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The 50 best US tourist attractions you've never heard of

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West Side Market, ClevelandEach state has its iconic landmarks, but there are plenty of attractions that fly under the radar.

New York has the Empire State Building, but it's also home to Letchworth State Park, unofficially known as the "Grand Canyon of the East."

We've rounded up the most worthwhile but lesser-known tourist attractions in every state.

While some of these places have a significant amount of visitors each year, they remain hidden gems to many out-of-state travelers.

An earlier version of this post was written by Jill Comoletti and Eliza McKelvey.

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ALABAMA: Mobile Bay bills itself as "secretly awesome," and its many tourist attractions prove this to be true. Attend the world's oldest Mardi Gras celebration, eat some fresh seafood, go kayaking and fishing, and take in the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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ALASKA: The ocean, ice, and mountains all meet at Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward. Enjoy the park by foot or take a boat cruise along the coast in the summer.

Learn more about Kenai Fjords National Park >



ARIZONA: Reaching the Wave in Arizona requires a permit and a rigorous hike. But the awe-inspiring view makes this attraction worth the journey.

Learn more about The Wave >



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Amazing American Civil War photos turned into glorious color

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Color photography may not have been widely used until the 1930s, but that hasn’t stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black-and-white images. 

Two of the most prolific users, Mads Dahl Madsen and Jordan J. Lloyd (who has since started Dynachrome, a digital image restoration agency), have done US history a favor by taking a number of the Civil War photographs available at the Library of Congress and turning them into realistic and beautiful looking color. 

As photography was not invented until the 1820s, the Civil War was one of the first wars to be photographed. Famous photographers such as Mathew Brady and his apprentice Alexander Gardner made it their duty to capture the country’s tragic war for posterity, with a variety of portraits of officers and soldiers and scenes of daily life and the aftermath of battles. At the time, cameras were not able to accurately capture motion, so there are few, if any, photos of actual battles in action.  

This photo depicts President Ulysses S. Grant (pictured in the center, at the time a lieutenant general), his friend Brigadier General John Rawlins (left), and an unknown lieutenant colonel in 1865.

Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and his personal friend, Brigadier General John Rawlins, and an unknown Lieutenant Colonel, at Grants headquarters at City Point, 1865

Union Captain Cunningham poses next to the command tent in Bealeton, Va., 1863. Cunningham was a member of the staff of Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher, who commanded a primarily Irish contingent during the Civil War.

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This photo by Mathew Brady, the most famous Civil War photographer, portrays three Confederate prisoners at Gettysburg, Pa. in 1863.

civil_war_confederate_prisonersThis photo by Alexander Gardner, originally Brady's apprentice, depicts Union Colonel James H. Childs (middle, standing) and several other officers at Westover Landing, Va. in 1862. Childs was later killed at the Battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American history. A total of 22,717 soldiers were either killed, injured, or missing in action that day.

Union officers of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry reclining at Westover Landing in August of 1862

This is Major General Ambrose Burnside, the commander of the Union Army of the Potomac. He is best known for leading the army to a crushing defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg and for his distinctive facial hair, which later became known as the — you guessed it — sideburn.General Ambrose Burnside

This photograph by Andrew Gardner depicts the staff of Brigadier General Andrew Porter in 1862. George Custer (of the Battle of Little Bighorn fame) is shown reclining next to a dog on the right.

The staff of Andrew Porter with George A. Custer reclining next to a dog, 1862

This is a portrait of General William Tecumseh Sherman in civilian clothes. During Sherman's famous "March to the Sea," the Union Army destroyed nearly everything in its path, both military and civilian, on its way to Savannah, Ga. 

William Tecumseh Sherman, the first 'Modern General', seen in civil clothes

Confederate General Robert E. Lee at his home in Richmond, Va. less than a week after surrendering. Robert E. Lee At Arlington

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11 things 'Back to the Future 2' got right about today's tech culture

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In "Back to the Future: Part 2," our hero Marty McFly travels forward in time to save his children.

The day Marty goes to — October 21, 2015 — is today.

And while "Back to the Future: Part 2slightly overestimated where we'd be in 2015 — flying cars and hover boards aren't readily available after all — there's a surprising number of things that the film predicted that either already exist or are close enough that in two years it wouldn't be surprising to see them be reality.

From fingerprint scanning to video games that don't require controllers, here's the technology that the creators of "Back to the Future" correctly guessed in 1989.

Not only did the movie get wearable computing right, they even included devices that look like a mix of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — though they didn't address the Google Glass backlash.



It's fair to say that when most people think of '80s computers, the Macintosh is the first thing that comes to mind.



Computers that take orders via voice controls: Siri, anyone? And the new Apple TV emphasis on Siri integration makes it even weirder.



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2-year-old Bustle hits 45 million monthly uniques, flirts with profitability, and launches a new website for millennial moms, Romper

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Bustle, a new media company for millennial women, is launching a second website in November.

The website, which will be called Romper, will target millennials as they get older and enter a new phase of life: parenthood.

margaret wheeler johnson bustle romperRomper will be led by early Bustle employee Margaret Wheeler Johnson. Wheeler Johnson formerly helped The Huffington Post launch its women's section in 2011. She is a new mom herself, and she says Romper has been in the works for a year and a half.

But are there really enough millennials having children to warrant a website dedicated to them?

Wheeler Johnson acknowledges that the launch of Romper may be a few years premature since most millennials (ages 18 to 34) aren't yet thinking about having children. Those who are having children make up a relatively small market: just 10 million to 15 million people in the US, according to Wheeler Johnson.

But Wheeler Johnson also cites a recent census from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found the average age of a new mom in the US was 26 and 83% of new moms were in the millennial generation.

"A lot of brands are still speaking to millennials like they're the kids, but they're having kids," Wheeler Johnson says. "Millennials are growing up, and we're taking that next step with them."

A lot of brands are still speaking to millennials like they're the kids, but they're having kids.

Kate Ward, Bustle's editor-in-chief, says the three-year-old startup is in the perfect place to launch a spin-off brand, a tactic that has been made popular by other new media companies, including Vox and Business Insider, and older media brands such as Condé Nast, Time Inc., and Hearst.

"The mission with Bustle was to reach every millennial woman there is in the US," Ward says. "But we talked about how a lot of our lifestyle content felt a little more urban, so we were probably going to naturally reach a more coastal audience [where people are having children later] and we wanted to reach everyone. So at some point we thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool to target women who have kids in their 20s?'"

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Bustle, which was founded by Bleacher Report cofounder Bryan Goldberg in 2013, has about 45 million monthly unique visitors globally, according to Quantcast. Goldberg says his site will generate $4 million or $5 million during the fourth quarter of 2015 and about $10 million for the year, making his startup profitable — at least for the moment. Bustle has raised $27 million from investors like General Catalyst and Social+Capital Partnership.

Bryan Goldberg BustleWheeler Johnson hopes Romper will have a similar trajectory, and she ultimately wants it to be the resource moms turn to when they're up in the middle of the night with their newborns.

"It's you, your baby, and your phone," she says of the late-night parenting. "We want to be what you read at that time."

More than that, she wants the site to be for all types of new moms, not just cookie-cutter families. Stories Romper plans to run include "Ways Having A Baby In Your 20s Actually Makes You More Successful," "I Let My Son Wear A Dress To School, And It Was The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done As His Mom," and "I'm Raising Biracial Kids, And This Is What It's Like."

When asked whether Bustle intended to roll out any more websites in the future, Wheeler Johnson replied:

"That's like asking someone who just had a baby if they're going to have another one."

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I went to America's best taco joint — and it absolutely lived up to the hype

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Before I visited Austin, Texas, my taco experience was limited. 

Like many who grew up in the NY metro, most of the tacos I'd eaten came in a bag with a purple bell on it. 

One visit to Austin's venerated Tacodeli and my eyes were immediately opened.

Tacodeli was rated No. 1 by Foursquare users on Business Insider's list of the best tacos in America, but I still wasn't prepared its deliciousness. These tacos literally changed my opinions on food.

I went during breakfast time, with the intent of ordering a breakfast taco, as I'd never had one. I ordered the The Otto (refried black beans, bacon, avocado and Monterey Jack cheese) and The Jess Special (migas-style scrambled eggs, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese). 

Though I was hesitant, I ordered them on corn tortillas at the suggestion of a local. This turned out to be the right decision. 

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The Otto taco especially rocked my world. The creamy avocado, crisp yet tender bacon, and flavorful smashed beans combined in my mouth to form a taste profile heretofore unknown to me. I was a changed man. 

The Jess Special was equally good, though I'm not sure what the "migas" added, as it wasn't all that different from normal scrabbled eggs.

It's incredible that these tacos, made with few and simple ingredients, nestled between a simple sheet of ground corn, can taste so incredible. And it's further proof that fresh, high quality ingredients are just as important as spices or cooking technique. You simply can't get an avocado this flavorful in other regions of the country.

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I tried every major dating app — and the best one surprised me

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whitney wolfe bumbleMatch Group, the parent company of some of the world's biggest dating apps and websites, filed to go public last week.  

Match Group owns Tinder, PlentyOfFish, Match, HowAboutWe, and OkCupid. And according to its IPO prospectus, it generated revenues of $888.3 million last year, up about 11% year-over-year.

The dating app space is heating up — JSwipe, a popular dating app aimed at Jewish people, was recently acquired by its competitor, JDate.

But what are these dating apps really like to use?

As Business Insider's resident 23-year-old, I was obliged to poke around and try out some of the most popular dating apps. For this story, I compared OkCupid, Tinder, JSwipe, Hinge, and Bumble — and I was surprised by the app that ultimately became my favorite.

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First up: Tinder, which seems to be the preferred dating and hookup app of all my friends. Tinder is probably Match Group's most prolific portfolio company, and is known for pioneering the "swipe right" feature that has since been adopted by nearly every other major dating app.



The first thing you'll want to do on the app is set up your preferences and your profile. You can opt not to be shown in Discovery — the stack of profiles people swipe through — but what's the point of that? You can also choose how far away the people you match with can be, your location, the gender of people you'd prefer to see, and the age range you're interested in.



Your profile is a bunch of pictures of yourself. You can also opt to add a 500-word bio.



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The most popular DIY Halloween costumes, according to Pinterest

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Halloween is once again upon us, but this time, it's not all about the kids.

According to online retailer Zulily, sales of adult costumes have risen 41% over last year. While some people opt to buy their costumes, craftier folks might turn to Pinterest for inspiration. 

Pinterest has dedicated an entire board to the Halloween costumes its users have been saving — or "pinning" — the most. It includes everything from gory makeup to witty couples ensembles.

We've rounded up some of Pinterest's most popular Halloween costumes here. 

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'Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything, including these DIY Starbucks pumpkin spice latte getups.

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This creative grayscale costume is popular among pinners.

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An easy DIY outfit with face paint and makeup is big on Pinterest this year — this skeleton costume is just a strategically cut t-shirt.

Source: Pinterest



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A day in the life of The Body Coach — the British Instagram star inspiring thousands of people to 'get lean' (FB, GOOGL)

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UK-based Joe Wicks, better-known as The Body Coach, has built up a huge social media following thanks to his quirky Instagram videos capturing him throwing together easy-to-cook healthy meals in his kitchen and his fun approach to fitness.

His social media fame saw him quit his job last year to launch his own business — The Body Coach — which has sold virtual 90-day nutrition and exercise plans to tens of thousands of clients. In its second year of trading, the business is already on track to do £12 million ($18.6 million) in turnover this year, with next to no marketing spend.

And Wicks has also attracted endorsement deals from the likes of Bjorn Borg, Philips, and Uncle Ben's.

So how much work goes into being a social media star that actually makes money from playing around on Instagram and Facebook all day? We asked Wicks to describe a typical day.

7AM: Before Wicks even puts a foot on the ground, he's checking social media and chatting to customers, fans, and his 40 staff members. The Body Coach has almost half a million Instagram fans, more than 180,000 Facebook fans, 30,000 YouTube subscribers, and 70,000 Twitter followers.



7.30AM: Then he heads straight to the gym to do a 30-minute HIT (high-intensive training) session.

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Wicks says: "It makes me alert and gives me a boost of energy. All you need is a 30-minute intensive workout a day — rather than these people you see p-ssing about in the gym for hours and hours."



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40 things everyone should do in Italy in their lifetime

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While the food in Italy is reason enough to visit, the country is filled with famous works of art, exceptionally beautiful cities, and gorgeous lakes and mountains. 

We compiled a list of 40 sites in Italy you should see at least once in your lifetime. 

We included important classics like Rome's Colosseum and Venice's canals, but also added more obscure spots, like the gardens of the Villa d'Este and the natural hot springs of Saturnia in Tuscany.

An earlier version of this post was written by Sara Bower.

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Drive along the gorgeous cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Stay a night or two in the charming village of Positano — it's straight out of a postcard.



See Michelangelo's famous statue of David in Florence's Galleria dell'Accademia.



Admire the colorful homes in Isola di Burano.



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This is the car that will lead Ferrari into the future — and we drove it (RACE, FCAU)

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Last year my son, James, and I drove up to Watkins Glen International, a storied racetrack, to watch a Ferrari race. We did not, however, make the drive in a Ferrari.

This year, Ferrari kindly lent us a California T, the company's "entry-level" car — its base price is $198,000 — to make a sort of return visit. The Cali T is now an important vehicle for the prancing stallion now that it's a public company and needs to grow beyond its current 7,000-cars-per-year in sales.

At the New York Stock Exchange when Ferrari, ticker symbol RACE, began trading, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO and Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne said that many of the 9,000 cars the Italian sports-car maker will sell in 2019 will be Cali T's.

The last time James and I went to the Glen, we watched a Ferrari Challenge race in which the contestants run in Ferrari 458s. This time we attended the Six Hours of the Glen, an endurance race featuring teams from a variety of automakers — Porches, BMW, Aston Martin, Mazda, Corvette — alongside Ferrari.

It was an interesting weekend with a long drive in a cool car and a race that was heavily affected by the weather. Mixed in was a jaunt around the original Watkins Glen road course, where, after World War II, racers battled it out before the now famous raceway was built.

We had a lot of fun — check it out.

Last year, James and I checked out a race series organized by Ferrari and featuring teams running only Ferrari 458 cars.



James had a blast ...



... because for an 8-year-old what's cooler than Ferraris?



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How we ranked the best suburbs in America

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We recently published our annual ranking of the 50 best suburbs in the US. Here's how we made that ranking.

We started out by looking at 2,754 municipalities across the country with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 that are located within a metropolitan statistical area and had both crime and socioeconomic data available. There's no official definition of a "suburb," so we decided that small to mid-size towns and cities located near and economically integrated with a major city was a good starting point.

For each of those towns, we looked at several social and economic variables from the Census Bureau's 2009-2013 American Community Survey estimates:

  • Average commute to work
  • Unemployment rate
  • Median household income
  • Poverty rate
  • Percent of population with at least a bachelor's degree
  • Housing affordability, measured as percent of households who own their own home and spend less than 30% of gross income on mortgage and other housing costs

We also took 2013 violent and property crime rates from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report program.

To get an initial ranking, we rescaled each of those variables to a common normalized scale and added the resulting scores together. For the top 200 of towns on that intermediate ranking, we added in, where available, bonus points based on ratings of the towns' schools from GreatSchools.org. After factoring in those bonus points from school ratings, we came up with our final ranking.

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RANKED: The 50 best suburbs in America

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The U.S. is full of incredible places to live — cities, yes, but also unique small towns and villages that people call home.

After examining data on 2,754 municipalities across the country, we put together a list of America's 50 best suburbs. We considered suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest metropolitan area. We also factored in average commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings from GreatSchools.org, and a measure of housing affordability

Click here to see our full methodology

Our list was dominated by the Midwest, or more specifically by Ohio suburbs. This is likely due to several factors, most notably a reasonable cost of living.

Andy Kiersz compiled the data for this list.

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50. Johnston, Iowa

Population: 18,135

Great Schools score: 7

Johnston sits adjacent to Saylorville Lake, offering lush greenery and over 35 miles of trails. The suburb is home to award-winning schools, low living costs, and a median household income of $93,571. The commute time to Des Moines is only 18 minutes.

 

 



49. Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Population: 33,993

Great Schools score: 9

Vestavia Hills is a 20-minute commute to Birmingham-Hoover. The suburb maintains its southern hospitality while being the fastest-growing town in Alabama. Vestavia Hills boasts great schools and has a median household income of $81,067.



48. Mequon, Wisconsin

Population: 23,231

Great Schools score: 10

Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, Mequon promises beautiful lake-shore bluffs, as well as numerous outdoor recreation spaces. Mequon is a 22-minute commute to the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metropolitan area, and the median household income is $107,432



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Go inside the lovely apartment of a San Francisco startup founder

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jessica scorpio getaroundJessica Scorpio, co-founder of on-demand car-rental startup Getaround, wanted to freshen up her San Francisco apartment. 

She enlisted the help of friend Jacqueline Palmer, founder of interior design blog A Design Lifestyle

"Startup life is busy. I put most of my energy into making Getaround successful," Scorpio said to Business Insider. "I wanted to create a beautiful and zen environment for when I'm at home."

Palmer helped Scorpio add some decorative touches and small furniture items to the bed and dresser she already owned.

Palmer and Scorpio also recently collaborated on a redesign of the Getaround offices, located in a 16,000-square-foot warehouse in SOMA. 

They've shared some photos of the final product with Business Insider. 

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"My style is minimalistic, so we used most of the furniture I already had. We decorated by accessorizing," Scorpio told Business Insider. "I love white with a pop of color."



A small vase and a collection of sand dollars make for fun decorative touches.



"I'm optimistic and love nature," Scorpio said. "The design is practical and beautiful. It has good energy."



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14 crazy facts about the Brooklyn Bridge, one of New York City's most iconic landmarks

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The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in New York City, perhaps only second to the Empire State Building. 

We recently took a tour around the bridge during Archtober, a month-long celebration of New York City's architecture. We've shared some of its secrets below. 

1. The original bridge designer died after a strange accident.

In 1869, while on a pier in Brooklyn conducting a survey for the bridge, Chief Architect John Roebling had his foot crushed by a ferry that came in too close. He didn't scream but instead went on barking out orders to his workers.

After they got his foot unstuck, he promptly went to the doctor, who told Roebling they would need to amputate. But when the impatient Roebling was told the extensive after-care instructions, he changed his mind. "No, no, no. Just soaking it in water will be ok," he said. He died a month later.

2. It took two generations of a family to design and build.

The Brooklyn Bridge took 14 years to build, starting in 1869 and ending in 1883. Roebling, a German immigrant, was named Chief Architect in the initial planning. The bridge looks the way it does today because of his original designs, which took three months to put together.

However, after Roebling's death-by-ferry-accident, his son, Washington Roebling, was left to complete his father's plans.

3. The construction workers used only their two bare hands.

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The first step was to build the towers of the bridge. To dig up the mud and get down to bedrock, the workers needed to do all of their work by hand.

They worked around the clock, 24 hours a day, and still they were only able to dig down about six inches a week on the Brooklyn side. 

4. A sickness plagued those who were working on the bridge.

Those who had been working on the first tower in Brooklyn began to come down with an illness that they called Caisson's Disease, named for the large, watertight chambers the construction workers labored in. It is now believed that the workers were getting sick because they failed to decompress after working deep underwater. 

Even Roebling himself was suffering from the effects of the disease by the time the towers were completed in 1874. 

Today we know the disease better as the bends, a disease that commonly afflicts scuba divers. It occurs when a solution in bubbles releases gases that are dissolved and impact parts of the body. 

5. They never reached bedrock on one side of the bridge. 

When working on the tower on the Manhattan side, the workers continued to get sick from Caisson's Disease. At one point they decided that enough was enough.

Bedrock was 107 feet down, but they stopped at 80 feet. The Manhattan side, therefore, is built on an already existing sand bed.

6. Each of the tower weighs 90,000 tons.

That's equivalent to a whopping 200,000 pounds.

Workers had to be very precise in their measurements —the granite brick of the tower needed to be heavy enough to stay firm on the bottom of the river bed, but not so heavy that it would sink in.

7. Roebling's wife was responsible for much of the work. 

Brooklyn Bridge (Smaller Size)Washington Roebling’s wife, Emily, took over the duties after he was no longer able to get to the construction site himself. Emily was not an engineer, but she understood the plans so thoroughly that she could converse with other engineers.

Many people were under the impression that she was the real designer.

8. There are over 14,000 miles of wire in the Brooklyn Bridge.

Each cable is made of 19 separate strands, each of which has 278 separate wires.

The workers would splice the wires together, and then tie them to make the strands. A boat would come from Brooklyn and sail it across to the Manhattan side. Then, two wenches on the outside of the towers would hold the strands in place, and they would raise them to the top. This was a very long and tedious process, which weather interrupted constantly. It took about two years to complete the wire strands alone.

9. Even today, the Brooklyn Bridge rises about three inches if it’s extremely cold.

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This is a result of the cables contracting and expanding in cold temperatures. 

The wires have done this ever since the bridge was complete. 

10. There were so many fireworks during the bridge's opening that even people from inland New Jersey said they could see the bright lights.

The bridge officially opened on May 24, 1883, after the roads were finished. 

Nearly 150,000 people were counted in front of City Hall alone, which is positioned directly across the Manhattan entrance to the bridge. Thousands more lined the streets of the now-connected boroughs, and the East River was filled with boats and ferries. Hundreds of fireworks were launched off the bridge.

11. Accounting for inflation, the bridge cost $3.5 billion to build. 

The Brooklyn Bridge took twice as long — and cost twice as much — as was expected. 

It cost a whopping $15 million at the time, which is roughly equivalent to $3.5 billion today. 

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12. A nearby underground wine cellar helped pay for the bridge's debt. 

Underneath the bridge on the Manhattan side, there was a wine cellar that the builders rented out for $1,000 a year. The money went towards repaying the developers' debts. 

Nicknamed "The Blue Grotto," it was covered in beautiful frescoes depicting vineyards in Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. 

There was another cellar on the Brooklyn side, though rent for that one was only $500.

Both places were popular for a while, but they ended up closing in the 1930s. They were mostly forgotten about, and there is currently no public access to them.

Brooklyn Bridge (smaller size)

13. A nearby cafe was used as a second office by Thomas Edison during the bridge’s construction.

The Paris Cafe, close to both the bridge and the seaport, was used by Edison while he was working on the first operational power station in the world.

That station would end up being built on Pearl and Fulton Street, just a few blocks away from the Manhattan side of the bridge. 

14. In 2006, workers discovered a bomb shelter underneath the bridge.

Somewhere along the Manhattan side (the city has never revealed the exact location), workers stumbled upon a vaulted room filled with tons of water, 352,000 packets of crackers, and blankets.

There was a label that said "FOR USE, AFTER ENEMY ATTACK." Workers also found newspapers from the late 1950s and 1960s, around the time of Sputnik and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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We tried Minnesota's famous cheese-stuffed hamburger — and it was delicious

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Matt's Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is famous for one thing: the "Jucy Lucy"  a cheese stuffed hamburger.

Created in 1954, the Jucy Lucy has consistently been named one of the best burgers in the U.S.

And while many restaurant have tried to copycat the cheesy center of a Jucy Lucy, Matt's is the original.

We visited Matt's to see how the burger  is made — and test if it lives up to the hype.

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This is the world famous "Jucy Lucy."



It's made with two quarter-pound beef patties stuffed with cheddar cheese.



It's consistently named one of the best burgers in the U.S.



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17 food faux pas to avoid so that you don't embarrass yourself while traveling

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One of the best parts about traveling is getting to experience the food and customs of different cultures, many of which date back hundreds of years. 

It's important to understand the dining rules of each country you visit so that you can avoid insulting others or embarrassing yourself. 

Luckily, we're here to help — here's a list of table manners you should be aware of when visiting 17 different countries around the world.

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BRITAIN: In Britain, port is passed to the left, all the way around the table until it is finished. There are varying opinions on why this tradition started — some say it comes from the navy, since the port side of the boat is on your left if you're facing the helm.

Source: CNN



CHILE: It's considered rude to eat with your fingers, even for french fries. Always use your fork and knife to be on the safe side.

Source: Huffington Post



CHINA: Never flip over a whole fish after you've eaten one side, especially in southern China and Hong Kong, as it's considered bad luck. Also, don't leave chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice, as it's reminiscent of a ritual where people make offerings to the dead.

Source: Chicago Tribune, CNN

 



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Here's why a 23-year-old Google employee is living in a truck on the company's campus

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The cost of living in San Francisco is laughably steep.

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that single people should allocate $3,632 for monthly expenses, which amounts to over $40,000 a year.

Most of that money is thrown towards rent, a frustrating reality for many professionals who don't even spend much time out of the office and at home.

One such professional — a 23-year-old software engineer at Google — figured out a creative solution to this real estate conundrum: Rather than settling into an overpriced apartment, he moved into a 128-square-foot truck— on the company's campus.

It allows him to save about 90% of his take-home pay.

Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — began toying with the idea last summer. At the time, he was interning at Google and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month).

"I realized I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for the apartment I was staying in — and I was almost never home," he tells Business Insider.

"It's really hard to justify throwing that kind of money away. You're essentially burning it — you're not putting equity in anything and you're not building it up for a future — and that was really hard for me to reconcile."

Knowing that he'd be returning to work full time in San Francisco after graduating from UMass Amherst, he immediately started thinking about truck-life logistics. About a year later, he was purchasing a 16-foot 2006 Ford for $10,000.

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He pays no rent and no electricity. His one fixed cost is truck insurance, which comes to $121 a month.

This allows him to accelerate his student loan payments (he expects the full $22,434 to be paid off within the next six months), get a head start on investing, and enjoy the Bay area more than if he opted for renting an apartment.

He's not sure how permanent life inside a box will be, but so far the pros seem to be outweighing the cons: "It's been five months so far, and I don't see it stopping soon for any reason," he says.

Do you have a similar living situation, or do you know someone who does? Email kelkins@businessinsider.com.

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