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    cuban missile crisis

    On October 14, 1962, one of the US Air Force's vaunted U-2 spy planes soared over Cuba. The photos it took during that high-altitude pass revealed the assembly of Soviet SS-4 medium-range ballistic missiles.

    To that point, Soviet nuclear weapons were vastly outnumbered by US nuclear weapons. But Soviet missiles parked in Cuba could reach most of the US within minutes.

    For President John F. Kennedy, less than a year and half from the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, staring down the business end of Soviet missiles was unacceptable.

    For 13 long days in October 1962, the world waited to see who would blink first. Here's what that looked like on the beaches of Florida, just 90 miles from the beginning of the end of the world.

    SEE ALSO: Trump says he'll scrap a Cold War-era missile deal with Russia, which could throw 'another hand grenade' into NATO

    President John F. Kennedy as he appeared on TV, October 22, 1962, informing the US public of his decision to set up a naval "quarantine" of Cuba.

    Kennedy's remarks, televised that evening, echoed the Monroe Doctrine, according to the State Department's official history.

    "It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union."



    Cuban leader Fidel Castro responded to Kennedy's decision to set up a blockade over Cuban radio and television on October 23, 1962.



    Pickets representing an organization known as Women Strike for Peace carry placards outside UN headquarters in New York City, October 23, 1962.



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    Singapore Airlines Airbus A350 900 ULR

    • Singapore Airlines relaunched the longest flight in the world in October using the new Airbus A350-900 ULR.
    • Ahead of the inaugural flight from Newark to Singapore, Business Insider got the chance to tour the plane. 
    • As part of the tour, we were given access to the cabin crew rest compartment. 
    • There are hidden areas where flight attendants sleep during long-distance flights. 

    After a five year hiatus, the longest flight in the world is back. In October, Singapore Airlines relaunched its non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport outside of New York City and its home base at Changi Airport. 

    It's a 10,000-mile flight that could last as long as 19 hours.

    Singapore Airlines previously operated the route from 2004 to 2013 using the Airbus A340-500. While it has exceptional range and capability, the A340-500 was a relic of the 1990s, and the thirst of its four engines proved too uneconomical to sustain. Even a shift to an all-business-class layout couldn't generate enough income to save the route.

    Fast forward to 2018 and Airbus has an all-new jet set to take on the daunting flight.

    The return of Singapore Airlines Flight SQ21 and SQ22 also marked the official debut of the Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range or ULR.

    The ULR is based on the Airbus A350-900 that entered service in 2015 with Qatar Airways. But, this modified variant is brand new. In fact, the first ULR wasn't delivered to Singapore Airlines until the end of September.

    The biggest difference between the standard A350-900 and the ULR is its range. Airbus managed to cram an additional 6,300 gallons of fuel into the plane's tanks. The result is an increase in range from 9,300 miles to as much as 11,100 miles.

    Business Insider had the chance to experience the inaugural flight from Newark to Singapore. Even with the creature comforts of business class and Singapore Airlines's impeccable service, it was a long and tiring flight. 

    Which means the trip is certainly a challenge for the flight's crew. Fortunately, long-haul airliners like the A350 comes equipped with crew rest compartments that are strictly off-limits to the general public during a flight. 

    Singapore Airlines gave Business Insider access to the flight attendant's rest compartment on board its new ULR aircraft ahead of our flight. Check it out. 

    SEE ALSO: The Concorde made its final flight 15 years ago and supersonic air travel has yet to recover — here's a look back at its awesome history

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    Several hours before our flight to Singapore, we met up with airline officials at the boarding for a tour of the new Airbus.



    Here it is parked at the gate. Sadly, this was the best view of the exterior we could get.



    The is what the A350-900 ULR looks like when not obstructed by a boarding gate.



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    iphone X

    There may be over 2,800 emoji available on your phone, but some occasions deserve an old-school smiley face — and there's a keyboard with a ton of smileys already installed on your iPhone.

    These smileys are hidden inside the Japanese keyboard, which is installed by default on all iPhones. Once you know how to turn it on, you'll find a lot of smiley choices, and most of them are adorable.

    Most iPhone users who don't live in Japan don't know about this keyboard. We had no idea until iDownloadBlog tipped us off to this incredible discovery. 

    Here's how to get a keyboard of smileys on your phone: 

    First, you need to turn on the Japanese keyboard. You do that by navigating to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.



    You'll be looking to add the "Kana" Japanese keyboard.



    When you're typing a message, pick the Japanese keyboard by holding down on the globe icon. Then, pick the smiley face in the lower left-hand corner.



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    pittsburgh synagogue shooting

    At least 11 people have died after a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue during prayer services on Saturday morning.

    Authorities have identified the suspect as 46-year-old Robert Bowers in the shooting, which took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

    Family members have been notified of the deaths, Allegheny County medical examiner Dr. Karl Williams said Sunday.

    Here's what we know so far about the victims of the attack.

    SEE ALSO: A GoFundMe for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting has raised over $140,000 in just 9 hours. Here's how you can help.

    DON'T MISS: Here's what we know about Robert Bowers, the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

    11 people have been confirmed dead by the Allegheny County chief medical examiner on Sunday morning. They were between the ages of 54 and 97.



    Joyce Fienberg, 75

    Fienberg was a resident of the Oakland neighborhood in Pittsburgh. She was the wife of Stephen E. Fienberg, a professor of statistics and social science at Carnegie Mellon University, who died in 2016 at the age of 74



    Richard Gottfried, 65



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    Zara factory

    • Zara and its parent company, Inditex, have their global headquarters in Arteixo, a small town on the northwest coast of Spain. Inditex is considered the largest fashion retailer on the planet, turning out more than $30 billion in sales in 2017.
    • More than 5,000 employees across various departments work here. The site is also home to 10 of Zara's factories and its largest distribution center, which is responsible for shipping the retailer's clothing to 96 different countries around the world.
    • Here's what it is like to visit the factories and distribution centers that allow Zara to compete in the fast-fashion race. 
    • READ MORE: About what it's like in the area of Spain that revolves around Zara. 

    There are 2,238 Zara stores in 96 different countries around the world, each receiving shipments of new items twice a week. Every single piece of clothing passes through one of Zara's four distribution centers across Spain. 

    We visited the largest of all, located in Zara's main headquarters in the small town of Arteixo, in the north of Spain.

    This area of the country is home to its founder, Amancio Ortega, and the first Zara store. Today, over 5,000 people work at this sprawling headquarters across different realms of the business, from design, photography, and modeling, to its factories and logistics platforms, which manufacture and distribute Zara clothing around the world. 

    Take a look inside:

    SEE ALSO: 'Half of the city lives thanks to him': Here's what it's like to visit the small Spanish city that has been completely transformed by Zara and its billionaire founder

    The story begins in the heart of Zara's headquarters, where its 300-person design team is leafing through trend-forecasting books and putting together mood boards for the store's next collection.



    Once a design is created, it is taken to a team of pattern cutters just meters away, who put together the first prototypes.

    Once the prototype has been created, it is tested on models who are also full-time Inditex employees working in other areas of the fashion department.

    These are almost 10 models there to test the various collections of men's and women's clothing, a spokesperson for Inditex told Business Insider. 



    Once the prototype has been signed off on, a digitalized pattern is sent to one of its factories.

    Its sprawling, 860,000-square-foot campus is home to 10 different factories, which manufacture Zara's most fashion-forward items of clothing — basically, the products that need more attention, a spokesperson said. These factories are connected to the distribution center through a network of secret underground tunnels that transport clothing on electric hanging rails.

    Other items are sent to external factories around the world. 

    However, all the manufactured items will return to one of its distribution centers to be sent out to stores. 

     



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    BlackDiamond 09 17

    • Swedish photographer Sebastian Sardi has been photographing major mining sites all over the world for the last decade, having visited mines in China, Russia, Kazakhstan and India. 
    • In India, Sardi was introduced to Dhanbad, a city known as the "capital of coal" due to the vast number of coal fields and strip-mines. The mining has turned the landscape into a post-apocalyptic moonscape.
    • Sardi has collected his years of work photographing Dhanbad into "Black Diamond," to be published in December. People can pre-order the book here.

    With a population exceeding 1.3 billion and a quickly developing economy, India has become the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter. 

    Coal is a big reason why. In recent years, India has experienced a "coal rush" as the country attempts to satisfy its ever-expanding energy needs.

    At the center of the rush is Dhanbad, a city known as the "capital of coal," and the nearby Jharia mines. There, mostly state-run coal companies operate massive open coal mines that wreak havoc on the villages that have long populated the area. The smoke-choked landscape is marked by burning cracks in the ground that have been on fire for over 100 years.

    Swedish photographer Sebastian Sardi  became fascinated by Dhanbad nearly a decade ago while traveling to mining sites all over the world.

    Sardi told Business Insider that what struck him about the Jharia mines is the way villagers live amongst the mines, depending on them for their livelihood while also suffering terribly from the environment they create.

    "It's a vastly changing environment in nature and, for the inhabitants, it's a disaster," said Sardi.

    A book of Sardi's multi-year exploration of Dhanbad, titled "Black Diamond," will be published by German publisher Kehrer Verlag in December. Sardi is currently taking pre-orders of the book, which you can check out here »

    SEE ALSO: A photographer spent 17 years exploring the barren expanse of Mongolia and returned with unreal photos

    DON'T MISS: A caravan of 7,000 migrants is heading towards the US border — haunting images show the deadly route most take to get there

    Over 65% of India's power comes from locally mined coal. The Jharia fields are the country's biggest reserve, with approximately 11 billion tons of coal.

    Source: Caravan Magazine



    Most of the mining done at Jharia is in open pits or strip mines, because it is faster and more profitable. But doing so exposes coal to oxygen and is highly destructive to the environment.

    Source: Al Jazeera



    Coal fires have been burning in Jharia for over 100 years. Large-scale open pit mining was ramped up in the 1970s when coal companies were nationalized by the government. It has made the fires far worse.

    Source: Al Jazeera



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    voting vote election day

    • With the 2018 midterm elections just two weeks away, now is the perfect time to make a plan to vote to make sure your Election Day goes off without a hitch.
    • Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018, but you can vote early or absentee in most states.
    • Experimental research studies show that people who make a plan in advance are much more likely to vote.
    • Here's everything you need to know about your state's voter registration deadlines, when your ballot is due if you'll be voting absentee, and when the polls open and close in your state.

    With the 2018 midterm elections just 2 weeks away, now is the perfect time to start planning when and how you'll vote, whether you plan to head to the polls in person on November 6 or send in an absentee ballot before then.

    A 2010 experimental study found that voter turnout was up to 9% higher among people who made a plan to vote before Election Day compared to those who did not.

    Since every state has different requirements and deadlines, informing yourself about voting in your state to make sure you won't be blindsided by unexpected poll closing hours or registration deadlines will pay off when Election Day comes around.

    Here's everything you need to know about your state's voter registration deadlines, when your ballot is due if you'll be voting absentee, and when the polls open and close in your state, if you plan to vote in person.

    Registration deadlines by state:

    While voter registration deadlines have passed in most states, there's still time to register if you live in Washington, North Carolina, or one of the 16 states, plus the District of Columbia, that allows voters to register on Election Day.

    Since North Dakota has no voter registration, you don't need to do anything advance besides bring an ID to the polls.



    Deadlines to apply for an absentee ballot by state:

    If you're registered to vote but will be away from your polling place on Election Day, there's still time to request and send in an absentee ballot.

    While states all have different requirements for receiving a ballot, most military service members, US citizens living abroad, college students, or people who will otherwise be away from their polling place for another reason, including a disability or religious conflict, are eligible to vote absentee in the November 6 election.

    All states allow voters to request ballots by mail, but only some permit in-person requests. Virginia is the only state where voters can apply for an absentee ballot online.



    Deadlines to send in your absentee ballot by state:

    While most states require that your absentee ballot be postmarked or received by your election official by Election Day, some will count your ballot as long as it arrives within up to 10 days of Election Day.

    If you request a ballot but don't receive it in time to mail in back by your state's deadline, you can fill out the Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot as a backup.

    In the meantime, you can use Ballotpedia's sample ballot lookup tool for information on all the federal, state, and local elections and/or ballot initiatives that you can vote on this fall.



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    Silk wallet phone case

    I'm no tech expert, but I've recently discovered a few accessories that have made using my phone a better experience — especially as a city commuter. One of those gadgets is a PopSocket grip, which makes it easier to hold on to my iPhone X and to use it one-handed, and the other is a case with a built-in card wallet.

    These are slightly different than the folio cases, which usually have card wallets and a flap that folds over and covers the screen of the phone when it's not in use. The ones I prefer have slots on the back of the case and no screen cover.

    I don't use my wallet case as a replacement for a real wallet, but it allows me to carry around a few of the essentials I need regular access to, like my metro card, a credit card, and my work ID. Now that I've been carrying mine around for a while, I'm convinced there's no better option out there for commuters or city-dwellers who need frequent access to their various cards and IDs.

    Here are 7 card wallet cases to keep your essentials close:

    Silk iPhone Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 Case

    Available on Amazon for iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus, iPhone 7/8/7 Plus/8 Plus, iPhone X/XS/XR/XS Max, Galaxy S6 edge, all models $13.99-$14.99

    Arguably the most popular of all phone wallets, Silk's Wallet Slayer is about as sleek and simple as they come. The grippy silicone case has room to hold a few cards, and the opening on the left side makes it easy to push the cards up if you're having trouble accessing them. It's compatible with wireless charging and comes in a variety of colors. A few of the sizes even have options to create your own custom design through Amazon. 



    Silk iPhone Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 Case

    Available on Amazon for iPhone 6/6S/6 Plus/6S PlusiPhone 7/8/7 Plus/8 PlusiPhone X/XS/XR/XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, all models $14.99-$34.99

    This is the upgraded version of the previous phone wallet by Silk. It features a durable leather pocket for a sleeker look, but has all the same features like wireless charging compatibility. This is the one I use, and I was even able to attach a PopSocket grip to the back of the case on top of the leather. So far, so good. 



    Lopie Sea Island Cotton Series Slim Card Case

    Available on Amazon for iPhone 7/8/7 Plus/8 Plus/iPhone X, all models $14.99-$15.99

    Though the model options are limited, this genuine leather and canvas wallet phone case is a favorite among Amazon shoppers. The inside is made from a sturdy polycarbonate to protect against accidental drops, which is good if you're prone to mishaps. The one thing to note about the canvas is that if you keep your phone in a pocket or purse most of the time, the rubbing may cause color transfers from new denim or the interior of your bag to the corners of the canvas. 



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    trader

    • A third of all S&P 500 companies are set to report third-quarter earnings during the weeks of Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.
    • These two busy weeks are the most important for stock pickers looking for opportunities to beat their benchmarks, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 
    • The firm's analysts compiled a list of buy-rated stocks reporting during these two crucial weeks, which they expect to outperform the market's expectations. 

    We're officially in the most important two weeks of earnings season, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 

    They're the two busiest periods during which S&P 500 companies will update investors on their third-quarter performance, and when many will provide guidance for the months ahead. 

     By BofAML's calculation, 33% of earnings are on tap this week and next.

    The firm's analysts went a step further to identify the stocks that are poised to deliver the biggest earnings surprises. For stock pickers, these post-earnings rallies could mean returns bigger than what the broader market is offering. 

    "Alpha opportunity should be high: our work suggests that stock differentiation is heightened during earnings season, particularly the busiest reporting days, which fall this week on Oct. 23-25 and next week on Oct 30-Nov 1," a team led by Savita Subramanian said in a note on Monday.

    The list below showcases stocks that BofAML has handpicked as most likely to beat earnings expectations. They are all buy-rated, and are scheduled to report third-quarter results during the earnings-season peak that Subramanian specified.

    They are ranked in ascending order of the number of standard deviations between BofAML's earnings-per-share estimates and the consensus. A higher Z-score implies that the firm's analysts are more bullish than their peers. 

    SEE ALSO: The world's most accurate economic forecaster pinpoints the biggest risks investors will face in 2019 — and explains how they can prepare

    16. Torchmark

    Ticker: TMK

    Sector: Financials 

    Expected report date: Oct. 24

    BofAML vs. consensus EPS (Z-Score): 0.1

    BofAML vs. consensus sales (Z-Score): 151.6

    Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch



    15. Zimmer Biomet Holdings

    Ticker: ZBH

    Sector: Healthcare 

    Expected report date: Oct. 26

    BofAML vs. consensus EPS (Z-Score): 0.1

    BofAML vs. consensus sales (Z-Score): 1.5

    Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch



    14. Illumina

    Ticker: ILMN

    Sector: Healthcare 

    Expected report date: Oct. 30

    BofAML vs. consensus EPS (Z-Score): 0.1

    BofAML vs. consensus sales (Z-Score): 0.3

    Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch



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    Donald Trump Jr

    • House Democrats are expected to re-open the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. 
    • The Republican-led Intelligence Committee was the only House panel to investigate Russian meddling, and its investigation is now closed.
    • Democrats say Republicans ignored key facts and important witnesses — and would likely look into collusion, protecting Robert Mueller, Donald Trump Jr, and whether Trump laundered money.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are expected to re-open the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. But they would have to be selective in what they investigate.

    California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, has said his party would have to "ruthlessly prioritize the most important matters first."

    The Republican-led Intelligence Committee was the only House panel to investigate Russian meddling, and its investigation is now closed. Republicans say they found no evidence of collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.

    Democrats say Republicans ignored key facts and important witnesses and want to restart parts of the investigation if they win the House. But some Democrats also worry that there could be a political cost if they overreach.

    Schiff and other lawmakers say they are closely watching special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and the Senate's Russia probe to look for gaps that they could fill. And if Mueller issues any findings, their investigative plans could change.

    "My sense is that we want to be precise," says California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democratic member of the intelligence panel.

    Here's a look at what Democrats are likely to investigate if they take the House majority.

    SEE ALSO: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is encouraging people to vote in the midterms to prevent 'another 2 or another 6 years of this craziness'

    SEE ALSO: Ted Cruz doesn't mind being unlikeable — and it's the reason he's on track to win reelection

    SEE ALSO: US will substantially reduce its $500 million in aid to Central American nations over migrant caravan

    Money laundering

    Schiff has repeatedly said a priority for Democrats would be investigating whether Russians used laundered money for transactions with the Trump Organization.

    Trump's businesses have benefited from Russian investment over the years. Schiff said he wants to know whether "this is the leverage that the Russians have" over Trump.

    Other committees might also want to look into money laundering, including the House Financial Services panel.

    It's unclear whether Mueller is probing money laundering related to the president's business.



    More witnesses

    The Democrats issued a list in March of several dozen people whom the committee hadn't yet interviewed when the Russia investigation was shut down. Democrats would want to call in some — but probably not all — of those witnesses.

    Former Trump campaign advisers Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos are among them. They all pleaded guilty to various charges in the Mueller probe and have cooperated with prosecutors.

    Important witnesses whose credibility Democrats have questioned might also be called back. That includes Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in federal court in August to campaign-finance violations and other charges, and prominent Trump supporter Erik Prince, who met with Russians during the campaign. Prince was defiant in an interview with the intelligence panel in December.

    "I believe there are those who were less than candid with us," says Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley, a Democratic member of the committee, referring to Cohen and Prince, among others.

    Democrats have said they also want additional documents that Republicans refused to subpoena.



    Public hearings

    House Republicans limited their Russia investigation to the intelligence panel, which traditionally conducts most of its business in secret. Democrats would probably spread the investigation over several other committees, opening it up and allowing for public hearings with top Trump officials.

    Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democratic member of the intelligence panel, says they would try to be more transparent. The Republican investigation was "a way to keep everything behind closed doors," he said.

    Democrats would also push to provide interview transcripts to Mueller, a step Republicans had resisted. The committee recently voted to make most of its Russia transcripts public, but it's unclear when that will happen.



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    Resident Evil 2 Cerberus Dogs

    It's the season for scares and no horror movie can match the feeling of dread that comes from immersing yourself in the right horror game. Those who find themselves screaming at the survivors during scary movies should find themselves at home with the interactive experience games provide. Whether it's the slow-paced survival of "Resident Evil" or the constant waves of monsters in "Doom," horror games place the player at the center of the story and force them to find their own keys to survival.

    Here are some of the best horror video games to test your mettle this Halloween:

    SEE ALSO: The creators of 'Fortnite' just landed $1.25 billion in new investments, the largest ever financing round for a video game company

    "Alien: Isolation" (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

    Much like the movie it's based on, "Alien: Isolation" thrives on a game of cat and mouse between the player and the xenomorph monster. The alien cannot be killed during the course of the game, forcing the player to constantly find new ways to escape the prowling creature on a deserted space station.

    Even when the monster is a safe distance away, the station's empty corridors are haunting; diaries and messages left by the former residents weave a larger horror story about colony's demise.



    "Resident Evil HD Remaster" (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

    The original "Resident Evil" is a staple of survival horror with an influence that continues to resonate in modern games. The HD remaster fully retains the structure of the original, complete with its fixed camera angles and tank-like controls. "Resident Evil" forces players navigate a sprawling mansion with limited resources and complex puzzles while dodging mutated zombies, sharks, and worse.



    "Until Dawn" (PlayStation 4)

    Until Dawn" is a horror game that plays like a movie. As the story rolls along, players make decisions with different characters in the game as they're pursued by a monster. Each choice can mean life or death for the specific cast members, and the number of characters who survive is entirely dependent on how the game is played.

    Despite the movie-style narrative, "Until Dawn" has a healthy amount of gameplay, taking about eight hours to complete on average.



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    Joyride landing on White House's south lawn

    • Every now and then, a service member or vet takes a military vehicle out on a joyride.
    • Whether its taking a tank out on a rampage through Germany while high on LSD, or landing a stolen helicopter on the White House lawn, service members have had their fair share of joyrides. 
    • Here are some of the best joyrides in US military history. 

    The joyride has been a fixture of American culture ever since before first Model T rolled off a Ford assembly line.

    In August 1908, a chauffeur was sentenced by a New York City judge for absconding with his employer's automobile for 30 hours of unadulterated freedom, the first known instance of a "joy ride" in modern history. And while unauthorized excursion ended on a down note — those 30 hours added up to 30 days in prison for "willful or malicious destruction of property — it birthed a wholly American tradition.

    The wind in your hair, open the road ahead of you, lack of financial investment (it ain't your vehicle!) — nothing screams freedom more.

    But while too many joyrides often end in death or injury, history offers one unusual exception: the case of the military joyride, the purest and safest form of automotive freedom known to man. Perhaps only US service members have the good order and discipline to joyride safely; perhaps it's just a matter of good training.

    Either way, the history of military joyriders proves that you can feel the need for speed without wrecking (too much) havoc on the world around you — even if it's an aircraft you're stealing and not a car.

    Every now and then, a disgruntled service member or ornery vet takes matters — or the steering wheel of an M577 Armored Personnel Carrier — into their own hands and offers an oasis of vehicular entertainment. Here are a few examples of spectacular military joyrides from modern history.

    SEE ALSO: Here are the 10 most patriotic moments in American sports history

    SEE ALSO: President Trump's decision to create the 'Space Force' could have drastic effects on NASA

    SEE ALSO: How the United States could cope if it lost the next war

    The drunk Marine veteran who landed a stolen plane on the Upper West Side — twice

    OK, technically this wasn't a military joyride since the vehicle in question was a single-engine Cessna aircraft, but it's badass nonetheless. In the 1950s, Korean War Marine vet Thomas Fitzpatrick landed a stolen civilian plane on Manhattan's Upper West Side to win a barroom bet — twice.

    Here's a 2013 New York Times account of the incident:

    Both landings were pulled off in incredibly narrow landing areas, in the dark – and after a night of drinking in Washington Heights taverns and with a well-lubricated pilot at the controls. Both times ended with Mr. Fitzpatrick charged with wrongdoing.

    The first of his flights was around 3 a.m. on September 30, 1956, when Mr. Fitzpatrick, then 26, took a single-engine plane from the Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey and took off without lights or radio contact and landed on St. Nicholas Avenue near 191st Street.

    The New York Times called it a "fine landing" and reported that it had been widely called "a feat of aeronautics."

    The second flight was on October 4, 1958, just before 1 a.m.

    Fitzpatrick, himself an experienced aircraft mechanic from his time in the Corps, made his first flight after a drinking buddy challenged him to make it from New Jersey back to Washington Heights in just 15 minutes, but the second one came "after a bar patron refused to believe he had done the first one," which is just such a deliciously unexpected own. If there's such a thing as the ultimate "hold my beer" moment, it's this.

     



    The Army private's tank retriever rampage through Germany while high on LSD

    In what can only be interpreted as a fit of pre-Independence Day celebration, 19-year-old US Army Pvt. John Dugan took an M578 light recovery vehicle on a spin through the streets surrounding the Lee Barracks, near Mainz, Germany, while absolutely dripping with LSD.

    The saucy details, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

    [Dugan] headed off base and after a 12-mile trail of wrecked cars and other destruction, he parked the armored vehicle around midnight outside the Astoria Bar and was promptly arrested.

    After the German and military police caught him outside the bar in Mainz, Dugan was sent to a hospital at division headquarters for psychiatric evaluation. He promptly escaped his armed guard, triggering a nationwide manhunt.

    The LSD apparently worn off, he turned himself in around noon on July 5, 1969.

    Luckily, nobody was injured, but German media at the time reported that Dugan had damaged some 30 vehicles on his way to the bar, including a poor Volkswagen Beetle totally pancaked by the vehicle.

    LSD: Not even once.



    The soldier who landed a stolen helo on the White House lawn

    Pfc. Robert Preston was apparently so furious when the Army extended enlistment after washing out of the service's helicopter pilot school that he opted for a spectacular middle finger to his commanding officers as vengeance.

    Just past midnight on Feb. 17, 1974, Preston made off with an unarmed UH-1 Iroquois from Tipton airfield in Fort Meade, Maryland, flying over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and touching down at the White House before the leading a pair of Maryland State Police helos in an remarkable pursuit in the skies above the nation's capital. 

    And boy, was it one hell of a pursuit, as Task & Purpose's James Clark previously wrote:

    Preston briefly hovered near the Washington Monument, at one point nearly colliding with it while under fire from the state police. He then returned to the White House and hovered 100 meters away on the South Lawn, coming under a fusillade of shotgun and submachine gun fire.

    Slightly wounded by buckshot, he set the Huey down and after a short foot chase, was tackled by the Secret Service. President Richard Nixon, who was deeply embroiled in the Watergate scandal, was not in the White House at the time.

    Preston landed in a military stockade for six months before receiving a general discharge, but at least he'll always have the respect of the Maryland state police, who referred to the ornery private as "one hell of a pilot."



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    Fashion Nova

    • Fashion Nova is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about brands on the internet.
    • Thanks to endorsements from celebrities including Cardi B and Kylie Jenner, the brand has shot to fame and now has 13.5 million followers on Instagram. In Piper Jaffray's recent survey of teen spending habits, it was voted the No. 6 preferred website, beating out Adidas and Forever 21
    • Find out more about the brand below. 

    Fashion Nova is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about brands on the internet.

    The company has shot to fame in a relatively short period of time thanks to a host of endorsements on Instagram from influencers and celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Cardi B.

    In 2017, it was one of the most-searched brands on Google, beating out well-known luxury brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Earlier this week, it ranked as the No. 6 preferred website for young people in Piper Jaffray's semi-annual survey of teen spending habits.

    Find out how this brand grew to have 13.5 million followers on Instagram in just five years: 

    SEE ALSO: These are the 10 clothing brands teens are obsessed with right now

    Fashion Nova is known for its Kardashian-esque aesthetic, selling affordable bodycon dresses and tight, high-waisted pants.



    The majority of its clothing costs between $20 and $50. However, there are some more pricey pieces.

    Dresses cost between $9.99 and $299.99.



    While the brand is best known online, it actually started off in the mall. Its founder, Richard Saghian, opened the first store in 2006, in Panorama Mall in Panorama City, California.

    Source: Paper



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    Costco shopper

    • Some customers like to take advantage of stores' return policies by making rather unusual returns.
    • Business Insider spoke to employees at Costco, Walmart, Target, and Home Depot about the oddest returns they've ever witnessed.
    • Employees described encountering shoppers who returned things like dirty toilets and mostly consumed pies.

    Some shoppers like to take advantage of major retailers' return policies.

    But then there are customers who take that impulse to a whole new level. The rise of "serial returners" is costing the industry a fortune and causing major logistical headaches.

    To get a sense of what this looks like at the store level, Business Insider spoke to employees at Walmart, Target, Costco, and Home Depot about the strangest, grossest, and most surprising returns they've seen on the job.

    Some of their responses were out there.

    "We can't say no to any members, so don't bring anything back that's 10 years old, such as a fake Christmas tree we got back that was sold in 2007," a California-based Costco employee previously told Business Insider. "We want to help, but that sets a bad example for everyone to bring anything back."

    Meanwhile, a Target team member based in California told Business Insider that they admired their colleagues working in returns, describing it as "a very tough position."

    Here are some of the most ridiculous returns that retail workers said they'd seen.

    SEE ALSO: 'Serial returners' are on the rise — and it's causing headaches for retailers like Walmart and Target

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    Shoppers sometimes opt to return huge or costly purchases.

    Buyer's remorse has been known to strike people who've just purchased high-ticket items.

    "Someone ordered an entire lawn set online and brought it in on a U-Haul to return it," a Target team member told Business Insider. "We had to use around 10 carts to bring it in."

    Two other Target employees said they had suspicions about the timing of certain shoppers' expensive returns.

    One Target team member of five years told Business Insider about a guest who took advantage of the store's 90-day return policy by "returning roughly $400 worth of Christmas decorations in late February."

    And a different Target team member said they had seen "multiple returns of thousands of dollars' worth of home merchandise made after the guests have staged their homes," adding, "It is so unethical."



    Other customers attempt to bamboozle workers with downright fraudulent returns.

    Not all returns are made in good faith.

    The National Retail Federation estimated that Americans returned $351 billion worth of goods last year, or 10% of all sales. Of those returns, it estimated that $22.8 billion worth qualified as fraudulent, equal to about 6.5% of total returns.

    A Home Depot employee told Business Insider about one customer who attempted to return a power tool in its case.

    "They re-taped the box, kept the tool, and returned the tool case filled with cans of spaghetti and ravioli to weigh it down," the employee said. "It was neatly packed and re-zipped to make us think it was the original purchase."

    A Target team member told Business Insider that stores have a $200 limit on returns made without a receipt and that customers who return items without a receipt receive store credit in lieu of money.

    The team member described witnessing a shopper attempt to exchange a razor without a receipt.

    "She had hit her $200 limit, meaning that she couldn't return it," the team member said. "She left 20 minutes later. A different woman came in with the exact same razor — in the same Walmart bag even — to return it with her license. Not surprisingly, she had also hit her limit."

    But other shoppers successfully exploit return policies.

    A different Target team member told Business Insider that one man returned several sets of bedsheets, claiming that his wife had bought too many.

    "They were $150 apiece," the Target team member said. "He had a limit on his ID. He didn't have the receipt. We exchanged it for a $450 camera. He bought those sheets from a secondhand store."



    Mostly devoured food isn't an unheard-of return in the retail business ...

    Costco is known for its generous return policy. According to employees, members can even get away with returning mostly eaten food.

    A Costco employee of 12 years told Business Insider that they wanted customers to "stop bringing half-eaten food and saying it was bad."

    They added that they'd seen shoppers return bones picked clean and explain that the "meat was no good" but that "they had to feed their family something."

    And a different employee of the warehouse chain described seeing members bring back "all-eaten pies or baked goods" and claim that they hadn't liked the food.



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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    There are so many TV shows on Netflix that it's a struggle to figure out what to watch next. Thankfully, we're here to make it easier to pick what shows you should watch on the streaming service throughout the week. 

    Every week, we put together a list of three shows you can watch right now on Netflix. We pick shows you can finish in a day, and some you can just get started on binge-watching. We mix shows that have recently come onto the service, like "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" with some old favorites you might have missed, like "American Vandal."

    From "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" to "American Vandal," which Netflix recently canceled, here are three great TV shows you can binge-watch on Netflix this week:

    "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"— A Netflix Original

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 10

    Netflix description: Magic and mischief collide as half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family's legacy, the Church of Night. 

    Kiernan Shipka is stunning as Sabrina along with a perfect cast on "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." The show is dark, sometimes gross, and really dives into the Satanic element of witchcraft. The show's strength is its self-awareness. It knows how silly it is, and does everything with a big wink that makes it more enjoyable than if it took itself too seriously. 

     



    "Bodyguard"

    Seasons: 1

    Episodes: 6

    Netflix description: After helping thwart a terrorist attack, a war veteran is assigned to protect a politician who was a major proponent of the conflict he fought in.

    This fast-paced British series starring Richard Madden (Robb Stark from "Game of Thrones") excels at surprising viewers, and will leave you on the edge of your seat. What it lacks in thoughtful character development, it makes up for in intense action sequences and an engrossing, though absurd plot. 



    "American Vandal"— A Netflix Original

    Seasons: 2

    Episodes: 16

    Netflix description: A true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left 27 faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.

    "American Vandal" is just as addictive as the true crimes docs it's satirizing, like "Making a Murderer" and "The Staircase." It's also just as funny as it is poignant, and did not deserve an abrupt cancellation. The clever writing is a comment on so many aspects of our culture — from the way teens use social media to corrupt, classist high schools, to how we consume. Each episode is about 30 minutes, so it's an easy show to binge. "Industry insiders" told Vulture that the creators are in talks with other outlets interesting in making a third season, so there could be more.

    Visit INSIDER's homepage for more.



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    cranberry sauce

    Thanksgiving is arguably the best food holiday in the US.

    From turkey to stuffing to sweet potato casseroles, there are a lot of fantastic dishes to choose from. So why waste time making sides that no one wants?

    Here are 10 dishes you should never serve on Thanksgiving. 

    Trust us, leave the raw vegetable tray behind.

    1. Canned cranberry sauce

    There's something about 21 grams of sugar coagulated into the shape of a can that is a major turn off. 

    At least spruce it up by adding orange juice and zest, or stick to a homemade recipe. 



    2. Green bean casserole

    Although you'd think green beans are a healthy dish, once you add heavy cream, fried onions, and cheese, they turn into one of the most caloric items on the Thanksgiving table.

    Save your calories for pie.



    3. Pecan pie

    Speaking of pie, almost everyone prefers pumpkin pie over pecan pie. Even worse, pecan pie has the most calories, with almost 500 per slice.



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    house of cards

    Some fan-favorite TV series are returning in November, as the year winds to a close.

    Every month, Business Insider looks at the most anticipated returning shows thanks to data from television-tracking app TV Time, based on its 13 million global users.

    In November, the final season of "House of Cards" (without Kevin Spacey) premieres on Netflix, along with the fourth season of "Outlander" on Starz.

    SEE ALSO: The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in November, including Julia Roberts' first show

    5. "StartUp" (Season 3) — Crackle, November 1

    Description:"After a year of extraordinary growth, ArakNet’s unregulated network becomes the target of NSA Agent Rebecca Stroud (Mira Sorvino) who vows to infiltrate it at any cost. The arrival of this new adversary, coupled with the mysterious return of Izzy from her ill-fated journey to Cuba, creates an extraordinary pressure cooker and ultimately turns our heroes against one another. A desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord, and a Cuban-American hacker are forced to work together to unwittingly create their version of the American dream - organized crime 2.0."



    4. "Room 104" (Season 2) — HBO, November 9

    Description:"An anthology series set in a single hotel room, where every guest who comes to stay reveals a unique set of circumstances and quirks. From the Duplass Brothers."



    3. "Mars" (Season 2) — National Geographic, November 12

    Description:"The story of the quest to colonize Mars as told from the perspective of the crew of a fictitious mission in 2033."



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    Psycho

    Although it's true that Hollywood's signature movie magic means that most films are shot in studios and on film sets, still plenty of your favorite horror films have been shot in locations you can visit in real life.

    These famous movie destinations exist in real-life towns and cities across the country.

    From an iconic NYC luxury apartment building to a suburban Pennsylvania shopping center, here are 21 filming locations of your favorite scary movies that you can visit.

    The Sawyer house and gas station from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is in Kingsland and Bastrop, Texas.

    Tobe Hooper's grisly 1974 film spawned seven sequels and reboots and inspired a generation of slasher films, but it's the original that remains a classic. And if you want to visit the Sawyer family farmhouse, you can head to the Grand Central Café in Kingsland, Texas, where you'll find a great meal and a welcoming vibe … albeit you won't find any human parts on the menu.

    The original home from the film was relocated from Round Rock, Texas in 1998 and looks very much the same as it did in 1974, now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

    If you're looking to visit one more spot from the movie, the gas station where the group of friends attempts to fill up their tank is now a barbecue restaurant about an hour and 40 minutes from Kingsland in Bastrop, near Austin. Aptly called The Gas Station, this smokehouse sells film memorabilia and beloved BBQ classics, and fans can rent out four cabins to get a true "Chainsaw" experience.



    The Evans City Cemetery from "Night of the Living Dead" is in Evans City, Pennsylvania.

    The 1968 cult classic has become one of the most iconic zombie flicks of all time, and the film's opening scenes were shot in a real-life rural cemetery outside of Pittsburgh, so you can bring unsuspecting friends and tell them, "They're coming to get you, Barbara!" if you're feeling extra vengeful.



    Monroeville Mall from "Dawn of the Dead" is a normal-looking mall in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

    While you're pretending to walk like the living dead, you'll want to take your tour about 40 miles southeast to Monroeville, where you can visit the Monroeville Mall, made famous by George A. Romero's 1978 follow-up to "Night of the Living Dead."

    Nowadays, it looks like every other suburban mall, except that here you can play zombie laser tag, making it a solid destination for all those who dare to walk amongst the dead guys.



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    dog shelter

    Adopting a dog is a huge decision and it can be daunting. Navigating the world of shelters, online ads, and vet records isn't easy, but knowing signs to watch out for that a dog isn't the right match for you can help you end up with the perfect pooch.

    Here are some things to be aware of when adopting a dog that they aren't right for you.

    Be wary if the dog barks or growls at you non-stop.

    According to Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital,excessive barking or growling might be a sign that a dog will have trouble adjusting to new people and situations.

    Though this isn't always a sign of a serious problem – the dog could just be excitable – it can signal a pooch that will need extra help easing into a new home.



    If a dog seems too calm, that could also be a red flag.

    Conversely, a dog that seems very quiet or non-responsive to you might also have some hidden problems.

    The Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital warned that a dog that doesn't seem to react to new people positively or negativelymight not be feeling well. Make sure to talk to shelter staff or previous owners about any past or present medical issues before taking a dog home.



    Consider pet adoption ads carefully and read between the lines.

    According to Dogster magazine, it's crucial to read between the lines when perusing online dog adoption ads.

    Phrases like "has a lot of energy,""needs a big yard," or "prefers to be around people" might signal behavioral issues such as a lack of training or separation distress. If an advertisement notes that the animal is territorial or "protective," that might mean you'll be getting a dog who howls if anyone approaches you or becomes aggressive if its toys are taken away.

    Be sure to ask detailed questions about the dog and its behavior before agreeing to any adoption.



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    Utopia IV_3950

    • Rossinavi, one of the world's premier ship-builders, is set to premiere Utopia IV, a 63 meter yacht at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show next week. 
    • Utopia IV, a fully custom designed superyacht, will be making its public debut at the Boat Show after having been completed and launched for sea trials in March 2018, according to Rossinavi.  
    • The yacht has a ton of cool features, including a swimming pool on the main deck, a 70 square meter beach club in the rear that looks out at the sea, and a 16-meter long fly deck used for entertaining. 
    • "We wanted it to feel like a speedboat, with a minimum draft, efficient in its range of navigation, with an intelligent propulsion and completely tailor-made," said Federico Rossi, COO of Rossinavi, public statement.  

    Rossinavi, one of the world's premier ship-builders, is set to premiere Utopia IV, a 63-meter (206 feet) yacht at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show next week. 

    Described as "one of the top events in the yachting industry" by Yacht Charter Weekly, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, or FLIBS, has been an industry staple for 59 years that attracts an international audience from over 52 countries.

    Utopia IV, a fully custom designed superyacht, will be making its public debut at the Boat Show after having been completed and launched for sea trials in March 2018, according to Rossinavi.  

    "We wanted it to feel like a speedboat, with a minimum draft, efficient in its range of navigation, with an intelligent propulsion and completely tailor-made," said Federico Rossi, COO of Rossinavi, in public statement.  

    Rossi's statement ends by calling Utopia IV, "unique." 

    According to Rossinavi, the yacht has many impressive features, including a swimming pool on the main deck, a 70 square meter beach club in the rear that looks out at the sea, and a 16-meter long fly deck used for entertaining. 

    Boat International reports that the yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests across six cabins and 13 crew members. The yacht includes an owner's stateroom that boasts a giant platform bed and in-room Jacuzzi, while also showcasing separate rooms like a state-of-the-art bridge room, engine room, and children's playroom. 

    Because Utopia IV is privately owned, there is no estimated price available. 

    Take a look below at some photos of the yacht's interiors and exteriors. 

    SEE ALSO: Take a look at 11 of the most luxurious yachts coming to the biggest boat show in the US

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    Utopia IV was completed and launched for sea trials in March 2018 in Pisa, Italy.

    Source: Rossinavi



    The superyacht is making its debut to the public next week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

    Source: Rossinavi



    The interiors and exteriors were done by Enrico Gobbi of Team for Design, a Venice-based Architecture and Yacht Design firm established in 2005.

    Source: Team For Design



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