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    Range Rover Velar

    • The Range Rover Velar is brand new for 2018.
    • It's the latest addition to Land Rover's Range Rover family of luxury SUVs.
    • The Range Rover Velar is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a supercharged V6, and a turbo diesel.
    • Our Velar R-Dynamic HSE test car came with a 3.0 liter, 380 horsepower supercharged V6.
    • In the marketplace, the midsize Velar competes against established rivals like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE. 
    • The 2018 Range Rover Velar starts at $49,900 while our option laden test car carried an as-tested price of $90,170.

    For much of its life, Range Rover was about its tall rugged stance and squared off edges.

    But what may have started life as a no-nonsense Land Rover with an extra dose of civility, has now spawned into a family of sleek luxury SUVs. 

    Range Rover is one of three families of vehicles that live under the Land Rover corporate umbrella. The other two are Discovery and the temporarily dormant Defender.

    These days, Range Rover is sleek, sexy, and stylish. While it may be perfectly comfortable slogging through the jungles of Borneo, its look is decidedly more Beverly Hills boutique. 

    The latest addition to the Range Rover clan is the midsize Velar. 

    The Velar may be brand new for 2018 but its name dates back to the very beginning of Range Rover's existence. 

    In the late 1960s, Land Rover used to the Velar moniker on its secret Range Rover prototypes to keep prying eyes at bay. Nearly five decades later, it reappears as a standalone model.

    Recently, Jaguar Land Rover lent us a top-of-the-line 2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic HSE in Byron Blue. The base Velar starts at $49,900 while our V6-powered R-Dynamic HSE started at $77,100. Options and fees pushed our test car's as-tested price to a lofty $90,170.

    Let's take a closer look: 

    SEE ALSO: We drove an all-new $116,000 Lexus LS 500 to see if it can still strike fear into the hearts of Mercedes-Benz and BMW — here's the verdict

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    The Velar is the latest addition to Land Rover's family of four Range Rover SUVs.



    With a starting price of $49,900, the Velar slots in above the compact Evoque and...



    ...Below the Range Rover Sport and...



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    jared goff

    Week 5 of the NFL season is here, and Microsoft's Cortana is back to make picks in a head-to-head showdown with Elo.

    We took a look at two popular systems used to pick NFL games: Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, and Elo, the modeling system used by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. In both cases, the computers are picking outright winners and not against the spread. However, each gives a likelihood of a team's winning, which, in theory, could help measure the strength of certain lines.

    Cortana won the regular season matchup last year, going 162-78 (68%) overall, and 111-38 (75%) over the last ten weeks (we did not track Week 17 because of the wonky nature of the final week). Elo was not far behind, going 154-86 (64%) overall.

    Cortana is off to a strong start in 2018, going 30-16-1 the last three weeks. Elo is not far behind at 26-20-1. Both models went 11-4 in Week 4.

    Here are the picks for Week 5, with each model's percent chance of winning in parentheses. Point spreads are just for reference, via Vegas Insider as of Thursday morning.

    Thursday Night Football

    • Indianapolis at New England (-10) — PATRIOTS (Elo 83%; Cortana 80%)


    Sunday afternoon games — early window

    • Baltimore (-3) at Cleveland — RAVENS (Elo 76%; Cortana 60%)
    • Jacksonville at Kansas City (-3) — CHIEFS (Elo 68%; Cortana 67%)
    • Tennessee (-3.5) at Buffalo — BILLS (Elo 52%); TITANS (Cortana 66%)
    • New York Giants at Carolina (-7) — PANTHERS (Elo 80%; Cortana 70%)
    • Denver at New York Jets (-1) — JETS (Elo 56%; Cortana 63%)
    • Atlanta at Pittsburgh (-3) — STEELERS (Elo 57%; Cortana 58%)
    • Green Bay (-1.5) at Detroit — LIONS (Elo 60%); PACKERS (Cortana 60%)
    • Miami at Cincinnati (-6) — BENGALS (Elo 63%; Cortana 63%)


    Sunday afternoon games — late window

    • Oakland at Los Angeles Chargers (-5) — CHARGERS (Elo 73%; Cortana 61%)
    • Arizona at San Francisco (-4) — 49ERS (Elo 66%; Cortana 55%)
    • Minnesota at Philadelphia (-3) — EAGLES (Elo 70%; Cortana 64%)
    • Los Angeles Rams (-7) at Seattle — PICK'EM (Elo 50%); RAMS (Cortana 74%)


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    queer eye season1Chances are you've at least heard of the Netflix reboot that has stolen the hearts of the world: "Queer Eye." The "Fab Five"  made up of Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, and Antoni Porowski — have taken off with fame since the first season aired earlier this year, but this isn't the first time the Fab Five has made an appearance.

    The show is actually a reboot of 2003's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," which amassed a cult following as well as an Emmy win and two nominations during its five seasons on the air. Although some aspects of the show have changed — mainly the new version doesn't just makeover straight guys — the core aspect of the gang of hosts has stayed the same, save for a casting update.

    Here's the cast of "Queer Eye" then and now.

    Carson Kressley's eye for style and big personality made him instantly recognizable.

    Before there was Tan France, there was Carson Kressley. If you were just as obsessed with the original series as you are with the current, you'll remember Kressley for his big personality and his brutally honest style commentary for the participants on the show.

    Post "Queer Eye," Kressley solidified himself as reality television host and moved on to major roles like judging "RuPaul's Drag Race" and hosting "Fashion News Live." His next venture? "Get a Room with Carson & Thom."



    Tan France is well on his way to establishing a fashion empire.

    With a college degree in fashion and his own clothing line, it's clear resident style expert Tan France knows his stuff. 

    He's not only dedicated his styling services to "Queer Eye," but he also appeared on a YouTube video for "Saturday Night Live" where he upgraded Pete Davidson's look.

    As for his next project, he recently landed a book deal with St. Marten's Press, according to Bustle.



    Thom Filicia was the first "Design Doctor."

    Bobby Berk's home transformations may be amazing, but Thom Filicia was crowned the first "Design Doctor" way back when. Since "Queer Eye," his legacy withstood the test of time. He's earned a slew of accreditations from various decor authority, with consistent coverage in major decor-centric platforms like Elle Decor, PopSugar Home, and One Kings Lane.

    If you miss his amazing transformations, be sure to watch his new show on Bravo with Carson Kressley, "Get a Room with Carson & Thom."



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    black turtleneck leather mini skirt

    The arrival of fall often means a few things: Students go back to school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes return to Starbucks, and last, but certainly not least, sweater weather is back.

    Yes, that's right. It's time to put away the shorts and swimsuits and let your fall pieces shine.

    One piece of clothing that returns season after season is the black turtleneck. It's warm, it's stylish, and, best of all, it's super versatile and can be paired with pretty much anything in your closet.

    If you want to upgrade your wardrobe this fall, here are nine ideas for how to style your go-to black turtleneck so that it feels as fresh as your style does.

    Accessorize your black turtleneck with a beret for a chic vibe.

    You can wear a matching black beret and some light-wash denim for a low-key look, or find a beret in a bold jewel tone like emerald or sapphire for a more head-turning effect.



    Style your sweater with a pair of culottes.

    A pair of tailored culottes will complement a cozy, slouchy turtleneck. The wider leg adds volume while the cropped hem balances it out. Add a pair of heeled mules or ballet flats to complete this simple yet stylish look.



    Wear your turtleneck with an A-line skirt and tights for a cozy fall look.

    Tights and skirts are a no-fail fall combination, and they both perfectly complement a black turtleneck. If your skirt is high-waisted, tuck in your sweater for a more polished look. Or, leave it untucked for a more casual vibe.



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    dining hall

    You could refine your college search by location, cost, or average SAT score — or you could go to a university with the best on-campus food.Niche.com rates colleges and universities across all sorts of matrices like best Greek life, most liberal, or best value, but their 2019 Best College Food ranking is based on meal plan costs and student reviews.

    From locally sourced produce to late-night burgers to vegan options — here are the 30 US Colleges with the best food, according to Niche.com.

    Virginia Tech has "literally the best college food in the country," according to students.

    The food is so good at VT that some students keep their meal plans even after they move off campus. One person even wrote that it’s “literally the best college food in the country.”



    Students say that the University of California Los Angeles has a large variety of options.

    Vegan burgers, late-night milkshakes, and cuisine from all over the world — UCLA has some of the best variety of any college, according to students. However, some students complain that the fixed hours and the price of the meal plans are steep, but the variety and taste more than make up for it.



    Bates College features a vegan station.

    Students say they find the menus repetitive but still think that the food tastes great. Plus, one of the main dining halls apparently has a “vegan station” that is a hit with the meat-eaters too.



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    Conor McGregor

    • UFC fighter Conor McGregor, one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, made $99 million between June 2017 and June 2018, according to Forbes.
    • McGregor makes his money mostly from fights and endorsements, but he has other projects like clothing collaborations and a whiskey brand that contribute to his wealth.
    • The outspoken fighter isn't afraid to show off his riches. See what his multimillion-dollar paydays buy.

    When it comes to battling in the UFC, Conor McGregor is the man to beat. His skills in the octagon — and in the ring with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 — have landed him millions of dollars.

    In one year alone — between June 2016 and June 2017 — he brought in $99 million, $85 million of which came from his now historic boxing match against Mayweather, Forbes reported. His story is more of a rags-to-riches tale, though. Before he found success with mixed martial arts, or MMA, he was a plumber's apprentice practicing in Dublin.

    Now, his social media is filled with pictures of him and his family enjoying a luxurious lifestyle filled with gold watches, yachts, and designer clothes. Take a closer look at how he spends his millions.

    SEE ALSO: How Conor McGregor went from Dublin plumber to the king of combat sports

    Before he became the famous big-talking figure he is today, McGregor was a plumber's apprentice in Dublin. He eventually made the choice to train full time and fight on the European MMA circuit before turning to the UFC in 2012.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



    McGregor raked in $99 million over the past year, thanks mostly to his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Source: Forbes



    Although he hasn’t stepped foot in the UFC Octagon professionally since November 2016, the $85 million he banked from the boxing match was his biggest paycheck in 2017 and more than five times his previous top paycheck.

    Source: Forbes



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    mens flannel 4x3

    • There comes a time to let those summer pastels give way to fall hues, and an argument could be made that you've missed out on a central part of fall if you haven't worn a flannel at least once.
    • Woolrich has been making excellent flannel for well over 100 years, and its flannel shirts are the best ones you can buy — hands down.

    Flannel comes in many fabrics, patterns, and forms, and while the mere mention of the word conjures imagery of plaid-clad grunge music icons — or maybe just dad in his weekend getup — there's more to the illustrious cloth than meets the popularly-cultured eye.

    For instance, flannel is not, contrary to common (and a Google query) conception, synonymous with plaid, which is a pattern and not a cloth. Many of you may well know that. But, did you also know that flannel is not exactly any one specific cloth, either? Flannel is a tightly woven fabric of either cotton or wool that is modestly milled and raised and sometimes brushed.

    Thick or thin, flannel's greatest appeal might be that there's a flannel for all seasons, despite a predominance of fall tones where patterns are concerned.

    It can be hefty and warm, light and airy, monochromatic, or fully rhapsodic in more colors than we'd dare count. If one thing is unquestionably definitive about flannel is that it can, unconditionally, be worn and loved by all. Below, you'll find our most beloved flannel shirts.

    Here are the best flannel shirt brands for men:

    • Best flannel shirts overall: Woolrich
    • Best classic flannel shirts: Pendleton
    • Best budget flannel shirts: Uniqlo
    • Best eco-friendly flannel shirts: United by Blue
    • Best flannel shirts that don't look like flannel: Faherty

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

    The best flannel shirts overall

    Why you'll love them: Woolrich has been making flannel since 1850, which is nearly as long as the brand has been making clothes, and its flannel shirts are the best of the best.

    Woolrich makes a sturdy flannel, but make no mistake: The shirts are as soft as can be before they ever see the inside of a washing machine. I have had several Woolrich shirts over the years, and if it were not for my younger brother stealing them to go around skateboard parks, I'm confident that they'd still be here today.

    The Buffalo Check Wool Shirt was Woolrich's first flannel shirt, and it is still a favorite more than 100 years later. Made with 9.75-ounce wool that's blended with nylon, these flannel shirts are machine washable. The inner collar is lined with a poly-cotton blend, and the stitching is done with a double needle. Apart from these small modern innovations, this timeless shirt hasn't changed all that much.

    The Trout Run Shirt is a newer addition that has a similar design with a chambray collar, but it's made with a thinner 4.75-ounce pebble-washed 100% cotton fabric. The shirt's materials should please purists, along with anyone else who likes a soft organic material.

    GQ and Men's Journal both sing Woolrich's praise year in, year out, and, redundant as that may be, why shouldn't they? Around 350 Amazon reviews on one shirt rounded out to a very respectable 4.5/5-star rating, and averages on Woolrich's other shirts rarely dip below 4 stars, if at all.

    Pros: Variety of patterns, fabrics, and blends, wide price range to accommodate all budgets

    Cons: We'd love to see the Buffalo Check shirt made as it was over 100 years ago again

    Shop Woolrich flannel shirts on Amazon for $25 to $90



    The best classic flannel shirts

    Why you'll love them: Pendleton offers such a dizzying array of woolen and cotton flannel shirts, it might be hard to know where to start, but every piece is well made.

    In 1863, Thomas Kay sailed down the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States, rode across what was then the Isthmus of Panama, and sailed up the Pacific Coast in search of a place to raise sheep and produce wool. He found it in Pendleton, Oregon, where he started his own mill in 1889. His legacy has remained there ever since, and Kay's family still owns and operates the brand along with its facilities and retail stores.

    Still, it would be another 30 years before flannel would land on the fashion scene. In the meantime, flannel was a material for utility shirts worn by men who worked outdoors. It came in dull drab colors, and probably not much else. In 1929, Pendleton put out its first line of virgin wool sportswear, and the brand has been producing excellent flannel shirts ever since.

    Pendleton has changed the way its flannel is made over the years, of course. First and foremost, the wool isn't harvested in the United States anymore, but the company does still weave material here. Now that flannel has come into popular fashion, you can find a strong array of hues to choose from. The fabrics used are also water-, odor-, and stain-resistant.

    Our favorites are the Trail Shirt with suede elbow patches, which comes with a knit watch cap. It's an obvious but endearing nod back to the company's humbler beginnings. We also like the Lodge Shirt, which might also be called a work shirt or a "shacket."

    Pros: Pure virgin wool in some shirts, 30+ patterns available in several weights and styles

    Cons: Wool is of dubious origin

    Shop Pendleton's flannel shirts on Amazon for $30 to $150



    The best flannel shirts on a budget

    Why you'll love them: Brushed on both sides, Uniqlo's flannel shirts are soft as anything, and half the price of most of our picks.

    Based in Japan, Uniqlo has been making clothes since the 1940s, but it only began to reach US shores in 2005. Since then, its wares have become something of a chic-but-utilitarian staple in many wardrobes. And why not? It's affordable, well-made clothing that fits the bill for most. 

    Uniqlo is somewhat synonymous with the word "cheap" in Japan while, oddly enough in New York, you might even hear the adjective "cool" used to describe the company's line of modestly-priced, ergonomically-designed sportswear. Why? It's hard to say for sure, but a straightforward and simplistic (albeit scientific) design that leaves room for comfort doesn't hurt.

    Uniqlo covers the gamut of plaid patterns with its flannel. The shirts also come mildly tailored, so while they may not be the trendiest take on flannel, they don't exactly look frumpy, either. Uniqlo gets a standing ovation from everyone from Gear Patrol to Men's Journal and GQ. Why? Because we all need simple, reliable threads in our wardrobe.

    Pros: Affordable, versatile, 100% cotton

    Cons: Stitching could be better

    Shop Uniqlo flannel shirts for $19.90 to $29.90



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    Paulsen Ferring Pharma

    Forbes just released its annual ranking of the top billionaires and several healthcare executives and investors made the cut. 

    After all, curing diseases can be highly profitable. 

    Here are the top 10 richest billionaires with healthcare ventures. 

    SEE ALSO: Billions are pouring into digital health — here are the hottest young companies among VCs this year

    1. Dilip Shanghvi

    Net worth: $12.8 billion

    Home country: India

    Dilip Shanghvi started Sun Pharma in 1983. Though the company had some up and downs with FDA approvals and standards for its drugs, the company said last August that it was on track to gain $300 million from a deal with Ranbaxy



    2. Seo Jung-jin

    Net worth: $11.9 billion

    Home country: South Korea

    Seo Jung-jin co-founded and now is the CEO of Celltrion, a biopharmaceutical company which develops drugs to treat cancer, influenza and rheumatoid arthritis, among others. The company is also known for making biosimilars and has recently partnered with Teva to develop migraine drugs. 



    3. Thomas Frist Jr.

    Net worth: $9.6 billion

    Home country: USA

    Thomas Frist Jr. and his father founded Hospital Corporation of America in 1968. HCA, in addition to having hospitals and surgery centers, also has several subsidiaries that branch out into different healthcare businesses. 

     



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    Drew Houston

    Drew Houston is on top of the world.

    His company, Dropbox, recently went public, making it Y Combinator's first startup to ever IPO.

    The file-sharing service that began as a two-person team in 2007 is now a sprawling enterprise with more than a thousand employees and a stock ticker symbol that's soon to be listed on the NASDAQ. The cloud storage giant now provides services to more than 500 million people and generates a billion dollars in annual revenue.

    In October, he was named to Forbes' 400 list for the first time, ranking among the wealthiest billionaires in the United States.

    But things weren't always easy for Houston or his company. He struggled with his initial entrepreneurial venture and faced several obstacles getting Dropbox off the ground. Dropbox has taken 10 years of growth to get to the point it's at now. 

    But Houston hung in there. Despite multiple opportunities to sell his company in its early stages — including a bid from Steve Jobs in 2009 — he held on.

    Here's a rundown of Houston's journey from a precocious tech-loving kid to the CEO of a billion-dollar enterprise:

    Come see Dropbox CEO Drew Houston speak at Business Insider's IGNITION conference December 3-4.

    Houston had his eye on tech from an early age.

    As he confirmed to Business Insider in an interview last year, Houston started programming when he was as young as five years old. He began working on ideas for startups when he was only a teenager.



    His first company was an SAT prep company he started while in college.

    Before his junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Houston took a year off to work with a former high school teacher on a test prep company. The company's goal was to help students get perfect scores on the SAT college admissions test.



    After graduating, Houston hoped to get his SAT prep company into a startup accelerator — but was rejected.

    Houston applied to get his startup into the first batch of Y Combinator companies in 2005.



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    plane ticket flight

    Doing something at the last minute is almost always a guarantee that it's going to be expensive particularly when it comes to travel. Conventional wisdom says that if you want to save money, flights and lodging need to be booked months in advance. Booking a trip with weeks (or days) to spare? That’s a good way to kiss your money goodbye.

    But this isn’t always the case. In fact, booking last-minute travel can sometimes save you a lot of money you just need to know the right ways to do it. Here are some foolproof methods to save money on a last-minute vacation.

    Be flexible with your destination

    Got the travel bug, but don’t really care where you end up? If so, you can let an algorithm decide where you should go, based on how much you'd like to spend. Flight aggregator Momondo has an "anywhere" option that shows you flights to different locations based on your budget and travel dates.



    Be flexible with your dates

    Starting a vacation in the middle of the week could be the best way to get a good deal on a flight. According to Forbes, traveling in the middle of the week is the best way to save money.

    This means that flying in somewhere on a Friday night and leaving on a Sunday is usually more expensive than, say, flying in on a Tuesday and leaving the following Wednesday.



    Fly during off hours

    When you're booking a flight, keep a wide berth on your arrival and departure times. According to NerdWallet, "undesirable" flight times (which usually mean red eyes or super early morning flights) are often cheaper than their prime-time counterparts.

    Sure, this might make for a rough first day of the trip, but if saving money is your goal, it's worth powering through the extra jet lag.



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    kris jenner kanye west travis scott

    The men who orbit the Kardashian-Jenner women are naturally drawn into the family's opulent displays of wealth — from attending lavish parties and red carpet events to receiving expensive gifts— but what of their individual fortunes?

    Keep reading for a complete list of the Kardashian-Jenner boyfriends and husbands, past and present, with each man listed in order of ascending net worth.

    18. It's unclear how much Younes Bendjima, Kourtney Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, is worth — but it's most likely under $1 million.

    Kourtney Kardashian recently split from Younes Bendjima after more than one year together. But while their relationship certainly increased the 25-year-old's exposure, there is little information on Bendjima's current earnings or net worth.

    WhatNetWorth.com reports that Bendjima is worth $500,000, but the site's accuracy is unclear.

    Bendjima trained as a boxer before signing with Next Model Management in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. He also has contracts with Elite in Copenhagen and I LOVE in Milan, and has shot campaigns for big-name brands like Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Calvin Klein, and Dolce & Gabbana.



    17. Kim Kardashian West's first ex-husband Damon Thomas has a reported net worth of $1 million.

    Kim Kardashian West eloped with music producer Damon Thomas when she was 19 years old. The couple remained together for three years and separated in 2004. In divorce papers leaked in 2011, Kim alleged that Thomas was physically and emotionally abusive.

    Thomas and Harvey Mason Jr. comprise a composing and production duo called "The Underdogs." They have produced tracks for musicians like Mary J. Blige and Pink and worked on music for numerous films, including the "Pitch Perfect" franchise.

    Celebrity Net Worth reports that Thomas is currently worth $1 million.



    16. Kris Jenner's boyfriend Corey Gamble is reportedly worth just over $2 million.

    Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner's longtime love, is technically considered a talent manager. He was formerly associated with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, but it's unclear if he currently has any clientele.

    It does seem safe to assume that he gets a cut from "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," as he regularly appears on the reality show.

    Celebrity Net Worth reports that Gamble is worth $2.5 million.

     



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    Taco Truck

    • On National Taco Day, I like to think back to the times when I lived in Los Angeles and could drop by my favorite taco truck and eat tacos the right way.
    • The right way to eat tacos is from a truck in a parking lot.
    • Ideally, you can get your tacos for less than $2 apiece.
    • But the flavor and quality will blow your mind.


    I love tacos, but I'm also a horrible taco snob. I only like mine served off a truck in a parking lot in Los Angeles. I want them to be small, tasty, and very, very cheap. 

    Thursday, October 4 is National Taco Day, which means that this humble food will be feted far and wide. But I don't care. I only like to eat them one way, in one place.

    I spent the better part of a decade eating off taco trucks in LA, and in 2007, I found MY truck: Tacos La Estrella, always parked at a gas station on Colorado Boulevard in LA's Eagle Rock neighborhood, northeast of Downtown.

    Then I moved back to New York.

    "You will never have good tacos again," people warned me, ominously.

    Yes, when I lived in NYC a decade earlier, it was a Mexican-food wasteland. But surely, with the whole food-truck revolution, that had changed?

    Nope. Every purported "taco" truck I tried was a massive fail. Tacos too big. Tacos too busy (Lettuce? Shredded cheese? Sloshings of guacamole?). Tacos uncheap. A great taco is less than $2. Period. It's usually significantly less.

    Every purveyor I tried — and I got away from the trucks after a while — botched the job. New York taco-makers seemed to think that a simple little piece of street food, made from unwanted cuts of meat and rendered delicious through ingenuity and an obsession with freshness, had to be improved. More meat. Fancier preparations. Ungodly sauces.

    Great tacos are an art form, every bit as exacting in the details as great sushi, but at a much, much lower price. They are street art. And this art was long ago perfected in Southern California. It should be copied, not modified.

    Thankfully, after a year and a half of suffering, I got back to California for the Los Angeles Auto Show a few years back. I went straight to the parking lot, fingers crossed that my beloved truck would be there.

    I'm still reeling from how wonderful it all was.

    SEE ALSO: Here's where to get the best deals on National Taco Day

    It was a gorgeous, sunny day in Eagle Rock a few years ago when I finally made a return visit after living in the City of Angels for a decade.



    I headed for the gas station where I used to get my cars smog-checked.



    OK, I wasn't getting this car smogged. It was a $400,000 McLaren 675LT supercar that I borrowed for a few days. But what was that in the background?

    Here's the review of the car.



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    Popeyes Golden Chicken

    • Golden fried chicken is the latest bizarre trend to hit the food industry. 
    • Popeyes is selling fried chicken covered in real 24-karat gold flakes at a handful of locations for one day only, on Thursday.
    • Business Insider taste testers were impressed by the decadent dish — and the fact that it costs just $5. 

    The American food supply has been swamped with a deluge of gold. 

    Golden doughnuts.Golden pizza. And, perhaps most controversially, $1,000 golden chicken wings. 

    Now, Popeyes is getting in on the trend. On Thursday, the chain debuted wings covered in edible 24-karat gold at a handful of locations across the United States. A six-piece meal, served with a biscuit and a side, will be available for one day only. 

    Business Insider taste tested the luxe chicken on Thursday. Here's what it's like to eat Popeyes wings covered in real gold flakes:

    SEE ALSO: Instagram is ruining food as we know it

    Popeyes is serving the 24-Karat Champagne Wings in just four locations: Elizabeth, New Jersey; New York City; New Orleans; and Anaheim, California.



    And yes — the $5 fast-food fried chicken contains real gold.



    The chicken is made by battering Popeyes classic spicy chicken with champagne, then tossing the wings in edible 24-karat gold flakes.



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    Kathy Bates AHS american horror story apocalypse

    We're smack-dab in the middle of season eight of FX's popular horror anthology, "American Horror Story," and things are heating up in this crossover of seasons one and three, "Murder House" and "Coven."

    To keep you satiated until the next episode drops, we decided to take a look at the entire television series to find these 13 fun facts.

    The show's iconic font was inspired by a Scottish architect.

    The font featured in the title and credits of the series is a variation of the font Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which was inspired by the Scottish architect of the same name, according to Art of the Title.



    Season one's "Murder House" was also in "Buffy,""Bones," and other shows.

    The "Murder House" in season one, which is actually the Rosenheim Mansion in Los Angeles, has been a popular filming location for many TV shows, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents,""Buffy the Vampire Slayer,""Bones," and "Law & Order: SVU," according to Atlas Obscura.



    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka almost played Chad and Patrick in season one.

    Showrunner Ryan Murphy offered married celebrity couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka the roles of Chad Warwick and his boyfriend Patrick, former owners of the Murder House.

    Harris and Burtka turned down the roles, reported Entertainment Weekly, but later had supporting roles in season four.



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    As a child, I was obsessed with interior design and cooking games, drawn to the promise of domestic bliss and ignorant of the fact that it was simplified and filtered through my computer screen. As an adult, I've learned shopping for my house and making it look and feel like home is much harder than my 10-year-old self was taught to believe. 

    In a way, however, I've come full circle. With online shopping becoming the new normal, I'm back in front of my computer, this time actually purchasing everything I need for my bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, from the mattress I collapse into every night to the framed art prints lining my walls. 

    It can seem risky to buy furniture, hefty cookware, and delicate home goods online, but the payoff — the money and time saved, the long-lasting quality, and the curated product selection — is significant.

    We've tested and reviewed numerous online, direct-to-consumer startups that deliver on their promise to take the stress out of shopping for your home, and have organized them into an ultimate home shopping guide for you below. 

    Mattresses

    The most exciting reason to come home is to sleep and relax on a comfortable, supportive mattress, a universal desire that has spurred the creation of the online mattress industry. We've highlighted a few of our favorite startups leading the way below. If you're able to wait, we recommend holding out until any national holiday to buy one — they're always on sale then. 

    • To find the two best mattresses you can buy online, shop at Leesa. Though pricey, its Sapira mattress is perfect for anyone who switches positions often throughout the night. 
    • For an online bed-in-a-box that really lives up to the hype, shop at Casper. It offers in-home delivery and set-up, as well as the furniture to complete your bedroom makeover. 
    • To sleep on a hybrid mattress designed for your specific needs, shop at Helix. A short quiz asking you about your sleeping habits and preferences will ultimately lead you to the perfect mattress
    • For a mattress that's not just the typical slab of memory foam, shop at Purple. What makes it different is its Smart Comfort Grid that provides better relief for your pressure points. 
    • If you're an athlete or lead a very active lifestyle, shop at Bear. Its mattresses feature a clinically tested infrared textile that helps your body recover faster. 
    • To learn everything you'll ever want to know about how you sleep, shop at Eight. Its special smart technology will track your sleep, adjust and maintain the mattress temperature, and set smart alarms. 


    Bed and bath

    Sometimes the most simple home goods, like bed sheets and bath towels, can bring you the most joy. If you consider your home a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation, then you'll want to buy new bedding and bath linens from one of these popular startups. 

    • For Internet- and editor-approved luxury sheets, shop at Brooklinen. It provides the best value you can find online for comfortable, quality bedding. 
    • For Fair Trade, organic bed and bath products, shop at Boll & Branch. It proves ethical manufacturing and sustainable sourcing only make for a stronger business. 
    • To recreate your five-star hotel room experience right at home, shop at Parachute. You can take your pick from percale, sateen, and linen sheets, then upgrade your bathroom linens while you're at it. 
    • For beautiful, simple, and easy-to-shop bed and bath bundles, shop at Snowe. It's especially well-known for its fluffy, absorbent towels and ultra-cozy bathrobe
    • If you want to sleep with a top sheet without dealing with its inconveniences, shop at Primary Goods. Its top sheet snaps to its duvet cover so you'll never wake up with it bunched up by your feet. 
    • To try an innovative and unique fabric (hint: it's made from bamboo), shop at Ettitude. Bamboo translates to soft, silky, breathable, and anti-microbial sheets and towels. 
    • For minimally processed, Earth-friendly home textiles, shop at Coyuchi. Shoppers committed to reducing their impact on the planet will love its Subscribe and Save linen recycling program


    Furniture

    To shop for, purchase, and set up furniture has traditionally meant investing an unreasonably large amount of time and money. The reality is that most of us don't enjoy spending an hour tinkering with tools and deciphering bad instructions, and we don't realize buying furniture can be stress-free, or even fun. 

    • For easy-to-assemble chairs, love seats, and sofas in sophisticated colors, shop at Campaign. The steel frame has a lifetime warranty and you can switch out the fabric or legs whenever you want. 
    • If you like easy assembly, but want the flexibility to add or take away seats from your furniture, shop at Burrow. You'll love the hidden USB charger and stain-resistant fabric. 
    • To find designer fashion-inspired, made-to-order furniture for accessible prices, shop at The Inside. Its collaborations and collections bring style and whimsy to what can be a stuffy industry. 
    • To fill every room of your house with high-quality, mid-century modern furniture, shop at Sixpenny. Best of all, you won't have to wait long for your order to arrive — it ships for free in two weeks. 


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    • Factors like poverty can increase how stressed you are.
    • So can having a long commute, being in a population-dense space, or working too many hours.
    • By looking at those criteria, the researchers at Zippia found the most stressed states in the country. 

     

    Having a super-long commute and working too many hours can stress you out. So can the issues that come along with poverty— like not being able to afford housing and healthcare. 

    Career site Zippia ranked the US states according to how stressed they are. For each state, Zippia researchers researched commute time, unemployment, hours worked, population density, percent uninsured population, and home price to income ratio. Then, they ranked each state on those measures and averaged the rankings for one comprehensive stress score. 

    States like New Jersey, California, and New York all made the top 10 list. So did Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states that struggle with low median incomes. 

    Here are the 10 most stressed states, with data from Zippia on each state's unemployment, commute, home prices, and percent uninsured population:

    SEE ALSO: The happiest states in the US, ranked

    DON'T MISS: The states with the most millennials living with their parents, ranked

    10. Mississippi

    While homes are affordable, Mississippi has the highest unemployment rate in the country. The state also ranked as the seventh-highest state for uninsured residents. 

    Percent unemployment: 9.6%

    Percent uninsured: 14.6%

    Home price to income ratio: 2.6 to 1

    Average weekday commute: 24.2 minutes



    9. Virginia

    Virginia is among the highest ranked for hours worked per week, home price to income ratio, and commuting time. 

    Percent unemployment: 5.9%

    Percent uninsured: 10.7%

    Home price to income ratio: 3.8 to 1 

    Average weekday commute: 28.1 minutes



    8. North Carolina

    North Carolinians are more likely than other Americans to be uninsured and unemployed. 

    Percent unemployment: 8.3%

    Percent uninsured: 13.2%

    Home price to income ratio: 3.3 to 1

    Average weekday commute: 24.1 minutes



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    Some great American classics have proudly been born in the states — the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the chocolate chip cookie, and the brownie all came into being on our shores.

    But many other of the foods Americans know and love as a country just wouldn't exist without the country's immigrant heritage — and without people bringing delicious foods with them to the US on their long journeys.

    We rounded up some foods you may think were invented in America but weren't. 

    The phrase might be "as American as apple pie"— but it turns out, it didn't even come from North America.

    Origin: England

    Fans of heirloom apples are already well aware that apples came to the Americas by way of European colonists, and that the original apple tree, Malus sieversii hails from Asia — where it can still be found, according to Today I Found Out.

    But the idea of baking apples in a pie also doesn't hail from American shores — the first recorded instance of an apple pie recipe has been traced to the year 1381 in England. That particular recipe also called for pears, figs, raisins, and saffron, according to Contemporary Food Lab. 



    It's hard to imagine an American ballgame without hot dogs — but where they originated depends on who you ask.

    Origin: Disputed; either Coburg or Frankfurt in Germany or Vienna, Austria

    Before they became hot dogs, people in eastern Europe loved making sausages — including what eventually became the hot dog. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, we may never know its exact origins.

    What we do know for certain is that European immigrants brought the sausages to the US and soon, they were a sensation.



    The name may or may not be misleading — French fries weren't invented in America, but they also might not be French.

    Origin: Disputed; French-speaking southern Belgium, Spain, and France have all laid claim

    One story says that American soldiers first tasted fries during World War I in the south of Belgium, where locals spoke French. But the potato made it to Europe through Spanish colonization — and it's also possible that France was truly responsible for this delicious but unhealthy food that is beloved around the world, according to National Geographic.

    This is another food that Thomas Jefferson brought to the US — requesting that his White House chef make "potatoes served in the French manner"for an 1802 dinner, according to Travel + Leisure.



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    Although it's not quite time to pull out your heavy-duty parkas, you'll definitely need a dependable jacket to protect you from the unpredictable weather of fall. Anoraks, characterized by their pull-over construction and partial zipper, are a great transitional weather staple.

    Designed specifically for blocking nature's elements, the first anorak jackets were made by Canadian Inuit hunters using caribou or seal skin coated in fish oil for warmth and water resistance. While today's anoraks have come a long way in design, the basic principle of the style remains the same — keeping you warm, dry, and protected from the wind.

    Whether you're venturing into the great outdoors or you're a commuter with an above-ground subway station, an anorak jacket is the perfect option mid-weight option. With the ability to layer over or under the jacket, you'll also be able to use it again as the seasons change from fall to winter to spring. 

    True outdoors brands like Patagonia, L.L.Bean, and The North Face, as well as sportswear brands like Nike and Adidas, made our list of the top 13 picks.

    Check them out, below:

    Patagonia Torrentshell Anorak Jacket

    Patagonia Torrentshell Anorak Jacket, $69.99 to $119, available at Patagonia and Urban Outfitters

    Made from a 100% recycled nylon H2No face, the Patagonia Torrentshell Anorak is waterproof and breathable. It comes equipped with a two-way adjustable hood, a microfleece-lined neck, and a deep front zip pock. And when you don't need to wear the jacket, it packs down into its own pocket for compact storage.



    L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak

    L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak, $59, available in three colors

    Made from a wind- and water-resistant nylon fabric, the L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak is a dependable layer to for transitional weather. And with the ability to stow in its own pockets, its convenient for taking on the go.



    Patagonia M10 Anorak

    Patagonia M10 Anorak, $379, available in two colors

    With a triple layer H2No Perforamance Standard nylon shell, ultrasonic-welded seams, and a single-pull drawcord hem, the Patagonia M10 is a waterproof, breathable, and super-refined Anorak designed for hikers and climbers. 



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    • Amazon opened its new Amazon 4-star store to the public on September 27.
    • It's just one of several physical retail initiatives the e-commerce giant has undertaken recently.

    Amazon has become synonymous with online shopping.

    The e-commerce giant is now estimated to take about half of all online sales in the United States.

    But Amazon cannot live online alone. The company is increasingly moving into the physical world, opening spaces in malls, shopping districts, and even local strip malls. It's a move that signals the company's ambitions are larger than e-commerce, combining its digital prowess with the convenience of physical retail.

    One reason that may be, an anonymous source told CNBC last year, is that the company is seeing online sales go up in areas that have physical Amazon stores. Brick-and-mortar stores increase customer awareness of the brand, and it's extra fuel for the Amazon engine.

    Its latest move is Amazon 4-star in New York.

    Here are all of the ways that Amazon has expanded into the physical world so far:

    SEE ALSO: 'It's just another choice': An Amazon exec explains why its new store looks just like the website

    Amazon 4-star sells only items that customers have rated four stars or above on Amazon.com.

    Amazon's new concept only stocks items that customers have rated four stars or above, on average. That means it will include only the best of the best.

    It opened in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood on September 27, and another will reportedly open in Berkeley, California, soon.

    The store essentially uses the same format as the brand's Amazon Books store, but has more categories on offer, including toys and games, home and kitchen, and yes, books. Amazon 4-star uses the same customer reviews as Amazon Books and the same cashless checkout process.

     



    Amazon's pickup centers look a lot like post offices.

    Customers can do only two things at Amazon pickup locations: pick up packages and return them. That's all they're built for.

    The locations function a lot like a post office, but just for Amazon packages. Get them sent to the building's address, and they'll be there when you're ready to pick them up. Packages can be kept there for up to two weeks.

    Need to return an item? The service is free, since it doesn't actually need to go through the mail.

    Amazon won't say exactly how many of these locations exist in the United States, but the number is at least 30 and growing.



    Amazon Go is a new kind of convenience store.

    Amazon Go is the store of the future.

    With no lines or checkout process, the store uses cameras and sensors to track what you put in your basket. It then charges you through your Amazon account.

    The first Go store opened to the public on January 22 after a lengthy beta period. Amazon now operates four of these stores: three in Seattle and one in Chicago.

    There are now two Go formats. One focuses on fresh, prepared foods and snacks, while the other has a limited grocery selection.

    The company is reportedly planning to open up to 3,000 Go stores across the country, according to Bloomberg.

     



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    Mattress Firm

    • Mattress Firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday and said it could close as many as 700 stores. 
    • It is the largest specialty mattress retailer in the United States, with an estimated 3,272 stores, according to Wedbush analyst Seth Basham. 
    • Last October, Mattress Firm filed a lawsuit against two former employees, a broker, and a group of developers, accusing them of conspiring to push the company to aggressively expand.

    It has been an eventful few months Mattress Firm. 

    In the span of a year, the mattress retailer has been accused by internet sleuths of running a money-laundering operation, announced it would be closing almost 200 stores, watched on as its parent company's business practices have been investigated, and battled an ongoing lawsuit against two former employees, a broker, and a group of developers, accusing them of conspiring to push the company to aggressively expand and open stores.

    On Friday, it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced it would be closing as many as 700 stores. 

    With an estimated 3,272 stores, it is the largest specialty mattress retailer in the US, and it's not uncommon to find many of its stores right across the street from each other. Increasingly, it has come under pressure as new startups like Casper find ways to improve the experience of shopping for this high-ticket item.

    We tested the experience of shopping at one of its stores back in April. Here's what it was like:

    To hear more of the stories around Mattress Firm's stores, listen to "Household Name," a new podcast from Business Insider. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app.

    SEE ALSO: Mattress Firm claims in a lawsuit that its former executives accepted private-jet trips, expensive watches, and luxurious hotel stays from brokers in exchange for opening so many new stores that it spurred conspiracy theories

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    We visited a Mattress Firm store in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood in April. From the outside of the store, the focus seemed to be on luring shoppers in with deals and financing options.



    While our visit to the store was in the mid-morning on a Wednesday — definitely not prime mattress-shopping time — the store was noticeably empty.

    In January, a Reddit thread that accused the store of being a front for money laundering went viral. Reddit users claimed that Mattress Firm's stores are often empty, which they claimed could be a sign of something more dubious. Mattress Firm has denied these allegations.



    We also visited two other Mattress Firm stores in New York and found that each one was completely empty during the day. It was almost impossible to go unnoticed, and we were instantly approached by a pushy salesperson who asked lots of questions and was reluctant to leave us to browse.

    While some shoppers might find this helpful, their persistence was a little off-putting. 



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