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22 Supermarket Items You Should Leave on the Shelf (and What to Get Instead)

The best life advice I've ever gotten was from my high school physics teacher. His philosophy? It's <i>okay</i> to be lazy. Good, in fact. You should <i>want</i> to do things the easiest way possible, as that's what's going to drive you toward finding ever-more efficient ways to do them. Of course, the unspoken …

Bald eagle caught in hunting trap freed by brothers in heartwarming video

A video showing two Canadian men rescuing a bald eagle from a trap inOntario, Canada, has gone viral in recent days, receiving thousands of views since it was posted on November 24.<p>Brothers Michael and Neil Fletcher were hunting near the town of Dowling, when they came across an eagle caught in a …

How to Dehydrate Fruit in the Microwave (Yes, That's Right)

I am about to encourage you to use your microwave for a lot longer than you ever have before—and about 30 minutes beyond your comfort zone.<p>But hear me out.<p>Instead of buying a fancy fruit dehydrator or spending all of your money on the packages of unsweetened dried mango from Trader Joe's (don't …

This Is The Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee Running Flat Out At Full Throttle

The Navy’s monster jet boats are certainly controversial but one thing is about them is unquestionable: they are pretty damn quick with a sprint …

Don't Sniff the Cork (& 5 Other Rules for Drinking Wine at a Restaurant)

Yesterday, I outlined the rules I follow when drinking wine in general (be it at a friend's house or at a restaurant). Today, I'm elaborating on wine etiquette in restaurants specifically.<p>Here are the principles I try to stick by:<p><b>Don’t compulsorily order the second cheapest wine on the menu</b>. I …

Worth It or Not Worth It: Salt Baking

Salt has long been used as a preservative: Coating something in this <b>moisture-sucking mineral</b> makes it an unfriendly environment for spoilage-causing and potentially harmful microorganisms.<p>This versatile chemical compound can also be used as a cooking medium. The benefits of salt baking are three: …

Going Vegetarian in Israel

The original plan included a movie and a fun meal at a hamburger place. The participants would be my dad and 5-year-old me. My mom was afraid that my dad, who was working seven days a week in an effort to recover from bankruptcy, was becoming a stranger to me.<p>The movie was ‘‘Bambi,’’ and the plan …

The Man Behind 'The Martian'

The novelist behind Ridley Scott's blockbuster on what the movie got wrong about Mars, and when we'll colonize another planet.<p>Before his novel <i>The</i> …