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(MENAFN - AFP) American world-record holders and pretenders to the crown of hot-dog chomper of the year weighed in for the hugely popular annual July 4 Coney Island competition set to draw thousands.Seventeen men and 13 women are competing to see how many beef franks they can down in 10 minutes at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at the cheesy Brooklyn seaside resort on ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Terrified of spiders Then get down and personal with the venomous beasts at one of New York's top museums as it debunks the Hollywood myth that they're dangerous.Arachnophobia, the excessive fear of spiders, is one of the most common animal phobias - felt by millions of people worldwide.And yet scientists say eight-legged creatures, tarantulas and ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Black Pete, the jolly sidekick of the Dutch Saint Nicholas is a negative stereotype, an Amsterdam court ruled on Thursday, ordering the capital's mayor to review a traditional children's festival because of the caricature's presence."The image of Black Pete with his thick red lips, being a stupid servant, gives rise to a negative stereotyping of black people," ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Many people would rather inflict pain on themselves than spend 15 minutes in a room with nothing to do but think, according to a US study out Thursday.Researchers at the University of Virginia and Harvard University conducted 11 different experiments to see how people reacted to being asked to spend some time alone.Just over 200 people participated ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A heavy metal fan was found to have bleeding in the brain a month after a night of headbanging at a Motorhead concert, doctors in Germany reported on Friday.Headbanging - the up-and-down movement of the head in time to a heavy beat - is usually seen as a harmless bit of fun.But for the unnamed 50-year-old fan, the concert was followed by constantly ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization on Thursday urged over 30 countries, including some of the world's richest, to recognise the continued danger of tuberculosis and try to wipe it out by 2050.Although TB is preventable and curable, a total of 155,000 people still fall ill with the disease every year in the 33 developed nations listed and 10,000 die, the WHO said.The ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The United Nations health agency said on Thursday it expected the worst Ebola outbreak in history to continue its deadly rampage through west Africa for at least "several months".The highly-contagious tropical bug has infected hundreds of people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) figures showing that confirmed ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority on Thursday to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there.About 6,500 Filipinos who are set to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage in October are being urged to go next year instead, when the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is expected to be under ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Ireland's economy expanded by a strong 2.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 in a fresh sign the eurozone nation is returning to health, official data showed Thursday.The Central Statistics Office figures show GDP in the first three months increased 4.1 percent year-on-year, the strongest growth since 2011.New European Union rules on calculating ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Russia has banned meat exports from Moldova and made a fresh overture to its rebel region of Transdniestr after the ex-Soviet country defied Moscow by signing an association deal with the European Union.Moldova, along with fellow ex-Soviet countries Ukraine and Georgia, last week opted to boost its links with the EU in a move seen as a major snub to the ...

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