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11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

Even if your intentions are professional and sincere.<p>Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p>Dear Jeff,I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I …

Tim Ferriss

8 Questions to Ask Someone Other Than “What Do You Do?”

We’ve all been in the awkward situation of meeting someone new and having to build rapport quickly — at networking events, industry conferences, charity events, dinner parties, and other social-professional situations. If you’re like many people — especially most Americans — you break the awkward …

Nonprofits

Manipulative people brainwash their partners using something called 'perspecticide' — here are the signs it's happening to you

Living with a controlling or abusive partner is confusing and draining. They blame you for things that weren't your fault, or that you didn't even do, and you become isolated from your friends and family in an attempt to keep the abuser happy.<p>The way you see the world can also completely change, …

Sociology

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

So you bought that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. Your new phone, like your old …

Psychology

How to Offer Support to a Grieving Colleague

Over the last year, my brother, my mother, a close friend, and six relatives have died. A couple of weeks after my brother’s death, I felt terribly …

Empathy

16 of the best historical documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

While every moment that leads up to the present could be considered history, there are certain events throughout time that truly stand out among the …

Manhood Academy: Turning boys into men

According to Davis Williams, other than athletes and rappers, young men don't have enough positive male role models. At his 'Manhood Academy,' in North London, Williams and several other black male mentors take on the paternal and fraternal roles they feel young men are missing. They offer …

Citizenship

The Ways Your Brain Manages Overload, and How to Improve Them

Information overload is everywhere, from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brain—<i>your</i> brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating …

A foodie tour of Iceland’s Ring Road

For a long time the cuisine of Iceland was spoken about in hushed tones, if at all – they eat <i>what?</i> Fermented shark? Sheep’s head? But these days, travellers looking for fine food experiences are spoiled for choice: super-fresh seafood, succulent free-range lamb and creamy, innovative dairy products …

Conan O'Brien

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’

With themes that range from love to fear to humanity itself, the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century all share distinctly original visions.<p>Sci-fi …

Science Fiction

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

The US middle class may be doing better than the numbers suggest

The average wages of American workers are about the same today as they were in 1975, adjusted for inflation. This has led academics, politicians, and journalists to claim, with justification, that living standards for regular Americans have stagnated.<p>Dartmouth economist Bruce Sacerdote thinks this …

Economics

Why the U.S. Is Still Richer Than Every Other Large Country

Each year, the United States produces more per person than most other advanced economies. In 2015 real GDP per capita was $56,000 in the United States. The real GDP per capita in that same year was only $47,000 in Germany, $41,000 in France and the United Kingdom, and just $36,000 in Italy, …

Dessert

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus

ISTANBUL — When 22 Christian refugees gathered in the basement of an apartment in Istanbul early on a recent Sunday afternoon, it was quickly clear that this was no ordinary prayer meeting. Several of them had Islamic names. There was an Abdelrahman and even a couple of Mohammads. Strangest of all, …

Al-Qaeda

A Bucket List of the Best Hikes in the World

Alta Via, Italy<p>Image 1 of 18<p>Picture-perfect scenery awaits on the Ligurian Coast of Italy where the Alta Via, or High Path, in the Cinque Terra …

19 Things Restaurant Servers Should Never Say (and What They Could Say Instead)

Great service is often more about what you say than what you do.<p>Ever since I enjoyed an amazing meal and impeccable service at Le Bernardin--the gold standard of service--I've been a lot more conscious not just of what servers do, but also of what they say.<p>Or, more to the point, what they <i>shouldn't</i> …

Self-help

9 ways you're cooking your steak wrong, according to the chef of Wall Street's oldest steakhouse

And even fewer home-cooked steaks compare to those of your favorite local steakhouse.<p>From fridge to plate, there are a lot of little secrets steakhouse chefs employ.<p>Thanks to Billy Oliva, we're now hip to those secrets. Oliva oversees the kitchen at one of Wall Street's favorite steakhouses, …

BBQ

A Guide to the Best Henleys

Fall style centers on the importance of layering, and as such, you should ground your outfit with a classic base layer. The long-sleeve henley fits …

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

Mount Everest

Ranking the SEC's 9 saddest showings from a rough 2016 opening weekend

You probably won't be hearing S-E-C chants this week.<p>The SEC is the most talented conference and the one with the best recent postseason history. Yes, yes, yes, sure, sure, fine.<p>It also has been elevated to such a lofty perch that when it stumbles, the whole world gets to picnic around the crater. …

The 8 best action movies on Netflix right now

Yes, they can. We came up with a list of eight films currently streaming on Netflix that are thrilling, intense, and applauded by critics. Read on to see the best-rated action films on Netflix:

Construction

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

Here's Who Will Win—and Should Win—at the 2016 Oscars

Best Picture<p><i>The Big Short |</i> <i>Bridge of Spies |</i> <i>Brooklyn |</i> <i>Mad Max: Fury Road |</i> <i>The Martian |</i> <i>The Revenant |</i> <i>Room |</i> <i>Spotlight</i><p><b>Should win:</b> A great American …

The Best Suits Under $1,000

Suits are no longer just uniforms of the 9-to-5 office job. Empowered by slimmer, more athletic cuts, more comfortable fabrics and the demise of the …

Table Etiquette in France that will help you in France

I made the mistake of assuming that my table manners would come with me across the pond as naturally as my southern accent did. The years of my …

France

Oil Price Fall Shows Obama Auto Bailout Was Purely Political

Oil prices have broken below $35 per barrel. Job losses in the industry are already over 100,000 and still climbing. Yet, no word from the Obama administration about a potential bailout of this important sector of the American economy. Why were Chrysler and GM bailed out while the oil industry is …

Obama Administration

14 awesome gifts for the foodie in your life

We've put together a list of 15 gifts that are perfect for the foodie in your life, from the top cooking tools to cleverly curated subscription boxes packed with everything from international snacks to chocolate.<p>Whether you're looking for mouthwatering recipes, tasty treats, or the latest chef's …

Shopping

Patagonia Dreaming: Adventures in Torres del Paine

If anywhere can make you feel like a dwarf before nature, it’s <b>Torres del Paine National Park</b> in Chilean Patagonia.<p>If the rugged Cordillera del Paine mountains are the 600,000-acre park’s backbone, the 9,300-foot granite spires form its heart.<p>Along Torres del Paine’s western edge, massive fingers of …

Hiking