Shannon Ronquille

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Sardinia's top 10 beaches: white sands and turquoise waters

Even in a country where gorgeous beaches are two a penny, the Italians admit that those in Sardinia are particularly <i>bellissima</i>. The island regularly tops polls of the world’s best beaches, with <i>spiagge</i> ranging from the rugged, cliff-backed coves of the east to the dune-flanked strands of the …

Jasen nature reserve: Macedonia’s secret getaway

Deep in the Balkans, this grandiosely named nature reserve might just be the best-kept secret among Europe’s national parks. Home to the rare Balkan chamois (wild goat) and endangered Eurasian lynx, Macedonia’s Jasen is one of the region’s most ecologically significant areas. While there are no …

Eight must-see spots in Iceland's wild west

Iceland’s tourism boom is bringing planeloads of happy explorers to popular routes like the Golden Circle. Yet just one hour north of Reykjavík, grand West Iceland remains off the beaten track.<p>It unfurls in a spectacular array of ice caves, lava tubes and open sea, while its petite towns offer …

USA's top 10 natural wonders

The third biggest country on earth, the USA packs spectacular biodiversity within its borders. Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, you’ll encounter hot desert playas and plateaus, skyscraping mountain ranges topped by glaciers, rolling grasslands where millions of bison once roamed, tropical …

Nemo Special Ops Underwater Drill

Sporting an all-black paintjob and completely devoid of logos, the Nemo Special Ops Underwater Drill was made for use by special forces — but that …

Why People Pay to Feel Scared

A sociologist studies the allure of haunted houses.<p>People have been scaring each other on purpose for a while—ghost stories are part of many oral traditions—but the history of paying others to get scared is a bit shorter. One early instance of commodified fear dates back to the mid-1700s, when …

The Walking Dead

A genetic mutation makes these cats look like werewolves

This new breed of cat, which strongly resembles an itty bitty mythical shapeshifter, has this wolf-like appearance because of a mistake in its DNA.<p>This mistake has interrupted — or in some cases stopped altogether — hair growth, leaving Lykois with a quintessential scraggly and patchy …

No bats, no margaritas: the story behind Halloween’s ultimate spooky symbols

When it comes to Halloween mascots, bats rank right up there with ghosts, vampires and other things that go bump in the night. But much like the brooding Gotham superhero they inspired, bats are the misunderstood protectors of society.<p>These winged mammals have unfairly come to embody all that is …

Halloween: 10 of the best apps to spook on your smartphone

It’s that time of year when things go bump in the night. Spooky things, obviously, rather than just your partner/neighbour/cat thumping the wall in anger when they fail at a Candy Crush Saga level, which is a year-round thing.<p>Yes, Halloween is here with its army of ghosts, witches, werewolves, …

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13 scary new books to make Halloween spookier

Want something spooky to read this Halloween? Never fear.<p>For readers from tiny tots to serious scholars, we've collected 13 recent books that explore the creepy, the frightening, and the world of the dead. Here's our list:<p><b>1. "Perchance to Dream" by Charles Beaumont</b> (Penguin Classics, $16 paper). …

The 25 best horror movies since 2000

Ask horror-movie buffs to name their favorite decade for the genre, and you’ll likely receive a variety of answers. The ’30s had several of …

Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?

Fear old women in fairy tales. For as long as people have been telling stories, crones have been scaring the wits out of children. But why does the face of evil so often belong to an old woman?<p>Typecasting is one explanation. "What do we have? Nags, witches, evil stepmothers, cannibals, ogres. It's …

Spooky Travels! 14 Haunted Hotels Around the World

The Best Horror Movie Monsters

Halloween isn’t just for trick-or-treating and haunted houses, it’s the most appropriate time to binge-watch classic horror movies. Grantland has taken some of the trouble out of finding the perfect film with their comprehensive “Best Horror-Movie Monsters” list. The monsters chosen had to pass …

Horror

Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward exhibition presents futuristic garments

Garments that present different futures for fashion by designers including Viktor&Rolf, Hussein Chalayan and Iris van Herpen are on show at …

The Science Behind "Goosebumps"

With Halloween upon us, there’s likely a hair-raising situation waiting to give you goosebumps, chicken skin or make your skin crawl. Those might seem like silly terms, but they all come from the fact that, when we’re scared (or cold), muscles tug at our hair follicles, causing our hair to raise …

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Clever Illustrations Playfully Reveal the "True" Meanings of Idioms

Idioms are a clever way to convey emotions and make comparisons, but what if you aren't sure of what they're supposed to mean? Keren Rosen imagines the literal, true definitions of idioms in a playful ongoing project. The simple, cartoonish images break down the meaning of each word and illustrate …

Circular Framed Planters Add Living Art to Your Walls | Colossal

<p>A floral designer and gardner, Kim Fisher has moved the pleasures of garden creation indoors, producing vertical planters that decorate the wall …