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The Story of 4/20

A group of students called the Waldos pioneered the term, and their connections with the Grateful Dead catapulted 420 into our lexicon<p>In 1971, …

Coast Guard

What does it take to hike the entire Appalachian Trail?

Itching for adventure and seeking a break from their D.C. jobs, Elise Mann and Will Stowe figured it was time to go for a walk.<p>In 2015, that’s …

Hiking

9 things you don't know about John Muir

On the anniversary of his birth, let's celebrate his love of nature.<p>John Muir was a naturalist, writer and conservationist perhaps best known as the …

National Parks

9 Washington Hiking Trails So Beautiful You’ll Forget You’re Exercising

You’ve probably heard that the best kind of exercise is the kind you’ll do consistently. But we believe the best kind of workout is the one that …

Hiking

13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person

Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio<p>According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. …

Self-improvement

The Trippy Troubadour: Micah Nelson Explains Why 'Perfect' Is Overrated

Playing music with Neil Young has been like "getting a masters degree in Jedi training," the musician says<p>A little more than a dozen years ago, …

Masters Degree

How I Got Delightfully High On Legal Mushrooms

Ever since Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s eccentric but oddly compelling food diary went viral — and people finally started taking Goop …

Genius

An Ode to the Michelada, the Most Refreshing Drink Ever Created

We're celebrating National Beer Day with a damn good beer cocktail.<p>We'll get to the drink. But first, a quick history detour.<p>On April 7, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act into law, legalizing the sale of low-ABV beer and wine, and setting into motion events that …

Cocktails

Watch the world's oldest board game, The Royal Game of Ur, being played

Last year, in celebration of International Tabletop Day, the British Museum did several videos of Merlin the Magician, er... Irving Finkel, the …

Board Games

6 yoga moves runners should do to speed recovery

Whether you run a 5K a day with your girlfriends or you’re in the midst of marathon training, you probably feel it: tight hips, achy hamstrings, and …

Yoga

Want to be a Better Writer? Here is Stephen King's Essential Advice

Dumbo, Dairy Queen and Dandelions: 9 brilliant suggestions from King's nearly 20-year-old book<p>Okay, I'll admit that I'm really late to this party. Despite the fact that I'm always seeking advice on how to improve communication in general--and writing in particular--I'd never read Stephen King's …

Creative Writing

Electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani explains synthesizers on kids TV show (1980)

On this 1980 episode of 3-2-1 Contact -- the excellent PBS kids TV show about science -- legendary experimental electronic musician Suzanne Ciani …

North Carolina

This Kurt Vonnegut Quote Completely Changed The Way I Approach The Idea Of "Happiness"

You can't touch it, but you can certainly feel it. You can't buy it, but you can create it. You can't see it, but you can easily perceive it. I'm …

Happiness

How to Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Some people are contented with their weekly …

Soundtracks

The Attractively Balanced and Highly Musical E Minor Hexatonic Scale

67<p>SHARES<p>One of my favorite scales for rock lead playing and creating harmonized melodies is minor hexatonic.<p>As the name implies, it’s a six-note …

Electric Guitar

18 Rare Photos From Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Thunder Revue' Tour by Ken Regan

Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Thunder Revue' Tour by Ken Regan<p>Bob Dylan and The Band Warm Up for Rehearsal Sessions in New York in October 1975<p>Bob Dylan and …

Bob Dylan

Behind the Masterpiece: Van Morrison's Astral Weeks at 50

The album was conceived in the milieu of Timothy Leary, recorded with session musicians fresh off commercial-jingle gigs, and only gradually recognized as something like magic.<p>Editor’s Note: This is part of <i>The Atlantic’s</i> ongoing series looking back at 1968. All past articles and reader …

Aretha Franklin

The Band

The Band. Such a simple name for such a legendary outfit, but also a completely apt piece of definitive musical description; its terseness only …

Universal Music

5 Best Moderately Difficult Backpacking Adventures in Oregon

You don’t need to undertake a major expedition to reach some of Oregon’s most spectacular mountain destinations.<p>With a pack on your back, you can put …

Hiking

An Ode to Caramelizing Onions (and How to Do It Right) - Chowhound

Making caramelized onions is one of the simplest yet most striking acts of kitchen magic there is. Butter and salt are the only ingredients you need …

Onions

Carrot Hot Dogs Recipe

"Yes, these are made with carrots! These vegan hot dogs are full of flavor and are perfect for the entire family. They can also be cooked in the …

Carrots

Our Favorite Board Games for Adults

We spent 54 hours researching 115 board games and playing 13 top contenders with 18 people to find some of the best board games for adults. In the …

Board Games

This man did a 22,000 mile road trip of North America — these are the 25 spots he says you can't miss

National Parks

Ryan Adams Plots 'Exile on Main St.' Tribute Show in New Orleans

Rolling Stones producer Don Was will be music director for "Exile on Bourbon St." show<p>Ryan Adams announced he will perform the Rolling Stones' 1972 …

New Orleans

Boston waterfront parks: The 11 best ones, mapped - Curbed Boston

Boston has waterfront to spare; and along that waterfront are some fabulous parks. Here is a map of the 11 best.<p>These include large swaths of national parkland, quiet(ish) alcoves amid the urban bustle, and expanses chock-a-block full of sports facilities.<p>A lot of these parks, too, are easily …

New England

Where Top Chefs Go Out to Eat in New York

It seems everyone is a restaurant expert these days, from your overly opinionated office mate to anonymous Yelpers with an axe to grind. But if …

Manhattan

With Musical Cryptography, Composers Can Hide Messages in Their Melodies

By mapping notes to letters, some musicians sneak secret words into tunes.<p>Out of the many tropes in TV and literature, espionage is one that spurs …

Flute

A Rhubarb Custard Cake Somewhere Between Pudding and Heaven

And you don’t need any fancy equipment.<p>It’s that time of year again, when 70% of my Instagram feed is taken over by moodily-lit galettes laden with pink celery. And guess what? I LOVE IT. It means spring is here, there’s more day time for naturally-lit photos, and more stuff at the farmers market …

Dessert

Tom Waits Compiles a Spotify Playlist of His Songs To Introduce Listeners to His Varied Musical Style

Tom Waits is a brilliant musician known for his unique use of the English language, his roaring gravelly voice and a truly diverse musical style. But …

Tom Waits

15 Books That Have Been Called 'The Next Great American Novel' — And What To Read Instead

It’s the dream of every American writer: the siren song of writing “the next great American novel”. A novel that, as Lena Dunham (and, admittedly, …

Literature