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This startup wants to stop you from being bored at the airport while you wait for your flight

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If you've ever been to an airport, you've most likely spent some time very bored.

A familiar scene: You're through security and have nothing to do before your plane boards, except go to one of the overpriced restaurants, or bars, and watch a bunch of TVs showing sports. Or, instead, you can sit at your gate and watch the TVs hanging from the ceilings, which likely are only showing CNN.

ReachMe.TV thinks it's figured out how to make waiting at the airport more tolerable.

The startup is an in-airport mobile entertainment network that provides thousands of hours of content — including original programming, local news, sports, and weather — to the top 50 airports in the US and Canada (and 750,000 hotel rooms). But it's not just regular TV.

If you come across a ReachMe.TV screen at the airport, it could be playing anything from a brief recap of last night's sports highlights, to a three-minute profile about a fashion blogger. It's programming designed to be watched in short bursts.

And here's the best part: ReachMe.TV allows people in airports to sync their phones or tablets with airport screens, so they can take the content they were just watching with them.

reachmetvmobileHere's how it works.

If the airport you're at has ReachMe.TV, and you're enjoying the content on it, but have to walk away from the screen, just go to ReachMe.TV on your mobile device or tablet and type in the channel you're watching (which is shown on the screen) and it will show up. For free. No need to download an app. That's it.

The spark

The company is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Ron Bloom and Lynnwood Bibbens, who a few years ago saw the importance personalizing televisions in public places. What started as a dongle Bloom had attached to TVs at some beauty parlors has now turned into a company that reaches more than 100 million viewers a month.

"Imagine being a producer and discovering that if you make something it will be seen by 100 million people a month guaranteed? This is really exciting," Bloom, who is the cofounder and CCO of the company, told Business Insider.

After signing up around 20 airports last year, ReachMe.TV went to market earlier this year and quickly grabbed the attention of the networks. In June, CBS signed a 10 year exclusive partnership with the company to provide local news, weather, and sports from its CBS TV stations, as well as other programs under the CBS umbrella like "Entertainment Tonight," and a newly created news package called "CBS On The Go."

Ron BloomBut what is the programming on ReachMe.TV like?

Brevity is one of the keys to the network. Most of the content on ReachMe.TV is short and concise, ranging from a minute or two for news segments, to six to 12 minutes for documentaries or a scripted comedy.

"I love 'Law & Order,' but if I have to catch my plane and I only have 40 minutes, I can't watch that because I know I won't be able to see the end of the episode," cofounder and CEO Bibbens told Business Insider. "So by creating content that's six to ten minutes, now I can consume two to three different episodes."

It's a viewing habit younger, digital-native people have already been doing for years, and Bloom and Bibbens believe that it's perfect for the traveling adult.

The demographic of the ReachMe.TV viewer is someone in their mid-30s to mid-50s, an on-the-go executive who spends a lot of time either at airports or hotels. Their time is precious, and Bloom and Bibbens believe they have reworked how a TV network can find that audience.

"We took the same programming zeitgeist that the major networks use, but broke the format barrier: the length of content," Bloom said. "Let's not have the 22 minutes of content for eight minutes of advertising, let's take any length we want."

Lynnwood BibbensBibbens had experience on the hardware side, including deploying over 200,000 screens in retail spaces and over 100,000 screens in hotels, so he knew how to make them all talk on one network. And Bloom had decades of experience on the content side. He is the creator and executive producer of "Hollywood Today Live," and produced the first webcast of the Grammys in 1995. Bloom built the original content for ReachMe.TV, which currently has a broadcast studio in the heart of Hollywood. There the company is producing its own news programs and even reality shows. ReachMe.TV also has a closed-circuit rights agreement to acquire content (like the Super Bowl).

The company recently landed a deal with HMS Hosts, the premier airport food-service company that handles all the major restaurants and bars at US airports. So if you haven't seen ReachMe.TV when you travel, you will soon.

"We took an aging, rusted concept of slapping a TV in a public place, and we put a new dress on it and took it back to the prom," Bloom said. "Doing that we got companies to not think about it not just as a screen, but as a gateway to their customers."

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One million people are expected to visit Oregon for the eclipse — and the demand for marijuana is surging

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Oregonians will be treated to one of the best viewings of the total solar eclipse— when the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun and blocks out the sun's light — on August 21.

About one million people are expected to visit the state of Oregon in order to see the eclipse. It seems some of them will want to buy legal weed while they're in town.

Local news stations are reporting that some Oregon marijuana dispensaries have seen a spike in sales ahead of the solar eclipse.

"Tourism already to Oregon, plus an eclipse, is doubling up. And that means customers are doubling in our doors," Mike Drevecky, an employee at the Little Amsterdam Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon, told The News Review. "I mean, we're swamped this morning alone."

A dispensary in the city of John Day is reportedly turning away recreational customers, in order to have enough product in stock for medical marijuana patients.

In Huntington, pot shop Hotbox Farms is expecting 10,000 customers or more through the solar eclipse event, according to WVTV Fox 13. The small railway town has a population of about 400. Steven Meland, co-owner of Hotbox Farms (one of two dispensaries in town), said the company's 21 employees will work around the clock in order to meet customer demand.

"We have guys out around the state compiling product and purchasing product to make sure we have enough of the different product for people and we don't run out," Meland added.

Marijuana has been legal for recreational use in Oregon since 2015. People over the age of 21 with a valid ID can buy and carry up to an ounce of weed. It's also legal to give away weed as a gift, so long as it's ingested in private. Driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal.

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Some dispensaries are capitalizing on the moment with special products. Oregon's Finest, a pot shop in Milwaukie, is selling a variety of marijuana called Moon Puppies (a hybrid of Chem Dog and Lemon Skunk strains). It also plans to distribute protective solar eclipse glasses.

High 5 Tours, a marijuana-tourism company based in Portland, is offering a "Stoner Eclipse Adventure 2017" package that includes transportation from Portland to eastern Oregon, two nights of camping, snacks, and protective glasses. The deal starts at $750 per person.

Participants will be able to light up while darkness sets in.

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A new report says 39 million contact lens wearers are at risk for severe eye damage — but it's largely preventable

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When people ask me why I don't wear contacts, I typically come up with some excuse to avoid admitting the truth: Sticking a plastic device directly on the fragile mucous membrane surrounding my cornea terrifies me.

But it does, and it's the reason I've always felt A-OK just wearing glasses.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes me feel slightly justified in my fear of contacts, despite the fact that they're largely safe and effective — at least when worn correctly.

Which is precisely where the problem lies. According to the report, six out of every seven people who wore contact lenses last year engaged in at least one habit that put them at risk for a serious eye infection. Based on a survey of roughly 4,500 adults and 1,600 adolescents aged 12–17 years, the study concluded that about 45 million Americans wear contacts, making the figure at risk about 39 million. Across age groups, the most common risky habits included sleeping, napping, or swimming in contacts and failing to replace lenses and lens storage cases when needed. Among adolescents, the most common was failing to see an eye doctor every year.

The report builds on previous findings from 2015, when the CDC found that more than 99% of the contact lens wearers they surveyed reported at least one behavior that put them at risk for infection.

Why forgetting to replace your contacts is dangerous

When you don't replace contact lenses and their cases as often as recommended, it raises the chances of developing an infection for several reasons.

woman swimming swim underwater poolFirst and foremost, every time you touch your lenses, you're opening up the possibility of introducing microbial life onto the contact. Because the lenses are already moist — just like your eyes — they're already ripe terrain for bacteria to take hold. So long as you always wash your hands and swap your lenses on the regular, these microbes don't have too much time to blossom into veritable forests of bacteria. But when you get sluggish about replacing them and continue using and re-using the same old lenses, you're increasing the chances that all that bacteria will start to proliferate and infect your eyes.

It's no surprise then that people who don't swap out their lenses frequently report more complications and more eye discomfort.

Exposing contacts to water — whether it's your gym pool or some tap water — can also heighten your infection risk. Water is home to all kinds of microorganisms, and those can easily be transferred to the eye.

Last year, roughly 1 in 5 of all of the contact lense-related infections reported to the CDC included someone who had scarred their cornea, needed a corneal transplant, or had reduced vision. The cornea, the eye's clear front dome, plays a key role in vision and has a remarkable capacity to recover from most minor nicks. But an infection — like the ones described in the CDC's report — can damage the cornea's deeper layers, making it tough to completely heal.

In some cases, corneal damage can also cause scarring, which can distort your vision. When the scarring is severe, you may need a corneal transplant, which involves swapping part of your cornea with tissue from a donor.

How to keep your eyes healthy

While these problems sound severe, most of them are potentially preventable.

"Prevention efforts should focus on encouraging contact lens wearers to replace their contact lens storage case regularly and to avoid sleeping or napping in contact lenses," the authors of the report wrote.

Here are some other easy ways to keep your contacts — and your eyes — clean and healthy:

1. Wash your hands before handling your lenses.

2. Completely replace yesterday's contact solution.

3. Wear your contacts for only as long as they're prescribed.

4. Rinse your lens case with contact solution and wipe it out with a clean towel after every use.

Finally, next time you get up to put on your contacts, remember — you're putting in a medical device. Handle it with care.

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Meet America’s top 10 land barons, who collectively own more than 13 million acres across the country

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The 10 biggest landowners in the United States collectively own more than 13 million acres across the country — that’s more than 0.5% of America.

Some of them are heirs who inherited land owned by their ancestors as early as the 1800s. Others are self-made millionaires who ventured into land acquisitions and have been racking up acres for years.

The Land Report compiled a list of the 100 largest landowners in the country in 2016 — here are the 10 families or individuals who topped the list.

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10. Pingree Heirs — 830,000 acres

The Pingree heirs are comprised of the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations of the Pingree family, descended from Salem shipping merchant David Pingree. They own landholdings across Maine, which are managed by the Seven Islands Land Company.



9. King Ranch Heirs — 911,215 acres

The sprawling King Ranch was first assembled in the 1800s by Henry King, a former indentured servant who went on to earn a fortune as a steamboat captain, according to Forbes. The land now crosses four counties in Texas and Florida, and includes ranching, hunting, farming, and oil and gas operations.



8. Brad Kelley — 1 million acres

The famously media-shy Brad Kelley finally confirmed to The Wall Street Journal last year that he owns roughly 1 million acres — mostly in west Texas, but also in Florida, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In 2012, Kelley bought the 800-acre Calumet Farm in Kentucky for $36 million, where he now bases his horse-racing operations.

"I grew up on a farm and that's about as good an explanation as there is," he told the Journal when asked about his land acquisitions. "Land is something I know. It's something I have an affinity for. It becomes part of your DNA."



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An enormous Hamptons estate that once belonged to the Ford family is for sale for a potentially record-breaking $175 million

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There's a new most expensive home for sale in the Hamptons, and it has a connection to the Ford family.

Once part of a larger property called "Fordune," the 42-acre estate has hit the market for $175 million. It was originally built for Henry Ford but has reportedly been owned by portfolio manager Brenda Earl since 2002.

Cody and Zach Vichinsky of Bespoke Real Estate have the listing, which is now referring to the home as "Jule Pond."

If it sells at its current price, Jule Pond would be the most expensive home to ever change hands in the US. The current record is held by hedge funder Barry Rosenstein, who bought an East Hampton property for $147 million in 2014. 

The main house has 20,000 square feet of space, 12 bedrooms, and 12 bathrooms. The property also has tennis and basketball courts as well as a greenhouse and about 1,350 feet of oceanfront.

Let's take a look around.

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The estate is set on 42 acres in Southampton.



It fronts the ocean and several ponds, including Jule Pond.



The home was built in 1960, and many of its original architectural details have been maintained.



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This may be the first substantial evidence that e-cigs could help people quit smoking

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Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit or glorify a potentially unhealthy habit?

Public health experts are divided on the question, but a new study is the first of its kind to suggest that for some people, the devices could help more than they hurt.

The paper, published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, looks at how patterns of quitting smoking have changed across America since e-cigarettes — devices that vaporize liquid nicotine rather than burning tobacco and creating tar — were introduced in 2010.

Researchers at Columbia University and Rutgers University looked at two years of data from an annual, nationwide household survey and homed in on two groups of people: current smokers and former smokers who quit during or before 2010, the year e-cigarettes were introduced.

Among the roughly 15,500 adults the researchers looked at, those who said they used e-cigs daily were far more likely to have quit regular cigarettes than the people who said they'd never tried e-cigs. In fact, over half of daily e-cigarette users had quit smoking in the past five years, compared to just 28% of those who had never tried them.

Looked at another way, the single strongest predictor of someone in the survey having quit smoking was daily e-cigarette use.

"Our findings suggest that frequent e-cigarette use may play an important role in cessation or relapse prevention for some smokers," Daniel Giovenco, an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the lead study author, said in a statement.

The study builds on previous observational research suggesting that e-cigs could help smokers quit. A large study of 160,000 people spanning more than 15 years and published in the journal BMJ in July last year suggested that smokers who used e-cigarettes not only tried to stop smoking more frequently but also succeeded (for at least a few months) more often than those who didn’t use them.

Still, these studies are observational and have limitations. Because observational studies look at groups of people and their behavior over time, it's hard to say for sure that other conflicting factors aren't influencing the outcomes they examine. It's also worth pointing out that the study didn’t address whether e-cigs might appeal to people who would otherwise not smoke or vape at all.

Plus, e-cigs aren't risk-free: some of the devices have been found to contain ingredients like diethylene glycol (used in antifreeze) as well as formaldehyde, both of which have been linked with cancer. Studies also suggest that frequent e-cig use could raise your risk of heart disease.

This is why researchers emphasize that more studies are needed — preferably studies that explore details about the kinds of e-cig devices people are using as well as why and how frequently they use them.

"Uncovering patterns of use at the population level is a critical first step in determining if [e-cigarettes] may present any benefits to public health," said Giovenco.

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Here's why four hours of sleep is terrible for you — even if you don't feel tired

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Some people, including the president and many celebrities boast about being able to function on as little as hours of sleep. But is it necessarily good for you? Brad Stulberg, coauthor of "Peak Performance: Elevate your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success" explains why you should sleep more than four hours even if you don't feel tired.. Following is a transcript of the video.

I used to think of sleep as a very passive process but now I tend to think of sleep as very active. 

Sleep is one of the most productive things that we can do. We like to think that it's during the day that our minds are growing and that our bodies are getting stronger but it's actually quite the opposite. It's only when we sleep that both our physiology and psychology grows. So from a physiological standpoint, everything you do with your body, so just think about traditional exercise during the day, right? You are breaking your body down. And it's only during sleep that all the good growth-promoting hormones are released that allows your body to build back up.

What's really interesting is that the mind functions in a very similar manner. So during the day, you might be exposed to all kinds of information, do problem-solving, various types of what I guess would be categorized as "learning". We might think it's during the day when we are doing all the hard work, that we are getting wiser and our minds are growing per se. But much like the body, that also happens when we sleep. So it's when we sleep that our mind consolidates, stores and connects all the information that we've been exposed to during the day. It's a filtering process per se.

For a short period of time, if you need to get by in a few hours of sleep, let's say that you are a trauma surgeon, right? And you're on call and you have cases. That's totally fine, there's not much else that you can do. I think that where people get into trouble is when for an extended period of time, they try to cheat themselves of sleep. And then what happens is much like, almost like an alcohol addiction, that just becomes your new normal. So you get used to going on four to five hours of sleep and you assume that's just what it should feel like. When in fact, you probably can be a lot more productive a lot higher-performing if you slept more. 

 

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Chick-fil-A combined two of its best menu items — but it didn't quite live up to the hype

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The breakfast bowl brigade has a new member. 

Bowls have become a huge trend in food, and now Chick-fil-A has hopped on the bandwagon with its new hash brown scramble breakfast bowls.

The bowls can also be ordered with the same ingredients — chicken or sausage, eggs, hash brown rounds, and cheese — as breakfast burritos. 

Combining two of the menu's shining jewels, chicken nuggets and hash browns, is an inspired choice. 

We grabbed a chicken and a sausage version of both to see if they're worth ordering. 

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All four versions come with Chick-fil-A's jalapeño salsa on the side. It's actually pretty good as far as fast-food salsas are concerned; it's spicy — you can actually see the red pepper seeds in it — but not crazy hot, and it avoids becoming a watery mess.



The chicken is as tender as ever. This appears to be Chick-fil-A's chicken nuggets sliced up into smaller, bite-sized pieces. The bowl as a whole is a little disappointing — it doesn’t feel like a cohesive item, merely hash browns, egg, and chicken thrown in the same container with an afterthought of cheese. It needs more cheese, more… something.



The jalapeño salsa does its best to tie the disparate ingredients together — it’s peppery, but without a scorching heat that upsets your morning.



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15 common social quirks that make you less likable

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Being more likable is within your grasp.

All it takes is nixing some of your less-than-desirable social quirks.

With the help of some Quora users and social psychology research, we were able to identify 14 social behaviors that could make you less likable.

You'd be well-advised to avoid these:

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Avoiding eye contact

The very first thing people will try to decide about you when they meet you is if they can trust you — and it's fairly hard to like someone if you don't trust them.

As Heidi Grant Halvorson explains in her book "No One Understands You And What To Do About It," this decision is made almost entirely unconsciously, and it usually comes down to how well you can balance conveying two things: warmth and competence.

"People need to feel that they have been heard, even when you can't give them what they are asking for or can't be of particular help," Halvorson writes. One simple way to show you're paying attention is to make eye contact and hold it.

Halvorson says that making eye contact is also an effective way to convey competence, and studies have shown that those who do so are consistently judged as more intelligent.

Avoiding eye contact, on the other hand, can convey deceit and untrustworthiness.



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Nodding and smiling are other key ways to convey warmth and competence, Halvorson says.

If you want people to think you're cold, or even angry at them, then doing the opposite and not reacting to what they're saying is certainly a good way to go about that.



Being contrary

Showing empathy is an effective way to get people to like and trust you, Halvorson says.

It requires you to put yourself in the other person's shoes and try to relate to them by finding common interests, dislikes, and experiences. 

If all you can do is contradict whatever someone says, you're not connecting with them, and you're very likely making them mad.



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We learned how to make hollandaise sauce from the restaurant that created eggs Benedict

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Just a few short blocks from the New York Stock Exchange, another Wall Street institution sits at its centuries-long perch at the triangular intersection of William and Beaver streets.

Delmonico's is widely considered to be one of the very first sit down restaurants in America, born at a time when New York offered little more than taverns and oyster cellars. Culinary mainstays like Eggs Benedict and baked Alaska were invented in their kitchen.

We had Executive Chef Billy Oliva teach us how to make hollandaise sauce for their legendary Eggs Benedict.

Delmonico's is celebrating its 180th anniversary in September in style, offering a 180-day dry aged steak for a whopping $380.

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We visited the controversial, award-winning Trump Winery in Charlottesville— here's what it's like

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This week, in a press conference addressing violent white-nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump brought up a surprising topic: his winery.

"I know a lot about Charlottesville," he said. "It's a great place that has been badly hurt over the last couple days. I own one of the largest wineries in the United States. It is in Charlottesville."

Trump Winery, which is run by the president's son Eric, has received backlash following some of Trump's controversial political stances and actions. In February, there was a movement backed by a local chapter of the National Organization for Women to boycott Wegmans for selling Trump wine at Virginia locations.

According to a legal disclaimer on its website, Trump Winery is "a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates."

While on a recent trip to Charlottesville, we decided to pay Trump Winery a visit.

Considering our lackluster experience at Trump Grill, our expectations weren't too high when we visited. But, we went in with an open mind. Here's what we found. 

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The Trump Winery — originally the Kluge Winery, which was bought by Trump in 2011 — is located in the rolling green hills outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, minutes from another more historical presidential estate, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.



The tasting room sits off a winding country road in the midst of the winery's many rolling acres. Like many of the area's plentiful vineyards, it's a popular tourist destination and hosts many weddings.



As we walked in, we noticed a familiar plaque from the American Academy of Hospitality Science. The award plaques also adorn the walls of other Trump properties — the head of the organization, Joseph Cinque, is a longtime Trump acquaintance. Sometimes described as a "small-time mobster," Cinque has previously been convicted of possessing stolen property.

Source: Chicago Tribune



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Airline workers share their 22 best tips for making travel less painful

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Successfully and painlessly getting from one part of the world to another can be difficult.

Between booking the right flights, planning and packing for all contingencies, and ensuring your travels are as stress-free as possible, a lot of things can go wrong along the way.

Luckily, there are plenty of people in the airline industry who can offer extensive knowledge on the matter.

So we asked more than 80 airline workers including flight attendants, gate agents, ticket agents, and other airport customer service reps to share their best travel hacks with us, and we scoured the internet for even more.

Here are 22 things that could help make your next trip less painful:

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Save space in your suitcase

"My favorite travel hack is definitely the clothes-roll technique. I am often gone from home for several days, even up to three weeks, and I save space by rolling my clothes instead of folding them."

— A flight attendant with one year of experience



Always sleep in clean sheets

"Don't sleep on hotel sheets that don't have creases from being folded; someone slept on them already."

— A flight attendant with 19 years' experience



Get a cheaper upgrade

"Some airlines do offer reduced-price upgrades the day of the flight — there's sometimes even first-class flights available. So be in the boarding area good and early during boarding, because this is when you'll hear the announcements for last-minute upgrade purchases you might be able to get. It's not for every airline, but it does happen."

— A flight attendant with three years of experience



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California's lesser-known wine hotspot was named best small town to visit in America — take a look

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Sonoma, California, a region located in the heart of America's top winemaking region, has been named the best small town to visit in the country by US News & World Report.

The accolade came as a surprise, largely because Sonoma is a county made up of 13 cities — including the city of Sonoma — and several unincorporated towns. The region has flown under the radar relative to Napa Valley, with its elite wineries and globally known brand. But Sonoma has become more popular in recent years because of its laid-back vibe and affordability.

US News and World Report described Sonoma in glowing terms, calling it "Napa's rustic, less-refined, and more-relaxed sister" that comes without the crowds and high price tags.

I recently spent the day in Sonoma County to see why wine-lovers are abandoning Napa for wine country's lesser-known hotspot.

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If Napa Valley is the Disneyland of wine country, Sonoma is the Disney World.



Located about an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma stretches across three times the land area of Napa County. The region includes redwoods and a 55-mile coastline.



Because it's so large, you can't easily bike or use a ride-sharing service from one winery to the next. I enlisted my boyfriend as a designated driver for the day.



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4 outdated manners today's parents don't need to teach their kids

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• Manners are always welcome, but some are outdated

• Good manners are about making people feel comfortable, and some old-fashioned ones no longer do that

• Teaching your child to be thoughtful about how they interact with other people will always be valuable

The idea of skipping over to a new friend's house with a ribbon in your hair and dropping off a fancy calling card is, today, almost laughable.

But not too long ago, that was standard social protocol. And parents would be ashamed if their children did anything else.

Business Insider asked two etiquette experts — Barbara Pachter, author of "The Communication Clinic," and Daniel Post Senning, the author of "Manners in a Digital World" and the great-great-grandson of Emily Post — to tell us about some manners that kids don't need to learn anymore.

Read on for those manners — and what you should be teaching your kids instead so they grow up to be polite and respectful adults.

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Letting a man pay bills, carry packages, pull out chairs, and open doors

Here's a tricky area that Pachter pointed out.

For example, maybe at home, Dad does carry the grocery bags for Mom. That doesn't mean that at work or school, your son should insist on carrying a woman's bags — she might consider it insulting or awkward.

Instead: Pachter's general rule that she recommends teaching kids is "help anybody who needs help" — regardless of gender.



Addressing adults using their title and last name

Both Pachter and Senning said this is tricky territory, too. Only a few decades ago, you'd always have your kids call your friends Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Today, some of your friends might prefer it that way, while others might prefer Bob and Deb.

"It gets a little confusing," Pachter said.

Instead: If your kid isn't sure how they should address another adult, Pachter's advice for them is to err on the side of formality. "You can always be a little more formal and work your way down," she said, "but it's a lot harder to work your way back up."



Exchanging calling cards

The etiquette territory "that changes the most quickly tends to be the manners around communication," Senning said.

For example, if you take a look at a 1920s edition of an etiquette handbook, there could be a whole section devoted to exchanging calling cards.

These days, Senning said, calling cards are largely obsolete — and many parents are instead concerned with how their kids are interacting with other kids on social media.

Instead: As Ana Homayoun, author of the forthcoming "Social Media Wellness: Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World," told The Washington Post, parents should help kids understand why they're posting or sending something on social media, so that they can make more informed choices.

 



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13 facts about cheating that couples — and singles — should know

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  • Infidelity means different things to different people
  • Psychologists and relationship experts have spent years studying the science of infidelity
  • Some of their most compelling findings are below — but remember, they aren't predictions of the future

Infidelity is murky territory. Does a one-night stand at a bachelor party count? How about an emotional entanglement with a close friend that doesn't involve anything physical?

Psychologists and relationship experts have spent years studying the science of infidelity, turning up surprising insights into what different couples consider cheating, how they react to cheating, and how they bounce back after someone strays.

We looked into some of that research and pulled out the most compelling results. Read on to see what we found — and how you can apply these findings to your own relationship.

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If you're economically dependent on your spouse, you're more likely to cheat on them

2015 study of about 2,800 people between ages 18 and 32, published in the American Sociological Review, suggests that a person who is completely economically dependent on their spouse is more likely to be unfaithful

That's especially true for a man who relies financially on a woman. Fifteen percent of men who are completely financially dependent on their wives cheat, compared to 5% of dependent women.

Here's the really interesting part: Men are less likely to cheat the more money they make relative to their spouse — until they bring in 70% of the household income, at which point they become more likely to cheat again.

Women are also less likely to cheat the more money they make relative to their spouse — but their cheating rates don't seem to go up at any point.



Men and women react differently to flirting outside their relationship

A 2008 study published in the journal Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes found that after men flirted with an attractive person of the opposite sex, they were less tolerant of their partner's transgressions. Women, on the other hand, were more so.

The study also found that men could be taught to write down a strategy to protect their relationship from tempting alternatives. In fact, after developing their strategy, men were just as likely as women to protect their partnership, as measured through a virtual-reality game.



We feel differently based on the sex of the person our partner cheats with

For a 2015 study, published in the journal Personal Relationships, men and women read about hypothetical scenarios in which their partner had sex with someone of a different sex or the same sex.

When researchers asked participants how they would feel about it, the men were more likely to be angry and more inclined to end a relationship if their partner cheated with someone of a different sex. But they were more likely to be aroused if their partner cheated with someone of the same sex.

Women also said they'd feel more negatively if their partner cheated with someone of a different sex. But they'd be more inclined to end the relationship if their partner cheated with someone of the same sex.



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The salary you need to earn to buy a home right now in 23 of the most expensive US housing markets

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In the second quarter of 2017, the US housing supply continued to lag, pushing home prices further upward, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

By the end of June, there were 1.96 million existing homes available for sale — 7% less than were on the market the same time last year.

"The 2.2 million net new jobs created over the past year generated significant interest in purchasing a home in what was an extremely competitive spring buying season," said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. "Listings typically flew off the market in under a month — and even quicker in the affordable price range — in several parts of the country. With new supply not even coming close to keeping pace, price appreciation remained swift in most markets."

The group reports that while the national median family income rose to $71,529, increasing mortgage rates and home prices will affect Americans' ability to buy a home, specifically in the country's most expensive housing markets.

Using NAR's data on housing affordability, we gathered a list of the US metro areas where the minimum salary required to qualify for a mortgage, after a 20% down payment, is highest. NAR assumes a mortgage rate of 3.9% for all areas, with the monthly principle and interest payment limited to 25% of income.

Notably, the salary needed to qualify in the top-five metro areas — four of which are located in California — exceeds $100,000.

For the US as a whole, the average qualifying income is $47,300 and the median home price is $263,300.

Below, check out how much you need to earn to buy a home in the most expensive housing markets, and what the median home will cost you.

The following markets are based on metropolitan statistical areas, with the exception of Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, which are metropolitan divisions.

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23. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont

Population: 214,363

Median home cost: $288,000

Salary needed to buy: $53,444



22. Salt Lake City, Utah

Population: 1,170,266

Median home cost: $307,900

Salary needed to buy: $56,979



21. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

Population: 2,000,860

Median home cost: $308,000

Salary needed to buy: $56,997



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Mexico City has turned into a major dining destination — and these stunning floating gardens help supply its most famous restaurants

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Mexico City's dining scene is exploding.

With award-winning restaurants like Enrique Olvera's Pujol and Eduardo García's Máximo Bistrot, the city's dining options are increasingly gaining international recognition, and eager tourists are taking note.

While the farm-to-table idea is not new in the food world, some higher-end restaurants in Mexico City are beginning to source their ingredients directly from the famed floating gardens of Xochimilco. Sometimes referred to as the "Mexican Venice" for its canals and brightly colored boats, Xochimilco is home to gardens that use ancient cultivation techniques to produce over 2.5 tons of food per month. 

With the help of a business called Yolcan, Xochimilco's produce is now being served in Mexico City's most acclaimed restaurants. Ahead, a look at the techniques used there.

SEE ALSO: A brand-new restaurant just opened in New York's most famous dining room — here's what it looks like inside

This technique of farming, known as chinampa, has been used since before the time of the Aztecs. It was then that farmers created the "floating" islands, which are bound to the shallow canal beds through layers of sediment and willow roots.

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Fennel, root vegetables, kale, chard, and herbs, like epazote, are all grown here.



Celebrated chef Eduardo Garcia, founder of Máximo Bistrot, uses produce from Xochimilco and other local farms for about two-thirds of the ingredients on his menu.



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Most 'wellness' treatments are bogus — here are the ones that actually help your body

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Whether it's a sweaty workout or an intense day at work that has your muscles in a knot, a wellness treatment like a massage or a trip to the sauna can sound like alluring medicine.

But not all spa treatments are created equal. Some of the oldest, simplest, and cheapest regimens offer the best results, while many of the newer and pricier treatments don't appear to live up to their claims.

Find out which wellness therapies, from cryotherapy sessions to a trip to the local steam room, will do your body good — and which ones aren't worth your money.

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Hot baths — take them for muscle recovery and overall health

While bathing in Epsom salts might be useless, there is real research — including a small recent study— to suggest that plain old warm baths have beneficial effects on the body, some of which are surprisingly similar to exercise.

Those effects may include an overall boost in metabolic health — measured by the study participants' ability to control their blood sugar before and after bathing — and an anti-inflammatory response that's similar to what you get after a workout.



Ice baths — skip them for athletic performance

Submerging your body in a bucket of ice was all the rage for some time, with athletes claiming it could do everything from speeding up workout recovery to improving muscle tone. 

Studies suggest the chilling experience doesn't do a while lot for performance. One study, for example, showed that athletes who did ice baths after three months of strength training experienced less swelling and soreness but also made smaller gains in their muscle mass and strength. Another recent study that compared athletes who bathed in ice with those who took a dip in lukewarm water suggested that ice baths didn't help much with inflammation — i.e. swelling — at all.



Saunas — skip them for 'detoxifying,' but use them to relax

It's widely believed that sitting in a hot, dry sauna is a great way to "sweat out" toxins from the body. 

While you'll certainly sweat, the stuff that comes out of your pores isn't actually made up of toxins. Substances like alcohol, aluminum, and mercury, for example, get filtered out and removed from your body by your liver and kidneys.

There are some science-backed benefits to saunas, however, which range from increased circulation (as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels that accompany exposure to intense heat) to reduced muscle soreness and reduced joint pain.



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