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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Billy Joel Can't Sell His $23 Million Beach House In The Hamptons

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Billy Joel is having an impossible time selling his beautiful Hamptons home. The Piano Man just reduced the price on it from $23.5 million to a mere $22.9 million, Curbed reports.

This isn't the first time Joel's Sagaponack house has been on the market. In 2009, the price was cut from $22.9 million to $16.75 million before it was relisted. The home resurfaced again last November.

The house includes a beachfront view, piano room, and a separate studio situated in the fifth most expensive zip code in the country.

You can see the full listing here

This is the view as you enter through the wooden gate.



You can gaze off the patio and look at your 145 feet of oceanfront property.



The home has classic Hamptons shingles.



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The 27 Craziest Theme Bars In America

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piratz tavernIf you think the novelty of theme bars has worn off, think again.

For some people, the bar experience isn't complete unless it includes pirates, mermaids, or circus characters. 

From a bar that evokes a Mexican resort to a hangout that celebrates Christmas all year long, these 27 bars know how to transport you to another world.

Sometimes almost literally.

ATLANTA: Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium

466 Edgewood Ave. SE

What it is:church-themed bar and art gallery

Designed around the owner's invented tale of a runaway nun, "Church," as it's affectionately known, sports a full bar and ping pong table. Get there on a Wednesday night for church organ karaoke, or any other night to take your picture in the confessional photo booth.

As much as Church is a bar, it's also an art gallery. Owner Grant Henry lines the walls of Church with his works that are both available for admiring and purchase.



AUSTIN: HandleBar

121 East 5th St.

What it is: A facial hair-themed bar

Of course Austin has a facial-hair-themed bar. In a city known for its hipster population, HandleBar welcomes folks with facial hair of all shapes and sizes (and for those who can't grow any, there's always the pick-a-mustache photo booth). Play a round of giant Jenga while drinking a beverage named after a famous mustachioed person.



AUSTIN: Lala's

2207 Justin Ln.

What it is: A Christmas-themed bar

Some bars forget to take their Christmas decorations down while others are just lazy. But Lala's leaves theirs up intentionally so that every day can be Christmas. Known for its stiff cocktails and friendly bartenders, Lala's is a fun, energetic environment to get your drink on and soak up the holiday spirit — no pun intended.



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Butterfly Wings Are Mind-Blowing Under A Microscope

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In his spare time, biochemist Linden Gledhill collaborates with artists, filmakers, and advertising professionals to create photos of everything from the growth of ice crystals to insects in flight.

For his latest project, Gledhill collected specimens of rare and beautiful butterflies from a company called Butterflies And Things. Then he put them under the microscope and used a set of high-powered lights to create abstract photos of their wings.

From the unusual patterns and shapes produced by the wings to the beautiful colors, it's hard to believe the photos are of something from nature.

Gledhill shared a number of the butterfly photos with us here, but you can check out the rest on his Flickr page.

butterfly13"Its always a surprise when you look at the scales at such a high magnification, because you cannot predict the shapes and patterns from just looking at the wings," explains Gledhill.

butterfly11Butterfly wings are made of very thin layers of a hardened protein called chitin, which is also what your fingernails and toenails are made of. On top of the layers of chitin are microscopic scales, which are the source of the stunning colors in Glendhill’s photos.

butterfly10The scales on the wings are responsible for protecting and insulating butterflies and aiding in air flow along their wings during flight. The scales also aid in heat absorption — butterflies are cold-blooded, relying on external sources of heat for warmth.

butterfly8 Butterflies use their colors to scare off potential predators. Because most colorful butterflies are filled with nasty toxins, predators know not to eat them. Their colors are also used for camouflage and mate attraction.

butterfly12Below is a close-up of the Cithaerias pireta aurorina.butterfly7Here's another close-up image: butterfly9Graphium sarpedon, or Common Bluebottle, is a type of swallowtail butterfly. They are found in South and Southeast Asia. butterfly5Chrysiridia Rhipheus, or the sunset moth, is a day-flying moth, known for its colorful, iridescent wings. It is most often found on Madagascar. butterfly3 Here is a further close-up of the sunset moth. butterfly6 The Comet moth (or Madagascan moon moth) is one of the world's largest silk-producing moths. It is native to the rainforests of Madagascar.butterfly4Troides hypolitus, or Rippon's Birdwing, is a type of butterfly known for its massive wings and birdlike flight. It is found in the Australasia eco-zone. Butterfly1

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This Song Protesting The World Cup Is Going Viral In Brazil, And It's Gorgeous

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This summer Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, but all its citizens are not happy with the way the country is preparing for this massive, global event. They're sharing a gorgeous song to express their discontent.

Lets not forget that last summer protesters took to the streets of Brazil for days, demonstrating against crime, corruption, inflation and inequality (to name a few things). The World Cup has sparked its own protests as well.

This protest song 'Desculpa Neymar' ('I'm Sorry, Neymar') is an apology to Brazilian soccer player, Neymar. He plays for FC Barcelona, but will be representing Brazil at the World Cup. The singer is apologizing because he says he cannot cheer for Brazil this year.

Here are the lyrics (via BuzzFeed's Conz Preti):

I’m sorry Neymar,
But during this world cup I won’t be cheering for you,
I’m tired of watching our people fading slowly on TV shows,
In the meantime FIFA worries about standards,
We’re guided by thieves that play dirty to win,
I’m sorry Neymar, I’m not cheering this time.

Parreira I saw,
That Tetra [championship] make people so happy,
But we won’t be real champions spending over 10 billion to have the world cup in the country,
We have beautiful and monumental stadiums,
In the meantime schools and hospitals are about to fail,
Parreira I saw, an abyss between the two Brazils.

Sorry Felipao,
When Cafu lifted the World Cup and showed it,
Your roots in such a solemn moment which turned Jardim Irene in a portrait of Brazil,
The promised spring never came,
Life is worth more than a goal,
And the improvements where are they?
Sorry Felipao, our country didn’t flourish.

I know supporter,
That my simple and honest opinion,
Won’t make you that makes little money and lives poorly,
Stop going to the end together with our team,
Even without money to pay an expensive ticket,
You’ll never stop loving our team wherever they go,
I know supporter, it’s you that is right.

 

The song is being tweeted everywhere. A lot of commenters on the video posted on Brazilian TV channel Terra (video below) say that the song speaks to how they feel about the World Cup. They say that the games were paid for with money siphoned away from government projects meant to fund education, public health, insurance and public transit.

On the other side, some say that World Cup detractors are hypocrites who were excited when Brazil got the opportunity to host the games, but are now complaining about it.

What is certain is that Brazilian security forces have intensified their presence in the poor favelas in Rio de Janeiro, where the games are taking place. Vice did a really interesting segment on this on its HBO show called 'The Pacification of Rio'. They argue that the government may be massaging statistics by calling murders "disappearances/missing people."

Needless to say, it isn't a pretty picture.

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VOTE NOW: What's The Best Steakhouse In NYC?

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Working on Wall Street and not having an opinion on New York City steakhouses is like working in Hollywood without having an opinion on dieting.

It's impossible.

The steakhouse is where Wall Street entertains clients, drowns its sorrows — and yes, eats.

Two years ago Business Insider readers voted for the best steakhouse in NYC, and we put together a list of the top vote-getters for all the world to see.

However a lot has changed since then. Restaurants — some good ones, even — have come and gone (RIP Post House).

So it's time to find the new heavyweights.

We've compiled a list of some of the best and most beloved NYC-based steakhouses, and we want to know your favorite.

We'll publish the results in April. Until then, cast your vote. Tell your friends.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire tool.

SEE ALSO: Professional Chefs Reveal 7 Tips For Cooking The Perfect Steak

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Check Out The Secret Library In Lumosity's New San Francisco Headquarters

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Fast-growing brain-training app Lumosity has unveiled its brand-new headquarters in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood. 

The 36,000-square-foot office takes up three floors of the historic Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building, with an entire floor dedicated to social gathering spaces for the company's 120 employees. 

The entire office is filled with references to school and learning, like the chalkboard and massive paper clip at the reception desk. lumosity officeYou can see exposed light bulbs hanging throughout the office, including this bar-inspired dining and games area. lumosity officeBut the best part of the office has to be this library, which is accessible by a secret, hidden door. lumosity officeStacks of antique books are arranged by color on the shelves, seen here with the door closed. lumosity officeThere are also several cozy nooks, with leather couches that offer a peaceful spot for employees to get some work done. lumosity office

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Here's What 'OK' Really Means

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We use it to describe how we're feeling, if we agree, or even just to start a sentence — the word "OK."

But what do these two letters really mean, and why do we use them so often?

One theory claims OK abbreviates "oll korrect," a bastardized spelling much like N.C. for "nuff ced" and K.Y. for "know yuse" in the 1830s. Think "ZOMG" or "LOLZ" today. And that's how OK first appeared in 1839 in The Boston Morning Post: as a joke, according to Alan Metcalf in his book, "The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word." The term celebrated its 175 anniversary on Sunday, March 23.

While he didn't coin the term "OK," eighth President Martin Van Buren popularized it. His supporters began referring to themselves as the "OK Club," OK being short for Old Kinderhook, Van Buren's nickname based on his birthplace: Kinderhook, N.Y. Some claim Van Buren started writing "OK" as his signature on official documents. 

In 1919, Woodrow Wilson, claiming the word came from Choctaw language, spelled it as "okeh," later ousted by the modern spelling "okay." Pete Seeger, the recently deceased political folk singer whose songs often told tales of language, also claimed "okay" originated with Choctaw.

Cyrus Byington's "Dictionary of the Choctaw Language" in 1915 gives the earliest evidence of that. As a Christian missionary working with the Choctaw in Mississippi, Byington cataloged the people's language extensively. According to him and even dictionaries published later, "okeh" meant "it is so and in no other way." 

So the choice comes down to a Native American etymology or an American one. And the word's origins could play into the spelling controversy.

Some style guides, such as the Associated Press, insist on the spelling "OK," but most accept "okay" as informal use.

SEE ALSO: Here's What All 50 State Names Actually Mean

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Rent This Beautiful 'Smart Home' In Thailand For $630 A Night

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Homes now have the potential to be smarter than ever before, but that doesn't mean they have to be any less beautiful. 

This three-bedroom house in Koh Samui, Thailand is not only gorgeous — it also has a high-tech home automation system in place. 

The house's lights, entertainment systems, thermostat, and storm blinds can all be controlled wirelessly by iPhone, iPad, or desktop. There's also a 3D TV, LaunchPort iPad charging system, and an Apple TV.

The house can be rented on HomeAway for $630 a night. 

The house sits on beachfront property at the northwestern corner of the island of Koh Samui, in Thailand.



Inside, comfortable couches are an ideal spot for watching movies on the 3D TV.



The kitchen has all of the latest in cooking technology.



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These Maps Show Which Cities Have The Most Diehard Music Fans

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Global news site Vocativ has discovered America's true musical preferences.

The team mined online data — including illegal song downloads, tweets, and BitTorrent traffic — to reveal the most popular genre of music in 100 U.S. cities.

“Our unique Deep Web methodology discovers unseen stories to reveal fascinating insights as to what’s really happening,” Founder of Vocativ Mati Kochavi said in a press release. "In this case, our data scientists were able to discern what music Americans across the country are truly passionate about.”

The index also uncovered the top cities where each of ten musical genres (including pop, country, rock, R&B/hip hop, dance/electronic, Latin, Christian/gospel, blues, jazz, and reggae) have the most die-hard fans.

Vocativ Cities that love Country music

  1. Evansville, IN
  2. Lexington, KY
  3. Billings, MT
  4. Green Bay, WI
  5. Fargo-Valley City, ND
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Sioux Falls, ND
  8. Springfield, MO
  9. Knoxville, TN
  10. Boise, ID

Vocativ Cities that love Hip Hop music

  1. Montgomery, AL
  2. Jackson, MS
  3. Baltimore, MD
  4. Shreveport, LA
  5. Memphis, TN
  6. Naples, FL
  7. New Orleans, LA
  8. Lafayette, LA
  9. Little Rock, AR
  10. Baton Rouge, LA

Vocativ Cities that love Pop music

  1. Lansing, MI
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Santa Barbara, CA
  4. Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Anchorage, AK
  6. Bakersfield, CA
  7. Sacramento, CA
  8. El Paso, TX
  9. Sioux Falls, SD
  10. Pittsburgh, PA

Vocativ Cities that love Rock music

  1. Eugene, OR
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Santa Barbara, CA
  4. Salt Lake City, UT
  5. Anchorage, AK
  6. Bakersfield, CA
  7. Sacramento, CA
  8. El Paso, TX
  9. Sioux Falls, SD
  10. Pittsburgh, PA

Vocativ Cities that love Reggae music

  1. Honolulu, HI
  2. Santa Barbara, CA
  3. Boise, ID
  4. Eugene, OR
  5. San Diego, CA
  6. Reno, NV
  7. Salt Lake City, UT
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Hartford, CT
  10. Naples, FL

cities that love Christian Gospel music (edited)

  1. Knoxville, TN
  2. Ft. Wayne, IN
  3. Tulsa, OK
  4. Springfield, MO
  5. Chattanooga, TN
  6. Anchorage, AK
  7. Mobile, AL
  8. Oklahoma City, OK
  9. Lubbock, TX
  10. Wichita, KS

cities that love Dance Electronic music

  1. Reno, NV
  2. Santa Barbara, CA
  3. Spokane, WA
  4. Eugene, OR
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Lansing, MI
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Portland, OR

Vocativ Cities that love Jazz music

  1. Honolulu, HI
  2. Sacramento, CA
  3. Santa Barbara, CA
  4. Eugene, OR
  5. Naples, FL
  6. Boise, ID
  7. Reno, NV
  8. New Orleans, LA
  9. Spokane, WA
  10. San Francisco, CA

Vocativ Cities that love Latin music

  1. Laredo, TX
  2. Miami, FL
  3. El Paso, TX
  4. Naples, FL
  5. Reno, NV
  6. New York, NY
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Los Angeles, CA
  9. San Antonio, TX
  10. Santa Barbara, CA

Vocativ Cities that love Blues music

  1. Wichita, KS
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Peoria, IL
  4. Reno, NV
  5. Ft. Wayne, IN
  6. Hartford, CT
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Billings, MT
  9. Eugene, OR
  10. Springfield, MO

You can explore by city or by genre at Vocativ's website, and see what your city's favorite genre of music is here.

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38 Nutrition Experts Reveal Their Favorite Things To Eat For Breakfast

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Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day — and the research agrees. Study after study shows that breakfast boosts brainpower and helps to control cravings later in the day.

To see what a healthy breakfast looks like, we asked dozens of nutrition experts what they ate for breakfast and why. There are clear favorites — oatmeal and Greek yogurt — but everyone puts their unique spin on these traditional morning foods.

Hopefully these responses will inspire you.

Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

eggs and avocadoBreakfast: Eggs with avocado and salsa in a soft corn tortilla, or oatmeal with nuts and fruit.

Why it's good: The avocado not only adds creaminess, says Moore, but the fat increases the absorption of certain antioxidants, like lycopene, from the salsa. Salsa is also an original way to sneak in a serving of vegetables. Oatmeal contains a type of fiber known as beta-glucan, which has been shown to help maintain healthy cholesterol and glucose levels, says Moore.

Toby Smithson, RDN, LDN, CDE, author of "Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies"

Breakfast: 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal; 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt with sugar substitute, cinnamon, and three to six chopped whole almonds; freshly brewed tea.

Why it's good: Smithson uses Greek yogurt for an extra boost of protein and prefers to add no-calorie flavorings like cinnamon. Nuts help maintain Smithson's blood-glucose levels, which is important for managing her Type 1 diabetes.

Vandana Sheth, RD, CDE

yogurt/berriesBreakfast: Nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with berries and a small handful of a whole-grain, high-fiber cereal; or steel-cut oatmeal cooked in soy milk with chia seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey; or sautéed vegetables (onion, garlic, jalapeno, tomato, and spinach) topped with cubed tofu or shredded mozzarella cheese along with a slice of whole-grain toast.

Why it's good: Sheth chooses a parfait when she's in a hurry and needs something quick to go. She enjoys sautéed vegetables on relaxing weekend mornings and hot oatmeal on winter days.

Kim Larson, RDN, CD, CSSD, owner of TotalHealthRD.com

Breakfast: Steel-cut oats made with skim milk and topped with sliced almonds, fresh blueberries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a splash of fat-free half-and-half; a small glass of orange juice or tomato juice; coffee.

Why it's good: Larson says this hearty dish fuels her through a spin class and a core workout after.

Marjorie Nolan Cohn, MS, RD, CDN, ACSM-HFS, author of "The Belly Fat Fix"

oatmealBreakfast: 1/2 cup oats cooked with water; 6 ounces plain fat-free Greek yogurt mixed into the cooked oatmeal; 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds or 1/2 tablespoon almond butter; a Granny Smith apple sliced and dipped into the oatmeal with a generous amount of cinnamon mixed in.

Why it's good: The most important thing about this breakfast, says Cohn, is that it's filling and supports her active lifestyle. "I've been eating it for more than 2 years now," she says, "and it's still not old!"

Judy Caplan, MS, RD, author of the "GoBeFull" series

Hot chocolate

Breakfast: Sweet potato with butter, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper; hot chocolate with raw cacao, almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup.

Why it's good: Caplan likes this wintertime grub because it's warm and filling but also loaded with vitamin A and other nutrients.

Ruth Frechman, MA, RDN, CPT, author of "The Food Is My Friend Diet"

Breakfast: Oatmeal with unsalted peanuts and a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon for flavor.

Why it's good: Frechman finds this meal economical because she buys her oats in bulk. The peanuts add a crunchy quality to the smooth texture of the oatmeal. She can easily add variety by tossing in oat bran or substituting prune juice for water.

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, author of "Nutrition & You"

smoothie Breakfast: A blended smoothie of plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon cocoa, and 1/2 cup frozen strawberries.

Why it's good: The protein in the yogurt gives you staying power in the morning, says Blake. The cocoa provides delicious, heart-healthy flavanols, and the strawberries provide fiber and sweetness. You can top it with a whole-grain cereal for an added crunch.

Ilene Smith, MS, RD

Breakfast: One whole-wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter and half a banana.

Why it's good: "It's filling and keeps me satiated until lunch," says Smith, "and it's delicious!"

Anne Danahy, MS, RD, LDN, CravingSomethingHealthy.com

Breakfast: Steel-cut and old-fashioned oats cooked with 1% milk, mixed with fruit, walnuts, and a scoop of plain Greek yogurt.

Why it's good: This meal hits all the food groups. The walnuts provide healthy fat; the fruit is a great source of fiber; the milk and Greek yogurt provide protein; and the oats are a whole grain. "It holds me for at least four hours," says Danahy.

Sharon Salomon, MS, RD

smoothieBreakfast: A smoothie made with almond milk, powdered peanut butter, Fox's UBet chocolate syrup, frozen bananas, and frozen strawberries, cherries, or mango.

Why it's good: Salomon uses almond milk because she's casein-intolerant. The powdered peanut butter provides protein but is fat-free. "I love that it's so cold and frosty," says Solmon, "almost like soft-serve ice cream."

Colleen Gill, MS, RD, CSO

Breakfast: A cup of oatmeal with some walnuts broken up on top; a cup of tea.

Why it's good: The extra protein and fat from the walnuts help to keep Gill full for longer than eating cereal alone.

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, author of "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guide"

Breakfast: 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/4 cup Grape-Nuts, 1/4 cup granola, 3 chopped dates, and a handful of slivered almonds with a splash milk.

Why it's good: It's tasty and combines a mixture of healthy foods.

Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Acid Reflux Diet"

Breakfast: Gnu foods Fiberlove bar; Fage o% Greek yogurt.

Why it's good: The Gnu bar is packed with 12 grams of fiber and is only 130 calories. It comes in a variety of flavors, like peanut butter chocolate chip and banana walnut. The yogurt provides protein and calcium.

Georgia Kostas, MPH, RDN, LD, author of "The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution: Step Up to the Plate!"

Breakfast: Steel-cut oatmeal with dried cranberries and walnuts, or a blueberry-and-strawberry smoothie made with plain nonfat Greek yogurt and 2% cheese melted on whole-grain toast or a corn tortilla.

Why it's good: Whether they are dried, fresh, or frozen, berries are important sources of fiber, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants, says Kostas.

Peggy Korody, RD, CLT

Breakfast: A homemade smoothie made with yogurt or nut butter, almond milk, frozen fruit, such as a banana, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, or mango, and vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and cucumber.

Why it's good: Korody likes to hit the gym in the morning and doesn't want to exercise on a full stomach. She fuels up by drinking half of her smoothie before her fitness routine and finishes the rest post-workout.

Joshh Rager, RDN

Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal mixed with 2 egg whites, 3/4 milk, and a handful of frozen berries. Microwave it for 45 seconds, give it a stir, then microwave it for another 45 seconds.

Why it's good: You can't even taste the egg whites, says Rager, but they add protein to a high-fiber dish.

Sara Cowlan, MS, RD, CDN

Eggs on toastBreakfast: Two eggs on toast and fruit.

Why it's good: Eggs are high in protein and they're versatile. To avoid getting bored, Cowlan prepares her eggs in different ways and pairs the dish with different kinds of fruit.

Jan Patenaude, RD, CLT, director of medical nutrition at Oxford Biomedical Technologies

eggsBreakfast: Scrambled eggs with lots of vegetables, such as onion, garlic, pepper, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and jalapeno and herbs, like basil, parsley, oregano, and chives, sprinkled on top with cheese; a sautéed white or sweet potato on the side.

Why it's good: An egg scramble is a great way to use up whatever vegetables you have on hand in a snap.

Nicole V. Brown, MS, RDN, LD, HFS, nutrition director at the National Center for Weight and Wellness

Breakfast: 1 cup Trader Joe's Maple and Brown Sugar Shredded Wheat with 1 cup fat-free milk; Earl Grey tea with a splash of the fat-free milk.

Why it's good: The cereal provides 5 grams of fiber and doesn't have any sodium, says Brown. It's also quick and inexpensive.

Sandy Nissenberg, MS, RD

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt and oatmeal with nuts, fruit, or granola.

Why it's good: It's easy to bring to work, says Nissenberg, and fills her up.

Sophia Kamveris, MS, RD, LD

Breakfast: Cage-free egg whites with avocado and low-fat shredded cheese and a dash of turmeric; a slice of artisan whole-grain bread; organic coffee.

Why it's good: Turmeric adds a peppery flavor to eggs, and Kamveris says she uses the orange spice for its anti-inflammatory properties. Freshly brewed coffee gives her a jump-start for the day ahead.

Karen Ansel, MS, RDN

oatmealBreakfast: Rolled oats and low-fat milk, ground flaxseed, and strawberries.

Why it's good: This is the ultimate power breakfast, says Ansel, thanks to its combination of fiber from the oats, flaxseed, and berries, plus protein and calcium from the milk.

Joy Dubost, RD, CSSD

Breakfast: One-minute oatmeal made with skim milk, topped with blueberries, chopped bananas, and slivers of almonds; or high-fiber cereal with skim milk, topped with blueberries, in addition to a cup of low-fat Greek yogurt; coffee.

Why it's good: Cereal is easy if you don't have time to make oatmeal.

Barbara Ann Hughes, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA

french toastBreakfast: French toast made with whole-grain bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, eggs, and skim milk served with chopped fresh, frozen, or canned fruit; or an egg omelet with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, low-fat cheese, red, yellow, and green peppers, herbs, and skim milk.

Why it's good: During the winter, Hughes likes to warm up with a hot breakfast, like eggs or French toast, rather than cold cereal and milk.

Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, author of "Flavor Without FODMAPs Cookbook"

Breakfast: 1/3 cup of quick-cooking oatmeal, a pinch of brown sugar, a tablespoon each of raisins and slivered almonds; black coffee.

Why it's good: Catsos enjoys this dish because it's easy to prepare, and filling. She pours boiling hot water over the oats, almonds, and raisins, then pops it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN, author of "The Essential Guide to Healthy Healing Foods"

LatteBreakfast: Chunky peanut butter or almond butter smeared on a whole-grain English muffin with sliced strawberries or bananas; skim latte sprinkled with cinnamon.

Why it's good: The crunchy peanut butter and fruit make this breakfast the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

Karen Giles-Smith, MS, RDN, owner of At Ease With Eating

oatmealBreakfast: Oatmeal made with milk, mixed with a tablespoon of flax meal, and topped with dried cherries and chopped walnuts; coffee with a little whole milk and caramel mixed in.

Why it's good: "I love it because it tastes so wonderful, is nutrient-rich, and tides me over until lunchtime."

Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, author of "MyPlate for Moms"

Breakfast: A fried egg, cheese, and avocado sandwich on a whole-wheat English muffin.

Why it's good: This savory sandwich includes healthy fats, dairy, and protein.

Jessica Candell, RDN, CDE

Sweet potatoBreakfast: Sweet-potato hash with bell peppers, onions, egg substitute, and whole-wheat toast.

Why it's good: Sweet potatoes aren't just a Thanksgiving food; this root vegetable is rich in fiber, vitamin E, and potassium.

Robert Anding, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CSSD, director of sports nutrition at Texas Children's Hospital

Breakfast: Trader Joes's frozen steel-cut oats with walnuts, raisins, and 2 tablespoons freshly ground peanut butter.

Why it's good: If you have a sweet tooth, this healthy breakfast bowl "tastes like a peanut butter and oatmeal cookie," says Anding.

Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RD

cerealBreakfast: Whole-grain breakfast cereal (containing less than 5 grams of sugar per serving) with unsweetened almond milk, berries, and apple chunks or banana slices.

Why it's good: Cereal is a hassle-free breakfast that doesn't require any cooking time.

Stephanie Song, MS, RD, CDN

Breakfast: Fruit with hot cereal, such as oat bran, with skim milk, or a small homemade bran muffin.

Why it's good: Song makes her own muffins so that she can control the portion size and what goes in them. The premade food is great to grab and go.

JoAnne Lichten 'Dr. Jo,' PhD, RD

Breakfast: Freshly ground peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat English muffin, a glass of soy milk, and a clementine or other fruit.

Why it's good: Lichten lives in Florida but still loves to eat a warm breakfast. The peanut butter helps her to reach her goal of consuming 20 to 30 grams of protein daily, while adding a nice crunch.

Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN

green smoothieBreakfast: A smoothie of vegetables, fruit, and low-fat yogurt. Some examples include spinach, kiwi, and low-fat lime yogurt or ginger, beet, cabbage, apple, and low-fat berry yogurt.

Why it's good: The combinations are endless, says Mills, who puts everything in a blender with a small amount of water. Plus, it's a refreshingly sweet way to get a couple servings of the recommended 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit and, 3 cups of dairy we need every day, she says.

Michaela Ballmann, MS, RD, CLT, founder of Wholify

tofuBreakfast: A serving of fruit (usually seasonal from the farmers market, but sometimes blended with kale, Swiss chard, and unsweetened almond milk into a green smoothie) with raw, cubed Organic Super-Firm Tofu sprinkled with kala namak black salt.

Why it's good: Tofu is a good alternative source of protein and fat for vegans who don't eat eggs. "The salt," says Ballmann, "makes the tofu taste like eggs, which is nice for vegans who are used to eating eggs and miss the flavor."

Lindsay Livingston, RD, founder of The Lean Green Bean

Breakfast: 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup fruit, microwaved for 2 minutes and topped with 1 tablespoon nut butter and a handful of pumpkin seeds.

Why it's good: The nut butter and seed provide extra protein that keep Livingston full all morning long.

Joey Gochnour, BS, BS, MEd, RDN, LD, NASM-CPT

Breakfast: 1 cup old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup soya granules, 1/3 cup dry milk, 1 serving of frozen mixed berries, cinnamon, curry, salt, cocoa powder, paprika, 1-1.5 handfuls of pumpkin kernels, 1 medium carrot

Why it's good: This meal packs a generous amount of protein — 35 to 45 grams — which is important for vegetarians likes Gochnour.  

Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN, HFS-ACSM

Breakfast: A hard boiled egg and whole grain toast with raw almond butter and cinnamon.

Why it's good: Hard boiled eggs are easy to prepare ahead of time. "The cinnamon on the toast also adds a nice little sweetness without using sugar," says Cochran.


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Here Is The Letter Sir Winston Churchill Wrote When He Resigned As Prime Minister

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The typed and signed letter Sir Winston Churchill wrote when he stepped down from his position as Prime Minister of Britain is being auctioned online, with a starting bid of $10,000.

Churchill wrote the letter in 1955, at the end of his second term. He decided to resign after a series of strokes starting in 1949.

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The letter, addressed to Conservative Party politician John Harvey, reads as follows:

“My Dear John Harvey, At a General Election the Head of the Government and Leader of the Party unfolds the policy for a new Parliament, to which he is personally pledged. For some time past I have not felt that at my age it would be right for me to incur such new and indefinite responsibilities. It is necessary therefore in the public interest that my successor should enter his duties in reasonable time to present himself and his programme to the Nation as and when he chooses.   I have therefore tendered my resignation to The Queen. Her majesty has invited Sir Anthony Eden to form a Government. In him, the Conservative Party have a Leader who has, by his long and distinguished service, gained their full confidence and who will, I am sure, sustain the highest interests and traditions of Britain and uphold the causes of Tory democracy which Lord Beaconsfield proclaimed, which Lord Randolph Churchill revived, and which I have tried to serve. I look forward to supporting him whenever the election comes, and will appeal to the electors of Woodford to entrust me with the task and confer upon me the honour of representing them in the House of Commons as they have done during the last thirty years. Yours Sincerely, Winston S. Churchill.” 

It will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders on Thursday, March 27.

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The Happiest And Healthiest Cities In America [MAP]

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Last month, Gallup released data ranking the happiest states in the U.S. based on a number of factors related to wellbeing. North Dakota took the top spot, displacing longtime frontrunner Hawaii.

Now, the team has released more detailed data looking at the wellbeing of American communities. Gallup ranked all 189 U.S. metro areas, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, by conducting 178,000 interviews nationwide. It asked people to consider a set of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.

Last year, Lincoln, Neb. topped Gallup's list. This year, the title goes to Provo-Orem, Utah.

Here are the U.S. communities with the highest rates of wellbeing, according to Gallup. They tend to be spread across the northeast, northwest, and California.

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On the flip side are the cities with the lowest rates of wellbeing. Last year, Charleston, W. Va. came in last. This year, it was displaced by Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, which was second-from-the-bottom on last year's ranking.

Many of the cities at the bottom of the ranking are located in the northeast and south.

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For more detailed methodology and a complete ranking of states, congressional districts, and communities based on wellbeing, you can download Gallup's full report here.

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Air Pollution Kills A Staggering Number Of People — And Here’s Where It’s Worst

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Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk, accounting for a staggering one in eight deaths, according to a new World Health Organization report.

Approximately 7 million premature deaths were tied to air pollution in 2012. The vast majority of air pollution deaths are due to cardiovascular disease, with 80% of outdoor air pollution-caused deaths tied to ischaemic heart disease or stroke.

Low- and middle-income countries in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest number of deaths due to air pollution exposure, at 5.9 million.

Horrific smog in Beijing has made headlines recently, but then again so has air pollution in Paris, where officials recently banned half of local cars from driving in order to curb air pollution.

Here's a map of the world's worst air pollution (click for interactive version):

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This Is Why You Should Never Invest In A Company That Has Rhinestone-Encrusted Toilets

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When investing in a company, you might want to think about something that's built to last. Something that provides a service everyone needs.

And while everyone does need to let loose in a while, Hong Kong Nightlife company Magnum Holdings —which owns popular club Magnum — provides us with a lesson on why you probably shouldn't buy stock in a club. Especially a nightclub that has rhinestone encrusted toilets in the stalls.

The company went public in January to much fanfare. It touted the fact that revelers file into lines stretching down the street to get inside and that its signature drink is the Jagerbomb. 

Investors, apparently, love Jagerbombs and glitzy toilets too — especially retail investors, who represented $5.7 billion of the total $16 billion IPO.

Unfortunately on Tuesday the club issued a statement saying that it expected to take a serious hit in terms of profits for the first 11 months up to February 28th, 2014. On that news, Magnum stock is down 19.74%.

As the WSJ points out, investors should have been aware that there was risk. In between the disco light, techno beats and bombs bombs bombs, Magnum said in its prospectus that it was quite possible that the club could, frankly, cease to be cool.

“The Group’s future success depends in part on its ability to anticipate and respond to the changes in consumer preferences and tastes and other factors that affect the clubbing industry. […] It cannot assure you that its offerings will continue to suit the popular tastes and demands of consumers,” Magnum said in its listing prospectus.

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23 Brilliant Proposals For Skyscrapers Of The Future

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Architecture magazine eVolo takes readers into the future with its annual skyscraper competition, which rewards innovative ideas for vertical living.

For its ninth annual competition, the magazine received 525 projects from 43 countries on all continents. Three winners and 20 honorable mentions were selected by a jury of leaders in the fields of architecture and design.

The winners and honorees may not be the buildings of today, or even tomorrow, but they present new ideas for how we may construct and reside in skyscrapers in the future.

The first prize went to "Vernacular Versatility," a proposal that reinterprets traditional Korean architecture in a contemporary mixed-use high-rise.

First Place. Vernacular Versatility. Yong Ju Lee (United States)

 

 



This second-place project, "Car and Shell Skyscraper," proposes a city in the sky for Detroit comprised of homes, recreational areas, and commercial areas stacked in a large cube.

Second Place. Car And Shell Skyscraper: Or Marinetti’s Monster. Mark Talbot, Daniel Markiewicz (United States)

 

 



The environmentally friendly third-place winner, “Propagate Skyscraper,” aims to obtain and contain greenhouse gases in order to lessen their presence in the atmosphere.

Third Place. Propagate Skyscraper: Carbon Dioxide Structure. YuHao Liu, Rui Wu (Canada)

 



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Business Insider Is Hiring An Audience Development Manager for BI Studios

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Business Insider is looking for a goals-oriented Audience Development Manager to join BI Studios, our in-house content marketing and production team.

BI Studios works with marketers to develop robust, engaging sponsor content in a variety of formats (text, videos, slideshows, and infographics) as part of their ad campaigns. The person in this role will grow traffic and video views to that content, as well as help foster and strengthen audience engagement.

Do you love diving into performance metrics and understanding them inside and out — and then improving upon them? Do you want to be part of a growing team dedicated to producing and distributing the best branded content on the web? Then this may be the job for you.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter who thinks strategically and proactively about how to drive traffic and engagement. As Audience Development Manager, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Optimizing organic and social media distribution.
  • Facilitating traffic partnerships.
  • Building partner relationships.
  • Increasing revenue opportunities overall.
  • Working closely with marketing, business development, and ad operations to spearhead, coordinate, and drive sponsor content distribution and exposure.

Qualifications:

  • Traffic, digital marketing, and/or brand-building background.
  • Expertise in Google Analytics, social media platforms, and other analytics tools.
  • Strong understanding of current industry best practices and benchmarks.
  • At least 2-3 years relevant experience at a major publisher or digital agency.

Interested candidates should send your résumé and a couple paragraphs on why you're right for this role to studiojobs@businessinsider.com. Thanks in advance.

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Jarring Photos Show The Homelessness Crisis That Silicon Valley Is Afraid To Confront

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Homeless Silicon Valley San Francisco

Not everyone is benefiting from Silicon Valley's latest tech boom.

As rents soar, nearly 55% of Silicon Valley workers do not make the $90,000 necessary to support a family of four in the region. The area has the fifth-largest homeless population in the country, and in the past three years the problem has gotten much worse, according to the latest Silicon Valley Index.

After reporting on the homelessness crisis last fall, we returned this month to find more people living on the street around San Francisco and a growing and deteriorating homeless camp in San Jose.

Silicon Valley is booming, with 92,000 new jobs and 46,000 new businesses created in 2012.

Source: AP, San Jose Mercury News



The housing market is booming too, with lots of luxury construction like the NEMA residential high-rise in San Francisco's once-crime-filled Tenderloin.



With shuttle service to suburban corporate campuses, tech stars can happily live in San Francisco and other desirable areas.



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Meet Marrakesh's Badass Women Bikers [PHOTOS]

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Morocco is not a country people in the Western World associate with female empowerment, but Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj recently set out to change that perception.

Despite Morocco's reputation for being inhospitable to women, Hajjaj says Morocco has a vibrant culture of independent females.

"If you take a person who doesn't travel and who watches TV, they might view Morocco as another Syria or Iraq," Hajjaj told CNN in a recent interview. "But it's its own country with its own vibe."

To depict the “vibe” of Morocco, Hajjaj created portraits of women riding motorbikes, which are a central part of Moroccan culture. While these motorbike-riding women don’t constitute actual “gangs,” the women, many of whom have full-time careers and families, can be found riding their bikes all over Morocco and the city of Marrakesh.

Hajjaj shared some of the photos from the series, playfully called "‘Kesh Angels," and you can see the rest at the Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York. 

Morocco has "a mix of traditional and modern culture," Hajjaj told Business Insider.



This translates into women who lead independent careers, while also wearing the "djellabah" robe and observing many of the more traditional parts of Moroccan culture.



Because of the winding streets of Marrakesh's historic center, almost all Moroccans ride motorbikes to get around.



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25 Fascinating Charts Of Negotiation Styles Around The World

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Language is only the most obvious part of the global communication gap. Different cultures also have distinct approaches to communication during meetings, as described by British linguist Richard D. Lewis, whose best-selling book, "When Cultures Collide," charts these as well as leadership styles and cultural identities.

Lewis, who speaks ten languages, acknowledges the danger of cultural comparisons in his book: "Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception. There is, however, such a thing as a national norm."

In support of cross-cultural studies, he writes: "By focusing on the cultural roots of national behavior, both in society and business, we can foresee and calculate with a surprising degree of accuracy how others will react to our plans for them, and we can make certain assumptions as to how they will approach us. A working knowledge of the basic traits of other cultures (as well as our own) will minimize unpleasant surprises (culture shock), give us insights in advance, and enable us to interact successfully with nationalities with whom we previously had difficulty."

Lewis'diagrams show how cultures communicate during meetings, with wider shapes showing greater conversational range, obstacles marked in gray, and cultural traits noted as well.

Americans, for instance, tend to launch right into negotiations, respond to discord confrontationally, and resolve with one or both sides making concessions.

Canadians tend to be more low-key and inclined to seek harmony, though they are similarly direct.

We'll go over the rest in brief after a selection of charts taken with permission from the 2005 third edition of "When Cultures Collide."

communication styles around the world

And the rest in brief, paraphrasing and quoting from "When Cultures Collide":

English tend to avoid confrontation in an understated, mannered, and humorous style that can be powerful or inefficient.

French tend to engage vigorously in a logical debate.

Germans rely on logic but "tend to amass more evidence and labor their points more than either the British or the French."

Spanish and Italians "regard their languages as instruments of eloquence and they will go up and down the scale at will, pulling out every stop if need be to achieve greater expressiveness."

Scandinavians often have entrenched opinions that they have formulated "in the long dark nights," though they are reasonable conversationalists. Swedes often have the most wide-ranging discussions, Finns tend to value concision, and most Norwegians fall somewhere in between.

Swiss tend to be straightforward and unaggressive negotiators, who obtain concessions by expressing confidence in the quality and value of their goods and services.

Hungarians value eloquence over logic and are unafraid to talk over each other.

Bulgarians may take a circuitous approach to negotiations before seeking a mutually beneficial resolution, which will often be screwed up by bureaucracy.

Poles often have a communication style that is "enigmatic, ranging from a matter-of-fact pragmatic style to a wordy, sentimental, romantic approach to any given subject."

The Dutch are focused on facts and figures but "are also great talkers and rarely make final decisions without a long 'Dutch' debate, sometimes approaching the danger zone of overanalysis."

Chinese tend to be more direct than the Japanese and some other East Asians; however, meetings are principally for information gathering, with the real decisions made elsewhere. Hong Kongers negotiate much more briskly to achieve quick results.

Indian English "excels in ambiguity, and such things as truth and appearances are often subject to negotiation."

Australians tend to have a loose and frank conversational style.

Singaporeans generally take time to build a relationship, after which they can be shrewd negotiators.

Koreans tend to be energetic conversationalists who seek to close deals quickly, occasionally stretching the truth.

Indonesians tend to be very deferential conversationalists, sometimes to the point of ambiguity.

Israelis tend to proceed logically on most issues but emotionally on some.

And that's how one respected, well-traveled, and highly multilingual linguist sees the world.

SEE ALSO: 24 charts of leadership styles around the world

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