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Why 99-Year-Old Lillian Weber Sews A Dress A Day

By Charlotte Miller on September 14, 2014
Why 99-Year-Old Lillian Weber Sews A Dress A Day

If you are like most people, you probably do not recall the last time you performed a random act of kindness even for a family member, leave alone complete strangers. But that is exactly what 99-year-old Lillian Weber has been doing every day, since 2011.

Massive Dreadnoughtus And Alien-Like Spinosaurus The Latest Dinosaurs To Create Waves

By Meera Dolasia on September 12, 2014
Massive Dreadnoughtus And Alien-Like Spinosaurus The Latest Dinosaurs To Create Waves

Though dinosaur finds are revealed on a fairly regular basis, very few result in as much excitement as the latest two. On Thursday, September 4th, a team of scientists led by Kenneth Lacovara, an associate professor at Philadelphia's Drexel University unveiled the Dreadnoughtus schrani, which they believe is the biggest known land animal to have ever inhabited Earth. While dinosaur fans were still digesting the facts, on September 11th, came news of the re-discovery of the Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, the only known semi-aquatic dinosaur.

Will Scotland End Its 307-Year-Old Union With Britain?

By Meera Dolasia on September 11, 2014
Will Scotland End Its 307-Year-Old Union With Britain?

On September 18th, the residents of Scotland (16 and older) will head to the polls to say Yes or No to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?". The answer to this simple question will decide whether Scotland will become the world's newest independent nation or, continue its 307-year-old alliance with Britain.

9/11/2001 - The Day Americans Came Together

By Meera Dolasia on September 10, 2014
9/11/2001 - The Day Americans Came Together

September 11th, (2001), or 9/11 as it is commonly called, is remembered as one of the most tragic days in modern American history. That was the day when the lives of 2, 977 innocent Americans were brutally cut short by a series of well-orchestrated terrorist attacks on US soil. Within less than two hours, life as we knew it, changed forever - not just for the people that lost a family member or friend, but for every single person across the globe. However, it is also the day when Americans came together as one nation, regardless of caste, creed or color, to stand up against unspeakable evil.

Newsflash: Girls Can Play Baseball Too!

By Meera Dolasia on September 6, 2014
Newsflash: Girls Can Play Baseball Too!

While Jackie Robinson's achievements as the first African American major league baseball player are well documented, very few people know about Ila Borders - the first female pitcher in integrated men's professional baseball and the first woman to win a men's professional game in the independent leagues. Nor do they know about the 17 girls that have played in the 68-year history of the Little League World Series. But thanks to 13-year-old pitching phenom Mo'ne Davis, that has all changed.

Spain's Messy La Tomatina Festival Never Fails To Delight

By Meera Dolasia on August 31, 2014
Spain's Messy La Tomatina Festival Never Fails To Delight

On Wednesday, August 27th, over 20,000 revelers literally painted the tiny town of Bunol red, by pelting each other with thousands of pounds of tomatoes. This was of course no ordinary food fight, but the world's largest one that is staged annually on the last Wednesday of August - Welcome to Spain's messy La Tomatina festival!

Rare Superman Comic Book Auctions For An Astounding $3.2 Million

By Meera Dolasia on August 28, 2014
Rare Superman Comic Book Auctions For An Astounding $3.2 Million

On Sunday, August 24th, comic book lovers across the world watched with abated breath to what avid collectors would pay for a rare Superman comic book. Though bids above the initial asking price of $1 million USD had been coming in gradually since the pristine copy was placed on auction site eBay on July 14th, things really started to heat up during the final minutes when the price jumped from $2.5 to $2.6 and then $2.7 million, before shooting up to $3,207,752. Just when everyone thought it was over, an unknown buyer sneaked in the winning bid - a mind-boggling $3,207,852!

Pssst . . . Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes & Queen Victoria Wish To Speak To You!

By Meera Dolasia on August 22, 2014
Pssst . . . Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes & Queen Victoria Wish To Speak To You!

Let's be honest, historical statues can get a little boring. After all, how many times can one admire the intricate carving or read the plaque etched below? It is therefore no wonder that most people just whiz past them, as they go about their daily lives. But what if they had a story to tell? Would passersby spend two minutes of their precious time to listen?

At Toronto's Aptly Named 'Signs' Restaurant All Orders Fall On Deaf Ears

By Meera Dolasia on August 21, 2014
At Toronto's Aptly Named 'Signs' Restaurant All Orders Fall On Deaf Ears

At first sight, Toronto's newly opened 'Signs' restaurant appears like any other casual dining establishment. However the difference starts to become apparent as soon as diners walk in and the host or hostess welcomes them using American Sign Language (ASL). That trend continues throughout the meal as everyone from the wait staff to the busboys, communicate only via gestures.

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