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10 Famous Writers Who Hated Writing

Sometimes I hate writing. That's not to say I hate the writing of others, though I occasionally do, and that's not to say I hate my own writing, though I often do, but rather that I sometimes hate the commission of the act of writing. I hate it when I have nothing to say, which is most of the time, …

Who was the real St Patrick?

The details of St Patrick’s life remain murky – but tracking his legendary footsteps across Ireland is both peaceful and spectacular.<p>Those who wish to pay homage to St Patrick on 17 March could attend a parade, don an outlandish green costume or swig a pint (or several – twice as much Guinness …

10 Incredible Melanistic (All Black) Animals

<b>Photograph by Cburnett on Wikipedia</b><p>Melanism is an undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin or its appendages and is the opposite of …

Best Spring Trips 2014

Vibrant spring blooms in the northern hemisphere and dazzling autumn displays in the southern make this the perfect season to get outside and walk, hike, or take a scenic drive. Use our editors' list of 10 best spring trip destinations as the launching pad for an active—and colorful—spring getaway. …

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Busting the myth of France’s 35-hour workweek

Cast your jealousy aside. The idea the French and Spanish work fewer hours than the rest of us is more fiction than fact.<p><b>Editor's Note</b> (24 March 2016): <i>With the French government debating longer allowable work hours, BBC Capital brings back this piece that largely debunks the myth that most French</i> …

How to Find a Quiet Place to Relax in a Crowded Foreign City

Do you often come back from a trip and feel like you need a "vacation to recover from your vacation?" You're not alone.<p>Many people feel this way because they didn't let themselves decompress at any time while they were away. Given the greater emotional and physical energy exerted during a trip, …

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Tourist's Comedy Gets Stone-Cold British Guard To Crack A Smile

)<p>This guy would make Mr. Bean proud.<p>Identified only as "Yankel," the tourist succeeded in getting a member of the Queen's Guard -- famous for their ability to keep a straight face -- to crack a smile while he stood watch outside one of London's royal residences.<p>A YouTube video of the encounter …

12 of the Hardest Places to Visit on Earth

From impassable terrains to unstable political situations to strict visa regulations, there are some places on Earth that are nearly impossible to get into. Fortunately, these adventurous photographers dared to venture into these territories! Even if you can't be there yourself, you can still …