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    queen elizabeth and kate middleton

    • Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are both 36 years old. Queen Elizabeth II was 36 in 1963.
    • Queen Elizabeth's life then looked a lot different than Middleton's and Markle's lives look today.
    • For example, Markle and fiancé Prince Harry don't yet have kids — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were already married for 15 years and expecting their fourth child.

    Being a member of the British royal family today is a drastically different job than it was half a century ago.

    Across the globe, people look at Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, both 36 years old, as the picture of elegance. People saw Queen Elizabeth II the same way in 1963, when she was 36 — but her lifestyle was rather more traditional. She'd been married for years, sported white gloves and pearls ... and definitely didn't use Instagram.

    Below, we highlighted the starkest contrasts between Middleton's and Markle's lives today and Queen Elizabeth's when she was their age.

    SEE ALSO: Meghan Markle's whirlwind romance is the opposite of Kate Middleton's 10-year courtship — and it shows how different their marriages will be

    At age 36, Queen Elizabeth had already been queen for 11 years. She was born into royalty: Her father was King George VI and her mother was Queen Elizabeth.

    Source: INSIDER, Associated Press

    Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, didn't come from royal blood. Middleton is still called the "Duchess of Cambridge," and Markle will likely be known as the "Duchess of Sussex" when she marries Prince Harry.

    Source: Business Insider

    At 36, Queen Elizabeth had been married to Prince Philip for 15 years.

    Source: INSIDER

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    Diani Kenya

    • Cities like London, Rome, and Paris have always attracted rich people in search of a pied-à-terre.
    • But Kenya, famous for its African safari, is one of the most popular second-home destinations for rich Africans. 
    • Increasingly, wealthy buyers from places like the UK, America, and Italy, are looking to buy vacation property in Kenya.  


    Kenya is often recognized as one of the best and most beautiful travel destinations for African safari in the world.

    Kenya's 19 game reserves and vast Indian Ocean coastline drew more than 1.4 million tourists to the country last year, many of whom were visiting from other parts of Africa.

    But some of the wealthiest tourists aren't just one-time visitors; they're actually buying property there, according to a new report from Knight Frank, a London-based real estate consultant.

    Kenya is among the top-five most popular second home locations for the wealthiest people in Africa. While the market for beachfront vacation homes is, at present, dominated by rich families from Nairobi, about 4% of the global high-net-worth population has interest in owning a home in Kenya, according to Knight Frank research.

    Brits represent the largest group of potential buyers interested in Kenyan property, followed by 16% of wealthy South Africans, and 11% of Spanish, Mauritian, and Americans.

    Below, take a look at what is drawing the world's wealthiest people to Kenya.

    SEE ALSO: In each of the top 10 richest places in the world, residents have a combined wealth of at least $1 trillion

    DON'T MISS: 10 luxury hotels around the world that are frequented by the ultra rich

    Nairobi is a melting pot and a regional hub for the technology and hotel industries, but many visitors are eager to spend time outside the bustling city.

    Source: Knight Frank

    Coastal areas and countryside regions in Kenya are popular spots for vacationers.

    Kenya's tourist season last about 40 weeks out of the year, one of the longest of any beach locale. Plus, there's no typhoon season or extreme weather conditions.

    Source: Knight Frank

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    • Bill Hader helped bring to life the voice of "Star Wars" favorite BB-8.
    • "The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams had Hader speak in a talk box while he used an effects app to come up with the voice BB-8 uses. 
    • Hader did not do any BB-8 voice work on "The Last Jedi," and he doesn't know if he's getting residuals for the work he did on "The Force Awakens."

    Bill Hader is known for his characters while doing eight seasons of "Saturday Night Live," playing the lovable leading man in "Trainwreck," and his voice work on everything from "South Park" to "Inside Out." 

    But he also helped bring to life one of the most memorable characters of the current "Star Wars" trilogy: BB-8. 

    It's a highlight in his filmography Hader is shy to discuss because, he said, "Anybody could do what I did."

    While making "The Force Awakens," director J.J. Abrams called on Hader to voice the droid (previously, Abrams had actor Ben Schwartz come in to do an English-language dub of the droid).

    "That is J.J. Abrams being a really nice guy," Hader told Business Insider while promoting his upcoming series on HBO, "Barry" (airing March 25). "That's him saying, 'I know you like "Star Wars," do you want to come and do this?'"

    BB8 Jordan Strauss APHader said he tried to come up with a voice for BB-8, but it wasn't working. He left and felt he blew his chance at being a part of the saga. Then the actor said Abrams called him back again, "I mean, there were billboards already out for the movie," said Hader in describing how close it was to the movie opening when he got the second call.

    This time, Hader spoke into a talk box while Abrams messed with an effects app on his iPhone and out of that came the basis for the BB-8 voice and it put Hader into "Star Wars" lore.

    "I mean, I'm signing BB-8 pictures now," Hader said.

    But is he getting residual checks from it? 

    Hader said that he did not take part in any of the work that went into BB-8 for "The Last Jedi," but he does have a credit on "The Force Awakens." Actors receive yearly payments when movies begin getting sold on Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, or begin to air on TV (actors in television series get residuals when the shows are sold to syndication).

    Will Hader get that sweet Disney money for years to come?

    "That's a good question, I should ask my business manager," Hader said with a laugh. "You're finding out how bad I am at this. If my dad reads this he would lose his sh--. 'You gotta know how much f---ing money you have, you moron!'"

    Processing it all for a moment, all Hader could answer was, "I mean, I would hope so." 

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    Abraham Lincoln

    • This Presidents' Day, Americans celebrate the legacy of the United States presidency.

    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents of all time.

    • Lincoln's daily work routine reflects his intense work ethic.

    Abraham Lincoln is widely considered America's greatest president.

    Monday, February 12, marks the 209th anniversary of his birth. Born on the Kentucky frontier, Lincoln would grow up to lead America through one of its bloodiest conflicts. He cleared the path for the abolition of slavery, preserved the Union, revolutionized the federal government, and lost his life in the process.

    And the US certainly hasn't forgotten his legacy. Since 1948, there have been 18 major surveys that asked American scholars to rank the presidents. Lincoln came in first in 10 of those surveys — and claimed second or third place in the other eight. That means that Abraham Lincoln took the top spot more than the other 42 presidents featured in the rankings. CBS reported that former US President Barack Obama also listed Lincoln has his all-time favorite president.

    But what was everyday life like for Lincoln in the White House? As it turns out, the president's typical routine reflected his singular commitment to his work.

    Here's a look at Lincoln's daily schedule:

    SEE ALSO: A look at the daily routine of John Adams, who woke before dawn, walked 5 miles at a time, and drank hard cider at breakfast

    DON'T MISS: A look at the daily routine of Thomas Jefferson, who rose early, drank coffee, and wrote a lot

    DON'T FORGET: A look at the daily routine of James Madison, who owned 4,000 books, was too embarrassed to be seen without a hat, and drank up to a pint of whiskey a day

    Lincoln typically woke up around 7 a.m. He'd work for an hour before breakfast, and sometimes headed out into the early morning to grab a newspaper from a newsboy.

    Source: "Lincoln's Last Months," "Abraham Lincoln: A Biography"

    First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln knew that her husband often simply forgot about meals. She'd sometimes invite guests to eat breakfast with the family, in order to ensure the president would remember to come.

    Source: "Lincoln's Last Months," "Abraham Lincoln: A Biography"

    Lincoln typically took a simple breakfast: eggs, toast, and coffee.

    Source: "Lincoln's Last Months," "Abraham Lincoln: A Biography"

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    washington dc memorials climate change

    The world's oceans levels are rising at faster and faster rates as waters warm and ice sheets melt.

    Researchers, led by University of Colorado-Boulder professor Steve Nerem, looked at satellite data dating back to 1993 to track the rise of sea levels.

    Their findings, published in the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that sea levels aren't just rising — that rise has been accelerating over the last 25 years.

    Even small increases can have devastating consequences, according to climateexperts. If the worst climate-change predictions come true, coastal cities in the US will be devastated by flooding and greater exposure to storm surges by the year 2100.

    Research group Climate Central has created a plug-in for Google Earth that illustrates how catastrophic an "extreme" sea-level rise scenario would be if the flooding happened today, based on projections in a 2017 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.

    You can install the plug-in (directions here) and see what might become of major US cities.

    SEE ALSO: 37 incredible drone photos from across the globe that would be illegal today

    In a worst case scenario, flooding caused by polar melting and ice-sheet collapses could cause a sea level rise of 10 to 12 feet by 2100, NOAA reported in January 2017.

    Here's Washington, DC today. The famed Potomac River runs through it.

    And here's what Washington, DC, might look like in the year 2100 — as seen on Climate Central's plug-in for Google Earth. Ocean water causes the river to overflow.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Nordstrom exterior

    All jobs have their highs and lows. 

    Nordstrom has a great reputation when it comes to their employee's happiness and overall workplace culture. In fact, the retailer has made the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For List for 20 consecutive years in a row. 

    Still, day to day life as a retail associate can be challenging. During my three year tenure at Nordstrom, I learned many valuable lessons and experienced some shocking customers.

    Here's what it's really like to work at Nordstrom:  

    SEE ALSO: We visited Walmart in India — and it's shockingly different from what you'll see in America

    Employees are driven to extremes for commission checks

    Nordstrom employees are paid a commission of all the sales they make — and it sometimes brings out an ugly competitiveness amongst floor associates. Many employees aggressively court customers in pricey departments of the store in hopes of hooking a customer and their commission before other colleagues. 

    If you don't reach your sales goals you run the risk of being demoted or fired

    Nordstrom sets daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals that all employees are expected to meet. When managers suspect an employee may be missing their marks, they set up mandatory mini-training sessions on how they can better approach his or her sales. 

    Pressure to perform has led some Nordstrom associates to go rogue

    In the past, employees looking to steal their co-workers sales and commission glory have attempted to reverse payment transactions. Once a previous transaction is reversed, the rogue associate can personally ring the customer up a second time and receive credit for the purchase. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Walmart India

    INDIA — Walmart stores in India may not look like anything out of the ordinary from the outside, but the interior of the stores couldn't be more different from U.S. counterparts.

    Indian Walmart stores have strict membership rules, locally sourced fruits and vegetables and sacks instead of shopping bags. 

    All of these differences have been incorporated by Walmart managers to appeal to foreign customers — and it has become the key to their success abroad.

    Here's a look at what it is like to shop at Walmart in India.

    SEE ALSO: We compared grocery shopping at stores in the US and the UK — and it was shockingly clear which country does it better

    The first Walmart in India opened in 2009.

    Locally known as Best Price, the stores may look similar to their counterparts in the US, but they operate quite differently.

    Walmart in India has adapted to the demands of its customers by providing items based on their needs.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan (L) presents then, president-elect Bill Clinton (R) with a jar of jelly beans during Clinton's visit to Reagan's office in Los Angeles in this November 27, 1992

    It's not easy to join the President's Club, but once you do, only few can understand the effect it has on you.

    That might explain why former presidents have a bond that seems to transcend politics.

    From formal events, to galas, fundraisers, and funerals — presidents stay within the same circle and see each other throughout the course of their lives.  

    In honor of President's Day, we've rounded up the best photos of former US presidents enjoying each other's company.

    SEE ALSO: What Donald Trump and other US presidents looked like when they were young

    Former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter joined each other on stage at the opening of a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas, in October, 2017.

    Obama, Bush and Clinton posed during the first round foursomes match of The President's Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey in September, 2017.

    Bill Clinton and George W. Bush shared a moment after Bush gave Clinton advice on how to be a grandfather, during an onstage conversation at a Presidential Leadership Scholars event at the Newseum in Washington, September of 2014.

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    i, tonya

    • Only 6% of BAFTA — or British Academy Film Awards — have been non-white.
    • That's according to a new report from business psychology firm Pearn Kandola.
    • This year, all nominees for Best leading actress are white.

    94% of all BAFTA film award nominees have been white, according to a new report.

    The analysis, conducted by business psychology firm Pearn Kandola, also revealed that 92% of nominees for "Best Supporting Actor" and "Best Supporting Actress" have been white.

    The firm looked at 11 of the glitzy award show's key categories to produce the analysis ahead of Sunday night's 71st BAFTAs — or British Academy Film Awards — happening at London's Royal Albert Hall.

    The categories analysed were Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Rising Star, Best Director, Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, and The BAFTA Fellowship.

    The analysis found that only five BAME (Black and minority ethnic) males have ever been nominated for the "Best Leading Actor" award, and just six BAME females for "Best Leading Actress."

    Further, the research also showed that all BAME actors who have won at the BAFTAs were in roles that "could only have been played by someone for an ethnic minority background." For Best Leading Actor, this includes Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi), Ray Charles (Ray), Idi Amin (The Last King of Scotland), Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave), and Dith Pran (The Killing Fields).

    South Asian and Latino/Hispanic actors are also underrepresented, according to the report, being nominated for Best Leading Actor just three and five times respectively, while no East Asian actor has every been nominated. The same applies for Best Leading Actress, with Latina/Hispanic and East Asian women each getting only one nomination over time, while South Asian women have only been nominated twice.

    Professor Binna Kandola OBE, Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Pearn Kandola, said: "This analysis clearly illustrates the lack of diversity in the BAFTA awards.

    "It’s true that times are changing, and we must recognise the fact that many of the successful BAME candidates were nominated for their respective awards in the more recent part of the BAFTAs' extensive history. Despite this, the fact that even in this year's awards, nominees from BAME backgrounds are overwhelmingly outnumbered by their white counterparts, suggests that there is still a great deal of progress to be made."

    When Business Insider reached out to BAFTA for comment, a spokesperson said: "As an industry we have a long way to go to achieve a level playing field in all areas of diversity.

    "As a leading player in our industry BAFTA is committed to driving change. We work hard to ensure that our policies and practices across all of our activity enable us to be open, accessible and inclusive. In recent years we have seen those changes start to take effect. We are continuing to address the challenge of encouraging inclusivity while maintaining BAFTA’s standards for excellence.

    "One of the ways we are addressing this is by implementing the BFI Diversity Standards within our awards criteria for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut from 2019."

    You can see the full list of this year's nominations here.

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    DON'T MISS: These are all of the 2018 BAFTA nominations

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    F2018_TOB_TA001 The EE British Academy Film Awards

    • The 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) will take place on Sunday February 18 in London.
    • The guests at the Royal Albert Hall will be served a three-course meal, spirits, wine, and Champagne.
    • You can see the full menu below.

    Award shows are known for their glitz and glamour and fabulous food, drink, and goody bags. The BAFTAs — or British Academy Film Awards — are no exception.

    The 71st BAFTAs is happening on Sunday, February 18 at London's Royal Albert Hall, and the attendees — set to include the likes of Margot Robbie, Angelina Jolie, Hugh Grant — are in for a treat.

    The organisers shared the menu for the evening with Business Insider after showcasing the food and drink offering at an event called "A Taste of BAFTA" earlier this month.

    The three-course menu was designed by Grosvenor House’s Executive Chef Nigel Boschetti and Anton Manganaro, Head Chef at the BAFTA's HQ in Piccadilly.

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    Here's everything celebrities will be served at the BAFTAs:


    Celeriac cream and apple jelly served with pickled celeriac and apple, golden raisins, seeded crackers, and toasted hazelnuts.


    Main course

    Lamb cutlet and slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, roast garlic and thyme jus, potato gratin, kale, heritage carrots.

    main course

    Vegetarian main course

    Sweet potato, pan-fried bok choy, ginger and coriander parcel, coconut, mango and chili salsa, basil sauce.

    Dessert by Hotel Chocolat

    76% Supermilk Nicaragua Chuno Pebble, Sesame and Nigella Seed Brittle, Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache.



    The official spirit of the awards is Rémy Martin Cognac...

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    The wine is Villa Maria...

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    ...And, of course, there will be Champagne — guests can expect to be served Taittinger.

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    The EE British Academy Film Awards will be broadcast on BBC One at 9 p.m. on Sunday February 18.

    For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit

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    A German skeleton racer, Anna Fernstaedt, jumps for joy on her bed

    Athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have all had to work hard.

    Qualification for the Olympic games requires years of dedication, training, and skill.

    So it might be easy to assume that while competitors are preparing for an event they adhere to a strict diet, work out in the gym, and go to bed early.

    But some athletes like to let loose.

    This involves eating churros, playing elaborate pranks on each other, and riding makeshift bobsleds down hallways inside the Olympic village.

    Business Insider has collected photographs from Getty, Instagram, and Twitter to shine a light on how some competitors at the Winter Olympics have been spending their downtime.

    Scroll down to find out.

    SEE ALSO: The world's first ski tournament for robots was held near the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — and the pictures are incredible

    DON'T MISS: A pair of gold medal winning Canadian figure skaters toned down their 'raunchy' routine because it was like a 'porno'

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    Athletes tend to hang out at the Olympic village in Pyeongchang. Some nations send delegations so large they take up multiple floors within the high-rise apartment blocks. North Korea, for instance, has three floors reserved but the competitors are "separated from other nations."


    Before athletes check-in, they might sign this "Truce Wall." One of the themes of every Olympics is peace — and that is not lost on athletes. Here, three American lugers (Emily Sweeney, Erin Hamlin, and Summer Britcher) pose in front of peace symbols that were originally designated for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

    Once inside, athletes can get together and hang out in the apartments, much like members of the Australian Olympic team are doing right here.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech free 2x1

    • Silicon Valley parents can see firsthand, either through living or working in the Bay Area, that technology is potentially harmful to kids.
    • Many parents are now restricting, or outright banning, screen time for their children.
    • The trend follows a long-standing practice among high-level tech executives who have set limits for their own children for years.

    It's 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut.

    Shahi and Koduri's two kids, 10-year-old Saurav and 12-year-old Roshni, have already been dropped off at school, likely immersed in one of the Google Chromebooks they were issued at the start of the year.

    The Koduris' life is that of the quintessential Silicon Valley family, except for one thing. The technology developed by Koduri and Shahi's employers is all but banned at the family's home.

    koduri family

    There are no video game systems inside the Koduri household, and neither child has their own cell phone yet. Saurav and Roshni can play games on their parents' phones, but only for 10 minutes per week. (There are no limits to using the family's vast library of board games.) Awhile back the family bought an iPad 2, but for the last five years it's lived on the highest shelf in a linen closet.

    "We know at some point they will need to get their own phones," Koduri, 44, told Business Insider. "But we are prolonging it as long as possible."

    'The difference is, they don't think of themselves as dangerous'

    Koduri and Shahi represent a new kind of Silicon Valley parent. Instead of tricking out their homes with all the latest technology, many of today's parents working or living in the tech world are limiting — and sometimes outright banning — how much screen time their kids get.

    The approach stems from parents seeing firsthand, either through their job, or simply by living in the Bay Area — a region home to the most valuable tech companies on Earth — how much time and effort goes into making digital technology irresistible.

    A 2017 survey conducted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation found among 907 Silicon Valley parents that despite high confidence in technology's benefits, many parents now have serious concerns about tech's impact on kids' psychological and social development.

    "You can't put your face in a device and expect to develop a long-term attention span," Taewoo Kim, chief AI engineer at the machine-learning startup One Smart Lab, told Business Insider. A practicing Buddhist, Kim is teaching his nieces and nephews, ages 4 to 11, to meditate and appreciate screen-free games and puzzles. Once a year he takes them on tech-free silent retreats at nearby Buddhist temples.

    Former employees at major tech companies, some of them high-level executives, have gone public to condemn the companies' intense focus on building addictive tech products. The discussions have triggered further research from the psychology community, all of which has gradually convinced many parents that a child's palm is no place for devices so potent.

    "The tech companies do know that the sooner you get kids, adolescents, or teenagers used to your platform, the easier it is to become a lifelong habit," Koduri told Business Insider. It's no coincidence, he said, that Google has made a push into schools with Google Docs, Google Sheets, and the learning management suite Google Classroom.

    Turning kids into loyal customers of unhealthy products isn't exactly a new strategy. Some estimates find that major tobacco companies spend nearly $9 billion a year, or $24 million a day, marketing their products in the hopes kids will use them for life. The same principle helps explain why fast-food chains offer kids' meals: Brand loyalty is lucrative.

    "The difference [with Google] is they don't think of themselves as dangerous," Koduri said. "Google for sure thinks of themselves of 'Hey, we're the good guys. We're helping kids. We're helping classrooms.' And I'm sure Apple does as well. And I'm sure Microsoft does as well."


    In San Francisco, parents notice a 'malaise of scrolling'

    Erika Boissiere has little doubt that tech is poison to young brains.

    The 37-year-old mom of two in San Francisco works as a family therapist alongside her husband. She said they both make an effort to stay current with screen-time research, which, despite suffering a lack of long-term data, has nevertheless found a host of short-term consequences among teens and adolescents who are heavy users of tech. These include heightened risks for depression, anxiety, and, in extreme cases, suicide.

    Many of the fellow parents she and her husband talk to have said they notice an anti-tech sentiment, too. Just by living in the world's tech epicenter, the couple has front row seats to what Boissiere called a "malaise of scrolling."

    "We live on a pretty trafficked street," Boissiere told Business Insider. In the 15 years they've lived there, she's noticed "a noticeable shift that everybody is on their phones on the bus. It doesn't seem like someone's reading a Kindle, for example."

    San FranciscoBoissiere will go to great lengths to prevent her kids, 2-year-old Jack and 5-year-old Elise, from having even the most basic interactions with technology. She and her husband haven't installed any TVs in the house, and they avoid all cell-phone use in the kids' presence — a strict policy the couple also requires of their 28-year-old nanny, who Boissiere said has been caught scrolling on the job.

    The couple has devised a strategy to help them stick to their policy. When the two of them get home from work, they each put their phone by the door. On most nights, they'll check the phones just once or twice before they go to bed, Boissiere said. Sometimes she'll break the rule, but more than once her kids have entered the room while she's mid-text, sending their mom fleeing into the nearest bathroom.

    Around 10:30 p.m., Boissiere and her husband get in bed and end the day with an episode of "Black Mirror" on their laptop: a dose of morbid reassurance that the anti-tech approach is for the best.

    Low-tech parenting has been a quiet staple among Silicon Valley moguls for years

    Silicon Valley's low- and anti-tech parents may seem overly cautious, but they actually follow longstanding practices of former and current tech giants like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook.

    In 2007, Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy attachment to a video game. Later it became family policy not to allow kids to have their own phones until they turned 14. Today, the average American child get their first phone around age 10.

    Jobs, the CEO of Apple until his death in 2012, revealed in a 2011 New York Times interview that he prohibited his kids from using the newly-released iPad. "We limit how much technology our kids use at home," Jobs told reporter Nick Bilton.

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    Even Cook, the current Apple CEO, said in January that he doesn't allow his nephew to join online social networks. The comment followed those of other tech luminaries, who have condemned social media as detrimental to society.

    Cook later conceded Apple products aren't meant for constant use.

    "I'm not a person that says we've achieved success if you're using it all the time," he said. "I don't subscribe to that at all."

    Kids aren't necessarily hooked for life

    A silver lining to constant tech use is that negative effects don't seem to be permanent.

    One of the more hopeful studies, and one often cited by psychologists, was published in 2014 in the peer-reviewed journal Computers in Human Behavior. It involved roughly 100 pre-teens, half of whom spent five days on a tech-free retreat engaged in activities like archery, hiking, and orienteering. The other half stayed home and served as the control.

    The tech companies do know that the sooner you get kids, adolescents, or teenagers used to your platform, the easier it is to become a lifelong habit.

     After just five days at the retreat, researchers saw huge gains in empathy levels among the participating kids. Those in the experimental group started scoring higher in their nonverbal emotional cues, more often smiling at another child's success or looking distressed if they witnessed a nasty fall.

    The researchers concluded: "The results of this study should introduce a much-needed societal conversation about the costs and benefits of the enormous amount of time children spend with screens, both inside and outside the classroom."

    Schools have started accommodating the anti-tech parent

    Not all parents who raise their kids low-tech strive to keep the same standards when it comes to education. Koduri's kids, for instance, share a Macbook Air for homework and use Google Chromebooks at school.

    But around Silicon Valley, a number of low-tech schools have popped up in an effort to reintroduce the basics. At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, a private school in Los Altos, California, kids use chalkboards and No. 2 pencils. Faculty don't introduce kids to screen-based devices until they reach the eighth grade.

    BrightworksAt Brightworks School, a K-12 private school in San Francisco, kids learn creativity by using power tools, dismantling radios, and attending classes in treehouses.

    Meanwhile, at many public schools, technology has become a guiding force, according to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles. In their 2017 book "Screen Schooled," the co-authors make the case that technology does far more harm than good, even when it's used to boost scores in reading and math.

    "It's interesting to think that in a modern public school, where kids are being required to use electronic devices like iPads, Steve Jobs's kids would be some of the only kids opted out," they wrote. (Jobs' children have finished school, so it's impossible to verify if that would have been true.)

    The apparent double standard still lingers, they argue. As the authors wrote, "What is it these wealthy tech executives know about their own products that their consumers don't?"

    Parents of older kids see changes across generations

    On the western edge of the San Francisco Bay, in San Mateo, tech entrepreneur Amy Pressman lives with her husband and two kids, 14-year-old Mia and 16-year-old Jacob. Her oldest child, 20-year-old Brian, is a sophomore in college. (Business Insider has changed each child's name at Pressman's request.)

    Though she no longer has control of what Brian does when he's away at school, at home Pressman is strict. There are no devices at the dinner table. After 10 p.m., kids must surrender their phones and leave them charging in the kitchen overnight. Weekly gaming is limited to five to seven hours a week.

    This world didn't exist when I was growing up.

    Like Koduri, who said he fondly remembers playing outside as a kid and raises his own kids with that upbringing in mind, Pressman longs to return to a more analog world.

    "Kids aren't going out and just playing in the street," Pressman, co-founder and president of the software company Medallia, told Business Insider. "My older son would have more of his friends come over and hang out than my younger children do."

    In the past few years, the family has gotten a lot better about spending time together, she said. Instead of family members coming home and installing themselves in separate rooms, eyes glued to devices, they now make use of season tickets to the theatre and keep an ongoing ranking of San Francisco's best ice cream shops.

    A couple years ago, Pressman planned a trip to Death Valley over a long weekend. The lack of USB charging ports and Wifi were two of the destination's main selling points.

    "The connectivity there was pretty abysmal," she said. "That was lovely."

    Daily restrictions are tough, but they may be worth it

    Pressman and other parents told Business Insider that it's often hard to strike a balance in limiting tech use, since kids quickly begin to feel left out of their peer group. The longer parents try to impose their restrictions, the more they fear they're essentially raising a well-adjusted outcast.

    "I've got no role model for how to deal with this world," Pressman said. "This world didn't exist when I was growing up, and the restrictions my parents put on TV use don't make sense in the world of technology when the computer is both your entertainment and your homework and your encyclopedia."

    video gamesMany parents who spoke to Business Insider said their best defense against tech addiction is to introduce replacement activities or find ways to use tech more productively. When California droughts wiped out Koduri's backyard, he filled the lot with cement and built a basketball court, which both of his kids and their friends use. When Pressman noticed her daughter taking an interest in computers, the two of them signed up to learn programming together.

    These parents hope they can teach their kids to enter adulthood with a healthy set of expectations for how to use — and, in certain cases, avoid — technology. Every so often, they said, a glimmer of hope shines through.

    In just the few years since Pressman began advocating for less tech use, her oldest son has started to see the value in cutting back on screens. A math major who prefers to use hardcover books, Brian told his mom he finds digital versions distracting.

    As Pressman recalled, the family was in the middle of a long road trip around Christmas last year when, out of nowhere, he surprised his mother with something few parents ever tire of hearing: an admission of error.

    "You know how you're always railing on social media, and I thought you were all wrong?" Pressman recalled Brian telling her, referring to her many tirades calling for "real" human interaction. "Well," he said, "I'm coming to think you're right."

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    China is home to more than 10% of the world's billionaires — and a whopping 94% of them are self-made, according to a new report from Wealth-X.

    Over the last several years, China's billionaire population has grown rapidly thanks to robust developments in tech, retail, and real estate. The average Chinese billionaire has a net worth of $2.7 billion.

    But since so many Chinese billionaires are relatively new to the 10-figure club, according to Wealth-X, "most are still in the wealth-creation rather than the wealth-preservation stage," and have far less liquid cash than their American and European counterparts.

    Below, meet the 10 richest Chinese billionaires, whose fortunes range from $14 billion to over $41 billion.

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    Jiehe Yan

    Net worth: $14.1 billion

    Company: Founder, China Pacific Construction Group

    Industry: Construction


    Zhidong Zhang

    Net worth: $15 billion

    Company: Advisor, Tencent Holdings 

    Industry: Media/Entertainment 

    Jun Lei

    Net worth: $15.1 billion

    Company: Chairman, Xiaomi 

    Industry: Electronics


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    This week in Florida is the Miami Yacht Show,  which showcases over 500 boats and yachts across 1.2 million square feet. 

    One of the most luxurious of these yachts is the Fraser Perini Navi Grace E, which costs about $92 million to buy, according to Fraser's website. Spanning a length of more than 200 feet, the superyacht has seven staterooms and an entire wellness deck complete with a spa and gym.

    Keep scrolling for a closer look inside the luxury yacht:


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    Built by Perini Navi, the Grace E superyacht measures about 240 feet long, and is priced at a whopping $91,931,000.

    It has three enormous outer decks, each accessible by a private elevator.

    The uppermost deck has its own jacuzzi and an outdoor bar.

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    • Walt Disney World employees are all referred to as "cast members."

    • This includes everyone from the costumed character performers to the ride operators to the people working in retail.

    • The park also reflects a show business-like environment by requiring cast members to stay "in character" while in the presence of guests.

    Walt Disney World has a rep for being the "most magical place on Earth."

    But what's it really like to be one of the people responsible for making the magic happen?

    Walt Disney World employs 70,000 "cast members"— the term the company uses to refer to all employees. They all help to run a world-famous park that attracted a record 68 million visitors to Orlando in 2016, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

    It's fair to say that these thousands of cast members come to learn a number of secrets about the park that the rest of us tourists might miss.

    Business Insider spoke with former Disney College Cast program attendee and "Devin Earns Her Ears: My Secret Walt Disney World Cast Member Diary" author Devin Melendy, Susan Veness, author of "The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World" series, and Mike Fox, author of "The Hidden Secrets & Stories of Walt Disney World" and founder of the site

    Here's what they had to say about the secrets of working at Walt Disney World:

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    You learn quickly that it's all about the guests

    The guest experience is everything at Disney. That's drilled into you from day one. Melendy said that, even though her job consisted of working in retail in Frontierland, she was encouraged not to stand behind the register whenever possible.

    Instead, cast members are directed to spread some magic by passing out stickers, fast passes, birthday pins, and free bags and shirts.

    "Instilled within the company is this deep commitment to the guest experience," Fox said. "So it always impresses me, especially at the cast member level, the training that goes into helping these folks to provide that superior experience and to see it out on stage and see it executed."

    Name tags are an absolute must — even if you're using an alias

    Melendy said it's considered "bad show" for a cast members to not wear a name tag. But if you lose your tag, no worries. There's a whole stockpile of gender neutral names like Chris, Sam, and Pat to choose from.

    "I lost my first name tag, so I was Chris from New York for two weeks while I waited for my new one," she said.

    If you want to play a Disney character, you'd better be good at charades

    Melendy said she tried out to become a costumed character, but ultimately didn't make the cut. She said that these performers must go through layers of auditions and costume fittings in order to land the role.

    People who are good at improvising have a leg up. During the process, you're asked to pantomime activities, like making a sandwich and washing a dog.

    "You were supposed to make these gestures big and dramatic, because if you're in a costume you have to parlay what you're saying without saying anything," she said.

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    The Oscars are right around the corner!

    And if you're like us, there are a few movies you need to catch up on.

    Luckily a bunch of Oscar-nominated films are available to stream right now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO.

    We compiled a list of the ones you can stream for free provided you subscribe to each of these services. (We excluded movies that you had to pay a rental fee on.)

    They range from Netflix's sprawling and emotional epic "Mudbound," which was nominated for a slew of Academy Awards including best original screenplay; to "The Big Sick," which you can stream on Amazon Prime and is one of the best rom-coms in recent memory. There are also a ton of documentaries.

    Here's the list of eight Oscar-nominated movies you can stream on Netflix right now (and a few more on Amazon or HBO):

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    1. "Mudbound" — best adapted screenplay, best supporting actress, best original song, best cinematography

    Available on Netflix.

    Netflix description: "Two Mississippi families -- one black, one white -- confront the brutal realities of prejudice, farming and friendship in a divided World War II era."

    2. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" — best visual effects

    Available on Netflix.

    Netflix description: "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2. The ragtag, wisecracking band of miscreants known as the Guardians of the Galaxy return to unravel the mystery of Peter "Star Lord" Quill's origins. "Guardians Vol2" introduces new Marvel Universe characters, including Stakar Ogord, played by Sylvester Stallone."

    3. "The Boss Baby" — best animated feature

    Available on Netflix.

    Netflix description: "A kid finds himself at the center of a sinister corporate plot when his parents bring home a baby who only talks business when they're not around."

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    • When she was 24 years old, Caroline Walsh started having disturbing symptoms, like forgetfulness and sudden behavior changes.
    • Doctors incorrectly diagnosed her several times before she was properly diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis, a disease in which the body attacks itself and targets the brain.
    • New research suggests the disease may affect up to 90,000 people each year.

    There's a blank year in 26-year-old Caroline Walsh's once-spotless memory.

    She's pieced parts together from stories her friends have told her and a collection of photos on Facebook. But she cannot remember the day it all began — when her father found her in the middle of a seizure, her body writhing on the floor. She also can't remember waking up with her hands tied to a hospital bed, begging her sister to help her escape, or the next day when she proclaimed she was the Zac Brown Band.

    Instead, Walsh's first recollection of that time is of a recovery room filled with family and flowers. By then, her doctors had diagnosed her with a mysterious disease called autoimmune encephalitis, or AE. While there's lot we still don't know about the condition, experts believe it's part of a larger class of illnesses in which the body turns on itself. A new study from Mayo Clinic researchers suggests it's a lot more common that previously thought. In fact, AE may occur just as frequently as cases of regular encephalitis, the brain swelling caused by viral infections. If that's the case, it could be impacting roughly 90,000 people around the world every year.

    In Walsh's case, the disease attacked her brain, setting off a chain reaction of symptoms that mimicked those of other mental illnesses like depression and schizophrenia. If treated properly and early enough, people with AE can make a near-complete recovery. But if they go undiagnosed or land in a psychiatric ward, they can die.

    Something brewing

    A stroll down a real street called Memory Lane in London leads you to the London Institute of Psychiatry, where J.A.N. "Nick" Corsellis sliced into the brains of three corpses and found the first evidence of AE.

    Deep in the dense part of the brain called the limbic system, the normally lithe network of rubbery-smooth tissue had become puffy and inflamed. It was as if something had attacked it from within.

    Most of the people these brains once belonged to had been diagnosed with cancer, then seemed to make a full recovery. But their personalities began to change. A partner or friend was usually the first to notice an odd shift in their behavior — usually a progressive increase in forgetfulness, though others experienced a sudden bout of mania or depression. A 58-year old bus driver found himself waking up most days not knowing where he was.

    Corsellis saw inflammation in parts of the brain linked with memory and mood, but he couldn't explain what had caused the swelling that triggered the symptoms.

    "The first question to arise ... is whether the assertion of a connection between carcinoma [cancer] and 'limbic encephalitis' is now justified, even if it cannot be explained,” he wrote in a 1968 paper in the journal Brain. It was first time the condition was mentioned in a scientific journal.

    Walsh's symptoms became noticeable one day at work when she started repeating herself. She joked with a co-worker that she was coming down with early-onset Alzheimer's.

    "I was just getting very confused all the time,” Walsh said.

    The next week, more mysterious problems cropped up — Walsh had a knack for remembering names, but one day when she met up with some new friends, she introduced herself half a dozen times and struggled to commit anyone's name to memory.

    "They'd say it and then a couple minutes later I'd have no clue what their name was or what we were even talking about," she said.

    At the office the next day, things got worse. "My personality was just off. I thought it was work. I pulled my boss aside into a conference room and I started to cry, which was just not me," she said. When she wasn't feeling stressed and anxious, she felt depressed.

    "Something was just brewing, I could feel it," she said.

    When the body attacks itself

    Our immune system is our body's defense against the outside world.

    Most of the action is coordinated by white blood cells, which direct the lines of attack like football coaches, churning out antibodies that target the opponent for destruction.

    white blood cellBut sometimes the process can go awry. In generating an immune response against a virus or other disease, the body can wind up up attacking itself — such issues are known as autoimmune diseases.

    It's as if "some wires get crossed," Brenden Kelley, a neuroradiologist at Henry Ford hospital in Detroit who's part of the small community researching autoimmune encephalitis, told Business Insider last year.

    Sometimes, this abnormal response can be caused by a virus like the flu or a bacterial infection. Other times, certain types of cancer appear to be the source.

    "In picking targets that match the cancer, the body may also pick targets that match places in your body that don't have cancer," Kelley said.

    The Mayo Clinic's new study, published in February in the journal Annals of Neurology, suggests that cases of autoimmune encephalitis aren't nearly as rare as researchers once believed. By drawing on data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, a medical records database in Olmsted County, Minnesota, the researchers were able to estimate that roughly 1 million people across the globe had autoimmune encephalitis at some point in their life. Each year, roughly 90,000 people may develop AE, they estimated.

    "No prior studies evaluated this," Eoin Flanagan, the lead author on the paper and an autoimmune neurology specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement.

    Kelley, who is working on his own forthcoming study of the frequency of AE in young people, said his work echoes Flanagan's findings.

    "You can’t diagnose something you don’t know about, or that you don’t recognize," Kelley told Business Insider.

    Last summer, he published a study in the American Journal of Radiology to help radiologists like himself better diagnose and understand diseases like AE.

    Knee deep in the water

    Three months after Walsh first started noticing changes in her personality, she relocated to her childhood home outside of Boston, and saw two doctors who both incorrectly diagnosed her with the flu.

    Then one morning around 4 a.m., as her dad got ready for work, he heard a loud crash. He found his daughter on the ground, her limbs thrashing. He screamed her name, but she didn't respond.

    The most common cause of the type of seizure that Walsh had — known as a grand mal seizure (literally "great sickness" in French) — is epilepsy. Other causes can include extremely low blood sugar, high fever, and stroke.

    At the hospital, Walsh's doctors tested her extensively. But even lumbar punctures or "spinal taps" — how doctors first spot autoimmune encephalitis in many cases — didn't show enough characteristic markers of inflammation to draw a definite conclusion.

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    When Walsh's sister Alana arrived at the hospital, Caroline was lying motionless on her hospital bed under the harsh lighting. Her hands had been encased in heavily padded mitts that looked like boxing gloves, and were fastened to the railings on her bed to keep her from pulling out the IV tubes keeping her hydrated. She asked Alana to come closer so she could whisper something into her ear.

    "You have to fight 'em, you have to get me out of here," Caroline said, motioning her head towards the nurses as she eyed them suspiciously.

    When Alana asked her sister what she was talking about, Caroline explained that she'd been abducted while she was asleep and was now being held hostage at the hospital.

    A few hours later, after drifting into the sleepy, dazed state she was in for much of her hospital stay, she woke with a jolt and proclaimed she was the country singer the Zac Brown Band. She started belting out her favorite song of his, a catchy tune about taking a break from reality called "Knee Deep."

    "Gonna put the world away for a minute," she sang, getting louder with every verse. "Pretend I don't live in it."

    When her family couldn't stop Caroline's crooning, Alana got up and closed the doors to her room in an attempt to keep her from waking up everyone on the ward. Caroline continued.

    "Mind on a permanent vacation, the ocean is my only medication, wishin' my condition ain't ever gonna go away."

    Over the next week, Walsh proceeded to seize more than a hundred times. Alana recalls that nearly every time she sat down to talk with her, Caroline would seize half a dozen times. They weren't massive seizures like the one that had landed her in the hospital, but small, barely perceptible ones.

    "You'd know because her eyes would drift away and she'd stare in one spot, she was having little ones almost every minute," Alana said. "She was very shaky and confused; her heart rate was extremely high, and the doctors just seemed so confused by everything every time we talked to them."

    Eventually, the doctors decided to put Walsh in a medically-induced coma.

    Smoke from the fire

    In children, infections like strep throat appear to be a trigger of AE. Susan Schulman, a pediatrician in New York, told Business Insider last year that she had seen hundreds of cases of a related condition, called PANS (pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome), in her patients. Her first case, in 1998, was a five-year old girl from Brooklyn who flew into a panic about keeping special holiday clothes separate from her regular clothes.

    "She was driving her mother crazy," Schulman said last year. At first, she believed the girl had childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder, but medication made the child's symptoms worse. She later returned to Schulman's office with a nasty case of strep throat and strangely, after Schulman treated the strep with antibiotics, the OCD symptoms vanished.

    "I said you know what, that's odd," Schulman said.

    caroline walsh 3Around the same time, an NIH pediatrician named Susan Swedo published an article in the American Journal of Psychiatry describing 50 cases of a phenomenon she called "pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections." Schulman realized that the sudden psychiatric symptoms she had observed in her young patients — which ranged from OCD to rage and paranoia — were likely connected to their infections.

    "I see infection as the match that lights the autoimmune reaction. The inflammation is the fire; the symptoms you see is the smoke coming out of the fire," Schulman said.

    Autoimmune conditions that affect the brain only represent a fraction of all autoimmune diseases. Scientists have identified as many as 80 others, which range from type 1 diabetes, which develops when the body attacks its insulin-producing cells, to multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. More are being recognized each year.

    Through his research, Kelley hopes to find out what autoimmune diseases that affect the brain have in common so the team can figure out what causes them.

    "A lot of these conditions are variants on the same theme," he said.

    In Walsh's case, "these are people who tend to not have a lot of other medical problems and then all of a sudden they feel like they're going crazy, they're losing themselves," Kelley said. "It tends to be very clear that something's not right, but precisely what's going on can be difficult to piece together."

    Putting the pieces together

    When Walsh woke up in her hospital room, she wasn't sure why she was there.

    "I was like why are all these people in my room? Why is it decorated with all of these flowers?," she recalled.

    A day or so before, a specialist had diagnosed Walsh with autoimmune encephalitis and started her on a regimen of powerful steroids, now considered one of the best treatments for the disease. The drugs began to reduce the inflammation in her brain. The affected area was Walsh's hippocampus, the region responsible for making and storing memories.

    "I just remember I kept asking, 'What?' you know, 'Wait, why am I here?' and they would tell me, but I kept forgetting," she said.

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    The treatment for autoimmune encephalitis can vary based on the trigger, but timing is always key. If doctors treat whatever is triggering the condition, many people with the disease can go on to lead fairly normal, full lives.

    "It's a race against time in a way," Kelley said.

    In patients whose autoimmune encephalitis seems to be triggered by cancer (as opposed to Walsh’s, which may have been set off by the flu), the treatment focuses on treating or removing the cancer first. “When you remove the cancer, you remove the stimulus," Kelley said.

    As Walsh began to regain her ability to remember, she realized she'd have to re-learn a lot of basic things.

    "I remember going to get up to use the bathroom, and one of the nurses went to bring me a wheelchair and I was like, ‘Oh no I don't need that,'" Walsh said. "So then I just thought about standing and suddenly I just had no idea, I couldn't function to walk."

    She regained those skills over the next 10 days at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, the same place the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing were brought after the attack. There, Walsh re-learned how to put one foot in front of the other and how to hold a spoon.

    She now works part-time as a nanny and volunteers with Spaulding and the Boston Boys and Girls Club. Instead of going back to sales, she plans to work with children in some capacity. She recently attended a Spaulding fundraising event with her sister, Alana, where she bumped into the physical therapist who helped her walk in a straight line for the first time.

    "We were in our dresses and we were both dancing together," Walsh said, "and Alana was like, 'You know she taught you to walk again?'"


    This story was originally published in May 2017, and has been updated to include recent findings on the prevalence of autoimmune encephalitis.

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    Brooks Brothers

    • Brooks Brothers is America's oldest clothing brand, established in 1818.
    • Brooks Brothers was the first to sell "ready-to-wear" clothing for men, and the first US label to export its clothing internationally.
    • The brand has made its mark becoming the de facto menswear brand for celebrities, Wall Street executives, and US presidents.


    In 1818, at 46 years old, Henry Sands Brooks bid $15,250 at an auction and became the official owner of a building at Catherine and Cherry Streets in New York City. That building became the first storefront for Brooks Brothers — back then called "Brooks's New York City."

    The evolution of the brand, from a corner store to an internationally renowned and recognized name, is chronicled in the new book "Brooks Brothers: 200 Years of American Style." 

    Complete with accounts and quotes from the brand's current CEO, Claudio Del Vecchio, famous fashion designers, and style journalists, the book provides a 360-degree view of how Brooks Brothers was created and how it has stayed relevant.

    Brooks Brothers has been the leader of multiple major trends and disruptions within the textile industry. Their invention of the soft-collared button-down polo shirt — which was introduced in the 19th century — has been worn by everyone from Ivy League students to Andy Warhol. This new kind of shirt, at the time, got rid of the need for stiff detachable linen collars.

    Brooks Brothers also popularized seersucker in the 1920s and was the first brand to bring linen crash, shantung silk, and cotton cord into the US. But the brand isn't just for men.

    As early as 1910, women were borrowing styles, like the polo coat, from Brooks Brothers. According to Life magazine, in the 1940s, female college students from Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley were demanding the brand make women's fit clothing. In 1949, the brand finally introduced their first ever woman-fit polo shirt and has since greatly expanded their women's department. 

    Below, take a look at evolution of Brooks Brothers.  

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    During the 2017 presidential inauguration, both President Trump and former-president Barack Obama wore Brooks Brothers coats during their greeting.

    Today, actors such as Stephen Colbert, a long-time customer, continue to wear the brand. It's been featured in countless television shows such as Mad Men and Gossip Girl, and various movies.

    But before it became what it is today, Brooks Brothers went through several name changes after its founder Henry died in 1833. He left the Catherine Street shop and business with his five sons, who officially changed the name to Brooks Brothers.

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    Black Panther

    • "Black Panther" earned the best-ever opening weekend at the box office ever for February with $192 million over three days and $218.2 million over the four-day Presidents' Day weekend.
    • It's also the fifth-best opening ever for a three-day and four-day opening weekend, beating out 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

    It looks like everyone took a trip to Wakanda this weekend.

    Marvel's long-awaited release of "Black Panther" opened over the weekend and exceeded all domestic box office industry projections. It took in an estimated $192 million over three days and is looking to make $218.2 million by the end of Presidents' Day, according to

    That shattered the all-time February opening weekend held by "Deadpool" in 2016 ($132.4 million) and its four-day Presidents' Day holiday earning ($152 million).

    The $192 million three-day take is the fifth-best ever, passing "Avengers: Age of Ultron" ($191.2 million). For a four-day opening, the movie is fifth-best all-time, knocking out "Age of Ultron ($204.4 million).

    Playing on just over 4,000 screens, Disney gave "Black Panther" the "Star Wars" treatment in regards to blanketing the country with its latest release.

    After its Thursday preview screenings took in $25.2 million— the best-ever for February and second-best out of the Marvel franchise — the movie earned an astounding $75.8 million on Friday — the eighth-best Friday opening ever (passing 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," $75.7 million). Earning around $68 million on Saturday proved that "Black Panther" wasn't front-loaded.

    Black PantherBasically the movie industry got a taste of a summer blockbuster in February, a rarity but something that the movie theaters are ecstatic about.

    Not even Disney expected this kind of event feel that the movie has had on the country.

    From its record-breaking pre-ticket sales months leading up to this weekend and the critical reaction to the movie (97% on Rotten Tomatoes), director Ryan Coogler ("Creed") has brought to the screen a movie that isn't just a money-maker, but an important cultural moment as it gave the black community a long-awaited superhero movie they can call their own.

    And telling diverse stories won't end here for Disney.

    On March 9, they will be releasing "A Wrinkle in Time," the adaptation of the popular sci-fi novel by Madeleine L'Engle directed by Ava DuVernay ("Selma").

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    If you're looking for something entertaining and beautiful that'll also inform you, there's an incredible variety of science- and nature-focused documentaries and TV shows on Netflix right now.

    These films and series showcase the beauty of the planet, delve into the details of how food arrives on your plate, and explore the mysterious and alien underwater world in oceans around the globe.

    The downside to all of those options is that there's a lot to choose from. To make it easier, Business Insider reporters and editors have picked some of our favorites from Netflix' selection.

    Films come and go from the platform every month, but as of the date of publication, everything on our list should be available. We'll update the recommendations periodically to reflect currently available documentaries.

    Here are our favorites, in no particular order:

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    "Icarus" (2017)

    What it's about: In 2014, filmmaker and amateur cyclist Bryan Fogel contacted Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of the Moscow anti-doping center, for advice about how to get away with using performance-enhancing drugs. In 2015, Rodchenkov was implicated in state-sponsored doping efforts by the World Anti-Doping Agency. So he decided to flee Russia, travel to the US, and to reveal everything he knew about the widespread Russian doping program. 

    Why you should see it:  The film mixes crime, sport, international intrigue, and the science of manipulating human performance. It's both thrilling and disturbing — and is especially relevant given the recent ban on Russian athlets competing for their country in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Because of Rodchenkov's revelations, the world will never look at sports — the Olympics especially — the same way again. [Click to watch]

    "Cooked" (2016)

    What it's about: In this four-part docu-series, journalist and food expert Michael Pollan explores the evolutionary history of food and its preparation through the lens of the four essential elements: fire, water, air, and earth. 

    Why you should see it: Americans as a whole are cooking less and relying more on unhealthy, processed, and prepared foods. Pollan aims to bring viewers back to the kitchen by forging a meaningful connection to food and the joys of cooking. [Click to watch]

    "Blackfish" (2013)

    What it's about: This film highlights abuses in the sea park industry through the tale of Tilikum, an orca in captivity at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Tilikum has killed or been involved in the deaths of three people while living in the park. 

    Why you should see it: This documentary opens your eyes to the troubles of keeping wild animals in captivity through shocking footage and emotional interviews. It highlights the potential issues of animal cruelty and abuse involved with using highly intelligent animals as entertainment. Sea parks have historically made billions of dollars by keeping animals captive, often at the expense of the health and well-being of animals. This documentary played a huge role in convincing SeaWorld to stop their theatrical "Shamu" killer whale shows. [Click to watch]

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