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Every Unit At This New Bahamas Condo Comes With A Private Swimming Pool

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For wealthy New Yorkers accustomed to $10+ million urban homes, buying a Bahamas condo for $3 million doesn't seem so bad.

At least, that's what Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and real estate company Douglas Elliman are hoping.

They have teamed up on a gorgeous new project called the Honeycomb on the south coast of New Providence, named for its geometric and organic façade. The midrise condominium will face a marina and the ocean, and feature apartments ranging from two bedrooms to seven-bedroom penthouses.

The 34-unit complex is a part of a larger resort known as The Albany, a project developed by the Tavistock Group with investors such as Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, and would be the tallest building in the area, according to the press release.

“The idea with having Douglas Elliman on board is that the New York buyer hasn’t been addressed,” Horacio LeDon, a senior managing director at Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, told The New York Times. “Wealthy New Yorkers have been going down to the Bahamas for quite some time, and all without any proper marketing. We aim to change that.”

Compared to some Manhattan real estate, the condos are relatively cheap, costing roughly $1,600 to $1,700 per square foot after closing costs and other expenditures, according to The Times (that's a range of $3 million to $12.5 million). In Manhattan, square footage can go for many times that price.

Each apartment comes with an outdoor private terrace, as well as a pool. Honeycomb will break ground this summer, and opens in the first half of 2016.

A new midrise condominium in the Bahamas, the Honeycomb has 34 apartments with their own private terraces and pools.

Source: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)



The building will look out into the marina filled with yachts and towards the ocean.

Source: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)



During the night, Honeycomb will be clearly visible from the water with the pools and windows all lit up.

Source: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)



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The Fascinating Origins Of English Names For Colors

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Dating back centuries, the names of our everyday colors have origins in the earliest known languages.

According to linguists:

There was a time when there were no color-names as such. . .  and that not very remote in many cases, when the present color-words were terms that could be used in describing quite different qualities [including] gay, lively, smart, dashy, loud, gaudy . . . dull, dead, dreary . . . tarnished, stained, spotted, dirty, smeared . . . faint, faded [and feeble].

As different societies developed names for colors, across the globe, isolated cultures went about naming the colors, but weirdly, they all generally did it in the same order.

Called the hierarchy of color names, the order was generally (with a few exceptions): black, white, red, green, yellow, and blue with others like brown, purple and pink coming at various times afterward.

Recent research in this area has demonstrated that this hierarchy matches humans reaction to different frequencies in the visible spectrum; that is, the stronger our reaction to that color’s frequency, the earlier it was named in the culture; or as Vittorio Loreto et al. put it:

The color spectrum clearly exists at a physical level of wavelengths, humans tend to react most saliently to certain parts of this spectrum often selecting exemplars for them, and finally comes the process of linguistic color naming, which adheres to universal patterns resulting in a neat hierarchy…

So, like other cultures, English words for the colors generally followed that same pattern, with black and white coming first, and purple, orange and pink coming last.

The Parents of Modern English

Although a number of the languages discussed in this article are self-explanatory, these three benefit from a brief description:

Proto-Indo-European (PIE) – Known as the common ancestor of all of the Indo-European (Europe, India, Iran and Anatolia) languages, it was spoken up to, perhaps, the 3rd or 4th millennium BC.

Proto-Germanic – A child of the PIE, Proto-Germanic (2000 BC-500 BC) was an ancestor of the Saxon, English, German (duh), Norse, Norwegian, Dutch, Danish, Icelandic, Faroese, Swedish, Gothic and Vandalic languages.

Old English – This early form of English, also sometimes called Anglo-Saxon, was used in England and Scotland from about 400 AD-1100 AD.

In addition, many of the words from these and other early languages are only assumed to have existed. In the study of the origin of words (etymology) these “presumed words” are generally marked with an asterisk (*). For convenience, they are referred to as “written” although it is doubtful that they ever were.

Black

Black derives from words invariably meaning the color black, as well as dark, ink and “to burn.”

Originally meaning, burning, blazing, glowing and shining, in PIE it was *bhleg. This was changed to *blakkaz in Proto-Germanic, to blaken in Dutch and blaec, in Old English. This last word, blaec, also meant ink, as did blak (Old Saxon) and black (Swedish).

The color was called blach in Old High German and written blaec in Old English. One final meaning, dark (also blaec in Old English) derived from the Old Norse blakkr.

White

White began its life in PIE as *kwintos and meant simply white or bright. This had changed to *khwitz in Proto-Germanic, and later languages transformed it into hvitr (Old Norse), hwit (Old Saxon) and wit (Dutch). By the time Old English developed, the word was kwit.

Red

In PIE, red was *reudh and meant red and ruddy. In Proto-Germanic, red was *rauthaz, and in its derivative languages raudr (Old Norse), rod (Old Saxon) and rØd (Danish). In Old English, it was written read.

Green

Meaning grow in PIE, it was *ghre. Subsequent languages wrote it grene (Old Frisian), graenn (Old Norse) and grown (Dutch). In Old English, it was grene and meant the color green as well as young and immature.

Yellow

Thousands of years ago, yellow was considered to be closely related to green, and in PIE it was *ghel and meant both yellow and green. In Proto-Germanic, the word was *gelwaz. Subsequent incarnations of German had the word as gulr (Old Norse), gel (Middle High German) and gelo (Old High German). As late as Old English, yellow was written geolu and geolwe

Blue

Blue was also often confused with yellow back in the day. The PIE word was *bhle-was and meant “light-colored, blue, blond yellow” and had its root as bhel which meant to shine. In Proto-Germanic, the word was *blaewaz, and in Old English, it was blaw.

English also gets some of its words from French, and blue is one of them. In Old French (one of the vulgar Latin dialects whose height was between the 9th and 13th centuries AD) blue was written bleu and blew and meant a variety of things including the color blue.

Brown

Derived from the Old Germanic for either or both a dark color and a shining darkness (brunoz and bruna),brown is a recent addition to our language. In Old English it was brun or brune, and its earliest known writing was in about 1000 AD.

Purple

This word also skipped the PIE and seems to have sprung up in the 9th century AD, in Old English aspurpul. Burrowed from the Latin word purpura, purple originally meant alternately, “purple color, purple-dyed cloak, purple dye . . . a shellfish from which purple was made . . . [and] splendid attire generally.”

Orange

This color’s name derives from the Sanskrit word for the fruit naranga. (Yes, the color orange was named after the fruit, not the other way around). This transformed into the Arabic and Persian naranj, and by the time of Old French to pomme d’orenge. It was originally recorded in English as the name of the color in 1512.  Before then, the English speaking world referred to the orange color as geoluhread, which literally translates to “yellow-red.”

Pink

One of the most recent colors to gain a name, pink was first recorded as describing the “pale rose color” in 1733. In the 16th century, pink was the common named to describe a plant whose petals had a variety of colors (Dianthus), and it originally may have come from a Dutch word of the same spelling that meant small.

SEE ALSO: Here's The Fascinating Origin Of Almost Every Jewish Last Name

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MAP: The Best And Worst Countries For Healthy Eating

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Economic inequality was a major theme at last week's World Economic Forum. A fundamental form of inequality is in access to quality food.

Oxfam International, as part of their ongoing efforts to inform and fight global hunger, has assembled a "Good Enough to Eat" food index. The index combines measures of undernourishment, food affordability, diversity and quality of food, and diet-related health outcomes.

Here is a map of Oxfam's results. The darker red a country is, the worse it scored on the combined index:

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The highest scoring countries were all in Europe, except for Australia. The United States came in 21st, dragged down by high rates of diabetes and obesity.

The lowest ranked countries were predominantly in Africa. Chad was the lowest ranked of the 125 countries for which full data were available, followed closely by Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Yemen.

The index is made up of eight total components, grouped into four categories of two each.

Food availability was measured by the percentage of the population that does not get enough food to meet their basic needs, and by the percentage of children under five who suffered from malnourishment and were severely underweight.

Food affordability was measured by comparing the price of food to the overall price of goods in a country, indicating how expensive food was relative to other goods and services. A measure of food price volatility was also factored in, tracking how much changes in food prices move around from year to year.

The sub-index measuring food quality also had two components. Diet diversification was measured by estimating the percentage of an average person's diet made up of carbohydrate-heavy cereal grains, roots, and tubers. A person who is getting most of their daily calorie intake from these foods is likely to be missing out on important nutrients they would get from a more varied diet.

The other measure of food quality is the percentage of the population with access to safe, clean water sources, like an in-house connection, a public fountain, or a protected well.

Finally, diet-related health outcomes were measured by taking the percentage of the population suffering from diabetes, and the percentage of the population suffering from obesity.

Oxfam's full results can be found on their website. An interactive visualization of the data is below.

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SEE ALSO: The 28 Best Countries For Healthy Eating

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We Tested Oreo's New Cookie Dough Flavor, And Were Sadly Disappointed

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Oreo is debuting two new flavors next month — Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy. 

We got a chance to test the cookies before they hit stores. 

The Marshmallow flavor, which was inspired by Rice Krispy treats, was pretty good. Some of our testers thought the cream was too sweet, but others liked it. The marshmallow flavor is evident, but not overwhelming. Still, no one said they would prefer this vanilla version over the standard Oreo. 

Oreos Marshmallow Crispy close up cookie taste testBut what about the hotly-anticipated cookie dough?

We're sad to say, it's not worth your time. Our reviewers were unanimously disappointed. 

The most glaring issue was that the brown filling didn't resemble cookie dough at all. 

The "chocolatey chip" filling didn't taste like chocolate chip cookies or any other flavors we've had in ice cream, cookies, or candy. 

Expectations aside, the filling just wasn't very good. Testers compared the taste to artificial maple, coffee, or hazelnut. 

Oreo Cookie Dough close up taste testIt also had a bitter, overwhelming aftertaste. 

Here's what our testers had to say about the cookie dough Oreos: 

-"I feel ripped off. I wasn't expecting real cookie dough, of course, because of health reasons. But I was expecting something that actually tasted like cookie dough. This did not. This tasted like regular Oreo cream flavored with maple syrup." -Steve Kovach, senior editor for Tech. 

-"The Cookie Dough flavored Oreo tastes nothing like cookie dough. The cream tastes sort of like Lucky Charms, sort of like maple syrup, basically just a murky sweet taste. The "chocolatey" chips taste like nothing more than slightly harder flecks of sugar. There is nothing to recommend these cookies over normal Oreos, with their simple chocolate and cream flavor." -Gus Lubin, deputy editor. 

-"It tasted like an iced maple cookie. Nothing like cookie dough, but if you like maple cookies, you'll like this." -Hayley Peterson, retail reporter. 

-"The cookie dough Oreo tasted a fair bit like coffee. It's almost like the cookie is trying too hard and it just doesn't work. I had to drown out the taste with another marshmallow cookie." -Mamta Badkar, senior markets reporter. 

Oreos tasting cookie dough and marshmallow crispy close up-"I'm an Oreo twister, and I liked that both cookies were easily twisted with no breakage. The cookie dough one tasted more like hazelnut than cookie dough, and I was disappointed there were no actual chocolate chips." -Julie Zeveloff, deputy editor. 

-"I get the idea of the company wanting to branch out with new products, but it wasn't executed well. If I didn't read the label, I wouldn't have recognized it as being cookie dough. It was way too sweet. I see this as being a one-time purchase item for households." -Julia La Roche, reporter. 

-"In a blind test, I never would have guessed that was cookie dough flavor. I thought it was good. Not quite on the level of a regular Oreo, and not nearly as good as I was hoping it would be. But good." -Alex Davies, transportation reporter. 

-"I wanted this cookie to be so much better than it actually was. First of all, it didn't taste anything like cookie dough. When you first started eating it, it kind of tasted like a chocolate Oreo, which was great. But then it took a turn for the sickly sweet. And now I feel sick." -Megan Willett, lifestyle reporter. 

Our verdict? Just stick to the original Oreo. 

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12 Crazy Potato Chip Flavors We Wish Lay's Would Make A Reality

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Lay's is currently accepting submissions for new potato chip flavors. 

The company's "Do Us A Flavor" contest will result in a new flavor based on popularity. Last year, the Chicken and Waffles flavor won.  

The company will announce winners in April. Submit your ideas here

We sorted through hundreds of submissions and chose a few flavors we'd love to try. 

1. Chili Cheese. 

We're surprised no one has come out with this flavor yet. Mass appeal, but really unique. 

 

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2. Sweet and Sour Chicken. 

This Asian sauce tastes great on fried chicken, so we imagine it would taste good on potato chips. 

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3. Spicy Taco. 

Would Doritos-style flavoring translate to potato chips? We'd be curious to try. 

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4. Pulled Pork Sandwich. 

This is like a combination of a barbecue chip and a pork rind. We love it. 

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5. Velveeta with Rotel. 

Given the impending Velveeta cheese shortage, we'd get our fix with these chips. 

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6. Asiago Dill. 

This flavor is exotic without being too exotic (even Wendy's has Asiago cheese now). It feels high-brow for Lay's.  

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7. Roasted Garlic Hummus. 

Hummus is transforming from health food to tailgate food. The garlic would give these chips a nice kick. 

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8. Artichoke Dip. 

This is another classic that we're surprised no one has turned into a chip. The Parmesan and garlic flavors would taste great on a potato chip. 

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9. Tzatziki. 

This refreshing, creamy Greek dip has exotic flair but wide appeal. 

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10. Smoked Brisket.

Smoky barbecue chips sound awesome to us. 

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11. Beer Cheese Soup. 

This pub classic would make for interesting chips with mass appeal. 

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12. Wasabi Soy. 

These Asian chips would have a tangy kick. 

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SEE ALSO: We Tested Oreo's New Cookie Dough Flavor—Here's The Verdict

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I Went To In-N-Out Burger And Found It To Be Overrated

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You may have noticed that people who used to live in California won't shut up about how much they miss In-N-Out Burger.

Since I'm in Los Angeles for a few days, I thought I'd take the opportunity to refresh my recollection that In-N-Out is severely overrated.

Here's what I found: Burgers from In-N-Out are good. They're much better than McDonald's. They're not as good as what you can get at Shake Shack or even Five Guys Burgers & Fries. And In-N-Out's fries are simply subpar.

Today I got a #1 meal, which is a double cheeseburger with fries and a drink. I'll give In-N-Out one thing: It's cheap. My meal cost $6.98, which is about half what I'd spend for similar items at Five Guys in New York.

in n out rotated 2And the burger was... fine. It tasted like its ingredients: beef, American cheese, tomato, pickles and Thousand Island dressing. It actually had too much cheese on it. It lacked the depth of flavor that a Five Guys burger has. And it didn't come with bacon.

in n out cheeseburgerThe burger came in a wrapper that brags about what's inside. This is a sure sign of insecurity about product quality. "We hand-leaf our lettuce every day," the wrapper announced. Good for you? I don't know why I should care that the lettuce is leafed by hand.

in n out wrapperWhile the burger was decent, the fries were just kind of sad. In-N-Out makes a big deal about its fries: the potatoes are hand cut and never frozen. The fries did taste very potatoey, but they didn't have the texture french fries should have: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They were just fried sticks of hand-cut russet potato. They weren't craveable. And they didn't come with enough salt.

in n out friesI got this far and then I stopped eating. This meal is almost 1100 calories if you eat the whole thing, and being in Los Angeles already makes me feel fat; about half was enough for me.

in n out finishedThis analysis leaves only one real argument for In-N-Out: That it's a value proposition because it's so much cheaper than Five Guys. But a double cheeseburger is already a splurge from a calorie standpoint, regardless of price. To paraphrase an old Johnnie Walker ad campaign, if the difference in price between In-N-Out and Five Guys matters to you, you're eating too much.

Oh, I actually have to give In-N-Out props for one thing, besides price: They expressly prohibit e-cigarette smoking inside their restaurants, which helps to cut down on the douche factor.

in n out no smokingStill, I won't be eating there again on my next trip to California.

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China Has Officially Become The Top Global Consumer Of Red Wine

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China has overtaken France and Italy to become the world's number one consumer of 'lucky' red wine

China has overtaken France and Italy to become the world's number one consumer of red wine, although the United States remains the world's biggest tippler of all types of wines, the wine and spirits trade association VINEXPO has said.

China drank 1.865 billion bottles of red wine last year, or in trade terms 155 million nine-litre cases, contributing to a 136 per cent increase in consumption over five years.

That beat France into second place for red wine and Italy into third, VINEXPO said, based on figures compiled by the London-based International Wine and Spirit Research firm.

The reason for the massive surge in red wine drinking in China, apart from growing affluence, is the Chinese preference for red over white on cultural grounds based on the colour, said Guillaume Deglise, the new CEO of VINEXPO.

"Red is the colour of luck and good fortune and white is the colour of death" in China, Deglise told Reuters.

"So you don't want to drink white, why would you?"

As the Chinese market matures, Deglise said he also expected an increase in consumption of white wines and champagne.

Overall, the United States remains the world's top wine consumer, VINEXPO said, with China remaining in fifth place and not expected to change that ranking in the immediate future, the organisation said.

Since 2011 the United States has been the world's largest wine consumer, with consumption expected to hit 385 million cases by 2017.

The figures were released ahead of the VINEXPO Asia-Pacific exhibition to be held in Hong Kong on May 27-29.

The event will feature 1,300 exhibitors and is expected to draw 18,000 visitors, a spokesman for VINEXPO said.

Major producing nations from Chile to Australia and including France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Mexico will be represented at the event, VINEXPO said in a statement.

Edited by Barney Henderson

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How World Record-Holders Solve Rubik's Cubes So Quickly

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Right now, somewhere in the world, a person can solve a Rubik's cube in less than six seconds.

His name is Mats Valk. He's a Dutch 17-year-old, and he holds the current World Record for the fastest single time solving a typical Rubik's cube: 5.55 seconds. 

In honor of National Puzzle Day, we wanted to explore the people behind one of the world's hardest puzzles. Watch the video of Valk's winning moves below:

In all fairness though, Feliks Zemdegs, an Australian 18-year-old, deserves some credit, too. While Valk may have flipped the colored squares the quickest, he only did it once. Zemdegs holds the current World Record for fastest average time solving a normal Rubik's cube.

Zemdegs is also the current World Champion, solving his cube in 7.63 seconds at the official competition in July 2013 in Las Vegas. As you can see, nailing the lowest time with any regularity is a difficult task. 

Zemdegs also held the world record for years before Valk came on the scene — and beat him by .11 seconds. Watch his formerly top performance below:

Last January, Zemdegs hosted an AMA on Reddit (when he still held the world record). He claims he hit 4.68 seconds but at home without proof. One of the most upvoted questions, from user bolshoi, asked how he learned to solve these impossible puzzles. 

Zemdegs answered with a math-heavy, complicated answer. But never fear, user IHaveNoNipples translated:

"He makes a plus-shape on one side (cross). Then he solves the first two layers of the cube (F2L- first two layers). These first two steps can be done with a fairly simple series of twists and you don't need any memorized patterns to do them. This leaves one layer left. He first gets all of the pieces of the last layer facing in the right direction (OLL- orient last layer). Once they are facing the direction they should be he puts them into the correct locations (PLL- permute last layer). These two steps each require memorized sequences of twists. The particular algorithm he uses for each depends on the arrangement of pieces he is looking at. There are around 55 different such algorithms he uses to orient the last layer and 21 to permute it."

Zemdegs also suggested an online guide, found here. And don't forget to lube your cube. Seriously, adding oil helps the puzzle twist more easily, according to Zemdegs and other "speedcubers."

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Here Are The 4 Bags Every Man Needs

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Thankfully, men's bags have evolved past the ten pound hunk of metal your dad rocked in the eighties. Today, there are a variety of options for every guy and every occasion.

Macy's Inc. Vice President, Men's Fashion Director Durand Guion shows us what's trending and how to make it work with your look.

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Why The Washing Machine Was The Greatest Invention Of The Industrial Revolution

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"I was only four years old when I saw my mother load a washing machine for the first time ever. That was a great day for my mother," Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, said in one of his many TED talks.

Unfortunately, about five billion people around the world still heat water and scrub their clothes by hand. And because of growing energy concerns, some (the few with washing machines) don't mind the inequality.

Rosling, however, believes washing machines foster education and democracy. He doesn't think the "haves" should tell the "have-nots" how to spend their days either.

To prove his point, Rosling split the world population into categories, as seen below.

Hans Rosling

Two billion people live below the poverty line — spending less than $2 a day. The richest one billion live above what Rosling calls the "air line," so named because they make enough for airplane travel. This group spends more than $80 a day.

With seven billion people on the planet, the remaining four billion live somewhere between these two distinctions.

Yes, they have electricity, but only one billion of them have washing machines, according to Rosling.

That means two billion people have access to washing machines. The remaining five billion wash their clothes (or often get women to wash their clothes) like this:

San Pedro Sula washing clothes

"It's hard, time-consuming labor, which they have to do for hours every week ... How can we tell these women that they can't have a washing machine?" Rosling said.

This image shows energy consumption based on the economic distinctions Rosling made earlier. Each blue figure represents one billion people, while the black blocks show an energy unit of fossil fuel, like oil, coal, or gas.

Hans Rosling washing machine

 

Rosling broke down the stats to imagine that the entire world uses 12 units. The richest one billion consume six — meaning one-seventh of the population uses half of the world's energy — while the poorest two billion consume only two units.

Now, this image shows how Rosling thinks (and hopes) industrialization will continue to change the globe:

Hans Rosling washing machine

Those above the "wash line" will hop the fence to the "air line," creating a chain reaction. Those formerly limited to just electricity will now own washing machines. And because of the population growth, the poorest group will double in size and transfer to the category with electricity, leaving no one living on less than $2 a day. With these changes also comes an increase in energy consumption by 10 fossil fuel units, reaching 22 units total.

While this will present a problem, Rosling says the wealthy should worry about their own energy consumption because in the new paradigm, the wealthiest two billion people would consume more than 50% of global energy.

"Until they [the richest people] have the same energy consumption per person, they shouldn't give advice to others what to do and what not to do," Rosling said.

Rosling also referenced how the former minister of energy in Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, became the country's first female president.

"If you have democracy, people will vote for washing machines. They love them!" Rosling said.

Rosling's mother pointed out the final evidence of the washing machine's power. Since she didn't have to wash the family's clothes by hand, she had time to go to the library. She had time to read to Rosling. His mother also borrowed books for herself. She learned English.

Hans Rosling washing machine

"Thank you, industrialization. Thank you, steel mill. And thank you, chemical processing industry that gave us time to read books," Rosling said.

And for the record, here's what he believes the rich should do to start leveling-off their energy consumption: reduce and implement green energy.

Hans Rosling washing machine

Watch Rosling's full talk here:

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Ever Since Colorado Legalized Weed, There's Been A Big Spike In People Traveling To Denver

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A new report shows that budding marijuana tourists may be searching like never before for flights to Denver, now that Colorado has officially legalized pot.

And the most irregular jump in demand is coming from states with the strictest drug laws in the country.

According to travel planner Hopper.com, flight search demand to Denver has been 6.3% higher than the national average since December 1st. Marijuana was legalized for recreational use on January 1st.

"Demand has been up at least 10% for each of the last three weeks, and peaked at a 14% increase during the first week of January," Hopper's chief data scientist Patrick Surry writes in the report.

Correlation doesn't equal causality, but Surry thinks the spike in demand lines up neatly with the news cycle surrounding marijuana legalization.

"It doesn't seem as though [the increased Denver traffic] is a seasonal thing," Surry told the Riverfront Times. "It doesn't match the pattern of demand you see for ski vacations."

Plus: "Although Denver's also been in the news for their January playoff run, that doesn't seem to be a major factor causing increased traffic as neither of Denver's playoff opponent cities showed an above average demand," Surry writes.

Surry found that flight searches from the Midwest, in particular, are totally high right now.

"All those states, other than Minnesota, have strict laws. There's no decriminalization or medical use," Surry explained to the Riverfront Times.

This map from the report shows where flight search to Denver has rocketed at least 25% relative to the national average. As Surry notes, the cities tend to be clustered in the Midwest, where penalties for weed can be harsher (with the exception of Minneapolis):

  • Nashville (63% increase)
  • Minneapolis (58%)
  • Detroit (53%)
  • Cincinnati (47%)
  • Madison (37%)
  • Cleveland (37%)
  • Indianapolis (36%)
  • Milwaukee (35%)
  • Omaha (32%)
  • Kansas City (30%)
  • Tampa (29%)
  • Houston (28%)

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SEE ALSO: Here's How Easy It Is To Buy Weed From A Store In Colorado Now

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We Went Out To Count All Of The Homeless In New York City, And It Was Devastating

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For several freezing, early-morning hours Monday, Jan. 27, thousands of New York City volunteers patrolled the city's streets and subways looking for undocumented homeless residents.

Last year's survey reported a 13% rise to 64,060 homeless people in shelters and on the street, bucking a national trend of declining rates. This year's numbers won't be available for a few weeks.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to make a significant dent in city homelessness despite an overhaul of policies in the mid-2000s, and new Mayor Bill De Blasio made the crisis a major part of his campaign.

When Business Insider tagged along to see how the count was done, we learned that the most difficult part of helping the homeless can be finding them, particularly the thousands of chronically homeless people, who have spent at least one consecutive year without a home and typically live outside shelters and suffer mental illness, substance abuse, or physical handicap.

Volunteers were sent to all five New York City boroughs and their subways. We went to New York's Pennsylvania Station where we met dozens of people with tragic stories, needing help more than most of us can imagine.

New York City's Department of Homeless Services called for 3,000 volunteers Monday, Jan. 27, to help count the city's unsheltered homeless population.



Department of Homeless Services attorney Tonie Baez delivered the rules for the complicated task ahead.



Much of the volunteer's instructions centered around the temperature outside. When it's below freezing, during sustained winds or rain, a Code Blue calls for increased efforts from outreach teams and tonight was no different.



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If You Like This Beer, Then You'll Love This Wine [Infographic]

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Both wine and beer are acquired tastes, but some people prefer one over the other.

So Zach Mack, the NYC-based co-owner of Alphabet City Beer Co., combined forces with wine information website VinePair to make an infographic that pairs up different wines with beers based on your taste preference.

For example, people who love a light wheat beer would also likely enjoy a glass of chardonnay. On the other hand, Merlot drinkers — one of the most commonly recommended wines for first timers — should give an easy pale ale a try.

So if you've been meaning to expand your taste pallet and make the switch from beer to wine (or vice versa), take a look at the infographic below.

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Here's The Dirty Little Secret IMAX Doesn't Want You To Know

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IMAX offers an enhanced viewing experience for movie-goers, who pay a premium on top of the existing ticket price to enjoy it. 

The company's reputation grew based on massive screens and state-of-the-art sound systems. IMAX currently retrofits existing movie theaters with technology that enhances the picture resolution and the sound quality.

However, many of the retrofitted screens pale in comparison to the size of other IMAX screens. Yet movie-goers still pay the same premium, regardless of the screen size.

IMAX doesn't deny the discrepancy. When we talked to IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster, he said: "If there are people out there who have a problem with it, they're not telling us."

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Young Wall Street Is Trusting All Of Its Party Planning To One Company

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For over a year, young New Yorkers have been opening their inboxes to find invitations from their friends to intimate ragers at some of the hottest bars and nightclubs in the city, and it's all thanks to one company: Host Committee.

Here's how it works: Say you want to plan a party. Say you have no time. Just head to the Host Committee website and tell them what you want, when you want it, and how many people you want to invite. BAM! You are a host. All you have to do is invite your friends (through e-mail or Facebook), and Host Committee will take care of setting up the rest — the venue, the one-hour open bar, the DJ, the coat check, the door people.

It will start around 8 p.m., and you can have the space 'til around 11 p.m.

And that's it, you're done. Go back to your regularly scheduled spreadsheet jockeying and Seamless Web ordering.

This party-in-a-box concept has caught on like wildfire, especially with young Wall Streeters who have networks of friends willing to throw down $30 for an hour of imbibing at some of the most talked-about spots in the city. Host Committee works with 69 of them.

And if you're a host, you get to enjoy your own private table with a bottle of champagne in a bucket of ice — on the venue, because you earned it.

andy russellHost Committee is the brainchild of Trigger Media CEO Andy Russell, a smiley, 6'5'' entrepreneur with a come-up story made for the movies.

You'd watch this — A NYC kid starts throwing parties in prep school, renting out ballet studios and saving hundreds of his peers from having to spend their Saturday nights loitering on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum. He'd find the right kids at schools across the city, and have them invite their friends, who invited their friends — all of that information was then compiled on a master list of ragers.

That's how Russell started out, and when he went off to Cornell, he didn't stop. Every third week he'd use his master list (which eventually had 10,000 names on it) to get kids into clubs when they were empty. It's not like the venues were doing anything, and all they had to do was give Russell an hour-long open bar to get 800 warm, thirsty bodies inside.

Russell calls that empty venue and that one-hour open bar "remnant perishable inventory." It's his mantra.

"With nightclubs, they were in pain because they had all these fixed costs … That’s why nightclubs can be a flash in the pan. It’s just a tough business," he says.

The mantra served him from his internship at Goldman Sachs, to his star analyst position at the now defunct Chemical Bank, working leveraged buyout and acquisition deals under JPMorgan rainmaker Jimmy Lee.

"I’m actually the guy who built the discounted cash flow valuation model the bank adopted," said Russell, adding later, "I can do a mean spreadsheet, but I can throw a better party."

What Russell found, though, was that the two can go hand in hand (if you're willing to completely give up sleep). While at Chemical Bank, he essentially commandeered some restaurants around the city, using their remnant perishable inventory to turn them into hotspots.

But that's nothing compared to what he did next. At the ripe age of 26, he raised $1 million from investors and founded the hottest restaurant/club in New York City in the '90s — Moomba.

Moomba was the club where Leonardo DiCaprio set up his home base after Titanic. It was the club that "Saturday Night Live" was parodying in skits starring Cameron Diaz. It was the club that three months into its existence made it onto a Sprint billboard in L.A. that said, "One rate service from Spago to Moomba and everywhere in between."

Russell did all this while attending Columbia Business School.

Now, everything has an end. And Russell eventually sold Moomba in 1999, paid his investors handsomely and set off around the world before joining venture capital firm East River Ventures. There, he started doing digital media deals that had him meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel and becoming the youngest partner.

And then the tech bubble burst.

"All my phantom wealth disappeared fairly overnight, and it was probably the best thing that ever happened because I had to step into the role as CFO/COO of these companies and had to downsize a lot of them."

It was also great because he realized that he wanted a mentor, and that mentor would be MTV founder and current president and CEO of Clear Channel Communications, Bob Pittman.

Here's part of the email Russell sent Pittman, who was traveling through Asia at the time:

Bob… you are the greatest operator I’ve ever seen in my entire life, and whatever you’re doing next I want to do it with you, and if you already have plans for what you’re doing next I can ...be in Bangkok in 24 hours.

It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Russell joined the team that started Pittman's venture capital firm in 2000. With the $350 million they raised, Russell headed the group that incubated digital media companies like Tasting Table, Zynga, Daily Candy, and Thrillist. Pilot made a 53x return for its investors before shutting down.

girls at a host committee partyIt was time for Russell to build companies on his own. So he did, raising millions from guys like former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Paul Tudor Jones, and Allen and Co. — that's how his current firm, Trigger Media, was born.

So far, Trigger has had two companies, and two successes. Men's lifestyle newsletter, Inside Hook, and Host Committee, which is looking to expand into other cities.

"The host committee comes together around a charity, or an alumni organization, or around friends, or around dating so everyone in the venue is two degrees of separation," says Russell. He believes that, more than anything, is what makes it so appealing.

Using technology to turn you and your friends into VIPs at exclusive clubs doesn't hurt either.

"Whether you’re the hottest or you're not the hottest club in town we have remnant perishable inventory," Russell says.

"I want to own the night between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m."

You should hope he gets what he wants, because if he does, you do too.

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The First Porsche Ever Ran On Electricity, And Was Just Found In An Old Shed

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After more than 100 years of sitting in a shed in Austria, the world's very first Porsche has been uncovered in remarkably good condition (via The Atlantic Cities). 

The "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model," or P1 for short, was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche himself, first hitting the streets of Vienna on June 26, 1898.  

A little over a year later, in September 1899, Porsche demonstrated the power of his new model with a first-place finish at the International Motor Vehicle Exhibition in Berlin. His new car finished 18 minutes ahead of the second-best competitor, with half of the vehicles failing to complete the race due to technical difficulties. 

According to USA Today, the P1 was stored in an old shed in 1902, where it's sat until just recently. 

Though it may look a lot like a horse-drawn carriage, the P1 was an electric car.  Its "octagon" motor could travel up to 50 miles at a time, hitting a maximum speed of about 22 miles per hour. According to a press release from Porsche, the engine could deliver 3 horsepower during usual performance with bursts of up to 5 horsepower as it reached its maximum speed. 

The entire vehicle weighed some 3,000 pounds and relied on more than 1,000 pounds of battery. 

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The original wood and metal frame remains, which includes the steering wheel and a dashboard measuring voltage and amperage. 

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Porsche engraved "P1" (Porsche number 1) on all of the vehicle's essential parts, subtly taking credit for the design and giving it its unofficial name. You can just make out a P1 in the center of the axle below. 

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The P1 will be on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany starting this Friday. Blue translucent plastic was inserted to give visitors a better idea of what the car's original seating would have looked like, though the bright color may be a bit deceiving. 

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J. Crew's Clothes Are About To Get Cheaper

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J.Crew is about to get cheaper. 

"For spring, you'll see our prices much more friendly this year," CEO Mickey Drexler said at an event covered by Women's Wear Daily. "We can't compete with designers."

J.Crew's prices have become more designer than middle-market. The company was once routinely compared to Gap, but now the prices are considerably more expensive. 

For instance, men's work pants cost $59.95 at Gap, but $79.50 at J.Crew

The high prices could have hurt business: last year, the company announced that profits fell 20%

The company's steep price tags have been criticized before, such as when Jezebel poked fun at its $88 baby sweater. 

Drexler didn't specify which items or departments would be cheaper.  

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13 Examples Of People Being Awesome In The Middle Of The Atlanta Traffic Jam

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Amid all the snow-related nonsense going down in Atlanta, people are showing immense compassion on a local Facebook group, SnowedOutAtlanta.

People are using the group, created by Georgia resident Michelle Sollicito, to post their locations, asking for help for themselves or their loved ones. The most tragic stories involve diabetics, the elderly, and families with young children, especially infants. Some people can't even get in touch with their families.

Aside from calls for help, offers of assistance are also being publicized. People with large vehicles are selflessly posting their contact information to retrieve those stranded or bring supplies. Members are also opening up their homes for shelter.

The posts are getting shares, tons of likes, and comments offering prayers and hope. The group — at 41,000 members and counting — is getting almost too big to help.

Here are just a few of the amazing posts:

1. Eric Morissey: "Hey people on Interstate 20 westbound at McDaniel Street Exit 55 -- it's lunch time! I am packing up now with 16 lunches, and ~3 gallons of water, and some cups and plates too. Who's hungry? Send me the deets!"

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2. Katrina R: "On our way with crackers, bananas, water and snack cakes. If you're on 285 near 5 or 7, let us know. We're coming to you and it's free."

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3. Debbie Wilson Pusterino: "Just left some supplies on the median on 285 East near exit 29."

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4. "The hot chocolate guys have been identified! Dozens of you sent us photos of these guys serving hot cocoa to stranded motorists on I-75. We now know the men behind the kindness are Zach Haedt and Sam Tarquina. LIKE this! It's a great way to say thanks to all the people doing nice things in the #GeorgiaSnow," 11alive News wrote.

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5. "GOOD SAMARITAN: Matthew Miller is on I-75 near Turner Field handing out food to stranded motorists. He packed PB&Js, cereal and hot cocoa for anyone who needs it."“I saw on Facebook people had been out here for 18 hours…so I just thought I’d try to help out any way I could,” Miller told WSB-TV.

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6. Graham Lutz: "Where am I needed? Can make it just about anywhere?"

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7. Jeanne Harn: "We just walked 2 miles to I75, to pass out snacks & things in Kennesaw.. I75 south is still backed up. There were college students walking the interstate as well, handing out fruit & things. So happy to see everyone helping. We just walked 2 miles back home, will warm up, & then head out the 2 miles to I575, to help those folks.. This is my son Darwin, my daughter Faith, and husband Randall..."

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8. Payten Readfern: "I'm near Little Five Points. .. gassed up and ready. Who needs help?!"

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9. Erin Ashley and others have created a map based on comments on the SnowedOutAtlanta page. The various colors represent different emergency situations.

 

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10. Brij Patel and Time Price: "Our 8th and 9th rescue in 3.5 hours. Headed to Dallas GA now. Stay safe folks. Anyone around Dallas GA coming back to Marietta, contact me."

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11. Rebecca Watters: "I wish I could tag these amazing strangers. I walked down to Veterans Memorial Highway to bring food and water to stranded motorists. We found a woman and her quadriplegic husband that were stuck in her car all night. They had no food or water and couldn't walk because he is wheelchair bound.

These amazing men used their own chains on the woman's car. They helped the couple navigate to a complete stranger's house so that they could get in from the cold. The stranger opened their doors to this woman and her handicapped husband.Gestures like this should restore everyone's faith in humanity."

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12. Randall D. Fox: "That's Patrick for you - all smiles - just returned from 285/ Roswell Road - traffic is moving west bound slowly and east bound wide open - Roswell Road wide open - ice melting. It was easy to get him to help - he has cabin fever and an all wheel drive vehicle."

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13. Tommonica JJ. Scott: "Please let me know if anyone needs help paying for gas, food or rooms. I'm in Savannah and willing to help if they take card payments by phone. I'm not rich but I can help a little."

Businesses like Chik-fil-a have also hopped on board, offering free food and coffee to stranded people in certain areas.

One commenter, Camille Dent, claims a Hyatt hotel was kicking people out onto the streets. The establishment later changed its mind after group members contacted management, according to further comments.

Sollicito, however, made it clear that anything other than positivity won't be tolerated.

"Because many who need help have limited cellphone battery life, please limit posts to those that DIRECTLY HELP those in need.PLEASE DONT POST THANK YOUS and POLITICAL GRUMBLINGS until AFTER the emergency is over - then you can feel free to rant."

She also split the larger group into smaller, location-based ones. The original, SnowedOutAtlanta, currently has over 41,100 members and counting.

SEE ALSO: 26 Pictures From The Insane Traffic Jam That Has Atlanta Looking Like 'The Walking Dead'

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Mesmerizing Animation Shows How Much Healthier The World Has Become

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Although the twentieth century had more than its fair share of horrors, it also was an era of incredible development. Modern medicine, sanitation, and agriculture helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives.

The Gapminder Foundation is dedicated to using statistics to inform people about the ways in which our world has changed and continues to change. The coolest tool on its website is Gapminder World, which allows anyone to make animated graphs showing how different statistics — ranging from carbon dioxide emissions, to income inequality, to the ratio of boys to girls in school — have changed in different countries over time.

We made a graph to show how child mortality and life expectancy have changed around the world since 1950 (animated below; interactive version here).

The countries are color-coded by region: red is East Asia and the Pacific, orange is Europe and Central Asia, yellow is the Americas, green is the Middle East and North Africa, light blue is South Asia, and dark blue is Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Over the last fifty years, global life expectancy has risen and child mortality rates have dropped, as can be seen by the overall trend of countries moving down (lower child mortality) and to the right (higher life expectancy).

In 1950, 59 countries had child mortality rates of more than 200 per 1,000 live births — in those countries, more than one fifth of all children died before the age of five. In 2012, no countries had child mortality rates that high.

These two measures are closely related. Child mortality is a huge factor in overall life expectancy — a large number of children dying can cancel out many people living to old age, and bring down the average lifespan.

Although the general global trend over the last sixty years has been towards better health, it is possible to see a number of disastrous moments in the image. At the end of the 1950s and beginning of the 1960s, China — the large red circle — sees a brief regression, with life expectancy dropping and child mortality rates going up. This coincides with the Great Leap Forward and the subsequent famine.

Similarly, the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge can be seen as the small red circle swinging up and to the left in the early and mid 1970s.

Here's a link to the interactive version of the graph.

SEE ALSO: The 28 Best Countries For Healthy Eating

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Why People Are Obsessed With Blue Bottle, The Coffee Company That Just Raised $25 Million

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blue bottle coffeeBlue Bottle Coffee, a high-end coffee shop with locations in San Francisco and New York City, just raised $25.75 million from several investors and Morgan Stanley Investment Management (on behalf of certain funds it advises), Kara Swisher at re/code reports.

The company launched in 2002, when coffee enthusiast James Freeman began selling coffee at local farmer's market in California. Prior to that, he had no experience in the business world. Three years after, he opened a kiosk in an unlikely location — his friend's garage.

Now, 12 years later, Blue Bottle has expanded to 11 locations in California's Bay Area and New York City (including a mobile cart and kiosk). Growth is tremendous for Blue Bottle. Since its first retail location opened in 2005, the company's revenue has increased about 50% annually, Freeman told the Wall Street Journal in 2012. The company also sells wholesale beans and various coffee products and merchandise on its website.

Why has the coffee retailer become such a hit with techies and hipsters on both coasts?

For one, the company's philosophy and methods resonate with those groupsFreeman and partner Bryan Meehan are committed to an artisanal, aesthetically pleasing product, and only use vintage and Japanese machinery to slow-brew their coffee.

"You have to know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy," Freeman told Business Insider in a 2012 interview of finding one-of-a-kind vintage suppliers.

The equipment used to brew and roast coffee goes beyond the standard plug-and-press technology.

"We believe in touch," he said. "We interact with our machinery." Its Williamsburg, Brooklyn location uses a 1958 Faema Urania espresso machine with a tough lever, while its Oakland location on Webster Street houses two 1950s roasters from the German company, Probat.

Blue Bottle is also committed to freshness and that means a great-tasting cup of coffee.

Unlike other coffee shops, which may serve coffee roasted more than a week ago, Freeman maintains a strict "under-48-hours" rule. All of his beans are organic and shade-grown, and must be served within 48 hours of roasting, ensuring the freshness of each cup.

Unsurprisingly, people rave about the product. One Yelp reviewer wrote, "Easily the best cold brewed coffee I have ever had." Another said: "Indeed as good of a coffee as it gets..."

And we can personally attest to the quality. Business Insider reporter Ashley Lutz, a Blue Bottle regular, said of the New Orleans-style coffee (an iced coffee drink with cream and sugar), "I still remember the first time I ever tried it, probably more than any other specialty coffee drink I've had. It's like a dessert. Definitely worth the wait and cost, and packs a caffeine punch."

Finally, the brand has a certain cache: Walk down the street with one of Blue Bottle's brown to-go cups imprinted with the company's sky blue emblem, or one of its cold-brew bottles, and you'll just feel like part of the in-crowd. The company has bred a following of "cool kid" coffee snobs who don't mind standing in line for that Blue Bottle buzz.

And considering the average cup of Blue Bottle coffee takes five minutes to brew, those lines can get pretty long.

"What's important to me is that we take the time to make something delicious," Freeman told Business Insider. "There are always going to be people that don't have time to sit there and wait. And we're okay with that; we just aren't for them. But this model has worked for us this far. And we find that, when people do wait, they end up coming back."

Of course, that Blue Bottle logo also makes for the perfect Instagram brag:

 

With additional reporting by Samantha Cortez.

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