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Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen threw an exclusive party on one of his superyachts during the Cannes Film Festival


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For years, Microsoft cofounder, billionaire, and philanthropist Paul Allen has hosted a star-studded party during the Cannes Film Festival.

Though the party usually takes place on his 414-foot superyacht "Octopus," Allen switched it up this year, hosting the event on his other, $160 million yacht, "Tatoosh." This yacht is slightly smaller than "Octopus," which all but confirmed the rumors that the guest list was going to be even harder to get on this year.

According to the Daily Mail, stars like Pamela Anderson, Salma Hayek, and Lindsay Lohan were in attendance. Take a look at the exclusive event below. 

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During the film festival, the Port de Cannes is lined with multimillion-dollar yachts, including Allen's.

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Tatoosh is 303 feet in length, and it has a swimming pool and pads for two helicopters.

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Although they kept a quiet social-media presence at the party, Pamela Anderson and Salma Hayek were spotted by paparazzi as they entered the yacht.

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The Brooklyn Bridge just turned 134 years old — here are 14 surprising facts about the iconic landmark


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The Brooklyn Bridge celebrated its 134th birthday on Wednesday. 

The bridge opened to the public on May 24, 1883 and to mark the occasion the city put on an extravagant firework show between Manhattan and Brooklyn. 

Needless to say, the bridge has a long, rich history. Here's a look at some of the lesser known facts about the iconic piece of architecture. 

Jack Sommer contributed to an earlier version of this story. 

1. The original bridge designer died after a strange accident.

In 1869, while on a pier in Brooklyn conducting a survey for the bridge, Chief Architect John Roebling had his foot crushed by a ferry that came in too close. He didn't scream but instead went on barking out orders to his workers.

After they got his foot unstuck, he promptly went to the doctor, who told Roebling they would need to amputate. But when the impatient Roebling was told the extensive after-care instructions, he changed his mind. "No, no, no. Just soaking it in water will be ok," he said. He died a month later.

 2. It took two generations of a family to design and build.

The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 years to build, starting in 1869 and ending in 1883. Roebling, a German immigrant, was named Chief Architect in the initial planning. The bridge looks the way it does today because of his original designs, which took three months to put together.

However, after Roebling's death-by-ferry-accident, his son, Washington Roebling, was left to complete his father's plans.

3. The construction workers used only their two bare hands.

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The first step was to build the towers of the bridge. To dig up the mud and get down to bedrock, the workers needed to do all of their work by hand.

They worked around the clock, 24 hours a day, and still they were only able to dig down about six inches a week on the Brooklyn side. 

4. A sickness plagued those who were working on the bridge.

Those who had been working on the first tower in Brooklyn began to come down with an illness that they called Caisson's Disease, named for the large, watertight chambers the construction workers labored in. It is now believed that the workers were getting sick because they failed to decompress after working deep underwater. 

Even Roebling himself was suffering from the effects of the disease by the time the towers were completed in 1874. 

Today we know the disease better as the bends, a disease that commonly afflicts scuba divers. It occurs when a solution in bubbles releases gases that are dissolved and impact parts of the body. 

5. They never reached bedrock on one side of the bridge. 

When working on the tower on the Manhattan side, the workers continued to get sick from Caisson's Disease. At one point they decided that enough was enough.

Bedrock was 107 feet down, but they stopped at 80 feet. The Manhattan side, therefore, is built on an already existing sand bed.

6. Each of the tower weighs 90,000 tons.

Workers had to be very precise in their measurements —the granite brick of the tower needed to be heavy enough to stay firm on the bottom of the river bed, but not so heavy that it would sink in.

7. Roebling's wife was responsible for much of the work. 

Brooklyn Bridge (Smaller Size)Washington Roebling’s wife, Emily, took over the duties after he was no longer able to get to the construction site himself. Emily was not an engineer, but she understood the plans so thoroughly that she could converse with other engineers.

Many people were under the impression that she was the real designer.

8. There are over 14,000 miles of wire in the Brooklyn Bridge.

Each cable is made of 19 separate strands, each of which has 278 separate wires.

The workers would splice the wires together, and then tie them to make the strands. A boat would come from Brooklyn and sail it across to the Manhattan side. Then, two winches on the outside of the towers would hold the strands in place, and they would raise them to the top. This was a very long and tedious process, which weather interrupted constantly. It took about two years to complete the wire strands alone.

9. Even today, the Brooklyn Bridge rises about three inches if it’s extremely cold.

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This is a result of the cables contracting and expanding in cold temperatures. 

The wires have done this ever since the bridge was complete. 

10. There were so many fireworks during the bridge's opening that even people from inland New Jersey said they could see the bright lights.

The bridge officially opened on May 24, 1883, after the roads were finished. 

Nearly 150,000 people were counted in front of City Hall alone, which is positioned directly across the Manhattan entrance to the bridge. Thousands more lined the streets of the now-connected boroughs, and the East River was filled with boats and ferries. Hundreds of fireworks were launched off the bridge.

11. Accounting for inflation, the bridge cost $3.5 billion to build. 

The Brooklyn Bridge took twice as long — and cost twice as much — as was expected. 

It cost a whopping $15 million at the time, which is roughly equivalent to $3.5 billion today. 

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12. A nearby underground wine cellar helped pay for the bridge's debt. 

Underneath the bridge on the Manhattan side, there was a wine cellar that the builders rented out for $1,000 a year. The money went towards repaying the developers' debts. 

Nicknamed "The Blue Grotto," it was covered in beautiful frescoes depicting vineyards in Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. 

There was another cellar on the Brooklyn side, though rent for that one was only $500.

Both places were popular for a while, but they ended up closing in the 1930s. They were mostly forgotten about, and there is currently no public access to them.

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13. A nearby cafe was used as a second office by Thomas Edison during the bridge’s construction.

The Paris Cafe, close to both the bridge and the seaport, was used by Edison while he was working on the first operational power station in the world.

That station would end up being built on Pearl and Fulton Street, just a few blocks away from the Manhattan side of the bridge. 

14. In 2006, workers discovered a bomb shelter underneath the bridge.

Somewhere along the Manhattan side (the city has never revealed the exact location), workers stumbled upon a vaulted room filled with tons of water, 352,000 packets of crackers, and blankets.

There was a label that said "FOR USE, AFTER ENEMY ATTACK." Workers also found newspapers from the late 1950s and 1960s, around the time of Sputnik and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Here are all the jaw-dropping looks from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet


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The big stars are in the South of France looking their most glamorous for this year's Cannes Film Festival and getting their photos shared across the world.

Following her eye-catching red dress at last year's Cannes, model Bella Hadid returned to the festival to grace the legendary red carpet. But fellow model Emily Ratajkowski also showed up and was turning everyone's head. Then there are the movie stars like Nicole Kidman, Kristen Stewart, Elle Fanning, Robin Wright, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Williams, Charlize Theron, and Uma Thurman. 

And Rihanna pretty much put everyone to shame.

But the person having the best time has to be festival jury member Will Smith. When he's not arguing about Netflix with jury president Pedro Almodóvar, he's having an incredible time walking the carpet and waving to the fans.

Here are photos of all the stars looking fabulous at this year's Cannes:


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The cast of "The Beguiled" had everyone's attention on the red carpet.

Gwendoline Christie, Jane Campion, and Elizabeth Moss were on hand for "Top of the Lake: China Girl."

Charlize Theron showed up for the 70th Anniversary of Cannes event.

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This Montauk estate is on the market for $48 million — 7,600% more than what its owners paid for it


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A Montauk estate built on a plot of land that was originally bought for $620,000 in 1992 is now on the market for a whopping $48 million.

Owned by framing business owner Eli Wilner and his wife, Barbara, the estate encompasses more than 36 acres of private reserve on the waterfront next to where Andy Warhol once lived. It's in a particularly remote part of Montauk, and, Wilner said, their initial purchase didn't even come with a permit to build on the empty, hilly land. 

But after their petition for permits was approved, the couple spent millions on constructing the home and fixing up the landscaping. They now enjoy a 400-foot private beach, which borders a 3,000-foot beach that rarely gets visitors. 

"We were amazingly lucky. We found it by chance," Wilner told Business Insider. "I enjoyed the whole process."

The couple is selling the home now because they are moving to Florida to be closer to family. It was previously on the market for $35 million in 2008, then $50 million in 2010. According to property records, the price was bumped up further to $55 million in 2016 before being brought to market at its current price by Brown Harris Stevens

If the home ends up selling at $48 million, its value would have appreciated by about 7,600% over what the owners originally paid for the land. 

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According to the listing, the three-story home has about 7,000 square feet of space. Its blue roof was built in a Japanese-inspired style.

There are plenty of gorgeous beach views to be taken in from the various rooms ...

... and wide decks make the most of the home's perch.

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Here's how you can use math to find your soul mate — and why we're so resistant to that idea


Eric Barker is the author of "Barking Up The Wrong Tree." In this video, Barker explains how you can find your soul mate using math. The following is a transcript of the video.

In terms of finding your soul mate, there's actually an algorithm developed by mathematicians that can be used to help you do this.

How it works is basically you take the number people that you think you could go on dates with in your lifetime and so, let’s say 100. And mathematicians say take the square root that number, so that would be 10, and then you go on dates with those 10 people and afterward you tell them all, “No thanks.” But you remember out of those 10 which one was the best person that you met?

Then keep going on more dates and the minute you find someone who is better than that best person out of the 10, that person is the closest thing mathematically to finding your soul mate.

What's interesting is, this is kind of cold, and clinical, and distant. Most people don't want to use something like this to romantically find their soulmate. But what's interesting is we can also look at research from arranged marriages and find that we can learn a lesson there as well. In that love marriages usually start off much happier than arranged marriage, but however after a few years, arranged marriages actually their happiness quotient exceeds the love marriages.

The one take away we can learn is that with arranged marriages people realize they need to make it work. They're basically handcuffed to another person and they put the effort into it. As opposed to with love marriages people usually feel there’s some outside force that's going to bring them happiness and that's kind of dangerous to leave things to fate.

So we can learn a lot from math, from arranged marriages, in terms of relationships, in terms of how we can apply these things and realize that sometimes it takes a little bit more than just romance. Sometimes a little bit of math and a little bit of effort can help.

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The bizarre 'Flintstones House' in a wealthy San Francisco suburb has finally found a buyer


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A unique house situated in the affluent town of Hillsborough, California, has finally found a buyer.

Known by Bay Area locals as the "Flintstones House" for its kooky attributes, the house was originally listed for $4.2 million in 2015. After two price chops, the listing site finally says that the house has a "sale pending." It's unclear what the final sale price was, though it was most recently listed for $3.19 million.

Indeed, many neighbors and locals call the home an eyesore, especially after it was painted orange and purple, according to Tech Insider.

Take a look around the home that has divided a community. Alain Pinel Realtors had the listing.

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Even from far away, it's easy to see that the Flintstones House isn't a normal property.

It's made from concrete that's been painted orange and purple, though it was first finished in an off-white color when it was built in 1976.

The odd shape of the house was created by applying shotcrete to both a steel rebar structure and a series of mesh frames held up by inflated balloons typically used for aeronautical research.

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The company behind the butter and coffee craze plans to open a café in NYC — Here's what it's like


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Coffee with butter isn't a typical morning beverage. But it's become a craze among biohackers and those looking to add extra energy to their day.

Championed by Dave Asprey, author of "The Bulletproof Diet," the aptly named "Bulletproof coffee" (BPC) is a mix of specially treated coffee, butter from grass-fed cows, and "brain octane" oil, which is similar to coconut oil.

You've never seen these ingredients on a Starbucks menu. But they're staples at the Bulletproof café in Santa Monica, California — and more cafés could be springing up around the country soon.

On Wednesday, Asprey announced that his company, Bulletproof, had raised an additional $19 million from lead investors CAVU Venture Partners.

With the new money, the company said it plans to fuel its retail expansion, including opening up a store in New York City. Last year, I stopped by Bulletproof's café in Santa Monica to see if a coffee and butter concoction could keep me fueled for my drive back to San Francisco. Here's what it was like:

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"The goal is not to be the next Starbucks," says founder Dave Asprey. Yet the company has now taken in over $28 million in venture funding and started opening coffee stores to bring biohacking to the masses. Biohacking is a DIY-movement in which people experiment with various supplements or devices that they believe lead to increased productivity, mental acuity and other benefits. For Bulletproof, this is the first location in downtown Santa Monica.

The sign outside is just one indicator of the differences between your typical coffee shop and Bulletproof. Here I'm told to "Hack every meal."

Bulletproof's messaging continues before you set foot in the store. From the door decals, you can see that this café is gluten-free, doesn't use GMOs, and won't add sugar.

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This is the cheapest private jet in the world — and it's a true game changer


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The Airbus A380 superjumbo may be the next big thing in private jets, but the tiny Cirrus Vision Jet is the next game changer.

At $1.96 million, the diminutive Cirrus is the most affordable private jet on sale today. In fact, it's about half the price of its nearest jet-powered competitor.

The Vision Jet has been 10 years in the making, Cirrus' vice president of marketing and communications, Ben Kowalski, told Business Insider. The production model of the Vision Jet made its first flight in May 2016. A few months later, the aircraft was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The company is now ramping up production and deliveries.

According to Kowalski, the Vision Jet's target markets are private owners and regional commercial air services.

In addition, Cirrus says the Vision Jet is a natural progression for owners of the company's popular lineup of high-performance piston-engine aircraft.

Here's a closer look at the Cirrus Vision Jet:

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The Cirrus Vision Jet is the latest entrant into the very-light-jet market.

Its main competitors include the HondaJet and Embraer Phenom 100.

Right off the bat, it's clear the Vision Jet is unlike anything else out there.

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The top trending travel destinations of the year, according to Airbnb


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It's almost summer, and for many, that means it's time to hit the beach. 

Airbnb recently took a look at the destinations that have seen the greatest increase in bookings since around this time last year, and unsurprisingly, many of them are on the coast. 

Seaside towns in Italy, France, and Spain ranked near the top. 

Here are some of the top-trending destinations on Airbnb, all of which have seen more than double the bookings on the rental platform since Memorial Day 2016. 

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Rosarito, Mexico — bookings up 231%

Located just a few miles south of the border with the US, Rosarito is a laid-back beach town with a decent offering of luxury resorts and high-end seafood restaurants. 

Destin, Florida — bookings up 232%

Destin has been a popular spring break and summer vacation destination for quite some time. Visitors can enjoy its golf courses as well as the bright-blue waters at its beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.

Prince Edward, Canada — bookings up 243%

Prince Edward Island may be best known as the home of Anne of Green Gables, but it's also an insanely beautiful spot packed with gorgeous beaches, lighthouses, and quaint towns.

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Men are freaking out at Alamo Drafthouse for hosting ladies-only 'Wonder Woman' screenings


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On Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse Austin announced it would hold a women-only "Wonder Woman" screening when the movie debuts in June. 

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," the movie theatre wrote. "And when we say 'Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female."

Some people did not respond well to the announcement and perceived exclusion. 

"Alamo Drafthouse, will there be a male only screening for Thor: Ragnarok or a special screening for IT that's only for those who identify as clowns?" one Facebook commenter wrote. 

"We might actually have to steal that clown idea," the Alamo Drafthouse account responded. "Thanks Ryan!"

In fact, it seems that whoever is running the Austin Alamo Drafthouse Facebook account has a snappy response for critics across the board. Here's a sampling of how the theater is responding:  

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Alamo also provided some more earnest responses, noting that it often provides special viewings for groups such as veterans and active military members, and that its many other "Wonder Woman" screenings are open to all. 

There was clearly demand for the tickets to the women-only showing. The first screening sold out, leading Alamo to add a second women-only "Wonder Woman" screening. 

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As of Thursday, the second women-only screening had also sold out. 

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14 of your most embarrassing questions about wine answered with science


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We've been there.

You're in a liquor or grocery store, trying to pick out wine with a group of friends when, inevitably, some unexpected member offers up their expert opinion.

Truth be told, there's a whole lot of science behind wine. Genetics, chemistry, microbiology, and even psychology all play a role in everything from how wine is produced, to which bottles we buy and when.

To get a better sense of what goes into making that glass of red or white, in 2016 we chatted with James Harbertson, a Washington State University professor of enology — that's the study of wine. In honor of National Wine Day, here's everything you need to know.

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Is cheap wine bad for you?

No way. Last year, rumors of a lawsuit that claimed that cheap wines had high levels of arsenic in it began circulating. One small detail the rumors left out: The lawsuit compared the levels of arsenic in wine to that of drinking water. To have any kind of negative experience as a result of this, you'd most likely have to drink about 2 liters of wine — a little more than 13 servings' worth.

That's an awful lot of wine.

What's the difference between a wine that costs $50 and a wine that costs $500?

The short answer? Not a lot — so long as you're just drinking it.

The price comes from a number of different factors — the maker, the type of grape, how long it's aged, etc. But if you're just looking for a solid bottle of wine, an inexpensive bottle could taste just as good if not better than a thousand-dollar bottle.

If anything, there's a bigger psychological component at play. A study that conducted a blind taste test in which people were given samples of wine found that they did not get any more enjoyment from a more expensive wine compared to a less expensive version. In another study, researchers found that untrained wine tasters actually liked the more expensive wines less than the cheaper ones.

If you're collecting, on the other hand, of course the price tag will make a difference.

"In the end, it's just wine," said Harbertson.

What are tannins and what are they doing in my wine?

You know that dry feeling you get in your mouth after a sip of red wine? You can thank tannins, naturally occurring chemicals that are found in wine and other beverages, like black tea.

Tannins give wine its weight — what makes it more milky than watery — so they're integral to all red wines, Harbertson said. They bind to proteins like the ones in saliva, which is what makes your mouth dry out. It's not as simple an experience as tasting something that's bitter, he said. The interaction of red wine in your mouth ends up feeling more like a texture than just a taste, something known as a "mouthfeel."

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People in the Hamptons are so obsessed with rosé, this winery created a 'rosé drive-thru'


Back in 2014, the people of the Hamptons went into collective panic as it was reported that some of the area's hottest restaurants were running out of rosé before the summer season was over.

Three year later, it appears the Hamptons' rosé obsession hasn't slowed down a bit. To keep up with demand, Wölffer Estate Vineyard has introduced a new drive-thru service so that customers can stock up on rosé without even having to leave their cars. 

Rosé bottles are available by the case only: $195 for a case of the estate rosé and $260 for a case of the "summer in a bottle" rosé, a more fruit-forward wine. The winery's staff will even load the cases into the car for you. 

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"The rosé drive-thru had been a dream of mine for awhile and we are so glad it's come to fruition," the winery's co-owner, Joey Wölffer, said to Business Insider. "We are all about serving our community and this is just another example of that!"

Many have credited Wölffer Estate with making rosé popular in the US. It made its first batch — 82 cases — of the sparkling pink wine back in 1992. In 2016, according to Eater, it made 40,000 cases of rosé, up from 22,000 cases the year before.

The drive-thru cart will be open at the brand's wine stand in Sagaponack on Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on holiday weekends. The wine stand also sells rosé by the glass and by the bottle if you want to stick around, but you have to buy it by the case if you want it to-go. 

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Mark Zuckerberg's big Harvard speech was his most political moment yet (FB)


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"If I get through this speech, it'll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard."

On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg gave Harvard's 2017 commencement address and received an honorary doctorate.

The 33-year-old CEO and world's fifth-richest man famously dropped out of the university 12 years ago to create Facebook, which is now valued at $447 billion.

During his 30-minute speech, Zuckerberg touched on a range of politically charged topics, including climate change, universal basic income, criminal-justice reform, and even "modernizing democracy" by allowing people to vote online.

Despite his public denials, Zuckerberg has continued to spark speculation that he's considering a bid for public office. He did little to dissuade rumors with his speech, which ended with him crying while telling the story of an undocumented immigrant student he mentors.

He also reiterated sentiments from his lengthy manifesto about the future of Facebook and the global community.

"Change starts local," Zuckerberg said. "Even global change starts small, with people like us."

Watch the video of Zuckerberg's full speech or read the transcript below: 

Harvard Commencement 2017

President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, alumni, friends, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world,

I'm honored to be with you today because, let's face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech, it'll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations!

I'm an unlikely speaker, not just because I dropped out, but because we're technically in the same generation. We walked this yard less than a decade apart, studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different paths to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I've learned about our generation and the world we're building together.

But first, the last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories.

How many of you remember exactly what you were doing when you got that email telling you that you got into Harvard? I was playing "Civilization" and I ran downstairs, got my dad, and for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email. That could have been a really sad video. I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for.

What about your first lecture at Harvard? Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis. I was late so I threw on a T-shirt and didn't realize until afterwards it was inside out and backwards with my tag sticking out the front. I couldn't figure out why no one would talk to me — except one guy, KX Jin, he just went with it. We ended up doing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook. And that, Class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people.

But my best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla. I had just launched this prank website, Facemash, and the ad board wanted to "see me." Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said, "I'm going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly."

Actually, any of you graduating can use that line.

I didn't end up getting kicked out — I did that to myself. Priscilla and I started dating. And, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to creating Facebook. It wasn't. But without Facemash I wouldn't have met Priscilla, and she's the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.

We've all started lifelong friendships here, and some of us even families. That's why I'm so grateful to this place. Thanks, Harvard.

Today I want to talk about purpose. But I'm not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We're millennials. We'll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I'm here to tell you finding your purpose isn't enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

One of my favorite stories is when John F. Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded, "Mr. President, I'm helping put a man on the moon."

Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.

You're graduating at a time when this is especially important. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed and are trying to fill a void.

As I've traveled around, I've sat with children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do, an after-school program or somewhere to go. I've met factory workers who know their old jobs aren't coming back and are trying to find their place.

To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose.

I remember the night I launched Facebook from my little dorm in Kirkland House. I went to Noch's with my friend KX. I remember telling him I was excited to connect the Harvard community, but one day someone would connect the whole world.

The thing is, it never even occurred to me that someone might be us. We were just college kids. We didn't know anything about that. There were all these big technology companies with resources. I just assumed one of them would do it. But this idea was so clear to us — that all people want to connect. So we just kept moving forward, day by day.

I know a lot of you will have your own stories just like this. A change in the world that seems so clear you're sure someone else will do it. But they won't. You will.

But it's not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others.

I found that out the hard way. You see, my hope was never to build a company, but to make an impact. And as all these people started joining us, I just assumed that's what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped we'd build.

A couple years in, some big companies wanted to buy us. I didn't want to sell. I wanted to see if we could connect more people. We were building the first News Feed, and I thought if we could just launch this, it could change how we learn about the world.

Nearly everyone else wanted to sell. Without a sense of higher purpose, this was the startup dream come true. It tore our company apart. After one tense argument, an adviser told me if I didn't agree to sell, I would regret the decision for the rest of my life. Relationships were so frayed that within a year or so every single person on the management team was gone.

That was my hardest time leading Facebook. I believed in what we were doing, but I felt alone. And worse, it was my fault. I wondered if I was just wrong, an imposter, a 22-year-old kid who had no idea how the world worked.

Now, years later, I understand that is how things work with no sense of higher purpose. It's up to us to create it so we can all keep moving forward together.

Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.

First, let's take on big meaningful projects.

Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. But we have the potential to do so much more together.

Every generation has its defining works. More than 300,000 people worked to put a man on the moon — including that janitor. Millions of volunteers immunized children around the world against polio. Millions of more people built the Hoover Dam and other great projects.

These projects didn't just provide purpose for the people doing those jobs — they gave our whole country a sense of pride that we could do great things.

Now it's our turn to do great things. I know, you're probably thinking: I don't know how to build a dam or get a million people involved in anything.

But let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don't come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started.

If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.

Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven't had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.

Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That's not a thing.

It's good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. Anyone working on a complex problem will get blamed for not fully understanding the challenge, even though it's impossible to know everything upfront. Anyone taking initiative will get criticized for moving too fast, because there's always someone who wants to slow you down.

In our society, we often don't do big things because we're so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can't keep us from starting.

So what are we waiting for? It's time for our generation-defining public works. How about stopping climate change before we destroy the planet and getting millions of people involved manufacturing and installing solar panels? How about curing all diseases and asking volunteers to track their health data and share their genomes? Today we spend 50 times more treating people who are sick than we spend finding cures so people don't get sick in the first place. That makes no sense. We can fix this. How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn?

These achievements are within our reach. Let's do them all in a way that gives everyone in our society a role. Let's do big things, not only to create progress, but to create purpose.

So taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.

Many of our parents had stable jobs throughout their careers. Now we're all entrepreneurial, whether we're starting projects or finding or role. And that's great. Our culture of entrepreneurship is how we create so much progress.

Now, an entrepreneurial culture thrives when it's easy to try lots of new ideas. Facebook wasn't the first thing I built. I also built games, chat systems, study tools, and music players. I'm not alone. J.K. Rowling got rejected 12 times before publishing "Harry Potter." Even Beyonce had to make hundreds of songs to get "Halo." The greatest successes come from having the freedom to fail.

But today, we have a level of wealth inequality that hurts everyone. When you don't have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise, we all lose. Right now, our society is way over-indexed on rewarding success, and we don't do nearly enough to make it easy for everyone to take lots of shots.

Let's face it: There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can't afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.

Look, I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don't know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven't pursued dreams because they didn't have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.

We all know we don't succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky, too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today. If we're honest, we all know how much luck we've had.

Every generation expands its definition of equality. Previous generations fought for the vote and civil rights. They had the New Deal and Great Society. Now it's our time to define a new social contract for our generation.

We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP, but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things. We're going to change jobs many times, so we need affordable childcare to get to work and healthcare that aren't tied to one company. We're all going to make mistakes, so we need a society that focuses less on locking us up or stigmatizing us. And as technology keeps changing, we need to focus more on continuous education throughout our lives.

And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue purpose isn't free. People like me should pay for it. Many of you will do well, and you should, too.

That's why Priscilla and I started the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and committed our wealth to promoting equal opportunity. These are the values of our generation. It was never a question of if we were going to do this. The only question was when.

Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation, and seven out of 10 raised money for charity.

But it's not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week, that's all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.

Maybe you think that's too much time. I used to. When Priscilla graduated from Harvard, she became a teacher, and before she'd do education work with me, she told me I needed to teach a class. I complained: "Well, I'm kind of busy. I'm running this company." But she insisted, so I taught a middle-school program on entrepreneurship at the local Boys and Girls Club.

I taught them lessons on product development and marketing, and they taught me what it's like feeling targeted for your race and having a family member in prison. I shared stories from my time in school, and they shared their hope of one day going to college too. For five years now, I've been having dinner with those kids every month. One of them threw me and Priscilla our first baby shower. And next year they're going to college. Every one of them. First in their families.

We can all make time to give someone a hand. Let's give everyone the freedom to pursue their purpose — not only because it's the right thing to do, but because when more people can turn their dreams into something great, we're all better for it.

Purpose doesn't only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says "everyone," we mean everyone in the world.

Quick show of hands: How many of you are from another country? Now, how many of you are friends with one of these folks? Now we're talking. We have grown up connected.

In a survey asking millennials around the world what defines our identity, the most popular answer wasn't nationality, religion, or ethnicity; it was "citizen of the world." That's a big deal.

Every generation expands the circle of people we consider "one of us." For us, it now encompasses the entire world.

We understand the great arc of human history bends toward people coming together in ever greater numbers — from tribes to cities to nations — to achieve things we couldn't on our own.

We get that our greatest opportunities are now global — we can be the generation that ends poverty, that ends disease.

We get that our greatest challenges need global responses too — no country can fight climate change alone or prevent pandemics. Progress now requires coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.

But we live in an unstable time. There are people left behind by globalization across the world. It's hard to care about people in other places if we don't feel good about our lives here at home. There's pressure to turn inward.

This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness, and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism, and nationalism. Forces for the flow of knowledge, trade, and immigration against those who would slow them down. This is not a battle of nations; it's a battle of ideas. There are people in every country for global connection and good people against it.

This isn't going to be decided at the UN either. It's going to happen at the local level when enough of us feel a sense of purpose and stability in our own lives that we can open up and start caring about everyone. The best way to do that is to start building local communities right now.

We all get meaning from our communities. Whether our communities are houses or sports teams, churches or music groups, they give us that sense we are part of something bigger, that we are not alone; they give us the strength to expand our horizons.

That's why it's so striking that for decades, membership in all kinds of groups has declined as much as one-quarter.

That's a lot of people who now need to find purpose somewhere else.

But I know we can rebuild our communities and start new ones, because many of you already are.

I met Agnes Igoye, who's graduating today. Where are you, Agnes? She spent her childhood navigating conflict zones in Uganda, and now she trains thousands of law-enforcement officers to keep communities safe.

I met Kayla Oakley and Niha Jain, graduating today, too. Stand up. Kayla and Niha started a nonprofit that connects people suffering from illnesses with people in their communities willing to help.

I met David Razu Aznar, graduating from the Kennedy School today. David, stand up. He's a former city councilor who successfully led the battle to make Mexico City the first Latin American city to pass marriage equality — even before San Francisco.

This is my story, too. A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we connect the whole world.

Change starts local. Even global changes start small, with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this: your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.

Class of 2017, you are graduating into a world that needs purpose. It's up to you to create it.

Now, you may be thinking: Can I really do this?

Remember when I told you about that class I taught at the Boys and Girls Club? One day after class, I was talking to them about college, and one of my top students raised his hand and said he wasn't sure he could go because he's undocumented. He didn't know if they'd let him in.

Last year, I took him out to breakfast for his birthday. I wanted to get him a present, so I asked him, and he started talking about students he saw struggling and said, "You know, I'd really just like a book on social justice."

I was blown away. Here's a young guy who has every reason to be cynical. He didn't know if the country he calls home — the only one he's known — would deny him his dream of going to college. But he wasn't feeling sorry for himself. He wasn't even thinking of himself. He has a greater sense of purpose, and he's going to bring people along with him.

It says something about our current situation that I can't even say his name because I don't want to put him at risk.

But if a high-school senior who doesn't know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part, too.

Before you walk out those gates one last time, as we sit in front of Memorial Church, I am reminded of a prayer, Mi Shebeirach, that I say whenever I face a challenge, that I sing to my daughter thinking about her future when I tuck her into bed. It goes:

"May the source of strength, who blessed the ones before us, help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing."

I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.

Congratulations, Class of '17! Good luck out there.

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Under Armour is still paying for a mistake that will take years to fix (UA)



Under Armour is not out of the woods yet.

The company, whose stock has tumbled 30% so far this year, reported its first-ever operating loss in the first quarter of 2017.

Analysts following the company have been a bit harsh on the company, mostly criticizing the company for missing athletic apparel's shift to more fashionable clothing.

Giving Under Armour a "neutral" rating, analyst Christopher Svezia wrote that the company's more technical clothing offerings were out of step with the lifestyle products desired by consumers and that as a result its "ability to return to its former glory is unknown."

Apparel and footwear created with a lifestyle focus make up less than 5% of Under Armour's total sales, according to Svezia, though the company has been taking steps to offer more options in that category. Svezia says missing the trend has Under Armour playing a high-stakes game of catch-up.

"It will take years for the category to have a measurable impact to the company with potential starts and stops along the way as lifestyle requires more trial and error and sample testing than core basic technical gear," he said.

The company has previously acknowledged that it misread the upmarket trend of athleisure, instead relying on copious logos and basic styles of sportswear.

"We need to become more fashion," CEO Kevin Plank said during a call with analysts after the company's latest quarterly earnings report. "The consumer wants it all. They want product that looks great, that wears great, that you can wear at night with a pair of jeans, but that also does perform for them."

Under Armour launched Under Armour Sportswear in 2016 as its effort in the athleisure space, in partnership with designer Tim Coppens. With its $1,500 trench coats, it has failed to make the splash the company was hoping for, and it's likely the company is still missing the medium between mass market and high end that competitors like Nike and Lululemon inhabit. The company is looking to fix that when it launches its first style-oriented mainline in the fall in earnest.

Under Armour has also relied on basketball sneakers to lift its nascent shoe offerings, which has collapsed underneath them as the basketball shoe trend died. It's now started releasing more fashion-forward shoe offerings like the Threadborne Shift, a sneaker that takes significantly greater cues from current trends.

Nailing athleisure is critical for Under Armour because it is the chief trend in North America, which accounts for 80% of the company's online sales. The athleisure trend isn't going anywhere, industry experts have told Business Insider.

Under Armour's brand is still strong among competitive athletes and the youth, so it's conceivable they can create a cult around their products the way Nike and Adidas have done. But it all comes down to producing product customers want to buy.

"I think we’re going to see them do a lot more product that doesn’t look like it’s meant for the gym, but does have performance characteristics," NPD Group industry analyst Matt Powell told Yahoo Finance. "And that’s a hard shift to make, but it’s not impossible. Every brand has had to do this."

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Forget everything your father taught you about shaving. It's probably wrong anyway (sorry, Dad).

Many shaving routines that are passed down from fathers and grandfathers are riddled with incorrect techniques that can cause irritation and other skin problems.

We asked dermatologist and Dove Men+ Care expert Dr. Terrence Keaney for the ideal shaving routine. He shared his four steps for perfect, irritation-free skin every time.

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Silicon Valley’s ultimate status symbol is the sneaker — here are the rare, expensive, and goofy sneakers worn by the top tech CEOs


The inhabitants of Silicon Valley are not exactly known for haute couture.

It's a land where jeans, T-shirts, and hoodies reign supreme, and where sneakers are the footwear of choice.

But don't let the pedestrian fashion item fool you. These sneakers can be as rare and as status-defining as the fine watches adorning the wrists of Wall Street bankers or the designer handbags clutched by elite art dealers.

With help from the team at the sneaker marketplace Flight Club, Business Insider compiled some of the most fashionable, expensive, and downright wild sneakers worn by tech founders and CEOs. The Flight Club team helped confirm the brands and style.

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The 15 fastest-growing cities in the US


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It's said that Texans have only one setting: Go big.

The population in the South grew at a faster rate than any other US region between 2015 and 2016, according to new data released from the US Census Bureau.

And in a list of the fastest-growing US cities with populations of 50,000 or more, Texas claimed four of the top five spots.

Conroe, Texas, a northern Houston suburb, topped the list. Its population grew 7.8% to hit 82,286 residents last year — a growth rate more than 11 times that of the nation, the AP reports. Almost 20% of the population lives below the poverty line, despite a relatively low unemployment rate, according to the 2015 American Community Survey.

Four cities in the West cracked the list released by the US Census Bureau, while the Northeast was noticeably absent. Without further adieu, here's the list.

The 15 Fastest-Growing Cities

1. Conroe City, Texas (pop. 82, 286)

2. Frisco, Texas (pop. 163,656)

3. McKinney, Texas (pop. 172,298)

4. Greenville, South Carolina (pop. 67,453)

5. Georgetown, Texas (pop. 67,140)

6. Bend, Oregon (pop. 91,122)

7. Buckeye, Arizona (pop. 64,629)

8. Bonita Springs, Florida (pop. 54,198)

9. New Braunfels, Texas (pop. 73,959)

10. Murfreesboro, Tennessee (pop. 131,947)

11. Lehi, Utah (pop. 61,130)

12. Cedar Park, Texas (pop. 68,918)

13. Meridian, Idaho (pop. 95,623)

14. Ankeny, Iowa (pop. 58,627)

15. Fort Myers, Florida (pop. 77,146)

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Here's exactly how many days before a big event you should get a haircut



Situation: You've got a wedding, gala, or other similar event coming up on Friday, and it's the beginning of the week. You look in the mirror and see that your hair is dangerously overgrown.

You must make an appointment for a haircut this week. But what day should you choose to look the best for your event?

If you answered "the day before" — sorry, but you're wrong.

Tuesday or Wednesday would actually be your best bet, as it turns out most professionals would recommend a buffer of one or two days,according to Max Berlinger writing for The New York Times.

This lets the cut "settle" and ensures your hair looks less freshly shorn for your big event.

This also allows enough time for any corrections to be made before the big event, if the event really is of that much importance that your hair must be perfect.

Nick Wooster, who is widely regarded as one of the most important men's style icons of today, even told the Times, "Some barbers say the only difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut is three days."

This matters more the shorter the haircut is, and with scissor cuts it matters a little less. Don't let this affect your choice to get the haircut that would be best for you, however.

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Incredible photos give a totally unexpected perspective into how the 1% lives


The 1%

It's no secret that the wealth gap between the top one-percent and the rest of the global population is continuing to grow. 

A study conducted by Oxfam and released this year shows that just eight men, with a combined net worth of $426 billion, share the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world. 

In his book and traveling gallery show, "1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality," curator and photo editor Myles Little explores the complex issue of wealth inequality by showing a collection of work from various photographers.

"I want people to start a conversation about economic fairness, about our priorities, and about our values as a society," he told Business Insider. "Are we celebrating the right heroes? Are we treating the right people well? Or are our sympathies misguided?"

These are the questions he hopes viewers of his show contemplate as they get an exclusive look into the lives of the super rich.

We spoke to Little about the project and how it came together.

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Little conceived the idea for the show while on vacation in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he and a fellow curator discussed photography, wealth, and inequality. Little left inspired to begin curating a selection where the three intersected. This image, "Varvara in Her Home Cinema," explores what it's like to grow up as a privileged child in Russia. Little said Skladmann described this image as "a butterfly trying to escape."

"Varvara in Her Home Cinema," Moscow, 2010, from Anna Skladmann's series "Little Adults"

This image is from the series "Removing Mountains," which examines the coal-mining industry's effects on the culture and landscape of Appalachia. Little chose this photo for its ominous tone. It speaks to "the environmental costs of consumption and privilege," he said. "The costs that might be hidden behind a nice tall row of trees, but will, in fact, affect other people down-wind."

"Cheshire, Ohio," 2009, from Daniel Shea's series "Removing Mountains"

"This photograph comes from a diamond mine in Tanzania. Within this series [photographer David] Chancellor also documents impoverished locals who happen to live close to the mine, and who are scrambling all over the rocks to try to get traces of diamond dust or rock," Little said. "I just love this perfect distillation into one frame of high luxury, the environmental costs of mining, and the high-powered violence that can be brought to bear when privilege is questioned."

"Untitled # IV," Mine Security, North Mara Mine, Tanzania, 2011, David Chancellor/kiosk

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