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Step Inside A Chinese Boot Camp For Teens Who Are Addicted To The Internet [PHOTOS]


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China was one of the first countries in the world to label "Internet addiction" as a clinical disorder posing a major threat to its teenagers. 

According to Reuters, the Chinese government has taken an aggressive approach to the problem, building as many as 250 boot camps to eradicate internet addiction. 

Parents can elect to send their children to these camps, where they undergo psychological examinations and military-style physical training to cure their addiction. Many of the teens sent to these Chinese boot camps spend the majority of their waking hours on the Internet, whether it be on networking sites or online games. 

China was one of the first countries to label "internet addiction" as a clinical disorder deserving psychological treatment. Here, a man plays a game at a Beijing Internet cafe.

Scientists at Beijing's Daxing Internet Addiction Treatment Center scan an Internet addict's brain for research purposes. Some psychologists say that the competitive pressures of life in a 1.3 billion-person country could be a reason many Chinese teens retreat to the Internet.



A female instructor and a former soldier escort a young girl to Qide Education Center, an Internet addiction treatment facility in Beijing. There are as many as 250 secretive military-style camps like Qide in China.

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Here's The Trick To Getting A Chipotle Burrito For Under $6


Eating at Chipotle isn't as cheap as it used to be. 

We've explored how to get more food at full price, but there are also ways to get Chipotle food for even cheaper. 

Internet forums have suggested you can get a burrito with rice for around $1. Other budget-conscious hackers swear by ordering sides of meat for an economical and carb-free snack. 

We decided to take things a step further. Armed with our budget tips, we went to a Manhattan Chipotle during the lunch rush. 

Our hypothesis: by ordering the rice burrito, a side of chicken, and a side of salsa, you can get a way cheaper bootleg burrito. 

The trick worked — to an extent. 

In the end, we paid $5.50. That's about $3 less than a normal chicken burrito. 

Our menu prices are among the highest in the nation — the same meal would probably cost less than $5 in other markets. 

Chipotle rice burrito

Before taxes, Chipotle billed us $1.15 for the rice burrito, $1.15 for the side of salsa, and $2.76 for the side of chicken.

Here's what we got. 

Chipotle rice burrito

There are a few disadvantages to this method, most notably having to assemble the burrito yourself. 

You also end up without extras like cheese and sour cream.

But at $1.15, the all-rice burrito is the closest thing Chipotle has to a dollar menu. 

If you're looking to save a few bucks, this is a viable alternative. 

Do you have any Chipotle menu hacks? Leave your ideas in the comments.

SEE ALSO: How To Get Huge Portions At Chipotle

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50 Places In Europe You Need To Visit In Your Lifetime


Cliffs of Moher IrelandEurope is home to historic cities, world-famous museums, and phenomenal restaurants. But there are also gorgeous hidden beaches, phenomenal ski resorts, and stunning natural formations like canyons, waterfalls, and gorges.

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.

From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to tasting Chianti in Italy's Tuscany region, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, in the south of France.

Hit the slopes at Innsbruck, a breathtaking ski resort in the mountains of Austria.

Dance to house music at an underground nightclub in Berlin, like Tresor.

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Wall Streeters Call This Guy To Plan Their Wildest Bachelor Parties


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We learned a lot of things from New York Magazine's interview with Lee Abbamonte, the city's most lavish bachelor party planner.

For example, Soviet-era tank riding is really desirable, and strippers are "pretty cliché" among the wealthy bachelors he calls clients.

Abbamonte, a 35-year-old self-described "global adventurer," plans $10,000+ per person bachelor parties, mostly for Wall Street guys or very private celebrities.

The travel expert (he was the youngest American to visit every country at 32) started planning the parties in 2008 after getting requests from strangers after blogging about his own adventures. 

In his interview with New York's The Cut, he shared that Kiev, of all places, is a top city to have an over-the-top bachelor party due to its late Eastern European nights (ending around 7 a.m.), cheap liquor ($20 bottles), and G.I. Joe-esque adventures like driving tanks and shooting things.

At Abbamonte's parties, bachelor party standbys like steak and strippers are a bore. He says he veers toward things with more "shock value," like zip lining, ATV riding, and bungee jumping. 

But that doesn't mean women aren't involved. He notes the importance of "hot tour guides," and extols Krakow for its oil-wrestling girls. 

The craziest party he ever planned took place in Las Vegas, and cost more than $20,000 per person. Activities included a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, racing non-street-legal Ferraris at 180 mph, shooting machine guns in the Mojave desert, BASE jumping 829 feet from the Stratosphere Hotel, and flying F-16 fighter jets.

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Banksy Has Triggered A Beautiful And Witty Renaissance In London's Vandalism


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London's Shoreditch neighborhood has become a newly trendy district for artists, galleries and cafes.

But it has also become home to some of the most ambitious vandalism and street art you'll ever see. While New York has long considered itself the spiritual home of graffiti as art, London's artists have elevated the form to a much higher level. Instead of mindless name-tagging, you get building-sized visual puns that take weeks of planning.

In fact, a local real estate agent tells us that landlords now commission them as murals.

This is what Banksy hath wrought.

Whenever construction starts on a building and wooden hoardings go up, street artists get to work.

It's often hard to know who the artists are. These black and white animals are probably by Roa, a Belgian artist.

In the world of street art, some painters are internationally famous. This two-part mural (see next photo) is by Paul Don Smith.

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The Best New Tall Buildings On The Planet



The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) recently announced the winners of its Best Tall Buildings Worldwide contest.

They declared four regional winners, as well as several finalists. An overall winner will announced on November 6.

The qualities they're looking for are a strong sustainability commitment, adding to the urban environment, and challenging the traditional perceptions of tall buildings.

The Council received 88 entries from around the world for the awards with the the largest entries from Asia and Europe.

WINNER (Asia & Australasia): One Central Park, Sydney. The most unique part of this 384-foot-tall residential building is the growth of plants around the outside, which the architects use for shading and to direct sunlight to save energy.

By Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects

WINNER (Americas): Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland. Standing at 361 feet tall, this office tower was renovated from its original 1970 design into a lightweight, sustainable epicenter.

By Cutler Anderson Architects and SERA Architects.

WINNER (Europe): DeRotterdam, Rotterdam. At 489 feet, the mixed-use building is the largest in the Netherlands. The three towers will be used for offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

By Office for Metropolitan Architecture

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Here's The Original Meaning Of 100 Common English Names


old map of londonIn "A Dictionary Of First Names," Patrick Hanks, lexicographer, onomastician, and corpus linguist, and a team of authors have identified the origin and meaning of more than 6,000 first names.

We have listed these meanings and origins for the 100 most popular names in the U.S. over the past 100 years. Our list alternates between male and female names with the most popular names appearing first.

The names were selected from Social Security data from 169,233,019 male births and 165,941,917 female births collected between 1914 and 2013. Those with highest number of instances are considered the most popular.

Here are the original meanings of these common names, according to Hanks and his coauthors Hardcastle and Hodges.

1) James
English form of the name in the New Testament of two of Christ’s disciples,
James son of Zebedee and James son of Alphaeus. In Britain, James is a royal name associated with the Scottish house of Stewart: James I of Scotland, a patron of the arts and an energetic ruler.

2) Mary
A New Testament form of Miriam, which St. Jerome derives from elements meaning “drop of the sea’” (Latin “stilla maris"). Mary was the name of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, who has been an extremely common name among early Christians and several saints among them. 

3) John
Form of the Hebrew name Johanan “God is gracious.” The name is of great importance in early Christianity and was given to John the Baptist, John the Apostle, and the author of the fourth gospel. Many saints and a total of 23 popes also had the name.

4) Patricia
Feminine form of Patricius or Patrick, the apostle and patron saint of Ireland (c.389–461), Gaelic Pádraig. As a young man he was captured and enslaved by raiders from Ireland. He is also credited with codifying the laws of Ireland.

5) Robert
French name of Germanic origin. Derived from the nearly synonymous elements hrōd “fame” + berht “bright, famous.” Two dukes of Normandy in the 11th century had the name: the father of William the Conqueror and his eldest son. The altered short form Bob is very common, but Hob and Dob, which were common in the Middle Ages and gave rise to surnames, are extinct.

6) Jennifer
Of Celtic (Arthurian) origin, a Cornish form of the name of King Arthur’s unfaithful Guinevere. At the beginning of the 20th century, the name was merely a Cornish curiosity, but since then it has become enormously popular all over the English-speaking world.

7) Michael
Form of a common biblical name (meaning ‘“who is like God?” in Hebrew). In the Middle Ages, Michael was regarded as captain of the heavenly host (see Revelation 12:7–9), symbol of the Church Militant, and patron of soldiers. He was often depicted bearing a flaming sword. 

8) Elizabeth
Made popular by Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533–1603). In the 20th century it again became extremely fashionable, partly because it was the name of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1900–2002), who in 1936 became Queen Elizabeth and achieved great public affection as Queen Mother for nearly half a century. Even more influentially, it is the name of her daughter Queen Elizabeth II (b. 1926).

9) William
Derived from Germanic wil ‘“will, desire” + helm “helmet, protection.” Despite being the name of William the Conqueror, it held favor with the “conquered” population. In the first century after the Conquest it was the most common male name.

10) Linda
It is first recorded in the 19th century and may be a shortened form of Belinda, an adoption of Spanish linda “pretty,” or a Latinate derivative of any of various other Germanic female names ending in -lind meaning “weak, tender, soft.”

11) David
Biblical name, borne by the greatest of all the kings of Israel, whose history is recounted with great vividness in the first and second books of Samuel and elsewhere. As a boy he killed the giant Philistine Goliath with his slingshot.

12) Barbara
Greek for “foreign woman.”

13) Richard
Germanic origin, derived from roc “power” + hard “strong, hardy.”

14) Susan
Vernacular form of Susanna, a New Testament form of the Hebrew name Shoshana (from shoshan “lily,” which in modern Hebrew also means “rose”).

15) Joseph
English form of the biblical Hebrew name Yosef, meaning "(God) shall add (another son)." The favorite son of Jacob had this name, and his brothers became jealous of him and sold him into slavery (Genesis 37). In the New Testament, Joseph is the husband of the Virgin Mary.

16) Margaret
From Hebrew margaron “pearl.” The name was always understood to mean “pearl”’ throughout the Middle Ages. 

17) Charles
From German karl, meaning “free man,” akin to Old English ceorl “man.” The name, Latin form Carolus, owed its popularity in medieval Europe to the Frankish leader Charlemagne, who in 800 established himself as Holy Roman Emperor.

18) Jessica
Apparently of Shakespearean origin. This was the name of the daughter of Shylock in The Merchant of venice (1596). Shakespeare’s source has not been established, but he presumably intended it to pass as a typically Jewish name. It may be from a biblical name that appeared in Shakespeare’s day as Jesca or Iscah (Genesis 11:29).

19) Thomas
New Testament name from one of Christ's twelve apostles, referred to as "Thomas, called Didymus." Didymos is the Greek word for “twin,” and the name is the Greek form of an Aramaic byname meaning “twin.” The given name has always been popular throughout Christendom, in part because St Thomas's doubts have made him seem a very human character.

20) Dorothy
Usual English form of Dorothea. The name was not used in the Middle Ages, but was taken up in the 15th century and became common thereafter.

21) Christopher
From the Greek name Khristophoros, from Khristos "Christ" + pherein "to bear." This was popular among early Christians, conscious of the fact that they were metaphorically bearing Christ in their hearts.

22) Sarah
Biblical name of the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac. According to the Book of Genesis, she was originally called Sarai (possibly meaning "contentious" in Hebrew) but had her name changed by God to the more auspicious Sarah "princess" in token of a greater blessing.

23) Daniel
Biblical name meaning "God is my judge" in Hebrew. The tale of Daniel was a favorite in the Middle Ages, often represented in miracle plays.

24) Karen
Danish equivalent of Katherine. Katherine is an English form of the name of a saint martyred at Alexandria in 307. The story has it that she was condemned to be broken on the wheel for her Christian belief. From an early date, it was associated with the Greek adjective katharos "pure."

25) Matthew
Form of the name of the Christian evangelist, author of the first gospel in the New Testament. His name is a form of the Hebrew name Mattathia, meaning "gift of God," which is fairly common in the Old Testament.

26) Nancy
Of uncertain origin. From the 18th century it is clearly used as a pet form of Ann (Nan), but it may originally have been from the name Annis, a vernacular form of Agnes. Today it is an independent name, and was especially popular in America in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

27) Donald
Anglicized form of Gaelic Domhnall. The final -d of the Anglicized form derives partly from misinterpretation by English speakers of the Gaelic pronunciation, and partly from association with Germanic-origin names such as Ronald.

28) Betty
Pet form of Elizabeth, dating from the 18th century. In the 17th century it is also found occasionally as a pet form of Beatrice. It is now used as a name in its own right.

29) Anthony
Form Antonius, which is of uncertain origin. The spelling with -th- (not normally reflected in the pronunciation) represents a learned but erroneous attempt to associate it with Greek anthos "flower." Various early saints had the name, most notably an Egyptian hermit monk regarded as the founder of Christian monasticism.

30) Lisa
Pet form of Elizabeth.

31) Paul
Originally a nickname meaning "small." Pre-eminently this is the name of the saint who is generally regarded, with St Peter, as co-founder of the Christian Church. He is the author of the fourteen epistles to churches and individuals which form part of the New Testament. 

32) Sandra
Short form of Alessandra, from Alessandro/Alexander. Alexander in Greek means "defender of men."

33) Mark
In Arthurian legend, King Mark is the ruler of Cornwall to whom Isolde is brought as a bride by Tristan; his name was presumably of Celtic origin, perhaps from "horse."

34) Helen
English vernacular form of the name borne in classical legend the wife of Menelaus whose seizure by the Trojan prince Paris sparked off the Trojan War. May be connected with "ray" or "sunbeam"; from Greek helios "sun."

35) George
From the Greek Georgios, a derivative of georgos "farmer," from ge "earth" and ergein "to work." The name wasn’t used widely until George I came to the throne in 1714.

36) Ashley
Originally male but now an increasingly popular given name for girls. Comes from any of numerous places in England named with Old English æsc "ash" + lēah "wood." 

37) Steven
From Stephen, the name of the first Christian martyr whose feast is accordingly celebrated next after Christ's own (26 December). His name is derived from the Greek word stephanos "garland, crown."

38) Donna
Of recent origin (not found as a name before the 1920s). Derived from the Italian vocabulary word donna "lady" and also used as a feminine form of Donald.

39) Kenneth
Anglicized form of Cinaed, probably meaning "born of fire," and Cainnech, a byname meaning "handsome."

40) Kimberly
Thought to come from Kimberley, the town in South Africa that was the scene of fighting during the Boer War, bringing it to public attention at the end of the 19th century.

41) Andrew
Form of the Greek name Andreas, a short form of any of various compound names derived from andr- "man, warrior." In the New Testament this is the name of the first disciple to be called by Jesus.

42) Carol
Not found much before the end of the 19th century. It probably originated as a short form of Caroline. Caroline was used by certain gentry families from the 17th century onwards, no doubt in honor of the Stuart kings named Charles.

43) Edward
Derived from ēad "prosperity, riches" + weard "guard." This has been one of the most successful of all Old English names, in frequent use from before the Conquest to the present day, and even being exported into other European languages.

44) Michelle
Feminine form of Michel, the French form of Michael (meaning "who is like God?" in Hebrew). It was popular in the 1970s and 80s, possibly influenced in part by a Beatles song with this name as its title (1966).

45) Joshua
Meaning "God is salvation" in Hebrew, it is borne in the Bible by the Israelite leader who took command of the Children of Israel after the death of Moses and led them to take possession of the Promised Land. The name enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 1990s.

46) Emily
From the Latin name Aemilia (probably from aemulus "rival"). It was not common in the Middle Ages but revived in the 19th century.

47) Brian
Perhaps from an Old Celtic word meaning "high" or "noble."

48) Amanda
A 17th-century literary coinage from the Latin amanda "lovable, fit to be loved," from amare "to love." The name enjoyed considerable popularity in the mid-20th century.

49) Kevin
From Kelvin, which was first used in the 1920s. Taken from the name of the Scottish river that runs through Glasgow into the Clyde.

50) Melissa
From the Greek word melissa "honey bee." It is the name of the good witch who releases Rogero from the power of the bad witch Alcina in Ariosto's narrative poem Orlando Furioso (1532).

51) Ronald
From Old Norse Rögnvaldr (composed of regin "advice, decision" (also, "the gods") + valdr "ruler"). This name most used where Scandinavian influence was strong.

52) Deborah
Biblical name meaning "bee" in Hebrew. 

53) Timothy
Of the Greek name Timotheos, from timē "honour" + theos "god." This was the name of a companion of St Paul; according to tradition, he was stoned to death for denouncing the worship of Diana.

54) Laura
St. Laura was a 9th-century Spanish nun who met her death in a cauldron of molten lead. Laura is also the name of the woman addressed in the love poetry of the Italian poet Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca, 1304–74) and owes much of its subsequent popularity to this.

55) Jason
English form of the Greek name Iason, the leader of the Argonauts in classical mythology. The sorceress Medea fell in love with him and helped him obtain a Golden Fleece, but Jason fell in love with another woman and deserted Medea. Medea took her revenge by killing her rival, but Jason himself survived to old age.

56) Stephanie
From French Stéphanie, a variant of Stephana, which was in use among early Christians as a feminine form of Stephanus or Stephen (garland, crown).

57) Jeffrey
From Geoffrey, of Germanic origin. Notable bearers include the poet Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) and the chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth (1155). Some say it's a variant of Godfrey; others say it comes from gawia "territory," walah "stranger," or gisil "pledge."

58) Rebecca
Biblical name. The Hebrew root occurs in the Bible only in the vocabulary word marbek "cattle stall," and its connection with the name is doubtful. In any case, Rebecca was Aramean, and the name probably has a source in Aramaic.

59) Gary
A short form of any of the names beginning with gar "spear." One notable bearer was the American industrialist Elbert Henry Gary (1846-1927), who gave his name to the steel town of Gary, Indiana.

60) Sharon
From the phrase "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys" (Song of Solomon 2:1). The plant name "rose of Sharon" is used for a shrub of the genus Hypericum with yellow flowers, and also for a species of hibiscus.

61) Ryan
From the Irish surname, Gaelic Ó Riain "descendant of Rian." It began as a boy's name but is also now well established in North America as a girl's name.

62) Cynthia
From Greek Kynthia, an epithet applied to the goddess Artemis, who was supposed to have been born on Mount Kynthos. Cynthia was later used by the Roman poet Propertius as the name of the woman to whom he addressed his love poetry.

63) Nicholas
Form of the post-classical Greek personal name Nikolaos, derived from nikē "victory" + laos "people." The spelling with -ch- first occurred as early as the 12th century.

64) Kathleen
Irish origin; traditional Anglicized form of Caitlin.

65) Eric
Norse origin, from ei "ever, always" (or einn "one, alone") + ríkr "ruler." It was introduced into Britain by Scandinavian settlers before the Norman Conquest.

66) Ruth
Biblical name of a Moabite woman who left her people to be with her mother-in-lawi. It was used among the Puritans in England, partly because of its association with the English vocabulary word ruth meaning "compassion."

67) Jacob
According to Genesis, Jacob was the cunning younger twin of Esau who persuaded his brother to part with his inheritance in exchange for a bowl of soup. The derivation is described as being from Hebrew akev "heel" and to have meant "heel grabber."

68) Anna
From Hebrew: "God has favoured me."

69) Stephen
The name of the first Christian martyr whose feast is accordingly celebrated next after Christ's own (26 December). His name is derived from the Greek word stephanos "garland, crown."

70) Shirley
From Old English scīr "county, shire" or scīr "bright" + lēah "wood, clearing." It was given by Charlotte Brontë to the heroine of her novel Shirley (1849). This literary influence fixed it firmly as a girl's name.

71) Jonathan
Biblical name meaning "God has given." The name is often taken as symbolic of steadfast friendship and loyalty.

72) Amy
Anglicized form of Old French Amee "beloved." It may have had a different, pre-Roman, origin in classical mythology as the name of the mother of the Roman people.

73) Angela
A feminine form of the boy's name Angelus, or Angel. The older form Angelis has been completely superseded by Angela.

74) Frank
German name meaning "free," "trustworthy," or "Frankish."

75) Virginia
It was bestowed on the first American child of English parentage, born at Roanoke, Virginia, in 1587 and has since remained in constant, if modest, use.

76) Scott
Originally a name for a member of the Gaelic-speaking people who came to Scotland from Ireland.

77) Brenda
Probably a short form of names derived from Old Norse brand "sword." Its popularity in Gaelic-speaking countries has no doubt been influenced by its similarity to Brendan.

78) Justin
English form of the Latin name Justinus, a derivative of Justus. Various early saints had the name, notably a 2nd century Christian apologist and a boy martyr of the 3rd century.

79) Pamela
Invented by the Elizabethan pastoral poet Sir Philip Sidney (1554–86). Later taken up by Samuel Richardson for the name of the heroine of his novel Pamela (1740). In Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews (1742), which started out as a parody of Pamela, Fielding comments that the name is "very strange."

80) Brandon
From Old English brōm "broom, gorse" + dūn "hill." There has perhaps also been some influence from the surname of the Italian American actor Marlon Brando (1924–2004).

81) Catherine
French cognate of Katherine, the English form of the name of a saint martyred at Alexandria in 307. The story has it that she was condemned to be broken on the wheel for her Christian beliefs. However, the wheel fell apart and she was beheaded instead.

82) Raymond
From German ragin "advice, decision" + mund "protector."

83) Nicole
Feminine form of Nicholas, derived from nikē "victory" + laos "people."

84) Gregory
From the post-classical Greek Gregōrios "watchful" (a derivative of gregōrein "to watch, be vigilant"). The name was a very popular one among the early Christians, who were mindful of the injunction "be sober, be vigilant" (1 Peter 5:8).

85) Samuel
Biblical name, possibly meaning "He (God) has hearkened.". It may also be understood as a contracted form of Hebrew sha'ulme'el meaning "asked of God." In the case of Samuel the son of Hannah, this would be more in keeping with his mother's statement "Because I have asked him of the Lord" (1 Samuel 1:20).

86) Christine
A form of the Latin Christianus "follower of Christ." The name of Christ (Greek Khristos) is a translation of the Hebrew term Messiah "anointed."

87) Benjamin
Biblical name. His mother Rachel died in giving birth and in her last moments named him Benoni, "son of my sorrow." His father didn’t want such an ill-omened name and renamed him Benyamin, "son of the right hand" or "son of the south."

88) Janet
Originally a diminutive of Jane. Jane is a feminine form of John. It is not a royal name. The tragic Lady Jane Grey (1537-54) was unwillingly proclaimed queen in 1553, deposed nine days later, and executed the following year.

89) Patrick
From Latin Patricius "patrician," the name of the apostle and patron saint of Ireland (c.389–461) as recorded in his Latin autobiography.

90) Heather
From the word denoting the hardy, brightly coloured plant (Middle English hather).

91) Jack
Originally a pet form of John, but now a well-established name in its own right. It is derived from the Middle English Jankin, later altered to Jackin, from Jan (a form of John) and the diminutive suffix -kin.

92) Samantha
Of problematic and much debated origin. It arose in the United States at the end of the 18th century, possibly as a combination of Sam (from Samuel) + a newly coined feminine suffix -antha (perhaps suggested by Anthea).

93) Dennis
An adjective denoting a devotee of the god Dionysos, a relatively late introduction to the classical pantheon. His orgiastic cult seems to have originated in Persia or elsewhere in Asia.

94) Carolyn
Altered form of Caroline. Caroline was used by certain gentry families from the 17th century onwards, no doubt in honor of the Stuart kings named Charles.

95) Jerry
A pet form of Jeremy or Gerald. Gerald comes from gar, ger "spear" and "rule." As a girl's name it is a variant spelling of Gerry.

96) Rachel
Biblical name (meaning "ewe" in Hebrew).

97) Alexander
From alexein "to defend" + anēr "man, warrior" (genitive andros). Its use as a common given name throughout Europe, however, derives largely from the fame of Alexander the Great.

98) Diane
Form of Diana, who loved hunting and were therefore proud to name their daughters after the classical goddess of the chase. In Greek mythology Diana is equivalent to the Greek Artemis and is characterized as both beautiful and chaste.

From haim "home" + rīc "power, ruler." Eight kings of England have been named Henry. Not until the 17th century did the form Henry (as opposed to Harry) become the standard vernacular form, mainly under the influence of the Latin form Henricus and French Henri.

100) Frances
Feminine form of Francis, originally meaning "French" or "Frenchman."

SEE ALSO: Many English Last Names Began As Nicknames — Here Are Their Original Meanings

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Hang Out With Brazilian Soccer Players At This Lush Hotel Outside Rio


Atelier MolinaroBrazil's soccer team isn't technically staying at the Atelier Molinaro Boutique Hotel, but you still might be able to catch a glimpse of them if you're a guest there. 

During the World Cup, the soccer players are sleeping at their training camp in Granja Comary on the edge of Serra dos Orgaos National Park, which is about 45 minutes from this Petrópolis hotel.

The Atelier Molinaro has stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is incredibly cozy with just 21 rooms. The lush retreat is home to a natural mineral water pool, jacuzzi and sauna, art boutique, volleyball court, and even a soccer field.

Welcome to Atelier Molinaro, a boutique hotel near the training grounds of Brazil's soccer team.

It's situated on more than 8 acres of forest just minutes from the center of Petrópolis and Itaipava.

The hotel takes advantage of its beautiful surroundings with plenty of outdoor eating areas.

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15 Obnoxious Homes That Were Built Just To Annoy The Neighbors


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The ultimate way to show your contempt for an enemy may be by building a "spite house."

Spite houses are homes built to annoy the neighbors, often by cutting off access to a road or obstructing their views. "They probably wouldn't get much attention if they looked like normal houses, but spite houses have a reputation for being kind of odd looking, since they're usually built on narrow parcels of land," columnist John Kelly wrote in The Washington Post.

Spite houses have a long history in the U.S.  a man reportedly built one in Massachusetts to tick off his brother way back in 1716.

Keep reading to learn about some of the most outrageous spite houses ever built.

The Old Spite House in Massachusetts dates back to 1716.

One of the oldest known spite houses was built in Marblehead, Mass. No one knows for sure why it was built, but theory holds that two brothers who hated each other occupied opposite sides of the home. It still stands today.

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New York's most famous spite house was demolished in 1915.

The Richardson Spite House was built on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1882. The owner reportedly built the five-foot-wide building after the owner of an adjacent plot tried to buy the land, and the deal fell through. The narrow building was home to 8 apartment suites, and was demolished in 1915.

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The McCobb Spite House stems from a family rivalry.

The McCobb Spite House was built in Phippsburg, Maine in 1806. McCobb thought his mother was trying to deprive him of his inheritance, and planned a home to overshadow hers. The house was later relocated to Rockport and still stands.

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Here's What LG's Controversial New Jersey Headquarters Could Look Like


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LG's plans to build new headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey have caused a great deal of controversy over the past several years. The company plans to construct a building that will stand 143 feet tall, which opponents argue is significantly taller than the rest of the buildings in the area.

LG's building site is near the Palisades, a stretch of green cliffs along the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York. The cliffs have been protected from development by builders and homesteaders for more than a century. Last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added the Palisades to its 2014 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as a response to LG's plans. view of palisadesThough the area's current zoning laws limit building height to 35 feet, LG obtained a variance in 2012 that essentially cleared the way for construction on the 490,000-square-foot building to begin.

A bill currently in the state Senate would create a "preservation zone" in the area that would apply retroactively to LG's construction, while officials like New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph Parisi have urged the two sides to reach a compromise.

Each side of the debate has a differing view of how the future building will affect the Palisades.

Here's what the building will look like from above, according to renderings released by LG. 

lg palisadesWith 85,000 square feet of solar panels in addition to high-tech water conservation systems, it will be the largest LEED Platinum-certified building in New Jersey when it's completed, LG spokesman John Taylor says.

lg palisadesThe new building could accommodate up to 1,600 LG employees by 2020. 

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But, according to materials released by opposition group Protect the Palisades, the LG building will destroy the natural beauty of the area's cliffs. The conservationist group imagined that this will be the view of the Palisades from the Cloisters, a museum in northern Manhattan.lg protect the palisades

LG, on the other hand, argues that the opposition's depiction of the future building is misleading and inaccurate. The company points out several buildings that are already visible from the New York side of the Hudson, including two 47-story residential buildings in Fort Lee.lg palisadesIn LG's version, the headquarters will be slightly visible above the treeline. The structure will not be white, as the opposition shows, but will instead be made out of glass. 

lg palisadesAnother major critique of LG's project is that it will essentially clear the way for other tall buildings to be built on the Palisades. Protect the Palisades uses this photo as evidence. 

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But according to LG, this scenario would be impossible because commercial construction is prohibited in parks and other green spaces. LG is building on one of the few parcels of commercial land in the area.lg englewood cliffsLG is currently in the demolition phase of its 490,000-square-foot construction project.

In a press conference last week, Englewood Cliffs Mayor Joseph Parisi urged opponents of LG's proposal to reach a compromise with the company. If LG decides to leave the city, it would cost Englewood Cliffs an estimated $2.5 million in tax revenue. 

"I want everyone to have an agreement of what the building should look like," he said. "Remember, they can always say, 'We’re out of here.'"

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The Most Expensive Celebrity Homes In New York City


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For all of us normals, living in New York City isn't exactly easy on the wallet. But when the sky's the limit, as it is for many celebrities, you'd expect that they'd have the best homes money can buy.

Our friends at apartment data website AddressReport helped us hunt down the priciest places owned by celebs in the Big Apple.

From the Flatiron district to Williamsburg to the Village, these celebrities' homes will put your 500-square-foot studio to shame.

To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we spoke to expert source AddressReport, which keeps data in these homes' markets.

30. Daniel Radcliffe's riverside apartment

Estimated value: $5.2 million

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe majorly upgraded from the cupboard under the stairs. He purchased the three-bedroom corner apartment at 1 Morton Square for $4.9 million in 2008.

"The boy who lived" lives in luxury, enjoying sunset views of New York Harbor from the curved windows, marble and granite counters, and a 500-bottle wine cellar.

Co-star Alan Rickman, who played Professor Snape, is rumored to live in the building as well.

To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we spoke to expert source AddressReport, which keeps data in these homes' markets.

29. Nate Berkus' impeccably decorated West Village home

Estimated value: $5.25 million

When he's not buddying up to Oprah or making over homes across the country, Nate Berkus has a six-room co-op in Greenwich Village he can fix up over and over again, according to AddressReport. The celebrity design guru purchased the unit, down the street from his previous co-op, in 2013.

The duplex apartment has a wraparound rooftop terrace, a chef's kitchen with a custom-fabricated greenhouse, and wood-burning fireplaces in the living room and dining room.

To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we spoke to expert source AddressReport, which keeps data in these homes' markets.

28. Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy's Greek revival townhouse

Estimated value: $6.9 million

This red carpet power couple owns a single famous townhouse in the West Village, decked out with 12-foot ceilings, antique floor boards, a courtyard, and tin ceilings throughout the house.

Built in the 1880s, the Greek revival unit was previously owned by David Shaffer, a famous psychiatrist and Anna Wintour's ex-husband.

To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we spoke to expert source AddressReport, which keeps data in these homes' markets.

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Match.com Now Has A Dating Pool For Certified Geniuses


DateFDating just got smarter.

High-IQ society Mensa has teamed up with Match.com to kindle the spark among geniuses.

Match.com members can now display a Mensa badge on their profiles or join in the Mensa-only dating pool, Mensa Match.

According to The Daily Beast, the partnership happened after the dating website quizzed its users on what they wanted from a potential suitor.

It turned out intelligence is really, really attractive.

“80% of singles rate intelligence as one of the most important factors when looking for a partner, finally proving that brainpower is the ultimate aphrodisiac,” said Amarnath Thombre, President of Match. “Partnering with Mensa now gives Match members another smart way to easily search for and connect with like minded singles.”

Mensa currently has 57,000 members in the U.S., with 6 million citizens eligible for a spot in the club, making this a potentially popular love-matching portal. 

“Our members expressed a very strong interest in having a relationship site specifically for Mensa,"  said Pam Donahoo, Executive Director of American Mensa. "The reaction from our members to teaming with the leader in dating services has been overwhelmingly positive. We are excited about it.”

If you want to join the exclusive dating pool, but not sure if you have a 132+ IQ level, Mensa is offering its online practice test for $1 through July 6, 2014. 

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RANKED: The Best-Tasting Fast Food In America


Consumer Reports has ranked the best-tasting burgers, sandwiches, burritos, and chicken at 65 national and regional fast food chains. 

Big national and international chains including McDonald's, Taco Bell and Subway ranked far lower in the taste test than smaller chains including In-N-Out Burger (which won second place for best burger) and El Pollo Loco (second place for best chicken).

"Americans are spending more than ever to dine out — topping $680 billion per year," according to the survey. "And they are demanding more for their money, higher-quality fast food, and greater variety than can be found at titans such as Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s."

The graphic below lists the top rankings. Head over to Consumer Reports to find out more about the survey.

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The Financial District Has An Incredible New Lunch Spot [PHOTOS]


hudson eatsHudson Eats, a new food court in New York’s Financial District, is set to take over lower Manhattan’s lunch hour.

The 35,000-square-foot food court is part of a $250 million renovation at Brookfield Place  a dining, retail, and office complex that was formerly the World Financial Center. Hudson Eats is located on the second floor of the mall, mere blocks from the 9/11 Memorial — an ideal location for both office workers and tourists.

The space is huge, with 600 seats and a nearby atrium. And it's beautiful, with superb views of the skyline and Hudson River, tall windows, white marble finishes, and leather booths.

But what makes Hudson Eats truly exciting is the food: The food court houses a dozen casual eateries, including New York favorites like Black Seed Bagel, Chop't, Dig Inn, Dos Toros, Little Muenster, Mighty Quinn's Barbecue, Num Pang, Olives, Skinny Pizza, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tartinery, and Umami Burger.

Blue Ribbon Sushi and Northern Tiger will open in the fall.

Hudson Eats has set itself up as the perfect place for businessmen, locals, and tourists to grab a quick and delicious lunch. With all the excitement surrounding the Financial District’s latest hub, we had to try it for ourselves.

Hudson Eats is inside Brookfield Place, right near the World Trade Center. The food court is accessible through American Express Tower at 200 Vesey Street.

It's a bit of a hike from the subway, and you'll have to avoid construction at the World Trade Center, as well as the crowds at the 9/11 Memorial.

Prepare for another trek once you're inside the building. We followed the arrows pointing towards Hudson Eats. In addition to the food court, Brookfield Place will also house a French marketplace and six restaurants, which will open in 2015.

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The 25 Best Hotels In The World


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Travel + Leisure just announced the winners of its World's Best Awards, which ranks the planet's best hotels, cities, cruises, and spas.

The magazine asked its readers to vote on hotels around the world, and rank them by categories such as location, service, and food. Each hotel then received an average score out of 100.

This year, the Triple Creek Ranch in Montana took the top spot. But Triple Creek Ranch isn't the only American hotel to make this list; there are 9 U.S. hotels in the top 25 alone. 

#25: Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Score: 94.80

#24: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Nevada

Score: 94.83

#23: Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Score: 94.89

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47 Activities You Should Do In The US This Summer


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Summer is the season of cookouts, festivals, and outdoor events. With so many ways to spend your day, it’s often hard to choose one activity.

From finding the best private swimming holes to partying at summer festivals like Burning Man, here are the best things to do in the U.S. this summer. 

Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in the U.S. in the summer? Add it in the comments!

Eat a fresh, delicious lobster roll in Maine.

Go whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Find out more about Snake River white water rafting here >

See the professional eaters chow down at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn's Coney Island on July 4th.

Find out more about the event here >

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An Abandoned Shopping Mall In Thailand Has Transformed Into A Secret Aquarium


An old shopping mall in Bangkok is now an amazing koi pond. 

Travel writer Jesse Rockwell stumbled on the mall when he was visiting Thailand last year. He wrote about the experience on his travel, food, and photography blog

The seven-story mall was abandoned after a fatal fire in 1999, according to Rockwell. The basement floor became covered in water. 

About a decade ago, someone introduced a small population of fish to the water. Today, the mall has become a "amazingly populated urban aquarium." 

Rockwell said that the mall is difficult to find, and locals often discourage tourists from visiting. 

He managed to take these amazing photos. 

The sign outside the door reads "do not enter," according to Rockwell. 

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The escalator is now in decay and partially submerged in water. 

koi pond abandoned mall thailand

The abandoned mall is now an amazing urban aquarium. 

koi pond abandoned mall thailand

Rockwell posts about the experience at length on his blog

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