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Make Your Own “Game of Thrones”-Style Family Crest

Just ahead of the March 31 debut of season three, HBO has rolled out a dedicated site called Join the Realm, which lets <i>Thrones</i>-lovers create the …

So Long, MP3: Reports Reveal Rapid Growth For Streaming

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich may not be fans of Spotify, but judging by recent reports, the streaming music service and its brethren are here to stay.<p>According to Nielsen & Billboard’s 2013 Mid-Year Music Industry Report, the first six months of the year saw 50 billion …

The 10 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in America

From the Grand Canyon to Graceland, summer is the season to appreciate the beauty our country has to offer.<p>Cape Cod<p>Chicago<p>Graceland<p>Grand Canyon<p>Mount …

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Who reads my Tumblr porn

<b>(ericcote via iStock)</b><p>When I tracked followers to my smut site, I found all kinds — conservatives, old folks and government employees<p>Adam Cohen<p>July 26, 2013 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Right now Tumblr is the place to be for lazy amateur smut peddlers, because it mixes the two things the Internet does best: sex …

Fatherhood in 4 Minutes

<b>The story of a man</b> who raised a gorilla, a gorilla who then raised a family, and the day they reunited.<p>Via Reddit

10 Things You Probably Never Knew About Money

The U.S. has been making money since 1792. That first money was in the form of coins.<p>These early coins were made of precious metals and had actual value. It wasn't until 1862 during the Civil War that the Department of Treasury produced paper money, which isn't actually paper; it's cotton.<p>It was …

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Strangers get close in striking photo series

What could make total strangers embrace in public?<p>A camera, it seems.<p>Richard Renaldi’s photo project “Touching Strangers,” which centers around strangers interacting with each other in surprisingly moving and intimate scenes, just made its Kickstarter debut this summer, but the idea has been in the …

Anthony Weiner And The Embarrassing Problem Of 'Premature Explanation'

Too much sex, especially if it’s the wrong kind, can make some people uncomfortable. Add mediating technologies and a recently disgraced on the road to redemption married politician acting like a bonobo with a smartphone, and the squirm factor skyrockets. So we want answers. Now. What’s wrong with …

Sexual trafficking in China: Kidnapped into prostitution

<b>(Reuters/Claro Cortes)</b><p>Mongolian women are disappearing — and many of them are landing in Beijing brothels against their will<p>Mitch Moxley<p>July 27, 2013 6:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Apologies to My Censor”<p>There are three kinds of work for a foreign journalist in Beijing: state media, such as China …

The 1 percent ruined love: Marriage is for the rich

<b>Anna Gunn as Skyler White, Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad ." (AMC/Frank Ockenfels)</b><p>Socioeconomic factors are destroying relationships. Will marriage only be for the rich?<p>Jennifer M. Silva<p>July 27, 2013 8:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from Coming Up Short<p>In her classic study, Worlds of Pain: …