Tyler Schoffelen

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How Scared Should I Be of Whippits?

Just take it easy with that stuff.<p><i>Time for "How Scared Should I Be?" the column that quantifies the scariness of everything under the sun, and teaches you how to allocate that most precious of natural resources: your fear.</i><p>I know what you're thinking: Is there a conceivable universe where …

Demi Moore

This holiday season, 34 long reads to explore

Post-feast, pour another glass of wine and savor some of 2015’s best long reads, published on the Guardian and elsewhere<p>You’ve made it: your belly is full, and you’re now sitting on the couch with a glass of scotch in hand.<p>You now have a few hours to kill, so here’s a list of incredible features …

Bill Cosby

'Palcohol,' the Powdered Alcohol, Was Just Approved for Sale in the US

But a bunch of states have already banned it.<p>​America's first powdered alcohol has been approved. Again.<p>The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has given the greenlight to Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that you mix with water to make, well, liquid alcohol. The TTB had already approved the …

Alcohol

Friendster: The Trials and Errors of a Silicon Valley Visionary

Jonathan Abrams—founder of Friendster and serial entrepreneur—on why Friendster didn't stick around and why he didn't suffer.<p><b>Three guys sitting at a table</b> in a Thai restaurant in San Francisco, talking about how they use the Internet through their phones. A mishmash of assertions, beliefs about …

San Francisco

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Self-improvement

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

18 Movies to Watch on Netflix Before They're Gone in March

Ali, Seven, Thief, Dumb and Dumber, and more titles you need to see before February is over.<p>Netflix may be delivering a bounty of new films and TV shows come Sunday, but as always, the beginning of a month also signals the expiration of many popular titles on the streaming service. That's …

Entertainment

Jimmy Page on the 'Swagger' of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'

Forty years after its release, the guitarist explains how the band made a masterpiece<p>By the time Led Zeppelin released <i>Physical Graffiti</i> in 1975, they …

The professor who 'cured' his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills and 20 years on remains disease-free

Ben Williams' aggressive brain tumour was treated with conventional therapies - and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others?<p>ONE day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from …

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

Jack White

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Low-lying south Florida, at the front line of climate change in the US, will be swallowed as sea levels rise. Astonishingly, the population is growing, house prices are rising and building goes on. The problem is the city is run by climate change deniers<p>A drive through the sticky Florida heat into …

83 Things Every Man Should Do Before He Dies

Experiences, endeavors, opportunities, journeys, and fantastically bad ideas you might want to give an honest try.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Apologize.</b> Now, <i>apologize</i> isn't a thing you'll find on most life lists. But then, most life lists require you to exit your life, or your good sense, to execute the list items—parachute …

National Parks
South America

The hunt for MH370: which theories are plausible, and which don't add up?

In the absence of hard facts, speculation about what really happened on Flight 370 has been rampant. But do any of these explanations hold up? We take a look at the competing theories<p>• Follow the latest developments in our live blog<p>It’s 12 days since the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight …

Why Didn’t the MH370 Passengers Call Anyone?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>One of the many pressing mysteries surrounding the disappearance of flight MH370 is the question of …

Associated Press News

Latest evidence points to deliberate diversion of jet

Evidence continued to build Tuesday indicating Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 made a sharp, deliberate turn westward before disappearing from the world's air traffic control screens.<p>NBC News reported, based on anonymous sources, that the jet's diversion to the west from its intended flightpath was …

Malaysia Jet Mystery Deepens

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Airplanes

Crash Expert: Malaysia Jet Probe Will Become 'Criminal Inquiry'

The investigation into the disappearance of flight MH370 is likely to turn into a criminal inquiry as mounting evidence points to a deliberate act, a leading air crash investigator said Wednesday.<p>With no distress call and no sign of a midair breakup, questions are now being asked about how the …

Airplanes

Malaysia: No debris at location in China images

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's civil aviation chief says there were no signs of the missing Malaysian jetliner at the location depicted in satellite images published by the Chinese government.<p>Chinese authorities had suggested the images showed possible wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

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

Chessboxing: Weirdest sports pairing ever?

NONE OF US felt particularly at the top of our form on New Year’s Day, 2013. Dan was sitting at the breakfast table wrapped in a blanket, staring …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk