What Do Those Spotify ‘Top Fans’ Messages Mean?

This week, Spotify sent some unspecified portion of its hundreds of millions of users a message. The message told those users something important. “You are one of Taylor Swift’s top fans worldwide,” one iteration of this message said. “You’re one of their top 1% fans. Hit Play on their radio and we’ll provide an endless…

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New Airbnb Listing: A 65-Foot-Tall Landmark Named Lucy the Elephant

MARGATE CITY, N.J. — A beloved rebel from a bygone era, she stands as a six-story testament to New Jersey’s brawny brand of seaside kitsch. Her calendar age is 138, but she wears it well. She has survived hurricanes, mild rot and brushes with fame. Lucy the Elephant, a national landmark built in 1881 in…

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Which Art Fair Is for You? Let Our Critic Be Your Guide

The opening of The Art Show on Thursday kicks off a carnival of New York art fairs that won’t stop until March 9. The city will host at least 10, offering hundreds of booths of modern and contemporary art, from blue chip to brand-new, and even a sampling of antiquarian books. For the gallerists, the…

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15 Mother’s Day Gifts From Her Favorite Child (You)

Your mom brought you in to the world, and you should give back to her in the form of dainty jewelry, wine delivered right to her front door, and a Gucci handbag that proves she no longer carries around ziplock bags of goldfish. Show her some love on Mother’s Day with our edit of chic…

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Do Chicken Breasts Deserve A Comeback?

At some point in the last 20 years, boneless, skinless chicken breasts became terribly uncool. Professional cooks and recipe developers (like me) turned up their noses at white meat in favor of cheap and flavorful thighs. There was nary a boneless breast in sight unless it was breaded and fried. Boneless breasts have taken a…

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What Has Mike Pence Done in Health?

WASHINGTON — When President Trump announced Wednesday that Vice President Pence would take charge of the nation’s coronavirus response, he repeatedly touted the “great health care” in Indiana during Mr. Pence’s time as governor there, adding, “He’s got a certain talent for this.” So what does Mr. Pence’s record on health care look like? He…

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He Held a Plank for More Than 8 Hours, Setting a Record

George E. Hood, a 62-year-old retiree from Naperville, Ill., strapped a heart monitor band across his chest, attached a catheter to his body, climbed onto a custom-built table covered with a lambskin and dialed up a curated rock ’n’ roll playlist on his phone. And then he raised himself into a plank — and held…

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A Royal Instagram Mystery

Feb. 27, 2020 ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times; Getty Images (royals), Shutterstock (stool) Two royal couples, two Instagram accounts, one conspiracy theory. Of all the tricks humankind employs to concoct the illusion of security, the most vital to the British royal family is hierarchy. Hierarchy is what makes an elder brother more important…

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The Political Pundits of the Future Are on TikTok

As Twitter and Facebook continue to dominate conversations about social media and the 2020 presidential election, TikTok is quietly becoming a political force. Teenagers in America — many of them too young to vote — are forming political coalitions on TikTok to campaign for their chosen candidates, post news updates and fact check opponents. They…

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Virus Fears Leave Venice Tourist Spots Empty

First came the flood, then came the disease. Over the past three months, the tourism industry of Venice, has had its share of plagues. Flooding in November, prompted by exceptionally high tides, led to mass cancellations. Now as Italy experiences the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside Asia, a similar and unwelcome drop-off is occurring. According to…

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