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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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Mascot Overload: Japan’s Obsession with Mascots

Referred to as yuru-kyara or yuru-chara, mascots in Japan are everywhere and can represent anything from an event, festival, town, city, political institution, public service organization, company, historical site, to so much more! These Japanese mascots tend to have relatable characteristics to whatever they are promoting and are a bit out-of-the-box when it comes to characters.

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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.

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The Best and Worst Airlines Flying Today

When it comes to customer satisfaction, many airlines today can only hope to accomplish what would have been considered the bare minimum 20 years ago. With the advent of cheaper flights and increased accessibility worldwide, we’re seeing a new era of airline customer service, focused solely on getting the largest amount of people crammed into an airplane as possible, with no thought given to comfort.