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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Buy The Most Expensive Home In Las Vegas For $38 Million



Phil Maloof, a member of a prominent Las Vegas hotel family, is selling his massive penthouse in Las Vegas for $38 million, making it the most expensive home on the market in the city, according to Curbed.

The Maloofs have had a large presence in the business world, as they previously owned the Sacramento Kings and also helped to create the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The penthouse is located at Palms Place and spans 27,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space — large enough to fit 500 people. The fully furnished home's high price tag gets you quite a few special features, including an outdoor theater, a DJ booth, and a full gym.

Maloof is also throwing in one Dali and one Picasso painting for the lucky buyer.

This is the most expensive home for sale in Las Vegas since Wayne Newton's ranch hit the market for $70 million and failed to sell, even after being reduced to $48 million.

The penthouse has a combined 27,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space.

You can see miles of flat land from the rooftop.

The rooftop area features an outdoor theater and plenty of seating.

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Lard Is Cropping Up On Menus Everywhere


LardLard — yes, lard — is cropping up in kitchens around the globe.

The resurgence of lard, or pig fat seems to have come from a change in opinion about saturated fat (fat mainly from meat and dairy) and the growth of the nose-to-tail movement.

Chefs of trendy restaurants like Husk in South Carolina and Marianne in London are coming out as proud lard-servers, saying that it's "so versatile" and "healthier" than alternatives.

But even though some of the stigma has been reduced, people still don't necessarily want to order "lard" off their menus. 

Marianne Lamb, the chef and owner of Marianne restaurant in London, told The Guardian that wording is key to get guests interested. "My front of house, Francesca, pronounces lardo di colonnata in perfect Italian, which makes it sound irresistible, compared to just 'lard'!" she said.

Husk uses a similar tactic, referring to a butter/lard mix as "Honey Pork Butter."

But maybe one day 'lard' will just be a fat by any other name. After all, more information is coming out declaring that saturated fats don't necessarily contribute to heart attacks and other cardiac diseases.

Additionally, health writers such as Gary Taubes ("Why We Get Fat") and Nina Teicholz ("The Big Fat Surprise") are spouting the virtues of saturated fat. Taubes argues that lard can be good for us because it doesn't even continue that much saturated fat and can even reduce our risk for having a heart attack

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The 20 Cutest Wild Animals On Earth


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It's common to argue over whether puppies or kittens are cuter, but what about hummingbirds and wombats?

We thought wild animals deserved some love too, and came up with the 20 cutest undomesticated animals.

From koalas to tamarin monkeys, these are the world's cutest wild creatures.

Did we forget your favorite wild animal? Let us know in the comments.

Quokkas are one of the smallest species of the marsupial macropod family, and weigh only five to 11 pounds (about the size of a domestic cat). They live in western Australia, and though they seem super cuddly and fun, they are ruthless survivors.

Arctic foxes live — where else? — in the Arctic circle. They can survive in extreme temperatures as low as -58°F, and raise their young in systems of underground burrows that have been used by many generations of foxes.

Sea otters live in kelp forests on the coasts of the Northern Pacific Ocean, and often hold hands to keep from drifting away from each other. They float on their backs to crack open shellfish with rocks, making them one of the few species of mammals to use tools.



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15 Great Pieces Of Life Advice That Never Get Old


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The great benefit of living with, working for, or being related to people who have experienced more of life than you have is picking their brain for advice.

The most effective people learn from their own mistakes, and make a significant effort to learn from other people's errors as well. 

A recent Quora thread asked users for the best advice they've ever gotten. 

Here are a few of the greatest excerpts, lightly edited for clarity:

Never say "but."

"A very smart woman I worked with once told me that if I eliminated the word 'but' from my professional vocabulary, I'd find greater acceptance for my ideas, and greater cooperation from my team members... The word 'but' negates everything that precedes it, and you cast a negative spin on anything you say when you use it... 'But' is exclusive and isolating; 'and' is inclusive and welcoming." —Quora user Marsha Browne

You never get anything unless you ask.

"It was a professor in my university, but I believe its origin is from somebody famous: If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no'." —Quora user Joe Yasman

Think before you complain.

"Don't complain. I think it was phrased as something like, 'Do you ever listen to someone complaining and think, This is a great conversation!?' Being negative doesn't help others, and it doesn't help you." —Quora user Steve Carnagua

Time is the one thing you never get back.

"A mentor I had some years ago told me that time is the one thing that you can never get back. If you look at it as an asset, you can donate it, spend it, or waste it. Whatever you do with it, it is gone once it passes." —Quora user Karen Meyer

Attitude is more important than talent.

"I have been time and again repeatedly told that a strong positive attitude takes a man farther than his talent. There are many greats in sports, entertainment, politics, science, and art who had great talent but lost on huge counts only because of a faulty and shaky attitude. 

Attitude helps you solve problems talent cannot. Attitude helps you navigate through problem talent hides." —
Quora user Vamsi Uppala

Quality is always greater than quantity.

"If you're going to do something, do it well enough to avoid doing it the second time. Going back to do something the second time is a time-waster if you knew it can be done right the first time. Even writing this post, I'm putting in my best effort into editing it, explaining it, and making it easy and enjoyable to read — to avoid going back and fixing any grammatical errors." —Quora user Dennis Do

Be reliable.

"Do what you say you're going to do." —Quora user Blake Alexander

Do the right thing.

"Advice from Charlie Munger (not proffered personally): The safest way to try to get what you want is to try to deserve what you want." —Quora user Josh Tarasoff

Slow down.

"When I was in my 20s I worked as a waiter at a very popular restaurant. I found it very difficult to keep up with the orders and, consequently, my tips were very low.

One of the very experienced servers took me aside and she said, 'Slow down and take longer steps. You'll feel more relaxed and your customers will see that and trust you.'

If you slow down, you have time to think and plan better. Taking longer steps means more than just how you move through a space. It's about looking ahead and covering more ground, encompassing more than just the task at hand." —Quora user Gordon Bennet

Everyone ends up in the same place.

"'At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.' —Italian Proverb

When you really think about this, in the end we all end up the same. You can't take your money and fame with you after you die." —Quora user Felix Wong

Time is not money. It's better.

"Always choose time over money. Contrary to what people say, time is not money. Time is much much more than money. At the end of your life, it's guaranteed you will be out of time and more than likely out of money as well, if you didn't value time." —Quora user Navin Uttam

Don't worry what other people think.

"Stop being so self-conscious because absolutely nobody is paying any attention to you anyway — they are only paying attention to themselves." —Quora user Michael Wolfe

You can't truly control anything but how well you do things.

"To find happiness in life's tasks, invest in the process (which you can control), not in the outcome (which is largely out of your control)." —Quora user Mark Hurley


"God gave you two ears and one mouth; use them proportionally." —Quora user Derrick Mayfield

Take risks when you can.

"On deciding whether to step off my career track in my mid-20s to live abroad for a year: 'You have the rest of your life to work. You'll be working for 40 years. I don't know why we were in such a hurry when we were young.' I took the year off." —Quora user Deborah Diamond

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How Rosanna Pansino Turned Her 'Nerdy' Desserts Into YouTube's Biggest Baking Channel


Rosanna Pansino, Nerdy Nummies, YouTubeRosanna Pansino's charming personality and nerd-themed baked goods have captured the attention of the YouTube community and beyond. With more than 2.2 million subscribers and 346 million views, her "Nerdy Nummies" baking site is the most popular baking channel on YouTube.  

Among some of her most popular videos, you'll find tutorials on fun creations like "Angry Birds Cupcakes," "Spiderman Candy Apples," and "Super Mario Cake Pops."She now posts a new nerdy baking tutorial every Tuesday, and she's even been featured in an ad in the New York City subway.

Business Insider caught up with Rosanna to hear more of her story. 

Business Insider: How did you get started baking?

Rosanna Pansino: Baking is one of my many hobbies. I was originally introduced to baking as a child by my grandmother. I continued to bake for friends and family throughout the years for special occasions. I began to create themed treats after receiving continued requests from a lot of my friends.

BI: What's the story behind your YouTube channel?

RP: I started making YouTube videos about three years ago. At that time I was doing commercials and guest star roles in Los Angeles. My manager, and fellow YouTuber, Mike Lamond encouraged me to start a YouTube channel as a way to practice speaking, entertaining, and being more comfortable in front of a camera. In the beginning I used an $80 dollar flip-camera and edited every episode myself. As soon as I starting making YouTube videos, I received so much positive feedback from the online community and a demand for more content. As time went on, my filming schedule became more consistent, and it made sense to hire some help and upgrade my equipment. Once I got into it I realized that I had full creative control of my content and could let my imaginative side out.

BI: Was there a moment when you knew you had made it? What was that like? 

RP: I really don’t focus on my success. All I care about is creating more fun content for my viewers. 

BI: Where do you get inspiration for your Nerdy Nummies videos? 

RP: Inspiration for my Nerdy Nummies videos comes from all over. Many of the ideas originate from the games, comics or movies I’m excited about. My family is really creative as well and are constantly sending me their thoughts. I also encourage my fans to tell me what they would want to see next and they have a direct influence on the types of creations I make. 

BI: How long does it usually take to make a video? What's that process like? And has it changed over time?

RP: Each video can vary greatly depending on what it is, but the average Nerdy Nummies episode takes over 5 days to create and produce. The process includes developing ideas, gathering the ingredients, testing the recipes, filming, editing and posting the videos. After 120+ episodes, the process hasn’t changed much, but I am always looking for ways to be more efficient. 

BI: Is there one video that you're especially proud of?

RP: As corny as it sounds, every episode I release becomes my new favorite. I learn something new each and every time I make content and I have so many good memories about the creation process. My happiest memory is filming an episode with my dad and another episode with my sister. I have always been very close with my family and it means a lot to be able to share a piece of my YouTube world with them.

BI: How do you make a video go viral?

RP: I’ve never thought about how to make a video go viral. From the very beginning I have always wanted to use YouTube to better myself and share things I enjoy with the world. If others want to join me on that journey I am happy to have them as viewers.

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Here's What Wealthy People Want In Their Luxury Homes


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In its annual Luxury Lifestyle ReportSotheby’s International Realty breaks down what’s important to wealthy real estate buyers.

When it came to amenities, Sotheby’s International Realty brokers said the number of clients who wanted a home with “smart amenities” has increased drastically over the last two years. These include appliances, lighting, entertainment systems, security, and more that can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world.

China’s wealthy real estate investors also valued space to display their massive art collections, while U.S. buyers were mostly interested in having a multi-car collector’s garage, according to the report.

luxury real estate amentitiesBut location was definitely the top priority for luxury buyers around the world, with 71% of respondents telling Sotheby’s International Realty they would pay more for the home's location over its size, historic significance, or previous (famous) owners.

And where do the 1% around the world want to live? Anywhere close to the water.

Luxury buyers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, China, Australia, New Zealand, as well as those in Caribbean and Central America all searched predominantly for waterfront properties on sothebysrealty.com.

But high-end buyers from Spain, Venezuela, and Mexico were all more likely to look for mountain mansions. Russia was a major outlier, with its wealthy residents searching for countryside properties 83% of the time.

The survey was sent to Sotheby’s International Realty's affluent consumers over 25 years old all over the world, from the U.S. to China, between January 28 and February 18, 2014. Search data came from sothebysrealty.com using Google Website Analytics between January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014. You can read more about the methodology here.

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10 Awesome Desk Lunches That Will Put Your Coworkers' Leftovers To Shame


Eating lunch in the office doesn't have to mean a soggy sandwich and some stale chips. 

With the help of Food52, we've put together a list of some delicious alternatives to your boring work lunches. These recipes are bound to make you the envy of your co-workers. After all, who knew you could make grilled cheese in your office kitchen?

Here are 10 of our favorite desk lunches.

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is often the sad side dish at family gatherings and cookouts, but with the right ingredients, you can make it a stand-out dish for lunch. Marian Bull of Food52 suggests using short pasta with lots of nooks and crannies, so each noodle will hold onto your added toppings.

Follow these steps to make the salad >>

Cheese Toast

Cheese Toast

Everyone loves a good grilled cheese, and you can make a decent version of the beloved sandwich by using your office kitchen. Just toast a piece of bread, melt some cheese on top in your mini-oven, and dig in! 

Follow these steps to make cheese toast >>

Leftover Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

By roasting a chicken on Sunday, you're setting yourself up for a week of great lunches. You can eat the leftovers of your first roast chicken meal, and add it to other dishes like salads and soups. 

Click here for more roast chicken tips >>

A Well-Packed Sandwich

Lunch Sandwich

It turns out there is a solution to the soggy sandwich problem! Marian Bull suggests making an avocado sandwich and initially adding only what will hold up for a few hours, like rye bread and hard-boiled eggs. She carries avocados and mustard into work with her and adds them to the sandwich right before she eats, making for a delicious and soggy-free meal.

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Lettuce-less Salads

Lettuce Less Salad

There are lots of healthy options for salad greens besides lettuce—check out the salad above, made with green beans, fava leaves, and pea shoots. These greens won't wilt as much as lettuce when you add salad dressing ahead of time.

Find more salad options here >>

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

This looks so good that we can't stop thinking about it. Avocado toast can be made pretty easily by smashing avocado on some thick slices of bread and adding flaky salt and other toppings of your choice.

Get the recipe here >>

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

This delicious salad is made in five simple steps, making it the perfect choice for a desk meal. Before making the salad, you should rinse the quinoa to get rid of the bitter taste these seeds often have.

Follow these steps to make the salad >>

PB&J Sandwich

PBJ Sandwich

This classic choice might remind you of elementary school lunch, but there's no denying the tastiness of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can make your sandwich more interesting by using different ingredients, like almond butter with raspberry preserves.

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Tomato Sandwich

Tomato Sandwich

A good tomato sandwich is a very refreshing summer meal. Food52's Editor-in-Chief Merrill Stubbs loves this sandwich made with wholegrain bread, a beefsteak tomato, Kosher salt, and coarsely ground black pepper.

Check out the ingredients here >>

Grilled Chicken Salad With Noodles

Noodle Salad

This super-tasty salad features a bunch of ingredients, including Savoy cabbage, jalapeno, Sriracha, and pad Thai rice noodles, all coming together to create this refreshing lunch dish. 

Get the recipe here >>

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NYC Bike Messenger: Cab Drivers Are Not The Biggest Problem On The Road

Photos Of The Lavish Resort That Was Built From Scratch For Germany's World Cup Team


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Germany's World Cup team is staying at a custom-built luxury resort in Brazil.

The resort, called the Campo Bahia, was privately financed by a German investor and it won't open to the public until the World Cup is over.

There are 14 villas, a training center, a pool, a bar, and a specifically-oriented practice field at the resort, and right now the German national team has the place all to itself.

Judging by the photos, Campo Bahia is easily the swankiest World Cup camp.

The resort is on a remote beach that's 15 miles from the town of Porto Segura.

When it opens to the public, the resort will offer diving, fishing, and kite surfing.

Each villa has at least 5 bedrooms.

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The 14 Worst Tourist Traps In New York City — And Where To Go Instead


People love to visit New York City.

But tourists, especially those seeing the Big Apple for the first time, often get sucked into expensive and overrated tourist traps.

These are the places you should skip, and alternatives that are more authentic, cheaper, and more fun.

Instead of seeing the sights from the top of the Empire State Building, take in the city skyline (for free) on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

brooklyn heights promenade not empire state buildingThe Empire State Building has great views of the city, but it’s not worth the expensive ticket and long lines.

A better way to take in New York’s amazing skyline? Go across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. It’s free, beautiful, and one of the best places to see NYC’s skyline, day or night.

Instead of being gouged for “Italian” food in Little Italy, go to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

arthur avenue bronx new york not little italyLittle Italy is a sad little strip nestled right above Chinatown. The real Little Italy — with its amazing Italian-American food— is on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

You can find fresh cheese at Casa Della Mozzarella, an amazing selection of fish at Cosenza’s, and a slew of fantastic Italian-American bakeries.

Instead of taking a pedicab ride, rent a Citi Bike.

nyc citi bike not pedicabPedicabs are a part of life in NYC, especially around Central Park and midtown where it can be hard to catch a cab. But they can be expensive and slow.

We recommend trying a Citi Bike. You can sign up for a day pass for $10 and ride around the city yourself. Read more about how to use a Citi Bike here.

Instead of waiting months to have high tea at the Plaza Hotel's Palm Court, have a tea party at Bosie Tea Parlor. 

high tea at Bosie Tea Parlor not plaza hotelHigh Tea in the Plaza Hotel’s Palm Court is iconic, but even with a reservation, you’ll likely be waiting for your table and tripping over tourists in the process.

Your tea and pastries will be much cheaper at Bosie Tea Parlor in the West Village. High Tea for two is only $55 and comes with 2 teas of your choice, three types of sandwich, macaroons, scones, and cake.

Instead of battling tourists at Central Park, head to the more low key (and gorgeous) Prospect Park.

central park vs prospect parkDon't get me wrong, Central Park is great, with Shakespeare Gardens, grassy knolls, and a gorgeous double skyline with skyscrapers rising above the trees. But man, is it crowded.

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park was created by the same architects — Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux — but they had much more free reign with their Brooklyn design and were able to create a real pastoral haven. With woods, a lake, and a mile-long meadow, anyone who visits Prospect Park will forget they’re in NYC for a little while.

Instead of cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, try the amazing cookies at Levain Bakery.

levain cookies not magnolia bakeryMagnolia Bakery's cupcakes may be tasty, but with its long lines and recent health code violations, this tourist stop is highly overrated. A much better option is the beyond-delicious Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.

The cookies are gigantic (they look more like scones than cookies), and though they cost $4 per cookie, they are the tastiest, softest, and most scrumptious cookies I've ever tried. Try the chocolate chip and walnut cookie and thank me later.

Instead of going to Century 21 for discounted designer fashions, hit up a real NYC sample sale.

sample sale not century 21The racks at discount designer store Century 21 can be fun to pick through, but more often than not these stores are chock full of deal-seeking shoppers and tourists, long lines, and picked-through inventory.

A better idea is to hit up some of NYC’s amazing sample sales. There’s usually always something going on 260 Fifth Avenue (sign up for email updates here) or in SoHo — Racked NY always has a great rundown.

Instead of spending a fortune to ice skate at Rockefeller Center, skate at the less-crowded McCarren Rink in Brooklyn.

mccarren rink vs rockefeller center ice skatingTo skate at Rockefeller Center, it costs $27 for an adult ticket ($15 for kids) plus $12 for skate rental. That’s a total of roughly $40 to skate with 150 other people for an hour and a half.

McCarren Rink in Brooklyn is a better option that is both less crowded and cheap. It costs $8 for adults ($4 for children), skate rental is only $5, and you can skate as long as you want.

Instead of watching the city flash by on a tour bus, go walk around.

new york city walking not tour busNew York City tour buses can help new arrivals get a feel for all of NYC’s neighborhoods, but a much better (and healthier, cheaper) option is to just walk around.

From the Upper West Side to the Financial District, every area in New York has a distinct personality. If you want a more in-depth look at each neighborhood, there are walking tours you can sign up for.

Instead of going clubbing in the Meatpacking District, head to where all the cool kids are in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg is better than meatpackingThe Meatpacking District may be where certain celebrities, big shots, and models hang out, but for the rest of us, it’s expensive and you may not even be able to get past the door.

Williamsburg has awesome (and cheaper) bars and nightclubs like Output, plus way less pretentious and annoying people. There's a wide variety of nightlife, too, from watering holes for cocktails snobs to drunk bowling.

Instead of sharing a frozen hot chocolate sundae at Serendipity III, have a romantic night at The Chocolate Room.

the chocolate room not serendipity 3The made-from-scratch treats at The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn far exceed those at Serendipity III, and the ambiance is much more romantic. Perfect for a birthday or a date, the restaurant is dimly lit and cozy.

If you’re not sure what to order, try the brownie sundae and their ice cream sandwiches. All their cakes — from classic chocolate to chocolate almond — are also delicious.

Instead of Grimaldi’s Pizza in DUMBO, head down the street to Juliana’s Pizza.

juliana's pizza not grimaldis in brooklynGrimaldi's has slowly become more and more of a tourist trap through the years. Patsy Grimaldi sold Grimaldi’s pizza parlor in 1998, but he opened another little pizza place down the street recently that he calls Juliana’s.

And while Grimaldi’s is just okay, Juliana’s is the real gem  — its ingredients are fresh and vibrant, the pizza isn’t greasy, and they make a truly amazing sauce. Don’t forget to try the homemade Brookie deserts (a combination of a brownie and cookie).

Instead of seeing sex toys and exhibitionist exhibits at the Museum of Sex, go to a burlesque show at Galapagos Art Space.

burlesque not museum of sexThe Museum of Sex might raise eyebrows, but it's underwhelming, crowded, and not worth the price for admission. If you’re in the mood for a risqué attraction, get tickets to a burlesque show at Galapagos Art Space.

With fire breathing, aerial performances, “tantric yoga,” and more, this will definitely be a far more entertaining way to spend your evening. Plus, the venue is gorgeous.

Instead of going to Times Square, go literally anywhere else.

don't go to times squareSeriously — this city is huge with plenty of boroughs, neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions to explore.

Walk through Times Square if you must, take your pictures, and then never, ever go there again.

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3 Terrible Learning Habits You Probably Picked Up In School


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If you don't know how to learn well, you're basically screwed. 

So say Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning." 

"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues ... If you're good at learning, you have an advantage in life." 

Roediger and McDaniel, both of whom are psychologists at the University of Washington in St. Louis, argue that we misunderstand — at a cultural level — how learning works. 

"How we teach and study is largely a mix of theory, lore, and intuition," the authors write.  

Only recently has learning been submitted to the empirical rigor of cognitive psychology — which has turned up lots of the bad habits that many of us picked up in school. 

Here are a few examples of terrible ways to learn new concepts: 

Rereading the material 

Recall your time in school. When you wanted to prep for an exam, your "studying" probably consisted of poring over the same texts for hours.

More than 80% of college students say that rereading is their main study strategy. The authors cite three reasons for why it doesn't work: 

• Rereading takes forever. You could be learning better, in a shorter amount of time, with other strategies. 

• Studies show that multiple readings of a text provide no benefit to recall. 

• It deceives you. Mastering a text is not the same as mastering the ideas behind it. Rereading a text gives you an "illusion of knowing." You're getting super familiar with what a text says, but only superficially. 

Rather than rereading, quiz yourself. It's better for cultivating long-term recall


Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel repeatedly slam "massed practice," which you and I know as cramming — the rapid, intense study of a text or technique for a short duration of time. 

Synthesizing several decades of research, the authors note: 

"Massed practice gives us the warm sensation of mastery because we're looping information through short-term memory without having to reconstruct the learning from long-term memory ... [T]he fluency gained through massed practice is transitory, and our sense of mastery is illusory." 

Real mastery of material, the authors emphasize, comes through reconstructing knowledge. That means forcing yourself to recall your understanding of a subject from memory, which you can hack with techniques like retrieval, elaboration, and generation

Catering to your "learning style" 

You've probably said that you're a visual or auditory learner.

You may be mistaken. 

"The idea that individuals have distinct learning styles has been around long enough to become part of the folklore of education practice and an integral part of how many people perceive themselves," the authors write.

"The underlying premise says that people receive and process new information differently," they continue. What's more, the theory holds that folks who don't get info in their preferred learning style — written, heard, etc. — are getting the pedagogical shaft. 

This sentiment, the authors insist, is toxic, since saying that you have one learning style and not another gives you a "corrosive, misguided sense of diminished potential."

If you identify as someone with a "low kinesthetic" learning ability, then you'll likely stray away from athletics, rock-climbing, dancing, yoga, or any of the various ways to take advantage of having a body. If you identify as a "low-auditory" learner, then you'll turn yourself away from listening to music, lectures, and the like. Taking yourself to have one speciality — and many weaknesses — is impoverishing. 

Instead, Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel encourage you to adopt an idea of "successful intelligence": an attitude of bringing all your tools to the learning table. Yes, you do have different kinds of intelligence — Cornell University psychologist Robert Sternberg's model says it's analytical, creative, and practical— but that doesn't mean you have a certain "type" of learning.

Instead, when you're trying to master an idea, approach it with the full breadth of your intelligences. Rather than having your "learning style" limit your ability, use every way to learn you have available to you. 

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The 12 Best Bars In New York's Financial District


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New York City's Financial District is the economic center of the entire U.S. But the area is a hidden gem when it comes to bars, pubs, and brew houses.

We set out to find the coolest watering holes by reading Yelp reviews, surveying FiDi locals, and checking the places out on our own.

From the Full Shilling on Pearl Street to Beckett's on Stone Street, here are the best places to drink in the Financial District.

121 Fulton Street

121 Fulton St.

If early day drinking is more your style, then 121 Fulton Street can get your weekend started right with its incredible brunch special: Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., it offers a $30 breakfast that includes all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Beckett's Bar and Grill

48 Stone St.

Located in a building that's been around since 1603, Beckett's combines old-school style and new-school drinking with two floors and 24 TVs.

From March to November, Beckett's transforms into one of the best outdoor bars in the city by putting out benches and tables right on Stone Street.

The Dead Rabbit

30 Water St.

Don't let the morbid name fool you. The Dead Rabbit is a lively establishment with one of the most fully stocked taprooms in the city.

There's also a classic parlor with 72 "historically accurate" cocktails and a grocery store that sells many oils, spreads, and dry goods.

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10 Vintage Photos Of New York — When Disco Ruled And Bushwick Was A War Zone


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New York of the 1970s and early '80s was a gritty place of stunning contrasts. Nowhere was this more apparent than between Manhattan's thriving disco scene and the impoverished neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, which looked more like Beirut than New York.

Photographer Meryl Meisler was living in New York at the time, off a government grant to document Jewish New York. With no steady job to go to, she began frequenting the bustling disco scene, always bringing her 35mm camera to the clubs. Later, she moved out to Bushwick, where she saw how just how much a city can change in only a few miles.

Her recently published book, "A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick," highlights this divide and displays her photography from both scenes. We spoke to Meisler, who gave us permission to publish some of her photos.

Meisler said nothing she witnessed at the clubs surprised her, such as this interesting attire from a 1978 shot at Les Mouches.

05_prom_queenShe frequently rubbed shoulders with celebrities, such as the Village People, pictured below in 1978. Another celebrity she encountered often was artist Andy Warhol, although she said when one was out at the disco "everybody was just like everybody else."

13_Village_peopleOnce her grant ran out and freelance work became sporadic, Meisler took a job teaching art at a public school system in the dangerous area of East New York, effectively ending her run at the disco. She later worked at a school in Bushwick, a neighborhood she'd heard looked like "Dresden in 1945" — referencing the German city that World War II firebombings decimated.

18_iving_roomThe neighborhood had experienced the highest levels of looting, rioting, and arson after the citywide blackout in the summer of 1977. After the blackout, 27 stores along Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn had been destroyed and fires had spread to many residential buildings.

14_roller_skatesMeisler quickly took an interest in improving the lives of her students. She had a lot of freedom about what she could teach, and she decided to focus her art curriculum on the neighborhood.

16_sherlock_shadow 1024x725Meisler could never shake the obvious contrast between the fire-ravaged neighborhood of Bushwick and the extravagance at clubs such as Studio 54 in Manhattan. That club is where she snagged this photo of Shirley MacLaine and Bella Abzug at Abzug's birthday party in 1979.

03_bella_shirleyMeisler ended up teaching in the neighborhood for 14 years. During that time, she also took pictures of human moments like this exchange between two young men.


To be sure, it was exciting for Meisler to be a part of the exuberant Manhattan disco scene of the late '70s.


Even so, she found the truly rewarding experience was serving, and capturing moments of, underprivileged children of Bushwick at a time when the neighborhood was the most dangerous part of the city.


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Hedge Fund Billionaire Buys Glamorous Duplex From France For $70 Million


What do you do if you're a billionaire who wants to change apartments without leaving your building? Well, you simply buy the duplex downstairs. 

That's just what Israel "Izzy" Englander, founder of the hedge fund Millennium Partners, reportedly did at New York City's swanky 740 Park Avenue, according to Paris Match (via Curbed).

The billionaire purchased the apartment from the country of France, which was once used by the French ambassador, for $70 million, a whopping $22 million over the asking price. A three-way bidding war pushed up the apartment's price, Curbed reports. 

Features of the palatial home include hardwood flooring, high ceilings, classic moldings, five fireplaces, and a small planting terrace. Among the 18 rooms, six are staff and maids' rooms, with a servants' hall and a two-bedroom master suite. 

Let's see for ourselves: 

This is 740 Park Avenue, one of Manhattan's most famous and powerful buildings. Located on the 12th and 13th floors, the apartment has an astounding 18 rooms with 38 windows. 740 park aveA private elevator vestibule opens to a 35-foot marble gallery and the staircase leading to the second floor.740 Park AveOff the gallery is a baronial corner living room. The yellow accents offset the formal furniture.740 Park AveAnd if you step through the living room, you enter what looks like could be part of the library.740 Park AveOn the same floor room is the 10-person dining room with large windows and a fireplace.740 Park AveThere's also a study, complete with old-world paintings, wallpaper, and a fireplace.740 Park AveHere's the floor plan:

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12 Weekend Style Rules For Guys


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On the sixth and seventh days, you get to wear exactly what you want. Still, if you'd like to get noticed—for the right reasons—there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

1. You can go outside in sweatpants, as long as they're not the same ones you'd sleep in. Designers are doling out slimmer, tailored versions that aren't meant for the gym.

2. Keep the office dress shirts in your closet, but don't underestimate the power of a good button-down—you'll get endless use out of an oxford in linen or a lighter cotton weave come spring.

3. A three-quarter trench coat like this one instantly dresses up everything, from jeans to sweatpants. Think of it as your ultimate cheat when stepping out the door.

4. Comfort can no longer be used as an excuse for ignoring your personal style when you're out of the office. From Margaret Howell to Alexander Wang, designers are focusing on weekend-ready clothing now more than ever.

Screen Shot 2014 06 19 at 10.025. Clean, minimalist sneakers like the ones above are basically the dress shoes of the weekend. They work not only with a suit (which can and should be thrown into the rotation on a Saturday; see Rule 6) but with everything else on these pages as well. Buy a pair (or all four) and never think twice about what to wear them with again.

6. While it feels as effortless and comfortable as a T-shirt, a lightweight knit (be it silk or a wool-cotton blend) is amazingly breathable and makes a suit jacket look eminently sharper (below).

7. Suit separates aren't meant only for the nine-to-five grind. A lightweight, unlined blazer with a soft shoulder (above, left) and matching pants can be just as comfortable as khakis and a denim jacket.

8. Even the most familiar patterns can be smartened up by way of unexpected tweaks to the color palette. In the case of the M65 camo zip-up, the tones are darker, lending a grown-up, sophisticated vibe that your old army jacket can't match.

9. The spring 2014 runways saw designers from Fendi to Ermenegildo Zegna play around with black tie, incorporating silk scarves, close-fitting cardigans, and even henleys. Don't be afraid to do the same.

10. A one-of-a-kind accessory can be a cornerstone of your off-the-clock uniform. Whether it's a slim Saint Laurent belt, a Lanvin cashmere-cotton scarf, or a sartorial watch strap, find something you love and wear it with everything.

11. If you don't want to go full-on tux, opt for slim-cut black jeans instead. They perfectly embody dressed-up, laid-back confidence, and there's nothing they don't look good with.

12. Doing undone black tie right means keeping the key pieces monochromatic, like choosing a slim-cut, dark-blue T-shirt instead of a white one. Add sleek sneakers and take on the night.



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Porsche Tops JD Power's List Of Most Reliable New Cars


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Buyers of Porsches are least likely to have problems with their new vehicles, according to the latest Initial Quality Study from market research agency J.D. Power. The study, which is widely used by new car shoppers, measures the number of problems experienced by new cars during the first 90 days of ownership.

Porsche once again topped the list, registering only 74 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). Jaguar jumped seven spots to take second place with 87 PP100. More surprising was the dramatic downward slide of Acura and Infiniti, two high-reliability stalwarts that both dropped 18 spots respectively. 

In fact, reliability was down across the board. J.D. Power attributes this increase to teething troubles experienced by more technologically advanced new vehicles. As a whole, newly launched models experienced 128 PP 100 compared with 113 PP100 for existing models. 

"Automakers are trying to give consumers the new features and technology they want without introducing additional quality problems in their vehicles," said David Sargent, J.D Power's vice president of global automotive. "However, almost all automakers are struggling to do this flawlessly with some consumers indicating that the technology is hard to understand, difficult to use, or simply does not always work as designed." 

Some of the increase in problems experienced can also be attributed to last year's extraordinarily brutal winter with cars in regions hit hardest by the weather exhibiting greater numbers of problems. 

Here is how J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality Study ranks the major brands in terms of problems per 100 vehicles:

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The Countries With The Most Millionaires Are Also Making A Ton Of New Millionaires


The countries that are home to the most millionaires are also producing large numbers of new millionaires, according to the latest annual World Wealth Report from Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.

Nearly 2 million people around the world joined the ranks of high-net-worth individuals in 2013, according to the report. High-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) are people with investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding their primary residence and collectibles.

The U.S. and Japan, which were already home to nearly half of the world's HNWI population, accounted for 55% of the HNWI population growth in 2013.

And the top four markets  the U.S., Japan, Germany, and China  accounted for nearly 70% of HNWI population growth in 2013.

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Some other note able takeaways from the above graph:

  • Mexico was the only one of the top 25 countries where the HNWI population declined. The report partly attributes this to negative turns in equity markets.
  • Three of the BRIC markets dropped in 2013 due to low growth. Brazil dropped three spots, and India and Russia both dropped by two.
  • Ireland and the United Arab Emirates (not in top 25) both grew their HNWI ranks by an impressive 25% thanks to growth in equity markets.

See the full report here.

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Students Created An 'Invisible' Lookout In A Scottish National Park


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Kind of like Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, this Scottish lookout box was designed to be undetectable.

And the results are kind of magical.

Glasgow architecture students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler designed and constructed the cube so it would not disturb the stunning landscape at Trossachs National Park.

The project was commissioned by the Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative with a $7,000 budget.

According to Co.Design, the University of Strathclyde students constructed the cube from birch ply, stainless steel, and hardwood, and uses low-tech mirrors to stay nearly invisible. The lookout includes a platform, open entryway, and bench seating inside, providing for an awesome vantage point.

See more photos below: 

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And here's a video of The Lookout. Can you even spot it in the wide shots? 

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An Online Dating Expert Shares 8 Tips To Vastly Improve Your Profile


lisa hoehn profile polishOnline dating can be tough. With thousands of profiles scattered across a bunch of different platforms, you've got to stand out to be successful.

That's why Lisa Hoehn started Profile Polish, a one-woman business that makes over online dating profiles to attract more matches.

Hoehn had had plenty of experience with online dating and had helped friends redo their profiles in the past. It wasn't until after a bad breakup, however, that she realized redoing profiles was something she could be doing professionally. 

"My friend came over, and I was looking at her profile thinking, 'Well if my love life sucks, I may as well get yours in order,'" Hoehn said to Business Insider. "I woke up the next morning and had this kind of epiphany moment. People needed someone to do this for them."

Profile Polish's services and prices vary depending on what each client needs. For $48, Hoehn will select photos, edit them, and help a client understand what works and what doesn't. A solid copy edit and photo makeover costs $98, while a more in-depth package costs $198. 

Since launching Profile Polish a year ago, Hoehn's business has increased rapidly, and she now gets between 10 and 15 requests a week. The vast majority of her requests come from men, and they tend to be on major platforms like OkCupid and Match.com. She's also worked with JDate, How About We..., and PlentyOfFish, and she even has a special, photos-only package for people on Tinder. 

Business Insider caught up with Hoehn to get some of her profile makeover tips.

1. Show, don't tell.

When you're writing your profile, it's important to remember this important lesson from your high school English class. 

 "If you say something like 'I'm really funny,' the person reading your profile really has no reason to believe you unless you a crack a few jokes somewhere," Hoehn said to Business Insider. "Instead of saying you're spontaneous, talk about the time you hopped on a plane to Thailand. If you help people come to their own conclusion, it hits harder and is more memorable." 

Those specific details will appear much more genuine than a long list of personal qualities, which often end up sounding like a resume no matter how admirable they are. 

2. Spend at least 80% of your profile talking about yourself.

"A lot of people spend time on their profile describing the person they're looking for, saying they'll treat her like a princess or spoil her rotten," Hoehn said. "Someone browsing your profile is trying to picture you in their life, so they need to know about you." 

3. But don't treat your profile like an autobiography.

While things like your hometown and alma mater are certainly important, you may want to save all of the gritty details for the first date. 

"You just have this one page to make an impression," Hoehn said. "That biographical information may not be as relevant to whether they fit into what you do on weekends, or how you're applying your education to your life now." 

4. Turn negatives into positives.

It's much easier to relate when you focus on the things you're passionate about.

"People really connect on things they do like, the commonalities," Hoehn said. "Instead of saying you hate the outdoors, you could say you're more of a homebody, for example. Open-mindedness is attractive." 

5. Show a smile.

Smiling in your profile picture will immediately make you seem more open and approachable. 

"It sounds so simple, but you'd be amazed at how many guys say they want to look tough and don't want to smile. It's just not welcoming," Hoehn said. "You could even practice smiling in a mirror before you take a picture." 

Looking into the camera is important as well. Just like in real life, a fellow online dater is more likely to engage with you when you're making direct eye contact.

6. Try to match your photos to your interests. 

If you're a triathlete, use a picture of you training or crossing the finish line. If you're really into art or museums, put up a photo of you with your favorite painting.

"It's good to show your life through your photos," Hoehn said. 

 7. Change your profile picture every few weeks.

"If you change your main photo regularly, people who skipped over you before may reconsider," Hoehn said.

Most people don't have that many photos of themselves that they like, so try asking your friends to snap some pictures while you're out. 

8. Skip the selfies. 

Online dating is different for everyone, but this is one rule Hoehn really encourages her clients to follow. 

"For guys, I say zero selfies," Hoehn said. "Women can get away with one as long as it's not a horrible duck face." 

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Why Atlantic City's Beautiful Revel Casino Is Failing, In 19 Pictures


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Really expensive and worryingly empty. That's what we thought about Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel when we visited in February 2014. It was not a good combination.

Now, the megacasino has filed for bankruptcy, the second time it has done so in the past two years.

Revel is reportedly telling employees it will shut down this summer if it doesn't find a buyer.

The complex cost $2.6 billion to build, and is New Jersey's second-tallest building. It opened in April 2012, but 11 months later was forced to file for bankruptcy.

We photographed the beautiful interior of the casino while reflecting on how it and the rest of Atlantic City fell on hard times.

Pulling into the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, there is a lot of free parking, even for a Saturday afternoon in February.

The casino's troubles were obvious from early on, such as when Morgan Stanley wrote down a $932 million loss on the project in 2010, well before it opened in 2012.

The Revel lost more than $70 million during its first two fiscal quarters of 2012 and filed for bankruptcy in February 2013. Now, just over a year later, it has filed for bankruptcy once again.

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