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A Guide To Writing Fight Scenes

There seems to be a few general rules of thumb for writing fight scenes:<p>Blow by blow is boring;<br>• Clarity is king;<br>• Show v tell.<p>Let’s look at each in …

Creative Writing

Tried & Tested, These Are Best Men’s Cologne, Perfume & Fragrances

It's men's cologne time, baby. Now that we're well into the year, we're due for another round-up of the best scents for men. This year's selection …

Men's Fashion

This bad lip reading video from the Royal Wedding will make you cry laughing

Yes, there are plenty more tears to be shed over the royal wedding.<p>ICYMI, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finally married. On Saturday, they enjoyed a ceremony of 600 guests that was broadcast all over the world. Since the wedding, videos of the two love birds have been passed around and a ton …

Royal Weddings

21 Writing Prompts To Help You Finish An Entire Novel This Summer

Summer is officially here, and it's the perfect time to start writing a novel. There's no school and plenty of sunshine — which means it's the …

Creative Writing

Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity …

Wi-Fi

This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Language

Royal Wedding: See the Three Official Portraits, Featuring the Entire Royal Family

The Palace releases three photographs from the big day.<p>If you’re anything like us, you still—two days later—have pretty much nothing on the brain other than the royal wedding. (We may or may not have engaged every single person in line for coffee this morning to ask for their thoughts on <b>Meghan</b> …

Family

5 Tricks for Learning a New Language as an Adult

Children can pick up new languages like it’s no big deal, but adults have to really work to get even the basics. While it may seem daunting, it’s not …

Language Learning

Uh, Did Google Fake Its Big A.I. Demo?

The tech press has questions, and Google isn’t providing any answers.<p>Google C.E.O. <b>Sundar Pichai’s</b> demonstration of the company’s new virtual-assistant technology, unveiled at the company’s annual developer conference last week, was more unnerving than Pichai presumably intended it to be. Google …

Artificial Intelligence

10 etiquette rules guests must follow at the royal wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming royal wedding will bring together the British elite and high society (as well as some lucky commoners) for an event that will be broadcast around the world, so it's important for guests to be on their best behavior.<p>Royal expert Myka Meier of Beaumont …

Royal Weddings

7 things to consider when buying a new laptop

Buying a laptop is far from easy. From size to connectivity options to different types of storage, it can be an overwhelming process. Do you need …

Gear & Gadgets

Researchers Reveal Anne Frank's 'Dirty' Jokes In Hidden Diary Pages

Researchers have uncovered two pages of Anne Frank’s diary masked over with brown paper that contain jokes and musings about sex, prostitution and …

Jokes

This star sign has been linked to the most serial killers

Zodiac signs can supposedly predict our futures based on the position of the stars and planets at the time we were born.<p>But can our horoscope …

Crime

Home Depot takes up to 20% off Nest Cameras, today only: IQ, Outdoor, more

Today only, as a part of its Special Buy of the Day, Home Depot is taking <b>up to 20% off</b> Nest Security Cameras. This promotion is primarily focused on bundles, so if you’re looking to outfit your entire home, this one is for you. Our top pick is the Cam Indoor IQ and Cam Outdoor Security Camera …

Home Depot

Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance

Exclusive: Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’<p>Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a …

Black Lives Matter

20 Recipes for People Who Are Obsessed with Mushrooms — Recipes from The Kitchn

I believe I survived my years as a vegetarian because of mushrooms. Their sturdy texture and hefty flavor were such an easy substitute for meat, …

Cooking

‘Love is an excessive thing’: Online matchup leads to 65,000 text messages and a stalking charge.

It was supposed to be a potential love connection, two lonely hearts linked together on an Internet dating site. Instead, the matchup devolved into stalking, threats and a bizarre obsession, according to authorities in Arizona.<p>“I felt like I met my soul mate,” 31-year-old Jacqueline Claire Ades …

Crime

Men’s Grooming Essentials to Keep You Fresh in the Summer Heat

Taking care of your skin in summer can be a bit of a challenge. Knowing how much moisturizer to use to keep it hydrated but not overly oily, what …

Skin Care

Nigeria’s stressed-out middle-class is trying to leave in droves and the destination is Canada

By most standards, Ezekiel is living the middle-class Nigerian dream.<p>At 41, he works as a senior manager at a Lagos-based media company where he earns a healthy salary. He also runs a successful side business importing and selling American used cars and has enough money to fund his wife and two …

Africa

California man offers truck, kidney to anyone who can help save dying wife

A California man has offered up his truck, a trailer and even a kidney in the hopes that someone would be able to save his wife’s life.<p>In a plea to Facebook users last week, Verlon Robinson offered to give up his 2004 Dodge pickup truck and a tent trailer to anyone who would be willing to donate a …

San Francisco

Couple Sinks Kayaks on Maiden Voyage, Sues for $455,000

An Oregon couple who sank their brand-new kayaks on the North Santiam River two years ago are now seeking nearly half a million dollars in damages …

Kayaking

Florida grandma, 95, arrested after smacking granddaughter with a slipper

A 95-year-old Florida woman — upset that her granddaughter would not get out of bed — smacked her granddaughter with a slipper, called the police and got herself arrested.<p>Hattie Reynolds was arrested May 5 by Daytona Beach police for battery, according to an arrest report. She spent the night in …

Crime

British flight attendant claims first-class passengers pay stewardesses for sex

An air hostess from a British airline has lifted the lid on the mile-high bonks, romps with pilots and celebrity affairs that go on among the glamorous crew.<p>The stewardess, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims life on board is every bit as outrageous as the famous names she’s met.<p>She first joined …

Aviation

Everything to Know About Outlander Season 4

The Frasers are going to America!<p><b>This post contains spoilers for the fourth season of Outlander.</b><p>Droughtlander has been in full swing since December, and as you no doubt know, it's terrible. Television is just so pointless without Jamie Fraser fainting in print shops and being generally perfect. So …

TV

Antioxidant Serums Are The Next Best Thing To Living In A Plastic Bubble

The year is 1956. Eisenhower is President. Cigarettes are still "good for you." <i>I Love Lucy</i> is the most-watched show on TV. Rocky retires without ever …

Skin Care

Bad Employees Are Bad for Business, but Average Ones Are Even Worse

Hirer beware.<p><i>Why is hiring 'average' employees so dangerous? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Robert Glazer, founder and CEO, Acceleration Partners, on Quora:</b><p>Every leader knows that …

Leadership

Deadly E. coli outbreak tied to romaine spreads

<b>(CNN) —</b> An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region has spread to four additional states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas are the latest states to report illnesses, bringing …

Public Health

China's ZTE Corp says main business operations cease due to U.S. ban

HONG KONG (Reuters) - ZTE Corp's <0763.HK> <000063.SZ> main business operations have ceased due to a ban imposed by the U.S. government, but China's second biggest telecom equipment maker is trying to have the ban modified or reversed, it said on Wednesday.<p>ZTE was hit by a ban last month from …

China

This Mexico City restaurant is rescuing deportees with jobs and Texas barbecue

In the days after his deportation, Victor Cruz Ortega wandered the crowded streets of Mexico City in an escalating panic.<p>His kids, his job and every other fiber of life were back in Redondo Beach, the sun-soaked California community he called home for three decades. Now he was alone and penniless …

Immigration