During Phuket's annual Vegetarian Festival, spirit servants undertake extreme tests of faith - piercing themselves with metal skewers, climbing ladders made of razor blades, and cutting themselves with axes - all while in a spiritual trance.
Giant, jelly-like sheets of dead and living organic matter, known as marine mucilages, are spreading throughout the Mediterranean. The blobs may smother marine life and carry diseases dangerous to humans.Video courtesy Piero Mascalchin www.mescalchin.it
To many westerners, Asia has more than its share of suspicious-looking foods. But it's a good bet there's nothing as popular while at the same time utterly shocking to outsiders as "balut." Could you eat the fetus of a duck just days from hatching?
The Costa Rican coast guard call with news: They've discovered illegal fishing lines in protected waters just a few miles from Cocos Island - something that happens with an alarming (and increasing) frequency. The team hurries out, and is dismayed by what they find.
Once a year, the Big Apple hosts a unique dinner - the annual gala of the Explorer's Club. The highlight of the evening is the cocktail hour, where the finger food might have legs, a face, or even a tongue.
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