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Meet the Instagram-famous travel blogging couple who get paid up to $9,000 to post a single photo


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At only 26 and 24 respectively, Jack Morris and his girlfriend Lauren Bullen are Instagram sensations.

The young couple live an incredible life travelling the world, while earning six-figure salaries promoting brands and locations through their photo feeds.

Between them they have racked up more than three million Instagram followers under the names of their successful travel blogs — Morris, who is originally from Manchester, is behind the blog Do You Travel, while Australian-born Bullen writes Gypsea Lust.

The loved-up duo, who celebrated their one-year anniversary two weeks ago, met in Fiji while working together on a job. They now live in Bali, Indonesia.

Morris told Cosmopolitan he once earned $9,000 (£7,200) for a single post on Instagram, while Bullen has received $7,500 (£6,000) for one photo. Morris added that he won't post for less than $3,000 (£2,400).

Deals with international brands are the ones that really add up, however — a phone company once paid Morris $35,000 (£28,105) for two days of filming and five Instagram photos. "You can see how it racks up pretty quickly," he said.

Scroll down for a sneak peak at their incredible life, which has taken them to some of the most stunning destinations in the world.

Meet Jack Morris, 26, and girlfriend Lauren Bullen, 24, the couple who earn six-figure salaries by promoting products and locations on Instagram as they travel the world.

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Brands and tourist boards are willing to pay big for a post.

The couple, who met in Fiji in March 2016, have achieved a lot in a short amount of time — they celebrated their one-year anniversary two weeks ago.

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The pair have racked up more than three million followers between them by sharing stunning photos in incredible settings.

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The top 100 most difficult-to-score restaurant reservations in San Francisco, according to Yelp


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San Francisco has an increasingly buzzy food scene, which makes getting a reservation at its best restaurants a tricky ordeal.

Reviews and reservations site Yelp has put together a list of its top 100 most popular restaurants that take reservations. 

The list is ranked by the number of mobile page views of its users. It only includes non-chain restaurants and those that have at least 150 user reviews and a 4-star rating or above. 

If you're hoping to dine here, try making a reservation well ahead of time.

Check out the list here:

1. Sotto Mare

2. Liholiho Yacht Club

3. House of Prime Rib

4. August 1 Five

August 1 Five

5. Fog Harbor Fish House

6. Nopa

7. The House

8. Akiko's Restaurant

9. Gary Danko

10. Kitchen Story

11. Loló

12. Marlowe


13. Aina

14. Tropisueño

15. State Bird Provisions

16. Beretta

17. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

18. 5A5 Steak Lounge

19. Dragon Beaux

20. Foreign Cinema

21. Kokkari Estiatorio

22. Kin Khao

23. Hops & Hominy

24. Han Il Kwan

25. Izakaya Sozai

26. The Front Porch

27. Zero Zero

28. Hunan Home's Restaurant

29. Mission Beach Cafe

Mission Beach Cafe

30. Sanraku

31. IPOT

32. Scoma's Restaurant

33. La Fusión

34. Benu

35. Lolinda

36. Frances

37. Blackwood

38. PPQ Dungeness Island

39. Coqueta

40. Don Pisto's

41. Wayfare Tavern

42. Straw

43. Izakaya KOU

44. Bellota

45. E&O Kitchen and Bar

E&O Kitchen and Bar

46. Lers Ros

47. Samovar Tea Lounge

48. Cockscomb


50. House of Thai

51. Seven Hills

52. Espetus Brazilian Steak House

53. Mister Jiu's

54. Skool

55. The Rotunda

56. Barbacco  

57. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

58. Thanh Long

59. Limón Rotisserie

Limón Rotisserie

60. Sakesan Bistro

61. Burritt Room + Tavern

62. Atelier Crenn

63. Chubby Noodle

64. La Mar Cebichería Peruana

65. Lazy Bear

66. Boiling Hot Pot

67. Rusty's Southern

68. Zuni Café

69. Farallon

70. Cassava

71. Pabu

72. Barbarossa Lounge

73. Bluestem Brasserie

74. Bobo's

75. Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre

76. Omakase

77. Sugoi Sushi

78. Mourad Restaurant

79. The Cavalier

80. Causwells

81. Nick's Crispy Tacos

82. Stones Throw

83. Original Joe's

84. Super Pan

85. Barcha

86. Delfina


87. Suppenküche

88. Hog & Rocks

89. DOSA on Fillmore

DOSA on Fillmore

90. Mozzeria

91. Saison

92. The Crew

93. Chambers

94. Montesacro Pinseria-Enoteca

95. Little Delhi

96. Cuisine of Nepal

97. Baonecci Ristorante

98. Wako Japanese Restaurant

Wako Japanese Restaurant

99. Picaro

100. Kim Thanh Restaurant 

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A photographer captured these dismal photos of life in North Korea on his phone


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As North Korea continues its saber-rattling about nuclear strikes, we still know very little about the country.

The North Korean government is notoriously secretive. Upon entering the country, visitors are instructed on what they can and cannot take pictures of. Customs agents inspect your cellphone and other digital devices, including cameras, tablets, and storage cards, for banned content.

These restrictions prompted Getty photographer Xiaolu Chu to travel by train through the country in August 2015, documenting everyday life through his phone lens. He told Business Insider it was too risky to use a high-end camera because locals would report him to the police.

While some images were deleted during run-ins with the police, Chu shared some snapshots with us. Take a look at life inside North Korea.

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Chu took the long way around during his visit to North Korea.

Most Chinese tourists enter by train through Sinuiju or by plane through Pyongyang. He instead traveled to Russia so he could access the northern port at Tumangang.

The train ride from Tumangang to Pyongyang — the capital of North Korea — lasts a day. It was canceled because of a dispute between North Korea and South Korea.

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15 things to try before you're 30


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There's nothing inherently terrible about turning 30, for all its bad press. You can still be fun and adventurous and spontaneous.

So if you haven't accomplished everything on the list below by the time you hit the big 3-0, don't panic.

But let's be real: The older you get, the more likely it is that you'll have met The One, started a family, bought your own place, and moved into a management role at your company. Meaning there will be less opportunity to do things like run a Tough Mudder. Again, it won't be impossible — just harder.

To help you figure out how to best take advantage of your 20s, we checked out a bunchofQuorathreads and found some potentially life-changing experiences to put on your bucket list. 

Read on, get inspired, and most importantly, start checking things off.

1. Living in a big city

Quora user Dylin Redling says he moved to Manhattan when he was 24 and then to San Francisco when he was 26. "They were the two best moves I ever made," he says. "I highly recommend living in a city with a lot of diversity where you can meet people from all over the world."

If you've never made a move like that before, we've got you covered with roundups of everything you need to know before moving to New York City and San Francisco.

2. Challenging yourself physically

"While you're young, train for and complete a marathon, a Tough Mudder, a triathlon, or something similar," Redling says. "It'll help you physically and mentally to push through boundaries and go for goals."

As Bernie Michalik writes on 99U, training for a marathon teaches you some key life lessons, like the importance of tracking your efforts and results as you’re working toward a goal.

These skills will help pave the way for your personal and professional success down the line.

3. Learning to meditate

Redling recommends starting a meditation practice as a way to manage stress. He writes:

"You're going to experience A LOT of stress over your lifetime, so it's best to learn how to effectively deal with it as soon as possible. One of, if not, the best ways is through meditation. Take a class, read a book, or do some research on the basics, and make it part of your life."

You might want to explore mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the intake and outtake of breath.

If you find this type of meditation helps you stay calm and focused, it’s a practice you can use whenever and wherever.

4. Online dating

If you're in your 20s and single, there's little harm in creating a profile on OKCupid, Tinder, or any of the dating sites out there.

As Elarie Mashi writes, "There's nothing to lose if you try, [but] who knows what you might gain?" In other words, you might be momentarily embarrassed about logging on, but you could potentially find your soulmate.

Up your chances of finding that person by setting up your profile according to science. That means you shouldn't post revealing photos and you should describe both your own personality and what you're looking for in an ideal partner.

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5. Falling in love

Becoming totally enamored with someone is intimidating — what if your feelings are unrequited? What if the relationship doesn’t work out in the long run?

Let yourself fall for them anyway.

"Any number of breakups or separations cannot take away the joy and the experience of being in love," writes Mragank Yadav. "It’s all worth it."

6. Failing

Yadav says it’s important that 20-somethings learn how to fail, and more importantly, how to get back up again: "Failing comes naturally. Rising up again is something that needs to be [inculcated]."

Take a tip from now super-successful figures, like Paul Allen and Oprah Winfrey, all of whom learned from multiple professional failures.

7. Traveling alone

Now's the time to pack up and head somewhere solo, especially if you don't yet have kids or a mortgage. 

"It will prove to be one of the most useful tool[s] in later stages of life to clear your mind, get away from stuff, or just to see the world for what it truly is," Yadav says.

Ready to go? We put together a list of the 30 best places to travel alone, including Costa Rica, where you can stroll through the Cloud Forest, and the Greek Isles, where you can idle on the beach.

8. Starting a business

George Everitt recommends devoting one year in your 20s to pursuing a business idea. "It will probably fail," he writes, "but you will learn so much more than if you had taken that time in a corporate job."

And don’t worry too much about roadblocks, like not having a business degree and not wanting to invest thousands of dollars. Danny Marguiles launched an online course without an MBA and with just $100. Later that year, he was earning $30,000 a month.

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9. Learning to code

"Computers are here to stay," Everitt says, "and learning at least one programming language helps you understand so much about how the modern world works."

Pro tip: These eight in-demand programming languages are the ones to have on your resume in 2016. 

10. Starting a blog

Josh Fraser says writing is one of the most important and underrated life skills. You can hone that skill by starting a blog — about food, sports, relationships, or simply being a 20-something.

"As with most things," Fraser says, "the best way to improve is to just start doing it."

11. Learning a foreign language

"You get a really good edge in some countries of the world if you know the native languages," writes Sankalpa Patil. "I would suggest either of German, French, Japanese, Russian."

Whatever tongue you try to master, it could be easier than you think. Take a tip from Gabriel Wyner, who achieved fluency in four languages in a few years through the use of strategies like spaced repetition. Or, you could use the free Google Chrome extension that replicates the experience of language immersion by translating random words from whatever you're reading to the foreign language.

12. Rocking out at a concert by your favorite band

That's a tip from Emily Hunt. The tickets might be pricey, but certain artists might not be touring as often in years to come, so take advantage of their popularity now.


13. Taking a cooking class

Have you ever truly figured out how to cook?" asks Sachin Shubham.

As in, maybe you can feed yourself with spaghetti and omelets, but what would you serve at a fancy dinner party? Sign up for a course and learn at least one dish so you can impress guests with your culinary expertise.

14. Learning how to file your taxes

Ajay Goel says it's one of the most important things to do in your 20s.

Yes, it's scary. But just think how proud you'll be knowing that you handled all the paperwork (or virtual paperwork) on your own.

If you're clueless about where to begin, consider taking a course that will teach you the basics of filing a tax return.

15. Talking to a stranger

"It's scary, exhilarating and a good way to think on your feet," writes Deepak Shukla.

So strike up a conversation with your local barista or a fellow passenger on your commute — science suggests it will make you both happier.

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The company that made 'the world's most comfortable shoes' is releasing a brand-new style


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Allbirds has made a name for itself with a style dubbed "the world's most comfortable shoes." Now, the shoe that Silicon Valley is "obsessed with" is back for its second act.

After releasing the Wool Runner last year — which led to a "very successful year," according to the company — the brand is releasing its second design, the Wool Lounger.

The shoes have a natural, loafer-style profile and are made from the same Italian-made fabric as the Wool Runners. It's a proprietary blend of super-soft natural merino wool from New Zealand and other materials. They can be worn either as a traditional loafer or as a slipper.

The shoe still fits into what founder Tim Brown calls the "casual footwear" space, which is what sets the company apart from other footwear companies that make either sporty sneakers or dressy shoes. This seems to fit into the "athleisure trend" of sporty casual apparel, but that wasn't on purpose, according to Brown.

"We're having a big crack at trying to do things differently," Brown told Business Insider.

Allbirds LoungerAccording to Brown, the company is mostly focused on comfort, and he doesn't even think of Allbirds as a fashion brand, or even a footwear brand. Future releases might be in a different category altogether.

Allbirds' charmed run was not without difficulties, and Brown says that footwear is difficult to get right. The Wool Runner, for example, underwent 17 small changes and improvements in the last year. A writer at Yahoo Finance recently wrote a story questioning the durability of the shoe when worn on a consistent basis.

Brown told Business Insider that while the company stands behind its product, there was an "element of truth" to the Yahoo writer's complaints. He added that Allbirds is always looking for feedback from wearers on how it can improve its designs. Brown pointed to the improvements made to the Runner as evidence of this.

The Wool Lounger is available in both women's and men's sizes in green, gray, blue, and yellow. The price is the same as the Wool Runner: $95.

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I moved to one of the world's cloudiest cities and nothing has helped my mood as much as this light


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You know that warm, all-over feeling you get on a crisp spring day when a nice wind is blowing and your body is covered in sunshine?

I haven't felt that way in about six months.

As someone who has struggled with depression and grew up in Southern California — land of palm trees, carne asada fries, and sunshine — moving from the US to Britain was a shock to the system. Sure, I expected London to be gray and rainy, but I also figured there would be some bright days when I could go outside and bask in the sun. I was wrong.

Thankfully, I've found a tool called a light box that appears to have helped me sleep and given my mood a bit of a boost, without costing me a fortune. It works by mimicking the natural light outdoors, something that affects all of us — whether we suffer from depression or not.

Sounds weird, works wonders

Doctors may diagnose people whose depression only crops up when it's dark out with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). That condition begins and ends at relatively the same time each year. I, on the other hand, appear to have been blessed with plain old depression that simply gets aggravated by long periods without sunlight.

Everyone experiences depression differently, but for me, weeks of darkness tend to coincide with feeling more down and having a harder time falling (and staying) asleep. When it's been dreary out for awhile, I also tend to feel groggy and fatigued during the day regardless of how much I've slept.

erin brodwin using light boxA few months ago, on a suggestion from my therapist, I looked into something called light therapy. Essentially, it involves sitting or working near a device called a light box, which gives off bright light designed to mimic natural sunlight. The thought of sitting with my face in front of a shining orb for 30 minutes every day sounded ridiculous, but some research about it convinced me to give it a shot.

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Light therapy is thought to help reduce symptoms among people with depression, seasonal affective disorder, and even insomnia. One large, recent review of 10 studies involving a total of 458 patients found that for people who took medication for their depression, using a light box in addition to the drugs appeared to help reduce their symptoms and improve their moods.

The universal benefits of sunlight early in the day

Results are typically best when people use light boxes for 30 minutes or more every day, sometime in the morning. That's because of the way our bodies sync up with the sun — and this can have important takeaways for people without depression, too.

Our eyes have special receptors called melanopsin receptors that help us wake up and stay alert. These soak in the sun — and the sun-like light from light therapy bulbs, which are designed to filter out harmful UV light so they don't damage your eyes, according to the Mayo Clinic. The receptors also play a role in triggering the release of serotonin in the brain — the neurotransmitter helps regulate everything from our natural sleep cycles to our mood.

man sunrise silhouette sun alone sunsetEarly exposure to bright light appears to help set your circadian rhythm for the day. That's why studies suggest that taking in some natural rays right after you wake up can help you perform better later into the day and help you sleep at night.

Setting your circadian rhythms straight may have another added benefit, too: weight loss. In addition to helping us wake up and go to bed at the right hour, well-timed circadian clocks seem to help keep our metabolisms running smoothly. One recent study showed that people who basked in bright sunlight within two hours after waking tended to be thinner and better able to manage their weight, regardless of what they ate throughout the day.

Two months after using my bright light box for 30 minutes a day first thing in the morning, my weird-looking habit appears to have helped me sleep. I also tend to feel more energized and peppy during the day. Considering the price I paid for it (roughly $40 on Amazon), I'd say it was definitely a worthwhile investment.

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A day in the life of a private banker at HSBC


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This March, Allisen Graves celebrated her 10th year with HSBC in New York City. A senior vice president relationship manager with the private bank, Graves has been working with many of the same high-net-worth clients for years, advising them through any decisions they must make regarding banking, lending, trusts, insurance, and investments — every "financial aspect of [their] life," she told Business Insider over lunch recently.

"My clients are like family to me," Graves said. "[These financial choices] are going to impact their children, their spouses, their charities, or whoever that next generation of wealth is going to be passed on to. I play a very important role in their lives."

Her role calls for busy days that are filled to the brim with client meetings and seminars. We asked Graves to document a typical day, starting from the moment she wakes up bright and early in her home in suburban New Jersey.

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Graves says it's "go-time" from the second she wakes up at 5 a.m.

The first thing she does is make a cup of coffee and check her work email via her Blackberry. She'll also catch up on any overnight market news she might have missed while sleeping.

Next, she wakes up her kids — Ryan, 4, and Madison, 7 — to get ready for school. Depending on their schedules, Graves and her husband, Jim, will alternate who does the drop-off.

Today, Graves takes her son to preschool for his 6:30 a.m. drop-off since she needs to get to the office a bit early. Breakfast is provided at the school, and Graves sits with one of her son's teachers for a quick bite.

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16 signs you've 'made it' in America


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The American Dream has transformed over time.

To find out what it means to Americans today, personal-budgeting company You Need A Budget and market-research company OnePoll surveyed the financial aspirations of 2,000 Americans.

The result is a list of 30-plus signs that indicate achievement of the modern American Dream, ranging from paying for a Netflix account to shopping at Whole Foods to owning a second home.

Below, find 16 signs from the survey that you've "made it." And remember: Just like the Dream has evolved over time, it also varies from person to person. Whether or not you've truly "made it" isn't about your car or travel schedule. It's completely up to you.

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You own property valued between $1 million and $2 million.

Homeownership in the US fell to a multi-decade low in July 2016. Less than 63% of Americans owned a home, potentially in part due to millennials prioritizing paying significant loans for their education over buying property.

Among those who do own a home, many don't know how its value changes over time, according to a 2015 Zillow survey. If seven-figure property signifies the American Dream to you, make sure you know what your home is worth (and what could trash its value).

You have $7,425 in your checking account.

Surveyed Americans said maintaining $7,425 in their checking account was a sign of success.

According to certified financial planner Sophia Bera, the right amount to keep in your checking really depends on how much you make.

"A good rule of thumb is to keep at least one month of net pay in your checking at all times. Look for a checking account with no monthly fee and no minimum balance. Even better, find an account that reimburses ATM fees from other banks," Bera wrote on Business Insider, adding that it's smart to keep your checking and savings at different banks to avoid the temptation to dip into one or the other.

You go on at least two annual trips abroad.

While Americans collectively leave hundreds of millions of vacation days on the table every year, survey participants agreed that embarking on at least two trips abroad annually is a sign of achieving the American Dream.

And increasingly, they want those vacations to have value.

An American Express Travel survey of US adults earning $100,000 or more revealed that 81% of Americans are seeking deeper and more personalized experiences abroad, while 73% "said they would be willing to exceed their budget to have a unique local experience when they travel, and more than half said they would splurge to enjoy the cuisine of a particular destination."

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College is so expensive, this 27-year-old rocket scientist created a homeless shelter for students


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Louis Tse, 27, lived in his car to save money while completing his doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

A duffel bag holding bottled water and non-perishable foods served as his kitchen. Family photos hung on the backseat windows. At night, Tse parked wherever he found an open WiFi network so he could do homework.

"For young people who are experiencing homelessness, they could go to the nearest youth shelter, which is a two-hour drive away in Hollywood — or rough it out. That's the path of least resistance," Tse, now a thermal engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, tells Business Insider. He declined to comment on his current living situation.

In October 2016, Tse and former classmate Luke Shaw opened up a student-run shelter for students who are experiencing homelessness because of the sky-high costs of higher education. Students for Students, formerly known as the Bruin Shelter, provides them with a safe and supportive place to eat, sleep, socialize, and study during the academic year.

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The shelter has nine beds and welcomes college students from the Los Angeles area (a majority come from UCLA, because of its proximity to campus). Unlike traditional shelters, which use a lottery-based system to fill beds, Students for Students interviews applicants and offers a place to stay for up to six months. Breakfast and dinner are served family-style every day.

There are 60 student-volunteers who keep the shelter running day and night. Case managers from the UCLA Department of Social Welfare come by to help residents locate more permanent housing and tap into city programs that subsidize rent for homeless individuals. Medical and dental students from the university provide routine check-ups. Counseling is also available.

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Tse says that having a home base goes a long way for a young person juggling school, a job, and a life. The city's resource-starved shelters take in people of all ages, some of whom are combatting severe mental illnesses; it's hard for struggling college students to fit in there.

"Knowing that you have a stable place to stay helps you be more stable," Tse says.

A striking number of college students in the US are living without permanent housing. A recent study from the University of Wisconsin surveyed 33,000 students across 70 US community colleges. Of these students, about half were "housing insecure," meaning they bounce between homes often or cannot afford the cost of living. A staggering 14% of students were homeless.

In California, one in three community college students face some level of housing insecurity. The problem extends to four-year universities as well, as Tse saw firsthand. 

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Tse and Shaw were inspired to build their organization by a similar shelter for young adults at Harvard University. They won a $20,000 grant from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and asked for donations — ranging from food, clothes, blankets, and toiletries — from the community. Last fall, they opened the doors of a refurbished church space to students.

They expect to serve 18 to 27 individuals per academic semester.

In its first semester, Students for Students welcomed a student who grew up in the foster care system and fell through the cracks of a scholarship program that assists fostered youth with college costs. Months later, shelter volunteers saw the student walk at graduation.

"We're all in school because we value education and we know that getting a diploma is necessary if you're to open doors for yourself in life," Tse says. "That's the mission that drives us. There are students who are facing a variety of life circumstances, and we want to help them get to that point."

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Herschel, the company behind the bags that rule college campuses, is releasing its first clothing line



Herschel Supply Co. found its niche selling casual backpacks and duffle bags at an affordable price point. 

Now it wants to do the same thing with apparel. Later this year, Herschel will release its first line of outerwear for both men and women.

The company says these new designs were created with travel in mind.

"Travel is something that inspires all of us at Herschel Supply," cofounder Jamie Cormack said in a statement announcing the new line.

"Our new outwear collections are a natural progression of what we already do really well with our growing range of travel essentials."

The two collections focus on weather resistance. The Voyager collection is the lighter of the two, with wind and water resistance and layering possibilities, like a windbreaker.

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The second, which Herschel is calling its Forecast collection, is more focused on keeping out the elements with rainproof fabric and fused seams, like you'd find in a raincoat.

Both come in traditional jacket silhouettes, like parkas, anoraks, and varsity-style "coach" jackets. This release comes after cofounder Lyndon Cormack told Business Insider earlier this year that he doesn't think of the company as limited to luggage or bags.

"[We believe] if we're famous for something, we can be anything in the end," Lyndon said.

"Now with the maturity of the brand, having a really unique voice and position in the market, we feel it's now a time to take the same strategy and strategic vision in how we entered into all the other categories we have in the past, and apply that to more."

According to Esquire, the jackets will be available at Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, and Bloomingdale's in July, and the prices will range from $69 to $99. 

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Shia LaBeouf's latest movie only sold 1 ticket at the UK box office


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Shia LaBeouf's latest movie "Man Down" did not get the kind of reception it was hoping for in the UK over the weekend.

The thriller about a veteran (LaBeouf) dealing with PTSD only earned £7 ($8.70 in US dollars) over the weekend, according to ComScore (reported by Variety). That is the equivalent of a single movie ticket, as the UK Cinema Association puts the average movie cost in the country at £7.21.

The only location the film played at was the Reel Cinema in Burnley. It also was simultaneously released On Demand.

The movie, directed by Dito Montiel, had a similar release in the US late last year. Distributed through Lionsgate Premiere, it played in select theaters while also available On Demand and streaming at the same time.

"Man Down" grossed $454,490 in the US, according to Variety. Box-office numbers for the movie are not listed on BoxOfficeMojo.

The movie has a 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also stars Gary Oldman, Kate Mara, and Jai Courtney.

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Here's how far the 10 bestselling cars and trucks can drive on an 'empty' gas tank


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Warning: Driving your vehicle on low fuel or an empty tank can damage your ride or even lead to a crash.

The fuel gauge in your car or truck is lying to you.

Automobile manufacturers build in about a gallon (3.8 liters) of reserve fuel beyond the "empty" line. They also warn about low fuel long before a vehicle runs out, since they know that people procrastinate — especially when it comes to forking over money.

But those manufacturers are looking out for drivers: Running out of fuel can leave you stranded or cause a crash on the road, and can also damage expensive auto parts.

Ed Mosher is a retired automotive repair specialist and engine performance expert — and the father of a co-author of this story. "The really important thing, especially with newer cars, is that they have an electric fuel pump, and fuel is used to cool that pump as it works," he told Business Insider. "So if the weather is hot and you run low on fuel, you risk burning out a fuel pump real quick."

Cold weather can also be problematic if your fuel runs low.

"The air inside the gas tank can form condensation, and that could foul the fuel with moisture," said Mosher. "This can cause fuel injector-firing problems, ice crystals around the fuel pump, and driveability problems. It happens rarely, thanks to additives in the fuel that basically keep it from freezing. But it's a risk."

Either way, replacing a fuel pump can cost about $1,000 to $2,000, he said.

Automobile manufacturers rarely disclose how far their makes and models can go when the low-fuel warning light kicks on or the fuel gauge dips past "E". Nevertheless, enough people have risked damage and accidents to find out. The website TankOnEmpty.com collects data and stories from drivers in an attempt to answer those questions, according to Digital Journal.

Here are the reported averages from the site's users on how far the bestselling cars and trucks of 2016 can drive after the "low fuel" light turns on:

How long cars can go on empty

Of course, the way the site collects data isn't ironclad, since anyone can contribute and skew results — intentionally or unintentionally. Also, people who brake frequently and accelerate rapidly burn a lot more fuel than someone who uses cruise control and drives within the speed limit.

But given the lack of scientific studies out there, this is some of the only data available — and it covers dozens of other makes and models.

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A pastry chef made a chocolate cigar which looks scarily like the real thing


Pastry chef Amaury Guichon made a chocolate cigar which resembles the real thing. 

The cigar shell is dipped into a fine chocolate before being filled with soft vanilla caramel and Bailey's Cremeaux.

The cigar "ash" is made from a hazelnut crumble and delicately applied to the cigar to give it an extra realistic look.

A variety of culinary techniques is then used to give the cigar its finishing touches. 

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13 retailers that are dying and taking the fashion industry with them (M, SHLD)


jcpenney shoppersThe retail apocalypse has descended on America.

More than 3,500 stores are expected to close across the US in the next couple of months, with some of the most iconic American fashion brands shuttering locations. 

Retailers like Macy's, Bebe, and Payless are all closing dozens — or even hundreds — of stores in 2017.

As mall traffic declines and e-commerce grows, many fashion brands have struggled to keep up. 

Here are 13 retailers that are disappearing across the US, as store closures sweep the country. 

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Stores closing: 1,000

The discount shoe retailer said Tuesday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and would immediately close 400 stores in the US and Puerto Rico. Additional store closures are likely.

Payless has been in talks with its lenders for months over a restructuring plan that at one point included closing as many as 1,000 stores, or a quarter of the company's locations. Currently, Payless has about 4,400 locations worldwide, including 3,600 in North America.

The Chapter 11 filing reports less than $1 billion in assets and $10 billion in liabilities. 

The Limited

Stores closing: 250

The women's clothing retailer shut down all 250 of its stores in early January. 

"We're sad to say that all The Limited stores nationwide have officially closed their doors," the company said in an online statement. "But this isn't goodbye. The styles you love are still available online — we're just a quick click away 24 hours a day."

Wet Seal

Stores closing: 171

The struggling teen retailer is closing all of its stores, the company announced in late January. 

The closures come two years after Wet Seal closed 338 of its then-511 stores in January 2015, shortly before the company filed for bankruptcy protection. At the time, Wall Street analysts said that falling foot traffic at shopping malls played a major role in Wet Seal's death spiral.

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How to know whether you have Lyme disease


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So long as it's treated quickly and properly, Lyme disease isn't too serious of a health issue. Untreated, however, Lyme can result in severe problems like meningitis or even partial paralysis, and the symptoms may not show up until a week or even years after a bite.

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Consumers have a new attitude about fashion — and it should terrify H&M, Forever 21, and Zara


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Renting isn't just for your prom clothes anymore.

Chic startups like Rent the Runway and The Black Tux have changed the rental game, offering high-end tuxedos and dresses to rent for a set period of time.

Customers have flocked to the startups' offerings. Rent the Runway reached its annual goal of $100 million in sales last November, according to Forbes. As of January, The Black Tux was doing $2 million in sales a month with a two-fold increase year-over-year.

It seems that shoppers are increasingly seeing renting as a good opportunity to step outside their normal style or to obtain a fancy garment for an event.

Now department stores, looking for a way to draw in a younger crowd that is more likely to be interested in renting, are partnering with these brands to offer more options to shoppers. In November, Neiman Marcus made a deal with Rent the Runway for a store-within-a-store concept in San Francisco. The Black Tux recently began a trial partnership that calls for the creation of rental locations within six Nordstrom stores across the US.

It's the first rental partnership for both stores, which are hoping that before and after appointments, shoppers will browse the aisles and walk out with more products than just a rental. The rental companies, on the other hand, are just happy to be associated with well-known, established, and trusted brands that have more locations to service potential customers.

"We're a purchase people are making for a very important day — we need as much trust as we can possibly get," Andrew Blackmon, a cofounder of The Black Tux, told Business Insider.

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Though it may seem that these rental outposts in Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus could steal sales from the department stores' existing offerings, the startups don't think that will be the case.

"It's a totally different market," Blackmon said. "The price points for [Nordstrom's] tuxedos are fairly high, so there isn't really any cannibalization."

A typical Nordstrom tuxedo carries a price tag of at least $800, while the store's private label sells one for $430. Compare that with The Black Tux, where an average tuxedo rental will cost you $125.

Blackmon said he saw his competitors as other suiting companies that sell their suits for $150 to $300 — firmly fast-fashion territory. "A lot of people are using us after having an experience there," Blackmon said.

Rent the Runway founder Jennifer Hyman told Forbes that she had also seen her customers move away from fast fashion and turn to renting from her company, often supplementing those rentals with buying investment pieces.

"Rent-buy is the new high-low," Hyman told Forbes, noting that a customer may buy a black dress but rent a hot pink one for a special event.

Fast fashion, which is clothing made and sold cheaply with a condensed supply chain so it can capture ongoing trends, used to be considered the "low" end of that equation. Since it's in style for only a season or two at best, fast fashion is often seen as quickly disposable and worn just a few times before being discarded.

It's being pushed out by rental in these formal categories, however, as the prices are similar but the quality and perceived quality are miles apart. And if customers are going to wear the garment only once anyway, it makes a lot of sense to rent something that looks and feels better. Plus, the company will take care of dry cleaning.

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The two founders agree that customers are looking for quality in the garments they wear, and they're not finding it in fast-fashion offerings. The large gap in price between renting and buying luxury and high-quality garments makes rental an attractive proposition.

"I wouldn't go so far as to say the future of fashion is rental, but I would say rental will be a major component of the future of fashion," Blackmon said.

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Get ready for wild swarms of biting insects all over the US this summer


Winter is the time of year when many people forget the previous summer's gross weather and become eager for it to get warmer again. But then summer arrives, and those same people are often sweaty, hot, covered in biting insects, and waiting for the weather to finally cool off.

It's the circle of life.

But the cycle isn't exactly the same from one year to another. Some summers are warmer, others cooler. Ditto for winters — though they tend to skew warmer in our changed climate era.

The result? Early springs, which are dangerous for plants. Record-setting heat streaks. And, this spring and summer in the US, probably more pests than usual.

Bugs do well in warm winters. Frost doesn't penetrate their winter holes as much, so many more survive until spring and summer.

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That's according to the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit associated with the pest-control industry that puts out information on bugs and swarms across the US.

Its predictions are fairly rough, based on broad information about how insect populations tend to respond to different seasonal conditions. But they're based on firm science. And they are broken down into five regions of the continental US.

In the West, which just had an unusually wet and cold winter after years of drought ― and which now expects a cool and wet spring ― mosquitoes are a threat, likely to appear early and in large numbers.

The Midwest, which experienced a wet winter as well without the usual deep freeze, can also expect early pest activity. Termites and ticks will be out in force, with significant mosquito populations present as well.

Further south, an area spanning New Mexico to Louisiana and including Texas had a warm wet winter, with a cooler, rainier spring following. That region can expect high ant, tick, and mosquito populations, with termite swarms showing up late.

The Southeast had a mild winter, setting the stage for more mosquitoes than usual.

In the Northeast, a warm winter and a warm spring set the stage for a wild pest summer: mosquitoes, ticks, ants, and even stink bugs will be out in force early.

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What it's like to eat a $295-per-person, 3-hour dinner at Eleven Madison Park, the best restaurant in the world


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Eleven Madison Park is officially the best restaurant in the world.

New York City's temple to fine dining earned the title during the big reveal of the World's 50 Best Restaurants — "prom night for the restaurant industry" — in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday.

We can see why. With Daniel Humm, a Michelin-starred chef, at the helm, the French-influenced bistro serves exceptional Greenmarket cuisine that surprises and delights.

The food blogger Julian Fang captured the experience of dining at Eleven Madison Park in spring 2011 for his website Jewelz. He opted for the 11-course tasting menu, which today lasts three hours and costs $295 per person.

While the menu has changed both in format and content, the decadence remains. We've shared a selection of Fang's photos with permission.

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Daniel Humm's award-winning restaurant is in Manhattan's Flatiron neighborhood, on Madison Avenue between 24th and 25th streets.

The art-deco-styled dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows and whimsical floral arrangements that reach to the high ceilings.

But let's get to the food. Eleven Madison Park offers only a tasting menu, preceded by light amuse-bouches. First up were these bite-sized cheese gougères, served warm and sprinkled with salt.

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