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Kids

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Birds

Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium

Four decades ago, less than 5 percent of Americans were cremated. Now that figure stands at nearly 50 percent. This is how cremation actually works, and the story of what happens to a culture when its attitudes about memorializing the dead undergo a revolution.<p>Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New …

Los Angeles

These 14 Instant Pot Recipes Will Knock Your Family's Socks Off — and Won't Cost You More Than $20

Let's be honest, the Instant Pot is a busy parent's BFF. You can make pretty much anything your little heart desires — from rice to seafood to yogurt and beyond — and you don't have to sit around waiting for water to boil or an oven to preheat. So what could be better for moms and dads who have to …

Cooking

Yes, You Need Informational Interviews. Here’s How To Land Them

How can you get someone to meet you for coffee and career advice when it’s like pulling teeth to get an email reply?<p>“Are informational interviews not a thing anymore?” a reader asked me last week. “I’ve reached out to a few friends of friends about these, but I must be going about it in the wrong …

Employment

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

The return of the fountain pen

They’re not just historical curiosities – the design these days is vastly improved, and sales are increasing<p>Every working day before I start pounding the keyboard of my ridiculously flashy 27-inch iMac, I perform a little ritual. I straighten the fountain pens I keep on my desk, and make sure they …

Beginner's Guide to Fountain Pens | The Art of Manliness

“To sit at one’s table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen — that …

Pen Review: Sheaffer 300

<i>The pen for this review was provided by Pen Habit viewer, Drew, who lent this pen to me during the summer of 2014. I’m just now posting the video</i> …

Online

Pilot Vanishing Point Stub Nib: Coming Soon!

<b>0:49 – Features<br>1:37 – Filling Mechanism<br>2:54 – How It Writes<br>5:46 – Comparable Pens<br>11:35 – Hand Rotation</b><p>The Pilot Vanishing Point has been a …

How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Thicker ink, fewer smudges, and more strained hands: an Object Lesson<p>Recently, Bic launched acampaign to “save handwriting.” Named “Fight for Your Write,” it includes a pledge to “encourage the act of handwriting” in the pledge-taker’s home and community, and emphasizes putting more of the …

Time I

Top 7 Fountain Pens to Last a Lifetime

Timeless. Durable. Comfortable. Finding a pen that can stand the test of time can, well, take some time! You want something that bucks trends and has …

Sneak Peek: Parker Transformation (IM and Urban)

Parker has been in the pen business since 1888, and is in the process of making a total transformation here in 2016. Every pen is being redesigned, …

Trilogy Zero Fountain Pen

Nearly all fountain pens are gaudy affairs complete with overly busy designs. The design of Trilogy’s Zero Fountain Pen was taken in an opposite …

Where to Make the Most Luxe Bespoke Stationery Online Without Breaking the Bank

Love letterpress but fear the price tag? Bell'INVITO is solving that problem.<p>The luxury stationery brand, which launched in 2004 under fashion art …

Letterpress

Here's How to Make Writing Thank You Notes Enjoyable (Yes, Enjoyable!)

Let's face it: Writing thank you notes gets a very bad rap as being utterly boring. Why? "Because," says Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, "most of the time it <i>is</i> boring." But it doesn't have to be. Here, with Gottsman's tips, it can actually be an enjoyable …

When Your Grail Pen Is F**king Expensive

I’ve had three grail pens on my list since I began using fountain pens. None of them are cheap, but isn’t that the definition of a grail pen, that …

Time I

A FRENCH PRIMER: PENMANSHIP

Here's a useful travel tip I've never encountered before in any guidebook: get to know the subtle differences between French cursive writing and your …

How Cursive Is Taught In France - Calligraphy Discussions

Posted<p>I haven't seen this posted here yet -- sorry if it's a repeat. An interesting video about how cursive is taught in France. Lucky kids! I'm …

France - Teaching Handwriting

Description<p>An educational philosophy encompassing all creative subjects backs up the teaching of handwriting in France.<p>The French believe that giving …

Difficult Words Practice Sentences - Handwriting & Handwriting Improvement

Posted<p>Here are the difficult words practice sentences that were recently submitted during our Presidents’ Day challenge. They are here for everyone …

Screen time: Mental health menace or scapegoat?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?" Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, asked in an adapted excerpt of her controversial book, "iGen."<p>In the book, she argues that those born after 1995 are on the "brink of a mental-health crisis" -- and she believes …

Mental Health

Board game nights are having a moment. Here’s how to join in.

Growing up, everyone in my family received a board game for Christmas. We'd spend the lazy days that followed jumping in and out of mysterious worlds, word puzzles and intricate versions of charades. But as we grew up and moved out, the fading stacks of cardboard began collecting dust, and Netflix …

Board Games

It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality

A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.<p>Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. For many urbanists, the main culprit has long been …

The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Oliver Burkeman<p>Human beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber …

Parenting

The best career path for you, according to your Myers-Briggs personality type

Do you find yourself slogging through your 9-to-5 only to have sudden bursts of inspiration at 11 p.m.? Or maybe, you quit your day job for your side …

Myers-Briggs

Writing a to-do list will help you sleep better

Here’s the write way to fall asleep.<p>Instead of counting sheep, spend five minutes jotting down what you need to take care of tomorrow — and you may …

Model loses remaining leg after tampon mishap

Model Lauren Wasser, who had her right leg amputated because of an infection caused by a tampon, has now had her left leg removed because of Toxic …

Tampons