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10 subtle signs you're smarter than you think you are

You might be surprised to know which of your quirks can reveal your inner genius.<p>1. You accept that there are plenty of things you don't know<p>You may think that pretending you know everything, even when you don't, makes you come across as smarter. But in reality, people who aren't afraid to be …

Psychology

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

Want to move abroad? Try here

We talked to residents in the top-ranking countries for expats to find out what exactly makes their adopted country so special.<p>As the world becomes more connected, the number of people living outside their home country is on the rise – more than 244 million globally, estimates the United Nations, …

Travel

Buy-it and Forget-it: Six Prepper Supplies that Require no Skills!

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.<i>Editors Note:</i> <i>Another guest post from Valknut79 to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information</i> …

Portable

These Imaginary Islands Only Existed on Maps

Some islands, like King Arthur’s Avalon, were pure legend. Others were mistakes or outright hoaxes.<p>In the age of GPS and Google Maps, it is hard to believe that maps can include places that don’t exist. But author Malachy Tallack argues that maps are as much “a cartography of the mind” as they are …

Living Off-Grid Is It Really For You - Preparing For the Future By Learning From the Past

Living off the grid can be extremely difficult, but also extremely rewarding. Off-grid living isn’t for everyone. But for those willing to make the …

Modular Power Blocks Snap Together to Scale Up Energy Needs in Remote Areas

A microgrid solution that uses a swarm intelligence algorithm could finally electrify rural Africa Photo: Power-Blox More than 1 billion people in …

Off-grid

The world’s smallest kingdom

When he’s not fishing for squid or gardening outside his squat bungalow, the king of Tavolara lords over this tiny island’s 11 part-time residents and 100 nimble mountain goats.<p>Just south of Sardinia's world-famous Costa Smeralda, the lonely island of Tavolara rises wildly from the cerulean sea …

Italy

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

Japan

The 10 C’s of Survival

There are so many lists of possible survival items that can be assembled together to achieve the perfect Bug Out Bag. Heck, we have even created our …

Life-saving LifeArk snaps together like LEGO to provide emergency off-grid housing

Architect Charles Wee didn’t have grand plans to save the world—but that’s exactly what his incredible LifeArk could do. Designed for disaster …

Off-grid

Best Places to Live Off Grid – Best Off Grid US States and A Few International Options

There’s plenty of information online about where you shouldn’t live off-grid. There’s advice about which climates just don’t work with solar power, …

Off-grid

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Creativity

This Simple Box Serves Up Running Water And Clean Electricity In Remote Locations

Off Grid Box can be a lifeline in rural communities, but its current business model makes it more a novelty than a global solution. Now it’s time to a way to get the device to scale.<p>Off Grid Box, an Italian startup, was founded to bring clean water and renewable energy to the millions of the people …

Profit

Tesla Is Turning Kauai Into a Renewable Energy Paradise

<i>This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>When people ask Luke Evslin why he decided to live off the …

Off Grid Tools Survival Axe Elite review

Survival tools run the gamut from a pocket knife to axes and even beyond. I don’t know if there is any real definition of what a survival tool is, so …

Neutrality or Not? – How the World’s Non-Combatant Nations Quietly Took Part in WW2

“Neutral nations managed to tiptoe through a global conflict, avoiding war while protecting their own interests.” By John Anthony Miller ALTHOUGH …

Military History

Watch a British Museum Curator Explain How to Catch Unicorns

In the video below, British Museum curator Naomi Speakman explains medieval bestiaries, with a focus on unicorns. The mythical unicorn has an …

Zoology

How to make a simple tin can stove while off the grid

<i>This story was originally published on OFFGRID. Words by Patrick McCarthy.</i><p>A key tenet of survival is working with limited resources, and making do …

Off-grid

Stunning Off Grid Shipping Container Home on Mountain Top (VIDEO)

Adam from HoneyBox INC. built this stunning off-grid shipping container cabin on top of a mountain in British Columbia, Canada. The cabin is built …

Tiny House Movement

4 Absolutely Necessary Things Every Prepper Must Realize

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.<i>Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Kirk Reynolds. If</i> …

Solar Power

Goodbye Fidget Spinner, Hello Tiny Arcade!

Why are these ridiculous fidget spinners such a craze?! Enough with it! If you want to keep your fingers busy and yourself entertained, ditch that …

Off-grid

This man gave up everything to live alone on a mountain

A 58-year-old former surveying technician from Belgium has taken up his new post as the official hermit of Saalfelden, living in a hut-sized chapel …

Sea Level
Off-grid

Stephen Hawking Just Offered A Depressing Prediction Of How Long We Have Left On Earth

As if Monday isn't depressing enough, you'll might as well know what English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has to say about humanity's fate …

7 Ingenious Ways Architecture Helped Humans Thrive

We take the idea of sturdy buildings and city infrastructure for granted in the modern era. But as you’ll see on National Geographic’s new show …

Archaeology