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7 Greatest Sonic Wonders of the World

Treats for our ears are everywhere—we just have to pay attention. A leading aural researcher… >>

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Gabriel García Márquez Quotes: 10 of His Best

The Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate wrote many words in his lifetime; these are a few of the… >>

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9 of the Most Unusual Surfing Locations in the World

In photographer Chris Burkard's book Distant Shores, he captures the rarest surf spots around the… >>

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7 Haunting Memorials That Offer Reflection and Hope

These tributes to victims of tragedies around the world stand out as especially powerful. >>

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9 Famous People You’d Never Guess Were Introverts

Often characterized as being shy or quiet, introverts by definition concentrate on themselves… >>

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This Optical Illusion Art Will Expand Your Mind

Stare long enough and you'll figure it out. >>

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Crazy Ants Could Destroy the Entire Gulf Coast

They’re coming by the billions—strange, creepy creatures that appear to be impossible to kill… >>

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You be the Judge: The Case of the Kid and the Cash

An unmarried, absent father dies at work. Does his company have to pay to support his child? >>

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10 Words That Mean the Opposite of What They Used to Mean

Thanks to cultural changes, incorrect translations, and a host of other reasons, word meanings… >>

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7 Unique Bird Houses You Wish You Could Move Into

With their unusual designs and attention to detail, these show-stopping homes are true works of art. >>

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Best Short Stories to Read Right Now

These seven memorable books make it clear that short is good. >>

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Stunning Wave Photos You Won’t Believe Are Real

Photographer Clark Little captures beautiful ocean and wave photos from an unbelievable… >>

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7 Great Books from Small Presses That Are Worth Your Time

From psychological thrillers to Southern sagas, from stunningly daring narratives to delicious… >>

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Surprisingly Intimate Moments of Daily Life Around the World

As with his well-known photo, "Afghan Girl," these pictures of strangers from photojournalist Steve… >>

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8 Flower Photos With Surprising Emotional Pull

Photographer joSon captures soul and beauty in these remarkable flower photos. >>

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You’ll Never Believe Who Invented the Super Soaker!

The Popsicle, the super soaker, the kevlar vest ... some of the craziest invention stories ever. >>

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David Brooks: How Much of Our Time Should Politics Take?

In the garden of democracy, politics should support, not dominate, our lives, argues the New York… >>

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St. Patrick’s Day in Pictures: How the World Celebrates

Take a look at how people all over the world celebrate the patron saint of Ireland on March 17. Is… >>

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Strange Secrets About Websites You Use Every Day

Why is Facebook blue? Why is Google buying up electricity? Can you really sell ANYTHING on eBay? We… >>

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How and Why We Pray

Organized religion may be losing members, but prayer is more popular than ever. A look at the… >>