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In Indonesia, anyone with more than 2,000 Twitter followers can get paid $21 a tweet to advertise

Jakarta, Indonesia is the “world’s tweet capital,” reports Reuters, where anyone with more than 2,000 followers can get paid at least $21 to tweet during rush hour, when most Indonesians are stuck in traffic and (apparently) glued to their mobiles.<p>For Westerners, it’s easy to miss just how big …

Asia

Behold the First Ever Image of a Planet and Its Star Over 63 Light Years Away

Although it might not seem like much, the photo above might just be the most extraordinary image you have ever seen. Not because of crazy high …

The Best And Worst Foods For A Hangover

Photo: Courtesy of Gatorade, Lavazza, Absolut, Vita Coco.<p><i>This post was originally published on December 29, 2013.</i><p>It’s one of those mornings: Last …

Nutrition

A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners

The Wanderlust Projects duo are building bars in water towers and romantic getaways in abandoned resorts. They’re shaking up the underground …

The 3 Worst Food Mistakes You Can Make For Your Skin

In 2008 alone, Americans spent <i>$35 billion</i> on cosmetics and skincare. But are all these dollars wasted when we follow a diet that causes acne, premature aging and other skin conditions? It sure seems so.<p>"A typical American diet is full of foods and beverages that are bad for your skin," Julie Upton, …

New Silk Road Drug Market Backed Up To '500 Locations In 17 Countries' To Resist Another Takedown

“They may have sunk one ship, but now they have awoken the kraken,” wrote the new operator of the relaunched Silk Road anonymous black market for drugs on the site’s forums last October. Now that black market administrator has changed the metaphor to a monster with a few more heads.<p>On Thursday …

13 Words You Must Learn Before Visiting New York

When traveling, it is of utmost importance to hide the fact that you’re a tourist. If you seem like you’re not from here, you run the risk of being ripped off, shut out, or just totally humiliated by the savvier, sassier locals around you.<p>One of the diciest places to look like a tourist, of course, …

11 Mysterious Graves

Some graves are mysterious because the identity of those within is unknown. Others, because of the legends surrounding them. And some, because the location is not quite known.<p><b>The Female Stranger</b> - One night in 1816 a couple walked into Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Viriginia. It was obvious to …

Archaeology

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

Travel

How A $2.9 Million Jury Verdict Over Spilled Coffee Became America's Most Misunderstood Story

Screenshot/Retro Report/New York TimesThe documentary project Retro Report has a new video that takes a fresh look at the infamous case of a 79-year-old who spilled hot McDonald's coffee on herself and got a $2.9 million jury award.<p>The 1994 verdict for Stella Liebeck became fodder for critics of …

Coffee

Would Steve Jobs Have Become Steve Jobs Using A Computer Designed By Steve Jobs?

Multitasking, facilitated by modern computers, is considered a significant threat to our ability to focus. But a new study says we’re adapting just fine.<p>In 1975, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak took part in their first great collaboration, designing the Atari game <i>Breakout</i> by working four straight days …

Time Management

10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Pulp Fiction’

Over the weekend, the wonderful folks at the Tallgrass Film Festival (the annual Wichita, Kansas fest that we’ve previously described as one of the …

How Everyday Ergonomics Shape Your Behavior

Everything, from desks to car seats, can influence our thoughts and behavior–though not always for the better.<p>One of Darwin’s greatest insights came at the end of his 1872 work, <i>The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals</i>. “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensifies it,” he …

Psychology

On Making the ‘Greatest Worst Movie Ever Filmed’

Greg Sestero is an actor who has had his fair share of work. He had a recurring role on “Days of Our Lives” and he played the titular character in an …

Reporter to Gravity director: “What’s it like filming in space?”

The special effects Alfonso Cuarón used to make <i>Gravity</i> look like it was really taking place in space (human puppetry and light boxes, for the record) were so effective that at a recent press conference in Mexico City, one brave hombre raised his hand to ask the question on everyone’s cabeza – how …

7 Most Mysterious Places In The World

There is so much we can learn about the ancient world. With every discovery, archaeologists uncover more about civilizations that came before us. What we know, however, is nothing compared to the questions left unanswered.<p>Even today, these 7 historic places remain obscure and mysterious to</b> …

The Economist Who Just Won a Nobel Prize Thinks Owning a Home Is a Terrible Investment

Top 10 horror movies

Time to bring the fear - from Nosferatu to The Shining, here's what the Guardian and Observer's critics have picked as the scariest films ever made<p>• Top 10 romantic movies • Top 10 action movies • Top 10 comedy movies<p>Peter Bradshaw on horror<p>Horror crashes through boundaries and challenges the …

Lee Harvey Oswald’s lonely childhood: No one imagined he’d kill the president

Lee Harvey Oswald had an itinerant and father-less adolescence — but at first, no interest in radical politics<p>Lee Harvey Oswald's childhood did not take place in any one town or city. He was always provided for, but he was also, in a way, homeless--without a stable backdrop of buildings or even …

Google just granted itself the right to use your name and photo in its online ads

Google just got a tad creepier.<p>Thanks to tweaks made to its terms of service today, Google will be able to use its users’ names and photos in select advertising beginning next month (November 11). The updated terms of service, first noticed by The New York Times, specifically allow for the company …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Can Women Have Casual Sex Without a Post-Hookup Hangover?

Is it possible to casually hook up or have sex without creating any kind of emotional response or a longing for attachment?<p>This is not a "one-size-fits-all" question. For the purpose of this post, I am going to speak mostly to the heterosexual ladies. So, let me get a little more specific: …

5 Surprising Facts About Nikola Tesla

The brilliant inventor gets a new statue in Long Island.<p><b>A new statue of Nikola Tesla now graces New York's Long Island, the latest homage to the celebrated visionary. At the statue's unveiling last week, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic told the dedication crowd at Tesla's former Wardenclyffe</b> …

10 documentaries every traveler should watch

I tell Werner Herzog jokes at parties. David Attenborough makes me swoon. I’m such a documentary nerd, I’ve gone places because of them. These 10 …

Papua New Guinea

10 things that make Britain kinda weird (and 5 I’ve missed)

Britain is a strange place. Especially when you’ve been out of the country for five years.<p>When you think about it, ice cream vans are pretty strange. …

“Grand Theft Auto V” Made $800 Million In 24 Hours

Take-Two Interactive Software’s highly anticipated video game <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> went on sale Tuesday at midnight, but it has already broken records by surpassing $800 million in global sales in its first 24 hours, setting a new record for the highest-grossing launch day sales of any entertainment …

Grand Theft Auto

Burglars In New Mexico Stole Dwarf Porn DVDs And Then Torched A Mobile Home

That’s right, burglars in New Mexico, not Florida, are reportedly responsible for a mobile home fire after they broke in and stole a variety of goods from the place. An 18-year old man named Sergio Seanez has already been arrested and indicted for his role in this crime, while the fate of his …

The peculiar charm of Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock Holmes made him an unlikely superstar. Now Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. He talks about email warnings from the WikiLeaks founder, his 'crush' on Matt Damon and why Chelsea Manning broke an oath<p>On 25 July 2010, two unrelated events took place in the …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

Fellas, We Suggest You Take A Page From Paul Newman's Playbook

Guys, summer is winding down. We know it's sad that you have to give up your lightweight t-shirts and shorts for some cooler weather clothes, but fret not. As always, we are here to help make this sartorial transition nice and easy.<p>We're going to be taking fashion tips from the one and only Paul …