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Are you socially awkward, or just “spiritually Finnish?”

If you find it awkward to make small talk, you may be “jingfen” (精芬) or “spiritually Finnish.” That’s the newly coined Chinese buzzword for a burgeoning identity taking hold among millennials.<p>The term “jingfen” is inspired by a comic from Finland called “Finnish Nightmares,” starring a cartoon …

Stereotypes

“Untranslatable” words tell us more about English speakers than other cultures

When the word “hygge” became popular outside Denmark a few years ago, it seemed the perfect way to express the feeling of wrapping yourself up in a crocheted blanket with a cosy jumper, a cup of tea and back-to-back episodes of <i>The Bridge</i>. But is it really only the Danes, with their cold …

Language

Everything You Need to Know About Whether You Should Actually Bother Stretching

For many people, stretching is often filed under the "things I think I should do more often but don't" category. (See also: flossing and digital …

Exercise

Fast-growing plants for screens

If you need to create privacy from neighbours, mask an ugly view, create natural divisions in your garden, or create a feeling of enclosure around a …

Landscaping

Six Scandinavian Crime Writers You Should Be Reading

In late 2005 I picked up a book called <i>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</i> and discovered the grim criminal landscape of Sweden! What was, until then, a …

Books

Crumbling Sidewalks Become a Legal Battleground

A lawsuit in Atlanta reflects a growing movement that demands accessible, well-maintained sidewalks—and rejects budgetary constraints as an excuse.<p>A crack in the sidewalk can be a dangerous thing.<p>Just last month, a woman in Atlanta made the news when she injured herself after tripping on a hole in …

Urban Design

Can Charles Mills Save Liberal Philosophy From Itself?

Christopher LebronIn his new book, the philosopher argues that political theory has obscured the history of racism in liberal societies.The post Can …

Normative

From Progress to Poverty: America’s Long Gilded Age

Steven HahnThe America that emerged out of the Civil War was meant to be a radically more equal place. What went wrong?The post From Progress to …

War

This new history of Uganda is a must-read

Every January, I escape the Maine snow and ice for three delightful weeks by teaching a study abroad course in Uganda. The course’s theme is development, and its primary aim is to guide students toward grappling with the significant problems in the international humanitarian and development aid …

Africa

Hedonism holds the secret to a happier life, but not for the reasons you think

As a former Type A person, I firmly believe that most Type A types are failing at life. They’ve opted for an utterly miserable existence, working in unrewarding jobs that make them unhappy and stressed and take them away from their loved ones. A Type A life is largely without leisurely novels, …

Happiness

7 Things That Happened When I Got Up At 4 a.m. Every Day For a Week

Is the early hour a magical time for productivity—or just pure misery?<p>The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> calls 4 a.m. the most productive hour, citing powerhouses of industry who swear by getting up early to avoid distractions.<p>Hoping the same magic would rub off on me, I traded in my usual 6 a.m. rise time for …

Tim Cook

What Drones Can’t Do: Aerial Photographers Explain the Art of Their Craft

In recent years, the popularity of drones and drone photography has skyrocketed, and for obvious reason. Offering one of the only perspectives that …

Drones

Think Abs Are Impossible After 40? All You Need Are These 5 Moves.

Carve out a harder core—without doing situps—using a routine that spares your lower back.<p>For decades, ab training meant situps, curling your upper body all the way up off the floor, rounding your lower back. Some people got nice-looking abs doing this—and lots more ended up with back pain.<p>Today, …

Workouts

The Best Full-Body Exercises For All Levels Of Gym-Goer

To accomplish any fitness goals it is necessary to run through a variety of exercises as part of your gym routine – and not just because doing the …

Workouts

The Hidden Injuries of the Age of Exposure

What do we lose when we lose our privacy? This question has become increasingly difficult to answer, living as we do in a society that offers …

Anthony Weiner

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to Hyderabad …

Extinction

Behind the Anti-Semitism Crisis of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party

Earlier this week, I got a direct message from a US columnist I’ve worked with in the past. It read: “Has Labour lost its mind? Was the party always …

Labour Party

Europe’s white-knuckle ride from defeat to prosperity and crisis | Financial Times

There are books to read and books to have. Ian Kershaw’s history of postwar Europe falls into the “have” category, which is not a put-down, but a …

Europe

‘Fukushima Devil Fish’: A Nuclear Pastoral | by Ryan Holmberg | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Art changed in Japan after the tsunami and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. So did art history—or at least it should have.<p>As the black waters of the …

Fukushima

These are the best movies of the 2000s

As the film world prepares to leave the childish things of summer behind and welcome the more serious, artistically ambitious movies of festival and awards season, it’s an opportune moment to consider the Canon: that list of revered films that helped form cinematic language, broke it open, captured …

Mary J. Blige

What if Mother Nature Is on the Ballot in 2020?

What if this time is different?<p>There is an assumption that the 2020 presidential election will be business as usual: Donald Trump will run on the economy, social issues and immigration, and the Democratic candidate will run on income inequality, Democratic socialism and Trump’s character — the 2020 …

Arctic Circle

Something Not Rotten in Denmark

To be or not to be a socialist hellhole, that is the question. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.<p>Last weekend, Trish Regan, a Fox Business host, created a bit of an international incident by describing Denmark as an example of the horrors of socialism, right along with Venezuela. Denmark’s finance …

Middle-class

Alternating Current (AC) vs. Direct Current (DC): What to Know

Electricity is divided into two types of current: alternating and direct. Alternating current alternates its polarity many times a second, while …

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2 Training Techniques That Will Transform Your Hamstrings

When I started my fitness journey, I loved training my legs and glutes. With very few mobility issues and strong quads, I killed every workout that included squats and deadlifts. Lucky me? Not quite. What bothered me was that I always had nonexistent hamstrings, and the prospect of muscular …

Workouts

Here Are the 50 Best Dumbbell Moves For Fat Loss (Plus 30 Workout Videos Using Them!)

Before you do anything, bookmark this page! It's the ultimate guide to the most effective dumbbell moves. Along with getting strong, weight lifting …

Workouts

The Public Art of Robert Moses’s New York

The master builder’s art patronage through the 1950s was representative of the city’s relative indifference to civic statuary and monuments. The 1964 World’s Fair revealed a transition in attitudes.<p><i>Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Michele Bogart’s</i> Sculpture in Gotham: Art and Urban …

Art

Why so many people who need the government hate it

Everyone benefits from welfare. Here’s why most people don’t know that.<p>“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”<p>President Ronald Reagan uttered those words in his 1981 inaugural address to the country. He was referring specifically to the government’s role in …

Political Science

The rare blue the Mayans invented

The colour survives in the work of 17th Century Spanish colonial painters, a symbol of the wealth that ultimately doomed the Mayans, writes Devon Van Houten Maldonado.<p>In 17th Century Europe, when Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens painted their famous masterworks, ultramarine …

Art

Combat the pain of sitting at a desk all. day. long. with simple hip-opening stretches

How many of you have been here before? You manage to squeeze in that 6 a.m. pre-work fitness class (major props BTW) and you’re feeling great and …

Workouts

Look Inside the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries in a New 560-Page Photo Book by Massimo Listri | Colossal

<p>Portuguese photographer Massimo Listri has spent decades traversing the globe to document the spectacular architecture, sculptural elements, and …

Rio De Janeiro