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Take a rare look at the mesmerizing designs of Iran's mosques


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Due to the political difficulties of traveling to Iran, most Americans have never had the opportunity to travel to the country and experience its amazing cultural history. 

While nothing can compare to seeing Iran's architectural beauties in person, Iranian photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji provides the next best thing. Through his photographs, Ganji explores the sunning patterns and marvels of some of Iran's most amazing mosques. 

We have shown our favorites below. 

The following photos are republished with permission from Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji.

SEE ALSO: 14 things you should know before traveling to Iran

The Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque stands on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619.

A view of the lights, columns, and colors in the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz.

The Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is also known as the Pink Mosque.

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This 11-year-old can do some of the craziest yoga poses you’ll ever see


Rishabh Jha, 11, has mastered 1000s of yoga poses. After winning dozens of competitions, and doing a stint on "India's Got Talent," he is on his way to becoming the most flexible boy alive.

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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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3 lessons any guy can take away from Chris Pratt's jeans at the MTV Movie Awards


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Chris Pratt, we loved you in "Jurassic World." However, we cannot abide by your taste in denim.

The star appeared on the red carpet for the MTV Movie Awards Sunday wearing what could only be described as blue-on-blue — a blue leather jacket on top of a pair of ill-advised jeans.

While we approve of the jacket's Star-Lord-like qualities, it's just too close to the color of the jeans for comfort.

The jeans themselves need to be thrown out and started over from scratch. 

Here's why they don't work:

  • Fake fading is very '00s. For jeans, we either recommend a pair of plain dark denim or a very light wash. These jeans have a fake fade near the crotch area that provides unsightly lines that don't look anywhere near naturally faded. Pratt should have gone with a dark denim that not only would have looked better and more formal in a red carpet setting, but would have provided more contrast to his brighter blue top as well.
  • They're too long and wide at the bottom. The jeans are just too long for Pratt's legs! They bunch weirdly at the bottom and flare out, indicating that they are too long. Still, the leg opening wouldn't be flattering even if it was the right length. Pratt would have looked much better with a slimmer pair of tapered jeans that provided some shape to the transition from his legs to his shoes.
  • Pants need to provide some contrast with your top. Since Pratt's outfit is all blue, there's no contrast between his top block and his bottom half. It washes him out completely, and the eye simply glazes right over his entire outfit. A shame, because his jacket is actually really cool and could have been served much better with a slick pair of black jeans and some black boots.

Pratt went on to win the award for Best Action Performance for his role in "Jurassic World", but we're still happy for him — even if he isn't going to win any style awards.

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The 5 favorite hotels of wealthy people around the world


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Wealthy people from around the world apparently love staying at the swanky Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. At least, that's the case according to a new report from New World Weath, a ratings, surveys, and statistics provider that specializes in the global wealth sector. 

The report is based on interviews with 800 high-net-worth individuals. New World Wealth made use of its proprietary database of over 150,000 high-net-worth individuals from around the world to conduct the survey.

"The Bellagio is not really a name we expected, but a lot of the wealthy like going there," Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth, told CNBC News. In fact, of the top five hotels, it is the only one where an average double room can be procured for under $500 a night.

Amoils added that the survey was completely objective — although certain factors, like number of rooms and years of operation, give larger and more established hotels an advantage.

Read on to see the other favorite hotels of the super-rich.

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5. Raffles (Singapore)

The colonial-style Raffles Hotel, originally built at the end of the 19th century, is a classic Singapore establishment with 107 ornately furnished rooms. When Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Singapore in 2012, they opted to stay at this five-star hotel. 

Double rooms start at about $600 a night this spring.

4. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Antibes, France)

Originally a private mansion, this 1870 property is one of the French coast's most storied — and romantic — getaways. The idyllic Antibes hotel has been the destination of famous families like the Kennedys, political figures like Winston Churchill, and celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Today, it's a popular choice for movie stars during the Cannes Film Festival.

Double rooms start at about $625 a night this spring.


3. Mandarin Oriental (London, UK)

Located in London's posh Knightsbridge neighborhood — just across from the street from famed department store Harvey Nichols, and bordering expansive Hyde Park — the Mandarin Oriental's London outpost is a palatial hotel built in the Edwardian style, mixing old-school glamour with trendy design and amenities. With 169 rooms, it's widely considered London's best.

Double rooms start at about $570 a night this spring.

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A YouTuber shot a flamethrower 50 feet in the air and captured it in super slow motion


Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy are known to the world as the "Slow Mo Guys," with a following of over 7.6 million subscribers on YouTube. In this video, they film a flamethrower shooting flames 50 feet in the air, all in slow motion. 

Story and editing by David Fang

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There’s actually no clear-cut evidence that standing at your desk is better for your health than sitting


Sit-stand desks are all the rage in the office place. An analysis of 20 different studies concludes that they might not be so helpful after all.

Produced by Emmanuel Ocbazghi. Original reporting by Jessica Orwig.

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This couple quit their jobs to bike over 4,000 miles across the US on $6,000


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Kathleen Ventura, 31, started planning her bike ride across the US in 2011.

"We didn't even have bikes!" she remembers. "When we decided to rid, it started with micro actions — and first, we had to get bikes."

She and her husband Brock Delinski, 33, were living just outside Chicago at the time, her working as an account executive in sales at Groupon and him working as an operations supervisor for a waste-services company. They had their hearts set on an extended period of international, nomadic travel and figured a cross-country adventure, where they spoke the language and knew the currency, would be a good place to start.

Ultimately, they ended up biking over 4,200 miles in around five months. Ventura spoke with Business Insider to share the victories, challenges, and costs of traversing the US on a bike.

SEE ALSO: A couple who quit their jobs to spend 7 months traveling the world explain how they stretched $8,000 across 13 countries

The spring of 2012 was full of change for Ventura and Delinski: They got married in March, their Chicago lease was up in May, and they left for their marathon ride on June 7.

Before they set off, they spent a month living with Ventura's parents in order to stockpile a few paychecks' worth of savings. Between a year of saving and planning, selling their cars and furniture, and the last-minute influx of cash, they had about $50,000 saved for their bike trip and whatever came next.

Using maps from the Adventure Cycling Association, they plotted their way through the TransAmerica Trail, starting in Yorktown, Virginia and ending in Astoria, Oregon.

"When I say maps, I think people think I was on trails," Ventura says. "We were on streets and roads and in some cases, the interstate." The maps the nonprofit association provides describe not only the route, but also an elevation chart and notification about local cycling-friendly resources.

"They'll say in this town there's a grocery store, in this town there's fuel," Ventura says. "The route we took was the most established, so they could be like 'There's a grocery store in this town that lets cyclists camp in the backyard, or this church will let you use the kitchen and take a shower for a donation.' We were able to plan based on that."

"I felt like the whole thing was like a video game," Ventura remembers. "Every day was a new day with new challenges: dogs trying to bite you, headwinds trying to knock you over, 105 degrees."

They carried a small camping stove and most days would make ramen or other noodles along with some vegetables, for nutrients. Most nights, the pair would pitch a tent — in a campground out west, or in a church, or in a city park in a small town, where they were usually lucky enough to find outlets to plug in their phones.

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A restaurant in Brooklyn is serving Trinidad's most popular street food


According to Trinidad native Fallon Seymour, a trip to the country wouldn't be complete without trying one of its most popular street foods: a bake and shark sandwich.

Seymour serves an authentic bake and shark, along with other versions of the sandwich at her Brooklyn restaurant, Pearl's. 

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This fitness-focused dad created workout equipment that helps him exercise with his kids


Brent Kruithof started exercising at home instead of the gym because he was working long hours as an accountant. To maximize his workouts, he created the FLYUP, sliding resistance grips that aim to make working out at home more dynamic. Another pro? Kids love it, and Kruithof now gets to spend quality time with his family while working out.

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Why your white dress shirt yellows when you sweat — and how to fix it


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Any guy who wears white dress shirts is familiar what usually comes along with them: an inevitable fight with yellow stains around the armpit area.

But it doesn't have to to be that way. By understanding the phenomenon, we can prevent and battle it together.

The unsightly stains are not just a product of the sweat your body produces — it's actually a mix of your sweat and the aluminum in your anti-perspirant deodorant, according to cleaning expert Jolie Kerr.

Yes, the exact thing you're putting on to prevent these stains are exactly the culprit all along. Ain't that an M. Night Shyamalan for you?

Aluminum is actually the active ingredient that is supposed to prevent said sweating in your pits, but when it mixes with the protein in your sweat, it leaves a trail of yellow destruction in its wake on white fabric.

So what can you do to prevent this? Well, you could switch to using regular deodorant and not use anti-perspirant, though this may make some men a sweaty enough mess that it's not really an option. Trading yellow for constant wetness isn't a great solution. Kerr has lots of suggestions for how to prevent sweat without anti-perspirant, but most of them don't sound quick, easy, or practical.

So what can you do about your yellowed shirts? Looks like the easiest thing to do is to treat them after the fact. But as you probably already know, regular detergent isn't going to do anything with this particular stain. Kerr recommends throwing some OxiClean in the wash with your fresher pit stains, which should bring them back to as close to brand-new as you can get them.

If you can wash the shirt immediately, that's the best way to get rid of it. If you're too slow, it becomes much more difficult to treat, and you'll have to soak it with the solution in a bucket or sink for a while.

Other preventative measures include a Speed Stick that claims to not leave pit stains. Other more hirsute men may consider trimming their armpit hair, which can in turn reduce the development of wetness through the day and save your shirts. 

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A designer created a lamp that looks like a cube but is actually a sneaky illusion

Living in an unconventional home? We want to hear from you



Do you live in a tiny home?

What about a renovated school bus?

Maybe you live in a house boat?

Or did you take your family off the grid to live in a tree house in the middle of nowhere?

We're looking for people living in unconventional homes in the New York City area and beyond. Whether you've decided to go off the grid or renovate a unique space, we're interested. If this sounds like you, or if you know someone who cannot read this because they have disconnected from technology, we'd love to hear from you for an upcoming video series.

Email living@businessinsider.com with photos and a brief description of why you or they have decided to make this home sweet home. 

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'Help! I want to make the leap into management but don't have experience'


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Dear Insider, 

I'm a 31-year-old woman in the retail industry. I have been in an entry-level position at my company for four years. I have gotten positive feedback at my reviews and several raises when my company can offer them.

An assistant manager position recently opened up at my company. I really want to apply for the position, but it requires "previous management experience" of which I have none. In some ways I feel like I'm the ideal person for the position because I know the company inside and out. I'm ready for the challenge. (And to pay off my student loans!)

How can I convince my employer that I'm the right person for the promotion?

Ready To Be A Manager


Dear Ready,

It's great that you've set this goal to be a manager. Many people struggle with making it to the next level for this very reason: You need experience to get a job but need a job to get experience.

I recently had a friend come to me with a similar issue. She has been a teacher at the same school for years and wanted to apply when an assistant principal position came up. Despite a lack of "management" experience on her resume, she got the job! It can definitely happen if you take the right steps and market your skills. 

As a longtime employee, you're a good candidate for this job. You already know the company and team. Anyone external would be more of a gamble. 

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I'd start by making your interest clear as soon as possible. Tell your bosses that you are very interested in the position and plan to apply for it.

Ask for feedback on how you can gain the experience needed for this kind of position, either now or in the future. It's more likely they will help if you approach the topic from a humble place and make it clear you want their help.

Next, I'd make two lists: one of tasks the manager would do and another of what you do in your current job. Take note of any overlaps. 

Were you responsible for putting out a new floor set in the store? Do you fill in for your manager when she goes on vacation? Do you regularly assist suppliers with new shipments? These are all skills you could put on your resume when you apply.

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You should also envision how a manager would look and act. Maybe you start dressing up a little more for work. Take on more responsibility by volunteering for extra projects and hours. Offer feedback when someone is struggling with a problem.

Making the leap into management is a challenge. But if you market your skills and keep working hard, you will get there. 


Ashley Lutz is a senior editor at Business Insider answering all your questions about the workplace. Send your queries to asktheinsider@businessinsider.com for publication on Business Insider. Requests for anonymity will be granted, and questions may be edited.

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12 of the most impressive students at Harvard right now


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Counting household names like Sheryl Sandberg, Barack Obama, and Natalie Portman among its celebrated alumni, Harvard consistently remains one of the top colleges in the country.

But while the school continues to churn out impressive graduates, current students hold their own as well.

We tracked down 12 of Harvard's most remarkable undergraduates who go above and beyond, from developing new techniques for 3-D printing prosthetics to becoming an officer in the US Marines to promoting social activism through music.

Read on to meet 12 of the most impressive students at Harvard right now:

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Alex Yang designed a way to 3-D print customized prosthetics for under $5.

Class of 2017

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Major: Biomedical engineering

When Alex Yang gets frustrated, he doesn't just forget about it and move on — he finds a way to change things. One of Yang's biggest frustrations was the egregious cost of medical devices and prosthetics, especially in developing countries, which led him to develop an affordable method of manufacturing and fitting prosthetics for amputees.

Yang's method allows doctors to use any camera — including mobile phones — to capture about 100 photos of an amputee's residual limb, which are then stitched together to create a model. His software builds a socket that fits the limb, which can be 3-D printed in only a few hours for about $5 worth of materials.

Last summer, Yang took his design to Cambodia, which has the highest incidence of amputees per capita because of land mines, where he worked in a clinic fitting patients with prosthetics.

"To put things into perspective, it was taking clinicians in Cambodia several weeks to make a poorly fitting prosthetic," he says.

Yang also wants to make affordable technology available in classrooms. He won the 2015 Deutsche Bank Challenge for Klay, a low-cost education platform launched in Peru where children learn basic quantitative, deductive reasoning, and STEM skills through Play-Doh "games."

Yang's still got another year of school ahead of him, but after Harvard he hopes to commercialize some of the medical devices he's designed. Beyond that, he plans to earn a combined MD/MBA and put it to use redesigning medical technology.

Carolyn Pushaw will be an officer for the US Marines.

Class of 2016

Hometown: Malibu, California

Major: Human evolutionary biology

Carolyn Pushaw not only challenges herself academically at Harvard, but as a newly minted US Marine, she knows how to push herself physically and mentally as well.

Pushaw started in the US Navy ROTC her freshman year, but after observing the motivation and camaraderie of the Marines during a summer training session, she knew she wanted to switch. After years of early-morning workouts, late nights in the field, and weekends spent training — in addition to keeping up with a full course load — Pushaw got the chance to complete Officer Candidates School last summer. Described as "more demanding than any [training] you've experienced before," it prepares its graduates to enter the Marines as officers.

When she's not studying or training, Pushaw works as an EMT-Basic with CrimsonEMS, a volunteer group. She also participated in Harvard College in Asia, a cultural exchange program in which she hosted a Thai student at Harvard for a week and then spent a week in Bangkok.

Upon graduation in May, Pushaw will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines. She'll spend six months at The Basic School for officer training, followed by up to two years of flight school in Florida before serving as a Marine for at least six years.

"I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to serve my country and hopefully make a positive difference in the lives of the Marines I will lead," she says.

Harriet Kariuki provides Kenyan children with the supplies they need to succeed in school.

Class of 2016

Hometown:Kerugoya, Kenya

Major: Government

Growing up in Kenya, Harriet Kariuki had never even heard of Harvard before she applied. Neither of her parents went to high school, and she faced a choice: to work on the family tea farm or finish her education.

Kariuki chose the latter. But she never forgot the effort it took to get her there, including siphoning ink from a friend's pen so she could finish her schoolwork when she ran out of supplies. Her experiences inspired her to start Pens4Dreams alongside her roommate, Viona Shina Leboo. An outgrowth of her photography business, Kariuki Photography, Pens4Dreams provides school supplies to students in need in over 300 primary schools in Kenya. All the proceeds she earns from her photography go toward the initiative as well.

"These pens are not just pens but a source of motivation and something they can hold on to every time they lose hope in their pursuit to achieve their dreams," she says.

Harvard also sparked Kariuki's interest in language and travel. She currently speaks five languages — Korean, Japanese, Swahili, Kikuyu, and English — and has studied abroad in Japan, Korea, and China.

After graduation, Kariuki will head back to China to pursue a master's in public policy and international relations at Peking University through the Yenching fellowship, with a focus on Sino-African relations. In the long term, she eventually wants to return to Kenya and change it for the better.

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