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Even the briefest lull in a conversation can prompt some people to wonder: "Am I boring?"

most-interestingThe honest answer is that you’re probably perfectly fascinating, but you can always become more so. It’s a question of collecting new skills, knowledge, and experiences and learning how to share them with others.

Over on Quora, dozens of people have answered the question, "How do I become a more interesting person?" with creative insights based on their own experience. I sifted through their responses and pinpointed the most practical advice.

Read on for ways to leave every social gathering feeling confident that you captured people’s interest and won their admiration.


toxic_1These abandoned communities are seriously hazardous
Dangerously unfit for human habitation, a number of settlements around the world remain strictly off-limits, ranging from once-thriving cities contaminated with radiation to desolate villages riddled with asbestos, anthrax and explosives. Grab your hazmat suit and let’s take a tour of 10 of the world’s most toxic towns.


  • A number of eerie happenings have actually occurred on the last night of October.
  • Coincidence? Maybe.
  • Famed magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.
  • The radio broadcast "War of the Worlds" caused mass hysteria on Halloween Eve in 1938.

halloween_cover1On Halloween Eve in 1938, Americans tuning in to CBS radio programming got an eerie interruption: "Martians have invaded New Jersey!" At the time, the pre-Halloween allusion to extraterrestrials caused mass hysteria for thousands of listeners around the country.

Although it was simply a radio play by Orson Welles titled "War of the Worlds," most listeners didn’t realize this. In fact, according to NPR, "about 12 million people were listening when Welles’ broadcast came on the air and ‘about 1 in every 12 … thought it was true and … some percentage of that 1 million people ran out of their homes.’"

This panic-inducing radio broadcast is just one example of a spooky happening that has occurred on Halloween (or the night before the notoriously chilling holiday).


  • There are a lot of items you use every day that you may not be replacing often enough.
  • The American Dental Association recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Mascara lasts two to three months, or until it looks clumpy and develops an unusual odor.
  • Bras can lose their elasticity and shape after six months of heavy wear.

change_thingsA lot of items, accessories, and tools that you use every single day have a shelf life and need to be replaced regularly. But chances are you own a lot of things that ought to be swapped out sooner rather than later.

Here are 10 things you need to replace more often than you think.


us_knows_about_youIn 1967, Stephen Stills sang the words "Paranoia strikes deep, Into your life it will creep," in the hit song "For What It’s Worth," which he penned for the band Buffalo Springfield. More than 50 years later, it’s no stretch to feel the same sentiment when considering how much information is readily available about practically everyone on the planet. Somewhere there is documentation of things even (especially!) your mother doesn’t know from where you drove when you were supposed to be at work or school, to the image depicted in that cheeky little tattoo that seemed like such a great idea at the time.


pirate_dayGot plans for September 19, 2019? You do now: It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So prepare your timbers to be shivered and wait… what? Is this seriously a holiday? What is this all about? And why, exactly, is there a formal holiday for not just pirates but for talking like pirates? You have questions. I have (weird) answers.


boycott1Market Forces: Ordinary people can often feel powerless to do good through individual actions. That’s where community organizing tactics such as labor strikes and consumer boycotts  including the recent boycott against fitness companies Equinox and SoulCycle  can come in, with citizens applying economic pressure against organizations perpetuating injustices by refusing to buy their products or services. Many boycotts fizzle out with little effect, while others get results by stopping the problematic behavior or simply calling attention to an underlying issue.

Click ahead to see some of the most powerful boycotts in history, some long gone and others still ongoing.