Google Maps Takes Us to Funky Town, Sunnydale, Narnia

As Christmas nears, one of America's most hallowed holiday traditions will be dutifully observed from coast to coast: avoiding one's relatives by heading to the bar. It was under these circumstances that our writer spent a recent Sunday night at a watering hole in Dallas. But as he drank his family troubles away, he decided he needed to go somewhere, anywhere that wasn't located within the city...

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So You Wanna Be Gangster? Well, Here Are the Rules

Normally we're bored to tears by memoirs -- there's too much crap about crummy childhoods, broken hearts, and tiresome smack addictions. Thankfully, Kenny Gallo's "Breakshot" is a bit different. This self-proclaimed "Japanese-American playboy" started slinging cocaine in his mid-teens -- that's him above with a few Uzis and Paulina Porizkova in his childhood bedroom. Gallo then went on to open a...

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Life Lessons From New Hall-of-Famer Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson will enter baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend, with many calling him the greatest lead-off hitter of all time. Over 25 seasons he made a pretty good case for that title, amassing 1,406 stolen bases and 2,295 runs scored -- both major league records. But Rickey's also pretty well known for just being Rickey. The flamboyant star usually refers to himself in the third person while...

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In Defense of Deadbeat Dads

While there has been a clear move toward recognizing the single mom for her strength and sacrifice, society has been woefully negligent in acknowledging the contributions of the deadbeat dad, without whom there wouldn't be all these admirable go-it-alone mothers in the first place. Now with a new study suggesting that, among birds, when one parent abandons all chick-rearing responsibilities the...

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Resolve Your Disputes Without Ruining Your Relationships

Even if he's a lover, not a fighter, there are going to be plenty of times when any guy will find himself in a situation where an easy solution isn't possible. Whether it's with your girl, with your parents, or with your co-workers, how you deal with people is important and can seriously affect how they (and others) will treat you. We looked at Lee Raffel's book "I Hate Conflict: Seven Steps to...

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Slacking Science -- Retire While You're Still Working

Companies are cutting staff and increasingly having employees pull long hours to pick up the slack. This leads to barely having time to watch what's on your TiVo, the girlfriend complaining that she never sees you, and feeling extremely stressed out all the time. Dude, even if the economy's bad, that's no way to live. So we consulted office guru Stanley Bing's recent book "Executricks, or How to...

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Being Friends With Your Boss -- How Close Is Too Close?

Navigating the relationship with your boss can be a treacherous game. On the one hand, you need to be on good terms in order to work together effectively and want him to think that you're the kind of guy who deserves to move up the corporate ladder. On the other hand, you've got a working relationship to maintain, and it's going to be awkward if one of you wants to hang out every night and play...

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Elderly Rollerblade Renegade Gets Skates Confiscated

The saying is "Live fast, die young," but for some speed demons the race lasts a little longer in life. A 71-year-old rollerblader from the British town of Southport has been relieved of his wheels by police who say he has been skating recklessly and endangering pedestrians. Geoff Dornan, who is a retired youth worker, has denied the charges in court, and now has several Facebook groups devoted to...

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Paranoia Alert -- Sweet-Looking Girls May Also Be Ball-Crushers

From the very first time he takes a soccer ball to the groin in first-grade gym class, a guy knows that there are few agonies greater than an assault on the family jewels. But as we grow older, we have to learn to live in a world where at any moment we could be subjected to the excruciating torture of an unexpected nut injury. Sometimes, however, even the sweetest-looking significant other can...

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Does Bo Know Banking?

Bo may know baseball and football, but banking? Right now, it seems like no one knows that game. With so many banks going under these days, it's interesting to see one familiar face getting into the money-management game -- former two-sport pro athlete Bo Jackson. Jackson is one of 20 investors who has teamed up with Miami Dolphin Ronnie Brown to start the new Burr Ridge Bank in Illinois. The...

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