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France decides 'textopornographie' is French for 'sexting'

The French have shut down yet another English word: "sexting" will now be known as "textopornographie," with "sexto" as the noun "sex text." France's General Commission on Terminology and Word Invention (or Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologisme, <i>s'il vous plaît</i>) decided to change the …

Russia Will Raise Vodka Prices Because Drunk People Keep Dying

Vodka prices in Russia are going up next year as authorities look to reduce alcohol consumption.<p>Prices on the cheapest available vodka will rise 16 …

Nanjiecun: A village that still lives and works as Mao laid down

<b>Mao Zedong was a founding father of the People's Republic of China. He died in 1976, but his presence is still firmly felt in the small village of Nanjiecun, where one of the country's last Maoist communes shows no sign of giving up the ghost.</b><p>Dawn is often murky in central China - grey skies, thin …

Antidepressant use on the rise in rich countries, OECD finds

The use of antidepressants has surged across the rich world over the past decade, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, raising concerns among doctors that pills are being overprescribed.<p>Figures show that doctors in some countries are writing prescriptions for …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

10 Ghost Towns Around the World

Silent streets and derelict buildings offer a glimpse into the lives of once thriving communities.<p>With their silent streets, derelict buildings, and remnants of homes and workplaces, abandoned towns offer a haunting view into the lives of once thriving communities. Here’s a look at our top ten from …

The 10 Jobs With The Biggest Projected Salary Gains In 2014

We all know that software jobs are taking over the world. With smartphones battling for dominance through their software and interface design, cars chock full of programmable devices (I don’t own one but every time I rent I feel like I need an hour-long tutorial just to use the radio), and wearable …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

Beyond Beer and Lederhosen: Top 10 German Destinations

Autumn in Germany may be synonymous with beloved Oktoberfest, but this European powerhouse has more to offer than beer, pretzels and lederhosen. With its majestic castles, renowned vineyards, romantic valleys and stunning Alpine villages, Germany is not a country to be overlooked on a trip to …

Swiss war game envisages invasion by bankrupt French

Hordes of bankrupt French invade Switzerland to get their hands on their “stolen” money — such is the imaginary scenario cooked up by the Swiss military in simulations revealed over the weekend.<p>Carried out in August, the apparently outlandish army exercise was based on the premise of an attack by a …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

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7 Creative Ideas to Spice Up Your Photography

Human beings are creatures of habit; we seek out patterns, we search for comfort and contentment, we settle into routines. These aren’t necessarily …

How to Create Reflections in Photoshop

Great reflections can really make an image. The problem is, that like buses, there is never one when you need one. Of course these days it is …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Video isn’t breaking the internet: The industry giants are

The web can’t handle video, goes the common refrain. For example, Comcast (S CMCSK) estimates that if people wanted to watch the television content …

11 Ways To Beat The Big 2013 Capital Gains Tax Hike

Last year’s historically low capital gains tax rate of 15% is, well, history, but there are still ways around the new higher rates that went into effect Jan. 1. The 15% top capital gains tax rate went up to 20%. High income earners have to tack on another 3.8% (the net investment income surtax). …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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When we meet on a quiet street away from Phnom Penh’s daytime bustle, Samnang is showing little sign of the aftereffects of an evening spent carousing at a local bar. Bright-eyed and lively, he chats eagerly about his friends’ weekend plans.<p>“We go dancing and looking for girls,” he says. “It’s …

A tale of two cities: poor New Yorkers demand a slice of Manhattan's action

A man calling himself "Uncle" surveys the scene. It's growing dark, and a misty rain is falling over Brownsville, in central Brooklyn, over rows of social housing blocks that rise into the clouds. Above us, the No 3 subway line runs on elevated tracks, held up by rusty scaffolding that shakes …

Even If Someone Chops Off Your Finger They Won't Be Able To Unlock Your iPhone 5S With The Fingerprint Scanner

If someone chops off your finger and then tries to use the fingerprint to unlock the phone, it won't work. The iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader relies on "the living layer of skin under the surface of your finger, using an RF signal," Mary Branscombe at CITEWorld reports.<p>Via: Daring Fireball

This Tiny Concrete Speck Is Its Own Country

By Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler<p>The Principality of Sealand has its own flag, a white diagonal stripe dividing fields of red and black. It has currency, postage stamps, a national anthem ("E Mare Libertas," which is also its national motto, meaning "from the sea, freedom"), and even a soccer …

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The Government Wants To Define Who Qualifies As A Journalist

Journalists and netizens have mixed feelings about a long-sought federal media shield law that is headed to a vote in the Senate. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 would protect designated journalists from revealing their sources against a subpoena. Dozens of established media outlets are …

Tired Of Inequality? One Economist Says It'll Only Get Worse

Economist Tyler Cowen has some advice for what to do about America's income inequality: Get used to it. In his latest book, <i>Average Is Over</i>, Cowen lays out his prediction for where the U.S. economy is heading, like it or not:<p>"I think we'll see a thinning out of the middle class," he tells NPR's …

50 Lessons for Stronger Photographs

Professional photographer and best-selling author David duChemin just released a very in-depth educational eBook deemed a “BigBook” at 200 pages in …

Korea Will Soon Be Home To The World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper

The world will soon have its first "invisible" skyscraper.<p>There's no construction date yet for the planned 1,476-foot tower, called Tower Infinity. But its architects have just been granted a construction permit to begin building outside of Seoul, South Korea near Incheon International Airport.<p>The …

Donald Trump considers buying FBI headquarters

Flamboyant New York property developer and reality TV star Donald Trump is casting his eye on what some Washingtonians consider an architectural eyesore in the US capital - FBI headquarters.<p>He told The Washington Post in an interview posted online that he might take an opportunity to acquire the …