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The 25 best skylines in the world (ranked!)

The international building database Emporis attempts to quantify skylines by looking at the number and height of buildings in the world's major cities. The result is an ever-changing ranking of the world's most impressive cityscapes.<p>To rank skylines, Emporis looks at completed skyscrapers (40 …


Broiled Spicy Chicken Thighs with Sweet & Tangy Honey Glaze

5 stars based on 128 votes<p>Inspired by one of the most popular <i>Cooking Light</i> chicken recipes, these chicken thighs are delicious, family-friendly …


7 Classic Decorating Lessons That Will Transform Any House

In his first apartment, Connecticut-based Sam Allen gives drama a capital "D" with seven classic decorating lessons that enliven his previously generic sheetrock-lined rooms.<p>In his first apartment, Connecticut-based Sam Allen gives drama a capital "D" with seven classic decorating lessons that …

12 Timeless Paint Colors That Will Never Go Out of Style

You'll never get tired of them.<p>Strong or subtle, these shades have one thing in common — you'll never get tired of them.

13 Signs You're a Basic Tourist

<i>By Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit:</i><p>If you read the Internet at all these days -- and since you're reading this article, we know you do -- it's pretty much impossible to avoid people who've been derisively labeled as "basic." Usually, it's the result of their penchant for bad reality TV, …

Construction of Sagrada Família Accelerated by 3-D Printing Technology

As reported by the BBC, construction of Antoni Gaudí's already 133-year-old Sagrada Família in Barcelona is now being accelerated by one of the most …

3D Printing

How to Use Miles to Get a Seat Upgrade

<i>With the increasingly limited availability of coveted award seats -- and more and more miles and points flooding the system -- finding business-class tickets for a reasonable number of miles is harder than ever. Here are some tips from the mileage pros.</i><p><b>Don't rely on upgrading.</b> In the past, it was …

Keep all your notes on the Analog Memory Desk

In his book Why Architects Still Draw (I didn't know they did), author Paolo Belardi claims that a drawing "holds within it the entire final design. …

9 Outdoor Showers That Will Tempt You to Stay Outside Forever

Brave bathers, these are for you.<p>Rinse off under the sun (or the stars!) in one of these open-air bathrooms. "Fresh and clean" will take on a whole new meaning.

5 mesmerizing GIFs of Jamie Sadlowski destroying things with a golf ball

As part of a promotion for its XR line, Callaway Golf joined forces with Dude Perfect to produce one of the better golf trick shot compilations we've ever seen. A particular highlight was when Jaime Sadlowski, a two-time winner of the Remax World Long Drive Championship, decided to hit a golf ball …


Getty’s New OS X App Lets You Browse, Share and Even Set Their Images as Your Desktop Background

Almost two months ago Getty unveiled Stream, an iOS app designed to let you browse through and legally share its impressive image archive. Today, …

Hot List: Must-Get Travel Tech

I know few people who speak passionately about their luggage. More important to frequent fliers is what’s <i>in</i> the carry-on. And these days, it’s all technology. Our laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become essential travel companions—so much so that they require their own on-the-go accessories …

Gear & Gadgets

The concept cars that helped shape the future

Fantastical automobiles like the Norman Timbs 1947 Special pictured above may have never entered mass production but the same cannot be said of the ideas they inspired. <i>Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas</i> is an upcoming exhibition showcasing concept cars made over the last 80 years or so. …

National Geographic Travel

4 Essential Cuff Links For Work And Play

Cuff links can be a tricky men's accessory to incorporate into your look because there are so many options.<p>We visited Bergdorf Goodman's Men's Store to chat with Town & Country Magazine's style director Stellene Volandes. She gave us some tips to help navigate this often overlooked style element.


The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

Italian Food

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings

This collection of photographs of majestic landmarks around the world do a great job of just how important framing, perspective and lighting are to a …

41 Quick & Easy School Lunch Ideas to Pack for Your Kids

It's back-to-school time, and we've got 41 quick and easy lunch ideas to keep your kids happy—or at least relatively so.


Crimea military crisis - in pictures

Ukraine mobilises for war and Washington threatens to isolate Russia economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour, creating Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

Pouring Beer Into A Searing Hot Frying Pan Creates Something Amazing

What happens when you pour beer into a hot frying pan?<p>A video that we first came across on Digg shows how the beer appears to hover over the surface of the pan, whirling around in a solid blob instead of slowly boiling and evaporating.<p>In physics, this phenomenon is called the "Leidenfrost effect." …


100 Trips Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime

And if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.<p>We've updated our bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2014's travel hotspots.<p>From eating pizza in Naples to skiing in Japan, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their …



The High Art of Ramen in Tokyo

When someone mentions ramen, you probably think of those store-bought dried noodles you bring to life with boiling water and a packet of spices.<p>In <b>Tokyo</b>, ramen noodle soup is not fast food; it’s an art form.<p>Complexly flavored, the perfect bowl of ramen combines clear broth with wheat noodles, slices …


20 Essential Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

We see you there, huddled under your blanket on your couch, with fuzzy socks on and a gigantic sweater. We know it feels too cold to move, to even sneak your arm out from underneath the covers and grab the television remote. But we've got twenty new blankets for you right here: twenty dishes to …


Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions Recipe on Food52


In Pictures: Tiffin time in Mumbai


The Secrets of Good Fondue, According to Cheesemonger Anne Saxelby

When it came to food, the 1970s got a lot of things wrong. Fondue wasn’t one of them. Cheesemonger Anne Saxelby explains.<p>My husband, Patrick, turned 41 last year. For his birthday, he wanted a dinner party with fondue. I said, “Okay, if we’re going to do this, we’ve got to do it right.” So we …