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Here Are Some of the Best Movies Originally Rated NC 17

Some of the best movies of the past 50 years originally earned the NC 17 designation. Here are eight critically acclaimed, edgy films that bely MPAA rankings.
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Artists ‘Crossing Over’ to NFTs During Seattle’s Art Fair

'Crossing Over' at the Seattle NFT Museum will highlight established artists moving from the physical form into blockchain technology.
Models sport The Wearable Album collaboration collection hooded sweatshirts

Bacardi Introduces Wearable Music With Nahmias and Boi-1da

Bacardí Rum's 'Music Liberates Music' program continues with high-end streetwear brand, Nahmias, and Grammy-winning producer, Boi-1da's 'The Wearable Album.'
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Origin Recommends Alternatives to Overbooked Destinations

Travel is a mess right now. The travel curators at the Origin app compiled a list of the five countries for phenomenal holidays that aren't totally overbooked.
A rendering of Winter Wonderland on Al Maha Island

Qatar Tourism Developments Prior to FIFA World Cup 2022 Kickoff

Before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicks off in November, an assortment of exceptional new tourism developments will open across the host country.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' private Gulfstream GV

Can Private Air Travel Meet Soaring Demand?

With commercial flights limited during the pandemic and now in utter chaos, demand for private air travel has soared. Can private air travel supply keep up?
Hong Kong's former Jumbo Floating Restaurant

The Wildest and Weirdest Restaurants in the World (And Hong Kong’s Floating Restaurant Sinks)

Hong Kong’s iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant is now at the bottom of the South China Sea. Here are a few of the world's additional wild and weird restaurants.
Wordle game #196 solved in 4 guesses

Is Wordle Worth Jumping on the Post-Viral Bandwagon?

It's time to explore the Josh Wardle-created word app Wordle to see if the game is worth the time and distraction post purchase from The New York Times.
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Spirits Makers Go New (and Old) School With Recent Releases

NFTs, crowdfunding, and new music are just a few of the perks offered by 2022 spirits releases. Here are a few of the most fun, innovative drops.
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This Disney Cruise Cocktail is $5,000 – Is It Worth the Price?

The Kaiburr Crystal cocktail aboard Disney’s Wish cruise ship costs $5,000. Is this absurd drink among the world's most expensive cocktails?
French's ketchup-flavored Frenchsicle

Best Foods You Can Find Outside of the United States

Here’s a few fine foreign foodstuffs you might only be able to find outside the United States. 
Bored Ape NFTs on the OpenSea marketplace

Bored Ape Yacht Club Wants Ryder Ripps to Cease and Desist

Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT makers, Yuga Labs filed a complaint claiming artistic trademark infringement against L.A. artist Riley Ripps' 'satiric' RR/BAYC NFTs.
Lebron James in his #23 Lakers uniform

A History of Athletic Sports Endorsement

Today’s top athletes earn sizable fortunes endorsing products and services. This unprecedented athletic wealth is a legacy passed down through sports history.
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Why TikTok China Is Watching You and Why the FCC Is Upset

Leaders are up in arms and FCC commissioner Brendan Carr is upset about a BuzzFeed report that reveals ByteDance, TikTok's Chinese parent, is viewing U.S. data.
The Jackson 5 in 1972, from left to right Tito, Marlon, Michael, Jackie, and Jermaine Jackson

With BTS Broken Up, Here’s Each Era’s Best Boy Bands

K-pop idols BTS are pursuing solo careers. Join The Manual to cruise through some of the brightest and bleak moments for boy bands in the last 60 years.
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These Are the Best Sustainable Sunglasses for This Summer

With eco-friendly and upcycled materials like cork, bamboo, and recycled plastics, these sustainable shades are style for conscious consumers to give back.
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Films Flex Their Muscles, Buoying Movie Theater Chains

While the movie industry celebrates crowds surging back to theaters, things might not be looking up for the major movie theater companies until 2024.
A robed and hooded figure wields judgement with an anime staff in Star Wars Visions

7 Excellent Disney+ Originals You Need to Stream Now

Signing up for a Disney+ subscription gives you access to series and movies that are exclusive to the service. Here are the best Disney+ originals to watch now.
Reservation Dogs actors

Native American Television Thrives: How Is This Helping Tribes?

Hot streaming Native American shows on FX, Hulu, Amazon, and more not only entertain, but also help bring reservation reality and culture into American homes.
The Marcus King Band at the Holland Blues Festival in 2018

The Manual Is Back for Your Music Roundup With June Tunes

Here are some of the latest music releases to enjoy this summer that released in June 2022.
Person in hiking boots crossing stream in the woods.

Here Are the Best U.S. Hikes Accessible in the Summertime

Summertime is here and it's time to hit the trail for a hike. Travel along with The Manual to find the best places to chew dirt during the sunny season.
Elena Hight on a snowboard in mountainous backcountry.

Champion Snowboarder Elena Hight Reflects on Title IX

In a wide-ranging chat, champion Elena Hight talks with The Manual about how her efforts to pass down sport to the next generation shape her career and future.
Eddie Munson showing off fake horns, mocking the 1980s satanic panic

How the Satanic Panic Influenced Stranger Things Season 4

Stranger Things season 4 conjures 1980s nostalgia via the “Satanic Panic” aimed at Dungeons and Dragons role players. Kate Bush also makes a grand appearance.
Healthy foods on a cutting board

These Are the 5 Biggest Food Trends We’ve Seen This Year

What surprises does this year have in store? Tuck in, it’s time to find out what the biggest food trends are for this year.
Rail Star type of Japan's Shinkansen train

Products and Services You Can Only Find Outside the U.S.

From bidets to body sprays, these are some of the best products and services that you’ll find outside of the U.S.
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Banned Books That Will Expand Your Worldview

Here are a few potentially illegal tomes that might be illegal in your town. Feel free to crack a spine to learn what might lie inside these insidious works.
A room at Xanterra's new Maswick Lodge South in Grand Canyon National Park

First New Hotel Inside Grand Canyon Park in 50 Years Opens

For the first time in 50 years, travelers to the Grand Canyon have a new option for in-park stays: the Maswik South Lodge from the Xanterra Travel Collection.
A surfer rides a wave littered with garbage

A New Earth Project Aims to Reduce and Purge Ocean Pollution

A coalition of outdoor enthusiasts, Atlantic Packaging suppliers, and pro surfers launched A New Earth Project to help eliminate ocean packaging pollution.
Foraging mushrooms basket

Are Mushrooms the Next Trendy Coffee Alternative?

To replace sugar crashes and bodily imbalances, The Manual has listed the best mushroom mix energy drinks that can replace your morning coffee.
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Wine and Fish Fly Free With Aha! to These Niche Destinations

Let’s face it: Travel is a beast right now. If you can bear it, though, you can score some big game that has emerged in this midst of an industry in chaos.
A Cubist portrait at the Gallery Art Hotel, Vake, Tbilisi, Georgia

Here’s Where to Find Best Art Hotels in the United States

Come with The Manual from New York’s Barclay, to Cincinnati and Nashville, across the Rockies, and into Los Angeles to find the country’s best art hotels.
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This Viral Reddit Chart Shows How Bad Inflation Really Is

Reddit user DataIsBeautiful marks rising and falling prices with a graphic bar graph animating critical commodity prices changes over the last 2.5 years.
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An Invite to Some of the World’s Best Art Hotels

The Manual invites you on a journey across the world to visit some of the best visual culture right inside your accommodations.
James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence medallion

2022 James Beard Awards Reflect Industry Diversity

With an eye toward greater inclusivity, the 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards reflect changes in the judging process and include diverse winners.
Korg (left) and Thor (right) silhouetted from behind, standing over the remains of a dead god

‘Love and Thunder’ Trailer Features New Thor and Mjolnir

The new trailer for Thor 4, "Love and Thunder," shows a multitude of MCU characters recruited by Thor Odinson to face a terrifying foe, Gorr the God Butcher.
A desert patio and patio chairs inside The Old Man safe house

Win a Luxury, Off-the-Grid Experience With FX and Wander

FX is offering one grand prize winner a luxury, off-the-grid Joshua Tree trip in a Wander resort with the option to learn to live like a rogue agent.
A woman strolls outdoors on a dirt road

Merrell’s New Walk & Talk Hotline: Company While You Hike

During a time of strained social connections, Merrell offers therapeutic human interaction and outdoor reconnection with its Walk & Talk hotline during June.
Empty Coca-Cola case, Mahamaya Lake.

Should You Try These TikTok Soda Hacks?

Want a bubbly fix, but looking for a healthier alternative? The Manual offers a voyage to discover what alternative soda recipes TikTok users are posting.
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Best U.S. Towns and Cities for Young Professionals

Wrapping up the best U.S. cities offering a place where careers can take off, there are many recreational options to explore that won’t break the bank.
Keen Men's Uneek leather sandals

Here Are the Best Shoes for Leaping Into Summer

The sun is out and warmth is in the air. Time to get outside with the best new men’s shoe releases to lace up and get going on the season’s best activities.
A beefalo bull

Can Beefalo Beat Beef (or Buffalo) to Become Meat’s Future?

Man-made monstrosity or naturally delicious curiosity? Meet the beefalo, a bison-cattle hybrid that’s touted as the healthy meat of the future by its farmers.
Lori Lightfoot, the first openly LGBT mayor of Chicago, marching in the 2019 Chicago Pride Parade

8 Great LGBTQ+ Documentaries to Stream During Pride Month

The Manual brings you eight great LGBTQ+ documentaries to explore the movement’s history and the events that helped shape today’s queer climate.
Studio-scale X-wing Starfighter

Rare ‘Star Wars’ Gear and More in Massive Hollywood Auction

Propstore will host a huge Los Angeles auction from June 21 to June 24, which will include over 1,800 unique and original items from hit Hollywood films.
A man sleeps in his bed

White Noise Podcasts Are a Hit – Should You Be Listening?

Whether it's a white noise hiss, pink rustling leaves, or brown thunder, audio entrepreneurs purvey a world of soothing sounds. Should you be listening?
Mezcal from the Sierra Norte de Puebla served with cantaloupe and grasshoppers

Americans to Buy More Mezcal and Tequila Than Whiskey In 2022

For the first time, Americans are anticipated to spend more money on mezcal and tequila than they will on U.S.-made whiskeys or rum in 2022.
Protected sports cards from the eBay Vault

Store, Trade, Sell Your Rare Sports Cards In the eBay Vault

eBay's new 31,000-square-foot facility called the vault is now open to store trading cards valued over $750, and soon, physical collectibles of all kinds.
Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel

‘Ms. Marvel’ – The MCU’s Biggest Hit on Disney Plus Yet

With a 96% critical rating on the Tomatometer, 'Ms. Marvel' is the highest scoring entry to Disney’s MCU Universe. Does 'Ms. Marvel' live up to its hype?
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Vrbo Releases Its First Top 10 Vacation Homes of the Year

Vrbo reviewed hundreds of thousands of private vacation homes to uncover the outstanding properties on its inaugural top 10 best U.S. vacation homes.
A call to action on the Tinder app to end the Blood Ban in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign

Tinder and Human Rights Campaign Team Up During Pride Month

This Pride month, Tinder teamed with LGBTQ advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, to call for ceasing the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Parlor Social Club founders Jan Cieślikiewicz and Fredrick Ghartey

Parlor Aims to Shape Tomorrow’s Borderless Social Club Today

Parlor is a tech-forward, app-based social club trailblazing a new wave of modern-day social clubs — without the high price or location-based commitment.