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Cash Gift Ideas

If you detest giving cash gifts–or feel tacky asking for them–try these alternative gift registries that will maximize everyone's happiness. More

Hell Week
Hell Week

In the second decade of America’s war on terror, conventional military methods just aren’t getting it done anymore. Sometimes the answer is drones. But more More

Recyclables
Cashing in on Recycling

The phrase "one man's trash is another's treasure" may be a cliché, but sometimes bottles, cans, and other recyclables can turn into real money. More

Los Angeles Arts District
Warehouse Chic

Revitalized industrial districts are suddenly hot. Here’s where to go and what to look for in seven major cities. More

Illustration by Kyle Hilton
In the Words of the Presidents

Since the days of our founding fathers, American presidents have been enriching our language with novel words, phrases, and concepts that we all now take More

The Looming Water Crisis

Despite the easy flow of water from our sinks, showers, and garden hoses, in many parts of the country water is becoming dangerously scarce. We More

Illustration by Gwenda Kaczor
Who Stole the American Dream?

The fortunate in this country carry on as ever before, blind to the suffering of the millions who struggle endlessly with poor health coverage, weak More

Stuck in the Internet Slow Lane

Thanks to the telephone industry, Americans pay more to get poorer Web speed and service than citizens of nearly every other industrialized nation. More

Bird Nerds Unite!

Nearly one in six Americans is a passionate bird-lover. Maybe it’s time to check out this grand (and rapidly growing) national obsession. More

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