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    Boeing 737 MAX 7

    • The Boeing 737 is the best-selling airliner of all time.
    • Through October, Boeing has taken 14,985 orders for the plane.
    • Since 2011, the new 737 MAX has won more than 4,700 orders, making it the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history.
    • Since its debut in 1967, the 737 has become a mainstay for airlines around the world in a number of roles, ranging from short-haul flights to transatlantic routes.
    • The 737 is also deployed as a freighter, a business jet, and in military applications.

    The Boeing 737 is ubiquitous. If you've taken a commercial flight in the past 50 years, there's a good chance it was on a Boeing 737.

    That's because Boeing has sold a whole lot of them. Since 1965, the American aviation giant has taken orders for a whopping 14,985 737s. In April, Boeing delivered the 10,000th 737, a new MAX 8 model, to Southwest Airlines.

    To put that into perspective, Boeing's second-best-selling plane, the wide-body 777, has received a little fewer than 2,000 orders. But it should be noted that the long-haul Boeing 777 costs several times more than the 737 and is used in different segments of the airline market.

    Over the years, the Boeing 737 has proved itself to be a faithful workhorse for airlines around the world. Its versatility is nothing short of astounding. What debuted in 1967 as a 50-seat regional jet has now spawned 220-plus-seat variants capable of transatlantic travel.

    With the introduction of the MAX, Boeing's long-serving 737 is set to fly on well past its 70th birthday.

    Yet the Boeing sales team will have to work hard for the 737 to maintain its crown. The rival Airbus A320 is nipping at its heels. Through October, Airbus had orders for 14,384 A320 family jets.

    Here's a closer look at the incredible history of the Boeing 737.

    SEE ALSO: How Airbus became Boeing's greatest rival

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    In 1964, Boeing began work on a 50-to-60 seat narrow-body airliner designed for trips between 50 and 1,000 miles. It would also be roughly half the size Boeing's smallest jet at the time, the 727.

    Source: New York Times

    At the time, Boeing was best known for its larger jets like the 707 and ...

    The eight-engine B-52 bomber.

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    Ronald Reagan Airport

    • The travel website, The Points Guy, recently released a ranking of the 15 best airports in America
    • By looking at amenities, accessibility, and timeliness, The Points Guy was able to compile a report that ranked airports based on aspects that are most important to travelers. 
    • Using data collected from the Department of Transportation, the airports themselves, and third parties, The Points Guys ranked America's 15 best and 15 worst airports and aspects like timeliness of arrivals and departures, number of lounges, restaurant and shopping options, and transportation costs. 
    • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was voted the nation's best airport by the editors for the second time in a row.  

    Traveling isn't for everybody, but there are those who absolutely love going through different airports and experiencing all the unique offerings of various terminals. 

    The travel website, The Points Guy, recently released a ranking of the 15 best airports in America. Using data collected from the Department of Transportation, the airports themselves, and third parties, The Points Guys ranked America's 15 best and 15 worst airports and aspects like timeliness of arrivals and departures, number of lounges, restaurants and shopping options, and transportation costs. 

    By looking at amenities, accessibility, and timeliness, The Points Guy was able to compile a report that ranked airports based on aspects that are most important to travelers. 

    Read More:These are the best and worst airports in America to get stranded at over the holiday season

    Anyone who has passed through Washington Dulles International Airport knows it is a gigantic airport with multiple restaurants, bars, and shops—it is ranked first in The Points Guy's "amenities" category and also was the "Most Improved" airport from the 2016 rankings.

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was voted the nation's best airport by the editors for the second time in a row.  

    The Points Guy editors write that Sky Harbor, "didn’t come in first in any one category but made strong showings in nearly all of them, including being easily reached by car or bus, having cheap parking, negligible wait times at security compared to other airports and respectably low delay and cancellation rates (though it could use more lounges for its size)." 

    Take a look below for photos of the 15 best airports in America. 

    SEE ALSO: These are the best and worst airports in America to get stranded at over the holiday season

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    15. Chicago Midway International Airport

    14. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

    13. Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu

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    yves behar

    • Designer Yves Béhar has created a new line of prefabricated tiny homes that range from 250 to 1,200 square feet.
    • The designs are being touted as a possible solution to the affordable housing crisis in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    • The "backyard units" cost around $280,000, but Béhar plan to develop a similar, more affordable model. 

    Designer Yves Béhar has shepherded along countless products, from laptops and bluetooth headsets to juicers and soda machines. His San Francisco-based design firm, fuseproject, is known for items like SNOO, a robotic bassinet, and Jambox, a speaker that was once seen as America's favorite.

    Throughout his extensive career, Béhar has worked with companies like Prada and befriended celebrities like Kanye West. He's co-founded a smart-lock company, August, and a co-working space called Canopy in San Francisco. He even has his own permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. 

    When Béhar attaches himself to a project, it's safe to assume that it represents the future of design in one form or another.

    It comes as no surprise, then, that his latest venture is a line of prefabricated tiny homes that range from 250 to 1,200 square feet.

    The idea was inspired by new laws in California that promote the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or small, secondary units located on a residential property. The most recent legislation, which went into effect in January, reduces parking requirements and allows ADUs to be built in single-family zoning districts.

    Read more: These 3D-printed homes can be built for less than $4,000 in just 24 hours

    Béhar touts his new homes as a way to increase housing stock in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are undergoing a housing affordability crisis

    "The best approach to adding density in California is to build on existing land," he said.

    Take a look at his vision for the future of housing. 

    Béhar's sustainable design can be tailored to suit different climates.

    The homes, which are already available for purchase, can be customized to suit the homeowners' individual needs, with prices varying based on the chosen design elements. 

    Homeowners who want to install solar panels can opt for a flat roof, while those living in colder conditions can choose a pitched roof, which helps drain snow and insulate the structure. 

    All homes are built using environmentally efficient materials like wood paneling, concrete, and stucco.

    Windows can be customized to allow for privacy or additional light.

    The homes can be free-standing or tethered to the ground with pillars.

    Residents can also adjust the layout to include full kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. 

    Béhar said the homes are optimized for two types of tenants: parents moving in with their children in backyard "granny flats" or young adults returning home from college.




    The units cost around $280,000, including all the finishes and fixtures.

    The designs are made available to consumers thanks to a collaboration with PlantPrefab, which builds custom homes for urban markets.

    But Béhar said the homes are suitable for all types of communities. 

    "I'm excited about the urban possibilities, but also the suburban and farm areas that are in need of fast and efficient housing," he said.

    While the designs have garnered interest from individual homeowners, Béhar said one of his prospective clients includes a small farming community that's looking to provide low-cost rental units to local workers. 


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    siddiq michonne fair twd

    • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Sunday's mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead,""Evolution."
    • Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" killed off a fan-favorite while ending on a mini cliffhanger with Daryl, Michonne, and more surrounded by a new threat. Where do we go from here? 
    • INSIDER rounded up the major questions we have regarding the mid-season finale and about the new teaser AMC released for the second half of the season. We've also provided some answers with insight from showrunner Angela Kang and "TWD's" Tom Payne.
    • Season nine of "The Walking Dead" will continue on AMC February 10, 2019. Until then, here's what we're dying to know.

    Who are these whispering zombies and what is their deal?

    If you're not familiar with the "Walking Dead" comics, you may have been surprised that Sunday's episode revealed that the whispering walkers weren't evolving zombies. They're just a group of survivors wearing masks of the undead called The Whisperers. (You can read more on who they are here.)

    Showrunner Angela Kang told INSIDER she's excited for viewers to get to see more of them when the show returns in February. 

    "We have Samantha Morten and Ryan Hurst coming up as Alpha and Beta for the comic-book fans. These are just great, great actors who kind of folded in so seamlessly and are wonderful people to work with," said Kang about what's to come. "I'm excited for people to see their work."

    "This group, the Whisperers, is unlike anything we've encountered on the show and we're going to start to learn about their philosophy and the way that they handle things and it truly gave us the opportunity to delve into a group that was so different," she added. "I think it's been really interesting for us to kind of work on that and see the designs that go into it."

    Were we supposed to believe Aaron and Jesus were a couple on "The Walking Dead"?

    Jesus and Aaron's relationship status was left vague on Sunday's episode, something Tom Payne tells INSIDER he's well aware of on the show.

    "I know," Payne said of the uncertainty between the Aaron and Jesus dynamic. "Honestly, that's the one part of the story that I feel is slightly unfair on the audience." 

    When I asked Kang whether or not fans were supposed to interpret Aaron and Jesus as a couple, she confirmed they weren't in a relationship. 

    "We really didn't feel that we had built up that relationship to that point in our show," Kang told INSIDER. "What really excited us was the idea that Jesus and Aaron had built a real friendship with each other. Not all the relationships on the show are necessarily romantic. Some of our deepest relationships are completely platonic ones."

    For those who wanted to see Aaron and Jesus together, Payne likes to think the two could have gotten together during the six-year time jump on the show.

    "I actually did another interview before this where the interviewer asked me if I thought — because everyone always asks me if they're going to get together — and he said, 'Well, maybe they did mess around a bit in the six years.' And, I was like, 'Oh, I see. Yeah. Maybe they did.' I wouldn't say that's an absolute no," Payne said. 

    You can read more on that here.

    Were there ever any scenes of Aaron and Jesus together on the show?

    Not that we know of, but Payne told us there was a cut scene of him with a boyfriend at the Hilltop on the season nine premiere. 

    "As is the way of the show, things get cut and storylines get swapped around and other things take precedence and the whole thing got cut out," said Payne. "I think it's kind of sad because I've done a lot of work now with the LGBT+ community, and I know how much it matters to have representation on TV and I think it's kind of sad when any of that gets cut out."

    "It's not just that kind of stuff that gets cut. Lots of things get cut all the time," Payne added about his scene with a boyfriend not being the only one cut out of the show.

    You can read more about Payne's cut scene here.

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    Google Pixel assistant

    • Google has started to roll out its artificial intelligence-powered reservation booking service, called Google Duplex, to some Pixel users.
    • The feature debuted over the summer at Google's I/O conference, where it stunned the audience with its eerily human-sounding voice, including its usage of "um" and "ah."
    • Critics first questioned the ethics of AI software making phone calls without first identifying itself to the person on the line, but Google Duplex did in fact identify itself, according to multiple businesses where Business Insider made reservations.
    • The service is beneficial for those who are shy about placing phone calls, but it's just as simple (if not quicker) to make a reservation with OpenTable or Google Maps.

    Google is bringing Pixel users one step closer to never having to make another phone call again thanks to a new voice-enabled tool that can schedule appointments and book dinner reservations for you.

    Duplex, the newest artificial intelligence tool for Google Assistant, has started rolling out to select Pixel customers, Google confirmed to VentureBeat. The technology can perform actual phone calls for you in order to make you a haircut appointment, or book a restaurant reservation.

    "We’re currently ramping up the ability to book restaurant reservations through the Google Assistant over the phone using Duplex technology," a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. "To help deliver a good experience to Pixel users and to businesses, we’re starting with a slow rollout … and will expand to more Pixel users as we continue to ramp up."

    Google has not yet responded to Business Insider's questions about the Duplex rollout.

    Google debuted the technology back in May at its annual I/O conference, but never provided a clear timeline of when Duplex would be available for customer use. So while not all Pixel customers may have access to the technology yet, our device did have Duplex software enabled. 

    Take a look at how you can use Google Duplex to make a reservation:

    SEE ALSO: The 25 most valuable US startups that failed this year

    To get started, all you have to do is ask your Google Assistant to make a restaurant reservation.

    You only get three options off the bat that are (by default) near your location, so to get different results, you can ask more pointed questions — such as type of food, price range, or neighborhood.

    When Google presented the technology earlier this year, it showed Duplex making a reservation at a salon. However, in our tests, we could only get the technology to work with restaurant reservations.

    Once you've identified the restaurant you want to book, ask Google Assistant to make a reservation there in order to engage the Duplex feature.

    Your Assistant will ask a series of questions: how many people the reservation is for, what time you want to book, and even if your reservation time is flexible in case the restaurant is booked up already.

    For some restaurants, Duplex won't be able to make reservations. It could be because the restaurant doesn't take phone reservations, or the business has disabled the use of Duplex there for booking appointments. Google Assistant doesn't specify.

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    • It's best to roll clothing to have more space in your suitcase.
    • Wearing heavier clothes instead of packing them will help prevent your overfilled suitcase.
    • Pack clothes that you can re-wear and use in different outfits.

    Packing for a trip can be one of the most stressful parts of any vacation. Whether you're packing well in advance or choose to throw some things together the night before you leave, narrowing your items down to what you need instead of what you think you need can be hard to do. And in turn, can cause you to over-pack.

    Although you may feel as if you know all of the space-saving methods when packing for vacation, the real test comes when you're ready to zip up your suitcase. If you're one that usually fails the test, here are 10 packing mistakes you should keep in mind when preparing for your next trip.

    You aren't using the right method for packing your clothes.

    If you aren't the person who usually does the packing for trips, folding your clothes and stacking them on top of each other may seem like the most efficient way to get everything into your suitcase. As someone who travels frequently, however, I've learned that rolling your clothes helps, too.

    Choosing to roll your lighter items that won't easily wrinkle (like certain shirts, leggings, and shorts) or those that are of medium fabric weight – can help make room in your suitcase. For fabrics like silk and nylon, folding would be most efficient because they are easy to wrinkle. Heavier items like jeans can be folded or you can use both methods by folding halfway and then rolling tight.

    You're packing heavy pieces instead of wearing them.

    If you're flying, throwing on something quick and comfortable to wear to the airport is quite common. In order to get the most space out of your suitcase though, you may want to wear those heavier items on the plane instead of those comfy ones.

    For example, if you're heading to a colder destination and stuffed a larger jacket and sweater in your suitcase, opt to wear them on the plane instead. The same can be said for wearing jeans instead of sweatpants on the plane. You'll spare yourself the frustration of having to unpack your luggage in line just for it to make the weight needed to fly.

    You're not packing clothes that can be worn in multiple ways.

    Whether you're heading on a glamorous vacation or just going home for a holiday visit, a key thing to remember when packing is to pack clothes that have multiple uses. By packing less of the heavier items (jeans and pants) and doubling up on the lighter ones (t-shirts and tank tops), you've created more room in your suitcase and made it lighter to carry.

    A good rule of thumb that I go by is to pack two or three tops to every bottom when traveling. That way I can save room and money without sacrificing my style.

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    • Eliminating entire food groups you enjoy while you're trying to lose weight may cause problems down the road. 
    • Not getting enough water or sleep can impede your weight loss efforts. 
    • Goals that are too extreme can sabotage your weight loss.  

    Weight loss can be complicated and sometimes it can be tough to figure out what's working for you and what isn't. 

    Although there are many reasons the number on the scale might not be budging, there are some subtle ways you could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts without even realizing it.

    Here are some subtle ways you could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. 

    You're expecting perfection.

    Many people start a new routine with big goals in mind, usually to lose a very specific number of pounds. And, like certified personal trainer Katie Dunlop, told INSIDER, that goal is usually very lofty. "You expect results, and you want them right away, but good things take time," she said.

    Her recommendation? Try setting smaller, micro-goals to help you build healthy habits over time that will eventually help you to reach that larger goal.

    You're waiting for motivation.

    If you're waiting for a magic spark of motivation, Dunlop said you'll never reach your goals.

    "Motivation truly comes from seeing yourself making progress, which means, you have to get going," she told INSIDER. "You have to choose to show up and have the discipline to stick to it." She said that's how motivation really happens.

    You're driven by the number on the scale.

    Dr. Saray Stancic, MD, told INSIDER that weight loss is not just about the number on the scale.

    "It's all about acquiring a new skill set," she said. "Learning and reinforcing optimal behaviors leads to adopting new health building habits."

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    Some of us go into Cyber Monday with a game plan. We know what we want, what price we want to pay, and we already have the tabs up and ready to go on our computer. On the other end of the spectrum, some of us just want to peruse the web a little more leisurely in hopes of finding a good deal.

    So, for those who are game plan-less this Cyber Monday, we've got you covered. We rounded up some great products you can find today for $50 or less (or for less $100 or less if you can stretch your budget). Whether you're looking for a holiday gift for someone else, want to treat yourself to something, or just take part in one of the buzziest shopping holidays of the year, this list has something for you.

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    To potentially save more on Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

    SEE ALSO: Amazon's 10 best Cyber Monday tech deals — if you only have $100 to spend

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    • The White House has unveiled this year's Christmas decorations.
    • The official theme is "American Treasures."
    • The first family's official holiday card and ornament join the elaborate installations on display throughout the White House's main rooms and public areas.

    Each year, the halls of America's most well-known address get decked out to set off the season's festivities.

    This year's official theme for the White House decorations is "American Treasures," and decorations include hundreds of trees and ornaments of all sizes to celebrate America's cities, states, and citizens.

    Thousands of volunteers and staff contributed to make the winter wonderland that takes over several rooms and hallways.

    According to the White House, more than 100 open houses and many receptions will happen through the month of December, and more than 30,000 visitors will see the decorations in person during public tours.

    The White House released a video tour of this year's decorations on Monday:

    See the highlights in these photos of the decorations.

    SEE ALSO: See what the Trump White House looked like for Christmas last year

    DON'T MISS: 16 behind-the-scenes photos show the White House being decorated for Christmas

    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump kicked off the decorating process by receiving the White House Christmas tree from a horse-drawn delivery.

    National Park Service staff then installed the tree as the first decoration in the Blue Room.

    A week later, the main rooms and halls were fully decked and ready to be unveiled days after Thanksgiving. The US Marine Band played in the glistening Grand Foyer during the 2018 Christmas preview.

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    • New Yorkers protested Amazon'sHQ2 move to Long Island City on Monday, storming an Amazon Books store in Manhattan. 
    • Amazon's announcement earlier in November that it would open part of its second headquarters in New York City has been met with criticism from many New Yorkers. 
    • Here are eight reasons why New Yorkers are not excited about HQ2. 

    Protesters are storming one of Amazon's stores in New York City as anger and criticism regarding HQ2 spills over. 

    On Monday, an Amazon Books store in Manhattan was flooded with protesters railing against the decision to open part of the company's second headquarters in Queens, New York.

    Amazon announced earlier this month that it would open offices with up to 25,000 jobs in Long Island City. And, while politicians have celebrated the move, many New Yorkers have responded with concern and criticism. 

    Armed with signs and "F--- Off Amazon!: A Black Friday Action Songbook," protesters took action to highlight their concerns on Monday. Songs and chants include "DeBlasio the Neoliberal Mayor," sung to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "The Bezos Song," with lyrics like "Bezos, Bezos, Bezos!/Your heart is made of clay/But all our politicians/Line up to be your bae." 

    Here's a scene from the store, from WABC-TV's Dave Evans: 

    And, another video from PIX11 News' Cristian Benavides: 

    Why are New Yorkers up in arms about Amazon opening offices in Long Island City?

    Critics have a long list of reasons. Here are eight:

    SEE ALSO: Black Friday sales were the best they have been in years — but companies lost out on millions of dollars because they weren't ready for success

    New York City offered Amazon $1.5 billion in tax incentives.

    "If Amazon keeps up its end of the bargain by creating 25,000 jobs, it is eligible to receive direct incentives of $1.525 billion,"Mary Hanbury reports."These are rebates on tax paid on employees salaries and reimbursements for building the new offices." 

    Not everyone is thrilled that a multibillion-dollar company is being offered more than a billion dollars in subsidies. 

    "Amazon is a billion-dollar company," Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted. "The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here."

    Read more:New York City has lured Amazon with more than $1.5 billion in incentives — here's what else they agreed to

    More New Yorkers could become homeless.

    "A Zillow senior economist recently found that Amazon's HQ2 could introduce 830 new homeless residents to New York City ... on an annual basis,"Business Insider's Aria Bendix reports.

    Read more: Amazon's HQ2 could add homeless residents to New York and Washington, DC — two cities with the worst homelessness crises in the US

    Rents are set to skyrocket.

    "An analysis conducted by Zillow in April found that if the new campus were built entirely in New York, then annual rents in the area could be as much as $204 higher than Zillow's estimates for rents without the new offices,"reports Business Insider's Hayley Peterson. 

    While splitting the headquarters may decrease the costs, people are already on the hunt for real estate in Long Island City following Amazon's announcement. According to The Wall Street Journal, one brokerage firm sold 150 units in four days — 15 times its usual volume — the week that Amazon announced plans to open a headquarters in Long Island City.

    An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on Monday's protests or critiques of its impact on New York City rents. 

    Read more:Amazon employees are reportedly already buying up apartments in New York City — and they started before the company even announced HQ2

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    • When a company tried as many crazy new ideas as Google, there are bound to be a few epic fails along the way. 
    • From Google Offers to Google Answers, we've compiled the 14 biggest product flops in Google history.

    No company has a perfect track record when it comes to product launches. But when a company takes as many swings at new ideas as Google, there are bound to be some epic fails along the way. 

    It seems that for every product as successful as Google Docs, there's a flop as bad as Google Buzz.

    Some of these flops lingered for years. Some for months. One lasted for a single day. 

    Here are the 14 biggest product flops in Google history: 

    14. Google Offers

    Lifespan: 2011 – 2014

    What it did: Google Offers launched during the daily-deals heyday of Groupon and Living Social. As the trend died down, so too did Google Offers. 

    13. Google Web Accelerator

    Lifespan: 2005 – 2008

    What it did: Google Web Accelerator was meant to help users browse faster by speeding up page load times. The product, however, was riddled with bugs, including YouTube videos not being able to load. The company stopped supporting Accelerator in 2008.

    12. Google Video

    Lifespan: 2005 - 2009

    What it did: With YouTube building in momentum around 2005, Google decided to launch its own free video hosting platform — Google Video. About a year later, as Google Video failed to gain traction, the search giant simply bought YouTube for $1.65 billion. As of May 2018, YouTube had over 1.8 billion active users per month. 

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    Black Friday may be a big deal if you're into heading to physical retail stores, but for those who prefer to shop from the comfort of their own couch, Cyber Monday is perhaps an even bigger deal.

    Everything from TVs to gaming consoles gets discounts on Cyber Monday — so it's worth keeping an eye out for something you might be interested in.

    Of course you may not want to spend hundreds of dollars on tech in just one day. That is why we've put together this guide.

    Scroll down for the best Amazon tech deals under $100 for Cyber Monday. (You can also check out our favorite Cyber Monday deals under $50 here.) You can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a number of online stores.

    Looking for even more deals? We've rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    SEE ALSO: 55 unique Cyber Monday deals you can get right now — all for under $50

    DON'T MISS: 11 standout Cyber Monday deals on speakers — from the likes of Bose, Sonos, and JBL

    Amazon Echo smart speaker

    Amazon Echo 2nd-gen, $69 at Amazon (originally $99.99) [You save $30.99]

    The Amazon Echo took the world by storm when it was first released in late 2014, and for good reason: It's considered to be the first smart speaker, and it features Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa.

    The Echo is now on its second generation, and boasts a smaller footprint, better design, and improved audio, all while still offering the same "Skills" that any other Echo device has to show. For Cyber Monday, the Amazon Echo comes at $69, which is a hefty $30 off the original price of $99.

    The second-generation Echo isn't the only Echo device getting discounts. Amazon has also discounted the cheaper All-New Echo Dot to $24, down from $49.99, and the Echo Spot down to $49.99, from $69.99.

    We think the full-size Echo is the best deal for those looking to get started in Amazon's ecosystem, but the others are worth considering too.

    Roku streaming stick

    Roku Streaming Stick, $29.99 at Amazon (originally $49.99) [You save $29]

    Smart TV platforms have been taking off, but not everyone has the cash to spend on a smart TV with built-in smart features. That is where devices like the Roku Streaming Stick come in, which brings smart TV features to a "dumb TV," and at a very low price, too. In fact, for Cyber Monday you can get the Roku Streaming Stick for $29.99, which is $20 off the original price of $49.99.

    The Roku Streaming Stick is super easy to use. Simply plug it into your TV's HDMI port, then use the remote to download apps, stream content, and more.

    Roku, in general, is considered to be one of the best smart TV platforms, and the easy-to-use remote certainly helps with that.

    Bose SoundLink Micro portable Bluetooth speaker

    Bose SoundLink Micro, $69 at Amazon (originally $99) [You save $30]

    Perhaps you're more interested in a portable speaker than portable headphones. If that's the case, then the Bose SoundLink Micro may well be the way to go. The speaker is nice and portable, offers an excellent sound quality, and it comes in a few color options.

    As you would expect from a Bose device, the SoundLink Micro should offer that classic Bose sound, including plenty of bass, even despite the speaker's small size. On top of that, the speaker connects to your phone through Bluetooth, meaning you can listen to music on your phone and from your favorite music-streaming service.

    Down to $69, from $99, this is definitely one of the best Cyber Monday deals for music fans.

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    Erector Set

    • No matter what year it is, there's always some toy kids are obsessed with.
    • But the world has changed a lot in the past 60 years or so — some of our favorite toys are no longer available for kids to play with now.
    • Some of this might be for the better, like discontinuing Clackers, but others toys are still sorely missed, like Pound Puppies.

    As long as there have been kids, there have been toys: in fact, kites and yo-yos have been around since 1000 BCE.

    But not all toys have stood the test of time in that way.

    From favorite toys that have undergone significant changes rendering them almost unrecognizable, like Skip-Its and Erector Sets, to toys that were actually found to be unsafe, like Sky Dancers and Clackers, keep scrolling to find out which ones we still miss dearly.

    HitClips had a short life, but they remain in the hearts of every '90s kid.

    HitClips were mini stereos that came with little memory-card like cartridges that played 60-second clips of your favorite songs. 

    From 1999 until 2004, HitClips were the ultimate status symbol— the more of those little cartridges you had clipped to your key-chain, the cooler you were. But all good things come to an end. When iPods and other mp3 players hit the scene, HitClips were suddenly obsolete.

    But who knows? Everyone thought vinyl was done forever too, and now record players are on sale at Urban Outfitters.

    But HitClips weren't the first personal stereo. '80s kids preferred Pocket Rockers.

    While HitClips were digital, Pocket Rockers were like carrying miniature 8-Tracks in your pocket. But, unlike HitClips, tapes contained two full songs, not just a 60-second snippet.

    Unfortunately, Fisher Price was too early for the pocket music trend, and Pocket Rockers were only on the market from 1988 until 1991. The commercials live on, though.

    Clackers — while fun — would occasionally explode and led to them getting banned by the US government in 1976.

    Clackers still exist, but not in their original (read: more dangerous) form. Clackers were popular in the '60s and '70s and were very simple: just two acrylic balls attached to each end of a string, meant to be smacked together loudly. The only problem was that sometimes the balls would smack together so forcefully that they'd explode.

    Widespread fear of exploding Clackers led to the amazingly named 1976 case, "United States v. An Article of Hazardous Substance Consisting of 50,000 Cardboard Boxes More or Less, Each Containing One Pair of Clacker Balls," which led to the ban of acrylic Clackers.

    It was fun while it lasted.

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    • Lots of people buy video games, try them briefly, and forget about them for one reason or another.
    • There are plenty of games that deserve a second chance, or a revisit if you gave up on them the first time.

    Not every video game makes an excellent impression the first time around. But many games, especially in recent years, tend to improve greatly after their initial public launch. Updates, expansions, and even remasters can give an old video game new life.

    While there are dozens of video games worth revisiting, we highlighted the three that we think should be at the top of your "second chance" list. 

    SEE ALSO: 'Red Dead Online,' the online multiplayer mode for 'Red Dead Redemption 2' will launch tomorrow as a beta test

    "Destiny 2"— Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    "Destiny 2" was rough at launch, to say the least. I was a big "Destiny" player even before the sequel came out, but was extremely disappointed in all of the ways "Destiny 2" had regressed: Fun systems were made less fun, the all-too-rare "exotic" items were suddenly way too easy to obtain, and the game was generally more boring than the first outing.

    Like the first "Destiny" game, though, "Destiny 2" experienced a massive overhaul in the form of an expansion, which arrived in September, exactly one year after the launch of the base game. The new expansion, "Forsaken," drastically changes the way players experience "Destiny" for the better. I would even call it the best "Destiny" expansion to date.

    Unfortunately, many people are missing out on all of the new goodies in "Destiny 2 Forsaken" because the 2017 launch of "Destiny 2" was so bad. But if you give "Destiny 2" a chance, you'll enjoy a really fun and addicting sci-fi shooter that feels way more rewarding than it was a year ago. If you've ever wanted to know what it would feel like to be a superhero in space, "Destiny 2" is your opportunity — but you need to get it with the "Forsaken" expansion to really enjoy everything the game has to offer.

    Price: "Forsaken Legendary Collection," which includes the base game and all three expansions, costs $35 on Amazon

    "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"— Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    I'll admit it: The first time I tried playing "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt," I found it overwhelming. There were too many quests to do, and too many large areas to explore. I had other games I wanted to play at the time, so I put it down and moved on.

    This summer, though, I found myself looking for a new game to play, so I decided to give "The Witcher 3" another chance. I started a new game, and I was immediately enthralled. 

    By the time I played "The Witcher 3," the game's developers CD Projekt Red had vastly improved the game's stability, fixing numerous bugs and issues that hampered the game's performance. And the game also had two massive new expansions available for me to play, including the gorgeous "Blood and Wine" expansion, which features my favorite locale and storyline in the entire game.

    "The Witcher 3" can be a magical experience. It presents you a massive, immersive fantasy world filled with monsters, magic, and memorable quests and characters. The game's looks and performance have significantly improved since launch, and if you pick it up now, you can enjoy all of the excellent expansions as soon as you're ready for them. With so much to do, "The Witcher 3" is one of the best values you can get right now in a video game.

    Price: Game of the Year Edition, which includes base game and all expansions, costs $36 on Amazon

    "Dark Souls Remastered"— Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

    This year, fans were treated to a remastered version of the original "Dark Souls" game, which first came out in 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. "Dark Souls" was notorious for being an extremely difficult game, but it also featured incredible design elements like interconnected environments and a surprisingly deep combat system. 

    "Dark Souls Remastered" features the original base game and all of its expansions, fully remastered for current-generation game consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game also launched for the Nintendo Switch in October, so you can play "Dark Souls" on the go.

    Many people may have missed "Dark Souls Remastered" because it came out around the same time as other popular games like "God of War," which was one of the most talked-about games of 2018, but with the holiday season approaching, now is the best time to revisit this challenging game.

    Price:$27 to $32 (depending on platform) on Amazon

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    • The Sentinelese are getting international attention for reportedly killing the American missionary John Allen Chau.
    • They're an "uncontacted" tribe, mostly isolated from the outside world.
    • However, they've come into contact with outsiders multiple times since the 1800s, and had multiple visits from anthropologists.

    The Sentinelese — a small tribe of indigenous people living on India's North Sentinel Island— have drawn international attention for reportedly killing the American missionary John Allen Chau, who believed he was traveling to "Satan's last stronghold."

    But it's not the first time the "uncontacted" tribe has interacted with people from the outside world, or even the first time they've killed an interloper.

    The Sentinelese, part of the Andamanese tribes (a group of tribes living on the remote Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal), have a long history of occasional contact with outsiders. Since the 1800s, there have been a number of recorded contacts with the tribe, and anthropologists have made regular visits since the 1960s.

    Not all of them have been friendly. In 1880, a British colonizer kidnapped six of the Sentinelese. And in 2006, tribespeople killed two fishermen harvesting crabs off the island's coast.

    Here are 11 known points of contact between the Sentinelese and the outside world — and what happened each time.

    In 1867, an Indian merchant ship crashed near the island.

    In the summer of 1867, the Nineveh, an Indian merchant ship, wrecked itself on a reef near North Sentinel Island. Eighty six passengers and 20 crewmen safely made it to the shore.

    On the third day on the island, according to survivor accounts, they were attacked by members of the Sentinelese tribe.

    "The savages were perfectly naked, with short hair and red painted noses, and were opening their mouth and making sounds like 'pa on ough;' their arrows appeared to be tipped with iron," the Nineveh’s captain later reported.

    The remaining crew members fended off the tribesmen with sticks and stones, and they were ultimately rescued by the British Royal Navy, which kept the Andaman Islands as a penal colony.

    Some claim Marco Polo was the first European to visit the island. In his diary, in around 1296, he talked about cannibals who were "a most brutish and savage race, having heads, eyes, and teeth like those of dog." But he was talking about the Andamanese in general, not the Sentinelese specifically. Further, historians believe he made those remarks based on heresay and did not actually visit the islands, and there's no evidence any of the Andamanese were cannibals.

    In 1880, a colonial British naval officer kidnapped six tribe members.

    In the late 1800s, India was considered one of Britain's major colonial outposts. Its officers regulated different communities in the region — often violently.

    One of its naval officers, Maurice Vidal Portman, oversaw the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and documented the Andamanese tribes in the late 1800s.

    Portman and his team — which included trackers from other Andamanese tribes he'd already made contact with — ventured to North Sentinel Island in 1880. They came upon several abandoned villages, where they found an elderly couple and four children.

    Portman and his team took them back to Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The elderly couple quickly died from illnesses, possibly from lack of immunity to diseases the British carried, and the children were sent back to the island with gifts, according to Portman's account of his trip.

    Later in his life, Portman regretted introducing himself to the Andamanese.

    "Their association with outsiders has brought them nothing but harm, and it is a matter of great regret to me that such a pleasant race are so rapidly becoming extinct,"he said in an address to London's Royal Geographical Society.  

    A convict fled to the island in 1896, but didn't last long.

    In 1896, a Hindu convict fled from the penal colony on Great Andaman Island on a makeshift raft, and landed on North Sentinel Island. A search party found his body a few days later, "pierced in several places by arrows and with its throat cut,"according to The American Scholar.  

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    • Instagram influencers post pristine photos of their travels, pets, kids, meals, outfits, and workout routines.
    • The photos don't always show the full story.
    • Here are behind-the-scenes photos of what it's really like to be an Instagram influencer.

    Instagram influencers are known for posting pristine photos of their travels, pets, kids, meals, and workout routines for millions of followers. But the photos don't always tell the whole story.

    One Instagram star even faked a trip to Disneyland to prove that you can't trust everything you see online.

    Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what it's really like to be an Instagram influencer.

    Behind every perfect Instagram photo is an Instagram boyfriend.

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    Some women have enlisted their boyfriends as personal photographers.

    This might appear to be a simple photo of someone swimming.

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    But it's actually the product of an Instagram boyfriend's acrobatic feats.

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    • Getting married requires you to pay a fee for a marriage license. 
    • These fees vary greatly state by state.
    • Even within states, the fees sometimes vary country by county. 
    • Whether or not you're a resident of the county can also impact how much you pay. 

    Weddings can be so beautiful, yet so expensive. The dress, the venue, invitations, food, the list goes on. But before you can walk down the aisle, there's one thing you must do: get a marriage license. It's the golden ticket to authorizing a marriage union.

    Here's how much it costs to obtain a marriage license in all 50 states, plus the nation's capital:

    In Alabama, it costs $40-$80 to get a marriage license.

    In the state of Alabama, you can receive a marriage license from any county, regardless of where you live or are getting married (within the state). The cost of the license ranges but starts at $43.35, according to

    Alaska's has a flat fee for marriage licenses of $60.

    Before a marriage license is issued in Alaska, an application must be completed. The application must be submitted to the Bureau of Vital Statistics (Bureau) or a local Alaska Court, and the flat fee of the marriage license is $60.

    Arizona's fee varies but is around $76.

    In Arizona, both parties must be present in order to get a marriage license and the cost varies by county but seems to hover around $78-$83

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    • There are thousands of Cyber Monday deals out there, and we've rounded up the best ones for you.

    • If you're looking for a new pair of headphones, take a look below at the best deals you can get.

    This Cyber Monday, we've seen an eclectic range of products on sale at all kinds of retailers — traditional online retailers like Amazon, department stores like Macy's, big-box stores like Target and Walmart, and even startups.

    We've been busy rounding up the best deals in tons of different categories, so be sure to check out our full Cyber Monday coverage.

    If you're looking to snag a great deal on a new pair of headphones, it's not too late. Take a look below at the best headphone deals out there, including the lowest price we've ever seen on a popular model of noise cancelling headphones from Bose.

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    To potentially save more on Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

    Bose QuietComfort 25 noise cancelling headphones

    Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones on Amazon for $109.99 (originally $299) [You save $189.96], available at Amazon

    This is the best price we've ever seen on the QuietComfort 25 — you can read more about the headphones and the deal here.

    Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

    Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, $199.99 (originally $349.99) [You save $150], available at Best Buy

    Sony makes one of our favorite pairs of noise cancelling headphones. Our tech reporter has said wearing them on his commute feels like listening to a private concert.

    Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

    Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II, $299 (originally $349) [You save $50], available at Amazon

    These are my go-to travel headphones, but you can save money by buying the wired QC25s pair (see above) and a wireless adapter.

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    • The US and Russia are again in great power competition, which is driving both sides to bolster their capabilities.
    • Russian military power may not be what it once was, but the country definitely still has a few tricks up its sleeve, a few dangerous weapons that are worth watching out for.

    We've slammed the Russian defense industry for their failures before, but those mostly the result of bureaucratic missteps, when the Russian Ministry of Defense overreaches on requirements and underfunds budgets. Russian weapons designers are, however, perfectly capable and they can come up with some gems when given the money and time.

    Here are seven weapons to watch out for if a new war kicks off:

    1. S-400/S-300 surface-to-air missile systems

    The S-300 was a game-changer in the Cold War, allowing the Soviets to drive a few trucks that could detect enemy planes, track multiple targets, and guide multiple missiles to multiple targets at once. They can carry two types of missiles at once, a long-range missile and a short range one — it's like having anti-aircraft rifles and shotguns in one package. Decades of upgrades have kept the system fully capable.

    But while the S-300 is still potent, its descendant, the S-400, is better. It retains all of the S-300's power while being capable of carrying four missile types. To continue the comparison above, it adds a submachine gun and a SAW to the mix as it targets American jets. And while it isn't certain that it can detect and track F-22s or F-35s, it is possible. Upcoming missiles could extend its range out to 250 miles.

    In a war, things could turn into a quick-draw competition between jets and air defense crews to find and kill each other first, but Russia can build and export missiles faster and more effectively than we can make jets.

    2. Diesel submarines

    It's generally accepted that top-of-the-line diesel submarines are quieter than their nuclear counterparts, and Russia has the best. While diesel's drawbacks in range make them a poor choice for offensive warfare, their greater stealth is valuable when you're defending your own waters.

    The Kilo- and Lada-class diesel attack submarines are fast, stealthy, and well-armed with torpedoes and missiles. Luckily for the U.S., their sensors often aren't top notch and nuclear attack submarines have a huge advantage over traditional diesels in a protracted fight: the nukes can stay underwater indefinitely, even while maneuvering and fighting, while diesels need to surface for air after a few hours.

    3. Kirov-Class battlecruiser

    The Kirov Class is a nuclear-powered Cold War weapon that doesn't get discussed as often as it should. While there are only four of them and they are aged, they were specifically designed to take out American aircraft carriers while defending themselves with anti-aircraft missiles — and they are still capable of that today.

    The Kirov-Class ships can find U.S. targets with satellite feeds, an onboard helicopter, or their own systems, and then can engage them with 20 supersonic missiles carrying 1,653-pound warheads up to 300 miles. And, sure, American jets can fly further than that, but the Kirovs carry the same anti-air missiles as are on the S-300 as well as shorter range anti-air, making attacks against them risky.

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    Over the weeks leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Insider Picks team spends countless hours combing through hundreds of thousands of deals to bring you the very best of the bunch.

    So far, we've written about everything from the best deals you can find on Amazon to the best tech deals on the internet— we've even covered men's and women's fashion sales, and what to buy from Wayfair if you need some new furniture. 

    But we thought it might be fun for you to see what we, the human beings behind all these articles, are buying for ourselves — especially after spending so much time getting to know what has felt like every deal on the internet.

    If you're interested in knowing how we're spending our money right now, look no further — here's what we've bought so far. 

    Want more deals? We've rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

    To potentially save more on Cyber Monday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

    A year-long subscription to Hulu

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    I’ve been using a friend’s Hulu account for about a year. Especially in the last few months since I got rid of cable, I've noticed myself using Hulu more and more in conjunction with my Netflix subscription. I finally decided to get my own Hulu account because $1 a month for a year is an amazing deal. -Breton Fischetti, Director of Commerce Insider Picks

    This deal was simply too good to pass up. Altogether, it'll save me $60+ over the course of the year. — Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter

    Hotels for a vacation to Italy

    Mulino di Firenze, from $118 per night, available on

    My partner and I booked a week's worth of hotels on, which is currently offering 11% off anything you book with the code BIGDEAL11.

    This hotel in Florence is the one we're most excited about. It has a beautiful pool, and it's right on the river. We'll have to pay for cabs to get around since it's a bit further out from the center of town, but the fact that we saved a bit while booking evens things out. I mean, look at that view! -Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor

    A set of illustrated Harry Potter novels

    Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection (Books 1-3 Boxed Set), $56.50 at Amazon (originally $120) 

    As odd as it sounds, I actually don’t ever shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday — I'm more of a Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday kind of person. I didn’t buy anything this year, either, though I did find something I wanted for Christmas and asked my mom to get it for me: the 3-book boxed set of Harry Potter illustrated novels.

    I’m a huge HP fan, and I’ve wanted the illustrated versions ever since they came out. At more than half off, they’re a crazy good deal, so I couldn't resist asking for them. I'm pretty sure these books will be under my Christmas tree this year in a lovely package from mom to me. -Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks guides editor

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