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How to Stop Getting a Previous Tenant's Mail Over and Over Again

If you're suffering from "loop mail," the barcode is the most likely culprit.

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Organize Your Office Supplies Into a Cityscape

The Deskstructure set has compartments for pens, paper clips, and more.

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Assault on the Subway: What Can a Bystander Do?

There are ways to intervene that don't involve putting yourself in danger.

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To Find a Bus Stop, Just Hold Up Your Smartphone

Departures NYC just won grand prize in the MTA's "best consumer/transit rider app" category.

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Why You're Free to BYOB in Philly, But in Boston It's Complicated

The Boston City Council is finally considering allowing diners to bring their own alcohol to local restaurants. Here's why this is even a debate.

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Concrete Coasters You'll Actually Want to Use

Bring the look and feel of roadway negligence to your coffee table.

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It's Time to End the Great Snow Umbrella Debate Once and For All

This urban etiquette question has an actual right answer.

The Portlandia Explainer on How to Order Coffee

"Go in with the graveness and seriousness of a court date."

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Pretty Much All of Your Weird Germ-Avoidance Behaviors Are Pointless

Kicking toilet handles to flush, holding your breath after someone sneezes—scientists explain how we're doing it all wrong.

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9 Super-Annoying Things You Do At Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

Pro tip: They can tell when you're faking that food allergy.

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A Clock That Switches Time Zones Simply By Rolling Over

A great gift for the traveler in your life.

When Etiquette PSAs Go Wrong

In this absurdist sketch, a New York MTA train operator crosses the line.

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Your Streaming Video Guide to Surviving Cabin Fever

Enjoy one movie or TV show for every stage of your snowbound confinement.

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An Urban Cycling Guide for Even the Most Skittish Riders

Yvonne Bambrick's new book is as comprehensive as it is approachable.

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Be the Office Wine-Time Hero, No Corkscrew Required

5 ways to rescue the in-office happy hour when the wine key goes missing.  

A World Where Proper Mass Transit Etiquette Is the Key to Finding Love

For Valentine's Day, the Los Angeles Metro system offers up a love story and a PSA all in one.

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Yes, You Can Smoke Without Littering

Friends who smoke: Want to be avoid being a litterbug? Consider a pocket ashtray.

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Dating Online? No Selfies, and Stop Talking About Yourself

New research reveals some unorthodox tips for setting yourself apart on dating apps and sites.

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Build Your Own Brutalist Playground in Paper Cut-Outs

A London-inspired set piece for the concrete apologist.

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Play God With This Customizable Miniature City

The 3D-printed buildings are based on architecture in New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and can glow at night.