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The escapist history of tiki bars — and why this cocktail trend will never go away

Tiki bars can conjure up the image of plastic palm fronds, kitschy decor and sugary slushies. But the retro cocktail trend, which took off in the …

The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn't Working

Like most people, Kevin Hall used to think the reason people get fat is simple.<p>“Why don’t they just eat less and exercise more?” he remembers …

Everything you need to know about ashwagandha—the stress-fighting adaptogen of the moment

When it comes to adaptogens—the herbs that health experts like Frank Lipman, MD, tout as nature’s miracle stress fighters—ashwagandha is arguably the …

The Most Haunted Places in Every State

Get your freak on.<p>An unexplained chill in the air, a whisper in an empty room, a flicker of movement in the corner of your eye: ghost-hunters and …

15 Unconventional Pancake Recipes

Buttermilk pancakes will always have a place in our hearts (and on the breakfast table), but there are <i>so</i> many more flavors you can whip up for yourself and your loved ones. Allow these unique recipes to be your guide. Funfetti, Nutella-stuffed, and even peanut butter cup pancakes are just a few …

Pancakes

The 50 Best Video Games of All Time

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The best outdoor gear for camping, hiking, and exploring nature

The lesson learned from this Gregory backpack is that buying used is often as good as buying new. I bought this backpack on Craigslist for $50; I can’t tell you for sure what the model is. In the four years since, I’ve dragged it all over the place — up various mountains and one inactive volcano, …

We Talked to a Therapist So You Don't Have To

If I had to guess, the money that <i>should</i> go to my therapist every month is instead handed to the Manhattan Realty Group, Con Edison of New York, and …

Scientists find new antibiotic in the human nose

By Lena H. Sun<p>Lena H. Sun<p>National reporter focusing on health<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Scientists have discovered a bacterium living inside the human nose that produces an antibiotic capable of killing one of the most hard-to-treat pathogens — a pathogen that causes serious, even deadly skin and wound …

Super Bug

How to Refresh Your Brain in a Matter of Seconds When You're Stressed

Experiencing a massive brain shutdown? Try these 3 ways to restore your higher-level thinking.<p>Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.<p>For example, let's say you're in a meeting with someone. You could be processing:<p>what happened in your last meeting with her;<br>• the concerns that …

The 9 Biggest Myths About Creativity You Should Never Believe

Here are nine things you were told about innovation and creativity. None of them are true--here's what the reality is.<p>The following beliefs are held firmly throughout corporate America, and I hear them all the time. They simply make sense to people, but they are not true. Here is why.<p>1. Innovation …

15 uses for your phone's camera (other than taking selfies)

31 Books You Need To Bring To The Beach This Summer

BYO-sunscreen!

Books

10 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone

Get started with VR on your iPhone or Android phone with these 100 apps, spanning films, games, news and 360-degree photo-sharing<p>You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset to give virtual reality a try.<p>The Android or iPhone handset in your pocket is a VR device …

Virtual Reality

It’s the season of the witch

<i>Taken from the spring/summer 2016 issue of Dazed:</i><p>Men, beware of witches: they will steal your penis, reanimate it and keep as many as 20 or 30 in a bird’s nest or a locked box, feeding them oats and corn, “as has been seen by many and is a matter of common report”. This bizarre piece of castration …