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Sautè di cozze (Italian Steamed Mussels)

When we were living in Rome, there was a great little roadside restaurant close by called “Il Cantuccio”. They made a number of dishes well, but one …

5 Amazing Wizard Tricks You Can Do With Basic Math

Math has a lot in common with sorcery: Using vast sources of ancient knowledge passed from generation to generation, it helps us compel the forces of …

6 Negotiating Tactics That Actual Professionals Use

Negotiating is one of those things that many people have a serious aversion to. Whether it's a fear of confrontation, or simply the knowledge that …

Taiwan Eats: Pineapple Cakes (Fung Li Su)

Sweet and fragrant, impressively sized and flamboyant-looking, pineapples carry connotations of royalty in Western culture. Yet in tropical climates where they grow prolifically, people have to get inventive about ways to use them all up. This is certainly the case in Taiwan, where pineapples are …

Taiwan Eats: Braised Cabbage With Dried Shrimp, Chilies, and Shiitake Mushrooms

You've gotta eat your greens, but that doesn't mean they have to be a boring one-dimensional counterpart to a more flavorful, hearty course. In Taiwan, for instance, simple braised cabbage gets a boost from small tidbits of dried shrimp, fresh chilies, and garlic, with a generous sprinkle of …

"Melting Man' Mannan Mondal Searches For Answers

For 50 years, Mannan Mondal has lived with a strange condition that makes it look as if his face is melting.<p>Mondal is known across India as the "melting man," because of the large lumps sagging from his face. He is also missing an eye socket, an ear and most of his teeth.<p>Despite his medical …

Make a Lemon Cake, Use Pistachios & Raspberries for Added Fun

Lemon cake is a classic; we're just gussying it up with raspberries and pistachios.<p>Lemon cake is such a classic; it can't possibly be tastier than it already is. Unless—UNLESS!—you put some more interesting things in it. Like raspberries, or pistachios. Hey! How about both? How about soaking it …

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83 Egg Recipes That We Always Crave

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Interesting Activities for Teaching English Literature in the ESL Classroom | Synonym

English literature provides an excellent source of base material with which to work in an ESL classroom.<p>One of the most effective learning tools in …

The Longest Day

<b>This essay was first published in LIFE D-Day: Remembering the Battle that Won the War–70 Years Later.</b><p>On June 6, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt went to …

What Is Kimchi?

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>Kimchi can be intimidating for the uninitiated, but for Koreans it's the ultimate staple. To get the scoop on understanding kimchi we turned to the host of The Cooking Channel's <i>Korean Food Made Simple</i>, Judy Joo. We had Joo walk us …

10 Reasons Why Adults Who Play Video Games Are Happier

Recent studies have shown that adults who play video games have higher levels of happiness, and in some cases relaxation, as a result of their gaming.<p>…

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'Far Cry 4' Coming This Fall

Ubisoft announced the next installment in the popular <i>Far Cry</i> franchise today.<p>During the publisher’s earnings conference call, Ubisoft announced that <i>Far Cry 4</i> would launch on November 18th, 2014. The French publisher is billing the game as a sequel to 2012′s <i>Far Cry 3</i>.<p>This time around, players will …

10 best Android keyboards

For many people, the default keyboard that comes on their devices is passable. It is usually either the stock Android keyboard or the OEM keyboard from Samsung, LG, etc. However, those are not your only options. There are a variety of third party keyboard apps for Android that have all sorts of …

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How to tell you are a good liar in five seconds

A clever trick for testing the truthfulness of your nearest and dearest<p>Ever wondered if you friends, family or work colleagues are telling you little white lies?<p>Here's a handy way to test them. All you need is five seconds and a bit of hand-eye coordination - you can even try it out on …

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25 Free Flower Crochet Patterns

Who doesn’t love free flower crochet patterns? With Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week just around the corner, now is the perfect time to …

Transformable Murphy Bed Over Sofa Systems That Save Up On Ample Space

Decorating a small space can indeed be challenging, and if you are not disciplined with your purchases, it can quickly turn into a nightmare! But …

Satellite eye on Earth: April 2014 – in pictures

Antarctica's crumbling glaciers, Argentina's guitar forest and a 621-mile dust storm over Sahara are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites

Reddit Goes Bananas Over Little Boy's Curious Request

Sometimes, it only takes a piece of fruit and a hungry kid to create a new meme.<p>A curious and hungry young boy named Carter knocked on his neighbor's …

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10 Genius Ways to Use a Muffin Tin

You may never use it to make muffins again.<p>Chances are, you use your muffin tin pretty infrequently—and probably only to bake muffins or cupcakes. But the pan is actually quite versatile; put it to good use with these creative ideas from some of our favorite food bloggers:<p>Skinnytaste<p><b>Whip Up</b> …

10 Beautiful and Engaging Sensory Art Activities for Toddlers

I’m so excited to write this post. We do soooo many engaging and absolutely beautiful sensory art activities for toddlers at our home, especially …

The Perfect Homemade Chicken Nugget (Gluten-Free, Paleo Recipe)

I have always been proud of my Paleo "Chick-fil-A" nugget recipe from a couple years back, and it has definitely been a hit with readers. If fact, I'm sure a few of you stumbled upon my little blog because of them. But to be honest, I've never been satisfied with the texture of the nuggets …

Cold-Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate

Cold brew goes down easy, but watch out: This is high-octane stuff. For a clear liquid, use coarsely ground coffee. (Finely ground beans make for a cloudier drink.)<p>Ingredients<p>12 ounces coarsely ground fresh coffee beans<p>Milk (optional)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Place ground coffee in a large container. …

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How to Encourage Young Children to Start Talking and Expressing Themselves

The Child Study Centre at NYU Medical Centre states that "from the first day of life to the first day in kindergarten, a child grows at a phenomenal pace that is unequalled at any other time of life. It is during these years that the brain undergoes its most dramatic growth. Language blossoms, …

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5 Creepy Things You Won't Believe Animals Are Learning to Do

In a world filled with terrifying monsters, we humans are lucky that most of the things that want to eat us follow a pretty predictable set of rules. …

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How to Make a Vinaigrette Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Food52's Associate Editor Kenzi Wilbur holds vinaigrettes near and dear to her heart. This is how she makes</i> …

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Make a Bowl of Dan Dan Noodles

What happens when you mix traditional Chinese food and Tex-Mex? A damn good meal<p>There are good food combinations and there are bad food combinations. Examples of bad food combinations are endless, evidenced most recently by the Dr. Moreau-like fast food hybrids of Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco and …