An influx of videos from insurgents and homemade clips from U.S. soldiers have helped transform YouTube and other video-sharing sites into an alternative news network. While such grim footage is readily available in DVD shops and markets across the Arab world, it is rarely shown on U.S. television news channels.
A good pun is like a good steak: a rare medium well done. Get it? If you don’t, you’re not alone. When it comes to puns, not everyone is laughing.
Nearly two centuries after its publication, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" continues to spawn sequels, spinoffs and adaptations.
Municipalities across the country are working to replace incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient lighting. In addition to saving money, the efforts are aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.
Taking inspiration from livestock, tattoo artists are drilling into a new territory: the inner lip. It's one's own little secret. Only intimates know it's there.
Online deaths are not always what they seem to be. In many cases, Internet users are pretending to have died, and a group of cyber-sleuths is working to expose the fraudsters.
After years of letting them struggle in the back of coed Jazzercise classes, fitness centers are beginning to offer men their own single-sex classes.
Millions of the lovelorn pay money to find online partners or endure excruciating blind dates. Now comes a far less expensive ploy--subway dating.
From alien roommates to a pet hit man who offs Garfield, online funnies give a new generation of cartoonists a chance to make it.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's most acclaimed novel, "On the Road." Celebrations commemorating the book are scheduled across the country.
More and more people are checking out books from libraries--but there is no paper or printed text. Instead, audio books on tapes, CDs and MP3s are attracting "readers" who have long commutes and little free time.
Drivers sick of circling the block for parking spots will soon have a new place to look. Several entrepreneurs are thinking big about small spaces and promising high-tech help to ease the dreaded hunt for a place to park.
Cosmetic surgery is focusing on the belly button. Innies are in, and outties? They want to be innies, too.
Forget the wands and broom sticks, witches in the U.S. military carry M-16s and fly F-16s. But if they die in battle they won’t be honored by Wiccan rights. Now, across the country, a campaign is being waged to ensure that Wiccan soldiers get the honor and religious respect they deserve.
For white Americans, tracing their roots can lead them to a passage booked on the Mayflower; but, for black Americans, going back to the boat is often a painful, emotional experience.
If Giants slugger Barry Bonds breaks the all-time home run record this season, his bat will go to the Hall of Fame and the ball he hits could sell for millions, but a ticket for that game will be nearly worthless to collectors because of changes in ticket design and how tickets are purchased.
Across the nation, children have taken up paintbrushes to participate in a giant public arts projects sponsored by Portraits of Hope. By turning icons of a city into giant canvases, kids are also learning about important social issues.
Video games have evolved into online worlds where you can own virtual property, sell virtual goods and walk away with real money. It may seem silly, but it's big business--worth an estimated $1 billion annually. Can you have property rights in a place that doesn't exist?
Conscientious tax objectors are telling Uncle Sam they won't pay money for bombs and guns. And, if the Vietnam era is any guide, few will end up going to jail.
Whether it's researching the history of roller coasters or of professional wrestling, or of beards, scholars are directing their areas of research into the weird.
Can one man change the world by offering free hugs? Juan Mann thinks he can.
Scientists think they know why dancing is so sexy. Some dancers disagree.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 shifts the time change three weeks earlier this year. But, while the added evening light is welcoming to many, no one is sure exactly how much energy will be saved.
Ah, to be young, lean and on a horse. For thoroughbred jockeys a year as an apprentice, or "bug boy," is a lucrative blessing. Growing up is the hard part.
The Holga, a cheap plastic film camera made in China, is gaining in popularity among photographers and amateurs alike.
MRI scanners, which formerly required people to squeeze into a coffin-tight space, have come a long way since they became available in 1980. According to experts, those suffering from claustrophobia should no longer fear going in for a scan.
The job of selling cheese is becoming increasingly complex as the market for artisanal cheese expands.
Troubled teens are heading out into the woods for help. They've been sent there by their parents who hope that therapeutic wilderness programs will get their wayward children back on track.
A fruit grown in the Himalayas is touted by distributors as a miracle berry that can fight cancer, HIV and a host of other ailments. Nutritionists have their doubts.
Inspired by Shakira's music videos and exotic world beats, women are flocking to belly dance classes across the country. They’re also bringing change to a Middle Eastern folk tradition.
Where do you come from? You may find an answer encoded in your DNA, but only if you ask the right questions.
Long sentenced to the rendering plant or just a deep hole in the back 40, horses now get full-honor funerals, complete with preaching, praying and all the trimmings.
Ever wonder why so many chain restaurants have antiques up on the walls? Many companies have extensive decor teams that use authentic antiques to generate a nostalgic atmosphere for diners.
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some technology-savvy Americans are spending their spare time tracking religious extremists on the Web.
As more employees and their families are sent overseas by companies and the government each year, a growing number of people feel strangely out of place when they return to America.
A group of tech-savvy graffiti artists have developed lasers and magnetized light bulbs for splashing their art around town.
Companies are looking to artists to promote their businesses, and artists are eager to grab the security of working for a corporation. But in the transaction, do artists lose their integrity?
From crack cocaine to hearing aid batteries, humans stick plenty of foreign objects into their ears. But, surprisingly, medical complications are more likely to be caused by the innocent-seeming cotton swab.