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This Is The Coolest $150 Watch In The World



It takes a lot to truly shake up the watch world.

Apple is attempting to do it with the Apple Watch, due out next year. 

But before the Apple Watch was announced, another well-known brand captured the attention of the horological universe in dramatic fashion.

It was Swatch. 

Yes, Swatch — maker of all those witty plastic timepieces that everyone wore in the 1980s, and that still have a following in both low and high places today.

Swatch is actually the Swatch Group, which includes names such as Omega, Breguet, and Rado. It's a huge force in Swiss watchmaking and, with the creation of the Swatch brand several decades ago, is often credited with saving that country's watch industry in the face of an onslaught of inexpensive quartz timepieces from Asia.


The watch is the Sistem51— an innovative and radically new automatic timepiece that's purely Swiss and purely Swatch.

The Sistem51 only costs $150 and went on sale in the US late this year. It created a sensation at the big annual watch show in Basel in 2013.

"Jaws dropped," said Carlo Giordanetti, Swatch's Creative Director. "No one thought it would be possible."

So what exactly did Swatch manage to achieve with Sistem51?

It reduced the number of parts in the movement to 51, about half of what a typical automatic watch requires.

An automatic movement is powered by the movement of the wearer. The finest watches in the world are automatics, costing tens and even hundreds of thousands. Their movements — complicated miniature machines — are a source of fascination to watch collectors and enthusiasts.

There are plenty of cheap automatics out there. You can pick up a perfectly good one for less than $100. It won't be anything to write home about, but it won't need a new battery every few years, either.

And it won't be as innovative as Sistem51. 

"51 became a target," said Giordanetti, who has been with Swatch since 1987. " It was a challenge for our engineers to get the same number of components in an automatic as in a quartz."


The overriding goal was to eliminate complexity. For the record, complications are what the traditional Swiss watch industry thrives on. More complications can make for a far more valuable and desirable watch. Quartz watches, by contrast, are fairly simple: they use a quartz crystal and electric oscillation to generate very precise timekeeping. 

Automatic watches use mechanical action to wind a mainspring, which powers the timekeeping function.

There's no fastidious watchmaker laboring over a bench with tiny tools and a sure, practiced hand producing the Sistem51. Instead, there are robots. The entire assembly process is automated. The movement is constructed around a single, central screw.

No shortage of traditional watchmaker know-how went into creating the watch, according to Giordanetti. It was, however, updated, forward-thinking know-how.

"There were 25 to 35 young people involved, all from watchmaking families," he said. "No other brand could have done this."


The traditional Swiss watch industry is doing quite well these days, supported by global demand for luxury timepieces from Rolex, Patek Philippe, and other big names. It's all about automatics, so Swatch saw an opportunity to use its heft to introduce something radically new into this market — all while keeping intact the brand's affection for whimsy and irreverence.


"It was an innocent provocation," Giordanetti said of the roll-out of Sistem51 in Basel in 2013.

But it was more than that. "It was emotional," the Swatch veteran added.

Apart from watchmaking innovation, Sistem51 also represents another core Swatch value: cheerful unpretentiousness. 

"It's not about showing off," Giordanetti explained. "It's all about lightness. A Swatch collector wants to look at his or her watch and smile two or three times a day."

The current lineup of Sistem51 watches — there are four — has a face design vaguely evocative of astronomy, emulating the arrangement of the movement. The movement itself can been seen in action through a clear caseback (it's hermetically sealed and doesn't require servicing). Sistem51

I tried all four and decided that I liked the "Sistem Blue" version with a soft, silicon strap best ("Sistem Black," with a simple black leather strap, is the most conservative, while "Sistem White" and its festive aesthetic is the least serious; "Sistem Red" is Sistem Blue in a hotter color). I sported a Swatch for several years back in the 1990s and was immediately reminded by Sistem Blue of how light and easy these watches are to wear. 


"You can hide it," Giordanetti said, and he's right. This isn't a watch that will live on display below your shirt cuff. It's the farthest thing from a chunky, stainless-steel dive watch you can get. It's the anti-Rolex Submariner. But like the Rolex, it's still a completely Swiss watch.

And at $150, it's also the most affordable all-new, super-innovative all-Swiss movement you can lay your hands on.

It's obviously not for everybody — the translucent plastic case is very Swatch and will compel some to compare the Sistem51 to a toy. But there will be more examples to choose from in 2015, according to Giordanetti. Slightly less witty face designs are on the horizon. You could wear these Swatches with business suits.

Sistem51 is a piece of watchmaking history, as important as the arrival of Swatch quartzes were in the 1980s. The Apple Watch will be a big deal. But Apple isn't the only innovator in watches these days!

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Here's What Each State Googled More Than Any Other State This Year


There's a lot to be learned from a person's Google searches. 

Real estate listings site Estately looked at Google Trends data to determine what people, stories, and controversies residents of each state cared about most.

The map they compiled using the data shows not what each state searched for the most overall, but what they Googled more than any other state.

While New Yorkers were wondering what a selfie is, Californians and Nevadans took to Google for more information on bitcoin. The protests in Ferguson were a major interest for  people in Missouri, and Malala Yousafzai had some big fans in Connecticut.

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Here's the complete list of what Estately found during their analysis. 

ALABAMA: Jameis Winston

ALASKA: Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (tied w/ Wyoming), How to DIY, 4chan, legalize marijuana, domestic violence

ARIZONA:  Mexico-United States Border, "Wilfred"

ARKANSAS:  Mike Huckabee, "Dancing with the Stars"

CALIFORNIA: FIFA 2014 World Cup, Malaysian Airlines, Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, Donald Sterling, Renee Zellweger, Tom Perkins, Joe the Plumber, Jamie Dornan, Steve McQueen, Charles Manson, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, James Franco Instagram, How to get rid of acne?, What is BB cream?, How to minimize pores?, How to shape eyebrows?, Nexus 6, iPad 3, Bitcoin, Kate Middleton butt, Chia seed, Uber

COLORADO: Marijuana

DELAWARE:  (nothing)

FLORIDA:  Michael Sam kiss, Michael Douglas, John Travolta, Carmen Carrera, Obamacare, Jeb Bush 

GEORGIA: Kerry Washington, Ruby Dee, Michael Sam boyfriend, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," Center for Disease Control, "The Arsenio Hall Show"

HAWAII:  Robin Williams, Jennifer Lawrence, Joan Rivers, Melanie Griffith, Jan Hooks, Theo James, Kate Upton leaked, A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge, I.S.I.S, Hello Kitty, iPhone 6, Apple Watch

IDAHO: How to craft, Bowe Bergdahl

ILLINOIS:  Harold Ramis, Jenny McCarthy

INDIANA: Tony Stewart,  Shirley Temple, Ann B. Davis, "Two and a Half Men," "Community"

IOWA: Flappy Bird, Richard Dawkins

KANSAS: (nothing)

KENTUCKY:  What is A.L.S.?,  "Sons of Anarchy," Betty White dead?, Billy Gilman

LOUISIANA: "True Blood," Laurence Fishburne

MAINE: "Between Two Ferns," Affordable Care Act

MARYLAND: Pharrell Williams hat, Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, Chelsea Manning, Piers Morgan, Paula Patton, Executive order, Bill Cosby

MASSACHUSETTS:  Kate Middleton, Scottish referendum, Scottish independence, "True Detective," "The Good Wife," "The Newsroom," Patton Oswalt, Ira Glass, Tom Magliozzi, Jonathan Gruber, Bill Simmons, "Serial," "The Imitation Game," Emma Watson UN speech

MICHIGAN: Macualay Culkin dead, Kate Upton photos, Ted Nugent, George Will, Mary T. Barra

MINNESOTA: Joan Rivers death, Adrian Peterson, "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"

MISSISSIPPI: Flappy Bird cheat, Ciara, Ciara baby, Ciara pregnant, Cee Lo Green, Robin Thicke, Raven-Symone, The Ultimate Warrior

MISSOURI:  Ferguson, Casey Kasem

MONTANA:  National Rife Association

NEBRASKA:  Keystone Pipeline

NEVADA:  Mila Kunis pregnant, Bitcoin price, What is Bitcoin?, Cliven Bundy, Bill O’Reilly, Jose Canseco, Mickey Rooney

NEW HAMPSHIRE:  Hilary Clinton, Bode Miller, net neutrality, "Philomena"

NEW JERSEY:  Tracy Morgan, Ansel Elgort, Alfonso Ribeiro, Idina Menzel, Kim Novak, Tim Howard, Oscar Pistorious trial, Bridgegate, War on women, Immigration reform, Frozen costume

NEW MEXICO:  Zombies, LG G3 phone

NEW YORK:  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peaches Geldof, Lauren Bacall, Terry Richardson, Jared Leto, Macaulay Culkin, Margot Robbie, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox, Donald Trump, Drake, Leslie Jones, Conchita Wurst, "Girls," Samsung Galaxy S5, How to apply foundation?, Gaza and Israel, What's a selfie?

NORTH CAROLINA:  Maya Angelou, The Benham Brothers, What is transgender?

NORTH DAKOTA:  Jay Leno, U.S. National Hockey Team, Kaley Cuoco, "Dumb and Dumber To"

OKLAHOMA:  Ebola, Ebola Symptoms, I.S.I.L, Jennifer Lawrence photos, Renee Zellweger, Betty White, Lea Thompson, Tommy Chong, Mila Kunis baby, Carrie Underwood, Carrie Underwood pregnant, Benghazi, Hobby Lobby, Selfie, Sarah Goldberg, James Garner, Chelsea Handler, Kim Kardashian butt, What is a switch?

OREGON:  Ukraine, Motorola Moto G, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Avril Lavigne, Syria news

PENNSYLVANIA:  Macaulay Culkin dead?, 2016, 2016 Presidential election, marriage equality, "The Millers"

RHODE ISLAND:  Woody Allen, Pope Francis, "The League"


SOUTH DAKOTA:  "The Dr. Oz Show"

TENNESSEE:  Who is I.S.I.S.?, Kevin Sharp

TEXAS:  Flappy Bird download, Johnny Manziel, Join I.S.I.S., Carrie Underwood baby, How to get rid of stretch marks?, James Avery, Are zombies real?, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

UTAH:  "Frozen," "Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1," "How to Train Your Dragon ," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," same sex marriage, Shailene Woodley, Glenn Beck, How to kiss?, Anita Sarkeesian, Emma Watson nude, "The Mentalist," "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"

VERMONT:  Lena Dunham, Seth Rogen, Pete Seeger, Feminism, kale, 2014 Winter Games, climate change, "The Colbert Report," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Amy Schumer

VIRGINIA:  Tucker Carlson, Boko Haram, White House security, upskirt pics

WASHINGTON:  Gamergate, marijuana store, Richard Sherman, Amanda Knox, Macklemore, minimum wage, rape culture, "Interstellar," school shooting, Amazon Fire phone, Rosetta Space Probe

WEST VIRGINIA:  Maroon 5, Charles Manson, Brad Paisley

WISCONSIN:  What is Tinder?, Pabst Blue Ribbon

WYOMING:  Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (tie with Alaska)

SEE ALSO: The Most Popular Word Of 2014 Was An Emoji

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I Just Tried Out 'Hair Tinsel,' The Trendy New Accessory That Makes Your Head Sparkle


For two weeks, I haven't been able to buy a cup of coffee without a barista asking me, "Does your hair glitter?"

People passing by do a double-take as they glimpse the light catching my strands of gold.

No, it's not fairy dust —it's hair tinsel, a thin, lightweight ribbon that you knot into your hair part. The beauty trend has been sported by glitter queens Ke$ha and Beyoncé, and is popping up on New Yorkers' heads this holiday season.

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Just before Christmas, I stopped by Corcoro Salon on Manhattan's Lower East Side, which offers hair tinsel service year-round. The sparkling strands are $3 each ($5 if you have long hair), and the "installation" takes just 10 minutes.

Mako Iijima, an acclaimed Japanese hairstylist and owner of Corcoro Salon, describes the process as "knitting," according to a 2012 Vogue article. After a client picks a shade from a book of tinsel colors, the hairstylist will search the client's hair part for a strong, single strand of healthy hair.

The stylist folds the piece of tinsel in half, and with a few quick painless tugs, ties the tinsel to the hair using a slip-knot method.

The material is heat-resistant, meaning you can continue using a blow dryer, curling iron, or other styling tool. And you can keep your shampoo routine, too.

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Hair tinsel, which comes in metallic and rainbow shades, lasts two months before eventually falling out. If you need to de-shimmer in a hurry, they can be pulled out gently or hidden in an up-do.

The only downside to hair tinsel? Sometimes I pat my head and freak out when I feel the slip knots on my roots, thinking a bug has embedded itself in my head.

My editor noticed my sparkly 'd0 this morning and trolled me, saying "I saw you and thought you looked a little more like Beyoncé today."

And you know what? I feel a little like Beyoncé.

You can call 212-228-8388 to book an appointment at Corcoro Salon, or order a pack of hair tinsel on Amazon.com for as little as $9.99 for 100 pieces and do it yourself. This POPSUGAR Beauty tutorial should help you get the job done.

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This Stunning Swiss Ski Lodge Has Suites That Cost Up To $8,000 A Night


The Chedi Andermatt

Located just two hours from Zurich, the tiny town of Andermatt has not always been a well-known ski destination.

But since the opening of The Chedi Andermatt hotel, the idyllic town in the Swiss Alps has become a widely talked about vacation spot and even secured a place on the New York Times’ ‘Best Places to Go’ list.

Designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the incredible hotel is a contemporary ski-chalet and is meant to be a mix of “alpine chic meets Asian sleek.”

The 105-room luxury hotel has a ski-in living room, an après-ski outdoor hydrothermal bath, a 115-foot-long indoor heated pool, an extensive wine and cigar library, and a walk-in cheese cellar. 

Plus, guest have their own personal ski butler to help them choose ski equipment and carry skis to and from the slopes. 

Rooms in the hotel can cost from 500 to 8,000 dollars a night, according to the Daily Mail

Welcome to The Chedi Andermatt, a luxurious ski resort that is tucked away in the Urseren Valley in the Swiss Alps.

The 5-star hotel opened in 2013, and is the first European property for the Asia-based GMH Hotels.

The interior of the hotel mixes traditional alpine comfort with a contemporary Asian style.

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The 12 Best Sushi Restaurants In New York City


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New York City may have a sushi restaurant on every other block, but quality and freshness varies widely.

To be sure you're only experiencing the very best sushi in New York City, we turned to the experts at The Infatuation to help us compile a list of all the city's best sushi spots.

Many of them are "omakase," or chef's selection, which are usually a series of dishes progressing from lightest to heaviest fare. All of them, however, are delicious.

So get out your chopsticks and enjoy.


1372 York Ave.

The entire restaurant is only 10 seats around a counter  seats that are extremely difficult to reserve. That's because the sushi here is so good. It's reasonably priced, too, at $50 for the basic omakase. And it's BYOS (bring your own sake), which is fun.

Read The Infatuation's full review of Tanoshi here


130 St. Marks Pl.

Another chef's counter, Kura seats 13 and also serves a great omakase selection. This place is New York's best-kept sushi secret: they have no Instagram account, no Facebook, nor even a website. According to The Infatuation's Andrew Steinthal, they don't even have "a damn sign."

But they hardly need the promotion those in the know know this place is good, and it's booked up almost every night.

Read The Infatuation's full review of Kura here

15 East

15 E. 15th St. 

This is an upscale restaurant with top notch food and the prices to match. Their fish is tasty, fresh, and authentic.

It's the sort of place you take somebody you really want to impress. But unless you or your date is a world-class sushi connoisseur, you may want to consider a more affordable spot.

Read The Infatuation's full review of 15 East here

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Living In New York City Is Much Cheaper Than I Expected


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In the weeks before I moved to New York City to start an internship at Business Insider, multiple friends asked me: "How are you going to afford that?"

They were right to ask.

Rent prices in Manhattan (where I live) are exorbitantly high, and I was moving to New York as an editorial intern, not an investment banker.

And that's not even taking into account other necessary living expenses such as groceries and transportation, which, in Manhattan, cost 36% and 27% more than the national average, respectively.

Overall, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research, Manhattan's cost of living is 120% above the national average.

I had about $4,500 saved from my previous job as a sales assistant at Nordstrom — I was living at home in Chicago and not paying for food or rent, so saving was easy — and I knew that would give me a good start.

What I've discovered though, is that living in New York City isn't as expensive as I thought it would be.

Besides my very high monthly rent payment, my other expenses are reasonable. The visions I had of myself hoarding coupons haven't become a reality. Managing my expenses has been surprisingly easy, and I don't feel like I've been restricting myself to an unusually tight budget, either. I realize not everyone feels this way, which is why I'm sharing my strategy.  

Here's how I've managed to keep my costs down.

I take advantage of free activities.

A few weeks after I moved, I read an article about free things to do in the fall in New York City. The list was surprisingly long (40 activities). I've done a couple, like walking the High Line and going to the Brooklyn Flea Market, and then I've done some of my own — running along the Hudson River Greenway, exploring Central Park, and window shopping.

Even if an activity is not completely free, chances are, the city offers multiple options, and you can find one that's pretty cheap. Case in point: I really want to go ice skating, but I think I might skip the rink at Rockefeller Center and go to Bryant Park instead, since Rockefeller charges $27-$30 for admission plus $12 to rent skates, and Bryant Park charges no admission, only $15-$19 to rent skates.

I'm careful when it comes to buying groceries.

Since I'm only feeding myself, I don't spend all that much on groceries. And more importantly, I make sure I use what buy. I've seen friends go hog wild at the grocery store, only to come home, not use all of it, and then throw some of it away. Wasting food is the equivalent to wasting money, which is why I don't do it.

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I'm sure you've heard this one before, but I'll mention it again because I do it almost every day.

Yes, it's nice to go out to lunch with a coworker every once in a while — which I do — but for the most part I bring my own sandwich or salad.

There are more important things I need to, or would like to, spend my money on than lunch — like rent or a weekend trip to see friends. 

I have a drink before I go out.

I've never been one to stay in on weekends, but I also don't like to drop a lot of cash on drinks. So I usually have a drink with a friend at their apartment or mine before I go out, so I'm less likely to pay close to $30 for a couple severely watered down mixed drinks.

I comparison shopped for my gym.

I genuinely enjoy working out (yes, I'm one of those weird people) so I knew I'd be joining a gym when I moved to New York City. Before moving, I went online and found a few gyms near my apartment and office, and compared them in terms of equipment, amenities, and price.

I was able to find one halfway between my apartment and my office that cost $20 per month. Granted, it doesn't offer classes, and I have the most basic membership available. That's all I really needed, though, so why pay for anything more?   

I walk as much as possible.

I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to work. In December, when I knew I was going to be home for a week at Christmas, I didn't buy my usual monthly subway ticket because I wouldn't use it enough to make it worth the $112. I also try and avoid cabs as much as possible, since walking is a great way to get to know the city; and it's free!

There's very little that you can't find or do in New York City. It has so much to offer in the way of restaurants, bars, and entertainment. I think it's easy for people to get a little too caught up in all these things; some seem to feel like this is the only way to truly experience the city. What they might not realize is that some of the less hyped activities provide just as true — and fulfilling— of an experience.

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Terrifying Cell Phone Footage Captured From Inside A Mississippi Tornado


This amazing footage inside a tornado was captured by William Bozeman who shot the video on his iPhone 4 in Columbia, Mississippi where he works. While running to take cover Bozeman lost his phone, but was able to recover it after the storm. 

Five people were killed and at least 20 people were injured in the Five tornadoes that swept across Mississippi Tuesday, December 23. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency Tuesday evening for Marion and Jones counties, along with other parts of the state affected by the severe weather.

Video courtesy of William Bozeman. 

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Here's The Most Common Renovation Mistake, According To An HGTV Host


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Renovating a home can add a lot of value — but not if you get overwhelmed and leave it half-finished.

As the host of "Vacation House For Free," Matt Blashaw puts his experience as a contractor and real-estate expert to work renovating fixer-uppers into retreats worth renting out when the family isn't in residence.

If you're renovating — whether DIY-style or with a professional team — Blashaw cautions against making the most common mistake he sees: taking on too much at once.

"I see it all the time," he tells Business Insider. "People take on way more than they can chew. The whole house is ripped up and everyone feels out of place."

In the case of a vacation home, especially, it's smart to recognize the limitations. "You're not going to be there like in your regular house," Blashaw says. "You only have weekends to do it."

Instead, he recommends taking on small projects one at a time and finishing them completely before moving on to the next. Of course, depending on the scale of your renovation, "small" might mean kitchen cabinets, or it might mean the entire master bathroom.

You might also want to prioritize your projects depending on how you'll use the home. 

"The rule of standard suburban houses is kitchen is king, then bathrooms, then bedrooms," he says.

"In vacation rentals, I think it's a little different," he continues. "Bathrooms can be overlooked as long as they're clean and fresh and functional. You need to put money in the decor in the living room, in the furniture to make it comfortable and cater to possibly multiple families with a ton of seating and dining space."

Whatever the scale, Blashaw says that checking smaller tasks off your list "creates a sense of positivity and confidence, and then you can move on to the next thing."

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Shake Shack Has A New Burger



New York City-based burger flipping joint Shake Shack has announced they are adding a new burger to their menu: the ShackMeister Burger.

Like the rest of Shake Shack's burger offerings, the ShackMeister is made from an Angus beef patty atop a buttery potato bun with a healthy squirt of ShackSauce.

But ShackMeister has a unique ingredient: crispy marinated shallots.

The new burger has already recieved great praise, winning the Judge's Choice award for "Best Burger" at the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash

The ShackMeister will be available at all non-airport US Shake Shacks starting January 1 for a limited time.

The new burger will cost $6.19, which slots it right in between the Shack's current burger offerings: The $4.95 ShackBurger (lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce) and the $6.45 SmokeShack  (cherry pepper relish and applewood-smoked bacon).

Shake Shack's new menu addition comes hot on the heels of their announcement Monday that they have filed for an IPO.

Here are pictures of the burger:



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Take A Look Inside This Surprisingly Livable 86-Square-Foot Apartment


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Do you think you could live in an 86-square-foot apartment? 

What would that even look like?

Could you fit all of your stuff?

Kitoko Studio took a tiny apartment in Paris and transformed it into a spacious apartment, with storage built into every nook and cranny.

There's even a bathroom that looks bigger than some we've seen in Manhattan apartments!

This video from Kitoko Studio takes us inside the tiny space and shows us how it's done.

The apartment is located in Paris, in a secluded part of a beautiful building.

It's a hike ... you have to climb seven flights of stairs.

Here's a view of the entire apartment.

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The 17 Best Bro Movies Of 2014


Bro, do you even watch movies?

Bro movies are usually full of action, aliens, war, and crude humor, which is what makes them so great. The crowdsourced rankings website Ranker came up with the best bro movies of the year. Here are the films that made the list.

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17. The Equalizer

Retired black-ops agent Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is back on the scene when a teen Russian prostitute he befriends lands herself in trouble, putting McCall face to face with the Russian mob.

16. John Wick

Keanu Reeves stars as John Wick, a former hit man who comes out of retirement to track down the men who wrecked his life after the death of his wife. Wick's quest for revenge is an adrenaline rush from start to finish.

15. The Judge

Robert Downey Jr. plays attorney Hank Palmer, who returns to his small hometown, where his father, the town judge, is accused of murder. Hank must defend his father in the face of the alleged crime and family secrets.

14. Need for Speed

Adapted from the popular video game series, "Need for Speed" follows a street racer, recently released from prison after his ex-business partner framed him for murder, who is back behind the wheel with revenge in mind. The film stars Aaron Paul, of "Breaking Bad" fame.

13. Godzilla

This remake, which features some stunning visual effects, reprises earth's most famous monster, who, though he wreaks his own havoc on the world, ends up being the key to saving humanity.

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12. Interstellar

Still in theaters, "Interstellar" takes us years into the future, when Earth is veering toward uninhabitability and a team of astronauts is tasked with finding a new home for the global population.

11. The Maze Runner

Thomas has had his memory erased and is dropped in a community of teenage guys in the middle of an intricate maze. The guys take turns as runners, trying to solve the maze and find an escape, only the maze often changes. Based on a book of the same name, "The Maze Runner" is an eerie, "Lord of the Flies"-esque dystopian thriller.

10. 300: Rise of an Empire

The Persian army, after defeating Leonidas' army of ripped soldiers, follows Xerxes to the Greek city-states where they face off against admiral Themistocles and the forces of Athens and Sparta.

9. The Expendables 3

The mercenary group called the Expendables have taken down many a bad guy. But in the third movie in the series, the bad guy is the Expendables' own cofounder. The film features an A-list cast, guns, and explosions.

8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

After a pandemic kills most of the human population, a group of evolved apes living in San Francisco, having conflicting opinions of humans, struggles to stay united and avoid an all-out war between species. The special effects received high praise from critics.

7. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

The second "Hobbit" movie left our heroes in the dragon Smaug's den as Smaug flew off to destroy Laketown as revenge. The third and final installment, which just came to theaters, is an epic finale to one of the best fantasy stories of all time.

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6. Fury

After playing a Nazi-hunter in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds," Brad Pitt is killing Nazis again as Sergeant Wardaddy in this "ultimate tank movie."

5. Edge of Tomorrow

When Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is killed during a battle against some enemy aliens, he is thrown into a time loop in which he relives the same battle over and over, "Groundhog Day"-style. But going in each time knowing what will happen next ends up giving Cage a huge advantage to defeating this alien adversary.

4. Lone Survivor

Mark Wahlberg stars in this black-ops thriller, based on a true story, about a team of Navy SEALs sent to Afghanistan on a mission to neutralize a Taliban threat. A difficult judgment call endangers the team, whose members must then fight for their lives.

3. 22 Jump Street

The two bumbling cops Schmidt and Jenko are back in the sequel to "21 Jump Street," this time going undercover at a local college at which hilarity ensues. "22" did so well at the box office that Sony Pictures decided to make a third movie.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy

Peter Quill is a human on the run from an alien villain, but to stop his adversary Quill must team up with some other intergalactic outlaws. "Guardians" is a smart and funny movie full of Easter eggs that appeals to lovers of sci-fi, action, and Chris Pratt alike.

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1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

With the help of some mutant friends, Wolverine goes back in time to stop an event that could doom all of mutant- and humankind. The latest in this popular comic book movie series is marked with murder, moral decisions, and questions about what's right and wrong, proving that no one is wholly hero or wholly villain.

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The Nation's Biggest Spenders Are In Silicon Valley


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As the New Year approaches, many people are probably thinking of ways to improve their personal spending habits. 

The personal finance app Mint conducted an analysis of how people in different US cities spent their money in 2014.

It then determined which cities spent the most this year by finding the average transaction size recorded by Mint's more than 16 million users. 

Somewhat unsurprisingly, California cities dominated the list, with the top three spaces occupied by cities in Silicon Valley.

Palo Alto, home to Stanford University and wealthy tech executives like Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg, took the top spot in Mint's ranking. Palo Alto residents spent an average of $345.09 on each transaction.

Mountain View, the Silicon Valley city in which Google is headquartered, took second place in spending, with an average transaction size of $314.50.

Here's the complete list of the nation's top spenders, according to Mint.

1. Palo Alto, California— average transaction of $345.09

2. Mountain View, California— average transaction of $314.50

3. Sunnyvale, California— average transaction of $278.30

4. Fremont, California— average transaction of $266.46

5. New York City— average transaction of $239.85

6. Bellevue, Washington— average transaction of $239.07

7. San Francisco— average transaction of $235.90

8. Irvine, California— average transaction of $223.45

9. Scottsdale, Arizona— average transaction of $221.35

10. San Jose, California— average transaction of $216.86

Mint's analysts also broke down the data into three major categories — gasoline and car expenses, healthcare, and home — to see where city residents were spending their money. 

Though New Yorkers can make use of one of the best public-transportation systems in the country, they also spend the most on car expenses, most likely because of expensive parking. People in New York City also spent the most on their homes, though the Bay Area came in second in that category.

Gasoline & Car Expenses

1. New York City — average transaction of $81.57

2. San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose— average transaction of $75.80

3. Houston — average transaction of $72.43


1. San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose— average transaction of $67.53

2. Dallas - Fort Worth— average transaction of $64.97

3. Los Angeles— average transaction of $64.11


1. New York City— average transaction of $516.65

2. San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose— average transaction of $507.12

3. Washington, D.C.— average transaction of $472.14

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New iPhone? Grab This Awesome Battery Case For The 6 Or 6+ [33% And 26% Off]


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One of the best features about Apple's new iPhones is their improved battery life. However, that doesn't mean you won't eventually run out of juice.

Portable chargers can fill in the gap, but are annoying to carry around. Afterburner combines the convenience of an extra battery pack with a case. It provides 150% phone charge in your pocket. Many cases with batteries are bulky, but this one only adds less than half an inch to your phone's height, and less than one quarter of an inch to the depth, so you'll only add a little heft for a lot of power.

The built in kickstand is great for watching movies or FaceTiming, and the Afterburner even charges using the same cord as your iPhone (Lightning) , so you won't need a micro-USB like other cases.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Says You Should Be Optimistic About 2015


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In 2014 we saw the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the rise of the Islamic State, aggressive military actions by Russia in the Ukraine, and more.

Bad news felt like it was piling on nonstop. Sometimes it seemed there were so many awful things happening that it was hard to feel hopeful.

All that can distort your perspective.

Because here's the thing: if you take a look at the world in a different light, things aren't that bad. There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic.

At least, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (who has experienced a truly unique perspective on Earth) released an inspiring video — also a call to action — on his YouTube channel, titled "An Astronaut's Guide to Optimism."

"There are problems with everything and nothing is yet perfect but that shouldn't be cause to bemoan — that should be cause to achieve," says Hadfield, who is also the author of "An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth." He says: "Our world is a better place than we often claim it to be."

The whole video is pretty amazing:

Here are a few of the reasons to be hopeful, from the video:

  • Literacy has been sharply on the rise for decades. In 1950, 55% of the world was literate, while in 2010, that number had risen to 81%.
  • Life expectancy is greater around the world — this is the healthiest that people have ever been.
  • Infant and maternal mortality rates have plummeted in last century, saving the lives of millions.
  • Diseases like Smallpox and Rinderpest have been eradicated.

Literacy Chris HadfieldHadfield also cites organizations making a difference, particularly the Gates Foundation. He talks about the importance of groups researching cures for malaria, delivering vaccines to children, and providing basic sanitation to those who lack it.

And of everything he cites, here's one that's surely close to him and is pretty astounding:

"In 100 years we've gone from filming the Wright brothers to landing a camera on Titan, a moon 800 million miles away."

That's pretty cool.

But that's not all. This isn't just inspiration, but also a call to action. Hadfield focuses mostly on the important work the Gates Foundation does, but plenty of groups do interesting work to make the world a better place. For anyone looking for some more space-related organizations, Universe Today highlights a few space charities worth consideration: Astronomers Without Borders, Uwingu, and Cosmoquest.

"Nobody changes the world on their own: it all starts with a resolution," says Hadfield. "What's yours?"

Take a minute and watch the video above — the YouTube star knows what he's doing.

SEE ALSO: Chris Hadfield's Amazing Speech On How To Conquer Your Biggest Fears

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Amazing Pictures From The Coldest Inhabited Town On Earth


Cold Russia Amos ChappleHumans are resilient, hard-working creatures.

And there's perhaps nowhere where that's more evident than in the tiny village of Oymyakon, Russia, regarded by most at the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth.

Temperatures there average around -58° F during the winter months, with the record low reaching -96.16° F in 1924.

Adventurer and photographer Amos Chapple recently visited the village, as well as Yaktusk, its nearest city center. Chapple spent a total of five weeks in the region, documenting everyday life in these harsh conditions, as well as the people who call the area home.

Amos Chapple started his journey in Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha region of northeastern Russia. It is generally regarded as the coldest capital city in the world.

The city has a population of around 300,000, and during winter, temperatures average around −30 °F.

Still, Chapple tells Business Insider that the residents of the city were wonderful, "friendly, worldly locals and magnificently dressed."

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