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28 charts that show how America changed since the Fed gave us 0% rates

In the nine years since the Federal Reserve's last rate hike, the US has gone through a housing-bubble burst, a financial crisis that nearly destroyed the global banking system, the worst recession since the Great Depression, and a slow but steady recovery marked by moderate, consistent …

Morocco's Best-Kept Secret Is This All-Blue Village

Tucked high in Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the all-blue town of Chefchaouen is a calming respite from the overwhelming frenzy of Marrakech and Fez. Photographer and writer Lucy Laucht takes us on a tour of Morocco's hidden gem.

Travel Photography

Snoopy at 65: How an icon was born

Snoopy started out as a real dog, a remarkable and unusual tack- and razor-blade-eating wunderpup named Spike.<p>The mixed-breed, black and white pup …

Snoopy

11 Pixar Short Films That Are Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

All the emotion of Toy Story or Wall-E, but in just a few minutes.

Animation

14 Foods Nutritionists Never Eat

<b>Processed and/or Canned Meat or Cheese</b><br>"I particularly avoid those that are made with additional thickeners, preservatives, sugar, or a high content of preservatives. Animal products (and food products in general) that have to sit on a shelf inherently require a decent amount of processing to …

Ten Nat Geo Images That Look Incredibly Familiar … Here’s Why

You may have seen these images before. At the dentist’s office, in the lobby of a law firm, or while you sit on your friend’s couch trying to agree on which movie to watch. As well as being popular stock photos, they are featured in the default screen saver for Apple TV—a device that allows you to …

Travel Photography

A Photographer’s Quest for People Who Eat Like Their Ancestors

Matthieu Paley traveled to remote communities around the world in search of the origins of what we eat.<p>This article has been updated since its original publication on September 4, 2014.<p>These days, documenting our dinners for the Internet is a universal pastime: sharing your food means that you …

San Francisco Barista Turns Your Favorite Minions Into Latte Art

Some artists work in charcoal, others watercolor and some use ... foam?<p>Melannie Aquino works at the Elite Audio Coffee Bar in downtown San Francisco. Like many baristas, she began experimenting with latte art to mix up the grind of pulling shots all day long. "It was pretty primitive, but the …

San Francisco

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

National Parks

The Future Of Fashion Retailing, Revisited: Part 1 - Uniqlo

In late 2012, I wrote a three-part series on Uniqlo, Zara and H&M. At the time, these three fashion retailers were already well established globally, but they were only just beginning to make an impact in the United States. Three years later, each of these companies is experiencing impressive …

eCommerce

7 of the most bizarre gourmet foods

Slide 1 of 9<p>Call it the gourmet revolution: These days, Americans are embracing specialty food products, from previously hard-to-find imported …

Hot dog hysteria: Inside the body of a speed eater

If you find competitive eating contests hard to stomach, imagine what it's like being the stomach of a competitive eater.<p>Professional speed eaters like Joey Chesnut, Matt Stonie, Takeru Kobayashi, nicknamed "the tsunami," or Molly Schuyler are not like us. They have suppressed gag reflexes and can …

Coloring books are suddenly catching on with adults

There are Facebook pages devoted to adult colorers. There are coloring clubs. People who motivate themselves to pay off debt by coloring. Game of Thrones is making a coloring book.<p>What this means: Coloring is now a normal adult activity.<p>Thanks largely to a recent wave of publicity over the release …

Books

Amsterdam's Bold Housing Solution: 10 Artificial Islands

To create the islands, the Dutch use a technique called the “pancake method.”<p>Right now, Amsterdam’s Center Island (<i>Centrumeiland</i> in Dutch) doesn’t look like much—just an inhospitable sand bar poking out from the city into the huge IJmeer Lake. But there’s far more to it than meets the eye at …

Solar Panels

iPhone Photography Awards Winners Revealed

Photographers of the Year iPhone Photography Awards. First place, Sounds of the old town.<br>Michał Koralewski<p>1 of 17<p>LightBox NewsletterSign up to …

The Most Popular Flowers For Each Month Of Summer

These are the beautiful blooms you'll be seeing all season long.<p>Christine Noelle, BloomNation florist and owner/creative director of Chicago's Dilly Lily, opens up about the blooms people just love to see in their bouquets during warm-weather season.

Free Things to Do in Taipei

Enjoy Taiwan's energetic capital—packed with elaborate temples and edgy art—without blowing your budget.<p>A densely populated basin surrounded by verdant mountains, Taiwan’s energetic capital is packed with elaborate temples, ancient and edgy art, Chinese memorials, green space, and its celebrated …

Asia Travel

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Travel

Best things to do in Chicago that locals and tourists will love

Like any great city, there's no reason to be bored when you're in Chicago. No matter where your interests lie, you can always find something to get …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Japan Photos

See photos of Japan (including Tokyo, Mount Fuji, geisha, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Japan

World Wonders

Travel Photography

Italy's Food Mafia Seeps Beyond Fake Olive Oil

You, as most of us, probably lost your innocence long ago regarding the virginity of Italian olive oil. Between counterfeiting, organized crime’s control of production, widespread technological fraud, dodgy distribution — it’s all been made increasingly public as new scandals surface year after …

Italy

Yosemite National Park

<b>Location: California<br>Established: October 1, 1890<br>Size: 747,956 acres</b><p>In a high-country meadow two hikers crouch near the edge of a mirroring lake and watch a pika as it harvests blades of grass for a nest deep within a huge rock pile. When they resume walking, there is no other person in sight for as …

National Parks

Arches National Park Photos

National Parks

Reader Recs: Signature Dishes Around the World

I don’t know about you, but for me, indulging in authentic, local cuisine while traveling—and finding the most authentic establishment to patronize—is a must. Deep-dish pizza in Chicago, heaping bowls of paella in Barcelona, and steak and cheese (with Cheez Whiz, of course) in Philadelphia, are …

Drawing Animals using Moirée Patterns

Using the contrast effect called Moiré, the Milanese Andrea Minini stunning vector illustrations of various animals with a design of the most …

The Real Purpose of Financial Planning

A chat about retirement, Italy, and The Golden Girls illustrates how financial planning can help a person uncover and achieve her deepest …

How Social Security Calculates Your Benefits

Q. Is it possible to obtain the inflation index that Social Security uses to adjust each year’s earning such that I could attempt to perform...<p><b>Q. Is</b> …