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Street art, city views, coffee and markets: exploring Belleville, Paris’ hip northeastern neighbourhood

Once a patchwork of farms and windmills, Edith Piaf’s old stomping ground and a staunchly working-class <i>quartier</i> (neighbourhood) <i>,</i> brilliantly multicultural Belleville is now home to neobistros, coffee roasters and burgeoning art projects.<p>And with some of the city's best street art, panoramic views …

9 Places That Are Surprisingly Cheap This Year

(Photo: Peter Zelei/Getty Images)<p>Call it the year of the bucket list. A strong dollar in destinations around the world is making this an amazing time to go farther and do more for much, much less in 2015. Find great value around the globe -- from usually pricey destinations like Japan and France to …

6 of the Most Unbelievably Cheap Paradises on Earth

By: John Marshall<p><i>Credit: Justin Sawn/Flickr</i><p>Everyone at one time or another has wanted to get away from it all and beach/ski/paraglide-bum it in some foreign land. Small problem: that's very expensive. Or is it? (That's our sweet rhetorical way of saying maybe not.) Check this list of 12 shockingly …

Must See: It's a Tiny, Functional W-32 Engine!

Think it frays your nerves to assemble a freshly rebuilt engine? This guy probably thinks that’s cake.<p>Sure, keeping track of thousands of parts and making sure everything goes together in the right order and to exacting specifications is an exercise in patience and carefulness. But multiply that by …

Fiesta-Raptor Mashup Is One Mean Baby Ford

Imagine jacking up a Ford Fiesta to create a little CUV and you’ve got the Brazilian-market Ford EcoSport. With an optional 1-liter EcoBoost engine, this could be the most fun little thing to ever carry the dreaded CUV moniker. (Or better still, pop the Fiesta ST engine in there.) After all, the …

Hollywood Cool: Rare Photos of Clint Eastwood, Brigitte Bardot, and More Film Icons

Preview an upcoming exhibit showcasing the lost work of photographer John R. Hamilton, who captured the inimitable cool of countless Hollywood stars.<p>Over the years, photographer <b>John R. Hamilton</b> shot era-defining images of classic Hollywood stars. As <b>Bruce Weber</b> wrote in his 2003 book, <i>Thank Your</i> …

A 2008 Pentagon think-tank study claimed Putin has Asperger's syndrome

Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," wrote Brenda Connors, an expert in movement-pattern analysis at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.<p>She added that movements reveal "the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality."<p>The researchers …

US officials: 9/11 plotter's claims Saudi royals aided al-Qaida 'inconceivable'

Former top-level US intelligence officials have lined up to discredit explosive allegations by a convicted al-Qaida operative that senior members of the Saudi royal family supported the extremist network, and that a Saudi diplomat discussed plans to shoot down the US presidential plane Air Force …

Royal Family

GM’s Futurliner Rolls into a Permanent Place in History

Futurliner No. 10 at the Washington Auto Show<p>To say that the Historic Vehicle Association unveiled the latest addition to its National Historic Vehicle Register wouldn’t be entirely accurate; no one could find a silk cloth large enough to cover it. So they made the announcement from inside the …

Russian Battle Bot Drives an ATV

Say hello to Russia’s latest battlefield bot. According to <i>Sputnik News</i>, a state-owned site, the robot seen here in a driving demonstration is meant to serve as a sort of field avatar for soldiers. Think of this four-wheeling helmeted friend as an android sent into combat situations too dangerous …

2014 BMW 328d xDrive Diesel Sports Wagon

Some fantasies are best left unfulfilled.<p>Say the words “diesel station wagon” around a group of European enthusiasts and they’ll yawn. Do the same thing in America, though, where such cars are exceedingly rare, and rivulets of sweat form on foreheads. Pulses quicken. Eyes widen. We should know—this …

The Coolest Subway Stations in the World

<i>By Gianni Jaccoma</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Jamie Moore</i><p>New Yorkers spend most of their time on the subway either stressing over train delays or wondering why the dude manspreading next to them is wearing a velour jumpsuit and eating a full plate of spaghetti. Straphangers abroad have similar woes, but with an …

Global Street Art - Tokyo - Art In The Streets - MOCAtv

Art

Mr. Brainwash: A Street Art Impostor or the "Mozart of Our Century"? - PAPER

Mr. Brainwash. Photo by Alessandro Simonetti<p>The legend of Mr. Brainwash, also known as Thierry Guetta and occasionally just MBW, is one of the most extraordinary in modern art. As a compulsive documentarian of his ever waking moment (30,000 hours of footage in 12 years), the French Los Angelean …

Check Out These Vintage Photographs of Famous Artists in New York in the '80s

The New York City art scene in the 1980s was a lot different than it is now, but then again, so was the city as a whole. For those of us who weren't …

Tupac Biopic to Begin Production in June

A long-delayed Tupac Shakur biopic will begin shooting in June, according to the film's producer, Randall Emmett. "The script is great and we're …

Rap & Hip-Hop

London personality maps show where nice, nasty and arty are most at home

The bustling streets and tourist attractions of central London and Westminster draw crowds from far and wide, but according to a survey by psychologists, they are home to the most disagreeable people in the capital.<p>Researchers in Cambridge used responses from 56,000 Londoners to compose maps of …

Psychology

Underground artist surfaces a generation later

Diaz kept a low profile for much of the mid-’80s, working as a carpenter and cabinetmaker and traveling with his then-wife. Drugs were now in the picture and, as a result, Diaz’s life was unraveling. Everything came to a head in 1987 when Diaz tried to buy cocaine on the Lower East Side and was …

Growing Pains: Mongolia in Crisis - Photographs and text by Jan Locus | LensCulture

Mongolia is between opportunity and crisis.<p>Mongolia’s recent discovery of large mineral deposits has brought the country new opportunities and plenty choices, but also gold fever, rising expectations and resource nationalism.<p>For a brief time, not too long ago, the country became the fastest growing …

8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality

1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:<p><b>Fish owners are happiest.</b>• <b><br>Dog owners are the most</b> …

47 Times Diane Keaton Looked Exactly Like Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton is by far one of our favorite women in Hollywood. She's candid about all the men she wants to kiss, wears her laugh lines with pride and of course, has one of the most iconic wardrobes of any celebrity <i>ever</i>.<p>If the actress, who turns 69 years old on Monday, has taught us anything, it's …

The Tower of David: Photographs Showing Life Inside the Tallest Slum in the World

The Tower of David in the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas is an unfinished skyscraper and the third tallest building in the country. The …