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What’s the difference between brown eggs and white?

The only difference between a brown and white egg is the color of the shell. Despite what you may have heard, one isn't healthier, more "natural," or more eco-friendly than the other. And there aren't any differences in nutritional quality, flavor, or cooking characteristics.

The color of the shell is merely a reflection of the breed of the hen. In general, but not always, hens with white feathers and earlobes lay white eggs and those with dark feathers and red earlobes lay brown eggs.

It may be surprising to learn that not all eggs are brown or white. For example, some rare chicken breeds, such as the Araucana and Ameraucana, lay blue and blue-green eggs.

There's one difference between brown and white eggs that you may notice at the grocery store. Chicken breeds that produce brown eggs, such as the Rhode Island Red, are larger and cost more to feed than hens that produce white eggs. So brown eggs may be a little more expensive than white, according to the Egg Nutrition Center.

You can get a better idea of how nutritious and fresh an egg is after you crack it open. You'll see more white ropey strands (called chalazae) in fresher eggs, which will also have well-formed round yolks surrounded by thick whites. The color of the yolk depends on the hen's diet, according to the Egg Nutrition Center. If feed contains wheat or barley, yolks will be lighter colored. Yellow corn or alfalfa produces medium yellow yolks.

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"Kumar" goes from White House back to Hollywood


Slideshow: Sean Penn

Reuters Photo: Cast member Kal Penn attends the premiere of 'Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay'...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine months after leaving Hollywood for the White House, the actor Kal Penn is returning to Tinseltown to reprise his most famous role, as the marijuana-loving "Kumar" in the raucous "Harold and Kumar" feature film comedies.

As Kalpen Modi -- Kal Penn is his stage name -- the 32-year-old actor has been working in the Obama White House since July as an associate director of public engagement.

The magazine "Entertainment Weekly" reported on its website on Friday that Penn was leaving to make a new Harold and Kumar movie, this one with a Christmas theme, which might be shot in 3-D.

Penn, who had campaigned for President Barack Obama, took a big pay cut to work in his administration after starring in "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" and playing a leading role on the medical-mystery television drama "House."

The writers of "House" cleared Penn's schedule to take his new job in Washington by having his character abruptly commit suicide last year.

One of the few Indian-American actors to make it big in Hollywood, Penn has said he was inspired to get involved in politics partly by his grandparents, who marched with Mahatma Gandhi in the Indian independence movement.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the White Housee was declining comment, saying Modi "has no announcements to make about his tenure here at this point."

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Vicki Allen)

History Of Sportsbooks In America

In Sports Betting, by admin


In the United States a sportsbook is a place where a gambler can wager on various sports competitions, including, golf, basketball, horse racing, etc. The method of betting varies with each sport and type of game. It wasn’t always that easy to walk into a casino and place a bet. Below is brief history of what America has gone through to bet on sports.

History Of Sportsbooks In America

For sale: The world's smallest house (7ft wide, 47ft long, and going for a mere £110,000)

By Mail Foreign Service

At just over seven feet wide and 47 feet long, this tiny building is one of the smallest functioning homes in the world.

The 312-square foot 'Little House' of Toronto, Canada, has developed a cult following and even has its own website.

Back on the property market for £110,000, the comfortable home surprisingly comes with three rooms, including a normal sized bathtub.

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It's so itty bitty! The infamous 'Little House', squashed between two other grown up house on a Toronto street

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Living large: The living area and TV room of the Little House - just seven feet wide

With a front drive that parks two family sized cars - even though the house itself is barely big enough to swing a cat round - it still comes with all amenities.

Sitting on Day Ave in Toronto's Little Italy, the home has been viewed almost 40 times since it went on the market.

It is described in the estate agents guide as a 'unique home in good condition overall and has been well maintained'.


Compact kitchen: The cooking/laundry area of the Little House

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Good storage: The 47-foot long house has a wee back garden also


Just enough room for two (and a bottle of wine): The garden area of the Little House

As well as its ample 2.36m-high ceilings, the Little House also has a decent sized basement for storage space.

'The interior of the house seems much more expansive than the small exterior,' said real estate agent Antonio Nardi.

'It has a full bathroom, a kitchen and a decent sized bedroom with a fold up bed that gives more room when up.

'This is a great and historic purchase.'

Built in 1912, the Little Home has become a celebrity in its own right over the past 98 years.

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres has even expressed an interest in one day owning the Little House.

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Blink and you'll miss it: Little House as it appears on Google Street View

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Sharp shows 3-D touchscreen displays for mobile devices

By YURI KAGEYAMA , AP Business Writer

Sharp  shows 3-D displays for mobile devices


(AP) -- Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) screen held one foot (30 centimeters) from the viewer's face.

Sharp Corp. demonstrated liquid crystal screens Friday for mobile devices that showed 3-D animation, touch-panel screens that switched from one 3-D photo to another and a connected to a 3-D video camera.

Movies and TVs in 3-D are no longer surprising. Sony Corp. and Pansonic Corp. of Japan, as well as South Korea's Co. and , already sell or are planning 3-D TVs.

The drawback until now has been the need for special glasses, which show different images to the right eye and the left eye. Sharp's 3-D technology doesn't require them because the displays are designed to shoot different images to each eye.

The technology may be applied to TVs in the future, said Executive Managing Officer Yoshisuke Hasegawa. But he acknowledged it now works better when the distance between the viewer and the screen is fixed.

The smaller displays, shown Friday, are intended for mobile devices such as cell phones, game machines and digital cameras.

The 3-D animation on the handheld screen looked like a miniature version of the 3-D animation we are used to seeing on larger TV screens, though images were less convincing than those seen in a darkened cinema.

Photos on the touch screen were less clear and even a bit blurry from certain angles, though Sharp said its latest technology does away with such "ghosting" effects.

Still, the system promises gaming and technology fans the potential for pop-up e-mail messages and taking 3-D photos of friends.

The technology is likely to show up in the next DSi portable game machine, which Nintendo Co. says will be 3-D. Sharp refused to confirm the names of companies it was supplying.

Sharp expects 3-D to replace two-dimensional displays the same way color replaced black-and-white in movies and television.

"The arrival of mobile 3-D is just around the corner," Hasegawa told reporters.

Sharp tried to sell 3-D products in the past but failed, largely because of poor image quality. This time, the Osaka-based company has made breakthroughs for displays that are twice as bright and clear as existing 3-D displays.

The displays can continue to show 3-D images when they are turned to the side, a key feature for smartphones, according to Sharp. Mass production of the 3-D LCDs is set to start in the first half of fiscal 2010, which began April 1, it said.

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Mark Buehrle Makes the Play of the Year ... on Opening Day

By Will Brinson

EDITOR'S NOTE: You may now see the video of Mark Buehrle's amazing play of the year at

Hyperbole gets thrown around about "Play of the Year (!)" type stuff in every sport during the first week of the season. Usually it's just something incredible that reminds us said sport is here. But there's a pretty good chance you won't see a play more ridiculous than what Mark Buehrle pulled off on Opening Day.

Buehrle took a batted ball off his foot, sprinted to the first-base line after it, grabbed the ball with his glove, and managed to flip it between his legs to first baseman Paul Konerko who bare-handed it for the out. In case you don't believe me (totally understandable, by the way), there's video proof below.