Aug 1, 2011, 10:31 p.m.
DiCaprio, Depp top list of best-paid actors
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp, actors who alternate between box office blockbusters and quirky, independent films, topped the list of Hollywood's highest-earning actors, Forbes.com said on Monday. "Hollywood careers are built on smart (and not always obvious) choices," Forbes said in its annual look at the film world's best-paid stars.
North Korean "Arirang" lauds "Great Leader"
SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - Thousands gathered in Pyongyang for the opening of the "Arirang" mass games, an annual spectacle celebrating North Korea's leaders and history, even as their nation suffers from chronic food shortages and asks other nations for aid. Nearly two million died from hunger in the 1990s, and shortages loom again following a severe winter and flooding this year. A U.N. report said in March that more than 6 million people are in urgent need of outside assistance.
Katharine Hepburn's former estate on sale for $28 million
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former estate of legendary actress Katharine Hepburn who died in 2003, is up for sale with a $28 million asking price. The large six-bedroom house in the shoreline community of Old Saybrook in Connecticut was sold by Hepburn's estate for $6 million and has undergone significant renovation and updating since 2005, listing agent Colette Harron said on Monday.
To start life afresh, Thais "practice" death
BANGKOK (Reuters Life!) - For those facing a run of bad luck and wanting to start things over, one Thai temple has an unusual solution: "rehearse" death with a mock funeral, including lying down in a coffin. Pram Manee temple in Nakorn Nayok province, 107 km northeast of Bangkok, holds two of the rituals every day: at exactly 9:09 a.m. (0109 GMT) and 1:09 p.m. (0509 GMT), since the number nine is believed by Thais to bring good luck.
Many U.S. teens abuse controlled medications
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - More than one in five teens who get strong painkillers, stimulants or other controlled medications from their doctor take too much of the substances, in some cases deliberately doing so to get high, according to a study. Taking too high a dose risks dangerous side effects, but as many as 10 percent use them that way intentionally, the study in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine said.
Who let the dogs in the yoga class?
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - When yoga goes to the dogs, they call it doga. And while doga may not measure up, fitness-wise, to a game of fetch or a run on the beach, experts say practicing yoga with your pet can soothe the not-so-savage breasts of both person and pooch.
New York wedding planners brace for same-sex boom
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - New York City's event planners are gearing up for a surge in business after the Empire State embraced same-sex marriage and hundreds of couples rush to tie the knot. In New York City alone, 800 couples were married within hours after New York became the sixth state to make same-sex unions legal on July 24.