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  • A complete list of every president’s favorite drink [Link]

    Just because the President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t enjoy a drink every now and then. 67% of American men are drinkers, and those that imbibe average 6.2 drinks per week. So it only makes sense that more than a few of our presidents have been drinkers. Check out these facts about the drinking habits of every president and be amazed at how many of them enjoyed Madeira. Jeez, you’d think we had a bunch of Romantic poets for president the first hundred years.

  • Felipe Pantone Takes Tagging To A New Level [23 Photos]

    Argentinia-born Felipe Pantone has been painting nonstop since discovering street art at the age of 12. After moving to Valencia, Spain, Pantone began experimenting with the alphabet and typography, working with the D.O.C.S. crew and later the Ultra Boyz. His name can now be found in cities all over the world, painted in various styles that elevate graffiti tagging from ugly nuisance vandalism to incredible artistic masterpieces. The photos in this gallery come from Pantone’s “Kinetic Mundi” series, with pieces in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Check out more from the series and other awesome work at Felipe Pantone.

  • This Skate Video Has Amazing Cinematography

    When we were kids, skate videos were gritty and shaky, shot on Hi8 or VHS and featuring dudes in baggy jeans and pop punk music. And we loved them. But now, with the advent of affordable HD cameras, skate videos have become beautifully shot short films with wide angles, slow motion, and, most importantly, no tiresome uses of fisheye lenses. “La République du Skateboard,” a short film from Neels Castillon, is described as “an impressionistic ode to street skateboarding.” And with incredible shots around Paris captured by a Red Epic camera, that description is most apt. For more great projects in a similar fashion, check out Neels Castillon’s website.

  • The World’s First REAL Hoverboard

    Well, here it is. The world’s first true hover board. We’ve been duped once this year with a fake hoverboard video featuring Tony Hawk and you know what they say, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, I’ll completely give up hope that this technology will ever actually exist. Hendo is introducing the world’s first real hoverboard and hover developer kit, they want to put the developer kit in your hands, because if you don’t have $10,000 to burn on a hover board that levitates an inch off the ground at least you can experience the actual technology. They basically give you the kit and challenge you to use their technology to build your own. Hendo has created an in-depth Kickstarter you can read for an hour. The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground.

  • The World Has Changed Since 1854 [Infographic]

    Not only does this infographic from 1854 contain a world map, featuring such interesting places as Russian America and the Unexplored Region of Africa, it’s also loaded with facts about the world 160 years ago. There’s a list of “Principal buildings” with the tallest on the list being the Washington Monument at 600 feet. Then there’s population of various countries, with the United States at just 23 million people. Today? Almost 300 million more. And most incredible is the list of most populous cities, featuring New York at just half a million people. Could you imagine walking around New York City with just 500,000 people? It would be like 28 Days Later. This incredible historic document comes from the David Rumsey Map Collection. Check out more than 54,000 18th and 19th century maps at the digital database. Click the graphic to view it full-sized.

  • Superstorm Sandy: Hoboken Then and Now Photos

    Just about two years ago Hoboken was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. One of the most popular stories in RSVLTS.com history was A First Look At Hurricane Sandy’s Destruction of Hoboken, NJ [70 HQ Photos]. The story captured the chaos and confusion that followed in the days post Superstorm. We were contacted by teachers, museums and news sources looking to use pictures featured in the story to educate students and the public across the country looking for a first hand encounter. View the map we used to shoot the photos >> After the destruction struck so close to our homes and offices, we saw the devastation and the process of progress in what seemed  like a seamless transition, thanks to help of first responders, volunteers and the National Guard. Last year we attempted to shoot the same iconic photos on the streets of Hoboken to recreate several of those pictures to show how the Mile Square has rebuilt since the storm. We implemented a new “slider” function that will show Hoboken during or just after the storm on the left and pictures showing Hoboken in it’s current state. We did our best to get the exact angle seen in the original photo, they are more »

  • The Next Six Years of Super-Hero Movies Timelined [Infographic]

    Superhero movies look like they’re here to stay and as long and Marvel and DC continue to make quality flicks, I ain’t mad. Last wednesday Warner Bros. announced ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties. Ten! tac on the flood of Marvel movies in the chamber and that’s a tidal wave of superhero movies over the next six years from Warner Bros, Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony Columbia. ComicsAlliance’s designer Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced.

  • The Difference Between Corporate And Startup Politics (and How To Survive)

    When most people talk about ‘office politics,’ they’re usually talking about larger, faceless organizations. The hierarchies present in such companies often do require more hoop jumping and bureaucratic manipulation to get things done. That, in fact, was one of the prime reasons that I joined a startup. Still, I wondered what the difference was between startup office politics to those at a corporation. So I asked a ton of startup founders and employees their thoughts. The opinions I received were diverse; some reflected my experience working at a startup and some did not. Though it’s important to note that every situation is unique. The politics at one corporation are not the same as at another corporation, simply because they are corporations. Similarly, different startups will have different cultures and different ways of interacting. So in laying this out, I’ll try to keep the diversity of opinion apparent, and let you decide for yourself what you agree with. The Deliberate Disintegration of ‘Office Politics’ History often seems like a pattern of generational pivots, reacting against the previous generation’s culture. Similarly, to understand politics at startups, it’s important to understand politics at a corporation. Why? Because startups often position themselves as the small, fast, and fluid more »

  • “Bad Guy” Football Teams Everyone Can Hate

    Funny or Die created these hilarious fictional football teams everyone can root against. Every team, even the Yankees, has a steady fan base who believes even the most evil of teams can do no wrong. Well not these teams. From the Norfolk Internet Trolls to the Albany Loud Chewers, these teams are sure to inflict blood boiling levels of hate upon everyone.

  • The Yankees System Doesn’t Work

    Our sports editor Jim Kelly Jr. says we shouldn’t blame Brian Cashman for the Yankees mediocrity.  The ghost of baseball’s original ‘cash-man’ still calls the shots in the ‘House the Yes Network Built’. While the curtain closed on Derek Jeter’s storied career with the New York Yankees this season, as franchises presented retirement gifts destined to boost the climate controlled storage facility industry, the continued mediocrity of the Bronx Bombers took a welcomed, albeit hot, backseat.  If not for fans and media alike bidding a nostalgic farewell to the George Clooney-of-shortstops the spotlight may have been far brighter on a glaring trend in New York: The 2014 Yankees were not good. Nor were the 2013 Yankees, who had their own retirement dog & pony & sandman show with closer Mariano Rivera. Taking the sting out of an 85 win season by teams presenting ‘thanks for historically kicking our ass’ gifts to an iconic rival, an odd yet accepted act that feels like presenting your high school bully with a savings bond at graduation. For a team enamored with icons of dynasty the last man standing is one who has never played an inning.  Brian Cashman, behind only Brian Sabean in San more »

  • WHAT IT’S LIKE TO EAT AND DRINK AN ENTIRE HOTEL MINIBAR [Link]

    We’ve all had those late nights in our hotel rooms, returning after a night of out-of-town debauchery, where we wanted nothing more than to eat that $20 Toblerone or drink a $8 bottle of water. But even in our inebriated state, we’ve managed to keep the insane costs in mind, guaranteeing the forbidden fruit of the minibar never to be plucked. Loews Regency hotels realized this and began offering “milk the minibar” options where can you eat whatever you want for $30 (on top of your $600 room, of course). But just because you can now afford to eat and drink everything, should you do it?

  • Priory Gets The Weekend Started At RSVLTS HQ [RSVLTS Live]

    I got a text message from my friend Anthony on Thursday October 15th at 4:30pm saying that I need to check out “Weekend” by a new band named Priory. The name Priory sounded very familiar and as it turned out their publicist Brooke had emailed me two days before about doing some press because they were in New York City for the weekend to mark the launch of their new EP Weekend which dropped last week.  I was also very familiar with their song “Weekend” as it’s getting regular rotation of ESPN GameDay every week so something needed to be done. On a whim I emailed Brooke back, she gave me a call and after a few minutes of small talk she said the band would be available to stop by RSVLTS HQ the following morning to perform a couple of their hit songs. It all escalated very quickly. Fast forward 18 hours later and the band rolled up to our parking lot in their royal blue converted shuttle bus that serves as their home away from home on the road. Five friends from Oregon trying to make it in the music biz, riding off a hit single “Weekend” and traveling in style, all while more »

  • Found Photos Showcase Everyday Life In China In The 80s and 90s [25 Photos]

    In 1985, affordable consumer film was finally available to the massive Chinese populace. And the reign of film would continue for another 20 years until digital cameras gained widespread use around 2005. By 2009, a recycling plant on the outskirts of Beijing was overrun with film negatives destined for destruction. That’s where collector Thomas Sauvin comes in. Since then, he has amassed a collection of over half a million negatives featuring everyday Chinese life of the 80s and 90s. In 2013, Sauvin published a five-volume set of books based on the collection and recently he has begun sharing the colleciton on Instagram @beijing_silvermine. Some of our favorites are in the gallery.

  • Save Yourself From Ebola With Cam’ron Face Masks

    Just because we’re all freaking out over getting Ebola, we shouldn’t have to compromise our hip fashion sense by wearing those totes lame white face masks. Cam’ron is making sure we all look our best without compromising our immune systems by creating his own brand of polypropylene masks featuring a delightful photo of Killa Cam himself. You can pre-order yours now from Dipset for $19.99, but our short attention spans probably won’t be focused on the nefarious virus by the time the masks ship November 7. Let’s hope another epidemic scare comes our way so this business venture won’t be in vain. You know, it’s about time SARS made a comeback…

  • Spaceballs Gets A Christopher Nolan-esque Trailer [Video]

    No matter if you love them or hate them, there’s one thing you can say about Christopher Nolan films—they are never ruined by the trailer. Of course, that’s because the trailer doesn’t actually tell you anything about the movie. Take “Interstellar” for example. We don’t know what the hell it’s about, but we sure do want to see it. But what if this same type of epic trailer was applied to a wacky comedy, like…oh, I don’t know…how about “Sapceballs?” The result, as this video from The Unusual Suspect shows, is pretty damn spectacular.

  • The Keep-Away From Peyton Record Touchdown Celebration Was Rehearsed

    Our favorite moment from last night’s record setting night for Peyton Manning was by far the monkey-in-the-middle game Broncos receivers played with their quarterback after he broke the record for most touchdowns thrown in the history of the NFL. After Manning surpassed Brett Favre reaching 509 career touchdown passes in the first quarter, the gang had a little fun at Peyton’s expense, but as Fox’s Marc Garafolo pointed out, everyone, including Peyton was in on it the whole time. We've all been had. Demariyus Thomas said Peyton Manning himself planned the keep-away. Peyton had them practice it too. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2014

  • Vice Presidents With Octopuses On Their Heads…Because Art?

    Everyone loves octopuses—the super intelligent cephalopods who adorn the necklaces of quirky girls and the tapas plates of Spanish eateries. Likewise, everyone loves vice presidents—the mysterious number-twos who occasionally get a tie-breaking vote in the senate while awaiting the death of their boss. So really, it’s only natural that someone combine the two beloved creatures. Oh wait, no it isn’t. It makes no sense at all. But we like it. Artist Jonathan Crow has created this series, dubbed “Veeptopus,” depicting every US vice president wearing an octopus as a headdress. Some of our favorites, including Teddy Roosevelt, are below. Check out the rest of the series, complete with interesting facts about each vice prez, at Veeptopus.

  • How Every Apple Store Is Designed To Make You Spend More Money

    Apple products are by far the most sought after and desirable products on the planet. Sleek, simple and at the pinnacle of technologically, each tier of their product line has dominated retail over the past decade. But just how much of Apple’s retail revenue is due to it’s product’s capabilities and how much is due to a brilliant store alignment that enhances your desire to buy something before you take your second step into the store? Business Insider provides some knowledge into the science behind the Apple store.

  • Watch The Entire Halloween Series in 2 Minutes

    Micheal Myers is a name synonymous with Halloween, mainly because there’s an entire franchise built around him dubbed Halloween. But as all Hallows eve quickly approaches you probably don’t have enough time to fully catch up on all 5 or 10 Halloween franchised movies so Cinefix did all the work for you and neatly wrapped every movie into a 2 minute cliff notes version.

  • These New York Photos Are Incredible Composites Of Dozens Of Images

    At the age of 18, Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York to study photography. That was almost 20 years ago, and for the last decade, he has been creating these incredible composite images of iconic New York vistas, made up of dozens of images compressed and layered together. 40 of these amazing composite photos are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February 2015. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out six of these images below. Then watch the “making of” video to see how multiple shots are stitched together to create each epic composite.

  • 10 Must-See Bands At CMJ 2014

    Next week, more than 1300 bands will play shows all around New York City during the 5-day 2014 CMJ Music Marathon. With shows going on all over the place, all day long, it can be tough to figure out who to see. But instead of becoming overwhelmed and hiding at home all week, let this list serve as a starting point for what you should check out. We tried to showcase some bands from all different genres, too, so you have an idea of all the different music that awaits you.

  • This Running Back Has a Chance To Break One of the NFL’s Most Coveted Records

    This year, we celebrate 30 years since Eric Dickerson’s unprecedented NFL season when he rushed for 2,1305 yards in his second season with the Los Angeles Rams. That set the bar high, very high. Since then we’ve seen the likes of Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders, AP, Marshall Faulk and a handful of other running backs fall short of Dickerson’s coveted record, but this year an unlikely candidate may surprise us. DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has rushed for 785 yards, 180 yards more than Dickerson had at the same point in 1984. However 130.8 yards per game, he will end up with 2,093 yards and fall short of the record as Dickerson rushed for at least 175 yards in a game four times in the final ten games. Murray will need to stay more than consistent and his style of play combines ground and pound with finesse which is remarkably like Adrian Peterson’s style the year he came within inches of breaking Dickerson’s record, but what Murray has over Dickerson is consistency, having rushed for at least 100 yards in all six games so far. On the other hand, Dickerson had two games with less than 50 yards during more »

  • Photographer Takes Images Of People Doing Shots. Not Pretty.

    The second after we rip a shot of liquor, we’re are at our darkest moment. Unless you were born in the tough as nails era of the wild west, taking a shot doesn’t taste very good. To anyone. I don’t care who you are, it just sucks. Whether you realize it or not, your face looks about as disgusted as it’ll ever look. Sour, grimaced and disgusted all in one facial reaction. UK photographer Tim Charles has managed to capture the fleeting reactions of his subjects in his new photo series called ‘Shot Face’, a humorous look at something we all see our friends make every time the “Mike Hancho” at the bar decides everyone should get drunker quicker. Check out his entire series here for more. =

  • The London Beer Flood, 200 Years Ago [Link]

    Although a beer flood sounds like something out of an amazing dream, London actually experienced such an occurrence and it was quite the nightmare. On October 17, 1814, a giant vat of porter exploded and beer flooded the streets of London, killing eight. On the 200th anniversary, take a look back and the learn the causes and effects of the bizarre disaster.

  • 10 Things That Happened When the Kansas City Royals Last Won the World Series

    The 1985 World Series is known for two things: Don Denkinger’s infamous blown call and the last time the Kansas City Royals reached the pinnacle of baseball. It was a long drought that spanned 29 years, 5 Presidents, and 4 Major League Commissioners. But that slump ended when the Royals swept the Orioles to earn a World Series berth. 29 years is a long time. So what was the world like last time the Royals were in the big show? Let’s take a look.

  • Wrigley Begins Demolition of Iconic Bleachers for Stadium Rehab

    In the first phase of the park’s four-year, $575 million “1060 Project” renovation mission, Wrigley’s iconic bleachers were torn down. In a project to expand stadium capacity by 300 seats in the left and right field bleachers along with the addition of more concession stands and more room for fans on the concourse, the stadium will be expanded to reach the edge of the sidewalk on Sheffield and Waveland avenues. The first phase is on pace to be finished by opening day on April 6th in their opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with the seat expansion, the Cubs have plans to also add clubhouse upgrades, batting tunnels to compete with other major league clubhouses, new restrooms, concessions, seats, restaurant and retail areas for fans, along with a hotel.   Photos via: Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune

  • A Seamless Mashup Of Star Wars And Everyday Life [17 Photos]

    With the JJ Abrams Star Wars movies on their way, you can guarantee that a whole new generation will become enamored with the Star Wars universe and all the characters and spaceships contained within. But for us older folks, nothing can compare to our love of the original trilogy. Photographer Thomas Dagg was a fan of the original Star Wars movies and the imaginative escape they provided when he was a kid. With this photo series, he revisits those feelings by inserting iconic characters or props into mundane scenes of everyday life. Is that Darth Vader on the bus? I think I spy some tie fighters in formation…These photos prove that even in our boring, grown-up world, there’s still some room for imagination.

  • We Can’t Stop Watching This Japanese USB Lighter Commercial [Video]

    A couple years ago, Jii, a Japanese company that produces a lighter that is powered via USB charge, became Internet famous for their bizarre commercial. But like most things on the web, we quickly forgot about it. But apparently Jii is still a thing and they’re still producing wacky commercials. This soccer-themed cartoon is impossible to figure out (what does soccer have to do with smoking?) but we can’t stop watching it. We don’t even smoke, but for some reason we have been hypnotized into desiring this device.

  • The uKeg Pressurized Growler

    Rejoice you craft beer loving, home brew enthusiasts, you can now enjoy Trevor from 3C’s freshest batch of squash spice ale without the time taking the freshness away from it’s flavor. GrowlerWerks uKeg has created the world’s first growler that keeps your beer fresh as long as you need, fits in your refrigerator, and can be taken with you where ever you go.  The uKeg comes with an advanced regulator keeps oxygen out, carbonation in, and automatically regulates pressure, selector Dial so you can choose your desired carbonation level, from zero or “Off” up to 20 psi, a dispenser Tap that easily pours beer anytime, without needing to remove the cap, and has a taplock to prevent dispensing, sight Glass – shows the contents of the uKeg and how much is left. Keep track of more than one type of beer and a CO2 Cartridge with a 8g food-grade CO2 cartridges are low cost (less than $1 ea.) and readily available online, at stores, or your filling station. Lasts for 1 growler fill.

  • Visualizing Blood Alcohol Content [Infograpic]

    There’s nothing wrong with drinking, but it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve had. And it’s hard to know how much is too much. This infographic may surprise you with just how many drinks it takes the average man or woman in your weight range to be legally intoxicated (spoiler alert: it’s not a lot for most of us). So learn about what blood alcohol content does to you, then go out and have some fun tonight. But be responsible, because chances are you won’t survive a .914 BAC.

  • Garry Winogrand Captured New York’s Streets 50 Years Ago [25 Photos]

    Born in New York City in 1928, Garry Winogrand became famous for capturing the streets of his home city. From the 1950s until his untimely death from cancer in 1984, Winogrand photographed the regular people on the streets of cities across America, but his most iconic photos are of New York. After is his passing, more than 2500 rolls of undeveloped film were found. Some of those posthumous prints are in this gallery along with some of his most famous work from the tens of thousands of prints he made during his life. A traveling exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery was recently on display in New York City. If you missed it, you can catch it in Paris at The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

  • Alexis Ren Pool Party FTW [Photos]

    Any regular reader of RSVLTS knows that we are drinking the Alexis Ren cool-aid lately. This girl is a star on the rise and we’re all in. She recently teamed up with photographer Lucas Passmore for a pool party themed shoot which we know you’ll enjoy.

 
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