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One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout. [Read more…]

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5 Great Reasons To Read Hunter S. Thompson

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”

And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more…]

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Oscar Nominees Posing On the Runway… with Younger Versions of Themselves

Sunday 03.02.2014 , Posted by
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As the stars hit the red carpet for the 2014 Oscars, it’s time to reflect on where they’ve been before… right there on the red carpet. There are a surprising number of nominees this year who have already walked the carpet, and a number who have won before too. This collection of doctored photographs plays on that theme, putting famous stars right next to their younger, but already famous, selves. [Read more…]

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Classic Paintings of London On Top of Google Street Views of the City

Thursday 02.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you walk the streets of London often enough, it’s easy to forget the massive amount of history that surrounds you. But, just looking up can send your head spinning into the past again. From the giant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the towers of Westminster Abby and the quiet banks of the Thames in Greenwich, almost every view of the old city is filled with stories from the past. Redditor shystone recently when on an internet odyssey using classic paintings from the city’s history and matching them up with modern day views from Google Street View. [Read more…]

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How Creatives Work: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Thursday 02.20.2014 , Posted by
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Philip Seymour Hoffman died earlier this month of a heroin overdose. Many critics have said that he was perhaps the greatest actor of his generation and one of the greatest who ever lived. What made Hoffman so beloved by so many was his mixture of pure skill, drive to work, and humility. The ambition of his acting and his ability to rise to any occasion allowed him to become famous, but also are evidence of his ability to submerge himself deep into a role.  It was his honesty in his many performances that set them apart and made them memorable. [Read more…]

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How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more…]

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There’s Something Grimm About These Photos

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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Once upon a time, there lived a photographer named Kilian Schönberger – and while he is not a character from your favorite fairy tale, his very real images spin some otherworldly fantasies. Working in Cologne, Germany, the photographer’s own backyard serves as the source for his “Brothers Grimm’s Homeland” series and captures the woodlands and waterfalls that served as a backdrop for many infamous folktales. [Read more…]

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What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo. [Read more…]

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Happy 30th Anniversary Macintosh! Celebrate with this Massive Chart of Apple’s Legendary Products

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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30 years ago today, a shaggy haired young man wearing a bow tie unveiled a product that would change the world – it was Steve Jobs and the now legendary Macintosh. After an insanely intense final push to bring the small computer to market, he lifted the first Mac out of its tan bag and turned it on for an ecstatic audience… and no wonder.

The Macintosh brought the graphical user interface and computer mouse to the mainstream, made computers more accessible to non-nerds, and did it all from one slickly designed package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this momentous event, we bring you Pop Chart Lab’s “Insanely Great History of Apple” – a poster that documents all of their products, successful or not, from the Apple I up to today’s iPads and iPhones. [Read more…]

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A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

Friday 01.24.2014 , Posted by
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Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more…]

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