The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:07:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:07:00 -0400This 1,600-year-old Viking war game is still awesome<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="graf--p graf--first">Viking warriors storm into the torch-lit camp of a rival clan. Outnumbered, the ambushed Norsemen are far from their boats. Their one goal: flee to a nearby castle while keeping their king alive.</p><p class="p1">At first glance, Hnefatafl (prounounced "nef-ah-tah-fel") might just look like a knock-off version of chess with Norse helms and impressive beards, but the game is at least 600 years older &mdash; already well-known by 400 A.D. &mdash; and is perhaps a lot more relevant to the conflicts of the 21st century.</p><p class="p1">"I love the asymmetry in this game. To win in this game, you absolutely have to think like your...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Robert BeckhusenThu, 21 Aug 2014 09:07:00 -04004 things NASA can teach you about a good night's sleep<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Who knows about sleep? Astronauts.</p><p>They have to. Their bodies are cut off from many of the normal external cues that remind us what time it is.</p><p>But actually, it's even <em>worse</em> than that.</p><p><strong>In orbit they can experience a dozen sunrises and sunsets a day which makes their circadian rhythm go completely haywire.</strong></p><p>When you're in a tin can floating through the cold darkness of outer space, being off your game due to lousy sleep can have very bad results.</p><p><strong><em>When sleep deprivation has you so messed up you don't notice you're taking photos of the walls instead of Earth, yeah, that could present a problem...</em></strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerThu, 21 Aug 2014 08:43:00 -0400How 5 real teens are planning to pay for college<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>When you think about teenagers today, "forethought" and "practicality" probably aren't the first words that come to mind.</p><p>But if recent research is any indication, adolescents may be a lot more prudent than we've been giving them credit for &mdash; especially when it comes to saving for college.</p><p>In fact, the 2014 Teen College Savings Barometer study found that as many as 93 percent of teens said stashing away cash for school was a priority for them &mdash; and 91 percent expected to cover at least some of their own higher-education costs.</p><p>Needless to say, the numbers piqued our interest. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Geraldine CampbellWed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:00 -040010 last-minute potluck dishes<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p> </p><p>Say you are excited to go to your picnic, barbecue, or cookout this evening. But as you look back at the invitation for tonight's festivities, you realize that it says "potluck." Wait, what? Oh no. You definitely didn't see that before. You most certainly are not prepared. <br /><br />But never fear. Food52 is here to save you with some effortless recipes fit for a crowd. Wow your friends with rich chocolate cake or spicy salsa. They never have to know that you pulled it together just moments before arriving.<br /><br />Tomato salad with corn, summer squash, and roasted onions by Merrill Stubbs</p><p><br /></p><p><br />Roberto Santiba...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Hollis MillerWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:18:00 -0400Why your employer should clean your house and do your laundry<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Casual Friday. Doughnuts at the staff meeting. Company pens for everyone!</p><p>While these ubiquitous work perks are nice &mdash; and may make going to the office a little easier on some days &mdash; they're probably not doing much for your financial life.</p><p>And that's precisely why some organizations have come to the conclusion that the best and most unique employee benefits don't just keep employees happy &mdash; they also put some extra cash into their pockets.</p><p>Just take a look at what these six savvy companies are offering their workers. Complimentary laundry service, anyone?</p><p><strong>The perk: house...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By Colleen OakleyWed, 20 Aug 2014 09:01:00 -0400Welcome to the age of ambivalent feminism<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">In a recent discussion on the website <em>Medium</em> about Susan Faludi's 1994 feminist classic <em>Backlash</em>, writer Rebecca Traister talked about the vast improvements in the coverage of women's issues over the past two decades. "You have no idea how much better it is right now than it was in the early '90s, you don't remember what it was like when there was no feminist internet," she imagines telling young women.</p><p dir="ltr">It's true.</p><p dir="ltr">Every generation discovers anew the ongoing injustices and double standards working against women. Still, I think the recent success of feminism is starting to seep in. The proof lies...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:16:00 -0400The big policy question libertarians can't answer<img src="" /></P><p>Last week a curious debate unfolded at Bleeding Heart Libertarians, a web community devoted to "free markets and social justice." The subject was parental licensing, a type of policy proposal that would remove children from parents if they failed to pass a state-administered credentialing program during their pregnancy. Andrew Cohen, one of the site's main writers, had advocated for parental licensing back in July, claiming that it is consistent with libertarianism since it merely uses state intervention to prevent harm, which libertarians believe is a justified use of government power. Obviously...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elizabeth-stoker-bruenig" ><span class="byline">Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:15:00 -0400How to make duck fat&ndash;fried chicken<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>"I love chicken skin," says Takashi Yagihashi.</p><p>The Chicago-based chef and native of Japan is leaning over a gurgling pot, cheerfully extolling the virtues of crisp-skinned fried chicken.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting</em><em> Table</em>: </strong>Buttermilk-brined fried chicken)</p><p>Today he's making <em>karaage</em> &mdash; Japanese-style fried chicken &mdash; with a twist: The glistening stuff in the pot is no mere cooking oil but lovely golden-rendered duck fat (see the recipe).</p><center><br /></center><div class="photo_credit" ><em>The master at work: Making a crunchy slaw and frying the chicken</em></div><p>It's easy to see why the dish is in constant demand at Slurping Turtle, his izakaya/noodle...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Adam SachsTue, 19 Aug 2014 14:55:00 -0400The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We all make a lot of bad decisions.</p><p>With careers:</p><p >More than half of teachers quit their jobs within four years. In fact, one study in Philadelphia schools found that a teacher was almost two times more likely to drop out than a student. [<em>Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work</em>]</p><p>In our jobs:</p><p >A study showed that when doctors reckoned themselves "completely certain" about a diagnosis, they were wrong 40% of the time. [<em>Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work</em>]</p><p> </p><p>And in our personal lives:</p><p >&hellip;an estimated 61,535 tattoos were reversed in the United States in 2009...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerTue, 19 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0400Why is Drew Barrymore teaming up with Walmart?<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">Aspiring stars should pay close attention to Drew Barrymore's career. As nearly every magazine profile of Barrymore points out, she is one of the most likable actresses around. She strikes an image that comes off as goofy and earnest&mdash;a product of her laid-back California bohemian vibe; a commitment to family, friends, and charity; and the gravitas she earned by healing from a troubled childhood right in front of our eyes.</p><p dir="ltr">Barrymore is the kind of star women think could be their friend. Some of us even feel like she <em>is</em> our friend. All the reason then to find her ongoing collaboration with...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:05:00 -0400