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Life of the 1850s: 45 Amazing Photos That Show How the World Looked Like Over 160 Years Ago

Over 160 years ago, the world was in a state of transition. The Industrial Revolution had laid the groundwork for an upcoming rapid modernization; …

‘The Blood of Lynching Victims Is in This Soil.’

MagazineThe Race Issue<p>By preserving soil from sites where blacks died from lynchings, a museum aims to help America acknowledge the racist brutality in its past.<p>Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, opened on April 26, 2018. …

Black History

Itzamná: The Mayan Supreme Being and Father of the Universe

The Ancient Mayan God of Creation, Writing, and Divination<p>Itzamná (pronounced Eetz-am-NAH and sometimes spelled Itzam Na), is one of the most …

There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label

The Race Issue<p>It's been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics.<p>In the first half of the 19th century, one of America’s most prominent scientists was a doctor named Samuel Morton. Morton lived in Philadelphia, and he collected skulls.<p>He …

Mutations

13 grammar myths you should stop believing

Myth 1 — Never start a sentence with 'and,' 'but' or 'so'<p>According to the grammar experts at the 'Chicago Manual of Style,' you don't have to do mental gymnastics to avoid starting a sentence with a conjunction. "There is a widespread belief — one with no historical or grammatical foundation — that …

What A Threesome Is Like & 20 Things To Know Before You Try One

A few weeks ago, I was out with a girl that I’m dating and her friends. One of her friends teased her about her college threesome, and I was like, …

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

MagazineThe Race Issue<p>We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.<p>It is November 2, 1930, and <i>National Geographic</i> has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, …

Race & Ethnicity

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Why I could no longer serve this president

By John D. Feeley<p><i>John D. Feeley, who retired this week as a U.S. diplomat, will soon be working with Univision and the Fusion Media Group on immigration-themed content.</i><p>Shortly after the Charlottesville riots last August, I made the private decision to step down as President Trump’s personal …

Donald Trump

LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos

This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.<p>One Saturday in 1964, neurologist Oliver Sacks took a bit of amphetamines, LSD, a “touch” of cannabis, faced a white wall in his home, and said “I want to see indigo now—now!”<p>“And then,” he wrote in the New Yorker in 2012, “as if thrown by a …

A Modern Controversy Over Ancient Homosexuality

In 1980, a gay historian’s book about Catholic Church-approved homosexuality enraged both gays and Catholics.<p>It might have been the first academic …

Book Reviews

Is Conor Lamb the Next Big Democratic Upset?

This 33-year-old Marine has a chance at winning one of the GOP’s most reliable districts.<p>HOUSTON, Pa. — “Jesus always started out by going and being with a certain group of people,” says Conor Lamb as we’re winding down hilly back roads to the Washington County Gun Show. It snowed a few inches in …

For Presidents Day, Here’s One Vicious, Ghastly, and/or Fascinating Fact About Every U.S. President

Happy Presidents Day! Even though it’s not exactly Presidents Day. According to the federal government, the name of this holiday is merely …

Ancient city's LiDAR scans reveal as many buildings as Manhattan

LiDAR has become an invaluable archaeologist's tool.<p>When researchers surveyed the ruins of a Purépecha Empire city in Mexico the old-fashioned way a decade ago, it took them two seasons to explore two square kilometres. Good thing they decided to use LiDAR, because the city called Angamuco turned …

Archaeology

3 Retirement Mistakes You'll Come to Regret

Want to enjoy retirement to the fullest? Then steer clear of these major blunders.<p>On the road to retirement, countless seniors encounter their share …

It's Not Illegal Immigration That Worries Republicans Anymore

The Trump-era GOP cares more about the national origin and race of immigrants than the methods they used to enter the United States.<p>A few weeks ago, the contours of an immigration compromise looked clear: Republicans would let the “Dreamers” stay. Democrats would let Trump build his wall. Both …

This Beautiful Gallery Is For Owl Lovers

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing any type of owl in the Only Owls Photo contest with chances to win a Sigma …

8 Behaviors Men Show When They’re With Their True Love

<i>“Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.”</i> ~ Emily Dickenson<p>Men and women display their love and affection in different …

Staying friends with your exes may be a sign of psychopathy, says new research

If your significant other ends your relationship with, “I hope we can stay friends,” you may be better off declining.<p>According to a new study …

Personality

Why the GOP's Tax Reform is the Al Qaeda Terrorists Dream Come True!

- Advertisement -<p>As reported in the 9/5/2006 Washington Post piece titled President Bush Delivers Remarks on the War on Terror, BUSH:<p>"We know what …

Striking Photographs of Hokkaido By Train

We're obsessed with trains around this house so when we stumbled upon this latest series of photographs capturing life in a far off Japanese land …

Hokkaido

German-Israeli relations: What you need to know

As Israel celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1948, DW looks back at seven decades of German-Israeli relations. The two countries remain …

Israel

So You Want to Read Ghost Stories: Here’s Where to Start

You’ll find Henry James’ 1899 novella “The Turn of the Screw” on just about every ghost story round-up, and with good reason: It is a chillingly …

Stephen King

The porn problem?

Porn has its charms, but it can also have some pitfalls.<p><b>Michael,</b> <br>I feel like porn is ruining my sex life. <br>Ed and I have been together 15 years. OK, …

A brief rundown of world leaders humiliating the president this year

Sure, President Donald Trump is hated by celebrities, athletes, rappers, boy scouts, Native Americans, U2, pornographers, Puerto Rico, his staff, the …

Thank Goodness for Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s first year in office seems to have been marked, above all, by his verbal incontinence. America’s tweeter-in-chief kept several continents rapt with his early-morning offerings. In his lack of inhibition and tact, Trump is the opposite of Barack Obama. At the same time, Obama’s …

This Is What Mexico City Looked Like In The Mid-20th Century

Mexico City

Christie’s Unveils a Lost Leonardo da Vinci in New York

In what is being billed by Christie’s as “the biggest discovery of the 21st century,” the auction house unveiled in New York this morning its previously top secret and “most thrilling acquisition to date”: <i>Salvator Mundi</i> (“Savior of the World”), a formerly lost masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci that …

Fine Art

Larry David Shocked to Learn His Ancestor Was a Confederate Slave Owner

The major headline to come out of next month’s season four premiere of the PBS series <i>Finding Your Roots</i> was revealed weeks ago: Bernie Sanders and …