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Charlotte Brontë sketch identified as self-portrait

Experts say author made drawing, sketched on her school atlas, years before writing Jane Eyre in which protagonist draws herself in similar fashion<p>A sketch of a woman’s head by Charlotte Brontë, previously thought to be of another pupil drawn while the author was at boarding school in Brussels, has …

The top 10 records (and 30 best tracks) of 2014

Every year at this time, my friend Andy sends out an excitable email asking his most music-crazed friends – sound engineers, clubsters, DJs, me, anyone for whom music is less a casual dalliance and more like lifeblood – to send around their personal lists of the year’s best music, so we can all …

On Tour With The Head and the Heart, Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing

Riding along with The Head and the Heart, the Seattle band that’s not quite folk, not quite rock, but definitely the verge of going huge by doing it …

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Here Are the 25 Best Songs of 2014 (So Far)

Halfway through 2014, there’s already an embarrassment of riches in the realm of music — from blockbuster pop singles to epic indie ballads, ace …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Travel & Eats<p>Skip Cape Cod this summer.<p>By The Editors of GQ3 days agoView More<p>Best Stuff<p>GQ’s editors select the menswear, accessories, sneakers, and …

10 best bucket-list road trips

The Great American Road Trip is a national rite of passage, says <b>Jamie Jensen</b>, author of <i>Road Trip USA</i> (Avalon, $29.99), a comprehensive guide in its sixth edition. "Before you vote, you should be required to drive across the country and see the variety of people and places," he declares. The key, he …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.<p>While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van …

Russian Photographer Takes Stunning Portraits With REAL Animals

What you’re about to see is not Photoshop – Moscow-based Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova created these stunning images with the help of real …

The 10 Pasta Recipes to Know

It's easy to look to pasta as that happy weeknight cure-all: the palette on which to throw any bits and bobs, to dress with the random things hanging out in the pantry, to just top with cheese and call it dinner. But there are some classic pasta dishes -- or just really delicious ones -- that we …

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

The language of photography

Photography and technical jargon go together like a DSLR and a hot shoe mounted flash. If you're new to photography there's a lot of lingo to know, particularly around the camera and its equipment. There's ISO, White Balance, RAW, etc.<p>It can be intimidating to try and navigate the world of …

31 surreal images of Dead Vlei, Namibia’s picture-perfect desert

TRYING TO DESCRIBE what Dead Vlei looks like in words is no easy task. As the title of the post suggests, this is a surreal place, a bizarrely …

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Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

The Coen brothers: Hollywood existentialists

<b>Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Reuters/David Mcnew)</b><p>From “Fargo” to “The Big Lebowski,” their films’ true mystery is invariably man’s greater purpose on Earth<p>Noah Kumin<p>March 5, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared in Full Stop.<p><i>Inside Llewyn Davis</i>, <i></i>like all other Coen Brothers movies, is the …

This chilling photo of a rafter under Iceland's largest glacier was one of the top travel photos for February. See what other stunning images made the list. http://on.natgeo.com/Ncq5tI Photograph by Vilhelm Gunnarsson, National Geographic Your Shot

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Dad Illustrates the Darndest Things He’s Ever Said to His Kids

Video producer and father of four, Nathan Ripperger, has caught himself saying the darndest things to his kids. It’ just another day in the life of a …

The Most Talked About Oscars Dresses Of All Time (PHOTOS)

Oscars season is officially upon us, and while the world gears up to cheer on their favorite movies, we have just one thing on our minds -- the dresses.<p>But not just any dresses, of course. We mean the most memorable gowns that have ever shown up on the red carpet. We're not just talking about the …

How the north ended up on top of the map

Flickr<p>There is nothing inevitable or intrinsically correct — not in geographic, cartographic or even philosophical terms — about the north being represented as up, because up on a map is a human construction, not a natural one. Some of the very earliest Egyptian maps show the south as up, …

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese

If you ever wanted to learn Chinese but never thought you could do it, here is a great opportunity! London-based entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh is developing a book, <i>Chineasy</i>, that makes it rather simple to learn basic Chinese words and phrases.<p>The visual system uses playful illustrations to …

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Cart of the day: Driverless cars are coming!

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Celebrities as Neoclassical Paintings

With his Replace Face project, an artist has decided to draw his inspiration from English painter George Dawe who painted 329 portraits of Russian …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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25 Documentaries Every Arts & Culture Lover Needs To Watch Right Now

We've all sat in front of our Netflix accounts, tirelessly sifting through film and television genres like "Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces" and "Quirky TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead," never quite finding that perfect piece of cinematography. Defeated by your own streaming …

Sriracha Chemistry: How Hot Sauces Perk Up Your Food And Your Mood

Anyone who has ever drizzled, doused or — heck — drenched their food with Sriracha knows the hot sauce can make almost any dish taste better.<p>But could these spicy condiments also make us a little happier?<p>The science geeks over at the American Chemical Society made a little video that breaks down …

14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014

There’s a lot of music out there and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where we come in. From Nashville to Portland to Sweden — we …

Photographers Find Creative Ways to Deal With Irritating Potholes

Potholes are the cherry on top of winter. A frustrating, dangerous cherry.<p>In cities hit hardest in the winter months, drivers risk flat tires and …