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  • Politics
  • January 8, 5:19 PM

Was war ever more "civilized"?

Was war ever more "civilized"?

Can war be “civilized”? Is one era of mass organized armed conflict more “civilized” than the other? We asked experts to attempt to put this question into a historical perspective.

  • Film
  • January 7, 2:44 PM

An oral history of PM Entertainment, a low-budget high-octane American dream

An oral history of PM Entertainment, a low-budget high-octane American dream

In 1989, a Syrian émigré founded PM Entertainment, producing action movies on a shoestring budget. This is their story, as told by Joseph Merhi, Cynthia Rothrock, Cole McKay and more.

 

Design January 06, 2016 1:40 PM

The life, death and rebirth of "New York's Coffee Cup" Anthora

In 2006, the iconic Anthora paper coffee cup was discontinued. Nine years later, it's back due to popular demand. Here is its product life cycle, from design roots to the waste dump.

The life, death and rebirth of "New York's Coffee Cup" Anthora. Image 1.

 

  • Experiment
  • January 6, 1:12 PM

I followed a different horoscope every day for a week and it bullshat on my soul

I followed a different horoscope every day for a week and it bullshat on my soul

Hopes&Fears challenged a spiritually cynical writer to live by a different horoscope every day for a week. This is his story.

  • Question
  • January 5, 12:18 PM

What do you get if you survive a plane crash?

What do you get if you survive a plane crash?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know their shit. Today, we morbidly wondered, do you get anything if you survive a plane crash?

Doctor Adventure makes an ear!
  • Technology
  • January 5, 9:30 AM

Doctor Adventure makes an ear!

By making prosthetics for artists and superheroes, Seth Kane has gained a reputation as a mad scientist for the eccentric. For his latest feat, Kane converts a friend with a missing ear into a cyborg.

  • Question
  • January 4, 1:52 PM

Is it dangerous to sleep with your smartphone?

Is it dangerous to sleep with your smartphone?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of experts who know what they’re talking about. Today we wondered if it's bad for your health to bring your electronic devices to bed.

What it’s like to be an art handler for real housewives, Wall Street weasels, and Jay Z. Image 1.

What Do You Do January 04, 2016 12:30 PM

What it’s like to be an art handler for real housewives, Wall Street weasels, and Jay Z

 

In this installment of our anonymous interview series, we spoke with three art handlers who install artworks in museums, galleries and estates. 

 

 

January 04, 2016 12:28 PM

I was getting all my fancy-schmancy people, but I wanted to see the rest of the world.

NYC proto-meme Dr. Zizmor closing up shop so he can "see the world". Image 1.

Dr. Zizmor

NYC's celebrated subway ad dermatologist

 

Number of the day January 04, 2016 12:14 PM

 

4

 

number of new elements that have just been added to the periodic table

  

 

  

  • Video Games
  • December 31 2015, 1:40 PM

I played every game by the worst video game company ever

I played every game by the worst video game company ever

LJN specialized in turning blockbuster movies into unrelated, unplayable video games, and is often considered to be the worst of all time. We made a friend play all of its games so you don't have to.

  • City Index
  • December 31 2015, 11:07 AM

What are the most popular New Year's Eve events in cities around the world?

What are the most popular New Year's Eve events in cities around the world?

The most popular events, like fireworks and the Times Square ball drop, cost next to nothing, but more luxe experiences can run you hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

Number of the day December 30, 2015 4:58 PM

 

965

 

people killed by police in the US in 2015

  

 

  

  • Food
  • December 30 2015, 4:06 PM

Why does it cost so much and why are people buying it?

Why does it cost so much and why are people buying it?

Hopes&Fears asks psychologists and economists why anyone would shell out irrational amounts of money for trendy health food.

  • Question
  • December 30 2015, 2:15 PM

Are we more likely to follow through with resolutions we post on social media?

Are we more likely to follow through with resolutions we post on social media?

We reached out to experts, from clinical psychologists and goal-setting theorists to a cultural critic, to get some answers in time for 2016.

 

Quote of the day December 30, 2015 12:08 PM

They do it because they’re desperate for money and attention... There’s not enough money in this world to make me do something degrading.

Romance model Fabio says he would never do something “degrading” for “money and attention”. Image 1.

Fabio

Romance novel cover king and protein drink entrepreneur comments about reality television

  • City
  • December 29 2015, 5:20 PM
  • New York

How happy are workers at New York City’s “Happy” businesses?

How happy are workers at New York City’s “Happy” businesses?

We talked to employees at a few businesses in New York City with “happy” in the title. It was a little awkward.

If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome
  • Architecture
  • December 29 2015, 2:59 PM

If you remember this playground, your childhood was awesome

The story of Bob Leathers, the architect whose kid-designed playgrounds shaped a generation of play.

 

Number of the day December 29, 2015 12:44 PM

 

46,762,310

 

number of times Interstellar has been illegally downloaded this year, making it the most pirated movie of 2015

  

 

  

What it's like to be a travel writer, from free booze to near-death experiences. Image 1.

What Do You Do December 28, 2015 6:44 PM

What it's like to be a travel writer, from free booze to near-death experiences

 

We spoke with three travel writers who report from exotic, wild or luxurious destinations for money.