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427 Genius Ways To Make Everything You Own Look More Expensive

As my mother always said: "Fake it 'til you make it."

Christmas Trees

Why The Older You Get, The More You Hate Everyone (And Why That's OK)

Ad failed to load<p>You know how you're always talking about how you hate everyone? The thing is, the older you get, the more real this is.<p>True story: I …

Relationships

A controversial study has a new spin on the otherworldliness of the octopus

Octopuses are strange, smart creatures that certainly <i>seem</i> alien—what with the tentacles, camouflage, and shape-shifting skills. Still, the idea that they actually came from outer space would seem to fall strictly into the realm of sci-fi; an update of HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, say.<p>But in these …

Biology

What do you say to a four-year-old white supremacist?

I try to be sympathetic, although not accommodating, to the fact that entire generations of Americans were explicitly taught white skin is superior. But it’s difficult to be sympathetic when those beliefs are expressed by a four-year-old.<p>It was Friday night, 22 February 2015. My friend Nuha (a …

Rights & Freedoms

Dutch researchers uncover dirty jokes in Anne Frank's diary

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Researchers using digital technology deciphered the writing on two pages of Anne Frank's diary that she had pasted over with brown masking paper, discovering four naughty jokes and a candid explanation of sex, contraception and prostitution.<p>"Anyone who reads the passages that have …

Jokes

The 50 Funniest Jokes About All 50 States

Why are people laughing at your home state? Find out here—then give some back with these 50 jokes for 50 states.<p>When a visitor to a town in Alabama …

Jeff Bezos

My Fine Hair Finally Has Volume—All Because of This Inexpensive Pantry Staple

If you have fine hair like me, you’re probably very familiar with the feeling that your strands constantly feel weighed down and limp—even after a …

Hair Care

Ex-congressman says he's 'given up on America' after sentenced for 3rd conviction

A former Democratic congressman from Chicago, heading to prison for the third time, says he has “given up on America” and plans to move to Africa after he serves his latest sentence.<p>At his sentencing Thursday, Mel Reynolds, 66, got six months in prison for failing to file tax returns on more than …

U.S. Congress

Why the Volkswagen California van is the camper we need

A daily driver that can sleep a family of four<p>The camper and RV industry has experienced non-stop growth in the United States recently, with eight consecutive years of increasing sales. The fastest-growing sector of the market? Camper vans. <i>If you love campers and trailers,</i> <i>come join our new</i> …

RVs

The toxic legacy of Canada's CIA brainwashing experiments: 'They strip you of your soul'

Sarah Anne Johnson had always known the broad strokes of her maternal grandmother’s story. In 1956, Velma Orlikow checked herself into a renowned Canadian psychiatric hospital, the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, hoping for help with postpartum depression.<p>She was in and out of the clinic for …

Mental Health

Skeletons tell story of 'truly horrifying' fifth-century massacre

<b>(CNN) —</b> About 1,500 years ago, something terrible happened at Sandby borg, a ringfort on the beautiful island of Öland, off Sweden's southeast Baltic coast.<p>Yearly excavations beginning in 2011 provided the first clues to the island's grisly secret. The digging uncovered the skeletons of dozens of …

Paleontology

After relief debacle, Puerto Rico’s governor looks for political revenge in Florida

Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló reached his breaking point three months after Hurricane Maria laid waste to the U.S. territory on Sept. 20, …

Caribbean

World’s Oldest Spider Dies Aged 43 After Wasp Attack

The world’s oldest known spider—a 43-year-old female <i>Giaus Villosus</i> trapdoor arachnid—has died, according to Australian researchers.<p>The solitary …

This Is The Best Natural Painkiller Plant That You Can Find In Your Backyard!

Regardless of its causes, physical pain can be excruciating sometimes. Most of us rely on painkillers for a quick relief from acute or chronic pain. …

Alternative Medicine

Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon': 10 Things You Didn't Know

There are hit albums, and then there's <i>Dark Side of the Moon</i>. Pink Floyd's eternally popular song cycle has sold more than 15 million copies in the …

Indie Music

Rose McGowan Argues With Trans Woman at Book Event; Cancels Appearances

Before Rose McGowan made her notable appearance on <i>The Late Show With Stephen Colbert</i>last night, she attended a reading event for her new memoir that …

Transwomen

25 Quotes That Remind Us Why Southern Manners Are So Important

There are three things folks below the Mason-Dixon take very seriously: fried food, college football, and good manners. Southern babies are basically …

Here's What You'd Look Like As Just a Nervous System

In the fall of 1925, two medical students in Kirksville, Missouri, received a cadaver and a challenge. Their assignment: to dissect the body's …

Museums

Are Birds Really Reptiles?

The word “reptile” often invokes a picture of a long taciturn animal with an equally long tail that lurches across swamps. A lizard quickly comes to …

Why dogs hoard things

Sometimes they steal your stuff or just hide what belongs to them.<p>Some dogs stash away their things. They tuck stuffed animals into the couch …

Damien Hirst on his greatest career move – breaking into his neighbour's home

In the early 1980s, I was living in a squat in White Hart Lane with a painter friend, trying to put enough work together to get into Goldsmiths college. I was trying to paint, but I’d get stuck – not because I couldn’t think of anything to paint, but because there was too much possibility. My …

Art

AP confirms five mass graves in Myanmar

Myanmar

Katy Perry's Left Shark has been revealed at last

Following Katy Perry’s halftime show at the 2015 Super Bowl, people couldn’t stop talking about Left Shark, the spasmodically dancing shark standing …

Vladimir Putin uses trained birds of prey to take down drones sent by spies or ISIS and guard his Kremlin HQ

<b>RUSSIAN strongman leader Vladimir Putin has specially trained birds of prey guarding his Kremlin HQ from drones, it's been revealed.</b><p>The fortified …

Russia

LOCKN' Hints At Dead & Company Headliner In New Instagram Post

Earlier in the month, <b>Dead & Company</b> announced a number of tour dates for the first half of 2018. The <b>Grateful Dead</b> continuation will embark on their …

Festivals

Harvey Weinstein Releases Ben Affleck Email to Try and Prove Rose McGowan is Lying About Rape Claim

Weinstein is also using an email from McGowan's former manager Jill Messick to try and disprove her rape allegation.<p>Harvey Weinstein has an issued an …

Ben Affleck

Harvey Weinstein Uses Emails From Jill Messick, Ben Affleck To Deny Rose McGowan Claims

While leaning on a boilerplate denial, disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein has for the most part kept quiet as dozens and dozens of women came …

Ben Affleck

Spectacular dinosaur stomping grounds discovered just outside D.C.

GREENBELT, Md. — Some 110 million years ago, in the swamp that would become the Washington suburbs, a hulking, armored nodosaur trudged along a riverbank, leaving a telltale print in the mud. Its offspring scrambled after it, slipping in the parent's print. Other dinosaurs crowded the setting: A …

Dinosaurs