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An ancient fresco discovered in Pompei isn’t “racy”—it depicts a rape

An ancient fresco discovered in Pompei isn’t “racy”—it depicts a rape

A well-preserved ancient fresco depicting the myth of Leda and the Swan has been uncovered in the Regio V area of the Pompeii archeological site…
Martha Stewart’s personal Instagram account is the ultimate #realstagram

Martha Stewart’s personal Instagram account is the ultimate #realstagram

If you search Martha Stewart on Instagram, two verified accounts pop up: @MarthaStewart and @MarthaStewart48. @MarthaStewart’s posts capture the essence of the Martha Stewart brand:…

A tone-deaf Dolce & Gabbana ad caused a multimillion-dollar PR disaster in China

The massive, 500-look fashion show Dolce & Gabbana had planned to stage in Shanghai today (Nov. 21) has been abruptly called off. The Italian luxury…
One of the joys of holiday shopping is buying gifts for yourself

One of the joys of holiday shopping is buying gifts for yourself

Gift-giving is supposed to be about others, a way to buy the people in your life something thoughtful to show your gratitude, love, and consideration.…
The rule that everyone needs eight hours of sleep is a myth

The rule that everyone needs eight hours of sleep is a myth

Many of us try to live by the mantra eight hours of work, eight hours of leisure, eight hours of rest. Conventional wisdom has long…
Amazon’s Cyber Monday top sellers are the perfect setup for your underground bunker

Amazon’s Cyber Monday top sellers are the perfect setup for your underground bunker

Americans ordered a whole lot of stuff during the online shopping event known as Cyber Monday. According to data from Adobe Analytics, which tracks activity…
Proposed hemp regulations continue the racist legacy of the US war on drugs

Proposed hemp regulations continue the racist legacy of the US war on drugs

Until recently, hemp—the name for a cannabis plant bred to have little to no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—has been far less exciting in the popular imagination than…
Seven cringe-worthy moments in Netflix’s awful food competition show, “Final Table”

Seven cringe-worthy moments in Netflix’s awful food competition show, “Final Table”

Final Table, the new Netflix cooking competition, feels ambitious. Twenty-four contestants cook for nine of the most accomplished chefs in the world, plus a cast…
Cambridge Analytica weaponized Facebook users’ fashion tastes to help elect Trump

Cambridge Analytica weaponized Facebook users’ fashion tastes to help elect Trump

The fashion tastes of Facebook users played an unexpectedly important role in Cambridge Analytica’s work to help get US president Donald Trump elected, a whistleblower…
The perfect drinking game for cheesy Christmas rom-coms

The perfect drinking game for cheesy Christmas rom-coms

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—at least by the Hallmark Channel’s standards. In 2009, the Hallmark Channel launched “Countdown to Christmas,” in which…
A 9-year-old’s letter got Stephen Curry to make sure his sneakers are available to girls

A 9-year-old’s letter got Stephen Curry to make sure his sneakers are available to girls

When Riley Morrison and her father went to Under Armour’s website to buy her a pair of NBA player Stephen Curry’s newest signature sneakers, the…
The holiday tradition that helps my family avoid gifting creep

The holiday tradition that helps my family avoid gifting creep

At some point in the past decade, holiday gift buying for my adult family became a slog. It felt silly to purchase something one of…
Over 450,000 people were waiting for “thank u, next” right before the video dropped

Over 450,000 people were waiting for “thank u, next” right before the video dropped

Ariana Grande knows how to make an entrance. In the ramp-up to the release of the pop diva’s music video for “thank u, next” on…
Why a paper birthday calendar is so much better than a Facebook reminder

Why a paper birthday calendar is so much better than a Facebook reminder

On her kitchen wall in Warsaw, Poland, my grandmother has an old notebook pinned up alongside photos of her grandchildren and our childhood drawings. It’s…
The argument against keeping a food journal this holiday season

The argument against keeping a food journal this holiday season

The holiday season revolves around rich meals, traditional foods and drinks, and the expectation is that we enjoy it all with some abandon. But as…
How to chop down a Christmas tree in Europe’s most digitally progressive state

How to chop down a Christmas tree in Europe’s most digitally progressive state

Estonians love the forest. The Baltic nation and former Soviet republic is, according to a somewhat contested legend, also home to the first Christmas tree.…
Pets actually make great gifts—if you do it the right way

Pets actually make great gifts—if you do it the right way

Have you thought about adopting a new pet for Christmas? Far from dismissing the idea, animal welfare groups now support the practice of gifting a…
Netflix quietly dropped the “Great British Baking Show’s” holiday special and it’s a delight

Netflix quietly dropped the “Great British Baking Show’s” holiday special and it’s a delight

There’s a two-episode Great British Baking Show holiday special available to watch on Netflix right now, and yes, it’s also holiday cookie season. But don’t…
Everyone needs to relax about the boot-cut jean reboot

Everyone needs to relax about the boot-cut jean reboot

“Time is a flat circle,” Matthew McConaughey once said, in character as True Detective’s Rust Cohle. “Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna…
A leading green activist has a message of unity for France’s yellow vests

A leading green activist has a message of unity for France’s yellow vests

The New York Times editorial board recently declared that “Paris is burning.” And to a certain extent, that’s true. For the past three weeks, protesters…