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The 10 Levels of Marshmallow Toastiness (& How to Achieve Perfection)

I long to be the kind of person who roasts my marshmallows with patience and caution, holding them at a safe distance from the fire, rotating diligently, waiting for the outside to turn copper and the inside to go molten. In this ideal state, the marshmallow will yield to the weight of the graham …

Marshmallows

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating a Small Space

When you live in a tiny home, it's hard to know where to put all of your stuff. That new pair of heels? I guess they'll have to double as décor on …

Home Decorating

Here are 7 of the craziest interview questions

You network, hit the job boards, send out your cover letter, and finally get the callback. Now, comes the hard part: the in-person interview.<p>Knowing …

Employment

Goats are the G.O.A.T.s of Instagram

Theodore is a goat — and a hero. But if you're one of his 6,816 followers on the Riley Farm Rescue Instagram account, you already knew that.<p>He recently helped save another goat, Clarabelle, when she got stuck on the wrong side of a fence by running up to the owner's house screaming for help.<p>His …

Puget Sound

Pictures of the Week 8.15.17

The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the U.S.

Over the last four years, we've asked our readers to rate a city's "friendliness" in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? Some 128,000 people took the survey in 2015—see what you …

United States

What You Should Know About the Pro-Vegan Netflix Film 'What the Health'

The recent pro-vegan Netflix documentary, <i>What the Health</i>, is under fire from nutrition experts. The film, which is co-directed by Kip Andersen and …

Nutrition

Is Mindfulness Meditation BS or Not? Yes

Going Up<p>Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment? Yes<p>by Robert Wright | illustrations by Valero Doval<p>08.12.17<p>It’s hard …

Meditation

I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan's ancient sport for modern times

The sport of kokpar is like blood-drenched polo, with a headless goat as the ball. And even as Kazakhstan tries to forge a modern, high-tech identity for itself, this age-old game is being pushed as a defining part of its culture. By Will Boast<p>The most decorated athlete in all of Kazakhstan is a …

Kazakhstan

Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

Walk down the aisle of your local pharmacy or grocery store and you'll be bombarded by a dizzying array of bleaching products, from gels and strips to paint-on bleach.<p>Cosmetic tooth bleaching is a $3.2 billion global industry, according to market analysts, and it's getting bigger fast. It's easy to …

Health

The Kardashian Decade: How a Sex Tape Led to a Billion-Dollar Brand

In 2007, an L.A. family's unvarnished docuseries launched on E!, and reality television, female body image, social media and, above all, the economy …

Reality TV

Ashley Graham Isn’t a Sample Size, But She Is a Supermodel

Ashley Graham’s lifelong mission to lift women up has taken on ridiculous, corporeal form today. That form is me, clinging to her arm, trying not to …

Fashion

FBI agents went undercover in Florida's capital for the 'biggest investigation in years'

TALLAHASSEE - Buff, bearded and handsome, Atlanta developer Mike Miller sat sipping a cocktail one afternoon last summer outside the spiffy Power Plant Cafe in the city’s new central park. Relaxed, with shirt collar open, he chatted up the head of the local community redevelopment agency, spinning …

Corruption

How the No. 1 Fastest-Growing Company in America Turned Video Games Into a $54 Million Cash Cow

How did America's fastest-growing company learn the skills to conquer? Countless hours of e-sports.<p><b>You won't work</b> at Skillz unless you commit to something that could get you fired almost anyplace else: playing lots of video games on your phone. At your desk or after hours, Skillz doesn't care, as …

League of Legends

Toppling Monuments, a Visual History

History is littered with the shattered remains of toppled statues, and more are toppling now in the American South.<p>A violent rally this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., centered in part on the city’s plan to relocate a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A memorial to Confederate soldiers …

Joseph Stalin

One Art Lover’s Crusade To Catalog The World

Or, how to make big data in your living room.<p>If you’re a famous dead artist, nothing welcomes you to the canon quite like someone sitting down and …

Vincent Van Gogh

The Docx games: three days at the Microsoft Office World Championship

Once a year, kids from around the world gather to compete at high-speed spreadsheets<p>On a Sunday night two weeks back, in the Rose Court Garden of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, 150 antsy competitors between the ages of 13 and 22 milled around eating miniature whoopie pies by the light …

Team USA

Aquariums, golf courses, IMAX theaters: Visit these airports for a layover like no other

Airports can sometimes feel like a necessary evil, what with the serpentine security lines, hours-long flight delays and mediocre pretzels. But there are quite a few airports out there that you wouldn’t curse in the event of a delay. Some, in fact, that you may want to book a trip through just to …

Airports

How to Catch Up on Fall TV’s Returning Favorites

We may be smack in the middle of August, and you may still be making your way through <i>Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later</i>, but don’t kid …

TV

Doggy glasses, doomsday omens and other eclipse myths — debunked

On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, throwing a wide swath of the United States into darkness.<p>And guess what? It's all going to be okay. Your eyes won't shrivel, your skin won't burn. A plague of locusts won't descend on the planet. The ground won't open up and swallow …

Astronomy

Inside Wrigley Field, The Scorekeepers Stay True To Baseball's Beginnings

Modern technology has advanced the game of baseball in many ways. Teams use computer models to help strategize, data analytics to find the best players, and even tablets in the dugouts to instantly review plays. But the game itself can move at a leisurely pace — and some traditions may never change …

Baseball

Top journalists reveal the best reporting advice they have received

Illustration by Daniel Fishel.<p>Journalism as a profession is more art than science. There are few codified rules of the trade, no official list of …

Journalism

How Spotify Playlists Create Hits

With more than 60 million subscribers, the streaming service can make or break a song. Here's how the industry is adjusting<p>Last month, Spotify …

Playlist

Oprah Winfrey Is On a Roll (Again)

It is the golden hour in the Promised Land, and we are walking down Hallelujah Lane, going to see the Apostles. Only at Oprah’s house can one come up with a sentence like that as a literal description. Translation: It is a beautiful early evening in May, and Oprah and I are walking along one of the …

Condé Nast

Has Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Rescued (or Ruined) Hollywood?

For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a …

Netflix

My Super Sweet 15

The big dresses, and bigger business, of the American quinceañera.<p>A massive heat wave has hit California, but instead of taking to the beach, a hundred teenage girls stand in a line that wraps around a block in downtown Los Angeles. They’re accompanied by moms, grandparents, and little sisters on …

Weddings

The rise of the very short model

Last September, J.Crew assembled a cast of characters for its New York Fashion Week showcase who were “real people,” meaning people who were not …

Fashion

Saudi Arabia's missing princes

<b>In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government - and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.</b><p>Early in the morning on 12 June 2003, a Saudi prince …

Middle East

These Are The Western Fighters Who Volunteered To Fight Against ISIS

Dozens of Western idealists have snuck into northern Syria to take on ISIS in Raqqa, but some US officials consider them a potentially dangerous nuisance.<p>RAQQA, Syria — Kevin Howard has always sought adventure and meaning.<p>The 28-year-old California Bay Area native first joined the US Marines, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Showcase: Peaking

Standout moments in the lives of waves (and the surfers who ride them)<p><b>Brendon Gibbens, Ericeira, Portugal. Photo: Ellis</b><p><b>Rob Machado, San Diego,</b> …

Western Australia