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It's official: Pizza Hut is bringing its most ridiculous menu item ever to America


pizza hut hot dog pizzaIn 2012, Buzzfeed reported Pizza Hut UK released hot dog stuffed crust pizza. The pizza also hit Canada.

There have been commercials of the product in Australia and South Korea.

Now, that crazy menu is coming to a Pizza Hut near you.

TheImpulsiveBuy first noted a reader sent in a photo of a promo ad, stating that the outrageous fusion food would be coming to Stateside Pizza Huts come June 18. 

International Pizza Huts are known for releasing obscure and over-the-top foods. Singapore's "Double Sensation" pizza was essentially a pizza-within-a-pizza. Pizza Hut Middle East released two separate pizzas, one with a crust stuffed with cheeseburgers, and the other with a crust stuffed with chicken nuggets.

Pizza Hut has now confirmed that this outrageous item will be available June 18.

"The large one-topping pizza, featuring 28 premium hot dog bites baked into the crust, is served with a side of French’s mustard for $11.99," Pizza Hut said in a news release. 

It will be different from its international predecessors.

"Unlike international variations, the Hot Dog Bites Pizza available in the United States, while supplies last, will be surrounded by 28 bite-sized hot dogs baked into the crust," says the pizza chain. "...perfect for dipping into the free side of French’s mustard (which replaces the mustard drizzle offered on versions around the world)."

Only time will tell if this new over-the-top menu item will actually succeed. If not, it can always join the ranks of other failed fast food items.

To prepare yourself, you can watch the Australian commercial.

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Every New York neighborhood is gentrifying, except 3 — for one simple reason


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We're looking at you Canarsie, Bay Ridge, and South Shore, Staten Island.

According to new data released in the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey (NYCHVS), collected between 2002 and 2014, only these three neighborhoods have median rents that haven't risen faster than inflation. 

It's a departure from a trend that practically defines what it means to live in New York: Expect your rent to go up, until you're forced to live somewhere cheaper.

You've probably already heard of increases in these neighborhoods: 

• Harlem (Manhattan) rents jumped 90% faster than inflation

• Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn) rents rose 63%  

• Williamsburg/Greenpoint (Brooklyn) rents rose 54%

While these neighborhoods lagged behind: 

• Canarsie (Brooklyn) rents rose -1% slower than inflation

• Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) rents rose -3% slower

• South Shore (Staten Island) rents rose -5%

Tom Waters, housing-policy analyst for the Community Service Society of New York, recently analyzed the survey data. He says the lack of growth in the laggard neighborhoods can be explained by a fairly straightforward reason: College grads don't want to live there.

In all three neighborhoods, South Shore especially, residents lean toward homeownership, not renting. 


What's more, college graduates living in New York tend to fill more specialized roles, Waters says, which don't tend to set up shop in the outskirts of Brooklyn.

affordable apartments "If it's true that rising rents in the city are due to highly skilled people in creative industries," Waters tells Business Insider, "then those [neighborhoods] aren't the kinds of places where they live."

The problem is decidedly much larger than just those three neighborhoods, however.

According to the NYCHVS, the number of apartments available to low-income renters has fallen 44% since 2002, from 995,000 units to just 555,000 last year.

And earlier this year, Brooklyn was officially declared the most unaffordable housing market in the US

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Here’s what you’re entitled to if you get bumped off a flight


plane ticketEver gotten bumped off a flight?

Chances are pretty high that you have, as overbooking has become standard practice thanks to airlines scrambling to post revenue, and no-shows being a common occurrence.

Luckily, the US Department of Transportation has been tightening requirements on what airlines need to do when overbooking a flight, increasing compensation and requiring airlines to suss out volunteers first.

This means that getting bumped involuntarily is becoming rarer, but it's always possible. 

Here's what you're entitled to if you get bumped off a flight involuntarily:

A written statement outlining your rights

The US Department Of Transportation requires airlines to give involuntarily bumped passengers a written statement regarding their rights, which also explains how the airline decides who gets bumped and who doesn’t. Some airlines bump those who paid the lowest fares (effectively punishing successful bargain hunters), others those who checked in last. Make sure to ask for yours before leaving the gate so that you have a paper trail.

Cold, hard cash

Bumped travelers should receive either “denied boarding compensation,” in the form of cash or a check, or free tickets and dollar-amount vouchers for future flights. The dollar amount varies, and depends on how much you spent on your ticket and how long your delay is. However, savvy travelers should insist on checks rather than travel vouchers, as the latter is often riddled with stipulations and blackout dates.  

However, if the airline re-books you on another flight and your delay is less than an hour, you're not entitled to any compensation whatsoever. This counts for both domestic and international flights.

If your delay is less than two hours, you're entitled to double the price of your one-way fare

If the airline re-books you on another flight and you arrive at your domestic destination within two hours (or between one and four hours for international destinations) of your originally scheduled arrival, then you are entitled to 200% of the one-way fare you paid to get to your final destination. That said, there’s a $650 cap.

If your delay is more than two hours or if the airline doesn't make alternate travel arrangements for you, your compensation doubles again

If the airline doesn't rebook you or books you on another flight that gets in to your domestic destination two hours after your original arrival time (four hours for international destinations), you are entitled to 400% of your one-way fare, up to $1,300.

Should the airline's maximum compensation mean that getting bumped will cost you more than you receive from the airline, you can try talking to the airline's complaint department. If that doesn't work, you have 30 days to decide whether or not to accept the compensation offered in the first place. If you decide to decline it, you can take the airline to court by outlining the DOT’s denied boarding minimum obligation regulations.

If you didn't pay for you ticket, you're still entitled to some money

If you paid for your ticket in award miles or used some other voucher, you're still entitled to some money — but not a lot. You'll probably end up getting compensation that's based on the cheapest ticket anyone on the flight paid for the same class of ticket.

You should get reimbursed for extras you might have paid for, like extra legroom and checked bags

Unless you end up getting the same services on your substitute flight, you should get reimbursed for optional services you paid extra for, like checked baggage and seat selection. 

Airport LineHowever, there are some exceptions. 

Checking in late means that you might have to forfeit compensation

You know how you have a check-in deadline? While some airlines just want you to check in by this time, as the term implies, others want you to be at the departure gate at that time (usually between 30 and 60 minutes prior to your departure on domestic flights, though up to three hours on certain international flights). Missing this somewhat ambiguous deadline can mean losing your right to compensation should you get bumped.

If safety related issues are the reason you got bumped, the airline might not have to pay you

If the airline needs to use a smaller plane for some reason and bumps people as a result of this, they don’t need to pay up. Same goes for getting bumped due to safety-related weight or balance concerns.

International, US bound flights have different rules

Different countries, different laws. International flights heading to the US do not need to abide by these rules, though many of them do so voluntarily.

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This Tesla vehicle was struck by lightning during a storm in Ohio. Owner Sarah Day later wrote online, "I heard the crash, and just a second or two after about nine errors popped up on the dashboard."

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‘Throwaway ticketing,’ the controversial money-saving trick that airlines don’t want you to know about


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Scott Keyes is an expert when it comes to getting the best possible price for airline tickets.

The reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books “How To Fly For Free” and “How To Find Cheap Flights" is so good at it that he has planned a world trip that will take him more than 20,000 miles to 13 countries, all for free.

When Business Insider spoke with Keyes, he said one of his favorite hacks for getting cheap flights was taking advantage of "throwaway tickets," something that many fliers have never even heard of before.

“This one can be a huge money saver,” Keyes told us about his favorite throwaway ticket website Skiplagged. “You just have to know how to use it.”

For those who don’t know, throwaway tickets — also known as "hidden city" or "point beyond" tickets — are flights you purchase to an unpopular destination.

Say you were trying to buy a ticket from New York to Chicago. Because of demand, these tickets will be much more expensive than flying from New York to Milwaukee, for instance.

A throwaway ticket would be if you found a flight to Milwaukee with a layover in Chicago. Then instead of getting on the plane to go to Milwaukee, you would throw away that leg of the ticket and exit the Chicago airport.

"The only thing that people need to know about Skiplagged is just making sure they understand how to approach it," Keyes said. "Never buy a round-trip, because once you skip a leg of your trip the rest of your itinerary cancels. You also can't check any bags since they'll arrive at the throwaway city and not your actual destination."

With that in mind, Skiplagged can find you some much cheaper airfare, especially if the city you're visiting is a major thoroughfare such as New York, Chicago, or London.

This hack can save people hundreds of dollars, but is highly frowned upon by the airline industry. The website is currently being sued by both United and Orbitz, and now links out to third-party websites where you can purchase the airfare.

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"Skiplagged's sole purpose has always been to help you become savvy travelers," Skiplagged founder and computer whiz Aktarer Zaman explained on the GoFundMe website he created to raise money to battle the lawsuit. "Unfortunately, we have been doing too good of a job so United Airlines and a big travel partner teamed up with a lawsuit to get in the way. Everything Skiplagged has done and continues to do is legal, but the only way to effectively prove this is with lawyers."

Airlines, for their part, compare the practice to switching prices on goods sold in a store. Here's a sample letter American Airlines will send to its fliers explaining why the ticket pricing is structured differently for certain cities:

"Because we compete with other airlines with different route structures, we sometimes find it necessary to give a traveler who is traveling beyond a connecting point a better price than travelers who are just traveling to the connecting point. For example, a passenger who is traveling to Austin, Texas from Los Angeles can go on one airline via Phoenix for a price that is lower than the cost of traveling on American between Los Angeles and Dallas. If we want to offer the same price to Austin as the other airline, but the only way we can get travelers there is via Dallas, we find ourselves charging the Austin passengers less than the Dallas passengers."

It's also worth noting that passengers who are caught by major airlines for abusing throwaway ticketing may receive a written warning from the airline, be denied boarding, have their ticket confiscated, or be fined for the difference between the price they paid and the lowest applicable fare.

If you're caught, don't lie about what you're doing — this could result in a fraud charge— but be honest and remember that though the airlines hate it (a lot), these tickets are not illegal.

Ultimately, throwaway ticketing can be a useful approach to finding a decent fare if you’re trying to save some money and are flying to a major thoroughfare such as Chicago, New York, London, Paris, or other major destinations with international airports.

For more of Scott Keyes’s travel tips and advice, check out his e-books “How To Fly For Free” and “How To Find Cheap Flights.”

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The unhealthiest salads at 10 restaurant chains


Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad

Not all salads are healthy.

In fact, throw in the wrong ingredients, and you can create a meal with more calories than a Big Mac — which, for the record, has 530 calories and 27 grams of fat.

We've scoured nutritional data from ten chains, and discovered that some deceptively healthy items are actually chock full of sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. 

You'll want to be careful the next time you order a salad. 

Panera chicken cobb salad with avocado

Calories: 660
Fat: 50 g
Saturated fat: 11 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 295 mg
Sodium: 970 mg

Note: add on BBQ ranch dressing for an additional 140 calories, 12g of fat, 2g of saturated fat, 10 mg of cholesterol, and 180 mg of sodium.

Panera is known for having healthy and light options, but 50g of fat certainly isn't light.

Chop't Po Boy

Calories: 680
Calories from fat:
45 g
Saturated fat:
14 g
Trans fat:
125 mg
1100 mg

Note: adding olive oil and balsamic vinegar adds 275 calories250 calories from fat, 28g of fat, 4g of saturated fat, and 5 mg of sodium.

By adding olive oil and vinegar, this salad at Chop't would have 955 calories!

Taco Bell fiesta taco salad with beef

Calories: 780
Calories from fat: 380
Fat: 42 g
Saturated fat: 10 g
Trans fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 55 mg
Sodium: 1590 mg

The sodium is shockingly high in this salad from Taco Bell— it's more than the American Heart Association recommends you consume in a day.

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22 delicious foods that look absolutely disgusting on Instagram


enchiladasEven if something tastes great, that doesn't mean you should post it on Instagram.

Some foods simply don't lend themselves to photographing well. Just ask Martha Stewart, who's famous photography fails on the photo-sharing app made even a watermellon and goat cheese salad look extraordinarily unappetizing.

Whether it's beige, brown, lumpy, shiny, or all of the above, these are the 22 foods that are notoriously hard to photograph.

Beloved in Quebec, poutine — with its slick gravy-covered fries and globs of cheese — will not look good under any filter.

Little bit of poutine for lunch today in Ottawa.

A photo posted by Bethaney Davies Travel Blogger (@flashpackerfamily) on Jun 10, 2015 at 12:43pm PDT

Your risotto probably tastes incredible, but on Instagram it just looks like a pile of mush.

Even though it's delicious, the white sauce ladled on top of bland, tan noodles makes fettuccine Alfredo look horrible in pictures.

Garlic Chicken Alfredo with extra sauce!!! And a side of extra cheesy garlic bread! #yummy #foodie #pasta #garlic #Alfredo #garlicbread

A photo posted by Tracy Renee Nickerson (@tracyreneenickerson) on Jun 10, 2015 at 1:08pm PDT

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A new Kickstarter campaign aims to bring sunlight underground for the world's first subterranean park


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New Yorkers have many interesting options when it comes to parks. There's the cultural oasis of Washington Square Park, the 38-acre wilderness of Central Park, or the elevated walkway that is the High Line. But a new proposal for a Lower East Side park promises to outdo them all ... because it is underground.

Now, a group on Kickstarter wants to develop solar technology to bring sunlight to the subterranean, aptly named Lowline Park, which would be constructed beneath Delancey Street in a 107-year-old former trolley station.

"My dream is to build the world's first underground park in New York City," said Lowline co-founder and Executive Director Dan Barasch in a 2014 TED talk. "My generation is focused on reclaiming the spaces we already have, rediscovering our shared history, and reimagining how we can make our communities more interesting, more beautiful, and more just." 

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The proposed park — the first of its kind in the world — would be an acre of open public space complete with live trees, bushes, and grass, as well as a reflecting pool and vaulted ceilings that would shine sunlight into the park via tubes that capture sunlight reflected off mirrors perched on nearby rooftops.

"Our plan in a nutshell is to draw natural sunlight underground using a simple system that harvests sunlight above the street, directs it below the city sidewalks, and would allow plants and trees to grow with the light that is directed underneath," Barasch explained in his TED talk.

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This process of capturing sunlight and funneling it underground is why the Lowline group — a 501c3 non-profit — is turning to Kickstarter. They are hoping to raise $200,000 within the next month (as of now they have raised $36,473) to build the open exhibition "Lowline Lab," where they will test and perfect the technology. 

The testing phase is expected to last from September 2015 to February 2016, to see how the technology works in warmer and colder weather. They will also use the lab to see what kinds of horticulture the solar technology can support, and to measure community engagement in the Lowline.

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The Lowline launched in earnest in 2011 and, and its founders have spent the past four years researching and refining the solar technology and engaging with the community. According to a timeline on their website, if all goes to plan with the lab, the next steps would be to complete negotiations with the city and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (which currently owns the site), and then start another fundraising campaign to secure the capital necessary to build the park.

They hope for the park to be open to the public sometime between 2018 and 2020.

See Barasch's full TED talk here: 

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This controversial parenting theory about health and cleanliness will make you question your childhood


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We went overboard with the Purell.

Public health experts call it the hygiene hypothesis: While you might think cleaner is always better, research suggests that a little grit is good for you.

The hypothesis was coined by British epidemiologist David Strachan in 1989. He noticed kids in larger families were more likely to get hay fever, reasoning that the more exposure to allergies the kids had, the greater tolerance they could build. 

Since then, the hypothesis has provided an explanation for the rise in auto-immune disorders in developed countries, like type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, and, most popularly, asthma and allergies, which have been on the uptick in the U.S. for years.

The researchers who study the hygiene hypothesis propose our over-sanitized, germ-free lives are to blame.  

We’ve replaced overtly nasty ailments like gout and ringworm, found in our poorly stored and undercooked food, with less obvious conditions that we carry for the long-haul.

Purell and hand washing may make hospitals safer, but those oh-so-helpful clinical rituals may backfire in everyday life.

Like with raising kids, for instance.

Yale University immunologist Dr. Christina Price points to research done on farms to suggest a sort of prenatal protection from bacteria that sticks with kids later in life.

Moms, then, might do well to limit their sanitary practices. 

"Encouraging kids to play outside is wonderful," Price tells Business Insider. "But even that may be too late if you are already 'sensitized.'"

Post-delivery, the benefits seem to compound the initial set of conditions.

A study published recently in the journal "Pediatrics" found families that washed their dishes by hand suffered fewer allergies than their dishwasher-using counterparts. The explanation? Dirt actually boosted immunity.

The practice has also found its way into the place where kids get the sickest: school. 

One example is Gever Tulley’s radical approach to pedagogy, Brightworks.

The San Francisco-based school gets kids learning by doing. They take apart home appliances. They superglue their fingers together. And they also happen to play in the dirt, exposing their immune systems to the very things most of us try to eliminate.

Improving public health isn’t necessarily a goal of Brightworks, but it could easily be an unintended virtue. And for a generation whose idea of playtime comes built-in with screens of all sizes, just getting outside could end up reaping the greatest rewards.

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How to avoid getting bumped off a flight


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Getting bumped off a flight sucks, despite the increased compensation you’re entitled to. And while you can’t predict when it’ll happen, you can take some precautions to avoid it happening to you.

Here are 11 ways to avoid getting bumped off a flight.

1. Check in early

Some airlines bump those who paid the least for their tickets, but many simply go with those who checked in last, or showed up to the gate last. Don’t let that be you.

2. Board when your row is called

Don’t wait around or get in line for an Auntie Anne pretzel. If you’re not there when your row is being called, they might think you’re a no-show and give away your seat.

3. Be a member of the airline's frequent flyer programs

If it was a hierarchy, those who paid the least for their tickets would be at the bottom, effectively being the airline’s lowest priority. Those who paid the most and those who have some sort of elite status are much less likely to get bumped, as airlines are reluctant to bump their loyal customers/cash cows.

4. Avoid peak travel times

Obviously, the busier the season — think national holiday — the more likely it is that a flight will be overbooked.

5. Also avoid peak travel days

The least busy days to fly, and thus your best bet for not getting bumped, are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you fly on a Friday or Sunday — the busiest days — there's a much higher chance of your flight being full.

6. Don’t take the last flight out

Even if your flight isn't overbooked, earlier overbooked flights can cause a backlog that ends up making your flight to be too full. Plus, fewer people will volunteer their seats when it’s the last flight of the day, as they’d have to spend an extra night where they are.

7. Get a seat assignment when you book

Passengers without one are easier to bump than those with assigned seats, though this is by no means a guarantee. If the airline won’t assign you a seat as you’re booking, take it as a warning sign that the flight will probably be overbooked, and that your chances of getting bumped are high.

8. Fly JetBlue

JetBlue has a policy against overbooking, and thus one of the best bumping track records in the US.

9. Avoid airlines that are notorious for overbooking

You can check The Department of Transportation’s latest Air Travel Consumer Report here to see which airlines bump people on the regular.

10. Avoid connections if you can

This is a no brainer: the more layovers and connections you have, the higher your chances of getting bumped on one of them.

11. Pay for first or business class — if you can afford it

First and Business Class passengers rarely get bumped, and, like we mentioned, those paying the lowest fares are also often the first to get axed.

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The final building at the World Trade Center will look like a 'vertical village of city blocks,' says architect


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The new design for Two World Trade Center will be a lot of things, but it will not be a twin to One World Trade Center, which recently opened for business in lower Manhattan.

That is according to Bjark Ingels, the star architect who designed Two World Trade. He talked to Business Insider about restoring the Manhattan skyline to its former glory.

"The design [of Two World Trade] looks like a vertical village of city blocks stacked on top of each other with gradual overhangs that, as each building block gets thinner, the overhang becomes longer," said Ingels, who has worked on notable buildings like Google's new 60-acre headquarters in Mountainview, California.

"The building will be home to a lot of companies with a lot of different needs, so it has to be a lot of different buildings coming together as one."

Standing at 1,340 feet, the 3 million-square-foot building will also be the third-tallest building in Manhattan, behind One World Trade Center and luxury condo 432 Park Avenue.

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The Danish architect and founder of the firm BIG said he wanted the tower to feel at home in both Tribeca, with its lofts and roof gardens, and downtown Manhattan, with its towering skyscrapers. To that effect, each "block" of the 80-story tower represents a city block of Tribeca, where the architect currently lives.

The tower will appear different depending on the angle you are looking at it from, Ingels said. From the north and northeast, will appear as a stack of city blocks expanding towards the sky. From the south, the ridges between the stacks — which double as garden terraces — become imperceptible and the tower appears as if it is "twinning" with One World Trade Center. 

"When you see the tower from two different sides, it is going to be much more serene," Ingels said.

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Ingels can thank James Murdoch, son of the media mogul behind Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and News Corp., for making his design possible. Wired reported yesterday that Murdoch was enamored of Ingels' work at Google and decided that if his father's company was going to move its roughly 5,000 employees into new headquarters (at Two World Trade Center), Ingels was going to design it.

Murdoch signed a tentative lease with World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein to move into the building's first two largest blocks when it is completed in 2020, Wired reported. Ingels' backing from an anchor tenant means that his design should proceed as planned, but, as the magazine noted, building at the World Trade Center site is complicated, to say the least.

"Ingels will have to perform his craft on a scale — in terms of height, cost, and the degree of public scrutiny —unlike anything he has encountered before," Wired reporter Andrew Rice wrote. "The tortuous and expensive process involved in building at the World Trade Center has chewed up many other "starchitects."

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Ingels says he understands the gravity of the project, and is optimistic that it will move forward. 

"When you are contributing to the skyline of such an important part of the city, it's going to be interpreted by many people in many different ways," Ingels told Business Insider. He added that his firm is moving "full speed ahead" with documentation and anticipates having shovels in the ground by 2016.

If and when it's completed, Ingels' skyscraper will finish what has been more than a decade-long redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. It will be the second tallest of four buildings that will circle around a pair of cascading pools that mark the spot of the former Twin Towers, as well as a 9/11 museum and a new $4 billion train terminal.

"This tower will mark the completion of the World Trade Center and the framing of our memorial and finally restore this part of downtown Manhattan," Ingels said.  

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Some of the world's greatest photographers share the images that changed their lives


magnum photosMagnum Photos is an international cooperative co-owned by some of the world's most lauded photographers.

To celebrate its 68th annual general meeting, the group's head of e-commerce Martin Fuchs asked each member to identify "an image that changed everything" — one that represents a turning point in their lives as visual artists.

More than 50 photographers submitted images and the stories that go with them. The result is this stunning collection, which you can take home for just $100 per print from now until June 12.

Check them out now and be sure to look below the images to read the full story behind them.

Stuart Franklin, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, 1989

"This is an image that changed everything because, for me, it crystallized the spirit of revolt. The uprising in Tiananmen Square was one of the most moving events I’ve witnessed. It was a tragedy to see unarmed young people shot down in cold blood. It was a movement for freedom of expression, for basic rights, and against the outrage of official corruption. It ended badly, a stain on the reputation of a great country. The facts should not be denied, but discussed, so that people can move on. A lot of things were misreported on both sides. A lot of outside actors were involved that may have worsened the situation for the students and their protest. I want this photograph to be available to people for whom this is an important memory. It symbolizes the courage of the time. What it doesn’t show is the bloodshed. I am best known for the image of the tank man. That is called an ‘iconic’ image, but what such images sometimes obscure, with the passing of time, is all the other pictures that lend explanatory power to the story. I’m interested in history, and this landmark event changed my life.” — Stuart Franklin

Jean Gaumy, North Atlantic Ocean, 1998

“I made this photograph in January of 1998 on a Spanish trawler in the North Atlantic. It’s one of the last pictures I took on a traditional trawler. I started photographing on these boats in the early '70s because I really wanted to be in the middle of the sea and the elements. This kind of boat, with an open deck, undergoes all the chaos and violence of the water and sky. The experiences defied my expectations. And I suffered sometimes. I did not know that this trip would be the last trip. It represents the end of something, but also the beginning of something else, another cycle. I turned away from the sea, and toward the mountains. The sea and mountains are very similar in some ways in their relationship to the world, to the universe. The tiny, fragile spaces in them, which serve as shelters: the roof of a boat, the bridge of the trawler, the mountain refuge, the tent clinging to a ridge. It’s a spiritual and physical experience, being in the middle of the vastness.” — Jean Gaumy

Paul Fusco, US, 1968

“In 1968, I was assigned by Look magazine, where I was a staff photographer, to get on the train bearing Robert F. Kennedy’s remains from New York to Washington, DC. Barred from photographing the Kennedy family in their private train car, I took note of the people lined up along the track to pay their last respects, and decided to photograph them. I was surprised that the other photographers on the train either failed to notice them, or chose not to take pictures. These photographs, first published in George magazine more than 30 years after RFK’s death, are among the most important I’ve ever captured.” — Paul Fusco

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These kids had the perfect reaction when they were shown past and current photos of Caitlyn Jenner


In a video made by SheKnows, seven kids were asked a few questions about Caitlyn Jenner and in the process, taught the adults in charge a few lessons about humanity.

Their empathetic and kind answers to looking at past and current photos of Jenner will amaze you. As UpWorthy's Parker Malloy reports, many of them seemed to "get it" better than a lot of adults.

First, the kids are shown this picture of Jenner competing in the Olympics. 


Asked to describe the subject of the photo, they say that Jenner is "running," with "strong arms" while competing in "track and field."

Then, they're asked to describe this photo of Caitlyn Jenner. 


The kids used the words calm, happy, and confident, as well as describing her as "in charge."

"She knows what she's doing," one child added.

Then, the adults in the room told them that it was the same person in both pictures.


The kids were stunned.

"They are?" one asked.  

"How could a boy turn into a girl? That's impossible," another exclaimed.

But watch how quickly they were able to adjust their beliefs.


"Oh well if that's how she is, then I guess that's fine," one of the boys says.

"Who she wants to be is who she should be," a young girl decides.

When the filmmakers showed the kids some tweets that people had written in support of Caitlyn Jenner, the kids understood immediately. 


"I think they're really being empathetic to her situation. They might not like, like the idea that much, or something, but they're like, you know what, I don't care," one girl chimed in.

"Like what if this was happening to me, what if I was the one who was going through this," said one boy.

Then the kids were shown some nasty tweets about Caitlyn Jenner, like this one.


They were horrified. 

"I think they're just scared of change, and I think they just want everything to stay the same because they don't know how to handle it. "

The nasty adults, they figure, must be "people who are afraid to change themselves."

While parents often try to shield their kids from cultural changes, kids are actually shockingly adept at understanding and accepting emotionally-charged conversations.

If you're hesitating to embrace Caitlyn Jenner's transformation, take a note from these kids who are welcoming her with open arms.

One of the boy's final thoughts was one of the most penetrating: "It's important for you to be yourself, because if you're not yourself then who are you?"

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'Couples yoga' is a thing — and the Instagram pictures will make you cringe


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A couple who practices yoga together, stays together?

That's the theory behind the new trend of yogi couples practicing a sort of yoga and PDA (public display of affection) hybrid — and sharing it all over your social media feeds, as spotted by New York Magazine's The Cut.

Taking a step-up from just (over)sharing their at-times annoyingly sweet relationship updates, these couples also take the chance to brag about how fit they are. Where will it end?

The Cut notes that there are over 11,000 pictures tagged "#couplesyoga" on Instagram and there's even a dedicated account: @couplesyoga.

Many of the photos posted on these accounts depict a version of yoga called "acroyoga," which combines yoga and acrobatics, according to Yoga Journal. It's a much more intense, vigorous, and dangerous version of yoga that requires two people, making it well-suited to bragging about your relationship on Instagram.

What causes a desire to brag about both your relationship and your athleticism? The jury is still out, but The Cut notes that previous research has found that those who brag about their relationships are more likely to have lower self esteem, while those who post about fitness are more likely to have narcissistic tendencies.

While you chew on that, browse some of the most impressive acroyoga couples on Instagram.





The acrobatic feats are impressive, but we recommend staying away from the #yogakisses tag. It's for your own good.

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Team behind Eleven Madison Park and Nomad announce third New York City restaurant


eleven madison park 1The team behind two of New York's most glittering temples of fine dining, Eleven Madison Park and Nomad, announced Wednesday that they will open a new restaurant inside 425 Park Avenue, the first full-block office tower to break ground on Park Avenue since 1980

"It will be a Four Seasons on steroids for the 21st century," L&L Holding principal David W. Levinson told the New York Post, referencing the nearby Four Seasons Restaurant, which will lose its lease next year. 

L&L is the developer behind the 897-foot tower being designed by Sir Norman Foster, who is also designing the restaurant scheduled to open in 2018.  

Restaurateur Will Guidara said that Foster is one of his "favorite architects in the world," and chef Daniel Humm said he's excited to bring a new fine-dining concept to the area that's been home to Manhattan's culinary greats.

Together, Guidara and Humm have elevated Eleven Madison Park and Nomad to three-Michelin-star status. And Eleven Madison Park holds the distinction of being the top-ranking North American restaurant on The World's 50 Best Restaurants List, where it sits at No. 5. "They are going for number one in the world," said Levinson.  

What's in store at this yet-to-be-named project? All we know for now is that the restaurant will have two floors spanning 14,000 square feet; it will be located on the building's East 56th street side, and it will be extremely upscale. 

One thing is for sure, though: If Humm and Guidara are looking to revive (or reinvent) the grand old days of New York City fine dining, they have picked the right neighborhood. The location at 425 Park Avenue is just a few blocks away from old-school favorites La Grenouille, Le Cirque, and the aforementioned Four Seasons Restaurant, all of which are frequented by an intensely devoted and well-heeled cast of Upper East Side regulars.   

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This man donated his late wife's wedding dress to be sold on eBay — and the note he included will make you cry


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A charity shop in England received a vintage wedding dress in early June that at first glance seemed like an ordinary donation.

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Posted by St Gemma's Hospice on Wednesday, June 10, 2015


The lace 1950s gown would have been just one of many that St. Gemma’s Hospice Charity Shops receives daily except for the sweet handwritten note attached to the dress, first spotted by Mashable


“I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one 56 years like I did,” the notes reads. “Happy years. I was a Lucky man to marry a lady like mine.”

It includes three letters at the end that look like "PTO," which St. Gemma’s believes may stand for “please try on.”

The employees at the Leeds charity shop  — which donates to a hospice that cares for cancer patients — were so touched by the handwritten plea that they posted it to their Facebook on Wednesday asking if anyone knew who the man was. 

They received an outpouring of support because of the touching note, and by Thursday morning, they had found the mystery donor.

We have news! We have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice...

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From St. Gemma’s:

We have news! We have found the kind gentleman who donated the beautiful vintage wedding dress to St Gemma’s Hospice this week. He is over the moon that we are giving somebody the opportunity to buy the gorgeous gown on ebay. He is a big fan of St Gemma’s Hospice and is overwhelmed with the International attention that his late wife’s dress is generating. He is so happy and proud that the Hospice will benefit from funds raised by the auction of the dress. He wishes to remain anonymous and we fully respect his decision but he is watching the media frenzy with interest and thinks it is wonderful. We have thanked him so much for his kindness and he would like to thank everyone for their support. 

“Brilliant result, [I] can imagine his pride and the pride his late wife would have felt for her beloved husband,” one Facebook user wrote. “I totally respect his wish for anonymity, but pleased that he now knows we think he is amazing.”

The dress is currently on sale through eBay and is describe as a vintage lace, size-small dress with peplum and a netting skirt with lace flowers. Though there is a stain under the netting, St. Gemma’s said that it can’t be seen unless the netting is lifted and the dress is otherwise in great condition.

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If you’re superstitious and want a wedding dress that led to what sounds like it was an amazing marriage, this dress might be worth buying — current bidding is at ₤560 or $868 at the time of this post, and St. Gemma's also ships internationally.

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15 hotels that used to be prisons


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While the idea of turning prisons into hotels may have seemed strange at first, countries all over the world now offer accommodations that once stood as correctional facilities.

Some have been completely transformed, but if you take a closer look, you can still see remnants of their fascinating and frightening pasts. 

Others, however, have chosen to leave a large part of their buildings in original conditions.

From Boston's chic Liberty Hotel to the spooky iron-clad corridors of the Jailhotel in Switzerland, here are 15 hotels with a haunting past. 

Alcatraz Hotel: Kaiserslautern, Germany

67657 Kaiserslautern, Morlauterer Str. 1

The Alcatraz hotel in Germany was a prison from 1867 to 2002, when it was refurbished to include 56 rooms for guests.

You have the option of sleeping in the newly-renovated rooms or in one of their “cell rooms,” where you’ll find three levels of original cells from the prison including barred windows, shared toilets, and even what they consider to be a traditional prison breakfast of pumpernickel bread and jam. 

Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka: Helsinki, Finland

Merikasarminkatu 1, 00160 Helsinki, Finland

Hotel Katajanokka was a former county prison where prisoners would await trial. It is said to have hosted Risto Ryti, Finland's fifth president.

Today, the Best Western hotel still houses its original brick walls and includes the Restaurant Jailbird, where you can see original inscriptions from inmates along the walls. The rooms, designed with a minimalistic style, were made by combining two to three of the former cells and offer luxurious amenities like saunas in the larger suites. 

Four Seasons Sultanahmet: Istanbul, Turkey

Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, 34122 Sultanahmet-Eminönü, Istanbul

You’ll barely be able to tell that the Four Seasons in Sultanahmet used to be a jail in 1918, until you take a closer look at its details.

The old wooden doors that lead to the lobby are from the original jail and engravings from an inmate in 1938 detailing the names of former inmates can be found on a marble pillar inside.

Other than that, the hotel offers a luxurious stay, converting the former exercise courtyard into a beautiful outdoor dining area and the watchtowers into elevator shafts. Plus, it’s close to some of the area’s best sightseeing stops like the Hagia Sophia Museum and the Topkapi Palace

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In an expletive-ridden 1999 comedy routine, George Carlin brilliantly destroyed germaphobia in a single sentence


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We can't recommend defecating onto your hands two to three times per week to boost your immune system, but at least George Carlin didn't get polio.

In his 1999 stand-up comedy special "You Are All Diseased," the wily old comic, then 71, released obscenity-laced frustrations that scientists have actually come to validate time and again. 

As Carlin so eloquently states in his special, "If you kill all the germs around you and live a completely sterile life, then when germs do come along you're not going to be prepared."

Scientists have arrived at a similar conclusion.

Dubbed the "hygiene hypothesis," the theory argues we should stop demonizing germs, since being exposing to germs allows a person to build a more robust immune system.

It's for that reason public health experts have recommended families wash dishes by hands, expose kids to low doses of allergens, and let them roll around in the dirt every once in a while. 

Or, you can take Carlin's approach:

When I was a little boy in New York City in the 1940s, we swam in the Hudson River, and it was filled with raw sewage. OK? We swam in raw sewage — you know, to cool off. And at that time, the big fear was polio. Thousands of kids died from polio every year. But you know something? In my neighborhood, no one ever got polio. No one. Ever. You know why? 'Cause we swam in raw sewage.

Of course, Carlin's methods aren't for everyone (or anyone).

But if all that sounds too dirty for the household you're trying to keep clean, you might consider outsourcing the responsibility to your child's school

Watch Carlin's routine below. But be warned: it's filthy.


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Tour the world's coolest art museum without even leaving your bed


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The Musée du Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world — and it also might just be the most Instagrammed. 

More than nine million people visited the Louvre in 2014, according to an annual study conducted by The Art Newspaper. That's nine million opportunities for Valencia-filtered, perfectly square Instagram pictures of some of the world's finest art.

But some believe the use of cell phone cameras inside museums has gotten out of control. Many museums have started banning cameras and selfie sticks, in an attempt to create a more enjoyable experience for museum-goers hoping to enjoy the artwork without having to peer over dozens of amateur photographers. 

In 2005, the Louvre banned all photography, but the museum's policy has evolved since then. Today, the museum instructs visitors to "respect the collections" and allows non-flash photography inside its permanent exhibits.

Thanks to all the photos, it's easy to digitally get inside the Louvre without travelling to France. Searching Instagram for hashtags like #louvre, #louvremusuem, or even #louvreselfie will bring up thousands of these pictures featuring works by da Vinci, Bernini, and Michelangelo. 

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Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa," is undoubtedly the most famous piece in the Louvre and people take photos with it all day.

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Here's a look at the "Venus de Milo." Sculpted by Alexandros of Antioch, the statue stands over six feet tall. Note the selfie stick in the background.

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This is an Instagram picture of the "Winged Victory at Samothrace." Created in the second century BC, it's popular on Instagram in the 21st century.

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