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By 1860, Horace King Was One Of The Wealthiest Free Blacks In Alabama. Here’s How

Horace King (1807-1885) was the most respected bridge-builder in Alabama, Georgia, and northeastern Mississippi during the mid-nineteenth century. As …

Why We Can’t Be Happy All the Time

<b>“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” ~Ram Dass</b><p>Suffering by definition: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. …

Happiness

How to Get the Flavor of Graham Crackers in the Form of Cake

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and every Sunday, Posie Harwood from 600 Acres will share our latest find.</i><p><i>Today: A crazy trick to turn graham crackers into cake.</i><p>This past weekend I baked a very deceptive little cake. …

10 Most evil women in history of the world - You will be shocked to see their evil deeds! (With Pictures)

<b>Most evil women</b> – Its very common belief that women are the sign of love, care and humbleness. They are generally known to be very polite, graceful, …

11 Things You Might Not Know About Dr Pepper

You already know that Dr Pepper has a unique, spicy flavor, but did you know its corporate history is just as crisp and interesting?<p>1. IT'S GOT TEXAS …

30 Strawberry Recipes That'll Make Your Desserts More Delicious

You know winter is finally over when you begin to see fresh strawberries at the market. We've spotted our favorite berry this season and so we're happy to report: spring is in full swing. Spring's best veggies have been on the scene for some time now (asparagus, Vidalia onions, fresh peas), but now …

Dessert

How To Grow Every Single Herb You've Ever Wanted, Indoors

Great news, everyone. The days of throwing down $4 for a sprig of thyme are behind you. Never again will you have to fork over your last bills for some wilting basil to make a pesto, because you can grow those herbs <i>at home</i> -- yes, even if you don't have one square foot of yard to call your own. …

Gardening

The Oreo Upside-Down Cake That's Making Us Reconsider Everything In Our Lives

Sometimes we come across a recipe so simple and brilliant that it makes us ask ourselves what we've been doing our whole lives. Oreo upside-down cake is one of those recipes.<p>Food blog Sally's Baking Addiction shared a recipe last spring for an Oreo Cake in which the cookies are set in the bottom of …

Fact or fiction? Rogue police force claims ties to ancient Knights Templar

Three people, including an aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, have been arrested, accused of operating a rogue police force claiming to exist for more than 3,000 years. The so-called Masonic Fraternal Police Department claims to trace its origins to the Knights Templar, which it called the …

The Foods That Cool Your Mouth After Eating Something Spicy

So you misjudged that curry and now your mouth is on fire—what to do? You probably know that milk will stop the burning, but you have other options …

Nutrition

9 Iconic Photographs From African American History

Photographer Zack Brown shooting dapper men in Harlem, ca. 1937<br>Eliot Elisofon—Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum<p>1 of 9<p>The casual student …

Black History

Why Adding Milk To Your Scrambled Eggs Is A Mistake

Scrambled eggs may be one of the more simple items on the breakfast menu to make at home, but as easy as they are to cook, they're equally easy to screw up.<p>One common mistake people make when cooking scrambled eggs is adding milk or cream. You may have been whisking your eggs with milk since you …

Breakfast

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final installment of a three-part series highlighting just a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've been honored to work with (and learn from) throughout my career. (See the first and second installments.) While we shouldn't wait until February to celebrate Black leaders, Black …

Black History

13 Labor Events And Organizers Who We Should Teach About During Black History Month

As Black History Month draws to a close, we want to continue to share and celebrate a labor history that is often overlooked. Recognizing and honoring the important contributions that black people have made to American history matters. From notable women leaders to the desegregation of union …

Rights & Freedoms

26 Children's Books That Celebrate Black Heroes

From scientists and singers, to activists and artists: these books will teach children about black heroes.

Books

22-year old sets bacon-eating record: 182 pieces in 5 minutes

You may love bacon, but the thought of eating six pounds of the pork product is enough to make anyone sick.<p>Anyone except competitive eater Matt …

Food

Seven startup metrics all entrepreneurs must track

Do you know what your numbers are telling you about your sales, customer retention and cash flow?<p>Not spending enough time gauging your business's progress can be just as harmful as wasting your time with needless emails or Excel sheets. You may be so focused on getting your business to the next …

Small Business

Ramen Fried Chicken Is Here, And It's What We've Been Waiting For

Think you can't change the world of dining with ramen? David Chang already has. And now he's going to do it all over again.<p>Chang -- the man (and chef) behind upscale ramen eatery Momofuku-- has just blown our minds with a video tutorial on how to make Ramen Fried Chicken. In the Lucky Peach video …

Fried Chicken

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

We polled some of those insiders—people who know the business and work daily to evict pesticides, genetically modified organisms, animal cruelty, social injustice, and unhealthy foods from the food supply—to find out what they know about the dark side of "convenience" foods. Take note so you can …

The Most Horrifying Fast Food Menu Items Of 2014

According to Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the horse. People born this year are said to be full of personality, enjoy socializing and have a great sense of humor. But, there's nothing funny about the fast food nightmares this year brought. From black hamburgers to chicken corsages, let us …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Time-lapse Photography

Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life

The witch is back.<p>In books and films, on stage and on TV, interest in witchcraft is brewing—to a degree that rivals 17th-century Salem’s hysteria …

Horror

The True Story Behind The Saddest Scene In ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ History

Think back to any “emotional” scene on <i>Full House</i>. They were all pretty the same: the dialogue would get cheesy (well, cheesier) and the music, sappy (sappier). It was a formula that clearly worked, considering there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing more of the Tanners soon, but it was super-corny, …

Guinness World Records' Weirdest Records Of 2015

Some people get into the record books by a nose, but Nick Stoeberl got into Guinness World Records by a tongue.<p>Stoeberl, 22, an artist and comedian from Monterey, California, has been trying to get official recognition for his massive tongue for two years.<p>Guinness World Records finally measured him …

Actor, comic Robin Williams dies at 63 in apparent suicide

Robin Williams, a comic and sitcom star in the 1970s who became an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, died Monday at 63 in Marin County. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said he appears to have committed suicide.<p>The news of the beloved actor's death rocked the nation. Channels broke into their usual …

Robin Williams: A Photo Gallery