The Olympics are one of the few times you get to admire some of the lesser-known flags of the world: the bold colors of South Africa, the intricate detail of Belize, the soothing simplicity of Ukraine. Let me take you on a guided tour of the eight weirdest national flags to be found around the world… This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler:...

On Wednesday night, 666 people (seriously) put themselves through their own form of hell by taking the long way to the top of one the tallest buildings in the world when they scaled the Empire State Building from its stairwell. That’s 1,576 steps and 86 flights of hamstring- and gluteal-writhing agony all the way to the building’s glowing observation deck. Runners ranged from guys like Thomas Dold—a German who won in a time of 10:38 for his seventh consecutive year—to firefighters (in full gear) walking up for charity. Obviously...

Olives come in all shapes and sizes. Green, purple, black; pitted, stuffed, spiced; Kalamata, Nicoise, Sicilian; they all have a unique and fragrant flavor profile. And while they’re very tasty and satisfying on their own — and even more so as a snack alongside an evening cocktail — they’re also well suited for taking your favorite dishes up a notch. Planning on making fish for dinner? Dress it up with an olive and mint relish. In the mood for pasta? With just some olives and fresh herbs, dinner is served. Tired...

Just as I was about to extol the many virtues of Peter Kaminsky’s new book, brilliantly titled Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well), I happened upon a dose of Culinary Insanity in the food pages of today’s New York Times. In an article about an exemplary initiative to teach doctors about nutrition, a recipe appears that is...

Did you see the short film Sight, made by a team of visual arts students, that examined what dating would be like if it were an eyeball-implanted app? (If not, check it out here!) The apps below don’t go that far, exactly, but we might be closer than we think to a future in which dating resembles Minority Report more closely than When Harry Met Sally. Not to...

The impressive performance of UK’s women in the London Olympics has coined an inspiring meme: “Strong is the new skinny.” In the last six weeks, I have lost several pounds, an inch of fat off my belly, and two inches off my hips. I’ve also gained serious muscle tone in my arms, shoulders, quads, and abs (hello, six-pack!). I did this not with...

This week, picking a ‘Huh?’ Health Headline Of The Week was a piece of cake, since the health-o-sphere was buzzing with talk over newly-designated vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s reported workout of choice, P90X. As the is-he-ripped-or-isn’t-he musings began to circulate, we couldn’t escape headline after headline about the politician’s...

“Exergames,” or video games that incorporate some physical activity, are not a good replacement for exercise — but they may be a useful gateway for sedentary people to move toward a more active lifestyle. That’s the finding of researchers from Michigan State University. “Some people are very enthusiastic about exergames. They think this...

It’s official: July 2012 was the hottest month on record for the lower 48 states. Ever. And it doesn’t look like relief is in sight: In fact, this summer is pacing to be one of the warmest on the books since 1950. We’re guessing no one needed to tell you that — the oppressive afternoon temperatures, pools of sweat and heat-induced grumpiness...

Bug bites, sunburns, peeling skin — summer means a whole host of different skin hangups than we’re used to combating in cooler temps. By now you probably know some of the basics, like that you need to protect your skin from that scorching sun, but many people are still falling into some common skin care traps. Below are some of the most frequently-made...

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