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Someone discovered a hilarious 'selfie stick' design in a silly sci-fi movie from 1970

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The concept of the selfie stick seems to be as old as humanity itself — or at least as old as a zany sci-fi movie from 1970.

The origins of the selfie stick are murky. Hiroshi Ueda, an engineer for the camera company Minolta, appears to have experimented with an early selfie stick design as far back as the 1980s. But his work didn’t directly lead to anything, and Canadian Wayne Fromm filed a patent for a selfie stick in 2005.

Now, an earlier selfie stick design has surfaced on Reddit (prior art, if you will). The design comes from a clip from a 1970 Czech sci-fi comedy called "Zabil jsem Einsteina, pánové" (“I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen”). The clip shows a woman unfurling a selfie stick wand that flashes and then spits out a Polaroid-like photo from the bottom.

Here’s what it looks like in action:

selfie stick wand

In the movie, an atomic bomb explosion wrecks havoc when it causes women to grow beards and become unable to have kids. To remedy the situation, the UN decides to send a team back in time to murder Einstein, hoping that without his research atomic bombs will never be invented.

Here is a link to its IMDB page.

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New York City's $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub is finally open to the public — take a look inside

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Nearly 15 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is now partially open to the public. It serves as a connection between New Jersey's Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) trains and New York City's subways, and is right next to One World Trade Center.

The design for the station was first revealed in 2004. It was projected to take five years and only $2.2 billion to complete, but after 12 years and many complications, $2.2 billion turned into $4 billion, making the Transportation Hub the most expensive train station ever. Though the main part of the station that connects to the PATH trains — known as the Oculus — will now be open, other parts, such as the retail space, are still under construction.

Take a look inside the $4 billion hub:

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The transportation hub has connections to 11 New York City subway lines and the underground PATH trains that connect New York and New Jersey.



The hub was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, who has worked on buildings in Spain, Switzerland, and Canada. He is currently designing St. Nicholas Church in Liberty Park, another building that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.



The Port Authority gave Calatrava the green light to start building the hub in 2005. The exterior is unique, with a wing-like rib structure meant to resemble a bird taking flight. The first pieces of the ribs were installed in 2008, a year before the original projected opening.



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No one wants to buy Celine Dion's lavish Florida mansion, which has gotten $27 million in price chops since 2013

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Celine Dion has slashed the price of her gorgeous property on Florida's exclusive Jupiter Island yet again.

Down from an original ask of $72.5 million, the price now stands at $45.5 million after a series of price chops over the three years it has sat on the market unsold, according to The Real Deal.

The home, which is now listed by Fenton Lang Bruner and Associates, was custom-built and designed by Celine Dion herself.

She and her late husband Reneé Angélil bought the lot in 2005 for $12.5 million and the adjacent mansion in 2008 for $7 million, The Wall Street Journal reported. They then razed the existing home to build the current spread.

The 5.5-acre property has views of the Atlantic Ocean, a four-bedroom guesthouse, a simulated golf range, pool house, and three separate pools.

The main residence alone measures close to 10,000 square feet, with five bedrooms and a custom-designed walk-in closet with an automated rack for clothing and automated carousel for shoes.

Megan Willett wrote an earlier version of this report.

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Welcome to Celine Dion's 5.5-acre compound on Jupiter Island in Florida.



The singer is selling the property for $45.5 million.

Source: Sotheby's International Realty



She and her late husband custom-designed the property themselves after buying two lots and razing one of the existing homes.



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5 places where you'll actually find Wall Street eating lunch

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Gone are the days of three martini lunches and afternoon steak and potatoes on Wall Street, but it's not at all because the market is in chaos.

People weren't eating steak lunches right before the lean times 2008 either.

In fact, to capture a group of guys in suspenders gorging themselves at Delmonico's Steakhouse before 2:00 pm you would have to time travel back to the 1980s.

These days, as our friend Josh Brown of the Reformed Broker pointed out, Wall Street is leaner and meaner, and the market is nastier and faster. Trades happen faster than the blink of an eye — there's no time for sluggishness.

So when Wall Street (which is actually in Midtown) goes to lunch, they do it a hop, skip and jump from their desks. They also eat things that won't make them feel like passing out afterwards.

Note: We would like to differentiate, for our readers, the difference between a trader's schedule and a banker's/investor's schedule. Traders hang on the market's every whim. They do not sit down and enjoy a luxurious lunch. That would be suicide.

Bankers and investors, though, they get to relax for an hour or so. These are the people you might find out enjoying a nice piece of fresh fish or a roll.

We know, not that sexy.

 

Milos

Milos is the undisputed heavy-weight champion of Wall Street lunch.

Both it and Limani both have amazing lunch pre fix menus. You'll spend an arm and a leg for a piece of loup de mer at these restaurants at night, but during the day they're totally affordable.



Nobu

As one Wall Streeter told us... "Nobu, always." 

Specifically, Nobu 57, which is in Midtown.

 



Zuma

A lot of the lunch game on Wall Street is about location, location, location.

That is why Zuma, a relative newcomer, has done so very well. At night it's something of a hot spot, too, which Wall Streeter's are all about.



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The fudgy brownies that go in your Ben & Jerry's ice cream are made by reformed convicts

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The brownies that you find in Ben & Jerry's ice cream are made at Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, NY. The most interesting part about this bakery: it hires people without conducting background checks.

Story by Sarah Schmalbruch and editing by Ben Nigh

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The best bar in every state

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America is home to some incredible drinking spots. 

We teamed up with Foursquare, the city-guide app for discovering new places, to put together a list of the top-rated bars in each state and Washington, DC, based on user ratings on the app.

The list ranges from upscale cocktail bars to wine joints to craft beer bars. From Seattle's Canon, where you can enjoy beer and bacon-infused bourbon, to Topgolf in Virginia, where you can golf and drink all at once, here are 51 top-notch bars to check out across America.

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ALABAMA: Parkside Café

4036 Fifth Ave. S., Birmingham

This hip spot in Birmingham draws in everyone from young professionals to musicians. It has a large garden and patio area, complete with picnic tables, a gazebo, and seating for groups.

Inside, decor includes Chinese lanterns swinging from the ceilings. The bar is ideal for those looking for beer and standard drinks made with spirits and mixers.



ALASKA: Bear Tooth Grill

1230 W. 27th Ave., Anchorage

At the Bear Tooth Grill, house beers range from Hard Apple Ale, a brew with a spicy complexity and apple flavor, to Pipeline Stout, a full-bodied brew with chocolate malts and spicy hops.

It also offers half-gallon growlers that you can either purchase or refill, and a full bar serving drinks and wines by the glass.



ARIZONA: Postino Winecafé

3939 E. Campbell Ave. at 40th Street, Phoenix

The wine bar is built within a 1950s-era post office and features hand-carved wood features, communal dining spaces, and a candlelit patio.

Combine this with premiere wines and impeccable food made with local ingredients, and you've got your new favorite drinking spot.



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This $60 Japanese watch is the best value out there — here's why

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When someone asks me what to buy for a starter automatic watch, my answer is always the same: the Seiko 5.

Why? Because, price per quality, it's one of the best watches you can buy. Period.

It's not only one of the cheapest automatics out there, it also comes with an in-house movement developed by Seiko: the 7S26.

Horological experts praise this movement for its reliability and for the price — a better one is impossible to find. Watch aficionado blog Hodinkee says the movement has been known to run for "decades without complaint."

It also includes Seiko's "magic lever" technology, which increases the effectiveness of winding.

For comparison, most automatic watches at this price point (if you can even find them) house cheap Chinese knockoff movements.

It's also steeped in horological history. When the 5 stepped onto the scene in 1963, it was revolutionary. Seiko set out to build a watch with five attributes, from which the watch gets its name: a self-winding automatic, resistant to water, day-date in a single window, a recessed crown, and a durable case.

Over 50 years later, the watch is still a favorite of those looking for the perfect intersection of reliability, style, and price.

It's also quite a handsome watch, if subjective appreciation has any merit here. The 5 is actually a range of watches with slightly different movements and styles, including the military, pilot style pictured above, but also dressier versions, and even a diving watch.

seiko 5

There are three main drawbacks of the 5:

  •  First, you can't manually wind the movement even if you wanted to. However, as Hodinkee notes, many watches that cost much, much more are also unable to manual wind.
  • Second — and this is the annoying one for me — the watch has a pretty small power reserve. Often, the watch will even die overnight, and if I don't wear it all day every day, it reliably dies. My other watches, which have 40-hour power reserves, are a little easier to wear, because I don't need to worry about setting them if I've worn them within the nearly two days of the reserve.
  • Thirdly, the straps that come with the 5 are god-awful. As you can see in the picture above, I've swapped out the hideous canvas strap that came with the pilot version for a NATO strap, which are cheap and pretty easy to come by.

For the price, however, there's no way to go wrong with the Seiko 5.

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The 50 most elite boarding schools in America

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Attending an elite boarding school sets students up for lifelong success. It can open doors to prominent colleges, place students in a powerful alumni network, provide a top-notch education, and create lifelong friends.

Prestige is derived from more than just strong academics, though, so to determine the most elite boarding schools in America, we looked at the size of a school's endowment, how selective it is based on its acceptance rate, and the average SAT score its students earn. To rank the schools, each metric was weighted equally.

Because of the scope of the list, we relied primarily on data from BoardingSchoolReview.com, a website that collects information on boarding schools directly from the institutions. Gaps in the data were confirmed with individual schools or taken from Niche, another organization that researches and compiles information on schools.

For the second year in a row, Phillips Exeter Academy earned the No. 1 spot on the list. Best known for pioneering the Harkness teaching method — a seminar-style class setting where the teacher and students sit around a table and freely discuss subjects — the school is highly selective with a 19% acceptance rate and touts an endowment of $1.15 billion, which is more than most colleges.

Read on to see the rest of the 50 most elite boarding schools in America.

Additional reporting by Andy Kiersz.

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50. St. Anne's-Belfield School

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Endowment: $32 million

Acceptance rate: 35%

Enrollment:886

Though only 17% of ninth- to 12th-grade students live at St. Anne's-Belfield School, boarders are essential to the school's diversity and inclusivity commitment. St. Anne's-Belfield is also deeply interested in reducing the gender gap in computer-science-related disciplines by mandating technology education courses for all K-12 students, with an emphasis on college prep for the upper school.



49. Shattuck-St. Mary's School

Location: Faribault, Minnesota

Endowment: $25 million

Acceptance rate: 36%

Enrollment:472

Shattuck-St. Mary's School takes a unique approach to education with programs that allow students to learn at their own pace. As part of the school's new ScholarShift program, 11th- and 12th-graders take blended classes that officially meet only twice a week, leaving time for students to speak one-on-one with instructors and pursue outside projects. For such projects, students can use the school's weCreate space, which features studios for video editing, music recording, fashion design, and more.



48. Indian Springs School

Location: Indian Springs, Alabama

Endowment: $12 million

Acceptance rate: 52%

Enrollment:299

Inspired by the motto "learning through living," Indian Springs School takes education outside of the classroom. For instance, the student government is set up like a small town with a mayor and six commissioners and weekly town meetings, placing decision-making power in the hands of the students. The Indian Springs campus is 15 miles from Birmingham, Alabama's biggest city, and its surrounding mountains, spring lake, and state park give students the chance to further explore outside a traditional academic setting.



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These collectible kids' cars will be selling for thousands of dollars at auction

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1953 Giordani Ferrari Grand Prix Car $2,000 - $3,000

Real cars aren't the only thing to feature at this year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, one of the country's premier collector car events.

Among some of the finest automobiles in the world, memorabilia, posters, and toys all connected with car culture shine.

This year the Bonhams Auction house will sell a collection of antique pedal cars that are certainly a more affordable option than, say, examples from comedian Jerry Seinfeld's Porsche collection.

Take a look at this list of ways your toddler could ride in classic style.

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Curtiss Hawk airplane $2,800 - $3,500



1958 Atomic Missile $1,500 - $2,500



1937 Auburn Pedal Car by Steelcraft $2,500 - $3,500



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INSIDER is hiring a video intern

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Business Insider is hiring an video intern for INSIDER, a new publication that delivers stories to readers across digital platforms.

The role includes editing short and insightful videos across a range of subjects, including viral news, human interest, pop culture, food, travel, design, and more.

Video interns work closely with INSIDER's reporters and editors to produce stories for a wide, general audience across the web and various social media platforms.

Candidates should know how to edit on Adobe Premiere and how to use Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, various types of audio and digital video equipment including Canon and Sony cameras, and how to shoot awesome video with their smartphones.

Our interns are an integral part of our team, and many of our current producers, writers, and editors started in our internship program. We seek out self-starters and people who are enthusiastic about collaborating with reporters, fellow producers, social media editors, and other team members.

At INSIDER, our motto is "Life is an adventure." We tell stories for, about, and by people who seize life. That means they love to travel, try new foods, listen new music, fight for what’s right, and admire people who do the same. INSIDER is distributed across social media, including FacebookTwitterInstagram, Snapchat, and YouTube, as well as on the web.

This internship position is at our Flatiron headquarters in New York City. The internship will run for six months, and interns are encouraged to work full-time (40 hours a week) if their schedule allows.

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How to buy a blazer that will never go out of style

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Gentlemen, we know what you want.

You want to buy an item of clothing and have to never buy it again. You want to buy something timeless.

In that spirit, we're going to start teaching you how to identify the classics.

We'll start with a piece of clothing every man needs to have in his closet — a blazer.

A few things before we go point by point. The classic blazer is navy in wool or cashmere, with high-contrast buttons (think gold or silver).

It is not a sport coat, which is less formal and usually in a tweed or some other pattern. Historically, blazers were used for sailing and tailored closer to the body, while sport coats were used for hunting and were cut more loosely.

Now that you have the context, for tips on how to buy a blazer that will always look fresh, we turned to stylist Jessica Cadmus of the Wardrobe Whisperer.

"There's a lot of emphasis on gender fluidity in fashion right now," Cadmus said, "but despite the fusion of women's and men's clothing, every woman I know still likes to see a man in structured, traditionally masculine garments like blazers. Experimentation with fashion is great, but stock your closet with the basics. To quote the Dalai Lama, 'Know the rules well so you can break them effectively.'"  

The tips:

  • When in doubt, go classic. In terms of color, this means navy blue. In terms of lapel, go notch. In terms of cut, go two-button (versus double-breasted or three-button)
  • Concentrate on fit. The shoulders are critical — the shoulder seam should not extend beyond the end of your own shoulder. If you are between two sizes, go with the smaller. Natural fabrics have inherent "give," which means that once you begin wearing them, the fibers will loosen and the garment will "grow" by 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and conform to your body
  • If the torso looks boxy, ask your tailor to shape the body. Basically you should not be able to fit anything bigger than a baseball into the chest area when the jacket is buttoned.
  • Make sure that 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of shirt cuff extends from the cuff of your jacket
  • Vents are your choice (single or double) but the double vent is flattering on more body types
  • Make sure the width of the lapel is moderate in size; too skinny or two wide will give away the year you bought it. Similarly, make sure the notch isn't placed too high — it should more or less line up with the shoulders or slightly below.
  • The bottom of your jacket should fall roughly at the same place as your cuffs when you are standing with your arms resting at your sides. If you are 6-foot-2 or over, you can select a jacket that covers more of your backside. If you are 5-foot-6 or shorter, choose a jacket on the shorter side. This will extend your form. 

It's all about how it fits, people. Make sure it's right, and for the love of God go see your tailor.

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This app wants to solve the most annoying part about traveling internationally

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Large crowds, long waits, endless paperwork — renewing a passport can be a hassle. A new app called ItsEasy wants to help you avoid that whole process by letting you renew it from your phone.

It was launched this month by David Alwadish, who has been expediting and renewing passports for over 35 years through his government-verified company, ItsEasy.com.

"My mantra is that time is money," Alwadish told Business Insider. "People value their time and the ability to not have to run around."

Once users download the free app, they are taken to a homepage, where they have the option to select renewing a passport.

ItsEasy App Screenshot homepage

Once you enter in your information, the app will check to make sure your passport qualifies and is ready to be renewed.

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You'll be asked to indicate how soon you need the renewed passport: within the standard time of under six weeks or an expedited passport within three weeks.

A printable renewal form, a trackable US Postal Service priority-shipping label, and instructions are sent by email, along with guidelines on how to take passport photos on a phone.

The app can size faces to the correct dimensions, but applicants will need to ensure that they are in front of a blank white background.

itseasy photo screenshot

Next, you'll mail the filled-out form and your old passport to the company, which will personally deliver it to the agency within hours of it coming through.

The app has a service fee of $29.95 for standard and expedited passports, which calculates in the costs of taking passport photos and shipping applications.

The service fee is paid in addition to the standard price of passports: $110 for a regular and $170 for an expedited, with a trackable air bill sent to the company once the payment is made.

When the passport is ready, the government will mail it to you directly.

The app also offers instructions and embassy contacts in case you lose your passport abroad, lists destinations where you'll need a visa, and reminds you nine months before your passport expires.

It's currently available for iPhones and is expected to become available for Android phones next month.

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Former Lumber Liquidators CEO Thomas Sullivan is selling a Miami home that was once owned by a Saudi prince

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16 Palm Ave Miami Beach FL

Built in the 1930s, this Mediterranean-style villa in Miami — now on the market for $25 million — is filled with quirky design details. It also has an unusual history of owners. 

The six-bedroom, 9,000-square-foot home on the artificial Palm Island has views over Biscayne Bay and an impressive 225 feet of private waterfront.

The current owner is Thomas Sullivan, founder and former CEO of Lumber Liquidators, the embattled wooden-flooring company.

Sullivan is also an investor in clean-energy technology and a Democratic supporter. He is known to have hosted President Obama for an event at this property in 2013, reports the South Florida Business Journal.

"When you are this close to the water you have to be concerned about climate change and rising sea level,” Sullivan has said.

Previously, the villa was the property of Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Faisal Bin Turki Bin Abdulaziz, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Besides its stunning oceanside pool, you'll also find a putting green, bocce court, and home theater inside. It's now listed with Dora Puig of Luxe Living Realty.

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The six-bedroom home occupies an enviable waterfront lot on man-made Palm Island.



It's fronted by plenty of greenery and has custom-made Italian marble fountains.



The Olympic-size negative-edge pool is covered in dark blue mosaic tiles.



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