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  • 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 »

  • The 25 Best Restaurants In America

    These 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in Chicago, Denver, Houston or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. Thank you. You’re welcome.

  • This Brazilian Political Ad Is The Craziest Video You’ll Watch Today

    Paulo Batista is a candidate for state representative in Sao Paulo and if this ad is any indication, he’s not too keen on communism. Watch as he flies over the Earth, shooting communists, portrayed as rabble-rousers and Dragonball-esque alien creatures, with laser beams from his eyes. The ad has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, prompting Batista to declare it his official ad. He has even promised to make another outrageous ad featuring a premise created by voters. American politicians should take a page from Batista’s book. Their inability to accomplish anything while constantly bickering at each other shows they think politics is a farce, so the least they could do is entertain us a little. And with all the money they get from lobbyists, their commercials would have the budget of a Hollywood summer blockbuster.

  • This 1954 Drink Menu From The Plaza Will Make You Wish You Had A Time Machine

    Located on Fifth Avenue just south of Central Park, The Plaza has been one of New York City’s premier hotels for over 100 years. But such popularity and luxury come at a price. Whereas a room cost just $2.50 when the hotel opened in 1907 (about $63 in 2014 dollars), today a room can cost over over $500. Even drinking at the hotel and just pretending to be a guest can cost you, with cocktails starting around $20. But it wasn’t always this way. While browsing the New York Public Library Digital Colelctions, we came across this drink menu from The Plaza from way back in 1954. And boy have times changed. In those days, you could get a cocktail for around $1.20 and even a 20-year-old scotch would only run you $1.65. Sadly we have no time machine to travel back and enjoy those prices from 60 years ago, but at least we can find solace imbibing cheap, old-man beer. And we don’t mean because it drowns away our troubles (although it does!)—at $18 for a 30-pack, you can actually enjoy Schafer for a little less than the 1954 price of 65¢.

  • Portugal In Hyperlapse Will Amaze You [Video]

    Ukraine-based filmmaker Kiril Neiezhmakov has made hyperlapse videos of his travels in Moscow and Paris in the past and now he has created an incredible video that presents Portugal like you’ve never seen it before. As opposed to the static placement of the camera in traditional time-lapse productions, hyperlapse involves moving the camera to create a tracking shot. What elevates Kiril’s videos to another level is his transitions between locales. It’s like a sci-fi journey through space and time in glorious HD. After watching the Portugal video, be sure to check out his other hyperlapse creations at Vimeo.

  • This Giant Waterpark Was Once A Zeppelin Hangar [20 Photos]

    This former World War II zeppelin hangar may not look like much from the outside, but inside it contains one Europe’s largest waterpark. Located in Krausnick, Germany, Tropical Islands Resort is located in the former CargoLifter airship hangar, the largest free-standing hall in the world. The 650,000 sq ft facility contains a tropical village with replicas of traditional buildings from Thailand, Borneo, Samoa and Bali; a rainforest with 50,000 plants; a tropical sea that’s a 47,000 sq ft pool with a 660 ft beach; and a 13,000 sq ft Bali lagoon with fountains, canals, and whirlpools. There are also water slides, a golf course, and luxurious lodging options inside the facility. Now it’s time for America to do its thing and copy the idea while making it even bigger and better!

  • 25 Rare And Iconic Photos of Bill Clinton

    William Jefferson Clinton will go down in history as one of the most beloved president of his time, so much so in fact that he not only survived a horrific scandal that would’ve crippled most politicians, but thrived out of it. Like a phoenix from the ashes Clinton went on to be a major influence in the democratic party post-presidency and may be the first person in history to make it to the White House for a third term, but this time as husband to HilaryClinton, a heavy favorite for the democratic primaries. Here are 25 Rare And Iconic Photos of wild Bill.

  • Relationship Status Effect On Drinking Habits [Infographic]

    you’ve probably noticed how your drinking habits change depending on your relationship status. The average man who drinks imbibes 8 alcoholic beverages each week. When you’re single, you tend to go out to bars more often, raising that number. When you’re married, you probably don’t party so often and that number drops. When you divorce because that number didn’t drop enough, it skyrockets! See just how much your relationship status affects your drinking in the infographic below. Spoiler alert: Men drink a lot, all the time, no matter what’s going on in their lives.

  • Add This Brilliantly Colorful Mosque To Your Travel Bucket List

    The Nasir al-Molk Mosque is one of the most colorful buildings on Earth. The multitude of stained glass windows, which is uncommon in Mosques, especially for those built before the 20th century, turns the inside of the mosque into a riotous wonderland of color that is absolutely breathtaking as Japanese photographer Koach explains:

  • You Can Now Take a Virtual Tour To the Peak of Mount Everest

    The treacherous ascent of Mount Everest is undoubtedly known as the most dangerous in the world. It’s hanging cliffs of ice and snow, waiting for the slightest gust of wind or sound to crumble down it’s crevasses make it a death wish for every climber who attempts the climb. And if the surrounding terrain isn’t enough to kill you the unforgiving altitude and wind will surely finish the job.  The conditions are so harsh, in fact, about 250 people have died trying to get to the peak of the highest mountain on the planet. Now Discovery Channel is taking the real fear out of everest and letting you take a virtual tour up the highest peak in the word. The ascent starts at the Everest Base Camp which is around 17,500 feet above sea level. From there you pass Khumbu Icefall, an ice river cliff that can reach up to 100 ft high and moves up to 6-feet a day causing ropes to break, ladders crushed and sometimes losing bodies in it’s ever moving ridges. The 3D trek, which finishes with a 360-degree view at Everest’s peak  is featured on a landing page for Discovery’s “Everest Avalanche Tragedy” a site dedicated o a documentary about the 16 sherpas who more »

  • Facekinis Get The High Fashion Treatment; Rey Mysterio Rejoices

    Do you love going to the beach or chillaxing by the pool on a beautiful summer’s day but hate the way the sun transforms your face from a prime cut to aged jerky? Learn the secret that Rey Mysterio and his luchador compadres have known for years and don a facekini. Available in a variety of colors, a facekini is a mask that that covers a swimmer’s face and neck with holes cut out for the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. The bizarre yet useful piece of swimwear first became popular on the beaches of China a couple years ago. But now the facekini has been given the haute couture treatment in Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. Check out the fashionable photos below then hurry out and buy your own facekini before all the hipsters get them first.

  • Larry Ellison’s Billionaire Lifestyle Is Even More Incredible Than You Think

    August 17 marks the 70th birthday of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, the third richest man in the United States and the fifth richest man in the world. With a net worth of about $50 billion, Ellison is not far behind Berkshire Hathaway bigwig Warren Buffett, but their lifestyles couldn’t be more different. Whereas Buffett prides himself on his frugal lifestyle, living in the same Omaha house for over 50 years, Ellison buys up mansions like a middle-aged spinster buys cat food. When Bill Gates is flying to Africa to cure malaria, Ellison is flying one of his military jets to a cash-strapped country to purchase more military jets. We can’t criticize Ellison. It’s his money, he can do what he wants with it. And let’s face it, we all fantasize about what we’d buy if we were billionaires, and malaria cures and stucco houses in Omaha don’t make for great fantasies. So let’s take a look at the life of Larry Ellison, a billionaire who lives like a billionaire.

  • 28 GIFS That Perfectly Describe a Morning in a Manhattan Starbucks

    If you’re like me, your first thought is something along the lines of:  And your second thought is: I need it now. Why is this? Well because the only way you’ve gotten through life/education/anything up to this point is with the help of caffeine. And it’s no longer socially acceptable to drink Mountain Dew mixed with Red Bull so… Here we are. Madly addicted to caffeine. And by caffeine I mean coffee. And by coffee I mean Starbucks. Sweet, sweet Starbucks. Oh yeah. I’d sell my soul for the stuff. Perhaps by agreeing to pay boatloads of money for a cup of Joe I already have… Oh well! I don’t question it. Rather I ask, myself: Of course I do. Coffee is delicious. It was love at first sip. Of course I could always be cost-effective and make a pot of the stuff myself. But what am I? A scientist? I can’t make that stuff. Ok so I can. I just can’t make it taste magical, like Starbucks can. Seriously. What do they put in there? Fairy dust? Unicorn tears? Maybe it’s just heaps of sugar. Or maybe it’s science. I vote for science. But really They could put anything in there. more »

  • Take Off: and See the Beautiful Temples and Rivers of Laos

    To many Laos is a country rarely heard of, sandwiched in between the beautiful coast of Vietnam and wide landscaped of Thailand. When the thought of traveling to South East Asia comes to mind, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand always take reign over the narrow country of Loas, but for years has been a diamond in the rough for travelers, with the beautiful temples, tranquil rivers and waterfalls of Luang Prabang. Laos is quickly becoming a sole destination for european travelers looking to relax while floating down one of it’s flowing rivers, but also exploring it’s rich history and customary traditions that have remained in tact for hundreds of years. Vat Phou or Wat Phu is the UNESCO world heritage site in Southern Laos Image: Shutterstock/isarescheewin   Buddha Park, Vientiane Image: Shutterstock/Danhvc   Buddhist Temple Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko   Village near by river and hill, luang prabang city Image: Shutterstock/Rat007   Buddhist Temple Image: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko   Hot air balloons flying over the river Nam Song at sunrise. Vang Vieng Image: Shutterstock/Kiwisoul Stairs at Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang Image: Shutterstock/M R   Night market in Luang Prabang Image: Shutterstock/Em7   Landscape by the Song river at Vang Vieng Image: Shutterstock/ kridsada tipchot more »

  • The Fashion Sense Of Historical Figures As Imagined By A Suit Company In 1916

    Nowadays you think nothing of deceased celebrities modeling modern-day clothes. Not a day goes by where Marilyn Monroe or some other star of yesteryear pops up anachronistically in an advertisement. You may think this sort of crass commercialism is a new idea, illustrating our continuing devolution, but the fact is, dead folks have been used in ads for years! When it comes to making a buck, businesses have never shied away from using the likeness of a recognizable, and quite dead, face. In 1917, Chicago’s Royal Tailors thought they would add an air of class to their fine suit collection by dressing historical icons like George Washington and Robert E Lee in their wares. The result is an entertaining booklet humorously titled “If They Came Back For Easter Sunday.” The drawings from the booklet are below, but to get the full effect, you can view the accompanying descriptions at Archive.org.

  • Questlove Shared his Incredibly Touching Elevator Encounter with Robin Williams On Instagram

    Over the next couple of weeks you’ll be hearing a lot of touching stories and experiences many people had with the late Robin Williams. After the unfortunate news of his passing, I couldn’t help, but read tribute stories around the internet, a great collection on Rolling Stone, but none of them more touching then the excerpt Questlove of The Roots shared with his Instagram following. A truly touching encounter from a musician who never met Williams before fate put them on an elevator together. “Man. The smallest gesture can mean the world to you. Robin Williams made such an impact on me and didn’t even know it. He named checked all of us in the elevator during the 2001 Grammys. I know y’all think I do this false modesty/T Swift “gee shucks” thing to the hilt. But yeah sometimes when you put 20 hour days in you do think it’s for naught and that it goes thankless. Grammy time is somewhat of a dark time simply because you just walk around asking yourself is it worth it or not: all the sweat and blood. I just felt like (despite winning grammy the year before) no one really cares all that more »

  • The 12 Best Foods on the Planet [Link]

    With so much attention devoted to foods loaded with antioxidants or bioflavonoids or other things you pretend to be concerned about, we sometimes forget about food that actually tastes good. These foods may not be the the healthiest, but they serve as a reminder that eating can be an enjoyable experience with more to it than just fueling your body. How many of these have you tried?

  • These Absurd Creations Brilliantly Spoof Artisanal Burgers [10 Photos]

    French graphic designers and fast food fanciers Quentin and Thomas were sick of eating the same boring burgers again and again. They decided to come up with their own over-the-top creations to cure their lunchtime doldrums. The duo didn’t set out to create a website, but eventually their deliciously absurd burgers became Fat & Furious Burger. Each photo takes about an hour and half from inception to buying ingredients, cooking, shooting, then eating. It’s a shame some of these don’t really exist. That loaded Trojan horse burger is looking pretty good right about now. 

  • The Surprisingly Short History of the Rooftop Happy Hour [Link]

    Even if you don’t live in a big city, chances are there is at least one rooftop bar around you. The rooftop may only be on a two- or three-story building, but it exists. And now that it’s summer, you’ll be spending as many happy hours there as you can. But the cachet of rooftop bars is a relatively new phenomenon. Learn all about how rooftops transformed from laundries to hip watering holes.

  • Kale, Cronuts and The Biggest Food Trends on Social Media Right Now [Infographic]

    Kale. Ugh. Cronut. Ugh. Ramen. Ugh. Bacon anything. We’ll always love bacon. With the uprise of the food truck, trends in the food industry are being shared more and more often. Accessibility to trending food and desire to share experiences on a hot item create the ultimate buzz most mom & pop food shops dream about. Creating a unique food and running with it can draw in serious revenue if it catches fire. But what exactly is the tipping point? Column Five and Microsoft Social Listening created a very interesting piece of visual data regarding some of the most popular trending foods, beverages and add-ons. In this infographic each trending food is broken down into social share percentage, sentiment and share of voice surrounding trending buzzwords. Bacon wrapped Sriracha ramen grilled cheeses anyone? I’m sold.

  • Have We Reached Peak PBR? [Link]

    In the early 2000s, Pabst Blue Ribbon, a longtime favorite beer of cantankerous, day-drinking, old men, began its meteoric rise as the unofficial beer of hipsterdom. But what was once sold in $1 cans and served in ironic coozies has since become a mainstream beer, no different than giants like Budweiser and Miller. Has PBR lost its hip street cred?

  • 20 Reasons You Should Book a Ticket To Iceland Now [Travel Tuesdays]

    Iceland is a country full of enough natural wonders to keep your adult ADD in check for at least a couple of weeks. With beautiful summer weather and brisk winters, Iceland is the perfect spot to visit during all four seasons. With stunning colorful mountains, bursting geysers and of course the Northern Lights, Iceland should definitely be your next adventure. Oh and did we mention it’s only a four hour flight from New York.