Lauren Raskauskas

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Why We Set Off Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

Ever wondered why we set off those humungous kaleidoscopes of gunpowder in our sky each Fourth of July? Apparently, the history of fireworks in America is as old the country itself.<p>On our first Independence Day celebration, held in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, when the country was still in the …

The Most Iconic Wedding Gowns In History

This is so much better than Pinterest.<p>In lieu of some buzzy engagements, upcoming nuptials, and recent splits that have us gasping, we were spurred to look back at the wedding gowns that have made their mark on history. Here, the brides and the dresses that have left an indelible mark on our …

Assemble Architects: from Cineroleum to Yardhouse – in pictures

London-based design collective Assemble Architects have delivered on the promise of 2010's brilliant pop-up Cineroleum, as these pictures show<p>• Assemble: from pop-ups to grown-ups, by Rowan Moore

#theLIST: Two Makes Chic: 9 Most Stylish Couples

Countdown ten pairs who give monogamy a chic name.<p>Countdown ten pairs who give monogamy a chic name.

25 of the best World Cup photos ever – in pictures

Our sports picture editor, Jonny Weeks, has trawled the archives to pick out some of the best World Cup images ever taken. From the iconic shot of Diego Maradona taking on six Belgium players in 1982 – the real story of which can be read here – to the moment John Aldridge went berserk on the …

The 20 photographs of the week

Neymar, the escalating violence in Israel, the centenary of the first world war – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week