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I Only Married My Wife Because I Owed Her Family $10,000

So growing up, I was the usual jerk. My Dad left me when I was around 6, my Mom was an alcoholic and abusive, and I basically was living in a dump …

8 Ways You're Accidentally Making Your Breakouts Worse

It's like clockwork: You spy—or, almost as bad, feel—the beginnings of a zit. The next thing you know, you're applying layer after layer of your go-to spot treatment and scrubbing it to death. But is that really doing the trick, or could you actually be making it worse? You probably know where this …

I went broke teaching your kid: The real story about life on a teacher’s salary

Four kids. A ton of tuition. And $281.92 for a car payment. Teaching in America is barely middle class any more<p>I stare at the calculator: $281.92. That’s what I have to work with in terms of a car payment. My wife, a soccer mom who totes three kids (a fourth is in college) and a couple of dogs all …

10 Ways to Boost Your Writing Productivity

Every writer has been there: the words are inside you, trying to get out, but life is in the way. Maybe you can’t find any time in your busy …

Productivity

Learning the lost art of cursive writing

With a pencil still in hand, eight-year-old Mitchell Cait-Goldenthal takes a break from the handwriting exercise he’s working on to explain why it’s important to have good penmanship.<p>“When you’re older, if your writing is sloppy for something really important – like if you’re playing Major League …

10 New Beauty Products to Try This Month

Oh heyyy, fall! Glad you’re here, because you mean the welcomed onset of plum lipsticks, matte makeup and PSLs — what could be better? 10 newly launched fall beauty products, THAT’S what. Lip colors are having a major moment right now, but we’re not complaining. There are a bunch of new products …

Makeup

American History For The Twitter Age

A new book takes on American history in the style of Steinbeck and Benet.<p>The publication of <i>A Little History of the United States</i> really intrigued me. …

NEVER Store Your Makeup Brushes Like This

Do you do your makeup in the bathroom—and store it there? Then it’s important to pay special attention to how you’re housing your brushes, …

Dermatology

This controversial new business model is taking over retail

Birchbox, Carnivore Club, Dollar Shave Club, Stitch Fix — simply pay a monthly fee and you have products ranging from makeup to meat delivered to your doorstep.<p>But are subscription retail models all they are cracked up to be?<p>Recently, a scandal involving Kate Hudson's athleisure company, Fabletics, …

America's richest (and poorest) school districts

Many factors determine the quality of education in a particular state, including federal, state, and local funding levels, the curriculum, and teacher and staff quality. A district's wealth, however, is often a very good indicator of how well the area's students are likely to perform.<p>In San …

Demographics

Google Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search

Google Search's learning curve is an odd one. You use it every day, but still all you know is how to search. But the search engine has plenty of …

This Scandal Writer Shares Her 5 Tips for Landing a Competitive Job

Steamy Oval office hookups. B613 back room deals. Papa Pope assassination attempts. The Fitz-Oliva-Jake love triangle. Each of these <i>Scandal</i>-defining moments began simply as “What if we did this?” In other words, they were once just ideas, enthusiastically pitched in Shonda Rhimes’ writers’ room. In …

Here's how US classrooms compare to schools in 30 countries around the world

With the right teacher, any classroom - be it a boat in Brazil or a park in Pakistan - can change a child's life.<p>World Teachers' Day, a UNESCO initiative highlighting the work of educators teaching children amid intimidation and poverty, is coming up on October 5.<p>Thanks to international efforts, …

Students

The Surprising Health Benefit of Washing the Dishes

Mindfulness is often associated with meditation, reflection, and a peaceful state of mind. Household chores? Not exactly what comes to mind.<p>But a new …

3 Things To Know About Those New Credit Cards

Today is the day — the beginning of the end for the venerable (but woefully open to abuse) magnetic stripe, a technology pioneered in the 1960s. Enter the more secure age of the chip, or "EMV" cards.<p>At least in theory.<p>It's actually a bit more complicated. Here are three things to know:<p><b>Is today</b> …

Photos Of Matriarchal Societies Show What Gender Equality Looks Like Across The Globe

In these Southeast Asian tribes, women share the power.<p>A girl poses confidently, hands on hips. She wears a delicate flower in her hair, and stands in the photo's background, but there's something commanding about her presence. For her age, she looks stern and self-assured -- where she lives, being …

I am a trans woman. Will Facebook censor my breasts?

I’m going to make this awkward for both of us: A few weeks ago, my nipples started to ache. They told me it would hurt, but that didn’t prepare me …

Feminism

“We are a very misunderstood group of parents”: Home-schooling isn’t just for the Duggars anymore

The practice has long been the domain of the Christian right. New research suggests its demographics are evolving<p>Homeschooling gets a bad rap. After all, perhaps the most well-known homeschooling family right now is the Duggars. Among some circles, they were often touted as a homeschooling success …

Chris Brown’s visa troubles: Is Australia racist for threatening to bar him from touring Down Under?

The singer may not be allowed to enter the country because of his history of domestic abuse<p>Yesterday, the Australian government warned Chris Brown that his visa application to perform down under will likely be denied, citing his criminal conviction for abusing his former girlfriend Rihanna back in …

Apple’s “hella ugly” new font backlash: From cool standard to the new Comic Sans in one iOS update

San Francisco, the bespoke font that replaces Apple’s former default Helvetica Neue, isn’t winning fans<p>Apple’s world domination has just taken another step forward: The company with the world’s largest market recently decided that the letters and numbers we look at when we use their devices would …

Foundation Drops Are The Secret To A Natural Makeup Look

Thank us later.<p>"<i>Your skin looks great! What have you done?"</i><p><i>"You can't be wearing makeup. Your complexion looks so natural."</i><p>"<i>I want whatever foundation you have on right now. Seriously."</i><p>These are just a few of the compliments you may receive if you're using foundation drops. While this liquid …

10 Bad Makeup Habits Preventing You From Reaching Your Potential

With the changing of seasons, we often strive for that “out with the old, in with the new” mentality. We clear our closets of never-worn winter …

How to Spot a Trafficking Victim at an Airport

Every time a new horror story about sex trafficking pops up on our radars, about women held for years against their will, or forced to be child …

Miss Manners: A simple ‘you’ avoids any gender confusion

<i>Dear Miss Manners: Is there a polite way to ask a person which gender he or she identifies with?</i><p><i>With the relaxation of the bias against the LGBT community, people are more open to be who they really are, and that can be confusing. One acquaintance was raised as a girl, but identifies as male.</i> …

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Advent of the virgin births: Women who have never been in a relationship paying £5,000 to get pregnant

• <b>At least 25 straight women who've never had sex have given birth via IVF</b>• <b><br>Four British firms known to have helped the women with £5,000</b> …

10 Fun Foods for Football Season

Football fans, rejoice! Your time has come. Make your house the season's headquarters with these delicious game-day recipes.<p><b>1. Grilled Buffalo Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce</b><p>Classic Buffalo wings are fried but I love the flavor and ease of cooking them on the grill -- they are truly no fuss, no …

Cooking

Before Caitlin, This Athlete Was Fired For Being Transgender

The company thought it would be bad PR to keep her.<p>Before Janae Marie Kroc came out as a transgender woman, she was known to friends and fans as Matt Kroczaleski, one of the strongest and toughest men in the world.<p>In 2006, at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, an annual professional men’s …

Research shows you need these 5 things to be happy at work

With unemployment at the lowest it has been since 2008, you might be thinking about changing jobs. But what exactly would make you happier at work? …

How to Parent Like a German

The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to …