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    woman alone

    • A promotion at work often brings status, power, and hopefully, a raise.
    • But there are often downsides to promotions, including expectations to work longer hours.
    • Here are five things that I didn’t expect that came with a job promotion.


    We often think that a promotion will bring more money, success, and status, but there are drawbacks to almost any promotion.

    You may need to work longer hours. Issues that used to be someone else's problem are now yours. Managing people can be tough.

    I once received a promotion where I'd manage a new department at a small company. The change brought lots of interesting challenges and boosted my self-esteem, but there were some very hard moments, too. Here are five ways that getting promoted made my life more difficult:

    SEE ALSO: I quit my job to work for myself 7 years ago — here are 5 key lessons I’ve learned

    1. I had to go to bat for myself

    Before my promotion, I had a great manager. He protected me from the loose cannons in management, tooted my horn to the company owner, supported me in my work, gave me opportunities, and generally had my back.

    Now, he was my peer, and we could commiserate about the difficulty of being managers in this company, but he could no longer shield me. It was now up to me to stand up to the big shots and fight for my department.

    2. I was working more overtime

    I already worked long hours with no overtime pay, but the expectations for overtime got higher once I got promoted. When there was a problem, my weekend was blown. I was never really off the clock. I needed to be there for the customer, at any time of the day, night, or weekend.

    3. I didn't get to make my own decisions

    Just because I was now charged with managing people didn't mean that I got to dictate exactly how my department worked. Sometimes, my decisions got overruled by upper management, and then the fallout from those decisions ended up being my problem.

    I could foresee the problems and wanted to do things another way. But my management decisions had been micromanaged, and I still had to enforce upper management's ideas all while keeping "my" employees under control and performing well. This conflict can make middle-management positions stressful and exhausting.

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    Leonardo Dicaprio django unchained

    • Some movie characters are so loathsome they're hard to watch.
    • Whether it's because they're so convincingly evil or just unbearably annoying, some characters make you beg for the moment they're no longer on-screen.
    • Here are some of the most viscerally detestable movie characters in cinematic history.

    There are some movie characters whose scenes are difficult to sit through — the kind whose parts make you want to fast forward or take a bathroom break instead of watching.

    They are so loathsome, whether because they're immensely annoying or horribly villainous, that throughout the entire movie we're rooting for them to just be gone already.

    Here are some of the most hated movie characters of all time that we just can't stand.

    Lucius Malfoy in "Harry Potter" was a constant thorn in our side throughout all eight of the movie installments. His cruelty gradually gave way to his cowardice as Lord Voldemort rose to power.

    Dolores Umbridge in "Harry Potter" proved that someone could be equal parts malicious and irritating. She was the source of much of the fifth movie's plight against life at Hogwarts as we knew it.

    Source: IMDb

    Ralph Fiennes has said that in "Harry Potter," Lord Voldemort is more of a misunderstood character rather than purely evil, what with his troubled childhood, but it's hard to remember that with the atrocities he commits.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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    mad men cheating

    For the record, once a cheater, not always a cheater — and that's probably just one of the many myths about infidelity you've heard.

    Because anyone and everyone has the potential to have an affair, there's a lot of information on the subject that isn't exactly concrete, like why someone is unfaithful in the first place.

    "Boredom, sexual desire, emotional desire, loving their partner but the relationship is dead, excitement of newness," mental health counselor, Dr. Danielle Forshee, LLC told INSIDER. "The reason for cheating is very different for everyone, and depends on the individual's personality, history, ability to manage emotional distress, conflict and communicate emotions."

    Most people just assume cheating is about one thing and one thing only: sex. Clearly, that's not the case, and if we've got that wrong, what other so-called "facts" about cheating are actually false? Here are nine myths about cheating debunked.

    MYTH: Men cheat more often than women no matter the demographic.

    Statistics in the past showed men were more likely to cheat than women, but apparently that's not necessarily the case these days. People of all gender identities cheat. 

    "According to recent research by the Institute for Family Studies, men are still, in general, slightly more likely to cheat than women,"Amica Graber, relationship expert for TruthFinder, told INSIDER. "But it's interesting to note that infidelity amongst women has been growing at a rapid pace since the sexual revolution. Among married adults aged 18 - 29, women are actually more likely to cheat than men."

    MYTH: Cheaters aren't ever still in love with their significant other.

    Being in love with someone is different from loving someone, so here's where you'll sometimes catch cheaters on a technicality.

    However Clarissa Silva, a behavioral scientist, relationship coach, and the creator of Your Happiness Hypothesis Method said the idea that all cheaters are void of emotion for their partner is a fallacy at best.

    "Only 28% of divorces in the US occur as a result of cheating," Silva told INSIDER. "The key driver for most cheaters is the ability to not get caught. They aren't interested in leaving their current set up, they just crave the adrenalin rush that sneaking around gives them."

    MYTH: Cheating is only physical.

    Cheating is subjective, and everyone has their own idea of what it means to be unfaithful. So while you might associate cheating with sex, your partner might define infidelity as developing an intimate bond with someone.

    "A recent study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found that men tended to believe that sex alone could be defined as cheating, whereas women also perceived cheating to include flirting, dancing, and emotional engagement," Graber said. "Another study found that women felt more betrayed by their partners forming emotional connections with a third-person, whereas men felt more betrayed if the relationship was sexual in nature."

    It's important for you and your significant other to be open with one another from the get-go and discuss where you both draw the line. Because while one person might be thinking in terms of physical intimacy, emotional infidelity can be problematic, too.

    Anita A. Chlipala, LMFT defines emotional infidelity, or "micro-cheating" as "an emotional connection, and sexual chemistry that isn't acted upon."

    "The term 'micro-cheating' has become popular in the last couple of years where seemingly innocent behaviors could be considered cheating," Chlipala told INSIDER. "Each couple has to define cheating and their expectations around what behaviors are acceptable and which are not."

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    sandwichSandwiches are a popular lunch choice for a reason— they're easy to prepare and they can be very versatile. Although you can't go wrong with a classic peanut butter and jelly or a ham sandwich, there are a lot of easy and flavorful ways to jazz up lunchtime sandwiches.

    Here are some delicious ingredients that chefs suggest adding to your next sandwich. 

    Add a crispy potato pancake inside a brisket sandwich.

    "Jamming a crispy potato pancake inside a brisket sandwich always makes for an unexpected surprise," Chef Vincent Olivieri, chef de cuisine at Fairway Market, and Fairway Café and Steakhouse told INSIDER.

    The potato pancake sets the tone by adding sweetness to what will soon be a nice salty sandwich, he added.

    Add flavorful ingredients to your sandwich spreads.

    "Take your normal sandwich spreads to the next level by blending in some of your favorite ingredients," Oliveri told INSIDER.

    He suggests roasting jalapeños and blending them into some mayonnaise with caramelized onions, cilantro, and lime juice for a spicy and acidic sandwich spread. 

    Go for a steak of roasted cauliflower.

    To create veggie sandwiches that are just as hearty as their meaty counterparts, celebrity chef Dan Churchill recommended creating a "steak" of your favorite vegetable.

    "Cauliflower usually gets all of the credit, but this works really well with something like zucchini, eggplant, or beets," Churchill told INSIDER. "Slice it and cook in the oven with some olive oil and all your favorite seasonings. It creates the bite you're looking for in a sandwich — without the meat."

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    hogwarts express universal islands of adventure tip

    If you head to Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, you've probably spent time trying to figure out the best way to navigate and master both parks. 

    Any theme park can be overwhelming if it's your first time or if you're trying to tackle more than one park in a short time. If you're just trying to get on all of the attractions during your stay, you may miss out on some of the gems the parks have to offer that can make your stay a lot more special. 

    Here are some tips I learned from the Universal team and from visiting the park over the years for you to make the most of your trip.

    Access a secret playlist while riding Rip Ride RockIt roller coaster.

    If you're tired of the same song options Universal Studios' Rip Ride RockIt coaster offers for you to listen to during the 97-second ride, there are over 60 more songs you can listen to while you soar through the sky.

    You can access a secret playlist by holding down the ride logo on the touch screen when you sit down. 

    The moment you get on the ride, hold down the ride logo on the touch screen to access the secret playlist. If done correctly, you should see a keypad appear. You can then enter a three digit code to listen to tunes ranging from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Code: 306) to Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." (Code: 113)

    You just need to do some homework ahead of time and know the code you'll want to use. You can view the full list of secret songs here and read detailed instructions on how to access the music list here.

    If you're a "Fast & Furious" fan, make your way slowly through the ride's queue.

    The "Fast & Furious: Supercharged" ride, which opened in April, is full of a lot of nods to the movies and previous rides. One of our favorites is a tribute to Paul Walker, who played Dominic Toretto's brother-in-law and race buddy. He died in a car crash in November 2013.

    As you enter the queue, a Corona bottle lying on its side is knocked over in remembrance of Walker. 

    You can read about more Easter eggs you may miss on the "Fast & Furious" attraction here

    Go the single-rider route on the "Fast and Furious" ride to see some special Easter eggs.

    If you're a "Harry Potter" fan, you're going to want to make a pit stop at "Fast & Furious: Supercharged."

    On the single rider queue is a trophy case displaying title deeds and keys to famous fictional cars, including Bo Darville's Pontiac Trans Am in "Smokey and the Bandit" and Doc Brown's DeLorean keys from "Back to the Future."

    At the bottom right-hand corner of the display case is the title deed to Arthur Weasley's 1962 Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe. That's the car Ron Weasley and Harry Potter steal in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Next to the deed are the keys with a rubber chicken attached on the key ring.

    You can read more on how to find the "Harry Potter" Easter egg here.

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    Woman drinking water, water bottle

    Most of us could probably stand to drink more water. Without adequate water intake, our cells and bodies can’t function at their best. Staying hydratedcan help maintain everything from luminous skin to healthy joints and organs. 

    It can be surprisingly tricky, however, to remember to drink enough water. Here are a few tricks you can use to drink more water without even trying.

    Turn your water bottle into a clock.

    If you have trouble keeping your water intake on track throughout the day, try this trick: mark lines on your bottle that correspond to different times.

    For example, you might break the day up into four quarters — 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. The goal is to know exactly how much water you should consume by each point in the day. If you like the idea, you can evenbuy pre-marked water bottles online.  

    Keep a water source handy.

    It’s easy to get parched if you have to go up three flights of stairs to the office kitchen in order to refill your water bottle.

    Instead, try keeping a water source such as a gallon jug or even a pre-filled electric tea kettle near your desk, in your living room, or even by your bedside. You’ll be more likely to sip if it’s not inconvenient.

    Swap out still water for sparkling.

    If still water just doesn’t do it for you, it might be helpful to sip on sparkling water instead. The bubbles will keep things interesting and the extra water will keep you feeling good.

    Thereare also devices that allow you to infuse your ordinary tap water with carbon dioxide at home, helping you avoid buying countless plastic bottles and keeping you hydrated at the same time.

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    kris kendall kylie kim kardashian jenner

    The Kardashian-Jenner family members are known for extravagance — which means they tend to go overboard when given a theme, from color-coordinated Lamborghinis to baby showers saturated with cherry blossoms.

    Halloween is one of the few occasions that truly rewards this commitment, and the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" clan never disappoints on this spooky holiday.

    Here's the complete roundup of the family's show-stopping costumes this year.

    Kylie Jenner became a Barbie doll.

    All Kylie Jenner needed for this look was a pink bodysuit, pink heels, and some creative packaging.

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    Kylie even had an outfit change for this one costume.

    The Kylie Cosmetics creator cited her specific outfit inspiration: the 25th anniversary Barbie doll.

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    Kylie also donned massive pink butterfly wings.

    For this costume's Instagram debut, Kylie used the caption "Butterfly Effect"— the name of a song by her boyfriend, Travis Scott, which was released around the same time their daughter was conceived.

    Read more: Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott became parents just 10 months after meeting — here's a complete timeline of their relationship

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    ben & jerry's flavor graveyard

    Since 1978, Ben & Jerry's has been crafting some of the world's most unique flavors of ice cream. But like many good things, their ice cream flavors don't last forever.

    The company created the "Flavor Graveyard" where ice cream concoctions long passed can be laid to rest, remembered for their delicious tastes, strange add-ins, and creamy textures. The Graveyard exists as a website and an actual cemetery with headstones at their company headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont.

    Combing through Ben & Jerry's list of dearly departed flavors, we decided to round up our own list of flavors we wish would come back to life and make it into our freezer shelves.

    Wavy Gravy is a caramel and nut filled dream.

    Marrying caramel and cashew Brazil nut ice cream with hazelnut fudge and roasted almonds was a stroke of genius by Ben & Jerry's. This flavor was a nut lover's dream.

    Vermonty Python pays homage to the legendary British comedy troupe.

    Playing things a bit cheeky, like it's namesake, Vermonty Python is a clever combination of coffee liqueur ice cream with a chocolate cookie crumb swirl & fudge cows. This surprising concoction will have you joining the "Ministry for Silly Walks."

    Holy Cannoli will make you forget the actual dessert.

    An iconic Italian dish lovingly recreated in pint form, Holy Cannoli sounds like a dream dessert. The ricotta and pistachio ice cream blend well with the delicious chocolate covered cannoli pieces and bits of pistachio.

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    pimple pop

    • Experts recommend always going to a dermatologist to get an extraction properly done
    • If you can't wait for a doctor's appointment, there is a way to pop a pimple at home without damaging your skin
    • There are other ways to pop a zit other than squeezing it
    • If you really have to pop your pimple, use Q-Tips instead of your fingers, squeeze gently, and then put a dermatologist-approved topical treatment on top

    We've all been there — a giant (and usually painful) pimple pops up at the worst possible moment, and you want to get rid of it ASAP. The truth is, you really should wait it out or go to a dermatologist, said Dhaval Bhanusali, a dermatologist in New York.

    "It's by far the smartest thing you can do if you want to avoid costly laser fees later on," he told INSIDER.

    But what if you can't hold out for a doctor's appointment? There is a way to pop your own zits at home (although every single dermatologist INSIDER spoke to discourages performing your own extractions).

    "Popping a pimple seems really simple, but there is a special technique to prevent complications," said Jennifer Channual, a California-based dermatologist. "When you squeeze a pimple, you might be pushing the contents not only out to the surface but also below the skin, which can cause inflammation and may make the pimple take longer to resolve," she told INSIDER.

    So how do you avoid all the irritation and just get rid of the pimple? INSIDER spoke to board-certified dermatologists to get the best tips on how to extract a blemish properly.

    Be aware of the risks.

    Squeezing your own zits comes with a lot of potentially bad consequences, so it's better to only do so if it's an emergency, said Jennifer Kitchin, a New York-based dermatologist. "Picking and popping your pimples puts you at risk for scarring and infection, and is not a smart solution for your acne," she said. "See your board certified dermatologist for a personalized acne treatment regimen, so that you will have treatments at your fingertips to both treat and prevent acne breakouts."

    Focus on mitigating inflammation, said Avnee Shah, a dermatologist in New Jersey. "The pressure you put on a pimple may cause puss to come out, but it usually causes intense inflammation at the bottom as well — which tends to leave behind a red or brown spot," she said. "The less inflammation caused, the better the spot will heal."

    Consider non-invasive treatments first.

    While your first instinct may be to squeeze the blemish on your face, Bhanusali said that there is a less-risky alternative.

    "Apply ice to the area for a few seconds to constrict the blood flow so it looks less red," he said. "Then put over-the-counter cortisone and a touch of benzoyl peroxide onto to a bandage and put that on at night. By morning, should be 75 percent better."

    If you're not feeling the ice cube hack, New York-based dermatologist Susan Bard told INSIDER to use drying topical products. "Try applying some acne medicine as a spot treatment to help dry out the pimple," she said. "Don't overdo it, as it can cause the skin to get dry or even break down — which will ultimately take longer to heal."

    If you're looking for another idea, California-based dermatologist Kate Gant says heat can help. "Soak a clean washcloth in warm water and gently hold it over the offending blemish for two minutes," she told INSIDER. "This is the safest way to help closed comedones (whiteheads) erupt without extra trauma that can lead to scarring. "

    Make sure it's ready to pop.

    It's important to wait until a pimple is completely ready to pop, Andrew Kim, a dermatologist in New Hampshire, told INSIDER.

    "Popping pimples is all about mitigating the collateral damage," he said. "Most people pop them too early before they are ripe and end up squeezing too hard, causing the pimple to rupture underneath the skin rather than out.  When done correctly, [extractions] can help speed the healing process."

    Bard agreed with Kim, noting that you should only extract pimples that are fully on the surface of the skin. If you have a deep pimple, Bard said you should either go see a dermatologist or put an over-the-counter topical treatment on it.

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    While Halloween remains a mostly American tradition, the spooky and sugar-heavy holiday has been slowly spreading overseas.

    From Chile to China, people all over the world have started dressing up, trick-or-treating, and putting their own spin on the ghoulish celebration.

    Here are some of the best photos of how Halloween was celebrated around the world in 2018.

    At Happy Valley, an amusement park in Beijing, China, revelers dressed up to celebrate the American holiday.

    Instead of candy, the snack to get was grilled squid at the Beijing amusement park.

    According to Global Times, Halloween was first introduced to China back in the 1990s and has been slowly gaining popularity since then.

    Source: Global Times

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    dog spa

    A day at the spa can do wonders for your body and soul. So it should come as no surprise that, in our pet-obsessed society, spa treatments for our furry, feathered, and four-legged friends are becoming more and more popular.

    Here are nine luxurious treatments that will truly pamper your pet. Note that most of these are for dogs, which makes sense given they're the most popular pet.

    Keep your dog's nails in tiptop shape with a pawdicure.

    Humans get pedicures, and dogs get "pawdicures" to keep their nails in ideal shape. This treatment will not only keep your dog's nails looking good but prevents them from getting too long, which can be unhealthy and lead to scratches, according to It will also trim any overlong hair on the dog's paws that may lessen traction.

    Acupuncture can do wonders for your cat and dog.

    Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese treatment, isn't just for people. Cats can benefit from it as well, according to petMD. You can target various ailments, from arthritis and allergies to chronic pain and asthma, with the technique. It will also relax your feline.

    Try conditioning your dog to help improve its coat and skin.

    You wouldn't shampoo your hair without conditioning it — so why would you subject your dog to such treatment? Using hypoallergenic dog conditioner maintains the natural oils in your dog's coat, prevents tangles, and moisturizes skin, according to the RSPCA. If your dog has long hair, definitely consider implementing this into your grooming routine.

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    Hartsfield Jackson

    • recently completed a study where they published findings on the best and worst airports to be stranded in during the holiday season. 
    • Using only the 15 busiest airports in the U.S. included a 2017 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Airport Traffic Report, Orbitz then studied certain aspects about each travel hub to determine how attractive each one is to be stuck in. 
    • Metrics included the number of shopping outlets, number of dining outlets, WiFi speed, the percentage on flights leaving on time, and the percentage of flights canceled. 
    • Charlotte Douglass International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina came in last while the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia came in first. 

    When traveling during the holiday season, there's always a risk for weather disruptions and flight cancellations. Knowing which airports would be the best and the worst to be stranded in for an extended period of time seems like helpful information. 

    Luckily, one travel aggregator decided to study this scenario and make a definitive ranking., a top travel website featuring searches and booking data for hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages, recently completed a study where they published findings on the best and worst airports to be stranded in during the holiday season. 

    Using only the 15 busiest airports in the U.S. included in a 2017 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Airport Traffic Report, Orbitz then studied certain aspects about each travel hub to determine how attractive each one is to be stuck in. 

    Orbitz's methodology included nine specific metrics: number of shopping outlets, number of dining outlets, WiFi speed, number of members-only lounges, the price of members-only lounges, the number of public lounges, the price of public lounges, the percentage on flights leaving on time, and the percentage of flights canceled. 

    They applied points to each metric on a scale of 0-10, with 10 being the highest, and then divided the difference of the highest and lowest number within each metric in order to grant points where other airports sat relatively on the scale.

    Read more:These are the 15 coolest things at airports around the world 

    The study used over 18 separate websites and included information from the Bureau of Transportation.  

    "We know most travelers can’t realistically pick and choose which airports to avoid this holiday season," said Carey Malloy, brand director at Orbitz brand in a public statement. "But even if you’re traveling to an airport near the bottom of the list, this information can help you plan a more rewarding trip. Whether that’s peace of mind knowing you can quickly download a last-minute movie for the kids at Sea-Tac or as extravagant as ice skating at the Denver airport before takeoff, this list is here to help." 

    Take a look below at how each of the 15 busiest airports in the country scored, ranked from lowest to highest. 

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    15. Charlotte Douglass International Airport (Charlotte, North Carolina):

    Charlotte Douglas International is not the best place for holiday travelers, as it lacks many amenities (only 21 bars and 36 shopping outlets) and has the second worst download speed for its WiFi networks. 

    Source: Orbitz

    14. Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, New Jersey):

    Simply put, Newark Liberty International Airport has some issues. Only 68.4% of flights leave on time (the worst number on this list), and it experiences more cancellations than any other airport, with 3.11% of flights being canceled. 

    Also, the airport only has 17 shops and 22 restaurants. 

    Source: Orbitz

    13. George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston, Texas):

    George Bush International Airport may have third-best percentage of flights that leave on time (83.22%) and 112 shopping options, but 2.96% flights are canceled meaning this isn't exactly the place you want to be flying out of on the holidays. 

    Source: Orbitz

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    Drinking water

    We all know that drinking enough water is important and most of us probably try to fit in our eight glasses a day when we can. That's a good thing because the consequences of dehydration can actually be pretty terrifying. If you don't keep your body hydrated, you could face a range of unpleasant side effects that go way beyond chapped lips and a dry mouth.

    Here are some scary things that can happen when you get dehydrated.

    Dehydration can lead to rapid heartbeat or palpitations.

    Harvard Medical School noted that heart palpitations can sometimes be a sign of dehydration. This symptom is linked to changes in blood pressure due to low fluid intake and low electrolyte levels, especially potassium. Heart palpitations from dehydration can feel like mild fluttering in the chest, a pounding in the neck, or even the sensation that your heart has stopped.

    Your stools can become hard and look like small pellets.

    Digestive care expert Brenda Watson told Redbook that stools that arehard and shaped like small pellets could signal dehydration.

    When your body doesn't have enough fluids to flush waste out, it ends up sitting in your colon for longer than it should. The colon extracts water from the stool, making it harder and more likely to come out in small pieces.

    Your eyes and cheeks could appear sunken.

    According to Healthline, not drinking enough water can cause your eyes and cheeks to take ona sunken appearance. This means the areas around your eyes may become dark and shadowed, with the skin appearing papery or thin-looking. This symptom is especially common in young children and babies.  

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    Boasting a huge selection of products in all categories, Target has become a one stop shop for seemingly all of life's necessities — and wants.

    With kitchen appliances, bathroom accessories, bedding, home decor, seasonal items, and more, you can find literally everything you need (and a lot of things you don't, but will probably buy anyway) for your home, even if you're on a budget. 

    To help you shop, we rounded up 30 of the best items you can buy for $20 or less. And right now, you can get free two-day shipping on almost everything with no minimum.

    Shop at the home section at Target now, or keep reading for our top picks.

    If you're also in the market for holiday gifts, check out the 30 best gifts to buy at Target here.

    A serving plate for holiday parties

    Threshold Ceramic 'Thankful' Serving Platter, $19.99

    Don't be the host to serve your guests on paper plates this holiday. This ceramic serving platter has a seasonal design that reads "thankful" in the middle — a sentiment you'll be happy to keep seeing even after Thanksgiving.

    A Crock-Pot slow cooker

    Crock-Pot 4.5-Quart Manual Slow Cooker, $16.99 (Originally $19.99) [You save $3]

    Ideal for making stews, soups, chili, and more, a Crock-Pot can help home chefs of any skill level make hearty meals the entire family can enjoy.

    A welcoming doormat

    Threshold 'Home Sweet Home' Doormat, $18.99 (Originally $19.99) [You save $1] 

    Reading "Home Sweet Home," this rustic and inviting doormat is a nice way to make your house feel like home. 

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    airport flight

    Let's face it: holiday travel is the worst. The ticket prices rise, the lines are extra long, and often — due to the sheer volume of travelers — flights are delayed.

    But a delay doesn't have to lead to boredom. Many airports across the US have activities and features designed to entertain weary travelers. For example, the Denver International Airport offers a free ice rink during the winter months, and the San Francisco International Airport has an Instagram-famous therapy pig to cuddle. 

    Keep scrolling to discover more fun things you can do while waiting for your delayed flight this holiday season.

    Go ice skating.

    If you're in Denver for the holidays — or rather, you're stranded in the Denver International Airport for a few hours — and you're tired of sitting around, you can go ice skating.

    The airport offers an outdoor plaza ice rink during the winter months, open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from November 23. The best part? It's free.

    Take in some art.

    Many airports have art installations and cool architectural features that go unnoticed by the average hurried traveler.

    If you're stuck in an airport for a while, why not check out your surroundings and see if you can discover something beautiful? The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has over 65 pieces of art, from paintings to sculptures to murals. You can download the STQRY app for a self-guided walking tour of SEA's art while you wait.

    Snuggle a pig.

    LAX has something called a Pets Unstressing Passengers program (PUP) designed for people who are overwhelmed by the holiday crowds. Trained therapy dogs and handlers roam the departures area of several gates at the airport, offering comfort, cuddles, and relaying information about the airport and some of its other programs.

    But one of the most unique animal therapy experiences takes place at the San Francisco International Airport, which is home to a therapy pig named Lilou that dresses up in costumes to ease passengers' anxiety. Her Instagram is super popular.

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    It's no secret that we are getting less and less sleep. In fact, a 2016 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that one in three Americans does not get enough sleep on a regular basis. Which means, if the relationship you have with your snooze button is more intimate than the one you have with your partner, there's a good chance your nightly routine is interfering with your sleep.

    INSIDER talked to all kinds of health and wellness experts to find out what's causing your morning fatigue, and what you can do at night to help you wake up ready to go.

    You're making your stomach angry.

    If you suffer from any digestion issues, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), registered dietitian, Vanessa Rissetto told INSIDER that eating high-fat foods, spicy foods, and citrus foods before bed can be an irritant.

    You'll likely feel better in the morning if you eat more mild foods earlier in the evening.

    You're drinking too many beverages before bed.

    Whether you're guzzling a soda or sipping on a cup of hot tea, there's no doubt that drinking liquids before bed can interrupt your sleep time. The most obvious culprit is caffeine. But Rissetto said drinking carbonated beverages like seltzer water can also irritate the bladder and keep you up at night with trips to the bathroom.

    Drinking alcohol in the evening or close to when you go to bed also gets in the way of a restful night of sleep. "That's because drinking affects your ability to enter into REM sleep, which is where you get your most restful sleep and ultimately can keep you awake," she explained.

    You're taking medications or over-the-counter products that make you tired.

    Certain products or medications taken at night can impact how much energy you have in the morning. Dr. Janette Nesheiwat told INSIDER that some medicines, such as antihistamines and pain relievers can make you feel drowsy the next day.

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    Some 50,000 troops, tens of thousands of vehicles, and all their gear and supplies have descended on Norway, where they're taking part in Trident Juncture, NATO's largest military exercise since the Cold War.

    Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen are jetting around Norway and through the air over the Baltic and Norwegian seas during the exercise, which NATO says is purely to practice defending an alliance member from attack.

    Also present at the exercise is one of the mainstays of US Army aviation: The CH-47 Chinook helicopter, which has ferried troops and supplies to and from battlefields since the Vietnam War.

    Below, you can see what one Chinook pilot says are the most rewarding — and most demanding — parts of the job.

    SEE ALSO: Actor Gerard Butler and the US Navy practiced rescuing a bag of popcorn with a nuclear submarine — here's why

    The Chinook has been the transport workhorse of Army aviation since it entered service in the early 1960s. It has been upgraded in the years since and remains the Army's primary heavy-duty troop and supply aircraft.

    "I'd have to say there’s nothing bad about being a Chinook pilot," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Waitman Kapaldo, a US Army aviation tactical-operations officer.

    "The best thing is supporting the ground force — to see the guys infilling them into a battle position, giving the maneuver space for the commander and a ground force," he added in a NATO interview in Norway during Trident Juncture.

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    Barbie hit the shelves in 1959 and she's been an icon ever since. In fact, according to Time magazine, 92% of American girls aged 3-12 have owned a Barbie. The astronaut/firefighter/president has been an inspiration to young people everywhere.

    "My whole philosophy of Barbie was that, through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices," said creator Ruth Handler about the history of Barbie.

    Barbie's dabbled in every career possible but is always on and off with mostly just one beau: Ken. 

    Here's a relationship timeline of our favorite plastic couple.

    March 9, 1959: Barbie entered the New York Toy Fair.

    Teenage fashion model Ms. Barbie Millicent Roberts from Willows, Wisconsin made her debut. She was sold for $3.00 at the time and in 2006, a mint condition edition sold for $27,450. Her first commercial aired during the Mickey Mouse Club.

    1960: Barbie landed her first job.

    From model to fashion designer, Barbie knew how to dress for the office in a smart pink two-piece set.

    March 11, 1961: Ken arrived on the scene.

    Officially "born" on March 11, Ken is a Pisces; "loyal, supportive, compassionate and a DREAMER." From Mattel's lore, he is named after founders Ruth and Elliot Handler's son, Ken, and met Barbie on the set of their first television commercial together, where it was love at first sight. Clad in just red swim trunks with a yellow towel, the two versions of Ken that were originally sold were blonde Ken and brunette Ken, both with blue eyes and plastic hair.

    In the 1960's, fictional novels were published with backstories for Barbie and friends. Ken Carson was originally resigned to always be her on-again, off-again boyfriend, according to ThoughtCo. The first year of their relationship, Barbie stayed quite busy, holding positions as a professional ballerina, flight attendant, registered nurse, and singer.

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    The sixth and final season of “House of Cards” drops on Netflix Friday.

    And it’s significant because Kevin Spacey, who portrayed the show’s protagonist, Frank Underwood, isn’t on the new season at all. In 2017, Netflix fired Spacey from "House of Cards" after multiple men accused him of sexual misconduct last year. The final season lets Robin Wright take the lead as Claire Underwood, and introduces newcomers Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear.

    The political thriller also marks the end of Netflix's first original series. In March 2011, Netflix began acquiring original content, beginning with"House of Cards." Spacey, Wright, and executive producer David Fincher attracted a lot of attention for the series, which debuted all 13 episodes of the first season in February 2013.

    Since the show has so many seasons, it can take a while to catch up on a lot of information you'll need going into season six. So we dove into the show's previous seasons so you know what is going on during the final season. Even though Frank Underwood is dead, things don't look good for Claire on season six. 

    Here's everything you need to know about "House of Cards" before watching the sixth and final season:

    Frank Underwood is dead.

    Although it’s not clear how he dies, or if he was murdered. Frank survived an assassination attempt during the fourth season that left him in critical condition, so his death could be a result of complications. But based on the show’s history, our guess is murder.

    Frank’s wife, Claire Underwood, is the president of the United States. And it’s not going well.

    Claire, who was Frank’s vice president, took the presidency at the end of the fifth season, because Frank resigned in disgrace after a damaging article about his questionable tactics was published.

    The trailer for season six suggests that the nation is not happy with Claire as the president of the United States so far. 

    Claire had her late husband buried in South Carolina, next to his father.

    Frank made it very clear to Claire and the audience that he hated his father as well as his hometown. In one scene from the show, Frank pees on his father’s gravestone.

    In a teaser for season six, Claire visits Frank’s grave site, revealed to be in his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina, right next to his father’s.

    "When they bury me,” Claire says, “it won't be in my backyard, and when they pay their respects, they'll have to wait in line."

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    Queen Sofia

    It's fair to say that the Spanish royal family has been plagued by their share of scandals and divisions.

    From the Duke of Palma's case of tax evasion to the 2014 abdication of its once-popular King Juan Carlos, the family has consistently made fiery headlines. 

    Throughout all the turmoil, however, Queen Sofía has lived a rather reserved life, often separating herself from the scandals of the family that surrounds her. 

    This, however, is not to say that her 56 years under the title "Queen" hasn't invited controversies. From her awkward encounters with her daughter-in-law to her confrontation with an online adultery agency, here are four moments throughout Queen Sofía's royal life that have caused some backlash and controversies. 

    In 2008, a Spanish book quoted the Queen making controversial statements on a number of social issues.

    In 2008, journalist Pilar Urbano, released the book "La Reina muy de cerca," or "The Queen, very close up," in which she quoted Queen Sofia as taking a stance on a number of social issues. 

    On same-sex marriage, according to the book, she said, "If those persons want to live together, dress up as bride and groom and get married, they can do so, but that should not be called marriage because it is not."

    In the book, Queen Sofia is also quoted as saying she opposes abortion and euthanasia. 

    "What the queen said is what my book says," Urbano said, according to the New York Times.

    The Royal Palace, however, challenged the comments saying in a statement they "do not correspond exactly" with what she said. 

    Spain legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, becoming one of the few countries in the world to recognize same-sex couples as having the same rights as heterosexual ones, including the right to adopt children. Many people were appalled by the queen's implied criticism of these laws. 

    In 2012, Queen Sofía's face was used on the online adultery agency Ashley Madison.

    In 2013, Queen Sofía was displeased when the US-based online adultery agency, Ashley Madison, used a photograph of her in a series of advertisements in 2012. 

    She took legal action against the agency citing "damage to her honour and dignity," when they published a photoshopped picture of the Queen smiling with her arms around a shirtless young man: beneath the slogan in Spanish: "You no longer have to spend the night alone."

    In 2013, the Telegraph reported that the company issued a personal apology to Queen Sofia and promised never to use her image again. She had never asked for monetary damages, only an apology. 

    It appears the ad was a reference to her husband's alleged infidelity

    Although not her own scandal, the Queen refused to break off contact with her daughter's family amid tax evasion allegations.

    Beginning in 2012, Iñaki Urdangarin faced charges for using his former title of Duke of Palma to embezzle about €6 million ($6.6 million) in public funds for sporting events. Urdangarin is a former handball player and husband of the infanta of Spain, Cristina de Borbón, who is the daughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia.

    Throughout this time, many commented that Queen Sofía seemed to show continued support for her son-in-law. She even allowed Hola magazine to publish pictures of her visiting them at their home in the US, according to The Guardian. 

    A study discussing the media's portrayal of Queen Sofía said, "Although the King said publicly that everyone was equal before the law, the Queen refused to break off contact with her daughter’s family."

    In 2017, Urdangarin was found guilty of evading taxes, fraud, and various other charges and sentenced to six years and three months. In an appeal, however, the Spanish Supreme Court changed this on June 12 into a term of five years and 10 months.

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