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About Vandita
Vandita Agrawal is an established freelance investigative journalist, published in The Times of India, indiatimes.com, and captain-planet.net. Her in-depth stories on US politics, international affairs, human rights, and climate change always ruffle a few feathers.
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Elvis Hated This Food So Much He Banned It From Graceland

06 Sep 2022  |  www.grunge.com
Elvis Presley, the iconic King of Rock 'n' Roll, had a well-documented love for rich Southern home cooking, indulging in foods like fried peanut butter-banana-bacon sandwiches and meatloaf. Despite his varied and indulgent diet, Presley had a strong aversion to fish and onions, banning fish from Graceland and expressing his dislike for the smell of onions. He also had a peculiar habit of avoiding silverware and glasses used by others, preferring to use his own. These personal quirks and preferences were part of his larger-than-life persona, even influencing the naming of a lake in his birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Where The Phrase Pass With Flying Colors Really Comes From

05 Sep 2022  |  www.grunge.com
The phrase 'pass with flying colors' means to be highly successful and is commonly used in educational and other achievement contexts. Its origin dates back to naval warfare in the late 16th to 18th centuries, where 'colors' referred to flags. Ships returning home victorious would display their flags, while defeated ships would lower them. Over time, the phrase evolved to signify various forms of success.

Who Are Paul Simon's Children?

05 Sep 2022  |  grunge.com
Paul Simon, a renowned American singer-songwriter, has four children: Harper, Adrian, Lulu, and Gabriel Elijah Simon. Harper Simon, from Paul's first marriage with Peggy Harper, is a successful musician who struggled for years before releasing his debut album at age 37. Adrian Simon, the first child from Paul's third marriage with singer Edie Brickell, is a private individual and a talented musician who started writing songs at age 9. Lulu Simon, Paul's only daughter, is a pop singer who writes her own music and has released several singles. Gabriel Elijah Simon, Paul's youngest son, keeps a low profile. The article discusses the musical careers of Paul's children and their efforts to carve out their own paths in the industry.

Earth Is Playing A Crucial Role In Turning The Moon Permanently Red

27 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
The Earth's moon, despite lacking the necessary conditions for rust formation, has been found to contain hematite, an oxidized iron mineral. This discovery suggests that Earth may be sending oxygen to the moon, particularly during the full moon phase when the moon enters and exits Earth's magnetic tail. This oxygen, combined with water molecules on the lunar surface, creates rust. The Earth's magnetic tail also blocks solar winds, which carry hydrogen that would otherwise prevent rust formation. This process has been sufficient to generate the hematite observed on the moon over millions of years.

Sandy Island: The Mysterious Place That Was On The Map But Never Actually Existed

26 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
Sandy Island, a phantom landmass in the South Pacific, has appeared and disappeared on maps for centuries. Initially charted by Captain James Cook in 1776 and later included in various nautical and scientific maps, it was reported missing in 2012 by an Australian research team led by Dr. Maria Seton. The island's mysterious presence on maps is speculated to be due to pumice rafts or floating rocks. Despite its removal from Google Maps, the phenomenon raises questions about historical cartography and the impact of climate change on coastal regions.

Meet The King Penguin Who Found An Unexpected Home In A Hot And Humid Japanese Town

25 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
A king penguin named Lala, found injured in a fisherman's net in 1986, became a beloved resident of Shibushi, Japan. After being nursed back to health by Yukio Nishimoto, Lala refused to return to the wild and instead lived with the Nishimoto family. Lala became famous for his daily walks to the local fish market, where he fetched fish in a custom backpack. The community adored him, and he lived happily until his death from old age. The story highlights the unique bond between Lala and his human family, as well as the challenges and regulations surrounding exotic pets.

The Tragic 2018 Death Of Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen

25 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, passed away in 2018 due to complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Known for his significant contributions to personal computing, Allen also founded Vulcan Inc. and invested in various ventures including DreamWorks SKG and Stratolaunch Systems. He established several research institutes and was a notable philanthropist, donating over $2 billion to various causes. Allen's legacy includes owning the Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, founding the Museum of Pop Culture, and being an avid art collector. His death certificate listed septic shock and other complications as the cause of death.

What Really Happens To Your Body If You Eat Dry Ice?

15 Aug 2022  |  Grunge
Dry ice, or solidified carbon dioxide, is used across various industries due to its extreme cold and ability to sublimate from solid to gas. It poses risks such as frostbite, asphyxiation, and explosion in confined spaces. Ingesting dry ice can cause severe internal injuries and death, as demonstrated by the fatal incident involving Valentin Didenko. While not poisonous, carbon dioxide in high concentrations can be lethal. Dry ice is also used as a rodenticide in major U.S. cities.

Paul McCartney's Grandson Looks Just Like The Famous Musician

08 Aug 2022  |  grunge.com
Arthur Alistair Donald, Paul McCartney's eldest grandson, bears a striking resemblance to the famous musician. Arthur, who is the son of Mary McCartney and Alistair Donald, has chosen a private life away from the limelight, unlike his grandfather. He has pursued a history degree at Yale University, interned at Lucasfilm, and currently works as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Paul McCartney, a Beatles legend, has inspired Arthur in various ways, including through a university project and the children's book 'Hey Grandude!' based on Paul's nickname. Despite the McCartney family's fame, they strive for a normal upbringing and privacy, especially concerning social media.

The Real Reason NASA-Branded Clothes Are Everywhere Now

04 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
NASA's iconic logos, the meatball and the worm, have become highly popular in the fashion industry, appearing on products from brands like Gucci, H&M, and Coach. Despite being a U.S. government agency, NASA's logos are free to use, leading to a surge in demand. The logos are widely used on various merchandise, and NASA receives numerous requests for logo approvals. The logos cannot be used alongside other brand logos or on certain products like cosmetics and alcohol. NASA does not profit from the merchandise, as it is a government entity.

Inside The Life Of Muhammad Ali's First Wife, Sonji Roi

04 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
Muhammad Ali's first wife, Sonji Roi, was a cocktail waitress and model who married Ali in 1964 but divorced him in 1966 due to his insistence on her converting to Islam and adhering to the Nation of Islam's strict rules. Despite the short-lived marriage, Roi pursued a brief singing career and later married corporate lawyer Reynaldo Glover, with whom she had a son. She passed away in 2005. The article highlights the challenges and personal choices faced by Roi, as well as her resistance to conforming to restrictive religious practices.

How Much Money Did Richard Branson Earn During The Pandemic?

04 Aug 2022  |  www.grunge.com
During the COVID-19 pandemic, while many billionaires saw their wealth increase, Richard Branson experienced significant financial challenges. Virgin Atlantic, his flagship carrier, faced substantial losses, leading to layoffs and a $250 million rescue package. Branson sold a significant portion of his Virgin Galactic shares to mitigate the impact. Despite these setbacks, his net worth rebounded to $8.04 billion by February 2021. Branson's diversified business interests, including stakes in Virgin Orbit, Virgin Money, and Virgin Galactic, continue to generate substantial revenue, positioning him for recovery as the global economy stabilizes.

Jacqueline Kennedy's Granddaughter Looks Just Like The Famous First Lady

27 Jul 2022  |  www.grunge.com
Rose Schlossberg, granddaughter of Jacqueline Kennedy, is known for her striking resemblance to the former First Lady and her creative talents. Despite her low profile, she has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with projects like 'End Times Girls Club' and 'TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.' Rose, who holds degrees from Harvard and NYU, is highly regarded within the Kennedy family and has shown support for Democratic political campaigns. She enjoys the perks of her family legacy, including access to the Kennedy estate in Martha's Vineyard.

How A Waffle Iron Inspired Nike's First Running Shoes

08 Jul 2022  |  www.grunge.com
Nike, a leading sports apparel brand, revolutionized running shoes with the creation of the 'Waffle Shoe' in 1972, designed by co-founder Bill Bowerman. Inspired by a waffle iron, Bowerman's innovative sole design provided better traction and flexibility, significantly impacting athletes' performance. The 'Waffle Shoe' and subsequent 'Waffle Trainer' boosted Nike's sales and transformed the running shoe market, earning widespread acclaim from athletes and the public.

David and Victoria Beckham’s multimillion-dollar property empire

10 Jun 2022  |  South China Morning Post
David and Victoria Beckham own a portfolio of luxury properties, including a $39 million mansion in London's Holland Park, a $7.5 million Cotswolds estate, a $24 million Miami penthouse, a $6.5 million yacht, and a $10 million flat in Burj Khalifa. Their properties feature high-end amenities such as a gym, pool, and garden, and they have hired award-winning designers and landscapers. The Beckhams' real estate investments reflect their wealth and status, with close proximity to other celebrities and the use of their properties for personal celebrations.

Meet Amber Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez – she lived in Johnny Depp’s Los Angeles penthouse and thought of him as a brother, so why did she testify against The Pirates of the Caribbean star?

01 Jun 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Whitney Henriquez, Amber Heard's sister, testified against Johnny Depp in the defamation trial, recounting incidents of alleged domestic abuse. Henriquez, a former actress and model, now works in the hospitality industry. She described her estrangement from Heard and Depp following accusations of planning to sell wedding photos. Henriquez was the first to testify that Depp hit Heard, detailing a specific incident in March 2015. The article also covers Depp's counterclaims, alleging that Heard treated Henriquez poorly. The siblings share a strong bond, having endured abuse from their father during childhood.

Inside Lionel Messi’s luxury car collection, from his Mercedes SUV and Cadillac Escalade fit for a US president … and even a rare US$4 million Pagani Zonda that’s illegal to drive?

01 Jun 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Lionel Messi's luxury car collection includes some of the world's most exclusive and high-performance vehicles. Notable cars in his collection are the rare Pagani Zonda Roadster, the sporty Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, the luxurious Cadillac Escalade, and two models from Land Rover, the Range Rover Vogue and Range Rover Sport. Each car is highlighted for its unique features, performance capabilities, and the context in which Messi uses them.

Inside Paris Hilton’s extravagant luxury car collection

25 May 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Paris Hilton's luxury car collection includes a holographic BMW i8 Roadster, a California Spyder Ferrari, a Barbie-pink Bentley Continental GT, a Mercedes G Wagon AMG, and a Bentley Continental GT Cabriolet. Each car is highlighted for its unique features, customization, and personal significance to Hilton. The article emphasizes her love for luxury and fast cars, as well as her involvement in MotoGP racing.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s billionaire lifestyle: Meta’s CEO may dress down (in US$400 T-shirts), but he splurges on Hawaiian land, mansions, top-notch security, private jets and luxury cars

18 May 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Mark Zuckerberg, the 15th richest person in the world, leads a lavish lifestyle despite his modest public appearance. His property portfolio includes significant land in Hawaii and luxurious mansions in California. Meta Platforms spends millions annually on his security and private jet usage. Zuckerberg also owns a $1.4 million Pagani Huayra, showcasing his taste for luxury cars. His land purchases in Hawaii have faced criticism, but his spokesperson defends them as efforts to promote conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Inside Ed Sheeran’s US$6 million luxury watch collection – surprised to see Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille on the famously dressed-down pop star’s wrist?

10 May 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Ed Sheeran, known for his casual style, has amassed a luxury watch collection worth approximately US$6 million. His collection includes rare and valuable timepieces from brands like Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, and Audemars Piguet. Each watch holds personal significance for Sheeran, marking important moments in his life and career. Highlights include the Patek Philippe 2499, Richard Mille RM 38-01 Tourbillon G-Sensor Quartz TPT, and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin. The article underscores Sheeran's evolution in style and his deep appreciation for high-end watches.

Who is Alexander Gilkes, Maria Sharapova’s fiancé and baby daddy?

28 Apr 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Alexander Gilkes, fiancé of former tennis star Maria Sharapova, is a British businessman with a net worth estimated at US$25 million. He co-founded the online art auction house Paddle8 and the venture studio Squared Circles. Gilkes has connections to British royalty, having attended Eton with Princes William and Harry, and his ex-wife Misha Nonoo is thought to have introduced Meghan Markle to Prince Harry. Gilkes and Sharapova, who recently announced their pregnancy, have been publicly together since 2018 and are engaged.

Who is Blac Chyna and why is she suing the Kardashians?

22 Apr 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Blac Chyna, also known as Angela Renée White, is suing the Kardashian-Jenner family for allegedly causing her reality show 'Rob & Chyna' to be cancelled. The show was a spin-off from 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and was axed amid Chyna's breakup with Rob Kardashian. Chyna accuses the family of defamation and interference with her contract and prospective economic advantage. The Kardashians deny wrongdoing, and substantial evidence including unaired footage has been submitted by Chyna. The trial began on April 18 with the Kardashians present for jury selection.

Who is Julian Assange’s new wife, Stella Moris? The South African lawyer counts fashion designer Vivienne Westwood among her supporters and has a degree from Oxford

25 Mar 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Stella Moris, born Sara Gonzalez Devant, is a South African lawyer of Cuban, Spanish, and Swedish descent who married Julian Assange while he is held in Belmarsh Prison. Moris, who has degrees from SOAS University of London, Oxford, and a university in Madrid, met Assange in 2011 and became part of his legal team. The couple has two sons and kept their relationship secret until 2020. Their wedding, designed by Vivienne Westwood, took place in prison under strict conditions. Assange continues to fight extradition to the United States.

Who are Prince Harry and William’s step-siblings? Meet Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles, Camilla’s millionaire kids from her first marriage before Prince Charles

21 Mar 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, step-siblings to Prince Harry and Prince William, have established successful careers and maintain a private life away from the royal spotlight. Tom is a renowned food writer and critic, while Laura is an art curator. Both have married and have children, and they are worth millions. Despite past family tensions, they reportedly have a cordial relationship with their royal stepbrothers.

What happened to Sarma Melngailis from Netflix’s Bad Vegan?

21 Mar 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Sarma Melngailis, co-founder of New York City's first upscale raw vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, experienced a dramatic fall from grace after defrauding investors of over $2 million. Her relationship with Anthony Strangis, a gambler with a criminal past, led to financial and personal ruin. Melngailis claims Strangis used manipulative techniques to control her, resulting in significant financial losses and the eventual closure of her businesses. Currently, she is focused on personal projects, including writing a memoir and recording podcasts.


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