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    • Stretch how far your meat goes with dishes like meatballs.
    • A local butcher may give you a bargain on meat.
    • Organ meats can be a delicious deal.

    Meat is a luxury product. It's expensive to produce (think of all the food, water and space any given animal needs as it grows into your future meal…) and, well, it should be. Super-cheap meats can be unhealthy and while factory farmed, mass-produced meats may save you a few bucks, they can be bad for you in the long run. 

    The cheapest pound of meat at the store isn't always the best, for its price and its taste. We asked meat-buying experts for their tips on buying meat while keeping a budget in mind — without sacrificing any quality for the price.

    Shop the sales.

    Instead of going to the supermarket set on purchasing a pound of chicken drumsticks, see what's on sale — and stock up.

    "When you find meat that's on sale, purchase it in bulk, take advantage of the discount and go home and either seal it in a freezer tight bag or use something like a food saver to save your meat and freeze it yourself," Chef Erica Barrett, founder and CEO of Southern Culture Artisan Foods, told INSIDER.

    You're saving on the meat itself and on future trips to the grocery store if you have a freezer full of whatever was cheapest on sale.

    Chat up the butcher.

    A neighborhood butcher may be your best friend when it comes to getting deals on meat.

    "Just ask, ‘What kind of cuts do you have? Or, ‘Do you have anything special?'" suggested Chef Bobby Hodge of Nashville's Oak Steakhouse.

    A butcher can help talk you through similarly priced meats to determine which is the best value. "Maybe it's a cut you have never tried and they help you out. Butcher know cheaper cuts that you may not know of that are just as or more flavorful than what you would've bought."

    Also, a butcher may have an abundance of something almost at its prime that needs to leave the refrigerated case, state, so they can cut you a deal. Butchers may also be able to share scraps or bones for cheap, so you can make a meaty soup or stew without paying full price.

    Eat tongue, tripe, and kidney.

    "A nutritious way to save money on meat would be to go for the organ meats instead of the more common options like steak or drumsticks," said Caleb Backe, personal trainer and health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics.

    "Organ meats are not only a cost-effective option but are more nutrient-dense than your typical muscle-meat. They contain iron, magnesium, zinc, and folate, as well as Vitamin B12, A, and K which all serve to retain muscle mass and keep you fuller for longer. Whether you feel like trying tongue, tripe or kidneys, organ cuts are an effective and healthy way to save money on meat." 

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    Marine Candidates participate in a fire team assault course at the Officer Candidate School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, June 17, 2017.

    • The US military posts hundreds of photos and videos every day from missions around the world.
    • Business Insider selected some of the most compelling images taken in 2018 from across the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. 

    The US has the world's most powerful military. It also has a small army of talented photographers who showcase the military's missions and training every day.  

    At home and around the world, the American armed forces defend US national interests, as well as global peace and security. US troops often put themselves in harm's way in service to the nation, from fighting Taliban forces in Afghanistan to waging war against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, and sometimes they make the ultimate sacrifice. 

    Business Insider selected 27 photos from the US military in 2018 that you won't want to miss. 

    A U.S. Army combat medic assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., readies his equipment before embarking on his final evaluation lane while competing for the Expert Field Medical Badge on Nov. 6, 2018.

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    A southern black racer snake slithers across the rifle barrel held by junior Army National Guard sniper Pfc. William Snyder as he practices woodland stalking in a camouflaged ghillie suit at Eglin Air Force Base on April 7, 2018.

    Source: Department of Defense

    Army combat engineers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division blast through a concrete wall during demolition training at Fort Hood, Texas on July 17, 2018.

    Source: Department of Defense

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    Too much booze, end-of-year stress, and coworkers can be a recipe for disaster.

    That's why office holiday parties are such a minefield of awkward situations.

    Many offices are doing away with alcohol, or the party altogether, in the wake of sexual misconduct scandals currently plaguing a range of industries.

    But if your office is having festivities this year, it's crucial to remember that you're pretty much still at work, even if it's a party.

    You need to be able to loosen up and enjoy yourself without looking like a complete fool or jeopardizing your job.

    Business Insider spoke with HR and career professionals to highlight topics you'll want to avoid at your office holiday party:

    SEE ALSO: What the biggest 'War on Christmas' controversy gets wrong about history

    DON'T MISS: 21 of the wildest office holiday party stories we've ever heard

    1. 'Could you introduce me to your daughter/son?'

    Avoid hitting on your coworkers' relatives. It's awkward and it won't end well.

    "Be careful about jokes or crude remarks... there is nothing like your colleague asking to be introduced to your daughter that really makes the night and subsequent days at work uncomfortable," Rebecca Henderson, global group president of HR firm Randstad Sourceright, told Business Insider.

    2. 'I never realized you had such an amazing body — the way you dress in the office is far too conservative'

    TriNet director of human capital services Jackie Breslin said, "Give a compliment that is appropriate and won't make a coworker uncomfortable. A fair number of workplace complaints regarding inappropriate conduct have an origin at the company holiday party."

    CEO of HR consulting firm OperationsInc. David Lewis agrees, noting that even statements as simple as "You look great" can come across as creepy. "Avoid anything that suggests anything sexual in lieu of the word 'great,'" he said.

    On a similar note, the holiday party is usually not the time to confess your office crush.

    "Don't use the holiday party as an excuse to share your intimate feelings with a colleague," said TopResume career advice expert Amanda Augustine.

    Basically, don't forget that you're still at work.

    3. 'Can I drive you home?'

    If you and your coworkers have been drinking, it's important to make sure your coworkers are safe to drive. However, if you're not sure about a colleague's level of intoxication, you don't want to sound overbearing or off putting.

    "Instead, try, 'I hate driving home after a party, don't you? Let's call it a night and call an Uber,'" said "All the Leader You Can Be" author Suzanne Bates."If alcohol is served, the one thing you don't want to say is 'Can I drive you home?'"

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    The old stereotype used to be that women wouldn't like tech unless it was dumbed down, pink, or sparkly, but now, the industry is changing. You can find tons of excellent tech for women out there that is as stylish as it is powerful.

    Instead of buying a bedazzled fitness tracker or a pair of pink headphones and calling it a day, why not get her the tech gifts she actually wants?

    As a woman in the tech world, I've looked over hundreds of tech products that are made for women to separate the good gadgets from the bad.

    Whether your leading lady wants a pair of excellent headphones that look as good as they sound, wants to track her fitness in style, or craves stylish accessories for her phone that aren't hot pink, we have a gift for her in our guide to the best tech gifts for women.

    Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.
 Keep scrolling to check out the best tech gifts for women.

    SEE ALSO: 20 useful Android accessories and compatible gadgets that make great gifts

    DON'T MISS: 20 innovative and cool iPhone accessories that make perfect gifts

    A phone grip and stand

    PopSocket Grip, available at PopSocket, $9.99+

    PopSocket grips make it super easy to hold even the largest of phones no matter how small a woman's hands may be. The grips stick onto almost any phone case, pop out twice to give excellent grip, and double as a stand when she wants to watch videos. PopSockets come in a multitude of colors, patterns, and styles, so you'll be sure to find one she'll love. I have PopSocket grips on all the different phone cases I use because I can't imagine using my phone without one.

    An attractive hybrid smartwatch

    Fossil Q Harper smart hybrid watch, available at Fossil, $175

    If the women in your life don't like smartwatches, but they still want to feel connected to their phones, a smart hybrid watch is a great gift to give. The Fossil Q Harper hides high-tech features inside a classic, attractive, simple, analog watch body. You'd never know that this watch is so smart by looking at it, but it can buzz with notifications, adjust to different time zones, track fitness, and wake her up peacefully with a silent alarm.

    A pair of stylish headphones

    V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones, available at Amazon, $350

    V-MODA makes some of my favorite headphones. The Crossfade 2 are wireless, so she doesn't have to deal with wires or worry whether her phone has a headphone jack or not. These are definitely statement headphones, but they are classy looking and the rose gold accents look gorgeous. Most importantly, these headphones sound great.

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    Bill Gates playing bridge

    • Having a hobby is important to recharge and relax away from work — even the world's most successful people have hobbies.
    • Hobbies can make you even more successful by helping you develop additional skills.
    • From Bill Gates' affinity for bridge and Richard Branson's preference for chess to Michelle Obama's love for running and Kate Middleton's taking up coloring, here are the habits of 21 highly successful people.

    The most successful people know there is more to life than simply eating, sleeping, and working.

    Everyone needs to enjoy some downtime every now and then, and making the most of your free time by taking up a hobby can even help make you more successful.

    Playing a musical instrument, for example, can stimulate your creativity, analytical skills, and fine motor skills. Reading can boost different types of intelligence and exercising can help with mental acuity.

    Warren Buffett plays the ukulele while other take up different creative hobbies, like George W. Bush's affinity for painting and Marissa Mayer's preference for baking. Others enjoy hobbies that require more thinking and strategy: Richard Branson plays chess, Bill Gates plays bridge, and Condoleeza Rice plays golf.

    For a little inspiration, here are the hobbies of 21 highly successful people:

    SEE ALSO: 15 high-paying side jobs that will put your hobbies to good use

    DON'T MISS Super-successful people like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer swear by their hobbies, so I spent a month trying to find one of my own

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    Branson is well-known for his adventurous side, and you've likely seen many a photo of the Virgin Group founder kitesurfing and hanging out on the high seas. But perhaps his favorite hobby is far more of a mental activity.

    "I think chess may just be the best game in the world,"he writes on Virgin's blog. "It combines the greatest aspects of many different sports — tactics, planning, bravery, and risk-taking — plus you can have a cup of tea and often a stimulating conversation while you play!"

    Branson says he's likely played thousands of games in his lifetime, and he tells The Telegraph afternoons on Necker Island are always spent on the beach, oftentimes playing chess with his kids.

    Jack Dorsey hikes

    In 2011, when Dorsey was running Twitter and Square full-time for the first time, the cofounder told the audience at Techonomy 2011 that, to get it all done, he gave each day a theme. This allowed him to quickly recall and refocus on the day's task once distractions were out of the way.

    Dorsey said he would dedicate his Saturdays to hiking.

    Meryl Streep knits

    The award-winning actress says she loves to knit, and she's even said to have hand-knitted the shawl she wore in the movie "Doubt."

    Streep admits that she spends much of her time on set knitting and finds the hobby to be therapeutic: "For me it was a place to gather my thoughts and understand the contemplative (life) ... it's a sort of clearing out place."

    In fact, tons of celebrities, especially actors who have plenty of time to kill on set between takes, love to spend their free time knitting. The list includes Julia Roberts, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Hendricks.

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    roosevelt island tram

    • Roosevelt Island is one of New York City's hidden gems, and the best way to get there is the Roosevelt Island Tramway.
    • For $2.75 — the price of a subway ticket — the aerial tram takes passengers 250 feet above the city.
    • The incredible views make it a one-of-a-kind New York tourist experience.

    New Yorkers recognize Roosevelt Island as one of the city's best-kept secrets.

    Sitting in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, the narrow strip of land beckons visitors with quiet streets, peaceful parks and gardens, and incredible views of Midtown skyscrapers.

    The island is also home to a unique form of transportation — the Roosevelt Island Tramway. The aerial tram takes passengers back and forth between the island and Manhattan, rising 250 feet above the city in the process.

    For $2.75 — the same price as New York subway or bus fare — passengers get a front-row seat to some of the best views of the city from a perspective most residents don't typically get.

    Opened in 1976, the Roosevelt Island tram is one of just two aerial commuter trams in the United States. It transports 2 million workers, students, residents, and curious tourists a year.

    I took the tram last week and discovered why it's one of the best, and most affordable, tourist experiences in New York.

    Here's what it's like to ride the Roosevelt Island tram:

    SEE ALSO: New Yorkers are paying upward of $3,000 a month to live at the former home of a smallpox hospital and an insane asylum, and a walk through the secluded island only 250 yards from Manhattan makes it clear why

    DON'T MISS: I visited a secluded park on top of a garage in downtown Manhattan, and it's clear why the hideaway is one of New York's best-kept secrets

    Roosevelt Island is one of New York City's hidden gems.

    The narrow strip of land is nestled in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. It's just two miles long and 800 feet wide.

    Residents and visitors consider the island a peaceful escape from the bustle of city life.

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    Holiday shopping for men — whether it be your dad, sibling, or significant other — can sometimes feel futile. His list is short, and so is your patience when it comes to gift hunting.

    Instead of buying him another tie or a pair of socks that he doesn't need, we recommend going with a quality grooming gift instead.

    Since every man does some form of grooming on a regular basis, these are gifts he'll get to appreciate year-round. Shaving kits, razors, body washes, facial cleansers, and colognes are just some of the many products guys use to stay looking, feeling, and smelling their best — and these are the best ones to gift this holiday season.

    Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    A high-end electric shaver

    Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver and Trimmer, $169.94 (Originally $289.99) [You save $120.05]

    The Braun Series 7 uses Sonic and AutoSense Technology to read their beard's thickness and adjust the power of the shaver's motor to deliver a close shave with just one stroke. By figuring out the optimal shave settings on its own, they'll never experience another bad shave again. In addition to being a highly effective and precise shaver, it's self-cleaning and lubricating.

    Check out my full review of the Braun Series 7 Shaver here.

    A durable Dopp kit from Patagonia

    Patagonia Black Hole Small Cube, $29, available in eight colors

    Although it can be used to store a number of small items, the Patagonia Black Hole Cube is the ideal size for a traveling Dopp Kit — and it's super durable. 

    An electric toothbrush

    Goby Brush Kit, $50, available at Goby

    Most people don't swap out their toothbrush as often as they should simply because they forget to do so. With the Goby Brush Kit, they'll never have to worry about using an old toothbrush. For just $50, the kit includes a state-of-the-art of the art oscillating toothbrush, a hygienic stand, USB charger and a monthly subscription for brush heads. 

    Read our full review of the Goby toothbrush here.

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    The Knickerbocker Hotel

    • The Knickerbocker Hotel was built in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. It sits on the corner of 42nd street and Broadway.
    • After closing its doors in 1921, the hotel reopened in 2015 and began hosting luxury New Year's Eve rooftop parties, just 150 feet from the ball drop in Times Square. 
    • You can enjoy the exclusive party with three experiences ranging from $4,335 to $125,000. 
    • Each package includes two tickets, a minimum two-night stay at the hotel, access to a buffet and top-shelf open bar, and live entertainment, among other perks.

    An estimated one million people crowd into sectioned-off quarters of Times Square every year to see the famous countdown and ball drop on New Year's Eve.

    But that's not the only way to enjoy the celebratory night in person. You can experience an exclusive party at The Knickerbocker Hotel's St. Cloud rooftop, just 150 feet from the ball drop — if you're willing to pay at least $4,335.

    The hotel sits on the corner of 42nd street and Broadway, giving guests the Times Square experience without the crowded streets. The site was built in 1906 by Jacob Astor IV, whose family line is also responsible for several other properties in New York City, including the St. Regis Hotel

    The Knickerbocker Hotel claims several historical moments happened within its walls, including the creation of the first-ever martini and the debut of the red velvet rope to help control dinner crowds.

    But one of its most luxurious creations is an exclusive rooftop experience to ring in the new year. Check out what up to $125,000 could buy you on New Year's Eve at the historic hotel. 

    SEE ALSO: 30 highly successful people share their New Year's resolutions for 2018

    DON'T MISS: The 27 best under-the-radar places to spend New Year's Eve, according to the world's leading travel experts

    You can enjoy New Year's Eve 150 feet away from the iconic ball drop atop The Knickerbocker Hotel with a choice of three experiences: Gold, Platinum, or VIP box seats.

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    Each package includes two tickets, a minimum two-night stay at the hotel, access to the St. Cloud rooftop, hors d'oeuvres, buffet, top-shelf open bar, live entertainment, party favors (including hand warmers) and a champagne toast at midnight.

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    Here's what it looked like last year...

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    Tetris Effect

    • Of all the blockbuster spectacles and indie darlings I played in 2018, one unexpected game was the best by far: "Tetris Effect."
    • More than just a modern reimagining of a classic game, "Tetris Effect" is a breath of fresh air for the "Tetris" franchise.
    • Despite the age of the source of material, "Tetris Effect" is the best game I played in 2018 — a year that featured blockbusters like "God of War,""Spider-Man," and "Red Dead Redemption 2."

    Sorry, "Call of Duty!" So long, "Red Dead Redemption 2!" I can't stop playing "Tetris Effect," and thinking about it, and evangelizing it.

    There's a simple reason for that: "Tetris Effect" is the best game I played in 2018.

    Better than the excellent "God of War" reboot, and the excellent "Spider-Man" reboot, and the incredibly impressive "Red Dead Redemption 2"? Yes! Better than all those games that I also really liked!

    "Tetris Effect" takes a foundational game ("Tetris"), executes it perfectly, and crucially evolves the concept of what a "Tetris" game can be. It's one of the only games I played in 2018 that I'll continue playing into 2019 (and likely beyond). 

    Here's what makes it so incredibly good:

    SEE ALSO: The 18 best video games of 2018, from 'Red Dead Redemption 2' to 'God of War'

    "Tetris" is timeless.

    I first played "Tetris" on the Nintendo Game Boy around 1989. I still have the Game Boy and the cartridge (I've been a dork going on three decades now), largely due to how formative the game was on my childhood. It's my all-time favorite game.

    Admittedly, in case it weren't already clear enough, I did not need to be "sold" on the idea of a new "Tetris" game. But even I wondered what would make such an old game feel new again — over 30 years after Alexey Pajitnov coded the game in the Soviet Union. 

    It turns out that, in 2018, "Tetris" is still as creative and brilliant as it was on the original Game Boy.

    The foundation of "Tetris Effect" is still focused on creating/clearing lines from the play field while new blocks are randomly generated from the top. There is no major shift or evolution in this respect — "Tetris Effect" is, at its core, a "Tetris" game. 

    "Tetris Effect" is "Tetris" at its finest.

    Playing "Tetris Effect" with the PlayStation 4 controller is intuitive, and controls are precise. The game feels sharp and fast, like it should. 

    That might sound basic, but it's absolutely crucial for any great "Tetris" game to nail control. 

    One of the biggest issues with "Tetris" in the modern era is the clash between its mainstream appeal and its relative unplayability on touch-based devices (like smartphones). Simply put: "Tetris" requires butttons, but most people play games on smartphones (which don't have buttons).

    To that end, the PlayStation 4 is a more than capable machine for "Tetris Effect." The d-pad on the DualShock 4 gamepad is excellent at incremental, precise movement. If you fail, there's no confusion over who's at fault — it certainly wasn't the controls.

    The game runs at a steady clip, and never slowed down nor skipped a beat even at its most hectic — and "Tetris Effect" gets real hectic.

    The "Tetris" effect is real.

    The game's title sounds like a psychological phenomenon — and it is, in fact, exactly that, where players start "seeing" the patterns of "Tetris" in the world or in their mind as they drift off to sleep. "Tetris Effect," the game, takes that and twists it back on itself. 

    During gameplay, a synaesthetic journey takes place in the background. With each twist of the "Tetris" block ("tetronimo") and lateral movement, the game's music responds in turn. While this auditory collaboration occurs, the game's background visuals take players on a journey through space, or the oceans, or across a vast desert.

    It's surreal, and beautiful, and intense — and it's much more than a parlor trick.

    Beyond offering an additional audio/visual component, these synaesthetic effects serve to further imprint the game's seemingly simplistic gameplay into consciousness. It deepens an already flow-like experience. 

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    • The US Military Academy at West Point is honoring a famed Army unit with its specially-designed Army-Navy football uniforms.
    • Army will face off against the Naval Academy Midshipmen on Saturday for the 119th iteration of the Army-Navy game.
    • This year's uniform honors Army's First Division, the "Big Red One," which gained fame for helping assure an Allied victory during World War I.
    • Some of the units within the division went on to storm Omaha Beach in Normandy during World War II.

    Army West Point Athletics has unveiled the uniforms for this year's Army-Navy football game. The team has collaborated with the academy's history department in recent years to create uniforms that honor individual units and their historic accomplishments. 

    This year's uniform is a tribute to the Army's First Division, known as the "Big Red One," which was formed and sent to the western front during World War I. Its units fought in many decisive American victories, including the Battle of Cantigny and the Meuse-Argonne offensive, that ensured an Allied victory.

    Read more: The Naval Academy's Army-Navy game uniform is a tribute to a beloved four-legged mascot named Bill

    SEE ALSO: The Naval Academy's Army-Navy game uniform is a tribute to a beloved four-legged mascot named Bill

    The "Big Red One" is prominently featured on the uniforms, including the players' helmets.

    Army West Point Athletics' web page for the uniforms describes the storied history of the "Big Red One" patch worn by members of the division. 

    The back of the helmets feature a World War I era-appropriate American flag.

    The sleeves of the uniforms honor the "Black Lions of Cantigny."

    In the first decisive US-led victory of World War I, the Army's 28th infantry regiment took the French village of Cantigny from the Germans in a mere 45 minutes.

    The unit defended against numerous counter-attacks over the course of two days, but held fast to their victory. 

    Read more: Armistice ended 100 years ago — these photos show how US troops helped turn the tide of the Great War

    The black lion is also featured on the players' compression shirts.

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    Russia will soon finish all testing of the new MiG-35 multirole combat aircraft.

    "From the viewpoint of conducting the final tests, we expect that in 2019 we will complete the entire complex of tests," Ilya Tarasenko, Director General of Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, said last week, according to Sputnik, a Russian state-owned media outlet.

    The first batch of six MiG-35s will also be delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry soon thereafter, Tarasenko added. 

    Russia has high hopes for the MiG-35 as a successful export, marketing it as a 4++ generation fighter. But it "is essentially an upgrade of the MiG-29KR,” a Russian defense industry source told The National Interest in 2017. 

    Here's what it can do. 

    SEE ALSO: Here's what China plans to do with the J-31 stealth fighter — its copy of the F-35

    SEE ALSO: Take a tour of Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov, the world's worst aircraft carrier that recently suffered a massive shipyard accident

    The final version of the MiG-35 was first shown at Aero India in 2007, and has generally been described as an upgrade to several different MiG-29 variants.


    Powered by two Klimov RD-33MKB smokeless engines, the MiG-35 has a top speed of 1,491 mph (nearly Mach 2) and a ceiling of 57,414 feet.


    The RD-33 engines make the fighter jet, like the MiG-29, one of the most maneuverable jets in the world. The engines also make it hard to visually track and very capable in close air-to-air dogfights.


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    • Our communication changes every year.
    • Merriam-Webster's Time Traveler tool shows what words were most popular each year.
    • They have been publishing a list of most looked up words since 2003.

    Language is constantly evolving. From neologisms to emoji, how we communicate changes year by year.

    To find out which words hit the scene the year you were born, INSIDER consulted Merriam-Webster's Time Traveler tool — a resource that showcases terms that entered the English language from before the 12th century through 2016. We also looked at the dictionary's "Words of the Year," a list published annually since 2003.

    Keep reading to see the words that defined our lexicon over the past century.

    In 1900, people began shortening "vocabulary" to "vocab."

    The turn of the 20th century gave us plenty of words we use every day, from "preppy" and "television" to "sorority" and "vocab."

    The next decade gave us "taco,""legit," and "empathy."

    In 1901, "offbeat" and "taco" entered the English language (though obviously the latter was used elsewhere well before that), with "nonfat" and "twee" joining the lexicon in 1905.

    By 1907, people were saying "blurb" and "legit," which are ubiquitous to this day. And in 1909, "empathy" and "movie" became part of our lingo.

    "Razzmatazz" and "kerflooey" are just two of the memorable words to emerge from the 1910s.

    "Razzmatazz" is a synonym for "razzle-dazzle" that's been in use since 1917, while "kerflooey," introduced in 1918, means "awry" or "kaput."

    More quotidian terms like "byline" and "lifestyle" were also introduced during this decade.

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    • The dating app Hinge has a ton of data about its most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes living across the US.
    • The company chose 10 people from 10 major cities across the United States to make its list of 100 most eligible singles in 2018.

    It's almost the end of 2018 — but there's still time to meet that special someone.

    The dating app Hinge, which launched a new app in fall 2016 to help people find relationships, has a ton of data about its most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes living across the US. And earlier this year, Hinge published its list of the 100 most eligible singles in 2018 across the US.

    Hinge chose 10 people from 10 cities for this list: New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Hinge also included a public nomination from Hinge users as a bonus. Take a look.

    SEE ALSO: The 20 most eligible doctors and medical professionals in New York City, according to dating app Hinge

    10. Kenny Hearn

    Work: Developer at SNOWE

    Education: University of Tennessee

    City: New York City

    Interested in: Women

    Friends on Hinge: 34

    Here’s his Hinge profile

    9. Katie Severance

    Education: Boston College

    City: New York City

    Interested in: Men

    Friends on Hinge: 125

    Here’s her Hinge profile

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    • This year's "Unofficial Goldman Sachs Holiday Gift Guide" features an expensive and eclectic range of products.
    • They include rare artifacts, historical documents, luxurious cars, high-end apparel, as well as unique and whimsical gift ideas for the gadabout in your life.
    • Prices range from $6 to $2.4 million.

    Once again, it's time for children everywhere to learn one of life's most valuable lessons: Santa loves rich kids more.

    This year's list (our 6th edition) is the only gift guide you'll need — where the practical meets the fantastical, the everyday meets the outlandish, with a token amount of benevolence.

    It's not simply a function of budget. Of course, most men are happy to receive the things they feel guilty buying or are too lazy to buy for themselves. But, what they really want are the things they didn't even know they wanted.

    John LeFevre is the creator of satirical @GSElevator on Twitter, and the author of the bestselling book, "Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals," currently in development with Paramount as a major motion picture.

    For his house

    Until we can make oil great again, these are all out of my price range. But this year, I would have my eye on the only copy of Schindler’s List ($2.4 million) to ever be on the market, from the family of Itzhak Stern (Schindler’s accountant, played in the movie by Ben Kingsley), the only known uncanceled and uncut George Washington check ($60,000), and an original 1863 signed photograph of Abraham Lincoln ($80,000). Or for someone who loves the intersection of natural history and art, there’s this stunningly large Iridescent fossilized Ammonite ($40,000) or this Fossilized Wall Mounted Jurassic Crocodile ($350,000).

    For his library

    If you’ve been following the 1MDB saga that brings together Goldman Sachs, $4.5 billion in misappropriated funds, a confiscated megayacht, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Picasso, you’ll enjoy Tom Wright and Bradley Hope’s “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World” ($19). My other picks include John Carreyrou’s “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” ($13), Jane Leavy’s “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created” ($21), Greg Lukianoff’s “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” ($13), and Hollywood super-agent Michael Ovitz’s “Who Is Michael Ovitz” ($20). Or just gift the audio versions. If you read two hours a day, listening while driving or exercising, it frees up 1/8th of your life for other pursuits.

    For his kitchen

    Other than drinking and fly fishing, cooking is my primary form of therapy, as long as I don’t have to clean up after. This year, I like this Versaprime Sushi Maker ($91) especially if paired with this Yoshihiro Chef’s Sushi Knife ($1,800). Other unique and eclectic ideas include a Personalized BBQ Branding Iron ($20), Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit ($50), Georg Jensen Champagne Cooler ($220), customized leather apron from Dutch specialty house Witloft ($200), and this novelty to address one of my holiday season pet peeves, a Double Dish Pistachio Snack Serving Bowl ($30).

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    On Friday, Ariana Grande dropped the much-anticipated music video for "Thank U, Next," her first-ever single to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    Grande had teased the video with photos on social media, allowing her fans to know in advance that she would be paying tribute to four iconic female-focused movies: "Mean Girls,""Legally Blonde, "13 Going on 30," and "Bring It On."

    "We are basically recreating a bunch of my favorite scenes from classic, girly, early 2000s, '90s movies — that have shaped and molded so many of us into the strong and intelligent, but still playful and girly, women that we are today," Grande said in a clip from behind the scenes.

    The video did not disappoint. Grande and her team packed the five-minute clip with references and sweet details.

    "Everywhere in the video, there's Easter eggs. If you look at everything she's reading, everything she's touching, the signage, it's all purposeful and with intention," the video's director, Hannah Lux Davis, told Jezebel.

    Here's everything you may have missed.

    The video opens with a parody of a scene from "Mean Girls."

    In the 2004 film, written by Tina Fey, a montage of characters describe their impressions of the high school's queen bee, Regina George.

    Each impression — from, "I hear she does car commercials in Japan," to, "One time she punched me in the face; it was awesome"— describes the character's vast influence on her peers.

    Grande's version of this scene, which she released as a trailer on Wednesday, touches upon her real-life characteristics, recent life events, and rumors about the pop star.

    The instrumental that plays in the background is from another new song, titled "7 Rings."

    Grande has confirmed that her upcoming album will also be titled "Thank U, Next." She has not released any details about its release, barring the fact that it's technically "done" but she may continue to add additional songs.

    Grande has also confirmed that one of the songs will be titled "7 Rings." The track was inspired by seven matching friendship rings that she shares withVictoria Monét, Courtney Chipolone, Alexa Luria, Taylor Parks, Njomza, Tayla Parx, and Kaydence Visus.

    Fans suspected that the soft instrumentals heard in the background of the "Thank U, Next" intro might belong to a different song.

    Grande later confirmed this theory on Twitter, tagging her frequent collaborator Tommy Brown (aka producer TBHITS).

    The first person who speaks to the camera is Colleen Ballinger, famous for her online persona Miranda Sings.

    "One time on Twitter, I heard Ariana was pregnant, so I got pregnant so we could be pregnant at the same time," Ballinger says. "Turns out it was just a rumor."

    Ballinger — a comedian, singer, actress, and YouTube personality, best known for her character Miranda Sings — has been friends with Grande for many years. They were close before Grande found pop stardom and have documented their friendship online using Ballinger's YouTube channels.

    Grande has previously lamented the constant speculation that she is pregnant. During her "Carpool Karaoke" segment with James Corden, she said: "People really want me to be pregnant... Every other week, there's like, a pregnancy thing."

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    • Christmas Eve traditions vary widely around the world.
    • Italians have a seafood dinner on Christmas Eve called the "Feast of the Seven Fishes."
    • In Germany, it's tradition for people to eat potato salad and sausages on Christmas Eve.

    Everyone has their own Christmas Eve traditions, whether it's making cookies to leave out for Santa or having a feast that lasts until the early hours of Christmas Day

    Read on to see how much Christmas Eve traditions differ and take inspiration from countries across the globe.

    The United States sets out cookies and milk for Santa.

    In the US, families love to set out treats for Santa on Christmas Eve.

    Most churches also hold candlight services or midnight mass, which often include reenactments of the Nativity.

    Many Canadians open their presents on Christmas Eve.

    In Canada, families often open presents on Christmas Eve after mass. Others only open one and save the rest for Christmas Day.

    Many French Canadians have a huge feast after Christmas Eve mass, called a Réveillon, which lasts into the wee hours of Christmas morning. According to Great British Chefs, traditionally, the meal consisted of meats butchered and prepared months ahead before winter, and today, Nova Scotian-lobster and scallops have been added to the menu

    Russians traditionally fast until evening on Christmas Eve.

    The fast typically lasts until after evening service or when the stars come out. After the fast, some might eat a traditional Russian dish called kutya. Kutya consists of grains, honey, and poppy seeds, shared from the same bowl to symbolize unity. No meat is allowed.

    Oftentimes, a house blessing is also part of the Christmas Eve tradition — a priest will sprinkle holy water in each room and pray for everyone to have a safe and blessed year.

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    • The US Constitution was written in 1787 and ratified in 1788.
    • In 1791, the Bill of Rights was also ratified with 10 amendments.
    • Since then, 17 more amendments have been added.
    • The amendments deal with a variety of rights ranging from freedom of speech to the right to vote. 

    The Constitution of the United States was written in 1787 by 55 delegates at a Constitutional Convention. Its purpose was to revise the weaker Articles of Confederation that had held the 13 states together after they gained independence from Britain.

    Before it could be put into place, it had to be ratified by conventions from each of the 13 states, where the delegates argued both for and against the binding document. One of the main arguments against the ratification of the US Constitution was the lack of specified individual rights and liberties, so James Madison drafted a set of amendments to add to the US Constitution if it was ratified.

    By June 1789, Madison submitted 12 amendments, though only 10 were passed and ratified in 1791 as the Bill of Rights.

    Since then, 17 more amendments have been passed and ratified by the process laid out inArticle 5 of the US Constitution, where an amendment is proposed by either a two-thirds vote in Congress or a national convention of two-thirds of the states.

    Those proposals are then ratified by either three-fourths of the state legislatures or by state conventions in three-fourths of the states to become amendments added to the US Constitution.

    Here are the 27 amendments to the US Constitution — ranging from personal rights to procedural laws — including their history and the lasting impact they’ve left on the United States.

    The First Amendment famously protects freedom of speech.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    TheFirst Amendment lays out five basic freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition the government.

    These rights were important to establish because they ensured that individuals could think, speak, and act without fear of being punished for disagreeing with the government. 

    In addition to being arguably one of the most important amendments, the First Amendment is still very much at the center of America's political discourse today — from questioning whether or not Twitter bots have First Amendment rights to whether or not the White House banning a CNN reporter violates the Constitution.

    The Second Amendment deals with the right to bear arms.

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    The Second Amendment supports the right to own firearms, though it's been hotly debated whether the Constitution's framers only had in mind the militia's use of guns or if any citizen had a constitutional right to a firearm (this confusion is largely due to the four commas in the amendment that are grammatically confusing).

    It has since become one of the most politicized amendments. In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that US citizens have a constitutional right to keep a loaded handgun at home for self-defense. Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the majority decision, did lay out a number of provisions:

    "Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms."

    The decision was largely seen as a major win for those who believe the amendment refers to individuals' rights to bear arms.

    The Third Amendment prohibits forcing citizens to provide lodging for soldiers.

    No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

    TheThird Amendment prohibits the government from forcing citizens to give lodging to soldiers in their homes without permission. Before the Revolutionary War, Americans were required to give food and lodging to British soldiers as part of the1765 Quartering Act.

    According to theNational Constitution Center, the Third Amendment is the least litigated in the Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court has never decided a case based on it.

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    Money wallet

    • Buying things and paying for subscriptions you don't use could be a huge waste of money.
    • Spontaneous purchases and sale purchases could be causing you to waste money. 
    • Making late payments could be costing you in penalty and late fees.

    Saving money can be tough to do, even if you’ve created a realistic budget and plan to stick with it. Cutting out big expenditures is one way to watch the cash pile up, but uncovering some of your smaller, more sneaky daily expenses can help you save money in the long-run.

    Here are 10 surprising ways you could be wasting your money each day. 

    Spending on things you don't use can be a waste of money.

    "So much of our spending is done subconsciously through auto-charge," Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, author of "The 30-Day Money Cleanse," told INSIDER. "You might be signed up for something like a gym membership that you aren't even using."

    Other things you won't use might count trendy items that don't suit your lifestyle, hot products you've heard rave reviews about, or odds and ends you pick up on a whim. To cut everyday costs, ask yourself exactly how you'll put a purchase to use before you buy it.

    Failing to invest in high-quality items could be more expensive in the long run.

    Buying low-cost items might save you money in the moment, but you end up spending more each day if you have to keep replacing them.

    That being said, higher prices don't always equate to higher quality. Be sure to do your research before deciding which pieces to invest in. 

    Making purchases that are motivated by guilt and peer pressure could be costing you.

    Have you ever spent money out of guilt? Gertsley calls this kind of spending a "pressure purchase" and told INSIDER that while it feels silly to think that you might shell out cash when you don't really want to, it's something many people do.

    Examples of pressure purchasing might include picking up the tab for friends who held a table for a long time or buying something in a store simply because a salesperson was nice. Save money by offering genuine thanks and paying it forward instead of paying for something because you feel pressured to.

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    Attack helicopters are fierce predators that go after enemy troop formations and guard friendlies.

    Here are the 9 that most effectively prowl the battlefield:

    SEE ALSO: We climbed into an Apache helicopter's cockpit and saw why it's one of the most difficult aircraft to fly

    1. Ka-52 "Alligator"

    Capable of operating at high altitude and speed, the two-seater Ka-52 snags the top spot from the usual winner, the Apache. The Alligator's anti-ship missiles have better range than the Apache and the helicopter boasts similar armor and air-to-air capability. A one-seat version, the Ka-50, is also lethal.

    2. AH-64 Apache

    The AH-64 is armed with a lot of weapons including Hellfire missiles, 70mm rockets, and a 30mm automatic cannon. Its tracks and prioritizes 256 contacts with advanced radar and targeting systems. Optional Stinger or Sidewinder missiles turn it into an air-to-air platform. The newest version, AH-64E Guardian, is more efficient, faster, and can link to drones.

    3. Mi-28N "Havoc"

    The night-capable version of the Mi-28, the "Havoc" carries anti-tank missiles that can pierce a meter of armor. It also has pods for 80mm unguided rockets, five 122mm rockets grenade launchers, 23mm guns, 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine guns, or bombs. It also has a 30mm cannon mounted under its nose.

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    Unique gifts come in many forms: subscription boxes and services, products that give back, and something that comes from a brand they may not have heard of before. Handcrafted gifts carry a similar special weight to them, though coming up with one yourself isn't easy if you lack the creativity or hand-eye coordination required to make them. 

    Luckily, sites like Amazon Handmade or Etsy let you find thousands of talented artisans who can help you out, no matter what niche interest you're looking for.

    One downside of buying from these independent makers is that shipping and fulfillment processes can be inconsistent or slower than you'd like.

    That's why we really appreciate Amazon Handmade and its convenient shipping policies. More than 50,000 goods on Amazon Handmade are Prime-eligible, which means Prime members can enjoy reliable, free two-day shipping and avoid that terrible sinking feeling you get when you realize you've ordered your gifts too late.

    While we don't encourage procrastinating on your gift shopping, we'll at least grant you this safety net collection of 24 unique gifts that will arrive in two days. 

    A clever bookmark that will really catch their attention

    MyBookmark Wicked Witch Bookmark, $22.50, available at Amazon

    A cheese tray made from a melted-down wine bottle

    Mitchell Glassworks Cheese Tray, $28.95, available at Amazon


    A carefully crafted rattle and teething toy

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