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13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains

When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to wet your whistle. Or maybe never. That would be perfectly understandable. They seem boring!<p>But they're not. Far from it.<p>About a month ago, I started looking into …

What to Eat When It's Really Cold Out (Really, Really Cold)

Yes, it's cold out. Maybe even too cold to go out for dinner. But wait till you read what the first man to cross Antarctica by dogsled had to eat before you start complaining.<p>Yes, we know you're cold. Sure, we agree that you'd "literally" be risking frostbite by going out to eat. And we totally get …

Nutrition

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Design

How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

For some of us, checking off each item on our to-do lists provides the endorphin rush we need to make task completion an intrinsic joy. But most of us need a little extra motivation, especially for boring work like recording billable hours, uncomfortable tasks like facing awkward conversations with …

Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

The special tool-wielding power of human hands may go back farther in evolutionary history than scientists have thought.<p>That's according to a new study of hand bones from an early relative of humans called <i>Australopithecus africanus</i>. Researchers used a powerful X-ray technique to scan the interior …

American Museum of Natural History

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

Incredible street art tours

Streetwear

Beautiful olde-timey GIF art from the Gif Opera Cabinet

Lovely, evocative animated GIFs from classic source materials.<p>Newly assembled gifs regular uploaded by Gualtiero at The Gif Opera Cabinet. Worth a …

13 New Landscape Design Ideas to Steal in 2015

Good garden design can change your life–and remove boundaries between indoors and out to increase living space. We’ve rounded up 13 new ideas to …

Landscaping

Inside Streit's: New York City's last matzo factory closing after 90 years

Streit’s is closing its doors after 90 years of producing the trademark Jewish bread – it may not be the city’s fault, but it is New York’s loss<p>Earlier this month, Streit’s matzo factory announced it is selling its four converted tenement buildings and leaving New York City’s Lower East Side, 90 …

Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories<p><b>Irene Fogel Weiss, born in 1930 in Bótrágy, Czechoslovakia, now Batrad, Ukraine. She</b> …

Corleone businessman breaks omertà over mafia extortion

Entrepreneur’s decision to speak out after he was refused discount on ‘protection money’ has led to four arrests<p>An Italian businessman in Corleone, the Sicilian town that inspired the creation of fiction’s most famous godfather, has blown the whistle on alleged mafia extortionists, breaking decades …

Yale Responds To Officer Holding Student At Gunpoint, Says It's Not Ferguson

Yale University has responded to an incident in which a campus police officer held a black male student at gunpoint after thinking the student matched the description of a burglary suspect.<p>The student is the son of New York Times columnist Charles Blow. After tweeting that he was "fuming" over the …

Bundestag president on Holocaust remembrance today

Political and religious leaders gathered in parliament in Berlin on Tuesday to pay tribute to the estimated 1.1 million people murdered at the …