Leo Tolstoy’s 17 “Rules of Life:” Wake at 5am, Help the Poor, & Only Two Brothel Visits Per Month

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Many aspiring epic novelists surely wouldn’t mind writing like Leo Tolstoy.

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Download Images From Rad American Women A-Z: A New Picture Book on the History of Feminism

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The next time story hour rolls around, you can give a mouse a cookie or you can awaken pre-readers (and yourself) to some key figures in women’s history. 26 of them, to be precise. It’s no accident that that number corresponds to the exact number of letters in the alphabet.

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Hysterical Literature: Art & Sexuality Collide in Readings of Whitman, Emerson & Other Greats (NSFW)

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Without shame the man I like knows and avows the deliciousness of his sex, 
Without shame the woman I like knows and avows hers.
Thus spaketh Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass.

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What Happens When a Cheap Ikea Print Gets Presented as Fine Art in a Museum

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The entity to whom Dutch group, Lifehunters, attributes the museum quality artwork in the video prank above doesn’t exist.

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The Touching Story Behind Paraguay’s Landfill Orchestra: Now Told in Film, and Soon a Book

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Back in 2012, I first told you about the amazing youth chamber orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay. The families from this small impoverished town, located alongside a vast landfill, can’t afford many luxuries — like buying instruments for their kids. But what they lack in money, they make up for in ingenuity and good spirit.

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Cookie Monster, Life Coach, Shows Why Cookies Are the Key to Happiness

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You can look for answers to life’s big questions in the Zen teachings of Alan Watts, in the existentialist musings of Hunter S. Thompson, or somewhere in our collection of 130 Free Online Philosophy Courses. But maybe that’s over-thinking things — providing complicated answers when the key to life is really quite simple.

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The Keys to Happiness: The Emerging Science and the Upcoming MOOC by Raj Raghunathan

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Psychology has made many advances in the past few decades, notably in cognitive science, neuroscience, and behavioral psychology.

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Alan Alda Uses Improv to Teach Scientists How to Communicate Their Ideas

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Woe to the famous actor who dares to write a novel or start a band or design a line of clothing. The public can be awfully snobby about such extracurricular pursuits. We reward our children for cultivating a wide range of interests, but heaven forfend a celebrity who wanders away from the accepted script.

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The Prado Museum Creates the First Art Exhibition for the Visually Impaired, Using 3D Printing

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Are you one of the millions of sighted visitors who’ll visit a world class institution this year only to find yourself suffering from museum fatigue a couple of hours in? You know, that moment when all the paintings start to look alike, still lifes, crucifixions, and teenage noblewomen swimming before your eyes?
If so

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A Final Wish: Terminally Ill Patients Visit Rembrandt’s Paintings in the Rijksmuseum One Last Time

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On Monday, the Dutch volunteer organization called Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland (roughly translated as Ambulance Wish Foundation Netherlands) took three terminally ill patients to see The Late Rembrandt Exhibition currently being held at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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