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41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Disneyland Wants to Be More Like Uber

Surge pricing arrives in the Magic Kingdom.<p>Disney raises the prices for its theme parks once a year, usually to customers’ chagrin. On Saturday, however, the company unveiled an unprecedented three-tiered pricing system for single-day tickets to Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Resort in …

Recipe: Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon & Herbs

Wash and rinse the lentils. Put in a small saucepan and cover with the chicken broth. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cook until just …

The Great Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Do “Hugging Meditation”

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.”<p><i>“I embrace you with all my heart,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his beautiful letter of gratitude to his childhood teacher shortly after winning the Nobel Prize. To embrace one another with our whole hearts is perhaps the …

10 Ways To Get Out Of Bed In The Morning

You love your beautiful, comfortable bed for good reason. Here's how to leave it behind<p><b>1. Alarm Clock:</b> Choose an alarm clock you like and place it across the room, away from your bed.<p><b>2. Sound:</b> Consider different alarm tones, like music, or something extra-loud.<p><b>3. Water:</b> Place a glass of water next …

Closet Clean Out: The Only 10 Pieces of Clothing You Need

I have only good memories of walk-in closets, except for the time I was rummaging around in the back of one–and suddenly came across a high-top …

The 24-Hour Flat Stomach Meal Plan

In the name of spring break bikinis and music festival crop tops.<p>While it's not possible to uncover a six-pack overnight, it <i>is</i> possible to reduce bloat in hours just by eating strategically—even without subsisting on niche superfoods that you have to search 12 health-food stores to find. Here, …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe

“I would like to tell you every thing that happened to me since the last time we saw each other, but most of them are sad and you mustn’t know sad things now.”<p>There is something uncommonly heartening about bearing witness to the virtuous cycle of support and mutual appreciation between two creative …

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The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

Sweetie Pies: A Dozen Mini Edible Roses

These beautiful and delicious treats are sure to please that special someone in your life. Here is how to turn simple red apples into a dozen rose-resembling treats.<p>Butter and flour a standard 12-cup cupcake pan. Prepare the pie dough as instructed. Once it is ready, roll out on a lightly floured …

Scientists Are Pretty Terrified About These Last-Minute Fixes to Global Warming

You might have heard of "geoengineering." It's the highly controversial theory that humans could slow, stop, or even reverse global warming by …

The Selling of the Avocado

How the "alligator pear" went from obscure delicacy to America's favorite fruit<p>Twenty-five years ago, talk-show host Gordon Elliott was working as a reporter for a local morning TV show called <i>Good Day New York</i>. The gig involved knocking on the doors of random, unsuspecting New Yorkers and, along …

Etan Patz murder trial begins 35 years after 'milk carton boy' disappeared

After 35 years of unimaginable heartache and endless searching, the father of Etan Patz – the little boy whose disappearance from his home in Manhattan in 1979 shook the city and spawned a nationwide missing persons movement – sat in a New York courtroom on Friday and listened as a prosecutor …

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Rilke on What It Really Means to Love

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks… the work for which all other work is but preparation.”<p>The human journey has always been marked by our quest to understand love in order to reap its fruits. We have captured that ever-shifting understanding in …

Literature

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

Joan Didion on Driving as Secular Worship and Self-Transcendence

Many years ago, an imaginative campaign for Mini Cooper reframed driving, something drudgerous, as <i>motoring</i>, something joyful. It became an instant success and received every major industry award, including a Cannes Lion. The young creative director who dreamed it up — Steve O’Connell, an old friend …

Susan Sontag on the Trouble with Treating Art and Cultural Material as “Content”

“Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art… Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all.”<p><i>“There are no facts, only interpretations,”</i> Nietzsche wrote in his notebook in the late 1880s. Nearly a century later, <b>Susan Sontag</b> (January 16, 1933–December …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

The Art of Quickness: Italo Calvino on Digression as a Hedge Against Death and the Key to Great Writing

When <b>Italo Calvino</b> was offered the 1985–1986 term of the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry — Harvard’s annual lectureship held by such luminaries as T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Aaron Copland, E.E. Cummings, Jorge Luis Borges, Leonard Bernstein, and John Cage — he hurried to …

How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success

<i>“Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney,”</i> young Vincent van Gogh wrote in a letter as he floundered to find his purpose. For the century and a half since, and undoubtedly the many …

Legendary Cellist Pablo Casals, at Age 93, on Creative Vitality and How Working with Love Prolongs Your Life

Long before there was Yo-Yo Ma, there was Spanish Catalan cellist and conductor <b>Pablo Casals</b> (December 29, 1876–October 22, 1973), regarded by many as the greatest cellist of all time. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the U.N. Peace Medal for his unflinching dedication to …

Vladimir Nabokov’s Passionate Love Letters to Véra and His Affectionate Bestiary of Nicknames for Her

Long before <b>Vladimir Nabokov</b> (April 22, 1899–July 2, 1977) became a sage of literature, Russia’s most prominent literary émigré, and a man of widely revered strong opinions, the most important event of his life took place: 24-year-old Vladimir met 21-year-old Véra. She would come to be not only his …

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