What are the most popular surnames in the world? It’s a loaded question, to be honest. Naming conventions vary across the planet, and not all of them fit western expectations. Many people in some countries, such as Mongolia, don’t have surnames at all. In others, like Hungary, the so-called “last name” actually comes first. Meanwhile, in places like Russia, the spelling and pronunciation may depend on your gender. And sometimes a surname can change with each passing generation, as in Iceland.
In the U.S., sales tax varies by state. Around the world, however, many countries have instilled a nationwide sales tax. In fact, a number of these nations — including those in the European Union (EU) — administer a Value Added Tax (VAT). As a consumption tax, VAT is collected at each stage of the supply chain, as opposed to a sales tax, which is collected only at the point of sale. Luckily, travelers to the EU can receive a VAT refund to recoup some of that spent money.
Every state in America has its own unique culture, flavor, and quirks – including their names. State pride is alive and well from Alabama to Wyoming, but do you know the story of how your state got its name?
While the name etymology for some states is a bit muddled, in general, a good number are derived from Native American tribes and languages, such as Algonquin, Sioux, and Iroquois. Others are nods to the origins of the European settlers who claimed patches of America for their own.
Here’s a guide to where all 50 state names came from – and what they mean!
There are many ways you can get involved in the fight against police brutality and racism right now. You can donate to an organization devoted to confronting racial injustice. You can attend a protest in your area, call or email your representatives, educate yourself, show up at the ballot box, and share resources and information online and IRL. But another way you can support the Black community and better distribute wealth now and in the future is to shop at Black-owned businesses whenever you can.
Drop these bad habits and your productivity will soar Most people think about productivity as a skill, something you can improve and train with practice.
And while this is partially true, it misses a subtle but no less important point: "Becoming more productive is about what you do less of, not more of."
Often, the best way to improve your productivity is to identify the habits that are interfering with your productivity and eliminate them. When you do, you’ll find that you’re actually far more productive than you realized.
For most countries, the average education level of the population can be an indicator of its financial stability and literacy rates. It can even contribute to how healthy the country is overall. With all of this in mind, do you know which countries rank as the most educated in the world? While you might be able to guess a few, there may be some countries on the list that surprise you. Here are the top 10 most educated countries, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
For many people who have medical conditions, there are few things they dislike more than taking prescriptions. Whether it’s the nasty side effects, the risk of dependency, or just a desire to rely on more natural remedies, there are plenty of sound reasons to shy away from Western medicine. And one common alternative that many people turn to is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). But what is TCM? Is it a safe option, and what do you need to know if you’re considering TCM to correct what ails you?