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7 facts about relationships everyone should know before getting married


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Although fewer young people are getting married today than ever before, research suggests that getting and staying married is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

As the New York Times concluded, "being married makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who remain single — particularly during the most stressful periods, like midlife crises."

Drake Baer contributed to this story.

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A 2014 University of Pennsylvania study found that Americans who cohabitate or get married at age 18 have a 60% divorce rate. 

But people who waited until 23 to make either of those commitments had a divorce rate around 30%.

"All of the literature explained that the reason people who married younger were more likely to divorce was because they were not mature enough to pick appropriate partners," the Atlantic reports.

The honeymoon phase with its "high levels of passionate love" and "intense feelings of attraction and ecstasy, as well as an idealization of one's partner," doesn't last forever. 

According to a 2005 study by the University of Pavia in Italy, it lasts about a year. 

Once you start living together, you realize that you have different priorities and tolerances — like, for instance, what does or doesn't constitute a mess. 

"People have to come to terms with the reality that 'we really are different people,'" says couples therapist Ellyn Bader. "'You are different from who I thought you were or wanted you to be. We have different ideas, different feelings, different interests.'"

It's a stressful — and necessary — evolution

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The story of Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter Steve Jobs claimed wasn't his


Steve Jobs had his first child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, at 23.

At first, he rejected claims that she was his child. After taking a court-mandated paternity test, Jobs accepted Lisa as his daughter. He admitted later on in life that he was simply not prepared for fatherhood.

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The most beautiful library in every US state


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Libraries are a timeless treasure.

Even as ereaders make paper books less necessary, people still crave a physical space to surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.

To find the most beautiful libraries in each state (and a couple bonus libraries at the end), Business Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won.

Make sure to give these a look on your next road trip.

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Alabama: The Birmingham Public Library consists of 19 branches and is one of the largest library systems in the southeastern US.

Alaska: The Homer Public Library won the 2007 Honor Award, AIA Alaska Chapter, for its modern design and use of local materials.

Arizona: The Arabian Library in Scottsdale won the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Award for its soft, sloping lines and beautiful wood construction.

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One style lesson every guy can learn from the best-dressed man at the Golden Globes


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Ryan Gosling is now a certified leading man. And lucky for us, he's started dressing like one.

The 36-year-old "La La Land" actor has always had great style, but it's nice to see his style evolution match his professional one.

Take, for instance, his red carpet-stealing black tie at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards January 8.

The problem with wearing black tie in 2017 is that it inherently feels nostalgic and old school. Even the most connected and metropolitan men probably only wear it as many times a year as you can count on one hand.

Leaning in to the nostalgia can be tempting when dressing in black tie, but it's important not to lean too far. Gosling strikes the perfect balance in his throwback ivory dinner jacket.

It's a daring one-button style that is less formal than the traditional two-button. It's paired with a matte bowtie instead of satin, and suede shoes instead of patent leather: two additional touches that take the formal factor down a notch. It all fits perfectly. This is black tie on his own terms.

He finishes it off with an atypical red boutineer.

All of these touches add up to a unique black tie tuxedo that is a nod to the rules and stated dress code, but that mixes it up in a way that is both interesting and appropriate. It shows that Gosling has a mastery of the rules, and knows how and when to break them. 

He's been dressing in black tie for these award shoes long enough to know exactly what rules can be broken to augment his style while staying within bounds. It's worth noting that this isn't exclusive to black-tie dress.

Will following this guideline make you as stylish as Ryan Gosling? Probably not — he's had at least a decade to perfect it. But it can't hurt to start now.

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L.L. Bean is facing a boycott after its founder's granddaughter donated to a pro-Trump PAC


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L.L. Bean has said that it likes to stay out of politics. But Linda Bean, granddaughter of the company's founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, is clearly an exception. 

The 75-year-old frequent contributor to conservative causes made a $60,000 donation to a Trump-supporting PAC called Making America Great Again LLC, according to the AP.

One problem: individual donations to PACs registered as supporting one candidate are limited to only $5,000.

The group spent $66,862 in support of Trump overall.

The Federal Election Commission told the group it could face an audit or punitive action if it doesn't respond, according to a letter obtained by the AP. In response, the group says it will seek to re-register as a super PAC that is allowed to raise unlimited funds from individual donors. The PAC's chairman, David Jones, told the AP that he thought it was already registered as such.

The incident has brought on scrutiny of L.L. Bean, which is famous for its weatherproof shoes and outdoor gear. The brand is now facing a boycott by the "Grab Your Wallet" group, which has focused on avoiding products made by companies that support Trump, or by companies with owners who have publicly supported Trump. 

L.L. Bean responded to the boycott in a Facebook post statement written by its executive chairman, Shawn Gorman, who notes that Linda Bean is only one of more than 50 family members involved in the company.

"No individual alone speaks on behalf of the business or represents the values of the company that [founder] L.L. built," the statement read. "L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions. Simply put, we stay out of politics. To be included in this boycott campaign is simply misguided, and we respectfully request that Grab Your Wallet reverse its position."

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This luxury condo development featuring 'DEFCON 1 preparedness' is built for the apocalypse


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Someday, the 1% may live out Armageddon in style at Trident Lakes, a $300 million luxury condo development currently under construction along a highway north of Dallas, Texas.

While a spokesperson for the community was quick to dismiss the label "doomsday shelter," he compared Trident Lakes to "a five-star playground with DEFCON 1 preparedness."

Fortified shelters, built to withstand catastrophic events from viral epidemic to nuclear war, seem to be experiencing a wave of interest as hints of a new Cold War ramp up. 

Trident Lakes is jumping on the trend. The development sits on 700 acres along Highway 56 and will contain 400 subterranean condos that house about 1,600 people. Residents will enjoy a golf course, a spa, three 15-acre lagoons, running trails, a gun range, an equestrian center, restaurants, shops, and a lavish fountain that could create a Guinness World Record for height.

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The condos, which will range in size from 900 to 4,500 square feet, are made from reinforced steel. Off-the-grid systems will be put in place to supply food, water, and electricity.

"Our residents will enjoy a piece of paradise and peace of mind," Richie Whitt, communications director for Trident Lakes, said in a statement.

Move-in could start as early as 2018, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Security is a top priority at Trident Lakes. A security wall will encase the property. Community members will be able to visit each other's homes via an underground tunnel system. There will also be a landing area for helicopters and a vault where tenants can store their own DNA samples, which could help people keep their lineage going in the event of a catastrophe, according to Whitt.

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Such safety comes at a premium. Whitt estimates the cost of a condo will pass the mid-six figures.

Trident Lakes said it will provide discounted rates to members of law enforcement, teachers, and other civil servants, in order to ensure a diverse, safe, and sustainable community.

"People of all responsible social backgrounds instinctively think about long-term survival, but simply are too busy or do not have the skill sets to assemble all the ingredients necessary to increase the odds of survival if threatened by a catastrophic event," said James O'Connor, CEO of Vintuary Holdings, which is developing Trident Lakes.

The developers are currently accepting applications, though the first round of enrollment is by invitation only. A membership questionnaire on the website asks questions about age, education, and criminal background, but also, "How would you characterize your temperament in times of extreme adversity?"

Doomsday preppers can join the waitlist online now.

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The 25 coolest new businesses in New York City


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New York City is known around the world for its diversity in food, culture, shopping, and recreation. But what truly makes it a standout city are the small businesses that bring its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to life.

We've scoured the city to spotlight some of the coolest small businesses founded within the last three years.

From a pencil collector's paradise to a hip coworking community space to a chromotherapy spa, here are 25 of New York's coolest new businesses:

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App of Joe

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What it is: An app for scoring $1 coffee around the city.

Why it's cool: Frequent visits to your local coffee shop for a $2 or $3 coffee can add up — especially if you're ditching the commercial chains for indie spots. The folks behind App of Joe, an iOS and Android app that launched in June, offer a membership-free solution: You can order tea and drip coffee for a flat fee of $1 and "fancy drinks" like a latte, macchiato, or cappuccino for $2 from indie coffee shops — currently about 20 — around Manhattan.


160 Huron St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

What it is: A combination cafe and bookstore that only sells books about food.

Why it's cool: Inspired by her Sicilian grandparents, Paige Lipari, a former rare-books seller, wanted to open a shop that combined her love of books and food. In fall 2013, she opened Archestratus.

The book selection at Archestratus — named after an ancient Sicilian poet — includes cookbooks as well as fiction and nonfiction books inspired by food. Its cafe offers Sicilian-inspired pastries and dishes like rice balls. Archestratus also holds a number of workshops, cooking classes, and other weekly events.


Williamsburg and Crown Heights, Brooklyn

What it is: A co-living community with full amenities.

Why it's cool: Common opened its first shared living space — dorm-style living for working adults — in Crown Heights last fall and has since opened two more locations in Brooklyn as well as one in San Francisco. In the past year, the company has received over 5,000 applicants looking for a room in one of its community-minded residencies.

Rent commonly runs upward of $1,500, though that includes all fees and utilities. The houses also come fully furnished and fit anywhere from 19 to 50 people.

But it's not just about finding a living space — Common encourages its members to build a strong community and get to know their roommates. Each household has member-led events like potlucks, wellness events, and book clubs.

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How to survive a fall through frozen ice


The winter season turns the outdoors into a frosty wonderland. But if you venture too far out onto that beautiful mirror-like frozen lake, it may crack apart beneath your feet. We hope it won't but, if it does, here's what to do.

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The 'beard parade' at the Golden Globes shows why facial hair isn't disappearing any time soon


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When we're wrong, we can admit it. And in our prediction last year, when we predicted beards would die in 2016, we were very, very far off the mark. We apologize.

Beards are not, in fact, dead or dying. Far from it. The clearest sign of that is the way the red carpet looked at the year's first major awards show, the Golden Globes.

It was, as Jon Hamm put succinctly, a "beard parade." Of the eight men who won a spherical statue for their acting, seven of them were sporting beards. The only clean-shaven man among the winners was Hugh Laurie, a British national who splits his time between London and Los Angeles.

The theory we used to posit that the beard was on the downtrend last year was that society had reached "peak beard" — the point at which beards are so dominant, the only way to stick out as an attractive mate would be to be completely clean-shaven.

In our defense, the evidence was on our side. Last year's Golden Globes were not nearly as hairy, so it looked like peak beard had already come and gone. Not so, it appears.

According to an interview The Times UK did with historian Alun Withey, an academic who will run a three-year research project on the beard and its cultural history in the UK, people have been predicting the end of the beard since 2013. Each time, it seems, they've been wrong, and the beard has remained as strong as ever in the eyes of the public.

It's easy to see why. The beard is a shortcut to masculinity, and it will make any man seem older and most seem more attractive (until we reach peak beard).

To save face, we won't be making any more predictions. The beard, it seems, is here to stay for at least the time being. We will say, if you're going to grow a beard, at least do it properly.

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This beautiful credit card-sized phone just might cure your smartphone addiction



The Light Phone is the anti-smartphone. It does two things and two things only: It sends calls, and receives them.

It doesn't text, it doesn't connect to Twitter, and it doesn't have a camera. In fact, Light's founders say the phone is designed to be used "as little as possible."

So why would a company build a product it doesn't really want you to use? To help cure our smartphone addiction.

Here's where Light began — and how to use it:

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Light works out of New Lab, a tech incubator with a manufacturing focus that's located in Brooklyn's historic Navy Yard.

The startup was founded by Joe Hollier, left, and Kai Tang.

Hollier's background is in art, design, and filmmaking, and he used to run a studio and skateboarding company called Five on That. Tang worked in product design and development and spent 10 years traveling the globe.

Light got its start in September 2014 with the mission to "bring a human voice back into this crazy world of technology." The company began working on its first product, the Light Phone: a phone that's designed to be your "phone away from your phone."

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Don't let 'jerks' ruin your day — here's how to overcome their bad energy at work

The 15 best fitness retreats in Europe


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Many people end the holidays feeling lethargic, heavy, and, frankly, a little bit burnt out.

But getting out of an early January rut doesn't have to involve strict diets and workout plans. Instead of locking yourself to an unrealistic resolution, why not take a detoxing and relaxing holiday that you'll actually enjoy?

Europe is full of wellness and fitness retreats, active holiday options, and rejuvenating spas, that are sure to bring you back to your pre-Christmas self.

We've tapped into personal experience and combed through rankings and reviews from Conde Nast Traveler, The Telegraph, The Independent, Wellbeing Escapes, and The Healthy Holiday Company to pull together a list of the best places to go to detox from the holidays.

From an all-vegan yoga retreat with animals in the woods of Ibiza, to a juice fasting detox in Portugal or a surfing holiday on the Morrocan coast, see our pick of the best places to stay in Europe for the refresh your body needs below, ranked by average price per night from cheapest to most expensive.

Middle Piccadilly, Dorset — from £132.50 a night.

The Live Smart Live Clean retreat at the rural holistic rural Middle Piccadilly spa in Dorset allows you to pinpoint any health or other issues you'd like to address this year.

For four, seven, 10, or 14 nights, you'll get accommodation, juices, raw food, and vegetarian meals, as well as massage, mud body wraps and other treatments. From £1,855 per person for 14 nights.

Oceano, Tenerife — from £137 per night.

The team at Oceano on the stunning north side of Tenerife believe the intestine is the "foundation for good health" and their Detox programme, based on F. X. Mayr Medicine, aims to get you back to a state of relaxation and balance. This is done through light food, assorted treatments, and training to get your metabolism going again. From £1,205 for a 14 day detox programme.

Amchara Malta Retreat — from £142 a night.

The Amchara Malta Retreat claims to be "for anyone who wishes to change their physical health, emotional well-being and lifestyle that drives these in a positive, sustainable way."

Book a visit and you'll enjoy a personalised nutrition plan, conditioning exercise classes, spa facilities, health screenings, optional treatments, educational talks, organic juices, yoga, meditation, and aqua aerobics in the summer — not to mention the stunning location, with the Azure Window only a 15-minute walk away. From £994 for seven nights in a shared room.

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This relatively unknown town in Florida has become a playground for the richest of the rich


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Every winter, the small town of Wellington, in southeast Florida, experiences a tremendous influx of some of the wealthiest people in the world.

From the Springsteens to the Bloombergs, to the families of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, to Arab sheikhs and South American billionaires, it's a congregation of people with spectacular quantities of money.

No, they aren't gathering for some sort of business affair. They're coming for WEF: the Winter Equestrian Festival, which takes place every year from January to April on the hallowed grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The 12-week WEF has been the longest equestrian event of its kind for several years running, and it attracts riders at all levels of the sport.

Because of the costly nature of all things equestrian, it's no surprise that rich people and horses go hand in hand. But while some wealthy riders and owners are just in it for the glamour and prestige, some — like Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen — are serious and successful competitors.

As WEF has grown over the years, it has turned Wellington into a winter oasis for the upper crust, who come to ride, mingle, and bask in the warm weather. But while the human amenities are nothing to sneeze at, the real luxuries are reserved for the horses. Here's an inside look at this star-studded fantasy world, where celebrities come to play and their four-legged companions reign supreme.

Brittany Kriegstein contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article. 

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Wellington, Florida, is a community of about 60,000 people in southeast Florida, about 15 miles west of West Palm Beach.

Without a doubt, horses rule in Wellington.

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What to consider when relocating for your career


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Chase has partnered with Business Insider and The Players' Tribune to present a special edition of “Letter to My Younger Self," a series in which athletes reflect on their biggest lessons learned—from finance, to relationships, to careers.

You did it. You landed the big job — one that will require a significant move. You're in good company. According to the US Census Bureau, 20% of all movers' reasons for relocating were job-related. Whether it's on the other side of the state, or across continents, few things are more exciting than a life change full of new opportunities. But you've got a lot of work to do before receiving that first paycheck, and the average state-to-state move can run more than $5,600, according to the American Moving & Storage Association.

Here are five key ways to plan your move — and make it a smart one for both your career and your bank account:

1. Understand your new cost of living

Is that 30% pay bump worth the move? If you're moving from San Francisco to Omaha, there's good chance it is, considering the cost of living is an estimated 68% cheaper there. But if you're headed to a location with a significantly higher cost of living, spend some time crunching the numbers.

Chase moving statUse a cost of living index to compare everything from relative home prices to the cost for one pound of potatoes. And don't forget to research local taxes as well, whether you're moving to a new city or country. If higher costs negate your potential pay bump, consider whether the new position offers other benefits — such as a prestigious company or possibility of growth —will still make the move worthwhile.

2. Take time to plan and save

A big job offer is exciting. It's tempting to immediately put in your two-weeks notice and tell your new employer you'll be ready to start work in the next month. But there are compelling financial reasons to take it slow.

And while your new employer may offer help with moving expenses, that may be limited in both what it covers and how much they'll pay. Meanwhile, you'll have a security deposit or down payment on a new place to live. If you're in the middle of a lease or have to sell your home, you could be on the hook for months of double housing expenses. During your transition there will be hotels, meals on the road, moving insurance, and an assortment of other costs. The more time you give yourself to strategize and save, the easier the move will be on your bank account.

3. Plan out your personal relationships

As important as your career is, let's face it: family and friends may be even more important. How often do you anticipate visiting them, and what will be the associated travel costs? Will weekly video calls hold your over until the holidays? Can they afford to visit you? Regular travel can add up quickly, so calculate it into your anticipated living expenses.

4. Sell what you can

If a new couch is going to cost $700, but shipping your old couch can cost $500, it may not be worth hauling it along. By selling some of your larger items — like couches and bedroom sets — you can accumulate moving funds while simplifying your transition. Even better: If you're moving from car-dependent Cleveland to public transit-heavy New York City, consider selling your car as well.

5. Keep close track of old bills

Take careful inventory of all your existing bills and follow up with every account to make sure no outstanding balances remain after your move. A late payment can stay on your credit report for seven years.

You want your career move to be a huge success in every way. That means minimizing the financial burden of the transition as well. By keeping these tips in mind, you can you lower your relocation costs and focus on making the most of your big break.

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17 photos of the stunning inaugural ball gowns worn by first ladies over the last 50 years


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While we still don't know all the details of what's in store for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration day, it has been confirmed that there will be three official inaugural balls, along with the usual unofficial balls held around Washington. 

Inaugural balls are a long-standing American tradition. The black-tie events that celebrate the new first family have been conducted since George Washington, and they only paused during World Wars I and II and the Great Depression. 

The ball is also a first lady's moment to step out, demonstrate her style, and set the tone for her role in the White House. Everything about her outfit, including the color and designer choice, will be critiqued, analyzed, and eventually memorialized as part of theFirst Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

And though Trump inaccurately claimed in an interview with The New York Times Monday that "all the dress shops are sold out in Washington" and that "it's hard to find a great dress for this inauguration," Melania Trump is sure to be dressed to the nines come January 20. 

Below, see 17 photos of gorgeous inaugural ball gowns from 12 first ladies, beginning with Helen Taft, the first to donate her dress to the Smithsonian.

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First lady Helen Taft gladly supported the establishment of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection in 1912. The first to donate her inaugural ball gown, Taft began the tradition of having these dresses archived and put on display.

However, due to the Great Depression and World Wars I and II, it wasn't until 1949 that another inaugural ball was held. Bess Truman wore a black velvet dress, and it was reported that music played until 2 in the morning.

Source: The New York Times

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to celebrate his election with not one, but two inaugural balls. In 1953, first lady Mamie Eisenhower's inaugural ball gown was a light pink peau de soie gown with more than 2,000 rhinestones sewn into it. A week before the event, Mamie released photographs and descriptions of the dress to the press.

Source: The Joint Congressional Committee

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This tech icon fasts for 16 hours a day — and just launched an app to help others do the same


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Trying a fast to shed some pounds? There's an app for that.

The latest health and wellness craze in Silicon Valley has people going without food for anywhere from 14 hours to several days. Some tech workers say intermittent fasting helps them focus and be more productive, while others laud the diet as a simple weight loss hack.

While the science behind intermittent fasting is spotty, the diet has racked up some big-name backers. In December, Kevin Rose, cofounder of Digg and a handful of other startups, launched an app called Zero to take the guesswork out of daily fasting.

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Nearly every animal under the sun alternates periods of feeding and periods of fasting, often when they're sleeping. For most, daily changes in darkness and lightness move this cycle along. We know when the sun sets and we're settling in for bed, it's time to put down the Snickers bar.

Zero, aptly named for the amount of food you eat during a fast, is a simple tracker that helps users sync a fast with their biological clock. The app fetches the user's location and figures out when the sun will set in their area. A timer ticks down the hours until sunset, when the user is supposed to begin their fast. There's a start and stop button. And that's about it.

Users can choose from a basic fast, which coincides with their circadian rhythm; create a custom fast; or try the 5:2 diet, a popular intermittent fast where participants eat normally for five days and reduce their intake to 500 to 600 calories for two days.

The app charts fasting activity and lets users export it at anytime for further analysis.

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Rose rocketed to fame in the 2000s as the cofounder of Digg. As an angel investor, he made early bets on Twitter, Zynga, Fab, and Square, and later worked as a general partner at Google Ventures. In 2015, Rose left for New York, where he runs a luxury wristwatch blog, Hodinkee.

Zero marks his first step into biohacking technology.

"When my friends heard that I was making a little app for this, they wondered why would you need an app to track this time, because you can use a timer," Rose tells Business Insider.

He did it anyway, calling the project "a labor of love" among a few developers.

Zero launched December 27 and has been downloaded over 20,000 times, with roughly 6,000 new users a day. It also debuted as the number one app on Product Hunt.

Hugh Jackman gave Rose his intro to intermittent fasting. The actor best known as Wolverine gave an interview to Australia's "60 Minutes" in 2013 in which he discussed his intense training regimen for the big screen. Jackman revealed he eats only eight hours out of the day.

"Hugh Jackman is shredded and [he's] Wolverine and that is impressive!" Rose says. "But I think, for me, I wanted to build an app around [intermittent fasting] once I had heard about the research that was going on at a few different universities by three different scientists."

Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, muscles, Days of future past

Almost two years ago, a friend of Rose's was diagnosed with cancer. His friend's treatment included fasting for two days prior to chemotherapy — a practice based on the research of Dr. Valter Longo, director of the USC Longevity Institute and a leading expert on fasting.

When the body goes into fasting mode, it stops producing as many growth-related hormones and proteins, which are also linked to cancer and diabetes. Instead, the body takes a break to repair cells. This "maintenance state" may be the key to reducing biomarkers for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and unlocking longer lives, according to the Longevity Institute.

Rose offers up this (very) anecdotal evidence: "[Fasting] in combination with, obviously, a bunch of other things — my friend is now in full remission from his cancer."

Today, Rose walks the walk. He stops eating as close to sunset as possible and usually enjoys his first meal the following morning around 10 or 11. He's been using Zero to track it.

Rose says the diet helps him feel more focused and avoid sugar crashes. He no longer relies on a cup of coffee at 3 p.m. to power him through the afternoon. But even Rose has cheat days.

"I have no problem on a Friday night going out and having a couple of beers and a slice of pizza, because that's just life. And that would be a shame to lose out on that," Rose says. "Making the right call 90% of the time is what I aim for."

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12 warm places you can travel to this winter without worrying about Zika


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Warm-weather vacations could be slightly more risky this year. Zika has been found in mosquitoes in much of the Western Hemisphere south of Florida, as well as the entire Caribbean. That leaves few options for virus-free travels.

Though the Zika virus is only especially dangerous for pregnant women or those who are about to become pregnant, there's still a chance of bringing the virus back and infecting others.

Here are 12 relatively warm places to go this winter where you won't have to worry about the virus.

According to the CDC, these regions have either had no confirmed Zika-carrying mosquitoes (yet) or have been certified Zika-free, so there's no need to stress. After all, isn't travel all about relaxing?

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Average high in January: 69 degrees Fahrenheit

Bermuda is only semi-tropical, but it's far enough away from the Caribbean — out in the middle of the Atlantic — to be safe from Zika. It's warm enough to go to the beach on a sunny day, and it has all the palm trees you could ask for.

Southern California

Average high in San Diego in January: 65 degrees Fahrenheit

Average high in Los Angeles in January: 68 degrees Fahrenheit

Southern California boasts a mild climate all year, including the winter months. San Diego and Los Angeles are huge metropolises with plenty to do and warm temperatures to boot.


Average temperature in January: 61 degrees Fahrenheit

Zika hasn't yet reached the Mediterranean, which is great news for those who love the region's famous mild climate. Malta is an island smack in the middle of that sea, and it's warmer than much of the region, with a booming tourist industry.

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San Francisco's new workout craze is called 'ganja yoga' — take a look


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In San Francisco, where marijuana is newly legal for recreational use, an increasingly popular yoga class invites students to light up before sliding into their Downward Dog.

Dee Dussault, a hatha yoga teacher with 22 years of experience and author of the upcoming book, "Ganja Yoga," thinks combining cannabis and the centuries-old workout helps students tune out their racing thoughts and pain points. They can become more mindful and free, she believes, to move in the unique ways their bodies need. Dussault started the class in 2012.

Since Californians voted to fully legalize marijuana last November, Dussault's biweekly class has nearly doubled in attendance from 10 to 15 students to the 25-person cap every session.

I recently sat in on Ganja Yoga to learn why cannabis-fueled yoga is becoming one of the hottest workout classes in the Bay Area. Here's what it was like.

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On a Wednesday night in San Francisco's SoMa district, Dee Dussault's students trek up the stairs of an art gallery, past remnants of a Burning Man installation, to find her studio.

They form a semi-circle around her, eyeing the bounty of marijuana joints, vape pens, and weed-laced cookies. "It's like a Choose Your Own Adventure!" Dussault laughs.

The regulars fire up the joints and begin passing them around the circle, while a handful of first-timers start up conversations with their neighbors.

Meanwhile, Dussault works the room to collect the $25 class fee, which includes instruction and cannabis-infused goodies. Students do not need a medical marijuana ID to participate.

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