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100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime

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Iguazu Falls

With spring tantalizingly close, our minds are starting to drift toward vacation.

And if you're stuck in front of a computer all day, then yours probably is, too.

We've updated our bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2015's travel hotspots.

From eating pizza in Naples to sleeping in a luxurious overwater bungalow in the Maldives, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime.

Did we miss your dream destination? Let us know in the comments. And check our Wanderlust board on Pinterest for more beautiful travel photos. 

See the great wildebeest migration in Africa's Serengeti National Park.



Get splashed under Iguazu Falls, one of the world's widest waterfalls, which borders Brazil and Argentina.



Snap the ultimate tourist shot at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.



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The ultimate guide to finding the right sunglasses

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A great pair of sunglasses can instantly elevate your look — even if you're just wearing jeans and a t-shirt.

The trick, of course, is knowing what the right pair is for you.

But don't worry. All you need to do is remember two things when looking for shades:

  1. You want to find a pair that complements your face shape. The general rule is the that shape of your sunglasses should be opposite of your face shape. 
  2. You want to invest in pair with a classic shape so that you can wear them for many years.

We've put together a guide based on these two rules to help find the perfect pair for you.


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You have a square face if... you have a strong jaw that's pretty much the same width as your forehead, and your chin is not too defined.

Look for sunglasses that... have round frames. You don't need to go full-on John Lennon — just as long as the sunglasses have a softer look to them. If you're not into that, you can also get away with classic aviator sunglasses.

Rounded frames:
Investment: Oliver Spencer, $335
Deal: TOMS, $139

Aviator frames:
Investment: Ray-Ban, $200
Deal: Ray-Ban $150


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You have a round face if... the widest part of your face is at your cheeks, and your face is not very angular.

Look for sunglasses that... are rectangular, which will give the illusion that your face is more angular than it is. Additionally, they will make your face look longer. (Just trust us here.)

If you have darker skin or hair, you can pull off darker colored and more rectangular sunglasses. If you have lighter skin or hair, stick to browns and yellows with a slight curve to them. Dark ones will over power you and make you look like Neo from the Matrix.

Darker hair/complexion:
Investment: Barton Perreira, $470
Deal: TOMS, $139

Lighter hair/complexion:
Investment: Persol, $330
Deal: TOMS, $189


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You have a long face if... your face is significantly longer than it is wide. 

Look for sunglasses that... will break up your face, and make your face look more proportional in terms of width to length. Here you want to look for sunglasses that don't extend past the widest part of your face (then it'll look like your face is even slimmer than it is). Additionally, try to stick to frames that have a nearly 1:1 ratio on width to length.

Modern clubmaster:
Investment: Eyevan, $535
Deal: TOMS, $139

Rounded shape:
Investment: Garrett Leight California, $400
Deal: Diesel, $150


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You have a triangular face if... your chin is pointed or defined. Check the width of your forehead compared to your chin: if you forehead is way wider, then you have a triangular face.

Look for sunglasses that... are rectangular in order to balance out the chin to forehead ratio. If you have smaller features, stick with smaller lenses. But if you have more prominent features (or a beard) you can pull off the larger lenses.

Rectangular, larger:
Investment: Paul Smith, $300
Deal: Carrera, $129

Rectangular, smaller:
Investment: Tom Ford, $455
Deal: Ray-Ban, $115

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Business Insider is hiring a commerce editor

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amazon shipping boxesBusiness Insider is growing its e-commerce team, and we're looking for an editor with a passion for finding the best deals and products and an ability to share his or her excitement with readers in clear, compelling copy.

The ideal candidate is a conversational writer with some editorial experience who's confident and careful when reviewing products, and can describe the pros and cons of any given item with conviction.

Commerce content includes everything from awesome deals on must-have products to unique items and gadgets that are new to market. These are the things you’d want to tell your friends about. You will have the opportunity to pursue your own coverage areas, as well as build an editorial calendar to support major retail events (think Cyber Monday).

Business Insider generates revenue when readers buy products through our site. You’ll be coming on board to help us build out this program, and along the way, be part of a new enterprise focused on adding value for readers. The program debuted in 2014 to great success, selling tens of thousands of products ranging from drones to clothes.

If you have experience in product journalism and are passionate about covering deals, gadgets, style sales, e-commerce sites and more, this is your dream job. Join our e-commerce team and help build an exciting new coverage area. 

Responsibilities:

  • Write deal round-ups and make product recommendations, following the Business Insider voice and style guide
  • Research clothes, grooming products, accessories, household items, gadgets, and other things that are worth readers' time and money
  • Source exclusive deals from retailers with the help of our business team
  • Take feedback from readers to improve existing recommendations and generate new ideas
  • Promote your stories on social networks
  • Track your posts in affiliate analytics

Qualifications:

  • Editing experience and a desire to find the best deals and products around the web
  • An understanding of Business Insider’s audience and writing style
  • A huge interest in shopping for great products, finding good deals, and taking advantage of coupon codes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Google Drive and Analytics
  • Flawless grammar, spelling, and usage
  • Basic understanding of Photoshop and HTML (more than basic is a plus)

APPLY HERE: Please include a resume; links to your social profiles, and a cover letter that details two products you think are great for Business Insider’s readers.

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You can now buy a full replica of a wild west town in California for $950,000

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If you've ever wanted to have your own personal John Wayne fantasy, now may be your chance.

A one-acre painstakingly reproduced replica of a wild west town is now for sale in the deserts of Valley Center, California.

It has pretty much all you need to live your fantasy: a train station, a town jail, a general store, and even a saloon. While there is a house on the property, it's a bit of a let down in light of how cool the town is.

Though it's been featured in both TV commercials and movies, the town has never been opened to the public. “It’s actually a private place,” listing agent Earl Brown told Realtor.com. “I venture 95 percent of the people in our town don’t even know it’s there.”

The property originally went up for sale in June of 2014 for $1.2 million, but just reduced to $950,000, Curbed notes.

Realtor.com has the listing.

If your dream is to own a replica wild west town, that dream is now possible.



The meticulously detailed town sits on one acre of dusty California desert — an appropriate setting.



It's so realistic, even commercials and movies have been filmed in it. Every stereotypical building you would expect to find in a town in the wild west in accounted for, including...



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The wild and crazy life of Shane Smith, cofounder and CEO of Vice

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shane smithShane Smith, cofounder and CEO of $2.5 billion media company Vice, is a highly controversial figure.

From $300,000 steak dinners to wild, celebrity-packed parties, Smith is always pushing the envelope. His personal net worth has been estimated to be as much as $400 million.

He's also an accomplished journalist who has traveled everywhere from Libya to North Korea.  

Smith has served as Vice's resident partier since he cofounded the magazine in 1994. Here he attends a screening of "The Vice Guide to Everything," a series the media company launched in New York City in 2010.



From the beginning, Vice's brash style appealed to a punk rock, drug-using audience. Smith fit the mold. "I would be at the party and would just want to get wasted, take coke and have sex with girls in the bathroom," he told the Financial Times in 2012.

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In recent years, Vice has expanded its coverage to include politics, tech, music, fashion, food, and more general news coverage. It's also launched a record label, book imprint, online TV network, and ad agency, but Smith still knows how to have a good time. Here he's seen partying onstage with Bono and Jony Ive during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

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Spanish artist makes profound point by Photoshopping celebrities to look fat

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Cobie Smulders 'Big Girl, you are beautiful'

20-year-old Spanish artist David Lopera has attracted the eyes of the internet with a long-running series of photoshopped celebrity pics.

But instead of slimming women down — as Photoshop is overwhelmingly used for — Lopera uses the software to make them look heavier.

Beyond serving as fodder for tabloids asking "Does Rita Ora look better bigger?" Lopera's images have also sparked a conversation over whether they advance or undermine the body positivity movement.

Lopera's first "makeover" image manipulated the album cover of Katy Perry's 2008 opus "One of the Boys."

Katy PerryThe NY Daily News reports that the image quickly went viral after Lopera posted it on his deviantart page, where the rest of his art can still be found. Lopera, a computer engineer, has since been flooded with requests to give specific stars the treatment.

"Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian are some of the most popular requests I get," he told the Daily Mail.

In an email to Business Insider, Lopera wrote that about 5% of his work is done on commission.

But outside of his client-base, some have expressed disapproval of Lopera's methods, if not of his goal to challenge beauty standards.

Over at feminist blog Bustle, Marie Southard Ospina opined that Lopera's "chosen mode of delivering this representation is resulting in even more manipulation of women’s bodies."

Karen Gillan David Lopera fat photoshopOspina added that "with all the plus-size and fat positive bloggers, models and activists posting real imagery meant to beat stigmatization, it seems unnecessary and almost disrespectful to turn to the altering of female celebrities in order to prove a point about body positivity."

Michelle Keegan fat photoshopShould Lopera's intentions be taken into consideration when judging the value of his say in the conversation? The Daily Mail thought it worth mentioning that Lopera is in a relationship with a "plump" woman himself.

Some of his comments reflect a noble goal: he tells the Daily News that he hopes to "change people’s mind about beauty standards."

Either way, Lopera will likely continue in his work. He told the Daily News that he hopes to go full time with his Photoshopping.

SEE ALSO: This photo of Cindy Crawford has never been Photoshopped — and now it's going viral

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Turn your iPad into a floating screen with the HoverBar

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We've found the coolest iPad stand out there.

With Twelve South's HoverBar 3, you can attach your iPad to the side of your desktop, or use it as a substitute laptop.

The HoverBar comes with fit clips so that you can use it with an iPad Air, iPad Mini, or generation 2 through 4 iPads.

The HoverBar 3: $99.99.

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out Aukey Desk Stand holder: $69.99 $35.99 [49%].

And if you want something for your iPhone or iPad mani, check out Twelve South's HiRise:$34.99.

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A 'billionaire’s compound' in the Bahamas’ Berry Islands is on sale for $41 million

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Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 million

164 acres of private land in the Bahama's Berry Islands is now going on sale through luxury Miami Beach realtor Worldwide Properties for $41 million.

Spotted on the Wall Street Journal, the estate is known as Frazer’s Hog Cay and is located off the coast of South Florida roughly 25 miles off the coast of Nassau.

What’s really special about the listing, however, is that in addition to the gorgeous beaches and landscape, the property has plans for a 22,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom compound that is currently in development. 

Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 millionThe seller is the former member of the Bahamian parliament and entrepreneur Ervin Knowles who has been amassing the real estate since the 1960s. 

In addition to the 22,000-square-foot renderings for the mansion, the property also has tropical orchards and a marina. There are additional plans for staff quarters, two smaller mansions, 16 Tiki-style bungalows, and sporting facilities including a soccer field.

Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 millionAccording to architect Enrique Rene Gonzalez of Gonzalez Architecture, the planned estate could cost between $20 million and $25 million to build, he told the WSJ. That's in addition to the land's $41 million pricetag.

But with views like this and white sandy beaches, it's worth it for the billionaire who just wants to leave it all behind.

Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 millionPlus if you really need to get back to the main land, Miami and Palm Beach are only 30 minutes away by jet and half a day away by yacht.

Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 millionWorldwide Properties has the exclusive listing. Keep scrolling to see more gorgeous renderings of what could be your own private island.

Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 million

Frazer’s Hog Cay Bahama berry islands $41 million

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Whiskey's domination could last for decades

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Whiskey's popularity is growing at breathtaking speed, and according to Citi, demographics indicate that its domination could last for years and years.

"...the key younger consumer segment (ages 21 to 34) is finally participating in the macro recovery in the U.S," Citi wrote in a recent note. "Given that the spirits category has shown a relatively solid 4% growth without full participation from younger consumers, we believe this represents a significant opportunity for faster growth ahead in the spirits category, particularly as these younger consumers gravitate towards more premium American whiskey brands."

And the premium whiskey brands are coming. Over the next few months American and Scotch whiskey makers will be rolling out "blindingly rare" bottles, according to spirits writer Robert Hayes-Peterson. The idea is to marry whiskey to luxury, of course, with traditionally homespun bourbon leading demand as the fastest growing spirit in the category.

The United States is especially dominating this premiumization trend — sales of high end American whiskey grew 19% in 2014. And as Business Insider's Shane Ferro noted, whiskey makes up 70% of all US liquor exports.

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Now, if whiskey going to really take over the world, it's going to have to steal market share from clear liquor drinkers. Vodka sales lagged in 2014, up only 3%, but whiskey distillers aren't using that as an excuse to sit on their laurels. 

They're using flavored whiskeys (think: Fireball) to charm sorority girls away from their vodka sodas. They're making "white whiskey" to pique the interest of bartenders and mixologists.

They're hoping once you go brown, you can't put it down.

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The right way to stretch your leather shoes

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Sometimes you need to add some breathing room to your leather shoes.

Whether the last pair of those great Allen Edmonds were just a half-size too small, or your favorite $400 Pradas just don't fit the way they used to it's crucial to know how to stretch them out and do it right.

We came up with a few ways to help.

1. Go see a professional.

Business Insider spoke with David Yushuvayev of David Shoe Repair on East 17th Street in Manhattan, and he showed us the great device he uses to stretch shoes for customers. It expands length-wise and width-wise to ensure your shoe is getting stretched in just the right places to match your foot.

Yushuvayev recommends dropping by your local shoe repair shop to get the job done, rather than investing in the device itself and not using it very often. "One time you stretch it, and then 10 years you leave it somewhere," he said. He charges about $15 for a stretch.

2. Use a good spray.

No matter which method you use to stretch your shoe, it's important to use a good shoe stretcher spray beforehand.

If your shoe doesn't need too much of a stretch, you might even get by with just that.

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Yushuvayev recommends the Meltonian Shoe Stretch & Softner Spray from SC Johnson. (Make sure you're only using this spray on real leather and suede.)

3. Get crafty at home.

If stretching your shoes is a common recurrence for you, then you might want to consider some DIY methods.

Lifehack recommends freezing a bag of water inside your shoes, so that when the bag expands, it stretches the leather as well (repeat as many times as needed).

Alternatively, Lifehack recommends heating your shoes with a hair dryer. Wear the shoes with thick socks, and aim the hairdryer at specific parts of the shoe that need a little more wiggle room.

Several blogs, including Shoe Digest, also recommend stuffing the shoes with peeled potatoes overnight. So that's also an option, though we're not sure how they'll smell the next morning.

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4. Try to buy shoes that fit.

Lastly or perhaps firstly  you should always aim to buy shoes that fit.

Podiatrist Paul Greenberg of Mount Sinai Hospital and Belvedere Podiatry Group says it's not a good idea to buy uncomfortable shoes with the intention of stretching them out later.

"They should be comfortable from the start," he said.

Remember that your feet will swell as the day wears on, so try to avoid early morning shoe-shopping trips, and head to the shops after work instead.

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Marshawn Lynch channels 'Boyhood' in bizarre trailer for movie about his life

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Things keep getting weirder and weirder for Marshawn Lynch. The famously media-shy Seattle Seahawks running back and Skittles spokesperson can now add another title to his resume: actor.

On Tuesday, a montage of scenes from "Family First: The Marshawn Lynch Story" appeared on the YouTube channel belonging to the film's director Mario Bobino. The four-minute clip shows what appears to be a pretty standard, Hollywood-style biopic of the famous football player's life, albeit on a much smaller budget than most major motion pictures.

Most coverage of the trailer has been negative, suggesting the clip looks unprofessional and low-budget. However we're going to give it the benefit of the doubt since, in the video's YouTube caption, the director says the clip "is not a trailer," and that "it's only a promotion to spark interest."

The clip is undoubtedly raw and unpolished. In fact, one scene that takes place at a high school football game lacks background noise from the crowd. So we'll have to wait and see. The movie currently doesn't have a release date.

Maybe we're reading into things a little too much, but the final shot of the trailer recalls the final scene of the Oscar-winning movie "Boyhood." Lynch is talking to a girl and, for a brief moment, looks directly into the camera.

Here's the shot from "Family First."
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And here's the shot from "Boyhood."
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Was this a mistake, or were Lynch and the filmmakers channeling Richard Linklater's movie? You be the judge.

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The 5 must-have books on whiskey, American cocktails, and moonshine

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The people have spoken: Vodka is out. Whiskey is in.

In honor of that transition, we found five great books on the liquor.

Some go through the history of whiskey, others include recipes for American whiskey cocktails, and one even tells you how to make your own moonshine (!).

So whether you want to educate yourself, or are thinking of getting a nice gift for a friend — check them out.


whiskey"Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide" by Michael Jackson 

If you're a whiskey newbie, we recommend getting this book. It's full of essays, pictures, food pairings, and recipes so that you can fake your way to whiskey knowledge.

Hardcover: $37.14


whiskey"American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit" by Clay Risen

With this book, you'll be able to navigate the history and traditions of American whiskeys, not to mention know what to look for when you're looking to buy.

Hardcover: $15.32


whiskey"The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey" by David Haskell

Another history-of-whiskey book, but this one comes with DIY instructions for making your own whiskey. Score.

Hardcover:$18.80
Kindle: $11.99


whiskey"Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend" by Al Young

Here's the story of the one-time most popular and best-selling bourbon in America, Four Roses. It's a great read, even if you're not a whiskey fan.

Plus, the drink is having a bit of a resurgence now

Hardcover: $6.93


whiskey cocktail"The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast" by the editors of Imbibe Magazine

Sometimes, you want to mix it up and go for a cocktail instead. This book contains 50 great cocktail recipes that will expand your whiskey drinking experience.

Hardcover: $15.18
Kindle: $9.99


 

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This all-boys school in DC is the smartest boarding school in America

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The all-boys St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., topped our list of the smartest boarding schools in America.

That's because students at St. Albans get an average SAT score of over 2100, according to Niche— the highest SAT score of any boarding school in the country.

Of course, the SAT isn't the only marker of intelligence. In the last five years, 80 St. Albans grads matriculated into Ivies; in the last eight years, 45 students have been National Merit Semifinalists, and 22 Presidential Scholars have attended the school. Some of St. Albans' most notable alumni include a number of politicians, like Al Gore and Senator Evan Bayh, actor Jeffrey Wright, and astronaut Michael Collins.

"Classes are difficult, and although the environment can be competitive at times, students learn a lot of skills and information that they can take with them to college and beyond," Cameron Thariani, St. Albans' most recent Presidential Scholar and current Harvard sophomore, told Business Insider in an email.

"I don’t think St. Albans has any particular SAT classes, review sessions, etc.," he wrote. "What St. Albans does offer is incredible writing courses, which help on the writing section, a great math department, which helps on the math section, and an amazing English department, which helps on the critical reading section — and in every class, St. Albans students learn how to think critically, which helps with preparation for the entire SAT and beyond."

St. Albans School classroomThe boys benefit from small classes, one-on-one guidance from faculty, and rigorous specialized classes like Coding for Cybersecurity (a class in computer programming and cyber defense strategy), The Stream-of-Consciousness Novel (a look at works by Woolfe, Faulkner, and Joyce), or Number Theory (a course in the relationship between numbers with a cryptology component).

The intensity of the classes is coupled with staff and faculty who push students to strive to be great, and not just good.

St. Albans School, boarding school"Much at the heart of the school is that one teacher is willing to do whatever it takes to help another boy learn and do the best he can," said former English teacher Paul Barrett.

Periods are broken up by lunch, worship, and open office hours with teachers. Students take at least four courses a semester, and each Upper School boy does about an hour of homework a night, in addition to writing term papers, studying for exams, and possibly completing independent studies.

St. Albans School class of 2014 commencement"They arrive here before 8:00, and they don't get home until 7:30, and it's such a rich, rich experience, but it's such a demanding one. I sometimes wonder how these boys do all that they do," said dean of faculty and Spanish teacher Sherry Rusher. "And I think that by the time they get to college they're so well-trained, and anything after this seems doable."

"The workload, of course, is preparing us for college," said Nicholas Folger, St. Albans class of 2010, "but they're also trying to prepare us for life. St. Albans is trying to bring out everything that there is about you. That's really the St. Albans way."

St. Albans also came in at No. 15 on our list of the most elite boarding schools in America.

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This chart shows a complete breakdown of flavor pairings in the kitchen

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It's hard to be a matchmaker in the kitchen. If your palette isn't naturally sophisticated, this graphic is the perfect crash course to take your taste buds to the next level. 

Information is Beautiful designer David McCandless and Willow Tyrer explored 1,000 recipes to find patterns in flavor combinations and visualized the results. For example, we were surprised to learn that blackberries complement seaweed and pigeon pairs well with cinnamon.

Check out the graphic below:

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McCandless's new book, "Knowledge is Beautiful," explores more visualizations like this one.

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Psychologists say white men benefit from these unconscious biases

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I'm a white male. 

As the New York Times has reported and loads of scientific research has found, membership within that demographic means that I am constantly benefiting from a range of sexist, racist, and unconscious biases.

While we'd have a more just society if that weren't true, a host of economic and psychological studies have found that white males are perceived as more likeable, hireable, and trustworthy than other groups. 

Let's get into the deeply uncomfortable research, because if we can become aware of these biases, we have a better shot at doing something about them.

In a blind test, professors with male names were rated higher than those with female names, regardless of their actual gender.

In a 2014 North Carolina State study, researchers split 43 students in an online course into four discussion groups.

A female instructor led two of the groups, and a male led the other two. The female instructor told one of her groups that she was a man, and the male instructor told one of his groups that he was a woman. Crucially, students couldn't see or hear the instructors, so they couldn't tell who was which sex. 

At the end of the course, students were asked to rate their instructors on 12 traits, including fairness, enthusiasm, and promptness. 

"We found that the instructor whom students thought was male received higher ratings on all 12 traits, regardless of whether the instructor was actually male or female," lead author Lillian MacNell said in a release. "There was no difference between the ratings of the actual male and female instructors."

Job candidates with "white sounding" names were rated higher than those with "black sounding" names. 

In a 2003 paper, economists Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan replied to help-wanted ads in Chicago and Boston with fake résumés. 

Some applicants used names like Emily and Greg, while others used names like Lakisha and Jamal. 

"The results show significant discrimination against African-American names," the authors wrote. "White names receive 50% more callbacks for interviews. We also find that race affects the benefits of a better résumé. For White names, a higher quality resume elicits 30% more callbacks, whereas for African Americans, it elicits a far smaller increase."

Looking at an identical case study, people preferred the male name over the female.

In 2003, Frank Flynn taught a Harvard Business School case study on Silicon Valley entrepreneur Heidi Roizin to a class at Columbia. Her story is epic: After graduating from Stanford's Graduate School of Business in 1983, she founded an early Silicon Valley software company before becoming president of Software Publishers' Association and later serving as Vice President of World Wide Developer Relations for Apple. Then she became a venture capitalist and Stanford lecturer. 

But when those Columbia students read her story, only half of them knew her as Heidi Roizin. The other half read the same story with a changed name: Heidi became Howard. 

The students reacted very differently to the same protagonist, depending on the perceived gender. 

"Although [students] think [Heidi is] just as competent and effective as Howard, they don't like her, they wouldn't hire her, and they wouldn't want to work with her," Flynn later said. "As gender researchers would predict, this seems to be driven by how much they disliked Heidi's aggressive personality. The more assertive they thought Heidi was, the more harshly they judged her (but the same was not true for those who rated Howard)."

In short, men are liked for being assertive, while women are disliked.

White people were more likely to get a free bus ride than black people.

In a recent Australian study, researchers asked 29 confederates of a range of genders and ethnicities to board buses, attempt to pay for the ride with a fare card that was out of money, and then ask for a ride to a station over a mile away when it didn't go through. 

In a Times op-ed, Yale law professor Ian Ayres said that the study "uncovered substantial, statistically significant race discrimination."

He continued:

Bus drivers were twice as willing to let white testers ride free as black testers (72% versus 36% of the time). Bus drivers showed some relative favoritism toward testers who shared their own race, but even black drivers still favored white testers over black testers (allowing free rides 83% versus 68% of the time).

That's the nature of white male privilege: Even if they and the people they interact with aren't aware of it, they're constantly getting the benefit of the doubt. 

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11 wonderful things you can do with coconut oil

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coconut oilThree years ago, my best friend started using coconut oil after reading about it on YouTube star Jenna Marble’s blog.

She could not stop raving about it: “It’s a make up remover! It’s a moisturizer! It’s a leave-in conditioner!” 

So I bought a jar, and I haven’t stopped using it since. 

For those who don’t know, coconut oil is a sort of waxy solid at room temperature that becomes oily when it’s heated up in your hands or if it’s been sitting in a hot room. 

Essentially, coconut oil is a sort of Holy Grail of natural products that is good for your skin, hair, nails, cooking, wood polish, dog care, and more.

These are 11 things this cheap, natural product can do:

1. Moisturizer: Whether it’s on your face, body, or hands, coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer. Rub a little bit between your hands and it will instantly become an oil that you can rub all over. Though it’s greasy at first, it will quickly absorb into your skin and nails.

2. Make up remover: Put on coconut oil all over your face before wiping it off with a towel or wipe. It’s one of the most effective make up removers I’ve ever used.

3. Acne: Coconut oil has antibacterial properties which can help with acne break outs. Whenever I’m using it, I notice I get less of those tiny pimples on my face. 

4. Treating infections/bug bites/bruises: Coconut oil has Monolaurin, which is said to be good for fighting bug bites. It also has anti-fungal properties and many natural health websites say that it can help with scratches, bug bites, infections, and even to help alleviate bruises.

5. Body scrub: Some beauty bloggers add white or brown sugar to their coconut oil for a make-your-own body scrub. Though I’ve never tried it, it sounds incredible (and cheaper than expensive name-brand alternatives).

6. Leave-in conditioner: When my friends have been introduced to coconut oil, this is one of the first things they’ll try. Coating your hair in coconut oil and letting it rest for 10-20 minutes will let follicles soak up as much moisture as possible. The result is shiny, thick, and very soft hair (just make sure you really rinse out all the greasy oil).

7. Shaving cream: I know a woman who keeps a jar in her shower and will use the oil to shave her legs. Not only is it very nourishing, but the water will roll right off the oil so it keeps protecting your skin while you shave. 

8. Cooking oil: If you’re using coconut oil for beauty as well as for cooking, I’d recommend keeping one jar in the bathroom and second jar in the kitchen. Coconut oil is good in replace of any other cooking oil and YouTube star Jenna Marbles freezes it into ice cube trays to use in smoothies. It can also be used to replace butter. 

9. Energy boost and health supplement: Many health blogs claim that coconut oil is also a natural energy boost that will also keep you full for longer. Though I can’t speak to this, I’ve heard other people truly rely on it as a part of their diet.

10. Wood/leather/metal polish: Simply take a little bit of coconut oil, and rub it into your table, scuffed leather goods, or any metal surface. Buff with a cloth to a shine. Easy.

11. Pet care: Whether it’s for a dry nose, cracked paws, or coat conditioner, coconut oil is a natural product to use for conditioning your pets. It’s also safe for them to eat so you won’t worry if they lick it off (some pet owners even purposefully put it into pet food). 

Those are just a few of the uses for coconut oil — some health blogs have over a hundred things you can do with it.

So now,here’s what to buy: 

For beauty uses, look for unrefined, virgin coconut oil (this is what I use). If you’re cooking, refined coconut oil is best 

You can pick up a substantial jar that will last for months from any organic grocery store such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. It’s pretty cheap, and shouldn’t cost more than $10. If you’re paying over $10 for coconut oil, you’re doing something wrong.

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6 shampoos to use if you're worried about hair loss

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The majority of men deal with hair loss.

In fact, two-thirds of American men will experience some sort of hair loss by the time they're 35 years old, according to the American Hair Loss Association.

Male pattern baldness, which is inherited genetically, is the major reason for hair loss (although stress and illness can also be catalysts).

So far, no cure has been found to stop hair loss completely, but there have been some innovations in trying to minimize the effects of male pattern baldness.

We've picked out our 6 favorite shampoos for men and women that may help fight against some hair loss. All were highly rated by reviewers. Check them out below.


If your hair is just thinning out:

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These three shampoos are for people in the early stages of hair loss: your hair is starting to thin out, but you're not quite balding yet. These shampoos may help prevent further hair loss, thicken the hair that you do have, and keep your scalp healthy.

If you're trying to avoid harmful chemicals...
Check out Pura d'or organic anti-hair loss shampoo (left). It's made with a natural preservative system that's all plant-based.
Price: $39.99 $35.99

If you want something that may stimulate some hair growth and reduce shedding...
Try Ultrax laboratories shampoo (middle).
Price: $59.99 $43.99

For something that may make hair feel fuller and thicker (and smells good, too)...
Try Phytoworx organic hair loss shampoo (right).
Price: $79.99$59.99

If you want to stimulate hair growth:

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If you are looking for something more heavy duty, these are the shampoos to consider.

For your run-of-the-mill hair growth stimulator...
Check out DS Laboratories growth shampoo (left).
Price: $36.50$21.40

For a shampoo that may "encourage" hair follicles to stay in their growth phase...
Try Green Touch Beauty shampoo (middle).
Price: $52.50$33.50

If you have dandruff and dry scalp...
Check oit PRI's hair regeneration system shampoo (right).
Price: $34.95 $16.95


 

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