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Banning Small Talk From Your Conversations Makes You Happier, Says Science (Ask Any of These 12 Questions for a Change)

When you attend a networking event, cocktail party, or meet someone for a business lunch, exchanging superficial small talk is par for the course.<p>Sure, questions like <i>What do you do?</i> and <i>Where do you live?</i> are almost necessary to get some conversational momentum. But how many of us are willing to go …

Thomas Jefferson

There’s a new global ranking of gun deaths. Here’s where the U.S. stands

In 2016, more than 250,000 people worldwide died as a result of firearms, and half of all of those deaths came from six nations, including the …

Public Health

Bulgaria: Grand Armory Of Roman Legion’s Mystery Unveiled

The first traces of the monumental stone structure at the ancient site of a former Roman legionary camp in Novae, Bulgaria, was discovered by AMU …

Archaeology

The Most Picturesque European Towns You Probably Didn't Know About

How Evil Are You? Psychologists Have Developed an IQ-Like Test to Measure Your 'Dark Core'

IQ is basically steady no matter how you measure it. Apparently, so is evilness.<p>It doesn't matter what IQ test you take, where you take it, or what you have for breakfast the day you sat down to get your intelligence measured. Whatever the circumstances of the exam, your score is likely to be …

Psychology

The Best Ways to Polish Granite Countertops so They Sparkle Like New

Figuring out how to clean granite countertops is one of the biggest challenges homeowners face after renovating their kitchens. While resilient, …

The Universe Is Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

It’s been nearly a century since scientists first theorized that the Universe was expanding, and that the farther away a galaxy was from us, the faster it appears to recede. This isn’t because galaxies are physically moving away from us, but rather because the Universe is full of …

Galaxies

3 Funds For 6% Tax-Free Income And Market-Busting Returns

There’s been a massive discount building in a pocket of the market where you can get big dividends that are <i>entirely tax-free</i>.<p>And I’m going to show you three “1-click” ways to tap this income investor’s wonderland today.<p>I know that tax-free anything these days sounds impossible, but in this case, I …

Investing

Hackers can seize practically all your online accounts, and it's your voicemail's fault

Who would have thought that, in the end, it would be the humble voicemail that would do us all in?<p>Your Google, Microsoft, Apple, WhatsApp, and even …

Bulgaria's famed all-female folk choir back with a modern twist

Varna -<p>Thirty years ago an all-female folk choir set up in Bulgaria became the darling of Western audiences with its tradition-steeped a cappella …

Make These Eggy Breakfasts Ahead of Time and High-Five Yourself All Week

Many eggy breakfast staples — fried eggs, omelets, and scrambles — need to be prepared fresh, but not these clever recipes that can be made ahead and either eaten at room temperature or microwaved. Perfect for the busiest of mornings — cook them over the weekend or whenever you have some free time …

Frittatas

Learn a Foreign Language Through Immersion Using TV Shows and Books With This App

When you’re trying to learn a foreign language, there’s no better way than being immersed in it. Language immersion, after all, is how most of us …

TV shows

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

10 Things Mentally Strong People Give Up to Gain Inner Peace

Letting go of certain things can open the door to true contentment in life.<p>Mental strength and inner peace go hand in hand. Mentally strong people are confident that they can handle whatever life throws their way.<p>That's not to say they don't feel pain or that they don't get sad--they experience …

The Best Fixed Annuities Available In 2018

In a world where fewer people are covered by pensions, simple fixed annuities are increasingly important. But they are also hard to find. Most financial advisors who are compensated based on assets under management tend to not recommend them. And insurance agents generally prefer to sell more …

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Trump Administration

Forget the Blood of Teens. This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop

Nir Barzilai has a plan. It’s a really big plan that might one day change medicine and health care as we know it. Its promise: extending our years of …

Five foods to improve your heart health—and two to absolutely avoid

If it feels hard to keep up with nutritional advice, don't worry—cardiologists are here to help.<p>Nutritional advice can feel overwhelming. It seems, at least from some headlines, like the advice is constantly changing. Even though the science hasn’t actually changed all that much over the years, we …

If you’re not changing as a person then you’re not intelligent (according to Einstein)

If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re not being intelligent. Humans thrive in change and expansion — yet there …

Midlife crisis? It’s a myth. Why life gets better after 50

We don’t peak in middle age, say the experts. So forget about the stereotypes and embrace change<p>Beware midlife! You will be prone to sudden, disruptive upheaval. Around the age of 50 your productivity, creativity and adaptability begin their inexorable decline. With them, happiness ebbs. Your best …

Middle Age

Fourth of July 1777: ‘That Glorious and 'Ever Memorable Day'

On July 4, 1777, the United States of America celebrated the one year anniversary of its independence in Philadelphia with a feast, music, a military …

11 Ways You're Wasting Time Instead of Doing What You Need to be Successful

When was the last time you found anything on social media that moved your life forward?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s the end of another busy day, and you look back and wonder “Where did the time go?” Most likely, part of your time was eaten up with those little …

Want to Live Longer? Science Says Drink More Coffee (Even This Insane Amount)

Yet another study says that even more coffee will help you live longer and fight off cancer.<p>I hope you're reading this while drinking a cup of coffee. Maybe even your second or third cup.<p>That's because a massive new British study, examining the coffee habits and longevity of nearly 500,000 adults, …

Medieval trade networks v.4

Access a zoomable version of the map here: https://easyzoom.com/imageaccess/ec482e04c2b240d4969c14156bb6836f Older version of this map is found here: …

The four-word prayer that could change everything in your life

On the days when I get really fearful, I say a tiny prayer. It’s called a breath prayer. During a series my pastor in Connecticut taught on the Beatitudes, he taught us how to say breath prayers — short, gritty prayers that get right to the point. You can say them anywhere and in any posture. You …

Prayer

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Orleans

Feeling Nostalgic? — Try The Weirdly Genius "Windows 93" OS Here

What if Microsoft released another operating system between Windows 3.X and Windows 95? Windows 95 was around for a long time and it ruled the PCs …

We Compared the Average IQ Scores in All 50 States, and the Results Are Eye-Opening

Yes, the IQ test is controversial, but it's one of the few consistent metrics we have. Here's how the states compare.<p>People are getting dumber, according to science.<p>There are a lot of theories why IQ tests are falling. Some say it's bad food, poor schools, or obscene amounts of screen time. Others …

Suze Orman Says This Is the Age You Should Retire—Not a Month or Year Before

<i>Originally published by Money</i><p>One of the most popular segments on my CNBC show was “How Am I Doing?” Viewers would call in and tell me everything …

Science Says Only 8 Percent of People Actually Achieve Their Goals. Here Are 7 Things They Do Differently

Most of the time, it comes down to simple habits to keep us accountable.<p>According to the University of Scranton, a whopping 92 percent of people who set New Year's goals never actually achieve them. You can count me in that group. Failing to meet goals is pretty frustrating and can set you …