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Business Majors May Be Underemployed, But At Least They Have Jobs

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Although a report earlier this week claimed that business majors are the most underemployed in the country, they don't have too much to worry about. A recent study shows that the unemployment rate for recent business graduates is lower than the national average.

By examining unemployment in terms of occupation and education, researchers at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that the unemployment rate from 2010-2011 for recent business majors was 7.3%. Using this time period allowed for the report's authors to understand unemployment rates as they were effected by the recession.

By comparison, the national average for recent graduates during this period was 7.9%.

While being about average may not be something business majors would want to brag about, their unemployment rate is still lower than their peers who studied English, history, and the liberal arts. Each of these fields has a smaller ratio of underemployment, according to PayScale's report. 

Underemployment rates measure people who are employed, but at a lower level position relative to their expertise in a field.

Overall, Georgetown's study claims that while it is more beneficial to earn a degree than to not, certain fields of study were effected by the recession more than others. 

According to the authors, "This report reconfirms a harsh reality: not all college degrees are created equal."

Recent graduates who studied nursing, elementary education, and physical fitness have the lowest unemployment rates among recent graduates, the study found. Anthropology, architecture, and information systems majors have the highest.

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Here's The Best City For The Young, Broke And Single

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There's a city that's perfect for you, and you probably wouldn't guess it: Des Moines, Iowa. You might think that sounds boring, but locals say it's totally not.

Des Moines was listed in a new national survey among the 20 best cities for people who are young, broke and single. The survey was conducted by an advice website, MoneyUnder30.

"There's all kinds of stuff going on here that didn't happen when I was a kid, which is awesome," resident Afton Crabtree told local TV station KCCI.

Crabtree, who grew up in Des Moines, left for Denver years ago but returned to her hometown after finding that things were "a little expensive" in Denver.

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"Cheap food, cheap beer and cheap thrills" were among the criteria for Money Under 30's list, which also included employment opportunities, the cost of living, and the number of single people ages 18 to 44. Des Moines ranked No. 8 on the list; Austin, Texas, came out on top. But Des Moines may be the city that sticks out the most.

"It was a boring city," Pete Jones, who founded the website DesMoinesIsNotBoring, told KCCI. "I lived here a long time and experienced it and really started turning the curve. Good jobs, good nightlife, good food." Watch the video above to see why locals say Des Moines is a great spot for the young, broke and single.

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SEE ALSO: How I Survived In Tokyo On $30,000 A Year

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5 Exotic Places US Citizens Can Travel Without A Passport

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Longing for a long-distance getaway but don't have a passport? No problem!

We've found five faraway places overseas where, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you won't need to bring a passport.

Puerto Rico

The island of Puerto Rico (officially an unincorporated territory of the United States) has long been a favorite of travelers from the contiguous 48. Inexpensive airfare from Spirit, Southwest, and JetBlue makes Puerto Rico an economical option for East Coasters. And its Isla de Vieques, a TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice 2013 winner for best island in the Caribbean, offers visitors a bioluminescent bay to kayak and unspoiled beaches to explore. In a 2012 referendum on the territory's political status, a record 61 percent of Puerto Rico's voters were in favor of eventual statehood, so we may one day welcome the island as the 51st. Even so, right now, you can explore its wonders without a U.S. passport.



US Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands lie mere minutes away from Puerto Rico by plane. Made up of three main islands—St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John—plus a scattering of smaller isles, the U.S.V.I. see some 2.6 million visitors each year. In fact, tourism and rum (things we think go very well together) make up the majority of the islands' economy. Each island has its own unique appeal. St. John, with its national parkland and legendary diving, will charm true escapists. St. Thomas is a shopper's dream, with countless boutiques and jewelers, as well as two bustling cruise terminals. And Dutch-flavored and diverse St. Croix is a favorite of luxury-seeking honeymooners. Find accommodations of every stripe, from St. Thomas' smart Ritz-Carlton to the luxe and immersive Caneel Bay resort on St. John.



Northern Mariana Islands

These Micronesian islands have been governed by many in their long history: first by Spanish colonists in the 16th century, then Japanese forces during WWII, and finally, the United States since the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Nowadays, the islands rely heavily on tourism from their northern neighbors Japan and Korea as well as the United States. History buffs will find much to see in Saipan, the largest island of the Marianas, which is home to several war memorials and museums. Adrenaline junkies can dive the Grotto, a limestone cavern whose 70-foot-deep waters are home to sea turtles and reef sharks, or take a boat to the nearby lagoon surrounding Managaha Island. While the Mariana Islands are relatively remote, several major hotel operators, including Hyatt, run four- and five-star properties on Saipan.



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Despite Recent Controversies, NYU Students Fully Support President John Sexton's Vision

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New York University’s drive over the past decade to improve its academic reputation and global standing has almost without fail led to outrage at every turn.

NYU's attempts to attract faculty by financing homes— and summer homes — in some of New York's priciest zip codes have been derided as extravagant and unnecessary. The school’s partnership with Abu Dhabi on an international campus has led to cries that NYU is overlooking academic freedom concerns and human rights violations in favor of splashy headlines. A separate international partnership with China drew fire this week as Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng — an NYU fellow — claimed the university was forcing him out due to overseas pressure.

Perhaps most contentious, though, is NYU 2031, the university’s massive planned building expansion that critics argue will cost the school billions of dollars it shouldn’t be spending and irreversibly disrupt the Greenwich Village neighborhood NYU calls home. NYU’s full throttled spending in the face of mounting student debt has provoked an inquiry from Senator Chuck Grassley as well as “no confidence” votes in president John Sexton from the faculty of four of NYU’s colleges.

However, despite the increasingly visible attacks on NYU from both inside and outside the institution, students have demonstrated a general apathy that is at odds with their professors’ public anger. Those students that have taken a side seem more often than not to place their trust with the NYU administration.

Every NYU student who spoke to Business Insider for this article said they personally supported the direction that Sexton is leading the school. These students acknowledged a general wariness of rising tuition on campus, but believed that the student body shared their overall support of the administration.

As one student pointed out, “all of the students have within the past four years chosen to attend NYU specifically or in part because of the success (in their eyes) of those policies and programs.”

Another student said that he would not be surprised if the majority of students shared his view that the faculty were “over-privileged, cloistered fools who can't see the way the world is going.”

An open Town Hall meeting with Sexton after NYU 2031 officially gained city approval drew only 40 students— approximately one percent of the student body — and attendance was termed “sparse” by the Washington Square News, NYU’s student newspaper. An article from this April quoted one student who expressed “surprise” that there was no student presence in “fighting NYU President John Sexton’s leadership.” By comparison, NYU’s faculty had formed an anti-Sexton advocacy group over a year prior.

The WSN has also featured columns from both graduate students and undergrads who praised Sexton’s leadership and the general direction of the university. A graduate biology student writes that “NYU is not some Frankenstein monster bent on the destruction of New York City. NYU is a powerhouse for the creative class and New York City’s global identity.”

Likewise, the WSN’s opinion editor describes Sexton as “the visionary who has elevated our university to the incredible level where it currently stands,” while calling the faculty’s outrage “a self-interested power grab that continues to denigrate and disregard the voice of those the university is built to serve — its students?”

This division unfortunately appears to have seeped into the classroom. One student said that when one of his professors announced to his class he would be voting “no confidence” in Sexton, the students “didn't know why the faculty would want to take such a vote.”

“Our professor then railed about the pitfalls of studying abroad at NYU locations, about the best faculty getting sent to Abu Dhabi, about John Sexton just doing what he wants to do without faculty consultation. But we as students hadn't felt the impact of those issues, and many said they were pleased with NYU's study abroad and expansion programs.”

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The Unleashing Of This Epic Race Car Marks SRT's Return To Le Mans

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As SRT readies its return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the all-new Viper, a new GT3 customer car is on the loose: the SRT Viper GT3-R. And it's priced from $459,000.

That might sound like a lot of money, and it is, but in the world of fully-prepped GT-class race cars, it's about par for the course. You could spend more if you wanted to.

So what does the GT3-R pack that the normal Viper doesn't? A lot, actually: a similar V-10 engine powers it (but power figures aren't disclosed for the race car); a Riley-built fully-caged chassis forms the structure; the same aerodynamics, suspension, electronics, and engine tune from the American Le Mans Series/24 Hours of Le Mans Viper GTS-R are inside it; and an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters handles shifts.

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You'll also get six-piston front and four-piston rear race brakes, a multi-disc race clutch, and, of course, very handy factory parts support.

"The SRT Viper GT3-R is the next logical progression of our successful Viper GTS-R, a championship-proven formula that has captured some of the world's most prestigious races," said SRT chief Ralph Gilles. "Like every Viper race car, the GT3-R is a direct descendant of the SRT Viper street car. There is no mistaking the similarities between the two which is a key component of this class of sports car racing. The GT3-R stays true to the visceral appeal of the Viper and has been carefully evolved for the demands of racing at a world class level."

Orders for the Viper GT3-R are open now, with deliveries to start in late 2013--just in time to get some practice and tuning in for the 2014 season. If you're interested in buying your own, contact SRT Motorsports.

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Here's Some Of Anthony Bourdain's Favorite Food In Hong Kong

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Navigating the world one dish at a time, leather jacket-clad traveler and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has become somewhat of a poster-child for finding authentic eating experiences abroad.

On an episode of his travel show No Reservations, the foodie visited Hong Kong, a culinary hub teeming with traditional and non-traditional dishes.

"In Hong Kong you don't take the tour bus to find good food," Bourdain said. "You don't need to know where you're going, you just press start."

Hong Kong is made up of a set of islands in the South China Sea.



Over 7 million people live in an area that's just a quarter the size of New York City.



Bourdain began his visit to Hong Kong at the Four Seasons Clay Pot Restaurant on Temple Street in Kowloon, where he met up with Josh Tse, a Hong Kong based food blogger.



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The Craziest Quotes From The Paula Deen Deposition

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Some incriminating quotes from Food Network star Paula Deen's lawsuit deposition came out yesterday.

They were just the tip of the iceberg.

Deen is currently being sued by the former general manager of her Savannah, Ga. restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. She owns the establishment with her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers.

The manager, Lisa T. Jackson, has accused Deen of racial discrimination and Hiers of sexual harassment, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The full deposition is now out. It's a pretty long read at 149 pages, so here are some of the highlights (lowlights):

Porn in public

The transcript mentions employee complaints about Hiers looking at pornography at the restaurant and forcing other employees to look at it as well. In response to questions about this, Deen said: 

I know all men in my family at one time or another, they'll tell each other, 'look what so and so sent me on my phone,' you know. It's just men being men.

Later on in the deposition in response to questions about whether or not she'd have a problem with Hiers looking at porn at work, she said:

If somebody sent [Hiers] something and he pulled it up and looked at it, no, I would not persecute him for that. … Bubba, I don't think, would ever do that if he thought there was somebody in the room that he — it would insult. … Bubba would never force somebody to read the crap that comes up on that computer.

Racism accusations

Deen was also asked about an alleged decision to only hire white people to work in the front of the restaurant:

Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is or what is between your legs, it's what's in your heart and in your head that matters to us.

In response to a question about when it's acceptable to use the N-word, Deen said:

We hear a lot of things in the kitchen. Things that they — that black people will say to each other. If we are relaying something that was said, a problem that we're discussing, that's not said in a mean way.

Deen's description of a "southern plantation wedding" she wanted for Hiers made headlines. She was reportedly inspired by a restaurant with nicely dressed, middle-aged black waiters. When asked by the questioner in the deposition whether the race of the waiters mattered, Deen said, "Well, that's what made it." She continued:

That's what made it so impressive. These were professional. I'm not talking about somebody that's been a waiter for two week. I'm talking about these were professional middle-aged men, that probably made a very, very good living at this restaurant. They were trained. The — it — it was the whole picture, the setting of the restaurant, the servers, their professionalism.

Deen also said that the restaurant that inspired this idea was located in the south and reminded her of the Civil War era. When the questioner assumed Deen meant it reminded her of "an era when there were middle-aged black men waiting on white people," she said "Well, it was not only black men, it was black women."

When asked if it's possible that Deen used the N-word when describing this wedding plan to someone, she said:

No, because that's not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job.

Uncle Bubba's isn't the only Paula Deen-owned restaurant whose employees have complained of racial harassment. In 2010, Dustin Walls, the general manager of The Lady & Sons restaurant, allegedly threatened to fire all the "monkeys" working in the kitchen. In response to questions about this incident, Deen said:

I understand the pressure that goes along with the restaurant business. When that dinner bell rings at 11:00, it's like you and your team go to war. You're fighting a war to get everybody fed, every customer happy, and I know that in the heat of the moment you can say things that would ordinarily not be said. The restaurant business is just so stressful, so stressful.

We've embedded the full deposition (obtained by Talking Points Memo) below.

Transcript of the Testimony of Paula Deen Date: May 17, 2013 by tpmdocs

SEE ALSO: Southern Cooking Star Paula Deen Caught In Racism Scandal

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'Zero Dark Thirty' Producer And Oracle Heir Megan Ellison Just Bought A Gorgeous NYC Pad For $2.8 Million

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Film producer Megan Ellison, the daughter of billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison, has purchased a $2.8 million apartment at the Police Building in Lower Manhattan, according to On-Line Residential.

Ellison, whose production and distribution company Annapurna Pictures, produced director Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated epic “Zero Dark Thirty,” bought the penthouse at the former New York Police Department headquarters at 240 Centre Street in a deal that closed two weeks ago.

The Corcoran Group’s Tom Cooper and Elizabeth LaGrua represented Ellison in the deal, while brothers Pini Azulay and Arik Azulay of the newly-created boutique real estate firm the Azulay Group represented the California-based seller. The brothers were at real estate firm NOVO when the deal closed.

Pini Azulay told The Real Deal that Ellison had viewed the property only once before submitting an offer just one hour later by phone. The property had come on the market five days earlier with a $2.9 million price tag. Ellison, also based in California, will use the property as a pied-à-terre when she is in town.

“She knew what she was looking for,” Pini Azulay said. “She was looking for something very unique and you’re not going to find any other apartment like this in New York.”

Cooper and LaGrua declined to comment.

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Indeed, the apartment, formerly the radio room of the police headquarters, which dates back to 1907, has some interesting features, including a partially domed ceiling supported by exposed steel arches. The 1,750-square-foot spread has one bedroom and one bathroom, according to the listing.

Ellison’s father is the CEO of software company Oracle and is one of the richest men in the world, according to recent reports.

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There's A Tiny Island In The Bahamas Filled With Swimming Pigs

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I can feel freckles forming on my nose as the sun paints my face with its rays. Translucent blue waters showcase vibrant tropical fish and colorful corals, while white sand beaches provide the perfect place for an afternoon picnic. All around me it’s a Caribbean paradise of palms, shells, sailboats and … swimming pigs?

David and Christina, owners of the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, have offered to take me and my friends out on their boat for a day of exploring the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. The Exumas are a group of 365 cays (only 29 are inhabited) in the Bahamas, located about 30 minutes by plane from Nassau. While Nassau is home to big resorts and trendy restaurants, the Exumas have a much more laid-back vibe, the type of place where some inhabited cays only have one local restaurant and everyone knows each others’ name.

It’s apparently also a place with some crazy quirky offerings, as I didn’t even know pigs could swim, let alone inhabit their own private island. But here at Big Major Spot, enormous wild pigs come darting out of the island forest like desert nomads in desperate need of a cool-down.

“People brought them to the island along with goats and chickens,” explains David. “They’ve gotten used to people feeding them so they swim to the boats.”

Sure enough, soon there are pigs anxiously circling the boat. How do I react? I jump in to swim with them, of course.

The pigs prove to be harmless, and as long as you don’t touch them they allow you to get close enough for some photo opportunities. It’s fun to watch them swim and play fight with each other. Not to mention I can now check swimming with pigs off my bucket list.

From there our tour takes us to Compass Cay, where we meet Tucker and see his impressive collection of painted driftwood signs. Apparently, boaters and visitors will decorate and donate them to leave a piece of themselves behind on the beautiful cay.

As I’m admiring the signs, something stirring in the water catches my eye. At first I think I’m hallucinating, until I see the distinct fins of the ocean’s most carnivorous predator and the Jaws theme song begins playing in my head.

“Ready to swim?” asks David, who’s holding a bloody piece of fish. He throws the meat into the water and instantly the sharks begin swarming, their heads coming out of the water for a closer look.

David informs me that these are Nurse Sharks, and that there’s never “been an incident.” While this is comforting, I remind myself I don’t have the best luck, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I become their first incident.

Despite everything, I’m also the type of person who’s biggest fear is regret, and I know if I don’t swim with these enormous sharp-finned creatures I will regret it.

“On the count of three. One. Two. Thr…”

I’m in. The water is refreshing, although I’m not sure what’s around me because I’m clenching my eyes closed. I feel a splash, some sand and then… a giant fin. When I open my eyes I’m surrounded by maybe 30 Nurse Sharks, although they’re aggressively going for the chum and not my appendages (which I’m thankful for). I’m not sure they have the best vision though, as they keep smashing into me as they frantically swim toward the cut up Mahi Mahi David has thrown into the water.

Swim with sharks and not get eaten? Check!

Next we’re off to do something one can only do in the Exumas: go snorkeling in James Bonds’ hidden underwater lair. Thunderball Grotto is where the James Bond movies Never Say Never Again and Thunderball were filmed. To get inside the grotto you need to pass under a low cave opening — so small you wouldn’t know it was there unless someone told you. Once inside, the cavern opens up to reveal a world of sea urchin-embedded limestone, dangling plants and tropical fish. This mysterious world is illuminated only by a tire-sized opening at the top, making it feel like I’m inside a water-filled volcano. I spot sergeant majors, angelfish and blue tangs in the water, which is so clear you barely need a mask. James Bond sure had good taste.

At our last stop for the day I become convinced the Exumas are the Galapagos of the Caribbean. We’re at Bitter Guana Cay, and from afar it almost looks like there are wild cats running around the island. Upon closer inspection, however, I realize they are giant iguanas.

“People say they arrived to the island on floating logs,” explains David.

They run around chasing each other frantically along the beach; however, as my group walks onto the sand they all seem to freeze. Suddenly, an iguana about three times the size of the rest storms out of the high grass, and the small ones call to attention. The alpha-guana begins moving them around, probably trying to get them away from the strange alien forms that have just descended onto the beach. But soon they start to become comfortable with us, even approaching as if to say hello (although the fact that I’m holding a fruit cup probably doesn’t hurt).

By the end of the day I’m convinced the Exumas are the quirkiest island destination in the world. Where else can you wade in crystal waters surrounded by glistening palms and white powder beaches while also swimming with pigs, jumping into a pit of sharks, visiting the lair of the world’s most iconic Secret Service Agent and frolicking on a beach with enormous iguanas that seem to have the intelligence of European explorers? Nowhere but the Exumas.

SEE ALSO: Here's What You're Missing At The Galapagos Islands

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ATTENTION MEN! These 12 Guys Actually Know How To Dress Themselves

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Yes you. The guy reading this right now. We're talking to you as you sit there in your slightly off-color socks with your scratched up belt looping too far out of place.

It has come to our attention that some men do not know how to dress themselves, but with simple instruction and some tweaks, it would not be hard for them to get it right.

The current minimal effort being put forth by men to dress themselves beyond "meh" is leading to a style failure of epic proportions with everyday professional men - both inside and out of the office.

You professional men should care about how you dress, because expectations are getting higher. And just for you we've decided to put together a show-and-tell list of men that have impeccable style. These are the guys who know how to dress.

Let these stylish men be your guides. Follow them through the dark of night and into the dawn of matching socks.

Not all of these names are widely recognizable, and not all these styles are going to be right for you, but pay attention to the fit, color coordination and the themes behind matching the right items of clothing for good effect. 

For more illustration and advice for style points, search their names. Spend some time Googling. YouTubeing. Study. Learn. 

Impress. 

Nick Wooster

Nick Wooster

Every man should know who Nick Wooster is. Period. Formerly at GQ and JC Penny, Wooster not only looks great in everything from casual wear to suits with awesome twists, but he also has a bunch of interesting YouTube videos about fashion you can watch.

He'll give you advice. Take it.

Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles is Vogue's International Editor at Large. He's daring, yes, and maybe that's not your thing, but he will teach you how to properly use a pocket square.

Prince Harry

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Prince Harry keeps it clean and simple. Perfectly cut suits, solid colors, button downs. If you're not the kind of guy that wants to rock the boat, you should pay attention to what he throws on. Harry makes it look easy.

Andre Balazs

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Not everyone can be a hotelier with properties in the hottest cities in the world, we get that. However, if you want to see how classic style with a bit of flare is done, Balazs is your man. He's the king of the casual suit with no tie, and the perfect fitting jacket.

Ozwald Boateng

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If you ever in your life have considered looking like a gentleman, you must know Ozwald Boateng. The British designer learned how to cut cloth from his girlfriend when he was 16, and eventually opened a shop on London's famous Savile Road. He's known for clean, modern suiting, and Sundance even made an 8 part documentary about him called House of Boateng.

David Beckham

David Beckham

This man can wear anything — suits, tuxes, sweats, tees. Watch him closely, because he always has a perfect fit.

Sergio Ermotti

Sergio Ermotti

Sergio Ermotti is the CEO of UBS and his suits are flawless.

Adrian Grenier

Adrien Grenier

Grenier doesn't deviate much from the t-shirt and jeans and that's totally fine. Why? Because his clothes actually fit him and some of his t-shirts are pretty cool.

Aziz Ansari

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Do not laugh. This comedian has great taste in clothing. He's a performer, so obviously his outfits may be a little louder than your average dude would like, but he always pulls them off. Always. Cool colors, the right cut for his size, and awesome textures — TREAT YO'SELF!

Frank Muytjens

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Muytjens is the menswear designer for J Crew.

I think we're done here.

Mick Jagger

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Jagger now, Jagger then — it doesn't matter. His sense of style is impeccable. For all you 'I-don't-care-I-love-it' types out there, follow Jagger. He makes scarves look Rock n' Roll.

Joseph Gordon Levitt

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This actor has come along way from his tragic long hair during '3rd Rock From The Sun'. Now he's all grown up and makes awesome decisions about suits, tees, and just about anything else guys put on their bodies.

So there you go. Take cues from these guys, notice what they're doing, and slowly you'll see their style improving your life.

You're welcome.

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Japan Rocked By The Biggest Wagyu Beef Ponzi Scheme Ever

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Three former managers of a Japanese wagyu farm were arrested Tuesday on suspicion that they lead a beefy, $4.34 billion ponzi scheme that defrauded 73,000 investors, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Wagyu  the "caviar of beef"  retails for hundreds of dollars a pound. Farmers add beer or sake to the coddled cows' food and massage them to prevent muscle cramps.

The managers of the Agura farm offered investors a "wagyu beef ownership system" with promised annual returns of 8%. They claimed the investors would profit from the calves born to purchased cows.

From the Journal:

In reality, there weren’t as many cows as the number sold. According to the former managers, the farm had to file for bankruptcy after being hit by the double whammy of falling beef prices and lower sales following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. (The farm is located less than 100 kilometers from the Fukushima plant.) That left 73,000 investors with losses totaling around ¥420 billion ($4.34 billion), according to lawyers for the plaintiffs.

Agura had reported to investors that they kept 90,000 to 100,000 breeding cows. Investigators found the number wasn't quite as meaty  at 60,000.

The case may be one of the biggest consumer fraud episodes in recent Japanese history.

Read the full report at the Wall Street Journal>

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A Luxury Airline Manufacturer Made A Print Ad That Actually Flies

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Catalogs don't have a reputation for being too exciting.

But with an elite mailing list of businessmen, bankers, and heads of state, Embraer wanted to go all out promoting its luxury business jet, the Lineage 1000.

So how did the airline manufacturer stand out?

It created a catalog that can actually fly. Using strong magnets, the booklet rises a few inches and floats in the air. You can even turn the pages as it's airborne.

"It also reinforces our passion about flying," Embraer expounds in an explainer video.

Agencia Africa, Brazil created the incredibly cool promotion.

See how it's done below:

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IS MOBILE, ALABAMA MISERABLE? Women In Frilly Dresses Show Up At Airport To Prove Our Reporter Wrong

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Our Deputy Editor Julie Zeveloff made the journey down to Mobile, Alabama to see if it truly is the third most miserable city in the country.

And in true Southern style, she was welcomed by a group of women in colorful frilly dresses (with matching hats and umbrellas) along with the local media and mayoral hopeful Sandy Stimpson.*

Speaking with local news station WKRG, Julie said, "So far my impression having only been here for 2 minutes is that it's a friendly and loving place."

Stimpson invited our editor down to the Port City in a YouTube video, which quickly escalated into a Tumblr campaign complete with a "Julie Wish You Were Here" sign.

Watch her arrival below. You can also read more about how Julie got invited to Mobile here.

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Julie's arrival was also covered by Local 15 News reporter, Derrick Rose.

*Julie will not be covering the mayoral race between Stimpson and Sam Jones, who has been in office since 2005. Instead, she'll be seeing what Mobile has to offer and if it deserves its Gallup rating.

DON'T MISS: The 11 Most Miserable Cities In America

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Eat These 7 Foods To Take The Edge Off Your Stressful Day

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Most people struggle with balancing life demands with work commitments. But for entrepreneurs, finding balance can seem near impossible. The pressure of getting everything done can be overwhelming. And, if left unchecked, that stress can lead to other issues, including high blood pressure and depression.

Worst of all, stress leads people to make poor food choices. When you self-medicate with junk food, it can actually amplify anxiety and do more damage to your health. But there are a few healthy foods that actually help offset stress. Include these in your regular diet, and you'll feel more grounded and more productive. You might even lose a few pounds sin the process.

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1. Turkey. Turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts serotonin production, which helps alleviate stress. Add turkey to your morning omelet or slice it up into a salad at lunch.

2. Spinach. This leafy vegetable is a great source of magnesium, a mineral that helps promote a sense of calm. Spinach, which is a great source of fiber, also helps boost your energy levels. Opt for this instead of lettuce in your salad at lunch.

3. Salmon. This fish is full of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which help to boost serotonin production. The DHA (docosahexanoic acid) in Omega 3 fats help to nourish the brain while mitigating stress hormones. Plus, the Omega 3 in salmon can reduce inflammation and promote healthy blood flow, both of which are compromised with chronic stress. Enjoy wild Alaskan salmon up to three times a week.

4. Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which help reduce stress. Walnuts are one of the best sources of Omega 3s. Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain tryptophan, which boosts serotonin production and can take the edge off a stressful day. Have a handful of nuts as an afternoon snack.

5. Oatmeal. The complex carbohydrates in oatmeal help to boost serotonin production. Plus, oats have a lot of calming magnesium as well as potassium, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure. Have a bowl for breakfast with some walnuts and cashews, as well as some cinnamon to help stabilize your blood sugar, and you will be on your way to a more tranquil day.

6. Citrus fruit. Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are a great way to get your vitamin C, which studies show reduces stress levels. Plus, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts your immune system. Have an orange in the afternoon for a calming and nourishing snack.

7. Sweet potatoes and carrots. Root vegetables are a good source of fiber and carbohydrates, which can help to boost serotonin production. Plus, because they are subtly sweet, they can offset cravings for sugar. Sweet potatoes and carrots are also a great source of vitamins and minerals that are good for your blood pressure and your heart. Have a handful of baby carrots with some almond butter in the afternoon or a sweet potato with dinner a couple of times a week.

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The Best Hotels Under $250 In The US

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When you're traveling for work, you may not have tons of free time to explore the city so you'll want to splurge on a nice hotel room on the company dime. But sometimes you're limited to a budget.

We found the best hotel rooms in America that cost under $250 per night. Whether they're small boutique hotels or big-city grand hotels, these properties offer comfort and style for a reasonable price.

ATLANTA: The Ellis Hotel ($108)

76 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta

What you get: Deluxe King room 

Amenities: Gym, free Wi-Fi

Don't skip over this charming boutique hotel in historic downtown Atlanta. The Ellis Hotel, located in the same building that was once destroyed during the Winecoff fire of 1946, recently underwent a $28 million renovation to bring it into the 21st century. All 127 rooms feature modern amenities and the in-house restaurant serves up farm-to-table cuisine that would please any traveling foodie. 



BOSTON: The Liberty Hotel ($249)

215 Charles St., Boston, MA

What you get:  Deluxe room

Hotel amenities: Gym, concierge, five restaurants and bars, free bike rentals, and free Wi-Fi

Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the Liberty Hotel has been transformed into a chic designer hotel which still pays tribute to its prison past.

Even the most basic rooms here, called deluxe rooms, come with luxe amenities like plush bathrobes, Molton Brown bath products, and Wi-Fi. Rates for the most basic room start at $249, but are often much higher.



CHARLOTTE: The Blake Hotel ($179)

555 South McDowell St., Charlotte

What you get: Standard 2 Double Beds

Amenities: Gym, indoor/outdoor pools, Wi-Fi (only free in lobby)

At more than 300 sq. ft each, standard rooms at Charlotte's Blake Hotel leave plenty of space to stretch out after a hard day. Each bed comes with a down comforter and is accented with modern leather furnishings, plus cool extras like the iPod dock in every room. The Blake is a no-brainer option for business travelers, given its proximity to the city's business district.  Each of the hotel's 610 rooms were remodeled in April 2012.



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14 Pictures That Show The World Is Too Crowded

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Is overpopulation a problem?

By 2100, the world's population is expected to reach 11 billion people.

As of today, we're at 7.09 billion and counting, according to the U.S. Census World Clock.

Whether you agree or disagree, overpopulation has become a major challenge and concern for countries around the world.

This collection of pictures from Reuters shows just how overpopulated certain parts of the world currently are.

From beaches to subway cars, cramped and sweaty bodies are just a part of life.

A beach in China's eastern Shandong province on a typical summer Saturday. So relaxing.

Source: REUTERS



Indonesian commuters hang off the entrance of a train in the West Java province. Only 300 cars each day serve 500,000 commuters.

Source: REUTERS



This is a line to get into a train station in the Philippines. Because of increasing fuel costs, Filipinos are choosing to take public transportation instead.

Source: REUTERS



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These Are The Most Expensive Cities To Watch A Movie In The US

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drive in movieSummer movie season is approaching!  

As you settle in to watch the man of steel save the world, see how monsters learned how to scare, or watch thick-necked men drive around in the millionth Fast and Furious movie, you might notice that these flicks are taking a heavy toll on your wallet, and they’re only getting more expensive.

Regal Entertainment CEO David Ownby said that the price of 2-D movies will rise 3-4% this year, as it has over the past few years. 

3-D effects can add up to $5 to overall ticket costs. Movie prices vary widely based on location.  NerdWallet has listed the most expensive and cheapest cities to watch your favorite summer flicks.  The prices listed are for first-run new releases shown 6-10 pm on Saturdays at indoor theaters.

The Least Expensive Cities for Moviegoers

Rank City Movie cost
1 Paris TX $4.92
2 Marion-McDowell County NC $5.00
3 Camden SC $5.00
4 Indianapolis-Morgan County IN $5.34
5 Athens-Henderson County TX $5.50
6 Kodiak AK $5.67
7 Corpus Christi TX $5.96
8 Thomasville-Lexington NC $6.00
9 Hastings NE $6.25
10 Carlsbad NM $6.33

 

The Worst Cities for Moviegoers

Rank City Movie cost
1 New York (Manhattan) NY $13.33
2 Miami-Dade County FL $12.54
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach CA $12.53
4 New York (Queens) NY $12.48
5 New York (Brooklyn) NY $12.25
6 Orange County CA $11.92
7 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA $11.54
8 Fort Lauderdale FL $11.50
9 San Diego CA $11.50
10 Wilmington DE $11.50

SEE ALSO: The 17 Most Expensive Divorces Ever

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Homeless People Are Using Citi Bikes For Free SoulCycle Exercise Class

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Fat Jew teaches SoulCycle to homeless on Citi Bikes

Who says New York's new Citi Bikes are just for commuting? One New Yorker has found another use for them. 

Comedian Fabrizio Goldstein, also known as "The Fat Jew," hopped the blue bike while still parked in its station and proceeded to lead a SoulCycle class to a group of homeless individuals near Tompkins Square Park in the East Village yesterday. The class was videotaped and posted on The Crosby Press.

SoulCycle, an indoor spin cycling class with an arm and core component, has become one of the hottest new fitness trends, but it's not easy on the wallet: A single class in New York costs $32.

"Indoor cycling, it's just too expensive," Goldstein told the videographer. "It's not available to everybody. I want the homeless people of New York to have the opportunity to have sick bodies."

Whether the classes are a true public service or a comedic stunt, the students seemed to be enjoying it. One reported that his legs felt better afterward as the class erupted in a round of applause.

"I'm just a New Yorker helping New Yorkers get beautiful definition," Goldstein said.

Watch the whole video here:

YouTube via thecrosbypress

SEE ALSO: New York's Bike Share Is Brilliant, And Every Complaint About It Is Bogus

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The 25 Least Populated Countries In The World

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A lot of you out there love to travel to unusual tourist spots, judging by the number of people reading, tweeting and commenting on The 25 Least Visited Countries in the World I recently published.

Quite a few comments indicate that some of the countries on that list may be too hard or expensive to get to or too dangerous to go anywhere near.

That calls for another bucket list proposal on the 25 countries where 'no one' lives and why you should still visit. Maldives narrowly misses the list, being number 26 with eight thousand people 'too many' to join it.

25. Iceland. Population: 320,060

Why so few? 
Would you want to live on an island with fierce and flaming volcanoes, yet so cold it's called Iceland? The country was also discovered by Norwegian vikings and was the last European country to be settled.

Why you may still want to visit
The lava based scenery rising from the storms of the Atlantic is fantastic! So is the food. Just leave your whale meat boycotting plans at home. Whale meat is the healthiest meat on the planet and tastes fantastic when prepared as it is supposed to in one of Reykjavik's gourmet restaurants. You may also try puffin or walrus.

Tourists annually, in percentage of population
1,418,000 tourists, 443% of the population!

As if the US would have 1,390,639,197 tourists per year. That reads 1 billion, 390 millions 639 thousand and 197 and could have helped settle the US debt, although every tourist would still have to cover 11,826 USD to eliminate it. Some smaller countries have even higher percentages, but they have very small populations (less than 100,000 citizens) and are not surrounded by an ocean. I therefore still consider Iceland's tourist numbers more impressive. 

What else
What is the worst liqueur you can think of? Make it twice as bad, and you have Brennivín, the national Icelandic liquor that is also known as Black Death. Why it was ever invented? To make hákarl, cured and fermented (more commonly referred to as rotten or putrefied) shark edible. You will drown and mask the shark taste with a shot or five with Brennivín in order to regain consciousness. Do also note that the country has so few people that everyone is listed by their first name in the telephone directory.


24. Belize. Population: 312,971

Why so few? 
Belize has the lowest population density in Central America. Having so few neighbours doesn't attract many new ones, except for John McAfee. Of course it doesn't help when the few neighbours there disappear in mysterious ways, either.
 
Why you may still want to visit
The Great Blue Hole is one of the world's top diving spots. It is a so-called submarine sinkhole where you can dive with sharks. It's over 300 meters wide and 124 meters deep. Go there early to avoid the worst tourist crowds, though.

Tourists annually, in percentage of population
250,000 tourists, 80% of the population.

What else
Do avoid San Pedro unless your ideal holiday involves queues, mass tourism, overpaying for bar food of questionable quality and generally being ripped off. 


23. Barbados. Population: 274,200

Why so few? 
One third of the population emigrated to Britain and the US the four decades following WWII. A strict family planning program that resulted in a crude birth rate of 17 per 1,000 inhabitants the first half of the eighties didn't make things much better.

Why you may still want to visit
The tap water in Barbados is fantastic, do drink a lot of it when there! And if you are British and a little hesitant to leave your united kingdom, rest assured, driving is on the left.

Tourists annually, in percentage of population
568,000 tourists, 207% of the population.
 
What else
There are a lot of old British pensioners here. They are great fun until they suddenly fall asleep around 21:00. Barbados is being nicknamed The Little Britain of the Caribbean. 'Computer says no!'


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Paula Deen Releases Video Apology Over Racism Scandal: 'I Beg For Your Forgiveness'

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Food Network star Paula Deen has released a pretty awkward video apology in response to the racism scandal that hit this week.

The video was posted to her YouTube channel Friday afternoon, but has been set to "private" twice since then.

Deen is being sued by the former manager of her Georgia restaurant Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, who claims there was a culture of racial harassment at the restaurant. Comments from a May court deposition went viral earlier this week.

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," she said. "I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language it totally, totally unacceptable. ... I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness."

Deen cancelled a scheduled appearance on the "Today" show Friday morning in which she was supposed to sit down for a one-on-one with Matt Lauer.

After the cooking star flew to New York Thursday night, "Her publicity people have told us that she's exhausted and will not be showing up," said Lauer on-air, relaying that Deen had told him the day before: "I don't know how to be anything but honest." 

Lauer tweeted Friday:

Watch Lauer explain the full back story on "Today":

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Deen is also in hot water Friday for allegedly failing to turn over a blooper reel — in a $1.2 million sexual harassment lawsuit — in which she is said to perform a sexual act on a chocolate eclair and swear up a storm, according to RadarOnline.

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