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Thrill-Seeking Hairdresser Leaves Family Behind to See the World and Cut Hair in Extreme Locations

Cutting hair can be a boring, repetitive task, but this globetrotting Russian hairdresser has found a unique way to add some zest to his job. Denis …

This British family's Halloween home decorations are genuinely terrifying

LONDON — Most people go as far as carving a pumpkin for Halloween or maybe getting involved with the odd bit of trick-or-treating, but there's one …

14 cute pictures of the Halloween Dog Parade on Hampstead Heath

London's most fabulous dogs headed to Hampstead Heath at the weekend to show off their best costumes at the All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk. The …

Artist Uses Soggy, Stained Tea Bags as Canvas for Detailed Daily Art

At the beginning of this year, visual artist and graphic designer Ruby Silvious embarked on a quirky, personal experiment, set to last for 363 days. She decided to repurpose soggy and stained tea bags as unconventional, blank canvases, just waiting to be filled with her artistic expression. The …

Sesame Street's new muppet has autism, to help people 'see the amazing in all children'

Julia, the new furry character, was invented to reduce the stigma associated with autism and provide autistic children with a character they can relate to<p>There's a new character on Sesame Street - and she's a little bit different to all the others.<p>Julia is on the autistic spectrum, and was created …

I spent 10 nights alone on a deserted island — here's how I survived

I still can't quite believe it happened.<p>I've been somewhat obsessed with islands and going 'back to basics' since I was kid.<p>"Shipwrecked" was key viewing, Ray Mears was my guy, and more recently, watching shows like 'The Island" and "Naked and Marooned" reinforced just how much I really wanted my …

Lean Startups

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

By September 22, 2015<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do …

Quora

5 Podcasts That Will Give You a Leadership Edge

Listening to these podcasts will make you smarter, tougher, and more business savvy.<p>Ever since NPR's <i>Serial</i> broke the internet last year, it seems like we've been in the middle of a podcast boom. But while podcasts like <i>Serial</i> can be fun and fascinating to listen to, there are some podcasts that are …

Giant Dinosaur Sculptures Made of Recycled Rice Straw Pop Up in Japan

September in rural Japan means two things: farmers are harvesting their rice and the leftover straw is being used to make extraordinary works of art. Specifically, the resulting material is serving as a tool for an artist Amy Goda, who's creating some pretty terrifying dinosaur sculptures. The …

4 ghostly horsemen are striding through the Thames to warn of climate change

<i>UPDATED: 1:50 p.m. BST, Sept. 5</i><p>LONDON — There's a spectral and menacing presence in the Thames this month. Four ghost white horsemen have been added …

Why Tea Addicts Go Crazy for Pu-Erh

In the war on rot, aging food is a tactical retreat. We can't beat nature at its own game, so we join it, and let microbes have their way with meat or cheese in the hopes of developing deeper, more complex flavors than the fresh versions can offer.<p>There's less rot involved when we age drinks like …

Cocoon-Like Bookshelf Provides a Tranquil Space for Readers to Get Lost in Great Stories

Mexico City-based studio Anagrama has recently completed a beautifully unique library interior in Monterrey that celebrates the joys of reading a book. To create this feeling, the designers produced a dome-like structure that encloses readers in a lattice cocoon, surrounding them from head to toe …

City Politics

Librarian Rides Around on Pop-up Bicycle Book Library to Spread the Joy of Reading

School librarian Alicia Tapia understands the crucial role that books can play in promoting a love of learning and literacy. In order to spread that positive influence, in May 2013 she started Bibliobicicleta, a donation-based pop-up library to cart around the city of San Francisco on the bike of a …

San Francisco

See Photos of Telephone Operators Through the Decades

Operators on the transoceanic switchboard at the Long Distance Building of the New York Telephone Co, 1938.<br>Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture …

How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy

Six months ago, I found myself drowning in a flood of easy information. The internet—and all the lovely things on it, things like Wikipedia, Twitter, podcasts, the New Yorker, email, TED Talks, Facebook, Youtube, Buzzfeed occasionally, and yes, even the Harvard Business Review—provide unlimited …

8 Ways To Improve Your Focus

Our attention spans are dwindling, but focus is a muscle that you can build if you work on it. Pay attention: Here are eight ways.<p>The average human has an eight-second attention span–less than that of a goldfish, according to a 2015 study from Microsoft. That number has shrunk over the years due to …

Yet another powerful benefit of spending money on experiences, not things: community

If you decided to take a beach vacation rather than splurge on an Apple Watch this summer, you’re onto something. Studies have shown doing things makes people happier than having things. One widely acknowledged reason is the benefit of anticipation. Anyone who’s counted down the days to a trip or …

21 Watermelon Sculptures That Are Too Skillfully Crafted to Eat

Artists across the globe have utilized watermelons as an unexpected canvas for their imaginative creations. For centuries, fruit carving has been a respected art in Thailand and was used solely for decorating royal tables. Now, this uncommon skill has been adopted by others who see watermelons as …

Sculpture

Find Out What Colors Sound Like Through One Man’s Incredibly Rare Condition

The only time you’ve probably thought about the idea of “hearing colors” is when some medical expert talks about synesthesia or your friend regales you with their magical adventures on psychedelics. But one man’s story of his incredibly rare condition will open your eyes and ears to a new way of …

Boston Consulting Group executive says the best managers practice these 5 habits

Recognizing that things like meeting structure, team communication, and payroll determination need to be changed is one thing, but knowing <i>how</i> to lead through these changes is another.<p>Perry Keenan is a senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, and from nearly three decades …

Management

The Secret, Deadly Life of Seashells

Think seashells are just pretty ocean ornaments? Think again. Shells, and the mollusks that live in them, can be deadly.<p>Their geometry captivated Sir …

The ONE Simple Step to Developing Life Long Confidence

<b>Trawling through YouTube the other day, I was amazed by the quantity of confidence videos.</b> There are thousands of them, with everyone from fitness …

Self-help

11 easy ways to boost your willpower and concentration

Fortunately, there are dozens of ways to filter out distractions and improve your ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. To find out what some of these strategies are, we sifted through the Quora thread, "How do I improve my concentration and willpower?" and highlighted the most …

First Woman in History Completes Golden Gate Swim—In Shark-Infested Waters

In 2007, New Zealander Kim Chambers was diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome in her right leg and was told by doctors that it was unlikely she’d …

She Might Think is a lovely, innovative experiment about perception

<i>She Might Think</i> is a week-long game project by designer Marion Esquian, and it's a really cool idea: It's set in a visually-rich, sprawling apartment …

Stereotypes

Lavender Theme Park Blooms in China

10 Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.<p>While the thought of …

Motivation

No Humans Allowed – Wacky Japanese Cafe Caters Exclusively to Stuffed Toys

Joining the ranks of Tokyo’s eccentric pet cafés and restaurants is Yawarakan’s, a place that exclusively caters to stuffed animals. It sounds like a …

Study: Meditation Can Help Reduce Self-Critical Behavior

A study finds that lovingkindness meditation, a Buddhist practice, helps weed out negative behavior and ease symptoms of depression.<p>Perfectionism can have its benefits--motivation and setting high standards for your work-life--but it can also have negative side effects, like heightened levels of …