It's Official: We Found the 40 Prettiest Flowers in the World

How many of these breathtaking beauties do you recognize? As is often the case with beautiful things, we've given flowers meaning—so much so that even looking at one can make you feel more alive. A plain red rose has become a romantic expression of love and sunny daffodils represent the rebirth of the planet every spring. Of course, because they're plants, we also use them in more practical ways: Silky flower petals have been crushed and distilled into essential oils and perfumes for centuries, and we've figured out how to eat some of them and make tea with select leaves, stalks, and blooms. But to put it simply, the joy of admiring a gorgeous, colorful flower is unmatched. (Though we should note that some are best admired from afar because of toxicity.) Not to mention, no two flowers are exactly the same. Some rise out of the water to bloom while others sprout vines that go where they want…permanently decorating the side of your house. Even low bushes can produce incredible blossoms, like giant peonies, and if you've ever sat under a cherry blossom tree with a cool breeze blowing tiny petals around you, you know how magnificent flowering trees can be. A person who loves flowers is called an "anthophile," and if this describes you, you'll probably recognize most—if not all—of the flowers below. Rare or common, bright or soft, simple or complex, these beautiful flowers from around the world are certainly sights to behold.

20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!

This picturesque city named America's new outdoor sports capital

This unexpected pick of a city has become a top choice for world class athletes to settle down.

Heroic pilots save SQ321, chilling reminder to keep seatbelts on

According to a study for aircraft, the skies are up to 55 per cent far bumpier today than four decades ago.

The Best Solo Travel Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Adventure

Whether you're looking for nonstop activity or total relaxation. While traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun, going somewhere alone has its perks. You get to choose everything — the destination, the hotel, the itinerary, the restaurants, how much money you spend and beyond. Only one opinion matters...yours. It's also a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone, meet new people (if you so choose), unplug, rejuvenate and bask in moments of reflection — or even just escape reality for a few days. Whether you're planning your first adventure on your own or are a solo travel veteran, choosing a destination can be overwhelming, especially if you still have a lot of places to check off your bucket list. The good news is, you don't have to go far for the adventure or relaxation you crave, because there are plenty of options across the U.S. Weighing variables such as walkability, safety, self care opportunities, number of historic sites and museums and access to nature, we've come up with a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo travelers — ranging from mountain and beach destinations to small towns and large cities. Time to book your ticket for one, plan your itinerary (or don't, remember, it's your trip!) and answer to no one except yourself for a few days.

30 Rare Photographs Taken at Chateau Marmont

The iconic Hollywood hotel has been a favorite among celebrities for nearly 100 years.

How WW2 'most beautiful woman in the world' spent her final years

Despite being one of the most important inventors of the 20th century, she lived her last days in a three-bedroom home in Casselberry, 20 minutes outside Orlando.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Big Foot, Loch Ness, and Bermuda Triangle

TSA agents think the crew-member lane at airports is a huge security flaw that staff abuse for smuggling

Some TSA agents say the Known Crewmember Program is a safety risk. Four flight attendants were recently accused of smuggling drug money out of the US.

These Small Towns in California Are Bursting With Beauty and Charm

Nope, this isn't Italy.

13 Amusement Parks in the U.S. That Are Completely Free to Enter

A few even charge you nothing for parking and entertainment. Amusement parks are synonymous with so many wonderful things: fun in the sun, rollercoasters and carousels, games galore and delicious food. And all in a colorful, jubilant, family-friendly setting. The only issue? Joy like that does not typically come cheap. Or can it? Well, at these 13 amusement parks across the U.S., from the Golden to the Garden States, you can save on one very important front: entry. While the vast majority of amusement parks — including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens — require tickets just to walk through the gates, these resorts and parks do not. Of course, if you want to ride the rides or snack on the snacks, you'll still have to open your wallet. (A good thing can only go so far!) But if you're someone who's more about the vibes than the rides, this is the list for you. Make sure you scroll to the bottom: There's one very famous park that's about to go "open gate" with its water parks for guests staying on property. (Hint: It's home to a special mouse!)

Thousands of sailors take over NYC for Fleet Week 2024

Thousands of sailors have descended upon New York City for Fleet Week 2024, bringing multiple ships and dozens of activities for citizens to participate in.

Major British airport will scrap 100ml liquid rules next week

Birmingham Airport is set to scrap the 100ml liquid hand luggage rule next week as it leads the way in time for the half-term weekend.

Scientists are puzzled by this mysterious ancient city

REI Is Kicking Off Summer With a Huge Sale, and Prices Start at Only $5

Camping? Hiking? Just sitting at the park? Time to upgrade your cooking game and get a new water bottle.

Truly Fascinating Places You Won't Believe Are in the United States

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.

Shining A Light On TV In Central & Eastern Europe And Beyond: NEM Dubrovnik Sets Out Its Stall

NEM Dubrovnik is the international TV event that the industry told Sanja Božić-Ljubičić would never work… but which quickly established itself as a diary date for buyers, sellers and senior execs. "There are a lot of festivals and markets and my business friends and colleagues said this will never fly," recalls Božić-Ljubičić, CEO of Mediavision, […]

The only country located in all four hemispheres

When people think of civilization, their minds often conjure images of cities and vast landscapes that form part of entire countries and territories. But one lesser-known nation goes against this convention: the Republic of Kiribati. This unique place stands as a testament to culture and what it takes to live while surrounded by the vast expanse of the ocean. Intrigued? Click through this gallery and join us as we take a closer look at this cultural, environmental, and historical paradise.

With Graceland in the spotlight here are other famous homes to visit

MailOnline takes a glimpse into the fascinating world of celebrity homes that are worth visiting.

How the world likes to keep fit: Fascinating maps show how dance workouts are the globe's No.1 type of exercise in 2024, while it's pilates that's top in the UK, America and Australia

The maps are colour-coded to indicate the types of exercise each country's residents like the most, with the results generated by an analysis of the exercise people search for most on Google.

The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Your Lifetime

Some standards and some surprises–all dazzling destinations to tempt you on your next trip.

Everything you need to know about Scottish culture and traditions

Scotland boasts a rich heritage of unique customs and traditions. You may know that the flag is blue and white, and the national dish is haggis, but do you know the first-footing tradition or what the Loony Dook is? This gallery covers it all, so whether you're planning a vacation or simply curious about the country's practices, click through to find out all you need to know about Scotland's cultural tapestry.

The gorgeous vacation destinations named the cheapest in the US

A recent study by Optimos Travel named the best U.S. travel hotspots where you can get the most bang for your buck.

Kenyan found dead after going missing on Everest

The 40-year-old mountaineer disappeared on Wednesday with his Nepalese guide, who is yet to be found.

The 8 Oldest Restaurants in New York City

These iconic restaurants have withstood the test of time.

These Stunning Treehouse Hotels Let You Totally Relax

Goodbye, cell phone beeps. Hello, birdcalls.

The 30 freest countries in the world

One of the benchmarks of human progress is measured in the amount of freedom people experience in a given country. However, it's something that's not easy to determine objectively. The Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada, co-publish the annual Human Freedom Index Report, which observes the relationship between freedom and other social and economic phenomena. Personal freedom might be described as our ability to voice our opinion, equality experienced before the courts, and the ease of travel to/from a country. Economic freedom is the ability of people in that country to do well, without the need for government assistance or an economic authority. To calculate the final Human Freedom score, personal freedom and economic freedom are measured and combined, then compared to the scores of other countries. Curious to know if your country made the top 30? Click on to find out!

Chinese tourists lead international visits to Sabah in first quarter of 2024

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has proven to be a favorite destination for tourists from China, with 116,922 Chinese nationals among the 321,184 international visitors to the state in the first quarter of 2024. Read full story

The weirdest celebration traditions in the world

On a planet with over eight billion people, spread across some 195 countries, it’s no wonder there are many weird and wonderful ways for people to celebrate. From tomato battles in Spain to wife-carrying races in Finland, these traditions offer a glimpse into the playful, unexpected, and sometimes downright peculiar aspects of humankind. Intrigued? Click through this gallery to discover some of the world’s most intriguing traditions.

5 Carolina Cities to Consider for Retirement

Both North and South Carolina are renowned for their diverse landscapes, rich histories and warm hospitality, making them ideal destinations for retirees seeking a blend of relaxation, adventure and...

A flight attendant was burned by boiling water, and an elderly woman didn't know where she was after massive turbulence on a Singapore flight, passenger says

"I remember kind of waking up on the floor, and listening to people crying," Josh Silverstone, who was on the flight, said.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight: Thursday's Big Picture

Showcasing the best images sent to us from around Hampshire & Isle of Wight.

Heading to Milan? These Are the 21 Travel Essentials to Pack

Don’t leave the house without these jet-setter must-haves.

How to check whether you're flying a Boeing plane for summer holiday

It recently emerged that a fleet of nearly 300 Boeing 777 jets being used by United and American Airlines has a fault which could cause fuel tanks on the planes' wings to catch fire and blow up.

The origins of your favorite carnival rides

Amusement and theme parks across the world feature some of the most iconic carnival and fairground attractions ever created, things like the Ferris wheel, the rollercoaster, and the carousel. But have you ever wondered when these spectacular rides were invented, and by whom? Click through and enjoy the thrill of finding out!

What should you do when there is turbulence on a plane?

Flooding shuts cross-border rail line

National Rail said the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Lockerbie is blocked.

The Top 10 everyone's talking about: Who's the most attractive man in Britain?

Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

Don't overlook these hidden gems!

Safety, not profits, must be priority at cave, hillside temple sites, says NGO

IPOH: Environmentalists and nature lovers here are hoping more stringent guidelines are drawn up without further delay for fragile cave or hillside areas. Read full story

22 Adults-Only Resorts for a Well-Deserved Vacation

These romantic retreats have everything you need—except children.

Terrific tidbits about turtles

Turtles are strange-looking creatures, but they're widely loved and revered around the world. This is partly because of their ancient origins and their uniquely long lives, which many cultures believe gives them special wisdom. They symbolize knowledge, time, immortality, and the Earth. Many allegories and fables have been based around their slow and steady lifestyle. These mysterious reptiles come in all shapes and sizes, can inhabit land or water, and can live to the age of 150! There are plenty of reasons to wonder at the majesty of the turtle. Intrigued? Click through this gallery for more amazing facts.

The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

We had forgotten about so many of these.

Brain, skull and spine injuries on turbulent Singapore flight

Twenty people remain in intensive care in the Thai capital, where flight SQ321 made an emergency landing on Tuesday after the terrifying high-altitude ordeal.

What is the significance of the American flag hung upside down?

Tips on how to survive a long-haul flight

Whether you're embarking on an eight-hour flight or a lengthy 20-hour journey, long-haul flights can be boring, uncomfortable, and exhausting. Sometimes long-haul travel can perhaps become super inconvenient with annoying passengers, or even dangerous due to deep-vein thrombosis. Not only does a poorly planned journey ruin your flight, but also the days that follow. If you want to make your long-haul flight infinitely more bearable, click through the following gallery for some essential tips.

Disabled athlete claims Qantas left his wheelchair bent and broken

Timothy Lachlan travelled with the airline from Dallas, Texas to Sydney in February but claims his wheelchair was so badly damaged while on board, it is now unusable.

Want to Keep Deer From Eating Your Garden? Here's What to Plant

If Bambi likes to visit your garden, this list is for you.

40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.

Safety first: Protecting your kids at hotels' indoor pools

Pool brings certain risks that parents and guardians need to address to ensure their children's safety.