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The Most Miserable Cities In America

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Gallup is out with its latest Well-Being Index, a look at how Americans in various metropolitan areas perceive their own wellbeing based on a variety of factors, including health, work environment, and access to basic necessities.

This year, Provo-Orem, Utah, ranked highest for wellbeing, followed by two cities in Colorado, and Honolulu.

On the other end of the spectrum however, are communities whose residents feel they lack many of the factors that go into wellbeing. Last year, Charleston, W. Va. came in last. This year, it was displaced by Huntington-Ashland, W.Va-Ky.-Oh., which was second-from-the-bottom on last year's index.

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 examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.

The map below shows the metropolitan areas that fell in the bottom quintile on this year's ranking. miserable statesAccording to Gallup, Americans’ life evaluations have improved, emotional health and healthy behaviors have remained stable, and basic access, physical health, and work environment have declined over the six years it has tracked wellbeing.

Gallup noted three major trends:

  • A decrease in the rate of Americans with health insurance. This is partially due to higher rates of unemployment, thought it has continued even as the labor market has recovered. Personal doctor usage has also decreased over time, according to Gallup.

  • An increased rate of obesity. Physical health reached its lowest point in six years in 2013, and obesity rose at an "alarming" rate, according to Gallup. The company also noted national decreases in rates of healthy eating and exercise.

  • Declining perception of work environment. "Working Americans are making it clear that a weak labor market has had an adverse impact on managerial and labor relationships," the report said.

On the other end of the spectrum, these are the communities that reported the highest levels of wellbeing:gallup happiestAnd this map shows how all 50 states fared in Gallup's latest index:happiest states

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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25 Architecturally Stunning Homes You Can Buy Right Now

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burlingame aveThe experts at the real estate listing site Estately helped us find the 25 most architecturally stunning homes on the market right now.

These one-of-a-kind residences are industry-renowned for their unconventional shapes, integration of the outdoors, diverse construction materials, whimsy, and aesthetic.

From a celebrity-owned home that resembles the Flinstones' Bedrock property to a modern estate with its own moat, any one of these private mansions could be yours.

Have $39 million to spare?

The one-of-a-kind dome on this Frank Gehry beachfront home looks like a thatched roof.

Address:31250 Broad Beach Road, Malibu, CA

Price: $57.5 million

An 11,000-square-foot oceanfront masterpiece features 160 feet of beach, a full-sized lighted tennis court, and a lap pool.

31250 Broad Beach Malibu

Source: Estately



This Florida home has its own moat.

Address:1236 Biscaya Dr., Surfside, FL

Price: $6.8 million

The modern beachfront home has wide bay windows, a water moat surrounding the courtyard, and a dock on Normandy Beach.

biscaya drive surfside florida

Source: Estately



Inspired by Gaudí, locals call this home "The Rockhouse."

Address:31107 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Price: $15 million

Embedded within Aliso Rock, this South Laguna home has a genuine stone facade and resembles a pearl embedded within a life-size abalone shell.

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Source: Estately



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An 85 Year-Old New York City Steakhouse Got A Revamp — Here's What You Should Know

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New York Restaurateur Dean Poll likes classics. He eats at the Four Seasons and The 21 Club. He owns The Boathouse, in Central Park. To him, it's not worth it unless it's a legend.

So when he had the chance to purchase Gallaghers, an 85 year-old steakhouse founded by a former Ziegfeld girl and a gambler on West 52nd Street, he took it.

"There are very few restaurants that have been around for 80 years like Gallaghers has," Poll told Business Insider. "I wanted something you couldn't replace."

But the place, famous for putting its meat locker on display for all diners to see, needed a lot of work.

"Tastes change. There's old and well preserved and there's old and not well preserved," said Poll.

Before his revamp, Gallaghers was the latter.

So Poll went to work. Most of the staff — he kept. The pictures of sports figures, politicians and other famous people that have patronized the restaurant over decades — he re-framed. The bar is just where it's always been.

There are new twists, though. The lighting gives the restaurant a brighter, cleaner feel than before. Poll added a raw bar to the menu, and the kitchen is open.

That raw bar really kicks up the menu too. The Hamachi Crudo was an especially delightful surprise on a menu mostly made up of steakhouse classics — mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, Porterhouse for 2. Nothing new there, but everything executed with a steady dismount.

That's as it should be. Most of the staff seemed like they could serve at Gallaghers with their eyes closed. This is not a place to ask for complicated exceptions or additions, this is a place where you do the dance. If you do it, you'll like it.

So now Poll is working on the private space upstairs and on launching Gallaghers' lunch menu on April 2nd.

"Everyone says it feels like Gallaghers," he said. "I used to get calls all the time saying, 'I hope you don't mess it up.'"

He didn't.

Check out a few shots of the Gallaghers' new dining room and famous meat locker below:

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 Dining Room and Kitchen B Gallaghers

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For Every 10 Minutes You Don't Touch Your Phone, A Child Could Have Clean Water For An Entire Day

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UNICEF Tap Project

Right now, 1463 people are going without something they probably consider essential — their cellphones. 

But another 768 million, according to UNICEF, live daily without access to a much more important resource.

"We think we can't live without our phones, so why not use them to provide something people actually can't live without: clean water," UNICEF's Tap Project asks.

The organization has created an app that, when downloaded, measures how long users forgo using their phones. And for every 10 minutes you abstain, you'll provide water to a child in need for one day.

The app runs in the background, even when a user's phone goes idle. Text messages and other notifications don't interrupt its time calculations — as long as you don't respond or acknowledge them. 

Water scarcity already affects 2.7 billion people — nearly 40% of the world's population — for at least one month every year, according to the Water Footprint Network. One billion people face daily shortages.

The situation will likely worsen, too. Right now, one third of the world's rivers — groundwater for about 3 billion people — are drying or entirely gone, according to the World Preservation Foundation.

When people use the app (or rather, don't use), Giorgio Armani fragrances and other donors will give money to UNICEF, attempting to bring water to 728 million people worldwide. The project also accepts donations. Just $5 can provide clean water to someone for 20o days. Click here to give.

So instead of viewing 841 thousand cat photos or 10 million selfies today, people helped children, according to UNICEF's tracking statistics. Visit uniceftapproject.org on your phone to join them.

The project continues for another five days, until March 31. We assume UNICEF stops donating then.

SEE ALSO: 6 Land Transformations That Are Changing The World [GIFs]

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Here's The Epic Real-Life Inspiration For Tolkien’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’

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One of the most epic tales in modern literature, J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" has enthralled readers for nearly 60 years with triumphant themes of courage and friendship but also destruction and war. 

While Tolkien always denied direct parallels to history, his early life and experiences during both World Wars greatly influenced his writing, inspiring an intense love of nature and a deep distrust of that which destroys it — industry and war.

In its Beyond The Movie series, National Geographic explored Tolkien's influences, speaking to scholars as well as those who knew him personally. We broke out the highlights. 

Tolkien grew up in the English hamlet of Sarehole, just outside of Birmingham.



His childhood in a rural community, shown below, played a critical role in developing not only Tolkien's love of nature but also his sense of responsibility for protecting it.



Here, a young Tolkien explores the village. "Sarehole is a great place for adventures," Chris Upton, a Tolkien historian said.



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Everyone Totally Misinterprets Robert Frost's Most Famous Poem

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Happy 140th birthday, Robert Frost — you're totally misunderstood.

But most people don't realize the great American poet was being ironic when he famously wrote that taking the road less traveled "made all the difference."

The confusion comes up in his poem "The Road Not Taken," in which a traveler describes choosing between two paths through the woods.

In the first three stanzas the traveler describes how the paths as basically the same. They "equally lay" and were "just as fair" as each other and were even "worn ... really about the same."

But in the last stanza the traveler comments sarcastically on how he will someday look back and claim "with a sigh" that choosing the "one less traveled ... made all the difference."

People wrongfully interpret this as evidence of the payoff for freethinking and not following the crowd, when it actually comments about people finding meaning in arbitrary decisions.

Here's the stanza in question:

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —

I took the one less traveled by, 

And that has made all the difference.

That so many people misinterpret this line has become famous in itself.

Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" points out the massive distortion when Piper Chapman, the show's WASPy antihero, tries to explain the true meaning of the poem to her fellow inmates.

As she eloquently puts it, "So the point of the poem is that everyone wants to look back and think that their choices matter. But in reality, s--t just happens the way that it happens, and it doesn’t matter."

And the joke's on us, apparently.

David Haglund, a senior editor for Slate, has speculated that Frost may have deliberately misled his readers. Various quotes from Frost's correspondences suggest that he knew people would misunderstand the meaning — and their confusion even amused him.

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Here Are The States That Are Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

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There's some debate about how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Some say science will save us all, some will rely on math, and still others are banking on specialty gadgets. You can buy Zombie Apocalypse survival kits, and there are even Zombie Apocalypse maps that pinpoint where the danger zones would be in a zombie-mergency.

But the geniuses at Estately have crunched the numbers and determined which U.S. states are the best prepared for any zombie-related disasters in the near future based on 11 metrics, from residents' physical ability to weapons access.Estately zombie apocalypse states ranking

We weren't kidding when we said Estately crunched the numbers for all sorts of zombie-busting factors. Here's what the company looked at for each state:

  1. Active Military Personnelper capita (based on data from the U.S. Census)
  2. Military Veterans per capita (based on data from the U.S. Census)
  3. Physical Inactivity (based on the CDC’s 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System)
  4. Martial Arts Enthusiasts (based on percentage Facebook users who list “martial arts” as an interest)
  5. General Interest In Survival Skills (based on percentage Facebook users who list “survival skills” as an interest)
  6. People With Knowledge Of Zombie Lore (based on percentages of Facebook users who listed “zombies, 'Resident Evil,' 'Zombieland,' and 'The Walking Dead'” as interests)
  7. Laser Tag Enthusiasts (based on percentage Facebook users who list “laser tag” as an interest)
  8. People With Guns (based on 2012 data from the FBI)
  9. Obesity (based on the CDC’s 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System)
  10. Paintball Enthusiasts (based on percentage Facebook users who list “paintball” as an interest)
  11. Triathletes (based on percentage Facebook users who list “Ironman triathlon” as an interest)

What Estately found was that rural states will offer favorable odds for any survivors, while a majority of the Northeast and South will degenerate immediately into a zombie-filled hellscape.

Estately zombie apocalypse mapAlaska would be the most prepared state, thanks to a large percentage of military personnel and veterans, whereas New Jersey residents would be the least prepared, and should resign themselves to becoming zombies from Day 1.

See the full, detailed breakdown over at Estately.

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Hoards Of Foodies Swarmed New York's Lower East Side For The Ultimate Feeding Frenzy Last Night

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Hungry foodies swarmed Basketball City in New York City's far Lower East Side for the Village Voice's seventh annual Choice Eats food festival last night. 

The feeding frenzy included booths from more than 80 restaurants offering small samples to curious eaters. Each restaurant had previously been featured by the Village Voice's print version or on their Fork in the Road blog

The place was packed, and some 3,000 attendees waited in long lines just to get a chance to try samples from their favorite restaurants. choice eatsPlenty of hot restaurants were on hand, like the popular Prospect Heights spot 606 R&D.choice eats And Devi, which was serving up spicy Indian Sloppy Joes.  choice eatsQueens Comfort had a pretty quirky setup, where they doled out some amazing atomic macaroni and cheese. choice eatsLocal breweries, including Ommegang, Blue Point, and Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery, served refreshments.choice eatsAnd, of course, there were plenty of sweets. This peanut butter and jelly creation comes courtesy of Doughnut Plantchoice eats

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Some Of China's Rich And Powerful Show Off Their Social Status By Attending Ritual Tiger Killings

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More than 10 tigers have been killed as "visual feasts" to entertain officials and rich businessmen in a Chinese city, state media reported.

Police in Zhanjiang in the southern province of Guangdong seized a freshly slaughtered tiger and multiple tiger products in a raid this month, said the Nanfang Daily, the mouthpiece of the provincial Communist Party.

Local officials and successful businesspeople gathered to watch the tigers being killed as "eye-openers" to show off their social stature, it said.

Video footage of a killing two years ago showed the tiger, kept in an iron cage, having an electrified iron mass prodded into its mouth with a wooden stick and passing out after being electrocuted for more than 10 seconds, the paper said.

An experienced cattle or pig slaughterer is normally hired to butcher the carcass, it said, adding that tiger bones sold for an average of 14,000 yuan ($2,300) a kilogramme while the meat fetched 1,000 yuan a kilogramme.

Police said a butcher -- who jumped to his death while trying to escape arrest in a raid -- had killed more than 10 animals, the report Wednesday added.

"The tigers were probably anesthetized for transport. But buyers would check them to make sure that they were alive before the killing," it quoted an unnamed source as saying.

Most buyers of the meat and bones were business owners who would then give them to officials as gifts, the paper said.

Tiger bones have long been an ingredient of traditional Chinese medicine, supposedly for a capacity to strengthen the human body, and while they have been removed from its official ingredient list the belief persists among some.

Decades of trafficking and habitat destruction have slashed the roaming big cat's numbers from 100,000 a century ago to approximately 3,000, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species, where it is classed as endangered.

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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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Dan Loeb Got In A Fight With The Moms In His Building Over The Swimming Pool Temperature

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Activist investor Daniel Loeb, who runs Third Point LLC, once got in a dispute with the moms in 15 Central Park West over the temperature of the swimming pool, author Michael Gross writes in his new book "House Of Outrageous Fortune."

Central Park West has a 75-foot lap pool. That's definitely an amenity in New York City since it's difficult to find a decent sized lap pool. 

Loeb, who competes in triathlons and has braved the 50-something degree water in the San Francisco Bay—likes the water cold.

Most triathletes would agree with him on this one. They want the pool cold for swimming long distances.

Naturally, the moms and kids, who most likely aren't completing a 2-mile swim workout, enjoy a warmer pool. 

According to Gross, a questionnaire was sent out to the residents of the building about the pool's temperature among other fitness center issues. 

The moms were victorious in the pool temperature battle.

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Dating Sites For STD Positive People Are Cute — But Could Be Dangerous

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This post originally appeared on Details.com.

There are dating sites for vegetarians, Apple snobs, and CrossFitters, so why not for people with sexually transmitted diseases?

STD-positive dating sites such as H-YPE.com, PositivesDating.com, STDmatch.net, and PositiveSingles.com seek to match singles who have the same STDs. When signing up, people are asked to pick their STD from a drop-down menu. Think: I am a male, seeking a female, who also has herpes type 1, usually genital. That's hot.

Pew surveyfound that at least 11 percent of Americans have gone online to find "the one." And since half of all sexually active people will have contracted at least one STD by their 25th birthday, dating by STD definitely appears to have a market. In fact, PositiveSingles.com reports gaining 100,000 new members in the past year alone. (And as both an online dater and a hypochondriac, I'm completely fine with as many STD-positive daters as possible being weeded out from my online pool.)

Still, there are some definite pros to these sites. For many people with an STD, the stigma tends to be far worse than the actual infection. After all, some don't come with any symptoms at all, and many that do can either be knocked out with a round of antibiotics or easily managed so they don't cramp your style too much. Even so, research from the University of Michigan shows that giving someone an easily cured STD is considered worse than giving them afatal flu.

These dating sites could help. They give people an opportunity to connect with others who are in the same boat, and many offer subscribers access to counselors, support groups, and STD-treatment locations.

But even if both you and your partner have the same STD, sex isn't a free-for-all, says Ketul Shah, M.D., assistant professor of urology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. After all, STDs can weaken the immune system, making it easier for you to become infected with others once you have one.

And since the strains of some STDs are constantly multiplying—for instance, more than 100 different types of HPV are now out there—even if both you and your partner have the same STD, you could still swap strains, he says. Plus, if you have one STD, the chances that you have more than one are pretty high, says Shah, and these sites let users select only one.

In the end, staying safe while getting yours is basically the same whether or not you have an STD. So put those barrier methods to good use (yes, even during oral sex). And for the love of your junk, get tested.

 

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2014: The 10 Best Airports In The World

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changi airportSkytrax has released the results of its annual World Airport Awards and, once again, Singapore's Changi Airport has taken the top spot.

It's no surprise that Changi came out on top again. The international transit hub has incredible amenities, such as a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theaters, hotels, spas, and showers — and even a four-story slide.

Skytrax based its rankings on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities and included 410 airports worldwide. It incorporated passenger satisfaction across nearly 40 categories, including service and shopping and security and immigration.

All the airports commended last year made the 2014 list, but in a slightly different order.

10. London's Heathrow Airport

london heathrow airportYearly passengers: 69.4 million

Why it's awesome: Despite London Mayor Boris Johnson's concern that Heathrow gives visitors "a terrible impression of the U.K.," the overcrowded airport made it into Skytrax's top 10.

The third-busiest airport in the world in 2011, it took home the awards for Best Airport Shopping and Best Airport Terminal, for T5, which opened in 2008 after a $6.2 billion, 19-year design and construction process.

Heathrow's Skytrax review includes four or five out of five-star rankings for ease of use, flight information, public transport, security staff efficiency, and more.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2011, provided by Airports Council International.



9. Vancouver International Airport

vancouver international airportYearly passengers: 18 million

Why it's awesome: The least busy airport in Skytrax's top 10, Vancouver International offers visitors a large collection of Pacific Northwest native art.

Skytrax named Vancouver International the Best Airport in North America for the fourth year in a row in 2013, a streak that justifies the $1.4 billion that the airport spent on a recent expansion. It also ranked top for staff.

Volunteers, known as green coat ambassadors, help travelers get to where they're going.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figures provided by Vancouver International Airport.



8. Zurich Airport

zurich airportYearly passengers: 24.8 million

Why it's awesomeThe largest international airport in Switzerland, Zurich Airport was significantly expanded in 2003 with a new terminal and an underground automated train called the Skymetro, which shuttles travelers.

Located seven miles north of Zurich's city center, this airport also ranked highly in Skytrax's airport security processing, immigration, and dining categories.

The airport offers a porter service for which travelers pay a fee to have their bag picked up from anywhere in the airport and delivered to their final destination.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figures provided by Zurich Airport.

Photo: Fedor Selivanov / Shutterstock.com



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Here's Why Singapore's Shockingly Nice Airport Just Won Best In The World Again

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sunflower garden at Singapore Changi airportSingapore's Changi Airport was just named the world's best airport in 2014 by the World Airport Awards. 

This is the second year that Changi took the top spot in Skytrax's World Airport Awards, the most prestigious airport award in the industry.

Skytrax evaluates over 400 airports around the world for service, check-in, transfers, shopping, security, immigration, and more. 

It's no surprise that Changi took the No. 1 spot. The international transit hub has incredible amenities, like a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theaters, hotels, spas, and showers, and even a four-story slide.

Last year, I visited the airport during a trip to Singapore and had a chance to explore. The bottom line: This is a place where you'll actually enjoy having a long layover.

Disclosure: Our trip to Singapore, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Singapore Tourism Board. 

The airport is an architectural marvel. The newest terminal, Terminal 3, was designed by CPG Consultants, in collaboration with Woodhead, Tierra Design and SOM, Bartenbach LichtLabor and Hugh Dutton & Associates.



Most passengers enter the airport at Terminal 3, the newest and largest terminal at Changi, which is where Singapore Airlines is based. At 380,000 sq. m., the terminal is spacious, with high ceilings and an open, airy feel.



There's also a lush vertical garden here called the "Green Wall." It has more than 20 varieties of plants, vines, and flowers growing on it.



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This Edible Blob Could Be The Water Bottle Of The Future

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Move over, plastic water bottles. There's a new way to carry around your water (kind of). Ooho is an biodegradable and edible membrane made of brown algae that holds water, according to PSFK. 

The flexible water bottle kind of resembles the top of a jelly fish, or a silicone implant. 

Ooho was developed by three London design students who were aiming to make something sustainable, durable, and cheap  it only costs two cents to make, according to Fast Company.

While the clear blob fits those categories, it does seem like the amorphous shape could be problematic for packing in coolers. Drinking out of the Ooho could prove tricky, as well.

Nevertheless, Ooho certainly looks cool and if we ever needed a quick sip of water or wanted to gain some green karma points for the week, maybe we'd grab the biodegradable algae. The design was a recipient of this year's Lexus Design Award; no word on when/if it will appear in your local supermarket anytime soon. 

Check out the video from Fast Company below to see how it works: 

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15 Male Trendsetters To Follow On Instagram

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Instagram isn't just for Sunday morning brunch photos and jealousy-inducing travel shots anymore.

The picture-based social network has become an ingenious platform for showcasing the latest and greatest in fashion, even among men, who  let's face it  probably aren't poring over glossy magazines for style inspiration.

From models to personal stylists to execs at the leading men's lifestyle publications, we rounded up 15 trendsetters in men's fashion who are offering style ideas and fashion tips straight from their smartphones.

Bruce Pask (@brucepask)

Pask's job as Men's Fashion Director at T Magazine gets him into all the hottest fashion events, not just in New York, but around the world. Though he's usually styling others more than himself, Pask always takes care to look his best in carefully curated ensembles that function for both work and play.

Bruce Pask, Instagram

Followers: 12K

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Chris John Millington (@chrisjohnmillington)

Millington was scouted on the streets of London last spring, and the heavily-bearded Scot dropped plans to join the police force and began modeling. On Instagram, the Abe Lincoln look-a-like tends to show off leather jackets, dressed-down workwear, and his arm tattoos.Chris John Millington

Followers: 129K 

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David Gandy (@davidgandy_official)

Gandy is "the world's only international male supermodel." The 33-year-old has held several major modeling contracts. And he's not just a pretty face — Gandy has written about fashion for British Vogue and GQ Magazine.

David Gandy

Followers: 69K

Follow him on Instagram



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We Found A Real-Life R2D2

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Web-developer Jamie McShan built his own R2D2 droid using everything from wood to pvc pipe.

A member of the Central Texas Droid Builders, McShan showcases his R2 unit at events that range from Comic Con to Weird Al Yankovic concerts. He also spreads good will by taking his R2 to visit children's hospitals.

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A Microbrewery Just Made A 'Walking Dead'-Inspired Beer With Real Brains

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The folks at Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewing Co. are such big fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead" they decided to brew a radical new beer with smoked goat brains in honor of the zombie show.

In addition to this unusual ingredient, the new brew, an American Pale Stout they're calling Dock Street Walker, will also incorporate wheat, oats, flaked barley, and organic cranberries, and will clock in at 7.2% ABV.

According to the brewery's press release, they used goat brains to infuse a subtle, smoky flavor into the beer while the cranberries provide tartness and a pale redness reminiscent of blood.

Dock Street wouldn't be the first brewery to use disturbing ingredients in a beer. In 2012 Denver’s Wynkoop Brewing Company brewed a Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout using, you guessed it, Rocky Mountain oysters. More and more craft and microbreweries are pushing the envelope when it comes to creating new brews partly because they can, and partly because craft beer drinkers are developing ever more adventurous palates.

Naturally, Dock Street plans to release of Dock Street Walker at the brewery on March 30 — during their screening of "The Walking Dead" season finale.

SEE ALSO: Here's Why People Are So Obsessed With Sour Beer

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The Places In The US Where People Live The Longest

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The average life expectancy in the United States is 78.7 years, but that varies significantly depending on your gender, race, income, smoking habits, and other factors. This means there's also quite a lot of variability from place to place.

We used the U.S. Health Map from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to find and map the counties where men and women live the longest. Compare these healthy spots to counties like McDowell, West Virginia, where the life expectancy is the lowest in the country: just 73 years for women and 63 years for men.

Here are the counties where Americans live the longest.

Highest Life Expectancies For Men (National Average: 76)

  1. Gunnison, Colorado: 82
  2. Pitkin, Colorado: 82
  3. Marin, California: 81
  4. Fairfax, Virginia: 81
  5. Loudoun, Virginia: 81
  6. Montgomery, Maryland: 81
  7. Eagle, Colorado: 81
  8. Douglas, Colorado: 81
  9. Summit, Colorado: 81
  10. Blaine, Idaho: 81

Highest Life Expectancies For Women (National Average: 80)

This list is longer because many places were tied with a life expectancy of ~84.

  1. Marin, California: 85
  2. San Mateo, California: 84
  3. Santa Clara, California: 84
  4. Gunnison, Colorado: 84
  5. Pitkin, Colorado: 84
  6. Douglas, Colorado: 84
  7. Collier, Florida: 84
  8. Honolulu, Hawaii: 84
  9. Fairfax, Virginia: 84
  10. Loudoun, Virginia: 84
  11. Montgomery, Maryland: 84
  12. Bergen, New Jersey: 84
  13. Westchester, New York: 84
  14. Los Alamos, New Mexico: 84
  15. Wayne, Nebraska: 84
  16. Cedar, Nebraska: 84
  17. Stearns, Minnesota: 84
  18. Winneshiek, Iowa: 84
  19. Sioux, Iowa: 84
  20. Lincoln, South Dakota: 84

Here's the full U.S. Health map, from IHME. Click over to "life expectancy" to compare all the counties in the U.S.

SEE ALSO: This Chart Showing The Gap Between Black And White Life Expectancy Should Be A National Embarrassment

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