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Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Seeds, Instead Of Spitting Them Out

You may have once believed that swallowing a watermelon seed would ignite the growth of an enormous fruit inside your belly. So instead of ingesting, you diligently plucked out each individual seed before chomping into the juicy fruit. Or you kept an arsenal of seeds in the pocket of your cheek to …

10 Things To Do In Europe Before You Die

<i>by Caitlin Morton and the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy<p>Whether it's catching an opera in Vienna, having afternoon tea in London, shopping for leather in Florence or sipping a cocktail by the Eiffel Tower -- we've rounded up 10 things you need to do, eat, see, shop for and …

Former Racist Redneck Sets Out To Change 'White Supremacist' American Culture (VIDEOS)

Former Racist Redneck Sets Out To Change ‘White Supremacist’ American Culture (VIDEOS)<p>April 12, 2015Dan Simpson US<p>A self-proclaimed redneck and …

Equality

Oklahoma reserve deputy grabs gun instead of Taser, kills suspect

A reserve sheriff's deputy accidentally shot an unarmed man with a gun instead of a Taser, and Oklahoma law enforcement officials berated the man as he lay dying on the ground, according to body-camera footage released this weekend.<p>"Oh, God. Oh, he shot me; I didn't do s---!" the suspect, Eric …

Law Enforcement

Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, <i>To Pimp A Butterfly</i> (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, <i>The</i> …

Ex-Hill aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim

She sat in the back of the courtroom, wearing oversize black sunglasses, watching as the former Democratic congressional aide was sentenced for slipping a sedative into her drink and then raping her.<p>It was the summer of 2010, and she had just arrived in Washington as a student intern. When they …

Homeland Security

8 Ways to Be Richer by Next Month

<b>2. Cut Coupons Old-School Style</b><br>"Coupons you'll find in your Sunday paper are still one of the best ways to save money on grocery items," says Bakke. Coupon apps are worth checking out, too; Bakke suggests Pushpins and Grocery Pal.<p><b>3. Fill Up with Regular Gas</b><br>"Unless your owner's manual specifically …

Soaring dollar puts the world on sale for Americans

Americans have long complained that the dollar doesn't buy much anymore. Suddenly, the dollar's problem may be that it buys too much — a change that has huge implications across the global economy for consumers, businesses, investors and governments.<p>The U.S. currency's value has surged over the …

Robin Thicke gives up home in Hollywood Hills

Singer-songwriter<p>Robin Thickehas sold a house in Hollywood Hills for $4.9 million. The property had come on the market last summer at $2.985 million.<p>Located in the celebrity-popular Bird Streets area, the two-story home features living and family rooms, a dining area, a sound studio, three bedrooms …

Real Estate

How To Make A Secret Phone Call

To show how hard phone privacy can be, one artist examined the CIA, consulted hackers, and went far off the map (with a stop at Rite Aid).<p>There’s a lot you can find in the depths of the dark web, but in 2013, photographer and artist Curtis Wallen managed to buy the ingredients of a new identity. …

10 of the most fear-mongering political ads in American history

In the 1960s, political ad makers embraced fear as a campaign strategy and they haven’t looked back since<p>While negativity has always been an integral part of political advertising, there actually was an era in which fun and upbeat election ads were occasionally made. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1952 …

Tony Montana's 'Scarface' Mansion is Up for Sale for $34 Million USD

If you’ve been looking to expand your real estate portfolio, you could be the proud owner of this<p>If you’ve been looking to expand your real estate portfolio, you could be the proud owner of this Montecito, California estate known as “El Furedis,” but perhaps best known as Tony Montana’s mansion in …

Real Estate

Raekwon, Scarface & Ice Cube Break Down Their Most Difficult Verses

As part of XXLMag.com’s “10 Rappers Break Down The Most Difficult Verses They’ve Ever Written” list, Ice Cube, Raekwon, Scarface, and a handful of …

FBI Admits Its Secret Spy Tool Stingray Disrupts Phone Service

<b>Unsealed Document Exposes FBI – Bureau admits using Stingray Devices to Disrupt Phone Service.</b><p><b>FBI</b>’s Stingray secrecy has been compromised and exposed …

SnoopSnitch — An App That Detects Govt’s Stingray Mobile Trackers

Last week we reported on the <b>Overwatch</b> service that pinpoints every fake cell tower spying and tracking your smartphone. Now we present an Android app …

10 Funk and Jazz Albums You Should Listen to if You Like Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

<b>Kendrick Lamar</b>’s much-praised 2012 major label debut album, <i>good kid, m.A.A.d city</i>, is a shotgun ride through the gang-, gun-, and drug-infested city …

The ABC's of NBA Style Photos | GQ

**A **_is for... _<b>A.I.</b><p>No one dresses like Allen Iverson anymore—you could fit Russell Westbrook's entire wardrobe in one leg of A.I.'s sweatpants. But without him, the NBA wouldn't look half as good as it does today.<p>Allen Iverson may never have been the NBA's clear-cut best player, but in his day …

Basketball

Reasons He Doesn't Want to Have Sex

<b>He's Stressed at Work</b> <br>According to the study, this was the number one reason men reported having a low libido. Really, it's not all that different from how your own body reacts to stress by dampening desire. "When you're stressed and in your head all day, your nervous system is all wound up, your …

The men who uncovered Assyria

<b>Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a</b> …

Archaeology