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9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

Self-improvement

You can build your own mini motor boat with this $950 kit

These made to order $950 kits will allow you to build your very own mini boat at home.<p>American company Rapid Whale has created "Mini Boat," a miniature boat measuring 6ft in length and around 50kg in weight. The boat is made almost entirely of laser-cut plywood and is held together using a …

Miniature

After Summiting Mt. Everest, He Returned Home to Face His Demons

Adventure photographer Cory Richards shares his intimate struggles—with PTSD, alcoholism, infidelity—and how he found his way forward.<p><i>On April 8, explorer and photographer Cory Richards—National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year—begins his third expedition to climb Mt. Everest.</i><p><i>As Richards</i> …

The Best Oils & Techniques for Finishing Wooden Kitchen Tools

Over the past twenty years of working with wood, I have applied many finishes such as soap, shellac, oil, varnish, lacquer, polyester and polyurethane, and urishi. I have poured finishes, mopped them, sprayed, brushed, burnt, rubbed, and polished. I have even experimented with <i>not</i> finishing wood …

How to Farm a Forest—and Feed a Neighborhood

A forest garden helps prove the theory that fertile, well-maintained understories can produce as many calories per acre as a field of wheat.<p>The dollop of acorn gel with fermented sweet potato greens looked like sustenance from an episode of <i>Survivor</i> when a volunteer first offered it to me, plated on …

How to Speed Read | The Art of Manliness

When Theodore Roosevelt did things, he did them with gusto. That included reading. Roosevelt was a voracious reader. The man devoured books like a …

Saving the Reef: Lionfish in Florida

Changing Planet<p><i>Lionfish, a brightly-colored, spiny fish that are not native to Florida, are taking over our reefs. How can we fight off this alien invasion? Floridians have come together to fight them off and save the reef.</i><p>Lionfish look like the red and white Las Vegas showgirls of the sea. Chances …

Good Goat! The Pack Animal You Likely Overlooked

Nope, that’s not a typo. Goats can be pack-wearing, load-hauling, backcountry companions that need very little care and will sleep in your tent…if …

Why Asian-American Families Don't Travel Abroad More, But Should

Walking back to our B&B on a dark night on the quiet streets of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, we spotted something we hadn't seen in over two weeks in the country: another Asian family with young children. It was as if we were seeing aliens from another planet, something we never expected to see in …

Escape Traveler

This 269-square-foot towable feels less like camper and more like a tiny mobile cabin plucked from a field in Wisconsin.<p>Measuring 28 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, and 13.5 feet high, the trailer comes with a full-size kitchen, bath, 48-inch-long dining table, a living area (complete with a fireplace …

Portable woodstove folds down, heats up tents, yurts & tiny homes

Camping often means getting comfortable with bugs, sleeping bags, temperamental weather and other joys of the outdoors. But besides building a nice …

Portable

Edmonton's best eats 2014

We asked three of our resident foodies to rate the best of the Edmonton restaurant scene in 2014. Lean back, loosen your belt and start planning your …

The Best Paper Airplane: How to Make a Paper Airplane | The Art of Manliness

There are many skills fathers should pass on to their children: how to ride a bike, how to skip a stone, and of course, how to make a paper airplane. …