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5 films that make your April Fool’s Day pranks look stupid

5 films that make your April Fool’s Day pranks look stupid

Every year, on April 1st, the American public gathers for a day of revelry and rapscallionism. Bros pull other bros’ saggy Dickies down in front of cute, giggling girls. Children lie facedown in the tub and pretend to be dead when their parents walk into the bathroom. The internet becomes filled with the hoax deaths of notable celebrities and faux news stories about upcoming movies.

The samurai history of my sashimi knife

The samurai history of my sashimi knife

“There’s a ghost in there!” Mariko said. I looked inside to an old man, pale and haggard. He sat cross-legged on a section of raised flooring behind a low display counter full of scissors. He fiddled, focused and deliberate, with some metal object on an impromptu desk made from a toaster-sized wooden block.

A brief history of my relationship with Starbucks

A brief history of my relationship with Starbucks

When India’s first Starbucks opened in Mumbai, the line was so long that the local chai-wallahs made a killing selling tea and coffee to those waiting on line for tea and coffee.I did not find it strange that people in India would wait that long for Starbucks. The glamour of Starbucks was the glamour of abroad, and as a child growing up in India, Starbucks coffee was as legendary to me as the mermaid featured in its logo.

Relentless pursuit of a dream: A conversation with an almost-Olympian

Relentless pursuit of a dream: A conversation with an almost-Olympian

With the Sochi Winter Olympic Games now in full swing, we’re all becoming familiar with the names of the competing athletes. Deservedly so, as every athlete there has worked incredibly hard and each has an incredible story. But in sport, as in life and travel, much more is learned from the journey than the final destination.

18 ways to piss off everybody on Couchsurfing

18 ways to piss off everybody on Couchsurfing

1. Create seedy meetups.There seems to be a growing problem of people creating CS meetups for the sole purpose of hooking up, maintaining creep-to-female ratios in the ballpark of 9:1. That math doesn’t add up for anyone.2. Mention being out of money.Couchsurfing operates under the pretense that it’s not about a free room — it’s about community.

How to settle down without losing the traveler’s ‘joie de vivre’

How to settle down without losing the traveler’s ‘joie de vivre’

When I moved back home from teaching abroad in Indonesia, I had no job and very little money. I kept busy, though, and one day found myself admiring a mural on the street. I met a boy there, we started dating, and I told him of my love for the French language. He smiled walking into the room one day carrying a pen and handed it to me.