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24 TV Stars You Might Not Know Can Sing

If you're looking to cast the next live TV musical, you might want to start here. Yes, theater freaks, you know all of this already.

TV

The 20 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

2014 is shaping up to be a really, really great year for movies.<p>When last we checked in, we gave a list of 10 of the best movies of the year. And as the months have worn on, we'd decide to check back in, and give you another sampling of the best the year has to offer.<p>There were some notable …

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This Is What Happens When Celebs Ask Other Celebs Questions

Actors are asked a lot of questions at press junkets, but Total Film decided to throw some stars a unique curveball by recording and posing questions asked by other celebs.<p>The result is a star-studded, video chain letter of sorts with a question recorded at one celebrity's press junket for another …

Geography in the News: The Great Lakes’ Mounting Problems

Changing Planet<p><i>By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM</i><p><b>The Great Lakes’ Mounting Problems</b><p>Recent news about an algae bloom on Lake Erie leading to Toledo, Ohio’s municipal water plants closing is just one of the many problems affecting the Great Lakes. Toledo’s 400,000 …

The Only Move You Need for Instant Stress Relief

Calmness and clarity from one simple yoga pose? Yes, please!<p>Welcome to one of my favorite yoga poses! Legs-up-the-Wall is an amazing cure-all posture. It relieves stress, combats insomnia, soothes tired legs, and brings all-over relief to an overworked body and mind. Use this posture anytime you …

10 Things You Should Never, Ever Apologize For

Enlightening, right?<p>Obviously, it’s important to apologize when you’re in the wrong. If you raise your voice at your partner or forget your friend’s birthday, go ahead and whip out the s-word.<p>But many of us might also be frequently saying sorry for things that aren’t our fault and not even notice …

'The Best of Me' Trailer: A Sexy High School Reunion From Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is at it again, with his darn heart-tuggin' ways. In "The Best of Me," high school sweethearts are reunited after 20 years apart. James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star as Dawson and Amanda, whose dreamy small-town love is cut short by Amanda's dad. (Liana Liberato and Luke Bracey …

The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …

7 Smoothie Mistakes That Make You Gain Weight

<b>Mistake No. 1: Your Smoothie Skimps on Fiber</b><br>Fiber is as close to a magic weight-loss pill as you're going to get. It's what fills you up to prevent hunger so you end up eating less later in the day. Fruits do offer fiber—but only if you pick the right ones. Bananas are one of the most common …

34 Things You Never Knew About Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo is basically the Mother Teresa of our time.<p>1. A Russian millionaire paid $1.5 million to go on a space trip with Leo.<p>2. In 2009, Leo and Kate Winslet helped pay nursing home fees for the last living Titanic survivor so she wouldn't have to sell her mementos.<p>3. He can speak fluent German.<p>4. Leo …

James Cameron

17 Delightful Facts About Kissing

Pucker up, it's for science.<p>Additional source: <i>The Science of Kissing</i> by Sheril Kirshenbaum.

Lips

23 Useless Facts That You Totally Need To Know

Because WHAT IF this stuff comes up in trivia sometime? Thanks to this Quora thread for inspiration.

Sigmund Freud

Translated Letter Gives Firsthand Account of Titanic's Sinking

The <i>Titanic</i> sank 103 years ago Wednesday, and this might be the most riveting account of the ship’s sinking since James Cameron’s epic film.<p>New – …

Heroism

Dogs' sense of smell signals love for owners, say scientists

Pioneering research into how dogs perceive smells demonstrates the scent of familiar humans acts like perfume in their brains<p>The familiar scent of its owner lingers like perfume in a dog’s brain, US scientists claim.<p>They have pinpointed an area of the canine brain that responds more strongly to the …

10 Strategies For Saving Money at the Grocery Store

Whether you're shopping for yourself, sharing groceries with roommates, or buying food for your family, the cost of food can constitute a significant …

If "Friends" Had Used Suggested Hashtags

Don't forget to tweet using the hashtag #shegotofftheplane.<p>It's almost impossible to watch a TV show these days without seeing an intrusive hashtag pop up on screen, telling you exactly what to tweet as you watch. Back when <i>Friends</i> aired, Twitter didn't even exist, so we were spared suggested …

Comic Books

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Travel

Surprise: Elephants Comfort Upset Friends

Asian elephants recognize distress and offer a helping trunk, study says.<p><b>The short list of animals that console stressed-out friends just got longer … and heavier.</b><p>Asian elephants, like great apes, dogs, certain corvids (the bird group that includes ravens), and us, have now been shown to recognize …

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

A Frightening Look At The Lunatic Asylums Of Our Past

Now be honest, have you ever been lazy? Superstitious in any way? Maybe you have asthma? Do you get jealous? Or do you love to read novels? Do you …

21 Animals Who Totally Believe In You

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Cute Animals

27 Reasons You Have The Urge To Hit The Road

Wanderlust: It's a real thing.

Paddleboarding

Houston Zoo

The 5 Greenest Countries On Earth (And All Of The Rest), Ranked

Want to live in a beautiful nation that protects your health? It turns out Switzerland is your best bet (the chocolate is also good).<p>Switzerland does a good job managing the environment and protecting human health. The United States does it middlingly well. And Somalia, Haiti, and Afghanistan–as …

Columbia University

33 Photographs Of The Most Magical Place On Earth

MOVE OVER, DISNEYLAND.<p>H/T Bored Panda

Pets

Video: Mariska Hargitay Relives Her Strangest Fan Encounter on Chelsea Lately

Has anyone ever told you that you looked like a celebrity? Well, someone recently said that to <i>Law & Order: SVU</i> star Mariska Hargitay, though it …

Celebrity News

Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp (Cute Kitten Version)

This Month In Zoo Babies

2014 is off to a cute start.<p>Several endangered species got a boost in January, thanks to births at zoos around the world. Here are some of the new arrivals.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i>

Apparently, You Can Teach an (17-Year) Old Dog New Tricks

One of the most common questions I receive from people who know that I volunteer at my local animal shelter is, "Don't you just want to take them all home?" Reasonable question. The answer is: I want to do as much as I can to help them get adopted, and we have a crew of rescues at home, so I just …

Animal Rescue