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427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive

As my mother always said: "Fake it 'til you make it."

The rise and rise of Yorkshire's food and drink scene

The humble Yorkshire pudding may be its greatest culinary claim to fame, but England’s largest county is becoming increasingly sophisticated and experimental in the kitchen. Yorkshire’s award-winning produce is grown amid the dales and plucked from the North Sea to supply fiercely local delis and …

England

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.<p>The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding …

Pregnancy

Runaways took its fresh look at superheroes straight from the comics

It’s rare to see a superhero adaptation about characters whose comics aren’t decades old — here’s why it matters<p>Superheroes are a huge part of the 21st century pop culture landscape, but the characters spotlighted in TV and film generally weren’t actually created in the 21st century. Virtually …

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Bill Clinton

Bob Dylan Finally Gave His Required Nobel Prize Lecture. Here It Is.

"I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful," Dylan started his lecture.<p>“Bob Dylan” the public artist is a cryptic puzzle. As some scholars may spend years piecing together an understanding of dead languages or obsolete technologies, those with similar Don Quixote-esque tendencies may try …

​This 30-Minute Workout Hurts So Good

​Do it once or twice a week for #gains.<p>You might complain when your body is can’t-get-off-the-toilet sore, but deep down, you know you love it. That's 'cause that hurts-so-good feeling is evidence that you’ve successfully initiated change on a muscular level, as your torn up muscle fibers work hard …

A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week, Has Benefits for Dementia

Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study’s findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of …

Humanity

25 Secret European Villages

The charm of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland, is the not-quite-here, not-quite-there, lost-in-time feel of the place. To …

European Travel

9 magical Europe travel destinations you’ve probably never heard of

While most tourists flock to Europe’s main attractions of Paris, London, and Rome, there are many other beautiful hidden gems around the continent …

11 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

Although mindfulness isn’t new—it’s rooted in Buddhist tradition—it only gained popularity in the West over the past few decades. And most recently, …

The Best Blog Photography Tips (+128 Free Images)

“You never really know a person until you see things from his point of view…climb into his skin and walk around in it,” says Atticus in one of my …

Landscape Photography

9 Great American Train Journeys too Epic to miss

There’s no need to get on an anti-septic flight or a tiring driving trip to get an amazing travel experience. Why not make the most of the best kept …

25 secret European villages everyone should visit in their lifetime

A few winters ago, my family and I checked into a restored 17th-century estate in the tiny town of Lower Monferrato, in Piedmont, Italy. Our bay window looked out onto rolling hills covered in grapevines and, far, far in the landscape, the snow-topped Alps. No cars passed the cypress-dotted …

ACLU launches website for anyone that wants to join the resistance

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) saw a flood of donations as Americans took up the resistance to Donald Trump just weeks into his …

Rights & Freedoms

9 Incredible Countries Where You Can Live for Under $1,000 a Month

Travel widely enough, and you'll notice something about the Americans you encounter abroad. While the people I know in the States are too often …

Get Smarter in 2017. Here are 5 Places to Educate Yourself Online (for Free)

Knowledge is power.<p>What do you want to learn more about this year? Nanotechnology? Virtual reality? Bitcoin? How to protect democracy?<p>According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And …

Albert Einstein

Seven incredible adventures you can have in a weekend

Have your weekends been a little lacklustre of late? You don't need to use up all your annual leave to have a real adventure – you'd be surprised how much you can squeeze into a couple of days.<p>From bear watching to bobsledding, these trips will do the trick. They start on a Thursday or Friday and …

The world's best sailing trips, according to you

This week's winning letter:<p>Going with flow paid off<p>I needed a new hobby when an advertisement caught my eye about sailing in Greece – no experience necessary, just an ability to swim. Feeling intrepid, I booked and went with the flow.<p>On arrival, I was allocated a berth on a smart yacht with another …

5 Ways Belize Is the Reset You Need

Photo by sara lupini/Flickr<p>San Pedro<p>Still waiting for that “new year, new you” feeling to kick in? Belize might be just the fuel you need.<p>Belize is a …

These European destinations have the best accommodation prices for each month of 2017

With so many places to go and things to see, a trip around Europe can be a pricey endeavour. But with a bit of planning – and a month-by-month list of the best destinations for affordable accommodation – a trip around the continent could be within your grasp this year.<p>Booking.com has released a …

European Travel

The 12 cheapest holiday destinations in Europe for couples

With that in mind, a new report from Post Office Travel Money released today has unearthed the cheapest tourist hotspots in Europe.<p>To produce the ranking, Post Office Travel Money calculated several expenses for food and drink — including a three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine, a bottle …

The 12 Best Travel Sites And Apps You Need Right Now

Planning just got WAY easier.<p>It’s a new year, which means it’s time to start planning your next life-changing trip. But with so many options to choose from and so little time to plan, you’re gonna need some assistance.<p>Behold 12 of our favorite travel sites, popular with travel bloggers and …

Stunning images from the official opening of Europe's first underwater museum

The amazing Museo Atlantico, Europe’s first underwater museum, has officially been completed.<p>The museum consists of more than 300 works created by British sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor, which can be explored by divers or seen from glass-bottomed boats. Located off the coast of Lanzarote, it acts …

Sculpture

Europe's first underwater museum opens off Lanzarote

Museo Atlántico will be inaugurated on 10 January as artist Jason deCaires Taylor completes his monumental underwater sculpture work, featuring more than 300 life-size human figures. All photographs: Jason deCaires Taylor and CACT Lanzarote

Art

Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

Natural Gas

Fantasy-Inspired Portraits of Strong Women in Seattle Woodlands

Enter Kindra Nikole's wild imagination in her dreamy photographs.<p>Inspired by creepy films, fantasy novels, and greats like Neil Gaiman, Hayao Miyazaki, Kurt Vonnegut, and Lewis Carroll, Seattle-based photographer Kindra Nikole takes empowering images of women imbued with Photoshop magic. She turns …

Sketching

This man is travelling to every country in the world without ever getting on a plane

Thor Pedersen wanted to travel the world, but flying seemed too simple. Opting instead for a real challenge, the 38-year old Danish citizen is visiting every country on earth, sailing between continents and islands via container ship.<p>Pedersen began his journey on 10 October, 2013, and over three …

The 20 best destinations to visit in 2017

From the charms of Chile to glorious Granada and the beaches of Bermuda, our experts select the 20 best destinations to visit in the coming months.<p>1. Chile<p>If Brazil owned South American travel last year, Chile takes over for 2017. Slowly, methodically, the continent’s most overlooked wonderland has …