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Man buttons dress shirt sleeveRetailers are clamoring for their share of the menswear market. 

Men are shopping more than ever, thanks to the convenience of the Internet and stores working to tailor to their needs. 

We've compiled a list of some of the best and brightest men's fashion offerings, and we want to know your favorites. 

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Organization Expert Shares His Best Strategy For Staying On Top Of Things


Andrew Mellen, author of "Unstuff Your Life!", is often referenced as the most organized man in America. We spoke with him and asked for his best advice on organization.

Mellen uses a simple strategy he calls The Organizational Triangle, which includes three powerful rules to help you stay on top of your life. It looks like this:

organizational triangle

Here are the fundamental principles of the triangle and how you can apply them.

Rule 1: One Home For Everything

Mellen advises, "Evaluate what you need to store, find an adequate and appropriate space, and establish a home for each thing." When you're done using an object, put it back in its home immediately so you won't have to search for it later. 

In the office, you should have one master filing system. If you use this strategy, anyone who works together can find whatever they're looking for in 30 seconds or less.

At home, find wherever it makes the most sense for each object to live. Make sure the homes for your keys, phone, and wallet are highly visible, easy to access, and near where you plan to use them. Mellen emphasizes that specificity is highly important, so you shouldn't be vague about where you put things.

For example, don't simply place your keys near the front door. Instead, you should establish a concrete home, like a coat hook or a bowl. You can also be strategic about where you place daily objects, such as your mail. Hopefully, you can find a home near a trash can so you can easily recycle the junk mail, or a table so you can quickly pay your bills.

Mellen says, "If everything you own has a home, it can only ever be two places: out being used or back in its home, awaiting its next use."

Rule 2: Like With Like

Grouping similar things in one place allows your physical space to reflect how your mind already categorizes things. For example, all your office supplies should be together, from paper clips with paper clips to pens with pens. Many people also keep their sentimental objects spread out across the house, but unless they are for decoration, it would also be best to keep them in one place.

Mellen advises, "Use technology to the fullest. Try not to live in a paper world and a digital world at the same time." Figure out when you need paper copies and when you can upload them into digital copies to save space. Then, try to group everything together into one server or filing cabinet.

This rule is especially helpful when working on projects. If you put all similar documents and files together onto one server, people only have to go one place to find the most recent, updated versions.

Rule 3: Something In, Something Out

When you bring a new item into your space, something else needs to move out. Mellen emphasizes the importance of maintaining equilibrium with your things, so you can avoid clutter. He says, "Make sure you have enough of everything that serves you, and nothing that doesn't."

Mellen gives the example of storerooms. Oftentimes, businesses have rooms full of dead technology. "But if you upgraded, it means you didn't want the old machine. You're creating clutter by using valuable space that you're renting to store something you no longer need." If you're holding onto your old technology because you want to harvest data from it or recycle it, don't wait to finish those tasks. Chances are the older your technology gets, the harder it will be for you to use it.

In the digital world, this rule is especially helpful. Mellen asks, "If you have a final version of your document, how many former drafts do you really need?" People often keep old versions of their documents because of a few great lines they plan to use in the future. Instead, Mellen advises, "It's better to harvest the gems, keep them in a separate file, and let the drafts go."

Oftentimes, people are also hesitant to throw things away because of the stories behind the objects. Mellen says, "If the only reason you still hold onto these things is because of the warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you look at these objects, ask yourself, 'If I don't use them, how important is it for me to keep them?'" If you want to keep the sentimental feelings without having the physical object, try taking a picture of it instead.

Mellen points out, "Unless you live in a mansion with unlimited storage, something else will eventually be vying for the space that your sentimental objects are taking up. Are your feelings more important than the practical usage you could get out of other things?" You should only keep the objects that align with your values and that will help move you further along the path you want to take.

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About A Million Workers Are Expected To Call In Sick Today To Watch The World Cup


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Almost a million workers are expected to call in "sick" today — or take the day off — to watch the much anticipated U.S.-Germany World Cup game. 

Visier, a workforce analytics company, found that approximately 3.4 million U.S. employees are absent from work on any given day, according to the Department of Labor and Training.

That number is expected to rise to 4.3 million today — about 939,042 more than usual. 

To calculate this number, Visier looked at the average "unscheduled absenteeism" rate and their own research from the 2010 Winter Olympics, where they found that absenteeism is typically 28% higher during a major sporting event. 

Companies are responding to the loss of their employee's attention in various ways. Many hospitals, for instance, are "tightening up" and turning off monitors to prevent staff from getting distracted, which could reduce the quality of care.

Meanwhile, others are embracing the event.

An advertising agency in Toronto, for example, has rented out a bar for the month of the World Cup.

Dave Weisbeck, chief strategy officer at Visier, says the absenteeism associated with "major outbreaks such as avian flu and SAARS is lesser than absenteeism related to major sporting events." So, he says, "if you can't beat them, join them."

Weisbeck notes that HR analytics can make the case for why giving people one to two hours at work to watch a game is better than losing a whole day of productivity. "What you may find is many people stay late to cover their tasks for the day, or that work gets done quicker based on the buzz of a shared experience," he says.

If your employer isn't embracing this eventful day, you can always try handing in this note that U.S. Soccer jokingly tweeted:

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Eerie Photos Of Brooklyn's Gigantic, Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory



As a lifelong resident of Manhattan, photographer and former urban planner David Allee has often spied the hulking outline of the iconic Domino Sugar Factory in the Brooklyn skyline. When he heard several years ago the complex was to be demolished and developed, he used his contacts from his urban planning career to get access to the site before it was gone.

Opened in 1882, the Domino Sugar Refinery became the largest sugar refinery in the world at the time. At one point, the building produced more than half of the sugar consumed in all of the United States. After running for nearly 150 years, the refinery closed in 2004 and laid abandoned until Two Trees Management bought it in 2012.

Allee has spent the last two years photographing the inside and outside of the factory, making sure to document “every nook and cranny” of the building, which he contends has “a very complicated history.”

Allee shared a number of the photos with us here, and you can check out the rest on his Facebook page

The Domino Sugar Factory occupies an 11-acre complex of buildings that includes places for refining, processing, storage, and packaging.  Domino11When the factory was built in 1882, it replaced a sugar-house that had been destroyed by a fire. The building was originally the home of Havemeyers & Elders Sugar Company. Havemeyers later merged with 17 other sugar refineries to form American Sugar Refining, whose sugar was branded as Domino Sugar in 1902. Domino32At its peak, the factory employed more than 5,000 workers and could produce more than 3 million pounds of sugar per day.Domino23Domino20Working conditions at the factory were notoriously bad. In 2000, the refinery experienced the one of the longest labor strikes in New York City history, when 250 workers protested wages and working conditions for 20 months. Domino31This is the interior of the cavernous raw sugar storage warehouse, added to the complex in 1927.Domino1Everything in the factory is "literally sugar-coated," Allee told The New Yorker. Domino3The buildings smell of "crème brûlée mixed with mold and rot,” Allee says.Domino5The majority of the buildings, according to Allee, are too far gone to be repurposed. While the exterior structures are still solid, the interiors are completely falling apart. Domino6The refinery building is the only part of the complex that will remain intact after demolition. It is to be gutted and turned into office space for tech companies. Shown below are the massive steel tanks used for refining sugar.Domino9There are approximately 108 steel refining tanks, each weighing hundreds of tons. Because the tanks are so massive, they were assembled on the site before the refinery building was even built. According to Allee, each tank will have to be dismantled and carried out piece-by-piece, a huge undertaking.Domino7Domino site was purchased in 2010 by Community Preservation Corporation, which, ironically, had plans to demolish the factory and build numerous high-rise luxury apartment buildings. Domino24The plan drew the ire of many in the community. CPC defaulted on the project in 2012, at which point, Two Trees Management bought it for $180 million.Domino24Two Trees' plan is similar to CPC's, except it provides for more open spaces, community areas, and preservation of the refinery building, as well as a new public school. Allee worked with Two Trees on other projects when he was an urban planner, and he approves of the plan.Domino17"You have to be realistic because most of the site can’t be repurposed," Allee says of Two Trees' plan. "You have to balance what you can do to preserve the site with the need for the development to make money."Domino21Two Trees' $1.5 billion plan was held up temporarily by New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who called for more affordable housing units. Two Trees agreed to increase the number of units from 660 to 700, clearing the way for approval in March. Here's a mockup of what it will look like. Domino Sugar Factory

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Middle East Laborers Are Being Forced To Rest For Hours Every Day


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Many outdoor workers in the Middle East are being forced to rest in the shade for hours each day this summer to escape the oppressive summer sun and heat, The Associated Press reports.

middle east midday work breakThe annual government-imposed midday work ban lasts two to three months and became effective June 1 in Kuwait and Oman and June 15 in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will take effect July 1 in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

middle east midday work breakThe midday ban ranges from five hours in Qatar to two and a half hours in the UAE.

Government inspectors in those countries strictly enforce the ban, making thousands of visits to work sites to ensure companies comply. It is intended to protect the many migrant workers vital to big construction projects in the Gulf Arab states. Many of those workers come from Yemen, Egypt, and South Asian countries like India and Pakistan, often to work under awful conditions.

middle east midday work banCompanies violating the summer bans, which began in the last decade, face temporary suspension or fines of thousands of dollars.

midday work ban qatarJust last year, the UAE Ministry of Labor conducted 80,571 inspections to make sure workers were not under the sunlight during the mandatory work break, ArabianBusiness.com reported. From May 7 to Sept. 18, the average daily high temperature in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, is above 103 degrees Fahrenheit, according to WeatherSpark.


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The 9 Most Ridiculous Things You Can Eat At This Year’s Minnesota State Fair


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I may be biased as a Minnesota native, but I believe that the Minnesota State Fair is the best state fair in the U.S.

The "Great Minnesota Get-Together" has the largest average per-day attendance of any state fair in the country, and attracts nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. And that’s probably because of all the ridiculously delicious Sate Fair food.

Every August, people from all over the state flock to the St. Paul area for the rides, concerts, and games — and of course, calorific snacks like freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies or humongous bacon-wrapped turkey legs.

The Minnesota State Fair has just released a spate of new foods that fair-goers can look forward to in 2014. From beer gelato to a ton of culinary delicacies on a stick, here’s what I wish I was home to sample.

Deep-Fried Lobster On-A-Stick: Who wouldn't want lobster from one of the most land-locked states in the U.S.? This treat is described as "Canadian lobster pieces poached in butter, dipped in a corn batter, deep-fried and served with a spiced dipping sauce."

Order it at the new LuLu’s Public House located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market.deep fried lobster on a stick Minnesota State FairBeer Gelato:“Made fresh daily on-site, this rich, smooth and creamy gelato is blended with local craft beer."

You can find it at Mancini’s Al Fresco located on Carnes Ave. near Nelson St.beer gelato Minnesota State FairBreakfast Juicy LuLu: A take on the classic Jucy Lucy, this is "An English muffin with two American cheese-stuffed sausage patties."

It's served until 11 AM at the new LuLu’s Public House located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market.breakfast jucy lucy Minnesota State FairShrimp Dog: “Baby shrimp and cream cheese are combined, then batter-dipped, deep-fried, and served on-a-stick." You can feel your arteries closing just reading that description.

Find it at The Shrimp Shack located on Underwood St. at Carnes Ave.shrimp dog Minnesota State FairChicken in the Waffle: "This southern classic is crispy chicken nestled in a crunchy waffle cone, then smothered with a creamy sausage gravy." Yum.

Order one at the new Blue Barn located west of the Skyride at West End Market.chicken in waffle Minnesota State FairChocolate Dessert Salami: It may look weird, but this is “Chocolate, butter, almonds, and walnuts all blended and rolled into a distinctive salami shape, dusted with powdered sugar, then sliced and served on specialty crackers for a unique Italian dessert."

Find it at Sausage Sisters located inside the Food Building.chocolate dessert salami Minnesota State FairDeep-Fried Breakfast On-A-Stick: "American and Swiss cheeses, a sausage patty, one egg, and Canadian bacon all sandwiched between two pancakes, then dipped in a light, sweet batter and deep-fried on-a-stick." All the hallmarks of a State Fair classic.

Try one at The Sandwich Stop located on Clough St. on the east side of the Poultry Barn.deep fried breakfast on a stick Minnesota State FairSnoRibbons: What are SnoRibbons? According to this food stand, it's a cross between “cotton candy, flaky shaved ice, and creamy layered snow." The gluten-free snack will also have a bunch of flavors, including strawberry pretzel cream cheese, coffee and donuts, grasshopper pie, red hot velvet, green tea black sesame, horchata vanilla, salted caramel corn crunch, and more.

Find it at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater located on the corner of Chambers St. and Carnes Ave.SnoRibbons Minnesota State FairPB&J French Toast:“The ever-popular peanut butter & jelly sandwich is fused with French toast, then sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage."

Find it at Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall located on Underwood St. next to FAN Central.pb&j french toast Minnesota State FairYou can see all the new 2014 Minnesota State Fair Foods here.

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23 Awesome Pictures Of LA's Skateboarder Scene In The 1970s


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Skateboarding culture exploded in Los Angeles in the 1970s, and photographer Hugh Holland was on hand to capture the freewheeling lives of the city's skateboarders starting in 1975.

Holland's "Angels" series shows '70s skateboarders hanging out in Burbank, Huntington Beach, Balboa and other hotspots in California.

M+B, the gallery that represents Holland, gave us permission to publish this amazing photo collection.

Sidewalk Surfer, Huntington Beach (1976)

Reach Out (1976)

Tube Socks on Board, Marina Del Rey Skate Park (1977)

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More Than 60% Of Restaurants On Gordon Ramsay's 'Kitchen Nightmares' Have Closed



Chef Gordon Ramsay couldn't save every kitchen from its nightmares. 

More than 60% of restaurants featured on the show "Kitchen Nightmares" are now closed, according to Grub Street New York, which did the math. Approximately 30% of those kitchens closed within one year of their episode's air date.

The show announced earlier this week it would end its 10-year run.

Considering the current closure rate of restaurants, Ramsay's success rate might not seem so bad. About 30% of restaurants fail in their first year, and another 30% fail sometime in the following two years, according to the National Restaurant Association.

On a positive note, around 39% of restaurants featured on the show are still open. Those include the infamous Amy's Baking Company, the Arizona restaurant that had a complete social media meltdown after Ramsay stormed out during the episode. Amy's Baking Company closed for a brief time and later reopened without much fanfare.

"Kitchen Nightmares" will air four more episodes.

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The 17 Coolest Signatures Of Famous People Throughout History


Nowadays, most of us sign our names on checks and documents in plain ol’ cursive.

But some signatures are way better than others, whether they’re elaborate illustrations, cool designs, or simply gorgeous handwriting.

We’ve chosen the 17 famous people with the coolest signatures in all of history. Keep scrolling to see the signatures, from legendary Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona to German artist Albrecht Dürer.

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The Life And Awesomeness Of A Surfer-Turned-Billionaire, GoPro Founder Nick Woodman (GPRO)


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Nicholas Woodman, 38, is a self-made billionaire.

He created Woodman Labs, the maker of GoPro cameras, in 2002. Now the company has more than 500 employees and it generated $986 million in 2013.

It started trading on public markets this morning. It's currently valued at $2.6 billion.

Woodman married his college sweetheart and has two children. He's also an adrenaline junkie.

Here's the fabulous life and career of Woodman, the surfer-dude-turned-billionaire.

This is Nick Goodman. He's 38 and his company GoPro has made him a billionaire.

This is a GoPro. It's a camera designed for heavy-duty action, like skydiving and surfing. It goes (and survives) where other cameras can't.

Woodman — an adventure junkie — currently lives a pretty fabulous life. But he had to work hard for it.

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The Countries With The Most Powerful Passports


A passport gives a person the ability to travel anywhere in the world — unless that passport is from, say, Afghanistan or Somalia. 

Good Magazine ranked the most powerful passports in the world, based on the travel freedom that each passport holder enjoys. To create this list, the publication looked at the number of countries a passport holder can travel to without a visa. 

Although Americans enjoy great travel freedom, a U.S. passport is not the strongest. The strongest passports are the United Kingdom, Finland, and Sweden, whose passport holders can travel to 173 countries without a visa. Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, and the U.S. are also strong, with visa-free access to 172 countries.

Unsurprisingly, the least powerful passports belong to Afghanistan (whose holders can travel to just 28 countries without a visa), Iraq (31 visa-free countries), Somalia, and Pakistan (32 visa-free countries).

Good has allowed us to republish the full infographic below.

Powerful Passports infographic from Good Magazine

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3 Ways That Winemakers Trick You Into Paying Too Much


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Unless you're a wine connoisseur, finding the right bottle can be tricky. It's generally accepted that the more expensive a bottle of wine, the better it is.

However, Ryan O'Connell from Nakedwines.com says belief is prompting winemakers to up their prices, sometimes unreasonably so.

Nakedwines.com is a customer-funded winery that helps independent winemakers set up a business.

O'Connel, a marketing manager-turned winemaker says that the day he entered the production side of wine, he began spotting patterns — ways that winemakers could potentially take advantage of consumers.

Here are three main indicators he gave us to tell whether or not you're paying too much for a bottle of wine.

1. Award competitions

It doesn't take much to convince the average wine buyer that a medal means high-quality. 

"In the industry, we all know that medals and competitions of that sort, especially in the U.S., are pretty much luck-based. So many competitions award medals to 80 percent of the entrants, that it's just kind of a money machine for the people running the competition," O'Connell says. "Those medals are worth about as much as the blue ribbon on a PBR."

He says that large production wines can pay a lot of fees to rack up awards in easy competitions. Good indicators of a trustworthy wine competition include locality, a diverse panel of judges and a low percentage of awards. Several good competitions O'Connell mentioned were the North Coast Wine Challenge and the International Wine Challenge.

2. Bottle packaging

Like most products, winemakers can get away with higher pricing just by spending more on the packaging. To tell if you're paying for the packaging or the wine, O'Connell recommends feeling the weight of the bottle first. He says some companies use heavier bottles to make people subconsciously spend more.

Another embellishment winemakers add is the punt, or the indent on the bottom of the bottle. Luxury wine punts usually measure about 1.5 inches, which means more money spent on design. Although larger punts make for more stable shipping, O'Connell says it's a pretty good indicator of how much effort was put into the packaging.

Even things opacity and color of the glass can cost extra. O'Connell says once you've noticed the differences once, it becomes easier to pick them out in the store.

"If you're buying wine for $10-15 and it's got expensive packaging, you're probably putting more money into the packaging than the grapes. If you spend $100, then there's a fair chance that the winemaker just spent a ton of money on the fruit, AND a ton of money on the packaging," he says.

3. Regional acclaim

When buying wine from a famous region, you're paying for the region's brand just as you're paying for the bottle.

"If a region is really world-famous, then it's probably spent a lot of money achieving that world fame," O'Connell says. "Then everything gets more expensive as a result of that marketing expense."

Not that those regions don't deserve their reputation. But O'Connell believes that it's hard to extricate the costs of the marketing from the costs of actual wine production.

As a work around, O'Connell suggests finding a region nearby that makes a similar style of wine. You may end up paying a quarter of the price you'd find for a celebrity region.

For beginners, find some local wine stores. Talk one-on-one to winemakers who can open up some bottles and let you taste their wines. Once you familiarize yourself with the different regions and their tastes and prices, you'll be able to better understand what you're getting with your money.

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How Sotheby's Sells $4 Million Worth Of Rock 'N' Roll Memorabilia In A Single Day [PHOTOS]


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For the first time in over a decade, esteemed auction house Sotheby's held a "Rock & Roll" themed sale, offering more than 100 historically significant items.

The auction, which took place this past Tuesday in New York, included Bob Dylan's original handwritten notes for "Like A Rolling Stone," John Lennon's piano, Elvis Presley's iconic peacock jumpsuit, and guitars from Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stone's Ronnie Wood, and Kurt Cobain, many of which fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Out of the 139 items on auction, 96 sold for more than $4 million in sales.

We headed to Sotheby's New York headquarters to get a special inside look at the auction, seeing everything from preparations last week to the exhibition this past weekend to the actual auction on Tuesday. 

In the days prior to every major auction, Sotheby's will run an exhibition so that prospective buyers can inspect the goods. When we showed up five days before the "Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction, the Documents and Manuscripts team had just begun preparing the gallery.

They were still scraping off the lettering from the last show when we arrived.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, is like a museum gallery, except visitors can get much closer to the pieces.

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These Photoshopped Portraits Show How People Define Beauty In 19 Different Countries



In an effort to get a glimpse of how the world thinks about beauty, the journalist Esther Honig sent out a photo of herself to graphic designers in more than 20 countries.

Their task: to edit the photo to make Honig look "beautiful" — however the designer defined the term.

The results are telling. Each photo represents the personal and cultural beauty standards of the designer, with the American editor giving Honig bright blue eyes and long hair, and the Israeli designer darkening her eyes and skin.

You can read more about the project at Honig's website. Click below to see photos from the 19 different countries she's posted so far.

Here's Honig's original photo.

And here's how she was photoshopped in Argentina.


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Here's How The Wealthiest People In Tech Will Spend Their Summers


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Summer is the time for relaxing, taking a vacation, and traveling with friends and family. 

But "vacation" means something a little different when you're a tech millionaire or billionaire. 

From massive island retreats to private superyachts, these tech executives have come a long way from summer camp. 

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen will likely be cruising the Mediterranean on one of his superyachts. The 414-foot Octopus has recently been spotted in Syracuse, Sicily, and Corse, an island just north of Sardinia. When he needs a break from the sea, he can always dock at the Villa Maryland, his hilltop mansion on the Côte d'Azur.

Source: Instagram, Instagram 

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff loves all things Hawaii. He wears Hawaiian shirts to work and even named his dog "Koa," after a type of Hawaiian tree. He also owns a 5-acre estate on the Big Island, which he purchased for $12.5 million in 2000.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Honolulu Magazine

HP chief Meg Whitman owns a mountain home and dude ranch in Telluride, Colorado, where she reportedly keeps pet alpacas. In 2007, Whitman donated $1.15 million to preserve more than 500 acres of meadows and wetlands in the area.

Source: SF Gate, The Bay Citizen 

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How A Norwegian Statistician Turned Snack Time Into The Most Popular Food Account On Instagram


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Norwegian photographer Ida Skiveness makes some of the most playful, creative food porn you'll ever see.

With more than 226,000 followers, her Instagram profile (@idafrosk) is the most popular food-focused account on the photo-sharing site. Her artfully arranged food has led to TV appearances, ad campaigns, and even a book, "Eat Your Art Out," that will be available in seven languages by the end of the year.

Yet Ida says that she never expected to be so successful on Instagram. 

"In 2012, more or less on accident, I saw some other food art, and it inspired me to make a connection between these two things," she said to Business Insider. "It kind of spiraled from there." 

 Now based in Berlin, Ida has officially taken leave from her job at Norway's official bureau of statistics to focus on her photography full-time.

We recently spoke with Ida to hear more about her journey to social media fame. 

Ida had an interest in photography and design from a young age. In 2011 she became a vegetarian, which gave her a new awareness of the food she was eating. She documented her meals on her Instagram account, @idafrosk.

Her photography had a quirky perspective from the beginning. The caption on this photo reads: "The Battle of the Vicious Hole Puncher and the Liquorice Animals (Or: Office Boredom Takes Over)." She was working in Norway's official bureau of statistics at the time.

The first artistic creation she made was a strawberry fox and a banana bear on toast. They're pretty adorable, but Ida says she was pleasantly surprised by the positive response she got. "I got a lot of good feedback, and it motivated me to see if I could come up with other ideas," she said to Business Insider.



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New York's Airports Are Finally Getting Free Wi-Fi



Free Wi-Fi is coming to the New York City area's major airports.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday approved a plan to offer free access at Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, to a point.

Wi-Fi would be free for 30 minutes, then travelers would have to pay $7.95 for the day. The Port Authority says the free service could be available as early as this fall.

It currently costs travelers $4.95 an hour or $7.95 for 24 hours to access the Internet at the airports.

JetBlue already offers free Wi-Fi at terminal 5 at JFK.

The Global Gateway Alliance, an airport advocacy group, says the plan is similar to many used at airports around the country, though some airports do offer unlimited Wi-Fi.

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Why You Should Never Refrigerate Tomatoes


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"Definitely no," says Catherine Renard, a senior researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. Renard was the lead author of a study that tested the impact of storage conditions on tomatoes.

Tomatoes don't fare well in temperatures under 50 degrees F, says Renard. The average temperature of a home refrigerator is around 40 degrees F. From farm to supermarket, tomatoes should be stored around 53 degree F, says Renard.

Refrigerating a tomato affects the smell and texture. The tomato loses its characteristic grassy fragrance and the flesh can become grainy, says Renard. Refrigeration, however, does not change the sugar content or acidity.

At home, the recommended way to story a tomato is to put it in a cool place, and one that's not necessarily dark, says Renard.

"In my experience, standard red tomatoes can be stored reliably for 1 week in a 'normal' kitchen or with air-conditioning between 68 degrees F and 73 degrees F," says Renard.

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Business Insider Just Opened An Office In London's 'Silicon Roundabout' — Come On In!


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Business Insider recently opened a new office in London. It's located near the Old Street station on the London Underground, within the city's so-called "Silicon Roundabout" district.

The building is run by Techspace, a company that rents office space to various tech and media startups. We're on the top floor, in a converted loft.

Here is what it looks like on the inside.

This is "Silicon Roundabout," the actual traffic circle that gives the district its name.

You have to walk past TV chef Jamie Oliver's famous Fifteen restaurant to get to the new office. Fifteen takes unemployed youths and, through an apprentice program, turns them into top-flight chefs.

Business Insider U.K. is on Underwood Street. Google and Facebook also have offices in the area.

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