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Princess Charlotte and Prince George will be bridesmaid and page boy in the royal wedding — here's who else made the list


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  • Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have six bridesmaids and four page boys, including George and Charlotte.
  • The children of the Mulroneys, a prominent Canadian couple who are friends with Markle, also made the cut.


Kensington Palace announced on Wednesday that Princess Charlotte and Prince George will be bridesmaid and page boy in Saturday's royal wedding— and they're not alone.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose six bridesmaids and four page boys, and all of them are under 10 years old.

Here's the full of bridesmaids:

  • Princess Charlotte, who is three.
  • Florence van Cutsem, Prince Harry's goddaughter, who's also three.
  • Zalie Warren, another of Harry's godddaughters, who is two.
  • Remi Litt, Markle's goddaughter, who is six.
  • Rylan Litt, another of Markle's goddaughters, who is seven.
  • Ivy Mulroney, whose parents are friends with Markle. She is four.

And the page boys:

  • Prince George, who is four.
  • Jasper Dyer, Prince Harry's godson, who is six.
  • Brian Mulroney, Ivy's brother, who's seven.
  • John Mulroney, Brian and Ivy's brother, who's also seven.

The Mulroneys, a fashion stylist and TV host, are a prominent Canadian couple, and close friends of Markle.

Actor Ben Mulroney and wife Jessica Brownstein

Details about what the bridesmaids and page boys will wear will be revealed on Saturday. The ceremony starts at midday (UK time) at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The news comes as reports suggest Meghan's dad is no longer attending the wedding, the third reversal in just over 24 hours on a question that has thrown the wedding plans into chaos.

Here's everything you need to know about the wedding, including what time it starts where you live and how you can watch it live.

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David Beckham’s yoga teacher says this 8-step desk routine will boost your brain power — and it only takes 5 minutes

  • Shona Vertue is a Sydney-born yoga teacher based in London who has trained the likes of David Beckham.
  • She created an eight-step 'desk yoga sequence' that takes just five minutes and shared it on her blog.
  • She says it'll boost your energy and concentration levels.

There are many proven benefits of yoga for both the body and mind — and now it could even help you to concentrate better at your desk, according Sydney-born yoga teacher Shona Vertue.

Vertue has been teaching yoga and training private clients, including David Beckham, for years. She often shares her workouts and impressive bendiness with her 250,000 Instagram followers.

Recently, she shared a simple "desk yoga sequence" on her blog that she says will wake you up and boost your brain power while at work — and it only takes five minutes.

Many of us are guilty of spending hours hammering away at a screen all day, losing all track of time. Recognising that this can have a monotonous and hypnotising effect, that she likes to call getting into a "deep vortex," Vertue devised a yoga-inspired solution.

"Yoga as well has been shown to improve GABA levels within the brain (low GABA levels have been linked to disorders such as depression and anxiety)," she said.

GABA refers to Gamma-aminobutyric acid, an inhibitory neurotransmitter that has a calming effect on the brain.

She says this eight-step sequence will wake you up and boost your productivity — and it might even help you deal with the stress of the day's work better, too. 

Here are the 8 steps:

Step 1

First, Vertue says you should close your eyes. Breathe in, taking three seconds to inhale and three to exhale.

"The breath is very closely linked to the state of your nervous system, so keeping a calm and rhythmic breath can help to relax your body while awakening the mind," she wrote.

Step 2

With closed eyes, move your head to the left, "keep your chest lifted, allow the opposite shoulder to pull away from you. Imagine breathing into the side of the neck to create a sense of expansiveness." Then repeat to the right.

Step 3

"Interlace the fingers behind the head, begin to lift your sternum towards the sky. Don’t drop your head too far back. Instead, use your hands to lengthen you from the back of the neck."

Step 4

Next, Vertue says you should put your right hand on the outside of your left leg for a "seated side stretch." While lifting the left arm, turn your head towards your armpit and lean to the right. "Rather than compressing the right side, think about lengthening the left." Repeat this movement on the right hand side.

Step 5

"Take a seated twist to the left and right. Be careful to keep your chest lifted as you do this."

Step 6

The sixth action is simply to yawn. "It’s really good for you," she says. "It helps the brain to reset, in fact when you yawn, you’re actually stimulating a neural area of the brain that plays a significant role in being more conscious and alert (while also relaxed)."

Step 7

Now, lock the fingers and stretch them up towards the sky.

Step 8

The last step is to circle your ankles and wiggle your toes. "[You] may not think that will have much effect on your energy levels, but it will help stimulate the venous blood pooling at the bottom of your feet — this will all support your general energy levels."

The next time you're feeling lethargic or restless — and you have a long day of deadlines ahead— it might be worth a shot.

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A cliché people often use when they've cheated on someone is actually the worst thing you could possibly say


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  • Being cheated on is no fun for the betrayed partner.
  • To lessen the pain, the unfaithful partner often says "it meant nothing."
  • This is actually a terrible thing to say, because it minimises the act.
  • If you really want the relationship to work, you have to be brutally honest about what happened and why.
  • You've broken your partner's trust, and you have to rebuild it, which will take time.

If you find out your partner cheated on you, you're not likely to forget it — especially as "once a cheater, always a cheater," may well be true.

But people cheat for different reasons. Some people are convinced having a secret, discreet affair can actually improve their relationship.

If you were the one who was unfaithful, and you were caught, you may have caused irreparable damage — whatever your reasons. But there is one cliché you should definitely never say, because it can make everything worse.

Therapist Michele Weiner-Davis, author of "Healing from Infidelity: The Divorce Busting Guide to Rebuilding Your Marriage After an Affair," told the Huffington Post that a very common excuse people use when they've been discovered is: "It was just sex. It wasn't about you. It meant nothing."

While the guilty party may feel this lessens the crime, Weiner-Davis said it can actually simply remind your partner that you weren't thinking about them when you made the decision to cheat.

"It makes a person feel unwanted, unloved, unimportant," she said.

She added that most cheaters use this phrase because it's true — but that doesn't make their partner feel any better.

"It may be hard to believe, but when most people cheat, they really aren't thinking about their spouses or partners at the time," she said. "They're thinking with their groins, their hormones, their emptiness or their insatiable sense of attraction."

Essentially, saying the act was nothing minimises it. Nothing you say will lessen the pain, so saying it could simply makes your partner feel less justified in their anger — which will just make them hate you more.

In a blog post for Psychology Today, intimacy and relationships expert Robert Weiss said the biggest betrayal with cheating is breaking the trust in your relationship — so you should be brutally honest about what happened.

"Usually, for a cheated-on spouse it's not the specific sexual or romantic act that causes the most pain; it's the lying, the secret keeping, the lies of omission, the manipulation, and the fact that they can no longer trust anything their cheating partner says or does," Weiss wrote.

Many cheaters believe they can "get away with it," and this may well be true. But Weiss adds continuing lying and cheating isn't likely to solve your relationship problems long term. So if you truly value your relationship, and want it to work, you should come clean about what you've done.

Rigorous honestly won't be comfortable, he said, but it's necessary because revealing what you did isn't the most important part of the process — it's rebuilding trust.

"You won't always enjoy it, and your betrayed partner won't, either," Weiss said. "However, if you truly love your significant other, and want to save your relationship, it's a necessary part of healing."

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Cherophobia is the fear of being happy — here are the signs you might have it


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  • Some people are scared of happiness and joy.
  • This doesn't mean they are sad all the time, but they avoid activities and social events they think will be fun.
  • It's usually a defence mechanism that stems from trauma or conflict.
  • Therapy can help people work through their past and look to the future without fear.

You know that feeling when something seems too good to be true — when it looks like a lot has happened in your favour recently, so it's suspicious?

Some people can't get over this feeling, and their good fortune takes a sinister turn in their mind.

People who have an irrational aversion to being happy suffer from something called "cherophobia." It comes from the Greek word "chairo," which means "I rejoice." It basically means that they are afraid to participate in anything fun.

It's not the activities that are scary, it's the fear that if you let go, and are happy and carefree, then something terrible will happen.

Cherophobia isn't widely-used or well-defined, and isn't in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is the main resource for diagnosing mental health conditions. But according to Healthline, some medical experts classify cherophobia as a form of anxiety.

Someone who has cherophobia probably isn't sad all the time, they simply avoid events and activities that could bring them happiness. Some symptoms of the disorder, according to Healthline, are:

  • Anxiety when you're invited to a social gathering.
  • Passing on opportunities that could lead to positive life changes due to the fear something bad will happen.
  • Refusing to participate in "fun" activities.
  • Thinking being happy will mean something bad will happen.
  • Thinking happiness makes you a bad or worse person.
  • Believing that showing happiness is bad for you or your friends or family.
  • Thinking that trying to be happy is a waste of time and effort.

In a blog post on Psychology Today, psychiatrist Carrie Barron discusses some possible reasons for people developing cherophobia, or "hedonophobia," which is defined as the fear of pleasure.

"There is so much talk about the pursuit of happiness these days," she wrote. "It might seem unusual for someone to fear this positive emotion. If it is due to a happiness/punishment link in childhood, it could be more common than we think."

For example, it could stem from the fear of conflict with a loved one, or a bad experience you associate with a certain event. If you're used to something bad happening straight after a happy event, you might resist going again.

"If you are pleasure averse, it may be because somewhere along the way, wrath, punishment, humiliation or theft – you earned it and they had to have it — killed your joy," Barron added. "Now you are afraid to feel it because the bubble burst/brutality is coming."

In an interview with The Metro news site, blogger Stephanie Yeboah described what it's like to live with cherophobia.

"Ultimately, it's a feeling of complete hopelessness, which leads to feeling anxious or wary of taking part in, or actively doing things, that promote happiness as you feel that it will not last," she said.

"A fear of happiness doesn't necessarily mean that one is constantly living in sadness. In my case, my cherophobia was exacerbated/triggered by traumatic events. Even things such as celebrating a campaign win, completing a difficult task or winning a client make me feel uneasy."

Treating cherophobia can sometimes be mistaken for treating feelings of depression, which Yeboah said isn't particularly helpful.

"There's not really much I can do as there aren't many resources that are specific for cherophobia, so I just kind of get on with it and try not to think about it where possible."

Barron said a good place to start is digging into your past, so you can try and learn to have tolerance for wasting time, having fun, and happiness without fearing negative consequences.

In particular, she said treatments like insight-oriented psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are useful for understanding the causes and undoing the negative associations people have between pleasure and pain.

Ultimately, tackling cherophobia is changing the way you think. If you think you may have it, it's likely a defence mechanism that you've put up, that was built because of a past conflict or trauma.

It will take time to work through your problems, but with treatment, you may be able to get past it, enjoy happiness, and start living in the moment.

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'Deadpool 2' director gives an update on the 'Fast and Furious' spin-off movie he's making with The Rock and Jason Statham


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  • "Deadpool 2" director David Leitch gives an update on the status of "Hobbs and Shaw," the first spin-off movie from the "Fast and the Furious" franchise.
  • Leitch also explains why working with Ryan Reynolds has prepared him to work with the social-media savvy Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

David Leitch may only have two feature films under his belt, but he's quickly becoming one of the most sought-after directors of action movies working today.

With the release of the highly anticipated "Deadpool 2," coming Friday, Leitch has proven with movie number three that he's not scared of the big stage — as it's destined to dethrone box-office champ "Avengers: Infinity War" and score a huge box-office opening weekend.

But he's not ready to sit back and take in his good fortune. He's gearing up for his next movie.

Leitch has signed on to direct the first spin-off of Universal's popular "Fast and the Furious" franchise, "Hobbs and Shaw," which will put the spotlight on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw.

deadpool 2 foxBoth have been in multiple movies in the "Fast" franchise, but the two characters shined as an unlikely tandem in "The Fate of the Furious," and now they are getting their own movie.

"Dwayne and Jason's chemistry in that movie were some of my favorite stuff out of it," Leitch told Business Insider while doing press for "Deadpool 2" on Tuesday. "So to be able to spin something off and make it my own imprint in that universe, that's exciting."

Cameras don't begin running until September, but Leitch said there's a working draft of the script and is excited about the process right now of crafting the story — especially with the screenwriter the movie brought on.

"Chris Morgan is the writer and one of the producers. He's written a majority of the ['Fast and Furious'] movies," Letich said. "So we're having fun with that process right now."

Recently Johnson posted a picture on Instagram of him with Leitch and Statham, and wrote in the caption: "Been wanting to work with David for years now. Very talented and knows how to create and shoot bad ass, cool and FUN characters."

HOBBS & SHAW. Lotta fun w/ my brothas @jasonstatham & director, @davidmleitch in our production meeting. Scroll left and see what happens when I whisper under my breath, “Smile for the camera you bald Harry Potter bitch!” And he says - Yeah clearly that extra small shirt is cutting off your brain circulation you big asshole. All while our phenomenal director keeps his poker face knowing he’s gonna have the time of his life directing our film. Been wanting to work with David for years now. Very talented and knows how to create and shoot bad ass, cool and FUN characters. He directed JOHN WICK, ATOMIC BLONDE and next week his new movie, DEADPOOL 2 looks to be huge with audiences worldwide. We have a lot of fun surprises in store with our movie and what an opportunity for us to smartly build out our beloved Fast and Furious franchise with our spinoff. We’re pumped to shoot and most importantly, THANK YOU FANS for all the love, support and excitement. Shooting starts this September! #HobbsAndShaw #DavidLeitch #ChrisMorgan #NealMoritz #HiramGarcia #SevenBucksProds #UniversalStudios

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When asked if working with someone as social-media savvy as Johnson would take some getting used to, Leitch said the experience of working with Ryan Reynolds on "Deadpool 2" was a good primer.

"I think when you look at how Ryan and Dwayne handle social media and use it as a promotion of their art, they're both really great at it," Leitch said, who admitted that Reynolds' intimate involvement in the marketing strategy of "Deadpool 2" was something he'd never experienced on a movie before. "So there are a lot of lessons learned from Ryan in this experience that hopefully I can take that on to the experience I'm going to have with Dwayne and Jason."

"Hobbs and Shaw" is slated for release in July 2019.

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Prince Harry's name isn't actually Harry — here's his real name and title


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  • Prince Harry's name is world-famous, and he also gets called that by his family.
  • But his name is actually Henry — and his formal title is Prince Henry of Wales.
  • Official notices — like his engagement notice — use his proper name.
  • In the unlikely event that he becomes king, he could revert to the name and be called Henry IX.

Prince Harry is one of the most famous people on earth — even more so with the royal wedding just around the corner.

But, although millions of people around the world recognise his name, it's worth recalling that he's not actually called Harry.

The prince, in fact, is named Henry. Harry is an informal nickname, albeit one that has been adopted by almost everybody, including his family.

However, "Henry" is still rolled out for formal occasions as part of his full, official title: Prince Henry of Wales.

The official announcement of the engagement had the title "Prince Henry of Wales & Meghan Markle are engaged to be married." It was hosted on his official website, princehenryofwales.org.

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Harry is currently sixth in line to the throne, and every time William and Kate have a child, he moves back one spot. He is, therefore, very unlikely ever to become king.

But if he did, he would likely be known as King Henry IX — though royals can choose any of their multiple names, so Henry Charles Albert David could also go for Charles III, Albert I, or David I.

Royals named Henry have been known by the nickname Harry for centuries — at least since the time of Shakespeare, who used "Harry" repeatedly in his plays to refer to Henry V. 

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Meghan Markle is defying another tradition and will make a speech at her wedding to Prince Harry


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  • Meghan Markle has apparently said she will make a speech after her wedding to Price Harry.
  • The couple's royal wedding will happen on this weekend on May 19.

Meghan Markle is no stranger to breaking Royal wedding traditions. According to a Times story from January, she's going to defy another one, and will make a speech at her wedding reception this weekend.

In Britain, traditionally the groom, father of the bride, and the best man make speeches after the wedding. It is not common for the bride to say anything, but it does happen sometimes.

The Times reported that Markle will deliver a speech after the ceremony on May 19 this year. It will be an affectionate tribute to her new husband, Harry, and will include thanks to the Queen and her family.

"She wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them," a source told the Times. "Harry thinks it's a great idea."

Markle's father, Thomas Markle, was not expected to make a speech. And this week, after ups and downs with his health and a paparazzi scandal, it looks like he will not be attending at all.

Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, is now the most popular choice for giving Markle away. Other bets are on Price William, Prince Charles, or Markle walking herself down the aisle. 

Making a speech simply looks like another way Markle is defying British royal tradition, being a divorcée, American, and brought up Protestant. 

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14 apps everyone should have on their phone


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Most people spend the vast majority of their time in just a handful of apps. I'm no exception.

While I keep over 100 apps on my phone for minor things, there are only 14 apps that I regularly turn to. These are my go-to apps that make my life easier, more productive and more enjoyable.  If you want to get the most out of your phone, I recommend having these essential apps. 

Check them out:

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For listening to as much music as possible, however you like to listen to it.

App Store | Google Play


For restaurant recommendations and reviews of businesses.

App Store | Google Play


For getting work done, and collaborating with others.

App Store | Google Play

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Here's what time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding will start where you live — and how to watch it


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  • The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will begin at midday (UK time) at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday May 19.
  • At 1 p.m. the newly married couple will embark on a carriage procession through Windsor Town.
  • An early afternoon reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen will follow at St George's Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation.
  • Around 200 guests have also been invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.
  • Kensington Palace has confirmed that Markle's father will walk her down the aisle.
  • Scroll down to see what time the celebrations will start where you live and how you can watch it both in the UK and from abroad.

The highly anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is just days away.

The wedding will be held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.

The day will begin at midday (UK time) with a service conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and the Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.

Here's an outside look at the Chapel...

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...and here's a glimpse inside.

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At 1 p.m. Harry and Meghan will embark on a carriage procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk, which will offer some members of the public a glimpse of the newly married couple.

They've invited over 2,000 members of the public into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the couple and their guests arrive, and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle.

The Queen will host an early afternoon reception at St George's Hall for the couple and guests from the congregation, of which there are expected to be around 600 guests.

Here's a photo inside St George's Hall:

Around 200 guests have also been invited to an evening reception at Frogmore House in the evening, hosted by Prince Charles.

What time does it start where I am?

Here's what time the royal wedding will start in major cities across different time zones on Saturday, May 19:

  • London (BST) 12 p.m.
  • Paris (CEST): 1 p.m.
  • Moscow (MSK): 2 p.m.
  • Tokyo (JST): 8 p.m.
  • Sydney (AET): 9 p.m.
  • Honolulu (HAST): 1 a.m.
  • Los Angeles (PT): 4 a.m.
  • Las Vegas (PT): 4 a.m.
  • Denver (MT): 5 a.m.
  • Chicago (CT): 6 a.m.
  • New York (ET): 7 a.m.
  • Seoul (KST): 8 p.m.

How can I watch it?


BBC, ITV, and Sky News, will all be covering the big day.


Live coverage will be available on CBS, streamed on CBSN, The Today Show (NBC), PBS, and BBC America, according to Harper's Bazaar. FOX News Channel (FNC) also just announced it will be presenting live coverage of the event. 


Channel Nine will air the wedding, Marie Claire reports.

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ITV Choice (DStv 123), according to Times Live.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's big day will cost over 1,000 times more than the average wedding — here's where it will all go


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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, on May 19.
  • Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the royal wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family.
  • The royal wedding is expected to cost in excess of $45 million (£32 million), most of which is allotted for security.


The average cost of a wedding for couples in the US and the UK is around $34,000 (£23,700).

Five figures is a huge expense for a one-day affair. That is, unless you're ultra-rich — and especially if you're royalty rich.

Next month, the world will bear witness to the most anticipated royal wedding in years. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to be married on May 19 at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, and will begin a carriage procession immediately after the ceremony. Their reception will take place later on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family.

The case was the same for Kate Middleton and Prince William's 2011 royal wedding— the only item Middleton paid for was her six-figure Alexander McQueen dress. Their total wedding celebration cost $34 million (£23.7 million).

Markle and Prince Harry's wedding will reportedly cost in excess of $45.8 million (£32 million), according to Bride Book's estimation. That's over 1,000 more than the average wedding. 

The venue is the biggest part of a typical wedding budget for couples in the US and the UK, taking up nearly half of the entire wedding cost. Access to St. George's Chapel — and St. George's Great Hall, where the wedding reception will take place — is free of charge for Markle and Prince Harry. Transportation is also free, thanks to the Queen's fleet of Rolls-Royces, Daimlers, and Bentleys.

The greatest cost for the royal couple? Security. Protecting Markle and Prince Harry, plus thousands of guests and onlookers, will run Kensington Palace a whopping $43 million (£30 million), estimates Bride Book. That includes the cost of snipers, undercover police, military technology, and security drones. The bulk of Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding budget similarly went to security costs. 

Otherwise, Markle and Prince Harry's total wedding spend, including food, cakes, entertainment, wardrobe, and the honeymoon, amounts to about $2.8 million.

Below, check out Bride Book's breakdown of what the royal wedding will cost.

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Food and drinks — $686,000 (£479,000). Catering is needed for both the formal lunch reception and the dinner reception for friends and family. Top-shelf champagne, wine, and whiskey will likely come from the Royal Palace cellars. The Royal Family’s favorite champagne, Bollinger, goes for nearly $115 (£80) a bottle; that's approximately $195,000 (£136,000) spent on champagne alone.

Source: Bride Book

Wedding dress — $430,000 (£300,000). The rumor mill is working overtime when it comes to Markle's dress, which will reportedly have a six-figure price tag and be paid for by the bride herself. A fashion icon in the making, Markle is expected to go with a traditional design and unique detail.


Marquee — $500,000 (£350,000). Even though Markle and Prince Harry are using St. George's Chapel free of charge, they'll need a large event tent to host guests on the grounds after the immediate reception in St. George's Great Hall.

Source: Bride Book

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Terry Crews takes us through the emotional roller coaster of his show 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' being canceled and then miraculously picked up


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  • The canceling by Fox of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" put the internet into meltdown mode.
  • The show was eventually picked up by NBC for its sixth season.
  • Series regular Terry Crews recalls the shock of getting the news that the show was canceled and how he learned NBC picked it up.

It's been quite a ride the last week for Terry Crews.

While gearing up to promote his role in the highly anticipated "Deadpool 2," Crews got the shocking news that the popular TV show he'd been a regular on for five seasons, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," had been canceled by Fox.

The internet went into a complete meltdown over the news. From the super fans to celebrities like Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers, and Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, it seemed everyone was appalled that Fox would put the brakes on the show. 

And Crews admitted everyone involved in the show was shocked as well.

"We had no clue we were going to be canceled," Crews told Business Insider on Wednesday. "All expectations were that we were coming back for a sixth season just because we were doing so well. It was the shock of the century."

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Crews said he got the news last Thursday, moments before he was about to go on stage to shoot an episode of the Michael Strahan-hosted "The 100,000 Pyramid" game show.

"Five minutes before I'm about to go on, I get an email from ['Brooklyn Nine-Nine' creator Dan Goor]," Crews said. "And I'm like, 'We're canceled?' It was surreal. I was like in a Spike Lee floating in the air shot. The world was over. But I did my job, I went and did the show. But it was like hearing that your favorite uncle is dead. There were tears, I'm not going to lie to you."  

The outrage on social media led to reports of streaming services like Hulu perhaps taking the show over. But Crews went to bed Thursday having to come to terms with the fact that the show was really done.

But then his phone started blowing up at 3 a.m. News had hit that NBC picked up the show for its sixth season.

"It was the middle of the night, I woke up to my phone glowing and I'm wondering what is going on," Crews said. "I got all these texts with everyone saying, 'We're picked up!' I jumped out of bed. I felt like I was one of Madonna's kids. 'I get to live in the mansion now, she picked me!'"

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will be a part of NBC's mid-season lineup, according to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.

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A nude painting just sold in New York for a record-breaking $157 million — here are the 15 most expensive paintings ever sold


Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby's Asia. speaks next to a painting

  • Sotheby's New York broke its own sales record this week when it sold a painting for $157.2 million at auction.
  • The painting is by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, titled "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)."
  • The sale breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold via auction or private sale.


This week, Sotheby's New York broke its own sales record selling Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" for $157.2 million.

The work of art is Modigliani's largest piece — measuring 58 inches across, it was a part of his 1917 exhibition that redefined the fine art nude.

During Monday's Sotheby's auction other historic works were also up for purchase including Picasso's "Le Repos," which sold for $36.9 million, as well as Claude Monet's "Matinée sur la Seine."

Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold during auctions and private sales, hedging out Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer II," which sold for $150 million in 2016 during a private sale via Larry Gagosian.

Below, take a look at the most 15 most expensive paintings that have sold during auctions or via private sales.

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15. Jackson Pollock's "No. 5, 1948" — $140 million

Date sold: November 2, 2006

Price: $140 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Sotheby's


14. Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" — $142.4 million

Date sold: November 12, 2013

Price: $142.4 million

Type of sale: Christie's, New York, auction 

13. Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer II" — $150 million

Date sold: 2016

Price: $150 million

Type of sale: Private sale via Larry Gagosian

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Lucasfilm would 'love' to give Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian his own 'Star Wars' spin-off movie


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  • Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian could get a "Star Wars" spin-off film in the future, Lucasfilm studio chief Kathleen Kennedy said on Wednesday. 
  • Kennedy told the French publication Premiere that she would "love" to have a Lando-focused movie.

Ahead of the premiere of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," many critics have praised Donald Glover's portrayal of Lando Calrissian in the film, despite the film's lukewarm overall reception. But more importantly, Glover's role seems to have won over the people behind the movie.

On Wednesday, Lucasfilm studio chief Kathleen Kennedy told the French publication Premiere that she would "love" to give Lando Calrissian his own spin-off movie.

With over a week until the release of "Solo," the film is projecting to be the worst-reviewed "Star Wars" film since "Attack of the Clones."

"Solo" currently has a 72% critic rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but many reviewers, including Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio, have heaped praise on Glover's performance. 

Guerrasio wrote in his review that Glover "completely knocks it out of the park as Lando Calrissian."

In a review for The Atlantic, Christopher Orr wrote, "If you are not already a fan of Glover (and, let’s be clear, you should be), this ought to make you one."

Critical praise for Glover's role, along with Glover's star rising from his Emmy-winning FX show, "Atlanta," and his recent viral hit single as Childish Gambino, all rightfully have Lucasfilm encouraged to pursue a film with Glover in what would be his first blockbuster lead role.

UPDATE: After the publication of the original article by Premiere, Lucasfilm clarified to the publication that while the company would "love" to devote a spin-off film to Lando in the future, such a film had not been confirmed yet and would not be "next" (as implied by the original Premiere article).

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A Hong Kong architect thinks 'tube homes' made from concrete pipes can be a solution to the world's housing crisis


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  • Hong Kong has one of the worst housing crises in the world, and has been ranked the least affordable city for housing for the last eight years.
  • Hong Kong architect James Law has designed a low-cost solution to the problem: stackable, retro-fitted water pipe "tube homes" called "O-Pods" that could be rented cheaply to young people.
  • Law sees the design as an "open-source" solution for housing crises around the world.
  • The first O-Pod development is being built in Shenzhen, China and due to open in July.

Hong Kong has one of the worst housing crises in the world, with property prices so high that a single parking spot sold for $664,000 last year and all but the wealthiest are stuck renting tiny apartments with an ever-proliferating range of colorful names: micro-flats, nano apartments, coffin apartments, and cage homes.

It's gotten so bad that the city has been ranked the least affordable city for housing in the world for eight years running, according to the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

"We are facing a tangible affordability problem in our cities," architect James Law told Business Insider. "It is almost beyond the reach of most people to afford to live in a proper home in Hong Kong

Law thinks he may have a solution: a retro-fitted concrete water pipe. 

The idea came to him last August when he was overseeing a construction site. He noticed some leftover concrete pipes at the site and found that they were large, strong, safe, and not being used. Law designed and built the prototype for the O-Pod in less than a month.

The O-Pod wasn't Law's first "crazy project" — he tries to challenge himself with one each year — but it is the first to garner attention across the world. Within months, the O-Pod had been written up in the New Y0rk Times, the South China Morning Post, BBC News, and Business Insider. And he has received inquiries about the design from firms in New Zealand, South Africa and Hawaii.

In April, Law signed a contract with a developer in Shenzhen, China to build the first O-Pod complex.

"​The big dream of mine is not necessarily me doing it, but a global community of people who share the same values using this as an open source design to share around the world," Law said. 

"If we can work with governments, and even private landowners and manufacturers, we could very cheaply build the O-Pods, and we could rent them out very cheaply to young people who are struggling to afford housing."

Law recently gave us a tour of the prototype and revealed where he wants to take it from here. Here's what it was like:

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The prototype of the O-Pod is located beneath a bridge in Kwun Tong, a former manufacturing area in East Kowloon.

The O-Pod is made from two sections of concrete drain pipe and has a living space of around 100 square feet. Law's goal for the O-Pod was to create something that was cheap, easily maintained, and quickly built.

Key to keeping the costs down is using a pre-manufactured product, according to Law.

"When you build it yourself, it's expensive and requires labor, quality control, and testing," Law said.

But because the O-Pod uses concrete water pipes, which are already being mass-manufactured, they are "low-cost, well-engineered,  and being concrete, these pipes have good insulation properties."




Designed to go underground, they are also extremely strong and can be stacked on top of each other to immediately become a building, without having to build additional ‘bookcase’ structures, columns and beams, etc [as is the case with shipping containers].”

The O-Pod feels bright and spacious when you step inside. Though the floor space is 100 square feet, the curved walls and the tilted lights make it feel much bigger.

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Too many people go to marriage counseling for the wrong reason


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  • In marriage counseling, many people try to explain how their partner is the source of all their issues, and how their partner needs to change.
  • But couples therapist Peter Pearson says he tries to disillusion clients, and help them realize that they might also need to change.
  • It's much easier to focus on what your partner is doing wrong than to focus on how you contribute to their problematic behavior.

After decades as a couples therapist, Peter Pearson says there are a few sentences he's never heard:

I'm here because frankly, I don't pay enough attention to my wife. I'm a slob around the house. I pay too much attention to electronic devices. I am here to prevent that from becoming a bigger problem and hurting our marriage.

The response he's heard too many times when he asks someone why they've come to see him?

She nags. Nothing I can do can make her happy. Whatever I do is never good enough.

That is to say, no one comes to couples therapy asserting that they need to change in order to improve their relationship. But just about everyone comes to couples therapy hoping to get their partner to change.

Pearson and his wife, couples therapist Ellyn Bader, are the cofounders of the Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. He said many people arrive at his office ready to rattle off all the ways their partner has wronged them, thereby eliciting the therapist's sympathy.

"If they can be clear enough about how their partner is the problem, they expect and hope I will reform the partner."

Needless to say, it's not Pearson's job to decide which of the partners is at greater fault for destroying the marriage.

"Their perception and belief is that, ‘My partner causes my problems,'" Pearson said. "I disturb that way of thinking and say, 'No, what's going to make you create a stronger marriage is by changing how you respond to what your partner does that's so problematic."

Many people are also afraid that their partner wants them to change — and won't accept them for who they are

Pearson's observations recall those of couples therapist Esther Perel. When she visited the Business Insider office last year, Perel said that taking responsibility for your own behavior is key to improving a struggling relationship.

Perel said: "It's so easy to focus on what's missing in the other person. It's so easy to go critical. It's so easy to think that if you were different, my life would be better, rather than sometimes to switch it around and think if I was different, my life would be better. And maybe if I was different with you, you would be different with me."

Hal Runkel, a marriage and family therapist, had an interesting twist on the idea that people want their partner to change.

Runkel previously told Business Insider that the real motivation for seeking couples therapy is that "people are scared that in order to be fully married to this person, they're going to have to become a different person themselves." Either they're afraid that they'll be rejected by their partner for being themselves — or they already have been rejected.

"What we're all searching for is this sense of validation," or someone who knows us and still accepts us, Runkel said.

Pearson thinks at least part of the solution lies in vulnerability. While each person wants to end their partner's problematic behavior, each person is also fearful of "letting go of their self-protective armory" that might be causing said behavior.

He shared a hypothetical example of a couple in which one person wants their partner to be more transparent and the other person wants their partner to stop nagging them about opening up. But if the closed-off partner did open up a little, their partner would presumably feel more satisfied.

"It's not just a matter of telling couples what to do or how to do it," Pearson said. "That's the intellectual part. Emotionally, we're terrified of giving up our self-protection."

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This home video shows an 8-year-old Meghan Markle playing the Queen and ordering her 'servants' to make 900,000 cookies


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  • A home video shows Meghan Markle playing the Queen in a childhood play at just 8 years old.
  • It was discovered by the mother of her childhood friend, Ninaki Priddy.
  • She bosses around "servants" ordering them to make her cookies, sew her a dress, and do her groceries.
  • Priddy says it shows that Markle was "always the centre of attention, always the ringleader."
  • Markle becomes part of the royal family when she marries Prince Harry on Saturday May 19.

A home video of eight-year-old Meghan Markle playing "the Queen" in a childhood play has been published — and it shows that the actress was always meant to be in the spotlight as a royal.

Shot on January 29, 1990, the 11-minute video was filmed at the ninth birthday party of Markle's childhood friend, Ninaki Priddy.

After Priddy's mother recently discovered the footage, Ninaki told Mail Online: "The show was called 'Your Royal Highness' and the star was Meg. It’s very funny to see this now and given what is going on with her life it’s quite eye-opening."

She added that Markle was "always the centre of attention, always the ringleader — it was my birthday but she took the starring role!"

The video shows Markle wearing a gold crown in the garden of the Priddy's LA home. She is acting out the role as a fictional Queen, while her classmates from Hollywood's Little Red School House are princesses and servants.

Markle — known now for her role in legal drama "Suits" — is seen introducing the play by saying, "Your Royal Highness, Take One!"

She then sits on a blanket as one of her friends comes over, gives a bow, and asks: "Your Highness, isn’t there anything to do around this kingdom anymore?"

Markle replies: 'Yes, make 900,000 cookies and sew me a nice dress."

She adds that the cookies and dress are for a meeting she's having, during which she is hosting "people from Florida and Canada, Mississippi, Missouri."

At one point Markle yells: "10 minute break!" and a friend replies: "Oh thank you, Your Highness." Markle then herds her friends inside.

Later in the play, she's heard saying: "Go do the grocery shopping, I didn't have time to do it." According to Ninaki, the story, which Markle created, "came out of the blue."

"It wasn’t something we had done before. She just came up with it on the spot," she said, adding: "My parents were in the audio-video industry so we always had a camera around. We would do little videos."

You can watch the video here:

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How to dress your best in any work environment, from a casual office to the boardroom


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• Figuring out how to dress for work can be confusing and frustrating.

• But dressing appropriately for the job is crucial.

• From casual clothing to boardroom attire, here's a handy guide to dressing for success.

There was once a time when every professional, no matter his or her industry, put on a suit each morning.

But today, there are so many interpretations of formal and business casual that it can be easy to look sloppy or over-dressed if you're not aware of the environment.

Sylvie di Giusto, founder of Executive Image Consulting, works with executives looking to improve how they present themselves and professionals hoping to impress their clients and bosses. In her book "The Image of Leadership," she breaks down the five levels of dress code that she uses with her clients.

If you're not sure which level is most appropriate for your work environment, the basic rule of thumb is "the more you deal with a client's money, the more traditional and conservative you should be dressed," di Giusto told Business Insider.

In general, that means that people in finance, law, and accounting, for example, should stick to traditional business attire, and those in creative industries, like entertainment and advertising, can dress more flexibly within the casual levels.

If you're a member of the board or meeting with a member of the board, boardroom attire is most appropriate — regardless of the size of the company.

That being said, di Giusto added that there is "no cookie cutter approach'" or a "one-size-fits-all formula."

"In fact, professionals must be able to adapt and adjust their professional style based on the industry they work for — plus the clients they serve," di Giusto said.

For example, she noted that boardroom attire "might look very different in a startup in Silicon Valley than for financial advisors or attorneys in New York City."

Ultimately, di Giusto said, it's up to you to choose what works best in your office environment.

"Everything goes, from pants, dresses, skirts, jumpsuits — as long as they represent themselves in the best possible way and choose the right fit, fabrics, colors, and patterns," she said.

When it comes to dressing for success, you've got a ton of options. Below are some ideas of what you could wear for each level of dress based on di Giusto's recommendations:

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Baseline casual is more relaxed, but still neat and professional

Business casual provides people with a more polished look

Executive casual dress is professional, without being stuffy

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Simple brain tricks Olympic gold medalist gymnast Fabian Hambüchen uses to build mental strength


Fabian Hambuechen of Germany celebrates during the Men's Horizontal Bar final at the Baku 2015 European Games on June 20.

  • Fabian Hambüchen won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on the high bar.
  • Hambüchen faced many setbacks during his career, including a torn Achilles tendon and a torn supraspinatus muscle.
  • Mental strength, rather than physical strength, helped Hambüchen fight his way to the top.

Fabian Hambüchen knew from childhood that he was going to compete in the Olympic Games — and he knew that he was going to get gold.

In 2016, his dream came true at the Olympic Games in Rio where he won gold on the high bar. But the path to gold was anything but easy: the life of a gymnast is characterised by the pressure to perform, setbacks and injuries, and experiences that demand a lot of mental strength.

At the Fibo 2018 sports fair in Cologne, Fabian Hambüchen told Business Insider about his most excruciating defeat and how he fought his way back to the top mentally.

How your brain can scupper your plans

As reigning World Champion, Fabian Hambüchen travelled to Beijing in 2008 to go for gold.

"I was the favourite. I had the opportunity to win several medals and it was expected that I'd get gold on the high bar," he said.

Gymnastics - Artistic - Olympics: Day 11 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Fabian Hambuechen of Germany cometes on the Horizontal Bar on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

His chances were good — but his thought process sabotaged him and he ended up with a bronze medal.

"When I qualified, it went great. I was in the best starting position possible. But then these thoughts went through my mind: I really want to become an Olympic champion. This is my big dream. I want this, I want this, I want this." These thoughts "set him on a completely wrong track" and led him to slip up.

The disappointment was immense. "I compensated by training harder and harder until my body told me its limits," he describes the time after the games. "I hurt myself, yet I carried on. In the end, I injured myself even more severely: I tore my Achilles tendon."

That was when Fabian Hambüchen realised he had to change something: his way of thinking. He had to get stronger not physically but mentally.

"I didn't respond sensibly. I trained too much, I was too ambitious, and my injury stopped me in my tracks — but in the end it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was then that I began to realise that there are other ways of moving forward."

Hambüchen's tips for mental strength

Gymnastics is a tough scene, in which Hambüchen started training very early. He received mental support from his uncle, a qualified teacher who had specialised in mental coaching.

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Hambüchen now has some of his own tips for mental strength. One thing he learned after winning bronze in Beijing was to focus only on what was essential. Question why it actually is that you're doing what you're doing.

"I remind myself that the reason I'm doing this sport is that I love gymnastics and I enjoy doing it. When we do sport as kids, we all do it because we enjoy it; not because we're training to become world champion or to get rich off it," he said.

Hambüchen said that if you keep reminding yourself of this and keep looking within yourself, searching yourself and asking yourself about why it is you're doing what you're doing, it can quickly ground you again, renew your energy, gratitude and motivation. And there's a positive side-effect with gratitude: studies have shown that gratitude increases well-being and reduces the risk of depression.

"We tend to try and change situations we can't," said Hambüchen. Another trick for mental strength is to remember what is and isn't in your hands.

"What's the point in wasting energy on things you can't control? I'm not walking up to the high bar wondering what kind of referees are sat there. They're all just people, the rating is subjective and there's nothing you can do about it."

This applies not only to sport but, studies show, to work or to one's personal life. Don't allow others to take control of you — it's up to you to give others the power to ruin your day.

"It's important to focus on the self and to try to be the best version of yourself," advised Hambüchen.

Fabian Hambuchen of Germany competes in the floor of Men's All Around Final during Gymnastics Tokyo World Cup 2014 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on April 5, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by

Of course, this is all a lot easier said than done. Hambüchen stresses that it took him years to mentally train himself into mastering this technique. But it paid off.

"Understanding what needs doing and then applying it to the situation with the right approach is a huge challenge. But if you internalise this message and are completely in touch with yourself, you can call on your maximum performance. None of this guarantees success but, rather, it serves as a technique to fall back on when your mind is getting in your way. And it works."

Recovering from physical injury

"I've learned to learn from defeats, to analyse them and to think about what I can change to do better," said Hambüchen. Even after that, not everything went well. "But I still thought differently, I wasn't so dogged in how I went at things."

It was this new way of thinking and mental strength that helped him win silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then gold in Rio in 2016, despite having a torn supraspinatus muscle.

These victories are largely due to his mental strength. With the help of his doctor he suppressed the pain and his health wasn't constantly in the fore of his mind.

"The shoulder is a joint that's very well supported by muscles. So you can do it without that one string. Everything beyond that was a matter of the mind."

Fabian Hambuchen celebrates with his coach after competing on the horizontal bar during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

He was unable to train for three months due to the injury. Normally, after such a long break, it takes weeks and months to get fit again — but Hambüchen only had three weeks remaining before the national championships to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio.

"During this time I gave my training my all, adjusted mentally and paid close attention to my diet. "I lost five to six kilos in two to three weeks and was really fit." And he won the gold medal on high bar.

After winning gold, Fabian Hambüchen ended his international career. He's learned an important lesson in life: there's no point in allowing others to negatively influence you and in constantly worrying about things that aren't in your hands.

With this newly acquired mental strength, he was able to call on his abilities precisely when he needed them and, as a result, was able to celebrate the greatest victory of his career.

"Another four years of giving it my all and to then be rewarded with gold is such an accomplishment ... it was mad, and just awesome."

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I've traveled to 25 countries and everyone wanted to ask — or tell — me the same things about the US


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  • The US tends to spark questions and misconceptions in many people in other countries.
  • I've been to 25 countries and have noticed there are ones that come up time and time again.
  • They include questions about tipping, patriotism, and the worst American stereotypes.

If you live outside the United States, the impression you get of the country could be vastly different than reality.

Many Americans who have traveled abroad have found themselves fielding questions from non-Americans about life in the US and clearing up misconceptions they may have.

I've noticed certain topics come up in conversation time and time again in the years I've been traveling, throughout 25 different countries. I've heard them in places from Amsterdam to Mumbai, and even far-flung locations like Tierra del Fuego and rural Malaysia.

Read on to see the questions non-Americans had about the United States, and the misconceptions I encountered all around the world.

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Why do Americans tip everywhere?

One of the most confusing aspects of American culture is the tipping system.

Americans are used to tipping a wide variety of service professionals, from bartenders and waiters to hairstylists and airport-shuttle drivers. On top of that, Americans tend to tip in greater amounts than people in other countries, where a 10% tip or simply rounding up to the nearest dollar amount may be more commonplace.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of countries where people don't tip at all. It's usually people from those places who have the most questions and criticisms of the US system.

Why are the food portions so big?

Any traveler who's been to a US restaurant has probably encountered the infamous American portion size. The massive dishes sold at most eateries come as a shock to most non-Americans, especially if they come from countries where taking home your leftovers isn't the norm.

Why do Americans eat so early?

Many Americans eat dinner around 6:20 p.m., and anything between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. is usually considered a standard mealtime.

That time frame is laughably early for people in certain other countries. In Argentina or Spain, it's not uncommon for dinner to start after 11 p.m.

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Dubai is constructing a building that looks like a giant iPad and has so much technology it acts like 'Iron Man's armor'


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  • Hong Kong architect James Law is developing The Pad tower that looks like an iPod and is full of technology that adapts to the environment.
  • Law compares the architecture of the Dubai building to Iron Man's suit of armor in that it enhances the capabilities of those who live in it.
  • Law's approach to modern architecture that takes technology and the environment into design is what he calls "cybertecture."


Hong Kong architect James Law is nearing completing on the construction of a building whose design was inspired by an iPod and is filled with so much technology that he likens it to Iron Man's suit of armor. 

The building, known as The Pad. and once called the iPad Tower, has been under construction in Dubai's Business Bay since 2006. After more than a decade of work, the building is set to open later this year. 

The building is the culmination of Law's architectural approach, which he says aims to fuse technology, software, and architecture to create structures that are more responsive to the needs and desires of people today.

Architecture "used to just be about the concrete, steel, and the glass, and the shape of a building. But now I think we're living in a world where those materials are just the basic materials," Law said. "There are now new materials like technology, smart material, bytes of content, and interactivity."

Law's design for The Pad, which mimics the shape of an iPod tilted in a docking station, won an international competition in which he beat out renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster.

The 24-story tower contains 231 "intelligent" apartments that include a virtual reality projection wall that changes locations, a bathroom that analyzes residents' health in real time and displays reports on the mirror, and RFID tags instead of keys for apartments.

"You are selling more than just space," Law said. "You are selling the infinite possibilities of participating with all our technology in that space." 

Law compared the building's ability to augment the lives of its inhabitants to the armor that comic book hero Iron Man wears. 

"In this sense, once you put this armor on, you have extra capabilities and extra possibilities about how you can experience life," Law said. Like the Iron Man armor, he added, the apartments are "able to adapt to the environment."

Here's what life is like inside The Pad:

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The Pad is due to be opened later this year after a decade of work. The building is tilted at a 6.5 degree angle to mimic an iPod in a dock. It is the culmination of Law's "Cybertecture" philosophy to architecture.

"Some bricks are the old clay bricks and the concrete bricks, and then there are the new bricks, which are technology, the new bricks of new ideas, new strategies, new forms, new models, new typologies," Law said.

The Pad has 231 "intelligent" apartments with various features that enhance the capabilities of those who live in it, including health monitoring, air filters, and virtual reality walls. Law believes that in the future residents will be able to add features to their apartments in the way one downloads apps from Apple's App Store.



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