Susan Meadowcroft

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‘As if’: 40 comedies from the past 40 years that changed the way we talk

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>Some movies have a way of infiltrating our everyday conversations. “Clueless,” for example, influenced the way an entire …

Comedy

The keto diet, explained

Is eating a lot of fat really the best way to lose weight?<p>It’s why people are putting grass-fed butter in their coffee, downing ketone drinks, and replacing their cereal and pasta with eggs and avocados.<p>The ketogenic diet has become a Silicon Valley obsession and the diet du jour that supposedly …

Diabetes

10 myths about what can cure a hangover — and whether or not they really work

Everyone's heard some version of a hangover cure.<p>Some people swear that remembering to chug water before bed will cure a hangover. Others have more elaborate routines, involving various types of food, drink, or physical activity.<p>The problem with trying to find a hangover cure is that many aspects …

Alcohol

28 Brilliant Questions to Ask at the End of Every Job Interview

Always ask questions at the end of your job interview.<p>Thinking up questions to ask during job interviews is key.<p>Remember, every interview is a …

Job Interviews

47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like Netflix original "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Oscar-nominated "Last Men in Aleppo" a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week.<p>You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p><b>Here are</b> …

Entertainment

This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read

<b>Alex Miller’s spare room</b> had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end …

Crime

Dinner at the End of America

Of all the wretched places to visit in New York, Planet Hollywood is king. The moldering eatery’s main entryway—beneath a colossal, glitzy sign that jostles for attention with Times Square’s other lurid neons—leads you to one of two elevators, their doors designed to mimic a subway car’s (as though …

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

The undoing of Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham was meant to be the voice of a generation. But the 31-year-old American actress, writer, producer, and director—who created and starred in HBO’s dramedy <i>Girls</i>—has gone from critical acclaim to becoming an outright pariah.<p>Dunham is now as well-known for her extraordinary ability to put …

Feminism

Wirecutter's Favorite Robot Vacuums

Putting 14 of the top competitors to the test while running more than 90 cleaning cycles, we found that the EcoVacs Deebot N79 is the best robot vacuum. We tested it in a 1,000-square-foot home and it cleaned both bare floors and short carpets exceptionally well. Overall, this pick has the best …

Robotics

Charles and Ray Eames: The couple who shaped the way we live

Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most influential designers of the 20th Century. William Cook looks at how the pair worked together to create designs that still inspire today.<p>Charles and Ray Eames are most famous for their iconic chairs, which transformed our idea of modern furniture, but this …

Design

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Machine Learning

60 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2018

As 2018 approaches, there’s a lot to look forward to: the end of a hellish 2017, the Winter Olympics, “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” 2017 being over, midterm elections, and 2017 finally drawing to a close.<p>More than anything, though, we’re eagerly anticipating the flood of new 2018 books ― and the …

Books

How Much is Too Much to Save a Dying Cat?

<i>s.e. smith | Longreads | November 2017 | 17 minutes (4,363 words)</i>The veterinarian looks anxious as she enters the room, clearly dreading the …

Mind

The uncertain future of handwriting

Computers and tablets are changing how we write – will the ability and need to wield a pen die out altogether?<p>We're told that writing is dying. Typing on keyboards and screens dominates written communication today. Even scribbling a signature has become rarer due to the prevalence of chip-and-pin …

University of Washington

31 ways to optimize your smartphone

Be ready for anything life throws your way.<p>Studies show that we're spending half our waking hours with our smartphones, and it's clear that the devices have changed how we interact with our world. So why not optimize your device to get yourself a easier, more productive, more relaxing life? Below, …

Apps

How Vans Became the Shoes Everyone’s Wearing—Again

In the early 2000s, the Southern California brand was irrelevant. Now it’s a $2.3 billion global powerhouse worn by pretty much everyone.<p>Back in 2002, when Rian Pozzebon, who was then a relative unknown in the sneaker community, got the offer to join Vans and help rebuild the brand’s ailing skate …

Shoes

Bill Clinton: A Reckoning

Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?<p>The most remarkable thing about the current tide of sexual assault and harassment accusations is not their number. If every woman in America started …

Democratic Party

Where is all the good affordable furniture?

In the Ikea era, makers and buyers face a disconnect<p>John Humphrey’s family is in the millwork business, assembling cabinets, stairs, and doors—and over every summer growing up in Rhode Island, Humphrey worked with them. That experience led Humphrey to found Greycork, a furniture startup, in 2013. …

Furniture

The Psychology Behind Black Friday Crowds — and Why They'll Never Go Away

Consumer psychologists weigh in.<p>It’s no coincidence that horror director George Romero’s 1978 zombie flick, <i>Dawn of the Dead</i>, culminates in a mall, …

Black Friday

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

New research explains why we pretend to know more than we do.<p>Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions.<p>“We're biased to preserve our …

Fake News

The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State

<i>Welcome to Urban Legends, a month-long collection of articles dissecting persistent myths, unexplained phenomena, shared nightmares, and tales so</i> …

Paranormal

Stranger Things season 2: a guide

Everything you need to know about what’s happening in the Upside Down.<p><i>Stranger Things 2</i>, the second season of 2016’s surprise hit Netflix series, is upon us. Though it’s only been out in the world since October 27, plenty of fans have already binged all nine episodes and started looking ahead …

TV

How Kevin Smith Makes Big Business Out of Niche Audiences

“So yeah, I mean, honestly? I’ve been fucking ecstatic,” Kevin Smith says in a rusty baritone, his messy, pot-odored SUV soaring through Southern …

Los Angeles

Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood had a horrible summer.<p>Between the first weekend in May and Labor Day, a sequel-stuffed period that typically accounts for 40 percent of annual ticket sales, box office revenue in North America totaled $3.8 billion, a 15 percent decline from the same span last year. To find a …

Rotten Tomatoes

Hacks for Beating Boredom When a Plane's Wi-Fi Is Sh*t

As Wi-Fi slowly becomes a standard airline perk, many of us have become dependent on an in-flight internet connection to be as entertained and …

Tech Trends

10 things to try after you install iOS 11

What to do after you upgrade<p>iOS 11 is available, officially, today. It's coming to every iPhone and iPad made in the past few years, and chances are, you're going to upgrade. When you install it on your iPhone, you'll find that some things are very different than what you're used to, but the core …

Apps

False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes

In February 2016, Julia Shaw received a call from a lawyer regarding a criminal case. It involved two sisters who, in 2015, had given the police …

The Brain

67 Movies to See This Fall

<b>SEPTEMBER</b><p><b>9/8</b><p><b>It</b><br>This adaptation of the Stephen King classic covers only the first half of the novel, which follows a group of nerdy middle-schoolers …

How to Make Strawberry Cake With Real Fruit (and No Jell-O)

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>I first fell in love with strawberry cake as a kid, when I had no defense against the allure of those fluffy pink layers presented by the Pillsbury Doughboy. It didn't bother my 12-year-old self that strawberry cake …

Dessert