Jul 9, 2014

Man dies at U.S. hot dog eating contest

An Independence Day hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death. Speed-eating competitions are popular over the Fourth of July weekend. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him ...

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Jun 22, 2014

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Marching imperiously with a puffed-out chest and soldier’s ramrod posture, Mohamad Hatta Yahaya’s tiny chicken strutted its rich yellow plumage for a stone-faced judge. “Yes my hero, puff out your chest!” Mohamad Hatta cried out above the din of fellow fowl owners as his ...

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

It is that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner is a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white-and-brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...

'Selfie' edges 'twerk' for word of year

Nov 19, 2013

'Selfie' edges 'twerk' for word of year

“Selfie” is the 2013 word of the year, Oxford Dictionaries announced Tuesday, edging out stiff competition from “twerk.” Usage of the word has increased 17,000 percent over the past 12 months, said Oxford Dictionaries, which publishes the mammoth Oxford English Dictionary (OED), styled as ...

'Arab Idol' winner hailed at his debut in Europe

Sep 30, 2013

'Arab Idol' winner hailed at his debut in Europe

Mohammed Assaf, the winner of the “Arab Idol” talent competition held in Beirut in June, brought his thumping Palestinian beats out of the Middle East for the first time Sunday in his electrifying European debut. Assaf, 24, from the Gaza Strip, became a national ...