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Yale Is Letting Anyone Take Its Most Popular Class Ever for Free

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to truly be happy.<p>When Yale began offering a new course this semester, over 1,000 students jumped at the opportunity. It wasn't about business, technology or innovation. It's about how to be happy.<p>Nearly a fourth of the undergraduate student body …

Living Rooms

20 products with a cult following on Amazon, and why they're worth it

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Power comes in …

Shopping

27 Horror Movies For People Who Don't Love Horror Movies

If you braved A Quiet Place, here are a slew of other acclaimed and artful scary movies<p>Any horror fan is used to hearing the words “I don’t do horror.” Which is fair enough, except I can guarantee that everyone who says they just don’t like horror movies is missing out on a number of films they …

Horror

The books you never read in high school, but should now

Here are 10 suggestions for those looking for never-too-late reads. Maybe you’ll be convinced to finally read “Moby-Dick,” all 200,000 words of it.

Literature

The Unexpectedly Moving Story of U-God, the Least-Loved Member of the Wu-Tang Clan

Most fans of the Wu-Tang Clan have a favorite member. You can make a strong case for at least two-thirds of the nonet: GZA has the old-fashioned flow and the foreboding intellect; Method Man oozes cunning and charisma; the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard was pure funk, like the human embodiment of a James …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A guide to credit card and airline points for complete and total beginners

There are two types of people in this world: people who are obsessed with amassing airline miles and those who aren’t.<p>For the people who aren’t, the former group can seem an intimidating, mystifying bunch. What with all that talk of loyalty, status, bonuses, mileage runs, and upgrades, the points …

Personal Finance

Don't Visit Dallas Without Hitting These Editor-Fave Spots

There are plenty of reasons you might find yourself in Dallas. On a business trip, catching a football or basketball game, or whilst on a tour of the …

You Can Soon Own a HAL 9000 Replica That Uses Amazon Alexa to Control Your Home, Dave

As I vaguely recall, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> might have been trying to tell us something about the dangers of artificial intelligence. But I haven’t …

19 Accessories From Amazon That Every Book-Lover Needs To Add To Their Shopping Cart

Really, all you need to be a book-lover is a good book and a place to read it. And a bookmark, for when you are inevitably interrupted halfway …

The Weirdest, Most Wonderful 2001: A Space Odyssey Secrets in the Stanley Kubrick Archive

A deep dive reveals all sorts of fascinating tidbits about the classic sci-fi film, from Vogue’s tie-in space pants to Kubrick’s most passive-aggressive communiqués.<p>While researching a piece for <i>Vanity Fair</i>’s 2018 Hollywood Issue on the making of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>—the …

Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Strangest Blockbuster in Hollywood History

Despite delays, maxed-out budgets, radical re-writes, and some early bad reviews, Stanley Kubrick’s outer-space epic went on to set records and propel a generation of cinema lovers—a big gamble of a movie that still resonates 50 years later.<p>Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> took more than four …

Guillermo del Toro Picks 11 Criterion Collection Movies You Need to See

Del Toro recommends classics from the Coen brothers, Jean Cocteau, and Alfred Hitchcock.<p>Guillermo del Toro may be one of the world’s most beloved …

Joaquin Phoenix: A Man Apart

He is regarded as one of his generation’s most gifted screen actors, if not the best of all, as well as one of Hollywood’s most singular stars. With four new films on the horizon, 2018 is shaping up as the year of Joaquin Phoenix<p>Los Angeles is burning. The hills are alive with the roar of …

Mary Magdalene

First Draft: 11 Anti-Heroes, and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.<p><b>How do writers craft</b> …

Writing

What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building

Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed in tomorrow's economy, they can't just coast through school. They have to soak up precious knowledge like a sponge. But even as adulthood …

How to deep clean your mattress

Your mattress is a mite magnet. Here's how to get it clean.<p>Your mattress is probably the last thing you think about cleaning, but chances are it's pretty gross. Humans shed around 1.5 grams of skin a day. That amount can feed about 1 million dust mites, and these bugs are huge contributors to …

Mattresses

Steven Spielberg Is Officially Remaking West Side Story—and He’s Looking for You

The director is explicitly seeking Latino and Latina actors for a non-whitewashed version of the classic musical.<p>Get ready for the 21st century edition of the Jets vs. the Sharks. <b>Steven Spielberg</b> is officially remaking <i>West Side Story</i>, the classic romantic musical about rival gangs in New York City. …

Breaking Bad became one of the best TV shows ever by borrowing a trick from Shakespeare

The show balanced improvisation and careful planning thanks to its overarching structure.<p>Much has been made of the way the writers of <i>Breaking Bad</i> <i>—</i> which debuted to modest ratings on January 20, 2008, before growing into one of the defining shows of its era — wrote themselves into corners, before …

TV

Our first date ended up in a case of 'he said, she said'

<b>He:</b> After my 12-year relationship ended in divorce, I thought I'd never find another long-term romance. I didn't have a clue how to meet women in the 21st century. When a friend suggested online dating, I was highly skeptical, but I took right to it — and almost overdosed. Match. OkCupid. Tinder. I …

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes

The hidden compartments of household ephemera are seldom discussed among family members. Parents hide the material relics of their individuality, in secret alcoves. And kids know exactly where to find these objects. Collections vary: It can be a hidden stash of pot, a series of love letters from an …

Sundance

12 of the best British short stories you've never read

Short stories are underrated.<p>If you were asked to name a famous novel, or even a famous poem, you could probably rattle off at least a handful quite …

Books

The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try. It’s a small, internet-connected video camera, the kind you might use for security or to keep tabs on your dog or your baby.<p>On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras …

eCommerce

10 things you didn't know you could do with Facebook Messenger

1.3 billion people use Facebook Messenger each month. But are they really making the most of it?<p>Since Messenger became an app of its own, Facebook …

50 Box-Office Bombs That Are Actually Great

Movies are big business, so it makes sense that their performance at the box office often determines whether they're considered a "success" or "a …

After nearly 30 years patrolling together, these two LAPD officers end an epic partnership

The cops have patrolled together for more than 28 years, one behind the wheel, the other riding shotgun, scanning the streets of northeast Los Angeles for signs of trouble.<p>Both are bald with mustaches, as set in their ways as a married couple. Duarte, the smoother talker, is first to approach a …

Someone Mapped Out Every Quantum Leap Scott Bakula Has Ever Done

We could be getting a <i>Quantum Leap</i> movie in the future, but for now the television series is still the primary leap Sam Beckett has taken. And if …

Quantum Mechanics

12 books Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and other moguls think everyone should read

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Oprah Winfrey has called reading "her personal path to freedom."<p>Gates and Winfrey, along with a number of other successful people, have made book recommendations over the years. Here are some of the titles that could help mold the …

Books

Station combines all your messy web apps into a single app

Meet Station, a startup that was created by startup studio eFounders. Station has been working on the only work app you need. It combines all the services you need into a single window and handles notifications and documents better than a normal browser.<p>If you don’t spend your life in Word, Excel, …

Apps

12 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

Some of the best features of Google’s mapping app are among the hardest to find—until you know where to look.<p>Google Maps is great for just getting around. But don’t be fooled: The app is much more than a glorified Garmin. Maps has all sorts of powerful features and time-saving shortcuts that aren’t …

Maps