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Two Sad Ironies In Florida Passing Its 'Anti-Science' Law

It is officially called Florida House Bill 989, and it was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott on June 26th, 2017 after passing both chambers of the house. According to the National Center for Science Education’s website:<p>With the law now in place, any county resident — not just any …

Climate Change

A former comedy scout explains how to tell a good story at a party

If only they could hear themselves drone on. It's like watching an amateur comedian bomb onstage.<p>When I was a comedy scout in New York, I got to see plenty of this public masochism, and learned more about storytelling from people who bombed than people who killed.<p>The great comics make it look easy, …

Public Speaking

3 New Takes on the Old Fashioned

When it comes to iconic cocktails, there is none more beloved than the Old Fashioned. Hell, even the name is classic sounding. According to Robert …

Boost Your Confidence In Social Situations With the "60 Seconds" Game

Sometimes finding your confidence is as simple as breaking the ice. The next time you’re at a conference, party, or other social event, try this game …

Make a Fish Hook Out of a Zipper, and More Useful Survival Tips

If you’re lost in the wild and in dire need of food, you can make a fish hook out of something you’re almost guaranteed to have on you.<p>In this video …

Need an Instant Happiness Boost? Science Has a Dead-Simple Suggestion | Inc.com

Sometimes it's just one of those days--the traffic was terrible, your meeting went poorly, your new client is proving insane, even your hair isn't looking its best.<p>When the world is piling on reasons for grumpiness, it can feel like the only thing to do is crawl into bed and hope for better luck …

Happiness

40 of the Best Street Photos of 2016 by Photographers Around the World

2016 was a very interesting year for street photography. It seems that more and more color work is getting popular. Especially in scenes with high …

2017 Super Bowl prop bets: 51 wacky things you can bet on for Patriots vs. Falcons

The Super Bowl offers a great opportunity to bet on different things<p>It wouldn't be a Super Bowl without some crazy prop bets. Here are the 51 …

NFL

39 of Donald Trump's Most Unbelievable Tweets

Consider this the highlight reel.<p>Donald Trump loves Twitter. The new POTUS has been tweeting his ~thoughts~ for years and taking office as president hasn't slowed him down much. Here's a look back at some gems from Trump's Twitter account that you may have forgotten.<p>His allegations about Barack …

If You Include These 5 Habits In Your Life, You Can Hugely Boost Your Confidence

A lack of confidence will hinder progress. Read which habits will help you cultivate confidence to achieve your personal best definition of success

How To Use Moral Reframing To Persuade Conservatives To Support Immigration

To make a convincing argument, try give up your own ideas about why an issue is important and instead think about the values of the person you’re arguing with.<p>If you’ve ever tried to convince an opinionated relative to shift a political opinion, you were probably doing it wrong (and it probably …

Same-sex Marriage

Your Answer to This Question Will Determine Your Success in Life | Inc.com

Your time on this beautiful planet is brief.<p>The more consciously awake you become, the more you realize how short life really is.<p>You have no time to waste on pursuits that aren't taking you where you want to go.<p>If there is any form of internal conflict at all in the decisions you are making, you …

Motivation

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller charts. The book’s chilling account of a couple’s struggle against a dystopian society has many elements that will strike a contemporary reader as disturbingly …

Donald Trump

A Look at the Creative Work of X-Ray Photographer Nick Veasey

Photographer Nick Veasey has made a name for himself by photographing large objects using X-Rays instead of visible light. The 6-minute video above …

Trump silences government scientists with gag orders

Employees at Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture are affected<p>Less than a week after the inauguration, the Trump administration has already gagged employees at two federal agencies. Memos obtained by various media outlets show that scientists at the Environmental Protection …

Obama Administration

Al Franken Mocks the Trump Administration's Lie About Inauguration Crowd Size

The senator also shared his thoughts on the inaugural address, the Women's March, and Betsy DeVos.<p>Only in Washington, D.C. does the crowd go wild for a U.S. senator.<p>At the Women’s March on Washington after-party Saturday night, hosted by Funny or Die and benefiting Planned Parenthood, Al Franken, …

Jerry Rice Wearing A Popeyes Chicken Helmet In A New Commercial Obviously Isn’t Going Over Well

Jerry Rice broke the hearts of Black Twitter last year when he came out as an “All Lives Matter” guy in his criticism of Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem. The legendary 49er later changed his tune and apologized for the tweet while also supporting Kaep for “bringing awareness for …

The fantastical magicians' posters that hypnotized turn of the century audiences

Magician posters<p>Hocus, pocus, come to this show-cus!<p>c. 1915<p>Through the late 1800s, magic shows occupied American stages alongside traveling circuses …

Do big eyes mean big brains? Quiz

<b>What do the size of your pupils say about your intelligence? Rather a lot, according to a study from last year at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Try this simple experiment and find out.</b><p>Find a room that is well-lit, but not overly bright, and don’t think about anything in particular. To …

Psychology

Science Says Listening to These 5 Songs Will Make You Remarkably Happy | Inc.com

For as long as sound has existed, music has always been tied to deep emotion in all living beings. It's one of the stimuli that are most likely to evoke a memory or intense reaction, one of the strange phenomena that allow humans to access a different mental or emotional space than the one they …

Brain Imaging

Animal photos of the year 2016

Downing Street

Scientists say your personality can be deconstructed into 5 basic traits

The test — the International Personality Item Pool, available online in both long and short versions— rates you on five personality traits, known to psychologists as the "Big Five."<p>You can remember them using the acronym OCEAN: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, …

Psychology

15 "Starts and Stops" That All People In Their 20s Should Put On Their New Year Goal List

List-Worthy

6 Science-Backed Tips to Impress Everyone You Meet

We've all been there. Sitting across from someone we admire, crippled with anxiety because we don't want to do or say the wrong thing, and knowing …

Body Language

9 Things You Need To Stop Doing If You Want To Be Successful

Earl Nightingale, American motivational speaker and author, once said, “We become what we think about.” Perhaps truer words have never been spoken. …

Motivation

2017 College Football Recruits Who Ultimately Could Contend for Heisman Trophy

Link to Media<p>If the 2016 Heisman Trophy race taught us anything, it's that contenders take a variety of paths to award consideration. Among the five finalists who attended last Saturday's ceremony in New York City, only one—Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers—was considered a composite 5-star …

College Football

9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along

Already taking a trip or just planning your next one? These tips will help you save time, money and sanity.<p>Travel can be tricky. Did you pay too much for that flight? Forget to pack some important items? What happens if your flight is delayed or canceled?<p>As always, knowledge is power. The more you …

Travel Deals

A vegan chain you've never heard of is expanding nationwide — and that should scare McDonald's

Steve Heeley, the CEO of the healthy fast-casual chain Veggie Grill, is betting that its burgers taste as good — or even better — than McDonald's Big Macs.<p>There's one big difference between the two: the former is 100% vegan. Veggie Grill's burgers are made of pea protein, while its "chicken" …

NASA scientist warns Earth is due for an 'extinction-level event'

In news certain to take the bounce out of your step, a NASA scientist says Earth is due for an "extinction-level" event that we basically would have …

Space Travel

6 Overused Phrases and What They Reveal About Your Writing

One of the most difficult things for authors to do is improve the tone or style of our writing. Tone especially is a nebulous, hard-to-define quality …

Writing