The orgies are lame. The sun is unforgiving. There’s 70,000 people partying on ‘the playa’: What it’s like going to Burning Man for the first time

Levi Bernard for Business Insider There are three of us, cramped inside a dusty Toyota that’s packed to the gills along with a triad of busted bicycles hanging precariously off the back. We are flanked on every side by travelers who, like us, have driven several hours to form what has turned out to be […]

People are keeping a close eye on Waffle House as Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast — and there’s a weird reason why

AP Waffle House is famously known for staying open during natural disasters.  The chain’s policy has provided an unofficial way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to track the severity of a natural disaster. If a Waffle House closes, it suggests the event was bad enough to potentially have devastating effects on the economy. The reverse is true […]

Google Maps Street View: There’s something VERY wrong with this tourist’s face

Google Maps often catches people as they go about their daily lives – but it doesn’t always photograph them looking their best. Google has captured a man enjoying a view on a large balcony surrounded by other tourists. But quite how the man can see the vista is a mystery because rather than having eyes, […]

James Bond 25: There’s a NEW favourite to replace Danny Boyle as director

The upcoming film was thrown into chaos last month when Boyle bowed out over “creative differences”, allegedly stemming from Barbara Broccoli’s plan to kill off Daniel Craig’s incarnation of 007. Whilst news on who will replace him has not been announced yet, speculation has continued to come thick and fast – especially after a report […]

There’s now an even more precise “recipe” for blowing the perfect bubble

Enlarge / Scientists have long been fascinated with the math and physics of bubbles. (credit: Tim Robberts/Getty Images) A team of mathematicians has devised the most precise recipe yet for blowing perfect bubbles, and it’s not just for fun and frolics. Achieving a better understanding of the dynamics at work could lead to more efficient industrial […]

There’s one simple explanation for the wage stagnation ‘puzzle’ confounding top Fed officials

AP/Jose Luis Magana Federal Reserve officials have long been baffled by the absence of wage growth for median US workers despite a long-standing economic recovery that has sharply lowered unemployment to 3.9%. A new paper offers a convincing hypothesis for the Fed’s conundrum: underemployment and weak bargaining power for workers is more rampant than the […]

There’s ‘no evidence’ Chris Watts’s wife killed their kids as he claimed, according to a new report

Chris Watts is charged with murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters earlier this month in Frederick, Colorado. He claims he only killed his wife because she killed their kids first, according to a police affidavit. Officers have reportedly found “no evidence” to back up his claims. A police source told People magazine that preliminary […]

There’s no risk-free amount of alcohol, population-level study finds

Enlarge (credit: John Lund/Sam Diephuis) Booze is a leading cause of death and disease worldwide, and no amount is devoid of risks, according to a massive meta-analysis on global alcohol use. The study, published late last week in The Lancet, appears to contradict some health advice that suggests low-to-moderate drinking is fine and may even […]

There’s no Tinder in the desert: How Chad’s Wodaabe nomads find love

Tariq Zaidi August 27, 2018 Share this article They’ve been called ‘the vainest tribe in the world’ and, once a year, Chad’s Wodaabe nomads get dressed up and dance for hours in the stifling sun in an attempt to attract a mate. Photographer Tariq Zaidi pays them a visit. Dawn breaks in the semi-desert Sahel […]

There’s a counterintuitive argument that preparations for a nightmare Brexit will actually be good for the UK economy

Companies have started stockpiling goods to safeguard against the possibility a disruptive no deal Brexit. Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, says clients have asked him if the stockpiling of goods could actually give a short-term boost to the economy. Tombs is unconvinced and outlines four reasons why company stockpiles are unlikely […]