Richard Saul Wurman, Founder of TED Talks: "I Have No Ambition"

Mr. Wurman, as the founder of the TED conferences, the predecessor of the TED Talks, do you ever get stage fright? I have absolutely no fear of being on stage or of being in front of people. In fact, it's my comfort zone. My stress levels—as measured by Carnegie Institute in a special straight jacket they have that measures your tension, sweat, muscle twitching, all those things—go down when I'm on stage talking. They were surprised. I thought it was delightful. But I do know that I go to a very comfortable place. It's a very relaxing time for me see more
Weird News

Happy National Cat Day: Here's the Feline Version of Gone Girl

Ben Affleck is cool but these cats are too damn cute to ignore. #HappyNationalCatDay see more

Finally, A Fitness Tracker You Won't Be Embarrassed to Wear

We know, we know. Every day it seems a new fitness tracker set to "revolutionize" the fitness industry magically appears on the market. But we think we may have found one that actually might make the bridge between sport and style. By designing something that looks closer to a sleek and sophisticated timepiece, the folks over at Withings Activité show a fitness tracker can go with way more than stretchy bike shorts and even make a case for wearing it outside the gym. see more

Pharrell's Statement-Making Campaign For Adidas

Even if we hadn't already seen the annual spate of racist Halloween costumes, it'd still be refreshing to see Pharrell Williams using his partnership with Adidas to advance a message of equality. see more
Food + Drinks

The 6 Weirdest Rules in Professional Barbecue

No matter how tender and juicy your pork ribs are, you'll never win a world-class barbecue contest if you don't know the rules. Over the weekend, I spent a full day in a Tennessee classroom learning the dos and don'ts of professional 'cue competitions, as set down in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) regulation book—which is given to every certified judge. And on Saturday, I got the chance to apply my new skills, feasting on approximately 40 portions of chicken, pork, and beef at the Jack Daniel's World Invitational Barbeque Championship in Lynchburg (pop. 6,362). see more

The 5 Craziest Space Videos on NASA's Website

Last night, NASA's unmanned supply rocket to the International Space Station exploded just six seconds after launch. Prior to the 6:22pm ET launch, news outlets had been informing readers in the vicinity of the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that they might be able to see the Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft as they arced overhead. What we all saw, of course, turned out to be quite different: a huge flaming orange fireball ... which I think it's probably acceptable to now describe as "amazingly awesome," because no humans (or monkeys or dogs) turned into a fireball along with see more

Driving Shoes That Have Been #Blessed by Ferrari

To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ferrari, Tod's and its now-iconic driving moccasin, the Gommino, have partnered on a limited-edition collection of the automobile-minded footwear. see more

Here's Daniel Radcliffe Rapping Like He Was Born to Do It

We just achieved a brand-new level of respect for Daniel Radcliffe, boy wizard. Tuesday on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Radcliffe (who's busy promoting his new movie Horns) revealed that he knows all 676 words of Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" by heart. And then he proved it. See for yourself in the video above, and try not to leave your jaw on the ground too long. see more

Hot New Homes: Five Real-Life Haunted Mansions for Sale

These well-known estates have creepy pasts . . . and price tags that are almost as disturbing. Haunted? Who cares—you wish you lived here. Location: Schweppe Mansion in Lake Forest, Illinois Price: $12,000,000 Size: 24,500 square feet Key selling points: This early-20th-century mansion was inhabited by Charles Schweppe, one of the heirs to the Schweppes carbonated-drink fortune, and his even-wealthier wife, Laura Shedd Schweppe—and it was rumored to be their domicile for many years after their sudden deaths, too. And now that it's been restored to its former grandeur, it's not hard to see why they'd want to stick around. see more

The New Rules of Eating Fruit

Acid, sub-acid, sweet. If these aren't terms you generally think of when picking out your pomegranates, papayas, and persimmons then you may need a lesson in how you pick and pair the fruits you eat. see more
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