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A 2-in-1 mansion belonging to a former World Bank vice president is back on the market for $8 million


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A Washington, DC, mansion belonging to Moeen Qureshi — former interim Prime Minister of Pakistan and a former vice president of the World Bank — is back on the market.

The home, which Qureshi originally purchased as two separate properties and combined into one, has been on and off the market at various listing prices for years. This time, it's listing for $8 million.

It has eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half-baths, in addition to staff quarters that house another three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

In addition to his work with the World Bank, Qureshi also co-founded private-equity firm EMP Global and served in various leadership roles in the International Monetary Fund over a span of 10 years. 

Stewart Coleman, Edward Poutier, Amanda Mitchell, and Douglas Blocker of Coldwell Banker have the listing. 

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The Mediterranean-style home is situated on a half-acre lot not far from Embassy Row in Washington, DC.

The S-shaped staircase, marble floors, and chandeliers make for a dramatic entrance.

The 11,478-square-foot home was built in 1927 and renovated in 2001.

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Overdoses from legal drugs are exploding — here's what they do to your brain and body


Despite being legal with a doctor's prescription, opioid painkillers can come with serious health risks.

The drugs belong to a larger class of drugs known as opioids, which includes legal, lab-produced drugs like oxycodone, fentanyl, and morphine as well as illegal drugs like heroin. Since they slow breathing and act on the same brain systems as heroin, opioid painkillers carry serious risks, from overdose to, in rarer cases, addiction.

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14 stunning aerial photos of beaches around the world


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Every beach has something that sets it apart.

Photographer Gray Malin knows this firsthand. For his latest book, "Beaches", Malin spent hours hanging out of helicopters to take awe-inspiring photos of beach scenes all around the world.

"I have always loved geometry and am attracted to repetition, shape, and form," Malin told Business Insider. "For me, the beach is a blank canvas made of interesting objects that, with careful eye, can be framed to make beautiful art." 

Malin ended up traveling to 10 different countries, including Brazil, Australia, Spain, and South Africa. Ahead, see some of the stunning aerial photos he captured for his new book. 

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Malin traveled to ​20 cities, 10 countries, and six continents to capture these gorgeous images.

Malin's passion for aerial photography was born in 2011, when he was struck by inspiration while overlooking a huge swimming pool from a hotel balcony. He was instantly inspired by the colorful scenes, splashing swimmers, and geometric patterns that he saw.

Rather than taking these interesting shots using a drone, Malin photographed each one from a doorless helicopter.

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This heart-wrenching blog collects the last messages people receive from their loved ones


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When you are communicating with someone electronically and lose touch, that moment is often crystallized by your phone's memory. The last message sits there, waiting, until the next time you decide to make contact — if you ever do. This can be particularly heartbreaking when someone leaves your life. 

Late last year, Emily Trunko, a teenager from a small town in Ohio, started a blog called "The Last Message Received." The aim was to show these final messages. In the blog's first few weeks, Trunko told The New York Times she received over 2,500 submissions from anonymous strangers.

The posts that appear on the "The Last Message Received" show the final messages before things like breakups, accidents, and suicides. They are a gut-wrenching reminder that time has a cruel way of slipping away when we least expect it.

Here are some of the most poignant examples:




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A genetics test told me how to eat and work out based on my DNA — here's what I learned



I've shipped my spit to a lot of companies, like family-heritage site AncestryDNA and personal-genetics company 23andMe.

All that information I got from those tests was just the beginning. More recently, I wanted to take my genes a step further.

Pathway Genomics, which has been around since 2008, offers tests that cover everything from liquid biopsies (tests that look for circulating tumor cells in the blood) to tests that tell you how your body will interact with a certain medication.

One of its most popular tests, called Fit, takes a look at a subset of genes to give you a snapshot of how your body might respond to food and exercise based on your genetic makeup.

At $599, it's not the cheapest test out there, but I felt like this test was sometimes reading my mind:

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Soon after I ordered the test online, Pathway's shiny silver box arrived at the office.

Inside, I found a standard spit-collection kit, a bag to put it in, and a set of instructions and paperwork.

Like any other spit-based DNA test, Pathway's had me muster up a lot of spit. (My new trick: I picture eating sour foods, which make me salivate like crazy).

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How the Japanese diet became associated with a healthy lifestyle


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From the perspective of almost everyone else in the world, the Japanese have an enviable relationship with food.

Japanese cuisine — with its focus on fresh vegetables, even fresher fish, delicate soups, and exquisitely presented rice dishes — has a global reputation for healthfulness.

In China, many women regard eating “Japanese food” as the secret to health and beauty.

 The Japanese must be doing something right, given that they live longer, on average, than people from any other nation.

For a rich nation, Japan has remarkably little obesity. Figures from 2013 suggested that just 3.3% of Japanese women were obese, compared with 20.9% of women in Poland, 33.9% of women in the United States, and 48.4% of women in Egypt.

It’s easy to look at Japan and think that there must be something essential in the culture that makes the nation eat so well. But there was nothing inevitable or innate in the Japanese spirit that gave them their near-ideal diet. The Japanese only really started eating what we think of as Japanese food in the years after World War II. 

In the 1950s, as the national income doubled, people migrated from the land to tiny city apartments. Everyone aspired to buy the “three sacred treasures”: a TV, a washing machine, and a fridge.

With new money came new ingredients, and the national diet shifted from carbohydrate to protein. As the Japanese food historian Naomiche Ishige has explained, once levels of food consumption rose again to prewar levels, “it became clear that the Japanese were not returning to the dietary pattern of the past, but were rather in the process of creating new eating habits.”

In 1955 the average person in Japan ate just 3.4 eggs and 1.1 kilogram (2.4 pounds) of meat a year, but 110.7 kilograms (244 pounds) of rice; by 1978, rice consumption had markedly decrease, to 81 kilograms (178.6 pounds) per capita, while people were now eating 14.9 eggs and 8.7 kilograms (19.2 pounds) of pork alone, not to mention beef, chicken, and fish. But this wasn’t just about Japan moving from privation to plenty.

More than anything else, it was a shift from dislike to like. Where once it was seen as extravagant in Japan to serve more than one or two dishes to accompany the evening’s rice, now — thanks to the new affluence — it was becoming common to serve three or more dishes, plus rice, soup, and pickles. Newspapers published recipe columns for the first time, and after centuries of silence at the table, the Japanese started to talk with great discernment about food.


They embraced foreign recipes, such as Korean barbecue, Western breaded prawns, and Chinese stir-fries, and made them so much their own that when foreigners came to Japan and tasted them, it seemed to be “Japanese food.” When Japanese cooks encountered new Western foods, they did not adopt them wholesale, but adapted them to fit with traditional Japanese ideas about portion size and how a meal should be structured. When an omelet was served, for example, it probably did not have fried potatoes on the side as it might in the West, but the miso soup, vegetables, and rice. At last, Japan had started eating the way we expect them to: choosily, pleasurable, and healthily.


The food scholar Elizabeth Rozin has spoken of the “flavor principles” that flow through national cuisine, often changing very little for centuries, such as “onions, lard and paprika” in Hungary or “peanuts, peppers and tomatoes” in West Africa. “It would be unlikely,” Rozin writes, “for a Chinese person to season his noodles with sour cream and dill as it would be for a Swede to flavor his herring with soy sauce and ginger root.” Yet Japan shows that such unlikely things do happen. Flavor principles changes. Diets change. And the people eating these diets also change.

It turns out that wherever they are from, people are capable of altering not just what they eat, but also what they want to eat, and their behavior when eating it. It is startling that Japan, a country whose “flavor principles” include little spice except ginger, should fall in love with katsu curry sauce made with cumin, garlic, and chili.

A country where people once ate meals in silence has shifted to one where food is obsessively discusses and noodles are loudly slurped to increase the enjoyment. So perhaps the real question should be: If the Japanese can change, why can’t we?

Adapted excerpt from First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson. Copyright © 2015. Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, a division of PBG Publishing, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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How actor, tech entrepreneur, and 'Shark Tank' investor Ashton Kutcher spends his millions


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Ashton Kutcher wears many hats.

If you know him primarily from films and television, including "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "That '70s Show," it may surprise you to hear that the 38-year-old actor has also become an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and successful venture capitalist in the tech space. He has even appeared on ABC's "Shark Tank."

Read on to see what else the successful former star of the MTV prank show "Punk'd" is up to — and what he's doing with his millions.

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Born in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1978 — minutes ahead of his fraternal twin, Michael — Kutcher comes from humble beginnings. His parents, Larry and Diane, were both factory workers and raised their three kids on a farm.

Source: Biography.com

Kutcher started earning and saving from a young age. His odd jobs included mowing lawns and roofing as well as skinning deer at a meat locker and baling hay. "When I was 13, I saved $1,400 for a snowmobile," he tells Grow. "I worked after school and on weekends for one and a half years, and put every cent into a savings account."

Source: Grow

Kutcher continued working a variety of jobs to pay his tuition at the University of Iowa, where he enrolled in 1997 and planned to major in biochemical engineering. He dropped out and ended up going the modeling and acting route, but his interest in science and technology would resurface years later when he started investing in tech companies.

Source: TechCrunch and Biography.com

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Jimmy Kimmel lost a ton of weight on this radical diet


Growing up in a big Italian family, Jimmy Kimmel says he has always struggled with portion control.

By 2010, Kimmel's 6'1 physique had ballooned to 208 pounds, and he wasn't happy.

The late night host decided to take control by going on an extreme diet called 5:2. Essentially, he gets to eat whatever he wants five days a week, but must eat less than 500 calories for the remaining two days.

"Something I've been doing for a couple of years now is starving myself two days a week," Kimmel recently revealed to Men's Journal. "On Monday and Thursday, I eat fewer than 500 calories a day, then I eat like a pig for the other five days. You 'surprise' the body, keep it guessing."

"On fasting days I'm pretty unpleasant to be around," Kimmel admitted to the magazine. "I mostly just drink coffee and eat pickles endlessly. For 'meals' I'll have some peanut butter and an apple, or the whites of hard-boiled eggs, or if I'm really hungry, a bowl of oatmeal. The rest of the week I'm a glutton — pizza and pasta and steak."

While some professionals like Dr. Oz dispute the diet, it has worked for Kimmel. The 48-year-old lost over 25 pounds, and now maintains a weight of around 182 pounds.

Just don't ask Kimmel about his exercise routine because it's pretty nonexistent: "I just hate it," he told Men's Journal.

Story by Aly Weisman and editing by Kristen Griffin

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The one rule all men need to follow if they're going to wear a bow tie


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Menswear expert G. Bruce Boyer is a fan of bow ties. He's not such a fan of pre-tied, clip-on bow ties, however.

"You can tie a bow tie," Boyer writes in "True Style: The History & Principles of Classic Menswear". "If I hear another grown man say he can't, I'll shoot myself."

Boyer has no patience for men who claim they can't figure out how to tie a bow. If you're going to wear a bow tie, it simply needs to be one that you tied yourself.

You can always identify a pre-tied bow tie by the fact that it's just a little too studied. Perfectly straight, perfectly symmetrical, and perfectly balanced. Just like plastic surgery, clip-on bow ties just look too perfect to be real. Boyer says it is one of the most obvious signs that you're a style amateur.

Many men wear these pre-tied bow ties because they feel they can't tie a perfect bow tie, or that they don't know how to. That misses the point. 

"You tie bows all day long," Boyer writes. "A bow tie is simply a bow that happens to be tied at the throat."

Bow ties are supposed to be imperfect and worn with a little bit of what Boyer calls "sprezzatura", a disheveled elegance by way of studied carelessness. 

"Perfect symmetry is not a goal worth pursuing here," Boyer writes.

Though Boyer provides no help when it comes to actually tying a bow tie (he says that not knowing how to tie a bow tie is childish, which is fair), we'll throw you a bone. The steps are pretty simple:

You won't get it right the first time. That's fine. Just practice until you get a bow you like.

The most important thing to do after a bow tie is tied? Leave it alone. If you re-tie it in the middle of the day, people will notice, and that's just not a conversation you want to have.

"Fix it and forget it," Boyer writes.

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