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  • 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.

  • Amazing Slow-Mo Footage Captures A True New York City Summer

    Anyone who’s experienced a New York City summer can tell you it’s anything but pleasant. The heat waves rising from the black pavement, the windows from the skyscrapers above magnifying and directing sunlight straight into your face, that cool refreshing breeze with hints of that garbage smell that seems to be a stagnant cloud around the city. Not pleasant. Not at all. Well filmographer Tim Sessler sought out to change your perception on the beauty of NYC summers by giving you a slowed down version of a city in fast forward. Tessler and his production team at Free Fly Systems traveled around Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx filming everyday life in the big city. Capturing beautiful night time landscapes, skateboarding below the Brooklyn Bridge and playing in the fire hydrant to name a few shots. Shot with the Freefly TERO in the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens./Stabilized with the Freefly MōVI M10 and M15./Shot on the Phantom Miro LC320S (1500-2000fps) and Red Epic Dragon STREETS – NEW YORK CITY from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRINKING SAISON [Link]

    Saisons are seasonal beers made in the fall and winter and stored away until the spring and summer when farmers needed them most to quench their thirst after a long day of navigating agricultural-subsidy paperwork. The available variety of this unfiltered Belgian beer can be a tad overwhelming to the uneducated imbiber, so take a look at this primer, complete with 7 suggestions, and get drinking.

  • Calorie Counting Device Will Make You Feel Bad About Everything You Eat

    GE Global Research is working on a device that will be able to tell you how many calories are in everything you eat with the touch of a button. The team has already developed a prototype that estimates the caloric content of foods based on water and fat content. Because fat and water interact differently with microwaves, the device can read the microwave signature bounced off of the food and calculate the caloric content within 5-10% accuracy. Eventually the team hopes to build a cover that can be placed over a plate of food and display a calorie count with the press of a button. The device will then be paired with wireless diet apps to track caloric intake. Now the question is do you really want to know just how unhealthy your diet is?

  • 5 Things Dante de Blasio Will Love About His New Home and 5 Things He’ll Hate

    In what’s been perhaps the most publicized move since 2008, the de Blasios, on Sunday, said arrivederci to their Park Slope dwelling and ciao to their new, much grander Upper East Side pad, Gracie Mansion. The move is glamorous, but for a teen that’s spent their whole life somewhere, like the mayor’s son Dante, any move can be daunting. In case Dante is still feeling a bit jetlagged and isn’t sure how he feels about the whole ordeal, we’ve broken down five things that Dante will love and five things he’ll hate about the address change.

  • Rent This Luxury Airstream For A California Coast Adventure

    AKA is known for their luxury extended stay residences around the country, and but now visitors to AKA Beverly Hills have an incredible mobile option. In May, AKA introduced the AKA mobile suite, allowing residents to rent a top-of-the-line Airstream trailer and GMC Yuko Denali for a five-day journey along the California coast. The Airstream will make you think you never left your room at AKA with a comfortable bedroom area; lounge area with leather sofa; fully equipped kitchen; bathroom and shower; iPod interface; and flat screen TV/DVD combo. Rates begin at $6000 for the five-day excursion. For more info, visit AKA.

  • There Are Two Kinds of People in This World. Which One Are You? (Infographic)

    There are two definitive types of people in this world. People who drink Coke and people who drink Pepsi. People who eat their pizza crust and people who are repelled by the thought of eating a crusty, cheeseless, sauceless piece of dough that will most likely cut the roof of your mouth. Guess you know what type of person I am. This infographic from FoodBeast breaks down every variable of edible consumption in the history of mankind. Which one are you?

  • Unhealthiest Restaurant Meal Announced; Looks Delicious

    Since 2007, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has ranked the most unhealthy meals at national chain restaurants. Back in the salad days of the aughts, when we were all carb-conscious and slightly less morbidly obese, the CSPI was surprised to find meals that contained over 1500 calories. Realizing how unimpressive such calorie-lacking meals were on a “most unhealthy” list and possibly in collusion with husky-size clothing manufacturers, America’s restaurants stepped up their game. This year almost every meal contained over 2000 calories and a few even broke the 3000 mark. But who came out on top? With 3540 calories, 2 days worth for those skinny Minnies out there, Red Robin’s Monster Meal kills the competition (and possibly those with certain health conditions). The meal consists of a 1670 calorie Monster Burger, 370 calories worth of fries (but they’re bottomless, so keep eating, fatty!), and the option of 1500 calories of milkshake. Should you eat it every day? Probably not. But indulging now and then won’t kill you. And with that said, anybody know where the closest Red Robin is to Hoboken? Want to know what else made the list? See the Xtreme Eating 2014 winners at CSPI.

  • Inside LEGO’s Denmark Office/Playground [15 Photos]

    Think of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only instead of a secretive chocolate factory, it’s tiny toy bricks. That’s essentially what LEGO’s Billund, Denmark headquarters is like. Completely shut off to the public the facility uses a “listening post” in Los Angeles to keep up with trends. Inside, however, looks like an open space office more suited for a trendy media agency, not a toy factory, but this is how LEGO has been doing business since 1949. The company employs around 180 people from 24 different countries, but uses fun as the general language around the office. Slides and colorful conference rooms help the creativity within the confines to generate some of the longest running toys in the world.

  • Surprising Photos That Show Everyday Life In Iran Isn’t All That Different From The United States

    Before the critics go ripping us for implying Iran is a place full of rainbows and butterflies we’ll elaborate on the title. Yes, there is rogue violence throughout the country. Yes, women are oppressed. Yes, the U.S. government has travel warnings. But when we came across a Reddit thread featuring suprisingly beautiful photos and a discussion on travel to the country’s biggest city Tehran it became apparent that the U.S. media might be trying to convince us that Iran is a hell hole when in reality it has amazing culture, beautiful people and scenic locations. If you want to read about first hand accounts of travel to Iran check out this fascinating convo on Reddit.

  • Bizarre Clone Cities Around The World [14 Photos]

    Apparently everything has been done as far as architecture is concerned because all over the world cities are ripping off iconic buildings and sometimes, in China’s case, entire cities. Want to see the Parthenon in Greece? Save yourself a few bucks and go see it in Tennessee instead. Their’s ain’t even broken! Want to see the Statue of Liberty but also shop for weird tentacle porn after? Go see the clone in Tokyo! Want to see Paris without all the smug Frenchies? Check out China’s Paris ghost town in Tianducheng! Jeez China, you really make knockoffs of everything, huh?

  • The Comprehensive Guide to Every Brewery in the United States

    With more and more breweries emerging in the U.S. per year it’s no surprise why it’s so intruiging to see where the majority of them are popping up. At the end of 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the United States, including 2,768 craft breweries subdivided into 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries. Pop-Chart Labs has created their second installment of breweries across the U.S. updated and redesigned onto a monster print taht measures in at over seven square feet with over 1,400 breweries from craft to macro and everything in between.

  • The 33 Best Burgers In America [Link]

    Looking for a road trip idea for this summer? Why not travel across the country, adding miles to your odometer and inches to your waist line as you gorge on the 33 best burgers? Load up the car and plot your journey with this list form Thrillist, but give yourself time between each one or this summer vacation could be your last.