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Paris for beginners: Read this before you go!

The French are different from you and me. To start with, they have better manners. “It’s acceptable to order a hamburger,” my friend Sarah explained. “But you must always eat it with a knife and fork. French people believe that touching your food is disgusting.”<p>Sarah, lucky girl, lives and works in …

What an Atomic Bomb Explosion Looks Like from Above and Below

On November 5, 1951, a 31 kiloton atomic bomb was dropped in the Nevada Test Site from a B-45 Tornado bomber. A camera in the air was documenting the …

How the Communist Party Weeds Out Its Delinquents

In a political party with over 80 million members, there are bound to be a few bad eggs.<p>In the popular mind, the life of an official in China is often associated with easy money, privilege, and a position high above the reach of the law. But there is one word in this world of easy living that can …

The 9 Toughest Ultramarathons

The Toughest Ultras/Marathon des Sables 2011<p>Used to be that running a 50- or 100-mile race earned you bragging rights for life. No more. Today, the word “ultra” has been slapped on laundry detergent, lite beer, and any marathon that takes a step beyond 26.2 miles. It seems like every endurance …

7 Memorable Graduation Speeches by Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders | Inc.com

In 1994, I witnessed perhaps history's most insane commencement addresses, at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.<p>Connie Chung, then the anchor of CBS Evening News, offered a stream-of-consciousness recounting of a dream she'd had the night before--not exactly a Martin Luther King Jr.-style …

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The 16 Best Western Movies | The Art of Manliness

Few figures in history have had as powerful an impact on American masculinity as the cowboy. For over a century, the cowboy has — for better or for …