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Bestóv Arts & Leisure 2014

BY: GROUPON EDITORS | 12.22.2014 |
Bestóv Arts & Leisure 2014

In 2014, tastemaker Bestóv raced horses at Ascot, sculpted a replica of David while blindfolded, and sunk a hole-in-one in an active volcano. He also curated his top culture and leisure writing for the year. Here are his picks.

Best Sporting Event We Never Knew Existed

Mini Golf tactics


The United States ProMiniGolf Association (USPMGA) Master’s – Five Tips for Upping Your Mini-Golf Game from a Putt-Putt Pro

Best Sports Move to Master by 2015

Anthony  Ant  Atkinson  Harlem Globetrotters

Anthony "Ant" Atkinson's rapid-fire dribble 
“Flight Time” Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters Talks Trick Shots, Slam Dunks, and Special Moves




Best Place to Wear Jeans or an Evening Gown

Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker

The ballet, because Moscow Ballet Audition Director and Soloist Olga Aru said it was okay. – A Dancer Tells Us How to Prepare for a Night at the Ballet




Best Type of Performance to Attend If You’re Sick

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


None! Stay home and rest. But if you must leave the house, the symphony is a safe bet: many concert halls stock free cough drops in the lobby. – Symphony Etiquette: When to Clap, what to Wear, and How to Cough Discreetly

Best Thing We Saw in a Museum

Pawnee belt, the Field Museum

Beaded Pawnee belt from the Field Museum’s North American Native Collection 
Your Bejeweled Smartphone Case May Be in the Field Museum Someday




Best Creepy Thing We Saw in a Museum

Einstein's brain, the Mutter Museum

Slices of Albert Einstein’s brain at the Mutter Museum – The Top Five US Museum Exhibits to See Before You Die





Best Scary Animal Fact We Learned

Japanese sea nettles


Japanese sea nettles have prey-grabbing tentacles that can trail up to 10 feet behind them. – Five Reasons to Visit the Shedd Aquarium’s Jellies Exhibit

Best Piece of Music Criticism

Billboard Summer Hits 2014

“[Boom Clap by Charli XCX] is a little too long for my taste. Things were just going on and on and on and I don’t want to hear people chanting very much. A song of the summer shouldn’t be chanting over and over again.” Matthew, Grade 3 The Billboard Song of the Summer, as Chosen by Children (Not Billboard)

Best Tip for Improving Your Game, If Your Game is Bowling

Bowling Tips

“An awful lot of people pick up a light ball, insert two fingers without a thumb, and palm the ball to get the spin and the hook. It’s much more difficult to develop a traditional release with the thumb in the ball than without it.” Coach and PBA Member Bill Spigner, on the easy way to throw a hook. How to Bowl Better in Six Steps

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Best Tip for Improving Your Game, if Your Game is the Hunger Games

Archery Bow Range


There’s a basic method for hitting the center of a target. All you have to do is look down the arrow shaft, aim at the center, and release the string. – How to Shoot an Arrow Without Taking an Eye Out

Best Advice for the Polar Vortex

Winter Camping Tips

When camping in the winter [...] a roll of sausage, for example, can transform into a solid block of ice overnight. To make sure you don’t go hungry, you might want to pack something stronger than a butter knife. For the perfect replacement, look no further than a wood saw. – An Eagle Scout’s 10 Tips for Camping in the Snow

Quote that Made Us Feel Awkward About a Father Figure

Bob Saget

“You know you got a problem if you’re driving and your GPS woman is turning you on. That’s a problem.” Bob Saget, comedian and beloved TV dad Bob Saget Wants to be Your “Dirty Daddy”



Quote that Almost Made Us Hop a Schooner for the Straits of Mackinac

Captain John Ludvik: Tall Ship Windy

“The nice thing about a sailboat, is that it can sail … forever … You can sail around the world with just a boat and a sail.” Captain John “The White Tiger” Ludvik of the Tall Ship Windy Heading Out to Sea? We Ask a Sailor Which Type of Boat You Should Captain


Quote that Made Us Tear Up, Thinking About Our Place in the Cosmos

Adler Planetarium: Destination Solar System


“Once you’ve been out [beyond the Earth’s orbit] and you’ve seen the extremes in the solar system, you come back to Earth and realize how lucky we are to live on the one place in the solar system that’s close enough to the sun that liquid water can exist on the surface… It just feels like home, seeing the whole planet.” Carin Greenburg, co-writer of the Adler Planetarium’s Destination Solar System show The Adler’s New Show Takes You on a (Practically) Real Tour of the Solar System

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