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The history of famous cookies from around the world

Cookies were first made after sugar became available as a baking ingredient about 1400 years ago. And did you know that over half of the cookies baked at home today are chocolate chip? But what about other famous cookies?

Infographic: The world’s deadliest animals

Sharks, lions and snakes may strike fear into your heart, but they do not even come close to being the deadliest animal on earth. Of the top ten deadliest creatures to humans, most are smaller than a Toonie! And sometimes distinguishing between a cute animal and deadly…

If our childhood cartoons were scientifically accurate

When you think back to your favourite cartoons of the 80s and 90s, you’re probably brought back to happier times filled with colour, innocence, and laughter. Well that’s about to change.

Cool 3D-milled ice cubes that are a work of art

Do you take your whiskey on the rocks? And no, I’m not talking about whiskey stones; I’m talking about ice cubes. In Suntory Whiskey‘s latest campaign, they teamed up with Japanese ad agency TBWA\Hakuhodo to offer something more than your standard ice cubes. 

22 common phrases we all secretly hate

What makes a phrase cringe-worthy? The Huffington Post editors were asked which common phrases bother them the most. The common thread among the responses was uselessness. Often, the phrases that we find off-putting are those that serve as conversational fillers, implying that the speaker is vapid or…

Infographic: How to dress dapper in the modern age

Off-the-rack can’t compare with the bespoke tradition of having high quality, personalized goods made to your exact specifications. So, the website CustomMade has teamed up with Ghergich & Co. to create a useful guide that teaches us how to dress dapper in the modern age.

What the world looks like, before and after a breakup

Saying goodbye to the person you were once close with after a breakup can be a hard thing to do. Chances are that we’ve all been there or know someone whose been in that situation. When it happens to you, it’s devastating. And while people can relate,…

Can you imagine if women hit on men, like men hit on women?

I’m sure that most women know when a guy is hitting on them—it’s like a sixth sense. Whether it’s in the gym or the supermarket, and no matter what they look like, every women gets hit on from time to time. Which must be tiring.

Discover the many varieties of whiskey from around the world

Do you like to experience different types of whiskey? If so, then follow along a veritable world tour of the most-celebrated whiskeys; making major stops in the US (Jack Daniels, Knob Creek), Ireland (Jameson, Tullamore Dew), Canada (Crown Royal, Seagram’s), and Scotland (Johnnie Walker, The Glenlivet).

A sandwich where different ingredient represent a letter in the alphabet

Blogger Nick Chipman, from DudeFoods, is no stranger to extravagance. He’s created everything from Bacon Weave Tacos to Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes. This time around, Nick’s found a way to incorporate all 26 letters of the alphabet into a single, magnificent looking sandwich.

A funny illustrated guide of chivalry for the modern man

In a world filled with late-night booty calls and infidelity, it’s easy to become jaded by today’s dating scene. Women expect the worst from men; proceeding cautiously during the first few months of dating. It becomes a relief for them when they then stumble upon those few true gentlemen.…

Strange abandoned places on Earth

I’ve previous post about unbelievable places on Earth to visit before you die. Now I’d like to share some strange and sometimes haunting abandoned places on Earth. These abandoned places and real life ruins offer an eerie glimpse into what a world without humans might look like.

Learn offensive hand gestures from around the world you should avoid

Travelling around the world has plenty of benefits: seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. Well, if you’re going to travel off the beaten path, be careful; so much as a thumb in the wrong direction could prove to be a huge insult to…

Unbelievable places on Earth to visit before you die

Our world is filled with indescribable beauty, both man-made and natural. And it’s hard to say whether a single lifetime would truly be enough to experience all of these unbelievable places. Most of us will probably never see all that the world has to offer us–but…

Hold onto your wallet and check out America’s most expensive burgers

America is obsessed with burgers. From the Big Mac to what they serve up with a fistful of fries at diners, it’s become a daily staple for some. But what about the expensive burgers you get at upscale restaurants? Restaurants where the beef is exotic and handmade. Hold on…

Infographic: A 7 day plan to stay productive

Online task managing website HiTask has created an infographic titled ‘7 Day Plan to Stay Productive’. It aims to help readers complete daily tasks and reach their weekly goals.

Every brand video you’ve ever seen in one sweeping parody

In a time when a company’s brand is seemingly more important than its products, there’s emerged a trend where advertisers slap together a stock footage. This brand video highlight reel is designed to emotionally connect consumers to a giant corporation.

Humorous comic depicts the styles of writing

No matter what the genre, a good writer needs to set the mood for their readers. Understanding the different styles of writing can give perspective into taking a blank page and figuring out how to mix things up to get the words flowing.

How not to kill yourself using everyday household items

Do you ever wonder, “How much of this can I accidentally ingest before I die?” For your safety (and enjoyment) here’s a bunch of household items you should only enjoy in small quantities or not at all. Some things just don’t belong in your mouth. Don’t…

Infographic: How to pee in the toilet with morning wood

It turns out that morning wood is more than just a nuisance. It has a lot to do with our sleep cycle, which is why most guys have to deal with every morning.

A list of 45 tips for men

Being a man has it’s advantages, but sometimes we all need a few pointers. Chances are you won’t remember all of these tips for men that are provided below, but if you remember a few it might make you a better man.