The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:00 -0500This week I learned your coin toss odds are better than you think, and more<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Spin it to win it (<em>Now I Know</em>)</p><p>Men wore corsets and 7 other unknown things about the world of Jane Austen (<em>Smithsonian</em>)</p><p>Corsets - a history lesson (<em>Festooned Butterfly</em>)</p><p>Is it possible to extinguish the sun with water? (<em>Kottke</em>)</p><p>Syracuse biologist reveals how whales may 'sing' for their supper (<em></em>)</p><p><strong>Listen to more of <em>The Week's </em>podcasts: </strong></p><ul><li>The great paradox of the greatest rock 'n' roll showdown of all time</li><li>Please obey this simple rule for airplane seat reclining</li><li>This week I learned that Canada was once accidentally at war with the U.S., and more...</li></ul> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:54:00 -0500One girl's extraordinarily wild world<img src="" /></P><p>Amelia Paul Forman was 3 years old when she first befriended a chimp. "You two fell off the chair hugging," Amelia's mom, photographer Robin Schwartz, recalls of her daughter.</p><p>Amelia, now 14 years old, is actually named after a capuchin monkey. And her interest in, if not love of, animals is inherited from her parents who have long lived with not just dogs and cats, but also primates, lemurs, and other species more readily found in petting zoos than homes.</p><p>Amelia quickly became her mother's muse and model. By the age of 2, the blue-eyed, cherubic girl was already being photographed with her namesake...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:10:00 -0500Tradition, timepieces, and the scourge of the smartwatch<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The chaos of the shops in Manhattan's Diamond District is something to behold.</p><p>From historic luxury brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, and Rolex, to family-owned shops like Masters of Time and Sullivan &amp; Sons, just about any watch can be had and any issue repaired. Walk into an emporium on 47th Street and a salesman will quickly offer to find you "the best watch money can buy." They will relentlessly attempt to sell you on everything about it, from the dial to the band, telling you how it will become a family heirloom for your children.</p><p>When it's your job to sell someone...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Micah SingletonThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:50:00 -05005 delicious twists on latkes<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Latkes are the best thing in the world, just the way they are. That's our starting premise, and we won't budge from it. However, we will say that even the best holiday snacks can always benefit from a push to be just a little bit better &mdash; especially when it comes to fried patties of crispy, shredded potato perfection.</p><p>Latkes are a process, and they'll leave your hair and half your home smelling like fried something-or-other, but the payoff is a celebration of light and joy and oil for your tastebuds. Here are five ways to make the eight days of Hanukkah as latke-licious as possible.</p>... <a href="">More</a>By Talia RalphThu, 18 Dec 2014 08:32:00 -0500How to care for your cast-iron cookware<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Ever pass up a cast-iron find at a flea market because you thought it'd be too hard to keep clean? Big mistake &mdash; at least according to John Folse, the Louisiana-based chef, restaurateur, and author of <em>Chef John Folse's Cast-Iron Cooking Cookbook</em> ($11). "The greatest misconception is that cast iron is difficult to maintain," he says.</p><p>Folse, who refers to cast iron as the "original no-stick cookware," touts its many advantages: It manages and retains heat well, makes for a handsome serving vessel, and works beautifully whether you're roasting, stewing, baking, or cooking over a campfire...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Brooke Porter KatzWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0500How to make the ultimate grilled cheese<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Childhood lunch staple. Best friend to tomato soup. Rainy-day indulgence.</p><p>An affection that started way back with those simple orange slices melted between white bread has morphed into an all-out obsession for our team.</p><p>So we decided to examine the humble sandwich a little closer. Which cheeses melt just right? Should you use white bread or sourdough? Fry it in butter, oil, or something else altogether? Is bacon sacrilegious? Herewith, our answers to all those very important questions and more.</p><p>First things first: the cheese. What you need is a semi-firm variety, which will melt into those...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jillian KingTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:18:00 -05008 ways to keep the winter chill out of your home -- without turning up the heat<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Weather stripping and door snakes? Check and check. If your house is drafty and cold in the winter, you've likely already been looking at ways to batten down the hatches. From adding an interior vestibule, planting wind-blocking hedges, and reviving the lost art of portieres to using windows with the tightest seal, these eight ideas can help.</p><p><strong>1. Add a vestibule.</strong> If your front door opens directly into your living space, consider building a small vestibule. A petite glassed-in version, like the one shown here, won't take up too much space and will still allow light to pass through. A vestibule...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Laura GaskillTue, 16 Dec 2014 09:24:00 -0500Attention office jerks: Back off!<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We've all known the type: that manic, frustrated genius, whose creativity seems contingent on an even greater ability for being an absolute ass. In the office, they are the ones thinking outside the box &mdash; and they'll berate and belittle you for failing to understand their genius. We allow these individuals to be &hellip; well, jerks, because they are, after all, the workplace spark-plug. Capable of coming up with that next big idea, they can create the next great thing. We tolerate the jerkiness, because it's accompanied by genius, which always benefits the workplace.</p><p>Maybe it's time we...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Max UfbergTue, 16 Dec 2014 08:50:00 -0500My love affair with cookbooks<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">I don't know why our culture has put food in the position books used to occupy, as an expression of personal taste and cultivation. But it's happened. And I've become addicted to cookbooks in the meantime.</p><p class="p1">I ask for them as Christmas presents. I read them at night to relax. I tend toward the new, huge, gorgeously photographed, coffee table&ndash;size ones that fit nowhere but the tops of shelves, and that seem to forbid their owners from placing them on actual kitchen counters, where flour and sauce will destroy them. Big cookbooks may be my replacement for a dying glossy magazine culture in which...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:05:00 -0500How to avoid getting ripped off in a taxi<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I have something of a sixth sense for suspicious taxi activity. When a meter or a route goes nuts I snap to attention. But this isn't natural talent.<span id="more-7513"></span> It's a skill I've honed after jiggered meters, crazy taxi drivers, fake bills in change, and similarly not cool stuff after moving abroad. Imagine dealing with it all the time.</p><p>Through it all, I've picked up how to avoid end up these types of taxis to begin with and, if I end up in one, how to squash the chance they'll try to take me for a ride.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Map Happy</em>:</strong> Use your camera to stop losing things in a taxi)</p><p>I would like to mention before...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Karina Martinez-CarterMon, 15 Dec 2014 08:55:00 -0500