Distillery to make South Carolina's first legal moonshine
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Two entrepreneurs are taking advantage of South Carolina's new micro-distillery laws to make traditional moonshine whiskey legally in the state for the first time. The Dark Corner Distillery will open next month in Greenville, where engineer Joe Fenten and longtime home beer brewer Richard Wenger will produce and sell small batches of 100-proof moonshine from a custom-made copper still.
Bill Gates says high school degree no longer enough
BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - A high school diploma is not enough to secure the best paying and most interesting jobs, said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard University to build his computer company. "Every student needs a meaningful credential beyond high school," said Gates, who spoke at an education and employment conference sponsored by the civil rights group the National Urban League.
No sexy girls please, China tells online game fair
SHANGHAI (Reuters Life!) - Hemlines are a little longer at this year's annual online gaming fair in Shanghai, as companies take to heart a government directive against "vulgarity," a Chinese newspaper reported on Friday. The ChinaJoy Expo, an annual online game showcase, is well-known for its "spicy girls" who dress up in hot pants and bras to dance and pose at company booths.
Football prompts most heat-related hospital visits
ATLANTA (Reuters Life!) - With most of United States in the midst of a hot summer, new research shows that football leads to more non-fatal, heat-related emergency room visits than any other activity. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 66 hospitals from 2001-2009 found showed that nearly one-fourth of all emergency rooms visits for a heat illness were attributed to football.
NY museum extends hours of McQueen exhibit
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is extending the hours of its wildly popular Costume Institute exhibition featuring the work of late designer Alexander McQueen. The museum, which had already extended "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" past its original end date of July 31 and also lengthened viewing hours, will offer unprecedented late-night, final weekend hours to accommodate the crowds expected before the exhibit closes on August 7.
"Mystic River" author says his characters lure actors
GIJON, Spain (Reuters) - "Mystic River" author Dennis Lehane attributes the success of his books on the silver screen to his characters, which he says attract the attention of good actors. Clint Eastwood's film version of "Mystic River" was nominated for the 2004 Oscar for Best Picture, Ben Affleck filmed "Gone, Baby, Gone" and Lehane admits a deal with Martin Scorsese for "Shutter Island" drew the envy and admiration of other writers.
Chicago museum's unearthed Soviet posters a diary of war
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The horrors and heroism of World War Two are given a fresh look in an Art Institute of Chicago exhibition of rediscovered Soviet propaganda posters, which depict Hitler as blood-thirsty, anxious and perverse. One poster in the "Windows on the War" exhibition, opening to the public on Sunday, features a caricature of a worried Hitler hiding a crude hand gesture under his cap while Joseph Goebbels orates nervously.
E-bikes a hit with "green" German consumers
BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Electric bikes may be the bicycle industry's next big thing if German users are anything to go by. Demand in Germany, one of Europe's largest markets for electronic bicycles along with the Netherlands, tripled in 2010 and is set to grow by 50 percent to 300,000 this year, according to bicycle industry association ZIV.
Hordes of bats delight Texas city residents
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A drought in the state of Texas, where 1.5 million bats are living under a bridge in the city of Austin, has fueled a bat frenzy with locals gathering each night to view the nocturnal creatures. The drought has destroyed crops in Texas and killed delicious pests that the Mexican free-tailed bats eat.
"A Dance with Dragons" retain top spot on best-sellers list
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - "A Dance with Dragons" retained the top spot on the Publishers Weekly best-sellers list on Thursday for the second week. The list is compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.