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Trump wades into feud with Robert De Niro, calls the actor 'Low IQ' and 'punch-drunk' from being hit in the head during boxing movies

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  • President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to wade into a feud with the actor Robert De Niro.
  • An outspoken critic of Trump since the 2016 presidential election, De Niro has chastised Trump in multiple public appearances in the past few days.
  • De Niro said "f--- Trump" on stage to a standing ovation at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, and then apologized for "the idiotic behavior of my president" in a speech in Toronto on Tuesday. 
  • "Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to [sic] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be “punch-drunk,'" Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to reciprocate a war of words with the actor Robert De Niro, after De Niro chastised Trump in multiple public appearances in the past few days. 

De Niro, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump since the 2016 presidential election, said "f--- Trump" on stage at the Tony Awards Sunday night, and received a standing ovation. On Tuesday, De Niro apologized for "the idiotic behavior of my president" in a speech at the groundbreaking of a restaurant in Toronto, CNN reported.

Hours later, Trump addressed the actor in a tweet.

"Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to [sic] many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be “punch-drunk.” I guess he doesn’t...," Trump tweeted, "...realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!"

De Niro's first prominent act of speaking out against Trump arrived in a PSA video preceding the presidential election in October 2016, when the actor called Trump a "dog," a "mutt," a "con," and an "idiot," and said of then-candidate Trump, "I'd like to punch him in the face."

While most of De Niro's words about Trump were bleeped during Sunday night's Tony Awards, you can watch an uncensored video of his comments below:

 

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Most dermatologists agree this is the one thing that can reverse signs of ageing — but one doctor says we're being led into the unknown

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  • Most dermatologists agree that retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It was once difficult to get hold of topical retinol products without a prescription or paying for high-end cosmeceutical products.
  • But there's now a booming market of derivatives of vitamin A available in varying strengths over the counter.
  • Business Insider spoke to Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor at Woodford Medical, who says they are being marketed in an irresponsible way.
  • He says that the industry is taking us into 'a mass experimentation of the population.'
  • He shared a number of reasons to be wary of retinol overuse.


The cosmetics industry is saturated with products that promise to reverse and prevent the signs of ageing, but there's one product that dermatologists generally agree works — retinol.

Retinol, a form of vitamin A, has been used for years to treat acne, but more recently has become part of the daily skincare routine — and war on wrinkles — of many.

"Retinol undoubtedly makes the skin smoother"

When we met with Mervyn Patterson, a cosmetic doctor at Woodford Medical, he told us that you start to lose collagen in your face from your mid 20s, and lose something between 1-1.7% a year from then onwards — a scary thought.

Dr Mervyn Patterson, cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical

"Retinol undoubtedly makes the skin smoother," he told Business Insider. "You get a positive effect on collagen, that is definitely true. You get an increase of blood flow to the skin – there are lots of positive things that you can say about Retinol."

He said that it works by encouraging basal cells (in the lowest layer of the skin) to divide, and as a result you get more new epidermal cells that migrate up to the skin's surface and eventually become the rooftop.

"The more retinol you put on the skin, the more these new cells appear at the surface, at which point a mechanism kicks in that wants to shed the excess skin – that's the exfoliation process," he said.

Derivatives of vitamin A 

It was once difficult to get hold of retinol products without a prescription, but there's now a booming mass market of derivatives of vitamin A available in varying strengths over the counter.

Patterson explained that in prescription-strength retinoids (like Tretinoin) or higher-end cosmeceutical products, you will typically find the active form of vitamin A — retinoic acid.

Other products on the market, he said, such as retinol, retinal, and retinol palmitate, contain precursor molecules, that when combined with enzymes in your skin, are converted to the active form.

They are considered less potent, but studies have shown these products can have similar positive effects on anti-ageing as prescription strength versions — though in some cases they can take longer to work.

The benefits, or rather short-term effects, of using topical retinol products have been widely documented by beauty influencers, editors, and celebrities, too.

Having used them myself, it's not hard to see why they've become such a beloved skincare staple. After using a product for several nights in a row, my skin did genuinely feel noticeably smoother.

But Patterson told Business Insider that he believes the industry is marketing retinol products to consumers in an irresponsible way.

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"Skincare companies have lost all sense of what's healthy for the skin"

Patterson said that one problem with retinol overuse is that these new skin cells don't function well because they have been rapidly produced, and therefore lack the necessary adhesion and lipid production to protect the skin properly.

"The main function of the top layer of the skin is to protect us, to keep away environmental factors. The more retinol you put on, the poorer the barrier function becomes," he said. "This is why a lot of people feel that their skin is very sensitive and experience peeling, flaking, and irritation."

One of the main side effects of using retinol is that it makes your skin more sensitive to UV sunlight, in particular. It's therefore incredibly important that if you're using retinol, you also wear a high SPF sunscreen on top of your moisturiser.

But in vying for the position of "top dog," Patterson says that skincare companies have lost all sense of what's healthy for the skin.

"It’s like a sweet shop with all the different forms of vitamin A that are now available online," he went on. "You have all sorts of unproven claims like 'we have the most potent, the fastest acting, or the most encapsulated retinol,'" he went on, adding that people lack the knowledge of how to use them.

"People randomly combine different ingredients, often from different ranges, with little idea whether the combinations are sensible or balanced. With so much choice and marketing pressure it’s easy to see how skincare routines can become chaotic," he said.

"The industry is taking us into a massive experimentation"

And there's another reason to be wary of retinol overuse, according to Patterson. Cells generally divide to grow and repair the tissue in your body, but normal cells can only divide a finite number of times (about 50, according to the Hayflick Limit), which is one of the primary reasons we age.

"We don't live forever," he told Business Insider. "So if you plaster way too much retinol on in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you could be depleting all of those healthy cell divisions that you really should be storing for cell divisions further down your lifetime."

"The skincare industry is taking us into a massive experimentation of the population," he went on. "They're just interested in the short-term marketing of the products — we don't know what will happen with prolonged excessive use."

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Striking the balance

Using vitamin A in your skincare regime is only one piece of the puzzle, he says, adding that there are multiple other vitamins or components of vitamins that are required for the "nutritional" support of the epidermis to achieve healthy skin.

"Skin is no different to the human body — it requires a balanced array of the essential nutrients all in the correct proportions," he said, adding that you only need a tiny amount of retinol.

"The ideal supply of vitamin A is a small amount of the immediately active form — retinoic acid — alongside precursor retinols that can be converted into the active form as they are required."

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Repair the barrier and dampen down inflammation

Before you even start thinking about vitamin A, he said the first steps to healthy skin are repairing your barrier and dampening down inflammation, which can be done with moisturisers and cleansers.

"Choose products that use lipid formulations to 'adjust' the surface ratio of skin lipids back to normal. The ideal product would also contain a wide array of proven anti-inflammatories (examples of these are botanical extracts such as date, meadowfoam and safflower) to dampen all pathways of inflammation," he said, adding: "Only then should one get creative with topical vitamins.

"There are consequences of putting too much of one thing onto your body."

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A retired Navy SEAL says SEALs' blind obedience shown in books and movies isn't anything like real life

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  • Jocko Willink served in the military for 20 years and led SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated US special operations unit of the Iraq War.
  • Willink said soldiers do not blindly follow orders from their leaders.
  • He learned that a good leader shouldn't feel like they have to force people to do things.

If you're not in the military, you probably think soldiers blindly follow the orders of their leaders, since that's all movies and books have lead us to believe.

But according to former Navy SEAL commander Jocko Willink, that blind obedience is a "complete fallacy," he told Business Insider's Rich Feloni on an episode of the podcast "Success! How I Did It."

Before retiring in 2010, Willink trained and served as a leader for 20 years and led SEAL Team 3, Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated US special operations unit of the Iraq War. Achieving that success did not come from blind obedience, Willink said.

To become a SEAL leader and move up in ranks, you need to learn from a good leader, something Willink did not have in his second SEAL platoon. Willink said the officer in charge of his platoon was "tyrannical" with little experience and a lack of confidence.

Willink and his platoon would confront their leader if they did not agree with an order. "If you're a bad leader, you're not going to be able to maintain that leadership position," Willink said.

He gave an example of how orders are typically followed and what happens when they are challenged:

"That bad leader that we had, we did what he said. He said, 'We're going to do this like that,' and we went, 'That doesn't make sense.'

He said, 'Do it anyways.' 'OK.' But that only lasts so long. So that's another thing that in leadership positions, sometimes people feel like they need to force people to do things. And it'll work once. It'll work twice. But it doesn't work forever, and it actually doesn't work as effectively even right away as someone else saying, 'Hey, here's how I think we should do it.' 'OK, well, I like your plan. Go ahead and do it.'"

And so Willink and his team rebelled.

"[We] went before our commanding officer and said, 'We don't want to work for this guy.' Which is amazing, right? You don't hear about very much of this happening. But it's also something that you deal with in the SEAL Teams. It's something that you deal with in the military," Willink said.

The mutiny was successful and the platoon's leader was fired. A new leader who Willink described as experienced, capable, intelligent, and "great to work for" immediately took his place.

"When I saw that difference between those two leaders, I said to myself, 'Wow, that's important, and I need to pay attention to that,'" he said. "And that was what sort of got me thinking about moving to the officers' side and becoming a leader in the SEAL Teams."

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Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's 'special bond' with Kim Jong Un after North Korea summit

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  • Jimmy Kimmel mocked and questioned President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his monologue Tuesday night.
  • "Usually when Trump signs an agreement with a foreigner, it's a prenup," Kimmel joked. 

Jimmy Kimmel opened his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" monologue on Tuesday night by laying into President Trump over his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"It has been an Un-precidented 24 hours for the United States and North Korea as our president, Donald Trump, met with his favorite Little Rocket Man," Kimmel started out. "A lot of pundits think it was a mistake to meet with an unstable dictator, but Kim Jong Un said, 'You know what? I'm going to do it anyway.'"

Kimmel noted that Trump told the press he had formed a "special bond" with Kim after meeting with the North Korean leader for only 38 minutes. The host added: "That's fast. His dentures take longer to bond than that."

"Trump claims he got North Korea to commit to destroying a missile testing site, and this is a quote, he said 'We didn't put it in the agreement because we didn't have time,'" Kimmel continued. "Usually when Trump signs an agreement with a foreigner, it's a prenup. And that's all in writing."

Kimmel then questioned the potential outcomes of the summit, suggesting that the meeting would cause Kim to do "nothing differently."

"Trump wanted to make it look like he did something big, whether he did something big or not. He was not leaving the summit without claiming he made a deal,” Kimmel said. "So he sets the meeting, he has this sit-down, he hears what he wants to hear — blah, blah, blah. As soon as the meeting's over, he runs out, calls a press conference, declares victory, everyone goes home, Kim Jong Un does nothing differently at all, and we go back to our lives, too."

Kimmel show personality Guillermo Rodriguez and the host proceeded to sit down for a mock summit to sign their own version of the "friendship agreement" that Trump and Kim signed. 

Watch the monologue below:

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First photos from 'Wonder Woman 1984' confirm that Chris Pine is returning as Steve Trevor

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  • Warner Bros. confirmed on Wednesday that "Wonder Woman 1984" is the official title of the "Wonder Woman" sequel.
  • Chris Pine is also returning as Steve Trevor for the sequel. Trevor died at the end of the first movie, so it remains to be seen how he'll return.
  • "Wonder Woman 1984" comes to theaters on November 1, 2019. 

Production on the "Wonder Woman" sequel has officially begun, and Warner Bros. has confirmed not only the title of the sequel, but that the actor Chris Pine is returning.

"Wonder Woman 1984" is the official title of the sequel, and Pine will be back as Steve Trevor, who was Wonder Woman's love interest and a World War I military spy in the first movie.

Warner Bros. released a photo of Pine as Trevor in the sequel. The director Patty Jenkins also tweeted it on Wednesday with the caption "Welcome to WONDER WOMAN 1984, Steve Trevor! #WW84."

Trevor died at the end of the first movie by sacrificing himself, and the sequel is set decades afterward, so it remains to be seen how the character will be brought back.

"Wonder Woman 1984" opens in theaters on November 1, 2019. It will star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Pine as Trevor, Kristen Wiig as the villain Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal in an unknown role.

Here's another image released by Warner Bros. to celebrate the start of production, featuring Gadot:

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The 13 best places to travel in June for every type of traveler

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  • The best places to visit in June mark the start of tourism season in many places around the world.
  • Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to find the best places to visit in June 2018.
  • They include natural wonderlands, serene holy sites, and summer solstice parties for the ages.


As spring rolls into summer, tourism season officially kicks off for travelers around the world.

Smart travelers are already planning their summer getaways for June. The first month of summer offers countless incredible experiences, from a nightlong party under the midnight sun in Anchorage, Alaska, to a jungle excursion through the Amazon rainforest.

We looked at airfare trends, climate data, and cultural calendars to select 13 vacation spots that are some of the best places to visit this June.

Read on to find the 13 best places to visit in June.

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New York City

Nothing beats summer in New York City. And while there's no bad month to travel to New York, June very well may be the best time to visit.

The beginning of summer brings perfectly balmy weather to the Big Apple — come in August and you might be sweating the day away. June is also when entertainment kicks into high gear, with ample free concerts at Central Park and Prospect Park and world-renowned Shakespeare in the Park performances.

On top of that, June offers memorable cultural events like the annual Gay Pride Parade and the ever-popular Governors Ball festival.

Prices for flights to New York usually trend upward in July and August, when tourism is at its peak, so if you're planning a summer excursion to the big city, you'd be better off booking sooner in the year rather than later.

See our complete list of free things to do in New York City this summer »



Portland, Oregon

Travel to Portland in the first month of the summer and you'll get the full experience — clear skies, warm temperatures, gorgeous views, and a streets filled with life and energy.

June is the first month of the year when the average temperature cracks 70 degrees, and it rains just five days of the month, down from 15 earlier in the year. Take advantage of the great weather and enjoy the outdoors, whether it's hiking Mount Hood, going brewery-hopping, checking out a free concert in the park, or taking in the Portland Rose Festival, which offers weeks of events.



Anchorage, Alaska

Summer solstice in Anchorage on June 21 is one event you do not want to miss.

That's when residents of Alaska's biggest city celebrate the longest day of the year, and party with music, food, and entertainment underneath the midnight sun.

Being the northernmost major city in the US, Anchorage allows a cool breath of fresh air for a summer vacation. You can expect temperatures to hover in the 50s and low 60s, which is close to as warm as it gets for most places in Alaska. You'll have more than 18 hours of sunlight a day, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the wildlife and picturesque scenery.



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The extravagant cars of 5 world leaders — worth a combined $19 million

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Powerful people need powerful motors — or so you may have thought.

Select Car Leasing gathered data on the cars of five of the world's most influential leaders, including their estimated price and special features.

For presidents, monarchs, and religious heads, travel isn't just about style and comfort, but also safety.

Some leaders prefer to travel more ostentatiously than others — prices in this list range from £11 million ($14.7 million) to a relatively economical £400,000 ($535,000).

Scroll down to see who has the most expensive wheels, ranked in ascending order of estimated price.

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5. Pope Benedict XVI, Mercedes-Benz M-Class AKA The Popemobile — £400,000 ($535,000).

Pope Benedict's Mercedes-Benz M-Class was the last of the affectionately-named popemobiles.

The current Pope, Francis, ditched the bulletproof tradition in preference of more understated vehicles, saying: "It's true that anything could happen, but let's face it, at my age I don't have much to lose."

The custom popemobile was enlisted to transport the head of the Catholic Church around public events after an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981.

Benedict's popemobile featured armour-plated side panels and undercarriage and a built-in oxygen supply to the cabin.



Source: The Economic Times.



4. Vladimir Putin, Aurus Senat Limousine — £440,000 ($588,000).

Putin recently unveiled his new limousine after being voted back in for a fourth term.

The Aurus Senat was a joint venture between Porsche and Russian institute NAMI.

It was the first time in decades that the Russian President had ridden in a Russian-made vehicle to a state event.

Little is known about the car's safety features, but the 6-ton behemoth is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine, which produces 598 hp.



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Too much or too little sleep are both bad for our health, according to a new study — further evidence that it's our body clock that counts

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  • A new study suggests too little or too much sleep could be equally bad for your health.
  • People who slept for less than six hours or more than 10 hours had a higher risk of developing a metabolic syndrome, like high blood pressure.
  • Many sleep scientists believe there is no substitute for a regular sleep schedule.
  • But "regular" can vary, depending on whether you are a night owl, early bird, or introvert.
  • It might be that people are out of sync with their body clocks, rather than there being an optimal amount of sleep everyone needs to get.


Sleep divides people. Some believe there's nothing more important than getting the right amount of shuteye, while others would rather be doing anything else than lying down in bed.

It is fair to say we don't get enough sleep as a society as 50 to 70 million people in the US alone have a sleep disorder, and about a third of adults not getting enough hours.

But according to new research, it's both having too little and too much sleep that can be an issue. The new study from the Seoul National University College of Medicine, published in the journal BMC Public Health, looked at the amount of sleep 133,608 Korean men and women aged between 40 and 69 years old were getting, and what health problems they had.

Results showed that men who slept for six hours or less per night had a higher risk of developing a metabolic syndrome, like high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and fat around the waist, than people who got eight hours. Both men and women in this group also had a higher chance of a larger waist.

But those who had 10 hours of sleep or more per night were not better off. Both men and women in this group were more likely to develop a metabolic syndrome too, and women in particular had a greater risk of excess fat around the waist.

The results are observational, and it can't be said for sure that the amount of sleep directly caused the health problems. But the study does add to the growing body of evidence about sleep and its impact on our health and well-being.

For example, some sleep scientists, such as Matthew Walker, argue that sleep is "not like a bank," and you can't make up for a lot of late nights during the week by sleeping in at the weekend. Essentially, if you sleep in longer at the weekend, your body might go through "social jetlag," because you're knocking your schedule out of whack by a few hours.

However, a recent study from the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University slightly contradicts this idea. Researchers found that people who got five hours of sleep or less per night had a greater mortality risk than those who consistently got seven or eight. But also, if the irregular sleepers tried to make up for their lost sleep at the weekend, then their mortality risk was lowered again to that of the regular sleepers.

"The results imply that short (weekday) sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep," the researchers, led by Torbjorn Akerstedt, said at the time. "This suggests that short weekday sleep may be compensated for during the weekend, and that this has implications for mortality."

There is no substitute for a regular sleep pattern. But what "regular" means to different people can vary a lot. For instance, people have different chronotypes— or body clocks — which means they rise and feel sleepy at different times of the day. Messing with their regular rhythms can cause them to be groggy and unfocused, which is why some people are more chipper than others first thing in the morning.

Personality types can also be a factor. For example, introverts often require a lot more sleep than extroverts because they find social situations highly stimulating and thus exhausting, and they can suffer from an introvert hangover as a result.

The study from Seoul can't determine whether there actually is an ideal amount of sleep for optimum health, or if people aren't necessarily behaving in line with what their body clocks actually need — causing problems in itself. Either could be true.

What is clear is that if you feel like you need more sleep, you probably do, and it's up to you whether you allow yourself to have a few extra hours or not. But if functioning properly means lying in on the weekend every now and again, rather than powering through the exhaustion, your body will probably forgive you for it.

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MoviePass has hit 3 million paid subscribers, but its growth has slowed (HMNY)

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  • MoviePass announced it has passed the 3 million paid subscribers mark.
  • However, growth for the movie ticket subscription service is slowing.
  • It took seven weeks for it to go from 1 million paid subscribers to 2 million. To get to the 3 million mark, it took 18 weeks.


On Wednesday, MoviePass announced it had surpassed 3 million paid subscribers for the service. It's also projecting that by the end of the year, it will top the 5 million subscriber mark. 

But the growth for the movie theater ticket subscription service has slowed down. It took seven weeks for MoviePass to go from 1 million paid subscribers to 2 million. To get to the 3 million mark, it took 18 weeks.

Here's a chart that shows that:

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However, the company boasts that MoviePass now represents more than 5% of US box office receipts.

The owner of MoviePass, Helios and Matheson Analytics, continues to expanded the MoviePass brand. Following the recent release of its first movie release through its MoviePass Ventures arm, "American Animals," which it released with The Orchard, it announced the launch of production company MoviePass Films. MoviePass Films acquired the exclusive option to buy Oasis Films, which has produced such titles as "Lone Survivor" and "End of Watch."   

The hope is by getting into the production and distribution of titles, and being able to guarantee a good box-office result, it will generate new revenue for the company.

But Wall Street has wondered whether it has enough time left before its cash runs out.

Helios and Matheson reported a $150.8 million loss in 2017, mainly due to the acquisition of MoviePass.

Since then, the stock has crashed, plummeting more than 98% from its 52-week high of $32.90 set in October. Concerns on Wall Street continue as questions mount about the company's financial stability.

On Wednesday, the stock was trading at under 40 cents per share.

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The World Cup starts on Thursday — these photos from around the world show why soccer is the world's most beloved game

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  • Soccer is the world's most popular and beloved sport, and it's played in virtually every corner of the world.
  • Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Reuters sent photographers around the globe to document the variety of ways people manage to play soccer.
  • Soccer lovers play in the dirt, sand, and even snow, and the narrowest of city streets won't stop them from playing "the beautiful game."


The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday, and soccer fans around the world are eagerly counting down the hours.

Of course, soccer's popularity extends far beyond the 32 countries that qualified for the World Cup this year. Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world, with an estimated 4 billion fans on all six inhabited continents.

Reuters sent photographers to dozens of countries in May and June to document soccer as it's played around the world — on dirt fields in Chile, the chaotic streets of Kolkata, India, and even a floating field in Thailand.

Here are 18 photos that show why soccer is the world's most popular game.

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Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. You'll find people playing it everywhere you go, from massive stadiums in Brazil to a quiet street inside the Casbah fortress of Algiers, Algeria.

Source: Reuters



This year's World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday, is being held in Russia. These children in the village of Yelizarovo have already caught World Cup fever.

Source: Reuters



Soccer can be played on any surface, from the streets of Kolkata, India, where children play barefoot …

Source: Reuters



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The mysterious lives of the 3 kids who are believed to be Kim Jong Un's

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  • North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is believed to have three children with his wife Ri Sol-ju.
  • There are few details on the kids, but they're believed to be between the ages of 10 months and 7 years old.
  • The eldest child is believed to be a boy who is expected to one day succeed Kim.


Like much of North Korea, the personal and family life of its dictator Kim Jong Un is shrouded in secrecy.

Though the North Korean leader made a historic appearance at this week's summit in Singapore with US President Donald Trump, he remains an object of wild speculation and curiosity throughout much of the western world.

Little is known about his wife, Ri Sol-ju, and even less is known about the three young children the couple is believed to have.

Most of the currently available information about the family comes from South Korea's National Intelligence Service. But former US basketball star Dennis Rodman has also spoken to media about holding one of Kim's children during one of his controversial visits to the Hermit Kingdom, though the details he provided have not been independently corroborated.

Here's everything we know:

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Most sources agree that Kim and his wife have had three children since their secretive marriage in 2009.

Source: Business Insider



Kim's first child is believed to be a boy, born in 2010, and his second child was likely a daughter born in 2013. The fact that Kim has at least one male heir likely means that he would eventually succeed Kim to continue the family's dictatorship dynasty.

Source: CNN



But the gender of Kim's third child, remains unknown. The child is believed to have been born in February 2017.

Source: Business Insider



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Meet North Korea's most powerful woman, Kim Yo Jong — Kim Jong Un's 30-ish sister who played a key role in the summit with Trump

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During the summit between the United States and North Korea this week, Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong was front and center during the historic show of diplomacy with President Donald Trump.

It's not the first time Kim Yo Jong has made headlines in recent months — she traveled to South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics in February, becoming the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the south since the Korean War in the 1950s.

Like her brother, and much of the rest of their family, few details are known about Kim Yo Jong and the life she lived before reaching a prime leadership role in the North Korean government.

Here's what we know about her so far:

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Like many of Kim's family members, Kim Yo Jong's exact age is difficult to pin down. But she's believed to be between 29 and 31.



She's the youngest child of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his consort Ko Yong Hui, a former dancer.

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She was partly educated in Switzerland, at the same school Kim Jong Un attended. But she returned to North Korea in 2000 after completing the US equivalent of the sixth grade.

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Divorce isn't a failure, say therapists — in fact, it could mean the marriage was a success

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  • A marriage can still be considered successful even if it ends in divorce.
  • Couples therapists say marriage is designed to help people grow — and sometimes, they grow out of the relationship.
  • It's important to embrace change in your relationship, instead of fearing it.


"Your marriage has one goal," said Hal Runkel. "Marriage has evolved into a people-growing machine."

Runkel is a marriage and family therapist based in Atlanta, Georgia, and he was explaining to me why he's never attached to any one particular outcome in couples therapy. If the couple chooses to divorce after working with him, so be it — to him, that's not a failure on his part or  on the clients'.

Marriage, he told me, "is perfectly designed to help you grow up. It challenges your blind spots. Marriage will expose your selfishness. It'll expose your immaturity. And that's a good thing. It will continually ask you to grow in ways you couldn't have anticipated."

What sometimes happens is that one or both partners change so drastically that they come to the realization that their marriage isn't helping them live the life they want. "Making a mature decision in that direction may be the best [therapeutic] outcome of all," Runkel said.

This is a hard pill to swallow, if for no other reason than that it's completely impractical: It can seem like there's no point in getting married if you anticipate growing so much that you may one day grow out of your spousal identity.

Yet based on the many conversations I had with couples therapists for this story, I got the sense that it's the resistance to the possibility of growth that makes a marriage (and life in general) even more difficult.

As Laura Markham, a psychologist in New York and the founder of Aha! Parenting, put it when I interviewed her for another story, about parents with different child-rearing styles, every clash is an opportunity to "grow yourself." Markham added, "We don't get married so we can grow, but honestly, it's one of the best laboratories to do that."

Put another way, if you're so afraid of your marriage changing and then ending, you may wind up creating what you fear.

Rachel Zamore, a marriage and family therapist and the founder of InnerWell Integrative Counseling and Couples Therapy in Vermont, told me 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."

A marriage that ends in divorce can still teach you about yourself and how you act in relationships

The internet is rife with treatises on how getting divorced doesn't indicate that you failed at love or at life.

On CafeMom, Mary Hawkins likens leaving an unfulfilling marriage to leaving a dead-end job: "It means you had the presence of mind to know that you were not in the right position, so you took the initiative to find something else and make a change." She adds: "You know what is a failure? Staying in a marriage that is sucking the life out of you."

And on Scary Mommy, Ella Davis writes: "The failure in my marriage did not occur on the day I filed those papers. It was in the effort I put in to avoid that at all costs. "

The therapists I spoke to seemed to suggest a twist on the idea that divorce doesn't constitute failure because you're making the choice to end suffering. Divorce isn't a failure also because being in any kind of relationship teaches you something — even if that's how to be in another relationship.

Some people don't have the mental energy to address all the troublesome issues in their marriage

unhappy fighting coupleCouples' fear of confronting troublesome issues in their marriage sometimes manifests in waiting too long to seek help.

According to couples therapist John Gottman, cofounder of the Gottman Institute, couples wait an average of six years from the onset of problems before trying couples therapy. "There can be a point of no return," said Michael McNulty, a master trainer at the Gottman Institute and the founder of the Chicago Relationship Center, when couples are displaying too much contempt toward each other or if they feel too hurt.

When couples come to see him, McNulty has them fill out questionnaires that assess the strength of the relationship — and if he sees that a match is "difficult," he'll be honest about that with the couple.

"We really need to rebuild the relationship from the ground up to make this work, and it will take a lot of work to do that," he'll tell them. "Then they choose whether or not to work on it."

The theme of "work" — and whether or not partners have the wherewithal to do it — is something I heard more than once from couples therapists.

Zamore also practices a new type of therapy called discernment counseling, in which couples on the brink of divorce have between one and five sessions to decide whether to stay married as they are, seek six months of couples therapy, or start the divorce process. She told me that oftentimes, after several sessions of discernment counseling, a client will begin to understand how their marriage got to this point, and in particular, how they contributed to their marital problems.

And sometimes they'll say to Zamore, "But I just don't have it in me to work on this marriage." She doesn't judge their choice.

Rarely do therapists explicitly advise couples to separate or divorce — that's a decision the couple has to make on their own. Rachel Sussman, a relationship therapist based in New York City, told me she'll sometimes tell the couple she doesn't think therapy is working and ask, "Would you consider making some sort of a change?"

Some couples, Sussman said, are "floored," protesting that they don't believe in divorce or that it wouldn't be good for the kids.

But some react as though she's just spoken the words they couldn't. "People are kind of relieved," she said.

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How a street artist creates fake glowing neon lights with spray paint

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Straker is an Australian street artist who paints unique murals that appear to light up the streets. His pieces look just like real neon signs, but they are actually 2D and created using only spray paint and a special technique that makes them pop off the wall. We spoke with Straker about his work and watched him create one of his pieces. Following is a transcript of the video.

Straker: My name's Straker, I'm a graffiti artist from Perth, Australia. I'm best known for my neon style that replicates the look of neon signs using spray paint.

I started painting back in late '95 as a graffiti artist working mainly with lettering. I was painting a sports bar. I figured neon would be a fitting style. That kind of led to doing one kind of cheerleader piece. I liked the look of it, and then kind of kept going with it.

It always, for me, starts with like a black background. The best kind of surface for the neon style would be one that's flat. No brick mortar joints interrupting the flow.

I start by painting what becomes the reflection of the neon. Then layer that with the color, creating the glow. Then come back and do an offset outline, which becomes the kind of neon tube, so to speak. And then mist color back over the top to kind of finish it off.

Whenever I'm creating a neon piece, I'm doin' it true to how a neon sign maker would create it. You don't have an infinite length of line, you kind of have to think about if I were bending this, how would it work? So I like to, yeah, really kind of put myself in their shoe.

As far as planning a wall goes, I generally take a photo of the site that's it's gonna go, and more recently, been using the iPad where I then essentially do the same process, but just kind of like, finger painting on the tablet. It's almost like I'm spray painting, but just digitally.

This style is fast. I spend more time getting the design right than panting itself. I'm a fast painter though, you know, I grew up painting at nighttime under, you know, pressure. It takes about five to 50 minutes, I'd say, depending on colors and size.

I use a variety of materials when I'm painting, it all depends on the size of the wall. The bigger the wall, the more I'm gonna use bucket paint, rollers, anything to apply paint, you know? Getting clean lines with the spray can's a lot easier than it ever has been, due to the brands of paint made specifically for that kind of art. It really comes down to can control, how much you press that nozzle down.

I use as many fluorescent spray cans as possible to create my work. The downside to fluorescent colors is they fade really quickly, so the work has a pretty short life span when it's outdoors.

A lot of people always ask like, "Does it glow, does it glow, you know?" and I'm like, oh, no, it doesn't, but I guess that's kind of almost thinking it's real. And if you put a blacklight on these, they fully pop out and look like they're glowing. I think people are attracted to it, you know? It's designed to catch your eyes.

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Some people can feel it on their own bodies when others are touched, hit, or stroked — and researchers are trying to figure out why

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  • People who experience the physical sensations of others have "mirror-touch synesthesia."
  • It means they can feel a sensation on the same part of the body where they see someone else being hit, stroked, kissed, or injected.
  • Researchers have been studying their brains to work out what makes them different to everyone else.
  • But they can be difficult to find as perception is so subjective — many people don't realise their experience of the world is any different to everyone else's.
  • As for whether it's a gift or a curse, nobody is really sure.


Pau can't watch films very often. When she does, everything that physically happens to characters on screen she feels to a certain extent on her own body.

"Films for me, or trailers, or whatever, are just a continuous chain of violence, punching, slapping, shooting, falling and, worse still, kissing or touching people's faces," she said. "I've always hated screen kisses (or never been able to watch them) because… well I don't want to kiss them, do I?"

Pau has something called mirror-touch synesthesia, which is a brain condition that seems to amplify people's sensation of touch so much they can essentially physically feel what others feel. When she sees people being hit, punched, stroked, prodded, or injected, she experiences a similar sensation on the same part of her own body.

For example, once when she was watching a group of boys playing paddleball in a swimming pool, she would almost feel like she was batting the ball herself.

"I got this really pleasant feeling in [my] hand and down my arm as if I was hitting the ball myself, but without making any effort," she said. "I enjoyed it so much that every morning as I went past I would stand and watch him for a while enjoying this fabulous sensation — although I had to clear off after a while in case he thought there was something odd about me staring at him like that or thought I fancied him or something."

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Isabella, who is 14, also has mirror-touch synesthesia, which she said can be extremely helpful for helping other people with injuries, but also a huge annoyance at the same time.

"Mirror-touch synesthesia, in my opinion, is simply an exaggerated physical connection with any other human being," she said. "Things like holding a dog will evoke me to feel a somewhat fluffy weight in my arms. An open cut or a bruise will cause me to feel the same pain in the same area. However, things like back pain or soreness are not visible, therefore I cannot feel them."

The feeling only occurs when she looks at an injury, she said. But that means that even if the person is no longer experiencing pain, Isabella still will if the cut or graze is still visible. Similarly, Pau only felt the sensation of hitting the ball if she actually saw it make contact.

Our experience of the world is very subjective 

There are several different types of synesthesia, according to Jared Medina, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Delaware, such as grapheme-colour and number-colour synesthesia, where people see letters or numbers as having distinct colours.

In research conducted in 2017, Medina recruited undergraduate students from a questionnaire to search for people with mirror-touch synesthesia, which normally affects about 1-2% of the population. They can be tricky to find as our own perception of the world isn't something that often comes up in regular conversation. In fact, people usually assume that the way they are seeing, hearing, or feeling something is exactly how others experience it too — just look at Yanny and Laurel.

Because of our innate inability to comprehend how others may experience the world differently, people with mirror-touch synesthesia often think this is just the way people are. It takes experiments like Medina's, where he conducted a survey and brought in the people to the lab who said they experienced touch on other people's bodies, for them to realise that actually, something is different.

"We bring them in, then at the end of the experiment, we tell them it seems like you have mirror-touch synesthesia... and they kind of stop and say what? This isn't normal?" Medina said. "And we say no, the vast majority of individuals don't experience this. And some of them had no idea, they just assumed this is the way everybody experiences things."

Jamie Ward, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Sussex, said mirror-touch synesthesia just shows there are multiple ways of experiencing the world, we just don't think about it that often.

"People have often debated whether your experience of red is the same as mine, and nobody really cares, because we all call it the same thing," he said. "But these people are saying I really do experience this differently... There's also more than one way of being normal. Not in the statistical sense but normal in pathology, I suppose. I think that's interesting both scientifically and sociologically."

Our brains might all have the potential for synesthesia

Ward leads one of the world-leading centres for studying synesthesia. One explanation he gave for what is happening in the brain is to do with mirror neurons. These are neurons in the brain that respond to actions rather than touch, such as picking up a pencil. This can be extended to feeling things, Ward said, such as when someone pulls a face of disgust, a feeling of disgust is mirrored in the brain.

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In people with mirror-touch synesthesia, their brains may fail to regulate the extent to which these neurons respond. MRI studies have shown there are more neural connections in parts of their brains associated with touch perception. Also, they tend to have less matter in other areas of the brain, which Ward says may be associated with regulating these touch sensations, or figuring out who the touch belongs to.

"Your eyes can't tell if it's your body or not, but your brain can," Ward said. "If we saw a human being touched we would also activate the system but to a lesser extent. Everyone does a mirroring of touch but not everybody experiences it consciously... They are relying on a similar underlying system that we all have."

So our brains may all have the potential to physically feel what other people do, it's just that the ability is amplified in the people who mirror-touch synesthesia. Medina called this the "overactivity hypothesis."

"If I put you into a brain scan, assuming you don't have mirror-touch synesthesia, and I show you videos of a body being touched, you'll actually have some activation in parts of the brain that are typically associated with touch," he said. "It's not going to fill all the areas, but you're going to have some activation — it's just not going to be at this high level."

Like all brain conditions, there are no absolute rules, and people's experiences with mirror-touch synesthesia vary considerably. Isabelle, for example, doesn't feel anything beyond the physical.

"Emotions are also invisible," she said. "mirror-touch isn't mind-reading, and emotions and feelings are not physical in any sort of way."

Pau, however, said she empathises a lot with others, which she doesn't necessarily see as a result of her mirror-touch. She may be right — but there is some evidence that people with mirror-touch are slightly above average at picking up on the emotions of others, Ward said. For example, they are better at noticing a subtle facial cue that others might miss.

He said they also tend to score higher on some measures of empathy, but it's more to do with emotional reactivity than sympathising. They can pick up on someone's pain, pleasure, or distress fairly well, but that doesn't necessarily mean they empathise more. In other words, while they might have more of an idea of what someone is going through, that doesn't mean they are better equipped to deal with the problem.

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"There's something quite self-centered about it," Ward said. "They feel what they feel but that doesn't give them any extra tools for responding."

Gift or curse? Nobody is sure

Researchers are still trying to figure out what's going on in the brains of people with mirror-touch synesthesia, and the possible reasons for why some people develop this way.

There also isn't much evidence that it causes any sort of impairment, although some patients do report discomfort. But either way it's not a condition that seems to require medical intervention, as many go through a lot of their lives without realising there is anything different about them at all.

Pau said mirror-touch is not something she is necessarily glad to have, as she has to be careful when watching videos to avoid experiencing everything she sees. She also said she can't imagine anyone with mirror-touch being a doctor or nurse, or even a hairdresser.

"I've always been quite reactionary to any activities where you have to watch touchy stuff," she said. "A gift I don't think you could call it, although I'd consider other types of synesthesia a gift. A hindrance, yes it could be when I'm going through a time when it's stronger. I can't think of much it's actually useful for."

Others with mirror-touch really enjoy their experiences, which probably hinges on the intensity of experience, how much they actually enjoy being touched, and whether theirs is strongly linked with pain or pleasure. Isabelle put her thoughts another way.

"Whether it is a gift or a curse, I am not sure," she said. "I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, but I certainly wouldn't trade it for anything else."

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A look at the zodiac signs of all the US presidents

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  • Some zodiac signs are more presidential than others.
  • Aquarius and Scorpio were the two most popular among the 44 US presidents.
  • Virgo and Aries were the rarest signs.
  • But, all in all, the presidents were spread out across the board when it comes to their horoscopes.


The United States is currently being run by a Gemini.

That's right. US President Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946, toward the tail end of Gemini's horoscope range.

To recap, twelve astrological signs make up the classic Western zodiac, which dates back to ancient times. Sun sign astrology, which focuses on the position of the Sun on your birthday, took hold in the 20th century. It seeks to link each astrological sign with vaguely-worded personality profiles.

So can these astrological symbols tell us anything about the tenures of individual US presidents?

No. Of course not.

But, whether you think horoscopes are fluff and nonsense or you religiously check if Mercury is about to retrograde, it's fun to look back on what constellation each president was born under.

Here's a look at the zodiac signs of each US president:

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Each zodiac sign boasts at least two presidents

When it comes to the frequency of presidential zodiac signs, Aquarius and Scorpio are tied for first.

Five presidents were born between January 20 and February 18, and five presidents were born between October 23 and November 21.

Meanwhile, Aries and Virgo proved to be the rarest zodiac signs among the 44 presidents.



Some of the most famous — and unlucky — presidents were born under the sign of Aquarius

What about the sign of the water-carrier is so seemingly presidential?

Well, those born under Aquarius are characterized as smart, stubborn, and brutally honest, according to INSIDER.

But, strangely enough, four of the five Aquarius presidents died in office.

William Henry Harrison succumbed to a pneumonia a month into his tenure. Franklin D. Roosevelt died 11 weeks into his fourth term, just months before the end of World War II.

Assassins' bullets cut down both Abraham Lincoln and William McKinley.

Ronald Reagan was the lone survivor of the bunch, although he was shot in the chest in a 1981 assassination attempt.



There hasn't been a Pisces president since 1897

Pisces presidents had a good run for a while.

George Washington, the first US president, was born under the sign of the fish. This zodiac is linked with dreaminess, good judgment, and impracticality.

James Madison and Andrew Jackson followed Washington. Decades later, another Pisces — Grover Cleveland — became the first and only president to ever serve two non-concurrent terms.

But, since Cleveland left the White House in 1897, it's been a dry run for Pisces. 



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Looks like almost everything we thought we knew about the right way to raise kids could be wrong

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  • Family and parenting look very different in the US and in indigenous cultures, according to an NPR article.
  • For example, while many Americans believe that a stay-at-home parent should raise the kids, in indigenous cultures, the whole family and community pitches in.
  • It's worth taking a look at how parenting is done in other cultures, if only to realize that you have more options than what you see in the Western, industrialized world.


Over on NPR, Michaeleen Doucleff has published an article about the myths surrounding parenting in the US.

Doucleff explains why a lot of parenting "advice" is based on outdated observations or shoddy research, and argues for widening the lens to include parenting strategies from other parts of the world.

Here are just three of the Western childrearing techniques she calls out, and what people in indigenous cultures do instead:

Western parents segregate kids from adults, instead of teaching them to be adults

Doucleff read the book "The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, Changelings" and learned that, in the West, "kids have their own special foods, their own times to go to sleep, their own activities on the weekends. Kids go to school. Parents go to work. "

On the other hand, "in many indigenous cultures, children are immersed in the adult world early on, and they acquire great skills from the experience. They learn to socialize, to do household chores, cook food and master a family's business."

Italy and France aren't examples of the indigenous cultures Lancy and Doucleff are referring to — but Italian and French parents do use this strategy to some extent. As Olivia Young reported for Business Insider, Italian kids drink wine at dinner from an early age and French kids eat the same type of meals that adults eat.

They try to control kids, instead of work with them

Western parents tend to "boss kids around," Doucleff writes. The Maya and other indigenous cultures, on the other hand, try to collaborate with their children, and guide them.

One expert told Doucleff that some Mayan languages don't even have a word for "control."

They keep mom in a 'box' instead of getting her help

Many Westerners still subscribe to the belief that a stay-at-home mom (or dad) is better for kids' development than a parent who works outside the home.

But this is a relatively new development in Western culture, Doucleff writes — and almost unheard of in indigenous cultures. Doucleff learned from Lancy's book that, "for hundreds of thousands of years, kids have been brought up with a slew of people — grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, the neighbors." Anthropologists call these people "alloparents" ("allo" means "other").

Even in cultures that aren't indigenous, parents often receive support from other members of the community.

In China, parents get help from grandparents, as Jamie Friedlander reported for Business Insider. In fact, grandparents often live with their children and grandchildren. Meanwhile, Young reported that, in The Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya, it's not unusual for mothers to share breast milk with other people's children. 

Doucleff's observations recall those of Bruce Feiler, in a New York Times article about how millennial parents are turning to the internet for parenting advice, as opposed to friends, family, or neighbors. This phenomenon could be partly a result of the fact that parents today are more isolated than they were in the past.

As one expert told Feiler, "Google is the new grandparent, the new neighbor, the new nanny."

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The co-founder of By Chloe, the chain that wants to be the McDonald's of vegan fast food, just opened a new restaurant. Here's what it's like to eat there.

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  • Samantha Wasser, co-founder of the international vegan fast-casual chain By Chloe, just opened a new Middle Eastern restaurant called Dez, which is short for desert. 
  • The chef at Dez is Eden Grinshpan, star of the Cooking Channel show "Eden Eats."
  • The food served at Dez has some very personal touches. "[The food] is exactly the way [Eden] would prepare it for you if you came to her home," founder Sam Wasser said.

By Chloe, a vegan fast-casual chain, has become an international success since opening in 2015. The chain now has 10 stores, including a new location in London, where another is on the way. 

By Chloe co-founder Samantha Wasser recently opened her latest fast-casual spot, which is in collaboration with chef Eden Grinshpan, who hosts the Cooking Channel's "Eden Eats." Called Dez, short for desert, the restaurant serves up a mix of Middle Eastern food, including dishes like Moroccan lamb meatballs, harissa curry shakshuka, and falafel cauliflower pita.

Though Grinshpan had been sitting on the concept for a couple of years, the idea to open a restaurant came about after she hosted a pop-up in Brooklyn. She received so many positive responses that within weeks, she was meeting with Esquared Hospitality, which also operates By Chloe. 

The menu at Dez took more than two years to come together. The prices are relatively low, with meze costing $6 and salads priced at $11. 

Grinshpan, who is half-Israeli, said the Middle Eastern concept hits close to home. 

"The food that I'm cooking at Dez, every dish has a story," she told Business Insider. "You get Persian influence, you get Moroccan influence, you get so many different cultures that you can see sprinkled in throughout the entire menu. Nothing is super traditional."

While this is Grinshpan's first restaurant, Wasser is clearly no stranger to the fast-casual industry. The hope is to appeal to millennials in much the same way that By Chloe does, and to eventually grow Dez's presence elsewhere. 

"What I love about the fast-casual industry right now is that it's pretty much designed for me and my peers, and millennials as well, where people want delicious food that is well-sourced and well-curated in a high designed space. And that's kind of where fast food is lacking," she said.

We recently went to Dez to see what it was all about. Here's what it was like:

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Dez is located in Soho, just around the corner from By Chloe.



It was pretty busy considering that it had only been open for two hours when I visited.



There were colorful decorations and plants throughout the interior, and a cardboard camel decorated with flowers sat in the front of the restaurant. While designing Dez, Wasser placed an emphasis on creating a well-designed space. "I think more people are going to be paying attention to the setting and the packaging. People want to have fun when they're eating," she told Business Insider.



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20 of Trump's most famous quotes since becoming president

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As a businessman, President Donald Trump was never afraid to offer a piece of his mind in private, in press conferences, and on Twitter.

Since running for and being elected president of the United States, Trump's reputation for sharing his thoughts hasn't changed at all.

Trump's quotes are funny, historic, controversial — and all of them are memorable.

To celebrate Trump's 72nd birthday on June 14, here are 20 of his most famous quotes since being elected president.

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Trump brought the country together in trying to decode what he meant in a late night tweet with the word "covfefe".

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After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump once again reiterated his belief that his campaign did not coordinate with Russia during the 2016 election.

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In a press conference at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump doubled down on his support for the US intelligence community.

Source: CNN



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A real-life Westworld with a violent past is for sale in California for under $1 million — take a look inside the ghost town

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  • Cerro Gordo, an abandoned mining town in Lone Pine, California, that looks straight out of Westworld is currently for sale for just under $1 million.
  • It boasts nearly 300 acres of land, historic buildings, many of which are being restored, and a history that's both violent and rich in economic growth.
  • The ghost town perfectly captures the essence of the Wild Wild West, frozen in time.

In some wild news from the Wild Wild West, a historic ghost town in Lone Pine, California, is for sale for just under $1 million.

A 19th-century mining town, Cerro Gordo boasts more than 300 acres of land and 22 buildings, many of which are being restored — and maybe a ghost or two, considering the town's violent history dating back to the 19th century. 

Established in 1865, Cerro Gordo was once the largest producer of silver and lead in California and helped spur economic growth in Los Angeles. The abandoned settlement is basically a history lover's dream.

"For those looking to acquire a piece of American West, Cerro Gordo is for you," reads the real estate listing, held by Jake Rasmuson of Bishop Real Estate

The deserted land of Cerro Gordo looks like something straight out of Westworld. See for yourself in the photos below. 

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Cerro Gordo is a 19th-century mining town set in Lone Pine, California, in the Inyo Mountains on 300 acres of land. It's currently for sale for $925,000.

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It has 22 structures on site, comprising 24,000 square feet of buildings including a historic hotel, bunkhouse, saloon, chapel, museum, and the Belshaw bunkhouse. Many of the buildings are being restored.

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Even artifacts are included.



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