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Stunning vintage photos show how Americans in every state spend their downtime

In the book "National Geographic: The United States of America," 700 captivating images from the magazine's archives have been pulled together in one place, highlighting each state in a range of dynamic images.<p>This collection gives us an insight into how Americans have lived their lives — and how …

National Parks

An Amazing Furniture Orchard That Grows Willow Chairs and Tables Directly From the Ground

Great Big Story, in partnership with the Weather Channel, visited with artist Gavin Munro, the visionary artist who farms furniture by coaxing and …

21 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

Self-improvement

8 Simple Ways to Soundproof Your Home

Because we could all use a little extra peace and quiet.<p>You already know that a peaceful home is a happy home. While that likely means choosing your furniture, lighting, and home fabrics based on their comfort quotient, there's one thing that's easy to overlook — soundproofing.<p>Nothing zaps your zen …

Eginstill

Eginstill is a collective of craftsmen that operates under the creative direction of Frans Pahlplatz. Every project is managed by one of our …

20 Fantastic Flat Icons and Their Meaning In Logo Design

Icons tell stories. And when it comes to building visual identity for a brand, iconography plays a big part. Icons, incorporated into logos, not just make brand identities visually appealing but they also tend to deliver brand’s vision or underline message more effectively. Each icon ensues an …

Home Design in Harmony with Nature

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>Lush green areas hug this home, and indeed the home hugs them right back: the construction is built around, and criss-crosses the path of …

Mourinho admits it's a 'strange feeling' losing

Jose Mourinho insisted he is under no pressure as Chelsea manager although he admitted it was a "strange feeling" losing after his side's less than convincing start to the Premier League season.<p>The Portuguese was in relaxed mood on the eve of Wednesday's first Champions League Group G match at home …

Straight from the heart: the best love letters

Valentine’s Day is coming, and with it a poll to identify the greatest ever love letters. Here’s our alternative list, but which epistle would you nominate?<p>Just in time for Valentine’s Day, life insurance company Beagle Street has polled 1,000 people to find the “greatest love letters ever …

How Tim Duncan, All-Star, still amazes Gregg Popovich

This is how Gregg Popovich wanted it.<p>Even as the legendary coach of the San Antonio Spurs approached his latest milestone — the 1,000-win club of which Popovich became the ninth member with Monday night's 95-93 win over the Indiana Pacers — the focus was on Tim Duncan.<p>Just as he always liked …

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

Black History

MLK's Effect on Today's Politics

Dr. Martin Luther King will be remembered in many different ways on Monday – civil rights giant, religious leader – but from a more basic political perspective Dr. King might be thought of as an important father of the modern American political map.<p>The civil rights movement Dr. King led was …

Civil Rights

Schools 'must build British spirit', says Labour

<b>Schools must do more to build pupils' character and resilience, Labour's Tristram Hunt is expected to suggest.</b><p>Success is built by overcoming failure, the shadow education secretary will tell a conference on Monday.<p>"Winston Churchill was bang on when he said failure is not fatal and it is the …

Winston Churchill

Here's How To Figure Out Everything Google Knows About You

The more Google knows about you, the more it can match you to an advertiser who thinks you are an ideal customer. Advertisers are willing to pay more for ads served to ideal potential customers. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to …

Android Phones

10 of the Worst Logo FAILS Ever

Companies sometimes spend hundreds or thousands on coming up with a new logo. Logo's give companies a memorable icon that helps people put the image …

Meet the 'Tulpamancers': The Internet's Newest Subculture Is Incredibly Weird

They create semi-sentient imaginary animal friends who live in their brains.<p><i>Kitsune, a tulpa hosted by Maciej from Wroclaw, Poland</i><p>Kitsune was a mercurial orb hovering above a marble obelisk. Maciej looked at her. “What do you want to be?” He asked. The orb vanished. Then Maciej heard the pad of …

8 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Bruce Springsteen, Even If You Were Already 'Born To Run'

<i>In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream, at night we read through the quotes of glory said by Bruce Springsteen.</i><p>"Born To Run" was released on Aug. 25, 1975, and the record was eventually sold to millions of "tramps like us" across the globe. Legendarily, during a …

2014 VMAs: See All The Best (And Worst) Dressed Stars

Putting a Creative, Timeless Spin on Wedding Photography with GIFs and Cinemagraphs

Many wedding and engagement photographers want (and advertise) their photographs to be ‘timeless,’ but Detroit-based Jeffrey Lewis Bennett of JLB …

Five Customer-Centric Marketing Lessons from Apple to Zappos

Traditional marketing is on life support. The rules of the game have changed. Tell and sell marketing no longer works. Today’s consumer is empowered. Empowered to find their own information, empowered to share their opinions and empowered to avoid marketing. Brands need to find ways to leverage …

The 100 best novels: No 46 – Ulysses by James Joyce (1922)

1922 is one of those extraordinary years in the history of English literature – the moment when Modernism came of age, and after which nothing would ever be the same again. TS Eliot's <i>The Waste Land</i> appeared, first in magazine and then in volume form towards the end of the year. By then, James Joyce …

Cheeky movie posters that take their titles very literally

We're thoroughly tickled by these graphical re-imaginings of famous movie posters. Indian designer Danish Ahmed conjured up this series of images …