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The Surprising Tool Benjamin Franklin Used To Achieve Massive Success

Benjamin Franklin. (Public Domain)
Benjamin Franklin. (Public Domain)

The quintessential self-made man Benjamin Franklin had one of the most remarkable lives in recorded history. He went from humble upbringings to founding a country...




  • FILE-- Supporters sing 'O Canada' during a support the troops rally in Toronto in this August 24, 2007 photo. A new study says more than half of Canadian high school choir students surveyed are out of tune when it comes to the national anthem. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    National Anthem Changes: Lest We Forget the Role of Our ‘Sons’

    I watched my 4-year-old son sing “O Canada” at his preschool graduation last week. He probably only knew half the words but there was something... Read more

  • Michelangelo, Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden. Sistine Chapel. (PD-Art)

    Sistine Chapel Masterpiece Paintings Come to New York City

    There isn’t much that the Vatican in Rome and the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center in New York have in common—the Vatican was built... Read more

  • Singers at the 26th Song Celebration in Tallinn on July 6, 2014, the last time the celebration was held. The concerts are held every five years. (Ilmars Znotins)

    Estonia’s Song and Dance Celebration Begins June 30

    TALLINN, Estonia—There is no denying it: Estonians love singing. Starting June 30, the country will see nearly 35,000 youth participate in its Youth Song and... Read more

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    Leonard Cohen: Portrait of a Life

    Montreal’s contemporary art museum will be hosting an exhibit later this year devoted to the life and work of Leonard Cohen, one that was conceived... Read more

  • Cherry blossoms bloom near the pavilion in the Gyeongbokgung Palace. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    10 Must-See Places in South Korea During the 2018 Winter Olympics

    As I ambled through the ancient Gyeongbokgung Palace, the scent of jasmine flowers filled the air, the sun shone through the distant mountain peaks, and... Read more

  • On Aug. 23, 1987, 2,000 to 5,000 people met at Hirve Park in Estonia on the anniversary of the Nazi-Soviet Pact. It was one of the first organized public demonstrations against the Communist Party. (Courtesy of James Tusty)

    How Estonia Sang Its Way Out of the Soviet Union

    TALLINN, Estonia—He was one of thousands of courageous youth who gathered back in 1987 at Raekoja Plats, the town square of Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, to sing forbidden patriotic songs, to... Read more

  • A scene from "The Walking Dead," one of the most popular dystopian dramas on Netflix today. (AMC)

    Re-thinking Our Addiction to Dystopian Shows

    If Netflix’s most-watched shows are any indication of the future of humanity, we could be in trouble. From the zombie apocalypse to totalitarian nightmares, Netflix... Read more

  • Suiti women in traditional folk costume perform drone singing in the Suiti language. (Ethnic Culture Center Suiti Foundation)

    Latvia’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Treasures

    Latvia, with Estonia in the North, Lithuania in the South, and the Baltic Sea with its Gulf of Riga to the West and Russia in... Read more

  • Alexandre Olshansky is a graceful Alexandre and Anastasia Shevkenko is a dazzling Marie in the ballet “La Dame aux Camélias,” choreographed by Aniko Rekhviashvili  at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. (Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine)

    ‘La Dame aux Camélias’ at the Kiev Ballet

    KIEV, Ukraine—The house was almost sold out, with many families with small children in attendance—more than one would generally see at a Saturday night performance... Read more

  • Chris Cornell at EBMRF Benefit on January 14, 2017 in Malibu, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for EBMRF)

    Celebrity Suicide and the American Dream

    Suicide is the most untimely and disturbing of endings. Even the gravity of murder can pale in comparison to taking one’s own life. The bleakness... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse and her brother Thomas Eschapasse in La Baule, France. (Rene-Victor Eschapasse)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes About Travel

    As the saying goes, what we all want in life, is to travel, fall in love, and be happy. Travelling to new places is so... Read more

  • Jake Scott-Reid works on making a vinyl record at Canada Boy Vinyl, the only vinyl record factory in Canada, in Calgary, Alta., Oct. 28, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

    Nostalgia Not Enough to Save Vinyl

    Each year on April 22, Record Store Day gives us a chance to momentarily celebrate the once-mighty king of music by heading to our nearest... Read more

  • Wall Painting with Scene from the Sacrifice of Iphigeneia. Fresco on plaster, ca. 62 AD, from Pompeii. Casa del Poeta Tragico Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli / Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo)

    Ancient Greece Gives Us ‘A World of Emotions’

    NEW YORK—”Think of your father.” These words bring the Greek war hero Achilles to tears when the Trojan king, Priam, requests the delivery of his... Read more

  • A woman performs Fado, the Portuguese musical tradition. (Courtesy UNESCO)

    Portugal’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

    The origin of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, is shrouded in mist. The name itself comes from “Allis-Ubo,” meaning safe harbour. The city had been occupied... Read more

  • Amrita in "A Suitable Girl."

    ‘A Suitable Girl’ Documentary Examines Complexities of Marriage in Modern India

    That marriage plays a central role in Indian society is well known. But the romanticized elaborate weddings and the reports of inhumane child marriages—how Indian... Read more

  • Engraving by Jan Muller after Hendrick Goltzius’s work depicting the “Creation of the World,” circa 1592. (Public domain)

    Chaos, Inspiration, and the Creation of Creativity

    For all of Joseph Haydn’s mastery of musical form—he is known as the “father” of the symphony and the string quartet, and credited with establishing... Read more

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