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How Americans preserved British English

American’s today pronounce some words more like Shakespeare than Brits do… but it’s in 18th-Century England where they’d really feel at home.<p>It makes for a great story: when settlers moved from England to the Americas from the 17th Century, their speech patterns stuck in place. That was …

Linguistics

Werewolf cat named new breed at American Kennel Club

Beware the werewolf cat.<p>The International Cat Association announced Wednesday it had recognized the Lykoi cat -- a feline also known as the werewolf cat because of its black and golden-rimmed eyes and black and slightly gray sparse coat on a lean body.<p>“If you walk up on it around 2 a.m…they can …

Pets

14 Make-Ahead Keto Casseroles That Make Dinner a Breeze

Cooking

21 Things You Should Make Your Kids Pay For

Kids who need money are more likely to work, and working outside the house helps them develop valuable skills.<p>Whether they receive it from relatives …

Our Most Popular Vegetarian Recipes of 2017

Maybe you're a strict vegetarian — or you're just trying to incorporate more meatless meals into your routine. Either way, it can be tough to find a …

The Most Successful Kids Have Parents Who Give Them These 10 Things

See if you're forgetting to give your kids any of these (non-material) things.<p>Think about someone who made you believe in yourself -- someone who saw more in you than you believed was possible.<p>How did they inspire you to stop settling and start reaching for what is possible?<p>They gave: Generously, …

31 One-Pot Dinners To Make Every Night In December

Bless no mess.

The Elegant Mathematics of Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci’s Most Famous Drawing: An Animated Introduction

Nearly 500 years after his death, we still admire Leonardo da Vinci's many and varied accomplishments in painting, sculpture, architecture, science, …

Mathematics

Taste Beyond The Tongue

What the German language reveals about attitudes to work

Small expressions bind German workers together and remind them of the importance of their free time, writes Joseph Pearson.<p>Spending time in a German office can be confusing for a foreigner. The staff greet each other – often in sing-song voices – with the word “lunchtime!” instead of hello. It’s …

Europe

10 Of The Most Important Questions Parents Need To Ask Their Children

Parents often ask me how they can connect and converse more with their children. These 10 focussed questions will stimulate conversations and develop …

How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

This month, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. One of Wonkblog's favorite data scientists, a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to mark the occasion by creating a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national …

National Parks

How to Make a Relationship Last: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

Love is wonderful, love is joy, love is the greatest thing in the world… Love is also an enormous pain in the ass. Marriage is hard work.<p>(Older …

Relationships

15 Crazy Delicious Cauliflower Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

We-can’t-believe-it’s-cauliflower recipes ahead.<p>If we could hand out superlatives to our favorite veggies, cauliflower would win “most creative” by a landslide. With the help of a food processor and some smart seasonings, it’s the ultimate shape-shifter. While we're at it, we'd also give this pale …

Cheap Air Tickets You're Probably Missing Out On and How to Find Them

So here’s how I got a $1,265 air ticket for $535.<p>I was trying to book a three-way trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, on to Chicago and then back to L.A. I ruled out airlines with no non-stops in my time frame, which left United and American. The total fare came to $1,265 in economy class on …

Wharton School

How The Language You Speak Changes Your View Of The World

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Language

22 Easy Tips That'll Actually Make You Want To Cook

Cook less, clean less, and EAT MORE.

12 Reasons Cat Ladies Make the BEST Wives

Let's clear something up: yes, we are cat ladies. But that doesn't mean we're weirdos destined to be single for life. In fact, there are 12 reasons that being a "cat lady" actually means we make the BEST wives!<p><b>1. We have big hearts.</b><p>Whether we've gotten our cats by adopting or rescuing them, we love …

Pets

50 Recipe Infographics to Help Make You a Better Cook

People don’t cook anymore, which is a shame. It’s a lost art, more so for certain generations than others (let’s not point fingers here) but to not …

Infographics

When It Comes to Love, Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

<b>by Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades</b><p>In most areas of life, having more experience is good. Want to be great in your chosen field? Sustained experience …

Marriage

5 Things You Should Never Write in a Cover Letter

Drafting up a cover letter can be the most daunting part of job hunting. Sure, you’ve come up with a super original resume design and read up on common job interview problems, but your cover letter is the first step in landing that interview. Unless you happen to be BFFs with the hiring manager, …

Employment

Deep, Dark Chocolate Pudding Recipe - Chowhound

1<p>Place a fine-mesh strainer over a large bowl; set aside.<p>2<p>Place the egg yolks and cream in a large bowl and whisk to combine; set aside.<p>3<p>Place the …

Dessert

11 Tricks That Make Shopping at Costco Even Better

Take your bulk-buying game to the next level — and save some extra cash.<p>You may not need a giant stuffed bear, but we support buying a 30-roll pack of paper towels or a 48-ounce box of crackers. A typical Costco only stocks about 4,000 different items (compared to 50,000 at a typical supermarket or …

Shopping

Is There a "Right" Way to Roast Vegetables?

For an act as seemingly simple as roasting vegetables (we even told you you could it <i>without a recipe</i>!), there sure are a lot of ways to go about it.<p><b>But is there one way that's better than the others?</b> To find out, I surveyed trusted sources, then conducted my own miniature experiment, which—spoiler …

Recipes

The Right Way to Sauce Pasta

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>"I'll have a glass of the grappa, please," I said to the bartender at the Italian restaurant down the street from my house.<p>"You are the first person I have ever seen order that," she exclaimed in response. I asked her how long she'd been working there, figuring it …

Why rich people eat healthier

Since humans and other plant-eating animals have reason to consume a lot of broccoli, it has come to produce goitrin, a compound that tastes very bitter to people with a certain gene—which serves as a (meager) defense against getting eaten.<p>Other vegetables that come from the very same plant, …

Nutrition

How to Make Stovetop Mac and Cheese That's Better Than Boxed

There’s a time and a place for boxed macaroni and cheese: 2:00 in the morning on the couch. But when it comes to dinner, you can do better than a …

Cooking

How to Get Rid of Turmeric Stains on Your Dishes, Linens, Counters, and Fingers

You made a batch of turmeric tea to chase away a cold and poured the golden mixture into a favorite, pale-colored mug. Or you served turmeric soup in a white bowl, or wiped up a slick of curry with a light dish towel, or peeled fresh turmeric for a smoothie. <b>And now your linens, your dishes, your</b> …

Turmeric

What I Learned When I Became a Born-Again Virgin

"In my mind, getting re-baptized was 40 percent religious, and 60 percent wanting to wash Zach away."<p><i>Caitlin* is a 23-year-old woman from the Bible Belt. She spent her first few years of high school trying to balance Christian guilt and young love.</i><p>I grew up Southern Baptist, which is all about …

Relationships