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A massive Hamptons estate that once belonged to the Ford family is on the market for a potentially record-breaking $175 million


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. 

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13 of the most beautiful college campuses in America



Ask any proud alum about the beauty of their college and they are sure to describe the unique charm their campus possesses. But some are just a notch above the above the rest.

Conde Nast Traveler searched far and wide to find the most beautiful colleges in America. Beauty is, of course, subjective, so the colleges chosen are not ranked.

The most beautiful colleges in the US have sprawling quads, hundred year old architecture, and some are steeped in history pre-dating the American Revolution.

Take a look below to see 13 of the most beautiful colleges in America.

SEE ALSO: The 10 best college dining halls in America

University of Chicago — Chicago, Illinois

Rollins College — Winter Park, Florida

Lewis & Clark College — Portland, Oregon

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An inside look at how Princess Diana went from a kindergarten teacher to an international icon


Princess Diana

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death.

She was first propelled into the national spotlight at the age of 20, when she wedded England's Prince Charles at the age of 20.

Their troubled marriage ultimately imploded, turning the couple in tabloid fodder.

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However, Diana went on to become an international icon in her own right. Her sophisticated style dictated fashion trends. Her dedication to charitable causes won her admiration and accolades.

And, in the wake of her death in Paris, then-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair famously referred to her as "the people's princess." The mass, global outpouring of grief that her death sparked proved it an apt observation.

Here's a look at the life of Diana, Princess of Wales:

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Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961 to a British noble family. Her brother, the Earl Spencer, reminisced that she was 'incredibly brave,' even as a young girl.

Source: Royal.uk, USA Today

In school, the future princess failed all her O-levels — twice. However, Diana had a sense that she was destined for something important. "I knew that something profound was coming my way," she said in the documentary "Diana: In Her Own Words." "I was just treading water, waiting for it."

Source: The Independent, Diana: In Her Own Words

Before her marriage, Diana reportedly shared a flat with three roommates and worked as a part-time kindergarten teacher in London’s Pimlico district.

Source: People

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Obama spokesperson denies rumors the former president is buying a $27 million estate from Caroline Kennedy


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Rumors are swirling that the Obamas are looking to Martha's Vineyard for a new vacation home.

According to the Boston Globe, the former president and his family have been house-hunting in the rural communities of Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury, on the island off the coast of Massachusetts. 

The Obamas were rumored to have expressed interest in a set of two parcels owned by Caroline Kennedy and her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. The two parcels were once one 377-acre estate, called Red Gate Farm, that was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 

Kennedy and Schlossberg divided the expansive plot into two several years ago, and they're both currently on the market — one for $15 million, and the other for $12 million. 

However, Obama spokesperson Kevin Lewis has denied that the family is looking for a home in Martha's Vineyard.

Sotheby's International Realty, whose agent George Ballantyne is listing the Kennedy properties with Hancock Real Estate's Deborah Hancock, did not immediately return a request for comment.

SEE ALSO: Malia Obama just moved into her dorm room at Harvard — here's a look back at her life

The two parcels are idyllic, with plenty of untouched land.

There isn't currently a home on the property, which leaves it open to the new buyers to build a structure of their own design.

There are roughly 1,000 feet of direct oceanfront land.

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An exec at Alphabet's moonshot lab teaches people how to be happy — here's the first thing he says to do when you're feeling down


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"When something triggers your unhappiness, visit it."

This from Mo Gawdat, the chief business officer at Alphabet's moonshot lab, X, and the author of "Solve for Happy."

Gawdat was speaking at a free "Solve for Happy" workshop in New York City, where about 25 people (including me) had showed up to hear him apply his engineer's mentality to the problem of unhappiness.

"Visiting" your unhappiness might sound more like the advice of a therapist than an engineer — it might even sound too fluffy to have any practical utility. But Gawdat is nothing if not practical when talking about happiness, and he likened the feeling of unhappiness to a sudden stomach ache.

"When you get a stomach ache," Gawdat told the workshop attendees, the first thing you ask yourself is most likely, "What did I eat?"

Take your emotional upsets just as seriously, he said. "Visiting" your unhappiness is, simply put, trying to figure out what's throwing you off.

That sounds sensible enough. But the problem that Gawdat's observed is twofold. First, many of us don't take unhappiness seriously, meaning we recognize that we're feeling a negative emotion, brush it off, and move on.

Second, many of us don't even realize when we're feeling a negative emotion. Sometimes it's easier to recognize stomach pain than it is to recognize unhappiness for what it is.

I spoke with Gawdat a few weeks after the workshop and he told me, "We don't even give ourselves the time, space, awareness to recognize" that we're feeling unhappy.

It's really about learning to check in with yourself every so often. "Would you be able to pause frequently enough to recognize how you feel inside?" Gawdat said. "Even if you don't know how to fix it yet, recognize that, 'I'm not feeling OK.'"

It's not about forcing your negative emotions to go away — it's okay to feel unhappy.

As Harvard psychologist Susan David previously told Business Insider, the important thing is to "show up" to your emotions — recognize them, accept them, and see what they're trying to tell you. From there, you can work on resolving the problem that's triggering the negativity.

SEE ALSO: An exec at Alphabet's moonshot lab says treating his brain like an employee has made him happier

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Business Insider is hiring a story producer to join our growing video team


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Business Insider is hiring a Story Producer for video.

The main criteria for the role? Knowing what stories our viewers love, sharp attention to detail when copy editing and shaping stories, and enthusiasm for video. The role includes researching, writing, and editing scripts, as well as finding and pitching ideas for videos.

The Story Producer will work closely with video producers but does not need to have video editing experience, although that would be a bonus. We're looking for a talented writer who can find and chase great stories, and relay them to our audience in a compelling way. We seek out self-starters and people who are enthusiastic about collaborating with video producers, social media editors, and other team members.

The Story Producer will write and edit scripts for all types of videos:

• News

• Strategy/Career

• Tech

• Retail

• Sports

• And so much more


APPLY HERE with your resume and cover letter telling us why this is your ideal job.

Please note that this full time position requires that you work in our Flatiron headquarters in New York City. Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits.

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The cost difference between Melania Trump and Michelle Obama's outfits reveals the truth about America's criticisms of them


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This week, Melania Trump found herself in yet another fashion scandal. 

The first lady was spotted boarding a plane to Texas in sky-high stilettos, despite the fact that she was heading to an area devastated by Hurricane Harvey. 

Public perception of Trump and the previous first lady, Michelle Obama, couldn't be more different. Fans of Obama paint her as a J. Crew-clad woman of the people. Meanwhile, Trump was slammed for a photoshoot in which she twirled a string of diamonds like spaghetti.

For fans of Trump, glitzy designer clothing is part of her appeal. Instagrams with thousands of followers track her every outfit. Far-right website Breitbart (which criticized Obama for wearing a $2,290 dress to meet the pope in 2015) wrote Trump was the "breakout star" of President Trump's first trip abroad, radiating "high fashion."

In an effort to see how accurate Trump's frivolous, filthy-rich reputation is in contrast to Obama's more down-to-earth image, we decided to recreate a theoretical "week in the life" of the two first ladies. We wanted to see if Trump was actually spending more than Obama, or if she was just a victim of bad press. 

We compared seven iconic looks that Obama and Trump wore to similar events, from vacationing to campaigning, as well as their price tags. Here's how the two first ladies measure up and what it means for how Americans see them. 

SEE ALSO: Melania Trump wore a coat that costs more than most Americans earn in a year

Campaigning at political conventions

Melania at the RNC: $2,190 Roksanda dress and $675 Christian Louboutin heels 

Trump made headlines after buying a Roksanda "Margot" dress herself from Net-a-Porter. The $2,190 dress sold out less than an hour after her speech. 

She paired the dress with $675 nude Christian Louboutin heels. 

Michelle at the DNC: $995 dress by Christian Siriano and $675 metallic Jimmy Choo heels

Obama's blue dress was extremely similar to a $995 cobalt blue dress made by Christian Siriano, a designer that rose to prominence after appearing on "Project Runway." However, Siriano reportedly custom-made the dress that the then-first lady wore as she gave her "they go low, we go high" speech. 

Her silver Jimmy Choos heels, spotted by Footwear News, cost $675.  

Meeting with foreign leaders

Melania at the G-7 Summit: $53,130 Dolce & Gabbana outfit

Trump made headlines when she wore a $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to a meeting with the spouses of some of the most powerful world leaders at the annual G-7 summit in Catania, Italy in May. While we couldn't identify the first lady's dress and shoes, her bag was also Dolce & Gabbana and costs $1,630.

The first lady has worn Dolce & Gabbana on numerous occassions. Designer Stefano Gabbana has been extremely receptive of the support, posting many pictures of Trump in Dolce & Gabbana outfits on his Instagram.

Michelle at the G-20 Summit: $474 J. Crew outfit

Obama made headlines on her first trip to the United Kingdom as FLOTUS in 2009, thanks to her casual yet fashionable looks. The Guardian described her outfits, many of which were purchased from J. Crew, as "a pitch of sunny, homely optimism, rather than sparkling glamour." 

One of Obama's most memorable outfits of the trip was the one she wore to meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Fox News reported that the cardigan cost $298, tank top $18, and a mint green pencil skirt was priced at $158.

Charity work

Melania at an abuse prevention nonprofit: $1,150 pair of sandals to complete an otherwise low-key look

Footwear News reported (somewhat snarkily) that Trump wore a $1,150 pair of Rene Caovilla sandals to visit HomeSafe in April. Trump also wore a $225 pair of L'Agence Margot jeans and an unidentified khaki shirt.

Michelle at a food bank: $540 pair of sneakers to complete an otherwise low-key look

In 2009, Obama caused some controversy when she wore a $540 pair of Lanvin sneakers to volunteer at a food bank with Second Lady Jill Biden. She paired the sneakers with a $188 J. Crew sweater. 

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You can now buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks


Pumpkin Spice Latte season has begun at Starbucks — even though the iconic beverage isn't officially on the menu yet.  

On a trip to a New York City Starbucks Friday morning, Business Insider's Amanda McKelvey successfully ordered the seasonal drink.


She isn't the only one. Dozens of people have posted on social media with photographic evidence that they've successfully purchased a Pumpkin Spice Latte ahead of its official launch. 

For the last week, Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte Twitter account had been hinting at an early Friday reveal of the drink.

Online rumors indicate that the official launch date will be on September 5. 

While some have expressed concern that PSL season is starting too early at Starbucks this year, the September 1 early launch is in line with what the chain has done in years past. The PSL's shifting debut date is mostly influenced by what day of the week Labor Day fall on — not a mission to start fall earlier every year. 

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September is the best month


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It's time to put this argument to rest once and for all: September is the best month of the year. 

First, let's run down the definitive ranking of months from best to worst:

  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • May
  • June
  • January
  • July 
  • August
  • April
  • February
  • March

As is clear in the ranking, autumn is the best season. 

Not only does the weather in autumn provide a sampling of each of the year's best offerings — a little heat in September, morning frost in October, a pleasantly warm day in November, a satisfyingly cold afternoon in December — but the year's best holidays also highlight the season. 

Thanksgiving is the best holiday.

Christmas is the second-best holiday, though mostly because it is broadly acceptable to take most of the time between December 24 and January 2 off from work. 

Autumn also represents the best working conditions of the year. People come back to school and work from summer breaks refreshed and ready to be productive. Many companies begin eyeing their year-end results and kick into gear for a "fall sprint" into the fourth quarter. 

And while some may argue this enhanced productivity is a result of having taken the summer to recharge — thus potentially bolstering a case for summer being the best season — most of this boost comes from pent-up energy that lies dormant during the dull summer months. Boredom is the motivating factor during the autumn push to be more productive.

On to the rest of the list: May and June provide the bit of summer you're actually looking for. By the time February and March have crushed your spirit, May and June provide more daylight, slightly warmer temperatures, new clothes and sneakers. 

May, unfortunately, means wicked allergies for many in the Northeast, however.

But a redeeming quality for May is Memorial Day, providing a much-needed three-day weekend and marking the unofficial beginning of summer. For many US states, May also marks the end of the school year.

June often provides just enough heat to get you leaving the house without a light jacket or the need for contingent clothing options, which is among the most tiring features of the February-through-April push. 

By the end of June, however, the tyranny of summer is plain to see. The worst is yet to come.

January's ranking as the seventh-best month is likely to upset some observers who parrot the standard, "There's nothing to see after Christmas routine."

But January gives us two holidays — New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every four years we get a presidential inauguration. In many years, January is the first time meaningful snowfall makes its way to the DC-Boston corridor, an event much-anticipated by residents and much-derided by non-resident Twitter users.

There's something for everyone. Winter lasting three-plus months is a cruel joke. January, however, provides the right sampling of the season's offerings. 

Which brings us to summer. 

For all of the hand-wringing you're apt to see about the end of summer being sad, the reality is that summer does not live up to the hype.

Summer is too hot. Major summer activities — taking vacation, watching baseball, eating ice cream, watching fireworks, going to air-conditioned movie theaters — are all overrated. 

Summer is fun for about two weeks after the school year ends — in June — and when the corporate world moves into a lower gear. Almost right after this period (read: your first outdoor happy hour), however, it's obvious why we work hard and go to school: There's just not much else to do with our time. 

July and August, as the prime summer months, represent the brunt of this grind. They are oppressively hot months. They are boring months. They are long months (back-to-back 31-day months). They are bad months. Plain and simple.

April, if only for the slightly-better-than-March weather and the longer days, ranks above February and March. But the latter two, the true grind-it-out days of winter, are terrible months. March features no holidays. February features just one. (Though President's Day sometimes does not represent a day off work). 

As for fake holidays, February and March have the year's two worst: Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day, respectively.

Valentine's Day provides the illusion of a chance for bad partners to make up for their shortcomings and think it's OK. St. Patrick's Day is a mess. 

Email me your thoughts. 

SEE ALSO: The best month of the year to buy everything

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Red Lobster is bringing back Endless Shrimp — and this year, there's a secret shrimp menu


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Red Lobster is bringing back Endless Shrimp. 

On Monday, September 4, Red Lobster's annual all-you-can-eat shrimp promotion will be back on the menu. Diners can mix and match from a five-item menu that includes three classic dishes: shrimp linguini, hand-breaded shrimp, and garlic shrimp scampi.

Red Lobster is also introducing two new flavors. The Nashville Hot Shrimp is fried in a mixture of brown sugar and spices and topped with a honey drizzle. Mediterranean Shrimp is grilled in white wine, garlic, and lemon butter sauce with tomatoes and green onions. 

The chain also has a handful of secret menu items that it isn't advertising, including Cape Cod Kettle Chip-Crusted Shrimp, Panko-Crusted Red Shrimp, Coconut Bites, Popcorn Shrimp, and Garlic-Grilled Shrimp Skewers. These items won't be on the official menu, but Red Lobster told Business Insider that they will be available to order as part of the Endless Shrimp deal while supplies last. 

Endless Shrimp is a limited offer and usually lasts around two months. 

SEE ALSO: We spent 8 hours trying every 'Endless Shrimp' flavor at Red Lobster — here's the best and worst

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17 things successful people do over 3-day weekends


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We're heading into Labor Day weekend.

That means you most likely have an extra day off to add to your normal weekend.

But how should you spend that extra time?

If you're not sure how to make the most of the next 72 hours, we've got some ideas.

Here are 17 things successful people do before and over three-day weekends:

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1. They plan ahead

Many successful people plan out their activities for the holiday weekend well in advance so that they are not drawn into the temptation of working, says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage." They make reservations, book tee times, or schedule activities with their kids.

"They're strategic enough to have an action plan for the three-day weekend, but flexible enough to tackle any urgent work issues that may arise," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."

2. They prepare at work

"Most of what they do happens before they leave for a long weekend so that they are psychologically free to relax and enjoy it," Kerr says.

This includes saying proper goodbyes to colleagues, cleaning up their office, finishing any pressing tasks, and creating a clear plan of action for when they return to the office so they can hit the ground running.

3. They unplug

Not only do they set guidelines, but truly successful people actually put their phones and laptops away — at least for part of the weekend.

Don't sit and stare at screens during your time off. Unplug and try to use as little technology as possible. It will help you sleep better and can keep your mind clear.

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Starbucks botched the rollout of its Pumpkin Spice Latte — and fans are furious (SBUX)


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Starbucks started serving its Pumpkin Spice Latte on Friday.

But customers and baristas in many locations are still confused about whether they can order or serve the drink — and they're getting angry.

On Friday, Starbucks' Facebook page was flooded with people asking the same question: Can I buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte today?

At 11 a.m. ET, Starbucks began airing a Facebook Live video titled "PSL Pumpkin Hatch." In the comments of the video, Starbucks wrote that this year, "the official launch of PSL season in the US will be the same day for everyone."

"The road to PSL's return will be livestreamed 24/7 on Facebook for all his fans to see," a Starbucks spokeswoman said in an email to Business Insider, adding that the video would have "potential clues" about when the Pumpkin Spice Latte will officially launch in stores.

"Keep an eye on the livestream and ultimately the official launch time for Starbucks PSL will be revealed!" she continued.

While the official Pumpkin Spice Latte Twitter account had been hinting at a Friday PSL debut all week — and several US Starbucks locations put out signs that indicated a September 1 launch date— the company has so far not given an official release date for the beverage.

On Starbucks' Facebook page, many customers responded to other people's questions by saying they had successfully ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte on Friday morning simply by asking the barista for the drink, though others said they faced problems.

Adding to the confusion is the absence of the PSL from the chain's mobile-ordering app.

"Really blown when I couldn't get my PSL today at Starbucks," one person wrote on Starbucks' Facebook page.

"Fail, Starbucks," wrote one woman, who said her husband was served a Pumpkin Spice Latte an hour before her own order was denied.

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When Business Insider's Amanda McKelvey ordered a Pumpkin Spice Latte in New York City on Friday morning, the barista told her the location was not yet serving the beverage. McKelvey pointed out that the store had a sign that said the PSL launched on September 1.


After checking with a manager, the barista told McKelvey that they actually could make her the beverage — this location's first PSL of the year.

According to one person in the Starbucks subreddit, the company changed the beverage's release date, which may have contributed to the confusion.

For the past six years, Starbucks has launched its Pumpkin Spice Latte early for certain customers, allowing fans of the beverage to buy it before it officially hits menus in early September. The early launch often has been restricted to members of Starbucks' rewards programs or participants in an online scavenger hunt.

This year, however, there has so far been no explanation about who can order a Pumpkin Spice Latte on Friday and who cannot.

Making people like though they're part of a special club that can order from a secret menu helps build hype for the Pumpkin Spice Latte. However, confusing customers just makes people craving the iconic drink angry.

Here's Starbucks' Facebook Live video of the 'PSL Pumpkin Hatch': 

If you're a Starbucks employee with more details about this year's Pumpkin Spice Latte rollout, or if you have other stories you want to share about working at the chain, email retail@businessinsider.com.

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The new status shoe is machine washable, made from recycled water bottles, and costs $145 a pair


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Women from the tech offices of Silicon Valley to the streets of New York City have embraced a new status symbol:  $145 shoes that happen to be as cute as they are eco-conscious.

Rothy's, a shoe startup based in San Francisco, turns plastic water bottles into trendy ballet flats. Since its launch in 2016, the company has gained a ravenous following, including venture capitalists and the editors of Vogue. While the shoes aren't the most environmentally-friendly in existence (check out these future Adidas kicks that will be 100% biodegradable), Rothy's has diverted more than five million plastic bottles from landfills since its founding.

We stepped into the Rothy's headquarters to learn how the new status shoe came to be.

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In 2012, Stephen Hawthornwaite and Roth Martin left their jobs in finance and design to reinvent the flat — a stylish, but not so comfortable staple of many women's wardrobes.

They saw how women were dressing down — sporting athletic apparel outside the gym — and decided to take advantage of the shift. They set out to make a women's shoe for all occasions.

Rothy's flats are stylish and comfortable — and happen to be good for the planet.

During four years of research, the pair learned there's a great deal of waste in traditional shoe manufacturing. Most shoes are made by cutting out patterns and stitching the pieces.

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I'm addicted to a boot camp-style workout that's taking over America — here's what it's like


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If you haven't tried Orangetheory Fitness, it's likely you know someone who has.

The boutique fitness franchise now has 728 studios in 16 countries and is in 45 states in the US.

The company, which was named the fastest-growing woman-owned company in 2017 by Forbes, brought in $451 million in revenue last year.

I've been going to Orangetheory for about eight months now, and I'm totally hooked. Its 60-minute classes leave me feeling like I've given my all, and I've gotten a lot stronger since I started going.

Here's everything you need to know about the fitness company that's popping up everywhere across the US. 

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Orangetheory's group workout classes are 60 minutes long and focus on high-intensity interval training. In each class, you'll cycle through workouts on a treadmill, on a rower, and on the floor.

 Source: YouTube

Each class has a distinct focus. Endurance classes feature long stretches on the treadmill and high rep counts on the floor. Strength classes have a lot of uphill climbs on the treadmill and heavy weights on the floor. In power classes, you'll work on speed.

The class is generally broken up into two groups. One starts on the treadmill, and one starts on the floor and rowers.

 Source: YouTube

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How to grill the perfect steak


If you're planning a BBQ for the long weekend, it's time to perfect your grilling technique.

We reached out to professional chef David Mawhinney of Haven's Kitchen in New York to talk about the best cuts of steak to grill, as well as how to temper, season, and finish your meats.


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Surreal photos from Burning Man take you deep inside the madness


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Over the last 31 years, Burning Man has evolved from a bonfire among friends in San Francisco to an international mega-event attended by modern-day hippies and tech moguls alike.

Nearly 70,000 so-called burners descended on the "playa" in a Nevada desert last week for the annual counterculture gathering. The festival is offering its standard fare of surreal art installations, over 130 musical acts, celebrity sightings, and out-of-this-world fashion.

Some say you have to experience the world of Burning Man to understand its magic. In the meantime, these photos of Burning Man 2017 offer a glimpse of what it's like to attend.

SEE ALSO: Photos of tech workers having the time of their lives at Burning Man

Each year, a city rises on a remote swath of desert in Nevada. Burners call this temporary metropolis "Black Rock City."

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The festival forms in the same shape every year: a giant semi-circle.

Nearly 70,000 people, known as "burners," come for the nine-day event.

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How airplanes fly those giant banner ads — it's more dangerous than you think


If you've ever spent time on a US beach during the summer, you've probably noticed a parade of airplanes towing giant banners advertising companies like Dunkin' Donuts or Geico. We spent a couple of days with the men and women who get these banners flying, and it's no easy task. 

You might think the airplanes simply take off with the banners attached. Alas, that is incorrect. It takes a challenging and risky maneuver to attach the banner to the airplane before it flies. We spent a couple of days with Banner Tow USA, a company that operates out of the Westerly State Airport in Rhode Island to find out what goes into flying these giant billboards in the sky.

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Here's how much it costs each month to own a home in the 15 largest US metros


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With home prices on the rise across the US — and incomes lagging far behind— the decision to become a homeowner is nothing short of a serious financial commitment.

While you'll need to have money saved for a down payment, typically 20% of the purchase price, the biggest cost is recurring monthly payments. That is, your mortgage payment (principal and interest), plus taxes and homeowner's insurance, all together known as PITI.

While some of these numbers can vary depending on the exact location of a home, mortgage resource HSH.com put together a list of the monthly costs of homeownership in the biggest metros in the US to give buyers an idea of the estimated costs across different markets.

To find the monthly cost of homeownership in these cities, HSH.com gathered data on:

  • Median home prices from the National Association of Realtors' second-quarter report to determine the monthly mortgage payment. The site assumed a 20% down payment and a 30-year fixed mortgage at an interest rate of 4.11%.
  • Average property taxes from the Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey.
  • Statewide average homeowner insurance premium costs from the Insurance Information Institute.

HSH.com added these numbers together for each metro to arrive at the final monthly cost. It's important to note that while these figures are a good starting point to gauge affordability of a home, it's important to factor in easily forgotten and hidden costs as well, like maintenance, closing costs, utilities, and homeowner's association fees.

Below, check out the cost of owning a home in the 15 largest US metros — ranked from least to most expensive — plus the annual salary you need to earn to qualify for a mortgage.

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15. Detroit

Total monthly cost (PITI): $983

Median home price: $179,529

Salary needed to buy: $42,110

14. Atlanta

Total monthly cost (PITI): $1,024

Median home price: $204,900

Salary needed to buy: $43,893

13. Phoenix

Total monthly cost (PITI): $1,135

Median home price: $247,300

Salary needed to buy: $48,655

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People are accusing Starbucks of debuting the Pumpkin Spice Latte earlier every year — here's the truth (SBUX)



Starbucks started serving its Pumpkin Spice Latte on Friday— at least at some locations.

But some people are not pleased with the "early" launch of the autumnal beverage. 

"Pumpkin Spice Glut Arrives Earlier Than Ever," reads a headline from an article published in The New York Times Wednesday. 

"The capstone event is the arrival of Starbucks's cult-favorite drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte — the best-known pumpkin spice product in the market," Tiffany Hsu writes in the piece. "Two years ago, the drink returned to stores on Sept. 8; last year, on Sept. 6. This year, it's expected to arrive as soon as Friday, Sept. 1." 

On Twitter, many people agreed with Hsu — Pumpkin Spice Latte season is starting too early, and it is beginning on an earlier date each year. 

It is true that some pumpkin spice products are launching earlier than in prior years, in part because new pumpkin spice products are created every year. McDonald's debuted its own Pumpkin Spice Latte in August, and Starbucks began selling its new bottled PSL in stores last month as well.

When you look at the actual launch dates of Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, however, they're pretty consistent. 

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This year, customers started ordering the Pumpkin Spice Latte on September 1, even though Starbucks had not formally announced the beverage's launch date. It remains unclear when the PSL will officially launch this year, but there have been rumors of a September 5 debut. 

Starbucks began serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes on September 1 last year, even though the drink didn't officially begin appearing on menus until September 6. In 2015, customers in the know could access a special pass online to get the PSL on September 4, before the official September 8 launch. And, in 2014, customers who participated in an online scavenger hunt could order the drink on August 26, prior to the September 2 launch date.

In other words, PSL season does not get earlier every year. Customers can usually get the drink early right around September 1, and the seasonal menu item typically makes its official debut soon after Labor Day. 

Consider the "PSL arrives earlier every year" theory thoroughly debunked. 

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss runs a coding program for young women — take a look inside their brand-new office



25-year-old supermodel Karlie Kloss began learning how to code in 2014. Since then, one of her main missions has been to help educate young women who are interested in the world of technology.

In 2016, she started the charity organization Kode With Klossy, a coding camp and career scholarship program that works with partners like the Flatiron School to facilitate learning programs and create a community for young women in tech.

Last month, Kode With Klossy opened its first office in New York City with the help of Homepolish designer Tina Rich, who decked it out with furniture from Lulu & Georgia.

Kloss told Architectural Digest of the new space: "Since I'll be hosting my team, business partners, friends, and family in the office, it was important for the space to feel comfortable and chic, and flow from room to room."

Take a look, below.

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Rich, who worked closely with Kloss to design the space, told Business Insider that the model's personal style helped influence the final result. "Karlie has such great style and taste and I think we created a space that is a true reflection of that. The space turned out sophisticated but still colorful and fun, which is how I came to know Karlie," she said.

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Kloss had said that she wanted the office, located in New York's Soho neighborhood, to feel homey.

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