Aaron Staver

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How to Find Your True Calling

Many people are in search of their purpose, or true calling, in life.<p>And this is certainly a worthy endeavor - research has shown that knowing your sense of purpose adds up to 7 years of extra life expectancy.<p>But finding your purpose can be quite challenging since it can be an abstract and …

Happiness

Two American Dreams: how a dumbed-down nation lost sight of a great idea

As Clinton and Trump prepare to debate next week, noble ideals are overwhelmed in a culture where most Americans do not know what is real anymore and the dream of equal opportunity is a fantasy<p>Every child had a pretty good shotTo get at least as far as their old man gotBut something happened on the …

Income Inequality

This Artist Drew One Movie Quote Every Day For A Year

Artist Ian Simmons drew one movie quote for each day of the past year, and they're all amazing.

Kevin Smith Hit A Troll With A Baseball Bat Of Wisdom For Attacking His Daughter Harley Quinn

If you want to criticize Kevin Smith‘s movies, he would invite the scorn, if refuse to learn from it (his last film with a “Fresh” Rotten Tomatoes score: 2008’s <i>Zack and Miri Make a Porno</i>). But if you want to say something cruel about his daughter, Harley Quinn, Smith has a message for you: be …

35 Things You Should Know Before Becoming “SUCCESSFUL”

<b>1. It’s Never As Good As You Think It Will Be</b><p><i>“One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation,”</i> says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at …

7 Things to Remember When You Feel Cheated On

Sometimes we feel cheated on by others.Sometimes we feel cheated on by our circumstances.Sometimes we feel cheated on by life itself.In any case, we …

Relationships

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with …

Native Americans

Can PC mods match Skyrim Special Edition?

The upcoming Skyrim Special Edition adds a host of visual tweaks - as we've covered - ranging from extra foliage, upgraded shaders, dynamic depth of …

The Difference Between Being Happy and Being High

Breaking down how we decide which kinds of pleasure are acceptable and which ones are not OK.<p>Many people think of drug use, or other potentially addictive experiences like gambling, as more profane than sacred. Chemical or virtual highs, a lot of us believe, are cheap substitutes for genuine …

Mount Everest

Propaganda film project backfires on North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> A documentary intended as a portrayal of a happy family in North Korea has instead become a behind-the-scenes look at how the country's authorities manipulate appearances.<p>The film "Under the Sun," which airs at a film festival in Washington on Thursday, assembles smuggled outtakes to show …

North Korea

American parents are miserable: Moms and dads alike face a massive “happiness gap”

“Having kids in the U.S. is brutal.” Sociologists blame the country’s paltry social services, among other factors<p>“The days are long, but the years are short,” goes the old saying. That’s true of life itself, but the phrase has become a mantra of parents and caregivers, a reassuring bit of what’s …

Child Care

23 Cake Decorators Who Are Too Literal For Their Own Good

One word: How?

Scientists propose project to build synthetic human genome | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 25 scientists on Thursday proposed an ambitious project to create a synthetic human genome, or genetic blueprint, in an endeavor that is bound to raise concerns over the extent to which human life can or should be engineered.<p>A DNA double helix is seen in an undated …

Genetics

The case for black holes being nothing but holograms just got even stronger

We can't see them because not even light can escape their gravitational pull, we have no idea what they're made of, and where does everything inside go once a black hole dies?<p>Physicists can't even agree on whether black holes are massive, three-dimensional behemoths, or just two-dimensional …

Physics

Facebook's effects on teenagers' brains revealed in UCLA study

The same parts of the brain activated by winning money and eating chocolate is activated when teenagers see large numbers of social media "likes" on …

Social Media

Elon Musk believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization's video game

By far the best moment of Recode's annual Code Conference was when Elon Musk took the stage and explained that though we <i>think</i> we're flesh-and-blood participants in a physical world, we are almost certainly computer-generated entities living inside a more advanced civilization's video game.<p>Don't …

Singularity

Billy Corgan Compares "Social Justice Warriors" to the KKK

The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan was a guest today on noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' radio show. At one point, the conversation turned toward "social justice warriors" (a term that has been used to insult people who express progressive views). Neither Corgan nor Jones is a fan, to say the …

Bernie Sanders

The Last Samurai In Rare Photos From 1800s

The Meiji Restoration of 1868 took power from the warlords that had been the de facto rulers of Japan and consolidated it under the Emperor Meiji. …

Can You Solve This Fiendish Jelly Bean Brain Teaser That's Baffling The Internet?

The Brain Photo credit: Tim Urban/Wait But WhyTim Urban from Wait But Why has given new life to a famous brain teaser known as the “Monty Hall …

Mathematics

8 Habits of Happy, Healthy, and Successful People

Simple behaviors that are committed to over time can yield enormous results.<p>According to Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor, happiness and success cannot be pursued directly. Instead, these things are organic byproducts of quality habits and vision. As Aristotle put it, "To be excellent we cannot …

Self-improvement

Artist Creates Stunning Star Wars Photos Using Toys And Forced Perspective

Very clever photography, done using some toy ships and troops. It’s a very realistic photography. Hope everyone will love it.<p>Editors note: This is …

Lego

Managing And Upgrading Gear In Black Desert Online

In case I haven’t said this enough, Black Desert Online ain’t your average MMO. And one of the places that is more apparent is when gearing your …

The brain becomes 'unified' when hallucinating on LSD

This is what the human brain looks like when it is under the influence of LSD, researchers at Imperial College London have revealed.<p>In a study, …

Here's What Belief In A Religion Does To Your Brain

The perceived conflict between religion and science has played out across history, from lectures in Ancient Greek pantheons to discussions on …

Is it OK to abuse, trust or make love to a robot?

TOKYO -- Advances in artificial intelligence are blurring the line between humans and robots. As robots start to interact ever more closely with us, …

Our biology wants us untethered. So why does society place so much emphasis on monogamy?

Monogamy is a mystery. A Martian zoologist, visiting Earth and noting our basic biology — not to mention our frequent philandering — would conclude that monogamy is not "natural" to the human species. So why is it so widely promulgated, especially in the modern Western world?<p>Of course, just because …

Ukrainian man poses as Pennsylvania high school student, police say

<b>(CNN) —</b> To his Pennsylvania classmates and others, Asher Potts seemed to be the perfect high school student, a National Honor Society member who was active in his community and a lieutenant in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.<p>But to authorities he is an impostor: not a teenager at …

Crime

See Rare Star Wars Polaroids from Return of the Jedi

Princess Leia hair test<br>Lucasfilm Ltd.<p>1 of 16<p>Filming for <i>Return of the Jedi</i> lasted from Jan. 11, 1982 to May 20, 1982, with a budget of $32.5 million …

Star Wars

These Goats Screaming Christmas Carols Will Be Your New Holiday Soundtrack

Want a new twist on classic Christmas carols? Then check out this Christmas album performed by goats. Yes, really.<p>The album is called <i>All I Want For</i> …

Goats

18 apps that earn you money

We found 18 apps that will make you money. All of the apps can be downloaded for free, and each has a strong user base to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.<p>From taking surveys to kicking back and watching TV, here are the apps that will put a little cash in your pocket.

Personal Finance