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6 Needs of the Millennial Traveler

Nuclear 'Command And Control': A History Of False Alarms And Near Catastrophes

Globally, there are thousands of nuclear weapons hidden away and ready to go, just awaiting the right electrical signal. They are, writes investigative reporter Eric Schlosser, a collective death wish — barely suppressed. Every one is an accident waiting to happen, a potential act of mass murder, …

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread<p>At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes …

A beginner's guide to drills and bits

<b>Steve Hoefer</b> returns with another guide to some of the things that make civilized life possible.<p>There are a dizzying number of ways to put a hole in …

10 (More) Gorgeous Colorized Photos That Put History In A New Light

For the history buffs of the world, we imagine there are few experiences as fulfilling as poring over volume after volume of black-and-white photographs, hunting for that rare shot of a notable figure or iconic location.<p>As for the rest of us, we'll be trolling Reddit. Their ongoing thread of …

The Psychology Behind Costco's Free Samples

Mini pizza bagels? Now we're talking.<p>In 2010, a Minnesotan named Erwin Lingitz was arrested in a Supervalu grocery store after spending an excessive amount of time at the deli counter. In the words of a Supervalu spokesperson, Lingitz had violated “societal norms and common customer understanding …

Watch Bill Murray Sing Along to Bob Dylan

"Shelter from the Storm" never sounded, or looked, so good<p><b>There are many reasons</b> we love Bill Murray — from vanquishing evil as Dr. Venkman and crashing engagement shoots to taking tickets at a minor league game. He's as approachable as he is amazing. His audience is instantly comfortable and …

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on <i>Saturday Night Live</i> to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that's been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we're told, can help us like ourselves and …

What to Expect From Tesla's 'Unveil the D' Event

Elon Musk is planning a huge Tesla unveiling tonight that will draw dozens of celebrities and coverage by hundreds of media outlets.<p>The billionaire …

Bill Murray's 5 Most Underrated Movies

When he's not Ghostbusting<p>Despite Bill Murray's reputation as a freewheeling comedian who loves nothing more than to crash unsuspecting civilians' engagement photo shoots and bachelor parties, there's more to the 66-year-old star than just cooler-than-cool ridiculousness. For every <i>Stripes</i>,</i> …

Get ready for 'Drone Nation'

We’re taking the drone out for a spin. It’s a sun-drenched Friday in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and though it’s late afternoon the …

5 Things Your Parents Taught You That Are Totally Wrong

These familiar warnings just don't pan out<p>When you were a kid, your mom and dad dispensed plenty of wisdom that still checks out, like “don’t forget to wear clean underwear every day.” (Thanks for that one, guys.) Not every piece of parental advice holds up, though. Here are five classic warnings …

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Meet the Empanadas of Latin America

"Live rabbits hopped out of some of the large empanadas; birds fluttered from others." That's how food historian Rachel Laudan, in her book <i>Cuisine and Empire</i>, describes a feast eaten by Hernán Cortés and the Spanish Viceroy in Mexico City in 1538. Among the myriad dishes at the three-day feast were …

How My 98-Year-Old Grandfather Embraced The Internet

And what I've learned as a result.<p>That was the email I received on the afternoon of Sept. 14 from my grandfather. He was forwarding a message he'd gotten from Twitter, where he has an account that he doesn't often use. But he wasn't content to let the email sit there filed away. He demanded to …

Find out how the 'Saturday Night Live' title sequence was made

<i>Saturday Night Live</i> alters the style of its opening credit sequence and commercial bumpers every few years, making adjustments for cast additions and …

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

In an excerpt from his new book, The Innovators, Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

Homer's Last Theorem

Along with high school friends David Schiminovich and David Borden, he formed a teenage gang of computer programmers called the Glitchmasters, and …