Looking to dress up a scar? Turn it into a butterfly. Or a lizard. Many people, especially women who have had mastectomies or other surgeries, are electing to do just that. Some tattoo artists welcome the challenge.
Thirty years after the feminist movement spurred women to keep their maiden names, women are choosing to hold on to these names for a different reason--to preserve their ethnic identities.
A new wave of slang collectors are trying to keep up with language as it evolves. As an Oregon high schooler might say: dankidy!
Fake cigarettes, brake parts and condoms are only some of an increasing number of dangerous counterfeit goods now on the U.S. market. The days of seemingly harmless knockoffs like Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton purses and Nike sneakers are giving way to a new generation of fake goods that are being smuggled into the U.S. at a record pace.
Before the Internet, aspiring actors, comedians and television personalities followed traditional routes in their quest for success. But, with the rise of Web sites like YouTube, amateurs now have a chance to show off their talents to the world, and some people in show business are taking notice. Whether or not YouTube will become the great career launching pad remains to be seen.
Typewriters are back. People young and old are shunning the distractions of modern computers in favor of the old manual machines.
A new dating Web site has been luring adventurous singles away from the other sites by daring them to hook up with a complete stranger.
Never before have there been so many things to be afraid of, a situation that has kept researchers busy compiling catalogues to keep up with the new fears. They range from the tragic (philophobia, fear of love) to the bizarre (consecotaleophobia, fear of chopsticks). Basically, if you can name it, someone is phobic about it.
Has it really been 10 years since Viagra burst onto the scene and into the medicine cabinets of American men? A look back at the medical/cultural phenomenon that's resurrected late-life sex and provided endless fodder for late-night comedians.
From Hollywood picket lines in Los Angeles to nonunion construction sites in Chicago and New York, a 20-foot inflatable rat has become one of the most recognized symbols of the labor movement.
An increasing number of women are practicing medication-free birth control as part of a countrywide return to a back-to-basics lifestyle.
In the name of melting off pounds, would you inject a hormone extracted from a pregnant woman's urine? Even one that studies show does nothing to help weight loss? Based on anecdotal evidence, more and more dieters are saying "yes."
Can online porn and vegan strip clubs save the rainforest? The erotic industry believes there’s a market for idealists who want to hug more than just trees.
It takes one look around any lecture hall or office to make you believe that the ink pen's days are numbered. But the trusted writing instrument is not ready to roll off the table yet. In the United States and abroad, the fountain pen--the fancier and more respectable cousin of cheap ballpoints--is making a comeback, thanks to a a new generation of pen fans.
The wedding cake has been a matrimonial staple since medieval times. Now, high-end cake designers are serving up more colorful, more elaborate, more personalized--and more expensive--wedding cakes than ever before.
More and more guys are becoming fans of so-called “chick flicks.” Recent studies show men enjoy them almost as much as women, and their enjoyment is higher if the movies involved are presented as fantasy rather than based on facts.
A sinking real estate market is no time for homeowners to sit still, experts say. Spruce up your place now, because the buyers are coming back.
Solitary expeditions to the ends of the earth--those glorified by Shackleton, Peary, and Sir Edmund Hillary--are being replaced by interactive trips built around streaming video, blog updates and Internet sites that document every trial, travail and observation of a new generation of explorers.
More Americans are tossing toothpaste aside for a mouth-cleansing throw back: soap. Entrepreneurs are adding flavors so it doesn't taste so much like, uh, soap. But some dental experts aren't convinced that soap is best for that clean, fresh feeling.
Want your name in the record books? Can’t find a gift for that special someone? Now you can name a species and help fund the not-so-sexy science of taxonomy
Increasing numbers of Latinas are converting to Islam, for love, faith and, some say, a sense of respect. But some find acceptance from family and friends is harder to come by.
Get ready for it, pet owners are now encouraging their canines to paint, and then proudly displaying the "muttsterpieces" in well attended art shows.
Inspired by a popular reality television show, company employees, gyms, even entire towns are holding weight loss competitions of their own. Prizes and teammates are motivating even the chronically obese to give exercise and dieting another shot.
The Coen brothers just won four Academy Awards for "No Country for Old Men," but longtime fans are busy celebrating another landmark in the filmmakers' career: the 10-year anniversary of "The Big Lebowski," a film that has achieved cult status among devotees.
While books about food are flying off the shelves and cooking shows are hot, people are increasingly relying on their microwaves to make dinner. Cooking is becoming more recreational and less a necessity.
A growing number of amateur photographers are discovering the art of 3-D anaglyphs, sparking a resurgence in those goofy old-time glasses with the red and blue frames, and creating online communities of geeked-out grown-ups who can't stop posting pictures or talking about those cool 3-D photographs from the planet Mars.
Thousands of pregnant women are making plaster belly casts to have keepsake sculptures of their expecting bodies. Some use them as art; others want to remember that very special time in their lives.
Micro greens, once the domain of haute cuisine, are now ready to grow in kitchens everywhere. Consumers who want to eat organically and locally are being turned on to the ultimate homegrown crop, and the kitchen farming industry is responding.
Record shops are dying out and CD purchases are dwindling, but the love for old-fashioned records is still alive--and the market is thriving. The business of buying and selling vinyl, even making new records, appeals to a select but growing group of audiophiles.
Some over-tweezed. Others simply want a bushier brow. Across the country, women (and some men) are discovering a new solution to their eyebrow woes: transplants.
In an effort to get more Americans reading again, authors are taking their book tours to the big screen and online. By being able to appear to audiences without actually going anywhere, the authors and the people making the appearances hope to be able to spread the word faster.
After years in the wilderness, the Communist Party USA is giving itself a public relations and ideological makeover, and, with its new $1 million office, hopes to be running the U.S. within 50 years.
Scientist parents don't necessarily check their analytical minds at the nursery door. Some of them look on the common problems of parenting as an intellectual puzzle that needs to be solved.
A growing number of men across the country are picking up an unlikely hobby--knitting--and changing the face of the knitting world in the process.
As the Iraq War turns five, anti-war protesters struggle to grab the public's attention.
Public access TV, long the home of quirky, community-based programming, is struggling in the wake of efforts by cable companies to reduce funding for training and production for citizen producers.
The Union of Reform Judaism announced its opposition to the war in Iraq, but has encouraged its members to reach out and 'adopt' U.S. soldiers. Touched by the gifts and letters of support, the soldiers sometimes reach back.