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Why Some People Can't See The Hidden Images In Magic Eye Pictures

Magic eye books and posters became trendy for a sec when they first came out in the mid-90s, and everyone was naturally fascinated with those strange …

Christmas Trees

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre.

Today is the 434th anniversary of the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, as a subtle new Google Doodle reminds us.<p>Back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII decreed that the 10 days following October 4 <i>simply</i> <i>wouldn’t exist.</i> The next day would be ... October 15. Thereafter, a new calendar would come into …

Johns Hopkins University

How to Be More Assertive, According to Research

You don’t want to fight. You don’t want to be hassled. You don’t want to disappoint them. It’s easier to just nod and give them what they want.<p>But …

Self-help

Hara Hachi Bu: The Okinawan's Secret to Longevity

Hara hachi bu (also commonly referred to as <i>hara hachi bun me</i>) is a Confucian teaching that advises people to eat only until they are approximately 80 …

25 Of The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World

To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the school season is beginning in many countries throughout the world. But it’s important not to forget that, …

27 Photos That Show The Transformative Power Of Makeup

(Image Via Imgur)<p>Using makeup seems like a ridiculous habit to some, a must before leaving the house to others, and although everyone can agree that …

Are Cities Evolving Into Hive Organisms?

Today, more than half of the human population lives in hive-like warrens called cities. Does this mean we are on the tipping point of becoming colony …

Biology

Hilarious Photos Of People Who’ve Fallen Down Among All Their Belongings

Photographer Sandro Giordoan has created a hilarious photo series of people who look like they’ve just taken terrible falls, spilling all their stuff …

Photography

50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary

Collective nouns may seem like quirky ways to describe groups, but 500 years ago, they were your ticket to the in-crowd. Most collective nouns, or …

20 Of The World’s Best Restaurant And Bar Interior Designs

A good interior design can do as much for a cafe, restaurant or bar as good food and drinks can. We made this list of 20 establishments to show you …

Hong Kong

You Think Food Tastes Better If It's Expensive

We’re pretty shallow when it comes to food.<p>I don’t just mean our predilections for organic food and fancy coconut water. A new study shows that …

Food

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 …

Public Speaking

Loving Dad Creates Adorable Lunchbox Meals For His Two Children

<b>Loving parents</b> creating amazing lunchbox art get the thumbs-up around these quarters–just check out New York City-based lawyer Gamene and graphic …

Foodily Blog

Ranger Repairs Extremely Rare Parrot’s Crushed Egg With Glue And Tape

The internet is abuzz with the long-shot success story of Lisa One, a kakapo parrot chick whose life was saved by New Zealand conservationists after …

The Winners Of The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Have Been Announced

The 2014 Sony World Photography Awards have finally published the winners of their world-wide photo competition. This year, 139,554 images from …

Nature Photography

19-Year-Old Artist Draws Unbelievably Realistic Eyes Using Just Colored Pencils

Jose Vergara (a.k.a. Redosking), a 19-year-old artist from Texas, is drawing close-ups of the human eye with the sort of hyper-realistic level of …

Drawing

Portraits of Identical Twins at Age 50 Reveal Similarities and Differences Over Time

According to Confucius, 50 is the age when people begin to understand their fate. In an effort to visually explore this concept, Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo created this contemplative series, entitled <i>Identical Twins</i>, in which he photographs twin brothers and sisters from the Shandong …

Two Reasons That Explain Why We're All Obsessed with Game of Thrones

<i>Game of Thrones</i> comes back to television in just a few weeks, and already we're feeling the imperative: All Men (And Women) Must Freak Out. But why …

First Kiss: 20 Complete Strangers Asked To Kiss Each Other (VIDEO)

This saucy and heartwarming video, uploaded to Youtube by Tatia Pilieva, brings together what she says are complete strangers for nothing less than …

An Oral History of Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? Everyone in the cast of Ghostbusters.<p><i>UPDATE:Soon, you can see it in theaters again!</i><p><b>Aykroyd. Murray. Ramis. Reitman. Believe it or not, it was 30 years ago that four brave men came together to battle ghosts, goblins, and, even scarier, New York City traffic. We take a look back</b> …

10 Monogamous Animals That Just Want To Settle Down

They can't put a ring on it, but when these animals find a mate, they're ready to commit.<p>1. Gibbons<p>The furry, tree-swinging gibbon doesn't monkey …

Wildlife

You Probably Had No Idea How Some Of Your Favorite Fruits, Vegetables And Spices Grow

We’ve all got a favorite fruit, vegetable or spice, but most of us probably don’t know where they come from or what their plant even looks like. …

Healthy Eating

Why Are Puppies Born With Their Eyes Closed?

Because they won the evolutionary lottery. As mammals evolved, each species made a “choice” about its newborns. Some, like humans, are born when …

What Does "The" Mean?

It’s the most frequent word in the English language, accounting for around 4 percent of all the words we write or speak. It’s everywhere, all the …

3 Creatures with More than One Heart

The presence of one heart is ingrained into our idea of biology thanks to our own bodies as well as the majority of those we see around us. But did …

The Genius Who Invented Brunch

<i>Guy Beringer didn’t set out to invent a new meal. Then he had a few drinks...</i><p>The next time you’re enjoying a delightful brunch, be sure to clink your …

11 Colors You've Probably Never Heard Of

1. Sarcoline<p>Wearing sarcoline—literally "flesh-colored"—high heels makes your legs look longer. Wearing a sarcoline leather jacket reminds everyone …

Florida

Bored Panda on Twitter: "Can You Tell Modern Art From Toddlers’ Drawings? (20 pic quiz): http://t.co/0jthhH4TuX #modernart http://t.co/LlTZFYRWzr"

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Are pain and itchiness the same thing?

If you'd asked that question a few years ago, neuroscientists might have scratched their heads (heh) and shrugged. The sensation of pain and what …