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Modern Shanghai Speakeasy Accessible Through a Vintage Coke Machine

It's hard to find The <i>Flask Speakeasy Shanghai</i>, and that's the point. Alberto Caiola designed the exclusive locale, and it's one of the hottest new cocktail bars in Shanghai. But, it all remains hidden behind an innocuous vintage Coca-Cola machine that's located in <i>The Press</i>, a quirky sandwich shop. …

Sculpture

Here's Why You'll Never See Louis Vuitton Products On Sale

So why not wait a while for the next sale and snag one of the luxury brand's bags then?<p>According to Mark Ellwood, author of "Bargain Fever: How To Shop In A Discounted World," there's one problem with that idea: Louis Vuitton products never go on sale.<p>According to Ellwood, there's a method to the …

Clothing

How One Millennial With A Liberal Arts Degree Landed A Six-Figure Job

<i>For a follow-up to this story, see “Tempest In A Birkin Bag: Millennial Who Defects To Christie’s Slapped With $40 Million Lawsuit By His (Former) Mentor.”</i><p>Stephanie Phair was head of business development at a startup called DropShop, selling luxury goods on the secondary market, when a customer …

New poll low puts Miliband in poor company

Ed Miliband's personal ratings have hit their lowest ever point, virtually matching those of failed Conservative leaders Iain Duncan Smith and …

The world's least honest cities

Reporters from Reader’s Digest, the US consumer magazine, dropped wallets at various locations – from parks to shopping centres – in major cities around the globe, to see whether those residents that recovered them would attempt to contact the owner.<p>Each wallet contained around £30 in local …

North Africa: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

This week's winning tip<p><b>Fascinating Fes</b><p>Fes, Morocco’s oldest city is a vibrant, magical mixture of medieval culture brimming with artisans, especially known for their leatherwork. The tanneries in the leather souk in old Fes make a fascinating visit – go in the morning when the coloured dyes are …

How Spice Tickles Your Lips

A compound in Szechuan pepper activates the same nerves as a light touch.<p><b>What's the difference between a spicy meal and being tickled? Not much, from your lips' perspective. A new study reports that Szechuan pepper activates the same nerves that respond to a light physical touch.</b><p>Researchers at the …

How One Industrious Undergrad Tweeted, Photoshopped, And Hustled Her Way Into Her Dream Internship

How’d we get this story? Natalia Rodriguez just began interning at . . . Fast Company.<p>An internship is a necessity on every undergrad’s check list. But I felt a little differently.<p>Hi, I’m Natalia and I’m a junior at Southwestern University, located in Georgetown, Texas. It’s a small liberal arts …

Computer Science

Cheetahs and Tourists, Kenya

How to Pack for a Boat Trip

Last year I went on an extended trip through the deserts of Jordan and learned all about packing outside my comfort zone. This summer I faced a new travel challenge: how to pack for a diving expedition on the Great Barrier Reef.<p>After spending more than three days on the 100-foot <i>Spoilsport</i> with a …

Wonders of the World

Memorable Ads: Apple

In honor of "Jobs" hitting theaters this Friday we felt a perfect time to recount some of Apple's most memorable ads, specifically, "The Crazy Ones" …

Inspiration

Kickstarting: A Smart System For Learning Chinese With Minimal Pain And Posters

Chineasy uses pared-down graphics to ease the process of learning one of the world’s toughest languages.<p>There are some 20,000 characters in contemporary written Chinese. Knowing about 4,000 is considered educated, while the threshold for standard literacy is 2,000. “Basic” (or just-getting-by) …

Language Learning

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

Mountaineering

Psychiatrists: the drug pushers

Is the current epidemic of depression and hyperactivity the result of disease-mongering by the psychiatric profession and big pharma? Does psychiatry have any credibility left at all?<p>A psychiatrist who once "treated" me used to recite this rueful little mantra: "They say failed doctors become …

Famous Corporate Logos, Remade With A Dose Of Shameful Truth

Did the Olympic rings always hide words like “steroids” and “cocaine”? Did Ikea’s name always piece together like a cheap Snap Tite model? I didn’t think so, but it doesn’t exactly look wrong, either.<p>Editor’s Note<p>12/31/13<p>Happy (almost) New Year! We’re saying good-bye to 2013 by revisiting some of …

McDonald's

How did Karachi get a world-beating stock exchange?

AS RICH countries’ economies slump, brave investors looking for fast returns may be tempted to look further afield. Which of the world’s more exotic …

Want The Job? Learn To Tell Great Stories, Starting With Your Interview

Companies need stories to build their brands. Individuals need them, too. And your job interview is the place to begin the tale.<p>A theme has emerged as we’ve stalked how the tech elite hire: that, perhaps liberatingly, they give less of a damn about what school you went to or what brain teasers you …

Employment

Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt

Among the many strange mantras repeated by climate change deniers is the claim that even in an overheated, climate-altered planet, animals and plants …

A Powerful Display of Rare White Tigers at Feeding Time

I would NOT want to be in the way of these Bengal white tigers when they are hungry! Australia-based photographer Birte Person wasn't quite as afraid. With the safety of distance, she was brave enough to capture these stunning shots of the rare animals during feeding time at the Singapore Zoo.<p>The …

Animals

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

European Travel

Entering the Dungeons

Remote Vision, Ravens, and Glass<p>Here’s a snippet from the latest tutorial for you. This is the part we filmed when we were up close to the North …

Tanzania’s overlooked coastline

Zanzibar -- the very name brings to mind salty sea breezes that carry the taste of exotic spices. Floating in electric blue waters off the east coast of Tanzania, this island has become synonymous with divine honeymoon hideaways. So wide is the appeal of this beach paradise that few people ever …

Coastlines

Two men take on labour pains simulator to experience child birth

Two brave male volunteers were left screaming in agony after ‘experiencing’ child birth while attached to a labour pains simulator.<p>Walking …