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How to Cut a Mango Into a Flower Shape

A vendor demonstrates how to cut a mango into a flower by inserting a wood skewer into the base and making small cuts while rotating the fruit.<p>via …

From Nomad to Mother

Six months ago, my life was very different as what it is today.<p>I was a full-time traveler, hitting the road at least once a month, to places far and …

Parenting

Why Fearing Your Own Death May Make Little Sense

I’ll get to the idea behind the headline in three paragraphs, but as a segue (trust me), we have to think briefly about the Rachel Dolezal brouhaha …

Earth is on track for a mass extinction, and humans are to blame, study says

Today's animal species are disappearing at a rate up to 100 times higher than they did in the past <b>--</b> and humans are responsible, a new study warns.<p>Since the year 1500, at least 338 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have become extinct, researchers reported Friday in the …

20 Best and Worst Movie Fathers

Worst: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980)<p>He just wants his boy to join the family business — what's so wrong with that? Well, for starters, most dads …

Inside Out is Already Part of The Pixar Theory

The new Pixar film <i>Inside Out</i> came out today in the U.S. Being a nerd, this led me to wonder whether the new film was part of The Pixar Theory, an …

Fight Club

You won’t steal our music anymore: The fraction of a cent that saved the major labels

<b>Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Kanye West (AP/Evan Agostini/Jordan Strauss/Zacharie Scheurer)</b><p>Watching rap videos with his grandson, a vilified music executive had an aha moment that changed everything<p>June 19, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>American music executive Doug Morris was the target of satirical cartoons and a …

50 Cent

World’s Oldest Murder Mystery Was 430,000 Years in the Making

The first known murder was just as brutal as any other. The attacker smashed the victim twice in the head, leaving matching holes above the victim’s left eyebrow. The dead body was then dropped down a 43-foot shaft into a cave—where it lay for nearly half a million years.<p>Talk about your cold …

Last Cab to Darwin first look review – a moving if muddled Aussie road movie

Michael Caton is best known for playing straight-shooting sweetheart Darryl Kerrigan in 1997’s The Castle, a role that shot him to the pool-room of Australian popular culture. These days Caton’s face naturally displays pathos in a way it didn’t back in the 90s: his thinned-out grey hair, baggy eyes …

Vinyl Records

15 Things You Might Not Know About Fight Club

When <i>Fight Club</i> came out on October 15, 1999, it received mixed reviews and was initially seen as a financial disappointment. But after its theatrical …

The Skate Punks of Ethiopia (PHOTOS)

SHREDDING<p>Using boards donated from around the world, kids from all backgrounds in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia have come together to skate.<p>06.06.15 10:15 PM …

America is a Ponzi scheme: A commencement speech for the scammed

<b>(fotosipsak via /Krivosheev Vitaly via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>If you’re graduating from a liberal arts college, you’ve been taken for a ride. Start getting used to it<p>Tom Engelhardt<p>June 5, 2015 7:45pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit …

13 Pictures Capture Wonder and Bounty of Our Oceans

We depend on the ocean for food, recreation, as a weather regulator—and more. It in turn depends on us to keep it pristine.<p>Monday is World Oceans Day. The blue kingdom, which covers three fourths of planet Earth, provides half the world’s oxygen, absorbs vast amounts of carbon dioxide emissions …

What's After Death? People Who've Clinically Died Explain.

There is no direct evidence about what proceeds human consciousness, but there are stories from people who have been pronounced clinically dead.<br>Read …

Dazzling jewels from an Ethiopian grave reveal 2,000-year-old link to Rome

British archaeology team uncovers stunning Aksumite and Roman artefacts<p>Spectacular 2,000-year-old treasures from the Roman empire and the Aksumite kingdom, which ruled parts of north-east Africa for several centuries before 940AD, have been discovered by British archaeologists in northern …

Archaeology

Illegal Graffiti on an Abandoned Airstrip in the Mojave Desert That Measures a Half-Mile Wide

<i>image via Google Earth</i><p>The underground group Indecline recently took over an abandoned airstrip near Cuddeback Lake in the Mojave desert to put up …

Endurance and the Pursuit of Happiness - adventure journal

Ski mountaineering brothers Jason and Andy Dorais are so close they could almost be mistaken for twins, even though they<p><b>Ski mountaineering brothers</b> …

After Water

<i>Susie Cagle | Longreads | June 2015 | 21 minutes (5,160 words)</i><p>The sun was going down in East Porterville, California, diffusing gold through a thick …

Water

10 Marvelous Facts About The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

When sci-fi author Isaac Asimov sojourned to the New York World's Fair in 1964 — according to his writings, he "enjoyed it hugely" — he regretted the …

Literature

The Beltway’s Clinton derangement syndrome: What I saw inside a Hillary campaign briefing

<b>(AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b><p>Nothing about the meeting seemed noteworthy — until journalists went up in arms<p>Joan Walsh<p>June 2, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>So I attended that now-infamous briefing with Clinton campaign officials in Brooklyn last Thursday. I wasn’t going to write about it. No news was broken. …

Government

MH17 plane was shot down by a Buk missile, Russian weapons manufacturer says

Fragments from the warhead then hit the left wing and the left engine.<p>There was a distinctive 'double-T shape' to the damage which narrowed down the …

The future of languages is bleak: most are doomed to extinction

TODAY’S 6,000 LANGUAGES MIGHT SOON BE REPLACED BY 600.<p>While 78 percent of people speak the 85 most dominant languages in the world, only 12 percent …

She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is not only airborne and lethal; it's one of the most difficult diseases in the world to cure.<p>In Peru, 35-year-old Jenny Tenorio Gallegos wheezes even when she's sitting still. That's because of the damage tuberculosis has done to her lungs. The antibiotics she's taking …

The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world | Suzanne Goldenberg

Photograph: Images Group/REX_Shutterstock<p>The seeds are stored in boxes labelled alphabetically, in a room that looks like a warehouse.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/19/1432047805342/2ecc97a4-1992-407c-b411-fc27448eef94-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Images …

The world’s 10 wackiest museums

SO YOU’VE BEEN to the Louvre and the Guggenheim and the MET. Bravo. Those are child’s play. If you want something truly unique and memorable, you …

The Tribe review – brutally grim

Set in an insular deaf community in Kiev, Ukrainian writer/director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s highly praised debut feature is told entirely through unsubtitled sign language. His singularly unsentimental portrayal of the protagonists has an air of empowering authenticity. Yet the voyeuristic …

Nymphomaniac: Lars von Trier’s smut odyssey gets a director’s cut

With the release of the seventh entry in the Star Wars franchise looming, conversation inevitably turns to the ongoing hostage situation surrounding the first three films in the saga. Since he began tinkering with the original trilogy in the 1980s, George Lucas has steadfastly refused to release …

Why the Scots Gave One of their Roads Wiggly Lines

Stirling Council had a problem. The A811 road between Stirling and Loch Lomond, Scotland, was overrun with speeding drivers breaking the 30 mph limit …

How to piss off a Norwegian

Suggest Sweden is better.<p>Or Denmark. Or Finland. But especially Sweden. We see our welfare system as absolutely perfect; and we’re better than them …

Baltimore’s Failure Is Rooted in Decisions That Were Made 100 Years Ago

BALTIMORE—“We want people to register to vote, because that’s where the change is made,” said State Sen. Catherine Pugh, standing near the smoldering …