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Smart money moves to make before a second marriage

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>You’ve probably heard the saying, “The first marriage is for money and the second …

Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone's eyes for 10 minutes

A psychologist based in Italy says he has found a simple way to induce in healthy people an altered state of consciousness – simply get two …

Psychology

A Roundtable on Lucia Berlin, the Greatest American Writer You've Never Heard Of

We spoke with Lydia Davis, Stephen Emerson, August Kleinzahler, Dave Cullen, and Berlin's son Jeffrey about the fantastic yet underappreciated author.<p>It is quite possible that Lucia Berlin was one of the great American prose writers of the 20th century, but until this year, you wouldn't have known …

Walker unveils plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker rolled out his first big policy proposal Tuesday in Minnesota as he unveiled his plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.<p>Walker said ObamaCare's backwards approach has driven up health care costs and reduced access to medical care for too many people.<p>The GOP contender's …

There’s nothing more entertaining than having to put kids and kittens in one place – just like other viral videos circulating online. Cats can be a fantastic addition to family with kids. We have seen cats turn into the most loved and cherished friend of many children aside from dogs. If you have kids and […]

HenSpark / Latest / Animals / <b>Adorable Kid attempts to organize his 5 kittens goes Viral</b><p>Adorable Kid attempts to organize his 5 kittens goes …

Pets

1,200-year-old telephone, amazing invention of the ancient Chimu civilization

The thousand-year-old telephone, a marvel of ancient invention, surprises almost all who hear about it. Reportedly found in in the ruins of Chan …

A different side of Brazil's population is taking over the streets in protest

Brazilians are taking to the streets. Again.<p>Two years ago, Brazilians, mostly from the left, came out to protest higher bus fares. This time the voices are coming mostly from the political right. Tens of thousands took part in marches and rallies throughout Brazil on Sunday protesting the economic …

Exhaled Pounds: How Fat Leaves the Body

When you lose weight, where does it go? Turns out, most of it is exhaled.<p>In a new study, scientists explain the fate of fat in a human body, and …

Stephen Colbert on Learning to Accept the Deaths of His Father and Brothers: 'I Love the Thing That I Most Wish Had Not Happened'

Stephen Colbert has revealed that the joy he uses in his comedy comes from the darkest place in his life – the tragic deaths of his father and two …

The Late Show

ABC's Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 cast and plot

It's hard to be a bachelorette in paradise.ABC<p>After 19 seasons of "The Bachelor," 11 seasons of "The Bachelorette," and only five couples who have actually gotten married, there are a lot of ABC reality stars who are still looking for love.<p>ABC decided to take some of those rejected contestants and …

How algorithms run Amazon’s warehouses

When you click “buy’ on Amazon, a flurry of activity begins inside a nearby warehouse – all managed by smart computer code. What’s it like to work there?<p>“Work Hard. Have Fun. Make History.” So reads a sign above the entrance to Amazon’s newest UK “fulfilment centre” (or warehouse) in Hemel …

eCommerce

Miss Manners: Teen girl in suit is not violating dress code

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Our whole family is traveling to an out-of-town wedding. The invitation requests “Cocktail attire, ties required for men and dresses for women.”<p>My teenage granddaughter doesn’t like to wear dresses, and though she has worn them in the past, said she doesn’t wear dresses anymore …

Middle School

Phone network security flaw lets anyone bug your calls

Remember that vulnerability in the SS7 inter-carrier network that lets hackers and spies track your cellphone virtually anywhere in the world? It's worse than you might have thought. Researchers speaking to Australia's <i>60 Minutes</i> have demonstrated that it's possible for anyone to intercept phone …

Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

Wish you had the freedom to live anywhere without ever paying another cent in utilities? If so, Netherlands-based Sustainer Homes has developed the …

Kris Jenner's Tramp Stamp + 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Kardashians

Kris was only 22 when she married Robert Kardashian.<p>Locking that ish down young apparently runs in the family.<p>Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe went to an …

San Francisco's 'housing crisis' is reaching epic proportions

The median house price in San Francisco has jumped 103% since the first quarter 2012 to $1.35 million in July; the median condo price has jumped 74% to $1.125 million. These aren't palaces; condos include 1-bedroom and smaller units!<p>And incomes in San Francisco, it turns out, haven't soared in …

Real Estate

What Happens When A Male Photographer Tries To Reclaim Women's Bodies?

This photographer wants women to stop worrying about conventional beauty.<p>A young girl lazes on her back, her Botticelli-like hair falling in waves. It’s a beautiful image, complete with hazy, diffused light falling evenly upon its subject, in the style that’s been popularized on Tumblr and in …

Teen Charged In Vicious Attack After 5-Year-old Found Unconscious

The girl, abducted from her own home, "can't even open her eyes right now, but she's in good spirits."<p>A 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl who was beaten and left for dead in North Philadelphia last month.<p>Police said the boy …

Crime

17 Celebrity Sex Dream Horror Stories That'll Give You Nightmares

"Seth MacFarlane and I were having sex and he kept doing the Peter Griffin laugh."<p>The Kool-Aid Man was omnipresent and could manifest himself anywhere at anytime. He just kept popping up on the coffee table and in the TV. Eventually, he interrupted my Harry Styles oral sex fantasy. <b>As I was going</b> …

The Walking Dead

America’s most (and least) educated cities

If you want to live amidst people with advanced degrees or have your kids attend the best schools, you’re far better off in some cities than</b> …

6 imaginative new ways America has found to punish its poor

The poor are treated like human ATM machines, and our politicians are actively encouraging their exploitation<p>In the 1960s, the Lyndon Johnson administration launched an official War on Poverty. Needless to say, poverty has emerged victorious. The noble and necessary aim of poverty reduction might …

The 15 best apps for keeping your life in order

These apps aren't like that. They will help you remember everything from your keys, to your bills, to where you first met someone. They can even improve your memory.<p>Taken together, these 15 apps tackle forgetfulness through all different parts of your life.

Smart people live longer— here’s why

Smarter people tend to live longer than those with less luck in the intelligence department. Now, a new study hints at why: It's (almost) all about good genes.<p>About 95 percent of the relationship between intelligence and longevity is explained by genetic influences on both traits, researchers …

Obama names first openly transgender official for White House job

President Barack Obama Tuesday appointed the first openly transgender official to serve in the White House.<p>Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, previously a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, will be the outreach and recruitment director for the White House Office of Presidential …

LGBTQI

These are the 25 most popular mobile apps in America

A look at the top 25 most popular mobile apps in the US, as measured by comScore, leads to several observations.<p>1. As the US smartphone market matures, the mobile-app leaders aren’t changing.<p>Some 21 of the top 25 apps, as ranked by comScore, were the same in June 2015 as a year ago, when we first …

Apps

Woman Marries Jesus Christ in Festive Ceremony

There are only about 3,000 consecrated virgins in the world, and Jessica Hayes just became one of them.<p>If you're not familiar with the concept of consecrated virgins, then Jessica Hayes's wedding to Jesus might sound odd. But, as WLFI reports, it's a ceremonial gesture that shows Hayes has …

Earth - Chimpanzees and monkeys have entered the Stone Age

In the rainforests of west Africa, the woodlands of Brazil and the beaches of Thailand, archaeologists have unearthed some truly remarkable stone tools.<p>It's not the workmanship that makes them special. If anything, a casual observer might struggle to even identify them as ancient tools. It's not …

Anthropology