The biggest bets of all-time


Gambling is an exciting pastime for many people, and although most of us are able to enjoy the fun and thrill of it now and again, it can be a very fickle mistress. Gambling, simply put, creates winners and losers, and high rollers looking to place significant amounts of money on any one particular outcome risk losing it all just as much as they have a chance to walk away with a life-changing sum of money. So which risk takers have made it onto our list of the biggest bets of all time?

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Why Amsterdam is definitely one for the lads


Amsterdam has long enjoyed a reputation as the party capital of Europe, and indeed as one of the wildest good-time destinations in the world. Actually, there’s much more to Amsterdam than sin, sex and getting wasted, as the port is a beautiful, vibrant city rich in culture and history. But at the same time, its party reputation is well-deserved and continues to draw visitors from all over the globe who are eager to sample the many opportunities for hedonism and wild abandon that Amsterdam has to offer.

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Is the 2016 presidential election the weirdest one yet?


From fainting fits to on-stage stalking, vicious personal ad campaigns and threats of incarceration, 2016’s U.S. presidential election campaign seems to be about everything but politics. Have Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump ushered in a new age of weird? What’s going on? In fact, their recent antics are just the tip of a very peculiar iceberg.

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Drink of the Week: The Buster Brown

The Buster Brown.If you’ve heard the name “Buster Brown” at all, you’re probably thinking of a line of kids’ shoes. However, you may not know that these shoes were not named for the guy who started the footwear line. Buster Brown was a popular comic strip character from the early 20th century created by Richard F. Outcault, a comics pioneer who’s perhaps slightly better remembered by modern graphic storytelling geeks for the Yellow Kid.

The character was a dandyish youngster whose angelic looks belied a strong mischievous streak, resulting in frequent corporal punishment at the hands of his mother. I’ve never actually read the strip, but I assume no boozing was involved as Buster was obviously much too young. So, as with last week’s drink, we have another cocktail named for a presumed teetotaler.

Indeed, while cartoonist Richard Outcault licensed his character to the shoe brand, there is really no apparent connection between the name and drink itself. Still, it’s a very nice variation on a whiskey sour. The only real difference is that the Buster Brown is a true cocktail in the original sense as, unlike most sours, it contains bitters.

The Buster Brown

2 ounces bourbon (possibly rye)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup (possibly 2 1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar)
2 dashes orange bitters

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and contemplate how to do mischievous things without getting spanked.

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The Mask of Masculinity: How Tough are We on the Inside?


Being a man in the modern world is a different experience in comparison to our predecessors, meaning that the traditional stereotypical view of masculinity is often at odds with the relationship role that many men now adopt.

A modern man is far more likely to use organic products like shilajit, share household chores and display nurturing tendencies, which is absolutely fine of course. However, there’s still a core number of males who may feel that they have to maintain their mask of masculinity, despite struggling with emotional turmoil on the inside.

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