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Are these the world’s dumbest tourists?

Whether it’s being downright disrespectful of historical monuments, goading wild animals or offending locals, we’ve rounded up some of the stupidest …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig most reliable for weight loss, study says

Dieters looking to maximize their chances for long-term weight loss should consider trying Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, according to a new review of clinical trials.<p>People who used the Jenny Craig program lost 4.9% more weight after one year than their counterparts, who only got dieting …

Man fired after not coming to work for 24 years

Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer with India's Central Public Works Department (CPWD), took an earned leave in December 1990 and never came back …

10 Surefire Ways To Build Your Wealth In 2015

<i>Be sure to check out the related story, 10 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Productivity in 2015.</i><p>A new year brings renewed energy to strive for one’s goals and dreams. And key to that pursuit is money.<p>Whether you’ve set your sights on launching a business, taking a trip to Patagonia, or buying a house, …

2015: Montblanc Just Got Smarter

Montblanc starts the New Year with a smart move: just two hours into 2015, the brand unveiled the new Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap watch line.<p>Mind you, since Jerome Lambert (previously CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre) took over the helm of Montblanc in late 2013, we have seen many great …

Watches

'Detoxing' has been debunked. Maybe it's time to debunk that

We live in an age when disagreeing with something too often means we declare it absolutely wrong<p>A few years ago, probably the most irritating thing about New Year’s Day was running into people who couldn’t resist telling you about their January detox plans: how they’d decided to spurn alcohol for a …

Superfoods

Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Cancer

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

Albert Einstein’s profound observations on entrenched racism in America

<b>(Albert Einstein, 1921 Ferdinand Schmutzer via Wikimedia Commons)</b><p>Americans’ “sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins”<p>Sarah Gray<p>December 9, 2014 5:45pm (UTC)<p>Last week thousands of Albert Einstein documents, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls of physics, were released …

Giving up your U.S. passport? It's going to cost you

Thinking about bidding Uncle Sam goodbye? Not so fast. Renouncing U.S. citizenship isn't cheap, and can result in enormous tax bills for decades to come.<p>A record 3,000 Americans chose to give up their passports last year, driven in part by new regulations that have turned tax preparation into a …

Breached webcam and baby monitor site flagged by watchdogs

<b>The public is being warned about a website containing thousands of live feeds to baby monitors, stand-alone webcams and CCTV systems.</b><p>Data watchdogs across the world have drawn attention to the Russian-based site, which broadcasts footage from systems using either default passwords or no log-in …

Canadian couple will be charged nearly $1 million in medical bills because they gave birth in the U.S.

<b>(Levent Konuk via Shutterstock)</b><p>Blue Cross refuses to cover the medical bills because of a “preexisting condition”<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>November 19, 2014 9:12pm (UTC)<p>Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel, a Saskatchewan resident and Canadian citizen, was six months pregnant when she and her husband, Darren, decided to …

Fitness Expert Says the Best Workouts Are Simple and Free. Here's Why

Training doesn't have to be expensive or complex to increase your gains<p>I have moved a few times in my life. Dragging fitness equipment over multiple state lines is very expensive and can be a royal pain. Through the years, I have bought and re-bought several Olympic bars, collections of smaller …

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Braces Time-Lapse: Watch 18 Months of Teeth Straightening in 30 Seconds

Time-lapses have the ability to turn some pretty mundane things into really interesting videos. Case in point, ‘watching teeth straighten’ sounds …

Updated Ebola Outbreak Map: Virus Spreads Out Of Africa As Death Toll Tops 4,000

The latest World Health Organization report on the spread of the Ebola virus puts the number of deaths at 4,033 and the number of cases -- now in …

Meet The Scientists Who May Have Found The Cure For Drug Addiction

Researchers are closer than ever before to finding a cure for dependence on stimulants like methamphetamine and cocaine. But will big pharma and the FDA stand in the way?

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

<i>Spiced Pumpkin Bars are topped with cream cheese frosting to create the perfect Fall dessert.</i><p>I was laying in bed last night at 3:00 am because I …

Dessert

The Trick To Making The Juiciest Burger? Baking It.

For being such a simple food, there are many theories about the best way to cook a burger. There have been multiple articles about mistakes you might be making with your burgers, and even more written on what kind of beef makes the best burgers. But, none of that matters anymore because today we've …

AeroMobil's Flying Car Set to Hit the Market This Month

Flying cars have been a dream for decades, but they’ve yet to make the leap from the the drawing board to reality. Now Slovakian company AeroMobil is …

The greatest myth about phones is that you are in control

In the human-machine relationship, you, fellow <i>Homo sapiens</i>, are commonly designated as the owner, operator, or otherwise dictator of the subservient device in your possession.<p>Consider, however, the reality of your relationship with your phone. First of all, it knows everything about you. It reads …

Spreadable Beer Exists, So You Can Drink Your Brew And Eat It, Too

Love beer so much that you wish you could eat it? The time has come.<p>Birra Spalmabile is the brainchild of an Italian chocolatier and an Italian brewer: Accordingly, it spreads just like ganache and tastes like a brew (with an "irresistible hoppy scent"). A single jar contains 40 percent beer (and …

Career Advice That No One Told You -- And You Might Not Want To Hear

Are you a recent college or high school graduate? As your last summer of freedom is coming to an end and you are about to join the ranks of the office workers, I’ll bet you’ve been receiving a lot of career advice from your family and friends. All well intentioned, I’m sure.<p>So I’m going to give you …

10 Tools You Didn't Know You Needed

Some tools, like your trusty cordless drill or hammer, you're going to use all the time. These specialty tools you won't need that oftenbut when the time comes, you'll sure be glad you've got 'em.<p>Some tools, like your trusty cordless drill or hammer, you're going to use all the time. These …

10 awesome Google features you should be using

Google is so ubiquitous it's easy to overlook some of the search giant's coolest tools.<p>It has many tricks and products that you don't need to spend money on. Some of these will make your life easier and others will just blow your mind.<p>Let's take a look at 10 of them.<p><b>Google Flight Search.</b><p>Need to …

10 Healthy Office Snacks: The Anti-Vending Machine Guide

These healthy office snacks beat whatever junk is in the vending machine any day.<p>We've perfected the art of the office lunch—but even the most protein-packed lunch bowls can't prevent the inevitable 3 p.m. rumbly belly. Before you give up your quarters to the vending machine, hear us out! There are …

4 Ways To Retrain Your Brain To Handle Information Overload

Are you constantly forgetting where you placed your keys? Do you feel like your mind shuts down in the afternoon? Here’s why.<p>We live in an age of information overload. While many of us find ourselves inundated with vast amounts of data daily, our fast-paced society also requires us to make more …

Time Management

Man vs. Food

Not all that long ago, the Paleo diet seemed like little more than a beefed-up fad diet—South Beach for the mountain time zone. Then CrossFit happened. South Beach dieters started doing deadlifts, and Paleo was the most-Googled diet in all of 2013. Even the <i>New Yorker</i> decided to weigh in on the …

Ice Cream Drinks and Cocktails

Ice cream drink and cocktails — grown-up yet childlike — hit an enduring sweet spot<p>I typically don't go for blender drinks, but I make an exception …