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10 tipos de treintañeros solteros

(18) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 1:01 AM

Los treintañeros son unos tipos curiosos. Encuéntrame a un grupo de hombres de 30 y yo te diré que hay un grandullón que sigue viviendo en piso compartido, otro que acaba de dejar a sus dos hijos en el colegio, unos pocos que siguen con su carrera y un par...

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Singles: So ticken 30-jährige Männer ohne Freundin

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 8:35 PM

30 Jahre alte Männer sind schon so ein Haufen. Zeigen Sie mir eine Gruppe 30-jähriger Männer und ich werde den erkennen, der früher in einer Studentenvereinigung war und noch immer in einer WG wohnt. Den anderen, der gerade seine zwei Kinder zur Schule gebracht hat. Ein paar, deren Karriere gerade...

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10 Types of 30-Year-Old Single Guys

(221) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:50 AM

30-year-old guys are a curious bunch. Find me a group of 30-year-old men and I'll pick out one overgrown frat dude living with roommates, another guy who just dropped his two kids off at school, a few who are well into their careers and a couple soul-searchers looking for work....

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7 maneiras de ser insuportável no Facebook

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Lembro como se fosse ontem. Dia de Ano Novo, 2014. Estava tendo uma tarde agradável, até que abro o email de um amigo compartilhando um post horroroso publicado no Facebook por alguém que chamaremos de Daniel.

O tal post dizia:

2013 foi um baita ano para...
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Your Life in Weeks

(44) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:20 PM

This is a long human life in years:

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And here's a human life in months:

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But today, we're going to look at a human life in weeks:

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Each row of weeks makes...

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Sommes-nous seuls dans l'univers? Voici 13 théories

(11) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Difficile de ne rien ressentir lors d'une nuit étoilée, avec ce genre de panorama:

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Certains s'en tiennent à leurs habitudes, frappés par la beauté grandiose ou l'immensité de l'univers. Personnellement, je suis plutôt du genre: «remise en question existentielle puis comportement bizarre dans la...

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The Fermi Paradox

(196) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Everyone feels something when they're in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:

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Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of...

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Everything You Don't Know About Tipping

(290) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Tipping is not about generosity. Tipping isn't about gratitude for good service. And tipping certainly isn't about doing what's right and fair for your fellow man.

Tipping is about making sure you don't mess up what you're supposed to do.

In my case, the story goes like this:

In college,...

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How to Pick Your Life Partner

(97) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 7:29 AM

To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this:

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And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people. But a...

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How to Name a Baby

(72) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 9:18 PM

The first time a friend of mine had a child, it was intensely jarring.

I'd be living my normal day, and then the thought would hit me -- "Matt has a son" -- and my whole world would get turned upside down.

Three years and six friend babies later, I'm...

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Why Procrastinators Procrastinate

(183) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 10:40 AM

pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination.

Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution.

Avoid procrastination. So elegant in its simplicity.

While we're here, let's make...

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20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

(294) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Well that was weird.

I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was.

If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire,...

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7 Möglichkeiten, auf Facebook wirklich jeden zu nerven

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:22 AM

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Ich erinnere mich noch genau.

Neujahr, 2013. An diesem gemütlichen Nachmittag habe ich meine E-Mails gelesen und eine Nachricht gesehen, die mir eine Freundin weitergeleitet hat: ein ihrer Meinung nach besonders schrecklicher Facebook-Status von einer Person, die wir jetzt mal Daniel nennen wollen. Das...

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7 modi per rendersi insopportabili su Facebook

(14) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 12:00 AM

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Il ricordo è vivido.

Capodanno 2013. Mi sto godendo il pomeriggio quando apro la posta elettronica e vedo che un'amica mi ha inoltrato dal suo Newsfeed uno status di Facebook che lei definisce particolarmente odioso, scritto da un tizio che chiameremo...

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7 manières d'être insupportable sur Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 8:21 PM

Le souvenir est intact.

C'était le 1er janvier 2013. Mon après-midi commençait agréablement, lorsque j'ai ouvert ma boîte électronique, découvrant qu'une amie m'a transmis depuis son mur Facebook "un statut particulièrement odieux", selon ses mots, écrit par quelqu'un que nous appellerons Daniel. Le voici:

2012 a été une année énooorme...
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7 manières d'être insupportable sur Facebook

(12) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:28 AM

Le souvenir est intact.

C'était le 1er janvier 2013. Mon après-midi commençait agréablement, lorsque j'ai ouvert ma boîte électronique, découvrant qu'une amie m'a transmis depuis son mur Facebook "un statut particulièrement odieux", selon ses mots, écrit par quelqu'un que nous appellerons Daniel. Le voici:

2012 a été une...
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7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook

(1820) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 10:09 PM

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The memory is vivid.

New Year's Day, 2013. I'm going about my afternoon pleasantly, when I open my email and a friend has forwarded me what she calls a particularly heinous Facebook status from her Newsfeed, written by someone we'll call Daniel....

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Putting Time in Perspective

(18) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 10:52 PM

Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It's not our fault -- the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history...

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Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

(3978) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Say hi to Lucy.

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Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She's also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.

I have a term for yuppies...

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