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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: What beloved early YouTube stars look like today

What do you do once you gain internet stardom and your video has received millions of views?<p>We decided to find out.<p>Some viral YouTube sensations are still making videos in an attempt to cash in on their newfound stardom.<p>Others have moved on from the entertainment sphere and are attempting to live …

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Why I Quit Being a Divorce Lawyer to Help People Get Divorced

I was a divorce lawyer. Then, I quit.<p>The straw that broke the camel's back for me was when I found myself billing $250 per hour negotiating the drop off time of a couple's child. Mom wanted 11:00 a.m. and dad wanted 12:00 p.m.<p>That's no typo... it was a difference of one hour. I won't tell you which …

The best novels in English: readers' alternative list

After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list<p>Which are the 100 best novels ever written in the English language? No list could possibly satisfy everyone, as …

Books

16 Stairs Around the World That Are Giant Pieces of Art

If there’s one thing our color- and pattern-lovin’ minds can’t get enough of, it’s street art and stunning staircases. Put the two together and we go into a major visual coma. We’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the most artistic staircases from around the globe. With everything from rainbow …

[UPDATED] What Was Hiding in This Hidden 50-Year-Old Safe Is Straight Out of a Movie

One couple uncovered the secret hideaway in the wall when they started a reno.<p><i>Correction: The following story was revealed to be a hoax. According to a post on The Chive by John Resig, he and his brother pulled off a "unique little ruse" and watched the story go viral. "</i><i>But it might be best to out</i> …

How much it costs for a single person to live in 24 major US cities

Single people residing in the New York City metro area, for example, might want to allocate $3,627 for monthly expenses, which amounts to over $40,000 a year.<p>That's according to the Economic Policy Institute's (EPI) 2015 Family Budget Calculator, which measures the annual cost of necessities for …

20 awesome board games you may never have heard of

Put down that Monopoly money, cease your Trivial Pursuing. Here are the alternative board games you should really have in your life<p>We asked for your favourite board game, and you told us. Thank you. From ancient classics like Chess and Go to more modern staples like Scrabble and Monopoly, we heard …

8 Weight-Loss Mistakes Runners Make

Don't let your favorite workout screw with the number on the scale.<p><i>This article was written by Kit Fox and provided by our partners at</i> Runner's World<i>.</i><p>You just went for a run. How many calories did you blast? Chances are, your guess outpaces reality—to the tune of, say, a Frappuccino. Overestimating …

Fund for activist who took down Confederate flag raises $75,000 in eight hours

Campaign to raise money in support of Bree Newsome, who scaled a flagpole to remove the "stars and bars", gathers pace<p>An <b>online fundraiser</b> for Bree Newsome, the activist who is in custody after climbing a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and taking down the …

12 Incredible American Mansions That Are Open to the Public

What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.<p>What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.

Some of The Best Educational Mac Apps for Students

June 23, 2015<br>For students using Macs in their studies, the collection below embeds some excellent apps that can help you do way more with your Macs. …

13 Children's Book Authors Who Would Have Written Beautiful Fiction For Adults Too

Beloved children's book author Judy Blume released a new book this month. All hail Judy! Except, unlike her 1970 masterpiece <i>Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret</i>, her recent work, <i>In The Unlikely Event</i>, is being marketed toward adults.<p>Blume's decision -- or, perhaps, her publisher's decision -- to …

Books

5 Ways to Lose 5 Pounds—From the Guy Who Gets A-Listers in Shape

Celebrity fitness pro Harley Pasternak shares his top tips for melting stubborn fat.<p><i>This article was written by Cathryne Keller and provided by our partners at Fitbie.</i><p>When you first started to overhaul your food and fitness habits, it probably felt like you were slimming down faster than a new …

This is the Coolest Mac App I’ve Seen in a Long Time, and it’s Ridiculously Simple

Sometimes things don’t have to be very complex to have an impact. In fact, Apple’s entire design esthetic focuses on the “less is more” philosophy, …

Top 10 Nutrition And Workout Tips For Women Who Want To Lose 50 Pounds In 4 Months

Although the statistics claim that men and women suffer weight issues alike, the women folk will agree it's a tougher battle for them. Men have it …

6 Awesome Ways to Eat Scrambled Eggs for Breakfast

Scrambled eggs are a perfect weekday breakfast option—here are six great ways to cook them.<p><i>Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow really loves breakfast. Sure, she’s a morning person by nature, but what she really digs about breakfast is that it’s an opportunity to start the day on the right foot.</i> …

This Spanish restaurant was just named the best in the world for the 2nd time

Ladies and gentlemen, the world has a new best restaurant — El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.<p>Helmed by chef Joan Roca, El Celler unseated the 2014 best restaurant, Noma, during Monday's announcement of The World's 50 Best Restaurants.<p>The three-Michelin-starred restaurant takes the title for …

20 Books You Can’t Put Down For Summer Reading

What makes you feel like it’s really summer?For me, it’s a week at the beach with a beach chair, umbrella, a cooler full of drinks, and my Kindle …

Self-improvement

Artist Jim Bachor Fixes Chicago Potholes With Ice Cream Mosaics

Devouring a melty, delicious Good Humor bar on a stoop on a steamy July afternoon -- does anything say “summer in the city” more perfectly?<p>With the hottest months fast approaching, mosaic artist Jim Bachor is bringing those frosty memories to streets in Chicago and Jyväskylä, Finland. In a series …

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Duke professor defends comments on race after widespread backlash

A Duke University professor facing criticism for comments about African Americans has defended himself and attacked one of his colleagues for issuing a statement that “hurts Duke more than me” because “it only helps me spread my ideas and maybe get more book contracts”.<p>In an email Monday to the …

Abstract Macro Photos of Menstrual Blood Capture the Beauty of Life

“Beauty in Blood” is an ongoing project by Denver-based artist Jen Lewis that consists of abstract macro photographs of Lewis’ own menstrual …

Pumping iron failing to make you leaner? Blame your genes

You're a regular in the gym's weight room, grunting and sweating in hopes of turning fat into muscle and maybe even losing some weight. And yet your goal eludes you.<p>New research on women finds that some are resistant to resistance training. For these women, the new study suggests, a welter of …

Man Intent on Fixing Toilet Uncovers Centuries-Old Subterranean World Beneath his Basement

An Italian man’s dream to open a modest restaurant became an archaeological obsession when he broke ground in order to repair a faulty toilet. The …

Dove’s dirty, “beautiful” scam: Why the brand’s new viral ad is so patronizing

#ChooseBeautiful is a slick piece of marketing that assumes all women suffer from low self-esteem<p>Mari Brighe<p>April 10, 2015 8:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>When is a movement not a movement? When it's a marketing campaign in a movement's clothing.<p>For over a decade now, …

Feminism

The luxury brands that bring home the bling

Luxury brands are loved the world over for what they provide the consumer: status and style. Not only that, luxury name brands remind us that "you get what you pay for." These are the highest net worth luxury brands in the business, as ranked by Interbrand.

France Just Banned Super Skinny Models

Now this is what we call model behavior<p>Big news for the fashion world: A new law passed in France has banned super skinny models from runways and modeling gigs.<p>The law also made it illegal to condone anorexia and said any retouched photo of a model for commercial use must come with a message that …

5 worst right-wing moments of the week — Rush Limbaugh is pretty sure rape and racism don’t actually exist | Salon.com

<b>Rush Limbaugh (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>5 worst right-wing moments of the week — Rush Limbaugh is pretty sure rape and racism don’t actually exist<p>The radio host wants you to know that all liberal news is a lie, while Michele Bachmann makes bad Obama comparisons<p>Janet Allon<p>April 6, 2015 12:45pm …

Republicans

8 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

Because baking's not the only thing this ingredient is good for<p><i>By Aly Walansky for Daily Makeover</i><p>Baking soda has been a kitchen staple for generations, but it’s also a major player in the beauty realm. The inexpensive product is amazing for tons of DIY beauty and hair treatments. Here’s how you can …