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Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Happiness

16 Essential Pieces of Cycling Gear You Need This Spring

Spring presents lots of challenges for cyclists looking to take a break from smart trainers and Zwift, the biggest of which is the weather. But …

Cycling

Important Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Architecture Practice

<i>This article was originally published by Archipreneur as "The 10 Most Important Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Architecture Practice."</i><p><i>The article is</i> …

The mysterious painting that changed how we see colour

Marcel Duchamp’s last painting has influenced artists for a century. Kelly Grovier looks at how it inspired the modern colour chart – and at its 17th-Century predecessor.<p>This year marks the centenary of one of the more curious milestones in modern cultural history – a landmark in image-making with …

Art

Sell the New York Times. Now.

And other unsolicited advice for A.G. Sulzberger.<p>The cult worship of the <i>New York Times</i> commenced not long after that day in 1896 when Adolph S. Ochs of Chattanooga, Tennessee, spent a mess of borrowed money to purchase controlling ownership in the respected but failing Republican-tilting paper and …

Journalism

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

The Insane True Story Of How "Titanic" Got Made

James Cameron’s epic “$190 million chick flick” spawned “Leomania” and presented us with a new kind of wish fulfillment.<p><b>The first time I saw</b> <i>Titanic,</i> my father left the theater in the middle of the movie to get a haircut. I didn’t notice he was gone. I wasn’t conscious of any reality but <i>Titanic,</i> …

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

The Best and Worst Olive Oil from the Grocery Store

Olive oil is as essential to the kitchen as a saucepan or stove. Yet, while it’s always in front of us, we don’t always pay attention to what it can …

Hail to the chief: cyclist gives Trump the middle finger

Woman makes her feelings clear as she is overtaken by the US president’s motorcade on its way out of one of his golf clubs<p>The president of the United States is used to being saluted, but a cyclist in Virginia put her own particular slant on the tradition on Saturday when she was overtaken by Donald …

Donald Trump

Ciabatta (Fresh Italian Bread) Recipe

There is an old Italian saying: We bring Ciabatta and salt whenever we’re invited to a house-warming party! This fresh Italian bread is probably the …

Baking

Cycling to work means better health and a longer life. Here’s how to get started.

ABritish medical journal published a study this spring that seemed to confirm what dedicated bicyclists had long suspected: Commuting on two wheels is really, really good for your health.<p>Compared with driving or taking public transit, bicycling to work is associated with a substantially lower risk …

Medical Journals

Did you catch this hidden theme in “The Handmaid’s Tale”?

At the heart of Margaret Atwood’s book lies a biblical story that provided blueprints for a patriarchal dystopia.<p>If <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> offers any sign, Margaret Atwood has read more of her Bible than many Christians. Superficially, Atwood’s dystopian novel is littered with biblical names and …

Feminism

The 2017 Giro d'Italia's 23 biggest climbs by the numbers

The Giro d’Italia is known for its torturous climbs into the Apennines, Dolomites, Alps, and other mountainous regions. Naturally, for the centenary …

Road Bikes

Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem

Paul Ryan has dreamed of slashing Medicaid since his keg-party days — and that blithe hostility is widespread<p>Republican Paul Ryan, like most other members of the U.S. Congress, is a millionaire.<p>Christa Patton is 68 years old. She is frail and no longer able to leave her home. She lives on a fixed …

Society

5 questions from Buddhism, Stoicism, and neuroscience that will make you emotionally stronger

When we're anxious, angry, or sad, we rarely do the smart thing. And that can seriously mess up our lives.<p>At work, in love, or pretty much anything we do, we need emotional strength to stay cool and do the right thing.<p>Now dealing with the ups and downs of feelings isn't anything new. And nor are …

Self-help

What If We Got Exercise All Wrong?

It started with a chair. Biomechanist Katy Bowman asked followers of her Nutritious Movement Facebook page what would happen if someone suddenly …

Science Explains How Cycling Changes Your Brain And Makes You Mentally Stronger

Research has shown that incorporating cycling into your daily routine is not only healthy for your body, but also your brain! If you have ever cycled …

This Adorable Tiny Car Is Actually A Bike

The PodRide has headlights, a trunk, a roof–and even a motor.<p>After he got tired of biking to work in Sweden’s cold, wet winters, engineer Mikael Kjellman decided to redesign his bicycle. He took inspiration from fabric-covered bike trailers made for children–and decided to make an adult version, …

The Golf Bike lets you hit the links on two wheels

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Bikerumor is not afraid to cover some weird and wacky stuff. All too often the story goes “I was …

Learning From Historical Bicycle Posters

Hey. You know what? We're on to a good thing. We have an amazing product. We have the most effective tool in our urban toolbox for rebuilding our …

An Experimental New Starbucks Store: Tiny, Portable, And Hyper Local

A new style of smaller, LEED-certified Starbucks may touch down near you soon. It’s all part of a plan to evolve the coffee giant’s business.<p>This week in Colorado, Starbucks opened a store unlike any before it. There are no leather chairs or free power outlets. In fact, there’s no space for the …

Coffee

Finally, The Golden Ratio Gets Its Own Coloring Book

Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates meticulously detailed drawings of the Fibonacci spiral in nature–now, you can color along.<p>When it comes to design, the golden ratio is mostly bullshit. Though designers sometimes use it, there’s just no proof people prefer that precise spatial ratio in their …

Drawing

Miller High Life--Alternative Fuels

The typography fix that could have stopped the Oscars Best Picture blunder

There was a major twist ending and a major snafu at the very end of the 2017 Academy Awards for the category of Best Picture. The wrong winner was declared. If you look back on the footage and analyze it, you could read on presenter Warren Beatty’s face that something was not right just before the …

Warren Beatty

11 Benefits of Cycling That Will Have You Hopping On Your Bike

If you don’t have a bicycle right now and aren’t a big fan of cycling, you may change your way of thinking after you have read our in-depth analysis …

How David Lynch Manipulates Expectations in ‘Mulholland Dr.’

Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival 15 years ago today, <i>Mulholland Dr.</i> rightfully earned <b>David Lynch</b> a Best Director award at the festival. We …

David Lynch

A Closer Look At Minimalism Today—No Helvetica Allowed

What’s behind our culture’s perennial obsession with minimalism? According to Stuart Tolley, it resurfaces in times of social flux.<p>“For me, it’s a cleansing of the palette,” says Stuart Tolley, who runs the Brighton, England-based design studio Transmission. “It’s a way of stripping back work to go …

Minimalism

Using Open-Book Management to Build Employee Buy-In

<i>This article appeared in the April issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and</i> …