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  • Where People Want to Travel According to Google Autocomplete

    The world’s most desired travel destination can be sorted and decided upon in an infinite amount of categories and filters, But to really get a sense of where people want to travel you have to get scientific. So we called upon our market research and development team at RSVLTS Labs to conduct a very complicated social experiment. Using Google’s complicated search technology, we sourced every letter in the alphabet using the constant “I Want to Travel to…” to find a definitive answer of where people want to travel to. Some letters gave us pretty obvious answers, “E” had Europe topping off autocomplete search results and “U” had USA, but some of the more interesting results came from “O”, “Y” and “H”; apparently people really want to go Home and apparently people love going to “One Direction”. Also note the second answer under “T”; me too. Me too. After all the results were archived, we decided to find out where the most desired travel destination would be without using a letter. Here are the results.

  • There’s a Secret Floating 2-Story Bar Off The Coast of Fiji You Should Know About [14 HQ Photos]

    Think of the quintessential idea of paradise in your head. Clear skies, white sand beaches, uninhabited islands, crystal blue water. Then add the icing on the cake, a two story bar floating just off shore with an in house international DJ, sun decks with day beds, world-class drinks and an Italian Wood Fire Pizzeria; all with a 360-degree view of the ocean. Soon they’ll even have Wi-fi, so you workaholics and Instagram fiends could satiisfy your technology addiction. The every changing location of the appropriately named ‘Cloud 9‘ is currently close to the Ro Ro Reef off the coast of Fiji’s  Mamanuca Islands. Cloud 9 fits around 100 people and offers motored and non-motored water activities as well. You can also book it for weddings, but since I gave you the idea you have to invite me.

  • Dubai’s Record Setting Dancing Fountain Makes Las Vegas Look Like Childs Play [22 Photos]

    The Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, located at the foot of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 240 feet into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD 218 million).

  • 16 Stunning Photos From The Top of One World Trade Center. We Even Zoomed Up On RSVLTS HQ!

    Time Magazine’s Gigapan atop One World Trade center is one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve ever seen. Check out the video above to show how the camera was actually placed at the top of the building. Using the Gigapan device you can control your view from very top of the Spire, then zoom to explore specific locations in the frame with high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramic photography. Visit http://time.com/world-trade-center to see the story about how the Gigapan ended up atop One World Trade then use it for yourself right here, http://wtc.gigapan.com/wtc. We went through and captured pictures of some notable locations around New York City and New Jersey, including RSVLTS Headquarters.

  • Miller Lite’s Retro Can Design Is Winning Over A New Generation

    Late last year, Miller Lite was in trouble. A huge hit when introduced in 1975 as the first mainstream light beer, the brand had seen sales steadily decline since Bud Light overtook its market share in 1994. But then salvation came in the form of the most over-hyped movie in history, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. To tie in with the film’s release, Miller Lite announced a limited, 3-month return to the classic white can of the 1970s. Macrobreweries began to take note of the importance of nostalgia with the success of Pabst Blue Ribbon in the early 2000s. A brand that was near extinction in 2001, PBR managed to turn around by capitalizing on the brand’s historic nature and blue collar simplicity. Millennials latched on to the brew and transformed PBR into the hipster beer of choice despite the almost total lack of marketing. With the return to the classic 1970s can, Miller Lite now had a chance to drop its blue design, adopted in 2001, which made it look like a Bud Light knockoff, and reinvent itself as a classic brand. Did it work? Incredibly so! Sales immediately jumped for the brand, causing Miller Lite to keep the more »

  • Meat: Everything You Need to Know in the Words of Pat LaFrieda [Book]

    Meat master chef, Pat LaFrieda wants you to love cooking meats just as much as him, so he decided to write a book bestowing all of his knowledge upon us. With over 75 recipes on how to cook  a beautifully prepared cut of beef, pork, lamb, veal, or poultry LaFreida reveals all of his meticulous techniques, all with the knowledge that comes from a fourth generation butcher out of New York’s meatpacking district. Get your hands on it here.

  • Thanks To Google Street View You Can Travel To Egypt Without Putting On Pants

    Have you always wanted to see the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Sphinx in Egypt but you have enough trouble going out to get groceries let alone flying 5000 miles? Or maybe you were going to save for a Egypt excursion, but opted for a 3D TV instead? Well now, thanks to Google Street View, you’re laziness and inability to budget will no longer hold you back from seeing the sights in Egypt. In 2013, Google sent a team to walk around Egypt’s historic sites wearing a backpack with a camera affixed to the top. Sounds like a tough job, eh? The photos were then assembled into panoramic 360-degree images and added to Street View. What are you waiting for? Head on over to Street View and feel a little less bad about yourself for never seeing Egypt in person.

  • Never Forget: 70 Powerful Images From September 11, 2001

    Some of the following imagery is pretty shocking but we made the decision to include these images in the photo set because it is the sad and shocking part of history. The term “Never Forget” has become semi cliche over the last decade but September 11, 2001 is a date that we must never lose sight of. September 11th was one of those days that everyone who was old enough to experience it will never forget. 9/11 also happened in a time of transitioning media. There was no Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was one of the last major world events before the rise of citizen journalism. 

  • Nike x Teague Designed a Plane Built for Pro Athletes

    With professional sports teams spending billions of dollars in acquired contracts, home and practice training facilities it’s no surprise that a custom plane built specifically for athletes took this long to be executed. Teague, a interior plane design firm sought out help to the largest sports equipment company in the world to assist in layout and aesthetics to create what promises to be the standard in professional sports in the near future. The plane’s design is built to focus on four categories athletes lack when traveling on a standard air liner, Recovery, Circulation, Sleep and Thinking. Professional athletes are becoming bigger and taller, standard seats and air liners make it uncomfortable to travel, inducing cramps and strains in some cases. What Teague and Nike are doing is creating an “away” facility for their team to focus for the next game, while being comfortable and even more. Recovery: equalizing the negative effects of air travel on the mind and body, and bringing the training room to 40,000 feet through in-flight biometrics and analysis to accelerate injury diagnosis and treatment. Circulation: fostering natural mobility and building in equipment that ensures optimal circulation and promotes healing. Sleep: designing ideal sleeping conditions for individuals more »

  • Ralph Lauren Brings Holograms To Fashion Week

    To promote his new brand of Polo for Women, Ralph Lauren hosted a typical Fashion Week party with celebrities (Kendall Jenner) and fancy food (lobster rolls), but he also had something special planned—a 4D hologram spectacular on a 60 foot screen in Central Park. Proving that holograms can be used for more than creepy performances from dead pop stars, Lauren’s models appeared to walk on water during the innovative 10-minute show. Some argue that the clothes, at times appearing blurry, were overshadowed by the technology and extravagance of the show, but ultimately such a display is what will garnish the most media attention for the Polo for Women brand. And by the end of the show, featuring a dancing Ralph Lauren, everyone was enjoying themselves. If you’re a New Yorker who wasn’t invited the party, you and the rest of the hoi polloi can check out a public showing of the holographic performance tonight at 9 in Central Park. And if you’d like to see the clothes in person, head over to the new 38,000 square foot Ralph Lauren Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

  • Here’s What We Did With Our All Access Pass to Whatever, USA (60 HQ Photos)

    For the past three days we’ve been running around a small town in Colorado that’s been taken over by the biggest beer brand in the world. Coined as Whatever, USA, the small town of Crested Butte, CO was turned on it’s head when their quaint main street was taken over and skinned out in what can only be known as “Bud Light blue” from here on out. The street and light poles were painted BL blue, the sun flared off aluminum blue bottles in every direction for a mile and everywhere you looked, another random street event was diverting your attention. Every bar on the street was open for business, serving free Bud Lights from sun up to sun set. The food at every restaurant, on the house. A literal playground for a lucky 500 adults and their plus-ones who entered and won a contest based off of a ten second answer to a random question in a video booth. If you think that’s a recipe for disaster, that there’s no way 1,000 twenty-somethings, encouraged to drink free beer from dawn till dusk could end well you’d be wrong.  Those marketing genius’ in their “Bud Light Blue” tower at the Anheuser Busch headquarters in more »

  • Seven Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray [Link]

    Everybody loves Bill Murray, but unfortunately there’s only one Bill Murray and it isn’t you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your best to live a Bill Murray life. Friday was “Bill Murray Day” at the Toronto Film Festival and during a Q&A session for his new film “St. Vincent,” Murray gave some great tips for living life. Take a look at these highlights and get started transforming yourself from the terrible person you’ve been for so long.

  • New Belgium Brewing Enters The Political Arena

    New Belgium Brewing, which grew from a Fort Collins, Colorado basement operation in 1991 to the third-largest craft brewery in the country, filed last month to start the New Belgium Federal PAC. Political action committees are not unheard of in the world of beer, both Anheuser-Busch and Coors have their own PACs, but New Belgium will be the first microbrewery to do so. And their reasons aren’t as obvious as you’d think. Obviously, there will be issues that directly affect microbrewers that the PAC will tackle. For instance, the PAC will fight for The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (or Small Brew), which would cut the excise tax on beer produced by brewers making less than 6 million barrels a year and currently faces opposition from the nation’s large brewers. But beer-related causes aren’t the only focus. New Belgium Federal PAC will also get involved with environmental policy. Many microbrewers pride themselves on being a part of their local community and using locally-sourced products and New Belgium is no different. With that in mind, water conservation, water quality, sustainable agriculture, and smart transportation are on the agenda. As a company that’s already so involved in the Fort Collins more »

  • Glacier National Park Might Be The Most Underrated Park In The United States [26 Photos]

    Not long ago more than two dozen glaciers in Glacier National Park would be able to survive the summer but scientists are reporting that there is a big leak taking place at America’s water fountain and climate change is to blame.   As USA Today reports, if you’re interested in seeing the namesake glaciers of Glacier National Park you better hurry. “The great sadness of Glacier National Park is that it’s probably going to be true that fairly soon, we’re going to call it ‘The National Park Formerly Known as Glacier’,” Ken Burns, co-creator of the PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, says. With current global warming trends, the United States Geological Survey warns that Glacier National Park’s glaciers could disappear within the next several decades. The park boasts over 700 miles of trails across some of the most striking mountains, forests and lakes in the world. If you haven’t been lucky enough to visit the park that features 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals in 1 million acres we pulled together the following set of beautiful photos. Copyright: welcomia/Shutterstock Copyright: puttsk/Shutterstock Copyright: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock Photo via Bsam, view more of their photos on 500px Copyright: SNEHIT/Shutterstock more »

  • 1 WTC Is Getting An Equally Tall Residential Neighbor

    Last week Denny’s opened a location in New York’s Financial District and we were positive that there could never be any greater news for the neighborhood. But we were wrong. 125 Greenwich has been announced as downtown’s tallest residential building and second-tallest skyscraper. At 1356 feet, it will be just 12 feet shy of the roof of nearby One World Trade Center and almost as tall as the city’s tallest residential building, Midtown’s 432 Park Avenue. Despite the immense height, 125 Greenwich only features 77 floors due to the enormous ceilings offered. There will be 10 full-floor penthouses at 5300 square feet each, and a 10,600 square foot duplex at the top, which will surely become downtown’s most expensive residence. If you happen to know who buys it, please invite us over. New Jersey must look incredible from there!

  • Whiskey And Caramel Combine In This Ultimate Steak Sauce

    Labor Day Weekend is upon us, which means that summer is officially over. Kids are going back to school, baseball is winding down, football is starting up…it’s a very emotional time. What better to enjoy this last weekend of being outside than with a big, fat grilled steak? And what better to top your steak with than a caramel whiskey concoction? Chef Adam Perry Lang, whose delicious barbecue we were able to sample at Meatopia in San Antonio last fall, has teamed up with George Dickel for this sweet and smoky sauce that’s versatile enough for use on your steak or bowl of ice cream. Adam shared the sauce with Jimmy Kimmel this week and sent us the recipe. You’re welcome.

  • New York’s East Village Then and Now

    30 years ago, New York’s East Village was like another world. It was the center of the city’s music and art scenes, a place both Madonna and Jean Michel Basquiat called home. But the East Village could also be a dangerous neighborhood, with high crime rates and drug dealers on every corner. Like most of Manhattan, the East Village has since been reborn, with coffee shops, brunch spots, and unaffordable housing. In fact, it’s now one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and the country. Photographer Daniel Root recently came across photos he took of the Eat Village in 1984. Realizing its been 30 years and the significant changes in the neighborhood, he has been revisiting the locations and posting the series on Tumblr. There’s no commentary cheering or jeering gentrification, its simply a juxtaposition of then and now, allowing you to make your own conclusions. But there’s no denying that Tomkins could sure use a bandshell again.

  • SoHo Coffee Shop To Open “Central Perk” for ‘Friends’ 20th Anniversary

    Eight O’Clock Coffee will be completely remodeling their SoHo coffee shop into a pop-up shop made in the image of “Central Perk” from Friends. The fully functioning pop-up Central Perk coffee bar will be located at 199 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Broome Street) in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. It will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, September 17, following a special media preview Monday and Tuesday, September 15–16, and will remain open through Saturday, October 18. The shop’s business hours are Mondays–Fridays, 8:00 am–8:00 pm, and Saturdays–Sundays, 10:00 am–8:00 pm. Highlights of the Central Perk pop-up shop include: Select special appearances by Friends’ James Michael Tyler, who guest starred on the series as Central Perk’s infamously deadpan barista, “Gunther” Photo ops on the re-created Central Perk set, including the actual orange couch from the show — perfect for “sofa selfies” Weekly in-store performances akin to Phoebe’s improvised songs; who can forget “Smelly Cat”? Contests and giveaways throughout the month, featuring prizes that include Friends on Blu-ray™ and DVD (all 10 seasons!), the limited-edition Central Perk Roast from Eight O’Clock Coffee, branded gift packs and more! Friends-themed merchandise and Eight O’Clock Coffee’s Central Perk Roast and other bagged varieties available for purchase more »

  • 15 Secluded Get-Aways You’ll Wish Were Yours for LDW

    Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, a new book from Gestalten explores a rarely seen look at some of the most remote habitats of humans on the planet. Hide and seek features highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes completely hidden from the lights, noise and chaos of urban civilization. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains the homes incorporate their natural surroundings as part of the structures integrity.   

  • When Life Hands You Tomatoes, Throw Them At Each Other [12 Photos]

    Each year, on the last Wednesday of august, the Spanish town of Buñol holds a huge tomato throwing festival known as La Tomatina. It all began in 1945 when a fight during a parade ended with the crowd pelting each other with produce from a vegetable stall. The next year a group brought tomatoes from home and repeated the process. The tradition continued to grow in popularity each year and was actually banned in the 50s, with participants jailed. But the tomato throwers would not give up, and the town eventually conceded. This year 22,000 participants threw 125 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other. Apparently, the town wants ants, because that’s how you get ants.

  • The 5 Best Burgers in NYC According to the Gotham Burger Social Club

    It’s National Burger Day, you guys! The one time of year you don’t have to feel guilty for hawking down a delicious greasy hunk of beef smothered in grease, gooey cheese and bacon in between two pieces of carbs. In ten years eating a burger of this unhealthy magnitude might be as taboo as smoking a cigarette in a bar, but for now WEEEEEE! Here at the RSVLTS we consider ourselves burger enthusiasts more than connoisseurs, mostly because the entire burger is inside of us before we can tell you how good it was, but the gents over at Gotham Burger Social Club, however know a thing or two about how to rate the best burgers in the (un-)official burger capital of the world, New York City. Their mission; eat & rate great burgers and have a little fun! The GBSC has been around for about a year and made up of a group of men who congrigate at NYC’s best restaurants known for their take on the iconic burger, where they rate, rank and review each burger complimented with a few drinks. Over the past year the club has been to over 50 burger joints and reviewed 15 of the best. Of those 15 here are more »

  • These Are The 15 Most Expensive Burgers On Earth

    Why eat a burger with cheddar and bacon when you could eat a burger with cheddar and bacon…and gold flakes, a poached quail egg, truffled and topped with caviar? The second option doesn’t even sound good but in today’s world of self obsessed status, restaurants are in a race to jump on the trend of hyper-expensive culinary creations. With the internet celebrating National Burger Day we pulled together the 15 most expensive burgers on Earth.

  • Beer In A 99-Pack? Yes, Please!

    Austin Beerworks wanted to get the word out about their Peacemaker Anytime Ale. Since it’s so light that and refreshing that you can drink it anytime (I get it!), you and your friends will probably go through more than a few. Would a 12-pack suffice? Pfft! A 24-pack? What are you a temperance advocate? Austin Beerworks decided a beer like this required something never attempted by man—a 99-pack, proving yet again that everything is bigger in Texas. Unfortunately, the 99-packs will only be available in Austin in limited quantities. Can you hear our cries from Hoboken? They’ll retail for the low price of $99 and will the first 20 will hit stores tomorrow. But thanks to Internet buzz and the unquenchable thirst of Texans in the summertime, more are on the way. If you’re lucky enough to be in Austin (or are looking for a great excuse for a road trip), you can find out where you can purchase a 99-pack of Anytime Ale by checking out Austin Beerworks on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Conquering the Arby’s Mountain, A Tale of Regret and Perseverance

    A tale of regret and perseverance, by Heinrich Harrer. My day started like every other, drinking my coffee and listening to a morning radio show driving my daily commute. Little did I know that what I heard on that radio show would change the direction of my day towards something I never expected.  The radio hosts were talking about an article they had emailed to them from the Washington Post about a secret menu item that Arby’s was leaking out, the Meat Mountain. I didn’t think much of it at first, but further research in my cube rumored the sandwich to contain 3 Strips of Pepper Bacon, 1.5 ounces of Arby’s famous roast beast, 1.5 ounces of Angus steak, a 1.5 ounce brisket, 1.5 ounces of Corned beef, 1.5 ounces of ham, and 1.5 ounces of roast turkey all topped with 2 chicken tenders and then placed between two slices of cheese – cheddar and Swiss- then ceremoniously placed between a sandwich bun. After seeing a few pics online I decided that I was going to go potentially embarrass myself by asking for the mythical sandwich during my lunch hour. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical at first, having been scorned and more »

  • Arby’s Has A Meat Mountain Sandwich, Because ‘Murica

    Poor Arby’s made the grave mistake of producing an advertisement featuring all of their available meat stacked upon one another. What did people do when they saw the ad? They did what every fine American would do, pointed to the picture and said “gimme.” Arby’s had to deliver and deliver they did, with the new “secret menu” option that is blowing up all over the web—the Meat Mountain. What comes on this glorious sandwich? The Meat Mountain features 2 chicken tenders, roast turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, cheddar cheese, roast beef, and bacon all on a bun. And it only costs $10, which is a great deal according to Fast Company who did the math and figured out the same ingredients would cost $9.13 at a grocery store. But should you eat the Meat Mountain? With about 1200 calories and 48 grams of fat, it’s probably not going to do you any favors to eat it. But you only live once, and in the words of the great Warren Zevon, “enjoy every sandwich.” 

  • The World’s 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs [Infographic]

    A cultured man is sure to completely delve into local culture when traveling abroad. This doesn’t just mean learning a few words in the local language or eating unidentifiable organ meats, there are also drinking customs that one must take part in while imbibing local spirits (almost certainly anise-flavored). Whether it’s drinking from a shoe in Ukraine or kidnapping a bride in Germany, you’re sure to encounter all manner of pageantry when it comes to getting drunk abroad. If nothing else, it will make you appreciate our plain American ways where when it comes to drinking, all you need to do is drink, swallow, and repeat. Ad nauseam.

  • The World’s Most Liveable Cities of 2014 in High Quality Photos

    Every year the The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annualLiveability Survey which reveals the best and worst liveable cities in the world. For the 4th year in a row the same city has come out on top. Based on key factors including stability and the quality of healthcare, culture, the environment, education and infrastructure the EIU ranks it’s chosen cities based on a 100 point ranking system. Using these ratings the EIU found Vancouver, BC,  Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia among the top 3 at a 97.3, 97.4, and 97.5 rank. The U.S. failed to rank among the top 10, most likely based on it’s expensive heath care system. The top 10 list actually hasn’t changed since 2011, Melbourne topping the list for the past 4 years. The Bottom 3 include (138) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (139) Dhaka, Bangladesh and (140) Damascus, Syria. Here are the top 10 most liveable cities in high quality photos   10. Aukland, New Zealand Image: Shutterstock/DmitrySerbin Image: Shutterstock/Photo Image   9. Perth, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Gordon Bell Image: Shutterstock/Salehuddin 8. Helsinki, Finland Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark   7. Sydney, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Dan Breckwoldt Image: Shutterstock/Leah-Anne Thompson 6. Calgary, Alberta Image: Shutterstock/e X p o more »