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The most affordable small town in every state

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Clear Lake, South DakotaCost of living makes a big difference when choosing where to move — and not all places were created equal. 

We found the most affordable small town in every state.

To do this we looked at towns with populations between 1,000 and 10,000 whose households spend no more than 30% of their annual income on housing costs. We looked at the average cost of three types of housing — owned houses with a mortgage, owned houses without a mortgage, and rentals — and took a weighted average of these by the proportion of each type of home in the town.

Click here to read more about our methodology.

ALABAMA: Fayetteville

93% of homes are affordable.

An hour south of Birmingham, Fayetteville is actually named after a town in Tennessee from which early residents migrated. Employing over 33% of residents, retail is the most popular industry here, followed by manufacturing, which employs 15% of residents. 



ALASKA: Healy

91.5% of homes are affordable.

Only 11 miles from the Denali National Park and Preserve, Healy offers several lodging and dining options for park visitors, creating a strong tourism industry in the town. However, more than tourism, coal mining in nearby Usibelli Coal Mine makes up most of Healy's livelihood. 



ARIZONA: Quartzsite

93.2% of homes are affordable.

Just 18 miles east of the Colorado River, Quartzsite is best known for its beautiful assortment of rocks and minerals— as evidenced by its name. On first glance it might not sound like the most exciting industry, but the town's gem trade entices thousands of visitors per year. There is even a two-month-long gem show that starts in January. 



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I’m from Munich, and here's why I think you should avoid Oktoberfest

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Oktoberfest, inside of tent, Munich, GermanyI grew up in Munich, Germany, and I've been to Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, more times than I can count.

First as a kid, where I ate candy apples and schnitzel sandwiches and rode the "wild mouse" rollercoaster until I was green in the face; and later as a teen, when I skipped school to drink liters of beer with my friends.

Oktoberfest is awesome, but I think it's the worst time for tourists to visit my hometown. 

What most foreigners don't know about Oktoberfest is that it's a cultural celebration that's really meant for locals. It started as a wedding celebration for the King of Bavaria in 1810, and it retains its Bavarian roots and feel. More than 70% of visitors are Bavarian, and only around 15% are from outside of Germany.

Locals don their traditional dirndls and lederhosen, and often swing by "Wiesn" (what locals call the festival) for a few hours to grab a beer. It's a family event, too: Families often go together, with toddlers in tow. They'll have a nice Bavarian lunch of obatzda and brezn (cheese dip and pretzel), play a few games and go home.

Oktoberfest rides

But then there's the other end of the spectrum: the insanely crowded, completely debaucherous drinking fest that sees 6.3 million annual visitors and puts around 7,900 people into the medical tent each year. Last year, over 600 visitors had alcohol poisoning.

Inside most tents, mayhem rules: live oompah music is blasting, everyone is singing along at the top of their lungs, and beer benches groan under the weight of dozens of people dancing on them, raising their glasses in unison and cheersing each other every few minutes with a hearty "eins, zwo, drei, g'suffa!

girls drinking beer during oktoberfest in munich, germany

During Oktoberfest, the city gets packed and there are drunk people everywhere, and all the time. The drunken debauchery often leads to fights, agressive behavior, and bierleichen — so-called "beer corpses," which is what locals call the many passed out drunks lying on the hill behind the tents. 

There are endless lines, and the tents are packed beyond belief. Locals make their table reservations for the tents around a year in advance sometimes, and even then it's tough. But for tourists, it can be tougher to get inside the most coveted tents. Savvy tourists should get to the tents around the opening hour of 10am (9am on Sundays) in order to snag a table, and then they often stay until the tents close at 11:30pm, leaving little time to explore any other parts of the city.

Oktoberfest Munich, crowds

During the festival, everything costs about double what it should. Expect to pay upwards up 10 euros for a single beer (normally it's half that). Flights cost far more than they should and hotel rooms can be tough to snag then too.

Munich is a beautiful city, and Oktoberfest just doesn't do it justice. Known as Munich's "fifth season," Oktoberfest isn't the real Munich. 

Munich prides itself in "Gemütlichkeit," which basically translates to coziness. Life here is cozy, it's comfortable, it's slow. People drink cheap beer in beer gardens and hang out in the English Garden (which is larger than Central Park, mind you). They surf in rivers, they lounge by lakes, they go skiing in the nearby Alps.

OktoberfestMunich is a big city with lots of high-brow culture, and tons of art galleries and museums, but it's also super walkable, thus retaining a small town vibe full of old-school Bavarian culture. There's the Nymphenburg Palace, the stunning gothic-period Frauenkirche church, and many incredible museums.

But Oktoberfest visitors often miss all that since they're inside the tents drinking the whole time.

So if you were to ask me when to visit Munich, I would say avoid Oktoberfest. Go during the winter, when it's a snowy wonderland a stone's throw from picturesque Alpine villages and ski resorts: where winter markets and mulled wine beckon. Or go in the summer, when you can drink beer by one of its many pristine lakes, or go hiking in glaciers.

If you want to see the real side of Munich, and the city at its very best and most beautiful, don't visit during Oktoberfest.

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How to know if you're fat

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So maybe you don't think you have the "ideal body," but are you actually overweight? 

By calculating your body mass index (BMI), you can find out once and for all whether you should lose — or put on — some pounds. Though some find the index controversial, it's still widely used as a barometer for healthy weight.

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Take a tour of the Guinness brewery in Dublin, which was named the best tourist attraction in Europe

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Guinness Storehouse Cooperage InteriorThe Guinness Storehouse, located in Dublin, Ireland, was recently named Europe's best tourist attraction by the World Travel Awards. 

According to Paul Carty, Managing Director of the Storehouse, one in every two visitors to Dublin visits the Guinness Storehouse, making it an extremely popular choice for tourists. 

Scroll down to see what it's like inside the famous storehouse known for producing one of the world's top beers.

 

 

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The Guinness Storehouse has seven massive floors for visitors to explore.



On the ground floor, visitors learn about the history and process of Guinness. Here's where there's a copy of the famous lease Arthur Guinness signed on December 1759.



On the first floor, a Master Brewer explains the step-by-step process of brewing Guinness beer. Visitors will learn how the barley is malted, roasted, milled, mixed with hot water, and mashed, before it turns into beer.



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America's 46 most trusted brands, according to Reader's Digest

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Reader's Digest has released the first-ever US edition of its Trusted Brands survey, revealing the names consumers turn to for everyday staples such as cereal and toothpaste. 

The results of the March 2015 online survey are based on the preferences of a 4,500-person sample and are weighted against US Census data by age, gender, income, and geography.

Asked about the products and services they use on a routine basis, 79% of participants said they opt for a "trusted" brand when choosing between items of equal quality and price.

Here are the brands that made the cut across 40 different categories. 

Airline: Southwest

Automobile (car/SUV) – Domestic: Ford

Automobile (car/SUV) – Import: Toyota

Automotive insurance: State Farm

Bathroom tissue: Charmin

Body lotion/moisturizer (excluding facial creams):  Jergens and Aveeno (Statistical Tie)

Bottled water: Dasani

Coffee: Folgers

Cold & flu remedy: NyQuil

Cold cereal: Kellogg’s

Computer (desktop/laptop): Dell and Hewlett Packard (Statistical Tie)

Credit card: Visa

Cruise line: Carnival

Deodorant/antiperspirant (men's): Old Spice

Deodorant/antiperspirant (women's): Secret

Eye care product/eye health (excluding services, lenses and frames): Visine

Facial moisturizer/cream: Olay

Fast food/casual dining: McDonald’s

Hair color: L’Oreal

Headache/pain reliever: Tylenol

Herbal supplements (non-vitamin): Nature Made

Home entertainment electronics (excluding cell phones, computers, and tablets): Sony

Household air freshener/deodorizer: Glade

Household cleaning product: Lysol

Juice: Tropicana

Laundry detergent: Tide

Life insurance Company: MetLife

Mass merchandiser retail store: Walmart

Mobile phone/tablet: Apple

National hotel chain/resort: Marriott and Hilton (Statistical Tie)

National pharmacy/drugstore: CVS and Walgreens (Statistical Tie)

Online shopping site: Amazon

Paper towels: Bounty

Pet care products (excluding food): Hartz

Pet food: Purina

Shampoo/conditioner: Pantene

Sleep aid (non-prescription, excluding cold/pain): ZzzQuil and Unisom (Statistical Tie)

Soap/body wash: Dove

Soup: Campbell’s

Spices/seasonings: McCormick

Toothpaste: Crest

Vitamin supplement: Nature Made   

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A San Francisco home where a mummified body was found just sold for $500K over asking

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A San Francisco home that was listed for $928,000 in July has sold for $1.56 million, according to Curbed SF

That's more than $500,000 over asking and just the latest example of how insanely competitive the San Francisco real estate market has become. 

Located in the city's Richmond District, a fairly desirable neighborhood, the home has one very undesirable flaw: In April of this year, the mummified corpse of the home's former owner was found inside, wrapped in a blanket.

The woman, named Anna Ragin, had reportedly died five years earlier, but her 65-year-old daughter hadn't told anyone that her mother's body was still in the home. 

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Rats, mold, and bottles of urine are just a few of the other lovely things found inside this fixer-upper. Those were presumably removed before it came onto the market.

According to SocketSite, which first noticed the home had gone into contract in July, the sale had to be confirmed by a court because Ragin's death had not previously been reported. Until the court confirmed it, other interested buyers would have had the opportunity to enter their own bids. 

Socketsite previously reported that the home had gone into contract for $1.0295 million, but the actual sale price ended up being even higher than that.

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Here's why the 'best burger joint in America' isn't worth your time

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar

When Foursquare ranked Hopdoddy Burger Bar as the "best burger joint in America" (on this very site), I immediately put it on my list of must-trys.

But as a burger enthusiast and follower of burger news, I was curious about a few things.

Why hadn't I heard of Hopdoddy before? And what's with that name?

To answer the latter, "hop" refers to the bitter plant used in beer, and "doddy" is a nickname for a type of cow.

Hopdoddy has nine locations in Texas, California, Arizona, and Colorado. The Austin, Texas, outpost, on South Congress Avenue, holds the rank of No. 1 burger joint on Foursquare, and on a recent vacation I had a chance to check it out.

At first glance, the restaurant's slick exterior sort of looks like a burger bar and an Apple Store got together in the same space. And while the photo above looks busy and the location is extremely popular, locals say there is almost never a line.

Wrong.

I arrived at a pretty off-peak time (3 p.m. on a Tuesday), and I still had to wait half an hour just to place my order. Starving and annoyed, I couldn't help but notice that the atmosphere was jubilant and the employees were helpful. So there's that.

Scanning the menu, I saw a Greek-inspired lamb burger with feta cheese and all the fixings (think: cucumber, tzatziki sauce, and pickled onions) and a Southwestern burger with chili con carne, Fritos, and Tillamook cheddar, but I wanted something a bit more classic.

Hopdoddy is known for its creativity across more than a dozen different burgers. I went for the most expensive beef burger on the menu, the prime-time burger ($12).

Topped with melted brie, truffle aioli, arugula, caramelized onions, and steak sauce, the prime time packs a Texas Akaushi beef patty. The meat is said to come from cows descended from Japan's renowned Akaushi flock.

I ordered it without steak sauce because steak sauce on burgers is gross.

Hopdoddy Primetime Burger

When it arrived at my table, I really thought I was in for a treat. I was so naive back then.

With a single bite, the verdict was in. For starters, it was a soggy, sloppy mess. But sloppy burgers can be great, so there's definitely more to its failure.

The bun, though freshly baked in-house, was a bit too sweet. The toppings were fine, but none stood out to me in any meaningful way. Brie on a burger wouldn't be my first choice, but I didn't think it would be as disappointing as it was. The truffle aioli was barely perceptible. The onions were fine.

But most important, the burger patty itself had no flavor. The meat wasn't dry, but it was incredibly bland. I've had better in New York dive bars.

At the end of the day, the Hopdoddy burger is just OK, and my search for the best burger in America continues.

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The best place to travel every month of the year

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Milan ItalyVisiting a destination during peak travel season can mean massive crowds and overpriced hotels, which is why it's often best to travel during the off season.

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

Kayak calculated the median monthly airfare and median hotel rates for four-star properties in multiple destinations around the world. Activities and weather were also taken into consideration.

Here is the best place to visit every month of the year.

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JANUARY: Cancun, Mexico

Median Airfare: $456
Median Hotel Rate: $213

Cancun is blissfully free of spring breakers this time of year, which, outside of hurricane season, boasts some of Cancun's lowest airfare rates. Escape the cold, but hang tight until after New Year's Eve for the lowest rates.  



FEBRUARY: Hong Kong

Median Airfare: $1126
Median Hotel Rate: $134

Instead of celebrating another uninspired Valentine's Day, head to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year and escape the cold with temperatures in the low 70s F. 



MARCH: Montreal, Canada

Median Airfare: $465
Median Hotel Rate: $176

Montreal has a cosmopolitan and European feel, but without the hefty price tag. Though it's still cold in March, hotel rates and airfare are so low that this is an ideal time to visit.



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Two coders used old photographs to make a mesmerizing Google Street View map of San Francisco in the 1800s (GOOG)

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If you've ever wondered what it'd feel like to travel back in time and walk the streets of San Francisco, this might be the closest you'll get — at least for now.

Two developers, Dan Vanderkam and Raven Keller, had the brilliant idea to take all the old photographs from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection and put them on an interactive map. This map functions similarly to Google Street View, except for when you zoom in on a particular place it gives you photos from as far back as 1850.

The project, called OldSF, lets you manipulate a slider to change the range of years (it goes from 1850 all the way up to 2000). The pair have geocoded about 13,000 images.

Visit the site here, or look below for some of the best photos we saw from the 1800s, marked with their locations in the city.

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Point Lobos Avenue and 43rd, Dick's Saloon, 1890



Central Park, 8th and Mission, circa 1887



Group of people overlooking the Cliff House from Sutro Heights, 1890



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12 cultural faux pas you should avoid making in Munich

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Bavarian manMunich, most famously home to Oktoberfest, is part of Bavaria, in south Germany.

Bavaria, progressively conservative and traditionally modern, differs from the rest of Germany so crassly it may as well be its own country. 

But while it prides itself in its famous "gemütlichkeit," or laid back coziness, a decidedly un-laid back Germanness will rear its head should you make any of the following faux pas.

Luckily this Quora thread has you covered. Here are 12 cultural faux pas you should avoid making in Munich and Bavaria, Germany.

1. Not making eye contact

Cheers beer eye contactBavarians, and Germans in general, are firm believers in making eye contact while cheersing in order to avoid the curse of seven years of bad sex. Should you fail to make eye contact, people might think you're trying to sabotage their love lives. 

2. Not cheersing with enough gusto

In Bavaria, cheersing is an art. Eye contact alone isn't enough. In Bavaria you're expected to make eye contact while clinking glasses, and then also hit the glass or bottle down on the table before taking a sip (a heartfelt "prost!" helps too).

The history behind this is that back in the day the German army sneakily conscribed people by buying rounds of beer and hiding wages — then a coin — in said beer. Once someone touched the coin, he was committed to the army, thus hitting the glass on the table first was a way to check whether there was a coin hiding in the stein.

3. Clinking glasses the wrong way

When drinking weissbier (wheat beer), clink glasses at the bottom. Glasses are thin and may break, so bumping them from the bottom is the correct way of doing it. Bavarians will bump bottles this way too.

4. Eating a weisswurst breakfast sausage after noon or eating it the wrong wayWeisswurst white sausage

A traditional Bavarian breakfast consists of beer (wheat beer, specifically) and weisswurst: a pair of white sausages in a hot watery broth with a side of sweet mustard.

According to local lore, weisswurst is not allowed to hear the noon bells ring. In other words, you should never eat a weisswurst after 12. The reason for this is that these sausages are generally made fresh in the morning, and before the invention of the fridge, they would go bad by noon. Now it's just a faux pas to eat them after breakfast. 

There are plenty of other weisswurst faux pas: Don't order them in pairs. Ordering a weisswurst automatically means receiving a pair, so asking for two will out you as a foreigner. Also, don't eat the tough, rubbery skin. Instead, cut a lengthwise slit into your sausage, then pull the skin (Bavarians call it zuzln) off with your fingers.

5. Ordering a small beer

In Bavaria, beer comes in a liter mass. Only the Prussians or foreigners drink from little glasses. 

6. Taking up too much room

Beergardens communal tablesMost Bavarian restaurants, especially beer gardens, have communal tables and are seat-yourself, so don't be surprised should someone sit down at a table with you. Trying to claim an entire table for yourself or your group when there's still room is considered impolite. That said, always ask if the seats are taken before sitting down.

7. Bringing your own beer to a beer garden

While it's totally ok to bring your own food to a beer garden, bringing your own drinks is a no-no.

8. Getting offended easily

Bavarians, and Germans generally, are honest and straightforward — perceived by many as rude. Germans are truthful and don't beat around the bush, but never with malicious intent, so don't ever be offended.

9. Staring at naked people

Topless woman outside, backBavaria has a thriving Freikörperkultur (a movement that endorses a naturalistic approach to life), and accordingly has a lot of public parks and beaches where nudity is allowed. You will see a lot of topless women and bottomless men in Bavaria, especially in Munich's English Garden, so try not to stare. In fact, Munich has six officially designated 'Urban Naked Zones.'

10. Bringing up anything Nazi-related

Germans are very aware of their past, but would like it to remain there. Don't say things like "Jawohl!" "Ja mein Führer," or do the Nazi salute or pretend to have a Hitler mustache.

11. Being late

Being late to Germans is an insult. To them, it basically means that you think your time is more valuable than theirs.

12. Digging into your food before everyone else

First off, always wait until everyone has been served. Then, eat only once everyone has wished each other a "good appetite" ("Guten Appetit"). Not doing so is considered rude.

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The best beer gardens for celebrating Oktoberfest in 16 US cities

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The world's biggest folk and beer festival kicks off in Munich, Germany on Saturday. 

Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of German tradition that's defined by camaraderiehearty Bavarian cuisine, and lots and lots of beer. 

But you don't have to go all the way to Munich to get in the Oktoberfest spirit. 

Foursquare analyzed its user ratings to come up with a list of the best beer gardens in the US for celebrating Oktoberfest.

From a brewery in Seattle to a waterfront bar in New York, here's a list of the top places in the country to celebrate Oktoberfest the American way. 

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Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This microbrewery on the Milwaukee River serves its very own Oktoberfest beer– a traditional Marzen-style lager made with Munich malt. The menu also includes a selection of Bavarian pretzels and beer-slathered bratwurst. 



Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan

As one of the top-rated breweries in the world, Founders Brewing Co. has plenty to offer in terms of beer and atmosphere. The brewery is throwing their 12th annual Harvest party to celebrate the season and launch their wet-hopped Harvest Ale. 



Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California

Lagunitas Brewing Company's Petaluma location (there's one in Chicago, too) is a Foursquare favorite. With dozens of craft brews, ample outdoor space, and live music five nights a week, it's the perfect place to get rowdy in the spirit of Oktoberfest.



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23 things we wish we'd known before moving to New York City

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New York City is full of great food, beautiful sights, and endless things to do.

But it's also a place of inflated prices, tiny apartments, and a less-than-perfect public transportation system.

Take our word for it: Moving here is equal parts amazing and terrifying. So for anyone courageous (or foolish) enough to think about packing up and heading to the Big Apple, we surveyed our editors and readers about what they wish they'd known before moving to New York.

Here's what you should know:

1. "That halal food would be like an addiction. It's like crack. It only takes once." —Alexandra Cardinale

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2. "I wish I knew trying to get an apartment through Craigslist was like The Hunger Games." —Matt Johnston

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3. "Walk everywhere you possibly can. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you over time." —Julia La Roche

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4. "I wish I knew that Chase ATMs are virtually everywhere in Manhattan. Including in Duane Reade! If you have a regional checking account, open a Chase one as well so you're never caught without an ATM." —Libby Kane

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5. "Your momma told you to look both ways when you cross the street for a reason. Watch out!" —Hunter Walker new york times square traffic

6. "It seems obvious now, but there is no cell service underground. Look up directions before you get on the train." —Emmie Martin

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7. "Don't waste time comparing yourself to the version of NYC life you assumed you'd be living and just figure out a version that makes sense for you." —Caroline Moss

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8. "Anyone who moves here and isn't rich has to have a high tolerance for tiny spaces, weird apartment layouts, and barely functional kitchens." —Pamela Engel

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9. "In a nutshell: That asking for directions really isn't scary, and people are happy to help!" —Kim Renfro

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10. "Never commit to an apartment without physically seeing it first if you can help it; finding an apartment is harder than finding a job." —Alyson Shontell

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11. "Trains sort of don't work on the weekends." —Hunter Walker 

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12. "When renting in a walkup it is a HUGE advantage to rent on the top floor even if the stairs are a pain. More light, fewer neighbors, more quiet." —Jim Edwards

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13. "It rains in New York more often than I thought it would. You can never have too many umbrellas." —Hayley Hudson

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14. "How to buy an apartment: Find a place near a good pharmacy, grocery, and laundromat; check for broker's fees; see how far it is from public transportation. Once you move in, develop a good relationship with the super." —Richard Feloni

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15. "Have a basic idea of where you're trying to go before getting in a cab, so you can correct them if they go the round-about way." —Jenna Goudreau

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16. "Indian food is delicious." —Sam Ro

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17. "I wish I knew that even if you're lucky enough to find an 'affordable' rental that you like, give it a year or two — it will probably be a lot less affordable." —Kevin Kaplan

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18. "Hiking trails and other outdoor adventures are easy to find — even without a car. You can take subways and buses to reach beaches, forests, lakes, and neighborhoods that feel like fishing villages. Metro North will take you even farther." —Lauren Friedman

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19. "I wish I knew just how badly the subways can break down. I've been late for so many things because the trains and signals act up." —Richard J. Anderson

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20. "The empty subway car is empty for a reason." (One example: A homeless person might have used it as a bathroom.) —John McDermott 

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21. "How to pronounce 'Houston.'" (It's HOUSE-ton, not HEWS-ton.) —Heidi Grant Halvorson

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22. "That living in NYC is like being in an abusive relationship with the coolest guy in the world." —Arikia Millikan

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23. "There are a million people (and more) here who are smarter than you." —Chloe Tseung

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11 cities around the world where a 'cheap date' costs a fortune

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If you're taking someone out "on the cheap" in Paris, expect to drop a little over $100.

That's according to Deutsche Bank's "Cheap Date Index," which compares the cost of a simple date — cab fare, McDonald's burgers, soft drinks, a pair of movie tickets, and a round of beers — across 32 major global cities.

Deutsche Bank priced out the cost in US dollars — it turns out a truly cheap date is hard to come by in some cities.

Here's how much it'll cost you for a night of fast food, movies, and beer in the 11 most expensive global cities for daters:

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11. New York City, USA: $93



10. Auckland, New Zealand: $96



9. Melbourne, Australia: $97



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Take a peek at the glamour behind the scenes of a New York Fashion Week show

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Friday marks the end of New York Fashion Week, the semiannual celebration of the biggest influencers in style. 

While most attendees only see the spectacle that comes out on the runways, the real magic happens behind the curtains.

From the models to the makeup artists, hairdressers, and more — it's a frenzy backstage before showtime.

Ahead, get a true behind-the-scenes look into the wild world of Fashion Week. 

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Multitasking is the key to getting it all done during Fashion Week. Here, a model gets prepped for the FTL Moda show while reading.



Checking texts, emails, or Facebook is totally fine while getting your hair prepped.



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This Google engineer’s title is 'Jolly Good Fellow' and he’s solving unhappiness and war

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Chade Meng_Tan card

Meet Chade-Meng Tan, whose friends call him Meng — and everyone is his friend.

Meng is an early Google employee, the engineer that helped build Google's first mobile search service, and headed the team that managed Google's search quality.

But today he's Google's personal and spiritual development guru. His official title is "Jolly Good Fellow (Which nobody can deny)." It's on his business card.

That's a joke and a serious title.

The joke part: "fellow" is a technical title bestowed upon a company's most talented, most valued engineers. "Jolly Good" is how he makes people feel. 

"The secret of happiness is be on the giving end of a kind thought," he says. And if you practice kinds thoughts, you create kindness as a habit and you become a kind – and happy – person.

He and a team that originated at Google are working on solving unhappiness and it's ultimate destination: war.

Or as he likes to put it, he's engineered a way to create to create the "conditions for world peace in my lifetime."

The way to do that, he says, is to teach people how to be happier themselves and to then "scale inner peace worldwide." 

He created a class at Google to do that, one that teaches "mindfulness training" also known by its scientific name, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

That's the skill of being able to have a calm, clear mind on demand, not being swept up in feelings like stress, anger, frustration, depression.

The class became a huge hit at Google, which led Meng to write a best-selling book called "Search Inside Yourself."

This led him to hang up his hat as a search engineer and launch a non-profit called "Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute" (SIYLY, pronounced "silly") that brings that same popular Google class to others.

Google Meng TanHe also took on a new job title at Google, Jolly Good Fellow. 

If you crave a taste of Meng's class, on Friday he spoke at Salesforce's huge conference, Dreamforce and he gave the crowd this homework:

While you are at work, once an hour, look around the room. Pick someone and for 10 seconds think about that person, and wish that person happiness. Don't say anything or do anything, just think your wish for the person.

The next hour, pick another person and do the same.

Watch what happens to your own attitude, your own inner happiness.

"The secret of happiness is be on the giving end of a kind thought," he says. And if you practice kinds thoughts, you create kindness as a habit and you become a kind – and happier – person.

Here's another taste of Meng's class, his popular Ted Talk from 2010.

 

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