The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usSat, 19 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKSat, 19 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400The flying fire-breathing dragon<img src="" /></P><p>Hammacher Schlemmer is now selling "one of the most insane remote-controlled flying machines" ever made, said Dave LeClair at <em>Gizmag</em>. Forget about airplanes or helicopters. The Flying Fire-Breathing Dragon ($60,000) is a mechanical beast with a 9-foot wing span, and it breathes flames that travel up to 3 feet. The dragon can reach 70 mph during flights lasting a maximum of about 10 minutes. The eyes glow red while the head rotates in the direction of each turn. The turbine engine in the creature's chest runs on jet fuel or kerosene.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400How to cook like a Game of Thrones character<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We have a confession to make. For all our talk of warm-weather eating, we're about to break our cardinal food rule: forget those sunny pastas and springtime veggies &mdash; this weekend, we feast like winter is coming. Because if there's any excuse to part with your seasonal sensibility, it's the latest episode of <em>Game of Thrones</em>.</p><p>After the Red Wedding last summer, there's no telling what might happen. Invasion from the north? Revenge of the Starks? (Okay, definitely revenge.) Whatever lies ahead, you can't face it on an empty stomach, so we rounded up the essential dishes for a Westeros-worthy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Lisa SivaFri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 -0400House hunting: 7 fantastic homes under $1 million<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Independence, Minn.</strong> This four-bedroom house is set on 10 wooded acres on the edge of a wetland. Interior features include hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, an exercise room, and three fireplaces.</p><p ><br /> <br />More than 100 windows and a deck allow for expansive views of the property. $849,000. Zinn Family Realtors, Coldwell Banker Burnet, (952) 474-4444.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Charles Town, W. Va.</strong> Happy Retreat, built in 1780, was once the home of Col. Charles Washington, George's younger brother. Buildings on the six-acre lot include an eight-bedroom manor house, a smokehouse, and an octagonal wooden schoolhouse. The...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400This week I learned that parrots name their babies just as humans do, 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_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p><strong>Read more about the facts mentioned:</strong></p><p>Parrots name their children just like humans do <em>(NPR)</em></p><p>Babies cry at night to stop their parents from having sex <em>(The Week)</em></p><p>The NHL takes the national anthem very seriously <em>(The Wall Street Journal)</em></p><p>Marathon gamer plays 85 hours on a single quarter <em>(Polygon)</em></p><p><strong>Listen to more of The Week's mini podcasts:</strong></p><ul><li>Conservationists are murdering invasive fish to save the Caribbean. It might be backfiring.</li><li>Listen to <em>Mad Men</em> creator Matthew Weiner reflect on the show's legacy</li><li>The tragic price of ivory</li></ul><p><br /><br /></p><div ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud...</strong></div> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:41:00 -0400That 'world's toughest job' ad is actually full of horrible lessons on motherhood<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Included on the list of things I do want for Mother's Day this year are a stack of homemade lemon ricotta pancakes and a bunch of tulips. On the list of things I don't want this year, or ever, is a thank you for doing "the world's toughest job."</p><p class="p1">And yet this is what suggests we should all be telling our mothers &mdash; and if we are mothers, tell ourselves &mdash; in their new "World's Toughest Job" ad. The video, which has over 10 million views and counting, presents itself as a series of interviews for a job requiring the following: constant exertion; working from 135 to unlimited...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Elissa StraussThu, 17 Apr 2014 15:03:00 -04003 ways elephants and neuroscience can help you make better decisions<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Here&rsquo;s a fancy brain picture for you:</p><p ><br />(<em>CNRI/Science Photo Library/Corbis</em>)</p><p>Research says that's likely to make you think I know what I'm talking about &mdash; even if I don't.</p><p >In one clever experiment, David McCabe and Alan Castel had subjects read one of two descriptions of a fictitious research study. The text was identical, but one description was accompanied by a typical three-dimensional brain image with activated areas drawn in color, while the other included only an ordinary bar graph of the same data. Subjects who read the version with the brain porn thought that the article was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerThu, 17 Apr 2014 08:28:00 -0400These stunning travel photos remind us that we're all just amateurs with iPhones<img src="" /></P><p>These days, it's easy to delude ourselves into thinking we're pretty spectacular photographers. With iPhones at the ready and a favorite Instagram filter in mind, our totally unique vision ("Ooh, a sunset!") is realized and instantly posted online for all of our friends to admire.</p><p>Which is why it's refreshing for publications like <em>National Geographic</em> &mdash; whose glossy pages have long been filled with such prominent photographers as Steve McCurry and David Guttenfelder &mdash; to distinguish the talented from the rest of us.</p><p>Every year, the travel magazine invites photographers from around...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:07:00 -040012 recipes to make for Easter<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Easter is a time to celebrate many things: resurrection, the coming of spring, and the love of family and friends. It is also a time to celebrate the fact that ham is delicious and that candy is perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast, as long as it's shaped like a rabbit or a chick. Whether you're feting Easter with a blow-out buffet or a quiet brunch at home, make the menu one for the books.</p><p>P.S. Coconut cream pie is the perfect way to smooth over tensions after an especially competitive Easter egg hunt.</p><p>Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate by Saee Khandekar</p><p><br /></p><p><br /><br /></p><p> </p><p>Pickled Asparagus...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine LambWed, 16 Apr 2014 14:40:00 -0400Can these 4 couples really afford their dream houses?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>For many of us, buying real estate is one of life's biggest milestones.</p><p>Whether it's purchasing your first home, a bigger home, or an investment property, it's critical to have your financial ducks in a row before you dive in. Or as someone who handles real estate for a living puts it:</p><p>"Buyers should carefully assess their finances before beginning their home search," says Steve Brown, president of the National Association of Realtors. "By looking into their income, savings and credit reports, and collecting documentation of income and cash available, they can help avoid future problems when...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Christine Ryan JyotiWed, 16 Apr 2014 07:13:00 -0400How to make homemade marshmallow Peeps<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The world <em>wants</em> us to make Peeps.</p><p>I had an all-around bad feeling about finding appropriate Peep-making tools following a string of failed attempts to locate recipe supplies in North Dakota. Brisket was only available frozen, daikon was nearly nonexistent, tapioca balls cost a fortune. It's a tough life sometimes, the small town one.</p><p>But then, I found myself in an actual DIY Peeps section in my two local stores. As I stood there going back and forth between the metal mold and the two (two!) silicone varieties, I thought I might be dreaming.</p><p><br /></p><p>I debated whether it would be a cop-out to spend...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Molly YehTue, 15 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400