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10 idioms only the French understand

1. <i>Est-ce que je te demande si ta grand-mère fait du vélo?</i> | Mind your own damn business<p>Translates literally as, “Do I ask you if your grandma bikes?” …

France

Growing Popular Resentment Could Lead To The End Of ISIS

In Raqqa, Syria, ISIS's de facto capital, civilians chaffing under the jihadist's strict rule are becoming disenchanted with the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Residents are poor and disenfranchised — while fighters for the group are living lavishly.<p>Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, an alias adopted by an …

Middle East

Denmark Is Bigger Than You Ever Imagined

In terms of geographic size, it's bigger than Germany, Turkey, and France — combined.<p>It's all because in the 1700s, the Danes quietly started stealing an island from Norway when nobody was paying attention. They sent some settlers, built some factories, and were soon its recognized masters.<p>Since …

Europe

24 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.<p>There are certain ones that …

The Best Way to Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time

<b>Put the eggs in a saucepan of cold water.</b> Place 6 cold eggs in a medium saucepan and fill with cold water, covering the eggs by an inch.<p><b>Bring the</b> …

Breakfast

THE DARK TRIAD: People Who Love The Night Have Psychopathic Traits

A new theory suggests that these two traits evolved together because darkness gives criminals and cheaters a way to hide from the prying eyes of others, giving them an evolutionary advantage.<p>The three legs of the Dark Triad can be found everywhere in the world. Magazines have labeled entire …

Psychology

Say "Yes" to Every Opportunity Early in Your Career

When you're first starting out in the work force (or switching careers), you're on the ground floor and need to find a way up. One of the best paths …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. President Barack Obama ordered limited airstrikes into Iraq Thursday night.</b> The aim is "to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death," Obama said in a …

Malaysia Airlines

'Virgins Wanted' At NYC Film Festival

Nothing arouses controversy like a movie about a man and a woman auctioning off their virginity.<p>A documentary called "Virgins Wanted" purportedly tells the true story of what happened in November 2012, when Catarina Migliorini and Alex Stepanov attempted to sell the rights to their first sexual …

Hawaii Craigslister Offers $250 For Bottled Water As Hurricanes Approach (UPDATED)

<i>UPDATE, Aug. 7, 8:15 p.m. HST:</i> The person who posted the Craigslist ad requesting cases of water for $250 contacted HuffPost and said the ad was not a serious request. The unnamed poster intended to identify people who were willing to "take advantage of others here in Hawaii." Their response …

How An Early Facebook Employee Messed Up, Got Fired, And Cost Himself $185 Million

When Kagan was 24, he was hired as Facebook's 30th employee. He joined the company when it was one year old; it had a few million users and was getting 50,000 new signups per day. Kagan was given two salary options when he joined:<p>Kagan selected the first option, and the stock options would have …

eBooks

15 untranslatable words we should be using in English

<b>German for “weary of life”</b><p>John: I’ve been rather <i>lebensmüde</i> these days. I don’t know what’s wrong.<p>Johnny: It’s those German lessons you’re</i> …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza strip , which began 8 a.m. local time on Friday.</b> Officials from both sides will next head to Cairo to work out a more permanent end to the fighting that has now dragged on for three weeks.<p><b>2. The leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone have</b> …

Senate Intelligence Committee

15 differences between a Dutch friend and an American friend

<b>1.</b> Your American friend obsesses about weight and body image. Your Dutch friend consumes some 3,000 calories daily, including large quantities of …

A year in photos: The extreme light changes of Antarctica

I arrived in Antarctica on October 1, 2012, with the plan to work there for four and a half months and then continue my travels. Somehow I ended up …

Shocking Photos Show How Polluted China's Water Has Become

Officials in Wenzhou are still trying to find the cause of the water and air pollution, but Yixiu Wu, who tracks water-pollution issues for Greenpeace, told Voice of America, "I think the water-pollution problem, it's no longer a remote problem, only in the countryside," he said. "It's affecting …

5 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

A TRAVELBREAK original post by Stephanie Be.<p>Along with solo travel, traveling with a friend or two, maybe even as a group... the best part of traveling isn't always the where, but the who.<p>You've gotta meet new people.<p>Here's what's worked for me:<p><b>1. Carry a deck of cards.</b><p>"Hey, have you ever played …

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

Snapchat funding talks with Alibaba could value company at $10bn

Snapchat, the loss-making company behind a disappearing photo messaging service, is reportedly in talks with investors that could value the business at $10bn.<p>According to Bloomberg, the investors include Alibaba Group, the Chinese internet giant currently planning the largest tech initial public …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. The United States and Europe have adopted the strongest sanctions against Russia since the end of the cold war.</b> The EU restrictions "include a measure that would prevent Russia's largest state-owned banks from issuing stock or bonds in European markets," the Financial Times reports , while both …

West Africa

South Korean activists launch 'Choco Pie' balloons

South Korean activists have launched balloons across the border with North Korea carrying thousands of Choco Pies – a favoured chocolate snack that has become the target of a reported crackdown.<p>About 200 anti-Pyongyang activists released 50 helium balloons carrying 350kg (770lbs) of snacks, …

If You Want To Be Rich, Don't Get An MBA

The first thing I am going to say about wealth is that many authors who write about prosperity and wealth make it clear: <i>A job will not make you rich.</i><p>If you want to be wealthy, at some moment of your life, you will have to create a source of income other than your salary. This is an evident and …

Bill Gates

Recipe: How to Make Bulletproof Coffee®…And Make Your Morning Bulletproof Too

When people hear more than half my calories come from healthy fats, one of the most common questions after “Why?” is “How?” Enter, Bulletproof …

Coffee

How to Publish Your Book on Amazon Kindle

<i>If you're looking for a way to self-publish your own book on the Kindle, it's surprisingly simple. Here's the step-by-step method of making your</i> …

How to Self-Publish a Book

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that …

How to Manipulate People

There are times in life where people don't give you what you want, but you don't have to settle for disappointment. When life gives you lemons, …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

Hello! Here's what you need to know for Wednesday.<p><b>1.</b> <b>IBM announced it was partnering exclusively with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads to its clients.</b> IBM will develop cloud services that are optimized for the iPhone and iPad operating system and Apple will provide hardware support for the devices.<p><b>2.</b> …

General Motors

Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Essential Android Apps

With over two million apps in the Play Store, Android is home to one of the biggest app stores in the world. Soon they’ll even be on your favorite …

Apps