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Maxim December 2014

Maxim, the world's leading men's magazine, gives guys what they want — beautiful women, jokes, sports, entertainment, gadgets, rides and beautiful women. Did we mention beautiful women?

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Maxim Inc.
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go like hell!

A MAN’S WORLD INSIDE AMERICA’S BEST NEW STEAKS THE RISE OF PERSONAL SUBMARINES WORLD’S COOLEST COGNACS A NIGHT OUT WITH MARÍA VALVERDE IT’S POWERFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE ANY ’60S MUSCLE CAR SHRIVEL LIKE A 98-POUND WEAKLING. I’m choking on smoke in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the cabin so consumed by the cloud that I can’t see the steering wheel. So noxious are the fumes that I open the door and stumble to the pavement. Bystanders stop and gawk. No, this is not a Cheech and Chong reunion. And these fumes, while euphoria-inducing, are actually being generated by a burnout outside the car: a raunchy, tire-roasting display by the fastest, most powerful muscle car in the genre’s half-century legacy. Amazingly, for the first time in that lunkheaded, mine’sbetter-than-yours history, there’s not even a genuine barroom debate: This hellacious,…

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billion-aire jordan

NUMBER OF GAMES IN WHICH JORDAN DID NOT SCORE IN DOUBLE DIGITS, OF 1,251 GAMES HE PLAYED. 39 FIFTY-PLUS-POINT GAMES IN JORDAN’S CAREER. 69 POINTS SCORED IN A PLAYOFF GAME DURING THE BULLS’ 1986 SERIES AGAINST THE BOSTON CELTICS. (THE RECORD IS STILL UNBROKEN.) 10 NUMBER OF SCORING TITLES WON BY JORDAN. KOBE BRYANT, DWYANE WADE, LEBRON JAMES, CARMELO ANTHONY, AND KEVIN DURANT COMBINED HAVE WON ONLY NINE 54 HOLES THE GOLFING NUT SUPPOSEDLY AVERAGES IN ONE DAY. $ 1 BILLION NET WORTH AS CALCULATED BY FORBES. $90 MILLION ESTIMATED AMOUNT M. J. MADE IN 2013—A DECADE AFTER HIS (FINAL) RETIREMENT. (ONLY FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. MADE MORE, WITH $105 MILLION.) 41 SONGS THAT REFERENCED JORDAN LAST YEAR. $5K PER GAME FINE FOR WEARING AIR JORDANS DURING HIS ROOKIE YEAR. THE SHOES VIOLATED LEAGUE PROTOCOL BECAUSE THE RED-AND-BLACK DESIGN DIDN’T…

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maría valverde

A DRINK WITH “I WANT A GUY WHO’S VERY QUICK, SHARP, EVEN MEAN, WITH CLEVER JOKES. I LOVE TO LAUGH.” WHAT SHE’S HAVING A Hyde Park Swizzle— a blend of muddled mint leaves, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, and gin—at New York City’s Dear Irving. Though she usually just orders a flute of the fizzy stuff: “My favorite drink is Champagne,” Valverde says. “I love the bubbles and the taste, but you get very, very drunk.” ID CHECK Born 3-24-87, in Madrid. (Put the calculator down, old sport. She’s 27.) BREAKTHROUGH ROLE Won a Goya Award at age 16 for her film debut in the acclaimed Spanish indie drama The Weakness of the Bolshevik. What, you don’t own the DVD? NEXT BIG THING Plays the wife of Moses (portrayed by Christian Bale, naturally) in Ridley Scott’s upcoming mega-budget,…

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deep impact

THE DEEPFLIGHT SUPER FALCON MARK II’S NIMBLE WINGS LET IT PERFORM LIKE A FIGHTER JET. Forget the new space race. While we await the dawn of commercial rocket travel, the world has entered the age of the personal submarine. James Cameron has one. Red Bull’s Dietrich Mateschitz, too. Even Richard Branson. And why not? We know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the ocean. The latest electric crafts, aimed at nautically minded millionaires, are engineered to withstand crushing pressures and navigate narrow caverns. The DeepFlight Super Falcon Mark II (pictured) has cockpit controls and fins that let it perform like a fighter jet. While geared to the elite, the subs are also aiding exploration. (In 2012, one caught the first-ever footage of a live giant squid.)…

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raising the steaks

STEAK FRITES PETIT TROIS Los Angeles At this 21-seat Los Angeles bistro collaboration between the meat-crazed Animal boys—Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo—and chef Ludo Lefebvre, the world’s best bar steak ($33) is served with a decadent au poivre sauce and pommes frites lovingly fried in Wagyu beef fat. The primal allure of this buttery beauty may be the only thing that can break health-obsessed Angelenos from their revolting coldpressed-juice habit. PORTERHOUSE COSTATA Manhattan At chef Michael White’s year-old steakhouse, the phenomenal 40-ounce porterhouse ($122) is aged, just like Jesus in the wilderness, for 40 days. As with most great steaks, the quality is primarily in the cow (here, from Creekstone Farms in Kansas), not the preparation. The choice Costata cut is seasoned simply with salt and rosemary, seared to epic char, broiled, and served sliced with a…

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grape expectations

Few spirits are as plagued by misconceptions as cognac, which conjures images of creaky Brits nursing snifters or Jay Z guzzling from a Grammy. Get over it. To clear the air: Cognac is brandy, a kind of distilled wine. But not all brandy is cognac. With us so far? As with more commonly quaffed spirits like scotch or bourbon, there are strict rules that define the real stuff. True cognac is double distilled, aged in French oak for at least two years, and produced from the grapes of a distinct geographic region in western France—centered in the medieval city of Cognac. The area was renowned for its wine, but the export suffered on seafaring voyages. To preserve it, 16th-century Dutch merchants turned to distillation, creating brandewijn, or burned wine. (You’d…

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