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The Opposite of a Muse

In the course of two decades, a medical secretary in Paris persuaded scores of renowned photographers to take her picture.<p>On the 25th of October, 2002, the Lebanese artist Fouad Elkoury wrote an e-mail to a woman he’d never met:<p>Thursday, 10h30, getting ready to get on the plane (I hate leaving), …

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The race to save a dying language

The discovery of Hawaii Sign Language in 2013 amazed linguists. But as the number of users dwindles, can it survive the twin threats of globalisation and a rift in the community?<p>In 2013, at a conference on endangered languages, a retired teacher named Linda Lambrecht announced the extraordinary …

Linguistics

Masturbation is good for you, scientists explain

Two YouTube science vloggers have tackled the persistent rumours around masturbation- that it can cause blindness, infertility or hairy palms - and …

The Orlando attack exposes the biggest blind spot in the US strategy against ISIS

Local forces and a US-led coalition have been beating the militants back in Iraq and Syria, where its core territory lies. And it's close to losing its stronghold in Libya, where ISIS was thought to be building a "back-up capital" in case its de-facto capital in Syria falls.<p>But none of that has …

Terrorism

Sorry, There Are Actually Only Six Sex Positions

If you passed through middle school anytime in the past few generations, you may have heard the rumor that humans and dolphins are the only animals …

Former Ambassador Robert Ford on the State Department Mutiny on Syria

The Obama Administration has long been divided over what to do about Syria. The crisis produced one of the biggest differences between President Obama and Hillary Clinton, his first Secretary of State. The policy chasm has only deepened during the five years of conflict, which has now reportedly …

7 Foods for Better Sex

If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, food can help you set the mood. There’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, …

Nutrition

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

A Response to “The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of the 21st Century So Far”

As it says in the Good e-Book, “There is no end to the making of lists, and too much Googling will wear you out.” Yet one list, published on Wednesday, got me going at once, and the results are below. The list in question is “The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of the 21st Century So Far.” I found …

Filmmaking

1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online

Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of …

Albert Camus Wins the Nobel Prize & Sends a Letter of Gratitude to His Elementary School Teacher (1957)

What would you do if you won a Nobel Prize? Who would you thank? We've all wondered about it, perhaps not about the Nobel specifically, but about …

Greek crisis: Grexit is still a possibility

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What the Brexit debate means for France

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The View From Germany on Greece

Germany’s insistence upon Greek reform is not about inflicting humiliation or exacting revenge, but rather making the country economically viable in …

Europe

The Corbyn panic shows Labour is allergic to democracy

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The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and arguably has the most leverage on Kim Jong-un’s regime. But while Beijing appears willing to condemn …

‘Bruce Lee’ Kid Perfectly Recreates His Idol’s Famous Nunchaku Scene

Watch 5 year old Ryusei recreate Bruce Lee’s famous nunchaku scene from the movie, <i>Game of Death</i>. Ryu is from Japan and is a huge Bruce Lee …

Martial Arts

Has chess got anything to do with war?

<b>From ancient India to the computer age, the military has used chess as both a metaphor and even as training for warfare. But as Dominic Lawson writes, generals who compare themselves with grandmasters are exaggerating their control of human combat.</b><p>There is nothing more dangerous - or deafening - …

Artificial Intelligence

The Story of Lorem Ipsum: How Scrambled Text by Cicero Became the Standard For Typesetters Everywhere

In high school, the language I most fell in love with happened to be a dead one: Latin. Sure, it’s spoken at the Vatican, and when I first began to …

Calligraphy

10 Things NOT To Do On A Cruise

<i>By Zachary Laks</i><p>Whether it's your first time sailing or you're a veteran of the seas, cruises can be a bit tricky to figure out. After all, the biggest ships are like floating cities, filled with restaurants, bars, shows, spas, and other perks to enjoy on your journey. That being said, it's easy to …

Travel

'Gerbils replace rats' as main cause of Black Death

<b>Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists believe repeat epidemics of the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in the mid-14th Century, instead trace back to gerbils from Asia.<p>Prof Nils Christian Stenseth, from the …

Environmental Health

Austrian ambassador to Rome interviewed: from the archive, 6 February 1915

‘Hungary as a member of the Dual Empire cannot make peace alone any more, or rather less, than Saxony or Bavaria,’ Baron Macchio says<p>Rome, January 17.<br>I have been one of the few journalists who have been granted an interview with the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador here. Baron Macchio received me this …

Europe

7 Ways to Last Longer In Bed

Thwart premature ejaculation with these pro tips for better sex and a stronger orgasm<p>You’ve tried crunching baseball stats. You’ve mentally replayed your last round of golf. You’ve outlined the steps to making your favorite sandwich. But the more you try to last longer in bed, the faster you …

University of Washington

Jimmy Page Tells the Story of “Kashmir”

One of the most original and distinctive songs Led Zeppelin ever recorded was the exotic, eight-and-a-half minute "Kashmir," from the 1975 album</i> …