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Why you should photograph your stove dials before a trip

After weeks of planning, days of packing and hours of travel, you’re finally relaxing on vacation — swearing you’re not going to worry about life back home. But inevitably, one thought creeps into your mind: “Did I leave the stove on?” Maybe it’s the hair straightener, or leaving the garage door open, or even locking the front door. Whatever plagues your peacefulness, Lifehacker shares this genius tip: Use your smartphone to snap a shot of your stove dials (or whatever it is you worry about most) before you head out the door. Make it a part of your usual pre-travel routine. That’s it. It’s so simple, but such a small step can save you from feeling stressed ever again when you’re away from home. If you’re lounging on the beach and anxiety about the little things back home start to pop up, whip out your smart phone and put your mind at…

10 unusual fruits you’ve probably never tried before

You’ve been eating fruit since you were a kid. Strawberries, apples, grapes — you know the usual suspects. But you can go beyond the banana and find a whole new world of sweet, fibrous fruits out there. Because of their known health benefits — like reducing the risk of diabetes and some cancers — fruits are popular around the world. Many fruits are only available in certain regions of the world because their delicate skin can easily bruise or the product, once harvested, can quickly turn rotten. But that doesn’t have to stop us from admiring their exotic appearances. If you ever come across any of these fascinating fruits, you should definitely give them a try. Mangosteen Mangosteen are grown primarily in Southeast Asia and southwest India. The white, pulpy edible segments inside are tangy, cool, and slightly sweet, while the dark purple hard exterior needs to be pulled away.…

This state sells the cheapest beer in America

Warm summer nights have arrived and 4th of July is right around the corner, so it’s reasonable to guess you’re going to have a few beers. You might even stock up and save a little cash by buying a case and drinking at home. But the cost of that beer is largely dictated by what state you live in and prices can vary significantly — by as much as $16 per case! So which state sells the cheapest beer? If you’re near Illinois, you’re going to want to throw a few cases in the truck. The midwestern state sells a 24 pack for just $15.20 — the cheapest in the country. Other states in the top five include South Carolina ($15.32), New York ($15.98), Rhode Island ($15.98), and Kansas and Michigan (tied for 5th at $16.07). And the most expensive? Alaska, where the average case sells for a whopping $31.21.…

10 simple cocktails you can make on your next flight

Let’s be honest. By the time you rush to the airport, get mildly violated by security, and finally squeeze past the first 30 rows to make it to your seat, you’re going to need a drink. Throw in a screaming baby or a little bit of turbulence, and we’re going to bet you’ll need another. Flying coach may be missing the glamour it once had, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a little of the fun. Enter the in-flight cocktail. While we’re all familiar with the usual onboard offerings — you know, Coke, cran-apple juice, tomato juice, orange juice, etc. — there are some pretty spectacular cocktails you can whip up by ordering (or bringing along) a few mini bottles of booze and then acting as your own bartender. These cocktails cut tons of corners, so if you’re a purist, you’re not going to be happy with the butchery…

12 easy, healthy snacks for your road trip

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the U.S. summer travel season. Nearly 43 million Americans will use the long weekend to travel — about 37.6 million of those by car, according to automobile association AAA. While you can’t avoid the inevitable dirty gas station bathrooms and frustrating traffic jams, you can pack some snacks to make sure that you don’t get hangry and reach for unhealthy fast food. I know, I know. “Road trip food is half the fun,” you say. But is it? Do you arrive to your destination feeling satisfied and refreshed, or do you skid in sideways with a greasy chicken sandwich upset stomach ready for a 12-hour nap? The food options on the road are quite bad, but without something to satiate us, we’ll tell ourselves, “what other options are there?” Well, there are tons of options! Stop yourself from spiraling down the dark rabbit…

These are the best tasting waters in the world, according to Certified Water Tasters

There was a clear winner. But the loser was also clear. In fact, all of the entries in the contest were clear because it was the annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting event. Every year since 1991, a convention has been held in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia to determine where the best tasting waters in the world come from. Enthusiasts gather to witness and participate in what’s been called “the Academy Awards of Water.” Entries came from far and wide. This year, there were 112 different waters entered from five different continents. Waters from three continents walked away with prestigious awards. For this year’s 29th awards event, 10 Certified Water Tasting judges were first trained on proper technique and standards. They were then instructed that the best quality waters should be “clear or slightly opaque,” odorless, with a light, clean taste, and “should leave you thirsty for more.” Waters were…

The funniest food-related street names in America

Street names across the U.S. have become pretty predictable. You probably know people who live on a Pine, Maple, or Main Street. Chances are even greater that you know someone who lives on a Washington street or avenue (there are currently 4,974 streets with that name in the country), or a Second Steet (currently 10,866 of those!). It’s no one’s fault. We just got away from naming our streets after local lore. Thus, they lost their character. That makes these tasty monikers all the more appealing. Some of these food-inspired street names come with confirmed history, but others will leave us hungry with no explanation at all. Still, if you’re a food fan, you’ll love the 13 tastiest street names in America. https://www.instagram.com/p/-wVTyPLWOJ/ Frying Pan Road The street name ‘Frying Pan Road’ evokes both a longing for bacon as well as a nostalgia for days when streets signified some sort…

This is how the ‘continental breakfast’ got its name

Maybe you booked one hotel over another because it served a free continental breakfast. The idea of starting your day with a complementary all-you-can-eat buffet is just what some travels dream of. But if you take a moment to think about it, there isn’t anything especially “continental” about juice and muffins. So what’s with the name? The term “continental breakfast” actually  originated in Britain in the mid-19th century. There, the phrase “the continent” refers to the countries occupying the mainland of Europe. Therefore, a “continental breakfast” denotes the type of breakfast you’d be served in places like France or Italy. Breakfasts in these countries are famously light and delicate when compared to the full English breakfast — a heaping plate of sausage, beans, toasts, eggs and more — or an American breakfast — usually some combination of sausages, bacon, pancakes, waffles, potatoes, and toast. As the nation grew and hotels…

Anthony Bourdain feared going to this one country

One might think that the late Anthony Bourdain was fearless. After nine season of No Reservations and seven seasons of Parts Unknown, the celebrity chef had seen and tried it all. He swallowed a beating, bloody cobra heart in Vietnam, had be be evacuated when conflict broke out in Beirut, and had been pushing to film in unstable Afghanistan for years. But despite all of his exotic experiences, one destination always scared him — Switzerland. That’s right. Bourdain once told Conan O’Brien on Conan, “I have a morbid fear of everything Swiss.” Yes, Switzerland. The country most famous for neutrality, cheese, and chocolate. “I must have had some terrible childhood experience while watching Sound of Music that I blocked out,” Bourdain half-joked. “Even alpine vistas, like snow-capped peaks or Lake Geneva, or cuckoo clocks or those hats with the feathers — even the cheese; it’s scary to me.” Like most irrational…

American Airlines to allow passengers with nut allergies early boarding

Peanuts haven’t been served on American Airlines flights for some time, but now the major U.S. airline is going further to help those with nut allergies by allowing them the opportunity to board early. According to AA, passengers with peanut or tree nut allergies will have the option to join Boarding Group 1. The extra time gives passengers a chance to wipe down seats, tray tables, arm rests or any other areas of concern where allergens my be present and trigger their condition. The change will be well received, no doubt, by the 15 million Americans living with the food allergies, though it may not come as a surprise to many. Various people and groups have filed complaints in the past urging the airlines to address potential allergen issues and increase efforts to provide for passenger safety. Food Allergy Research & Education, a nonprofit, filed the original complain against the…