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The 24 Best Websites For Discount Furniture And Decor

Clear eyes, full carts, can't lose.<p>When decorating a new space, it’s important to know which pieces are worth the investment, and which are worth finding for cheap. But let’s be honest ― we’ll take a good deal any day.<p>Thankfully, you don’t have to expend tons of time or energy searching for the …

16 New IKEA Hacks You Haven’t Seen Yet

Budgeting and holidays are never good together (seriously, can those two just break up already?) So if you’re trying to revamp your interiors without spending too much money this winter, IKEA is definitely the best place to start. Whether you need extra storage or are just looking for some easy DIY …

25 Books Every Man Should Read

Make it a drinking game.<p>Literacy is hot. Like CrossFit. Remember this Instagram account? Next time you're caught in a random girl's iPhone lens, make sure you've got your face buried in one of these puppies.*<p>* Burying your face in a puppy is also a surefire way of ending up in a girl's Instagram …

Read These 7 Books Before You Quit Your Job

About to ditch employed life for entrepreneurship? Get through this reading list first.<p>You have a great business idea. You have a passionate need to escape cubicle life. You even have an outstanding work ethic and a healthy dose of risk tolerance. You're all set to quit your gig and be an …

Entrepreneurship

16 things successful people do on Monday mornings

"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."<p>"They …

5 No-Equipment Back Exercises You Need in Your Life

<i>Photo: Pond5</i><p><i>By Chris Ryan for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Hunching over laptops and smartphones for hours on end does your back no favors. In fact, it's one of the biggest -- and most important -- muscle groups we're guilty of ignoring. And the issue isn't just aesthetics (though a toned back can help you …

The 6 Best Things You Can Do For Your Body

Science shows that small changes (and a little fun) are all it takes to improve your health drastically. We talked to prominent doctors, crunched the data and found a few high-payoff tweaks that you can start today.

5 New Secrets to Achieving Your Goals, Backed By Research

Goal setting is one of the four techniques the military used to increase Navy SEAL passing rates from 25% to 33%. Studies have also shown it makes …

3 great barbecue sauces you can make this weekend

If you love outdoor cooking there's nothing like spending quality time over a hot grill, whether you're grilling steaks or chicken, or slow-cooking brisket or ribs. But often it's that signature touch — a thoughtfully honed sauce — that takes your creation to a whole new level.<p>And while you can …

What Happens When We Upload Our Minds?

The technology to transfer our brains to computers is coming. But will our digital copies actually be us?<p>Since the dawn of computer science, humans have dreamt of building machines that can carry our memories and preserve our minds after our fleshy bodies decay. Whole brain emulation, or mind …

Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

Ask parents how important it is to instill kindness in their kids, and most will rank it high: even as their very top priority, according to Harvard researchers.<p>But children surveyed by the university’s Making Caring Common (pdf) project said, overwhelmingly, that they were getting a different …

Parenting

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

15 IKEA Hacks to Dress Up Your Windows

Window treatments can be expensive, especially when you have a lot of windows to cover. If you’re desperate for some privacy and desperate to keep some spending money in your decor budget, it’s time to turn to IKEA. Yes, those plain white sheer curtains and roller blinds are less than inspiring, …

32 massive parties everyone should go to in their lifetime

Most people dream about hitting one epic party in their lifetime, whether it's Oktoberfest in Germany, Carnaval in Brazil, or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, USA.<p>We've found the biggest and wildest parties around the globe.<p>From dancing in a whirlwind of colors at India's Holi festival to throwing …

16 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

A recent thread on Quora discussed some of the best destinations in Europe that remain unknown.<p>The answers hit on a number of hidden gems, which we included in this list, along with some others that came from our own research.<p>From Denmark's Faroe Islands to one of Armenia's oldest monasteries, here …

The 10 Most Underrated European Cities To Book Your Next Vacation To

European Travel

Why do we dream? You asked Google – here's the answer

Maybe we should ask the duck-billed platypus.<p>Back in the 1950s, scientists working on humans identified a state marked by increased brain activation, accelerated breathing and heart rate, and muscular paralysis. But perhaps the most remarkable feature was a flickering of the eyes beneath closed …

Consciousness

How to Use Time Travel to Increase Happiness

Anytime you need to be happier, just do some time travel. It’s that simple.<p>I know what you’re thinking: <i>He’s finally gone insane.</i><p>No, I’m not crazy. …

Happiness

5 ways the world's most controversial telescope could revolutionize astronomy

That is, if it's actually built.<p>Native Hawaiian protestors halted the construction earlier this year. Many consider the mountain sacred ground and there are concerns that the construction could have terrible consequences for the delicate mountaintop ecosystem.<p>Legally, TMT has the green light to …

Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars?

Since 1945, the United States has experienced little except military stalemate and loss—precisely because it’s a superpower in a more peaceful world.<p>At 9:44 p.m. on July 27, 1953, Harold Smith had just 16 more minutes of the Korean War to survive before a ceasefire came into effect at 10:00 p.m. …

Korean War

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

12 Incredible Abs Exercises You Should Know

Everything you need to do to get a stronger core without doing a single solitary crunch. For everyone from fitness rookie to hardcore exerciser.<p>Thumbnail from Thinkstock.

16 Foods Nutritionists Eat When They Want to Lose a Few Pounds

Consider this your weight-loss cheat sheet.<p>Lots of people call on nutritionists to help them overhaul their diets when they want to slim down. But what do R.D.s make sure to eat themselves if they notice their jeans have gotten a little snug? We surveyed 10 to find out which foods they swear by …

My 30-Minute, $0 Nate Berkus Living Room Makeover

See how the designer turned one editor's living room into a more beautiful, welcoming space...in half an hour, without bringing in a single new purchase. PLUS: Tips on how you can transform your home similarly.<p>There are some situations in life where the only answer is yes. Alice Waters asks if …

What to Do Every Hour to Drop Pounds All Day

Burn more calories, eat healthier, and boost your weight-loss efforts—today.<p><i>This article was written by Jenny Sugar and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Losing weight isn't about committing to one healthy choice—the journey is made up of lots lifestyle decisions that you make every …

7 Stunning iOS Apps For Fiction Lovers

The best novels are immersive -- either their plots compel readers to turn page after page, or their ideas buzz wildly in our minds. But novels necessarily don't inundate <i>all</i> of our senses. Unlike most other artistic mediums, much of the sensory legwork must be completed on the part of the readers' …

Adventure Dreams: 10 Classic Adventures

These are the quintessential adventure experiences you organize your year around because they require fitness, specialized gear, and maybe a large chunk of time off work. Our top ten cover life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert and include the expert advice, gear tips, and …