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6 Volunteer Vacations to Experience

Yes, staying in a luxury hotel and parking your bum on the beach makes for an enjoyable getaway, but what if you're looking for a trip that's more meaningful? Innovative companies are unveiling enticing voluntourism (volunteer tourism) opportunities in a variety of locations, giving travelers the …

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Guardian Film Awards: longlist focus - best picture

The Guardian Film Awards were launched last week. Their aim: to act as an antidote to the usual slate of ceremonies. Their method: to cook up slightly different categories, and to involve readers in the voting.<p>A brief recap, for those who missed last week's story. We've launched longlists of 10 …

Revealed: 2013's top 20 viewed articles on Wikipedia - Telegraph

Father and Daughter Beautifully Recreate Wedding Photos of Late Mother

Father and daughter Ben and Olivia lost Olivia's mother, Ali, when Olivia was just one-year-old to a rare form of lung cancer. This November, after two years of being on a “rollercoaster of emotions” Ben decided to move out of their Cincinnati home that they had lived in with Olivia's late mother. …

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17 Hearty Recipes To Warm Your Gluten-Free Winter

No meat, no wheat. But that doesn't mean you can't eat delicious things all season long!

Male and female brains: the REAL differences

Unless you’ve been trapped in a lead-lined sensory-deprivation chamber this week, you’ve probably heard about the recent study that “confirms” the differences between the brains of men and women. Confirmed is in inverted commas because it’s very easy to “confirm” even the most surreal of notions …

A Holiday Photo Book That Puts Families In An 'Awkward' Position

In 2009, Mike Bender was horrified to find that his mother had hung a particularly embarrassing family photo.<p>"It was a vacation photo. It was my dad's 50th birthday. I was 13," he says. "My dad had my brother and I do a Rockette's kick with our skis. We were on top of a mountain, right by the lift, …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

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15 New Shopping Sites You'll Want to Spend Your Entire Day On

Because of Amazon Prime and an Internet-related job, most of my transactions occur virally. I've learned that while shopping online has become commonplace, common doesn't have to describe the options we browse on a daily basis. Thanks to indie online boutiques and online marketplaces, there's more …

Vintage Slang Terms For Being Drunk Are Hilarious A Century Later

Do you think that people didn't get wasted back in ye olden tymes?<p>You're right. But they did occasionally drink enough beer, wine and liquor to get loaded, topheavy, boryeyed, moory and podgy.<p>All are listed in an amazing sidebar of synonyms for "drunk" published in the St. Louis Republic on June …

10 Things Every Woman and Man Over 40 Should Know

Ronit Cohen shares her life lessons. What should a woman always have in her purse, and what must a man never talk about? Here are ten things every woman over 40 should know<p>1. A good $40 push-up bra will give you the same look as a $15,000 boob job.<p>2. At our age, buns (of steel) and six-pack (abs) …

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The Birth Control Pill Has Become a Widely Prescribed Cure-All... But What About the Drawbacks?

Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.<p>When my gynecologist said I needed to go on birth control pills at age 14, my feminist mother rejoiced. I'd been missing several days …

The Best Dogs in Costume at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Saturday saw the 23rd Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, a competitive yet friendly gathering of miraculously well-behaved pets, comparatively monstrous human children, and the adults who dragged them all there. Despite the dog parade’s emphasis on interspecies intermingling, much of the media …

Loving Husband Documents Every Stage of Wife’s Battle with Breast Cancer

<i>The Battle We Didn't Choose</i> is a powerful collection of images by photographer and loving husband Angelo Merendino, documenting his wife Jennifer's battle with breast cancer. Their story begins like your typical “boy meets girl” love story with Angelo mustering up the courage to reveal his feelings …

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Fringe Factor: South Carolina Mayor Won’t Apologize for Anti-Gay Rant

An Alabama state legislator wants to castrate child molesters and more from the fringe this week. By Caitlin Dickson.<p><b>South Carolina Mayor Doesn’t</b> …

30 Epic Places You Absolutely Must Visit Before You're 30

Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life.<p>If you were to visit each of these …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …