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There's Finally A Way To See Exactly What Your Dog's Doing Throughout The Day


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The makers of GoPro, a tiny and light portable camera, have released a new product just for dogs: A harness that holds two cameras to record things from your canine’s perspective.

The GoPro Fetch is a kit that comes with a dog harness, a camera tether, and software needed to set it up on any model of GoPro. It’s your job to provide the pooch and the GoPro camera. Here's a video that explains how the product works, which we've also broken out into screenshots. 

GoPro says that the device is capable of mounting onto your dog’s back, so you can capture shots of your dog running, jumping and of course, playing fetch. Here's an action shot:

GoPro Fetch

The strap also allows a GoPro to hang from the chest, where you can view shots of your dog’s front paws. The chest mount is removable, too.

GoPro Fetch

The pack includes easily adjustable straps to fit dogs of all sizes, from 15 up to 120 pounds. 

GoPro Fetch

GoPro says the harness is comfortable and won't prevent your dog from from enjoying activities like running, swimming or playing Frisbee. 

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Although you’ll need to fork out $59.99 to buy the Fetch, it may be worth your investment if you want to see what your pet gets up to when you’re at work. 

SEE ALSO: See what other amazing things you can record with a GoPro camera

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This Ingenious Butter Knife Already Has More Than 10,000 Backers On Kickstarter


A new Kickstarter project aims to solve one of the biggest problems with breakfast: cold, hard butter. 

The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp, a butter knife developed by Australia's DM Initiatives, has a built-in grater that is designed to soften butter and make it easier to spread. butter knifeIt looks remarkably easy to use.

butter knifeThe butter comes off the knife in neat ribbons.

butter knifeThe ButterUp campaign has been a huge success so far. It has earned more than $244,000 from 10,814 backers, and it still has a week to go. 

The ButterUp knife should be helpful in the kitchen, but its success shows how Kickstarter has evolved to accommodate a wide variety of products, some less high-tech than others. 

While Kickstarter has helped launch successful tech products like the Pebble smartwatch and the Micro 3D printer, it has also been home to the famous potato-salad project and the campaign to resurrect "Reading Rainbow."

Regardless, once the project ships in March 2015, we look forward to never having our morning toast ruined by clumps of cold butter again.

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Here's A Ridiculously Simple Way To Impress Your Boss


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People are often afraid to ask for advice, because asking for help "implies incompetence and dependence, and therefore is related to powerlessness."

But a new Harvard Business School-led study suggests that asking for advice makes you look more, not less, capable.

"Individuals perceive those who seek advice as more competent than those who do not seek advice," the authors write.

The reason: When you ask someone for advice, you validate his or her intelligence, experience, and expertise. And because you've made a person feel good, he or she feels good about you.  

Similarly, the easiest way to win people over in conversation is to get them to keep talking about themselves

In other words, flattery — in the form of giving people time in the social spotlight — will get you everywhere. 

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To confirm this, the research team led by Alison Wood Brooks did a series of experiments; go here for the whole summary. Let's focus on one revealing experiment, care of Time

[R]esearchers paired participants with an unseen partner that they could only communicate with over instant message.

The participants were then asked to do a brain teaser, before handing the task off to their partner. Once they'd finished the task, they received a message from their 'partner' that either read, 'I hope it went well. Do you have any advice?' or 'I hope it went well.' Later, when asked by the researchers, people rated the partners who asked for advice as being more competent than those who had simply wished them well. What's more, the harder the brain teaser, the more competent the advice-seeking 'partners' were rated.

The carryover to office life: When you encounter a particularly woolly problem, don't hesitate to grab someone who has dealt with similar cases. There is a good chance they will actually think more of you afterward. 

"Not only is advice seeking beneficial for the spread of information, but it may also boost perceptions of competence for advice seekers and make advisors feel affirmed," Brooks and her colleagues write. "By failing to seek advice, individuals and their organizations miss opportunities to share knowledge and improve interpersonal outcomes." 

There's another bonus: By seeking advice, you expose a little bit of vulnerability, which scholars say is the currency people use to build relationships that predict greater well-being, better health, and better ideas

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Here Are The Watches Wall Street's Biggest Players Wear


Masters of the Universe aren't known for having anything resembling a jewelry collection except for one item — a watch. They're collectible, gorgeous and at times incredibly expensive pieces that can be handed down from generation to generation

Exactly the type of thing a titan of any industry would want.

We've put together a list and commentary about the wristwatches worn by some of Wall Street's most public executives. 

As expected, a couple of the watches are flashy. A few of them are really, really cheap by Wall Street standards. And one prominent banker doesn't even wear a watch. Ever. 

(If you know of the type of timepiece that an executive at your firm wears, feel free to send the tip to jlaroche@businessinsider.com)

Check it out: 

Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway

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Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha," wears a gold Rolex Day-Date

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO

Lloyd Blankfein, watchGoldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein rocks a Swatch with what appears to be a clear plastic band. Swatch's tend to range between $50 to $245. It's also not exactly the sort of timepiece you'd expect a chief executive of a Wall Street investment bank to wear. Then again, Goldman is "the most hipster" bank on Wall Street.  

Jack Bogle, Founder of the Vanguard Group

Jack BogleInvesting legend Jack Bogle, the founder of the Vanguard Group, wears a $14 wristwatch he received from a shareholder.

"I received in the mail a wristwatch from a devoted shareholder in California. On the dial were printed our Vanguard logo, my name, and a phrase that was an indication I was still looking out for our shareholders: "Still on Watch." It was also an outrageous pun: "Still on Watch." Confident that it would be my rabbit’s foot, I put the watch on my wrist, where, having proved itself, it remains to this day. (Yes, I knew about the $50 limit on gifts. So I checked the catalog for the price. It was $14. Talk about value!)," he wrote.  

Bond guru Jeff Gundlach, CEO of DoubleLine Capital

Jeff GundlachWe learned about Jeff Gundlach's watch collection when he had a bunch of his artwork and personal property stolen.  

According to the Santa Monica Police Department report, the watches that were stolen included a Glashutte, Breitling, A. Lange & Sohne, TAG Heuer and a Patek Philippe. We couldn't nail down prices for these specific models, but every one can run in the tens of thousands of dollars or more.

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Talk about some serious wrist candy. Fortunately, the DoubleLine Capital CEO brilliantly helped the FBI recover his stolen property.

Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square

Ackman watchBill Ackman, the CEO of Pershing Square Capital, sports a watch with a black band and dark face. We can't identify the watchmaker, though. 

Private equity chief executive Lynn Tilton

Lynn Tilton watchPrivate equity chief Lynn Tilton, the founder of Patriarch Partners, wears a MASSIVE bejeweled timepiece by Jacob the Jeweler. It's definitely fits her "dust to diamonds" persona. She's going to be receiving a personalized Rolex timepiece next week along with a huge tennis award. It better have some bling! 

Hedge funder Phil Falcone

FalconeHedge funder Phil Falcone wears a black sports watch (it looks like Casio G-Shock) and some friendship bracelets and beads (We're assuming his twin girls made those for him).

James Gorman, Morgan Stanley CEO

James Gorman watchJames Gorman wears a stainless steel Rolex Daytona, according to Ben Clymer, the founder of watch site Hodinkee.

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase CEO

Jamie DimonJamie Dimon doesn't wear a watch. Ever. Apparently, he doesn't care for jewelry. 

SEE ALSO: The ultimate gentleman's guide to starting a watch collection

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The 11 Best Dog Breeds


Dogs are the best.

Incredibly loyal, they comfort, protect, and love their humans unconditionally, making dogs superior to any other pet out there.

But not all dogs are created equal. In celebration of National Dog Day, we ranked the 11 best dog breeds, based on factors including health, personality, and overall popularity.

11. Portuguese Water Dogs

Bo Sunny ObamaPortuguese water dogs were originally bred to herd fish, retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and act as couriers from ship to shore.

They’re good for people with allergies and make excellent companions since they are loving, independent, intelligent, and easy to train.

Portuguese water dogs also enjoy being petted and are friendly with strangers. Just be warned that like many larger dogs, boredom can cause them to become destructive.

10. Newfoundland Dogs

newfoundland dogKnown as “nature’s babysitter,” Newfoundland Dogs are the absolute sweetest. Perhaps the best-known Newfoundland is the fictional Nana from “Peter Pan,” who was so wonderful with children.

These gentle giants are highly loyal and easy to train, and are legendary for their docile temper.

Newfoundland dogs are also strong swimmers, and the breed was trained to rescue people from drowning — one dog even famously saved Napoleon Bonaparte.

9. Maltese

maltese puppyOne of the most ancient of the toy breeds, Maltese dogs were bred to be sweet and adoring of their owners. The Greeks even erected tombs for their Maltese dogs, and in Elizabethan times, they were called “The Comforter” because it was believed they could relieve pain and cure illness.

Maltese dogs are also extremely hypoallergenic, with silky coats that don’t shed.

And because of their size, these dogs are good for apartment living, too.

8. Golden Retrievers

golden retrieverGoldens are sweet, loyal, and incredible companion dogs. They’d rather be sleeping at your feet then running around outside without you.

They’re also very even-tempered, especially with small children. Goldens make great service and comfort dogs because of their friendly and tolerant attitudes.

Plus they were bred to retrieve ducks and other fowl for hunters, so if you like playing fetch, this is the dog for you.

7. Huskies

husky dogsSiberian huskies are stunning animals, with their thick fur coat and piercing eyes. Most people who choose a Husky do so for their extraordinary beauty.

Huskies are good natured dogs who are affectionate with children. They shed minimally, except for twice a year when they blow out their coat, and don’t have the typical “dog odor” that bigger breeds tend to have.

Huskies are not considered a great breed for first-time dog owners, since they need a lot of attention, exercise, and are very good as escaping and running away.

6. Poodles

black poodles at sunsetPoodles get a bad rap. But they’re easy to train since they’re so intelligent, and are lively, fun-loving, and loyal family dogs. 

Poodles can be attention seekers, so don’t be surprised if this people-oriented breed is constantly with you.

They’re also protective of their families and homes, and can become aggressive with people outside the family or with other dogs.

5. Beagles

beagle dogBecause of their intelligence, Beagles are used by law enforcement at airports to sniff baggage for items that are not permitted. Due to their friendly nature and appearance, Beagles don’t worry passengers.

This breed also has a lack of inherited health problems, and an even temper which is good for families and small children.

The most common reason Beagles are abandoned or turned over to the pound is because their owners couldn’t stand their howling. This can be controlled by training your dog early to avoid excessive barking.

4. German Shepherds

german shepherd dogA relatively new breed (they date back to 1899), German Shepherds are exceptional animals: Courageous, obedient, incredibly loyal, and eager to learn.

German Shepherds are very intelligent too, and excel at most anything they’re trained to do. They’re usually used as service dogs and police dogs to protect officers and locate drugs or human remains.

German Shepherds love their humans so much that they will suffer from separation anxiety, and can become destructive when bored alone at home.

3. Pembroke Welsh Corgis

corgi family portrait bestCorgis have a cult-like following mainly due to their playful and sweet personalities. According to Welsh mythology, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was even the transportation mode of choice for fairies.

Though they can be shy with strangers, Corgis are good with children and have a strong desire to please their owners.

They’re also one of the silliest-looking dogs, with huge ears, a long torso, and a big butt. Just monitor their food intake closely since this breed is prone to overeating.

2. Labrador Retrievers

Labradors in the back of a car black and yellow labsThere’s a reason why Labs are the most popular breed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, as well as here in the U.S. They are devoted and obedient and have even temperaments that make them good with both children and other animals. 

Bred to be eager to please and playful companions, Labs are smart and commonly chosen as guide dogs and service dogs for blind or autistic individuals.

They also make understanding therapy dogs, and can be trained to aid law enforcement and other official agencies by screening and detection work.

1. Mixed Breeds

Mutts dogs for adoptionNo matter what mix of breeds, mutts are awesome. Mixed-breeds are believed to have less genetically inherited health problems than purebreds, according to veterinarian Dr. Sarah Ward Fatula.

Plus, if you adopt your mixed-breed from the shelter, not only will they already be spayed/neutered, microchipped, and up to date with vaccines, but you’ll also be helping with the pet overpopulation problem.

To find a shelter near you, visit the ASPCA’s website.

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The Bizarre Case Of Undercover Cops Who Allegedly Had Long-Term Relationships With Women They Were Spying On


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Twelve British women who had long-term relationships with undercover agents belonging to London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), without knowing their true identities, are suing MPS for alleged deceit they claim has caused them intense emotional anguish, reports The Guardian

Three years after the women filed the continuing lawsuit, a judge has finally ordered the MPS to reveal the names of two undercover police officers who fathered children with civilian members of political groups they infiltrated. 

Nine police officers, including one female officer, reportedly had sexual relationships with unsuspecting civilians while undercover. At least twelve women are suing the MPS based on allegations of deceit, assault, misfeasance in public office, and negligence, reports The New Yorker

One of those duped women, identified only by the first name Jacqui, was featured prominently in this week's issue of The New Yorker. She met Bob Robinson at an animal rights protest in 1984, never knowing for years that he was truly an undercover MPS police officer named Bob Lambert.

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They soon began a serious relationship based on their interest in animal rights, according to Jacqui. Whereas some animal-rights factions of the period resorted to violence, Jacqui said she was a regular at protests but remained nonviolent. Bob presented himself as a committed activist and even urged Jacqui to become vegan.

He also seemed committed to their relationship. "He told me he loved me all the time," Jacqui told The New Yorker. "I always felt that he was scared of losing me, and, in some ways, that felt quite powerful."

In 1987, two years after their son's birth, Bob told Jacqui he had to go abroad to dodge investigators looking into his involvement in the bombing of a department store.

animal rights protestsThat was the last time Jacqui heard from Bob until she saw his face in a Daily Mail news article in 2012. The article reported his true identity as Bob Lambert, an undercover cop who was accused of leaving a bomb in a department store selling fur products in 1987 to prove his commitment to animal rights radicals. That bombing caused no injuries but resulted in millions of dollars worth of damages.

Jacqui discovered Bob never hid abroad, instead continuing his police work several miles away as a member of the MPS' Special Demonstrations Squad, which oversaw domestic intelligence-gathering.

The MPS has argued in a legal filing that Lambert and Jim Boyling, another MPS officer undercover between 1995 and 2000 who fathered two children, "violated explicit guidance" not to engage in long-term relationships and that they relationships were not a deliberate intelligence-gathering tactic, reported The Guardian. The department has also claimed the two officers started the relationships because of genuine romantic feelings.

animal rights protest londonThe Metropolitan Police Service told The New Yorker in an email that sexual relationships between undercover police officers and civilians "is not an authorized tactic," and the department's commissioner called it inappropriate. Nevertheless, the department has fought in court to keep such relations legal. 

Bob, who has since stayed in touch with Jacqui and regularly sees their son, admitted to having sexual relations with four women while undercover. In a televised interview he said he truly loved Jacqui and one other woman he had relations with. "They were both fine, upstanding citizens who had the misfortune to meet me," he said in that interview. "I can only apologize to them. I think it was just a case of falling in love, I guess, and I should not have allowed that to happen."

SEE ALSO: This Drug Trafficking Case Says A Lot About What's Wrong With Undercover Cops In America

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Check Out The Upscale Taco Chain Backed By Buffalo Wild Wings


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Buffalo Wild Wings just invested in Rusty Taco, a fast-casual gourmet taco chain based in Texas. 

Upscale tacos are becoming all the rage. Taco Bell just launched a new upscale chain called U.S. Taco Co.

The new investment bodes well for Rusty Taco — Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the most successful restaurants in the industry right now.

Rusty Taco opened in 2010 currently has multiple locations in Dallas, Denver, and Minneapolis, according to Nation's Restaurant News. The new investment means it could expand soon.

The exterior of the restaurant is modern and industrial, with wood, big windows, and outdoor seating.

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Unlike fast food chains like Taco Bell, Rusty Taco offers more of an upscale, fast-casual experience that consumers crave. There is ample seating, but you order at the counter. 

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Rusty Taco prides itself on its fresh ingredients, such as cilantro and slow-cooked meats. 

Rusty Taco writes on its Facebook page that it makes its tortillas and salsa fresh and from scratch every day. 

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There's a toppings station that is reminiscent to Chipotle, and your tacos are made in front of you. 

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Menu items include a baja shrimp taco, barbecue brisket taco, and achiote pork taco. Tacos are generally priced between $2.50 and $3. 

The chain serves breakfast tacos all day, and was named one of the best options in Dallas by Zagat. Options include chorizo, egg, and cheese and jalapeno sausage, egg, and cheese. 

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Restaurants feature a "sauce station" where customers can more easily customize their tacos. 

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If you're craving dessert, Rusty Taco has a sweet, fried fruit taco. 

There is also a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. 

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Here Are The First Winning Images From BBC's Photographer Competition Of The Year


The first winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced on Tuesday. The contest is a collaboration between London's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. 

The four images will be among the 100 selected from over 40,000 entries that will be showcased at the Natural History Museum from Oct. 24, 2014, until August 30 of next year.

Check out the winners below: 

Łukasz Bożycki photographed a bat during winter inside a destroyed German World War II bunker in a remote forest in Poland. 

Winter hang out © Łukasz Bożycki_low 

Marc Montes took this stunning photo of a snake while hiking through a forest in Northern Spain. It's called "Snake Eyes."

Snake eyes © Marc Montes_low

Jasper Doest photographed demoiselle cranes in the Indian village of Khichan.

The elegant crowd © Jasper Doest_low

Bernardo Cesare’s "Kaleidoscope" is a close-up of granulite rock from a quarry in India. 

Kaleidoscope © Bernardo Cesare_low

SEE ALSO: Unbelievable Pictures Of Wildlife From The BBC's Photographer Of The Year Competition

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These Are The Most Sexist States In The US


women, outsideIn the U.S., August 26 marks Women's Equality Day.

And although women's rights have come a long way since the passing of the 19th amendment nearly 100 years ago, gender inequality continues to be an issue across the country — especially in the workplace.

In every state in America, women earn less than men and are greatly outnumbered in leadership positions. In fact, women comprise only 14.6% of executive officers and 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs, according to a report by the Center for American Progress.

To illustrate this inequality, personal finance website WalletHub ranked all 50 states to find the best and worst places for women. 

Here's an overall view of the findings, green representing best and red worst:



WalletHub first gave each state an individual score based on 10 differences between men and women, and then ranked them accordingly.

These factors included pay, number of executives, number of minimum wage workers, the unemployment rate, number of residents over 25 with a Bachelor's degree or higher, number of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate, and number of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Here are the 15 worst states for women, listed in order starting from the worst:
















Wyoming, ranked as the worst state for women, has the highest gender pay gap in the U.S. Women there earn 35.4% less than their male counterparts, or about 65 cents for every dollar men earn. Meanwhile, the pay gap is smallest in Arizona, where women earn 13.2% less than men.

Additionally, male executives outnumber female executives in every state — Utah tops this list with 73.5% more men in these roles. Women also represent the highest percentage of minimum wage workers everywhere except Alaska, Kansas, Hawaii, and Nevada, according to Richie Bernardo, WalletHub's financial writer.  

While the overall picture isn't pretty, the study did find a few places where women have an advantage over men. For one, women have longer life expectancies in every state. Also, on average, men work longer hours than women, putting in 19.4% more time per day in North Dakota, which had the biggest gap in the category.

Take a look at more of the findings below:

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See What Has Become Of 8 Olympic Host Cities After The Games Left Town


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Since the inception of the modern Olympics, there have been 49 winter and summer games held in 41 different cities around the globe. Some were great successes. Others, not so much.

Researchers have known for years that cities that host large sporting events like the Olympics generally spend more money and make less than anticipated. And investing in an Olympic Games won't necessarily lead to long-term economic growth or improved infrastructure.

Photographers and artists Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit set out to document what exactly happens when the games are over, and discovered varying answers.

Pack and Hustwit explored and photographed relics and remains of once-new Olympic features in 13 cities. Their photos, collected in a new book entitled "The Olympic City," show the varied remnants of Olympic Games gone by. 

"We're interested in the idea of government-approved spending — and these are huge amounts of money — to build massive structures, some of it temporary, all to host an event that will only last a couple of weeks ... Are [the people] benefiting from having been a part of the Olympics? Are the games a point of pride or regret?" Pack explains.

Some places faired well, standing the test of time by adapting to new roles. Other structures fell to shambles after years of disuse. Both aspects, rebirth from ingenuity and death from poor planning, are documented in the series, which acts as a interesting behind-the-scenes look at the games we know and love.

Many pieces of architecture originally created for an Olympic event have been gracefully integrated into the landscape. Here, the Montjuïc Communications Tower still stands in Olympic Park in Barcelona. Created for the 1992 Summer Games, the structure was built to beam TV coverage out to the world and was meant to look like an arm holding an Olympic torch. Today, it continues to send out TV signals and remains a striking part of the city skyline.

Other structures were repurposed. These eighteen 16-story buildings were created to house athletes at the the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, though only a few of them were used, due to the US-led boycott of the games. They have since been made into permanent apartments for state employees.

Similarly, the Olympic Village from the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics was also converted into full time residences, though they have recently fallen into slight disrepair.

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Guys Are Obsessed With These $110 Nike Sweatpants


nike tech fleeceOnce a much-maligned piece of most guys' wardrobes, sweatpants have grown in popularity over the last couple of years as fashion labels have started to offer their takes on the gym-bag staple.

Smart designers saw an opportunity to upgrade their loungewear offerings (no longer called "sweats,") and capture market share for clothes that wouldn't normally get past the front door. Sweatpants became slimmer and more creative, even mixing in patterns and like cable knit. More recently, tapered "joggers" have become popular among men looking to show off their expensive basketball shoes.

This spring, GQ officially declared that there are, in fact, sweatpants you can wear in public. High-end retailers like Neiman Marcus now carry designer sweatpants for men that cost hundreds of dollars.Jogger pantsIt shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that traditional athletic wear manufacturers would take notice of the trend, which is what Nike did with its Tech Fleece sweatpant, which have grown a cult following since they were released.

The opening at the ankle of the pant, which retails for $110, is cuffed and slim, so it won't get caught on your shoes or drag around the floor of your apartment collecting dust. The pocket design is also smart: The large right pocket has a zipper with another, smaller pocket inside. This is great because sweatpants often have gigantic pockets that leave your wallet down by your knee, which won't happen with Nike's version. And the zip keeps items from falling out when you sit down.

The Tech Fleece pants have received rave reviews all around. Sneaker Report declared them "the most comfortable sweats in the world," and reviews of the pants on Nike's site are very positive. Men's style site Complex even actively covers when the pants are in stock, since they sell out so quickly.Fa14_NSW_Tech_Pack_Mens_TechPants_01_detailAll this buzz was enough to get me interested, and conveniently, Business Insider's office is right next to the 5th Avenue Nike store, so I recently walked over to see if they had any of the pants in stock. Mike Fish, who works at the store, told me that the pants sell so well that whenever a new shipment comes in, people buy several pairs, and then call their friends to tell them they're available.  

He also said that the pants are one of Nike's most popular items both domestically and internationally. I tried them on (Fish recommended going one size up from your usual) and immediately saw what the hype was all about. The fit from the ankle through the knee was slim, but flexible enough that running in them wouldn't be a problem. They fit well around my thighs and waist. The material was light but felt sturdy, and the pockets were functional.  

Even so, I couldn't stomach the $110 price tag, which is around the same cost as two pairs of my favorite jeans. But if you really love lounging, these pants are worth it. And I bet they would go great with the best hoodie ever.

The Tech Fleece Pants are currently available both from Nike and Finishline. 

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Taco Bell Is Having A Contest For A Lifetime Of Free Food


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Taco Bell will give up to 11 lucky customers a lifetime of free food to celebrate its new dollar menu.

For the contest, the company released 11 unique dollar bills in 11 U.S. cities. For 11 consecutive days starting Tuesday, Taco Bell will release a serial number for the dollar bill in the city of the day. Participants can check the website to see if they have a match.

Potential winners have a month to find the bills, according to the promotional website.


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The 11 winners will be awarded a $10,000 gift card — which Taco Bell claims is enough for life. 

The company says the $10,000 figure is based on a consumption of $216 per year for 46 years. 

Estimated odds of winning are one in 2.4 billion, according to the website. 

So far, Taco Bell has only released a serial number for Los Angeles.

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13 Etiquette Rules To Remember Next Time You Fly


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The reality of air travel in the 21st century is that flying economy is unpleasant.

Airlines are cutting service and packing planes to improve razor thin profit margins, while flights aren't getting any shorter. And customers are feeling the pain: A United Airlines flight was recently forced to divert after two passengers got in a fight over a gadget called the Knee Defender that stopped one from reclining his seat.

If you don't have the cash or the points to secure an upgrade, there are ways to make flying more pleasant, but they depend on everyone's cooperation.

We've put together a list of 13 basic rules of etiquette, based on our own flying experiences and some expert opinions. Follow them, and your next flight might just be bearable — as long as everyone else follows them, too.

Alex Davies wrote an earlier version of this story.

#1 Remember how security works.

This is all about thinking a few steps ahead, so you get through the screening process as quickly as possible.

Before you get to the x-ray machine, take everything out of your pockets. Put it all in your bag, or the pocket of a coat that you'll put through the machine.

When you belongings come out, collect them quickly and move to a spot where you’re not blocking anyone. Then you can put your shoes and belt on.

#2 Don't hog the overhead bin.

In the era of checked bag fees, carry-on space is at a premium. If you have two carry-on bags, keep the smaller one at your feet.

And, as the flight attendants will likely remind you, don't take up someone else's space by putting your bag in the bin horizontally.

#3 Be kind to the flight attendants.

Flight attendants didn't create the rules about stowing tray tables, wearing seat belts, and restoring seatbacks before landing. Giving them a hard time is obnoxious, and can delay your takeoff.

At least the FAA ended its longstanding ban on the use of certain electronic devices during takeoff and landing late last year.

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Instagram Pictures Reveal What Life Is Like For The 19-Year-Old Daughter Of Billionaire Roman Abramovich


roman abramovich and sofia abramovichRoman Abramovich lives an enviable life. The Russian oligarch and billionaire owner of Chelsea football club is #133 on Forbes' World Billionaires list with a net worth of $9.5 billion, and has some seriously awesome toys, including a $1 billion super yacht.

So it should come as no surprise that his 19-year-old daughter Sonya, one of the five children he has with ex-wife Irina, also lives a pretty pampered life.

According to The Daily Mail, Sonya (who goes by Sofia) has an Instagram account where she posts pictures of her home in the English countryside, stables of horses, and scads of gorgeous travel photos.

Though Sofia seems like any other teenage girl who loves shopping, boys, and "Gossip Girl," she also posts updates of incredible experiences like attending a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert and going to Chelsea Football matches.

Keep reading to get a glimpse of what life is like for the teen daughter of an oligarch.

Even though her father is worth over $9 billion, Sofia lives a fairly quiet life in the English county of Hampshire.

Like many teens, Sofia loves her selfies. 

She’s not a huge fan of school and studying. This photo's caption says: "Basically screwed #maths #alevel #failing #tangraph #whaisthis #completebull #killmenow #whydoievenbother"

Her home in England — where she lives with her mother and two younger siblings — is gorgeous.

Just look at that backyard.

She loves posting pictures from recent vacations, like her latest visit to St. Tropez in the South of France.

They also went to the Maldives earlier this year. (And when they travel, her family obviously flies private.)

Sofia loves horses and competes in international show-jumping competitions. She recently competed at the Longines Global Champions Tour at Horse Guards Parade in London.

Her family raises horses and has a stable on their estate.

In addition to horses, Sofia has three dogs and a cat. Here’s her German Shepherd with her mom, Irina.

The family also owns a Labradoodle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

But probably the best thing about Sofia’s Instagram are her #TBTs of her father, Roman Abramovich.


Aww. You can see more pictures at Sofia’s Instagram.


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HOUSE OF THE DAY: An Architect's Spectacularly Modern Townhouse Can Be Yours For $28 Million


Paul Rudolph 23 BeekmanThe personalized New York City townhouse of celebrated architect Paul Rudolph is on the market for $28 million. 

The residence, in Midtown by the East River, is a four-unit townhouse that includes the architect's unique penthouse addition.

Rudolph purchased the building in 1976 and continuously worked on it, earning two awards from the American Institute of Architecture. 

And while he died in 1997, other architects spent three years updating and preserving the home from 2004 to 2007.

The modernist home includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a terrace on each floor, a wood burning fireplace, and four interconnected levels. 

Paul Rudolph's townhouse is located at 23 Beekman Place in New York City's Midtown East, practically on the East River.

Rudolph bought the townhouse in 1976 and added on the modernist penthouse during his 30 years there.

The 3,000-square-foot interior includes a lot of glass windows, bridges, and cantilevered floors.

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The Most Popular eBay Item In Every State


E-commerce giant eBay has revealed the most popular item in every state. 

Californians favored high-end women's accessories, while men's cologne ruled in New Jersey. 

Some states were more practical. People in Ohio purchased outdoor equipment. North Carolina residents spent their money on baby products, while Connecticut customers bought batteries. 

Texans ordered "tactical and hunting goods," while New Yorkers favored firearms. 

Here's the full graphic. 

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MSG Is Perfectly Safe — Here's Why


Monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, gets a bad rap.

People claim that it's a toxin that causes headaches and sweating, and that it leaves you feeling lethargic and flushed. The thing is, most research shows that that's not true at normal dietary levels.

Despite its umami flavor boosting power, rumors have given MSG a reputation so bad that many Chinese restaurants frequently put up "No-MSG" signs to assuage customer's fear. Some customers then put soy sauce on their food, adding the missing MSG in after the fact. Because it's delicious.

The folks at the American Chemical Society decided to bust some MSG myths in their latest Reactions video.

What Is MSG And What Does It Do?

MSG SkullMSG's flavor enhancing properties were first discovered in 1908 by Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda, who wanted to understand how seaweed, which had been used by chefs for centuries, enhanced the flavor of foods.

Ikeda found that the key was a common amino acid — one of the building blocks for a protein — called L-Glutamate.

Glutamate is everywhere. It's found in many foods, including meat, dairy, and vegetables, and it's even produced in our own bodies naturally when we process food.

MSG's name tells us the key difference between glutamate and monosodium glutamate. MSG has a sodium atom that glutamate doesn't, which turns it into a salt form, making it easy to add to food. That's it.

Add it to food and it reacts with umami receptors on our tongue and allows us to better taste that savory flavor in whatever we're eating.

monosodium glutamate saltThe Source Of The Myth

In 1968, a scientist wrote to the New England Journal of Medicine saying that he'd experienced something he decided to call "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" after chowing down on Chinese food. He claimed he'd experienced "a numbness at the back of the neck that radiates to the arms and back," along with "general weakness and palpitation."

At the time, they decided to place the blame on the flavor additive.

But research over the next few decades didn't support the claim that a normal dose of MSG could cause the mysterious "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" effects.

Instead, as the ACS says, the scientific consensus from that research is that "MSG can temporarily affect a select few when consumed in huge quantities on an empty stomach, but it's perfectly safe for the vast majority of people." 

So, a normal person may get temporary symptoms if they eat huge quantities of the stuff without any other other food. But no normal person would consume MSG in that way — it would make as much sense as eating tablespoons of salt, and cause the same reaction.

As for glutamate itself — as the ACS explains, it's one of the 20 amino acids that make up all naturally occurring proteins. Nothing to fear, here.

This graphic by Compound Interest breaks down all the research a little further:

Undeserved Reputation Monosodium Glutamate 724x1024So if MSG really isn't bad for you, why do people claim they experience these unpleasant effects after they eat food that may contain it?

In a lot of cases, it's simply a placebo effect. If you think you'll feel something, you can make yourself feel that way. Some other people may experience similar reactions if they're eating something new and have some sort of allergic reaction to that food, but MSG doesn't create antibodies that could cause an allergic reaction on its own.

Other people just eat way too much when eating out, or they are sensitive to the sodium levels of the foods.

There is a key thing to learn from this food myth, as explained in the ACS video below.

"If someone tells you that something is bad for you and you can't get a definitive answer as to why, it's your job to dig in and find out for yourself. This is what science is all about, not accepting something as truth without proper evidence."

Here's the video:

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Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte Doesn't Contain Real Pumpkin, And People Are Freaking Out


baristaA popular consumer advocate is going after one of Starbucks most popular seasonal drinks, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Vani Hari, who runs the blog Food Babe, claims the drink contains chemicals that could cause cancer, high-fructose corn syrup and a "toxic" dose of sugar.

She says Starbucks fails to list many of these ingredients on its website. Hari also notes that the Pumpkin Spice Latte contains no actual pumpkin.

A graphic containing her claims has been shared endlessly on social media this week. 

"While [Starbucks lists] some ingredients on their website, they still do not list the ingredients in their most popular items: their drinks," she writes. "This includes all of their lattes, Frappuccinos, Macchiatos, smoothies, etc. Starbucks doesn't even publish the ingredients in their kids drinks, keeping parents completely in the dark."

In response to her blog, angry customers took to Starbucks' Facebook page to blast its alleged use of undisclosed ingredients.

But according to Starbucks spokeswoman Linda Mills, the drink does not contain high-fructose corn syrup, as Hari claims. 

It doesn't contain any pumpkin, either, she acknowledged. The drink instead uses the core spices that flavor pumpkin pie, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte does, however, contain caramel coloring, a chemical that food safety advocates claim has a potential cancer risk.

Mills says the company is planning to eventually remove that ingredient from the drinks.

"We are actively looking at phasing out caramel coloring," Mills wrote in an email to Business Insider. "In any instances where it is used in our beverages, the level is well below the No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) and safe to consume."

If customers have questions about any of the items offered in our Starbucks stores, Mills encourages them to ask their baristas for a list of ingredients.

"We’re also working on listing core beverage recipes online via Starbucks.com and hope to have an update in the near future," she said.

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A Controversial New Ad Shows Female Tech Founders And CEOs Coding In Their Underwear


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With its brand-new Ada Collection — named after Ada Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer —underwear company Dear Kate is taking a rather non-traditional approach to advertising. 

The lookbook for the lingerie line shows six prominent women in tech posing with computers and code and wearing nothing but their underwear. ada collection lookbook

The photos are meant to be empowering, complete with quotes from the women about their roles in the tech industry. 

Dear Kate founder and CEO Julie Sygiel said she intentionally placed the models in the workplace. The shoot took place in Refinery29's New York City headquarters.

"I think a lot of traditional lingerie photo shoots depict women as simply standing there looking sexy. They’re not always in a position of power and control," Sygiel said to TIME. "In our photo shoots it’s important to portray women who are active and ambitious. They’re not just standing around waiting for things to happen.”ada collection lookbookada collection lookbookada collection lookbookada collection lookbook

But some people have found the campaign offensive, with feminists arguing that the photos place emphasis on looks in an industry that is already fraught with sexual abuse and misogyny

"Posing in your underwear undermines the message that you aim to be taken seriously as a technologist," Elissa Shevinsky, CEO of Glimpse Labs, said to TIME.

On the other hand, Skillcrush cofounder and CEO Adda Birnir said she didn't think twice when Dear Kate asked her to participate in the photo shoot.

"I think its an amazing company that has a truly integrated, feminist point of view and I wanted to help support them in everything they do," Birnir said to Business Insider.ada collection lookbook

She says the controversy is interesting and surprising, adding that it creates a conversation that is important to have. 

"I think the thing is that all women have bodies and wear underwear and have to deal with all the mundane as well as cultural/political things that come with walking around in a female body," she said. "We aren't either women who pose in underwear or women who code or women who are attractive or women who are unattractive or women who are sexual or women who are CEOs. We are all the things at once, and it's confusing and messy and complicated and often annoyingly at issue, but not dealing with all those different facets isn't a viable solution."

Rebecca Garcia, founder of Geek Girl Web, didn't expect the shoot to be so controversial. 

"I think highlighting women and their careers, their background stories like Dear Kate has done is important for women to see others like themselves that they can relate to," she said to Business Insider. " It's body positive and inspiring and I'm excited to be a part of the lookbook."ada collection lookbookShe says that discrimination is a very common occurrence in her industry.

"I'm friends and acquaintances with several women who have been affected by sexism in tech," she said. "I have faced discrimination, ageism, not being taken seriously as a programmer, and I think this shoot helps to normalize the idea that women can be comfortable in their own skin and be in technology."ada collection lookbook

Birnir sees the campaign as just one step in a process to achieve gender equality in tech.

"I don't think any one thing can fix anything.We need more women in C-level positions. More women starting companies. More women making millions. More women in office. More empowered images of women wearing lingerie," she added. "I just think that the answer isn't to deny that as women we have female bodies that are beautiful and to be celebrated in addition to our brains."

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Unbelievable Pictures Of The Dangerous Life Of Fishermen On Alaska's Bering Sea


Corey_Arnold_FWBS 10In 2002, photographer Corey Arnold left behind a poor economy in San Francisco and headed up to Alaska to try his luck at his longtime passion of fishing.

Arnold, who had worked summers during college on a salmon boat in Alaska, signed on to the f/v Rollo, a crabbing boat that fishes in the dangerous Bering Sea.

While working long, strenuous hours on the Rollo, Arnold often stole away with the captain’s permission to grab his camera and photograph the crew and the ship. Arnold eventually put together "Fish Work: Bering Sea," a documentation of his seven adventurous and dicey crab seasons aboard the Rollo.

Arnold shared a selection of the photos with us here, and you can check out the rest in the book or on his website.

There are two annual crabbing seasons in the Bering Sea, King crab and Opilio crab. During each one- to two-month season, Arnold went on numerous trips crabbing. He went on one or two trips during King season, and three to five during Opilio season.

The Bering Sea, located between far east Russia and Alaska, has a unique interaction of strong currents, sea ice, and powerful weather patterns. It is one of the most dangerous places to fish in the world. Arnold calls the sea "a continuous storm."

The 107-foot f/v Rollo is equipped to handle tumultuous seas. Average seas in the Bering Sea have around 10- to 20-foot waves, but Arnold has witnessed massive 50-foot waves and the Rollo's captain, Eric Nyhammer, has witnessed 80-foot waves. Arnold rarely saw his captain get nervous, but when he does, the crew knows it's time to worry.

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