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Popular Concerts: A Reflection on the Largest Audiences in History
A popular band or musician can attract huge crowds and audiences for their concerts. Tickets to the greats are expensive only because everyone wants to see them. Their shows always seem to sell out.
Refreshing Summer Vodka and Gin Cocktails
Considering how many different cocktails and mixed drinks there are, and the number and variety of new concoctions that are created every year, it's surprising to discover that two of the most popular drinks are still gin & tonic and vodka & tonic. Not far behind are two famous vodka based drinks--the Bloody Mary and the Screwdriver. And climbing back up on the charts is the most famous cocktail of them all, the Martini, made with either gin or vodka.
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Literature and Marijuana: Counter-Culture History Through the YearsTop Story - March 2017
America's literary counter-culture movement began after the Mexican Revolution in 1910, when those to our South came northward, and, in turn, brought their natural relaxant with them: marijuana. Granted, the counter-culture had begun to start over in Europe long before America joined in on the fun. James Joyce had already kicked off the modernist movement with Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, a novel that deliberately broke every established rule of literature.
10 Things the New 'Dune' Movie Needs to Include
Frank Herbert's Dune is one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Many say it is the Lord of the Rings of science fiction. It has inspired story tellers ever since its release over fifty years ago. Without it, we wouldn't have Star Wars.
Bizarre Snacks from Around the World
Some of the snacks Americans eat are fairly bizarre. The very idea of energy drinks and soda, for example, are fairly odd. Soda is just syrup and water mixed together—weird, right? All the ingredients are basically toxic sludge that we deliberately put into our bodies. And energy drinks? Truly terrible stuff.
Essential Business Based TED Talks
Everyone in the business world needs to pay attention to TED Talks. This website provides a host of insightful videos offering academic lectures on various topics in an understandable package. Each video presents incredible statistics, arguments, and studies to better the business savvy of every human being who watches it. Collected here are some incredible TED Talks for any business person looking to better the workplace environment and best advance their bottom line.
X-Men Films Ranked From Worst to Best
Fewer film franchises have lasted as long as the X-Men films. Over the course of nine movies, they have thrilled children and adults alike, made superheroes relevant again, and offered thought provoking commentary on society.
Fantastic Three Ingredient Desserts
Baking can be a tricky endeavor, as many desserts require a ton of ingredients and steps that can leave beginners a little overwhelmed. There are tons of amazing baked goods out there, but buying all the ingredients can be expensive. It can take hours of time you may not have. And, let's be honest, sometimes you need a fast treat to satisfy that craving of yours.
What is a Joint Session of Congress?
As President Trump addresses his first Joint Session of Congress only months after stepping into the presidency, the American people are allowed an insiders look into a tradition which began in the 18th century. While Trump's Presidency has been rocked by many controversial, game changing moments, for many, this return to traditional normalcy almost comes as a relief.
Best Burger Spots In New York City
Burger spots are something of an American tradition, and New York City is something of a microcosm of America. What other city best encapsulates the diversity of the American dream—at its best and at its worst—quite like New York City?
Out of This World Science TED Talks
As Bill Nye (who needs to make TED Talks) once told us, "Science rules!" Everything runs on science, for it programs the universe around us to follow a set order and logic. But what if there are rules and concepts that we do not yet understand? What if, at the bottom of the ocean and the apex of existence, there are things so other-worldly that they sound as though they emerged straight from a phantasmic dreamscape? Too crazy to be real. Too insane. But they are. The ordinary person may go mad trying to wrap their mind around these mind-screwy concepts and ideas. But rest assured; your existential dread and horror need not overwhelm you. There are experts willing to explain it all. These TED Talks put the strangest science into focus, and explain that, yes, while our universe is a weird place, it is not beyond our understanding.