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18 stunning photos from the night the Berlin Wall came down 28 years ago


East German citizens climb the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg Gate as they celebrate the opening of the East German border, November 10, 1989. REUTERS/File

  • The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 and separated East and West Berlin.
  • The wall divided families and took away basic human rights.
  • On November 9, 1989, people gathered at the wall to begin tearing it down after it was announced by the East German Communist Party that citizens of the German Democratic Republic could cross the border whenever they pleased.


This week marks the 28th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall.  

Built in 1961, the wall divided East and West Berlin. Constructed by the eastern, Soviet-ruled portion of the city, the wall was meant to keep Western "fascists" from invading the East — but it also served as a barricade to those Easterners attempting to migrate to the West, capitalist territory.

The barbed-wire-topped wall divided families and took away basic human rights, keeping the population of East Berlin trapped inside Soviet territory. At 12 feet tall and 4 feet wide, the wall and its surrounding security systems were known as "The Death Strip," as nearly 100 people were killed in their attempt to cross its miles of trenches and trip-wire machine guns.

On November 9, 1989, it was announced by the East German Communist Party that citizens of the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany, could cross the border whenever they pleased. That night, mayhem ensued at the border. Many who lived in the East crossed freely to the West for the first time in nearly 30 years, and citizens even began chipping away at the wall.

Ahead, see photos from that infamous night and the nights that followed.

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East German soldiers act as a barricade, blocking West Berliners waiting to welcome East Berlin citizens at the Allied guardhouse "Checkpoint Charlie" November 9, 1989.

When the clock struck midnight, all the checkpoints along the wall were forced to open.

Berliners carried hammers and chisels to begin chipping away at the wall.

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The richest 1% of New York City residents are living in multimillion-dollar Frankenmansions


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When an apartment or penthouse isn't big enough for wealthy New Yorkers, they get creative.

In recent years, several have combined multiple townhouses or building floors to create supersized homes — or Frankenmansions, as New York magazine's S. Jhoanna Robledo calls them.

To construct these Frankenmansions, some prospective buyers purchase multiple buildings at once, while others approach their neighbors to offer multimillion-dollar buyouts. (In either scenario, they need the city's approval before combining properties.)

Check out these 12 Manhattan Frankenmansions owned by big names — including Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker — outlined below in red.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Frankenmansion is nearly complete.

Bloomberg has bought five of the six apartment units in the building next to his 7,500-square-foot townhouse over the last three decades. After connecting four units in 2009, he grew his home to 12,500 square feet, according to the New York Post. The buildings are steps from Central Park.

A 25-bedroom pair of townhouses sold for $18 million.

The Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an NYC-based convent of nuns, acquired the townhome on the right in 1948. Four years later, the group bought the one next door and connected the space via a doorway on each floor.

Throughout the years, the order has rented some of the complex's 25 bedrooms to other congregations or young women in need. The 15,600-square-foot space went on the market for $19.75 million in June 2016, according to the New York Times. And according to Streeteasy, it sold to an unknown buyer two months later for $18.8 million.



Sarah Jessica Parker lives in a pair of twin townhouses worth $34.5 million.

The star of "Sex and the City" snatched the two brick townhouses above from the nonprofit United Methodist Women, then fused them. The organization listed the pair of buildings (which were not connected) for $44 million in 2016, but Parker paid $34.5 million, according to The Real Deal.

The 13,900-square-foot mansion includes nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a 2,100-square-foot private garden, and five floors.

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Manhattan landlords are offering tons of freebies — and it's still not enough


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  • The vacancy rate of rental apartments in Manhattan was near its highest level of the year in October, according to a report from Douglas Elliman Real Estate.  
  • Landlords have amped up the concessions they offer prospective tenants, such as a month of free rent. 
  • However, tenants are becoming more wary of these freebies, especially when they wouldn't be able to afford apartments without them. What's really needed is cheaper face rents, said Jonathan Miller, author of the report. 

Manhattan's rental market continues to soften, even with all the incentives that landlords are offering apartment hunters. 

The vacancy rate in the borough in October was 2.6%, down from 2.7% which was the highest level of this year. The October rate was the highest for the month in 11 years of data collection, according to a report by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Landlord concessions like a month of free rent seemed to be working earlier in the year as the vacancy rate fell. But the increase in vacancies over the last three months, and fewer new leases, show that concessions may be losing their effectiveness. 

"Landlords, and probably tenants, are leery of renting out an apartment where if the concessions weren't offered, the renter couldn't afford the apartment," said Jonathan Miller, CEO of the real estate appraisal firm Miller Samuel and author of the report. For example, a landlord who offered one free month on a 13-month lease would cheapen the annual cost of rent and lower the minimum income that's required to qualify — typically about 40 times the monthly rent. 

Landlords would need to reduce their face rents (without concessions) to satisfy more prospective tenants, Miller said. That's already happening in Brooklyn and Queens, he added, where the so-called median net effective rent, which factors in freebies, fell on an annual basis in October. 

Incentives may not reduce anytime soon, meaning that the market may ultimately be shaped by how enticing renters find them. "The higher the share of new developments as a percentage of the market, the higher the share of concessions that the landlords are required to offer to keep the vacancy rate from rising," Miller said. 

Concessions surged last month in Queens and were offered in 87% of all new developments, Miller said. 

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Swedish people deal with nearly 24 hours of darkness in the winter using a key strategy — and adopting it could help you


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  • In some parts of Sweden, January is characterized by 24-hour darkness.
  • Swedes cope through a tradition called mys, or coziness. You hang out with friends and family, relax, and eat delicious food.
  • The idea is to celebrate winter — instead of wishing it would be over. 

If you visit northern Sweden in January, you'll see something unusual outside. Actually, you won't see anything at all — you'll be engulfed in darkness, 24 hours a day.

To those of us who live in parts of the world where sunshine is plentiful, even during the winter, this might sound mildly … depressing.

Swedes, however, have learned to make the most of — and even revel in — their environment. A national pastime called mys, which translates roughly to coziness, involves relaxing, getting comfortable, and eating delicious food.

One mys tradition, called fredagsmys, or "cozy Fridays," has its roots in a marketing campaign for chips that launched in the 1990s. The book "The Swedish Kitchen" reads:

"Fredagsmys takes on different shapes depending on who it is for: a couple, a family with kids and friends will all have their own variation. A key ingredient, however, is easy meals for which everyone is the master chef. Finger food and snacks are preferred to cooking and cleaning a pile of dirty pots and pans.

"On a Wednesday evening the kids may sit in front of the computer while the parents are busying themselves in the kitchen, but on Friday it is all about time together. Many also associate fredagsmys with watching television."

Tacos — a variation on the chips theme — are commonly served during fredagsmys.

Swedish mys is similar to a Danish tradition called hygge, a word that's pronounced "HOO-gah" and more or less translates to cozy. As INSIDER's Megan Willett reported, Danes practicing hygge light candles, snuggle up under blankets, drink hot beverages, and enjoy each other's company.

Hygge was a buzzword in 2016; there are multiple books on the topic, including the bestseller "The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living."

Some Scandinavians, however, prefer a more adventurous celebration of winter.

The Scandinavian Winter Bathing Championship takes place in February, and swimmers dive into temperatures hovering around zero degrees. In addition to the swimming competition, there are seminars on the subject of cold and dark, as well as winter yoga in the park, according to a blog post on SwedishLapland.com.

The idea behind these —albeit disparate — strategies is to rejoice in everything cold, dark, and wintry, instead of bemoaning your fate. No matter where you live, it's worth trying out some aspects of the Scandinavian winter lifestyle in your own winter routine.

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Millennials are breaking the one big salary taboo — here are 5 reasons why



Ask a baby boomer about their salary, and you'll probably get a dirty look. But ask someone in their 20s or 30s, and the response might be different.

According to a survey conducted by The Cashlorette, a personal finance site run by Bankrate, people 18 to 36 years old are far more comfortable discussing their salaries with coworkers, friends, and family than workers in older generations.

The survey found 30% of millennials feel comfortable discussing pay with their coworkers; meanwhile, just 8% of those aged 53 to 71 felt the same. Millennials also discussed pay more with their family and friends.

The reason for this involves a number of factors, including personal values and the economy. Here are a handful to consider.

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Millennials value equality and fairness.

A wealth of evidence has found that millennials broadly put emphasis on the value of fairness, in both life and work. Everything from diversity in the workplace to gender equality reflects the millennial view of what constitutes fairness.

According to a 2016 Deloitte survey, 36% of millennials working in a place with high job satisfaction said there's an emphasis on fairness, compared to 17% of people in low-satisfaction jobs.

Millennials value transparency overall.

The same Deloitte survey found open communication is one of the guiding forces of job satisfaction where millennials work.

"Open and free-flowing communication" was present at work for 47% of millennials who were happy with their jobs. It was present at just 31% for people who were dissatisfied.

Market research firm ORC International has found in its own studies that the average millennial wants to know how they're doing 71 times a year.

Millennials prefer to collaborate, not compete.

If people are focused on one-upping their colleagues, they may be more likely to keep their own salary a secret. But millennials largely prefer to work together with their peers, not compete with them.

In the book "Share or Die: Youth in Recession," authors Malcolm Harris and Neal Gorenflo explain how the mindset applies not just to jobs, but living situations and ride-sharing.

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An Under Armour co-founder is selling his rustic getaway for $13.5 million — take a look inside


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  • Under Armour cofounder Kip Fulks is selling one of his homes for $13.5 million.
  • Located in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, the property contains over 7,150 acres and has amenities for hunting, fishing, and skiing.
  • The property can house up to 38 guests. 


Under Armour has struggled to keep up with its athletic apparel competitors, failing to gain traction with athletes and consumers. But one of the company's co-founders, Kip Fulks, may stand to gain over $13 million if his home sells close to what he's asking for it.

Located in St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, the property known as North Fork Lodge is on the market for $13.5 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Sprawling over 7,150 acres and able to hold dozens of guests, North Fork Lodge allows residents an escape from the bustle of city life. Take a look at the property below.

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Fulks and his wife, Beth, bought the property for around $7.8 million in 2007. Fulks has long been fond of it, claiming "it was love at first sight," when the property came to his attention.

Source: Wall Street Journal

The property sits next to a lake and also contains a brook trout and bass pond for fishing.

Source: Hall and Hall

There are also plenty of trails and hunting grounds.

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TripAdvisor has unveiled a new badge that warns users about hotels where sexual assault has been reported



  • TripAdvisor has been criticized by users who reported having their accounts of rape and assault removed from the travel website.
  • The site is introducing a new feature that will flag hotels and resorts that are reported for sexual assault and other safety concerns.
  • Offending hotels and resorts will be marked for up to three months, with the possibility of an extension.


TripAdvisor is now marking hotels and resorts that have been reported for sexual assault and other safety concerns, according to The New York Times.

The travel website had come under fire after a number of users reported having their accounts of rape and assault removed from the site. The users had said they were told their reviews violated the website's guidelines, and some were marked as "hearsay."

TripAdvisor responded by apologizing to those affected by the removals, and the website is introducing a new feature it hopes will inform users of safety concerns before they book their travel plans.

If a designated committee of TripAdvisor employees decides it is warranted, a hotel or resort will be marked with a badge to indicate that users have reported that their health or safety was put at risk, or that they were discriminated against, while staying there.

Hotels and resorts will be marked for up to three months, with the possibility of an extension if TripAdvisor believes it is necessary.

Kevin Carter, a spokesman for the website, told the Times that TripAdvisor will not remove hotels and resorts that receive frequent complaints. 

"We want consumers to see good and bad reviews of businesses," he said. 

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We tried the restaurant that wants to make cheap pasta the next big thing in fast food — here's the verdict


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  • Pasta Flyer is a new fast-food restaurant that's aiming to be the McDonald's of pasta.
  • Meals range from $7 to $10, and sides and snacks are also available.
  • While not bad by any means, the food doesn't live up to expectations.


The McDonald's of macaroni, the Burger King of bucatini, the Chipotle of casarecce — call it what you will, Pasta Flyer has landed. 

Mark Ladner's pasta-focused fast-food restaurant is a far cry from famed New York City restaurant Del Posto, where he was formerly executive chef. 

The concept is a familiar tune: successful chef wants to bring the fast-food format to something other than burgers and fries. The ultimate aim is to create a chain that lures fast-food customers with higher-quality ingredients but the same speed. But fast-food pasta? That's a tall order. 

We visited Pasta Flyer to see if it has what it takes to break into the competitive fast-food market.

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The restaurant is located on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, and it's only open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. right now. It's a soft open until lunch hours are established.

The interior seems to be centered around the concept of a made-up Fellini film exploring a lurking fear of extraterrestrials in 1960s Rome (frankly, I'd watch that). There's some tasteful Italian-focused decor, slightly tweaked with the eponymous UFO flyer.

Then, of course, there's the giant satellite dish hovering above the entire dining area.

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World leaders like Trump, Putin, and Trudeau will be meeting at this luxurious Vietnamese resort where villas can cost more than $3,000 a night — look inside


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  • US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be meeting for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 11.
  • The meeting will be held at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in Vietnam.
  • The resort has luxurious suites and villas, which can cost more than $3,000 a night.


President Donald Trump is partway through his first official visit to Asia.

As part of the trip, he'll be making a stop at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, which will be hosted at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, on a private peninsula in Danang, Vietnam. 

The summit will welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Trump and other Pacific Rim foreign and trade ministers.

These foreign leaders will have a beautiful backdrop for their meetings. The five-star InterContinental is situated on a hillside, with private villas that provide gorgeous views. Prices range from around $400 to over $3,000 a night.

Let's take a look around. 

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The resort and spa is built into the hillside of Monkey Mountain. Monkeys are a common theme that plays throughout the hotel's decor.

Source: Travel + Leisure

Nestled in the Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve, it's surrounded by green rain forest.

It was designed by luxury resort architect Bill Bensley, who has helped create more than 200 luxury hospitality properties around the world.

Source: CNN

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Obama has adopted a new uniform — and it clearly shows his post-White House intentions


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  • In the time since his term ended, former President Barack Obama has often worn a uniform of a black suit with a white shirt, sans tie.
  • This outfit was likely picked for the impression it gives: serious, but not overly so.
  • With this lens, Obama's post-presidency intentions come into focus.


Not many people called into jury duty stroll in wearing a suit, but former President Barack Obama does.

As a highly public figure, it's obvious that Obama cares about his appearance and the image he's projecting. In the last year, he's settled on a uniform — clean black suit, pressed white shirt, and no tie — and he's rarely deviated from it.

Notably, he's usually sans flag pin, but he does still wear it when stumping for a Democratic candidate or appearing with other ex-presidents.

Most recently, we saw Obama's uniform when he showed up for jury duty in downtown Chicago (and was quickly dismissed for obvious reasons). But we also saw it when he was heading into a meeting on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, when he was on stage at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, and when he appeared at the One America Appeal benefit concert in October. 

Sometimes he swaps out white shirts for blue, and when it's more appropriate to wear a tie, he still does. 

As Obama has shed his casual vacation attire from earlier this year and gotten down to the business of being an ex-president, he's busied himself with projects like getting his eponymous foundation off the ground, stumping for fellow Democrats, and speaking at festivals and fundraisers.

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The new style is a universal sign of ex-presidents that says, "I'm off-duty, but I've still got to look the part."

Still, Obama has made it his own. He's by far the youngest of the living ex-presidents, and his suits have a sharper, better-tailored appearance than those of his counterparts. It's an appearance that has kept up with fashion trends and says that he still has more left in the tank — just maybe not in politics. 

The dropping of the American flag pin in some instances indicates a desire to stay out of the political limelight — for now, anyway.

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The Audi Q5 is one of the most high-tech SUVs you can buy — here are its best features


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Editorial note: Business Insider will name its 2017 Car of the Year on November 14, based on 15 finalists. In this post, we focus on the best features of the Audi Q5, one of the finalists.

When it comes to compact SUVs, the Audi Q5 is among the most luxurious out there.

But what sets the Q5 apart from other bespoke options is Audi's attention to detail. Everything about Audi's interior design is purposeful; it's smart, intuitive, and sophisticated without feeling over-the-top.

The Q5 stood out so much that it's currently a finalist for Business Insider's Car of the Year. As we inch closer to revealing our big winner, I wanted to share the reasons why I thought the Audi Q5 was an immediate contender.

Here are my favorite features:

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I took a spin in the 2018 Audi Q5 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that gets 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. It came with all-wheel drive and 7-speed transmission.

I'm not going to get in-depth about the driving experience itself — we'll have a separate post on that later if you're interested. I will say it was a buttery smooth drive and the Q5 is quick to boot. It was rather easy to get to 80 mph without noticing.

This SUV starts at a pricey $41,500, but extra packages bumped the final price to $52,700. Believe it or not, Audi's driver-assistance package was not one of the options, so it will cost even more if you're looking for the true, high-tech experience.

All of that being said, I'll be focusing on what I liked about this car from the perspective of someone who had a few hours behind the wheel. 

1. Onto my favorite features, the first being the virtual cockpit. The Q5 has a 12.3-inch, full-color display that will show your full navigation map by using Google satellite imagery.

The thing that is great about the virtual cockpit is you can easily flick between settings using the "View" button on the steering wheel. I didn't really feel like I needed the map up the entire time I was driving but the graphics were amazing. I like the setting I have pictured here because it shows the speedometer and my upcoming directions all at once.

Audi does support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the company's internal navigation system was actually quite good. It didn't feel inconvenient to rely on Audi's nav system in order to have the true virtual cockpit experience.

Here's a video of Audi's Virtual Cockpit if you want to give it a closer look.

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From overfeeding koi fish to visiting the Forbidden City — here are the best photos so far from Trump's 12-day trip to Asia


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President Donald Trump's 12-day, 5-country trip in Asia has only just crossed its halfway mark.

Although many diplomatic challenges still await him, there have already been numerous memorable, quirky, awkward, and heart-warming moments during his time in South Korea, Japan, and China.

Here are 12 of the best photos to emerge from the president's Asia trip so far:

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Soon after arriving in Japan from Hawaii on Sunday, Trump met up with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a game of golf. Here they are fist-bumping on the course.

Abe even received a customized piece of Trump campaign merchandise to commemorate the US-Japan alliance. The hats say, "Donald and Shinzo Make Alliance Even Greater."

First Lady Melania Trump visited children at Kyobashi Tsukiji Elementary School in Tokyo, where she joined students in a calligraphy class.

Source: CNN

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11 outrageous perks Facebook is offering employees


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• Facebook's careers page and Glassdoor reviews break down the tech company's top benefits in North America.

• Some perks include free meals, ample time for vacation, and lots of support for new parents.

• Facebook's benefits received a 4.7 out of 5 stars on Glassdoor.

It's well-known that big tech companies tend to offer lots of tempting perks.

And Facebook is no different. A quick glance at its careers page— along with its Glassdoor reviews— reveals a whole slew of enviable benefits. So does reporting from the Guardian's Julia Carrie Wong, whose recent article highlighted the inequality between Facebook staffers and contractors.

On its jobs site, Facebook advocates for a "holistic approach to benefits and perks," and focuses on several different spheres, including health, family, community, finance, and convenience.

Here's a look at some of the perks Facebook offers employees in North America.

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Four months of paid time off for new mothers and fathers — within the first year of a child's birth or adoption

A bike repair shop for Menlo Park employees

A wellness allowance to finance gym membership or other healthy activities

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Here are the best and worst times to travel this Thanksgiving


As Thanksgiving week looms, travelers are planning ahead to beat the crowds. If you want to join them, you'll have to plan to do your traveling on the quieter days. Not sure which those are? Google has you covered. It analyzed historical data to determine the best and worst days to travel. Following is a transcript of the video.

Thanksgiving travel times. Traveling this Thanksgiving holiday? Plan ahead to turn a traffic jam into an open road. Google analyzed traffic data. It identified the best and worst times to travel. Driving?

The best time to leave is 6 a.m. on Sunday. Traffic will get progressively worse until 3 p.m. on Wednesday. 6 a.m. Friday is the best time for the trip home. After-Thanksgiving traffic peaks at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Flying? Wednesday before Turkey Day is the worst day to fly. Consider flying on Thanksgiving for cheap flights and less crowds. Sunday will be rife with delays, crowds, and frustration. If you can manage it, flying home on Monday could be much easier.

A holiday with effortless travel? That's something to be thankful for


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Using any of these words could indicate that you are more stressed


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  • A new study has identify words linked to high stress levels.
  • It found that "really," "so," and "very" can be giveaway signs.
  • Researchers determined stress by examining white blood cells.
  • They believe listening to medical patients' vocabulary could let doctors give more accurate diagnoses.

Speaking is hard. Sometimes is can feel like our brains are working too quickly to find the right words to say, and we can quickly fall over them, stutter, or repeat ourselves.

Many people also use filler words like "um," and "you know" when they aren't immediately sure of what they want to say.

According to a new study from the University of Arizona, saying some words more often can signal that you are feeling stressed out.

It highlighted "really," "so," and "very" as words which are more likely to occur when people are stressed.

The team of psychologists tracked the use of certain words volunteers used by collecting audio clips. They used over 22,000 clips from the daily interactions of 143 adults, aged between 25 and 56.

Their research was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

So-called "function" words were of particular interest to the team, like pronouns and adverbs.

"By themselves they don't have any meaning, but they clarify what's going on," Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the University of Arizona and lead author of the study, told the scientific journal Nature.

He added that function words "are produced more automatically and they betray a bit more about what's going on with the speaker."

If someone is stressed, they tend to talk less, but they also use more adverbs like "really," and "incredibly." Mehl told Nature these words may act as "emotional intensifiers," suggesting the speaker is more "aroused," meaning excited or alert.

Third-person plural pronouns like "they" and "their" were less common in stressed participants, which could be because when people feel threatened they focus less on the outside world.

The team compared the subjects' language with the gene activity in their white blood cells, which are known to behave differently when people are in difficult, stressful, or uncomfortable situations.

Comparing the incidence of these words to the white blood cell behaviour was much more accurate than simply asking subjects to say whether they felt anxiety or depression, the researchers found.

Mehl said this research could help with identifying people who are at risk of developing stress-related diseases such as heart disease or a stroke.

Rather than relying solely on self-reports of someone's mental wellbeing, doctors could listen to the way patients express themselves, and help form a diagnosis that way.

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From Beyoncé and Jay Z to Tom and Gisele — meet 7 of the world's richest power couples


Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.

  • Power couples balance successful marriages with high-powered careers.
  • From entertainment to politics to tech, these happily married pairs span many industries.
  • They're not just powerful — they also have a combined fortune of over $260 billion.


Some people seem to have it all.

Juggling a successful career or marriage has its challenges, but doing both well can quickly launch you into power couple status.

Devoting time to the relationship may be harder for power couples. But across many industries, from entertainment to politics to tech, these duos have managed to stay happily married while building empires together.

Scroll through to see seven of the richest power couples in the world.

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen

Combined net worth: $540 million

Both halves of this tanned and toned power couple, who have been married for eight years, are in the top earners of their respective industries. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen is the highest-paid model in the world, raking in $30.5 million in 2016, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the third-highest paid player in NFL history. His endorsement deals earn him about $8 million annually.

Perhaps the most telling example of their wide-ranging influence is the viral news of their insane diet, which is composed of 80% vegetables and 20% lean meats.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Combined net worth: Between $207 million and $762 million

The eldest daughter of President Donald Trump and unpaid adviser in the White House, Ivanka Trump just celebrated her eighth wedding anniversary with husband Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president and owner of a real-estate empire.

Their estimated net worth was revealed earlier this year in public filings that document the couple's assets, including a $25 million art collection, and income from the Ivanka Trump lifestyle brand and various investments.

Kushner suggests the couple, who are parents to three children, have their roles figured out: "I would say she is definitely the CEO of our household, whereas I’m more on the board of directors."

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Combined net worth: $1.16 billion

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are entertainment royalty. The couple — who has been married since 2008 and have three children — earn their wealth primarily from music producing credits, album sales, live performances, and worldwide tours, as well as stakes in streaming service Tidal, a private jet company, and a luxury champagne brand.

This summer, they bought an $88 million mansion in Los Angeles — for which they took out a $59 million mortgage — making it the sixth priciest home purchase in LA history. Not bad for the highest-paid celebrity couple in the world.

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Inside London's anti-Trump bar that's raising money for refugees, women's rights, and LGBT rights


Twumps in London is an anti-Trump bar. It opened to raise money for charities supporting refugees, women's rights, and LGBT rights.

The bar is designed to look like Trump's NYC penthouse, with a lot of gold furniture made to look cheap and nasty on purpose.

There are a lot of references to Russia in there too, like Russian dolls with Putin and Trump's family painted on.

There are some interesting cocktails like "Moscow (was responsible the election) Mule" or "Mexican Wall Margarita."

Twumps was a pop-up in Shoreditch last summer and is now in Dalston until Sunday 12th November.

 Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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SHAQ: How spending $1 million in one day changed my financial strategy forever

In 1992, the legendary NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal (then only 20 years-old) made a financial mistake that forever changed the way he handled his money.

Shaq stopped by Business Insider to talk about his collaboration with home security technology company Ring, to raise awareness about how homeowners can better protect their property this holiday season. Shaq recently kicked off a campaign with Ring's CEO Jamie Siminoff around protecting holiday package deliveries - specifically as National Package Protection Day approaches on Nov. 29. Following is a transcript of the video.

[Shaq once spent $1 million in one day. It was 1992 and he was 20 years old. He'd just signed an endorsement deal with a trading card company.] 

Shaquille O'Neal: It was me being overly happy-slash-irresponsible. My agent called me and said, "Hey, you've got a million dollars."

But I didn't subtract his 15%, right? I didn't subtract the Texas state tax or the FICA. So, in my mind, I was just trying to do the simple math. I always wanted a fancy Mercedes-Benz. I used to go to the 7-Eleven and get the fake Mercedes, the little ones and just drive them, you know, on top of my bed and — I'm gonna get one of these one day.

So, once I knew I got that million dollars, I went to the bank like a big-time guy and set up a little checking account. And I said "Okay, I've got a million dollars. Here you go, sir."

I said, "I'll be back."

So, I went to the Mercedes dealership. The guy says $150,000. I write him a check, give it to him. So now, in my head, a million minus $150,000, I've still got $850,000 left, right? 

So, I get home. My father says "That's nice. Where's mine at?"

Go buy the same car for my father. I'm good. I've got $700,000 left. And then came back home. My mother said, "I want the smaller version," which cost $100,000, so in my mind, I've got $600,000. So now, I've gotta go do what all the homeboys do — gotta buy rings and diamonds and earrings and this and that.

A couple of days later, the bank manager called me in and he sat me down and he said, "I've been following you two or three years. Love your career. You're probably gonna be a fabulous player and make a lot of money. But, you know a lot of you guys, when you're done playing, don't have anything. I don't want you to be like that. I want you to take a look at this."

And I was like 50, $60,000 in the hole. So, I was just writing checks. I was buying TVs. I was just buying stuff I didn't even need. So after that, I said, "You know what? I need to get me a business manager."

Luckily, I had a lot of hard lessons early, but I'm the type of guy that — I don't like to miss two shots in a row, even if it's a free throw. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This video was originally published November 8, 2017.

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Inside the exclusive New York gym where Hugh Jackman, Victoria's Secret models and Wall Streeters work out


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The head of the New York Stock Exchange, a famous actor, and a Victoria's Secret model walk into a gym. 

That may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but it's not. It's The Dogpound, an exclusive Manhattan gym that caters to New York's crème de la crème.

The gym opened up in March of last year, and is a favorite with Wall Streeters and Victoria's Secret models.

Some of the original members include Tom Farley, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, and actor Hugh Jackman.

Meet Kirk Myers, the founder and CEO of The Dogpound.

Kirk Myers, CEO and founder of The Dogpound, told Business Insider he was "chunky" when he was growing up. In High School, he weighed nearly 300 pounds. 

His life changed forever when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure at the age of 21-years old.

"I realized I had to change my life if I wanted to avoid further health complications, so I went to the gym," he said."In two years I lost 130 pounds."

That wasn't the end of his fitness journey, however. Kirk started to help his friends achieve their fitness goals and ultimately he discovered that helping people "get fit" was his passion.

When he moved to New York he started working as a personal trainer. Before he opened up The Dogpound last March, he trained his clients at other New York gyms.

"It started out with 4 people, then 8, then 16," he said."And after I paired up with my friend Brey, and his brother Dawin, it became 31, and it just kept getting bigger."

Ultimately his crew got so big, he decided he would just open up his own gym.  




You can thank Hugh Jackman for the name.

Before The Dogpound was an official gym located in Manhattan's West Village, it was basically a men's club, a group of 14 guy-friends who would get together at 5:45am every day except Sunday to workout. 

Some of the original Dogpounders included actor Hugh Jackman, Tom Farley, the president of the New York Stock Exchange, and former America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker.

Hugh Jackman's french bulldog presided over all of these workouts, and that's how the group got their name.

Here's a video of Jackman working out in the early days of The Dogpound, before it was an actual gym.

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In May 2015, Hugh Jackman joined what is known in the fitness world as the "1000 club" after he successfully completed a 355 pound squat, bench pressed 235 pounds, and dead lifted 410 pounds.

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6 subtle signs you're being sexually harassed at work


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  • It's not always easy to discern innocent workplace behavior from sexual harassment.
  • Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature, but it doesn't always.
  • Use these subtle signs to to discern exactly what qualifies as sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment, especially when it's happening to you or around you, isn't always so clear-cut and obvious.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

But it doesn't have to be of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can also include offensive remarks about a person's sex.

And for the harassment to be considered unlawful, it has to be so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or results in an adverse employment decision, like the victim being fired or demoted.

While these parameters are helpful, it can be difficult when you're in such a situation to discern exactly what qualifies as sexual harassment.

When an issue is taken to court, for example, some courts determined that something is harassment using the standard of what a "reasonable person" would consider unwelcome and sexual, whereas other courts have used the standard of what a "reasonable woman" considers harassing when the victim is female, ABC News reports.

By these standards, sexual harassment is very much in the eye of the beholder.

As Daley Haggar, a comedy writer in Los Angeles, recently wrote in Lenny Letter, "Being sexually harassed by a sitcom writer is like being sexually harassed by your gynecologist. It can be hard to tell if the guy's being a pervert or just doing his job."

Of course, it's not just comedy writers who have a hard time discerning innocent workplace behavior from sexual harassment. The signs can be subtle. Which is why we've compiled some below:

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You experience behavior of a sexual nature that makes you uncomfortable

Ellen Bravo, who directs Family Values @ Work, a network of state coalitions working for family-friendly policies, told Business Insider sexual comments or requests that you find unwanted or offensive and inappropriate touching are the first sign of sexual harassment.

Bravo, who has extensive experience writing and training on the subject of sexual harassment, including co-authoring "The 9 to 5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment" and authoring "Again and Again," a novel about date rape, said that this can include a number of scenarios.

For example, if someone:

· Stands too close and talks in an intimate way.

· Keeps looking at or commenting on your body in a way that makes you uncomfortable. There's a difference between saying "nice dress" and "that dress really shows off your curves."

· Asks you about your personal life, including your romantic or sexual experiences.

· Insists on talking about their own sexual experiences.

· Keeps trying to get you to meet alone outside of work.

· Shows you pornographic materials or tries to get you to talk about a sexually-charged movie or song or other such topic.

"The best guideline is the 'uh-oh' feeling," Bravo said. "You think the person knows they are making you uncomfortable and is enjoying that power over you."

You're unable to make it stop

"If you've tried various ways to say, 'I don't like this and don't want to participate, hear it, or be treated this way,' but the individual does not stop the behavior," Bravo says this is a clear indicator.

According to the EEOC, simple teasing, off-hand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious are not unlawful. But when it's become so chronic or severe that the behavior creates a hostile or offensive work environment or results in an adverse work event, that's unlawful.

You feel pressured to go along with it

"Either explicitly or implicitly, you feel you do not have permission to avoid or end the behavior," Bravo said. "You may be told that the harasser is a rainmaker and that you need to avoid him."

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