17 Electrifying Quotes That Remind Us Why Poetry Matters

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Eugenio MarongiuEugenio Marongiu

“We are hungry lips and eager hands,
Reckless teeth and touching
It is 4 am and we are too much alive to care about the consequences of later
I can only wonder,

Will you regret me tomorrow?”

— Danielle Shorr

“Confession: I did not want to live here,
not among the goldenrod, wild onions,
or the dropseed, not waist high in the barrel-
aged brown corn water, not with the million-
dollar racehorses, or the tightly wound
round hay bales. Not even in the old tobacco
weigh station we live in, with its heavy metal
safe doors that frame our bricked bedroom
like the mouth of a strange beast yawning
to suck us in, each night, like air. I denied it,
this new land. But, love, I’ll concede this:
whatever state you are, I’ll be that state’s bird,
the loud, obvious blur of song people point to

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50 Dirty Jokes That Are (Never Appropriate But) Always Funny

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The Daily English ShowThe Daily English Show

No matter the setting, these 50 hilarious, unsavory jokes are never entirely appropriate. But if you’re bold enough to deliver a punchline, you deserve the laughs it’ll earn you.

1. What’s the difference between a G-spot and a golf ball?

A guy will actually search for a golf ball.

2. What does the sign on an out-of-business brothel say?

Beat it. We’re closed.

3. Why was the guitar teacher arrested?

For fingering a minor.

4. What’s the difference between a tire and 365 used condoms?

One’s a Goodyear. The other’s a great year.

5. Why does Santa Claus have such a big sack?

He only comes once a year.

6. What’s the difference between a hooker and a drug dealer?

A hooker can wash her crack and resell it.

7. What do the Mafia and pussies have in common?

One slip of the tongue, and you’re…

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This Is What A Modern Day Fairytale Love Story Is Actually Like

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Shutterstock / Mohamed MekhamerShutterstock / Mohamed Mekhamer

You meet somewhere ordinary, like at work or at your friend’s birthday pregame or in a class at your university. The day is ordinary. It’s raining or freezing or sunny or a little bit humid.

Maybe you talk about the rain or the humidity for a little bit. You have an ordinary conversation because you’re trying to test out the spark between you and its ability to survive amidst the most boring conversation topic that exists.

You talk a little bit more, and you realize absurdly quickly that you like this person. They’re funny or warm or intriguing. The conversation was effortless, and it was only cut off because someone else had to step in. You give each other wary smiles, like you’re not sure what’s going to happen next.

You feel like an idiot, because you’re more giddy than you want to admit about the…

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The 36 Questions Science Says Will Show You If Someone Is Right For You

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Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 12.42.44 PMAlagich Katya

Recently, Mandy Len Catron wrote an essay called “To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This.” Putting a study done by psychologist Arthur Aron (et. all) to the test, she claimed that having had this exchange with a date, the ‘formula’ for developing radical empathy does indeed connect you to… really anyone. The science of what makes someone “right” for us is budding, albeit not entirely uncharted, and seems to be going mainstream.

For the sake of (even Mandy’s admission) that the results of her mini-experiment have untold and unaccounted for variables, I took the creative liberty of shifting “falling in love with anyone” to “seeing if there’s a love to be fostered between two people.” Science abiding or not, I think it’s interesting to see what lies at the core of human vulnerability.

So here you have it. The 36 questions that, science says, will bring you love:

  1. Given…

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What Anxiety Feels Like

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Anxiety feels like acid in your stomach, the kind that doesn’t belong there, the kind of acid you imagine lurks in batteries and eats away at everything. It’s the feeling of constant distraction, of restlessness that demands rest, the feeling that tells you to stay still but makes your thoughts move, running into each other, constantly apologizing for the trouble.

Sorry. My fault.

Anxiety feels like apologizing weeks after the fact. It feels like looking at something someone else tells you is sad and thinking nothing because you feel like you had the thought hours ago: “not good.” Anxiety is hearing “not good” in your head until nothing seems good, not even the stuff you know feels good, the stuff you want all the time, the stuff that the other stuff is keeping you from.

Anxiety feels like not being able to separate stuff.

Anxiety feels like pausing to…

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7 Times Being The Quiet Friend Actually Has Its Perks

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People find it easier to approach you than others.

While quiet people can sometimes be mistaken for being aloof or unhappy their quiet nature actually makes them more approachable than others because they appear less intimidating.

People are more likely to feel comfortable around you than a dominant personality and will have an easier time expressing themselves and their ideas in your presence. This has its benefits in a variety of settings – at work, at parties, in stressful situations. People pick up on the vibe that you’re more likely to be thoughtful and considerate in your response and interactions.

People want to know more about you.

Even though it can feel like loud, extroverted people get all the attention you’re likely to be seen as more intriguing than the rest. There might be someone at the party telling stories and entertaining everyone but when you’re the quiet friend…

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25 Ancient African Proverbs About Love That Will Make You Rethink Everything

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Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), one of Africa’s and Nigeria’s most celebrated sons said it best, “Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” Referring specifically to Igbo culture, and indeed in many Nigerian cultures, palm oil is used to make the meal sweeter. In the same way, our conversations are enriched by the proverbs we use. Here are a few wonderful African proverbs that should get you thinking. Some are straightforward. And some are not. And as every African child knows, the latter were not intended to be, and will have to be learned through experience, and over a lifetime.


1. When one is in love, a cliff becomes a meadow. Ethiopia

2. You know who you love but you can’t know who loves you. Nigeria

3. Where there is love, there is no darkness. Burundi

4. If anyone makes you laugh, it is not always because they…

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