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Billionaire Mark Cuban: ‘One of the great lies of life is follow your passions’

Mark Cuban grew up working class in Pittsburgh. His father installed upholstery in cars and his mom worked a myriad of odd jobs. Today, Cuban is …

Entrepreneurship

Lonely Beach

Photography

16 Images Your Brain Won't Let You See Right No Matter How Hard You Try

"Wait, what?!" –Your brain<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

Graphics

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

Harvard

Kodak Scanza: A New Compact Budget Film Scanner

Kodak has announced a new budget film scanner called the Scanza. Designed for consumers, the scanner can digitize a number of different film formats, …

Science says the happiest couples have 13 characteristics

Romantic relationships are challenging, rewarding, confusing, and exhilarating—sometimes all at the same time.<p>Should you take things slowly at the beginning or dive right in? Can things stay hot in the bedroom even after years of being together? What happens when one of you wants to use a holiday …

Happiness

What Fitbit's 6 billion nights of sleep data reveals about us

How we sleep is unbelievably important. Getting too little sleep not only makes you feel lousy and cranky, but it’s also linked to obesity, diabetes, …

7 Common Portrait Lighting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

If you’re just getting started in studio portrait light, here’s a 12-minute video that may be helpful to you. Photographer Antti Karppinen shares 7 …

This photographer captured shots of New Yorkers on their way to work for 10 years — and it shows how repetitive a commute can be

About 700,000 people pass through Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal on their way to work every day.<p>In 2007, the photographer Peter Funch began staking out a corner of the station, at 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, to document those commuters. Funch would snap photos from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and …

Photography

The 55 Best Questions To Ask To Break The Ice And Really Get To Know Someone

What’s the first question most people ask you when you meet?<p>It’s likely, “What do you do?”<p>This has become the new “How’s it going?” or “How about that weather?” and it’s awful.<p>If you’re anything like me, this question leaves you feeling sized-up and minimized. It’s as if the asker is thinking to …

Self-improvement

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

Biology

The Difference Between Levels and Curves in Photoshop

Here’s a 6-minute video from PiXimperfect that looks at the difference between the Levels and Curves functions in Photoshop. While the two may seem …

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

Hey, guess what? I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of advice from their own marriages to make sure my wife and I didn’t shit the (same) bed. I think most newlyweds do this, especially after a few cocktails …

Relationships

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Yoga

Having ADHD made me more successful — here’s how you can, too

Having ADHD is paradoxical. There are amazing highs and soul-crushing lows. You can be on top of the world, while secretly sure you can’t accomplish …

This one chart shows the 8-month nightmare that is the Donald Trump presidency

This... is my life. It's all of our lives. It is our collective reality of the last eight months.<p>Hardly a day goes bay that we are not spurred to …

Here’s a Map with Up-to-Date Drone Laws For Every Country

Obeying local law when flying your drone is paramount, but those laws vary from country to country – with some not allowing drones in at all. To help …

A Gigantic Airbus A320 Model Aircraft Flying Around Inside an Exhibition Hall at Incredibly Slow Speeds

Airstage built a gigantic helium based remote-controlled aircraft resembling the Airbus A320 that sports a 16-foot-wide wingspan and weighs less and …

Lego Camera Stabilizer Is the Cure for Shaky Video

A DIY way to shoot better movies.<p>Good camera stabilization rigs can get pretty expensive (including when they break), and there aren't a lot of cheap alternatives out there. But now, with a tutorial from Producttank, you can build your own stabilizer out of some Legos and a few rubber bands.<p>While …

Videography

Here’s How Much Revenue Your Startup Should Generate Before You Look for Investors

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Check Out the Spectacular Special Effects Behind Game of Thrones' Battle of the Bastards

The Battle of the Bastards in <i>Game of Thrones</i> was one of the best battle sequences seen in TV or even film and a lot of it had to do with the set up …

TV Series

These ABCs of Bug and Animal Deaths Make Us the Monsters

Short film <i>Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities</i> reworks Edward Gorey’s <i>The Gashlycrumb Tinies</i> for a family of possums. It’s an ABCs of accidental animal …

A $99 per month lunch membership just launched in NYC

The last $5 lunch we had in NYC involved multiple slices of dry $0.99 pizza. Good luck finding anything cheaper.<p>MealPass is trying. The meal planning …

Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles)

YouTube

The New York subway system runs on 100-year-old technology

But every day, hundreds of trains run through the largest subway network in the world on century-old technology. When things go wrong — as they have been doing more and more often— the delays pile up.<p>Let us not forget that we're heading into one of the most challenging times of year for the NYC …

Trains

Oops: Dad Films Entire Vacation with a GoPro Facing the Wrong Way

For most amateur photographers, “chimping” is really an issue. You know the drill: you take a couple of shots in five seconds, then spend the next …

LOOIE

Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.<p>It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.<p>They wear knee socks, …

The US response to the Syrian refugee crisis, in one very depressing chart

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Emotional Intelligence