23 January 2019


  • Mr Fang says it took Xiaoniu just an hour to learn to walk upright. Photos: ChinaFotoPress

    Two legs good, man’s best friend discovers

    Dec 24, 2014 9:21am
    “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?” Abraham Lincoln once asked with a twinkle in his eye. The answer? “Four,” Honest Abe said. “Calling a tail a leg doesn’t...
  • In Japan, you can be a bride without landing a husband. Someone will even organize your wedding package. Photo: Internet

    Guess what’s missing in this wedding package?

    Dec 23, 2014 10:47am
    Here comes the bride — but where is the groom? You wouldn’t need one if you’re among a growing number of Japanese women who are signing up to become “solo” brides. The idea is the brainchild...
  • Brenda Gonzalez won last year's Miss Argentina competition and went on to bag the Miss Universe title. Photo: Internet

    Why this Argentina town doesn’t like beauty contests

    Dec 22, 2014 4:35pm
    Beauties, yes. Beauty queens, no. In banning beauty contests, the town council in the Argentinian town of  Chivilcoy said they are sexist and encourage violence against women. The town in the Buenos Aires region famous for...
  • Looks like James Bond will be swilling a vodka martini in the new movie, just as he did in Die Another Day. Photo: 20th Century Fox

    No beer for Bond as 007 returns to vodka martini

    Dec 18, 2014 12:29pm
    “Shaken, not stirred” – that’s how James Bond likes his favorite tipple, the vodka martini. But five decades after the British secret agent gave the famous order in Goldfinger (1964), fans were aghast when Daniel Craig, who...
  • NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012, has detected short-lived spikes in methane levels over a 60-day period. Illustration: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Methane discovery: evidence of life on Mars?

    Dec 17, 2014 10:30am
    NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected methane in the atmosphere of Mars, which could indicate life on the planet — either today or in the distant past. The discovery, announced at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San...
  • Australians offer flowers and prayers at the site of the hostage crisis in Sydney on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

    Aussies turn hostage crisis into finest hour: #illridewithyou

    Dec 16, 2014 11:26am
    As the harrowing drama at Lindt Cafe in Sydney unfolded on Monday, Australians turned the crisis into their finest hour, offering fellowship with Muslims who might have felt their safety was at risk as a consequence...
  • Could loose lips sink Amy Pascal's career? Photo: Reuters

    Job of Sony Pictures boss on the line after emails exposed

    Dec 15, 2014 12:40pm
    The drip-by-drip revelation of internal communications at Sony Pictures has top executives at the studio wishing they could rewind history to the moment before they pushed the “Send” button on e-mails that have resulted in red faces and grovelling...
  • Prince George will turn 17 months old on Dec. 22. His parents decided it's time to share his progress with royal fans. Photos: Reuters

    By George! How well you’ve grown

    Dec 15, 2014 12:03pm
    Prince George hasn’t been seen at length since he traveled with his parents to New Zealand and Australia in April. So when new pictures of Britain’s future king were released by the royal household, they were...
  • Sleeping Lady With Black Vase stars alongside Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis and Jonathan Lipnicki in this scene from the 1999 movie Stuart Little. Photo: Internet

    Only in movies: Valuable painting ends up as prop

    Dec 15, 2014 11:40am
    What are the odds that an important painting last seen in 1928 will wind up as a prop in a 1999 movie, be shown in the background in scene after scene and come at the exact...
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg believes digital media and mobile devices will grab a much larger share of global advertising budgets in the coming years. Photo: Bloomberg

    Digital media’s growing role in pushing holiday retail sales

    - Dec 12, 2014 6:01pm
    It is well known that Hong Kong has been a shopper’s paradise. There is no local sales tax, and with the exception of liquor, tobacco and gasoline, everything is also free of duty (tax). Year on...
  • Most fashion experts say undoing just the collar button makes you look stuffy, but others say unbuttoning the second one makes you look a tad too casual. Illustration: WSJ

    A question of shirt buttons

    Dec 12, 2014 5:21pm
    There’s an ongoing debate among men about open collars: When you’re not wearing a tie, is it better to have one button undone, or two? On a busy day in the office, your boss and colleagues probaby...
  • Krispy Kreme closed its doughnut shops in Hong Kong. Maybe the holes were the wrong size? Photo: Bloomberg

    The perfect doughnut, by the numbers

    Dec 12, 2014 12:19pm
    Holy doughnuts!  A recipe for the perfect ring-shaped snack, soft enough inside, with a crispy crust and a fine sprinkling of sugar, has been discovered — by a mathematician. Dr. Eugenia Cheng found that a ring doughnut...
  • Timothy Bradley returns to the ring on Saturday, eight months after Manny Pacquiao handed him the first loss of his career. Photo: WSJ

    Why fighting Pacman is too costly

    Dec 11, 2014 3:35pm
    Two-division champion Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 knockouts) will face Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) in a welterweight bout at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 31-year-old American is the hands-down favorite to win the fight,...
  • Students present a project to a group of visiting venture capitalists at Stanford University. Photo: Reuters

    Venture capitalists cast entrepreneurial spell on Stanford

    Dec 11, 2014 12:23pm
    Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison: What do they have in common? They are all billionaires — and college dropouts. The fact that many of America’s most successful technology entrepreneurs started their...
  • A local resident holds a cut-out of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the the Carlyle Hotel in New York on December 7. Photo: Reuters

    The Will and Kate roadshow

    Dec 10, 2014 5:13pm
    Since their wedding more than three years ago, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have been using every available opportunity to show that are cut from a different cloth from the usual British Royals.  While...
  • Chinese soldiers practice shooting amid a heavy snowfall in Xinjiang province. Photo: Reuters

    What Chinese soldier’s underwear reveals about the PLA

    Dec 10, 2014 1:41pm
    China’s military infrastructure is one of the biggest in the world. With a defense budget that increases about 12 percent every year, the emerging superpower has acquired the most sophisticated weaponry, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, fighter...
  • Bruce Lee look-alike Abbas Alizada wants to achieve the fame of his martial arts idol. Photo: Internet

    Afghan ‘Bruce Lee’ goes viral

    Dec 10, 2014 10:42am
    He looks and moves like Bruce Lee. Since childhood, 20-year-old Abbas Alizada has been an avid fan of the late kung fu icon, who has inspired so many young people all over the world to take up...
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is no fashion icon for nothing. So is Michelle Obama. But who's the bigger draw? Photos: AP

    Fashion throwdown: Kate vs Michelle

    Dec 9, 2014 12:36pm
    There’s always something about a royal visit that inspires comparisons. The latest is by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William who arrived in New York on Sunday night for a three-day visit. On...
  • Grumpy Cat is said to have earned US$100 million from her various commercial activities, although her owner disputes the figure. Photo: Mail Online

    Millions of dollars can’t make her smile

    Dec 9, 2014 12:17pm
    Smile and the world smiles back at you, frown and the world will adore you — you can even become a multimillionaire. Well, at least that’s the experience of what has been described as the world’s...
  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney repaired their relationship after bitter acrimony in the years leading up to the split of the Beatles in 1970, according to McCartney. Photo:

    How Lennon and McCartney patched things up

    Dec 9, 2014 11:55am
    The bitter rift between John Lennon and Paul McCartney following the break-up of Beatles 44 years ago is the stuff of lore in the music industry. After a legendary songwriting partnership, the two icons reportedly didn’t...

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