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The World's Largest Desert Island Is in...Canada?

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores an uninhabited island near the North Pole.<p>The world's tallest unclimbed mountain, as we've seen, is Gangkhar Puensum, on the border between China and Bhutan. But if you're more into sailing than mountain climbing, where is the nautical equivalent of …

Whales

An Arab billionaire shares his explosive views on Obama, Iran, ISIS, and what falling oil prices will do to the Middle East

This is the second year in a row we spoke with this investor.<p>Last year, the investor agreed to answer our questions, but only if we redacted his name and only referred to him as an "Arab" investor and billionaire. We went with the same set up this year so we could get the most honest outlook on …

Middle East

A Brief Overview of Islamic Theology

What follows is strangely enough harder to find than it should be nowadays. Its a brief but holistic overview of what Muslims believe, and is essentially the framework by which Muslims view the universe and existence. Sure, Muslims believe in the Five Pillars, but knowing that alone doesn't really …

Theology

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Etymology

Japan seeks Unesco status for sacred men-only island

Okinoshima, which is off-limits for women, is among five sites being put forward for the UN's World Heritage listings<p>A small Japanese island which refuses access to women is to be nominated by the government as a future Unesco World Heritage site.<p>Okinoshima, a sacred island off the coast of …

How much sex will make me happy?

If you are in a couple, it will make you happiest if you have it once a week. But having it more often won’t increase your happiness<p>You can’t have too much of a good thing, can you? And sex is definitely a good thing. Several studies show that couples are likely to be satisfied with their …

Happiness

Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s efforts to refute standard arguments for theism. These efforts suffer from a variety of logical mistakes. His critique of the cosmological …

Easter Bunny

Jihadism Is Not Nihilism

In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic State, Democrats have fastened on a philosophical term from 19th century European intellectual history. They're being too clever by half.<p>"Extremist nihilism" is what Barack Obama has called ISIS's ideology. In the second Democratic debate, Hillary …

Religion

The Lost Factor in the Buddha's Path to Happiness

It would be easy to assume, given the ways Buddhist practice has been presented to its target market, that it revolves entirely around meditation: Health and well-being books, magazines and websites are lousy with images of smiling young women sitting blissfully on cushions, the sun dappling …

Meditation

The Self-Help Syndrome: Navigating the Overload

Are you one of the many people who is regularly alternating between the piles of self-help books on your nightstand and the ones that are downloaded on your e-reader? Do you thrive on attending inspirational lectures in an attempt to facilitate your need to learn and grow, but come out feeling …

Meditation
College Football

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

I have sex with men but am attracted to women

A woman in her 50s wonders if she’s bisexual. Mariella Frostrup says she’s just the age for experimentation – and suggests she acts on her impulses<p><b>The dilemma</b> <i>I’m in my 50s and female. I have been sexually active with men only, but I had a strange feeling with a girl when I was 14. I was so jealous</i> …

Relationships

Science says lasting relationships come down to 2 basic traits

<i>In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together.</i><p><i>But among couples who not only endure, but live happily together for years and years, the spirit of kindness and generosity guides them forward.</i><p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the …

University of Washington

Australian man who survived in the outback after eating ants says 'they tasted quite good'

Dubbed the “Ant Man”, Australian camel hunter Reginald Foggerdy survived for six days in the remote outback in Western Australia but insisted “I wouldn’t say I’m tough – just lucky"<p>An Australian grandfather who became lost while hunting a camel in the outback and survived for six days after eating …

5 signs you're overworked — and what to do about it

The more dedicated you are, the more solid your standing with your boss and employer.<p>Add to the mix never-ending, pervasive technology and a gadget-centric world that cannot disconnect, and you have the makings for a very un-relaxed society.<p>Did you stay home this summer? In a recent Allianz survey, …

Voice Mail

If You Aren't Meeting Anyone You Like, It's Probably Time to Change Your Routine

<b>2. Drop The Fantasy</b><br>You know that perfect person in your head—the one who has the smile of Bradley Cooper, has the temperament of your beloved grandma, and makes you laugh as hard as you do with your best friend? Forget them, says relationship expert Suzanne Lachmann, Psy.D.<p>"It’s old-fashioned, but …

6 Questions You Seriously Need To Ask Yourself

What is a good life? We spoke to philosopher Mark Rowlands to find out.<p>Life, eh. What it's all about? We might not have the right answers, but we do have some of the right questions.<p>BuzzFeed spoke to Mark Rowlands, a Welsh writer, philosopher, and professor of philosophy at the University of Miami, …

9 Strong Mental Habits That Successful People Never Give Up

Got a bad mental practice you want to break? Don't do it until you see if it's on this list of strong mental habits that successful people never quit.

Here's What Your Boss Should Do to Motivate You

Piling praise on an employee doing difficult, complex work actually robs them of their internal motivation, finds a new study published in the <i>Journal</i> …

Employee Engagement

7 Interview Questions to Help You Assess Emotional Intelligence

Determining who you hire for a job plays a big part in forming your company’s culture and ensuring its future success. Selecting informative …

Emotional Intelligence

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Lawn Mowing

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Success

Everything You Need to Know About Israel's Elections

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for early elections in December, amid opposition within his coalition government, he was poised to …

Israel

I Completed a 30-Day Minimalism Challenge In Order to "Live More Simply" And Have Less Stuff

It is just dawning on me that my life will never look "chic," "effortless," or "minimal." Though I like to think that Future Claire will have a wardrobe of expertly-tailored basics in muted tones — shirts and sweaters in shades like "pebble" and "bone" — I will always be the girl who impulsively …

Minimalism

20 Affordable American Boardwalks

If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, we’ve got some pieces of honky-tonk heaven—from Jersey to …

Netanyahu calls Schumer | US & Canada

Increasingly isolated, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turns to US Senator Chuck Schumer, Israel's leading friend, to enlist his support against President Barack Obama. It's likely their conversation went like this, says Marwan Bishara.<p>BN: Shalom Chuck<p>CS: Hello dearest friend, how's the …

Israel

Haunting Time-Lapses From the End of the Earth

Earth

After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

<i>This is the second in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with Alzheimer's. In part one, Greg O'Brien talked about learning that he had the disease.</i><p>A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, says Greg O'Brien, doesn't mean your life is instantly over. "There is this …

Alzheimer's Disease