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The 17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time

TIME interviewed burger historians and experts to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large. Check out the 17 most influential burgers of all time HERE.

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The In-N-Out Burger – Whereas McDonald’s focused on fast, In-N-Out focused on food—its signature burger, which debuted in 1948, was made from locally sourced ground beef and fresh vegetables. That approach may have prevented In-N-Out’s expansion (it has just 294 locations today, compared with McDonald’s 34,000-plus), but it certainly hasn’t dampened foodie enthusiasm: the In-N-Out burger routinely tops best-of burger lists, and has inspired the launch of other higher-end fast food chains, such as Five Guys.

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20 Must-Try Hot Dogs in America

Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts – particularly this time of year, when warm nights beg for a couple of franks of the grill. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?

Men’s Journal suggests 20 must-try hot dogs in America and you can check out the list HERE.

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Old-School Chili Dog (Pink’s, Los Angeles)

The classic chili dog combines ground-beef chili with mustard and onions – and maybe a few slices of American cheese.

Where to Get It: When it opened as a 10-cent hot dog stand in 1939, the owners of Pink’s, in Hollywood, could never have imagined the unrelenting lines and sheer variety of wieners for which the place is known today. Never mind all that – chili dogs are what Pink’s started with, pairing all-beef, natural-casing dogs by Hoffy’s with meaty chili in a soft steamed bun.

Pink’s
709 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

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The Ten Most Iconic Video Game Props of All Time

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There are casual gamers. There are hardcore gamers. And then there are those who are so involved with their love of the game that they chase the collectibles. They are the ones who want the replicas. They want to not only display their amazing game collection but wow others with the props that made the game iconic.

There are many memorable items throughout gaming history. These are the ones that make the top 10 list (that you can actually buy):

1. The Legend of Zelda’s Ocarina

Who could forget the first time you got to play the ocarina in OOT? It allowed you to summon storms, call Epona, and help you travel through time. But ask yourself … did you even know about an ocarina before the game? That’s the beauty of the game. It brought this old world instrument to modern times.

Those fans wanting to collect this very cool instrument, and pay homage to their love for OOT, should take a look at the Alto C ocarina since it’s the closest you can get to the game.

2. Half Life’s Crowbar

Half Life changed the shooter and not just because of the game but because all of the great games we’ve gained from the source engine. Half Life 2 (and the episodes) cemented Valve’s title in gaming history. By the time Half Life 3 rolls around (if it ever does), the Internet will go into full melt down.

The crowbar is what we’re looking at here. A simple, elegant weapon that made the game feel raw. The nice thing about this weapon is that with a trip to the hardware store you can make one for yourself!

3. Portal’s Portal Gun

The puzzling action, mind-bending mechanics, and incredible humor of the Portal series holds a special place in all of our hearts. Another amazing game by Valve to say the least. At the center of it all, the portal gun, we got to experience puzzle solving in a brand new way. The first of the series will forever be part of our culture (the cake is a lie!) and who could forget the song at the credits?

4. Final Fantasy 7’s Buster Sword

That first time entering the World of FF7 was one like no other. Long time fans of the Final Fantasy series had already experienced many amazing stories but that push to 3D really changed the RPG game. Cloud and his buster sword became an instant icon. It’s absurdly large but you’ll never forget it.

You can find these as foam, made from real metal, modded, showing up at gaming conventions, and even being made by a master sword smith (check out this neat video).

5. Mario’s Coin Block

It’s a simple reddish/orange/black block with a question mark but it’s something that has become almost as iconic as the main man Mario himself. Sure the goomba, coins, and the Tanuki suit may be all part of our collective gaming memories but having one of these replicas in your house will automatically have your friends doing an uppercut and making the *ding* coin noise. That’s pretty iconic if you ask me. Want one? Try making one (with sound, too).

6.  Halo’s Covenant Energy Sword

Halo was a breath of fresh air for first person shooters. The story was cool but what really made the game so iconic is that it really brought people together for some awesome local (and online) death match, capture the flag, and more. When Halo 2 came out everyone seemed to have been throwing Halo parties and sure enough if you attended on you were bound to hear a few slurs because someone was cheesing with the sword. This sword, compared to so many others throughout gaming history, just looked cool as hell and lead to some pretty neat tricks such as sword cancel that let people explore the deepest parts of the maps.

7. Metal Gear’s Cardboard Box

As a youngin’ you probably played in a box thinking it was a fort. When you hopped into the world of Metal Gear Solid suddenly it became your ultimate disguise. The box brought all kinds of hilarity to the game and has made its way into many other video games as a homage. Want one? Just find a box, throw it over yourself, and laugh because you’re now undetected by people passing you by.

8. Pokemon’s Pokeball

It started with Blue/Red (and Green if you want to get into it) and now it’s pushed into 3D. The Pokemon universe is getting massive to the point its hard just keeping up with it all but one thing’s for certain is how you’ll never forget what a Pokeball looks like. People have knitted them, created intricate replicas, bought them from Burger King, and a whole lot more. Why? Because they’re awesome.

9. Portal’s Companion Cube

Again Portal is making its way onto the list because there’s so much awesomeness from the game. I couldn’t leave out the weighted companion cube because it was there for you when times were tough. It talked with you. It made you feel emotional when you had to destroy it. Which is why you want one of these so bad. On that note … have you heard some of the strange theories behind the companion cube?

10. Angry Bird’s That Red One

Okay, I know this is going to irk a few of you because there is a lot of hate for Angry Birds (yada yada copying an old flash game, etc) but you can’t deny the fact that this game made that red bird absolutely party of our culture. You can’t go anywhere without seeing plushies, tooth brushes, bed sheets, and all manner of items with the red guy. That’s pretty iconic if you ask me.

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Empire Magazine Announces The Greatest Movie Ever!

Empire Magazine and Empire Online recently conducted a poll of its readership and asked 250,000 fans to vote for the best movies of all time. Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back came in first place, beating out such perennial favorites as The Godfather, Citizen Kane and Casablanca.

Check out the complete list HERE.

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The 10 Hottest Food Trucks In The U.S.

New food trucks are hitting the streets every day in cities all over the United States. HERE are 10 new rolling restaurants worth checking out around the country.

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Los Angeles: Guerilla Tacos

Guerilla Tacos has been serving gourmet tacos from a table in Downtown Los Angeles since 2012. But last year they upgraded to a truck, allowing them to pop up all around Los Angeles. Chef Wes Avila’s menu changes every day, and everything is sourced from the best local farms. One day you might try a taco with octopus chorizo and pistachios; the next it’ll be Maple Leaf Farms duck with cashew chile, nectarine and hazelnut. And don’t let the truck’s name cause you to sleep on their awesome breakfast burritos.

Follow @GuerillaTacos

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The 25 Best Burgers in the U.S.

The burger, America’s quintessential comfort food, can now be enjoyed in an impossibly endless number of ways. There are round-the-clock burgers at 24-hour-roadside joints and ephemeral late-night burgers sold out in mere minutes; burgers grilled in hundred-year-old cast-iron broilers and burgers steamed in state-of-the-art ovens; burgers crafted from Kobe beef imported from Japan and burgers made with Black Angus beef from just down the road. It’s clearly a great time to love the burger.

Food & Wine has singled out the 25 best burgers in the U.S. and you can check out the list HERE.

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Los Angeles: Father’s Office

Signature Burger: The Office Burger (dry-aged beef patty topped with Gruyère cheese, Maytag blue cheese, arugula and applewood-bacon compote). Among the finest in the country, they justify the strict no-ketchup policy. The 36 craft beers on tap change seasonally. fathersoffice.com

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Best & Worst Moms Ever

Some of them smothered their children with love. Others just smothered them. In honor of Mother’s Day Time.com presents a highly unscientific study of the ten best and worst mothers from the worlds of pop culture.

Check out the list HERE.

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Marge Simpson

There are a lot of reasons to love Marge. Her heart is as big as her hair. She’s sweet, simple, unflappable, and like Edith Bunker before her, she uses her goodness as a shield from the crudeness of her husband and the never-ending needs of her kids. Sure, she’s subsumed all of her larger dreams — of becoming an artist, an actress, a professional bowler or anything else for that matter — to tend to home and hearth, but that’s why we have dream sequences.

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The Nerdiest States In America

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There’s a lot to consider when choosing which state to live in. Will the locals trade Pokemon cards with you? Will you be mocked for LARPing in the park? Will you meet others who enjoy dressing up like Star Wars characters? For those who harbor interests considered nerdy or geekish, not all states are created equal.

Estatelycrunched the numbers to determine which U.S. states have the most nerds per capita and you can check out their findings HERE.

Did your State make the list? Do you think they got it right?

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The 50 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

This infographic of the 50 most-visited tourist attractions in the world, compiled by LoveHomeSwap.com, indicates how many people flock to the popular attractions every year. And it shows the peak season for each site.

I’ve been fortunate to see 27 attractions on the list so I will have to add the other 23 to my bucket list.

In third place is Central Park in New York with 37.5 million visitors a year. France’s Eiffel Tower reached 38th place with seven million visitors, while Australia’s Sydney Opera House came 31st, with 8.2 million, and the Great Wall of China made it into 28th place with nine million.

What location made # 1, check out the infographic below.

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TIME Reveals The Eleventh Annual TIME 100, TIME’s List of The 100 Most Influential People In The World

Today TIME reveals the 2014 TIME 100, its annual list of the most influential people in the world, featuring Beyoncé on the cover. Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins are featured on three additional covers inside the magazine.

The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the influentials and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The eleventh-annual list includes: Sheryl Sandberg on Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams, Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington, Dwyane Wade on Serena Williams, Chris Christie on Scott Walker, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Michael Bloomberg on Charlie Rose, Chelsea Clinton on Jason Collins, Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen, Brit Hume on Megyn Kelly, Dolly Parton on Miley Cyrus, Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen and many more.

See the TIME 100 full list, tributes, video and photos HERE.

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