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47 years ago today, 400,000 people showed up to a New York farm for the greatest music festival of all time


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This August marks the 47th anniversary of the famed Woodstock Music and Art Festival, which took place on Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York.

Every notable musician of the time, from Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin, played during the three-day festival. Even with 400,000 attendees, zero reports of violence were made to the police during or after the festival, and with two babies reportedly born on the premises, it certainly was a weekend of peace, love, and music.

Ahead, take a look at those who made it into the music festival's premises and became part of the renowned "Woodstock generation."

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When residents of Wallkill, New York, denied plans for Woodstock to occur near their town, farmer Max Yasgur came to the rescue, offering his land near Bethel at the price of $75,000.

Woodstock was created by the then-novice promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield, and Michael Lang. Originally, the four had hoped the festival would be a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near Woodstock, New York.

Tickets to the event cost $6.50 a day, and festival organizers told authorities they were expecting around 50,000 people, even when 186,000 tickets had already been sold.

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One company wants to turn all your windows into 'smart windows'


view smart windows glassEverything is "smart" these days. First it was phones and TVs, now it's watches, cars, and homes.

But what about windows?

View, a startup based in Milpitas, California, wants to change the world with its proprietary dynamic glass that can tint itself differently based on the user's preference, or automatically to match the sun's movement. It's as much about energy efficiency as it is about wellness.

Check it out.

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Most people use blinds and shades to keep sunlight at bay, but even those can still create awkward glare and uncomfortable levels of heat.

With View's dynamic glass, you can control and tint your windows from an app on your phone.

View's dynamic windows can also be programmed to adjust with the sun's movement.

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Delta pays a sommelier to pick wine for its flights — here’s her wine-tasting advice (DAL)


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The right glass of wine can make a huge difference on a meal. It can salvage a subpar meal or even make a good meal great. 

That's especially important when it comes to meals on a plane at 40,000 feet where the low air pressure and dry atmosphere can wreak havoc on your taste buds.

Every year, Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson is tasked with picking the selection of wines that will be served on board Delta Air Lines' flights. 

Last week, Robinson spoke with Business Insider about the art of wine selection on the ground and in the air. 

Robinson, a former analyst with Morgan Stanley, spent four days this month at Delta's global headquarters in Atlanta whittling down a field of roughly 1,400 bottles of wine to just 120 finalists.

Of these finalists, about 60 will make it on board Delta's flights next year, Robinson told us in an interview. 

However, the master sommelier keyed in on three things people could do to improve their wine drinking experience.

Temperature matters 

According to Robinson, who is one of just 23 female Master Sommeliers in the world, red wines are being served at too warm a temperature. This is because most people operate under the axiom that red wines should be served at room temperature. But at more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit, this is no longer the case. 

Delta wine"Room temperature might have been appropriate when people were in a cottage or a castle," she said. "But these days room temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and that's too warm."

Robinson believes that both reds and whites are at their best when slightly chilled.

Watch out for acidity

This one is important when picking a wine for your next flight.

"Lower air pressure depletes your ability to smell flavor while dryness prevents you from perceiving flavor and texture," Robinson said.

While it's good to aim for a wine with good flavor, it's important to avoid those that are too tangy and too heavy, she added. This is because, at altitude, wines with high acidity tend to taste way too sour to enjoy.

Instead, Robinson recommends opting for wines that are more tender on the palate. 

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It's the prep not the protein

Another common misconception held by most wine drinkers is that red wines are paired with red meat while white wines are paired with white meat.

According to Robinson, the constitution of the dish is more important than the protein served. In fact, the preparation process, the sauce, and the bed on which the protein is served should all be taken into consideration. For instance, a zesty lemon butter chicken is best served with a crisp white wine, but if that chicken dish features a heavy bed of legumes or mushrooms, then it's better had with a red wine. The same goes for fish. 

In fact, the Master Sommelier offers Delta's cabin crew a training video called "It's the prep not the protein". 

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8 of the craziest perks we've seen in luxury real estate listings



It turns out that convincing billionaires to invest millions in luxury real estate is not the easiest sell.

In big cities across the US, glass skyscrapers and sprawling spec homes that broke ground to fanfare just years ago are now standing with empty units left to sell. Some have said there has been a slower influx of foreign capital thanks to economic instability abroad. Meanwhile, stricter regulations on all-cash, anonymous real-estate purchases — a favorite of foreign investors — have been introduced, potentially throwing some cold water on the luxury real estate boom of recent years. 

As demand for multimillion-dollar properties has fallen in recent months, developers are leaning increasingly on flashy extras to attract buyers. Here, we've rounded up some of the most extravagant perks we've seen lately.

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New York City's most expensive condo is the penthouse at the Atelier condo building in Midtown Manhattan. The 10-bedroom, 13-bathroom condo, which takes up the entire 45th floor of the building, has been on and off the market for months. Though the penthouse is currently listed for $85 million, that price tag includes a number of extras, including two Rolls-Royce Phantoms and a $1 million yacht. Listing agent Daniel Neiditch of River 2 River Realty told Business Insider that he currently owns the cars and yacht, and will be signing over ownership once the purchase is complete. 

In a similar vein, a luxury home developed on spec by Douglas Elliman's Oren Alexander with his father, Shlomy Alexander, is priced at $36 million — or $43 million if you opt to buy some of the amenities on offer, which include a 1948 Jaguar XK120. The home, in Miami's ritzy Bal Harbour neighborhood, was designed by award-winning architect Chad Oppenheim, who most famously worked on director Michael Bay's mansion in Los Angeles.


The Alexanders' Bal Harbour home could also potentially come with a 55-foot VanDutch yacht, should the buyer choose to buy it. 

"Our main goals were to simply create the best lifestyle experience possible," architect Oppenheim told Business Insider of the spec home's design and amenities.

Private restaurants

Residents of New York City's 432 Park Avenue will get to have a five-star restaurant all to themselves. Helmed by noted chef Shaun Hergatt, the upcoming restaurant has yet to be named and will span an entire floor of the 96-story building, which is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Hergatt previously displayed his culinary skills at the Michelin-starred restaurant Juni, which closed in May. This time, though, his creations will only be available to those who already reside in the building.

In Miami, developers of forthcoming buildings at One Park Grove and Paraiso Bay partnered with local restaurateur Michael Schwartz to create residents-only restaurants and beach clubs. 

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7 recipe apps that will help you become a master cook



If you're new to cooking, preparing a gourmet meal can feel daunting.

But there are a ton of apps that can make that process easy, most of which are free.

Business Insider rounded up the best recipe apps available right now. Check out the list below:

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Paprika saves and organizes recipes, plans weekly menus, and creates shopping lists.

Paprika's chefs come up with the recipes on the app, which you can log and organize based on your tastes. Once you find a few you like, Paprika will help you plan weekly menus and create shopping lists based on the dishes you plan to cook. You can also access everything when you're offline, which is helpful if you want to bring your tablet to the store but don't have internet access.

Price: $4.99 for phone and tablet; $14.99 for desktop

Available on:iOS and Android

Yummly provides recipe recommendations based on your tastes.

When you open Yummly, you can search for recipes through specific filters like cuisine, taste, diet, allergy, and cook time. Most of the recipes on the app are aggregated from food blogs.

After you've used it for a while, Yummly's algorithm will remember the kinds of meals you like and recommend new recipes.

It also has an easy-to-navigate interface that's full of photos.

Price: Free

Available on:iOS and Android

Food Network In the Kitchen features recipes by celebrity chefs.

This app offers recipes by Food Network stars like Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay. It has tens of thousands of recipes, and new ones are added every month.

When you find a recipe you love, you can catalog it so you can easily find it later. Unlike most recipe apps, this one also lets you add your own notes and substitutions in recipes when you save them.

Price: Free

Available on:iOS and Android

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Here's how to make the national cocktail of Brazil — the caipirinha


Brazil's national cocktail, the caipirinha (kai-per-REEN-ya) is the perfect drink to cool down with this Olympic season.

For those who have never tried a caipirinha before, it tastes similar to a daiquiri, which is made with rum, sugar and lime. What sets the caipirinha apart is that it uses raw sugar as well as the Brazilian liquor, cachaça (ka-SHAH-suh). Cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice that tastes fresher and fruitier than rum.

Learn how to make this simple and refreshing drink below.


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Psychologists spent a month tracking the moods of 28,000 people, and what they did when they were the happiest surprised them



Indulging in a piece of chocolate cake. Meeting up with your best friends for drinks. Going for a hike in the wilderness.

We like doing things that feel good because, well, they feel good. It's something psychologists call the "hedonic principle." Basically, the principle goes, we try to do pleasurable things whenever possible and avoid un-pleasurable things whenever we can.

Given our pleasure-seeking track record, it's pretty remarkable that any of us actually gets anything done.

So remarkable, in fact, that social scientists have hotlydebated the question for decades. After all, if all we want to do is enjoy ourselves, how do we commit to mind-numbing chores like doing the laundry, or challenging tasks like finishing a work project?

More importantly, if all we seek is pleasure, then why do some of us spend such a large proportion of our lives unhappy?

A new study published August 15 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences takes a pretty big step toward answering it.

The researchers found that, contrary to popular belief, we actually don't spend all of our time going after activities that make us feel good. In fact, it's at times when we're feeling our best that we tend to gravitate toward doing the least pleasurable tasks on our lists, like laundry and chores. So maybe we forgo things that'll make us feel happy immediately (like happy hour) for duller things that have the potential to make us feel satisfied in the long term (like housework).

The finding could have big takeaways for our understanding of happiness and motivation.

"Our positive emotion, perhaps, can be seen as a resource," Dr. Jordi Quoidbach, one of the study's lead authors and a psychology professor at Barcelona's University Pompeu Fabra, told Business Insider. "When we don't have enough, we need to replenish it, but as soon as we have enough, we can potentially use that to get things done."

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Happiness is a delicate balance

To come to their conclusions, the researchers — an international team of psychologists, economists, and data scientists from universities including Harvard, Stanford, and MIT — spent a month using a smartphone app to monitor 28,000 Europeans' moods and activity choices.

First, the app would a person rate their current mood on a scale from 0 (very unhappy) to 100 (very happy) at random times throughout the day. Then it would ask them to pick from a list of 25 things what they were doing. (They were free to pick more than one.)

Not surprisingly, how people felt in any given moment sharply affected what they chose to do in that moment. When people were feeling bad, they tended to do things to make them feel better, like going on a hike or meeting up with friends.

Conversely, when folks were feeling good, they tended to do things that weren't inherently fun, like doing the laundry or cleaning up the house. (Of all the logged activities, spending time with other people had the strongest link to positive emotions, while using social media had either a neutral or slightly negative link.)

All of this suggests that for most of us, happiness is a delicate balance. When we're feeling down, we choose activities with short-term rewards to boost our spirits. When we're feeling good, we sacrifice fun activities for the potential of longer-term rewards.

And it could be good news for the workplace, too, Quoidbach said.

"Sometimes managers equate positivity and happiness at work with a propensity of people to slack off," Quoidbach said. "But one of the takeaways from this study is that cultivating positive emotion might be one way to actually get people to be more productive because of this sort of buffer or resource."

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After training with a Navy Seal, an entrepreneur explains why everyone should have a 'f--- it list'


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How many days from last year do you remember?

Really stop and think about it.

Now see if you can identify any patterns among those days that stand out. Were they all happy? Upsetting? Relaxing?

According to Jesse Itzler, we're more likely to remember experiences that are unpleasant, at least in the moment.

Itzler is the cofounder of Marquis Jets, owner of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, and a former rapper; he's also married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely. In 2015 he published a book, "Living With a Seal," about his month-long experience training with a Navy Seal.

Itzler recently appeared on The James Altucher Show to discuss everything he's learned about success, failure, mental toughness, and finding meaning.

In order to ensure that he's living a memorable life, Itzler told Altucher that he recently started keeping what he calls a "f--- it list," replacing the "bucket list" that he used to have. The goal of the "f--- it list" is to make a habit of doing things that are painful or uncomfortable, but help him grow.

What's on it?

"Those are things that suck, and those are things that are challenging, and those are things that require preparation, training, planning, maybe failure," he said. "But those are the things that make me feel most alive. And those are the things that teach me the most about me."

Itzler emphasized that everyone's "f--- it list" will be different, and you can start with small steps forward. On his he's included physical feats, like riding his bike cross-country in less than four months and paddling 100 miles. And since he has a hard time with new languages, he also wants to learn the national anthem from 10 different countries.

None of them will be easy, but all of them will make him feel like he's accomplished something and changed his life for the better. As the Navy Seal once told him, "If it doesn't suck, don't do it."

Itzler explained that the point of having a "f--- it list" is to be working your mental toughness "muscle." It's something he learned while training with the Navy Seal, who made him do 100 pull-ups in a row on his first day of training and swim in a frozen lake during a blizzard.

Each one of these experiences further strengthened his mental toughness muscle, he said, and allowed him to push past his limits.

"Once you change your set point, [once] you raise your baseline from wherever it is to a higher level by doing these tough challenges, getting out of your comfort zone, [and] pushing your limits, it never goes back down," Itzler said.

"And all of a sudden you start saying, 'I don't wanna take the easy way. I'm gonna take the hard way.'"

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Silicon Valley is obsessed with these wool sneakers that claim to be the 'most comfortable in the world'


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I'm sitting in a WeWork office in San Francisco that looks torn from a West Elm catalog, talking with Michael Brandt about Nootrobox, a subscription service for "smart drugs," or cognitive-enhancement supplements.

But I can't stop admiring his shoes — a pair of fuzzy gray sneakers.

"They're really awesome. I don't wear socks anymore," Brandt, a cofounder of Nootrobox, says as he flexes his feet to show off his treads. "'Cause it's just like wearing a sock."

Allbirds' debut sneaker, the $95 "Wool Runner," has been called the world's most comfortable shoe by venture capitalists and startup founders — as well as the company itself.

Tim Brown was playing professional soccer in New Zealand when he dreamt up the idea for a wool sneaker. Allbirds uses merino wool from Brown's home country that's processed in Milan, Italy. The result is a shoe so incredibly comfortable, they're like slippers made of clouds.

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If you choose to wear them without socks like Brandt, Wool Runners can be tossed into the washing machine on a wool cycle (delicate or hand wash cycles with cold water work, too) for easy cleaning.

Brandt isn't the only Silicon Valley techie hopping on the Allbirds bandwagon.

Liz Wessel, CEO and cofounder of WayUp, a startup that connects college students with local job opportunities and internships, also got pretty excited about her pair of Wool Runners.

But it's venture capitalists who are singing Allbirds' praises the most.

Brett Jackson worked for four years at Crocs, the titan of comfort footwear, before becoming managing director of venture firm v1.vc. He's now an investor in Allbirds.

Kyle Russell, a deal partner at venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, is also a fan.

Big fan of my new @allbirds. Super comfy for weekend walking!

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Venture capitalists on the East Coast are catching wind of the shoes.

Here's a tweet from Andrew Mitchell, founder of the New York-based, early-stage venture firm Brand Foundry Ventures, which counts itself among Allbirds' investors.

Henry McNamara, a general partner at Great Oaks venture firm, liked Allbirds enough to invest, as well. His video is worth watching because it shows off Allbirds' surprising packaging design. He now owns several pairs.

Allbirds is becoming a ubiquitous brand throughout Silicon Valley, as evidenced by the company's ability to raise a $2.2 million seed round of funding.

Their sneakers could become a quintessential part of the venture capitalist dress code, in the same way that a hoodie and T-shirt currently make up the "startup uniform."

Get ready for the inevitable episode of HBO's "Silicon Valley" that rips on the shoes.

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A sleep specialist shares 5 tips for getting better rest on a work night



It's a Tuesday night and you're in bed with your laptop, your iPhone buzzing from the nightstand.

You have to be up for work in six hours, but this fact is quickly lost among the thousand other thoughts running through your mind.

If this scenario seems familiar, you're not alone. More than a third of Americans don't get enough sleep, according to a study released by the CDC's Division of Population Health in February.

The survey found that almost 35% of adults get less than seven hours of sleep per night, the recommended minimum amount to reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Ana Krieger, medical director of the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine, says carving out the time for adequate sleep during the workweek is one of the greatest obstacles many people face.

"The biggest issue is time constraints that we have. A lot of the time, people just can't afford to spend eight hours in bed," she says. "But beyond that, people need to be aware of how important creating routine is to your sleep, and how beneficial this can be to optimizing the quality of the sleep time you do have."

So, how do you get better sleep on a work night? Here are five tips from Dr. Krieger:

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1. Create a routine to help yourself wind down

Having a pre-bedtime routine is key to getting a good night's sleep. "Insert a 10-minute period before going to sleep where you do quiet activities, decrease the light in the apartment, and maybe play some soothing music," Krieger says. 

"It's about just getting the time to unwind a little bit in your mind, to slow down from that racing pace that we mostly live during the daytime," she says.

Avoid working until you crash, and try to set aside this small window of time for decompressing instead. 

2. Banish electronics before bed

Particularly on weeknights, when you have emails to catch up on and texts and missed calls to return, it seems impossible to be further than arm's length from your smartphone and laptop.

We may not think about it, but using our gadgets at night can really affect sleep, Krieger says. "The screens all emit light, and that becomes quite stimulating for the brain, affecting the production of neurotransmitters, and therefore impacting our ability to sleep well."

As much as you want to reach for your phone, try to keep the 20 minutes before bed completely electronics-free.

3. Write down your thoughts

If you have a hard time clearing your mind of the day's thoughts, Krieger advises keeping a blank piece of paper on your nightstand and making what she calls a "worry list."

"This is one of the most important things for people who have a lot of content coming into their heads as they're trying to fall asleep, like to-do lists and worries," she says.

She says it can be beneficial to write down bullet points of your thoughts and the things you need to do in order to put them out of your mind.

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We visited the Spanish palace used in 'Game of Thrones' and it's even more beautiful in real life


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Sometimes the real world doesn't live up to the fictional world that TV and movie sets create. 

That's not the case though for the set of Dorne, one of the fictional settings on "Game of Thrones."

While the Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain is missing a few Martells and Sand Snakes, the opulence and beauty that won over "Thrones" fans is still captivating today to visitors from around the globe. 

During a recent trip to Spain, Business Insider dropped in to visit the fictional world of Dorne and realized it's much more beautiful in real life than portrayed on the show. 


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Dorne may be the setting for one of the most-despised plotlines in the "Game of Thrones" TV show, but it's also one of the most captivating. The fictional region of Westeros is supposed to be a place that's luxurious, pleasant, and warm. "A place where people enjoyed themselves," said Frank Doelger, executive producer.


The Water Gardens of Dorne stand out for their color, especially compared to the typically bleak wintery landscapes normally seen on the show.

"Thrones" producers filmed the scenes for the Water Gardens of Dorne at the Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain. The royal palace dates back to 913 when the region was controlled by the Moors, but has since been updated several times.

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Dubai is building the world's first hotel with its own rainforest — here's what it's like inside


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Architects in Dubai are building the world's first hotel with its own rainforest.

Set to open in 2018, the Rosemont Hotel and Residences will boast over 2 million square feet of hotel, residential, and leisure space, an artificial beach, and a glass-bottom pool suspended above the streets of Dubai.

The hotel, designed by ZAS Architects, will be accommodated by a 47-storey tower that neighbours a twin tower of the same height housing 280 residential properties.

All entertainment facilities — including the 75,000-square-foot rainforest — will be located in the "podium" at the base of the two towers.

As a city made famous by artificial islands and record-breaking architecture, Dubai will no doubt welcome the $550 million (£423.6 million) development project with open arms as it continues to redefine luxury.

Arriving at the hotel is an experience in itself. These artist's renderings show guests being immediately greeted by dynamic 3D projections which will transform the drop-off point into a rainforest or a huge aquarium.

Once they head into the main foyer, visitors will be greeted by robotic luggage handlers.

Guests and residents can use the on-site bowling alley, trampoline park, or laser tag arena. The hotel will be operated by Hilton Worldwide under its Curio brand.

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22 clothing items every man should own before he turns 30



When a man turns 30, he turns around and looks back at his life. But he should also turn around and look back at his wardrobe because, chances are, it's been neglected.

We've rounded up 22 of the most important essentials that every guy should have by the time he turns the big three-oh.

If you're approaching or over 30, it might be time to go shopping.

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A full suit that is tailored and fits well.

There are no more excuses anymore. You're an adult now. You need at least one suit, preferably in navy or gray.

Really, you should have both by now. What have you been doing all this time?

A nice blazer to add some variety.

As American dress skews more informal, blazers have become more important than ever.

A nice blazer will make sure that you don't overwhelm a room with a full suit when the occasion doesn't call for it. But it can also separate you from the crowd a bit.

An expensive wristwatch for special occasions.

Even if you're not a watch guy, you should realize the importance of wearing a watch on occasion.

Drop a few hundred to have a timepiece that you can call your own.

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The Playboy Mansion officially sold for $100 million, half of what it was listed for


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The sale of the Playboy Mansion has officially closed, and the final sale price has been confirmed.

Daren Metropoulos, a principal of the private-equity firm Metropoulos & Co. and a former co-CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, paid $100 million for the historic property, a representative for Metropoulos told Business Insider. 

The 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles home had originally listed for $200 million in January, which made it the most expensive home for sale in America at the time.

As part of the terms of the sale, Hugh Hefner must be allowed to stay as long as he desires. The estate was sold by Playboy Enterprises, which leases it back to the 90-year-old Hefner. The company bought the mansion 45 years ago for just over $1 million, a historically high price for the area at the time.

The five-acre property includes the main 29-room mansion and a four-bedroom guesthouse.

Metropoulos purchased the next-door estate from Playboy in 2009, reportedly paying $18 million for it.Once Hefner's tenancy ends, Metropoulos apparently intends to connect the two properties into a single 7.3-acre estate.

"I feel fortunate and privileged to now own a one-of-a-kind piece of history and art," Metropoulos said in a press release announcing the closing of the sale. "I look forward to eventually rejoining the two estates and enjoying this beautiful property as my private residence for years to come."

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Gary Gold and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland had the listing, along with Mauricio Umansky of The Agency. Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International represented Metropoulos.

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A decluttering expert says ask one question about your ex when getting rid of old clothes


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If you're going to think about an ex, Felice Cohen says, at least use those feelings to help you get organized.

A professional organizer and former tenant of a 90-square-foot apartment in Manhattan's Upper West Side, Cohen is now the author of "90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more)."

The book is a compendium of the nuggets of wisdom Cohen gained from her six years in the micro-apartment.

Those tips include: Discard something old every time you buy something new, flip a coin to help determine an object's fate, and store your belongings vertically as much as you can.

And when it comes time to decide whether to keep or toss an old piece of clothing, there's a question everyone should ask: "How would I feel if I bumped into an ex while wearing this?"

"We joke (as women) of bumping into an ex and wanting to look good, not to look like a schlub or a mess," Cohen told Business Insider via email. "It's a tongue-in-cheek answer, but one that works for many when deciding on what to toss."

Other useful questions might get you to a similar outcome, such as "When was the last time I wore it?" and "Am I keeping it out of habit?" But none approaches the problem as creatively or concretely as conjuring an ex-lover's judgment.

"Of course, it depends on who broke up with who," Cohen clarifies.

But assuming you still care what the ex thinks (be honest), the question is a useful one. Cohen says she recently used the strategy to help her cousin dispose of some old clothes, which "went 'buh bye' so fast."

The same could work for you. Painful as it may be to bring an old flame's image to mind, let your desire to be seen looking your best fuel your ability to move on.

Sayonara, ugly sweaters.

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We tested fried chicken sandwiches from every major fast-food chain — and the winner surprised us


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We're living in the golden age of the chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A has transformed from a regional chain to a national chicken powerhouse, managing to lift annual sales by more than $1 billion in a year.

McDonald's completely overhauled its chicken sandwich, and Shake Shack unveiled one of the best sandwiches ever made in 2016.

David Chang fanned the flames with the chicken-sandwich-focused Fuku, the most hyped addition to the trendy Momofuku empire.

In light of this crispy, golden renaissance, we decided to gather the chicken sandwiches from major fast-food chains and see which ones are worth it — and which ones are better left untouched.

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For this taste-test showdown, we got sandwiches from seven major fast-food chains: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Arby's, Dairy Queen, KFC, and Chick-fil-A.

First up: McDonald's. The recent revamp of its chicken sandwich brought some much-needed change to the chain. The 'buttermilk crispy chicken' sandwich is indeed crispy — in fact, perhaps a little heavy on the breading.

The chicken is slightly on the dry side, but there is a definite hint of tangy buttermilk seasoning. Unfortunately, it often gets masked by a glob of mayonnaise — the usual for this sandwich, based on our reviews before. The 'artisan' bun does the job well, holding up to the heaping helping of mayo without getting too soggy.

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Hugh Hefner will pay $1 million a year to live in the Playboy Mansion


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The Playboy Mansion has officially sold for $100 million to its next-door neighbor, Daren Metropoulos, but that doesn't mean Hugh Hefner will be moving out anytime soon.

As part of the terms of the sale, the Playboy founder must be allowed to stay as long as he desires. A source familiar with the transaction told Business Insider that Hefner still has to pay rent: to the tune of $1 million a year. 

Hefner never technically owned the Los Angeles estate. Metropoulos purchased the home from Playboy Enterprises, which had leased it to Hefner. Under that arrangement, Hefner had reportedly paid a shockingly low $100 a year to live there. Playboy bought the mansion 45 years ago for just over $1 million, which was a historically high price for the area at the time.

The 20,000-square-foot home had originally listed for sale for $200 million in January, which made it the most expensive home for sale in America for much of 2016. The five-acre property includes the main 29-room mansion and a four-bedroom guesthouse.

Gary Gold and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland had the listing, along with Mauricio Umansky of The Agency. Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International represented Metropoulos.

SEE ALSO: The $200 million Playboy Mansion just sold to its next-door neighbor

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