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Why the Academy Keeps Giving Oscars to Movies No One Sees

“It was completely surprising,” <i>Spotlight</i> producer Michael Sugar told reporters after his film claimed the Academy award for Best Picture on …

Articles about family builds their dream modern home overlooking georgian bay on Dwell.com - Dwell

Overlooking the scenic Minnehaha Creek sits one of the most unique and energy-efficient homes in the greater Minneapolis area.<p>Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for...<p>A design-build firm with a flair for …

Design

Hilarious Beauty Memes to Tag Your Friends In, Stat

It's certainly a sign of the digital age we live in when a beauty meme on Instagram can describe our daily struggle more accurately than we can. Next …

The 5 Coolest 3D Engagement Rings By Stilnest

Stilnest is one of the most unique start ups in Berlin, their talented and multi cultural team is shaping the future of the 3D jewelry industry. Below are some of my favorite 3D printed rings by Stilnest that has taken fashionistas by storm.<p>1. <b>I love you ring, acoustic waves in 3D by Jeremy …

Ten photographers who owned it this month

“Photographs should be like a punch in the face, without anesthesia,” photographer Igor Pisuk told <i>Fotografia</i> Magazine last month in regards to his dark series <i>Deceitful Reverence –</i> in which he captured his own nude body in the aftermath of alcohol addiction. Not only does Pisuk’s intense work make …

Photographers

On Cliches and Photo Ideas

Credit: Kevin Browne, Fotolia #17039046, slightly edited<p>If you go through Flickr galleries and popular photo, model mayhem or Facebook photography …

John Cleese

Top Twenty Inventors Killed by Their Inventions

There's something ingrained in humans that cause us to take dangerous risks and try things that might change the world. Over the course of civilization, thousands upon thousands of inventions succeeded beyond their creator's wildest dream. But some were epic fails. Here's a look at the top twenty …

25 Times White Actors Played People Of Color And No One Really Gave A S**t

Think blackface and yellowface are a thing of the past? Get ready to cringe.<p>As if it wasn’t enough that Hollywood lacks serious diversity behind and in front of the camera, the industry also has a nasty (not so) little habit of giving diverse roles to white actors.<p>That means that while an average …

10 Books Coming to a Movie Theater Near You

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf<p>I'm not really a film critic. When it comes to book to movie adaptations, though, I suddenly become the one person everyone wants (or doesn't want) to go to the theater with. That's because I will laugh, I will cry, and I will critique. Here are ten book-to-movie …

What to eat in the world's top foodie cities

Ever feel like you're wasting time in a world-class city by waiting in line at tourist traps or wandering streets you know nothing about? Sometimes the best way to get to know a city is through your stomach.<p>You'll have to eat either way, and walking food tours, booming brewery scenes, and tasting …

Athens

5 Paris Travel Myths

<b>The College Tourist,</b> <b>By Mercey Livingston of The University of Southern Mississippi</b><p><b>Paris is a beautiful city full of amazing art, history, and culture and a trip there will be always be unforgettable.</b><p>After living and studying in Paris for six weeks, I realized I had heard quite a few myths while …

The 5 Least-Visited Countries in the World

Here's a guide for globe trotters who prefer the road (far) less traveled.<p>The appeal of some travel destinations is that <i>everyone</i> wants to visit them. For the rest of us, nothing beats a country that's <i>not</i> overrun with tourists, where experiences feel authentic, and the majority of the people you …

Peru’s mysterious ‘boiling river’ that burns animals to death

In a rainforest in the heart of Amazonian Peru, scientists believe they have discovered the world’s largest thermal river, running hot for nearly four miles and reaching up to 80 feet at its widest point and 16 feet at its deepest.<p>While the river’s extreme temperatures are not unusual for a …

19 of America's most surreal travel destinations

From massive underground caves to rainbow-clad natural formations, the country is teeming with breathtaking spots that leave travelers in awe.<p>We've put together a collection of 19 such sights to visit in the US, from the world's largest gypsium dunefield to shimmering ice caves hidden within a …

National Parks

9 Awesome Inventions Courtesy Of Kids' Fascinating Imaginations

A fellow inventor helped bring their ideas to life.<p>After recognizing the power of children's imaginations, an inventor decided to help turn kids' fascinating ideas into reality.<p>For his INVENTORS! Project, Dominic Wilcox had more than 450 children and a handful of adults come up with an idea for an …

Exclusive: Rupert Grint, Harry Potter cast discuss character's dark future - and if they'd join Star Wars

Rupert Grint was 11-years old when he was cast as Ron Weasley in <i>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</i> in 2000. Now, it has been nearly 16 years since he first landed the job, and almost five since his final turn as creator J.K. Rowling's character in 2011's <i>Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows -</i> …

Movies

33 Of The Best TV Shows To Binge-Watch

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Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath

But according to one group of psychiatrists, these men aren't Hollywood's most realistic psychopaths.<p>In fact, they may not be psychopaths at all.<p>Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a varying combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths kill without remorse, mutilating …

Psychology

12 Longreads To Get You Through A Snow Day

Snowed in? Fend off cabin fever with these fascinating stories.<p>If you live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, a gigantic winter storm is about to screw up your weekend plans.<p>On the bright side, a snow day is one of the best excuses for finally getting around to tackling your Pocket or Instapaper …

Artist Reimagines "Star Wars" Cast as Beloved "Winnie the Pooh" Characters

Fans of <i>Star Wars</i> and <i>Winnie the Pooh</i>, it's time to welcome <i>Wookie the Chew</i>–an adorable mashup of the two pop culture icons. Florida-based artist James Hance has combined the beloved books by A.A. Milne and the wildly popular films of George Lucas into crossover illustrations that reimagine Pooh as a …

Walt Disney Company

This Abandoned Cruise Ship on Koh Chang Will Give You the Creeps

It was unlike any abandoned place I'd ever explored. Despite being completely deserted and open, everything was clean and in its place. Nothing was trashed or overgrown and graffiti wasn't sprayed across the crisp wood walls.<p>But, something didn't feel right. A heavy foreboding hung in the warm …

Here Is What We Know About The Identity Of Supreme Leader Snoke

One of the more tantalizing questions surrounding <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is just who the man behind the curtain is. We don’t see much of Supreme Leader Snoke, and we see nothing of him in person. Which in turn raises the question of just who the man <i>really</i> might be.<p>What We Know<p>One thing we do …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Why Rey Is Obi Wan Kenobi's Granddaughter

<b>Warning: Major spoilers ahead -- but really the movie's been out for more than 10 days. Why are you reading Star Wars analysis if you haven't seen the movie yet?</b><p><b>Who is Rey?</b><p>Like much of the world last weekend, I had the sincere pleasure of seeing a brand new <i>Star Wars</i> movie. For an entire weekend …

This Abandoned Waterpark In Vietnam Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

*Shudders*<p>You won't see the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark on a tourists' guide to Vietnam. You won't see it labeled on a map. And if you ask a local to show you the way, there's a good chance they'll have no idea what you're talking about.<p>It takes a motorbike and some SERIOUS guts to explore this …

Revealing Color Photographs of Early 1900s Germany Resemble the Innocence of a Children's Picture Book

In a stunning collection of over 800 photographs, <i>Germany Around 1900: A Portrait in Colour</i> gives an accurate glimpse at a country full of promise, at the turn-of-the-century. Economy booming, and social outlook at an all time high, these rose-tinted snapshots show a progressive and cosmopolitan …

The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music on Christmas Eve

The full music collection of The Beatles will be available on Apple Music and other music streaming services on Christmas Eve, according to a new report from <i>Re/code</i>. The report comes a week after a similar report from <i>Billboard</i>, which said that The Beatles were coming to a streaming service on …

Music Industry

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

You'll Never Guess the Actor Behind Star Wars Droid BB-8's Voice

If the robotic voice of BB-8, the lovable new droid in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, seems imbued with a spark of humanity, that’s because there’s an …