Election Cake, a Forgotten Recipe, Rises Online

For a baking project that will keep you from Election Day doomscrolling, look to a centuries-old tradition: election cake. The cake, which has become more obscure in recent years, saw an increase in Google searches beginning on Sunday morning. The recipe for Hartford election cake appeared in Amelia Simmons’s “American Cookery,” published in 1796 —…

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What in the World Is a $590 Scratch-and-Sniff T-shirt Doing in 2020?

The universe tends toward ever-increasing disorder; earlier this year, the luxury fashion house Lanvin released several varieties of scratch-and-sniff T-shirts priced at $590. At one time, the scented T-shirts would have been unscented hats, because that is what Jeanne Lanvin sold in the Parisian hat shop she opened in 1889, roughly one and one-quarter centuries…

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Coronavirus Rapid Testing Falters in People Without Symptoms: Study

As the number of coronavirus cases in the United States exceeds 9.2 million, experts continue to call for an enormous scale-up of testing among both the healthy and the sick — a necessary measure, they have said, to curb the spread of an infection that can move swiftly and silently through the population. One strategy…

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Stress Relief Tips to Relieve Election Anxiety

Can’t concentrate? Losing sleep? Binge-eating your feelings? In a year of unprecedented stress, the nation collectively appears to be heading toward peak anxiety this week. People are sharing stories of stress eating, clearing their calendars (who could sit through a Zoom meeting during a time like this?) and threatening to stay in bed for a…

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9 Ways Outdoor Dining Will Change New York

Covid-19 has changed New York City’s restaurant culture more than any event since Prohibition. The most obvious effect, happening now and getting worse by the week but already dismal to contemplate, will be the death of hundreds and possibly thousands of small, independent businesses, each loss radiating out to employees, communities and suppliers many miles…

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Can I Wear Political Clothing When I Vote?

If you’ve voted already, good for you. If not, something to keep in mind: There are actually rules about what you can and cannot wear to the polls. Really, truly! It’s rarely an issue because emotions rarely run as high as they have this time around as the message comes from both parties that this…

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The need for caffeine was the mother of invention.

The first patented invention made in space was a coffee cup. In November 2008, Donald Pettit wanted to drink his tea and coffee from an open vessel. While aboard the I.S.S., he tore out a plastic divider from his Flight Data File and used the magic of fluid dynamics to create an open cup. Until…

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Traveling Through Cookbooks

Good morning. Samin Nosrat wrote a beautiful column for The New York Times Magazine about the joys of reading cookbooks, about using them as a stand-in for the travels we can’t really take during the pandemic, and about how difficult it can be sometimes to find big, authoritative reads about regions of the globe that…

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A Local’s Tour of Asturias, Spain’s ‘Natural Paradise’

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Mónica R. Goya shares a collection of images from northwest Spain.…

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Shopping for Armoires

When your closets are stuffed, and it’s a struggle to hang even one more shirt, an armoire or wardrobe can provide relief with a little extra storage space. “I end up using at least one in almost every project,” said Sean Anderson, an interior designer based in Memphis. “It’s one of those pieces that serves…

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