• We Tried The Habit-Burger, The One Burger Rated Higher Than In-n-Out This Year

    Even if you’ve never tasted an In-N-Out Burger then a) you’re missing out and b) as you know it’s renowned across the universe as the most delectable fast food burger you can ever have. The untouchable burger is a thin patty smothered in cheese and an optional animal style sauce that we can only guess is ketchup, mayo and caramelized onions. You can order these by the singles, doubles, 4×4 and so on. For a New Yorker who frequents LA, In-N-Out is usually a first stop after the airport for most. It’s that good. So when Consumer Reports released their statistics on the new burger king (definitely not Burger King), it was hard to wrap our heads around the possibility that a burger chain virtually unheard of surpassed our beloved In-N-Out in their best burger category. Habit Burger, the new crowned prince of fast-food burgers, beat out In-N-Out by .1 on a 10-point-scaled score to which Habit recieved a score of 8.1 based on the 53,745 answers Consumer Reports received. The Habit Burger Grill is a California-based burger chain that started in Santa Barbara in 1969. It has locations all over the Golden State, six locations in Arizona, five in more »

  • The Chemistry Of Guinness [Infographic]

    In case the plethora of daytime drunks bedecked with shamrocks didn’t clue you in, today is St. Patrick’s Day. That means that even those of us who aren’t Irish will play The Pogues on the jukebox and drink a pint of Guinness. In fact, 13 million pints of Guinness will be imbibed today. While your drinking your pint with other revelers, use this infographic to explain why the bubbles appear to fall, what gives the brew its bitterness, and where the dark color comes from. And for your Pogues selection, I suggest “The Body of an American.”

  • The Top 10 Airports of 2015

    Since 1999, UK-based airline industry consultant Skytrax has recognized the best airports in the world with the World Airport Awards. Rather than the industry simply patting itself on the back, the awards are based on airport customer satisfaction surveys issued worldwide. The 2014-2015 survey was the most wide-reaching yet, with over 13 million submitted. The results are now in and the US had, let’s see, absolutely zero winners in the top 10. But with all the negative attention New York’s airports have received in recent years and the Port Authority’s promise to remodel, we can probably expect to find JFK on this list in about…50 years or so. For more info on the awards and the winners, check out World Airport Awards.

  • Amazing Footage Inside the World’s Largest Cave [7 Photos]

    Ryan Deboodt, adventurer and photographer used a drone to capture footage showing the immense size of the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam. The cave is the largest known in the world at 5.5 miles long, 650ft wide and 500ft tall, and the vast terrain looks like something out of another world. The drone shots pan across wide plains of vegetation and surreal peaks and cliffs. The process took Ryan eight days to complete and he was required to take a lot of ropes, harnesses and safety equipment into the cave with him.The cave was first discovered in 1991, when a local farmer stumbled across it and sought shelter there from a storm. Before the chance discovery, it had remained undetected beneath the Annamite Mountains in a remote part of central Vietnam for millions of years. Hang Son Doong from Ryan Deboodt on Vimeo.

  • Jameson’s Limited Edition St. Paddy’s Day Bottle got it all Wrong

    Jameson has finally embraced the St. Paddy’s Day spirit with a fifth annual release of their limited-edition St. Patrick’s day bottle. The bottle was designed by award-winning illustrator Dermot Flynn featuring Irish imagery and slang from Jameson’s native land. While a limited edition bottle defaced with bar-talk is a cute angle to take for an irish whiskey brand, we have some suggestions for next year. Regret Where’s my phone? Where’s my tooth? What happened last night? Who are you? I threw up green. No more. Never again. Ok, one more shot. If this bottle’s half full, then you’re in trouble.

  • Check Out This New Island Before It Disappears Forever

    Until recently, Tonga was a Polynesian nation made up of 176 islands. But after an underwater volcano erupted earlier this year, a new island has formed just 40 miles southwest of the main island of Tongatapu and the nation’s capital Nukuʻalofa. Experts say that this island may only last a matter of months before it erodes back into the ocean, but for the time being, at least one Tonga resident believes the new island will become a tourist attraction, however short-lived. Hotel owner GP Orbassano relocated to Tonga 20 years ago. Over the weekend, he traveled to the new island with his friend and his son and captured these incredible photos. The group is believed to be the first to set foot on the island, which is half a mile wide and .8 miles long. The highest point of the island, about 820 feet up, offers an incredible view of the black beach and an emerald lake that Orbassano said smelled strongly of sulfur. We hope Tonga capitalizes on this short-lived new island but we must warn our readers to be wary of Tongan real estate developers offering great deals on island property.

  • Calling Out Restaurants That Are Too Hip For Plates

    We understand that different cultures serve their food in different ways. When we go to an Ethiopian restaurant, we know we’re going to eat with our hands and we enjoy it. But in what culture is it normal for sandwiches to be served in a bookcase? Or bread in a newsboy cap? Give up? None. Unless you count hipster. You know the place. It probably has a punny name and lots of poorly stained reclaimed wood. The next thing you know, you’re eating charcuterie off of a shovel. But the Internet has had enough! We Want Plates is a new Twitter account where people call out these hip restaurants that have deemed plates passé. We wish them nothing but luck.

  • The Most Popular Beers Around The World [Infographic]

    Vinepair is just killing it when it comes researching beer trends. In recent weeks they’ve examined the best-selling brands in the US and offered a calorie counts of each and now they’ve widened their scope to see which beers are the top brews around the world. Vinepair looked for the most recent data from each country, but if the info wasn’t available or couldn’t be verified, thecountry was not included. In total, over 100 countries are included on the map. We’d like to congratulate Baltika, who not only dominated the Russian market but also took the top spot in the most notorious of beer snob former Soviet Republics, Azerbaijan. And for more great beer and wine infographics, fllow the Vinepair blog.

  • 32 Stunning Photos That Show Why Aruba’s Nickname Is One Happy Island

    Averaging 82 sunny degrees year round, with blond beaches and turquoise shallows, Aruba lets the climate do the talking when it comes to appealing to tourists. Beach lovers flock here, happy to claim a spot on the beach with a cold Balashi beer in hand. But the Dutch island’s manageable 20-by-6-mile dimensions and its diverse landscape — calm and sandy on one coast, rough and rocky on the other — make it an explorer’s island, too.

  • Evoke Your Inner Don Draper with the Official Mad Men Barware Set

    You’ll never be as cool as Don Draper. Sorry to bust your bubble, but tailoring a grey suit, buying a coat rack specifically for your after hours fedora and applying for a creative position at Saachi & Saachi will still never make you as cool as Don Draper. Once you come to this realization, then you could drown your sorrows at the bottom of a bottle, just like Don, it’s about as close as you’ll get to being as cool as the Don. The Mad Men Edition Mixology Collection will get you halfway there, all you have to do is fill it, then empty it again using your face hole. The crystal barware specialists at Waterford have partnered with Lionsgate to create a limited run of period-influenced barware with gold and platinum accents, so you can drown your blanketed rage of life with class and dignity, just like Don! The collection features highballs, glasses, pitchers, and decanters all with metalic accents and intricate detail.

  • This Exotic Rope Jumping Video Is Full Of Beautiful Nope

    What is your first thought when you visit a beautiful, exotic locale such as Greece’s Zakynthos Island? “Boy, I wonder what it would be like to tie a rope around me and jump off this cliff?” If so, you’re insane. But you’re also not alone. Extreme Dream Jump will show you Zakynthos from a whole new perspective with their insane rope and BASE jumps from heights of 200 meters. Of course, if your balls aren’t the size of basketballs you might be better off just watching this video and staying firmly on the ground.

  • These Birds-Eye View Photos of Cruise Lines Will Get You Amped for Summer

    New York based photographer Jeffrey Milstein has captured a rarely seen view of some of the most intriguing decks of popular cruise lines. The birds eye view of the vessel give an idea of just how large these ships are and exactly what amenities they offer. Each cruise ship is unique in itself offering everything from mini-golf courses to poolside movie theaters to tennis courts and elaborate water slides. The Disney Dream even offers a 765-foot long winding water slide called the AquaDuck that goes through the ship’s funnel. Milstein told Daily Mail ‘The ships which continue to be built larger and larger are fascinating to ponder as engineering marvels. Seen as a typology, they share a common symmetry derived from function, yet juxtapose design elements both decorative and functional that set them apart. ‘This ongoing series which began in 2013, is related to the Aircraft series which I have been shooting for over 15 years. I take most of these photos using an 80 mpxl digital medium format camera with a gyro stabilizer, shooting from a helicopter with the door off.’ The Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas — The Disney Dream cruise ship — more »

  • Here’s How To Make Awesome ‘Deep Fried Sriracha’ Poppers

    Amy Erickson, food blogger extaordinaire of “Oh, Bite it!” is famous for creating deep fried snacks that are a bit more clever than dipping a twinkie in hot oil. For her latest trick Amy will create nuggets of deep fried Sriracha using a box of cornbread mix, egg, vegetable oil and that spicey red/orange stuff. Amy describes her genius creation as “a beautiful combination of slightly spicy, nutty, sweet tender, crispy, cornbread bites of serious, succulent, Sriracha goodness!” Go make these now. Head over to Oh, Bite it for the full recipe.

  • Mad Men Dining Week Coming To NYC

    The final season of AMC’s Mad Men begins next month and although we’re sad to see it go, we’re pretty excited about this latest promotion for the show. From March 23-29, New York City restaurants will be celebrating Mad Men Dining Week. For just $19.69 (clever) you can get two cocktails or a two-course lunch of entree with appetizer or desert. The food is a great deal, especially considering the participating restaurants include swanky joints like Le Cirque, but it’s the cocktail deal that really excites us. Usually if you’re paying less than $10 for a cocktail in Manhattan, it’s made with paint thinner and malice, so enjoying a Maker’s Mark drink in some of Manhattan’s classiest bars for such a great price is something special. For more details on the promotion and the menus at participating restaurants, check out NYCgo.

  • Amazing Hyperlapse Tour Of Austria

    We are huge fans of hyperlapse videos, but oftentimes the overly serious or just downright bad background music is distracting and confusingly unrelated to the subject. For “A Taste of Austria,” Austrian production team Film Spektakel did something so obvious yet so refreshing–using atmosphere-appropriate sound effects that transport you to the Austrian countryside and, in some cases, even add a bit of comic relief. The impressive video, comprised of over 600 time-lapse clips, is the result of two years of filming, with over 500 terabytes of footage captured in that time. Be sure to watch it fullscreen and with the sound turned up for the full effect.

  • The Launch of Google Flights Just Changed the Travel Booking Game Forever

    The summer seasons are synonymous with travel, it’s peak season for vacation travel and booking, so Google has completely revamped it’s online flight comparison tool, so you don’t have to pull your hair out walking on eggshells on sites like Expedia and Travelocity, watching your precious flight deals skyrocket the more you click and compare. In 2010 Google spent half a billion dollars acquiring a travel tracking site which paved the way for Google Flights. No longer does that travel booking on a Tuesday myth have to apply to your booking ritual, Google claims as long as your dates are flexible you should be able to find deals any day of the week. Google Flights is by far the easiest way to see fare hikes, scrolling through calendar dates and using it’s lowest fares graph set beneath the calendar to find out when exactly to book. You can also set preferences (such as direct flights only) and our calendar will adjust to show you just those flights and fares that fit the bill. Finally, if you can save more by using a nearby airport or flying on a different day, we’ll show you a tip at the top of your results. I’m more »

  • The Brilliant Colors Of Holi Remind Us That Spring Is Almost Here [14 Photos]

    Despite what the current weather leads you to believe, spring is in fact just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine, especially if you were stuck on the runway at New York’s JFK Airport for two hours yesterday morning while your plane was being deiced, but it’s true. The vernal equinox is just two weeks away and to help usher in spring and leave this awful winter behind, Hindus the world over are celebrating Holi. Holi, also known as the festival of colors and festival of love, is an ancient Hindu celebration of love, frolic, and colors. The most famous portion of the Holi celebration is the festival of colors, where revelers chase each other with briliiantly colored dry powder and colored water, sometimes even utilizing squirt guns and water balloons. Not only is it a ton of fun, the bright spring colors also make for an excellent photo opportunity.

  • Unbelievable Aerial Footage of Himalayas from 20,000 Feet Up

    An adventurous pilot pushed his helicopter to the limits to capture this stunning footage of Earth’s tallest mountains in a way that very few have seen before. If you’ve never had the privilege of witnessing the wonderment of the Himalayas in person, this incredible aerial video courtesy of Teton Gravity Research is seemingly the next best thing. Equipped with the most-advanced gyro stabilized camera in the world, the team at Teton Gravity Research flew from Kathmandu to Mount Everest, capturing the first ultra HD footage ever shot above 20,000 feet. The coinciding clip will have you feeling like you yourself are in the chopper 20,000 feet up.

  • The Science Of Getting Drunk [Infographic]

    If we drink too much, which isn’t all that much really, we get drunk. All of us. Even that annoying dude double-fisting at the party claiming he’s “not even drunk.” And once we’re drunk, we run the risk of getting sick and/or waking up the next morning wanting to die. But through an understanding of what we’re subjecting our bodies too, we can determine measures that might make us feel not so horrible after a night of drinking. So before heading out tonight and celebrating that it’s almost Friday and therefore almost, almost the weekend, learn a little something about alcohol and your body so you have material for your drunken ramblings later.

  • Joshua Tree: 28 Stunning Photos From America’s Most Buzzed About National Park

    The California desert provides plenty of cinematic views and tremendous day hikes but none are better than the alien-like landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a dry heat – a boulder-studded, wind-raked Mojave heat, in which rock stars lie low, artists think big, marines train, weird plants jut toward the sun like beseeching biblical figures, and climbers cling to granite walls like insects stuck to flypaper, except the climbers are way happier. Photo via Shutterstock That’s a notable thing about Joshua Tree National Park and the towns around it. While legions of Californians keep their faces to the beach, no matter the season, a certain stripe of traveler is powerless to resist the desert, especially in cooler months. And the word is out. As tourists come for the wide-open spaces and stunning nature, 2014 was a banner year for the national park as they saw a whopping 1.6 million visitors. Earlier this month we took the 2015 Subaru Legacy on an adventure to explore Joshua Tree and see what all the buzz is about. It’s totally lived up to the hype. Photo via Shutterstock Photo via Shutterstock   The views of the Milky Way are unlike anywhere else on Earth. Photo more »

  • Twitter Heatmaps Illustrate Tourist/Local Divide Around The World

    Anyone who lives in or around a big city knows there are some places locals just won’t be caught dead. That’s because those places, such as New York’s Times Square, are lousy with tourists and even lousier with people and places preying on the naivete of tourists. Seriously, a dirty water dog can cost you twice as much just because you’re eating it in a crowd of thousands in front of the M&M Store. So where do the locals go? Well, everywhere else. California-based data artist Eric Fischer used data form Twitter and Gnip to create these heatmaps of major cities around the world illustrating the great divide between where the tourists flock to and where the locals seek refuge. Red represents tweets from tourists while blue symbolizes local tweets. For more cities, check out the project at MapBox.

  • Man Who’s “Looking For Girlfriend” Flyers Blanketed NYC Says He’s Been Laid 118 Times

    It’s a tough marketplace to stand out in. So when New Yorker Dan Perino wanted to settle down amid Manhattan’s brutal dating scene, he took an inventive approach. The actor and part-time web designer made a flyer with his picture and contact details along with the words “looking for a girlfriend” and “this is not a joke” and plastered it across his local neighbourhood. Now six months on, the 51-year-old has become a national celebrity and posted more than 40,000 pictures of his face around New York, in an unusual approach to dating that has seen him score hundreds of dates and 118 ‘hook-ups’ so far. “It’s been going great” he told news.com.au. “I’ve had … hook-ups with 118 girls, but the dating is a lot more than that.” And in case you’re wondering what ‘hook-ups’ means, Perino was blunt: “sex”. The unorthodox approach gained him national media attention when it first came to light in August last year. Since then, Mr Perino has made a documentary, written a short story and is hoping to fund a reality show from his exploits. “At that time I just wanted to find a girlfriend, I had no idea. I built the flyer with a more »

  • Tulip Fields of Holland: They Might Just Be The Most Beautiful Thing On Earth [Photos]

    Every March the fields just outside Amsterdam turn from sandy patches into carpets of lime green sprouts as the first signs of spring emerge. By the time the season is in full swing, the area is swathed in red, pink, purple, orange and yellow blooms, a sight that truly looks like something out of The Wizard of Oz. Whether you choose to visit the perfectly planted rows of blooming bulbs at the famousKeukenhof Gardens or cruise through the bulb-farmers’ fields nearby (or better yet, both!), these photos will inspire you to get out there and see the stunning fields. You can also check out this guide which will help you understand what to expect from this must-do day trip of the spring season.

  • Win A Night At This Luxurious Penthouse At The Top Of A Ski Jump

    Originally opened in 2010, the world-famous Holmenkollen ski-jump in Oslo, Norway is a 100-ton steel marvel rising 210 feet above the ground. At the top of the structure is an apartment where athletes meet before a jump but now Holmenkollen has teamed with Airbnb to offer up the space as a luxurious penthouse for one lucky couple. From now until March 16, head over to Airbnb and let them know in 100 words or less why you deserve to stay in the penthouse. The winner and guest will get a flight to Oslo and a one-night stay at the end of the month. And even if you’re not a pro on skis, don’t worry; there’s also a zip line from the top of the jump!

  • COUNTING CALORIES IN 50 POPULAR BEERS [Infographic]

    Looking to lose weight? Well if you eat food AND drink beer, you might have some trouble unless you introduce exercise (gasp!) into your daily routine. Apparently beers, even those advertised as being low calorie, are calorically dense. And interestingly enough, Michelob Ultra and Natural Light both seem to be your best bet when it comes to ABV and calories. It just depends on what stigma you’d rather have applied to you. I’ll just keep drinking high-calorie stouts and porters and do a few jumping jacks between pints.

  • NYC is Vanishing, Here Are Aerial Photos of a Gutted Roseland Ballroom to Prove it

    Roseland Ballroom is in the process of a very slow death. It’s roof has been torn down, the stage where thousands of the worlds best performers has been ripped apart and with it a small piece of New York City’s history. An Instagram photo taken from above shows the West 52nd street landmark dismantled Roseland had been around since the 1950s, but the building itself had been around since the 1920s—at one time it housed a rollerskating rink. Vanishing NY has been keeping a close eye on the demo project. Is that Noah's Ark? Nope, just what's left of Roseland. A photo posted by Jake Weinstein (@jakeweinstein1) on Mar 1, 2015 at 2:31pm PST Roseland during it’s opening decade in the 1920’s WALTER SANDERS/TIME & LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGE Radiohead playing an iconic Roseland set in 2011 Michael Nagle for The New York Times Justin Timberlake playing a Cinco De Mayo 2013 Show at the venue Photo: Rollingstone Avicii playing for a sold out crowd in 2013 Photo: doandroidsdance.com

  • This Frog Burger Is A Bun Full Of Nope

    Japan, the nation that infamously tricked the rest of the planet into eating uncooked fish, is at it again! Sega and the Sunshine Aquarium have teamed up to bring the Deadly Poison Exhibition to the Orbi Yokohama nature museum. The exhibit features 25 poisonous animals, such as frogs, from all around the world. And after viewing the dangerous creatures, you can head on over to the museum cafe where, for just 1,000 yen ($8.34), you can enjoy a frog burger. Whereas most oddball burgers at least grind up the bizarre meat so you don’t know what you’re eating, this frog burger is just battered and fried frog legs. Oh, and for extra weirdness, the bun is black. There’s no way Japan will trick us into eating this. Well, not until it shows up at a hip New York restaurant for at least twice the price…

  • The History Of The NYC Subway System In One Animated GIF

    For over 100 years, people have been traveling beneath New York City at all hours of the day, from the easternmost most parts of Queens to the tip of the Bronx. No, I’m not talking about those subterranean crustacean ne’er-do-well crab people, but the NYC subway system. The first underground line opened up in 1904 and in 1940 the multiple independent lines were united when the municipal government took control of the entire system. And the subwy continues to grow, with the Second Avenue Line currently under construction. It’s just too bad this excellent map from Appealing Industries didn’t include the marvel that is the PATH train, which has been transporting folks from New Jersey to New York underneath the Hudson River since 1907.

  • Key West: 25 Stunning Photos Of America’s Hottest Destination for 2015

    Arguably no other destination in America exudes the exotic, off-the-grid allure of Key West in the Florida Keys. Since its discovery in 1513 by Ponce de León, who claimed the island, along with the rest of Florida, for Spain, it’s been revered for its wildly independent spirit, devil-may-care vibe, and spectacularly storied history. For a period in the mid-19th century the so-called Conch Republic was the richest city per capita in the United States, thanks to a brisk salvaging business done by savvy local entrepreneurs who plundered the cargo ships that regularly foundered on the treacherous reefs just a few miles from Key West’s shores. Cigar-making was a hot ticket for a time in the late 19th century, and in the 1920s, Prohibition gave rise to another cottage industry in Key West and the surrounding keys, as enterprising locals smuggled contraband beer and rum from Cuba and whiskey and scotch from the British Isles via Nassau. Marijuana smuggling in the 1960s through the early 1980s also made many Key West residents rich (and sent many others to jail). Key West photo via Shutterstock These days, Key West’s various stints as a carefree capital of vice form the foundation of a more »

  • Your Bottle Of Scotch Is About To Get Smarter

    When you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a bottle of scotch, you want to be sure that you’re getting the legit product that hasn’t been tampered with somewhere along the supply chain. Science offers us methods to ensure the legitmacy of our drams, but unfortunately, most of us don’t have access to a spectroscope. However, a new device is about to make our bottles smart and give us all the info we need. Norwegian printed electronics company Thin Film Electronics is teaming up with Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits and owner of the Johnnie Walker brand of scotch whisky, to help you ensure your bottle of Blue Label is the real deal. Thin Film’s smart label is a sensor that requires no power source and transmits info over radio waves. This sensor can be read by a smartphone app and depending on if the bottle has been opened or not, the radio transmission will differ. And unlike unsecure QR codes, the sensor cannot be reproduced or modified. The tags, which only add a few cents to production costs, will go into production later this year for the premium Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Let’s hope they add functionality that more »

 

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