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'The Hare Psychopathy Checklist': The test that will tell you if someone is a sociopath


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In August, Dr. Kevin Dutton of Oxford University ranked US president-elect Donald Trump as "above Adolf Hitler" on a standard scale used to measure potential psychopathy in adults, according to the science news site Phys.org (Hillary Clinton scored pretty highly, too).

That sounds like a cheap shot.

But Trump does display some of the symptoms clinicians look for when trying to diagnose psychopaths and sociopaths (many psychiatrists and criminologists use the terms interchangeably, but experts disagree on whether the two are meaningfully different). In fact, most people display some symptoms of psychopathy — superficiality, glibness, promiscuous sexual Behaviour, etc. — and that does not make you a psychopath.

In a political leader, a few psychopathic traits may not be a bad thing: Many of the traits we seek in leaders, such as fearlessness, dominant Behaviour, and immunity to stress, are found in psychopaths. Indeed, psychopaths are found in greater proportions among CEOs. Between 3% and 21% of CEOs are probably psychopaths, according to a study by Bond University psychologist Nathan Brooks. The background rate of psychopathy in the normal population is about 1%.

The standard screening test for potential psychopaths is the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. In the test, a clinician interviews a potential sociopath and scores them on 20 criteria, such as "promiscuous sexual Behavior" or "impulsivity." On each criterion, the subject is ranked on a 3-point scale: (0 = item does not apply, 1 = item applies somewhat, 2 = item definitely applies). The scores are summed to create a rank of zero to 40. Anyone who scores 30 and above is probably a psycho.

The test is supposed to be done by a professional psychologist but if you really want to take it yourself — or make a layperson's guess at Trump's psychological makeup — keep scrolling:

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1. Do you have "excess glibness" or superficial charm?

(Answer: For sociopaths, the answer to this question is yes.)

2. Do you have a grandiose sense of self-worth?

(Psychopaths do.)

3. Do you have an excess need for stimulation or proneness to boredom?

(Psychopaths can't endure periods of the doldrums.)

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How a guy who hated working in finance quit and built a startup that powers some of the hottest clubs and restaurants


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The idea for Joel Montaniel's startup stemmed from one simple reason: he really hated his job.

In 2009, Montaniel was working a finance job at Credit Suisse, putting in 120-hour weeks and spending up to three months at a time working until 4 a.m. every night. The brutal pace of his day job made it hard to have a social life, book vacations, or try out new restaurants and nightclubs.

"The challenge is, the nightclubs and restaurants that I wanted to go to, you had to know someone or you had to book very far in advance in order to go there," Montaniel told Business Insider. "In a world where you’re finding out whether you’re off or not at 8 o’clock, it made it fairly impossible to go do that."

Montaniel embarked on what would ultimately be the first iteration of his company: an OpenTable-like site for nightlife. The app allowed users to book reservations at nightclubs in advance and on the website's first day, 100,000 people visited the site. 

No one came back. The site, called Nightloop, "failed miserably."

"We made every mistake in the book," Montaniel said. "It’s easy to say that, but going through that experience was really tough. We had spent three years working on this on the side while we were working full-time jobs."

The problem, Montaniel said, is that it was more expensive to book reservations at nightclubs through the site, because club owners didn't know what type of clientele they'd be getting and charged more. 

Finding the pain points 

Montaniel knew he was on to something, he just needed to learn more about building technology. He took a job as the chief of staff to Robert LoCascio, CEO of New York-based software company LivePerson. There, Montaniel learned how to run a business, launch a product, and how to think about culture. Montaniel says that his two years at LivePerson served as a business school of sorts.

During his stint at LivePerson, Montaniel was doing something else on the side: working behind the host stand at nightclubs and restaurants around the city and getting to know the owners to try to understand what the industry really needed. 

The biggest pain points, he realized, were that most places were still using a pen and paper to take down reservations; bookings were coming in through multiple different channels, like email and text messages; and there was no centralized place to keep customer data. 

In 2011, Montaniel decided to launch SevenRooms, a digital platform built specifically for businesses in the hospitality industry that help them manage reservations and customer data, all in one place. 


A central hub

SevenRooms is an iPad app that serves as the central hub for front-of-house operations. While the company does serve as a platform for booking reservations, the main difference between SevenRooms and competitors like Resy or OpenTable is that SevenRooms stores extensive customer data.

iPhone_ResID ProfileA hostess or doorperson will be able to look up a customer's name on an iPad, then quickly find out information like what they ordered last time the visited, the price of bottles of wine they usually order, any food allergies they might have, and whether they're a VIP.  

Essentially, the company hopes to improve the customer's experience and eliminate awkward situations for the staff, like the dreaded "Don't you know who I am?" question. 

Another feature of the product that sets it apart, Montaniel says, is the ability for larger hotel, club, or restaurant chains to use that data across all of their properties.

SBE, which owns high-end properties in multiple cities like Hyde and Katsuya, is a client of SevenRooms. For customers that frequent a club in one city then visits a property in a different city, for example, the company can quickly pull up that customer's information and accommodate them in the same way. 

"We’re the thing that they log into every day to run their business," Montaniel said. 

The software costs businesses $495 per month per property, although there are add-ons a company can opt to purchase as well. 

SevenRooms is currently being used by more than 100 companies around the world. The startup has raised $6.3 million in funding from BoxGroup, and some less traditional investors from the hospitality industry, like Per Se's Thomas Keller, the Merinoff family, which owns a billion-dollar liquor distribution company, and the Handwerker family, which founded Nathan's Hot Dogs. The company says it plans to raise a Series B in 2017 to help "expand and accelerate" growth. 

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We asked a nutritionist how to enjoy Thanksgiving without worrying about weight gain, and she gave us these 11 tips


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Thanksgiving, for many, is the one time each year to gorge on foods that are part of tradition and family memories.

But it can also be a time people link with weight gain and stress. If you're looking to enjoy Thanksgiving but also eat healthy, we have some advice. We turned to Lisa Sasson, a New York University nutrition professor who's helped us with healthy eating tips in the past.

Here's your guide to making the healthiest — but still delicious — choices on Thanksgiving Day.

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Before you arrive, don't starve yourself.

It may seem like a good idea to save your appetite for the main event, but Sasson says it's important not to show up to the main Thanksgiving meal ravenous. When you're that hungry, your willpower tends to disappear, making it tough to avoid eating whatever's in sight.

Instead, Sasson suggested, eat a satisfying snack before heading over to Thanksgiving festivities. Nuts, cheese, yogurt, a salad with nuts or avocado, or eggs and toast are all good options for the morning before the meal.

To start, keep your appetizers light.

To counter getting stuffed on heavy appetizers, go for the lighter fare, such as fresh veggies, salads, chips and fresh salsa, or a vegetable-based soup like butternut squash soup.

Make sure your plate is colorful and full of veggies.

A good rule for filling up your plate at a buffet, says Sasson, is to keep it heavy on the vegetables. If you can, try to choose from an array of fresh, grilled, or roasted vegetables like beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower. Turkey can also be a healthy part of the Thanksgiving meal, but opt for meat with no skin.

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A short history of the 'turkey pardon,' the White House's weirdest Thanksgiving tradition


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Every year, before the President of the United States can sit down and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with his family, he must go through the odd tradition of "pardoning" the turkey that won't be eaten.

While the reason behind the tradition is still a bit of a mystery, the White House traces it all the way back to President Lincoln in 1863.

However, more than 100 years would pass until a president — John F. Kennedy — formally pardoned a turkey on the White House grounds. Below, a quick history of the odd White House tradition.

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As the story goes, Lincoln's son, Tad, may or may not have persuaded his father not to eat the turkey they purchased for Christmas dinner. They instead adopted it as a pet, naming the turkey Jack.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy received his Thanksgiving turkey from the Poultry and Egg National Board. He officially pardoned the bird by saying, "Let's keep him going," and it was the Washington Post who used the term "pardon" to cover the story.

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In 1967, the pardoning ceremony took place inside. Senator Everett Dirksen and representatives from the poultry industry and farm organizations presented a turkey to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here are 22 maps that explain America


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At Business Insider, we love maps. There is no better way to convey data about people and places than with a map.

To that end, we've put together 22 maps that explain various economic, social, demographic, and linguistic aspects of the United States of America. Check them out.

Rob Wile contributed to an earlier version of this post.

This map shows jobs that are held at a much higher rate in each state than in the country as a whole.

And here are jobs that pay much more in a state than they do in the country as a whole.

America's population is always dynamic. This map shows overall population change between 2014 and 2015, and the next few maps show the various components of that change.

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The turkey was never going to be the US national bird — here's the truth behind Thanksgiving lore


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As the story goes, when it came time to pick a national bird to represent the fledgling United States of America, Benjamin Franklin, statesman and scientist, had an unexpected favorite.

He was rooting for the turkey.

This is one of those historical stories that just sounds true. The idea of the elderly Franklin squabbling with his fellow Founding Fathers about birds is pretty funny. So is envisioning how weird American iconography would look if you replaced the eagle with a turkey.

However, like many weird and humorous historical anecdotes, it turns out that this tale isn't really true. In fact, as you can see on GreatSeal.com, Franklin's design proposal for the Great Seal doesn't even mention any feathered creatures. His proposal actually featured a scene from Exodus.

However, as Jimmy Stamp wrote for Smithsonian Magazine, this myth does have glimmers of truth.

The legend about Franklin's national bird proposal likely arose from his 1784 letter to his daughter, written a year and a half after the Great Seal was adopted.

In his note, he argues that the eagle on the seal looks like a turkey. The portion of the letter where he reflects upon the eagle's unsuitability is often taken out of context:

"For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly... I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey.

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America … He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

So, while Franklin may have had pro-turkey leanings, the idea that he pressed for the wattled, flightless bird to become our national symbol is simply untrue.

But, for the sake of civility and Turkey Day, consider holding back on correcting your relatives if they bring up this myth over Thanksgiving dinner — you don't want to start a fight.

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11 things you may not have known about Thanksgiving


TurkeyWe all know that the first Thanksgiving dinner took place when the Pilgrims celebrated a good harvest in the New World, and that the tryptophan in turkey isn't actually what makes you so sleepy. 

But did you know that there was a crisis in the late 1930s called "Franksgiving?" 

We rounded up 11 of the best facts about Thanksgiving, which might come in handy during those awkward silences at the family dinner table. 

Asta Thrastardottir contributed reporting on an earlier version of this article.


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1. There are three places in the US named Turkey.

Three small towns in America are named after the nation's favorite bird.

There is Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Louisiana, according to the US Census BureauTurkey, Texas, is the most populated, with 421 residents. 

There are also two townships in Pennsylvania called Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot.

2. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade used live animals from the Central Park Zoo.

The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York took place in 1914 when Macy's employees dressed in vibrant costumes and marched to the flagship store on 34th Street. 

The parade used floats instead of balloons, and it featured monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants, all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. It was also originally called the Macy's Christmas Parade, but was renamed the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927. 

3. "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song.

James Pierpoint composed the song in 1857 for children celebrating Thanksgiving. The title was "One Horse Open Sleigh," and it was such a hit that it was sung again at Christmas.

The song quickly became associated with the Christmas holiday season, and the title was officially changed in 1859, two years later.

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How Thanksgiving took the place of an awesome military celebration


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If you asked a New Yorker, or anyone from the Northeastern Seaboard for that matter, 150 years ago if they were excited for Thanksgiving you would have received a blank stare.

Instead, that individual would likely be quickly preparing for the major late-November holiday of the time: Evacuation Day. 

Prior to President Lincoln's establishment of Thanksgiving as an annual national holiday — a decision that followed the Union victory at Gettysburg in an attempt to foster national unity — Thanksgiving simply did not exist as a standard celebration.

States and communities within the Northeast celebrated the idea of giving thanks, but it was never a widespread national event linked to a certain day, as it is now.

Instead, November 25th was a day for national celebration for a vastly different reason.

On November 25, 1783 the last British troops withdrew from Manhattan, signaling the end of the Revolutionary War. 

Grant Stoddard, writing for Cafe, recounts the birth of Evacuation Day: 

Washington's triumphal entry into [Manhattan] was delayed as the last Union flags that still flew were torn down. British soldiers went to the pains of flying a Union flag in Battery Park and greasing the flagpole. (The spiteful lubrication was intended to make removing the flag exceptionally difficult and all but ensured that it would still be in view as their ships departed.)

But as soon as British vessels raised sail, patriots did their all to remove it and replace it with the Stars and Stripes. Wooden cleats were quickly cut and nailed into the pole. 

Despite the grease, Continental Army veteran John Van Arsdale managed to clamber up the pole and rip down the flag while the British were still in view of the harbor.

In retaliation, the British fired a single cannon towards crowds lining Staten Island, but the shot fell short. 

The celebration of Evacuation Day continued until the lead-up to World War I, as a secular feast featuring plentiful amounts of food and liquor. The completion of the holiday was a competitive reenactment of clambering up an oiled pole to rip down a British flag. 

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As relations with Britain warmed — and perhaps because the US and Britain were such close allies in World War I —  interest in Evacuation Day was quickly subsumed by Thanksgiving. 

But Evacuation Day should at least be brought back into the public conscience. Not because of any lingering ill will towards the British, of course. But rather because it's aa celebration, in properly unique fashion, of a newly established United States.

Along with the celebration of kicking out the British, Evacuation Day also serves as a poignant reminder that Americans died trying to free Manhattan from British rule — a place that's now the site of the US's greatest and most iconic city.

Over 10,000 Revolutionary soldiers and sailors perished aboard British prison ships in Brooklyn's Wallabout Bay (near the present-day Brooklyn Navy Yard) during the seven year British occupation of the city — a total that exceeds the number of soldiers killed in battles throughout the war. 

By celebrating Evacuation Day, the US can help remember these thousands of early American patriots, and commemorate the end of America's founding conflict.

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Here's a complete list of Black Friday store hours


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The holiday shopping season is upon us, with Black Friday just around the corner.

For those of you planning to hit the stores over the holiday, we have compiled a complete list of opening times on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Some retailers that are opening on Thanksgiving will remain open overnight.

Here's the complete list of retailers' holiday hours.

  • Belk: Open 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 1 a.m. on Black Friday. Will reopen 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
  • Big Lots: Open 7 a.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving. Will reopen 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Best Buy: Open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 1 a.m. on Black Friday. Will reopen 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Costco: Open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Dick's Sporting Goods: Open 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 2 a.m. on Black Friday. Will reopen 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Dollar General: Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Will reopen 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • GameStop: Open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • hhgregg: Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Home Depot: Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Black Friday.
  • JCPenney: Open 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Kmart: Open 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Kohl's: Open 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 12 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Lowe's: Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Macy's: Open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 2 a.m. on Black Friday. Will reopen 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Marshalls: Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Michaels: Open 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 12 a.m. on Black Friday. Will reopen 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Nordstrom: Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday
  • Office Depot/OfficeMax: Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Old Navy: Open 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 12 a.m. on Saturday.
  • PetSmart: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Sam's Club: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Sears: Open 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving. Will reopen 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Staples: Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Target: Open 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • T.J. Maxx: Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Toys R Us: Open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Victoria's Secret: Open 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Walmart: Open 6 p.m. Thanksgiving through Black Friday.

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14 things that are harder to get into than Harvard


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Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, school accepted just 5.2% of roughly 39,000 applications for its class of 2020. As Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust said in 2014, "We could fill our class twice over with valedictorians."

The school seeks out students who not only have high grades, but also have outstanding achievements under their belts — from overcoming homelessness to starting their own nonprofits. The students who manage to catch the attention of admissions officers overcome exceptional odds, but they should maintain some perspective.

Many things in life — like landing a job at some Wal-Mart locations — are harder to achieve than getting into that prestigious university.

Ben Winsor and Christina Sterbenz also contributed to this story.

A spot at one of New York City's top elementary schools

The elementary admissions process in New York City is utterly grueling. Among exemplary schools, one stands out as the gold-standard:Hunter College Elementary School.

Each year, Hunter chooses 25 girls and 25 boys from all of Manhattan to be admitted to its incoming kindergarten class.

They're hand-selected from a pool of about 2,500 applicants, according to the website Inside Schools. That makes the acceptance rate for Hunter 2%. 


A job as an NBC page

Landing an internship-like role in the National Broadcasting Company's page program is competitive to say the least. Famously, the character Kenneth Parcel was a page on 30 Rock.

For example, in 2016 there were 2,600 applicants for 120 positions, for a 4.6% acceptance rate.

The NBC page role is a year-long entry-level role where employees perform PR responsibilities among other tasks depending on their department.

A spot at an innovative startup college

College startup Minerva Schools has received 16,000 applications for 306 available places this year, the Financial Times reported.

Its model vastly differs from what four years of school at other prestigious colleges resemble. Students don't stay in one place during their four-year education.

They spend time in up to seven residence houses in San Francisco, California; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, South Korea; Bangalore, India; Istanbul, Turkey; and London, England.

At 1.9%, the acceptance rate for the unconventional college is far lower than at Stanford.

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These 15 features sell homes the fastest and at the best price (Z)


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It turns out homebuyers are really into barn doors.  

When Zillow looked at design features that sell homes at the best price and with the shortest listing time, that feature topped the list. 

Anything craftsman-style, like rectangular farmhouse sinks, also got homes off the market at a premium. 

Zillow Digs screened over 2 million listings for homes sold between January 2014 and March 2016 and looked for the keywords that had the best effect on how much more than the expected price and how much faster they sold.  

Here are the top 15 design features:

Outdoor kitchen

Percent of homes that sell for above expected values: 3.7%

How many days faster than expected the home sells: 19

Most common metro: Tampa, Florida

Tankless water heater

Percent of homes that sell for above expected values: 4%

How many days faster than expected the home sells: 43

Most common metro: Los Angeles, California


Percent of homes that sell for above expected values: 4.1%

How many days faster than expected the home sells: 46

Most common metro: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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15 hard truths about adulthood, from a 29-year-old illustrator who tells it like it is


In September 2015, Mari Andrew decided to start drawing a picture a day.

"I was sort of depressed and found myself going home just to watch Netflix way more often," Andrew told Business Insider in an email. "I wanted a creative hobby, so I thought illustrating would be an easy, enjoyable way to document little moments from my day."

She started posting her drawings to Instagram to hold herself accountable, and soon enough, she started building a following. Today, the 29-year-old has over 14,000 followers on her account, @bymariandrew.

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"Who knew so many people could relate to my dating woes and existential angst?" she said. "Now that my account is more public and a lot of people see it, my goal is for my audience to feel connected and understood. When you can laugh at the confusion and challenges in your life, you can get through them way more easily. So I try to give people a reason to laugh at themselves and realize that we're all in this together."

Below, see 15 of Andrew's all-too-relatable illustrations about everything from happiness to money to scheduling. For the rest, follow her on Twitter, Instagram, or check out her website.

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10 sad, sad facts about your Thanksgiving turkey


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Each Thanksgiving, we cut, tear, and rip apart roasted, glistening turkeys like it will be our last meal on Earth. And we love doing it.

For those of you eating turkey this Thanksgiving, there are some facts you should know, first. Facts about flying turkeys, frozen turkeys, and the sad secret of the lucky pardoned turkey that might not be so lucky.

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This $1,150 crib automatically calms crying babies back to sleep in minutes


New parents rejoice. An innovative baby sleeper aims to teach parents more about their infants and become a "member of the family." SNOO is billed as the world's smartest and safest baby bed. It was created by pediatrician Harvey Karp, engineered by MIT Media Lab trained engineers, and designed by Silicon Valley's own Yves Behar. SNOO creates white noise and motion to recreate the womb environment for newborns.

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14 science-backed answers to your biggest questions about wine



Going to any social gathering involving alcohol inevitably clues you in to who is the sommelier and who is the amateur.

And if the latter happens to fit your description, have no fear. Here's a handy guide to 14 of your slightly embarrassing and nerdy questions about wine that will increase your wine expertise.

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No way. When it comes to fears about high levels of arsenic in wine, you'd most likely have to drink more than 13 servings' worth to reach troubling levels.

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The price comes from a number of different factors – the type of grape, how long it's aged, etc. For the casual drinker, an inexpensive bottle could taste just as good if not better.

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You can thank tannins naturally occurring chemicals for that dry feeling you get in your mouth after a sip of red wine. They bind to proteins like the ones in saliva, which is what makes your mouth dry out.

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Here's what wine you should be drinking, according to how you take your coffee


The way you drink your coffee can say a lot about your preference for fragrance, aroma, body, and acidity. 

You can take those preferences and apply them to lots of other foods and drinks, including wine. 

We asked Paolo Meregalli, owner of popular New York restaurant Mulino a Vino, to give us his wine recommendations based on how different people take their morning coffee. 

Whether you like your coffee black, as an espresso, with a dose of sugar, or with a splash of milk, here are some wine styles to match your preferences.

Black Coffee 

Black CoffeeFor those who prefer black coffee, wines that have notes of spiciness, astringency, and acidity are the best choice.

Meregalli recommends Ruché, a red Italian grape variety that comes from the Piedmont region and has aromatic, dry, and fruity flavors. You could also try Cabernet Franc, known for its delectable spicy tones.

If those two don't fit the bill, sip on Beaujolais nouveau, a light and earthy variety made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France.


espresso and biscuitsWines that have high tannins and hearty flavors complement the thick texture and strong bitterness of an espresso.

Espresso connoisseurs will enjoy Chianti wines of Tuscany, Italy, which exhibit bold flavors like cherry and tobacco. They might also like Médoc wines, full-bodied reds packed with tastes of chocolate and violet. 

Marsanne wines produce scents of roasted nuts, pears, peaches, spices, and flowers.

Coffee with milk 


Drinking coffee with milk indicates a preference for softer flavors. Meregalli says to go for aged wines that are smooth but low in acidity.

These include Chardonnay, Amarone (a rich and dry red wine with very little acid), Cabernet Sauvignon (a full-bodied red wine wih dark fruit flavors), or a super Tuscan wine. These are red wines that come from Tuscany but may include non-indigenous grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

Coffee with sugar

Coffee with sugarNot surprisingly, drinking coffee with sugar points to a preference for sweetness.

Meregalli recommends looking for wines like Riesling, Moscato, and Zinfandel that are rich in fruit flavors.



Meregalli has a bonus recommendation for tea drinkers, and dry and savory elements are the key players.

Sauvignon Blanc, known for offering consistently fresh and bright flavors, and Sangiovese, crisp blends with flavors ranging from plum to oak, should be the go-to choices.

Talia Avakian contributed reporting on an earlier version of this story. 

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4 ways you can get ahold of Snapchat's new Spectacles, the sunglasses people are going crazy for


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There's a lot of hype around Snapchat's new Spectacles, a pair of smart glasses that records video of the world from your point of view. 

A lot of the buzz has been because the glasses are so hard to get. So far, Snapchat has only sold a few hundred from a traveling vending machine that pops up, with little notice, in different locations around the US. And there's only one retail location so far — meaning people are waiting hours in line to snag a pair during the limited store hours .

But if you're dying to get your hands on a pair of the sleek sunglasses, here are your four options for how to do it:

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Chase the Snapbot around the country.

This is the cheapest way to pick up a pair, but by far the hardest. 

Snapchat's parent company, Snap Inc., is only selling pairs through a machine called the Snapbot. 

The vending machine is placed in a new location about every 48 hours. A countdown will generally start on the Spectacles website 24 hours before the location is unveiled and there's no clues before then as to where it will drop.

So far, the Snapbot has made surprise appearances in Venice Beach, California; Big Sur, California; Catoosa, Oklahoma; and Santa Monica, California. Its most extreme location was at the bottom of the Grand Canyon — but people still bought helicopter tickets to snag a pair.

You're likely to be guessing blindly at where it will be, so keep an eye on its map as the countdown clock hits zero in case it winds up somewhere near you.

Visit the pop-up store in New York City through New Year's Eve (but be prepared to wait in line).

Called the "Bot House", the pop-up store in that Snap recently opened in New York City is the only one of its kind so far. Lines have wrapped around the block as people have waited hours for the sunglasses. The only thing inside the store is more room to wait in line and a single SnapBot machine for everyone to make their purchase. 

If you want to visit, Spectacles' temporary home is at 5 E 59th St across from the Apple store. The location is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on the weekends from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Be careful: The store is closed on holidays though so there's no chance of you picking up a pair on Christmas Eve (12/24) or Christmas Day (12/25).

Pay up on eBay.

Spectacles are a hot eBay item with many bids going into the high hundreds of dollars. If you want to just buy a pair now, the prices range from $900 to $4,500 for sealed and unsealed containers. 

One thing to note: Snap Inc. can't guarantee the authenticity of any pairs purchased outside a Snapbot, so be wary purchasing from a third party.

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