Pop Culture

Who in Their Right Mind Would Pay for a Nap?
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I pondered this on a recent midday visit to a New York nap spa.
Sleep Isn't Pretty — No Matter How Hard Stock Photos Try to Convince You It Is
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New stock photo sites have ditched that corporate, mass-market feel, but are they encouraging us to aspire to a lifestyle that doesn't exist?
"Antiques Roadshow" and the Middle-Class Dream
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"Antiques Roadshow" is more than just chatter about worn veneer and fake Tiffany earrings; It represents the enduring spirit of human hope.
Was 1994 the Year We Started Sharing the Bed with Our Phones?
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Looking back at IBM's Simon, the world's first smartphone.
The Evolution of Bedtime Beauty Routines from the 1920s to the 1950s
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My how the times have changed.
How Andy Warhol's 1963 film "Sleep" Paved the Way For Today's Pop Art Stunts
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The film, a five hour and 21-minute clip of Warhol's then-lover sleeping, is less about the act of rest than it is the man behind the camera.
How the Hays Code Forced On-Screen Couples into Separate Beds — and Changed Hollywood Forever
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The Hays Code, created in the 1930s to uphold moral standards, not only affected sex and violence, but also how men and women could interact on screen. Bed sharing was a no-no.
The Year in Sleep: 9 Things We Learned in 2016
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A look back at highlights in rest-related news.
Cults, Conspiracies and the Twisted History of Sleepytime Tea
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There's a strange story behind that cup of Celestial Seasonings.
Behind the Blacklight: An Oral History of MTV's "Roomraiders"
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Before social media squashed the concept of TMI, before the Great Recession flatlined the country and before everyone stopped going to the mall, weekdays at 4:30 belonged to the teens with blacklights.