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5 Things To Know About China's Super-Rich In 2014


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The Hurun Report released its annual survey of China’s ultra-wealthy last week, and in addition to providing information about their luxury shopping preferences and travel destinations, the report questioned these high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) on a host of  other details about their lives. Here are five key findings to know from the report:

They want to send their children to UK boarding schools and U.S. colleges. Many Chinese HNWIs still plan to send their kids out of the country for school, and the United States is still a top choice for college. While 36 percent picked the United States as their main selection for their children’s university education, 28.7 percent said that the UK is the best choice for pre-university education. The kids getting shipped off to British boarding schools tend to be the richest: the average age among millionaires to send their kids abroad for school is 18, but for the super-rich, it’s 16.  

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More than half of them want to emigrate. Partially related to the previous point, the number of Chinese HNWIs who want to emigrate rose from 60 percent last year to 64 percent in this year’s survey. This was “driven mainly by the number of super-rich who have already emigrated,” it says. One reason they want to do so is greater ease in getting their children a foreign education, which includes both private high school and college. Like their top destination for their children’s schooling, the United States remains the top emigration destination, followed by Europe and Canada. The full chart is to the left.   

They’re becoming more confident in China’s economy. Although more than half want to emigrate, a growing number of China’s HNWIs think the economy is getting better. The survey found that the number of Chinese millionaires with an optimistic outlook rose for the first time in five years. It’s still pretty low: only three out of 10 say that they feel “extremely confident” about the future of the Chinese economy, but the number is up from last year’s 25 percent. In addition, the number of wealthy who are “not confident” in the economy dropped from 10 percent last year to only 3.3 percent this year.

They care more about their health. The emphasis on health by China’s wealthy has grown rapidly in the last five years, according to the report. The percentage of those who do not smoke has risen to 61 percent, up from 40 percent five years ago. Their favorite sporting activities are swimming and golf, followed by jogging. The number who do not drink has increased by 12 percent to 40 percent this year. According to the survey, they also like going to the spa, and especially enjoy foot massages.

Their collection choices are changing. A shaky stock market means that China’s wealthy prefer to collect hard assetsReal estate is still the most important investment, and in 2013, “the super-rich shunned equities and invested more heavily in art and alternative investments.” Traditional Chinese ink paintings were the most popular collection item, causing watches to lose their status as the top choice for the first time in five years.


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GUYS: You Should Probably Avoid These Bizarre Looks From The Menswear Shows In Europe


Male models have been strutting the runways for Men's Fashion Weeks in London, Milan, and Paris since early January.

The Fall/Winter 2014 shows ended yesterday, and were full of trends guys can look forward to next season, such as longer coats, chunky sweaters, and a moody color pallet of navy, grey, and black.

But not all of the looks were so dapper. The European runways are known for attracting adventurous designers like Givenchy, Rick Owens, and Bobby Abley, who did not shy away from pushing fashion's boundaries and incorporating outrageous accessories or designs this year.

Below are 11 wacky looks that guys can feel free to skip next season.

Let's start with the tamer Alexander McQueen London show. The tailored suits and screen-printed button downs were great, but we could have lived without the bizarre hair feathers on the models' heads.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Japanese designer Junya Watanabe was all about bringing punk back in style. The preppy-yet-punk show was refreshing, but his cropped pants with tartan patches won't work off the runway.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Rick Owens sent futuristic and monochromatic designs down his Paris runway. Some of the coats were amazing, but all the looks were overshadowed by the head pieces that were reminiscent of nuns' habits.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Givenchy's Paris show was full of fur. The one misstep of the veteran designer was the weird look in the center — is it a vest? A tucked-in scarf? It remains a mystery.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake was all about bursts of color in Paris. The colorful outfits looked like something out of a rave or kaleidoscope.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 And by colorful, we mean really, really colorful. The only time your socks, shoes, shirt, and suit should match like this is if it's Halloween.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014The wide pants from last year's spring runways made a resurgence at Alan Taylor MAN in London. This suit could've been cool, but the huge pants, long jacket, and neon gloves ruined the look.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 J.W. Anderson in London was just a mess with cropped, puffy suits that no normal guy could pull off. And yes, those shoes are high-heeled clogs.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Slutty urban cowboys will love everything Prada sent down the Milan runway. Everyone else should probably just steer clear of the costumey looks.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Designer Yohji Yamamoto sent a troupe of Victorian British vagabonds down his Paris runway. The top hats, cropped pants, and ill-fitting, wild suits were overkill.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Thom Browne's show in Paris featured gorgeous suits with frayed seams that were a major hit. Less popular were the bizarre animal head pieces some of the models were forced to wear.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 But by far the worst of the shows was Bobby Abley's runway in London. All the models wore these horrendous mouth guards, some with bizarre hats topped with mouse ears or devil horns. We hope this is more of a fashion statement than an actual idea for men's accessories.

European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014

SEE ALSO: 11 Accessories Every Guy Needs To Survive This Winter In Style

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Storm Chaser Reveals His 16 Most Incredible Photos



Storm chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living following the worst storms in America, from snarling tornadoes chewing up the Kansas farmland to supercell thunderstorms massing over the Dakotas.

A Nebraska-native, Hollingshead used to watch the Midwest's extreme weather from hills that overlooked his town. After seeing some "crazy storm photos" on the Internet, Hollingshead knew he had to track down the powerful storms. Armed with only a map and a video camera, Hollingshead drove his sedan out to Iowa, where he lucked into a tornado on his first day.

15 years later, Hollingshead is still chasing storms, often into danger. His style is to get right in the path of the storm. While he says it's less scary than you think — because most of the storm consists of heavy rain — it's still extremely stressful.

"Most storm chasers don't put themselves in the path [of the storm] ... but I like the view there the most," he says.

Hollingshead shared some of the most "beast" storms he's ever chased with us, but you can see more of his work at his blog, where he shares pictures and stories from the chases.

Hollingshead started chasing storms in 1999 as a hobby, before going full-time in 2004.

The storm chasing season begins in April, before dropping off quickly in July. He says the best months are May and June. This vivid double rainbow was captured in Kansas.

Hollingshead uses computer models to narrow down where storms, like this supercell in Nebraska, will be. Even with the models, its often impossible to know if a storm will be worth photographing before you get there.

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The 25 US High Schools With The Highest Standardized Test Scores


Here's an awesome chart that looks at the areas of the country that are killing it in the standardized testing arena.

While some universities and employers, like Google and IBM, are downplaying the value of SAT and ACT scores, other research holds that this data is highly reliable and a valid measure of brainpower.

A study from Case Western Reserve University last year showed that standardized testing scores are excellent measures of general cognitive ability. And they continue to play a role in the competitive college admissions process.

With that in mind, school analysis site Niche surveyed 909 public and private high schools between 2012 and 2014, and ranked schools by students' average SAT/ACT scores. The ranking is based on self-reported scores from 75,834 users over the two-year period. In order to qualify, a school had to have responses from at least 100 students.

Without further ado, here are the high schools with the highest standardized test scores:

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And here's the complete list in order:

1. Thomas Jefferson High - Alexandria, VA

2. The Harker School - San Jose, CA

3. Dalton School - New York City, NY

4. Stuyvesant High School - New York City, NY

5. Regis High School - New York City, NY

6. Marlborough School - Los Angeles, CA

7. Lynbrook High - San Jose, CA

8. Lick-Wilmerding High School - San Francisco, CA

9. The Hotchkiss School - Lakeville, CT

10. Packer Collegiate Institute - Brooklyn, NY

11. IL Mathematics & Science Academy - Aurora, IL

12. Henry M. Gunn High - Palo Alto, CA

13. Phillips Exeter Academy - Exeter, NH

14. Middlesex School - Concord, MA

15. Monta Vista High - Cupertino, CA

16. Sidwell Friends School - Washington, D.C.

17. Choate Rosemary Hall - Wallington, CT

18. Mission San Jose High - Fremont, CA

19. Noble & Greenough School - Dedham, MA

20. Leland High - San Jose, CA

21. Ransom Everglades School - Coconut Grove, FL

22. Leland Public School - Leland, MI

23. Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle & Upper - Bronx, NY

24. Brentwood School - Merrimack, NH

25. The Shipley School - Bryn Mawr, PA

SEE ALSO: This Chart Shows The Average SAT Scores In Every State

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This Map Shows The Global Divide On Homosexuality


With the impending Sochi Olympics in Russia taking place in a tense atmosphere following anti-gay measures passed by Moscow in 2013, India's re-criminalization of homosexuality, and the surprise announcement of a ban on gay marriage in Nigeria, the global role of LGBT rights looks set to be a big issue in 2014 and beyond.

It's been disheartening to watch this from the West, where the LGBT movement has made serious strides in the past few years. More disheartening still, the success of the LGBT movement in the West and the angry criticisms of anti-gay laws by American and European observers have led some countries to double down in their actions: Russia recently accused Europe of "aggressive propaganda of homosexual love," for example, and Ugandan anti-gay activists have accused Western gays of "recruiting" impoverished Ugandan children.

All this creates an atmosphere of "us and them" — a global divide over whether LGBT rights are a matter of human equality and dignity, or the moral failings of the decadent Western society. Does the data support such a split? According to Pew Research Center, it does. In the map below, you can see the percentage of the countries who say society should accept homosexuality versus those who don't.

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In this map, the darker red a country is, the higher the percentage of people who believe homosexuality should not be accepted — the greener, the lower the percentage. In total, Pew had 37,653 respondents from 39 countries answer the question between March 2 to May 1, 2013.

Pew HomosexualityAs Pew noted in an article explaining the findings of the survey last year, there is a broad split here — richer, less religious countries tend to accept homosexuality, while the poorer, more religious countries tend to reject it.

The map is interesting in that it shows just how big the divide is between nations. For example, in Russia, 74% of respondents said homosexuality should not be accepted by society. In Nigeria it's a whopping 98%. Meanwhile, in Canada, 80% of those polled said society should accept homosexuality, and 88% of the Spanish felt the same.

That said, there are some obvious blind spots in the map. Most glaringly, India, a country of 1.2 billion, is not included. (Pew notes this was due to concerns over the survey’s administration in the field.) A similar poll found that India's acceptance of homosexuality was low, but the highest of any country that criminalized homosexuality. A large number of other African countries do not feature in the map either, nor does much of Southeast Asia.

There are likely to be more details than a simple map can provide, too. For example, it's probably tempting to look at the African numbers and crudely assume they're a result of "anti-Western" attitudes. However, as Haley McEwen writes at the South African newspaper the Daily Maverick, many of these countries have actually been influenced by the American religious right. It's also worth noting that the U.S. has 60% support for acceptance of homosexuality, making it one of the least tolerant western countries polled. The world is divided, but — as always — the division is more complicated and nuanced than it might first appear.

There is a bright spot from the data, however. While Pew notes that attitudes toward homosexuality have been fairly stable in recent years, there has been a big change in South Korea, the U.S., and Canada, where acceptance of homosexuality has grown by 10% since 2007. Could that percentage swing happen in other countries? Let's hope so, because frankly, it couldn't get much worse.

SEE ALSO: 77 Countries Where Homosexuality Is Illegal [Map]

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The People Of Russia's 'Forgotten Genocide' Return Home To Sochi Ahead Of The Winter Olympics


When the 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi, Russia next month, there will likely be an opening ceremony celebrating Russian history. One horrific event probably won’t make it into the program.

In the mid-1800s, Czar Alexander II ordered the expulsion of the native Circassian people from the Black Sea region of Russia. The expulsion forced millions of Circassians onto overcrowded, undersupplied ships across the Black Sea, where somewhere between 600,000 and 1.5 million Circassians died. It has been called the Circassian diaspora, but many Circassians have called it a genocide, and it's been referred to as the "forgotten genocide.

Since Sochi was announced as the 2014 Olympic host city in 2007, Circassians have protested the upcoming games on the grounds that the genocide has received no recognition from the Russian government and the Olympic stadiums are being built on their ancestors’ graves. One hill being used for skiing and snowboarding events is called “Red Hill” because Russian troops massacred a group of Circassians on it.

Recently, a delegation of Circassians traveled to their ancestral home to visit historic sites ahead of the games. 

The arrival of the delegation began with a welcome ceremony for the many Circassians traveling from all over the world. Because of the diaspora, many traveled from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Germany, and the U.S.S4Native to the North Caucaus region, Circassians were regarded, throughout their history, as fierce warriors. Here, two members of the Circassian delegation wear traditional clothes.S1Circassians were known to be fiercely independent people. Their native land, whose capital was Sochi, was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. When the Empire ceded the land to Russia in 1829, the Circassians refused to accept their new rulers. This memorial stone marks a settlement destroyed by Russia in the ensuing conflict.S2The delegation quickly moved to the village of Tkhagapsh, one of the few remaining settlements in the area consisting of primarily ethnic Circassians.S14Ais Tlyf says that his ancestors settled in Tkhagapsh in 1872 with other Circassian families, after the war with Russia ended and the Russian military left.S10Former Soviet army correspondent and writer Madin Chachukh is a Circassian living in Tkhagapsh. S7Chachukh worries that the Circassian people and the tale of their horrific destruction will be forgotten, even more so than it is today. "The biggest threat we face today, is the loss of our language and subsequently our culture," Chachukh told Reuters. "There are only very few of us left, too few."S11Circassians have a very distinct and separate culture from Russia. Here, children rehearse for a local folklore dance performance for the delegation.S5Circassians from the delegation watch a traditional dance performance in Bolshoy Kichmay, near Sochi.S6Anzaur Alyal, a Circassian villager, is not so sure that the Circassians will be forgotten in the Olympic ceremonies. "Some say, during the opening ceremony of the Olympics there will be Circassians in their traditional dresses walking in the first row ..." Alyal told Reuters. "This would of course be a very good thing. At the same time, I would like people to understand that Circassians are more than just folklore dance and costumes."S8The Circassian people have long been known for honey making. Here, Muzarbek Teshu attends to his beehives in Tkhagapsh.S13Ashirkhan Chachukh, 82, is one of the few Circassians not concerning herself with the coming Olympics. "The Olympic Games are far away, they don't concern me," Chachukh told Reuters. "The only thing I wish is that they pass peacefully. God forbid, only no war! Then, everything is good."S9In response to Sochi's selection as Olympic host, a group from the Circassian diaspora reportedly asked the International Olympic Committee: "What if one of the candidates to host the Olympic Games had been Auschwitz-Birkenau?" They had no response. S12

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MTA TO NEW YORKERS: Go Home Early, Stay There


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It's heavily snowing in New York City, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants commuters to head out of the office early.

It's still reporting "good service" on nearly all subway lines and railroads, but warns that "the storm has arrived earlier than predicted, bringing higher snow accumulation and stronger wind gusts, raising the prospect of snow drifts of up to two feet."

"Service on railroads, subways and buses can be curtailed or suspended entirely or on a route-by-route basis depending on snowfall accumulation," the MTA website says.

The situation will be especially rough for riders on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad, the MTA warns. And once you get home, stay there: "If you do not need to travel tonight, we urge you not to," the MTA said on its website.

Speed restrictions have been put into place on all of the bridges run by the MTA.

SEE ALSO: These Jet-Powered Snow Throwers Keep New York's Mass Transit Running In A Blizzard

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The Traffic In New York City Is Totally Bananas Right Now [MAP]


It's snowing heavily in New York City. The MTA is warning of two-foot snowdrifts and urging commuters to head home early and stay there. Flights are being cancelled by the thousands, including over 30% of flights to and from JFK and LaGuardia airports.

The MTA has reduced speed limits on the nine bridges it operates, and the speed limit on all sections of the New Jersey Turnpike has been dropped to 35 mph.

According to NYC.gov's snow plowing tracker, most Manhattan streets, along with many in the outer boroughs, have been serviced in the past hour.

But traffic is still terrible — everywhere.

Here's the view of New York City from Google Maps, with traffic. We've never seen it so red:

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Credit to Jason Rabinowitz for pointing out the craziness of this map on Twitter.

SEE ALSO: MTA Tells New Yorkers: Go Home Early, Stay There

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This Robotic Mannequin Can Match Your Exact Measurements And Improve Online Shopping


fits.me clothesOnline shopping can't be beat in terms of convenience, but it can be tough to judge actual clothing sizes from a computer screen. In fact, according to The Wall Street Journal, up to one-third of online purchases are eventually returned by consumers because of a poor fit or lack of understanding of what the item will actually look like. 

The Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room aims to solve that problem. The Estonian start-up has built a robotic mannequin that can alter its shape according to specific measurements provided by users.

According to Wired, roboticists at the University of Tartu in Estonia developed the mannequin with the help of Human Solutions, a German research firm specializing in body dimensions. They installed 50 actuators that can move in and out depending on the shape they are meant to form. The actuators were then covered in Pedilin, a material that mimics human skin and is used to create prosthetic legs. 

Now, retailers like Hugo Boss, Superdry, Thomas Pink, and Ecko Unltd. have gotten involved. The process begins with a shipment of samples to the Fits.me studio in Tartu, Estonia, where staffers adjust the robot in thousands of different combinations of measurements in hip width, chest diameter, sleeve length, and waist size. The photos they take of each combination are then entered in a database so that theoretically, shoppers can see the items they're considering on a model that's just their size. 

The program even provides tips about areas where the garment may be too short or too tight on a shopper. Here's an example of what a man shopping online with Henri Lloyd might see when using the Virtual Fitting Room: fits.me henri lloyd

The hope is that having this information will help shoppers to pick out a garment that fits them just right. 

But the technology in Fits.me could have even wider implications: According to Wired, the company is planning to sell the information they've collected on shoppers, which will help retailers to better target design and sales. 

However, virtual shopping remains a competitive industry, with companies like Virtusize, True Fit, Metail, and Clothes Horse exploring similar technology. Fits.me also has Fit Advisor, a lower-end version of the service that simply compares a person's measurements to clothing rather than providing the full virtual fit. 

Still, Fits.me's virtual mannequin seems a great deal less creepy than the computer-generated avatars that other companies are using, and you don't have to provide an actual photo of yourself. 

Check out how the Virtual Fitting Room mannequin moves. 

SEE ALSO: This $164,000 Watch Looks Like A Shiny Spacecraft For Your Wrist

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These Photos Show That Making A Small Repair To Rio's Giant Statue Of Jesus Is An Extreme Task


This is Christ the Redeemer, an iconic statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nearly 4 million people visit the statue every year.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

However, recently the statue was struck by lightning and suffered an injury. According to O Globo, the Archdiocese of Rio says the statue has lost one finger.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

So today, workers went up the statue to inspect the damage.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

The statue is 98 feet tall (not including it's 26 foot pedestal), so that's not exactly an easy task. It's also located on top of the 2,300 foot Corcovado mountain.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

The statue already has lightning rods, but they don't always work as hoped, as the statue is struck as often as five times a year, on average.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

The Associated Press reports that following the inspection, they now believe it will take four months to repair the damage.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

Still, it's a nice view to work with.

Rio Brazil Christ Redeemer statue

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: A Railroad Tycoon Is Selling His 87-Acre Connecticut Horse Farm For $55 Million


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Hunter Harrison, Canada's top-earning CEO, just put his sprawling Ridgefield, Conn. horse farm on the market for $55 million, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Harrison came out of retirement last year to head Canadian Pacific Railway and is ready to move on from Double H Farm, listed with Sally Slater, a horse property expert at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.  

Double H has three houses, one dating back to the 18th century, and sits on 87 acres. There are indoor and outdoor riding rings, two barns, 12 paddocks and three luxury staff apartments.

Double H Farm sits on 87 acres in Ridgefield, Conn.

The main house was built in 2009. It sits at the top of the property.

It has a large, formal foyer.

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Here's A List Of All The Crazy Items Bob McDonnell May Have To Forfeit After Being Indicted


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The Justice Department on Tuesday indicted Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, on 14 counts stemming from their acceptance of gifts, luxury vacations, and large loans from a wealthy Virginia businessman.

Included in the indictment is a list of cash and other assorted items the McDonnells received as gifts. They may be forced to forfeit the possessions if they are convicted on offenses alleged in 11 of the counts spelled out in the indictment.

Here's the extensive list:

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Here's What It Looked Like In Snowy Manhattan Today


New York City is getting hit hard by a snowstorm that's causing massive traffic delays, flight cancellations, and just overall havoc in the city.

Luckily for most of us here at Business Insider, we've stayed indoors all day and haven't had to deal with the chaos associated with this snowstorm (yet). We've been fortunate enough to just observe, record, and time-lapse the storm, which you can watch below.

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This Heat Map Reveals The Secret To IKEA's Store Design


In our recent tour of IKEA's store in Brooklyn, we kept thinking back to a 2011 lecture from Alan Penn of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture.

Penn and his assistants analyzed IKEA's layout by following customers through one of the enormous stores. He was surprised to find an extremely uniform and efficient customer flow.

"If you shop in IKEA, all you do is follow people around the store," Penn said. "You very seldom find people going the other direction."

In fact, Penn realized, there was something very clever going on here, ultimately leading to higher sales. As he concluded in his lecture slides:

  • IKEA is highly disorienting and yet there is only one route to follow
  • Your time allocation is used in the showroom
  • By the time you get to the marketplace you feel licensed to impulse purchase
  • Unintelligibility removes autonomy
  • Submission is the first part of a two part contract
  • Delay is followed by gratification

In short, the overwhelming shopping experience is all part of the plan.

Here's the IKEA customer heatmap from Penn's presentation:

ikea heatmap

SEE ALSO: Why shopping at IKEA is a magical experience like nothing in the world

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9 Bad Fashion Tips Men Should Stop Following


Even if well-intentioned, the wrong fashion tips can sabotage your style. 

A recent Reddit men's fashion thread asked "what is bad clothing advice that people give?" 

We selected some of our favorites. 

1. "As long as the shirt fits at the collar, it's fine." 

"I'm a small skinny guy with a bull neck and long arms," writes ericelectrik. "Chances are if it fits my arms and neck it doesn't fit my body."

There are several things to consider when buying a dress shirt. A good dress shirt will be fitted through the torso, with sleeves reaching about an inch past your wristbone. If you have trouble finding a shirt that fits, try visiting a tailor or ordering a custom one online. shirts2. "You have to own the perfect suit for a complete wardrobe." 

Lists of wardrobe essentials usually include dressy items like a black suit for formal events, notes Photosynthesis.

No two people are alike, and it's impossible to create a wardrobe checklist that fits everyone. Evaluate your own lifestyle. If you rarely go to black-tie events, try renting your formal-wear instead. Men's Suits Macy's 3. "Dressing well means you have to be uncomfortable." 

If you're uncomfortable, it's going to show. Even formal clothing should be comfortable to wear. And casual outfits that are fitted the right way can look great.

"A frumpy suit looks way worse than a well-fitting casual outfit like a hoodie and jeans," writes maxwellsaysman hoodie american apparel unisex4. "Wearing larger clothing will make you look slim." 

Extra fabric creates bulk, which actually makes you look larger. 

"A proper fit is what will make your body look more streamlined," writes styletrumpsfashiondad jeans5. "Fasten the bottom button of your suit jacket." 

"Too many people do this," writes Nobody-Man

This helpful guide explains that you should fasten the top button sometimes, the middle button always, and the bottom button never. guys at party6. "Men can wear suits anywhere. Always wear a suit." 

"No, don't always wear a suit...don't be the jerk who shows up to a party in a suit when everyone else is wearing jeans and a t-shirt. You don't look cool—you look like a tool," writes vm88. "Social context is a huge part of dressing well."how i met your mother7. "If you copy celebrity style, you'll look fashionable." 

As Hungryone points out, celebrity style can look out-of-place among normal people. 

Chances are, you'd feel uncomfortable wearing Kanye's bright print in your office. kanye west8. "Pants will start to fit once you wash them a few times." 

You're going to wait forever for this to happen if your pants are too baggy, writes niceniceverycool

Pants can shrink a little in the wash. But if your pants are overly baggy, spent a few dollars getting them tailored. You'll be happy you did. European Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 9. "Buy once, buy for life." 

As GraphicNovelty points out, the idea that every clothing item you purchase has to be perfect is overwhelming. 

"There's a time and place for that when you know what your style is. However, if you do this all the time when you're starting out you'll have a bunch of really nice stuff you never wear," he writes. "Plus, sometimes its fun to buy trendy items that you'll only really want to wear for a season."lululemon men's clothing model

SEE ALSO: A Guide To How Men's Clothes Should Fit

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Malaysian Printer Blacks Out Faces Of Pigs On The Cover Of The New York Times


Today, The New York Times ran a story by Stephanie Strom titled "Demand Grows for Hogs That Are Raised Humanely Outdoors," an article about the growth of the pasture-raised pork industry in the U.S.

When the article appeared in the International New York Times on newsstands in Malaysia, however, it looked a little different. The pig's faces had been blacked out:

Pigs NYT

When the story continued inside the newspaper, another pig was blacked out too:

New York Times Pork Pig Malaysia

What shameful thing had these pigs done to be forced into anonymity?

According to the Malay Mail, the decision to black out the faces was made by printers of the Malaysian edition of the newspaper, KHL Printing Co. “We’ve been doing this for some time. We block out pictures of nudes and things like these. This is a Muslim country,” a representative of the printers told the publication.

While Malaysia is a multi-faith state, Islam is the official state religion. Muslims make up two-thirds of the country, and practicing Muslims tend to abstain from pork. Al Jazeera notes that while the country is known for its relatively moderate version of Islam, the banning of books and other materials is common in the country.

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These Breathtaking Photos Show Insects Up-Close In Morning Dew


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Polish photographer Mirosław Świętek takes extremely close-up photos of insects, impossible until a few years ago.

Using a macro lens — which has evolved to capture the smallest details at the highest quality — Świętek shows magnified bugs that look like creatures from another planet.

Now, we use the word "bug" loosely. All bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. To feed, true bugs suck, using a special mouth part called a proboscis, instead of bite. They also undergo an "incomplete metamorphosis," hatching as nymphs instead of larvae. 

Water beads on this blue dragon fly because of the liquid's surface tension. The water molecules are more attracted to each other than to the insect's exoskeleton, so they ball up.

 Source:University of Arkansas

Moths' wings, like butterflies', contain "dust," or tiny scales made from modified hairs. They help with flight.

 Source: Science Focus

Some moths smell through their antennae.

 Source: Ask Nature

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$10,000 AND UP: The Most Expensive Hotel Rooms In NYC


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New York City is one of the most expensive places to live, but it can also cost a pretty penny just to visit. 

According to NewYorkHotels.org, guests would have to shell out a whopping $40,000 to book the city's priciest suite for just one night.

The hotel booking site recently released a list of the 10 most expensive hotel rooms in Manhattan, created by comparing the average rate throughout September 2013 (when the city's tourism was at its peak).

#10 A two-bedroom penthouse in the Trump SoHo hotel will run guests $10,000 a night. With open layouts and modern furnishings by Fendi Casa, the rooms offer views of the Hudson River or East River Bridges.

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#9 The Royal Suite at The Ritz-Carlton's Central Park location feels like a private home with marble embellishments and seven different types of pillows. It costs $14,000 per night, which also includes complimentary access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge.

Source: NewYorkHotels

#8 The Art Deco-inspired Empire Suite at The Carlyle is a spacious three-bedroom duplex located on floors 28 and 29. It costs $15,000 each night, and has gorgeous views of Central Park.

Source: NewYorkHotels

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Roman Abramovich's $75 Million Dream Mansion Hits A Roadblock


Roman Abramovich fifth avenue new york city penthouse $75 millionLast October, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was in contract to buy three apartments in a gorgeous Fifth Avenue mansion for $75 million.

But a new report in The New York Post says that the deal may be in jeopardy since the seller supposedly wants even more money.

Abramovich originally wanted to purchase three of the five apartments in the building at 828 Fifth Avenue from the family of late British real estate developer Howard Ronson, which included the penthouse, a triplex, and a duplex apartment.

But Ronson's widow — heiress Angelika Ivanc — is reportedly holding out because she believes she can get more money from the mogul.

According to the Post:

Ivanc is challenging the executors’ approval of the co-op sale in court in the English Channel island of Guernsey, where Ronson’s company had offices.

While a European court ruling would not bar the sale in New York, legal experts say that the controversy would likely be enough to force the parties to hold off on the transaction until the court case is resolved.

Even if the deal closes at the current price of $75 million, it would still be the most expensive co-op ever bought in the city beating out the previous record of $54 million, according to The Real Deal.

Abramovich has reportedly bought another apartment in the building, and is trying to purchase the final unit so he can restore the mansion to its former glory, the Post reports.

The eight-bedroom co-op is an interesting mix of classic and modern with tall ceilings and eight bedrooms. There's even a rooftop terrace that looks out over Central Park.

The Manhattan townhouse sits directly across from Central Park Zoo.

It's currently divided up into five units. Abramovich has made an offer to buy three.

He's hoping to buy the other two and create a single-family mansion.

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Most Single People Don't Know If They're On A Date Or Just Hanging Out


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Carrie Bradshaw has been missing from our TVs for 10 years now, but single people everywhere still can't figure out if they're on a date or just hanging out with a buddy.

A new survey commissioned by ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com says that when out with a potential love interest, 69% of singles have absolutely no idea if they're on a date or not. 

The online poll questioned 2,647 singles between ages 18 and 59.

Of everyone polled, 80% say they think that a date is “a planned one-on-one hangout," but not all one-on-one hangouts are dates.

USA Today looked for some clarification from Fordham MBA student Tayo Rockson, who said that “if it’s someone that you just met recently and consistently have one-on-one hangout sessions, that’s sort of a date.” 

Gawker's Hamilton Nolan offered up his own litmus test, which could ring true unless you're not interested in engaging physically with someone until you're absolutely sure you're on a date. 

If the foolproof way to figure out whether your Saturday afternoon stroll is either romantic or platonic comes down to leaning in for a kiss and waiting to be rejected, there's a lot of heartbreak in store for all of us. 

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