard rumbling and felt the earth shake on February 20, 1943, they thought of an earthquake.
What they got was a volcano...
Guys who get this scared at carnival 'haunted houses' maybe shouldn't be cops...
Over the past month in Afghanistan it became clear that a Presidential runoff vote between President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah would need to take place.
Los Angeles' proposed medical marijuana ordinance -- which would ban the sale of pot at dispensaries -- could cost the city $36 million to $74 million in lost sales tax, according to a marijuana advocacy group.
Back when Norman Rockwell ruled Saturday evenings, Adobe wasn't even a gleam in some nerd's eye, but a new book shows that the painter was, nevertheless, a photoshop god.
A global campaign was undertaken in 1950, and within 30 years smallpox was struck from the face of the Earth.
Playing with dead insects is something wed normally deem excusable in children but slightly weird in adults.
Not so when you consider the work of Swedish photographer Magnus Muhr, who takes the carcasses of dead flies, lays them on paper and imbues them with new life through a few strokes of his pencil. Insect necrophilia never looked so good...
Facebook now has a function allowing you to report that friend is deceased, so that his/her profile can be "memorialized."
Last week the Obama Administration announced it would not seek to federally prosecute individuals or dispensaries who use or provide medicinal marijuana, as long as they complied with state law.
Instead, a Justice Department memo said, state prosecutors should pursue "significant traffickers" of illegal drugs.
Om Nom Nom Nom...
Nearly every basic cookbook offers conflicting techniques on how it should be done"start the egg in cold water, or gently lower it into boiling water; add vinegar to the water to lower its pH, or add baking soda to the water to raise it; cover the pot, don't cover the pot; use old eggs, or use new eggs, and on and on"but very few offer evidence....
Im not sure what propels us toward high-calorie food after a night of high-calorie beverages, but I do know that most of us tend to base our late-night eats on the same three factors"convenience, cheapness, and the greasier, the better.
Have you ever wondered which states have made marijuana legal for medical use? What about where marijuana use has been decriminalized? The following map illustrates which states have passed more progressive marijuana-related legislature, and offers insight to the prevalence and associated costs of marijuana-related offenses.
The steel from the World Trade Center was sent to Amite, LA, where it was melted down in a local foundry and "Those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence." The ship will be commissioned in New York City on November 7th, 2009, when a small piece of what was lost on September 11 will return to the Big Apple.
Remember the Honda CRX? 56 mpg on the highway and a blast to drive.
It was a great achievement: a car that was fun to drive and efficient. Things have gone pretty much downhill since.
Going through a recent paper craft exhibition in Tokyo. Words alone cannot exactly capture the intensity of Itous creation.
But looking at it, one is left wondering whether paper craft could ever get any better, or whether Itous work isnt really as good as it can get; in other words the ultimate.
From the early 19th century onwards, American politicians and the American people have frequently been seen as culturally and intellectually inferior by outsiders.
Should these claims be seen as anti-American stereotypes and prejudices or is there reasonable evidence to support such conclusions?
In these lean times for journalists, the temptation to live large with an all-expenses-paid vacation and some high-grade swag is harder than ever to resist -- even if it means skirting the company ethics policy.
Some New Yorkers may want to reconsider exclaiming "Thank God" when arriving at their destination subway station beginning next Monday.
Breast cancer sufferers at the end of their lives should be denied a new drug that could give them three extra months, the NHS rationing body has recommended.
TOYOTA has unveiled a new Lexus two-seat super car, the LFA, with a 4.8-litre engine and a price tag of about $US375,000.
The new addition to Toyota's luxury Lexus line uses lightweight materials such as carbon fibre. It has a V10 petrol engine and boasts a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour, with an acceleration of 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds
If haggling isnt your forte, have no fear, we have a few tips for you.
Here are the greenest cars on the road this--and next--year.
And then there's the 10 worst gas guzzlers . . .
For many people today, their local shopping mall takes the place of the town squares of ancient societies.
Is Russia eating Europe?
Pedantic a-holes decry the use of combined words.
Illustrator Marc Johns causing some trouble in a Starbucks Bathroom.
Theres a stigma that goes along with canned beer, that its cheap and it tastes like metal. NOT TRUE. Beer can taste delicious regardless of the vessel you serve it in.
The world's top aging scientists will converge on Manhattan Beach from November 13 through 15 to figure out how to put off that whole getting-old-and-dying thing.
The candy you're always excited about finding in your trick or treat basket, even though it actually, when you think about it, doesn't really taste that great.
A time when most kids get called into the house is safe for them because they have albinism, a genetic condition that means they lack the normal protective pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair.
Welcome to Potopia.
A nine-block section of downtown Oakland, Calif., has become a modern marijuana mecca"and a model for what a legalized-drug America could look like.
Investigators say William Melchert-Dinke visited online suicide chat rooms and offered depressed people step-by-step instructions on how to kill themselves.
He is under investigation in at least two deaths and could face criminal charges. His nursing license was revoked in June.
The Anheuser-Busch ad buy, for the Oct. 17 episode, marks the first time in 35 seasons of the show that a single marketer has bought all its national commercial time, according to NBC.
It's designed to grab attention for Golden Wheat, which the brewing giant introduced on October 5.
Illustrated guide to monsters features a collection of cutaway diagrams showing the anatomy of traditional monsters from Japanese folklore.
The Makura-gaeshi (pillow-mover), pictured in the thumbnail, is a soul-stealing prankster known for moving pillows around while people sleep. The creature is invisible to adults and can only be seen by children
"From the Freakonomics blog, which highlights a NYU School of Medicine study trying to figure out if that state's law requiring restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, similar to one that we just passed in Washington, has had any effect on eating habits."
In the future, we'll all be able to drive without leaving home.
Researchers in Berlin reworked their DARPA-spec autonomous minivan to be controllable by an iPhone app
World Record Breaking Burger, cooked up by a US restaurant, weighs in at a gut-busting 13 STONE and is topped with a dozen tomatoes, ten onions, more than 50 rashers of bacon, and a pound of sliced cheese.
British biologist Richard Dawkins is the author of the new book "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution."Biologist Richard Dawkins is turning down the atheist rhetoric as he promotes "The Greatest Show on Earth,"
Some of the most breathtaking images of nature.
I wish I could be there.
"Three words I thought I'd never type together: Taco Bell cupcakes.
But the taco chain is apparently test marketing cupcakes -- as well as a new line of smoothie offerings -- in California."
Susan Collins of Maine indicates that she's open to voting for sweeping health care legislation this year. But she says the bill approved Tuesday by a Senate panel needs substantial improvements to make coverage more affordable, contain costs and protect Medicare.
I always find it funny to hear doctors and scientists talk about the possibility of prolonging life or even living forever.
Not because I don't think it's possible, but because I already know I will live forever, just as soon as I clear my operating thetan and free myself from this pesky meat body. I mean, why even discuss it?
Collected here are a recent handful of images of people from all walks of life, events large and small, and daily life in China, care of Elizabeth Dalziel.
Nature's very own Rorschach tests...Far up on Yellow Mountain in the south east of Chinas Anhui province is a trail comprising tens of thousands of granite steps...
Researchers at Auburn University and Ford have teamed up to develop new accident-avoidance technology that allows satellites to communicate with a vehicles on-board electronic stability control (ESC) to prevent a crash.
Not every home purchased is an investment ... many times it is quite the opposite. Many apartment hunters are happy renters and forgo the up-and-downs of home owning. We just wanted to buy something.
We were like fresh meat. - The LeCount's, former owners who recently ditched their condo for a waterside apartment at Liberty Towers ...
In his African homeland, the cost of soap is out of reach for many, often with tragic consequences.
In 2004, the World Health Organization found roughly 15 percent of deaths among Ugandan children under age 5 resulted from diarrheal diseases, many of which could be prevented through hand sanitation.
Fairy chimneys, blood red rivers and Seuss-like spotted lakes: these aren't CGI settings for sci-fi films, but real places right here on earth.
From rivers in Spain that run blood red to a legendary place of underground rock cities and fairy chimneys in Turkey, these locations seem to have come straight out of science fiction.
Oscar Wrigley, a two-year-old with the same IQ as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, has become the youngest boy in Britain to be accepted into Mensa.
If you need some cheap and novel ambient lighting for your next party, you're only a box of ping-pong balls and a string of lights away from solving your lighting worries.
The young woman stood naked in her downtown office building, swaying next to an open window.
Her final words were sudden and calm: "I know I am going to jump."
General Motors Co signed a deal on Friday to sell its iconic but tarnished Hummer brand to an investment partnership headed by an obscure Chinese machinery maker in an agreement that...
In 1983, Stanislav Petrov held a very important station: He was in charge of monitoring the Soviet Unions satellites over the United States, and watching for any sign of military action.
According to the system, the United States had launched five missiles and the U.S.S.R. was under attack.
One of the best ways to really trip deeply into imagination is to check 3D works! Yes, 3D opens wide possibilities for stories, as we see new characters, still to have their story written.
Seriously, thank God for 3D artists, like the ones featured here.
Boba Fett wished all his bounties were so easily caught.
Providing small classes for at least several consecutive grades starting in early elementary school gives students the best chance to succeed in later grades, according to groundbreaking new research from a Michigan State University scholar.
Sawyer County Sheriff's Secretary Margie Schull said more than 30 people showed up at the courthouse to witness the auction of the property, which included 407 secluded acres with a 37-acre private lake, an eight-car garage and a guard tower.
Flu season is here! So while we're slathering ourselves in Purell and homeopathic elderberry tinctures in what will surely be a futile effort to keep the swine flu at bay, here's a list of our favorite comfort foods and drinks for when the flu inevitably strikes.
SAN FRANCISCO " Marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to get at least three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010 in California, setting up what could be a groundbreaking clash with the federal government over U.S. drug policy.
It's hard out there in this economy, but it's not (ever) hard enough to do this.
Ralph Lauren tries to DMCA BoingBoing - Oops!
Gaiam admits that bottles previously labeled "BPA-free" leach BPA at nearly 20 times SIGGs levels.
The company has quietly provided the data on it's retail website from independent lab test results that show BPA leaching levels at 23.8 parts per billion.
I only watch a handful of the 200+ DirecTV channels I pay for.
To see whether I could survive without the pricey service, I simply went without it. I soon wondered why we all don't just turn off traditional TV.
The world has gone bacon crazy, and it has nothing to do with the food item actually made from pork bellies.
The truth became murky sometime in the 1980s, when Kim began publicizing a new, more illustrious version.
He switched his birth date from 1941 to 1942, making him the same age for two years straight. Then he built a log cabin on the highest mountain in North Korea, proclaiming it his official birthplace and offering guided tours. Which one is real?
South African businessman Milton Mbele says marrying his four wives on the same day made financial sense.
Vampires have a much richer history, it's true.
Ancient cultures like Persia and Rome all have some version of bloodsucking spirit, but the current incarnation really became popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Zombies, by comparison, didn't start showing up on our radar until the mid-1800s.
San Francisco may be the food capital of the United States (at least in our minds), but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other destinations worthy of gastro-tourism this fall.
Fasten your seat belt (and undo the top button of your jeans) as we take you to some of our global favorites.
A Spanish judge Tuesday ordered an Argentine pilot to be kept in prison in Madrid, Spain, until a decision is made about whether he should be extradited to his home country on charges that he participated in "death flights."
Annie Novak and Ben Flanner have been farming the rooftop of a Brooklyn warehouse since May 2009 and the 6,000 square-foot farm has over 30 different varieties of vegetables.
Nearby restaurants have caught on to the idea and the urban farmers have been making deliveries on their bikes - now that's local.
Well you may not be asleep right now, but that perfect world is closer than you think, because caffeinated lip balm is a product that actually exists as strange as that may seem.
Here are some other unlikely caffeinated contenders.
Of all the hair-raising escapades in the show, being chased by murderous Alabamans was the scariest says presenter.
Even after a big dinner, do you still crave something sweet? Here are five expert tips on how to quench your cravings.
Any one of these books is capable of leaving you feeling a little depressed at the least, and permanently scarred at the worst.
Id say enjoy, but that doesnt really seem appropriate ¦
Conde Nast Publications is closing Gourmet, the nation's oldest food magazine, and three other money-losing titles as the high-end publisher tries to weather a devastating advertising slump.
After a 15-year absence patrolling U.S. streets, an all-new law-enforcement-only Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) joins GM'a fleet in 2011.
October is breast-cancer-awareness month, and already the country is awash in various shades of pink.
But some groups have taken a more direct approach to promoting breast-cancer awareness: namely, by making us all aware of breasts. Big, bouncing, half-naked breasts.
Stop the presses.
There is a new frontier for newspapers after all -- in the novelty aisle.
Would sir like night vision? Does he require the eyes of a hawk? Or one eye customised to see into the distance, the other for reading? Such questions are now the stuff of client consultations in leading eye clinics.
There are exceptions to every rule, but for the most part, these 15 points of contention provide for easy ways to perpetuate the rift been the two disparate halves of humanity.
Do you die in real life, too?
The travel industry continues to smart from the recession, so deals abound.
You just need to know where to look. Search no further than our 21 tips to save on lodging, airfare, vacation packages and cruises: Book a bargain stay.
Looks like we're celebrating Halloween early this year...
Residents of Ottawa, Canada, have been complaining that soot from a crematorium on Bank street has been "falling and blowing on nearby homes" and making it impossible to open windows or sit outside. A resident said: "It makes you feel like you're breathing in the remnants of a ... dead body.
More than half of babies born in rich nations today will live to be 100 years old if current life expectancy trends continue, according to Danish researchers.
A soggy wooden board carpeted in soft white fungi doesn't look like much, but in the right hands it can become a world class violin.
According to a recent sound test before about 180 people, two fungi infested violins bested a multi-million dollar Stradivarius.
11 Colorful Droplets Captured In High Speed
GM pulled the plug on Saturn, ending nearly 20 tumultuous years with this bold, creative automotive experiment.
Now, the many Saturn owners, lovers and admirers are asking, What happened? Here's how Saturn came up short.
Strange as it may seem, the people in Bihar have no aversion to cremating their dead with cow dung--it's entirely socially acceptable, rapidly growing as a practice, and is now done by 40% of the population.
And it's one of the oddest and best conservation stories to emerge in some time.
Swiss penmaker Montblanc, in a jarring attempt to raise its profile in India, has unveiled a gold-and-silver fountain pen to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi, the independence leader whose austere asceticism was at the heart of his liberation campaign.
Media psychiatrist: "It's a collusion.
We're colluding with the media providers to live in la-la land." SOMETHING's gotta be forcing people to stand on line for Michael Jackson movie tickets for THREE DAYS...
Caring for others is what this service-minded person talks about while speaking to Express on his blood donation saga.
Age hasn't deterred him from continuing his service to humanity.
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