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The 50 Most Expensive Private High Schools In America


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There are some things you get from a private school that you just can't get from a public school: free iPads, farm-to-table catered lunches, and international study opportunities. It's a world class education, for top dollar.

This is our fourth annual list of the 50 most expensive private high schools in the U.S. — and the schools are getting more and more pricey every year. Many of them appear in New York City, where the cost of living (and learning) is one of the highest in the country.

To create this list, we looked at tuition and mandatory fees (including one-time fees where applicable) to calculate the total cost for the 2014-2015 school year. In instances where the school listed a range of expected expenditures for books and other required materials, we used the average. Special needs schools and boarding-only schools were not taken into consideration for this list.

50. Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Location: Natick, Massachusetts

Tuition and fees: $41,000

Enrollment: 300

Day students can request to "affiliate" with one of the dorms on campus in order to have access to common rooms and resources, and bond with their residential classmates.

Methodology: Rankings are based on tuition and fees for daytime-only students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Boarding-only schools and special-needs high schools were not included.

49. The Taft School

Location: Watertown, Connecticut

Tuition and fees: $41,045

Enrollment: 576

The school's mascot, the rhino, was chosen in honor of a popular student in the late '80s who apparently ran like a rhino when he was playing soccer.

Methodology: Rankings are based on tuition and fees for daytime-only students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Boarding-only schools and special-needs high schools were not included.

48. Brooks School

Location: North Andover, Massachusetts

Tuition and fees: $41,311

Enrollment: 380

Students participate in afternoon programs in the arts, sports, and community service; if they're passionate about another subject or issue, they also have the option of designing their own afternoon programs.

Methodology: Rankings are based on tuition and fees for daytime-only students in grades 9 through 12 for the 2014-2015 school year. Boarding-only schools and special-needs high schools were not included.

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How Bill Gates And Warren Buffett Overcame An Awkward First Meeting To Become Best Friends


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With an estimated net worth of $80 billion, Bill Gates is the richest guy in America, and Warren Buffett is the second-wealthiest at $67 billion.

And, although Buffett is 26 years older than Gates, the two are clearly the closest of friends. 

As a team, they started a campaign asking the world's richest people to give their money to charities. They lobby Congress as a team. They criticize flat taxes as a team. They read classic business books as a team

They play ping pong, they chill out in China together, and they throw newspapers as part of a strange tradition at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.buffett newspaper

Buffett trusts Gates: He gave the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $2.1 billion.

Gates trusts Buffett: He says that his dialogue with Buffett has been "invaluable" to his career.

But they didn't want to have anything to do with each other when they first met through Washington Post editor Meg Greenfield on July 5, 1991.

It's the stuff of bromantic comedy.  

Greenfield — a family friend of the Gateses — was cruising through Seattle with Katharine "Kay" Graham, the Post publisher who presided over Watergate, and Buffett was along for the ride since he was BFFs with Graham and Berkshire Hathaway held a stake in the Post. 

Gates newspaperThe plan was to hang out with Bill Gates Sr., his wife Mary, and that software mogul son of theirs, Bill Gates.

Buffett was nonplussed.

"While we're driving down there, I said, 'What the hell are we going to spend all day doing with these people? How long do we have to stay to be polite?" he tells the Financial Times

Buffett thought he'd want nothing to do with the younger Gates — computers were like Brussels sprouts to him.

And Gates remembers complaining to his mom about meeting Buffett. 

"What were he and I supposed to talk about, P/E ratios?" he recalls in a Fortune column. "I mean, spend all day with a guy who just picks stocks?"

But Gates was excited about meeting Graham — he was intrigued by the Post and its history.

Resigned to his fate, Gate said that he would stay for a few hours to chat with his elders, and then he'd helicopter back to the Microsoft headquarters to crush it at the office.

Then Graham, Greenfield, and Buffett arrived.

After a few introductions, Buffett and Gates started talking about the changes in the newspaper business. Then Buffett started asking Gates about his industry. 

"If you were building IBM from scratch, how would it look different?" he asked. "What are the growth businesses for IBM? What has changed for them?"

Then Gates told Buffett to buy two stocks: Intel and Microsoft.

They were immersed in conversation. The bromance was blooming.

In recalling that first meeting, Gates says that he was struck by a few things. First, Buffett "asked good questions and told educational stories." Second, he'd "never met anyone who thought about business in such a clear way." Third, Buffett taught him a fun mental exercise.

"On that first day, [Buffett] introduced me to an intriguing analytic exercise that he does," Gates says. "He'll choose a year — say, 1970 — and examine the 10 highest market-capitalization companies from around then. Then he'll go forward to 1990 and look at how those companies fared. His enthusiasm for the exercise was contagious."

Gates was hooked. Before the Oracle left that day, he agreed to fly out to Nebraska to see Buffett's beloved University of Nebraska Cornhuskers dominate a college football game.

Now they have fun together all the time, whether lobbying Congress, fighting disease, or just hanging out and talking about "Business Adventures," as geniuses do. 

In Buffett, Gates found a mentor.

"When Melinda and I started our foundation, I turned to him for advice," Gates says. "We talked a lot about the idea that philanthropy could be just as impactful in its own way as software had been. It turns out that Warren’s brilliant way of looking at the world is just as useful in attacking poverty and disease as it is in building a business. He's one of a kind."

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Why You Should Stop Putting Milk In Your Refrigerator Door Immediately


Stop putting your milk in your refrigerator door and stop putting your bread on top of the fridge. It turns out that seemingly harmless mistakes such as these can make a big difference in the freshness and safety of your food and drink. Watch and learn the right way to organize your refrigerator.

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13 Southern Sayings That The Rest Of America Won't Understand


Azalea Trail Maids Southern Belles Language discrepancies naturally arise in different geographic regions, like the raging “pop” vs. “soda” debate.

But the South undoubtedly takes the cake.

Conversations south of the Mason-Dixon line will befuddle anyone not born there.

We chose 15 of the most ridiculous Southern sayings — and tried to explain them.

1. “We’re living in high cotton.”

Cotton has long been a key crop to the South’s economy, so every harvest farmers pray for tall bushes loaded with white fluffy balls in their fields. Tall cotton bushes are easier to pick and yield higher returns. If you’re living “in high cotton,” it means you’re feeling particularly successful or wealthy.

2. “She was madder than a wet hen.”

Hens sometimes enter a phase of “broodiness” — they'll stop at nothing to incubate their eggs and get agitated when farmers try to collect them. Farmers used to dunk hens in cold water to “break” their broodiness.

You don’t want to be around a hormonal hen after she’s had an ice bath.

3. “He could eat corn through a picket fence.”

This describes someone with an unfortunate set of buck teeth. They tend to stick up and outward, like a horse’s teeth. Imagine a horse eating a carrot, and you’ll get the picture.

4. “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

A pig’s ear may look soft, pink, and shiny, but you’re not fooling anyone by calling it your new Marc Jacobs bag. A Southerner might say this about her redneck cousin who likes to decorate his house with deer antlers.

5. “You look rode hard and put up wet.”

No, this isn’t Southern sexual innuendo. The phrase refers to a key step in horse grooming — when a horse runs fast, it works up a sweat, especially under the saddle. A good rider knows to walk the horse around so it can dry off before going back to the stable. A horse will look sick and tired if you forget this step, much like a person who misses sleep or drinks too much.

6. “He’s as drunk as Cooter Brown.”

Cooter Brown is an infamous character in Southern lore. Legend tells that he lived on the Mason-Dixon line — the border between the North and South — during the Civil War. To avoid the draft on either side, Cooter decided to stay drunk throughout the entire war, making him ineligible for battle.

Inebriated Southerners have measured their drunkenness by him ever since.

7. “She’s as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.”

When a pig dies, presumably in a sty outside, the sun dries out its skin. This effect pulls the pig’s lips back to reveal a toothy “grin,” making it look happy even though it’s dead. This phrase describes a person who’s blissfully ignorant of reality.

8. “She's got more nerve than Carter's got Liver Pills.”

Carters Products started as a pill-peddling company in the latter part of the 19th century. Specifically, Carters repped its “Little Liver Pills” so hard a Southern saying spawned from the omnipresent advertisements.

Alas, the Federal Trade Commission forced the drug-group to drop the “liver” portion of the ad, claiming it was deceptive. Carter's “Little Liver Pills” became Carter's “Little Pills” in 1951, but the South doesn't really pay attention to history. The phrase stuck.

9. “I'm finer than frog hair split four ways.”

Southerners mostly use this phrase to answer, “How are you?” Even those below the Mason-Dixon know frogs don't have hair, and the irony means to highlight just how dandy you feel.

The phrase reportedly originated in C. Davis’ “Diary of 1865.”

10. “He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.”

On farms (not just in the South) roosters usually crow when the sun rises. Their vociferous habit wakes up the house, signaling time to work.

An extremely cocky rooster might think the sun rises simply because he crows. Similarly, an extremely cocky man might think the same when he speaks — and also that everyone should listen to him.

11. “That's about as useful as tits on a bull.”

Only female dairy cows produce milk. Male cows are called bulls. And even if you could “milk anything with nipples,” bulls tend to be rather ornery. Good luck with that.

12. “That thing is all catawampus.”

Catawampus adj: askew, awry, cater-cornered.

Lexicographers don't really know how it evolved, though. They speculate it's a colloquial perversion of “cater-corner.” Variations include: catawampous, cattywampus, catty wonkus. The South isn't really big on details.

13. “He's got enough money to burn a wet mule.”

In 1929, then-Governor of Louisiana Huey Long, nicknamed “The Kingfish,” tried to enact a five-cent tax on each barrel of refined oil to fund welfare programs. Naturally, Standard Oil threw a hissy fit and tried to impeach him on some fairly erroneous charges (including attending a drunken party with a stripper).

But Long, a good ole' boy, fought back. He reportedly said the company had offered legislators as much as $25,000 for their votes to kick him out of office — what he called “enough money to burn a wet mule.”

We Northerners may not know what that means, but at least we know where it comes from.

Bonus: Bless Your Heart

Almost everyone knows Southern women drop this phrase constantly. But it might not mean what you think it means.

In reality, the phrase has little to do with religion and more to do with a passive-aggressive way to call you an idiot. Depending on your inflection, saying “bless your heart” can sting worse than any insult.

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The 16 Most Eligible CEOs


There’s something incredibly alluring about the power and prestige that comes with running a company. 

We recently came out with our list of the Sexiest CEOs Alive! These CEOs all have power, ambition, charisma, and style—and they're top dogs at companies that people are buzzing about. 

While compiling this list, we kept tabs on which CEOs are married or single, and found the most eligible CEO bachelors and bachelorettes. We only included CEOs who are not married or engaged.

Here are the 16 most eligible CEOs.

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Here's The Trick To Not Feeling So Stressed On Sundays


It has many names. Some call it the "Sunday Scaries." Others call it "The Weirds," "The Sunday Blues" or "The Sunday Spookies." Most people know it as "The Fear."

It's an acute anxiety that creeps up on us as we begin to transition from the weekend to the reality of the impending work-week. Here are a few tips that will help you make the transition without feeling "The Fear."

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The Inspiring Life Story Of Alibaba Founder Jack Ma, Now The Richest Man In China


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Fresh off the biggest IPO in history, Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma is now the richest person in China.

Ma is now worth an estimated $25 billion, which includes his 7.8% stake in Alibaba and a nearly 50% stake in payment processing service Alipay.

Ma is a true rags-to-riches story. He grew up poor in communist China, failed his college entrance exam twice, and was rejected from dozens of jobs, including one at KFC, before finding success with his third internet company, Alibaba. 

Jack Ma (a.k.a. Ma Yun) was born on October 15, 1964, in Hangzhou, located in the southeastern part of China. He has an older brother and a younger sister. He and his siblings grew up at a time when communist China was increasingly isolated from the West, and his family didn't have much money when they were young.

 Source: 60 Minutes, USA Today


Ma was scrawny and often got into fights with classmates. "I was never afraid of opponents who were bigger than I," he recalls in "Alibaba," a book by Liu Shiying and Martha Avery. Still, Ma had hobbies just like any other kid. He liked collecting crickets and making them fight, and was able to distinguish the size and type of cricket just by the sound it made.

Source: USA Today, Business Insider

After then-US president Richard Nixon visited Hangzhou in 1972, Ma's hometown became a tourist mecca. As a teenager, Ma started waking up early to visit the city's main hotel, offering visitors tours of the city in exchange for English lessons. The nickname "Jack" was given to him by a tourist he befriended.

Source: 60 Minutes


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10 Fitness Tips Every Guy Needs To Know


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Getting in shape seems like a daunting task. Those who need the most help getting their fitness game on track are also those that have the furthest to climb. Just like a hobby or a drug addiction, a fit lifestyle can begin with a few small steps and lead to something life changing.

We make hundreds of decisions every day. Though many of them are as insignificant as choosing which ridiculous Starbucks drink to order or picking which out-of-your-league girl will reject you at the bar, making a series of conscious choices with one goal in mind can jumpstart your progress.

Keep A Gym Bag In Your Car

Don’t even give yourself the opportunity to stop by your apartment before you hit the gym. There are too many distractions there. When you look at how dirty your room is, how comfortable your bed looks, or how your television is just sitting there unwatched, it is easy to forget the fitness promises that you have been making yourself throughout the day. Along with jumper cables and condoms, you should keep a gym bag in your car, you know, just in case.

Vicarious Personal Trainer

You already spend half of your time at the gym checking people out. You might as well put your wandering eye to good use. If you can’t afford a personal trainer (and let’s face it, many of us can barely afford our gym membership), keep an eye on someone who can. Watch the workouts the trainer is assigning and the habits they are encouraging. This is no substitute for having a personal trainer of your own, but you can worry about that once you are paying your own phone bill.

Go to the Gym At Off Peak Times

Going to the gym right before or after work is convenient, which is why everybody does it. What isn’t convenient is cutting your workout short after waiting an hour for a bench. Pace in important during your workout and if you begin to associate the gym with being pressed shoulder to shoulder while youwait for equipment, then you will be all the more likely to skip your next workout. If possible, hit the gym when the free weights are actually free, and not hogged by legions of high schoolers lifting way more than they should. You should be free to roam the open plains of the gym floor without constantly being assaulted by cargo shorts and flat-brim wearing fuccbois. Give yourself that chance.

Abide by the 10 Percent Rule

At one point or another, we’ve all found ourselves in over our heads. Things have a tendency to develop quickly: casual dating turns into a serious relationship over night, a promotion at work leaves you out of your depth and overwhelmed, an intro. course in the wrong field can feel like a master class. One area of life where you have control over your progress is your workout. Many experts recommend following the “10 Percent Rule.” The idea is that you should never increase your intensity, weight lifted, or time spent exercising by more than ten percent. Conversely, it is important to challenge yourself, and allowing yourself that little incremental push when you’re ready for it will put you on track for significant growth over time.

Take Photos of Yourself

crossfit, working out, pushup, exerciseIt is hard to see progress. No matter what endeavor you throw yourself at, there is a point where you will feel lost in the woods, unsure how you got there, and unsure how you’ll get back out again. One simple way to see your progress is by taking pictures of yourself once or twice a week. Ideally after a month, you’ll see significant results and after a season or so, you’ll barely recognize that twerp from the first picture.

As a public service announcement, we must encourage you to refrain from sharing the picture online as well. No matter how good you think that picture in question may look, nobody wants to see your gym selfie, even if it is behind the dopest of Instagram filters.

Fix Meals Once or Twice A Week

Cooking for yourself is hard. It is quite humbling to leave behind the culinary skill of your parents and realize just how terrible a chef you really are. Though piloting your own culinary ship can be time-consuming, the best way to ensure that you’re eating the right foods is to prepare them yourself. If time is a an issue, and you don’t have grand ambitions of becoming the neighborhood foodie/dinner party host, preparing a bunch of one simple meal over the weekend can leave you with ample healthy portions for the week. This Sunday, throw on the games, prepare yourself some combination of meat and vegetables, and then pop them in Ziploc bags for safe keeping. You’ll thank yourself when you aren’t eating Taco Bell on Tuesday followed by McDonalds on Wendesday night.

Work Fitness Into Your Day

There is no substitute for a real workout. Convincing yourself that you are getting it in by curling milk jugs or taking the stairs is a fool’s errand. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t supplement your fitness. Push-ups when there’s downtime in the office, yoga when you get out of bed, and sit-ups in front of the television can keep you fitness minded, and give you the burst of energy you need. If you feel this good after 25 suit-and-tie push-ups, imagine how great you’ll feel when you get to your real workout at the end of the day.

Become a Member of A Gym You Pass Everyday

Shame is a healthy motivator. It isn’t okay to employ the tactic on others, but there is nothing wrong with injecting yourself with a heavy dose of self-loathing. One of the best ways to hate yourself for not getting to the gym is joining a gym that you have to pass everyday. If you go right by that LA Fitness on the way to work, walk by by that Gold’s on your way to your favorite coffee shop, or can see that Bally’s from your apartment, it is going to harder and harder to avoid going. Eventually, your shame will win out, and unlike that time when you didn’t ask that girl out because your friend didn’t approve, that will be a good thing.

The “New Exercise” Rule

Your body is great at adapting to things. That’s why you were able to drink Natty Light throughout your college years without dying. Your body will also get used to your workout if you do the same old lifts every day for months on end. It is advised that you add a new workout to your regimen every week, and many trainers recommend that you totally switch up your workout once a month. This will also keep your workout exciting. It is hard enough to get to the gym on a regular basis, but hitting the gym only to plod through the same monotonous routine for the thousandth time is a great way to weaken your fitness resolve.

Snack After Your Workout

Plan a protein-heavy snack after you work out. Nutritionist Nancy Clark says, “It might optimize the healing of the tiny muscle injuries that happen [normally] while people exercise … Also protein is satiating.” So, not only is protein going to help you recover from that intense workout, but it will stop you from diving into junk food as a reward as soon as you get home. Though it feels good to pig out after a long session in the gym, you'll regret it when you don't see the progress you've worked so hard for.


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The Ultimate Gentleman's Guide To Starting A Watch Collection


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There comes a time in every gentleman's life when he starts to value time — he values it so much, in fact, that he wants to wear it as a gorgeous piece on his wrist. At this point, it is time to start a watch collection.

This should be done carefully. A gentleman should conduct his research before selecting his first watch. It is a deduction that requires an understanding of not only what is out there, but also of one's own personal style.

And of course, one's own financial limitations.

"Unless you're spending $5,000 to $10,000 you're not going to have an investment-grade watch," says Benjamin Clymer, editor of men's watch site, Hodinkee. "Just make sure you buy something that you love ... Really do your homework. ... There's nothing worse than realizing you don't have the watch that you think you have."

Now here's what you can have. You must decide if you would like your watch to be automatic or manual (meaning you'll have to wind it). You must decide if you would like to purchase a vintage watch (from, say, eBay or a flea market) or a new watch.

After that, there are still almost too many options, so here are some things to keep in mind.

"Like so many other things in men’s dress, it is best to keep your watch pretty simple and restrained," says Justin Jeffers of men's style blog, The Fine Young Gentleman. "Not restrained in the sense that you shouldn’t wear a $25,000 watch ... But restrained in the sense that a man shouldn’t wear some oversized, over iced or over styled watch (or anything else) on his wrist. ... A watch should not be so big that your shirt cuff cannot fit over it. There are few things more gaudy than a huge watch face staring you in the face from someone else’s wrist. It takes attention away from the things that matter (like the wearer's face) and puts it where it doesn’t matter (the wearer's wrist)."

Now let's say you're starting out at a fairly low price point (under $500). What should you get?

Consider going vintage; it's more work but it's also more rewarding. Clymer recommends purchasing an old Omega brand.

You'll want to make sure the vintage piece you buy has as much of its old parts intact as possible, especially with things you can see, like the dial or the face. You want your watch to look old — like it's been passed down from generation to generation.

"The dream watch for a vintage watch collector is a watch that has never been serviced or messed with at all," says Clymer.

If you want a new watch, things are a little different.

"To get a really good mechanical watch [under $500] you're going to want to look at Seiko," said Clymer.

Citizen men's watch Men's StrapYou could also check out Pulsar, Timex, Citizen, Daniel Wellington, Bulova, Shinola, ESQ, Luminox, and Tissot. There's a debate raging in the men's watch world about whether or not you should buy from a company that creates items other than watches (like, say, a Burberry) — but it's bloody, and Business Insider is staying out of it.

What's more important is that you take care of your watch.

"Keep your watch away from super magnets (large speakers, buckyballs, etc).  Although unlikely, it could move pieces inside," says Kirk Miller, nation editor at men's lifestyle newsletter, InsideHook. "Extreme temperature changes, shouldn't be a problem, but again be careful. Expansion and contraction do funny things to watch insides. Leave your watch in the locker when going into the sauna."

And take care of how you use your watch, as well.

"Do not wear a sports or digital watch with a suit. It’s like putting VW wheels on an Audi," says Jeffers.

All this said, you're going to have to service your watch. Especially if you buy something high end or vintage. If your watch is new, you can take it to the manufacturer. If it's vintage, make sure to go to someone who understands what you want, and won't Frankenstein your watch with new parts you don't want.

If you do all that, your watch could last forever.

If you're into vintage pieces, you can get a 1950s Omega like this one for less than $500 on eBay.

Seiko was a unanimous favorite for a starter watch.

Pulsar is a division of Seiko and makes some great traditional-looking watches.

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We Did The Math: Is Uber Really Cheaper Than A Taxi?


Uber cars offer a better price in many cities, but they don't always charge the same rate. In times of high demand Uber initiates surge pricing – you are charged the normal fare times a surge multiplier. We figured out the break-even point for each city. This is the level of surge pricing when the Uber car becomes more expensive than a taxi.

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A Huge American Donut Brand Is Returning To Britain


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Roughly 20 years after its first failed attempt to make it in the UK, Dunkin' Donuts is having another go.

As reported by The Telegraph newspaper, Nigel Travis, the CEO of the Massachusetts-based company, was in London this weekend as part of the first stage of a world tour looking for expansion sites, everywhere from Spain to China to Australia.

Donuts are big in the US and are slowly gaining ground with Britons. Travis believes this time around, the company has learned from its past failure: "We failed the first time because we focused on central London where rents were just too high. This time we are starting out on the outskirts of London,” he told The Telegraph.

This year, Dunkin Donuts opened five stores, including one Harrow, North London, which is apparently "doing very well."

WH Smith, one of the UK's biggest booksellers, has agreed to sell the donuts in five underground stations in London, including busy Paddington and Euston. Dunkin Donuts ultimately plans to open 144 shops across the UK, The Telegraph said.

“The trick to expansion for a new brand is airports, train stations and motorways – high footfall areas to give us brand presence,” Travis told The Independent.

The donut shop is in talks with with Spring Petroleum, a Yorkshire-based gas station, to sell donuts in 25 stores in the northeast of England.

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The Right Way To Eat Ramen Noodles


gotham west market_30The ramen noodle industry has exploded in popularity in the U.S. in the last couple of years, thanks to a number of pioneering chefs. From Keizo Shimamoto's Ramen Burger to David Chang's Momofuku empire, "shina soba" — or "Chinese noodles"  has surpassed its status as a university cuisine staple to become a global culinary icon.

There may be just one thing holding the hordes back from America's burgeoning ramen shops (there are more than three dozen in New York City alone): It's difficult to eat. 

I recently sat down with Ivan Orkin, the New York-born owner of the Ivan Ramen chain, and David Poran, co-owner of the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop outpost in Gotham West Market, to learn how to slurp ramen without looking silly.

Here's how to eat ramen like a pro.

1. Take your chopsticks and pull a small amount of noodles from the bowl. Grab less than you think you need.

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2. Lift so that the noodles are completely separated from the bowl. If they're still "tangled with their friends" once the chopsticks are at your mouth, the noodles will tug while you try to slurp, Poran said.

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3. Dip the noodles back into the bowl to mop up some of the broth and fat. Mmmm.

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4. Bring the noodles to your mouth. Shape your lips like you would to aerate wine or sip really hot coffee.

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5. As you slurp the noodles, "envision them riding a tunnel of air into your mouth," Poran said. Slurp quickly, slurp loudly.

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6. Find the rhythm of the noodle. This is one of Orkin's ramen philosophies, meaning that you should naturally fall into a ritual. Slurp a little ramen, take a bite of pork, drink some broth, and repeat.

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7. Once you've finished the noodles, bring the bowl to your mouth and empty the savory broth.

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8. "There are no rules," said Poran. Ramen is meant to be enjoyed, not fussed over. So do what feels right to you.

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Thanks to Kristin Hunt for demonstrating the proper way to eat ramen!

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The Most Popular Vacation Spots In The World, According To Instagram


For some people, one of the best parts of going on vacation is bragging about it on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

HotelsCombined found the most Instagrammed vacation destinations around the world this year by looking at which destinations had the most #vacation hashtags on Instagram.

New York City was the most popular vacation destination, with 1,181 #vacation hashtags. This makes sense, as the city is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, with about 55 million visitors last year. Times Square was the most popular spot to take Instagram pictures within the city, followed by Central Park and then the Empire State Building.

London (1,018 hashtags) and Las Vegas (960 hashtags) came in right behind New York. Most of the top 15 destinations are perennial favorites, like Orlando, Barcelona, and Paris, but there were a few surprises: Moscow ranked at No. 8 with 675 tags, and Jakarta, Indonesia, ranked at No. 12 with 568 tags.

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The 10 Best Destinations For People Who Want To Move Abroad


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If you want to leave your home country behind, move to Ecuador. 

That's according to the largest survey of expatriates in the world. Nine out of 10 respondents from the South American country reported being satisfied with their lives there, making it the No. 1 destination. 

The data comes from the 2014 Expat Insider, administered by InterNations. It includes responses from nearly 14,000 expats from more than 160 countries. 

The questions touched on general quality of life, working abroad, family life, leisure and making friends abroad, international romance and expat relationships, and personal finances. 


Ecuador took the top spot.

Ecuador ranked high in personal finance (No. 1) and ease of settling (No. 8), which includes characteristics like making friends and feeling at home. Eighty-two percent of respondents found settling down easy there.

Over one-third of respondents, however, said living in the country without speaking English was difficult, although roughly the same number called learning the native language easy. 

Ecuador also took the top ranking for personal happiness. Nearly half of respondents said they were "very happy" with their lives, with just as many planning to stay "possibly forever."


The second spot went to Luxembourg.

The country's success is likely due to a high ranking in the working abroad category, with 64% of expats saying their job was the most important reason to move abroad. Two in five people, the highest percentage of any country on the survey, found a job in the country on their own. 

Less than one-third, however, want to stay in Luxembourg long-term. 

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Mexico took third place.

Mexico was the clear winner when it came to ease of settling. About the same number of people reported being pleased with their lives and wanting to stay forever as in Ecuador.

But the working abroad category brought Mexico — it ranked 32nd for job security. The quality of life category received mixed reviews, too. 

Read the full report here.

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These Maps Prove Americans Speak Totally Different Versions Of The English Language


In 1999, the Harvard Dialect Survey, a research project conducted by Professor Bert Vaux, used a series of questions, to collect information about what terms, word pairs and sounds are used in different parts of North America.

The data from the Harvard study was eventually brought to life by PhD student, Joshua Katz, through a series of interactive dialect maps, which went viral after our Politics reporter, Walter Hickey, shared them on Business Insider.

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The Official Cronut Recipe Is Finally Out, And It’s Incredibly Complicated


cronuts dominique ansel bakeryDominique Ansel was vaulted to fame last year after his cronuts — a combination of a croissant and donut — became a viral sensation.

Now the celebrity chef has released his new cookbook, “Dominque Ansel: The Secret Recipes,” and we can finally learn how to make his delicious invention.

Good Morning America was granted exclusive access to the recipe, which is incredibly complicated with over 120 minutes of cooking time for a result that only makes eight servings.

No wonder no one’s been able to recreate it.

First you must prepare the pastry dough — which has 13 ingredients including Kosher salt, granulated sugar, heavy cream, an egg white, yeast, and roughly four cups of flour — as well as the ganache of your choice (champagne-chocolate, vanilla rose, and whipped lemon flavors), and a "butter block" made of 18 tablespoons of unsalted butter.

And this is all two days before cooking the actual cronut. After refrigerating the dough, butter block, and ganache, Ansel then dedicates an entire day to rolling and folding the butter block into the dough (very precisely, of course):

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, making sure it is very cold throughout. Place the dough on a floured work surface. Using the rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 10-inch (25.5 cm) square about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Arrange the butter block in the center of the dough so it looks like a diamond in the center of the square (rotated 45 degrees, with the corners of the butter block facing the center of the dough sides). Pull the corners of the dough up and over to the center of the butter block. Pinch the seams of dough together to seal the butter inside. You should have a square slightly larger than the butter block.

Then on the third day it's finally time to assemble your cronut. After cutting out a dozen 3 1/2-inch donut rings and letting them sit out and "proof" for two hours (letting the dough expand in a warm, humid area), each cronut is then deep fried in grapeseed oil.

Once cool, you can inject your homemade ganache with a Bismarck tip, adding the glaze and decorative sugar on top. Voilà — a complete cronut.

Ansel says in his cookbook that the level of difficulty for these absurdly addictive pastries is “Extreme.”

No kidding. Head over to ABC News to see the entire, complicated recipe.

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13 Books You Should Read Before They Become Movies This Year


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There are so many exciting new movies lined up for the end of 2014, but before you check them out, you should crack open the book version. 

We've compiled a list of all of the books being adapted into movies out this fall. Each cast is packed with Hollywood power players from Ben Affleck to Jennifer Lawrence, and many of the films are already generating Oscar buzz. 

You'll find thrillers, period pieces, dramadies, and even some true stories for your reading and viewing pleasure. 

"This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper

Release date: September 19

In this dramatic comedy, four grown siblings must sit Shiva for one week as per the request of their deceased father. While back together in their childhood home, the week loses control as the family encounters a slew of past and present characters, challenges, and well, life. 

The cast includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, and Connie Britton.

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"A Walk Among The Tombstones" by Lawrence Block

Release Date: September 19

A ruthless drug leader recruits former NYPD detective and recovering alcoholic, Matt Scudder, to find the monsters behind the brutal kidnap and murder of his wife. Scudder works outside of the law investigating the grisly murders targeting NYC's worst drug criminals. 

This crime thriller stars: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, David Harbour, and Sebastian Roché.

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"Hector And The Search For Happiness" by Francois Lelord

Release Date: September 26

Tired of his routine boring life, a quirky psychiatrist, Hector, courageously sets out for a global adventure in hopes of uncovering the secret to true happiness. 

The dramedy stars: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, and Stellan Skarsgård.

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