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Why Metaphors Beat The Snot Out Of Facts When It Comes To Motivating Action

Douglas Van Praet returns to tackle the magic of metaphors, and explain why they beat facts when it comes to creative persuasion.

Metaphors have long permeated creative expression from cave paintings to commercials. And there’s a good reason that Geico is "So easy, a cavemen can do it," Prudential …


A Master List of 1,100 Free Courses From Top Universities: 33,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

While you were eating turkey, we were busy rummaging around the internet and adding new courses to our big list of Free Online Courses, which now …


How does your garden grow? Indoors, thanks to these five devices

It’s summer, which means lots of time in the garden for homeowners. And while some city-dwellers have access to community or rooftop gardens, not …


A Farm That Floats on Water Could Help Solve Global Food Shortage

The global population looks likely to hit 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet the hungry demands of so many, food production will have to increase by a 70 percent. To make matters worse, water scarcity is becoming a real problem. According to the World Resources Institute, one third of our current food …


15 edible plants you can grow in your tiny apartment

Imagine rising with the sun and tending to your crops, all to the beat of morning traffic.

While growing plants in a busy city might seem like an impossible task, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that can thrive in your urban space — no backyard required.

City dwellers are used to …


Backcountry Navigation: Compass Basics

I grew up in a time before GPS. I learned how to use a compass in Cub Scouts and learned how to navigate with one as I grew older. I think I got my …

U.S. Travel

Why Newfoundland Should Be on Your Summer Bucket List

Breathtaking vistas, natural wonders and fabulous people (so nice, we actually felt guilty at times!) combine to make the island of Newfoundland one of our favorite places on earth. Here's why we think Newfoundland should be at the top of everyone's bucket list:

The Beauty is Unmatched

Find yourself …

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space


How to Pack for an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike

Congratulations! You’ve done it! You’ve committed to the journey of a lifetime. After weeks, months or perhaps even years of toying with the idea, …


22 Absolutely Essential Diagrams You Need For Camping

From survival to s’mores, here’s everything you need to know to ensure a flawless camping trip.

1. How to Build a Campfire

2. Tent Tips

3. Everything You Need to Know About the Technicality of S’mores

4. How to Estimate Remaining Daylight with Your Hand

5. Snacks to Pack

6. What You Can Do to Repel …


5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"

I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?

I think this …


Jawdropping: Oldest human fossil fills in a 2.8-million-year-old gap in evolution

It’s been a big year for old bones. Archaeologists have unearthed a jawbone—with teeth—in Ethiopia that is believed to be the oldest remains ever …


Peru’s other lost city

Larger than Machu Picchu and far less known, Choquequirao still makes you feel as though you’re practically the first to arrive.

The trek to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao is one of the most difficult in Peru. From the town of Cachora, located 161km west of Cusco, it’s an 18km walk to Capuliyoc …

Travel (UK)

“My dad next to a serious #iceberg. #wellfleetharbor #oysterfarming #wellfleetoysters”

Science says that charisma can be learned — here are 9 proven strategies

It's not something you're born with.

"Charisma is simply the result of learned behaviors," says Olivia Fox Cobane, author of "The Charisma Myth."


6 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

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Chances are you're familiar with Google Flights. The flight search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it's the same technology that powers both KAYAK and …


The 16 greatest books about how to be a man

You're never too old for a great book.

We've put together a list of our 16 favorite stories on growing up and what it means to be a man. They cover everything from how to live to how to be a leader to how people should handle crises.

Check them out.

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by


The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History

Our planet has existed for 4.5 billion years, and it has been a busy few eons. Here are the 25 biggest milestones in Earth's history. From leaps …


China’s Atlantis of the East

The Chinese city of Shicheng was flooded in 1959, then forgotten. With its recent rediscovery, divers can explore a 600-year-old city that is both underwater – and unseen for decades.

Often called the “Atlantis of the East” by travellers, the underwater city of Shicheng is a magnificent, mysterious …


New record for deepest fish

A new record has been set for the world's deepest fish.

The bizarre-looking creature, which is new to science, was filmed 8,145m beneath the waves, beating the previous depth record by nearly 500m.

Several other new species of fish were also caught on camera, as well as huge crustaceans called …


The 25 Golden Rules of Running

25 of the most universally accepted rules of running.

1. The Specificity Rule

The most effective training mimics the event for which you're training.

This is the cardinal rule of training for any activity. If you want to run a 10-K at seven-minute-per-mile pace, you need to do some running at that …


Welcome to Montevideo: Uruguay’s capital moves to its own beat

A Saturday afternoon in Montevideo’s old town feels like the first scene of post-apocalypse movie 28 Days Later. The rows of 19th-century townhouses look abandoned, with some of the windows concreted up and plants growing through the balconies. You peer down an empty street looking for a sign of …


Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.

And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …


Stray Dog Joins Team, Completes Grueling Race

Motivated by love (and a meatball), a stray dog follows an adventure racing team through a daunting course in the Ecuadorian jungle.

Water Sports

Lesser Known Capitals of Europe: Bucharest, Romania

Image by Mario Sánchez Prada (Flickr)

Today's topic: Bucharest, Romania, and all its coolness in a nutshell. Bucharest, București, Little Paris. Incidentally, a Wikipedia search shows that several places in the world claim the title of "Little Paris" or "Paris of the East," but it's easy to see that …


Parrot’s Bebop drone is a speed demon

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors).

Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It …


Japan's levitating train travels 300 mph and just carried its first passengers

A Japanese train that ever-so-slightly floats above the tracks and moves at super-fast speeds completed its first run with passengers last week.

The maglev train (shorthand for magnetic levitation) carried 100 passengers over a 27-mile span in Japan between the cities Uenohara and Fuefuki, reaching …