Whiskey, Mussels, and World-Class Golf: The 4-Day Weekend in Edinburgh

Whiskey, Mussels, and World-Class Golf: The 4-Day Weekend in Edinburgh

Scotland is the ancestral home to two of humankind’s greatest achievements—golf and whiskey. Fans could easily spend a decade or more playing courses and sampling drams without getting bored. But if you only have four days, Edinburgh is the place to start. A bustling city with a continental cosmopolitan flavor, the Scottish capital is not only a great base to explore some of eastern Scotland’s finest golf courses, but also one of the best places in the UK to eat and drink.

You’ll need to rent a car to get back and forth to the golf courses, but you’ll want to leave it in the hotel garage while exploring in Edinburgh. The city is eminently walkable, and when you’re worn out, cabs are plentiful.

Driving on the left (also known as the wrong side) takes about a … Read the rest

Pushing Limits and Drawing the Line: Mountain Athlete Mike Chambers on Chasing the Denali Speed Record

Pushing Limits and Drawing the Line: Mountain Athlete Mike Chambers on Chasing the Denali Speed Record

At 7:55 p.m. on May 19, 18,500 feet up on Denali—a massif so cosmic, climbers are infinitesimal in scale and deferential to its mercilessness—Merrell ambassador and mountain athlete Mike Chambers watched his partner, Will Seeber, slip out on blue ice and careen down the Denali Pass, windblown snowpack hastening his fall.

“Please arrest, please arrest!” Chambers repeated in his head, as Seeber luckily managed to roll onto his stomach and punch his whippet into the ice. His skis were strewn some hundreds of feet up the mountain and he was clinging on by the basket of his pole, the only thing keeping him from plunging to a certain death.

Cessna aircraft at the base of Denali Chris Shane

What had started as a bluebird day—for Denali’s standards—shifted in an instant. Storm clouds charged in, forcing the two to abort their acclimatization … Read the rest

Becoming brain dead is not cool

Becoming brain dead is not cool

Americans
are losing their minds to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s an epidemic and it’s not
typical of what’s going on in the rest of the world.

The
World Health Organization estimates that there are 18 million people with
Alzheimer’s. Over 4 and1/2 million Americans have the disease. We account for
25% of all Alzheimer’s cases, even though we represent only 4.6% of the world’s
population. Europe is experiencing half our rate of disease. For Americans over
85 years of age, 50% are thought to have Alzheimer’s. The question is, “Why”?

Alzheimer’s
was first discovered in 1906, about 20 years after aluminum cookware was
introduced. It is not a part of normal aging says the National Institutes of
Health (NIH). The NIH contends that the cause of Alzheimer’s is “not known”.
They say, “Prior theories regarding the accumulation of aluminum, lead,
mercury, and other substances in the brain have been disproved”.

Do … Read the rest

What You Need to Know About the Jim Beam Bourbon Fire

What You Need to Know About the Jim Beam Bourbon Fire

On Tuesday, July 2, a fire broke out in one of Jim Beam’s Kentucky whiskey warehouses, which quickly spread through the structure and then to a second warehouse. The fire burned for days, and it eventually destroyed both structures and the whiskey inside them. According to Whiskycast, Beam had a sprinkler system, which did go off, but the blaze was so intense it overwhelmed the sprinklers. The two buildings housed approximately 45,000 barrels of bourbon, all of which were destroyed by the fire or lost in runoff from damaged barrels.

 

The runoff liquid, which was by then a mixture of bourbon and the water that had been used for flame suppression, made its way to the Kentucky River, where it entered the water and began traveling downstream, according to the BBCRead the rest

The Best Red and White Wines to Drink With Pizza

The Best Red and White Wines to Drink With Pizza

Beer and pizza are old friends, but they don’t really play well together. The suds will rinse out your mouth between bites, but most beers won’t amp up the flavors of your pie the way a good wine will. That said, pairing wine and pizza can be a little tricky, says Harry Hansen, director of winemaking at California’s Sterling Vineyards. The ideal wine pick depends on your preferred toppings and sauce, he says.

Almost any dish that features cooked tomatoes—that includes pizza with red sauce—are going to pair well with acidic, fruit-forward wines, Hansen says. Wines made in this style are food-friendly to begin with. But paired with pizza, they can stand up to the cooked tomato’s sharp flavors and cut through greasy cheese.

On the other hand, a white-sauce pie with vegetable toppings is going to call for a different style of vinoRead the rest

How to Get Joel Kinnaman’s Versatile, Side-swept Hairstyle

How to Get Joel Kinnaman’s Versatile, Side-swept Hairstyle

Joel Kinnaman, the star of Hanna, The Informer, and Altered Carbon, covers our July/August issue, sporting a textured, side-swept hairstyle. It’s a cut to consider snagging for yourself, since it wears well in both professional and casual settings.

If you’re curious how it might look on you, consider the advice of Alexia Saras, regional barber manager at Fellow Barber in New York City. Here, she explains whom the style suits best, how to style and maintain it, and what to tell your barber.

How to Get Joel Kinnaman’s Hairstyle: The Kind of Hair You Need

You need to start with some length, at least up top. It’ll be harder for your barber to achieve this style if you’re working with a previously disconnected haircut, Saras notes. You’ll need something that’s easily blended from top to sides.

Because of the forward fringe that sweeps … Read the rest

This Performance Apparel Uses Space Innovation for the Most High-Tech Workout Ever

This Performance Apparel Uses Space Innovation for the Most High-Tech Workout Ever

Form should follow function. We like stuff that works, whether it looks great or not. If it doesn’t perform, it won’t become an essential part of our rotation. Give us something that works well and looks great, though, and we’re hooked. Enter Vaiden apparel.

Vaiden makes performance apparel that utilizes high-tech features like odor-wicking silver to keep you dry and feeling good while you work out. The sleek, no-nonsense design is focused on performance, not flash. And the company’s latest innovation is derived directly from space.

Vaiden

That’s right. Vaiden uses a patented and certified Phase Change Material originally developed to help astronauts regulate their temperature in space, and integrates it into sexy, sleek performance apparel. The thermally adaptive fabric acts like a battery,  providing thermoregulation by absorbing and storing excess heat from your skin’s surface into microcapsules it calls thermocules. As your body temp changes, that heat is released … Read the rest

Seal of Approval: Kumail Nanjiani on Conan’s Inspiring Podcast, Classic Films, and His New Kicks

Seal of Approval: Kumail Nanjiani on Conan’s Inspiring Podcast, Classic Films, and His New Kicks

Kumail Nanjiani, the star of the new movie Stuber, discusses a comedy podcast, a pair of purple kicks, a not-boring classic film, and his other recent obsessions.

Film

A cinematographer suggested I watch The Conformist, about a Mussolini operative out to assassinate a professor. I’m not as well-versed in the visual elements of moviemaking as I am in the writing, and the film was an education. It was stunning and not at all boring, like some classics.

Podcast

I’ve been listening to Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. On it, Conan goes deeper with guests than he does on TV, and you see a different side of him—like how he’s more insecure than you might imagine, which I find inspiring to hear. The Lisa Kudrow episode was especially good.

Game

I’ve been a … Read the rest

The Best Sports Drinks If You’re Keto

The Best Sports Drinks If You’re Keto

If you really want to obtain ketosis and burn fat for energy instead of carbs, step number one is to curtail your sugar intake. One surefire way to do that is to change the beverages you consume daily. Juice, soda, energy drinks—most of them contain copious amounts of processed sugar. If you’re looking for the best sports drinks for keto, we’ve got you covered.

The key is to stay hydrated, and that means water. It’s the perfect keto beverage; even sparkling water is great, as long as it has zero added sugar. A pinch of salt will help you beat the headaches, body aches, and nausea that can come with the onset of keto—sometimes known as the “keto flu.”

Another great keto drink is coffee or black tea. It’s got caffeine that helps boost energy and focus. Just avoid adding milk or cream. If you must cut your caffeinated morning … Read the rest

Is Reforestation the Best Way to Fight Climate Change? This Study Says Yes

Is Reforestation the Best Way to Fight Climate Change? This Study Says Yes

Electric vehicles. Carbon-capture devices. Replacing cattle with bison. Lots of ideas have been tossed around for addressing climate change, but a new study suggests that one of the most effective solutions is pretty simple: Just plant more trees—a trillion of them to be exact.

The research, conducted by the Swiss university ETH Zurich, found that around 0.9 billion hectares (roughly 2.2 billion acres) of land is suitable for reforestation around the globe. If it were populated with trees, they could capture about 205 billion metric tons of carbon: That’s two-thirds of all the human-generated carbon emissions released since the Industrial Revolution.

“We all knew that restoring forests could play a part in tackling climate change, but we didn’t really know how big the impact would be,” professor and study co-author Thomas Crowther said in … Read the rest