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Business Insider Is Hiring A Business Development Intern


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We have an excellent paid opportunity for the right candidate to work in the business development department of Business Insider. This person will work on Business Insider's content partnerships, email products, subscription products, analytics, and more to keep the audience and revenue growing at a lightning-quick pace. This is not a "make coffee and copies" kind of internship. 

Candidates should be extremely organized and detail-oriented. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Excel mastery is critical. A penchant for numbers is required and light HTML skills a plus. The position is full-time so current students are not eligible (check back with us in the spring for summer opportunities). 

You'll love it here if you are a person who thrives in a startup environment, is self-driven, a quick-learner, and plays well with others. The position is located in our offices in Manhattan's Flatiron District, aka Silicon Alley.

Please contact bdjobs@businessinsider.com to apply. Thanks in advance.

SEE ALSO: Business Insider Secrets Revealed!

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At 'Butterball University,' Experts Learn Everything There Is To Know About Cooking A Turkey


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RJ Jaramillo, the founder of the Cook Like A Dad blog, is officially the first man to take calls on Butterball's "Turkey Talk" line, the company's hotline for answering cooks' questions about prepping their Thanksgiving birds.

The turkey-producing giant invited men to participate for the first time this year when it noticed one in four of its tip-line callers were male, The AP's Candice Choi reports.

But before Jaramillo could field his first Thanksgiving call, he  and every other Turkey Talk expert  had to graduate from Butterball University, a three-day intensive course in Naperville, Ill. where the people who work the phones learn everything there is to know about cooking a turkey.

Freshmen receive a six-inch binder full of how-tos that stays with them throughout their tenure as Turkey Talk Line experts. Every year, all Butterball turkey experts go through advanced refresher courses that take place on days two and three, according to The Chicago Tribune

According to The Tribune's Emily Bryson York, who attended in 2010, the course includes a review of pre-cooking safety measures, like opening the packaged turkey in a clean sink and preparing it with a rub.

It also touches on the anatomy of a turkey and how to properly take its temperature. The experts practice cooking a turkey various ways, like oven roasting, grilling, smoking, microwaving, and deep frying.

Turkey Talk Line experts-in-training also learn the culture associated with each method, York wrote. For instance, oven roasting is the most popular method overall, while microwaving is popular among college kids. 

And finally, they get to taste the fruits of their labor.

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SEE ALSO: 12 Cooking Hacks For A Hassle-Free Thanksgiving

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How To Be The Best-Dressed Guy In Your Fraternity


Fraternity Fashion GuideWe recently brought you a fraternity fashion email from the self-proclaimed "Fratshionistau" that was making the rounds at Emory University.

We spoke with the author — Emory sophomore Jonathan Weiss— and put together our own Fraternity Fashion Guide. Weiss helped us determine some do's and don'ts for the well-dressed frat boy.

Inside, you'll find tips on how to dress for any occasion — formals, date nights, class, or parties.

You'll also find some advice directly from the Fratshionistau, such as this gem about how to best pull off a semi-formal look: "Simplicity stands out! Busy designs on shirts or ties are distracting. A solid white shirt with a solid colored tie, or a basic pattern, is always the easiest way to go."

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Formal wear is a look you'll only need to pull off once or twice a year, so why not make sure you're doing it right? When in doubt, opt for a dark ensemble — slacks, jacket, dress shoes, tie  — but please, we're begging you, get your pants hemmed. No one likes a guy in an ill-fitting suit. 

Sure you can rent a tux or suit, but if you invest now (assuming you've stopped growing), that $1,000 tuxedo will last you a long, long time. 

Occasions: Formal fraternity events in college and your friends' weddings after college.

Avoid: Tacky patent shoes, ill-fitting pants, and the cummerbund. As Weiss says, "It didn’t get you lucky at senior prom, and it won’t do the trick now."

Formal Look #1: The Tux

Our recommendations:

Tux:  Boss Hugo Boss 'The Stars Glamour' Trim Fit Wool Tuxedo ($895)

Cuff Links: J. Crew Fabric Knot Cuff Links ($12.50)

Bow Tie: J.Crew Italian Satin Point Bow Tie ($55)

Shoes: To Boot New York Ballard ($375)

Formal Look #2: Suit & Tie

Our recommendations: 

Jacket: Theory Eclipse Multi Wellar Suit Jacket ($645) 

Pants: Theory Marlo U Suit Pant ($235)

Bow Tie: Lauren Ralph Lauren Bow Tie ($50)

Tie: Theory Roadster Tie ($98)

Shoes: ALDO 'Brownlie' Wingtip Oxford ($100)

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This Time-Lapse Video Shows How An Empty Australian Warehouse Transforms Into A Street Art Masterpiece


Mayors of major cities often consider street art a threat to maintaining order and decency, but the practice is being embraced as much as ever in communities around the world.

The Australian paint company Ironlak sponsors a team of street artists and markets directly to them. As part of their advertising campaign, Ironlak created a short film with videographer Selina Miles and the graffiti artists Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas, and Quench — and it is incredible.

We normally would point you to highlights of a video lasting just over five minutes, but we doubt you'll want to skip anything. Watch time-lapse footage of four professional artists using an entire warehouse as their canvas:

DJ Butcher's soundtrack is available for free download on his Facebook page.

This project, by the way, was done legally, but unsolicited graffiti is still illegal in Australia.

SEE ALSO: Forget Banksy, These Polish Street Artists Are Looking To Put Legal Street Art On The Map [PHOTOS]

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For $15,000, Spend Your Vacation Driving A Bentley On A Frozen Finnish Lake


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If you've got $15,000 to spend and know someone who really loves driving, Bentley has just the thing.

The luxury automaker has created a luxury travel package for the frozen lakes in the north of Finland, where visitors get to hone their driving skills in a very fun way.

On the "Power On Ice" trip, customers spend two days with professional driving instructors who teach them to drive on ice, from slamming on the pedal and going for speed to drifting around a turn.

For $15,000, they also get a night-time husky sled ride, time in a Finnish smoke sauna, snowmobiling, and dinner at a reindeer farm.

To get from Helsinki to northern Finland, Bentley charters a private flight. (They've got to get Helsinki on their own, however.)

And because this is Bentley, customers can do pretty much anything they want, if it's possible and they've got the money to pay for it.

For 2014, Bentley is doing eight group trips with 18 driving places each, from early February to early March.

The base price of the trip is €10,840 ($14,658), and will get you a night in a bedroom at the Chalet Ruka Peak retreat. If you want fancier digs, you'll have to shell out more cash:

Ruka Peak Apartments: €11,840 ($16,010)

Ruka Peak Deluxe Apartments: €12,840 ($17,362)

Ruka Peak Cottages: €13,390 ($18,106)

SEE ALSO: The 26 Coolest Cars At The Los Angeles Auto Show

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The 13 Worst-Dressed US Politicians


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The United States is in a state of fashion emergency, especially when it comes to our political leaders.

From Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-Fla.) tacky printed ties to everything worn by Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the U.S. political scene is pretty much a wardrobe disaster zone.

So the next time you call up your elected official about the new zoning laws or school taxes, maybe it wouldn't hurt to also give them some friendly style pointers.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) owns a collection of loud ties and pocket squares.

...and also these shades.

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) channels a Texan rancher with that bolo tie.

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15 Perfect Gifts For Your Favorite Foodie


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Foodies are always on the search for the next big thing, be it a reservation at the most coveted table in town, a meal from the hot new burger joint, or a cronut.

From gourmet edibles to beautiful serveware and kitchen tools, we've got 15 gifts sure to impress even the toughest-to-please gourmands.

Get them into the most exclusive supper club in town.

Dinner Lab has been called "the 2.0 of the supper club," and features talented guest chefs who cook an ever-changing array of menus in 10 cities around the U.S.

The price of membership varies depending on the city, but it opens the door to gourmet, twice-weekly dinners that are never short on attendees.

Price: $100-$200/year (tickets to dinner events are purchased separately)

Give the gift that makes foodies drool.

One pot, infinite uses. Le Creuset is the ultimate, do-it-all Dutch oven that foodies crave. It locks in heat and moisture for even cooking, and is oven- and dishwasher-safe.

Best of all, it has a lifetime warranty, so wear and tear from normal household use guarantees the owner a new product at any point down the line.

Price: $105-$465

Keep their food well-seasoned.

This isn't your run-of-the mill, powdery table salt. Give your gourmand a beautiful set of salts from around the world, from pink Himalayan salt to black, flaky salt from the island of Cyprus.

They come in convenient, corked test tubes displayed in a reclaimed cedar base. Good looking and good tasting!

Price: $40

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4 Surprising Ways You May Be Aging Your Skin


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You already know that if you eat, sleep, and exercise like crap, you're probably going to look and feel like it, too. But how you treat your body today can affect more than just the way you look right now; it can also impact how you'll look in, say, 10 years.

Want to avoid drastic measures like needles and knives to look younger in the future? Start correcting the following four common bad habits.

1. Excessive Exercise

Exercise in general is great for keeping your body looking young, but too much intense cardio, in particular, can actually accelerate signs of aging. Stress from exercise breaks down your skin's collagen, leading to premature wrinkles. Strength training is key to keeping skin firm as you get older, so if you're a runner or a cyclist, be sure to add some weightlifting to your routine. And (duh) if you exercise outdoors, don't forget your sunscreen. We like a sweat-resistant one like Beyond Coastal Active SPF 34 Sunscreen.

2. Too Much Sugar

Overdo it on the sweet stuff and you'll not only end up a bloated mess, your skin will be dull and wrinkled, too. When you have too much sugar in your bloodstream, it attaches to proteins to form harmful advanced glycation end products (AGEs — an appropriate acronym). These AGEs damage collagen and elastin, resulting in wrinkly, sagging skin. It'll make you think twice about grabbing that office doughnut this week.

3. Too Little Fat

While eating too much sugar takes a toll on your appearance, so does having too little fat in your diet. Despite what you've been told, fat helps your body absorb antioxidants and vitamins and strengthens your epidermis (the outermost layers of skin) for a brighter, smoother complexion. Of course, not all fats are created equal, so ditch the double cheeseburger and get 20 percent of your daily calories from healthy fat sources, like nuts, olive oil, avocados, and fresh low-mercury fish like salmon.

4. Skimping on Sleep

It's called "beauty sleep" for a reason, guys. Not getting enough for just one night means you'll wake up with puffy eyes and lackluster skin, but if you're chronically short on sleep, you could be causing long-term damage to your skin. Too little rest causes your body to release the stress hormone cortisol, which breaks down collagen (the stuff responsible for keeping skin smooth and elastic), resulting in wrinkles. So make a full night's sleep a priority. And when you do skimp on sleep, at least use an antioxidant-rich eye cream like Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue to help offset the damage done.

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The Story Of How I Accidentally Blew $400 On Lunch In Beijing


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Last week I accidentally spent $400 on lunch.

This happened in Beijing — a city where a cab all the way across town costs $5 and a full pack of Tylenol costs roughly $0.80.

For my money, I am now in the possession of two things. A wooden box full of tea cups that have drawings of Confucius on them. And this story.

The original plan for my Tuesday was for a guided tour of some of the city's most famous sights: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. I was to get up at 6 a.m. and meet a tour guide in the lobby of my hotel, the Kerry Hotel.

Having gone on a similarly guided tour of the Great Wall on Sunday, I knew what I was in for: a consumer-packaged-goods version of China that would cost about $100, and have me back at the hotel by 5 p.m.

That plan went out the window Monday night at about 1:30 a.m. 

It would make me sound tough, adventurous and very Bourdain-y to say I did so because I wanted to see the "real" China.

But really, I canceled the tour because on Monday night I was exhausted. I'd just spent a day flying to and from a city near Shanghai called Hangzhou. My flight back to Beijing had been delayed, and I didn't want to get up early the next morning.

I woke up Tuesday morning feeling conflicted. I hadn't filed a story in a week, so I felt behind on work. But I also felt guilty about canceling my tour. I felt like I was missing out on China.

So I went to the hotel restaurant, ate some of the strange tiny fruit they serve, and then worked on slideshows until noon. It was a cozy few hours. A non-HD version of Monday Night Football was on Chinese cable. I used my iPhone to Facetime with my wife. I was in my comfort zone.

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At about noon, my fear of missing out on China finally overwhelmed my obligation to be posting.

I went to the lobby, walked over to the concierge desk and asked how hard it would be for me to take a taxi to the Forbidden City by myself and to later find a taxi to bring me back.

The concierge said it would be very easy. Then, before I even had a chance to say, OK, I'd like to do that, he walked quickly out from behind his concierge desk, out the hotel's front door, and flagged down a cab. I followed him outside. He opened the cab door for me. Then he leaned in and gave the cab driver what seemed to be detailed, lengthy instructions. Then he handed me a piece of paper with the hotel's name on it and a little map showing its location on the flip side. He said I could give the card to any taxi driver and the driver would know how to take me home.

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We pulled away from the hotel. I felt a little rushed. I was also a little worried. If it was going to be so easy getting back, why did I need a map to do it? But I was also exhilarated. Finally, I was headed off the beaten path. It was time to see China.

Then I noticed something annoying. The cab, a newish Hyundai, had over-the-shoulder seat belts. The straps hung where you would normally find them. But there was nothing to click the seatbelt into by my thigh. This was worrying. 

I believe that Chinese drivers are just as "good" at driving as American drivers — that statistically, the place is no more dangerous on the roads.

But it doesn't feel like it. People in China do not line up for things like ticket counters or airport gates. They rush in and fill all available gaps, sometimes gently shoving to create new ones. They bring the same mentality to the roads. They will turn two-lane roads into three lane roads by driving between two slower cars. They will turn right at an intersection without slowing down or even looking left at on-coming traffic.

In the back seat of my taxi, I stuffed both hands into the gap between the back rest and the seat, frantically looking for a buckle. I didn't find one. 

(An American I later met in China tells me cab safety used to be much worse in Beijing only a few years ago. He said that when he visited China then, he'd gotten into a cab where the back right door wouldn't stay closed. His driver told him to hold it shut. "Don't worry," the driver said, "I won't be making many left turns.")

We rode through the wide, car-clogged streets of Beijing. We drove past endless new buildings — the kind of generic structures that belong as much in Beijing as uptown Charlotte, office parks of US-101 south of San Francisco, and anywhere in the vast sprawl of Dallas. Only the characters on the signs said this was China. The cars around us were almost all new: many Volkswagens, some BMWs, lots of Hondas. They were sedans and SUVs. There were no trucks and no beaters at all.

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After a 20-minute drive we arrived at Tiananmen Square.

My driver gestured that to get to the Forbidden City, I would have to get out and here, enter the square, and then take an underground passage.

He spoke to me very loudly and slowly — just the way I remember my dad talking to the French during our European vacation when I was a kid. 

I got out of the cab. I went through a metal detector and a pat-down from a woman in a uniform.

I stepped onto the Square.

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I pulled out my iPhone and opened an app I'd bought for a self-guided walking tour. It was one of those "augmented reality" apps where you point the camera at something in front of you, and on the screen there's text telling you what you're looking at.

I was pointing the camera at a large building, which the app told me was the Beijing Opera, when someone behind me said, "Hello!"

I turned around to see who was speaking English. Before me, there was a short Chinese man in a hoodie and a leather jacket. He was waving at me.

The small man introduced himself to me. I'm not going to share his name for reasons that will become obvious later.

I told him, "I'm Nicholas."

He looked surprised.

He said, "There is a very famous Nicholas, no?"

I laughed. I figured he meant Saint Nicholas. It turns out that Christmas is a big gift-giving holiday in China, and even though it was only the middle of November there were already Christmas decorations all over Beijing.

But he didn't mean Santa Claus.

He wanted me to help him remember the famous Nicholas. He said, in that way you do when something is on the tip of your tongue, "An actor."

I guessed: "Nicholas Cage?"

He said, "Yes!"

Then, after a pause, he said, "and you are not him?"

He asked this as though he was pretty sure I was not Nicholas Cage, but he wasn't totally sure, and he didn't want to offend me in case I was. 

I said no, I am not Nicholas Cage.

He asked me how I liked China and Beijing. I said it liked it very much so far, especially the food. He asked me if I knew what building I had been looking at.

Because of the augmented reality app, I responded confidentially that I did — it was was the Beijing Opera house.

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He laughed at me. He said, no, it was not. It was Mao's mausoleum. He asked me if I knew who Mao was. I said I did.

Then my new friend began pointing out the other buildings around the Square and told me about them. There's a parliament building, a museum, and a monument to the people.

He asked me, "Shall we walk while we talk?"

I said OK. I was pretty happy to have found someone to show me around. More than to see old buildings, this is why I had flown around the world. 

We walked around the monument, which is a large rectangle in the middle of the Square.

My new friend told me about how ancient the Square was, except for the paving stones beneath our feet. 

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He said those were replaced after "many thousands" of students were massacred in the square in 1989. He said we should walk to the spot where that one student stood in front of a tank column in that famous old photo.

I found myself being guarded in my response to him bringing up anything political. Because I'm a journalist, it had been hard to get a visa to get into China. Also, I'd applied for a tourist visa, not a working visa. A paranoid thought crossed my mind that my new friend might actually be some kind of undercover handler charged with keeping tabs on me. I dismissed the idea as silly, but decided to stay cautious.

As we walked on, my new friend began to ask me some pretty personal questions: Was I married? Was I happy about being married? Why didn't I have kids yet? 

In a book I had read during my flight over, I learned that this kind of interrogation was normal in China. So I opened up, and so did my new friend.

He said he worked at a bank in China, and that his job was to approve loans to small businesses. He said he loved his job because it was mostly done over expensive dinners and karaoke outings he could charge to the company.

He told me he'd gotten married when he was in his early twenties because his mother had told him it was time to settle down.

It was around this point in the conversation that we arrived at the other end of the Tiananmen Square.

My new friend pointed at a large structure, and said it was the gate through which emperors used to enter the Forbidden City. He said that women had not been allowed into this area unless they were concubines. He said men who wanted to enter would have to "cut off their penis or maybe their balls."

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We walked through an underground passageway leaving Tiananmen Square and came out on a crowded road that was full of tourists. This was West Changan Street. 

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I suddenly remembered I hadn't had lunch yet. I was enjoying my new friend and asked him if he wanted to get a couple beers and eat with me. 

He said sure. First, he wanted to show me around West Changan Street, and a smaller street off of it, called Emperor's Avenue. 

We walked past what he said was the world's first massage parlor.  Then he pointed at a building that he said was the world's first pharmacy. He said there were some strange things inside that I should see. There were. Among them: dried deer penises and a 65-year-old wild ginseng root that cost 3.6 million RMD, or $600,000 USD.

I asked him if the store owners would mind if I took photos. He said probably they would, but that I should anyway. He said in China, people do things until someone tells them not to. So I took photos — until someone told me not to.

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We left, and walked down an alleyway called a Hu Tong. My new friend said the government keeps getting rid of them in favor of wide, car-friendly roads and that people are angry about it and keep protesting. We went into a store on the Hu Tong and he bought some cigarettes. He smoked a ton of them, he said. About two packs per day.

Finally it was time for lunch. Ever since I landed in Beijing, people kept telling me I needed to try some Peking duck. I asked my friend if he agreed.

He said he did, but that we should avoid the more touristy places because they would be unnecessarily expensive.

We walked into a shop. It appeared to be selling perfumes and jewelry and plateware. It did not seem like it was was a restaurant. But my friend walked down a hallway and opened a door into a private room. There was a table, set like a table at a restaurant. We sat down, and a waitress came in and gave us menus. 

This was when I made my big mistake. I didn't look at the menu. I just asked my new friend to order for us: some duck and vegetables. He said we should order a half duck because he wasn't that hungry. But after a short conversation in Mandarin, he said the waiter told him the place only sold full ducks. I said that'd be fine, I was hungry. 

The drinks came first. We ordered beers and, on the side, glasses of Chinese sake. I didn't know there was such a thing as Chinese sake. But there is, and it's strong. 

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Over the first drink, my new friend told me more about his job and his views of China.

"China makes me happy. I am very proud to live in China," he said. Then he leaned to the side in his chair, put a finger in the air, and squinted his eye to look at it. He said, "There is only one thing that does not make me happy. There is too much corruption."

He said that in his industry corruption was just part of the job. He said that if a client wants a loan, they have to bribe him. He said that if he doesn't accept the bribe, he'll get in trouble with his boss. That's because 10% of the bribe goes to him and 90% goes to his boss.

The duck came out on two oval, porcelain plates. It was sliced in the same way a fancy New York steakhouse will slice a porterhouse for two. My friend showed me how to eat it. You take a round "pancake" put a piece or two of duck on it, throw on some vegetables, drip on some sauce, and wrap the whole thing up. Then you hold it with your fingers (not chopsticks) and dig in. It was a lot like fajitas.

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After a beer and a sake, my new friend started talking about his marriage. He said his wife was very beautiful, but that she wasn't enough for him. He said he had two girlfriends in other parts of the country. 

I asked him if they knew about each other. He said his girlfriends knew about his wife, but his wife didn't know about his girlfriends.

He said he once had a Swiss girlfriend. He'd even flown there to meet her family. It hadn't worked out. He blamed her snooty parents.

He asked me if my wife got along well with my mother. I said they do now. He told me his wife and mother are always fighting. He explained that he and his wife live with his parents. That's normal in China, he said.  

We finished our first glass of sake, and he ordered another of a different kind. When it came out, I saw that it was yellow, not clear like the first glass. My friend said that's because this sake had been infused with live, poisonous snake.  It tasted good — crisp and lightly sweet. It didn't taste that different from the clear sake.

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We sat and talked for maybe an hour or two. 

Finally, the bill came.

Because I'd suggested lunch, I offered to pay. I thought maybe the bill would come to $100 or $150. We'd only had the drinks, the duck, and a side of vegetables.

The bill was 2,400 RMB, or $400 USD.

On the inside, I screamed. On the outside, I remained calm. I probably could have negotiated with the waitress. I could have asked my new friend if we could split. I didn't, feeling too embarrassed.

I just handed the waitress my credit card and swallowed hard.

My new friend told me he felt deeply indebted to me, and that he wouldn't feel right unless he could repay me with a gift.

So he left the table and left the private room where we were eating. He asked me if I liked tea. I told him I drank it sometimes. I said I liked jasmine tea. He made a face and said jasmine tea is for women. I said I didn't know that.

When the waitress came back to the table with the check, she also dropped off a wooden box. 

My friend said to open it.  Inside, there was a set of tea cups and a teapot. Each had a picture of Confucius printed on the side.

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As we got ready to go, I asked my new friend if I could take his photo.

He said, "Why not?"

And so I have a great photo of my new friend. I can't show it to you for the same reason I can't tell you his name. He was very candid with me, and I don't want him to get in trouble with his employer, his country, or his wife.

But I can tell you what the photo looks like.

He's got a cigarette dangling from his mouth and a big empty beer glass in front of him. He's wearing sunglasses. He's got a leather jacket on over a hoodie and a gray t-shirt. Like many Chinese do when posing for pictures, he's holding two fingers up in a peace gesture.

Stretched out before him is a great half-eaten feast of a lunch that cost me $400.

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Here's A Complete List Of Black Friday Store Hours


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The holiday shopping season is upon us with Black Friday just around the corner.

For those shoppers planning to hit the stores over the holiday, we have compiled a complete list of opening times on Thanksgiving and Black Friday that have been announced to date.

Thanksgiving Day:

Black Friday:

Most retailers that are opening on Thanksgiving will remain open overnight. Here's some more information on the schedules for each retailer:

  • Belk: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving to 10 p.m. Black Friday
  • Best Buy: Open 6 p.m. Thanksgiving to 10 p.m. Black Friday 
  • Costco: Open 9 a.m. Black Friday
  • Dick's Sporting Goods: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
  • GameStop: Open 12 a.m. Black Friday
  • Home Depot: Open 5 a.m. to 10p.m. Black Friday 
  • JCPenney: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 9 p.m. Black Friday
  • Kmart: Open 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to 11 p.m. Black Friday 
  • Kohl's: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 10 p.m. Black Friday
  • Lowe's: Open 5 a.m. Black Friday 
  • Macy's: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 9 p.m. Black Friday 
  • Marshalls: Open 7 a.m. Black Friday
  • Old Navy: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Will reopen at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving and close at 10 p.m. Black Friday.
  • PetSmart: Open 7 a.m. Black Friday
  • OfficeMax: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day 
  • RadioShack: Open 8 a.m. Black Friday
  • Sam's Club: Open 7 a.m. Black Friday
  • Sears: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 10 p.m. Black Friday 
  • Staples: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
  • Target: Open 8 p.m. Thanksgiving to 11 p.m. Black Friday
  • T.J. Maxx: Open 7 a.m. Black Friday
  • Toys R Us: Open 5 p.m. to 9p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Will reopen at 5 a.m. Black Friday to 10 p.m. Black Friday. 
  • Victoria's Secret: Open 12 a.m. Black Friday
  • Walmart: Open 6 p.m. Thanksgiving through Black Friday

SEE ALSO: 10 Retail Workers Reveal Their Black Friday Horror Stories

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Jaguar's Powerful New Sedan Is Like No Car It Has Ever Made Before [PHOTOS]


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A year ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Jaguar introduced a car that was unlike anything we were expecting. We know and love Jaguar for sleek, low cars that exude sex appeal.

Then we saw the XFR-S.

Compared to its siblings, it's rather stubby, and it's got a big wing stuck on the back of it. But a peek under the hood reveals that the XFR-S isn't an abomination, it's just something new. Something very powerful, and very fast.

Over the weekend, we had the chance to spend a few days with the 550-horsepower, four-door, five-seat sedan. We took it out of Manhattan, up to Bear Mountain, where the roads all curve and the engine can do its thing.

That's where it all clicked. The XFR-S is no joy to look at. But it's a terrific performance car.

The XFR-S starts for $99,000. The version we tested cost $105,770.

Let's start with a quick look back at Jaguar's past. The brand makes fantastically sleek cars, like the iconic E-Type.

And the 2013 XF sedan.

The newly debuted F-Type Coupe is just drop-dead gorgeous.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Just Bought This Gorgeous $27 Million Mansion In Silicon Valley


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Paul Allen, the billionaire cofounder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, needed new digs a bit south of his home town of Seattle.

So he just bought a massive 22,000-square-foot custom home in the affluent Silicon Valley town of Atherton, Calif., reports Realtor.com's Neal Leitereg on the Celebrity Real Estate blog. He paid $27 million which was a bit of a deal. The home was listed in late September for $31.8 million, according to Leitereg.

Allen owns properties all over the world. But he may have wanted these digs because his venture investment firm, Vulcan Capital, opened an office in nearby Palo Alto in April, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Nathan Donato-Weinstein.

Atherton is a popular town for tech billionaires of a certain era. Google’s Eric Schmidt, HP's Meg Whitman, and Oracle’s Mark Hurd have homes there.

The home was built in 2013 by Pacific Peninsula Group and sits on nearly two acres.

It has a light, modern design.

Beautiful built-ins run through the home.

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The World's Most Expensive Book Just Sold For Over $14 Million


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The first book printed in what is today the United States of America sold for more than $14 million at auction in New York Tuesday, Sotheby's said, becoming the world's most expensive book.

The translation of Biblical psalms "The Bay Psalm Book" was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640 and was sold at a one-lot auction by Sotheby's.

Bidding opened at $6 million and closed just minutes later at a premium price of $14.165 million, a Sotheby's spokesman said.

The auction house had valued the book at $15-30 million. The identity of the buyer was not immediately announced.

The previous world auction record for a printed book was $11.5 million, reached when a copy of John James Audubon’s "Birds of America" sold at Sotheby's in December 2010.

The settlers, who came to America to seek religious freedom, set about making their own preferred translation from the Hebrew original of the Old Testament book.

"'The Bay Psalm Book' is a mythical rarity. Unseen on the marketplace for more than two generations, it has become too rare to collect," said David Redden, head of Sotheby's books.

Redden said the volume had even greater significance than being the first book printed or written in America.

"This little book of 1640 was precursor to Lexington and Concord, and, ultimately, to American political independence. With it, New England declared its independence from the Church of England," he said.

Selby Kiffer, from Sotheby's special projects department, called it "not simply one of the great icons of book history, it is one of the greatest artifacts of American history."

There were 1,700 copies of the original 1640 edition. The eleven that have survived until today are in collections such as The Library of Congress in New York and Harvard College Library.

No copy had appeared at auction since 1947, when a different copy fetched $151,000 -- a record at the time for any book, including the Gutenberg Bible or Shakespeare's First Folio.

The book was sold by the Old South Church in Boston to benefit its work in the historic city. The same church possesses another copy of the "Bay Psalm Book."


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Everything Worth Seeing At The DC Spy Museum [PHOTOS]


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While in D.C. for a recent defense conference, I couldn't fight the temptation to visit the International Spy Museum, located right in the center of the city.

Surprisingly, when I got in there, the employees told me there was no rule against taking photographs.

It suddenly became my mission to leave with as much of the museum saved to my phone's camera roll as humanly possible.

Just outside the museum I determine that the man in the red jacket is way to ostentatious to be gathering intel on me.

Behind the front desk is a map of every Bond spy villain in history. I wonder if I'll see any real spy stuff.

I give the ladies at the counter money, and they give me a Spy Guide map of the museum, along with a ticket.

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75 Years Ago, This British Stockbroker Saved 669 Children From Nazi Death Camps


Sir Nicholas Winton (C) poses in front of the Winton train at Liverpool Street station in central London.

On Dec. 3, 1938, a British stockbroker made the impromptu decision to cancel his skiing vacation and join a friend in Prague, who had desperately asked for his help. The decision changed his life and saved the lives of 669 people in the process.

Nicholas Winton, now 104 years-old, joined his friend Martin Blake in Czechoslovakia to help refugees created by the German annexation of the Sudentenland.

Winton was of German Jewish ancestry and had heard of the violence against Jewish communities in Germany and Austria, especially the infamous Kristellnacht. After hearing about the Kinderstransport, an effort of British Jewish agencies to bring 10,000 Jewish children to Great Britain, Winton knew he had to arrange a similar operation in Czechoslovakia.

Winton explained how the operation got started in The Power Of Good: Nicholas Winton, a documentary on his efforts:

"I found out that the children of refugees and other groups of people who were enemies of Hitler weren't being looked after. I decided to try to get permits to Britain for them. I found out that the conditions which were laid down for bringing in a child were chiefly that you had a family that was willing and able to look after the child, and £50, which was quite a large sum of money in those days, that was to be deposited at the Home Office. The situation was heartbreaking. Many of the refugees hadn't the price of a meal. Some of the mothers tried desperately to get money to buy food for themselves and their children. The parents desperately wanted at least to get their children to safety when they couldn't manage to get visas for the whole family. I began to realize what suffering there is when armies start to march."

Winton set up his rescue operation at his hotel in Prague, taking applications from parents and registering the children. The response was huge, with thousands of parents lining up.

Surprisingly, Winton recieved little resistance from the Nazis on his effort to move the children out of the country. 

"We were getting rid of those people Hitler wanted to get rid of," Winton told ABC News in 2008. "I mean, you even had the Gestapo at Wilson Station helping the children onto the trains."

After a few weeks, Winton left Trevor Chadwick in charge of the Prague operation and returned to London to negotiate where the children would go. Only Great Britain and Sweden agreed to take the children. 

Original legal documents are held by one of the so-called "Winton's children."

To get foster families willing to pay the £50 fee for each child, Winton advertised in newspapers, churches, and synagogues with pictures of the children. The effort worked. 

The last train of children left Prague on August 22, 1939. By the time it was all said and done, he had saved 669 children.

His greatest regret is that he could not save more. There was to be another train of children on September 1st, but Hitler’s Germany invaded Poland that day. All borders were closed. The children were never heard from again.

Winton never told anyone of his mission, not even his wife, Grete. 50 years later, in 1988, his wife found a scrapbook with photos, documents, and the list of children. She brought it to a Holocaust historian, who arranged for Winton’s story to appear on BBC’s That’s Life. Unbeknownst to him, the audience at the taping was filled with his “children.”

You can see his emotional reaction here:


During an interview in 2008, Winton told a Slovakian teenager his philosophy on life: “You need to be prepared always to help other people if there is an opportunity to do so.”

“Winton’s children,” as they are called, have gone onto extraordinary lives. Here are just a few: 

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The 10 Most Popular Restaurants On Thanksgiving Day, According To Foursquare


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Instead of worrying over the big Thanksgiving meal at home, tons of people across the country will throw in the towel in favor of a chore-free, restaurant-served turkey dinner. 

Foursquare, a location-based social network, ranked the restaurants where people checked-in the most last year on Thanksgiving.

Restaurants in tourist destinations like Las Vegas and New York City were especially popular last year. Spoiler alert: people even found the chain restaurant Hard Rock Cafe festive enough to land it in the top three. 

Check out the full list of the most popular Thanksgiving restaurants below. You might want to hit them up this year for your annual family feast. 

10. Mike Ditka's in Chicago, Ill. 

9. Be Our Guest Restaurant in Walt Disney World's Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

8. Porto's Bakery & Cafe in Glendale, Fla.

7. Mon Ami Gabi in Las Vegas, Nev.

6. Balthazar in New York, N.Y.

5. Junior's Restaurant in New York, N.Y.

4. Serendipity3 in Las Vegas, Nev.

3. Hard Rock Cafe in New York, N.Y. 

2. Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C.

1. Wicked Spoon Buffet in Las Vegas, Nev.

SEE ALSO: These Maps Show How Thanksgiving Celebrations Differ Across The US

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Experienced Business Travelers Reveal Their Favorite Travel Tips


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Business travelers love sharing tips and tricks for surviving life on the road.

From scoring upgrades to maximizing credit card rewards, anything that can make the hassle of jet-setting a little more appealing can be a life-saver. 

We reached out to several of our favorite frequent fliers to reveal their favorite travel strategies.

Sign up for Global Entry status

SmarterTravel executive editor Anne Banas raves about Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that pre-qualifies certain travelers for expedited customs. 

"I just went through the [application process] a couple weeks ago on a trip to France," Banas says. "I was the only person in line for Global Entry and I went right though. And if you get a combination of flying business class plus Global Entry status, you can just whiz out of there with your luggage right away." 

Be loyal to businesses and they'll treat you well

"The key thing for business travel is frequent flier programs," Banas says. "You want to be brand loyal so you can get that elite status and have access to more perks and upgrades." 

If you don't want to marry yourself to one airline or hotel chain for infinity, Banas recommends at least getting a rewards credit card that lets you rack up points and miles no matter which company you choose to do business with.

Know the difference between non-stop and direct flights

"Especially if you're on business and going to and from meetings, it's such a waste of time to take a day to get there and a day to get back [because of layovers]," Banas says.

But don't mistake "direct" flights for "non-stop" flights when booking. 

"A direct flight might still stop, but you would just stay on the plane instead of having to switch planes," Banas explains. "There's a lot of confusion about this. I would say always choose a 'non-stop' flight instead of direct." 

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Here's How Top Gear Ranked The World's Top Hypercars


This week, Top Gear Magazine did something rather tricky: It selected five of the world's best hypercars, and figured out which is the very best. Not based on looks, price,  or specs. Just on how they perform on the track.

Top Gear started out with five cars, all of them spectacular: The Aston Martin One-77, Hennessey Venom, Pagani Huayra, Bugatti Veyron, and McLaren P1.

McLaren's P1 knocked out the competition, one by one.

Although it's a "fantastic looking thing, and is surprisingly deft given the size," Top Gear says the $1.4 million Aston Martin One-77 "just can't compete with the P1 on any other level."

Aston Martin One-77

Hennessey's Venom is worth about $1.1 million, and it also loses out to the P1, which is "so together, so refined in its reactions, that it makes the Texan wonder feel like a muscle car in comparison."

Hennessey Venom

As the world's fastest production car, the $1.5 million Bugatti Veyron can beat the P1 on a straightaway. But, Top Gear says, "if you want to be more involved in the thrill of it, then the P1 has found a new niche."

Bugatti Veyron

The $1.4 million Pagani Huayra is "baroque, bonkers, and brilliant," but loses to the P1 on the grounds of worse ride quality and a slower transmission.

Pagani Huayra

That leaves the P1, with a $1.15 million price tag, the champion. Well played, McLaren.

McLaren P1 supercar Extreme Heat Test

SEE ALSO: The 26 Coolest Cars At The Los Angeles Auto Show

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The 20 Biggest Real Estate Moguls In New York City


Karan and Richard LeFrak at 2011 American Museum of Natural History GalaReal estate investment has long been the playground of the wealthy, with top developers becoming some of the richest people in the world. 

Today wealth intelligence firm Wealth-X released data on the top 20 real estate moguls in New York City, ranked according to their personal net worth. 

Richard LeFrak, chairman, CEO, and president of LeFrak Organization, leads the list with a net worth of $4.9 billion. LeFrak's family has invested in New York real estate for more than a century, but he recently expanded his portfolio to include properties in Washington, Oregon, and California. His company owns LeFrak City, a 5,000-unit apartment unit in Queens, in addition to 16 million square feet of commercial and residential property in Newport, N.J.

Leonard Stern of Hartz Group was second with a net worth of $4.1 billion, while Stephen Ross of The Related Companies came in third with $3.6 billion. 

Wealth-X Research uses a proprietary valuation model to assess all asset holdings, including privately and publicly held businesses and investible assets.

See the complete list below. 

NYC real estate moguls

SEE ALSO: Meet The Family Dynasties That Rule New York Real Estate

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The Sad Truth About 'Pardoned' Turkeys: They're All Dead Too


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Every year, the president pardons one or two turkeys from being a family's Thanksgiving feast. One turkey is actually pardoned, the other is runner-up.

While the birds may be pardoned, that doesn't mean they get to enjoy a long life.

CNN looked into pardoned turkeys and where they go to die. Apparently they're hauled off to Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate, and given shelter in a small coop. But there, no other turkeys abound.

That's because all the previous pardoned turkeys are now dead, even last year's pardoned birds.

"All the turkeys ever pardoned at the White House are dead, including the six already given a pass from the roasting pan by President Barack Obama in previous years," CNN writes.

Dean Norton, who is in charge of livestock at Mount Vernon, tells CNN why:

"The bird is bred for the table, not for longevity...Some of [the pardoned turkeys] have been pretty short lived."

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