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    Eating cake

    It's safe to say that eating right is a way lot easier than it used to be, especially since the market is filled with options that satisfy any eating plan of your choosing. However, with so many foods readily available, it's easy to stumble upon options that may seem innocently healthy at first but prove to be much worse than the foods you are trying to give up.

    To help you determine those seemingly "healthy" food swaps, we spoke to some expert dietitians on the topic to help steer you in the right direction. Below are some of the food alternatives they say may seem healthy but are actually worse than you think.

    You are swapping soda for kombucha.

    Although kombucha may seem like an innocent soda alternative, registered dietitian Alicia Galvin Smith, MEd, RD, LD, CLT, IFNCP, explained that you'll want to be careful when swapping soda for kombucha, as some bottles (depending on the brand) contain as much sugar as a regular soda.

    "While kombucha provides healthy good bacteria, some brands can have as much sugar as a regular soda," she said. "Make sure you look at the label carefully, and choose kombuchas that have less than three to four grams of sugar per serving," she added.

    You are eating gluten-free baked goods, but don't have a sensitivity to gluten.

    "Gluten-free does not mean it's healthier," Galvin Smith said. In fact, to make processed gluten-free products taste good, she said that companies often have to add more ingredients. Sometimes, this process allows gluten-free items to pack on more carbs and sugar than the regular version, she explained.

    If going you are interested in trying a gluten-free diet, she advised choosing naturally gluten-free foods such as nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, and meats.

    You think organic cookies are better.

    "Organic cookies from a health food store do not usually provide additional nutritional benefits over conventional cookies," said registered dietitian Summer Yule, MS, RDN. Many organic cookies are still loaded with added sugar and refined flour, she explained.

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    miley cyrus

    Ever since her big break as the title character of "Hannah Montana" in 2006, Miley Cyrus has been in full view of the public eye. Whether it's her shocking award show performances, her engagement to Liam Hemsworth, or her philanthropy and activism, this Cyrus always gives fans something to talk about.

    She might be a notoriously open book, but there's still little-known facts about Cyrus that even her most hardcore fans might not know. Here are just 12 fun Miley facts that might've flown under your radar.

    She originally auditioned for the role of Hannah Montana's best friend.

    In her memoir "Miles to Go,"Cyrus explained how she originally wasn't aiming for the lead role when she auditioned for "Hannah Montana." With singing skills beyond her then-11 years, the role ended up in her lap.

    She said she came out to her mother at age 14.

    "I remember telling [my mom] I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys," Cyrus explained in an interview with Paper. The star identifies as pansexual. 

    She founded a nonprofit called Happy Hippie Foundation.

    According to its website, Happy Hippie's mission is "to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations."

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    Last year, Disney and Pixar teamed up to release "Coco," a devastatingly beautiful movie about Mexican culture and the holiday Día de los Muertos. In addition to leaving theaters of people in tears, the vibrant and heart touching film earned $800.5 million in the box office and won an Oscar for Best Animated Film.

    Whether you've seen the film a dozen times or just one, relive the power and beauty of "Coco" through 10 facts about the movie you probably didn't know.

    The name was changed in Brazil.

    In Brazil, the title of "Coco" was changed to "Viva! A Vida É Uma Festa!" because the word "cocô" means "poop". Naturally, you can see why Disney decided to change the title of the film in this country.

    The movie is more popular in China than in the US.

    Grossing $154 million in just four weeks in the Chinese box office, "Coco" was more popular in China than the US. For comparison, the Disney film earned $150 million in the US during its first month released.

    Coco" is Mexico's highest-grossing movie ever.

    Earning over $43 million in Mexico, "Coco" became both the highest-grossing animated film and highest-gross film ever in the country. "Marvel's The Avengers" previously held this coveted title.

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    • Amazon opened its first cashier-less Amazon Go store in San Francisco this week and it's located in the Financial District at 300 California Street. 
    • The store is pretty much a modern corner store — complete with candy, frozen pizzas, and chips —along with some fresh pre-packaged lunch options.
    • Amazon's "Just Walk Out" technology worked seamlessly in our experience, though first-time shoppers can be a bit hesitant upon exiting. 
    • Employees are excited about the future of the store and say that even without cashiers, there's plenty of work to be done. 

    On Tuesday, the cashier-less Amazon Go store opened in San Francisco.

    Amazon Go is the company's vision for the future of shopping. The store uses cameras, sensors and other technology to track the goods you pick off the shelves and automatically charges it to your account when you walk out. No waiting in line. 

    Amazon opened its first Go store in its hometown of Seattle in 2016. There's one in Chicago. And now it's expanding to San Francisco. 

    We stopped by the new store at 300 California Street to grab a sandwich and see what Amazon's "Just Walk Out" shopping experience was like. 

    Here's what we found: 

    SEE ALSO: If you own an iPhone 6 or later that isn't holding its charge, now is the time to get your battery replaced

    Amazon Go's first San Francisco store is located smack in the middle of the city's financial district — and, as luck would have it, just a few blocks from the Business Insider office.

    The store, which is open from 7am to 9pm Monday through Friday, seems aimed at the office worker crowd; Busy, time-pressed desk-jockeys looking to gab a quick bite or a juice on their way in, or out, of the office.  At 2,300 square feet, this Amazon Go store is cast in the mold of your average 7-11, rather than a supermarket, when it comes to size.

    Before entering the store, customers were prompted to download the Amazon Go app, which created some congestion and confusion outside.

    Employees we spoke to said that downloading the app had been the biggest pain point of the day.

    People forget their passwords. Others frantically tried to get ahold of their spouses to log in to their accounts. 

    I failed the reCAPTCHA test twice but eventually got it downloaded. 


    Without the Amazon Go app, you are not able to get past the sensor gates to start shopping.

    There's a QR code in the app. You flash the code on your phone's screen in front of the sensor, as with an electronic plane ticket, and voila  — the gates open. 

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    reggie veronica riverdale

    Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode three of "Riverdale," titled "As Above, So Below."

    Wednesday night's episode of "Riverdale" introduced some more problems to the town.

    From the Ghoulies running a Jingle Jangle lab to the dangerous spread of Gryphons and Gargoyles, the residents of Riverdale are facing threats in every corner. And then there's Archie being forced to fight in an underground boxing ring and fighting for his life. 

    But as always, The CW show included a number of pop culture and comics references. We've worked with Archie Comics to find seven details you may have missed.

    Kevin makes a reference to Kander and Ebb when he enters Veronica's speakeasy.

    "I died and went to Kander and Ebb heaven," Kevin says as he walks into the speakeasy, La Bonne Nuit (The Good Night). 

    Kander and Ebb were a songwriting team consisting of John Kander and Fred Ebb. They were known for their musicals, including "Cabaret" and "Chicago."

    Cheryl is sitting in a chair with a crown painted on it.

    Many items belonging to Jughead have a crown hidden on them, and as the leader of the Serpents, it appears that his armchair at the hangout is also marked. Cheryl is sitting in the chair when Veronica stops by. 

    Cheryl mentions both "True Detective" and "Nancy Drew."

    "You mean 'True Detective?'" Cheryl asked in reference to Jughead. "He's busy canoodling Nancy Drew, no doubt." 

    The HBO crime series, whose first season centered on murders with an occult twist, was an inspiration for this third season of "Riverdale." 

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    DNA microscope genes genome

    It's been a big year for biotech companies.

    A big number of biotech IPOs debuted on the stock market this year. Yet biotech stocks have declined this year as investors soured on the sector and amid concerns about rising interest rates, according to a Goldman Sachs report released Wednesday.

    With so many companies to choose from, here are the ones Goldman recommends owning. 

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

    Bluebird Bio (BLUE)

    Cambridge-based company Bluebird Bio is a clinical stage company that develops gene therapies for genetic diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies. 

    Goldman is expecting a first look at early-stage data for Bluebird's bb21217 treatment for multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, in December. 

    Get the latest BLUE stock quote here

    BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN)

    BioMarin focuses on developing treatments for rare diseases. It's expected to report third quarter results this week. 

    Goldman says that the company has room for growth with its recently launched Palynziq, which treats adult phenylketonuria, a rare inherited disorder in which the body can't process an amino acid called phenylalanine

    Goldman also said treatments with potential include vosoritide (treats achondroplasia, a type of short-limbed dwarfism), val-rox (hemophilia A gene therapy), and BMN250 (treats Sanfilippo Syndrome B). 

    Get the latest BMRN stock here

    CRISPR Therapeutics (CRSP)

    CRISPR Therapeutics  is using the CRISPR/Cas9 complex to edit genes and has programs in sickle cell disease, immuno-oncology, and regenerative medicines. 

    Get the latest CRSP stock here

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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    The biggest game of 2018 — a long-anticipated sequel from Rockstar Games, the folks behind "Grand Theft Auto"— is a surprisingly downbeat, maudlin affair. 

    On its surface, "Red Dead Redemption 2" is a cowboy game about six-shooters, robberies, and living outside the law. It's a Western-styled shooting game with a big open world. The game's advertising tagline says it all: "Outlaws for life."

    After spending around 30 hours exploring Rockstar's fictionalized 1899 America, I found a gorgeous, deep, surprisingly slow-paced experience that focuses on one man's journey of self-realization.

    "Outlaws for life" sounds like a battle cry, but — in "Red Dead Redemption 2"— it's actually a desperate attempt to hold together a lifestyle that's rapidly becoming untenable.

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Like "Grand Theft Auto 5" before it, "Red Dead Redemption 2" is an incredible achievement. Also like "GTA," this game is a clear step forward for the entire medium.

    Where "Red Dead Redemption 2" distinguishes itself from Rockstar's past works is in tone: "Red Dead Redemption 2" is somber, and subtle, and slow — for better and worse. It's a game that feels Important™, with all the grandeur and monotony that connotation evokes.

    Here's what I mean:

    SEE ALSO: Forget about 'Fortnite' — the new 'Call of Duty' makes 6 brilliant changes to the Battle Royale formula

    It all starts — and begins to end — with a job gone wrong.

    "Red Dead Redemption 2" stars Arthur Morgan, the playable character and "protagonist" of sorts. But it really stars a wide cast of characters that make up the Van der Linde Gang. 

    The gang is Arthur's home, embodied by a roving encampment that acts as a mobile headquarters for operations. It's where Arthur sleeps, eats, drinks, connives, plots, bemoans and much more. 

    But, ever since a botched robbery that happens just before the game kicks off, the gang is on the run. Supplies are running low, as is cash, and it puts the gang in a tight spot: on the run, with nowhere to go, and little in the way of sustenance. 

    It's this desperation that sets the tone for "Red Dead Redemption 2"— the feeling that there's no escape other than death.

    The pervasive tone of sadness casts a shadow over "Red Dead Redemption 2."

    There's bad luck and regret around every turn in "Red Dead Redemption 2." For every few steps forward the gang takes, another wallop sets them back far further. There's a sense that you're playing through the gang's last ride into the sunset.

    It's often beautiful, and sometimes touching. It's also about as far from the black-and-white world of classic Westerns as you could possibly imagine. 

    Yes, there are shootouts, and even the occasional duel. I've leapt onto stagecoaches and commandeered trains in search of treasure in "Red Dead Redemption 2." I got into a pretty great bar fight that turned into a street fight in the mud:

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    But every one of those moments is bookended by a swift reminder from either the US government or titans of American industry that time was running out — a serious voice (or voices) stating clearly, "Playtime is over, gentlemen!"

    Moreover, Arthur is questioning the increasingly murderous acts of himself and the gang.

    A man and his horse.

    Much of my time with "Red Dead Redemption 2" was not spent shooting, robbing, or being an outlaw.

    The vast majority of my time with "Red Dead Redemption 2" was spent with my horse.

    A lot of that was spent riding from place to place, but I voluntarily spent a lot of time grooming, feeding, and patting the horse. Yes, there's really a function to pat the horse built into the game:

    Red Dead Redemption 2

    There's even an in-game system for tracking Arthur's bond with his horse, which unlocks new riding abilities as the bond strengthens. That's before we start talking about differentiation in breeds and sizes and colors and saddles. If your horse runs off a cliff, or gets shot too many times, it'll die permanently. 

    There's a lot of horse stuff.

    I'm only offering this many details about the horse system in "Red Dead Redemption 2" to highlight how important a role the horse is in this game. It's clear that the game's developers wanted players to enjoy spending time with that horse knowing just how much time they'd spend galloping through the game's massive open world.

    Whether Rockstar pulled that off is another question: Tonally, I appreciate the long quiet moments. It was a risky move! Personally, though? It can get pretty boring watching Arthur riding a horse for minutes at a time.

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    Eating the best food in the world doesn't have to be reserved for special occasions.

    As it turns out, there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world that are surprisingly affordable. Did you know that the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world, located in Singapore, costs just $2.20?

    If you didn't have any plans to travel that far, Business Insider teamed up with discount website Vouchercloud to find out where you'll find the best deals in New York City.

    To produce the list, Vouchercloud looked at the price of a set lunch menu at every New York City restaurant included in this year's Michelin Guide, or the cheapest individually-priced lunch item where there was no set lunch available.

    As it turns out, there are are 19 Michelin-starred restaurants where you can eat lunch for $50 or less — and nine where it'll cost $30 or less.

    Scroll down to see the 19 cheapest Michelin-starred lunches in New York City, ranked by price of the cheapest à la carte lunch dish or set menu, from most expensive to cheapest.

    SEE ALSO: RANKED: The 50 cheapest Michelin-starred meals in the world

    DON'T MISS: 23 London restaurants where you can get a Michelin-starred lunch for £30 or less

    Ai Fiori, Manhattan — $49

    Cuisine: The restaurant claims to showcase the "modern interpretations of French and Italian Riviera cuisine."

    Courses: Set menu of two courses, or three for $68.

    Time: Monday — Friday, 12 p.m. — 2.30 p.m.

    Find out more here.

    Gotham Bar and Grill, Manhattan — $48

    Cuisine: Gotham Bar and Grill aims to be "reminiscent of the energy, feel and beauty of a Parisian brasserie."

    Courses: Set menu of three courses.

    Time: Monday — Friday, 12 p.m. — 2.15 p.m.

    Find out more here.

    Gramercy Tavern, Manhattan — $48

    Cuisine: Contemporay American cuisine.

    Courses: Set menu of three courses.

    Time: Every day, 11.30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

    Find out more here.

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    lego batman post it

    Rob Biddulph is a pretty normal parent — he leaves notes in his daughter Poppy's lunch every day to make her smile. Except most parents aren't able to draw miniature works of art on their notes.

    Five years ago, when Poppy was four years old and nervous about eating lunch at school, her dad decided to draw her a little Post-It note to make her feel better — and 900 Post-Its later, they're still making her smile.

    Keep scrolling to see some of Biddulph's most jaw-dropping works.

    Every day, kids all over the world open their lunch boxes at school. Some are lucky enough to get a sweet note or an extra snack — but Poppy is a bit luckier than most of her peers.

    Of course, Poppy's not the only kid with artistic parents — check out this mom who turns her sons' brown paper bag lunches into hilarious doodles.

    Her dad, Rob Biddulph, is an illustrator — and on the side, he creates Post-Its for Poppy's lunch every day that are essentially works of art in their own right.

    It's hard to believe this amount of detail fits onto a Post-It.

    Sometimes they are literally works of art, like this miniature Monet painting, "Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies."

    Biddulph has done an entire series of artists, ranging from Monet to Picasso to Keith Haring.

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    Packing for a trip is something of an art form, and it can take some practice to get it right. If you're not a veteran traveler, you might find yourself burdened with unnecessary items that take up too much space in your luggage and just generally weigh you down. Here are a few things that are pretty much always a mistake to pack.

    Shampoo and conditioner are usually a waste of space.

    If you're traveling somewhere where the locals have easy access to shampoo and conditioner, so will you. There's no reason to trek across the globe with products that you can quickly and cheaply pick up at your destination.

    Tight restrictions on liquids also mean that flying with full bottles might even lead to delays at security checkpoints. Simplify your life and opt to pick up a few days' worth of shampoo at your destination.

    You probably don't need more than two pairs of shoes.

    Packing too many shoes can add unnecessary weight and bulk to your luggage. Unless you're traveling to a special event or on a business trip, you probably only need to packa decent pair of walking shoes and a pair of nicer shoes for restaurants or events.

    Leave the expensive jewelry at home.

    It's natural to want to look your best, but bringing expensive jewelry along on vacation is almost always a mistake.

    Traveling with fine jewelry or other flashy accessories could make youan ideal target for pickpockets, Reader's Digest pointed out. Swap out your real diamond earrings for a pair of imitation studs or strap on a less eye-catching watch to avoid losing or damaging your valuables.

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    boy meets world

    For kids who grew up in the ‘90s, "Boy Meets World" was a Friday night favorite on TGIF's weekly lineup. Watching Cory and Topanga grow up and fall in love is still just as fun now as it was back then.

    But even if you've seen every episode, there are a lot of behind-the-scenes details that you might not know about "Boy Meets World." Read on to find out some seriously surprising facts about the show.

    Danielle Fishel almost didn't play Topanga.

    It's hard to imagine "Boy Meets World" without Danielle Fishel as Topanga, but it almost happened. In her memoir, Fishel wrote that another girl was originally cast in the role, but during the episode where Topanga was introduced, the director changed his mind. Even though Fishel thought the original actress was very talented, she didn't stick — and that was her moment to shine.

    "On set the next day, she wasn't there. They had let her go, and the executive producer, Michael Jacobs, needed to find a new girl to play Topanga," Fishel wrote, according to Blind Gossip. "To this day, I don't know why Michael gave me another opportunity to audition for Topanga, although I suspect it was because it was easier than having to do a whole new casting call, but he did."

    Fishel won the role, and the rest is history.

    Fans decided Cory and Topanga's fate.

    Cory and Topanga did get married young, but they'd been going strong as a couple for so long. And while many fans rooted for them on their wedding day, it almost didn't happen. ABC didn't like the idea of them tying the knot so young, so they left it up to the fans to decide.

    "ABC actually did an Internet poll for if they should get married. Michael Jacobs, the creator of the show, pushed for that," Rider Strong said in an interview with Vanity Fair. "Because he said that we were going to get them married, and ABC was like, ‘You can't do it. They're too young.' And he said, ‘Put it out on the Internet and do a poll.' And they did and people wanted them to get married."

    When the cast were still kids, they did their schoolwork together.

    Filming "Boy Meets World" meant that the cast couldn't go to a traditional school, so instead, they had to learn at work. Originally, Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, and Ben Savage had their own tutors, but eventually, they ended up merging together while they had their on-set lessons during filming.

    "When we started the show, we had little sectioned off areas for each one of us to try to focus and work with our own individual teachers, but it always ended up being more like a regular school classroom with all of us chiming in and learning little bits of what everyone else was learning," Fishel told Parade in 2010.

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    dry shampoo  buildup and scalp issues

    Nobody wants lice. Lice are pesky insects that invade your hair and cause severe itching. Not to mention, they can be a nightmare to get rid of. The small pests can easily be picked up in public places — including while traveling.

    The parasitic bugs are known to take up residency is hairy places on people’s bodies such as the head and pubic areas, as well as on clothing and blankets. The most common way to contract lice is through person-to-person contact. If you're traveling in close corridors, such as on an airplane or in a small vehicle, it may seem like picking up lice is unavoidable. Dodging lice while on-the-go is easier said than done.

    There are three different types of lice: Head lice, body lice, and pubic lice. The microscopic bugs are anywhere from 1.1 to 3.6 millimeters in length depending on the type of lice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their tiny size makes them hard to immediately see with a naked eye, so you'll need to take extra precautions when you are traveling.

    Here's how to protect yourself from lice during your next trip.

    Check your seat on mass transit.

    Subways, buses, and other forms of public transportation are popular options when traveling. But, according to the Illinois Department of Health, lice can be lurking inside of a train car or on a bus seat. Lice may crawl from an infected person’s head or clothing and make a home in a plush bus seat or in the nooks and crannies of a hard plastic subway seat.

    Although your chances of contracting lice this way or low, you can lessen the possibility of coming down with the bugs by wiping off the seat with a wet wipe before sitting down. You can also hold stand and hold onto the handrail instead of sitting down.

    Read the hotel reviews before you book.

    Like bedbugs, lice can infiltrate hotel rooms if left behind by a previous traveler who had lice. As long as the hotel changes the sheets and gives the hotel room a proper and thorough cleaning, the risk of contracting lice from hotel rooms is fairly low, according to That said, it can still happen.

    Lice enjoy nuzzling up in a warm and cozy space (like the hair on the top of your head). For this reason, lice may be found in hotel room beds, couches, chairs, carpets, and other soft, plush areas that are easy to breed in. When you are making your travel arrangements, make sure to read unbiased, unfiltered reviews of the place you are planning to stay. If in the comments section, you find any reviews that mention lice, that could be a sign to steer clear of the hotel or shared space in question.

    Don't share head or hair products with anyone.

    This one may seem obvious, but it's an important reminder to keep in mind throughout your travels. Avoid sharing combs, hairbrushes, towels, and other items that come into contact with your hair, according to the CDC.

    Even if these items belong to trusted friends and family that you’re traveling with, it’s best to use your own. Although your travel buddies may not have any immediate symptoms of head lice, it’s possible that the tiny and bothersome insect still could be prevalent in their clothing or in their hair.

    This also goes for trying on hats while you’re shopping around during your travels. 

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    states where you get time off to vote

    If you're wondering whether you can come in late or leave work early to cast your vote in the 2018 midterm elections on November 6, the short answer is, it depends on where you work.

    Currently, there is no federal law that mandates employers provide their employees time off to cast their ballots. But the majority of US states have time-off-to-vote laws, also referred to as voter-leave laws, and have different requirements and exceptions for employers and employees.

    While some states guarantee paid time off, for example, others do not. And the time guaranteed for employees to vote varies state-by-state as well.

    Of course, your own employer may offer leave to vote, even if your state does not. In 2016, for example, Patagonia announced that would close all US stores on Election Day in an effort to encourage customers and employees to vote.

    But, since not everyone's employer is so generous, you'd be well-advised to learn about the specific voter leave provisions in your state before the midterms. 

    SEE ALSO: The political job-interview question hiring managers should never ask

    DON'T MISS: How to handle a particularly sticky topic in the office without ruining your professional reputation


    Time off required

    One hour

    Paid or unpaid


    Notes and exceptions 

    • Unless employee has at least two hours available before or one hour after work to vote.

    • Employee must provide ""reasonable notice"" before taking time off.

    • Employer may specify the hours employee can take off."


    Time off required

    As long as it reasonably takes to vote

    Paid or unpaid


    Notes and exceptions

    • Unless employee has at least two hours available before or after work to vote.


    Time off required

    Three hours 

    Paid or unpaid


    Notes and exceptions 

    • Unless employee has at least three hours available before or after work to vote.

    • Employee must provide notice before Election Day.

    • Employer may specify the hours employee can take off." 

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    Bag of Chips

    No one likes throwing out food that's gone bad before its time. Whether you're frustrated by moldy bread or dealing with stale coffee, keeping food fresh can sometimes be a real struggle. Knowing how to properly store your food can help reduce waste and keep your grocery bills down.

    Here are a few of the best ways to keep your food from going stale.

    You can keep chips crunchy by throwing them in the freezer.

    If you've hosted a party and found yourself left with a giant, half-eaten bag of chips, you can actually keep them edible by storing them in the freezer.

    Lifehacker reported thatthis storage tip works on everything from potato chips to tortilla chips. Food experts don't know exactly why this works, but there's plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the hack onTwitter andReddit.

    Keep your raisins in top condition by storing then in an airtight jar.

    If you're a baker or like to whip up your own trail mix, chances are you have a partially filled container of raisins in your pantry.

    Though these dried fruits won't actually go bad for years, they can get dry and rubbery if they're not stored properly. Protect your stash bykeeping raisins in an airtight glass jar or tub to prevent them shriveling even further, The Spruce Eats recommended.

    Need to resuscitate some dry raisins? Soak them in a bowl of warm water until they plump up again.

    Store crackers in an airtight bag to help them keep their crunch.

    The appeal of crackers is in their crunchiness, so it's crucial to store them correctly if you don't want to end up with chewy snacks.

    According to Leaf TV, the best way to store crackers is in an airtight container or bag in cool and dry place. If left unopened, crackers should stay good for about three months. After opening, you have around two weeks to enjoy them.

    If you don't manage to keep your crackers in good condition, you can actually re-crisp them in the oven. Cook's Illustrated advised that spreading crackers or chips in an even layer on a baking sheet andbaking them at 225 degrees for 15 to 25 minutes should get them nice and crunchy again.

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    Prescription medicine

    There's a slight slowing in the amount of healthcare M&A right now, even though 2018 started out strong

    The healthcare industry has historically been one of the most active sectors for deals. But a recent research report from Morgan Stanley said that analysts think high valuations of healthcare companies as well as a wealth of readily available funding for biotechs are limiting the number of takeovers. 

    Here are the top 10 healthcare companies Morgan Stanley analysts predict are most likely to receive tender offers in the next 12 months. Morgan Stanley used a proprietary quantitative model to make its predictions. It also excluded stocks that have been the subject of takeover rumors. 


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


    Ticker: IQV

    Company summary: Formerly IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA is now a multinational company that conducts contracted clinical research and provides health information technologies. 

    Market cap: $26.4 billion

    Biomarin Pharmaceutical

    Ticker: BMRN

    Company summary: BioMarin focuses on developing treatments for rare diseases. It recently launched Palynziq, which treats adult phenylketonuria, a rare inherited disorder in which the body can't process an amino acid called phenylalanine. Its pipeline also includes vosoritide (treats achondroplasia, a type of short-limbed dwarfism), val-rox (hemophilia A gene therapy), and BMN250 (treats Sanfilippo Syndrome B). 

    Market cap: $17.6 billion

    Seattle Genetics

    Ticker: SGEN

    Company summary: Seattle Genetics is a biotech company that develops treatments for cancer. Its lead product is Adcetris, which treats different forms of blood and lymphatic cancers. 

    Market cap: $12.9 billion

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    harvard business school graduates

    • If you want to work on Wall Street, you'll want the best business school for finance.
    • Higher- and business-education specialist QS Quacquarelli Symonds recently released its 2019 Global MBA Ranking, evaluating 251 of the best business schools in the world.
    • QS provided Business Insider with estimates of how many graduates from the top programs went into the finance industry.

    Getting an MBA can be a huge boost to a career in finance.

    Higher- and business-education specialists QS Quacquarelli Symonds released its 2019 Global MBA Ranking, evaluating 251 of the best business schools in the world based on data provided by the schools and surveys of employers and academics.

    To get an idea of which MBA programs were best-suited to those going into the finance industry, QS provided Business Insider with estimates of how many graduates in the class of 2017 from the top 60 business schools in the QS ranking went into finance, based on MBACSEA reporting standards.

    Here are the 25 MBA programs among the top 60 in the world with the most graduates going into the finance industry.

    SEE ALSO: 35 business schools that get the most bang for your buck, ranked

    25. HEC Paris

    Location: Jouy-en-Josas, France

    Estimated number of 2017 graduates going into finance: 50

    Estimated percent of 2017 graduating class going into finance: 21%

    Read more about HEC Paris at TopMBA »

    24. HKUST

    Location: Hong Kong

    Estimated number of 2017 graduates going into finance: 51

    Estimated percent of 2017 graduating class going into finance: 42%

    Read more about HKUST at TopMBA »

    23. INSEAD

    Location: Fontainebleau, France/Singapore

    Estimated number of 2017 graduates going into finance: 54

    Estimated percent of 2017 graduating class going into finance: 10%

    Read more about INSEAD at TopMBA »

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    dui arrest

    • Every state, even every city, has different laws.
    • In Alamosa, Colorado, throwing missiles at cars is illegal.
    • In Washington, it's unlawful to hug someone while driving.

    New drivers learn the rules of the road in driver's education courses. But there are some laws about traffic, car ownership, road signs, and pumping gas that few people even know are on the books.

    Here's the most bizarre driving law in every US state.

    ALABAMA: It is illegal for a passenger to interfere with the driver's view in any way.

    The law states that a person in the front seat can't obstruct the view of the driver, or interfere with the driver's control of the vehicle.

    ALASKA: Stringing a wire across a street in Anchorage is against the law.

    The law specifies wires, but also forbids glass bottles, glass, nails, tacks, cans, or any other item that could cause injury.

    ARIZONA: You're not legally required to wear a helmet on your motorcycle over the age of 18.

    This law has been the point of contention for some time in the state.

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    van living

    Living out of a van can be a lonely, cramped existence — yet some people are choosing it over life in a standard home. As real estate becomes more expensive in cities like New York and San Francisco, young tech workers, retirees, and even families are turning to converted vans as a way to save on rent. 

    The phenomenon has taken off across a number of social channels. It's now easy to find glamorous shots of van living on Instagram or idealistic blog posts touting a mobile lifestyle.

    Though van dwelling may be a viable option for some, the reality is far less seductive than it's made out to be. Many photos of converted vans show little room for anything other than a bed and a few storage bins. Vehicles that have been lived in for a while are often a cluttered mess, packed with stray belongings and portable fans. 

    Check out what van living is really like for the urbanites who dare to tackle life on the road — and the many who rely on vans as an affordable housing option.  

    SEE ALSO: This couple shunned traditional vacations for traveling the country in a converted van — here's how they made it work on $30 a day

    SEE ALSO: A 23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company's parking lot and saves 90% of his income

    Some people choose to live in a van so they can travel all over the United States. Artist Lyn Sweet, who has lived in a van for the past two years, set out in her first vehicle after saving money for eight months. She worked five different jobs during that time.

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    Many van dwellers stop by national parks as they make their way across the country.

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    Travelers may buy new vans for their journeys, though it is also common to spend several thousand dollars on transforming a used van.

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    iphone xr blue

    You've managed to get your hands on a new iPhone XR or iPhone XS, and now you want cool apps to run on it.

    The Tech Insider staff picked some of our favorite apps that show off the power of Apple's new phones.

    The list is focused on lesser-known software that we use and love; if you're looking for the most commonly downloaded apps — think Facebook, Snapchat, Google Maps — Apple publishes a list.

    Let's check them out:

    Citizen lets you see if there are emergencies or crimes nearby.

    Citizen is a free app.

    Moment helps you track screen time. Apple has built-in tools, but a lot of people in the tech world use this app.

    Moment is a free app with in-app purchases.

    Mindbody lets you book and search workout classes on the go.

    Mindbody is a free app. The classes cost money.

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    Henrys Hamburgers

    • Before McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King were on every corner, there were chains like Burger Chef and Henry's Hamburgers. 
    • But not every chain can last forever. Many chains that once had hundreds of locations don't exist anymore.
    • See some of the biggest restaurant chains that have closed for good. 

    McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King weren't always the fast-food giants they are now. 

    Before today's massive chains took over, there was Burger Chef, Pup 'n' Taco, and Henry's Hamburgers. Some chains were just regional, like the West Coast-based VIP's diner, and others had thousands of locations nationwide.

    But like brick-and-mortar stores, not every restaurant can survive in the long run. Some chains, like Burger Chef, overexpanded and had to sell, some were purchased by bigger brands, and some just couldn't keep up with competition from McDonald's.

    See what other once wildly popular fast-food and restaurant chains are no longer around: 

    SEE ALSO: Sears has filed for bankruptcy and announced it would close more than 140 stores, but it isn't the only department store that has struggled recently — here's why

    Valle's Steakhouse was an East Coast chain that started in 1933.

    Source: New England Historical Society

    The final locations of the chain closed in 2000.

    Source: New England Historical Society

    Burger Chef, a McDonald's competitor that once had thousands of locations across the country, expanded too quickly and ended up selling to Hardee's in 1981.

    Source: Time

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