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Amazing, surreal science fiction photo-collages

Good photo-collages are pretty easy to make, just contrasting things in ways that are quirky and eye-catching. But <i>great</i> photo-collages are hard, and …

The Bookshelves of Famous People [INFOGRAPHIC]

<b>Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A man is known by the books he reads.”</b><p>The infographic “You Are What You Read: Bookshelves of Famous People,” created …

8 Skills You Can Learn in 60 Seconds

You can spend the next minute scrolling through Instagram if you want—or you can pick up a potentially handy skill.<p>You can spend the next minute scrolling through Instagram if you want—or you can pick up a potentially handy skill.

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A romance game that feels like playing a Jane Austen novel

If you've ever wanted to experience the romance, gossip, and tragic social misunderstandings of an Austen heroine, <i>Regency Love</i> is a visual novel made …

Relationships

What Superheroes Would Do if They Were Regular People?

<b>What do superheroes eat for lunch and who do they sit with?</b> How do superhero men deal with a mouse? Does the Hulk play hopscotch?<p>Edy Hardjo answers …

'Alarm Clock Philosophies': An Illustration of the Different Types of Snoozers [INFOGRAPHIC]

<b>What do you do each morning when your alarm goes off?</b> Do you prefer to snooze for a few minutes or even for a few hours? Are you inclined to wake up …

The United States of Alcohol [MAP]

<b>Does your state drink more beer or wine?</b> Or do you and your neighbors tend to quench your thirst with hard liquor?<p>Wine blog VinePair created “The …

25+ Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World

Though they are losing ground to the e-book and the audio book, libraries were once central hubs of human intellectual progress. There's something …

The Dude Is Now an Official Part of American Heritage

The Big Lebowski will be preserved for all time by the Library of Congress.<p><b>From now on,</b> The Dude is more than welcome to sip White Russians in the Library of Congress. That's because <i>The Big Lebowski</i> is one of 25 new films to officially become part of its National Film Registry—meaning the film will …

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Billy Collins’s 1998 poem “Marginalia” is a tribute to the things people scrawl in books—“splayed footprints along the shore of the page.” Few people, Collins notes, “have managed to graduate from college / without ever having written ‘Man vs. Nature.’ ” He was probably not talking about Oxford …

10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …

What I've Learned from My Pathetic Crushes

Crushes are fucking pathetic, but they've made me the person I am today.<p><i>Illustrations by Penelope Gazin</i><p>Crushes are immense but ultimately pointless feelings for someone you barely know, and I've had plenty of them. In the past, some of my crushes were so intense I felt like I was bordering on …

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There's a Dating Website Just for People Who Work with Dead Bodies

Gravediggers and coroners need love too.<p><i>Carla Valentine, who runs Dead Meet, the dating website for people who work in the "death industry."</i><p>If you asked my eight-year-old self what the most romantic film moment in existence was, it'd be any scene with Gomez and Morticia in <i>The Addams Family,</i> …

Medical Education

Unearthing Jill Reiter's Lost Riot Grrrl Film

We talked to the New York filmmaker about her never-before-seen DIY film starring Kathleen Hanna.<p><i>Kathleen Hanna and Jill Reiter in In 'Search of Margo-Go'</i><p>The birth of the riot grrrl movement in the 1990s saw an uprising of politically charged punk bands like Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear, and Bratmobile, …

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Ever Wondered What Goths Wear to the Beach?

A lot of thought goes into staying that pale.<p><i>Sasha Louise at Kim West Latex top, Topman Design pants</i><p><b>PHOTOGRAPHY:</b> ALEX DE MORA<p><b>STYLING:</b> BETH RIVETT<p><b>Make-up:</b> Oonah Anderson using MAC Cosmetics<p><b>Hair:</b> Shiori Takahashi using Bumble and bumble<p><b>Model:</b> Aris Schwabe at Nevs<p><i>Under jacket and pants</i><p><i>James Pilcher at</i> …

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We Talked to the Director of 'Dear White People' About Race, Identity, and Black Cinema

After launching scores of think pieces this summer, <i>Dear White People</i> is actually in theaters and it's one of the most thoughtful films about race in a long time. Writer/director Justin Simien chatted with us about his thoughts on a third way in...<p><i>Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions</i><p><i>Dear</i> …

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The Second Dark Times Coffee Conference

Next Saturday in the capital of Lithuania, a unique inspiration-driven coffee conference called “Dark Times” will take place for its second year in a …

Coffee

University of California Considering Coffee Degree – Dear Coffee, I Love You.

The University of California, Davis is considering the potential of a degree in coffee sometime in the near future. The university recently opened …