Larissa Gemmer-Block

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The Best Burger in America Is Not Easy to Get

But sweet Jesus this thing is great.<p><b>The best hamburger in America</b> — at least that I know of — is hard to get. Obviously, you have to know where it can be found. I will take care of that part right now — it can be found at Raoul's Restaurant, on Prince Street in New York City. It isn't very …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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7 Caribbean Islands You've Never Heard Of But Should Visit

Ah the Caribbean. So exquisite, so pristine, so...overrun? True, there are many, many islands in the Caribbean that are worth a visit and many of them happen to have--shall we say--a healthy tourism market. But what if you still want to jet off to those insanely blue waters and don't want to deal …

Wealthy Chinese flee China, taking their fortunes with them

Do the wealthy Chinese know something we don't?<p>A new report shows that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have either emigrated or plan to emigrate—taking their spending and fortunes with them. The United States is their favorite destination.<p>The report from Hurun, a wealth research firm that …

7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians

If you've spent time in Italy you know that life in Italy and life in America are very different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we think Americans can learn a lot from the way Italians live.<p>Traditionally, Italians have an easy-going and positive outlook on how to go about daily …

Living in: The world’s healthiest cities

Five destinations across the globe that have excellent mass transit, ample green spaces and readily available healthcare.<p>What makes a city healthy? A combination of factors, ranging from readily available healthcare to excellent mass transit to a commitment to improving access to green spaces. …

How feds use one “seed” and 3 “hops” to spy on nearly everyone

The U.S. government has tried to reassure critics of its massive phone surveillance program by pointing to “minimization” procedures that are …

School Shooting Is Another Tragedy For Colorado

A Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, chilling a state that's still trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.<p>Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High …

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5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

As a travel writer since 1997, I have visited 100 countries, and I make 20 to 30 trips a year. I am always being asked where in the world I'd most like to go. In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die. This includes, of course, the biggie …

South-east Asia

A Surgeon’s Review Of Google Glass In The Operating Room

Dr. Pierre Theodore of UC San Francisco has completed a three-month trial of using Google Glass during surgery.<p>For a little over three months now, Dr. Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been using Google Glass in the operating room. Although he’s tapped the functionality during …

Do Americans Just Travel Wrong?

Let me stipulate that there is no <i>right way</i> to travel, no matter who is offering the advice. And secondly, this is <i>not</i> another one of those inane traveler-versus-tourist debates.<p>That said, after researching my last book, <i>America's Vacation Deficit Disorder</i>, I was exposed to a whole host of data that …

FDA to 23andMe: Stop DNA testing

23andMe has made a name for itself providing a service many people didn’t even know they needed: a complete DNA profile, including risk percentages …

852 Instagram Photos Turned Into Short Film That Takes You On A Trip Around The World

An Instagram short film from Thomas Jullien on Vimeo.<p>French artist Thomas Jullien took photos from 852 different Instagram users and stitched them together into a film, creating a brief tour around the world that touches down in Paris, Berlin, Sydney and New York.<p>The short turns the overlapping …

Five family-friendly destinations you may not have considered

Everyone knows travel changes once kids come into the picture. Suddenly you have to plan around naps, easily accessible rescue centers for soiled-underpants and whining backseat drivers. What they don’t tell you is how much fun it can be, and that it doesn’t have to be limited to timeshares on …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Puerto Rico

Google Employees Confess The Worst Things About Working At Google

Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for Big G.<p>We've edited some of the standout comments into this excerpt.<p><b>Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.</b><p>"The …

Employment

US drone strike in Somalia kills top al-Shabaab explosives expert

A US drone strike in Somalia has killed two senior members of the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, including its top explosives expert, officials and residents have said.<p>The strike is a further sign of intensifying US military intervention against the al-Qaida affiliate in the wake of …

Seven Cruises for People Who Hate Cruises (Photos)

Open Water<p>Cruises don't have to mean massive boats and potential disasters. Andrew Harper picks seven sailing trips that even cruise haters will love.<p>…

13 Staircases Worth the Climb (Photos)

Winding History<p>Looking at any major city today, it's hard to imagine a time without staircases. A new book takes a look at the winding history of …

The Most Famous Book In Every State

Whether you come from Florida, New York, Texas, or any other state, reading a book set there can make you feel a warm nostalgia for that beloved place.<p>We rounded up the most famous book set in every state in America.<p>Did we get your state right? Let us know in the comments if you have another …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …