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7 Carnivals Around the World

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which begins Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and sacrifice practiced by many Christians before Easter. Tradition dictates that all of one's gluttony, lust, pride, and the other sins be purged by the beginning of Lent. And so carnival was born, a venue for everyone to engage in those carnal excesses before they are taken away.

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10 Best New bars in the U.S.

When the conversation turns to cocktails, as it often does at Food & Wine, there’s one person we listen to loud and clear: Jim Meehan. He’s been called many things, including: Bartender of the Year; the bar manager at Manhattan’s outstanding PDT (a.k.a. the place that you walk through a phone booth, Bond-style, to enter); and Deputy Editor of Food & Wine's book series on cocktails. Because this is one of the best times in memory to be drinking great cocktails, we asked Meehan to pick his 10 favorite new spots in the U.S. He obliged.

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15 Celebrity Cringe-Worthy Rock Bottom Moments

Celebrity and scandal go hand in hand and sometimes a celebrity can overcome and move on. Either their fans are forgiving, like with Michael Jackson, or it just takes a while and people just stop caring, like with Hugh Grant. But sometimes a celebrity does something so ridiculous that, for whatever reason, their career never really rebounds and for the rest of their lives, they’re going to be known as “that” person. These are the moments when they hit the lowest point imaginable, and they’re saddled with the fallout forever.

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Top 10 Weapons of the future

We went from swords to machine guns and nuclear bombs, but what are the next weapons on the horizon? We round up ten of the most promising technologies. These are powerful energy beams that travel through air or space in straight lines. They travel at the speed of light and can strike over distances of thousands of kilometres.

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5 Trends To Look For In Travel This Year

There are few certainties when it comes to travel. But in this new year, travelers can count on one thing: They'll have to spend more money if they want to fly. Airlines had a profitable 2012. And industry analysts say they'll probably have an even better 2013 if they keep raising fares, charging more fees and cutting back on the number of flights. That may push some travelers to their cars. If it does, they won't see record high gasoline prices at the pump for the first time in two years. Consumers may celebrate other victories in the new year, as the Department of Transportation considers broader restrictions on some airline practices.

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8 Sci-Fi Technologies That Are No Longer Just Fiction

A submarine once seemed about as ridiculously impossible as an invisibility cloak seems today. But while technologies like the submarine, bomb, radar and tank once captured the imagination of science fiction authors, science has brought them to the mainstream awareness. Researchers are continuing to catch up with imagination, and it’s only a matter of time before the technologies we still consider fiction meet a similar fate.

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10 Common Misconceptions about PTSD

Commonly associated with soldiers who’ve experienced unthinkable tragedies while at war, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can disrupt the lives of various people from various backgrounds. According to America’s Heroes at Work, a site from the U.S. Department of Labor, it afflicts 24 million people nationwide, eight percent of the population. PTSD can be acquired after enduring any kind of traumatic event, including war, physical abuse, a natural disaster or bad accident, and can result in symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, angry outbursts and depression. Because it’s a mental health disorder, PTSD isn’t fully understood by people with little experience dealing with it. The following common misconceptions have been disproven by mental health professionals and those who live with the disorder.

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12 Survival Items You May Have Overlooked

When we talk about survival, there are certain items that immediately come to mind. We start with the discussion of beans, bullets and band-aids. This logically flows to having at least a 30 day supply of food, firearms and ammo to defend your home or retreat and medical instruments and supplies to take care of a variety of injuries in an emergency. This gets you the basics and then we talk about extending those provisions to last longer time periods, support more extreme scenarios or to include additional bodies. On top of the basics, we have allowances for backup power, usually in the form of solar panels for long term energy self-reliance or generators for short-term needs.

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The Not-So-Ancient History of 10 Thanksgiving Dishes

On Thanksgiving, more than any other day of the year, Americans sit down and eat the same meal as their neighbors and countrymen. It's tradition, after all! But we know our history: most of the Thanksgiving dishes we enjoy today weren't at the original Pilgrims' feast in 1621, or at least not in the way we enjoy them. How did we come up with the modern menu on so many tables?

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7 Best Mexican Vacations

It's hard to imagine vacationing in Mexico without sprawling across golden sands, reveling in the vibrant nightlife, or marveling at the troves of Mayan and Aztec archeological sites. But nowadays, it's hard to determine which destinations are worth the trek. If you're wondering where to find Mexico's must-see sands and sights, U.S. News Travel has compiled a list of the best Mexican vacations for you.

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12 of the Hottest Female Cops From TV

If there’s one thing most of us can agree on; it’s that cop shows are much more enjoyable to watch when they throw a nice piece of trim into the mix. While we’re not here to take anything away from their acting ability, we’re simply paying tribute to their good looks. Without further adieu, here is our list of hottest TV cops.

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10 Fast Food Items Worse For You Than The KFC Double Down

KFC's Double Down -- the bacon sandwich where two pieces of fried chicken replace the bread -- has been catching a lot of flack lately; much of it deserved. But a quick comparison of the nutritional (for want of a better word) info between the Double Down and some items on the menus at other fast food joints shows that the "warped creation of a syphilitic brain" might not be as bad for you as a salad at Wendy's. According to KFC, the Original Recipe Double Down has 540 calories, 32g of fat and 1380mg of sodium. With just a quick peek at the websites for Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's, I had no trouble finding 10 items with higher calorie and fat (and in almost all cases, sodium) counts than the Double Down.

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