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This fast food chain you've probably never heard of is making a killing selling $8 burgers


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"Burgers shouldn't cost $3," the website for Super Duper Burgers proudly declares.

San Francisco's fast-food burger chain has garnered a cult following for its extra juicy, double-patty burgers that cost $8.50 with cheese. The company claims to source ingredients within miles of its restaurants.

Here's what it's like to eat at Super Duper Burgers, one of the the Bay Area's favorite fast food chains.

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You've probably never heard of Super Duper Burgers, but San Franciscans named the regional fast-food chain its "Tastiest Cheap Eat" in a 2016 Reader's Choice awards.

Source: 7x7

"Cheap" is relative. On a rainy weekday afternoon, I stopped by one of the chain's 10 locations in the Bay Area to find out if its famous $8 burger meets the hype.

The menu is pretty straightforward. There's a burger (that comes in two different sizes), a chicken sandwich, a veggie burger, and fries served plain or topped with garlic and cheese.

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The 50 best places to work in 2017, according to employees


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New you, new job?

If the coming change in calendar year has you itching to do something different, jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor has you covered with this year's Employees' Choice Awards, which features the 50 best places to work in 2017 across the US.

To find the companies with the most satisfied workers, Glassdoor scanned its massive database of company reviews and ratings from current and former employees.

Reviews include employees' opinions on some of the best reasons to work for their employer, any downsides, advice to management, and whether they'd recommend their employer to a friend, as well as ratings on how satisfied they are with their employer overall, their CEO, and key workplace attributes like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture, and values.

Based on employees' reviews, companies received overall ratings on a scale of one to five, with five representing the most satisfied employees. (Though Glassdoor's calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine final rank order, ratings displayed are limited to one decimal space.)

According to Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's community expert, employees love working at all of the companies that made the list, and many of these companies share some commonalities.

"We see employees talking favorably about working for companies with mission-driven company cultures, working for senior leaders who embrace and practice transparency, doing interesting work that has a greater impact, career growth opportunities, and competitive pay," he told Business Insider. "We also see employees at tech companies in particular talking about great perks they enjoy, including free meals, gyms on site, massages, free laundry services, and generous parental leave policies."

Scroll down to see the full list:

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50. Wegmans Food Markets

Score: 4.2

Wegmans Food Markets is a regional supermarket chain with stores in the mid-Atlantic and New England.

"Great employer that looks out for employees. Great benefits. Great pay. Easy to move up and advance." — Wegmans Food Markets service team leader (Charlottesville, Virginia)

49. Gensler

Score: 4.2

Gensler is an architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm.

"Fast-paced atmosphere with wonderful people who are eager to help teach younger staff. The benefits are great and you have access to a variety of great resources." — Gensler technical designer (Washington, DC)

48. QuikTrip

Score: 4.2

QuikTrip is a regional chain of convenience stores in the Midwest and South.

"Full benefits, excellent full-time weekly hours, set schedule, focused on employee growth and wellbeing. Charity- and donation-centered." — QuikTrip night assistant (Tucson, Arizona)

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14 surprising things you didn't know about Malaysia



Malaysia is one of Asia's hidden gems. 

The country is often overlooked — it lacks the economic prestige of its neighbor and former state Singapore, and it isn't a renowned tourism destination like two of its other neighbors, Thailand and Indonesia.

But take a closer look and you'll find a country with a rich history, fascinating people, and delicious food.

Here are some surprising things most people don't know about Malaysia:

It's one of the most diverse countries in Asia

About half of Malaysia's 31 million people are ethnically Malay, according to the latest figures from the CIA. Chinese people make up about 23% of the population and Indian people about 7%.

Another 12% is comprised of hundreds of indigenous groups, including native groups from Malaysia's two states on the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia.

Islam is Malaysia's official religion, and all Malays are Muslim by law. About 61% of the country is Muslim, with Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism comprising most of the rest of the population, according to the CIA.

Malaysia's diversity results in an unmistakable blend of religion, food, language, and culture.

Malaysia has affirmative action … for the majority race

Malaysia's history is rife with ethnic tension that influences its politics. 

A deadly race riot in 1969 led to the New Economic Policy, a government measure aimed at reducing inequalities between Malays and the richer Chinese class. It's a rare example of an affirmative action program that benefits the majority race.

Today, Malays have fewer barriers to getting into college, opening a business, and buying a house than their Chinese-Malaysian and Indian-Malaysian compatriots.

According to The Economist, 71% of Malaysians consider the affirmative action "obsolete" and wish to replace it with a "merit-based policy."

Nobody knows when the next election is

Unlike in the US, Malaysian elections are not scheduled for a particular day, and it's anyone's guess exactly when the next one will occur.

Malaysia's constitution mandates a federal election be held at least once every five years. But the prime minister can force an early election by dissolving the Parliament at any time, effectively controlling which day the election falls.

In 2013, the year of Malaysia's most recent election, many Malaysians feared Prime Minister Najib Razak would schedule the election on a holiday weekend, in an effort to repress turnout among supporters of the growing opposition coalition. That didn't end up being the case, although the ruling party still narrowly won in a contentious decision.

The same political coalition has ruled Malaysia since its independence in 1957.

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The 25 worst movies of 2016, according to critics


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As Hollywood is in the midst of another award season — when studios and publicists are hard at work touting the best movies of the year — deep in the bowels of the review aggregator Metacritic, you can find something different: the movies with the dishonor of getting the worst reviews of the year.

From blockbuster duds like "Independence Day: Resurgence" and "Warcraft" to indie misses like "Man Down" and "The Sea of Trees," plus the epically bad A-list romantic comedy "Mother's Day," there are some movies this year that the critics really, really didn’t like.

Here are the 25 worst-reviewed movies of 2016, as rated by critics' scores on Metacritic:

Note: Movies here are limited to those that had a theatrical release.

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25. "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

Metacritic score: 34/100

What a critic said: "I removed my eyeballs from my head as soon as I got back from 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' and cleaned them in a sink." — RogerEbert.com

24. "Ice Age: Collision Course"

Metacritic score: 34/100

What a critic said: "It's time to put this franchise on ice for good." — Time Out London

23. "Zoolander 2"

Metacritic score34/100

What a critic said:"The first film scored a few palpable hits, but the new one barely makes the effort." — The New Yorker

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The tightest race at the 2017 Oscars is best actress — here's who could win


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As we get deeper into award season, the picture of how Oscar night will turn out is getting clearer.

"La La Land" and its director Damien Chazelle are frontrunners in the best picture and best director categories. Casey Affleck, meanwhile, is the odds-on favorite to win best actor for his performance in the moving "Manchester by the Sea."

But best actress will likely keep people scrambling to guess until the big night.

The category has been famously tight in recent years. And this year performances by Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Amy Adams are all very strong, and anyone could win. Though they could be upset by the work of Taraji P. Henson or Isabelle Huppert. Or Meryl Streep could even swoop in and take down everyone, as she sometimes does.

Below are 10 actresses who all have a chance at being nominated and eventually winning best actress at the 2017 Academy Awards — and who we think has the best shot:

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Amy Adams, "Arrival"

Adams has been nominated for an Oscar five times in her career (four times in the supporting actress category), and her portrayal as a linguist who is brought on by the military to communicate with aliens is the kind of performance Oscar voters love. She plays a character who is strong and assertive, but also tender and heartbreaking. It could lead to her first Oscar, and she certainly deserves one.

Annette Bening, "20th Century Women"

Bening gives one of the best performances of her career as a chain-smoking mother in the late 1970s who is trying to cope with her son turning into a rebellious teen. Playing it with a comedic touch, she will make you laugh and cry.

Jessica Chastain, "Miss Sloane"

Chastain plays a no-nonsense lobbyist and shows why she's one of the best actresses of her generation. Eschewing all the usual cliches of the woman-in-a-man's-world movie, she plays a role that shines bright in our "nasty woman" era.

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After interviewing over 100 successful people, Tim Ferriss says a passage from a 1922 novel captures the approach every high performer takes


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Since starting his podcast in 2014, bestselling author Tim Ferriss has interviewed well over 100 highly successful people, from Navy SEALs to billionaire entrepreneurs.

He uses his interviews to pick apart the, as he puts it, "tactics, routines, and habits," that have brought these subjects to the tops of their fields. He's collected his favorite lessons from these discussions, along with a few new ones, in his book "Tools of Titans."

Ferriss recently stopped by Business Insider's New York office for a Facebook Live Q&A, and explained that there is a passage in Herman Hesse's 1922 novel "Siddhartha" that offers a suitable lens for all of the "tools" he shares in his book.

The novel "Siddhartha" tells the story of a young monk's quest for enlightenment (the Buddha narrative). Four of Ferriss' guests included in "Tools of Titans" said it was the book they most often gave as a gift to others, including renowned Silicon Valley investor Naval Ravikant.

siddharthaRavikant was the person to highlight for Ferriss the passage in which the protagonist is asked by a merchant how he can offer anything to the world if he has discarded all of his possessions. Siddhartha tells the merchant that, "Everyone gives what he has," and the merchant replies, "Very well, and what can you give? What have you learned that you can give?"

"I can think, I can wait, I can fast," Siddhartha says.

Ferriss said that this deceptively simple response is the foundation for all high performers. He explains in "Tools of Titans":

"I can think: Having good rules for decision-making, and having good questions you can ask yourself and others.

"I can wait: Being able to plan long-term, play the long game, and not mis-allocate your resources.

"I can fast: Being able to withstand difficulties and disaster. Training yourself to be uncommonly resilient and have a high pain tolerance."

"Those are three very, very powerful tools and they're very flexible," Ferriss told us.

Watch our full Facebook Live Q&A below.

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This is officially the best hotel suite in the world, complete with bulletproof windows and a private spa


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The Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan, Italy, hosts the most opulent hotel suite in the world, according to this year's World Travel Awards.

The Katara Suite, which has retained its title as the World's Leading Hotel Suite for a second year, is also the grandest when it comes to scale. At 11,000 square feet it is the largest hotel suite in Italy.

The WTA winners were chosen by a panel of experts in the travel industry, singling out the best resorts, destinations and airport lounges on the planet.

The sumptuous accommodation sleeps up to eight people, and is perfect for diplomats. It includes luxuries you might expect – such as a private terrace and opulent bedrooms – as well as some surprising bonuses, like bulletproof windows and a private spa.

Can't afford the £17,000-per-night room rate? Take a tour of the suite below.

The Katara Suite is one of the largest hotel rooms in Italy, and sleeps up to eight people.

It is approximately 11,000 square feet, making it Italy's largest hotel suite.

It costs £17,000 ($20,000) per night to stay in the palatial penthouse, which has everything from a 10-seater dining table to a private spa.

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The 10 best retail companies to work for in 2017, according to employees


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With traditionally lower wages and less than ample perks, the retail industry gets a bad rap as far as employers go.

In fact, Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's community expert, says that Glassdoor was surprised to see so many retail companies make this year's Employees' Choice Awards list.

To find the companies with the most satisfied workers, Glassdoor scanned its massive database of company reviews and ratings from current and former employees.

Based on employees' reviews, companies received overall ratings on a scale of one to five, with five representing the most satisfied employees. Though Glassdoor's calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine final rank order, ratings displayed are limited to one decimal space.

Based on Glassdoor's anonymous employee reviews, there are a few crucial things the most favorable retailers have been doing that makes them so beloved by their people.

"Employees love working at these companies, often citing great career opportunities, flexible work schedules, and competitive pay for this industry," Dobroski tells Business Insider.

Below are the 10 best retail companies to work for in 2017 and what employees say make them such a shining beacon for other retail companies:

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10. Wegmans Food Markets

Score: 4.2

Wegmans Food Markets is a regional supermarket chain with stores in the mid-Atlantic and New England.

"Great employer that looks out for employees. Great benefits. Great pay. Easy to move up and advance." — Wegmans Food Markets service team leader (Charlottesville, Virginia)

9. QuikTrip

Score: 4.2

QuikTrip is a regional chain of convenience stores in the Midwest and South.

"Full benefits, excellent full-time weekly hours, set schedule, focused on employee growth and wellbeing. Charity- and donation-centered." — QuikTrip night assistant (Tucson, Arizona)

8. Ikea

Score: 4.2

Ikea is a multinational group of companies that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories.

"Flexible, very friendly environment with coworkers. Great benefits including health and education assistance and holiday and social gatherings. Great environment for working moms." — Ikea shopkeeper (Detroit, Michigan)

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The best New York City restaurant for every type of cuisine


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No matter what type of food you're itching for, you can find it in New York City.

As part of its 2017 restaurant-survey results, released in October, Zagat compiled a list of the best restaurants in New York City for every type of cuisine.

From smoky barbecue to flavor-packed ramen to handmade falafel, there's a top-rated spot to curb every craving.

There were also a few repeats on the list this year, with Le Bernardin and Pearl Oyster Bar each making multiple appearances.

Food ratings are out of 5 on the Zagat scale.

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AMERICAN: Kingsley

190 Avenue B

Food: 4.8

It's nearly impossible to choose what to order at Kingsley, where the innovative dishes range from roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade to scallops doused in a roasted poblano sauce. 

The East Village spot also features a nine-course tasting menu that includes a selection of the chef's favorites for $125 a head. 

ASIAN: Asiate

80 Columbus Circle

Food: 4.6

Located in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Asiate wows guests with its top-notch pan-Asian fare, including dishes such as basted Hudson Valley foie gras, seared Icelandic cod, and homemade tagliatelle with white truffle butter.

It's on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, so it has stunning views of the surrounding NYC skyline.


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Food: 4.6

The flagship restaurant of Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's hospitality group, Wallsé serves refined Austrian cuisine that combines classic techniques with modern simplicity. Branch out with an unusual protein, such as snail ravioli or braised rabbit.

And leave room for dessert — the hot Salzburger Nockerl and chocolate Mozart Kugel are customer favorites.

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A Chinese billionaire-owned real estate firm is building a huge skyscraper in San Francisco


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Downtown San Francisco is home to a game of one-upping among real estate developers.

On December 8, city officials broke ground on yet another skyscraper in the city's hottest area for new construction. Oceanwide Center, named for its Chinese developers, will be the second tallest building in San Francisco upon completion in 2021. The mixed-use hotel, residential, and office development will span eight lots and total approximately 60,000 square feet in size.

Here's a glimpse at what Oceanwide Center will look like.

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Oceanwide Center will actually consist of two towers located at Mission and 1st Streets. The larger building is destined to become the city's second tallest, reaching 910 feet.

The buildings will be named, simply, First Street Tower and Mission Street Tower. The latter soars a modest 625 feet and will be home to the 171-room Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Its developer, Oceanwide Holdings, is a Chinese real estate firm controlled by self-made billionaire Lu Zhiqiang. His $5.1 billion makes Zhiqiang the 21st richest person in China.

First Street Tower (the taller of the two) is an attention-grabber. Its unique crystalline structure should help it to stand out against its future neighbor, the 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower.

Source: San Francisco Business Times

Designed by London-based Foster + Partners and local architect Jeff Heller of Heller Manus, the two high-rises will add 265 high-end residences, one million square of office space, 12,000 square feet of retail space, and four levels of underground parking to the city.

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9 common phrases from around the world that lose all meaning in English



We all use idioms. 

Has someone pulled the wool over your eyes? Was your annual review a bitter pill to swallow? Or was it an ace in the hole?

These quirks of speech aren't limited to English speakers. Everyone has their own idioms that make sense in their native language — or maybe only in the moment — but wouldn't make much sense to those of us who are less than fluent.

After asking their international colleagues to weigh in, Viking, a part of Office Depot that spans 11 countries, worked with British artist Paul Blow to visualize some of the less-translatable phrases people use around the world every day.

See his interpretations, shared with permission from Viking, below:

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16 amazing kitchen gadgets under $100 that will transform your breakfast


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You don't need to go to a five-star restaurant to enjoy a quality brunch. With the right tools, you can make stellar morning meals in your own kitchen.

Sure, standard frying pans are fine for preparing basic eggs and bacon. But there are loads of awesome gadgets that can take your breakfast to the next level.

Check them out below.

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A cooker that makes perfect hard-boiled and poached eggs.

The Egg Genie can cook up to seven hard, medium, or soft boiled eggs at once, and will automatically shut off when they reach your desired consistency. At the bottom, there's a tray for making poached eggs, too.

Buy it:$15.10

A breakfast sandwich maker.

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The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker can make a mean ham, egg, and cheese sandwich in just a few minutes. One Amazon user even describes it as "the best invention in the history of mankind."

Buy it:$24

A quality juicer.

This heavy-duty yet compact device is perfect for making fresh juice from fruit or vegetables. It's also dishwasher safe, making the blades easy to clean. 

Buy it: $99.99


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17 photos that show why the rich and famous love to travel to St. Barts


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Saint-Barthélemy (also known as St. Barts or St. Barths) is a French-speaking Caribbean island that's popular among the rich and the famous. 

Its array of stunning beaches, luxury yachts, designer boutiques, and delicious restaurants have helped it become a travel hot spot. 

From the best places to party to restaurants with incredible views, here are 17 photos that show why St. Barts remains a celebrity favorite. 

Talia Avakian contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

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A popular destination for celebrities, St. Barts has a variety of designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants.

Yachts are a common form of travel here, and celebrities can often be seen mooring their personal ships on the island.

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But if you don't already have your own, you can rent a yacht or jet skis to take in the view of the green hills and glistening bays.

Click here to learn more about St. Barts »

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The 8 most memorable internet challenges of 2016


2016 was a strange year for viral internet challenges. Arguably, the most popular one was called the "mannequin challenge," which had large groups of people — including Hillary Clinton — freezing in place while a camera panned around the room and "Black Beatles" played in the background. While this may be the most memorable, there were plenty of other bizarre trends that kept people busy all year on social media. Here's a look at a few of them.

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