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Oscars: 4 Animated Movies That Could Make History

No animated film has ever been nominated for a best production design Oscar, but maybe that changes this year as Lego cities, "San Fransokyo" and …

Animation

What the City of New York Did to "Typhoid Mary" Was Pretty Horrific

Mary Mallon, an immigrant woman working in New York City in the early 1900s, became the most famous symbol of infectious disease in the United …

Public Health

Grandma's Revenge

Parents, you never know what grandma and grandpa might have up their sleeves. The worse you were as a kid, the more you may have coming to you in the …

Most Beautiful Video Game Moments of 2014

Video games sure are neat.<p>With 2014 coming to a close, we decided that it’d be fun to take a look back at some of the most beautiful video game …

An incredible cathedral made entirely from nature in northern Italy

Searching for the Secret to Waking Up Early

I abhor waking up. Every morning, I silence the first of my iPhone’s three alarms (set for 5:30, 5:45, and 6 a.m., thanks to the fact that I work …

Dimelo: "Should I Kick Him Out Of My Children's Lives?"

<b>Dear Pauline,</b><p><b>I am a 32-year-old Latina with a 12-year-old son and a baby on the way. The father of both is my long-time on-again, off-again boyfriend who is now in the doghouse for turning tail and running (again) when I told him I am pregnant (again). Every time we've been "off" it's been because</b> …

2014 in Review: The Marvel Comics Universe

From secrets revealed to in-app perfection: the last 12 months as seen by worried Marvel New York citizens<p>There is absolutely no escape from disaster …

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those …

This Teen Came Up With The Perfect Solution To Avoid Answering Relatives’ Redundant Holiday Questions

The holidays are the absolute worst when you’re a teenager, as your relatives awkwardly try to interact with you by asking the same goddamn questions over and over again. This is also true at any age when approaching a major life event. For instance, when I got engaged a few years back, I …

Backpacking With Bitcoin

<i>A word of caution: this story catalogues an avalanche of North Korea rumors that are largely false, with the remaining being barely credible. If</i> …

NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Space

Light pollution is real, and the source is your holiday light display. According to NASA, data gathered by NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting …

Changing Times: there’s more to domestic service than Downton Abbey

Chris Bowlby takes a closer look at the history of domestic service...<p><i>This article first appeared in the October 2012 issue of BBC History …

Opps - Han-Dle With Care

Opps by Coinbox Tees<p>They were really good at finding their targets, taunting their targets and eliminating their targets, but they weren't in the …

11 Tech Innovations That Can Make Your Holidays More Efficient

Worried that your to-do list is going to cut into your holiday cheer? Let these apps and sites help you plow through your obligations as efficiently …

Productivity

Who, What, Why: The questions of 2014 answered

<b>The events of 2014 raised some big questions, which the Magazine tried to answer succinctly in our Who, What, Why series. Here is a selection of the best.</b><p>In January people in Canada were awoken by loud banging noises. Some assumed night-time intruders were at work, others that there might have been …

Boko Haram

The science news highlights of 2014

<b>From landing on a comet to the discovery of the world's biggest dinosaur, it was an eventful year in science and environment news. Here's a selection of 2014's highlights - and you can see the year in pictures here.</b><p>Landing on a comet<p>The comet landing was the iconic science story of 2014, capturing …

Clint Eastwood

Why We Need To Stop Asking Women When They're Having Kids

<b>6.1 million.</b><p>That’s how many women between the ages of 15 and 44 have difficulty getting pregnant, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's a crazy number -- and it amounts to just about 10 percent of women in the United States.<p><b>Why then -- when the numbers are so high</b> …

These Are The Pop Culture And Geeky Christmas Trees We Should Have Made This Year

Godzilla Christmas tree photographed by Blondie2992.<p>It’s Christmas already? How did that happen? We were not ready. We need to get a tree, <i>tout de suite</i>. To that end, here are 25 suggestions for geeky and pop culture Christmas trees that are our preferred conifers. (Try to say those last four words …

Military Movie Mistakes From Your Favorite Cinematic Battles

There's no way around it: battle sequences are tough to film.<p>First, just capturing the mere scale of the battles is a challenge, then you have to get all the technical aspects and military minutiae down. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. When all the hours of footage are shot, filmmakers …

How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing)

From Interstellar to Batman and Star Wars the venerable religion has been the driving philosophy behind many hit movies. Why?<p>Interstellar’s box office total is $622,932,412 and counting. It is the eighth highest-grossing film of the year and has spawned an endless raft of thinkpieces testing the …

Polygon's Games of the Year 2014 #7: Far Cry 4

In a story called "Low Men in Yellow Coats," in Stephen King's <i>Hearts in Atlantis</i>, a mysterious, kindly retired man explains the best kind of literature to a young boy. Some books, Ted Brautigan tells little Bobby Garfield, get the story right. Others get the words right. And some books — rare and …

PlayStation Network And Xbox Live Are Down, And The Notorious Hacker Gang 'Lizard Squad' Is Taking Credit

Hours after Microsoft's Xbox Live went down Wednesday, Sony's PlayStation Network went down, too.<p>These are two giant networks that console gamers access to play their games online. It's especially bad timing since a lot of people are probably getting new PlayStations and Xboxes for Christmas.<p>Since …

Xbox

Xbox Live and PlayStation Network taken offline by apparent hacker attacks

Reports have been flowing in on Twitter today that Xbox Live and PlayStation Network — the online services connecting Microsoft's and Sony's game consoles — are experiencing outages. Occasional downtime is par for the course for both, but Christmas Day is a particularly bad time, just as hundreds …

What to Do With Your Leftover Candy Canes - Bon Appétit

More leftover candy canes than you know what to do with? From DIY peppermint ice cream to candy truffles, here are some tasty ideas to get rid of them all.<p>Candy canes seem like such a good idea in early December. Every year, it's the same routine: You buy a big box (They're so cheap!), and hang …

Dessert

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

A lack of dining options may have started Jewish Christmas, but now it's a full-fledged ritual.<p>If there’s a single identifiable moment when Jewish Christmas—the annual American tradition where Jews overindulge on Chinese food on December 25—transitioned from kitsch into codified custom, it was …

Plague, the ‘Tinder for information’, is addictive and its founders are onto something

Over the weekend I spent a bit of time with Plague, an app that our own Owen Williams recently described as a gamified version of Reddit, and I’m sure the developers have hit on something noteworthy here. It looks like others agree, as its user base is growing rapidly.<p>Despite only a small amount of …