Sy Sperling, Founder of Hair Club for Men (and Also a Client), Dies at 78

Sy Sperling, a businessman who helped bring the hair-loss industry into the mainstream with ubiquitous, self-effacing ads, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 78. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Terri Lynn, who said it followed a lengthy illness. She did not specify a cause of death. Mr.…

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The 9 Trends Dominating 2020 (And the 2 We’re Leaving Behind in 2019)

While fashion month is currently buzzing through Europe predicting everything we’ll be wearing next winter, we’re way more curious to see which trends are going to stick around for the entire year. With that in mind, we reached out to three fashion authorities from Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, and Bloomingdales for a full forecast of the year…

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What a Party in Japan May Tell Us About the Coronavirus’s Spread

Rain was falling on the night of Jan. 18, so the windows of the Tokyo party boat were shut. Inside were about 90 guests of a local taxi association who were celebrating the new year as the vessel floated down the Sumida River. Also on board, unbeknown to them, was a coronavirus capable of spreading…

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Why the Coronavirus Seems to Hit Men Harder Than Women

The coronavirus that originated in China has spread fear and anxiety around the world. But while the novel virus has largely spared one vulnerable group — children — it appears to pose a particular threat to middle-aged and older adults, particularly men. This week, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published the largest…

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Whisky Knows Her Toys

There’s something about a really smart dog that makes it seem as if there might be hope for the world. China is in the midst of a frightening disease outbreak and nobody knows how far it will spread. The warming of the planet shows no signs of stopping; it reached a record 70 degrees in…

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How to Build a Pretty Macrobiotic Meal Like a Jewelry Designer

While the jewelry designer Anna Sheffield was growing up in Albuquerque, N.M., in the 1980s, dinner was always a sensitive time, in part because she considered hunting and fishing to be murder. Even her home state’s signature delicacy, green chile stew, typically came filled with beef or pork. After she went vegetarian at 16, she endured…

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Bottomless Brunch Means Bottomless Khao Tom at Noods n’ Chill

“Bottomless brunch” has never been an institution that promised particularly inspired food. For many, the phrase inspires fear rather than an appetite. But at Noods n’ Chill, a Thai restaurant that opened in December in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the bottomless vessel in question is not a pitcher of booze but rather a generous caldron of khao…

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COVID-19 and Travel: Answers to Travelers’ Questions

The coronavirus outbreak that has sickened almost 75,000 in China and killed more than 2,000 worldwide, has upended travel and commerce across the world. In light of the spread of the disease, which has been named COVID-19, would-be travelers to Asia and even parts of the world with few or no cases are wondering what…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies for Everyone

In July 2009, The Times ran an article by David Leite, a cookbook author and food writer, that chronicled his quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. The recipe he developed as a result of his deep dive into flour types, hydration periods, chocolate percentages and salt ratios is loosely adapted from Jacques Torres, the…

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‘At Least I Got You a Gift’

I am a female college student in my first year. My boyfriend is a classmate. We’ve been going out for six months. (Yay!) He’s great. But for Valentine’s Day, he gave me a $50 gift certificate to Panera. (A sandwich shop — really? Where’s the romance?) I waited a few days before I told him…

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