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These Paper Masks Are Halloween Costumes Made Easy

And polygonal. While you're considering making some of your own Halloween decorations, you can also consider getting some of these paper mask …

The Best Halloween Costumes On The Internet

Happy Halloween, people! Tonight is the night — so paint on the makeup and get out your lattes and brooms, you Basic Witch. Here are the most …

Soul Music

Illustrator Creates Doodles That Interact With Their Surroundings

French art director and illustrator David Troquier, who goes by Troqman, has an impressive sense of humor. He creates scrapbook doodles and places …

Long Weekend in Fribourg, Switzerland

Thick fondue, rolling green hills, well-preserved medieval towns—the canton of Fribourg in eastern Switzerland has it all. Often bypassed by visitors …

European Travel

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Cosmic Journeys - Supervolcanoes

Is The Fashion Industry Becoming Evil? It Just Might Be.

Fashion and our need and desire for the latest and greatest is getting faster.<p>That’s the inspiration behind producer Zoe Gray’s new video ‘Fast …

Getty Dubs, Stock Videos Augmented With Hilarious Dubbed Sound

Generic stock video footage from Getty Images is made hilarious with the help of dubbed sound in “Getty Dubs.” The video is by Bart Batchelor and …

Welcome to Night Vale, Radio-Style Comedy Podcast About a Mysterious Small Town

The comedy podcast Welcome to Night Vale provides twice-monthly community radio-style updates on the mysterious happenings and inhabitants of the …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

26 Acclaimed Writers Who Also Wrote Children's Books

Literary genius for all ages.

Literature

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The Periodic Table Of Humanity's Worst Vices [Infographic]

The science of how much we suck<p>From the design studio that created these cinematic star charts and musical color wheels comes a periodic table of human nature's ugliest attributes. Tyranny, deceit, materialism, brutality—thanks a lot, evolution.<p>The Periodic Table of Social Issues is designed to …

Supersized Style: Extra Long Sofas

We've written quite a bit about sofas for small spaces — but what if you're looking for a sofa for an especially <i>large</i> space (or you just have a lot …

Sofa

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

Income Inequality

Fatigue Monitoring System detects when workers are too sleepy to run heavy machines

If there’s one thing people know about operating heavy machinery, it’s that you should never, ever do it drowsy. And yet, such things happen all the …

New York City

Steampunk AT-ST

You may remember Captain Bayley's Infernal Mechano-Perambulator (AT-AT). He's back with another one of his devilish machines. This is the Infernal …

Annoying Things About Being a Girl

BuzzFeed explains some of the most annoying things about being female in “16 Annoying Things About Being A Girl,” from trivial manicure chipping to …

Manicures

Wedding Photograph Features a Hungry T-Rex Chasing the Bridal Party

Here’s a fun wedding photo idea we’ve never seen before: dinosaur photobombing. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based wedding photographer Quinn Miller …

Cities: How crowded life is changing us

More than half the world’s population are concentrated in urban areas, and this is having an effect not just culturally, but biologically too. And advances in technology are adding an entirely new dimension to people’s lives.<p>Cities cover just 3% of the planet's land surface, but are already home to …

Mainstream Media

Will Gen Y Ever Move to the Suburbs?

Married friends of mine announced this week they were moving from their cute place in Arlington, MA. Not to New York or San Francisco, like the many …

Transit

Dark, massive asteroid to fly by Earth on May 31