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50 Unique Things To Do in South Africa

South Africa is the greatest country on earth. There, I said it. Seriously, if South Africa was a man I would probably stop all my endless travels …

South Africa

From alright to zap: an A-Z of horrible words

Is ‘epic fail’ an epic failure, should ‘to hot-desk’ make us hot under the collar, and is ‘like’ to be, like, deplored? A 21st-century guide to good grammar<p><i>Alright</i>, a merged form of <i>all right</i>, has long been trashed in conservative style guides. A typical work of 1939 says firmly: “Never – <i>never</i> – …

Belle Gibson on 60 Minutes: no remorse and the lies kept coming

The disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has insisted she did not try to “get away with anything”, despite having deceived thousands of online followers into believing she had terminal brain cancer.<p>In an interview with Tara Brown for 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Gibson, 23, claimed it was she who …

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Hunter Gatherers

Alan Turing: genius, codebreaker, solitaire show-off

Turing should have thought twice about revealing the formula for winning at Solitaire. Isn't it just like cheating?<p>Was Alan Turing an inveterate spoilsport? The Germans would certainly have thought so after the Second World War, when they learnt that the gifted mathematician and computer scientist …

Auschwitz bookkeeper admits 'moral guilt' at Holocaust trial

LUENEBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of being an accessory to mass murder told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed there.<p>Defendant Oskar …

Auschwitz

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

The Best Street Style from Tokyo Fashion Week

Street style cliques in New York, London, Milan, and Paris run the gamut, from the models off duty to the bloggers in freebies, and the editors who prowl the pavement between shows. But we dare you to find a place where people wear their sartorial heart on their sleeve more than Tokyo: Here is …

How People Described The Internet In The 1990s is Hilarious

In the 1990s, the internet was a hard-to-explain concept to people. Even though it’s commonplace now, the idea of electronic mail and being able to surf endless amounts of information without using an encyclopedia was quite foreign.<p>Many books, videos and images were created to help explain the …

Vladimir Putin suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, Pentagon report claims

US Pentagon report from 2008 concluded that 'the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality', described as 'a form of autism'<p>A top secret Pentagon report has concluded that <b>Vladimir Putin</b> suffers from Asperger’s syndrome.<p>The study from 2008, which was based only on videos of Putin, claimed …

Rare, unusual Beatles and Rolling Stones photos surface via eBay sale

A shirtless Mick Jagger, relaxing poolside in Savannah, Ga., in 1965, intently studies the back cover of Bob Dylan's then-new "Bringing It All Back Home" album, still in the shrink wrap.<p>John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon into the …

New Puppy Joins in Adorable Duo Harlow and Indiana’s Daily Cuddles

As of this past December, the adorable canine duo Harlow and Indiana have welcomed a new little sister to the family! Reese (also called <i>Reese Lightning</i>), a miniature dachshund, was greeted with curious looks and cautious sniffs when she first arrived, but as these heartwarming photos show, she …

Here Are The Most Expensive Countries In The World To Live In

You might think life here in America is expensive. But it turns out that when compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of the 20 most expensive countries to live in.<p>Thanks to a new infographic from Movehub, a site that provides information to those looking to move …

New York City

India’s Fascinating Tree Root Bridges Grow Stronger Every Year

In the wettest place on Earth, the village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya, India are some of the most fascinating bridges you'll ever see. These “living bridges” are formed by locals who have trained the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges. They are sturdy enough to far outlast man-made …

Bridges

Alex Nash, 5, Gets $24 Bill From Friend's Parents For Missing Birthday Party

A 5-year-old boy in Plymouth, England, was given a $24 invoice for missing a friend's birthday party in an unusual dispute that appears to be heading to court.<p>Alex Nash was supposed to attend the party at a local ski park in December, where kids were treated to snow tubing, tobogganing and lunch. …

Grandparents

37 Most Incredible Photographs of The Year

Let's look back on 2014 by reviewing some of the most spectacular photographs of this year. Which photographs of incredible destinations simply took our breath away? What long exposures were so creatively done, we gasped in awe? Which underwater photos seemed simply serene? Instead of our usual …

Colorado River

The day the Pintupi Nine entered the modern world

<b>In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes.</b><p>If you want to know how Australian …

Siblings

Record numbers attend German anti-Islamization rally | DW | 22.12.2014

German society and the political establishment have for weeks grappled with the emergence of the "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the …

Best of the Week: Tech News, Digital Art, Photography and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

Paul McCartney remembers 'shock' of John Lennon death

<b>Sir Paul McCartney has recalled the "horrific" moment when he learned of the murder of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon.</b><p>Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, he also said he felt "very lucky" that he eventually made up with Lennon after the rifts that split the pair.<p>Lennon was shot …

Paul McCartney

Castro: 'Oswald Could Not Have Been the One Who Killed Kennedy'

What Cuba's former president thinks really happened in Dallas 50 years ago this week<p>Fidel Castro shares at least one belief with the majority of Americans: He is convinced that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not the work of a lone gunman, but was the culmination of a broad …

Infographic Visualizes Which Countries are the World's Happiest

Which country is the happiest in the world? To find the answer, you simply need to look at this infographic published by MoveHub.com, a resource for people who want to live abroad. They visualized the data of Happy Planet Index (HPI), which shows to what extent 151 countries across the globe …

Polish woman declared dead wakes up in mortuary

<b>A Polish woman who spent 11 hours in cold storage in a mortuary after being declared dead has returned to her family, complaining of feeling cold.</b><p>Officials say Janina Kolkiewicz, 91, was declared dead after an examination by the family doctor.<p>However, mortuary staff were astonished to notice …

Crime

Iconic Monuments Magnificently Photographed From Sunrise Till Sunset

The world's most iconic monuments and buildings often have two very different qualities, depending on which time of day you visit them.<p>You might …

Surgeons replace a 12-year-old's cancerous vertebra with a 3D-printed implant

According to market-based research firm IDTechEx, the medical and dental market for 3D-printers is set to grow from US$141 million to $868 million by …

Game of Thrones Actress' Humorous Response to Being Recast

Joffrey's sister is looking for work in a new Vine.<p>It can't be great news for an actor finding out you've been recast after already establishing a …

'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 Casting Cuts Are Good Omens For HBO's Hit

<i>Spoilers for upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ seasons follow.</i><p>Writing at Kotaku, Nathan Grayson worries that HBO is omitting a “very important” character from <i>Game of Thrones’</i> upcoming Season 5.<p>When HBO revealed the new cast members for the upcoming season at Comic-Con, a handful of characters were …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, You may be missing out on some of its most powerful features.<p><b>1) Take Siri to School</b> <br>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another …

'Unbalanced' Ronaldo is in love with himself, slams Boban

The former Milan midfielder is not impressed by the Portugal attacker's behaviour, while he was equally critical of Italy's slide into "an average football circus"<p>Croatia legend Zvonimir Boban has hit out at Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of the World Cup and feels the Real …