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DEAL OF THE DAY: save 50% on these premium noise-canceling headphones


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Carl's Jr. is out with a sexy new ad starring Victoria's Secret supermodel Sara Sampaio


Following its sexy Super Bowl commercial that went viral, Carl's Jr. and Hardees released a new TV spot featuring up-and-coming supermodel Sara Sampaio. In the ad, the 23 year-old Portuguese beauty promotes the fast-food chain's Thickburger El Diablo.

Sampaio also models for Victoria's Secret and was voted as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue's 2014 Rookie of the Year.

Sampaio joins the illustrious ranks of past Carl's Jr. "Burger Babes" such asParis Hilton, Kate Upton, Nina Agdal,  Katherine Webb and Emily Ratajkowski

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The 15 smartest US presidents of all time



In 2006, University of California at Davis psychology professor Dean Simonton completed a comprehensive study examining the "intellectual brilliance" of 42 US presidents.

The top 15 who appear on this list were compiled by Libb Thims — an American engineer who compiles high IQ scores as a hobby — using the results of Simonton's study.

Because IQ scores weren't available for all of the presidents, Simonton estimated their scores based on certain personality traits noted in their biographies that would indicate a higher-than-average level of intelligence, such as "wise," "inventive," "artistic," "curious," "sophisticated," "complicated," and"insightful."

Simonton then gave each president a score based on his personality traits, which he then interpreted as a measure of the chief executives' "Intellectual Brilliance."

Each president's resulting IQ score, then, is based on a measure of his intellectual brilliance, which in turn was evaluated based on their personality traits, openness to experience (receptiveness to actions, ideas, values, etc.), and achievements relative to their age.

15. Franklin Pierce

Franklin Pierce was the 14th president and served between 1853 and 1857. By Simonton's estimates, Pierce had an IQ of 141. 

After graduating from Bowdoin College, Pierce was elected to the New Hampshire legislature at the age of 24 and became its speaker two years later.


14. John Tyler

John Tyler served as the 10th US president after his predecessor, William Henry Harrison, died in April 1841.

Tyler attended the College of William and Mary and studied law. Although he had an (estimated) IQ of 142, his peers often didn't take him seriously because he was the first vice president to become president without having been elected.

Despite his detractors, Tyler passed a lot of positive legislation throughout his term, including a tariff bill meant to protect northern manufacturers. 



13. Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore was the 13th president and the last Whig president.

He had an IQ of 143, according to Simonton's estimates, and lived the quintessential American dream. Born in a log cabin in the Finger Lakes country of New York in 1800, Fillmore became a lawyer in 1823 and was elected to the House of Representatives soon after.

When Zachary Taylor died, Fillmore was thrust into the presidency, serving from 1850 to 1853.

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Finding housing in New York City is stressful — here's the strategy I've used


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New York City's housing market is expensive and daunting.

The average monthly rent for a studio in Manhattan just hit a record high of $2,351.

Available apartments come and go in a day sometimes, so if you see something you like, you better be ready to sign ASAP.

When you hear things like that, it makes you wonder how you'll ever find an apartment — and one that's within your budget, too.

I have some good news for you: I've done it twice.

Instead of looking for an entire apartment though, I've always looked to sublet a room in an apartment, and it's worked out well for me.

Here's how I've done it.

Craigslist became my life.

Before my move from Chicago to NYC last fall, my mom and I flew into NYC for five days to look at apartments. In the week leading up to our trip, I spent pretty much any and all free time I had on my laptop perusing Craigslist for possible homes.

What I like about Craigslist is that it allows you to filter your searches. Instead of being forced to comb through thousands of housing posts, you can specify the location you want, your price range, if you want the post to include an image, and what kind of housing you're looking for, to name a few.

Although you have to be careful of the many scams on Craigslist (don't ever transfer money to someone if you haven't met them and haven't seen the place they're offering), I actually ended up finding my first apartment through Craigslist, and it worked out really well. I lived in a three bedroom, one bathroom apartment in the East Village with two great female roommates who were around my age.

Friends on Bench

I told everyone I was looking for an apartment.

You just never know who knows who, and if they might end up helping you find a room. Perfect example: The second time I was looking for a place to live, I told my editor at work that I was apartment hunting. The next day, she told me she had a friend who had posted on Facebook that he needed someone to sublet his room. When that option ended up not working out, she reached out to her alumni group. She received multiple replies and passed them on to me, and one of them ended up being a great fit.

Had I not mentioned that to my editor, I probably wouldn't have found that apartment, since some people don't like to post on such public platforms like Craigslist. Also, if you're able to find something through a friend of a friend, it takes away some of randomness, and you at least know you're not wasting your time with a scam.

I used social media.

What's the best way to reach out to all your friends and acquaintances to tell them you're in need of a room? Social media, of course. Post on your Facebook profile, post in individual Facebook groups, tweet, Instagram, use all forms of social media to get your message out. This will only increase your chances of finding something. 

There are also some Facebook groups created especially for those who are looking for a place to live. When I was looking for my second apartment in NYC, my former roommate told me about a group called Gypsy Housing, which is a place primarily for those in the performing arts to post if they're offering or seeking housing in NYC. Many of the places I looked at I found through this group.

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I was persistent and dedicated a lot of time to my search.

Finding housing in a city as big as NYC is stressful, and if you're going to do it without the help of a professional, you better be ready to put the time in. When I was in the thick of looking for apartments, I was constantly — every couple hours or so — checking the housing resources I was using. That's the thing about apartments in NYC: They become available as quickly as they're taken. The quicker you contact someone about an apartment posting, the better chance you have of getting it.

And just because you don't hear back from someone right away, doesn't mean their place isn't available anymore. Send a follow-up and let them know how interested you are. You have nothing to lose. Yes, you sometimes have to put the rest of your life on hold, but when you find the apartment you've been looking for, it's worth it.

I realized there's no such thing as the 'perfect' apartment.

If you're looking for an apartment that checks every single one of your boxes, you're going to get discouraged pretty quickly. The second apartment that I found was exactly what I wanted, except for the fact that it doesn't have laundry facilities in the unit or building. I'm really particular about how my clothes are washed, so that means I'll be making a few trips to the laundromat. Not my first choice, but I figured having a large room with a decent-sized closet, in a clean apartment with a nice roommate, in a good location outweighed the lack of laundry.

Decide what matters most to you and what you're willing to sacrifice, because otherwise your search will never end.

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6 robot cleaners that will keep your house looking spotless [up to 70% off]



Why clean your house when you can get a mini robot to do the work for you?

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Whether you have pets or a pool, we have the cleaner for you here.

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The 20 US colleges with the most liberal students


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As part of its annual college ranking, The Princeton Review ranks the US colleges with the most liberal students.

While not everyone at these liberal schools are Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging, clove smoking vegetarians, these campuses are home to some of the most left-of-the-spectrum students in the country. 

These schools also often make The Princeton Review's lists that rank the most politically active students, the most LGBT-friendly students, and students who are the least interested in sports.

Every school on the list is a small liberal arts college with an average undergraduate enrollment of 1,613 students among the 20 colleges. Only five schools on the list are from the south and midwest combined, while the remaining 75 percent are located in the northeast, pacific northwest, and California — typically blue states. 

From northern New England to southern California, here are the most liberal schools in the US:

  1. Sarah Lawrence College – Bronxville, New York
  2. Warren Wilson College – Asheville, North Carolina
  3. Bennington College – Bennington, Vermont
  4. Bard College – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  5. Marlboro College – Marlboro, Vermont
  6. College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor, Maine
  7. Beloit College – Beloit, Wisconsin
  8. Reed College – Portland, Oregon
  9. New College of Florida – Sarasota, Florida
  10. Smith College – Northampton, Massachusetts
  11. Macalester College – St. Paul, Minnesota
  12. Skidmore College – Saratoga Springs, New York
  13. Grinnell College – Grinnell, Iowa
  14. Pitzer College – Claremont, California
  15. Mills College – Oakland, California
  16. Vassar College – Poughkeepsie, New York
  17. Occidental College – Los Angeles, California
  18. The Evergreen State College – Olympia, Washington
  19. Lewis & Clark College – Portland, Oregon
  20. Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Science says that parents of successful kids have these 7 things in common


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Anybody who has kids — or hopes to — wants them to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things in the professional world. 

While there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.

They are: 

High expectations 

Using data from a national survey of 6,600 children born in 2001, University of California, Los Angeles professor Neal Halfon and his colleagues discovered that the expectations parents hold for their kids have a huge effect on attainment

"Parents who saw college in their child's future seemed to manage their child toward that goal irrespective of their income and other assets," he said in a statement.

The finding came out in standardized tests: 57% of the kids who did the worst were expected to attend college by their parents, while 96% of the kids who did the best were expected to go to college.

This falls in line with another psych finding: the Pygmalion effect, which states "that what one person expects of another can come to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy." 

In the case of kids, they live up to their parents' expectations.

A higher socioeconomic status

Tragically, a fifth of American children grow up in poverty, a situation that severely limits their potential.

It's getting more extreme. According to Stanford University researcher Sean Reardon, the achievement gap between high and low-income families "is roughly 30% to 40% larger among children born in 2001 than among those born 25 years earlier." 

As "Drive" author Dan Pink has noted, the higher the income for the parents, the higher the SAT scores for the kids. 

"Absent comprehensive and expensive interventions, socioeconomic status is what drives much of educational attainment and performance," he wrote.

Higher educational levels

A 2014 study lead by University of Michigan psychologist Sandra Tang found that mothers who finished high school or college were more likely to raise kids that did the same. 

Pulling from a group of over 14,000 children who entered kindergarten in 1998 to 2007, the study found that children born to teen moms (18 years old or younger) were less likely to finish high school or go to college than their counterparts. 

Aspiration is at least partially responsible. In a 2009 longitudinal study of 856 people in semirural New York, Bowling Green State University psychologist Eric Dubow found that "parents' educational level when the child was 8 years old significantly predicted educational and occupational success for the child 40 years later."

Provide early academic skills

A 2007 meta-analysis of 35,000 preschoolers across the US, Canada, and England found that developing math skills early can turn into a huge advantage.

"The paramount importance of early math skills — of beginning school with a knowledge of numbers, number order, and other rudimentary math concepts — is one of the puzzles coming out of the study," co-author and Northwestern University researcher Greg Duncan said in a press release. "Mastery of early math skills predicts not only future math achievement, it also predicts future reading achievement." 

Offer sensitive caregiving 

A 2014 study of 243 people born into poverty found that children who received "sensitive caregiving" in their first three years not only did better in academic tests in childhood, but had healthier relationships and greater academic attainment in their 30s. 

As reported on PsyBlog, parents who are sensitive caregivers "respond to their child's signals promptly and appropriately" and "provide a secure base" for children to explore the world.

"This suggests that investments in early parent-child relationships may result in long-term returns that accumulate across individuals' lives," co-author and University of Minnesota psychologist Lee Raby said in an interview.

Avoid junk time with kids 

According to new research cited by Brigid Schulte at The Washington Post, the number of hours that moms spend with kids between ages 3 and 11 does little to predict the child's behavior, well-being, or achievement. 

What's more, the "intensive mothering" or "helicopter parenting" approach can backfire. 

"Mothers' stress, especially when mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids, that may actually be affecting their kids poorly," study co-author and Bowling Green State University sociologist Kei Nomaguchi told the Post.

Emotional contagion — or the psychological phenomenon where people "catch" feelings from one another like they would a cold — helps explain why. Research shows that if your friend is happy, that brightness will infect you; if she's sad, that gloominess will transfer as well. So if a mother (or father) is exhausted or frustrated, that emotional state could transfer to the kids. 

Teach a growth mindset

Where kids think success comes from also predicts their attainment. 

Over decades, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has discovered that children (and adults) think about success in one of two ways. Over at the always-fantastic Brain Pickings, Maria Popova says they go a little something like this: 

A "fixed mindset" assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can't change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

A "growth mindset," on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of un-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. 

At the core is a distinction in the way you assume your will affects your ability, and it has a powerful effect on kids. If kids are told that they aced a test because of their innate intelligence, that creates a "fixed" mindset. If they succeeded because of effort, that teaches a "growth" mindset.

In one study of 4-year-olds, Dweck let kids choose between solving easy or difficult jigsaw puzzles. The kids with a fixed mindset chose the easier one, since it would validate their god-given abilities. The growth-oriented kids opted for the harder puzzle, since they saw it as an opportunity to learn.

Like Popova notes, the "fixed" kids wanted to do the easy puzzle since it would help them look smart and thus successful; the "growth" kids wanted the hard puzzles since their sense of success was tied up in becoming smarter.

So when you praise your kids, don't congratulate them for being so smart, commend them for working so hard.

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Business Insider is hiring a full-time personal finance reporter for its Your Money section


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Do you love talking — and writing — about money?

Are you excited to explore the psychology of wealth, the challenges of saving, and the way successful people look at money?

Are you fascinated by people who pay off crushing debt and budget their money to retire early?

Business Insider is hiring a full-time reporter for its Your Money vertical, one of the fastest-growing sections of the world's No. 1 digital business publication.

Candidates should be comfortable writing quick, aggregated stories that highlight the most interesting angles of the day's news, while simultaneously working on reported medium-length and long-form features.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Insatiable curiosity
  • A strong voice and the ability to write with authority
  • Interest in digital media and how readers consume news on the web
  • Previous writing experience, preferably business
  • At least a Bachelor's degree
  • Journalism degree and/or background preferred
  • Copy-editing skills, light HTML and Photoshop experience, and knowledge of social media are also useful

APPLY HERE with a resume and cover letter if interested, and specify why you're interested in working on Your Money.

Please note that this position requires that you work in our Manhattan office. Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits.

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5 ways to look like a millionaire, even if you're not


Saying that you would dress better if you made more money is a hollow excuse to be sloppy, says image consultant Sylvie di Giusto.

You can gain an air of confidence and stature typically associated with the wealthy regardless of what you make.

We've created the following guide with the help of di Giusto, who has consulted individual executives and corporations like McKinsey and BMW through her company Executive Image Consulting, along with inspiration from Vicky Oliver's book "The Millionaire's Handbook: How to Look and Act like a Millionaire, Even if You're Not."How To Look Like A Millionaire Infographic

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Inside Facebook's futuristic new campus


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Facebook employees have started moving into the main building at the company's new campus, an expansion of its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Designed by noted architect Frank Gehry — who also designed Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall and Spain's Guggenheim Museum — the new building is a massive project several years in the making. 

"Mark Zuckerberg and I met three years and a handful months ago, and with incredible speed for this size of construction project, he’s moving into his building this month," Gehry said in a statement provided to Business Insider by Facebook. "From the start, Mark wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact and cost effective. He did not want it overly designed."

Employees officially began the move today, and though it's not yet complete, we've gotten our very first look inside. 

MPK 20 is the first building on Facebook's new campus to open for business, though it will take some time for employees to move in.

Totaling more than 430,000 square feet, it's a massive structure that will ultimately hold about 2,800 people.

One of the highlights of the new building is a nine-acre roof garden.

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This post-Soviet republic you've probably never heard of had better food than Rome


borschBelieve it or not, but the food I ate in Belarus was better than the food I ate in Rome.

I know what you're thinking.

Rome. Italy. Land of pasta, wine and artichokes. How could it possibly have worse food than a post-Soviet republic known for tractors and potatoes?

As it turns out, Rome's reputation as a beautiful tourist go-to is exactly why its food wasn't up to par. And vice versa for Belarus.

Rome's museums were way better than its pastas

Since Rome is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, it's not surprising that pretty much every eatery there is a tourist trap.

Although the food offered at these restaurants is good, you end up overpaying for what you are actually getting. Tellingly, virtually no Europeans ate at any of these spots; it was mostly American, Chinese and Russian tourists.

rome food italy pasta mushrooms shrimp

As it turns out, in Rome, what we were paying for wasn't the food itself, but rather the fact that we were eating it in Rome. You're not just eating a margarita pizza; you're eating in on the Piazza Navona next to the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.

(And, if you're a social media addict like I am, you are also paying for the opportunity to Instagram the fact that you ate Italian food in Rome.)

Even a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant — which our Roman friend told us "didn't lower its standards, even once the tourists came" — left something to be desired. The artichokes and home-made pasta was delicious, but the meal certainly wasn't mind-blowing and definitely not worth the price.

Don't judge a country's dumplings by its communist past

Belarus, on the other hand, isn't even close to being a major tourist destination. 

Although the country has significantly improved since the fall of communism in the 90s, it's still far from being a house-hold name. Consequently, when you eat there, you don't pay a premium for "eating in Belarus!"

In fact, it's actually quite the opposite. In order to improve their reputations, restaurants (and hotels and spas, etc.) in Belarus have to be so good, that the few plucky tourists who cross the borders will later go home and tell everyone how great everything was.

belarus food mushrooms fish deliciousWhile the pizza, pasta, artichoke triumvirate made up pretty much Rome's entire restaurant scene, Belarus' high-end restaurants had far more variety and richer tastes.

Fatty cold cuts; wild white mushrooms; grilled trout, halibut, and sturgeon; sour cherry-filled dumplings; pickled cabbage (similar to kimchi); black caviar; salo; cow tongue wrapped in pig ears (don't knock it til you try it!); Porcini mushroom soup with truffle butter; potato pancakes; the list goes on.

And let's not even get started on the alcohol selection.

Most notably, several places had Samogon (moonshine) in surprisingly delicious flavors such as black current and cherry, and even the at-your-own-risk horseradish option. Equally as important, there was a surprisingly good selection of Bavarian beers on tap at some pubs.

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It's exactly because we all know that Rome is a beautiful, wonderful, sophisticated European tourist destination that we are willing to overpay crazy amounts to eat decent food there. After all, you're not paying for the food — you're paying for the experience of eating in Rome.

But if you're looking for a truly insanely delicious meal, Belarus will not disappoint.

(And if you do ever get there, don't forget to try cow tongue wrapped in pig ears. It's unreal.)

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An Upper East Side apartment that looks like a replica of Versailles just listed for $10 million


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Most visitors would like to take home a piece of Versailles when they visit the palace. Interior designer Slatkin decided to make his own.

He bought two apartments in an Upper East Side co-op building and spent nearly two decades renovating it to become his own "homage to Versailles," according to the New York Times.

Slatkin is selling the home for $10 million as it's now “a finished canvas."

Nikki Field of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

The Brisbane House at 1215 Fifth Avenue is a Central Park-facing co-op building in the Upper East Side area brokers are increasingly calling "Upper Carnegie Hill." (Though it would more traditionally be referred to as East Harlem.)

The entire apartment was completely redone to mimic the opulence of Louis XVI.

Though this entrance hall isn't quite as grand as the Hall of Mirrors, it's probably the most similar you'd find this side of the Atlantic.

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Students at this alternative NYC high school get jobs, not grades

18 brilliant ideas for the skyscraper of the future


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The winners of this year's eVolo Skyscraper Competition deal with some daunting themes, including overcrowding, global warming, and environmental disaster.

The contest, sponsored by eVolo Magazine and now in its 10th year, asks architects to envision the future of vertical living.

Nearly 500 contestants submitted their ideas for the skyscrapers of tomorrow, and three winners and 20 honorable mentions were selected by a jury of leaders in the fields of architecture and design.

These buildings may not be feasible today, but they attempt to answer some big questions about the future of urban spaces.

The first-place winner was "Essence," a proposal to put a non-urban environment in a dense city center. The building would have 11 landscapes with fish tanks, jungle areas, and other environments.

Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo, Poland

In second place, "Shanty-Scraper" would be a mixed use residential and workspace for impoverished fishermen in the slums of Chennai, India. It would be built from recycled materials found within the city.

Suraksha Bhatla, Sharan Sundar, India

Third-place "Cybertopia" combines the digital and physical worlds in a building that can grow using 3D-printed technology and portable "ships."

Egor Orlov, Russia

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Get an insane full body workout at home using a kettle bell [up to 48% off]


kettle bellKettle bell training is a great option for pro athletes and amateur gym goers alike.

"The reason for the surge in kettle bell training is that it gets back to basic training that requires functional, whole body fitness... a great way to get a whole body workout in a relatively short period of time," according the American Council on Exercise.

By working out with Cap kettle bells, you'll get a combination cardio and strength training workout.

Pro-tip: kettle bells a great option for the super busy types because you can get a full workout right at home with one.

Cap Barbell Kettle bells up to 33% off (prices vary)


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Yahoo Style editor Joe Zee has sold his gorgeous New York apartment for $2 million


Joe Zee, editor-in-chief and executive creative officer for Yahoo Style, has sold his New York City apartment for $2 million, Page Six reports.

The buyer is fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, who already owns an apartment next door. 

Zee's old apartment is gorgeous, with 11-foot ceilings and hardwood floors. 

joe zee apartmentjoe zee apartmentZee has had a long career in fashion. Before joining Yahoo, he served as the creative director of ELLE magazine.

joe zee apartmentjoe zee apartmentThere are huge windows that offer views of the Empire State Building and much of Manhattan.

joe zee apartmentjoe zee apartmentThere's even a large wraparound terrace, big enough for patio furniture.

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 Zee posted a picture of himself signing the apartment over to Rodriguez Thursday.


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13 things you never knew about the Eiffel Tower


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The Eiffel Tower was officially completed in Paris 126 years ago on Tuesday, after 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days of construction.

It stood as the gateway for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), honoring the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, and continues to make an impact on the world’s consciousness today.

In honor of the famous world attraction’s birthday, here are 13 cool facts about the Eiffel Tower that everyone should know.

eiffel tower world fair exposition internationale 18891. The Eiffel Tower wasn’t the brainchild of Gustav Eiffel. Instead, his senior engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier designed the building. Gustav Eiffel wasn't overly interested in the project, but sent the engineers to the head of the company’s architectural department, Stephen Sauvestre. With Sauvestre's edits, Eiffel got behind the final plans and bought the rights to the patent.

2. The Eiffel Tower in numbers. 300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron, 2.5 million rivets, 10,000 tons, 984.25 feet high.

3. The tower was built as a symbol of modern science. Or as Eiffel himself said, “not only the art of the modern engineer, but also the century of Industry and Science in which we are living.” At the time that the tower was being built, another technology was also in its infancy — photography. As the tower was assembled, many photographers captured series of photographs to show the tower’s construction.

Eiffle tower construction

4. At the time of its construction, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world. It wasn't until 1930, when New York City’s Chrysler Building rose to 1,046 feet, that the tower lost that title.

5. The Eiffel Tower's elevators weren't operational at first. On May 6, fairgoers were allowed to enter the tower, but the 30,000 visitors had to climb 1,710 steps to reach the top. The lifts finally entered service on May 26.

6. Parisians originally hated the Eiffel Tower. Newspapers received angry letters that said the tower didn’t fit into the feel of the city and there was a team of artists that rejected the plan from the get-go. One apocryphal story says that novelist Guy de Maupassant said he hated the tower, but ate lunch at its restaurant every day. When he was asked why, Maupassant replied that it was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see it.

eiffel tower7. It changes height by the season. Because it’s made with puddled (wrought) iron, the tower’s metal expands when exposed to the summer sun, causing the structure to rise by as much as 6.75 inches.

8. The Eiffel Tower was only meant to stand for 20 years. But the French military and government began using it for radio communication and later telecommunication. When the permit expired in 1909, the City of Paris decided to keep it.

9. The Eiffel Tower has stood up to quite a lot during its lifetime. It transmitted radio signals during WWI and during WWII the elevator wires were cut so that the Nazis could not use the tower (after Allied troops entered the city, the elevators were fixed). It has even survived a fire on its top floor and over 250 million visitors from around the world climbing on it.

10. The tower is not painted one uniform color. To counteract atmospheric perspective, the tower is painted darker at the top and becomes gradually lighter toward the bottom.

11.Every seven years, 50 to 60 tons of paint are applied. The new layers are needed to protect the tower from rust.

12. It’s not just a tourist attraction. The Eiffel Tower has housed a newspaper office, a post office, scientific laboratories, a theater, and the first level becomes an ice rink every year.

13.It is the most visited paid monument in the world. The tower attracts almost 7 million visitors every year, 75% of them from other countries. Here’s the full breakdown:

eiffel tower visitors

eiffel tower visitors

For more cool facts on the Eiffel Tower, visit the monument's website here.

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Tommy Hilfiger relists his penthouse at New York's Plaza Hotel for $75 million


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The New York Post is reporting that fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has dropped the price of his Plaza Hotel penthouse to a still-staggering $75 million.

Hilfiger and his wife Dee Ocleppo listed the home last year for $80 million, which at the time made it one of the most expensive homes on the market in America.

The duplex condo is located on the 18th and 19th floors of the Plaza and has five bedrooms with views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue.

It was originally marketed as a "fixer-upper” for $50 million back in 2008, but it never sold. Now it’s back on the market after a $20 million renovation and massive price bump.

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Welcome to Tommy Hilfiger's duplex at the top of New York's Plaza Hotel.

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