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Chicago Runner Scores a Date After Using His Back as a Billboard

The night before running a marathon involves strict preparations. For 30-year-old Steve Bergstrom, preparing to run his sixth Bank of America Chicago …

OS X El Capitan review: The rock-solid update Yosemite (and iOS) needed

Tomorrow, you’ll be prompted to update your Macbook or iMac from OS X Yosemite to El Capitan. An iterative update compared to Yosemite’s massive overhaul, El Cap still packs some solid features and performance upgrades I think you’ll be happy with. It also works seamlessly with iOS — something that …

19 Straight-Up Awesome Wedding Ideas You'll Wish You Thought Of First

Nobody likes a boring wedding! 🙅<p>We know how easy it is to get bogged down in all the wedding planning B.S. But don't forget to take a deep breath and remember that at the end of the day, it's just one big ol' party!<p>Accordingly, we've compiled 19 super fun wedding ideas that will take your …

Brandon Marshall wanted to 'crawl under the bench' after Week 3 fumble

Marshall opened up about his fumble as well as what he thinks about locker room chemistry and the idea that certain quarterbacks deserve more …

How I Quit My 9-5 to Do What I Love and Travel the World (Whenever I Want)

If you had told me that I would have not only the funds but the freedom to travel, I'd have thought you were nuts.<p><i>This article was originally published on Making Sense of Cents</i><p>When I was 18, I remember thinking that if I only I could make $15/hour, I'd be set.<p>At the time, I had just started my …

No Pharmaceutical Tycoon Should Get Rich Off the Disease That Killed My Daughter

This week the story of Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli and his hiking of the price of a decades-old pill that treats the serious illness toxoplasmosis from $13.50 to $750 broke. I was outraged as the vast majority of Americans were. But a special wave of nausea swept over me when I read …

Where in the World is the Best Place to Be in October?

We all crave that sweet serendipity of being in the right place at the right time: When the Northern Lights are most likely to dance; when that sleepy scruff-bucket town transforms for its once-a-year fabulous fiesta; or, when a mass mob of whales gathers at the nearby reef. That's why our book, <i>The</i> …

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The 4 Biggest Mistakes People Make About Being Happy at Work

Jeff Hayzlett is the former CMO at Kodak and now a bestselling author, TV show host and owner of more than 50 businesses.<p>In this new book, <i>Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless</i> Hayzlett writes about how to fix some of the biggest mistakes we make in our pursuit of happiness at</b> …

Big Boi and Phantogram Drop New Big Grams Track "Goldmine Junkie"

Big Boi and Phantogram will release their self-titled Big Grams EP on September 25 via Epic. They've already shared two songs—"Fell in the Sun" and "Lights On"—and now they've dropped their latest track, "Goldmine Junkie". Check it out below.<p>Watch Big Boi on Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":

Point Stance: Is Gronk Already the Best Tight End Ever?

<b>1. What they're saying about the greatness of Rob Gronkowski</b><p>One general manager on Rob Gronkowski: "The only guy better than him, to me, is Kellen Winslow—and it's really close."<p>An NFC scout: "John Mackey is one. Clear one. Then Shannon Sharpe. Then Gronkowski."<p>An AFC scout: "There's Gronk, clear …

This Is Why Food Always Tastes Better When You Brown It

It's the Maillard Reaction.<p>Most good recipes will ask you to brown your food. Whether it's meat or veggies, if it's destined to go straight to a plate or slow cook in the oven, browning is often part of the process. While this certainly gives food an appetizing appearance, it's the exceptional …

10 Things I Won't Tell My Parents About My Nomadic Life

1. Dad, yes, I have hitch-hiked. I also became a pro. "Why take the bus, if I can go there for free" has become my favorite transport quote. Yes, sometimes, I have been afraid. Yes, I'm still alive. Yes, I plan to do it again.<p><i>Dear Mom and Dad,</i><p>This one is for you.<p>I know, I'm 26 years old.<p>I know I …

Multiple Sclerosis

5 Amazing People Who Had Accomplished Nothing by Age 30

By the time you hit 30, you're expected to know what you're doing with the rest of your life. No finding new passions. No rising to unexpected heights of success. You're an adult. The remaining decades are just about not screwing it up. Right?<p><i>By: Joe Oliveto</i><p>During the first 10 years of your life, …

Vincent Van Gogh

The 10 Lessons to Learn From Traveling

The real world means packing up and leaving your comfort zone, the familiar, your safe place, and experiencing unknown things - a new place, new people who may not understand you, unfamiliar customs, the list goes on. Traveling is being in the real world, and here are 10 vital lessons that it will …

University of Iowa

This couple quit their advertising jobs to travel the world — and now they scrub toilets for food

Dropping everything to travel the world may sound like a far-off dream to some, but not for Stevo Dirnberger and Chanel Cartell.<p>The couple run the blog How Far From Home, where they hold up signs that read how far they are in kilometers from their home in Cape Town, South Africa. They quit their …

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With Adrian Peterson on the field, Vikings look to spread things out

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- We've discussed at several points on this blog how different the Minnesota Vikings' offense looks now from the ones Adrian …

Family Breaks Open Teenager's Tomb, Saying They Heard Her 'Screaming'

It's not clear whether Neysi Perez, 16, was buried alive.<p>Family members of a dead teenager in Honduras were recorded rushing to smash open the girl's tomb after they claimed to hear her screaming and clawing at her coffin.<p>Neysi Perez, 16, was pregnant and newly married when she suddenly collapsed …

Is Signing Reggie Wayne a Smart Move for the New England Patriots?

Josh Boyce, Chris Harper, Jonathan Krause and Brandon Gibson.<p>These are the four New England Patriots wide receivers who have caught the most passes through two preseason games. There's a distinct possibility that none of those four receivers will be on the Patriots' final 53-man roster.<p>With …

10 Behaviors Middle-Aged People Need To Stop Doing Already

Stop claiming musical genius ended in the '60s and quit the Trump 'meh' shrug too!<p>Who doesn't love a good silly list? In the comments below, please add to our serious and not-so-serious list of things and habits we should all probably have shed by now.<p><b>1. The "meh" shrug.</b><p>The "meh" shrug has emerged …

Bleacher Report's Preseason Week 2 NFL Awards

The 2015 NFL preseason has reached the halfway point.<p>For some teams, it came with renewed hope. The Tennessee Titans saw a strong second showing from rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Johnny Manziel actually looked like an NFL signal-caller for the Cleveland Browns.<p>For others, the week brought …

Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover are finally married

Tracy Morgan and Megan Wollover are married, 14 months after he was nearly killed in a crash and only a couple of months after he declared his determination to walk her down the aisle, free of a wheelchair or cane.<p>The couple tied the knot on Sunday night, the Los Angeles Times confirmed. Close …

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Done before they started: Notable NFL preseason injuries

Injuries are an inherent part of football.<p>The difference between winning and losing games regularly comes down to whether a team is fortunate enough …

What's Behind the US Stock Market's Rough Ride in the Past Week

Following a slump in the U.S. stock market last week, share prices went for a roller-coaster ride today, with the Dow Jones industrial average …

Stephen Curry Comments on Free Agency, Future with Golden State Warriors

It's hard to imagine Stephen Curry in a better situation than the one he's in now. He's one of the best players in the league and is coming off a season in which he won the Most Valuable Player award and an NBA title.<p>Not surprisingly, the 27-year-old isn't considering leaving the Golden State …

How Travel Makes Us Richer

On our way to Florence, we find the five tiny, fishing villages known as Cinque Terre. The houses are built into the sheer rocks and cliffs with thousands of terraces of grapes and olives beyond. It's a magical, colorful place, a good place to rest.<p>After many years of dreaming about it, my daughter …

Leonardo Da Vinci

North Korea and South Korea Have Just Started Firing at Each Other | VICE News

Tensions are on the rise again between North and South Korea, as the two nations have begun exchanging rocket and artillery fire across their border, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.<p>Officials say this the first armed clash between the two countries in five years.<p>North Korea appears …

What You Learn By Traveling Alone

Traveling solo can be exhilarating, lonely, enlightening, an adventure, and tough all at the same time. Nonetheless, we firmly believe it's something everyone should try, simply because it will teach you so much about yourself. Such as...<p>Traveling solo can be exhilarating, lonely, enlightening, an …

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11 simple tech travel hacks that will save you time and money on your next trip

Planning for a trip can be a stressful experience.<p>It can get even worse if you're going overseas or to a place you've never been to.<p>But you can save a lot of time and money by taking advantage of these websites and apps.<p>Check out 11 tech travel hacks that will make your next trip so much better.

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8 Things Mentally Strong People Do Every Single Day

In addition to avoiding the things that could hold them back, mentally strong people create healthy habits that assist them in growing stronger. Here are eight things mentally strong people do every day to strengthen their mental muscles:<p>Just like people aren't born with physical strength, no one …

Self-help

MH370 May Have Landed, Not Crashed, on the Ocean

The state of the found flaperon could indicate the missing plane landed in one piece before sinking.<p><b>Want to read more about MH370?</b><p><b>We Asked an Expert How the Debris Found on Reunion Island Might Help Locate MH370</b><p><b>The Search For Glory and Also MH370</b><p><b>How it May Have Felt to be on Flight MH370</b><p>Since …