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How To Find The Bars That Women Love


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A new iPhone app called Jetpac City Guides will appear in the iPhone store on December 5. It tells you all about the best places in every city to hit, based on analyzing millions of Instagram photos.

We've been playing with a preview of it and really like it.

It uses some pretty cool big data technology to look at the photos, understand what's going on in them (are people smiling? what are they wearing?) and match them to their GPS locations.

From that, the app tells you, city by city things like:

  • The bars women love (based on how many photos of smiling women taken there).
  • Where foodies eat and drink
  • The best coffee shops
  • Where music lovers hang out
  • Hikes tourists don't know about
  • Restaurants with the best views
  • Dog-friendly places
  • Best places for kids
  • And (one of our favorites), hipster hangouts, based on pictures of guys dressed hipster style or sporting hipster mustaches.

For instance, from the app we learned that ...

The No. 1 bar that women love in San Francisco is Ace Wasabi's Rock-N-Roll Sushi.


The top restaurant where people take photos of their food in Manhattan is the Terakawa Ramen noodle house.


The favorite hangout for hipsters in Denver is a breakfast spot called Snooze.


SEE ALSO: Before And After Pics From Pixtr, The Photo App That Erases Your Flaws

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10 Awesome Ski Resorts In Unexpected Places



Thousands of people will take to the slopes this winter, but they may be missing out on the fun at these far-flung resorts. 

Ski resorts in Kazakhstan or Finland offer plenty of lengthy trails, off-road exploration opportunities, and a much more reasonable price tag than you would find at Vail or Aspen

Grab your passport — our friends at Find the Best have helped us round up some of the best ski resorts in unexpected places around the globe. To compile the list, they ranked ski resorts on factors including average snowfall, skiable acres, and overall ratings from PowderHounds.com. They then excluded resorts in countries that are known as popular ski destinations, such as the U.S., Canada, Austria, and Switzerland.

JASNA–CHOPOK, SLOVAKIA: Located in the country's Low Tatra mountain range, this huge resort has 30 chair lifts and nearly 40 runs.

Read more about Jasna-Chopok on FindTheBest >

BOVEC, SLOVENIA: This small resort may only have five lifts, but its 5,961-foot vertical drop is certainly impressive.

Read more about Bovec on FindTheBest >

LEVI, FINLAND: With 43 trails and 26 lifts, Levi is the largest ski resort in Finland. Guests can also rent snowmobiles, go ice fishing, or take a reindeer excursion.

Read more about Levi on FindTheBest >

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5 Ways To Get Good Bacteria In Your Stomach


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This post originally appeared on Details.com.

We have more bacteria in our gut than cells in our body.

As foreign as it sounds, the word microbiome may soon be part of the mainstream lexicon. The term refers to the microbes or bacteria that naturally inhabit the body from the surface of your skin to your gut. We tend to think of microbes as bad—pathogens that need to be killed—but new research suggests that storing scores of them is paramount to our health and metabolism.

"We have 100 trillion microbes in our gut — more bacteria than cells in the body," says Frank Lipman, MD, the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in Manhattan. " They aid in digestion and detoxification, help support our immune system, and manufacture key vitamins, among other functions. Western medicine is catching on to the importance of all the bacteria in our bodies, especially in our gut. In Functional Medicine we've been manipulating this microbiome for some time, but it's primarily been guesswork."

"Understanding these microbes is the future of medicine," he said.

The Human Microbiome Project, a National Institute of Health initiative, is working to shed light on the topic.

"It's such a new field and there are so many studies underway. But we do know that it's important to keep your flora in a balanced state," says Lipman. "A disturbed microbiome, where bad bacteria and yeast overtake the good ones can cause all sorts of health problems from autoimmune diseases to weight gain."

Thus far, gut microbes have been shown to influence metabolism, and certain types may play a role in obesity. In fact, one family of bacteria called Firmicutes can even cause you to absorb more calories from your food. Another, called Bacteroidetes, is associated with leanness.

Wondering how to keep your belly balanced—and flat? Your trump card may be a healthy diet, which can prevent microbes associated with obesity from flourishing. No real surprises there, and until more is known Lipman suggests keeping your microbiome in mind when you eat. Here are his five tips:

1. Eat pre-biotic foods

Healthy gut bacteria thrive on pre-biotics, which are non-digestible fibers found in foods like root vegetables, onions, leeks, garlic, artichokes, beans, asparagus, oats, nuts, and bananas. Think of it as giving the good microbes something to chew on.

2. Drink Green Juice

There are thousands of bacterial strains, and while we don't know enough about all these organisms yet, greens appear to help improve the diversity of healthy organisms in the gut. Plus, research shows that the greater the diversity, the greater the health benefits.

3. Cut out processed foods

The additives in processed foods can kill off good bacteria. Refined carbs are also problematic because sugar feeds bad bacteria, allowing it to proliferate and leading to physical cravings for more sugar. Stay away from wheat and soy, too. Most are genetically modified and GMOs disrupt gut flora.

4. Limit antibiotics

There's a place for antibiotics, but don't take them every time you have a runny nose. They're overused and even though they target bad bacteria, they also kill off the good guys. Another surprising problem is factory-farmed meats. Seventy percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are used in livestock, leading to chronic exposure; when you consume the meat, you're absorbing those antibiotics, too.

5. Get your probiotics

Fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut are making appearances on more menus as people learn more about body ecology. They're important because they naturally contain probiotics, which encourage the growth of good bacteria. Some people also respond well to a supplement. Choose one containing some of the most studied probiotic strains: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium lactis.

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SEE ALSO:  The Bacteria In Your Guts Can Change Your Mood

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32 Reasons Why Central Park Is The Best [PHOTOS]


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Central Park is the natural heart of New York City's busiest borough, accounting for 6% of Manhattan at 778 acres.

Commissioned by state legislature in 1853, it is the first landscaped public park in the U.S. It now draws around 35 million visitors every year.

We took a day trip and documented some of the things that make Central Park the best — even in a chilly November.

Central Park is a vast oasis in the middle of New York City. (Here's the morning view from Spanish Harlem.)

The Harlem Meer is a beautiful lake beginning at 110th and 5th. The name is a nod to the 17th Century European settlers who first inhabited the village of Harlem.

The wildlife in the park's several bodies of water is outstanding. A 2003 census found 500 species of plants and animals. Another census will be published in a few weeks.

Source: CentralPark.com

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GOODBYE, MOVEMBER: A Barber Shares The Best Way To Get Rid Of Your Month-Old Facial Hair


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After a month-long stint of growing out mustaches and beards, it's time to say goodbye to Movember and unruly facial hair everywhere.

If you do decide to shave it all off on December 1st, you better get prepared — your skin hasn't seen a razor in months, so now's the time to be careful and gentle.

We spoke with barber Duvall Lawton, one of the original barbers at Harry's flagship barbershop in New York City, to get some expert tips for getting rid of facial hair that's been growing for 30 days.

1. Trim your beard and mustache as close as possible. "If you have a big beard, I would trim it down so if there are any ingrown hairs, or a mole, or irritation to the skin you can see it before you start shaving," Lawton suggests.

2. Apply a hot towel to your face for about 30 seconds. This lets the pores open up, and softens your hair follicles, according to Lawton. Plus, it will feel indulgently good.

3. Lather on pre-shave oil and/or shaving cream and moisturize it into the skin. Let it sit for a few minutes to soften the hair. 

4. Run the razor under warm water for 20 seconds. "The warm water actually heats up the razor, which makes the razor sharper," Lawton says. "When you take that first stroke, you'll feel a big difference when that razor is hot."

5. Shave with the grain, or the direction your hair is growing, to avoid razor burn or ingrown hairs. Avoid going over areas multiple times to keep irritation to a minimum.

6. After you're done shaving, combine some alcohol and cold water on a towel and place it on your face for 20 seconds to close up your pores. Store-bought astringents will also work.

7. Keep your skin soft and massage some moisture back into your pores (it's been dried out with the hot and cold towels). Harry's barber Lawton recommends Musgo Real After Shave Balsam. "It's an aftershave balm. It has almond and jojoba oils, and is a great a treatment for dry and damaged skin," Lawton said.

Congratulations — you now have the closest shave of your life.

And if you're more of a barbershop guy, Harry's will be hosting a National Shave Day on Dec. 1 at select barbershops around the country.  Find out more information and see if your local barbershop is participating here

SEE ALSO: I Just Found A New Haircut Place

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13 Sayings Only People From New England Can Understand


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New Englanders have a certain way of saying things.

In Yankee country, we call remote controls "clickers," traffic circles "rotaries," and subs "grinders." Mainers tack unnecessary "r"s onto words, like idear, while Bostonians drop 'em all together. It's wickedweeeahd.

And don't even try pronouncing Worcester if you're "from away."

Inspired by Business Insider's recent lists of Southern slang and Midwestern expressions the rest of America doesn't understand, here are 13 New England sayings that will inspire you to visit Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut*, and Rhode Island.

Settle in with a cup of Dunk's and enjoy.

1. "Wicked."

A dead giveaway that you're talking to a New Englander, "wicked" is a general intensifier that may be followed by "pissah," to mean superb, or "retahded," if you want to sound ignorant.

Given the Puritan past of New England, the term emerged as a pseudo-curse word during the Salem Witch Trials; although it's also said to originate in Maine. In the last 20 to 30 years, the region adopted it as an affectionate nod to the past.

2. "Bang a uey."boston red sox fan

Whether you're cruising the Pike or navigating a parking lot at one of tax-free New Hampshire's outlet malls, to "bang a uey" (pronounced yoo-ee) is far from being a suggestive slur. "Bang" is to turn and "ueyis short for for U-turn, so this basically is just a directive to turn the car around.

3. "Frappe."

The milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard is the frappe (pronounced with a silent "e"). It's an ultra-thick blend of milk, flavored syrup, and any flavor of ice cream available. If you order a milkshake in New England, you'll likely get a soupier concoction of just milk and syrup.

The frappe, often called a "cabinet" in Rhode Island, worked its way into the national vocabulary when in 1994, Starbucks bought the rights to the name "Frappuccino."

4. "Ayuh!"

If a Mainer asks if you read Stephen King's new book, you can assure him, "ayuh!" The informal affirmative, meaning "yes," possibly derived from the nautical "aye." It's mostly associated with the old-fashioned Down East accent, which is still heard in Eastern Maine but is pretty scarce among people under age 40.

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5. "Pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd."

Do so and you're likely to get towed — "Park the car in Harvard Yard" is an old saw used to ridicule the way Bostonians talk. The traditional, John F. Kennedy-famous accent has broad "a"s and is non-rhotic, meaning the "r" sound drops when it precedes other consonants (smart becomes "smaht"), and other times just for fun (chowder becomes "chowdah").

The phrase doesn't make much sense — most of Harvard's historic 22-acre yard is off-limits to vehicles — but it does make four "r"s magically disappear.

6. "That Masshole just cut me off!"

The "Masshole" takes pride in his aggressive and illegal driving habits. The King of Road Rage, he drifts between lanes with reckless abandon, tailgates hard, is too cool to use turn signals, and has demonstrated an inability to yield, merge, observe road signs and speed limits, and function like a human being behind the wheel of a car.

7. "Just because a cat has her kittens in the oven don't make them biscuits."

This odd little analogy heard throughout Vermont and Maine emphasizes the value they place on native status. If you were born in New England, but your parents are originally from out-of-state, you can fuhggedabout claiming to be a true New Englander. Harsh.

One might also say someone is "from away," indicating he isn't a native of Maine.

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8. "Now that's a New York System hot wiener!"

A staple of Rhode Island's foodie tradition, these wieners — never "hot dogs" — caught on in the early 1900's and were named to invoke a sense of Coney Island-authenticity. The New York System hot wiener ordered "all the way" is cut short, about four inches long, cooked slowly on a low-heat griddle all day, and topped with mustard, raw chopped onions, celery salt, and a greasy ground-beef sauce.

Wash it down with a bottle of coffee milk, a combination of sweet coffee syrup and milk that is Little Rhody's official state drink.

9. "Make a packie run."

Before the Sox game starts, stock up on some Sam Adams at the package store — "packie" for short, also known as a liquor store. The term is a relic of post-Prohibition days, when purists still didn't care to associate with the likes of boozy-sounding words. "Package" most likely references the plain paper bag you get at checkout.

10. "You can't get there from here."

Before it was a R.E.M. song, this colloquialism served as a tongue-in-cheek response to travelers asking for difficult directions.

It seems like nonsense today, but in Maine during the era of settlement, with few roads, fewer bridges, and tough terrain, many people on the move would often find themselves in sight of their destinations but with no way to get there.

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11. "Have a Hoodsie Cup."

A Hoodsie Cup is a small waxed-paper cup filled with half chocolate, half vanilla ice cream, and tastes of frozen whipped cream and nostalgia. Every elementary school child received a red polka-dotted cup with a flat wooden spoon on Ice Cream Days and in-school holidays.

Produced by Massachusetts-based dairy company Hood, Hoodsies launched in 1947 and is still available at Walmart and limited grocery stores in the Northeast.

12. "The kid's got moxie."

Moxie describes someone with vigor, stamina, and guts — a neologism inspired by the official soft drink of Maine. Dr. Augustine Thompson, a Union native, first patented Moxie in 1876 as a medicinal drink that strengthens the nerves and cures "loss of manliness."

The bitter beverage was later rebranded to take advantage of the rapidly growing soft drink market, and by World War II, people were saying, "What this country needs is plenty of Moxie."

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13. "Live free or die."

New Hampshire doesn't mess around with freedom. When an illness forced General John Stark, the state's most distinguished Revolutionary War hero, to decline an invitation to the 32nd anniversary reunion of an important battle, he instead sent a written toast to his wartime comrades. It read, "Live Free Or Die; Death Is Not The Worst of Evils."

More than a century later, the 1945 Legislature adopted it as the official state motto. It remains the ballsiest motto of the 50 states.

Did we miss your favorite? Add it in the comments.

"What this Country Needs is Plenty of Moxie"
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because of Moxie's "Nerve Food" image, the word "moxie" enters the English language as a synonym for vim, vigor, stamina, and just plain "guts". - See more at: http://www.drinkmoxie.com/history.php#sthash.x2TKGS95.dpuf

*Apparently Connecticut's only cultural contribution is "Gilmore Girls."

SEE ALSO: 50 Trips You Need To Take In The United States

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HOT NEW TREND: Rich People Are Shopping Around For Foreign Passports



Who wouldn't want Tina Turner to be a citizen of their country?

She, along with other members of the world's super rich, like LVMH head Bernard Arnault (the richest man in France), have started shopping around for second citizenships, according to a survey by UBS and Wealth-X published last month.

It's called "jurisdiction shopping."

Turner herself settled on Zurich, Switzerland. No surprise there, Switzerland, along with Singapore and Hong Kong are super popular second citizenship spots for super wealthy people looking for "friendlier" tax treatment. 

From Wealth-X:

Armand Arton, CEO of Arton Capital, a global financial advisory firm that provides custom-tailored financial services and Immigrant Investor Programs to UHNW individuals explains that: “More and more high net worth individuals are enquiring into immigrant investor programs due to the increased financial flexibility and investment options they can offer to them.”

Arton deals with various governments around the world who are trying to attract these wealthy Global Citizens through programs that offer an expedited pathway to residency and citizenship – Arton says his clients seek a second residency for a variety of reasons including privileged resident status, family security, or in some cases, direct or fast tracked citizenship.

Now, an interesting thing about this report is that these shoppers are mostly Western. China and India's newly minted wealthy are staying at home.

Eighty-six percent of Chinese billionaires and 95 percent of Indian billionaires who have most of their business in China and India, respectively, also grew up there, according to the report.

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Late Seattle Man Leaves His Secret $188 Million Fortune To Charity


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Jack Macdonald, an elderly man known for cutting coupons and wearing holey sweaters, has left a staggering donation of $188 million to three Seattle institutions. 

The trust, the largest donation made in Washington state this year, went to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of Law, and the Salvation Army, according to The Seattle Times.

Macdonald maintained an image of a man of little means. He frequently rode the bus and stocked up on bargain-priced food at the supermarket. Only a handful of people knew that he had amassed a fortune investing in the stock market over a 60-year period. 

"He was amazing," his stepdaughter, Regen Dennis, said to The Seattle Times. "He didn’t trust a lot of other people to do his research; he directed what he wanted bought, and he really knew what he wanted."

Macdonald, who died in September at the age of 98, donated to many different causes throughout his lifetime, including an anonymous gift of $150,000 to the Canadian town of Elora, where his father immigrated from Scotland. 

This particular gift, however, is setting state and national records. 

Forty percent of the $188 million is going to Seattle Children's, though Macdonald had no children of his own. It is the largest single gift ever made to pediatric research in the entire country. 

Another 30% of the trust will go to the UW School of Law, the largest gift to the law school in history, and the largest estate gift to the university as a whole. 

The remaining 30% will go the Salvation Army, which Macdonald chose because his father, Frederick, worked with many blue-collar workers. 

"He felt really good about what he was doing with his money,” Dennis said, “and our family feels good about what he’s doing with his money."

SEE ALSO: 25 Billionaires Who Are Giving Away Their Fortunes

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This Machine Cuts Out The Coffee Middleman By Roasting, Grinding, And Brewing Beans


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Truly fresh coffee is hard to come by, since it takes the average bean six months from when its harvested to reach your cup.

The Bonaverde Coffee Changers company in Berlin is trying to change that and cut out the coffee middleman with a new machine that not only grinds and brews coffee beans, but roasts them as well.

The machine has a rotary system in a stainless-steal container that heats up and roasts the raw beans at the desired setting. After 3-4 minutes, the beans are cooled, and then ground and brewed with pre-heated water. 

bonaverde coffee machineThe entire process from roasting to brewing takes roughly 12-14 minutes, depending on your selected roast profile (there are six options available), and can brew between 2 and 12 cups.

The project has been in development for the past two years after founder Hans Stier had a vision to put farmers more in control of their beans. The company currently has relationships with farmers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India and Brazil that sell their beans directly through Bonaverde, thereby cutting out the "roasting middleman" and giving the farmer more control over — and money for — his beans. 

Now after testing four earlier prototypes, Bonaverde Coffee Changers has finally reached the final step of its two-year-long project. The team of German engineers currently has a Kickstarter campaign to create working machines for serial production with early-bird delivery expected in October of next year. 

There are still 9 days left to go, and the all-in-one coffee machine has already earned $459,740 dollars, well above their Kickstarter goal of $135,000. Find out more about the coffee machine or order your own (with raw beans included) over at Kickstarter for $300.

SEE ALSO: The 10 Best Coffee Shops In San Francisco

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This BMW 3 Series Is More Efficient Than A Smart Car


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2013 has been a big year for diesel in the United States. Audi and General Motors are both pushing new models that give up on gasoline for the more energy-rich fuel, and BMW has gotten in on the game, too.

The $38,600 BMW 328d (with the M Sport package, our model came out to $45,075) gets an EPA-rate 32 mpg in the city and a whopping 45 mpg on the highway. And it delivers those numbers with all the style, power, and comfort that have made the 3 Series one of the best model lines ever.

To see if BMW has made the perfect road trip car, we took the 328d on a road trip from New York City to Albany, and back. Watch and see how it went down.

Produced by William Wei

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United Has Revamped The Planes It Flies Cross-Country, And They Look Pretty Swanky [PHOTOS]


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Flights between New York and California are among the most lucrative in the country, so it's no surprise that airlines are pulling out all the stops to lure passengers onto their long-haul offerings.

In August, JetBlue unveiled a new business class with private "suites," to debut in the second quarter of 2014.

According to JetBlue, its New York-San Francisco and New York-Los Angeles routes bring in 50% more revenue than any other in the U.S., and they are flown by 6,000 passengers every day.

That's good news for United, which announced today that it has finished upgrading its Premium Service fleet, the 15 planes it flies from New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The new setup is pretty swanky for those flying what United calls "BusinessFirst" class, and not too shabby in Economy either.

Here's what you get in BusinessFirst, at no additional cost:

  • Flat-bed seats that are 6 feet, 4 inches long and 21 inches wide, plus a duvet and pillow

  • Hot towel service

  • Multi-course meals, but only on "most flights"

  • On-demand entertainment, on a person 15.4-inch screen, and the choice to connect your iPod

  • Noise-reducing headphones

  • In-seat power plugs

Yet you still have to pay for WiFi, provided by Gogo.

In Economy, United passengers will benefit from new seats and free on-demand entertainment on a 9-inch screen. Headphones and in-seat power are free.

But food will still cost cash: "Snackboxes and à la carte items" are available for purchase. "Economy Plus" seats, with 5 extra inches of legroom, will cost more, too.

We think JetBlue's new business and economy class options look nicer, but at least United's planes are ready now.

Here's what BusinessFirst looks like:

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United Airlines premium service business

And Economy:

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SEE ALSO: Take A Virtual Tour Of JetBlue's Swanky New Business Class Suites

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Four Easy Ways To Make A Plain Suit Look Totally Fresh


It's the holiday season, and that means cocktail parties, work functions, family reunions and more — it means a bunch occasions that require a suit.

Now, in a perfect world every gentleman would have a suit for every occasion. But the world is not perfect, and good suits do not come cheap, so it's important to find ways to make standard suits look fresh.

For the most part, you've got a few standard black/navy work suits and maybe something sharper for special occasions. (If you are sharp at all, but that's another discussion).

Despite that harsh reality, in a world of Instagram and Facebook, no gentleman wants to look like he's wearing the same thing in every snap shot.

Enter your accessories. Business Insider reached out to Jesse Chao, founder of men's accessory line, Vittorio J. He gave us four ways to add tiny twists to your suit that will make it look different from wear to wear. Even better, you can get most of this stuff for less than $20.


Since suits are coming in shorter these days, don't be afraid to show a little ankle, and make that ankle stand out. If you want to match your socks with your tie, shirt etc. feel free, but don't over do it.

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 Pocket Squares.

They're easy, and they're everywhere in stores. Put a pocket square in your lapel (no, it doesn't have to match you tie... in fact, don't match your tie) and depending on the color, design and how your fold it, the square can make your entire look more fun or more serious.

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Vintage Cuff links

Go big here, or go home. Chao says you want vintage cuff links because they tend to be more interesting to look at than the plain ones that are on the market these days.

"On eBay, you can find a ton of nice ones for less than $20. My favorites are the enamel ones as well as the snap-on ones. They really don't make snap-on cuff links that much anymore but they are so convenient - its so much easier to roll up a shirt when wearing these," Chao said.

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Flower lapel pins.

Guys, this is the new hotness. Just check out the hashtag #flowerlapelpins on Instgram and you'll see that fashion heads all over the world are tacking these onto their suits to give them an elegant twist. Chao recommends checking out Etsy for a few cheap options.

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14 Great Holiday Gift Ideas For Every Kind Of Mom


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The holiday season is upon us, but don't freak out — there's still time to get your mom something other than a card.

Whether it's your mother, grandma, step-mom, wife, sister, or daughter, it's nice to make all the moms in our lives feel special.

Here are our picks for the best holiday gifts for moms this season, from gifts that pamper to accessories for the tech-obsessed.

A fitness tracker will help active moms keep tabs on their stats.

For the mom who loves to go running and exercise, the Pear Pro Training Intelligence System lets her keep track of her heart rate and calories burned on the go. It even has a personal trainer component that tells her how far she's gone.

Buy it through Pear Sports for $200

Keep her iPad safe in the kitchen with a cover and stand.

If your mom uses an iPad to look up recipes, consider getting her a sleeve to protect her device from spillage like these disposable Chef Sleeves. The same brand also has stands and cutting boards that will prop up her device so she can read the recipe.

Buy a disposable pack of 25 here for $20

Yogi moms will appreciate this yoga accessories set.

For the seasoned yogi or the mom who just wants to give it a try, this Breathe, Bind & Align package is perfect. It has all the yoga props your mom might need, from a cork block for balance to a wool blanket for her back.

Buy it here for $136

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The $4.5 Million Lamborghini Supercar Made Its Public Debut On An Aircraft Carrier In Abu Dhabi [PHOTOS]


After its March debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini's completely over-the-top Veneno supercar made its official public debut on Sunday. To make sure the setting matched the car, the event was held on an Italian aircraft carrier, docked in Abu Dhabi.

Only nine units of the Veneno Roadster will be built, starting in 2014, and each will cost €3.3 million euros ($4.5 million), before taxes.

So what do you get for all that money? A somewhat absurd-looking car that comes with 750 horsepower, enough to go from 0 to 62 mph in under three seconds. You do not get a roof, but we believe Lamborghini when it promises "an intense driving experience."

Fabio Cannavaro, former captain of Italian national soccer team, got to sit in the Veneno:

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Sweaty Betty's Yoga Pants Are Even More Expensive Than Lululemon's, And Women Love Them


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There's a new high-end fitness fashion brand in town, and it's even more expensive than Lululemon Athletica.

Sweaty Betty, which was founded in London in 1998, has opened two U.S. stores in the last four months — one in Soho and one in Greenwich, Conn. — and it's planning to launch a third in 2014.

The brand offers fashion-forward fitness apparel for a slightly higher price than Lululemon, which has a stronghold over the high-end activewear market in the U.S. 

Sweaty Betty's basic yoga pants cost $120, which is $22 more expensive than Lululemon's. The retailer's cheapest pair of sweatpants cost $110 — compared to $98 at Lululemon — and jackets cost between $80 and $600.

In addition to yoga wear, the retailer offers clothing specific to running, dancing, spinning, cycling, swimming, skiing and playing tennis.

The reason for Sweaty Betty's higher prices is its "up-to-date technology," such as sweat-wicking fabric, according to Sweaty Betty spokeswoman Katie Stratton.

"Sweaty Betty’s ethos is to empower women through fitness by ensuring that they have both stylish and incredibly technical fitness wear," Stratton said in an e-mail. "Our design and buying teams ensure that our product offering includes the most up-to-date technology which is what sets us apart from our competitors."

Women don't seem to mind Sweaty Betty's higher prices.

The company's U.S. website has seen a 200% growth in annual sales since it launched in 2010, according to Stratton. And online reviews of the U.S. stores have so far been positive. 

"I love the new store (aesthetically speaking) and can't wait to try the free workout classes that they offer - they also mentioned a free jogging club that is supposed to start up," blogger Danielle Nazinitsky wrote on Yelp of the Soho location. "Their holistic approach to working out (you buy the clothes there and make a habit of coming to the free classes) is very clever."

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Another Yelp user said: "My friend and I are fitness freaks and always looking for the best gear to wear! The salesgirls were super helpful and the clothing was cute! Great quality and different styles. I bought three outfits that are perfect for spin and Pilates."

On the company's blog, a customer wrote: "I'm so happy Sweaty Betty has opened in New York. I'm a Yoga Teacher in Brooklyn and couldn't be happier with the beautiful store, perfect location and the two new outfits I found at SB yesterday!"

Husband-and-wife team Simon and Tamara Hill-Norton opened the first Sweaty Betty in Notting Hill 15 years ago. Since then, the couple have opened more than 30 U.K. locations, many of which now offer fitness classes in addition to activewear.

When the Soho store first opened in August, the company spread the word by hosting 20 trunk shows in the Hamptons, and giving away yoga mats, activewear and catalogues, according to Women's Wear Daily.

The store also provided New Yorkers with a free taste of London fitness trends, including Frame Rave, a dance cardio class that involves glow sticks and black lights. 

The Soho store currently offers free yoga, barre method, and boot camp classes.

Check out more photos of Sweaty Betty's Soho store below: 

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Sweaty Betty's New York store is located in Soho at 77 Mercer Street.

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Sweaty Betty's basic yoga pants cost $120 compared to Lululemon's $98 bottoms.

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The retailer offers free yoga, barre method, and boot camp classes.

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SEE ALSO: 15 Awesome Yoga Brands Besides Lululemon

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A Mysterious Tipper Is Leaving Thousands Of Dollars At Restaurants Across The US


Since September, an anonymous patron has been leaving mysterious tips of huge proportions in restaurants and bars across the country. 

Employees from Ann Arbor, Mich. to Los Angeles were lucky enough to be at the receiving end of some amazingly large tips, all over $1,000.  

The tipper is claiming credit for the gifts by posting photos of receipts on the Instagram page @tipsforjesus, though as of now it is still unclear whether it is one person or a group behind the scheme. 

Here's a shot of a receipt from the Legends of Notre Dame, a restaurant on the University of Notre Dame's campus. The mysterious tipper paid a visit before the football team took on USC, which could explain the "Fight On!" message left on the receipt.  The photo shows an unbelievable $5,000 was tacked on to the total. 

According to The South Bend Tribune, the mystery tipper returned to the restaurant again after the game, racking up a $164.50 bill and leaving another $5,000 tip. 

"We were all looking at this like, is this a joke?" Ashley Rust, a former bartender at Legends, said to the South Bend Tribune. "We were all super shocked and we didn't want to get too excited because we hadn't ever seen a tip like this."

Rust said that the bill was paid by three men, one of whom was wearing a USC jersey, though all three said they were from California. 

Several other tips were left in the alleged tippers' home state of California. 

They stopped in Chicago, too.

The anonymous tipper even had enough cash on hand to pay this Chicago-area golf caddy.

The mystery of the anonymous tipper first began back in August, when employees in an Ogden, Utah bar said they received a $1,000 tip from a young man using a black American Express "Centurion" card. The black card is very exclusive, available by invitation only to those who fit strict qualifications. 

The person or people behind the @tipsforjesus account are now claiming responsibility for extravagant tips left in two different Ogden establishments, though those receipts were not labeled "tips for Jesus" as the others were. 

SEE ALSO: Many US Waiters Haven't Had A Pay Raise In 22 Years

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25 Books That Changed The Course Of History


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Every reader knows that a book can change your life.

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?

Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.

From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 titles have had a major impact (listed here in alphabetical order). 

Do you think another book belongs on this list? Let us know in the comments.

"Aesop’s Fables" by Aesop

Believed to have originated between 620 and 560 BCE

"Aesop's Fables" is a collection of stories that are meant to teach the listener a life lesson. The fables themselves are often credited to an ancient Greek slave and story teller named Aesop (though the origin of the fables remains disputed).

The stories themselves are still important moral lessons and have had a far-reaching impact on literature and common sayings, including "wolf in sheep's clothing," "boy who cried wolf," "goose that laid the golden eggs," and many others.

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"The Analects of Confucius" by Confucius

Believed to have been written sometime between 475 and 221 BCE

Also known as simply "Analects" or "Lunyu," this book is the collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius on how to live a virtuous life and be kind — what he referred to as ren.

Today, "The Analects" continues to have a profound influence on Eastern philosophy and ethics, especially in China.

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"Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank

Published in 1947

The book is a compilation of the diary writings of Anne Frank, a young woman who hid with her family for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was discovered and taken in 1944, and Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Since its publication, "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" has been translated into more than 60 languages and remains one of the most famous and influential primary documents from Europe in WWII.

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The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To Bar Etiquette


bartender shots alcohol barI shouldn’t have to write this, but apparently I do.

Last week, a self-described "Godfather of Hipsterdom" and sometimes author/TV personality released a list of tips on bar etiquette that were so terrible that I felt obligated to respond.

#1: Can we please stop calling them hipsters and go back to calling them pu**ies?

You can read his list and my entire response here. Filled with senseless, lowbrow, intentionally provocative drivel, it includes such gems as:

  • Stop ordering water.
  • A bar is a ‘man zone’ so women need to dial back their fun.
  • Men should not order wine.
  • Stop showing bartenders pictures of your kids.

As a result, I have decided to come up with my own—a simple and succinct, updated and definitive list of rules for bar etiquette:

1. Be a regular at more than one bar.

2. Be patient. There’s no line to get drinks in your refrigerator.

3. Always tip more than you should. Tipping at a regular bar is a good investment.

#1: I say 'keep the change' purely for my own convenience.

4. Never ask for a ‘good pour.’ That’s asking them to give you something for free, and bartenders can and do get fired for that. If they like you, they’ll hook you up.

5. Never tip a bartender on a free round. Thank him or her and tip big on the next round or when you close out.

#1: If I only wanted one drink, I'd go for communion.

6. If you’re having more than one drink, or are with a group of people, just throw your card behind the bar.  You can always settle the tab in cash at the right time.

7. Don’t get drunk on beer when you’re trying to pick up girls. (Too many trips to the bathroom.)

#1: I spent last night pouring champagne, feeding her dessert, & telling stories of my trip to Bhutan. I've never been to Bhutan.

8. Never take off your suit jacket. Nobody ever pictures a drunk in a suit and tie. Remove the jacket; destroy the illusion.

9. Don’t treat a bartender like he’s just some guy waiting until he finds a real job.

#1: When it doesn't matter how much the drinks cost, it's always Happy Hour.

10. Don’t whistle, snap, yell, or wave money. Unless you want people to think you work at Morgan Stanley.

11. If you want to buy a woman a drink, ask her permission.

12. If you are having friends, colleagues, or a partner meet you out, clear your tab before they show up. It’s not cool if they end up paying, but more importantly, it’ll make you look like the drunk that you are.

#1: If you hear me say 'I'll be right back' at a party, it usually means I'm leaving.

13. Do what you want to do, not what people expect you to do. If you want to put ice in your Pinot Grigio, go for it. 

14. Don’t try ordering a drink from a bar back.

15. Don’t argue about a tab. If you’re arguing, it’s probably because it’s over a material amount of money.  And that means you’re probably not sober enough to argue.

Skirt #1: I can always tell a banker within the first 2 minutes of meeting him in a bar... because he tells me.

16. “When in Rome…” might be the Golden Rule. But it’s just another way of saying, “have some goddamned common sense.”

17. Don’t preemptively mention the tip. There’s no need to ever say, “I’ll take care of you tonight, ______.” (Insert: Pal, Chief, Bubba, Hon)

18. Shots generally only serve one purpose, to speed up the effects of alcohol. There’s a time and a place. And that time and place comes around less frequently after the age of 30.

#1: Blacking out is just your brain clearing its browser history.

19. Always know what you are going to order ahead of time. Have a go-to drink in your repertoire. An old fashioned, vodka martini, a common beer, or even just a house chard. Sit down, take a sip, relax, and then figure out what you really want to drink.

20. When you’re out with friends, put your damn phone away.

#1: Checking your phone after someone else pulls out their phone is the yawn of our generation.

As per ‘How To Be A Man,’ you can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.

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Candid Photos Of New Yorkers Riding The Subway In 1960


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The sites and sounds of the NYC subway are well known to the 4.3 million people who ride it every day.

The sleepy commuters, crowded cars, conductor's voice, and train doors opening and closing are just a part of traveling around New York City.

And though the subway system has only gotten larger and more punctual since the first line was opened, the subway commuters themselves have not changed all that much.

Photographer Enrico Natali  moved to New York City to become a photographer's apprentice in the 1950s. He started taking his own candid shots of people on his commute to work on trains or waiting in the underground stations in 1960.

"Since I lived in the depths of Brooklyn and rode the subway to where I worked in Manhattan, it seemed reasonable to make the subway my first project," Natali said. "I became so involved in the work that for a time I all but lived in the subway."

In his recently published photography book, "New York City Subway, 1960," Natali's 53-year-old photographs have finally come to light. The pictures show a past era, but those same sleepy commuters, busy cars, and subway conductors.

New York's first official subway system opened in Manhattan in October of 1904.

Source: MTA

At the time, there were 28 stations from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway.

Source: MTA

Subway customers bought tickets to pay their fare until May 10, 1920.

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