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Dressing like a dad is officially the coolest style trend


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  • "Dad style" is showing up in real life and on fashion runways with increasing frequency.
  • It's characterized by wearing clothing your dad might wear: things that are durable, comfortable, and loose.
  • That said, the look is not necessarily frumpy.

What's old is new again, and your father's favorite style moves from the '70s and '80s are now the trend du jour.

It seems that many of the trends that made their name in the middle of the 20th century are back in full force and being worn by a younger generation, many of whom weren't even born before Y2K.

The predominant trends in menswear seem to be focusing on comfort, durability, and things you might already have in your closet, according to the Wall Street Journal's Jacob Gallagher.

Looser-fitting pants, heritage styles, and Hawaiian shirts are all popular trends that can easily be traced back to what can only be known as "dad style."

Here are four of the most dominant trends that have been passed down by an older generation, many of which have been in style for a few years now:

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Hawaiian-style shirts

It seems the micro-floral patterns that have been popular in menswear the last few years have given way almost completely to the larger ones usually seen on your dad's vacation shirt.

"Today's versions have florals that can fit into any guy's wardrobe," Kevin Carney, owner of Los Angeles-based menswear boutique Mohawk General Store, told the Wall Street Journal in 2014.

Even if it's in new colors, there's clearly a parallel between this new wave of Hawaiian-style shirts and the one dad owns, with its sailboat and parrot patterns.

Looser-fitting pants

Guys are no longer gravitating to super-skinny fits like they used to. Wider-legged jeans and pants like a dad might purchase are now much more common, and you hardly even see the skinny look anymore.

Skinny is out, but slim is still in.

Light wash jeans

Though dark jeans have been the predominant trend for the last decade or so, it seems we're seeing a bit of reversal— especially in warmer months, when dark colors are traditionally shunned.

Light wash jeans offer a bit more of a relaxed vibe, and their rise in popularity (they've been trending since at least 2013) means they now come in a variety of styles and fits. Your dad's stonewashed Levi's 501s are officially cool.

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Nike is giving away 400 pairs of LeBron James' 'Equality' shoes for free— here's how to get a pair


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  • Nike is giving away 400 pairs of LeBron James' signature "Equality" basketball shoes.
  • To win a pair, customers must enter an online drawing.
  • James said the shoes were symbolic of the fight for racial equality in the US. 

Nike is giving away 400 pairs of LeBron James' signature "Equality" basketball shoes as part of a new promotion. 

To win a pair, customers must enter an online drawing. They can submit one entry per shoe size for free, or enter an unlimited number of times for $10 per entry. Customers must have a Nike+ account to submit a paid entry. 

The proceeds from the drawing will go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

The shoes, which feature the word "Equality" across the heel, come in two colors: black and white.

James debuted a black pair at a game in October against the Boston Celtics. In December, he wore one white "Equality" shoe and one black one.  

Nike says winners will be randomly selected for either a black or a white pair and will be encouraged to find a winner of the alternate color to trade with in order to make a mismatched pair "just like LeBron."

In December, James said the shoes were symbolic of the fight for racial equality in the US. 

"Obviously, we know where we are right now. We know who’s at the helm," James said, making a subtle reference to President Donald Trump, according to USA Today. "Us as Americans, no matter the skin color, no matter the race, no matter who you are, we all have to understand having equal rights and being able to stand for something, speak for something and keeping the conversation going.

"Obviously, I've been outspoken and well-spoken about what's going on at the helm here," he added. "We're never going to let one person dictate us Americans — how beautiful and how powerful we are as a people. Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, as women, black or white, or Hispanic. It don't matter your race, whatever the case may be. This is a beautiful country."

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15 best college campuses in America


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Proud college graduates typically peg their alma maters as the best campus out there. But some are just a notch above the above the rest.

For those wondering how their college residence stacks up against the competition, Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, publishes a ranking of the best college campuses in America.

Niche compiled its list using a mix of quantitative and qualitative factors including student campus surveys, meal-plan costs, on-campus housing and availability, and access to amenities.

Scroll through to find out its picks for the 15 best college campuses in America.

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15. Rice University


Survey on campus housing: 4.4 out of 5 

Average meal-plan cost: $4,310

Student retention rate: 96%

14. Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Survey on campus housing: 3.8 out of 5 

Average meal-plan cost: N/A

Student retention rate: 94%

13. University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Survey on campus housing: 3.7 out of 5 

Average meal-plan cost: $3,032

Student retention rate: 95%

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An influential group of doctors says all teens should get screened for depression — here are some of the questions they ask


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  • In new guidelines released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all young people over age 12 get screened for depression.
  • Many people, including adults, are not properly diagnosed with depression or other psychiatric diseases.
  • If you believe you or someone you know is suffering from depression, seeing a medical professional should be your first step.

The teens are not alright.

That's the premise behind a new recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the largest groups of doctors of its kind. In its new guidelines, released Monday and published in the journal Pediatrics, the group says all young people over the age of 12 should be screened for depression every year — potentially as part of their annual check-up.

The statistics suggest that the group is onto something important.

Only about half of all young people who have depression are diagnosed before they become adults, and as many as two-thirds of adolescents with depression do not get treated. Those numbers are not that different for adults: Of the roughly one in five Americans with anxiety, depression, or another psychiatric disease, close to two-thirds are estimated to have gone at least a year without treatment.

"It's a huge problem," psychiatrist Rachel Zuckerbrot, the lead author behind the guidelines and an associate professor at Columbia University, told National Public Radio.

And it appears to be getting worse.

Between 2010 and 2015, the number of American teens who frequently experienced high levels of depressive symptoms like joylessness rose 33%, according to a 2017 study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. The same study suggested that deaths by suicide among teenagers went up 31%.

In 2011, for the first time in more than two decades, suicide began killing more teenagers than homicide.

The new guidelines emphasize the need to identify young people who are at higher risk of developing depression than their peers. These are adolescents who may have experiences of trauma or substance abuse, have experienced depression previously, or have a family member with a history of depression or another psychiatric disease.

The best way to identify someone with depression typically involves asking them a series of questions, which are usually given either on paper or electronically on a tablet.

But many people — not just teens — have trouble identifying that they are depressed. So the questions are often designed to get at symptoms of depression, which can include trouble sleeping, a lack of appetite, or a disinterest in doing things that once brought the person pleasure (like hanging out with friends, going to a regular fitness class, or cooking).

Here's an example of some of the questions featured on one of the most widely used depression screenings, which you can access via the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Many questions assess how frequently a person experiences potential symptoms  — from "not at all" to "nearly every day."

depression screening questions

Importantly, these questions aren't exhaustive.

Even with these surveys, some people without depression are wrongly diagnosed and given medications they don't need. Other times people with depression go undiagnosed and don't get the right treatment (this appears to be the predominant issue).

If you're concerned that you or a young person in your life may have depression or another psychiatric disease, going to a physician or doctor should be the first step.

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The 20 cities where Americans work the hardest


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Americans work a lot.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Americans logged an average 1,783 hours of work in 2016. That's at least 100 more hours a year than the average worker in other OECD countries like the UK, France, Germany, or Sweden.

And when looking at US census data, that number could be higher, since the average working American logs almost 40 hours a week.

So where do people work the hardest?

To find out, personal-finance site WalletHub recently analyzed and ranked 116 of the most populated cities based on nine metrics related directly or indirectly to work, including average workweek hours, average commute time, and average leisure time per day. To read more about the study's methodology, check out the full report here.

Here's where some of the hardest-working Americans live:

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20. Fort Worth, Texas

Average hours worked per week: 26.8

Average minutes spent commuting to work: 39.9

Average minutes of leisure time in a day: 308

19. Denver

Average hours worked per week: 25.1

Average minutes spent commuting to work: 39.4

Average minutes of leisure time in a day: 318

18. Arlington, Texas

Average hours worked per week: 26.8

Average minutes spent commuting to work: 39.3

Average minutes of leisure time in a day: 308

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Jennifer Lawrence says she turned off Oscar-nominated 'Phantom Thread' after 3 minutes


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  • Jennifer Lawrence said she only watched three minutes of Oscar nominee "Phantom Thread" before she stopped watching.
  • She said she didn't "need to watch" a love story about a "narcissistic sociopath" artist who makes the girl "feel bad about herself."
  • Lawrence then clarified that she wasn't referring to former boyfriend and "Mother!" director Darren Aronofsky.


"Phantom Thread's" six Oscar nominations don't mean a thing to Jennifer Lawrence.

The Oscar-winning actress recently told Marc Maron on his "WTF" podcast that she only got through three minutes of "Phantom Thread,"which is nominated for best picture at this year's Oscars, before she stopped watching. 

“I got through about three minutes of it. I put in a good solid three. I’m sorry to anybody who loved that movie,” Lawrence told Maron. “I couldn’t give that kind of time ... Is it just about clothes? Is [Daniel Day-Lewis's character Reynolds Woodcock] kind of like a narcissistic sociopath and he’s like, an artist, so every girl falls in love him because he makes her feel bad about herself and that’s the love story? I haven’t seen it, so I don’t know. He is a little narcissistic. I’ve been down that road, I know what that’s like, I don’t need to watch that movie [laughs].”

If that sounds familiar, it's because Lawrence starred in director and former boyfriend Darren Aronofsky's controversial film "Mother!" last year. One of the main themes of the film, among other things, was an artist's obsession with his work.

"Mother!" was received poorly by audiences, with an "F" from audience polling company, CinemaScore. It also has a 69% critics Rotten Tomatoes score compared to "Phantom Thread's" 91%.

But Lawrence quickly clarified to Maron that she wasn't talking about Aronofsky when she mentioned a "narcissistic sociopath."

"I've dated people that nobody knows about," she said.

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The 10 most critical problems in the world, according to millennials


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  • World Economic Forum surveys people every year about the biggest problems facing the world. 
  • Climate change is the millennial generation's top concern for the third year in a row.
  • Millennials are also concerned about large scale conflict, wars, and inequality.


For the third year in a row, millennials who participated in the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Survey 2017 believe climate change is the most serious issue affecting the world today.

Nearly half (48.8%) of the survey participants chose climate change as their top concern, and 78.1% said they would be willing to change their lifestyle to protect the environment.

Survey respondents were also in near unequivocal agreement over the cause of climate change. Over 91% of respondents answered "agree" and "strongly agree" with the statement "science has proven that humans are responsible for climate change."

Despite the dire state of the world today — and the stereotype that millennials' are selfish and apathetic — the generation aged 18 to 35 cares deeply about global issues, and they're determined to tackle them.

Below are the top-10 most concerning world issues, according to millennials.

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10. Lack of economic opportunity and unemployment (12.1%)

9. Safety / security / well being (14.1%)

8. Lack of education (15.9%)

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Parents in the US are worried about their children's use of smartphones


As more and more studies emerge about the use of smartphones and social media in our daily lives, many parents are worried. Can smartphones have an adverse effect on young children?

In a recent study by nonprofit Common Sense Media, nearly half of the adults surveyed said that their children exhibited addictive behavior in their use of a smartphone. But parents were split over whether new technologies are actually harming the mental-health of children.

As this chart by Statista shows, 50% of the parents surveyed were worried about their child's smartphone use and its effect on their mental health. But parents were far more in agreement when it came to determining whose responsibility it is to curb a child's cellphone use: 89% said that it was up to parents to decide when their kids have spent enough time on a device.

Chart of the day

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50 Cent reportedly told the bankruptcy court that he never owned bitcoin, contrary to a report that he made $8 million in crypto


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  • Rapper 50 Cent did not make around $8 million in bitcoin, contrary to a TMZ report that he previously seemed to confirm.
  • The Blast obtained court documents in 50 Cent's bankruptcy case that reportedly stated the rapper has "never owned" a bitcoin account or "any bitcoins."


Rapper 50 Cent did not make around $8 million in bitcoin, contrary to a January TMZ report and his apparent confirmation of the report by boasting of its headline on social media. 

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, 50 Cent said he'd never owned a single bitcoin. 

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, reportedly admitted in his bankruptcy case that media reports "falsely stated" that he owned millions in cryptocurrency, and that he has "never owned, and does not own, a bitcoin account or any bitcoins, and to the best of his knowledge, none of his companies had a bitcoin account from 2014 to the present."

TMZ reported in January that Jackson had made around $8 million — according to the valuation of bitcoin at the time — by accepting bitcoin as payment for his 2014 album, "Animal Ambition." 

Jackson later took to social media with screenshots of the article. He posted it on Instagram with a caption that read, "Not bad for a kid from South Side, I'm so proud of me," and then commented on the post, "Ima keep it real, I forgot I did that shit lol."

Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2015, citing personal debts of over $28 million.

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is selling the most expensive home in Washington, DC for $29.5 million (UA)


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  • Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is selling his Washington, DC mansion for $29.5 million.
  • It's the most expensive home for sale in the city, according to the Wall Street Journal. 
  • Plank bought the mansion for $7.85 million in 2013 and is now selling it because he and his family don't spend as much time there as they thought they would.

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has put his 12,200-square-foot Georgetown mansion on the market for $29.5 million, a spokesperson for his investment company, Plank Industries, confirmed to Business Insider.

He had purchased it for $7.85 million in 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal. The listing price, which makes the home the most expensive currently listed in Washington, DC, includes many of the pieces the mansion is furnished with.

The home is historic and was built around 200 years ago in the Federal style. It sits on a third of an acre of land and features some grassy areas. Plank extensively renovated the home during his five years of ownership and added modern amenities to the property.

There are seven bedrooms in the house, plus a lap pool, a separate building with gym equipment, and a gated parking area for multiple cars.

"While the property in DC was never meant to be the family’s primary residence, they wanted to use the home to host friends, family and guests. Following a major renovation, the Planks realized they weren't using it as often as they had hoped and have decided to sell the property," Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries, said in a statement to Business Insider.

Plank primarily lives outside of Baltimore, where Under Armour is headquartered. Nancy Taylor Bubes, Cailin Monahan, and Jamie Peva of Washington Fine Properties have the listing.

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Plank's home is an example of classic brick in the Georgetown section of DC. Its historic good looks are immediately visible curbside.

Plank extensively renovated the home. One of the most notable additions is this 22,000-pound marble staircase.

Each bedroom is decorated in accordance with a famous American political figure. For example, the master bedroom is called The George Washington Suite and has a portrait of America's first president.

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22 things you should definitely do the next time you book a hotel if you want to score the best deals


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  • Staying at a nice hotel doesn't have to break the bank.
  • We spoke to experts to find out 22 simple strategies you can use to find the best hotel prices for your next trip.
  • The tips include knowing the best time to book a hotel room, booking at newly opened hotels, checking in near the end of the day, and booking your flight and hotel together.

You don't have to overpay for a hotel room.

There are tricks and tips you can use to find the best room rates so you can enjoy your trip guilt-free.

We spoke to Jeanette Pavini, a savings expert at Coupons.com, Josh Belkin, the vice president and general manager of Hotels.com's North America branch, Cheryl Rosner, the CEO of Stayful, and Ivy Chou, the content and marketing director for DealsPlus.comto get their best tips for booking a room.

From when to book to how to find hidden discounts, this list can save you bundles the next time you plan to stay at a hotel.

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Look into business hotels.

According to Pavini, business hotels can provide great deals, especially when traveling within Europe.

The reason is that business can often be slow during summer months and on weekends at hotels that cater to business travelers, which can lead to lower prices.

Ask for a corner room.

Pavini also recommends opting for a corner room, since you'll typically get more square footage for the same price.

If you're looking to upgrade to a corner room, Pavini suggests that you be discreet and avoid asking at times when there are several guests waiting to be assisted. 

Check in near the end of the day.

If you're hoping to snag an upgrade, checking in toward the end of the day might be your answer.

According to Pavini, since hotels have a better sense of occupancy by that point, they are more likely to offer upgrades that are still available.

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We went to the major South African city that's approaching 'Day Zero' of an unprecedented water crisis — here's what it's like to be a tourist there


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Cape Town, South Africa — a city that is home to more than 4 million people — is close to running out of water after three years of a persistent drought.

"Day Zero," or the day when the city will be forced to turn off most of its taps, was originally set for April but the date has been pushed to July. By then, if the city doesn't get enough rain, thousands of residents will be forced to collect water rations from central collection points.

If the city runs out of water, it will be the first major city in the world to do so. But the World Wildlife Fund estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the world could be dealing with water shortages.

We went to Cape Town to open Business Insider's new South Africa edition and explored the city as tourists. We found a divide between the tourism industry and the rest of the country. 

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Cape Town is a coastal city and popular tourist destination known for its hiking, beaches, and wineries.

NASA greyed out these aerial satellite images that stretch back four years to show just how bad things have gotten there after three years of drought.


Before we traveled to Cape Town, news reports showed people lining up with jugs to collect drinking water at taps that were open to the public.

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The Chelsea estate agent who sold his Porsche for £20 is now selling his Jaguar for the same price — but there's a catch


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  • The Chelsea estate agent who sold his Porsche for just £20 last year is now raffling off his Jaguar for the same price.
  • There are 2,250 tickets available, and the winner will be chosen through a live Instagram draw.
  • However, this time they'll also have to play a game of "Where's Wally" to bag the car.

A Chelsea estate agent made headlines in August when he decided to raffle off his Porsche Cayman for just £20 a ticket.

Ed Bezzant, who shares photos of his extravagant London lifestyle full of expensive cars, clothes, watches, travels, and parties as @edbezzant on Instagram, came up with the raffle as a way to make some extra cash.

By selling 2,500 tickets, he would have made £50,000, more than the recommended retail price of a brand new 718 Cayman (£42,897), the latest edition of the car.

And he certainly came close, selling 2,296 tickets and making enough money to plan what he called his fiancée's "perfect wedding."

Now, he's at it again — but this time it's his Jaguar that's up for grabs.

Bezzant told Business Insider that the car — a 64 plate White Jag F Type which has driven 22,000 miles — has "all the trimmings to go with it," including a panoramic roof, a sat nav, and a "black back for grills and vents."

New versions of the latest model can sell for more than £50,000.

There are 2,250 tickets available, and the winner will once again be chosen from a box of names live on Instagram.

"A lovely girl called Chloe Issacs won the car [last time]," Bezzant told Business Insider, adding that he'll hand deliver the car to the winner if they live in the UK.

"It was so much fun and everyone really enjoyed it last time, and I kept getting messages asking me to do it with my Jag, but didn't want to sell it," he said. Then, he and his fiance found out they were expecting their first baby.

"I realised two seats with a baby wouldn't work so I needed to sell and get something more practical, so decided to make a competition to win the car again as a way of selling it," he said.

"I did the last one to pay towards our wedding, which we have now had to move to May instead of July because of the little one, so hopefully this goes well and I will be prepared."

And if he sells all the tickets, he could stand to make £45,000 — which would certainly be helpful for some high-end baby shopping.

Day out baby shopping ...How do I look as a Dad ? 😂👶🏻

A post shared by Eddy B (@edbezzant) on Feb 25, 2018 at 4:59am PST on

The contest is slightly more complicated this time, though. Along with paying £20 — plus a £1.55 fee — through Eventbrite to enter, Bezzant said he will email the winner a "Where's Wally" picture, FaceTime them, and give them 60 seconds to find Wally in the photo.

"If the time expires without finding him, a new winner will be drawn until someone finds Wally," he said. "This is a test of skill under some time pressure, so it's a competition rather than a raffle."

As far as what he'll do if he doesn't sell the full 2,250 tickets, Bezzant said: "Eventbrite allows me to refund it all if I need to, but there is no time restraint on the competition, so I will pull a winner once the minimum figure is sold."

If you want to take a closer look, Bezzant frequently posts pictures of the Jaguar...


A post shared by Eddy B (@edbezzant) on Dec 10, 2017 at 8:16am PST on

...And once it's gone, he appears to have a number of other luxurious cars at his disposal.

Taking it back to the old school 🚗💨

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Experts say codependent relationships are damaging — here are 8 warning signs you're in one


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Codependency might mean slightly different things to different people, but essentially it's when one person is sacrificing more for their relationship than the other.

In romantic relationships, it's when one partner requires excessive attention and psychological support, and often this is partnered with them having an illness or an addiction which makes them even more dependent.

A codependent couple will not be good for each other. Usually, they will get together because one or both of them has a dysfunctional personality, and more often than not they will make each other worse.

For example, people involved with narcissists will find themselves giving and giving, but it's never enough. Their partner will keep moving the goal posts and making unrealistic demands until the victim is completely burned out.

It's important to remember that in a healthy relationship, it's normal to depend on your partner for comfort and support. But there's a balance between each partner's ability to be independent and their ability to enjoy mutual help, and if that balance is off, that's when things get messy.

We asked 8 relationship experts for the warning signs you could be in a codependent relationship. Here's what they said:

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1. You start filling in the gaps

"The first sign of codependency creeping into a relationship will involve one person starting to take on the responsibility to keep in touch and connect. As a partner pulls back in how much time, effort, and care they are giving, the other partner instinctively fills in the gap by working harder to stay bonded. As soon as this happens, the relationship has shifted in an unhealthy direction towards codependency."

— Shannon Thomas, therapist and author of "Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse"

2. You want to 'fix' your partner

"It all starts out like a fairy tale, but then your new partner starts to show some signs of unhealthy behaviors. Do you find yourself making all the sacrifices to support your partner? Do you feel like you lost yourself and you need the approval of your partner to be whole? Healthy relationships are created when both partners have mutual respect, trust, and are always honest with one another. Codependent personalities tend to be people-pleasers, thriving on helping others (or even thinking they may 'fix' them). When caring for another person stops you from having your own needs met or if your self-worth is dependent on being needed, you may be heading down the codependent path."

— Tracy Malone, founder of Narcissist Abuse Support

3. You lose all your boundaries

"One way of looking at a codependent person... is she is an over-giver. She always feels overly responsible for someone or cares too much for someone. She really feels like she needs to keep giving and giving, and overcompensating. These women can be really strong, but the problem is they don't grasp the need for boundaries. Boundaries are actually really useful with people you care about, but in a codependent person's heart, 'boundaries' is a very dirty word. They think 'the moment I care about you, I drop all my boundaries. I let you disrespect me, because I believe you have a story, so I over-explain away every single thing for you.' In other words, you give more credence to their story than to yours. You have to have firm boundaries, because when you don't have them, or you're not aware of them, you fall into the codependent trap."

— Perpetua Neo, psychologist, expert in toxic relationships, and creator of Detox Your Heart

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The director of last year's infamous Oscars telecast looks back on the 'La La Land'-'Moonlight' mix-up that ended up winning him an Emmy


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Glenn Weiss has made a career directing some of the most nerve-racking live television shows ever created.

Working on the Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Weiss thought he’d seen it all over a 30-year career.

But then came last year’s Academy Awards.

It was the second time he’d directed the epic show and everything was running smoothly until the final award of the night: best picture.

You know the rest.

Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope, incorrectly said that “La La Land” won, the cast and crew come on stage, and that lead to one of the most incredible live moments in TV history. “La La Land” producer, Jordan Horowitz, realizing that his movie did not win, held up the card revealing the real best picture winner was “Moonlight.”

A year later, Weiss is preparing to direct another Oscars telecast (airing Sunday), but he still can’t shake those infamous few minutes of live television.

“I had no idea that one shot of a card that says ‘Moonlight’ will probably define my career for the rest of my life,” Weiss told Business Insider over the phone.

Here Weiss breaks down how they captured the best picture win at the 89th Academy Awards.

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“I really thought he was just being funny”

Looking back on it now, the reaction Warren Beatty has when he opens the envelope he was given and sees what’s inside speaks volumes. But at the time, Weiss just thought Beatty was putting on the same act he was doing during rehearsals.

“Warren and Faye were very playful with each other during rehearsals,” Weiss said. “So when he started doing that [during the show] I really thought he was just being funny.”

Once “La La Land” was announced as the winner, Weiss said he and his team were getting ready to present Jimmy Kimmel’s closing bit and the end credits.

“It didn’t feel like anything was wrong, looking back, Warren was looking for help,” Weiss said.

Beatty told the audience later that the card he was given was not for best picture, but a duplicate of the best actress award the was already announced, which was awarded to Emma Stone for “La La Land.”

“All my years of training at that moment went 180 degrees”

Weiss said he wasn’t notified something was wrong until a minute and a half after “La La Land” was announced. By that time the producers of the movie had begun giving their acceptance speeches.

“I hear in the headset from my lead stage manager, ‘The accountant just said he thinks we gave the wrong winner,’” Weiss recalled. “I said, ‘Get out there and get this fixed.’”

You can see in the video someone with a headset walking into the camera frame on stage. Weiss said you see that because he decided instantly to show what was unfolding, which goes against everything he was taught.

“When you direct live television, your training says if something is going so wrong that your stage manager has to go out there you’re going to do a wide shot,” Weiss said. “That’s just what we do when we try to keep shows clean. All my years of training at that moment went 180 degrees. I basically thought, something really bad just happened, I don’t want the headline tomorrow to be we tried to cover it up.”

Weiss showed all the whispering and scurrying on stage as producers gave their acceptance speeches and members of the crew tried to obtain the correct envelope.

Weiss was “obsessed” with getting a shot of the card that said the real best picture winner

Weiss said he became “instantly obsessed” with finding someone holding the correct winning card.

“I basically told one of our camera operators who didn’t have an assignment at that moment to ‘just go tight on the card if anyone holds it up,’” Weiss said.

The director said all he was trying to do in the moment was show the audience watching at home what they all were seeing. And then Horowitz lifted up the card that said “Moonlight” was the winner.

“When that card was held up and we took the shot, honestly, I was just doing what my gut told me to do,” Weiss said. “Now, it’s the most talked about thing, it’s crazy.”

Weiss said the significance of that shot didn’t hit him until the next day when he began seeing the shot in newspapers and on TV. He admitted that didn’t make him that pleased.

“I felt really good about that television show I made,” he said. “The next morning reading about this one shot of the card was weird because I really thought the show was beautiful.”

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The 40 actors who have won multiple Oscars, and who has won the most


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Oscar wins are hard to come by, and those actors who have won multiple Academy Awards are an elite club.

Daniel Day-Lewis, who is one of the six actors with three or more Oscar wins, could tie for the most wins of all time at this year's Oscars should he win for his best actor-nominated turn in "Phantom Thread."

Day-Lewis is joined at the top of the following list by several other actors and actresses with illustrious careers, including Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, and Katharine Hepburn. 

Here are the 40 actors who have won multiple Academy Awards in acting categories:

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Christoph Waltz — 2 wins, 2 nominations

Best supporting actor: "Inglorious Basterds" (2009), "Django Unchained" (2012)

Hilary Swank — 2 wins, 2 nominations

Best actress: "Boys Don't Cry" (1999), "Million Dollar Baby" (2004)

Kevin Spacey — 2 wins, 2 nominations

Best actor: "American Beauty" (1999)

Best supporting actor: "The Usual Suspects" (1995)

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Fender is filling the biggest gap in its product lineup with a new range of effects pedals


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  • Fender does some of the most iconic guitars and amps in the world, but the California-based company has never been big in effects pedals.
  • Effects are an important market now for modern players.
  • Fender has rolled out a lineup of six pedals that were carefully designed and feature several innovations.
  • I got to try them out and was initially impressed.

The Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is perhaps the best-known guitar brand in the world. At some point or another, musicians will encounter its iconic electric guitars and amplifiers and fans will hear those Telecasters and Stratocasters played through Hot Rod Deluxes and Princeton Reverbs in rock, jazz, country, funk, blues, and R&B.

Much of that classic Fender gear has been around for decades, ever since Leo Fender invented the modern solid-body electric guitar in 1950. The amps are the gold standard of the old-school, all-tube approach, a technology that goes back over a century. As the decades have come and gone, however, the conspicuously missing product for Fender has been effects pedals. 

The absence has either been glaring or understandable, depending on your point of view. Jimi Hendrix wielded a Stratocaster but piped his sounds through effects pedals (a wah unit and a fuzzed-out distortion box) that didn't come from Fender. Fender Pedals

That pattern — legendary musicians, legendary Fender guitars and amps, somebody else's pedals — has continued right up the present. It's common for a player, professional or amateur, to have an all-Fender rig, right down to his or her picks and straps, but a pedalboard crammed with effects from a wide range of manufacturing, some major-league and some exotic or boutique.

Fender has at times entered the pedal game, but never with as much enthusiasm as, say, Boss, whose numerous pedals can occupy all the real estate on a guitarist's board. That's now officially changing as Fender is rolling out a new lineup of pedals, intended to ensure that if a guitarist wants to go all-Fender, they can. (And even if they play a Gibson Les Paul through a Marshall amp, they can drop a little bit of Fender into that classic relationship.)

The missing link

"We offer high-quality versatile guitars, the essence of what Leo Fender invented," Fender CEO Andy Mooney told me. "And high-quality tube amps. What's been missing is everything else in between."

They aren't missing anymore. Fender is coming in heavy, with six new pedals. Mooney explained that four are must-haves — delay, reverb, overdrive, and distortion — while two are unexpected, a compressor unit and a buffer. 

I got to dive into the entire lineup at a media event that Fender held in February (I'll get to a proper review later). I'm basically a (not very good) guitar-amp player, with only one pedal, a footswitch that allows me to alternate clean and "dirty" tones, using the amp itself as my equalizer and effects rig (it's a digital Marshall, 50 watts, with some built-in effects). But fooling around with pedals, as any player will tell you, is a lot of fun. It's an addictive and affordable way to shake up your sound.

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Solid, innovative pedals, designed to be uniquely Fender

The Fender pedals are, for starters, rock solid — they stomp with a surefooted click. The design is colorful, yet minimalist, with the main nod to Fender aesthetics being a jeweled LED that lights up when the pedal is engaged. Each pedal is crafted from anodized aluminum, in colors that are bright yet not obnoxious. The names are cool but not technical, nor are they beset with the at-times NSFW double entendres that characterize some famous, hipster pedals.

Knobs are LED-backlit so you can see settings in the dark, and for players who favor batteries over a separate power source, Fender developed a quick-change magnetically latched nine-volt door (and applied for a patent on it!).

The Pugilist distortion box and the Santa Ana overdrive were my favorites, predictably, enabling a little or a lot of each effect, with ample room to maneuver in between. The Mirror Image delay was also impressive, and the Marine Layer reverb helped to match what I charitably consider to be my "tone," a mix of moderate distortion, light delay, and a touch of reverb. 

Mooney — a self-confessed pedal geek whose favorite guitarist is Johnny Marr — knows that coming back to this category after a few weak efforts in the past (the best-known probably being the Fender Blender fuzz box of the 1970s) is a risk. But it's worth it. The success of players such as Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, demonstrates that while simple, pedal-free, straight-ahead playing is fine for purists, many younger musicians like to carefully sculpt their sounds, while others treat the guitar like a six-stringed synthesizer.

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Fender already has the traditionalists in its camp. Give me a Telecaster and a Pro Junior amp and I'll be pretty happy. But Mooney's goal is to grow Fender's business without betraying the loyalists. Pedals are a good opportunity because, as Mooney told me, they aren't a massive investment. For $100, a player can renew their relationship with their instrument. When Mooney became CEO of Fender in 2015, he realized that the company had a pedal problem.

A risk for Fender — but worth it

But he also noted that the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that "every single product that a company introduces is a deposit or withdrawal from the bank of brand equity." (Mooney saw Jobs in action firsthand when he was at Disney and Jobs was running Pixar.)

"I didn't feel that pedals were represented," he said, pointing out that longtime Fender user Edge of U2 had never put a Fender pedal in his rig (obviously, there weren't that many to choose from). 

But Mooney didn't want to do Fender pedals simply to do pedals. 

"We wanted to treat the category as seriously as guitars," he said.

Luckily, in Fender designer and resident mad-scientist Stan Cotey, Mooney had a guy who had been brainstorming pedals all on his own (Cotey, a 12-year Fender veteran and lifelong guitarist, developed a signature amp for no less a demanding talent than Eric Clapton).

"The pedals space is really crowded, with great companies doing great work," Cotey said. "So a pedal has to have a reason to live."

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Cotey had been working on pedals as a sort of hobby, creating boxes and sharing them with fellow musicians for feedback. When he later heard that Fender was looking to move into the category, he talked to the executive team and developed a plan. 

"We thought of it as a line," he said. "We didn't want to make it Fender's version of this or that."

Two pedals especially for gigging musicians

People at Fender are in many cases serious musicians themselves, and because the company's equipment is so widely used by the top acts in the industry, the pedal effort benefitted from a wealth of experience. Cotey had clear ideas about what the company should do with the meat-and-potatoes pedals to make them both stand out and be uniquely useful. But he also knew why it made sense to include The Bends compressor and the Level Set buffer in the first half-dozen pedals.

Both pedals are aimed at a performance-setting. The compressor flattens tone and curtails volume fluctuations, while the buffer makes it easier to switch guitars without having to reset an entire board. They're workhorse pedals that can sit at the front of a signal chain, and they're both small, so they don't take up much pedalboard real estate.

None of Fender's new pedals are nutty or extreme. The idea was to provide players with very high-quality effects, leaving the more extreme sounds to the boutique market. In this sense, Fender will be looking to compete with Boss and MXR, rather than some of the loonier pedals that have established cult followings. The pricing reflects that: $99-$199.

"We want to earn our stripes," Mooney said. Not that Fender won't be making considerable use of artists who are associated with the brand. 

He said that signature pedals could be coming. Fender will also send out full boards to players to sample, both for evaluation and for word-of-mouth buzz.

"We're going to rise or fall by the people who use these pedals," he said. "But we are really into this category."

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The one book every student should read in 2018, according to Harvard professors


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Harvard University professors constantly read and assign texts to their students. So they know a good book when they see one.

With that in mind, Business Insider asked professors at Harvard to share the single book they think every student should read in 2018.

The professors include Nobel laureates, scientists, economists, and Pulitzer Prize winners. The books they chose were as diverse as their professional backgrounds.

Read on to see what professors from Harvard think you should read next year.

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'Anna Karenina,' by Leo Tolstoy

"I'm re-reading 'Anna Karenina.' There is no better novel I know about how women (and I don't mean just Anna) – elite, intelligent, educated – are ignored, oppressed, and have little legal recourse. Women are the caregivers, the empathetic. They hold society together and provide salvation even as the priests take the credit.

"Tolstoy's novel is as relevant today as it ever was. As a sideline, one also learns about technical change in agriculture and how to incentivize laborers to adopt it. And there is more … It is clearly the best novel ever written and worth another close read from us all."

- Claudia Goldin, economic historian and a labor economist, author of the forthcoming "Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages"

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'The Internationalists,' by Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro

"'The Internationalists,' by the legal scholars Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro, explain a phenomenon you probably didn’t even know existed — the decline of interstate war and conquest — with a historical event you probably think is ridiculous: the Kellogg-Briand Paris Peace Pact of 1928, which declared war illegal.

"But in their gripping and evidence-rich book, they make a plausible case. And like The Clash of Civilizations and The End of History, the book presents a sweeping vision of the international scene, making sense of many developments in the news and recent history."

- Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of ten books, including the forthcoming "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"

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'Just Mercy,' by Bryan Stevenson

"I suggest Bryan Stevenson's 'Just Mercy.'"

- Stephen Greenblatt, English professor, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of "The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve"

Find "Just Mercy" here »

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Queen Elizabeth has a fortune worth over $500 million — here's where the royal family got their riches


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• Most of the British monarchy's wealth is derived from inherited lands and investments.

• British taxpayers also support the royal family through a "sovereign grant" issued by the treasury.

• The royal family has come under fire for money management in the past — along with certain investments that appeared in the Paradise Papers.

You might say the royal family is old money. Centuries-old money, to be exact.

According to Forbes, Queen Elizabeth II had an estimated private wealth of $530 million as of 2016. Forbes also reports the British monarchy "contributes nearly £1.8 billion to the UK economy" annually, including £550 million in tourism.

British taxpayers support the family through a "sovereign grant" issued by the treasury. This year's grant will come out to $104.8 million. That's about 65 pence per year per taxpayer, according to The Boston Globe.

Soon-to-be royal and former "Suits" actress Meghan Markle — who's set to wed Prince Harry in May— will bring her own substantial wealth to the marriage. She's worth $5 million, the Daily Mail reported.

Here's how the British royal family acquired its millions:

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The Crown — not Queen Elizabeth, herself — holds many luxurious residences and priceless objects in trust

The Queen herself doesn't personally own national treasures like the Crown Jewels or the Tower of London. 

Such national treasures are part of the royal collection, which the monarch holds in trust for the nation. The collection is made up of thousands of paintings, tapestries, pieces of furniture, photographs, and other objects, spread out between numerous royal residences. Certain palaces, like Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, are also held in trust.

She does personally own certain items in the collection, including an immense royal stamp collection her father King George V passed down to her. She also privately owns the $65 million country house, Sandringham House, and the $140 million Scottish estate Balmoral Castle, according to Fortune.

The treasury doles out a lump sum — known as the sovereign grant — to the queen.

The sovereign grant is meant to cover the expenses Queen Elizabeth II racks up in her official duties as monarch, including travel, entertaining, and property maintenance, according to The Mirror.

The sovereign grant comes out to 15% of the annual profit of the Crown Estates. The amount granted to the monarch cannot decrease from the previous year, even if the Crown Estate fares poorly. The National Audit Office has free reign to audit the grant.

The arrangement hasn't always been without snarls. The grant came under review in 2015, essentially because the queen was making too much money, Business Insider reported.

What's more, the Guardian reported the grant jumped from 15% to 25% of Crown Estate profits, in order to pay for Buckingham Palace renovations.

Queen Elizabeth II also has her own personal income — and paid income tax for the first time after a fire devastated her favorite castle in 1992

Forbes reports Queen Elizabeth has an estimated private wealth of $530 million.

And, according to the law of the land, she doesn't have to pay any taxes on her wealth.

"The sovereign is not legally liable for income, capital-gains or inheritance tax," according to the Economist.

That expectation changed after one of her favorite residences, Windsor Castle, was devastated in a 1992, according to the Daily Mail.

The fire sparked controversy over who would foot the bill for the damages. Ultimately, Queen Elizabeth began paying taxes on her income. According to the BBC, she was the first monarch to pay taxes since the 1930s.

Business Insider reported that the queen also makes "voluntary payments to the UK tax authority HM Revenue and Customs" in lieu of capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

The sovereign grant itself is tax-exempt.

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IHOP is giving away free pancakes — here's how to get some (DIN)


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  • IHOP is giving away free pancakes on Tuesday, February 27. 
  • From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., customers can get a short stack of pancakes for free at IHOP locations across the US. 
  • This is the 12th year IHOP has celebrated National Pancake Day.


IHOP is giving away free pancakes on Tuesday.

To celebrate National Pancake Day 2018, IHOP is giving away free short stacks of Original Buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The only rule for free pancakes: customers need to dine in the IHOP (no pancakes to-go) and are limited to one short stack of pancakes per customer. 

IHOP began its free pancake tradition in 2006.

While the pancakes are free, customers have the choice to donate money. IHOP will send all National Pancake Day donations to local children's hospitals and health organizations. Since 2006, the chain has raised close to $30 million through Pancake Day donations. 

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