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Pumpkin Carving Maestro Ray Villafane Creates Yet Another Masterpiece

By Meera Dolasia on October 30, 2014
Pumpkin Carving Maestro Ray Villafane Creates Yet Another Masterpiece

No Halloween celebration would be complete without a peek at pumpkin carver extraordinaire Ray Villafane's incredible masterpieces. As has been the case for the past three years, the artist and his team of equally talented carvers, spent the weekend of October 18th and 19th at the New York Botanical Garden, transforming some of the world's largest pumpkins into scary zombies.

"Fall Back" Means An Extra Hour To Snooze This Weekend

By Meera Dolasia on October 29, 2014
"Fall Back" Means An Extra Hour To Snooze This Weekend

This weekend, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. This means that on Sunday, November 2nd, most Americans will move their clocks back by an hour, adding an extra sixty minutes to do whatever they please. This age-old tradition that is cherished by some and hated by others, can be traced all the way back to World War One.

New York's Annual Halloween Dog Show Does Not Disappoint

By Meera Dolasia on October 27, 2014
New York's Annual Halloween Dog Show Does Not Disappoint

Though there are numerous Halloween dog parades across the country, very few are as famous as the one held at New York City's Tompkins Square Park. Now in its 24th year, the annual pageant that doubles up as a fundraiser is one of the most competitive dog events in the world, with owners going through incredible efforts and expense to don their best friends in the most unique Halloween costumes.

US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million To Help Fight Ebola

By Meera Dolasia on October 25, 2014
US Billionaire Paul Allen Pledges $100 Million To Help Fight Ebola

With the death toll in West Africa rising to over 4,900 and new cases sprouting up daily, the World Health Organization estimates that it needs a billion dollars to train personnel, set up the required health facilities and obtain the necessary medical supplies to completely eradicate the deadly virus that has kept the world on edge for the last several months.

Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights!

By Meera Dolasia on October 22, 2014
Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights!

India is known for many colorful and fun festivals. But none are as popular as Diwali, a festival that spans over five-days and extends across many cultures and beliefs. It is therefore not surprising that the ancient observance, which is also referred to as Deepavali, (row of lights) is the biggest and most eagerly awaited of all Indian celebrations.

Beggar Turned Millionaire Returns To Repay 21-Year-Old Random Act Of Kindness

By Meera Dolasia on October 17, 2014
Beggar Turned Millionaire Returns To Repay 21-Year-Old Random Act Of Kindness

In 1993, 17-year-old He Rongfeng and his two friends left their village and made their way to Taizhou City in China's Zheijang Province, to look for work to help support their struggling families. Unfortunately, jobs were not easy to come by, and the trio were forced to resort to begging.

At This Spanish Comedy Club Patrons "Pay Per Laugh"

By Meera Dolasia on October 15, 2014
At This Spanish Comedy Club Patrons "Pay Per Laugh"

In September 2013, the government of Spain increased taxes on cultural events from 8% to 21%, making the cost of live theater performances prohibitive for most people. Within four months, venues reported a 30% decline in audience. While most theater owners sat around fuming at the officials, Barcelona-based Teatreneu, decided to tackle the challenge with an innovative approach to attract audience.

Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

By Meera Dolasia on October 13, 2014
Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

On October 10th, 2014, the Nobel Committee announced that this year's Noble Peace Prize would be awarded to two extraordinary individuals that have dedicated their lives to fighting for the rights of others - 17-year-old girls' education activist Malala Yousafzai, and 60-year-old children's activist Kailash Satyarthi. So what inspired the two to devote their lives to these worthy causes? Read on to find out . . .

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