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What Was the Point of Elevator Music?

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t because lifts were terrifying.<p>It takes the Empire State Building’s marble-lined elevator approximately one …

Skyscrapers

Easiest-Ever Grilled Veggie Burgers

8 servings<p>It sounded like an impossible assignment: a recipe for a from-scratch veggie burger that can go right from the mixing bowl onto the grill without falling apart? Lo and behold, we found a way.<p>June 2018Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing<p>1 14-oz. block …

Recipes

The Roman Empire, explained in 40 maps - Vox

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace …

Ancient History

How to Eat Clean for Less Than $10 a Day

It’s a myth that clean eating is prohibitively expensive and unrealistic. How do we know for sure? Because we planned a week’s worth of breakfasts, …

Healthy Eating

59 Simple 3-Ingredient Recipes

Small Bites<p><b>Grilled Spiced Chicken Wings</b><br>Give chicken wings an unexpected twist with seafood seasoning and a creamy ranch dipping sauce.<p><b>Get the recipe:</b> …

Food

Victorian London’s East End: what can a foul murder tell us about life in the city?

Was Victorian London’s East End really the crime-filled, poverty-stricken slum we often imagine? Author Sinclair McKay investigates a baffling …

England

The Surprising Finds At King Arthur's Legendary Castle

Recent research at Tintagel Castle (in Cornwall, England) has uncovered some fascinating finds. In addition to ceramics from what’s now Turkey (and maybe Cyprus) and glassware from the Iberian peninsula, archeologists from English Heritage working at the site have just uncovered a stone from the …

Archaeology

The Inca Left Behind a Strange, 3D Code That Scientists Still Can't Figure Out

They communicated in multiple dimensions.<p>The Inca Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. …

Harvard

The Viking Raid on the Abbey of Lindisfarne

The Ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, by Thomas Girtin, 1798.<p>On 8 June, 793 AD, Vikings destroyed the <b>abbey on Lindisfarne</b>, a centre of learning that was …

Archaeology

20 Ad Campaigns That Will Win at Cannes

Tens of thousands of marketing campaigns are submitted each year to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Only 10 percent will make …

Advertising Industry

9 eccentric monarchs through history

From Nero to King George IV, historian Sean Lang rounds up nine of history's most outlandish rulers<p>How do you define eccentricity, especially in a …

World History

Remembering the Cookbook Author Who Made Microwave Meals Gourmet

Barbara Kafka bucked assumptions about kitchen appliances.<p>Earlier this month, Barbara Kafka—the contrarian cookbook author, chef, and former …

Kitchens

Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Charged With Scamming More People After Initial Wire Fraud Arrest

Scammers gonna scam.<p>Multiple outlets reported on Tuesday that disgraced 26-year-old Fyre Festival promoter and organizer Billy McFarland used his …

Corruption

In pictures: 'The golden age of hip hop'

<b>London photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio first came across hip hop in 1982, whilst on assignment in New York for music publications including the NME, Melody Maker and The Face.</b><p>It gained them both access to a genre of music and cultural phenomenon, still in its infancy, which would go …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 18th-century craze for gin

Inspiring oddities from mass public nudity to a mechanical gin-selling cat, the craze for gin swept across London and much of England during the …

Alcohol

Aethelflaed: The warrior queen who broke the glass ceiling

<b>How does a ruler defeat bloodthirsty invaders, secure a kingdom and lay the foundations for England - and then almost get written out of history? Be a woman, that's how. Exactly 1,100 years after her death Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, is emerging from the shadows.</b><p>Born into a tooth-and-nail …

World History

How to photograph the stars: 9 steps to stunning night images

If you’re lucky to see stars where you live, or you’re camping outdoors this summer, photographing the night sky can yield spectacular results. With …

Landscape Photography

90s Bands: 10 Forgotten Greats Worth Rediscovering

Ah, <b>the 90s</b>, a decade when the most improbable bands were topping the charts and the most left-field indie acts were courted by the majors. In some …

Universal Music

Antony Beevor: the greatest war movie ever – and the ones I can't bear

For a long time now, my wife has refused to watch a war movie with me. This is because I cannot stop grinding my teeth with annoyance at major historical mistakes, or harrumphing over errors of period detail. She only made an exception when Valkyrie came out, with Tom Cruise playing Count Claus …

Darkest Hour

Russian Skeletons Show the Bubonic Plague Has Killed People for 4,000 Years

Scientists sequence the oldest genome linked to the disease.<p>Hidden in the bones of ancient humans lies evidence of diseases that continue to distress …

Environmental Health

Robert the Bruce: champion of Scotland or murderous usurper?

On 23 and 24 June 1314, Robert Bruce, king of Scotland, faced King Edward II at Bannockburn in the decisive battle of the Wars of Scottish …

World History

Anthony Bourdain Was a Teller of Often Unappetizing Truths

Anthony Bourdain entered the literary stage with an inside tip, delivered in the gruff whisper of a racetrack tout: Don’t order fish on Mondays.<p>It was the part that everybody remembered from his first published work, a long essay about the unglamorous and sometimes unsavory work of cooks and …

Sexual Harassment

HIS DARK MATERIALS Series Casts James McAvoy as Lord Asriel

BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy has found another star from the <i>X-Men</i> universe; <i>Deadline</i> reports James McAvoy will join</i> …

Comics

Toilets in a Medieval Castle

The medieval toilet or latrine, then called a privy or garderobe, was a primitive affair, but in a castle, one might find a little more comfort and …

Archaeology

6 Sheet Pan Breakfasts You Can Make for a Morning Crowd

Chrissy Teigen's recent announcement about her love of sheet pan meals made waves on the internet. Everyone, it turns out, loves sheet pan meals for …

Breakfast

30 Classic Southern Recipes Everyone Needs to Make This Summer

These sensational summer favorites are ripe for the picking.<p>In the South, summertime is best spent with classic Southern comfort food that makes the …

Cooking

The (super enjoyable) Japanese secret to becoming a morning person

In an ideal world, your morning routine would <i>always</i> set you up for a kickass day ahead. But if you’ve got a packed to-do list, it’s all too easy for …

Ikigai

From the handshake to the high-five: a brief history of gestures

Gestures – usually made with the hand, but in some notable cases with other parts of the body entirely – form a symbolic, non-vocal language; a …

Ancient History

Why Can't We Remember Our Dreams?

You spend a third of your life asleep, a good chunk of which involves dreaming. But most often, you don't remember any of your dreams. And even on …

The Brain

Le Bas, who grew up in a Gypsy family, set out to visit the stopping places in Britain where his ancestors rested – and to challenge discrimination along the way<p>The metallic blue Transit with a horseshoe on the radiator refuses to budge. Damian Le Bas turns the key again. And again. After the …

Travelers