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The Battle of Waterloo, as it happened on June 18, 1815

On this 200th anniversary, experience the historic clash of Wellington and Napoleon in real time - just as it unfolded two centuries ago<p><b>• Follow 'live' updates from 200 years ago</b> <b><br>• All times are approximate due to historical uncertainty</b> <b><br>•</b> All pupils should study the Battle of Waterloo<p>END:<p>By the end …

The Good Bagel Manifesto

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>For the past couple of months, I've been on a quest to find the best bagel in San Francisco. This led me to a shocking realization: there are really, really bad bagels <i>everywhere</i>, and I'm not just talking in the …

Breakfast

How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn: Surviving the Off-Season

More<p>How I Built a Barbecue Restaurant in Brooklyn<p>More tales from the restaurant industry<p>There's a quote attributed to John Maynard Keynes, a goliath in the field of macro-economics: "The market can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent." Keynes' point is simple—it doesn't really …

Side Dishes

The U.S. Government Has Their Own Official Color System

It's like Pantone for bureaucrats<p>Last week a couple of contractors in a cherry picker repainted the orangeish-yellow support brackets for the …

USDOT

How Filthy Is Your Beard?

A cost-benefit analysis of manliness and microbiology<p>Journalism is, at its core, a public service. This is why several days ago the reporters at Action 7 News in Albuquerque, New Mexico, decided to investigate just what, exactly, teems within the beards of the polity. They swabbed the whiskers of a …

Beards

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

Little-known Evan McMullin finally takes up the mantle of anti-Trump conservative, three months before the election.<p>There are three months until Election Day, and anti-Trump Republicans finally have their man—even if they’ve never heard of him.<p>On August 8, Evan McMullin announced he is running as …

Government

Which New Yorkers Should Move to L.A.?

A Southern Californian of record sets The New York Times and its readership straight: Los Angeles is not Williamsburg West.<p>LOS ANGELES—Over the weekend, <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> published an amusing article about New Yorkers discovering Los Angeles anew. It seems that for a long time they harbored a lot of …

Los Angeles

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

Clothing

Charles Eames' Advice for Students

<i>Few in the twentieth century straddled the demarcation between design and architecture as effortlessly – or as successfully – as Ray and Charles</i> …

#TheLIST: The New Places to Honeymoon in 2015

Our picks for the the hottest untapped romantic getaways.<p>A honeymoon is meant to be anything but typical and, let's face it, a little about bragging rights. Tried-and-true standbys may work for any old holiday, but this special trip should be once in a lifetime. For the newly-engaged couple or …

How The New York Times Works

This is how the Gray Lady gets made in 2015.<p>Ernie Booth, the operations manager of the main printing plant of <i>The New York Times</i>, is walking the floor. The plant is a 515,000-square-foot building in Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway, half a mile from LaGuardia Airport. Booth is a big man with …

Deluded and dysfunctional, the Republicans have lost the plot

They may have won Congress, but an instinct for obstinacy means the party is now fighting itself<p>Recently, in an effort to embarrass Republicans pandering to their scientifically challenged base, Senate Democrats proposed a series of votes on climate change. While most Americans and the overwhelming …

Republicans

Nick Offerman: What I’m Thankful For

I would like to offer my gratitude for the writing of Kentucky agrarian, Wendell Berry. His essays, poetry and fiction have fertilized a crop of …

Nick Offerman

When to Book Your Plane Ticket: A Guide

Two economists share what they've learned from tracking airfare's seemingly inscrutable fluctuations.<p>How airlines price tickets is a source of many myths and urban legends. These include tips about the best day of the week to buy a ticket, last-minute discounts offered by the airlines, and the …

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.<p>Becoming more bikeable: That seems to be a must for any self-respecting major American city these days. But what does it take to achieve that goal? Resources, of course—the funds to create the infrastructure for safe …

How to Buy Groceries: Supermarket Shopping 101

We take you from the front door to the checkout aisle of the typical supermarket to help you buy (and not buy) food the right way<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discussed how supermarkets try to get you to spend</i> …

Personal Finance

Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Cat

Unlike dogs, cats are at best semi-domesticated—and we love them for that.<p>Dog lovers will find it baffling that cats are the world’s most popular pet. After all, they’re passive-aggressive, emotionally unavailable, and known for their chilly independence—traits that at most qualify felines for the …

Page Eight: A Brilliant Bill Nighy Spy Movie You've Probably Never Seen

There's still time to watch it before the sequel airs on PBS Sunday.<p>In 2011, the BBC premiered <i>Page Eight</i>, broadcasting it on television a few months before it was aired to America audiences under the mantle of Masterpiece Contemporary. Written and directed by playwright David Hare, the film flew …

How To Make Homemade Candy Corn

<b>Sift together the dry ingredients:</b> Sift the powdered sugar, dried milk, and kosher salt into a mixing bowl using the strainer. This is to make sure …

Baking

One engine fits all in Re-do Studio's Bio 50 project

A team of designers are presenting a concept for a modular engine that could fit into any vehicle at the Bio 50 biennial of design in Ljubljana (+ …

'Like Lingerie for Men': How Statement Socks Became So Trendy

Blame Nike. Or ancient Egypt. Either way, socks are becoming the new neckties.<p>Last year, all five of the surviving U.S. presidents gathered in Dallas. They were there to dedicate the presidential library of George W. Bush; the show ended up being stolen, however, by the honoree’s father. And, more …

Squatters in Venezuela's 45-Story 'Tower of David'

In 1990, construction began on the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, a huge high-rise office complex in Caracas, Venezuela. Construction halted in 1994, after a banking crisis and the death of the building's main investor, David Brillembourg. The 45-story tower stood vacant until 2007, when squatters …

TED Talk: How Public Spaces Make Cities Work / Amanda Burden

Amanda Burden, former animal behaviorist turned New York’s chief city planner, has discovered what makes cities desirable: great public spaces. …