Macy’s collaborates with IBM to introduce artificial intelligence to US stores

Macy’s collaborates with IBM to introduce artificial intelligence to US stores

US department store Macy’s has tapped artificial intelligence to help shoppers navigate stores. Starting Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the retailer will introduce its new shopping assistant in the form of a pilot program called “Macy’s On Call” — a website that can be accessed on a mobile browser and provides shoppers with answers to basic […]

Sole search: Taiwan’s giant ‘shoe church’ gains foothold

Sole search: Taiwan’s giant ‘shoe church’ gains foothold

(Taipei-AFP) – A giant blue stiletto heel dubbed Taiwan’s “shoe church” is bringing a touch of oversized glamour to the island’s southern coast. The shoe is not a place of worship but its creators hope it will attract enamoured couples as a backdrop for their wedding photos, hence the name. It is the latest bid […]

17.01.2016 · Filled under: Art, Asian News, Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
WWII tunnels in Gibraltar are being turned into a massive wine cellar

WWII tunnels in Gibraltar are being turned into a massive wine cellar

(Relaxnews) – In Gibraltar, at the southern point of the Iberian Peninsula, over 50km of tunnels are being transformed into a gigantic wine cellar. The Rock of Gibraltar is a tourist attraction on the coast of the Iberian Peninsula with peaks of over 400m above sea level. The area attracts many visitors curious to discover […]

18.10.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Offbeat ·
Burger King’s plans for Peace Day Burger to move forward with Denny’s and Krystal

Burger King’s plans for Peace Day Burger to move forward with Denny’s and Krystal

(Relaxnews) – Burger King’s global peace mission is moving forward despite being rejected by arch rival McDonald’s, having found allies in four other fast food chains who’ve offered to join forces and create their own Peace Day Burger. A week after McDonald’s threw cold water on BK’s invitation to make amends and collaborate on a […]

04.09.2015 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
British scientists develop slow-melting ice cream

British scientists develop slow-melting ice cream

(London, United Kingdom-AFP) – The summer scourge of sticky hands could become a thing of the past as British researchers announced the discovery of an ingredient to make slow-melting ice cream on Monday. The protein BslA, which occurs naturally in some food, helps to blend the components of ice cream to make it smoother and […]

31.08.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Which side of the plane should you be on for the best and most beautiful views?

Which side of the plane should you be on for the best and most beautiful views?

(Relaxnews) – An influential blogger renowned in the world of travel has established a guideline listing which side of an airplane is ideal for catching the best view of a destination during descent and landing. Using the comments of French community group AVGeeks, website Alexterieur.net set out to determine which side of an airplane offers the […]

30.08.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat ·
Heart bangs are the latest romantic hair trend

Heart bangs are the latest romantic hair trend

(Relaxnews) – This summer is all about wearing your heart on your face. Weeks after Kendall Jenner’s famous “heart hair” selfie became the hottest thing on Instagram, it transpires that Korean girls have been getting creative by incorporating the shape into their bangs. All summer, South Koreans have been rocking heart-shaped bangs for a cute […]

13.08.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Offbeat ·
Sweet! Pez candies to get the movie treatment

Sweet! Pez candies to get the movie treatment

(Relaxnews) – Thought that news of an emoji-themed film couldn’t be topped? How about a film based entirely on the Pez dispenser? That’s right. The pastel-colored candies that are really just fillers for the iconic Pez dispenser are being given their own animated movie treatment, reports The Hollywood Reporter. An Austrian invention, the pocket-sized, mechanical candy […]

04.08.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Japan opens doors to world’s first hotel run entirely by robots

Japan opens doors to world’s first hotel run entirely by robots

(Relaxnews) – Japan has opened the doors to the world’s first automated, robot-staffed hotel, replacing people with pretty, lifelike lady humanoid receptionists and a bow tie-wearing, dinosaur concierge. At the Henn-na Hotel, or ‘Strange Hotel,’ guests check in, check out, get their rooms cleaned and their luggage conveyed by a fleet of blinking, beeping and rolling robots […]

20.07.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Don’t whine about the price: Japan grapes sell for $8,000

Don’t whine about the price: Japan grapes sell for $8,000

(Tokyo-AFP) – A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record one million yen ($8,200), or $315 per berry — no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune. The record-setting bunch of 26 “Ruby Roman” grapes was the highest-priced at this year’s first auction in Kanazawa, 300 kilometres […]

10.07.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Football: Superstar Ronaldo meets near-nude clone in Tokyo

Football: Superstar Ronaldo meets near-nude clone in Tokyo

(Tokyo, Japan-AFP) – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo came face to face with a scantily clad life-size double on Wednesday when Japanese scientists unveiled a “cyber clone” of the Portuguese pin-up. The 30-year-old, who was in Tokyo to promote an electric muscle stimulator for sculpting a washboard stomach, gave the thumbs-up to the doppelganger with […]

Tourist captures Eiffel Tower engagement and launches search for mystery couple

Tourist captures Eiffel Tower engagement and launches search for mystery couple

(Relaxnews) – An international man — and woman — hunt has been launched for a couple who got engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower this month. It happened on the summer solstice. As California tourist Jen Hurd Bohn stood waiting in line at the Eiffel Tower, she spotted an intimate moment unfold between a couple […]

01.07.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Paris to be transformed into white-themed outdoor picnic

Paris to be transformed into white-themed outdoor picnic

(Relaxnews) – On Thursday night, thousands of elegantly dressed Parisians clad head to toe in white will transform an iconic site in the City of Light into an outdoor pop-up restaurant. This year marks the 27th edition of Diner en Blanc, a phenomenon in which about 10,000 diners dressed in their gleaming white Sunday best, […]

China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

China set to open world’s highest glass-bottomed bridge

(Relaxnews) – China is set to become home to the tallest, longest, and, arguably, scariest pedestrian bridge in the world, when construction of a glass-bottomed bridge is complete in the national park that inspired the floating mountains from the James Cameron film “Avatar.” Hovering a dizzying 300 meters (984 feet) above the ground, the Zhangjiajie […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Rumors: Apple to push the limits of screen resolution with an 8K iMac

Rumors: Apple to push the limits of screen resolution with an 8K iMac

(Relaxnews) – Apple is preparing to launch a new iMac with an unprecedented 8K screen resolution, according to a slip in a press release from LG, which supplies screens to the Cupertino firm. The release has been removed from LG’s website but was republished by AppleInsider. LG let the cat out of the bag in […]

07.04.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Outrageous chocolate Easter bunny costs $49,000 thanks to diamond eyes

Outrageous chocolate Easter bunny costs $49,000 thanks to diamond eyes

(Relaxnews) – It took a master chocolatier, cocoa from Tanzania and two solitaire diamonds to create what’s being billed as the world’s most extravagant chocolate Easter bunny, worth $49,000 — or, the price of a high-end car. The specs are impressive: The bunny statuette measures 38 cm (about a foot tall) and weighs in at […]

25.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Easter, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Pop-up for piglets coming to London

Pop-up for piglets coming to London

(Relaxnews) – Don’t be fooled by the name of London’s latest, animal-themed pop-up event. For there will be no bacon at the ‘Pignic.’ Nay, because at the pop-up event in May, the guests of honor will be the piglets themselves, tiny micro pigs that have become all the rage among pet owners who mistakenly believe […]

24.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Offbeat ·
Watch Robert Downey Jr. deliver Iron Man bionic arm to boy in viral video

Watch Robert Downey Jr. deliver Iron Man bionic arm to boy in viral video

(Relaxnews) – Robert Downey Jr. — aka Tony Stark  — helped deliver a real bionic, Iron Man-inspired arm developed using 3D technology to a boy with a partially developed arm in a YouTube video that has gone viral. Since being uploaded Thursday, the video of Downey Jr. and Alex, a dapper seven-year-old who loves superheroes […]

US owner offers million dollar inn for 200 words, $125

US owner offers million dollar inn for 200 words, $125

(New York-AFP) – A 200-word essay and $125 is all it will take to become the proud owner of a bucolic New England inn, says its owner, who won the establishment in the same way. For more than two decades, Janice Sage has run the Center Lovell Inn, a majestic bed and breakfast nestled in […]

12.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Eiffel Tower goes green with wind power

Eiffel Tower goes green with wind power

(Relaxnews) – As part of the renovation of the Parisian monument’s first floor, two wind turbines have been installed at vertical axes, announced the company that operates the Eiffel Tower this Thursday, February 26. The Eiffel Tower’s two new wind turbines, each measuring seven meters tall and three meters across, are located on the second […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Offbeat ·
After Google Glass, Apple Watch, Japan offers wearable tomatoes

After Google Glass, Apple Watch, Japan offers wearable tomatoes

(Tokyo-AFP) – As the world’s electronic companies scramble to set the agenda for wearable devices, one Japanese vegetable juice maker went one better Thursday — unveiling a wearable tomato machine. The “Tomatan” is a backpack that can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes, enough, say the makers, to power runners through this weekend’s Tokyo Marathon. […]

Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn

Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn

(Paris-AFP) – To most people, it may be just a fun food to munch while watching a movie. But to a couple of French investigators, popcorn is a biomechanical enigma waiting to be explained. In an unusual study published on Wednesday, engineers Emmanuel Virot and Alexandre Ponomarenko carried out experiments into what makes popcorn, well, […]

13.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
‘New York Pinoy Eats’

‘New York Pinoy Eats’

New York – There’s a saying that goes, ‘You can take the Filipinos out the Philippines; but never the Philippines out of the Filipinos.’ And I guess that’s why even in the freezing cold, 8,593 miles from the Philippines, Pinoys in the Big Apple still love their dinuguan, sisig, kare-kare, adobo, and pan de sal. […]

03.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home Food, Offbeat ·
Empire State Building to wed 100 couples on Valentine’s Day

Empire State Building to wed 100 couples on Valentine’s Day

(Relaxnews) – Fans of the films “Sleepless in  Seattle” and “An Affair to Remember” are being given the chance to write their own romantic storyline atop the Empire State Building in a Valentine’s Day wedding bonanza. For the first time this year, the iconic New York skyscraper has issued an open invitation for 100 couples […]

Restaurant creates Kimye-inspired Valentine’s Day menu

Restaurant creates Kimye-inspired Valentine’s Day menu

(Relaxnews) – Aspiring Kimye couples take note: A Brooklyn restaurant has created a special Valentine’s Day menu inspired by the power couple. The menu at Brucie is described as L.A. meets Paris: sexy, brooding, wet and wild. And as expected, the prix fixe, five-course menu is peppered liberally with the letter ‘K.’ Diners have the option of […]

Pets benefit most from helicopter parenting: study

Pets benefit most from helicopter parenting: study

(Relaxnews) – Helicopter parents, defined as those who hover over their children’s every waking moment, are often criticized for being overprotective, but a new study says this style of parenting could be what’s right for you pet. Using a web-based survey, researchers hailing from UC Berkeley and California State University, East Bay assessed nurturing styles […]

17.01.2015 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
World tour ends in anti-climax for jilted Canadian

World tour ends in anti-climax for jilted Canadian

(Ottawa-AFP) – A jilted Canadian man who posted an ad online for a travel partner with the same name as his ex-girlfriend is back home in Toronto after a world tour. But love did not blossom between Jordan Axani and the woman who filled in for his ex, as some who followed their adventures online […]

14.01.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Smelling sweet: the Bulgarian deodorant that you eat

Smelling sweet: the Bulgarian deodorant that you eat

(ASENOVGRAD, Bulgaria-AFP) – There are sprays, roll-ons and sticks. Now one Bulgarian candy-maker is offering a new kind of deodorant: in the form of delicious sweets. “It’s an old saying that true beauty comes from inside…. Why not from a candy?” Ventsislav Peychev, owner of Bulgaria’s small Alpi candy factory owner, told AFP. He claims […]

14.12.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
Three-year-old slice of royal wedding cake sells for $6,000

Three-year-old slice of royal wedding cake sells for $6,000

(Relaxnews) – An entrepreneur in Silicon Valley has ponied up $6,000 for a slice of three-year-old wedding cake served at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Gee Chuang placed the winning bid for the slice of fruitcake at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The cake is presented in a special collector’s tin, […]

Abu Dhabi mall opens world’s largest roller coaster-inspired restaurant

Abu Dhabi mall opens world’s largest roller coaster-inspired restaurant

(Relaxnews) – The world’s largest roller coaster-inspired restaurant has opened in Abu Dhabi’s biggest shopping center, where patrons watch their food zip along a network of roller coaster tracks that wind throughout the restaurant and around diners before arriving table-side. Rogo’s Roller Coaster Restaurant opened recently at the Yas Mall on Yas Island in Abu […]

Baskin-Robbins creates turkey-shaped ice cream cake

Baskin-Robbins creates turkey-shaped ice cream cake

(Relaxnews) – Baskin-Robbins has taken the concept of cold turkey literally, by creating a special Thanksgiving turkey-shaped ice cream cake. To create the illusion of a shiny, basted whole turkey, the cake is glazed in a caramel praline topping and finished with sugar cone legs and paper leg frills. Customers can customize the ice cream […]

Apple and pecan pie-flavored whiskies make its debut

Apple and pecan pie-flavored whiskies make its debut

(Relaxnews) – Canadian whisky is being infused with the flavors of holiday desserts — apples, cinnamon and pecans —  in a new range that’s cheekily called Piehole. Using pie-flavored liqueurs, whisky is being turned into dessert digestifs, with flavors like apple pie, cherry pie and pecan pie, complete with ‘notes of buttery pastry and baked […]

21.11.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Holidays, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
High heels could bring out the best in men: study

High heels could bring out the best in men: study

(Relaxnews) – A first-of-its kind study investigated the effect of women’s shoes on men’s behavior and found that women wearing high heels inspire a man to be more helpful. “Women’s shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men’s behavior,” says study author Nicholas Guéguen of the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France, emphasizing how his […]

20.11.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Get that Obama or Putin look for $44, on Chinese web

Get that Obama or Putin look for $44, on Chinese web

(BEIJING-AFP) – Chinese traders are offering the chance to get that “world leader look” by selling copies of the garb worn by Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping at this week’s APEC summit in Beijing. While the silky high-collared tunics were based on the traditional “Mao suits” once beloved by Chinese leaders, social media […]

Brace yourselves: Mountain Dew testing Doritos-flavored fizzy drink

Brace yourselves: Mountain Dew testing Doritos-flavored fizzy drink

(Relaxnews) – What was first dismissed as a hoax has been confirmed to be the real thing: Mountain Dew has found a way to turn nacho cheese-flavored Doritos into a fizzy, liquid drink. And it’s called “Dewitos.” That’s right. In what the internet has been calling the ongoing ‘Dorito-fication’ of America, and America: Doritofied, PepsiCo […]

England gets its first cereal-themed breakfast cafe

England gets its first cereal-themed breakfast cafe

(Relaxnews) – Calling all Jerry Seinfelds of the world who harbor a particular enthusiasm for breakfast cereals: A cafe that serves 100 different cereals from around the world is set to open its doors in London. When the Cereal Killer Cafe opens in Shoreditch next month, customers will be able to choose between brands from the US, […]

10.11.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Could these futuristic gadgets be the secret to a happy marriage?

Could these futuristic gadgets be the secret to a happy marriage?

(Relaxnews) – Will marriage become even more difficult as we live longer than ever? With an average of three months being added to life expectancies each year, it’s a question that Taiwan-based design studio Alice Wang has been considering. The studio has adapted a selection of everyday objects to better suit the concept of wedded bliss in […]

Man offers free around-the-world trip to Canadian named ‘Elizabeth Gallagher’

Man offers free around-the-world trip to Canadian named ‘Elizabeth Gallagher’

(Relaxnews) – Calling all Canadians named Elizabeth Gallagher: There’s an around-the-world plane ticket with your name on it. Here’s the backstory: After booking a Christmas holiday with stops in Milan, Prague, Paris and Bangkok, Toronto man Jordan Axani found himself with an extra ticket when he and his girlfriend — who goes by the name […]

05.11.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Papal favourites served up in new recipe book

Papal favourites served up in new recipe book

(VATICAN CITY-AFP) – From an Argentinian dessert that translates as “milk candy” to Polish ravioli, a member of Vatican’s famed Swiss Guard on Tuesday unveiled a range of recipes of dishes favoured by popes. David Geisser, 24, who joined the elite Vatican security corps a month ago launched his cookbook “Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard” in […]

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat poses with the new Opel Corsa

Karl Lagerfeld’s cat poses with the new Opel Corsa

(Relaxnews) – What do Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette have in common? For starters, both are spokesmodels for the new Opel Corsa. While the German supermodel stars in an ad campaign for Opel’s new city car, Choupette is the face of the 2015 Opel Corsa Calendar, shot by her famous owner. Tina Müller, […]

Chef Emeril Lagasse helps build world’s tallest pancake stack

Chef Emeril Lagasse helps build world’s tallest pancake stack

(Relaxnews) – Celebrity US chef Emeril Lagasse helped set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest pancake stack in New York Thursday, building a tower that reached a height of nearly three feet. Lagasse, along with popular US TV handyman Ty Pennington, helped build a stack of flapjacks that stood 34 inches (87 […]

03.10.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Star-gazing parties and Skyping with astronauts during World Space Week

Star-gazing parties and Skyping with astronauts during World Space Week

(Relaxnews) – Lovers of astronomy and all things related to the stars may want to bookmark the second week of October, when planetariums, classrooms and astrophysicists around the world celebrate the UN-initiative, World Space Week. Held each year between October 4 and 10 to commemorate the 1957 launch of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, as […]

Japan unveils ‘anti-loneliness’ hugging chair

Japan unveils ‘anti-loneliness’ hugging chair

(TOKYO-AFP) – There are times in everyone’s life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that’s always ready to give a comforting cuddle. The “tranquility chair” is built in the shape of a larger-than-life fabric doll with a friendly face and a fetching hat, but more […]

Space travel and underwater tourism to become reality in 2024: report

Space travel and underwater tourism to become reality in 2024: report

(Relaxnews) – In just a decade, the travel industry will step into a revolutionary and historic new chapter for mankind: space and underwater travel. After gazing into their crystal balls, a group of futurologists and industry experts have issued a slew of prophecies in the final installment of a Skyscanner report that aims to paint a portrait […]

30.09.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Science & Technology ·
Ready for robot cheerleaders?

Ready for robot cheerleaders?

(Relaxnews) – They don’t get upset when dropped from the team, never forget a routine and never stress about diet and as great they are to watch and as social media-friendly as their performances are, Murata’s Cheerleaders also demonstrate a significant technological breakthrough. In order to balance on a ball and to move in synchronization, without colliding […]

‘Hello Kitty’ plane to fly Taipei-Paris route from late October

‘Hello Kitty’ plane to fly Taipei-Paris route from late October

(Relaxnews) – The Taiwanese airline Eva Air, which has operated Hello Kitty flights between Taipei and Los Angeles since September 2013, will launch the same offer to and from Paris from October 29. From the plane’s exterior to its seats, not to mention the flight attendants’ uniforms, every detail of this special service is related […]

13.09.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Royal Caribbean touts Quantum of the Seas’ modern tech

Royal Caribbean touts Quantum of the Seas’ modern tech

(Relaxnews) – Due to set sail this fall, the cruise operator’s new flagship will be outfitted with several high-tech innovations for a more enjoyable journey. A luggage tracking app, robotic bartenders and apps that let crew members keep track of passengers’ individual preferences are among the new technologies coming to the Quantum of the Seas. […]

30.08.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Offbeat, Online, Photos, Science & Technology ·
Dinner in White tradition sparkles again in New York

Dinner in White tradition sparkles again in New York

(NEW YORK-AFP) – With the setting sun glittering on the Hudson, nearly 5,000 people turned out Monday for the fourth edition of “Diner en blanc” (Dinner in White), dressed to the nines. In what amounts to a flashmob sunset picnic, diners get details of the event with virtually no notice, and turn up all in […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Zero-gravity flights to embark on worldwide tour for astronaut wannabes

Zero-gravity flights to embark on worldwide tour for astronaut wannabes

(Relaxnews) – For all the wannabe astronauts and thrill seekers in the world, a zero-gravity commercial airline may be headed to the skies near you, allowing you to channel your inner Chris Hadfield — or Sandra Bullock. Bookings have opened for the S3 ZeroG, a modified Airbus out of Switzerland that will hit up destinations […]

Hungry? Jones Soda launches a peanut butter and jelly beverage

Hungry? Jones Soda launches a peanut butter and jelly beverage

(Relaxnews) – To mark the back-to-school season, when lunchboxes across North America get filled with sticky peanut butter and jam sandwiches, gourmet soda company Jones Soda has launched a PB&J-flavored drink. From the same company that’s bottled the flavors of Thanksgiving dinner — green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and butter, cranberry, turkey and gravy — […]

22.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Pizza chain to launch marijuana-laced sauces in US

Pizza chain to launch marijuana-laced sauces in US

(Relaxnews) – It may sound half-baked but a pizza chain is developing a line of pizza sauces made with cannabis for states in the US where weed is legal for medical or recreational use. Unique Pizza and Subs based out of Pennsylvania is adding more to its pizza sauce than just oregano and thyme, as the […]

This is what a $900 cupcake looks like

This is what a $900 cupcake looks like

(Relaxnews) – Some husbands give their wives flowers and jewelry for their birthday. Others commission local bakers to come up with the most extravagant cupcake possible and are willing to part with $900 for it. That’s what happened in Toronto recently, when Lisa Sanguedolce of Le Dolci bakery was approached by a man to create an over-the-top […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
British Airways launches animal channel to de-stress passengers

British Airways launches animal channel to de-stress passengers

(Relaxnews) – British Airways has exhausted every last cat and dog pun to launch its latest in-flight entertainment program, which will use man’s best friends in the aim of getting passengers to “paws and relax.” That’s the name of the airline’s latest in-flight channel, which will become available on long-haul flights beginning in September. “Paws […]

Would you send your dog’s ashes into space?

Would you send your dog’s ashes into space?

(Relaxnews) – The cremated remains of your pet can now be sent to the moon on a special “Memorial Spaceflight,” thanks to a new initiative from Celestis Pets. The company is launching a service this fall that will allow cremated remains or DNA to be placed in individual capsules on board a commercial launch vehicle, alongside […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Boaters in Michigan get jet ski pizza delivery service

Boaters in Michigan get jet ski pizza delivery service

(Relaxnews) – An enterprising restaurateur in Michigan is making life easy for summer boaters by offering a pizza delivery service on his jet ski, for boat-to-boat service. Instead of docking at his eatery The Long Lake Grocery, boaters out on the water can simply pick up their smartphone, place their order, and wait for pizza […]

03.08.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt

Instagram takes on SnapChat with Bolt

(Relaxnews) – The company’s first standalone app offers one-tap self-destruct messaging but only to smartphone users in New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore. Instagram says that those countries were chosen for the initial launch because of their geographical diversity and because they are regions with high messaging app use. So, once the bugs are ironed […]

Kickstarter potato salad guy to host spud party in Toronto

Kickstarter potato salad guy to host spud party in Toronto

(Relaxnews) – Canadian restaurant chain Jack Astor’s has made good on its promise to collaborate with the internet sensation behind the potato salad phenomenon on Kickstarter and will be bringing the Columbus, Ohio man to Toronto for a potato salad cook-off. In an attempt to cash in on what was a runaway story this month, […]

31.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Glasgow mixologist creates cocktail with 71 ingredients for Commonwealth Games

Glasgow mixologist creates cocktail with 71 ingredients for Commonwealth Games

(Relaxnews) – In homage to the Commonwealth Games currently underway in Glasgow, a local mixologist has created a monster cocktail made with 71 ingredients sourced from every competing Commonwealth country. For his Commonwealth Cocktail, Mal Spence of the Kelvingrove Cafe in Glasgow used exotic ingredients like Tanzanian cloves, dragon fruit from Belize and galangal from […]

Chill out – literally and figuratively – with hemp ice cream

Chill out – literally and figuratively – with hemp ice cream

(Relaxnews) – From hemp-laced ice cream to champagne popsicles spiked with an eye-popping 37 percent alcohol, this summer frozen treats are going R-Rated. In a roundup of artisanal and craft ice creams, research firm Euromonitor has highlighted a few innovative, adults-only treats that are poised to shake up the market. In the same vein as […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
‘Take your clothes off, be like me!’ says wise-cracking robot

‘Take your clothes off, be like me!’ says wise-cracking robot

(TOKYO-AFP) – A wise-cracking humanoid robot called Pepper whose makers claim can read people’s emotions was unveiled in Tokyo last month. Mobile carrier Softbank, which created the robot, says Pepper can understand 70 to 80 percent of spontaneous conversations — although it also answers from a set number of pre-programmed responses. AFP caught up with […]

19.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Flavor contest includes coffee-flavored potato chips

Flavor contest includes coffee-flavored potato chips

(Relaxnews) – Brace yourselves, USA, for cappuccino-flavored potato chips. Of the more than 14 million flavor suggestions, the world’s largest potato chip manufacturer Lay’s has narrowed down the list to four finalists in its crowdsourced flavor contest: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger, Wavy Mango Salsa and an eyebrow-raising Cappuccino. Yes, that’s […]

18.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
World Cup fan of the day: seeing orange

World Cup fan of the day: seeing orange

(Relaxnews) – At the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo yesterday, Holland and Argentina faced off in the World Cup semi-finals. Like this fan, who seemed to be invoking the spirit of victory while wearing a highly untraditional headdress, the Dutch showed their passion and support by wearing all kinds of attire in their national color […]

10.07.2014 · Filled under: Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
New York museum to host first sleepover for adults

New York museum to host first sleepover for adults

(Relaxnews) – The American Museum of Natural History in New York is aiming to recreate the Ben Stiller film “Night at the Museum” by hosting its first-ever sleepover — for adults. Only instead of hot chocolate, guests will sip on champagne. And instead of Disney animated films, guests will be challenged to contemplate their place […]

10.07.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Pilot of delayed flight buys pizza for whole plane

Pilot of delayed flight buys pizza for whole plane

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Domino’s pizza manager Andy Ritchie has taken a lot of orders, but never one quite like this: to feed an entire plane full of hungry, delayed passengers, stuck on the tarmac. It was about 10:30 pm on Monday when the pilot of the Frontier Airlines flight called in, said Ritchie, manager at […]

09.07.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Offbeat ·
World Cup fan of the day: Brazil-Germany semi-final

World Cup fan of the day: Brazil-Germany semi-final

(Relaxnews) – The first World Cup semi-finals match takes place Tuesday, pitting the host country Brazil against Germany. A few hours before the showdown, fans of both teams will see who can come up with the most original facepaint ideas. While yellow will be the predominant color in the stands, blue, green, red and black […]

08.07.2014 · Filled under: Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
‘Fault in Our Stars’ bench vanishes from Amsterdam

‘Fault in Our Stars’ bench vanishes from Amsterdam

(Relaxnews) – Fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” discovered that a canal-side bench in Amsterdam that’s the site of a key scene in the romantic drama had gone missing as they traced a tour of movie-centric moments around the Dutch capital. The disappearance went undetected by city authorities as the bench was swiftly replaced […]

03.07.2014 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat ·
World Cup fan of the day: Stars & Stripes

World Cup fan of the day: Stars & Stripes

(Relaxnews) – In Salvador on Tuesday, at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, Belgium and the US faced off during the round of 16 phase of the World Cup. This fan came out to support the American team wearing an expression of wonder and the symbols of the US flag on her face.

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Sky-high magnetic pods could be the public transport of the very near future

Sky-high magnetic pods could be the public transport of the very near future

(Relaxnews) – Sky-high magnetic pods might sound like something from a sci-fi film, but it could be the future of public transportation. “SkyTran,” a NASA Space Act company, is a monorail system of two-person pods connected to a maglev (magnetic levitation) track. Suspended 20 feet (about 6 meters) above ground, the concept is being marketed […]

Mercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

(Relaxnews) – A 160-tonne steel sculpture depicting two classic Mercedes racing cars soaring through the sky made an appearance last week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The brainchild of artist Gerry Judah, the structure soared in an arc 26 meters over Goodwood House. The London-based creative was commissioned to produce the […]

Fans remake ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ trailer in real life

Fans remake ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ trailer in real life

(Relaxnews) – Spanish production team Zapruder Pictures has faithfully recreated the “GTA V” trailer using Madrid as backdrop. The debut trailer for “Grand Theft Auto V” racked up 31 million views following its release 12 months ago and set expectations for the September 2013 title, helping make it the fastest-selling video game of all time. […]

02.07.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
World Cup fan of the day: French Can-can

World Cup fan of the day: French Can-can

(Relaxnews) – Because soccer isn’t always just about manliness, these young French women came out to cheer on their team with a sexy cliché: the ruffled skirts and fishnet stockings of the Moulin Rouge. They brought a little lighthearted fun to the stands at the Mané Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the round of […]

01.07.2014 · Filled under: Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
World Cup fan of the day: Say cheese!

World Cup fan of the day: Say cheese!

(Relaxnews) – One of Switzerland’s iconic gastronomic products, cheese, had been fashioned into hats that are cheerfully worn by these Swiss fans. They came to support their team’s Group E match against Honduras, which took place Wednesday at the Manaus Arena da Amazônia. mp/ss

26.06.2014 · Filled under: Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be second most successful ever

Jay Z and Beyoncé’s ‘On The Run’ tour will be second most successful ever

(Relaxnews) – On June 25, the A-list couple will kick off their “On The Run” tour in Miami, Florida. A few days before the tour starts, Forbes Magazine has provided figures for the concerts, ranking them as the most successful tour ever after U2’s “360.” Jay Z and Beyoncé are surpassing the Rolling Stones and Madonna in […]

21.06.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, Music, Offbeat ·
World Cup fan of the day: for the love of the trophy

World Cup fan of the day: for the love of the trophy

(Relaxnews) – Japan and Greece from Group C played Thursday night at Natal’s Arena das Dunas stadium. To support their team, some Japanese fans dressed up as gigantic trophies, managing to resemble the traditional headdresses worn by Japanese brides. mp/sbs/ss

20.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Photos, Sports & Recreation ·
World Cup mural painted with soccer ball

World Cup mural painted with soccer ball

(Relaxnews) – World Cup fever is officially upon us, but one inventive artist prefers to use her footwork skills for a different purpose. Malaysian artist and designer Red Hong Yi has created a giant mural of international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Lionel Messi using a soccer ball instead of a paintbrush. Footage of the creative process […]

One third of UK cat owners Skype with their pet

One third of UK cat owners Skype with their pet

(Relaxnews) – Over one third of UK cat owners Skype or FaceTime their pet, with men particularly keen to speak to their feline friends over the phone, it has been revealed. A poll for the greetings card company Hallmark showed that 23 percent of British men spent time talking to their cat on the phone, a greater […]

17.06.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Find a Diner en Blanc event near you and learn to play the game

Find a Diner en Blanc event near you and learn to play the game

(Relaxnews) – When Francois Pasquier came up with the idea to host a picnic with friends and dress up in white to find each other, he had no idea it would become an international phenomenon. Now in its 26th year, Diner en Blanc — a flash mob concept in which people dress up head to […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Music video shot in airport by stranded traveler goes viral

Music video shot in airport by stranded traveler goes viral

(Relaxnews) – Instead of balling himself up in the fetal position and trying to squeeze in some shut-eye under the glare of fluorescent airport lights, or idly window shopping at 3 am, one stranded traveler in Las Vegas decided to use his time productively by shooting a music video documenting his loneliness to Celine Dion’s […]

11.06.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Japan’s SoftBank unveils ‘family member’ robot

Japan’s SoftBank unveils ‘family member’ robot

(URAYASU, Japan-AFP) – Japan’s SoftBank on Thursday unveiled what it billed as an “emotional” humanoid robot that will entertain customers at the mobile carrier’s phone outlets — and maybe become a member of their family. Company president Masayoshi Son joked around with the talking, dancing and singing humanoid named Pepper at an event just outside […]

06.06.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops

Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate — a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers — to be surprisingly tasty. “It’s a little crunchy. It tastes fine,” Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washington’s Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stone’s throw from […]

Bubblegum ants and Mexican mealworms on ‘Pestaurant’ menu

Bubblegum ants and Mexican mealworms on ‘Pestaurant’ menu

(Relaxnews) – A pop-up Pestaurant event will be serving up an assortment of winged, hard-shelled and antennaed bugs in a dozen cities around the world to promote the consumption of edible insects. From Cape Town to Paris and Washington D.C.,  Pestaurant events will challenge squeamish palates unaccustomed to the food staple popular in Asia and […]

Brit scales Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and takes epic selfie

Brit scales Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and takes epic selfie

(Relaxnews) – A heart-stopping, stomach-churning selfie taken atop Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue has gone viral for its vertigo and awe-inducing vantage point. It’s being described as perhaps the most epic selfie ever, and for good reason: With the permission of Brazil’s tourism board, Briton Lee Thompson climbed to the top of the country’s most […]

Could this be the robotic furniture of the future?

Could this be the robotic furniture of the future?

(Relaxnews) – Modular furniture made of robotic components that can reshape themselves according to users’ desires could be the home accessories of the future. Scientists at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with Roombots, an adaptive mechanical furniture concept. The pieces can move and change functionality endlessly. For example, stools that […]

30.05.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
McDonald’s Brazil releases special World Cup sandwiches

McDonald’s Brazil releases special World Cup sandwiches

(Relaxnews) – If the US were a burger, it would surely be made with a double patty of Angus beef, barbecue sauce, bacon and cheddar. That’s according to McDonald’s Brazil, which has created seven team sandwiches for the World Cup. Only available across Brazil, the limited-edition sandwiches have been created for fans of Argentina, Brazil, […]

Turn your NY apartment into a restaurant

Turn your NY apartment into a restaurant

(NEW YORK-AFP) – It’s Sunday night and Giuseppe Marrone is teaching perfect strangers how to make perfect gnocchi as they slurp on Spritz cocktails in his New York apartment. The 29-year-old would-be restaurateur who once worked at The Ritz has thrown open his home to foodies hungry for the ultimate niche experience: the New York […]

26.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Japan’s Hitachi unveils joking robot

Japan’s Hitachi unveils joking robot

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japanese scientists unveiled a robot with a sense of humour Tuesday, and claimed it was capable of knowing when its jokes had fallen flat The pint-sized roller-skating EMIEW2 — pronounced like the flightless bird — is able to have a short conversation with a human being, without being given a script. The red […]

20.05.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Photo of the day: ‘Seven Year Itch’ moment in Cannes

Photo of the day: ‘Seven Year Itch’ moment in Cannes

(Relaxnews) – Canadian actress Sarah Gadon was caught off guard by a gust of wind during a photo call for David Cronenberg’s “Maps of the Stars.” Surprised and visibly amused by the situation, she holds down her floral print skirt under the eyes of the cameras. cl/lwt

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Film, International Stars, Offbeat ·
Need a World Cup room? Try a slum… or love hotel

Need a World Cup room? Try a slum… or love hotel

(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) – For those who think Rio’s hotels seem a tad expensive at the World Cup, there are always alternatives — perhaps a room in a “love hotel” or in a “pacified” slum. Brazil’s picturesque former capital will welcome some 400,000 of the 600,000 foreign tourists expected to throng the country during the […]

19.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
When it comes to male longevity, size does matter: study

When it comes to male longevity, size does matter: study

(Relaxnews) – Here’s some good news for gents who may have been robbed of a few inches in height: A new study shows that shorter men may live longer. In fact, according to data culled from researchers out of the University of Hawaii, the taller the men, the shorter they lived. The reason? Shorter men […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
‘Baa’ stools are the latest in spring interiors

‘Baa’ stools are the latest in spring interiors

(Relaxnews) – You could be forgiven for thinking this nebulous-looking seat belonged in a field, but the Baa Stool is in fact the latest quirky design to hit the world of interiors. Set to go on display at Clerkenwell Design Week in London later this month, the handmade stool comprises a luxurious removable sheepskin cover on a […]

Online video stars join forces for ‘May the 4th Be with YouTube’

Online video stars join forces for ‘May the 4th Be with YouTube’

(Relaxnews) – As part of worldwide “Star Wars” celebrations on Sunday, the Star Wars YouTube channel co-ordinated a “May the 4th Be with YouTube” event with contributions from the likes of Corey Vidal, Bored Shorts, CollegeHumor and YouTube Nation. Each four-to-five-minute skit provided an alternative take on events in the Star Wars Cantina, originally seen […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Lunch-hour dance parties being held around the world May 6

Lunch-hour dance parties being held around the world May 6

(Relaxnews) – From the US to France, Vietnam and Sweden, office workers around the world will be loosening their ties and kicking off their heels on Tuesday to join a global lunch hour dance-athon created to let workers blow off steam and put on their dancing shoes midday. Instead of eating stale sandwiches at their […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Music, Offbeat, Online ·
Daredevils BASE jump off world’s tallest building in record-breaking stunt

Daredevils BASE jump off world’s tallest building in record-breaking stunt

(Relaxnews) – If you suffer from vertigo, you may want to peek through your fingers for this one: a pair of French daredevils have broken the record for the highest BASE jump after leaping from the tip of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The heart-stopping stunt is captured on […]

Imelda Cledera-Rodriguez:  ‘Make each day a masterpiece’

Imelda Cledera-Rodriguez: ‘Make each day a masterpiece’

US Asian Post first learned about this educator when she produced a benefit concert for the typhoon Haiyan victims. We watched that concert and were blown away by the performance of students from different cultures sharing their time and talent to help people they don’t even know. Before she sang Beth Middler’s “From a Distance” […]

23.04.2014 · Filled under: Happenings, Offbeat ·
Once you pop, you can’t stop: designers create organ made from Pringles cans

Once you pop, you can’t stop: designers create organ made from Pringles cans

(Relaxnews) – A Brooklyn-based artistic collective has created a fully-functioning pipe organ made from 250 empty Pringles cans. The instrument features a playing area, and pressing down on the exposed cans around this section of the organ creates various unusual tones generated from within the base of the piece, which flow up through the pipes. […]

23.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Giant selfie installation proves our obsession with photo sharing

Giant selfie installation proves our obsession with photo sharing

(Relaxnews) – A California-based artist has created a giant mirrored structure that comments on our increasing obsession with selfies. “Screen Identity” is a seven-foot wooden sculpture of a smartphone that features a mirror as its screen. It is big enough to frame the entire body of those who approach it, reinforcing the idea that as […]

22.04.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
A fetish for full body suits in Japan

A fetish for full body suits in Japan

(TOKYO-AFP) – By day, she is a mild-mannered office clerk, whose modest make-up and conservative hairstyle make her blend in to any crowd. By night, she dresses in a skin-tight, all-in-one Spandex body suit that covers everything — including her eyes — and sits in bars, alone but liberated, she believes, from the judgement of […]

21.04.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Harry Potter fans open online Hogwarts school

Harry Potter fans open online Hogwarts school

(Relaxnews) – Hogwarts is Here, an online educational website modeled after J.K. Rowling’s school for young magic-users, is open for currency-free business. Following in the footsteps of the fictional Harry, Hermione and Ron just got a whole lot easier with a selection of nine-week online courses provided by a coven of industrious fans. Launched on […]

16.04.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Offbeat, Online ·
Japan virtual star Hatsune to join Lady Gaga tour

Japan virtual star Hatsune to join Lady Gaga tour

(TOKYO-AFP) – Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga’s tour of North America next month, the US songstress has announced on Twitter. The pixel-perfect pop princess, whose voice is also the product of digital code, will perform in 3D alongside a band made […]

Could this be most viral airline video of all time?

Could this be most viral airline video of all time?

(Relaxnews) – A video starring sports megastars Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi in a “selfie shootout” was officially bestowed with the title of most viral celebrity spot 2014 for clocking more than 137 million hits since first airing last year. If you aren’t one of the more than 137.2 million people to have seen “Kobe […]

Virgin Galactic launches search for boy behind spaceline idea

Virgin Galactic launches search for boy behind spaceline idea

(Relaxnews) – Sir Richard Branson has launched a worldwide appeal to help him find the child who, 26 years ago, asked a question that inspired him to launch his commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic. During a live appearance on a BBC TV show in 1988, Branson answered a viewer call from a young Shihan Musafer, who […]

09.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Grad student finds out where bee stings hurt the most

Grad student finds out where bee stings hurt the most

(Relaxnews) – A Cornell University graduate student set out to answer a simple question: what is the most painful place to be stung by a honeybee? The response was determined using the Schmidt Sting Pain Index over a month of daily, self-inflicted pain. To carry out his rather unusual experiment, Michael Smith stung himself five […]

08.04.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Love, sex and football: a Brazilian extravaganza awaits

Love, sex and football: a Brazilian extravaganza awaits

(SAO PAULO-AFP) – Calling all football lovers…and lovers. June 12, Brazil. Put it in your diary. The date isn’t just the big kick-off as Brazil get the World Cup underway against Croatia; it’s also Lovers’ Day in the host nation. The coincidence of dates heralds a boon for entrepreneurs plying their wares in Brazil’s expanding […]

05.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man ice cream

Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man ice cream

(Relaxnews) – What’s red, blue and striped all over? Why, the latest Spider-Man inspired ice cream, of course. In a tie-in with the May release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” movie, Baskin-Robbins has created an ice cream flavor made with red and blue, vanilla-flavored ice cream, thread by a web of dark chocolate and popping […]

03.04.2014 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
‘Social media wedding concierge’ will live-tweet ceremony for $3,000

‘Social media wedding concierge’ will live-tweet ceremony for $3,000

(Relaxnews) – The W Hotel chain in New York is getting a lot of flak for its newly announced “social media wedding concierge,” a $3,000 service that involves paying a stranger to follow the couple around and post Facebook status updates, Instagram photos and live tweets of the nuptials. The service, pitched to US media […]

First-ever United States Mint curved coins to go on sale

First-ever United States Mint curved coins to go on sale

(Relaxnews) – The first curved coins from the United States Mint are set to go on sale on March 27. The limited edition coins, which are part of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program, include a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin and a half-dollar clad coin. The concave design, […]

BatteryBox: five years of portable power

BatteryBox: five years of portable power

(Relaxnews) – The BatteryBox is by no means the only portable back-up power device on the market, but what makes it so clever is that once charged up, it stays charged up and is guaranteed to perform like new for five years. That, and the fact that despite being small enough to fit in the […]

26.03.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Environment, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
What do you get when you cross a supercar with a hovercraft?

What do you get when you cross a supercar with a hovercraft?

(Relaxnews) – According to US company Mercier-Jones, it’s a Supercraft. A two-seat amphibious vehicle that is bound to turn heads, whether crossing the marina in Monte-Carlo or traversing the sand dunes of Dubai. Billed as the car of the future you can drive over land, ice, sand, water and everything in-between, Mercier-Jones is certain that its latest […]

26.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Selfie-indulgence the key to Instagram popularity

Selfie-indulgence the key to Instagram popularity

(Relaxnews) – A study has found that the key to attracting comments and engagement on the image-sharing social network is to upload photographs of people, not places. The selfie is here to stay. Well that’s according to the Georgia Institute of Technology and Yahoo Labs researchers anyway. They’ve just announced the conclusions of a study […]

Dog ‘sold for $2 million’ in China: report

Dog ‘sold for $2 million’ in China: report

(BEIJING-AFP) – A Tibetan mastiff puppy has been sold in China for almost $2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million) for the one-year-old golden-haired mastiff at a “luxury pet” fair Tuesday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, […]

20.03.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
New Logitech mice honor World Cup soccer teams

New Logitech mice honor World Cup soccer teams

(Relaxnews) – Less than 100 days before the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Logitech has announced a collection of 13 mice, each honoring one of the nations competing in the tournament. These Football Edition Mice, versions of the M235 wireless mouse, are available now in Europe. This new special edition collection […]

3D-printed couture: the next stage of design?

3D-printed couture: the next stage of design?

(Relaxnews) – Cutting-edge clothing just got sharper, thanks to the creation this week of the Bristle Dress, a fully 3D-printed couture garment. Produced as part of designer Francis Bitonti‘s workshop “New Skins Brumal Bodies: Computational Design for Fashion Winter 2014” in New York, the dress was fabricated using MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop printers. Students at the workshop explored […]

14.03.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
‘Glass Brain’ shows neurons firing in real time

‘Glass Brain’ shows neurons firing in real time

(Relaxnews) – Philip Rosedale, creator of Second Life, and Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California San Francisco, have developed a way for people to see each thought as it flies through the mind.  Entitled “The Glass Brain,” the project was on display at SXSW 2014 and provided attendees the opportunity to see how their […]

14.03.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Literary supper club pairs food with books

Literary supper club pairs food with books

(Relaxnews) – A dining concept in Amsterdam has twinned the passions of bookworms and food lovers into a literary-themed dinner series. Every two months, The Bookish Banquet hosts a dinner party themed after a classic novel for an event that’s part book club, part multi-course dining experience. It started as a one-off, Alice in Wonderland dinner party […]

Chefs cook computer-generated recipes out of food truck

Chefs cook computer-generated recipes out of food truck

(Relaxnews) – A food truck powered by the same artificial intelligence that beat humans in rounds of Jeopardy! has been rolling out across the US over the last few weeks, serving up computer-generated recipes like Baltic apple pie and pork tenderloin with vanilla. It’s a concept that stems from IBM’s Watson supercomputer, which famously beat […]

Pizza Hut develops interactive tabletop menu technology

Pizza Hut develops interactive tabletop menu technology

(Relaxnews) – Here’s another sign that traditional restaurant menus may be inching towards extinction: Pizza Hut has created an interactive touchscreen tabletop that would allow diners to build their pizza they way they like, using swiping and tapping gestures. Developed with Chaotic Moon Studios, the digital menu ordering service acts much like a tablet allowing […]

06.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Edible Masterpiece competition proves design is a piece of cake

Edible Masterpiece competition proves design is a piece of cake

(Relaxnews) – Would you eat a Damien Hirst masterpiece? The UK creative charity Art Fund is challenging the public to recreate art and design classics through the medium of food, in a new initiative called Edible Masterpieces launched this week. The challenge is to create a theoretically edible work of art inspired by a cultural icon, famous painting or […]

25.02.2014 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Weird and wacky Carnival traditions around the world

Weird and wacky Carnival traditions around the world

(Relaxnews) – From the lopping off of men’s neckties in Germany to the burial of a sardine in Spain, carnival traditions around the world are vast and varied. As the world gears up to throw the biggest party of the year, online booking site Cheapflights.com highlights a few interesting and eyebrow-raising traditions that draw thousands […]

23.02.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Offbeat, Online ·
Olympics: Party time as Sochi Games close

Olympics: Party time as Sochi Games close

(SOCHI-AFP) – Sochi let its hair down on Sunday at a rollicking end-of-games Olympic party celebrating Russia’s spirit and culture through the country’s rich heritage of music and art. The packed Fisht stadium on the Black Sea coast was in high spirits after the home nation earlier topped the medals table. In a light-hearted reference […]

23.02.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Coca-Cola designs ‘social media guard’ for latest ad

Coca-Cola designs ‘social media guard’ for latest ad

(Relaxnews) – Coca-Cola has come up with an unusual way of getting us to put down our smartphones and break the social media habit that, for many of us, regularly interrupts real life. The brand has designed a ‘Social Media Guard’ for its latest ad, which aims to highlight the amount of time spent obsessively […]

21.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
For men, a slimmer physique may signal a surprising health advantage

For men, a slimmer physique may signal a surprising health advantage

(Relaxnews) – New research in the American Journal of Human Biology reveals a link between body mass index (BMI) and the amount of bacteria found in male noses. Results indicate that the noses of heavier or overweight men carry more “potentially pathogenic species of bacteria” than the sniffers of attractive, thinner males. “According to an […]

20.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
Olympics: Bouncers, ballerinas, cheese-grater find skeleton home

Olympics: Bouncers, ballerinas, cheese-grater find skeleton home

(ROSA KHUTOR-AFP) – Heard the one about the nightclub bouncer and the ballerina? Or the tale of the guy who learned to slide on ice at breakneck speed by wearing shoes made from a cheese grater? They have all found a home in the helter-skelter, head-first world of skeleton racing and they are bringing a […]

16.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Luxury submarine offers lovers ‘sound-proof’ rooms and private chef

Luxury submarine offers lovers ‘sound-proof’ rooms and private chef

(Relaxnews) – If you have a bottomless bank account and a love that goes deeper than the ocean, a British travel outfit has created a package that allows lovers to make their own tsunami waves in a romantic getaway aboard a luxury submarine. OK, so it’s not yellow. But for adventurous couples who may have […]

Nokia’s take on a smart skirt

Nokia’s take on a smart skirt

(Relaxnews) – Nokia is strutting its stuff at London Fashion Week thanks to an interactive partnership with designers Fyodor Golan. Together, they have conceived a skirt out of 35 Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphones. And as the skirt moves, the images on each phone’s screen changes color in a “synchronized shimmering effect” to mimic the behavior […]

S. Korean lovers say it with matching socks

S. Korean lovers say it with matching socks

(SEOUL-AFP) – In a country where public displays of affection are still frowned on, young South Korean couples often advertise their relationship by wearing matching outfits, whether socks, shirts, jackets or, more privately, underwear. It’s especially popular with newlyweds, making South Koreans honeymooning on the beaches of Southeast Asia easy to spot in their twinned […]

14.02.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Holidays, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Valentine's Day ·
Shanghai surprise for lovers desperately seeking film tickets

Shanghai surprise for lovers desperately seeking film tickets

(BEIJING-AFP) – Couples looking to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day at one Chinese cinema will be out of luck this Friday, thwarted by singles who bought up all the odd-numbered seats. According to the Shanghai Morning Post, a group of Internet users reserved every other seat at a Valentine’s night showing of “Beijing Love Story” […]

Japan’s Love Hotels see business booming

Japan’s Love Hotels see business booming

(TOKYO-AFP) – From rooms kitted out like medical clinics where couples can play “doctors and nurses” to grottos where it is permanently Christmas, Japan’s “Love Hotels” cater to almost every taste, offering a few hours of reasonably-priced privacy in a crowded country. And with the kind of occupancy rates that most hotels can only dream […]

13.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Holidays, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Valentine's Day ·
Olympics: Hair-raising Olympics for Sochi skaters

Olympics: Hair-raising Olympics for Sochi skaters

(SOCHI-AFP) – Not content with merely following the action on the ice, figure skating fans have taken their dedication to a new level — opening Twitter accounts to track the fortunes of their heroes’ flowing locks. The Twitter account @2014PonyPower, dedicated to US team bronze medallist Jason Brown’s ponytail, has nearly 1000 followers. “It’s something […]

New York and Paris consider turning subways into retail, dining space

New York and Paris consider turning subways into retail, dining space

(Relaxnews) – It’s a tale of two cities. A bit of forward thinking and ingenuity is driving an emerging trend that would see derelict subway stations transformed into a restaurant or swimming pool, and pop-up stores opening in major metro hubs — on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s an idea born in two cities […]

Movies that could save your marriage

Movies that could save your marriage

(Relaxnews) – Making it past the three-year itch could be as simple as popping in a DVD and watching other couples fight. That’s the overarching conclusion of a new study out of the University of Rochester, which found that watching a film that examined the complexities of marriage and discussing the issues together as a […]

04.02.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Health & Fitness, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat, Online ·
What you get for a $500,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

What you get for a $500,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

(Relaxnews) – It may be safe to file this hotel package under ‘most outrageous Valentine’s Day offer.’ Ever. For $500,000, a luxury hotel company will throw in a $100,000 shopping spree, a personalized Maserati and $50,000 worth of diamonds and jewelry. Aptly called “The Once In a Lifetime” package, the Canadian brand Sutton Place Hotels has launched […]

China’s Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles

China’s Baidu paints New Year travel map from mobiles

(BEIJING-AFP) – Pale blue, fibre-optic-like lines linking dots in an outline of China emerging from darkness — technology giant Baidu has launched an astronomical chart-style image of the country’s New Year travels. The chart, tracking the mobile phone data of travellers using Baidu’s map service, is a visual representation of the world’s largest annual human […]

San Francisco set to welcome its first cat café

San Francisco set to welcome its first cat café

(Relaxnews) – It looks like the cat café trend has made its way across the Atlantic, with San Francisco set to welcome what is thought to be the USA’s first feline tea salon. KitTea, described as “part gourmet tea house, part cat and human oasis,” is set to open in the Californian city this spring. […]

25.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Is the Cragel the Cronut of 2014?

Is the Cragel the Cronut of 2014?

(Relaxnews) – The hyperbole has begun. After the spectacular success of the Cronut last year, the latest Franken-pastry to take the media by storm is the Cragel which is already being touted as the pastry of 2014 less than a month into the new year. Created out of Brooklyn bakery shop The Bagel Store, the Cragel […]

22.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Google Glass to offer new point of view on NBA game

Google Glass to offer new point of view on NBA game

(Relaxnews) – A new, interactive experience will be in store for fans at the Sacramento Kings vs. Indiana Pacers game on January 24. Several of the game’s participants will wear Google Glass, allowing them to take footage of the event from an insider’s perspective. At different points during the game, team members on the sidelines, […]

Website ‘charges’ selfie uploaders for charity

Website ‘charges’ selfie uploaders for charity

(Relaxnews) – Next time you find yourself about to publish a smoking hot selfie of yourself on your favorite social media platform, think twice — it could end up costing you. Despite the ‘selfie’ being one of the dominating trends to emerge in 2013, it looks like a backlash against this particular form of online […]

20.01.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Offbeat, Online ·
Build it and they will believe, says defiant China tycoon

Build it and they will believe, says defiant China tycoon

(CHANGSHA, China-AFP) – A Chinese multi-millionaire who built himself an Egyptian pyramid and a replica of Versailles vows to construct the world’s tallest building in just six months — despite authorities preventing work amid safety concerns. Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 million) and has grandiose aspirations, the biggest of them […]

19.01.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Ice hotel creates ‘Frozen-inspired’ bedroom made of ice and snow

Ice hotel creates ‘Frozen-inspired’ bedroom made of ice and snow

(Relaxnews) – Quebec City’s iconic ice hotel has carved out a bedroom fit for a snow queen in a collaboration with Walt Disney Studios with their “Frozen”-inspired suite. To be unveiled this weekend at the Hotel de Glace, the “Frozen Suite” is modeled after the royal bedrooms of sisters Anna and Elsa featured in the animated […]

18.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed

Weird and wonderful world of British royal gifts revealed

(LONDON-AFP) – A garden gnome, a chocolate royal coach and a falconry glove were among the gifts presented to Britain’s royal household last year, it was revealed on Wednesday. Queen Elizabeth II was the lucky recipient of a gold jewelled photo frame set on a jewelled ostrich egg when Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, president of […]

17.01.2014 · Filled under: Home & Garden, International Stars, Offbeat ·
Major fashion designers reinvent the football helmet

Major fashion designers reinvent the football helmet

(Relaxnews) – To celebrate the upcoming 48th Super Bowl, 48 major fashion design houses — including Betsey Johnson, Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, DKNY, and Diane von Furstenberg — have designed football helmets to be auctioned off at Bloomingdales.com, kicking off January 15. Anyone in New York can also glimpse the fashionable helmets in the […]

Taco Bell fan gets inked in exchange for liftetime supply of tacos

Taco Bell fan gets inked in exchange for liftetime supply of tacos

(Relaxnews) – How far would you go for a lifetime supply of your favorite food? Would you, for instance, ink it permanently — and visibly — on your body? One Taco Bell fan in Canada did, volunteering to get a tattoo of the Doritos Locos Taco. In a marketing strategy that tested the popularity of […]

Feel 10 feet tall with Mopar Muscle

Feel 10 feet tall with Mopar Muscle

(Relaxnews) – This monster truck is not just monster in terms of size, it’s also equally massive in the performance department. A seriously customized 9-liter supercharged HEMI engine under the hood is capable of pumping out 2000hp — that’s almost two Bugatti Veyrons. That said, the world’s greatest supercar weighs considerably less than 4672kg. The […]

11.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Motoring, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Spending the night in a cemetery and other strange New Year’s customs

Spending the night in a cemetery and other strange New Year’s customs

(Relaxnews) – Ahead of New Year’s Eve, the social networking site Badoo asked members to cast their votes to elect the world’s strangest and funniest New Year’s traditions. The locals in Talca, Chile came out in first place by a long shot in the “strangest” category with their custom of spending the night in a cemetery […]

China gets into the Christmas spirit

China gets into the Christmas spirit

(Relaxnews) – Christmas spirit is catching on in China, although admittedly not in the traditional Western sense. According to a recent article by Jing Daily, recent years have seen the holiday become increasingly trendy throughout the nation, as marketers latch onto a potentially lucrative opportunity. The Chinese take on the festive period is more focused on […]

26.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Destinations, Holidays, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·

Village Buildah is launching a car raffle fundraising

A Mercedes Benz 2014 C250 car will be raffled off with proceeds supporting The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Gawad Kalinga and Typhoon Haiyan victims (December 13, 2013 – Los Angeles) – Village Buildah, a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation, is launching their car raffle fundraising on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6pm […]

20.12.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Motoring, News, Offbeat ·
Liver and let die: James Bond was an alcoholic – study

Liver and let die: James Bond was an alcoholic – study

(PARIS-AFP) – “A dry martini. Just hand it to me, and I’ll do the shaking myself.” This, according to British doctors, is somewhat how James Bond would have been in real life. 007 boozed so much that in all reality he would have had the tremulous hands of a chronic alcoholic, according to an offbeat […]

14.12.2013 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat ·
Astrology may lead to self-indulgent behavior, researchers say

Astrology may lead to self-indulgent behavior, researchers say

(Relaxnews) – Fans of astrology, take heed. A new study suggests that reading your daily horoscope could lead to impulsive or self-indulgent behavior. For those days when astrology readings were negative, people were more susceptible to temptation, researchers said. The study, announced Tuesday and published in the Journal of Consumer Research last month, revealed that believing in […]

‘World’s most expensive’ Christmas wreath unveiled

‘World’s most expensive’ Christmas wreath unveiled

(Relaxnews) – A Christmas wreath featuring over 40 glittering diamonds and rubies was launched this week. Costing a cool $4,645,800 (€3,424,575), the 138.83 carat wreath is made to order and takes just under a week to create. The start of the piece is a 17.49 carat ruby, which is offset by a 3.03 carat yellow […]

06.12.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Christmas, Holidays, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Jane Austen MMO gets greenlit

Jane Austen MMO gets greenlit

(Relaxnews) – For fans of Jane Austen’s novels this could be a fantasy come true, but “Ever, Jane” is no “World of Warcraft” — unless you think Mrs. Bennet counts as a Regency Period troll. For in “Ever, Jane,” your conversations, kind words, and libelous gossip combine with an invitation system that hinges on players’ […]

04.12.2013 · Filled under: Books, Entertainment, Games, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
Elon Musk: a man on a mission

Elon Musk: a man on a mission

(Relaxnews) – Whether it be reaching for the stars or changing people’s attitudes to electric cars, in 2013 the South African-born serial entrepreneur and visionary showed he was doing more than anyone in Silicon Valley to demonstrate how technology can revolutionize the way we live our lives. No wonder people are calling him the next […]

Batmobile replica heading to auction

Batmobile replica heading to auction

(Relaxnews) – An almost exact replica of the Tim Burton-era Batmobile is poised to go under the hammer at a Historics at Brooklands auction this weekend in the UK where it could fetch up to $140,000. All that’s missing from the custom-built homage are the side-mounted, pop-up Browning machine guns, but all of the other details, from […]

Hardest person to buy for? Your significant other, survey says

Hardest person to buy for? Your significant other, survey says

(Relaxnews) – Good news for singletons: an online survey claims that for most people, shopping for their significant other’s gift is the most arduous task on the holiday list. According to a recent survey of 1,000 adults, both men and women describe their significant other as the hardest person to buy a gift for during […]

In New York, foot yoga to make high heels bearable

In New York, foot yoga to make high heels bearable

(Relaxnews) – New York fashionistas can seek the guidance of yoga instructor Yamuna Zake to help make walking in their most vertiginous stilettos less painful. Yamuna Zake, 59, offers specialized foot yoga classes, with students bringing in their most tortuous pair of high heels to practice a daintier, less damaging walk, The Daily Mail reports. Classes […]

27.11.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Offbeat, Online ·
Ker-pow! Batkid saves Gotham City, wins Obama praise

Ker-pow! Batkid saves Gotham City, wins Obama praise

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – A five-year-old boy recovering from cancer became a superhero for a day Friday, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue. Even President Barack Obama got in on the act after the story went viral, sending pint-size caped crusader Miles […]

16.11.2013 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·

Help us raise $10,000 for Philippine Storm Relief

The typhoon in the Philippines has affected thousands overseas and right here in the U.S. As a company, we at Air & Water have decided to help aid in the relief efforts for the disaster in the Philippines. For two days we will be donating 10% of our gross sales to the American Red Cross. […]

14.11.2013 · Filled under: Happenings, Hometown, Local News, News, Offbeat ·
Insects making eco-friendly buzz in Dutch kitchens

Insects making eco-friendly buzz in Dutch kitchens

(SITTARD, Netherlands-AFP) – Cecile’s latest batch of students watched attentively as she launched into the last step of the dish — swirling grasshoppers around in a frying pan before setting them on the coucous. In their bid to find an environmentally-friendly alternative to meat, Richard, 41, Mariet, 53, and Seppo, 43, are looking to insects. […]

Karl Lagerfeld creates new accessories inspired by his cat

Karl Lagerfeld creates new accessories inspired by his cat

(Relaxnews) – The German fashion designer used Choupette, his Persian cat, as a muse for his Holiday accessories collection. A gift from Chanel model Baptiste Giabiconi, Choupette has become a pretty important figure in the Chanel and Fendi designer’s life. In fact, Choupette is so spoiled she even has her own maids, and a personal twitter […]

29.10.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
The sweetest, most delicious record-breaking chocolate feats in the world

The sweetest, most delicious record-breaking chocolate feats in the world

(Relaxnews) – The most valuable chocolate bar in the world is a hundred years old and embarked on an expedition to the Antarctic. The largest chocolate bar was created in the UK and weighed about the size of an adult bull. And to make the world’s largest hot chocolate, it took three hours to heat […]

29.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Scientist comes up with mathematical equation for perfect pizza

Scientist comes up with mathematical equation for perfect pizza

(Relaxnews) – A mathematician in the UK has come up with a scientific formula that claims to decode the secret to making the perfect pizza pie. The key, says Dr. Eugenia Cheng of the University of Sheffield, is the topping-to-base ratio and the thickness of the crust. In other words, baking a pie with a […]

24.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Where to get your fear on for Halloween

Where to get your fear on for Halloween

(Relaxnews) – From a nightmarish fear factory that supposedly preys on people’s deepest, darkest fears, to a lesser nefarious event dubbed the largest public Halloween festival in the US, here are a few ways revelers who love a spine-tingling thrill can celebrate the scariest holiday of the year. They’re deliciously wicked, frightful but also festive. […]

18.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Entertainment, Halloween, Offbeat, Online ·
S. Korea introduces ‘Gangnam Style’ tourist police

S. Korea introduces ‘Gangnam Style’ tourist police

(SEOUL-AFP) – South Korea unveiled its new “tourist police” force Wednesday, with snappy uniforms from rapper Psy’s costume designer and a “Gangnam Style” launch in central Seoul. Around 100 young policemen and women make up the first batch of the new force — formed to protect tourists from being ripped off during their stay in […]

Toilet-themed restaurant opens in Los Angeles

Toilet-themed restaurant opens in Los Angeles

(Relaxnews) – A strange but popular dining trend from Taiwan has been imported to the US where Angelenos will be seated on toilets and dig into piping hot bowls of brown curry from toilet-shaped bowls. It’s called the Magic Restroom Café and marks America’s inaugural introduction to a bizarre dining concept that started as a lark in […]

17.10.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Paramount Pictures presents: Spice and they’re nice

Paramount Pictures presents: Spice and they’re nice

By Rhony Laigo The place was Paramount Pictures. The show was action-packed, with crowds in “chaotic” pace which included swarms of buzzing people with oozing goodies on their mouths, and noisy as they moved from one spot to another while devouring free nourishments along the way. It was Thai Food Festival! The first of its […]

Fashionistas take heed as ‘WearableArt’ goes global

Fashionistas take heed as ‘WearableArt’ goes global

(WELLINGTON-AFP) – Fashionistas first scoffed at Suzie Moncrieff’s displays of bizarre bras and out-there attire, but 25 years on international designers are clamouring to be part of Wellington’s annual World of WearableArt show. The event Moncrieff founded in the late 1980s features mind-bending costumes that use materials from finest silk chiffon to rusty kitchen utensils. […]

07.10.2013 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Film, Home & Garden, International Stars, Offbeat ·
New reality series to send winner into space

New reality series to send winner into space

(Relaxnews) – In what’s being described as a partnership of titans, Sir Richard Branson has teamed up with reality TV czar Mark Burnett for a new series that will send the winner into space. In line with Burnett’s wildly successful TV franchise “Amazing Race,” “Space Race” will take the concept of cross-planetary treasure hunts to […]

American football: Odd college traditions spark intensity

American football: Odd college traditions spark intensity

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – From a building-sized mural of Jesus Christ that appears to signal a touchdown to visitors’ locker rooms painted pink to produce a calming effect, collegiate American football has some unusual traditions. Crowds of more than 100,000 people gather in some areas around the United States to watch university squads represent schools, states and […]

30.09.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Watch: iPhone vs rifle in new calibre of smartphone-testing video

Watch: iPhone vs rifle in new calibre of smartphone-testing video

(Relaxnews) – Slow-motion footage of Apple’s latest object of desire coming off second best to an extremely large calibre projectile takes testing-to-destruction videos to a whole new level. YouTube videos detailing water resistance, drop tests and other forms of smartphone durability have become commonplace and the uncomfortable thrill of seeing what is often an object […]

25.09.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Thrill-seeking couple wed hanging off the edge of CN Tower

Thrill-seeking couple wed hanging off the edge of CN Tower

(Relaxnews) – A Canadian couple brought new meaning to the term “taking a leap” and exchanged wedding vows while hanging off the tallest building in Canada. Lacy Boland and John Kirk pledged to have — but mostly to hold — each other Thursday morning, as the couple from Barrie, Ontario hung off the edge of […]

20.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Online, Sports & Recreation, Videos ·
‘Cat cafe’ is purrfect spot for Paris animal lovers

‘Cat cafe’ is purrfect spot for Paris animal lovers

(PARIS-AFP) – France’s first “cat cafe” opens on Saturday in Paris with an in house troupe of nine rescue cats ready and waiting to be made a fuss of by cat-loving customers. Already popular in Tokyo where there are dozens, cat cafes allow customers who cannot have a pet at home to enjoy a cup […]

19.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Hong Kong Marathon launches anti-‘selfie’ campaign

Hong Kong Marathon launches anti-‘selfie’ campaign

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A campaign against “selfies” is urging runners at the Hong Kong Marathon not to take pictures of themselves with their mobile phones after a pile-up at this year’s event, organisers said Tuesday. The crush was reportedly triggered after a woman stopped to take a picture of herself at the start of her […]

19.09.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Ice cream maker creates ‘Facebook’ flavor

Ice cream maker creates ‘Facebook’ flavor

(Relaxnews) – If Facebook were an ice cream flavor, what would it be? Naturally, it would be blue and white and ‘liked’ the world over. After watching how obsessively his teenage daughter would check in on the social media site, an enterprising ice cream maker in Croatia decided to drizzle blue syrup over vanilla ice […]

10.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
All-new Smart concept heading to Frankfurt

All-new Smart concept heading to Frankfurt

(Relaxnews) – The Fourjoy is yet another offbeat design study from the premium small car brand. This is a Smart concept with a difference. It’s built on the Fourtwo platform yet it has four seats. However, in keeping with the brand’s quirkiness, the Fourjoy has decided to dispense with doors, rear windows and even the […]

Video: LG’s job interview at the end of the world

Video: LG’s job interview at the end of the world

(Relaxnews) – LG takes testing job applicants’ ability to stay calm under pressure to new lengths in a viral video that shows off its UHD TV range. Picture the scene. It’s a job interview for a position you’ve always dreamed of at a company you respect and admire and everything is going so well that […]

05.09.2013 · Filled under: Offbeat, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Wet noses to the touchscreen, iPads go to the dogs

Wet noses to the touchscreen, iPads go to the dogs

(NEW YORK CITY-AFP) – You may or may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can certainly try to get Fido to use an iPad. New York dog trainer Anna Jane Grossman has done just that, with success — although a lack of apps limits the possibilities. “It’s a novelty. […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Science & Technology ·
Tuk-tuks offer new take on Paris

Tuk-tuks offer new take on Paris

(PARIS-AFP) – The humble tuk-tuk, a fixture in Asian cities from Bangkok to Bangalore, is rapidly becoming a common sight in the touristy parts of Paris — and the bane of traffic police. The three-wheeled auto rickshaws, as well as human-powered pedicabs, first appeared in the French capital in 2011, and their numbers have since […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat ·
Open Sesame: transit pass becomes a ring

Open Sesame: transit pass becomes a ring

(Relaxnews) – Two MIT students want to do away with transit cards and replace them with a customizable 3D-printed ring. Its creators say the Sesame Ring was inspired by the fact that they’ve often missed the metro because they couldn’t get their transit cards out of their pockets in time or because they’d forgotten it […]

3-D scan reveals what high heels do to your feet

3-D scan reveals what high heels do to your feet

(Relaxnews) – Addicted to high heels? British researchers have created a new 3-D scan of the female foot in a high-heel shoe, to see exactly what’s going on — and it’s not too good. Specialists at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in North London are using new technology to view the foot and ankle in three […]

Four truly terrible diet plans

Four truly terrible diet plans

(Relaxnews) – Diets that prescribe stitching a wire mesh to your tongue, binge drinking, and passing a feeding tube through the nostril in order to pump a liquid formula into the stomach rate as some of the worst diet plans, ever. Plastic tongue patch diet This procedure involves a plastic mesh patch sewn onto the […]

27.08.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
Skip the latte: Sprayable Energy lets you spray on the caffeine

Skip the latte: Sprayable Energy lets you spray on the caffeine

(Relaxnews) – No time for a coffee break? Spray on some caffeine, thanks to a new product called Sprayable Energy that claims to be the world’s first caffeine-based topical energy spray. Created by Harvard undergraduate Ben Yu, 21, and venture capitalist Deven Soni, 33, the new spray is an odorless liquid that is absorbed through […]

Next food phenom poised to spawn copycats: ramen burgers

Next food phenom poised to spawn copycats: ramen burgers

(Relaxnews) – It’s been widely cited as the new cronut. Another freaky food phenomenon produced from two distinct items and made in short supply to draw snaking lines and drive up demand: Behold the “ramen burger.” Since debuting at the beginning of the month at a food fair in Brooklyn, the ramen burger has shown […]

16.08.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Share your name with the royal baby? Hotel chain offers free night’s stay

Share your name with the royal baby? Hotel chain offers free night’s stay

(Relaxnews) – It could be construed as a bit of a marketing stretch, but British budget hotel chain Travelodge is offering a free night’s stay to Britons named George Cambridge in celebration of the royal baby. The tie-in is two-fold: This week, the hotel chain celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Cambridge location. The Prince […]

14.08.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, Offbeat ·
Leaning Tower of Pisa is straightening out – just a little

Leaning Tower of Pisa is straightening out – just a little

(Relaxnews) – Take another look at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. If it looks a little less crooked, that’s because the iconic landmark has, indeed, straightened out — ever so slightly. According to a newly released annual report prepared by a team of Pisa monitors, between 2001 and 2013 the tower recovered […]

14.08.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat ·
Carl: a bartending robot at your service

Carl: a bartending robot at your service

(Relaxnews) – A humanoid robot doses spirits with perfection and even converses with patrons at the Robots Bar Lounge in Germany. According to the Daily Mail, if you take a seat on one of the nine barstools at the Robots Bar and Lounge in Ilmenau, Germany, the bartender Carl will greet you with impeccable manners […]

Kitchen appliance lets you grow your own insects for dinner

Kitchen appliance lets you grow your own insects for dinner

(Relaxnews) – An Austrian designer has created a table-top insect breeding kitchen appliance that can produce 2.4 kg of larvae protein and serve as an alternative “grow-your-own” source of protein for families. Industrial designer Katharina Unger’s Farm 432 has been getting a lot of media buzz for turning a UN recommendation — “eat insects” — into a […]

31.07.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Videos ·
Henry Holland goes for the hard sell on the soft serve

Henry Holland goes for the hard sell on the soft serve

(Relaxnews) – Henry Holland’s latest and most exclusive pieces will be sold from the back of a truck! No, the London-based designer hasn’t had a fall from grace (he’s still stocked at luxury department stores Selfridges, Harrods and Matches), he’s just embracing one of the latest trends with a mobile pop-up store. The ‘Mr Quiffy’ […]

30.07.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Offbeat, Online ·
World’s stinkiest fruit turned into wine

World’s stinkiest fruit turned into wine

(Relaxnews) – A fruit so stinky it’s been banned in public buses and trains in Singapore has been turned into wine. It’s a formidable feat pulled off by a team of student researchers at the the National University of Singapore who hope to commercialize their durian wine and see the product on store shelves. Known […]

28.07.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
The Canadian kingdom of Prince George

The Canadian kingdom of Prince George

(Relaxnews) – A city on the west coast of Canada is hoping to cash in on the good fortune of sharing its name with the third in line to the throne. Not long after Buckingham Palace announced the name of their newest family member to the world, the city of Prince George, British Columbia issued a […]

Brits raise a pint to the royal baby with the “Heir Raiser”

Brits raise a pint to the royal baby with the “Heir Raiser”

(Relaxnews) – It didn’t take long for a brewery in England to release a beer in honor of the newest addition to the royal family. The name? “Heir Raiser.” Like the rest of the world — and its savvy entrepreneurs — McMullen & Sons brewery in Hertford waited “eagerly” for the birth of the baby before releasing […]

24.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, International Stars, Offbeat ·
Weight for it: Dubai rewards losers with gold

Weight for it: Dubai rewards losers with gold

(DUBAI-AFP) – Shedding weight in Dubai is being rewarded in gold under a new initiative by the municipality of the Gulf emirate aimed at fighting obesity, local newspapers reported on Wednesday. “Your Weight in Gold” is the title of a campaign promising one gramme of gold for every kilo shed, provided a minimum of two […]

22.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
Photo of the day: Spider-Man – ordinary commuter?

Photo of the day: Spider-Man – ordinary commuter?

(Relaxnews) – Where is Spider-Man headed? Is he going on vacation? No, he’s just off to San Diego’s Comic-Con event, which kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday. Close to 130,000 comic book, movie, and pop culture fans gather in California for this annual event which also hosts a large number of sneak peeks and […]

19.07.2013 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat, Online ·
What your favorite ice cream flavor says about you

What your favorite ice cream flavor says about you

(Relaxnews) – Are you impulsive and an idealist? Chances are your favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla. On the other hand, is your go-to flavor at the ice cream parlor strawberry? You’re more likely to be tolerant, devoted and an introvert. At least that’s according to “smell and taste expert” Dr. Alan Hirsch, who was […]

19.07.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Food & Dining, Offbeat, Online ·
Now anyone can fly a spaceship to the moon

Now anyone can fly a spaceship to the moon

(Relaxnews) – It’s every little boy’s (and a number of grown men’s) greatest dream, becoming a star pilot. And while the only realistic means of leaving the Earth’s atmosphere in search of interplanetary adventure is via a US$250,000 seat on the maiden voyage of the Virgin Galactic shuttle (confirmed passengers to date include Brad Pitt, […]

German baroque water park makes splash on UNESCO list

German baroque water park makes splash on UNESCO list

(KASSEL, Germany-AFP) – With its Hercules statue towering above a massive water cascade, romantic gardens and castle, Germany’s Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe has long been a marvel of baroque landscape design. As of last month, it’s also a UNESCO world heritage site. Locals are ecstatic that Europe’s largest hillside park, with its fairytale waterfalls, secluded ponds and […]

15.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat ·
The photo of the day: mystery woman

The photo of the day: mystery woman

(Relaxnews) – The 9th China International Comics and Games Expo (CCG Expo) opened its doors in Shanghai on Thursday, July 11. Through July 15, cosplay fans will be able to become their favorite characters from mangas, video games, anime and film. But who is this mysterious woman? Princess, warrior, goddess?

12.07.2013 · Filled under: Books, Games, Offbeat ·
Singapore gripped by Hello Kitty frenzy

Singapore gripped by Hello Kitty frenzy

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Tempers flared and police had to be called in Thursday as anxious Singaporeans rushed to McDonald’s outlets to buy Hello Kitty plush toys being sold by the fastfood chain as a promotion. Hundreds had begun queueing from Wednesday night to get their hands on a kitten in a skeleton outfit, depicting a character […]

29.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online ·
Talk to the hand – the phone that fits like a glove

Talk to the hand – the phone that fits like a glove

(Relaxnews) – British cellular network operator O2 teams up with artist and designer Sean Miles to turn vintage gloves into mobile phones. Conceived as an elegant way of highlighting the possibilities when it come to recycling gadgets, the “Talk to the Hand” gloves combine vintage Miu Miu and Pineider gloves with parts from old mobile […]

23.06.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Royal Ascot 2013: dramatic hats

Royal Ascot 2013: dramatic hats

(Relaxnews) – Europe’s best-attended horse-racing meeting, Royal Ascot draws around 300,000 visitors every year, who flock to the Berkshire racecourse for the five-day festival which is famous for its stylish ladies and dramatic hats. Anneka Tanaka-Svenska TV presenter and conservationist Anneka Tanaka-Svenska wore a hat designed by Louis Mariette. Racegoers Racegoers approach the Royal enclosure where top […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, International Stars, Offbeat, Photos ·
Undersea, in jail, aloft: a blitz tour of the world’s most outlandish restaurants

Undersea, in jail, aloft: a blitz tour of the world’s most outlandish restaurants

(Relaxnews) – Some very off-the-wall restaurant concepts are popping up in all corners of the world. While fresh-air fanatics will have the chance to eat Dinner in the Sky over Venice from June 19-23, landlubbers might opt to dine in a lavatory or prison instead. Here are some of the most original gastronomic brainwaves around: […]

16.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Offbeat ·
Sushi restaurant launches flying delivery service for diners

Sushi restaurant launches flying delivery service for diners

(Relaxnews) – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s your dinner flying at you on what’s being billed as the world’s first flying tray and airborne delivery service. Japanese restaurant chain Yo! Sushi in London has developed a gadget called the iTray that delivers meals by gliding through the air and landing table-side for customers to […]

13.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Offbeat, Videos ·
Ben & Jerry’s creates ice cream flavors for US cities

Ben & Jerry’s creates ice cream flavors for US cities

(Relaxnews) – If New York City were an ice cream flavor, what would it be? That’s the question Ben & Jerry’s is asking its fans in a new marketing pitch billed as the first crowd-sourced campaign that will allow residents in five cities across the US to create a new ice cream flavor via the […]

09.06.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
For mystic life and a spiritual tune-up, go to Brasilia

For mystic life and a spiritual tune-up, go to Brasilia

(BRASILIA-AFP) – Brazil’s capital is well known for the modern architecture of its designer, the late Oscar Niemeyer. But mystic types come for a different kind of thrill, like communicating with the spirits. The greater Brasilia area has around nearly 1,000 worship sites for every possible faith in the country with, at least nominally, the […]

09.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
Pie in the sky with DomiCopter

Pie in the sky with DomiCopter

(Relaxnews) – Pizza deliveries take to the air with Domino’s DomiCopter, a remote-controlled drone aircraft modified to deliver deep pan and thin crust payloads. The result of what Domino’s UK calls “exciting technological research,” though what many readers will probably describe as a clever publicity stunt, The DomiCopter can climb at high speeds to high […]

Bacon gift sets hottest Father’s Day idea this year

Bacon gift sets hottest Father’s Day idea this year

(Relaxnews) – A pork lover’s gift set that includes a full pack of bacon, a money clip for the man who ‘brings it home’ and cuff links shaped like bacon strips have become some of this season’s hottest Father’s Day gift ideas. It’s a clever marketing campaign launched to coincide with Father’s Day next week by American […]

07.06.2013 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Videos ·
Skirt-clad Romanian women promote ‘stylish’ cycling

Skirt-clad Romanian women promote ‘stylish’ cycling

BUCHAREST-AFP) – More than 1,500 Romanian women in colourful skirts and high heels cycled through the country’s main cities to promote urban biking as a “stylish and fun” way of transport. The event, called SkirtBike, “aims to celebrate the independence and empowerment that cycling can provide to all women and to encourage those who do […]

04.06.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Environment, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Canadian group given go-ahead to excavate Atari’s ‘E.T.’ dump

Canadian group given go-ahead to excavate Atari’s ‘E.T.’ dump

(Relaxnews) – The site where a 1983 Atari is said to have buried its stock of unwanted video games, consoles, computers and parts — including catastrophic culprit “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” — is to be dug up in the year of the Atari Dump’s 30th anniversary. Stephen Spielberg’s “E.T.” was a huge success at the cinema, […]

03.06.2013 · Filled under: Games, Offbeat ·
Dubai hotel hands out gold-plated iPads to guests

Dubai hotel hands out gold-plated iPads to guests

(Relaxnews) – Guests staying at the iconic, sail-shaped luxury hotel the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being given 24-carat gold-plated iPads which will serve as their personal virtual concierge for the duration of their stay. It’s the latest in lavish and — and some might say over-the-top —  hotel perks being launched out of […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
‘Star Wars’ finds a Navajo voice

‘Star Wars’ finds a Navajo voice

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – Members of the Navajo tribe in the southwestern United States are hoping the force will be with them as they dub “Star Wars” into their native Dine language. Two days of auditions began Friday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona for Navajo wishing to lend their voices to Luke […]

05.05.2013 · Filled under: Film, Hollywood Stars, Offbeat ·
Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk

Russian astronauts to take Olympic torch on space walk

(MOSCOW-AFP) – Russian astronauts will take an unlit Olympic torch on a space walk ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the deputy head of the Russian space agency said Sunday. “It will not be a copy but exactly the same as the torch at the Olympics,” deputy head of […]

29.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
In the pink: the April Fool’s prank played on Sergey Brin

In the pink: the April Fool’s prank played on Sergey Brin

(Relaxnews) – Company members pranked Google co-founder Sergey Brin by turning his car into a bright pink Batmobile for a newly revealed April Fool’s day joke. Although it’s believed to be bad luck to play a trick on someone after midday on April 1, there is no negative superstition surrounding revealing a prank played some […]

08.04.2013 · Filled under: Motoring, Offbeat, Online ·
YouTube shuts, Google sniffs, Twitter slims in April Fool gags

YouTube shuts, Google sniffs, Twitter slims in April Fool gags

(PARIS-AFP) – YouTube is shutting down, Twitter users have to pay for the use of vowels, and the new Google Nose search engine will bring a whiff of wet dog or daisies right to your computer or smartphone. Smells fishy? These Internet giants went all-out to try and bamboozle their users with April Fool’s gags […]

01.04.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Offbeat, Online ·
Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

Amphibious tourist buses put into service in Tokyo

(TOKYO-AFP) – Tokyo’s first amphibious tourist buses were put into service Sunday, carrying 40 passengers through the city’s low eastern side by road before taking to the Naka river during a 100-minute “Tokyo Splash Tour.” The two buses, dubbed “Sky Ducks”, departed from Tokyo’s new landmark Skytree, the world’s tallest communications tower at 634 metres […]

18.03.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Offbeat ·
Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate

Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate

(TOKYO-AFP) – Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate, paving the way for its worldwide rollout. The Hybrid Assistive Limb, or HAL, is a power-assisted pair of legs developed by Japanese robot maker Cyberdyne, which has also developed similar robot arms. A quality assurance body issued the certificate based on a draft version of an […]

27.02.2013 · Filled under: Asian News, Health & Fitness, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Athletics: 101-year-old marathon runner shines at last race

Athletics: 101-year-old marathon runner shines at last race

(HONG KONG-AFP) – A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world’s oldest distance runner retired Sunday after ending his last race in Hong Kong on a high, describing it as one of the “happiest days” of his long life. Fauja Singh, nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado”, finished the 10-kilometre (6 mile) run at the Hong Kong […]

25.02.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat, World News ·
Belgian chocolate stamp has it licked

Belgian chocolate stamp has it licked

(BRUSSELS-AFP) – Belgium has launched a new stamp sure to delight chocoholics around the world. “We have added a chocolate taste to the glue of the stamps… which you can taste when you lick it,” the Belgian postal service said. “The stamps are also imbued with the smell,” it said, while the design side carries […]

11.02.2013 · Filled under: Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
Turn your iPhone into an ATM?

Turn your iPhone into an ATM?

(Relaxnews) – Details of an intriguing Apple patent have emerged for a technology that would turn iPhone and iPad owners into walking, talking mobile banks. Submitted to the US Patents and Trademark Office on July 28, 2011 but published this week, the patent, for an ‘Ad-hoc cash Dispensing Network’ would allow iPhone users to borrow money […]

03.02.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Viagra found to burn fat in mice study

Viagra found to burn fat in mice study

(Relaxnews) – After reports of athletes attempting to gain a competitive edge with Viagra, the little blue pill may appeal to a different set: researchers report that the drug may help burn fat. Researchers from the University of Bonn treated mice with Viagra and found that the drug converts white fat cells, the kind most […]

22.01.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Offbeat ·
California’s ‘urban’ sled dogs are cool with no snow

California’s ‘urban’ sled dogs are cool with no snow

(COSTA MESA, California-AFP) – California’s lack of snow is no problem for Obi, a sled dog a thousand miles from the North Pole, pulling an “urban sled” to the delight of his devoted human owner, Rancy Reyes. Reyes mushes on a two-wheeled cart through Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, south of Los Angeles, pulled by […]

15.01.2013 · Filled under: Local News, Offbeat ·
Should a woman pop the question?

Should a woman pop the question?

(Relaxnews) – While it seems like young couples are bucking traditional values, a new study finds that men and women prefer wedding proposals the old-fashioned way, with the men popping the question. Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a liberal-leaning institution, asked about 300 undergrads, all heterosexual, about their thoughts on whether or […]

05.12.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Hurricane Sandy survivors post photos of their ‘storm meals’

Hurricane Sandy survivors post photos of their ‘storm meals’

(Relaxnews) – Victims of Hurricane Sandy have been cleaning out their fridges, getting creative with their leftovers and posting their storm and post-storm meals on photo-sharing sites like Instagram. Viral trend-tracking site BuzzFeed has curated dozens of #stormfood images from Instagram and Extragram,where users are uploading pics of their hurricane-themed meals like a ‘meat cyclone’snack made with cold […]

01.11.2012 · Filled under: Food & Dining, Offbeat ·
Little white lies may be bad for your health

Little white lies may be bad for your health

(Relaxnews) – How to be healthy? Exercise, eat your vegetables, and refrain from telling little white lies, according to a new study. In early findings from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, US, researchers studied 110 participants who were told to stop telling either major or minor lies for 10 weeks. The control group […]

10.08.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Offbeat ·
Images of the week: Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Paris

Images of the week: Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Paris

10 photos ©AFP PHOTO / STRINGER Bucharest Romanian woman wears the longest train of a wedding dress in front of the Parliament palace in Bucharest March 20, 2012. The 2,750 meter long train broke a previous record of 2,488 meters. It is made of 4,700 meters of material. ©AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI Athens Performers […]

26.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Photos ·
Nokia feels out tattoos that vibrate with incoming calls

Nokia feels out tattoos that vibrate with incoming calls

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – Mobile phone maker Nokia is seeking a US patent for tattoos that vibrate to let people know when they have calls on their mobile phones. Technology laid out in a patent application available online Wednesday would enable tattoos to receive magnetic waves emitted by mobile phones. Waves would trigger tattoos to generate […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Top Google+ trends: largest cargo ship sets off for the International Space Station, Kim Kardashian

Top Google+ trends: largest cargo ship sets off for the International Space Station, Kim Kardashian

(Relaxnews) – An unmanned European cargo ship called the ATV Edoardo Amaldi has set off on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft is expected to arrive at the ISS on March 28 with a 20-ton load of food and supplies — the heaviest cargo load ever delivered to the station by […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Videos ·
Things Facebook learns from your relationship status changes

Things Facebook learns from your relationship status changes

(Relaxnews) – If you want to get into a relationship, Valentine’s Day and Christmas are the best days to find love says a new study by Facebook. The large-scale study looks at how relationships — as self-reported by Facebook users via status update changes on the social network — are influenced by seasons, holidays and […]

23.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Images of the week: Prague, Tokyo, Washington

Images of the week: Prague, Tokyo, Washington

11 photos ©AFP PHOTO/ MICHAL CIZEK Prague A 1933 double eagle $20 gold coin on display during the two-day long exhibition at the National Museum on March 12, 2012 in Prague. The coin, one of two 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution since 1934, is […]

22.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Jilted fruit flies slurp alcohol to forget: study

Jilted fruit flies slurp alcohol to forget: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Frustrated male fruit flies, whose sexual advances are rejected by females, turn to alcohol to drown their sorrows, a study published Thursday revealed. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco discovered that rejected male flies have a tiny neuropeptide F molecule in their brain that pushes them to drink far more than […]

18.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
London’s new prison hotel — and some other hotels keen to lock you up

London’s new prison hotel — and some other hotels keen to lock you up

(Relaxnews) – Travelers in London will be able to get a taste of life inside one of the world’s most notorious detention facilities this week, as an Alcatraz-themed hotel opens for a limited time only. The ‘hotel’ is based in London’s Kings Cross and offers just four rooms, built as replicas of the cells in […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst

Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst

(PARIS-AFP) – Our ancestors made the evolutionary split with gorillas around 10 million years ago, but we still share a remarkable number of genes with the great ape, according to a groundbreaking study published on Wednesday. A worldwide consortium of scientists sequenced the genome of the western lowland gorilla and compared more than 11,000 of […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like us: study

Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like us: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different tasks — some […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Offbeat ·
Australian kids think yoghurt grows on trees: survey

Australian kids think yoghurt grows on trees: survey

(AFP) – Most Australian children in their last year of primary school think cotton socks come from animals while one-quarter believe yoghurt is from plants, a study warning of the growing gap between city and country found Monday. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) survey of almost 1,000 students in grades six and 10 found widespread misconceptions about […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Fuggedaboutit! NY named rudest US city

Fuggedaboutit! NY named rudest US city

(NEW YORK-AFP) – In-your-face drivers, unsmiling pedestrians and more than eight million people in a rush: New York has been named America’s rudest city. The January issue of Travel and Leisure magazine gave the Big Apple the honor, saying readers voted America’s most populous city at the head of a list of 20. Following up […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Hisss and hers: When women are best at spotting snakes

Hisss and hers: When women are best at spotting snakes

(PARIS-AFP) – Women who have just finished ovulating are better at detecting snakes than at other times of their menstrual cycle, according to an unusual study that sheds light on in-built reflexes for survival. Nobuo Masataka of Japan’s Kyoto University tested 60 healthy women of child-bearing age at three different phases of their cycle. They […]

10.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Macabre hobby gives dead animals new life

Macabre hobby gives dead animals new life

(NEW YORK-AFP) – There are mice and men and, thanks to a macabre hobby, there are also mice that look like men. Bent over tables in a room in an industrial corner of Brooklyn recently, about 20 New Yorkers used scalpels to slice into dead white mice, the first step in the animals’ unlikely journey […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
In the mood of Corrado de Biase: ‘The Addams Family are my fantasy runway stars’

In the mood of Corrado de Biase: ‘The Addams Family are my fantasy runway stars’

(Relaxnews) – To celebrate Paris Fashion Week (February 28-March 7), Relaxnews presents a new feature, “In the mood of…” quizzing designers on their style secrets and sources of inspiration. Ahead of his February 28 Fall 2012 presentation, we enter into the world of designer Corrado De Biase. Relaxnews: What in your opinion is the most essential accessory […]

28.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Offbeat, Videos ·
Taiwan promotes firecracker CD for Lunar New Year

Taiwan promotes firecracker CD for Lunar New Year

(TAIPEI-AFP) – Lunar New Year revellers in Taiwan’s capital Taipei are to be given free CDs featuring the sound of exploding firecrackers, in the hope of reducing the deafening noise and mess created by the real thing. “Lighting firecrackers will not only cause noise and air pollution but used firecrackers will make the environment dirty. […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·
Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

Pentagon-backed ‘time cloak’ stops the clock

(PARIS-AFP) – Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a “time cloak” that briefly makes an event undetectable. The laboratory device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that for the merest fraction of a second an event cannot be seen, according to a paper published in the science journal Nature. It […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat, Science & Technology ·
Firm defends made-in-China Steve Jobs doll

Firm defends made-in-China Steve Jobs doll

(SHANGHAI-AFP) – The company behind a made-in-China Steve Jobs action figure insisted Wednesday it was not a toy, but a realistic depiction of the Apple founder designed for fans of his iconic products. The 30.4-centimetre (one foot) tall dolls, which will go on sale next month with a price tag of $99, are being manufactured […]

04.01.2012 · Filled under: Offbeat ·