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A Brief Guide to Pairing Food and Wine While You Travel

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Before you go galavanting off on your European vacation to an eating and drinking paradise like France or Italy, you might want to do a little homework. You may not care whether your cabernet sauvignon goes with your fish when you’re cooking at home, but to really get the most out of your meals during your travels, you might want to brush up on your pairing basics.

The villa rental site Oliver’s Travels put together an easy guide to pairing wines with the signature dishes of each European country the company operates in. (Because if you’re going to stay in a European villa, you’d better be eating amazing food.) Even if you’re not renting luxury accommodations, it’s good to know that that Bolognese you’re ordering would go great with the spicy, fruity notes of a Sangiovese.

Dive into the pairing guide below, or take a look at the interactive map version here.

Illustrations of European countries with traditional food and wine pairings for each
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7 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Your Memory
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Being cursed with a bad memory can yield snafus big and small, from forgetting your gym locker combination to routinely blowing deadlines. If your New Year's resolution was to be less forgetful in 2018, it's time to start training your brain. The infographic below, created by financial website Quid Corner and spotted by Lifehacker Australia, lists seven easy ways to boost memory retention.

Different techniques can be applied to different scenarios, whether you're preparing for a speech or simply trying to recall someone's phone number. For example, if you're trying to learn a language, try writing down words and phrases, as this activates your brain into paying more attention. "Chunking," or separating long digit strings into shorter units, is a helpful hack for memorizing number sequences. And those with a poetic bent can translate information into rhymes, as this helps our brains break down and retain sound structures.

Learn more tips by checking out the infographic below.

[h/t Lifehacker.com.au]

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5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings
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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.

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