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The 100 stories that shaped the world

BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents – and changed society.<p>“I rarely find someone, really anyone, who doesn’t know some part of this story – the idea of the lost man who can’t get home after the war… the woman at home with …

Literature

Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?

Six months ago, Melissa Nichols brought her baby girl, Arlo, home from the hospital. And she immediately had a secret.<p>"I just felt guilty and like I didn't want to tell anyone," says Nichols, who lives in San Francisco. "It feels like you're a bad mom. The mom guilt starts early, I guess."<p>Across …

Pregnancy

Dad jokes, ranked

Let's face it, dads have horrible jokes. But sometimes, the jokes are so horrible they're amazing.<p>Every once in a while, a wholesome dad joke is just …

Jokes

Everything You Know About Introverts Is Probably Wrong. Here's Why

Being an introvert doesn't mean you like to spend all your time alone.<p><b>Some people think introverts avoid social situations.</b>• <b><br>This isn't actually true, they just need more time to recharge after a lot of social stimulation.</b>• <b><br>It's because they have a very low threshold for dopamine, so they are easily</b> …

Behavioral Sciences

Netflix's The Rain Has a Pretty Freakin' Incredible Soundtrack — Here Are All 23 Songs

<b>The Rain</b> is one of Netflix's most exciting new shows for a couple of reasons. Despite covering ground well-trodden by sci-fi series before it, the Danish apocalyptic tale about a group of young people struggling to survive in a world where the rain is filled with fatal toxins is an immensely …

TV

Marks don’t matter: Canadian students missing out on millions in unclaimed scholarships

Website <i>Scholarships Canada</i> has one goal, to match scholarships and bursaries with students who are enrolled in or heading to post secondary. It …

College & University

Want to Make a Great First Impression? Try the 1 Thing People Like As Much as Food, Money (and Even Sex)

Best of all, this technique for making a great first impression works even if -- especially if -- you're shy and introverted.<p>I couldn't help but overhear what she said about me to her friend as they walked away.<p>"He and I just had the <i>best</i> chat," she said. "What a wonderful conversation."<p>I smiled to …

The Brain

6 Things I Wish I’d Known About Fatherhood When My Kids Were Still Young

Some advice from a dad who's been there.<p>Here’s the shocking thing about being a dad: One day, just when you’ve started to get good at the job, your …

Parenting

Children have energy levels greater than endurance athletes, scientists find

Parents run ragged by their children may have suspected it all along.<p>Youngsters have greater energy levels than professional endurance athletes, scientists have discovered, meaning it is virtually impossible for the average adult to keep up.<p>And for mothers and fathers hoping that tiring out their …

Australian Universities

For your entertainment, a long list of the funniest yearbook quotes

It's that time of year again, time for seniors to dust off their thesauruses and come up with the most clever yearbook quotes they can.<p>Seniors from …

High School

Everything you need to know about the 40-plus important characters in Avengers: Infinity War

For the past two weeks, SYFY WIRE has been running its <i>Infinity War</i> Roundup, your go-to guide for everything you need to know about Marvel's massive …

Monty Python's 10 funniest sketches

As a Monty Python treasure-trove arrives on Netflix – including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Monty Python's Flying Circus – it's the perfect moment to look back at 10 of the very best sketches from the masters of surreal comedy.<p>1. The Dead Parrot<p>Arguably the most famous, most …

13 Surprising Things You Should Never Say Around a Child

If you have kids, babysit kids, or simply spend a lot of time around your friends' kids, then you already know they are little sponges. Children have …

This Common Parenting Fight Could Ruin Your Marriage. Here's How To Stop It

Too much candy. Going to bed too late. Giving in to the tantrum at Whole Foods. Too much screen time. Sound familiar? You and most of the parents on …

Get in the pit: the best hardcore albums of all time

Splintering off from punk-rock in the 1980s, hardcore took the toughest edges of punk and fashioned them into a bludgeoning device. Now, nearly forty …

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Biology

Even one night of bad sleep causes dangerous changes in your brain, a new study found

One of the most important things that happens when we drift off at night is a cleansing process: sleep helps remove toxins from the human brain.<p>Scientists recently found that even one night of sleep deprivation causes the buildup of a kind of protein that's known to make up the plaque that …

Dementia

This Shockingly Simple Move Stopped My Kid From Constantly Interrupting Me

We’ve all been there: You’re at the playground trying to chat with a fellow parent, when your kid unceremoniously interrupts the conversation because …

Adding peanut butter to your grilled cheese will change your life

It seems like a strange idea, adding peanut butter to a grilled cheese sandwich, but once you try it, your perception of what a grilled cheese …

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

The amazing ways intermittent fasting affects your body and brain

It's odd to think that depriving yourself of a necessity for life might be one of the most powerful ways to transform your health. Yet there's more and more evidence for the idea that fasting could have powerful health benefits for both the body and brain.<p>There are many different forms of fasting, …

Holistic Medicine

27 Women Share What They Wish Their Fathers Had Known About Raising Daughters

In recent months, the phrase “As a father of daughters” has become symptomatic of performative allyship — the argument being that it shouldn’t <i>require</i> …

Millions Of People With Mental Health Issues Could Be Helped By This Fitness Scheme

Mind and Sport England are hoping to help make exercise more accessible and inclusive.<p>When Sujan first joined Wolverhampton-based running group Jolly …

Performance Reviews Are Dead: Here's What You Should Do Instead

The dreaded annual performance review is a relic of the industrial age. To manage people in times of fast change you need to do this.<p>Anyone who has had the privilege to lead has also had the responsibility of the dreaded annual performance review.<p>We've all been through them, but I've yet to meet …

Get Abs Without Being Skinny and Weak

8 Rules for Big Muscles and Visible Abs<p>Few achieve it, some get close, and most have no idea what it really takes. Big fluffy guys think abs are …

What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building

Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed in tomorrow's economy, they can't just coast through school. They have to soak up precious knowledge like a sponge. But even as adulthood …

Why Rey's parents had to be nobodies, thanks to The Force Awakens

"They were nobody," Rey admits of her parents in <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>.<p>"They were filthy junk traders," Kylo Ren confirms. "[They] sold you off for …

Bottles on a budget: best wine under $10

After the celebrations of the holiday season, many people prefer to keep things low key in January.<p>That means spending less money and staying close …

Western Cape

A Pair of S.N.L. Sketches Perfectly Nail the Awkwardness of the #MeToo Movement

By finally admitting its inability to handle the moment, S.N.L. strikes comedic gold.<p><i>Saturday Night Live</i> has been struggling, this season, to pivot from reliably and routinely lampooning the president of the United States to engaging in some of the thornier, more complicated discussions around …

Comedy

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Social Sciences