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Sir Mix-a-Lot Has Some Choice Words for Blake Lively After the "Oakland Booty" Controversy

"I wanted our idea of beautiful to be accepted."<p>Last week, pregnant blonde super-celeb Blake Lively posted an Instagram referencing an iconic line from rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot's 1992 hit, <i>Baby Got Back</i>:<p>That line is basically the patron saint of all drunk sorority girls at karaoke everywhere, and some …

Blake Lively

Tech on your wrist: some of the year’s best wearables

The wearable technology product category continues to grow each year as more companies release new products and more consumers become comfortable with the idea of always being plugged in or monitored by a device. Whether it is a smartwatch, fitness tracker, health monitor or niche device to improve …

Oil sands companies turn to solvents for low-cost crude extraction

Some oil sands companies are increasingly tweaking a decades-old method of tapping underground seams of bitumen as they scramble to eke out profits after slamming the brakes on multi-billion-dollar growth projects.<p>High costs and pressure to reduce pollution are forcing companies such as Imperial …

Fort McMurray’s booming schools brace for impact of oil crash

For more than a decade, Fort McMurray's schools have choked with growth as families from across the country and the world poured in to chase oil sands riches.<p>Plans for new schools were drawn and modular classrooms sprouted from buildings to relieve some of the pressure, but it wasn't enough. Some …

7 Tips to Help When You’re Stuck with Only a Prime Lens

As a photographer you must have flip-flopped back and forth between prime and zoom lenses. “Should I choose a prime today, or a zoom for its …

CBS promises 'satisfying' finale for long-running 'CSI'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — CBS is promising that the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" series finale won't disappoint.<p>"This will be a very satisfying ending for all the 'CSI' fans," CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler told a TV critics' meeting Monday.<p>"CSI," which debuted in 2000, will wrap …

TV

BraveTart: Glossy Fudge Brownies Recipe

A glossy, paper-thin crust is a sure sign of brownies loaded with cocoa butter, and a solid indication that their flavor will shine through as well. To that end, these brownies are made with dark chocolate and high-fat Dutch cocoa, a one-two punch that gives them a powerful chocolate flavor, one …

Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

The humble, yet mighty, buttermilk biscuit is an American quick bread that uses baking powder and steam to create layers that are moist, rich, and tender. This recipe creates perfectly light and unbelievably flaky buttermilk biscuits have been perfected through round after round of testing. They're …

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread (adapted from Pastry Affair)<p>Ingredients<p>4 large ripe bananas<br>• 1/2 cup butter, softened<br>• 3/4 cup sucanat sugar (or packed …

Millionaire's Shortbread Recipe

For the Crust:<p>1 cup all-purpose flour<br>• ¼ cup dark brown sugar<br>• 2 teaspoons cornstarch<br>• ¼ teaspoon salt<br>• 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes<br>• 1 …

BA's Best Banana Bread

Makes one 8½x4½" loaf<p>Here at BA everybody has their favorite banana bread recipe. We made every one—14 to be exact—until we came up with a collective favorite. Dark brown sugar is key and a dollop of mascarpone makes for superior tenderness. Walnuts optional but encouraged. This is part of BA's …

Breakfast

How to Make Soft and Tender Dinner Rolls

<b>Combine the ingredients for the dough:</b> In the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl, if mixing by hand), stir the yeast into the warm water and …

Baking

Route 66: The Center of the Universe

The fur coat in my hands costs $185,000.<p>The price tag states it clearly—the coat costs the same as a three-bedroom house in this town.<p>But then the lady with heavy pink lipstick whispers at me, her cupped hand hushing the secret that only the two of us know, “I could probably get you half-off for …

National Geographic Travel

I Heart My National Park: Yosemite

Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been a ranger at the …

DIY Inspiration: Make a Tee Bigger by Adding Lace Panels

<b>DIY Inspiration: Make a Tee Bigger by Adding Lace Panels.</b> Alternate Title: <b>Why I hate Pinterest today.</b> I received a message asking me to post more tee tutorials/ideas on how to make tees bigger and found this image all over the internet as a DIY with no source. <b>It turns out it’s a $75 Broken Promises Tank (no longer availabe.</b><p><b>Where did I end up finding this after about 15 minutes looking through page after page of images? www.thehunt.com/</b> I love this site. You can see something in a photo and ask …

Ask the Expert: 10 Tips to Transform a Tiny Balcony into an Instant Garden with Isabelle Palmer

For British garden writer and urban garden expert Isabelle Palmer, gardening is associated with happy childhood memories. “Growing up in rural …

10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Elevated Planters

Bring your gardening to new heights with an elevated planter box. “Why,” you ask, “a garden box on legs?”<p>There are several benefits to an elevated …

The 9 Best Butt Exercises

9 Butt Exercises for a Super-Toned Tush<p>Yeah, you squat. But aren’t you ready to mix it up a bit?<p>So sick of squats? We hear you. The key to a gravity-defying backside is introducing new exercises that tone every inch of your rear. These 9 moves from the <i>Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises</i> target all …

Skinny Jeans

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

The USA's 10 best motorcycle roads

A great road is a great road, but if you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re looking for something special: twisties, vistas, turnouts, that perfect stretch of smooth tarmac, and biker-friendly stops that make getting there most of the fun. Here are 10 of the best roads across America for an …

Hiking

One day in Brooklyn: the perfect itinerary

For many first-time visitors to New York, New York equals Manhattan. But just a couple of subway stops across the river lies a whole other delicious world that deserves your exploration. So set aside a day to take a tour of Brooklyn, with these hand-picked highlights from Brooklyn local, Brian …

Cheese

Leaving Las Vegas: ghost towns and alien encounters in rural Nevada

Viva Las Vegas! When Elvis Presley sang those words 50 years ago, he captured the essence of the famous desert resort city. Vegas is always full of life, from the surging crowds along the sidewalks of The Strip to the dramas playing out around the tables in its many casinos. There comes a time, …

National Parks

Make The Most Of Your Small Balcony – Top 15 Accessories

Balconies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are custom made, in which case in means that the client already has a clear idea of how that …

Landscaping

7 still life photo ideas you don't want to miss

Each week we've been suggesting some new photo ideas to inspire you to get out and about with your camera. We've ticked off landscape photography, …