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What Your Favorite Beer Says About You | Men's Health

What Your Favorite Beer Says about You<p>Your brew of choice just might be the real window to your soul<p>Every man has his go-to brew. Whether yours is a mass-produced domestic favorite or an obscure craft beer reveals more than you think about your personality, your political leanings, and even what …

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

99 Inspirational Quotes That Are Guaranteed To Change Your Life

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7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is an …

Self-improvement

The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart

This post has a new home! Click here to read it alongside other conversations with Sal. By: Salman Khan Join …

California biker profile? Old, male, married and moneyed

Who's riding motorcycles in California? Older, married, educated men with money -- and getting more so.<p>New statistics prepared by the Motorcycle Industry Council show the median age of California motorcycle owners was 45 years old in 2012 -- having risen from 33 years in 1990, 38 years in 1998 and …

Acorns Micro-Invests Your Spare Change

There’s a growing arsenal of apps that integrate with your daily spending habits to deliver smart tips on how to make the most of your money. BillGuard, for example, helps you combat credit card fraud and hidden merchant fees. But a new entrant to the personal finance space is looking to go the …

Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%

Thanks to their cozy relationship with the Obama administration, a new class of super-wealthy oligarchs keeps getting more powerful while the …

The Myth of America’s Golden Age

What growing up in Gary, Indiana, taught me about inequality.<p><b>I hadn’t realized when I was growing up in Gary,</b> Indiana, an industrial town on the southern shore of Lake Michigan plagued by discrimination, poverty and bouts of high unemployment, that I was living in the golden era of capitalism. It …

I'm a Member of the American 'Used-to-Haves'

I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don't. I'm a member of the American "Used-to-Haves."<p>Now, I'm renting an apartment and I'm desperately awaiting a check so I can pay the rent. Yet, I'm lucky to …

'The Simpsons' Vs 'Family Guy': What Did You Expect?

If ever there was a sign of just how far from its creative peak the show is, this is it. As a cultural product, 'The Simpsons' just belongs to a different age. This mashup is guaranteed to let you down, but you'll still watch it.<p><i>Screenshots taken from</i> The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover - Comic-Con …

TV

The Koch Brothers’ Fake Libertarianism: War, Forced Pregnancies, and Homophobia

The billionaire oil barons want you to think they're selfless libertarian ideologues following their hearts, but following the money tells a different story.<p><i>Protesters rally against David and Charles Koch's rumored plans to buy the Los Angeles Times. Photo via Flickr user peoplesworld</i><p>The largest …

Middle-class

How Train Travel Explains the Decline of American Culture

Traveling by train used to be a romantic experience. Now, it's exactly the opposite. Like the country it traverses, the train system is utilitarian, plastic, beige, and devoid of greater meaning.<p>To most, the idea of traveling by rail is as quaintly nostalgic as the image of a Great Depression–era …

Great Depression

What the Fuck Is Going on in 'Lucy'?

Scarlett Johansson plays a cold, sexy assassin who get crazy mind powers. Yeah, this movie's not gonna make sense, is it?<p>Lucy <i>was the top film at the box office last weekend, making more than $40 million in the US, despite its curious mix of nonsense pseudoscience urban legends and horseshit new age</i> …

Morgan Freeman

Strippers Are Suing the San Diego Police for Making Them Pose for Photos in Their Underwear

Working on the San Diego Police Department's vice squad is like being a fraternity bro with a gun holster—which is why 30 strippers are now suing the SDPD for what they call harassment from the cops.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Bill Morrow</i><p>Nothing screams “fuck the police” quite as much as a few dozen …

San Diego

Looking at the Ancient Catholic Practice of Turning Human Bones into Art and Furniture

Sedlec Ossuary, a Roman Catholic chapel in the Czech Republic, purports to have one of every type of human bone in its collection of skeletons. In many cases, these bones were refashioned into art pieces or furniture pieces like chandeliers. We talked...<p>Everyone dies. Good morning! You are going to …

Alaska

Germany's Former Cocaine King Invited Me to His Birthday Party

If the party seemed a little melancholy, it was because half of the guests had to go back to jail the next day.<p><i>Photos by Grey Hutton</i><p>It's the middle of the night and I’m standing on the terrace of a newly renovated villa, a good half hour from Hamburg Central Station. I’ve been sipping my …

Crime

Racists Are Rampaging Through Israel

Militarism and nationalism have always been part of the Israeli education system—embedded in history books, on maps on the walls, in cartoons of Palestinians on camels—but things seem to have gone further under Netanyahu’s watch.<p><i>Two girls with a sign that reads "Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s</i> …

Israel

We All Might Want to Be a Little More Freaked Out About Toledo's Water Crisis

When we talked to residents about what it was like to have no tap water, it didn't seem so bad. But when we looked into the far-reaching implications of the crisis, shit got a little scarier.<p><i>Screen grabs via Fox 8 News</i><p>"Our water is in trouble" was the ominous threat Toledo, Ohio, had to deal with …

Water

Racism And Technology Is Evolving Faster Than The Law

When it comes to dealing with public discrimination, Australia has the state and federal legislation, but not the teeth.<p>Hey remember that racist lady on the train? You know, the one who offered the heartfelt apology on Channel 7 while using a pseudonym? Yeah, she was horrible but she said sorry so …

Human Rights

Peru’s New Cocaine

Illegal gold mining—farmers digging up ore and selling it on the black market, so that it may eventually end up wrapped around your fiancée’s finger—is a major cause of rain forest depletion. It has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the Peruvian...<p><i>A gold buyer in La Pampa displays a recently</i> …

South America

I Was an Accidental Porn Star

Swansea student "Kristopher Kodjoe" was scouted on a night out in Barcelona.<p><i>Luke-Kristopher Davis</i><p>Civilian to porn star—it’s a route most travel via casting couches and cum shots. But for Luke-Kristopher Davis—a 21-year-old physics student at Swansea University—everything happened the fairy-tale …

Self-awareness

Getting Gang Tattoos Removed in East Los Angeles

Homeboy Industries helps former gang members with everything from education to employment. But their most popular service is tattoo removal.<p><i>Photos by Daniel Ross</i><p>The Homeboy Industries building in downtown Los Angeles is a many-roomed rabbit warren: a bakery, a shop, rooms for counseling, rooms for …

El Paso

Meet the Guy Who Earns His Living Drawing Peanuts Characters on Their Period

Living in an SRO means you're either one step out of homelessness or one step away from it. As part of our series on housing the homeless in San Francisco, we talked to a man who spends his days wandering between bars in the Mission and drawing dirty...<p><i>This is the second in a four-part series on</i> …

Charlie Brown

25 Takeout Recipes You Should Know How to Make at Home

From shrimp fried rice to spicy tuna rolls, 16 classic take-out dishes you can make at home<p><b>Nothing beats vegging out on the couch</b> with a carton of fried rice from your local Chinese joint, but you don't have to order in to eat takeout classics. Check out our greatest "takeout" hits, and delete the …

Cooking

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