Denise Roberts Davis

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10 Bacon Recipes for Your Inner Piglet

The pig is a superior animal. Without pigs, there are no chicharrones, no pork buns, no bacon. This last would be truly tragic: Bacon is a magical food.<p>See, bacon could be called the gateway meat. We know more than a few ex-vegetarians who couldn’t resist bacon's charms, and why should they? Bacon …

Zao Fox Village, a Sanctuary in Japan Where Foxes Roam Freely

Located near the city Shiroishi in the mountains of Miyagi, Japan, the Zao Fox Village (Zao Kitsune Mura) is a paradise for fox lovers. Open since 1990, the village is a sanctuary for over a hundred animals, including six different breeds of foxes who roam freely.<p>After paying a small admission fee, …

Japan

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis

A Modern Guide to the Love Letter

From the right kind of stationery to the wrong kind of metaphor, a how-to on the art of epistolary wooing<p>When it comes to the greatest love letters ever written, many like to credit those extraordinary intellects of the 12th century, Peter Abelard and his gifted pupil and lover, Heloise. The …

Literature

The Gospel According to Roy

The crusading Alabama chief justice has picked what might just be America’s final fight over same-sex marriage.<p>Since his earliest days as a county judge, Roy Moore has followed a higher law, one he considers more sacred than even the U.S. Constitution. His belief that God’s word and the Ten …

Same-sex Marriage

DNA Reveals How Darwin's Finches Evolved

A study finds that a gene that helps form human faces also shapes the beaks of the famously varied Galápagos finches.<p>Wide, slender, pointed, blunt: The many flavors of beak sported by the finches that flit about the remote Galápagos Islands were an important clue to Darwin that species might change …

Understanding Kim Jong Un, The World’s Most Enigmatic and Unpredictable Dictator

Everyone knows that North Korea’s leader is a bloodthirsty madman and buffoon—or is he really? Mark Bowden digs into the hard facts for an unusual portrait.<p>Does anyone make an easier target than Kim Jong Un? He’s Fatboy Kim the Third, the North Korean tyrant with a Fred Flintstone haircut—the …

North Korea

The 20 Most Romantic Movies on Netflix Streaming

Why go out on Valentine's Day?<p>Instead of dealing with crowded, overpriced restaurants, you and your honey can just stay in and stream your favorite romantic movies like "Moonstruck," "An Affair to Remember," "Pretty in Pink," or "Dirty Dancing" on Netflix. Or, if you're flying solo, your date can …

Streaming

17 more songs that sound as much (or more) alike than Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” (part 2 of 2)

You can find the first part of this Inventory here.<p>1. Sara Bareilles, “Brave” (2013) and Katy Perry, “Roar” (2013)<p>When Katy Perry released her …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Why I Have Mixed Feelings About MLK Day

I have mixed emotions about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For me, it’s a time of hopeful celebration — but also of cautionary vigilance. I celebrate an …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Review: Meghan Trainor's 'Title' is cheerful, crafty yet vexing

Meghan Trainor breezes past troubles on "Title," the debut album that follows her 2014 smash "All About That Bass," which spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. Last month it also earned Grammy nominations for record and song of the year.<p>A cheeky doo-wop throwback that starts out with …

'Startup' will glitterbomb your least favourite people

Someone ruined your day? Why not take sweet, petty revenge by sending them a surprise envelope full of glitter, guaranteed to get everywhere and …

On the Road with the 'Workampers,' Amazon’s Retirement-Age Mobile Workforce

These workers travel the country, sightseeing and staying overnight in RV parks while laboring in low-wage temp jobs—and at least some of them love the lifestyle.<p>In early September, at a campground called Buckeye Mobile / RV Estates on the outskirts of Coffeyville, Kansas, a strong thunderstorm …

RVs

22 tips, tricks and shortcuts for Android Lollipop

The innermost secrets of Android’s new operating system: psychadelic colour schemes, enhanced privacy and how to unlock your phone with your face<p><b>1. Settings Search Bar</b><p>Settings now has its own dedicated search bar. While this may seem like a very minor addition, it’s actually a great timesaver when …

Windows Phone

It’s 2015 and I just bought a Sony Walkman

Advertisement<p>40 Comments<p>Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom<p>As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much …

5 of the Hottest Barbecue Trends for 2015

2015 already? Seems like I just sat down to write last year's predictions. So here's a look at my crystal ball for Planet Barbecue 2015. (Many of my predictions for last year came true, like Really Big Steaks and Cocktails Get Smoked.)<p>I write these words on a flight from Los Angeles to Miami. Which …

BBQ

The murder that obsessed Italy

On 26 November 2010, Yara Gambirasio, 13, went missing. Three months later her body was discovered in scrubland nearby. So began one of the most complex murder investigations in Italian history, which will reach its climax later this year<p>Yara Gambirasio should only have been gone a short while. On …

Crime

7 Airline Innovations That Will Change the Way We Fly

There was a day not too long ago when seatback TVs on planes looked space-aged, the concept of a call from 30,000 feet seemed impossible, and the idea of WiFi—let alone on a plane—was completely out of the question. Today? You take those things for granted. You even complain about them if they …

Georgia Tech

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …