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The Modern Urbanist's Guide to Life

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9 Super-Annoying Things You Do At Restaurants

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

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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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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.

Skylines for Your Wrist

These colorful, gold-plated bangles feature landmarks big and small.

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The Non-Beer Snob's Guide to Ordering at a Craft Beer Bar

Five steps to navigating complicated beer menus without all the fuss.

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Elegant Light Bulbs Shaped Like Art Deco Skyscrapers

Illuminate a room in a classy way, while also making it seem the world is upside down.

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The Slow-Drip Coffee Maker, Architecturally Rendered

Show your love for Paris with Dutch Lab's Eiffel Tower cold brew device.

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A Practical Guide to Puking in Public

4 things to consider when you're pretty sure you might vomit on your way home.

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Stay Dry as You Pedal with the Bicycle Umbrella

Dutch designers want you to put away that awful-looking rain poncho.