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On Pluto Demoted Day, we’re presenting you with nine facts you probably didn’t know about our favourite dwarf planet!
While a city like Istanbul feels notably westernized, Turkey is still a Muslim country and in the less touristy areas, people are still rather conservative. Thus, it’s important to be respectful of etiquette. If you’re only travelling to major tourist centres such as Istanbul, many of these rules might seem exaggerated to you, but it is always wiser to show more respect for customs than too little. Most Turkish people will very much appreciate your effort and polite manners, so don’t worry if you still feel like you’ve behaved inadequately. Turkish people are very generous and their hospitality and kindness will impress you.
If you haven’t been to a yoga event so far this year, it`s ok. 2016 still has a lot to offer, so here comes our selection of yoga events for the rest of the year.
Reiki is a simple and effective healing method. It´s a form of Alternative Medicine developed in 1922 by the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui.
Did you know that Roald Dahl’s stories were published in Playboy Magazine?
Valued not only for flavour and aroma, herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Herbs have always been used as the basis for so-called "Traditional Chinese Medicine" which has been handed down through generations in the East for over two millennia. Even after the emergence of modern medicine during the last century, the power of nature never entirely fell into oblivion – the popularity of medicinal plants and herbs is now experiencing a renaissance.
Although the best time of year for climbing is spring, summer and autumn, climbing can be pursued virtually any time of year and in most weather conditions – except, of course, blizzards or storms. With so many different locations and types of crags, the choice is endless. Below is a selection of renowned climbing destinations that cover an immense diversity of rock type and difficulty levels, not to mention beautiful landscapes and fantastic scenery.
After headaches, feeling cold, and lacking energy, I’m trying out the five elements of nutrition. Follow my series of articles to find out my experiences.
Looking for new reading material? We’ve listed the ten most recent winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Regardless of whether we’re in the lucky position to witness this year's annular solar eclipse over Africa, there are so many songs that create the right mood for it and allow us to at least take part mentally in this natural spectacle. Which one would you add to your own solar eclipse playlist?
Everyone knows that those things that we don’t possess, or which are rare, often seem the most attractive. Thin people dream of having a fuller figure with curves in all the right places. Curvy people idealise a pencil-thin appearance. This dichotomy became all the more marked in the middle of the 20th century. The Second World War began a period when certain priorities changed in the Western world. The postwar economic boom wiped away memories of the previous economic depression and, thanks to advances in technology, the food industry experienced massive increases in production. This period, which has been described as “the nutrition transition” by the American agricultural economist Barry Popkin, saw the number of overweight people begin to increase. The change occurred slowly at first, but since the late 1970s the number of overweight people has been increasing rapidly. Consequently, interest in maintaining a slim figure has grown significantly. The abundance of food and drink has, paradoxically, become a burden; many people are simply spoilt for choice and eat far too much.
Summer in the city! When being surrounded by concrete and traffic all day while the temperatures are rising, the thought of jumping into cool water seems like a dream come true…
“The World was my oyster, but I used the wrong fork,” said Irish writer Oscar Wilde more than a hundred years ago. Nowadays, nobody pays the slightest attention to which fork you’re using unless you’ve stuck it in your head, right? Wrong. Using the wrong fork can be hazardous to your career and your social standing. That prospective new boss isn’t buying you lunch because he’s a nice guy. Taking potential employees out to eat is part of the process that allows the boss to evaluate your social skills, or lack of them. It also allows business people to make an impressive personal impact with potential new clients, as long as they mind their manners at the dinner table. You are probably familiar with the usual horror scenarios to avoid at all cost while at a business meal – taking your shoes off under the table, and then losing one; sneezing all over the soup; pronging a cherry tomato, which squirts over your client’s pristine white shirt – but there are numerous other rules to remember as well. Social polish is just as important at the dining table as it is in the meeting room, and mastering impeccable table manners gives you the confidence to concentrate on your guests, clients or colleagues and not on which fork to use.
The start of Rio's Olympic Games with 42 disciplines is just around the corner. Of course fencing, weight lifting or tennis are among them, but did you know that tug-of-war was also an Olympic discipline years ago? Or Club Swinging? These and more surprises about unusual and weird olympic sports can be found here.
The trend is clear: The cosmetics industry is turning more and more to organic products. The international market has seen new companies pop up overnight – predominantly small and medium-sized firms offering almost the same variety of products as conventional manufacturers. Ranging from lotions, oils and anti-aging solutions to decorative cosmetics, many of today’s first-class products belong to the high-end luxury segment.
In Part 2 of our controversial Olympic moments, we see an ingenious attempt to cheat at fencing, an incredibly dubious boxing decision, and two badminton teams trying their best to lose.
Every four years, we see blood, sweat and tears during the Olympic Games. But the Games are not without their contentious moments. Here, you'll see possibly the most controversial basketball game ever, a disgraceful attack by an Irish priest and a kick-happy taekwondo player.
Despite the long traditions associated with wine-making, the wine industry is subjected to certain dynamics which may have a profound effect on a wine’s quality and reputation. With increasing expertise in the field of wine-making, and new vineyards sprouting up all over the world, it is essential for any wine enthusiast and professional to keep informed of the latest trends. In the past, it was easy enough to rely on a wine house's prestige, but this is no longer so. While a Spanish wine used to be somewhat of an oxymoron, today they count among some of the best in the world. Equally so, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Chile are proving to be excellent wine producing countries.
Enjoying a beer in front of a large screen under the starry sky on a warm summer’s night sounds good to you? Then check out our selection of the greatest open air cinemas in Berlin.
Every four years, sports fans are treated to the passion, glory and tears of the Olympics. The Games are a platform for amazing moments, and here are some of the best. Are you ready to be amazed?
According to a new study, certain substances of the tequila plant promote…
South Koreans have invented a hangover ice cream that cures the most unpleasant side-effects after a long night of drinking. How can this be true?
The fascinating life and work of Tolkien alone provide enough material to fill several books – instead, we’re providing you with twenty interesting facts you…