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A look at the epic rise of 29-year-old Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who has already won an Oscar and now stars as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider'


Alicia VikanderAlicia Vikander has had quite the success story, and she will fill the boots of popular video game character Lara Croft in this weekend's "Tomb Raider" film reboot.

The 29-year-old actress rose to prominence in 2015 with her role as an AI in "Ex Machina."

That same year she starred in "The Danish Girl" as artist Gerda Wegener, the wife of fellow artist Lili Elbe (played by Eddie Redmayne), one of the first identifiable recipients of sex-reassignment surgery. 

The performance won Vikander an Oscar for best supporting actress.

Since her Oscar win, Vikander has taken on numerous roles of the dramatic and action type, from "Jason Bourne" to "Tulip Fever" — and married fellow Hollywood luminary Michael Fassbender.

Here's a look through Vikander's rise to fame and fabulous life:

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Vikander grew up in Sweden, where even at a young age, she seemed destined for stardom. In 1997, at 8 years old, she won a televised children's talent show with her lip-syncing talents.

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Vikander's first taste of acting success came in 2007 with the Swedish soap opera "Andra Avenyn" ("Second Avenue"), which looked at the lives of a group of people living in the second-largest city in Sweden.

In 2009, she starred in her first feature film, "Pure," in which she plays a troubled 20 year old who, in leaving her family life, ends up in the arms of a married man.

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30 things that have disappeared as malls across America have died


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  • As shopping malls struggle to attract consumers, many have closed or converted to serve new uses.
  • Many features that were once common at malls have becoming increasingly rare.
  • These include playgrounds, arcades, and appearances and concerts from pop stars.

Malls once played a pivotal role in how we shopped and socialized. Many malls that would once be crowded on any given afternoon are now struggling to fill vacancies, with some being converted into residential or business centers. 

As a result, malls have lost many of the distinctive stores and features we used to associate with them.

Here are some of the stores, features, and behaviors you no longer see in malls:

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


When malls were a weekend destination for families, many of the shopping centers would have playgrounds so that kids wouldn't become restless after watching their parents run errands.

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The electronics retailer used to have a large physical retail footprint before it declared bankruptcy in 2008. It now sells its merchandise through its website, catalog, and third-party retail partners.

Promotional appearances from pop stars

Back when people bought CDs, pop stars like Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne would promote their new albums by touring malls, which would often be overwhelmed by young fans.

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12 times United was America's most hated airline (UAL)


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  • United Airlines has dealt with a large number of highly-publicized customer service incidents over the past few years.
  • The airline has hurt customers, threatened them, and mishandled their pets.
  • While it appeared the United had recovered from the April 2017 incident when it dragged a passenger off an overbooked flight, two pet-related incidents this week started a new round of controversy.

United Airlines can't seem to stop shooting itself in the foot.

After it seemed like the airline had recovered from the backlash to the infamous April 2017 incident when it dragged a customer off an overbooked flight, the airline proceeded to kill a passenger's dog and send another pet dog to the wrong destination this week. The former caused some customers to call for a boycott of the airline.

Over the past few years, the airline has had a number of customer service problems that have kept it in the news for the wrong reasons. Whether it's hurting customers, threatening them, or mishandling their pets, United can't seem to avoid controversy.

Airline expert George Hobica said the company's problems start at the top.

"It's a top-down culture, meaning, the CEO and other leaders set the atmosphere for the rest of the employees," he told Business Insider. "The leadership has been pretty abysmal."

Both Hobica and Charles Leocha, president of the airline passenger advocacy group Travelers United, think the company's leadership has created a culture where employees are treated poorly, which leads to bad customer service.

"If they treat their airline employees well, then the airline employees will treat the customers better," Leocha told Business Insider. "And United, historically, has had a problem in terms of employee management issues. And I think that it shows."

Here are 12 of the airline's worst customer service moments.

SEE ALSO: United Airlines is being slammed after a puppy died in an overhead bin — and it reveals a glaring flaw with the business

When it dragged a passenger off a plane

The infamous April 2017 incident in which a United passenger was forcibly dragged off an overbooked flight resulted in significant damage to the airline's reputation. United then made matters worse with what many believed was an insensitive response to the incident which included a publicly-released company report that called the passenger "disruptive" and "belligerent."

Munoz issued a second apology after the backlash from the first.

"No one should ever be mistreated this way," he said. "I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right."

The airline eventually settled with the passenger after he sued the airline.

When it killed a dog

On Tuesday, United admitted that a passenger's 10-month-old puppy suffocated and died in the overhead compartment on one of its flights. Another passenger alleged on Facebook that a flight attendant forced the owner to stow the dog in the overhead bin, despite the fact that she was transporting it in a TSA-approved dog carrier.

"This was a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin," the airline said in response to the incident. "We assume full responsibility for this tragedy and express our deepest condolences to the family and are committed to supporting them."

United isn't the only airline that's struggled with how to handle pets on its flights, but much of the airline industry's recent, pet-related controversy has centered on emotional support animals, which don't have to be transported in a special carrier. There are no indications that the puppy was an emotional support animal.

When it accidentally flew a dog to Japan

United announced another dog-related incident on Wednesday, as the airline said it was investigating how a Kansas City-bound family's dog was accidentally flown to Japan. When the family arrived in Kansas City, it was given another passenger's dog, which was supposed to have been flown to Japan. The airline said the family's dog was placed on a flight from Japan to Kansas City.

"An error occurred during connections in Denver for two pets sent to the wrong destinations," United told Kansas City's KCTV after the incident. "We apologize for this mistake and are following up with the vendor kennel where they were kept overnight to understand what happened."

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People are freaking out that Ivanka appears to be wearing white at Donald Trump, Jr.'s wedding — here's the real story


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  • Twitter users accused Ivanka Trump of wearing white to her brother Donald Trump, Jr.'s wedding.
  • A closer look at other photos reveal that she was not wearing white, but the bride's sister was.
  • Vanessa filed for divorce from Trump, Jr. on Thursday, Page Six reported.

Photos from Vanessa and Donald Trump, Jr.'s wedding in 2005 blew up on Twitter Thursday, and people are accusing his sister, White House adviser Ivanka Trump, of wearing white.

A washed out photo of Ivanka and her two brothers at the wedding has been making the rounds on Twitter, where people were mostly making fun of how unflattering the photo was.

Comedy writer Siobhan Thompson upped the drama further when she pointed out that it looked like Ivanka's dress was white.

"Look I know we all know that the Trump family ain’t classy, but also CHECK OUT IVANKA STRAIGHT-UP WEARING WHITE AT SOMEONE ELSE’S WEDDING," Thompson tweeted.

But a quick look at other photos from President Donald Trump's eldest son's wedding reveal that Ivanka's dress was actually light purple:

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The other photos from the event show that the bridesmaids were all wearing the same dress as Ivanka.

But a photo of the bridal party reveals that the bride's sister, Veronika Haydon, was wearing a white dress.

Unfortunately for the bride and groom, 13 years after their wedding, Vanessa filed for divorce from Trump, Jr. on Thursday, Page Six reported.

You can see all the Getty photos from the wedding here »

SEE ALSO: The wives of the two eldest Trump sons have wildly different approaches to politics — and it could be tearing the first family apart

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A mysterious 'supplement' with a viral following has been linked to salmonella — and the outbreak is still spreading



  • Kratom is an opioid derived from a plant native to Southeast Asia. It can be consumed in pills, powder, or tea.
  • On Thursday, the CDC issued its third warning in a month that the drug, often called an "herbal supplement," had been linked to salmonella, bringing the total number of sick people to 87.
  • It's still unclear what is at the root of the outbreak, but data from CDC labs and field investigations points to kratom as the most likely source.

The Food and Drug Administration calls it a dangerous opioid, but kratom advocates call their pill of choice a life-saving supplement. Either way, it's been linked with a growing salmonella outbreak.

Kratom is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a plant in the coffee family that is native to Southeast Asia. Research suggests the drug taps into some of the same brain receptors as opioids do, spurring the FDA to classify it as one this February.

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control reported 47 additional cases of salmonella linked to kratom, bringing the total number of cases to 87. Salmonella is a bacterial infection from contaminated food or water that typically causes diarrhea and abdominal pain lasting up to a week.

As with any unregulated supplement, kratom may be dangerous and even deadly because there's no way to verify what pills labeled "kratom" actually contain. Nevertheless, some marketers tout kratom as capable of delivering super-human strength and feelings of euphoria along with powerful pain relief and better focus. Untainted kratom is also sometimes hailed as a way to treat opioid addiction, which some addiction experts have said is not entirely unreasonable given its opioid-like qualities.

But unlike most opioids, which are either illegal or must be prescribed by a doctor, kratom is widely available online. It was even sold for a time out of an Arizona vending machine.

"At this time, CDC recommends that people not consume any brand of kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella," the agency wrote in a statement on Thursday, adding, "evidence indicates that kratom is the likely source of this ... outbreak," but "no common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified" yet.

As with most of its bacterial outbreak warnings, the agency interviewed people reporting symptoms of the infection to try to nail down the cause by asking sick people what foods and beverages they ate in the previous months and if they'd been traveling. Out of 55 people interviewed, 40 of them (73%) reported consuming kratom in pills, powder, or tea.

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

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

Salmonella warnings like this from the CDC are not unusual.

The agency recently issued one for shredded raw coconut, for example. In that case, 10 (63%) of 16 people interviewed said they had eaten or "maybe eaten" coconut, with eight of those 10 saying they'd eaten a dessert drink made with frozen shredded coconut. And earlier this year, the CDC sent out a warning about raw sprouts. In interviews the CDC conducted when it was investigating that case, seven people reported eating at the sandwich chain Jimmy John's, and all of them said they'd eaten sandwiches with raw sprouts.

Kratom is increasingly raising eyebrows


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEE ALSO: A mysterious supplement with a viral following has been officially declared an opioid by the FDA

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The £30 workout Meghan Markle called 'the best thing you can do for your body' was the hardest thing I've ever done in a gym — here's how to get the same results at home


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  • Business Insider checked out the workout Meghan Markle called "the best thing you can do for your body" — and it was easy to see why she's a fan.
  • Studio Lagree, a gym used by Markle in Toronto, just launched a new London location at £30 a class.
  • The Megaformer machine provides an intense full body conditioning workout using slow movements.
  • One of the studio's trainers told BI how you can get the same results at home with 4 simple exercises.

Prince Harry's bride-to-be Meghan Markle is known for her strong stance on feminism and her habit of breaking royal traditions and smashing stereotypes.

She's also known for her enviable physique, including toned arms and long, slender legs.

Apparently, Markle owes her figure partly to Megaformer — an intense full body conditioning workout that takes place on a moving machine.

She's been quoted calling Megaformer workouts "hands down the best thing you could do for your body," and is said to be a fan of Studio Lagree, a provider with three locations in London.

Lagree launched a new studio at the city's Nobu Hotel in February, so Business Insider went to a class to see what the fuss is all about.

Robert Lepone, Managing Director of Studio Lagree UK, said Markle was "a very regular visitor to the King Street location in Toronto when filming in the city for Suits."

Other A-list clients include Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Sophia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Calvin Harris, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, various NBA players from the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and even Ben Stiller.

And with promises of strengthening the body, toning and elongating the muscles, improving endurance, jump-starting the metabolism, burning fat, increasing flexibility and postural alignment, and "restoring the body's natural balance," it's easy to see the appeal.

The machine looks pretty intimidating...

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The 50-minute class takes place entirely on a Megaformer machine, which, lined up alongside a number of others, looks incredibly intimidating upon arrival.

There's a lot of information to take in ahead of your first class. The machine is built to combine pilates, cardio, and strength-training — but it's your core that takes the biggest hit.

...but you'll get a good explanation

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The Megaformer has three components: front and back platforms and a carriage which moves between the two.

There are numbered lines on each part, so you know exactly where your hands and feet should be planted during each move.

There are also springs attached to the carriage which allow you to add and remove resistance throughout your workout.

Here's a video showing the machine in motion:

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It's all about slow movement


Once you're on the machine, you can perform hundreds of exercises for full-body conditioning — but you do so at a slow, controlled pace, really engaging your muscles.

Lagree trainer Linda Robson told Business Insider that the slow movement is one thing that differentiates the method from other workouts.

"That’s why it’s so challenging," she said. "When we move that slowly we’re not able to use or leverage the system of momentum. We want the muscles to take all the tension."


While thee slow movement is what makes it "slightly excruciating," it's also what makes it so effective.

"The slower you go, the faster you’ll see results," she said.

According to Sebastian Lagree, "The principles of the Lagree Method are that it works muscles to failure with very little rest, and this results in a workout that burns maximum calories in a short time, whilst also developing significant muscle tone and strength."

However, Robson stressed that it isn't a Pilates class, which people often mistake it for.

"We're using the movement of the carriage to intensify the range of movement you can get and to intensify the work," she said.

It's a tough workout — but not a sweaty one


Within five minutes of the class, we'd already done a few plank variations while holding ourselves up on the machine, and my abs were shaking. I was struggling to hold each position.

The other biggest challenge for me was balance. On more than one occasion, I was afraid of falling off the Megaformer.

Luckily, while the movements are slow, the class is fast-paced and you change position frequently, so it goes by quickly.

Strangely enough, when it was over, I wasn't sweating, but my whole body felt strong.

I could see why it would be the perfect workout for a busy, high-profile person like Markle. However, at £30 a pop, it's not exactly affordable.

How to get the same results at home

Luckily, Robson said that while the team love having people in the studio, there are ways people can mimic the workout — and its results — at home.

1. Sliding Reverse Lunge

The first movement is a lunge with your back foot on a gliding disc, or even a towel or paper plate.

"We do several variations of standing lunges where your working leg is the front leg, positioned on the machine and sometimes on the floor," Robson said. "In many of our most effective lunges, the back foot is on the carriage and is gliding backward, which helps clients maintain 'knee over ankle' alignment.

"One of the keys of good form and alignment in a Lagree lunge is keeping the back heel really lifted, which shifts the body weight forward into the front leg — the working leg. This takes work out of the back and brings it into the glutes, exactly where we want it.

"We keep the front foot still, and bend the front knee like you’re sitting down.  With the back foot on the carriage, it allows you to glide backward and downward with the pelvis, keeping the front knee over the ankle.

"At home, your back toes are on a paper plate, a towel, or a glider, and your front leg stays steady as you sit down lowering the front hip down toward the level of your front knee, gliding your back foot back to get a deeper lunge."

She added: "To come out of the lunge, you push the front heel into the floor, and slowly straighten the front leg. You'll feel the hamstring and glutes of the front/working leg literally pulling you up from the lunge position."

As with all Lagree movements, you should move slowly — a minimum of 4 counts to lower down into the lunge, and 4 counts to rise up out of the lunge.

2. Side Lunge/Single Leg Squat

"To begin this move, shift 90% of your body weight to whichever leg you are working. Put your second foot on a sliding disc, towel, or paper plate, then slide it out to the side for 4 counts as you drive your bum behind you in a single leg squat," Robson said. "It’s like you’re aiming your tailbone to the wall behind you or sitting down on a stool."

As you begin to stand back up, press the heel of your standing leg deeply into the floor or your yoga mat, like you’re pushing the floor away from you, rising back up from your squat for 4 counts, without completely straightening your standing leg. You’ll feel the work through the hamstring and glute of your working leg.

"As you’re squatting down and rising up, be diligent about keeping the knee of your working leg aligned over the ankle and insuring your body weight is heaviest in your heel," she said.

"The second leg stays long and fairly straight out to the side, gliding away from your standing foot as you lower down into the single leg squat, and gliding back in toward the standing foot as you rise.

"As you sit down and rise up, you're not shifting your body weight, you're keeping all of that body weight over your standing leg, driving your bum far behind you as you lower down and keeping your knee aligned over your ankle."

3. Knee Tuck/'Bear'

"In the studio, this is one of our classic core moves, called Bear. It does amazing things for the entirety of the core," Robson said.

"Come down into a plank with your hands on the floor or on a yoga mat, and your toes resting on a towel, paper plate, or gliding disc.

"Do a knee tuck, slowly bringing your knees towards your elbows for 4 counts, stopping the knees directly under your hips. Pause, and extend your legs behind you for 4 counts. As you perform this move keep your hips as high as your ribs or shoulders, maintaining a table top position through the back."

4. Plank to Pike

This is a progression of the Knee Tuck or Bear.

"Once again, start in a plank, with your hands on the floor or a yoga mat," Robson said. "Keeping the legs long and your heels lifted as high as possible, pull the abdominals upward for 4 counts, looking back at your legs. This will cause your body to fold in half at the hip crease — a jack-knife. Rise up only as high as you can without your heels lowering or your knees bending. Pause at the top, with your navel drawn firmly toward the spine, and slowly lower down into a plank position gazing between your hands, gliding down for 4 counts.

"This move builds on the thorough core work of the Bear or knee tuck, because it introduces stability requirements for the upper body, while you’re working through the core. As you return to your plank you can always add in a press up for extra chest and shoulder engagement."

SEE ALSO: Meghan Markle was reportedly baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a secret ceremony this week

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25 under-the-radar places in Latin America to visit in your lifetime, according to the world’s top travel experts


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From the darkest depths of Peru to the crystal blue underground cenotes of Mexico, there is something incredibly alluring about Latin America.

However, the best off-the-beaten-track destinations are usually discovered by word of mouth, often among travellers on the road from hostel bunkbeds or over a local beer.

We’ve done the hard work for you and asked some of the world's most respected travel experts — including those in the know at the likes of Lonely Planet and Secret Escapes, travel bloggers, and frequent travellers in the region — for their favourite under-the-radar destinations in South and Central America, and they didn't disappoint.

Fom exploring untouched paradise on lesser-known islands to boarding down an active volcano, surfing off the northern coast of Nicaragua, and getting to know a sea lion colony in Uruguay, keep scrolling for your ultimate Latin America travel bucketlist.

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Go swimming and caving in the natural pools in Semuc Champey, Guatemala.

Alicia Johnson, Lonely Planet's destination editor for Central America and the Caribbean, recommends visiting the turquoise pools of Semuc Champey deep in the isolated jungle of Guatemala.

"You're going to have to work to see what some view as the most beautiful spot in the whole country. [It's] famed for its great 300m-long natural limestone bridge, on top of which is a stepped series of pools with cool, flowing river water good for swimming. This bit of paradise is difficult to reach, but the sheer perfection of the pools, ranging from turquoise to emerald-green, make it worth it."

Check out the white sand dunes and rainwater lagoons at Parque Nacional Dos Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil.

Bailey Freeman, Lonely Planet's destination editor for South America, suggests Brazil's Lençóis Maranhenses national park.

"This 1,500km national park is a seemingly extraterrestrial landscape of rolling white sand dunes punctuated with aquamarine pools. Make your trip to the park between March and September, when the vistas are at their most impressive."

Check out the colonial villages and local markets in Sacred Valley, Peru.

Two of our travel expert sources pinpointed Sacred Valley as a must-see in Peru. 

Experts at HolidayPirates said: "If you're looking for somewhere a little more off-the-beaten-track than the usual tourist haunts of Peru, then be sure to head to the Sacred Valley, a 70-mile narrow strip of land that connects the capital Cusco to the renowned Machu Picchu and is filled with beautiful colonial villages and amazing local markets."

James Asquith, who became the youngest person to visit all 196 countries and is the founder of travel app Holiday Swap, said: "Most tourists make their way to Cusco to see the incredibly famous Machu Picchu, and it is a spectacular sight, however, don't overlook the nearby Sacred Valley, and extend your trip to explore the Andes mountains.

"It is much more tranquil here than Machu Picchu, but with scenery to rival the nearby famous ruins."

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A rare piece of real estate hidden in plain sight underneath a New York City church was put on the market for $7 million


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  • A New York City church is selling the last remaining crypt in its catacombs for $7 million. 
  • These catacombs — beneath the 200-year-old Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral — were previously off-limits, but the church recently began public tours in 2017. 
  • The crypt available inside is one of the only remaining full-body, in-ground burial plots in Manhattan.

One lucky family can now opt to live in Manhattan for eternity — for a price of $7 million.

The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, a Catholic church in downtown New York City, recently put a unique piece of real estate on the market. The church is looking to sell the last remaining crypt — a sealed burial chamber — in its 200-year-old catacombs for six to seven million dollars. The crypt is estimated to fit six to nine coffins. 

It's a rare opportunity — not only is this the last remaining crypt in the church's catacombs, but it's also one of the only remaining full-body burial plots left on the island of Manhattan.   

In-ground burials south of 86th street were outlawed in 1852 when then-overflowing graveyards in New York City led many to believe the decaying bodies were causing outbreaks of yellow fever and cholera.  

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Today there is only one active cemetery in Manhattan: the incredibly exclusive Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum on 155th street. Marble Cemetery in the East Village also has two remaining mausoleums on sale for $350,000 each. 

Even if you're not shopping for a burial plot, you can take a look inside the catacombs. St. Patrick's Old Cathedral catacombs were previously off limits to the public, but opened for tours in 2017.  The tour costs $35 a person, and is offered three times a day, seven days a week for the foreseeable future. 

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At over 200 years old, St. Patrick's Old Cathedral has seen its surrounding neighborhood change from the Five Points— the neighborhood notably depicted in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" — and the famous Little Italy, into one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan

Construction began on the church in 1809, and it was once the seat of the Archdiocese, before the larger St. Patrick's Cathedral was built uptown. 

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Buried inside the Cathedral's catacombs include figures integral to the Catholic church, and to US and New York City history — including the Delmonico family, of Delmonico steak fame who launched the New York City fine dining scene.

John Kelly, a New York representative and boss of Tammany Hall — the infamous political group of New York City known for its corruption in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries — was laid to rest there as well.

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Buried in one of the larger vaults that visitors can enter is Thomas Eckert, Chief of the Telegraph Office and Assistant Secretary of War to Abraham Lincoln. 

Martin Scorsese is a benefactor of the church's organ, and the baptism scene in the "The Godfather" was also filmed inside.

Anyone wishing to join the list of historical figures who have dedicated their time and money to the parish can submit interest in the remaining crypt — as long as you are Catholic and have about $7 million to spare.

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Netflix's 6 original Marvel superhero shows, ranked from worst to best


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Netflix made a deal with Marvel Comics back in 2013 to produce four Marvel-universe shows and a mini-series.

The deal expanded last year, when Netflix released its sixth Marvel show, "The Punisher." Its latest Marvel release was the second season of "Jessica Jones," which premiered to positive reviews this month.

To find out which of the Marvel Netflix shows have fared the best among critics, we turned to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for the composite critical receptions of each series. 

Here are Netflix's six original Marvel shows, ranked from worst to best, according to critics:  

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6. "Iron Fist" — 17%

Critic score: 17%

Audience score: 77%

Netflix description: "Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny."

5. "The Punisher" — 63%

Critic score: 63%

Audience score: 93%

Netflix description: "A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family's murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy."

4. "The Defenders" — 75%

Critic score: 75%

Audience score: 78%

Netflix description: "Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join forces to take on common enemies as a sinister conspiracy threatens New York City."

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This couple quit their jobs to travel around Europe in a Ford transit van they converted for less than £4,000 — and their cat and dog came too


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  • Marion Henry and Florian Fradet, both 25, quit their jobs in marketing and engineering for a life on the road.
  • They converted an Old Ford Transit into a mobile home for under £4,000. 
  • They've taken their pets Lewis and Sacha with them, too.
  • They have now clocked up over 26,000 miles throughout Europe. 

Many of us dream of packing it all in for a life on the road where all you have to think about is your next swim or picnic spot. But for most of us, the realities of commitments such as work, family, and even pets stop us from taking the plunge.

Commitments didn't stop one couple from making it happen, though.

Marketing manager Marion Henry and civil engineer Florian Fradet, both 25 from La Rochelle, France, quit their jobs to travel around Europe in a converted van along with their cat and dog. 

Dimanche matin ☕️ On a essuyé un bel orage cette nuit ! 🌙 mais aujourd'hui le soleil est revenu, pour notre premier jour en Slovénie 🇸🇮 Direction le parc national de Triglavski 😊 . 🇬🇧Sunday morning ☕️ Last night was so stormy ⛈ ! But the sun is back this morning for our first day in Slovenia 🇸🇮 Let's go to the Triglavski National Park 😊 . #van #vanlife #vanlifestyle #vanlifers #vanlifeideas #family #outdoor #ontheroad #outdoorlife #outdoorliving #camping #homeiswhereweparkit #homeonwheels #nomads #conversion #happy #travel #travelling #traveltheworld #roadtrip #ontheroad #adventure #slovenia #dream #liveyourdreams #morning #italy #breakfast #couple #teaaddict

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They bought an old Ford Transit van in 2016 and converted it into a mobile home. The conversion cost them almost £4,000 and took six months, according to the Daily Mail. 

They call it "The Travelling Shed" and write about their adventures on their blog, as well as on Instagram.

They initially got the van for weekend getaways and holidays, but after two trips — to the Basque country and Switzerland — they realised they wanted more. So they sold their possessions, packed up, and embarked on a full-time road trip around Europe — with their pets, of course. 

They've made it pretty homely inside, and have certainly made the most of the tight space.

📍 Inside the van || 🇫🇷 On aime tellement notre van, tellement fiers d'être parti de rien, d'avoir fait des recherches, écumer les forums pour savoir comment aménager un van, l'isolation, les meubles, l'électricité, on ne connaissait rien. Et pourtant on a réussi. On a réussi à aménager notre van, à le personnaliser et le décorer à notre goût et à le rendre unique. 🚐 || J'ai lu quelque chose ce midi qui m'a beaucoup inspiré : " Apprenez à ignorer totalement vos limites. Essayez de faire ce dont vous êtes incapable. Quelque soit l'avenir dont vous rêvez, faites-en une réalité. Rien n'est impossible." || 🇬🇧 We love our campervan so much. We are so proud of us because we were totally newbies. We learned so much about van conversion, set up, electricity. We didn't know anything about that. But we did it. Lots of work but we succeed. 🚐 And I am so inspired by something I read today : "Just ignore your limits. Try something you think you can't do. No matter the futur you dream of, try to get it real. Nothing is impossible." || #van #vanlife #vanlifestyle #vanlifers #vanlifeideas #aventureiscalling #outdoor #onthseroad #outdoorlife #outdoorliving #camping #homeiswhereweparkit #homeonwheels #nomads #vanconversion #happy #travel #travelling #traveltheworld #roadtrip #tinyhousemovement #adventure #summer #photography #insidethevan

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The pair said they've already clocked up 26,000 miles travelling, and have visited the south of France, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia, where they're currently chilling out.  

So what does an average day look like for them? 

"The feeling when you wake up in new places every day is priceless," Fradet said, according to The Daily Mail. "We have something new each day and we love it."

📍 Lac de Pierre-Percée - France . Regardez-moi cette vue ! C'était au lac de Pierre-Percée juste avant de passer la frontière allemande avec @three_vanlifers ❤️. C'est un endroit superbe, un lac aux airs de grand lac canadien, tout ce qu'on aime ! . D'ailleurs on en profite pour vous parler de notre prochain grand projet de voyage : le Canada ! Nous allons demander le PVT Canada en cette fin d'année, en croisant fort les doigts pour l'obtenir tous les 2. Nous achèterons un van sur place, et ferons un gros roadtrip Canada/USA de plusieurs mois. Nous espérons d'ici là pouvoir travailler sur la route afin de prolonger le voyage le plus longtemps possible ! . Nous aurons sûrement pleins de questions d'ici quelques mois afin de préparer au mieux notre départ. Tous vos conseils sur ces 2 pays, les lieux à ne pas louper, les erreurs à ne pas faire etc sont les bienvenus ! ❤️ . #van #vanlife #vanlifestyle #vanlifers #vanlifeideas #aventureiscalling #outdoor #onthseroad #outdoorlife #outdoorliving #camping #homeiswhereweparkit #homeonwheels #nomads #vanconversion #happy #travel #travelling #traveltheworld #roadtrip #tinyhousemovement #adventure #summer #countryside #vanview

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"Our daily routine is we wake up around 8 a.m., fold out the bed, and take some time to prepare the breakfast and drink a cup of tea," he went on. 

This doesn't look like a bad place to flip your morning pancakes.

La France en 🇭🇷 ! Hier soir c'était soirée crêpes 🥞 avec vue sur mer 🌊👌 C'est pas tous les jours qu'on a la chance de cuisiner dans un cadre pareil ! ❤️ . 🇬🇧 French touch in 🇭🇷 ! Yesterday night we cooked some crepes with a super nice view 🌊👌 We've been so lucky to cook in this amazing place! ❤️ . #van #vanlife #vanlifestyle #vanlifers #vanlifeideas #family #outdoor #ontheroad #outdoorlife #outdoorliving #camping #homeiswhereweparkit #homeonwheels #nomads #conversion #happy #travel #travelling #traveltheworld #roadtrip #ontheroad #adventure #croatia #dream #cooking #crepes #frenchtouch #sunset #travelblogger #exploremore #vousailleurs

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"We then clean the van and move to our next destination, where we'll do some activities like hiking, paddling, swimming, or chilling," he continued. 

"Then we take some pictures and videos and try to work on our blog."

"We usually take a shower at night after a good day of outdoor activities, then we read or draw before sleeping," he added.

Levés à 6h30 ce matin pour faire la superbe rando de Velika Planina, une bonne douche s'impose ! 💦👌🚐 On est super excités, demain direction la Croatie ! 🇭🇷😊 . 🇬🇧 We woke up at 6.30 this morning to hike the Velika Planina ! Super cool to have a good shower outside 💦👌🚐 We are so excited to go in Croatia tomorrow ! 🇭🇷😍 . #van #vanlife #vanlifestyle #vanlifers #vanlifeideas #family #outdoor #ontheroad #outdoorlife #outdoorliving #camping #homeiswhereweparkit #homeonwheels #nomads #conversion #happy #travel #travelling #traveltheworld #roadtrip #ontheroad #adventure #slovenia #shower #walk #travelblogger #feelslovenia #exploretheglobe #exploremore #insidethevan

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They haven't had to leave anyone behind either — they have taken their pets Lewis and Sacha with them. 

Fradet said that living the van life is just the same as living in a regular home. They still have to keep up with chores like cooking, cleaning, and taking the dog for a walk.

They have the freedom to just park up in idyllic settings just like this, though.

Marion said this way of life comes highly recommended.

"It's a fantastic adventure," she said. "Don't be afraid to quit your job and buy a campervan. We can decide each day what we do, and we can change when we want to. 

"We can adapt our plans depending on the weather that day, or what kind of mood we're in. The freedom is the best part. You have just to be aware that it's not easy every day. You still have bad days just like in normal life."

Croatia and Italy are next up on their summer destination list, then they plan to return to France in September. 

[NEW POST] Le voyage en van interroge autant qu'il fascine. Aspiration à une vie plus simple ? Quête de liberté ? Simple envie de bousculer son quotidien ? 🚐Aujourd'hui nous vous donnons 4 raisons qui nous ont poussé à voyager en van ! 😊A découvrir ce soir sur le blog. Lien dans la bio 👌🏻 . 🇬🇧 New blog post about why we choose travelling in a campervan ! 🚐😊 Go on the blog, link in bio 👌🏻 . #van #vanlife #vanlifestyle #vanlifers #vanlife ides #family #outdoor #ontheroad #outdoorlife #outdoorliving #camping #homeiswhereweparkit #homeonwheels #nomads #conversion #happy #travel #travelling #traveltheworld #roadtrip #ontheroad #adventure #outboundliving #italy #couple #europe #tourdeurope #alternativeliving

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Walton Goggins says the 'L.A. Confidential' TV show will not be a remake of the movie — and that's a good thing


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  • CBS has ordered a pilot for a TV series version of the James Ellroy novel, "L.A. Confidential," which was an Oscar-winning movie in the late 1990s.
  • Walton Goggins will play the character of Jack Vincennes, which was played by Kevin Spacey in the movie.
  • Goggins told Business Insider the TV show will not be a remake of the movie, which is a good sign.
  • There's so much great stuff from the book that the movie left out, especially elements of the Vincennes character.

Since director Curtis Hanson adapted author James Ellroy's gritty pulp novel "L.A. Confidential" into a movie in 1997 — which went on to win two Oscars — Hollywood has been trying to continue telling the story in different ways with little success.

There was the 2003 show starring Kiefer Sutherland that didn't get picked up, and a decade later Ellroy pitched around town a series that would be a sequel to the movie; but no takers. Now CBS is the latest to give it a shot.

Walton Goggins Matt Winkelmeyer GettyThe network has ordered a pilot to be written and executive produced by Jordan Harper ("The Mentalist," "Gotham") to star an ensemble that includes Walton Goggins, Mark Webber, and Shea Whigam.

Like the book and movie, the pilot will be set in 1950s Los Angeles and explore corrupt cops, tabloid journalism, and the seedy side of Hollywood.

But Goggins, who will play detective Jack Vincennes (the role Kevin Spacey played in the movie), recently told Business Insider something very refreshing about the show: "It isn't a remake of the movie," he said. "It is a telling of James Ellroy's novel."

And that is a good sign because the movie only touched the surface of what's in the book.

Arguably Ellroy's most famous novel from his famed "L.A. Quartet" series of crime fiction books, "L.A. Confidential" follows three policemen as they investigate a series of murders. The book found high acclaim for its colorful characters and fast-paced dialogue that seemed stripped right from a film noir.

Hanson's movie (which also starred Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and earned Kim Basinger a best supporting actress Oscar win) captures the essence of the book perfectly, and touched on the broad strokes of the plot. But like any movie, a lot of the guts of the book never made the screen. If the pilot is picked up, hopefully a series could delve into that better.

laconfidential_warnerbrosThere's especially more to explore with the Vincennes character.

Spacey played "Trashcan Jack" as a slick detective who loved being the technical advisor of the hit TV show "Badge of Honor" and spill tips to the sleazy tabloid "Hush-Hush" for some extra cash. But what it left out was Vincennes' drug and alcohol addiction, and that he once killed two innocent people.

Goggins is perfect to play Vincennes and hopefully the show will delve deeper in that darker side of this character.

It's one of the reasons why the 15-year TV veteran loves the small screen so much.

"With TV it's just rewarding because in a serialized story things can play out over a very long time so the opportunities to really explore nuances are there," he said.

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Millennials have been accused of killing everything from napkins to beer — but here are the industries that started dying when baby boomers were their age



  • Millennials have been accused of killing dozens of industries including fast-casual restaurants, napkins, golf, and beer. 
  • Baby boomers— the name given to the generation born after World War II — are credited with ushering in lots of political and social change.
  • And with those changes, some industries faded out and eventually died. 
  • We've rounded up a list of industries that fell out of popularity when baby boomers were the age that millennials are now.

It's no secret that millennials have brought about significant change in recent years, but what about their predecessors?

We decided to give millennials a break and investigate the baby boomer generation. Baby boomers are defined by the US Census Bureau as those born in the years following World War II, from 1946 to 1964. 

For the purpose of this exercise, we looked at the period during which the boomers entered the workforce, between 1970 and 1990. 

"The boomers are rightly remembered for ushering in a lot of political and social change," Paul Taylor, a former executive vice president of Pew Research Center and author of "The Next America," told Business Insider.

But, the number of industries that died out during that period is "not the same level of magnitude," as today, he said. 

"Ultimately it is not really generations — it's technology that is the source of these changes," Taylor added. 

Even so, as baby boomers grew older, Americans started eating more fast food, using computers instead of typewriters, and shopping at big-box stores such as Walmart.

As a result, some major industries and products were phased out:

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Five-and-dime stores

Before Walmart existed, five-and-dime stores selling inexpensive household and personal products were the place to shop. 

The original five-cents discount store was opened by Frank Woolworth in Upstate New York in 1879. This grew into the Woolworth store empire, which boomed in the wake of the Great Depression.

Eventually, these died out after big-box stores such as Walmart and Target took over in the 1970s. In 1999, Woolworth closed its final 400 stores. 


Typewriters became common in offices in the 1980s and were critical to opening the doors to women in the workplace. The early machines paved the way for electronic versions, which were ultimately replaced by computers. 

The first widely used personal computer was launched by IBM in 1981 and cost $1,565. The PC was named "Machine of the Year" by Time magazine in 1982. 

One of the grandfathers of the typewriter movement, Smith Corona Corporation, filed for bankruptcy in 1995.

Cassette tapes

Cassette tapes took off in 1979, the year that the Sony Walkman was invented. These portable devices enabled consumers to listen to music on the go.

In the early '90s, they started to fade out as CDs became popular. In 1991, sales of CDs overtook cassettes – total global shipments of CDs surpassed one billion in 1992 and two billion in 1996, according to Statista

Sales of portable tape players have steadily declined since then – from 18 million in 1994 to 480,000 in 2007, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

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'Game of Thrones' actor says the series finale is 'rather brilliant' — but may not please everyone


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  • Actor Iain Glen, who plays Jorah Mormont on HBO's "Game of Thrones," says that the series finale is "brilliant," but may not satisfy everyone.
  • "You know with something big like 'Game of Thrones' you cannot please everyone," he told IANS.
  • However, a table read for one of the final episodes did make actors cry and applaud for 15 minutes.


Series finales to beloved television shows have a lot to live up to with fans, and "Game of Thrones" is no exception.

HBO's hit fantasy drama doesn't conclude until next year when it returns with its eighth and final season, but a select few have read the finale — including actor Iain Glen, who plays Jorah Mormont on the show.

In an interview with IANS, Glen addressed the finale and said it was "brilliant" but "you cannot please everyone."

"I am one of the few people who has read the script and I know the ending and what happens ...When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant," Glen told IANS. "I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes, I felt (it was the) conclusion … But we will just have to see. You know with something this big like 'Game of Thrones,' you cannot please everyone."

Glen seems quite pleased with how the series ends, but his comments imply that there's the chance it could leave some viewers disappointed. But, that's not surprising: Plenty of other finales to popular shows — like "The Sopranos" and "Lost" — have left even the most diehard fans divided. 

“All I can say is that we will be doing what we have done before and the writers have written great episodes," Glen continued. "They have had a great strike rate up to now and I am sure that will continue."

We at least know that the final episodes will be tear-jerkers. At a table read for one of the final episodes, the actors cried and applauded for 15 minutes, according to HBO's VP of drama Francesca Orsi.

"None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths," Orsi said at INTV conference in Jerusalem. "By the end, the last few words on the final script, the tears just started falling down. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes."

We'll have to wait until 2019 to find out just what they were crying about.

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The 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer has arrived, and it looks like some of your favorite Marvel characters are going to die


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  • The full trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War" is here, and it looks darker than any of the other Avengers movies.
  • There will probably be some major deaths in the movie, and the trailer suggests that.
  • But the trailer also shows all of the Avengers teaming up with the people of Wakanda for an epic battle. 
  • It hits theaters April 27. 

The full length trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War" is finally here, and things don't look good for our heroes.

In this movie there could be more deaths than an episode of "Game of Thrones." As more heroes come into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some are going to go for good. 

In the trailer, it's clear that big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin) is close to getting all the Infinity Stones. If he has all of them, he can easily wipe out half the universe. It's up to the Avengers have to stop him before it's too late.

"I hope they remember you," Thanos says.

In the trailer, we see Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Doctor Strange in some very life-threatening situations. In one scene, it looks like Thanos is gripping Thor by the head. In another, Iron Man gets trampled, and the trailer ends with a tease of Captain America facing off with Thanos. We also see Doctor Strange in a painful predicament, but considering he's only had one movie and is one of the later additions to the MCU, we think he's safe. Our bets are on a huge sacrifice from Iron Man or Captain America, which would leave room for a new hero to take on a leadership role in the Avengers, like King T'Challa. 

But the movie looks fun, other than the possible demise of heroes like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. It shows some unexpected people getting together, like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, Groot and Thor, and pretty much the whole gang prepping for a battle in Wakanda, with your favorite characters from "Black Panther."

You can watch the new full length trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War" below. It hits theaters April 27:


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14 of the biggest myths about sleep, debunked


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  • Until recently, scientists had trouble answering the question: why do we sleep?
  • Now we know that sleep restores the immune system, body, and cleanses the brain.
  • But there's still a lot we get wrong and don't understand about sleep. The longstanding lack of knowledge has created a lot of sleep myths.

For something so fundamental to our lives, there's a lot that we don't get right about sleep.

Until recently, we didn't even have good answers to the question of "why" we sleep, as UC Berkeley neuroscience and psychology professor Matthew Walker explains in his recent book, "Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams."

We're better at answering that question now. We know that sleep restores the immune system, balances hormone levels, lowers blood pressure, cleanses toxins from the brain, and more.

"[W]e no longer have to ask what sleep is good for," wrote Walker. "Instead, we are now forced to wonder whether there are any biological functions that do not benefit by a good night's sleep. So far, the results of thousands of studies insist that no, there aren't."

But while we know far more about sleep now than we used to, there are a huge number of myths about sleep that persist. Many of these stem from not understanding the full importance of sleep; other myths have been created by people trying to sell products to improve nightly rest.

These are some of the most prominent myths — and the facts.

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Myth: You can become a morning person.

Spend enough time online and you'll certainly encounter some version of the "you can accomplish so much if you start waking up a 4:30 a.m. every day" blog post.

But the truth is more complex.

There are a number of factors that influence your chronotype — that is, whether you're a morning person, a night owl, or whether you fall somewhere in between. Your body clock changes throughout life and is influenced by factors like sunlight and genetics.

Researchers say that while most people can regulate their body clock to some degree (if you want to feel awake earlier, try getting morning sunlight), there's a limit to how much it can be changed. And for some people, becoming a morning person (or switching to become a night owl) is basically impossible. 

Myth: You can get by on less than seven hours a night.

If you need a cup of coffee in the morning to feel awake, you didn't get enough sleep.

Scientists like Walker say that if you want to figure out how much sleep you actually need, you should spend about a week letting yourself fall asleep when you are tired and then waking up naturally, without an alarm. 

As it turns out, the vast majority of people need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. There are a few people out there who for biological reasons either need more sleep or can get by with less, but statistically, you're probably not one of them.

People tend to think they can get by with less sleep because after a few days or weeks of 5 or 6 hours, that just starts to feel like "normal." But even though people assume they've adjusted, tests show that they are performing in an impaired state.

Myth: The only long-term consequence of not getting enough sleep is that you'll be tired.

So you're tired. No big deal, right?

Unfortunately, that's not the case. As Walker wrote, sleep has a huge variety of benefits for your health.

Not getting enough sleep is associated with a laundry list of negative health effects, including memory problems, increased cancer risk, depression and anxiety, heart disease, and Alzheimer's linked buildups in the brain.

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8 things Southerners say that the rest of the US just doesn't understand


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People in the American South have one of the most famous dialects in the United States, from their distinctive drawl to the versatile pronoun "y'all."

And there are some things Southerners say differently from the rest of the US.

Southern vocabulary can be confusing to outsiders, especially when a common word has a totally different meaning when spoken in the South.

Here are eight of the most perplexing Southern words that people from other places simply wouldn't understand. 

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In most parts of the country, Coke is the common nickname for Coca-Cola.

But in many parts of the South, coke with a lowercase C is just a term for soft drinks in general, a synonym for "soda" or "pop."

So if you're in the South and you offer someone a coke, don't be surprised when they respond, "what kind?"


This "fixing" has nothing to do with repairing something. In some Southern dialects you can say you're fixing to do something if you're on the verge of doing it, like in the sentence "They were fixin' to leave without me."

The construction comes from an older version of the word "fix" meaning to prepare. Similarly, "fixings" are all the trimmings and side dishes that accompany a meal.


As anyone from the South can tell you, barbecue both a type of grill and the food you make with it — usually pulled pork coated in spices and sauce and cooked over a flame.

There are several regional variations of barbecue, with North Carolina, South Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas each claiming their own distinct method of preparation.

Whatever you do, don't use "barbecue" to refer to a gathering where barbecue is consumed — that's a "cookout" in the South.

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Ikea is reinventing its famous meatball with an unexpected ingredient


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  • Ikea's Space10 lab has been working to reinvent the retailer's classic meatball in a sustainable way. 
  • It's testing food items with ingredients like bugs, lab-grown meat, and crops grown in water instead of soil.
  • The goal is to create dishes that "are good for people and planet." 

Ikea is known across the globe for its furniture offerings, but many may not know that every location also has its own full-service restaurant. And among the dishes served there, the Swedish meatball is probably the most famous.

Space10, Ikea's external future-living lab in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been reinventing Ikea's iconic meatball. The company already took a huge step towards creating sustainable fast food when it made the meatballs vegan in 2015, and it's continuing to experiment with new ideas.

With a focus on imaginative and sustainable food production, Space10 has been trying ingredients like insects, algae, and lab-grown meat.

Though the company told Business Insider that there are no current plans to put the new dishes on Ikea's menu, the ideas is to "come up with dishes that look good, taste good — and are good for people and planet." 

See some of their bug-filled twists on fast food:  

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The Neatball, Space10's latest take on the Ikea meatball, is meant to make people think about meat consumption and try alternative proteins.

There are two versions of the Neatball: one made from root vegetables, and the other made from mealworms.

Meatballs aren't the only food made with bugs. The Bug Burger is an alternative to beef and chicken patties, also made from vegetables and mealworms.

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Hospital rooms in 9 countries around the world reveal the global disparity in healthcare


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From the most high-tech infectious disease units in Berlin to ad-hoc vaccination clinics in rural Sierra Leone, there's a huge disparity in the quality of healthcare around the world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 400 million people worldwide don't have access to basic medical services like immunization, prenatal care, and antibiotics. For those who do have access, healthcare can still be prohibitively expensive.

The WHO estimates that 6% of people in lower-income countries are pushed into extreme poverty — defined as living on less than $1.25 USD per day — by spending on healthcare-related costs.

While not all developed countries provide healthcare as a birthright for all citizens, some countries, through a mix of private and public hospitals, offer much more effective care than others.

The US has some of the most highly-trained medical staff in the world, but healthcare can be prohibitively expensive for much of the population. 

Countries like Thailand and Malaysia, on the other hand, attract medical tourists from around the world who may pay less for elective procedures than they would in their home country, in hospitals that offer luxurious accommodations with expert doctors and nurses.

Check out what hospital rooms look like in countries around the world.

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In Sierra Leone, many hospitals are underfunded and ill-equipped to handle large crises like the Ebola epidemic in 2014.

The country needed outside volunteers to help tackle the epidemic, and provide more training to local doctors and nurses.

In Haiti, the story's similar. Underfunded hospitals are forced to care for huge populations of people — especially after natural disasters like hurricanes.

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These 35 cars dominated the 2018 Geneva Motor Show


Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder.

  • The Geneva Motor Show is the first major European car show of 2018.
  • It will be packed with the latest offerings from Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Volvo, and VW.
  • The show is 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 is.

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 opens to the public until 18 at the Palexpo Arena in Geneva, Switzerland.

Here's a closer look at the 35 coolest cars at the show:

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

Dr. Andy Palmer wasn't kidding when he said he had a big surprises in store for everyone. In fact, he had a couple. The first one was the debut of the 1,100 horsepower Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro track-only hypercar.

And then Aston Martin unveiled the futuristic Lagonda Vision Concept electric car.

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Poor Hawkeye isn't in any of the 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailers or on the poster, which makes a recent Instagram post from Jeremy Renner even sadder



  • Hawkeye isn't in any of the trailers for "Avengers: Infinity War."
  • He isn't even on the poster.
  • Several days ago, Jeremy Renner, the actor who plays him, posted a fake magazine cover with Hawkeye on it to his Instagram.

Remember Hawkeye? The actor who plays the Marvel character is trying to remind you.

Hawkeye is the bland Avenger with the bow and arrows. He doesn't have any superpowers or personality beyond that, but he does have a secret family, which was revealed in "Age of Ultron." His house is where Captain America and Iron Man chop wood in an angsty manner.

And Hawkeye isn't in either of the two trailers for "Avengers: Infinity War," out April 27.

To make matters worse, he isn't even on the poster, even though there appears to be plenty of room for him:

Infinity War poster

This is something the actor Jeremy Renner would have a right to be bitter about. His character Hawkeye has never been the most interesting Avenger despite attempts to make him so (secret family!), but he has been with the team from the beginning. He was brainwashed by Loki for nearly the entire first movie, however, which made his character development difficult to pull off in a compelling way.

On Tuesday, three days before the new "Infinity War" trailer came out, Renner posted a telling image on Instagram:

Fan art...@marvel #infinitywar #hawkeye #🏹 #excited #blackpanther🤘🏻🤜🏿 #fanart #fansrock👍🏻

A post shared by Jeremy Renner (@renner4real) on Mar 12, 2018 at 3:18pm PDT on

The post features Renner as Hawkeye on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Sadly, this a fan-made magazine cover. So whether he's trying to get his Marvel character the attention he deserves or poking fun at how much he's being ignored, Renner seems to be taking promotion into his own hands.

Despite what the movie's promotion suggests, Hawkeye is actually in "Infinity War," according to the directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who have said Hawkeye will be on a solo journey but appear in the film. Or, he could also just be dead and they don't want to spoil that.

But Renner shouldn't feel alone, as Paul Rudd's Ant-Man isn't in the trailers or on the poster either.

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