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10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

5 Things You Need To Stop Comparing | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Are you currently indulging in this very ironic activity where you constantly think of other people and their lives instead of your own?<p>That sounds …

Happiness

Artistic Mom Turns Meals into Masterpieces

When Lee Samantha was pregnant with her second child, she began making food art in an effort to encourage her elder daughter to eat independently. If …

Elderly Paraguayan Couple Marries After 80 Years Together

Jose Manuel Riella and Martina Lopez might just be the oldest newlyweds ever.<p>The elderly Paraguayan couple -- Riella is 103 and Lopez is 99 -- recently married in a religious ceremony 80 years after their 1933 courtship. The pair had already tied the knot in a civil ceremony half a century ago, but …

The Best New Buildings Of The Year

The festival took place October 2nd - 4th at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, which was also once a WAF Award-winning design.<p>These 29 incredible designs were winners in their respective categories, which included Housing, Villa, and Office. Among the winners are repurposed public spaces, brand-new …

These images show just how differently cats and humans see the world

Cats and humans have very different perspectives on the world, both literally and figuratively. Indeed, as these visualizations beautifully …

The 24 Most Adorable Kids Halloween Costumes

As we continue on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume, we turn our attention to adorable costumes for kids. Little ones have it pretty good in the costume department, mostly because they can turn even the more grown-up costumes (read: Lady Gaga or Edward Scissorhands) into absolute cuteness. …

Decorations

Dad Sends Kids Toys Into Outer Space, Films The Entire Trip

If you were lucky enough to have a childhood which involved firing plastic bottles into the air and pretending they were rockets, then consider your …

The voices behind Disney's best characters through history

Walt Disney Company

Back to work for US government employees after Congress agrees deal

Hundreds of thousands of government employees have returned to work in the US after 16 days of enforced absence.<p>Their return followed a cross-party deal by Democrats and Republicans hours before the government risked defaulting on its debt.<p>The shutdown had caused national parks and tourist …

Thinking Drinkers: in defence of alcohol

Alcohol gets a bad press, and deservedly so. But sometimes it's worth remembering that it also sharpens your subconscious, coaxes out courage and even makes music sound better. It's a wonderful thing, say Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham<p>Alcohol. One minute a soul mate, the next a psychopath, it pulls …

How Oreos Work Like Cocaine

Research made national news this week that the cookies are more addictive than psychoactive drugs. That claim may be exaggerated, but the neuroscience of junk food addiction is nonetheless fascinating and relevant—mentally, physically, and socially.<p><i>"Nothing gets me high as that sandwich cookie</i> …

An Unlikely Adventure Travel Hotspot – Taiwan

Before first setting foot on Taiwan’s soil I had certain preconceptions about what to do and see there. I imagined good meals, interesting temples …

What really happens when you flush a plane loo?

Unless you’ve flown first class, or in a private jet, aircraft loos are windowless, cramped affairs that usually reek of cheap sanitizer. But they have come a long way – and rarely get the recognition they deserve.<p>The first flight (made by Orville Wright, although some conspiracy theorists think …

Conspiracies

Ten things you need to know before visiting Transylvania

Transylvania is best known as the mysterious land of bloodthirsty vampires and howling wolves. Some may think it’s fictional, but this central Romanian region <i>is</i> a real place. And it’s pretty special, too. Bordered to the east by the Carpathian Mountains, ‘the land beyond the forest’ still feels …

European Travel

A Nighttime Road Trip Through Texas' Prettiest Ghost Towns

Want to see America at its most fascinating? Would you mind if it were slightly eery at the same time? You’ve probably never thought about a road trip like this before. Diners? Check. Motels? Check. Toll booths and gas stations? Double check. But oh, there's so much more (or is it less?) to this …