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Korean artist's makeup illusions will bend your mind

It's hard to figure out where reality ends and begins with Dain Yoon's makeup.<p>The South Korean artist has an incredibly confusing body of work which …

The (amazing) 12th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

Cameras rolled Friday at Tavern on the Green in Central Park after a wedding-dress-design contest. The attraction was a model sashaying in the winning dress — a breathtaking white affair with lacy accents between beads of what <i>looked</i> like pearl. It had the allure of haute couture<i>.</i><p>“How lovely!” one …

Weddings

The Great Grammar Debate: 5 Books on How to Write Right

If, as Oliver Kamm writes in his new book <i>Accidence Will Happen</i>, “learning rules of language is part of what it is to be human,” then arguing over what those rules are, and if they matter, is most certainly another part. Can you start a sentence with ‘hopefully?’ Is confusing ‘it’s’ and ‘its’ an …

Linguistics

The 10 Best Monthly Subscription Box Services

Subscription boxes offer a convenient way to try different and new products without the legwork of actually going to various stores and browsing for …

Frugal Living

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country

I was stressed out and overworked when I picked up <i>The Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World's Happiest Country</i> to read on vacation. It quickly became The Book that 1) I didn't put down 2) confirmed that life didn't need to be so hectic 3) I recommended to all the busy people …

Happiness

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

19 Jokes All Grammar Nerds Will Appreciate

"That's what." —She

Jokes

If This Is a Woman: Inside Ravensbrück, Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women review – profoundly moving

Sarah Helm’s exhaustive chronicle reveals the full horror of the Ravensbrück Nazi camp, ‘the capital of the crime against women’<p>It’s difficult to know why the history of Ravensbrück, a concentration camp 50 miles north of Berlin, in an idyllic setting on the Baltic coast, should remain “on the …

Nazi Concentration Camps

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

<i>What would you do if you were locked in your body, your brain intact but with no way to communicate? How do you survive emotionally when you are invisible to everyone you know and love?</i><p><i>That's the first question asked by NPR's new program on human behavior,</i> Invisibilia.<p><i>The first show tells the story</i> …

Mind

Pregnancy Workouts: Exercise Like a Celebrity

Get fit for delivery day—and beyond—with these quick, prenatal strengthening routines designed by one of Hollywood's most popular fitness trainers.<p>Harley Pasternak is the guy behind the entertainment industry's hottest bodies (no exaggeration!). He trains celebrity moms Megan Fox, Hilary Duff, …

Past Forward Amsterdam

My four-year-old son loves going to the park in our <b>Amsterdam</b> neighborhood. The trip takes a minute. We cross the street, walk to the corner, and there it is: the vast green sward called Museumplein.<p>Some of the world’s great cultural institutions (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum) border the square, but …

Why Are Americans Butchering the English Language?

As former colonies of England, after independence the United States of America retained the English language with its standard grammar rules.<p>What's happened?<p>Expat Americans along with English speaking foreign tourists are returning from traveling in the USA with horror stories about conversations …

Language

SoCal’s Funky Napa

Step into any tasting room in downtown <b>Santa Barbara</b>, and you’ll know instantly: This isn’t Napa.<p>While Northern California’s famous wine town has a reputation for aloofness and occasional haughtiness, Santa Barbara’s approach is distinctly SoCal.<p>At <b>Municipal Winemakers</b>, for example, Dave Potter pours …

Kareem: 20 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was 30

When I was thirty, I was living my dream.<p><b>When I was thirty, I was living my dream.</b> I'd already accomplished most of what I'd set out to achieve professionally: leading scorer in the NBA, leading rebounder, leading blocker, Most Valuable Player, All-Star. But success can be as blinding as Bill …

Divorce

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Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for …

Forgiving and Letting Go When You Feel Resentful

<b>“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Ghandi</b><p>My childhood was in many ways a nice childhood. I feel like …

Positive Thinking

5 Thoughts For Those Struggling With Depression (Or Life) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

There is an old quote attributed to the writer Henry James where he tells his nephew Willie, “There are three important things in human life. The …

How to Tap Into the Healing Abilities of Your Chakras

<i>Anna Hunt, Staff Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>The human energetic body, also referred to as the pranic sheath or astral body, is an intricate network of 72,000 …

14 Literary Posters That Turn Famous Authors' Words Into Art

Who doesn't love a good literature-meets-graphic-design project?<p>We came across the work of Obvious State's Evan Robertson last year when he debuted his series of clever literary posters based on the words of authors like Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut. Turning pithy quotes into whimsical works …

Mastodon Defend Controversial Thanksgiving T-Shirt Following Accusations of Racism

When Mastodon released the above t-shirt on Thanksgiving, which features a white male pilgrim holding a gun to the head of a female Native American, they received several messages on their Facebook feed denouncing the shirt (and the band) as racist. The band have responded, explaining their …

Marketing wars: Australia vs. US

How do cage eggs, scones topped with clotted cream, toast spread with concentrated yeast extract, Digestives biscuits, and coffee pressed by a …

Coffeemakers