It was Valentine's Day. Wang Xiaobo (a pseudonym) had been in line since early morning to register her marriage. In front of her, couples were carefully threading their way into a little room and filing out from the other side. It made her think: "It's exactly like an assembly line."
It's a bit of a surprise to discover the person behind India's biggest matchmaking site for divorcees is a single, attractive, 30-year-old - not exactly someone you would expect to be pondering the intricacies of remarriage.
Bil Keane's Family Circus comics entertained readers with a simple but sublime mix of humor and traditional family values for more than a half century. The appeal endured, the author thought, because the American public needed the consistency.
Bryon Widner and his wife Julie were pillars of the white power movement when they first met. People grabbed their children when Widner swaggered into a store, and lowered their voices when he entered a restaurant. He had symbols of racist violence carved into his face and the letters HATE stamped across the knuckles of his right hand.
BEIJING - For the third time in a row, China's national soccer team bid an early farewell to World Cup qualification.
To transform himself into an aging J. Edgar Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio sat for hours while makeup artists gave him liver spots, yellow teeth and a bulging stomach. He spends a good chunk of Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar" that way.
Science and Technology
There are white-meat people and there are dark-meat people; there are those who swear by the drumstick, thigh or breast.
Arts and Styles
Few artifacts at the provocative new exhibition at Discovery Times Square in New York - "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times" - will inspire aesthetic wonder. Pottery, silver coins, iron arrowheads, limestone pitchers, scraps of parchment - such are the seemingly mundane yields of many archaeological excavations, and they are prevalent here as well.
Sweet pickled garlic is a dining-table favorite in China. In spring, fresh young garlic bulbs are pickled whole in vinegar, sugar and a little salt. The garlic cloves are enjoyed as appetizers, or eaten with dumplings or jiaozi.
Bubbling champagne. Dim lighting. Flashing cameras. Beautiful socialites dressed to the nines.
If there is only time to see one piece of history in Shanghai, then you must go to the Shanghai Museum and search out a bronze tripod in its bronze collection. This is a 2,000-year-old bronze tripod that dates from the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-771 BC). They call it the Dake Tripod, or Dake Ding (大克鼎).