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9 Holiday Characters From Around the World

Most American 4-year-olds can tell you all about beloved holiday characters like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. But in other countries, talking …

Solstice

50 Collective Nouns to Bolster Your Vocabulary

Collective nouns may seem like quirky ways to describe groups, but 500 years ago, they were your ticket to the in-crowd. Most collective nouns, or …

Language

The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars

The Oxford comma, so-called because the Oxford University Press style guidelines require it, is the comma before the conjunction at the end of a …

18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply

In 2012, Randall Munroe of the webcomic xkcd published a description of the Saturn V rocket using only the 1000 most frequent words in English. Under …

Los Angeles

10 Tips for Criticizing People More Effectively

In the 1930s, William B. Pettus, the president of the College of Chinese Studies in Beijing, came across a strange little Chinese essay. It began by …

Crime

11 Discontinued Beverages from Your Youth

Unless you want to risk a bacterial infection by buying a case of soda from some unknown seller on eBay, there are certain beverages from your past …

7 Common Words With Little-Known Relatives

When some words have hit the big time, they've left clunky related words behind.<p>1. exhaust/inhaust<p>While "exhaust," from the Latin for "draw out of," …

Literature

10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk

<b>By Jacob Tomsky</b><p>Jacob has worked on the front lines of hotels for more than a decade, starting as a lowly valet in New Orleans and ultimately landing …

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

Civil Rights

20 Words We Owe to Shakespeare

No high school English curriculum is complete without a mandatory dose of William Shakespeare, and no American teenager makes it to graduation …

Linguistics

4 Subtle Changes to English People Hardly Notice

Everyone knows that language changes. It's easy to pick out words that have only been recently introduced (bromance, YOLO, derp) or sentence …

62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries

<i>For the last couple years, Jill Harness has been rounding up the world's most beautiful libraries by continent. Here they are all in one place, in no</i> …

Architecture

11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters

Before faceless multiplexes became the norm, one could always spot a movie theater in the distance, even if it was your first visit to that town. A …

Did you know the best way to separate an egg is with your hands? Or that you can avoid bitter green juices with one simple ingredient? 10 tips from 2013 that will take your cooking to the next level: http://thekitc.hn/1fMEF3y

But really, what's the deal with butter in coffee? http://thekitc.hn/ZLKdFS

Whether a Dutch oven or a crock pot is your slow-cooking mode of choice, we've got ten recipes from 2013 to put it to use: http://thekitc.hn/JiHFdy

10 smart tips for becoming a better grocery shopper: http://thekitc.hn/JiHNK8

I think we can all agree: we can never have too many weeknight meal options. 15 quick dinners for your average tuesday night: http://thekitc.hn/JiLvmM

What can you do with hot cocoa mix (you know, besides drink it)?: http://thekitc.hn/JiLlvR

Amid fast food flap, McDonald's removes employee help site

After yet another public relations headache, McDonald's has taken down its employee resources website following what it deemed "unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."<p>On Monday, CNBC reported the McResource Line site included multiple posts bashing fast food, the industry that …

Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers.<p>San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian.<p>Mearian reports:<p>Like …

3D Bioprinting

10 Ways Modern Enterprise Performance Management Changed Businesses

<i>Christian Gheorghe is CEO of Tidemark, the cloud-based enterprise analytics company.</i><p>“This data is 90 days old, but that’s okay.”<p>When was the last time you heard a C-level executive say <i>that</i>? My guess is it’s been a while, because these days, if you don’t have real-time access to the data that drives …

Former Amazon Insider Tells Us What It's Like Being An Intern There

However, does Amazon have everything a prospective student would want in an internship? We found a discussion thread on Quora where current and past interns dished on what it was like working at the company.<p>Responses were generally mixed but alot of the participants in the discussion chose to keep …

Many consumers in the dark about rising lighting standards

The most commonly used household light bulbs are set to be phased out in just a few days, but a majority of consumers is unaware of the impending changes, according to the 2013 Osram Sylvania Socket Survey.<p>Conducted at the end of every year since 2008, the Socket Survey polls hundreds of consumers …

Former Windows Leader Steven Sinofsky Presents 10 Mega Trends In Tech For 2014

Sinofsky is one of the smartest people in tech. He's currently working a partner with venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, and as an executive in residence at Harvard Business School.

The Best-Selling Books Of The Year, According To Amazon

While contemporary romance dominated last year's list with the likes of "50 Shades of Grey," this year's top spot went to Dan Brown's thriller "Inferno." It was also a very popular book at the New York Public Library earlier this fall.<p>"And The Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini and J.K. Rowling's …