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  • 10 of the Toughest Man Meals on the Planet

    According to Hemingway, a man’s diet should consist of ham, sausage, sauerkraut, and beer. In other words, Hemingway thinks men should follow the diet of a German soldier. But what dishes scream manliness like bacon and eggs or simply a pint of scotch, neat. Here, we’re trying to tackle the manliest meals from around the world. We’re not looking for heart-attack burgers or  twenty-three pounds of pork. Instead, we’re giving you hearty, traditional dishes fit for the men at the navy yard. Schweinshaxe, Germany: More specifically, pork knuckle. Juicy and crackly, the Germans serve this platter atop a few pounds of Knödel (potato dumplings), sauerkraut, or red cabbage. Up the Mante: Cleanse your palate with a liter of Augustiner, which is basically another meal in itself.   Black Pudding, United Kingdom: Not pudding in any American sense, black pudding is actually sausage encased with pork blood and oatmeal. Up the Mante: Order with a battered and fried with a traditional English, served with massive slabs of bacon — not like our thin, overly crisp version — fried eggs, more sausage, and, of course, a cup of tea.   Sannakji, South Korea: This South Korean staple turns dinnertime into Fear Factor. more »

  • Visualizing Joey Chestnut’s Incredible Caloric Intake [Infographic]

    Joey Chestnut first appeared on the competitive eating circuit in 2005. That year, he placed third in Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, downing 32 hot dogs. The next year he lost to reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi by less than 2 dogs. Then in 2007 he won the famous July 4 contest and has won every year since. Today, while Chestnut hopes to capture his 8th title and the glutton-fest, let us take a look at just how many calories that human vacuum consumes.

  • Ernest Hemingway’s Summer Camping Recipes [Link]

    July 4 is the perfect day to cook out, with fireworks, friends, and beer all day long. Unless Hurricane Arthur is currently kicking your ass, you have no excuse for not firing up the barbecue. And since we’re celebrating America, why not try a recipe from one of our greatest writers, Ernest Hemingway? Here’s one of Papa’s favorites, bacon-wrapped trout.

  • 5 Amazing Photos Of One World Trade Center Struck By Lightning

    Hurricane Arthur is traveling up the east coast, ruining the 4th of July for everyone and last night New York got a taste of the bad weather with a sever lightning storm. As much as we cursed the storm, it did make for some fantastic visuals. The spire atop One World Trade Center made more an excellent lightning rod and a few photographers were lucky enough to capture the scene. But as cool as it was, it would be great if we could get some nice weather this weekend…

  • 8 OF THE MOST PATRIOTIC ALCOHOLIC DRINKS YOU CAN HAVE ON THE 4TH OF JULY [Link]

    With the 4th of July weekend about to begin, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself imbibing an alcoholic beverage in the next three days. But since we’ll be celebrating America, you’ll want to make sure you’re drinking something patriotic and not committing a faux pas, sipping on a cognac with your pinky in the air. So look through this list and be sure to drink like a true American. You can go without your Islay single malt for one weekend.

  • POV Videos Of Verruckt, The World’s Tallest Waterslide

    Last fall, we shared photos of the construction of Verruckt, the world’s tallest waterslide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn water park. Originally slated to open in May, here we are in July and sadly the slide is still not open to the public. However, the folks at Schlitterbahn have given us hope with these two recent videos. The first is a POV video of a test run with only sand bags in the raft while the second video is a manned test run with waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley in the raft. Now let’s just hope they open it up to the public soon!

  • Visit Space In A Luxury Balloon

    Everyone is aware of Virgin Galactic’s space voyages that are set to begin commercial service soon and it would be awesome if we could all go, however not everyone who’s not a celebrity or billionaire adventurer can afford the $250,000 ticket. What many people don’t know is that another company, World View, will be offering tours into space via a luxury balloon for the low, low price of just $75,000. Relatively speaking, that’s not too bad! A joint venture from Arizona’s Paragon Space Development Corporation and British studio Priestmangoode, who designed cabins for Virgin Airlines, World View will take passengers 100,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. The capsule is carried up via large balloon, reaching the 100,000 feet mark in about 90 minutes. The capsule will then float around for a few hours before returning to terra firma. Inside the luxury capsule will be a bar, snack area, and a bathroom and plenty of viewing areas. Reserve your seat with a $5,000 deposit at World View.

  • 14 Hybrid Photos of London’s Bridges Then And Now

    London’s Tower Bridge turns 120 this week and to celebrate the mileston the Museum of London Docklands is hosting its largest art exhibit. Titled Bridge, the exhibit features both historical and contemporary works of art and photography showcasing the city’s many bridges. The museum used photos from their archives and contemporary photos taken from the same angle to create these hybrid photos below. No matter how life has changed over the last century, these bridges are still just as important at connecting the city and its citizens. For more info on the exhibit, running through November 2, check out the Museum of London Docklands.

  • Las Vegas Time-Lapse In 4K Will Blow You Away [Video]

    High-Definition is extremely impressive…if you’re living in the early 2000s. But here in the mid-2010s, 1080p no longer cuts it. The 2160p resolution of 4k ultra high-definition is what we need and we won’t settle for any less. Photo Trekker realizes this and that’s why they made this incredible time-lapse video of Las Vegas that looks more real than looking out the window. It took 5 days of shooting for this 92-second video, using 4 Canon 5D Mark III cameras. There’s two more 4k time-lapse videos on the way from Photo Trekker, and if they’re anything like this, we can’t wait.

  • Find the Cleanest Beach—Near You [Link]

    Summer is here and that means everybody will be squeezing their pale, out of shape winter bodies into their bathing suits and head out to the beach. But while most people were away for the season, some derelicts and ne’er-do-wells were littering your favorite beach with their industrial waste or drug paraphernalia. What are you to do? How about checking out this list of the cleanest beaches across the country? There’s even a map that will show you how clean all your local beaches really are according to the EPA.

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • Take A Look At Coney Island In The 60s [15 Photos]

    Born in New York in the 1940s, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring the city and capturing its citizens with his keen eye and had already produced more than 25,000 photos before the art world took notice of him in the 90s. Until a small selection of his work was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, only friends and family were aware of Rose’s talent. A current show at the Museum of the City of New York titled In A World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963 spotlights 70 photos Rose captured of the city’s most famous beach. For more info on the exhibit, on display through August 3, visit the Museum of the City of New York.

  • Man Liquefies And Drinks Complete Wendy’s Combo For Our Entertainment [Video]

    A new channel called Liquid Lunch has sprung up on YouTube wherein an enterprising young fellow with an iron stomach liquefies food and then drinks the concoction. In the premier episode, he takes a Wendy’s combo consisting of a burger, fries, and Dr Pepper and blends it together. The resulting drink is hard for him to ingest, but he eventually gets it all down (a chocolate frosty probably would have been a better beverage choice for the combo). He is asking for suggestions for the next Liquid Lunch in the comments, and with Long John Silvers at the top, this dude probably won’t last long. Enjoy his stupidity while you can!

  • Have You Ever Wanted To Kayak In McCovey Cove? It’s Easy! Here’s How…

    Not too long ago we learned that kayaking AT&T Park’s McCovey Cove is a great and inexpensive way to enjoy a ballgame with your friends. Being that the Giants are sitting near the top of the 2014 MLB power rank it’s something you might want to do before the season is over. There are two ways to experience the game from the cove. First, you can rent a kayak from citykayak.com. They are located at Pier 40 only a five minute walk from the stadium. The kayaks are only $35. Keep in mind that you need to kayak from the Pier to the cove which takes about 10-15 minutes. The trip is by no means gruling and you don’t need to be fit like the Winklevoss twins but being in decent shape is a plus. The other way would be to buy a four-person inflatable boat from any camping or sports equipment store. The price to buy, about $120-150, will be just about the same a renting a kayak and you can head into the water from shore of McCovey Cove which is less paddling than if you left from the pier. When you get into the cove get into a more »

  • Crown Royal Celebrates 75 Years With Monarch Blend

    Picture it, Canada 1939. King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth became the first reigning monarchs to journey across North America. To celebrate the occasion, a Canadian entrepreneur sampled over 600 blends of whiskey to devise the blend that would be known as Crown Royal. As a nod to the royals it was created for, the bottle was placed in a purple felt bag, representing the purple robe of royalty. The King and Queen’s train was stocked with 10 cases of the whiskey and a Canadian institution was born. Fast forward 75 years later. A thirsty Roosevelt is invited to sample the Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend. This particular Roosevelt is usually a single malt drinker who turns up his Romanesque nose at any blend, especially those that are rye-based. But when it comes to tasting a limited edition blend, why the hell not? If there’s something to be said about all the Crown Royal blends, it’s that they are all easily drinkable. Even a whiskey newcomer will be able to take a straight sip of Crown Royal Deluxe without grimacing, which is rare in that $30 range. The Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend is just as drinkable but more »

  • 7 Things You Never Knew Women In Their 20′s Are Looking For

    Have you ever been truly shocked at learning a twenty-first century woman’s desires? From indignation at chivalry to various text messaging techniques, women these days have a firm grasp on what they want and expect from men–only sometimes, they’re still hesitant to show it. Hint: It may be a lot different from the values taught by your parents (who dated in the, what, 70s?).

  • Ever Wonder What Would Happen if the World Stopped Spinning?

    Science is fun, right? So when your child or nephew or stoned roommate asks you things like “what do you think would happen if the world stopped spinning?” you can now answer that. If the world would stop it’s rotation on a dime, it would be catastrophic to say the least. Youtube channel, VSauce teach us what exactly would happen if the world stopped spinning on a dime. Everything that isn’t part of a large landmass would spin into a 1,000 MPH spiral around the earth causing complete chaos.

  • Visualizing 24 Hours Of International Flights In Under 2 Minutes [Video]

    The UK’s National Air Traffic Services, or NATS, handles 2.2 million flights carrying 220 million passengers in UK airspace each year. NATS services 15 airports in the UK, including Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, and also services airports in 30 other countries around the world. This video shows the air traffic they control over a typical 24-hour period in the North Atlantic. Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the hard-working air traffic controllers that deal with this so we can focus on worrying about what movie is shown and if the person sitting next to us is going to be taking off their shoes.

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • 4 Essential Nutrients You’re Lacking—and How to Get Them [Link]

    It seems like every single day we are told about a new superfood that we need if we don’t want to get fat or die from every cancer known to man. The fact is, we just need to focus on eating healthier and smarter. With a few simple tweaks, we can get a lot healthier without investing in the latest fruit we never heard of from a place with a name out of a Tolkien fantasy. Learn about the 4 nutrients most of us are lacking and use these simple tips to add them to your diet. 

  • Find these Beers Hidden in Paris and the French Countryside

    Two years ago, Smithsonian writer Alastair Bland hid bottles of beer and hard cider throughout southern France and invited readers to find them with just one request: leave a beer in its place for a future scavenger to find. Bland then expanded his “Find the Beer” game to the United States, hiding beers in California and the Pacific Northwest. Recently, he found himself back in southern France and decided to see what beers readers have left behind in his hiding spots. He also decided to hide some more around France.

  • Top 10 Most Expensive Beers [Infographics]

    Are you a beer drinker who enviously watches scotch and wine connoisseurs spend big bucks on their drink of choice? Chin up, for there’s plenty of expensive brews out there for you to blow money on, too! Whether they’re brewed with barley that’s been in space or water from an iceberg or jammed into a taxidermied critter, these 10 beers will cost you considerably more than a case of your favorite macrobrew. But remember, just because they’re expensive doesn’t mean they’re good. Case in point: a PBR is on the list…

  • Visual Guide To How A Shirt Should Fit

    Unless you are Ryan Gossling in Crazy, Stupid, Love. there is a good chance that you might not be wearing the perfect fitting shirt. From the collar all the way down to the length, here is an illustrated guide to getting it right.

  • The Shake, Radler & Roll [Drink Infographic]

    Summer time is always the best time to drink outside. Sun shining, birds chirping, the quintessential time to have a drink in the great outdoors. The right summer beer is really a matter of opinion, but summer beers have been ubiquitous with light and citrus, now Amstel is taking a concoction used in Europe that the Dutch have been drinking for years. Dubbed Radler after a European style of mixing beer and lemon juice, makes a shandy type beer with a truly standout flavor. The Amstel Radler is only 2% alcohol, making it a refreshing beverage that can be consumed all day long, but if you’re looking for a little kick add in a shot of tequila with a couple lime wedges, shake it up and you have yourself a refreshingly pungent summer cocktail.

  • What Her Drink of Choice Says About Her: Women Who Drink Whiskey Have More Fun

    Ever wondered why your ex who drank whiskey loves to party while your vodka-sipping female friend prefers to giggle with other women in the corner when she goes out? Perhaps you’re not reading enough into how their “going out” personalities correspond to their preferred inebriating beverages. Of course, no guide like this ever holds 100% true, but take a look next time you’re at a bar or club and see whether the girl drinking wine doesn’t looked totally pissed off and arrogant, or whether…well, you can see the details below.

  • How Millennials Are Changing Travel [Link]

    When we were growing up, vacations meant little more than beaches and theme parks, with international travel thought to be a luxury only the wealthy could afford. But that is all changing thanks to millennials. 20% of international tourists, about 200 million people, are between the ages of 16 and 34. These young travelers generate $180 billion a year in tourism revenue, an increase of 30% since 2007. But to what do we owe this drastic change? What makes the millennial generation so driven to travel the world and what does it mean for the future?

  • An Awesome Device For Keeping Your Beer Cold This Summer

    Don’t get us wrong, we love Imperial Stouts and Geuze and other beers best served at warmer temps, but when summer hits, there is nothing better than a freezing cold light macrobrew. The makers of Kirin Ichiban, which is basically Bud with a cool looking dragon on the bottle, realized this and in 2012 they developed a machine that produced a whipped, frozen, slushie-like foam to insulate your beer and keep it extra cold. The super cold beers were a hit in Japan and a battery-powered home version of the device was soon developed. Now you can order your own from Japan Trend Shop for $69 (plus $47 shipping to the US). With an El Nino summer coming our way, the price just may be worth it.

  • 1970s Brooklyn Was Nothing Like The Borough We Know Today [28 Photos]

    From 1972 to 1977, the Environmental Protection Agency sponsored DOCUMERICA, a project set up to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern.” Like the FSA photographers of the New Deal, many of the DOCUMERICA photographers interpreted this to be a broader “document America in all its forms” type of project. And its a good thing they did. World-renowned photographer Danny Lyon was one of the 70 DOCUMERICA photographers. Lyon documented inner-city life in El Paso, Galveston, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Patterson, New Jersey. His photos capture low-income and ethnic neighborhoods that would end up facing extinction, but not from environmental concerns. It would be in the name of “progress” that this way of life would eventually disappear. Brooklyn is New York City’s fastest-growing borough and its gentrified neighborhoods are drawing more and more young professionals, but it wasn’t always like that. In the 1970s, as neighborhoods continued to shift form Italian and Jewish to black and Puerto-Rican, racial tensions led to rising crime rates and an exodus of almost 500,000 residents, many of them white. Since big developers were wary of the area, Brooklyn became one of the most well-preserved 19th century cities in the country. Lyon recognized the beauty in more »

  • Your Rice Cooker Can Be Used For Monster Pancakes

    Cooking rice is deceptively difficult. It’s very easy to ruin it and end up with inedible garbage, which makes a rice cooker such a handy device. But you can only eat so much rice, so what else can you do with your rice cooker? How about make some epic pancakes. Since the process is automated, once you load up the cooker, you can set it and forget it. And since you’re making the whole batch at once, you end up with one giant pancake. But why limit yourself to just regular old pancakes? You can add cocoa, fruit, vegetables, or whatever else you have around! Check out the pictures of different rice cooker pancake concoctions below, then once you’re good and hungry, learn how to make your own at Rocket News 24.

  • New York Then And Now [18 Photos and Video]

    Amateur photographer Cora Drimus traveled to New York City in April and used the photographs of her trip to make this incredible video juxtaposing the new photos with old shots, some dating back to the 19th century, of the same locations. The result is a reminder of just how much New York City and the world as a whole has changed over the course of the last century. The transition from horse and buggies to cars, railroads to highways, and the rise of ever taller skyscrapers are all documented here. Watch the video and check out some of our favorite photos below.