One interesting consequence of ride-sharing apps: there's been a significant drop in ambulance usage.

I hadn’t accounted for real desire. Now it overtook me like a wave. I had no practice with it, no defense. Not that I tried. I was ecstatic to be in love. I tried to summon the courage to make decisions with my heart.

A fabulous personal essay by pro climber Beth Rodden about divorce and desire—and surviving being kidnapped.

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Two "music nerds," who've programmed all of Starbucks' tunes for 20 years, explain how they find new songs.
How handwarmers work: by making rust inside your glove (the heat is just a byproduct).
The melancholy of Christmas liquor ads.
"Um" is used as “a deliberate signal,” whereas "uh" is “an unavoidable effect of having processing problems."

A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.

The editors at USA Today aren’t known for hot takes, but they sure do find Trump reprehensible.

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The Kremlin feels like it got a nice return on the half-million spent on defeating Putin's enemy: Hillary Clinton.
A German father starts a petition to forbid Lego-style Nazi sets from being sold on Amazon.
Powerful photos from the "relatively average" year in volcanic activity.
Natural disaster experts fact-check how scared we should be by disaster movie scenarios.
As the Republican Senate majority shrinks by a seat, an ACA repeal looks more and more unlikely.
Cold War America created a fallout cracker so bad that you might have wished you hadn't survived the apocalypse.
New York looks very cold in this photo.
We asked a group of atheists and agnostics to tell us how they spend their secular holiday seasons.
The New York Public Library's maps division shares some of its loveliest vintage Christmas cards.
Immigrants or their children founded 216 of the US companies listed on the Fortune 500.

Building facades cut up and woven into mesmerizing patterns.

San Francisco passed legislation to limit the number of robots allowed to roam on city sidewalks.