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San Francisco housing is so expensive that middle-class workers are moving into dorms with shared bathrooms


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  • San Francisco residents are continually finding new ways to deal with an affordable housing shortage. 
  • Starcity is a coliving startup that offers housing to middle-class earners who make less than $90,000 a year.
  • Members pay between $1,400 and $2,400 a month for a fully-furnished bedroom and a shared bathroom.

Rent and home prices are so high in San Francisco that even non-tech, middle-class workers are moving into dorms.

In a recent New York Times story, reporter Nellie Bowles says "the middle-class backbone of San Francisco — maitre d's, teachers, bookstore managers, lounge musicians, copywriters, and merchandise planners" are growing more and more comfortable with the idea of community housing, a housing solution largely pioneered by the Bay Area tech crowd.  

Starcity, a development company that buys up defunct hotels, retail buildings, and parking garages, is leading the charge. The startup was founded in 2016 and caters to a specific demographic— middle-class earners who don't qualify for government subsidies but still can't afford San Francisco's sky-high prices. That group ends up being mostly non-tech workers.

The trade-off of having a private room, but sharing a bathroom with at least one other person and a kitchen with many, is primarily financial — at least at first.

Starcity members pay between $1,400 and $2,400 a month — up to $1,900 less than the average renter in San Francisco — for a fully-furnished 130 square-foot to 220 square-foot bedroom, with utilities and Wi-Fi included, reports Bowles. 

Building managers ensure everything runs smoothly for members, restocking bathroom and kitchen supplies and planning community events. They even offer extra services, like laundry for $40 a month and bedroom cleaning for $130 a week.


To be considered middle class in the US, you need to earn at least $39,000 a year. 

The high cost of living in San Francisco has shocked some residents who earn $400,000 into thinking they're middle class, according to Business Insider's Melia Robinson, but the threshold is actually much lower.

Thanks to San Francisco's exorbitant housing costs, residents there need to earn at least $64,451 — and up to $193,354 — to technically be considered middle class. Starcity is aiming to house people at the lower end of that range, targeting people with an annual salary between $40,000 and $90,000.

"Most of the residents, who range in age from their early 20s to early 50s, have no political philosophy around communes nor any previous experience in them," Bowles writes. "Moving in was a practical decision they each made. But after they arrive, what they are most surprised by is how much the building changes them."

Starcity operates three buildings in San Francisco, with nine additional locations under development. The company says it currently has a wait list of more than 8,000 people.

Coliving isn't new, but it's becoming increasingly common in expensive cities across the US. Robinson has previously reported on the popularity of coliving in the Bay Area, like the "hacker house," a group-living building geared toward early-stage entrepreneurs. There are also WeLive apartments, owned by the coworking company WeWork, in New York City and Washington DC.

For the typical worker in San Francisco, buying a home is out of the question. The salary needed to qualify for a mortgage with 20% down is now $173,783, while the median income is just $96,677. Some companies won't even hire employees in San Francisco because it's too expensive to pay them a living wage. 

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These photos of abandoned malls and golf courses reveal a new era for the American suburb


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  • The American suburb has gone through some huge changes in the last few decades.
  • Malls, once a place for suburbanites to spend their downtime, have suffered in the wake of the retail apocalypse, and many have shut down. 
  • Suburban real estate and golf courses have also evolved in recent years. 

In March 2017, Business Insider reported a series of stories on "The Death of Suburbia," declaring the end of the suburbs as we once knew them.

By examining the plummeting value of McMansions, the increasingly blurry line between city and suburb, and the shuttered shopping malls across the nation, we saw that the once-flourishing suburbs were no longer what they used to be.

Ahead, see a collection of photos from Seph Lawless and Business Insider reporters, showing the relics of America's suburban past. Some of these structures are now abandoned while millennials move forward with alternative ways of living.    

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It's been a rough couple of years for the retail industry, and malls are shutting down across the country. Chicago's Lincoln Mall, pictured here, shut its doors in January 2015.

Source: Business Insider

It had originally opened in 1973.

Source: The Chicago Tribune

The 700,000-square-foot mall had the capacity to host four anchor stores and 100 smaller shops.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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How a modern-day James Bond went from uncovering political assassinations to penning the Trump dossier that's enraging Republicans


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  • President Donald Trump's first year in office has been plagued by parallel Russia investigations — one led by special counsel Robert Mueller and the other led by the House Intelligence Committee.
  • Behind both of these investigations stands British spy Christopher Steele, and the dossier he authored during the 2016 election about Trump's ties to Russia.
  • The elusive MI6 agent has a fascinating life, from his time uncovering political assassinations to his current role as a defining figure in the Russia probes.

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The life of Christopher Steele reads like the script of an international spy thriller.

From the shores of Yemen to MI6 offices in Moscow and London, the British spy amassed an impressive career before he compiled the infamous yet seminal dossier about then-US presidential candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russia in 2016.

The elusive agent's credibility and expertise have come under increasing scrutiny over the last several months.

While the explosive claims about Trump's collusion with Russia that Steele makes in his dossier have yet to be independently corroborated, little by little, investigators are confirming bits and pieces of the document. Now, a second dossier has emerged that reportedly came to many of the same conclusions Steele did.

Although he has been maligned as a political operative who compiled the dossier for partisan gain, it is clear from his activities that over time, the dossier became a deeply personal matter for Steele. One of his college friends said politics did not play a huge role in Steele's work.

"He's got his political views, but he's a pragmatic thinker," he told the New Yorker. "Fairness, integrity, and truth, for him, trump any ideology."

Here's a look at how Steele became a vital intelligence source on both sides of the Atlantic — and a defining figure in the Russia investigation in the process:

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Steele's story begins in an unlikely location — on a colonial army base in the port of Aden, Yemen, on the Arabian Sea, where he was born in 1964.

Source: The Guardian

Steele's father was a weather forecaster for the British military, which meant that he spent much of his childhood in far-flung locations around the world.

Source: The Guardian

In addition to Yemen, he spent time in Cyprus and in the Shetland Islands of Scotland, where he developed a passion for bird-watching.

Source: The Guardian

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16 high-paying jobs for artistic people


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• Jobs for artists are often depicted as low-paying.

• Data from the US Department of Labor database O*NET disputes that stereotype.

• There are a number of jobs geared toward creatives that pay over $55,000 a year.

Jobs for artists aren't known for being particularly lucrative.

The common narrative is that you can pursue your creative passion, or you can bring home the bacon. You can't do both.

But there are actually a handful of jobs for artists and creative thinkers that come with a decent salary — you just need to know where to look.

We searched through US Department of Labor database O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, for high-paying jobs that might appeal to artistic people. O*Net designates these jobs a "primary interest" of "artistic."

O*NET defines artistic occupations as jobs that "frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules."

Here are 15 high-paying jobs for artistic and creative people that pay on average more than $55,000 a year in a range of industries and fields:

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Editors plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication.

Median annual salary: $57,210

Projected growth from 2016 to 2026: -1% to 1%

Makeup artists

Makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

Median annual salary: $60,970

Projected growth from 2016 to 2026: 10% to 14%

Film and video editors

Film and video editors edit moving images on film, video, or other media.

Median annual salary: $62,760

Projected growth from 2016 to 2026: 15% or higher

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Nominate the rising stars of marijuana's investment scene


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  • Business Insider is assembling its first-ever ranking of top marijuana investors.
  • Send us your nominations.


We're seeking nominations for Business Insider's first-ever list of the top investors in the booming cannabis industry. We want to hear from you.

The ranking celebrates the best up-and-coming talents in marijuana's investment scene. We're looking for the top investors from Wall Street, to Bay Street, to Silicon Valley and everywhere in between. Any active investor that has touched the cannabis industry can be nominated, whether their contributions come from angel investing, venture capital, or hedge funds. 

Please send your nominations to Business Insider reporters Melia Robinson (mrobinson@businessinsider.com) and Jeremy Berke (jberke@businessinsider.com).

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Here's what you need to include in your entry:

  • Your nomination's name, place of employment, and title.
  • A brief line or two about why they deserve a spot on the list and an example of their standout work. We will be focusing on investors who were active in the past year.
  • A high-quality photo of your nomination, if possible.
  • If you are nominating a colleague from your company, you must also send one nomination from a competing firm or company. This helps us ensure the list is not self-serving.

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We put In-N-Out and Five Guys to the test in a battle of the burger chains — and the winner surprised us


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In a battle of the burgers, Five Guys is winning. The East Coast burger sensation claimed the top spot in a 2017 brand report from Harris Poll, based on input from over 100,000 consumers.

In-N-Out, a cult favorite on the West Coast, held the title for the previous two years and has long been considered Five Guys' top rival. The burger chain recently announced it's opening a distribution center in Colorado, which could allow it to expand further east. All stores must be located close to these hubs because of the company's strict policy of serving its food fresh.

Five Guys has grown its footprint along with its fandom. It has over 1,500 locations worldwide, while In-N-Out has about 300 stores across soon-to-be seven states.

With the rivalry heating up between these East Coast and West Coast chains, my colleague Rob Price and I decided to give them both a try in a back-to-back taste-test. Here's what we thought.

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The San Francisco Bay Area is a burger-lover's paradise, in part because it's home to Five Guys and In-N-Out locations. We tried the home team, In-N-Out, first.

When we arrived, nearly every table had been claimed.

The West Coast burger chain has a noticeably slimmer menu than fast-food giants like McDonald's and Burger King, with few options beyond burgers, fries, and shakes.

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Bumble is removing all the photos of people with guns in its dating app


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  • Dating app Bumble will start banning photos with guns or knives in them.
  • The ban does not apply to users in the military and law enforcement who are in uniform.
  • Users will have the option of appealing to get individual photos reinstated.

Dating app Bumble is joining the list of companies that have distanced themselves from the promotion of guns in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Bumble announced in a blog post on Monday it will begin to ban photos that include guns or other dangerous weapons like knives. Entire profiles will not be banned, but individual photos will be taken down. The new policy does not apply to users in the military and law enforcement who are in uniform, the company said.

"As mass shootings continue to devastate communities across the country, it’s time to state unequivocally that gun violence is not in line with our values, nor do these weapons belong on Bumble," the blog post says.

Bumble, which was created as a "female-first" dating app, has taken a similar approach to moderating hate speech and inappropriate sexual content with a zero-tolerance policy. 

5,000 moderators will search through every new and previously uploaded photo and remove any that don't adhere to the new guidelines, The New York Times reported. Eventually, Bumble will filter out mentions of guns in written content as well, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble's founder and CEO, told The Times.

Herd also acknowledged that the issue of gun ownership is a gray area and the new policy could potentially affect users who don't endorse violence, like gun hobbyists and professional sport shooters. In these cases, she tells The Times, users can appeal to have their photos reinstated.

Bumble also announced it is giving $100,000 to March For Our Lives, a protest for stricter gun control being organized by the survivors of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last month that left 17 students dead.

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Emma Watson tweeted that she's hiring a tattoo proofreader after missing an apostrophe on her 'Time's Up' tattoo


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  • British actress Emma Watson has joked that she is hiring a "fake tattoo proofreader" after fans spotted a typo in her new tattoo.
  • She revealed the "Times Up" tattoo — missing an apostrophe — at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday.
  • Thousands of fans have replied to "apply" to the position.


Emma Watson has joked that she's hiring a "fake tattoo proofreader" after fans spotted a typo in the new tattoo she revealed at an Oscar party on Sunday.

The Brown University graduate showed up at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party with a tattoo on her right inner forearm which read "Times Up," honouring the movement against sexual harassment.

It was noticeably missing an apostrophe on "Time's."

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While it's unknown if the tattoo is real or temporary, the actress joked on Twitter that she was hiring a "fake tattoo proofreader" after fans pointed out the error.

Over a thousand fans have replied to the tweet, "applying" for the fake position.

Watson, who has been one of the leaders of the Time's Up movement, also recently donated £1 million to another anti-harassment campaign, according to the BBC.

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First date etiquette differs around the world — here are the rules you need to know in 11 countries


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Keeping up with the rules of dating can be a challenge, even in your own country. Depending on where you are in the world, the etiquette can vary a fair bit.

Even if you have worked out all the rules and terms for your home country, you could be lost if you search for love abroad.

Language experts at Babbel provided Business Insider with a list of appropriate ways to act on dates in different countries, covering everything from how to greet each other to who usually pays.

Here are the dating rules you need to know in 11 different countries around the world.

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1. France

When you meet up for a date with someone in France, it is common to kiss each other on the cheek twice, starting from the left cheek. There are some regional variations to this, too.

When on the date, it's not a good idea to bring up ex partners. It's also the done thing to split the bill.

2. Spain

In Spain, you say hello with one kiss on each cheek. It's not a great idea to bring up ex partners here either, but other taboo topics of conversation include money, politics, and religion.

Splitting the bill is common, unless the man — in a heterosexual situation — wants to be chivalrous.

3. Italy

In Italy, it's one kiss on each cheek, too. As well as exes, money, and politics, it's good to steer the conversation clear of personal issues, such as your health.

Italians have no rules about the amount of alcohol you drink on the first date. Splitting the bill is also common here.

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The 'Game Of Thrones' cast were spotted drinking Guinness in a Belfast pub at the weekend


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  • The 'Game of Thrones' cast were spotted enjoying a few pints in a traditional pub in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Jacob Anderson were among the crew seen enjoying chilled drinks after filming at the weekend.

We're used to seeing the cast of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in a more glamorous setting, but this weekend some of the show's actors were spotted knocking back a couple of pints in a Belfast pub after filming.

Kelly's Cellars, a traditional pub in the city centre, posted a photo of some of the crew enjoying drinks in the early hours of Sunday morning with the following caption:

"As you may have noticed, Winter Is Coming. Or Coming Back. Or whatever.
But whatever it is, it was a pleasure to welcome some of the cast of Game of Thrones yesterday evening.
Because that's what they do.
They drink. And they know things."

The photo shows GOT producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss as well as actors Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson, and Peter Dinklage enjoying some drinks alongside two unidentified people.

The cast members braved the cold weather and swung by the pub shortly after 10 p.m. settling in the upstairs bar at Kelly's, according to Irish News.

Clarke looks to have opted for a gin and tonic, while co-stars Harrington and Drinklage appear to have gone for a couple of pints of the local stout — Guinness.

Kelly's is conveniently located for after work drinks for the cast, as it's just around the corner from the King’s Landing set at Titanic Studios, according to fan site Winter is Coming, and a mere half a hour from the Winterfell set and Magheramorne Quarry (where they film scenes at Castle Black).

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The 15 most beautiful places in the UK outside of London, according to Instagram


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Whether you live in the UK or are planning your first trip, it can be easy to go back to the same London-centric spots when you're looking for a day out or weekend away.

To help you expand your horizons, Instagram data tool Magi Metrics has gathered data from hashtags and geotagged locations on Instagram in order to locate the most popular beauty spots in the UK — London not included.

The data was collected by looking at locations in the UK outside of London where users had posted the hashtags #beautiful, #stunning, #wonderful, #romantic, and #lovely. After analysing more than 300,000 posts, they came up with this list - scroll down to check it out.

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15. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

One of the most historic tourist locations in the UK, the fortress is set on a cliff with the sea as a backdrop — a photographer's dream.

14. Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England.

One of the most famous landforms in the country, you can enjoy panoramic views and crystal-clear waters with a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

13. Cliffs Of Dover, Kent, England.

One of the most spectacular sights in the UK, the White Cliffs of Dover make for an incredible walk. On a clear day, you can even see France.

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A psychologist says you shouldn't avoid talking about exes on a first date — here's what being open can reveal about the person you're with


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  • Speaking about your exes on a first date might sound like a terrible idea.
  • But, if you can do it in a healthy, mature way, you're probably doing yourself a favour.
  • How your new partner speaks about their past can be very revealing, and could show some ugly personality traits if they are overly critical.
  • Or, if you can both be honest without feeling uncomfortable, you might have the basis for a great relationship already.

You can never predict how well, or how badly, a first date will go. You might end up being side-barred, or simply not feel a spark. If things do seem to go well, there's no guarantee they'll even respond to your texts afterwards.

In several countries around the world, bringing up an ex on a first date is considered to be a bad idea. However, according to psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne from the University of Massachusetts, avoiding the topic of previous relationships can back you into a corner, especially if it comes up at a later date.

She told Elle that it might seem like a small lie at the time to say you went on holiday "with a friend" rather than your ex-partner, but it might not go down well if you have to change your story in the future.

It's a good idea to think about why you'd want to keep it a secret in the first place. If it's because you're concerned about making your new love interest jealous, then that's probably a red flag they aren't right for you.

On the flip side, if your date is bringing up their ex at every available opportunity, then that might be a sign they're not ready to move on yet.

Bringing up the past in a mature, healthy way can actually be very revealing, Whitbourne said.

"You want a partner who's securely attached," she told Elle. "That means they're not intrusive, and not dismissive."

In other words, if you do bring up an ex partner in casual conversation, someone who is secure will ask an appropriate amount of questions — they won't probe too far, or brush off the conversation like it never happened. If you can get through the conversation with neither of you squirming, that's probably a good sign.

Also, how your date speaks about their past relationships can be a predictor for how they might treat you. For example, psychologist Elinor Greenbergtold Business Insider that people tend to follow patterns, and whatever they have done in previous relationships they are likely to do again.

"If you listen carefully to how your new lover describes his or her important previous relationships and how he or she speaks about their exes, you can learn a lot about how this person is likely to treat you," she said.

"When people describe all of their exes as terrible people and put all the blame on them for the relationship's failure, this is a red flag for me. It practically shouts: 'I cannot take any responsibility for whatever went wrong. I have not learned anything from these relationships. It is totally up to you to make our relationship work.'"

It is also likely to mean they are unable to see people in a realistic way, and may be prone to idealisation. They probably thought their exes were perfect at the start of the relationship, but since breaking up they are only able to see the bad things.

"Either they have a knack for picking the absolutely worst people with whom to be in a relationship, or they are seeing all of these people in a very distorted way," Greenberg said. "If they could not see anyone before you realistically or make any of these relationships work, they are unlikely to be able to do it with you."

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This is what your recommended daily intake of fat, sugar, and salt actually looks like


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  • Wren Kitchens has visualised your recommended daily intakes for fat, sugar, and salt in a series of photographs to offer some perspective.
  • It found that a large McDonald's Big Tasty meal would tip you over the edge of your RDI of fat and that one venti Starbucks chai latte would cost you nearly half your RDI of sugar.
  • The retailer also found that there was more salt in two slices of buttered wholemeal toast than a 50g bag of salted peanuts.

Most of us know by now that some popular breakfast staples, such as cereals, have a surprisingly high sugar content, and that we should avoid eating overly processed foods.

Yet just last week Cancer Research said that millennials are set to be the fattest generation on record. According to current estimates, it claims that more than seven in 10 of those born between the early 80s and mid 90s are set to be overweight or obese between the ages of 35-44. 

When your recommended daily intake of things like fat, sugar, and salt are laid out in front of your eyes, it can put things into perspective.

Retailer Wren Kitchens has taken the recommended daily intake (RDI) of fat, sugar, and salt for the average adult and calculated what this looks like in terms of portions of popular everyday items.

It found that just one McDonald's Big Tasty burger with bacon and large fries contains more than your recommended daily intake of fat, while just one venti Starbucks chai latte would cost you nearly half your RDI of sugar.

Perhaps more surprisingly they discovered that there was more salt in two slices of buttered wholemeal toast than a 50g bag of salted peanuts.

Here's what your recommended daily intake of fat, sugar, and salt actually looks like:

Fat — RDI 70g

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Sugar — RDI 90g

Sugar landscape

Salt — RDI 6g

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All 90 Oscar best-picture winners, ranked from worst to best by movie critics


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  • 90 films have won the Oscar for best picture in the history of the Academy Awards.
  • We ranked all 90 films based on how well they fared with critics.


With the 90th Academy Awards now a wrap, we have a new Oscar best picture winner: Guillermo del Toro's fantasy love story "The Shape of Water" took home film's top prize Sunday.

Business Insider ranked all 90 films — from the first winner "Wings" from 1927 to "The Shape of Water" — based on their critic score on reviews-aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. In the case of ties, we broke them based on their audience scores on the site. (And if those were the same, the film with more user ratings came out on top.) 

Some of the results may be a surprise ("Argo" is ... pretty high on the list), while others (notorious winner "Crash") probably won't be.

All 90 best picture Oscar winners are ranked below:

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90. "The Broadway Melody" (1929)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 35%

89. "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

88. "Cimarron" (1931)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

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The 41 actors who have won multiple Oscars, ranked by who has won the most


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

Frances McDormand entered the club on Sunday, when she took home her second Oscar for her performance as a grieving mother in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

But McDormand still trails a list of actors and actresses with illustrious careers, including Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, and Katharine Hepburn. 

Here are the 41 actors who have won multiple Academy Awards in acting categories:

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Christoph Waltz — 2 wins, 2 nominations

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

Hilary Swank — 2 wins, 2 nominations

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

Kevin Spacey — 2 wins, 2 nominations

Best actor: "American Beauty" (1999)

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

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20 weird psychological reasons someone might fall in love with you


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  • Certain factors make it more likely — though not certain — that two people will fall in love.
  • Some factors are biological, like the way you smell.
  • Other factors are behavioral, like your body language.

Love is mysterious, but it's probably not destiny.

According to the research, your hormones, interests, and upbringing all help determine who you fall for — and who falls for you.

Since your partner plays a significant role in your long-term health, happiness, and even your career prospects, we've scoured the studies and collected some of the psychological reasons two people click.

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If you're really, really alike

Decades of studies have shown that the cliché that "opposites attract" is totally off.

"Partners who are similar in broad dispositions, like personality, are more likely to feel the same way in their day-to-day lives," said Gian Gonzaga, lead author of a study of couples who met on eHarmony. "This may make it easier for partners to understand each other."

If you look like their opposite-sex parent

University of St. Andrews psychologist David Perrett and his colleagues found that some people are attracted to folks with the same hair and eye color of their opposite-sex parents, as well as the age range they saw at birth.

"We found that women born to 'old' parents (over 30) were less impressed by youth, and more attracted to age cues in male faces than women with 'young' parents (under 30)," the authors wrote. "For men, preferences for female faces were influenced by their mother's age and not their father's age, but only for long-term relationships."

If you smell right

A University of Southern California study of women who were ovulating suggested that some prefer the smell of T-shirts worn by men with high levels of testosterone.

This matched with other hormone-based instincts: Some women also preferred men with a strong jaw line when they were ovulating. 

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A day in the life of the richest person in history, Jeff Bezos — who made $6.44 billion in one day and still washes the dishes after dinner


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• Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in history.

• Bezos works hard, but his daily routine indicates that he's not addicted to work.

• His daily routine includes lots of family time, and even time allotted for washing the dishes.

Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in history. He's also at the top of Forbes' annual list of the richest people on the planet, for the first time ever.

According to Bloomberg, the Amazon founder and CEO has $127 billion to his name. In addition to founding the online retail behemoth Amazon, Bezos also owns The Washington Post and an aerospace company, Blue Origin.

So what does daily life look like for this tech mogul?

Here's a look inside his daily routine:

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Bezos is a big believer in getting enough shut-eye. He wakes up every morning naturally, without the aid of an alarm clock.

Source: CNBC, Inc., Entrepreneur

He always starts the day by sharing a healthy breakfast with his wife, the novelist MacKenzie Bezos.

Source: Entrepreneur, Inc.

To spend quality time with MacKenzie and their four children, he never schedules early-morning meetings.

Source: Entrepreneur

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Luxury apartments with views of the Queen's garden are on sale across from Buckingham Palace — and they go up to £30 million


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  • 72 luxury apartments are on sale right across from Buckingham Palace.
  • The No. 1 Palace Road property, set to be complete in 2019, boasts views over the Palace's Gardens.
  • The apartments start at £2.5 million and go up to £30 million.

If you're a fan of the royal family, you can now get a front row seat to their lives — if you have £2.5 million to spare, that is.

No. 1 Palace Street, a luxury development from London developer Northacre, is offering prospective buyers the opportunity to live right across from Buckingham Palace.

Located in the sought-after St. James' Park neighbourhood, the residence — which will boast 72 "state-of-the-art" apartments — is due to be complete in 2019. Apartments start at £2.5 million and go up to a whopping £30 million — and 70% of them have already sold, according to the company.

Here's where the property is located:

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Set on a 300,000 square foot island site inside a Grade II-listed property originally created in 1890 as The Palace Hotel — which hosted guests of Queen Victoria before the third wing of the Palace was built — the residence will offer views over the 47-acre Buckingham Palace Gardens. The location is even more idyllic if you can blag your way into one of the Queen's garden parties.

Here's what it will look like inside the property's Buckingham Gate entrance:

No.1 Palace Street   Buckingham Gate Entrance

Whether it's a one-bedroom or a penthouse, each apartment will have a unique layout and a custom design to "complement the different architectural styles of the building," according to the company.

Here's what you can expect from a bedroom...


Reception room...


...and a kitchen.


The property's 10,000 square feet of facilities will also include a 6,500 square foot "haven of wellbeing" which will feature a gym, personal training suites, treatment rooms, and "one of the most impressive private pools in the Capital," which will overlook the courtyard and private garden.

No.1 Palace Street   Swimming Pool

The property will also feature a cinema room, library, and entertaining suite, while residents will be able to make use of personal catering from the development's restaurant.

And if these pictures are anything to go by, the outside of the building will be equally as impressive.

No.1 Palace Street   Buckingham Gate Façade Night

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A look inside the marriage of the richest couple in history, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos — who met at work, were engaged in 3 months, and own more land than almost anyone else in America (AMZN)


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• After meeting at D.E. Shaw & Co., Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos were married in 1993.

• Shortly afterward, the couple relocated to Seattle to found Amazon; MacKenzie was one of the company's first employees.

• Today, Jeff Bezos is worth $127 billion, making him the richest person in history.

Jeff Bezos wasn't alone when he made his cross-county road trip to Seattle in 1994. And he wasn't alone when he founded Amazon, the online retail giant some analysts now believe will be the world's first trillion-dollar company.

His wife, MacKenzie, was there for the whole journey.

In an interview with CBS, she described watching her husband build Amazon up from scratch: "To me, watching your spouse, somebody that you love, have an adventure — what is better than that?"

Today, Bloomberg estimates Bezos is worth $127 billion— making him the richest person in history, according to CNN. He's also topped Forbes' annual list of the richest people on the planet for the first time ever.

Here's a look inside the marriage of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

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MacKenzie and Jeff first met at investment management firm D.E. Shaw. MacKenzie was a research associate and Jeff was a vice president. Jeff was the first person to interview MacKenzie — a fellow Princeton grad — at the firm.

Source: Business Insider, ForbesVogue

"I think my wife is resourceful, smart, brainy, and hot, but I had the good fortune of having seen her résumé before I met her, so I knew exactly what her SATs were," he joked to Vogue.

Source: Vogue

After she landed the job, they became office neighbors. "All day long I listened to that fabulous laugh," she told Vogue. "How could you not fall in love with that laugh?"

Source: Vogue

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Even former 'The Bachelor' contestants are slamming ABC for the manipulative way it handled Monday's finale


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  • ABC aired part one of the season finale of "The Bachelor" Monday night.
  • The episode stretched three hours, and the finale hour showed footage of an "unedited" break-up.
  • Fans and former contestants on the show criticized the way it was filmed, and how the break-up was handled by ABC. 

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Monday's "The Bachelor" finale.

"The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison didn't lie to us about how intense the finale would be.

Monday night's three-hour finale of "The Bachelor," part one of two, was actually the most dramatic finale in the show's 15-year history. But it's also faced criticism for its masterful manipulation of a woman's pain. People are not happy with the way the finale's big break-up was filmed, including former contestants, bachelors, and bachelorettes, who tweeted things like, "This is just awful ... why are they filming this?"

The way the finale was handled suggests that ABC, after a season of low ratings, was desperate for a hit. And many thought the finale took things way too far.

All season long, Arie Luyendyk Jr. seemed to struggle to appear interesting on camera. His language was repetitive, with his default being, "I love that," or simply repeating what the women said. It was obvious that Arie was not the right choice to be the bachelor, and that the producers and ABC were struggling to make him interesting.

In the finale, Arie finally gets interesting.

In the episode, he proposes to the season's winner, Becca, and all seems swell. But host Chris Harrison consistently reminds viewers throughout the night that something very dramatic is going to happen, and with 90 more minutes of airtime left, everyone knew something was up.

Turns out, Arie decided he made the wrong decision weeks after proposing to Becca. On camera, in footage that Harrison said was "unedited," Arie ends his engagement with Becca. He tells her that he's going to try to have a relationship with Lauren, the runner-up.

Becca was completely set up, and had no idea Arie was going to dump her. She thought she was sent to Los Angeles to film footage of the progress in their relationship. 

It's unusual for couples from "The Bachelor" to get intimate airtime after their season is over, unless it's for a special about how great everything is going. But ABC and "The Bachelor" producers made the most of it. The final hour focuses on Becca's emotional trauma. 

"Are you f---ing kidding me," Becca says to Arie when he breaks off the engagement. Becca was applauded for her reaction by fans — maintaining her cool but putting Arie in his place. But clearly, this was not the reaction the producers were hoping for, and the way the rest of the episode is set up pushes her toward a more emotional reaction.

In the episode, Becca asks Arie to leave multiple times, and he won't. At one point, Arie does leave the house while Becca is crying in the bathroom. Then he goes back inside the house, knocks on the door of the bathroom, and asks if she is okay.

"I told you to leave," Becca says. "What are you still doing here?"

The way this break-up is shot (cameras following Becca and Arie separately) and how long it is, was so painful to watch that people on Twitter — even former contestants who are still active within Bachelor Nation — were begging for it to stop:

The entire break-up took up the last hour of the episode, with Becca shown crying for twenty minutes.

And Arie's pressure to get her to feel better does not come off as sweet, romantic, or respectable. This episode felt less like "The Bachelor" and more like an episode of Lifetime's "UnReal," which satirizes the exploitative nature of the former.

During Monday's episode, Becca — at the studio with Chris Harrison and a live studio audience — watches the footage. When it finishes playing, Becca says, "brutal."

Then Harrison tells her she'll face Arie and Lauren in person in the second part of the finale, airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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