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  • Sold! to the man with $12,400: a pair of Japanese melons
    Sold! to the man with $12,400: a pair of Japanese melons

    A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen ($12,400) at an auction in Japan on Friday. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said. The figure -- enough to buy a brand new car in Japan -- is some way short of the record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 2.5 million yen last year. …

  • New food festival underscores why Paris is a tough culinary nut to crack
    New food festival underscores why Paris is a tough culinary nut to crack

    Setting up an international food festival as a group of anglophones in Paris is risky business. Unlike other cities like London or Dubai, organizers of the Taste Festivals -- which has launched events in 12 countries over the past decade -- admit they set aside their usual criteria of tapping the most exciting, new, innovative and buzz-worthy chefs, and took the safer route. Instead, they enlisted the usual suspects such as Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon, French chef titans, to legitimize …

  • Gourmet French cheese delivery service hits the UK
    Gourmet French cheese delivery service hits the UK

    A gourmet cheese delivery service might sound like the stuff of dreams, but it has now become a reality in the UK. …

  • Depp storms off Pirates set in pursuit of wife: report
    Depp storms off Pirates set in pursuit of wife: report

    Johnny Depp has reportedly stormed off the Australian set of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" to return to the United States to be with wife Amber Heard. The superstar actor is meant to be shooting scenes as swashbuckling Captain Jack Sparrow on the Gold Coast tourist strip in Queensland state, but walked away on Wednesday evening, the Gold Coast Bulletin said. The newspaper said Depp and his wife of three months were constantly bickering with some US entertainment websites …

  • The vainer sex: men check themselves out 23 times per day
    The vainer sex: men check themselves out 23 times per day

    Women are often portrayed as bathroom hoggers who spend hours in front of the mirror before leaving the house, but new research shows that men could actually be the vainer sex. A survey of 1000 British individuals by men's lifestyle e-tailer Avaj has revealed that men look at their reflection 23 times a day on average -- compared to women, who check themselves out a mere 16 times. …

  • The Airbnb for couples into kinky sex launches online
    The Airbnb for couples into kinky sex launches online

    In addition to Wifi, free breakfast and parking, amenities at the newest breed of short-term vacation rental site include cages, whips, swings and leather restraints. Sensing a void in the sharing economy for kinky, erotic, bondage and submission-themed vacation rentals, San Francisco-based entrepreneurs Darren McKeeman and Ryan Galiotto launched the new service this month, allowing freewheeling couples to indulge in their BDSM fantasies at specialized apartments around the world. Kinkbnb is …

  • More sex does not necessarily improve happiness: study
    More sex does not necessarily improve happiness: study

    We've been told by research, self-help books and the media that having lots of sex will make us happy, yet a new study at Carnegie Mellon University in the US suggests that upping your sexual activity could in some cases lead to frustration. There is a positive relationship between sex and happiness, according to the researchers, who say being happy could inspire more sex, or being healthy could make you happier and lead to more sex. The experiment continued for three months as the …

  • Sunshine won’t suffice as only vitamin D source during pregnancy
    Sunshine won’t suffice as only vitamin D source during pregnancy

    Presented Monday at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Dublin, the study's findings are expected to reduce early childhood diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, bone formation disorders, high risk of caesarean delivery and premature birth. "Pregnant women with vitamin D deficiencies may be at greater risk of various problems and complications, both for themselves and their babies," says Dr. Spiros. Until now, Mediterranean women …

  • Longer, stronger: Study reveals more reasons to take your vitamin E
    Longer, stronger: Study reveals more reasons to take your vitamin E

    Long established as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is important for the membrane that envelops your muscle cells, promoting proper healing from the natural tears that take place when you work out, according to a new study. "Every cell in your body has a plasma membrane, and every membrane can be torn," says corresponding author Dr. Paul L. McNeil, cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. The study, which was published in the journal Free Radical …

  • Are you raising a healthy child?
    Are you raising a healthy child?

    Are you raising a healthy child? …

  • Sunshine won’t suffice as only vitamin D source during pregnancy
    Sunshine won’t suffice as only vitamin D source during pregnancy

    Presented Monday at the European Congress of Endocrinology in Dublin, the study's findings are expected to reduce early childhood diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, bone formation disorders, high risk of caesarean delivery and premature birth. "Pregnant women with vitamin D deficiencies may be at greater risk of various problems and complications, both for themselves and their babies," says Dr. Spiros. Until now, Mediterranean women …