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The ex-CEO of Evernote says Silicon Valley's favorite fasting diet has changed his life — here's his routine


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  • Phil Libin, the ex-CEO of Evernote, doesn't eat for two to eight days in a row.
  • He subscribes to an increasingly popular diet called intermittent fasting, which has a host of benefits backed by science.
  • Tech executives say fasting gives them a mental edge in Silicon Valley.

Phil Libin, who helped create the popular productivity app Evernote in 2007 and led the company as CEO until 2015, was melancholy for a long time. His work didn't excite him.

Eventually he pinpointed the source. "It was the carbs," he said.

The fall of 2017 marks one year since Libin, who now runs an artificial intelligence startup studio called All Turtles, started fasting on a regular basis. The tech executive foregoes food for between two to eight days in a row every week, drinking only water, coffee, and tea.

Libin has lost 85 pounds, reversed a prediabetes diagnosis, and feels "25 years younger," he told Business Insider in a recent interview at the All Turtles office in San Francisco.

Intermittent fasting is an increasingly trendy diet that involves going without food for anywhere from 14 hours to several days. Strange as it sounds, the diet has a lot of scientific backing. Large studies have found it to be just as reliable for weight loss as traditional diets. Some studies in animals have suggested it has other perks as well, including reducing the risk of certain cancers, improving cognitive performance, and even prolonging life.

The fad has picked up fans in Silicon Valley, including author and podcaster Tim Ferriss, Y Combinator partner Daniel Gross, internet entrepreneur Kevin Rose (who created an app that lets fasters track their progress), and nearly the entire team at "smart drug" startup HVMN.

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In November 2016, Libin found himself in a rut. He was working as a venture capitalist at General Catalyst and trying to come up with his next idea for a game-changing startup. He moved from a Silicon Valley suburb to San Francisco while dealing with divorce after 19 years of marriage.

Loïc Le Meur, a friend and fellow entrepreneur, told him about a new diet that made him feel great. He hadn't eaten in three days. Libin thought it sounded "really stupid."

"I went home [after meeting with Le Meur] to Google it, with the intention of just like, proving to him that he was being an idiot and needs to eat," Libin said. "I was really surprised after reading about it for a few hours that it all felt really plausible."

With the countdown to his 45th birthday ticking, Libin decided to try a three-day fast. On the first day, he was hungry. The second day proved harder. On the third day, he felt amazing.

"It was a little difficult in the beginning — but difficult compared to what? Even the first day was easier than spending an hour at the gym," Libin said. "I woke up on the third day and I felt better than I had in years. I was hooked on it right away."

Libin now fasts for two to eight days straight, depending on his work schedule and personal life. A business trip to Japan, where Libin can't say no to ramen, or New York, where the pizza is divine, warrants an "eating day." So does a meal with an old friend in town.

On days he fasts, Libin drinks copious amounts of water, coffee, and tea. He rarely cheats on the diet, because he knows he won't be able to stop eating once he's started.

Other days, he indulges, but not overly so. Libin typically skips breakfast because he "prefers sleeping." He enjoys his favorite meals at some of the top restaurants in San Francisco, including the farm-to-table fare at Cockscomb and yakitori (a Japanese-style skewered chicken) at Rintaro. There is no calorie-counting or strict dieting on these days.

Libin returned to his doctor for testing and blood work earlier this year and found that he had reversed his likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. He's maintained his goal weight for at least three months.

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At work, he describes feeling happier and more focused. He's rarely hungry. There are no midday sugar crashes, because there are no snack binges. His meals, which are nearly always shared with business colleagues or friends and family, are documented on his calendar.

"Eating nothing is [working out] really great for me. You don't have to think about it. I get back all this time, and I just don't eat anything," Libin said.

Libin plans to continue eating — and not eating — this way for the rest of his life.

"This is easily in the top three most important things in my life that I've ever done. It's absolutely transformative," Libin said. "And, look, check back in a year. I feel like I'm going to stick with it, because I really like it. I've dieted before, but I always thought the diet that I was doing wasn't fun. I didn't enjoy it. It got harder and harder.

"I'm not fasting to lose weight anymore. I'm fasting because I really like it," he added.

SEE ALSO: I went on the Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages butter and bacon for 2 months — and it vastly improved my life

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Inside rapper Gucci Mane's $1.7 million wedding to entrepreneur Keyshia Ka'oir


Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'Oir attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka'oir have tied the knot after almost eight years of dating. The couple got married on live TV Tuesday night, during the premiere of their new BET reality show, "The Mane Event."

Ka'oir, a model and fitness entrepreneur, stuck by Gucci Mane's side during his time in prison and on house arrest. During the ceremony, she wore a gown adorned with diamonds and held a matching bouquet. 

See the lavish event, below.   

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The two got engaged last November. The proposal happened during an Atlanta Hawks basketball game.

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The diamond in the engagement ring is 25 carats, and it was estimated to cost between $3 million and $5 million.

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The couple reportedly spent $50,000 on wedding invitations alone.

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Inside Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, the New York City boarding school that costs more than Harvard


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Manhattan has the largest population density of any city in the US, and its K-12 schools serve more than 1 million students.

Yet, there is only one boarding school for high-school students on the entire island: Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. Léman is an elite private school located in the southernmost part of the city. It educates more than 700 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, and is home to about 100 high-school students who board from all over the world.

Its price tag for tuition, room, and board is $79,000 a year, nearly $16,000 more than Harvard. And boarding students enjoy perks likely unheard of even at the collegiate level, like full-service concierge and luxury apartment buildings.

So when Léman invited Business Insider to take a tour of the school, we jumped at the opportunity to see just how unique the facilities and course offerings really are. Paige Murphy, the director of admissions at Léman, was our tour guide for the day.

Here's what it's like to attend Léman as a high school boarding student.

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We arrived in the Financial District of New York City on a sunny February day to start our tour of Léman and its surrounding neighborhood. The first thing we saw was popular tourist attraction Charging Bull, the 7,000 pound bronze sculpture and Wall Street icon.

Turning the corner, we found the Léman entrance on the quieter Morris Street. Léman opened its doors in 2005 starting with just 54 students. Twelve years later it has more than 700 students, about 100 of whom are boarders.

"You think of the American boarding school experience and you think more New England, rural, fields, not in the heart of the biggest capital city and financial center of the world," head of admissions Paige Murphy said.

Rural it is not. The Financial District (FiDi) is a bustling part of the city, especially during work hours. Goldman Sachs, The New York Stock Exchange, and Deutsche Bank are just some of the financial companies with offices in FiDi.

Murphy said students and families attracted to Léman tend to be those who want an urban environment and access to business internships and the city's top arts programs, that the school can help provide.

Léman recently added squash to its sports offerings. "Squash is very hot right now," Murphy said.

"It's really competitive for university admissions. A lot of the top tier schools, the Ivy Leagues, are looking for squash players," Murphy continued. Léman currently has three students nationally ranked in the top 50 for junior squash players.


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I ate like billionaire Warren Buffett for a week — and I felt awful


Warren Buffett is the one of the world's wealthiest people. His diet consists of fast food and almost no vegetables.  Bob Bryan ate like Buffett for 5 days. By the end, he was craving only vegetables. Following is a transcript of the video.

Bob Bryan:  20,537 calories in five days. Oddly enough, I started sweating from my kneecaps, which I didn’t even know there were pores, sweat pores, in my knee caps.

I’m Bob Bryan. I’m a policy reporter here at Business Insider and for 5 days I ate like Warren Buffett.

So Warren Buffett is the second-wealthiest man in the world. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and a legendary investor, possibly one of the most successful investors of all time. Warren Buffett eats like a child. He admittedly eats like a child. For breakfast, Buffett goes to McDonald’s. He either has — if the market is down, he’ll have just two sausage patties. If the market is flat: sausage McMuffin with egg and cheese. If the market’s up: bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit. He owns Dairy Queen, so a lot of Dairy Queen. And dinner is — that was country-fried steak smothered in gravy with mashed potatoes. Chicken parmesan was one of my meals. I consumed a two-liter of Cherry Coke every day. Over the course of the five days, I had about 1,260 grams of sugar. That comes out to about 2.78 pounds of sugar. Also one part of Buffett’s kind of repertoire is to put extra salt on everything.  I felt bloated every day. There would usually be, like, an intense sugar crash and caffeine crash from the Cherry Coke. You know, my coworkers were saying that I was irritable. I became especially lethargic. The last meal we went to Warren Buffett’s favorite steakhouse in New York City, Smith & Wollensky. I said, “You know, just give me what the man himself got,” which was honestly just a huge mistake. He usually gets the 32-ounce Colorado rib-eye — so a two-pound steak attached to the bone. Something you would, you know, a caveman would beat someone else over the head with. It was absolutely massive So, you know, when I got home, I felt almost, like, food drunk. I was, like, bursting at the seams. So, you know, honestly, I had the knee sweats again. I just took off my shirt and my pants and just laid down in the starfish motion on the ground in my living room, just staring up at the ceiling contemplating how in the world an 87-year-old man has made it (a.) this far in life, and (b.) continues to make it this far in life consuming the amount of calories and just absolute terrible junk food that he does, and finally decided that I wasn’t going to eat anything but vegetables for the next 48 hours.

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Wall Street's favorite deal-making restaurant has opened in Silicon Valley — here's what it's like to eat there


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Silicon Valley has never been a center of haute cuisine. Rising rents, high local fees, and acute labor shortages make it difficult for high-end restaurants to turn a profit, despite the area's concentration of wealthy people looking to strike deals over dinner.

But the tech elite still needs to eat.

Nobu, Wall Street's favorite deal-making restaurant, has opened its first outpost in the Bay Area — a smaller version of the massive Nobu restaurants found in cities like New York, Tokyo, and Qatar. Nobu Palo Alto is located about halfway between the offices of Facebook and Google, and is inside a hotel owned by Larry Ellison, the billionaire founder of Oracle.

We toured the restaurant and tried the food to see if Nobu Palo Alto can bring an end to the fine-dining drought in Silicon Valley. Take a look.

SEE ALSO: Inside the $600-a-head Silicon Valley restaurant where Google and Apple executives eat gold-flecked steaks

Nobu's ever-expanding culinary empire has a glitzy new addition.

Nobu Palo Alto is located in the Larry Ellison-owned Epiphany Hotel, which is currently being rebranded as a Nobu Hotel. It's not the first time the tech icon and chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa have partnered. The pair co-owns Nobu restaurants in Malibu and Hawaii.

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Nobu Palo Alto — restaurant No. 37 in chef Matsuhisa's empire — aims to deliver the same hugely popular dishes and clubby scene as other Nobu locations worldwide.

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13 stunning college campuses with sprawling quads, beautiful foliage, and historic buildings



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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New York City will be bathed with orange light in support of its bid for Amazon's $5 billion headquarters



  • Many of New York's landmarks will be lit up in orange in support of the city's bid to host Amazon's second headquarters.
  • Proposals from cities are due to Amazon on October 19.
  • New York is facing stiff competition from about 50 other cities across North America.

Those orange lights aren't for Oktoberfest or Halloween.

New York is painting the town "Amazon Orange" in support of its bid to be the host of Amazon's future second headquarters, according to a tweet from Politco reporter Gloria Pazmino‏, who cited the mayor's office.

Bids for the company's $5 billion headquarters are due to Amazon on October 19.

Landmarks including the Empire State Building, some bridges, and One World Trade Center will all turn orange at 9 p.m. on October 18. Billboards and the LinkNYC wireless internet screens in some neighborhoods will also turn orange. 

Alicia Glen, the city's deputy mayor in charge of economic devlopment,told Bloomberg in September that the diversity of the city's economy and industries — as well as the desire of many young people to work in the city — are enough to lure Amazon without big financial incentives.

"Kids want to work in NYC. They don't want to be in a suburban office park," she said.

Since then, the city has solicited numerous bids for sites around the city to host the headquarters. Amazon has also since announced a new fulfillment center on Staten Island and a new 360,000-square-foot office that will be part of the Manhattan West megadevelopment.

Still, with high housing costs and a low possibility of tax subsidies, New York faces steep competition to win over Amazon.

SEE ALSO: These 10 cities have the best chance of getting Amazon's $5 billion headquarters, according to the data

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The life of Harvey Weinstein's younger brother, who reportedly helped oust him from the company they have a 42% stake in


Harvey (L) and Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films arrives at the Miramax party March 24, 1997 at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. Miramax distributed the films

On Tuesday night, Bob Weinstein made his first public statement after allegations of sexual harassment and assault by his brother, movie producer Harvey Weinstein, surfaced in stories from The New York Times and The New Yorker last week.

"My brother Harvey is obviously a very sick man," Bob told TMZ. "I've urged him to seek immediate professional help because he is in dire need of it. His remorse and apologies to the victims of his abuse are hollow."

Harvey was fired from The Weinstein Company by its board, which includes Bob, who is a cofounder, on October 8. Two days before, however, Page Six reported that tension had been rising between the siblings, referring to them as the "Cain and Abel" of Hollywood.

"Bob's wanted Harvey out for years," a former staffer told Page Six. Bob Weinstein has denied these allegations. 

Together, the brothers owned 42% of the company, and while Harvey has resigned from the board, Bob is now currently the head of the company. The Weinstein Company is said to be exploring a sale to Colony Capital, though Bob has disputed this.

TMZ reported that Harvey believes it was his younger brother who fed information to The New York Times, and it was reported that The Weinstein Company had known of Harvey's payoffs to women since 2015

Now Bob is also being accused of sexual harassment by TV show executive producer Amanda Segel. While Bob has denied any inappropriate behavior towards Segel, Variety reported a detailed account of her accusations, which reportedly took place in 2016.

SEE ALSO: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from The Weinstein Company board, as the company struggles to survive

Harvey and Bob Weinstein are from New York City, and as Bob wrote in a Vanity Fair article in 2003, the two "grew up in a small two-bedroom apartment in a lower-middle-class housing development called Elechester." In that same article, Bob referred to himself as the "quiet brother."

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Harvey and Bob Weinstein founded Miramax in 1979 and sold it to Disney for around $70 million in 1997. The name was a nod to their parents, Miriam and Max.

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In 2005, the brothers left the company and began The Weinstein Company with a $1 billion investment from Goldman Sachs.

Source: Forbes

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The incredible life of Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who doesn't have a cell phone or use Facebook and once left Jon Stewart speechless


Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai arrives to celebrate her 19th birthday at the Dadaab refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border, July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

At age 20, Malala Yousafzai is one of the most accomplished and most celebrated people in the world.

Five years ago, she was shot by the Taliban in her native Pakistan for defying the ban against women going to school. Since then, she has won the Nobel Peace Prize, traveled all over the world, authored two books, and started studying at Oxford University.

Below, we rounded up some of the highlights of Yousafzai's incredible life.

SEE ALSO: 'I am heartbroken': Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai condemns Trump's refugee ban

Malala Yousafzai is 20 years old. She is a Pakistani activist, an author, and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Source: The New York Times

Yousafzai began studying at Oxford University in October 2017. She will study philosophy, politics, and economics.

Source: The New York Times, Business Insider

Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. The Taliban took control of the area in 2007. She defied the ban preventing women from attending school: "I just could not imagine a life limited to the four walls of my house and never be myself."

Source: TODAY

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I took my entire family plus a dog on a 700-mile weekend trip in a Tesla Model X — here's what happened (TSLA)


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  • The Model X is Tesla's exotic all-electric SUV, with a price tag of as much as $150,000.
  • It can seat up to seven people and handle a LOT of cargo.
  • The biggest issue for road trips, with or without the family, is keeping the battery charged.

The Model X is Tesla's offering for American families: a stylish SUV with seating for at least five and up to seven, plus cargo space for gear and room for a pet. 

It checks those boxes while looking like a spaceship with a dramatic extended windshield affording a view of the sky, falcon wing doors, and all-electric propulsion. It can also, at the P100D trim level — which means it has a 1oo kilowatt-hour battery pack, and a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system — streak from 0-60 mph in about 3 seconds. Hang onto those Game Boys, kids!

I took a Tesla sedan, the P90D, on an adventurous road trip with some of my family last year. And I spent some time behind the wheel of the Model X after it was rolled out. But I'd never gone on a deep dive, testing the vehicles full capabilities, from seating comfort to ridonkulous speed to Autopilot semi-self-driving technology to the true secret sauce of Tesla-ness: the extensive Supercharger network and the in-vehicle algorithms that enable you to hopscotch between them.

Tesla rectified that by setting me up with a Model X loaner — a fully loaded P100D that likely cost around $150,000. It arrived in a glorious glossy black with a creamy white leather interior. Into the available seating and cargo space I would place myself; my lovely wife; our two handsome sons, James (12) and Dante (7) our talented daughter, August (14) and our cheerful new dog, Marco (2, we think).

We loaded up on a Friday in autumn. Our destination was 340 miles southwest: Deep Creek, MD. We had Superchargers and more adventures in front of us. Here's how it went.

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The mighty Model X! That trippy hue at the top of the windshield is due to condensation on the tinted, extended section.

The car is indeed a spaceship for the road. Sleek and aerodynamic on the outside, with a "2001: A Space Odyssey" white interior and those famous falcon-wing doors.

The badging that identifies the model is modest.

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Scientists think relationships that start online may have a huge advantage over relationships that start in real life


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  • A new paper suggests partners who meet online are more likely to be compatible than those who meet in person.
  • The paper adds to a growing body of research suggesting marriages that start online are stronger and last longer than relationships that start offline. 
  • The research doesn't prove that online dating causes relationships to be stronger. It could be that people who register for dating services are more interested in a relationship.

Telling people you and your partner met online can seem kind of boring.

Wouldn't you rather be able to share a story about how you were both reading the same obscure French novel on the New York City subway? Or how you'd been best friends since kindergarten and then one day something just clicked?

But couples who connected through swiping or clicking can take, ahem, heart: If they choose to tie the knot, they'll likely have a healthier marriage than couples who met offline.

There's a growing body of research to support this idea, and the latest piece of evidence is a paper by Josué Ortega at the University of Essex in the UK and Philipp Hergovich at the University of Vienna in Austria, cited in the MIT Technology Review.

The researchers reached their conclusion by creating upwards of 10,000 randomly generated societies. Then they simulated the connections made through online dating in each society.

The researchers calculated the strength of marriages by measuring the compatibility between two partners in a society. And they found that compatibility was greater in partners after they had added those online-dating connections to that society.

Earlier studies — in which real people were surveyed — have found relationships that begin online tend to have an advantage over those that began offline.

For example, a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 looked at about 19,000 people who married between 2005 and 2012. People who met their spouse online said their marriage was more satisfying than those who met their spouse offline. Plus, marriages that began online were less likely to end in separation or divorce.

(That study was funded by eHarmony.com, but one of the study authors told MarketWatch that it was overseen by independent statisticians.)

Another study, published in the journal Sociological Science in 2017, found that heterosexual couples who met online made a quicker transition to marriage than couples who met offline.

None of this research proves that online dating causes couples to have a stronger relationship. It's possible — and more likely — that there's some self-selection going on, as University of Kansas professor Jeffrey A. Hall told MarketWatch in 2013.

That is, people who sign up for dating services may be more interested in a relationship, and even marriage, than say, people at a bar who aren't specifically there to meet a serious partner. As Business Insider previously reported, 80% of Tinder users say they're looking for a meaningful relationship — despite the app's reputation as a place to find hookups. Plus, the more people you're exposed to, the more likely you are to find someone you're compatible with.

The takeaway here isn't that online dating is a panacea for your romantic troubles. It's not necessarily.

But as online dating becomes more prevalent — right now it's the second most common way for heterosexual American couples to meet and the most common way for homosexual American couples to meet — it could have a meaningful impact on the divorce rate, and on overall relationship happiness.

SEE ALSO: A psychologist says apps like Tinder and Bumble have become the only dating services worth your time

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Here are all the alcohols that are gluten-free


Peter Green, the director of Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University and the Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, explained to us what alcohol you can drink that are gluten-free.

Peter Green: Gluten is a term for the storage protein component of the cereal grains: wheat, rye, and barley. In a grain of gluten, the bulk of it is a carbohydrate and it's a major source of carbohydrate for the Western population. And a small component of it is this protein component that we term "gluten." 

A question that comes up is, "If I'm on a gluten-free diet, what forms of alcohol can I have?" 

So beer is out, unless it's gluten-free. Beer is made from hops, etc. It's got gluten in it. There are gluten-free beers that are made from say, sorghum. 

Wine is gluten-free. And any liquor that's distilled is gluten-free. 

In the distillation process, the vaporous products containing alcohol and ... that comes off the main product and so the protein components aren't transferred in the distillate. Whereas, something like beer is brewed and all the protein components remain in the final product. 

Some of these brands have on the label, "distilled from French wheat." That's perfectly fine. Many individuals on a gluten-free diet attempt to find say, vodka or vodka mainly that's made from gluten-free grains. It doesn't matter.

Any form of distilled liquor is gluten-free.

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In English, the Swedish names of Ikea products mean everything from 'squirrel' to 'chubby' to 'giggle' — here are 11 of the quirkiest


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If you're not a native speaker of Swedish — and even if you are — you might be confused as you walk around an IKEA store.

All the products are labeled with Swedish names that translate to words as diverse as "hoard" (Hopa) and "chubby" (Knubbig).

Business Insider has previously reported that IKEA relies on a special system to label its products, designed by its founder Ingvar Kamprad, who was dyslexic and didn't want to use numbers. For example, furniture items are named after Swedish places. Chairs and desks have men's names. Children's items are named after mammals and birds.

That doesn't really make things any less confusing for English-speaking customers, though. So it helps to take a look at this unofficial IKEA dictionary, created by Rubiks cube expert Lars Petrus. He cautions that in his dictionary, the definitions can be incomplete or wrong "since the words are deliberately ambigious, and several places have the same name," so we've cross-referenced them all with other sources.

Below, we've highlighted some of the quirkiest product names in the IKEA lexicon, along with their English translation and their corresponding product.

SEE ALSO: There's a logical system behind IKEA's strange product names

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Bigaraå means 'white heart cherry'

At IKEA, Bigaraå is also a style of plant pot.

Dvala means 'hibernation.'

Dvala is also a type of sheet set at IKEA.

Ekorre means 'squirrel.'

One of the items in IKEA's Ekorre series is a set of suspension hooks.

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Harvey Weinstein and Kenneth Cole reportedly covered up a suspicious deal involving a charity



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  • Harvey Weinstein allegedly owed $600,000 to the American Repertory Theater (ART) for staging a trial run of Broadway-bound "Finding Neverland," which he produced.
  • To pay it off, he allegedly made a deal with Kenneth Cole to split proceeds of an amfAR auction item, which would allow amfAR to wire $600,000 to ART.
  • After others at amfAR grew skeptical of the agreement, the two allegedly took drastic steps to cover up the deal, which may have been against IRS charity rules.


Since June 2015, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) has been embroiled in an internal scandal that involves two of the nonprofit's major players, Harvey Weinstein and Kenneth Cole, following a financial deal between the two that's since fallen under scrutiny.

The scandal has led to numerous board members resigning and an investigation by the New York attorney general's office.

According to an investigative report from The Huffington Post published Wednesday, Weinstein and Cole — the clothing designer and non-executive chairman of amfAR for over a decade — allegedly covered up an agreement the two had to split the proceeds of an auction item for a 2015 fundraising gala in Cannes.

The Huffington Post reports that the series of events began when Weinstein needed pay $600,000 by June 1 to the American Repertory Theater (ART) for staging a trial run of the Broadway-bound musical "Finding Neverland," which Weinstein produced. If Weinstein didn't hit the deadline, he and his investors wouldn't recoup the money they initially gave to ART, according to the report.

What allegedly unfolded is an example of the behind-the-scenes tactics Weinstein had become known for utilizing to get his way, which resulted in an alleged cover up involving Cole that also happened to bring to light the sexual harassment and assault rumors that had been floating around Weinstein for decades.

Red flags

Red flags reportedly started flying at amfAR when executives realized that Weinstein and Cole agreed to split the proceeds on an auction item up to $1.2 million, and that half would go to amfAR and the other half would go to ART. If the auction item ended up going for more than $1.2 million, $600,000 would go to ART and the rest would go to amfAR, according to the report.

On the night of the auction, the auction item reportedly ended up going for $909,669. According to the HuffPost story, Cole and Weinstein's deal then changed in light of the item going for less than $1.2 million. Now ART would get $600,000 while amfAR would get the rest, $309,669, HuffPo reports, allowing Weinstein to pay ART enough to recoup his earlier investment.Harvey Weinstein amfar Getty

With amfAR staff asking questions about the agreement and its changing terms, and Cole reportedly being cagey on the full details of the agreement, steps were allegedly made to not pay the money until the auction buyers had completed the experiences they paid for, according to the HuffPost story.

Meanwhile, the June 1 deadline for Weinstein was looming.

After numerous frantic emails between both parties, Weinstein reportedly wired $600,000 of his own money to amfAR, to act as a sort of insurance against any failure to pay from those participating in the auction, and in return amfAR would wire the same amount to ART on June 1. HuffPost reports that internal emails revealed that Weinstein expected to be repaid the $600,000 by amfAR.

The Huffington Post reports that amfAR executives were concerned this deal was against IRS charity rules, which state that “an individual is not entitled to unjustly enrich himself at the organization’s expense.”

However, Weinstein, who for years helped bring in major celebrities to amfAR fundraisers, reportedly wouldn't relent.

This reportedly led the amfAR executive committee to retain Texas trial lawyer Thomas Ajamie to independently investigate the transaction.

The first investigation

Weinstein made himself unavailable for months to Ajamie, according to the report. Ajamie concluding in his eight-page report on the matter that the deal between Weinstein and Cole “exposed amfAR to material risks to its financial integrity and reputation” and that amfAR not disclosing that some of the proceeds would be shared with ART was a “fraud on the bidders,” according to the HuffPost story.

Soon after giving his report on the Weinstein transaction, Ajamie also began to get contacted by anonymous people alleging sexual misconduct from Weinstein, according to the story.

This reportedly led to both Weinstein and Cole using various tactics to bury Ajamie and his report: for Cole it was to keep the negative findings involving his approval of the transaction from spreading, while for Weinstein, it was to keep Ajamie from digging further into the sexual misconduct allegations he was beginning to hear about, according to the HuffPost story.

In the months that followed, Weinstein reportedly threatened to sue all the board members of amfAR and attempted to persuade at least one board member to vote to allow law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to investigate the amfAR-ART transaction, along with Ajamie himself. The board member reportedly didn't vote on the firm coming on, but Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher did anyway.

The second investigation

One of the firm's partners, Orin Snyder, spent the next six months attacking Ajamie and questioning his motives while seemingly protecting Weinstein and Cole, according to the HuffPost story. The additional investigation reportedly resulted in a report to the amfAR board on the amfAR-ART deal in which Snyder concluded that "this contribution was a lawful charitable donation to ART" and "any contrary suggestion is misinformed and wrong.”

Snyder then allegedly took steps to get the board to sign a nondisclosure agreement on the amfAR-ART matter, HuffPost reports. When some board members refused, Snyder reportedly presented a letter from a Weinstein attorney which said he would contribute $1 million to amfAR over five years if they all signed — but only if Cole remained non-executive chairman, according to the HuffPost story.

Cole also reportedly sent an email to the board encouraging its members to sign the NDA. The email allegedly included a line that only now, after the Weinstein stories in the New York Times and The New Yorker in the past weeks, makes sense: "We are signing something that promises confidentiality and that we won’t involve ourselves in Harvey’s affairs in the future,” Cole wrote, according to the HuffPost story.

Multiple board members have resigned since the NDA drama. According to the HuffPost story, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has started an investigation into the amfAR-ART transaction and a probe into amfAR’s corporate governance procedures.

Business Insider contacted The Weinstein Company and Kenneth Cole for comment but did not get an immediate response.

For the full deep dive into the scandal and the correspondences involved, head on over to The Huffington Post.

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Kellyanne Conway gets a high White House salary, but she made a ton of money before joining Trump — here's how she made and spends her $39 million fortune


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway greet supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

Kellyanne Conway's net worth is higher than you might think. And her recent career climb — from the strategist behind Donald Trump's rise to his campaign manager to his White House counselor — has been closely watched by the media.

But when Conway joined the Trump administration, she and her husband, New York City lawyer George Conway, disclosed assets worth up to $39.3 million. Much of that wealth comes from Kellyanne's political-polling business, which she started in 1995, at the age of 28. In September, she finally sold the business, which she had an estimated $1-5 million stake in. She avoided paying hefty taxes thanks to a loophole that applies to executive branch employees.

Today, Conway is earning an annual salary of $179,700, according to the Staff Salaries report that was published by the White House on June 30. 

Here's how she has amassed her fortune — and spent it — since graduating law school.

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After graduating from law school at George Washington University, Conway worked as an assistant at a firm headed by Richard Wirthlin, who was President Ronald Reagan's pollster and strategist. She later worked with Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.

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In 1995, at the age of 28, Conway founded The Polling Company. New York magazine reported that Conway quickly recognized "there was money to be made" in advising private corporations and politicians on how women vote.

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During the '90s, Conway began making regular TV appearances along with other political commentators like Ann Coulter.

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5 things you're doing that make people dislike you immediately


Following is a transcript of the video.

5 things you're doing that make people dislike you immediately. 

1. Sharing too many photos on social media.

Posting too many photos might alienate people, according to one study that looked at 508 Facebook users. Posting too many family photos may alienate friends and posting too many photos of friends may alienate family. So, keep some photos to yourself.

2. Name-dropping

One study had people name drop tennis pro Roger Federer in emails. The more they stressed their association with Federer, the less liked they were by their colleague. Participants said the emails sounded manipulative.

3. Humblebragging

Most people do this in job interviews, saying things like "I work too hard" or "I care too much". A Harvard study shows that will hurt your odds of getting hired. Instead, state a real weakness that isn't a deal breaker.

4. Hiding your emotions

Researchers showed students two different videos of an actor's face. The actor would either show emotion or remain emotionless, while they watched funny or sad scenes from a movie. Students rated the emotive actor much higher in likeability.

5. Not smiling

A study took 100 students and showed them photos of people posing. Researchers found no matter how the person in the photo posed, people liked them most if they were smiling.

A different study found that smiling made you more memorable, after meeting someone for the first time.

Of course, simply not being a jerk couldn't hurt either!

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Trump's legal team is battling with Beverly Hills over a hedge



  • A hedge outside of Donald Trump's Beverly Hills mansion is taller than the city allows.
  • Trump's representatives insist that the hedge's height is a matter of security.
  • Trump has reportedly paid at least $1,128.90 in fines for the property.


There's a problem with Donald Trump's wall. 

Not the one he hopes to build along the United States-Mexico border, but a hedge, outside his Beverly Hills mansion, that exceeds the six-foot maximum height that the city allows, according to Forbes. Beverly Hills residents can apply for permits for hedges that would otherwise violate the ordinance, but neither Trump nor his representatives have done so.

As a result, Beverly Hills Code Enforcement Officer Josh Charlin has inspected the hedge and surrounding property at least six times since the violation was reported by an anonymous resident in February, and Trump has paid at least $1,128.90 in fines for the hedge through the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles.

In response to Charlin's inspections, Trump's property manager called the law that restricts hedge height "ridiculous," and Trump's lawyer, Jill Martin, explained that the Secret Service believes the matter to be a security issue, Forbes reported. In a letter to Charlin, Martin wrote, "We believe that the hedges subject to the Citation are a necessity for the provision of proper security to the owner and his family." 

She indicated that the Secret Service would be "performing a threat and security assessment in the coming weeks to determine the necessity of the hedges," and according to correspondence between Charlin and Beverly Hills Code Enforcement Manager Nestor Otazu, the assessment concluded with the decision to keep the hedge at its current height.

When the Beverly Hills police department contacted Trump's property manager, the manager replied that the Secret Service "has not drafted any letter defending the height limit of the property's trees and has no intention of drafting any letter whatsoever."

For now, the hedge still stands, and the fines will continue to rack up.

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The country's most elite boarding school has an Instagram that's like 'Humans of New York' crossed with a J.Crew catalog


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The teenagers at Phillips Exeter Academy have some serious runway game. Mimicking the preppy style of a J.Crew catalog, they sport couture items and mix and match prints with ease.

The Exeter Issue is an Instagram account that showcases the best dressed students at the most elite boarding school in America. Inspired by the viral Instagram account Humans of New York, The Exeter Issue features street portraits and interviews gathered on campus.

In 2016, we spoke with The Exeter Issue's founder Rachel Luo, now a college freshman, about the blog's inspiration. 

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"People often tell me that their goal before they graduate is to be featured on The Exeter Issue," Rachel Luo told Business Insider before graduating from Philips Exeter Academy.

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In fall 2014, the Houston native set out to create a fashion blog at her school. She wanted to give the portraits, which she mostly shot, more depth by adding quotes from her subjects.

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She recruited a handful of fashionable peers to form The Board, which helps identify students and later votes on whose threads make it to Facebook and Instagram.

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A brilliant New Yorker cartoon reveals the sad truth about women at work


· A New Yorker cartoon highlights a key struggle many women face at work.

· Often, women must choose between seeming confident and likable.

· The reason comes down to prescriptive stereotypes, where women are punished socially when they directly or seemingly violate how people think they should act.

It can be hard to keep track of all the different expectations and assumptions people have about women.

Luckily, illustrator and designer Maddie Dai compiled some of them into a handy cartoon for The New Yorker to help us keep track:

A cartoon by @MaddieDai. #TNYcartoons

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To say women walk a tightrope in the workplace would be an understatement.

As Dai highlighted in her cartoon, every day, women make tradeoffs between seeming smart, confident, and assertive and appearing warm and likeable.

The reason women are held to entirely different and much more critical standards as men comes down to gender bias.

According to research conducted by NYU psychology professor Madeline Heilman, women's career advancements are often impeded by two kinds of gender stereotypes:

  • Descriptive stereotypes attribute certain characteristics to women, like "caring," "warm," "modest," and "emotional." This creates problems, Heilman says, when there's a disconnect between what women are perceived to be like and what attributes are necessary to successfully perform in male gender-typed roles.
  • Prescriptive genderstereotypes designate what women and men should be like. With this kind of stereotyping, women are disapproved of and punished socially when they directly or seemingly violate the prescribed ways they should act.

Numerous studies have shown the disturbing role prescriptive gender stereotypes play in the workplace.

Another study conducted by Heilman showed that successful women working in "male domains" are penalized when they are perceived to be less nurturing or sensitive, since they violate gender-stereotypical prescriptions.

Women who violate prescriptions of modesty by promoting themselves at work were found to be less hireable in a Rutgers University study, and a study conducted by Harvard's Hannah Riley Bowles showed women were penalized by evaluators more often than men for initiating negotiations, thus violating the prescription that women be passive.

After analyzing more than 248 performance reviews, Kieran Snyder wrote in Fortune, "negative personality criticism — watch your tone! step back! stop being so judgmental! — shows up twice in the 83 critical reviews received by men. It shows up in 71 of the 94 critical reviews received by women."

Women's reviews included gems like, "You can come across as abrasive sometimes. I know you don't mean to, but you need to pay attention to your tone," and, "You would have had an easier time if you had been less judgmental about R—'s contributions from the beginning."

And according to research by McKinsey & Co. and Lean In, which surveyed 132 companies employing more than 4.6 million people, women actually negotiate for promotions and raises more often than men do, but they're far less likely to receive them. Again, the issue is that, when women negotiate, people like them less for it.

The study found that women who negotiate are 30% more likely than men who negotiate to receive feedback that they are "intimidating," "too aggressive," or "bossy" — and they are 67% more likely than women who don't negotiate at all to receive the same negative feedback.

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Why paper cuts hurt so much


The dangers of paper lurk at the microscopic level and they can cause a lot of pain.

Paper can cut through wood and plastic and lacerate skin with ease. Following is a transcript of the video.

Why do paper cuts hurt so much? There are a few reasons.

First, our fingers and hands are loaded with sensitive nerves. When you get a paper cut the nerves send pain signals to your brain.

Plus, a paper cut is not a clean cut. If you look at the edge of paper under a microscope you'll see it's jagged, sort of like shark teeth. 

This leads to messier, more painful wounds. Lastly, paper is made from wood and chemicals. So, that wood and chemical combination can get stuck in the skin. This can irritate the cut and bother you for days. 

Next time you get a paper cut, be sure to wash the wound and put a band aid on it. You'll be thankful you did.

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