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Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2015: even more of the best entries so far

World Beard and Moustache Championships: Pictures

Austria

The Origins of Religion: How Supernatural Beliefs Evolved

Many Catholics reveled in the pope's whirlwind visit to the East Coast of the United States last month. But as the devout return to life as usual, …

Consciousness

10 ‘Witches’ Who Were Famously Killed For Their Alleged Crimes

1. Hypatia (370-415 AD)<p><b>Who she was:</b> A Greek philosopher and mathematician who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, Hypatia is thought to be the first person …

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

Dare To Bare: America Isn’t Ready For Topless Women

If you’ve ever been to Times Square – God help you- you know that it’s a hubbub of tourists, panhandlers and general mayhem that you cannot wait to …

What It’s Like Living As An Atheist In The American Bible Belt

I was raised without a religion. My father and stepmother never really talked about God, or Jesus, or the Old Testament. They didn’t talk about …

Earth's 6th mass extinction has begun, and there are no signs that humans will be spared

Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival of a species.<p>While this is not a straightforward exercise, research so far indicates that the odds are not in our favor.<p>Limitations of diversity<p>Life on Earth can be traced …

The Thunder Down Under: 40 Fabulously Funny Facts About Farts

1. The average human being farts 14 times a day.<p>How many times they do it in front of others will determine exactly how “human”—actually, …

Cowardly brutality exposed: The viral video that should change the Israel/Palestine debate forever

<b>(YouTube/Bilal Tamimi)</b><p>A stun grenade flipped into faces of a child and his family. We should never discuss this debate the same way again<p>Saree Makdisi<p>September 22, 2015 10:57pm (UTC)<p>It’s no wonder that this video clip went viral earlier this month. It shows a masked Israeli soldier throwing a …

Israel

16 Ways Dating A Libra Woman Will Set Your Life On Fire

<b>1. We can make a brunch date at Dunkin Donuts feel like the most romantic morning of your life.</b> Libras are the ultimate romantics. We want everything …

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

10 Life-Changing Lessons I’ve Learned From Reading Paulo Coelho’s Books

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist and one of the most widely read authors in the world. His books have sold over 190 million copies worldwide. He …

40 Ridiculous ‘Knock Knock’ Jokes That’ll Get You A Laugh On Demand

<b>1.</b> Knock knock.<p>Who’s there?<p>Cow says.<p>Cow says who?<p>No, a cow says <i>mooooo</i>!<p><b>2.</b> Knock knock.<p>Who’s there?<p>A little old lady.<p>A little old lady who?<p>All this …

11 Incredible Everyday Things That We Always Forget To Be Thankful For

<b>1. Water</b><p>Water is precious, water is life. The feeling of quenching your thirst with ice cold water after a marathon or a long workout does not even …

The best thing to eat in every country around the world

In Argentina, you must try the grilled meats.Shutterstock<p>What is the single dish visitors should not miss when visiting a foreign country?<p>Quora users set out to answer that question in a thread on the question-and-answer-based website, singling out the most iconic thing to eat in their homelands. …

Artificial intelligence will make religion obsolete within our lifetime

After conquering the kitchen, the game show, and outer space, are our machines heading for religion next?<p>The singularity is a hypothesized time in …

Singularity

How ‘Star Trek’ Creator Gene Roddenberry Got ‘Kicked Upstairs’ And Off ‘Wrath Of Khan’

1979’s <i>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</i> is many things to many people — the first time these beloved characters ever appeared on the big screen, the beginning of the <i>Star Trek</i> movie universe, and the anti-<i>Star Wars</i>. However, it also marks the last significant contribution to the <i>Star Trek</i> movies by Gene …

Science Fiction

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Language

Climate Change Means One World's Death and Another's Birth

A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the future. A plant physiologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, he …

Ecology

52 Delicious Swedish Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

Swedish cooking has more to it than meatballs.

Recipes

Is Martha Stewart's 1-Pot Pasta Hack Too Good to Be True?

Imagine this: instead of prepping pasta and sauce separately, dirtying a few dishes along the way, you add pasta, sauce ingredients, and water to one pot, boil it all together, and just like that, dinner is ready. This seemingly brilliant concept from <b>Martha Stewart Living</b> caused quite a stir on the …

Recipes

One-pan 9-minute pasta recipe from Martha Stewart Living: The backstory, and variations.

<i>This post originally appeared on Food52.</i><p>This genius pasta makes its own sauce, all in one pan, in nine minutes—you’ve probably already cooked it (or …

23 People Describe The Most Humiliating Way They Ever Got Dumped

Found on AskReddit.<p><b>1.</b> “I was in the middle of sex when one of my exes decided to announce she wanted to break up.<p>“That was the most awkward ever. …