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How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

At 118, the world’s oldest woman says her secret is eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Sounds good to us!<p>How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, …

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Childbirth

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."<p>2. "You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong</i> …

Photographer Unveils the Rainbow World of Ice Crystals

How a former high school science teacher discovered an optical phenomenon in ice.<p>High school science teacher and former industrial photographer Tom Wagner discovered a fascinating world of colors trapped within thin layers of ice. He explained the trick to us: "The colors in the crystals of the …

The Best Craft Breweries in America From A to Z

By: Dave Infante<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock/Jennifer Bui</i><p>There are around 2,400 craft breweries in this magnificent country, and we love each and every one of 'em. But in the spirit of scholarship, excellence, and "writing words about beer"-ness, we tapped nine beer experts* from around the nation to …

Beer

11 Cities You Must Backpack At Least Once

There are almost too many must-see cities in the world -- and the most seamless way to hit them all is by backpacking. With little luggage and a huge sense of adventure, a backpacking trip allows you to experience new places with freedom and ease (all while teaching you more than college ever …

Backpacking

The 10 Best Budget Hotels Around The World, According To TripAdvisor

Let's face it: We all have places on our budget bucket list, lists of vacations we need to take for only $100 per night and dream trips you can actually afford.<p>But when your responsible, budgeting self can't stand the thought of another night in a hostel, it's time to upgrade to a budget hotel. …

Hospitality

18 Weird and Crazy Facts About Germany

<i>By Barbara Woolsey</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Germany has a reputation for being a straight-laced, by-the-books country -- but plenty of weirdness bubbles just below the surface. Honestly, "Sprockets" isn't that far-fetched. As it turns out, there's more than enough weird and wacky going down between the …

The 10 Best Sculpture Parks

In woodlands and jungles, along coastlines, and on mountaintops, parks and trails have been created where you can enjoy nature and art together.<p><b>Here are our picks for the ten best sculpture parks in the world:</b><p><b>> North Mayo Sculpture Trail or Tír Sáile (Ireland)</b><p>The discovery of the most extensive …

Beautifully Accurate Glass Sculptures of Deadly Viruses

<b>H5N1</b><p>In 2004, artist Luke Jerram began a visually scientific sculpture series entitled <i>Glass Microbiology</i>. With help from both expert virologists and talented glassblowers, Jerram has created a collection of glass sculptures accurately depicting some of the most prevalent viruses out there, including …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in February

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February:</b><p>Carnival season is upon us, so why not take part in an event that inspired many other pre-Lenten celebrations around the world? Head to the “City of …

The Hobbit's Ultimate Guide to New Zealand

Two hundred sixty-six days, 500 people, 115 truck drivers, 263 beards, and more than 140,000 cups of coffee.<p>These are a few of the astounding statistics behind the logistics of filming the latest in The Hobbit trilogy. Though the majority of the movies were filmed in a Wellington studio, nine weeks …

New Zealand

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

11 Things Going Through A Hairstylist's Mind

The relationship between a hairstylist and client is a truly special one. You place a lot of trust in the hands of the people who cut, color and curl your hair. But it's probably unlikely that you take into consideration how hairdressers feel when you make careless mistakes that undo all of their …

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Servants of the Mist releasing 'Suicide Sex Pact' (stream it)

by <b>Doug Moore</b><p>Now that the weather has settled into the cold-and-shitty groove that it’ll occupy for the next several months, the time is ripe for some …

Firefly Music Festival 2014 expands to 4 days

The annual <b>Firefly Music Festival</b> is returning to Dover, Delaware in 2014 and the festival has been expanded from a three-day festival to a four-day …

Major Lazer ft. Laidback Luke & Ms. Dynamite - "Sweat" (Official Video)

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dublin

There are plenty of things that spring to mind when you think of Dublin, but if you think you know all there is to know about the inimitable Irish capital, think again. Here are 10 things you didn't know about Dublin.<p>1. Dublin means 'Black Pool'<p>Photo credit: Informatique via Flickr<p>The name 'Dublin' …

Ireland

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New Mirrored Infinity Rooms in New York

In what's being called the next <i>Rain Room</i> for New York, eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is showing off her newest installations at David Zwirner gallery. Called <i>Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away</i> and <i>Love Is Calling</i>, expect these to be the must-visit …

The Art of Nicola Samorì

Scary Paintings and Sculptures.<p>Italian artist Nicola Samorì was born in 1977 in Forlì. Nowadays, the artist lives and works in Bagnacavallo. Nicola …

Art

Australia’s Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Australia

A Secluded Beach Hut Village on Mexico’s Coast

Winter is barely here and the cold weather already has me dreaming of the dog days of summer. Discovering that the secluded beach hut village of …

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The craziest OkCupid date ever

Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes. It sure beat meeting for coffee<p>Clara Bensen<p>November 12, 2013 12:00am (UTC)<p>We’re standing on the side of a highway in Budapest, trying to hitch a ride. I’m elegantly dressed for a proper afternoon at the National Gallery in …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

A Modern-Day Hanging Gardens Of Babylon

The Parkroyal Hotel on Pickering is a contemporary interpretation of Babylonian hanging gardens, via Southeast Asia.<p>Singapore prides itself on its green-minded policies. With a well-connected public transportation network, robust water collection and treatment infrastructure, and a promise to …

Surreal Portraits from Oleg Oprisco | Colossal

<p>Kiev-based photographer Oleg Oprisco (previously) continues to amaze with his surreal style of conceptual photography that makes use of a muted …