The Jigokudani Valley in Japan's Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park is a high altitude, snow-covered landscape of cliffs and chasms that holds a surprising secret: naturally occurring hot springs that bubble with subterranean heat and fill the air with steam. However, we humans aren't the only primates who have discovered the hot springs. In the early 1960s, Japanese macaques moved down from the higher forests above the valley and made themselves right at home in the warm waters. These snow monkeys have been using them as a warm-up spot ever since. Spa day, anyone?
Chan Hon Meng is the master chef behind â€śHong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle,â€ť the food cart home to the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world. Ringing in at a mere $1.50, Mengâ€™s perfected braised chicken recipe was passed down to him by his uncle. Now, heâ€™s serving hundreds of meals a day out of his hawker in Singapore. And while his food has gained acclaim and recognition across the culinary community, Meng hasnâ€™t forgotten his roots. Heâ€™s still serving up the same great food, all for under two bucks.
Across Austria's alpine villages, December 5th marks the arrival of Saint Nikolausâ€”a merry visitor who delivers gifts to well-behaved children. But Saint Nick doesnâ€™t come to town alone. The dreaded Krampus is by his side. For centuries, groups of men across the region have dressed as Krampus during the Christmas season. The fearsome figure appears as a horned, half-goat, half-demon who punishes children who misbehave. So be good this year! Krampus is coming to town.
Tavis Smiley, who was recently called out by PBS over "troubling allegations" about his conduct, staunchly defended his behavior and his integrity Monday and upbraided the network that suspended the distribution of his show.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VA) says Sen. Al Franken should not resign but there should be an investigation into harassment allegations against the Senator. As for President Trump, Manchin doesn't see the need.
Over the course of his 40 years as an R&B musician, Ural Thomas has shared the stage with the likes of Mick Jagger, Otis Redding and James Brown. But instead of taking his talents to New York or Los Angeles, Thomas stayed true to his native Portland, Oregon, becoming a legendary figure within the cityâ€™s blues scene.