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Behind the Myth of King Midas

PHILADELPHIA, PA January 2016—What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his golden touch?<p>That is the question to be answered—not with …

Archaeology

April Is The Animated Steampunk Heroine You’ve Been Waiting For

<i>Avril et le Monde truqué</i> is coming to English-speaking audiences as <i>April and the Extraordinary World</i>, but its literal translation from French is …

How Single Women Are Transforming American Politics

It used to be that marriage was when adulthood began for American women. Moving straight out of their parents' house (or a college dorm) and into a house with a husband was simply the expected, preordained path for many women.<p>But in the past few decades, wedding rings have become optional …

Feminism

18 Of The Easiest Desserts Ever

Dessert solves everything.

Reese’s Marshmallow Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

<i>Let’s just start with a big, fat picture of cookie dough, shall we? And after you drool all over this recipe scroll all the heck of the way down to</i> …

Dessert
Books

How to make the perfect chocolate pots

St Valentine’s Day is upon us again, with the usual vanilla menu ranging from the vaguely phallic (asparagus, figs, god-help-us sausages) to the alleged aphrodisiacal (oysters, chillies) via the slightly depressing idea that you can buy love, or at least the pretence of it, with fillet steak and …

Dessert

BBC - Earth - Why do women have periods when most animals don't?

Apart from humans and our close relatives, the only animals that menstruate are elephant shrews and certain bats. Why did it only evolve in these species?<p>I got my first period when I was only 11.<p>In the first few years, my periods were not only a source of occasional embarrassment, they were also …

Biology

20 Weekend Baking Projects to Conquer This Winter (and Spring!)

Saturday afternoon baking can be a sacred ritual. <b>For the first time all week, you're cooking just for you</b>—not rushing to the store and throwing a meal together for a family that needs to be fed half an hour ago. Or, maybe, you're cooking <i>not</i> just for you for a change; you're hosting a dinner party …

12 Baking Tricks That Make Food Prep So Much Easier

These are sure to make you seem like the best pastry chef around. (Because you are.)<p>1. Make your own buttermilk using regular milk and lemon juice.<p>Never buy buttermilk again with this trick! Using a 1-cup measuring cup, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Fill the remainder of the cup with …

Dessert

Espresso-Bourbon Caramel Sauce Recipe - Chowhound

Ingredients (6)<p>6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick)<br>• 1 cup packed light brown sugar<br>• 1 cup heavy cream<br>• 2 tablespoons light corn syrup<br>• 2 tablespoons …

Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake

A couple of years ago, I became infatuated with stack cakes. They aren’t traditional layer cakes—they look more like a stack of pancakes piled up …

Marital duels (Female Single Combat Club)

Trial by combat (or judicial duel, judicial combat) was a method of Germanic law to settle accusations in the absence of witnesses or a confession in …

Ancient History

Better than a Boyfriend Brownies

Better than a Boyfriend Brownies<p>Prep time<p>10 mins<p>Cook time<p>32 mins<p>Total time<p>42 mins<p>This rich and fudgy brownie will satisfy all your chocolate cravings.<p>…

Dessert

How to Give a Boxed Cake Mix an Upgrade for Valentine’s Day

Love the convenience of a boxed cake mix but crave that homemade touch and taste? We don’t blame you. For Valentine’s Day, or any day that calls for chocolate cake (so basically all of the days), let’s add a little sparkle to our trusted mixes. By adding in a bit of richness and a few flavor …

Dessert
Mathematics

18 Easy And Decadent Desserts For People Obsessed With Chocolate

Chocoholics unite.