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Why do we pick our nose?

Poking around inside our nostrils is disgusting, unhygienic and potentially harmful, so it’s baffling that it’s as common as it is, says Jason G Goldman.<p>Most of us do it, but few of us will admit to it. If we get caught red-handed, we experience shame and regret. And we tend to frown upon others …

Attention, Please! What Every Man Ought to Know About Focus | The Art of Manliness

“Pay attention!”<p>“If you just focused more, you’d be more successful!”<p>We’ve all probably heard these kinds of admonishments from a teacher or a …

Fighting Distractions Should Be Top Resolution For 2015

BING the head of Sony Pictures is talking about CLICK my friend just uploaded a photo to Face BING the wreckage of the AirAsia flight PLOP Danny, are you around for dinner? We are thinking DING Try out the new version of our app CLICK the weather today will be PING Danny, we have a brilliant idea …

This Website Lets You Chat With Your Future Self

A new site called Future Self lets you. And the person you’re asking is a creepy, older version of yourself. Using a complicated combination of …

UC Berkeley

Will autocomplete make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Why Democrats Can't Figure Out White Working-Class Voters

Poor white people turned out for Republicans in the midterms, but the demographic is a wildcard going into 2016.<p>Unless you've been sleeping under a rock since Christmas, you've no doubt noticed that the 2016 presidential race is already underway. As the political classes gear up for their two-year …

Friday Night in the Bakken Oilfield

"We get drunk and think about how Williston used to be, then go home and dream about how it could be."<p>On Friday nights, people around the world leave their offices to fill their innards with cheese fries and booze to put the pain of the working week behind them. This makes for plenty of …

Hours Time Tracking app review: solves your time tracking issues

Introduction<p>Plenty of employees need to be able to keep track of their hours but this can lead to errors and problems. The Hours Time Tracking app …

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of …

The 2014 Book Concierge Is Here To Help You Find Your Next Great Read

NPR's Lynn Neary and Petra Mayer introduce an interactive guide to the books NPR staff and critics loved this year.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Maybe you're looking to crack open a few books this holiday season. Maybe you're looking to buy some as holiday gifts. Well, we have for you this morning a …

Kristin Cavallari reveals truth behind 'Laguna Beach' in sit-down with Oprah

Anyone who watched MTV’s <i>Laguna Beach</i> knows that the biggest drama was the love triangle that was made up of Kristin Cavallari, Lauren Conrad, and …

TV viewing slips by 4 percent in the US as online streaming continues to rise

Netflix hasn’t killed traditional TV yet but it’s certainly giving Americans more to watch. New Nielsen viewing figures show that online video streaming is up 60 percent year-on-year, while traditional TV viewing fell by 4 percent in the same time period.<p>Americans watched nearly 11 hours of …

Grown Adult Actually Expects To Be Happy

NORMAL, IL—According to incredulous sources, local hardware store employee and grown adult human being Rob Peterson, 37, actually expects to be happy …

The College-Football Weekend We’ve Been Waiting For

As the Selection for the College Football Playoff Nears, Conference-Title Games Matter More Than Ever<p>College football’s regular season—a coast-to-coast escapade that began in August and consists of more than 800 games—comes down to six this weekend.<p>An ultra-high-stakes weekend like this used to be …

College Football

Chris Rock: The Rolling Stone Interview

As Chris Rock would be the first to tell you, stand-up comedy brilliance doesn’t necessarily translate to movie stardom. Onstage, Rock is a virtuoso …

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

<p>Death of a Family Farm</p>

Family businesses remain one of the most popular forms of ownership in America. But when things go wrong, they go really wrong.<p>At the end of a road lined with the skeletons of old field equipment, Tony Azevedo sits in the living room of his white farmhouse and tells me not to expect much from his …

Forty years ago, Lego wrote a powerful letter to parents about how gender works

A Lego pamphlet from 1974, unearthed and posted on Reddit this weekend, has some advice for parents that rings true 40 years later:<p>Reddit / fryd_<p>The pamphlet’s authenticity was questioned after it went viral over the weekend, but Lego spokesman Roar Rude Trangbæk confirmed to Quartz that the …

Lego

New 'Tripr' App Makes Your Friends For You, Ahead Of Time

Instead of taking chances that you'll meet some good-looking backpacker at the next hostel or run into a gaggle of handsome travelers on a Parisian street, why not just "book them" ahead for your next vacation? New travel app Tripr can (and will) make that happen.<p>The app's mantra is that you should …

15 Motivational Posters to Kick Start Your Creativity

If you feel like you're stuck in a rut, check out these motivational posters by Be Happy. The company believes that “Words are Powerful” and they've put inspirational sentences on everything from posters and t-shirts to cards and mugs. Like Ira Glass's great advice for creatives, these powerful …

Understanding Shyness | The Art of Manliness

There’s a girl in your political science class that you’re attracted to. You’d like to get to know her better, but the thought of even saying hello …

Meat Companies Go Antibiotics-Free as More Consumers Demand It

Food Producers Increasingly Offer Chicken, Beef and Pork Raised Without Antibiotics, Responding to Consumer Concerns About Resistant Bacteria<p>OWENSBORO, Ky.—The Food and Drug Administration, responding to concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria, asked drug and meat companies late last year to …

Agriculture

Biking Portland’s Icons

“The coffee isn’t delicious because of anything <i>I</i> do.”<p>Liam Kenna runs a small tasting station that freckles a stark warehouse space with glazed concrete floors, an artful exhibit of historic coffeemaking tools, and a table of beakers to measure coffee pours with lablike precision. “My job as a …

First time Montréal: what to do in the City of Saints

Bold, brazen and beautiful, Montréal is a tantalizing tale of two worlds: new-world energy and excitement meets old-world glamour and grace. Take in the best of both while sipping a creamy <i>café au lait</i> on a Parisian-style sidewalk <i>terrasse</i>. <i>Canadienne</i> to the core, with its pristine urban streets and …

Travel

Audio | Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Alternate Mix

As we previously reported, <b>Led Zeppelin</b> will release deluxe reissues of both <i>Led Zeppelin IV</i> and <i>Houses Of Holy</i> on October 28. Both reissues contain a …

10 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Quitting Facebook

By Genesis Santos,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1y7kir2<p>Research says Facebook is as addictive as nicotine, and an average adult spends …

10 Confessions From An Introvert

By Laitin Amanda,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1cydfiJ<p>Fellow introverts: It’s ok to be reserved, but don’t use that as an excuse for becoming a …

Finally! A Social Media Site With No Ads, Pictures, Words, Colors, Or Content [UPDATE]

Could Facebook finally be finished? We would have said you were crazy, until we saw Zylch.<p>What is Zylch? It’s only the newest social media site …