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How to eat a fast-food breakfast without completely wrecking your diet

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In an ideal world, we'd all have time to prepare a balanced breakfast each morning. The reality? The most important meal of the day often gets demoted to a cup of coffee or nothing at all.

Don't stress, though. You can grab tomorrow's breakfast from several fast-food restaurants without completely ruining your diet, BuzzFeed's Carolyn Kylstra reports.

Here are some suggestions for what to order on those hurried mornings. 

If you're heading past a McDonald's...

egg mcmuffin

At only 300 calories, the Egg McMuffin is a solid choice. The sandwich offers 17 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat. Compared to McDonald's Sausage Biscuit, which has 11 grams of protein but a startling 27 grams of fat, we're lovin' the Egg McMuffin for a grab-and-go breakfast. 

If Taco Bell is on your way... 

taco bell breakfast

It's important to watch out for salt when making fast-food choices, Carolyn Kylstra points out, so ordering breakfast at Taco Bell can be particularly challenging. Consider getting a Sausage and Cheese Biscuit Taco. It has 14 grams of protein, which helps make up for its 640 milligrams of sodium. 

When you're craving something from Dunkin' Donuts...

dunkin donuts doughnut sprinkles

Though it might be hard to resist the temptation of a sprinkle covered donut, consider something that packs a bit more protein. The Egg White Sausage Wraps provide 9 grams of protein, which will help keep you feeling full longer. The individual wraps are only 150 calories, so you can order two.

When Quizno's is calling your name...

quiznos subs

The Ham and Egg Grilled Flatbread offers a smarter alternative to traditional breakfast sandwiches. Similar to the Egg McMuffin, the Flatbread is only 300 calories. 

If a colleague suggests a stroll to Panera Bread...

panera bread cashier

Panera's Avocado, Egg White & Spinach Breakfast Power Sandwich is a smart pick to start your day. For 400 calories, you get 15 grams of protein and no trans fat. Plus, avocado and spinach are superfoods and the sandwich is vegetarian friendly. 

If you can't resist Burger King...

burger king sign

Finding a sensible choice is tricky at Burger King. The Sausage Breakfast Burrito is only 310 calories, but it also comes with a 820 milligrams of sodium. The FDA recommends a max of 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, so be sure to watch what you eat after breakfast. 

If it's time for pick-me-up at Starbucks...

starbucks breakfast sandwiches

The Spinach and Feta breakfast wrap is a convenient way to get 19 grams of protein with only 10 grams of fat. Ringing in at 290 calories, the wrap is a great choice for breakfast in a rush. If you find yourself needing a caffeine fix, black coffee is the best way to go, avoiding the sugar that can often be hidden in blended coffee drinks. Another tip? Teach yourself how to love good old black coffee — a cup is only one calorie.

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Religion in America is on the decline

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A new Gallup poll shows that Americans' trust in organized religion continues to decline, continuing a gradual, decades-long trend. 

Gallup noted in their commentary on the poll that "Once reliably at the top of Gallup's confidence in institutions list, [organized religion] now ranks fourth behind the military, small business and the police, and just ahead of the medical system."

The poll shows that only 42% of Americans have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in organized religion or the Church, well below the high of 68% in the 1970s:

gallup organized religion poll

This coincides with a trend of Americans becoming increasingly unlikely to identify with any particular religion, most recently seen in Pew Research Center's recently released "2014 Religious Landscape Study":

godless millennials

Meanwhile, America is building fewer churches. The amount of construction spending on religious structures has dropped by 62% since January 2002:

church construction

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This apartment has an ingenious way to hide your messy kitchen from guests

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Kitchens — even pristine ones obsessed over by diligent cooks — are bound to get messy. So wouldn't it be great if you could just put a wall up to hide the mess when company comes over?

That Utopian idea is at the center of an apartment redesign in Bulgaria by Don't DIY Studio architectural firmThe apartment was built around the idea of maximizing sunlight throughout the entire space. This resulted in the removing of the traditional kitchen and small utilities spaces, which opened up the rest of the apartment and created a big vestibule.

Here's what the kitchen looks like with the doors fully open.

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

And here it is with the doors fully closed.

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

It's like the kitchen never existed, right? All tell-tale markings are fully covered up, turning the kitchen into the owner's dirty little secret, literally.

Behind the kitchen is a wall of hidden storage.

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

This wall of hidden cabinets also contains the refrigerator and the air conditioning unit, as well as food storage.

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

Check out the rest of the apartment, with minimalistic and bespoke details galore.

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

Sliding Kitchen Door Apartment

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How to sound like an expert next time you order a martini at the bar

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martini with lots of olives in a bar

Ordering a Martini seems simple enough.

But when the bartender asks for specifics, suddenly you're fumbling — vodka or gin? Shaken or stirred? And what in the world is a dry martini?

Does it even matter?

It does, according to Allen Katz, the director of Mixology and Spirits Education for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. He helped us break down the different types of martinis on a cocktail menu, and taught us how to order one without sounding like an idiot.

In celebration of National Martini Day, read these tips, and memorize them.

1. Gin or vodka?

The classic martini was created as a gin cocktail, so for those interested in having the typical martini experience, give gin a try.

"Each gin you try will have a distinct flavor," Katz explains. "Different brands of gin are made using different botanicals so they all taste unique."

If the herb flavor of the gin proves too strong for you, order a vodka martini instead.

2. Dry, perfect, or wet?

These three distinctions refer to how much and what type of vermouth you want in your cocktail.

Vermouth is a type of wine that's flavored with botanicals, and can make a martini "dry" or "sweet." A modern martini usually calls for a splash of dry vermouth, which is known for its more bitter and less-sugary taste.

"Where people get confused is that when you request a 'dry' martini, it doesn't mean you want more dry vermouth — it means you want less vermouth," Kats says. A typical dry martini will have a drizzle of dry vermouth while an "extra-dry" martini will only have a drop or two of dry vermouth (sometimes even none at all).

A wet martini then is the exact opposite — you want more dry vermouth. Historically, martinis were quite wet, with old-school martinis prepared with an almost equal ratio of gin and vermouth.

A perfect martini, on the other hand, is made with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth with your vodka or gin.

3. Shaken or stirred?

“Shaken” means the alcohol of your choice will be shaken in a cocktail shaker with ice before being strained into your glass. "There's a bit of an aplomb or style to a well-shaken cocktail," Katz told us.

“Stirred” means the gin will be placed in a cocktail shaker with ice and stirred for about 30 seconds before being strained into the glass. "This results in a smoother version, with less likelihood of ice shards in your cocktail," Katz said.

4. Straight up or on the rocks?

“Up” means that your drink will be served in one of those familiar tall martini glasses that has been chilled. "On the rocks” means that it will be served in a tumbler over ice.

"If you've got an appropriately diluted martini, you shouldn't need the ice," Katz said. "Of course, that being said, when it comes to cocktails people should drink them however they prefer."

5. Do you want that "with a twist"?

This just refers to how you want your martini garnished. Classic martinis are either garnished with an olive on a skewer or a small twist of lemon peel for an added pop of citrus.

If you have a preference, just tell your bartender "with a twist" for the lemon peel, or "with an olive."

6. How about a classic twist on the basic martini?

Dirty, Gibson, and Vesper: These are the three famous types of martini that every bartender worth their salt will know how to make.

Dirty: A little splash of olive juice in the martini. "You still have to ask for degrees depending on how 'dirty' you like it," Katz said. "I've found that people who really like dirty martinis like them really dirty, and then you just garnish with an olive to bolster that characteristic."

Gibson: Can be made either with gin or vodka, but "instead of a classic garnish like a twist or an olive, you get a pearl onion," Katz said. "I've also seen Gibsons made with pickled onions and an olive."

Vesper: For those wanting to order a martini like James Bond, this is the drink for you. First described in the book "Casino Royale," the vesper martini was originally made with gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet, a type of bitter wine aperitif.

"Because Kina Lillet has become so rare, people nowadays will substitute another aperitif wine called Cocchi Americano," Katz told us. "And always remember if you order a Vesper, you're compounding the booze with gin and vodka." In other words, this is not the drink-of-choice for a lightweight.

7. A final tip ...

If you've never had a martini before, Katz recommended trying a traditional martini as a jumping-off point for future orders.

"Tell the bartender you'll have a martini with a 3:1 ratio of vermouth," he advised first-timers. "Try it with gin, because a gin martini will be more interesting with the vermouth. Order it stirred, and straight up."

And make sure to get a normal-sized cocktail, not one of those monster martinis the size of your head. That way, if you don't like it you can "simply move on to the next cocktail," Katz said.

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South Koreans could be 'extinct' by 2750

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Many developed economies are facing demographic problems. But one case that stands out is South Korea. 

Not only is the population aging (like in Japan and the US), but birthrates are also falling and women are increasingly less inclined to get married.

In 2013, the country's birth rate plummeted to the lowest level on record: Only 8.6 babies per 1,000 South Koreans were born, and the total number of births fell by 9.9% to the second-lowest number on record.

Furthermore, a government survey of respondents aged 9 to 24 showed that only 45.6% of women "said marriage was something they should do in life," considerably lower than the 62.9% of men, according to the Brookings Institute.

Overall, the average South Korean woman is expected to give birth to 1.187 babies in her lifetime — the fifth lowest fertility in the world.

"A 2014 study commissioned by the national legislature concluded that South Koreans could 'face natural extinction by 2750 if the birthrate were maintained at 1.19 children per woman — assuming no reunification with North Korea or significant inflow of migrants," according to the Brookings Institute, citing data from a simulation commissioned by the National Assembly in Seoul.

south korean birth rate

According to that simulation, South Korea's current population of 50.2 million could fall to 20 million by the end of the century. The second-largest city, Busan, will "go extinct" by 2413, while the capital, Seoul, will go by 2505.

It is important to keep in mind that this is a demographic forecast 735 years into the future, so — to keep it simple — there is a lot of uncertainty in the projections and there will definitely be other variables that affect South Korea's demographics positively and negatively.

However, there is another factor to consider: "mixed ethnic families" — in which one parent is Korean (usually the father) and the other is not (usually the mother, from China, Vietnam or the Philippines).

Notably, the birthrate for children of immigrant mothers is higher than that of native Korean women. The number of school-age children from "mixed ethnic families" went up seven times from 2014 to 2006, and the number of adolescents from "mixed ethnic families" increased by 21% from 2013 to 2014.

As Katharine H.S. Moon writes for Brookings:

The face of the homogeneous South Korea we once knew is literally changing before our eyes as hundreds of thousands of foreign-born women marry Korean men and become Korean citizens and their multiracial/multi-ethnic children increase in numbers. An estimated third of all children born in 2020 (1.67 million) are expected to be of part Korean and part other Asian descent ("Kosian"), composing 3.3% of the total population. By 2020 and 2030 respectively, an estimated 5% and 10% of the South Korean population will be composed of foreign-born and immigrant families.

More immigrants would be good news for the Korean labor force, which is expected peak in 2016-2017. A report from December 2014 by the Korea Economic Research Institute even concluded that Korea needs as a many as 15 million immigrants (one-third of its population) by 2060 "to make up for a shrinking workforce and sustain growth."

And, as an interesting note from the culture angle, while from 2005 to 2010 80% of South Koreans believed that a Korean bloodline was essential to the "being Korean," that number fell to 65.8% by 2013. 

The government is now even planning to make elementary school textbooks with "bi-ethnic/bi-racial children and multicultural families," according to Brookings.

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The 10 most-hated hotel chains on social media

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Hilton Hotel in SwedenWhile hotels have tried to embrace social media as much as possible — trading perks like discounts, free nights and upgrades for uploads and hashtags — social media can also really backfire on them.

Crimson Hexagon, which provides social media analysis software, crunched the numbers, analyzing Twitter posts over an almost six-month period (January 1st, 2015 to June 14th, 2015) to see how 10 of the world's largest hotel chains (based on number of rooms, employees, properties, and social media buzz) fared.

Hilton was the most hated, with 17% of tweets being negative. Tying for second place, with 14% of tweets being disparaging, are Marriott, Sheraton, Westin, DoubleTree and Crowne Plaza. W Hotels are next, with 13% negative tweets, followed by Best Western with 12%, and Holiday Inn with 8%. Finally, Radisson clocks in at only 4%.

Here is the full breakdown:

Brand

Tweet Volume

Positive Sentiment

Neutral Sentiment

Negative Sentiment

Hilton

25,020

40%

43%

17%

Marriott Hotels

89,092

45%

41%

14%

Sheraton

26,056

33%

54%

14%

Westin

25,899

40%

46%

14%

Double Tree

10,736

41%

45%

14%

Crowne Plaza

7,981

33%

53%

14%

Best Western

16,568

57%

31%

12%

W Hotels

8,968

44%

43%

13%

Holiday Inn*

49,231

33%

60%

8%

Radisson

40,531

62%

34%

4%

*Includes Holiday Inn Express

Conversely, Radisson and Best Western have the highest positive feedback on social media, with 62% and 57% respectively. Seeing as Radisson also has the lowest negative feedback, you might want to book your next stay there.

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I spent 2 weeks researching restaurants at every price point before my mom came to visit NYC, and here's where we went

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About a month ago, my food-loving mom flew in from North Carolina to spend a weekend in New York City with me.

She was in charge of picking activities; I was in charge of picking food. 

I wanted her to experience a variety of cuisines and see different neighborhoods of Manhattan. I also had to account for one "splurge" night — to celebrate her new job — but wanted to balance that out with affordable spots.

Most importantly, I wanted these places to have really good food

There were a lot of factors to consider, but after two weeks of indecision and second-guessing, here's what I came up with, from $4 oats at a tiny oatmeal bar to $14 guacamole at Richard Sandoval's elegant Mexican restaurant, Pampano.

The itinerary

After several days of Googling, Yelping, polling people, and making — then canceling and remaking — reservations, I came up with a (tentative) agenda, hence the pencil. 

We didn't make it everywhere, but we did a did a pretty good job following through on this aggressively scheduled itinerary. 

 



Friday breakfast — Frisson Espresso

By the time my mom arrived on Friday, I was already at work, but that was no reason for her to miss out on a cup of NYC joe and a fattening pastry. 

I decided to leave my apartment keys for her at the coffee shop a few doors down from my place in Hell's Kitchen: Frisson Espresso. The relatively new shop is charming, with just as charming of a staff who agreed to deliver my keys to the suitcase-lugging-lady arriving at 10:30am. 

They also let me pre-pay for a coffee and scone to greet the traveler.

Price: $7.25 for a medium coffee and scone (I left tip for their hospitality)

$ out of $$$$ on Yelp



Friday lunch — Sagaponack

A coworker recommended this lunch spot tucked away on W 22nd street in the Flatiron District. It's one of those places where you enter and immediately forget you're in the middle of bustling New York City; its nautical inspired decor gives it the feel of its namesake town Sagaponack, in the Hamptons.

We ordered on the lighter side, trying to pace ourselves for the caloric marathon we were about to embark on over the next few days, and went with their East End salad and hummus platter. Had we not been pacing, we would have explored other parts of the menu, which offers burgers, tacos, lobster rolls, hot and cold sandwiches, and pasta. 

While the food was flavorful, fresh, and exactly what we wanted, the service was a bit slow. I'm all for leisurely meals, but a weekday lunch that drags for over an hour can be stressful.

Price: $31.67 for two courses and two Diet Cokes

$$ out of $$$$ on Yelp



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Here's what hotels will look like in the future

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Four Points Concept Room Smart Mirror Wide Shot

To you, hotel rooms may seem the same — there’s a bed, a TV, maybe two nightstands and a bathroom — but in reality, hotel rooms are changing at the speed of light: modernizing, adapting to today’s traveler’s needs, and looking to innovate for the future.

Hotels are scrambling to anticipate travelers' future needs, and while no one has a crystal ball, some changes already taking effect can help us get a glimpse of what’s to come.

We spoke to hotel designers and industry insiders to get an idea of what hotels will look like in the future.

Bathrooms will get bigger

The quality of a hotel is generally measured by its bathrooms, and the number of fixtures those feature (two sinks, separate shower and bathtub, etc.), as bathrooms are the most expensive rooms to build.

According to Zeev Sharon, a hotel development vet and the founder of Hotelied, a hotel booking site that gives users discounts based on their social media presence, research also shows that guests increasingly evaluate a room based on the bathroom these days. He says that we will be seeing bathrooms expand more and more — up to 50% or more of the total hotel room — as the guest room becomes smaller.

Bathrooms will also become more spa-likehotel bathroom

"People like luxurious, spa-like bathrooms," Sharon explains. "When hotels design a bathroom now, they really need to think about things like counter space — is there enough space for a toiletry bag? — and a rain shower head is becoming standard. A lot of attention has gone into reinventing the hotel room bathroom to make it more spa-like, and you see it at every level hotel. It's all relative, but even at a three-star hotel a lot more attention is being given to the bathroom."

Guest rooms will get smaller

Sharon says that flatscreen TVs are a hotel developer's best friend, as they have allowed rooms to become smaller thanks to no longer needing bulky armoires to accommodate bulky TVs. Hotels are moving more and more towards the "essentials-only" model, as evidenced by pod hotels (like Yotel), of which he predicts more will pop up.

Mike Tiedy, the Senior Vice President of Global Brand Design and Innovation at Starwood Hotels & Resorts agrees. "On the select service end with brands like Aloft, Four Points and Element, the rooms are getting smaller and more efficient with the emphasis on the lobby for work and social activities," he says. "The room becomes a comfy nest with everything you need at your fingertips and nothing more."

Aloft Concept Room Custom HVAC and Lighting

Rooms will have high-tech features like the ability to control the lights and air-conditioning with your phone

Most people rarely leave the house without their smartphones, laptops, iPads, fitness trackers, etc. Sharon says that hotels are starting to incorporate this into their hotel room design.

"It's becoming more about giving you access to hotel services through your own devices than providing you with the device. When was the last time you used a hotel phone? A lot of the thinking now is less about giving you the phone, but more about  giving you the app to use on your phone," Sharon explains. This means that guests will likely be able to control everything — lights, blinds, AC — via their smartphones soon, or a provided touchscreen.    

Marriott recently put this concept into action by collaborating with Netflix on their in-room entertainment, and both Personality Hotels and Starwood already let guests use their smartphones as room keys in many of their properties.

There will be lots of easily accessible outlets in guest rooms

The sigh of relief breathed by anyone who has had to charge their cellphone halfway across the hotel room or had to rearrange furniture to find an outlet is audible. According to Sharon, "everyone wants a lot of outlets to charge everything, and that's become a huge deal. Outlets need to be easy and convenient and there's a lot of thought going into that."

Rooms will be equipped with high-tech lighting features 

Element Concept Room Smart Vanity

Tiedy says that "LED technology has created opportunities to incorporate lighting in new and unique ways with more adaptability and control."

Starwood's Aloft brand is already experimenting with a bathroom mirror that has touchscreen buttons allowing guests to adjust the bathroom's LED lighting to make it as flattering as possible, as well as mobile phone controlled temperature and lighting, while its Four Points properties are developing Smart Mirrors, digital mirrors with touch screen capabilities on which to read headlines or check the weather for instance.

Rooms will have minimalist design and open shelving rather than traditional bulky furniture

People rarely unpack, so, according to Luanne Fausett, a hotel designer who has worked for brands like Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham and IHG, instead of closets we will be seeing open wire shelving and "dressing areas" with clever spaces for suitcases, all of which will be designed to give the impression of more space.

Similarly, since guests don't often use the desks, Tiedy says that rooms will have "comfortable and adaptable areas to work or relax, with less emphasis on the desk."

Hotels will focus more on quality bedding

Hotels have been trying to reinvent "the sleeping experience" since 1999, when Westin spent $30 million developing the 10-layer Heavenly Bed, which promises the perfect night's sleep. Today, there's an increased focus on quality bedding as hotels are spending more and more money on it, and have thankfully come to the realization that no one wants to touch those duvet covers with a 10 foot pole. Both duvet covers and curtains will disappear.

Lobbies will become high-tech multi-use spaces

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The days of a staid lobby with a front desk is coming to an end. Hotel lobbies are increasingly becoming multi-use spaces with bars, restaurants, lounges and business centers all rolled into one. "Hotels are starting to dramatically change public space" Sharon says. "They're blending spaces and using a living room concept."

Tiedy says that the evolution of digital is driving change in the lobby too, as well as the rooms.

"Personal devices with more and more access to streaming content allow guests to work and socialize anywhere in the hotel," said Tiedy. "This has a huge influence on how we design the spaces, making sure that we offer a mix of public and private opportunities for individuals who want to be in a public space but still be alone, to spaces for small and large groups to assemble for an impromptu meeting or eat and drink. They all need great Wi-Fi, power and different types of seating."

Social media will affect hotel design

Hotels today need to start thinking about their social media presence — beyond opening a Facebook page or Twitter account. Sharon says that they need to think "what will my hotel look like on social media? How can we look good on social media? Where in my hotel is the Instagram moment?"

Social media has given designers the need to think about a wow factor, about Instagrammable pics that guests will take and share. Sharon says that infinity pools and rooftop bars are always safe bets, but that in the future hotels will have to take it to the next level, literally creating premeditated Instagram photos. The 1888 Hotel in Sydney, for example, already features "selfie spaces," and there's a Twitter-themed hotel in Spain.

Hotels will integrate more natural elements and materials in their designs

Aside from increasing their efforts at reducing their carbon footprint, "hotels will start integrating the outdoors," Fausett says, citing more organic lines, as well as natural materials, colors and textures that give a hotel a more natural feeling vibe. Indoor and outdoor boundaries will become increasingly blurred, catering to something called biophilia, which is the theory that people instinctively feel more at ease in natural-feeling surroundings.

There will be a lot of white

1888 Hotel

Fausett says that design will become more and more neutral, with only pops of color. She says that guests' perception of cleanliness is becoming a bigger and bigger concern for hotels, and since white is unforgiving when it comes to stains and dirt, an increasing number of hotels are embracing light carpets and white bedding. Formerly, the thought process was the opposite — that colorful, patterned carpets and duvets would be easier to clean as they masked stains. She also predicts that this will mean more tile floors, rather than carpeted rooms, as those are easier to clean.

There will be more local flavor

Fausett predicts more of a local flavor in hotels: more regional art, food and brands, as hotels will cater to travelers wanting a taste of their surroundings, rather than the same big box hotel room. Plus, hotel owners realize that this offers a more genuine, memorable experience to travelers, and gives them a chance to showcase local pride. In the future, architects designing hotels will take their surroundings into consideration more and more.   

Hotels will place more emphasis on fitness

The health craze has only just started making its way into hotels, and will continue to become a larger focus. Instead of a dark, windowless room with three and a half broken pieces of gym equipment, hotels will invest money into having real fitness centers.

TRYP by Wyndham Hotel

 Moreover, some hotels are becoming full-blown fitness centers, integrating fitness equipment directly into the guestrooms and offering wellness programs that touch on everything from physical fitness to balanced meals to meditation and mental well-being. Several chains of fitness hotels have already opened including EVEN Hotels and TRYP by Wyndham, and Equinox is planning to open its own chain of hotels. 

Hotel restaurants will serve fresh, locally-sourced food

The health craze has moved beyond fitness to include healthier eating habits, and a desire for organic, locally sourced food.

More and more hotels now boast farm-to-table fare at their restaurants, but increasingly, they're taking it to the next level, with more of a roof-to-table approach: a growing number of resorts are starting their own urban farms, rooftop bee farms, and herb gardens from which they source their restaurant's ingredients. Just this past March, Shangri-La unveiled its Rooted in Nature initiative, which promotes the use of sustainable and locally sources meat, fish, and produce.

In addition, Fausett predicts that vending machines will be replaced with healthy snacks. Instead of replacing the vending machine entirely, Marriott debuted a healthy vending machine last year, which dispenses handcrafted salads, sandwiches and snacks that are made fresh and use only local ingredients.

Hotels will integrate high-tech amenities that border on Sci-Fi

Yobot Robot Yotel

Hotels are literally looking to science fiction to gain an edge on competitors, launching futuristic amenities like robot butlers (the Botlr, currently only at the Aloft Cupertino and Aloft Silicon Valley), robot luggage handlers (the Yobot, at New York's Yotel), virtual reality experiences (W: XYZ bars at Aloft Hotels), fingerprint scan room entry (at the Alma Barcelona), retina scan room entry (at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston) and finally, infrared body scanners (at Seattle's Hotel 1000). 

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The animals most likely to kill Americans

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Two shark attacks in North Carolina this weekend were a solemn reminder that animals are not always our friends. In fact, some of them are ruthless predators.

So which animals kill the most Americans?

Check out the Washington Post's chart here »

Shark attacks claim one American life per year on average. In April, a shark killed a 65-year old woman off the coast of Maui.

Alligators and bears also average one kill per year. Last September, a 22-year old Rutgers student lost his life when he was mauled to death by a black bear in New Jersey.

Angry Bear

Venomous snakes and lizards claim the lives of six Americans each year. In May, a 37-year old Missouri man who was wading through a river in the town of Nixa was bitten on both legs by a venomous snake and died in the hospital the next day, USA Today reported. 

Spiders kill seven Americans every year. A boy in Alabama died last November after being bitten by a rare brown recluse spider.

Non-venomous arthropods (mosquitoes, ticks, lice, mites) kill nine Americans every year. The CDC is currently investigating a new strain of virus  dubbed as "Bourbon" that may be carried by ticks after a Kansas man died from a tick bite in February, according to Bloomberg.

Cows kill 20 Americans every year on average. Yes, cows are twenty times more lethal than sharks, bears, or alligators. The Post points out that most of these deaths are attributed to workplace accidents involving farmhands. As the CDC notes, "large livestock are powerful, quick, protective of their territory and offspring, and especially unpredictable during breeding and birthing periods."  

Dogs, also known as man's best friend, kill man 28 times each year in America. In May, the Chicago Tribune reported a tragic story in which a dog bit a 5-year old boy in the throat. He died shortly thereafter.

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The Post's chart shows mammals, including horses, pigs, and deer, claim the lives of 52 Americans each year on average. But the most deadly animals for Americans are also some of the smallest.

Bees, hornets, and wasps kill 58 Americans every year on average, mostly by anaphylactic shock after a sting. As recently as last week, a 65-year old man in Texas was killed after a swarm of bees attacked him while he was mowing his neighbors lawn. According to USA Today, the man had bumped into a shed that a beehive was attached to, causing a part of the hive to fall off and a cloud of bees to fly out.

So there you have it — the dogs you might encounter on a daily basis are more likely to kill you than sharks or bears. And you may never look at cows the same way again.

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A popular brewing company is making grooming products out of beer

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One of the most successful beer companies in the world just entered new territory. 

The Danish brewing company, Carlsberg, recently launched a new line of men's grooming products made from their beer. 

Through their partnership with cosmetics company Urtegaarden, Carlsberg created the line out of the main ingredients of its beer - barley, hops, and yeast.

The products in the grooming kit include shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. 

Each bottle contains 0.5 liters of real Carlsberg beer. 

The beer beauty kit, which contains the 3 products, retails for € 63.84, or about $73. 

“The beer is freeze-dried into a powder, and then mixed with organic ingredients in order to create a unique series of products,” said Carlsberg Brewmaster Erik Lund in the press release.

The company jumped at the opportunity to create grooming products because they realized there is a disparity between men and women's grooming in the UK. 

The results of a survey conducted by Epinion showed that 65% of men in the UK are daily groomers.

However, 40% of the men surveyed still use their girlfriends’ or wives’ grooming products on a weekly basis, according the release. 

Carlsberg's new line is an attempt to fix that. 67% of UK men who drink Carlsberg would buy grooming products made from beer, according to the survey.

According to a study by Euromonitor International, the value of men's grooming increased by 3% in 2014 to $6.3 billion.

"This increase the share of toiletries to 54% in men’s grooming indicates that the proportion of men that care about their grooming rituals beyond the traditional shaving experience is increasing," according to Euromonitor.

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12 strange photos that will make you look twice

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RTXPCRRSometimes, your brain just doesn’t believe what your eyes are seeing. When that happens what’s occurring is commonly known as a optical illusion.

While Photoshop has made it easy to manipulate images, there’s still nothing like a good-ol’ photograph taken at just the right angle to deceive your mind and create an alt-reality.

Check out the images ahead to see some truly unbelievable scenarios - and get answers to what’s actually occurring.  

While it appears this boy is walking on air, he is actually mid-jump, falling into the Dnipro river in Kiev.



German street performer Johan Lorbeer deceives his audience that he's floating in mid-air, but this stunt involves a fake arm.



Disembodied heads float above their respective bodies, captured by a water-proof camera half-way submerged.



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A simple design innovation let a Chinese entrepreneur build a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days

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Broad Sustainable Building, a Chinese architecture company, recently constructed a 57-story, 800 apartment building in 19 working days

It's called Mini Sky City. The man behind it is Zhang Yue, a Chinese entrepreneur with an Elon Musk-ian streak for launching revolutions. 

As the BBC reports, Zhang wants to start a revolution in building. 

Which you can see from Mini Sky City's three-floors-per-day construction.

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 The full video is nuts.

 

But as the 'mini' in its name implies, Mini Sky City is just the beginning. 

Broad Group wants to build the tallest building in the world, higher than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 

It'll be called Sky City, standing a full 220 stories high.

Founder Zhang Yue tells the BBC that Broad Group will build Sky City in a fraction of the time. While it took the Burj five years to be completed, Zhang says that Sky City will only take seven months.  

It'll come complete with everything you need to "live vertically," like an indoor farm or a helipad. 

The key? A little hack called modular construction.

The Modular Building Institute defines it like this:

Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise.

Modular design has been used at a smaller scale for a while now.

We probably know it most intimately through the work of Ikea, a company with a  furniture empire that has come to dominate the world. 

Here's how Ikea describes its sectional sofas

The great thing with a modular sofa is that you can create your own combination, so you get exactly what you want. Then you can adapt or add on to what you have if your needs change. And with our big choice of styles and covers, it’s easy to get the look that suits you, too.

Broad Group's skyscrapers are kind of like the Ikea sofas of construction.

As BBC reports, the process for building is the same: steel comes into Broad Group's factories, and it gets welded into modules like a column or cross beam. 

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Then those modules get trucked out.

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Crane them up.

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And snap them into place, Tetris-style.

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"With the traditional method they have to build a skyscraper brick by brick, but with our method we just need to assemble the blocks," company engineer Chen Xiangqian told the Guardian. "This is definitely the fastest speed in our industry." 

To read the full BBC feature on Broad Sustainable Building, go here.

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26 ancient ruins you should visit in your lifetime

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It's incredible that monuments built by ancient civilizations thousands of years ago still stand today.

Seeing these sites is like stepping back in time and witnessing what life was like in a place that ceased to exist years ago.

From the Roman baths in England to the Ajanta caves in India, we found 26 ancient ruins that everyone should visit in their lifetime.

 

Dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, Peru's Machu Picchu was a royal estate or sacred religious site used by Inca leaders. The site — comprised of over 3,000 steps and more than 150 stone structures — was only discovered in 1911, centuries after Spanish invaders wiped out Incan civilization.

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Pompeii was a thriving Roman city near Naples, Italy, before it was covered in ash from the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The eruption killed 2,000 people, but the city itself remained intact under the ash until it was discovered in 1748.

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Drawing close to one million visitors a year, Stone Henge — 100 mysterious large stones in a circular layout — took around 1,500 years for our Neolithic ancestors to build. It's one of the ancient world's seven wonders.

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This amazing poster featuring all 468 NYC subway signs is blowing up on Kickstarter

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Graphic design nerds and subway enthusiasts, there's a new Kickstarter campaign you'll want to get in on immediately.

 A rare poster showing every single one of the MTA's 468 subway signs is available to anyone who pledges to support it on Kickstarter before July 21.

The project is blowing up on Kickstarter. In 36 hours, it's raised $67,281 — more than double its $29,800 goal.

The poster is such a big deal because its creators had to get permission from New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority to recreate all of the signs, which are the MTA's intellectual property.

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The poster is the brainchild of Alex Daly and Hamish Smyth. Daly is the "Crowdsourceress," a professional crowdfunder whose company, Vann Alexandra, has a 100% success rate. This is her first time signing on as a creator on a project.

Smyth is her boyfriend, and another old Kickstarter pro. He and fellow designer Jesse Reed got permission to reprint the 1970 New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual in September 2014. Daly organized their Kickstarter page for them, and they raised over $800,000 for the massively successful project.

Smyth drew all of the subway signs and arranged them in alphabetical order, then he and Daly hung it in their apartment.

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"Everyone who visits our apartment loves the poster and asks where they can get one," Daly and Smyth write. "That's why we have decided to share it exclusively on Kickstarter."

They're using 11 Pantone spot colors for the poster, and it's being printed in Italy. The posters come in two sizes: 24" by 33 1/4" and 28" by 38 1/4".

"During the The Standards Manual campaign our fascination with subway signage only deepened," Daly and Smyth write on their Kickstarter page. "Even though the signs have changed from the original 1970 Unimark designs, they remain close to the original intent of [designers] Bob Noorda and Massimo Vignelli."

The signs' relative lack of change since 1970 "is a testament to the simplicity and elegance of the design," Daly and Smyth write. "This is an iconic design that should be remembered and celebrated, and we think a beautifully printed poster is a great way to get it into many people's hands."

Click here to check out their Kickstarter page.

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20 befuddling pictures of pizza, everywhere but where you'd expect

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Everyone loves pizza.

Jonpaul Douglass is no different. The Los Angeles-based photographer was walking in his neighborhood one day when he saw a pizza tagged on a wall in his neighborhood that was usually covered in graffiti. First he laughed out loud. Then he got an idea.

Jonpaul began a series called "#pizzainthewild," placing pepperoni pies in a variety of areas, both urban and rural. 

He likes to photograph the pizzas, which he gets them from Little Caesars, as fresh if he can, but admits that for certain situations he sometimes lets them sit in his trunk and get as hard as a rock.

In an interview with Heritage Radio, Jon remarked that "one of the great things about L.A. is that I can do this all day and people don't think twice of it. My friend and I were putting like 20 pizzas on just a lazy boy recliner on the sidewalk one day and so many people walked by without even turning their head." Speaking of humans, there's never any in his shots - making the shots seem even more surreal. 

He's taken over 100 pizza photos for the series already. We selected 20 of his best and most unusual images.

Jonpaul lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and often places pizzas around there.

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A photo posted by Jonpaul Douglass (@jonpauldouglass) on Apr 29, 2014 at 9:35am PDT



Plenty of peacocks roam the neighborhood he lives in. The area, being centrally located, also allows him to easily travel around town.

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He picks up pizzas two at a time, shoots, and then sticks them in the fridge in case another photo opportunity presents itself.

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A photo posted by Jonpaul Douglass (@jonpauldouglass) on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:45am PST



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College freshmen are using Facebook to post the most bizarre messages to their future classmates

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Now that the typical school year is ending, many high school seniors are excited to be heading off to college — but they've still got a few more excruciating weeks left hanging out in their hometowns before school starts.

So what do they do in the meantime? They connect with their future classmates on Facebook — and they post some pretty embarrassing introductions, requests, and personal information.

Meeting your future college classmates on Facebook is a tradition that dates back to the days when Facebook was just for college students.

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Now, joining your class's Facebook group is sometimes the very first thing a high school senior does when they get their letter of admission.

Facebook groups allow a closed group of users to share messages, pictures, and articles with each other. For those unfamiliar with Facebook, picture an enhanced mass email chain. 

Once the school year begins, these groups become an effective platform for spreading information about classes, gripping about the disrepair of dorms and promoting events. But before college actually starts for incoming Freshmen, these groups are just a mass of cringe-worthy introductions.

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Members of the Class of 2019 are desperate to make a good first impression on their soon-to-be-classmates in these groups. But sometimes, their attempts can be awkward.

Business Insider gained access to the Class of 2019 groups for Penn State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Miami, Roger Williams University and Georgetown University.

Check out a sampling of posts from the Class of 2019.

 

These groups are full of humblebrags and embarrassing bios. 

 

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They're also a place for students to wonder if they've chosen the right school. 

 

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There is plenty of unnecessary information divulged.

 

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The groups can sometimes be NSFW. 

 

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And some students are joining the groups even though they don't even know where they'll be in the fall.

 

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But mostly, students are just hoping to make friends by posting about what they're into — and they'll probably be in luck if their interests are as broad as these:

 

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ROYAL & LOOKING: The world's 14 most eligible royals

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Royal bachelors and bachelorettes are flying off the market. 

Since we last rounded up the world's most eligible royals, in 2012, seven have either married or become engaged. Most recently, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip created a media frenzy when he wed a reality TV star

But as one royal puts a ring on it, another enters the international dating game. 

Here are the world's 14 most eligible royals, hailing from Great Britain all the way to Thailand.

Aly Weisman contributed to an earlier version of this post.

Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand

The 28-year old princess is the daughter of the Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn.

She was educated at Chalalongkorn University, where she received a degree in Fine Arts.

In 2007, she was invited to show her collection at Paris Fashion Week. She debuted another collection the following year, gaining a royal presence within the fashion world. Recently, she decided to rename Tachai Island — part of the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea — "Sirivannavari," after herself. 

 



Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales

Prince Harry is 30 years old and fifth in line for the throne.

The second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, he made headlines for a few scandalous adventures during his teenage years but has since calmed down.

Harry is an officer in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned in a regiment of the Household Cavalry in the British Army. The younger brother of Prince William has publicly dated Chelsy Davy, who was his date to his brother's wedding. Lately he's been spotted with "Doctor Who" star Jenna Coleman. 



Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York

Princess Beatrice is 26 years old and seventh in line for the throne.

She is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. She graduated from the University of London with a degree in history. In early 2015, she left her job as a coordinating producer at Sony's London office. The departure came shortly after her salary (allegedly £19,500) was revealed by hackers. 

Often called "the party princess," she is the only member of the Royal Family to have completed the London Marathon.

 



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Jeff Bezos wants to send you to space — here's how to reserve a seat

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A trip to space used to be for the trained and the few, but that was in the 20th century.

One of the privately-owned space companies changing the way we think about spaceflight of the 21st century is Blue Origin, who wants to be the first to take you where only few have gone before: the final frontier.

Blue Origin — founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2000 — now has an early notification service that will alert you the second they start selling tickets for a ride on their brand new space vehicle, called "New Shepard."

By submitting your information, "You'll receive early access to pricing information and tickets when we open reservations," the company describes on the its registration website.

When you register, you get to choose how many seats to reserve. New Shepard can carry up to six passengers at a time to an altitude of 62 miles above Earth's surface — the boundary where Earth ends and space begins.

For each ride, passengers get to experience four to five minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.

The New Shepard space vehicle has two parts: a crew capsule for passengers and a rocket for transportation. Blue Origin has built both parts for reuse and tested out the design for the first time last April.

blue origin launchWhile the rocket successfully reached space, it was not retrieved, and Blue Origin did not provide any details about what happened to it or where it is. The unmanned crew capsule, on the other hand, was successfully retrieved from space after parachuting back down to the surface — the same way the capsule would return to Earth if it were carrying passengers.

Before they can start ushering the public into space, Blue Origin will need to ensure their rocket is reusable. Otherwise, they would have to build a new rocket for each ride, which would be too expensive to maintain for very long.

Blue Origin didn't specify when their tickets will go on sale or how much a single ticket will cost, but it looks like they have a little more work and at least one more flight test to complete beforehand.

All the same, they're excited at the prospect of sending you to space and want to get you excited, too:

"Our New Shepard space vehicle will carry a new generation of explorers and adventurers – we're looking forward to flying with you!" They write on the registration site.

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