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What the world's nations are best at, revealed in one map

The world can seem like a gloomy place at times, and it can be easy to criticise countries for those things they do not seem to be getting right.<p>But …

Papua New Guinea

A Picture Of Language: The Fading Art Of Diagramming Sentences

When you think about a sentence, you usually think about words — not lines. But sentence diagramming brings geometry into grammar.<p>If you weren't taught to diagram a sentence, this might sound a little zany. But the practice has a long — and controversial — history in U.S. schools.<p>And while it was …

Little Bastard: A Secret Water Hole For Some Serious Drinking Affair

I was contemplating penning this down…but I shan’t be selfish, and will let the cat out of the bag and lead you through the inconspicuous walkway to …

21 Little Everyday Changes To Make Your 2017 Even Better

Small changes that'll make a big difference.

Social Media

The 12 Types Of Trips You Should Take In Your Lifetime

Better than your average beach vacation, and cheaper too.<p>To some travelers, “vacation” means lying on a tropical beach or staying in an urban hotel, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the start of a new year is time to think outside the box and start planning trips that help you both unwind …

Travel

10 Beautiful Pieces Of Life Advice For Every Stage Of Your Journey

1. Accept the fact that there are things in your life that won’t go the way you want them to.<p>Accept the fact that there are people who will turn …

12 Parenting Hacks to Help Your Kid Become More Independent

Most parents want their kids to be more independent. This means your little ones wake up, brush their teeth, get dressed for school, and don’t mix up …

Kids

This woman spent a year reading a book from every country in the world. What did she learn?

In 2012, author Ann Morgan set herself a very ambitious target. She wanted to read a book from every country, in just one year.<p>One-hundred and …

Books

No Mud, No Lotus

This catchy title is from the eponymous Thich Nhat Hanh book. It’s an excellent book that uses simple language to explore how we must embrace both …

I Review Hundreds Of Cover Letters–Here’s What I Instantly Reject

An experienced hiring manager explains what makes her eyes glaze over and what grabs her attention.<p>I’ve read a lot of cover letters throughout my career. When I was a fellowship program manager, I reviewed them in consideration for more than 60 open positions each year. So I saw it all–the good, …

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In pictures: the W* photography desk's 2016 digest of visual inspiration

Art

This is why Singapore is so successful

Photographs and videos of Mr. Nathan’s ceremonial gun carriage is available for all to witness. <b>But what many didn’t see…and also the thing that left</b> …

Michael Phelps taught a lesson for once – by Singapore’s Joseph Schooling

Michael Phelps’ story finished with a twist, as the best ones always do. He lost the last solo race of his career, the 100m butterfly final, to Joseph Schooling, a 21-year-old from Singapore. Phelps wasn’t too cut up about it. He has 22 gold medals, but this was Schooling’s, and Singapore’s, very …

Swimming

10 distinctive features of the Japanese education system that made this nation the envy of the world

Japanese people are known for their intelligence, strong health, politeness, and wellness. But why is this nation so unique and different from the …

Education

First Asian-American Woman to Win Olympic Gold Medal Gets New Recognition

Victoria Manalo Draves, the first American woman to win two gold medals in springboard and platform diving at the 1948 Olympics, will be honored in San Francisco this weekend.<p>Draves was also the first woman of Filipino heritage to win an Olympic gold medal.<p>Draves was born in 1924 in San Francisco’s …

San Francisco

It’s typhoon season in the South China Sea—and China’s fake islands could be washed away

Typhoon Nida is barreling through the South China Sea, after dumping over 300 millimeters of rain on the Philippines over the weekend. As Hong Kong braces for landfall sometime tonight (Aug. 1), some controversial, much-less-populated landmasses may already be feeling the brunt of the storm.<p>That’s …

China

Three Questions To Ask Instead Of Saying “Nice Job”

We’re much more specific in our criticism than in our praise. Time to correct the imbalance.<p>“Nice job.” “Good work.” No more than two syllables, they’re just about the easiest possible ways to praise people. That’s why we tend to keep hearing those phrases tossed around the office, despite endless …

Sweeping ruling against China will have lasting impact globally

China suffered a major defeat Tuesday as an international court rebuked its claims on distant waters that contain the world's busiest shipping lanes …

China

France to Push for Coordinated EU Patrols in South China Sea

France will urge European Union nations to coordinate navy patrols to ensure a “regular and visible” presence in the disputed South China Sea, in the …

10 Staple Shoes Every Woman Should Own

If we lived by Carrie Bradshaw's rules, then we could never have too many shoes. Sometimes we think that truly may be the case. However, we don't have the budget (or closet space for that matter) to jump on every single trend. To make your shopping experience more seamless, we narrowed it down to …

Clothing

50 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

<i>Buzzfeed asked their community to tell them about their favorite lines from literature. Here are some of their most beautiful replies.</i><p>2. “In our …

Literature

Here Is How To Plan The Ultimate 4th Of July

Red, white, and badass you.<p><b>Strawberry Lemonade Sangria<br>Servings: 6-8</b><p><b>Ingredients</b><p>2 lbs strawberries, sliced<p>1 lemon, sliced<p>1 bottle white wine<p>1 cup white rum<p>4 cups lemonade<p>2 cups champagne<p>Lemon slices for garnish<p><b>Preparation:</b><p>In a large pitcher, combine the strawberries, lemon, wine, rum, and lemonade. …

BBQ

This $6 Wine Has Just Been Named One of the Best in the World | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You've always wondered, haven't you?<p>What would happen if all the labels were taken off all the wine bottles in the world and then all you had to go on was the wine itself?<p>This is, of course, what …

New Balance

IKEA Comes Up With A Brilliant Way To Show How Affordable Their Products Are

Memac Ogilvy & Mather, UAE, has come up with a brilliant campaign for IKEA Saudi Arabia that shows how affordable their products are. The ads show …

Saudi Arabia

She-Ra and the Fight Against the Token Girl - The Atlantic

The 1980s were a golden era for TV cartoons. Animated shows including <i>The</i> <i>Smurfs</i>, <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i>, and <i>The Real Ghostbusters</i> featured vivid landscapes and a variety of strange heroes, from blue forest people to human-cat hybrids to sewer turtles. But they had one significant thing in …

Feminism

The Married Woman Who Kept Her Lover in the Attic

Dolly Oesterreich, her “Bat Man,” and one of the strangest sex scandals ever.<p>Walburga ‘Dolly’ Oesterreich being arraigned in court on the alleged …

Pulp Fiction