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Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

Obama hilariously mocks own retirement in skit

President Obama starred in a video skit taking a look at different options for his future retirement life.

Retirement

Five underrated countries you need to visit

From a medieval African trading town to a Mediterranean island nation, these overlooked outposts are worth a look.<p>With each welcoming more than 50 million international visitors each year, France, the United States and China dominate the list of most popular countries for travellers. But are the …

European Travel

Two High School Girls Have Been Charged With Plotting a Columbine-Style Attack

One wrote in her diary they planned to make school "a living f*cking nightmare."<p>Brooke Higgins and Sienna Johnson, both 16, have been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder under extreme indifference and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after deliberation, 9 News reports. The …

Drafting the Perfect Text

Draft 1: I had so much fun last night! You're great.<p>Draft 2: I had so much fun last night! You're great. I'm an alien.<p>Draft 3: Super-fun night! I want to be clear and let you know up front that I'm an alien and, while my kind are in the act of dismantling your planet, I'd love to just have a good …

Enter the school that’s raising the bar for bilingual education

Let's take a trip back to September 1995, when Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was talking about education on the campaign trail. “If we want to ensure that all of our children had the same opportunities — yours, mine, everyone’s — in America, alternative language education should stop,” …

12 Street Artists From Brooklyn Celebrate The DIY Culture Of Berlin

A new street art exhibition in Germany, aptly titled "Persons of Interest," is celebrating the spirit of two iconic art cities: Brooklyn and Berlin.<p>Both towns are known not just for their graffiti and street art, but for their greater DIY culture, marked by an influx of resident artists, musicians …

Streetwear

To make a real difference in some of Africa's poorest countries, we should train more translators

We’re getting better at breaking down language barriers. Thanks to the likes of Google Translate, Duolingo, Rosetta Stone and Skype, we can understand — and even communicate — across languages.<p>Machine translation is improving all the time. But it’s not always enough.<p>In most African countries, there …

You are what you eat — and how you translate the menu

You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. And much of what we eat — and how we eat it — is influenced by what linguist Dan Jurafsky calls the "grammar" of food.<p>“The grammar of cuisine is the idea that every culture has a different way of thinking about what makes up a meal," says Jurafsky, whose …

Yes, Shakespeare coined words. But that's just the start of his contribution to the English language

You must have read or listened to tons of stories about William Shakespeare, and how he’s still relevant.<p>Stories about kids performing his plays. Prisoners performing them. Who knows, maybe even astronauts have recited bits from Hamlet on the International Space Station. If they haven’t yet, they …

White Sheriff Talks Race, Police With His Black Son | The Takeaway | WNYC

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Fisher-Paulson is white; his adopted son is black. Here he reflects on conversations about race and police as protests continue …

Protest

Cops: Teen set self ablaze, mom helped - CNN Video

Tip during CNN's 'The Hunt' led police to suspect killed in shootout

Investigators say they sifted through hundreds of tips in their search for Charles Mozdir, but a phone call they got during CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh helped them crack the case.<p>On Monday, eight days after the show first aired, the 32-year-old suspected sex offender died in a shootout in New …

Summer film preview: what do we have to look forward to?

This Fourth of July weekend, we Americans did what we're known for: we grilled meats, whined about air travel, and looked back in fondness at our Founding Fathers who refused to pay their taxes. One thing was different, though: we didn't go to the movies. This holiday weekend took a 44% dip in …