The 1950s were an enormously influential decade for American style, and 1950s hairstyles shifted accordingly. Post-WWII, the US was rebuilding its economy and moving (haltingly and often painfully) towards social change. The dynamism and simultaneous retreat to more conservative times are both apparent in the era's styles, which veer wildly from rockabilly hair to pixie cuts and primly waved bobs. It was a time of great change and style to match, so check out some of the decade's most prominent highlights.
- Ring in Elvis Presley's 76th with a fool's gold loaf.
- Ring in Elvis Presley's 76th with a fool's gold loaf. — Serious Eats
- Obama has signed the record food safety bill into law. — Huffington Post Food
- Why it was a really bizarre year for California's Napa Valley. — Grub Street SF
- Could airport restaurant delivery be far off? — USA Today
- 2010's hottest US restaurants, according to Yelpers. — Yelp Blog
- Ranchers are pushing for horse meat as a source of nutrition. — Denver Post
- A 754-pound bluefin tuna sold for the record-breaking price of $396,000. — Eater
- After a 40-pound weight gain, Top Chef's Mike Isabella is back on the diet track. — Washington Post
Lately, I've been in quite the tiki state of mind. First I waxed poetic over a scorpion bowl at San Francisco institution The Tonga Room, then I attended a tiki-themed party, and most recently, I found myself guzzling a Singapore Sling at the rum bar Smuggler's Cove. Since all those tiki-carved mugs and pineapple cocktails have been at the top of my brain, I figured I'd make the most of it and test your propensity for Pacific Rim cuisine and cocktails. What do you know? Take this quiz to find out!
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It's a new era of rock, folks. Billboard reports today that singles by Mariah Carey and Madonna have broken chart records previously held by Elvis Presley.
As expected, Mariah Carey moves past Elvis Presley and into sole possession of second place for most No. 1s in the rock era, as "Touch My Body" soars 15-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to become her 18th chart-topper.
Presley will also be nudged from his standing as the artist with the most top 10s in the rock era, as Madonna surpasses him with her 37th top 10, "4 Minutes."
Billboard also points out that digital downloads are helping the singing divas: "'Body's' blast to No. 1 is fueled by a record-setting debut week digital tally of 286,000 downloads," and "Madonna's Hot 100 jump is spurred by stupendous download sales."
Anyone who has been to Graceland knows that the decor is inspiring in its own way. So in honor of the 30th anniversary of the King's death, I thought I'd feature Presley's famous TV room as today's Midday Muse. The navy-and-yellow room, which looks even cooler in person, includes several TV tuned to different channels and a delightful ceramic monkey statue.