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The sundial is an early tool used to tell time. It is said that the earliest sundials were made in 1500 B.C., and variations were made in following centuries by the Greeks, Chinese and Romans. But the portable sundial carried on trips during the 18th century was needed only until railroads — not clocks — were popular. The sundial, if positioned and read properly, gave more accurate time than a clock. more
Smoothie. It feels good just to say the word, doesn’t it? I used to think of the concoction of naturally sweet, fresh fruit flavors with crushed ice and yogurt as a magical summer thirst quencher, but with so many healthy and sometimes surprising add-ins nowadays — from kale to beets and avocado to chia seeds — I recently dusted off my blender to give some new combos a whirl. more
NOW ON DVD and Blu-ray “Dunkirk” (PG-13) — Christopher Nolan brings to life in a handful of words the uncertainty and terror, the hope and heroism of 300,000 soldiers stranded on a beach a … more
On Dec. 31, 1968, the Soviet Union's TU-144 supersonic airliner makes its first flight. In 1973 at the Paris Air Show, the TU-144 broke up from stress at 1,500 feet when a French Mirage spy aircraft photographing the TU-144 from above forced its pilot to abruptly level off. more
The art of the roast is simple. Put a marshmallow on a stick and rotate slowly over coals just long enough to turn the white outside a toasty golden brown. But as all experienced marshmallow roasters know, one second too long and the caramelized crisp instantly turns charcoal black. Patience is the key, a good lesson for rookie roasters of any age. more
• On Dec. 25, 1914, just after midnight on Christmas morning, the World War I troops of Germany, Russia, France and Britain cease fire and come out of the trenches for singing carols, exchanging presents and even a game of soccer. It was one of the last examples of chivalry between enemies in warfare. more
On Dec. 15, 2001, Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after a team of experts spent 11 years and $27 million to fortify the tower without eliminating its famous lean. When completed in 1360, the tower was already leaning, having been built on marshy ground. more
Greet the new year with a showy, wintry dessert. It’s a take on traditional baked Alaska that you may have enjoyed at a fancy restaurant. more
“Atomic Blonde” (R) — In a coterie of ruthless spies, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) reigns supreme — a vixen with literally killer stilettos, endless style, smarts and the brawn to … more
On Dec. 7, 1941, 353 Japanese warplanes attack the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, destroying 19 ships and killing more than 2,300 Americans. The following day, the U.S. declared war on Japan. more
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