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Best Places to Travel in 2016

Intriguing developments are under way in Mie Prefecture, a four-hour ride from Tokyo on the bullet train, which until now had mostly lured domestic …

The Most Haunted Hotels in the World

Under the shadows cast by the Rocky Mountains is this famous 20th-century hotel, best known for inspiring Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. When a …

How Momentary Ink Plans to Disrupt Tattoo Industry | Inc.com

"Thank you for the opportunity to do something I always wanted to do since his passing, but was scared to try."<p>Feedback like this from Bill M., an early customer who wanted to honor his late-son's life, is flooding the Philadelphia-based Momentary Ink, following their beta launch earlier this …

16 Wikipedia Pages That Will Change The Way You See The Universe

Robot proteins, immortality, Martian rocks falling from the sky, catastrophic eruptions, and reverse evolution! What more could you ask for?

Chattering teeth in the desert and more hilarious mutant vehicles at Burning Man

Burning Man, the festival in the Nevada desert, is full of unusual things, which may be an understatement.<p>Among them is mutant vehicles. Here is the second installment on the movers and shakers at Black Rock City's Burning Man and the people behind them.<p>The festival wraps up …

What's Going on With China's Military?

Talk about mixed signals. Last week, Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced a 300,000-man reduction in the size of the People’s Liberation Army -- a …

Geopolitics

10 Songs Steve Jobs Used to Train His Brain | Inc.com

Music is many things to many people, but to entrepreneurs it can be an essential success tool. According to Dr. Victoria Williamson of Goldsmith's College, London, "Brain imaging studies have shown that various parts of the brain may be activated by a piece of music."<p>In other words, you can use …

Trumpeter

These charts show how US investment banks are crushing their rivals

American banks are beginning to increase their global-investment banking market share for a number of reasons, according to a note from Morgan Stanley's Huw Van Steenis.<p>It's partly a result of the US having relatively larger, deeper, and faster-growing markets than rivals in places like Europe, …

Rare, Poignant Photos of Frida Kahlo During the Last Years of Her Life

German-born French photographer Gisle Freund (1908-2000) offers a rare look at Frida Kahlo in intimate snapshots taken of the celebrated artist during some of the last years of her life. Freund, who fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and later became known as one of the greatest portraits photographers in …

Kathmandu graffiti: Street art has made the walls come to life

When the BBC Soup team visited Kathmandu in February 2015 to attend Nepal's first Ideas Fest they were struck by the graffiti. Photographs by Richard Fenton-Smith, with thanks to Nepalese art director Sworup Nhasiju for his insights. Find out more at bbc.com/soup

The History Of Beard Obsession

Are you a pogonophile? Do you love beards, dream of them, obsess over them and find your beard-loving tendencies sometimes get in the way of living a normal life? Then that would be a yes. We see a lot of pogonophiles selling wares from their ex's on our site -- a lot of these ladies are the first …

Clever Ads Reveal an Unexpected Side to Famous Artworks

This amusing series of ads reveal an unexpected side to famous artworks – one that's totally different when you're wearing glasses. Advertising agency Y&R: Paris created them for the France-based eyewear retailer Keloptic, and they demonstrate how the right pair of spectacles can put a blurred …

On the Streets of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2015

Paris Fashion Week is the final—and arguably most fabulous—stretch of fashion month. And, the style set dressed accordingly. See their best looks here.

Samsung will get 'slaughtered' in 5 years, says the CEO behind one of the biggest Android software companies

The mobile industry is essentially a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung. But Kirt McMaster, the CEO of Cyanogen, doesn't think things will stay that way for much longer.<p>There's a big shift happening, McMaster says, and it could leave companies like Samsung "slaughtered."<p>Cyanogen makes a …

Google Play Music

How one man's stolen iPhone made him an internet celebrity in China

While searching for a photo to Instagram, he discovered that his supposedly private photo stream had been inundated with photos of a Chinese man taking selfies in front of an orange tree.<p>Who was this man? Where did this orange tree come from? Stopera had no idea.<p>Worried that he had been hacked, …

9 Famous Shoe Designers Recreate Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

This March, Disney is releasing a live-action remake of everyone’s favorite fairy tale about uncomfortable women’s footwear. To generate hype for <i>Cinderella</i>, starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James, Disney recently asked nine celebrated shoe designers to create their own interpretations of the famous …

NBA Players To Compete On The Catwalk During This Season's New York Fashion Week

We may have picked our favorite show from New York Fashion Week already, and it hasn't even started yet.<p>TNT announced Tuesday that it will exclusively air the NBA's first-ever fashion show, a competition emceed by none other than Shaquille O’Neal, judged by NBA & WNBA players Charles Barkley, Kenny …

Buddhist Medical Expert: 200-Year Old Mummified Monk Isn't Dead, Just Meditating Really Hard

Cattle skin? That's a cardboard box if I've ever seen one!<p>This is the 200-year old mummified monk that Buddhist expert and physician to the Dalai …

The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive

Here’s a common complaint: “Why is wedding photography so expensive?”<p>One of the most common complaints about wedding photography is that it’s too …

Weddings

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

Can You Find The Deadly Sniper Avoiding Detection In These Photos?

You'll need the eyes of hawk to spot the sniper in these photos. Lurking amongst these picturesque scenes, lies some of Germany’s stealthiest …

A Brief History of Fashion Icons in Super Bowl Commercials

17 memorable ads featuring everyone from Kate Upton to Cindy Crawford.<p>The biggest draw for tuning into the Super Bowl each year — aside from the halftime performance and the actual football game — is the commercials. The coveted time slots reportedly cost advertisers $8 million per minute, and …

Advertising

Meet The Super-Hawkish North Korean General Thought To Be Behind The Sony Hack

Clapper announced at a cybersecurity conference that he suspects North Korean General Kim Yong Chol to have been behind the attack. This is not the first time that Kim, a four-star general in charge of the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), the country's top intelligence agency, has been …

Trial by Ebola

When Ebola reached America, arriving in Dallas on September 20, the city had no real plan to handle the outbreak. Nor, it appeared, did the federal government. As epidemiologist Wendy Chung, county judge Clay Jenkins, and other local officials quickly realized, they were largely on their own. Bryan …

The 10 biggest R&D spenders worldwide

“Innovative” has become, it seems, a trite descriptor, since marketing departments plaster the word everywhere. So who is actually investing the most …

Good news: more people are quitting their jobs

Americans are quitting their jobs at the fastest pace since early 2008.<p>And that's very good news for the economy.<p>That's because the saying "quitters never win" doesn't apply to the job market.<p>People typically quit their jobs when they're more confident in finding a new job or already have a offer …

Biggest names in modern art hit the auction block

The Super Bowl for the art world has kicked off in New York.<p>An impressive collection featuring some of the biggest names in modern and contemporary art sold for nearly $160 million on the Sotheby's auction block Monday night.<p>Nearly half the tally came from two paintings by expressionist Mark Rothko.<p>…

China's stock market finally opens to foreigners. Now what?

It just got easier to buy Chinese stocks.<p>Starting on Monday, investors anywhere in the world will able to purchase shares of companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. It's yet another sign that China is opening up its economy.<p>"It's a very, very important day for China and for the world …