A giant squid weighing 103 pounds and 19 1/2 feet long was netted by scientists doing research off the Louisiana coast, Jasmin Melvin writes. The rare species hasn't been seen in the Gulf of Mexico since 1954, she writes.
Every year, Icelanders gather in a long-dormant volcano to drink, dance and eat smoked puffin, a barbecue-style delicacy. Puffin numbers are declining, however, making smoked puffin something of a guilty pleasure. "People here love puffins, even if we eat them," says Magnus Bragason, a local hotel owner.
Some of the world's top business leaders saw their net worth plummet in 2012, writes Simon Goodley. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg lost about $5 billion as his company's shares went south, while Mexican mogul Carlos Slim lost $1.7 billion as a number of key investments were hit by Europe's economic malaise. "The poor lamb is now only worth north of [$70 billion]," Goodley writes.
State fair food stalls are becoming well-known for frying just about everything in sight. Among the coronary-inducing culinary delights on offer around the country this year: Deep-fried pickles, deep-fried Kool-Aid, deep-fried bubble-gum and even lumps of battered, deep-fried butter.
When the workplace makes us overly angry, frustrated or unhappy, sometimes the best solution is to pretend everything actually is OK, Peter Bregman writes. By shutting off our negative feelings, we can remain more positive, focused and productive, he writes.