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    Made in Mexico

    Peak TV is too much TV. But we're here to make it easier to pick what shows to watch.

    Every week, we put together a list of three great shows for you to try.

    We pick shows you can finish in a day, and others you can try out and binge for weeks to come. And it's not just new releases either: We mix in some old favorites you might have missed in addition to shows that have recently landed on Netflix.

    From Netflix's new reality series "Made in Mexico" to "Designated Survivor," a canceled show that Netflix recently saved, here are three great TV shows you can binge-watch on Netflix this week:

    SEE ALSO: The 75 worst movies of all time, according to critics

    "Made in Mexico"— A Netflix Original

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 8

    Netflix's answer to Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise is a good start for the streaming service's reality TV exploration. Its people and stories are vibrant, exciting, catty, but the show and the people on it still have some heart that will keep you watching more. 



    "Charmed"

    Seasons: 8

    Episodes: 178

    It's October, which means that it's officially witch season. So while you definitely won't have time to watch 178 within a week, now is a good time to revisit The WB with drama, especially because The CW's reboot comes out soon. It's a fun, easy binge that you won't have to pay too much attention to.



    "Designated Survivor"

    Seasons: 2

    Episodes: 43

    "Designated Survivor" isn't brilliant, but it's good fun and a step above other network political dramas. It has a lot of unexpected twists, and it moves its story along instead of dragging out a mystery for an entire season.

    The show was canceled by ABC in May, but Netflix recently announced it will be making another season, which will come out sometime in 2019. 



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    best wireless earbuds

    • True wireless earbuds offer ultimate convenience and ease-of-use because they eliminate wires entirely.

    • Of all the wireless earbuds we tested, the best ones are the Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless headphones.

    • These earbuds have a gorgeous design, excellent sound quality, and they connect to your phone seamlessly.

    The world of headphones is changing, big time, and that’s largely owed to Apple taking the plunge and removing the headphone jack from the iPhone. A few Android phone makers have followed suit, and wireless headphones are all the rage. Increasingly, “true wireless” headphones — or earbud-style headphones that don’t connect to each other through a wire — are becoming the headphones of choice among people who like to have cutting-edge tech.

    Perhaps the most famous of these wireless earbuds are the Apple AirPods, Apple’s self-built true wireless headphones, which provide ultimate convenience and ease of use for iPhone users. But AirPods aren’t the only true wireless earbuds out there, and many other companies have created great alternatives that work with both Android devices and iPhones.

    Because true wireless headphones are still somewhat in their infancy, there aren’t a ton of different options, but there are still enough out there that you have to do some research and think about what you want from your new wireless earbuds. Most notably, you’ll want to think about what you’re using the headphones for. If they’re for working out, for example, you’ll want to find headphones that are built to stay in your ear. After all, you wouldn’t want one to fall out and down the drain.

    Alternatively, you could be looking for a great sound quality. While generally speaking over-ear headphones are better for sound quality, there are some true wireless headphones that sound better than others. We've tested several wireless earbuds to find out which ones are the best you can buy.

    Here are the best truly wireless earbuds you can buy:

    Updated on 10/01/2018 by Christian de Looper: Added three new picks, updated prices and formatting, and added related headphone buying guides.

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

    SEE ALSO: The best wireless Bluetooth headphones you can buy

    The best truly wireless earbuds overall

    Why you'll love them: The Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless headphones have a beautiful design coupled with excellent sound quality, making them the best true wireless earbuds.

    Master & Dynamic is known for its ultra high-quality headphones, and the company has finally entered the true wireless earbud market, too. The Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless headphones are well-designed, comfortable, and they sound great.

    Let’s start with the design. Not only do the headphones and accompanying charging case look amazing, but the way that the earbuds are designed ensures that they stay in your ears firmly as well — even with somewhat rigorous movement. They may not be great for sports, but they shouldn’t fall out of your ears during standard use.

    Then there’s the fact that the headphones sound awesome. The bass is punchy and strong, so the kick drums and bass guitars nicely cut through a mix. The mid range is well-tuned, offering a nice warm low mids and slightly laid-back high mids, which ensure that the headphones have a premium tone. The high end is clear and detailed — something that isn’t necessarily common on true wireless headphones.

    So what are the downsides? Well, the main downside is price. The Master & Dynamic MW07 headphones come in at $300. On top of that, the 3.5-hour battery life is a little low. Still, despite that, most reviewers seem to love them. Headphone Review scored the headphones 8.6/10, while Digital Trends gave them a slightly more conservative 8/10.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, comfortable, well-designed

    Cons: Expensive, lower battery life

    Buy the Master & Dynamic MW07 headphones at Best Buy for $299.98



    The best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone

    Why you'll love them: The Apple AirPods sound good, but the best thing about them is that they offer super long battery life and excellent connectivity with the iPhone.

    If you’re an iPhone user, there might be a better option for you. The new Apple AirPods are built specifically to work with the iPhone, so they connect flawlessly without the hassle of pairing via Bluetooth.

    So what makes the AirPods great? For starters, they sound pretty good. Sure, they’re not going to break any records, but the sound quality will be fine for most people. The real draw for these headphones is their excellent connectivity and wireless reliability. The AirPods almost never drop the connection, which is something that not all true wireless headphones can boast. 

    On top of that, the headphones have a great battery life. You get five hours of listening time or two hours of talk time. With the charging case, you can get 24 hours of listening time, though you’ll have to wait for the AirPods to charge each time they run out of juice.

    There are some downsides to the AirPods. They’re probably not the best choice for working out considering the fact that they fall out with a lot of movement. They’re a little expensive, too, though less so than our top pick.

    Still, many agree that these are among the best true wireless headphones out there. Digital Trends gave the headphones 8/10, while Trusted Reviews stuck with a more conservative but still good 7/10.

    Pros: Great battery, excellent connectivity, good sound, less pricey than some of the competition, easy to pair

    Cons: Slightly expensive

    Buy the Apple AirPods from Walmart for $144.98 



    The best truly wireless earbuds for working out

    Why you'll love them: The JLab Audio Epic Air headphones sound good and have a great battery life, plus they’re designed to stay nicely in your ears during intense activity.

    Looking for a pair of true wireless headphones for sports? The JLab Audio Epic Air headphones are the best way to go. They’re slightly different in terms of design than the other truly wireless earbuds on this list, but the result is that they’re the best at staying firmly in your ears, even when you’re moving around and exercising. Instead of simply slotting into your ears, the JLab Audio Epic Air headphones have ear hooks that wrap around your ears.

    Even apart from the design, the headphones have a lot going for them. They have a great charging case, boast six hours of battery life on a single charge, and they sound great. There are plenty of low frequencies on offer, a low-mid boost to bring plenty of warmth, and a decent amount of high end.

    So what are the downsides? Like other true wireless headphones, they can be a little pricey, plus they have had some performance issues when it comes to staying connected to your listening device. Those performance issues, however, are rare, and many people never run into them at all. And, despite the downsides, they’ve been very well-reviewed. Headphone Review gave them 8.4/10, while PCMag gave them a still-excellent 4/5.

    Pros: Well-designed, good battery life, good sound quality

    Cons: Some performance issues

    Buy the JLab Audio Epic Air headphones on Amazon for $149



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    sunset wedding proposal engaged engagementAlthough some believe falling in love takes time, others fall in love quickly— and get engaged quickly, too. According to the following tales from Reddit users, sometimes whirlwind engagements can be pretty great and can lead to years of happiness.

    These individuals who each got engaged after dating for one month or less share their stories. Although INSIDER cannot independently verify each story, they are certainly interesting to read.

    "Ninety minutes later, we decided to get married."

    "[We] met on a night out when she was out with a friend. I was out with my friends and we randomly got introduced to each other by a mutual friend. We instantly clicked.

    "Ninety minutes later, we had decided to get married. We saw each other almost every day after that night. Bought a flat together three months later. Got married the following year.

    "This was back in the mid-nineties '90s. [We're] still happily married after over 20 years together with some kids."— Reddit user cuddlemycat

     



    "I just felt it."

    "Started dating on a Saturday, bought the marriage license on Monday and got married on Tuesday. I just felt it. We've been married 10 years now."— Reddit user rlw0312



    "We just celebrated our 50th."

    "First date in January, engaged in February, married a year later. We just celebrated our 50th [anniversary]. [We have] three great kids and five wonderful grandkids. It's been a great life."— Reddit user donzzzzz



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    cuisina

    The Insider Picks team has tested out a lot of products so far this year. There are plenty of items that stand out for being innovative, practical, comfortable, and adding value to our lives in a plethora of other ways. Then, there are the products that are so useful we cannot imagine what we'd do without them.

    These items, whether we've purchased them ourselves or tested them out for work, have become mainstays in our lives, helping us to solve even the most mundane of life's inconveniences. From big ticket items like a $500 space heater to a $10 nylon bag, these are the most useful items we have tried or bought this year, and know we will continue using for years to come. 

    Check out our list of the 35 most useful products we've tried this year, below:

    A robovac that will vacuums your home even when you really don't to

    Eufy Boost IQ RoboVac 11S, $229.99, available at Amazon

    I’ve saved probably five hours a week worth of cleaning time because of this vacuum. All I have to do is set it on an automatic timer to run its course every day, and it travels around my apartment, clearing molding between rooms with ease. This one isn’t advanced enough to track its route so sometimes it’ll go over the same spots, but the ones with all those special features tend to cost a lot more than this one (which is pretty reasonable in my opinion). In addition to scheduling cleanings, you can also use the remote control to clean a specific area by directing the vacuum’s route yourself. It’s slim enough to make it under dressers and couches with low clearance, and strong enough to suck up all the cat hair and litter in my apartment. — Sally Kaplan



    A headband that makes falling asleep to music easy

    AcousticSheep SleepPhones Bluetooth Headphones, $99.95, available at Amazon, Nordstrom, and Walmart

    I like to fall asleep to music, but it’s a notoriously difficult task to find headphones that are comfortable (ie. slim enough) to sleep on top of at night without waking up with a sore neck. These AcousticSheep headphones look a bit like a science experiment, but they’re the best ones I’ve found yet: comfortable, loud (but not loud enough to disturb others), and a battery life that lasts all night. You can listen to soothing sounds from an app or your favorite Spotify playlist via Bluetooth. — Mara Leighton



    A smartwatch that costs less than $100

    Amazfit Bip Smartwatch, $79.98, available at Amazon

    I use this affordable smartwatch to track my daily activity and sleep as well as for handy features like the timer, alarm clock, and text notifications. It’s an all-in-one accessory, which is why it’s under-$100 price is even more amazing. Since I hate the constant cycle of charging that comes with owning a lot of tech, the month-long battery life is another reason why I recommend it often to friends. The watch doesn’t take a lot of time to set up and get used to, but it will give back in many different ways. — Connie Chen



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    meghan door

    • Meghan Markle worked plenty of odd jobs before becoming an actress and a duchess.
    • She's a member of the royal family, but she still does her own makeup and is a passionate foodie.
    • She has a pet name for husband Prince Harry and doesn't shy away from PDA.


    Meghan Markle may be a duchess, but that doesn't mean she's not down-to-earth.

    When her longtime friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin asked what to call her after she was married to Prince Harry, he told People "She started laughing and she said, 'I'm always going to be Meg."

    Here are 10 ways that Markle has shown that she's still the same old Meg.

    She worked odd jobs before her big break.

    Markle wasn't born into the royal family. Before she was a duchess, and even before she was an actress on "Suits," Markle was a briefcase model on "Deal or No Deal," a freelance calligrapher, a restaurant hostess, and more.

    See all of her odd jobs here.



    She's a hugger.

    Embracing royals is usually off-limits for both security reasons and out of respect for their positions. But Markle goes right in for hugs.

    At an event for International Women's Day, Markle hugged 10-year-old Sophia Richards, who told her she wants to be an actress too.

    "Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve. And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress," Richards told People. "It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day."



    She does her own makeup.

    When photos of Markle at the Royal Air Force centenary celebrations showed her usual flawless face of makeup, Instagram users complimented her wedding day makeup artist Daniel Martin on a job well done. But he revealed in comments that Markle had done her makeup herself even though she surely has her choice of makeup artists.



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    Tiger Woods holds Calamity Jane, the official trophy of the tournament, after winning the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta.

    Professional golfers have come to be synonymous with a number of style choices — some better than others.

    Aside from loudly-coloured polo shirts and garishly-patterned sweater vests, golfers are known for their watches — most of which are very expensive.

    Business Insider teamed up with experts at online watch marketplace Crown & Caliber to find out what the sport's biggest stars are wearing on their wrists.

    Unsurprisingly, many of the watches run into five figures. Scroll down to see them ranked in ascending order of price.

    SEE ALSO: The most expensive watches worn by 20 of the world's most elite athletes

    Rory McIlroy, OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra — $4,200

    Source: Crown & Caliber.



    Tommy Fleetwood, Omega Seamaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer — $4,600

    Source: Crown & Caliber.



    Phil Mickelson, Rolex Cellini — $8,600

    Source: Crown & Caliber



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    • IKEA just added a vegan hot dog to its food-court menu.
    • The veggie dog is meant to be a more sustainable alternative to the hot dog and is made from kale, red lentils, quinoa, onion, and carrots. It's topped with pickled red cabbage and roasted onions. 
    • IKEA is the latest of many mainstream retailers to start offering more vegan alternatives. Costco recently removed the Polish hot dog from its food-court menu to make room for several vegan options, including a new al pastor salad and an acai bowl.
    • We tried IKEA's new veggie dog ourselves, and we were surprised by how delicious it was.

    IKEA is following in Costco's footsteps and adding a new vegan option to its food-court menu.

    The veggie dog, which launched in IKEA's European locations in August, officially launched in the bistros in the furniture retailer's US stores on Tuesday. IKEA began developing the veggie dog as a more sustainable alternative to its hot dog back in February. 

    "Every year 660 million people enjoy the IKEA Food offer and we see this global reach as an opportunity as well as a responsibility to serve food that is good for people and the planet," Michael La Cour, managing director at IKEA Food Services, said in a press release.

    The veggie dog is made from kale, red lentils, quinoa, onion, carrots, and spices like ginger and turmeric. It's topped with pickled red cabbage, spicy mustard, and roasted onions. It costs $0.75 and is 226 calories. While the veggie dog itself is vegan, the bun isn't because it contains egg. 

    It isn't IKEA's first venture into vegan food, and it won't be its last. The furniture store's restaurant serves vegan meatballs and has announced plans to introduce a vegan ice cream to the menu in summer 2019.

    IKEA is the latest among several mainstream brands to start adding vegan options to meet increased demand. Costco recently removed the Polish hot dog from its food-court menu to make room for several vegan options, including a new al pastor salad and an acai bowl. Nestle acquired the vegan-meat supplier Sweet Earth in September. Campbell's recently acquired Pacific Foods, which makes nondairy milks. And White Castle added the plant-based Impossible Burger to its menu.

    We went to the IKEA store in Brooklyn, New York, to try the veggie dog for ourselves — here's the verdict: 

    SEE ALSO: Costco replaced a beloved food-court menu item with new vegan options. Here's how they taste.

    The veggie dogs are available at IKEA's bistro, which is separate from its restaurant. The line was long — I waited almost 20 minutes to order. The veggie dogs cost $0.75 each, so I got two for $1.50.



    IKEA's bistro's veggie hot dog is entirely vegan, except for the bun, which contains egg. The menu says that the veggie dogs have 226 calories each.



    The veggie dog itself is made from kale, red lentils, quinoa, onion, carrots, and spices like ginger and turmeric.



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    ariana grande

    Ariana Grande's path to stardom started with her love of musical theatre, leading her to a small stint on Broadway before she broke into the world of Hollywood.

    Now, the "No Tears Left to Cry" singer is making headlines seemingly every day due to her whirlwind relationship with comedian and actor Pete Davidson, as well as for her new album, "Sweetener."

    Grande always seems to be working on a new project, so it's no surprise that her net worth is estimated to be $50 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. What makes up that number? Here's a breakdown of the celeb's net worth.

    She started her career on Broadway

    Grande clutched onto music early in life. She began performing in local community theaters and on cruise ships.

    At the age of 14, she auditioned for the new Jason Robert Brown show, "13 the Musical," which was coming to Broadway.

    She was cast in the role of Charlotte as the musical and won a National Youth Theatre Association award for her portrayal of the character.



    In 2009, she auditioned for a Nickelodeon show called "Victorious," which would launch her into teen idol stardom

    Following her stint on Broadway, Grande was cast in the hit Nickelodeon show "Victorious." The show premiered in 2010 and, according to TV by the numbers, it had 5.7 million total viewersThe show featured Ariana as "Cat," a red-haired friend of the show's main character. 

    According to a contract obtained by TMZ, she made $9,000 per episode in the first season alone. 

    During the run of "Victorious,"she also appeared on "Winx Club,""Snowflake and the White Gorilla," and a music video with Greyson Chance.

    Once "Victorious" came to an end, she appeared on the new Nickelodeon show "Sam & Cat" which was canceled after 36 episodes. 

    After that, Grande made guest appearances on many shows including "Family Guy,""Scream Queens,""Zoolander,""Saturday Night Live,"and played the role of Penny Pingleton in NBC's "Hairspray Live!"



    Her first album was a hit

    During her time on "Victorious," Grande began writing music. Her first album, "Yours Truly," was released in 2013. The first single on the album "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, became a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number nine.  The album sold 138,000 copies sold in its first week.

    One of the first accolades the singer received was the American Music Award for Best New Artist which she won in 2013.



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    Hillsville Main businesses va

    • Currently, close to 50 million Americans live below the official poverty income of $25,100 a year, or less, for a family of four.
    • Poverty is the most extreme example of financial hardship, but the official poverty rate fails to capture tens of millions of additional Americans who also struggle to make ends meet.
    • Low-income Americans often struggle to afford even the most basic necessities — the towns on this list often have a high SNAP recipiency rates.
    • Centreville, Illinois is the poorest town in the United States, with a town median household income of $16,715.
    • New Square, New York has the highest poverty and SNAP recipiency rates of any town in the United States — 70% of the population lives in poverty.
    • In over half of all towns on this list, more than one in every four residents live in poverty, well above the US poverty rate of 15.1%. 

    Income inequality is a growing problem in the United States. Perhaps more evident now than in any time in recent memory, conspicuous consumption is juxtaposed with abject poverty in cities and towns across the country. While the rich and poor often live side by side, in some American towns, serious financial hardship is a daily reality for most who live there.

    In every state, there are towns where the median household income falls well below the state and national median incomes. In over a dozen states, there are towns in which the typical household earns less than half the income that a typical household statewide earns.

    24/7 Wall St. reviewed the median annual household income in every American town to identify the poorest town in each state. Even in wealthy states like Maryland and New Jersey there are towns that rank among the poorest in the country.

    SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos is launching a $2 billion fund to support homeless families and education using Amazon's methods

    1. Selma, Alabama

    • Town median household income: $23,283
    • State median household income: $44,758
    • Town poverty rate: 41.4%
    • Town population: 19,650

    The poorest town in Alabama, Selma also ranks among the 10 poorest towns in the United States. The typical household in the town earns just $23,283 annually, about half the income a typical household in the state as a whole earns. Some 41.4% of Selma's 20,000 residents live below the poverty line, more than double the statewide poverty rate of 18.4% and the US rate of 15.1%.



    2. Ketchikan City, Alaska

    • Town median household income: $53,937
    • State median household income: $74,444
    • Town poverty rate: 13.6%
    • Town population: 8,189

    With a median annual household income of $74,444 — nearly $20,000 more than the median income nationwide — Alaska is a relatively wealthy state. Even in the state's poorest town, Ketchikan, the typical household earns $53,937 a year, in line with the typical American household income. Ketchikan's 13.6% poverty rate is below the 15.1% US poverty rate.



    3. South Tucson, Arizona

    • Town median household income: $20,241
    • State median household income: $51,340
    • Town poverty rate: 48.9%
    • Town population: 5,627

    South Tucson is the poorest town in Arizona and the fifth poorest town in the United States. The typical household in the town earns $20,241 a year, and nearly half of all town residents live in poverty. The town is one of only three in the United States in which over half of all households receive government assistance to afford groceries in the form of SNAP benefits.



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    University of Florida Gators Fans

    College is an amazing time to grow as a person, meet lifelong friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime. With that in mind, Niche recently released its round-up of the best colleges in America for a variety of categories. Although class size and professors are important, Niche's 2019 ranking of student life are worth taking a look at too. 

    Based on student reviews and statistics from the US Department of Education, the top schools are considered to be positive, fun and home to a vibrant campus community. These are critical factors considering that, at the end of the day, the environment you're in can make or break your experience.

    Curious how your school measured up or wondering which college you should attend? Read on to find out which colleges in America that have the best student life, according to Niche.

    The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has the best student life in the country.

    "I absolutely love the University of Michigan. Everyone is so friendly and they want you to engage more on campus. The dorms are better than most other colleges I've heard of and the dining is amazing. There's a student organization for everyone, no matter what you enjoy doing in your free time. Michigan can connect you to companies all over the world and has numerous study abroad opportunities. The teachers care about how their students are doing in class and are passionate about what they teach. I will be attending my first football game in the Big House this Fall semester and I can't wait to cheer on the Wolverines! I recommend Michigan to anyone and everyone!" - University of Michigan student



    Close by, University of Wisconsin at Madison is highly ranked.

    "Growing up in the state, I worried that I was too close to home and would be unable to make new friends or find new, exciting opportunities if I went to the University of Wisconsin. Boy, was I wrong! The University of Wisconsin has given me the best undergraduate experience I could ever have asked for and I am now the happiest I have ever been. From the diverse, inclusive students and staff on campus, to the fun sporting game days, to the interesting and stimulating classes and extracurricular opportunities, this school truly has it all." - University of Wisconsin at Madison student



    Heading south, the University of Georgia at Athens comes in third.

    "This university is perfect for students hoping to have fun while at college. There are multiple avenues for one to de-stress, whether it be the exciting football games in Sanford Stadium or having a good time with friends at a Dawgs After Dark event. Academics meld well with the multitude of things to do in Athens. There is always something to do and always something that fits your taste. There are so many new faces on campus and you will for sure make lifelong friendships while at UGA! Overall, this university was perfect for someone like me: someone who wanted to focus on her studies but still have the opportunity to socialize and just have fun!" - University of Georgia at Athens student



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    gossip girl

    Although it's been six years since "Gossip Girl" went off the air, the show is still remembered for its epic style and over the top drama. The cast largely went on to be successful in other projects and are still household names today. The show lasted for six seasons, with plenty of plot twists and character reveals to keep viewers interested.

    For years, the show gave its audience a peek into what the lives of some of the richest New York teens' lives were really like. The high schoolers onscreen were outfitted in luxurious wardrobes, hung out in sophisticated bars, and jet-setted around the world.

    Here are some fun facts about "Gossip Girl."

    The real "Gossip Girl" makes a cameo.

    Kristen Bell voiced the character of "Gossip Girl" throughout the show's entire run, but she actually broke the fourth wall in the season finale episode when the mysterious blogger was revealed. In her cameo, Bell plays herself auditioning for Serena van der Woodsen while Rachel Bilson auditions for Blair Waldorf in a movie based off "Gossip Girl" within the show.

    Bell winks at the camera, letting the audience in on the show being self-aware that she really was the show's anonymous narrator.



    The television show was based off a book series.

    The cult-favorite CW teen drama was actually a book series before it came to the small screen. The first book, written by Cecily von Ziegesar, came out in 2002, and the series went on to have 11 books in total.



    The high schoolers in the show were mostly in their early 20s when filming began.

    On "Gossip Girl," the high schoolers — at least for the first few seasons — were played by actors in their 20s, reported BuzzFeed.

    Taylor Momsen, who played Jenny Humphrey and lead character Dan's younger sister, was actually in her teens when she portrayed a teen on screen.



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    Hartford Connecticut

    • Recently, Americans have been moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities.
    • Because of those long-term patterns, as well as the recent period of economic recovery, cities in some parts of the country have lost tens of thousands of residents.
    • These are the 50 US cities that have had the largest net decline in population in the last decade.

    Each year, roughly 40 million Americans, or about 14% of the US population, move at least once. Much of that movement includes younger people relocating within cities, but it is trends of Americans moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities that have largely determined migration patterns in recent decades.

    Because of those long-term patterns, as well as the recent period of economic recovery, cities in some parts of the country have lost tens of thousands of residents.

    To find the 50 US metropolitan areas that have had the largest net decline in population as a result of migration between 2010 and 2017, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed population figures from the US Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program.

    The 50 cities where the most people are moving away from can primarily be found in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, particularly in states like Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and New York. Among the cities where people are leaving in droves are places such as Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, New York, and Los Angeles.

    William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research group, explained that these cities that have been losing thousands of residents due to migration are part of the long-term trend of movement from the Northeast and the Midwest to warmer climates, a trend that has increased in recent years.

    "The story of the broader migration pattern in the US is from Snow Belt to Sun Belt," Frey said. "That migration has slowed a little bit in the early part of the decade, when we were still dealing with the aftermath of the recession, but it's coming back."

    SEE ALSO: These are the most popular dog breeds in the US, according to the American Kennel Club

    SEE ALSO: 7 Companies That Changed Names To Save Their Brand

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    50. Fairbanks, Alaska

    Population decrease due to migration, 2010-2017: -7,011
    Population change, 2010-2017: +2.2% (97,585 to 99,703)
    Natural growth, 2010-2017: 12,364 births, 3,417 deaths
    Median home value: $226,900



    49. Johnstown, Pennsylvania

    Population decrease due to migration, 2010-2017: -7,070
    Population change, 2010-2017: -7.4% (143,674 to 133,054)
    Natural growth, 2010-2017: 9,624 births, 13,203 deaths
    Median home value: $93,400



    48. Hinesville, Georgia

    Population decrease due to migration, 2010-2017: -7,171
    Population change, 2010-2017: +3.2% (77,919 to 80,400)
    Natural growth, 2010-2017: 12,218 births, 3,030 deaths
    Median home value: $133,600

     



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    • 60 million American households have a total of almost 90 million dogs as pets.
    • According to the American Kennel Club, there are currently 192 breeds of dogs registered. 
    • While there are fluctuations of popularity over time, these are the most popular dog breeds right now.

    Dogs are incredibly popular, there's no doubt about that. According to a recent survey, 60 million American households have a total of almost 90 million dogs as pets. There are many different breeds to choose from — dogs of different shapes and sizes, aptitudes, and attitudes, and new breeds are recognized from year to year.

    24/7 Wall St. set out to identify the 100 most popular breeds in the United States. We reviewed data from the American Kennel Club (AKC), which currently registers 192 breeds. The AKC registered 88,547 Labrador retrievers in 2017, by far the most of any breed. Labrador retrievers have topped the AKC list of most popular dog breeds since 1991.

    Some of the most popular breeds are of fairly recent origin, while others would have been recognizable to Roman soldiers or Vikings.

    Some breeds have been consistently popular over the years, with Golden and Labrador retrievers and German shepherds regularly dominating rankings. Interestingly, all three are big breeds. By contrast, the three next most popular breeds — bulldogs, French bulldogs, and beagles — are relatively small in size. (The French bulldog has been steadily climbing the rankings from year to year.) Farther down the list are dogs that were bred to hunt wolves and lions, and dogs that could almost fit in your pocket.

    Whatever your taste, your budget or your house size, there's a dog on our list for you. These are the 100 most popular dog breeds.

    SEE ALSO: A woman was arrested after taking in 27 abandoned cats and dogs during Hurricane Florence

    SEE ALSO: I tested The Farmer’s Dog, a meal plan service that sends your dog fresh food for as little as $3 a day — here's what it's like

    SEE ALSO: 11 stress-relieving products for anxious dogs

    100. Leonbergers

    2016 rank: 95
    2007 rank: N/A

    Leonbergers are large and powerful dogs that can weigh about 150 pounds, but have gentle and playful temperaments. The breed is named after the German city of Leonberg where the breed originated. Leonbergers came to the United States in the 1970s and became part of the AKC Working Group in 2010. One caveat — they have a short life expectancy of only seven years.



    99. Wire Fox Terriers

    2016 rank: 101
    2007 rank: 82

    Wire fox terriers were first bred in Great Britain in the late 1700s to assist in the popular sport of foxhunting (which is now banned in Britain). When a fox went underground, the terrier would force it out, allowing the hunt to resume. There are a number of different fox terriers, including the wire, the smooth, and the toy fox terrier, which was recognized by the AKC in 2003.



    98. Boykin Spaniel

    2016 rank: 110
    2007 rank: N/A

    The Boykin spaniel is named after L.W. "Whit" Boykin, who created the breed in the early 1900s to hunt ducks and wild turkeys in South Carolina's swampy terrain. Conditions there required a rugged dog that could retrieve birds on land and water and could fit in a small boat. The Boykin spaniel became the official state animal of South Carolina in 1985.



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    For most people, fast food is a huge part of their daily lives. According to a recent Gallup poll, eight out of 10 Americans eat at fast-food restaurants at least once a month. A BBC survey in the UK found that "most people" eat fast food around two days per week, and that one in six people between the ages of 16 and 20 eat fast food at least twice a day.

    But how much do you really know about the places you frequent? From their menus to their history, you might be surprised to learn how much you may not actually know about them

    Keep scrolling to get quizzed on your favorite fast food chains.

    Is this a Big Mac or a Whopper?

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    It's... a Big Mac! The most famous McDonald's meal.

    The essential "middle" bun is what gives it away — no Big Mac is complete without it. A Whopper, Burger King's signature sandwich, does not have that third layer of bread.



    Which chain is named after its founder's dog?

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    Elon Musk's Twitter account has gotten a lot of attention lately.

    Musk, who is CEO at both Tesla and SpaceX, uses his Twitter account to share ideas, company announcements, and jokes with his 22 million+ followers.

    But some of his tweets recently drew the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which sued Musk last week for tweeting "false and misleading statements" about taking Tesla private. Musk settled with the SEC over the weekend, after agreeing to resign as Tesla's chairman and pay $20 million from Tesla and $20 million from his own account as a fine to the SEC.

    With so much focus around Musk and his Twitter account, we thought it would be interesting to highlight the handful of accounts that he actually follows — there are 69 of them, to be exact.

    We're not saying that following the same Twitter accounts means you'll suddenly have the brains or money of Elon Musk, but it certainly can't hurt. 

    And so, here are all 69 accounts Elon Musk follows on Twitter, as of October 2018:

    SEE ALSO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the amount of time he spends on Twitter is 'like, almost nothing'

    1. National Geographic, the network dedicated to geography and exploration



    2. Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire art collector and entrepreneur



    3. Teslarati, a website that follows Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk news



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    With its army of computer engineers, Google is an icon of the Silicon Valley tech world.

    But it's also one of the most powerful players in the entertainment and media industry, thanks to an impressive catalog of products and services that spans digital music, videos, gaming and sports.

    YouTube, the Google-owned video-sharing hub, is the No. 2 most visited site on the web and one of the world's top sources of music.

    But YouTube is just one part of Google's sprawling entertainment empire:

    • Google Play, which serves as the digital store for Android and its more than 2 billion active users across the globe, moves tons of music, movies, TV shows and games. 
    • YouTube TV, the internet-based multi-channel TV service, is not yet two years old but is already enticing customers away from the much-maligned traditional cable players.  
    • And then there's the world of emerging media like virtual reality and smart speakers. 

    To make its mark in the industry, Google has enlisted an impressive stable of entertainment industry veterans and tech-savvy innovators, dispatching them to outposts in Los Angeles, New York and other key entertainment hotspots. 

    The team helping Google expand its entertainment empire includes dealmakers, creatives and techies. Here are some of the key must-know players on the team:

    SEE ALSO: Music honcho Lyor Cohen played hardball with YouTube for years, then shocked everyone by joining the enemy. Here's how he stayed on top and why he says it's time haters 'liberate' themselves.

    SEE ALSO: Apple should look at YouTube TV and be embarrassed that it didn't come up with the idea first, analysts say

    Lyor Cohen, YouTube's Global Head of Music

    He's a rap aficionado, turned label chief, turned digital-music exec.

    During a 30-year career as a record producer and music exec, Lyor Cohen worked with or helped develop such acts as Jay-Z, The Killers, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Kanye West.  

    Then he switched sides

    YouTube scored a major coup when it hired Cohen in 2016. Among his old label pals, the move was unpopular. For a variety of reasons, many once saw Google as a threat. The main knock is that YouTube doesn't pay enough for the music videos that helped turn the site into an entertainment juggernaut. 

    But Cohen, the former CEO of Recorded Music at Warner Music Group, has done much to patch up the relationship. Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, the labels top lobbyist, complimented the job Cohen's done.

    "I think Lyor Cohen is doing a very good job of persuading the people at YouTube that they need to be partners with the music industry,"Sherman told Business Insider in a recent interview.

    Meanwhile, YouTube remains one of world's the largest music distributors. And to counter a challenge from Apple Music and Spotify, Cohen recently helped launch YouTube's new subscription music service. 

     

     



    Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content at YouTube

    Susanne Daniels is one of the people responsible for bringing the series "Cobra Kai," to YouTube Premium. 

    If you're from a certain generation, the show's title is instantly recognizable and may remind you that you once tried fighting your brother while standing on one leg.

    The series, which has met with glowing reviews, is based on "The Karate Kid" films, and reprises the lives of two main characters, played by Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.     

    YouTube Premium, formerly known as as YouTube Red, offers ad-free streaming of all of YouTube's user-generated video. In addition, Premium also offers high-production quality film and TV fare from A-list directors. And that's where Daniels comes in. 

    She oversees development, programming and production of all of Premium's films and shows. Before Google, Daniels worked on such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, and Gilmore Girls at places like MTV, Fox, LifeTime TV and The WB.

     



    Jonathan Zepp, leads media & entertainment for Android & Google Play

    Google Play is the online store with the inside track to all those billions of Android users. This, and the fact that sometimes the menu at Netflix is lackluster, has helped make Play a top web retailer.

    Jonathan Zepp manages partnerships and business strategy for Entertainment, Sports and News video content. He and his team also drive business and content operations for the Google Play Movies & TV first-party service.

    According to a story in Variety, Zepp has helped raise Google’s sales of downloadable film and TV shows, or what is known in the business as transactional electronic sell-through.

    Prior to joining Google, Zepp worked at Sony Network Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Napster. Zepp started out as a corporate and intellectual property lawyer.



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    • Consumer aviation website Skytrax recently released their ranking of the best airlines in the world.
    • Asian and European airlines dominate the top of the rankings.
    • Airlines for North America once again struggled in the Skytrax rankings.
    • No airline from North America cracked the top 25 while no US airline managed to crack the top 35.
    • For the second year in a row, Air Canada was named the best airline in North America by Skytrax. 
    • Delta finished as the highest ranked US airline.

    Consumer aviation website Skytrax has released updated rankings of the best airlines in the world. For 2018, airlines from Asia and Europe such as Singapore, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and Lufthansa once again dominate the upper echelons of the list.

    Airlines from those two continents have taken the top spot every year since 2001.

    Unfortunately, North American airlines once against struggled to keep up with the pack. In fact, no airline from the US, Canada, and Mexico managed to crack the top 25. 

    The highest ranked North American airline doesn't appear on the list until Air Canada in 30th place. 

    "We are very pleased that Air Canada has again been recognized as the Best Airline in North America by the highly respected Skytrax World Airline Awards," Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a statement. "This is the seventh time in nine years Air Canada has been honored with this award, demonstrating our successful transformation into a leading global carrier."

    No US airline cracked the top 35. Delta got the closest with a 37th place finish.

    In fact, major players like United Airlines and Aeromexico both missed out on a top 10 finish in the Skytrax rankings for the best airlines in North America. 

    The Skytrax rankings are based on the impressions of 20.36 million travelers from more than 100 different countries. The unpaid survey, which covered more than 335 airlines, measured 49 parameters ranging from boarding procedures to seat comfort to the quality of service.

    Here are the 10 best airlines in North America, according to the results of the Skytrax survey:

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    10. Hawaiian Airlines

    Overall rank: 77

    Why it's awesome: Hawaiian Airlines is a bit of a niche player as far as its position in the market goes. Even though it's among the most prominent airline brands in the US, it's dedicated to connecting the Hawaiian islands with the rest of the world. 

    Hawaiian Airlines currently operates a fleet of new Airbus A321neo and Airbus A330 airliners. It's also phasing out its fleet of Boeing 767 airlines with new 787 Dreamliners on the way. 

    See additional airline information at Skytrax.



    9. American Airlines

    Overall rank: 71

    Why it's awesome: American Airlines is the world's largest airline. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier was formed following the 2015 merger of US Airways and American Airlines. 

    American Airlines operates a fleet of around 950 mainline jets. 

    See additional airline information at Skytrax.



    8. Air Transat

    Overall rank: 68

    Why it's awesome:  Air Transat is a Montreal-based leisure airline. Founded in 1987, Air Transat's business is built around package vacation deals to 60 destinations across, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. 

    For 2018, Air Transat was named World's Best Leisure Airline. 

    See additional airline information at Skytrax.



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    • Primera Air is an ultra-low budget airline that recently began making transatlantic flights.
    • Primera announced it would be ceasing operations on October 2
    • I was scheduled to fly with them on July 21 from Paris to New York. My flight was canceled after a four-hour delay. I ultimately had to book a flight for $1,200 that had a six-hour layover in Oslo. Primera still has not fully refunded me. 
    • The experience shows the potential perils of low-budget travel, where a cramped seat at least means you got on the plane. 

     

    I had never heard of Primera Air. But an airline booking site had a cheap seat for me for a direct flight from Paris to New York on July 21, so I bought it as the return flight from my week-long summer vacation in Europe. 

    Primera bills itself as the newest of Iceland's budget airlines, joining established carriers like WOW Air. While it's owned by an Icelandic tour company, Primera Air is actually based in Latvia with a Danish operating certificate. (These byzantine international set-ups are common among budget airlines, as they cut costs.)

    Founded in 2003, Primera began transatlantic flights this year. It made waves last summer by announcing transatlantic flights for as low as $99 beginning in 2018.

    Ultra-low budget carriers get a bad rap for uncomfy seats and pitiful baggage allowances.

    I'm fine with being squeezed in if I'm paying a little less, and I regularly fly through carriers like Spirit. As for Primera, plenty of people, including my colleague Mary Hanbury on the retail team, have had perfectly pleasant experiences.

    I thought my direct flight from Paris to New York City would be the same — uncomfortable, but economical. 

    Primera

    But I never even got on our plane. 

    After hours of delays turned into us being bused to a hotel that didn’t even know we were coming, I ultimately had to drop serious coin on a new one-way flight to get home. As of October 1, I still haven't been fully refunded the $1,950.89 that Primera owed me.

    Now, Primerahas ceased operations. We still don't know what that means for people who are expecting a refund from the airline.

    Here's what happened:

    SEE ALSO: I finally caved and flew on the 'worst airline in America' — here's what it was like

    I arrived at Paris-Charles De Gaulle around 5 p.m. for my 6:50 p.m. flight.

    Primera doesn't offer mobile check-in, so I checked in at the counter. There was no line, and it was speedy and straight-forward.



    The 200 or so other passengers and I waited in the terminal for the flight. By 6:30, 20 minutes before our flight, we still weren't boarding.

    Once it was clear we were delayed, I joined several other passengers asking about what was happening. They didn't have any information for us — at all. Not where the flight was, when it was expected to be ready, or why we were delayed.

    While it was clear we were delayed, the screens hadn't been updated with that information.

    I passed the time by eating goat cheese from duty free and watching Netflix on my phone. At least the airport had good Wifi.



    But by 8:30 p.m., I was getting exhausted and nervous. My parents called Primera from their US numbers, but no one picked up.

    Primera's media team sent me an emailed statement on July 24, a day after I had reached out for a comment for this article. It read:

    Our regular procedure in case of delay and cancellation due to operational, technical or other reason is that as soon as we receive information about the issues that have an impact on a scheduled flight, we send a message to passengers and request meal vouchers as well as hotel from our ground handling partners in particular airport.

    However, I didn't receive a meal voucher — or any message at all — from the airline on that day.



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    best fall boots men

    • Each year, the dizzying lineup of fall boots grows ever larger, making the decision of decking out your feet just that much more difficult.
    • Thursday Boot Co. makes our favorite pairs, but we're also big fans of fall boots made by Dr. MartensTaft BootsFrye, and L.L. Bean.

    Fall is here, and it's time to break out heavier footwear as we meander toward winter. Ditching your sandals may be good riddance or a bitter defeat for you, but Insider Picks is here to help you find your fall footwear whether you're going for trendy avant-gardes, timeless classics, or something in between.

    First, let's consider where these boots will be walking. Cobbled streets laden with mysterious mud, sludge, and slime? Go for rubber or PVC and leave those leather soles alone — you'll only trash them. The office for a big board meeting? Revisit said leather soles — you might not want to rock up in Doc Martens looking like you just stumbled out of the darkest, dingiest bar in the dirtiest, oldest part of town. 

    You'll also want to keep the temperature and weather in mind. Is fall a wet proposition where you live? If so, think about avoiding suede which will, more likely than not, end up looking pretty raggedy come December. A full-grain leather with a waterproofing solution or balm like ScotchGuard or one of Dr. Martens' signature shoe polishes is always a good idea.

    After fashion comes function and comfort, of course. A lace-free Chelsea boot might be the most accommodating boot of all fall options and you can pull them off in just about any setting. But then, maybe you don't like that distracting patch of synthetic nylon breaking up the beautiful, shiny, natural leather for which you've paid such a premium. In that case, maybe a zippered boot with a harness or a full lace-up is your best bet.

    When it comes to the leather you choose, try to go with the highest quality you can afford. All leather will break up and crease over time, but cheaper leather boots will almost always crease more and break up sooner.

    Whatever your taste, we've got a pair of fall boots to suit your style and need below.

    Here are the best places to buy fall boots for men:

    Read on in the slides below to learn more about our top picks.

    The best fall boots overall

    Why you'll love them: Thursday Boot Co.'s boots are sleek enough for the office or formal wear, but rugged enough to handle the snottiest of cold, wet, fall weather.

    Somewhere in the crux between metropolitan and cowboy, Thursday Boot Co.'s boots would not be out of place in any closet, from country-boy wranglers to city-slicking dandies and everyone in between.

    Most of the brand's boots can either be dressed down with jeans or paired just as well with a pair of pleated khakis. The soles vary as much as the styles, so there's everything from delicate cork (which we wouldn't necessarily suggest wearing to trudge through winter) to hardy Goodyear Welts and Vibram outsoles. Same goes for the leather.

    The Insider Picks team reviewed Thursday Boot Co.'s line back in early 2017 when the company was just getting going, and sentiments around the office, I can safely report, have not changed.

    Outside of our team, other reviewers love these boots, too. One prime example is this YouTube review by a blogger and world-traveler who wore Thursdays every day for five months straight, through snow, rain, streets, and even steep, rugged terrain. His verdict: they're mostly worth it, but the insoles wore out on him eventually, and he found the laces to be substandard. The outsoles, however, got along pretty much unscathed, and the leather did not crease much.

    Pros: Good quality leather, tough outsole

    Cons: Cheap insoles and laces

    Shop men's boots at Thursday Boot Co. for $149 to $265



    The best urban boots for fall

    Why you’ll love them: Doc Martens are made with top-notch materials, handled with love, and rife with history.

    Dr. Martens’ AirWair is an emblematic piece of footwear synonymous with the predominant sub- and counter-cultures of every decade since their introduction in 1960: the skinheads in the sixties, the punk rockers in the seventies, the new wave artists of the eighties, and the grunge scene in the nineties.

    Today, they may be more ubiquitous than ever. Just keep in mind that what we wear will always say a little something about us, whether we like it or not.

    Doc Märtens’ first endeavor in footwear came during his time serving as a doctor in the Alps during World War II. After having hurt his foot while skiing (presumably during R&R), he decided that the standard military-issued boots he’d been wearing just weren’t sufficient enough for him to nurse his foot, so he thriftily cobbled together a pair of his own using softer leather and rubber from discarded tires.

    Back in Munich, Märtens bumped into an old friend who was intrigued by his innovation and the two teamed up, refining the design some, adding the signature yellow stitching, and anglicizing Märtens’ name. That first year, Martens’ soles were, maybe not so ironically, a big hit with housewives — and more specifically, women over 40 — who accounted for about 80% of sales within the enterprise’s first decade.

    Recent years have shown the company its fair share of hardships, and the brand briefly shuttered most of its production houses and stores in the UK in the early 2000s. The company seems to have bounced back in recent years, however, and in early 2018 Business Insider reported that Dr. Martens has been producing some 10 million pairs annually

    Dr. Martens’ AirWairs are some of the most durable and versatile kicks around. Let’s start with the air-cushioned soles. They’re not glued but melted to the welts using hot blades and rollers so that as both components cool, they forge one single piece of inseparable PVC. if you don’t believe me, watch this delightful Insider video to see just how well they’re made. If the de facto black is a little too punk rock or goth for your taste, there’s always cherry red, navy, green, and white.

    Sadly, the company has discontinued its “for life” boots, which were about three times expensive, a little sturdier (and heavier), and guaranteed — with free repairs — for life. The base model 1460s and 1490s are a more-than-reasonable middle-of-the-road boot well worth their price tag for anyone plying muck-ridden urban streets and sidewalks. Just be sure to pick up a tub of the Wonder Balsam to treat the leather (at least once) before you wear them. It’s worth it.

    Pros: Sole and welt are melted together and will never separate, affordable, waterproof, air-cushioned soles

    Cons: The “For Life” boots are discontinued, and these soles will likely wear out after a few years (like many of not most boots in this price range)

    Shop Dr. Martens boots at Zappos for $80 to $160



    The best classic boots for fall

    Why you'll love them: Frye's boots will never go out of style because they are classic, high-quality, leather boots.

    There's hardly another boot out there that comes anywhere near as close as Frye does to speaking to the heart of Americana, and the wild westerner that is surely alive and well somewhere inside each and every one of us.

    Frye has been making boots for a century and a half, staying true as glue to everything the company and its boots ever stood for. It's done custom work for everyone from Gene Autry to Carole King and Richard Nixon.

    Still, the company hasn't shied away from modernizing, which comes welcome to those of us who wish we could rock fully ornate cowboy boots in the office, but just can't quite pull it off.

    I have a pair of Sam Harness boots from Frye that I bought more than a decade ago. Everything on them has stayed perfectly intact, though several months of trodding through the brick and cobbled streets of Lisbon almost daily put a bit of a hurt on the cork soles, which could stand to be repaired.

    I'll go to a cobbler for this and probably spend the better part of a Benjamin, but it is undoubtedly worth it for me. If that's all that most of a decade's worth of extensive and abusive wear and tear costs me to get these boots back up to snuff, that still, year over year, keeps my footwear expenses low.

    Reviews we came across on the web were generally in the vein of this one by the financial advice website Wise Bread. Frye might not make the trendiest boots on the planet, but the boots sit atop a throne of timeless simplicity that no ephemeral fashion trend or season will ever usurp.

    Pros: Tough suede, no creasing, leather sole, subtly sleek and classic style

    Cons: Frye now only offers a one-year warranty (it used to be three), if you buy a pair with soles make of cork, they'll wear out faster; the company has taken most if not all production to Mexico and China, and skepticism is burgeoning over whether Frye boots will hold the same standard of quality going forward

    Shop men's boots at The Frye Company for $258 to $598



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    The Amazon original series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" tells the story of how Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1950s Jewish housewife from New York City's Upper West Side, embarks on a comedy career after being spurned by her husband.

    Taking home two Golden Globes and five Emmy Awards, the comedy ― which stars Rachel Brosnahan and was co-created by Amy Sherman-Palladino of "Gilmore Girls" fame  ― is also one of Amazon's highest-rated series, with an average rating of 4.9/5.

    The streaming service hasn't announced a release date for season two (you can check out the teaser trailer here), but here's some surprising trivia about the beloved series to hold you over.

    In the past, Rachel Brosnahan was told she wasn't funny. Now, she has an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying a comedian.

    If you've watched just one episode of "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," you'll know that Brosnahan's comedic timing is on point. Whether she's performing one of Midge's stand-up routines or verbally sparring with Tony Shalhoub, who plays Midge's father Abe, she imbues her performance with light-footed verve.

    It might come as a surprise, then, to learn that Brosnahan ― who previously appeared on shows such as the political drama "House of Cards" and "Manhattan," a WGN series about the development of the atomic bomb ― was told that comedy wasn't her forte.

    "I'm laughing [at the fact that] I'm now an award-winning comedic actress," she told Glamour. "Like, that feels absurd! I spent most of my life being told I wasn't funny. I've lost many jobs because people would say, ‘We really liked her, but she's just not funny.'"



    It's hard to imagine anyone else playing Midge Maisel, but Brosnahan thought she bombed her preliminary audition and was sick during her camera test with the show's creators.

    Although Brosnahan thought she bombed her preliminary audition, she was called back to do an informal camera test in LA in front of "Maisel" co-creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino.

    But even the second audition didn't go as planned since she was ill the whole time.

    "I rallied, but I honestly was so sick during the camera test — I was so sweaty Amy [Sherman-Palladino] kept stopping me because I had to powder my face, I was blowing my nose, I took my shoes off at some point … at best, that test was a beautiful disaster," she said in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.



    Sherman-Palladino is known for writing rapid-fire dialogue ― and Brosnahan drank a ton of coffee to get into character.

    Rapid-fire dialogue and clever repartee are signatures of any Sherman-Palladino project. (Can you even imagine "Gilmore Girls" without Rory and Lorelai's pop-culture-heavy, mile-a-minute exchanges?)

    Midge is no exception, and to nail her effervescence ― a blend of ideal-housewife charm and proto-feminist free-spiritedness ― Brosnahan made like the Gilmore women and drank lots of coffee to get into character and keep up with the pace.  

     



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