Ruth Kongaika

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Autistic boy, 9, left with plank of wood and nail IMPALED in his head after attack by cruel bullies

Bullies left an autistic boy with a piece of wood nailed to his head.<p>Romeo Smith, nine, was targeted after falling behind his family as they walked …

Crime

The 7 most amazing hands-on cooking experiences in France you need to try

A visit to France is not complete without devoting much of your time in the country to savoring its cuisine, which gifted to the world such …

The 8 scariest airports to fly into

Hurdling through the sky in a big metal tube can be traumatic with or without complications. Add in a good dose of turbulence or an unusually rocky …

Airports

US citizens from certain states will need a passport to travel domestically in just two months

If you’re not a hard-core globetrotter, but still enjoy exploring the national parks throughout the year, flying to Vegas for the weekend, or have …

United States

It’s time to stop hugging koalas when you go to Australia

Australian wildlife ranges from the utterly terrifying, like the deadly inland taipan, to the impossibly cute, like the bumbling wombat. But of all …

After Traveling to 25 Countries, I Can Tell You These Are the Only 11 Phrases You Need to Get By

<i>This story originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.</i><p>There are more than 6,000 languages in the world, but the vast majority of people won't learn …

27 of the Best Beach Captions and Quotes for Instagram

There’s really nothing better than a relaxing summer afternoon spent lounging on the beach. But one thing that can elevate your seaside vacation is a …

Social Media

Costco Employees Share 25 Things They'd Love to Tell Shoppers but Can't

<i>This story originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.</i><p>Costco membership comes with some obvious perks — namely, access to the retail chain and its …

These islands have totally been taken over by hordes of animals

There’s just something about animals — the more of them there are, the cuter they get. These islands around the world will send you into cuteness …

The quirkiest passport covers around the world, and the stories behind them

The design of a passport can say a lot about the country it represents. The coats of arms often gold gilded on the cover, the colors used, or even …

10 Icelandic habits we should all adopt

1. Letting babies sleep outside in freezing temperatures.<p>For generations, Icelandic babies have napped outside in freezing temperatures. Today, it’s …

22 tourist complaints that will leave you speechless [INFOGRAPHIC]

Everyone has a talent, as weird or underrated as it might be. Some people master the art of complaining and, while they can do it about anything, …

The literal translation of places in the United States and Canada [INFOGRAPHIC]

We take names for granted and hardly ever think about their origin, but there’s a lot to be learned just by digging a bit deeper into where they come …

A mini guide to London slang

LONDON — home to a melting pot of <i>chavs</i>, <i>toffs</i>, and rude boys, all talking in slang and sarcasm. Just don’t say these to anyone in the tube or the lift …

Oxford University

How to visit the pink lakes of Las Coloradas

LAS COLORADAS is a small town located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The town is well known for its pink lakes. These lakes were built by the …

7 German habits we should all adopt

Thinking about moving to Germany? If so, prepare yourself to embrace some of the coolest – and sometimes weird German habits.<p>1. Leave empty bottles …

Jackets

Mapped: the US population’s ancestry

THE US Census Bureau collected the data gathered from the ancestry/ethnic origins question of the 2000 US Census and created the map below.<p>The Census …

How to piss off a Scot

THOSE OF US lucky enough to live in “God’s Country” inhabit a natural theatre where — if the stereotypes are to be believed — kilts and shaggy cattle …

Loch Ness

The 16 funniest expressions in Hawaii (and how to use them)

1. Locals don’t cheer when they’re excited, they shout, “Chee hoo!”<p>2. When everything is all messed up, things are definitely “hamajang.”<p>3. You don’t …

Parenting Alone

Parenting Alone<p>Updated on February 18, 2018<p>Children of single parents have been found to develop emotional and psychological problems. They also feel …

My Conversion Story

My Conversion Story<p>Updated on January 24, 2017<p>I was born and raised in Utah. When I was 21, I met my husband at a dance. He and his cousins were …

My Orbital Decompression Surgery Nightmare

My Orbital Decompression Surgery Nightmare<p>Updated on February 10, 2017<p>Going Blind?<p>One of my greatest fears in life is losing my sight. I am an …

My Baptism Day

The day I got baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My impressions and memories of that day.

I Wish I had Learned Effective Parenting Skills Earlier

I Wish I had Learned Effective Parenting Skills Earlier<p>Updated on March 3, 2017<p>Different Parenting Styles<p>Our children were raised in a multicultural …

The Art of Music

The Art of Music<p>Updated on March 13, 2018<p>Full Circle<p>I feel like I have come full circle. For the first 21 years of my life I lived in Utah. Since we …

Best Beauty Tips for Women

Best Beauty Tips for Women<p>Updated on February 19, 2017<p><b>These are the best inside tips from top makeup, hair, and skin experts.</b><p>Makeup:<p>Change to a sheer …

Nutritional Supplementation vs. Our Biological Individuality

Nutritional Supplementation vs. Our Biological Individuality<p>Updated on March 16, 2018<p><b>A Benevolent Enterprise</b><p>I hope that you are not expecting from …

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Free, Easy Exercises for Your Teens to get in Shape

Let's begin with . . .<p>10.) Elbow/Forearm Flex is probably the easiest exercise a teenager can do. All that the teen does is hold out each arm, squat …