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Trader Joe's employees share 6 tips for getting the best deal at the store


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  • Trader Joe's store crew members know how you can make the most of your shopping experience.
  • Some have taken to the web to share their best money-saving tips with customers.
  • Employees spoke about everything from the store's generous return policy to its famously cheap wines.

Trader Joe's stores are, by design, intended to cater to the sophisticated-but-frugal crowd.

"I designed it for people who are over-educated and underpaid," Trader Joe's founder Joe Coulombe said in 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But those Trader Joe's fans who are looking to save even more require insider information about the grocery chain. After all, Trader Joe's doesn't hawk obvious deals in the form of coupons or online promotions.

Fortunately, Trader Joe's employees have some suggestions that can help customers save money and make the most of the store's best deals.

Here's a look at some advice on getting the best deal at Trader Joe's, courtesy of the crew members themselves:

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Remember that the store has a generous return policy

Trader Joe's has a famously liberal return policy.

"We want our customers to try new things they wouldn't normally try out of fear of possibly not liking the product and wasting their money," a Trader Joe's employee of 10 years wrote in a 2017 Reddit AMA.

According to the blog Rather Be Shopping, if you return an item with a receipt, the store will give you a full refund. But if you don't have your receipt, you can still receive a store credit or a gift card equal to the lowest advertised price of the product.

"I am a firm believer in the return policy," a Trader Joe's manager wrote in a 2016 Reddit AMA. "I myself have returned things in my own store... We encourage people to try stuff and the staff recommends products to customers. If a customer doesn't like it, we want to fix that."

You can also ask the crew members to open up a product you're not sure about

Worried that you're about to waste your money on a product you've never tried before? You can ask a crew member to open it up (as long as it's non-alcoholic) so you can try it.

In fact, employees will probably thank you for that.

"I love when customers ask to try products," a Trader Joe's manager wrote in a 2016 Reddit AMA.

"We get to finish whatever the customer wanted to try," a Trader Joe's crew member wrote in a 2018 Reddit AMA.

The Trader Joe's manager wrote that there are certain limitations to how much free food the store will give out to prevent shoppers from taking advantage of the policy.

"We're not gonna grill up a steak for you," the manager wrote. "I've only experienced two or three occasions where a customer tried to take advantage of this."

In those instances, customers would ask crew members to open up over 10 products.

"Management had to step in and kindly inform them that one or two products is fine but we have to draw the line somewhere, plus we have the no hassle return policy where you don't even need to bring a receipt, so they can buy with product with confidence and if they don't like it are welcome to return it," the manager wrote.

Always go for the wine

Trader Joe's is known far and wide for its iconic Charles Shaw wine — popularly dubbed "Two Buck Chuck."

"The wine selection is unreal and the prices are just as wonderful," a manager at Trader Joe's wrote in a 2016 Reddit AMA

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Research once suggested small talk makes us unhappy — here's why that's not true


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  • A study in 2010 found that small talk was associated with lower life satisfaction.
  • But a follow up study has found this actually isn't the case.
  • Small talk isn't as important as deep, meaningful conversations — but it isn't bad either.
  • Lead researcher Matthias Mehl said it is more like an "inactive ingredient" in our social lives.
  • The study also found no difference between how extroverts and introverts approached small talk.

Few people admit to liking small talk. A banal conversation about the weather or repeating tales about your weekend to your colleagues may be fine in the office kitchen, but it's not how we'd want the majority of our conversations to go.

That's why in 2010, when a paper was published in the journal Psychological Science that appeared to suggest that small talk was associated with feeling unhappy, it was widely covered by the media and absorbed by the public.

The research team, led by psychology professor Matthias Mehl at The University of Arizona, gave 79 undergraduate students devices that would record intermittently for a short period of time throughout the day. They wore them for four days, then gave the devices back so the team could upload the files and build an acoustic diary.

A recording every 12.5 minutes for 30 seconds gave them a total of 23,689 files, which they then had to sort through. Ambient noise was discounted, but conversations were grouped into small talk, which involved vapid, trivial interactions like talking about the weather, and then substantive talk, where more meaningful information was exchanged, such as discussing relationships.

Results showed that people were generally happier and more satisfied with life when they spent less time alone, and more time interacting with other people in social settings. On top of that, they also found there was a tendency for happy people to have more meaningful and substantive conversations, and less small talk.

"That was a nice study, and we were really proud of it, except for the fact it was based on 79 undergraduate students," Mehl told Business Insider. "There's nothing wrong with undergrad students, and oftentimes you can generalise to that, but it was definitely a small sample size. So over the years we continued to do research and then recently we were able to replicate, or attempt a replication, of our own research."

The results were all replicated in a new study — almost

In a new study, which is available to view as a pre-print, the team used the same methodology, but this time they had a sample size of 486.

"We found again that people who reported being more satisfied with their life spend less time alone and more time surrounded by other people," Mehl said of the results. "We were also happy to find out that our substantive finding holds — that people who are more satisfied with their lives also have more substantive conversation. And that's on top of the whole quantity of interactions."

What they didn't replicate was the negative association between small talk and wellbeing. In other words, small talk isn't the opposite of substantive, meaningful conversation, and it doesn't make people unhappier.

In fact, "people's small talk wasn't at all related to people's satisfaction of life," Mehl said. "So it wasn't that people who did more small talk were happier — we didn't find the opposite — it just seems to be an inactive ingredient."

There are some champions of small talk, and it is a vital part of life. For instance, you wouldn't be likely to walk up to a stranger and immediately engage them in a conversation about the afterlife. And in a professional context, it's important to network with people and build up a rapport. Without small talk, this would be pretty difficult.

In a blog post for Psychology Today, social psychology professor Sam Sommers discusses one of his most influential teaching moments, which was when a student praised him in an evaluation on his social attitude and making small talk with students before lectures.

"I'll admit, though, that I had a mixed reaction upon reading it," Sommers wrote. "On the one hand, I was encouraged that I had created a welcoming classroom climate, at least for this student. But I also found the comment sobering. And a bit sad. Because its implication was that this student did not feel the same way in every one of his or her classes."

Too often, he added, we don't go around smiling or talking to others. We have a lot going on around us and in our minds so we essentially have perceptual blinders to conserve our mental energy.

It might improve our focus, but it means we are less connected to the people around us, Sommers said. So using small talk to break out of our bubble can be a worthwhile idea.

Introverts hate small talk, but they still have it

Another surprise from the new study was the difference between introvert and extrovert personality types. It's been long established in psychology that introverts hate small talk, because they prefer to have a deep conversation with one or two people rather than hop around a party introducing themselves to many — as an extrovert might.

"It would have been quite conceivable that extroverts who have a lot of small talk tend to be happier than the extroverts who don't have a lot of small talk. Maybe for extroverts the threshold is just lower and they can be happier with most of the conversations being small talk. But for introverts, having a lot of small talk is negatively related to wellbeing," Mehl said. "All of this would have been conceivable... but we didn't find it."

This could mean introverts and extroverts "run on the same conversational fuel," Mehl said, or simply that extroverts need the same conversation depth as introverts. But none of this means they have the exact same conversations.

It's also important to consider the fact that people tend to place themselves in their preferred social settings — extroverts in louder, more stimulating environments, and introverts in smaller, intimate groups. Ultimately, the team don't know what accounts for the finding.

"But to me it is interesting, that the association holds for both extroverts and introverts," Mehl said. "Introverts don't have a higher need or a higher demand for substantive talk, and extroverts can't just live on small talk."

The level for substantive conversation was relatively low in the study, but it was already positively related to satisfaction with life and wellbeing, Mehl said.

Humans are inherently social and symbolic animals

When asked why he thought this was, Mehl said he thought it's because we are social animals and we are a "symbolic species."

"We have our worldviews, we really need to express our worldviews, and need to see our world views affirmed," he said. "Oftentimes you feel like you have a good conversation if you share your values, and your conversation partner affirms your values. So that is the social part of the social species, but also the meaning making part of our species."

The next steps for this research could be to answer whether meaningful conversations really do make people happier, as right now the results show correlation, not causation. Mehl said he would like to try a "clinical trial" or injecting one or two more meaningful conversations into participants' lives, like "a pill," to see if they are happier than a control group.

"If you want to be a cynic, our findings as of now are also very consistent with the fact that grumpy, unhappy people repel good conversations," he said. "And that is also a no brainer, that people seem more at ease having good conversations with people who are happy... So a real skeptic or cynic would say our findings don't tell you whether having substantive conversation makes you happier. You need to actually show that path causally exists, and I think that definitely is the next step."

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Here's why booking cheap flights is better than collecting air miles, according to a deals expert


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  • The 30-year-old founder of cheap flight newsletter Jack's Flight Club alerts subscribers to the lowest flight prices on the internet.
  • A self-confessed "geek" and "numbers guy," he tracks and monitors prices multiple times a day to look for fluctuations.
  • His advice for spending less money in the long run is to opt for the cheapest flight instead of remain loyal to one airline.

30-year-old Texas-born Jack Sheldon, the founder of subscription newsletter Jack's Flight Club, knows a thing or two about finding cheap flight deals.

A self-professed "geek" and "numbers guy" based in London, he sends email alerts on the cheapest deals on the web to his 500,000 UK and Ireland subscribers.

Having flown a lot himself, he believes that finding the cheapest deal always wins out over racking up air miles when it comes to longer term savings.

The advice is the opposite of what you hear from other travel experts and frequent fliers, who often say travellers should stay loyal to an airline.

"I know in the US they have very generous points systems and credit cards that give out huge bonuses," Sheldon told Business Insider.

However, he added: "In the UK, Amex does small bonuses, but [otherwise] it's virtually nonexistent."

He said booking the cheapest flight available instead of the one with the airline you usually fly with will save you both money and time.

It also means you'll end up collecting points with a number of airlines instead of just one.

"Collect points because they’ll build up over the long term, but the price difference between one airline and another is so large [that] if you purposely only fly with BA just to build up points, you’ll probably spend more over time," he said.

"Buy the cheapest flight, but collect points, and you'll have points with various airlines."

Sheldon finds cheap flights departing from the UK and Ireland, then monitors and tracks prices multiple times a day to look at price fluctuations. 

"When we see a route has fallen to a lowest price or there's a mistake fare and the price is as low as it should be, we make sure our audience knows about it," he told Business Insider.

While it's free to register, premium members paying £35 a year for four times as many alerts, and the ability to select their ideal departure airport.

There's also the option of downloading the newly launched Jack's Flight Club app on iOS and Android which will let all members know about a deal right away.

Previously working in business development for a big data company, Sheldon launched Jack's Flight Club in 2016 at the age of 28.

"I naturally started following airfare prices, and [was always] trying to find the best ways to get a cheap flight somewhere," Sheldon told Business Insider.

He had the idea of starting a cheap flights club after realising the hunt for a deal was just as popular to the rest of the world as it was to him and his friends.

Though London is now his base, he said he has been "primarily living in Kiev" over the past few months and plans to head to Barcelona next — and he's sure to find a cheap flight to get him there.

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This is everything tennis champion Serena Williams eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner


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Serena Williams has attracted headlines lately.

The 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ceremony, dominated beer pong at the royal wedding after-party, and even wore trainers underneath her Valentino gown.

Williams will likely attract more media attention as the French Open gets underway on Sunday, Williams' first major in over a year.

The last time she contested a tennis major was the 2017 Australian Open — a tournament she won whilst pregnant.

Williams took the rest of the year off, gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., but is now ready to pick up where she left off.

In order to maintain her sporting dominance, Williams has to eat right before a match. So what sort of food does a 23-time tennis major champion serve up?

Here's everything Williams likes to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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This is Serena Williams, a superstar tennis player who is returning to the sport after taking a year out to give birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Before a game, Williams "usually can't" eat and says it may be down to nerves. However, if she was going to have a meal, it would be a "protein and carb" combo like turkey sausage and baked potato.

Source: Glamour.

When Williams is away from the court, she spares no expense and orders a delicious and healthy looking platter for breakfast including staples like smoothies and fruits.

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The 22 most hipster cities in the world in 2018


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Trendiest, most hipster-friendly cities in the world are mostly American, according to a new ranking — but they call got beaten to the top spot by a city in England.

The ranking, known as The International Hipster Index, comes from relocation company MoveHub. It compared 446 cities based on the prevalence of hipster touchstones including vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores.

Based on this, each city was given a Hipster Index score out of 10.

Scroll down to see the 22 most hipster cities in the world, ranked by their MoveHub score in ascending order.

Cities with populations under 150,000 were not included in the study.

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22. New Orleans, Louisiana, US — 6.14.

There are 86 coffee shops per 100,000 residents in New Orleans — so it's a great place for remote working.

21. Oakland, California, US — 6.17.

Oakland has plenty of vintage stores — 173, to be exact — so it's a fashion lover's dream.

20. Richmond, Virginia, US — 6.18.

The capital of Virginia may be one of the oldest major US cities, but it's remained pretty modern — and has plenty of tattoo parlours.

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The 14 greatest TV cliffhangers of all time


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Cliffhangers are a plot device prevalent in modern fiction, but they have been taken to particularly nail-biting heights in television.

The concept originated in the Middle Ages, in a work of Arabic fiction called "One Thousand and One Nights," and Charles Dickens used the device in some of his stories in the Victorian Era. But the term "cliffhanger" didn't come into being until 1873, when Thomas Hardy's "A Pair of Blue Eyes" ended with the protagonist literally hanging off of a cliff.

While cliffhangers are used in many methods of storytelling, from film to novels, they're most commonly used in television, and particularly in season finales. They get viewers to watch dramatic episodes live, and the unfinished ending will get people to tune in for the next season. 

Here, we collected some of the best and most iconic cliffhangers in television, from "The West Wing" to "Game of Thrones":

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"Twin Peaks" — season 2 episode 8, "The Last Evening"

When it aired: May 23, 1990

Like many cliffhangers on this list, "The Last Evening" ended with a character getting shot. In this case, shots are fired at Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) three times, and the episode ends. Fans speculated about Cooper's fate for months until the second season premiered and revealed Cooper survived. 

"Friends" — season 4 episode 24, "The One With Ross' Wedding Part II"

When it aired: May 7, 1998

The gang travels to London for Ross' wedding to Emily. But, in a slightly expected twist, Ross accidentally calls his fiance "Rachel" during the ceremony, and the episode ends right after. It wasn't the most cleverly placed cliffhanger, but it kept fans desperate until the season five premiere, which showed the events following his massive mistake. 

"The West Wing" — season 1 episode 22, "What Kind of Day Has It Been"

When it aired: May 17, 2000

The season one finale ends with a shooting. As pretty much every major cast member exits a building, multiple snipers begin shooting at them. The shots continue, and we see various characters on the ground, trying to get away. As the screen goes black, someone says, "Who's been hit?"

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The 41 best HBO original movies of all time, according to critics


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Decades before Netflix original films existed, HBO transformed the critical perception of what a "TV movie" could be. 

For years, HBO cornered the market on quality original films for at-home consumption, routinely cranking out critically acclaimed documentaries and biopics or dramas with notable Hollywood names.  

The cable network has had its fair share of misfires as well, including its most recent feature, a critically panned adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451."

But altogether, with biopics like "Gia," starring Angelina Jolie as the heroin-addicted supermodel Gia Carangi, or Claire Danes' role as the revolutionary autistic scientist "Temple Grandin," HBO has produced many acclaimed films and performances since it released its first original movie, "The Deadly Game," in 1982. And now thanks to on-demand streaming, if you are an HBO subscriber you can watch the whole back catalog through either HBO Go or HBO Now.

To figure out which HBO original films are worth seeking out, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and compiled every HBO film that had above a 70% "fresh" rating on the site. We excluded HBO coproductions that were distributed in theaters by other studios. 

Here are the 41 best HBO original movies of all time, according to critics:

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41. "Barbarians at the Gate" (1993)

Critic score: 71%

Audience score: 73%

Summary: "CEO F. Ross Johnson has just been burned by a failed product and begins drawing up plans to buy the company outright so he'll have no one to answer to but himself. Unfortunately for Johnson, his company is being coveted by a sharkish 'buyout king.'"

40. "Hysterical Blindness" (2002)

Critic score: 73%

Audience score: 62%

Summary: "Two aging single women in 1980s New Jersey enact a routine of deluded barroom romance."

39. "The Wizard of Lies" (2017)

Critic score: 73%

Audience score: 63%

Summary: "In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history."

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You might still be single because of something called the 'paradox of choice' — here's what it means


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  • Dating apps mean we are given nearly endless choices of who we can date.
  • While this should make connections easier, it also makes us more picky.
  • This is because of the "paradox of choice" that makes us believe the grass is always greener on the other side.
  • By always looking for something better, you might miss the opportunity right in front of your eyes.

If you're single, don't worry. Science has shown it's actually better for you in a number of ways.

But if you find yourself crying over the fact nobody wants to be in a relationship with you, there's a psychological reason that might help explain why — provided you have a healthy attachment style and don't have a fear of intimacy.

It's called "the paradox of choice," and it essentially means that while we consider variety as a good thing, at the same time, it makes our decisions more challenging.

For example, you may have met someone on on Tinder, and the first date went really well. You probably want to see them again, but you can't help noticing their tiny flaws. You know your online profile is sitting there on your phone, and you just can't shake the feeling there could be someone else on the dating app that would be an even better fit for you.

In his book "The Paradox of Choice," Barry Schwartz describes this way of thinking as "maximising."

"Maximizers treat relationships like clothing," he writes. "I expect to try a lot on before finding the perfect fit. For a maximizer, somewhere out there is the perfect lover, the perfect friends. Even though there is nothing wrong with the current relationship, who knows what's possible if you keep your eyes open."

The opposite of maximisers are "satisficers," who have the ability to know a good thing when they see it, without obsessing over "what ifs."

It's not the same as settling for a bad option, because satisficing also means having high standards. But it does also mean ignoring the temptation of finding out if the grass really is greener on the other side.

In theory, it makes sense. If you're always holding out for something better, chances are you'll end up with nothing. That, or you'll realise you left all your good options in the cold, and you'll end up with someone who's wrong for you. By that logic, satisficers are more likely to end up happy.

In a blog post about this for Psychology Today, Jen Kim writes about how in modern dating life, we no longer have the feeling of scarcity, as there are always so many options at our fingertips. This doesn't just make us picky, but arguably unreasonably so.

"How quickly have we thumbed left simply because the face peering back at us had an eyebrow hair out of place or because the guy seemed short even though you could only see his head?" she writes. "How many amazing potential mates have we missed out on because we were convinced the next profile would be better?"

In the end, attraction is about more than just a photo. It's more than just an instant spark on a first date, or a Valentine's Day card.

Ultimately, while dating apps bring us closer to people we might not otherwise have met, the issues they cause paradoxically make it even more difficult to make a connection.

To avoid falling in the maximising trap, if you think you've met someone and it could be something good, try and give it a fair chance. Otherwise you might be holding out for a fairytale that could never happen.

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The jobless 30-year-old in a legal battle with the parents who are evicting him plays into an untrue millennial stereotype, says psychologist


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  • A millennial, 30-year-old Mike Rotondo, was recently ordered by a judge to vacate his parents' home.
  • But Jeffrey Arnett, a psychologist who studies millennials, says this story is hardly indicative of this generation's "failure to launch" as a whole.
  • Still, Rotondo's situation does indicate how hard it can be for young men without a college degree to find employment.

A story about Mike Rotondo, a 30-year-old man whose parents are trying to evict their son from their home, is making headlines.

Business Insider's Matthew Michaels reported that Rotondo has lived with his parents in Camillus, New York, for the past eight years, and that State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood has ordered Rotondo to vacate his parents' house.

Rotondo told Michaels that he recently lost visitation custody of his child. He added that he hasn't been financially able to move out of his parents' home because he's been focusing on his child, which has prevented him from finding work. He also told Michaels that he doesn't have a college degree.

It's easy to roll your eyes at this situation, and to see it as just one more indicator of millennials' "failure to launch." Indeed, a Pew Research Center survey found that 15% of 25- to 35-year-olds were living in their parents' home in 2016. Compare that to just 8% of Early Boomers in 1981.

But Jeffrey Arnett — a research professor of psychology at Clark University who studies "emerging adulthood," the period from the late teens to the mid-twenties — isn't buying all the claims that millennials are lazy, entitled, or immature.

Few millennials actually face resistance from their parents if they want to move home for a while

"This 'failure to launch' idea is the opposite of the truth," Arnett said. "They are launching just fine." They're just taking slightly longer to do so than 50 years ago, which is largely attributable to the fact that people are marrying much later.

Arnett pointed to a survey he published in 2012 that found 74% of emerging adults say they would prefer to live independently of their parents — even if it means living on a tight budget. Typically, he said, when they move home, it's during a transitional period, such as after a relationship ends or when they're going back to school.

Rotondo himself told Michaels that he doesn't like living with his parents, and he's only fought their eviction in order to get more time to vacate.

And as for the stereotype about all those Boomer parents trying to kick their bratty millennials out of the house? Arnett has also found that, of parents who have an emerging adult child living with them, 61% describe their feelings as "mostly positive." Only 6% describe the experience as "mostly negative."

To be sure, Rotondo's story does reflect some bitter truths about being a young man without a college degree in the US today. As Chicago Business reported, young men were once able to find blue-collar, manufacturing jobs — but those jobs are quickly disappearing, and often require a certificate or an associate's degree.

It's worth noting, too, that Rotondo is part of a growing number of millennials having children out of wedlock. Typically, these millennials don't have a college degree or great job prospects, the Atlantic reported.

Still, it's worth taking a step back before labeling Rotondo the face of a delinquent demographic group.

"I would advise everyone to chill out about this," Arnett said. "Resist the urge to smear a whole generation."

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'Cobra Kai' creators explain how they turned their obsession with 'The Karate Kid' into YouTube Red's first hit show, and tease season 2


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  • "Cobra Kai" creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald talk about how their YouTube Red hit show got off the ground.
  • It included getting multiple rights holders to agree on the project and convincing Ralph Macchio to come back and play the role that made him a star.

It was around the time filmmakers Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald started seeing billboards of the lovable character from “Full House,” Kimmy Gibbler, around LA for the release of Netflix’s “Fuller House” series that they realized an update of “The Karate Kid” could be possible.

The three grew up on the iconic 1984 movie that follows Daniel (Ralph Macchio) overcoming the constant torment of fellow high schooler Johnny (William Zabka) by learning the ways of karate through Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita).

The movie wasn’t just the ultimate telling of a kid overcoming a bully, but also showed the importance of respect, hard work, and a killer 1980s soundtrack.

Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald were childhood friends and stayed in touch as they began careers in Hollywood. Hurwitz and Schlossberg launched the successful “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” franchise while Heald was the story creator and one of the screenwriters of the “Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise (the original even starred Zabka).

cobra kai 2 youtubeThe idea of continuing to tell the story of the original characters from “Karate Kid” intrigued them, but with the franchise rights owned by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company (which made a “Karate Kid” movie in 2010 starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan), they figured the guys behind “Harold & Kumar” and “Hot Tub Time Machine” wouldn’t get a fair shake to make a serious movie that looked at the original guys 30-plus years later.

But then streaming services began making original TV series and suddenly there was a new way of bringing back popular shows and movies that were beloved decades earlier.

“The changes and the evolution of TV led us to think it could work,” Schlossberg told Business Insider.

Two years ago, the guys decided to ditch the movie idea and seriously go for a “Karate Kid” reboot as a TV series. The result is YouTube Red’s first real hit show, “Cobra Kai,” which looks at Daniel and Johnny all grown up and living with the memories of what occurred back in high school and how it's affected them.

But the path to becoming the latest hit streaming series was a gargantuan task that included wooing the multiple rights holders and gaining the trust of Macchio, who for most of his adult life has tried to distance himself from the role that made him famous.

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Chasing the movie rights.

The first hurdle to clear for the guys was to get the rights to “The Karate Kid.” It was not just owned by Smith’s Overbrook but also the estate of Jerry Weintraub, who produced the original movie, and the studio that released it, Sony.

Hurwitz and Schlossberg’s agent was able to get a meeting in the books with Caleeb Pinkett, head of creative at Overbrook. Now it was up to Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald to shine.

“We went into that meeting thinking that we would say to him you can still have the movie universe and if Jaden wants to do another ‘Karate Kid’ feature you can still do that, but like Marvel, there’s now a TV show and the movies,” Hurwitz said.

To their shock, Pinkett didn’t need much convincing. The 40-minute pitch turned into a strategy meeting of how to get the show off the ground.

“He said he was going to talk to Jerry Weintraub’s estate,” Hurwitz said. “He was like, ‘We’re doing the show!’”

Pinkett, who has an executive producer credit on “Cobra Kai” (along with Will Smith), became the show’s champion when the project went to Sony.

“He was the one fighting the fights in our meetings,” Hurwitz said.

A big reason for that, the guys assume, is because they brought a package to Pinkett and Overbrook for “Karate Kid” that they hadn’t thought of.

“I got the vibe that there was always talks of doing a sequel but it wasn’t clear where that was,” Schlossberg said. “But TV wasn’t even thought of.”

Getting Ralph Macchio on board.

With a green light to make the show, Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald then went to Zabka with the good news.

“It was just mind blowing to him,” Heald said of telling Zabka. “It took two or three times for him to understand that we were going to further the story of Johnny. He was in shock. There's not a day that's gone by that Billy hasn't thought about Johnny Lawrence because it's such an iconic role for him. The character never really left him.” 

With Zabka on board, the trio turned their attention to Macchio, which they knew right away was going to be a harder sell.

“None of us knew him but we had heard he was very hesitant to engage with anything ‘Karate Kid’ related over the years,” Heald said.

As the decades passed, “The Karate Kid” continued to grow a loyal fan base, but like many things from the 1980s, the movie became a punchline. The memorable scenes became fodder as YouTube grew in popularity and the song from the movie, “You’re the Best,” also became a staple in the comedy community. And it didn’t help that the movies made after 1986’s “The Karate Kid Part II” — “The Karate Kid Part III" (1989), “The Next Karate Kid” (1994) and Jaden Smith’s “The Karate Kid” (2010) — were nowhere as popular as the first two movies.

But Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald didn’t take "no" for an answer and finally got a lunch meeting with Macchio in New York.

“And that lunch turned into a four-hour lunch where we pitched him the whole show and that we were not trying to make a ‘Harold & Kumar’ or ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ experience with this show,” Heald said. “We told him it has this new way in because the guys are adults now. Ralph was not expecting any of that and a couple of days later we had a two-hour phone call with him, and a few days later another two-hour phone call, and by the end of that week Ralph was in.”

Looking back on the process Macchio went through with them to finally agree to do the role, they respect the time he took to finally say "yes."

“Because he knew if he came back as Daniel it would be a big deal to people, not just in this country but all over the world, and he wanted to make sure it was the right decision to do,” Hurwitz said.

“He wanted to make sure we had answers to the big questions that he had,” Schlossberg added. “He didn't want to hear, ‘That's a great question we'll figure that out.’ He wanted to make sure we thought about this beyond memorizing a pitch.”

What’s in store for season 2.

After “Cobra Kai” launched on YouTube Red in the beginning of May, the show was immediately praised by critics (it got a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and the hardcore fans, as the show reportedly performed better than many shows on Netflix and Hulu

The show didn’t just have strong character development for its leads Macchio and Zabka, but also introduced younger characters who are going through their own issues and will be influenced by both older characters — for better and worse.

Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald say season two, which YouTube Red has already renewed, will delve deeper into all the characters. And as the last episode teased, Johnny’s old sensei, Kreese (Martin Kove), is now in the mix.

“We knew from the beginning we wanted him to be on the show but we wanted to wait for the right moment,” Hurwitz said. “There was enough story to be told in season one and we thought it would be really fun for Martin to pop up at the end and be that curve ball for season two.”

When they approached Kove, the actor was immediately into the idea and assumed he would be in the storyline right away, seeing the title of the series is named after his character's dojo. But the guys had to make him understand that it wasn’t his time yet.

“We promised him when he does show up on screen it’s a huge moment and we’ll have more to do with him in the future,” Hurwitz said.

“We have said all along that there’s really no character that’s off limits from the movies,” Schlossberg said. “But we also want to make sure we are introducing the characters the right way. We want it to feel impactful and be connected to the stories we’re telling.”

Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald say season two will pick up right where season one left off and there will be new characters on the horizon, maybe even some from the old movies.

“We had a lot of thoughts about the second season before making the first,” Schlossberg said. “This is something that has a plan.”

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Matthew McConaughey says Snoop Dogg swapped fake weed for real weed while filming their new movie


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  • Actor Matthew McConaughey told Jimmy Kimmel about his experience of "being Snooped" by Snoop Dogg, when the rapper swapped prop weed for real marijuana in a scene they both appeared in for Harmony Korine's upcoming movie, "The Beach Bum."
  • "We pass back and forth and all of a sudden at the end, he goes, 'Yo, Moondog — that's my character — that ain't prop weed. That's Snoop weed,'" McConaughey told Kimmel.

Actor Matthew McConaughey appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday and recounted his experience of "being Snooped," or unknowingly getting high, with rapper Snoop Dogg in an upcoming movie they both appear in.

McConaughey told Kimmel that his "snooping" occurred in a filmed scene of Harmony Korine's movie "The Beach Bum," when Snoop Dogg swapped McConaughey's prop weed for real marijuana.

"My snooping happened when it was a scene where I'm going to Snoop, I've got writers block, and Snoop has the magic weed, all right?" McConaughey said. 

"But I go to Snoop and I go to the prop man and make sure I've got prop weed," he continued. "Now, prop weed is not real weed. It's like crushed oregano and stuff. So we get in the scene, it's about a six-minute scene. We pass back and forth, and all of a sudden at the end, he goes, 'Yo, Moondog — that's my character — that ain't prop weed. That's Snoop weed.' And I went, 'Oh, you son of a gun.'"

The Oscar-winning actor added: "The next 9 hours were a lot of fun but I don't think we used one word in the English language."

Harmony Korine's "The Beach Bum" stars McConaughey and Snoop Dogg alongside Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, and singer Jimmy Buffett. "The Beach Bum" doesn't have a release date yet. It follows Korine's 2013 film "Spring Breakers."

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The top 10 cities in America where you're most likely to live next door to a millionaire



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  • Millionaires make up nearly one-sixth of the American population.
  • Looking at cities with more than 50,000 residents, Kiplinger revealed the 10 places where the highest number of residents are millionaires.
  • A metro in Connecticut takes the top spot; neither New York nor Los Angeles makes the cut.

You may be living next door to a millionaire and not even realize it.

Kiplinger and Phoenix Marketing International, a firm that tracks the affluent market, found out how many millionaires live in 933 urban areas and discovered that 5.8% of American households have investable assets of at least $1 million. That doesn't take into account real estate, retirement plans, and business partnerships.

The analysis revealed the 10 metro areas with the highest concentration of millionaires in a population of at least 50,000 residents.

Unsurprisingly, the cities with a lot of millionaires also have high household incomes and home values. One metropolitan area has a median household income above $100,000 and a median home value over $900,000.

While New York and Los Angeles might be thought of as the hometowns of the rich and famous, neither city made the cut — even though they have a lot of millionaires, their overall populations are also massive. Several areas that made the list could be considered suburbs of larger cities frequented by millionaires. For example, Boston and Baltimore aren't on the list, but smaller, neighboring cities are.

In these 10 cities, at least 8% of households are considered millionaires.

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10. Honolulu, Hawaii

Percentage of millionaire households: 8.0%

Median household income: $80,513

Median home value: $658,900

(TIE) 8. Trenton, New Jersey

Percentage of millionaire households: 8.1%

Median household income: $77,650

Median home value: $284,600

(TIE) 8. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

Percentage of millionaire households: 8.1%

Median household income: $80,135

Median home value: $561,400

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8 women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment


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  • Eight women accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior in a CNN report published Thursday.
  • The accusers included Chloe Melas, a CNN reporter who cowrote Thursday's report. She accused Freeman of subjecting her to inappropriate comments about her appearance at a press junket.
  • Altogether, CNN said it spoke with 16 people who "described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman" on film sets, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews.

Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior, including sexual harassment.

In a report published Thursday, CNN said it spoke with 16 people in a "months-long reporting process" who "described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Freeman" on the sets of several of his films, in his work at his production company, Revelations Entertainment, and in media interviews. Half of those people were women who said they had been subject to inappropriate behavior, while the rest said they had witnessed such behavior, according to CNN.

Freeman's representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment from CNN before the story's publication. Following the report, Freeman apologized in a statement to CNN, saying, "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent."

Three reporters, including CNN's Chloe Melas, who cowrote the report on the allegations, accused Freeman of making inappropriate comments about their appearance at press junkets.

Melas said Freeman told her during a 2017 interview when she was six months pregnant, among other comments, that "you are ripe."

Among the five other accusers, an unnamed production assistant who worked on the set of the 2017 movie "Going in Style" said she experienced several months of sexual harassment from Freeman on the film's set, including unwanted touching and comments.

The woman said Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." She said Freeman stopped only when Alan Arkin, his costar on the film, "made a comment telling him to stop," after which, she said, "Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."

Read CNN's full report here.

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All the TV shows that have been canceled in 2018


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As the year flies by, the list of canceled TV shows piles up.

Networks are starting to make announcements in May, including Fox which canceled comedies "The Mick," "Brooklyn Nine Nine," and "The Last Man on Earth."

Amazon kicked off the year with a slew of cancellations, announcing the end of three quirky comedies, including the Golden Globe nominee "I Love Dick" and the comedian Tig Notaro's semi-autobiographical show, "One Mississippi." It canceled Golden Globe nominee "Mozart in the Jungle" in April, after four seasons, and recently canceled "Transparent," which will end after the upcoming fifth season.

Also in April, Netflix canceled the 90s coming-of-age comedy, "Everything Sucks," which came to the streaming service in February. 

There are many more cancellations to come, as networks announce the fate of newer shows as well as older ones.

We'll update this list as more are announced.

Here are all the shows that have been canceled this year, including those from networks and Netflix:

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"Jean-Claude Van Johnson" — Amazon, one season

"I Love Dick" — Amazon, one season

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6 games for kids that will make them smarter



  • Games are more than an enjoyable pastime — some types of play can actually make kids smarter.
  • Unstructured games, art, and even bath time can help kids strategize and explore their creative potential. 
  • Here are six games, from an expert, that will make your kids smarter. 


Becoming smarter is more than just learning your ABCs and shapes. Kids can actually become better thinkers and strategizers and hone their social and verbal skills by simply playing.

You can generally skip “brain games,” because they’ve been largely debunked, according to Popular Science. Games don’t have to be tactile either (though they can be). Unstructured play allows your child to explore the world on their own terms.

Laura Markham, Ph.D., author of “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, spoke with Business Insider about the best games your children should be playing that will give them the aptitude to succeed later in life.

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1. Unstructured play

Unstructured play, according to Dr. Markham, gives children the chance to learn many different things. “They’re experimenting with the world,” she said.

It can help them learn self-control, figure out how things work, and learn to resolve differences with other people. “We know pretend play is really important for kids in learning self-regulation and how to navigate conflict,” Markham said.

A 2014 study in the journal Childhood Education found that unstructured play enhances a child’s cooperative skills, builds knowledge through imitation, and helps them gain new insights through trial and error.

2. Bath-time fun

Experimenting with pouring water and discovering how much can fit in different-sized containers is a precursor to math, Markham said.

3. Board games

Get off screens and play as a family, Markham said. She encouraged parents to check out cooperative games, like "The Secret Door,” where kids have to work together.

"Connect 4" allows players to work on strategy, planning ahead, and “divided attention” (having to keep an eye on what the other player is doing). Remembering where the ships are in Battleship tests memory. Markham is also a fan of the card game SET, which is based on numbers, shapes, and colors, for kids who are less verbal.

Games where children have to compete are OK, but Markham said that parents should cool it on the competition. “Take off the pressure of the competition,” Markham said. “It’s important for parents to know that while all kids need to learn to be good sports, sometimes we’re asking a lot of them at the age of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7."

There’s one classic board game Markham doesn’t recommend. “I remember throwing out Sorry,” she said. “It encourages you as a player to sabotage other players, and young kids can’t handle that.”

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People are poaching succulents in Northern California to sell to housewives in Korea and China for $50 a pop


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  • Succulent poachers are a growing problem in Northern California seaside communities.
  • Thieves are unearthing a succulent commonly known as "bluff lettuce" from its native habitat and shipping it in bulk overseas, where the plant is seen as a luxury.
  • In South Korea and China, one plant will sell for up to $50 on the black market.
  • Poachers who are caught can be fined at least $1,000 and sentenced to up to six months in jail.

A houseplant hyped by the Instagram generation is becoming an exciting black market buy for Asia's growing middle class.

The Dudleya Farinosa, a wild succulent more commonly called "bluff lettuce" or "powdery liveforever" grows only on the California and Oregon coasts, where temperatures are moderate and sunlight is generous. 

This specific, mature succulent is hard to come by in the humid climates of China, Japan, and South Korea, and plant poachers have capitalized on the void.

In the last several months, a growing number of plant thieves have been spotted unearthing the succulents on remote bluffs in Monterey, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, according to NPR, and allegedly shipping them to Asia, where they sell for up to $50 a pop on the black market.

NPR's Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi said the succulents are "popular among Korean housewives — desperate, if you will, for the same things that have made them a hit in the US — they're collectible, neglectable, and instantly grammable." 

Indeed, they require "very low" to "extremely low" water to thrive. In other words, the houseplant version is hard to kill.

"As succulents have become the darling of designers and a staple for home and garden décor, so has the desire grown to possess rare species — and an illegal trade in pilfered plants is growing exponentially," reported Kathryn McKenzie for Voices of Monterey Bay.

Small-scale plant poaching has been an issue along the California coast for some time, Stephen McCabe, a dudleya expert and emeritus director of research for the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum, told Voices of Monterey Bay.

"It's on a much bigger scale [now]," he said. "It's really multiplied in the past few years." 

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After a growing number of poacher sightings from Northern California residents, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is cracking down. Poaching plants is considered a misdemeanor and carries a $1,000 fine per incident and a maximum penalty of six months of jail time. A game warden for the department told NPR that they've seized thousands of plants worth more than $700,000 since December.

One man who was caught on a post office security camera mailing the plants to China was fined $5,000, and sentenced to three years probation and 240 hours of community service. 

Mercury News dubbed one recent succulent poaching bust "an international plant heist."

"Wild Dudleya seems to be especially profitable for thieves since it can be harvested from remote areas where intruders may go unnoticed," McKenzie wrote. Thousands of plants have been recovered in the last several months and replanted, and authorities remain on high alert. 

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An inside look at how MoviePass will make money distributing movies, and what will happen if the company goes bust (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass is getting in the movie distribution business with the Sundance hit, "American Animals," coming to theaters in June.
  • It is teaming with The Orchard to release the movie.
  • MoviePass is an equal partner in the release, paying for half the movie with The Orchard and will be splitting half of the box office, a source told Business Insider.
  • "American Animals" director Bart Layton told Business Insider that the movie would be released even if MoviePass were to go out of business.

At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, MoviePass announced the launch of a distribution arm of the company, called MoviePass Ventures. The plan was for the monthly movie-ticket subscription service to start teaming with film distributors to buy titles for theatrical release.

Days later at the festival, MoviePass announced it was working with The Orchard (“Cartel Land”) to buy North American rights to one of the festival’s acclaimed selections this year, "American Animals," a narrative/documentary hybrid that follows a group of friends who attempt to pull off an elaborate heist.

At the festival, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of MovePass’ parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, told a room full of distributors and industry players, “We aren’t here at Sundance to compete with distributors, but rather to put skin in the game alongside them and to bring great films to the big screen across the country for our subscribers.”

But a lot has happened since Farnsworth made those remarks.

In April, his company filed its 10-K to the SEC and reported a loss of $150.8 million in 2017. That was followed by a new filing revealing that the company has been losing $20 million a month on average since September. Due to all of this, the company’s stock is down more than 98% since its high in October, but Farnsworth and MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe are adamant that everything is fine, stating that MoviePass can tap $300 million that will keep it going for over a year (though the company's access to that money is far from certain). 

Now “American Animals,” which will be the first release by MoviePass Ventures, is coming to theaters on June 1. And despite all these new developments, the movie’s director, Bart Layton, told Business Insider he had no regrets about taking the deal with MoviePass back at Sundance.

“I don’t have insight or understanding of their financial strategy, that’s for people more clever than I am, but they came in, they seemed very dynamic, they seemed to have a lot of enthusiasm,” Layton said on Wednesday. “As a filmmaker, your whole intention is for people to experience your movie in the theater, that was the thing that was very appealing to me. They are all about the theatrical experience.”

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Layton also said that if MoviePass were to shut down before or during the release of “American Animals,” it would not affect the movie’s theatrical release.

“The cinemas are booked, the movie will go out,” he said. “How it will affect us? I guess if it happened we would have a few less of their subscribers going to the movie. But hopefully at this stage those people are still engaged enough in the film that they want to see it badly enough that they would pay full price to see it.”

And it makes sense for distributors, especially the ones in the indie market, to be interested in teaming with MoviePass. With over 3 million subscribers, it’s not just a good tool for the movie’s promotion — it plans to plaster "American Animals" all over its app, and where it has partnerships — but the distributor its working with will have direct data from MoviePass on how the movie performed with its subscribers through the movie’s theatrical run (what day and time they went to see the movie, where they saw it, the ratio of males to females who saw the movie, and so on).

But how much skin does MoviePass really have in the game?

It turns out the answer is "a lot." For “American Animals,” specifically, according to a source familiar with the deal, the company is an equal partner with The Orchard in all costs related to the release, including prints and advertising (the physical delivery of the movie to the theaters and the advertising to promote it). In turn, it will split box office revenue with The Orchard down the middle.

If the company were to fold before or during the movie’s release, The Orchard would then have to cover the costs MoviePass was responsible for.

MoviePass has confirmed to Business Insider that it's jointly invested in the release of "American Animals" and the monitization of the movie with The Orchard.

MoviePass Ventures has also signed on to release “Gotti,” starring John Travolta, which is coming out June 15. It will team with distributor Vertical Entertainment on the release.

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Hawaii enthusiast and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff spent $7 million to return a war god carving back to the islands (CRM)


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  • Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff paid $7 million to buy a carving of the Hawaiian god Ku at auction.
  • The Benioffs, who own land in Hawaii, donated the carving to Bishop Museum in Honolulu, where they felt it belongs.
  • The carving arrived in Hawaii last month — just one week before the Kilauea volcano erupted. 

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's love for the Hawaiian islands knows no bounds.

The San Francisco billionaire and island enthusiast purchased a rare carving of the Hawaiian war god Ku at a Christie's auction this past November. Benioff got in a bidding war and ultimately paid $7 million for the idol, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Benioff and his wife Lynne gave the statue to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, in an donation announced by the museum this week. 

“We felt strongly that this ki‘i belonged in Hawai‘i, for the education and benefit of its people,” Benioff said in a statement.

The 20-inch-tall carving, created between 1780 and 1819, has lived in a private collection in Paris since the 1940s. It's unclear how it got to Paris, though the museum said it resembles another idol which was brought back to Europe by British missionaries who visited Kona in 1822.

The statue was returned back to Hawaii about a month ago, just one week before the Kilauea volcano erupted. The timing was not lost on Benioff, according to the Chronicle. 

“It’s a spiritual item,” Benioff told the Chronicle. “It’s not really something that should be held to help the power of one person.”

Benioff, who owns a five-acre estate in Hawaii, has found ways to integrate Hawaiian culture into the day-to-day at Salesforce. "Ohana," Hawaiian for family, is a core tenant of the company's culture. The company also regularly invites Hawaiian singers and dancers to perform at conferences and events.

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Harvey Weinstein will reportedly turn himself in and face sexual assault charges in New York


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  • Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday, according to The New York Daily News.
  • It's related to a probe by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and the NYPD into allegations of  sexual assault against Weinstein.
  • Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing in the Evans allegation and numerous others that have been reported.

Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday in relation to a probe by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and the NYPD into allegations of sexual assault against him, according to The New York Daily News.

The disgraced Hollywood producer will face a sexual assault charge related to at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, according to the Daily News. Evans has alleged that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him, and though the allegation is from 2004, the statue of limitations does not apply here, The Daily News reported.

Evans was one of the women in an October New Yorker profile on Weinstein who accused him of sexual assault. A bombshell New York Times story that same month detailed three decades of sexual harassment allegations by women in Hollywood against the producer. These two news stories, and dozens of follow-ups, led Weinstein to leave the business and left his company, The Weinstein Company, in shambles.

Evans told The New Yorker that in 2004, when she was an aspiring actress and college student, she met Weinstein at the offices of Miramax during the day (the company he ran before The Weinstein Company), and that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him despite her protests.

Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing in the Evans allegation and numerous others that have been reported.

Weinstein's attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment to Business Insider about Weinstein's possible surrender to authorities.

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13 things I wish someone had told me before I had a second baby



  • When you have a second baby, things are a bit different than the first time around.
  • You will less concerned about being the perfect parent.
  • Time alone with your partner and friends is even more important.


Everything changes once you become a parent. Your sleep is cut in half, you eat standing up, and you may be unsure which day of the week it is — and that's just after you have your first child.

Just when you think you have this whole parenting gig figured out, the second baby comes along and life gets a lot more interesting.

If you're getting ready to have your second child, you might be wondering how your life is going to change, or if it's going to change at all. When I was pregnant with number two, friends and family members gave me tons of tips on what to expect when a second child joined the family.

While some of the advice was helpful, most of it made no difference at all — especially when I was knee-deep in parenting a toddler and breastfeeding a new baby.

Here are the 13 things I wish someone had told me before I had a second baby.

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1. It's actually easier than you think

To be honest, I was scared to death about how hard it was going to be with a second baby. My first was barely two years old, and I was still trying to figure her out.

During the first few months after I had my second child, I often felt like I was walking in a fog. But after I found a routine that worked for me, I started feeling less like a hot mess. In fact, it wasn't until I started getting out of the house and becoming more comfortable with being a mom to two kids that things got easier.

2. You will 'wing' it a lot more than you did with your first child

During your first pregnancy, you probably had every baby book under the sun lined up nice and neat on your bookshelf. You may have even read all of them cover to cover — I know I did.

Just when you think you've got everything figured out from your first baby, number two comes along and "mom intuition" — aka "winging it" — takes over.

Who has time to Google anything when you're feeding a baby and changing diapers on a toddler — both at the same time (probably something NOT recommended in the baby books).

3. Your firstborn might revert to baby behavior to get attention

I made the mistake of trying to cram potty-training my toddler into the last few weeks of my second pregnancy. While it worked initially, she quickly went back to using diapers after my son was born. I chalked it up as a parenting failure, when in fact, it's quite common for children to revert to baby-like behavior when a sibling joins the family.

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