August 1, 2013 0Comment

Published July 28, 2013 Associated Press July 9, 2013: Carissa Yip, 9, waits for her father Percy Yip to make a move during a chess match at their home in Chelmsford, Mass. (AP) Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation. She has risen so far up the rankings that she has reached the expert level at a younger age than anyone since the chess federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991, a new level…

May 9, 2013 0Comment

By Kate Parham Published May 09, 2013 FoxNews.com iStock We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night, you’re all dressed up, enjoying a romantic evening at your favorite restaurant. Or rather, trying to enjoy a romantic evening. If it weren’t for the screaming four-year-old throwing food at your next-door table, the same one who was running around the restaurant minutes before, maybe you would actually be able to enjoy yourself. Sadly, as adorable as kids may be, they’re not usually the most appealing dinner companions. In fact, several restaurants find them so disagreeable that they’ve gone so far as to ban children across the…

April 14, 2013 0Comment

Published April 12, 2013 Associated Press Barista competitor Nick Purvis, left, of Santa Barbara, Calif., presents one of his brewed entries to a panel of judges at the annual United States Barista Championship in Boston. (AP) The caffeinated concoctions sound like something out of a mad scientist’s lab: coffee infused with bacon or caramelized tangerine; spiced orange reduction or liquefied cheesecake. After months of preparation and percolation, the country’s top baristas are giving it their best shots in Boston. The U.S. Barista Championship got started Thursday at the Boston Convention Center and runs through Sunday, when one contender’s brewing brilliance will…

January 8, 2013 0Comment

By Rossella Lorenzi Digging History Published January 07, 2013 Discovery News “Aristotles Complete Master-Piece,” an 18th-century sex manual being auctioned off in England. (Lyon & Turnbull) A 18th century sex manual is going to be auctioned in Edinburgh nearly 200 years after it was banned from sale in Britain. Known as Aristotle’s Complete Master-Piece, the book has little to do with Greek philosophy. “It has very little at all to do with Aristotle. In fact, first published in 1684, the book is an early manual of sex and pregnancy,” Cathy Marsden, a book specialist at the auction house Lyon and Turnbull…

December 13, 2012 0Comment

Published December 12, 2012 Gayot Gayot Gayot Gayot Gayot Gayot Next Slide Previous Slide Two important events took place at the Scottish firm William Grant & Sons in 1962. David Stewart was hired as an apprentice, and cask #5576 was filled with newly distilled whisky from The Balvenie Distillery. Although Scotland and its namesake spirit have a long and glorious history, the country hadn’t even begun exporting single malt Scotch at the time. Stewart rose through the ranks and became a Malt Master for the company (which owns distilleries including The Balvenie and Glenfiddich), nosing more than 400,000 casks of whisky…

December 7, 2012 0Comment

    By Tara Block | Tressugar.com, December 05, 2012 Tressugar.com It’s been the year of Fifty Shades of Grey, as the sexy erotica series has taken the world by BDSM storm. And with the movie in the works, it’s only going to get hotter.   So if you have any Ana and Christian-obsessed women in your life (and chances are you do), then give them a sexy and fun gift inspired by the romance novels. There are cheeky clothing options featuring lines from the books, favorite products of the characters, and items that give a more subtle nod to Fifty. Enter…

December 7, 2012 0Comment

Published December 05, 2012 Snakkle.com Heidi Klum at 19 and today. (Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television) Brookyln Decker then and now. (Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library, Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Tyra Banks then and now. (Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library, Jamie McCarthy/Getty Image) Next Slide Previous Slide On the heels of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which aired its one-hour lingerie-filled special last night, it seems a great time to check out what some of the most famous VS “Angels” looked like back when they were just mere mortals. While many of these women have expanded into areas far beyond modeling, such as acting or producing, our friends at Snakkle.com tracked down photos…

November 2, 2012 0Comment

    By Kelsey Harkness | Food & Wellness Editor, October 31, 2012 Country music is bigger than ever.  And tonight, we’ll definitely be tuning into the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards.   The CMAs will feature a star-packed lineup with some country music’s biggest names, including Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. In addition, Taylor Swift is planning the first-ever live performance of the song “Begin Again” from her new hit album “Red.” While we love the music, we also love the looks. So what better time to shop for a new…

September 18, 2012 0Comment

Published September 17, 2012 FoxNews.com G.I. Joe has been a favorite toy for generations. G.I. Joe vanquished Legos and Transformers, Barbie and the View-Master to be named the top toy of the 20th Century in a recent survey. The battle-hardened Hasbro action figure, which first hit toy shelves in 1964 as the Vietnam War ratcheted up, was picked by visitors to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ website as the top choice. The original 12-inch soldier, relaunched as a smaller action figure in the 1980s, has captured the imaginations of young children for years. The museum picked their top 100 toys…

September 10, 2012 0Comment

Published September 09, 2012 FoxNews.com Imagine having to prepare five-star dishes on national television for some of the world’s best chefs – without seeing any of the food or cooking utensils. Despite her severe vision impairment, that’s exactly what Christine Ha has been doing on Fox’s hit cooking show MasterChef. Ha suffers from a rare autoimmune disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO) that affects the optic nerve and the spinal cord through the central nervous system. Ha was diagnosed in 2004 and gradually started losing her vision. Ha is not completely blind, but describes her vision as looking at a very foggy…