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Google just killed Burger King's newest TV ad that had a disastrous flaw

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Burger King's newest TV ad cleverly makes use of Google devices, triggering them to recite Wikipedia's definition of a Whopper. They didn't expect people to change the Whopper Wikipedia page, having them recite hilarious description of the Whopper. Google has since stopped the ad from triggering a response from their devices.

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7 watches that are so classic, they'll never go out of style

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Classic is undeniable.

It transcends price point, it transcends time, and it even transcends trends.

We believe it's very important to have at least one classic watch — one that you can wear almost everywhere and nearly every day of your life if you like.

The best part about classic is that you don't have to splash out a lot of cash if you don't want to.

Here are six classic watches that you can wear your entire life. We've included one at every price point, in ascending order. 

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Timex Easy Reader

Here, we start off pretty humble: the Timex Easy Reader. For around $25 (or the bargain bin at Walmart) you can get a perfectly suitable watch without flash or substance, but with a perfectly classic look that will fit in with pretty much any informal setting.

As for the internals, you get what you pay for. This is basically the Toyota Corolla of watches. It'll blend in, but don't expect it to go from 0 to 60 in two seconds.

Price:$28



Seiko 5

A few notches above the Easy Reader is the Seiko 5. 

It swaps out a quartz movement for the best value in mechanical movements, all wrapped in a handsome pilot watch-inspired package, one of the classic watch archetypes.

It's one of the best values you can buy for the money, and can be found reliably for around $60 in a variety of different color schemes.

Price:$55



Orient Bambino

A little dressier than the aforementioned watches, the Orient Bambino dials up the class.

Its handsome good looks are ideal for both the office and date night, and the automatic movement will keep it ticking. It can be had for a little more than $100. 

Price:$127



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Divers in Thailand came across weird sea creatures linked together in a 15-foot chain

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Sea salps are barrel-shaped planktonic tunicate which move by pumping water through their gelatinous bodies.

They link together in long chains and are most abundant in the Southern Ocean.

A group of divers spotted a 15-foot chain in the Andaman Sea near Thailand.

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A $40 million mini megacity with landmarks from 50 countries is on display in Times Square

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A giant miniature world is now in New York City's Times Square.

A group of artists have created a new 49,000-square-foot exhibit of 300 miniature scenes of landmarks and towns from 50 countries around the world.

Called Gulliver's Gate, the exhibit features everything from a tiny replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to one of the Beatles strutting across Abbey Road.

The $40 million exhibit, which opened on April 6, will be on display until Dec 30.

Check it out below.

SEE ALSO: Inside the Lego studio where Master Builders create incredible life-size sculptures

The Gulliver's Gate exhibit is located in Times Square in New York City.



Here's a miniature replica of the billboard-filled plaza itself:



Gulliver's Gate features replicas of sites from 50 countries around the world.



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The best way to build muscle may not be lifting the heaviest weights

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Whether you want to tone up or slim down, you've likely added some kind of weight training to your fitness routine at some point.

Most people think the quickest way to build muscle is to use the heaviest weights you can manage. This approach usually means you won't do very many repetitions, or "reps," since you'll get exhausted pretty quickly.

Aside from making you vulnerable to injury, that method may not be the best way to tone up. Instead, doing the same exercise with less weight for more reps could give you the same results.

Mike Robertson, a certified strength-and-conditioning specialist with a master's degree in sports biomechanics from Ball State University's Human Performance Lab, supports that approach.

"If you train with high reps, your goal is to build a bigger muscle," Robertson told BodyBuilding.com.

Fitness research backs up the practice.

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For a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers took 49 young men, all of whom had been doing some kind of weight training for at least a year, and split them into two groups. All the men — no women were included in the study — worked out four times each week for three months.

The first group stuck with their standard weight-training regimen involving heavy weights and a low number of reps. Someone in this group, for example, might do arm curls with a 20-pound weight and repeat the exercise eight or 12 times.

People in the second group, on the other hand, were instructed to reduce their weights and increase their number of reps. So instead of eight reps with a 20-pound dumbbell, someone in this group might do 20 or 25 reps with an 8-pound weight.

The researchers measured the muscle tone of people in each group before and after the three-month workout plan. Surprisingly, they found no significant differences between the groups — people in each had built bigger, stronger muscles.

"Fatigue is the great equalizer here," Stuart Phillips, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University and the lead author on the study, said in a press release. "Lift to the point of exhaustion and it doesn't matter whether the weights are heavy or light."

Still, Robertson recommends alternating between the two approaches so your body doesn't get accustomed to a routine.

"High reps build muscle and connective tissue strength and give your body respite from the grind of low-rep sets," he said.

There's a key takeaway here for anyone who has avoided a weight room because they don't like the idea of pumping bulky iron: You may be able to get the same benefits with lighter weights. And you can always add new elements — or more weight — to your routine to keep things fresh.

SEE ALSO: 11 fitness 'truths' that are doing more harm than good

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There are now nearly 40 colleges in the US where a 4-year degree costs more than $250,000

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The price of American college continues to tick up at a worrisome pace. A recent analysis by investment management company Vanguard estimates that private college will cost about $120,000 a year in 18 years.

As shocking as that number is, it's not hard to believe given the cost of college today — though it calls into question whether the current model of higher education is sustainable.

There are currently 38 US colleges that cost more than a quarter of a million dollars to attend for four years.

Take a look below to see the colleges and universities that now charge more than $65,000 a year:

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SEE ALSO: The hardest college to get into in every state

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Here are the best wines to pair with your favorite fast foods

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In her new book "Cork Dork," journalist Bianca Bosker chronicles her immersion into the wild world of sommeliers and the big spenders who take their advice on wine.

While training to smell and taste like a sommelier, she learns about how human senses function, how difficult it is to become a certified sommelier, and how restaurants help guests to pick out a quality bottle of wine while protecting their bottom line. 

Along the way, though, Bosker realized how intimidating wine can be to the general public. To combat this exclusivity, she began a humorous Instagram series she calls "#pairdevil," in which she gives advice on pairing wine with your favorite comfort and fast foods.

We've rounded up a few of her posts here. 

SEE ALSO: 12 of the best new restaurants near Wall Street

Pickle and pastrami sandwich + Syrah

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 "Up first: pickles+pastrami from @pastramiqueen and Alain Graillot's Crozes-Hermitage. 100% syrah grapes, 100% big enough to stand up to a big NYC snack."



Hot dog + Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine

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"I look serious because I am not messing around this is my DREAM #pairdevil: Papaya King and Analemmas's Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Made like champagne, half the price since it's from Oregon. Full disclosure: I'm cheating because champagne + its cousins play nicely with basically anything you put on a plate."



McDonald's Filet-o-Fish + Grillo

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 "#pairdevil on the road: McDonald's Filet-o-Fish (invented here in Cincinnati) is, against all odds, shockingly tasty and contains real fish. Also way better with Tami from Sicilian sar Arianna Occhipinti. It's made from the Grillo grape — a little wild, a touch of sunny warmth, a brine-y breath of seabreeze. Think Sauvignon Blanc's hip, tattooed uncle."



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The CEO of Bulletproof Coffee has spent over $1 million on 'smart drugs' and a personal health lab

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Dave Asprey wears implants and sensors the way some people sport jewelry. Sitting outside a tea shop in San Francisco, he flexes his left arm to show off the shiny devices.

"This is my robot arm," says Asprey, smiling.

An oversized "wellness ring" tracks pulse rate, respiration rate, and sleep, and a continuous glucose monitor, which hangs off a needle implanted in his tricep, tests for the amount of sugar in his blood (even though Asprey is not diabetic). He opens his backpack and empties out a container of torpedo-shaped liquid capsules, designed to boost cognitive function, onto the table.

Asprey, 43, is the creator and CEO of Bulletproof Coffee and a self-described biohacker who has built a multimillion-dollar wellness brand around his DIY approach to biology. He tells Business Insider he's spent over $1 million over the last two decades on supplements, devices, testing, and neurology equipment for his in-home laboratory.

There's no better investment than yourself, period. Because every time you invest in yourself ... the returns affect you and everyone around you, forever," Asprey says.

Just chillin! #cryotherapy #bulletprooflabs

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Twenty years ago, Asprey was a cloud computing executive. He was tired, "feeling like crap all the time," and weighed 300 pounds. He decided to take the data-centric approach he used at work and turn it on himself. He began measuring different variables, from heart rate to hormone levels, and experimenting with expensive and often unproven solutions to tweak his own biology.

Since 2013, he has transformed his personal development project into a wellness empire, complete with two New York Times bestsellers, a line of supplements, conferences, and a coffee shop in Santa Monica, California, where his famous blend of grass-fed butter, oil, and coffee is served. There were 48 million cups of Bulletproof Coffee sold last year, Asprey says.

In addition to wearing trackers on his body, Asprey starts the day with a cocktail of cognitive enhancement supplements, or "smart drugs." They range from coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that occurs naturally in the body and helps cells produce energy more efficiently, to activated coconut charcoal, a form of carbon that's been shown to improve gas and bloat.

Had an awesome New Year's eve party last night with way more wine and FATWater vodka cocktails than I normally drink…so this morning I upped my recovery supplements. This might be the most I've ever taken at one time, probably around 75. I already feel like myself after just bulletproof coffee ☕️, but I'm a little stiff and I grew an overnight cute little muffin top 🍩 so there is definitely inflammation. Expecting that I'll be back to normal by tonight! Alcohol simply isn't good for you but you can hack most of the bad effects. I spiked the food with Brain Octane and took a lot of Bulletproof Charcoal and Bulletproof Glutathione Force last night too. 👍 hoping you had an awesome evening last night and you are feeling amazing this morning! #muffintop #bulletproofcoffee #bulletproofdiet #fatwater #charcoal #alcohol #wine #vodka #inflammation #brainoctane

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Asprey takes roughly a dozen supplements everyday to maximize his energy and performance. However, there is very little research on the safety and benefits of nootropics.

His home, located on an organic farm in British Columbia, is souped-up with medical-therapy and wellness technologies. His personal facility has an infrared sauna for LED therapy, a sensory-deprivation flotation tank, a cryotherapy chamber, and several neurofeedback machines (which record brain waves and reproduce them as sounds or images, so that the wearer can make sense of the waves and develop some control over them).

Asprey estimates the cost of creating his at-homelab was about $700,000. By 2015, he had already spent $300,000 on supplements, according to an interview with CNN.

It's official. I'm a cyborg. Just installed a nearfield implantable blood glucose monitoring system. It stays attached to your arm for 14 days and shows blood glucose any time you wave the meter over your arm. So far this morning, my fasting blood glucose has ranged from 4.6 to 5.0 mmol/L which corresponds to 84 to 90 mg/dl. Optimal antiaging levels are 87 or below. So far, as expected, Bulletproof Coffee has had zero impact on my blood sugar levels because it has no carbs or protein and contains exogenous ketones from Brain Octane Oil. Doing the Bulletproof Vibe for 10 minutes dropped my levels from 5.0 to 4.6 as my muscles used free blood sugar in response to the stimulus! I don't have diabetes or anything close (although I have lost 100lbs); this is for biohacking and seeing how my environment changes my biology. #bulletproof #bulletproofdiet #bulletproofcoffee #cyborg #keto #brainoctane #glucose #glucosetest #diabetes #biohacking

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Perhaps the single most extravagant purchase Asprey has made is a $25,000 "executive physical" from Human Longevity, Inc., a genomics and cell therapy company focused on lengthening the human lifespan. His purchase included an eight-hour day of diagnostics, including genomic testing, early cancer detection, and a high-resolution bone-density scan.

(The latter revealed that Asprey's left thigh bone is less dense than its counterpart, which he attributes to the electromagnetic fields emitted by the cell phone he wears in his left pocket.)

"I have a radiant-barrier fabric sewn into my pants so I can carry my phone without cooking my femur. 'Cause if I'm going to live to 180, I want both of my femurs to work," he says.

Yes, Asprey, who's currently on the road promoting his new book, "Head Strong," wants to live to be 180 years old. And he's encountered his fair share of skeptics along the way.

He says he appreciates the "science trolls" who tell him he shouldn't share his biohacks with the public because there's little to no scientific evidence to support them.

"I'm like, that's why we're doing the research," Asprey says. "Someone has to try it."

SEE ALSO: The founder of Bulletproof Coffee plans to live to be 180 years old — here’s his daily routine

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Here's The Rock's insane workout and diet he uses to get ripped for 'Fast and Furious'

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WWE heavyweight turned highest-paid actor in the world Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson seems to get bigger and bigger with every movie. His body hardly even looks real, and he works hard to maintain it. He's striving for greatness, and a great physique is one of his top priorities.

For "The Fate of the Furious," he bulked up to make his character, Hobbs, the biggest he's ever appeared in the "Fast and Furious" movies or on the big screen generally.

Johnson often documents his workout routine and diet on his Instagram account, where he also occasionally posts photos and videos of his adorable dogs.

Here's what The Rock's workout routine and diet are like:

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He loves to work out — maybe too much.

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"He loves to train, so you struggle to keep him out of the gym," said Dave Rienzi, Johnson's trainer. "When I started working with [Johnson], he was spending too much time in the gym, which was a little counterproductive, so I had to try to limit him to a really intense 45-60 minutes."

Source: Men's Health UK



His weight often fluctuates, and his goal weight depends on the movie.

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For his role in "The Fate of the Furious," he added 22 pounds to his already bulky body to be the "meanest, strongest" Hobbs yet.

"I'm stepping on set 260lbs of the meanest, strongest and most highly funny & entertaining s--- talkin' version of Hobbs the franchise has ever seen," Johnson said on Instagram.



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19 US cities where you can live comfortably on less than $50,000 a year

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If you can live by the 50-30-20 plan — spend 50% of your income on necessities, spend 30% on discretionary items, and save the remaining 20% — you're probably in pretty good financial shape.

That is, you're living comfortably, according to a new report from GOBankingRates on the income needed to afford living in the 50 biggest cities in America. But because cost of living and wages vary from city to city, you may be able to achieve this budget with ease in some places; in others, it's a much more challenging task.

To find out where you could live by the 50-30-20 budget on a salary of $50,000 or less a year — just shy of the median household income in the US — Business Insider filtered GOBankingRates' data on the 50 most populous US cities.

The income needed for each city was determined by monthly expenses — housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health insurance — for a single person. GoBankingRates multiplied the total monthly cost of necessities for each city by 12 to get the annual cost. To live by the 50-30-20 rule, a person would need to earn twice as much as their expenses, so GoBankingRates doubled the total cost of necessities to arrive at the total recommended income for each city.

Below, check out the 19 places where you can live on a salary of $50,000 or less a year, including several cities in the Midwest and South. For context, we've also included how much the median household actually earns in each location.

SEE ALSO: How much money you need to make to live comfortably in the 25 biggest cities in America

SEE ALSO: The top 15 cities in America to buy your first home

Newark, New Jersey

Population: 280,579

Income needed: $49,580

Median income: $33,139



Colorado Springs, Colorado

Population: 445,830

Income needed: $49,415

Median income: $54,527



Mesa, Arizona

Population: 464,704

Income needed: $48,995

Median income: $48,809



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What this symbol that’s on nearly half of your food actually means

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The Hechsher, or the  marking on many common food items, is a signifier that the food is certified kosher. There are various symbols that appear on food packaging. The symbols differ depending on which kosher organization has certified the food and the contents of the food. The small letters next to kosher symbols signify if the food is dairy, meat, pareve (neither dairy nor meat), or kosher for Passover. You can find the Ⓤ on Oreos, Coca-Cola, and many other items people purchase regularly.

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'Fast and Furious' has given Corona $15 million worth of product placement — absolutely free

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When you think about the "Fast and Furious" series, what are the first things that come to mind? Cars? Explosions? Family

How about Corona?

Throughout the "Fast" saga — starting with the original 2001 film, when Vin Diesel's Dom tells Paul Walker's Brian, "You can have any brew you want... as long as it's a Corona" — the Mexican pale lager has had a starring role. 

In an eye-opening feature, The Ringer explored the relationship between the film franchise (whose latest, "The Fate of the Furious," is out Friday) and the beer. The site uncovered that the brew's involvement in the films hasn't been a long-running promotional deal, as you'd likely expect, but instead it's a natural relationship that just made sense

“I was trying to make an L.A. saga, and Corona, to me, just seemed like this iconic, Southern California beer,” Rob Cohen, who directed the first installment, told The Ringer. 

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For the first film, there was no formal product-placement agreement. Corona simply sent the production a few cases of beer and granted the filmmakers permission to use the name in the movie.

Little did Corona's part owner, the global beer company AB InBev — or anyone else — know that the "Fast" franchise would grow into a $4 billion juggernaut (so far) that now includes the 6th-highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide in "Furious 7."

Eric Smallwood, managing partner at Apex Marketing Group, estimates that the beer's placement in the "Fast" films has brought the company over $15 million worth of free advertising. 

And if the below screenshot from a behind-the-scenes shot from B-roll of "The Fate of the Furious" is any indication, it looks like Corona will continue to be a part of the "Fast" universe as the series continues.

Fast 8 Corona

But despite the success of the films, the relationship with Corona has remained unchanged. Dom and his crew drink Corona because they like it — it's who they are. 

Read the original story, "How Corona Became the 'Fast and Furious' Beer of Choice," on The Ringer.

SEE ALSO: Here's The Rock's insane workout and diet he uses to get ripped for 'Fast and Furious'

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You can buy an Easter egg made entirely of cheese

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Food blogger Annem Hobson from So Wrong It's Nom launched the "Cheester Egg," an Easter egg where cheese takes the place of chocolate.

The recipe is based on semi-hard Napier cheese which was awarded London's Favourite Cheese in 2015’s Urban Food Awards.

“Chocolate is okay, but it’s a little boring and frankly I’m sick of seeing it dominating key retail periods," said Hobson.

Each egg weighs 260g and is sold online or in selected stores for £14.95. 

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It's especially hard to find a home to buy right now — and it could get worse for millennials

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Home shoppers might have an especially hard time finding the house of their dreams this spring. 

According to real-estate site Zillow, there are 3% fewer homes on the market than there were a year ago.

The largest drop in inventory has happened in Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and Detroit. In Minneapolis, for example, there are currently 18% percent fewer available homes than there were a year ago. 

Homes are also spending less and less time on the market. Nationally, it takes an average of 103 days for a home to sell, compared to 144 days in 2010. That number is now as low as 54 days in hot markets like Seattle, Denver, and Sacramento, where bidding wars have become common. Nationwide home values are up 7% over last year.

There are a few factors that could explain why this is happening.

The first is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. A real estate market where inventory is tight tends to favor the buyer who can afford to negotiate and wait until the right offer comes along. However, at the same time, many homeowners are holding off on listing their homes for sale because they want to avoid entering a competitive buyer's market.  

"Inventory tightness is reinforcing inventory tightness," Skylar Olsen, Zillow's senior managing economist, told Business Insider. Olsen added that competition is especially strong in the lower third of listed homes, partly because there is still a relatively high rate of negative equity — a holdover from the financial crisis. 

According to Zillow, some 5.1 million Americans owe more on their home loans than their home is currently worth. These people are less likely to list their homes because it's difficult to sell a home that's underwater. 

"Homes that are in the lower third of properties are twice as likely to be underwater still," Olsen said. "If we had a steady stream of new homes coming onto the market, we might be able to break out of this cycle, but we haven't seen new home [production] return to pre-recession levels. It hasn't even returned to the relatively steady rates of the '80s."

Though the pace of building has increased recently, new home construction has not caught up to historical average levels because land and labor are still very expensive. And for many homebuilders who overbuilt prior to the recession, the bubble's bursting was traumatic. 

"Subdivisions were put in, and they languished on the market — there was a lot of wasted production," Olsen said. "The construction industry as a whole is now going for higher margins and lower volume. Some of the larger builders don’t have much of an incentive to build out a larger volume of homes because their margins would fall."

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All of these factors are converging as millennials, the nation's largest living generation, are buying homes for the first time. Right now, the median age of a first-time homebuyer is 33. Millennials — defined by Zillow as being between the age of 18 and 34 — are 56% of America's first-time homebuyers (the largest age demographic), but the bulk of millennials are still very young and not making those big life decisions just yet. 

Still, interest rates have been low, which has made buying an enticing option for long-term renting millennials. 

"As they do come online, millennials might want to consider skipping entry level and going into a 'forever' home," Olsen said. "They might have to compete with boomers who are downsizing into the same kind of housing stock. That collision will mostly happen in that entry-level segment."

SEE ALSO: Americans could be killing the McMansion for good

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This Instagram account perfectly captures what it's like to be in a long distance relationship

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Becca Siegel and Dan Gold are a couple that's traveling the world — but not together.
  • They match their travel photos side by side to compare their surroundings.
  • They said the key to making a long distance relationship work is understanding and communication.


Becca Siegel
and Dan Gold share a passion for travel photography — a pursuit that continues to lead them to different parts of the world. But it also has a way of bringing the couple together.

Through their Half Half Travel Instagram account, Siegel and Gold combine photos of their respective locations, and even show themselves arm in arm on two different continents with a bit of Photoshop magic. While paying tribute to their individual adventures, the photos fuse their experiences into a narrative that transcends the thousands of miles between them.

Dan Gold and Becca Siegel met on the dating app Bumble in December 2015, and have been together since.



Siegel lived abroad in Hong Kong and China and is now based in New York while traveling on her own.



Gold is traveling with Remote Year, a program that brings entrepreneurs together to work and live in a different city each month.



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ANTHONY BOURDAIN: 'I have the best job in the world' despite doing everything wrong

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The road to success for world renowned chef Anthony Bourdain, author of "Appetites: A Cookbook,"  was long, winding, and riddled with failures. However, in the face of all of that, Bourdain has achieved a level of incredible success in the world of cooking and television. Here's how Bourdain got there — and what he recommends to anyone else trying to break into the field. 

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These matchmakers charge guys up to $35,000 to be sent on dates — here are their top spots in New York

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Over the past three years, matchmakers Greta Tufvesson and Nikki Lewis have set up thousands of dates on both the West and East Coast. They say their matchmaking business, The Bevy, has a 95% success rate thanks to an extensive vetting process and a strong inner drive to connect people.

"We're connectors," Tufvesson recently told Business Insider. "We're introducing people to others that they wouldn't necessarily meet on their own."

The Bevy charges their male clients from $25,000 to $35,000 to find a match, though women can join for free. With Tufvesson based out of Los Angeles and Lewis in New York City, the two are constantly flying back and forth to meet face to face with potential clients. While their clients' professions vary between doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers, screenwriters, event planners, and more, they all have one thing in common: they're successful.

"Our clients are really smart, intelligent, and successful," Lewis said. Face-to-face interviews help the two weed out those who aren't seriously ready for a "meaningful relationship" or those who have unrealistic expectations. And the same goes for the women: "It's a rigorous process," Lewis said of the vetting.

So far, The Bevy has been responsible for more than two dozen marriages, but the founders say they don't use that as a measure of success. "It's putting people in meaningful relationships," Tufvesson said. 

The two dished on their favorite spots to send clients out for dates in New York City. 

SEE ALSO: We shadowed a bunch of Wall Streeters during an early-morning training session for the most intense competition out there — here's what it was like

Wallflower, West Village

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"I've never set up a bad date at Wallflower," Lewis said. "It's just perfect — kind of low-key, but a high-end neighborhood establishment." 

 



Flinders Lane, East Village

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"We [suggest] a lot of places where you can have drinks and order dinner if you want to, but it's not necessarily like a formal sit-down dinner," Tufvesson said. With a bar as well as a dinner menu, Flinders Lane fits that bill. 



The Soho Grand Hotel, SoHo

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"The Soho Grand is great because you get those couches if you get there early," Tufvesson said. "[For a first date] it's about having space and being able to talk to each other, so we don't suggest a lot of crazy busy places." 



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Sears' crumbling former headquarters have been transformed into affordable housing — take a look (SHLD)

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Two years ago, Sears' former headquarters were a mix of dilapidated and abandoned buildings.  

Today, those buildings are a growing community hub. This 55-acre complex, formerly the main offices of Sears, Roebuck and Co., is now home to a mix of affordable housing units, community centers, and a high school. 

Sears tested its products and printed the famous catalog in this complex in Homan Square, a neighborhood on the west side of Chicago. But in 1974, the company moved to Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), and these buildings were left deserted for 30 years.

In that time, Sears went from being on top of the world to being one of the most distressed American brands.

Since then, developers have been working on transforming the brand's first home. Keep scrolling to see what it looked like then, and what it's looking like now. 

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This photo, taken in 1910, shows the original Sears, Roebuck & Co. complex. At the time, Sears was America's largest mail-order catalog company, and it ran its entire operation from this complex.

Source: Library of Congress



When Sears moved locations in 1974, these buildings were abandoned for the next 30 years.



In 2011, photographer Martin Gonzalez took a series of photos that show the inside of Sears' crumbling former HQ.



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