New York saw the end of an era on Monday when its last public payphone was plucked from 7th Avenue and carried away (video below). Outdoor payphones made their US debut in 1905, and by 1925, 25,000 of them lived in New York City alone, according to Wikipedia. Some of Hollywood's most memorable panic scenes took place in front of a payphone, including American Psycho, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, and Taxi Driver (see clips below). And on a rainy day in New York, you could always count on nearby shelter when glass booths were all the rage. But all good things come to an end, and with the new era of hyper germ awareness and ubiquitous cell phones, there's sadly no more need for the quaint but useless coin boxes that were once part of the New York landscape.
Author Anne Rice, best known for her 1976 novel Interview with a Vampire, died Saturday at age 80. Rice wrote more than 30 Gothic novels, including the Vampire Chronicles series. "Earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke," her son Christopher Rice posted on Twitter. From The New… READ THE REST
Child actor Jonshel Alexander, best known for her supporting role as Joy Strong in Beasts of the Southern Wild, has died at age 22. Alexander was shot in New Orleans while sitting in a car with a man, whose name hasn't been released. She was "pronounced dead at the scene," according to CBS, leaving behind… READ THE REST
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi—polymath, psychologist, academic—passed away at age 87. Internationally acknowledged for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of happiness, creativity, and human fulfillment, he received the highest accolades, honorary degrees, and prestigious awards. Together with Martin Seligman, he's recognized as the founding father of Positive Psychology, the field of study exploring what makes the good life, aiming at improving… READ THE REST
Whether you are a professional chef or just a novice making yourself dinner in your kitchen, you should always make sure that you have the best tools at your disposal. You may ensure that you have great ingredients, frying pans, and glassware, but proper preparation doesn't end there. A complete master knife set is the perfect way to step… READ THE REST
If you're like most people, you probably feel a little jealous when you hear someone who's multilingual. And that's with good reason. It's an impressive and handy skill to have. Being able to travel internationally and communicate with people can be invaluable. So, if you want to become multilingual yourself but only have some basic language skills, then you're in… READ THE REST
As much as you hate it, sometimes we have to search for things in places we never want to go, like the kitchen sink's drain, the dusty attic, or the spider-web-laden area underneath the house. Your shrieks might just bring music to their ears! But as much as we don't want to see what's in these… READ THE REST