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The Texas millionaire who saved a lower league English football club from collapse says he's 'likely to lose' all his money but did it to 'enjoy life'

  • Leyton Orient Mascot  Mandatory Credit:
  • Kent Teague helped finance the takeover of financially distressed Leyton Orient last year.
  • Teague told the FT the deal "doesn’t make sense" financially but is more about "karma."

LONDON — A Texas businessman who helped save lower league English football club Leyton Orient from collapse last year says the deal doesn't make sense financially.

Multi-millionaire Kent Teague helped financed the takeover of the East London club last year. Leyton Orient, who currently play in the fifth tier of English football, was facing financial collapse at the time.

Teague told the Financial Times in an interview on Friday: "I’m likely to lose all my money, every bit that I put in. It doesn’t make sense. Financially, it doesn’t. But you see, if you make all your decisions on financial sense, it’s really hard to enjoy your life sometimes."

The 137-year-old club, nicknamed the Os, has a rich history — David Beckham had a trial at the club as a boy — but has fallen on hard times on and off the field in recent years.

Teague made his money working for Microsoft and then setting up his own private equity firm and told the FT he has "enough" money. The investment is "kind of a Karma thing," he said.

You can read the full FT interview here.

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The top 12 jobs where you are most likely to cheat


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People cheat on their partners for different reasons. There are also varying levels of cheating, from microcheating to full-blown affairs.

Some evidence even suggests that intelligent people are more likely to want to cheat on their partners.

New survey data from Ashley Madison, the leading dating website that helps married people have affairs, has shown people with certain careers are more likely to be unfaithful to their partners. They asked 1,074 members of Ashley Madison to fill out a survey about their jobs.

Despite straying from their partners, respondents of the survey had a different attitude towards their careers. nearly half (44%) said they never switch jobs, and those who did said they only did it once every 10 years.

Here were the top 12 careers for infidelity from the survey, for both men and women:

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12. Men — Social work

2% of male participants were social workers.

12. Women — Politics

Just 1% of female respondents worked in politics.

11. Men — Agriculture

3% of male cheaters worked in agriculture, such as farming. 

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39 of the best secret categories on Netflix and how to find them



Netflix has an insane amount of content, but it's not always easy to find what you want.

The categories Netflix gives you access to are broad, which is made more frustrating by the knowledge that Netflix splits movies and TV shows into incredibly specific micro-categories.

Luckily, it's pretty easy to access those ultra-specific categories. All are tagged with a number — for example, "Epics" is category No. 52858.

And once you have that code, to get a comprehensive list all you do is type it into your address bar after the word "genre," like this: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/52858.

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We decided to look through the list of secret Netflix genres to find you 39 of the most interesting ones. The ones we chose are a mixture of awesome, random, and just plain weird. 

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Wine and Beverage Appreciation (1458)

Sample: "Drinking Buddies" (2013). Complications ensue when Chicago brewery workmates Luke and Kate — the best friends on and off the clock — spend a weekend at a lakeside retreat.

More examples: "Sour Grapes" "The Irish Pub," "Somm," "The Birth of Sake"

Steamy British Independent Dramas (4170)

Sample: "The Look of Love" (2013). This bittersweet biopic chronicles the over-the-top life of Paul Raymond, England's Hugh Hefner, from nightclub to mind reader to burlesque impresario.


Movies for Ages 0 to 2 (6796)

Sample: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories" (1993). Author and illustrator Eric Carle's beloved story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" springs to life in this delightful collection of animated tales. 

Other examples: "The Tortoise and the Hare," "Three Little Pigs," "Piglet's Big Movie"

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How Jennifer Lawrence's 'Red Sparrow' director helped get her comfortable with the sexually explicit role


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  • "Red Sparrow" director Francis Lawrence gave us insight on what he did to make his movie's star, Jennifer Lawrence, feel completely comfortable on a set that included a lot a nudity and sex scenes.
  • He had a three-hour talk with Jennifer in her backyard after she agreed to do the movie.
  • Though not done on purpose, shooting a nude scene the first day of shooting helped.

Director Francis Lawrence was wrapping up editing on “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” when he was handed the book, “Red Sparrow.” For someone who had just spent the last five years making three movies in the globally successful YA franchise, the novel by Jason Matthews was a welcome sight. And he had a feeling the franchise’s star, Jennifer Lawrence, would be into it as well.

“I know for a fact she was starving to do different stuff,” Lawrence told Business insider of Jennifer’s need to take on roles that were very different from Katniss Everdeen at the time they wrapped the “Hunger Games” movies.

He instantly called Lawrence and pitched her the idea of playing the character in the book that grabbed him the most, Dominika. A young Russian ballerina who after an injury — and scared she will lose the financial support of the Kremlin to take care of her ailing mother — agrees to become a “Sparrow,” part of a Russian intelligence service in which agents use their sexuality to accomplish missions.

Jennifer was intrigued and Francis got 20th Century Fox involved, which fast-tracked a script. But as the script for “Red Sparrow” was being written, Lawrence admits he was convinced something was going to go wrong.

“She wasn’t going to want to do the movie once she read it because of the content,” he thought.

In 2014, Jennifer Lawrence’s phone was hacked and nude photos of the actress leaked online. She said afterward that it was an experience that “was so unbelievably violating that you can't even put into words.” After going through something like that, would she be comfortable doing a movie where her character endures violent sexual encounters and in one scene is completely nude?

Not being shy about addressing nudity

Around March of 2016, the actress read the script and contacted Lawrence to tell him she wanted to do the movie. Without hesitation he drove to her house to talk. But it wasn’t because the director wanted to dive in on discussions about the character. He wanted to be very open with his star about the sexually graphic nature of the role.

Red Sparrow Francis Lawrence Fox finalLawrence said he sat and talked to the actress for three hours in her backyard about what the role entailed and gave her a step-by-step game plan of how he would shoot these sensitive scenes.

“I said, ‘Let’s just start being frank right away about the content of the movie,’” Lawrence said. “Because it's easy to get shy about it and next thing you know you're on the day of a tough scene and she's nervous and we haven't really talked about it. I didn't want it to happen. I didn't want to walk on egg shells or her to be walking on egg shells, and I wanted a partner that was going to think about the scenes with me. She felt ownership of it and she collaborated and made sure that those kind of scenes always were truly married to the fabric of the narrative and character and tone.”

He also made her a promise: She would see the finished movie before the studio or producers and could take out any scenes that made her uncomfortable.

“The studio and producers wouldn’t ever get the dailies until we saw them, there was a system in place,” Lawrence said. “We showed Jen, she did not nix anything, and then I showed the producers and studio.”

Feeling protected on set

After working on three movies with Jennifer Lawrence, Francis had come to realize that the Oscar winner was unlike many of the greats when it came to how she performed. Many in her caliber are most comfortable with lots of discussions with their director before (and during) shooting about the character and scenes. The director was shocked to learn she was nothing like that when he first directed her on “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

“I assumed, like most great actors, she would want to do a lot of discussion and go through the script,” Lawrence said. “I remember she went to me, ‘Well, I'll do that if you want me to.’ And I said, ‘What?’ And she said, "Yeah, I mean, I don't really like to rehearse, I feel kind of stupid rehearsing, but I will if you really want me to.’ She was just the opposite of any other actor I have ever worked with in that sense.”

Red Sparrow Fox finalSo for shooting “Red Sparrow,” Lawrence knew all he had to do was give his star some general direction and then let her shine when the cameras rolled. But her unique style is partly why Lawrence wanted to make sure she would be fully protected on set. He didn’t want her performance to feel constrained or timid.

Lawrence believes because the first scene they shot for the movie had nudity in it, which he said was not planned, Jennifer was able to instantly be comfortable with the movie’s tone because she saw firsthand how it was handled.

The scene (mild spoiler head) shows Dominika as she follows her old ballerina dance partner and his girlfriend into a steam room and attacks them (payback for the injury they caused to Dominika that ended her career) while they are nude and having sex.

“She saw how we approached it — even though we had talked about it — how we actually physically approached shooting a scene where there's nudity,” Lawrence said. “The actors were basically entirely naked for the bulk of the day. She saw that everyone was really respectful, she saw that the crew in the room was down to the bare minimum, she saw that we put the video monitors in a tent so that people couldn't gather around, she saw people standing just off camera with robes so they could get thrown on the actors right away. She saw how comfortable the actors were doing that scene, I think that was the biggest thing, seeing the comfort of the actors.”

As the movie progresses Jennifer has a nude scene along with doing numerous sexually graphic scenes, including one sequence when she fights off a rape attempt while taking a shower.

You’re either comfortable in your own skin or you’re not

Jennifer Lawrence has said while doing press for “Red Sparrow” that the movie’s sexual tone made her feel “empowered.”

"I feel like something that was taken from me I got back,” she told “60 Minutes.” And Francis believes this was the kind of project the star needed after going through the leaked nude photos experience. But the director wasn’t going to push, she had to be willing.

“That’s how I was when I gave her the script,” he said. “There was no convincing, she just had to make the decision all on her own. I feel as an actor, whether you’re a man or a woman, if there’s nudity in the role it’s a choice you make — I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m in; or I’m uncomfortable and I’m out — but I think that Jen would probably say that she found this to be a more moving experience for her.”

"Red Sparrow" opens in theaters on Friday.

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Inside the marriage of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who sport matching ring finger tattoos, weathered a cheating scandal, and are worth over $1 billion


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Beyoncé and Jay Z are music industry titans who've been married since 2008.

• The couple's net worth is estimated to be about $1.16 billion.

• The pair now have three children: Blue Ivy, and twins Rumi and Sir.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z  have united to collaborate on DJ Khaled's latest track "Top Off," along with Future.

They've been a match made in musical heaven ever since they first collaborated on the song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" back in 2002.

Tabloids were quick to speculate whether or not the duo had more than a professional relationship. But even after they tied the knot in 2008, the couple has largely kept quiet about their romance.

But that doesn't mean it's always been smooth sailing for the "Crazy in Love" couple.

In an interview with New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Jay-Z opened up about his infidelity, which Beyoncé alluded to in her acclaimed visual album Lemonade.

"You shut down all emotions," the rapper told Baquet. "So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect... In my case, like it's, it's deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity."

Jay-Z went on to reveal the couple used their craft "like a therapy session," making music together in order to heal. The sessions ultimately resulted in reconciliation, along with Lemonade and Jay-Z's album 4:44.

Here's a look back on the relationship of Jay-Z and Beyoncé:

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While "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" dropped in 2002, Vulture reported the couple might have initially met as early as 1997.

Source: Vulture

The pair graced the red carpet together for the first time at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. Still, they stayed mum about their relationship.

Source: Vulture

Beyoncé later told Essence the couple both decided they didn't want their romance to be in the spotlight: "What Jay and I have is real. It's not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real."

Source: EssenceVulture

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San Francisco's housing market is so dire that people are spending over $1 million on the 'earthquake shacks' built after the 1906 fires


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Most prospective homebuyers know that "cozy" is real estate code for tiny.

In San Francisco real estate, cozy is about all that most residents can afford. A person who wants to buy property in the city needs a household income of $303,000 in order to afford the 20% down payment on a $1.5 million home — the median sale price in San Francisco last quarter.

It should come as little surprise that cottages known as "earthquake shacks" are one of the most desirable real estate assets in the city. After the 1906 earthquake and fires decimated some 500 city blocks and left half the population homeless, the city responded by building more than 5,000 small wooden cottages as temporary housing. They came to shelter over 16,000 people.

The surviving shacks are scattered across the city and fetch prices above $1 million.

Here's the story of how earthquake shacks came to be.

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On the morning of April 18, 1906, Bay Area residents awoke to an earthquake. It lasted only a minute, but a series of devastating fires followed and decimated 500 city blocks.

Half of San Francisco's population, or about 250,000 people, was left homeless. Most escaped with only the clothes on their back. They were hungry, filthy, and distressed.

In the aftermath, the US Army set up 21 relief camps to shelter 20,000 refugees. The tents worked well enough until winter. The city needed a more substantial solution.

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We went to Old Navy and saw why the brand is Gap's secret weapon (GPS)


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  • Gap Inc.'s sales grew in the fourth quarter thanks to strong sales at its Old Navy brand.
  • Old Navy has become the parent company's saving grace. While Gap Inc. has struggled in recent years, Old Navy has seen positive same-store sales growth for the past five years.
  • The store has a cult following of price-conscious customers who choose it over Gap because of its lower prices.

Old Navy is Gap's saving grace.

In Gap Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings, reported Thursday, same-store sales were up 5% overall at Gap Inc. This growth was driven by Old Navy, which was up 9% in the quarter. The company's namesake brand, on the other hand, showed flat growth compared to the year before.

Old Navy has become Gap Inc.'s sweet spot. While its parent company has struggled in recent years, Old Navy has seen positive same-store sales growth for the past five years.

The growth at Old Navy is not specific to any one section of the store. "Old Navy had a super strong fourth quarter," Gap Inc CEO Art Peck said on the earnings call. "It was very diversified and was not relying on any one horse to pull the cart."

We visited a Gap and an Old Navy store in one of New York's busiest shopping areas — Herald Square — on a rainy Thursday afternoon last May, and we saw firsthand why Old Navy is resonating well with customers:

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We timed our visit to Old Navy with the start of Memorial Day weekend sales. The first thing that struck us was the amount of clothing and accessories that were on sale.

The store was awash with signs offering discounts ranging from 20% to 60% off.  

There were also several clearance sections around the store.

Even before discounts, however, Old Navy was still much cheaper than Gap.

A basic women's cardigan cost $24.94 at Old Navy. At Gap, it was $49.95 (on sale for $25 with the Memorial Day weekend discount).

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10 movies that tragically got zero Oscar nominations — and why they really should have


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With the Academy Awards being handed out on Sunday, all of Hollywood will converge for the industry's biggest night to celebrate the best work of last year. But are they really?

There's a handful of movies that didn't get a single Oscar nomination and it's kind of criminal that the Academy didn't recognize them.

So the least we can do is give them a shout out.

From "Wonder Woman" to "The Lost City of Z," here are 10 movies that should have received Oscar nominations.

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"Battle of the Sexes"

A look at the legendary tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King earned acting nominations for Steve Carell and Emma Stone at the Golden Globes, but when it came Oscar time both were snubbed. Which I honestly don't have a problem with.

But the movie should have received a nod in the production design and/or editing category.

Its authentic early 1970s look was spot on and throughout its editing telling the journey of Riggs and King leading up to their big match was perfect. And the way the finale was cut is fantastic. Tennis is a tough sport to portray correctly on screen, and editor Pamela Martin cut the match sequence better than most ever have. 

"Girls Trip"

There's always one actor that everyone gets behind for an Oscar nom and when it doesn't happen the shock just elevates that actor's exposure, and Tiffany Haddish is the latest example.

The "Girls Trip" standout star has gone from obscurity to a pop culture household name. She's hosted "Saturday Night Live" and Paul Thomas Anderson wants to work with her. Yes, it's a bummer she didn't get the Oscar nomination, but we think she's going to be just fine.

"Good Time"

The Safdie brothers' gritty heist-gone-wrong movie showed the mainstream what this duo had been doing in the low budget world for years — and just how great Robert Pattinson is — but where the movie should have found Oscar love is on its music side.

Daniel Lopatin's (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) trippy score matches the movie's fast-paced movement and sucks you in deeper to Connie's crazy night.

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The presenters who wrongly announced 'La La Land' as the best-picture Oscar winner last year will reportedly give out the same award on Sunday


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  • Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who starred as Bonnie and Clyde in the 1967 film, announced the wrong best picture winner at last year's Oscars.
  • The pair wrongly announced "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight" in one of the biggest mistakes in Oscars history.
  • On Sunday, they'll get a chance at redemption when they once again present the best picture Oscar.

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were involved in one of the biggest mistakes in Oscars history last year when they announced the wrong film as the best picture winner due to the wrong enveloped being given to them.

But on Sunday, at the end of this year's Oscars ceremony, it sounds like they'll get a chance at redemption. Dunaway and Beatty will once again announce the Oscars top prize, according to TMZ.

Glenn Weiss, the director of last year's Oscars telecast, is also returning this year. He told Business Insider that last year he thought Beatty and Dunaway were just doing a comedic bit at first — until he was notified a minute and a half after the "La La Land" announcement that there was a mistake. 

"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."

Last year's gaffe was mainly the mistake of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that the Oscars puts in charge of counting ballots and managing the envelopes.

A PwC partner gave Dunaway and Beatty the wrong envelope after tweeting backstage. The envelope was a duplicate copy of the best actress envelope, which had revealed Emma Stone for "La La Land" as the winner moments before.

With this envelope in hand, Dunaway and Beatty read "La La Land" as the night's big winner rather than "Moonlight," the actual winner.

PwC will also be back for this year's Oscars, but with some changes to hopefully ensure something like last year doesn't happen again.

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The new Monopoly game reflects reality in a different way than the original


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  • A recent study from Hasbro found that nearly half of people cheat while playing Monopoly.
  • Monopoly Cheater's Edition is a new version of the classic board game that rewards players who cheat without getting caught.
  • Some experts say the Cheater's Edition may reflect how society rewards unscrupulous behavior.

Board game cheaters, rejoice!

A new version of the popular game Monopoly is being released and this iteration doesn't just accept cheating, but embraces it. INSIDER previously reported that Monopoly Cheater's Edition will be released in fall 2018. 

"A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they've been craving all along — a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating," Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of Hasbro gaming told INSIDER's Kirsten Acuna.

In addition to Community Chest and Chance cards, the Cheater's Edition will also come with a stack of 15 cheat cards. During any point in the game, five cheat cards will be placed in the middle of the board which players can try to complete at any point of the game.

If a player succeeds at one of the cheating tasks, they get rewarded. On the flip side, if they get caught, there are consequences. The back of the cheat cards list specific rewards and punishments for each cheat.

Dean Baker, economist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told Business Insider Monopoly was "always a kind of predatory game where you win by putting your opponents into bankruptcy."

Baker was one of the first economists to notice the housing bubble before the market collapse in 2007. He said that the Cheaters Edition reflected "crimes committed at large banks that failed to be prosecuted (after the Great Recession)."

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Mary Flanagan, professor of film and media studies at Dartmouth College has written about the intersection of games and other facets of life.

Flanagan told Business Insider in an e-mail "how amazing that our games so accurately reflect that cheating itself  — across many walks of life —  has been normalized and even accepted as a sound strategy by society."

When Elizabeth Magie created what would become Monopoly in 1903, ''she created two sets of rules for her game: an anti-monopolist set in which all were rewarded when wealth was created, and a monopolist set in which the goal was to create monopolies and crush opponents," Mary Pilon wrote in The New York Times. "Her dualistic approach was a teaching tool meant to demonstrate that the first set of rules was morally superior."

Magie "designed the game as a protest against the big monopolists of her time — people like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller," Pilon wrote.

In purely poetic fashion, Magie's creation didn't earn her wealth; the idea was taken by Charles Darrow and sold to Parker Brothers who made a fortune off of the game. 

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New data from LinkedIn shows how digital upstarts like Netflix and Spotify are taking over the entertainment business


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  • Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify are overtaking traditional entertainment companies in staff size and market share of employees, according to data from LinkedIn.
  • LinkedIn Economist Guy Berger described the entertainment industry trend toward digital companies as reflective of trends in the US workforce at large.

Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify have overtaken a number of traditional entertainment companies and prominent film studios in staff size over the past five years, according to LinkedIn data on employee numbers shared exclusively with Business Insider. 

The site compared the total employee counts of the top 10 entertainment-industry companies in 2013 and 2018.

Netflix moved up six spots on the list from No. 9 in 2013 to No. 3 this year, while music streaming giant Spotify moved from No. 12 to No. 6. The music streaming service Pandora also entered the top 10 after being previously unranked in 2013. 


LinkedIn's data on employee numbers showed that newer, digital companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Pandora nearly doubled their overall entertainment industry market share over the past five years.

These digital companies occupied 12.5% of the total entertainment industry workforce in 2013, but that figure grew to nearly 24% in 2018, according to LinkedIn. 

In an email to Business Insider, LinkedIn Economist Guy Berger described the entertainment industry's shift toward digital companies as reflective of a larger national trend.

"The shift to more digital roles, companies and skills within the entertainment industry is similar to what we are seeing in the U.S. workforce at large," Berger wrote. "We recently looked into the top emerging jobs across the country; seven of the top ten roles were tech-focused, with demand for technical skills coming from across industries. We may also see an uptick in non-technical roles – like animators – start to require more technical skills. As technology transforms the very nature of how we experience entertainment, entertainment companies as a whole will naturally continue to expand their workforces, and invest in their engineering and IT departments."

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The 8 most attractive qualities people look for in a partner


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If you're looking to boost your sex appeal, step away from the mirror.

Business Insider asked a panel of dating and relationship experts to share the most appealing qualities in a potential partner — and no one mentioned physical traits. Sure, looks can be important, but it seems people are also seeking someone who carries themselves with confidence and treats others well.

Read on to find out which personality traits you should be working on (and flaunting) in order to attract love.

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"Whether they know it or not, trust is a major trait people seek in a partner," said Michael McNulty, Master Trainer and Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist from The Chicago Relationship Center.

"In fact, research tells us people only tend to move from romantic flings into bona fide relationships when they feel they can trust the potential partner.

"Trust in a relationship is not only about transparency. It's a sense of investment in the relationship. It's a sense of commitment to one another. It's a sense that both partners are true to themselves, while having each other's backs.

"They are honest about what they want and need, and committed to working through their differences in ways that are fair to both of them."


"Partners who, everyday, take the time to know each other well, to appreciate one another, and to catch and respond to each other's attempts or emotional bids to connect have rich friendships," McNulty said.

"This involves support, humor, empathy, and many other positive qualities. A rich friendship builds and enhances romance and emotional intimacy in a long term, loving relationship.

"It helps people to remain connected in those good times and bad, which are inherent in all relationships."

Vulnerability without neediness

"We like people strong enough to reveal themselves, without needing us to validate them," said Hal Runkel, marriage and family therapist and author of "Choose Your Own Adulthood."

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13 facts about cheating that couples — and singles — should know


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  • Infidelity means different things to different people
  • Psychologists and relationship experts have spent years studying the science of infidelity
  • Some of their most compelling findings are below — but remember, they aren't predictions of the future

Infidelity is murky territory. Does a one-night stand at a bachelor party count? How about an emotional entanglement with a close friend that doesn't involve anything physical?

Psychologists and relationship experts have spent years studying the science of infidelity, turning up surprising insights into what different couples consider cheating, how they react to cheating, and how they bounce back after someone strays.

We looked into some of that research and pulled out the most compelling results. Read on to see what we found — and how you can apply these findings to your own relationship.

SEE ALSO: The most insidious type of cheating isn't physical — here are 9 signs your partner could be guilty

If you're economically dependent on your spouse, you're more likely to cheat on them

2015 study of about 2,800 people between ages 18 and 32, published in the American Sociological Review, suggests that a person who is completely economically dependent on their spouse is more likely to be unfaithful

That's especially true for a man who relies financially on a woman. Fifteen percent of men who are completely financially dependent on their wives cheat, compared to 5% of dependent women.

Here's the really interesting part: Men are less likely to cheat the more money they make relative to their spouse — until they bring in 70% of the household income, at which point they become more likely to cheat again.

Women are also less likely to cheat the more money they make relative to their spouse — but their cheating rates don't seem to go up at any point.

Men and women react differently to flirting outside their relationship

A 2008 study published in the journal Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes found that after men flirted with an attractive person of the opposite sex, they were less tolerant of their partner's transgressions. Women, on the other hand, were more so.

The study also found that men could be taught to write down a strategy to protect their relationship from tempting alternatives. In fact, after developing their strategy, men were just as likely as women to protect their partnership, as measured through a virtual-reality game.

We feel differently based on the sex of the person our partner cheats with

For a 2015 study, published in the journal Personal Relationships, men and women read about hypothetical scenarios in which their partner had sex with someone of a different sex or the same sex.

When researchers asked participants how they would feel about it, the men were more likely to be angry and more inclined to end a relationship if their partner cheated with someone of a different sex. But they were more likely to be aroused if their partner cheated with someone of the same sex.

Women also said they'd feel more negatively if their partner cheated with someone of a different sex. But they'd be more inclined to end the relationship if their partner cheated with someone of the same sex.

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Twitter users are agreeing with Trump that Darrell Hammond's 'SNL' impression was better than Alec Baldwin's


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  • Many Twitter users are agreeing with President Donald Trump's tweet that Darrell Hammond's "Saturday Night Live" impression of Trump was "funnier" than Alec Baldwin's.
  • Trump called Alec Baldwin's impression an "agony" to watch in a tweet Friday morning, while also suggesting that "SNL" bring back the "far greater talent" of Darrell Hammond. 
  • Hammond told The Washington Post that he was emotionally devastated and "started crying" when he lost out on the role to Baldwin in September 2016. 

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to rail on Alec Baldwin's "Saturday Night Live" impression of him as an "agony" to watch, while praising Darrell Hammond, a previous Trump impressionist for "SNL," as a "funnier and a far greater talent" that the show should "bring back."

What's more surprising than Trump's well-established displeasure with Baldwin's impression is that many have taken to Twitter to agree with Trump, specifically about Hammond's performance being better than Baldwin's.

Hammond lost out on the Trump role to Baldwin in September 2016. Hammond told The Washington Post a year later that he was emotionally devastated by the change.

"I just started crying," Hammond said. "In front of everyone. I couldn't believe it. I was in shock, and I stayed in shock for a long time. Everything wiped out. The brand, me, what I do. Corporate appearances canceled. It was a hell of a shock, and all of it was apparent to me in one breath. That ends me."

"SNL" showrunner Lorne Michaels told The Post that the reason for the change was that he "needed another force, on an acting level, to have the power that Trump was embodying then," in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

Watch Hammond play Trump in a 2004 "SNL" skit that also features the real Trump:

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A mysterious supplement with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — again



  • Kratom is a drug derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia.
  • On Friday, the CDC issued its second warning in 2 weeks that the herbal supplement had been linked to a salmonella outbreak, bringing the total number of sick people to 40.
  • It's still unclear what is at the root of the outbreak, since only 17 out of 24 people interviewed said they had taken the herbal supplement, but the warning is not unusual for the CDC.

A pill that's been credited with delivering super-human strength, feelings of euphoria, powerful pain relief, and better focus has now been linked with salmonella.

Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant in the coffee family that's native to Southeast Asia. When ingested, the drug taps into some of the same brain receptors as opioid painkillers— a finding that prompted the Food and Drug Administration to classify it as an opioid earlier this month.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control reported that the herbal supplement had also been tied to 40 cases of salmonella— a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water that typically causes diarrhea and abdominal pain lasting up to a week. That's up from the 28 cases initially reported on February 21.

"Based on current information from this investigation, CDC recommends people not consume kratom in any form," the agency wrote in a statement on Friday, adding, "Investigation findings link the outbreak to kratom products, but the evidence collected to date has not identified a common brand or supplier of kratom."

As with most of its bacterial outbreak warnings, the agency interviewed people reporting symptoms of the infection to try to nail down the cause by asking sick people what foods and beverages they ate in the previous months and if they'd been traveling. Out of 24 interviewed, 17 of them (71%) reported consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea.

That means it's still unclear precisely what caused the outbreak, though kratom seems to be a likely culprit.

At this point in their investigation, health officials are collecting kratom products to test them for Salmonella bacteria. So far, officials in North Dakota and Utah have turned up samples of kratom powder used by sick people which tested positive for the bacteria. Both individuals said they bought the powder online.

Salmonella warnings like this from the CDC are not unusual. Earlier this month, the agency issued one for shredded raw coconut. In that case, 10 (63%) of 16 people interviewed said they had eaten or "maybe eaten" coconut, with eight of those 10 saying they'd eaten a dessert drink made with frozen shredded coconut.

In January, the CDC sent out a warning about raw sprouts. In interviews the CDC conducted when it was investigating that case, seven people reported eating at the sandwich chain Jimmy John's, and all of them said they'd eaten sandwiches with raw sprouts.

Kratom is increasingly raising eyebrows


Beyond this recent salmonella outbreak, kratom is becoming a topic of concern across multiple agencies, including the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, for other reasons.

Kratom has never gained FDA approval and is largely unregulated — meaning that, as with most supplements, it's almost impossible to verify what's actually in "kratom" pills, powders, or teas.

Nevertheless, the supplement is available widely online and was even being sold for a time out of an Arizona vending machine.

In addition to being marketed as a concentration booster and workout enhancer, kratom has been advertised as a replacement for opioid painkillers. It's also sometimes touted as a way to treat addiction to opioids.

Last month, the FDA released a new warning officially classifying the supplement as an opioid based on a series of case reports and computer models.

Those reports loosely connected kratom to 44 deaths, but in all but one case, the people who died were found to have been taking multiple drugs, including other opioids in many cases. That makes definitively labeling kratom as the cause of death impossible.

Still, concern about kratom is mounting, especially because some people appear to be using the supplement as a way to step down from opioid painkillers like heroin and morphine.

"Patients addicted to opioids are using kratom without dependable instructions for use and more importantly, without consultation with a licensed health care provider about the product's dangers, potential side effects or interactions with other drugs," FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a previous statement in November.

While this concern is legitimate, there is no way to know precisely how kratom does — or doesn't — work without rigorous scientific testing, which has not yet been done.

Kratom is banned in Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and several US states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). Across the US, several reports of deaths and addiction led the Drug Enforcement Administration to place kratom on its list of "drugs and chemicals of concern." In 2016, the DEA proposed a ban on kratom but backtracked under pressure from some members of Congress and outcry from kratom advocates who said it could help treat opioid addiction.

"I want to be clear on one fact: there are currently no FDA-approved therapeutic uses of kratom," Gottlieb said.

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'Pretty much every one on the plane threw up': Pilot reports horrifying descent during nor'easter storm



  • Powerful storms throughout the Northeast on Friday have led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights.
  • A report from a pilot who landed at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, on Friday morning described a horrifying descent that led numerous passengers to vomit.
  • "Very bumpy on descent," the pilot wrote. "Pretty much every one on the plane threw up. Pilots were on the verge of throwing up."

Powerful storms throughout the Northeast on Friday have led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights — but some passengers apparently have had worse luck.

A report from a pilot who landed at Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, on Friday morning described a horrifying descent that caused several passengers to vomit.

"Very bumpy on descent," the pilot wrote in a PIREP, a report that pilots often send to ground stations when they face poor weather conditions.

"Pretty much every one on the plane threw up," the pilot added. "Pilots were on the verge of throwing up."

The reports usually just note the weather conditions, but this one took it a step further, providing graphic details about what must have been an incredibly unpleasant flight.

The National Weather Service's Boston outpost described the nor'easter— a storm that brings strong northeast winds, often along the East Coast during the winter — in a tweet on Thursday as "a LIFE & DEATH" situation.

John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Washington Dulles have issued ground stops for flights arriving during the storm.

According to the flight-tracking site FlightAware, more than 2,800 flights within, into, or out of the US had been canceled as of Friday afternoon, while more than 2,000 had been delayed.

This storm follows the "bomb cyclone" in January that similarly led to thousands of delayed and canceled flights along the East Coast.

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Melania Trump has been spotted avoiding holding the president's hand multiple times — here's what it might say about their relationship


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  • Melania Trump was spotted with her hand in an awkward position that made her look like she was avoiding her husband's hand.
  • This isn't the first time they've had an awkward handholding interaction in public.
  • Experts say public handholding can be a sign that you're a close couple — though some political couples avoid any kind of PDA.

ABC News captured footage of Donald Trump running up the stairs to board Air Force One Friday morning — leaving behind his wife, Melania, in high heels and a skirt.

When they disembarked, ABC footage shows Trump repeatedly trying to grab Melania's hand while she eludes his grasp. It's unclear whether Melania's behavior was a deliberate snub or whether she was simply trying to keep her outfit together.


But this isn't the first time Melania has been spotted potentially rebuffing Trump's public display of affection.

NBC footage from February 2018 shows a similarly awkward interaction — Melania's hand was underneath her coat, which was draped over her shoulders.


Not too long before, it was reported that Trump allegedly had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and allegedly paid her to stay quiet about it.

And in May 2017, Israeli newspaper Haaretz showed Melania swatting away the president's hand during their visit to Tel Aviv.

The president's attempts to show the world he loves his wife have often been the subject of ridicule. In September 2017, Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Trump giving his wife a firm handshake at a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Air Force. Kimmel called it "the most uncomfortable display of affection between any husband and wife this year."


As for the significance of handholding, Dalton Conley, a professor of sociology at Princeton University, told The New York Times in 2006: "It's less about sex than about a public demonstration about coupledom."

The Times article cited a study published in the journal Psychological Science, which found that when happily married women held their spouses' hand while they received mild electric shocks, the parts of their brain associated with pain were less active than when they weren't holding their spouse's hand.

Interestingly, Prince William and Kate Middleton rarely hold hands in public. As INSIDER's Kristin Salaky reported, the couple is likely following Queen Elizabeth's lead, and the queen generally doesn't hold hands with her husband in public.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, have been seen cuddling and holding hands.

Ultimately, we can't say for sure what's causing Melania to avoid holding her husband's hand. It could be that they have two different approaches to how much PDA is acceptable — or that she's just trying to hold down her skirt in the wind.

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Tiger Woods is back — here's how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course


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Tiger Woods is back.

After playing in just two tournaments in over two years and a tumultuous ten months that included his fourth back surgery in four years and an arrest after being found asleep in his car on the side of the road, Woods is finally back. In fact, he looks so good, fans and fellow golfers are downright giddy.

This isn't the first time Woods has needed to come back. His career was derailed by affairs and a subsequent divorce from his wife, and his return to golf dominance has been hampered by injuries.

But despite this, Woods is still worth an estimated $740 million and is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time. That means plenty of cash to spend on yachts, private jets, megamansions, and video games.

Take a look at how he spends it all, below.

Tony Manfred and Mary Hanbury contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

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Tiger Woods has made more than $1.4 billion since turning pro in 1996.

Source: Golf Digest and Forbes

More than $110 million of that came from on-course winnings. He's No. 1 on the all-time money list, by far.

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WeWork is locking up its Kombucha taps in California to stop tenants from using up the kegs


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  • Thirsty WeWork tenants in California may find themselves locked out of advertised perks like complimentary kombucha and cold brew.
  • WeWork recently switched out its famous beer kegs with non-alcohol drinks while it figures out where it stands with California liquor license laws.

SAN FRANCISCO -- WeWork's Californian tenants were dealt the second blow in months as the co-working space started putting locks on complimentary kombucha and cold brew taps, which keep people from consuming the beverages.

The shackled taps appeared just a few months after WeWork stopped dispensing beer at its California locations in order to comply with state alcohol laws, which the San Francisco Chronicle first reported in mid-February. Instead of beer, WeWork had outfitted its California co-working spaces with kegs of kombucha and cold brew coffee.

On Friday however, WeWork tenants in at least one San Francisco location —where Business Insider happens to have its office — discovered that even the kombucha had become a controlled substance. Thirsty tenants in the WeWork lobby — a large communal space outfitted with ping pong tables, a snack shop and dueling taps — were unable to fill their mugs with the briny beverage because of the locks. 

WeWork, which was valued at $20 billion in July 2017, denied that the locks were put in place to prevent access to the kegs.

“Our members absolutely love the cold brew coffee and kombucha, so we run out of it really quickly!" Elton Kwok, general manager of WeWork NorCal, said over email.

"The taps are never locked when they are full between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. We close them after hours, and we close them when they are empty so that the handles don’t break from people excitedly trying to extract every last drop. We replenish them as often as we can, but it's hard to keep up!" he said. 

However, this has not always aligned with tenants' experiences. 
One WeWork tenant reported that WeWork occasionally put locks on active beer taps when alcohol was still served, but noted that the locks easily slip off, so he was still able to get drinks.  

So far no incidents of kombucha or cold brew burglaries have been reported.

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Most people might not be extroverts or introverts but 'ambiverts' — here's what it means to be one


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  • As well as extroverts and introverts, there are "ambiverts" who lie somewhere in the middle.
  • Researchers predict about two thirds of us are ambiverts.
  • They are people who sometimes like to socialise but other times they want to be alone.
  • As with all personality types, there are benefits and drawbacks.

People often categorise themselves into one of two types: an extrovert or an introvert.

Stereotypically, extroverts are the life of the party, and like nothing more than socialising with friends and meeting new people. Introverts are happier going home alone and curling up with a book.

But as research has shown, extroversion and introversion lie on a spectrum. In fact, it might not be a case of being one or the other, but a mixture of both. These people are called "ambiverts," and one study predicts up to two thirds of us could be labeled as this instead.

For example, when I'm in the mood I can be the last person standing at a party. But there are also days I'd prefer to go home early and spend some time alone. People like me don't fit into the rigid categories of extrovert or introvert, because sometimes I'll be one, and the next day I'll be the other.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science in 2013, highlighted some of the traits of ambiverts, by looking at how they sold products. The results showed that out of everyone, ambiverts made the best sales people.

According to the author Adam Grant, an organisational psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania, this could be because ambiverts are better at understanding other people's emotions. Rather than talking too much, or too little, ambiverts managed to do just the right amount — and make more sales as a result.

"Ambiverts achieve greater sales productivity than extroverts or introverts do," the study concludes. "Because they naturally engage in a flexible pattern of talking and listening, ambiverts are likely to express sufficient assertiveness and enthusiasm to persuade and close a sale but are more inclined to listen to customers' interests and less vulnerable to appearing too excited or overconfident."

As Grant told the Wall Street Journal: "Ambiverts are like Goldilocks — they offer neither too much nor too little."

However, they have drawbacks too. Ambiverts can find it difficult to know which side of their personality to lead in certain situations. While extroverts and introverts are fairly sure what they prefer, and what situations they thrive in, ambiverts may struggle to decide.

Because of this, they might find themselves demotivated but not understanding why. They might not realise they need to change their approach to a situation to feel more motivated.

The idea of an ambivert has been around for a while, since psychiatrist Carl Jung brought the concepts of extroversion and introversion into the mainstream in the 1920s. He theorised there was a middle group, but psychologists didn't start using the term ambivert until the 1940s.

If you want to find out if you're an ambivert, there's a test you can take developed by Daniel Pink, an author who writes about human behaviour. You can try it here.

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