25 TED Talks that will immediately change how you see the world

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If this sounds like a philosophy you can relate to, then you’ll love TED talks. These informational 17 minute presentations are given at annual conferences by some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

Their aim is simple: To inspire ideas and change attitudes around the world. As of April 2014, there were over 1,700 of these incredible talks available free online to choose from. Sadly, listening to them all would take 20 days solid. Happily, you don’t have to because we’ve picked the most life changing for you. Listen and learn and enjoy.

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Creating a convincing make-believe world is insanely difficult. These authors nailed it.

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Whether you turn to fiction as an escape from the drudge and stress of daily life or whether you seek in it a thought-provoking exploration of human nature and the meaning of life, one of the main criteria you’re bound to have is credibility: however alien, ancient or arcane the fictional world, you, the reader, have got to be able to buy into it. If the make-believe world is in any way sketchy or inconsistent or anachronistic – if it flaunts or flashes its make-believe nature – then you’ll slip out of the reading reverie and likely close the book.

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10 contemporary writers who’ll get you hooked on short stories

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The ten greatest short story writers of the twenty-first century? What, we scoff, only ten? After all, the century’s fourteen already – that’s enough time to compile a list twice as long as this one! However, we’re going to restrict ourselves to ten because we’re also interested in your input: which story writers have blown your mind since the big Y2K? Leave your comments below! And in the meantime, please, please, please check out these authors if you’re not already familiar with their works – they’re so good it hurts!

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10 Robin Williams thoughts about life that’ll make you love him even more

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Often it’s not until somebody is gone forever you realize how much you love them. Yesterday we discovered how much we loved Robin Williams. Although we never met him, we grew up with him and we always knew that whenever he appeared on our screens he’d make us laugh or cry or think a little differently about the world.

But, it wasn’t just his comic genius that made us feel close to him. It was also the fact that beneath his zany exterior you always suspected there was a very special warm-hearted person lurking. And this person was acting the way he did because he really did want to make you feel happier. Well, it turns out there was a very special person and he was doing it all just to make us feel happier. These Robin Williams quotes on love, life and loss, help us remember just how special.

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50 reasons why you’re right to love Keanu Reeves

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Although you’d never know it to look at him, Keanu Reeves turns fifty today. In a career spanning nearly 30 years he’s played an eclectic mix of characters from Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons to Theodore “Ted” Logan Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and, of course, Neo in The Matrix. Yet unlike many Hollywood actors, Keanu is as loved as a person as he is for his acting. To find out why scroll on down.

1. His first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian.

2. Early in his career, his agent thought his name was too exotic. He has been credited in some films as K.C. Reeves, Norman Kreeves or Chuck Spadina.

3. He loves ballroom dancing.

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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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