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The 27 best romantic comedy movies of all time, according to critics

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The foibles and trials of relationships have always made for compelling comedic cinema.

From the silent movies of Charlie Chaplin to Judd Apatow-produced films like "Knocked Up" and "The Big Sick," the romantic comedy genre has evolved with and adapted to each generation.

To find out which rom-coms have received the most critical acclaim, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for its historical ranking of the genre.

The site ranked each film by a weighted adjustment of its average critic score to account for variation in the number of reviews each movie received.

Here are the 27 best romantic comedy movies of all time, according to critics:

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27. "Obvious Child" (2014)

Critic score: 90%

Adjusted score: 95.757%

Audience score: 72%

Summary: "A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time."



26. "Moonstruck" (1987)

Critic score: 92%

Adjusted score:96.27%

Audience score: 81%

Summary: "Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry."



25. "High Fidelity" (2000)

Critic score: 91%

Adjusted score:96.812%

Audience score: 90%

Summary: "Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress."



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How long couples in lasting relationships should wait to start having sex, according to science

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  • For new couples, moving too fast or too slow when it comes to getting physical can be a big worry. 
  • Many people wonder when the best time is to start being sexually intimate in a relationship.
  • The answer is complicated, spanning anywhere from a few dates to a few months after beginning to spend time together.

 

Valentine's Day is coming soon, signaling a romantic milestone for many couples. But for some new pairs, the worry that your relationship is moving too fast or too slow can become a major concern.

Which got us wondering: When is the best time to start being sexually intimate in a relationship, according to science?

The answer is complicated, spanning anywhere from a few dates to a few months after you start to spending time together.

One of the reasons it's hard to determine the best time in a relationship to have sex is because there hasn't been a lot of research tackling that specific question. Few studies have looked at the health of a relationship as it relates to when couples first had sex, and the research that has been done mostly features specific samples of people — mainly college students or married heterosexual couples.

But here's what we know about commitment and sex

In the early 2000s, Illinois State University communications professor Sandra Metts performed a study to find out whether having an emotional connection — in particular saying "I love you" before having sex — could have a positive impact on a relationship.

Her study of almost 300 college-age men and women found that it did.

In fact, Metts' results suggested that couples who had sex first then said "I love you" after had a negative experience: The introduction of that conversation was often awkward and apologetic.

couple hand hold bed intimate talkingMetts' study provided a list of classic steps partners should take before they get physical, though it's not a clear indicator of the exact timing to have sex. The list includes getting to know the person, sharing a first kiss, then building up to an expression of commitment.

That emotional connection is one of the key elements of any relationship, psychotherapist Toni Coleman told Business Insider in 2015.

Having a good level of communication and an understanding of where the relationship is headed also helps ensure the experience will be positive, she said.

Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist from California, agreed that being on the same page emotionally is helpful for finding the best time to start having sex.

"The most important thing is you both agree not to push," he previously told Business Insider. "Be clear that the person is comfortable."

In other words, it's best to wait at least until you're comfortable with each other and have a better picture of what each person wants in the relationship. But when it comes to how much time that takes, it depends.

Here's what three different researchers have to say:

Option 1: Give it a few weeks

According to Goldsmith, a total of 36 hours spent together is all it takes to be ready. Those hours doesn't have to be consecutive, he said — it could be a dinner date plus a weekend afternoon spent together, and so on, until the hours add up. For most people, that would probably take a few weeks.

If a couple waits much longer than that, he says, the strong desire to have sex may begin to subside. There's data to back him up — a 2012 study on sexual desire found that after the beginning phase of a relationship, sexual desire can drop.

Option 2: Hold off for a few months

happy coupleBased on the findings of several studies, Coleman suggests that at least three months into a relationship — or when it's clear the honeymoon phase is over — is the best time to start having sex.

The honeymoon period is the first few months of a new relationship, when feelings of attraction are intense and it seems as if the person you're with can do no wrong.

"You move past that, and your feet are more on the ground," Coleman said, adding that [Metts' study] suggested the couples who "waited until that level fared a lot better than people who had sex on the first, second, or third date."

Goldsmith disagrees, though — he thinks the time after the honeymoon period is too late.

Option 3: Wait until marriage

Some people's religious beliefs dictate that they wait to have sex until after they get married. There isn't much scientific research about how this practice impacts a long-term relationship, however.

In 2010, Dean Busby, the director of the school of family life at Brigham Young University, performed a study that suggested that the longer you delay sex — especially if you wait until marriage — the more stable and satisfying your relationship will be. But Brigham Young University, which funded Busby's research, is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which isn't a fan of sexual intimacy outside of marriage.

That said, Busby's study built on a bit of earlier research, including one observational study that looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth. Those findings suggested that women who had one or more intimate relationships involving sex before marriage were at a higher risk of divorce later down the line. But again, the evidence to support that claim is very limited.

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Rob Porter's ex-wife fires back at Kellyanne Conway over whether abuse victims are strong

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  • The first wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter shot back in a Washington Post op-ed against comments White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made about abuse victims.
  • Colbie Holderness, who says Porter gave her a black eye while they were married, said that Porter's alleged abuse "chipped away at my independence and sense of self-worth."
  • Jennie Willoughby, Porter's other ex-wife, has also spoken out about her experience with Porter, accusing him of domestic abuse. Porter has denied the allegations.


The first wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter shot back against a top Trump administration official who suggested that women in abusive relationships aren't strong. Porter has denied the allegations, and resigned last week after his two ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse.

On Sunday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway went on CNN to defend the administration's response to the abuse allegations against Porter.

"I was horrified and I was also very shocked," Conway said of how she reacted after seeing photographic evidence of Porter's physical abuse against one of his former wives. "As many people have noted, this is not the Rob Porter we worked with in the White House."

When she was asked whether she is worried about White House communications director Hope Hicks, who is reportedly dating Porter, Conway said she has "rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts."

She then clarified that "many women get abused" and that "there's no question that there are no demographic or geographic bounds."

But Holderness took issue with the implications of some of Conway's comments, saying in a Washington Post op-ed published Monday that her statement about Hicks "implies that those who have been in abuse relationships are not strong. I beg to differ."

"Telling others about the abuse takes strength," Holderness said. "Talking to family, friends, clergy, counselors and, later, the FBI, I would often find myself struggling to find the words to convey an adequate picture of the situation."

Holderness' comments come as Porter's other ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, has also spoken out against her relationship with Porter. In an appearance on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" last week, Willoughby said she doesn't think Porter has changed, and that she's worried about Hicks.

"It definitely worries me because if I'm being frank with you, if [Porter] hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will," Willoughby said.

The White House has come under fire for initially defending Porter against the allegations. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders praised Porter last week and said President Donald Trump and chief of staff John Kelly had "full confidence in his abilities and his performance."

They then walked back their initial dismissal of the allegations after the Daily Mail published photos of black eyes that Holderness said Porter gave her while they were married.

"I think it's fair to say we all could have done better dealing with this over the last few days," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah conceded last Thursday.

Trump has largely defended Porter, although Shah told reporters that Trump was "saddened" by the allegations. In a tweet Saturday, Trump suggested that the allegations against Porter may not be completely true.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump said. "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

Conway said Trump was referring to allegations in general, not specifically Porter's case.

She also said she believes Porter's ex-wives' accounts.

"I have no reason not to believe the women," Conway said, "and a week ago I had no reason to believe that that had ever happened."

Holderness wrote in the op-ed that "recognizing and surviving in an abusive relationship takes strength."

"The abuse can be terrifying, life-threatening and almost constant," she continued. "Or it can ebb and flow, with no violence for long periods. It's often the subtler forms of abuse that inflict serious, persistent damage while making it hard for the victim to see the situation clearly."

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Melinda Gates explains how she and Bill can work together without fighting

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  • Bill and Melinda Gates are among the most famous married couples who work together in the world.
  • Both of them work at their charitable foundation, which they say employs 1,500 people in offices on four continents.
  • One question they are frequently asked is how they deal with disagreements as they jointly run their foundation.
  • Melinda Gates had some insightful answers about how to co-lead with someone who has a reputation as a demanding boss.


Bill Gates has never had a reputation for being the easiest guy to work with. Back when he was CEO of Microsoft, he was pretty much known as a "brilliant jerk," a tech-industry term for the guy who is so clearly the smartest one in the room that he has little patience or tolerance for those who can't keep up. In his younger years, Bill was known for being demanding and impatient with a tendency to yell.

But those days are long gone as Bill now spends most of his time focuses on his philanthropy work and working with his wife, Melinda, to run their charitable foundation. 

In the couple's annual letter for their charitable foundation, Melinda Gates had a little fun with this. The letter was written in a Q&A format this year in which the two of them answer a bunch of the most common, and somewhat prying, questions they are always asked.

One of the questions that they answered was "What happens when the two of you disagree?"

Melinda answered first by writing, "We never disagree. Just kidding. Bill almost never gets this question. I get it all the time."

She said there's two types of people that tend to ask her this: "journalists hinting that Bill must be the one making the decisions" and other wives who are also running foundations with their husbands.

But she did answer it seriously. The most important thing, she said, is that the two of them share "the same values." This is symbolized by a present they received when they got married. 

"For our wedding, Bill’s parents gave us a sculpture of two birds side by side, staring at the horizon, and it’s still in front of our house. I think of it all the time, because fundamentally we’re looking in the same direction," she said.

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She also says that people have misconceptions about what it's really like to work with Bill. "Bill is very open-minded, which isn’t necessarily how people perceive him. I love Bill because he has a kind heart, listens to other people, and lets himself be moved by what they say," she wrote.

He may ask her for more data on something she proposes — as she's a fellow geek who loves data, such a suggestion wouldn't offend her. And she doesn't feel like he's doubting her or discounting her or her judgment.

She admits, though, that it took them a while to learn how to work together. When Bill resigned from his day job at Microsoft in 2008 and went to work full-time at their foundation, which had been mostly her domain, it was tough on Melinda.

"He was used to being in charge," she said, while she had been focusing on raising their kids at home.

"There were times I felt that disparity — in meetings when I was reticent and he was voluble, or when the person we were meeting with looked toward Bill and not me," she explained.

They got through that by committing to each other that they were equal partners at the foundation. On days when things didn't go well at the office, they would discuss the situation later, at home, she explained.

To prove the point of how well they now work together, Bill chimed in by writing in the letter, "I agree with all of this!"

He also added that he's the one that can get exuberant and he counts on Melinda to reel him in. 

"When I get really enthusiastic about something, I count on her to make sure I’m being realistic," he wrote. "She helps me understand when I can push our teams harder (as I pretty much always did at Microsoft) and when I need to ease off."

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See inside the first nuclear-armed submarine in the US, which could fire a nuclear missile powerful enough to wipe out New York City

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  • The USS Growler was the US Navy's first attempt to create a submarine that could a nuclear missile.
  • The submarine was commissioned from 1958 to 1964. It now rests in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
  • The submarine was integral as a nuclear deterrent during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.


The USS Growler, along with sister ship the USS Grayback, was the US Navy's first attempt to create a purpose-built submarine that would act as a nuclear deterrent.

Commissioned in August 1958, it was the second and final of the ships in the Grayback class, which were unusual due to the fact that they were diesel-electric submarines equipped with Regulus I nuclear cruise missiles. The missiles were powerful enough to wipe out New York City, along with parts of New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester.

The US Navy shifted its nuclear deterrence program shortly after towards nuclear-powered submarines and submarine-launched ballistic missiles. The submarines became obsolete by the mid-1960s with the commissioning of the George Washington class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in December 1959. 

With an operating range of about 300 miles, the sub operated close to the Soviet Union's shores during its time, putting it squarely in harm's way.

We recently got a chance to tour the historic sub as it was docked at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where it has laid since 1989. Climb aboard for a closer look:

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The USS Growler was one of the United States' early attempts to create a submarine that could carry out nuclear deterrence. This is the ship on launch day in April 1958 in Portsmouth Naval Yard in Kittery, Maine, where it was built.



Today, it rests in New York, having been decommissioned in 1964. The sub was unique because it carried a Regulus I cruise missile armed with nuclear warheads. The sub had to surface to fire the missile.



This missile hangar is where the sub stored two of its four Regulus I missiles. The Regulus I warhead was 50 times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The launch process took 15 to 30 minutes.



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The 7 most romantic places in the world, according to Hollywood movies — from Manhattan to Berlin

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  • GoCompare.com compiled a list of the most filmed locations in romantic movies, using data from IMDB.
  • The data limited the movies to the last 20 years, and only included movies filmed on location.

 

With Valentine's Day (and unfortunately a new "Fifty Shades" movie) upon us, love is in the air. But there are some cities where it seems to be more prevalent than others, at least according to Hollywood movies.

Insurance site GoCompare.com crunched data to determine the most filmed locations for movie romances, based on IMDB data from over 340,000 movies. The company developed a platform that restricted the data to movies from the last 20 years, and included only movies filmed on location.

There are a few caveats with the data. While the IMDB data was fairly comprehensive for Hollywood movies, it often was missing information about Bollywood films, especially in terms of on-location filming. So Mumbai is probably undercounted (it comes it at No. 6).

That said, it's still interesting to see the cities moviemakers think are full of love.

Here are the top 7 places:

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7. Barcelona, Spain

As seen in: "Vicky Christina Barcelona" (2008), "The Spanish Apartment" (2003), "Biutiful" (2010)

Number of romantic movies filmed on location here: 15



6. Mumbai, India

As seen in: "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008), "Bride and Prejudice" (2004)

Number of romantic movies filmed on location here: 18



5. Brooklyn, New York

As seen in: "Enchanted" (2007)

Number of romantic movies filmed on location here: 19



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An American says she suddenly woke up with a British accent — here's what really happened

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  • Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a rare but diagnosed illness that typically occurs following severe trauma.
  • Despite sounding a bit strange, FAS makes more sense when you think about the minute changes that characterize what we perceive to be an accent.
  • In some cases, FAS may be worsened by an existing psychiatric disease like schizophrenia, though the ties between these conditions are less clear.


Arizona native Michelle Myers woke up two years ago sounding like she’d just come back from a very long vacation.

The 45-year old has never been to London, but after falling asleep with a headache, she awoke with what sounded like a British accent, according to ABC news affiliate KNXV.

What Myers experienced may be a case of a rare illness called Foreign Accent Syndrome, or FAS. It’s less implausible than it sounds — the disorder typically materializes after a neurological trauma, such as a brain injury. 

According to the University of Texas at Dallas, FAS has been documented in hundreds of cases globally, including accent changes from Japanese to Korean, British English to French, American English to British, and Spanish to Hungarian.

FAS is easier to understand when you think about the minute changes that characterize what we perceive to be an accent. Silence a few hard “r”s, curl the tongue on the occasional vowel, seal the lips, or swallow a consonant, and you’re suddenly speaking as someone might sound on a different continent.

Making all these changes consistently — every time they utter a certain vowel, letter, or consonant — is what distinguishes people with the syndrome from someone attempting an accent.

The Norwegian who sounded like a German at the height of WWII

wwii-doctorsOn an unlucky day in 1941, at the height of World War II, a piece of shrapnel pierced the brain of a Norwegian woman known as Astrid L. The injury occurred during a raid in her German-occupied country, and when she regained consciousness, she spoke with the accent of the enemy.

“She complained bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, where consequently the assistants would sell her nothing,” neurologist Georg Herman Monrad-Krohn wrote in the first detailed case report on Foreign Accent Syndrome.

Since then, researchers have published more than 100 case studies of FAS. Usually, the condition arises in a person whose first language is somewhat similar to the language that their new accent suddenly appears to mimic.

In Myers' case, she woke up sounding like she spoke British English, as opposed to the American English she has spoken all her life.

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When Myers speaks, “everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins,” she told ABC news affiliate KNXV.

It's unclear precisely what triggered Myers' symptoms — or if she actually has FAS or something else entirely.

The syndrome typically surfaces after brain damage. In most cases, the precursor is either a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, when the brain regions linked with speech are harmed. In other cases, the syndrome may be exacerbated by an underlying psychiatric disease such as schizophrenia, but it is unclear if that illness on its own would be enough to trigger FAS.

“In the cases of psychosis, the new accent persists throughout the entire episode and may disappear after the psychotic episode subsides,” the authors of a 2015 case report identifying a 34-year-old woman who had symptoms of FAS and schizophrenia wrote.

Myers told KNXV that this wasn't the first time she'd awoken with a different accent; throughout her life, she's temporarily spoken with Australian and Irish lilts for as long as two weeks. In this current episode, however, the British accent has persisted for about two years, she said.

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Everything you need to know before buying an engagement ring

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  • US consumers spend an average of $6,351 on an engagement ring.
  • Aside from a diamond's size, various factors go into the pricing of an engagement ring.
  • A diamond's cut, carat, color, and clarity determine its price.

  

Online diamond retailer Ritani knows exactly what its customers are looking for when they visit the site: an engagement ring.

"Not only is this [ring] generally [our customer's] largest purchase to date, it's typically the millennial male, and he has no idea what he's doing," Ritani's Vice President of Marketing, Mark Keeney told Business Insider during a visit to their Manhattan diamond factory.

We toured the diamond factory to find out everything you need to know when it comes to purchasing a diamond engagement ring. Below, see how much people are spending, the most popular cuts, settings, and how the "four C's" can affect price. 

 

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US consumers spend an average of $6,351 on an engagement ring.

According to The Knot's 2017 Real Weddings Study, which surveyed 14,000 engaged or recently married individuals, consumers are spending an average of $6,351 on the ring.

And while the rule of "save up two to three month's worth of salary" is long outdated, experts are advising couples to seriously consider finances before buying a ring.



Diamonds are graded and priced based on the "four C's," which include cut, carat, color, and clarity.

The four C's are important to know because they help you understand the quality of the diamond, and they also help determine its price.

For example, a one carat round shaped diamond with an "ideal" cut grade can range from $2,521 to $12,857 at Ritani depending on its grade for clarity and color.

 



Cut grade determines the diamond's "sparkle" effect.

The cut grade is determined by the diamond's proportions and symmetry of each facet of the diamond — which directly effects the way the diamond captures and reflects light, creating that beloved "sparkle" effect.

Cut grade is measured on a scale from "ideal" to "poor."



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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's wife says they're opposites who are 'fire and ice' — here's what that could say about their marriage

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  • Louise Linton is an actress and a model who is married to US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
  • Linton told Elle magazine that she and Mnuchin are complete opposites and that they balance each other out.
  • Relationship experts say partners with different personalities may wind up clashing, and that it's important to embrace your partner's unique strengths.


Elle magazine has published a profile of Louise Linton, the actress and model married to US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Describing her relationship with her husband, Linton told Elle, "We're so, so different."

She explained: "He's ice and I'm fire. I like to try everything, taste everything. I love to explore, and he is much more habitual. He likes what he likes. We balance each other out nicely."

This quotation gave me pause, if only because I'd recently spoken with a couples therapist about the potential problems with this very dynamic. The couples therapist, Rachel Sussman, even called out the phrase Linton used: "We balance each other out."

Initially, Sussman said, the couple might feel this way — but over time, "people get more set in their ways" and there's less opportunity for compromise or mutual understanding.

Sussman's point wasn't that couples who have different personalities or habits should never get together. Instead, she was suggesting that couples not brush those differences under the proverbial rug at the start of their relationship. (Linton and Mnuchin met in 2013 and wed in 2017.)

In fact, it may be wise for any couple with opposite approaches to life to embrace and learn more about their differences.

In their book "Happy Together," husband and wife co-authors Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James Pawelski recommend taking the VIA survey— an assessment that pinpoints your top strengths — along with your partner. It can help you see your partner's otherwise irritating behaviors — say, wanting to stay home every night or wanting to go out every night — as positive traits.

Maybe the homebody partner is practical and reliable, while the more outgoing partner is brave and fun-loving.

Ultimately, it's hard to say with certainty whether marrying the ice to your fire is a good idea in general, and we can't speculate about Linton and Mnuchin's relationship beyond what she's said. But it's always a good idea to learn from those in similar relationships and to be aware of the potential pitfalls — even if you never encounter them.

Read the full article at Elle »

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Mercedes' hyper-luxury Maybach is back and better than ever

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  • The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sedan is getting a new front grille and color combinations for 2019.
  • The new front grille is inspired by the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept car.
  • The 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sedans will make their world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

In 2015, Mercedes' ultra-luxury Maybach nameplate returned to the lineup as the top-of-the-line variant of its flagship S-Class sedan.

Along with the rest of the S-Class lineup, the Maybach sedans received updated sheet metal, electronics, and engines for the 2018 model year.

But the changes haven't stopped there.

For 2019, Mercedes-Benz is updating its most expensive luxury sedans with new looks both inside and out.

Mercedes Maybach S class 2019Aesthetically, the 2019 Maybach cars will come with a new front grille inspired by the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept car first unveiled at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

In addition, Maybachs get new 20-inch multi-spoke wheels and two-tone exterior paint combinations. There are also two new interior color combinations—ArmagnacBrown/Black and Savanna Beige/Black — from which customers can choose.

Engine options for the Maybach will remain the same. The S560 Maybach will be powered by a 463 horsepower 4.0 liter, biturbo V8 while the S650 will be powered by a 621 horsepower, 6.0 liter, biturbo V12.

Mercedes Maybach S classAccording to Mercedes, the S560 can hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds while the S650 can make the same sprint in 4.6 ticks of a stopwatch.

The 2019 Mercedes-Maybach sedans will make their world debut in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and are expected to reach US rooms this summer.

Mercedes have not yet announced pricing for the 2019 Maybach. However, the 2018 Maybach S560 starts $168,600 while the 2018 Maybach S650 starts at $198,700.

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The fabulous life of Steve Mnuchin's model-actress wife Louise Linton, who has been called the 'modern Marie Antoinette' after an Instagram feud with a regular person

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, and his wife Louise Linton, hold up a sheet of new $1 bills, the first currency notes bearing his and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza's signatures, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017,

  • Actress and model Louise Linton married US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in June of 2017.
  • Linton has gained attention due to public fights via her Instagram comments, and was the subject of criticism after a photo of her holding a sheet of newly printed $1 bills circulated on social media last year.
  • Most recently, she was interviewed by Elle magazine, responding to the backlash.

   

Louise Linton, wife of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, was in the spotlight well before her involvement with Washington insiders.

An actress and model from Edinburgh, Scotland, Linton married Mnuchin in an extravagant ceremony last June. Last November, she made headlines after she and Mnuchin were photographed holding up a sheet of freshly printed $1 bills. The photos drew attention and criticism on Twitter, as well as a write-up in the Styles section of The New York Times, which critiqued her all-black leather outfit. 

Prior, she caused news when she published an Instagram photo that showed her and Mnuchin stepping off a government jet, adding the caption: "Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!" She tagged several high-end designers, including Tom Ford and Valentino, in the post. The resulting comments were less than charitable; Linton then bashed one commenter for being "adorably out of touch" and made her Instagram account private for a period of time. She has since made the account public again. After that incident, Linton was often referred to as a modern Marie Antoinette.  

In a recent interview with Elle magazine Linton talked about her marriage to Mnuchin, as well as responded to the Instagram feud. Elle magazine's Carrie Battan writes: "[Linton] is "super-duper" sorry for all of the missteps in her self-presentation."  

But the jet photo and ensuing comments were not the first time Linton sparked a controversy. Below, see more about her life.

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Linton was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and spent weekends in the Melville Castle Dalkeith. In an interview with the Daily Record in 2015, Linton said of the property: "The castle is definitely haunted and many people have claimed to see a ghost."

Source: Daily Record



Linton began acting professionally in 2006. Prior to that, she made a TV appearance in 2003 on VH1's short-lived reality show "Hopelessly Rich."

Source: The Wrap



She's made appearances in "CSI: NY" and "Cold Case." More recently, she starred in movies like 2016's "Intruder."

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It's not too late to order a Valentine's Day gift online — here are your best options (AMZN)

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  • Valentine's Day is Wednesday, February 14.
  • That doesn't leave a lot of time to get your sweetheart something.
  • Luckily, there are more last-minute shopping options than ever before.


Valentine's Day is approaching — are you prepared?

Luckily, the modern lover doesn't have to be always on their A-game, as long as they've got a credit card or an Amazon Prime membership.

Though many have already thought through their Valentine's gift to their significant other, we're betting there are still more who haven't given it a second thought until today. Instead of picking out thoughtless grocery-store flowers, however, you could actually still buy something online and have it brought to your home or office.

Last-minute shopping is a good opportunity to use services like Amazon's Prime Now 2-hour delivery service. Amazon frequently boosts Prime Now's services, filling it with seasonal merchandise, when it gets close to holidays. For Valentine's Day, for instance, Prime Now can deliver fresh flowers, themed chocolates, and holiday cards. It's also offering gift items like candles, jewelry, soaps, and electronics, plus gift wrap.

Outside of Amazon's own shop, customers can order from local liquor stores as well.

Prime Now is available only to Amazon Prime members in select delivery areas. Its two-hour delivery is free for orders over $35, or $5 if it doesn't meet that threshold. Need it sooner? There's also one-hour delivery for $7.

Prime Now still does require some thinking ahead, however. When we tested it, we found that it took closer to four hours than the advertised two.

This isn't the first time Amazon has gone out of its way to stock seasonal items, and we doubt it'll be the last. Amazon did something similar during the winter holidays, when it stocked commonly purchased and given gifts, along with wrapping paper and holiday cards.

Other options for last-minute online shopping include the GiftNow service, which allows shoppers to buy and send items via email. Since it's sent in an instant, it's a great option for last-minute gifts. The item is then sent to the recipient in the mail once they accept it online. 

The only catch — they'll have to be happy getting an email as a gift. To ease that burden, Target is giving shoppers who choose GiftNow a 5% discount.

If you're near a store, like Target or Walmart, that offers same-day pickup for online orders, that's also a good option.

Other startups like Bloomthat and Bouqs offer same-day delivery for flowers and still have some availability for the holiday. They don't offer the breadth of product that Amazon does, however.

If booze is more your plan, there are also alcohol delivery startups like Drizly and Minibar.

Whatever you decide to do, the only wrong answer is to do nothing when you still have a chance.

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A couple swears by a yearly 4-page 'relationship contract' — here's what psychologists have to say about it

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  • Romantic relationships tend to involve a lot of guesswork and spontaneity.
  • To be more intentional about goals and plans, a New York Times writer and her partner sign a "relationship contract" every year.
  • Psychologists and relationship experts say the method might not work for everyone, however, and could have some unintended consequences.


For all the emphasis we place on romantic relationships, they seem to involve a lot of guesswork.

Look at the language we use to describe love: Instead of choosing to love someone, you fall for them. When you're attracted to someone, you say you're into them. Spontaneity is key too — dates and marriage proposals aren't things partners are expected to sit down together and plan.

But relying on intuition and surprises — although romantic — can also be ripe terrain for miscommunication. In a New York Times "Modern Love" column, author Mandy Len Catron said she and her partner had found a better way.

It involves something she called a "relationship contract."

For the last two years, Len Catron and her boyfriend have signed and dated a four-page, single-spaced document that addresses everything from how long house guests can stay over to who's responsible for paying a certain bill.

"Our contract addresses much of what must be negotiated in any relationship," Len Catron wrote.

While it might not sound as fun and whimsical as most conventional approaches to relationships, some experts say the method could have positive results for some couples. Others, however, say it could spell disaster. Read on to find out if a relationship contract could work for you.

A contract might help ensure that both partners are being heard

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Some experts say the idea of a relationship contract could help ensure clear communication and prevent one partner from feeling like his or her needs aren't being met.

Bat Sheva Marcus, the clinical director of The Medical Center For Female Sexuality, told Business Insider that this could prove especially helpful when it comes to something like sex. Most happy couples, Marcus explained, have what she calls a "sex schedule" — perhaps without realizing it.

"Like anything nice in your life, if you want something nice to happen, you've got to schedule it," she said.

If a relationship contract takes time to outline these parameters, it could be a big help.

The same idea goes for big life decisions. If it helps set a foundation for couples to be more collaborative in their approach to big life decisions, a relationship contract could be healthy, studies suggest. A report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia that looked at more than a thousand adults found that couples who took time to talk through big decisions together (as opposed to sliding through them somewhat haphazardly) were happier individually and as a couple later on.

"Deciding rather than sliding revolves around commitment — not just to each other, but to the decision itself," Galena K. Rhoades, a University of Denver psychology professor and licensed marriage counselor who co-authored the report, wrote in an article for The Atlantic.

This collaborative approach to commitments is a role that Len Catron's contract seems to fulfill, especially when it comes to big decisions like moving in together. After carefully considering the pros and cons of cohabitating, Len Catron wrote that she and her boyfriend came across a book about marriage contracts.

"We liked the idea and realized we could take this approach to living together," Len Catron wrote. And it helped.

"I know it sounds idealistic, but I've had relationships that left me feeling lonely and small. This time I wanted to be more intentional about looking outward as much as we look in," wrote Len Catron.

But a strict setup could also apply too much pressure

For some couples, a relationship contract may not work. John Gottman, a psychology professor at the University of Washington and a marriage therapist who has been studying couples for decades, believes it could even threaten the health of a relationship.

"Based on the literature and research on relationships, the contracting idea is not a pathway to staying in love," Gottman told Business Insider. "Quite the contrary."

If each partner in a relationship sees his or her action of deserving of an equal "quid pro quo"-like response, that could spell disaster. It's something Gottman said he has seen many times — instead of simply behaving in ways that display feelings of love and kindness, partners begin to see each of their actions as deserving of an equal response.

The idea that couples must put in conscious and intentional effort to maintain their relationship and stay in love is something Gottman believes in strongly, but that kind of effort should come from a place of selflessness and generosity, rather than tagged with an expectation.

Instead of a contract, Gottman recommends ensuring your relationship has three characteristics that he calls "the magic trio." These traits are physiological calm, even during conflict (he likened the relationship to a port in a storm), trust, and commitment. Strengthening each of those prongs requires a lot of intent and work, but it pays off, Gottman said.

Ultimately, whether or not you choose to use something like a relationship contract, it all comes back to seeing love as a choice or action and taking responsibility for building and maintaining a relationship.

"Writing a relationship contract may sound calculating or unromantic, but every relationship is contractual; we're just making the terms more explicit," wrote Len Catron. "It reminds us that love isn't something that happens to us — it's something we're making together."

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13 hard truths about parenting no one wants to believe

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Everyone knows that parenting is simultaneously wonderful and stressful and changes your life forever. But unless you really press your parent friends, they might not tell you the juicy details of child-rearing.

Over on Quora, people with kids of all ages share the stuff they only learned after becoming parents. Some of it's good; some of it's ... less good. If you're expecting a kid, or thinking about having one in the not-too-distant future, read on to find out what no one else will remember to tell you — or have the guts to share.

SEE ALSO: 9 hard truths about relationships no one wants to believe

'You'll develop a new sense of what you consider gross'

"You'll eventually notice baby barf on your pants and think, 'Eh, not bad enough to change to go to the store.'

"You'll go out in public and realize you have a little poop on your sleeve, shrug your shoulders, and continue your shopping.

"You'll show up in three-day old clothing to drop kids off at daycare and not even flinch."

Janice Schwarz



'You are scared of silence'

"Children make noise from the moment they wake up until they go to bed at night. So when you hear running/screaming/throwing things/arguing/whining/complaining for 15 hours a day nonstop it becomes eerie to hear silence.

"When they are asleep at night sometimes I will go in the room to check on them to make sure they are still breathing. When they are awake and not making noise I get especially concerned……………………..because I am sure they are up to no good and I need to go and check on them RIGHT NOW!!!!!!"

Weston Goodwin



'Your child could be exactly like your partner'

"After conceiving, carrying, and delivering our baby, when she finally arrived, I expected her to be ... well, like me!

"When I first laid eyes on her, my thought process went: Thank goodness we are all alive, I need sleep, and then, wow, she looks a lot like Jay.

"That first night she slept 'skin to fur' with Dad. They frequently snoozed together. Nobody told me how often I'd find her out of her crib and in his arms, nor how cute I'd find this."

Mira Zaslove



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Couples who follow 2 basic rules when they argue tend to be happier and stay together longer

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  • Disagreements are an important part of any relationship.
  • If you want to keep your arguments productive and avoid causing undue harm, two leading psychologists say there are a couple of basic rules you should follow.
  • Decades of research suggest that these guidelines can help build and strengthen a relationship instead of causing more friction.


Arguments don't have to be devastating.

On the contrary, disagreements are an important aspect of any relationship. But if you want a dispute to be productive and avoid causing undue harm, two leading psychologists say there are some simple rules you should follow.

Couples who approach disagreements this way tend to be happier overall and even stay together longer, their research suggests.

Don't wait too long to talk about a disagreement

Psychologists Robert Levenson and John Gottman learned a lot from spending 14 years studying nearly 100 married couples. Over the years they observed the pairs, roughly one in five got divorced — a common phenomenon that allowed the researches to draw some key observations about what went wrong. 

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The researchers found some notable commonalities among the couples who stayed together compared with those who split up. Many of these trends had to do with the way people argued.

Disagreements, Gottman told Business Insider, could either be used in a positive way, as a means of "stabilizing a rocking boat," or they could be used negatively, potentially leading the vessel to capsize.

The best way to guarantee that an argument will fit with the former scenario is to have it soon, Gottman said.

Waiting too long can lead to built up or oversized feelings of discontent, anger, and confusion. Not only do couples forget what the argument was initially about, they may have disproportionate responses to the initial situation that no longer track with what really happened. In that case, by the time a couple gets to talking about whatever the controversial subject was, there's no straightforward way to address the problem.

A study of 145 couples published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology found that couples who received trainings on how to address conflicts immediately and clearly felt more satisfied with their relationship a year down the road. Couples who didn't receive the training were also more likely to see their interactions deteriorate during the year they were reporting back to the researchers.

Instead of waiting for a disagreement to fester like an open wound, talk to your partner as son as you can. Gottman stressed that you should also recognize that both of you are partially responsible for the problem and both of you are responsible for making amends.

Approach the situation with an open mind

The couples who divorced over the study period had another commonality, Gottman and Levenson observed: They frequently had arguments that involved cutting each other off. Usually, the comments the individuals made to stop the conversation were unhelpful and insensitive, Gottman said.

"If you tell someone they're not being logical or say something like 'you're getting off track,' it just doesn't work. It makes people angry," he said.

On the other hand, couples who stayed together tended to approach an argument with a more open mind. Partners were usually willing to take responsibility for their actions and listen to what their partner had to say.

Couples who do this might use language like, "I can see that this is really important to you; tell me more," Gottman said.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family looked at the argument patterns of nearly 400 married couples. The results suggested that when both partners engaged "positively" during an argument— meaning they discussed the topic calmly and made an effort to listen — they were far less likely to divorce than couples in which one or both partners didn't exhibit positive engagement. Those results held steady as long as 16 years down the road.

So next time you feel an argument escalating, you might want to put one of these tactics to use. It could restore some calm to your relationship, or even help keep your boat from capsizing.

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The 19 countries with the world's best healthcare systems

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The Legatum Institute, a London-based research institute, released its 11th annual global Prosperity Index in November, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world.

The organisation compares over 100 variables to come up with its list, splitting those variables into nine subindexes. One of the big components of the ranking is how healthy a country's people are.

Health is measured by three key components by the Legatum Institute: a country's basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventative care.

The countries that have the best scores in the Prosperity Index, and therefore rank as the world's healthiest, are generally big, developed economies with large amounts of resources.

While Britain just about makes the top of the list, the United States misses out, ranking just 30th overall in the world for the standard of its healthcare services.

19. United Kingdom — Britain's National Health Service is the jewel in the crown of the British welfare state, offering free-at-the–point-of-access care for all citizens. The NHS is a constant source of controversy within British politics, but still ranks as one of the best healthcare systems on the planet.



18. France — Famed for the quality of its health services, France is close to the top of the pile. The country's average life expectancy is 83.



17. New Zealand — New Zealand is one of the most active countries in the world, with the nation punching well above its weight in international sporting competitions. It has an average life expectancy of 81.5 years.



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This is the full schedule for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

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  • The 2018 Winter Olympics start on Thursday, February 8 and end on Sunday, February 25.
  • The Olympic Games will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • Winter Olympic sports include ice hockey, cross-country skiing, and bobsled.
  • You can see the full schedule of events below.

 

The 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony kicked off at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea on Friday February 9.

The show began at 8 p.m. local time (11 a.m. GMT or 6 a.m. ET) and was broadcast in over 200 countries around the world.

However, there are still events you can follow and watch. Simply scroll through each day to find out which Winter Olympics events are taking place.

Wednesday, February 7

Alpine Skiing — Training

Curling — Mixed doubles

Thursday, February 8

Curling — Mixed doubles round robin

Ski Jumping — Qualification

Friday, February 9

Opening ceremony — 11.00 a.m GMT / 6.00 a.m ET

2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Curling — Mixed doubles round robin

Figure Skating — Men's and pairs

Freestyle Skiing — Qualifying, men's and women's moguls

Saturday, February 10

Biathlon — Women's 7.5km sprint

Cross-Country Skiing — Women's 7.5km skiathlon 

Curling — Mixed doubles round robin

Women's Hockey — Preliminary round

Luge — Men's heat races

Short Track — Qualification: women's 3000m and 500m relay, men's 1500m

Ski Jumping — Normal hill

Snowboarding — Men's slopestyle qualifying

Speed Skating — Women's 3000m

Sunday, February 11

Alpine Skiing — Men's downhill

Biathlon — Men's 10km sprint

Cross-Country Skiing — Men's 15km skiathlon

Curling — Mixed doubles round robin

Figure Skating — Short dance, ladies short program, pairs free skate

Freestyle Skiing — Women's moguls

Women's Hockey — Preliminary matches

Luge — Men's heat races

Snowboarding — Men's slopestyle final, women's slopestyle

Speed Skating — Men's 5000m

Monday, February 12

Alpine Skiing — Women's giant slalom

Alpine skiing

Biathlon — Men's and women's pursuit events

Curling — Mixed doubles semifinals

Figure Skating — Men's and ladies free skate, ice dance free dance

Freestyle Skiing — Men's moguls

Women's Hockey — Preliminary matches

Luge — Women's heat races

Ski Jumping — Women's competition

Snowboarding — Women's slopestyle final, women's halfpipe qualifying

Speed Skating — Women's 1500m

Tuesday, February 13

Alpine Skiing — Men's alpine combined

Cross-Country Skiing — Men's and women's individual sprint finals

Curling — Mixed doubles bronze and gold medal matches

Women's Hockey — Preliminary matches

Luge — Women's heat races

Short Track — Women's 500m final, men's 1000m qualifying, men's 5000m relay qualifying

Snowboarding — Women's halfpipe final, men's halfpipe

Speed Skating — Men's 1500m

Wednesday, February 14

Alpine Skiing — Women's slalom

Biathlon — Women's 15km individual

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Pairs short program

Men's Hockey — Preliminary round

Snowboarding — Men's halfpipe final

Snowboard halfpipe

Speed Skating — Women's 1000m

Thursday, February 15

Alpine Skiing — Men's super-G

Biathlon — Men's 20km individual

Cross-Country Skiing — Women's 10km individual

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Pairs free skate

Freestyle skiing — Women's aerials qualifying

Women's hockey — Preliminary matches

Men's hockey — Preliminary matches

Luge — Team relay competition

Skeleton — Men's competition: heat races

Snowboarding — Men's cross

Speed Skating — Men's 10,000m

Friday, February 16

Cross-Country Skiing — Men's 15km individual

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Men's short programs

Freestyle Skiing — Women's aerials final

Men's Hockey — Preliminary matches

Ice hockey

Ski Jumping — Men's large hill qualifying

Snowboarding — Women's cross

Speed Skating — Women's 5000m

Saturday, February 17

Alpine Skiing — Women's super-G

Biathlon — Women's 12.5km mass start

Cross-Country Skiing — Women's 4x5km relay

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Men's short program final

Freestyle Skiing — Women's slopestyle qualifying, final; men's aerials qualifying

Men's Hockey — Preliminary matches

Women's Hockey — Two knockout round matches

Short Track — Men's 1500m, women's 1000m

Skeleton — Women's heat races

Ski Jumping — Men's large hill

Sunday, February 18

Alpine Skiing — Men's giant slalom

Biathlon — Men's 15km mass start

Bobsled — Two-man sled heat races

Cross-Country Skiing — Men's 4x10km relay

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Freestyle Skiing — Men's slopestyle qualifying, final; men's aerials final

Men's Hockey — Preliminary matches

Women's Hockey — Classification matches

Speed Skating — Women's 500m, men's team pursuit qualifying

Monday, February 19

Bobsled — Two-man heat races

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Ice dancers

Freestyle Skiing — Women's halfpipe qualifying

Women's Hockey — Semifinals

Ski Jumping — Team competition

Snowboarding — Women's big air qualifying

Speed Skating — Women's team pursuit qualifying

Tuesday, February 20

Biathlon — Mixed relay

Bobsled — Women's heat races

Bobsled

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Ice dance, free dance

Freestyle Skiing — Women's halfpipe final, men's halfpipe qualifying

Men's Hockey — Knockout rounds

Women's Hockey — Classification matches

Nordic Combined — Large hill competition

Short Track — Women's 1000m qualifying, men's 500m qualifying, women's 3000m relay final

Wednesday, February 21

Alpine Skiing — Women's downhill

Bobsled — Women's heat races

Cross-Country Skiing — Men's and women's sprint semifinals

Curling — Men's and women's round robin

Figure Skating — Ladies short program

Freestyle Skiing — Men's cross

Men's Hockey — Quarterfinals

Snowboarding — Men's big air qualifying

Speed Skating — Men's and women's team pursuit finals

Thursday, February 22

Alpine Skiing — Men's slalom

Biathlon — Women's 4x6km relay

Curling — Men's semifinals

Freestyle Skiing — Men's halfpipe final

Women's Hockey — Bronze and gold medal matches

Nordic Combined — Team competition

Short Track — Men's 500m finals, women's 1000m finals, men's 5000m relay

Snowboarding — Men's and women's parallel giant slalom qualifying

Friday, February 23

Alpine Skiing — Women's alpine combined

Biathlon — Men's 4x7.7km relay

Curling — Men's and women's semifinals

Figure Skating — Ladies free skate

Freestyle Skiing — Women's cross

Men's Hockey — Semifinal matches

Snowboarding — Women's big air final

Speed Skating — Men's 1000m final

Saturday, February 24

Alpine Skiing — Team event

Bobsled — Four-man competition heat races

Cross-Country Skiing — Men's 50km mass start

Curling — Men's gold and silver match, women's bronze match

Men's Hockey — Bronze medal match

Snowboarding — Men's big air final, men's and women's giant parallel slalom finals

Speed Skating — Men's and women's mass start

Sunday, February 25

Bobsled — Four-man heat races

Cross-Country Skiing — Women's 30km mass start

Curling — Women's gold medal match

Figure Skating — Exhibition gala

Men's Hockey — Gold medal match

Closing ceremonies

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12 of the most unusual pet names people call their partners in countries all over the world

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Pet names are more or less unavoidable. Even if you have an agreement in your relationship to avoid calling each other "honey" or "baby," it's likely one of you will fall into the trap at some point.

Research has shown that using cutesy terms could be a result of your mother using them with you. Pet names are essentially a form of baby talk, which help infants learn languages while expressing love at the same time.

More good news is having adorable pet names for each other is a sign your relationship is strong.

People all over the world make up affectionate names for each other, some of which sound quite strange when they are directly translated to English.

Language experts at Babbel looked into alternative pet names from around the world and found they vary quite a lot.

Katja Wilde, Head of Didactics at Babbel, told Business Insider in an email: "We use different words in order to differentiate between affectionate language and common language, so that we can made our loved one feel special.

"Latin and Greek used diminutive forms to express affection 2,000 years ago, just as today's languages do eg: -chen in German."

Here are 12 of the most original and unusual pet names from around the globe:

SEE ALSO: The scientific reasons we give our partners pet names — and what they could say about your relationship

1. "My little cabbage" — France

People in France often call their loved one "mon petit chou," which literally translates as "my little cabbage." Alternatively, they also use "ChouChou."



2. "Mousebear" — Germany

In Germany they fuse two cute animals together to come up with the word Mausebär, meaning "mousebear."



3. "Egg with eyes" — Japan

Oval-shaped faces are considered particularly beautiful in Japan, so it's a compliment to be compared to an egg with the name "Tamago gata no kao," which translates as "egg with eyes."



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The 'Tories of Bumble' Instagram account features the profiles of the poshest people flaunting their wealth on the dating app — and some don't even seem real

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An Instagram account is seeking out some of the poshest men on dating app Bumble — and it's hard to believe some of the profiles are real.

Bumble users supply the "Tories of Bumble" account — a term normally used to describe a supporter of the Conservative party who is often also a member of the privileged elite — with photos of the most middle-class people they spot flaunting their wealth on the dating app along with witty captions.

The account's tagline reads "Collecting Bumble profiles of future Cabinet Ministers.

"**DISCLAIMER: VOTE LEFT, SWIPE RIGHT**"

The account holder of "Tories of Bumble" told Business Insider she downloaded Bumble while at the pub after a long-term relationship ended suddenly, "and just made it a bit of fun."

It currently has a surprisingly modest following of just 1,200 — but the profiles and captions are certainly worth a scroll.

It's even got former Made in Chelsea star and "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" winner Georgia "Toff" Toffolo — she recently mentioned the account in her new Sunday Times column.

"The photos show tweedy chaps in Mayfair or Monaco, playing polo and bragging about the size of their trust funds," she wrote. "Check it out. You might find a hottie on a horse. Yee-haw."

The "Tories of Bumble" generally look like this.

Most claim to be 6 foot, appear to be hunting, and are dressed in a Barbour or tweed jacket.

I'VE REACHED PEAK TORY I CANNOT COPE 😮 Henry is all one person and he is the living embodiment of this account

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Nov 13, 2017 at 2:57am PST on

This caption read: "PSA: uncovered a man so Tory he makes Rees-Mogg look like a raging socialist."

🚨🆘🚨⛔️ PSA: uncovered a man so Tory he makes Rees-Mogg look like a raging socialist

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Dec 11, 2017 at 8:20am PST on

"Remember, you can’t spell Hedge Fund Manager without FUN 😉#ledgefund," another post was captioned.

Remember, you can’t spell Hedge Fund Manager without FUN 😉 #ledgefund

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Dec 30, 2017 at 7:33am PST on

The user above included a few relevant details on his profile: "Sporty and bookish. Travels a lot. Hedge fund manager. 6ft."

Some of the accounts don't seem entirely real (and may not be). 

"Oxford dictionary in the streets, urban dictionary in the sheets," the "About Me" section for one user reads.

THIS IS WHAT THEY FOUND ON DAMIEN GREEN’S COMPUTER 🍭

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Dec 21, 2017 at 12:25am PST on

Another user is asking potential dates: "Investment banker with a net worth of over £3.5 billion… interested now?"

BREAKING: interest rates to this guy’s profile hit all-time lows 📉

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Jan 25, 2018 at 8:22am PST on

Many also appear to think their manliness is best asserted with a gun or two...

Stand out from the crowd with TWO BIG GUNS (and a slightly dubious expression) 🔫💥🔫💥

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Jan 16, 2018 at 12:46am PST on

Tory dogs who match their owners: part II 🐶

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...While some just look really posh. 

"Less Netflix and chill, more Amazon Prime and commitment," one profile read.

Rap alias: Yachtsman, Investor & Soulja Boy Tell Em

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Jan 7, 2018 at 10:45am PST on

"Not your average accountant, try to spend as much time in the countryside on a horse or with dogs," one user wrote on their profile.

Tories of Bumble captioned the post: "brb getting NOT YOUR AVERAGE ACCOUNTANT printed on 10000 tshirts to make my fortune selling them to sad grads in denial."

brb getting NOT YOUR AVERAGE ACCOUNTANT printed on 10000 tshirts to make my fortune selling them to sad grads in denial

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Some users also appear to have some pretty specific requirements...

🙏🏼 SOMEONE DO THIS AND REPORT BACK PLS

A post shared by 🐝🌿 (@tories_of_bumble) on Feb 12, 2018 at 10:05am PST on

...And others just keep it simple.

🚫 BLOCK AND REPORT 🚫

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The 'paradox of choice' could explain why you're still single — here's what it means

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  • Dating apps mean we are given nearly endless choices of who we can date.
  • While this should make connections easier, it also makes us more picky.
  • This is because of the "paradox of choice" that makes us believe the grass is always greener on the other side.
  • By always looking for something better, you might miss the opportunity right in front of your eyes.


If you're single, don't worry. Science has shown it's actually better for you in a number of ways.

But if you're spending this Valentine's Day crying over the fact nobody wants to be in a relationship with you, there's a psychological reason that might help explain why.

It's called "the paradox of choice," and it essentially means that while we consider variety as a good thing, at the same time, it makes our decisions more challenging.

For example, you may have met someone on on Tinder, and the first date went really well. You probably want to see them again, but you can't help noticing their tiny flaws. You know your online profile is sitting there on your phone, and you just can't shake the feeling there could be someone else on the dating app that would be an even better fit for you.

In his book "The Paradox of Choice," Barry Schwartz describes this way of thinking as "maximising."

"Maximizers treat relationships like clothing," he writes. "I expect to try a lot on before finding the perfect fit. For a maximizer, somewhere out there is the perfect lover, the perfect friends. Even though there is nothing wrong with the current relationship, who knows what's possible if you keep your eyes open."

The opposite of maximisers are "satisficers," who have the ability to know a good thing when they see it, without obsessing over "what ifs."

It's not the same as settling for a bad option, because satisficing also means having high standards. But it does also mean ignoring the temptation of finding out if the grass really is greener on the other side.

In theory, it makes sense. If you're always holding out for something better, chances are you'll end up with nothing. That, or you'll realise you left all your good options in the cold, and you'll end up with someone who's wrong for you. By that logic, satisficers are more likely to end up happy.

In a blog post about this for Psychology Today, Jen Kim writes about how in modern dating life, we no longer have the feeling of scarcity, as there are always so many options at our fingertips. This doesn't just make us picky, but arguably unreasonably so.

"How quickly have we thumbed left simply because the face peering back at us had an eyebrow hair out of place or because the guy seemed short even though you could only see his head?" she writes. "How many amazing potential mates have we missed out on because we were convinced the next profile would be better?"

In the end, attraction is about more than just a photo. It's more than just an instant spark on a first date, or a Valentine's Day card.

Ultimately, while dating apps bring us closer to people we might not otherwise have met, the issues they cause paradoxically make it even more difficult to make a connection.

To avoid falling in the maximising trap, if you think you've met someone and it could be something good, try and give it a fair chance. Otherwise you might be holding out for a fairytale that could never happen.

SEE ALSO: Here's what you should do if you want to celebrate Valentine's Day but your partner loathes it — or vice versa

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