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8 Famous Celeb BFFs

Who says there's no true friendship in Hollywood?

(Newser) - Hollywood may have some schemers and back-stabbers, but it also has its fair share of celebrity best friends. Biography.com rounds up seven pairs of famous BFFs:
  • Zach Braff and Donald Faison: They've been going strong since they started co-starring in Scrubs. Braff was a groomsman in Faison's
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Top 10 US Cities for Culture

Seattle is No. 1, at least on a per-capita basis

(Newser) - How would Columbus, Ohio, outrank New York City in a list of the top cities for culture and recreation in the US? When the words "per capita" are involved. New York may have 2,693 places dedicated to those pursuits, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Central Park,... More »

The 5 Best US Cities for Staycations

And the 5 worst

(Newser) - With the summer getting underway, perhaps you're eager for a vacation. But perhaps you're not so eager to spend wads of cash. This summer, the average vacationer plans to spend $1,246 per person, up 9% from last year, WalletHub reports. A staycation could be the money-saving solution,... More »

Your No. 1 'Powerhouse' Vegetable: Watercress

It tops list by researchers, ahead of Chinese cabbage, chard

(Newser) - Eat your watercress. So say researchers at New Jersey's William Paterson University who compiled a list of "powerhouse" foods based on their amounts of 17 crucial nutrients. They looked at both fruits and vegetables, but the latter dominated the list, notes the Washington Post . Watercress came in with... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

The 10 Most- Misheard Song Lyrics

Starring Abba, Queen, Bon Jovi

(Newser) - "See that girl, watch her scream": British music website Blinkbox has polled 2,000 adults on the most-misheard pop lyrics ever, and the results are amusing. While Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, and Shaggy topped the list of least-understandable singers, it was Abba, Queen, and Bon Jovi whose individual songs... More »

Sick of Allergies? Avoid These 10 Cities

Louisville is worst offender, says allergy group

(Newser) - Allergy experts have unveiled the worst cities in the US for those with spring allergies, and Louisville, Ky., is the place you most want to avoid if you're an allergy sufferer. It moves up from No. 5 last year to the top spot this year. "The river provides... More »

The Year's 10 Best Jobs

Hiring tip: Be good with computers

(Newser) - Trying to decide on a career direction? US News & World Report is offering a list of the year's 100 best jobs—where "best" means good opportunities, good pay, job security, and decent work-life balance. Computer- and health-related work comes out on top:
  1. Software developer: The Bureau of
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9 Old-School Tech Words That Won't Die

When did you last 'dial' a number?

(Newser) - When was the last time you literally rewound a tape? Think back to the VHS era, though perhaps you used the term when referring to YouTube today. At Mashable , Yohana Desta lists eight other terms that have outlasted technology:
  • Our phones haven't had rotary dials for decades—yet we
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7 Jobs That Went the Way of the Dodo

Goodbye gandy dancers and knocker-up men

(Newser) - The modern age has a way of turning jobs obsolete in a hurry. At the San Francisco Chronicle , Katie Dowd picks out some of the more unusual casualties through history. A sampling:
  • Newspaper readers: The title is no joke. Decades ago, factories sometimes employed official readers to stand on a
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5 Ways You Shouldn't Work Out

Avoid the elliptical and drop the excessive cardio: Jennifer Cohen

(Newser) - Congrats on spending that hour at the gym—but are you spending it effectively? At Health.com , Jennifer Cohen offers tips on improving your workout by dropping some bad habits. Among them:
  • Stop using the elliptical, which is both "boring" and "ineffective," Cohen writes. Its motion isn'
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Consumer Reports Names Best Vehicles

Tesla Model S takes top honors, with Chrysler's Ram 1500 best pickup

(Newser) - Consumer Reports is out with its top picks for 2014 vehicles, with Tesla's Model S taking top honors as "best overall." The pricey Tesla is among four new winners this year, with the others in the categories of midsize SUVs, small SUVs, and pickups, notes USA ... More »

Where Fast-Food Chains Began

'Mental Floss' recounts original locations of McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and more

(Newser) - Can you imagine a time when Pizza Hut was actually a single hut? Neither could we, but the folks over at Mental Floss compiled a great list of the original locations of a variety of fast-food chains that have since swept across the globe, assimilating all before them in Borg-like... More »

Most, Least Reliable Cars

Lexus is best, Mini is worst

(Newser) - Lexus is atop JD Power's list of the most reliable cars, a spot it's held for three straight years, reports Automotive News . The annual survey asks owners of 3-year-old cars about their maintenance issues over the previous 12 months. Some highlights:
  • Top five: Lexus, with 68 problems per
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How Long It Takes to Earn a Beer on Minimum Wage

15 hours in country of Georgia; 12 minutes in Puerto Rico

(Newser) - For a minimum-wage worker in Bangladesh, grabbing a cold one after work amounts to a serious investment. To afford a beer, that employee must toil for 13.4 hours, according to an analysis by Quartz . The report compares the price of a half-liter of beer in a country's bars... More »

The World's Most-Visited City Is...

Hong Kong, followed by Singapore

(Newser) - When it comes to the world's most-visited cities, Asia has a clear lead: Of the top five, four are on the continent, according to a list published by the Telegraph and based on a Euromonitor International report. The number one most-visited city? Hong Kong, which saw 23,770,200... More »

Things You Can't Buy With a Credit Card (Like Pot)

MarketWatch rounds up 10 examples where plastic is forbidden

(Newser) - Don't give up on cash just yet: There are plenty of items that remain difficult or impossible to get with your credit card, MarketWatch reports. Ten reasons you may want to keep going to the ATM:
  • Neither Visa, MasterCard, nor American Express will let you buy marijuana with plastic,
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9 Actors Who Turned Down Huge Roles

Carrie Bradshaw could have been played by ... Dana Delany?

(Newser) - Can you picture anyone other than Sarah Jessica Parker playing Carrie Bradshaw? How about someone other than Julia Roberts playing Vivian in Pretty Woman? Probably not, but both of those roles, and 17 others rounded up by Wetpaint , almost went to other actors. Click through the gallery for a sampling.... More »

10 Stars Who've Slammed Their Exes—in Public

Because that's the mature way to handle things

(Newser) - Celebrities: always keeping it classy. The Huffington Post rounds up 20 stars—including some big names—who just haven't been able to keep their private lives private. They've dissed exes on Twitter, in magazines, and in other public spaces. Click through the gallery for a sampling of 10,... More »

10 Most Charitable Celebrities

DoSomething.org rounds up 2013's biggest do-gooders

(Newser) - For the second year running, Taylor Swift was the No. 1 most charitable celebrity last year, according to an annual list put together by DoSomething.org . Among her good deeds: She donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony and headlined an event benefiting an organization that helps homeless youth. Click... More »

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