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Where to Live in the USA to Avoid Natural Disasters

Hurricanes in the east, earthquakes in the west and tordanoes in the middle. Where should you live to avoid natural disasters? Matthew Ericson, Joe Burgess and Bill Marsh of The New York Times created this infographic guide to find the safest and most dangerous places to live in America: The analysis below, by Sperling’s Best Places, a [...]

Chicken Chasing: A Cajun Mardi Gras Tradition

In the Cajun communities of western Louisiana, Mardi Gras is celebrated a little differently from the parades and balls held in the cities. People have just as much fun participating in the Courir de Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday run. Starting at 6 a.m. on fat Tuesday, more than 2,000 runners gather in the center of [...]

California City: The Littlest Big City in the World

California City (shown above in all its dusty glory) is not as much a town as it is a cautionary tale – a warning about the danger of hubris and false advertising. Technically, the “city” is, geographically, the third largest in the state – behind only LA and San Diego. But realistically, it’s a sprawling [...]

Little Boy Zero

A lot of kids dream of having a bronze statue of themselves in the town square one day, but Edgar Hernandez probably didn’t expect to achieve his in such a dubious method: In 2009, the boy, from the poor village of La Gloria, became “Patient Zero”, the first known person to catch H1N1, the deadly swine [...]

World’s Oldest Person Dies

Eunice Sanborn, who outlived three husbands, was 114 years old when she passed away Monday at her home in Texas, according to caretaker David French. Or was she 115? Census records show Sanborn was born on July 20, 1896, in Lake Charles, La., according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which listed Sanborn as the [...]

Himalayan Caves May Be Shangri-La

The remote Mustang caves of Nepal are yielding treasures and artworks that lead explorers to think it may be the legendary Shangri-La. Expeditions in 2007 and 2008 found 15th-century paintings, religious texts, and skeletons. The expeditions were led by US researcher Broughton Coburn and veteran mountaineer Pete Athans. The unusual treasures have led Coburn and his [...]