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Ken Griffin is closing in on one of the most expensive apartments in New York real estate history


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Ken Griffin is reportedly considering spending more than $200 million on several properties in New York City's "billionaire's bunker."

The founder of hedge fund Citadel is in talks to buy several properties at New York luxury development 220 Central Park South, according to Page Six's Emily Smith.

The plan is to combine the apartments into one single property, according to the report.

The potential purchase would make the property one of the most expensive — if not the most expensive — New York City apartment in history.

The purchase comes amid Griffin's divorce from his wife of 11 years, Anne Dias-Griffin, who has requested $1 million a month in child support for their two children. The two have also been at war over their homes in New York, Aspen, Chicago, Hawaii, and Miami, according to Page Six.

Read the full article at Page Six.

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Rolls-Royce is calling this the 'sexiest' car it's ever built


Rolls Royce Dawn

Earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, Rolls-Royce North America president Eric Shepherd told Business Insider that car maker's new Dawn convertible is the most beautiful Rolls he's ever seen.

We finally got a glimpse of the soft top, or "drop head coupe," in Rolls-Royce lingo on Tuesday.

With its unveilling came more declarations of its beauty – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes declared that, "quite simply, it is the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built."

Aesthetically, the Dawn is certainly a great looking car.

However, it isn't as jump-off-the-page sexy as some others may be.

It doesn't have Ferrari's cutting-edge Italian style, nor does it have Bentley's athletic confidence. It certainly doesn't have Jaguar's sensual curves. 

What makes the Dawn so attractive and intriguing is the stately elegance that it exudes in a way only a Rolls-Royce could. 

Within the brand's lineup, the Dawn will serve as the convertible to accompany to the company's dynamic Wraith hardtop coupe and the Ghost sedan. 

The three models are a part of Rolls-Royce's effort to expand its customer base and reach greater numbers of younger and female clientele. Thus far, it seems like Rolls has been successful. In 2014, the Goodwood, England-based automaker achieved its best sales performance in company history— reaching 4,000 cars for the first time in 111 years. 

Rolls Royce DawnAlthough, the two models share many mechanical components, the company is quick to point out that 80% of the Dawn's sheet metal is unique to the car. 

What isn't new is the Dawn's modern streamlined take on Rolls-Royce's signature grill — that's lifted straight from the Wraith coupe and the Ghost sedan upon which it's based. 

What also isn't unique to the Dawn is its 6.6-liter, 563-horsepower, twin-turbocharged-V12 engine, shared with the Ghost sedan. (The Wraith has a more powerful 624-horsepower version of the same engine.)

Rolls Royce DawnWe certainly aren't complaining. Business Insider spent a few hundred miles behind the wheel of the Ghost and the Wraith and were completely blown away by the BMW-sourced engine's potent power delivery.

Like its siblings, the Dawn will be equipped with Rolls-Royce/BMW Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS technology to determine how the should behave based on the road ahead.

According to Rolls, the engine/transmission duo helps propel the Dawn's 5,644 lbs. to 62 mph in a brisk 4.9 seconds — and all the way to top speed of 155 mph. 

Inside the cabin, the Dawn has all the luxury accouterments one would expect to find in a Rolls-Royce. Fine wood accents and rich leather cover virtually every surface of the Dawn. At the heart of the interior is an infotainment setup based on parent-company BMW's latest iDrive system. 

Rolls Royce Dawn

The Dawn's defining feature is its soft convertible top. According to Rolls-Royce, the Dawn's roof can be deployed in just 22 seconds, while the car is in motion up to 31 mph. With the top up, the company claims the Dawn's occupants will experience the quietest convertible in the world.

Thus far, Rolls-Royce has yet to announce official pricing for the Dawn. But don't expect all of this beauty, performance, and technology to come cheap. The Dawn should be priced in the same neighborhood as its hardtop sibling, the Wraith, which starts at around $295,000. 

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Here's why the city that houses Disneyland is not 'The Happiest Place on Earth'


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Anaheim, California — often called"Anacrime" by locals — is home to Disneyland, but it's far from "The Happiest Place on Earth."

The city's unfortunate nickname is due to its high crime rates and police brutality.

Repeated police killings of unarmed Latinos have led the majority of the city's Latino population — 52.8%, according to the US Census — to speak out in protest, causing some of the loudest civil unrest that the community has ever experienced.

Anaheim local and fine-art photographer William Camargo shows the city's lesser-seen side in his "Anaheim: The Happiest City on Earth" photo series.

"I wanted to show people that this city is not just made of this one entity, which is Disneyland," Camargo told Business Insider.

Keep scrolling for a glimpse at the series, which began in 2011 and was exhibited by DNJ Gallery in Santa Monica earlier this year.

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This strip of stores is across the street from where an unarmed 25-year-old, Manuel Diaz was shot dead by an Anaheim police officer in 2012. With a liquor store, bakery, taqueria, and pizzeria, strips like these are a common sight in Mexican neighborhoods.

Several months after Diaz's shooting, friends and family gathered in his former neighborhood for a 5K run and demonstration.

At this Del Taco, car washes are often held as fundraisers for the funeral costs or medical bills of those caught up in gang-related violence. This particular location holds great significance to Camargo: One of his close friends was hit by an SUV on this corner in 2005.

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The best thing to eat in 50 countries around the world


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What is the single dish visitors should not miss when visiting a foreign country?

Quora users set out to answer that question in a thread on the question-and-answer-based website, singling out the most iconic thing to eat in their homelands. We added in some of our own selections.

From wiener schnitzel in Austria to feijoada in Brazil to katsudon in Japan, don't miss these 50 dishes.

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Australia: Pie floater

Often touted as the perfect hangover cure, a pie floater is an Australian-style meat pie that's sitting in a bowl of thick green pea soup. It's sometimes topped with tomato sauce, vinegar, and salt and pepper.

Pie floaters are "so fantastic to eat in winter and as a hangover cure," wrote Quora user Kathryn B.

Argentina: Asado

Asado is the term to describe Argentina's delectable grilled meats — and grilled Argentinian steak is especially delicious.

"It is true that most of the good meat goes to the so called first world countries via exports, but I can guarantee that if you have a good 'asador' (the guy making the asado) the taste will be priceless, especially if you're in the countryside," wrote Quora user Matias J.

Austria: Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener schnitzel, suggested by Quora user Felix H., is synonymous with Austria.

It's a very thin veal cutlet that's breaded and deep fried. It's usually served with lemon and parsley, and is accompanied by a side of potatoes or rice.

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26 things every man should take out of his closet and burn


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It's fall. That means back to work, back to school, back to reality.

And if you open your closet and any of the 26 articles of clothing on this list are inside of it, the reality is that you need to start throwing things in the garbage.

Perhaps also consider building a dumpster fire.

Each item on this list has no place in an adult male's wardrobe. Some of these pieces have simply outstayed their welcome, others have been and always will be fashion abominations. You probably just didn't know it when you purchased them.

Now we're not asking for much here. We're not asking you to go out and buy the newest trend or throw money down on a pair of designer shoes.

We're just saying that in these cases, less is most definitely more.

"Going-out" shirts

This is the male equivalent of a girl's "going-out" top. It's the shirt in your wardrobe that you think makes you look like you're ready to party.

Maybe it has some pinstripes. Maybe you think the color is awesome. Maybe it's just black —don't wear that anymore.

Whatever it is, it's probably too much. Your regular shirts should be fine enough to "go out" in. Don't try so hard.

Embroidered jeans

Unless you bedazzled your jeans yourself and want to show off your handiwork, there's really no reason to wear jeans with any kind of detail on the seat.

Plastic flip-flops

If you do own a pair of plastic flip-flops, you should be putting them on when your feet hit the sand at the beach, and then promptly taking them off once you leave. 

That's because they are for children.

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13 tips to avoid getting sick on a flight


There is nothing worse than getting off of a flight to feel a cold settling in.

And while you can't predict when you'll be on the same flight as someone who is sick, there are steps you can take to walk out as germ free as possible. Here are 13 tips to help you stay healthy on a plane.

Don't drink the tap water 

drinking tap water on flightIn 2007, The Wall Street Journal conducted a study from 14 different international and domestic flights. Their results revealed traces of everything from Salmonella to tiny insect eggs lurking in the water.

Of the 14 they studied, almost all samples contained bacteria levels that reached “tens, sometimes hundreds of times above the US government limits.”

Efforts were made by the Environmental Protection Agency to clear the issue, but studies conducted in 2013 revealed that not much had changed regarding the bacteria levels of the water.

Skip getting any ice in your drinks

While ice usually comes from outside vendors, some large-size planes have their own ice-making technology and will use the water from the airplane tanks to make the cubes, according to CNN.

Since tanks are kept small to maintain a light weight, they can be refilled at foreign airports where water standards can vary greatly. 

Avoid using the blankets and pillows

pillows and blankets on airplaneIn another investigation by The Wall Street Journal, airlines were found to wash their blankets and pillows every five to 30 days.

Often, freshly washed blankets will only be set out for the first flights of the day, leaving customers who board towards the end of the day at risk.  

Don't touch the tray table

airlplane seat tray tableThe tray table is one of the dirtiest parts of a plane. Flight attendants have admitted to only washing tray tables once a day and some have even seen parents changing their children's dirty diapers on them. 

The best thing to do is to wipe it down with a disinfectant and to absolutely avoid eating directly off of it.

Order a hot meal

airline foodIn 2009, LSG Sky Chefs — one of the largest airplane caterers — was caught in a major scandal when the FDA found traces of insects in their facilities and the use of unwashed gloves and bare hands to prepare airline food. Another catering company, Gate Gourmet, also dealt with similar issues regarding bacteria and mold being found in their food. 

Though companies have been improving their standards, the safest bet is to consume hot foods as the heat is more likely to kill off unwanted germs.

Avoid aisle seats

sitting in airplane aisle seatSome scientists say that sitting on the aisle seat leaves you more at risk of being exposed to germs as it puts you closer to passengers who are regularly coming and going from the restroom.

As some people tend to touch or hold aisle seats when walking down a moving plane, the risk of contamination on the seat ends is greater.

Use the air vent above your seat

While it’s common to think turning on the air vents will actually recycle germs, experts say that the cabin air filters capture up to 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses.

In fact, doctors recommend turning on the vent above your head to a low or medium pressure as it helps to create enough current to keep germs away.

Take precautions when using the restroom

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A study conducted by James Barbaree, professor associate and director of the Auburn University Detection & Food Safety Center, revealed that while bacteria lives for shorter periods of time on plastic surfaces, these types of surfaces transmit germs to hands much more quickly. 

So, when heading to the bathroom, make sure to use a tissue to open the handle and close the lid of the toilet when flushing to avoid the increased spreading of germs. 

Finally, don’t use the water to brush your teeth and try to use sanitizer to clean your hands instead, since the same water in the airplane tanks is used in the restroom.

Use a nasal spray

Nasal sprays are made of saline concentration that helps add moisture to your noise.

As airplane cabins can dry the nose out, nasal sprays help to increase the flow of the tiny hairs in noses that block out germs.

Don't drink coffee or tea

CoffeeThe coffee and tea that is brewed on board typically doesn’t reach temperatures that are hot enough to be able to kill off bacteria present in the airplane water.

When the Environmental Protection Agency tested airplane water nine years after major efforts were set in place to reduce bacteria levels, the results indicated that the water used to make coffee and tea in 12 percent of commercial US planes still tested positive for bacteria like coliform.

Don't place your items in the seat-back pocket

airplane seatBesides the possibility that the seat-back pocket can be filled with anything from used tissues to trash, studies by Auburn University’s Department of Biological Sciences revealed that armrests and seat pockets are the worst areas to touch since bacteria like E. coli can survive there for days.

Ask to change your seat if the person next to you is sick

While this might not be possible on fuller flights, if there are open seats on the plane, asking to be moved due to someone close by who is sick isn't uncommon.

Stay hydrated

water bottlesDrink ample amounts of water to counteract the dry air found in airplane cabins. Plus, staying hydrated will help prevent dehydration, which can cause headaches, cramps, and fatigue.

Just make sure to bring your own bottled water or ask for bottled water in-flight to avoid having to drink tap. 

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Traditional beer companies are copying craft brewers, but the wine industry isn't interested


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Imagine this scenario:

You're sitting at the dark mahogany counter of a craft brewpub. Exposed bulbs are dangling from a thatched roof, aluminum pipes snaking across brick walls to red copper conditioning tanks.

The building is a repurposed garage, and the doors open onto the outdoor seating area strung with fairy lights.

On the handwritten 20-by-10-foot blackboard, you have more than three dozen choices, but it's clear what you're not going to get at a pub like this.

Heineken, Coors, and Miller Lite.

It's in places like this that craft beer has managed — perhaps by happy accident — to bridge the demographic gap between beer and wine. So far, the effort has contributed to craft brewing's success.

While the traditional beer industry has been losing both market share and the interest of millennials— who are turning in part to wine but largely to spirits — a report from the Brewer's Association showed that craft-beer volume is up 16% this year.

Nearly 700 craft breweries, which operate at a smaller scale than the traditional brewers and put a stronger emphasis on experimenting with flavors, have opened this year.

And this week, a global mega-brewer, Heineken International, announced that it would acquire half of Lagunitas Brewing Co., valuing the sixth-largest craft brewery in the US at a rumored $1 billion, according to the Press Democrat.

The craft-beer industry has marketed itself as different from the large brewers: tasty, interesting, and elevated, as well as casual. Perhaps even more important, craft brewing is a local experience for consumers. In many cases, the beer is made close to where it is consumed.

This has allowed craft beer to slot itself between wine and traditional beer as a beverage option. What had kept beer and wine separated was their disparate demographics. If wine were the dress donned for glitzy parties, beer were the pair of khakis worn for a Fourth of July barbecue. Wine was for women, while beer — along with spirits such as whiskey and bourbon — was for men. And while wine could be drank for a quiet night in, beers was for loud and rowdy pubs.

Craft beer offers a third choice. Traditional beers, many of them mass-produced pilsners, are criticized for being bland. According to Tripp Mickle at The Wall Street Journal, craft brewing has embraced flavor and a wide range of beer-making styles, experimenting by adding ingredients such as chamomile, chocolate, and orange peels.

craft beer brewers associationThis overlaps with what consumers have usually associated with wine, that it has "delicious taste" and "pairs well with food," according to Nielsen.

Goes with food

"The number one objective of the craft-beer association is beer-food pairings," said Kellie Shevlin, the executive director of the Craft Beverage Expo, which brings together makers of wine, beer, and spirits in an effort to share knowledge among industries.

The Brewer's Association also released this chart of food and beer pairings, while a 2011 Demeter Group analysis of the industry showed that craft brewers met a consumer demand for "extreme flavor" and "high alcohol content."

Craft breweries are also tapping into a key demographic that has money to spend, a demographic that is stereotypically associated with wine: women. According to the Beer Association, women between the ages 21 and 34 now consume 15% of the craft-beer volume.

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Young consumers love local

Nielsen reported last year that 54% of millennials said buying a locally made beer was important.

Craft brewing plugs into this preference because many of the beers are made locally and consumed close to home.

For Anthony Accardi, who owns Transmitter Brewing in Queens, New York, producing just 700 to 800 barrels a year, staying locally owned is important for him as a founder. (For perspective, regular old Budweiser, not Bud Light, sold 16 million barrels in 2013.)

"It's pretty hard to make money," Accardi said. "We're constantly chasing the cost of goods sold, which is always rising.

"But we don't have investors," he added, "because we don't want it to take away too much equity right now."

The brewery has managed growth through money from Accardi and his business partner, Rob Kolb, but also through community programs, such as the Community Supported Brewery Program, which for $175 gives each customer two bottles of beer a month for six months, along with T-shirts and glasses.

The program supplies the brewery with immediate capital for ales that could take four months to brew, and it helps to create a community around the business.

Transmitter Brewing"The customers are pretty loyal," Accardi said.

Many breweries — though not all— hold the same business philosophy as Transmitter Brewing. They have avoided big-time investors and are trying to grow with the capital they have on hand.

The process may be slow, but Accardi said it was worth it to maintain control.

So what are craft breweries doing that the wine industry isn't?

Craft Beverage Expo's Shelvin thinks about the differences as similar to those between an adult and a child.

"The wine industry is 60, 70 years old, and the beer industry is 30 or 40 years old," she said. "The spirit industry are teenagers. Which makes the sake and meads industry infants. They've just entered kindergarten — or they're just learning to walk."

So the wine industry has a been-there-done-that attitude when it comes to marketing. But the craft-beer industry's relative youth translates into a willingness to try new things and to learn from other industries.

"Beer is killing it right now," Shelvin said. "Wine is like, 'We're great ... what can we learn from breweries?' And beer is like, 'We're new, try us, high-five!'"

Craft breweries are reaching out through social media to connect with their customer bases and provide news and information about products. And that speaks to millennials. Fewer players in the wine industry have done the same, Shelvin said.


Millennial consumers have different drinking habits than their parents

Shelvin said "Gen X is plastered to categories," meaning there are wine drinkers and beer drinkers, with little overlap.

Millennials, meanwhile, are "equal-opportunity drinkers."

"What's happening now is a lot of people who drink wine are also drinking beer," Elizabeth Thach, a professor of wine and management at Sonoma State University, said. "Beer is not the enemy."

Thach said the wine industry was nervous about beer taking market share, but craft beer is a tiny fraction of the total beer industry (again, craft brews just surpassed Budweiser in sales in 2013, with 16.1 million barrels to Bud's 16 million— but that's the entire craft-brew industry, versus a single brand of macro-brew). Consumers are drinking differently, and drinking more variety, but they haven't decisively shifted the traditional beer-wine balance of power.

But Big Beer has noticed. Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors have jumped into the craft-brewing business with brands such as LandShark and Blue Moon. Consumers and experts dispute whether these are authentic craft brews, but the point is that Big Beer now sees craft brewing as a business opportunity, rather than a local curiosity.

Some observers are worried that the nascent craft-beer industry is headed for a bust, primed for oversaturation before it has a chance to be a real contender with wine. But for now, no one knows how it will all end — or even if it will end. We could be witnessing the beginning of a permanent change.

Bart Watson, the chief economist at the Brewer's Association, says the industry is "certainly growing."

"The need for brewers to differentiate and produce world-class high-quality beer," Watson said, "is more important than ever."

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A Twilio 'developer evangelist' is bringing a ton of attention to a health problem few talk about


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Greg Baugues used to dread being awake.

"The best part of my day back then was the time in which I was unconscious,” he told Business Insider. 

In 2003, he was in his fifth year at the University of Illinois pursuing a degree in computer science.

Still in bed, he ignored two calls on that Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The calls were from Bill, his friend and coworker at the time. Just earlier that week, Bill had sent him a series of texts and messages asking if he was okay.

Then, Baugues heard a knock on his door and the doorknob turning.

"I wasn’t very good at locking my doors back then," Baugues said. He recalls thinking, "It’s fine, just be quiet. He doesn’t know I’m here," as he quietly slipped into the gap between his mattress and the wall and dragged his covers over his head.

Bill walked into his apartment, took a look inside the bedroom and office, and then left.

That's the personal anecdote Baugues, who suffers from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and bipolar II disorder, shares in hisDevelopers and Depression talk that he gives at conferences and hackathons across the country as part of his role as developer evangelist at Twilio. As a "devangelist," he provides developers with training and applications to help them be successful. 

“That’s what shame feels like,” Baugues said.

Shame often prevents people from talking about mental illness, according to Susan Evans, professor of psychology in clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Physicians.

People who suffer from bipolar II disorder experience symptoms similar to those with bipolar I. Both disorders are marked by cycling between mood "highs" and "lows" and depression. Unlike bipolar I, however, the kind of bipolar Baugues has includes less severe episodes of mania. 

At its best, Baugues writes in his blog"Mania feels great. It’s euphoric and confidence inspiring." But when bipolar and mania are combined, the mix "can be quite destructive. It short-circuits your decision making process and gives way to impulsivity that wrecks work, relationships, finances, and health," he wrote. 

In short, Baugues' bipolar disorder "could be characterized as months of despair and lethargy punctuated by days of intense enthusiasm and productivity," he wrote. 

He has used his experience with mental illness to talk about the difficulties of coping with mental illness in the tech workplace. Leading this conversation is also part of his work as a developer evangelist at Twilio. In that role, he serves as a mediator between the company and developer community at large. Twilio, a successful cloud communications company which has made the unicorn rankings, is now valued at more than $1 billion.

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Mental illness in America

Mental illness is not as uncommon as you might think: A 2012 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that as many as one in five Americans suffers from a mental illness, like depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, each year.

The subject has gained some attention in recent years, particularly in the tech world, with several high-profile tech leaders having died by suicide in the past decade. These include reddit co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz, who died in 2013 and Microsoft original employee Richard Weiland, who died in 2006. 

Mental illness is not limited to the tech world, of course.

"Depression doesn't discriminate," Susan Evans, professor of psychology in clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Physicians, told Business Insider. 

A way to cope

After the incident in his U of I apartment with his friend Bill, Baugues flunked out of school and moved home. Since then, he's come a long way, with the help of years of therapy. Still, he admits he was concerned when he was first offered a full-time job at Twilio.

He said that it looked like a job he would enjoy, but was worried about the amount of travel the role would require.

“It’s not uncommon to hear that they travel 150,000 miles a year or more,” said Baugues. 

In his blog, he wrote about the first developer evangelist he met, who didn't work for Twilio, but "traveled so much that he didn’t even keep an apartment in the city he considered home."

A happily married man to his wife, Rachel, with a daughter, Emma, he did not want that to become his reality.

Baugues joined Twilio 18 months ago despite his initial hesitation, and has never looked back since. He's also been able to limit his air travel, having flown only about 30,000 miles in the last year.

Baugues attributes his positive experience as a developer evangelist at Twilio to focusing on creating real relationships with fewer developers, control over his schedule, and rewarding himself with time working at home. 

Part of the job Baugues likes the best is how each week is a bit different, since monotony bores him.

Educating people about mental illness

Aside from his talks at college across the US, Baugues maintains a weekly newsletter on mental health and a website that discusses topics ranging from his experiences with medication to finding a psychiatrist, and living with bipolar disorder. 

In his newsletters, he has offered referrals for mental health professionals whom he prefers and started conversations on Devpressed, an online forum for developers experiencing mental illnesses. Other posts addressed the fear of becoming dependent on medication to treat depression, or using it "as a crutch." Here, he concluded, after explaining that he was troubled:

"Of course, it doesn’t make sense for a healthy person to use a crutch. Crutches are for the wounded. And I am wounded."

Baugues has also appeared in several publications and podcasts to talk about mental health in tech. His post in Creative Bloq could help explain why, after getting on stage once to talk about the topic, he has come back to share his experience with mental illness time and time again:

"Over the course of the past year, I've come to realize that I greatly underestimated the acceptance, compassion and empathy of those within our community," he wrote. "I've been met with unimaginable encouragement after sharing my story, and I've heard scores of stories similar to my own – developers who suffered for years, got help, and saw their lives turn around."

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This 'Volcano House' in the Mojave Desert is part mid-century marvel, part villainous lair


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Sitting on top of a 150-foot volcanic cinder cone, this spacecraft-esque home is known as "The Volcano House." 

Public television host Huell Howser was the mid-century property's last owner. He listed it back in 2009 for $750,000, according to the Los Angeles Times.

After failing to sell it, Howser donated the estate (which includes a lake and a guest house) to Chapman University in 2012. The university intended to use the property for desert studies, astronomy, and geology, but later deemed the remote location impractical. 

Listed by Brady Sandahl of HOM Sotheby's International Realty, the home's new asking price is $650,000. Keep scrolling for a look inside. 

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The 2,206-square-foot mid-century home sits on 60 acres in the Mojave Desert.

Built in 1970, architect Harold Bissner Jr. designed the home to look like an information center at the heart of a nuclear generating plant.

Source: Los Angeles Times

It's located in Newberry Springs, California, which is about halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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How to peel an orange, pomegranate, and 7 other fruits faster


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Peeling fruit way seem like an intuitive task, but according to YouTube, there's always a better, faster way.

Inspired by former NASA engineer Mark Rober's recent video that shows you how to "skin" a watermelon, we found the most innovative ways to skin eight common fruits.

From peeling a banana like a monkey to using a power drill to skin an apple, keep scrolling to see the best tips the internet has to offer.

Peel an apple in seconds with a power drill and potato peeler.

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Get a power drill, a thoroughly cleaned flat drill bit, and a potato peeler. Skewer the apple with the drill bit and then turn the drill on. Carefully and gently place your potato peeler against the side of the apple and move it along the length of the apple.

Watch the full video here.

Or you could buy a machine that actually peels and de-cores the apple for you.

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This YouTuber swears by it, and they're sold here for $13.

Watch the full video here.

Peel a banana more efficiently by opening it from the bottom rather than the top.

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This is how monkeys eat their bananas and you'll never need to wrestle with the stem again.

Watch the whole video here.

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There's an elite club that you can only join if you've traveled to over 100 countries


Hiker, backpack, mountainsThe Travelers' Century Club (TCC) might be one of the world's most exclusive clubs.

This international society of jet setters may only have one entry requirement, but it's a tough one: TCC members must have visited at least 100 countries.

According to the US Department of State, there are 195 sovereign nations on earth — that's quite a few stamps for your passport.

However, the TCC expanded that list to include 324 eligible destinations, which include territories like Prince Edward Island (a province in Canada) and Alaska (technically a US state). 

The current 324 territories as defined by the TCC are grouped into 12 regions, and the TCC acknowledges that many of them aren't actual countries — they define them as geographically or politically distinct. For example, the club sees Sicily as separate from Italy and the Easter Islands as distinct from Chile.

The club is also flexible in that it allows members to count a layover or stop at a port of call as an official visit.

The TCC has over 2,100 members today, some of whom have been to the minimum 100 countries and others who have traveled to over 300 destinations. Members get access to various meetings, presentations and seminars, organized trips, and activities across the 21 TCC chapters worldwide, as well as a membership card, certificate and a pin.

Of course, a little healthy competition between members never hurt anyone either, so there are various levels among members: 150 countries is silver, 200 is gold, 250 is platinum, and 300 is diamond. Those who visit all 324 territories receive a revolving crystal globe — 15 members have made that distinction to date, and many more have been to 300+ destinations.

The club claims to be for travelers rather than tourists, and encourages members to go on once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and to seek out some of the most remote and obscure places on earth, from Abkhazia to Zimbabwe.

Most of the club's members are retired, others are racking up countries while holding down jobs and families. Often, members get together to access some of the most remote spots as a group to share the expenses, like those who chartered a boat from the Seychelles to the British Indian Ocean Territory, which many consider the most difficult destination to reach because there's no commercial transportation. It took them five days each way.

The American "country collecting" organization was founded in Los Angeles 1954, back when country hopping was a lot more difficult than it is today. Still, the club boasted 43 members by 1960. Their slogan? World travel — the passport to peace through understanding.

Have you been to 100 places? Then all you need to do is fill out the application form, name each of the 100 countries you've been to, and pay a $100 initiation fee. Once accepted, you will have to pay an annual $85 fee ($95 if you live abroad).

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San Francisco Bay's only private island is surprisingly cheap


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According to reports, the only private island in San Francisco Bay just got a huge price cut. 

Red Rock Island — six acres of rocky, uninhabited land sitting between San Quentin and Point Richmond, California — is visible from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, which connects the two.

On the market since 2012, the island has gone from $22 million to $10 million to the rock-bottom price of $5 million — a definite steal by San Francisco real estate standards.

According to the listing, the completely raw and undeveloped island has "myriad possibilities for tourism development, preservation as a natural sanctuary, mineral extraction site, or just as your highly unique personal retreat." 

Though mostly rock and dirt, Red Rock Island is not without history. Its previous monikers include "Golden Rock" and "Treasure Island," according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and it's name is often associated with legends of pirates and buried treasure (though no treasure has ever been found there).  

Its current owners, a retired local real estate investor and a former San Francisco lawyer, wanted to turn the island into a 20-story hotel, casino, and yacht harbor in the 1960s, according to the Chronicle. Their plans were dashed by a public outcry, however. Since then, many offers have come and gone, but the island has remained.

Red Rock Island

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Business Insider is hiring an audience development intern


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Business Insider is hiring an audience development intern.

The audience development intern will:

  • Assist in managing social media accounts.
  • Help distribute videos across social and web platforms.
  • Assist in developing partnerships with other media companies.

We're looking for someone who is passionate about social media, great at establishing partnerships, and obsessed with figuring out the best ways to get stories out there.

As an intern at Business Insider, there's no getting coffee, filing, or making copies. Our interns are an integral part of our team. Many of our current writers and editors started as interns.

Interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

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A photographer looked through people's forgotten, dead photo accounts for 5 years — here are the beautiful and eerie pictures he found



Doug Battenhausen thinks all our advances in cellphone cameras and photo-sharing technology haven’t made our pictures better, but rather more sterile. We all know how to get the perfect selfie now, with just the right filter. But, to him, that’s boring.

What Battenhausen is interested in — and has been collecting since 2010 on his blog “Internet History” — are photos that are beautifully amateurish and capture strange moments.

To find these types of photos, Battenhausen mines the forgotten reaches of the internet, particularly defunct photo accounts on sites like the (now deleted) Webshots, Flickr, or Photobucket.

“If there's one rule I try to keep to all the time,” Battenhausen says. “It's that I try to find pictures that have been abandoned. If you're still actively using your photosharing website, I don't want to encroach on that. Through 'Internet history,' I think I'm giving a second life to orphans.”

But Battenhausen doesn’t just take any old photo. He has a remarkable eye for finding ones that can evoke some emotion. He describes them as sometimes funny, sometimes bad, but usually photos that give him a feeling of “comforting sadness.”

The photos on his site, which were once featured in an exhibit at the Rhode Island School of Design, are both bizarre and everyday at the time. Perhaps the best word to describe them is wistful.

See the photos below, which have a meditative quality when you scroll through them:

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30 photos from one of Burning Man’s most zealous fanatics take you deep inside the madness


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On Wednesday, August 26, a buddy of mine by the name of Brooks Hassig arrived in the "playa," the stretch of Nevada desert that's been host to the Burning Man festival for over 20 years. 

His goals: to build a camp, officiate a few weddings, and summon lightning bolts.

Luckily, Brooks brought a camera with him.

This is what he saw.

It was Brooks's second time at Burning Man. "I like to get caught in the windstorms and have anything go wrong and fix it all," he tells Tech Insider.

A 27-year-old graphic designer who lives in the Bay Area, he came to the Playa as a techno-futurist version of the Norse god Thor.

Fittingly enough, he found a lightning bolt. "I maintain that I summoned that art with my Thor hammer," he says.

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4 easy ways to store your summer clothes better


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Now that Labor Day weekend is behind us and the mercury is dropping, it's time to start thinking about storing your floral shirts and chino shorts.

But wait! Don't go throwing your entire wardrobe into storage bins just yet.

There are a few preservation measures you need to take before closing the lid on your favorite summer duds.  

  • Wash before you store. This is priority number one before you bid a temporary farewell to your summer wardrobe. Wash your clothes before storing to ensure that they're ready to wear next summer — and to keep stains and sweat marks from settling in for good.
  • Choose your storage container carefully. Clear plastic bins are ideal for protecting against pests and for being able to see what's stored where. Avoid cardboard, which is easily penetrated by pests, and choose a storage space with as little sunlight as possible and a controlled temperature. 
  • Fold your clothes correctly. To prevent creasing, make sure your clothes are properly folded and aren't packed in too tightly.
  • Don't forget your add-ins. A bag of cedar chips will keep clothes pest-free, while a few dryer sheets will keep things smelling fresh throughout the fall and winter months.

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This unorthodox burger chain was just named hottest in America


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Shake Shack may have a new contender in the burger arena.

New York City based casual burger chain Bareburger has been named one of five winners of the 2015 Hot Concept Awards by Nation's Restaurant News.

The full-service chain caters to the health-conscious crowd, using organic ingredients and offering more healthy and exotic alternatives - elk, duck, and wild boar burgers are all options, as well as a myriad of vegan choices.

Bareburger's first location opened in 2009 in Queens, and they've now grown to 27 locations nationwide, with a further nine US locations planned to open this fall including a massive 5,000 square foot multilevel restaurant in Midtown NYC.

The chain also has locations in Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

I headed to their Chelsea location to see if Bareburger has what it takes to tackle the ever-crowded burger industry and bring something new with its elevated ingredients. 




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Bareburger has over 20 locations in New York state alone - I set my sights on their Chelsea restaurant on 8th Ave. and 18th.

It's a full table service chain, so you have to wait to be seated. Luckily, I got a little table right away.

There are booths, tables, and counters, all with a hip, rustic feel.

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The best US destination to travel to every month of the year


Savannah, Georgia, ferryShoulder season is the ideal time to travel: It's that perfect window between peak seasons that means cheaper airfare, cheaper hotels, shorter lines, less traffic, and fewer people.

We teamed up with Kayak to find the best destination in the US to visit each month of the year.

Using data from their Travel Hacker Guide, Kayak calculated the median monthly airfare for US destinations for travel between November 2013 and December 2014, and median hotel rates for travel between August 2014 and July 2015 with a minimum of three nights at four-star properties. Activities and weather were also taken into consideration.

Here is the ultimate guide to your next 12 months of vacations.

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JANUARY: Orlando, Florida

Median Airfare: $281
Median Hotel Rate: $184

Orlando boasts its lowest airfare rates of the year this month, as well as shorter lines and fewer crowds at its many amusement parks. 

FEBRUARY: Savannah, Georgia

Median Airfare: $355
Median Hotel Rate: $259

This southern charmer sees a dramatic drop in tourism in January and February, making it the perfect time to visit thanks to a lack of crowds and reduced hotel rates. The city beckons as the perfect winter escape thanks to temps in the 40s to 60s, as well as an ideal spot for a romantic Valentine's day. 

MARCH: Nashville, Tennessee

Median Airfare: $350
Median Hotel Rate: $328

Avoid Spring Breakers heading to Florida and the Caribbean, and instead enjoy cool blues and balmy weather. 

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Take a tour of millionaire magician David Copperfield's private island, which you can rent for $57,000 a night


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In 2006, world-famous illusionist David Copperfield reportedly spent $50 million on a private island called Musha Cay in the southern Bahamas.

After five years and $40 million worth of remodeling work, Copperfield completed what he calls the "most magical vacation destination in the world." He also acquired 10 additional islands nearby, completing an archipelago now known as the Islands of Copperfield Bay.

Sergey Brin married now ex-wife Anne Wojcicki on Musha Cay, and Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and Johnny Depp have all vacationed there.

Musha Cay can also be booked by anyone through HomeAwayfor a whopping $57,000 a night.

With a slew of amenities, including an outdoor theater, a private speedboat, and beach-side daybeds, Musha Cay accommodates those seeking both relaxation and adventure. 

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Welcome to 700 acres of pure paradise in the Exuma Cay islands, south of Nassau in the Bahamas.

There are five separate homes situated around Musha Cay, which can accommodate up to 24 guests in total.

The listing describes the architectural style as English colonial with a tropical flair. High ceilings and mahogany wood terraces are common features.

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There's a classy, affordable new way for modern men to rent tuxedos


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Renting a tuxedo for a wedding or special event should be easy, but more often than not, the process is pretty awful.

You're dealing with terrible fit, poor-quality garments akin to what a service professional would wear, and multiple trips to the shop. 

Even then, you only get your rental the day before the big day. If it doesn't fit, you're pretty much screwed.

After he experienced this terrible process before his own wedding, Andrew Blackmon decided to do something about it: along with one of his groomsman, Patrick Coyne, he founded The Black Tux, a digital tuxedo rental service.

"We saw this interesting market with a lousy customer experience across the board and thought we would do something different," Blackmon told Business Insider.

The Black Tux

This new service changes the entire process of renting a tuxedo by focusing on three core issues:

  • Quality: Instead of hard-wearing (and ugly) service-style garments, Black Tux offers high-quality, Italian merino wool tuxedos (from $95 and up) made in the same factories as labels like Ralph Lauren and Burberry. Every piece of clothing they rent is designed and manufactured exclusively for The Black Tux.
  • Fit: The company uses an algorithm to suggest exact sizes based on measurements provided by the customer. They'll also send you a tape measure so you can measure yourself, or reimburse you for the cost of going to a tailor and getting professional measurements.
  • Convenience: The tuxedo is sent to you a week before your big day. If it doesn't fit, they'll overnight the right size for free. After the event, simply return the clothing by mail. 

The Black TuxSo far, this new model of tuxedo rental seems to be working. Blackmon and Coyne have enjoyed double digit growth month over month since the company's inception in 2013.

At times in its short history, it's been completely sold out of its tuxedo inventory and instituted a waiting list for customers. The Black Tux has also expanded into shirts, shoes, and accessories such as cufflinks, all of which are custom-made for the brand.

The founders currently estimate their share of the $1.2 billion men's formal rental market at around 2%, but are now gearing up to claim a much larger piece of the pie. To that end, they are looking to expand rapidly, doubling their employees with the help of a newly secured series B round of funding to the tune of $25 million. The Black Tux had previously raised $15 million.

“Over the past two years we’ve grown our inventory, added new styles, and invested in a larger warehouse, all in an effort to provide an exceptional customer experience online and off. This round of funding will allow us to expand the team and scale even further to reach a larger customer base," said Coyne. "We’re excited for what’s ahead.” 

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