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You’ve doubtless had the experience when, across a noisy, crowded room, you lock gazes with another person.
Have you ever explained issues you have with your partner to your friends, only for them to think they are not worth worrying about? Or have you seen a friend start a new romance with someone you think is completely unsuitable but they seem to go from strength to strength?
From series like Making a Murderer to podcasts like Serial - true crime seems to be everywhere these last few years. For reasons even I don't understand, crime documentaries have become my default way to unwind...
It’s possible that, in some distant twilight zone, Rod Serling and Jordan Peele switched places. More likely, Peele is the ideal person to adapt Serling’s classic show. As co-creator and on-screen host of the new version, he updates the series while capturing the original’s essence.
“Stay at least 200m away from the whaling station – it’s filled with asbestos and the roofs could literally blow off,” warned expedition leader Nate Small, as we stepped gingerly out of our Zodiac and into the fizzing surf at Stromness Bay, South Georgia.
At university, when I told people I was studying for a history degree, the response was almost always the same: “You want to be a teacher?”. No, a journalist. “Oh. But you’re not majoring in communications?”
This story is from The Essay Cheats, an episode of Business Daily on BBC World Service. It was presented by Ed Butler and produced by Edwin Lane. To listen to more episodes of Business Daily, please click here. Adapted by Philippa Fogarty.
Is this the simplest way to show what is meant by global warming? The chart below organises all the countries of the world by region, time and temperature. The trend is unmistakeable.
For the first time since the Industrial Revolution, Britain is set to obtain more power from zero-carbon sources than fossil fuels. National Grid has revealed that the milestone will be passed by the end of the year.
US supermarket giant Walmart has confirmed it uses image recognition cameras at checkouts to detect theft. The cameras identify when items are put in a shopping bag without first being scanned by a cashier, or at the self-service checkout.
In waters off Orkney a century ago, 52 German warships were sunk in one day - but this huge naval loss was not inflicted by enemy forces.
The Aka tribesmen in the Central African Republic often look after their young children while the mothers are out hunting. They soothe, clean and play with their babies, and spend more time holding them than fathers in any other society.
Every year the last remaining Inca rope bridge still in use is cast down and a new one erected across the Apurimac river in the Cusco region of Peru. The Q'eswachaka bridge is woven by hand and has been in place for at least 600 years...
It is a race so long that runners need a haircut during it. They can get through 20 pairs of shoes. They run more than two marathons a day. For almost two months. On five hours of sleep a night. Welcome to the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race, the world's longest certified foot race...
They called him “The Oddfather”. He was boss of New York’s Genovese crime family and one of the most influential Mafia figures of his time. But for more than three decades, Vincent Gigante feigned insanity to avoid jail time, wandering around Greenwich village in a bathrobe and slippers.
“You hear that sound?” asked Mariannina Basile, shaking a few nuts. “They should sound like a maraca. That's how you know pistachios are ready to be shelled...
The Kumano Kodo is where Japanese spirituality is said to have first emerged, and its importance in both Buddhism and Shintoism is why in 2004 the Kumano Kodo was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. But the Kumano Kodo and Wakayama are not only for pilgrims.
Most historical accounts of the US in the 1950s and 60s paint a gleeful picture of post-war boom times: high wages, low unemployment, a rock ‘n’ roll revolution, civil rights and the early echoes of free love and flower power.
More than 3,000 copper alloy coins were found by two metal detectorists near the village of Rauceby, Lincolnshire, in July 2017. Archaeologists say the coins were possibly buried as part of a ceremony, or commemoration.
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