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11 things no man should have in his apartment

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You graduated college, you got a job, and you moved to the big city. You're an adult now.

It's time your apartment reflected that.

It's time to face the facts: Some of your college holdouts need to be disposed of, and that mirror you stole from your favorite college bar isn't as cool as you once thought it was.

Take stock of your living situation, and see if you need to make a few adjustments. CD racks, unframed posters, and futons have no place in your adult life.

 

 

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Anything being used as a curtain that is not a curtain is just not practical.

Sheets, towels, leftover carpet separates — when it comes to bare windows, some guys have tried it all.

The fact remains that none of them are going to look great, and uncovered or poorly covered windows are one of the biggest signs that you don't have your life together. Make sure that's not that case.



Anything that looks like it would belong in a bar should stay there.

The rule goes like this: If it looks like it belongs in a bar, it should stay there. Neon beer-brand signs, beer-branded mirrors, and bar games are always going to make your apartment look like a bar.

Is that really the aesthetic you want to create?

 



A mattress without any kind of bed frame is inexcusable.

You're an adult now. Unless you're in some temporary or perilous financial situation, you should have something to put your bed on. There's no way to get around it, and no amount of cleverness is going to make it look acceptable. 

Get a real bed.



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This photographer's series on unconventional beauty went viral

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Eva Woolridge, a 22-year-old photographer, created her photo series, "Embrace Your Essence," for a college photography project at the University of Maryland.

She did not expect her homework assignment to go viral.

The project's purpose was to photograph what women found beautiful about themselves, thereby moving away from destructive self-criticism. 

"I was surrounded by such beautiful women with such gorgeous souls," Woolridge told INSIDER. "[But they] sometimes let their light dim because they constantly were trying to fit somebody else's beauty standards."

One of the photos she took was of her friend Felicia Taliaferro, who uploaded the picture to her personal Tumblr account earlier this year. The post got over a thousand notes within the first week, and that was when Woolridge said her work began to pick up steam. 

"The wildest moment was three months later, when I was assisting a photographer at a male modeling agency," said Woolridge. "I showed him Felicia's work [and] he's like, 'Wait, I saw this photo. It's on my girlfriend's cell phone screen. It's her backdrop.'"

This photo and the rest of the series has since been viewed over 100,000 times across the web, and featured in "Marie Claire" and other outlets.

The young photographer hopes her series will inspire women to embrace the features that make them who they are.

"There's at least one thing about every single person that's beautiful, so I think it's extremely important for women to remind themselves of that beautiful feature," said Woolridge. "In doing so, can you imagine how much more beautiful the world will be if we did embrace all of [the] essences that make us unique?"

Woolridge's series and other work can be found on her website, EW Photography.

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19 changes to make in your 20s to set yourself up for lifelong success

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How you spend your 20s is hugely important for determining who you'll become — personally and professionally — in the future.

In fact, one psychologist calls this time period the "defining decade," since it sets the stage for the rest of your life.

We understand that might sound intimidating. To reduce some of the pressure, we put together a road map of sorts based on severalQuorathreads on how to make the most of your 20s.

Find out what you should start (and stop) doing in your 20s to lay the foundation for lifelong success.

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1. Start writing down your goals.

Toward the end of his 20s, Quora user Dirk Hooper started envisioning his ideal lifestyle five, 10, and 20 years down the road.

To ensure that he wasn't just fantasizing, he wrote down what he hoped to achieve and how he might get there.

"The act of writing your goals and dreams do[es] a couple of things for you," Hooper writes. "It forces you to nail down what's really in your mind, and it gives you a tangible record that you can refer to over time."

There's research to back up Hooper's theory. In one study, college students were instructed to write down a path toward achieving their future goals. Unsurprisingly, many of those goals involved finishing their education. Results showed that students who completed the writing exercise were more likely to stay in school than those who didn't do the exercise.



2. Start letting go of your ego.

A number of Quora users mentioned some variation on the idea that you shouldn't let pride or vanity get in your way, and should stay open to alternate viewpoints.

Michael Elijah writes: "Learn how to kill your ego. It blinds and fetters us from possibility and progress. Learn how to burst your bubble with simple questions [such] as, 'What if things aren't what they seem to be?' and vitally, 'What if I am wrong?'"



3. Start reading a lot.

After college, Hooper realized there was still a lot he didn’t know.

"So, I became a voracious reader," he said. "I engaged in a campaign to educate myself on any subject that inspired me. One book led to another. Over the years I've learned 10 times more than I ever learned in high school or college."

We're not advocating autodidactism over formal education, but reading is a great way to learn more about topics that aren't necessarily covered in class. Get started with this list of 30 books to read before turning 30.



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South Koreans are climbing into coffins and holding 'mock funerals' to better appreciate life

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In order to appreciate life and cope with stress, South Korean companies are offering "death experiences" where you lay in a coffin, write out your will, and imagine what it's like to die, the Associated Press reports.

One such company, the funeral service Hyowon Healing Center, has had 15,000 people participate in the mock funerals since 2012.

The participants say the experience puts it all into perspective.

Story by Tony Manfred and editing by Stephen Parkhurst

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Here's President Eisenhower's eggnog recipe

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower is known for many things.

As supreme commander of Allied forces in Western Europe, Eisenhower helped oversee the D-Day invasion and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

And as a president, he managed the building of the interstate highway system and deployed the National Guard to Little Rock, Arkansas, in support of the desegregation of schools.

In addition to all his military and political accomplishments, Eisenhower seemingly loved his bourbon — especially in eggnog.

To help celebrate this holiday season, the US National Archives tweeted out Eisenhower's eggnog recipe.

The recipe calls for:

  • 1 dozen egg yolks
  • 1 pound granulated sugar
  • 1 quart bourbon (part of which can be rum or brandy)
  • 1 quart coffee cream
  • 1 quart whipping cream

You can see Eisenhower's full recipe below:

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Feast your eyes on the stunning pictures that just won the iPhone Photography Awards (AAPL)

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If you think you need a fancy camera to capture stunning pictures, think again. 

The iPhone Photography Awards just announced the winners of their eighth annual contest.  

Judges sorted through thousands of entries to pick the three best photos, as well as category-specific highlights.

"This year’s entries were especially impressive, ranging from intimate, thought-provoking moments to stunning, captivating imagery,” said IPP Awards creator Kenan Aktulun in a statement.

Check out the winning photographs in each category, and then the overall winners at the end.

And yes, you may need to keep reminding yourself that they were really taken on an iPhone.

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This haunting image by Seattle-based Ben Schuyler won first place in the "Abstract" category.



Light and shadows distinguish this gorgeous first place portrait by Daniele Colombera.



"I take photographs with my telephone because it's the future," Jesse Alkire writes on his photography site. This picture won first place in the news and events category.

Check out his site



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7 rules for flying like a modern gentleman

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You can't check your responsibility for proper travel etiquette at the gate.

From the laws of the armrest to the unofficial dress code, here are a few things every guy should know before stepping onto a plane.

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You can drink, but don't get drunk.

Sure, plenty of people imbibe in the airport and on the plane, but this is not a night on the town. You're traveling — there's absolutely no reason to overdo it.

Plus, flying dehydrates you. Have a glass of water in between cocktails.



Try not to use the plane's bathroom if you can help it.

Unless you have some kind of medical issue, a flight under four hours shouldn't require a trip to the lavatory — yet another reason to drink lightly. Leave it open for those who really need it, like the elderly or parents with small children.



Don't recline your seat.

The fact that your seat can recline doesn't mean that it should. Reclining only makes your seat slightly more comfortable while making the seats of those beside and behind you so much more uncomfortable. Not only that, but the people affected by your seat recline often end up reclining their own seats, starting a pointless chain of events.

Those in the back row have it the worst, as their seats don't go back. Never recline your seat if you're in the second-to-last row.



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Meet the jet-setting architect who designed some of the world's most expensive casinos, including the ultra-famous Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

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Sometimes the biggest power players are the ones who stay behind the scenes. 

Architect Brad Friemutter may not be a household name, but together with the firm he founded in 1992, the Friedmutter Group, he has provided the design muscle behind some of the most expensive integrated resorts and casinos in the world: the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Harrah's in Atlantic City, and the recently opened Studio City in Macau, just to name a few.

His projects are often worth billions — Studio City (where he designed the casino, lobby, and porte-cochère) publishes at $3.2 billion — and the resort owners he works with are usually billionaires. 

"They know all of the nicest things in the world. They’ve been to the nicest hotels, and restaurants, and places in the world," Friedmutter told Business Insider. "We as designers have to have seen those places as well, so that we understand."

We recently caught up with Friedmutter and his wife Kimberly to hear a bit more about their jet-setting lifestyle.

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Friedmutter is originally from Queens, in New York City, but eventually made his way out to the West Coast after landing a job with Bank of America in San Francisco. After starting work with a designer who focused on casinos, he became acquainted with Steve Wynn, who took a liking to Friedmutter's work and eventually promoted him to VP of design and construction on the Golden Nugget. In 1992, Friedmutter started his own firm, which has worked on a number of projects in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Macau. The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas is one of their biggest and most expensive projects to date.



But when you're working on integrated resorts and casinos, every project is big, as competition along the Las Vegas Strip can be fierce.



The way to survive in such a competitive and loud environment, Friedmutter says, is to know your customer. "What the business traveler is looking for, what the gaming traveler is looking for — it's all different," he said. "It's a very interesting business because they’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And they have to figure out how to fill those rooms and get people to come there in different seasons. It even varies during the day."



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This lifeguard and Ironman champion saved the Prince of Denmark's life and had no idea who he was

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Nick Malcolm, a lifeguard and Ironman champion, saw a young child caught in a rip tide off an Australian beach Thursday. He quickly swam out and managed to bring the boy safely back to shore.

He had no idea the boy was Danish royalty.

Malcolm just saved 10-year-old Prince Christian of Denmark, who is second-in-line from the throne.

Christian's dad, Crown Prince Frederick, personally thanked Malcolm for rescuing his son.

Story by Allan Smith. Video editing by Carl Mueller.

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The 49 best animal pictures of 2015

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Reuters top 50 animal pictures

Some were cute and cuddly, some looked downright dangerous, and others were simply sublime. Animal photography can take you into worlds that seem alien and beautiful.

This year, Reuters took hundreds of stunning animal photos. Here are 49 that stood out from the pack.

Captions are by Reuters, and lightly edited.

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Giant panda cubs make their debut to visitors at a giant panda breeding center in Ya'an, China.



A chimpanzee cools off with a drink in Shenyang, China.



A zookeeper feeds a four-week-old jaguar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.



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Kristin Addis quit her job to travel the world solo

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In March 2012, Kristin Addis quit her job as an investment banker in Southern California to travel the world.

Before she left, she'd been earning six figures a year, including commission. However, she wasn't happy with her lifestyle. "I thought there had to be more to life than that," she said.

So she set out to find it.

Less than a year later, Addis bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, planning to travel overland through Southeast Asia. Since then, the now 29-year-old has largely stayed on the move, documenting her journey through her blog, Be My Travel Muse, and sharing the expertise she's gathered in her book, "Conquering Mountains: The Guide to Solo Female Travel," produced with Matt Kepnes of Nomadic Matt.

Story by Libby Kane and editing by Jeremy Dreyfuss

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A 27-year-old left her desk job to sell cookie dough that's safe to eat raw

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Your mom always told you not to eat raw cookie dough, but now you can.

A new New York City-based company is selling containers of safe-to-eat cookie dough, thanks to a substitute pasteurized egg product.

Kristen Tomlan, 27, believed in people's love for cookie dough so much that she left her corporate job to start Cookie DŌ Confections in 2014.

"I made so many cookies, and my husband and I would just sit around eating the cookie dough," Tomlan tells INSIDER. "And we're like 'how is this not a thing that somebody has done successfully?'"

Since launching last year, Tomlan has moved to a new baking space, hired a full team, and business has never been better. DŌ also has a popular Instagram account that has tongues wagging all over New York City and beyond.

New Yorkers can currently pick up the dough at the company's midtown headquarters, or have it delivered for $15, but everyone else will have to order online for now.

Story by Aly Weisman and editing by Andrew Fowler

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How luxury shoppers are changing the face of retail

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Luxury shoppers are highly coveted customers for brands and retailers. The top 10% of US household earners (those taking home $120,000 or more annually) account for approximately half of all consumer expenditures.

This demographic’s growing preference for online shopping is changing the face of luxury retail, and it has significant implications for how brands target luxury consumers.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we profile the luxury shopper and take a close look at the spending habits and preferences of high-income earners — including how and where they shop.

 

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Discretionary spending among the wealthy is growing faster than for the average US consumer. Discretionary spending among those earning $120,000 a year or more is expected to increase 6.6% in 2016, reaching $406 billion, according to YouGov. Among the top 1%, it's expected to rise 10%. By contrast, discretionary spending for the average US consumer dropped 1% between 2014 and 2015.
  • Wealthy consumers are expected to spend the most next year on fashion, travel, and dining. Among these categories, spending on fashion (specifically, apparel, accessories, and handbags) will grow the most, increasing 6.9% to $37.4 billion (roughly 9% of total discretionary spending). 
  • Luxury brands are over-allocating ad spend to print media. The seven largest US luxury brands collectively spent $133 million last year on holiday ad spending, 57% of which was allocated to magazine ads, according to the Shullman Research Center. But among luxury shoppers, recall rates are higher for digital ads.
  • There are signs that luxury shopping is less brand- and status-oriented than it once was. Luxury shoppers, like the average consumer, enjoy the convenience and low prices of online retailers like Amazon vs. shopping via official brand sites. Luxury shopping may become even more price-sensitive as millennials age. 

 

In full, the report:

  • Sizes the market for personal luxury goods, by country.
  • Measures the effectiveness of luxury marketing channels.
  • Breaks down ad spend among luxury brands.
  • Identifies where luxury consumers shop online and in-store.

 

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100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime

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With time precious and funds limited, you better make every trip count. 

That's why we've done the work for you and put together this epic list of must-sees, updating our original bucket list of travel destinations to include reader suggestions and 2016's travel hotspots.

From cigars in Cuba to pizza in Naples, these are the 100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime.

Did we miss your dream destination? Let us know in the comments.

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Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was named the world's best tourist attraction by Lonely Planet this year. The 700-year-old, 154-square-mile city sits deep in the jungle and is a must-see.

Here's why Angkor Wat was named the world's best tourist attraction »



Walk under the budding cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan, which was voted best city in the world by Travel + Leisure for the second year in a row.



See the great wildebeest migration in Africa's Serengeti National Park.



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Photographers reveal the stories behind 2015's most powerful pictures

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A man holds a giant pencil as he takes part in a solidarity march in the streets of Paris after theCharlie Hebdo shootings, France January 11, 2015.

Whether experiencing a terrorist attack in Paris or fleeing war or political violence in Syria and Myanmar, 2015 was a tragic year for millions of people around the world.

Photojournalists work ceaselessly to capture these events and their effects on individuals, and photographers for Reuters were always on the scene, taking some of the year's most newsworthy and captivating photos.

But most of the time, we don't get the full story behind the photo; how it came to be and what the photographer had to do to capture that moment. 

Here, a number of Reuters photographers reveal the stories behind some of 2015's most important pictures.

A note of warning: some of these photos feature scenes of injury or death.

Quotes edited for clarity.

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A migrant carrying a child falls after being tripped by TV camerawoman Petra Laszlo while trying to escape from a collection point in Roszke village, Hungary, September 8th, 2015.

"The camerawoman tripped the migrants on purpose. It came as quite a shock when I realized that. Police collected the migrants from the border with Serbia and then the migrants would wait for buses to take them to registration camps. The nearby camp had been full for days so buses didn’t arrive. After waiting more than 24 hours, migrants started demanding to leave. There were no more than 50 Hungarian police officers compared with about 1,000 migrants. A small group from Syria told me that in 15 minutes the migrants planned to run away and they needed journalists around, afraid the police would start beating them. Reuters colleagues and I watched and waited. After 15 minutes, on the command 'Yalla shabab!' ('Let’s go!') from someone the migrants ran in all directions. Caught by surprise, the police couldn’t stop them. I grabbed my 24-70mm lens, put it on wide open and ran. I saw a man carrying a child running away from a policeman. After about 15 meters the policeman grabbed him by his jacket; the man started shouting and the kid was crying. After a couple of seconds the young policeman let him go. The man started running again. Suddenly, not more than 5 metres away, he fell over the child he was carrying. Thankfully they were unhurt.

When I edited my pictures, I saw a camerawoman in the frame when he fell. I remember sitting with my phone in a hotel in Szeged soon afterwards watching a low-quality news video of the same thing from a different angle. I realized I had the whole tripping sequence on my laptop. It became a huge story that lasted for days, with pictures published everywhere. Reuters was the only one that had still images of that moment." - Marko Djurica



Migrants collect rainwater at a temporary refugee camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, in Myanmar, on June 4th, 2015.

"This group of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were rescued from a boat carrying 734 people off Myanmar's southern coast. Those on board had been at sea for more than two months  at the end with little food or water. The men in this photo were part of a group of 400 crammed into a warehouse by Myanmar police. They had arrived the day before, but while the women, children, and some men had already been moved, these men were left behind. There was no sign of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR or foreign aid agencies. Just moments before this shot, the sky opened and the monsoon rains started coming down. The men were jostling with each other for space to catch water in their bottles and plates. The authorities were hesitant to grant us access at first, but as the morning wore on and the rains started, we were able to enter and start photographing and speaking to migrants. Just after taking this photo, the men were loaded into buses and trucks and driven to a camp where international aid agencies were waiting. I have worked on long and difficult assignments where I have gone days without a proper shower. But for these people it had been months without enough water. Everyone was dirty and had likely washed little while at sea. I could see just how meaningful it was for them to suddenly have a chance to drink and clean themselves with whatever small amount of water they could capture." - Soe Zeya Tun



Syrian migrants cross under a fence into Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 27th, 2015.

"Rail tracks, unguarded, line the border with Serbia. Most refugees used the tracks, a few miles long, as a highway into Hungary. I arrived at the border every day at 6am. The crossing was the only spot still not blocked. A triple coil of razor wire was up everywhere else as Hungary prepared to fence off the border. The rail crossing was easy enough but many migrants chose to jump the fence to avoid the police waiting a few hundred meters inside. The razors were not too sharp to handle with heavy gloves. Dozens of other photographers and I paced the fence, some way from the rail tracks. Among the shrubs we could make out the contours of migrants waiting for the right moment. Everyone watched everyone else. We watched the refugees, who watched the police, who watched us. It was like an elaborate board game. It was more than just waiting. The people on the other side of the fence filled the atmosphere with strange, unspeakable tension. This family decided they had waited enough. They started for the fence. Aware of the stakes, they lifted the razor wire, looked around, then went for it. Once across they vanished in the woods. I never saw them again. Photographing the migrants was the ultimate test of staying out of the story: observe keenly, wait, shoot. Don't cut the wire, don’t invite the refugees in, don't alert the police. There was little human contact with the thousands of refugees scaling the fence. You learnt nothing about them. They came and went. But those who walked along the tracks stopped and talked. They accepted water or the odd chocolate bar. They even shared stories  stories that will haunt me forever. There is no way to shake the emotional impact. Once I put the camera down and had time to reflect it all came back. You have to let the story wash through you to remain human." - Bernadette Szabo



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