How Atlantic City inspired the Monopoly board

The popular game has a backstory rife with segregation, inequality, intellectual theft, and outlandish political theories.

Credit: Davis DeBard, with kind permission.
  • The streets on a classic Monopoly board were lifted from Atlantic City.
  • Here's what it looks like if we transport those places back onto a map.
  • Monopoly started out as its opposite: a game explaining the evil of monopolies.
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How “WandaVision” goes beyond peak superhero stories

Even diehard fans are experiencing superhero exhaustion. But it's not impossible to do something original.

Credit: "WandaVision" by Marvel Studios
  • I'm a comic book fan 50 years in the making but, over the last few years, even I have found myself with superhero fatigue.
  • Then came "WandaVision". The writers have found a way to blunt our expectations about what should happen in this kind of genre.
  • Formula fatigue isn't just a problem for the superhero genre. Creators of sci-fi, detective, romance, and buddy-comedies can recapture exhausted audiences by telling a story differently—or telling a different story.
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Become a master mixologist with this $30 course

Learn to whip up some of the most popular cocktails — from classic mojitos to white chocolate and coconut martinis.

  • With bars and restaurants at limited capacity, people have become their own bartenders from home.
  • Mixing delicious cocktails doesn't always come naturally; it's a learned skill.
  • From gin to tequila, this online course collection offers tips and tricks that lay out the fundamentals of pro bartending.
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‘Cockeyed’ map shows both glamour and margins of 1930s Hollywood

Legendary cartoonist John Groth's pictorial map captures LA's film factories in their Golden Age.

Credit: Public domain, via David Rumsey Map Collection.
  • Maps are the safest way to travel during the pandemic - old maps even allow for time travel.
  • This 1930s view of Hollywood captures the film factories of Los Angeles in their Golden Age.
  • But it's not all glitz and glamour: look to the margins for the hard work done by immigrants.
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Is rap music destigmatizing mental health disorders?

A new study shows that the top rap songs in the U.S. are making increasingly frequent references to depression and suicidal thoughts.

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  • The most popular rap songs in the U.S. are more frequently making references to mental health problems, particularly suicide and depression.
  • A research team analyzed lyrics from the top 25 most popular rap songs released in the years 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018, examining the lyrics of artists such as Eminem, Drake, Post Malone, Lil' Wayne, Juice WRLD, Kanye West, and Jay-Z.
  • References to suicide rose from 0% to 12%, and references to depression from 16% to 32% over the last 20 years.
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