10 English words that mean something else in other languages

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One of the greatest simple joys of learning a new language is stumbling across a word that has a completely different meaning in English. In linguistics, these words are called “false friends”, and they occur when two words from two different languages (or dialects) either look or sound similar, but have different meanings. False friends happen for a number of reasons, but they often occur by chance or by sharing an etymological origin that has diverged over time.

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How to win at life: The 22 most motivating quotes from history’s greatest athletes and coaches

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We might not all be world-renowned athletes like the people on this list, but that doesn’t mean their achievements can’t inspire us to strive for greatness. These words of wisdom can be applied to all aspects of our lives, whether it’s finishing our first marathon or simply getting through a rough day.

If you want some advice on how to win at life, you’ll find it in these 22 quotes from the people that do motivation best. Read on and start winning!

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20 fantastic webcams you can watch right now

webcam1Most people with Internet access have webcams these days, but did you know that there are real live cams from all over the world that you can watch? The voyeur in all of us will be happy to hear that you can peep in on amazing events, beautiful scenery, or even people who offer a real life webcam for your viewing pleasure. Here are our picks for the best live cams that are free and fascinating (and legal, of course).

1. Cat cams

iPet Companion not only lets you view various cat shelters with your webcam, but you can also play with the cats using a set of interactive tools. Yes, you can play with cats over the Internet. Right now.

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Folk of Genius: The 5 most unusual habits of Jack Kerouac

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For many people today, The “father of the Beat Generation” Jack Kerouac epitomizes the romance of the open road and the passion of mad wanderings. He has become an icon of wanderlust, a role model for those that wish to emulate his life of spontaneity and perpetual restlessness, moving from one city to another, one woman to another.

In reality, Kerouac was an intensely complicated man, filled with contradictions. Let’s take a look at five unique habits of Kerouac that just might shatter some of your preconceived illusions about the mythical author.

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The good, the bad and the ugly: 14 World Cup records – in pictures

It’s been four long years, but now the wait is finally over. The 2014 World Cup has kicked off and we’re already gripped by football fever. To get you even more pumped for the footballing feast gracing our screens, we’ve gathered the good, the bad and the ugly World Cup records. Want to know the fastest sending off or who scored the most goals in a single game, read on!

Most appearances and most World Cup wins

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Brazil hold the record for taking part in the most World Cup tournaments with 19 appearances. They also have the most wins, with five World Cup victories under their golden belts.

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18 facts that will change the way you watch Orange Is the New Black

orange1Last year, Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black burst onto the scene and shattered our conventions about television viewing, quickly becoming one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed series of 2013. Taking place in a women’s prison, the character-driven series deftly combines drama and comedy, introducing us to a cast that has intrigued audiences with fascinating backstories and beautifully-written characters.

Orange Is the New Black returns on June 6th with its much anticipated 2nd season, so here are 18 interesting facts about the show to get you ready!

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16 super cool things you can do on the Internet for free

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The Beatles sang it and countless philosophers have claimed it, the best things in life are free. But is it really the case? Well, if you’re hanging out on the Internet, the answer is a resounding “yes”. To see why, check out the sixteen fantastic free things you can do online down below.

If all of this online awesomeness has you feeling a bit nostalgic for the old days of the Internet, take a trip back in time and check out 14 websites from the 1990s that are somehow still around.

1. Learn to code

Learn coding for free at Code Academy. They offer interactive lessons in several computer languages, such as HTML and Python.

2. Retouch photos

GIMP offers free photo manipulation software.

3. Read a book

Find tons of classic e-books at Project Gutenberg and Open Library. If you want to organize your ebooks, check out Calibre.

4. Get free boxes

Moving? Get free boxes from USPS.

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Tech press: The 5 most exciting ways tech has revolutionized reading

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly a hundred years since the German press Albatross hit the bookselling jackpot by inventing the mass-market paperback. Yet today, in our interconnected world, even the humble pocket-sized softcover sometimes feels ungainly to the e-book aficionado.

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And size certainly counts for the tech-savvy reader: the average e-reader holds about 1500 books, but weighs considerably less than that tattered old copy of Anna Karenina you’ve had knocking about unread since college. With wifi and 3G downloads, battery-life to make the Duracell bunny droop, apps to let you read on your phone, and a growing library of available titles, there’s never been a better time in history to be a book lover.

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7 campy movies shot in the 1960s we love even more today

What makes a film “campy”? It can be an incredibly difficult quality to define. In his 1983 book Camp, Mark Booth defines it as “to present oneself as being committed to the marginal with a commitment greater than the marginal merits.” In other words, it’s making a grand attempt to create something mediocre. Key elements that might make something campy include artifice, extravagance, frivolity, passion, naivete and serious intent.

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Originating in gay subculture as a way to navigate oppressive environments, camp began to emerge in 60s cinema as audiences started turning from Hollywood films to more underground films. Camp started out as being unintentional, in which, as Susan Sontag puts it in her 1964 essay “Notes on Camp”, “the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails.” Soon after, filmmakers began creating deliberate camp that worked to subvert cultural norms and challenge the idea of what society deems “good”.

So grab some popcorn and join us as we share 7 of our favorite films from the decade that popularized camp. As Sontag once wrote, “it’s good because it’s awful”.

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Cheers to photography! The first ever photo of men drinking beers


We love photography and we love beer. Imagine our delight then when we stumbled across the first ever photo showing men doing what they love best, sharing a couple of bevies. Taken by the pioneering Scottish photographers, David Hill and Robert Adamson in Edinburgh in 1844, it came just five years after the first ever photo of a person was shot. And in case you’re wondering the beer they’re drinking is Edinburgh ale.
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