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13 surprising ways your name affects your success

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What's in a name? Potentially your future.

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.

We took a look at the research and have highlighted some of the surprising findings below.

Maggie Zhang contributed to an earlier version of this article.

SEE ALSO: Science says parents of successful kids have these 9 things in common

If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favor you more.

In a New York University study, researchers found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists, Adam Alter, explains to Wired, "When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it's easier to comprehend, we come to like it more." In a further study, Alter also found that companies with simpler names and ticker symbols tended to perform better in the stock market. 



If your name is common, you are more likely to be hired.

In a Marquette University study, the researchers found evidence to suggest that names that were viewed as the least unique were more likable. People with common names were more likely to be hired, and those with rare names were least likely to be hired. That means that the Jameses, Marys, Johns, and Patricias of the world are in luck.



Uncommon names are associated with juvenile delinquency.

A 2009 study at Shippensburg University suggested that there's a strong relationship between the popularity of one's first name and juvenile criminal behavior. Researchers found that, regardless of race, young people with unpopular names were more likely to engage in criminal activity. The findings obviously don't show that the unusual names caused the behavior, but merely show a link between the two things. And the researchers have some theories about their findings. "Adolescents with unpopular names may be more prone to crime because they are treated differently by their peers, making it more difficult for them to form relationships," they write in a statement from the journal's publisher. "Juveniles with unpopular names may also act out because they ... dislike their names."



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McDonald's has unveiled its restaurant of the future

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McDonald's was once the undisputed king of fast food.

But with sales falling, franchisees reporting gloomy outlooks, and popular fast-casual chains like Shake Shack and Chipotle chipping away at its fast-food throne, McDonald's has seen better days.

A recently renovated McDonald's in New York City may be the first concrete glimpse of the company's extensive turnaround plan.

The midtown location, which opened this week, features the city's first "Create Your Taste" kiosks. The company boasts that you can craft the "burger of your dreams."

Having grown up eating at McDonald's, I was curious to see how the chain was approaching the changing market. And from what I found, the brand has a bright future.

Upon opening the door, you're immediately confronted by McDonald's younger, hipper approach to the "Create Your Taste" experience: The walls are covered in enthusiastically trendy and bright New York-themed illustrations. This is part of McDonald's broader attempt to appeal to local markets.



There's no sitting space on the first of three levels — the tall touch screen kiosks now line the way to the order and pickup counter. The counter itself hasn't changed, with the menu above and cashiers ready to help below, but there's a whole new option now.



An attentive staff member helped me through the system at first. It was a little weird getting used to, but I warmed up to it.



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Neiman Marcus has a posh sister store reserved for the wealthiest elites

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Neiman Marcus is renowned as the ultimate luxury department store.

But the brand, which recently filed to go public, also owns a store that's even more elite — Bergdorf Goodman. 

Bergdorf has two locations in Manhattan, while Neiman Marcus doesn't currently operate in New York City. 

Bergdorf Goodman, therefore, is often associated with the Upper East Side elite, which was recently immortalized and rendered notorious in Wednesday Martin's memoir, "Park Avenue Primates." She wrote that "dropping $10,000 at Bergdorf Goodman or Barneys in a day is not necessarily a huge deal," for such wealthy women.

That detail alone says volumes about the company's clientele.

While both are high-end department stores with some similarities, there is one major difference between the stores.

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman is even more elite than its more ubiquitous counterpart. Think about it: Neiman Marcus even operates a discounted store, Neiman Marcus Last Call. Bergdorf does not.

"From my research perspective, you see Bergdorf Goodman as the top of the NM brand pyramid, the most exclusive of their brands, owing much to the legacy NYC department store on 5th Avenue & 57th street," luxury expert, Pamela Danziger, explained in an email to Business Insider.

She explained that while the two stores "carry many of the same brands, Bergdorf is positioned toward a higher, more exclusive customer and while [Neiman Marcus], especially its Dallas store attracts an equally wealthy clientele, the brands express luxury lifestyles in different ways."

"Wealth is wealth and quantifiable, but luxury is a mindset," she wrote, while adding that "NYC luxury is expressed in very different ways than [Texas]-style luxury, and with [Neiman Marcus] stores all across the country the Neiman Marcus brand reflects many of those regional differences.  Bergdorf is very much a New-York centric brand."

"Overall sales and patronage of [Neiman Marcus] stores is much larger, mainly because there are more [Neiman Marcus] stores which appeal to a broader-based clientele.  Bergdorf more exclusive overall, drawing from a much narrower client base," Danziger wrote to Business Insider. " While I hesitate to use the term 'mass' when talking about either brand, the fact is Neiman Marcus is more ‘mass’ luxury, while Bergdorf is much more 'class.'"

Fortune reported Neiman Marcus is planning to up a location in New York City in 2018.

 

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This small Czech village is one of the most spectacular towns in Europe, but it hasn’t been discovered by tourists yet

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Aerial view of Cesky Krumlov

The Czech town of Český Krumlov is one of the few hidden gems in Europe that's spectacular, but is not overrun with tourists.

The town — which sits along the banks of the Vltava river — dates back to the Middle Ages, and much of its original architecture still stands intact today.

According to UNESCO, Český Krumlov was built around a castle whose existence was first documented in 1253.

The castle is open to visitors today year round, and is a must see.

The best way to see the castle is to book a guided tour, which will grant you access to more parts of the castle than if you were exploring on your own. 

And be prepared to set aside some time for the tour; it has courtyards, fountains, painted frescoes, a stone bridge, the castle tower, stunning views of the town, and ornate rooms filled with old artifacts.

The Ballroom of the Rosenbergs has some of the best and most well-preserved frescoes in the castle. The walls are covered in mirrors and  detailed paintings that depict characters from centuries ago dressed in colorful clothing.

Ballroom of the Rosenbergs

Soon after the castle was built in Český Krumlov, settlements sprung up to the east in a part of the town that's known as Latrán, and across the river around a central square. These two parts of town are now UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Latran Houses Cesky Krumlov

Wandering through the Latrán Houses is often described as taking a step back in time. Built along cobblestone streets, the homes are ideal examples of high Gothic architecture which was prevalent in Europe during the 13th century. More than just homes, these structures are works of art with colored facades and carved wooden ceilings.

Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

Český Krumlov also has plenty of museums. Three of the town's most popular museums are the Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, the Egon Schiele Art Center, and the Regional Museum. The Museum Fotoatelier is the former studio of photographers Josef and Frantisek Seidel, which now houses their work, and the Egon Schiele Art Center is home to many of Egon Schiele's paintings — a painter who worked under Gustav Klimt. The Regional Museum is better for history buffs as it tells the story of Český Krumlov throughout the years.

St. Vitus Church

History buffs will also enjoy the Church of St. Vitus. The church's tower rivals that of the castle's, and the intricate alters and towering arched ceilings are both impressive and stunning. Like much of the rest of the town, the church dates back to the early 1300s.

View from Klet Cesky Krumlov

Český Krumlov doesn't leave much to be desired, but nature lovers may want to consider the approximately 10 mile hike up to Klet as a day trip. There's both a trail and a chair lift (so you don't have to hike there and back), along with a restaurant at the top and rewarding views of the town below.

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'Swingers' star Vince Vaughn's $5.3 million LA home is nothing like you'd think

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Back in 2013, "True Detective" star Vince Vaughn purchased this home in LA's La Cañada Flintridge area for $3.9 million. Two years later, he's selling it for $5.3 million. 

The five-bedroom, colonial-style mansion isn't exactly what you'd picture the "Swingers" actor living in, but since his 2006 split with Jennifer Aniston, the 45-year-old has settled into family life with wife Kyla Weber, a realtor from Canada. The couple bought the home — with a spacious kitchen and huge backyard — just before welcoming baby number two.

Elsewhere in Vaughn's real estate portfolio is a family-friendly "McMansion" in Manhattan Beach (bought from fired USC coach Lane Kiffin last year) and his former Chicago bachelor pad (famous for being the headquarters of Playboy in the '60s and '80s), which he's been trying to sell for a while. 

Christine Navarro of Partners Trust holds the listing for the Southern California estate. Keep scrolling for an inside-out tour.  

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Welcome to the Vaughn family's 5,563-square-foot mansion.



With two young children, Vaughn and his wife still made the brave decision of choosing an all-white color palette.



The formal dining room is the perfect size for family dinners and intimate gatherings.



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Business Insider is hiring an entertainment editor

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Business Insider is looking for an editor to manage our Entertainment section. 

Did you read every word of the 50 Cent bankruptcy petition? Are you obsessed with all things "Game of Thrones"? Do you know everything about the biggest films at the box office?

This might be the job for you.

We're looking for someone who:

  • Has excellent writing and editing skills
  • Can manage a team of reporters and interns
  •  Has a general knowledge of the entertainment industry

The ideal candidate is someone who would be excited to put up a photo gallery of a star-studded awards show, and use their reporting chops to attack powerful stories that will take our entertainment coverage to the next level all in one day. 

If this sounds like the job for you, APPLY HERE with your resume and cover letter.

Business Insider offers competitive compensation packages complete with benefits. This is a full-time position based in our NYC office.

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Professional 'League of Legends' gaming is way more intense than people realize

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In this documentary series, "League of Millions," we chronicle the phenomenon surrounding the "League of Legends" video game and follow a pro team in its quest for the 2015 championship. Playoffs at Madison Square Garden are just weeks away.

In Part 1 of the series, we explore the game and its allure to fans around the globe, who pack stadiums at the level of the largest rock concerts and sporting events. And we meet Team Liquid, five elite players who comprise one of the top North American teams.

In this installment, Team Liquid is experiencing some of its worst — and best — moments of the 2015 season.

Director and Producer: Sam Rega

Editor: Josh Wolff

Production and Research: David Fang and Lauren Browning

Executive Producer: Diane Galligan

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It's harder than you think

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In this documentary series, "League of Millions," we chronicle the phenomenon surrounding the "League of Legends" video game and follow a pro team in its quest for the 2015 championship. Playoffs at Madison Square Garden are just weeks away.

In Part 1 of the series, we explore the game and its allure to fans around the globe, who pack stadiums at the level of the largest rock concerts and sporting events. And we meet Team Liquid, five elite players who comprise one of the top North American teams.

In this installment, Team Liquid is experiencing some of its worst — and best — moments of the 2015 season.

Director and Producer: Sam Rega

Editor: Josh Wolff

Production and Research: David Fang and Lauren Browning

Executive Producer: Diane Galligan

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Required reading for anyone who's wearing colorful socks this summer

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Suiting can get a bit same-y, so many men look to inject a bit of individuality into their everyday attire.

That's where socks come in.

For the man who isn't afraid of color, bright and patterned socks have surged in popularity in recent years.

Before we go any further, some common thought on sock matching: The traditional rule is that socks should match pants as closely as possible; the aim being that the socks will look like an extension of your trousers, which also makes legs appear longer. 

But exe cpt for the most formal of occasions, you don't actually need to follow that rule.

The lifestyle of modern men offers a lot more room to experiment with color and pattern, especially in the case of smaller garments like socks. 

However, taking a 180-degree turn and heading straight for neon socks may not be the best course of action. 

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There's a large gulf between boring and garish: you can't just throw on a wacky pair of socks and expect them to blend with any outfit. A style move like this requires a certain eye, and yes, respect for the rules, as pointed out by Real Men Real Style.

Here are three colorful sock rules to bear in mind: 

  • Start slow and keep it simple and classic. Argyle, stripes, and solids are safe yet interesting places to start; paisley and polka dots move you up the ladder; and after that it won't be long until you're wearing dinosaur print socks, which are fine, if you know what you're doing. 
  • Coordinate with the rest of your outfit. The level of your formality and the wackiness of your socks should be inversely proportional. Think about the colors you're wearing and stick with a general theme. For example, don't wear neon green socks with a black suit, but do wear them with a khaki suit.
  • Be aware of contrast and balance. If bright socks are the contrast for the lower portion of your outfit, you'll need some contrast (think a checked shirt or a pocket square) on your upper half.
  • CONFIDENCE. Bright socks make a statement. Wearing them with confidence is key to being able to pull off the look. 

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The majority of people are neither introverts nor extroverts, but 'ambiverts'

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Some people like to unwind by partying with friends, while others prefer a quiet night alone. But a third group of people tilt either way, depending on their mood.

There's a name for these introvert-extrovert hybrids: ambiverts. And as many as two-thirds of us fall into this category, some research suggests.

Extroversion and introversion lie on a spectrum. But while we mostly hear about the extremes, experts have recently taken an interest in those in the middle, who could have an advantage in the workplace.

The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung popularized the concepts of extroversion and introversion in the early 1920s. Jung also identified a third group at that time, but didn’t give it a name. Psychologists didn't start using the term "ambivert" until the 1940s.

According to psychologists, extroverts like surrounding themselves with people and being the center of attention. They often get bored or restless when left on their own. On the other hand, introverts prefer being alone, or with just one other person or a small group of people. They find being around crowds draining.

But ambiverts share traits of both extroverts and introverts, and can move effortlessly between the two categories.

"It is like they’re bilingual," Daniel Pink, an author and host of Crowd Control, a TV series on human behavior, told The Wall Street Journal. "They have a wider range of skills and can connect with a wider range of people in the same way someone who speaks English and Spanish can."

If you want to know if you're an ambivert, you can take this test, developed by Pink, who has studied ambiversion. 

Not only do ambiverts exist, but they may be better at certain types of jobs, especially sales, studies suggest. For example, a 2013 study looked at 340 representatives at a call center. The researchers had the employees fill out a personality test, then kept track of their sales revenue for the next three months. Those employees who brought in the most revenue per hour scored exactly halfway between extrovert and introvert on the personality test.

Ambiverts may also be better at introverts and extroverts at understanding other people's emotions, an ability that could make them better parents and spouses, according to Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Of course, there's no such thing as a free lunch. Ambiverts sometimes find it hard to know which side of their personality to follow, which can leave them feeling stuck, Grant said.

To the majority of us who fall into this middle category, Grant offered this advice: "Read each situation more carefully," he told the Wall Street Journal, "and ask yourself, 'What do I need to do right now to be most happy or successful?'" 

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9 science 'facts' about sugar that are completely false

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Sugar! Our taste buds might love it but society has taught us to hate it by feeding our minds with ideas that sugar is addictive, toxic, and disease-inducing.

Fortunately for anyone with a sweet tooth, that's not true.

Several recent studies debunk the myth that sugar is uniformly bad for us. And in a recent book, called "The Gluten Lie," James Madison University professor Alan Levinovitz tells us why.

With help from the studies that Levinovitz cites as well as a few other expert sources, we've debunked nine sugar "facts." Here they are:

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Sugar causes hyperactivity in children.

If your kids are going crazy with hyperactivity, you can't blame the sugar. Numerous scientific studies have attempted and failed to find any evidence that supports this off-the-wall notion.

Levinovitz traces the myth back to 1974, when Dr. William Crook wrote a letter to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which the academy later published, stating "Only in the past three years have I become aware that sugar ... is a leading cause of hyperactivity."

A letter does not include the rigorous scientific research that a paper does, and according to the National Institute of Mental Health: "The idea that refined sugar causes ADHD or makes symptoms worse is popular, but more research discounts this theory than supports it."



Natural sugar is better for you than processed sugar.

Some nature gurus might have you believe that a granola bar made with natural honey instead of high-fructose corn syrup is better for you. They would be wrong.

"Scientists would be surprised to hear about the 'clear superiority' of honey, since there is a near unanimous consensus that the biological effect of high-fructose corn syrup are essentially the same as those of honey," Levinovitz writes.

The sugar in natural products like fruit and synthetic products like candy is the same. The problem is that candy, and other related products, usually have more sugar per serving, which means more calories. That's the difference you should be watching out for and not some hyped-up myth that high-fructose corn syrup is an evil, toxic poison.



Children who drink soda are at a greater risk of becoming obese.

In "Fed Up," the widely popular film that addresses some of the supposed causes of America's obesity epidemic, you hear the alarming statistic that "One soda a day increases a child's chance of obesity by 60%."

Even the authors of the study this statistic comes from know that their findings "cannot prove causality," they write in their 2001 paper. (But that's not what the "Fed Up" sugar-shaming producers would want you to think.)

Yes, drinking too much calorie-loaded soda is likely unhealthy, but it's not the sole factor driving the child obesity epidemic in America.

The CDC advises parents to do what they can to protect against obesity by encouraging healthy lifestyle habits that include healthy eating and exercise, both of which will likely do more for a child's waistline than trying to completely cut sugar.



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Every year modern-day Vikings descend on Spain — here's what it looks like

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In Northwestern Spain, the small village of Catoria along the Ulla river is home to 3,500 people, but on the first Sunday of every August, it is invaded by Vikings.

The tradition has been alive in the region since 1961, when a group of intellectuals from around Catoria responded to decades of oppression from the Francoist government of the time by creating a festival that celebrate the rich history of region. 

They decided on a reenactment of the defeat of King Ulfo's viking invaders by Archbishop Gelmírez’ troops near the Ulla river where two ancient towers still stand.

Today the tradition lives on with a week of musical and theatrical performances, which culminates in feasting, a mass at the Chapel of St. James, and finally pipers walk the streets leading festival goers to the river banks where the real Viking festivities take place.

Here are some pictures of the revelers in action:

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The invasion starts on the first Sunday in August, after a night of feasting, fireworks, and speeches the Saturday night before.



If you're low on battle gear, a medieval market surrounds the scene and helps provide context for the mock battle.

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Though horned helmets may not be historically accurate, Viking attire is required to participate in the festival.



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Here's the most commonly spoken language in every New York neighborhood that isn't English or Spanish

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New York City is an extremely cosmopolitan place, and walking around the city, one often hears a plethora of languages being spoken.

The American Community Survey is a massive annual effort by the Census Bureau to measure various aspects of American life. Among many other things, respondents are asked if they speak a language other than English at home, and if so, what language is spoken. Using this data, as explained in more detail at the bottom of this post, Business Insider was able to map out New York City's most popular non-English languages.

First, here's the most commonly spoken non-English language in each NYC community district. Unsurprisingly, Spanish is pretty dominant. There are quite a few Chinese speakers in the southern Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, and in Flushing, Queens, and a few other language enclaves scattered around the city.

most common nyc non english language including spanish

 

Because Spanish shows up in so many neighborhoods, we made an alternate version of the map where we found the most common non-English, non-Spanish language:

most common nyc non english langauge excluding spanish

The maps were made using the ACS Public Use Microdata Sample, an edited version of the individual responses to the survey. With this data, we were able to calculate the most commonly spoken non-English language in each of New York City's Census-designated "Public Use Microdata Areas," which closely conform to the city government's community districtsfor which the city provides very nice-looking map outlines.

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28 gorgeous rooftop pools to swim in during your lifetime

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The only thing better than being on a rooftop is swimming in a gorgeous pool on a rooftop.

We rounded up some of the best rooftop pools around the world. These pools offer spectacular views and a unique atmosphere.

From an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean in Santorini, Greece, to a rooftop deck near the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, here are 28 rooftop pools to add to your bucket list.

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For those who love the beach and the pool, the Hotel Fasano offers both. It's located on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and offers one of the city's best and most elegantly designed infinity pools.

To learn more about the Hotel Fasano, click here >

 



Kuala Lumpur's SkyBar is the perfect spot to enjoy views of the city's Petronas Towers. There's also excellent mood lighting, drinks, and a DJ.

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While London might not be the first destination you think of when it comes to rooftop pools, the Berkeley Hotel in London boasts a health club, spa, and best of all, swanky rooftop pool. It's covered in iridescent white and gold mosaic and features a retractable roof.

Click here for more information about the Berkeley >

 



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The 30 most successful Stanford alumni of all time

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RTX1BJR5This year, Stanford University topped our lists as the the best and most selective college in the US. As such, it attracts an extremely talented and intelligent study body.

The northern California university has educated household names including Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, golf legend Tiger Woods, and US President Herbert Hoover. 

Surprisingly, many of Stanford's most successful students never actually finished their degrees: 11 of the 30 people to make our list never crossed the podium to receive their diploma, but instead left the university to pursue already promising careers.

Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and CEO of Snapchat, runs his multi-billion dollar company with a former fraternity brother, Bobby Murphy. Spiegel dropped out of school in 2012, just before receiving his degree, in order to dedicate himself fully to Snapchat. He has turned down multiple buy-out offers for the company.

Source: Forbes, Business Insider



Reese Witherspoon began acting at the age of 12 and attended Stanford University for only one year in 1994 before dropping out to pursue her career, which had her flying to Hollywood every weekend while in school.

Source: Huffington Post



Tiger Woods' golf career was already off to an impressive start while he was a student at Stanford University, where he won numerous awards. Woods studied economics for two years, and left the university in 1995 to play golf professionally.

Source: Stanford Men's Golf, Time



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Donald Trump is suing two celebrity chefs who no longer want to be a part of his new hotel

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Within the span of two days, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump filed two lawsuits against two very popular chefs.

The separate suits allege the chefs — Geoffrey Zakarian (a judge on the show "Chopped") and José Andrés — have illegally pulled out of agreements to build restaurants in the new Trump International Hotel, which is under construction in the historic Old Post Office building in Washington, DC. 

The chefs have claimed, in separate statements, that they pulled out of their respective agreements with the hotel after hearing Trump's racially charged remarks about Mexican and Hispanic immigrants.

Old Post Office, Washington DCAndrés was slated to open a Spanish restaurant in the new hotel complex, but has said in a statement that Trump's remarks have made it "impossible" for that to happen, according to the Daily News.

“More than half of my team is Hispanic, as are many of our guests. And, as a proud Spanish immigrant and recently naturalized American citizen myself, I believe that every human being deserves respect, regardless of immigration status,” Andrés told The Washington Post.

The suit filed in D.C. by Trump Old Post Office, LLC, the Trump subsidiary handling the hotel project, alleges that Andrés' company, ThinkFoodGroup, is still on the hook for the lease it signed with the upcoming hotel. Trump's son, Donald Jr., told The Washington Post that the lease was for 10 years and is worth $10 million. The suit also enumerates other unspecified damages, which could add up to a hefty sum.

“This lawsuit is both unsurprising and without merit," ThinkFoodGroup said in a statement to Politico. "Simply put, Mr. Trump’s comments made ThinkFoodGroup’s participation in this project impossible and constituted a breach which the landlord, Trump Old Post Office LLC, refused to remedy. And despite our attempts to negotiate an amicable resolution, we were ultimately forced to terminate the lease.”

Meanwhile, Zakarian, too, had signed on to open a restaurant — a D.C. outpost of his popular The National Bar and Dining Rooms — in the forthcoming hotel. 

The National restaurant

According to Grub Street, the Food Network star has forfeited the $500,000 deposit for the restaurant's space and completely walked away from the deal. “We are a nation built from immigrants, my family included,” he said in a statement

Trump Old Post Office, LLC has filed a suit against Zakarian for an alleged "breach of conduct" and is seeking damages to the tune of $10 million, according to the National Law Journal.

"We believe that the lawsuits are pretty straightforward," Alan Garten, general counsel for the Trump Organization, said in a statement to Business Insider. "There’s no merit to their claim of any breach of contract, and not surprisingly, they can’t even point to a single provision in the lease that was actually violated."

Representatives for Geoffrey Zakarian did not wish to give any further statements on the matter. Business Insider reached out to Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup for comment and did not hear back. 

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This interactive exhibit in Washington DC brings the beach experience inside with 1 million plastic balls

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The Brooklyn-based collaborative Snarkitecture has wowed guests of The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. with their latest exhibit, "The Beach."

Visitors are encouraged to play in the "ocean" of plastic balls and listen to relaxing beach music.

Produced by Emma Fierberg. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Eerie photos of the Australian mining town where thousands of people live underground

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In Coober Pedy, located on the Stuart Highway, in Southern Australia, almost all of its 2,000 residents live underground. 

Thanks to extremely hot temperatures that typically go over 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the town's population has created an entire submerged world where you'll find everything from an underground bookstore to a subterranean church.

Its fascinating landscape was carved for years by miners who occupied the gem-rich area, and today it's home to the world's first internationally-rated underground hotel.

Keep scrolling to see what life in this quirky town is like. 

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At first glance, it might not look like there is much to see in the Southern Australian town.



But if you look closer, you can see chimneys poking through the desert terrain.



That's because most of the resident's homes in Coober Pedy are built underground with full fledged living rooms, bedrooms, and even curtains for faux windows.



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Outgoing Dole Food Company president asks $25 million for San Juan Island dream home

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As he readies for retirement, outgoing Dole Food Company president and COO Michael Carter has listed his island estate for $25 million.

The almost-20,000-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion on the exclusive San Juan Island in the San Juan Archipelago in Washington state was built by Carter in the late 1990s. Named "Eagle's Nest," it sits on 21 acres of pristine seaside land.

Carter and his family have only lived in the mansion since 2013, according to Curbed. They'll now live full-time at their golf resort mansion in Lake Sherwood, California.

Windermere Real Estate has the listing. Keep scrolling for an inside-out tour. 

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Eagle's Nest is protected by a gate, but San Juan Island is already pretty private. Though 55 square miles, it only has about 6,000 residents.

Source: 2000 Census. 



Sandwiched between Canada and the US, San Juan Island is equidistant between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.



The mansion measures a massive 19,676 square feet.



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UGG is becoming a luxury brand

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UGG is trying to make a name for itself in the luxury market. 

The footwear and apparel company recently revealed its newest collection. 

The new boots are described as a, "sleeker, more fashion-forward silhouette, with more refined features and a slimmer, more contoured construction," in a press release.

Customers can purchase the shoes starting August 6, 2015; different styles retail anywhere from $250 t0 $295.

This is a steep hike compared to the most classic UGG style, which retails for $155.

"We chose to offer a slimmer fit to our customers to give them more flexibility in their fashion choices – to be able to step into the most chic situations without having to sacrifice UGG comfort," said Leah Larson, UGG's Creative Director, in the release.

The brand tapped iconic model Carolyn Murphy as the face of its new collection because she's 'elegant and refined' like the new boots. 

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Murphy views the new collection as a shift away from traditional styles and a push towards high-end fashion for the company.

"This boot that everybody has these connotations around, but here’s a new spin on it. The silhouette and the cut are different and it’s more fashion fashion," Murphy told Fashionista.

The limited-edition line was designed in Italy with goat suede and Merino Twinface. The boots also feature a leather heel.

The brand, "chose to manufacture the Classic Luxe collection exclusively in Italy, to reflect the premium Italian craftsmanship that entices women around the world," said Larson in the release.

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There are two styles, 'Abree' and 'Karissa', that come in a number of colors and variations. 

Murphy has fronted campaigns for top designers worldwide, and she sees a correlation in the luxury market between the new UGG's collection and some of the brands she's previously worked with.

"This [Ugg] woman, and then the Oscar [de la Renta] woman are [both] very much who I am. It probably speaks to a lot of women out there. We all have this duality," she told Fashionista. "I’m the nature girl that’s out surfing and riding my horses and reading books and I need that reprieve of sorts — but I also really love putting on a great beautiful gown."

The model even ventured so far to say the new UGG boot is 'the new Converse'.

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