The world's most colorful holiday was observed Wednesday across India.
Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, marks the coming of spring. To celebrate, people throw colorful powders pretty much all over each other.
You may have seen depictions of Holi in the movies or on TV (for example, in the 2006 movie Outsourced and the subsequent NBC series of the same name).
But you can't beat photos of the real thing. Here's a link to the BBC's photo gallery of this year's celebrations.
How does a legendary singer get in hock (to the IRS and the state of California) to the tune of more than $10.7 million?
Apparently through many years of "negligent and gross financial mismanagement."
That was the explanation in Dionne Warwick's personal bankruptcy filing March 21 in New Jersey, where the singer lives.
Her publicist says she has paid her back taxes, but the penalties and interest continue to pile up. The five-time Grammy winner and cousin of the late Whitney Houston lists total assets of just $25,500.
Here's more from our friends at NBC-Washington.
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be a rockin' event April 18 in LA.
Heart and Rush are among the inductees that will perform. Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will sing out in tribute to the late Donna Summer. Don Henley will handle the induction of Randy Newman - and Randy will play alongside John Fogerty and Jackson Browne. Carole King will sit at the piano and sing after producer Lou Adler is honored. Usher will do a tribute to Quincy Jones. John Mayer will try to find his inner bluesman to pay homage to the late Albert King.
But there are questions. For example, a new article in Rolling Stone asks: which lineup of Heart is going to perform? Apparently, Ann and Nancy Wilson are much more comfortable playing with their current band than the classic lineup that recorded most of their hits.
Also, what other reunions might take place on stage? And what will the all-star jam finale sound like, with the new class of inductees ranging from rock to rap and pop to Public Enemy?
Here's a link to the story in Rolling Stone.
Last Friday the United Nations observed World Water Day. Time Magazine just pullied out this one statistic from all of the data released by the U.N. to mark the occasion: more people on Earth have access to cellular phones than toilets.
Here are the numbers from a recent U.N. study: of the 7 billion people in the world, 6 billion have access to cell phones...4.5 billion have access to working toilets.
Follow this link to the story, which also reminds us that the Bill Gates Foundation launched a $42 million campaign last year, asking reserachers to "reinvent the toilet" to make one that is hygienic, water-efficient and easily installed.
If you plan on eating those Easter eggs you're making, you'll want to color them with natural, non-toxic dyes. And you can use ingredients you already have around the house.
For orange, take the skin from a couple of yellow onions, add 3 cups of water and a teaspoon of vinegar and boil for 30 minutes, then strain and soak the eggs.
For red, grate raw beets with vinegar and water.
For yellow, boil several tablespoons of cumin or turmeric in water with a little vinegar.
You can get blue from purple or red cabbage...green from parsley or spinach...and lavender from Hibiscus teas bags.
Here are the full recipes from our source at blisstree.com.