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Can You Hypnotize Yourself? Yes, And Here’s How

When you hear the word “hypnosis,” you might picture a hypnotist manipulating someone into quacking like a duck or barking like a dog onstage. But …

Meditation

Spread across the globe - These 6 luxury hotels deliver a unique futuristic experience -

<i>Ultra-modern amenities and revolutionary architecture of these Berlin, Dubai, Maldives, Bali, Macau and Norway hotels offer cutting-edge accommodation</i><p>…

United Arab Emirates

Air-Purifying Plants So Good, Nasa Used Them in the Space Station

Plus, they’ll make your home feel like a tropical paradise.<p>You have to admit, there is something sweet and crisp in the air of a home that’s filled …

Plants

Silverware handles up or down? Dishwasher experts settle it once and for all

The other day I overheard a coworker in our office chastise another coworker for putting a knife sharp side up in the office dishwasher silverware …

Cleaning

How To Make 12 Classic Sauces [Infographic]

We've talked about sauces that everyone should be able to make, and all of the meal options they can go into, but this graphic packs 12 of them into …

Cooking

The cashless society is a con – and big finance is behind it | Brett Scott

Digital systems may be ‘convenient', but they often fail. Cash, on the other hand, does not crash<p>All over the western world banks are shutting down cash machines and branches. They are trying to push you into using their digital payments and digital banking infrastructure. Just like Google wants …

Banking

Locals-Only: An Italian Winemaker on How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Rome

In the immortal words of the late Anthony Bourdain, "It's easy to fall in love with Rome." Upon touching down in the Italian capital city, I feel the …

Italy

Monaco Travel Guide: A Weekend in the French Riviera’s Microstate

It might be the second smallest country in the world, but there’s actually much more to it than meets the eye<p>A playground for the rich and famous, Monaco has glitz and glam in spades. Beautiful pastel-colored buildings, shiny supercars, and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea make this country a …

A World Tour of Fake Places That Fool the Eye

ARLES, France — The neighborhood looks unremarkable, if a little unkempt: a dollar store, a laundromat, a fashion business with a few other sidelines (“All cellphone bills paid here”). The sky is heavy, the color of pewter; snow blankets the sidewalk. The adverts for the New York Lottery in the …

Oxfordshire

10 Critical Pieces to Gain Momentum in Business (and Life)

Take charge of your business (and life) today before it takes charge of you.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>At the start of 2017 I thought I'd finally "figured it out"... but by the time summer came, I slipped into depression.<p>It's strange, because I built a …

Entrepreneurship

Trekking across Italy just got easier with this digital map

If you love walking holidays and are looking for your next destination, then this new digital map of Italy might come in very handy. The General Directorate of Tourism released the revamped and restyled version of the atlas of the <i>Cammini d’Italia</i>, the Italian routes that cross the peninsula from …

Adventure Travel

Colorful camper van is the ultimate adventure vehicle

There’s even an indoor shower system<p>With summer in full swing, adventurers are out in force enjoying everything from national parks to off-the-grid camping in remote destinations. And while you’ll see no shortage of teardrops, Airstreams, and RVs on the roads, there’s one type of vehicle that’s …

RVs

Chameleon Villa / Word of Mouth House

“Chameleon Villa” located in Buwit, a village in the lush interiors of the southwest coastal area of Bali. Constructed on an acre of land, …

Solar Panels

A Library of Downloadable Architecture Drawings in DWG Format

Looking for some quick references or ways to spice up your drawings? Fire up Google Translate or brush the dust off your Italian to take advantage of …

You Need To Ask For A Taper Haircut The Next Time You See Your Barber

Taper haircuts encompass a lot of styles, but the good news is they're all excellent. From the textured quiff to the skin fade, these are the best …

Hair

The 8 Best Things to Do in Querétaro, Mexico

Santiago de Querétaro, most often referred to simply as Querétaro, is a beautiful colonial city in central Mexico well worth putting on your travel …

Mexico

You Can Travel the European Coast for a Week in This Tricked Out Surf Truck

According to travel trends, 2018 is the year of adventure. Which means there’s no better time to finally take up the ocean’s ultimate adventure …

Travel

Switzerland has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the World

I am writing this blog post ‘Being Switzerland’. I am not presuming anything about the country, never have I ever been there. I have just been around …

Paragliding

RIGHT AT HOME: Pro-style kitchens for the home cook

Avid home cooks often want to outfit their kitchens with the kind of high-end appliances and gear used by professional chefs. There's that aspirational notion that somehow having the right equipment will lead to better food.<p>So what's in a pro kitchen that works well in a home kitchen?<p>Chicago-based …

Kitchens

10 Design Podcasts You Should Download Right Now

That's right, you can learn about design without pictures!<p>Design podcasts are an excellent way to get inspired on your commute or while lounging on a weekend morning. That's right, <i>design</i> podcasts—there's actually quite a lot you can learn and enjoy about visual arts and architecture through …

18 Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox

Make your inbox more efficient and effective with these easily overlooked options.<p>When it comes to managing email, you need every advantage you can get.<p>Google recognizes this. The company has packed Gmail with dozens of advanced options that can save you time and add powerful possibilities into …

Google

13 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Cast-Iron Skillet

Cast iron can be fickle. Here are some habits to avoid when you’re cooking.<p>The cast-iron skillet is the workhorse of many a dedicated home cook, and …

Cast Iron Skillet

The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Italy

From Tuscany’s rolling hills to the shores of Lake Como, these Italian gems have mastered the art of la dolce vita.<p>This year, many of our readers’ …

Italy

Anine Bing's Décor Style Is Quintessential L.A. Cool Girl—Get the Look

It only takes one glance at Anine Bing to figure out that the fashion designer has style to spare. When we shot her airy and bright Spanish-style Los …

Italy's Best-Kept Secret Isn't What You Think

A guide to the uncharted region that's breaking out in its own right.<p>From the winding cliffs of the Amalfi Coast to the rolling Tuscan hills and …

Small kitchen, serious cook: 5 meals you can make with just $30 worth of groceries

Grocery stores can be intimidating without a plan. My grocery shopping plan has typically been “don’t spend too much,” which isn’t a concrete budget …

Expensive Pasta Is Worth It—Here's Why

By Alex Delany<p>And by "expensive" we mean "a couple of dollars more than the cheap stuff"—money well spent, if you ask us.<p>Have you ever noticed that little sliver of your grocery store’s pasta section that just looks...nicer? The brands aren’t instantly recognizable. The logos seem like they were …

Cooking

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chickpea Cupcakes Recipe

"Delicious gluten-free cake that is a cinch to make. Rave reviews from everyone! No one can tell that the secret ingredient is …

What Would U.S. Money Look Like, Given the Proper Attention of an Industrial Designer?

Bills so pretty you'd never spend them<p>Industrial designer Andrey Avgust hails from Belarus, a country whose currency I admit I've never seen. But …

Get the Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Midcentury Mansion in Pixar's Incredibles 2

We asked Academy Award-winning film maker Ralph Eggleston about the design inspiration behind the impressive, cantilevered home that everyone's favorite superhero family occupies in the upcoming movie.<p>Nearly 15 years after meeting the Parr family—more commonly known as The Incredibles—we welcome …

Palm Springs