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Porsche just had its best month ever in the US, and it's thanks to one car

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With 5,217 cars sold in April, Porsche's US operations had its best month in company history. 

According to the automaker, sales were up 28%, compared to the same period in 2014.

Although, 5,000 or so cars sold in a month may not sound all that impressive — especially compared to the the 62,000 F-Series pickups Ford sold — but for a boutique performance manufacturer, Porsche's sales numbers are terrific. 

The majority of this growth can be attributed to just one model — the Macan crossover. 

In April, the 1,537 Macans that left showrooms represent 29.5% of Porsche sales in the US. 

15 years ago, Porsche met with significant opposition when it decided to jump into the SUV market.

Many automotive traditionalists were confounded by the prospect of one of the world's great sports-car makers building four-door off-roaders. 

But Porsche's decision has been vindicated. The Cayenne SUV is Porsche's bestseller and a veritable cash cow for the company. And the new, smaller Macan crossover is extending that success. Of the 47,000 cars the company sold in the US last year, half were SUVs. 

Porsche could improve on that result this year. So far in 2015, 57% of the 16,647 vehicles Porsche sold have been either a Cayenne or a Macan. 

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We found this amazing personal ad for a 61-year-old 'DWJF' on Craiglist and asked her why she bothers — her answer is perfect

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Ellen Mausner

“I've tried online sites and am tired of looking at profiles with guys wearing hats and sunglasses. Are they in the witness protection program?”

That’s Ellen. She’s, by her own definition, a DWJF — divorced, white, Jewish female — and she’s looking for romance.

The 61-year-old Manhattanite recently posted a personal ad to Craigslist in an attempt to get one step closer to a “warm male mensch.”

You may be wondering, why Craigslist? So was I. After a cursory Google search, it's clear there are plenty of dating sites tailor-made for the over-50 crowd, not to mention the dozens created for the twenty-and-thirty-somethings.

So why, Ellen, would you take your quest to the land of apartment scams and $10 Ikea dressers? Surprisingly, she says, people are more honest there.

But let's start at the beginning. Ellen has dabbled in online dating for almost two decades.

“I started online dating shortly after I got divorced in 1998,” Ellen, a psychiatrist, told me when I contacted her — through Craigslist, of course — to inquire about her ad. “I tried it all — JDate, Match, eHarmony…” Her voice trails off, as if she’s thinking hard. She comes back. “eHarmony was the complicated one. So many questions. And for a few years, I had profiles on Match and J-Date up at the same time.”

Ellen's voice is warm and inviting. A stand-up comedian by night, she has a great sense of humor. And, like the rest of the millions of people registered on dating sites and apps across the internet, she finds dating exciting, if not simultaneously exhausting.

So after a grueling 17 years in the online dating world, Ellen decided to get back to basics. No, not by speed dating or being set up by friends or meeting a real-life matchmaker, but through Craigslist — the online classified section whose layout and functionality have been largely the same since its debut in 1995.

Here's her ad:

Ellen Mausner ad

The full text reads:

The dating world has changed a lot since I got divorced. Hook-ups? Friend With Benefits? Is that health and dental benefits? I'm kind of old fashioned so if you are genuinely single and want to meet someone educated and reasonable, please get in touch. I'm not a Victoria's Secret model but I am told I'm cute/pretty and have a sense of humor and am slim. I'd like to meet someone wonderful. I've tried online sites and am tired of looking at profiles with guys wearing hats and sunglasses. Are they in the witness protection program?

Seeking single/divorced/widowed professional funny, friendly male mensch for friendship/companionship and eventual romance in Manhattan. I love stand-up comedy, film, TV, theater, music, cruises, coffee, museums. I met a guy who didn't own a TV. I love TV! I enjoy reading and writing and am working on a book. I work part-time in Brooklyn, 3 days a week. Are you single and a fan of the arts? Do you have some free time on weekends for conversation and companionship? Seeking someone drug-free and truthful and reliable.

Please don't respond if you are alcoholic or smoke pot/use any drugs, or are married/involved with someone else, or are under 45. Pets and kids are fine. Non smoking and health-conscious. 5'5" 128 lbs., brunette.

Nothing on Ellen’s list strikes me as far-fetched. If anything, it’s a little cliche. Who’s looking for a mean-spirited liar? But as anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the dating scene knows, finding a true partner can be like searching for Waldo (as in “Where’s?”).

And Waldo, Ellen says, was not on any of the dating sites she signed up for.

“I learned to ask a lot of questions,” she told me when I asked what she had learned from her experiences. “When I go on dates now I say, you know, ‘are you completely, verifiably divorced,’ you know, ‘are you completely single?’ Because I learned separated really means married.”

According to a Pew Research study from April, 6% of singles ages 55-64 are online dating, a far cry from the overwhelming 22% of 25-to-34-year-old singles signed up to find love. And Ellen's age group is what Pew calls a thinning market; they have "a relatively limited number of available partners within their immediate social circles." 

Ellen, who has been riding the dating train since she was 44, has also seen the stigma of online dating disappear. "It used to be a thing no one understood or wanted to talk about," she recalls. "Like something was wrong with you if you had to take that path to get a date."

But along with the advent of online dating, and the dozens and dozens of sites created to make finding companionship easy, she figured out the cold, hard, truth: any site can promise to make you a match, but paying $19.99 a month to find love doesn’t necessarily mean love will find you.

Ellen Mausner

She told me a handful of tales as old as time about her dating horror stories. Exhaustive stories with similar endings: dishonest people always get caught being dishonest. If you're invested, the result of that betrayal can be heartbreaking. It's a risk you take when you decide to get romantically involved with someone, she understands, but if that's what you're going to end up with, why would you willingly pay a monthly fee to get it?

And that’s, Ellen says, what led her back to the personal ads on Craigslist.

She has actually been a fan of Craigslist for years. The comic spends plenty of time on the pages for TV and film gigs — back in 2005, she and her kids starred in an award-winning documentary called “Vegucated,” where they went vegan for six weeks. The movie is currently on Netflix.

Ellen might not have found her Craigslist Prince Charming yet, but she does have three dates lined up at the moment — dates she's already spoken to on the phone and will meet for the first in a public place during the day to ensure safety.  

And she also shared some surprising news: dating through the personal section isn't all that bad.

“I found Craigslist no worse than J-Date or Match.com and I’ve been on those for years. You find weird and creepy people wherever you go! Anyone can lie on any of these sites,” she’s laughing now. “You save money if you go on Craigslist. People are more transparent there.”

One site she hasn't tried is Tinder.Tinder Match

“My daughter is 20 and she met someone on Tinder,” she tells me. “We’re bonding over the same stuff and we’re a generation apart.”

You have to have a good attitude, and you have to learn to laugh at everything, Ellen informs me, recalling a lewd email she received in response to her G-rated ad.

“Are you good at BJ’s!” she squeals into the phone, reading the email. “That’s his opening gamut! I’m a doctor! I just delete it. It’s clear what this guy’s about and I delete it.”

She calls the entire experience of Craigslist dating “low stakes,” informing me that the “best of Craigslist” section is prime material for acting teachers who need to gather unique monologues for their classes.

Her dating advice for others is simple: “If you listen, he’ll tell you who he really is. You dont want to make the mistake where you get involved with someone. Take your time and it will pay off.”

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How to tip in 24 countries around the world

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In the US, it's customary to tip servers at least 15% at both bars and restaurants.

But that's not always the case in the rest of the world. In Japan, for example, it's considered rude to tip and doing so might cause some awkward confusion.

To avoid these kinds of situations, take a look at the infographic below so you'll know just how much to leave behind — if anything — the next time you're enjoying a meal or a drink abroad.

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The Chinese version of Shake Shack is coming to America

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The Chinese version of Shake Shack is coming to America.

Uncle Sam's, which is based in Beijing, plans to open a restaurant on May 18 near the Empire State Building in New York City, reports Katie Little at CNBC. 

The menu was "crafted by a consulting team led by a James Beard Award-winning chef," Little writes.

The chain intends to compete with Shake Shack, The Real Deal reports.

Uncle Sam's has two highly popular locations in Beijing. 

Here are some of the sandwiches it will offer.

Signature burger (beef patty, mushrooms, oyster sauce, Swiss cheese).

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888 burger (pork dumpling patty, Canadian bacon, Chinese BBQ Bacon, Sriracha mayo).

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Beijing crispy chicken sandwich (sliced cucumber, hoisin glaze, scallions).

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And here's the full menu:

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Burger business is booming right now.

Shake Shack is planning a big expansion since it went public. And West Coast-based Habit Burger Grill is growing faster than Chipotle. 

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These chilling stones are a must-have for any true whiskey aficionado [50% off]

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whiskey rocksHere's something you should know: putting ice in your whiskey is a rookie mistake.

It won't take long for the ice to melt, and then it'll ruin your drink.

Instead, you should invest in some whiskey stones, which will keep your drink cool without watering it down.

More specifically, we recommend the Epicurean Home Designs whiskey stones.

They're made 100% of soapstone and will not react with water, alcohol or other beverages. They're easy to use, non-porous, and odorless. When you're not using them, just store them in the freezer.

"These whiskey stones are well-crafted and keep drinks cold without watering down the flavor," one reviewer wrote.

Epicurean Home Designs whiskey chilling stones (set of 9): $29.99$14.95[50% off]


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Reese Witherspoon is the latest celebrity to launch a lifestyle site and it's completely polarizing

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Following in Gwyneth Paltrow's Goopy footsteps, Reese Witherspoon is the latest celebrity to launch an e-commerce site devoted to lifestyle content.

On Tuesday, the actress announced that the site is called "Draper James," named after her grandparents — Dorothea Draper and William James. 

In a video posted on the site, Witherspoon explains that her new project was "inspired by my love of the South, combined with the modern woman who I am today."

“Draper James is all about the grace and charm I was raised with in Nashville, Tennessee," she continued. "In the South you can never be too kind, too gracious or too well dressed... With Draper James, our goal is to bring contemporary, yet timeless Southern style to your wardrobe and your home, no matter where you live."

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The Draper James tagline appears to be: "You only get one life, so let's make it pretty. Please."

The site is very girly and very Southern.

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And while the price point usually falls below Blake Lively's Preserve and Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop e-commerce sites, it will still set customers back $98 for a "horseshoe object."

Reese Witherspoon Draper JamesAnd $155 for a "Totes Y'all" bag does seem a little steep.

Reese Witherspoon Draper JamesAccording to Racked, "Witherspoon told WWD that 40% of Draper James's products are produced in the South, and she's planning to roll out five new collections each year. The sportswear runs from $50 to $400, jewelry is priced from $25 to $250, handbags and small leather goods will sell from $40 to $325, and home decor ranges from $14 to $400."

But Draper James — which poached C. Wonder's former president, Andrea Hyde, to fill the CEO position — also features content like "I Love a Lunchoen!," which offers advice on entertaining because "We Southern girls will look for any excuse to get our girlfriends together to dress up, eat, drink, and of course laugh."

reese witherspoon draper jamesThe site will also feature interviews with Southern chefs, writers, musicians, and other artisans.

The internet, so far, has responded kinder to Witherspoon's site than it has to Gwyneth's Goop:

But there are, of course, also the critics:

 

 Regardless, Witherspoon already has a celebrity following.

Her pal, model Molly Sims, posted Tuesday:

"So proud to be one of the first Southern ambassadors for my good friend, @ReeseWitherspoon's new fashion brand, #DraperJames! It just launched so check it out at DraperJames.com for updates, #Southernisms, beauty and fashion tips, and other goodies! We really want this to feel like a family so we would love for you to be a part of it! Xo #GraceandCharm #SouthernStyle"

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Watch Witherspoon explain why she started Draper James below:

 

The Draper James Instagram account already has over 23,000 followers since it started on April 30th. Below are images that reflect the brand's "Southern charm" aesthetic: 

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JetBlue is making the first big move in Cuba

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 JetBlue announced this week that the airline will begin flying to Cuba.

The move makes JetBlue the first major US airline to launch new service to the island nation since the US government eased travel restrictions last December.

The airline, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and charter partner Cuba Travel Services, announced that starting July 3, JetBlue will operate a weekly charter flight between the Big Apple and Havana.

The new route comes on the heels of a trade mission to Cuba led by Governor Cuomo. 

"The Governor's trade mission is helping position JetBlue as the leading carrier to Cuba," JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said in a statement.

"Our first flight from JFK to Cuba brings JetBlue's award-winning experience to Cuba-bound customers and offers new direct travel options from New York, where many Cubans live today."

According to the LA Times, travel arrangements and bookings will be handled by the charter company, while the actual flight will be operated by JetBlue, using its fleet of Airbus A320 jets.

In addition to the New York flight, JetBlue is also launching five additional routes from Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale to Cuba. 

Limited charter flights between South Florida and Cuba have been going on for years. But scheduled service between the Big Apple and the Cuban capital was not offered until earlier this year when Cuba Travel Services began weekly flights from JFK International onboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Sun Country Airlines.

JetBlue Plane"We are very excited to partner with yet another prestigious carrier such as JetBlue," Cuba Travel Services general manager Michael Zuccato said in a statement.

"A second JFK rotation will provide additional options for travelers in the Tri-State area as well as those connecting passengers that prefer a New York gateway to Cuba."

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37 things you didn’t know you could do with vodka

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Vodka may not be your liquor of choice for drinking, but what about making an ice pack or treating dandruff?

The European liquor has amazing capabilities such as killing bacteria, drying without an odor, and binding essential oils to water. This means it can help with everything from making insect repellents to soothing a toothache.

So forget cocktails and shots — there's a whole other reason to buy that bargain bottle of vodka.

Here are 37 things you didn't know you could do with vodka:

MEDICINAL 

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Cure stinky feetSoak a washcloth in vodka and rub them on your feet. The vodka is an antiseptic and will destroy any fungus or bacteria, and it will dry odorless.

Make an ice pack: Make a quick and easy ice pack by mixing two cups of water with a half cup of vodka in a Ziploc freezer bag. The vodka will keep the water from completely freezing, creating an easy, bendable ice pack you can inexpensively replace or refill.

Treat dandruff: Rinsing with vodka after shampoo and conditioner can help clear away any product build up and flakes. One blogger recommends mixing one cup of vodka with two teaspoons of rosemary and letting it sit for a few days, then straining. Keep the mixture in the shower.

DIY mouthwash: The Discovery Channel show "MythBusters" confirmed that vodka can be used as a mouthwash. Combine one cup of vodka with nine tablespoons of cinnamon and keep the concoction sealed for two weeks before using.

Soothe an earache: An at-home remedy for an earache or infection is to combine a shot of strong vodka and honey. Heat the mixture to help dissolve the honey and apply a few drops every four hours or so. Keep the concoction warm when applying for some added relief.

WARNING: Do not do this if your earache also has signs of pus or bleeding, or you have a fever, since all of these are signs you'll need antibiotic treatment.

Numb a toothache: Alcohols such as whiskey and vodka can help reduce a toothache. Soak a cotton ball in vodka and then place it on your tooth and hold it inside your mouth. You can also swish vodka around in your mouth to numb the pain if you don't mind the taste.

CLEANING 

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Stain remover: Vodka can be used as a stain remover for grass, ink, lipstick, and other oil-based stains. Soak the area in vodka, rubbing with a clean toothbrush to dislodge grime if necessary, before rinsing thoroughly and throwing the item in with the regular wash.

Clean your eyeglassesVodka works as a lens cleaner since it won’t leave streaks. Pour a little on a microfiber cloth and rub on glasses to get rid of dust, fingerprints, and grime.

Remove rust from screws: Soaking screws in vodka for a few hours will clear away any rust they’ve accumulated. Wipe away rust after soaking.

Clean kitchen surfaces: Combine one part vodka with two parts water to spray on countertops and tables, shine the kitchen sinks, and clean any other surfaces. For really tough stains, let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before wiping down with a clean rag.

Shine chrome: If your bathroom fixtures have hard water or soap scum stains, polish them up with a clean cloth soaked in vodka — it will cut right through the grime.

Remove tarnish from jewelry: Soak silver jewelry or gemstones in vodka to leave them sparkling. You can also pour vodka on a clean cloth to wipe dirt or tarnish from jewels by hand. Finish by buffing with a clean rag. 

Clean bathroom surfaces: Spray undiluted vodka on the bathtub, tile, and shower walls, and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe down with a damp rag or sponge, and brush any remaining mildew away with a scrub brush. The smell will evaporate when dry.

Help clean dishes: Add a splash of vodka with your soap while soaking dishes in the sink — it will help cut through the grease and give your glasses a streak-free shine. 

Remove sticky goo residue: If you have a price sticker or sticky tag that you want to get rid of, pour vodka on a rag and rub the adhesive for around a minute. The goo will come right off.

DEODORIZING 

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Make your own reed diffuser: Reed diffusers are easy to DIY — all you need is water, a binding agent (like alcohol or rubbing alcohol), and essential oils. The vodka will bind the essentials oils to the water and the original smell of the vodka will completely dissipate.

Remove odor from shoes: Combine water and vodka in a spray bottle and then mist on the inside of your shoes after wearing. The vodka will get rid of odor-causing bacteria and the smell will disappear once they're dry. You can also add an essential oil to the mix for an extra boost of freshness.

DIY room freshener: Since vodka’s odor disappears as it dries, combine high-proof vodka, water, and essential oils in a spray bottle for an easy DIY Febreze.

Deodorize clothes: Using a spray bottle, mist vodka on clothes, concentrating on the interior and exterior of the garment. Hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. The vodka will kill the bacteria and doesn’t leave a scent as it dries. Just make sure to spot test first. 

Clean windows and glass: Combine a cup of vodka, one-third cup of white vinegar and a half a teaspoon of liquid soap. Mix in a bucket with a half gallon of water and stir to combine before pouring into bottles. Spray on windows and glass and then dry with a lint-free cloth or crumpled up newspaper.

BEAUTY

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DIY astringentYou can use vodka as an astringent for your face. Dip a cotton ball in vodka and wipe. It will kill bacteria and tighten your pores, but make sure to moisturize afterwards since it can dry out skin significantly.

DIY eye packs: Soak makeup sponges in vodka and water before freezing in plastic wrap. The vodka will prevent the sponges from freezing completely and will make easy DIY-cold-eye packs for under the eye.

Make hair feel cleaner: Add a shot of vodka to your shampoo — the vodka will help remove the hard water minerals from your hair, making it feel lighter and cleaner. Just be sure not to overuse since it can strip your hair of natural oils if used too often.

DIY hairspray: Instead of buying hairsprays with tons of chemicals, make your own with vodka. Boil 1.5 cups of water, two tablespoons of white sugar, one tablespoon of vodka, and 10 to 15 drops of an essential oil together. Once cool, pour into a spray bottle and use.

FOOD

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Vodka-infused gummy bears: For a grown-up twist on a classic candy, you can soak gummy bears in vodka for a few days and let the alcohol dry. The bears will look normal, but taste like alcoholic versions of their formerly sweet selves.

Make candy-infused vodka:Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, and Starbursts can all be transformed into candy-infused vodka in a few simple steps. Sort the candy by type, soak in the vodka, filter with a coffee filter (multiple times if necessary), and bottle.

Make booze-soaked fruit:Strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon all make delicious “drunken fruit” recipes. These are great for topping a dessert or snacking on responsibility. 

Make gin: Many gin distillers start the process with a flavorless grain-alcohol base, which is essentially vodka. That means you can DIY your own gin by soaking cheap vodka with spices and add-ins like juniper, coriander, and more, and then straining with a funnel and cheesecloth. There are also gin-making kits on the market you can buy.

DIY vanilla extract: Vodka makes a good base for a DIY vanilla extract. Split open the vanilla beans lengthwise and place them in a jar submerged in vodka. Infuse them for a month and then strain out the pods and seeds with a coffee filter. 

Penne alla vodka: This delicious pink Italian sauce — made with tomatoes and cream — also uses a cup of vodka (hence its name). The vodka releases the flavors in the tomatoes and will keep the sauce stable, too. See a classic recipe here.

Flaky crust: Adding chilled vodka to pie crust can actually make it flakier and more delicious. Pie lovers will be shocked by the difference a few drops can make.

MISCELLANEOUS

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Band-Aid removal: Take a vodka-soaked cotton ball and apply to the sides of the Band-Aid. This will ease the pain of removal as the vodka breaks down the adhesive.

Clean engine parts: Vodka can be effective as a cleaner for car parts that have carbon on them, like spark plugs. Use a cheap, high-proof vodka and rub with a clean rag.

Kill weeds: If you’re out of weed killer or don’t use it on principle for environmental reasons, you can fill a squirt bottle with vodka and apply to the weeds instead. This works best for weeds in sunny areas since the vodka and sun will work together to kill the plant.

Insect repellent: Essential oils mixed with vodka will work well as bug repellents. Add one-eighth of a cup of vodka with one-eighth of a cup of apple cider vinegar, one-eighth of a cup of water, and 80 drops of mixed essential oils like eucalyptus, lemons, peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, or cloves. Shake well and apply often. 

Keep flowers fresher for longer: According to flower experts, you can add a little bit of vodka to your vase to make your cut flowers last longer. Just make sure to dilute it significantly first.

Disinfect razors and keep them sharp: By placing your razor in a cup of vodka, it will disinfect the razor and keep it from rusting. Make sure to rinse before use.

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Here's what really happens at a Tesla Supercharger station

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One of the biggest perks of owning a $60,000+ Tesla is that you get free access to their Supercharger stations. For life.

So, if you want to take your Tesla Model S on a road trip, you can pull into any Supercharger station and fully recharge the battery in just half an hour.

We wanted to find out what goes on at these Supercharger stations, and what there is to do while you wait for your Model S to charge. So we drove out of New York City to the nearest one, in Darien, Connecticut.

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7 tips to avoid looking like a mess after a long flight

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Traveling can mean long flights and having to hit the streets without having the time time to freshen up. 

We've come up with a list of tips and tricks to help you look put-together after a long flight. 

Stay moisturized

Airplane cabins can dry skin out, especially on longer flights. To avoid this, bring these softening essentials: lip balm, hand cream, and face moisturizer. 

Since you're only allowed a certain amount of liquids, bring sample sizes. That way, you can easily toss them in your bag or straight in your pocket.  

Skip the salts 

You might not realize how much salt you can consume on one flight, but add snacks like peanuts, pretzels or cookies to airplane food and you're looking at a pretty high number. 

Plus, if you choose to drink alcohol, that adds to your salt intake too. To avoid looking and feeling bloated when you land, swap out alcohol for water and try to pack your own snacks or meals like unsalted almonds, hummus with vegetables, or home-made sandwiches.

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Get some sleep

One of the best things about a long flight is catching up on sleep.

To get to bed, you want to be cozy and warm so wear thick socks to help generate heat.

If you have noise-canceling headphones, definitely bring them since this is perfect time to pop them on.

If not, playing ambient sound can help to fall asleep more easily.

Finally, bring an eye mask with you if you'd like to catch some sleep earlier on in the flight. 

If you can't fall asleep, try getting into your evening routine 

It can be tough to fall asleep at 3 p.m. if you typically sleep around midnight. A trick that helps your mind think its time for bed is to go through your normal evening routine. That can mean taking off your makeup, removing your contacts, or brushing your teeth. 

If you're able to bring your makeup on your carry-on, remove it while on the flight and reapply again before you land. That way, you'll be able to give your skin a break and have makeup that looks fresh when you land.

Use hand sanitizer 

When you need an energy boost, try putting on hand sanitizer. Not only does it get rid of germs, but the cold freshness can leave you feeling more alert and awake. 

Plan your outfit

To be comfortable while still looking stylish, go for wrinkle-free shirts like the ones sold at Nordstrom, Macys or these online brands dedicated to creating wrinkle-resistant attire for men and women.

Microfiber is another great option since it's stretchy, never wrinkles, and won't cling to your body. You can feel like you're wearing pajamas without looking like it. 

If you need something more formal, wrap dresses are a great option for women and dark-collard button downs work for men since they don't show wrinkles. For suit jackets, place them flat on the top of your carry-on to avoid wrinkling.

Men should try to wear khakis or denim and definitely avoid linen as it wrinkles extremely easily. 

pashminaBring a pashmina 

A pashmina, or big scarf, is a great option if you tend to get chilly on flights.

It's big enough to double up as a full-size blanket and it can help turn your simple tank into a playful, colorful outfit.

For men, an oversized scarf does the same trick.

Layer 

Wear a zip hoodie to keep you toasty and a flattering shirt underneath. That way, when you get to the airport, you can throw your hoodie into your carry-on or around your waist and have a perfect outfit ready to go. 

Don't wear a suit or shirt that you wouldn't be able to wear on it's own, because you never know how weather conditions will be like when you arrive and you don't want to be stuck with no options. 

Always pack your essential touch-up kit 

Everyone's go-to essentials are different, but we suggest having a toothbrush and toothpaste, perfume or cologne samples to freshen up when you land, small-size lip gloss and mascara, a small hairbrush, and oil blotting pads to keep the skin fresh.  

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A wildly popular food site will now text restaurant recommendations directly to you

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The Infatuation is a restaurant review site with a sense of humor. You can find exactly what you're looking for by using a number of different categories — some that are more practical, like location and cuisine type, and some that are more objective, like "impressing out of towners," "adventurous eating" and even "scoping hot girls/guys."

Founded in 2009 by former music industry execs Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, it now hosts hundreds of reviews of restaurants in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and Denver. 

The company just unveiled a new feature called "Text Rex," where you can get a personalized restaurant recommendation from an Infatuation staff member over text message.

Rather than use a complex system of ratings and anonymous recommendations like most restaurant review sites do, with Text Rex you're talking with a real, live person. 

We signed up to try Text Rex, and it was even easier than we expected. After receiving a text from the Text Rex number, we responded to a few questions from an Infatuation team member before they shared their recommendation.  

The whole process took only a few minutes.

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You can sign up to try Text Rex (currently in beta in New York only) here

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Carlos Slim is asking for $80 million for his Fifth Avenue mansion, which would make it the most expensive townhouse ever sold in New York City

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Billionaire business magnate Carlos Slim put his Manhattan townhouse up for sale on Tuesday, and he's asking for a hefty $80 million.

Slim bought the Fifth Avenue mansion, which faces Central Park at East 82nd Street, for $44 million back in 2010.

If he gets his $80 million, that would make it the most expensive mansion ever sold in the city, the New York Daily News reports.

The eight-story, 20,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts building is one of those landmark mansions that has its own name – or, in this case, names.

Known as the Benjamin N. and Sarah Duke House, the Duke–Semans Mansion, or the Benjamin N. and Sarah Duke House, it's one of the last private mansions on Fifth Avenue, according to the Sotheby's listing.

Built from 1899-1901, the townhouse has a French Renaissance interior and was originally owned by an American Tobacco Company tycoon, according to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

It features high ceilings, hand-carved wood paneling, and gold-leaf trimmed fixtures, and plaster friezes, as well as a "sweeping" staircase, according to the listing.

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The 10 best amusement and water parks in the US

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For those who like a little bit of thrill, amusement and water parks can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and some adventure.

The Travel Channel recently released its list of the 10 best amusement and water parks in the US.

From California's Knott's Berry Farm to Hawaii's Wet 'n' Wild, the US offers some great rides and slides.

 

Aquatica — SeaWorld's Waterpark in Orlando, Florida — is home to Ihu's Breakaway Falls, which, at 40 feet, is the tallest and steepest waterslide in Orlando.



The Fury 325 at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the world's five tallest rollercoasters. It's 325 feet high — hence the name — and sends riders around turns at a whopping 95 miles per hour.



Anaheim, California's Disneyland celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a Diamond Celebration, nighttime parade, and fireworks show.



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Sign up for this race if you want to know how mentally and physically strong you really are

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Barbed WireTwo months ago, I signed a waiver acknowledging the possibility of serious injuries or death before running my first Spartan Race on an island in the Bahamas.

My only goal for the race: survive. 

Spartan Races are broken into three categories based on distance and number of obstacles:

•Sprint (3-5 miles, 20-23 obstacles)
 
•Super (8-10 miles, 24-29 obstacles)
 
•Beast (12-14 miles, 30-35 obstacles)
 
I tackled the Sprint, and on May 17th I'm running a Super in Austin, Texas.
 
Before my first race, nervous energy surged through my body. But after a few obstacles and about 60 burpees (every failed obstacle demands 30 burpees), I felt empowered. I knew obstacle races improved physical fitness, but it wasn't until I jumped over a fire pit to cross the finish line that I realized they can change your life. 
 
Here are five things that happen to you after your first race:  

1. You realize the actual meaning of "being a team player."

I helped my mom over the eight-foot wall — and she helped me, too. We hear words like teamwork tossed around at the office all the time, but they take on a whole new meaning after an experience like this.  

2. You build major mental and physical endurance. 

Toward the end of the race, my energy was in short supply, but I continued to push through. In life, we often experience never-ending weeks that leave us wishing we could crawl into bed and sleep for hours. Building physical and mental endurance helps us survive until the weekend. 

3. Failure is NBD. 

If I had quit after my first failed obstacle, I would have lost out on the rush of crossing the finish line. Even the toughest racers were forced to do burpees after a failed an obstacle (like the almost-impossible spear throw). Learning to overcome failure and grow from it builds character and strengthens self-worth. 

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4. You become your biggest cheerleader. 

From struggling during the rope climb to panting toward the finish line, I was forced to keep moving forward. When you’re self-motivated, you are more likely to persevere and achieve your goals.

5. You find new ways to cope with stress.

I signed my life away before the race. Believe me, I was stressed out before I started running. But once the race got going, I discovered my coping method: laughter. Being able to smile in the face of extreme obstacles is half the battle.    

Many people think you finish these races covered in mud. I came out of my first race mud-free and damp because of water obstacles, but that may be different for future races – it's all part of the thrill. 

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How to pick the perfect pair of shoes for every color suit

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There's no special trick to matching shoes and suits. The colors either go together or they don't — there is no middle ground.

Luckily, it's not very hard to figure out what goes with what, when there so many resources available for the suit-wearing guy. Especially with this handy cheat-sheet infographic from our friends at Brazilian menswear site Moda Para Homens. We translated it from their native Portuguese into English.

Though their style is a bit Brazil-centric (olive green is probably not as common in America, and whatever you do, don't wear those large-buckled shoes), the basic matching idea still shines brightly through.

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13 thoughtful Mother's Day gifts under $50

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Moms do so much for us. They feed us, encourage us, and shower us with love.

It's only fair to return the favor, but you don't have to break the bank to show mom you care.

We found 13 gifts under $50 that will make you the favorite child this Mother's Day.

One-up the framed photo this year.

Price: $39.95

Put mom's favorite pictures on a custom iPhone case this year. Casetify has a number of attractive layouts and designs to choose from, and you can even import photos from Facebook or Instagram.

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Charm her with this stunning charm bracelet.

Price: Starts at $16

What do moms never tire of doing? Talking about their kids. This stainless steel charm bracelet can be personalized with the names and birthstones of each of her kids. It's also a great gift for grandmothers, who can add charms for all her children's children.

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Give her the gift of a green thumb.

Price: $44.95

No window box? No problem. Mom can grow her own herbs in the ZeroSoil mini indoor garden — an attractive and mess-less way to display (and eat) fresh, delicious herbs at any meal. It uses a plant nutrient base instead of potting soil, and bonus: It waters itself!

Get it here »



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A rich american and his Italian wife are on a mission to save migrants in the Mediterranean

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A 131-foot fishing trawler manned by a wealthy American and his family left the shores of Malta on Wednesday to set off into the Mediterranean sea for a six month expedition, CNN reports.

Its mission? Rescue migrants making the perilous journey from Africa to Europe. 

"I love the adventure and challenge of tackling tough problems to help people make it through impossible situations," Chris Catrambone, a self-made entrepreneur, humanitarian, and adventurer, writes on his blog.

MOASCatrambone is the captain of a ship named the Phoenix, as well as the founder of Tangiers, a global insurance and emergency assistance business.

Today the Phoenix is making its second major rescue voyage. With a crew of 20 including two doctors and a nurse, the vessel is well equipped to help the migrants they are likely to find fleeing Africa across the Mediterranean. The boat also has hundreds of gallons of water, hundreds of life jackets, a cook, and two drones equipped with camcorders that will be used to find distressed migrants, Catrambones told CNN.

Catrambone added that the expedition will cost his family roughly $445,000 per month.

So how did this American businessman end up saving migrants off the coast of Africa? 

moas4According to CNN, it all started last summer when Catrambone and his Italian wife Regina were vacationing on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean and spotted a winter jacket from a migrant who had probably died in the water.

"Here we were in this nice boat, when the migrants, people like us, are attempting to cross because there's a war in their country," Regina told CNN. "These people are dying at Europe's door. We have an ethical and moral obligation to do something."

With this memory in mind, as well as the 2013 migrant tragedy in Lampedusa, the Catrambone's bought the 431 ton Phoenix and formed the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), which spent last August through October pulling some 3,000 migrants out of the Mediterranean, according to VICE News

moas5Citizen efforts like that of the Catrambone's couldn't come at a better time, as Europe is expecting the busiest migrant season in history this summer. So far, 1600 people have died making the journey from Africa to Europe, compared to 96 deaths this time last year, CNN reports.

The EU border agency Frontex has also proven to be ineffective in slowing the death rate of those crossing the Mediterranean. 

Last year, MOAS saved nearly 3,000 lives in 60 days," Chris Catrambone wrote on his blog. "Equipped with experience, the latest technology and an adherence to the highest safety standards, we will save more lives this year than ever." 

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