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Taco Bell wants to open a restaurant with alcohol

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One of Taco Bell's restaurants could start serving alcohol. 

The brand has applied for a liquor license at its Wicker Park location in Chicago, according to Eater.

Taco Bell tells Eater that the new location will have a "completely new urban restaurant design."

Serving alcohol could help Taco Bell gain a more upscale image like fast casual chains Chipotle, Rusty Taco, and Rubio's. 

Taco Bell's parent company opened a gourmet taco concept called U.S. Taco Co., which was supposed to serve boozy milkshakes. 

Those plans were postponed after the brand was unable to obtain a liquor license. 

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Here is the most popular baby name in every state

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Last week, the Social Security Administration revealed that America's most popular baby names of 2014 were Noah and Emma. But what about in your state?

The SSA just released the most popular baby names in every state from 2014, based on their extremely comprehensive data on new parents applying for social security numbers for their children. Business Insider made the following maps showing the most popular girls' and boys' names from last year.

Here are the most popular girls' names:

girls names state map 

And here are the boys' names:

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THE HOUSE THAT BUTTER BUILT: Paula Deen lists Savannah estate for $12.5 million

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With a spate of new restaurant and media projects, ousted Food Network chef Paula Deen is reinventing herself.

First order of business: unload the custom-designed Savannah home where she filmed her cancelled cooking show. 

Featuring a gourmet kitchen, more refrigerators than you can count on one hand, a chicken coop, and a dish pantry, it's the house that butter built. 

The 6-year-old, French-Caribbean style mansion was built to be Deen's dream home. Christie's International Real Estate has the $12.5 million listing.



Her youngest son, Bobby, was married in the living room.



Deen is a great collector of antique dishware, so naturally there is a dish room with plenty of cabinetry.



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Google will be taking over the office space above where Anthony Bourdain is rumored to be developing his much-anticipated food hall

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Google will be dramatically expanding its New York City presence sometime in the near future.

Crain's New York reported earlier this week that the search giant had signed on for 250,000 square feet of space at Pier 57, located on the west side of Manhattan.

The pier, which has been christened "SuperPier" by developers Youngwoo & Associates and RXR Realty, is currently being transformed into a massive retail space, complete with offices on the upper floors.

According to Commercial Observer, the developers have already zeroed in on one, major tenant for that retail space: celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. 

Bourdain has been searching for a space for his international food market, which will house about 100 vendors, including an oyster bar, bakery, and tapas bar. Cuisines from all over the world will be featured in the internationally-inspired project, which aims to "introduce Americans to Singapore-style street food."

Anthony BourdainThe market will take up 100,000 square feet of space, nearly all of the retail space at SuperPier. 

A spokesperson for Youngwoo & Associates declined to comment on the negotiations. 

If the deal goes through, this wouldn't be the first time Google — whose offices are famous for offering free, catered lunches to employees — has gotten lucky with the neighborhood's food options. 

Google already occupies 75,000 square feet of space above Manhattan food mecca Chelsea Market, in addition to a 2.9 million-square-foot office building on nearby 8th Avenue. 

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A Japanese lifestyle guru explains how to organize your home once — and then never again

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Marie Kondo is the queen of organization. Her book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing," reveals her instructions for organizing your space in one sitting, and then never having to do it again. 

Her methods have garnered a significant social media following with the hashtag #konmarimethod, and also landed her a spot on TIME's 2015 Top 100 Influential People list. Here's how she does it. 

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Here's what you should pack in your carry-on bag

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Every traveler wants to pack light, especially when it comes to carry-on luggage. No one wants to be that passenger who is forced to check baggage they were hoping to bring on the flight.

In order to avoid this, you'll need to pack only the essentials.

From passports and headphones to extra underwear and socks, here's what you should always pack in your carry-on bag.

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Celebrity trainer Tony Horton says people starting his workouts have the most trouble with these 3 exercises

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Celebrity trainer Tony Horton is best known for his very successful P90X at-home fitness program.

It was followed by P90X2, P90X3, and a number of smaller programs. Many have found success with the programs over the years, but they are definitely not easy.

We spoke to Tony recently and asked him what exercises people starting his programs have the most trouble with.

Here's what he told us:

"Well, I don’t like to say there’s a universal truth there, because you know — different athletes, different people, different stages of life ..."

"So, the ones that I hear about from different groups - plyo (plyometrics) is a bear. If you haven’t jumped off the ground in your life and I’m asking you to get up in the air and then learn how to land softly so you don’t hurt your knees, that can be very problematic for some people initially so they have to modify, especially if they have a lot of weight to lose. But if you’ve been a track athlete or someone who’s had explosive leg activities in your life, parkour or whatever, then plyo is hard but it’s still do-able."

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"Chest and back is another one too, I would say that the pull-up is a conundrum for a lot of people, especially women who have a lot of weight to lose. It just feels like it’s impossible. I have a friend, this girl Paige, she couldn’t do a pull-up at all. She had to use a pull-up assist band, she had to put all three of the little assist bands on there - she could do like 8 or 9, and now she can do like 4 - doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you think about it, she lost a lot of weight and went from using a band to not having to use it at all. And she’s a 42-year-old mother of 3, who looks like she’s like a professional rock climber. I mean it was a solid 9 months before she went from ‘couldn’t do it’ to 4, but she just didn’t miss a day, you know."

Tony Horton Pull Ups"So for some people it’s plyo, for some people it’s pull-ups, and most certainly it’s the yoga. The yoga is a crusher for a lot of men who’ve never done it before. A lot of big, strong, powerful, fast, athletic dudes - they do that hour and a half yoga class and they feel like absolute neophytes - fitness neophytes. And the smart ones come right back and do it again and again and again."

Tony Horton Yoga gif"I do event after event where people have my programs and know my stuff and have been through several rounds and I’ll look out and there’ll be 2,000 people out there and half of them are men or more and everyone knows up dog from down dog from chaturanga, from savasana from a reverse warrior 2 — they know what I’m taking about, they can all do it and 5, 6, 10 years ago they had no idea what I was talking about, couldn’t even get close to it. There is a trend, it’s changing and more men are getting it. But I would say it’s those three: yoga, pull ups, and plyo."

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Hotels are turning into full-scale gyms and wellness centers to attract travelers who want to stay fit

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For those who work out regularly, constant traveling can throw a wrench into their routine.

But just because it's hard to stay fit on the road doesn't mean travelers don't want to try.

When Jason Moskal, vice president of lifestyle brands for hotel chain EVEN Hotels, spoke to guests, he began to realize a need that the hospitality industry hadn't completely met.

"One thing we heard from travelers was, I have a real tough time staying focused in terms of my well-being — whether it be fitness or rest or productivity — when I'm on the road," Moskal said.

"It became clear that there was a need and an opportunity to develop a hotel that could deliver in helping them stay on the wagon and stay focused on their wellness and fitness regimens when they're on the road."

These conversations sparked the launch of EVEN, a wellness-focused hotel chain owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group in the summer of last year.

But Moskal says that these types of fitness and wellness hotels are more than just the latest trend to hit the industry: They're becoming a necessity for hotels to stay relevant and competitive in the current market.

"I'm viewing it really being a paradigm shift in the mentality of people and how important it is to stay well," Moskal said. "I think more and more people are moving towards this idea of it's not just in my everyday life at home, but it's also when I'm on the road."

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EVEN isn't the only hotel chain to notice this need though. 

Multiple hotel chains have started to accommodate fitness-oriented travelers: TRYP by Wyndham (part of Wyndham Worldwide Corp.) has provided guests with fitness rooms since 2010. And the Westin brand (owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.) launched runWESTIN — a program that provides guests with three and five mile run routes and group runs led by a run concierge — in 2007, partnered with New Balance for a workout gear lending program in 2010, and has since launched other fitness programs.

And now new players are entering the hospitality industry: upscale fitness companies Equinox and Soul Cycle.

According to Travel and Leisure, Soul Cycle is opening a 2,600-square-foot facility in the brand new 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach. The facility will include a 54-bike studio, locker rooms, and an apparel boutique.

Equinox is going a step further. The company plans to launch a luxury hotel brand, where each hotel will have its own Equinox club. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company expects to open its flagship hotel in 2018 in New York City at Hudson Yards. Future locations will include Los Angeles, London, and Miami.

But these hotels won't simply be about providing gym access to guests. Instead, they're planning to offer full wellness experiences.

The Equinox hotels will be designed by Yabu Pushelberg and will provide guests with everything from personalized one-on-one in-room training to a restaurant serving nutritionist-approved options, juice bars, and even apparel.

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The concept of a full wellness experience is also key to the EVEN brand. According to Moskal, the chains' two locations in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Rockville, Maryland, aim to help guests not only stay active, but also eat well, feel rested, and be productive. Their fitness offerings include a fitness studio, chief wellness officers who lead guest classes or runs, and in-room fitness equipment (available in all rooms at the chain's two locations) for those looking for a quick workout.

TRYP by Wyndham has a more narrow focus on fitness. TRYP's signature fitness rooms — a guest room with an elliptical, treadmill, or bike and free workout gear — are available at nearly all of the chain's 120 worldwide locations. 

While Westin also offers both gyms (WestinWORKOUT fitness studios) and guest rooms featuring exercise equipment (WestinWORKOUT rooms), the hotels cater to an even more niche group of fitness-centric guests: runners. Global brand leader Brian Povinelli describes the runWESTIN program — which is available at every Westin property worldwide — as an "alternative to the drudgery of a gym workout." There are morning group runs led by the hotels' run concierges, or for those who prefer to run alone, there are 3-mile and 5-mile jogging or walking courses, which were created on every property through Westin's partnership with New Balance. The partnership also allows guests to borrow both running shoes and exercise gear for just $5.

For extra ambitious travelers, Westin even partnered with running series Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons to offer guests a VIP marathon package, which includes transportation to and from the race, a pre-race pasta dinner and warm up run, and access to the hotel's VIP recovery tent at the race.

Westin Workout Room

Recently, the brand launched a series of wellness retreats, called Westin Wellness Escapes, which are led by experts who focus on meditation, strength training, nutrition, yoga, and running.

Although different from one another, the fitness and wellness options offered by more and more hotels have one thing in common: They're an answer to travelers' growing need to seamlessly maintain the healthy lifestyle they live when they're not on the road.

Povinelli says this need is pervasive, specifically among higher income guests. "We have found that more than 80% of consumers express a strong interest in improving their personal wellness." He refers to wellness as an "intensifying global macro trend, especially among affluent consumers who will pay a premium to look and feel good."

And while both Moskal and Povinelli agree that, as of right now, the majority of hotel guests who take advantage of fitness offerings are business travelers, Moskal says he's seen a minor increase in leisure travelers who are interested. Povinelli thinks that Westin's growing resort portfolio could also lead to an increase in leisure travelers utilizing workout options.

TRYP by Wyndham Hotel

Pricing for these fitness hotels varies greatly by location and time of booking. EVEN's wellness rooms (which include fitness equipment) run from $140 per night to $180 per night. A fitness room at one of TRYP by Wyndham's New York City locations, on the other hand, is around $440 to $480 per night. 

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Randi Zuckerberg is selling her boldly decorated Los Altos home for $5.49 million

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Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media and sister to Facebook chief Mark, has listed her Los Altos home for $5.488 million, Realtor.com reports.

You'll find plenty of bold colors inside this home, from deep purple bookshelves to a lipstick-print wallpaper in the dining room. 

Zuckerberg is rumored to be making a move to New York City. 

The 6,426-square-foot home sits behind a gate and is shaded by trees.



Rose bushes form an arch in the front yard.



It makes for a beautiful entryway.



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Carbonated iced coffee drinks will be all the rage this summer — here's where to get a taste

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The new old way to drink coffee this summer is with bubbles.

Portland coffee juggernaut Stumptown will be offering a cold brew tonic at all of its locations, and smaller coffee shops like New York's Box Kite and San Francisco's Saint Frank Coffee have been serving fizzy iced joe for a while. 

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Of course, the O.G. carbonated coffee drink is the Manhattan Special, est. 1895 in good old Brooklyn, New York. The drinks you'll be seeing in cafés won't stray far from the Special's main ingredients — coffee, carbonated water, and cane sugar (a bit too much if you ask me).  

According to Eater.com, Stumptown will make its cold brew tonic with one part cold brew and two parts Fever Tree tonic water, with a Luxardo maraschino cherry garnish. At Box Kite, baristas simply empty a shot of espresso over a glass of iced tonic water. 

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There are more decadant variations, too. New York restaurant Northern Spy and café Irving Farm each do carbonated coffee with a heavier hand. Available on and off the menu, depending on the location, Irving Farm's espresso egg cream is a frothy mix of Saratoga seltzer, chocolate and vanilla syrups, cream, and espresso. Northern Spy, an airy, seasonal restaurant in Alphabet City, does a coffee seltzer with iced coffee, seltzer, chicory, simple syrup, and organic cream.  

As someone who's thrown back a few Specials and tinkered with coffee tonics at home, the drinks do manage to make iced coffee feel even lighter on the palate. And then of course there's a slight bitterness. It's all very Italian. Try it. You'll be tickled. 

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This fashion brand used drones instead of models at their runway show in Silicon Valley

16 stunning photos of the south of France in the 1960s

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the intercontinental carlton cannes built in 1911 was the prime place to stay during the cannes film festival the headquarters for movie industry deal making and a favorite stop for movie lovers the hotel is still around todayThe 1960s were the period of Post-war France, when the country was booming with a newfound sense of optimism and energy. It was the time of New Wave cinema, existentialism, Yé-Yé music, and streets filled with youth. 

Photographer Charles W. Cushman, one of the first photographers to use color imagery back in 1938, captured moments from the wonderful period in a collection of vintage photographs preserved today in the Indiana University Archives

Take a moment to look through the photos and you'll find yourself being transported more than 50 years back in time.  

The French seaside resort of Cannes has been a center for yachts for many years.



Today, it looks as glamorous as it did back then.



Cannes has seven kilometers of beaches that look out at the blue waters of the Mediterranean. The beaches are flanked by the glamorous promenade de la Croisette, where people stroll to see and be seen.



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I've completely forgotten about the Apple product that excited me more than any other

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I was more excited about the Apple Watch than any other Apple device — and I've been around long enough to have experienced the arrival of every Apple product since the Apple III!

I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Apple Watch. A watch! I love watches!

And then I did.

I didn't think it was that great. It's very nice and has some cool features.

But it didn't stay with me.

I haven't thought about it in weeks. Admittedly, I notice when someone is wearing one. But I don't care. If I see someone sporting, say, an Omega Speedmaster, I stop and have a gander. Not so much with the Apple Watch.

Apart from its Apple Watch-ness — it's obvious and novel status as THAT NEW Apple gadget — it really isn't much to look at. Most of the time, it's a black square. Who wants to gaze admiringly at a black square?

I actually think this is huge drawback of the Apple Watch. It can't be "on" all the time, really, or it will kill the battery. But this also means that a bunch of people sitting around with Apple Watches on their wrists can't study the differences, apart from versions of the watches or the choices of band or bracelet. And even when the watch is activated, the astonishing visual variety of old-school watches simply isn't present.

Besides, with traditional watches, you can check them out because being on, for the most part, just means being in daylight.

So I in no way covet the Apple Watch or want to think about it or ultimately even care that it exists. My iPhone handles just fine the parts of my life that the Apple Watch could theoretically assist. My iPhone doesn't need a little buddy.

Meanwhile, I've gone right back to looking at all kinds of lovely traditional watches that do little more than tell time. 

I'll just have to see if this changes as the Apple Watch matures as a product. But sorry, Apple — the initial thrill, that delicious anticipation, is totally gone.

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Tech execs are going crazy over JetBlue Mint, a new $599 first-class flying option with massage chairs and rosé

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In June of 2014, JetBlue launched Mint, its very first premium class option. In the months since, it's become a popular choice for execs traveling between the two coasts. 

"If @JetBlue Mint flew into EWR it would be a 12. But just JFK, it's still a 10," one tech founder, ReDef CEO Jason Hirschhorn tweeted earlier in May.

"The best," Union Square Ventures partner Andy Weissman tweeted back. 

The executives seem to be happy with both the amenities and the price. JetBlue's service aims to be somewhere between first class and business class. But while first class tickets on other airlines can cost as much as $3,400 round trip from New York to Los Angeles, JetBlue Mint boasts prices that are half as much.

Mint's premium seats on transcontinental flights (New York - San Francisco and New York - Los Angeles) start at $599 one way, roughly $1200 round trip.

And while it's no SurfAir —a members-only private plane service that tech investors say is like Netflix for flying — the perks onboard Mint are enviable.

Lie-flat seats include a massage feature and a button that can adjust cushion firmness. You get access to more than 100 channels through DirecTV and SiriusXM, plus the plane's FlyFi broadband connection promises super-fast Internet speeds.

jetblue mintjetblue mintEach of the 16 Mint seats has at least two outlets. Four of the seats in Mint are actually suites, which have their own doors that can be closed for privacy.

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The food on Mint is not your typical airline fare. The menu was curated by hip New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole, and it typically includes such inventive dishes as a corn custard and poached lobster, bison meatloaf, and herb roasted monkfish. 

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There's beer from Brooklyn Brewery, freshly baked pastries from Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, and organic ice cream from Blue Marble. You can even enjoy coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Co., made with the first espresso machine specifically manufactured for an airline. 

A signature Mint cocktail is made with Grey Goose, and the wine selection includes several hard-to-find California varietals. JetBlue also happens to be the first airline to serve rosé.

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Each Mint passenger gets a complimentary Birchbox, filled with samples of the latest grooming products for both men and women. 

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With all of those perks, it should come as no surprise that Mint is catching on with startup founders and other players in the tech industry, many of whom travel between New York and San Francisco regularly. 

Some of them have been raving about it on Twitter.

JetBlue Mint will be expanding to new markets in November, when it will be available on flights from New York City to Aruba and Barbados.

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8 reasons to go to the Frieze Art Fair this weekend in NYC

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On Thursday, the Frieze Art Fair opens in New York on Randall's Island Park.

From May 14–17, fairgoers can check out a giant tent full of contemporary art. But that's not all you can do while there.

Below are eight reasons why it's the perfect weekend activity.

1. Richard Prince's Instagrams:

In September, artist Richard Prince debuted his new show at the Gagosian Gallery — 38 real-life Instagrams inkjet-printed on 48-inch by 56-inch" canvas. You can check out the much buzzed-about works below, which are reportedly going for up to $100,000.

Frieze Art Fair 2015Frieze Art Fair 20152. Interactive Art:

At gallerist Gavin Brown's stall, willing fairgoers are given a small square canvas, brushes, and black paint to create an eight-inch circle as part of American artist Jonathan Horowitz's work.

"The results are being sold in groups of 100, each priced at $100,000," reports Art News, which also noted that Leonardo DiCaprio was interested in the piece during a VIP preview.

Frieze Art Fair 2015Artist Korakrit Arunanondchai has installed denim massage chairs speckled with paint. Fairgoers are invited to sit in the chairs, as long as they take their shoes off.

Frieze Art Fair 2015Artist Martha Araújo invites festivalgoers to put on a velcro suit and jump around on a quarter-pipe, trying to stick in various positions.

Frieze Art Fair 2015A woman lays beneath a bedazzled Kris Lemsalu turtle shell for hours on end.

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3. People Watching:

Frieze Art Fair 2015frieze art fairart fair4. Celebrity Sightings:

You're never sure who you will run into. Last year, Eva Longoria and Nicky Hilton were both in attendance.

eva longoria art fairNicky Hilton5. The Food:

Some of New York's most beloved restaurants have pop-ups at Frieze: Court Street Grocers, Dimes, Frankies Spuntino, Marlow & Sons, Milk Bar, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Parlor Coffee, Prime Meats, and Roberta’s Pizza will all be participating this year.

frieze foodFrieze Art Fair 2015Just be prepared to pay more than usual.

Frieze Art Fair 20156. The Gift Shop:

There are tons of great art books waiting to be displayed on your coffee table.
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7. The Great Outdoors:

The best way to get to the fair is by ferry, especially on a nice day.

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The fair is located on beautiful grounds, and there is plenty of space to lay out on the lawn. 

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8. And of course, the selfies:

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Here's a preview of the mind-bending virtual reality amusement park set to open in Utah next year

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Virtual reality technology company "The Void" will be opening their first Virtual Reality Center in Utah in early 2016. CTO and founder of  "The Void" James Jensen stated, “more than watching a movie or playing a game, 'The Void' will allow guests to truly live virtually any adventure.”

The company has plans to expand to major cities around the world in the near future. 

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Here’s my strategy for securing the best seat on every flight

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I love traveling. But I hate flying. There are almost always delays, the seats on airplanes are cramped and uncomfortable, and the whole experience is often unpleasant.

Still, there are some ways to make the experience of flying more bearable — starting with selecting the right airplane seat. I never splurge on first class seats, but there are still ways to get the best seats in economy without having to pay extra. 

Here's how I make sure I get the best seat possible.

Book your flight far in advance

The earlier you book your flight, the more seats that are available. If you book a last-minute flight, there's a good chance that you'll end up with only middle seats available — which is the worst scenario.

Reserve directly with the airline

When you book directly with the airline, you'll be entitled to select the seat you want. However, when you book through a third-party site like Expedia or Orbitz, you may not be able to select your seat.

Consult SeatGuru to find the seat that has the most legroom

seatguruSeatGuru.com keeps track of seating charts for every single flight.

Simply input your airline and flight number and an interactive seating map will pop up.

The site will give you insider information on the best seats, including tips on which rows have more legroom, which rows don't recline, and which seats are closest to the bathroom.

Select your seat strategically

If you have a preference for a window or aisle seat, obviously you should book your preferred seat, but remember that the middle seats are always the last seats to be reserved.

If I'm flying with my husband and there are three seats in a row, we always book the window and aisle seat. The middle seats are almost always the last seats to get booked. So chances are that if the flight isn't full, we'll have the whole row to ourselves. And even if there is someone in the middle, they'll likely be more than happy to switch with one of us as no one wants to sit in the middle seat. 

Decide when it's worth paying for more legroom

Some airlines charge more for premium seats in coach. Costs can vary, but if it's only another $50 for significantly more room and you're taking a five-hour flight, it's probably worth paying the extra money for more space. But if it's several hundred dollars more for a two-hour flight, it may not be worth it.

Ask the gate agent if there's a free seat in the exit row or bulkhead row

Airlines often hold the exit-row seats — which have the most legroom — to make sure that only qualified fliers sit there. (You must be 16 or over, willing and able to help in an emergency, and speak the language of the flight attendants in order to sit in the exit row.) That means that if you get to the airport early enough, there's a good chance that there may be open seats in the exit row.

The bulkhead row — the first row behind the cabin wall — also has a lot of legroom. And these seats may be held as well to accommodate families with small children who need more space. 

Be polite to the gate agent and dress up

It helps if you're a frequent flier who's loyal to the airline, but if you dress the part and are polite to the gate agent, he or she may just upgrade you to first or business class. A little courtesy can go a long way.

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This adult pajama onesie looks just like a full business suit — one guy wore it for a week and no one noticed

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I spent the last week gliding around San Francisco in the now infamous“Suitsy,” an adult-sized pajama onesie disguised as a full business suit. At bars and in meetings, no one seemed to notice anything amiss. But, perhaps, I thought, this was because San Francisco is the home of weird attire and my colleagues were just unfazed.

So I found the only place in the Bay Area were most people were guaranteed to be wearing suits: a Republican convention.

Suitsy

Last weekend, the liberty-loving tech organization, Lincoln Labs, held a rally for presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul. There were suits oozing out the front door waiting to get a selfie with the libertarian icon. I blended right in.

Indeed, one dressed-down hip conservative asked me why I chose to join the other square stiffs wearing formal attire, “This is Silicon Valley — what are you doing?” he chuckled.

It was at this point that I unzipped my onesie suit and revealed the comfy glory of what I was actually wearing. Gasps of disbelief echoed around me as if Criss Angel had just made a statue of Ronald Reagan appear out of thin air. “Whaaa?! No way!”

The consensus was clear: Everyone thought I was wearing a traditional suit.


Last fall, a crowdfunding campaign to create the Suitsy became an instant meme; the Suitsy was a totem for everything that people loved and loathed about Silicon Valley. "Good Morning America" praised its quirky bohemian ingenuity while GQ hailed it as an omen for the end times.

For six months after the press went nuts, its creator, Jesse Herzog and Silicon Valley-based retailer Betabrand, have been heads down turning the concept piece into a reality. I managed to get my hands on the first production run and tested it out in the real world.

Below is the first hands-on review of the Suitsy and, below that, is a data-driven analysis of how our economy got to a point where it’s acceptable for grown men to wear pajamas at work.

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To be sure, without the twin Silicon Valley powers of internet crowdfunding and casual tech-office attire, Herzog never would have never been more than faint blip on the fashion radar.

The question I had in reviewing the Suitsy was whether it’s just a gimmick or a legit substitute for men’s office attire. As with all things at The Ferenstein Wire, we tested this quantitatively.

A suit comfortable enough to sleep in

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For four days I barely took the Suitsy off  —  and never wanted to. I worked out, went grocery shopping, held business meetings, and went out drinking at a bar in it. As a blogger who spends most of my workday in pajamas anyways, it was like wearing my normal attire all day long.

Were it not for occasional glances in retail-shop windows, I would have thought I was at home in sweatpants.

Indeed, it’s just as comfortable to sleep in. Compared to the night before sleeping in sweatpants, my deep sleep actually improved about 3% while in the Suitsy (as measured by the Basis band health tracker).

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This isn’t to say that the Suitsy improved my sleep; but it certainly didn’t keep me from a restful slumber.

Does it look like a regular suit?

For style, the Suitsy is no match for an expensive tailored ensemble, especially for folks who like to don the latest seasonal colors. But that’s like comparing the top speed of a Ford Mustang to a Prius, when all you really want is a car to pick up milk at the grocery store. The Suitsy is meant to satisfy the bare minimum requirements, not make a statement.

So long as it can pass undetected as just another neck-strangling suit, the Suitsy has achieved its goal. As an avid data geek who worries about an entirely subjective evaluation, I decided to test the Suitsy’s style prowess as scientifically as I could.

I compared professional photos of me in my normal suit to the Suitsy, and conducted a small poll online (using Survey Monkey and and sample of U.S.-based Amazon Turks). Respondents were asked, “Which suit do you like better”  —  no other details were provided.

My normal suit won the poll, of course, but the Suitsy managed an admirable showing, with 20% of respondents preferring the disguised adult onesie (full details here).

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At the end of my trial, the Suitsy definitely proved its worth in both style and comfort. It won’t make you look like the sharpest trendsetter at the negotiating table. But if you’re like me, and wear a business suit once or twice a year, the Suitsy is more than a sufficient substitute.

Creative class fashion

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The Suitsy is no one-hit wonder; it’s part of a long line of comfort-first clothing items successfully crowdfunded through the Silicon Valley clothing startup Betabrand. Rather than rely on a few expert designers to predict next season’s fashion trends, Betabrand’s audience votes on prototypes through a Kickstarter-like platform.

If enough consumers commit to preordering a pair of pants or a onesie business suit, a batch gets sent to the factory for mass production. “When we develop products, we try to connect them to Web communities and let them do the talking,” explains Betabrand cofounder, Chris Lindland.

Betabrand’s avid early consumers were mostly bi-coastal professionals who wanted pants that could withstand a bicycle commute to the office. When Betabrand offered up the “Bike To Work Pant” for crowdfunding, the blogosphere exploded. “Something like a thousand unique sites point at our pants and we sold batch after batch.”

Mark Zuckerberg’s famous hoodie-wearing habit become the inspiration for Betabrand’s next viral sensation: a hoodie with business suit-like stripes.

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Indeed, Lindland’s early vision for Betabrand was “fashion for the Creative Class, ” referring to the growing legion of geeks turned highly skilled professionals first identified by University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida. The Creative Class are “educated, early adopters who are professionally connected to the Web and tend to have larger-than-average social reach,” explains Lindland.

So while Facebook’s engineers can lallygag into work in a pizza-stained hoodie, most creative class workers aren’t lucky enough to have a billionaire CEO that wears T-shirts to press events; many are the lone data scientist or designer sandwiched in between Burberry-clad sales reps.

Crowdfunding is the collective action glue that helps creative class workers around the country band together and fund clothing that feels like pajamas, but are indistinguishable from regular work attire.

For now, Betabrand is a relatively small tech startup that gets substantial media play through stunts that get its overly connected audience excited. The Suitsy officially debuted at the company’s self-titled “Silicon Valley Fashion Week,” which made headlines this week for drones that flew shiny pants down the catwalk.

It’s no surprise then that Betabrand’s penchant for silly trolling stunts needling the traditional fashion establishment make it an easy target for critics. But behind the silliness Herzog says that the fashion industry itself won’t recognize the next generation of fashion, especially from folks who don’t share their values.

“I love a good fashion magazine on a flight. But they’re kind of like the Bible. If you read it literally, you’re not doing it right. They are a great way to learn about what is generally acceptable, and traditions in attire, but something like a Suitsy from a nobody in fashion, that is counterculture to everything they’ve espoused,” he argues.

Herzog is aware of his critics, but eyes a sea change in the culture that will propel the idea of pajama-like clothes into the mainstream of work attire. “When J. Crew says sweat pants are now a fashion item,” he concludes, “that apparently is not the end of fashion.”

The Ferenstein Wire is a syndicated news service. For inquiries, email the editor at greg at greg ferenstein dot com.

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Professional video game players fall predominantly into a particular demographic: young men ages 18 to 24. In the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), there are no female players.

Despite the complete lack of gender diversity, the stereotype of the pro gamer as a lonely, socially inept man doesn't hold up. Most pro players are sociable and friendly, while many have girlfriends, including three of the five players on Team Liquid, a professional American team we followed last month.

Though many pros have significant others, there is a philosophical divide between the players who do and those who don't. According to League of Legends veteran and Team Liquid player Alex "Xpecial" Chu, many pro players have a "theory" about girlfriends.

"There is this theory that once you get a girlfriend, you start playing worse," Chu told Business Insider. "It wasn't true for every player, but we saw it with many players where they just got worse over time."

Chu cites a former player for Counter Logic Gaming, one of the top teams in the LCS. According to Chu, the player was the best of the best during the 2011 season, but then he started dating someone he met through the game. As the gamer spent more time with the girlfriend, his play noticeably dropped off. Before long he was out of the league. Now he earns a living by streaming his gameplay on the website Twitch.

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The scenario may sound ludicrous, but there is logic to Chu's story. Pro gamers have notorious training regimens. Players spend up to 14 hours a day practicing, and eight hours is considered the bare minimum to maintain your skill level. It does not leave much time for a personal life.

Time restrictions are the main reason Chu doesn't date, he says. Though he has had girlfriends in the past, Chu says he ended up learning a harsh lesson: The demands of pro gaming make it difficult to maintain a relationship.

"This is a harsh thing to say [to a girlfriend], but it would be like, 'I love you, but I can't love you more than I love League of Legends,'" Chu said. "I'm married to League of Legends essentially. I can't do both. Girls will have to wait until later."

Despite Chu's theory, it obviously varies from player to player. It is not uncommon for players to have girlfriends or more elaborate social lives. Team Liquid players Christian "IWDominate" Rivera, Diego "Quas" Ruiz, and Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin all have girlfriends.

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