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Opinion: Is Poland's demand for war reparations a threat to German-Polish relations?

Poland's government is insisting that Germany pay reparations for crimes committed during the Second World War. During a recent visit to Warsaw, …

10 Mind-Blowing Tips That Will Forever Change the Way You Do Your Hair

Seriously though, they're that good.<p>Not everyone can have the top professionals doing their hair, but luckily you <i>can</i> use their behind-the-scenes tricks to get pro-worthy results. Here are 10 must-try backstage tips from New York Fashion Week that'll make styling your hair that much easier.<p><b>1. Use a</b> …

Creating a Story Grid – Part 1

We have now entered the 4th step in moving from first draft to second draft.This week we dive into how to work through each scene in developing an …

Robert DeNiro

China is selling "anti-pervert" flamethrowers that fit in a handbag

These sleek, diminutive flamethrowers cost between $13 and $30 and are for sale online. Any person who makes an untoward advance at a potential …

Detroit at crossroads 50 years after riots devastated city

DETROIT (AP) — Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. But 50 years ago she was a pre-teen, sleeping on the porch to escape the oppressive heat, awakening to see a sky that glowed unnaturally.<p>Azerine Jones is a retired baker. But in 1967 she was the 12-year-old daughter of a barber who watched his …

Listen: free recordings of Edgar Allen Poe stories, read by Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone

If you've got a Spotify account, you can tune into the classic Caedmon Poe recordings (also available on 5 CD), featuring classic tales like The …

Amazing comedian Jonathan Winters riffing between takes in a 1972 Big Boy commercial

"Oh, no! Oh crap! They shot big boy in the ass!"<p>As seen on r/ObscureMedia: "Raw footage of Jonathan Winters improvising during down time on a Big Boy …

CRAPPY TAXIDERMY

Wow, Crappy Taxidermy’s first celebrity post! We live in very exciting times.<p>Spotted in Seminole Hills, Florida. Submitted by Justin A.<p>Happy …

Taxidermy

7 Genius Cleaning Tricks For Your Bathroom

How to Write Fiction

Story Grid 101<p>If you're lost with all this talk of spreadsheets, genres, foolscaps, and grids, this is the page for you. Jump into the resources …

7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel (& How to Avoid Them)

There are a lot of ways not to do something.Like the new boat owner a few years ago who was filling up his pleasure craft with fuel for that first …

Writing

20 Characters You Need to Start A Novel

If you think you have nothing to write about in your novel’s first chapter, think again: you have 20 people to introduce, and fast! <i>Harry Potter</i> and</i> …

Harry Potter

The Myers-Briggs Types of 101 Famous Authors

For those of you who are not familiar with Myers-Briggs or the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), it is a personality profiling system based on …

Margaret Atwood On How Tech Influences Creativity

By Joe Berkowitz5 minute Read<p>In the latest thought-provoking, dystopian parable from noted words-genius, Margaret Atwood, society is experimenting …

Literature

The Do’s and Don’ts of Editing

Lainey Powell, Flickr Creative CommonsI realize that my timing isn’t perfect for this post. At least, not for all of those WU-ers who are …

Writing

7 Tips On Emotional Storytelling, Pixar-Style, From The Writer Of “Inside Out” And “The Good Dinosaur”

Riley [from <i>Inside Out</i>] and Arlo [from <i>The Good Dinosaur</i>] are both around the same age and they’re both coping with a loss that feels bigger than what …

Animation

How to Save Your Soul: Willa Cather on Productivity vs. Creativity, Selling Out, and the Life-Changing Advice That Made Her a Writer

“It’s so foolish to live (which is always trouble enough) and not to save your soul. It’s so foolish to lose your real pleasures for the supposed pleasures of the chase — or the stock exchange.”<p>Recently, in listening to a dear and brilliant friend rationalize her choice to stay at a soul-sucking …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

Our Five Favorite Books on Writing

by Joe BuntingA few days ago, I asked our readers what their all-time favorite book on writing was.I heard back from dozens of writers. Many of the …

Writing

How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with color-coded Post It notes with …

Seven Tips From William Faulkner on How to Write Fiction

"The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory," said the Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner in his 1958 <i>Paris Review</i> interview. "Teach …

​This Cheat Sheet Shows the Best Egg Substitutes for Baking

Whether you're vegan, have an egg allergy, or are simply out of eggs, there are plenty of situations in which you might be looking to swap eggs for …

5 Airport Hacks You’ve Never Heard Of (That Work!)

Hacking

3 Books That Can Help You Be Better in 2016, and Beyond

<b>The Productivity Project</b>, Chris Bailey<p>For one year, Bailey, a Canadian business school grad, structured his life around a single obsession: improving …

The 37 best websites for learning a new skill

These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics.<p>They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free.<p>There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost …

Learning

New NPR show Invisibilia explores the mysteries of human behavior

What are the invisible forces that make us do the things we do? That's the question of a new show <i>Invisibilia</i>, which premieres today on NPR. The show uses neuroscience and psychology to explore the stranger corners of human behavior. In an interview with <i>Vox</i>, the show's creators lay out some of the …

You Can Increase Your Intelligence: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Cognitive Potential

By Andrea Kuszewski | Nov 11, 2011<p>Synopsis<p>Learn about the principles of fluid intelligence and strengthen your cognitive abilities through exercises …

Eating spinach every day could make your brain 11 years younger

Your mother was right to tell you to eat your greens: just one portion a day could help stave off dementia<p>We all know that vegetables are good for us - but did you know that eating just one portion of leafy greens a day could stave off dementia?<p>Researchers at Rush University in Chicago evaluated …

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

Self-improvement

3 Rules To Kill Procrastination and Give Life To Action

Motivation is the ability to act to achieve your goal.<p>Successful people have the ability to motivate themselves, but why can they motivate themselves …