23-year-old crowned maharaja of Indian royal dynasty

May 29, 2015

23-year-old crowned maharaja of Indian royal dynasty

A 23-year-old economics graduate was on Thursday crowned maharajah of a centuries-old royal family in southern India in an elaborate ceremony involving 40 priests and attended by 1,000 well-heeled guests. At 15 temples spread throughout opulent palace grounds in the city of Mysore, Yaduveer ...

Art of the Japanese company apology: It's all in the bow

May 4, 2015

Art of the Japanese company apology: It's all in the bow

Imagine you’re the head of a U.S. fast-food chain in Japan that has been scandalized by a tooth-in-french-fries disaster. How do you repair the damage? Bow deeply — and be convincing. So it was for Sarah Casanova, the Canadian president of McDonald’s Japan, whose ...

Hawaii food festival explores the wonders of canned meat

May 3, 2015

Hawaii food festival explores the wonders of canned meat

In Hawaii, Spam rules. No, not the kind that you get in your email, but the kind you eat — or don’t eat, as it may be for many mainlanders. To honor Spam-lovers in Hawaii, Hormel Foods will release a new flavor — Portuguese ...

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Apr 6, 2015

Tradition meets 21st-century consumerism at Chinese festival

Gleaming gold watches and smartphones are piled high in a ramshackle Chinese farmhouse — all replicas made of paper and designed to be incinerated, as 21st-century consumerism transforms the age-old market in offerings to ancestors. “Our work is serving the dead,” said Pu Shuzhen, ...

Mar 6, 2015

North Europeans migrated from steppe: DNA

A wave of migrants from the eastern fringes of Europe some 4,500 years ago left their trace in the DNA — and possibly the languages — of modern Europeans, according to a new study. Scientists discovered evidence of this Stone Age migration by analyzing ...

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Mar 1, 2015

Insect snacks creep into Thai stores

Street vendors selling deep-fried insects as snacks are a familiar sight in Bangkok, but a Thai entrepreneur is trying to give edible bugs a more upmarket appeal. Panitan Tongsiri will launch his HiSo brand of seasoned insect snacks this month and plans to stock ...