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Are These Common Speech Habits Bringing You Down?

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How you say something matters as much as, like, what you say.

If you want to get your ideas across, then pay attention to certain controversial speech habits becoming increasingly more common. Mumbling or speaking too fast will clearly hamper your message, while others may or may not cause a problem, depending on whom you ask.

Below, we discuss six of the most common trends:

1. Vocal fry

Speakers who exhibit vocal fry drop their voices down to the lowest pitches, causing their vocal cords to flutter, resulting in a creaking sound.

Although the habit has been around for decades, no one knows exactly why people use it. Some call it a voice disorder, while others suggest that people, especially women, use it to sound assertive or sexy.

A recent study found that vocal fry makes people, especially young women, less likely to land a job. After listening to recordings of both men and women speaking with and without vocal fry, participants who reported making hiring judgments preferred normal voices 87% of the time.

But some linguists say the research was inaccurate and that vocal fry is common and generally harmless.

Although clearly auto-tuned, pop artist Kesha's voice gives a solid example of vocal fry. Listen as her voice creaks as she sings.

2. Uptalking

Uptalking occurs when people raise their inflection at the end of declarative sentences as if they were questions.

The term was reportedly invented in 1993 by New York University journalism professor James Gorman, who wrote a humorous article about his students' use of it.

Associated with the valley girl stereotype, uptalking is often seen as annoying and symbolic of a lack of intelligence or confidence. 

But a recent study suggests a more complex conclusion. Sociologist Thomas Linneman of the College of William and Mary analyzed 100 episodes of "Jeopardy" and found that all the contestants uptalked sometimes. He also noted higher-scoring women did it more, while the opposite was true for men. Linneman argues that the professional world penalizes women for coming off too confident, so they have learned to compensate by uptalking.

While still controversial today, uptalk became a national phenomenon in the mid-1990s. Below, it appears in a 1994 segment from news anchor Connie Chung:

3. Beginning sentences with "so"

So people are always starting sentences with "so" lately.

To some people, that's a problem. Fast Company's Hunter Thurman wrote that a speaker's use of "so" indicates something rehearsed and dumbed-down. As a result, the addition alienates audiences. Also, the word does not have a clear grammatical function at the beginning of a sentence.

Some linguists, however, defend the habit. Galina Bolden, associate professor of communication at Rutgers University, told Business Insider that "so" at the start of a sentence often marks the beginning of a new topic that one of the parties wants to discuss, often called an "interactional agenda."

"It communicates that the speaker is interested in or concerned about the recipient," Bolden said. "It also invokes prior conversations between the speaker and the recipient, drawing on their relationship history."

As we've noted before, Mark Zuckerberg demonstrates this habit all the time, as he does in his ALS ice bucket challenge:

4. Saying "um" and "uh"

Sounds like "um" and "uh," also known as fillers, often appear in our conversations. Nearly every language includes them in different forms, hinting at some universal meaning. Unfortunately, they can make speakers seem ill prepared.

In his 1995 paper, "Does It Hurt To Say Um?" Nicholas Christenfeld surveyed listeners and determined that audiences not only notice the appearance of "ums" in speech but also that the sound negatively affects their opinions of the speaker.

People apparently didn't start complaining about "um," however, until the emergence of voice recording, as Mental Floss reports on Michael Erard's book "Um...: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean." While ancient Greek and Latin transcripts do not include these breaks in speech, people most likely still used them.

Even so, many linguists believe these sounds serve purposes and even follow rules. For example, in a 2002 study, Herbert Clarke and Jean Fox Tree determined that speakers use "uh" and "um" to introduce minor and major delays, respectively, in speech, especially while explaining complex topics.

If these sounds tend to fill moments of thinking, logic would suggest careful preparation could eliminate them.

In this interview with Taylor Swift, splicing her "ums" together fills nearly three minutes of video.

5. Saying "like"

The frequent insertion of "like" into sentences where it doesn't serve a clear purpose appears to have gained popularity.

Moon Unit Zappa highlighted the habit's spread in Southern California with her 1982 hit "Valley Girl," as did Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) in the 1995 movie "Clueless." Overusing "like" is often considered ineloquent and immature, and consensus suggests avoiding it in professional situations like job interviews and presentations. 

While many consider this type of "like" a filler word, linguists also note it can serve purposes, making it a discourse marker — a signal meant to help a listener understand the message.

Recent research has also shown that the controversial use of  "like" doesn't necessarily correlate with a lack of intelligence.

A 2014 study from the University of Texas, titled "Um ... Who Like Says You Know, found that conscientious people — those who are thoughtful and more aware of their surroundings — more often use discourse markers, such as "like." These additions imply the speakers' desire to share and rephrase their opinions to recipients. The study also affirmed that young women most frequently say "like."

As early as 1991, researchers began studying the purpose of "like" as a replacement for a qualified "say." For example, "He was like, 'no,'" implies the quoted speaker thought about saying no or implied a no without actually speaking one. That makes the sentence intrinsically different from, "He said, 'no.'"

But when used to excess, arbitrary insertions of "like" clearly pose a problem, as Justin Bieber demonstrates:

6. Clearing your throat

Clearing the throat is a sign of uncertainty, nervousness, or annoyance, which is found even in chimpanzee populations.

It's a bad idea for multiple reasons.

First of all, the action interrupts a speaker's delivery and can irritate audiences.

Second, clearing your throat, theoretically meant to remove or loosen phlegm, actually just inflames the vocal cords and causes more phlegm. Repeated clearing can also cause permanent damage to the vocal cords, Dr. Brian Rotskoff at Clarity Allergy Center in Chicago told The Daily Mail.

Third, once someone starts clearing his or her throat, the more they feel they need to. "Your throat and vocal cords take repeated abuse with constant clearing," Rotskoff said. "The resulting inflammation only reinforces the urge to clear, and the cycle continues."

The popular animated show "Family Guy" poked fun at the trend. In a well-known skit, three men's throat-clearing escalates into a full-blown screaming match.

SEE ALSO: The 24 Words Most Known To Only Men Or Women

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19 Incredible Photos From New York City's 17-Year-Old 'Outlaw Instagrammer'

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17-year-old Humza Deas is a certified daredevil.

The teen, recently profiled in New York Magazine by Adrian Chen, is what Chen calls an "outlaw Instagrammer;" a kid who explores the forbidden, dangerous heights of Manhattan without abandon, snapping photos along the way.

Deas, with nearly 30,000 followers on Instagram, climbs bridges, scales buildings, and slides in and out of off-limit locations, all with a camera in hand.

Chen writes of Deas and the "outlaw Instagrammer" community in NYC,

The best outlaw instagrammers have a specialty that sets them apart, and Deas’s is climbing bridges. In one photo he balances at night on a suspension cable at the top of the Manhattan Bridge as cars streak below him. In another, a friend sits on the sloping steel beam of what appears to be the Queensboro Bridge, his face lit by the glow of a smartphone he’s staring into. 

Up until last month, Deas and his friends were an underground entity. Then, a white flag mysteriously appeared on top of the Brooklyn Bridge, replacing the American flag. Immediately, Chen writes, Deas was fielding questions right and left from his Instagram fans. Deas says it wasn't him, but in an attempt to clear his name, he just ended up putting himself on the radar of the NYPD. 

You can read Chen's profile on Deas in New York Magazine here. Meanwhile, take a look at some of his awesome photos, all posted to Instagram.

Deas is part of a community of photographers that scale buildings and bridges in NYC, looking for the perfect photo.



Deas is only 17, but has been photographing for years.



All of his work goes on Instagram...



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The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World

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vienna austriaThe Economist Intelligence Unit conducted a livability survey to determine which cities around the world "provide the best or worst living conditions."

Cities that tended to score the best on the survey were mid-size and located in wealthier countries with relatively low population densities. This environment, according to the report, "can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."

Out of the top 10 cities, seven are located in Canada or Australia, which have population densities of 3.40 and 2.88 people per square kilometer respectively. Finland and New Zealand, which also have high-ranking cities, have 16 people per square km. The global average is 46.65 people per square km, and the U.S. average is 32 people per sq km, according to the report.

Sixty-four cities scored above an 80% — which means they are considered to be "in the top tier of livability."

10. Auckland

Country: New Zealand

Auckland scored high on education (100) and healthcare (95.8).

One-third of the New Zealand population is located in Auckland, the "largest commercial center" in the country. Major industries in Auckland include tourism, marine architecture, and specialized manufacturing.

Additionally, 80% of the city is considered to be rural; subsequently rural development is another major industry. 



9. Perth

Country: Australia

Perth scored high on education (100), healthcare (100), and infrastructure (100).

Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia. Mining and mineral industries are major parts of Perth's economy. 

Additionally, Perth boasts an oil refinery, steel-rolling mill, alumina refinery, desalination plant, power station, and a nickel refinery, according to the Government of Western Australia.



8. Helsinki

Country: Finland

Helsinki scored well on stability (100) and healthcare (100).

Helsinki's major industries include food, metal and chemical processing, printing, textiles, clothing, and manufacturing of electrical equipment. Over 50% of Finland's imports go through Helsinki, although most goods are exported elsewhere.

Additionally, Helsinki has grown into a major European startup hub. And, in 2013, the gaming sector in Finland recorded a combined revenue of approximately 1 billion.



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Dunkin' Donuts' Huge Pumpkin Line-Up Is Available Starting Today

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Dunkin' Donuts is starting fall early. 

Beginning today, the donut chain will begin offering pumpkin products in stores, the company told Business Insider. By September 1, all the fall offerings will be available. 

The brand will be offering pumpkin crème brulee coffee and lattes, various other flavors of pumpkin coffee and lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin "Munchkin" donut holes, pumpkin muffins in stores. 

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"I'm truly amazed, that every year, our guests show such an enormous amount of anticipation and excitement for the return of pumpkin beverages and baked goods once the summer months come to a close," said Jeff Miller, executive chef and vice president of culinary innovation. 

Pumpkin Muffin and Pumpkin Pie Donut Dunkin'

The brand is also going to be selling pumpkin coffee products in stores and retail locations. 

Pumpkin Packaged Coffee and K Cups Dunkin'

Dunkin' Donuts isn't the only retailer cashing in on the pumpkin craze. 

Starbucks also announced an early roll-out of its pumpkin spice latte, which will be available starting today. 

Oreo is also rumored to be working on a pumpkin spice cookie for fall. 

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New Jersey Released An Emergency Bulletin To Warn Firefighters About The New Trend Of Teens Setting Themselves On Fire

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In case you missed it, the newest bizarre and dangerous teen trend has been spreading like fire — literally. Teens have been self-immolating to gain social media attention using the hashtag #FireChallenge.

It's gotten so bad that the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety has now issued an emergency bulletin to warn firefighters about the "Fire Challenge," according to BetaBeat.

The bulletin was issued on August 13 to better prepare local fire corps in case they encounter the challenge in their community. In case they didn't already have enough to worry about.

While teens may think the challenge is all fun and games, setting yourself on fire can result in real damage.

One 15-year-old in Lexington, Ky., reportedly suffered second-degree burns after torching his torso for the challenge.

“The most serious and possibly fatal result of the stunt is that the person, by the very act of breathing, will inevitably inhale the burning fluid deep within the lungs, causing serious and debilitating injury, and in one documented case in New York State, death,” state fire marshal William Kramer, Jr., acting director of New Jersey's division of fire safety, said in the bulletin. “We wanted our first responders to be aware of what they may be called on to deal with.”

SEE ALSO: Teens Are Setting Themselves On Fire In Hopes Of Becoming Social Media Famous

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This Nail Polish Changes Colors When It Comes In Contact With A Drugged Drink

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College students have created a nail polish that may help protect the lives of college partiers everywhere.

The polish — called "Undercover Colors" — will change shades if it becomes exposed to a drugged drink.

Walk away from your drink at a party? Look away from your solo cup for a second? Simply dip your finger in the liquid. If the polish changes colors, you'll know not to keep sipping.

The polish was developed by college students Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim, who met studying at North Carolina State University.

Undercover Colors TeamThe Daily Mail reports the team believes "while date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection." The main goal of the Undercolor Colors developers is to invent the technology that will help empower women to protect themselves from "this heinous and quietly pervasive crime."

The four are raising money for a better prototype of Undercover Colors through a donations page.

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4 Things To Know When Buying Your First Interview Suit

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interview suitGoing out on your first job interview can be stressful. The clothing you wear to the interview shouldn't be.

For guys, there's just one appropriate thing to wear: A suit.

There's a difference between buying a first suit for interviews and a whole wardrobe of suits once the job has started.

Think of a first suit as a springboard, giving the wearer the necessary look to shine in an interview, without making an impression on its own.  

The last thing an interview suit should do is stand out.

Here are a few things to consider when you're shopping for the perfect interview suit:

1. Stick to basics when choosing colors and patterns.gray suit

Blue or medium to dark grey, two buttons, no pinstripes. Black is too formal for interviews, and earth tones are too casual. Two-button suits are the professional standard. Though you will see three-button and one-button suits, they should be considered only when your wardrobe requires multiple suits.  

The same goes for patterns like pinstripes. Once you're wearing a suit regularly, they're fine, but for the first suit, basic is best.

2. Don't break the bank.

A solid price point for the first suit should be around $500, give or take. Plenty of options can be found around and below that amount, but avoid very inexpensive suits, as they are often poor quality and will look cheap.  

You want a suit that will last you through multiple rounds of interviews, not one that will come apart at the seams after a few marathon interview days.  

On the other side of the spectrum, you don't want to spend thousands on this suit. What will an interviewer think if you show up at an interview for an entry-level position in a suit that is more expensive than theirs? It is not a risk worth taking, as it may have a negative impact on your candidacy.

3. Fit is critical.

  • Jacket: The best method for determining fit for an off-the-rack suit is to start with the jacket. 

    Bring a dress shirt with you when you go to the store so you can recreate how it will be worn. The jacket will not fit the same way with a T-shirt underneath as it will with a dress shirt.  

    Put on the jacket and button the first button. Take your fist and put it between your torso and the jacket at the point where it buttons. Can you fit it there comfortably? If so, size down until you can't, at which point you know what's too small.  

    Buy the size larger than the one where your fist no longer fits. The point of this exercise is to make sure the suit looks normal when buttoned. If it is too tight in the torso, it'll pinch, making you look like Chris Farley

  • Pants: It's better to buy larger rather than smaller, because it's much easier to have pants taken in than it is to have them let out. If a pair feels a little tight, size up. Most suit pants come unfinished, meaning you'll need to take them to a tailor anyway to have them hemmed to your desired length. 

    If they are not unfinished, go with what feels right. The general rule is to have a little bit of break (how much of the pant leg sits on top of your shoe). More fabric than that, and the pants will look too baggy around the ankles, which will make you look shorter. A perfectly fitting jacket can be undone by baggy pants, and vice versa.

The guide below, via Real Men Real Style, shows how a suit should fit:

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4. Skip the accessories.

Leave them at home, unless it's interesting socks.

The important thing to consider with interview suits is that they are meant to make you look polished, professional, and no more, so that you can get down to business and impress the interviewer with your skills and attitude.  

The suit has done its job perfectly if the interviewer can't remember it, because you want the interviewer to remember you rather than what you wore. This keeps interviewers focused on your abilities, with the added benefit being that you will be able to wear the suit again with a different shirt/tie combination when they ask you back for round two.cool socks


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SEE ALSO: Tailor Explains The Biggest Mistake Men Make When Buying Suits

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Watch First Responders Bring An Adorable Koala Back From The Dead

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With deadly fires, floods, snakes, spiders, and sharks, rescue workers in Australia are trained to respond to a wide variety of emergencies.

Still, it’s not every day they’re called upon to give CPR to a koala. 

"Mouth-to-nostril"

In amazing footage from Melbourne last week, wildlife worker Michelle Thomas gives a heart massage and "mouth-to-nostril" resuscitation to a koala after it fell 32 feet from a eucalyptus tree. 

Koala RescueThomas, who has experience in giving mouth-to-nostril recitation to dogs, told reporters she “figured it worked the same way” and “wasn’t going to lose a healthy koala for this reason.”

The Koala sustained serious injuries the day before after being hit by a car, the Herald Sun reported.

When a local resident noticed it had been unable to move from a tree by the side of the road, they called the local Fire Brigade.

Not Sir Chompsalot

The animal was initially thought to be Sir Chompsalot, a koala known to local authorities. However, since being taken into care, first responders admitted on Facebook he was misidentified. 

Sir Chompsalot remains at large and is presumed healthy.

Carers have named the injured koala Sean after the leader of the fire response team, Captain Sean Curtain. Here's how the incident unfolded:

Fire Crews attempt to retrieve Sean the koala from a eucalyptus tree by the road.

Koala Rescue

Sean falls 32 feet, but lands on an outstretched fire blanket.

Koala Rescue

Wildlife rescuer Michelle Thomas places Sean in the first-aid recovery position. 

Koala Rescue

According to first-aid procedure, Thomas checks the airways are clear and tries to find a pulse.

Koala Rescue

With no signs of life, Thomas begins mouth-to-nostril resuscitation. Responders pump Sean’s chest to encourage circulation. 

Koala Rescue

Fire fighters administer oxygen. In most cases, CPR must be continued until the heart can be restarted with an electric defibrillator.

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In this case, CPR is successful immediately, and Sean begins breathing on his own.

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Sean is recovering under the care of Animalia Wildlife Shelter, a donor-funded organization in Melbourne. 

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Carers discovered Sean had a cataract in one eye and have performed surgery to remove it. After recovery, he will be returned to the wild. 

The full video can be seen here:

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The Colleges That Love Late-Night Food The Most

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Whether it's a midnight study break or post-party binge, late-night snacking is a regular part of the college experience.

But there are some colleges where students are more inclined to order late-night delivery than others.

GrubHub recently released a ranking of the college campuses with the highest percentage of food orders placed between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. locally, and big campus schools led the pack. The online food-ordering company also shared with Business Insider the highest-rated restaurants that are open for business on the top 5 campuses during the “late night window.” 

These are the 10 schools that love late-night food the most, and what they love to eat.

1. Syracuse University

More than 24% of orders are late night orders. (Side note: Princeton Review recently named Syracuse America's #1 party school). The highest-rated late-night food spots near Syracuse are Unique Tea HouseBeer Belly Deli & Pub (pictured), and Mr. Stirfry.beer belly pub

2. Michigan State University

Nearly 21% of orders are late night orders. The highest-rated late-night food spots near Michigan State are Insomnia CookiesPizza House (pictured), and Bell's Greek Kitchen (East Grand River location).pizza house michigan state

3. University of Connecticut

More than 19% of orders are late night orders. The highest-rated late-night food spots near UConn are D.P. DoughWings Over Storrs, and Wally's Chicken Coop (pictured).10150788_725826547484029_3832189395154115147_n

4. Ithaca College

More than 19% of orders are late night orders. The highest-rated late-night food spots near IC are Mitsuba Hibachi SushiWings Over Ithaca (pictured), and Gateway Kitchen.wings over Ithaca

5. The Ohio State University

Nearly 19% of orders are late night orders. The highest-rated late-night food spots near OSU are Insomnia Cookies (pictured), Cottage Inn Pizza, and Pizza Rustica.insomnia cookies

6. Cornell University

Nearly 18% of orders are late night orders. Mitsuba Hibachi SushiWings Over Ithaca, and Gateway Kitchen are all high-rated delivery spots for Cornell students, as is College Town Pizza (pictured).college town pizza ithaca

7. Tufts University

Nearly 18% of orders are late night orders. Sweet Idea Cookie (pictured) is a top-rated late-night delivery spot for Tufts students, as are Fasika Ethiopian Restaurants and Blue Fuji Organic Restaurant (open until 10:15).sweet idea cookies boston

8. Le Moyne College

Nearly 18% of orders are late night orders. Unique Tea HouseBeer Belly Deli & Pub, and Mr. Stirfry are all high-rated local spots, as is Mafia Pizzeria (pictured).1015541_200905090062770_37239182_o

 9. University at Albany-SUNY

More than 17% of orders are late night orders. Top-rated delivery spots include The Dutch PotOasis Mediterranean Cafe, and Chicken Joe's (pictured).313806_269498309757459_1909367944_n

 10. Georgia Tech University

More than 17% of orders are late night orders. DaVinci's Pizzeria (pictured), Burger Joy, and Goodfella Pizza are top-rated delivery joints for Georgia Tech students.412096_10150677093099677_1450735644_o

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Former EBay President Jeff Skoll Paid $6 Million For The House Right Next Door To His Beverly Hills Home

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After dropping $11 million on a Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to David Geffen, former eBay president Jeff Skoll has purchased the home next door for $6 million.

According to Variety, Skoll bought the Tudor-style house in an off-market deal that happened earlier this summer.

Not much is known about the property, though tax records show it has three bedrooms and three bathrooms over 3,038 square feet of space. There's also a large swimming pool in the backyard, though it's nothing compared to the luxurious setup in Skoll's current solar-panel-powered home. jeff skoll houses

It's unclear what Skoll plans to do with the property, but he certainly wouldn't be the first tech entrepreneur to buy multiple neighboring homes.

In 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer bought a funeral home one block east from her home in Palo Alto. 

In 2012, Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg paid $43 million in separate deals to buy four houses adjacent to his Palo Alto home. He's currently facing legal trouble over the purchases. 

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Meet 10 People Who Say They've Been Abducted By Aliens

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According to a recent HuffPo/YouGov poll, 48% of Americans believe  it's possible that UFOs have visited and observed our planet. Only 35% of those polled totally spurned such an idea.

Additionally, 10% of the U.S. population say they have seen an alien space craft with their own eyes. And while the number of people who claim to have been taken by aliens is much lower, they do exist, and more come forward every year.

Who are these all these people? Where do they come from? What are their stories?

Over the past few years, photographer Steven Hirsch has attempted to find out just that. His series, titled "Little Sticky Legs" (named after one of his subjects descriptions of an alien), is a series of portraits of purported alien abductees, along with anecdotes and drawings from the subjects.

Hirsch initially started photographing his subjects after covering a convention of self-proclaimed abductees in Connecticut. "The experience was mind-boggling and stuck with me for decades," he told Business Insider.

He traveled the Southwest, where many people claiming to be alien abductees live, to continue the project. Hirsch says southwestern landscapes affect the way people think. "It’s trippy out there. In New York, you have no sense of the universe, but in the Southwest you can’t avoid the sky; you get a sense of scale of and intimacy with the universe," he says.

Hirsch continues the project today, going out to the Southwest every year. You can see more portraits, as well as drawings and anecdotes on his site.

"I've got to meet numerous types of beings. I've met Salamander beings and I've met Greys, various different types of Greys. I've also met the Blue Arcturians which are incredible. They all have their own personalities and their own purposes... I've never yet ever met a being that was malevolent. I've never experienced unconditional love 'til I've met them face to face and had conscious contact with them." -Cynthia



"On November 5, 1975, me and six other men were leaving work in a remote forest and we encountered an unidentified flying object and I was taken aboard. My co-workers were accused of murdering me and making up a story to cover up for why I was missing. The state police gave them a lie detector test, and even though they passed, ever since then it's been one sort of attempt to explain it away anyway they could. If you're going to pass judgement on it, get the facts first." -Travis



"I'm telling them, 'I want to stay, I don't want to go.' I start crying. I say, 'I like it here. I belong.' And they said, "No, it's not your time. You have to help save this planet Earth." That's all I remember." -Stephen



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Here's What Celebrities' VMA Outfits Looked Like On Runway Models Before The Red Carpet

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As celebrities walked down Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards red carpet, Style.com was busy finding the origins of celebrity looks.

Kim Kardashian went with this low-cut mini-dress:kim kardashian mtv vmas

Here's the original look from the Balmain 2015 resort collection:

Miley Cyrus was uncharacteristically covered up in this black leather two-piece:

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But before hitting the red carpet, this outfit was first seen on the runway during Alexandre Vauthier's Fall 2014 couture show:

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz opted for a red and pink ensemble:chloe moretz mtv vma awards

It was first seen on the Louis Vuitton resort 2015 runway:

But the biggest style copycats of the night were Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff, who payed homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's matching denim outfits on the 2001 VMA red carpet:

SEE ALSO: The Most Outrageous Outfits At MTV's Video Music Awards

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This Hoverbike Is A High-Flying Mix Between A Motorcycle And A Helicopter

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A hoverbike currently being developed by British engineering company Malloy Aeronautics would bring drone technology to new heights. 

The company is testing unmanned flights of the hoverbike, which, they say, will be able to reach an altitude of 9,000 feet when completed. Once they achieve aviation certifications for the unmanned model, they'll be able to develop a manned prototype.

When finished, the quadcopter could be piloted by a person sitting on the bike or by remote control.

Videos of the test flights show just how high this bike can go. The drone used in the test is one-third the size the hoverbike will ultimately be. malloy hoverbikeAnd according to Reuters, the bike can fly at a speed of more than 100 knots, or about 115 miles per hour.

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The Malloy team designed the hoverbike as an update to the traditional helicopter, one that's safer and easier to use. 

"I've always been one to look at designs and see how I can make them better. And when I got my helicopter license I realised that the helicopter as a design has a lot of improvements that need to be made, and one of them is safety and reliability," Chris Malloy, managing director of Malloy Aeronautics, said to Reuters. "They're very complex machines. And my goal was to see where we could strip away the complexity and increase the safety and that's basically where the hoverbike came from."

According to the design team, the hoverbike is safer than a helicopter because of an inherent simplicity in the design. 

"Rotor-strike is a major issue with helicopters. This eliminates rotor-strike by protecting the propeller blades from the ground and other airborne obstacles," Malloy said.  "The helicopter is inherently complex. The hover bike is very simple." malloy hoverbike

Construction on the full-scale model is expected to be completed in the next few months.malloy hoverbikeMalloy used a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project. The campaign has earned more than $77,000 with only six more days to go.

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The Best Burgers In 16 Major Cities Around The US

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Kenny & Iggy’s burger

Zagat just revealed the results of its big 2014 Burger Survey.

This year, close to 3,500 Zagat users and self-proclaimed burger aficionados visited the restaurant-rating website to review the top hamburgers in 16 major cities across North America.  

To come up with the "Overall" score, participants rated their city's most popular burgers on flavor, ingredients, and value. The scores are based on Zagat's 30-point scale. 

AUSTIN AREA: Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes — The Classic with Cheese

5601 Brodie Ln #1300, Sunset Valley, Texas

Overall Burger Score: 25

At this local Austin chain you can get a quarter-pound hamburger made with fresh and all-natural, antibiotic-free, preservative-free meat for under $4.



ATLANTA: Illegal Food — The Hank

427 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta

Overall Burger Score: 28

Atlanta's Illegal Food actually grinds its own meat to create its burgers. The most popular is The Hank, a burger dressed in American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, onion, special house sauce, and house-made pickles.

 



BOSTON AREA: Craigie On Main — Local Grass-Fed Beef Burger

853 Main St, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Overall Burger Score: 25

This high-end Cambridge restaurant serves only 18 grass-fed burgers a night. But the home-ground beef from chef Tony Maws is totally worth the wait and high price tag. 



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TAKE OUR POLL: Are You Thinking Of Going Back To School?

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Man studying at the libraryThis post is sponsored by FlexPath by Capella University.

Did you go to college and get a job right after graduation? Maybe you skipped college and started working or raising a family instead. In either case, getting more education might be in the back of your mind ... but you just can't bring yourself to make the leap.

While pursuing higher education can help you get a better job or even switch careers, sometimes life gets in the way. We want to hear from you about the challenges that are keeping you from getting that degree. Are you balking at sitting in long lectures? Wondering if there's a way to cram in studying while you're working full time? Too concerned with paying off credit-card debt to think about hefty tuition fees?

Take our poll and let us know what your biggest obstacles might be. We'll be presenting the results as well as tips, interviews, and more in "The Modern Degree," a series we're producing with Capella University — an online university for experienced professionals — and its innovative new self-paced learning program called FlexPath.

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Here's The $22 Gadget That Started A Huge Fight, Causing A United Airlines Flight To Get Diverted

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On Sunday, a United Airlines flight was forced to divert after two passengers got into an argument over the Knee Defender, a $22 gadget that stops the person in front of the user from reclining.

The little gadget was invented by Ira Goldman, a 6-foot-3 resident of Washington, D.C., who put it on the market in 2003, according to ABC.

It has been generating controversy ever since.knee defender

How Does It Work?

The Knee Defender uses two small pieces of plastic (just a bit bigger than a house key), which are clipped on to the arms holding up the tray table.

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If they are placed snugly against the seat back, that seat is blocked from reclining, keeping the users' knees safe.

The gadget does not violate any FAA regulations (it can't be used during taxi, takeoff, and landing, when the tray must be upright), but airlines have the right to forbid its use.

United Airlines prohibits the device on its flights, as do all other major U.S. airlines, according to the AP

The Knee Defender is on sale via GadgetDuck, for $21.95. It comes with a "courtesy card," which the company suggests users offer to the passenger sitting directly in front of them.

Should You Use The Knee Defender?

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Thright to recline one's seat is a topic of hot debate. But we say that if the seat goes back, take advantage — though do it carefully.

Gary Leff, who writes the blog View from the Wing, agrees, but he told Business Insider that "some courtesy is appropriate."

To preserve his own space, he said, he once gave a young girl $5 (with her mother's permission) in exchange for not reclining her seat, an original solution.

If you don't want to open your wallet, make sure to look behind you before you recline. Maybe warn the fellow traveler whose space you are about to invade, so that person can hang onto his or her drink or adjust his or her laptop.

And stay upright during meals.

For those who opt for the Knee Defender and manage to skirt the watchful eyes of flight attendants, we think it's appropriate to warn the passenger ahead of you, or at least hand him or her the courtesy card.

Here's a 2007 video produced by FareCompare (featuring an elf and Santa Clause) showing how the Knee Defender works:

And a review of the device from Epic Review Guys:

Alex Davies wrote an earlier version of this post.

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