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For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, according to a new study by researchers in Austria. And while the Alps may be a particularly fine place to hike, a vigorous walk in the woods or paths near home …

Exercise

Ruthless Black Friday shoppers completely trash Nike store

Shoppers are ruthless when Black Friday rolls around, and this year was no different.<p>Last Friday, the Nike store at the Seattle Premium Outlets in …

Don't gloat about reading Ulysses: all books follow the same six storylines, researchers find

There may once have been cachet in ploughing one's way through Ulysses, War and Peace or Kafka's Metamorphosis.<p>But according to one study, there is no greater cause to boast about reading James Joyce than EL James.<p>All novels contain one of just six possible plots, with similar emotional arcs …

Literature

Tips for growing squash

<b>Tips for growing squash, Place the seeds AROUND the pot. When you water, you water inthe pot so the water comes out of the drain holes around the</b> …

This poet's beautiful Instagram is filled with messages of hope and light, and it's just what we needed

In hard times, sometimes we just need a bit of positivity to give us a boost. We’re so in love with the beautiful poetry of Sophie Neuendorff, an …

Post-its on New York subway provide post-election therapy – in pictures

An art installation has been set up on the walls of a 14th Street subway stop, encouraging people to put their thoughts on Post-it notes to protest Trump’s election win. The idea was created by the artist Levee, and hundreds of people have participated

Why you can’t get that one song out of your head: The science of earworms

“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. “Don't Stop Believin' ” by Journey. Katy Perry's “California Gurls.”<p>If you spend the rest of the day with the words “Just a small town girl/living in a lonely world” or “Ra ra ah-ah-ah/Ro ma ro-mah-mah” running an endless loop through your head, we're sorry. But know …

Flute

Netflix's Secret Codes Unlock More Movies Than You Can Imagine

Access this hidden list of hyper-specific Netflix genres with our help.<p>How many movies do you think are currently available on Netflix? Well, you’re …

TV

The 12 Most Underrated National Parks in the U.S.

The Great Smoky Mountains is America's most popular national park, welcoming more than nine million visitors every year, followed by the Grand …

National Parks

This Former Nuclear Bunker Is Now Used to Preserve All of America's Film Reels

There’s a fascinating backstory about the building that is now the National Audiovisual Conservation Center, which is where the Library of Congress …

Great Places in America: 15 exceptional streets, neighborhoods, and parks

Urban gems with personality that exemplify planning excellence<p>Defining a "great place" suggests a hazy, "know-it-when-you-see-it" approach to categorization. But when it comes to urban planning and community building, there are a few characteristics—walkability, mixed-use buildings, public …

Why Americans and the British Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and Brits spell English differently? How are colour and color the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with …

Language

2 Trees That Were 'Extinct' For Half a Century Have Been Discovered in The Queen's Garden

"Oh, this old thing?"<p>A species of elm thought to be extinct in Great Britain for the past 50 years has just been discovered in one of the Queen's …

Why you should spare some time daily for writing. Even if you are not a writer

Writing is a habit. A habit which comes with so many benefits that once you know about them you’d be wondering why you have not been writing for all …

Forgetting Isn't Healing: Lessons From Elie Wiesel

In the late '80s, when I was in the fifth and sixth grades, my school librarian took a special interest in me. One day our assignment was to do a book report, and Ms. Newton pointed me toward the biography section. Being the lazy kid I was, I picked out the thinnest book I could find. Barely a …

Elie Wiesel

Growing Dill

Pickles, salad dressing, seafood, potatoes, and cucumbers: these are just a few of dill's culinary dance partners, making it a favorite in the herb …

Gardening

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Romeo and Juliet

8 natural & homemade insecticides to save your garden without killing the Earth

<b>These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your</b> …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Behind the Scenes of Piper, Pixar’s Best Short Film in Years

How Alan Barillaro meticulously crafted the baby bird your kid won't stop chirping about.<p>When it comes to animating feathers, sand, and water, the general rule—according to director <b>Alan Barillaro</b>—is “pick one, not all three.” But all three elements <i>are</i> on display in the heartwarming, shockingly …

DIY - Self Watering Tomato Buckets - Quiet Corner

“You can never have too many tomato plants, but what happens when you run out of room in the garden. Tomatoes are probably the most versatile plant …

Gardening

Watch the New Beauty and the Beast Trailer

We’re a little under a year away from the release of the live action remake of the iconic fairytale <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>, but that hasn’t stopped …

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Google had a problem. Their AI engine spoke with grammatical precision and factual accuracy, but its diction remained terse and limp. They wanted it to be more conversational, so they made it read 2,865 romance novels. Now Google has a poet.<p>In an unpublished paper entitled “Generating Sentences …

Terse

Your First Choice Is Rarely the Optimal Choice: 5 Lessons on Being Wrong

As a rule, we are incredibly hard on ourselves when it comes to making big decisions in life. But your first choice is rarely the optimal one.

Pets

22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing

<i>If good writing is succinct and concise, then shouldn't the same be true of writing advice?</i><b>Column</b> by <b>Christopher Shultz</b>There have been entire articles …

Creative Writing

BREAKING: Never-before-seen Shakespeare play discovered in travelling case

A discovery that researchers say could redefine the scope of Shakespeare scholarship, the 206-page play was discovered in January 2016 but has until …

Literature

One picture from the Brussels attacks is a lesson in the delicate art of propaganda

A photograph of two women bloodied but alive in Brussels this week manages to say something about the nature of terrorism in Europe today without furthering the perverse agenda of those responsible<p>Every picture tells a story. The vast majority of those stories, in our hyper-documented age, are of …

The Hidden Trick in Almost Every Classic Hitchcock Scene

Hitchcock is the unquestioned master of suspense. But what is it about his scenes that makes them so gripping, and why do they stand up to repeated …