Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness ExpertsPhoto by Dean McCoy

Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Experts

We still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideas.

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Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)Photo by Triker-Sticks

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)

The animals have adjusted remarkably well to living alongside human beings—perhaps because when they live with us, they seem to learn from us.

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Shop Before the Drop: Splurging, pre–fiscal cliffPhoto by Naoya Fujii

Shop Before the Drop: Splurging, pre–fiscal cliff

Natalie Decleve is a personal stylist with an hourly rate starting at $250. “I was with a client of mine at Barneys recently,” she says. The client, a finance guy, was refreshing his wardrobe to the tune of $19,000. The doings in Washington were his justification for the spree.

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Glenn Beck, Denim Snob: Inside the Design Process for His New Jeans LinePhoto from nymag.com

Glenn Beck, Denim Snob: Inside the Design Process for His New Jeans Line

When Glenn Beck launched his own line of jeans earlier this week, the conservative radio host talked on air about how “American” they were and released an ad thick with patriotic images. But Beck’s ideology and mania for brand extension alone do not explain the new venture. It turns out he’s just really into denim.

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