As you enter Cocktail Culture, an intoxicating exhibit of apparel, accoutrement and ephemera at the Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art, it's hard not to think of Billy Strayhorn's lyrics in his jazz standard "Lush Life":
I used to visit all those very gay places those come-what-may places where one relaxes on the axis of wheel of life to get the feel of life from jazz and cocktails
Water normally boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit — and doesn't get hotter. But under pressure, it boils at 242 F. In a pressure cooker, food cooks at a higher temperature, which speeds up the cooking process. Above, a 1948 pressure cooker.
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Is your job a pressure cooker? Most people are familiar with the metaphor, but not the actual device — once a common household item.
"It was the wedding gift that you gave. People got a pressure cooker," says Lorna Sass, author of The Pressured Cook. She says when Presto introduced its version of the gadget at the 1939 World's Fair, it didn't take long for it to catch on.
Syrian refugees seen in a camp set up by the Turkish Red Crescent in Turkish town of Yayladagi in Hatay province, Turkey.(AP Photo)
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Thousands of Syrians have fled to Turkey as security forces continue to patrol villages, breaking down the doors of houses and burning private crops in the northern town of Jisr al-Shoughour and neighboring communities, witnesses said.
One Syrian farmer just over the Turkish border said the violence is very real.
"Today I see soldiers go into the homes," he said. "They broke the doors. They burned all the crops. I have some pictures that show it is true."
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Kevin Mitnick and Emmanuel Goldstein on Jan. 20, 2003, the day Mitnick was released from government supervision for his crimes as a hacker.
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Two new victims took a hit in the Wild West world of computer hacking this week: Citibank, where 200,000 credit card holders were victimized, and the International Monetary Fund, which reportedly also endured a cyberattack.
The FBI is on the case — so much so that 1 in 4 hackers may now be an informant, according to some experts.
Saudi policemen surrounding the cars of women who drove.
Six women said they were briefly detained in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, after they drove two cars in the northwestern part of city.
As we've reported before, the ability for women to drive legally gained international attention after Manal al-Sharif was arrested twice for getting behind the wheel. Her story has inspired a movement.
The Go-Go's are on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their massively successful debut.
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In the summer of 1981, The Go-Go's released Beauty and the Beat, a record that would become the first No. 1 album for an all-female band that wrote its own songs and played its own instruments. And believe it or not, that hasn't happened again since.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is visiting neighboring Pakistan to ask that nation's prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, to support peace talks with the Taliban and eliminate militant strongholds on the border.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined a growing chorus of top Democrats on Saturday calling for the resignation of Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is at the center of a sexting scandal. Host Rachel Martin speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, about this story and others from the past week.
In 1962, Robert Jay Lifton and his wife, BJ, arrived in Hiroshima where Lifton studied the human consequences of nuclear weapons through conversations with survivors of 1945's atomic bomb.
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Robert Jay Lifton wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life when he left the Army in 1954 after serving in the Korean War. He was living with his wife in Hong Kong and was about to return to the U.S. to pursue a predictable career. Instead, the psychiatrist made a last-minute decision to stay in Hong Kong — and it changed everything.