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The Hilarious But Scientific Explanation for Why We Fail

People are capable of doing amazing things. When we work together we can go to the moon! We can have all of the world’s information searchable from …

How to Make a Full English Breakfast

Because there's no better way to start your day than with three kinds of pork products and a runny egg<p>When we were styling and shooting the recipes …

Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

“You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love.”<p><i>“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude,”</i> young Delacroix counseled himself in 1824. Keats saw solitude as a sublime conduit to truth and beauty. Elizabeth …

8 Apps That Will Make You a Better Cook

<i>By: Joe McGauley</i><p><i>Credit: Screenshot via Kitchen Stories/Jennifer Bui/Thrillist</i><p>Unless you're blessed with as much free time and disposable income for expensive meats and cheeses as Ina Garten, cooking for yourself all the time can be a real pain in the ass. But rather than Seamless your way through …

29 Books That Will Enrich Your Inner Literati

Little, Brown<p>Bloomsbury Publishing<p>Alfred A. Knopf<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Harper & Brothers<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Jonathan Cape<p>Viking Press, Dell …

First Date Conversation: 5 Things Research Says You Should Talk About

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Relationships

This Website Lets You Turn Yourself Into a GIF in Seconds

We know what you're thinking. If there's anything the internet suffers from (narcissism, insecurity, obscenity, an uncomfortable affinity for cats), …

Find Out If You're a Good Liar or Not with This Five Second Test

Don't click play on this video yet or you'll ruin the surprise! First, try this quick test to find out if you're an expert at deception or not.<p>Quick, …

Psychology

What Makes Our Brains Feel Trust?

Trust is part of your brain’s default setting, but the feeling may not be as noble as your teachers made it out to be. Neuroscience has an …

15 Whimsically Surreal GIFs To Get Lost In

These amazing GIFs, created by artist Romain Laurent, will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Firefighter Puts Out Fire with Beer

Raise a glass to the off-duty firefighter in Houston, Texas, who put out a truck fire with beer earlier this week.<p>The <i>Houston Chronicle</i> reports Capt. …

Sorry, Every PSA Ever: Study Says Teens Who Drink Have More Friends

A new scientific study suggests that teens who drink more alcohol have more friends, to which the popular kids said “no duh” in between sips of …

The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Are

We’ve already seen that the notions of stable character and fixed personality are a myth. And yet, our culture is wired for labels and checkboxes, eager to neatly file people away into categorical cabinets and thrown into furor over the slightest inkling of multiplicity. Take, for instance, Howard …

WordHippo Finds the Right Word You're Looking For

Web: A dictionary tells you the meaning of a word. WordHippo tells you the meaning and also finds synonyms, antonyms, words that rhyme with it, …

10 Of Your Darkest Nightmares Finally Explained

At some point in your life, you've experience a nightmare.<p>You might have suddenly been jolted awake or woken up covered in sweat and feeling anxious. …

Neurologist Oliver Sacks on Memory, Plagiarism, and the Necessary Forgettings of Creativity

<i>“Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation,”</i> researcher Rosalind Cartwright reminded us in her fascinating treatise on the science of dreams. <i>“The biggest lie of human memory is that it feels true,”</i> Jonah Lehrer wrote shortly before being engulfed in a …

Raise a Glass to 2014, Because Moderate Drinking Boosts Your Immune System

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, new research shows that drinking may boost your immune system and help fight off infections.<p>But hang on — before you …

5 of the Fiercest One-Liners in History

Finding the right words when detonating an atomic bomb or sacrificing one's life for friendship came easy for these people.<p>1. Lawrence Oates before …

Blue Ridge Mountains

A Brief History of Champagne

As midnight approaches on December 31st, more than a few of us will crack open a bottle or two of champagne to help toast the New Year. With a few …

Sparkling Wine

Brain development has rush, lull, rush

The human brain develops through distinct patterns of gene activity at different stages from the womb to adulthood, report researchers.<p>The team …

Neuroscience

Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

It could rightly be called the most massive debate of the year: Physicists are locked in an argument over what happens if you fall into a black hole.<p>On one side are those who support the traditional view from Albert Einstein. On the other, backers of a radical new theory that preserves the very …

21 Songs You've Totally Heard, But Never Knew The Names Of

You've probably heard these tunes on TV or at a ball game, but you never knew what they were called. UNTIL NOW. (Inspired by this Reddit thread.)

Limbic Revision and How Love Rewires the Brain

Recently, at a dear friend’s wedding, the groom’s sister read an excerpt from one of my favorite books, <b>A General Theory of Love</b> (<i>public library</i>), which you might recall from pickings past. The passage framed beautifully the remarkable union we had gathered to witness, but also speaks powerfully to …

Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition

(YouTube link)<p>A mashup of <i>Star Wars</i> and "Bohemian Rhapsody"? That's right up our alley! Now, if they'd only thrown a cute cat in there… This video was …

Edgar Allan Poe on the Joy of Marginalia and What Handwriting Reveals about Character

<i>“Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author,”</i> Mortimer Adler wrote in his timeless 1940 meditation on marginalia as the yin-yang of reading and writing, adding: <i>“Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the</i> …

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement

Despite ample evidence and countless testaments to the opposite, there persists a toxic cultural mythology that creative and intellectual excellence comes from a passive gift bestowed upon the fortunate few by the gods of genius, rather than being the product of the active application and …

9 Books to Drop Everything and Read

If you’re a passionate reader, you’re always on the hunt for the next book that will totally engross you. We’ve pinpointed some that are worth the …

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer

On <i>Weekend Edition Sunday</i>, NPR's John Burnett describes how some churches are trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community around craft beer.<p>This is actually nothing new. For centuries, beer has brought people together to worship God. And God has inspired people …

The Mummy's Curse

Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt in 1922. On March 24, 1923, novelist Marie Corelli warned him in …