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See why more startups than ever are setting up shop on the beach in Los Angeles


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Not everyone is on board with the term "Silicon Beach," the name that's been given to Los Angeles' buzzing tech scene. "As a brand guy, I have an originality problem with it," Michael Dubin, cofounder and CEO of Venice-based Dollar Shave Club, told Business Insider. "It implies that what’s happening 'down here' is just our version of what’s happening 'up there.'"

On the other hand, ZipRecruiter cofounder and CEO Ian Siegel says: "I say sell the sizzle. Would you rather work at the beach or in a valley? Easy choice." Whether you buy into the moniker, Los Angeles has been a center for tech innovation for years. A host of successful ecommerce, fashion, and social-media startups have gotten their starts in sunny Southern California, reaping the benefits of plentiful venture capital and proximity to the entertainment capital of the world.

And though the boom has now spread to communities east of the 405 freeway — like Nasty Gal downtown and Maker Studios in Culver City — the beachfront communities of Venice and Santa Monica still hold a special draw for entrepreneurs.

"Every time we recruit someone, we put them up at the Shore Hotel [in Santa Monica]," Siegel says. "They stare out at the ocean, and then walk a block to our offices where again they can stare out at the ocean from just about every window. You take someone from the Midwest or East Coast and give them that experience ... let's just say we have a high close rate."

And with a mayor as supportive of innovation as Eric Garcetti, it's likely that trend will continue. During his inaugural speech, in 2013, Garcetti pledged to give Silicon Valley a "run for their bitcoin."

The neighboring beachfront communities of Venice and Santa Monica have long been a haven for edgy, artistic types. In the 1970s, the "Dogtown" section of Venice was the site of a renaissance in skating culture, chronicled in a 2001 documentary called "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and later in the film "Lords of Dogtown."

Much of the tourist action is centered on the Venice boardwalk, where signs advertising incense and henna tattoos signify the area's lasting hippie roots.

But if you walk just a bit farther down the block, you'll notice the fortress-like headquarters for secret-sharing app Whisper. The startup moved into the house last spring, leasing it from an unnamed owner who purchased it from actress Anjelica Huston for $11 million.

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You'll feel like a spy with this pen-sized scanner [36% off]


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A phone camera just doesn't cut it when you need to scan text-heavy documents.

You end up having to either zoom out so far that the words are blurry, or having to take close up shots of phrases. And neither is a great option.

Get yourself the pen-sized Iris Express 6 Pen Scanner to get the job done.

The scanner works like a highlighter: you simply slide the machine over printed text, and the text is then automatically scanned right into your computer. The scanner recognizes 128 languages, including Greek, Cyrillic languages, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean.

Iris Express 6 Pen Scanner: $129.99$83.47 [36% OFF]

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The 4 things every modern gentleman should know about wearing cologne


Selecting a man's cologne is a tough process. It's one thing to identify a scent that you like. It's a whole other process to find a scent that pleases others in your life.

Mindy Yang, Vice President and Curator of MiN New York, surrounds herself with unique and limited distribution fragrances from around the world. She explains the best and worst practices for selecting and wearing men's cologne.

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Police seized 'negative billionaire' Eike Batista's yacht too


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Last week Brazilian police raided the home of once multibillionaire, now negative billionaire, Eike Batista. They froze his assets and took his Lamborghini, as well as six other cars, some fancy watches, and a pile of cash.

Now they've taken things a step further and seized his water toys too  including jet skis, a speedboat, and his yacht, the Spirit of Brazil, Bloomberg reported.

This comes after Batista's oil company, OGX, lost $9.7 billion and went bankrupt in 2013, pulling his own net worth down to about $200 million.

Then Batista went on trial for insider trading and stock manipulation.

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The story is, Batista started to suspect that OGX's oil fields wouldn't deliver, and personally guaranteed $1 billion to keep things running.

It was enough to stabilize the plunging stock.

Then, prosecutors say, Batista made his move: when suspicions were confirmed and things really started to look bleak for the company, he allegedly sold his own stock and abandoned his $1 billion promise.

Now, four of Batista's companies are bankrupt and he reportedly owes $1.2 billion.

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Cleaning by category, not location, is the key to staying tidy


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Marie Kondo is a Japanese cleaning consultant who has created a new system for organizing. This post first appeared in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

My study of tidying began in earnest when I was in junior high and basically consisted of repeated practice. Every day I cleaned one place at a time—my own room, my brother’s room, my sister’s room, the bathroom.

Each day I planned where to tidy and launched solo campaigns that resembled bargain sales.

“The fifth of every month is ‘living room day’!” “Today is ‘clean the pantry day.’” “Tomorrow I conquer the bathroom cupboards!”

I maintained this custom even after entering high school. When I came home, I headed straight for the place I had decided to clean that day without even changing out of my school uniform. If my target was a set of plastic drawers in the washroom cupboard, I would open the doors and dump everything out of one of the drawers, including makeup samples, soaps, toothbrushes, and razors.

Then I would sort them by category, organize them into box dividers, and return them to the drawer. Finally, I would gaze in quiet admiration at the neatly organized contents before going on to the next drawer. I would sit on the floor for hours sorting things in the cupboard until my mother called me for supper.

One day, I was sorting the contents of a drawer in the hall cupboard when I stopped in surprise. “This must be the same drawer that I cleaned yesterday,” I thought.

It wasn’t, but the items inside were the same—makeup samples, soaps, toothbrushes, and razors. I was sorting them by category, putting them in boxes, and returning them to the drawer just like I had the day before. It was at this moment that it hit me: Tidying up by location is a fatal mistake. I’m ashamed to admit that it took me three years to see this.

Screen Shot 2015 02 12 at 10.27.44 AMMany people are surprised to hear that such a seemingly viable approach is actually a common pitfall. The root of the problem lies in the fact that people often store the same type of item in more than one place. When we tidy each place separately, we fail to see that we’re repeating the same work in many locations and become locked into a vicious circle of tidying.

To avoid this, I recommend tidying by category. For example, instead of deciding that today you’ll tidy a particular room, set goals like “clothes today, books tomorrow.”

One reason so many of us never succeed at tidying is because we have too much stuff. This excess is caused by our ignorance of how much we actually own. When we disperse storage of a particular item throughout the house and tidy one place at a time, we can never grasp the overall volume and therefore can never finish. To escape this negative spiral, tidy by category, not by place.

Excerpted from THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP Copyright © 2014 by Marie Kondo. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Business Insider is hiring a paid transportation intern


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Business Insider is looking for a paid intern to join our transportation team.

If you love cars, planes, trains, boats, bikes and everything else that moves us around, this is a great opportunity. If companies like Tesla and Google (with its self-driving car) thrill you, then you could make a contribution to the fastest-growing business website online.

There's no fetching coffee during this internship! Instead, there will be plenty of chances to dive into the inner-workings of everyone from General Motors to Ferrari and to do some truly innovative digital journalism, using all the tools at our disposals: charts, graphs, photos, GIFs, video.

The ideal candidate should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, possess excellent communication skills, and be excited about expanding Business Insider's transportation coverage. A background in journalism is a huge plus, as is an interest in social media.

APPLY HERE with your resume and cover letter if interested.

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This drivable car was 3D printed in 44 hours


At the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Local Motors 3D printed a plastic car called the Strati.

Local Motors took the chassis, seats, door panels, and thousands of other components, and 3D printed all those parts into just one piece. The first phase of the process took just 44 hours. 

"A 3D printed car like ours will only have dozens of components," Local Motors engineer James Earle told Business Insider. In the near future, he says, it could cost only about $7,000 to manufacture, perhaps the start of what will become a niche market for customized cars.

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This 40-year-old Indonesian is Obama's doppelgänger


Ilham Anas, a 40-year-old from Jakarta, Indonesia, works as President Barack Obama's doppelgänger. His uncanny resemblance to president allows him to travel the world and make an income to help support his family.

Anas says, “I am very careful about the jobs I take. I refuse anything that I think may be controversial or look bad on the real Obama.” Ilham says he has never met his doppelgänger and idol, but insists he will make the most of the opportunity should it ever come his way.  

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There are about 15,000 books on Abraham Lincoln — here are the 7 you should read


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In less than two centuries, about 15,000 books have been written on Abraham Lincoln and his presidency.

Trying to weed through the options in order to figure out which ones are actually worth reading is a pretty daunting task.

In honor of Lincoln's birthday on Wednesday, we've put together a list of seven great books about the 16th president of the US — each dealing with a different facet of his presidency.

Whether you're looking for the overall story, an analysis of his political career, or even something on the Gettysburg address, we've got it here. 

1. "Lincoln" by David Herbert Donald

Abraham lincolnWhy you want to read it:

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Herbert Donald tells the story of Lincoln's ascent from rural Kentucky to his presidency during the Civil War.

This one's a great option for anyone who wants an easy, flowing account of one of the most complex presidencies.

Book: $15.02
Kindle: $14.99

2. "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

abraham lincolnWhy you want to read it: 

Doris Kearns Goodwin examines Lincoln's political genius through a multi-biography of him and his team of personal and political competitors.

She outlines how he brought together disgruntled opponents and harnessed their talents to keep the Union together.

Book: $14.28
Kindle: $11.99

3. "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era" by James M. McPherson

abraham lincolnWhy you want to read it: 

This book focuses on the Civil War, not just on Lincoln. But arguably, it's impossible to understand one without the other.

"Likely to become the standard one-volume history of our Civil War, this [book] vivifies, with palpable immediacy, scholarly acumen and interpretive skill, events foreshadowing the conflict, the war itself and its basic issue: slavery," writes Publishers Weekly.

Book: $13.10
Kindle: $9.99

4. "Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade American" by Garry Willis

abraham lincolnWhy you want to read it: 

The book examines Lincoln's Gettysburg address in the context of its historical and cultural frame.

"Garry Wills has given our nation's greatest gathering of words . . . new urgency . . . demonstrating that Lincoln's words still have power," wrote The New York Times' William McFeely.

Book: $13.04
Kindle: $11.99

5. "Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History" by Richard Wightman Fox

abraham lincolnWhy you want to read it: 

“In his sweeping discussion of Lincoln's physical body (how people viewed it during his lifetime or interpreted it after his death), Richard Wightman Fox deftly traces the high-stakes cultural battle—waged in poetry, prose, art, and film—over the meaning of Lincoln, man and myth, from his day to our own," writes Brenda Wineapple.

Book: $21.11
Kindle: $14.16


6. "A. Lincoln: A Biography" by Ronald C. White Jr.

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Thanks to a reader suggestion!

Why you want to read it: 

"If you read one book about Lincoln, make it 'A. Lincoln,'" according to the USA Today.

Book: $14.28
Kindle: $11.99

7. "Lincoln: A Novel" by Gore Vidal

abraham lincolnWhy you want to read it: 

Technically, this one's a work of historical fiction, so we're labeling this as a bonus. Nevertheless, it's an incredible work that's worth the read.

"Superb . . . a grand entertainment. . . . A plausible and human Lincoln, of us and yet beyond us," wrote Yale professor Harold Bloom.

Book: $14.32
Kindle: $11.84

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How a 23-year-old makes $500,000 a year tweeting random facts


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When Kris Sanchez joined Twitter in 2009, he didn't expect much to come of it.

"I really started my Twitter account because I wanted to follow Britney Spears," Sanchez told Business Insider. "I'm a huge fan."

He found he didn't have much to tweet about in his daily life, so he started sharing random facts he found while procrastinating on the internet.

He obviously had a knack for it.

"By 2011, I had decided to start tweeting 24/7. So that's a fact every 15 minutes," he said.

And thus, UberFacts was born.

In 2012, he hit 200,000 followers, including some big names, like Paris Hilton and Khloe Kardashian. Not much later, an ad network reached out.

"They helped me see how I could actually make money off of UberFacts, by building galleries and tweeting links," Sanchez said. "I was getting checks of $600 or $800 a week, and I couldn't believe it."

Today, Sanchez's Twitter account has an astounding 9.4 million followers. The Facebook page has more than 1.27 million likes, and the Instagram account has more than 468,000 followers.

He makes about $500,000 a year on UberFacts.

He recently launched an UberFacts app, which is projected to eventually bring in an additional $60,000 a week. The app allows users to like and comment on facts and share them with their friends.

Sanchez also recently hired two people to help him look up facts and schedule tweets for the day. They generally tweet between two and four facts from the account each hour.

"That’s what we decided works so that people who aren’t following that many accounts aren’t flooded with UberFacts," he said.

Sanchez's facts tend to be just unbelievable enough to warrant a share.

Last year BuzzFeed published a piece criticizing Sanchez for tweeting questionable or incorrect facts.

But Sanchez defends his strategy for verifying the facts he tweets.

"We make sure that we can find multiple sources for each fact," he said. "Sometimes we make mistakes. Sometimes other sites make mistakes, or one site says something's true and the other says it's not. Having a team helps with that."

Sanchez tweets full time, but he hopes to one day get into TV production or write a book. For now, he's working on expanding the brand's reach.

"I never expected it would be my full-time job," he said. "I’ve always enjoyed entertaining people. I’m hoping that the brand brings a different kind of value to the Internet. If these tweets can make people think, I think it does that."

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Legendary photographers posing with their most iconic images


photographerSince 2006, photographer Tim Mantoani has captured more than 150 photographers and the iconic images that made them famous in a single shot for his "Behind Photographs" series.

"It was important to step back and understand that cameras didn't make these photos, photographers made these photos," Mantoani told WIRED. "Without these people and their understanding of photography, these moments would not be there for us to understand and appreciate over the course of time."

To create the images Mantoani rented a massive 20x24 Polaroid camera made in the 1970’s to shoot legendary music photographer, Jim Marshall and sports photojournalist, Michael Zagaris. "I asked each of them to bring in a few of their most iconic or favorite shots and I made my first portraits," Mantoani wrote Business Insider.

Here are a few from Mantoani's portraits republished from "Behind Photographs" with permission:

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Steve McCurry: Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984. I looked for this girl for 17 years and finally found her in 2002. Her name is Sharbat Gula.

Beijing 1989


Jeff Widener: Beijing, 1989. Widener holds his image of the Tank Man confronting a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square during the Tiananmen Square protests.


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Lyle Owerko: New York, 2001. No one knew such beautiful warm day would serve as the backdrop to one of the most painful and confusing events to the heart of mankind. This picture is one small part of such a huge event that ties the threads of thousands of stories and millions of people together.

Brown Bear


Thomas Mangelsen: Brooks Falls Katmai National Park, Alaska, 1988. I pre-visualized this possibility (of an image like this) from watching documentary films about the bears at Katmai and seeing a photograph in Alaska Air Magazine of a group of bears here at the falls.

The Beatles


Harry Benson: New York, 1964. Beatles Manager, Brian Epstein, had just told them they were number one in America and that I was coming with them to New York.

 Ali vs. Liston


Neil Leifer: Lewiston, Maine, 1965. 

John Lennon


Bob Gruen: New York, 1974. John Lennon asked me to come to his penthouse apartment on the east side of New York to take pictures for the cover of his ‘Walls + Bridges’ album. After we took a series of portraits for the record cover we took some informal shots to use for publicity. I asked him if he still had the New York City t-shirt I had given him a year earlier and he went a put it on and we made this photo.

Napalm Attack In Vietnam


Nick Ut:  Trang Bang Village, 1972. Kim Phuc 9 year-old girl runs naked on a road after being severely burned from South Vietnamese napalm attacks. 

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A life-or-death struggle between a buffalo, her baby and three lions has a surprising ending


Here is a video from north-west Tanzania, East Africa that shows a brave buffalo charge three lions after they grab a young calf.

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The 26 hottest power couples on Wall Street


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In honor of Valentine's Day, we've decided to feature some of the hottest power couples on Wall Street. 

The range here is wide. We have fund managers who date well-known actresses. We have bankers who are married to attorneys and television anchors. We even have someone who is married to a princess.

We wish them all a Happy Valentine's Day.  

Princess Madeleine and hedge funder Chris O'Neill

Status: Married

Him: O'Neill is a partner and head of research at Noster Capital, a value investing hedge fund. He doesn't have a royal title. 

Her: She's a Swedish princess. 

Fun Fact: The couple has a daughter, Leonore, and they are expecting their second child this summer.

Socialite Pippa Middleton and stockbroker Nico Jackson

Status: Dating 

Her: She's the younger sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. The socialite is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and writes pieces for The Spectator and Waitrose Kitchen.

Him: He's a stockbroker for Deutsche Bank who recently moved to Switzerland for work.

Fun Fact: The couple is currently trying long distance with Pippa in England and Nico in Switzerland.  

Chelsea Clinton and hedge funder Marc Mezvinsky

Status: Married

Her: Chelsea is the daughter of President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. She has previously worked for Mckinsey & Co., Avenue Capital, and was a correspondent for NBC

Him: He's a partner at Eaglevale Partners LP. He has previously worked at Goldman Sachs and New York-based hedge fund G3 Capital. 

Fun Fact: The couple welcomed a baby girl, Charlotte, in September 2014.

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The founder of an online pet pharmacy company is selling his Miami mansion for $25 million


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Marc Puleo, the former CEO of online pet pharmacy PetMeds, has listed his massive Miami mansion for $25 million.

The 6,700-square-foot home, which previously belonged to Enrique Iglesias, has five bedrooms, a glass-beaded pool, and amazing ocean views.

Puleo bought the home from Iglesias for $7.85 million in 2004, but he's spent more than $4 million on renovations since then, the Wall Street Journal reports.  

In addition to some beautiful design features, the house also has a high-tech Crestron home automation system, a 16-zone custom sound system, and a network of 26 surveillance cameras.

Known as the "Villa Jasmine," the house is located on a waterfront property Miami Beach's Sunset Island 1.

As you pass through the gates, you'll notice the quality brick work and arched doorways.

The three-car garage is perfect for storing your sports car and boat.

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Billionaire Barry Diller's $130 million floating park on the Hudson is actually going to get built, and it looks incredible


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Media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, have committed to funding a floating public park and performance space on a pier in the Hudson River. 

Their pledge of over $113 million will be the single largest private donation to a public park in New York City history, according to Capital New York.

And now, the project will officially be built after a unanimous vote by the Hudson River Park Trust approving the plan on Wednesday, according to DNAinfo.

Construction will begin on the park in 2016, and it is expected to be completed by 2019. According to DNAinfo, "more than half of the performances in the pier's amphitheater will be free or 'low-cost.'"

The new addition to the waterfront will be called Pier 55 and is expected to cost more than $130 million. The City of New York will provide $17 million to the project, while New York State will provide a separate $18 million for the construction of a public esplanade that will lead into the pier.  

Pier 55The park will be built on top of a platform 186 feet off the Hudson River shoreline, which will be supported by 300 mushroom-shaped concrete columns, according to The New York Times. The new space will be built above the flood plain required post-Hurricane Sandy. 

Pier 55The addition to New York's waterfront will also have lush gardens, wandering paths, and a 700-seat amphitheater that will host art events and performances. 

"New York has always reminded me of Venice, so I am happy the time has come to properly honor its waterways," Von Furstenberg said in a press release. 

Pier 55Diller and von Furstenberg’s family foundation created a nonprofit called Pier55 Inc. to maintain the park and commission arts programming for it.

To oversee the park’s performance venues, they have recruited Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin, playwright George C. Wolfe, producer Stephen Daldry, and Kate Horton. 

Pier 55The new pier was designed by Heatherwick Studio, the same company that designed the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, in collaboration with landscape architect Signe Nielsen. 

"Unexpected topography and captivating spaces will create physical, visual and cultural experiences found nowhere else in the city, much less on the waterfront," Nielsen said in the press release. "The drama and delight of the landscape will make this a magnificent destination that will define a new paradigm of public parks." 

Pier 55Construction for the new pier will begin in 2016 and include the demolition of Pier 54, which once served as the departure point for the Lusitana and was the planned arrival site of the Titanic.

pier 54 nyc"Pier55’s imaginative, almost dreamlike design and artistic ambition will touch everyone who visits. This park will be an invaluable public asset for our city for generations to come," Margaret Newman, executive director of the Municipal Art Society, said in the press release.

Pier 55The pier is expected to be open to the public by late 2019.

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9 models to follow on Instagram during New York Fashion Week


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New York Fashion Week has officially started. 

Even if you’re not into the clothes, it’s always fun to follow the models behind the scenes, and Instagram is the perfect place to get a glimpse into their lives. 

Whether you want style inspiration or just a better look at what really happens behind-the-scenes, here are the 9 best models to follow on Instagram during New York Fashion Week. 

The up-and-coming Sports Illustrated model Gigi Hadid made her Fashion Week debut only last year, but is expected to be the big star of this year's Fashion Week. In January, she was named the newest face of Maybelline.

A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Jan 19, 2015 at 6:08pm PST

(@gigihadid, 1.8 million followers)

Victoria Secret angel Karlie Kloss has a great Instagram account filled with behind-the-scenes model photos and pictures with her closest friends.

A photo posted by @karliekloss on Dec 18, 2014 at 4:55pm PST

(@karliekloss, 1.9 million followers)

Cara Delevingne is great to follow anytime of the year. Delevingne, known for her envy-worthy eyebrows, posts the most outrageous pictures of herself and her many celebrity friends. Also, she genuinely seems like she is always having fun.

(@caradelevingne, 9.6 million followers)

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11 inspiring quotes from Abraham Lincoln on liberty, leadership, and character



Abraham Lincoln kept the US united and freed black Americans from slavery.

To achieve these historic feats, he relied on a mastery of the written and spoken word. In honor of his 206th birthday, we've collected a few of his most inspiring quotes.

On genius

On hypocrisy

On reading

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Business Insider is hiring a paid graphic design intern



Man Working at Small Desk on LaptopBusiness Insider is looking for a Graphic Design Intern to assist the newsroom's Graphics team.

Projects would range from basic Photoshop requests to more creative assignments such as maps, charts and infographics — like these.

As an intern here, you'll gain valuable experience collaborating with journalists and designers in a fast-paced and fun work environment.

Other perks at BI include free snacks, ping pong, and never having to fetch coffee.


The ideal intern will be a super creative team player with amazing attention to detail. Other desired skills include:

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Mac proficiency
  • Experience with photo editing, digital illustration, typography, GIFs, and infographics.
  • Social media savvy -- you know what our audience wants to see and share.
  • Comfortable finding cool graphics and writing posts around them — like this

To Apply

Apply here with your resume and cover letter, including a link to your design website. Feel free to include any social media links, as well.

To see the type of graphics work we do, check out our Twitter account and our Instagram.

Please note: This internship requires that you work in our Manhattan office a minimum of three days a week, preferably full-time at 40 hours a week. 

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I tried a service that promises to fix your hangover with an IV drip — here's what it was like


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We all have been there: you go a little overboard the night before and wake up to a dry mouth, aching body, pounding headache, and maybe a little bit of vomiting. It sucks.

Now, if you live in the Manhattan area and have a few extra hundred dollars to spend, these mornings can be a thing of the past. The Hangover Club, one of a number of "hangover cure" services cropping up around the US, allows you to order a nurse on demand. The nurse, who is guaranteed to arrive in 45 minutes, administers a medical cocktail of fluids and vitamins that the company claims will fix your hangover and give you the energy you need to take on the day.

With packages ranging from $175 to $249, the service is marketed towards high-powered business types who need to take a client out for a night on the town and still function at work the next day. While I am certainly not a high-powered business type, I do, on occasion, get hung over, so I saw the immense value this service could provide. I decided I had to try it for myself.

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The night before

Obviously, in order to fully experience what the Hangover Club offers, one must be hung over. 

So, for the sake of science and journalism, I devised a plan to give myself a pounding, booze-induced headache. I searched online for "how to avoid a hangover," and reversed all the instructions. Eat a full meal? Nah, just one bag of chips for me. Drink lots of water? No, no thanks. Avoid sugary beverages? Ha!

My very scientific procedure to achieve maximum hangover was a six-pack of Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade, with each new bottle punctuated by a shot of nauseatingly sweet Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, all while I watched "Airplane" on Netflix alone on my couch.

hangover clubIt wasn't my favorite mixture of beverages, but I got through it. As the credits rolled and I surveyed the aftermath through blurry eyes, I knew I had done my job. I shuffled off to bed to dream of giant cranberries chasing after me.

The morning after

I awoke to pounding headache and a telephone call from Isa, the registered nurse from the Hangover Club who would administer my treatment, saying she was close to my apartment. I threw on some clothes and hobbled downstairs, my body aching from liquor and glucose.

Isa, who was lovely and very friendly, came right into my living room and proceeded to unpack a big backpack full of medical gear, which she spread out on my coffee table. It all seemed very official and I felt like I was in good hands.

I sat on my couch as she took my vitals and asked me a series of health questions before beginning the "Super package," which retails for $219. The package, which is the Club's mid-level treatment, consists of a bag of saline infused with electrolytes to rehydrate, as well as B-12 and B-complex injections, which are supposed to boost the immune system and help with energy. I was also given the option of an injection of pain reducers or anti-nausea medication. Because I didn't feel like I was about to throw up but my head was throbbing, I opted for the painkillers.

hang over clubAs I sat on my couch and watched the IV bag slowly drip its healing liquid into my bloodstream, I asked Isa about what it was like to get paid to treat partiers who overdid it the night before. She said she did it as a side gig, one that supplements her job as a hospital nurse.

Isa's on-call Hangover Club shifts last around seven hours, and she usually treats two or three patients a shift. She said her main clientele were indeed banker and finance types, as well as the hard-partying children of wealthy parents.

As we talked and my IV dripped away, I felt my headache going away. My body began to feel normal, as well. The procedure seemed to be working.

The whole thing took about an hour. When I said goodbye to Isa and headed to work, I could definitely feel the IV concoction kicking in. I didn't feel like I could run a marathon any time soon (though, when do I ever feel like running a marathon?), but I did feel like I had gone to bed early the night before without drinking more than one beer.

However, as the day wore on, I began to feel very queasy and experienced a bit of heartburn. I also felt like I was overheating at certain parts of the day. Later in the afternoon, I started getting an upset stomach. I wasn't feeling too hot.

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Did it work?

Researchers are still trying to figure out the science behind hangovers and what exactly causes them. Studies have shown that our bodies need to process the alcohol before a hangover can truly go away. Part of that starts right away, but the hangover-related byproducts we create when breaking down alcohol don't appear until about 10 hours after you stop drinking and can last for quite some time.

So, while rehydrating yourself (by drinking water, Pedialyte, or getting an IV drip) can help to lessen the pain from dehydration that usually accompanies a hangover, the debilitating effects of the hangover itself may remain. Science would suggest that not much actually cures a hangover other than time — not even a fancy IV drip.

When I spoke to founder of the Hangover Club, the aptly-named Dr. Maurice Beer, he told me he wouldn't call his company's service a cure-all, but rather a "hangover recovery accelerator." Not only does the procedure rehydrate the body, but it also works to re-alkalize the bloodstream and hasten the processing of the toxins by the kidneys, he said. 

As for feeling ill all afternoon, Dr. Beer said that everyone breaks down alcohol differently: some faster, some slower, and for some folks, not at all. He said I also may have been experiencing a "rebound affect," where the benefits of the medicine wear off and the hangover comes back.

So, does the Hangover Club work? Whether real or perceived, it certainly made me feel better for a few hours. Beyond that, I can't say for sure. I'd need to try it again. But don't let that stop you from tying one on tonight and trying it out yourself tomorrow morning.

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