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Pop Culture's Weirdest 'Cover-Ups'

Vulture compiles 70 biggest celebrity conspiracy theories—including that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey

(Newser) - Take a timeout from Election 2016 conspiracy theories and do a deep dive instead into tinfoil-hat whispers on the pop culture front. Vulture has spent the past few months performing what it calls an "exhaustive cataloguing" of the biggest cover-ups in music, literature, film, TV, and "anything else... More »

10 Healthy Habits You Don't Really Need to Do

Sorry, but flossing and washing your jeans is 'pointless,' per the 'Guardian'

(Newser) - Life is short, time is precious, and these bromides mean we simply shouldn't be wasting our efforts on what the Guardian calls "pointless" and "useless" habits we've apparently been brainwashed into adopting. Inspired by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges' list of 40 medical treatments that... More »

10 Best Cities for Vegetarians

Plant-eaters won't go hungry in Santa Fe

(Newser) - It's getting easier for vegetarians to eat out these days, but some cities are better than others. Datafiniti has rounded up the 10 US cities with the most vegetarian restaurants per 100,000 people. The winners:
  1. Santa Fe, NM (29.6 per 100,00 residents)
  2. Eugene, Ore. (16.5)
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10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

Oh, to be a kid in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Kids in Philadelphia who come home with pillowcases stuffed with candy on Halloween probably have no idea how lucky they are. Philly is the best city in the country for trick-or-treaters—and possibly dentists, too—according to the eighth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index , per Parade . The index ranks cities based... More »

The 7 Worst US States for Women

Mississippi tops the list

(Newser) - Help a girl out, Mississippi. The state is the worst in the country for women, according to 24/7 Wall St. , based on economy, leadership, and health. Researchers specifically looked at things like women's earnings compared to men, the percent of women in management positions and government, and female life... More »

10 Best Big Cities in US

New York is No. 1, says 'Conde Nast Traveler'

(Newser) - Conde Nast Traveler has released its annual Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 100,000 votes came in for the best cities in the nation. The magazine broke candidates down into larger and smaller cities (larger meaning those with 150,000 or more people), and ascending to the No.... More »

Best and Worst States for Voter Turnout

Minnesota tops the list, Hawaii closes it out

(Newser) - With a hotly contested election mere weeks away, it seems like all anyone can talk about is politics. But be it voter apathy or the fact that Election Day is held on a week day in the US, plenty of registered voters simply never turn up to cast a ballot.... More »

How Empathetic Are Americans? Meh

US ranks 7th of 63 countries in first-time ranking

(Newser) - Americans aren't the worst by far, but we could use some help in the empathy department, a new study finds. A ranking of "the ability to understand and share the feelings of others" in 63 countries found the US in seventh place, Science Daily reports, behind Saudi Arabia.... More »

5 Most Active Cities in the US

Put on your walking shoes and hit the Freedom Trail in Boston

(Newser) - Whether it's their public parks, bike paths, or just because they're easy to amble around, more and more America cities are staking claims to promoting physically fit lifestyles. But some communities are more on the go than others, and as ABC News reports, a Gallup and Healthways list... More »

America's 10 Wealthiest Presidents

The first president was also the wealthiest: 24/7 Wall Street

(Newser) - It's not clear what Donald Trump's net worth is, but low estimates have it at about $3 billion, per 24/7 Wall St . If accurate, he would become the richest president in history by far. Still, Hillary Clinton's net worth of $75 million (with husband Bill) would put... More »

What the 7 Fastest-Shrinking US Companies Have in Common

In a word: oil

(Newser) - It's not terribly common for companies to see revenue drop by double-digit percentages, but in coming up with entries for its list of America's fastest-shrinking companies, 24/7 Wall St. found that sometimes the plunges came fast and furious, with revenue for a few companies falling more than one-third... More »

10 Best US Cities to Be an 'Urban Hermit'

You may never leave home in Chicago

(Newser) - You don't have to live in a forest camp to be a hermit. Thanks to modern conveniences like Netflix and food deliveries, just about anybody, anywhere, can live the solitary life. Some cities, however, are better for "urban hermits" than others. Here are Estately 's top 10... More »

The 12 Highest Paid Actors in TV

Top earners pull in $1M per episode

(Newser) - It takes an estimated $2.5 million to make an episode of Game of Thrones—if that episode shows only five actors on screen without makeup, wardrobe, or sets. What's crazy is that those five actors aren't even the highest paid on TV. Here's Variety 's... More »

10 Best-Run US Cities

You'll find most of them in Middle America

(Newser) - Running a city is no small feat, and with nearly 63% of the US population living in urban centers, per the US Census Bureau . WalletHub decided to see which ones are managed the best. The site looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the country, combining the results of... More »

10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing... More »

10 Most Dangerous Cities in US

St. Louis is No. 1

(Newser) - The Census Bureau reported Monday that incidents of violent crime—and murders in particular—were up around the US, but which cities are worst? Here are the top 10, on a per-capita basis, via 24/7 Wall Street .
  1. St. Louis, Missouri: 1,817 violent crimes per 100,000 people, with 188
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The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

10 of America's Most Explicit Town Names

Yes, there is a Ballplay, Alabama

(Newser) - It was a hard job, but somebody had to do it. (That's what she said?) The Estately Blog responded to some PG-13 criticism of a recent "Oddest Town Names" in America list by giving the people what they wanted—"we placed our minds in the gutter" and... More »

10 Best Small Cities to Call Home in the US

Columbia, Md., tops the list

(Newser) - Want a decent job in a place with great schools and low taxes? You'll apparently find it in any of these 10 small cities. Time has come up with a ranking of the best cities to live in the US, with a population between 50,000 and 300,000,... More »

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