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  • 12 Drinks Of Christmas [Infographic]

    Christmas isn’t just a season of giving, it’s also a time to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol in order to put up with family members you try your best to avoid the rest of the year. In the spirit of both giving and drinking, Redditor eightballart created this infographic featuring 12 cocktails to coincide with the most annoying of holiday songs, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” And hey, look, it’s already the afternoon! Time to get started with a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

  • A New Kind Of Starbucks Store Targets Craft Brewers [9 Photos]

    It’s not enough that Starbucks has taken over every street corner in the country, enticing us with the energizing aroma of expensive coffee drinks available in a variety of sizes with names that don’t help you discern the size, now the java giant is eyeing the craft-brewed crowd with a new kind of store. And we have to admit, it looks pretty great. Dedicated to its Reserve line of limited edition and smaller-batch blends, Starbucks recently opened Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle, the company’s home city and just a few blocks from the original store. The 15,000 square-feet facility in a 100-year-old building houses two enormous roasters that prepare all the coffee served at the Roastery. Customers can watch as sacks of coffee beans enter the roasters creating brews that are mixed into all sorts of hip concoctions with the help of a Chemex and other craft-brewed tools. And then hand over $6 for something they could have made at home in their pajamas.

  • A Sea of Fog Filled The Grand Canyon In “Once A Decade” Cloud Inversion [Photos]

    A “once a decade” total cloud inversion took place in the Grand Canyon last week when the huge void with filled with what looked like rolling white fog. The cloud inversion, which happens when cool damp air is trapped in the canyon by warm air is extremely rare. The Grand Canyon management team posted a fascinating timelaspe video showing how it all went down. To give you some perspective of how huge the Grand Canyon is take a look at this photo of what Manhattan would look like if it was inside the Grand Canyon: Photos of the cloud inversion:

  • This Pizza Has 99 Cheeses; Your Move, Donatello

    Remember that scene in TMNT when Donatello calls a 99-cheese pizza a “culinary impossibility?” Well master pizza chef Johnny di Francesco remembered and decided to take on the challenge. The Melbourne chef, who is the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana VPN rules and who recently won first place at the pizza world championships in Italy, decided to try his hand at the first pie of its kind. He begins by melting down a mix of 96 cheeses in a pot, which can take up to an hour. Then he builds the pie and sprinkles buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese, fior di latte, ricotta, and raspadura to reach 99. Becuase of the time it takes to prepare each 99-cheese pizza, the $23 pie was only served at di Francesco’s Gradi restaurant in the Crown casino complex during a two-hour block at lunch time on Saturday. What do you think America? How about we steal the recipe and add one disgusting slice of American cheese on top and claim the first 100-cheese pizza? via NDTV

  • THE BEST BARS AT THE 10 BUSIEST AIRPORTS IN AMERICA [Link]

    If you’re like most folks, chances are you’ll find yourself traveling for the holidays. And if this winter is anything like last year, you’ll find yourself stuck at an airport along the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to pick at a $9 chicken sandwich made days ago while you try to figure out how to use the free WiFi. Airports these days have plenty of great options, especially when it comes to drinking. Here are your best bets in America’s ten busiest airports.

  • New 3D models in Google Maps Are Hyper Realistic

    Google has began implementing hyper real 3D models of buildings in it’s Google Maps and Earth applications. New York City and San Francisco will be the first cities unveiled with extreme detail. The Freedom Tower,  Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Bay Bridge in San Francisco are some wildly impressive examples you can look at right now. In May 2013  Google began updating imagery from Google Earth and doesn’t have plans of stopping until the entire planet looks like a Sim City game.    

  • You’ve Got To Be Crazy To Capture New York City Like This [32 High Quality Photos]

    What do they put in the water in Eastern Europe that makes everyone so fearless? Probably Vodka. That’s the only explanation we can think of when it comes to urban explorers such as Ukrainian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov. Just 21 and 25 years old respectively, the two must not care about seeing their 30s, because they are constantly traveling the world and climbing to the top of every building they come across. Which works out for us because we get these great photos from places we are too practical to ever experience. Recently the duo visited New York City and captured these incredible shots from the tops of skyscrapers and bridges. These are just some of the photos they took, but you can check out the rest, along with more details about the shoot, at On The Roofs.

  • Laphroaig Descriptions Make For Great Christmas Carols [Video]

    Laphroaig is one of the tastiest single malt scotches on the market, but its intense peaty and smokey flavor can be a bit much for those who don’t usually drink scotch. Laphroaig realizes this and has a great sense of humor about its unique flavor. This year they’ve produced numerous ads featuring lovers and haters describing the flavor and they’ve also invited anyone to share their opinion on the taste, whether it be good or bad, on their website. And now, just in time for the holidays, Laphroaig has set the funniest descriptions to popular Christmas melodies. Slàinte.

  • This Poster Is The Ultimate Cocktail Guide

    You’re hosting a holiday party, you have all the finest booze, all the mixers, ad you even have a variety of bitters. But then you realize you don’t actually know how to make any drinks. Your guests are asking for a Rusty Nail and a Harvey Wallbanger and you start to fumble with your phone in desperation. But your fingers, soaked with sweat, slip and slide all over your touchscreen. You drop your phone, breaking the screen. Next thing you know, you’re crying on the floor and your guests head over to Todd’s house because he used to tend bar and he knows how to make every cocktail. Damn you, Todd. If the preceding scenario is all too familiar to you, perhaps you should invest in this cocktail poster. Including 35 of the most popular cocktails, the poster also features pictured of the glass shape along with diagrams breaking down the individual ingredients, mixing proportions, and the way of preparation. Check out the order page at Cocktail Poster. It just might save your social life.

  • Ebola Fighters are TIME Magazine’s choice for ‘Person of the Year 2014′

    The epidemic that struck Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mali took the world by storm in 2014. It’s unprecedented outbreak, while deplorably fatal, didn’t stop doctors and nurses from traveling into the belly of the beast to help a region in dire distress. With minimal resources and precautions, volunteers from across the globe risked their lives and rejection from reentering their native country to help the Ebola epidemic any way they could. While the rest of the world watched in terror, unknown the reality of the situation, because of confusion in the media, “the special forces of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Christian medical-relief workers of Samaritan’s Purse and many others from all over the world fought side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams.” as told by TIME. “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year.” The Ebola Fighters are TIME’s Person more »

  • THE 35 BEST U.S. CITIES FOR PEOPLE 35 AND UNDER

    With the new year coming, you may be looking to make a change in your life. And one of the biggest changes you can make is moving to a different city. But in this vast country of ours, where should you head? Vocativ has come up with the 35 Best Cities For People Under 35. Using their “Livability Index” which ranks each city in categories like demographics, housing, transportation, and food, they’ve come up with a list with a variety of choices, including many that don’t often make the cut on these types of lists. Have you ever considered Garland, Texas or Winston-Salem, North Carolina? Maybe you should. Hell, even if you’re not looking to move, it’s nice to see where your city ranks just for bragging rights. Unless your city didn’t rank, in which case you should probably start packing your bags. Check out THE LIVABILITY INDEX: THE 35 BEST U.S. CITIES FOR PEOPLE 35 AND UNDER at Vocativ

  • 10 Mouthwatering Cheeseburgers Inspired by 10 American Cities

    The Cheese and Burger Society was created by Wisconsin’s milk marketing board to pay tribute to the state’s unbelievable line-up for cheeses. If you’ve never had authentic Wisconsin cheese curds you haven’t lived. In addition to all things cheese the society created a website called cheeseandburger.com that features mouthwatering burger recipes from across the U.S. of A. So far 40 burgers have been profiled, which you can view here, and we’ve narrowed the list down to 10 that are inspired by American cities.

  • Shake Shack + Breakfast Sandwich = New Elated Reality

    Christmas, hanukkah, Kwanza and Festivus come early. How early? Between the hours of 7 AM to 10:30 AM on weekdays at the Grand Central Terminal Shake Shack. That’s right Shake Shack breakfast can now be had at it’s first Manhattan location, until today’s announcement the burger joint only a breakfast menu at it’s JFK Airport locations. The announcement makes complete sense for it’s Grand Central location which accounts for tens of thousands of daily foot traffic. The menu will have a sausage egg n’ cheese sandwich, an applewood-smoked bacon egg n’ cheese sandwich, and a simple egg n’ cheese sandwich. The meat versions will cost $4.75 while the meatless egg n’ cheese will cost $3.75 served on the usual potato rolls with American cheese. Shack Shack will also have hot drip and cold brew coffee, as well as hot breakfast teas. The full menu can be seen below.

  • Top 10 Countries To Visit In 2015 [Infographic]

    2015 is just a few weeks away, so it’s time to start making your plans for the new year. But if you’re having trouble deciding where in the world you should visit next year, let Lonely Planet help you out. The knowledgeable travel experts have revealed their top 10 countries to visit. Some are hidden gems, others are hosting big celebrations next year, but all of them are places not to miss. And for a quick overview of the top 10, check out this infographic with info about can’t-miss attractions.

  • Would You Pay $8 To Build Your Own McDonald’s Sandwich?

    McDonald’s store sales continue to fall as younger consumers opt for casual fast food restaurants such as Chipotle and Panera over the yellow arches. How can the home of the Big Mac win back these millenials? With longer wait times and more expensive choices, of course! McDonald’s has been testing “Create Your Taste” kiosks at four locations in California. Using a touchscreen, customers can choose exactly how they want their burger or chicken sandwich, with a variety of fresh toppings offered. Surveys have showed that younger people have no problem waiting for food (the customized sanwiches take about seven minutes) as long as they can get it how they want it with fresh ingredients. And it’s a win for the stores, who charge $8.29 for the sandwich with medium drink and fries, considerably more than most menu options. The program is immediately heading to 30 more stores, with an additional 2,000 locations receiving the kiosks in 2015. We’re sure we’ll try it once, just for the novelty alone, but will it the program be enough to keep us Gen Yers coming back? Best burgers around – I found my new obsession

  • Stunning Photos from the Mammoth Fire Happening in Los Angeles Right Now

    An apartment complex in Los Angeles was somehow set ablaze early monday morning, blasting smoke and flames into the air, forcing 200+ firefighters to answer the call to battle the flames. The blast and fire could be seen for miles around the downtown LA area, after the fire began sometime around 1:30 am. The apartment building was under construction at the time of the occurrence and so no injuries have been reported. A massive inferno engulfed an apartment complex early Monday morning, shooting flames and smoke into the air, reports the Los Angeles Times. More than 250 firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze, which can be seen for miles, and two of the city’s major highways are now closed. The mesmerizing scene has been captured throughtout different social media outlets. Here are a few to give you an idea of the size of this blaze. A video posted by Cissy (@cissy_xixi) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:14am PST ummmmmmm so this just happened #dtla #fire #losangeles A photo posted by eric wilson (@thewilsonian) on Dec 12, 2014 at 1:55am PST So the building across my apartment is in f*cking flames! #DTLA #LosAngeles #fire #LAFD A photo more »

  • Here Are The Most Corrupt Countries In The World

    Corruption is everywhere. Greed fueling the prerogatives of bureaucrats and politicians as well as city officials and civil servants alike across the globe. Transparency International has recently released its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) which ranks 175 countries and territories around the world based on how clean their administrative and political institutions are on a scale from 0 to 100 (0 being highly corrupt. The CPI is a conglomerate of surveys and assessments of “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain,” making it the most widely used corruption indicator worldwide. According to this index Somolia, North Korea and Sudan are the most corrupt countries in the world, while The four least corrupt countries are Denmark (92), New Zealand (91), Finland (89), and Sweden (87), while the US came in 17th with a rating of 74.

  • How to ‘Live Slow’ in the City That Never Stops [Link]

    Even in New York City, where you pay about a billion dollars a square foot for your apartment, you may still find yourself accumulating a ton of junk that you don’t need or never use. It’s possible (and possibly sanity-saving) to downsize, declutter, and slow down in New York. But how do you start living the simple life in the city that never sleeps? Check out this advice from William Powers, author of New Slow City.

  • Anatomy Of A Hangover [Infographic]

    Friday is here and chances are you’ll enjoy a drink or twelve this weekend then curse yourself when you awake with a hangover on Monday morning. How you can save yourself from the living hell of dehydration, nausea, and headache? By learning just what that deliciously evil alcohol is doing to your body. So study this infographic and take the proper precautions, including eating some food and drinking plenty of water. And maybe—and I know this is crazy—but maybe try not drinking quite so much. Or at least just stick to one alcohol. You’re on notice, Long Island Iced Tea.

  • The RSVLTS Live It Up At Harrah’s New Orleans [42 Photos]

    Mardi Gras is just a couple months away, and if you’re thinking of planning a trip to New Orleans, get off your ass and do it already! And be sure to stay at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino. Recently, we packed our finest seersucker suits, practiced our accents by watching clips of Gambit on the X-Men cartoon, and headed down to the Big Easy for some gambling, drinking, and po’ boy indulging. And our base was an enormous suite at Harrah’s 26-story, 450-room hotel. Located in the heart of New Orleans, Harrah’s is across the street from the riverwalk and within walking distance of the historic French Quarter. But you don’t even have to go that far to find everything you could possibly want. For all your gaming needs, the adjacent Harrah’s Casino offers 115,000 square feet of gambling goodness in the only land-based private casino with table games in the state of Louisiana. 2,100 slot machines and over 90 table games await. For food and drinks, Harrah’s also has you covered. There’s the usual buffet for the blue-hairs on break from smoking cigarettes at the Dolly Parton slot machine along with the world famous Acme Oyster House for all your more »

  • Pizza Hut Australia Is Offering Doritos Crust

    While Pizza Hut here in the US recently unveiled a new menu complete with balsamic drizzle, honey sriracha crust, and fresh spinach, the pizza maker’s Australian counterpart has gone the Taco Bell route and opted to add Doritos. A press release states that the company spent months developing the new Doritos Crunchy Crust, which is amazing because it seems to be nothing more than crushed up Doritos stuck to crust using mozzarella cheese, then covered in cheddar. Perhaps they meant that they spent months getting high and talking about how great of an idea it would be before anyone sobered up enough for five minutes to actually make it. Don’t get us wrong, we’re enjoying the new US Pizza Hut offerings (pretzel crust!), but we can’t help but feel a tinge of regret that we’ll never know the glory of Doritos Crunchy Crust. We know it’s terrible for us, but this Tweet sums up our feelings perfectly: There's cheese hiding under the Doritos and I know I should be disgusted but I'm not. #PizzaHutCrunch pic.twitter.com/jcTHapcXeK — Rae Johnston (@miss_raej) December 2, 2014 Yeah…so how long would it take to get a pizza delivered from Australia? We’re really good tippers.

  • You’ve Never Seen New York City Like This Before [38 High Quality Photos]

    Warning: These may be the greatest photos you’ll ever see of New York City. After viewing, you may be disappointed in every other picture you see of the Big Apple. But it’s totally worth it. Russian photographer Gelio recently visited New York City and quickly realized that to best experience the city, it was necessary to check it out from above. His incredible, high-quality photos capture New York’s fantastic skyscrapers, bridges, and parks from the sky, offering a unique perspective that even natives will never experience. These photos are just a small sample of Gelio’s series. You can check out many more along with descriptions of his journey and the city at Gelio.

  • I Will Never Work A 40 Hour Work Week: An Expert Guide To Becoming A Workaholic

    “Don’t burn out,” my friend told me as I described to her my new working life. Though it’s only been a short time since I graduated college, I am well immersed in what I believe to be my career. I hear so many recent graduates say the same thing: “the real world sucks.” No, it doesn’t. These people got used to sleeping through morning classes and skipping history assignments. The real world is what you make it. I’m choosing to create a great career, so I will say this: I Will Never Work a 40 Work Week. There are others who agree with me. I reached out to many people for this article. The responses I got were inspiring and astonishing. Not only people in typically hard driving careers (law, medicine, investment baking), but many others shared my attitudes as well. As Colin Darretta of GoWellPath told me, “the forty hour workweek is dead, for the most part.” So what makes a workaholic lifestyle so enticing to this generation? Corporate Drone vs. Entrepreneur “I own a company and am lucky enough to work when I want – which means all the time.” — Orun Bhuiyan, Co-founder of SEOcial Though it is not clear more »

  • NYC’s 17th Century Rules For Drinking Responsibly

    Before New York City was New York City, it was New Amsterdam. The Dutch settled the New Netherland territory in the early 1600s and established its capital, New Amsterdam, at the southern tip of present-day Manhattan. In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant was appointed Director-General of the territory. He was unhappy to find a settlement of riotous drunks who began imbibing in the morning and were engaged in fisticuffs by midday. In order to bring order to the colony, Stuyvesant instituted an 8-point ordinance on drinking. The New York City Department of Records recently began curating a digital archive of early New York documents, including Stuyvesant’s edict on alcohol consumption. NYC history blog The Bowery Boys summed up the 8 points as follows: 1. “Henceforth no new taproom, tavern or inn shall be opened.” 2. “The taverns, taprooms and inns, already established, may continue for at least four consecutive years, but in the meantime the owners shall be obliged to engage in some other honest business at this place.” 3. “The tavern-keepers and tapsters are allowed to continue in their business for four years at least, but only on condition, that they shall not transfer their former occupation.” 4. “The tavern keepers more »

  • Better With Age: 4 Reasons Why You’re Turning 30 At The Perfect Time

    It’s an awesome time to be turning 30 right now (or in the near future). Sure, if you’re close to 30 or recently took the plunge, you no doubt heard the “oohs” and “ahhs” from anyone under 25 and over 45.“OOOOOOOOhhhhhhh, you’re turning 30!!!! That’s a huge deal!!” We get it, it does seem like a milestone but turning 30 is really like a something scary on the road of life. You see it in the distance at age 21 and it looks ominous but as you get closer, it’s not so bad and the next thing you know, you’re zooming by it having probably the best birthday party of your life. Here are reasons why I don’t care at all about the big 3-0.

  • Learn How To Speak New York

    You can always tell who’s a tourist when they pronounce Houston Street like the Texas metropolis. But there are plenty of other New York and New Jersey locales that can be tough for even natives of the area to pronounce. And to really make it difficult, sometimes there are multiple pronunciations. Good thing WNYC has made this guide to help us all out. Hell, just to be safe I sort of combine the two ways to say Kosciuszko then mumble it really fast. So far it’s worked…

  • Pizza Hut Can Read Your Mind [Video]

    Now that Pizza Hut has unveiled their new menu and the millions of possibilities available to you, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you go to order your pizza. Although you may feel a nervous breakdown commencing (honey sriracha or salted pretzel crust??), you can now relax, knowing that your subconscious will make the correct choice for you. Using a special tablet that tracks your eye movements, you will now be able to build a pizza without uttering a single word. The screen has pictures of the various toppings and judging by where your eyes go, your perfect pizza will be created. Right now the system is being tested in 300 UK Pizza Hut locations and may soon find its way to the US. Thank God, because I tried to order from Pizza Hut on Saturday and ended up feasting on the tears I shed trying to decided on my toppings and drizzle and crust.

  • WINE, BEER, & BOOZE PAIRINGS FOR EVERY THANKSGIVING DISH [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Everybody knows to pair with the main dish, but if you’re looking to maximize your alcohol intake, why not try pairing with every dish? It may seem daunting to come up with the best wine, beer, and liquor to imbibe with all the different foods at Thanksgiving, but fear not, for the boozehounds at Vinepair have done all the work. Protip: If you want to try each paring, be sure to just take a sip of your drink or you will most certainly be dead before you can get that sweet deal on McAfee Antivirus at Walmart on Friday.

  • Quantum of the Seas Isn’t Your Grandma’s Cruise Ship [10 Photos]

    If you’re looking to impress a bunch of blue-hairs with your shuffleboard skills or overindulge on all you can eat crab legs, the Quantum of the Seas is no the cruise ship for you. But if you’re not a billion years old, Royal Caribbean’s new ship may just what you’re looking for in a cruise. Quantum is the third largest cruise ship ever built, with 16 public decks and room for 5,000 passengers. But most importantly, it is home to the first gastropub at sea, Michael’s Genuine Pub. Whereas most cruise ships only offer big name offerings from Budweiser or Heineken or the like, Michael’s will stock popular microbrews such as Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, and Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale. Also, Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, served up at the pub’s sister location Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, will also be available. The gastropub isn’t your only option when it comes to libations. There’s also a bar where robots make and serve your drinks in addition to plenty of more traditional bar and restaurant options. For more info (and lots of pictures) check out Usa Today’s coverage of Quantum of the Seas.