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How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read

<b>by Andrew Shaffer / Illustration by Thomas Allen</b><p><i>Half a century before e-books turned publishing upside down, a different format threatened to destroy</i> …

8 Incredibly Useful Japanese Words That Have No English Equivalent

With practice, though, these things start to become automatic.<p>Even better, the Japanese language is filled with incredibly handy phrases that we'd love to import into English.<p>The extremely convenient domo manages to do the job of both "hello" and "thank you,"as it's the first component of both …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in January

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in January:</b><p>Celebrate the coming of a new year <i>and</i> the oldest folk festival in the U.S. at the <b>Philadelphia</b> <b>Mummers Parade</b> (January 1). Local clubs take to the streets …

Quiet Riot

“I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at thirty-five thousand feet any more than anyone else,” the Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, told Congress on Thursday. “But we are not the Federal Courtesy Commission.” With that rhetorical flourish, the F.C.C. voted …

We Want To Go To There: Travel Posters Feature Destinations From Game Of Thrones, Star Wars

For anyone who ever spent a family vacation as a kid with their nose shoved deep inside the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> series while your parents begged you to …

What Japanese love about Japan

@nifty, an internet service provider and portal in Japan, conducted a survey into attitudes regarding Japan. Each question was made as a separate …

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The TSA Is No Match For This Mad Scientist And His Gun Made With Junk From Airport Stores

The deadly weapons these ingredients become arise from a combination of “MacGyver-esque” creative thinking and good old-fashioned research. To figure …

J-blip: Tsutaya launches one-stop ‘lifestyle’ bookshop | Japan Pulse

Tsutaya’s new book store meets all your lifestyle needs<p>Following on the success of Daikanyama T-Site, an upmarket complex targeted at an older …

11 Photos of 1980s Malls That Will, Like, Totally Blow Your Mind

Of the thousands of images that photographer Michael Galinsky took in malls during the summer of 1989, this one really seems to strike a nerve, but …

Time Capsules

Johnson: Do different languages confer different personalities?

LAST week, Johnson took a look at some of the advantages of bilingualism. These include better performance at tasks involving "executive function" …

Behold: Tokyo's labrynthine subway map in 3-D form!

If you’ve ever used the Tokyo Metro, or even browsed maps of the rail network online, you’ll know that it is a positive maze of lines, colours, …

Fukushima nuclear clean-up enters critical phase

Gazing down at the glassy surface of the spent fuel pool inside the No 4 reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi, it is easy to underestimate the danger posed by the highly toxic contents of its murky depths.<p>But this lofty, isolated corner of the wrecked nuclear power plant is now the focus of global …

Inside Japan's stricken Fukushima unit four nuclear reactor

Engineers at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station are preparing to extract the first of more than 1,000 nuclear fuel rods from one of the reactor buildings.<p>The fuel rods in reactor building four, which was badly damaged by an explosion following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 …

Japanese politician causes uproar by giving letter on Fukushima to emperor

A novice Japanese lawmaker who wanted to draw attention to the Fukushima nuclear crisis has caused an uproar by doing something taboo: handing a letter to the emperor.<p>It began at an annual autumn Imperial Palace garden party last week. As Emperor Akihito and his wife, Michiko, greeted a line of …

An Illustrated World of Coffee – Dear Coffee, I Love You.

Mr. Porter, an online retailer of high-end menswear, published a lovely interactive map of global coffee trends this summer in the journal section of …

Artist: Vicente Romero Redondo Spanish painter born in Madrid in 1.956. The Faculty of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid saw Vicente Romero obtain his degre in sculpture in 1.982. He owes his technique in oil painting to his academic training, although he has increasingly explored pastel, wich he finds more direct, more spontaneous, and as he quotes provides the opportunity for “unrivalled delicacy”. Recently, however, he is returning to use the oil in his work (almost forgotten in the last 4 years), thus producing a mutually enriching dialogue between the two techniques. He has been living on the Costa Brava since 1987, choosing a luminous and peaceful setting on the Mediterranean for his studio. It is certainly this luminosity that prevails in his art. http://vicenteromero.wordpress.com/ posted by Lee

This 98-Year-Old Man Spent 13 Years Creating Remarkable Art in MS Paint

Hal Lasko may be 98 years old, but while many of his peers devote their leisure time to shuffleboard and bridge, he has a very different passion: …

Hotel Wi-Fi Sucks: Create Your Own Hotspot Using the Room's Ethernet Connection

From the creepiest $20 per night skid-row flophouse to the presidential suite at Hong Kong's InterContinental, Wi-Fi is now as standard as a toilet …

Why Women Should Travel Alone

By Koty Neelis,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1ap2fRn<p>In my short time as a traveler and backpacker I’ve often come across criticism from friends, …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Kitten-Sized Controversy: Is Hello Kitty from London or Japan?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>TOKYO — A controversy is brewing among Japan’s fanatical followers of Hello Kitty: Is the character …

Your Workplace Offers Flexibility, But Can You Really Use It?

<b>Two-thirds</b> of working adults surveyed by Harris Interactive for talent-acquisition firm Mom Corps say their companies would be willing to accommodate them if they requested flexible work schedules (for reasons such as taking care of their kids). Yet <b>47%</b> of respondents feel that asking for flexible …

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Shuli Ren<p>A Deluded Banker’s Tale of Lehman’s Last Days<p>In an emptying, eerily quiet office, we believed our group would survive.<p>Nir Kaissar<p>Who Lost …

“Moist” And 28 Other Gross-Sounding English Words That Everyone Hates

By Nico Lang,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1fyzvtj<p>When you poll a group of people on the “most disgusting words,” moist always wins in a …

Smart Traveler, Smartphone

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>If you want better customer service on your next trip — and who doesn’t? — then reach for your pocket.<p>But don’t bother pulling out your platinum card to impress a ticket agent, or a crisp bill to tip your bellhop. Whip out your wireless device instead.<p>Your smartphone is …