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Try This Simple Test Of Brain Health -- You Can Do It Standing On One Leg

Once in a while, brain research dishes out a simple, practical way to run a self-diagnostic test on your brain’s health. A recent study from Japanese researchers offers such a test, and it’s simple enough that almost everyone can give it a try. Here’s what you do: stand up, raise one leg in front …

Read 9 Free Books By Noam Chomsky Online

The gross and ever-increasing degree of economic inequality in the United States has become a phenomenon that even the country’s elites can no longer …

Updated: 50 best Android apps 2014 | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Best Android apps: 1-16<p>The Google Play app store has exploded in recent years, with a proliferation of apps that can cater to your every need. The …

Stop eating Thanksgiving turkey! Why it’s time to give up this big fat holiday travesty

The venerable tradition has completely lost its meaning<p>Count this among America's accomplishments: We've successfully hacked Thanksgiving.<p>Writing in Wired back in 2008, Alexis Madrigal detailed the wonders of the "supersized" traditional dinner; the sweeter corn and starchier potatoes a result of …

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Visit Leon Trotsky in Mexico, 1938

Here is some very rare footage of the great Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo paying a visit to exiled Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky …

Kurt Vonnegut Diagrams the Shape of All Stories in a Master’s Thesis Rejected by U. Chicago

“What has been my prettiest contribution to the culture?” asked Kurt Vonnegut in his autobiography <i>Palm Sunday</i>. His answer? His master’s thesis in …

New Animated Web Series Makes the Theory of Evolution Easy to Understand

When it comes to matters of broad scientific consensus, I’m generally inclined to offer provisional assent. Like everyone else, I have to rely on the …

Jim Henson Teaches You How to Make Puppets in Vintage Primer From 1969

Give Jim Henson 15 minutes of your time, and the father of the Muppets will teach you how to make your own puppets, using nothing other than …

The Russian Revolution in color

Lenin was a headbanger, quite literally. As a baby he would bang his head repeatedly on the floor. His parents thought little Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov …

Edward Snowden Explains Why He Blew the Whistle on the NSA in Video Interview with Lawrence Lessig

Most likely everything you know about Edward Snowden's unmasking of government surveillance programs has come through an indirect source -- meaning, …

Watch Luis Buñuel’s Surreal Travel Documentary A Land Without Bread (1933)

You don’t get the warm fuzzies from a Luis Buñuel movie. The most famous moment from his first film -- <i>Un Chien andalou</i>, co-directed with Salvador …

Free: Stream Songs from Bob Dylan’s Upcoming Release, The Basement Tapes Complete

<b>Support Open Culture</b><p>We're hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture's continued operation, please consider …

Modern Art Was Used As a Torture Technique in Prison Cells During the Spanish Civil War

We've all got those friends or family members who consider "modern art" a form of torture. Next time they complain about an exhibition you bring them …

Charlie Chaplin Does Cocaine and Saves the Day in Modern Times (1936)

When you think of drug movies, flicks like <i>Easy Rider</i>, <i>Drugstore Cowboy</i> and pretty much everything by Cheech and Chong might spring to mind. Add to …

What If Money Was No Object?: Thoughts on the Art of Living from Eastern Philosopher Alan Watts

Alan Watts came to San Francisco during the early 1950s, wrote his bestseller <i>Way of Zen</i>, and became one of the foremost popularizers of Zen Buddhism, …

Did Bach’s Wife Compose Some of “His” Masterpieces? A New Documentary Says Yes

You may have heard of, or indeed read, Australian conductor Martin Jarvis' 2011 book <i>Written By Mrs. Bach</i>, which investigates the question of whether …

Maya Angelou Tells Studs Terkel How She Learned to Count Cards & Hustle in a New Animated Video

<i>Blank on Blank</i> returns with another one of their visually-distinctive animated videos. This one lets us time travel back to 1970 when Studs Terkel, …

Animations Revive Lost Interviews with David Foster Wallace, Jim Morrison & Dave Brubeck

David Gerlach left a comfortable job working as a TV producer to launch <i>Blank on Blank</i>, a multimedia nonprofit with a simple mission -- to curate …

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power on Dutch TV, 1971

Today, we're revisiting the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, the …

The secret to making great curry

The most thrilling moment in the study of any subject comes when you realise that what seems an impossibly complicated discipline is in fact underpinned by a few simple principles. It’s like that moment when Keanu Reeves learns to read the Matrix. A sudden, exhilarating rush of clarity.<p>The novice …