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A women-only wrestling academy has opened in London – complete with chokeholds and dramatic, WWE-style entrances

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  • The EVE Academy is training women to be wrestlers.
  • Classes are lead by “The Fightin’ Irish” Rhia O’Reilly and professional wrestler turned stuntman Greg Burridge.

  •  They are split into 3 parts:  a warm-up, a wrestling skill session, and character building where women learn how to make an effective entrance into an arena.

 

The EVE Academy is London’s first wrestling school for women.

It's targeting " self-identifying women" to give them more confidence, but also keep fit, and have fun.

Classes are lead by “The Fightin’ Irish” Rhia O’Reilly and professional wrestler turned stuntman Greg Burridge.

"We are teaching wrestling moves and wrestling training but of course this is helping women become more confident and self-assured," O'Reilly told Business Insider.

Classes are split into 3 parts:  a warm-up, a wrestling skill session, and character building where women learn how to make an effective entrance into an arena.

"Some of the holds that we’re doing are based on legitimate holds and things that they could use in real life," O'Reilly said. "When you teach women to be physical it makes them feel more safe and secure in their everyday life as well."

Classes are taught in East London every Sunday. A session costs £10.

Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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These real places and landmarks that look like they're straight out of a Wes Anderson film will fuel your wanderlust

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@johnnyhifi | New Windsor Hotel | Phoenix, Arizona | c. 1893

Retro feels, pastel hues, and symmetrical buildings are just some of the recurring themes in the works of cult filmmaker Wes Anderson — and it turns out similar places exist in real life.

Brooklyn-based die-hard Anderson fan Wally Koval originally created his Instagram account @AccidentallyWesAnderson after being inspired by a Reddit forum called "Accidental Wes Anderson."

His account is a space dedicated to sharing photos of buildings and landmarks around the world that look like they could be straight out of one of his films.

Koval told Business Insider: "I have always been a big fan of Wes Anderson's work, developing a bit of a fascination for the extraordinary aesthetic he brings to the locations and settings portrayed in his films. When I started seeing real-life Anderson-esque locations pop up on the Subreddit, I became intrigued to know more about the history and background behind the facades, so I started digging."

Now, he manages the Instagram account with his fiancée Amanda, whom he calls their "chief location scout."

"@AccidentallyWesAnderson is a community, an inspiration, and an adventure — we explore the intersection of distinctive design and the unique narratives that typically follow. We hope to contribute to an unending bucket list of travel destinations, and perhaps help someone put a new pin in their own map," he said.

Ahead of the release of Anderson's new film "Isle of Dogs" later this month, Koval shared a selection of photos from the account with Business Insider. From palaces in Jaipur to Berlin's "gritty" rapid transit systems and dreamy Art Deco buildings in Downtown LA, scroll down for some Wes Anderson-inspired travel inspiration — bucket lists at the ready.

*Photographers are listed by their Instagram usernames along with the year each landmark was built.

SEE ALSO: The 30 most stunning and influential Instagram travel accounts to follow in 2018

Lake Shore Place, Chicago, c. 1926 — @HasoTaso



Stadtbad Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany, c. 1928 — @Berlinstagram



Eastern Columbia House, Los Angeles, California, c. 1930 — @ElizabethDaniels01



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A London bar is selling a £100 cocktail that takes 30 minutes to make and is served with gold leaves and edible diamonds

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  • London bar The Bletchley has launched a £100 cocktail called "King George VI".
  • They use three different liqueurs for the mix.
  • The cocktail contains fresh lemon juice and bitter lemon.
  • The King George VI takes 30-40 minutes to make.

 

Codebreaking WW2-inspired bar The Bletchley has launched a cocktail that costs £100.

It’s called King George VI and it's gin-based. They use three different liqueurs for the mix: Monkey 47 (gin), Lanique (rose vodka), and Chambord (raspberry liqueur.)

"We chose the Monkey 47 because of the story behind," bar manager David Ammar told Business Insider.
"The recipe is coming from Montgomery Collins who was a British Air Force soldier during the Second World War and went to Germany to help them to rebuild everything back once the war was finished. Lanique is a Polish liqueur and the Chambord is French. Those two were helping England during the war."

The mix is completed with fresh lemon juice and bitter lemon and infused with hibiscus tea, berries, lemon and orange peel.

The infusion is chilled using dry ice and topped up with mascarpone foam, gold chocolates, edible diamonds, and caramel. It’s finished with gold leaves and sprinkles of gold.

"It’s easy to create a cocktail for £100 while using premium spirits, but we wanted to focus on customer experience," general manager Roland Mandoki told Business Insider. "It’s going to be customised because we’re going to come to the people so everything is going to be made in front of them."
Guests also get a sparkling wine bomb made with an English garden jelly and a garnish of French toasts, Polish pancakes, chocolates, and lollipops.

The King George VI takes 30-40 minutes to make.

Produced and filmed by Claudia Romeo

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I’ve tried every single iPhone currently available — here’s my ranking of the 8 iPhones you can buy right now (AAPL)

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If you want to buy an iPhone right now, you have eight different options to choose from. 

From the brand-new, futuristic iPhone X to the tiny-but-powerful iPhone SE, the current iPhone lineup has a range of devices and price points. 

At this point, I've tried all eight of Apple's current iPhones. And although the iPhone X is gorgeous and powerful, it's not the phone I would recommend to most people. 

Here's my ranking of all the iPhones you can buy right now: 

SEE ALSO: 6 reasons you should buy last year's Galaxy S8 instead of the new Galaxy S9

8. iPhone 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s Plus is one of the oldest iPhones you can buy right now — and the worst option for most people. 

While the iPhone 6s Plus has a large, 5.5-inch display like the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus, it lacks a few of the features that make Apple's Plus models so desirable, particularly when it comes to the camera — mainly, the iPhone 6s Plus doesn't have a dual-lens camera, which means it can't do portrait mode.

The iPhone 6s Plus is actually identical to the iPhone 6s in every way except for screen size, and it costs $100 more. For the same price as the iPhone 6s Plus, you could get the newer and more powerful iPhone 7. 

In fact, there are only two reasons to buy the iPhone 6s Plus right now:

1. If you can't let go of your headphone jack

2. If you only like large phones, but your budget is $600 or less.  

Price: Starts at $550



7. iPhone 6s

At this point, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus are going on three years old. While they're still solid-enough phones, there are few reasons to buy them — unless you're a budget-conscious Apple devotee. 

Unlike the larger Plus model, the iPhone 6s is a more realistic phone for most people. For me personally, Plus phones are too big and I'm constantly scared I'll drop them. 

On top of that, Apple is selling the iPhone 6s for less than $500, which is half the price of an iPhone X. 

And the very best part: It's the last standard-sized iPhone with a headphone jack. 

That being said, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have the same shortcomings: a less powerful chip, a capable but not exceptional camera, and no water resistance.  

Price: Starts at $450



6. iPhone 8 Plus

Yes, the iPhone 8 Plus is a brand-new phone, but that doesn't mean it's the smartest buy. 

The device has some exciting new features — wireless charging, Apple's A11 chip, more starting storage space, and a top-of-the-line camera — but it's certainly not a bargain. 

Unfortunately for the iPhone 8 Plus, it falls into a strange category of being both brand-new and simultaneously dated. The iPhone X is more innovative, more advanced, and better-looking than the iPhone 8 Plus, and for not that much more money. 

You're not getting a bargain with the iPhone 8 Plus, and you're also not getting the best phone you can buy. Either save your money, or go with the iPhone X. 

Price: Starts at $800



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Ketamine could be the new drug for depression that researchers have been looking for

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  • Ketamine is emerging as a potential new treatment for some types of depression.
  • A new review published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry outlines the promise and limitations of existing ketamine research.
  • Some researchers have called the drug "the most important discovery in half a century."

It's been called "the most important discovery in half a century," and for some of the people who have tried ketamine, it may feel that way too.

The compound has a reputation as a party drug, but ketamine is increasingly being studied for its potential use as a rapid-fire treatment for depression. In people who live with the disease, thoughts of suicide can strike suddenly and without warning. Fast-acting, successful interventions are hard to come by.

But a spate of recent research suggests that ketamine could provide quick and powerful relief — even to people whose depression has repeatedly failed to respond to other medications and to those who are suicidal.

Experts say they're onto something promising. In a field that hasn't seen a new class of drugs in nearly four decades and in which patients are often desperate and suicidal, that kind of sentiment holds a lot of weight.

"Imagine arriving in the emergency room with severe pain from a kidney stone — pain so bad that you can't think. You'll do anything to make it go away. And the doctors say, 'here's a drug that we've been using for 30 years, it works 50-60% of the time, and it should start to work in 4-6 weeks'" Cristina Cusin, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor at Harvard University, told Business Insider. "That's currently the best we can do" for someone who is suicidal.

Cusin co-authored a large new review of the existing research on ketamine that was published this month in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Her findings shed light on the need for new treatments, but she also advises caution for patients.

"We are just scratching the surface of the mechanisms of action with ketamine," Cusin said.

Trying to tackle a uniquely troubling problem

alone man oceanFor her review, Cusin looked at almost 40 ketamine studies that involved brain imaging.

Cusin faced challenges in assembling very different studies into one review, but she came up with some key takeaways. For one, she observed that people given ketamine experience measurable brain changes — many of them in areas that have been tied to our ability to process and regulate emotions.

Ketamine also appeared to increase activity in parts of the brain linked with reward processing, which would help to explain some of its antidepressant effects.

Nine out of 10 people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their deaths, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). But current interventions for those who find themselves contemplating suicide are limited to hotlines, sedative drugs, and talk therapy.

Rates of suicide in the US have risen steadily over the past few years, with roughly 123 people dying this way per day, according to the AFSP. Men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women.

The reasons behind this rise are complex, but two of the biggest problems are a lack of access to mental health care and the stigma that continues to shroud mental illness.

"If you have asthma, it’s not considered your fault. But somehow if part of your brain isn’t functioning, it’s your fault," Cusin said. "It's a residual leftover from more ignorant times."

It's easy to see why the prospect of a new approach would inspire hope.

The promise of a new drug

Physicians and psychiatrists have been doling out the same drugs to people with depression for decades. But research suggests that while antidepressants can work wonders for some people, they don't help everyone. The medications also come with a range of unpleasant side effects that can include weight gain, less interest in sex, anxiety, and insomnia. 

Like Cusin, most scientists who work in the space think it's time for a new tactic.

iv drip bagSome of them have found hope in recent months in psychedelic drugs like ayahuasca and magic mushrooms— which appear to reduce depressive symptoms by increasing the connectivity among previously segregated parts of the brain. But those drugs are widely illegal, and many people aren't interested in having a full-blown psychedelic experience.

Several recent studies published over the past few months suggest that ketamine could be the alternative drug people are looking for, since it is legal and also appears to work quickly.

Last December, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center who were working with depressed and suicidal patients found that ketamine worked significantly better at curbing their suicidal thoughts than a commonly used sedative. Most participants in the study saw their moods began to lift within 24 hours. In some people, those effects lasted more than a month.

The authors of a 2012 review of four preliminary studies on ketamine in patients with severe depression expressed surprise at how rapidly the drug appeared to produce positive, precise results.

"The findings were unanticipated, especially the robustness and rapidity of benefit," the authors wrote in their paper. "Ketamine appeared to directly target core depressive symptoms such as sad mood, suicidality, helplessness and worthlessness, rather than inducing a nonspecific mood-elevating effect."

The researchers behind another 2012 study on the drug went called ketamine "the most important discovery in half a century."

Ketamine's promise has not gone unnoticed among pharmaceutical companies. Johnson and Johnson is developing a form of ketamine that could be better tolerated and would be marketed as an antidepressant. And Allergan is in the last phase of clinical trials with a drug that acts on the same receptor as ketamine.

However, Cusin believes we need more research.

The biggest unanswered question: long-term effects

Some people with depression are opting to pay for pricey treatments at a range of clinics currently offering the drug — if they can afford it. Treatments can cost between $400 and $1,000 per infusion, and most clinics recommend that patients receive more than one ketamine infusion to get the maximum benefit.

However, the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the existing drug or any new formulation of it to treat depression. Using ketamine as an antidepressant is therefore considered "off-label," which means it is up to health insurance providers to decide whether to offer patients any reimbursement. 

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Plus, like any drug, ketamine has risks and side effects; some studies suggest that could include blood pressure complications. Most importantly, we don't have many studies that tell us what happens in the long term after a ketamine infusion. Most existing ketamine and depression studies have been limited to several weeks, so it remains unclear how long the benefits last and what the long-term effects may be.

Because of these complications and unanswered questions, many people wanting to try ketamine for depression are left in a sort of limbo.

But Cusin believes the drug "absolutely has potential."

"In the next few years I'm really hopeful that we’re going to see new drugs that are completely different than what we have now," she said.

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SEE ALSO: 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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Homeowners across America are trying to sell their million-dollar homes for bitcoin — and it could be a disastrous idea

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Homeowners across America are selling their homes for bitcoin to cash in on the cryptocurrency bubble.

Over the last year, an increasing number of real estate listings have begun accepting or requesting cryptocurrency for payment. Some sellers only accept bitcoin as payment.

According to Mashable, real estate site Trulia had about 80 listings that mentioned cryptocurrency last month, while Redfin said it's seen the number of listings accepting cryptocurrency rocket from 75 in December to 134 in January.

To make it work, you need two parties to agree on the transaction, according to realtor Piper Moretti, who has closed five sales using bitcoin.

Typically, the buyer and seller agree on a fixed price in dollars and then decide on a fair exchange rate at closing. The bitcoins are then converted to cash by a third party, like BitPay, and the cash is then given to the seller. The buyers take on all the risk, Moretti said.

The opportunity has allowed newly-minted bitcoin millionaires to offload some of their cryptocurrency, which changes value constantly, for a more stable asset.

But skeptics warn that the bitcoin bubble is about to burst. Fears over tighter regulation led the price of bitcoin to fall to $5,947 in February, or about 225% below its record high in December. The currency is now trading over $10,000 per coin, though it remains extremely volatile.

Check out what bitcoin millionaires are buying.

SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley is so expensive that even Facebook and Apple employees can't afford to live near the office

According to the listing for this lake house on the edge of California's Joshua Tree National Park, it's a "money maker." The previous owner rented it out as a vacation home.

Source: Zillow



The four-bedroom, three-bath house has an in-ground pool, stunning lake and mountain views, and a gated entry. The asking price was $599,000 or the equivalent in bitcoin.



"It's just crazy what's going on," Michael McCrae, the seller, told Money magazine about his decision to accept bitcoin. The lake house sold for $570,000 (near asking price) in January.

Source: Money



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Here are 19 hot cars we can't wait to see at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show

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  • The Geneva Motor Show is the first major European car show of 2018.
  • It will be packed with the latest offerings from Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Ferrari, Porsche, Volvo, VW, and Hyundai.
  • The show will be open to the public from March 8 to the 18 at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is the first major European car show of the year. Usually, Geneva is a big to do. Car makers pull out all the stops to show off their latest and greatest.

Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer offered up a spot on description of the show when he said, "Geneva is a highlight of the industry calendar and a motor show with a rich history and great atmosphere."

And what rich atmosphere it will be.

The world's top brands will be there. From Ferrari to McLaren and Aston Martin to Bentley, Geneva will be packed with the next generation of exotics. In addition, there will be a host of production-ready models from mass-market luxury brands, such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show will be open to the public from March 8-18 at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland.

Here's a closer look at the 19 hot cars we can't wait to see:

SEE ALSO: These are the best cars, trucks, and SUVs to buy in 2018

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Geneva will mark the auto show debut of Aston Martin's new Vantage sports car.



Aston CEO Dr. Andy Palmer hinted at a big surprise. It's possible this surprise may be a production DBX crossover.



Bentley is expected to unveil a new plug-in hybrid model and that could come in the form of a hybrid Bentayga.



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'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines just opened a restaurant in Waco, Texas — here's what it's like to visit

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  • Chip and Joanna Gaines opened a new restaurant in Waco, Texas, this week. 
  • Magnolia Table is a breakfast-centric spot, serving produce and eggs straight from the "Fixer Upper" stars' garden. 
  • This is just the latest addition to the Gaineses' growing local empire that has turned Waco into a tourist destination. 

Chip and Joanna Gaines turned Waco, Texas into a tourist destination. And, they just gave fans of "Fixer Upper" another reason to visit. 

The husband-and-wife duo opened a breakfast-centric restaurant called Magnolia Table in Waco this week, building on their growing local empire of food-and-home-decor tourist hot spots. 

The success of "Fixer Upper" contributed in Waco being named the No. 2 trending travel destination in the US last year by TripAdvisor. In 2017, their expansive downtown Waco hub, Magnolia Market at the Silos, averaged 30,000 visitors a week — an annual total close to 1.6 million people, reports the Waco Tribune.

Magnolia Table gives fans of "Fixer Upper" a new reason to visit Waco. Here's what it's like to dine at the new restaurant that's all about breakfast:

SEE ALSO: Millions of tourists are flocking to Waco, Texas to see 'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines small hometown — here are all the best things to do there

Joanna Gaines has been teasing the opening of Magnolia Table on social media for weeks.

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Unsurprisingly for fans of the home improvement show, the restaurant is gorgeous inside and out.

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15 stunning, award-winning travel photos that will give you serious wanderlust

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  • 2018 winners of the prestigious National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition were recently announced.
  • The stunning photos depict travel destinations ranging from New York City to Mongolia, inspiring serious wanderlust.

This week, National Geographic Traveller (UK) announced the 2018 winners of its prestigious Photography Competition

With a judging panel comprised of award-winning wildlife and travel photographers, art directors, and editors — submissions in five different photo catagories were scrutinized and debated — with the best photos coming out on top.

Of the grand prize winning photo, which dipicts two penguins in South Georgia taken by Renato Granieri, judge Chris Hudson, National Geographic Traveller's art director, said in a press release: "This entry stood out from the first moment we saw it, probably because of the stark white background that forms the environment in which these penguins live. There is, however, an element of tenderness about it all to contrast this, and in the composition Renato has managed to capture a touching moment with the highest technical and compositional standards."

The winners got some sweet prizes too. Granieri will enjoy a six-night wildlife photography adventure in the Carpathian Mountains, and the winner in the portfolio catagory, Daniel Burton, will get a vacation to Qatar.

See the beautiful winning photos — sure to inspire a case of wanderlust — below.

SEE ALSO: 15 breathtaking photos from around the world that will make you see it in a whole new light

Action, winning photo, Stuart Dunn

"The temperature was incredibly low, somewhere in the region of -20C. I was attempting to photograph dog sledding using a snowmobile to track ahead of the dogs, which wasn’t working. The problem was that the snowmobile would leave tracks in the snow. In the end, I opted for racing ahead of the dogs and crouching in the snow while they charged towards me. I'd capture a few shots before diving out of the way, so as not to get run down. It was pretty scary, but well worth it," Dunn told National Geographic Traveller.



Action, shortlisted photo, Jonny Williams



Action, shortlisted photo, Anais Voski



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I flew in economy class on one of British Airways' busiest international routes — here's what it was like

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  • With dozens of flights a day operated by several major airlines, the New York-London route is a high-traffic, competitive route.
  • British Airways, together with its joint venture partner American Airlines, is one of the highest-profile operators between the two major financial markets and vacation destinations.
  • I flew in British Airways' "World Traveler" economy-class cabin home from London in February to see what the experience was like.


When flying between the US and the UK, there is a gluttony of options available. Airlines representing the three major alliances (Oneworld, Star Alliance, and Sky Team) operate multiple flights a day between major cities, with some cities seeing dozens of flights a day.

The New York City–London route, one of the busiest in the world, sees around 30 commercial flights in each direction on an average weekday flown by US airlines including Delta, United, and American, and foreign carriers including the expected, like British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, and the less expected, such as Norwegian Air Shuttle and Air India.

Among the many choices, though, the most prolific operators of the high-traffic route are arguably American Airlines and British Airways, with around 15 flights per day in each direction. Operating an antitrust-indemnified joint venture across the Atlantic (along with Spanish carrier Iberia), the two airlines operate virtually as one between the two cities.

When you search for flights between London and New York on either airline's website, you'll see flights operated by both carriers, virtually indistinguishable from each other on the results page.

That's how, after booking steeply discounted tickets through a British Airways flash sale, I found myself with a round trip between New York and London featuring both airlines.

My outbound flight was operated by American Airlines, and was an all-around pleasant trip, while my return was with British Airways departing from London's Gatwick airport.

I last few British Airways a few years ago on a 747-400 from London Heathrow, so I didn't have any real expectations — although I knew that the airline had just rolled out some awesome new catering on its long-haul flights.

Read on to see what I thought of my flight on British Airways, departing from London Gatwick at 4:55 p.m. for New York's JFK airport, operated by a 777-200.

SEE ALSO: I flew in economy class on one of American Airlines' busiest international routes — here's what it was like

We took the Thameslink train to Gatwick Airport and went to check our bags — and found a long, snaking queue at the long-haul check-in desk. There were only two agents working the non-first class area — it took us almost 45 minutes to get through the line. It's lucky that we arrived early!



Once through security, we headed to the No.1 Lounge — you can get access with the free Priority Pass membership that comes with some credit cards. The lounge is popular, which leads the staff to cap capacity sometimes. To make sure you can get in, you can reserve a spot online up to the day before your trip (although this costs £5 per person).



The lounge is comfortable with plenty of seating, fast Wi-Fi, snacks, and free drinks and some small plates — I ordered this Yorkshire pudding filled with roasted vegetables and chicken, which was tasty. Our gate was announced a little more than an hour before departure, so we finished up and meandered over, taking time to check out a few shops in the terminal.



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12 big blockbuster movies you may not realize are on Netflix — and a few on Hulu too

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  • Netflix's movie catalog may have decreased in recent years but it still offers plenty of blockbuster movies to choose from.
  • Hulu also offers worthy crowd-pleasers you may not know are available to stream.

While Netflix's catalog of movies has decreased dramatically in recent years to focus on television, the streaming service still offers plenty of big, blockbuster movies that users may not know is available. 

From recent hits like "Beauty and the Beast" and "Doctor Strange" to classic action-adventure flicks like "Armageddon" and "Men In Black," Netflix still has worthy big-screen crowd-pleasers ready for audiences to stream at their convenience. (Thanks in large part to its deal with Disney.)

Even Hulu offers a number of blockbuster choices, including the entire "Indiana Jones" series.

Here are 19 blockbuster movies you may not know are on Netflix and Hulu:

SEE ALSO: Netflix's new reality special 'The Push' is a disturbing psychological experiment that tries to push a contestant to murder

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

Available to stream on Netflix

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is the sequel to 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy," which brought the Marvel Cinematic Universe off Earth and to new worlds. "Vol. 2" pushes the team to their limits with a more personal story, as Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, discovers who is real father is: Ego, the all-powerful being played by Kurt Russell. 



"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

Available to stream on Netflix

Netflix only recently picked up the first film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and if you have three hours to spare, you can re-visit Middle-Earth at your convenience. 



"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"

Available to stream on Netflix

If you're excited about "Solo: A Star Wars Story" in May, you may want to revisit the "Star Wars" franchise's first spin-off film, "Rogue One," which portrays the efforts of the Rebels to steal the Death Star plans immediately before the events of "A New Hope."



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The last 15 best-picture Oscar winners prove how out of touch Hollywood's biggest night is with general audiences

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It's easy to say that the Oscars are out of touch with the regular moviegoer, but when you dive into the numbers it's scary how correct that general thought is.

We looked back at the lifetime domestic gross for the last 15 best picture Oscar winners and matched those with the lifetime gross for the movies that topped those years at the box office. And only once did they match up (2003's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King").

In fact, most of the best picture Oscar winners didn't crack $100 million at the box office and only two crossed the $200 million mark — and that's counting inflation!

See the last 15 years for yourself below. As you'll see, the numbers don't lie.

Note: All figures are domestic grosses only from Box Office Mojo and are added for inflation.

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

2016 Best Picture - "Moonlight" $27.8 million



2016 Box Office Winner - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" $554.8 million



2015 Best Picture - "Spotlight" $47.8 million



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15 Hollywood stars who didn't accept their Oscars

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The Oscars are the most celebrated awards show in Hollywood, and they set the conversation about what's great in movies.

But that doesn’t mean that everyone wants to go, or even be in the running to win one. In the 90-year history of the ceremony, some of Hollywood’s finest haven’t been there to accept their awards or nominations, and some have flat-out rejected the envied award itself. 

Weirdly, Leonardo DiCaprio never boycotted the ceremony in protest of his many losses, but it looks like that paid off in the end. He doesn’t have to worry about that anymore — and neither do we. 

Here are some actors and filmmakers who've skipped (or rejected) the Oscars:

SEE ALSO: RANKED: The 10 worst movies to win the best picture Oscar — and what should have won

Marlon Brando

Knowing he was a shoe-in to win best actor for his role as Vito Corleone in "The Godfather," Brando boycotted the Oscars in 1973. In his place, he had Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather attend. She went onstage to accept his award, and when she read Brando’s speech about the mistreatment of Native Americans in film, she got booed.

 

 

 

 



Roman Polanski

The director didn't attend the 2003 ceremony that awarded him a statue for best director for his work on "The Pianist." But even if he tried, he likely wouldn't have made it, since he is still a fugitive in the US in a conviction for unlawful sex. Harrison Ford accepted the award on his behalf.



Michael Caine

Michael Caine wasn’t around to accept his first Oscar win for best supporting actor in "Hannah and Her Sisters," because he was busy filming "Jaws: The Revenge," a movie with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Caine learned his lesson, and showed up in 2000 to accept his deserved win for a supporting role in "The Cider House Rules."

 



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How much it costs to buy a home right now in 21 of the most expensive towns in the Hamptons

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  • The Hamptons is one of the most elite vacation destinations in America.
  • Many rich celebrities, hedge fund managers, CEOs, socialites, and politicians own multi-million dollar summer homes in the Hamptons.
  • The high volume of mansions in the Hamptons — and its waterfront locale — makes it one of the most expensive real estate markets in the US.

The Hamptons is the preeminent summer vacation destination in the tri-state area.

The Hamptons encompasses more than two dozen villages and hamlets on Long Island. While people live there year-round, it's the months between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend each year when visitors infuse the Hamptons with energy — and money.

The Hamptons is hallmarked by its countless famous and flush residents, including hedge fund managers, celebrities, CEOs, and socialites. Bill and Hillary Clinton have long vacationed on Georgica Beach in East Hampton. And Southampton even has its very own "Billionaire Lane" reserved for the rich and powerful.

Such prestige doesn't come cheap. At least seven towns in the Hamptons have a median home listing price of around $1 million. That means half the houses for sale in those places are priced under seven figures, and half are priced above. What's more, at least 11 towns have median home prices between $2.2 million to $5.6 million.

That's according to StreetEasy, which recently launched a new Hamptons platform, Out East, for sale and rental listings in the Hamptons. Out East provided Business Insider with a ranking of most expensive towns in the Hamptons based on median list price.

Below, we've featured the 21 towns in the Hamptons where the median list price is highest as of February 22, ranked from least expensive to most. Towns with fewer than 20 homes for sale were excluded from the list.

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Hampton Bays

Homes listed: 109

Median list price: $799,000



Cutchogue (Nassau Point)

Homes listed: 21

Median list price: $949,000



Southold

Homes listed: 26

Median list price: $997,000



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In a letter to his 16-year-old self, Malia Obama's English Harvard boyfriend said he was 'a lanky, over-confident public school boy'

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  • Malia Obama is reportedly dating Rory Farquharson, a Harvard classmate from the UK.
  • Farquharson previously attended the Rugby School in England. A Rugby School publication features a letter he wrote to his 16-year-old self.
  • In the letter, he talks about dealing with depression and advises himself to maintain his close relationships.

Malia Obama is reportedly dating a classmate at Harvard: Rory Farquharson, a sophomore from the UK.

Farquharson previously attended the Rugby School, a private school in England, where he was "head of school" from 2015 to 2016. In England, private schools are called public schools — somewhat confusing for Americans, but will come into play in a moment.

A 2014 Rugby School publication features a letter Farquharson wrote to his 16-year-old self, and it's both amusing and surprisingly insightful.

Farquharson writes: "You're a lanky, over-confident public school boy, desperately trying to prove to your friends how much of a 'lad' you are and have failed miserably."

But the letter quickly takes a dark turn. At 16, Farquharson was preoccupied with academic success, and wore himself out trying to achieve it. He writes: "The early mornings, the long days and the late nights are all taking their toll — you look a wreck, your body aches every time you move and it takes you a good half hour to get out of bed in the morning (pain and depression)."

Farquharson goes on to give his younger self several pieces of life advice: Embrace change. Be true to who you are. Take responsibility for your own future.

Perhaps the sagest suggestion in the letter is to "look after your friends and family." Farquharson acknowledges that "there will be points in your life where you'll consider leaving your fairly eccentric but loyal group of mates behind in favor of a cooler group."

But he urges his younger self to "be generous and kind and devote time to those you care about. You'll find that the relationships that you nurture will be the most satisfying and important things of all in life."

That last bit of wisdom is backed up by research. The Harvard Study of Adult Development, which Business Insider previously reported is one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life, found that strong relationships keep us happier and healthier.

Farquharson leaves his 16-year-old self with one final piece of advice: "Try to do every single thing — whether big or small — as well as you possibly can. If you can do that, then you'll find that success looks after itself."

Read the full letter on the Rugby School's website »

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The states where the American Dream could become a reality, ranked from worst to best

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  • US News created a list of every state ranked by opportunity, as measured by economic opportunity, equality, and affordability.
  • States from southern America were low on the list and four of the top six states border Canada.
  • California, Texas, and New York — the three largest states by population — all ranked in the bottom 10, meaning the American Dream is not as strong there.

The American Dream is dead. Or maybe it's thriving.

It probably depends who you ask and where they live. The American Dream — and what it means to have 'made it' it in the US — has transformed over time.

In some states, the American Dream is much more alive than in others. At least, that is the conclusion reached by US News ranking of states by opportunity with data from McKinsey & Company. 

Opportunity is one of the eight factors that went into figuring out US News rankings for best states. In fact, survey participants considered opportunity the fourth most important measurement in the methodology of the rankings. 

To determine the ranking, each state was measured on numerous metrics that matched three criteria: economic opportunity, equality, and affordability. The latter two were both given a 40% weight, while affordability was weighed at 20%.

Income inequality, median household income, poverty rates, and food insecurity rates all went in to finding the level of economic opportunity for each state. Equality was measured through education, employment, and income gaps based on gender, race, and disability. Cost of living and housing affordability were considered in the affordability ranking. 

Southern states — in both the Deep South and the Southwest — fared poorly on the opportunity ranking. The state that came in first overall did so despite being relatively unaffordable. The most affordable state came in the middle of the pack — 25th for overall opportunity.

Below, see where your state ranks for opportunities to achieve the American Dream.

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50. Louisiana

Economic opportunity: 49

Equality: 42

Affordability: 19



49. Mississippi

Economic opportunity: 50

Equality: 27

Affordability: 13



48. Alabama

Economic opportunity: 48

Equality: 39

Affordability: 17



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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-wracking live television shows ever created.

Working on the Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, 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 had directed the epic show, and everything was running smoothly until the final award of the night: best picture.

You know the rest.

The presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope, they incorrectly said "La La Land" won, and the cast and crew came onstage, setting up one of the most incredible live moments in TV history. A "La La Land" producer, Jordan Horowitz, realizing his movie did not win, held up the card revealing that 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 his team captured the best-picture win at the 89th Academy Awards.

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"I really thought he was just being funny"

In retrospect, Warren Beatty's reaction to seeing what was inside the envelope he and Faye Dunaway were given spoke 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 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 the host 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.

Still on the live broadcast, Beatty eventually told the audience that he had been given not the card for best picture but a duplicate of the card announcing Emma Stone as the winner of best actress for "La La Land."



"All my years of training at that moment went 180 degrees"

Weiss said he wasn't notified that 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.'"

The broadcast showed a person with a headset walking into the camera frame onstage. Weiss said he allowed that to be seen 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 onstage 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 named 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 the "La La Land" producer Jordan 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 acknowledges 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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MoviePass' CEO explains why a 'small percentage' of accounts were terminated, and how to make sure it won't happen to you (HMNY)

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  • MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe explained why a "small percentage" of MoviePass subscribers were terminated in the beginning of February.
  • Lowe addressed the customer service issues the company has been dealing with since its gigantic increase in subscribers.


In the beginning of February, a “small percentage” of MoviePass subscribers were startled to find an email in their inboxes from the app announcing their accounts had been terminated. The reason: They had allegedly violated the company’s terms of service.

This move led to a slew of complaints on social media by those who received the email, and many stories from those who claimed MoviePass had canceled their subscriptions without proper cause.

Since then, Business Insider has received over a dozen emails from customers who believe they should not have lost the service. Some said they had spent hours trying to get through to a customer service agent to plead their case, only to be told they either had violated the terms of service and nothing could be done, or that their request to be reactivated would be sent to another department. This led to days of waiting for the customers to learn their fate.

So why did MoviePass delete accounts, and what do customers need to do to make sure they never get flagged by the app?

Business Insider had a phone call with MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe to get answers.

Trying to kick out those that are taking advantage of MoviePass

Lowe said MoviePass started terminating accounts after it found a group of repeat offenders who consistently violated MoviePass' terms of service. The violations were found by a loss prevention team Lowe hired, and included users checking in for a basic 2D ticket but then getting a 3D, RealD, or IMAX ticket; using MoviePass to obtain movie-theater gift cards; or buying concessions along with a ticket, according to Lowe.

Lowe said these overcharges “cost a lot of money” for MoviePass to cover.

moviepass CEO mitch loweThe reason why the MoviePass MasterCard is able to buy more than a 2D movie ticket, Lowe explained, is because MoviePass always keeps more than a 2D ticket price on the card just in case a movie theater suddenly raises the price. That way the MoviePass customer won’t get shut out of a movie they are allowed to see with the app.

“We’re trying to run a business, we offer a great service at an amazing value, and you have a small percentage of people who are taking advantage of us to the detriment of our customers who are enjoying the service,” Lowe told Business Insider.

Lowe pointed out that MoviePass even sent out a warning email a month ago to some of the customers who were part of the group of accounts terminated in the beginning of February. The warning said they had been violating the terms of service and if they continued to do so, their accounts would be canceled.

However, Lowe did admit that upon further review, MoviePass found not all of those accounts were terminated due to the fault of the customers. The aftermath has highlighted that MoviePass needs to have a better relationship with movie theaters and improve its customer service.

Making inroads with movie theaters and winning back customers

A majority of the MoviePass customers who contacted Business Insider had similar theories for why their accounts were flagged: They all bought tickets at the box office (rather than a kiosk) and a theater staff member did not know how to properly run the transaction.

This has occurred in numerous ways. One example given was the box office combining the charge of the MoviePass subscriber and non-MoviePass patron with them, causing the MoviePass subscriber’s account to look like it went over its allowed total. Another was a situation when the theater’s box office was also the concession stand, and the theater staff combined both the MoviePass charge and the concession.

Some theaters that accept MoviePass have caught onto this happening and have taken steps to better educate their staff and patrons.

In fact, one customer sent Business Insider a photo of the sign their local theater has put up to help remind MoviePass customers how to correctly use it.

moviepass“I know for a fact theaters are taking advantage of the customer in this scenario,” Lowe said.

Lowe stressed that despite having a MoviePass subscription — which means with the service you get to see one movie a day per month — you should look at your theater receipt to make sure your charge is done properly by your theater.

And to help theaters better understand how to accommodate MoviePass subscribers, Lowe said he'd hired on four additional staff members to MoviePass' movie theater relations team. He also said MoviePass would have a presence at April’s CinemaCon, the annual movie theater convention, in hopes of improving its relationship with theater owners.

“We need to do a good job in better communicating to the exhibitor community so they can help us help their customers,” Lowe said.

But what happens if a MoviePass subscriber realizes they were overcharged? What are they supposed to do so MoviePass doesn’t terminate their account?

The logical answer would be to call MoviePass customer service, but since the app changed its price plan to $10 a month, its customer service has been overwhelmed by new subscribers. If you take a glance at the MoviePass social media accounts, you will notice they are flooded with complaints from subscribers who can't get through to anyone in customer service.

However, Lowe is confident that is about to improve.

“We are not fulfilling quickly the customer service demand and a lot of that is because we were not working with the right provider nor had the right team in place,” he said. “And we have just recently put in a new leader in that group and brought in a new provider that is essentially starting this week. We’re making some big improvements.”

Lowe said the company’s revamp of its customer service includes having over 100 full-time customer service reps on the team.

“It’s definitely not something I’m proud of,” Lowe said of the customer service woes. “It’s just not been as easy as throwing bodies at it. It’s a combination of a lot of different things. But I feel very good about our new direction and its ability to create a much better experience for our customers.”

And it starts with reactivating the customers who had their accounts deleted but had legitimate excuses for charges larger than their allotted amount per-movie.

Lowe said that roughly 10% of the members terminated in early February have been reinstated.  

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Trump has reportedly changed his diet — and after a week of eating like him, I can see why it was necessary

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  • President Donald Trump has a notoriously bad diet full of fast food and high-calorie meals.
  • Even the official physician to the president said that Trump "would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates."
  • A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Trump has recently changed what he's eating to be more healthy. 
  • I ate like Trump for a week and saw why his diet needed a change.


Much has been written and said about President Donald Trump's diet.

Considering reports that his "major food groups" are McDonald's, KFC, pizza, and Diet Coke, as well as one that says he tries to avoid non-chain restaurants out of fear of being poisoned, it's fair to say Trump's food choices are far from healthy.

A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Trump's diet has completely changed after a health check-up by Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson found that the president's weight was just one pound below obesity. Trump has apparently been eating soup and salad instead, and he hasn't been seen eating a burger in two weeks, one person told Bloomberg.

That's a far cry from what he's been known to eat in the past.

According to Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager who wrote the book "Let Trump Be Trump," the president would usually go 14 to 16 hours without eating, then have a full McDonald's dinner of two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, and a small chocolate shake — a total of 2,430 calories.

He also says Trump doesn't often eat breakfast and avoids it if he can. Lewandowski says the president doesn't eat the bread of his sandwiches, and other reports say he avoids eating pizza crust. He orders his steaks — his favorite food— well done, with a side of ketchup.

If this reminds you of the eating habits of anyone you know, they're probably not old enough to drive.

As for beverages, Trump does not drink tea, coffee, alcohol, or anything stimulating. He has only one true love: Diet Coke. He reportedly drinks 12 a day.

Taking all that into account, I had one thought: "That all sounds awful. I've got to try it."

So began my ambitious, foolhardy, and treacherous journey into the mind of Trump — through his stomach — by eating as he eats. For a week, I stuck to foods that Trump has been photographed eating, has said in interviews that he eats, or has been reported to eat regularly.

I can't say I learned a lot about Trump, but I definitely learned something about myself.

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Day 1. Here we go. This is it. I feel excited as I swing by McDonald's to pick up a pair of Egg McMuffins on my way into work.



Trump says he doesn't usually eat breakfast — but if he does, he'll have these. All-day McDonald's breakfast has been cited as one of the reasons the fast-food chain's business has turned around in recent years, so I'm excited to give them a go for the first time.



Immediate regret. The Egg McMuffin is not greater than the sum of its parts. Not a fan. I eat both anyway, seeing as it was the morning after Business Insider's holiday party and I needed something in my stomach.



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Inside the insane, dangerous lives of Alaskan crab fishermen who work 20-hour days in a 'constant barrage of storms'

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  • Being a crab fishermen on Alaska's Bering Sea is a very dangerous job with back-breaking labor and 20-hour work days.
  • In 2002, photographer Corey Arnold decided to give it a try. He ended up doing it for nearly a decade and brought his camera along for the many weeks at sea.
  • The Bering Sea is constantly suffering storms which make the work even more difficult and dangerous.

In 2002, photographer Corey Arnold left behind a poor economy in San Francisco and headed up to Alaska to try his luck at his longtime passion of fishing.

Arnold, who had worked summers during college on a salmon boat in Alaska, signed on to the f/v Rollo, a crabbing boat that fishes in the dangerous Bering Sea.

While working long, strenuous hours on the Rollo, Arnold often stole away with the captain’s permission to grab his camera and photograph the crew and the ship. Arnold eventually put together "Fish Work: Bering Sea," a documentation of his seven adventurous and dicey crab seasons aboard the Rollo.

Arnold shared a selection of the photos with us here, and you can check out the rest in the book or on his website.

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There are two annual crabbing seasons in the Bering Sea, King crab and Opilio crab. During each one- to two-month season, Arnold went on numerous trips crabbing. He went on one or two trips during King season, and three to five during Opilio season.



The Bering Sea, located between far east Russia and Alaska, has a unique interaction of strong currents, sea ice, and powerful weather patterns. It is one of the most dangerous places to fish in the world. Arnold calls the sea "a continuous storm."



The 107-foot f/v Rollo is equipped to handle tumultuous seas. Average seas in the Bering Sea have around 10- to 20-foot waves, but Arnold has witnessed massive 50-foot waves and the Rollo's captain, Eric Nyhammer, has witnessed 80-foot waves. Arnold rarely saw his captain get nervous, but when he does, the crew knows it's time to worry.



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