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  • 7 Style Lessons to Learn from Humphrey Bogart

    "I don't mind a parasite," Humphrey Bogart quipped in Casablanca. "I object to a cut-rate one." You get the sense, throughout his career in the movies, that he might say the same thing about suits. Among the most beloved film stars of all time, Bogart remains one of the most legendarily well-dressed, too, his style on screen and off as iconic as anything else about him. This week Warner Bros is putting out a deluxe Blu-ray box set called The Best of Bogart, a collection that includes four of his best-known films and, naturally, boasts a picture of Bogie on the cover looking as sharp as ever in his classic white tux. To celebrate the occasion we thought we'd take a look back through Bogart's career in film and fashion to see what he can teach today's modern man about pulling off that timeless look.

    By Calum Marsh

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  • What the Heck is Oil Pulling and Should You Be Doing It?

    Should you be doing oil pulling?By Andrew D. Luecke

    The Daily Beast reports that oil pulling, a 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic practice, is the latest grooming trend to get the blogosphere in a tizzy. Practitioners claim that the simple process can whiten teeth, destroy halitosis, and even improve heart health. But why, suddenly, is this ancient technique on the tip of everyone's tongue? Yep, you guessed it: Gwyneth Paltrow just admitted to being an oil puller. And what Gwyneth does, the rest shall follow.

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    Basically, to "oil pull," one swishes oil around the mouth, teeth, and gums for 20 minutes, in a procedure that supposedly pulls toxins out of the mouth and boosts overall health. Most practitioners use coconut oil (like GWYNETH), because it's delicious, but sesame or olive oil, and even the clarified butter known as ghee, all work.

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    Though these oils are known to have antibacterial properties, The Daily Beast notes that experts like

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  • Is it Crass to Ask for Cash as a Baby Gift?

    Cash as a baby giftBy A.J. Jacobs

    Or is it basically prostitution? A.J. Jacobs decides, in his latest column.

    THIS WEEK'S QUESTION

    "Some close friends announced they are having a baby. This is great news, except they also announced they don't want gifts and would prefer cash instead! What's the protocol here? Am I obligated to give them money for having a baby, and if so, how much? They're financially stable, so it's not that they're in dire need of money." -Rachel, Ohio

    Rachel, your friends can rest assured that they have made a perfectly reasonable request.

    Either that, or they should just put on zebra-skin bustiers and red pumps and go spend their days working a corner in the Tenderloin in San Francisco, because they are dirty, dirty hookers.

    Let's start with the latter opinion, since it's a lot more fun.

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    1. Your friends are "tacky," "rude," and showing "bad taste."

    Janice Isaac puts it this

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  • Intelligent People Are More Likely to Trust, Study Says

    And they're healthier for it, too. By Ned Hepburn

    We all have a family member or friend that is, perhaps, of the tinfoil hat-wearing sect-the kind of dude that thinks that "they" are after "our guns," or perhaps "the government" is simultaneously "communist, fascist and socialist."

    Now we know why this might all make sense: It turns out that there might be a basic correlation between trust and basic intelligence.


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    Researchers at Oxford University analyzed data from America's GSS Survey (or General Social Survey), a census that has been analyzing America's population since 1978. The researchers concluded, among other findings, that "Intelligence is shown to be linked with trusting others, even after taking into account factors like marital status, education and income.

    "This finding supports what other researchers have argued, namely that being a good judge of character is a distinct part of human intelligence which evolved through natural

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  • You Might Be Missing the Point of Normcore

    One of these is not like the other.

    By Andrew D. Luecke

    More than a week after breaking on The Cut, people everywhere are still talking about normcore. There's been an enormous discussion about what normcore is and what it isn't, with most commentators missing the point. Though Esquire is not going to advocate that you start dressing normcore, we only think it's fair to clear up confusion, explain the style's intricacies, and let the readers decide for themselves.

    Perhaps due to a naming kerfuffle in the original piece that conflated a cultural phenomena with what's really a fashion trend, many assume that normcore is simply throwing on whatever Seinfeld jeans and turtleneck are around and rolling into Le Bain to kill it. Do that and ensure an embarrassing public bitch slap from the doorman.

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    Normcore is a fashion trend, pure and simple, and like most fashion trends it's a riposte to the styles that came before it. In this case, normcore is flipping the bird to hipsters,

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  • Just Say No to the Monocle

    Photo: EsquireBy Max Berlinger, Esquire — When it comes to "New York Times" trend pieces, there's two schools of thought: They're either hopelessly behind the curve or the newspaper of record is just making shit up. The latest declaration to come down from the Gray Lady — that the monocle is gathering steam as the new eyepiece of choice amongst in-the-know young folk — falls firmly in the latter category.

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    The monocle? Christ.

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    While writer Allen Salkin sure does try to rustle up a few facts and figures to support his claim — sales are up, that a single aspiring rap musician wears one, and that a trend forecaster places it firmly in some pseudo-movement called "the new gents" (ugh) — he ultimately throws his hands up at the whole matter before coming to the conclusion that "Monocles are hardly everywhere." Uh, O.K. So why the 580-word love letter about it?

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    Regardless, here's our

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  • 5 Things You Must Know About Being a Father (Featuring Hank Azaria)

    Helpful advice from the comedy legend and creator of the new web series, Fatherhood.

    By Chris Wright

    Long before he became a father, Hank Azaria was badgering his friends with questions about fatherhood. Not that he loved kids, or even particularly liked being around them. He was just obsessed with what it was like to have them. "I was driving everybody crazy," he says. "They'd be like, 'What's wrong with you?'"


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    He started filming his interrogations, with friends like Mike Myers, Bryan Cranston, and Kevin Bacon, with an eye toward making a documentary. But then, midway through, Azaria-best known for voicing Chief Wiggum, Moe, Apu, and other Simpsons characters-got some news. His girlfriend (now wife) announced she was pregnant. "So it went from 'Should I have kids?' to 'Now what do I do?'" he says.

    The result-besides Azaria's son, Hal-is the new web series, Fatherhood. It's a great show, though maybe not for the reasons Azaria, had hoped. The main thing we learn is that celebrities are terrible at giving meaningful

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  • 11 Surprising Health Questions-- Answered

    From desert-island health and the biggest vice to parenting tips and medical-marijuana advice, what would you ask if you had one of America's foremost doctors cornered at a party?

    By Mehmet Oz

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  • Your Toothbrush is Now a Smartphone

    Your toothbrush is now a computer.

    By Max Berlinger

    Does your morning routine feel a little ... dated? Thanks to technology, all of the vast riches of the world can now fit into the palm of your hand, and yet when you go to brush your teeth you're still doing it the same way, more or less, that the cavemen did (wait-did they even brush their teeth?). Well, I, personally, hadn't noticed anything was amiss but now that Reuters is reporting that Oral-B is releasing a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled toothbrush that will connect wirelessly to your smartphone, I thought to myself, "Well, who needs that?" But, hell, if your glasses are computers, your watch is a computer, and your phone is a computer, why the hell not have your toothbrush be a computer, too?

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    So if you haven't quite gotten that whole brushing back-and-forth thing down quite yet, you'll be able to monitor your progress via an app on your phone. The miracles of technology! It's like the future,

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