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The Surprisingly Humanlike Ways Animals Feel Pain

A hurt rabbit pins back its ears and narrows its eyes—part of a "grimace scale" that tells us how animals feel discomfort.<p>Don't tell someone who just stapled a string of Christmas lights to their hand, but pain can be a good thing.<p>Pain is a messenger: It tells us that there's a problem and that we …

Animals

Hunting for Surf in American Samoa

Dusty Snow's farm sits in the broad Malaeloa Valley, a mile from the coast, which is about as far as you can get here on Tutuila, the main island in American Samoa. It’s midday. The air is the same as it always is—syrupy and hot. Still, Dusty builds a fire of coconut shells to keep away the …

Recipe: Bananas Foster French Toast Kebabs

Bananas Foster French Toast Kebabs<p>Makes about 45 skewers<p>1 1/2-pound loaf sourdough bread <br>1 1/2 cups milk <br>5 large eggs <br>3 tablespoons granulated sugar …

How to eat like a Nicaraguan

Some Latin American snacks get all the glory. Whether you’re backpacking through Central America or swinging by your local food truck, you hear people rhapsodizing about Colombian <i>arepas</i> and Salvadorean <i>pupusas</i>, Mexican <i>gorditas</i> and Guatemalan <i>tamales</i> and Argentinian <i>empanadas</i> – but when have you heard …

Deep Frying

First time Cuba: things to know before you go

Rum, revolutionaries and retro cars – Cuba has a back-in-time appeal. Though a trip to Cuba seems undoubtedly exciting, you'll need to understand how the island works to get the best out of your visit. From visa rules to dual currencies, Cuba can be confusing for first timers. Avoid costly pitfalls …

The Best Kayak of All Time Just Got Even Better

When Dagger announced it would update its much-beloved Nomad 8.5 kayak, a bunch of eyebrows immediately went up, including mine. That’s because most people who use the boat, which just so happens to be the number-one-selling creek boat of all time, didn’t think it needed an update.<p>Here’s why. For …

How to Stay Sweat-Free on Your Wedding Day

We all know that wedding days can deliver a few stress-inducing moments along with all the perfect memories. But how you handle those stressors is what separates the women from the girls. Translation? Be prepared! With a few easy tricks, you can look calm and cool, even when the pressure is rising. …

What to Cook if You're Single on Valentine's Day

The best recipes for an amazing dinner for one.<p>So you don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day. That’s great news! You get to skip the boring prix fixe …

This Snorkeling Spot Is Australia's Best-Kept Secret

When it comes to Australia's top-notch snorkeling, everyone knows about the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. But there's a sweet secret in Queensland that's not only home to some of the best shipwreck snorkeling and marine animal spotting in the world, but within an easy ferry ride of …

Scuba Diving

The 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

To achieve “higher learning” requires a bit of inspiration—consider the looming spires and manicured quads of Oxford and Cambridge. In the U.S., some of America’s oldest (and prettiest) colleges, such as Princeton and Yale, employ the Collegiate Gothic look, while other universities have more …

College & University

The Best Novels about Food and Foodies

Every so often, we take a break from flipping through cookbooks like they’re novels to pick up actual novels—about food, of course. Not surprisingly, it turns out that you all love it when food and eating play a main role in your fiction selections as well.<p>This week on the Hotline, Pili Gómez asked …

Books

5 Houses To Buy If You Win The Lottery

These ultimate dream homes would barely put a dent in that $1.3 billion jackpot.<p>The Powerball jackpot has reached a record-breaking $1.3 billion, and if you're one of the countless Americans who snatched up tickets, there's probably one question on your mind: How will I spend all that money?<p>After …

Gold List 2016: A European Ski Lodge in America's Heartland

Condé Nast Traveler deputy editor Candice Rainey reminisces on the magic of one of her favorite resorts: Deer Valley's Stein Eriksen Lodge.<p>When I was four years old and living in a very Mormon suburb of Salt Lake City, my very un-Mormon mom and dad packed up the Jeep Wagoneer and took me skiing at …

Global Cocktail of the Week: The Yellow Chartreuse Cobbler from New Orleans' Bellocq Bar

Each week, we'll scour the world for a different cocktail and tell you how to get in on the spirits-filled fun at home. This week, we’re headed to New Orleans.<p>It's Friday. Concentration's a chore. Your thoughts are wandering, and we're here to help—by directing them toward happy times and happy …

Netflix Has Thousands Of Secret Movie Categories You Can Only Access With This Hack

Oh hello, "Critically Acclaimed Romantic Dramas from the 1980s."<p>You know that horrible, rug-pulled-out-from-under-you, life-spinning-out-of-control feeling when you've poured the wine and settled into the couch and opened the Netflix...and realized there's nothing you want to watch? It's all okay …