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Restaurant noise levels are climbing. Here’s how to fight back. - Vox

“I can’t hear you.”<p>When the Line Hotel opened in Washington, DC, last December, the cocktail bars, gourmet coffee shops, and restaurants that fill its cavernous lobby drew a lot of buzz. Housed in a century-old church, the space was also reputedly beautiful.<p>My first visit in February confirmed that …

Hospitality

The Chicken Controversy Causing an International Uproar

Getting eliminated from MasterChef UK has to be tough, a real blow to the ego. But having an entire country—including its Prime Minister—come to your defense, and protest your elimination, must be a pretty solid consolation prize.<p>This is exactly what happened to Zaleha Kadir Olpin, who, up until a …

Photos

The white flight of Derek Black

Their public conference had been interrupted by a demonstration march and a bomb threat, so the white nationalists decided to meet secretly instead. They slipped past police officers and protesters into a hotel in downtown Memphis. The country had elected its first black president just a few days …

Rights & Freedoms

What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?

By the time it crashed, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 would have been just about ready to land. Beverage carts stowed, seat backs upright, tray tables locked. The 29 people on board would have just heard the engines change pitch and felt the nose dip slightly, seat belts tugging at their …

South America

J.K. Rowling Is Releasing Three New Books About Hogwarts

*Still holds out hope for that dang encyclopedia.*

Books

M.I.A. - Bird Song (Diplo Remix/Audio)

Olympic Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad Schools Stephen Colbert

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made a quick stop at <i>The Late Show with Stephen Colbert</i> to go “en garde” with the host himself before she flew off to …

Lizzie Borden: Why a 19th-Century Axe Murder Still Fascinates Us

In 1892, she was accused of her parents' murders – and she's been in the public consciousness ever since<p>It didn't take long after Lizzie Borden was …

This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866.<p>It was good to hear the scientist sing. It had been a long and punishing winter at Fort Nulato, where Kennicott's expedition to map the Yukon had spent the …

Archaeology

Inside the 2016 Man Booker Longlist

The authors in the running for Britain's most prestigious literary award include three debut novelists.<p>On Wednesday morning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced its 2016 “dozen,” a longlist of 13 authors vying for the prestigious literary award. The £50,000 prize is open to authors of any …

Books

50 Best Albums of 2015

Kendrick fought the power, Adele soared higher, D’Angelo shocked the world and more<p>50<p>By<p>As the curtain falls on 2015, it might be hard to remember any …

10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

You can barely move on the Internet without bumping into a drinker of green smoothies. They’re everywhere, and they talk about it a <i>lot</i>.<p>What’s the big …

The World's Best-Designed Hotels 2015

This stately barrier-island resort has hosted a few <i>Downton Abbey</i>-themed weekends, and no wonder: Even if the exterior of the main building is …

Downton Abbey

the top destinations of 2013, part 3

We asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Thorn Tree to tell us where they have travelled and to rate those destinations by 16 criteria (for example, which was the best ‘Value for money’ destination). More than 3000 people responded, and the results are now in.<p>In this post we look at the …

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