Williams College is the best college in America, according to Forbes' annual Top Colleges ranking, which this year placed Harvard University at number seven.
Forbes — which combines liberal arts college and research universities on its list — notes that the divide between these two types of institutions reveals a "higher education in flux." As list author Caroline Howard writes, "This year it comes down to small, student-centric, liberal arts colleges vs. large, brainy, research-oriented universities closely associated with science, technology, engineering and math."
Increasingly, the debate about a college degree's usefulness is less about the prestige of the institution, but rather the focus of a student's studies. However, even as the humanities get pummeled in the public discussion of higher education, Forbes' list shows that its just as good — if not better — to attend a smaller liberal arts school.
Williams College and Stanford University took the top two spots on Forbes' list, with highly regarded Harvard University placing seventh, below peer institutions like Princeton University and Yale University. This is actually an improvement for Harvard, which last year placed eighth on Forbes' Top Colleges ranking.
Howard writes in the Top Colleges' methodology that Forbes stresses "output" over "input," setting their sights "directly at ROI." Forbes created their ranking from five categories — student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate, and academic success.
Here are the top 10 colleges on Forbes' America's Top Colleges ranking:
- Williams College
- Stanford University
- Swarthmore College
- Princeton University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Yale University
- Harvard University
- Pomona College
- United States Military Academy
- Amherst College
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The Circuit of the Americas, just outside of Austin, Tex. is America’s first circuit built specifically for Formula One races.
Completed in October 2012, the 3.4-mile track has hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix the last two years, as well as numerous other races, concerts, and events.
Formula One is the fastest class of single-seat auto-racing in the world, with cars achieving speeds of 220 mph. Formula One tracks are "road courses," meaning that there are left and right turns, as well as straights. In contrast, NASCAR uses stock-cars (essentially modified sedans) and tracks that are usually ovals.
Early in 2012, photographer Tom Fowlks was sent by ESPN The Magazine to photograph the construction of the track. While there, he became fascinated with what he perceived to be a landmark moment in American sporting history. After the track was finished, Fowlks decided he had to photograph the finished track before it ran its first race in November 2012.
The sheer size of the track, covering around 1000 acres, made it difficult to photograph the entire track at once, even though Fowlks took the photos from a helicopter. Instead he focused on the numerous twists and turns in the track, capturing the interesting figures and patterns that comprise the track.
Fowlks shared some of photos with us here, but you can see more of his work at his website.
The track was designed by German architect and auto-racer Hermann Tilke, who has designed numerous high-profile Formula One circuits.The track is capable of handling any class of racing, including cars, motorcycles, and cycling.The track has a capacity of 120,000 spectators. The first Formula One race in 2012 had a near-capacity crowd of 117,429.The track has 20 turns over an an elevation change of 133 feet.The turns were made especially wide to encourage drivers to follow multiple racing lines.Mario Andretti ran the ceremonial first laps on October 21st, 2012. He used a Lotus 79, the same car he drove to become the last American to win the World Drivers' Championship in 1978.The lap record is 1 minute, 39.347 seconds, set by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing during the 2012 United States Grand Prix, the track's inaugural race. Vettel actually came in second during the race.
In 1959, an impromptu discussion between two global leaders changed, in many ways, the course of history. The above photo, seen by millions all over Russia, the United States, and the world, outraged and emboldened citizens, altered opinions, and potentially even swayed votes.
The photo was taken during a debate between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and U.S .Vice President Richard Nixon in Moscow's Sokolniki Park, where the U.S. was having an National Exhibition to show the benefits of a capitalist society. During a tour of the displays given to Khrushchev by Nixon, a hearty dialogue began between the two on the merits of Communism versus Capitalism, and few punches were spared. Because most of the conversation took place near a model American kitchen, the dialogue has come to be known as the "Kitchen Debates."
The aftermath of the debate and its subsequent coverage in the media, including the broadcast of the debates in full, strengthened both countries' resolves and helped put Nixon, who many now saw as a hard-nosed diplomat, into the White House. The above photo, by master photographer Elliott Erwitt, showed Nixon in this light, unafraid to use strong physical gestures to get his point across.
But the iconic photo almost didn't happen. "By sheer luck, I guessed correctly where they would turn up next," Erwitt says in the documentary "Contacts."
25 years later, the iconic image is back in the spotlight. Erwitt's contact sheet — a piece of photographic paper containing thumbnails of all the exposures from a specific roll of film — was recently part of Magnum's show of famous contact sheets at Manhattan's Milk Gallery.
The sheets, which were used by photographers and photo editors to make image selections before computers and digital photography rendered them obsolete, are treasure troves of information. They show outtakes and behind-the-scenes images from a specific photoshoot or event, helping the viewer to gain a better sense of the process and the mindset of the photographer.
(Double click to zoom in and explore the contact sheet in more detail, or click here for an enlarged version on mobile.)
"By sheer luck, I guessed correctly where they would turn up next, which was at a display of a modern kitchen behind a barrier," Erwitt says in the documentary."I rushed to it to have an unobstructed view as they approached the rail. Luck was with me. With a direct view and no one to push and shove, I circumnavigated Nixon and Khrushchev, finding my best range. From then on, it was like shooting fish in a barrel.""But how pictures can lie. The illusion is one of Nixon standing up to the Soviets, where the reality is an argument about cabbage soup versus red meat."Interestingly enough, the final image chosen was the first one on Erwitt's roll.
To see more contact sheets from Magnum's archives, be sure to check out their book.
Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Quora in answer to the question, "Which is a better place to live: Switzerland or USA?" Manish Rai Jain, who previously worked at Google and Quora, allowed us to republish his answer. He's currently working on his own startup, Snapknock.
I lived in Switzerland for two years and then moved to the US. Life in general in Switzerland is IMO, better than U.S., and here's why:
- Higher standard of living: Swiss cities, houses and food are all top quality. Crime is very low, so you'd feel pretty safe roaming around in the middle of night all alone. There're no beggars on street, and every body around you looks very well off, it's surreal. You can drink from any public water fountain in the city, and all public places are kept really clean. There're many reasons why Zurich consistently fares as one of the top 3 cities in the world to live in.
- Higher pay and lower taxes: Swiss wages are pretty high. If you're a waiter, you get paid minimum 20 CHF per hour. If you're an engineer or a banker, your salary is better off than your US colleagues. On top of that, the taxes are relatively lower.
- Amazing public transportation / travel opportunities: You're right in the middle of Europe. From Zurich, Germany is an hour away, France and Italy are 2. Everything else is a few hours by flight. The trains are all on time, and the transportation both intra-city and inter-city is very good. You can pin point any remote location and reach there solely by public transportation. Switzerland is also part of Schengen treaty, even though it's not part of European Union. That means, citizens of visa deprived countries (like India / China) can roam around freely in EU if they're living / working in Switzerland.
- Better work life balance, and emphasis on sports: People work to live there. 8-5 culture is the norm, and people don't work on evenings or weekends. This applies not only to office going folks, but also to general stores / shopping malls etc. Minus the bars, the entire city of Zurich closes at 7pm on weekdays, and opens only until 4pm on Saturday (Thanks for correction: ). Nothing is open on Sundays. Everybody I knew was doing at least 2 sports on a regular basis, which also explains why Swiss are so fit.
- Almost free education even during undergrad studies: As opposed to US, where an undergrad can cost you a mortgage and your parents have to save their entire lives for, the best of Swiss universities charge only ~500 CHF per semester, regardless of nationality. This includes world renowned universities like ETH Zurich, and EPFL Lausanne, and is true even for master studies.
- Clean smog-free air / beautiful mountains and landscape: Swissreally care about the environment. Air conditioners are frowned upon, if not entirely forbidden. Even when summer brought 32 degrees Celsius (~90F), we had to make do with fans both at home and at office. Ah, the horror! But well, it's good for the environment, and summer doesn't last that long. Another good example is the Gotthard Rail tunnel that Swiss are building to cut down on the number of trucks between Switzerland and Italy.
- Food / Chocolate / Beer / Wine: The best of Swiss chocolate isn't sold at airports worldwide (I'm looking at you Lindt). In Switzerland, you get to eat Sprüngli, which IIRC, has its main branch in Paradeplatz in Zürich, right in front of Credit Suisse and UBS headquarters, and isn't available outside the country. In Switzerland, you can find good selection of Italian, French and German food as well. And you wouldn't be complaining about beer and wine.
So, why did I move? Now, here're 3 reasons where U.S. (well California) fares better than Switzerland:
- Weather: Switzerland isn't known for their great weather. It's cold and wet 9 months of a year, and hot and wet for the rest. California boasts of a weather straight out of heaven (minus the earthquakes that is).
- Silicon Valley: If you're a software engineer, your Mecca lies in the San Francisco bay area. The choice of great ambitious companies, and cutting edge technology is unmatched in the rest of the world. Zurich only has a few software companies, so if you choose to live there, you're pretty much stuck working for them.
- Foreigners are tourists: Swiss don't believe in foreigners contributing to their society. For them, foreigners are something they have to bear with, and protect their society from. They're really kind hearted people once you get to know them, but you wouldn't feel at home living there.
A mannequin with a visible ribcage has been removed from European clothing chain Primark's storefront.
Glasgow resident Mel Fraser was shopping at the British-owned chain when she paused to express her concerns via social media.
The picture quickly went viral.
Here were some of the reactions to the waif-like dummy:
@Primark you should of been aware of it before it was displayed— ☽ (@sorryimkatie) July 21, 2014
Primark responded immediately and eventually removed the mannequin tweeting, “The mannequin you describe will not be used in this way again.”
This isn't the first time a store has received heat for barely-there mannequins. In May, a Twitter user posted a photo of La Perla's ribbed mannequin in New York. The lingerie store swiftly removed the dummy.
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Europe is quite a popular travel destination—more than 11 million Americans visited the continent in 2013 alone, according to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. With so many countries in close proximity to each other, you can spend one day climbing the Eiffel Tower and the next day posing with Big Ben.
After studying in London for a semester, I know that traveling on a budget in Europe is not always easy.
According to an article in USA Today, one week in Europe costs approximately $2,000 (plus airfare) per couple, and that's if you stay in just one city for your whole trip.
It is, however, possible to have the vacation of your dreams without shelling out a ridiculous amount of money.
Here are six cheap ways to travel between countries while you're staying in Europe.
1. Fly budget airlines: Europe has a bunch of budget airline carriers, two of the most popular being easyJet and Ryanair. They aren't the most luxurious planes by any means, but they get you where you need to go for cheap. For example, Ryanair is currently offering flights from London to Oslo for only $30 per ticket.
Many of these planes also have impressive on-time performances—Easyjet arrived on time 91% of the time in March 2014. I flew on budget airlines six times while in London, and every plane departed and arrived on time.
2. Book flights in advance: It's crazy what a difference one or two months can make in terms of flight prices. I tried to book a flight from London to Barcelona one week before my trip, and flights were way out of my price range. When I looked at the prices for flights two months from my intended travel date, the tickets were $30 cheaper.
3. Be sure to pack light: Many of the budget airlines have very strict height and weight restrictions for carry-on bags and checked baggage, so try to pack as few unnecessary items as possible. If you know your checked baggage is over the weight limit, you should pay the baggage fee online instead of at the airport. It will be significantly more expensive if you wait.
4. If you have the time, travel by bus: If you're traveling between countries, taking a bus might not seem like the most appealing option since the journey can be long. However, if you're only traveling to a neighboring country, it might be worth your while. Bus tickets between London and Paris for about five weeks from now are as low as $25 on Eurolines, versus a $55 flight on easyJet the same day. The bus ride is quite long at approximately 9 hours, but you can save a little money if you have the time.
5. Stay in hostels: Hostels have kind of a bad rap (the horror movie Hostel probably didn't help), but many don't deserve this reputation. Every hostel I stayed at while traveling in Europe was very clean, and I never felt unsafe. The website Hostelworld is a great resource for finding hostels; you can view available rooms by location and have the search results sorted by "overall rating" to get the best options. The dorm-style rooms are cheapest because you have to share your room with a group of strangers. I've had friends book these rooms for as cheap as $15 per night, and they've met a bunch of interesting people through the experience.
6. Book trips through tour groups: If you're planning a trip of one week or more and want to make sure you see everything, it might be worth traveling with a tour group. These trips are often more affordable than traveling alone, and they typically include extra perks like guided tours and a few meals. The tour group Trafalgar has an option called CostSaver where travelers can depart from the U.S. and travel throughout multiple countries. One of their trips is the 11-day Britain & Ireland Delight, which costs approximately $1,600 per person. If you're a student, you can enjoy great rates from the tour group Bus2Alps. I took a one-week trip to Italy with them, and it cost only $784 and included all of my accommodations, multiple meals, tours in every city, and more.
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The sixth annual Congress of Latin American clowns took place this week in Guatemala City, where more than 200 professional clowns gathered to exchange tricks of the trade.
The conference — which included clowns from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S. — was sponsored by the union representing workers in Guatemala's entertainment sector.
Much to coulrophobics' dismay, the event included both happy and sad clowns.
Clowns from all over the world gathered for four days this week in Guatemala City for the sixth annual Latin American Clown Congress.
More than 200 clowns attended to learn new skills, attend workshops, and network.
All ages and genders are welcome.
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Do you think that the events in your life — getting hired or getting fired, falling in or out of love, moving from one city to another — are due to your actions or some outside power?
How you answer predicts your job satisfaction, stress levels, and how high up you're likely to climb in an organization.
Psychologists call it your locus of control. Here's Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo's take:
A locus of control orientation is a belief about whether the outcomes of our actions are contingent on what we do (internal control orientation) or on events outside our personal control (external control orientation).
Essentially, where you believe the locus (Latin for "place") of control lies in your life says a lot about how much agency you think you have.
If you have a very external locus of control, you think that a deity or deities, fate, karma, randomness, or some other power determines what's going to happen. If you have a super internal locus of control, then you think that your fate is in your hands — in other words, you're a go-getter.
This proactive orientation has its benefits.
Research has found that folks with an internal locus of control:
But when taken to the extreme, the internal orientation can become a problem. Australian psychologist James T. Neill outlines the dangers:
Internals can be psychologically unhealthy and unstable. An internal orientation usually needs to be matched by competence, self-efficacy and opportunity so that the person is able to successfully experience the sense of personal control and responsibility. Overly internal people who lack competence, efficacy and opportunity can become neurotic, anxious and depressed. In other words, internals need to have a realistic sense of their circle of influence in order to experience "success."
But if the internal locus doesn't get too out of control, the go-getter is good to go.
The jury is out regarding where the locus of control orientation comes from, be it nature or nurture. The research indicates that it's probably not as stable as other personality traits like introversion or extroversion and can change based on your experiences.
The good news is, it's possible to learn that you have agency in your life — one meta-analysis showed that going on adventures is a great way to get that education in self-efficacy.
Back in 1870, Jules Verne’s book about an electric submarine traveling 20,000 leagues under the sea was first published.
90 years later in 1960, those electric submarines were finally invented.
It’s a classic question of prediction vs. influence — how can you really say a book predicted the future if it didn’t in some way inspire the discovery?
From “Gulliver’s Travels” to “1984,” these are the 24 books that forecasted the future.
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Constantine Valhouli, the man who brought you a fascinating map of New York City musical references, is back with another map, albeit one with a different, older timeframe.
His new map marks points of interest in New York City and the surrounding areas and gives the history of that area, whether it be information on the Dutch settlers or the Lenape Tribe's original name for the neighborhood.
Did you know that swanky Gramercy Park was originally named "Kromme Zee," which meant "crooked swamp" in Dutch? Or that the name the Rockaways comes from a Lenape tribe word, "Rechqua Akie," meaning "sandy land or country?"
There are a lot more interesting facts on the map below.
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A recent report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest makes a case for the unhealthiest restaurant meals in America.
The center's nutrition experts reviewed menus at 200 restaurant chains in the U.S. to identify and rank the nation's unhealthiest meals for its annual "Xtreme Eating" list.
Restaurants who made the list include The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano's, and Red Robin.
Here's the list, ranked lowest to highest by calories.
8. The Cheesecake Factory: Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake (1,500 calories)
Fudge, caramel, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are combined with the restaurant's classic cheesecake filling to make this indulgent treat. The dessert has 1,500 calories, 43 grams of saturated fat, and 21 teaspoons of sugar.
"It’s like eating an entire four-serving (17 oz.) Sara Lee frozen Classic Original Cream Cheesecake topped with a cup of Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream," the report says.
7. Chevys Fresh Mex: Super Cinco Combo (1,920 calories)
The dish includes two enchiladas — one beef and one chicken — a taco, a pork tamale and a chile relleno for 1,920 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat, and 3,950 grams of milligrams of sodium.
6. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Signature Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza (2,160 calories)
The dish contains "grilled garlic chicken, smoked bacon, jack and cheddar cheese, red onions, diced tomatoes, and a drizzle of ranch," according to the restaurant's description. With the deep dish crust it comes to 2,160 calories, 30 grams of saturated fat, and 4,680 milligrams of sodium, according to the report.
5. The Cheesecake Factory: Farfalle with Roasted Chicken and Roasted Garlic (2,410 calories)
This pasta dish contains chicken, mushrooms, tomato, pancetta, peas, and caramelized onions in a cream sauce for 2,410 calories, 63 grams of saturated fat, and 1,370 milligrams of sodium.
4. Maggiano’s Little Italy: Prime New York Steak Contadina Style (2,420 calories)
The steak is prepared "Contadina Style," meaning it includes two Italian sausage links, potatoes, roasted peppers and mushrooms, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, steak jus, and garlic butter.
"The 1,250- calorie steak alone is like eating five McDonald’s Quarter Pounder beef patties," according to the report. "The 1,170-calorie Contadina-style 'garnish' adds another four Quarter Pounder patties, with a Cheeseburger on the side.
The meal has 66 grams of saturated fat and 5,620 milligrams of sodium.
3. Famous Dave's: "Big Slab” of St. Louis-Style Spareribs (2,770 calories)
"Each slab, which is 'slathered with sauce over an open flame,' yields nearly 1.5 pounds of meat," according to the report. The meal comes with two sides and a corn bread muffin. If you choose fries and baked beans as your sides, you are eating 2,770 calories, 54 grams of saturated fat, 4,320 milligrams of sodium, and 14 teaspoons of sugar.
2. The Cheesecake Factory: Bruléed French Toast (2,780 calories)
With 2,780 calories, 93 grams of saturated fat (almost five days' worth), 2,230 milligrams of sodium, and 24 teaspoons of sugar, the report says you would have to swim laps for seven hours to burn off this meal.
1. Red Robin: 'Monster' Burger and Bottomless Fries (3,540 calories)
The report concluded that the most unhealthy meal in America is Red Robin's massive "Monster" burger and "bottomless" fries.
The 3,540-calorie meal, which also includes a salted caramel milkshake, contains a whopping 69 grams of saturated fat and 6,280 milligrams of sodium, which is four times the recommended daily serving. The dish is estimated to contain almost three quarters of a cup of added sugar.
"To dispose of those calories, the average person would need to walk briskly for a full 12 hours," according to the report.
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Most of our friendships happen so naturally we don't realize how they started.
Sometimes, though, we want to make an effort to befriend a new acquaintance or become a better friend to those around us.
We scoured the psychological research to find science-backed strategies to get people to like you.
This strategy is called mirroring, where you subtly mimic the other person's behavior. When talking to someone, try copying their body language, gestures, facial expressions, vocal tones, or even choice of words.
If your friend smiles, smile with them. If they love talking with their hands, talk with your hands as well. This will make the person you are talking to feel more comfortable and relaxed with you.
Be careful not to take this too far, though. If you make it obvious, it might turn people off.
Spend more time around them.
Known as the mere exposure effect, this psychological term means that people like things that are familiar to them. In an experiment by MIT psychologists, researchers found that those who lived closer together found themselves to be closer friends.
This is because they can experience more passive, day-to-day interactions with each other — such as greeting each other in the common room or kitchen — so they feel more intimate.
Even if you don’t live near your friends, try sticking to a steady routine with them, such as going out for coffee every week or taking a class together.
Compliment other people.
People will associate the adjectives you use to describe other people with yourself. This phenomenon is called spontaneous trait transference.
If you describe someone else as genuine and kind, people will also associate you with those qualities. The reverse is also true: If you are constantly trashing people behind their backs, your friends will start to associate the negative qualities with you as well.
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Whether driving on a road trip or camping in a park, if you're traveling in a Recreational Vehicle (RV) you can expect space to feel tight. To really enjoy your time traveling, you'll want a spacious vehicle to fit the whole family.
We compiled a list of the biggest RVs currently on the market, thanks to the experts at FindTheBest. They looked at sleeping capacity, length, and interior height to determine which massive RVs would make the cut.
This Winnebago has three beds, a kitchen, bathroom, and dining table, and can sleep up to eight people.
The 2014 Thor Motor Coach Chateau Super C also sleeps eight people and features a private, closed off bedroom area with two closets. The freshwater tank holds up to 75 gallons, so water will last long without causing inconveniences.
The Chateau Super C and Four Winds Super C are nearly identical in size and layout. Both RVs sleep eight people, are 34 feet in length, and 82 inches in interior height.
The Coachmen Freelander is 28 feet in length and sleeps seven people. It includes basic RV features like day and night shades, air conditioning, and heating.
The Coachmen Leprechaun is just five inches longer than the Freelander, with similar layout and design. The bathrooms in these RVs have standing showers, skylights, toilets, and sinks.
Sleeping arrangements on the 2014 Forest River Georgetown XL include one queen sized bed, two twin beds, and a pull out sofa. Other bonus features are LED lighting, and ceiling vent fans.
The Fleetwood Expedition is the longest RV around at 38 feet and 7.5 inches. The kitchen area is spacious, with a microwave, oven, and 3-burner stove to cook with.
The Thor Motor Coach A.C.E. is 28 feet long and 84 inches tall inside. There are multiple interior decorating options, and the external body is made out of fiberglass, which is typically easier to repair.
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The home was originally listed October 2012 for $20 million by Wallace's heirs, after his wife Mary Yates died in September 2012. It was purchased through an LLC.
Wallace is known for his 21 Emmy awards, including one that he won for an interview with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2006.
Take a look inside his apartment:
The Upper East Side home has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It takes up the 15th and 16th floors of the co-op at 730 Park Ave. This is the 33-foot living room with a marble, wood burning fireplace.
The apartment is entered from a semi-private elevator landing. There is a 20-foot gallery that opens into the rooms on the first floor.
A six-person formal dining room opens off the gallery and has original wide-plank peg and grove flooring.
The home is perfect for entertaining with charming, old-world touches.
The library has vintage French doors leading onto an East-facing terrace.
Meredith Galante contributed to this story.
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There is no doubt that Hawaii is one of the most breathtaking places in the world, making it an extremely desirable tourist destination today.
In fact, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), tourism is the largest single source of private capital into the state, and Trip Advisor named Honolulu the 11th most popular tourist destination in America.
The big boom really came when Hawaii gained statehood in 1959, and annual visitors jumped to 240,000. By 1970, they had swelled to over 1.7 million. Today, it runs close to 8 million per year, according to HTA.
National Geographic's Charles O'Rear took photos of the islands in 1973, right at the beginning of the second swell. He captures tourists snorkeling, donning leis, and lounging on the beach. The photos are stored in the United States Archives.
Here are some of the ones we picked out from October 1973:
Aerial view of Honolulu looking east toward Diamond Head, the extinct volcano. Apartments and hotels make up the rest of background in the Waikiki District.This photo depicts an arrival at Honolulu International Airport, where tourists wait in leis for a bus to their hotel. According to O'Rear, 2.7 million visitors were anticipated in 1973.Not much has changed when it comes to tourist attractions. Here's a couple snorkeling in Koko Head Park in the Hanauma Bay marine life conservation district.Paradise Park was a commercial enterprise located on the Big Island. It was designed to display the island's natural beauty made up of forest and water reserve land.A Sunday picnic at Poipu Beach, in southern Kauai.An elderly tourist at a hula dance demonstration. Waikiki Beach was one of the most popular tourist spots on the island. At the time, there were 26,000 hotel rooms on Oahu, most in Waikiki.Surfer at Waikiki Beach.The women were dressed for Aloha Day parade during annual Aloha Week festivities.Another man dressed for the parade.And another woman in costume.Here, a crowd of military-related employees board the "Sea transit" ferry, which began operating in 1972. It mainly ran between downtown Honolulu and Pearl Harbor, additionally carrying the military across Pearl Harbor to the parking lot, saving them a 45 minute drive.
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It should come as no surprise to hear that Americans love their smartphones.
According to data from the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans have a cell phone, while a full 58% of them own smartphones.
More surprising, though, is the percentage of people who have developed a psychological attachment to their phones.
It's called "nomophobia" (short for no-mobile-phone phobia), and psychologists say that it's affecting more and more young people.
Symptoms include feelings of panic or desperation when separated from your smartphone, not being able to focus on conversations or work, and constantly checking phones for notifications. Some people may think their phone is ringing when it's not, a condition named cellphone vibration syndrome that researchers say could be a sign of a more serious technology addiction.
According to Dr. David Greenfield, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, an attachment to your smartphone is similar to other addictions in that it involves a dysregulation of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates the brain's reward center, meaning that it motivates people to do things they think they will be rewarded for doing.
Greenfield founded the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction to help the always-connected find a better balance in their lives.
"Every time you get a notification from your phone, there's a little elevation in dopamine that says you might have something that's compelling, whether that's a text message from someone you like, an email, or anything," Greenfield said to Business Insider. "The thing is you don't know what it's going to be or when you're going to get it, and that's what compels the brain to keep checking. It's like the world's smallest slot machine."
In a national survey conducted by Harris Interactive in the fall of 2013, 63% of respondents said they check their phone for messages or calls once an hour, while 9% said they checked their phone every five minutes.
An additional 63% said they would be upset if they left home without their smartphone. Many would return home to retrieve it, even if they're out on just a quick trip to the store.
And, according to a survey by the Huffington Post and YouGov, 64% of people between the ages 18 and 29 have fallen asleep with their tablet or cell phone in bed with them.
Still, you may not have heard of nomophobia because people who suffer from it may not even realize they have a problem.
"As with any addiction, denial is the number one hallmark. There aren't a lot of people who come out and say they have a problem, and the link with the anxiety they feel is much more tenuous," psychiatrist Dale Archer said to Business Insider. "Plus, the symptoms are not that bad with the majority of people. Like any addiction, I suspect it will be like that — 1% of the population with a full-blown problem that affects their lives."
Some psychologists have proposed adding nomophobia to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is considered to be the ultimate authority on mental health.
"It is undeniable that technology through new social media, social network sites, social informatics, and social software...enables us to perform our job more quickly and with efficiency," Nicola Luigi Bragazzi and Giovanni Del Puente of the University of Genoa wrote in their DSM proposal. "On the other hand, mobile devices can have a dangerous impact on human health. Further research is needed, above all academic and scholarly studies, to investigate more in depth the psychological aspects of nomophobia and to provide a standardized and operational definition of it."
Greenfield says that nomophobia is just a small subset of a larger problem with Internet addiction.
"A smartphone is just a more readily available access point to the Internet. My research has shown that the ease of access, availability, and portability makes it twice as addictive as other modalities," he said. "Convenience is the mother of addiction — the quicker you can get a hit back on the technology, the faster the intoxication."
Plus, constantly receiving tons of likes on your tweets or Instagram photos creates this feeling of self-importance that just isn't real.
"That feeling you're going to miss something if you're not constantly checking is an illusion — most parts of our lives are not relevant to our smartphones," Greenfield said. "What happens on our devices is not reflective of what happens in real life."
Digital detox programs, like Camp Grounded in northern California, ban electronic devices in the hopes that a true unplugging will help cure technology addiction. Guests at Camp Grounded participate in activities like archery, sing-a-longs, and meditative breathing workshops, all without the constant influence of a smartphone or other device.
In China, Internet-hooked teens are often sent to boot camps where they undergo intense military-style training designed to break their addiction.
But both Greenfield and Archer say that curing nomophobia doesn't always require such extreme measures.
Greenfield suggests downloading an app, like Menthal, that records just how much time you're spending on your phone each day. A huge amount of people lose track of time and space when they're on their devices, which affects the brain in a way similar to the way a drug would.
And Archer says it's important to create guidelines for when it's appropriate to use your phone — for making a phone call, for instance — and when it's not.
"Stop texting while you're driving. Don't take it into the bathroom with you. Have a rule not to use your phone when you’re with your friends. If you’re on a date, make a rule that you’ll both check your phone for a maximum of 5 minutes every 90 minutes," Archer said. "It’s all about setting simple rules that you can follow."
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If you don't think you have time to go for a run, think again.
Running just five minutes a day could add years to your life and provide the same health benefits as running much more, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Even if you aren't a fan of running, that's not a lot to ask.
Almost everyone has five minutes to spare. This finding suggests that it takes longer to put on workout clothes and shoes and to clean up and change again afterward than it does to do something that could make you significantly healthier.
"Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal," said DC Lee, lead author of the study and an assistant professor in the Iowa State University Kinesiology Department, in the news release.
Researchers followed a group of 55,137 adults for 15 years. Their ages ranged from 18 to 100, with an average age of 44. During that time period, 3,413 people died, 1,217 for reasons related to cardiovascular issues.
Runners were 30% less likely to die than non-runners, even if they didn't run a lot, and 45% less likely to die from heart disease or stroke.
And while the study was not designed to determine whether running was the root cause of those outcomes, any running at all was associated with an extra three years of life expectancy.
About a quarter of the total group identified as "runners," though that group was then subdivided into groups who ran anywhere from more than 20 miles a week and more than 25 minutes a day to those who ran fewer than six miles a week and only five to 10 minutes a day.
The really crazy part is that the running-related health benefits for all those groups were similar, even after controlling for other exercise habits, age, sex, weight, smoking, drinking, and family history of heart disease. Running a lot more wasn't necessarily better than running just a little, at least not in terms of risk of cardiovascular problems.
So is there something particularly special about running that makes it stand out more than other exercise?
Not really, according to Timothy Church, a professor at the Pennington Institute and co-author of the study. It's more about intense exercise, he told The New York Times.
Running is an easy way to get intense exercise, even if you aren't a particularly fast runner. It takes a lot more out of you than things that qualify as moderate exercise, like walking.
"Running just happens to be the most convenient way for most people to exercise intensely," Church told The Times.
But if you really hate the idea of running, even if you know you don't have to do much of it, he suggests picking something else that qualifies as vigorous activity and doing that at least five minutes a day — jumping rope or intense biking, for example.
The benefits are remarkable.
Everyone knows that hotels are expensive in Manhattan, but Montauk?
A small oceanfront hamlet at the very tip of Long Island's south fork, Montauk is now officially the most expensive place to stay in New York State this summer, according to NewYorkHotels.org.
Montauk used to be a quiet, laid-back town filled with immigrants and fishermen, but recently it has become a Hamptons hotspot that has hip restaurants and pricey hotels that cost an average of $342 per night—almost $200 more than the average hotel room in Manhattan.
NewYorkHotels.org ranked the most expensive destinations in New York State by the average cost of a hotel room this summer. The hotel booking site looked at hotel rates during the month of August, and only considered hotels and bed and breakfasts that are rated at least 3 stars and are well situated near the beach or city center.
Besides Montauk, several other Hamptons towns took top spots on this list, with East Hampton coming in second at $332 per night and Southampton coming in fourth at an average cost of $295 per night. Surprisingly, New York City came in at number 8, with rooms costing a mere $153 per night.
The full list is below:
1. Montauk $342
2. East Hampton $332
3. Saratoga Springs $312
4. Southampton $295
5. Greenport $264
6. Cooperstown $184
7. Niagara Falls $163
8. New York City $153
9. Geneva $143
10. Ithaca $142
11. Lake George $141
12. Buffalo $137
13. Oneonta $136
14. Rochester $134
15. Syracuse $128
16. Alexandria Bay $127
17. Long Island City $116
18. Oswega $103
19. Lake Placid $102
20. Watertown $92
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