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‘Blurred Lines’ Goes Viral: Rating 15 Mash-ups, Parodies & Covers (VIDEO)

From Bill Clinton Kermit the Frog, Kevin Fallon judges the best and worst “Blurred Lines” viral videos.<p>These days, there’s two signs that a tune has …

'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

Kodachrome Photo Gallery

Tour de France

Jennifer Lawrence: America's Kick-Ass Sweetheart

How the 'Hunger Games' star became the coolest chick in Hollywood<p>'Dude!" Says Jennifer Lawrence into her cellphone. "I'm lost as fuck! I've been …

Jodie Foster

Prohibition Bakery Reveals Its Secret Boozy-Cupcake Recipes

The Prohibition Era was full of genius, discreet ways of transporting and imbibing alcohol: Any complicated, but beautiful entrance into a New York …

Skillet Peach Cobbler

8 Servings<p>When peaches are in season, there's nothing that tops a classic peach cobbler recipe crisped to perfection in a cast-iron pan. And this recipe garners some bonus points with whipped cream doctored with crème fraîche. Decadent and delicious.<p>August 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups all-purpose …

Tour Players: Before They Were Stars

Memory Suitcases, Paintings on Old Luggage

In the nostalgic photo series “Memory Suitcases,” Israeli artist Yuval Yairi painted faraway destinations on to old suitcases and then photographed …

Painting

See Your Favorite Pop Culture Characters As “Simpsons”

Illustrator Adrien Noterdaem loves The Simpsons more than you do. He also enjoys many other colorful characters and turning them into yellow Springfield dwellers.<p>Joffrey Baratheon is too tall. In an illustration that made the Internet rounds recently, the cruel, young king you love to hate on <i>Game</i> …

Mad Men

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we …

Photographers

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

The 10 best westerns – in pictures

How to Make the Perfect Lobster Roll

<b>I have to credit Dr. Claw</b> for teaching me how good a lobster roll can be. The infamous Brooklyn "lobster pusher"—the guy who won fame and no small degree of notoriety for illegally selling lobster rolls out of his apartment—gave me the first one I ever liked: A warm, garlicky tube of soft, delicate …

New England

These Photos Of Madonna In Her Prime Are Unreal

Photographer Richard Corman captured the Material Girl in all her pre-Kaballah glory.

Madonna

Five of the world’s newest wonders

From a fuming Italian volcano to India’s land of kings, these natural and manmade marvels are the latest treasures to be honoured on Unesco’s World Heritage list.

Photographers

Revolutions: The Underage Leader of Madagascar

Andry Rajoelina looks younger than he is, impressive considering the former DJ became president of Madgascar in 2009 at age 34. Madagascar’s …

The 5 Best Road Trips On The West Coast

While temperatures reach new heights inland, 'tis the season to explore the coast, and one thing we love about the West Coast during summer: it's balmy and breezy from Mexico to Alaska.<p>Whether you have a week off or a handful of free weekends on the horizon, we've assembled a hit list of West Coast …

Hiking

Google Just Launched A New Zagat Website For Free

The new Zagat.com focuses on restaurants and bars in eight U.S. cities and London only.<p>Zagat's website previously covered over 30 destinations. While listings in other cities that previously existed on the site are still discoverable via an external search, users won't be able to navigate to them …

Local Search

Taxicab Etiquette

Taxicab etiquette may not seem of the utmost importance -- you don't need it to get through dinner with your new in-laws, for example -- but for those who travel frequently, knowing what to do and what not to do in a taxicab is essential. From knowing how much to tip to knowing what to do if you …

Taxicabs

For males, monogamy can have evolutionary benefits

Til death do they part? Primates such as chimpanzees get an evolutionary boost from monogamy, researchers now find.<p>NEW YORK - Whenever a public figure cheats on his wife, pundits can be counted on to trot out the tired old claim that males are simply wired by evolution to be promiscuous.<p>Two studies …

Evolution

Pope Francis signals openness towards gay priests

As they settled into their seats on the Alitalia jet, the assembled members of the Vatican press corps might not have expected a great deal from the …