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15 Awkward Supergirl Images You Can’t Unsee

There have been many incarnations of Supergirl throughout the DCU since she first appeared in <i>Superman</i> #123. Later recreated in <i>Action Comics</i> #252, she …

Cassette tapes are back, kind of

Add the surprise return of the cassette tape to the long list of why the last couple of years have been some of the strangest in recent memory. After a number of strong years for the vinyl record, the media’s successor had a good 12 months, as sales in the US rose a solid 35-percent, according to …

Soundtracks

How Special Forces Bury the True Cost of America's Wars

When specialized (and glorified) units do the dirty work—and sustain the casualties—the normal political constraints on military power are lost.<p>Over the past 16 years, a profound transformation has been underway in how America wages war. Starting under George W. Bush after 9/11, and accelerating …

National Security

These 15 Creepy Photos The Stories Behind Them Will Make You Wonder If Ghosts Actually Exist

Ghosts. Manifestations. Monsters. Mythical creatures.<p>There is an age-old battle that never rests, one where many wonder whether they exist or not and …

‘Black Panther’ isn’t just another Marvel movie — it’s a vision of a future led by blackness

Marvel’s <i>Black Panther</i> lives in the present, but there’s plenty that would suggest otherwise. Slated for a February 2018 release, the movie — which is …

German resistance hero inspires anti-Trump street art

The vintage-style propaganda posters in Washington, DC take aim at white supremacism, racism – and Donald Trump. A daring act of resistance, or an …

Donald Trump

The bizarre reason why genitals are pixelated in Japanese porn

The bizarre reason why genitals are pixelated in Japanese porn<p>Photo: yaybiscuits123/Flickr, AJC1/Flickr<p>Japanese porn, the one search that probably …

Japan

Colorblocked Pop Art Paintings Celebrate Californian Diner Culture

A grungy, unassuming taco stand never looked so appealing.<p>Bustling crowds roam under the blinking signs for Mexican food joints, advertising quesadillas and tacos. A large, lightbulb adorned sign off the road points the way to fruit-filled cocktail or a budget-friendly motel. Bursting with color …

San Francisco

12 Of The Best Hiking Routes In Washington State, USA

Whenever I think of Washington, I think of lush green forests, the gorgeous city of Seattle, and, of course, snow-capped mountains that seem to go on …

Hiking

Queer Culture in the Age of Transgender Disruption

How the transgender community maintains the radical potential of queerness in an age of assimilation.<p>A few days after last summer's shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, I was at a nearby club called Southern Nights when a girl named Adriana—ample-cheeked, glowing in blacklight—sat next to me on …

LGBTQI

Animal photos of the year 2016

Downing Street

The most incredible nature photos of 2016

When we take a moment to step back and look, the world is stunningly beautiful.<p>There's beauty in the flashing movements of animals diving and dodging in a dance for survival, there's beauty in the sky above a nighttime city, and beauty in the creatures that creep through the edge of a dark …

Nature

Nature Photographer Captures Stunning Images of African Wildlife at Night Under Moonlit Skies

Brendon Cremer is a wildlife and nature photographer known for his stunning images of exotic animals in Africa. Among his most spectacular …

Photography

Dallas Aims to Be One of the Greenest Cities in U.S. with New Urban Nature Park

Dallas is set to create a “Nature District” of more than 10,000 acres within an area called the Trinity River Corridor. The immense project serves as notice that the city is serious about greening their surroundings. Upon completion, the district would be 10 times the size of Central Park. The plan …

America’s 11 most beautiful streets

Did your favorite avenue make the list?<p>On the heels of Curbed’s most ambitious project yet—a multimedia deep dive into 10 streets that define America—we decided to take another look at urban areas across the country to discover our country’s prettiest streets. From narrow, picturesque cobblestones …

How 7 Booming Cities Have Changed Over the Past Decade, in Pictures

Americans are flocking to cities in high numbers—and you can see it in the skylines. A renewed interest in urban living and the concentration of new …

Los Angeles

The 7 Most Accidentally Sexy Photos From The Rio Olympics

Thousands and thousands of photographers have been shooting the Olympics for two weeks straight, and the pictures they've unleashed upon the world …

Aeon Flux is the avant-garde adult cartoon of the 90s

One of the trippiest, most philosophical, and kinkiest adult cartoons ever was made by a guy who co-designed <i>Rugrats</i>. In 1991, after an epiphany about the artistic restrictions that come with working on a kids’ show about uncanny babies, animator Peter Chung created <i>Aeon Flux</i>. He wanted an animation …

The Loudest Sound In The World Would Kill You On The Spot

<i>The questions kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places adults forget to explore.</i> …

Music Production

Il Femminiello, one of the earliest depictions of gender nonconformity in art.

Dawson Carr had never seen anything like it. Carr, who serves as a curator at Oregon’s Portland Art Museum, was looking through a lineup of potential …

Art

The 20 Most Dangerous Hikes

Granola Optional, Guts Required<p>Talk to most mountaineers, trail runners, or mountain bikers, and they’ll tell you that hiking is the weak sibling of adventurous outdoor sports. A little too slow, a little too granola, not enough adrenaline.<p>But some of the most dangerous adventures in the world …

Hiking

Unsettling paintings capture a grim, post-apocalyptic future

<i>“Patriot,” an oil painting by Fred Einaudi</i> <br>According to an interview from 2013, artist Fred Einaudi once took one of those bullshit “career day” …

I transformed my Jeep into a moving house to travel Africa for 2 years — here's what it was like to build

A few years ago I drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina. I learned a lot on that trip about where I want to go and what kind of vehicle I want to live in.<p>After years of saving and planning, I bought a 2007 four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to turn into a house on wheels to drive around …

Off-roading

The best activity shoes for men: Action Packed

I spend a lot of time being active outdoors, so I really value good footwear that’s comfortable, robust and meets the needs of whatever activity I’m doing, from rock climbing to trail running and hiking, to various water sports. There are plenty of good shoes out there to choose from, but here are …

New Jersey

A 67-Mile Hiking Trail Just Opened Through LA's Urban Mountains

Los Angeles is a special place, geologically speaking: It’s one of a handful of large metropolitan areas that’s bifurcated by mountains. Not just a …

America's Desert Playground: Joshua Tree National Park

It's difficult to measure all of the positives that can come from just one visit to a U.S. National Park. By simply dipping your toe into the waters of America's great outdoors, your world is touched by greater health, improved mood, increased knowledge, all the while you are offering support to …

National Parks

This Plus-Size Male Model Understands Body Positivity

We've been fighting the fight for size acceptance for what seems like eons, and it's recently seeming like things are finally paying off. With more …

New York City