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Why the pomegranate should be the ‘it’ fruit for your holiday table

We’re deep into Thanksgiving at WaPoFood headquarters (have you clicked through Thanksgiving Central yet?), but that doesn’t mean the wealth, and price, of pomegranates around us has gone unnoticed. These round, red fruits with the tart edible seeds called arils are in season till early winter. Are …

Pomegranate

16 Iconic Film Roles That Almost Went to Someone Else

An old <i>Entertainment Tonight</i> clip featuring <b>Ryan Gosling</b> and <b>Rachel McAdams</b> doing press for <i>The Notebook</i> resurfaced online today. In the interview, Gosling confessed that he actually did a screen test with <b>Britney Spears</b> before McAdams ultimately won the part. “I hadn’t seen her really since she was …

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this …

Landscape Photography

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and …

Pregnancy

The DASH Diet Ranked Number 1 for 2015

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, the top 10 diets of 2015 have just been announced.<p>Still hanging on to that New Year's resolution to lose weight? The most effective (and healthiest) way to lose pounds isn't Atkins, Paleo, or even the South Beach Diet.<p><i>U.S. News and World Report</i> convened a panel …

Posters

The Secret Histories Of 5 Famous Hollywood Costumes

Costume designers for Indiana Jones, The Blues Brothers, The Hunger Games, and more dish on their process.<p>If a film is doing its job, you’re probably not thinking about how its costumes were made–you’re wrapped up in the story, forgetting that the characters are just actors in carefully …

Movies

5 Beauty Buys Under $20 For A Fall Skin Rejuvenation

Mild, summer mornings are now behind us, and our skin is not too happy about it. With cooler weather, we say goodbye to dewy, fresh faces and prepare for those days with dry skin that lay ahead.<p>After spending all of five minutes wallowing in self-pity, we discovered some pretty amazing new products …

Google's Chromecast Gets 1080p Chrome Casting in Beta

Google is offering Chromecast owners 1080p tab casting through the latest beta version of its desktop Chrome browser extension.<p>At the moment, you can configure the extension to cast in one of three different qualities: Standard (480p), High (720p) and Extreme (720p with a higher bitrate). By …

The complete guide to working out before work

Life inevitably gets in the way of your gym date. That’s why people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it, Barbara Brehm, a professor of exercise and sport studies at Smith College in Massachusetts and author of the recently released textbook, <i>Psychology of Health and Fitness</i>, …

Fitness

Get an HP Pavilion 17.3-inch laptop for $299.99

It's a refurb, but it comes with a full one-year warranty. That's an awfully big PC for an awfully low price.<p>When is a laptop not a laptop? When it's designed to spend most of its time in one place, like a desktop. In other words, when it's too big for travel, but great for when you want a spacious …

Best Buy

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

Workouts