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Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actor alleges racial bias after being held by LA police

An actor who starred in the Oscar-winning movie Django Unchained has claimed she was handcuffed and detained by police officers in Los Angeles who assumed she was a prostitute, because she was kissing her white partner in his car.<p>Daniele Watts, who is black and who played the slave CoCo in Quentin …

Why boarding schools produce bad leaders

The elite tradition is to send children away at a young age to be educated. But future politicians who suffer this 'privileged abandonment' often turn out as bullies or bumblers. A psychotherapist explains why<p>In Britain, the link between private boarding education and leadership is gold-plated. If …

Why are many people so against home-schooling? Described as having overall negative impact on child development. I could agree with the argument that parents traditions/beliefs may have more impact, but it isn't like that doesn't happen at a school.

Answer to Are the living conditions for prisoners in Scandinavian countries better than those of ordinary citizens in developing countries?

It depends on which aspects you consider. If you look only at your material standard of living, then yes of course, Scandinavian prisons have a much …

Arianna Huffington’s “Guide” to Happiness

Six steps to finding inner happiness and successfully marketing it.<p><b>1. LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF</b><p>Yes, it’s been a tough journey, with so much heartbreak along the way. But at last <b>I have learned to love myself.</b> My method is simple. Every morning, I look in the mirror.<p>And, looking back at me, it’s me that …

4 Times Olympians Refused Their Medals

When it came time to collect their medals, these athletes said, "No thanks."<p>1. U.S. Men’s Basketball Team, 1972<p>At the 1972 Munich Games, the United …

11 Naughty-Sounding Scientific Names (and What They Really Mean)

It's a big world of flora and fauna out there, and scientists need to classify and label it. They've come up with a lot of terms that are humorous on …

11 Features You No Longer See in Cars

It’s hard to picture what today’s teenagers will wax nostalgic about 30 years from now when they reminisce about their first car. (It still required …

10 Monogamous Animals That Just Want To Settle Down

They can't put a ring on it, but when these animals find a mate, they're ready to commit.<p>1. Gibbons<p>The furry, tree-swinging gibbon doesn't monkey …

New York Times

Pushed Toward Extinction

World Rhino Day on Sept. 22 holds a renewed sense of urgency this year as poaching and habitat loss pushes rhinos closer to the edge of extinction in …

FYI: If A Mosquito Bites Me After I’ve Had A Beer, Can It Get Drunk?

B-b-b-buzzz<p>Shockingly, no major studies have been conducted on this topic. "The implications are, however, profound," says Michael Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "Reckless flying, passing out in frosty beer mugs, hitting on crane flies instead of mosquito babes. Frightening!" …

Make People Happy: 8 Ways To Make Anybody Feel Insanely Special

<i>Need to help out bummed-out friends, spouses, bosses, coworkers, neighbors, siblings, parents or plain old acquaintances? Columnist Leigh Newman weighs in.</i><p><b>1. Order Them The Thing They Love Without The Thing They Hate</b><p>They adore martinis but not the olive. They're mad for olives but not the pimento. …

The Life Wisdom of Star Wars in 20 Quotes

Once a year when the Force is strong, my hometown is invaded by alien creatures, superheroes, and stars flocking to the greatest nerdified holiday of all: Comic-Con. In the spirit of this geek-fest we reflect upon the wisdom of the Jedis and that many of life's most important lessons can be gleaned …

Darth Vader

Stories about betrayal: when have you lied and gotten away with it?

Ask yourself: when you browse through any variety of the Agony Aunts: Dear Abby, Ann Landers, Savage Love or Sexual Healing, what are you most …

Must-see morning clip: Paula Deen suffers from Type I or Type 2 racism

The celebrity chef, who has diabetes, has been diagnosed with a second disease<p>"The Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams reveals that celebrity chef Paula Deen suffers not only from diabetes, but also from Type I or Type II racism. "Type I racism is inherent, it runs in families," said …

Rules for writing: block that metaphor!

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, the former Labour Scotland minister, said the other day of Nigel Farage: "He is like a bull in a china shop and has just …

How the Smartphone Killed the Three-Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and …

Memorial Day Weekend

Chinese teenager dismembered classmate out of jealousy

A 13-year-old Chinese girl has been found guilty of killing and dismembering a female classmate because she thought she was better looking than her.<p>The girl, identified only by the surname Qin, is understood to have killed her friend, named only as Zhou, last year in Guangxi Province in the south …

Canberra's Skywhale splits opinion

A 110-foot whale-shaped hot air balloon called the Skywhale has begun floating above Australia's capital, Canberra, but critics are divided over the "esoteric" design and public cost.<p>The 1100-pound balloon was commissioned to mark Canberra's 100th birthday at a cost of £200,000. Another £32,000 was …

Slapping a cop, then jail: US woman's unorthodox plan to quit smoking

A California woman has admitted she deliberately slapped a police officer so that she would be arrested and sent to jail - where she hoped to quit smoking.<p>Etta Mae Lopez pleaded no contest on Thursday to smacking Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Matt Campoy earlier this week after he left the …

'Marc Maron In Space:' The Crankiest 'Star Trek' Yet (VIDEO)

What if comedian and podcaster Marc Maron were captain of the Starship Enterprise? He'd certainly have a low tolerance for alien BS and multiple cats on board the ship. Comedian James Adomian stars as Marc Maron in this five-part series.<p>The real Marc Maron's new show, "Maron," premieres on IFC on …

The Common Experiences of Women Who Leave Extreme Religions

A new book captures the similarities among apostates from a wide range of religious groups.<p>Flickr / Pheeque<p>When Cami Ostman and Susan Tive met in a Seattle memoir-writing class, the two women found themselves bonding over their experiences in fundamentalist religious groups. Ostman had spent over …

My Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

• 11 mins<br>• Prep: 5 mins,<br>• Cook: 6 mins<br>• Yield: Serves 2<p>Ratings<p>(15)<p>By Linda Larsen<p>Updated 04/04/17<p>Share<br>• Pin<br>• Email<p>print<p>Believe it or not, this recipe for My …

Allergy to Husband's Sperm Was 'Game-Changer' in Marriage

Newlyweds Jeff and Clara, both 35-year-old professionals, fell in love quickly and were convinced they were the "right match" -- until they had …

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Stress Quotes: 7 Quotes To Help You Stop Stressing The Small Stuff Post-Split

There are few life events more stressful than ending your marriage. And for every legitimate concern you have post-split -- finding a divorce attorney, for instance, or helping the kids make the transition to life in two separate homes -- there are plenty more small worries that can weigh you down …

11 Unintentionally Sexual Food Names

Sometimes advertisers just get it wrong, from unintentionally sexual commercials to posters and signs. These 11 food products are no different, as evidenced by their unfortunate name choices.<p>With products like “Crunky Nude Ball” and “Cemen Dip”, these 11 foods will have you back on your diet in no …

Bird-Flu Cover-Up? Chinese Social Media Out Possible Cases of Deadly Disease

A foreign journalist covering China has little choice but to get familiar with the basic habits of respiratory viruses. The country’s southern swath …

Study Shows Seeing Smiles Can Lower Aggression

A happy face can certainly lift spirits, but can it reduce rage?<p>Studies have documented that the physical act of smiling is a universal, and …

Morning-After Pill Should Be Available to All, No Prescription Required, Judge Rules

Surprising reproductive news (is there any other kind?): A federal judge in New York has ruled that the morning-after pill should be available to all who seek it, regardless of age or possession of a prescription. The Food and Drug Administration—which may choose to file a schedule-shifting …