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    justin timberlake jessica biel

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been married for six years and they still post adorable videos and heartfelt Instagrams today.

    That doesn't mean, however, they didn't have their ups and downs. If you look back at their relationship history, you might be surprised to find the two actually broke up in 2011, before reuniting a few months later.

    Here's a timeline that reveals every major public milestone that Biel and Timberlake have shared, starting from the day they first met.

    January 2007: The two met and reportedly flirted at the Golden Globes.

    Justin Timberlake met Jessica Biel at the Golden Globes in 2007. Biel's "7th Heaven" co-star and pal, Beverly Mitchell, later talked about the initial encounter, revealing that she got to witness the sparks fly firsthand. "It was very, very sweet,"she told Access Hollywood Live. "They were definitely flirting. They were really cute."

    Timberlake later asked his friend to ask Biel if he could call her, and when they finally spoke on the phone, inviting the actress on a date didn't go all that well. "I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes," Timberlake later admitted in a press conference with the Hollywood Foreign Press, according to Us Weekly. "But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end, she agreed."

    Although it's unclear what exactly the couple did on their first date, People labeled them "special friends" after Jessica was spotted backstage at Justin's concert and the two were seen snowboarding at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Apparently, the two "never really kissed for a very long time," according to Biel, since Timberlake went on tour shortly after they met. 

    May 2007: The pair went public.

    In May 2007, when Biel flew out to join Timberlake on the UK leg of his tour, The Daily Mail shared photos of the couple kissing.

    In an interview with Parade, Biel revealed that having paparazzi following her and Timberlake was "difficult and sort of bizarre to deal with."

    September 2007: Timberlake spoke about his relationship with Biel.

    According to People magazine, Timberlake went on "Oprah" and said he was dating someone who "smells lovely." He also admitted that he gets "pretty romantic around her."

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    grad school test prep mainFrom yearly standardized testing in elementary school to AP tests in high school to college admission exams, our lives seem to consist of a never-ending series of multiple-choice questions, essays, and asking for more scratch paper. 

    Graduate school admission exams can be especially tricky to conquer because you've probably been out of school for at least a few years and are a little rusty with your test-taking skills. These tests are as much about knowing the content as they are about knowing the tricks surrounding format, timing, and scoring. 

    With some practice and guidance, you can jog your memory of actual test content as well as effective test-taking skills in no time. These courses and programs offer both structure and flexibility: they can help you develop a smart study plan and motivate you during the times when you just want to give up, but because they're online, they're less restrictive than in-person classes. 

    We found six great options, ranging in price and design, that will help you get the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT score you want. 


    Prepare for your test with Magoosh

    Berkeley-based startup Magoosh offers full-length practice tests, hundreds of online lessons and practice questions, study schedules, lecture notes, and other resources on its website and through its mobile app.

    The price, duration, and features of each plan differ depending on the type of test, but what you can expect from Magoosh as a whole are real results. If you don't see a score increase, you'll get your money back. 

    GRE$149 for six months of access to 200 video lessons, 1000+ practice questions, up to three practice tests, +5 total score guarantee, email assistance, and score predictor. 

    GMAT$249 for 12 months of access to 300+ video lessons, 1250+ practice questions, two practice tests, +50 total score guarantee, email assistance, and score predictor; a 12-month Guided Study option with flexible Skype tutoring is also available for $799. 

    LSAT$149 for 12 months of access to 500 practice questions, 300+ videos, and email assistance. 

    MCAT$99 for 12 months of access to 350 video lessons, three practice tests worth of questions, +10 total score guarantee, and email assistance. 


    Prepare for your test with Udemy

    Online learning platform Udemy is home to thousands of courses across different categories. You can search and take general overview courses on each test, or narrow down your scope to a specific section (e.g. math, verbal) that you need special assistance with.

    Its selection is limited compared to other sites, but the courses are affordable and allow for more flexibility since you pay per course instead of a whole program. 

    GREThe top-selling GRE course is offered by TutorMe and has five hours of original content, plus 500 practice problems. 

    GMATUdemy users love the NeatPrep guide to solving GMAT Math questions quickly. You'll need to get the GMAT Official Guide 2018 to follow along. 

    LSATNova's LSAT Prep Course says it provides the equivalent of a two-month, 50-hour course.


    Varsity Tutors

    Prepare for your test with Varsity Tutors

    Investors in online individualized tutoring service Varsity Tutors include Adam Levine and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Its award-winning online platform connects students one-on-one with experienced tutors so you'll get completely personalized lesson plans and attention, whenever you need it.

    If you've found that self-studying is ineffective, you should try Varsity Tutors. Since no two tutoring arrangements will be exactly the same, you'll need to request a price quote on its website. 

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    • Renault unveiled the EZ-ULTIMO self-driving, electric car that combines connected-car technology with traditional French luxury. 
    • "Renault EZ-ULTIMO offers a unique luxurious experience aboard a robo-vehicle that can be adapted depending on the service provider,” said Laurens van den Acker, SVP Corporate Design.
    • The concept is equipped with Level 4 autonomous-driving technology. 
    • EZ-ULTIMO also features a new entertainment platform called the Augmented Editorial Experience, or AEX. The system curates content for passengers based on their personal preferences. 

    Renault unveiled a self-driving, fully-electric concept car that will combine connected car technology with traditional French luxury on Wednesday at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. 

    "Inspired by contemporary architecture, and completely integrated in future smart cities, EZ-ULTIMO will provide an exclusive experience for all," Renault's SVP of corporate design, Laurens van den Acker said in a statement. "With autonomous, electric and connected cars, we are entering a new exciting era in automotive design."

    The concept isn't focused on individual ownership. Instead, it's meant to give us a glimpse of how luxury ride sharing could look and feel in the future. 

    As a result, EZ-ULTIMO is designed to available on-demand for rides that last an hour or even for as long as a day.  

    Equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving technology, the striking concept can function without any driver input in specific settings. According to Renault, the car can be adapted for use in a multitude of settings including in urban environment and on highways. It can also be programmed to work as a shuttle on specific roads. 

    The EZ-ULTIMO also features a new platform called the Augmented Editorial Experience. AEX basically curates editorial content for the passengers based on their personal preferences while they are traveling. 

    "As consumer trends change and people are enjoying ride-hailing services more and more, a new paradigm for mobility will emerge.  Embodying this revolution, Renault EZ-ULTIMO offers a unique luxurious experience aboard a robo-vehicle that can be adapted depending on the service provider," said van den Acker.

    Take a look at some photos below of the Renault EZ-ULTIMO: 

    SEE ALSO: Rolls-Royce revealed a custom Phantom limo that transforms into a private suite on wheels

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    The EZ-ULTIMO offers a new vision of driving.

    Imagine a future of being picked up at an airport ...

    ... or being dropped off at your hotel ...

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    sleep sleeping woman

    • Sleep allows our bodies to reset for optimal psychological and physiological functioning.
    • Failing to get enough sleep can affect concentration, make us irritable, and keep us feeling fatigued until the next time of rest.
    • Despite author Jennifer Still’s busy schedule, she still makes sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each night — here’s how.


    With their demanding schedules and heavy workloads, modern Americans may find it hard to get the seven to nine hours of sleep each night that the Mayo Clinic recommends for adults.

    But if you feel like you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not alone. A study by the CDC found that a third of Americans aren’t sleeping enough, and it may be impacting our health for the worse.

    The negative effects of sleep deprivation on our health are both physiological and psychological.

    According to a paper by the NIH, sleep deprivation “increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.” Additionally, not getting enough quality sleep affects mood, performance, concentration, and our ability to form memories.

    It can hurt your relationships and increase anxiety, too.

    To avoid the negative effects of sleep deprivation, I’ve made it a goal of mine to get at least eight hours of sleep per night, and with very few exceptions, I’ve been able to make it a habit. Here’s how I get eight hours of sleep every day, even when life is hectic:

    SEE ALSO: I taught myself how to cook — here are 8 tips if you feel hopeless in the kitchen

    I stop drinking caffeine after 2 p.m

    I’m a coffee addict and tend to sip cold brew or espresso shots throughout the day. However, consuming caffeine too late is a recipe for insomnia, so I’ve learned to keep it decaf after 2 p.m.

    I not only avoid coffee after this time, but I also stay away from any caffeinated drinks like green tea and Diet Coke.

    I wear comfortable pajamas

    I’ve found that wearing clothes that are too constricting or uncomfortable inhibits my ability to sleep well. Likewise, pajamas that are seasonally inappropriate could leave you too hot or cold in the middle of the night.

    I take an evening bath

    I find taking a bath to be a relaxing way to clear my mind before hitting the hay. Research shows that bathing before bed can help improve sleep quality.

    But this may only work if you leave yourself some time to cool down from a bath.

    According to Time, hot baths or showers affect your circadian rhythm, or the biological clock that tells your body when to sleep and wake. Heating up signals to your body and brain that you should be awake and alert. Give yourself one or two hours to cool down after a shower before climbing into your bed.

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    Health technology startups are seeing a lot of green, as investors are pouring in to get a piece of the industry's hottest young companies. 

    Digital health startups this year have already raised $6.8 billion in funding, 20% more than the total raised in 2017, according to the seed fund Rock Health.

    Investors are overwhelmingly in support of bringing healthcare services to the home, with companies offering on-demand healthcare services as their main draw receiving the most funding. This category includes in-home care, prescription delivery, and telehealth companies. The takeaway? Consumers still want in-person interactions with physicians and nurses and also want healthcare to be more accessible and convenient. 

    While around 63% of the overall funding coming from independent venture funds, corporate entities such as big pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies are also becoming significant investors. One example of this is GSK's $300 million investment in genetic data company 23andMe

    Tech companies are also staking a claim in the space as highlighted by Amazon's continued push into healthcare.  

    Here are the digital health companies that have raised the most funding this year. 

    SEE ALSO: The market for biotech IPOs is red hot — here are the top 10 of 2018

    SEE ALSO: Mount Sinai teamed up with the designers who created projects for Nike and Beyonce to build a futuristic, new clinic — and it's reimagining how healthcare is delivered

    Peloton Interactive raised $550 million. It created an at-home bike that allows users to live-stream fitness classes. It also launched an at-home treadmill this year.

    The company was rejected over 5,000 times by investors but is now worth $4 billion. According to Peloton CEO John FoleyPeloton wants to reinvent the way people work out altogether. Business Insider's Mary Hanbury also tried out the fitness bike for herself, read about her experience here

    23andMe, which makes consumer genetic tests, raised $300 million.

    23andMe was co-founded in 2006 by CEO Anne Wojcicki (the sister of YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki) and Linda Avey, who left the company in 2009. After some back and forth with the FDA, the company in April 2017 was officially authorized to market its direct-to-consumer tests for 10 different medical diseases and conditions, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. 

    In July, drug giant GlaxoSmithKline signed a $300 million deal with the company. Business Insider's Lydia Ramsey tried out the company's $199 tests here

    American Well, which connects patients with doctors in real-time over video, raised $291 million.

    American Well is one of the best funded companies in the digital health space. It competes with similar companies like Teladoc and Doctor on Demand for investor attention. It's part of a wave of telemedicine that big companies like Apple have even dabbled in. 

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    stranger thingsWith mysterious monsters, a girl with superpowers, and a whole bunch of '80s references, there's so much to love about Netflix's "Stranger Things." And while it's easy to get distracted by all the magic that happens on-screen, we can't forget about the interesting work that goes on behind-the-scenes as well.

    As we patiently wait for thelatest news on the show's third season, we're rounding up some secrets straight from the set that you might not already know.

    Before getting picked up by Netflix, the Duffer brothers' idea was rejected multiple times.

    The estimate is that their pitch was rejected 15 to 20 times, mostly because networks wanted it to be either a kids show or a show about Jim Hopper (David Harbour).

    The show was originally supposed to be based in Montauk.

    It was even called "Montauk"— a nod to a conspiracy theory about a lab that inspired the story — before the show's co-creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, decided to switch the setting to a small, fictional town. They later came up with the name "Stranger Things," in part because it sounded like the Stephen King novel, "Needful Things."

    A list of the show's alternate titles is somewhere out there. ButMatt Duffer told the "Daily Beast"he hopes it's never leaked because "it is so embarrassing."

    They auditioned 906 boys and 307 girls ahead of the first season.

    Rather than have them read the actual scripts, the kids were asked to read scenes from the movie "Stand By Me," according to Entertainment Weekly. Finn Wolfhard, the actor who plays Mike, was sick at the time, so he sent in a recording of himself reciting the lines from his bed.

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    Amazon made sure to mention it had "listened to our critics " when the company announced Tuesday it was raising the minimum wage for its workers to $15 an hour.

    Indeed, Amazon's pay practices have faced a lot of scrutiny — Sen. Bernie Sanders has been one of the most visible and ardent critics of Amazon. Most recently, the senator introduced a bill to Congress named after CEO Jeff Bezos, and has criticized the company for its practices in terms of employee pay, benefits and safety.

    But the flack Amazon has gotten hasn't come from Sanders alone. As the largest online retailer in the United States, the company has been subject to scrutiny from politicians, activist groups, and small businesses as it continues to grow.

    Here's a look at the biggest criticisms leveled against Amazon in the past year:

    SEE ALSO: We spent a day with China's rock star of AI, whose new book says China's machine learning superiority will subjugate Americans to 'technological colonization'

    August 2017: Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods further established its position as a corporation on the rise, and a target for criticisms of destroying small business while subjecting employees to poor working conditions and minimum wage.

    While you may appreciate how easy it is to turn to Amazon as a one-stop retailer you don't have to leave your couch to shop at, smaller businesses are struggling to keep up with the corporation. This situation was especially evident when Amazon acquired Whole Foods, sending other grocery chains scrambling to keep up.

    Amazon's dominance over the retail industry isn't anything new. Bezos' company has expanded into a variety of other industries, including healthcare, athletic apparel, and home insurance. The ability for this supercorporation to send entire retail sectors into tailspins even has its very own name — getting "Amazon'd." 

    This retail takeover has contributed to the e-commerce giant's growing reputation as "a symbol of everything wrong with big business." Amazon's place in the Reputation Institute's ranking of popular companies has steadily fallen, and was pushed out of the top spot in the retail category by Barnes & Noble.

    Many of the concerns that have been raised over the steady rise of Amazon were once aimed at Walmart. These two mega-retailers share a history of worrisome claims over their respective working cultures. Employees of bother retailers have — for years — recounted tales of brutal working conditions, intimidating workplace regimes, and poor pay practices.

    March 2018: Sen. Bernie Sanders steps onto the scene of throwing jabs at Amazon and other corporations for their "extraordinary power." But the senator wasn't the first politician to lash out against big business — Donald Trump had already been name-dropping Amazon in several tweets for well over a year.

    Before Sanders zeroed in on the issue of Amazon's worker pay, the corporation had been subject to criticism from highly visible politicians.

    Amazon has been a frequent target for criticism from Trump's personal Twitter account, but his attacks on the e-commerce giant are widespread: taking issue with its relationship with the U.S. Postal Service, accusing Bezos of using the Washington Post (which he owns) to lobby for Amazon, and blaming its tax practices for killing small businesses.

    In March, Sanders joined Trump in criticizing Amazon. The Vermont senator expressed concern about "companies like Amazon" exercising "monopoly power" in an interview with The Guardian. He followed this up by telling CNN he thought Amazon was getting "too big."

    "We're seeing this incredibly large company getting involved in almost every area of commerce,"Sanders told CNN. "And I think it is important to take a look at the power and influence that Amazon has."

    In the same interview, Sanders does briefly mention raising the U.S. minimum wage to a "living wage" of $15 an hour, for the "millions of people who are working two or three jobs because wages are much too low." 

    April 2018: Several Amazon workers told Business Insider their "horror stories" of the working conditions inside the retailer's warehouses. These accounts came soon after Bezos was named the richest man in the world.

    Soon after an undercover journalist revealed his experience working in Amazon's warehouse (which he described as having the culture of a "prison"), multiple employees for the retailer shared their stories with Business Insider.

    Workers talked about urinating in trash cans to save time and keep up with expected targets, undergoing constant surveillance while on the job, and having their breaks cut because of lines for airport-like security to get into the warehouses.

    In the wake of these stories, workers rights activists rebuked Amazon, and Bezos was greeted at an event in Berlin with protesters wanting to "make Amazon pay." While the median annual compensation for Amazon employees was $28,446 in April, Bezos' compensation topped $1.6 million. The following month, the Amazon founder and CEO officially became the richest man in recent history.


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    Contrary to how effortless, natural, and erotic they seem on screen, Hollywood sex scenes take a great deal of thoughtfulness, hard work, and preparation to create.

    Like any aspect of film or television, there are countless crew members — from casting to camera work to editing — whose combined efforts create the movie magic we see in the final product.

    Because the subject matter of love scenes is so personal, those involved have a variety of secret tricks and techniques up their sleeves to make scenes convincing for audiences and as comfortable as possible for actors.

    Nudity and simulated sex are outlined in detail in the actor's contract and discussed prior to casting.

    If you're seeing a naked actor on screen, it's important to know that legal contracts that outlined the details of the nudity were signed prior to the actor ever accepting the role.

    SAG-AFTRA, the entertainment industry labor union, designates anudity rider as a requirement in contracts for roles which require "nudity, partial nudity or simulated sex acts."

    This document is negotiated by the actor, their representatives, and the production team. Within the rider are detailed descriptions of what the actor is willing to do on screen. This includes scene information, the type of nudity required, limitations on usage of the footage, and any details or terms the actor and producer agree upon.

    It's not unusual for a nudity rider to include minute details such as exactly which body parts are visible, how much of the body part can be seen, and for how long the body part is shown.

    Although the nudity rider is a contract, SAG-AFTRA reiterates the importance of consent, saying, "Remember, even if you have signed a nudity rider, you have the right to withdraw consent at any time prior to filming of the scene."

    If an actor is working on a non-union film, they are not protected by the union. This is why many actors choose not to do nudity or simulated sex in any non-union productions.

    Some directors prefer sex scenes to be choreographed in detail.

    For any scene, blocking is a typical first step. Directors do a walk-through with actors, discussing where they should move during the scene and when.

    The same is often done during sex scenes. Some directors like David Fincher ("Gone Girl,""Fight Club,""Seven") will outline specific movements prior to filming.

    In an interview withOut magazine, Neil Patrick Harris said of his role in "Gone Girl,""We had to rehearse the sex scene with David, like every inch of it — 'Then you put your mouth on his d--- here, and then this number of thrusts, and then you ejaculate,' It was weird because we're technically breaking down the sex scene. He wanted it to be almost robotic, that we know exactly where we are, position-wise, where everything goes."


    There are, however, times when directors prefer improv during sex scenes.

    For other directors, such as Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club,""Wild,""Big Little Lies") choreography can muddle up the natural rhythm of the love scene.

    When asked by theNew York Times about his preference between choreography or blocking during sex scenes, he said, "There was no specific choreography, but there's a way of setting a tone. Restricted crew, it's just available light where we can move 360 degrees with the camera — this is the intention, and let's see where it goes from there. [In "Wild"] it wasn't specifically planned for this guy to take Reese [Witherspoon], to turn her on her back, and take her from behind, but it just happened as we were shooting. And [in "Dallas Buyers Club"] with Matthew [McConaughey], at one point he had a threesome, with two girls in this trailer home with his friend watching him, and he was on fire."

    Whether or not an actor is willing to allow improv during the filming of sex scenes is something that can be negotiated in their SAG nudity rider.

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    PlayStation Classic

    Sony will release the PlayStation Classic, a mini version of its original video game console, on December 3rd. The console will come with 20 pre-selected games built-in and a pair of USB PlayStation controllers for $99. The PlayStation Classic follows the trend of the recently released Nintendo Classic and NEOGEO Mini, collecting some of the most memorable titles from past consoles and making them easily accessible for nostalgic fans.

    The PlayStation Classic will employ new technology to make the console more compact and eliminate the need for CD-ROM discs and memory cards. But in some ways, the new design falls short of some of the features offered by the original PlayStation.

    The PlayStation Classic won't use analog controls.

    Despite the console's focus on 3D gaming, the original PlayStation controller only featured a four-way directional pad for movement. Two years after the PlayStation's 1995 launch, Sony introduced the Dual Analog controller which, as the name suggests, had two analog sticks to provide a full 360-degree range of motion.

    Analog controls made games requiring frequent diagonal inputs, like "Metal Gear Solid" and "Tekken 3" easier to control and were popular enough to warrant re-releases of classic PlayStation games like "Resident Evil." The original Dual Analog also featured a flight stick mode for pilot simulation games like "Ace Combat 2" and "Colony Wars."

    Considering that the dual analog design is now the standard for all video game console controllers, it's odd that Sony decided to choose the controller with less features and a shorter lifespan. Furthermore, considering the amount of 3D movement in PlayStation's most popular games, analog control would offer a clear improvement in gameplay.


    No DualShock controller also means no rumble support for the games it was built for.

    Within six months of releasing the Dual Analog controller, Sony introduced the DualShock, a controller line that has continued through to the PlayStation 4. The DualShock added rumble support to the Dual Analog controller with two vibrating motors. While vibrating controllers are now the standard, the DualShock's ability to provide feedback to players was considered novel at the time. Racing games like "Gran Turismo 2" and "Wipeout XL" felt just a bit more genuine with the controller rumbling along with the engine.

    One of the console's most popular action games, "Ape Escape," actually required the use of the a DualShock controller, meaning it will likely be excluded from the final list of PlayStation Classic titles. Considering that dozens of PlayStation games featured rumble support it seems like a mistake to ignore the feature.

    The PlayStation was a great CD player, but the PlayStation Classic has no music playback.

    One of the more overlooked features of the original PlayStation was its ability to play CDs. The console was heralded by audiophiles as a cheap alternative to expensive front end CD players due to its high playback quality and RCA audio output. Certain PlayStation games would even let you swap out the disc for a music CD once the game had loaded, allowing you to listen to your own music while playing. 

    The PlayStation Classic is too small to hold a disc, but does include USB slots that could allow for basic mp3 playback. Gaming will always be the focus for PlayStation, but the consoles have always been multi-featured entertainment systems. Seeing the PlayStation Classic include some functionality beyond the limited list of 20 games would be a big bonus.

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    Whether you're an ex-pat or a vacationer, sometimes you just want a taste of home. But it can be hard to find what you're looking for when your favorite dish is called by an unfamiliar name.

    Keep reading to learn about 15 foods that have different names around the world, from French fries to peanut butter.

    French fries (US) are called "chips" in the UK, and "frites" in French-speaking countries.

    In the UK and Ireland, what people in America call French fries are called "chips" and are famously served alongside fried fish. Typically eaten with salt and vinegar, variations range from chips and curry to meaty chips and gravy.

    French-speaking countries such as France and Belgium use the term "frites," short for "pommes frites"― which itself is an abbreviation of "pommes de terre frites," or fried potatoes. Thanks to the popularity of French cuisine around the globe, you've probably seen frites listed on menus as part of dishes like steak-frites (steak and fries) and moules-frites (mussels and fries).

    Brits say "crisps," Americans say "potato chips."

    Since Brits refer to fries as "chips," they have a different name than Americans for potato chips ― "crisps." 

    In Europe, what Americans call hot dogs are called "Vienna sausages" or "frankfurters."

    What Americans call hot dogs are known as frankfurters and wienerwurst (Vienna sausage), in Germany, Austria, and other European countries.

    Although the phrase "hot dog" is used in Australia and New Zealand, the Kiwi iteration refers to a deep-fried dog (for a non-fried version, you need to request an "American hot dog").

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    A good leather jacket should be looked at as an investment piece. It'll never go out of style and you'll be able to wear it for many years to come. While every man should make it a point to add one to their closet, not everyone can afford to shell out close to or more than $1,000 for a luxury style.

    Settling for a cheap faux leather jacket might seem like the only plausible alternative, but it won't last nearly as long as a genuine leather jacket. With a $450 budget (in some cases, less) and a little bit of digging, it's possible to find just about any style you want.

    To spare you the hassle, we already did the digging for you and rounded up our favorite picks. Whether you're going for a timeless leather bomber or a fringed motorcycle jacket for a Mick Jagger-meets-Jimi Hendrix look, you'll find it here.

    Check them out, below:

    Andrew Marc Horace Leather Moto Jacket

    Andrew Marc Horace Leather Moto Jacket, $450

    Made out of soft water-resistant sheepskin leather, the Andrew Marc Horace features a modern motorsports design that's surprisingly versatile. Whether you're suiting up to ride your new bike or you're wearing on top of a button-up shirt, you'll look sleek and stylish.

    DSTLD Leather Bomber Jacket

    DSTLD Leather Bomber Jacket, $320

    Clothing startup DSTLD is best known for its premium denim, but its leather jackets are also top-notch. It transforms the classic MA-1 flight jacket style with a full-grain leather that's durable and warm.

    ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Leather Biker Jacket

    ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Leather Biker Jacket, $237

    The ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Jacket is perfect for achieving that old-school look. It features black leather contrasted by bright silver hardware, and an adjustable belted waist. And at $237, you'll be able to keep a lot of money in your pocket.


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    Amazon Goodthreads

    • Amazon owns many private-label brands.
    • In fact, Amazon may own more than 70 of its own private-label brands — at least 60 of which were released in 2017 or later, according to Recode.
    • Some of these private labels are obviously owned by Amazon, like AmazonBasics, but others show very little indication that they're owned by the e-commerce giant.

    Amazon owns many private-label brands. 

    Recode reported in April that Amazon owns upwards of 70 of its own private-label brands — at least 60 of which were released in 2017 or later. 

    Some of them are obviously Amazon-owned, like AmazonBasics. Others, however, are a little less in-your-face about being owned by Amazon. 

    Many of Amazon's private-label brands were started in niche categories like batteries or pet carriers, but lately, Amazon has been branching into categories that already have well-established leaders, like paper towels, which is led by Bounty. Though Amazon may not be able to beat out its competitors in these categories, private labels help to increase customer loyalty by making them exclusive to Amazon. Some of the private-label brands, such as Solimo, are even listed as being available exclusively to Prime members.

    The products Amazon sells via private label range from basic care items like cold medicine to tech accessories, fashion, and many other categories. 

    Here are some of the brands you might be surprised to learn are owned by Amazon: 

    SEE ALSO: Amazon just opened a new store that sells only its best products. Here's what it's like to shop there.

    Arabella — Lingerie

    Basic Care — Pain relief and antacids

    Source: One Click Retail

    Beauty Bar — Cosmetics

    Source: Quartz

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    Now that October is finally here, it's time to get into the Halloween spirit, and what better way than by rewatching the scariest, spookiest, and sometimes funniest episodes of your favorite shows? If tapping into your fear with horror movies just isn't doing it for you, don't worry — there is so much quality Halloween TV out there.

    Between every Dunder Mifflin employee dressing up in costume on "The Office" to "The Simpsons" classic annual Halloween specials, there's so much to choose from, no matter what you're in the mood for.

    Looking for Halloween TV? These episodes will definitely give you a giant dose of spooky.

    "Boy Meets World" does a decent job at merging scary and funny

    Taking place during that insufferable period of time when Cory and Topanga are broken up, season five, episode 17, "And Then There Was Shawn", finds the gang trapped in the school after they've been given detention. A series of campy (and sometimes bloody) scares follow until Shawn is finally revealed as the killer, all because he just wants his best friends to get back together.

    "Friends" gave us Chandler as a pink bunny

    In season eight, episode six, "The One With The Halloween Party," everyone gathers at Monica's for a Halloween party in costume, including Chandler as a bunny when his "Velveteen Rabbit" costume didn't work out… and Joey as Chandler for a costume. The funniest part of the episode? Probably the way that everyone can't stop making fun of Ross' spud-nik costume.

    "Grey's Anatomy" had Meredith creeped out by her mom's ashes

    Shortly after Ellis Grey dies, Meredith's confronted with what to do with her ashes in the fifth episode of season four, "Haunt You Every Day," which leads her to bring them to work until she makes a decision on the perfect place to lay her mom to rest.

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    There are few celebrity relationships that stand the test of time in the public eye, but married couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have been together since 2007.

    Just recently, Bell posted a heartfelt note to Shepard on Instagram congratulating him on 14 years sober. In the post she wrote, "I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you."

    Here is a comprehensive look at Shepard and Bell's relationship timeline.

    2007: Bell and Shepard met at a hockey game.

    Bell and Shepard first met at a Detroit Red Wings hockey game in 2007, but it wasn't love at first sight.

    "When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their unbridled happiness," Shepard told Good Housekeeping. "I thought, 'Something stinks here; they're in a cult.' But slowly I began to see her positive way of looking at the world. She gives people the benefit of the doubt."

    2007: The pair started dating but were fighting often, according to Bell.

    In an interview with Harry Connick Jr., Bell revealed that when they met, their relationship was somewhat "toxic."

    "When we first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more. We'd get in a fight because we'd fight a lot, and I'd yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I'd slam the front door, then I'd get in my car and then I'd skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out," she said. 

    She went on to say that "Three months into our relationship he was like: 'You can't leave anymore during fights. I'm not going to do that.'" 

    Bell said this made her realize Shepard was right and she has since changed her fighting methods.

    ~2007: Bell recently revealed the couple broke up before getting engaged.

    Bell recently told PopSugar that she and Shepard actually broke up after dating for about three months.

    "He sat me down and said, 'I can't have this right now. I think you're wonderful, but I am still dating other people,'" she said. "And then I, like, liquefied and fell to the ground, but I felt incredibly respected that he had the balls to tell me we weren't in the same place."

    She continued to say that Shepard quickly realized he made a mistake and came back a few days later. 

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    Electric mixer eggs baking doughEveryone wants to save money on food — but while there are plenty of things that work, some methods just aren't all they're cracked up to be.

    Here are some common money-saving food and cooking hacks that could be costing you more than you think. 

    Automatically assuming buying in bulk is the cheapest option won't always save you money.

    The bulk aisle — or wholesale stores that sell huge quantities of food items — can be a great place to save money on food. But that isn't always the case, as NPR's The Salt reported.

    Prices for the same item you plan to buy in bulk can vary drastically depending on the stores around you. The only way to know for sure that you're getting the best deal is to do the legwork and compare your locally available prices for yourself.

    If you're comparing bulk prices to online prices, remember to factor in shipping costs. 

    Buying perishable foods in bulk isn't always worth it.

    If you have the freezer space, it can be wise to take advantage of a great deal and stock up on foods you eat often or will use for an upcoming gathering. But, if there's no way you can use or eat them before they expire, the money you saved during the sale won't matter.

    The same holds true of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and any other perishables that might seem like they offer amazing savings at the moment. Consider your upcoming cooking plans before buying anything in bulk.

    Buying kitchen gadgets you won't really use won't save you much time or money.

    If you make veggie noodles often, a vegetable spiralizer is probably a wise purchase. But, if you cook them once a year it might not be worth it. 

    If you're looking to save money in the kitchen, you might want to think seriously about how often you're likely to use a new gadget before you spend money on it.

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    Let's face it: Junk food is hard to resist — even for some of Hollywood's biggest names.

    Despite the fact that may follow a strict diet and intense exercise regimen, stars still indulge in their favorite treats and fast foods from time to time.

    Below, see what 16 celebrities love to eat when they're in a snacking mood, from Twix bars and Cheetos to White Castle and Taco Bell.

    Chrissy Teigen really loves the nacho cheese dust on Doritos.

    In a 2017 interview with Delish, the model said she likes to lick the "nacho cheese seasoning" off Doritos and put the chips back in the bag.

    Teigen, who said she "eats fast food a few times a week," also professed her love for Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco.

    Katy Perry has been outspoken about her love for all types of fast food.

    The singer, who once dressed up as a Flamin' Hot Cheeto, told Us Weekly in 2013 that her favorite ice cream is Cold Stone Creamery's Birthday Cake Remix and her favorite comfort food is boot-shaped chicken nuggets, specifically.

    Perry also once waited an hour to get food from Taco Bell in Tokyo, Japan, according to an Instagram post from 2015.

    Anna Kendrick not-so-secretly loves Taco Bell.

    During an appearance on TBS' "Conan" in 2012, the actress revealed to Conan O'Brien that she loves Taco Bell — so much so that she wouldn't shy away from an endorsement deal.

    The "Pitch Perfect" star also called herself a "reverse Gremlin" for only eating her guilty pleasure fast food after midnight.

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    At Katmai National Park and Preserve, the beginning of October can only mean one thing: Fat Bear Week.

    To celebrate the beginning of hibernation season for the park's brown bears, Katmai pits them all against each other on Facebook, asking the internet to vote on which bear they think has gained the most weight since coming out of their last hibernation.

    In its fourth year, the competition now has a bracket for people to predict who they think will take home the crown on Fat Bear Tuesday.

    Keep scrolling to meet this year's chubbiest contenders.

    October 3 marks Katmai National Park's 4th Annual Fat Bear Week!

    The park regularly posts hilarious photos and videos of the bears that reside in the park on Facebook — like this one of a bear belly-flopping off a waterfall.

    You might be asking... what is Fat Bear Week? Well, it's a joyous celebration of the bears that call the national park home, and of their frankly astounding weight gain over the past few months, which prepares them for hibernation.

    In fact, they need to gain the weight, in order to survive — bears can lose up to a third of their body weight during hibernation.

    The park would like to make clear that "there’s no fat shaming here." It's all love for these bears and their extra junk in the trunk.

    According to their website, "In brown bears, large amounts of body fat are indicative of good health and strong chances of survival. The bears need stores of fat to help them survive hibernation, which can last for up to half of the year."

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    Microsoft is rolling out the October 2018 Update to Windows 10 users now, and with it comes a ton of new features. 

    Microsoft releases these updates twice a year, and they're packed with too many new features and changes in one place — especially when most of them probably won't be noticed by the majority of PC users. 

    So, here's a list of new Windows 10 features that might have the most impact for users on a day-to-day basis. And, hey, maybe you'll learn something new that you can incorporate into your daily routine. The headlining features: The ability for Android phone owners to send and receive texts straight from their PC. 

    Personally, I'll be making an effort to use Timeline and the new Cloud Clipboard more often. 

    Generally speaking, if you have automatic updates installed, the Windows 10 October 2018 update will start going out in waves on October 9. If you're dying to have it now, though, you can go into your PC's settings and have it check for updates, per the instructions from Microsoft here.

    Check out nine of the best new Windows 10 features and updates:

    SEE ALSO: The latest version of Windows 10 lets you easily transfer photos and send text messages from your Android phone — here's how to do it

    You can now link your Android phone to your Windows 10 PC for text messages and photos

    With the Your Phone app, you can now link your Android phone to your Windows 10 computer to send and receive texts and transfer your photos from one to the other.

    It's a pretty significant feature, and a good start to making your mobile devices more connected to your computers. 

    You can check out how to set it up here.

    Your Timeline in Windows 10 can also be viewed on your iPhone or Android phone

    Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled Timeline, a Windows 10 feature that kept track of which files and webpages you were accessing, and when, so you could figuratively trace your digital steps and find what you were looking for.

    Now, Android users can install the Microsoft Launcher app and access that same Timeline so you can find the website or Office 365 file you wanted. Microsoft says that it's coming to iPhone at some point soon as well.

    The Cloud Clipboard feature lets you copy text or a picture from one computer, and paste it on another.

    Windows 10 already keeps a record of everything you copy, including text and images, with the Clipboard feature. It also lets you copy multiple things, without having to paste. You can can see everything you've copied by hitting the Windows+V keys on your keyboard.

    With the new Cloud Clipboard feature, your copied clips can be synced with other Windows 10 devices, too. It should prove useful for anyone who switches between multiple Windows 10 PCs. 

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    A great college football game is about much more than what happens on the field, which is why it's crucial to identify the top stadiums in order to maximize your gameday experience.—a startup that has revolutionized customer reviews for local businesses—has made that easy by using data from Google reviews to identify the best Division I college football stadiums in the country as of last season.

    In order to be eligible for the rankings, a stadium had to have 30 or more reviews. Podium then consolidated all of the review data through its platform to produce the following rankings:

    25. Jones AT&T Stadium at Texas Tech University

    Overall star rating: 4.655

    Total number of reviews: 119

    One thing to know: The Goin' Band from Raiderland—Texas Tech's 400-member hype squad that is widely regarded as one of the best marching bands in the country — marches out of the stadium and across campus to much fanfare after every home game.

    24. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida

    Overall star rating: 4.657

    Total number of reviews: 458

    One thing to know: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium—more commonly known as "The Swamp"—is home to the Gator Chomp, one of the most iconic fan gestures in college football. Fans stretch out their arms and clap their hands together to mimic an alligator snapping its mouth.

    23. Apogee Stadium at University of North Texas

    Overall star rating: 4.660

    Total number of reviews 53

    One thing to know: Apogee Stadium was designed by HKS, the same architecture firm that created the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium.

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    FILE PHOTO: People attend the YouTube Fanfest in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

     YouTube's streaming alternative to cable TV has earned rave reviews since its launch nearly two years ago — but YouTube isn't resting on its laurels.  

    On Thursday, YouTube TV introduced a bunch of new features that improve the user experience of the subscription streaming service and enhance its DVR capabilities. 

    The new features come as YouTube TV continues to expand its content menu beyond its existing selection of cable TV and traditional TV channels.  Earlier this week, reported that the NBA League Pass would soon become available on YouTube for $40 a month or $249 for the entire 2018-19 season.

    As a growing number of consumers look for ways to "cut the cord," YouTube TV has emerged as one of the stronger alternatives to traditional cable TV.  Here's how AllianceBernstein analyst Tony Sacconaghi Jr. put it in a May report

    "YouTube TV remains a shockingly good deal," the analyst wrote. "And remember, this is with no yearly contract, and no hidden fees. The cost savings are only part of the story...the fact of the matter is that YouTube TV is not merely cheaper than cable TV, but it is also better."

    The newest YouTube TV features, most of which will automatically update for users, are another step forward. Check out some of the coolest new features coming to YouTube TV:

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

    You can now choose to whether to watch a show, say a sports event or your favorite series, via video-on-demand or a DVR version.

    If you click on the DVR version, you get more playback flexibility.

    YouTube's DVR let you pause anytime,  rewind, and fast forward—even past ads. 

    The service also offers unlimited storage space for cloud DVR, and that means nobody has to worry about exceeding limits. Users can load as many shows, games and movies as they want into YouTube TV's DVR. 

    YouTube TV added a dark theme to cut down on glare.

    The Dark Theme darkens the background on your PC while you watch YouTube TV.

    According to YouTube, not only does this reduce glare, but also enables viewers to"take in the true colors of the videos."

    These are the kinds of user-experience bells and whistles that help YouTube stay ahead of the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the world.  And this might be a good place to explain the reasons Sacconaghi said he believes YouTube TV is better than traditional cable.

    "Cable companies are not tech companies," he wrote. "Their apps never work quite right. The user interfaces lag. The streams don't buffer properly. Cloud recordings mysteriously fail to record."



    YouTube TV also tweaked its Live TV tab.

    Subscribers can check out what's showing at the more than 60 television networks that YouTube TV offers. 

    To make surfing all those channels a breeze there's a live preview (rather than just a thumbnail) that's visible as you scroll down the list of channels. 

    The Live tab can now also be customized, so you can reorder channels and networks in the guide while hiding others.

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