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Biblical prophecy claims the world will end on Sept. 23, Christian numerologists claim

A Christian numerologist claims that the world will end next Saturday when a planet will, supposedly, collide with Earth.<p>According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 are the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of …

Catholicism

43 Life-Changing Books You Need To Read

Eat, pray, read.<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

What New Book Should You Read This Winter?

It's cold outside, so curl up with one of these new books.

What 17 Celebrities Were Doing Before They Were Famous

From flipping burgers at McDonalds to making snow cones at the circus.<p>Before they had their big break, our favorite stars had all sorts of odd jobs—from aerobics instructor to making snow cones at the circus.<p>Matthew McConaughey<p>Amy Adams<p>Nicole Kidman<p>Justin Theroux<p>Madonna<p>Jennifer Hudson<p>Johnny …

15 Drone Photos That Leave Us Speechless

Our friends at SkyPixel are running a drone- and aerial-themed photography competition and some of the submissions have been (very literally) over the top. This technology has already changed the way we capture our travels—providing new angles on everyday subjects. Here are 15 of our favorite …

An Illustrated Guide To The Seven Simple Ways You Can Practice Peace

"Sometimes it's okay if the only thing you did today was breathe."<p>So begins artist and author Yumi Sakugawa's newest comic-meets-meditation guide, <i>There Is No Right Way to Meditate</i>. "Breathing lets your loved ones know that you are still alive," Sakugawa continues, loaded with whimsy. "And every …

Meditation

22 Amazing Apps That Will Revitalize Your Love Of Reading

*Disappears with phone for months*<p><i>Thumbnail photo credit sam74100 / ThinkStock</i>

What It's Really Like To Be An Editorial Assistant In Publishing

Why can’t book publishing be the way it is in books?<p><i>The following is excerpted from the new reprint of</i> My Misspent Youth, <i>a collection of essays originally published in 2001.</i><p>Why can’t book publishing be the way it is in books?<p>Why can’t book publishing be the way it is in books? Where are those heady …

Books

Behind ‘King Lear’: The History Revealed

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606<p>by James Shapiro<p>Simon and Schuster, 367 pp., $30.00<p>Even by its own standards of extremity, <i>King Lear</i> ends on a …

No One Glorifies the Grind Because It Sucks

It's human nature to compare ourselves to our peers. It starts in grade school, or even earlier among siblings. We look to others to see whether or not we measure up. We do this in school, in jobs, in parenting and in our creative endeavors.<p>Last week a writer I'm working with started telling me …

12 Indian Webcomics Every Twentysomething Should Be Reading Right Now

Procrastinate away.

Robert Louis Stevenson: 10 strange facts about Jekyll and Hyde author

<b>Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13 1850 and died on 3 December 1894, aged only 44. Martin Chilton looks at 10 strange facts about the Scottish author of the novel Jekyll and Hyde, who also wrote Treasure Island and Kidnapped</b>.<p>STEVENSON WAS AN EARLY STARTER<p>Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson, …

Literature

The End Of The End Of The World

It’s hot, and you’re walking. Shuffling, actually. You’ve spanned a seemingly endless chalk-dry plane, and you’re thirsty, run-down, exhausted. You think about your flaking, parched lips and aching muscles, and about how your arduous journey will be worth it if you ever reach your destination. An …

Books

This Children's Book About Sex And Gender Is A Total Game-Changer

Sex is a Funny Word is revolutionizing the way caregivers can talk to kids about their bodies.<p><b>Sex is a Funny Word is nothing short of revolutionary</b>. Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth's newest book is brilliant in its approach to giving caregivers and educators the tools they need to talk to kids …

Diversity In Picture Books

My attention to cultural diversity started with my third published picture book,<p><i>It's My Earth Too</i> / Doubleday 1992. In that book, I depicted children from all over the world. I became painfully aware that the characters in my first two books were only white. I am white and Jewish and grew up in a …

Solstice

The Kids' Book 'A Fine Dessert' Has Award Buzz — And Charges Of Whitewashing Slavery

The world of children's lit has always traded in grisly topics — children's literature scholar Jerry Griswold deems "scariness" one of the five elemental themes of the genre. There's unalloyed cannibalism in "Hansel and Gretel"; "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is the story of an exaggerator in short pants …

Books

Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King

The novelist James Smythe, who has been analysing the work of Stephen King for the Guardian since 2012, on the lessons he has drawn from the master of horror fiction<p>Stephen King short fiction competition – send us your stories<p>Stephen King is an All-Time Great, arguably one of the most popular …

The Chinese secret to living a long life

Known better for gambling than helping you grow into your golden years – Macau unexpectedly holds the secret to a high life expectancy.<p>Ninety-year-old Mr Chan, known around Macau’s Coloane Village as “Fat Suk” or “Rich Uncle”, has practised the same routine every morning for as long as he can …

Asia Travel

27 Hotties From YA Novels Who'll Make You Thirsty AF

Your next boyfriend is only a bookshelf away.

11 Roald Dahl Quotes That Will Inject A Little Magic Into Your Day

“A little magic can take you a long way.” —Dahl

Widodo Says Indonesia May Relax Foreign-Investment Rules

He says Trans-Pacific Partnership will be high on agenda for meeting with Barack Obama<p>JAKARTA, Indonesia—President Joko Widodo, in an interview before his visit to the U.S., said he would review Indonesia’s restrictive laws limiting foreign investment, a key stumbling block to his goal of …

Asia

29 Books Every '90s Kid Will Immediately Recognize

Prepare for flashbacks to the book fair!

J.K. Rowling Kept Me Awake All Night for the Last Time

The world’s wealthiest author has proven beyond doubt that she can write excellent novels without wizards in them. But they shouldn’t keep anyone …

Books

An incredible inflight love story

Life doesn’t always give us a free pass. But it does hand out boarding passes. And sometimes getting the aisle seat can change your flight plan forever.<p>Life doesn’t always give us a free pass. But it does hand out boarding passes. And sometimes getting the aisle seat can change your flight plan …

European Travel
Linguistics

Spotlight: Photographer and Web Designer Eric E. Anderson

<b>My name is</b> Eric E. Anderson and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I am a web designer, a template developer at Squarespace and a practicing photographer in my offscreen time. Originally from Kansas City, I am the son of an engineer and artist. I’m equally my father’s and mother’s son, inheriting both the …

What the World Will Speak in 2115

A century from now, expect fewer but simpler languages on every continent<p>In 1880 a Bavarian priest created a language that he hoped the whole world could use. He mixed words from French, German and English and gave his creation the name Volapük, which didn’t do it any favors. Worse, Volapük was …

Language Learning