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Inside the friendship between Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, the famous chef who was in France with the TV host when he died


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  • Anthony Bourdain was found dead on Friday in an apparent suicide. 
  • Eric Ripert, a high-profile French chef, found the TV host unresponsive in his hotel room in France, CNN reported. 
  • Ripert and Bourdain have been close friends for more than two decades, with Ripert frequently appearing on Bourdain's shows "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown." 
  • "Anthony was my best friend," Ripert tweeted on Friday. "An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous."


Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and TV host, was found dead on Friday in an apparent suicide. 

Bourdain was found unresponsive in his hotel room by his close friend, Eric Ripert, CNN reported. The pair was in France, where Bourdain was working on an upcoming episode of his CNN series "Parts Unknown." 

The two chefs had been close friends for more than two decades. 

Ripert became a culinary star in the 1990s, working at the New York City restaurant Le Bernardin. At just 29, the French chef earned a four-star rating at Le Bernardin in The New York Times in 1995. Soon after, he became the part-owner of the famed restaurant. 

Bourdain also rose to prominence in the New York City restaurant scene, working as a chef at various spots in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, Bourdain published a best-selling book about his experience, "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly."

While "Kitchen Confidential" ripped many well-respected restaurants and uncovered some dark corners of the industry, the book had nothing but praise for Le Bernadin and Ripert, whom Bourdain did not know at the time. Those compliments helped spark a friendship between Ripert and Bourdain. 

"Seventy-five percent of the industry was saying, 'it's scandalous' and 'this guy is a disgrace.' Then part of the industry was saying, 'he's genius,'" Ripert told Hamptons Magazine in 2012. "I called him and said, 'I read your book, and I would love to know you. Would you come for lunch?' That was the first time I met Anthony, and we have been friends ever since."

32 YOLKS:THE RIPPER'S REVENGE !! Coming soon to a grindhouse near you! @ericripert

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As Bourdain launched his career as a TV host, Ripert was a frequent guest on "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown." The pair's list of destinations included Paris, Brooklyn, Peru, and China's Sichuan region. 

"I like to bring the distinguished three-star Michelin chef and good friend Eric Ripert someplace every year and torture him," Bourdain said in October 2017.

The Revenge of The Ripper : in which mountain raised Alpinist, Eric Ripert exacts Terrible Payback for his sufferings in Sichuan Province. #Chamonix

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According to Ripert, the two would collaborate on ideas for where they should travel together for episodes of "Parts Unknown." 

"We're very good friends," Ripert said in an October 2017 interview. "We laugh and it's comfortable because we can be calm, and sometimes we don't speak at all and we'll be happy together. I think he likes that a lot."

Ripert continued: "The shooting is very intense and he's traveling a lot, and he needs to have a moment of peace during the day, and I think if he was with someone not feeling comfortable with silence and was asking questions and forcing him to talk, he would be very uncomfortable."

"Anthony was my best friend," Ripert tweeted on Friday. "An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart."

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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We went to a Goodwill store and saw how it's 'overrun' with stuff millennials and Gen Xers refuse to take from their parents



  • Many millennials are waiting until later to buy their first homes, which means they often don't have the space for the heirlooms their parents are passing down to them.
  • That trend, combined with the minimalist movement, has led to an uptick in donations to thrift stores.
  • We visited a Goodwill thrift store in New York City to see the trend for ourselves.


Millennials are living with less. 

Young people are scaling back on what they need, taking inspiration from experts such as Marie Kondo, the author of two best-selling books on minimalism, to live a clutter-free life.  

This has led to a generation of consumers who donate, and thrift stores like Goodwill are the biggest beneficiaries.

"We are definitely getting overrun with furniture and about 20% more donations of everything than in previous years," Michael Frohm, the chief operating officer of a Goodwill thrift store in Greater Washington, told The New York Times in August 2017. 

Many young people are also waiting longer to buy their first home, meaning they may not have the space for the furniture, keepsakes, and clothing their parents are passing down to them. 

"We value a mobile lifestyle," Erin Hendrickson, a minimalist expert who runs the blog Minimalist RD, told Business Insider. "We aren't living in 2,500-square-foot homes, so don't have space."

In Middle Tennessee, Goodwill donation director Danny Rhodes has seen an uptick in donations in urban areas where a high concentration of millennials live. He says there's been an increase in donations of dining-room furniture in particular, as it's a room that millennials often don't have in their homes. 

"I'm always surprised to see such nice vintage and furniture items being donated rather than inherited," he said. 

We visited a Goodwill store in Manhattan to see what it's like to shop there now:

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We visited a Goodwill store near Union Square in Manhattan, New York. Goodwill has more than 3,200 stores across the US, in addition to an online auction site.

The store is an easy dumping ground for New Yorkers to get rid of unwanted products that could otherwise end up in a landfill. Goodwill sells items at reduced prices — dresses start at $12.99, and men's suits start at $29.99, for example.

This store has a mix of men's, women's, and children's clothing, along with a small home section.

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15 memorable Anthony Bourdain quotes that show why the celebrity chef and author was so beloved


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  • Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain died Friday in France at the age of 61, in what his employer CNN described as a suicide.
  • Known as the former executive chef of the now-closed Brasserie Les Halles, the host of CNN's "Parts Unknown," and the author of "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly," Bourdain had a love for travel and food.
  • Bourdain also had a way with words — his memorable and colorful quotes touched the lives of those he met and those he never knew.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead in France Friday morning of what his employer CNN described as a suicide. He was 61.

Bourdain was the former executive chef of the now-closed Brasserie Les Halles, the host of CNN's "Parts Unknown" and the author of "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." He was equally as famous for his colorful remarks on everything from success and spontaneity to food and sex.

His quotes helped bring his adventures, experience, and wisdom into homes all over the world. As his girlfriend Asia Argento said in a statement released on Twitter, "His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many."

Here, some of Bourdain's most memorable advice, quotes, and quips that show why he was so beloved. 

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On trying new things

Source: "Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook" by Anthony Bourdain

On the meaning of food

Source: BookPage

On a quick fix


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Actress Debra Messing shared her personal story of 'crippling depression' on Twitter using #MyStory, and people are responding with their own


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  • The actress Debra Messing used Twitter to share her experience with mental health, after Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain died by suicide this week.
  • Messing invited others to tweet their experiences with depression and anxiety using the hashtag #MyStory.
  • People have shared stories of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and panic disorder. 

After Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain died by suicide this week, the actress Debra Messing used Twitter on Friday to share her experience with mental-health issues.

She prompted her followers to do the same and use the hashtag #MyStory.

"When I was in the midst of crippling depression 15 years ago no one knew — except my husband and my theraphist," Messing said. "I was working hard making people laugh, doing photo shoots, constantly moving. I disappeared from friends & family. I'd say 'Sorry I've been MIA, working non-stop.'"

She continued:

"When they heard the sadness in my voice I'd say 'Oh I'm just exhausted.' Thankfully I could afford a theraphist who helped@me out of that abyss. We MUST make mental health services available to every American. It can literally mean the difference between life and death. ."

Within minutes, others shared their stories of mental-health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and panic disorder.

"I will have to tend to this relationship with depression and anxiety for the rest of my life," the musician Sara Bareilles tweeted.

"Everyone thought I was fine, because I was funny and charming online, but I was drowning," said Dave Hogg, an NHL correspondent.

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North Koreans understand their government lies, but there's one thing they don't know, according to a defector


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  • North Korean defector Kim Young-il is the 39-year-old founder of People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE). He escaped North Korea at 19 years old.
  • Kim said that it is obvious to North Koreans that the government of Kim Jong Un is lying to the people about the country's situation and its reality.
  • The one thing it is impossible for North Koreans to understand, however, is how big the difference in prosperity is between their country and developed nations like the US and South Korea.

North Koreans understand that their government regularly lies to them and feeds them propaganda that contradicts their current situation, but few understand the true discrepancy between their country and the outside world, according to North Korean defector Kim Young-il.

Kim, the 39-year-old founder of People for Successful Corean Reunification (PSCORE), escaped North Korea when he was 19 years old. PSCORE is a nonprofit that promotes reunification, raises awareness about human rights issues in North Korea, and helps defectors adjust to life in South Korea.

In 1997, Kim and his father left the country in the midst of a four-year-long famine and economic crisis that some estimates suggest claimed the lives of between 240,000 and 3.5 million North Koreans, out of a population of 22 million.

The dire situation made it obvious to North Koreans at the time that the government was not telling the truth about country, Kim told Business Insider in a recent interview. Kim, whose organization helps defectors escape North Korea and China and assists them once they reach South Korea, said that, even now, the situation is much the same; North Koreans know their government is lying.

"The people know these are all lies because it's obvious. When the government says, there is prosperity in terms of food and rice, we see it ourselves and see that there is a drought and there is no food for us," Kim said.

"When they see that what they say doesn't match with what is actually happening, they understand the government is lying."

The one thing that North Koreans can't know, according to Kim, is the actual disparity between the country and other nations like the US, South Korea, or China.

"They know [those countries are more prosperous and developed], but they don't know at what level and how different the countries are. They have no frame of reference. All the government says are lies, Kim said. "They have no way to obtain information about what South Korea or the United States look like."

As Kim told the International Business Times last year, he and his family thought it was normal to "have our freedoms restricted." It was only upon arriving in South Korea that Kim said he realized "how unhappy we were."

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The Queen at 92: The most important photo from every single year of her remarkable life


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On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official 92nd birthday.

While she turned 92 back in April, Her Majesty has two birthdays each year — her real one on April 21, and her official public one on the second Saturday of June.

In her 92 years, the record-breaking monarch has pretty much seen it all — she has undertaken more than 260 official overseas visits and has lived through 20 British prime ministers and 16 US Presidents.

In celebration of her official birthday, we've found a photo from every single year of her remarkable life.

Scroll down for a look at the most important photo from each year since Her Majesty was born.

This is an updated version of a story by Charles Clark.

1926: The Queen was born at 2:40 a.m. on April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton Street in London. This photo shows the newly born Princess Elizabeth with her father and mother, the Duke and Duchess of York — later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

1927: She was the couple's first child and was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in Buckingham Palace's private chapel. She was named Elizabeth after her mother, Mary after her grandmother Queen Mary, and Alexandra after her great-grandmother Queen Alexandra.

1928: No one ever thought Elizabeth would become queen. This became apparent only once her father's elder brother Edward abdicated, putting her father on the throne and making her first in line.

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Incredible photos show how a Chinese ghost town has been reclaimed by nature


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  • The fishing village of Houtouwan has been deserted for more than 20 years.
  • It has just five residents left, and most of its buildings are now covered by greenery.
  • Scroll down to see what the village looks like.

A remote fishing village in China has become so abandoned that all its buildings have succumbed to nature.

Drone photos taken over Houtouwan, located on the eastern Chinese island of Shengshan, showed the village's buildings completely covered in ivy and worn down by roots, rain, vines, and wind.

Some of the structures even have flowers growing from them.

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The village, which was once home to some 3,000 fishermen, was abandoned in the early 1990s as residents moved to live closer to cities.

Today, the area is home to just five people, the Associated Press reported. The residents include 60-year-old Lin Fazhen, pictured on the left with his neighbour in the photo below.

When asked if Houtouwan was haunted, Lin told the AP: "I've lived in this world for such a long time, and have never met one [ghost], right?"

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The village has now become a major tourist attraction, as Shengshan, the island where it's located, is easily accessible from the Chinese mainland.

The remoteness of Houtouwan is a far cry from Shanghai, which is just 55 miles away. Late last year the bustling city opened a massive amusement park-like Starbucks that roast, package, and serve coffee in front of customers.

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The psychological reasons why some people can't stop lying


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  • There are several theories for why some people can't stop lying.
  • Narcissists are often pathological liars, because they simply don't care about the truth.
  • They prefer to tell lies and gain control over people than be honest. 
  • Sometimes, compulsive liars are highly impulsive people who struggle to take the time to think things through and tell the truth. 
  • Lying doesn't necessarily make you a bad person, but it could be a sign of something more sinister.

By the age of three or four, we all start to lie. At this point in our brain's development, we learn that we have an incredibly versatile and powerful tool at our disposal — our language — and we can use it to actually play with reality and affect the outcome of what's happening.

Sooner or later we learn that lying is "bad," and we shouldn't really do it. But if Jim Carey's "Liar Liar" taught us anything, it's that this just isn't feasible. We all have to lie sometimes.

But some people are pathological liars, meaning they can't stop spreading misinformation about themselves and others. The psychological reasons for why some people are this way is a bit of a mystery, but in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, pathological lying is a disorder in its own right, as well as a symptom of personality disorders like psychopathy and narcissism.

"I think it comes from a defect in the neurological wiring in terms of what causes us to have compassion and empathy," psychiatrist Judith Orloff, author of "The Empath's Survival Guide," told Business Insider. "Because narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths have what's called empathy deficient disorder, meaning they don't feel empathy in the way we would."

The truth doesn't matter to narcissists

When you don't care about other people, lies don't seem to matter. A lack of empathy essentially means a lack of conscience, which is a hard concept to grasp for a lot of people.

"When they lie it doesn't hurt them in the same way it would hurt us," Orloff said. "So many people get into relationships with pathological liars, or just can't understand why they're lying, because they're trying to fit these people into the ordinary standards of what it means to be empathetic."

But they don't fit. In fact, they may not even realise they are lying half the time, because they're not conscious of it. Orloff said they actually believe they are telling the truth a lot of the time. It's not so much about the fact itself, she said, as it is about wanting to have power over somebody.

This is extremely dangerous for highly sensitive people, becuase they attract narcissists. Then when they see someone is lying, they try and figure it out, or blame themselves. Once the lies start, it can end with the victim being gaslighted, which is essentially when they are told over and over again that their version of reality is incorrect, and they begin to believe the warped truth of the abuser.

"The great power of relationships is when you can tell the truth to one another, and trust each other, and be authentic — and with pathological liars you can't trust them," Orloff said. "You can't base your life around them. It's like a moral deficit, and there's no accountability. Someone who is a pathological liar will not say I'm sorry for doing it. They'll say it's your fault."

The only way to escape the clutches of a pathological liar is to be strong enough to say "no this is not my fault, this is not ringing true to me, so I can't really trust you," she said.

Unfortunately, people tend to doubt themselves, because the lies can escalate subtly. It may start with a small white lie, and a few months later the victim's life with be a mess of confusion because of the web of tall tales that has been woven.

"If somebody lies, don't try and make an excuse about it," Orloff said. "A lie is a lie. And if you bring it up to the person and they say it's your fault, or no it didn't happen, just know there's something very wrong going on."

Compulsive liars are not necessarily bad people

Psychologist Linda Blair, an author of many psychology books, told Business Insider some compulsive liars are simply too impulsive to tell the truth. The impulsive-reflective scale is ingrained in our genes, and it's very hard for someone highly impulsive to take the time to think things through, just as it is a challenge for a reflective person to jump into something head first.

"If you're an impulsive person, it's really hard to break the habit, because you have this terrible feeling inside you that you have to sort things out right now," Blair said. "So when it comes to your head, you just say it. That doesn't mean you necessarily lie, but it's a little harder for you to stop from lying, more than it is for someone who's more reflective."

Pathological lying and narcissism aren't synonymous, they just sometimes go hand in hand. In other cases, compulsive liars just might not have the capacity to stop themselves blurting things out. And Blair said they just need to learn to control their urges and compulsions. Their lies don't necessarily come from a bad place.

"I don't think it's something they know how to deal with," she said. "We think probably it has something to do with actual brain function and the way some people's brains work, which makes it much harder for them to understand the effect it will have on other people... We think, but we just don't know yet for sure."

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The Queen and Prince Philip still share a special touch and knowing looks after 70 years of marriage — here’s what the body language experts say about them


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  • Queen Elizabeth II has been married to Prince Philip for over 70 years.
  • Two experts analysed photographs of the pair over time.
  • They rarely show public affection, yet some small gestures suggest that they are still deeply committed to one another.
  • Her Majesty naturally takes the lead but the Duke is never far behind. 
  • They share a special touch.


It’s Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday on Saturday, and Prince Philip’s real birthday on Sunday and despite their old age, the pair appear to still be touchingly committed to one another.

They're not known for wild public displays of affection, but the little they do show reveals a lot, according to body language experts.

Patti Wood, the author of SNAP: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, and Blanca Cobb, behind Methods of the Masters, analysed photographs of the Queen and her Prince over time — and told Good Housekeeping that little has changed over the years. 

While the younger royals are more comfortable with showing their down-to-earth sides to the public, it's understandable that the older generation is a little more stiff.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh marked their platinum wedding anniversary — an impressive 70 years of marriage — in November 2017. They've been through a lifetime of royal duties and, if the rumours are true, even affairs.

Yet the one thing that has never changed is their uncompromising commitment to one another.

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Cobb told Good Housekeeping: "When you look beyond the royal formality of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth's public appearances, you clearly see Prince Philip's love and adoration for his Queen."

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And the feeling appears to be mutual.

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But according to Wood, being the Monarch and all, the Queen feels the need to assert her independence, and she is "always trying to be seen as her own person."

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He naturally lets her take the lead, but he's never far behind.

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They even have a special touch that isn't all about affection.


"This type of hand hold is seen time and time again," said Wood. "It's more formal than interlocking fingers but it's unique to them. It's their way of reassurance and comfort."

Although these days, she pointed out, the touch is also for practical reasons, as at 92 years old Her Majesty is not as strong as she once was. "In her older years, the Queen holds hands with the Prince for assistance as opposed to affection."

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And the Prince is always dutifully ready and waiting. "He's constantly looking at the Queen to make sure that she's okay. He's completely in tune with her needs," Cobb added.

During public appearances, you'll often catch them engrossed in a private conversation, a feat for any couple after a lifetime of marriage.

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And they really do seem to still share the look of love...

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...And make each other smile.

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This glassblowing master sculpts incredibly realistic animals out of glass

  • Glassblowing artist Grant Garmezy has been creating glass sculptures for 13 years.
  • Grant and his team use reference pictures of animals to create spectacular designs. 
  • Some of his work includes Tigers, Gorillas, and Swans. 


Artist Grant Garmezy creates spectacular glass sculptures with amazing detail. Using reference pictures, he and his team recreate artistic designs of a variety of different animals.

Garmezy learned to blow glass while at Virginia Commonwealth University but had no intention of practising in the art initially. 

Garmezy said: "Kind of before high school I was all about metal. Metalsmithing, jewellery making, sculpture. In the crafts department, I saw glassblowing, I was immediately drawn to it, just curious like, 'what was going on in this place?' I had never actually seen glassblowing before. It was just a magical dance that I just had to try".

Garmezy also sells his sculptures too, which can be found on his website. 

Produced by David Ibekwe.  

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This $19 Instagram alternative should have been crushed by Facebook years ago — here's how it got 1 million paying customers


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  • Photo-editing app VSCO has surpassed one million paid users.
  • It's one of the fastest-growing subscription-based businesses in the world, in spite of fierce competition from lots of free apps and Instagram.
  • The CEO of VSCO says Generation Z is driving the app's explosive growth.


Every day more than 95 million photos are shared to Instagram. It's a juggernaut in the field of social networks, with more than 800 million monthly active users.

So it's noteworthy that an Instagram alternative called VSCO has surpassed one million paid users for VSCO X, its subscription service launched in early 2017.

The app's rapid trajectory makes it one of the fastest growing subscription-based businesses in the world, and has helped grow VSCO's revenue 91% year over year in 2017. It's on track to increase revenue 100% this year, according to the company.

A subscription to VSCO X, which unlocks exclusive photo-editing tools and tutorials, costs $19 a year. That might not sound like much, but consider that there are dozens of free apps like it, and Instagram has its own suite of filters and tools that let users play with their photos and share with family and friends without ever having to leave the app.

As it turns out, it's Generation Z that's helping VSCO X rocket up the charts.

People under the age of 25 make up nearly 75% of all VSCO users, with Generation Z accounting for the largest segment of paid customers on VSCO X, according to the company. The fastest growing group of VSCO users are between the ages of 13 and 17.

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There was a period of time when this surprised founder and CEO Joel Flory, a former wedding photographer who started the company in 2011 with an art-director friend.

"We were building [the product] for ourselves and realized that we no longer were the majority of users on VSCO," Flory told Business Insider at the startup's headquarters in Oakland.

From the beginning, VSCO set itself apart from rival photo apps and social networks by doing away with "vanity metrics," such as likes, comments, and follower counts. There are no ads or leadersboard, but instead, a feed of carefully curated content.

"For us, the only thing we wanted to show with the photo is the person who made it. That's really what we wanted it to be about," Flory said.

joel flory vsco ceoAccording to Flory, this focus on the creator really resonated with Generation Z. With the launch of a subscription service, VSCO learned that young people were even willing to pay for tools in an app space that let them "be who they are ... try new things," without the pressure and anxiety around building a following and collecting likes.

Born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, Generation Z is building a reputation as the most socially conscious age group. A recent white paper from MNI Targeted Media Inc., a division of the Meredith Corporation, found that more than half of Generation Z say that knowing a brand has strong values and is "doing their part to make the world a better place" is important to them and directly influences their buying decisions.

"This generation makes sophisticated choices about identity, purpose, and values," researchers at the firm said. "They've spent their lives surrounded by digital content and they know how to filter anything that lacks the right tone, language, and relevancy."

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VSCO is the fifth most popular photo and video app for iPhones in the US, according to app market data company App Annie, behind YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and Google Photos, in that order. Its number of monthly active users has been rising over the last year, while Instagram's growth has been stagnant. Flory has largely Generation Z to thank.

The team at VSCO is constantly adding new filters, photo-editing tools, and educational content to the VSCO X platform so that the value of their subscription builds all the time.

"It's really about providing the ultimate experience for that creative," Flory said. "For us, it's not about some other company's way. It's about the VSCO way."

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Fiber optic wires, servers, and more than 550,000 miles of underwater cables: Here's what the internet actually looks like


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Every second, millions of emails, clicks, and searches happen via the world wide web with such fluidity that the internet seems almost omnipresent. As such, people often mistakenly assume that internet traffic happens by air — our mobile devices, after all, aren't wired to anything.

But satellites carry less than 1% of human interactions, and in some ways the truth is far more impressive than messages sent by tower signal.

The internet — arguably the most important resource in the modern world — is very tangible and fairly vulnerable. It exists in large part under our feet, by way of an intricate system of rope-thin underwater and underground cables hooked to giant data storage units so powerful, they're capable of recalling any piece of information at a moment's notice. 

Here's what the infrastructure of the internet actually looks like today:

In the most basic sense, the internet's job is to carry information from point A to point B.

Those points are IP addresses — the unique codes that identify locations around the world — and they're what your devices are linked to when you're connected to the internet. Curious what yours is? If you type "My IP address" into Google, the search engine will bring it up. 

As it travels, any information transferred over the web arrives at internet data servers, which live in data centers around the world. In 2008, an estimated 9.5 trillion gigabytes passed in and out of the world's servers — but more on those later.

Moving information to and from servers often involves crossing oceans. We rely almost entirely on cables for internet traffic because they're faster and cheaper than satellites, but laying them across bodies of water is a tedious process that's taken almost 200 years and requires a lot of maintenance.

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Tiger Woods will reportedly stay on his $20 million yacht in the Hamptons during the US Open — here's where his boat ranks among the biggest celebrity yachts


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  • Tiger Woods' $20 million luxury yacht, Privacy, was seen docked in the Hamptons, where it's reportedly expected to stay during the US Open golf tournament.
  • At 155 feet, Privacy is slightly longer than the 151-foot tall Statue of Liberty.
  • While Privacy is bigger than the luxury yachts owned by other celebrities, it has nothing on Steve Jobs' or Paul Allen's yachts.

Spotted: Tiger Woods' $20 million, 155-foot yacht, Privacy, docked in the Hamptons. And, apparently, it plans to stay there during the US Open, one of the biggest golf tournaments.

This luxury yacht may be impressive in both its price tag and its size, but when it's stacked up against other things, it doesn't even begin to compare — especially when it comes to other luxury yachts owned by celebrities.

Privacy — which is roughly the same size of the 151-foot tall Statue of Liberty — is around a hundred feet smaller than the yacht Apple cofounder Steve Jobs commissioned, the 256-foot Venus. If you think that's a disparity, dock Privacy next to Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's 416-foot yacht, Octopus.

Take a look below to see how Privacy stacks up compared to other things around the world and luxury yachts owned by celebrities.

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Privacy is 200 feet smaller than the Hollywood sign. At 352 feet, the Hollywood sign is bigger than the luxury yacht Venus but not as big as the luxury yacht Octopus.

And if you lay the Leaning Tower of Pisa on its side, it has 20 feet on Privacy.

But that's not to say the size of Privacy isn't a force to be reckoned with. After all, it's bigger than comedian Jerry Seinfeld's yacht Moka, which is 138 feet and actress Nicole Kidman's yacht, a 74-foot Sunseeker Manhattan.

Privacy is also bigger than another frequenter of the ocean, the blue whale, which can get as big as 105 feet, as well as another means of transportation — a 116-foot Boeing 737.

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14 places in the US only locals know how to pronounce


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  • Many place names are pronounced differently by locals and outsiders.
  • They include places like New Orleans, Oregon, and Detroit.
  • We found 17 of the most frequently mispronounced place names and broke down how locals say them.

It's not always obvious how to pronounce the names of some places in the United States.

And there's no easier way to give yourself away as an outsider than by pronouncing a city or state's name differently than how the locals do.

Getting a place's name right isn't just a matter of linguistic quibbling. It can help you fit in, get around, and in extreme cases, it can even shape elections.

We found 14 or the most frequently mispronounced place names in the United States — are you saying them like a local?

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If you're visiting Nevada, make sure you pronounce it with an "ad" in the middle, not an "odd." 

Even though "nuh-VAH-da" is closer to the original Spanish the name comes from, most locals in the Silver State pronounce it "nuh-VAD-uh." 

The consequences for mispronouncing the state's name can be dire: George W. Bush got roasted for getting it wrong in a 2003 speech in Reno, and Donald Trump got it even worse when he butchered the name in 2013.

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama's name isn't pronounced "MO-bull" or "MO-bill" or "MO-beel."

Locals know that you have to place the emphasis on the second syllable: "mo-BEEL" is what they go with.


As the University of Portland informs students on its website, the state of Oregon is pronounced "ORE-uh-gin," with the back half sounding like "begin." Definitely not "gone," despite what some outsiders may say.

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There's a sub-field of marriage therapists whose entire job is to figure out whether you should divorce in 5 sessions or fewer


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  • A marriage on the brink of divorce can potentially benefit from discernment counseling.
  • In one to five sessions, a discernment counselor helps the couple decide whether to stay married as they are, start the divorce process, or seek couples therapy.
  • The process is focused on understanding how the marriage got to this point, and the part that each person played in it — not on fixing anything.

There's only one way to botch discernment counseling.

Ask Bill Doherty, cofounder of the Doherty Relationship Institute, and he'll tell you: "We always say the only failure is if nobody's learned anything."

Doherty is a trailblazer in the field of discernment counseling, a relatively new type of treatment for couples on the brink of divorce. 

It's geared toward what therapists call "mixed-agenda" couples, in which one partner wants to stay married and work on the relationship and the other partner is ambivalent about whether there's anything left to save. Experts estimate that just under a third of couples who seek therapy fall into this category.

Couples meet with the discernment counselor between one and five times in order to decide which of three paths to pursue: stay married as they are; begin the separation or divorce process; or take divorce off the table while they commit to six months of couples therapy. Unlike traditional couples therapy, the discernment counselor meets separately with each partner, with the exception of the very first session.

And as for how to succeed in discernment counseling? According to Doherty, it's about gaining more clarity and confidence around the relationship's direction, and about understanding how the relationship got to this point. That is to say: There's no fixing anything, just looking at it as objectively as possible.

Discernment counseling can be an early component of traditional couples therapy

Of couples who go through discernment counseling, most ultimately part ways.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Marital and Family therapy looked at 100 mixed-agenda couples who'd gone through discernment counseling. Results showed that 47% opted for reconciliation, 41% moved to separate or divorce, and the rest stayed married as they were. When the researchers followed up two years later, just under half the couples who had tried to reconcile had gotten divorced, and most of the others had reconciled.

This study is one of the only pieces of research on discernment counseling — as a standalone treatment for couples on the brink of divorce, it hasn't been around that long.

But Kathryn Smerling, A New York City-based psychotherapist who helps couples going through divorce, told me that it's something she typically incorporates into traditional couples therapy. Before diving into therapy, she said, she sees each partner separately — and if one seems ambivalent, she'll offer a version of discernment counseling herself, rather than sending them to another specialist.

Couples who go through discernment counseling learn much about themselves, in addition to the marriage

Rachel Zamore, a marriage and family therapist and the founder of InnerWell Integrative Counseling and Couples Therapy in Vermont, told me her clients tend to be business leaders and "high-profile" people who want something "discreet and efficient." For one thing, she said, they don't want to run into a neighbor in the waiting room; for another, their busy schedules may not permit them to attend weekly couples therapy for an open-ended time period.

sad couple having coffeeIn addition to discernment counseling in her office, Zamore also guides couples on private retreats, often in a location of their choosing.

Zamore characterized the discernment-counseling process as both practical and logical, and I could see what she meant: There's a limited time frame and a clear structure geared toward making a decision.

Yet discernment counseling also struck me as somewhat existentially freeing: There's no value judgment placed on staying together or going your separate ways, as long as you're making an informed decision.

After I spoke with Doherty, I picked up an article he'd published in 2015, in the magazine Psychotherapy Networker, about the journey that led him to discernment counseling. I read it with a highlighter and there were some pages that wound up almost entirely neon — passages that struck me as a reimagining of what modern marriage can and maybe should be.

One such passage: "Working at their marriage, even if it fails in the end, helps the spouses grow up, and maybe discover something invaluable about their relationship and about themselves that they might otherwise have missed."

It would seem then, as though discernment counseling is about more than just evaluating the viability of the marriage. It's also about using the marriage as a lens through which to view yourself — your strengths and your shortcomings that you may bring to other areas of your life, now and in the future.

This might sound hippy-dippy — no one ascends to the altar thinking they're about to embark on an introspective journey and a relationship that may or may not last. But for couples seriously considering splitting up, this idea has important practical implications as well.

In the Psychotherapy Networker article, Doherty recalls telling one woman who was considering divorcing her husband: "You have a lot of work ahead, whether you stay married or you divorce."

Successful discernment counseling is partly about learning not to make the same mistakes again

The way Zamore sees it, "working" on the marriage is immensely valuable, even if the relationship ultimately dissolves.

She told me, "Sometimes people say, ‘I can really see this in a different light now. I can see how I contributed to this. I can see how I've been saying it's because my spouse has been so critical of me; but I can see how my pulling away and shutting down has actually been so critical to this.'"

Even if they decide they don't have the emotional energy to restore this relationship to health, Zamore said, the person might think: "I can see how [my behavior] impacts my relationships with other people, like my kids. And this is something that I would probably carry with me into future relationships."

Through her work with couples in both discernment counseling and traditional couples therapy, Zamore has learned that people who accept the inevitability of change tend to do the best in relationships.

"Being able to embrace circumstances and experiences of our lives as an opportunity for growth and development as opposed to something that's either making us unhappy or making us happy," she said, is a key to relationship satisfaction. "We can have more agency than maybe we realize."

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Another former Tesla employee has developed his own cure for hangovers from FDA-approved ingredients (TSLA)


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  • We're not sure what's going on with Tesla but there's yet another former employee who's developed a cure for hangovers.
  • Nishal Kumar is trying to produce his herbal remedy of FDA-approved ingredients in Canada, for distribution in the U.S.
  • This hangover prevention remedy is also based on DHM, an ingredient from the oriental raisin tree. There's some scientific research showing that DHM does boost the liver's superpowers to deal with alcohol.
  • Kumar tells us he doesn't know the other former Tesla engineer who developed another hangover remedy at about the same time.

There is another Tesla employees who has developed his own cure for hangovers, and who wants to manufacture the product for distribution in the Canada and the US.

Nishal Kumar, who studied geophysics at the University of British Columbia, worked for Tesla in sales and marketing for about two years, he tells Business Insider. He left that job in 2016 to take a job at a geophysics company, but his time at Tesla had a lasting effect. After talking to so many Tesla owners and potential owners, he kept hearing one complaint about its Model X SUV: it didn't have a coat hook to hang dry cleaning.

So he designed one. The hooks sold so well that he was able to launch his own company, EV Items, which now sells a handful of aftermarket products for Tesla vehicles. EV Items is not affiliated with Tesla ,but has done well enough that he was able to quit his geophysics job and buy his own Tesla, a Model 3, which actually does include coat hooks.

Amid all of his career moves, the 26-year-old like to spend his downtime enjoying a few drinks. 

But he "started getting bad hangovers," he said, and they were interfering with his love of 6 a.m. workouts. He didn't want to give up socializing with friends. And he didn't want to give up his early morning exercise. So he turned to hangover remedies based on dihydromyricetin (DHM). That's an herbal compound that comes from the oriental raisin tree, said to boost the liver's superpowers to deal with alcohol.

DHM-based hangover recovery drinks are popular in Asia. And now a growing number of companies are developing them for the North American market.

But Kumar was confused by existing remedies. Sometimes they worked great. Other times, not so much. Some products were in pill form and they required taking up to six pills throughout the night.

Kumar says he went back to his roots in chemistry, which he studied when he was on a pre-med track before studying geophysics. And he contacted another of his pre-med college buddies. They studied the remedies used in drinks, including the extra ingredients like milk thistle (also supposed to be good for liver health) and vitamin B.

And they think they've come up with a hangover cure that has a better, more effective dose of the DHM and other ingredients.

He was trying to raise $15,000 on Kickstarter to fund the first large-scale production round, manufactured in Canada, and had raised $11,000, before Kickstarter suspended the campaign. Raising money for items promising cures based on supplements are not allowed on Kickstarter. (The unregulated dietary supplement market is notoriously sketchy.)

But now his campaign is on Indiegogo, trying to raise $20,000, and has already raised over $3,000 in its first couple of hours.

Interestingly, Kumar tells us that doesn't know Sisun Lee, the other ex-Tesla and Facebook engineer who was also working on a DHM hangover remedy at about the same time:.

Lee  — who is also Canadian with a background in biotech, but who was working for Tesla in the San Francisco Bay Area — created a hangover drink called Morning Recovery. It was, at first, a side project after he discovered the hangover remedies during a visit to Korea, where such drinks are popular.

Unbeknownst to him, Lee's creation wound up being posted on Product Hunt, where people overwhelmed him asking for it. With that much interest, he got serious. He began working with a well-known scientist on a formula. His project went crazy on Indigogo, too, and after he was able to mass produce his drink, he quit Tesla to work on it full time. He's since landed $10 million in venture funds is running his company from Los Angeles and is doing well. 

There is some science to back the assertion that DHM will prevent a hangover. It's been an herbal remedy for thousands of years in Asia.

However, like all supplements, it's not that straightfoward. When Business Insider did our own non-scientific test of two popular remedies, Morning Recover and Flyby, we were pleased with the results, but not entirely ready to claim that these drinks were miracle cures.

Still, in addition to making electric cars fast and cool, and reinvigorating the solar power market, it looks like Tesla has also inspired a boom in hangover cure innovation. Go figure.

Are you a Tesla insider with a story to share? We want to hear it! jbort@businessinsider.com.

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How a true-life heist movie used the real criminals and victim to bring the story to life


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  • "American Animals" looks at a thrilling heist that took place at Transylvania University in 2004.
  • Director Bart Layton explains to Business Insider the unique way he used the real-life criminals in his movie to make it more real than most "based on a true story" movies.

When a movie starts with the text “based on a true story,” audiences are meant to believe that what they are about to see is mostly true. But the words “based on” can be very misleading.

Often the rights to a true-life story are based on an article or book. This leads to the real-life people behind the story, if they are still alive, often not being involved in the storytelling. And that can mean the filmmakers taking a lot of major artistic liberties to get the story compelling enough for it to be worthy of the big screen.

But with a background in documentary filmmaking, director Bart Layton (“The Imposter”) wanted to change that perception with his new movie “American Animals” (in theaters Friday). And right from the opening, it promises to be different.

The text at the start boldly changes from reading “This is not based on a true story” to “This is a true story.”

Finding the men behind the heist

“American Animals” looks at the audacious attempted heist of priceless books from Transylvania University’s special collections library in 2004 by childhood friends Warren Lipka and Spencer Reinhard. The movie follows the two, along with two other fellow students they enlisted, as they plan and follow through with the heist. Every second they think they are masterminds when in fact they are a bunch of bored suburban kids who get in over their heads.

This may all sound like your typical heist movie, but here's the kicker: Layton also filmed the real members of the heist as well, so along with actors cast to play them, the movie also gets the perspective of the men who did it. The heist members even have on-screen discussions with the actors playing them at certain moments.

american animals the orchard moviepass venturesReinhard (played by Barry Keoghan), Lipka (Evan Peters), and the two other members — Chas Allen (Blake Jenner) and Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) — were all caught after the heist and went to prison for over seven years. It was during their stint in prison when Layton, who had come across their story in a magazine article while on a flight, began writing letters to the men.

“I wrote to each of them and asked why, what was the motivation?” Layton told Business Insider. “They sent back these surprising letters about doing it because they were searching for their identity and the realization that maybe they weren’t going to be interesting or special in life like how they were told they would be when they were brought up. For me it took it from a great story to an amazing story.”

For years, Layton had a correspondence with the men through letters while also feeding his interest in the subject by getting their case files and police reports of the heist through the Freedom of Information Act. And despite a “big Hollywood producer” having the life rights to the men, according to Layton, he began to work on a script for a movie that would depict how the heist went down.

A style of true story you've never seen before

Layton is no stranger to putting a unique spin on stories that are already ambitious in nature. His major breakout in the movie world was his award-winning 2012 documentary “The Imposter.” In it, he tells the story of a man who in 1997 convinced authorities on two continents that he was a boy who had gone missing three years earlier at the age of 13. He even convinced the boy’s family.

Layton didn't just film interviews with all the players involved — even the crafty admitted imposter, Frédéric Bourdin — but filmed Bourdin’s recollections through reenactments, blurring what was true and what was made up by Bourdin.

bart layton the orchard moviepass venturesFor “American Animals,” Layton wanted to go a step further. He believed having the real people placed into the narrative would heighten the truth.

“I wanted to experiment with this notion that there might be a new way in which to tell a true story,” Layton said. “A gripping roller coaster white knuckle heist movie but at the same time because of the inclusion of the real guys you have a connection to the truth and to the reality.”

While trading letters with the heist participants in prison, Layton was informed that the Hollywood producer declined to reacquire the rights after they lapsed, allowing Layton to nab them and go forward with his movie. When the heist members were through with their prison sentences, Layton asked them to be in the movie, though making it clear that they were not going to receive a major pay day for their involvement.

“It was nothing that would commensurate to life rights from Hollywood,” Layton said. “We paid them for their time. We didn’t want them to profit from this seeing they did something that’s not legal.”

Getting the victim to agree to be in the movie

“American Animals” concludes with how the heist went down, and though it's depicted with all its stranger-than-fiction qualities, it’s the added element Layton plugged in that really drives it home.

Layton was able to track down the librarian who was working the day the heist took place. Depicted by character actor Ann Dowd in the movie, at a point toward the end of the movie, the real Betty Jean Gooch comes on screen, dressed exactly how she is in the movie, and is interviewed about the experience. It’s a moment in the movie that stands out for Layton because it defines what he tried to do with the movie — building an added element of fact.

“I wanted her to get the last word,” Layton said, though he admitted she needed a lot of convincing to be in the movie.

Gooch, along with the four real-life heist members, were the few who saw the movie before it had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (it was co-acquired there by The Orchard and MoviePass Ventures).

“She’s the only person I would have gone back into the finished film and changed anything," Layton said. “But she actually loved the film and said after we showed it to her that she could actually begin to find a degree of forgiveness toward the guys after all this time.”

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The 14 most beautiful airports in the world


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  • Many major American airports are unreliable or outdated.
  • Their best global counterparts have stunning architectural features and amenities like golf courses and movie theaters.
  • The world's most beautiful airports are located in major cities like Tokyo and smaller destinations like Incheon, South Korea.

Many major American airports have seen better days, but some of their global counterparts are in much better shape. Whether they're in major global cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo, or stand out in less prominent locations, the world's most beautiful airports have stunning architectural features and amenities like golf courses and movie theaters.

These are the 14 most beautiful airports in the world.

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Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport — Spain

The airport saw its first commercial flights take place in 1933. A new terminal was unveiled in 2006, and the airport has seen over 50,000,000 travelers in each of the past two years.

Vancouver International Airport — Canada

Vancouver International Airport is the rare airport you might want to visit even if you don't have a flight. In addition to its sculpture collection, the airport has multiple aquarium exhibits. 

Singapore Changi Airport

Singapore Changi International Airport has been named the best airport in the world by the consumer-aviation website Skytrax for five years in a row. It's easy to see why, as the airport's amenities include multiple gardens, a movie theater, and a swimming pool.

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We compared Target's new $5 wines against Trader Joe's cheapest options — and the winner is obvious (TGT)


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  • Target has a house brand wine that's only $5 a bottle.
  • It's a direct competitor of Trader Joe's legendarily cheap store label.
  • Both brands' reds are surprisingly good — but for the selection, Trader Joe's offers the better deal. 

Ruthless millennials have placed the beer industry square in their crosshairs, and retailers are taking notice.

Just in time for June 9th, National Rosé Day, Target has just added a new rosé to its line of cheaply priced wines — every bottle is $5 — which could be a smart move to attract thrifty millennial oenophiles. Trader Joe's has long been the go-to for cheap, decent wines for those in the know, but Target's new line could draw some attention.

We grabbed some bottles of Target's new California Roots line and pitted them against similarly priced options from Trader Joe's. We were curious to see if Target could unseat the famed "Two Buck Chuck" from its perch atop the cheap wine throne.

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Every bottle of Target's California Roots wine is $5. It's an extremely, almost suspiciously fair price, though it is higher than Trader Joe's iconic "Two Buck Chuck" wines, which now go for $2.99 in most locations.

California Roots offers a cabernet, a red blend, a pinot grigio, a moscato, a rosé, and a chardonnay. We managed to find everything but the last.

At Trader Joe's, the Charles Shaw label offers cabernet and pinot grigio, as well as several other varietals. To compare to Target's red blend, moscato, and rosé, we found wines at Trader Joe's that match their price point: a Terrain Vineyards California red blend for $3.99, a Blue Fin California moscato for $4.49, and an Emma Reichart pinot noir rosé for $4.99.

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7 things the average American has accomplished by age 35


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  • By the time they turn 35, many Americans have gotten married, bought a home, and earned a salary of about $50,000.
  • They've also amassed quite a bit of debt by that age, according to the data.
  • See how you compare to the average 35-year-old American in seven aspects of life. 

The internet was ablaze with indignation after MarketWatch published an article earlier this year saying that the proper amount of savings for a 35-year-old is double their salary.

Those numbers are at odds with reality for many Americans, as plenty of internet commenters made clear.

According to CNBC, the average retirement savings for families between the ages of 32 and 37 was $31,644 in 2013, while the median was just $480 for that age group. (Many families have no retirement savings, bringing down that figure.)

A more attainable benchmark is to have your savings equal your salary by the time you hit 35, according to one expert.

But what about other life goals, like starting a family, buying a home for the first time, or switching careers?

We looked at the data to see what the average American has accomplished by the time they turn 35.

SEE ALSO: 15 things you should accomplish before you turn 35, according to the internet

The average 35-year-old in the US is married — the most common age for women to marry is 27, while it's 29 for men.

Source: US Census Bureau

They also are more likely than not to have a child. The average American woman has her first child by age 28.

Source: Associated Press

A typical 35-year-old is already a homeowner. The median age for first-time homeowners is 32, according to The New York Times.

Source: New York Times

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