Israeli farmers observe sabbatical – with a wink
BNEI NETZARIM, Israel — Every seven years, according to the Bible, Israeli farmers must give their lands a rest for a year.
So how do modern-day growers reconcile the ancient spiritual practice with a need to feed the country’s 8 million mouths?
‘Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong’
Oh, Pinterest, we have a love-hate relationship with the creative ideas from food to fashion that we see pinned on your many boards. How many times have you seen some crafting project and thought to yourself: I could do that. You gather the items you need and give it the old college try. Or most of the college try – maybe you tried to cut a couple of corners. Maybe your kids started hollering at you and you missed a step. Maybe you measured once and ended up cutting two or three times.
However it happened, the product did not come out looking like something you could pin on Pinterest. Or anywhere really. Well, you’re not alone. And now there’s a book to prove it. “Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong” ($12.95, Workman Publishing) by Heather Mann compiles some of the internet’s biggest “Fails” from fashion to snacks from her blog of the same name (CraftFail.com) in book form.
Exhibition probes the mystery of Sherlock Holmes
LONDON — Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous Londoners of all time. Many tourists still see the bustling city through his eyes, and seek out his address, 221B Baker Street.
It seems a logical deduction that the fictional detective’s creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, must have known the city intimately.
On the road to find the world’s funniest person
LOS ANGELES — It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.
The onetime stand-up comic is, after all, the owner of the venerable Hollywood nightclub The Laugh Factory, so the idea wasn’t unfamiliar. Still, it’s one thing to get a liquored-up audience laughing at lines like, “Take my mother-in-law — please.”
Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs
ST. LOUIS — Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making a mess.
“We do it and have been doing it for many years, and to my knowledge it’s never caused a problem,” said Stephen George, executive director of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.
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