April 27, 2008 |
DJ, producer and clothing designer Nigo landed in L.A. on Tuesday to open his long-awaited A Bathing Ape store on Melrose Avenue. Over the last 14 years, he has transformed his Tokyo-born, hip-hop-inspired streetwear business into a $59-million lifestyle empire and attracted legions to dress in hoodies with "BAPE" across the front, including Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. So what does A Bathing Ape mean, exactly?
April 27, 2008 |
Mopie looked the picture of ape fitness: His shoulders were broad and imposing, his silver-haired back sculpted and muscular, his biceps bulging as wide as a wrestler's thighs when he scratched his head. He had a healthy appetite, putting away seven pounds of food daily. Nor was Mopie a couch gorilla, either: He'd nimbly scale the mesh of his enclosures at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., playfully chase the younger gorillas, and perch himself high in a maple tree, as if to show the world he was the king of the Great Ape House.
February 17, 2008 |
Where else but in Las Vegas would a con- cierge desk have a guest request a bathtub full of goat's milk (the hotel didn't comply) and another call for a stuffed gorilla to surprise the guest's beloved? In the city that never blushes, outlandish requests and earnest largesse are the order of the day, every day, dozens of times a day. (Nothing lewd, mind you. If it's not legal, the concierge desk won't do it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2007 |
Like most 2-year-olds, Glenda runs, claps her hands and rides piggyback on her mother. Unlike most 2-year-olds, she somersaults with the ease of a gymnast, clambers up and down rock walls and loves green veggies. Ficus leaves were her morning snack of choice on Wednesday as she explored her new environs at the Los Angeles Zoo and briefly played peek-a-boo at the edge of a wall with a small gaggle of onlookers.
May 19, 2007 |
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo, biting a woman, dragging her around and causing panic among dozens of visitors, officials said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said. Four people were injured, including the bitten woman, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said. Bokito was sedated with a dart, a spokeswoman said.
April 29, 2007 |
When it came time to ask Amanda Costello to the junior prom, Joe Moreau couldn't bear to lean against a locker and stammer through the question between classes. "I wanted it to be special," says Joe, 17. "You know, do something different from everyone else." He hatched a scheme with Amanda's best girlfriend, Melinda Grabow. They would need pink chalk and a bouquet of white roses. "A lot of people knew," recalls Amanda, 15. "I had no clue."
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2007 |
LAP pools are for swimmers, but what's a walker to do to stay cool when working out? Pool equipment makers are coming up with powerful jets and underwater treadmill-like devices to lure walkers into the water. Gorilla jets, three to four times stronger than normal spa jets, shoot hundreds of gallons of water a minute into a pool or spa, generating a fast, strong current that is hard to walk into. Just ask Karen Bradford.
December 23, 2006 |
A western lowland gorilla has given birth at a zoo in southwest England after being given a fertility drug that is normally used on humans, zoo officials said Friday. The baby gorilla was born at Bristol Zoo Gardens on Dec. 15, said Bryan Carroll, the zoo's deputy director. The newborn, which has not been named, has started suckling and is doing well, said Mel Gage, the zoo's senior primate expert. Its gender has yet to be determined.
December 9, 2006 |
Recent outbreaks of deadly Ebola among people in Africa also killed thousands of gorillas, animals already threatened by hunting, a new study reported Friday. Outbreaks in Congo and Gabon in 2002 and 2003 killed as many as 5,500 gorillas, a research team led by Magdalena Bermejo of the University of Barcelona in Spain reported in the journal Science. "Add commercial hunting to the mix, and we have a recipe for rapid ecological extinction," the researchers wrote.
July 27, 2006 |
THE "Missed Connections" ad I've dreamed about finding: "Me: 30s, 6 feet, British Daniel Day-Lewis look-alike skimming Kierkegaard in Brentano's. You: 30s female in travel section reading Kuala Lumpur guidebook. Wanted to chat, but when I put my volume of 'Fear and Trembling' back, you vanished. Would love to discuss Malaysia over espresso. Do call." Flashback: I'm 13 and scouring the "Chance Meetings" section of the local paper while waiting for my mother to pick me up at the mall.