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Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

The story of a strange linguistic coincidence<p>Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a <i>chien</i>, to Russians a <i>sobaka</i>, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a <i>gǒu</i>. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence …

Linguistics

What Is Subject-Complement Agreement?

How to use it, and how not to use it.<p>Grammar Girl here.<p>In today’s episode we’re going to answer some bizarre and puzzling questions: Can two people …

Home of the Day: New design aesthetic in Westwood

Sitting 18 stories above Westwood, this new offering at the Carlyle Residence pairs a polished contemporary design with jetliner views stretching as far as the Santa Monica Mountains. Interiors by Cantoni include samples from the designer’s Dress Code and Love Letters collections, set off by chrome …

Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight

Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting.<p>In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon …

The Ignorance of Nations, Ranked

How much do people know about their own country's demographics? Very little, it turns out.<p>Around the world, people have a pretty good sense of the life expectancy of their country’s inhabitants. When it comes to most other social statistics, they have no idea.<p>That’s the conclusion to be drawn from …

What Teachers Can Learn From Vsauce's YouTube Show

One of the Internet's most popular science stars explains why kids watch his lessons for entertainment.<p>When I told my sons, ages 11 and 15, that I would be interviewing a series of unconventional and inspiring educators about their teaching methods, they insisted—nay, demanded—that I sit down with …

Does Inequality Cause Crime?

New research suggests that what matters isn't disparity itself, but whether people are flaunting their riches.<p>In 1899, Thorstein Veblen described a type of good that is more lusted after the more expensive it is (think Ferraris). And in 1968, the economist Gary S. Becker theorized that criminals …

Why Sunday-Night Television Is So Good

The beginning of the week is the best time of the week for heavy, quality drama thanks to economics, viewer psychology, and the "conversation cycle."<p>In 1999—long before HBO started claiming it was “not TV”—the cable network was trying to determine the ideal night of the week to debut its promising …

The Psychology Behind Costco's Free Samples

Mini pizza bagels? Now we're talking.<p>In 2010, a Minnesotan named Erwin Lingitz was arrested in a Supervalu grocery store after spending an excessive amount of time at the deli counter. In the words of a Supervalu spokesperson, Lingitz had violated “societal norms and common customer understanding …

5 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D Deficiency

<i>By Amanda MacMillan for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>Imagine there were a nutrient that could protect your bones, brain and heart, and maybe even help you live longer. It's 100 percent free, and all you have to do to get it is go outside. Seems like something everyone would have plenty of, right? Well, that …

The 5 worst ways to fuel up pre-workout

Mistake #1: The sugar high<p>You’ve come up against an afternoon energy crash and are hoping that chocolate donut—which has been sitting on your desk …

ISIS Has Recently Become a Popular Girls' Name

But it probably won't be for much longer.<p>Isis is the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage, and love, known for being an ideal wife and mother. ISIS is the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a fearsome terrorist group that recently beheaded two journalists and an aid worker on …

Poor Women Tend to Be Fatter Than Poor Men

… and fat women tend to be poorer than fat men. Why the obesity-poverty link splits along gender lines.<p>In Greek mythology, the hydra was a monstrous multi-headed serpent with the ability to constantly regenerate: When one of its heads was cut off, two more would grow back in its place.<p>In the U.S., …

Single-Stream Recycling Is Easier for Consumers, but Is It Better?

At some point, someone has to sort out paper from metal from plastic.<p>Single-stream recycling seems so simple. There is a bin. You put everything that's not trash—whether it's paper, plastic or metal—into that bin. The city comes and takes that bin away. Easy.<p>The first communities to use this …

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

New research shows that girls are ahead in every subject, including math and science. Do today's grading methods skew in their favor?<p>As the new school year ramps up, teachers and parents need to be reminded of a well-kept secret: Across all grade levels and academic subjects, girls earn higher …

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How does a workout become a social identity? In some ways, it's choosing a gym. In some ways, it's choosing a life.

Yoga

6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.<p>With that in mind, here are 6 exercise tips, weightlifting basics, and training essentials that nobody wants to believe, but everyone should follow.<p>Take …

Will Power

Fitness Myths

The 13 Biggest Fitness Myths<p>Clear up these common misconceptions ASAP for a more effective workout<p>What you don't know about fitness can hurt you—and interfere with your fitness goals. For a safer workout with awesome results, forget everything you think you know about exercise, and read on to get …

The Best Workout for a Toned, Tight Butt

Exercise 1 Prone Leg Raise<p>Lie facedown on the floor with your head supported by crossed arms, legs shoulder-width apart, core engaged <b>(a)</b>. Contract your glutes to lift your legs about 12 to 16 inches off the ground and bring them together to touch <b>(b)</b>. Pause, then slowly lower back to start. That's …

How Fit Are You, Really?

<i>By Joe Vennare for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>You run and weight train. You've done yoga and can almost touch your toes. So that means you're fit, right? Well, maybe. Trouble is, there's no definitive method for determining fitness across the board. As a result, an IRONMAN, CrossFit athlete and bodybuilder …

American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

<b>Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever</b> …

Wizard of Oz

American Icons: The Great Gatsby

<b>Episodes of false identity, living large, and murder in the suburbs add up to the great American novel.</b><p>Studio 360 explores F. Scott Fitzgerald's <i>The</i> …

American Icons: Superman

<b>We go up, up and away with Superman and find out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.</b><p>Disguised as a mild-mannered reporter, …

Comic Books

American Icons: Barbie

<b>How did a German streetwalker become the All-American Girl?</b><p>Whether you've dressed her up in ball gowns or chopped off her hair, everyone has …

Kids