Odd house: In Deerfield, a suburb of Chicago in Illinois USA, one house draws considerable attention from passersby. Known as the Pie House, this structure has been positioned on a narrow lot in a desirable area of town since it was built in 2003. To make use of the limited space, the developer designed a long, narrow home. It is complete with a modern kitchen, nice bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and hardwood floors. When it was originally built, neighbors complained. Since then, the home has become known as a unique addition to the architecture of the area.
Salty scenes: Artists have been known to use a variety of materials to create their work. For Bashir Sultani of Toronto in Canada, that medium is salt. Using such tools as Q-tips and razor blades, Sultani moves the salt around on a black background to design the scene, which could be a celebrity's face or a plate of food. Earlier in his career, Sultani, who was born in Afghanistan, used only white salt to produce black-and-white pieces. Now he uses salt of various colors to add more realism to his work, making a hamburger loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese appear to be truly edible.
Big babies: The North American term, failure to launch, refers to adult children who end up being supported by their parents for much longer than may be reasonable. In Italy, these individuals are known as bamboccioni, which means big babies. In that country, a judge recently ruled that a part-time music teacher in his thirties did not have the right to expect his parents to support him. Until the ruling, the teacher's parents had been providing him with $300 a month. The judge was clear that she would not make such a ruling if an adult child has special needs, but healthy adults should be expected to support themselves.
Hungry, but happy: Chen Yongen of Cangbaotian village, Guizhou Province in China, was thrilled to find that his pet dog had survived calamity. The village had experienced a landslide during which everyone had to leave in a hurry. Because many buildings were demolished, villagers were unable to return for over a month, due to safety concerns. The pooch had been on his chain and was unable to run to find shelter, so the pet owner feared for the dog's safety. When the owner was allowed back home, he could hear barking under the rubble. With help from villagers, he was able to dig out his scared and hungry pet, which was overjoyed to see his owner.