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The Coffee Pouring Puzzle That’s Messing With People’s Minds

People have been stewing over the correct answer to a coffee-themed puzzle.<p>A Twitter user shared the logic quiz, in which coffee is poured into a network of pipes leading to four different cups, on Thursday.<p>You have to figure out which of the cups will receive coffee first:<p>The brainteaser sparked …

Coffee

35 utterly gripping British TV thrillers

TV

Dogs and wolves both get sad when you don’t treat them fairly

They’re all such good boys!<p>Wolves and dogs are a lot like children: they want everything to be fair and they have surprisingly elaborate social hierarchies. But unlike children, canines don’t throw temper tantrums if you give their compatriot a better treat—they’re far too mature for that. Our …

Pets

From Mrs Rochester's attic to the real Brideshead: visit the houses that inspired Britain's great works of literature

Top 15 most depressing books - Telegraph

Why Most Of Us Pay Too Much in Taxes All Year

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Motley Fool.<p>The vast majority of Americans make a major tax mistake: overpaying.<p>That's right. Most of us give …

Loyal Dog Stays With Paralyzed Owner In The Snow For 20 Hours

This golden retriever is undoubtedly her Michigan owner’s best friend.<p>Kelsey reportedly stayed with her owner, a man identified only as Bob, and kept him safe for over 20 hours after he slipped in the snow and broke his neck at 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.<p>Bob was collecting a log for his fire …

Sherlock producer shoots down final season rumors

Here’s what we think we know for sure: After giving fans cliffhanger endings in the last couple of seasons, the upcoming fourth round of <i>Sherlock</i> will …

'They had issues': Sally Wainwright and Tracy Chevalier discuss the Brontës

Sally Wainwright’s new drama To Walk Invisible offers a radical new take on the Brontës. She talks to novelist Tracy Chevalier about the siblings’ extraordinary lives<p>The shadow of the Parsonage, the Brontë family’s Yorkshire home, falls close to Sowerby Bridge where writer Sally Wainwright grew up. …

Books

Disney's 15 Darkest, Most Terrifying Movies Of All Time

Disney movies are known for being a magical and safe escape for kids of all ages. The legacy that Walt built and first started in the 1930s, has …

12 Historical Fiction Books About Pirates

In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19, we’ve compiled a list of books, complete with publishers’ descriptions, featuring …

An unmovable beast: How depression and anger plagued Ernest Hemingway until the moment ‘it was time for him to die’

The most famous writer of the 20th century, Ernest Hemingway, had such an eventful life that he created enough myths to keep his story alive well …

Read At Your Own Risk: 4 Shocking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Plot Spoilers

The new <i>Harry Potter</i> book is finally here!<p>When <i>Potter</i> scribe J.K. Rowling revealed that she was working on a play (alongside playwright Jack Thorne and …

The 10 Most Expensive Women Artists

9 Summer Fashion Brands Taking Over Your Instagram Feed

Like. Follow. Shop.<p>When it comes to summer, Instagram becomes a serious case of picture envy. The holidays, the sun, the perfectly placed mojitos. It's an art form.<p>During the colder months you can get away with haphazard pics of frosty branches and your eighth glass of mulled wine, but throw in …

Summer Fashion

The 100 Greatest Beach Books Ever

The 50th-anniversary reissue of <i>Valley of the Dolls</i> has prompted a flood of celebrations of Jacqueline Susann’s supposedly disposable chronicle of …

You Won’t Believe This Flight Attendant’s 17-Step Skincare Routine

<i>There’s always a bit of curiosity and, honestly, a bit of secrecy around the products and routines people use to keep their skin healthy from the inside out. What’s even more intriguing is when you can get a peek into the</i> <i>skincare</i> <i>secrets of industry experts. This series will lift the veil on the</i> …

Skin Care

This Real-Life Harry Potter Sorting Hat Can Tell You Which House You Belong In

We’ve always known deep inside our hearts that we belong in Gryffindor — or at least, that we have <i>some</i> magical qualities. After all, we love Butterbeer, think Ron Weasley is seriously cute and we <i>always</i> solemnly swear to be up to no good. Even just visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter feels …

Harry Potter

11 of the Greatest Movie Twists of All Time

You didn't see these coming.<p>It was Earth all along! He's actually dead! That's not really a little girl!<p>A good twist can make a movie, especially the sort that completely blindsides you and turns the who film upside down while still making you smack your head and cry "Of course!". Here are cinema's …

Horror

Painter's Paintings: National Gallery exhibition to showcase artwork secretly collected by vying rival artists

The personal tastes of the world’s most famous artists are to be revealed in a new National Gallery exhibition, showing how they secretly collected their rivals’ work to keep an eye on the competition.<p>The Painters’ Paintings exhibition, due to open in London next week, will match paintings …

52 Movies That Are So Clever They'll Have You Thinking For Days

All these films will stay with you long after they've finished playing.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Knight fever: my favourite historical novels

I first read Katherine by Anya Seton when I was 13 – and it still works its magic on me<p>On Twitter recently, people were talking about historical novels, of which we have something of a glut right now. What were their favourites? <i>Wolf Hall</i> was mentioned, of course, and so were books by Dorothy …

Books

The 22 most exciting TV shows this summer you need to see

Summer used to be a time when fans could catch up on shows they missed via reruns, but we have streaming-TV services for that.<p>It also used to be a time when networks aired shows that wouldn't have a chance during the proper fall/spring schedules, but now summer shows like USA's "Mr. Robot" are …

TV
Books

Top 10 fictional houses with personality

From Manderley and Castle Dracula to The House at Pooh Corner and Villa Villekulla, fictional homes can be powerful characters in their own right. Author Tom Easton picks his favourites<p>The houses (or homes) we live in are such an important part of who we are, whether or not we actually like them. …

Books

10 Great Japanese Animated Movies That Use Unique Animation Styles

Japanese animation has a long and storied history. Decades of tradition in such aspects as narrative structure, technique , music and animated …

Top 10 landmarks in gay and lesbian literature

From Walt Whitman to Colette and even Virginia Woolf, these books offer readers a vision of how we might live differently, and better<p>Ask me on another day and it would be other books: Shakespeare’s sonnets, Gilgamesh, the Greek Anthology, Sappho, Katherine Philips, Plato, Jean Genet, Ronald Firbank …

Literature

Mona Lisa: research backs theory on male and female models, 'art detective' claims

Silvano Vinceti used infrared technology to examine the painting and believes results show Da Vinci used both sexes as inspiration<p>Mona Lisa’s famous image could have been inspired by both the male and female form, a self-styled Italian art detective has claimed.<p>Silvano Vinceti says new research …

Art

These Startling Photos of Skin Cancer Surgery Will Remind You to Always Wear Sunscreen

*Lathers sunscreen everywhere, every single day, forevermore.*<p>Hey, guys, I know it's not that cool to care about protecting your skin from the sun, and you've probably found yourself saying, "I'll worry about how I look at 50 when I'm 50," but here are a few photo reminders of what could happen <i>if</i> …

Ten ways in which Shakespeare changed the world

This week marks 400 years since the death of our national poet. And yet his characters, the worlds he created, the thoughts he expressed – some raw, fashioned in fire, some exquisite and turned in silk – are for all people and all time<p>Back in 2012, the British Library displayed a rare book that …

Literature