20 stunning tennis courts to play in your lifetime

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While people like to argue about grass versus clay versus hard courts, everyone can agree that the surface becomes secondary when the courts are this scenic.

We found the most beautiful tennis courts in the world that are open to the public.Every tennis player should add these 20 courts to their bucket lists.

Going, Austria: Stanglwirt Hotel

This woman visited the Italian town that’s giving away free homes — and discovered an expensive surprise

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A small town in Italy is giving away free homes. It sounds too good to be true — and as one woman who visited that town found out, it is. In August last year, Tavia Macnaughtan went to Gangi, Sicily, on the promise of buying a house for just one Euro.But after traveling nearly 10,000 miles from her home in Melbourne, Australia, and crossing two continents, she discovered that it would cost a lot more than that — over $17,000 more, in fact.”I stayed there for a week and looked at all the ones that were for sale,” Macnaughtan tells Business Insider. “They were all terrible and needed to be knocked down and rebuilt.”With a dwindling population and aging homes that offer little new-world appeal, the city started giving the homes away.The catch? Buyers have to draw up renovation plans within a year and execute them within three.As Macnaughtan soon learned, that clause came at a cost.”The conditions were [such] that I would need to pay fees and permits” totaling $22,000 AUD ($17,040 US) before she started to renovate, she said.

The Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the biggest tourist attractions in New Zealand

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The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand, will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” films and books.  First opened in 2002, Hobbiton is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in New Zealand, drawing in more than 350,000 visitors a year.When you enter the 1,250-acre Alexander Farm, you’ll see 37 hobbit holes waiting to be explored.You can step inside the house of Bilbo Baggins and see where Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton lived. Some of the hobbit holes are big enough to explore while others are miniature in size. Outside the homes are everyday items from the lives of hobbits including cabbage gardens, smoked fish, honey pots, butterfly catchers, and hobbit-sized shirts and pants hung on clotheslines to dry. 

6 myths that prevent people from learning multiple languages

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There are plenty of language learning myths, especially about people who speak multiple languages (also known as polyglots).You’re probably familiar with the romanticized image of the polyglot. It goes something like this:A polyglot is a carefree genius with a perfect memory who, without any social obligations or financial limitations, travels the world with a backpack and an endless supply of airline tickets, effortlessly making friends while he sits in a cafe in Rome (or in a noodle shop in Hong Kong, or on the beaches of Brazil) with nary a care in the world and only endless adventures on the horizon.After attending the recent polyglot conference in Berlin, I can tell you that I didn’t meet a single person who comes close to that description (although I’m sure many of us wouldn’t mind it).It’s true that some polyglots have a few small things in common with the romanticized image of a polyglot. Unfortunately, these qualities end up becoming exaggerated and congeal into a single archetype. It’s as if the most interesting aspects of all polyglots were merged together, given a magic serum, and a mythical polyglot came out the other end.The mythical, romanticized ideal of the polyglot is incredibly unhelpful to language learners. You can end up feeling that you’ll never reach the ideal, so why bother trying?Today, I’m going to run through six of the most common myths about polyglots. I’ll explain why they exist, then reveal the real, messy, behind-the-scenes truth about what it means to be a polyglot.

The standard of English in Hong Kong is appalling South China Morning Post

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 I had an appointment in an unfamiliar part of town the other day, and was at the mercy of a taxi driver to get me there. I started giving him directions in my smattering of Cantonese when he interrupted cheerfully and confidently in English to assure me he would take me to my destination.When I complimented him on his command of the language, he said he was learning and practising, and never missed the chance to try out his English whenever a non-Chinese passenger climbed into his vehicle. I couldn’t help thinking: “If only our government officials had this guy’s attitude.Let me say this with absolute conviction and justification: The standard of English in this former British colony is appalling, and the biggest culprit you can blame for this sorry state of affairs is the Hong Kong SAR governmen

The ‘Man Who Flies For Free’ says these are the three cheapest days to fly

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no right day to buy a plane ticket.A flight to New York is not going to be much cheaper on Tuesday than it will be on Wednesday.But according to Scott Keyes, a reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books “How To Fly For Free” and “How To Find Cheap Flights,” there might not be cheaper days to buy, but there are cheaper days to fly.“The cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday,” Keyes told Business Insider. “If you have any flexibility in being able to fly on those days, that’s usually when you’re going to find the best fares.”

An insider’s guide to Montauk

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Montauk has long been regarded as a casual beach town with a decidedly bohemian vibe—and it still is—but the easternmost point of Long Island is also flush with an impressive culinary scene, chic waterfront bars and more.We asked five loyal Montauk lovers to share their local recommendations.Here’s what they came up with. 

The US raid in Syria reminds of this secret stealth Black Hawk helicopter

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In the night between May 15 and 16, U.S. Special Operations forces killed ISIS high level operative Abu Sayyaf, in a daring raid that took place in eastern Syria.Little is known about the raid.According to the CNN, the operation was conducted by U.S. Army’s Delta Force, which was carried to a residential building in Deir Ezzor, to the Southeast of Raqqa, by Army Blackhawk helicopters and Air Force CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

The ‘Man Who Flies For Free’ says these are the three cheapest days to fly

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no right day to buy a plane ticket.A flight to New York is not going to be much cheaper on Tuesday than it will be on Wednesday.But according to Scott Keyes, a reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books “How To Fly For Free” and “How To Find Cheap Flights,” there might not be cheaper days to buy, but there are cheaper days to fly.