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21 Geniuses Just Won $625,000 To Spend However They Want


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The names of 21 MacArthur Fellows were revealed early Wednesday. These talented individuals will receieve a gift of $625,000, paid out over five years, to be spent anyway he or she chooses.

The so-called "genius awards" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have been handed out to around two dozen Americans from all different fields every year since 1981.

The money is intended to give recipients the freedom to pursue new ideas or move forward with their current work.

"The fellowship is designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their own artistic, intellectual, and professional activities in the absence of specific obligations or reporting requirements," the foundation website states.

Individuals cannot apply for the awards. The fellows are chosen by an anonymous panel of experts, who inform the winners through a phone call just a couple days before the official announcement. 

This year, the fellows range in age from 32 to 71. They include a documentary filmmaker, two mathematicians, a cartoonist, and a criminal lawyer, among others.

You can find more information about the 2014 MacArthur Fellows class here.

SEE ALSO: Meet one of last year's winners

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A Lot Of People Are Saying Women Should Not Buy The iPhone 6 Plus


girls jeans street women manA weird meme is developing around whether women should buy the iPhone 6 Plus. At 5.5 inches, maybe it is "too big" for them, a number of reviewers have said.

This is important: People don't just buy phones for the technical specs and product features, as tech bloggers tend to believe. They use them as fashion statements and lifestyle accessories, as much as communication devices.

So if women feel the iPhone 6 Plus isn't for them because they don't have hands or pockets big enough to hold the thing, it could theoretically retard sales.

"There are a couple of reasons why the Apple iPhone 6 Plus might also be too big for me to purchase," wrote Lauren Goode in Re/code. "It didn’t fit well in pockets. And it was too big to hold in my hand, or even wear on my arm, during fitness activities. This is key for me."

It was too big for her to take on a run or a workout also, she concluded.

"Women may not be so lucky with the new iPhones," wrote Abby Johnston on the feminist blog Bustle. Pockets on women's jeans are smaller than those in men's jeans, and the iPhone 6 Plus might not fit in women's. "There are two possible solutions here: Bigger pockets for jeans. Or smaller phones. What’ll it be, world?"

iphone 6 plsu jeans pocketGottaBeMobile produced this video as a guide to which of Apple's phones will fit into which gender's pockets. Spoiler alert: Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are too big for many women's jeans. (And many women's jeans don't have either front or back pockets, so the "will it fit?" question is more crucial for women than men, who always have four pockets to choose from.)

CNET had an even more elaborate guide, in which readers are asked to print out pieces of paper to see if they will fit into your clothes.

Women could put their phones in a bag, of course, at least when they're not at the gym.

But InfoWorld complains that the iPhone 6 Plus is too big for some men, too! "One issue I have with phablets is pocket fit -- or the lack thereof in a standard men's shirt pocket. Technically, it fits, but not comfortably or securely," writes Galen Gruman.

At Business Insider, we've also heard that some women worry whether the phone will be so big it will fall out of a pocket and into the toilet.

If you're a back-pocket person, this is a real issue.

I've owned a 5.1 inch Samsung Galaxy S5 for a few months and more than once kind strangers in Starbucks have handed me my phone, which fell unnoticed out of my back pocket onto the floor.

The obvious solution? Keep your phone in your front pocket. But as GottaBeMobile points out, the new iPhone 6 Plus is so big it might prevent you from sitting down.

SEE ALSO: Steve Jobs Turned Out To Be Completely Wrong About The Key Reason People Like The iPhone

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OpenTable Says These Are The Best US Restaurants For Foodies


State and Lemp dishFoodies always seem to know where to find a great meal. 

OpenTable has just announced its top 100 restaurants that are Fit For Foodies, which is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The list of winners spans 29 states, with 14 in California, 13 restaurants in Oregon and Pennsylvania, and 8 in New York.

The city of Portland, Oregon, cemented its status as a foodie capital with 13 restaurants on the list—more than any other city, including New York and L.A. Philadelphia also had a strong showing, with 11 restaurants making the list.

See the full list of restaurants below.

a(MUSE.) – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Acorn – Denver, Colorado

Altura – Seattle, Washington

Ava Gene’s – Portland, Oregon

Aviary – Portland, Oregon

Bar Avignon – Portland, Oregon

Beast – Portland, Oregon

Bistro C.V. – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Black Cat – Boulder, Colorado

Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Pocantico Hills, New York

Bluestem – Kansas City, Missouri

Bottega – Baltimore, Maryland

Brimmer & Heeltap – Seattle, Washington

Cascina Spinasse – Seattle, Washington

Castagna – Portland, Oregon

chi SPACCA – Los Angeles, California

Commis – Oakland, California

Community Table – New Preston, Connecticut

Corner Table – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Craigie on Main – Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Crimson Sparrow – Hudson, New York

Crudo – Phoenix, Arizona

Cúrate – Asheville, North Carolina

Dirt Candy – New York, New York

dish-Creative Cuisine – Cathedral City, California

django’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – Crested Butte, Colorado

DOC – Portland, Oregon

The Eddy – New York, New York

edison: food+drink lab – Tampa, Florida

Elaia – St. Louis, Missouri

Extra Virgin – Kansas City, Missouri

The Farm and Fisherman – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

FIG – Charleston, South Carolina

Fond – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Forage – Salt Lake City, Utah

FT33 – Dallas, Texas

Girl & the Goat – Chicago, Illinois

Giulia Restaurant – Cambridge, Massachusetts

goosefoot – Chicago, Illinois

Gracie’s – Providence, Rhode Island

Grit & Grace – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Homestead on the Roof – Chicago, Illinois

The House of William & Merry – Hockessin, Delaware

Hugo’s Restaurant – Portland, Maine

The Iberian Pig – Decatur, Georgia

ink. – Los Angeles, California

Julienne Restaurant – Santa Barbara, California

Juni – New York, New York

La Merenda – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Laundry – Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Laurel – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Le Pigeon – Portland, Oregon

Lenoir Restaurant – Austin, Texas

Mateo – Durham, North Carolina

Matthew Kenney’s M.A.K.E. – Santa Monica, California [Currently unavailable]

Mica – Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania

Mokomandy – Sterling, Virginia

n/naka – Los Angeles, California

Natural Selection – Portland, Oregon

Nobuo at Teeter House – Phoenix, Arizona

Noisette – Portland, Oregon

Odd Duck – Austin, Texas

Olympic Provisions Northwest – Portland, Oregon

Orsa & Winston – Los Angeles, California

Papilles – Los Angeles, California

Park Kitchen – Portland, Oregon

Parlor Market – Jackson, Mississippi

Piccolo – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Pickled Heron – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Playground – Santa Ana, California

Plow & Anchor – Indianapolis, Indiana

Primo – Rockland, Maine

Recess – Indianapolis, Indiana

Red Medicine – Beverly Hills, California

Restaurant Alma – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm – Lovettsville, Virginia

Ribelle – Brookline, Massachusetts

Roe – Portland, Oregon

Root – New Orleans, Louisiana

Roots Bistro Gourmand – West Islip, New York

Sarma – Somerville, Massachusetts

Sbraga – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Senza – Chicago, Illinois

Sons & Daughters – San Francisco, California

Spur Gastropub – Seattle, Washington

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, California

State & Lemp – Boise, Idaho

T.W. Food – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Talula’s Daily-Secret Supper Club – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tanglewood Supreme – Seattle, Washington

TORINO – Ferndale, Michigan

Torrisi Italian Specialties – New York, New York

Townsend – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Trattoria – Saint James, New York

Union – Pasadena, California

Uptown Billiards Club – Portland, Oregon

Vedge – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Vernick Food & Drink – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Will BYOB – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zahav – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The 20 Best Business Schools For Social Life


Business school is all about making connections, learning new skills, and sharpening your business prowess.

But students who focus only on homework and traditional networking miss out on an important aspect of any college environment: the social scene. 

Even in grad school, where students are under tremendous academic and financial pressure, an active social life is important for success, says Harvey Berkey, chief operating officer of Graduateprograms.com, a website where students can review graduate programs.

On the site, over 70,000 students in the US rank their schools on a 10-point scale across several categories, including academic competitiveness, affordability of living, campus safety, value of network, social life, and workload, which are averaged to create an overall ranking for each school. 

Graduateprograms.com then ranked the business schools with the highest marks for "Social Life" to determine which schools offer students the most in this category. Here are the top schools: 

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The Top 25 Colleges In The US


After MIT's four-year reign atop our annual list of the Best Colleges in America, our readers voted Stanford University as the No. 1 college in America. 

To create this list, we asked over 1,500 professionals who have hiring experience in a variety of industries what they consider to be the best colleges in the U.S. based on how well the schools prepare their students for success after graduation. 

Here are the top 25 colleges in the U.S. this year.

Take a more in-depth look at all 50 best colleges in America »

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Tons Of College Students Are Now Crowdfunding Their Tuition On The Internet


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People have turned to crowdfunding sites to raise money for all kinds of projects, from the latest tech gadget to recovery efforts after a tragedy.

Now, college students are turning to sites like GoFundMe, Pigit, and Zerobound to raise funds to cover tuition, living expenses, books, and other school supplies. 

According to GoFundMe, the number of education-focused campaigns on its site has risen dramatically in recent years. 

The number of GoFundMe campaigns specifically mentioning "tuition" has risen 4,547% from 2011 to 2014. 

In 2013, 41,683 GoFundMe campaigns raised a combined $4.63 million toward educational costs. So far in 2014, 106,793 educational GoFundMe campaigns have been created, raising a total of $13.14 million.

And with student debt rising — 70% of students who graduated in 2014 left college in debt, with more than $1 trillion total owed in loans — it's clear why crowdfunding has become a popular alternative.

Cassie Wessely, a 19-year-old student from Grayslake, Illinois, was just three weeks away from starting school at Vanderbilt University when her mother took her own life. After finishing her freshman year, Wessely learned that Vanderbilt would no longer provide her financial aid, as her father now had residential custody over her. 

"After the emotional ordeal I had been [through], the idea of starting over at a new school and losing the place and relationships I had found at Vanderbilt just seemed like too much," Wessely told Business Insider. "The idea of asking people for money, especially in a time when so many people need money themselves, was extremely daunting to me."

So she turned to the internet for help, creating a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to cover the remaining $24,000 she needed for her sophomore year's tuition. 

To her surprise, her GoFundMe page absolutely exploded, raising more than $40,000 in just five days. Two months later, Wessely has raised a total of $50,220 from 1,126 internet donors, some of whom Wessely knows, and some who were strangers inspired by her story. 

"It seemed like I knew a lot of them. But then it also seemed like there were so many strangers who were donating, too," Wessely said. "Especially from the Vanderbilt community, as well as people who had been touched by suicide in their lives before. It was an extremely amazing thing to witness these people I had never met wanting to help me out."

Wessely's GoFundMe page has now raised enough money to cover tuition for this year and the next, meaning that she'll be able to continue to pursue her degree in biomedical engineering.

Wessely isn't the first college student to use GoFundMe to cover tuition costs. The site has an entire category dedicated to education-related projects, many of which have raised hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

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Kiana Neisig, an 18-year-old from Portland, Oregon, just started her freshman year at George Fox University. But she may not have made it there were it not for the GoFundMe page her friend, Araceli Martinez, had made for her.

"When I went to go accept my financial aid package and saw that there was still $8,000 of unmet need remaining, I felt everything I worked for slip from my fingertips," Neisig told Business Insider. "I began to imagine what the next year would be like if I had to stay at home and continue working at Dairy Queen in hopes to save enough money to attend community college. I was frightened, embarrassed, and angry."

Martinez and Neisig were close friends who had met through church. When Neisig found out she wouldn't be able to afford college, she immediately turned to Martinez for advice. The next day, Neisig logged onto Facebook to see a link with the title "Help Kiana go to college!!!!" 

"It was a whole page set up for donors to invest in my college tuition," Neisig said. "I was shocked."

Within three days, they had raised $750 toward Neisig's tuition costs. Three weeks later, they had $1,350. A lot of the money came from family and friends, but Neisig says that more than half of the donors were anonymous, including one who gave $500. 

"Regardless [of whether] I know the people or if they're strangers, I feel so blessed by the generosity of people who heard my story," she said.  

Though the GoFundMe campaign helped a great deal, Neisig will still get a part-time job to cover remaining costs. She plans to major in athletic training and hopes to become a physical therapist someday.

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This Professor Lives In A 6x6-Foot Dumpster, The World's Smallest House


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Jeff Wilson lives in a dumpster.

It's not what it sounds like: Wilson is an environmental science professor and dean at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and he's working with his students and a team of experts to transform that dumpster into a sustainable home that costs under $10,000.

He uses the alter-ego "Professor Dumpster."

"Professor Dumpster will be spending one year in a dumpster that is approximately 6 feet x 6 feet, or about 1% the size of the average new American home. Professor Dumpster, in his bid to become part of the 'new 1%' will strive to use 1% the water, 1% the energy, and create 1% the waste of the average American home," reads The Dumpster Project website.

We first came across Wilson over at The Atlantic, where they describe his downsizing from a 2,500-square-foot house to a 500-square-foot apartment and finally to the 36-square-foot dumpster. For reference, that's 152 square feet less than the self-proclaimed "world's smallest house" in London, 204 square feet less than a typical $30,000 tiny house, and 92 square feet smaller than the tiny house in which a Business Insider reporter spent the weekend with her mom.

We were so intrigued by Wilson's project that we reached out to Team Dumpster to see if it had photos to share. We've published them here with the group's permission.

The Dumpster Project will be completed in three phases, starting when Wilson took occupancy in February 2014: camping in a bare-bones dumpster (shown here); living in a dumpster "home," with additions such as storage and a bed; and then fine-tuning the dumpster into the ultimate sustainable home.

Earlier in stage two, the project's current stage, a fake floor was installed to store Wilson's belongings and limited wardrobe.

Later in this stage, the dumpster will be hooked up to electricity and water. Measurements will be taken of how much of these resources Wilson requires to be comfortable.

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The Most Expensive Pair Of Men's Shoes In The World


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If you or someone you know was blinded by the sight of the diamond-encrusted shoes Nick Cannon wore on America's Got Talent Tuesday night, you can thank Jacob the Jeweler.

Never one to shy away from putting diamonds on things, the noted gemologist covered a pair of Tom Ford evening pumps in a sparkly, expensive mesh specifically for the two-episode season finale. (The second portion of the finale airs Wednesday evening.) Over 14,000 round white diamonds—roughly 340 carats—were set into white gold and then affixed to the shoes. The entire process took nearly a year to complete.

So how much are these one-of-a-kind kicks worth? About $2 million, which makes them pretty much the most expensive pair of shoes a man has ever worn. And we only say "pretty much" because the Guinness Book of World Records is still working to verify that claim.

And while these probably aren't the most practical things a guy can put on his feet, they do serve one purpose: Making your $1,800 John Lobbs look downright reasonable.

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Scotland Is Home To One Of The Most Energy Efficient Islands In The World


Island of Eigg, Scotland

Need a break from all the chatter about Thursday's Scottish independence referendum?

Reuters photographer Paul Hackett recently published some beautiful pictures of Scotland's Island of Eigg, located about off the west coast. The island is special because it's home to the "the first completely wind, water, and sun-powered electricity grid in the world," according to Hackett. 

Fewer than 100 people on the island, which runs almost entirely on renewable energy. 

Let's have a look around, shall we? 

Welcome to the Island of Eigg, located in the Scottish Inner Herbrides, off the country's north-west coast.


Eigg is sandwiched between the smaller isle of Muck and the larger island of Rum, pictured in the background on the right in this photo.

The island has an area of 12 square miles, which is equal to the size of around 5,800 American football fields.

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The 20 Universities That Have Produced The Most Billionaires


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More billionaires went to the University of Pennsylvania for their undergraduate degrees than any other college in the world, according to a new report from Wealth-X.

25 current billionaires received their bachelor's degrees at Penn, the most of any school on Wealth-X's list. The only other colleges to produce similar numbers were Harvard University — with 22 undergrad alum billionaires — and Yale University — with 20.

American universities dominated the undergraduate alumni billionaires list, representing all but four spots in the top 20, including the first eight positions.

Here are the 20 universities with the most billionaire undergraduate alumni and how many alumni they have, via Wealth-X:

1. University of Pennsylvania — 25

2. Harvard University — 22

3. Yale University — 20

4. University of Southern California — 16

5. Cornell University — 14

5. Princeton University — 14

5. Stanford University — 14

8. University of California, Berkeley — 12

8. University of Mumbai (India) — 12

10. London School of Economics (United Kingdom) — 11

10. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) — 11

12. Dartmouth College — 10

12. University of Michigan — 10

12. University of Texas — 10

15. Duke University — 9

15. New York University — 9

17. Brown University — 8

17. Columbia University — 8

19. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — 7

20. Eth Zurich (Switzerland) — 6

Last year's Wealth-X billionaire census looked at universities with the most billionaire alumni of both undergraduate and graduate programs. Harvard topped that list, with 52 billionaire alumni. Penn came in second, with 28.

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See Where The World's Billionaires Live


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Wealth-X and UBS are out with their latest Billionaire Census, and this year’s results provide eye-opening insights into the lives of the world’s elite.

There are now 2,325 billionaires in the world, who control a total wealth of $7.291 trillion, or 4% of global GDP. Roughly 19% of that wealth is held in cash, 5% in assets like art collections, yachts or property, and the rest is in banking and investments.

Europe beats North America for sheer number of billionaires, with 775 in Europe versus 609 in North America. But the two regions were neck and neck for total wealth: Europe's billionaires had $2.375 trillion, whereas North America's held $2.371 trillion.

Asia had the third biggest population of billionaires with a total of $1.41 trillion in wealth, followed by the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and lastly the Pacific.

billionaire countries wealth x billionaire reportWhen it came to individual countries, the United States continued to have the largest population of billionaires, followed by China, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia. 

In fact, the US population of billionaires exceeded the populations in China, the UK, Germany, and Russia combined. But it’s worth noting that with current projections, China will overtake the US for most billionaires by 2027.

You can see more billionaire insights by downloading the Wealth-X report here.

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8 Men’s Fashion Trends You'll See This Fall


While the fashion world is already looking ahead to Spring 2015, we're here to prepare you for Fall 2014.

The majority of fall menswear collections that were shown at New York Fashion Week last spring had muted color palettes and resurrected past trends, from puffy jackets to fair isle prints. Sweatpants even made their way onto the runway.

Here are eight trends to watch out for this season.

Down-Filled, Quilted Jackets

men's fall fashion puffy jacketPuffy, quilted coats will be back in style this fall and winter. Top designers like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Calvin Klein sent iterations of the down-filled jacket down the runway.

Try to choose a style that is as streamlined as possible so you don’t look like a marshmallow (or time traveler from the early aughts), and pair it with slim-fitting jeans and sneakers. 

Because it’s a sporty look, avoid wearing this style of jacket with suits or fancier attire.

Shearling Jackets 

men's fall fashion shearlingAnother popular outerwear trend for this season will be shearling-lined coats that look like the classic bombardier jackets pilots wore during WWII. 

While we saw a lot of these on the runway, no other designer was quite as into the shearling look as Belstaff, a brand from designer Martin Cooper that is popular in the motorcycle competition world. 

The look is rugged and manly, but also best relegated to your weekend wear or worn on a chilly weekend getaway.


men's fall fashion FlannelFlannel isn’t only for outdoorsy men — it also works in the city when you pair it with leather like the designers at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Band of Outsiders, McQ Alexander McQueen, and No. 21 all did.

It’s a versatile material that looks good whether it’s on shirts, outerwear, or cold-weather accessories. The more flannel the better this fall.

Big, Boxy Bags

men's fall fashion big bagsHandbags are not just for the ladies. The runways were chock full of large duffel bags — approximately carry-on sized — being held by models for Bally, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Burberry, and Gieves & Hawkes.

Whether you’re going to the gym or on a business trip, these bags are smart accessories. Pick one that’s neither too small nor too big, and opt for a leather version instead of canvas since it will last longer and be more versatile.

Patterned Knits

men's fall fashion patterned knitsKnits are obviously going to make a comeback this fall, but the patterned knits and fair isle prints that we saw on the runway were an exciting departure from bland, boring sweaters.

Pair yours with a blazer or collared shirt underneath to make it look less like something your aunt bought you for Christmas. Layering is your friend — especially since the temperatures will be dropping soon, too.

If you're at a loss for where to start, J.Crew has some good options.

White And Black Everything

men's fall fashion black and whiteAside from a few pops of color, the Fall/Winter 2014 runways looked very muted and neutral. But the pairing that fashion houses seemed to love more than any other was the classic white and black combo.

Agi & Sam, Todd Snyder, Casely-Hayford, and Comme des Garçons all featured black and white outfits prominently in their collections. It’s an easy combination that any man can pull off, but if it feels too crisp for you, add a grey item or jeans to break up the look.


men's fall fashion turtleneckThis retro-classic has been gaining ground for a couple of years now in men’s fashion circles, and this year was no exception thanks to brands like AMI, Bally, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Topman Design.

Though most men are scared that a turtleneck will make them appear too feminine, it’s all about the way you wear it.

Pair a tailored, light-weight turtleneck with a blazer or bomber jacket to switch up your style, or layer a thick-knit turtleneck with a blazer (you can also wear it all on its own). 


men's fall fashion sweatpantsFor better or worse, sweatpants will be popular all season long if the runways at J.Crew, Sibling, Todd Snyder, and Band of Outsiders are any indication. 

If you do want to take part in this trend, keep your look sporty but polished with nice sneakers or boots, a fitted-shirt, and top the look with either a casual blazer or jacket.

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18 Photos Of Old Shanghai Being Demolished To Make Way For Modernization


001_P187 SHAfter living for decades in various parts of Asia, Canadian photographer Greg Girard moved to Shanghai, China, at the turn of the 21st century. It was a fortuitous time to move to the city. Shangahi had just begun to change rapidly, as a bustling economy, directive from the central government, and economic reforms spurred major development for the first time in 40 years.

The city’s ornate and seedy buildings began giving way to skyscrapers, residential towers, and squeaky clean development, as residents were forced out of dilapidated homes. Determined to capture the city before it disappeared, Girard began photographing the city’s old neighborhoods.

Over the course of eight years, Girard captured the ghosts of Shanghai — the century-old buildings that were demolished and those that remain. In recent years, more of an effort has been made to preserve Shanghai’s architectural heritage, though the damage has already been done.

Girard shared a number of photos from his project with us here, but you can see the rest in his book, "Phantom Shanghai," or on his website.

Shanghai has a blend of architectural styles, due to parts of the city being occupied by the French, British, and Americans during the 19th and early 20th century.

Buildings blending Western and Eastern design styles, from French Renaissance to Art Deco, make Shanghai one of the most unique-looking cities in the world.

After the Communist Party took over in 1949, development practically froze for nearly forty years.

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A Booming Company Is Changing How People Feed Their Pets


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A hot company called Freshpet is going public in hopes that more people will be willing to spend a premium to feed their cats and dogs. 

Freshpet has grown to selling $63.2 million a year in 12,500 locations, writes Kyle Stock at Bloomberg Businessweek.

The company specializes in selling unprocessed pet food made from whole meat and vegetables. The chow is sold in tubes and must be refrigerated. 

In a prospectus for the IPO filing, the company says that business will grow thanks to "growing pet humanization and consumer focus on health and wellness." 

The company provides refrigerators for its food to retailers like Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, PetSmart, Target, and Kroger. 

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But Stock is skeptical that the company can expand at the rate it claims. 

"FreshPet says Woodrow, my 70-pound Labrador retriever, should get 1.25 to 1.66 pounds a day of its turkey meat tube," Stock writes. "That would run $6.88 to $9.17 per day if I bought the stuff online, which seems like a lot for a dog that eagerly eats sticks and cardboard."

Stock admits he could be underestimating pet owners.

Blue Buffalo, another all-natural pet food retailer, has managed to surpass $1 billion a year in sales. 

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The 19 Essentials That Every Gentleman Needs This Fall


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When you were a child, fall meant new school gear to start the season off fresh.

It's a little different for adults — no Trapper Keepers or freshly sharpened pencils — but freshness is still absolutely required.

To help you get set for the season, Business Insider put together a list of items that will put you in the right mind (and body) to start anew.

We want you to look, feel, and think sharp, so this isn't just about the clothes, people.

It's about the gentleman.

Bomber jacket

Bomber jackets have that ultimate cool-guy vibe to them, and they are the rare style that has been all over the runway that also fits in your closet.

Get a great bomber jacket here for $570, or a cheaper alternative for $188 here.

Some dressed-up fall footwear

We're told that this autumn it's all about boots — Chukkas, Chelseas, and Oxfords (the pair pictured is from Paul Evans). 

And as it gets colder (but not too cold and snowy) it's a good time to pick up some suede shoes. You can even design your own pair at Awl & Sundry.

Read more about fall shoe trends here.

A leather portfolio

Unless you want to lose everything, definitely invest in a work bag.

Although messenger bags have been popular the past few years, we recommend you get a portfolio instead. Messenger straps can crinkle your shirt and suit — and no one wants to look disheveled at a meeting.

You can get yourself a black leather portfolio from 3.1 Philip for $750 here at OWEN's online shop.

But if you must get a messenger bag, here's a cheaper option for $188.

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Unbelievable Pictures From The 11 Best 'Outlaw Instagrammers' In New York City


outlaw instagrammersNew York is a magical city, full of interesting people and mysterious places. You can live in New York City your entire life and never see 99% of it, especially the parts you're not allowed to.

A group of urban explorers, dubbed "Outlaw Instagrammers" in a recent New York Magazine article, are seeking to see more of the city than anyone else.

These young daredevils, equipped with cameras and light clothes, scale to the top of New York's highest buildings and bridges in order to photograph what they see. Most of their photos end up on Instagram, their preferred method of dissemination. Their work has garnered a lot of attention and for some, tens of thousands of followers.

Getting to those high spots is very dangerous and often illegal, which makes looking at these photos that much more exhilarating. 

We compiled a list of our favorite feeds of "Outlaw Instagrammers." We don't suggest you try these stunts on your own, but we hope looking at the pictures makes your day a little more exciting.

We kick it off with @humzadeas, arguably the most well-known of the Instagrammers. His escapades were recently profiled in a New York Magazine article.

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He's only 17 years old, but he seems to be climbing the buildings and bridges of New York City almost every night and posting his adventures.

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@Demidism is second on the list. Just like Deas, he's only 17, yet he seems to have more guts then anyone we know.

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Meet The Typical Billionaire


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What does the typical billionaire look like?

In their latest billionaire census, Wealth-X and UBS attempt to answer that question. According to the report, the average billionaire is 63 years old and has a net worth of $3.1 billion. Ninety-three percent of the world’s billionaires are over 45 years old.

age distribution wealth-x billionaire census reportThe average billionaire keeps his wealth in a combination of private and public holdings, typically concentrated in their ownership of privately held businesses. On average, 19% of their net worth is in cash, and 5% can be found in real estate and luxury assets such as yachts and cars.

Male billionaires vastly outnumber female billionaires, by a ratio of seven to one. On average, they are married and predominantly self-made. 

male billionaires wealth-x billionaire census reportFemale billionaires are less likely to be married, and roughly 2/3 inherited their wealth. The remainder are either partly or wholly self-made.

Wealth-X expects female billionaires to experience major growth in their mean net worth in the coming years.

female billionaires wealth-x billionaire census reportOn average, billionaires are more likely to be found in Europe, but the United States has the largest population of billionaires when it comes to individual countries. New York is the biggest billionaire city, followed by Moscow, Hong Kong, London, and Beijing.

billionaire cities billionaire cities wealth-x census reportYou can see more billionaire insights by downloading the Wealth-X report here.

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A Hedge Fund Manager Reportedly Bought This Nantucket Beachfront Compound For $20 Million



Hedge fund manager Reade Griffith just picked up this $20 million beachfront house in Nantucket, according to island residents.

The 7 bedroom, 11 bathroom house features a home movie theater, super high ceilings, and an amazing garden. There's also a guest house.

Business Insider reached out to realtor Gary Winn of Maury People Sotheby's International Realty for confirmation, but Winn said he could not disclose the buyer.

If you buy something this huge, you probably enjoy some privacy after all.

Welcome to the mansion, on an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

It was built in 1999 and has a cottage with its own driveway.

The house has two car garages with a workbench and utility sink.

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: An Insane New York Mansion Has Been Discounted To $98 Million


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Who ever thought $98 million could be a deal?

Last December, an insanely beautiful mansion on New York's Upper East Side was listed for $114 million. After languishing on the market for nine months, it has been discounted to the low, low price of $98 million, according to Curbed.

Now the third most expensive home in NYC, the six-level property has 20,000 square feet of living space.

That's in addition to 2,500 square feet of outdoor space, which includes a roof deck with sweeping views of Central Park and the city.

The 69th Street home was built in 1884, and bought by investor Vincent Viola and his wife Teresa, the president of Maida Vale Designs,for $20 million in 2005. They gut-renovated the townhouse to create the extravagant residence it is today, according to The New York Times.

After trying to flip it for a whopping $114,077,000, they've lowered the price to an even $98 million.

And if the amenities are any indication, it's totally worth it. According to Corcoran Group, which is selling the home, the mansion has a saltwater pool with spa, panic room, heated stairs and floors in the parlor, plus a brick pizza oven in the kitchen.

There's even an onyx elevator. You have to see this house to believe it.

Welcome to the now-discounted $98 million mansion on the Upper East Side. It's on 69th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

Source: The New York Times

The sidewalk, outside staircase, and floors in the foyer are all heated, which sounds amazing for New York winters.

Source: The New York Times

The home is 40 feet wide, and ceilings heights range from 12 to 34 feet.

Source: The New York Times

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Poorly Behaved Airline Passengers Are Being Publicly Shamed Online


We all know that space is cramped on airplanes, but that doesn't mean that it's acceptable to put your feet on someone else's headrest, sprawl across a row of seats when they're already occupied, or walk around the cabin barefoot.

PassengerShaming.com is a website that publicly calls out the rudest, grossest airline passenger behavior by posting photos of these offending passengers on Instagram and Facebook

The site posts "photos of a**holes taken by anonymous flight attendants & passengers from all over the world." These images capture behavior that is barely acceptable in your own home — let alone in a public airplane. Below are some of the more egregious offenders (via Yahoo Travel).

It's never acceptable to take your shirt off on a plane.

Same goes for your pants. You don't have to dress up, but at least cover yourself.

 And don't put your feet on top of someone else's headrest. 

There are a lot of posts with people putting their feet in the air. This is never acceptable. Just keep your feet on the ground. 

If you have long hair, don't put it over your headrest. No one wants to see this.

 Sleeping on the floor is a no-no. Stay in your seat.

 Also, clean up after yourself. This mess is what many flight attendants have to contend with after a flight.

 And perhaps worst of all, don't potty train your kid in the middle of the plane. Please.

PassengerShaming photo of kid on plane potty

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