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The best young adult (YA) books of 2016

<b>The best YA books of 2016 is selected by Martin Chilton and Rebecca Hawkes. The list is in order of when the novels were reviewed. Updated weekly.</b><p>1: TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISON: NEVER EVERS (CHICKEN HOUSE)<p>Never Evers is a dual-narrative book, just like Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison's engaging first book,</b> …

Books

15 Simple DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Make the gift-giving process fun and affordable by DIY-ing a treat for your loved ones. Rather than breaking the bank on something impersonal, put your imagination to the test and create a gift they'll really remember.<p>To help you get started, we've rounded up our favorite handmade ideas on the web. …

Crafting

Policing and Oppression Have Long Gone Together

In my previous column, I promised to take up the topic of the historical roots of the continuing mistrust between law enforcement and the black …

Thync – A Wearable Device That Alters Your Mood

‘Thync’ is a new wearable device that makes use of electroencephalography to measure the brain’s electrical activity, and modify neuron activity. …

Roger the Kangaroo Crushes Metal Buckets with His Bare Paws, Poses Like a True Bodybuilder

Meet Roger, the alpha male at the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia. When he’s not too busy fighting off younger males for the title of …

Australia

Mobile Phone Destruction Tester Is an Actual Job | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

A UK-based cellphone comparison website is looking for a person whom likes smashing high-tech gadgets, for the position of mobile phone destruction …

Patient Japanese Man Takes Pet Giant Tortoise Out for Long Walks

A Japanese man and his adorable pet tortoise have become internet sensations after photos of them strolling along the streets of Tokyo went viral. …

Company Wants to Turn the Scent of Missed Loved Ones into a Comforting Perfume

Thanks to a French company, it might soon be possible to store the comforting scent of a loved one forever. They plan to launch their new line of …

Beauty

Chinese Student Carries Disabled Best Friend on His Back for 3 Years

This heartwarming tale of friendship is proof enough that there is still hope for the world. Chinese social media is abuzz with the story of a high …

Spring Bling: DIY Glitter Shoes

Add a little sparkle to your step and some shimmer to your springtime style with a fabulous pair of DIY glitter shoes!<p>I’m not usually a glitter-loving gal, but I’m actually kind of digging this fun and fancy take on crafty custom footwear.<p>Feeling the need for a bit of bling in your life? Grab a …

Crafting

Beautiful “Skeleton Flower” Turns Transparent When It Rains

The Diphylleia grayi is a beautiful white flower that turns transparent upon contact with water. When it rains, the clusters of lovely blooms …

Time-lapse Photography

10-Year-Old Boy Claims He Is the Reincarnation of a 1930’s Hollywood Actor

Not many people working in the film industry are aware of a 1930’s Hollywood actor-turned-agent named Marty Martin, so it’s rather baffling that …

Woman Claims She Hasn’t Smiled in 40 Years to Avoid Getting Face Wrinkles

While a lot of women resort to expensive plastic surgery to get rid of wrinkles, this woman just decided to nip the problem in the bud by not …

Kim Kardashian

Banana Cream Pie With Melted Chocolate

Introduction: Banana Cream Pie With Melted Chocolate<p>Simple to make, very tender, and obviously creamy ;-)<p>Add TipAsk Question<p>Step 1: Crust<p>This pie is …

China’s Eco-Heroes: Blind Man and Friend with No Arms Plant 10,000 Trees in 10 Years

Jia Haixa and Jia Wenqi are the most unlikely pair of environmentalists we’ve ever come across. The former is blind, while the latter is a …

Environmentalism

Magic Leap sheds light on its retina-based augmented-reality 3D displays

Magic Leap is working on a tiny 3D technology that can shine images on your retinas, creating augmented reality that blends the real world with fantasy.<p>Rachel Metz, who wrote about Magic Leap for MIT Technology Review, explained what the mystery company (a startup that raised $542 million from …

Homeless Bodybuilder Uses the Streets of Paris as His Gym

50-year-old Sayagh Jacques has a rather unusual hobby for a homeless man – bodybuilding. Although he’s been living on the streets of Paris for years, …

Meet Philly Jesus – The Former Drug Addict Who Became a “Walking Billboard for the King of Kings”

Once a heroin addict, young Michael Grant managed to turn his life around and become Philly Jesus, one of Philadelphia’s most iconic characters. …

Staten Island

Dinner with a Bang at Tokyo’s Airsoft Restaurant

EA Bar is a new themed restaurant in Tokyo that caters exclusively to airsoft lovers. Pronounced ‘air’, the restaurant has its own airsoft shooting …

Waitresses at Aptly-Named Shooters Grill All Carry Guns

True to its name, Colorado restaurant ‘Shooters’ is a pro-guns type of place – the waitresses are all packing heat and patrons are encouraged to do …

Guns

The Seemingly Normal Dutch Village Where Everyone Suffers from Dementia

The isolated Dutch village of Hogewey, located on the outskirts of the town of Weesp, has only 152 inhabitants who seem to be living a normal life – …

Dementia

Artist Draws Insanely Detailed City Landscapes Entirely from Memory

Dutch artist Stefan Bleekrode has been blessed with the most amazing talent – he can draw amazingly detailed sketches of cities he has visited, using …

Drawing

Amazing Lyrebirds Can Mimic Any Sound They Hear, from Other Birds to Chainsaws, Car Alarms or Camera Shutters

Male Lyrebirds, native to Australia, are considered the rock stars of the aviary world. These amazing creatures can imitate the sounds of at least 20 …

Birds

This Artist Is Literally Looking for a Needle in a Haystack

Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber is basing his latest work on an age old figure of speech. He’s going spend two whole days looking for a …

Art

Forget about Dirty Dishes – Belgian Designers Create Edible Tableware

A couple of Belgian designers have come up with a new range of edible food containers that are eco-friendly, taste good, and most importantly, save …

South African Homeless Man Refuses to Beg, Makes a Living by Selling Books on the Pavement

Philani Dladla, a homeless man living on the streets of Johannesburg, is probably the last person you’d expect to be a bookworm. Yet, the 24-year-old …

Eating This Wild Herb Can Allegedly Stave Off Hunger and Thirst for Several Days

A centuries-old slimming remedy is all set to make a comeback after evidence of its use was discovered in old manuscripts during an archaeological …

Julius Caesar

Watch This Dad Surprise His Daughter with a Song on Her Wedding Day

Well this father-daughter wedding moment might just take the cake. John Butcher, father to British bride Natalie Butcher, spent more than 200 hours taking singing lessons so he could surprise his little girl on her big day with a song. That's right: 200 hours.<p>In those hundreds of hours, the …

DIY: Face Masks For Winters

By Vandana Jain<p>Delhi has extreme weathers – too hot and too cold. I can feel a slight chill in air, as winters are approaching. My skin is already …

Skin Care

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