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16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Dessert

How Feng Shui Can Improve Your Home and your Health

<b>Feng Shui</b> is an artform based on a series of guidelines derived from ancient Eastern philosophies that is designed to create a sense of balance and …

Widow Sleeps With Dead Husband's Decomposing Corpse For A Year After His Death (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

A woman had been sleeping next to her dead husband's decomposed corpse for one year until authorities made the grisly discovery this week.<p>Apparently, 79-year-old "Marcel H." from Liege, Belgium, died back in November 2012 of an asthma attack, according to Carters News Agency. His wife was so upset …

Amazon Black Friday 2013 deals

In the frantic leadup to Black Friday, every retailer is looking for a way to differentiate its sale from the competition. Amazon's trick is to go all out with daily deals. Starting Sunday November 24th, the retail giant will begin offering deals with deep discounts. They'll come thick and fast — …

How Women Change Men

As daughters, sisters, wives, and coworkers<p>Soon after Jay Z welcomed his first child, Blue Ivy Carter, last year, a poem the rapper had reportedly dedicated to his new baby girl zipped around the Internet. “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich / I didn’t think hard about using the …

9 People Who Are Way Drunker Than You Right Now

Sometimes it's nice to make the news, but not so much if it's because you were being a drunk idiot. Unfortunately for you, your reputation is ruined. And fortunately for the rest of the public, we get to laugh at your stupid intoxicated mistakes. We've compiled some of the drunkest news stories so …

Store Post! 3 New Shirts, 5 More We Wish We'd Thought Of

Hello class of 2013, we've come a long way together. You checked in with us first thing every morning, you pulled all-nighters with 25 tabs open in …

4 Awesome Things Movies Want You to Hate

These days, it's just not enough for Hollywood to make villains evil by naming them after snakes or giving them arbitrarily pessimistic surnames -- …

6 Sneaky Ways Movies and TV Shows Outsmarted the Censors

We all assume that, to some degree, movies and TV shows are being held back by the tyrannical hand of censorship, and most of the time we're right. …

5 Ways Parenting Turns You into a Dumbass

I don't really live by mottoes because you can't boil down life to a few sentences. But there's a simple set of rules I keep in mind when parenting: …

Parenting

6 Filthy Jokes You Won't Believe Are from the Bible

Statistically speaking, about 80 percent of you are either Christian or Jewish, and about 80 percent of you haven't read the Bible. That probably …

Romeo and Juliet

Robert Nickelsberg’s Afghanistan: A History

As American combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting, it’s easy to forget that the war in that country has been going for even decades longer. It’s true: by the time the last American combat soldier departs, at the end of next year, Afghanistan will have been …

The First Billboard Top 100

Trying to get a handle on the popularity of a pop single, even in this age of ever-present metrics, is nearly impossible, thanks to the proliferation of outlets. How do you effectively add up iTunes purchases, YouTube plays, Soundcloud streams, unauthorized downloads, and radio play on both …

Fats Domino

What “Masters of Sex” Overlooks

By casting Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, the creators of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” did very well for themselves. Part of the show’s conceit is that William Masters (Michael Sheen) is charm-free, so the creators needed to find a co-lead who could act as a foil. As Emily Nussbaum wrote in her …

TV

Slide Show: Typhoon Haiyan’s Devastation

In the Philippines, the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan is slowly becoming clear, with some areas, particularly in Leyte province, still cut off and in desperate need of help. The city of Tacloban, the provincial capital, is a scene of wreckage; ten thousand people are feared dead. Haiyan, …

Brazil

Reading on the Clock

When I was assigned to read “Anna Karenina” during the summer before my senior year of high school, I had no idea how long it would take. Daunted by its length, and by the challenge of telling my Alexei Alexandroviches from my Alexei Kirilloviches, I put off reading it and put off reading it until, …

Jonathan Franzen

Book News: Début Novel on Fire, #BadSex Award

Knopf paid nearly two million dollars last week to acquire “City on Fire,” the nine-hundred-page début novel by Garth Risk Hallberg.<p>At the <i>New York Review of Books</i>, a previously unpublished lecture by T. S. Eliot on George Chapman, the Elizabethan and Jacobean poet, dramatist, and translator of …

Brazil

Who Is Responsible for the Pain-Pill Epidemic?

When I started working as a medical resident, in 2004, I heard from a patient I had inherited from a graduating resident. The patient had an appointment scheduled in a couple weeks. “But I need your help now,” he said.<p>He was a former construction worker who had hurt himself on the job a couple of …

Who’s Still Afraid of Interracial Marriage?

Not quite two weeks ago, Julianne Hough’s Halloween costume ignited conversations about the ignominious history of blackface caricature in entertainment. A week later, Kanye West announced that he had co-opted the Confederate flag, in a scheme that was audacious, futile, cynical, provocative, and …

A Spy Dead in a Bag, Police See an Accident

There are appealing versions of the scenario in which a cryptographer has an amateur interest in escapology, and re-enacts Harry Houdini’s tricks. Then there is the sad one. The partly decomposed body of a British G.C.H.Q. code-breaker, assigned to work with MI6, was found in a padlocked red duffel …

History Underground: Egyptian Archeology

“From Cairo, it’s only about three hundred miles to Abydos, in Upper Egypt,” begins Peter Hessler’s article about the current state of Egyptian archeology, “The Buried,” in this week’s issue of the magazine. Hessler goes on to explain that Abydos><p>was the cradle of Egyptian civilization, and the …

An Iranian Tragedy in America

If you spend a lot of time with Brooklyn boys in striped T-shirts, colored and checkered button-downs, and semi-ironic facial hair, you might have heard of the band the Yellow Dogs. They looked like pretty much every other hip gaggle du borough, and had something of the Strokes about them—songs …

Iranian

Why Pakistan Lionizes Its Tormenters

Four years ago, in the main street of Mingora, the largest town in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, I saw a man trying to make and sell kebabs. The coals weren’t catching fire, he was fanning them with a rolled-up newspaper, and the skewers were all over the place; it was quite obvious that the man was new …

EFF -> YOU

Wages are stuck and nobody’s hiring, but not everything about the contemporary white-collar job world is terrible. After all, there’s always the Friday-morning getaway, where you use a vacation day to fly out of town for a long weekend somewhere. Perhaps you are attending some tangential career …

EFF

Shopping at H & M with Lady Gaga

It was thirty-six degrees in New York when Lady Gaga arrived at 4 Times Square, just past 11 <i>P.M.</i> on November 13th, atop a double-decker bus, wearing a one-piece sleeveless jumpsuit and ten-inch platform heels. The line waiting for the grand opening of H & M’s new flagship store stretched around the …

Lady Gaga

We Are What We Hide

Deborah Solomon’s “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell” is a masterpiece of the biographer’s art, not least because of Solomon’s highly developed capacity to enter into an alien experience or personality without passing judgment. Rockwell seems surpassingly strange: a depressed, …

Out Loud: Sex Onscreen

The French film “Blue is the Warmest Color” has been the subject of a lot of critical discussion, partly for its explicit depictions of lesbian sex. Here, Sasha Weiss talks with Richard Brody and Emily Nussbaum about their reactions to the film and what makes for good and bad sex in television and …

TV

Technology and Photographic Art

<i>The New Yorker</i>’<i>s</i> Tech Issue hits newsstands this week, and it got me interested in photographic projects that are anchored in various technologies, from antiquated processes to Internet crowd-sourcing. Here’s a selection of technology-based works that I find myself returning to, accompanied by text …

Is New York’s Charter-School Era Waning?

At Harlem Success Academy 5, one of the newest in the expanding network of New York City charter schools, students can earn “scholar dollars” by staying on their best behavior, turning in assignments on time, and getting good grades. In the school store, students can use these scholar dollars to …