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Past articles by Joe:

The secret messages hidden in 30 logos

Logos are obviously designed with great care, not just in order to look good, but to convey as much information as they can about the product or service they represent. Many of them have hidden meanings.Sign up to our new free Indy100 weekly newsletterIf you're more visually literate, apologies if s... → Read More

Psychologists say everyone is keeping 13 secrets

A new study about the psychology of keeping secrets has categorised over 13,000 secrets.For the purposes of the study, a secret was any information that a person intended to conceal from one or more individuals.The study was first published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in May,... → Read More

The six differences between American and British parents

Divided by a common language, Brits and Yanks also have their own separate approaches to parenting.This isn't even going to touch on whether or not it is acceptable for British children to use the pronunciation 'Mom'.Here are the key differences in life as a parent.1. Child Birth is free in the UKAs... → Read More

Woman sends porn star to test boyfriend and it massively backfires

A woman enlisted the help of a porn star to 'test' her partner, and it resulted in her feeling jealous and insecure.Imagine.The entire debacle was filmed for the show To Catch A Cheater, a YouTube channel about schadenfreude masquarading as vigilante romance justice.In a recent episode, porn star V... → Read More

A map of the most racist countries in Europe

A study that ran from 2002-2015 into social attitudes by Harvard University has mapped the countries in Europe with the highest incidents of racial bias.The test created by 'Project Implicit' at Harvard, is a short interactive quiz in which participants pair images with words.One component involved ... → Read More

The one stamp you never want on your boarding pass

This is what getting ‘SSSS’ on your boarding pass means.If you have ever been pulled to one side at the airport, it may be because you have the letters SSSS scrawled in marker pen over your boarding pass.The letters, used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stand for 'Secondary Secur... → Read More

A two year study confirms the more you use Facebook the worse you feel

An extensive study into happiness and use of Facebook has found that over time, use of the social media platform is having a negative effect on users' well-being. While previous studies have found links between the two, they have had limited or unrepresentative samples, or else focused on a broader range of social media. → Read More

Stunning photos capture what beauty looks like in 37 different countries around the world

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc has created 500 portraits of beautiful women from around the world. The portraits, taken in 37 different countries, over four years, are published in her 2017 book The Atlas of Beauty. The main theme of the project was the diversity of beauty across the globe. → Read More

A study by Harvard University has found an interesting marker of success – socks

A study by Harvard University has found an interesting marker of success. Socks! The stereotype of the outlandishly dressed entrepreneur, leader, or successful person may be based in some truth. Researchers at Harvard have found that successful people often display non-conformist tendencies, such as those in the world of serious dealings choosing to wear brightly coloured → Read More

This is how a 19-month-old photographer sees the world

A series of photographs taken by a 19-month-old boy have gone viral. British Army Photographer Tim Jones, hoping to pass on his photographic gifts, taught his son Stan to use his old Canon G12 (and to shout 'CHEESE' when takes them). The photos Stan took gave a touching insight into the point of view of a 19-month-old child. The dog features, a lot. As does Mum. → Read More

Leave Taking, Bush Theatre, London, review: A satisfying, timely revival of Winsome Pinnock's play

Writing glibly that a play about immigrants "explores the theme of identity" should be anathema to any to reviewer. Yet, Winsome Pinnock’s 1987 play does exactly this, and does it very well. Leave Taking examines the ocean between first and second generation immigrants, each stuck between two romanticised ‘homelands’, and the sense of alienation that can grow between parent and child. → Read More

Old Fools, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: Dementia drama with heart

The especially cruel element of Tristan Bernays’ one hour play on dementia, Old Fools, is that it understands how much memories constitute romance. In the intimate setting of the Little Theatre at Southwark Playhouse, we are introduced to musician Tom and linguist Vivian. Told out of sync, the better to place us in Tom’s position, unguided by coherent narrative memory, Bernays’ play is a simple… → Read More

​The Best Man, The Playhouse, London, review: It pales in comparison to current White House melodramas

Set at a presidential nominating convention, Gore Vidal’s ​The Best Man​, which premiered on Broadway in March 1960, and has now transferred to the West End, tells the story of a race between two fictional politicians - the upright and experienced former Secretary William Russell, and the ruthless, ‘plain spoken’ Senator Joe Cantwell. Nine points up, with the former President's endorsement due… → Read More

The 'Yeah sex is cool but' meme is back and funnier than ever

Yeah, sex is cool but, have you ever tried scrolling through meme based Twitter moments? The meme itself is pretty self-explanatory. What moments or things are better than sex? The definitive list: Yeah sex is cool but have you ever had someone reply to your sarcasm with better sarcasm → Read More

The 11 small signs that someone is not a moral person

Reddit, the marketplace of morality and truth, has been looking at what makes a moral person. The thread quickly descended into a list of signs that someone is immoral, but it was enlightening nonetheless. If any of these sound familiar, it might be time to check that moral compass before it's too late. → Read More

If you get 6 out of 6 on this YouTube rewind quiz you're officially an internet expert

YouTube Rewind showcases the trending videos, memes and fads that featured on the worldwide platform over the course of an entire year. The Shape of 2017, the fourth instalment in the series, was released on Wednesday. Familiar faces such Stephen Colbert and of course Ed Sheeran feature, along with a few personalities only true YouTube aficionados will recognise. But how much do you remember?… → Read More

The disturbing reason why evangelical Christians want Jerusalem to be Israel's capital

Some evangelical Christians believe that recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring on the end of the world. On Wednesday President Donald Trump announced that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the US embassy - which is currently based in Tel Aviv - will move there. → Read More

This is the perfect lunch for Queen Elizabeth, as chosen by Buckingham Palace

This is what the lady who lunches likes to eat. Business Insider got the menu from Petty Officer Dean Allen, the chef in charge of preparing Queen Elizabeth's lunchtime meal on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Queen is due to visit the Royal Navy's newest aircraft carrier on Thursday, to formally 'commission' the carrier into the Royal Navy. → Read More

Oprah taught Jennifer Lawrence a very important lesson

Jennifer Lawrence heard true wisdom, for the oracle of truth, Oprah. → Read More

Why Prince Harry picking Prince William as his best man would breach royal protocol

Prince Harry was best man at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but protocol dictates that he should not return the favour. Details of the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which is due to take place in the spring, are yet to be announced by Kensington Palace. → Read More