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A 12-Month "I Am Strong" Challenge Better Than Any New Year's Resolution

While New Year's resolutions are often well-intentioned, the sad truth is that they usually fall out of focus. Have you been there before? We certainly have. So what's a more actionable way to meet your goals every month? Mix it up and have a clear objective month by month, rather than for the year …

The Other France

Are the suburbs of Paris incubators of terrorism?<p>Fouad Ben Ahmed never paid much attention to <i>Charlie Hebdo.</i> He found the satirical magazine to be vulgar and not funny, and to him it seemed fixated on Islam, but he didn’t think that its contributors did real harm. One of its cartoonists, Stéphane …

How Your Metabolism Changes in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s

<b>You Hit Your Peak</b> <br>Most women enjoy their highest basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn by just being alive), in their late teens or early twenties, says Christopher Ochner, Ph.D., weight-loss expert at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Some women will hit it a bit earlier, others …

Keep God out of public schools: There are no heroes in Texas student’s “is God real?” assignment controversy

A student says her teacher tried to get her to renounce her religion—how did this assignment even happen?<p>The headline is certainly affirming for those patriotic Judeo Christian Americans among us. As the Daily News puts it: "Brave girl stands up against Texas teacher who told students God is not …

Faith

Manchester United's disallowed own goal was a work of art

In the course of being knocked out of the League Cup to Middlesbrough, Manchester United's Daley Blind scored an own goal of rare magnificence, only to be rescued by the linesman's flag.<p>Wednesday night, a moderately experimental Manchester United team were ejected from the League Cup by …

Soccer

Here's How China's One-Child Policy Started in the First Place

With China’s one-child policy ending on Thursday after more than three decades, looking back to when—and why—the strict policy was first implemented …

China

The Science of Addiction and Recovery

Science

15 incredible places to pitch a tent this fall

We've put together a collection of destinations that offer everything from beautiful foliage to clear skies you can enjoy year-round.<p>From the dramatic landscape of Utah's Arches National Park to star-filled skies in Africa's Sahara Desert, here are 15 unique destinations for camping this fall.

National Parks

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

Self-help

Meet the aspiring writers behind your fortune cookie messages

Want a writing job in this depressing gig economy? Become a freelance fortune cookie writer: sharpen your wit and prepare to charge by the fortune<p>Have ever wondered how companies produce the seemingly endless fortunes found in the free cookies you get at Chinese restaurants?<p>The answer is high …

Engagement Rings

Comedians are calling out “The Fat Jew” for theft: Why the online backlash against stealing jokes is long overdue

Josh Ostrovksy, hailed as the next big voice in comedy, is being taken down by the comedians he “aggregated”<p>What do you get when you start calling all elements of culture “content?” When entire business plans are based on stealing the work of musicians? When even educated people – professors, say …

Jokes

What Makes Uber Run

The transportation service has become a global brand, an economic force, and a cultural lightning rod.<p>Jordan Kretchmer remembers what Travis Kalanick was like before Uber was Uber.<p>Kretchmer was a 25-year-old college dropout with a lot of ideas, and Kalanick had even more. He was in his early …

San Francisco

CNBC host melts down as markets open and immediately crash: “I — I — I got to make some phone calls”

Admitting ignorance on-air was actually not only a brave thing to do — it was the correct one<p>One inherent problem with live-reporting is that it requires those doing it to have adequate knowledge of the matter at hand in order to be effective. Otherwise networks risk the equivalent of having …

Faber

Jeff Bezos, Orwellian overlord: Why his defense of Amazon’s “bruising” workplace culture is so hard to swallow

The in-depth New York Times report on the punishing culture inside Amazon has even Jeff Bezos rushing to spin<p>Employees crying at their desks. Repeated all-nighters. Workers pushed out when they had medical problems or family emergencies. Annual firings deemed “purposeful Darwinism.” According to …

Employment

The 50 best colleges in America

When it comes to assessing the value of a college, the most important factor to consider is how much that school helps students succeed in life.<p>For our seventh annual ranking of the best colleges in America, we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their …

College & University

How to Stop Yourself Before You Relapse

Perhaps the most frightening thing for a person in addiction recovery to go through is a relapse. It feels in the moment that all your hard work has …

Berlin police apologize for making soccer fans remove Israeli flag

Almog Cohen, an Israeli who plays for Ingolstadt, reportedly tweeted in Hebrew after Sunday’s incident that a stadium marshal told the fans “no …

Israel

Netanyahu: Kicking Israel out of FIFA will ruin world soccer

Organization due to vote in Zurich today on Palestinian motion.<p>><br>• ><p>FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during the opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA …

Saudi cleric's fatwa: Women only watch soccer to look at men's thighs

“A woman seeing a foreign man is sinful, so what about seeing his thighs and tight kit?"<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>Wales’ Gareth Bale celebrates scoring a goal against …

Saudi Arabia

“I knew I could never go home again”: Jay Ducote on the high cost of cooking (gumbo) on reality television

“Next Food Network Star” finalist Jay Ducote opens up about representing Louisiana on a reality cooking show<p>Before I begin, a simple fact: Louisiana cuisine is superior to every other American cuisine, and the competition isn't remotely close. Corollary to this fact is that anyone who promotes …

New York Mets

Toy Story 4 will be a love story: A Woody and Bo Peep romance will drive Pixar’s new movie.

<i>Toy Story 3</i>, in this writer’s arbitrary critical opinion, is a perfect movie, but it sadly omitted a key character from Andy’s toy chest: Bo Peep, …

Animation

Things Owen Wilson says supercut: Owenergy studios compiles the actor’s most repeated lines (VIDEO).

Back in May, we featured a supercut of all the instances in which Owen Wilson says “Wow!” in his movies, a verbal tic perfectly aligned with the …

Movies

Typing indicator in chat: I built it, and I’m not sorry.

How do you feel about the typing indicator—“David is typing”—that appears on your buddy’s screen while you’re composing a message in chat? Does it …

I was a compulsive masturbator

My habit started at the tender age of 4. It took an abstinence-only sex ed class to teach me that I was not alone<p>I was watching a squirrel eating trash through a window one day in middle school when I learned what masturbation was. A school counselor handed out a piece of paper with a list of terms …

Middle School

This week in accessories: Catalyst Waterproof Case for the Apple Watch and more

Welcome back to our weekly look at some of the newest accessories hitting the market for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. In this edition, we’re …

Apple Watch

What Frequent Travelers Need To Know About The Apple Watch

Apple has billed its Watch as a must-have personal accessory. The reviews have been mixed but the consensus seems to be that it’s revolutionary, sleek, smart, a sophisticated timepiece and a boost to your health. The question I had was: Does it travel well? I put in 175,000 miles a year and have …

Smartwatches

DOCK FOR APPLE WATCH

FAQ<p>Is the Apple Watch & magnetic charging cable included?<p>No, we only manufacture and sell the charging dock. You must use your own Apple Watch and …

A Tale Of Two Wearables

The perception of Apple Watch vs. MagicBand<p>Back in January 2013, an article by Brooks Barnes in <i>The New York Times</i> about a “magical” bracelet that …