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Endurance Starvation Was Once a Crowd-Pleasing Sport

While Greece and England were trying to revive the Olympics, the rest of the Western world was obsessed with hunger artists.<p>David Blaine suspended in …

How Flower-Obsessed Victorians Encoded Messages in Bouquets

Victorians used flowers a lot like we use emoji.<p>A Victorian-era print of a bouquet of roses. (Photo: Boston Public Library/CC BY 2.0)<p>Imagine for a …

The Weirdest Superstitions From 13 Countries

“No, dude! Don’t step on the cracks in the sidewalk! It’s bad luck!”<br>– George Washington<p>I’m a child of parents who married on Friday the 13th, and was …

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Mom Offended by Toy Packaging Inspires Change

A run-of-the-mill trip to Toys "R" Us is resulting in a big change at toy giant Fisher-Price.<p>Gina Zuk Gerber, a Baltimore mom of two and public …

1,300-Year-Old Antidepressant Pills Discovered in Ancient Center for Drug Production in Turkey

Seven hundred small glass and ceramic bottles containing ancient medicines have been discovered during excavations in Turkey. The medications include …

Those Lips! Those Eyes! That Stubble! The Transformative Power of Men in Makeup

My favorite person on Instagram these days is a guy who matches his makeup to his snacks.<p>His name is Tim Owens, but online he goes by Skelotim, and he is a bald, perma-stubbled man who knows his way around a contour kit. Last week, he posted a video of himself applying dark purple eye shadow, …

Two Words That Can Change a Life, by Cheryl Rice

Is it possible that two words can change someone’s day, someone’s life? What if those same two words could change the world? Well, I’m on a quest to …

Traveling Through Transylvania With ‘Dracula’ as a Guide

Is it possible to use Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel to explore Romania?<p>Nighttime in Transylvania is as atmospherically spooky as you would hope it would …

In pictures: Sculptures return to the Sydney seaside - BBC News

Getty Images<p>The free event is expected to draw more than half a million visitors to the coastal walk between the Bondi and Tamarama beaches.<p>Getty Images<p>The work of more than 100 artists from 17 countries features in the outdoor cultural event, now in its 20th year.<p>Getty Images<p>The event has no …

Is Sleep Music a Real Genre?

Tunes for the unconscious are a hot music trend. But how do you assess songs you sleep through?<p>Entrepreneurs recently developed a pillow that plays …

Sleep 'resets' brain connections crucial for memory and learning, study reveals

Discovery that sleeplessness causes neurons to become ‘muddled’ with electrical activity could help develop new treatments for mental health disorders<p>For Jules Verne it was the friend who keeps us waiting. For Edgar Allan Poe so many little slices of death. But though the reason we spend a third of …

The Brain

Chuck Berry Announces First Album in Nearly Four Decades - October 19, 2016

Better late than never. The rock ’n’ roll king celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday by announcing <i>Chuck,</i> his first album in 38 years. Berry’s …

No Jail Time For Malaysian Rapist Who Married His 14-Year-Old Victim

Last year, Ahmad Syukri Yusuf was charged with two counts of statutory rape. He was alleged to have raped a 14-year-old girl twice at a village in …

Chinese Boss Forces His Female Employees To Line Up And Kiss Him Every Morning

A company in China has come up with a very, VERY unusual and disturbing way of improving working relations between employees and bosses.<p><b>It involves</b> …

'Pretzel Dog' Inspired Us To Rename These Brands And Other Random Things

You've no doubt heard of the hoo-ha surrounding Auntie Anne's Pretzel Dogs by now, especially the part where the chain was denied a halal cert …

I Illustrated Mental Illness And Disorders For Inktober

Every year thousands of artists get involved with Inktober, where for 31 days of October, you ink a drawing for each day.<p>I decided to go off the …

Mental Disorders

Malika IV: Hürrem Sultan (Roxolana)

Written by Jane Waldron Grutz<p>Hormuzd Rassam was 19 years old to help with excavations. Soon he began to uncover long-forgotten palaces–temples at …

This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Is the Perfect Way to Start Your Day, Says Science

How cool is science? Now you can set yourself up every morning for an awesome day by doing these simple activities.<p>When I learned of Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor's recommendations for training your brain to be more positive, I admit, I did a little eye-roll. I mean, watching …

Does Your 'Self' Have a Soul?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "</i><i>Closer to Truth</i><i>," a public television series and online resource that features the world's</i> …

Consciousness

Scientists Untangle Chemistry of Frankincense to Develop 'Perfume'

Two never-before-seen molecules are responsible for the "old church" scent of frankincense, one of the gifts given to baby Jesus and a well-known …

The Root Cause of Your Anxiety Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Oct 17, 2016<p>Just like depression, anxiety is nothing new these days and it seems we all experience it once in a while or daily. There are many …

I was ghosted by my bridesmaid. It hurt more than any breakup.

She was the first person I called when my fiance proposed — the one friend I knew would be ecstatically happy for me despite the fact that the proposal had happened sans ring in our apartment without planning. She didn’t care that I was too young to be getting engaged at only 19, because she …

Sarawak’s Tribal Tattoos Have An Ancient History Not Many Know Of Today

Did you know that Iban warriors back in the 40s fought against Japanese soldiers that came equipped with machine guns, armed with only tattoos and …

10 Signs You Are Dating a Man Who Really Respects You

Oct 15, 2016<p>Everyone deserves to have that Meredith and McDreamy kind of love – where the guy chooses the girl over and over again, despite how “dark …

England’s eye-opening foray into the Muslim world in the 16th century

By Rachel Newcomb<p><i>Rachel Newcomb is a professor of anthropology at Rollins College. Her book, “Everyday Life in Global Morocco,” will be published in 2017.</i><p>In a year when the election of London’s first Muslim mayor and the Brexit vote made headlines, the publication of historian Jerry Brotton’s new …

How We Make Sense of Time

<b>“What is the difference between yesterday and tomorrow?”</b><p>The Yupno man we were interviewing, Danda, paused to consider his answer. A group of us sat …

British royalty dined on human flesh (but don't worry it was 300 years ago)

They have long been famed for their love of lavish banquets and rich recipes. But what is less well known is that the British royals also had a taste …

Archaeology