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The Craigslist 'Missed Connections' for Burning Man are just as absurd as you thought they'd be


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The legendary 'Missed Connections' section on Craigslist is often an incredible mixture of absurdity, heartfelt longing, and wistfulness. And this is doubly true of those from Buring Man, the yearly festival in the middle of the desert whose very nature invites an intense nostalgia that keeps people coming back year after year.

And the missed connections this year do not disappoint. There are people who were given a piece of someone's hair, only to be left in the desert dust alone, and those who had an amazing connection until someone said something about vaping in a van and their potential lover left.

"You were crying under a crocodile..."

Read on for this year's amazing Burning Man missed connections:

Note: If you've never read a "Missed Connections" post before, Craigslist users often use tags like 'm4w' (man looking for woman') to alert people to their own gender and the gender of the person they're looking for. Please also note some of the listings contain obscenities.



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"This is a longshot but you were so beautiful and free and when you got on the bus I was like wow and you really stood out I smiled at you and thought you were gorgeous and you looked at me and then someone said something about vaping in a van and you bailed but please if this is you give me a shot."


'Twelve from Burning Man - w4m'

"I know this is a total longshot but we hung out Friday night after meeting at a camp "bar" A huge group of guys followed me around the playa calling me Queen until it was late and just the three of us. I named you Twelve. I guess I passed out and woke up confused then ran away. I wish I had stayed and spent the rest of the burn with you.

I wish I could remember where you were from. Hopefully that wasn't the last time I will see you.

Also if you are Twelve give me some background details so I know it's really you."

'Crying under a crocodile at burning man. Mark, aka Fruit Salad , - w4m'

"You were crying under a crocodile. I was with a couple friends who noticed. You had a purple (was it blue?) faux-hawk. We descended upon you and embraced and comforted you. We ended up back at your camp in a delirious state of sleep deprivation and substance come-down. You made us bacon and eggs and we lay down for a nap that became a bit of a sticky triangle. My friend, being the more agressive of the two of us, rose to claim you. But I felt our connection (perhaps it was only in my head?). When we parted you had invited us both back (seperately) and I told you I couldn't come back without telling my friend. But I felt desperate to find you again. As we rode off, I told my friend that I really wanted to go back to see you. She pointed out that she saw you first (that she had actually met you at a festival previously) and that meant she had dibs. (I don't believe in dibs, I believe in fate and cosmic convergence). She then lectured me about not letting dudes get between our friendship and that there were plenty of men on the playa. True, but the fact was, whatever happened in our brief interaction affected me. It was the most magnetic connection I had experienced on the playa. I try to make this make sense to her but she insisted I let it go. So, as the honest and true friend I am, I let you go. But I thought about you and hoped for a serendipitous meeting on the playa.

Two days later, when I saw my friend again, I asked her if she had gone back to see you. She said she had, and sort of passed it off like it was no big deal. Then she very casually said, you can go see him if you want, I don't care. WTF!

I had to find you. I went back to your neighborhood but couldn't remember exactly where. (8:45 and g-h?). I rode up and down your streets searching. I did this everyday. Still, I could not find you. Must not have been meant to be. Also, I know how it is out there. When we met, that was all the feelings and connections of that moment, and the moment changes along with those emotions. I'm accepting of this.

And I just wanted to tell you I'm still thinking of you. You somehow impacted me.

Are you out there? I remember you saying you lived in Oakland. I remember your playa name being fruit salad. I remember your hands, and all your bracelets, I remember your brown eyes, with their tears and their intensity. These are the only details I can recall to help me find you.

Perhaps you'll see this. Perhaps an aquaintence will. If not, this is my closure. At least I tried. Farewell my beautiful connection."


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People weighed in on the most common regrets in life, and some of their answers will make you cry


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Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, and oftentimes it can lead to regret.

Some people have the philosophy that everything happens for a reason, and there is no point in having regrets.

But for so many of us, looking back on our lives can lead us to linger on one poignant moment or period when we wish we had done things differently, and that nagging question, "What if ...?," plays on repeat in our heads.

"This may sound a little melodramatic, but no matter how happy you are, at my age your regrets are countless," writes Quora user Gary Teal in response to the question, "When people look back on their lives, what are common regrets they have?" "You have made decades' worth of little miscalculations you can't completely erase from your memory, as well as a number of big mistakes that made life permanently harder."

Quora user Bradley Voytek points to a national survey about the regrets of a typical American, which found 13 common sources for regret. They are, in order: romance, family, education, career, finance, parenting, health, "other," friends, spirituality, community, leisure, and self.

Vaughn Bell at Mind Hacks notes that there are two ways people frame their regrets: The things they did that they wish they hadn't, and the things they wish they had done but didn't.

"The difference between the two is often a psychological one, because we can frame the same regret either way — as regret about an action: 'If only I had not dropped out of school;' or as a regret about an inaction: 'If only I had stayed in school.'

"Despite the fact that they are practically equivalent, regrets framed as laments about actions were more common and more intense than regrets about inactions, although inaction regrets tended to be longer lasting," Bell writes.

Here are some of the most common regrets as chronicled by Quora users (answers have been edited for clarity): 

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"I regret that I never fell in love with someone who was in love with me, when that would have been easy for me to do.

"I regret being like an old song sung by Buffy Sainte-Marie: 'Must I go bound and you so free, Must I love one who doesn't love me, Must I be born with so little art, As to love the one who would break my heart?'" —David Kahana


"For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to have kids. But in my younger years, I foolishly assumed that unlike certain accomplishments like a career, the marriage and kids thing would just happen.

"Well, they didn't. I dated plenty of people but never even thought about making family a priority. Then, in my late 30s, a bout with ovarian cancer left me permanently infertile.

"I think about the kids I never had every day, several times a day. I have a great relationship with my nieces and nephews, and volunteer at a children's hospital on a regular basis, but it's just not the same to be around other people's kids. I would love to adopt or be a foster mother, and hopefully be in a financial and domestic situation that would make this feasible one day.

"But again, not the same. And it pisses me off when people say, "You're lucky you don't have kids, they're so much work, blah blah blah." Yes, but a lot of things in life that are worthwhile are also so much work.

"I think the mothering instinct is so strong in some women that the knowledge that one will never get a chance to give birth and raise their own child goes beyond regret. One that a bar chart cannot capture. I can deal with most of my other regrets in life but am having a hard time dealing with this one." —Caroline Zelonka


"I regret not choosing to spend more time with my parents in my twenties. I lost my mother in 2000, and I feel the loss of the friendship we never had.

"She was very demanding, very strict, and from the perspective of a young man, very unreasonable. It turned out, as I live through middle age, that most of the ideals I have today ended up being the ones she put on me.

"Sometimes, after a setback, I feel the impulse to call her, and in the second or so that it takes for me to realize she isn't alive to speak to any longer, I realize how much I still need her.

"You cannot negotiate with death. It is final, often sudden, and personal. The last night I had with her, at a hospice in Chicago, I was exhausted and asked her if she minded if I went home. She immediately whispered that absolutely, I should rest, and to be careful driving home. I curled her fingers around the nurses call button, and kissed her on the forehead. I remember I felt some relief that I was leaving.

"I know it didn't make a difference, leaving at that time, or leaving a few hours later. She was going to die either way. But reflecting on that moment today I know then that I didn't understand how precious those minutes were, and how a door was being closed that would never open again." —Jim Wagner

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4 grooming and style tips all bald and balding men should know


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For most guys, hair loss is a stressful experience. But it isn't the end of the world.

There are a number of things men can do to embrace (and ultimately own) the new look that genetics has forced upon them.

From keeping hair short or shaved to dressing differently, balding men do have options.

Assess the damage and know your options

The first order of business is to see how bad the situation is. For any number of reasons, a man may not realize he is losing his hair —  some go through a period of denial, others simply don't notice.

But even if you haven't noticed, others have. And no amount of creative comb-over work is going to change that. Men who are balding have two options.

No. 1: If the loss is limited to your front hairline, and you have thick hair, you might be able to get away with just keeping it short for a while.

No. 2: If you have a large bald spot on the crown of your head, the best solution is to shave your head. 

Consider growing a beard

If you can grow a beard, it will balance out the severity of the shaved head look. The blog Effortless Gent encourages balding men to experiment with everything from light stubble to a full goatee.

Keep whatever looks good with your new look, and scuttle everything else. 

Dress for the shape of your head

The absence of hair changes your profile and silhouette, which needs to be considered when picking out an outfit. Pay attention to collars and and necklines: collared shirts help frame your head, while the sharp lines of a V-neck shirt contrast the curvature of your head.

Take care of your head

Once you shave or crop your hair close, your poor scalp will be exposed to the elements. Take care of your skin and what hair you have left by moisturizing your scalp and applying a light sunscreen daily. A winter hat is now non-negotiable. 

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I spent a day with a PR intern during Fashion Week — and she ran circles around me


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When you think of New York Fashion Week, images of glamorous models, famous designers, and impeccably dressed celebrities spring to mind.

But who keeps the shows running smoothly behind the scenes? For big-name designers like Nicole Miller, it's public-relations powerhouse Alison Brod.

Brod's army of publicists and interns are the muscle behind some of the biggest fashion and beauty brands that make Fashion Week tick (think Kerastase, Beauty.com, Nails Inc.). In their black dresses and high heels, they never break a sweat.

To find out what it's like to work for the award-winning agency during New York Fashion Week, we shadowed Tori Oliva, a student in the first week of her fall internship with Brod. Keep scrolling to see how it went.

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On day two of spring 2016 New York Fashion Week, Oliva started her day as usual, arriving at the Alison Brod office at 9 a.m.

The office is clean, bright, colorful ...

... and decked out in comfy couches and metallic décor.

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The 50 most expensive private high schools in America


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From sophisticated study abroad programs to state-of-the-art facilities, students at the most expensive private schools in the country enjoy opportunities that would make most people — adults included — jealous. 

This is the fifth year that we have created a list of the 50 most expensive private schools in America. As in past years, school tuitions across the board have risen. 

For the first time, The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, was not the most expensive on our list, but instead was overtaken by another northeastern school: the Salisbury School in Connecticut.

We ranked the private high schools on our list by looking at tuitions and fees for the 2015-2016 year as listed on the schools' websites, including one-time fees where applicable. Where a range was given for books and supplies, we factored in the average cost, and calculated the total cost of attendance for the school. We did not include special needs schools or boarding-only schools on this list.

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50. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition and fees: $42,320

Enrollment: 1,017

Incoming ninth graders spend eleven days at the beginning of their Upper School career on a camping trip getting to know their peers and teachers. This tradition is known as "Bivouac."

49. The Winsor School

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Tuition and fees: $42,400

Enrollment: 430

The all-girls Winsor School has incredible facilities, including three art studios, seven spacious science labs, a recording studio, a multi-media language learning lab, a library, and an assembly hall in the main building alone.

48. The Masters School

Location: Dobbs Ferry, New York

Tuition and fees: $42,410

Enrollment: 475

Located atop a hill in the historic town of Dobbs Ferry, The Masters School recently released a new strategic plan for 2015–2020, which includes a new mission statement: "The Masters School celebrates active participation, deep understanding, and meaningful connection. A community of diverse individuals, we gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do — to be a power for good in the world."

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A couple has been road tripping across the US for 3 years and took these incredible pictures


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Rachel and James left their life and jobs behind in San Diego almost three years ago to give life on the road a try.

They soon fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to make their Volkswagen bus — Sunshine — their permanent home.

The couple carries everything they own in the van; they have nothing in storage, and they like it that way.

"I think that there's an extreme freedom in having nothing to lose," Rachel said in an interview published on the "When the Road is Home" project by Daniel Volland and Ben Schuyler.

They document their journey on their Instagram account (@idletheorybus) and on their website.

Their photos might just inspire you to hop in the car and take a road trip of your own.

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James and Rachel have been on the road in Sunshine, their '76 Volkswagen bus for almost three years. They started their journey back in November of 2012.

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The couple are high school sweethearts. They met sophomore year in English class.

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They've been together for 10 years.

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Caitlyn Jenner redesigned her Malibu home to reflect her personal style — here's a look inside


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Caitlyn Jenner just gave her living room and bedroom a makeover, with a little help from New York-based interior designer Lori Margolis.

"Caitlyn always lived in beautiful houses, but designing them was Kris Jenner’s domain — Caitlyn wasn’t really involved," Margolis told Architectural Digest in an exclusive interview.

"This time, she really wanted to put her personal stamp on the house.”

And that's exactly what she did. 

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The space, which is the main shooting location for Jenner's E! show, "I am Cait," now sports a "distinctly California beachy vibe with a touch of Hollywood glamour," according to Architectural Design.

Jenner revealed the redesigned rooms during a recent episode of her show.  

Her monochrome living room boasts a custom, 12-foot-long Homenature sofa — her favorite piece in the home. It fits both her 6-foot-2-inch stature and her large extended family. 

The lounge chairs are also custom-tailored with Tibetan lamb's wool from Loft Thirteen for ultimate comfort. 

ArchDigest Caitlyn Jenner Bedroom DetailJenner's sleek, neutral hued bedroom features quartz lamps from Homenature perched on gold-accented nightstands from Shine by S.H.O.

The suite includes a massive walk-in closet and vanity station where Jenner does her hair and makeup.  

According to Margolis, Jenner wanted her home to represent both her style and journey. "She wanted something soft and feminine, but also something that has strength."

Mission accomplished. 

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Here's the difference between a nonstop and direct flight


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You know you don't want a layover, but did you know there's a difference between nonstop and direct flights? No? Well you should if you want your nonstop flight to actually be nonstop.

If you want to get where you're going as fast as possible, book a nonstop flight.

These flights take off at your departure city and land at your destination without any stops. However, these are usually also the most expensive flights.

Direct flights, despite the name, will also take you from your departure city to your destination, but will make a stop elsewhere in between.

Some people might get off the flight during this stop, others may get on, but a direct flight does not count as a connecting one as it will have you staying put on the plane. Direct flights, unless otherwise specified, will not have you leaving the plane, unless a plane change is required, though this will usually be noted somewhere, so check the fine print. These flights will be cheaper than nonstop flights, though usually still more expensive than connecting ones.

Despite having a stop, direct flights are called "direct" because their flight numbers do not change (even if the plane does). Connecting flights will always have two (or more) different flight numbers. Think of direct flights as buses: they still take you from A to B without huge detours, but will have an extra stop on the way. Occasionally direct flights will even have more than one stop, so always be sure to check before booking a direct flight. These kinds of flights can also be referred to as "through" flights, especially if they involve a plane change.

Another thing to know about direct flights is that frequent flier mileage is often based on the direct flight's numbers, not the specific legs of the flight. In other words, you may not earn the extra miles flown.

Travel search engines rank nonstop flights highest, followed by direct flights over connecting flights, as those are viewed as more convenient for passengers since you don't have to move. Airlines have direct, or through flights, to appear higher up in searches, as the single flight number makes those flights appear to be a direct, or even nonstop, thus competing with better flights.

So next time you're looking to book a flight, make sure to pay attention to the flight details.

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The 25 best museums in the world, according to travelers



TripAdvisor just released its list of the 25 best museums around the world.

The list is based on millions of TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.

From Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to the Louvre in Paris, here are the world's best museums.

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25. Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), Wellington, New Zealand

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24. Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

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23. The Museum of Qin Terra cotta Warriors and Horses, Xi'an, China

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Business Insider is hiring a social media intern


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Business Insider is hiring a social media intern.

The social media intern will:

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

In short, 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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Happy Birthday: Here's 9 reasons why everyone loves Prince Harry


Fifth-in-line to the British crown, Prince Harry, 31, has grown up with his personal tragedies as well as his blunders as the subject of intense media scrutiny. Though it all he has maintained ahappy-go-lucky attitude that makes him the royal we would want to get a beer with.

Here is what makes Prince Harry so cool:

1. He defied the queen's demands that he shave his beard.

There's no doubt that beards are cool. They're also a source of pride on the operational side of the military.

However, the Queen despises beards and forbids her staff much less her grandson from sporting them, US Weekly reportsHarry ignored the Queen's order and sported his beard at Christmas morning service. He shaved his beard a good month later — it had to go anyway, since he is in the armed  services.

Prince Harry beard2. He fought the Taliban from the ground ...

Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the army, began his military career at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in May 2005.

Harry was first certified as a tank commander and assigned to a cavalry regiment. Later, he deployed to Helmand Afghanistan as a forward observer with British ground units where he engaged in combat operations against the Taliban.

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3. ... And also from the air.

Not satisfied, upon his return he went into helicopter pilot training.

In 2009 he began a two-and-a-half year training course to become a fully operational, full-time Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. He completed a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan as a co-pilot gunner on an Apache attack helicopter and since then has flown missions in the U.K. 

Having deployed twice and seen combat both times, Harry has taken a new role as a staff officer at HQ London District.

Prince Harry apache helicopter4. He is a hardcore polar adventurer.

Prince Harry spent 4 weeks on an expedition to the North Pole in 2011 to raise awareness for wounded servicemen and women.

He covered 200 miles of the frozen Arctic Ocean by foot in minus 60 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. He then conquered a trek to the South Pole two years later.

prince harry south pole5. He parties like Frank Sinatra and hangs out with the most unexpected folks.

After a series of pot smoking and underage drinking episodes, Prince Harry's mischievous streak landed him in a London rehabilitation center for a day.

Another royal uproar occurred whenleaked nude photos of Prince Harry were published by British tabloid The Sun. The photos were taken during a Las Vegas vacation in 2012. He was media-shamed and sent off to war so quick, leading people to assume that he was punished with a deployment to Afghanistan.

Before wrapping up his military tour, Captain Wales shared his thoughts about the Las Vegas incident in a candid interview. "I let myself down, I let my family down, I let a lot of people down. But at the end of the day I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy one should expect," he said.

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6. He can't help but be involved in charities around the world.

Prince Harry founded his first charity, Sentebale, with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho when he was 21 years old.

The organization is named Sentebale, which means "forget me not" in the language of Lesotho and focuses on social development, education, and health of Lesotho's orphans. Prince Harry spent eight weeks living among the impoverished in Lesotho. He made a documentary titled “The Forgotten Kingdom” using footage from his personal hand-held video camera. The film raised $2 million for the British Red Cross Lesotho Fund.

Fourth in line to the British crown, Harry now sponsors 19 different charities.

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7. He is a pretty good cowboy.

Harry spent three months working as a jackeroo for £100 a week in Australia.

His normal working day begins at around 7:30 AM and runs through 6:00 PM with a two-hour lunch break in the outback heat.

"I have had a great time working out here, meeting people and learning a bit about how to be a jackeroo and, of course, the rugby was absolutely fantastic," Prince Harry said, reports the BBC.

As a kid, Harry spent time with Prince William and Princess Diana on E Bar L Ranch in Montana.

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8. He's obsessed with sports.

Harry is an avid fan of rugby and even coached at schools around the U.K. to encourage young people to learn the sport. Prince Harry plays polo regularly, both to raise money for charities and in competitive matches.

He also played for the army while he was training at the Royal Military Academy. He and the Queen are both loyal supporters of Arsenal soccer. 

On a trip to Jamaica in 2012 he challenged sprinter Usain Bolt, widely regarded as the world's fastest person, to a race. Even though Bolt let Harry win, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte took his race with the prince seriously saying, "the pool is my domain."

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9. Despite being British, he can throw a good football

On his first tour of the U.S., Prince Harry visited the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs last summer. Before kneeling down at the bottom of a pyramid of cheerleaders, Harry impressively threw a few passes of a football. 

During his six day trip, Harry went to the White House, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and Arlington National Cemetery before heading west to help kick off the Warrior Games with wounded athletes and veterans. Harry is determined to launch a U.K. version of the Warrior Games.

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This sprawling equestrian estate from 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is a steal at $3.8 million


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You might not recognize Mill Hill Farm at first glance, but it has an Oscar-nominated film credit to its name.

A scene from 2013's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was shot at the seven-acre equestrian estate. For those who saw the movie, the house makes a cameo as Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is encouraged to make a deal and leave Wall Street.

The spacious property is now on the market for $3.8 million — a steal by Long Island Gold Coast standards.

Jason and Rudy Friedman of The Friedman Realty Team Real Estate have the listing.

Keep scrolling to take a tour of the interiors and the sprawling grounds.

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The Mill Hill Farm is a seven-acre equine estate on the Gold Coast of Long Island.

A gated entrance blocks prying eyes and offers plenty of privacy.

The main home is a 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom mansion.

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Here's what wine you should be drinking, according to how you take your coffee


The way you drink your coffee can say a lot about your preference for fragrance, aroma, body, and acidity. 

You can take those preferences and apply them to lots of other foods and drinks, including wine. 

We asked Paolo Meregalli, owner of popular New York restaurant Mulino a Vino, to give us his wine recommendations based on how different people take their morning coffee. 

Whether you like your coffee black, as an espresso, with a dose of sugar, or with a splash of milk, here are some wine styles to match your preferences.

Black Coffee 

Black CoffeeFor those who prefer black coffee, wines that have notes of spiciness, astringency, and acidity are the best choice.

Meregalli recommends Ruché, a red Italian grape variety that comes from the Piedmont region and has aromatic, dry, and fruity flavors. You could also try Cabernet Franc, known for its delectable spicy tones.

If those two don't fit the bill, sip on Beaujolais nouveau, a light and earthy variety made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France.


espresso and biscuitsWines that have high tannins and hearty flavors complement the thick texture and strong bitterness of an espresso.

Espresso connoisseurs will enjoy Chianti wines of Tuscany, Italy, which exhibit bold flavors like cherry and tobacco. They might also like Médoc wines, full-bodied reds packed with tastes of chocolate and violet. 

Marsanne wines produce scents of roasted nuts, pears, peaches, spices, and flowers.

Coffee with milk 


Drinking coffee with milk indicates a preference for softer flavors. Meregalli says to go for aged wines that are smooth but low in acidity.

These include Chardonnay, Amarone (a rich and dry red wine with very little acid), Cabernet Sauvignon (a full-bodied red wine wih dark fruit flavors), or a super Tuscan wine. These are red wines that come from Tuscany but may include non-indigenous grape varieties like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah.

Coffee with sugar

Coffee with sugarNot surprisingly, drinking coffee with sugar points to a preference for sweetness.

Meregalli recommends looking for wines like Riesling, Moscato, and Zinfandel that are rich in fruit flavors.



Meregalli has a bonus recommendation for tea drinkers, and dry and savory elements are the key players.

Sauvignon Blanc, known for offering consistently fresh and bright flavors, and Sangiovese, crisp blends with flavors ranging from plum to oak, should be the go-to choices.

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Here's what happens when you eat Olive Garden pasta for 7 weeks straight


Olive Garden Pasta PassOlive Garden's "Never Ending Pasta Pass" is back. 

For $100, the pass offers seven weeks straight of unlimited pasta, breadsticks, salad, and Coca-Cola beverages.

The restaurant is selling 2,000 passes, including 1,000 that extend the unlimited pasta offer to your entire family. The passes go on sale Thursday at 2 p.m.

The pasta passes were so popular last year — which was the first time they were offered — that Olive Garden's website crashed right before they went on sale.

Our own John Greenough, a research analyst for Business Insider Intelligence, was one of the 1,000 Pasta Pass holders.

We asked him about what it was like having access to free Olive Garden every day for the past seven weeks.

At the beginning of the promotion, Greenough said he had planned to take full advantage of the pass and go to Olive Garden every day.

But the salty pasta got the best of him. 

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"I ate there, I think, 20 of the first 25 days, but stopped for a week because I started to get horrible canker sores from all the salt in the pasta," he said. (According to the Mayo Clinic, the exact cause of canker sores is unclear, although triggers can include highly acidic certain foods like tomato sauce.)

"Since then, I've gone sparingly because I felt really unhealthy from the pasta," Greenough said.

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He said he typically ordered take-out and found the service slow and unreliable.

"The take-out experience was horrific," he said. "Some days I had to wait 45 minutes to an hour to get the pasta. They had no real system in place for the take-out and would often get confused. It was really bad in the beginning, but kind of got better over time."

Olive Garden Pasta PassOverall, the best part of the deal has been the savings, he said.

Greenough estimates that he has eaten at Olive Garden nearly 30 days so far, saving him about $500 in total, when accounting for the $100 he paid for the pass.

Olive Garden Pasta PassHe said he has typically eaten the pasta for dinner and saved the salad for lunch the following day. He calculated the savings by estimating that he's spent about $20 a day on those meals. 

Calculated another way, Greenough has saved about $9.99 every day that he has eaten Olive Garden, since the company is running its $9.99 "Unlimited Pasta Bowl" promotion at the same time as the Pasta Pass offer. 

Olive GardenGreenough said the most disappointing part of the promotion was the food.

"The worst part was the pasta and how bad I felt after eating it so much," he said. "I ate a variety of the different pastas and sauces but overall would give the pasta a 5 out of 10 and 3 out of 10 for New York City standards. The pasta always came with the sauce just plopped on top. It was never mixed in and was unappetizing to look at."

Asked whether he planned to return to Olive Garden after the promotion ended, he said simply, "No." 

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Here's how we came up with our list of the world's best hotels


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We recently published our list of the 30 best hotels in the world

To create it, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual Reader's Choice Awards), TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels in the World, Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards, and Jetsetter's Best of the Best Awards.

We gave each hotel a numerical rating based on how many lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on the lists that were ranked. Hotels that appeared on all five lists ranked higher on our list, while hotels that ranked on only one of these lists ended up closer to the bottom.

For Travel + Leisure's and Condé Nast Traveler's lists, which were both ranked one to 100, we gave a half point to any hotel appearing on the list, and then a bonus between 0 and 1 point based on where they appeared on the list, giving a total score between 0 and 1.5. For example, The Langham hotel in Chicago was ranked 90th by Travel + Leisure, so it received 0.5 points for appearing on the list, and then 0.11 bonus points for its eleventh from the bottom position, for a total Travel + Leisure score of 0.61.

For TripAdvisor's list, which was ranked out of 25, we assigned a similar score, giving a half point for appearing on the list and then a bonus from 0 to 1 based on the hotel's ranking.

Since the Fodor's and Jetsetter's lists were unranked, we simply assigned a hotel a half point for any hotel that showed up on the list.

We then tallied up the scores to create the final ranking. 

Here is the spreadsheet showing our calculations:

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The 30 best hotels in the world


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Luxury comes at a price, but when you're staying at one of the best hotels in the world, that price is worth it.

We've created the ultimate list of the 30 best hotels in the world.

To create this list, we aggregated five notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites:Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotels, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels and Resorts, TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels in the World, Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards, and Jetsetter's Best of the Best Awards.

Read the full methodology here.

From Indian palaces to a luxe Montana ranch, here are the 30 best hotels in the world.

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30. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India

Feel like royalty at the breathtaking Oberoi Rajvilas, set in a 32-acre oasis of gardens. You'll find yourself surrounded by exotic bird life, a stunning 18th-century Shiva temple, gold leaf frescoes, magnificent crystal chandeliers, and relaxing swimming pools.

Built in the traditional Rajasthani style, the resort offers a luxurious spa, master suites, and private dining pavilions for guests.

Rooms start at around $617 per night.

29. The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia

Set on a stunning stretch of beach along Bali's Nusa Dua bay, The Mulia has elegant suites with butler service and gorgeous oceanfront pools. The resort has nine different restaurants and bars that are staffed by high-profile culinary teams.

Rooms start at around $710 per night.

27. Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming (TIE)

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch is a luxury ranch situated on 30,000 acres of the Rocky Mountain wilderness in Wyoming. Ideal for exploring the great outdoors, the ranch features a 38,000-square-foot lodge, spa, collection of cabin suites and residences, and outdoor activities like private fly-fishing excursions, hiking, biking, trail running, or horseback riding.

The property took the No. 2 spot on Conde Nast Traveler's list, but didn't make any other lists.

Rooms start at about $750 per person per night.

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This 16-year-old chef is opening a one-man pop-up restaurant — and New Yorkers are clamoring to get in


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Chef Flynn McGarry is just sixteen years old, but you'd never guess it from his latest project.

He just began a pop-up dinner series where a reservation will cost you $160 a head — plus an additional $80 for wine pairings.

The 14-course tasting menu will be served three times a week at the Creative Edge Parties dining room in the West Village.

There will only be twelve seats at the table each night — and New York foodies are scrambling at the chance to be there. 

Seats at the dinner are already sold out through the middle of October. 

"It's cool," McGarry told Business Insider. "I like that we don't have to worry about getting people to come and eat. It's a good feeling to have people want to actually come and try the food rather than just read about it."

This isn't the first time McGarry's cooking has drawn huge crowds. 

Eureka is an expansion of a wildly popular supper club McGarry started hosting in his parents' Los Angeles home when he was just 13 years old. 

"It was originally for a few of my mom's friends, and I would cook them a couple of dishes," he said. "And then it eventually grew to be much more." 

In 2013, he sold out a 120-person event where each guest paid $160 a ticket. 

That's not bad for someone who isn't even old enough to legally drink the wines he pairs with his meals. McGarry confesses he only really picked up cooking because he was getting tired of what his parents were serving him for dinner.

"I got sick of eating kid food, more or less, and I was very precocious when I was 10 years old. My parents were more than happy to let me take over," he said.

Curious about what he could really do with food, he picked up a copy of "The French Laundry Cookbook," a tome filled with highly technical recipes. 

"Once I started to discover more about fine dining and the actual art form behind cooking, then I started to become obsessed," he said. "Because I wanted to cook all of the recipes in that book, I had to learn all of the basic skills." 

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He says a big change for him was when his family moved from surf-centric Malibu to Hollywood, where he found a whole new culture waiting to be explored. 

Just five years later, McGarry brought his talents to the East Coast for the very first time. 

Carla Ruben, owner of Creative Edge Parties, discovered Flynn after reconnecting with his mom, an old college friend of hers, on Facebook. McGarry did his first pop-up at Creative Edge in May 2014, then did another the following February. 

"It was a sell-out from the beginning. We had people banging down the door because people were so excited for his first time here," Ruben said. "I think the amazing thing about Flynn is that he is one of the most serious chefs I've worked with, which was really exciting. This is not about anything more than being the best chef, and that's his goal more than anything."

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McGarry is relatively modest about the crowds his food draws. 

"Once they do arrive, I need to make sure they have the best meal they can," he said. "It does make life easier when we don't worry about filling every seat out."  

And McGarry has quite the meal planned for his guests. Among the 14 courses is a sea urchin brined in sea water, served with a carrot coffee puree. To achieve the taste, he's let coffee beans infuse with vinegar for a month. 

"I describe the food I cook as 'modern American' because that gives me the freedom to cook whatever I want," he said. "It's mostly inspired by ingredients and what's good at any given time, and by places I've worked and eaten and traveled.

Ideas for dishes will also just come randomly. I'll just be walking down the street and I'll see something that looks vaguely like some ingredient, and the dish will just come together immediately. Those are always the ones that come together in the first couple of tries." 


He'll also be making a beet bordelaise dish, which involves aging beets for three weeks, reconstituting them in smoked beet juice, and topping them with a beet sauce. It takes about 10 to 12 hours to prepare. 

"There's not a lot of sleeping involved. I have no cooks — every little job that's done in the kitchen is me," he said. "It's a lot of planning in advance." 

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Among his list of influences, McGarry counts Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park (where he spent some time learning staging), Thomas Keller of the French Laundry, and René Redzepi of Noma. 

"What's cool is that in this day and age, you can go on Instagram and see what every single chef you admire is doing," McGarry said. "Obviously it's different when you do go to the restaurant and experience it, but I would not know so much about what was going on in the food world without that." 

Now he's looking for an apartment with a friend in Brooklyn, "just like every human being who's in the food business in New York," he said with a laugh. His residency at Creative Edge is semi-permanent and will last at least six months, but he says there's always a possibility Eureka will develop further. 

"It's a very open-ended discussion," Ruben said. 

McGarry will be all on his own, as his parents have stayed back in Los Angeles, and he already tested out of high school. 

"There's always a lot to think about," he says when I mention that that's a lot for a 16-year-old to handle. "Long term, I want a restaurant that has a staff and more than 12 seats. I set unrealistic goals because it keeps me constantly wanting more." 

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There are only 12 items of clothing men need to be ready for fall


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Gentlemen, a quick overview of the clothing you'll need to look fresh this fall, the most glorious season for dressing.

There are 12 items. That's it.

What's more, most of these things are basics you already have (or may need a new version of).

Only a few of them are newer looks to kick up what you've got. 

That is because the most important thing about fall, more than what you wear, is how you wear it.

There are two key tenets of dressing for fall — varying the fabrics you wear and layering them the right way.

It's not rocket science either — throw a cashmere sweater over a button-down, or get an interesting blazer (like this one pictured from Strong Suit) to kick it up a notch for more formal events.

Stick to colors like maroon, navy, and olive. You'll be fine.

A pair of chukka boots

This is your casual, everyday boot. Wear it almost anywhere.

This pair is from Paul Evans and will cost you $399. 

A deconstructed or lightweight blazer

A deconstructed jacket has little to no shoulder padding or lining.

You want to go for a lightweight wool or cotton-wool blend.

In other words, it's very casual and good for layering.

If you want something that's going to last you more than a few seasons, this bad boy from Suit Supply will cost you $499

Olive will be huge. Try it on a chino.

You can't really go wrong with this pair from Welcome Stranger, a brand out of San Francisco.

A pair will cost you $165.

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