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Cultured Palate: Dishes from China

For many Americans, Chinese cuisine is the fried noodles and saucy spare ribs of our favorite take-out spot. In reality, though, these dishes tell us more about America than about China – American Chinese cuisine is its own unique food.

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Spectacular Swimming Pools from Around the World

As we wait, dreaming of warmer weather and outdoor activities can help keep our minds off the biting cold — and what’s a better warm weather activity than swimming? Whether your pool of choice is a serene lap pool or a gigantic, miles-long wave pool, here are some different pools that will inspire you to dream of summer.

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13 Strange Burial Traditions from Around the World

Here in North America, we try and keep death as far away from everyday life as possible. In many other countries, burial traditions are commonly and openly practiced, leading to a more death-positive outlook from those involved. Although some may seem obtuse, most of these burial traditions have the dual purpose of honoring the deceased person’s life and providing an outlet for the family’s grief.

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Sitting in a Tree: The Best Treehouse Hotels

The meteoric rise of the new, upscale treehouse hotel is easy to understand because it appeals to everyone — those who live to be outdoors, and those whose idea of “sleeping rough” is leaving the window open. Wherever you are in the world, there’s a new treehouse hotel for you.

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Countries with the Most Vacation Days

In the United States, no employer is legally required to give any worker a paid vacation day. We have some of the most retrograde vacation policies in the entire developed world. In contrast, every single country that’s a member of the European Union must give their employees at least four weeks of paid vacation since it is mandated by law.