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Name That Shifter, No. 147 – Feature

On Monday, we presented this week’s shifter and asked you to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence it came. Eagle-eyed readers surely noticed that we swapped photos during the contest; we did so because the shifter was too obscured behind the car’s handbrake. (Kudos to DEM for …

Main Themes From The Hobbit | The Art of Manliness

<i>The Hobbit</i> has been a favorite of children and adults alike since its publication in 1937. It used to take a backseat to <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, but …

How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide | The Art of Manliness

If you’re dressing on a budget, one of the most popular pieces of advice out there is to buy off-the-rack suits in the best fit you can get, and then …

Advancing the state of the art for in-ear headphones, at a lower price

When I first reviewed the 1964 Ears V6custom in-ear headphones earlier this year I not only loved the sound, I got the distinct feeling the company tries harder to please its customers than other custom in-ear makers. For example, 1964 Ears V6-Stage headphones are sold with a longer warranty (two …

You Can Buy Your Own Giant AT-ST Walker on Ebay for Just $16,000

How many of us, at some point or another, have actively fantasized about how cool it would be to own an Imperial AT-ST Scout walker? The answer …

Second Look: 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Cadillac's new mid-size sedan is elegant, ambitious.<p>You know that fine line between confidence and arrogance? That distinction you see every time Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel stand on the same F1 podium? Ask Cadillac people about the third-generation, 2014 CTS, and they flirt with and even …

'Doctor Who' Explained in 25 GIFs

Die-hard Whovians have been looking forward to the season 7 part 2 premiere of <i>Doctor Who</i> since December.<p>But let's assume that you've never heard of a …

12 Guys of Christmas: The Adventurer

He might not know where he's going, but he knows what he'd like under the tree this year.<p>He shows up at Christmas dinner with new scars and less …

Museum Hack Shows the Met’s Whacky Side in Alternative Tours

Have you ever gone on a guided museum tour, only to find yourself struggling to stay awake, even amidst the hundreds of historical artworks?<p>Museum …

Travelers: How would you use the world’s smartest socks?

SENSORIA’S Smart Fitness Socks not only track how many steps you’ve taken, but through Bluetooth technology, they <i>coach</i> you on your morning jog. I …

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‘Bitcoin is a currency’: Federal judge says the virtual cash is real money

Physical Bitcoins created by Casascius, a bitcoin enthusiast based in Utah. Each has a unique code that can be used to retrieve a number of Bitcoins online.<p>Is the "online crypto-currency" Bitcoin money like dollars or is it no more the business of government regulators than virtual gold pieces in …

These Protein Bars Are Made Of Crickets

If I had a truly sophisticated palate and open mind I wouldn't even blink when I read that there was cricket flour in my granola bar. But I am …

Hacking Insulin Pumps And Other Medical Devices From Black Hat

One of the briefings at Black Hat this year was a session on how vulnerable medical devices are to cyber attack, given by Jay Radcliff. This was part of our company’s coverage of Black Hat and Defcon highlights sent via social media. Although the actual demonstration of an insulin pump being …

FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.<p>FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of …

Kelty PK 50 Backpack

Zipperless outdoor gear is (almost) a trend at the show this year. Sierra Designs unveiled a new sleeping bag without interlocking teeth. (It uses an integrated comforter to seal up; we liked it so much we gave it an award, too.)<p>And Kelty has pulled off a potentially even niftier trick with the PK …

Disposable Spy Computers Are Disturbingly Easy and Cheap to Make

Be honest, how often do you use unsecured Wi-Fi for something you shouldn't? You know, just a quick Facebook login at Starbucks. If you've done it …

Green travel: how to ditch the plastic water bottle

There are three golden rules of the road less travelled: always carry a stash of toilet paper, learn a handful of phrases in the local lingo and don't drink the water. Ignore the last and you'll need a roll at the ready and 'where's the bathroom?!' on the tip of your tongue. I should know. I've had …

Travelers

On the road in America: travelling in the US without a car

Travelling in the US without your own wheels doesn’t have to be a form of purgatory. Beat writer, Jack Kerouac, unwitting inventor of the modern American road trip, never owned a car or a driver’s license. Aside from the odd brief (and presumably illegal) turn behind the wheel of someone else’s …

Ten of the world’s toughest bike rides

Cycling’s toughest competitors will line up their bikes in the Corsican town of Porto-Vecchio on 29 June for the centenary edition of the Tour de France. Three weeks of extreme climbs and lightning-fast time trials await. So if their exploits leave you feeling inspired, why not try one of these …

20 unmissable extreme sports (and where to try them)

Ready to feel your pulse racing? From zorbing to volcano boarding, we’ve rounded up 20 adrenaline-packed but accessible activities to tick off your bucket list – and the most stunning destinations to try them in.<p><b>Volcano boarding</b><p><b>The gist:</b> pioneered by an Australian traveller in León, Nicaragua, …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

Tattoo tourism: where ink and travel meet

Art and travel go hand-in-hand. Local galleries can capture the history and creative culture of a destination, but if you're looking for a gallery with a difference next time you hit the road, why not check out the local tattoo culture instead? Lonely Planet staffer and tattoo aficionado Jess gets …

Coolest Modes of Transportation Around the World

Planes, trains, and automobiles are universal, but in some reaches of the world, moving parts are put to new uses. Sometimes visitors find them strange, or downright unsafe, but for whatever reason, be it history or recent culture, these interesting vehicles define a country, a city, or a …

10 Cool Cocktails You Should Be Drinking If You Want To Look Like A Pro

“You should go talk to that broody guy drinking the Appletini over there,” said no woman to her friend ever.<p>In a boozy world polluted with …

Hearst Magazines

First Drive: Volkswagen XL1The future is now

It’s not very often that you get a chance to take a peek into the future. We live in the now, and all future products and practices are being …

How to Make a Cookie the Perfect Texture

Photographer:Marcus Tullis<p>Few foods conjure a feeling of childhood comfort better than a still-warm cookie and a cold glass of milk. Texture is a …

3 Extra-Crispy Ways To Eat Mac 'N' Cheese

Sometimes it needs to crunch, you know? (courtesy of Homeroom restaurant's The Mac + Cheese Cookbook)<p>SERVES 4<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>1 cup dried small elbow pasta<p>1/2 cup Mac Sauce (recipe below)<p>1 cup grated cheese 
(Cheddar is classic, but any other favorite cheese will also work)<p>1 large egg<p>1 cup panko …

Top 10 Extreme Hotels in the World

As the world grows smaller and the luxury hotel scene expands, it's becoming more and more difficult to find a corner of this planet to call your own -- not to mention finding a hotel that doesn't look like a thousand others. That said, it's not impossible, as GAYOT's list of extreme hotels proves. …

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