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The 55 Essential Movies Your Child Must See (Before Turning 13)

20th Century Fox[/caption]<p>There are people out there who have never seen <i>The Princess Bride</i>. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to …

Water Is Life, DDB, researchers create a water purification system that also educates.

If you think books are old tech, you may be dismissing them too soon. The latest application for the folio design is a collection of water filters …

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

Ten great ghost towns in the West

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

Underrated Christmas Tunes: 10 Hidden Gems to Spruce Up Your Holiday Playlists

It's Christmastime, and with the wind chill and spiked cider comes the unyielding, inescapable barrage of holiday music. No matter where you go over the next three weeks, you won't be able to shake these jingles -- they're playing at home on the television, in your car on the radio, and when you're …

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Amazing Facts To Blow Your Mind Pt. 3

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Cover the pork with the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Sear the …

Fire drill: can Tony Fadell and Nest build a better smoke detector?

More than anything, I’m surprised it’s a square.<p>A square <i>with rounded corners</i>, Nest CEO Tony Fadell corrects me. Then the man responsible for the iPod and the Nest thermostat beams at me and delivers the line for his newest product. “Safety,” he says, “shouldn’t be annoying.”<p>He hits the large …

8 Essential Fall Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

Turn fall's bounty into ridiculously good dinners and treats with these apple—and pumpkin-centric recipes.<p>A New Way to Think of Butternut Squash<p>A …

Sweet Potatoes

An Ode To Pour-Over Coffee

Life’s best designed products are sometimes the ones we take for granted each morning.<p>I used to have a coffee machine from the future. It was silver, naturally.<p>It could be programmed to burr-grind my beans to various levels of fineness, charcoal-filter tap water, and brew 12 cups of coffee before I …

Go Now: 5 Spectacular Fall Drives

(photo: Blue Ridge Parkway by NCBrian/Flickr Creative Commons)<p>America has so many breathtakingly scenic highways, it's no wonder that the family road trip is a national obsession. But summer isn't the only season to pack up the family and hit the pavement. With cooler weather comes the brilliance …

Autoweek divulges details on Presidential limo

Ever since the latest presidential limousine, also known as The Beast, debuted in 2009, we've wondered what's underneath that black Cadillac body. We already know a few details, like the fact it isn't a Cadillac at all, but a very heavy duty truck chassis from General Motors with a body that …

3 Spanish expressions that just don’t translate into English

There are certain sentiments far better captured by words that don’t exist in the English language. <i>Schadenfreude</i>, a German term for the pleasure …

25 Reasons to Travel: Weekend Roundup

This week we seemed to be thinking in fives. We think it only takes a handful of reasons to know you must visit Cognac, Milwaukee, or Vancouver. We …

Why A Swiss Proposal To Give Every Citizen $2,800 Each Month Is So Radical

Switzerland has a very direct style of democracy. For example, changes to the constitution, or "popular initiatives," can be proposed by members of the public and are voted on if more than 100,000 people sign them. If a majority of voters and cantons (Swiss states) agree, the change can be come law.<p>…

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Weekend Baking Project: Honey Ginger Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin butter is one of my favorite fall indulgences, whether I'm slathering it on my morning toast, spooning it into my yogurt, or even eating it straight from the jar. It can be hard to find great supermarket versions, though, so usually a farmer's market is your best bet.<p>Unless you're feeling …

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 …

Literature

2 Years In a Tent

• <b>Author:</b> Richard Pawlowski & Laura Pawlowski<p>What if you had to live in a tent for emergency or financial reasons? And, what if it had to be for a year or more. What would YOU do? Where would you go?<p>Well, here's how 2 seniors in their 70s did it when they were pushed from their comfortable home of 35 …

8 Things Not to Miss in Prague

The heart and soul of the Czech Republic, as well as traditional Bohemia, are inseparably wrapped up in the amazing cultural confluence that is Prague. There has been a settlement on the site of the city for over 1,200 years.<p><b>Be Enchanted by Old Town Square</b><p>It's like stepping inside a fairy-tale …

Shadow Of The Bear Is A Truly Bizarre Annual Phenomenon

Stuck in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina sits Cashiers, a town known for not much besides a bizarre annual phenomenon called "Shadow of the Bear."<p>On the side of the 4,930-foot Whiteside Mountain, an enormous "bear" casts its shadow for 30 minutes (starting at 5:30pm).<p>The …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

Baking

The Best New Restaurants in America, 2013

<i>Published in the November 2013 issue</i><p><b>There is just too much.</b> There are just too many exciting phenomena happening in the world of American dining right now. Fabulous Peruvian food, a German wurst palace, lots of shrimp and grits, the continued onslaught of Italian. Cronuts. To try to ascribe a …

15 Hilarious Road Signs That Will Make You Giggle (PHOTOS)

Road trips have their ups and downs, and long stretches of highways between destinations can be mind-numbing.<p>Sometimes, however, while driving you come across a hilarious road sign that provides you with laughs, a funny photograph and the positive attitude you need to carry on.<p>Check out some of the …

How to Buy, Store, and Cook Butternut Squash, in Season in Autumn

From soups and sides to bread pudding and cakes, here are 24 butternut squash you should be making all fall and winter long.<p>Is your sweater on? Check. Have a scarf around your neck? Check. Are your feet bundled up in boots and warm woolen socks? Affirmative. Then allow us to state the obvious: It's …

From Bootlegging to Respectable, Silva's Saloon, Bernalillo, New Mexico

In 1933 Felix Silva went legit. In the previous decade, as a younger man, Felix had been a bootlegger and moonshiner, but now that prohibition was over, he decided to open a small, neighborhood bar -- Silva's Saloon -- along the old Route 66 in Bernalillo, New Mexico.<p>He didn't go completely, legit, …

Follow Favorite: My Itchy Travel Feet

We all get that urge to catch the next flight to any destination, but we often hold back. But Donna Hull, the self-proclaimed baby boomer travel …