From Reuters By Dan Sloan KYOTO, Japan (Reuters Life!) - Breaking up is hard to do, so visitors to Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, seek divine intervention to lose that not-so-special someone. At the 800-year-old Yasui Konpiragu Shrine, some 40,000 visitors a year -- mainly women -- crawl into a wish tunnel, pray and make offerings in "enkiri" rites aimed at cutting the knot. Not on the list of cultural sites for spouses during the Asian Development Bank's 40th anniversary meeting this weekend, Yasui is less famous than other Kyoto landmarks but no less important, say pilgrims. Hajime Torii, a priest at the shrine run by his family for generations, says special prayers offering consolation to visitors with serious domestic issues go for 6,000 yen ($50). Tango’s Take
From Star Magazine Penelope Cruz isn't keeping her new steamy relationship with studly Josh Harnett a secret! In fact, Penelope showed off her latest romantic conquest to her celeb pals at her 33rd birthday party on April 28 at NYC's Beatrice Inn, which is owned by Chloe Sevigny's brother, Paul. "Penelope and Josh were cute, and just a lovely couple," a source tells Star. And talk about star power! The party's guest list read like a Who's Who of Hollywood: Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Tobey Maguire, James Franco, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Naomi Watts, Lucy Liu, Liev Schreiber, Chris Rock and Lenny Kravitz. Tango’s Take
From The Associated Press (AP) Carmen Gonzalez plucks one of the 50 frogs from the aquarium at her bus stop restaurant, bangs it against tiles to kill it and then makes two incisions along its belly and peels off the skin as if husking corn.
From Reuters By Michele Gershberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Men in South Africa say they cheat instead of taking second or third wives, Americans lament that love has died in their marriages, and the Japanese believe ex-marital sex isn't adultery if they pay for it.
From TMZ TMZ has learned that actress Jennifer Esposito has filed for divorce from her husband of four months, Bradley Cooper. The documents, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. The two dated a little over a year before getting engaged in October of 2006, and tied the knot December 21. Esposito is best known for her roles on TV's "Spin City" and in the film "Crash." Cooper starred in the mega-hit "Wedding Crashers" and "Alias." Tango’s Take
From Associated Press By Mike Schneider How do you get rid of the body of a dead astronaut on a three-year mission to Mars and back? A little kinky, no? When should the plug be pulled on a critically ill astronaut who is using up precious oxygen and endangering the rest of the crew? Should NASA employ DNA testing to weed out astronauts who might get a disease on a long flight? With NASA planning to land on Mars 30 years from now, and with the recent discovery of the most “Earth-like” planet ever seen outside the solar system, the space agency has begun to ponder some of the thorny practical and ethical questions posed by deep space exploration. Some of these who-gets-thrown-from-the-lifeboat questions are outlined in a NASA document on crew health obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.