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6 things people who go to Burning Man have in common

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This weekend, over 70,000 people will descend on Black Rock Desert, Nevada, to sweat, dance, and find themselves at Burning Man.

The 30-year-old counterculture gathering has become a go-to destination for the Silicon Valley elite, including Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and startup founders looking for capital and mentors.

Attendees may have more in common than just an affinity for tech. Location intelligence company Foursquare and its "lifelogging" spin-off app Swarm looked at location data from "burners" to figure out where they like to shop and get their grub. The company's data team used both visits from Foursquare and the background location awareness built into Swarm, which people can use to check in and win free stuff. 

Not all burners use Foursquare or Swarm, so the results aren't completely representative of everyone who attends the event. However, the techie spirit of the festival (Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk once said "Burning Man is Silicon Valley") makes the data worth checking out.

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Burning Man attendees are 12 times more likely to visit Blue Bottle Coffee than the average Foursquare user.

The venture capital-backed, high-end coffee retailer turned coffee into a religion with its vintage brewing machines and artisanal roasts. It's a favorite among the Silicon Valley elite, and companies from Warby Parker to Ideo allegedly drink it in-house.



Burners like to catch dinner and a show at the famous Alamo Drafthouse.

Burning Man attendees are nine times more likely to go to Alamo Drafthouse, a destination arthouse movie theater chain where guests snack on popcorn topped with truffle parmesan butter and wash it down with local craft beer.

 



They get stuff done at WeWork.

Burners are six times more likely to visit or work out of a WeWork location. The $16 billion company rents office space to startups, but these are no ordinary digs: The suped-up coworking spaces feature chic décor and benefits like community events and free food.



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Bruno Mars was the wedding singer at Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s wedding

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The Silicon Valley and music industry elite gathered on Saturday at gorgeous Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy to celebrate the wedding of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek to Sofia Levander.

Ek posted this photo on Facebook of the bride and groom.

Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg were in attendance.  

"Many people know Daniel as one of the great European entrepreneurs -- the founder of Spotify. I know him as a great friend and dedicated father," Zuck said in a tribute posted to Facebook.

The woman who knows everyone, Brooke Hammerling, founder of BrewPR, was also there, calling Ek her "#brotherfromanothermother. "

Never been more proud. He's married!!! #brotherfromanothermother #comochic

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Hammerling also posted a photo of Bruno Mars performing at the reception with the caption "When the wedding singer is Bruno Mars."

When the wedding singer is Bruno Mars. #comochic #what

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As part of the celebration, donations were being collected for the charity Pencils of Promise, too. That's a project close to the heart of Shakil Khan, head of special projects at Spotify, but perhaps better known for his heavy angel investing (including in Spotify) and his advisor role at many startups.

Pencils of Promise, which builds school in under privileged countries like Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos, raised $7,350 in donations in honor of the Ek's wedding.

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PHOTOS: Kids around the world reveal their favorite toys

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If you want to understand the world, look at how people live. Toys are a good place to start.

Dollar Street, a soon-to-launch project from the Gapminder Foundation, went into hundreds of homes at different income levels around the world to photograph people’s possessions. It makes clear a few things:

—Some people have very, very little.

—People at similar income levels lead similar lives, a sign that economics matter more than culture.

—People at all income levels have a lot number of similarities too. Among them: toys.

"It's striking to see how similar our lives are," Gapminder co-founder Anna Rosling Rönnlund told Business Insider. "It makes the world less scary to see that most people struggle with everyday business most of the time and they are not so exotic and it's not so scary."

With Dollar Street's official launch coming soon, check out some favorite toys around the world.

In an Indian home living on $29/month per adult, the favorite toy is a plastic bottle.



In a Burundian home living on $29/month per adult, the favorite toy is dried maize.



In a Zimbabwean home living on $34/month per adult, the favorite toy is a home-made ball.



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30 life skills every functioning adult should master

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Life is funny.

No one gets a handbook upon turning 18, complete with all the rules they'll need to memorize and competencies they'll need to acquire.

You're just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out, and you shouldn't wear a fuzzy orange sweater to a job interview. And while those may seem more obvious, others such as "managing up" — the strategy of gaining your boss' trust by helping them achieve their goals — are even more subtle, valuable behaviors.

We've put together our own handbook of sorts, which lists many skills you'll need to survive as an adult in the modern world. 

It's based on the Quora thread "What are some of the most useful skills to know?" as well as scientific research and expert opinion.

We can't promise we've outlined every skill you might need, but if you've mastered these, you're off to a good start:

 30 life skills

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Survivor of the Anders Breivik terror attack in Norway re-lives how the killer looked him in the eye

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As Anders Breivik conducted his act of terror on the usually-picturesque Norwegian island of Utøya, methodically slaughtering 69 people and injuring dozens more at the hands of his shotgun, 20-year-old Bjørn Ihler lay low on the far southern tip of the island and somehow struck up a conversation about Christmas.

On the morning of July 22, 2011, Ihler had slept in. He only arrived to the island the night before and stayed up all night catching up with old friends.

The island played host to Norwegian Labour Party-affiliated Worker's Youth League summer camp and Ihler had travelled over from England, where he was studying theatre at Liverpool University, to "learn something about how politics was going in Norway," he told Business Insider.

That grey and rainy afternoon, he crawled out of his tent, ate some waffles for late breakfast, and trundled over to a meeting about education policy in the island's main venue.

Right after the meeting, the entire island was instructed to gather in the main venue, where they were informed there had been an explosion in Oslo, the Norwegian capital.

Only later would they discover that the van blast had been carried out by far-right terrorist Breivik, who, dressed in a homemade police uniform and carrying fake ID, would later calmly board a ferry to Utøya to carry out the shooting spree that saw so many of those attending the meeting that day lose their lives.

Ihler and his friends quickly brought up images of what was taking place in Oslo on their smartphones.

"It looked like downtown Manhattan during 9/11," Ihler said. "It was surreal to see my home town and the area I had grown up and spent my teenage years in that state."

In a bleak twist of irony, the islanders were instructed to stay on Utøya, rather than attempt to travel to Oslo that day, as that was considered the safest thing to do.

As they awaited further news about the explosion, the islanders began passing around mobile phones so the group could check if their loved ones had been caught up in the blast.

Ihler, who throughout our conversation has an almost superhuman ability to look on the positive side, said: "Luckily, all the family members of the people on the island were safe. It was the middle of the summer and nobody was working anyway. It was quite late Friday afternoon and the summer vacation so timing-wise were were very lucky: instead of eight people dying it would have been thousands."



The center of Utøya resembles the crater of a volcano. The camping area sits at the lowest point, surrounded by hills. After the meeting, Ihler headed there with his friends.

It was then that they heard "loud popping sounds."

"It sounded like somebody playing with fire crackers or something like that," Ihler said. "We were a little anxious but we just thought that someone was trying to mess with us."

A man dressed in dark clothes appeared at the top of the hill. Relieved, some of the people in the camping area ran towards him. Breivik picked them off with his shotgun.

Ihler performed a 180-degree turn and ran towards the woods with a friend, eventually emerging on the track that surrounds the perimeter of the island.

They snuck across the island and stumbled into an 8-year-old boy. Many people ran past him, but Ihler and his friend picked him up and took him to their next place of shelter, low on the ground.

The boy wanted to run off to look for his father, who was a security guard on the island, but Ihler stayed on top of him to protect him and prevent the boy from walking into clear danger. The boy would find out later his father was one of the first to be shot in Breivik's attack.

After an hour, the sound of gun shots drew closer. The trio took to the woods again and stumbled across another young boy, a 9-year-old who also the son of a security guard. The trio became a four and they emerged from woods back to the island's track.



Ihler was stunned by what he saw. A pile of corpses lay on the ground, among them were faces of some of the friends he had been chatting with hours before.

A sound blared from the heap of dead bodies. It was the ring tone of a mobile phone.

"That's when I knew how serious it was," Ihler said. "That hit me hard. That was a a loved one who wouldn't be able to speak to someone again."

Ihler wasn't given any more time to stop and ponder. The gun shots were getting closer. They had to run again.

The two men and two boys ended up on the southern tip of the island, climbing over the rocks that sloped out in the freezing sea water. From there Ihler describes seeing boats, helicopters, and looking out to the mainland to see the longest line of emergency vehicles he had ever seen.

"At this point, we thought we might have been saved," Ihler said.



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Fitbit just gave 2 of its most popular products a makeover

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The long-awaited successors to two popular Fitbit wristbands have finally arrived, and it looks like the company is remaking its best-selling device to be more like a smartwatch.

On August 29, the health and fitness wearables company announced the Charge 2 and its kid-sister device, the Flex 2. Both devices bring exciting new features that may help recapture customers who have switched to the trending Pebble and Jawbone products.

The Fitbit Charge 2 harmonizes form and function like few fitness trackers before it. Fitbit made the display four times larger, making it easier to read and allowing for more in-depth notifications, like text messages and calendar reminders. A thinner, stylish band is now interchangeable, so users can accessorize for work, workouts, and nights out.

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The company is most definitely doubling down on its play for the smartwatch market with the Charge 2. While that's good news for its rivalry with Pebble — whose Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 not only display notifications, but have a built-in microphone so users can respond — it makes some products in the Fitbit line-up more redundant.

The Fitbit Surge tracks steps, activity, GPS, sleep, and heart rate throughout the day, plus lets a user play music from their phone. The Fitbit Blaze does most of those things, but in color.

Fortunately, two new fitness features help set the Charge 2 apart. A meditation app called Relax guides users through a two- to five-minute guided breathing exercise. Animations on the display and vibrations cue the user when to inhale and exhale.

The other new feature answers a question that almost everyone wants to know but is too scared to ask: "Am I in shape?" The Cardio Fitness Level app calculates a personalized score based on user profile, resting heart rate, and exercise data, and offers guidance on how to improve.

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Fitbit also hit the reset button on the Flex, its ultra-slim, minimalist design tracker. The Fitbit Flex 2 is 30% smaller and features a removable tracker that users can pop into other bands, available in sweat-resistant plastics, stainless steel, and 22 karat-plated gold or rose gold.

Swimmers can now wear the Flex 2 into the pool, and land-dwellers don't have to remove the device before showering. It will track swims, including laps, duration, and calories burned.

Not much else has changed. The Flex 2 blinks color-coded lights that mean different things. Blue means you have a text message. Green shows progress toward your fitness goal, and so on.

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I've been alternately wearing the Charge 2 and Flex 2 for the past couple of days, and one of my favorite new features is the Reminders to Move. In settings, I programmed the device to buzz if it's 10 minutes before the hour and I haven't walked 250 steps yet. The little nudges give me an excuse to get up and fill my water cup or take a lap around the office every hour.

The Charge 2 and Flex 2 are stunning devices. Anyone waffling between a Fitbit and Pebble device will likely enjoy taking home the former.

But they show that Fitbit is only catching up to what's out there, rather than edging innovation in wearables forward.

The Charge 2 will cost $149, while the Flex 2 will set consumers back $99. Both are available for preorder on Monday and will hit stores this fall.

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The 22 colleges that have students with the highest SAT scores

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Business Insider recently released its annual list of the best colleges in America, emphasizing schools with high graduation rates and early-career earnings, rather than focusing solely on glamour statistics, like reputation and selectivity.

But that's not to say that the caliber of the students doesn't play an important role in what makes a school great. So we expanded our ranking to the top-100 schools in the country and filtered our data, the most recent available from the Department of Education, to find which colleges boast students with the highest average SAT scores. For schools that traditionally accept the ACT, those scores have been translated to the equivalent SAT score. 

With an average score of 1534, CalTech topped the list, jumping 40 spots from its ranking on the main list. University of Chicago and MIT followed, moving up 21 and 3 spots, respectively, from their positions on the original ranking. Read on to see the full list of the schools with the highest SAT scores in the US. 

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22. Brown University

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Average SAT score: 1425

Brown students have the freedom to personalize their liberal-arts course study, a practice the school calls "open curriculum." Brown was founded in 1764 on the then-unprecedented idea of accepting students regardless of religion. It was also the first Ivy League school to establish an undergraduate engineering program in 1847.

 



21. Tufts University

Location: Medford, Massachusetts

Average SAT score: 1428

Tufts University is made up of three undergraduate schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Students have the option to choose from about 150 majors and minors and participate in one or more of Tuft's 341 student organizations. In the Experimental College, students go beyond the typical classroom environment, taking courses such as "Circus and Society" or "American Witches."



20. Carnegie Mellon University

Location: Pittsburgh 

Average SAT score: 1432

Located in the heart of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University carries on the traditions of Scottish founder and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Besides academic excellence, that also includes Pipes and Drums, a bagpipe-only band, and Kiltie Band, a quirky marching band that dons kilts for every performance. The school is also known for its top-notch engineering program, and offers majors in everything from chemical engineering to engineering and public policy.  

 



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The 23 best colleges in the Northeast

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One of the biggest decisions someone can make is where they go to college. That's why Business Insider recently released its annual list of 50 best colleges in America.

But there's also another factor that's important when it comes to choosing a school: location. So we narrowed the list down to shine a light on the best colleges the Northeast has to offer.

For the ranking, we decided to shy away from a school's reputation and selectivity and focused on the overall college experience for students and how well-prepared they are for the future. We looked at data made available by the government for post-graduate earnings as well as graduation rate. We then looked to Niche, a company that compiles research on schools, to find information about the student-life experience at each school. You can read more about the methodology here.

Scroll down to find out the 23 best schools in the Northeast.

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23. Villanova University

Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $73,700

Average SAT score: 1316

Student life score: B+

Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian university located west of Philadelphia. Inspired by the tagline, “Ignite change. Go Nova,” students are encouraged to take part in helping the community outside the classroom — students provide nearly 250,000 hours of community service annually. The school also offers 45 majors among its four colleges and the student-faculty ratio is 12:1, which allows undergraduates to really get to know their professors.



22. Babson College

Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $85,500

Average SAT score: 1258

Student life score: B+

A leader in entrepreneurial education, Babson College equips students with the skills to innovate, experiment, and lead in the business world and beyond. The private college has produced numerous successful entrepreneurs in its nearly 100-year history, including Arthur Blank, the cofounder and former president of Home Depot who is the eponym of the college's on-campus entrepreneurship hub.



21. Hamilton College

Location: Clinton, New York

Median salary 10 years after enrolling: $57,300

Average SAT score: 1384

Student life score: A

Hamilton College takes its name from founding father Alexander Hamilton, who served as one of the school's original trustees in 1793 when he was the US secretary of the Treasury. More than 200 years later, Hamilton is still going strong: One year after graduation, at least 91% of the class of 2014 had secured a full-time job or internship or were enrolled in graduate school. For those who entered the workforce, employers included companies such as General Electric, Amazon, and The New York Times.



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An abandoned 130-year-old skyscraper is now Manhattan's newest luxury hotel

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The Beekman Hotel opened last week in Manhattan's Financial District after more than two years of renovation. And it looks gorgeous.

The nine-floor building, originally constructed in 1883, was one of the first skyscrapers built in Manhattan and features an open atrium in the center, with a pyramidal skylight at the top. It's connected to a 10-story annex that was built in 1890.

According to The New York Times, the building housed law offices in the Victorian era and was called Temple Court. Many renovation plans for the property were considered, but a developer was finally confirmed in 2014.

Now the space is an elegant hotel fitted with a bar, restaurant, and updated rooms that complement the hotel's classic-looking lobby and atrium.

Take a look inside:

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Before the renovation, the top floors of the building were empty, decaying, and decrepit.

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The building became a landmark in 1998, but sat empty from 2001 until construction on the hotel project began, according to New York magazine.

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The atrium now has a spacious seating area. It gives every floor a great view of the property.

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Tech billionaire Sean Parker reportedly just bought a third adjacent townhouse in New York City

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In what appears to be another move towards a megamansion, Sean Parker has bought a third townhouse on West 10th Street in New York City, The New York Post reported.

The new addition is directly adjacent to two other townhouses Parker already owns — one, a $20 million carriage house commonly called "Bacchus House," and the other a $16.5 million home next door.

According to The Post, the most recently purchased home was being renovated in preparation for being listed for sale. It was reportedly set to be listed with Compass for $22 million, but Parker purchased it before the listing was public.

If Parker is indeed planning to combine the three homes into one mansion, he'll have to get the plans approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. If the recent experience of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and Stryker Corporation heir Jon Stryker is any indication, that won't necessarily be an easy task. 

Parker was Facebook's first president and founded Napster, Plaxo, and Brigade Media. He also previously served as a partner at Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Parker's net worth has been estimated to be about $2.4 billion. 

Parker did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment.

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September is the best month

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It's time to put this argument to rest once and for all: September is the best month of the year. 

First, let's run down the definitive ranking of months from best to worst:

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • May
  • June
  • January
  • July 
  • August
  • April
  • February
  • March

As is clear in the ranking, autumn is the best season. 

Not only does the weather in autumn provide a sampling of each of the year's best offerings — a little heat in September, morning frost in October, a pleasantly warm day in November, a satisfyingly cold afternoon in December — but the year's best holidays also highlight the season. 

Thanksgiving is the best holiday.

Christmas is the second-best holiday, though mostly because it is broadly acceptable to take most of the time between December 24 and January 2 off from work. 

Autumn also represents the best working conditions of the year. People come back to school and work from summer breaks refreshed and ready to be productive. Many companies begin eyeing their year-end results and kick into gear for a "fall sprint" into the fourth quarter. 

And while some may argue this enhanced productivity is a result of having taken the summer to recharge — thus potentially bolstering a case for summer being the best season — most of this boost comes from pent-up energy that lies dormant during the dull summer months. Boredom is the motivating factor during the autumn push to be more productive.

On to the rest of the list: May and June provide the bit of summer you're actually looking for. By the time February and March have crushed your spirit, May and June provide more daylight, slightly warmer temperatures, new clothes and sneakers. 

May, unfortunately, means wicked allergies for many in the Northeast, however.

But a redeeming quality for May is Memorial Day, providing a much-needed three-day weekend and marking the unofficial beginning of summer. For many US states, May also marks the end of the school year.

June often provides just enough heat to get you leaving the house without a light jacket or the need for contingent clothing options, which is among the most tiring features of the February-through-April push. 

By the end of June, however, the tyranny of summer is plain to see. The worst is yet to come.

January's ranking as the seventh-best month is likely to upset some observers who parrot the standard, "There's nothing to see after Christmas routine."

But January gives us two holidays — New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every four years we get a presidential inauguration. In many years, January is the first time meaningful snowfall makes its way to the DC-Boston corridor, an event much-anticipated by residents and much-derided by non-resident Twitter users.

There's something for everyone. Winter lasting three-plus months is a cruel joke. January, however, provides the right sampling of the season's offerings. 

Which brings us to summer. 

For all of the hand-wringing you're apt to see about the end of summer being sad, the reality is that summer does not live up to the hype.

Summer is too hot. Major summer activities — taking vacation, watching baseball, eating ice cream, watching fireworks, going to air-conditioned movie theaters — are all overrated. 

Summer is fun for about two weeks after the school year ends — in June — and when the corporate world moves into a lower gear. Almost right after this period (read: your first outdoor happy hour), however, it's obvious why we work hard and go to school: There's just not much else to do with our time. 

July and August, as the prime summer months, represent the brunt of this grind. They are oppressively hot months. They are boring months. They are long months (back-to-back 31-day months). They are bad months. Plain and simple.

April, if only for the slightly-better-than-March weather and the longer days, ranks above February and March. But the latter two, the true grind-it-out days of winter, are terrible months. March features no holidays. February features just one. (Though President's Day sometimes does not represent a day off work). 

As for fake holidays, February and March have the year's two worst: Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day, respectively.

Valentine's Day provides the illusion of a chance for bad partners to make up for their shortcomings and think it's OK. St. Patrick's Day is a mess. 

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This chart shows why Princeton really is better than Harvard

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Business Insider's 2016 list of the best colleges in America named Princeton University the top school in the country, followed by Harvard University. The Ivy League schools, founded in the 18th and 17th centuries, respectively, are two of the most highly regarded universities in the world, but they offer much more than just prestige.

They each provide a quality education and graduate students on time at high rates, they set graduates up to earn well-paying jobs early in their career, and they provide a memorable and enjoyable campus experience that instills pride and loyalty for decades to come.

So is it really possible to determine which is better? Check out the graphic below to see how the schools stack up.

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The 6 best items on Chipotle's secret menu

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If you want to mix things up at Chipotle, you could always try the "burritodilla:" a burrito-quesadilla hybrid.

The burritodilla is one of many offbeat items you can order from Chipotle's secret menu. The foods don't technically exist in Chipotle's training manual, but enough customers have asked for them that most employees now know how to prepare them.

Don't be shy when ordering these options — the chain has trained its employees to make whatever the customer wants (within reason), Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold tells Business Insider.

Here are the six best items on Chipotle's secret menu.

 

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Double-wrapped burrito: A burrito with two tortillas.

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Two warm tortillas are stacked on top of each other, and burrito filling is added. Then it's rolled up with both tortillas, making the exterior extra thick.



Nachos: Chips with cheese and meat.

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A bag of chips are dumped into a bowl and topped with cheese, your choice of meat, sour cream, and whatever else you'd like to add. (It's like a burrito bowl, but with a layer of chips on the bottom).



Burritodilla: A quesadilla with burrito fillings.

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A tortilla is sprinkled with a handful of cheese and topped with half the amount of beans, meat, rice, and sour cream as a normal burrito would have — plus a little more cheese. Then it's put it in the warmer for a few minutes.



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Men are replacing their briefcases with a bag once thought to be only for women

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It seems that the days of men bringing in stiff leather briefcases to their offices are gone — and they might never come back.

At first replaced by messenger bags and backpacks, the briefcase now has a new challenger that's rising to be the ultimate carry-all for men who can't fit everything in their pockets.

Enter the humble tote. Once thought of as merely a beach bag or something to use for Sunday shopping, the tote has grown into an acceptable fashion accessory. In fact, many female consumers have gravitated towards the easy and cheap tote, and away from pricey designer handbags.

Now, for similar reasons, men are taking note of the tote's broad appeal.

Sales for men's tote bags have risen 11% in the last year, and sales for men's bags in general have also gone up by double digits, as NPD Group told The New York Times.

The men's bag market is now estimated to be worth about $2.3 billion.

"Male or female, consumers are carrying a lot of things around with them," Marshal Cohen, NPD Group's chief industry analyst, told The Times.

Keys, wallet, gum, subway pass, phone, headphones, book — it's all too much, and guys are looking for a big enough place to stash them. The practicality, utilitarian design, and unisex appeal of the tote is making it look more and more like an attractive option. Brands like the sturdy Filson and the hip Herschel seem to be leading this trend, with designs that might appeal to masculine sensibilities.

Just don't call it a "murse."

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Here's the biggest mistake Chipotle makes with its burritos

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People love burritos. I love burritos. Who doesn't love burritos? In the US, that love mostly means Chipotle.

Chipotle

But here in New York City, there are dozens of burrito spots that are as good as — and often far better than — Chipotle. I'm not talking about fancy restaurants with Michelin stars.

I'm talking about places that do exactly the same thing that Chipotle does — fast meals at slightly-higher-than-fast-food prices — but much better than Chipotle. So-called fast-casual restaurants.

Eating at these burrito spots, you realize pretty quickly that Chipotle consistently makes the same mistake: treating the tortilla as a dump for food instead of a canvas for carefully laid out ingredients.

Put simply, Chipotle treats its bowls and its burritos identically, dumping ingredients into a pile in the center.

Chipotle portions

This results in an inconsistent, sloppy burrito-eating experience where one bite is all rice, another all beans, and a third results in something else entirely. Every bite is a surprise, and that's not a good thing. But what makes burritos so good is their combination of several delicious ingredients, all in one bite.

It's a disservice to customers and ingredients alike to put such little effort into the burrito-crafting process.

Thankfully, a local burrito shop named Dos Toros— 10 are scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn — does things right. Having eaten there a few hundred times across the past several years, I can attest: Dos Toros makes a mean burrito. It's the closest I've come to a California-style burrito in NYC.

Most importantly, it's a well prepared burrito instead of a slop of ingredients forced into a burrito-shaped object.

Here, look at this:

Dos Toros

It may sound like quibbling, but this one small change makes all the difference in the world in crafting a delicious, perfectly balanced burrito. 

Places like Dos Toros share a lot of similarities with Chipotle. A bunch of prepared ingredients are in a hot/cold prep area, waiting to be assembled.



Even the order of ingredient application is near identical. Like Chipotle, Dos Toros starts with rice and beans. But the similarities end there — look at how these beans and rice are laid out:



The rest of the ingredients are laid out in a similarly linear fashion. In this case, a generous portion of succulent, luscious carnitas is laid gingerly over the carefully placed foundation of rice and beans.



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7 mental tricks to stop worrying about what other people think

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Caring about what other people think of you is part of being a normal human being.

In fact, scientists in one study found that the reward center in people's brains was active when they were told that someone approved of their taste in music.

It's only a problem when you're consumed by worries about your reputation — when every decision about what to wear, who to hang out with, and even what career to pursue are based on the fear of looking stupid.

Unfortunately, this habit is hard to shake. To help you out, we consulted the Quora thread "How can I stop worrying about what other people think?" and highlighted the most compelling responses.

Read on to embrace the full experience of being yourself:

7 mental tricks stop worrying

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