During holiday family get-togethers, don’t risk bringing up a topic everyone’s hoping to avoid. Instead, bring a board game and circumvent all conversation. Here are 10 of the best from 2013.
Travel is mostly boredom—and if you’re not bored, you’re pretty sure that everyone else is having more fun. Selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2014, the woes of professional travel writers.
The top-selling spirit in Maine is a coffee-flavored brandy, something that could be straight out of old medicine texts. A hunt for the origins of a staple, in the northern woods and waterfronts.
Fifty years after Dallas, an illustrated guide to every person, plot, and nefarious organization ever accused of killing JFK.
Can’t decide on a Halloween costume? Try some real-life villains: a scalp-bedecked Civil War guerrilla, a shipwrecked apothecary who became a cult leader, or the conquistador so horrible the king of Spain declared it a crime to ever utter his name. Until now.
Giant Chinese pigeons, Scarlett Johansson’s daughter, and deliberately un-green urban living: What to expect from London, Los Angeles, and Moscow in 2040, 2070, and 2100.
Going on a five-day cleanse—subsisting on a diet of shots, smoothies, very few actual foods, and no caffeine—leads to visions of apocalypse. From 2013, a quest to find the seven billionth child on Earth.
Everything you need to know—in cartoon form—about debt-ceiling fiascos, from McKinley’s war with Spain to Obama getting punk’d.
Every generation gets the fictional doomsday it desires. What we learned during our dystopian, end-of-the-world summer vacation at the movies.
A baby is born to a celebrity couple. Meanwhile, many more babies are born to countless other non-famous couples. This is what happens next.
This summer in Manhattan, it was important to wait in line for an hour to see light designed by James Turrell. Many bought the hype. Many were angry afterward.
As another military intervention gets underway—with your name on it—we thought a brief tour of recent history in Syria would be useful, with lots of pictures.