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    campsite camping

    For many outdoors-lovers, the word "camping" conjures images of roasting marshmallows over a crackling bonfire, unwinding with friends, and stargazing late into the night. For some unlucky campers, however, that experience was marred by the same vulnerability to the elements and connection with nature that they originally sought out.

    From animal attacks to inexplicable sightings, we've rounded up some of the most harrowing, startling, and stomach-churning camping stories from Reddit users. They make the thought of a cozy hotel bathrobe and clean sheets all the more appealing. This is, of course, just for fun, as we can't independently authenticate these stories. 

    "I woke up somewhere in the middle of the woods."

    "This happened to me when I was little. I went camping with my older brother and my mom. I was about 7 or 8 and I went to bed around 10 in a sleeping bag inside my tent with both my mom and brother. Sometime during the night, I don't know when I woke up somewhere in the middle of the woods still in my sleeping bag. I had no idea where I was or where my tent was. I screamed for my mom and I heard her calling back for me in panic but she was easily 100 yards away or so. To this day I have no idea how I ended up in the middle of the woods still inside my sleeping bag." -Redditor cckaufmann

    "He… set the place on fire."

    "Every time I've gone camping with my dad, he's set the place on fire. Every time. He says he's not at his best until his morning coffee.

    "The first time he was dumping water on the grass fire trying to put it out. It quickly got out of hand. Luckily it started raining. Unfortunately, we brought our ... standard poodle and he didn't like thunder, so he destroyed the tent try[ing] to get in. So we had a collapsed tent that smelled like a mix of lawn mower and wet dog for the rest of the trip." -Redditor monstermayhem

    "The marshmallow flew off the stick."

    "I was around 4 years old at the time. This particular camping trip, the day was winding to a close and my dad and a few of his friends built a campfire. Being a little kid, I wanted to make s'mores, so someone gave me a stick with a marshmallow on it without really knowing that I had never roasted a marshmallow before. I stuck the thing right into the flames, and as you can imagine, it was very quickly engulfed in a ball of fire. Being 4, I had no idea how to put it out, so my first reaction was to wildly start waving the stick back and forth, up and down.

    "Almost immediately, (before anyone could react) this flaming marshmallow flew off of the stick and smacked me right in the center of my forehead, essentially covering my face in molten goo that is rapidly streaming down towards my eyes. I essentially had to be dunked into this cooler headfirst by all of these adults to put the marshmallow out." -Redditor Benjen_Victorious

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    st elmo's fire graduation

    For the first 22 or so years of living, graduating college seems like life's pinnacle — indeed, your entire existence has been built up around getting a degree, from the time you waddled into kindergarten.

    So what comes next? Apparently, adulthood, responsibilities, and "real life." The real world can be an amazing place, and finishing college signifies an entirely new stage of life (which many people claim is the best). But sometimes, you might just miss being able to sleep until noon and hang out with your friends all the time.

    We spoke to INSIDER employees and scoured Reddit to find out exactly what adults miss about their alma maters — and the answers may surprise you.

    Being able to sleep at all hours of the day.

    "Sleeping in." - Kelsey Abkin

    "Napping every day." - Celia Skvaril

    "Staying up late playing video games with my friends. Now that I'm working I just can't seem to stay up past 10 anymore." - noypkamatayan

    Learning new things.

    "I'm a nerd so probably taking classes about things you enjoy, and learning new things." - Janaya Wecker

    "I miss the challenge of coursework." - Reddit user

    "[I miss] being surrounded by people who valued knowledge and learning." - not_falling_down

    "I miss undergrad a lot. There was more time to take more liberties in what courses I wanted to take; electives were possible." - Reddit user


    Having a defined structure and clear cut tasks.

    "Being able to schedule my day where I could sleep late, be finished with classes before 3 pm, take a nap if I wanted, and stay awake as late as I wanted." - brandmed

    "Rigid structure, knowing exactly what's expected." - JessieBear116

    'The thing I miss the most is really how 'structured' it was — you have an end goal, you know exactly the steps to take to get there, and you can tell what's next. Now that I'm (allegedly) an adult, it kind of feels like free falling." - mozzarellapizza

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    vegetable market

    Think you can tell a fruit from a vegetable?

    Think again.

    In the world of food, there are many plants most people consider vegetables that are actually fruits, botanically speaking.

    The most famous example is probably the tomato. Its status as a fruit or a vegetable was so contentious that in 1893 the Supreme Court had to weigh in and settle the issue once and for all.

    What it comes down to isn't sweetness, but seeds. "Any thing that grows on a plant and is the means by which that plant gets its seeds out into the world is a fruit," Merriam-Webster dictionary wrote.

    So fruit isn't part of the plant itself, but a reproductive part growing from the plant. "The thing a tomato plant produces isn't a part of the plant itself, any more than the egg a chicken lays is part of the chicken," the dictionary said. When we eat vegetables, on the other hand, we're eating the plant itself or some of its parts, like roots, stems, or leaves.

    Tomatoes are far from the only example of common vegetables that are actually fruits. Read on to see 14 foods you've been misunderstanding this whole time.

    SEE ALSO: A tomato is actually a fruit — but it's a vegetable at the same time

    DON'T MISS: 7 things the average American has accomplished by age 35


    Even though tomatoes are technically a fruit, it doesn't stop people from treating it and most of the other foods on this list as a vegetable.

    It's that logic that prompted the Supreme Court to declare in 1893 that tomatoes should be taxed like other vegetables.

    Here's how Justice Horace Gray summed up the argument:

    "Botanically speaking, tomatoes are the fruit of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas," Gray wrote in the court's opinion.

    "But in the common language of the people … all these are vegetables which are grown in kitchen gardens, and which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, and lettuce, usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert."


    Every kind of pepper, from the bell pepper to the jalapeño, fits the bill as a fruit and not a vegetable.


    Anyone who's carved a jack-o-lantern for Halloween knows that pumpkins are full of seeds. Pumpkins and all other gourds are technically fruits, not vegetables.

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    2018 Russia World Cup photos

    The 2018 World Cup in Russia is off to a great start, and the tournament has already produced incredible moments and photos.

    Russia is a gorgeous background for some amazing sports photography.

    From goal celebrations to great saves, gut-wrenching own goals, and crazy fans, here are the most mesmerizing photos from the World Cup so far.

    Russia's Yury Gazinsky scores the first goal of the 2018 World Cup.

    Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco lays on the ground after his own goal gave Iran a 1-0 lead.

    Morocco's Younes Belhanda laments his team's own goal.

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    halsey mtv tv and movie awards

    The Oscars are refined. The Met Gala is luxurious. The Emmys are classy. But the MTV Movie and TV Awards is one giant party and the red carpet fashion reflects that.

    This annual awards show generally attracts the coolest, hottest, and most hip members of Hollywood which explains why the red carpet fashion is such a trip. From Francia Raisa’s one-sleeved catsuit to Tessa Thompson Valentine’s Day-inspired get-up, here are 14 of the wildest looks from the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards.

    Katherine Langford was an emo bridal dream.

    “13 Reasons Why” star Katherine Langford looked like a gothic dream girl when she stepped onto the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards red carpet. She wore a velour pantsuit with a train and topped it all off with an oversized black tulle hair bow. She looked ready for a romantic emo wedding.

    Zendaya’s red carpet look belonged in a museum.

    Zendaya looked like a piece of walking art in this August Getty creation. Teen Vogue called her a “walking Hershey Kiss,” and yes! Zendaya is quickly becoming a sartorial icon and truly thrives in the fashion spaces where others wouldn’t dare to venture.

    Francia Raisa needed a catwalk for her glam Catwoman creation.

    Francia Raisa looked like glam Catwoman in a one-shoulder black sequin catsuit with neckline ruffles. 

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    sex ed mean girls

    Sex education in the United States is complicated at best.

    Everyone seems to have a different opinion of what kids should learn about sex, from abstinence-only policies to graphic depictions of how babies get made. This results, at the very least, in a whole lot of cognitive dissonance when it comes to actually teaching kids about sex.

    For many people, the confusion of how to approach sex ed manifests itself in a bizarre mashup of sexual facts, half-truths, and lies being taught to kids who may not know anything else about sex.

    To demonstrate this, people on Reddit shared some anecdotes of the worst things they learned in school-sanctioned sex ed classes— and some of them may be things you learned in school, too.

    INSIDER was unable to independently verify all of these stories, but everything listed is as good an example as any of what not to teach kids in a sex ed class.





    1. Women can't get pregnant if they have sex on top.

    "8th grade, the teacher said that a girl can't get pregnant while on top because gravity wouldn't let the sperm go up. One girl was already pregnant at the time. We graduated with a class of 20 with five children" - Reddit user KWBC24

    2. You can't get STDs if you're in love.

    "The reason moms and dads can have sex without a condom is because you can't get STDs if you're in love. I s--t you not." - Reddit user HopBiscuit

    3. A penis can penetrate a woman's cervix.

    "That a man's penis can be big enough to penetrate a woman's cervix and get into her uterus." - Reddit user GnarlyG

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    disney castle then and now

    Since its opening day in 1955, Disneyland has been welcoming kids and adults alike into a magical world of friendly characters, thrilling rides, and Mickey-shaped treats. While some Disney essentials like Sleeping Beauty Castle and the "It's A Small World" ride have stood the test of time, other aspects of the park have changed over the years.

    Here are vintage photos of Disneyland when it first opened compared to how it looks today.

    Disneyland opened in 1955 with 22,000 invited guests at its opening day in Anaheim, California.

    The 160-acre theme park was built on an orange grove.

    Disneyland has expanded even more with surrounding attractions like Disney Springs.

    Disney Springs features Disney's first brewery called Ballast Point Brewing.

    Park-goers gleefully ran through Sleeping Beauty Castle when the park opened.

    They couldn't get in fast enough.

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    sim card phone

    With the availability of unlocked devices, it's easier than ever to switch carriers and get the best "unlimited" data plan that works for you.

    There are a few things to consider when choosing a carrier and its unlimited data plan, like how carriers interpret the meaning of "unlimited." For most of them, it means capping your speeds after you reach a certain amount of data usage. 

    Each carrier also offers its own perks, like free Netflix, Hulu, or HBO. They also have their own limitations to mobile hotspots, video streaming resolution, and data for tablets and wearables. 

    So to help you figure out what's what, here's a quick rundown of how the current crop of unlimited plans match up. You can scroll down for the full head-to-head.

    SEE ALSO: There are 6 major services that let you stream live TV over the internet — here's how they compare

    The big caveat: No "unlimited" plan is really unlimited.

    Wireless carriers use the word "unlimited"in a misleading way.

    No "unlimited" plan here allows you to use an endless amount of LTE data across the board with no penalties. Instead, each carrier warns that it may slow your speeds if you use a certain amount of data in a month and live in an area of congestion.

    Each plan also limits what you can do with that data when it comes to things like mobile hotspots, international usage, and the like.

    The situation only gets worse when you look at the restrictions imposed on unlimited plans from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) like Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless, or on the prepaid "unlimited" plans from the major carriers themselves.

    Also, none of the carriers' advertised rates includes device subsidies. If you buy a phone from a carrier and pay for it in monthly installments, that fee will be added to the cost of your plans.

    Still, the "unlimited" plans have value. At least with the major carrier plans, you do truly get unlimited talk and text, and the amount of data you can use without risk is fairly generous. And being slowed in areas of congestion is not the same as being outright throttled; even after passing a carrier's warning point, you can still get LTE speeds.

    The other caveat: Not all networks are created equal.

    A good "unlimited" plan isn't as worthwhile if it comes with shoddy internet. Sadly, a big chunk of the country still suffers from mediocre mobile coverage.

    It's hard to give exact metrics on how the carriers' current networks compare, but a recent PCMag report found Verizon to have to best mix of speed, coverage and reliability, with T-Mobile and AT&T close behind. A recent RootMetrics study, meanwhile, found a bigger gap T-Mobile to be fast but less reliable, and also put Verizon tops in terms of overall quality. 

    In general, Verizon is consistently near the top, T-Mobile is said to be much improved from years past, AT&T is either in second or third, and Sprint often brings up the rear. Much of the time, though, which is best for you depends on where you live.

    If you opt for a prepaid carrier, you usually have to deal with slower speeds. Cricket Wireless has an unlimited plan for $65 a month, for example, but its parent, AT&T, caps Cricket download speeds at a lower-than-average 8 Mbps.

    Sprint, meanwhile, caps all video on Virgin Mobile's and Boost Mobile's unlimited plans at a less-than-HD resolution. Virgin did recently introduce an enticing deal that offers a year's worth of data for $1, but you need to use an iPhone to be eligible for it.

    And the prepaid "unlimited" plans from carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile block things like HD video streaming and the ability to use your phone as a mobile hotspot. As a result, we've omitted all such prepaid plans from this comparison.


    How much does it cost?

    The Go Unlimited plan starts at $75 a month for one line. It costs $130 a month for two lines, $150 a month for three lines, or $160 a month for four or more lines. 

    The Beyond Unlimited plan starts at $85 a month for one line. It costs $160 a month for two lines, $180 a month for three lines, or $200 a month for four lines. Each additional line here costs an extra $50 a month, with a maximum of 10 lines for $500 a month.

    Verizon recently introduced a brand-new unlimited plan called "Above Unlimited," which starts at $95 for a single line, $180 for two lines, $140 for three lines, and $120 for four or more lines. 

    Verizon also now lets you pick which of its three unlimited plans you want to apply to different lines. That way, you can assign different unlimited plans according to the needs of specific users. So, in a three-line account, one line could have the $50 "Go" plan, the second line could have the $60 "Beyond" plan, and the third line could have the $70 "Above" plan. That way, you don't need to pay $70 per line for the other two lines if only one line needs the "Above" plan, for example. 

    None of this includes taxes and regulatory fees, though. Those vary by region, so your bill will be a bit higher than what's advertised.

    And as with every major unlimited plan, all of these rates apply only if you set your billing to auto-pay every month. Otherwise, all of the prices above will cost $5 more a month per line.

    How much LTE data do you actually get?

    With the Go Unlimited plan, Verizon says it may temporarily slow your mobile data speeds in areas of congestion. This doesn’t mean you’ll constantly be slowed to a crawl when browsing the web on your phone, but it makes it especially difficult to call this a true “unlimited” plan.

    With the pricier Beyond Unlimited plan, Verizon says it may temporarily slow your mobile data speeds in areas of congestion if you use more than 22 GB of LTE data in a given month. 

    With the new "Above" Unlimited plan, you get 75 GB of fast LTE data in a given month before it may temporarily slow your mobile data speeds in areas of congestion.

    Can you stream HD video?

    Not with a smartphone on the Go Unlimited plan. If you buy that, Verizon says video streamed over its mobile network will max out at a 480p resolution, which is less than high-definition. There is a visible difference in sharpness between 480p and HD, particularly on the ever-expanding and increasingly high-res displays of today’s smartphones. Again, this is a clear example of limits on an “unlimited” plan.

    The "Beyond" and "Above" Unlimited plan does let you stream video on smartphones in high-definition, but even that is throttled: Verizon says it’s capped at a 720p resolution. This isn’t as noticeable a drop-off in sharpness as going to 480p, but it’s the minimum threshold for an HD video, and it’s still a step back for consumers than the previous plan, on which Verizon didn’t restrict video on any device at all.

    If you subscribed to Verizon’s original unlimited plan, you’re now saddled with the Beyond Unlimited plan’s 720p limit.

    If you want the full HD 1080p resolution for video streams on a smartphone, Verizon lets you pay an extra $10 per line for those on the Beyond and the Above Unlimited plans. 

    It’s worth noting that the limits above are different if you stream video to a tablet instead of a smartphone. With that, the Go Unlimited supports up to 720p video streaming, while the Beyond Unlimited plan supports up to 1080p video streaming. This makes sense given that tablets offer more screen real estate.

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    chopped vegetables food storage

    When it comes to properly storing food, most of us are making some colossal mistakes. Whether you have a terrible habit of overstocking your fridge or your cupboards are full of plastic storage containers, chances are you're committing some major food safety fouls when it comes to packing up last night's dinner.

    INSIDER talked with several food experts to get the scoop on some of the more common mistakes we make when storing food.

    Using plastic containers for food storage.

    Celebrity nutritionist,Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, told INSIDER when you use plastic containers, over time you run the risk of chemicals (including BPA) leaching into your food. Putting them under high heat in the dishwasher can even accelerate this issue. She recommended that whenever possible,go with glass containers.

    "With glass containers, you can also pop them in the microwave and reheat, so you end up having less food waste," she added.

    Storing food in opaque containers.

    Go look at the plastic containers you have in your kitchen. There's a good chance, most of them are opaque. And Glassman said opaque filled containers with food are much more likely to be forgotten about.

    "You may have meal prepped roasted veggies on Sunday, but you're much less likely to reach for them throughout the week if they're kept hidden in your fridge, and reaching instead for anything that is packaged and appealing because it's in direct sight," she explained.

    Again, opting for clear glass containers will not only keep your fridge looking clean and organized, but will make it so much easier to know what you have, and help you keep it from going to waste.

    Storing food on the incorrect shelf in the fridge.

    You're in a rush and just want to get the groceries put away, so you throw the raw chicken on the top shelf. No big deal, right? Wrong, saidToby Amidor, MS, RD, and author of the upcoming book "Smart Meal Prep for Beginners."

    Amidor, who teachers college classes on food safety and storage, told INSIDER that raw food should never be placed above ready-to-eat or prepared foods (like leftovers or a cake).  "The raw and possibly contaminated juices can drip into the ready-to-eat or prepared foods," she explained. Instead, Amidor said to store raw food always at the bottom of the fridge.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    US Marines Syria artillery howitzer

    President Donald Trump has emphasized military might during his first year in office, but the US is not the only country seeking to expand its battlefield capacities. Between 2012 and 2016, more weapons were delivered than during any five-year period since 1990.

    Arms sales indicate who is beefing up their armed forces, but head-to-head military comparisons are harder to come by. Global Firepower's 2017 Military Strength Ranking tries to fill that void by drawing on more than 50 factors to assign a Power Index score to 133 countries.

    The ranking assesses the diversity of weapons held by each country and pays particular attention to the manpower available. The geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status of local industry are also taken into account.

    Navy sailors russia

    While recognized nuclear powers receive a bonus, the nuclear stockpiles are not factored into the score.

    Moreover, countries that are landlocked are not docked points for lacking a navy, though they are penalized for not having a merchant marine force.

    Countries with navies are penalized if there is a lack of diversity in their naval assets.

    NATO countries get a slight bonus because the alliance would theoretically share resources, but in general, a country's current political and military leadership was not considered.

    "Balance is the key — a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure — such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation's total fighting strength on paper," the ranking states.

    Below, you can see the 25 most powerful militaries in the world:

    SEE ALSO: Step aboard the USS Kearsarge, the US Navy workhorse that takes Marines to war

    25. Algeria

    Power Index rating: 0.4366

    Total population: 40,263,711

    Total military personnel: 792,350

    Total aircraft strength: 502

    Fighter aircraft: 89

    Combat tanks: 2,405

    Total naval assets: 85

    Defense budget: $10.6 billion

    24. Saudi Arabia

    Power Index rating: 0.4302

    Total population: 28,160,273

    Total military personnel: 256,000

    Total aircraft strength: 790

    Fighter aircraft: 177

    Combat tanks: 1,142

    Total naval assets: 55

    Defense budget: $56.7 billion

    23. North Korea

    Power Index rating: 0.4218

    Total population: 25,115,311

    Total military personnel: 6,445,000

    Total aircraft strength: 944

    Fighter aircraft: 458

    Combat tanks: 5,025

    Total naval assets: 967

    Defense budget: $7.5 billion

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    • I'm a news junkie who decided to pay no attention to current events for a week.
    • The logistics of unplugging from the news cycle are more complex than you might think.
    • I thought it would feel like a vacation, but it turned out to be much more difficult to complete my assignment than I anticipated.
    • In the short-term, this experiment may prove useful in reducing stress. But long-term, it can be dangerous to remain ignorant to what’s going on in the world.


    As a journalist, I’m a bit of a news junkie. While I don’t cover news on a daily basis, I’ve always prided myself on keeping myself informed, and I’ve thought of my obsession as a healthy, responsible habit.

    But after the 2016 presidential election, it started to feel like more of a chore to keep up with everything that was going on in the world. The news cycle began to weigh heavier on my mind, and that feeling only compounded over time.

    So I decided to give myself a temporary break from the news to see how it would affect me. It seemed like a simple task, but to accomplish this, I almost had to unplug from the internet completely. Here’s how I avoided the news:

    • I stopped logging into my Feedly account, which I use to keep up with about 40 different sources of news. During this time, it racked up thousands of articles.
    • I disabled all push notifications on my phone to avoid accidental exposure.
    • Many of my non-urgent emails, like newsletters and Google alerts, went unread.
    • I still used social media, but only as much as was necessary to do my job and share my work.

    The results of this experiment were mixed, but mostly negative:

    SEE ALSO: 4 reasons I gave up Facebook — and why I'm not going back

    1. When I took the news out of my digital diet, what I was left with seemed hollow: retail, guilty pleasures, and entertainment

    None of those are bad in themselves — they’re just not something I deem as important as staying informed on current events.

    2. When you operate outside of the news cycle, you can get a clearer picture of everything else that’s going on — if you seek it out

    I finally had time to read up on the work that organizations like the Marshall Project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are doing. This was, by far, the best side-effect of going news-free for a week.

    3. I experienced significantly lower stress levels from day to day

    The weight of the news cycle disappeared on day one, and I was determined to enjoy that throughout my week.

    Even so, I wouldn’t consider that to be worth the cost of being uninformed in the long run — especially in a time when it seems so important to be knowledgeable about what’s going on the world.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    • Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to wire-fraud charges in March.
    • The 26-year-old was arrested in June 2017 after being accused of misleading investors who poured more than $1 million into Fyre Media.
    • McFarland admitted he defrauded 80 investors and a ticket broker out of more than $26 million.
    • On June 12, McFarland was arrested on charges of running a fraudulent ticket-selling enterprise called NYC VIP Access while out on bail.
    • Here's a look back at what happened. 

    The founder of the nightmarish Fyre Festival that left hundreds of attendees stranded in the Bahamas pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in March.

    Now, he's facing fresh charges that he ran a separate, fraudulent ticket-selling company while out on bail. 

    26-year-old Billy McFarland admitted to defrauding a ticket broker and 80 investors in Fyre Media, a company that he founded and that was responsible for putting on the Fyre Festival. Prosecutors alleged that McFarland used falsified documents to trick investors in a $26 million scheme.

    As a result, McFarland could spend eight to 10 years in prison in addition to paying a fine of up to $300,000, according to Bloomberg.

    But on June 12, he was arrested again on charges of selling fake tickets under a different company, called NYC VIP Access, starting in 2017. If convicted on the additional fraud charges, McFarland could face an extended prison sentence, likely of an additional two years, according to Time. 

    Fyre Festival promised to offer attendees a VIP experience when they set off to Great Exuma in the Bahamas. But the reality was very different, as attendees encountered delayed flights, half-built huts to sleep in, and cold cheese sandwiches to eat. And that doesn't even include the disastrous trip home.

    The luxury festival — tickets for which started at $1,200 — was advertised as two weekends in paradise, but it turned into a nightmare.  Take a look at festivalgoers' expectations compared with the reality they encountered, which is currently being developed into a TV series for Hulu. 

    And here's the full Fyre Festival promo video:

    SEE ALSO: The founder of the doomed Fyre Festival could spend years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding investors out of millions of dollars

    The three-day party was supposed to be on a private beach on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

    It was supposed to be over two weekends in 2017: April 28-30 and May 5-7.

    It was described as an "immersive music festival."

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    11 nations woodard map

    • The United States has many regions, and author Colin Woodard argues that it can be divided into 11 sub-nations.
    • Woodard's defined nations range from the "Deep South" to the "Midlands" and "El Norte."
    • The cultural differences between them contribute to the political tensions between states and how they fit into the US overall, he said.

    The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.

    Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations. 

    Woodard mapped out the regions in his 2012 book "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America." Some of his regions might sound familiar, like the "Deep South"; others might surprise American readers, like his "Midlands" region that stretches from New Jersey to northeastern New Mexico.

    Recognizing the distinct values of each region is critical to understanding the United States, Woodard said.

    "The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately, including state roles and individual liberty," Woodard, a Maine native, told Business Insider in 2015.

    "In order to have any productive conversation on these issues, you need to know where you come from," he said. "Once you know where you are coming from, it will help move the conversation forward."

    Here is how Woodard described each region of the US:

    SEE ALSO: 27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

    DON'T MISS: The US is split into more than a dozen 'belts' defined by industry, weather, and even health


    Yankeedom comprises New England, upstate New York, and much of the industrial midwest, from northern Pennsylvania to Minnesota, Woodard wrote in Tufts University's magazine.

    Residents in these states, founded by Puritans, are more comfortable with government regulation than people in other regions. They also value education, citizen participation in government, and the assimilation of outsiders, Woodard said.

    Yankeedom is traditionally welcoming

    "Yankeedom has, since the outset, put great emphasis on perfecting earthly civilization through social engineering, denial of self for the common good, and assimilation of outsiders," Woodard wrote.

    New Netherland

    New Netherland is Woodard's name for the greater New York City area — encompassing the city itself as well as northern New Jersey and part of Connecticut.

    The area was settled by the Dutch and retained many of the values that made the Netherlands a paragon of Western civilization.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    burger and fries

    • Greasy food can make your hangover symptoms worse.
    • Salty foods can be fine, but remember to rehydrate.
    • Do not drink more to "cure" a hangover.

    Being hungover can sometimes feel synonymous with being hungry. Your head is pounding like you hit it on a cement roof the night before, your joints ache, your throat and mouth are dry and your stomach may be churning a little. But before you reach for the extra large pizza you ordered last night but passed out right before you could dig into a slice, know that giving into cravings can worsen, rather than relieve a hangover. We asked medical experts for their advice on what foods you should avoid when you wake up with a painful hangover.

    Say goodbye to greasy cures.

    "Everything you thought you knew about curing a hangover might be wrong," Ali Tager, nutritionist and health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, told INSIDER. "Indulging in greasy food is actually the worst thing you can do for your body. Alcohol is broken down via the same metabolic pathway as fat, so while your body is breaking down those margaritas you threw back last night, it will have to put that greasy food to the side."

    So while that hangover sandwich wrapped in bacon and melty cheese from your nearby deli may seem tempting, your body will technically be storing the fats for later because it cannot digest both the greasy food and alcohol at the same time, leaving you feeling bad for longer.

    Salty food, however, is fine, as it should hopefully encourage you to drink more water and rehydrate quicker.

    "Craving salt may result from being dehydrated," nutritionist Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN, told INSIDER.  "Alcohol is very dehydrating — it removes more fluid from the body than it supplies in the drink —, and when your body sheds fluids, you can lose electrolytes, including sodium, along with that fluid.)"

    Don’t overdo it with the protein.

    "Additionally, be wary of the protein to carb ratio of your meal," Tager said. "Your blood sugar might be low from over consuming alcohol, so ensure that your meal includes a healthy balance of carbs and protein to keep it steady."

    Oatmeal, congee and other easy-to-digest, unprocessed carb-centric meals are your friends right now. For a heartier meal, Tager recommends eating a lean protein like chicken or turkey with complex carbs like sweet potato, quinoa or brown rice.

    Coffee and orange juice may also be your enemies.

    Morning beverages, beware, orange juice and coffee can be harmful to hangovers.

    "You also want to avoid citrus since it's harsh on your stomach," Tager said. She doesn't see a problem with drinking caffeine, as long as you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, but others warn against caffeine consumption after a long night out.

    "Caffeine is a diuretic and will deplete you of water and hydration that is necessary for [curing] hangovers," said clinical nutritionist and Bonafide Provisions founder Sharon Brown. Hangovers can often cause an upset stomach and dehydration can make those symptoms even worse.

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    It's been almost a full decade since "Teen Mom" premiered on NBC, bringing Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham, Catelynn Lowell,  and Amber Portwood back into fans' homes after they were introduced on "16 & Pregnant."

    Since then, we've seen them (and their families) change and grow — including two spinoff shows, featuring even more moms —  but the cast's lives aren't always exactly what they seem like on TV. Babies have been born, some of the stars have been married, divorced, and married again, and now, the fourth wall has been broken and we get to see the moms interact with their producers and the crew like never before.

    It doesn't seem like "Teen Mom" is going anywhere anytime soon, and that's partly because there's so much going on behind-the-scenes.

    It wasn't meant to last this long.

    Originally, "Teen Mom" was meant to be a schedule filler show, but when it became such a massive hit, MTV ordered more episodes.

    When cast and crew shared the history of the show with Cosmopolitan in 2017, former MTV director of programming Tony DiSanto pitched "Teen Mom" as a way to fill time until another season of "16 & Pregnant" was filming, but as we all know now, it took off from there.

    Tyler and Catelynn Baltierra used to have a filming curfew.

    Cosmo's oral history also revealed that in order to keep their lives as teen reality stars normal — as if that's possible — Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra, who are now married, were only able to film after school and had to finish up early so that they'd still have time to do their homework. It looks like it paid off, because they both did get their high school diplomas (and they're still together to this day).

    "I can remember, during the first two seasons, only being able to film with Catelynn and Tyler from 4 p.m. to about 8 p.m. because [Tyler's mom] Kim had a rule that they were not allowed to film past 8," producer Kirsten Malone (who you might know as KiKi from the show) said. "They had school and had to do their homework, which I thought was fantastic. It did not make our jobs easy, but we did it, and we're still super respectful of the kids and their schedules."

    The cast has gotten super close with their producers.

    As we've seen on both "Teen Mom OG" and "Teen Mom 2," the cast has spent so much time with their producers that they're practically family at this point, and that actually makes a lot of sense. They're essentially co-workers, right? And over the years, they've become friends — but that doesn't mean they don't have to keep boundaries in mind when it comes to the personal crossing over to the professional.

    "I know I feel much more comfortable because whatever I'm talking about on camera, I've probably already talked to [my producers] about it," Maci Bookout told Cosmo. "It just takes everybody remembering there's a difference between our friendship relationship and our professional relationship. But we've all done this for so long that we are very aware of times when one relationship needs to override the other one."

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    Microsoft's Xbox One is losing to Sony's PlayStation 4 — badly.

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    With nearly 80 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the wild, Microsoft's Xbox One is getting trounced. Estimates put Xbox sales number somewhere in the range of 30 to 50 million — Microsoft stopped reporting hardware sales numbers some time ago.

    But don't count Xbox out just yet. 

    Between its Netflix-like Game Pass service, the company's game streaming ambitions, several new studio acquisitions, and the brilliant decision to add backwards compatibility, Microsoft is building a strong foundation for the future. 

    Here's a look into the future of Xbox, straight from Microsoft's Xbox leader Phil Spencer:

    SEE ALSO: Microsoft has a problem with Xbox that it can't buy its way out of

    1. Creating the Netflix of gaming with Game Pass.

    For $10/month, Xbox Game Pass offers access to over 100 games. That includes every first-party game that Microsoft makes, loads of indies, and — as of very recently — some heavy-hitters from third-party publishers like Bethesda Softworks.

    Instead of streaming the games, a la Netflix, you download each game to your Xbox console. As long as you're paying for Game Pass, you keep all the games you download. 

    Best of all, any new Xbox One games that come out from Microsoft are included with Game Pass.

    When "Forza Horizon 4" arrives this fall, you could drop $10 on a Game Pass subscription to download and play the game — a whopping $50 savings over the normal $60 price of a new game. Microsoft's betting that you'll like the arrangement so much that you'll keep paying for the service every month, like Netflix.

    "We're finding people in Game Pass actually play more games," Xbox leader Phil Spencer told me in an interview last week at E3, the annual video game trade show in Los Angeles. "And they're trying some franchises where, if they had to buy the franchise — even if they're $30, $60, whatever the amount might be — it's way easier for them to be invested at $10/month."

    In the long term, Spencer said the goal for Game Pass is offer a safe platform for potentially risky, creative games.

    "I want it to be a place where creators feel like they can take risks in things that they wanna do, and know that they have an audience of people who are already invested in the service, such that the marginal cost for them to click on the next icon and give it a try is very, very low."

    The comparison to Netflix becomes apt once more. Netflix funds lots of creative, bizarre stuff because it can afford to fail — with millions of paying subscribers, Netflix has a sturdy financial foundation from which to experiment. It also has a large platform to surface content that otherwise might get lost in a digital storefront.

    2. Building a platform to let people play games anywhere, whether you own a game console or not.

    On a stage in the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on June 10, Xbox leader Phil Spencer offered the clearest picture yet into Microsoft's vision for the future of the Xbox brand.

    "Our cloud engineers are building a game streaming network to unlock console-quality gaming on any device," Spencer said. "Not only that — we are dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play. On your Xbox, your PC, or your phone."

    It's an echo of sentiments he's expressed previously, but it's the most definitive testament to Microsoft's plans for the future of gaming.

    "There are 2 billion people who play video games on the planet today. We're not gonna sell 2 billion consoles," Spencer told me in an interview following his stage presentation. "Many of those people don't own a television, many have never owned a PC. For many people on the planet, the phone is their compute device," he said. "It's really about reaching a customer wherever they are, on the devices that they have." 

    That said, logic dictates that the ability to stream "console-quality gaming on any device" depends on some pretty major upgrades to internet speeds around the world. It also faces hurdles like the uncertain future of net-neutrality laws and consumer internet data caps.

    In the meantime, Microsoft's Azure cloud platform offers an infrastructure that few other companies have. "Fifty data centers in different parts of the planet? Billions of dollars of investment in building that out? It allows us to accelerate our growth in this space," Spencer told me.

    3. Building the next Xbox.

    In a surprise move, Spencer outright announced Microsoft's work on the successor to the Xbox One. 

    You read that correctly: Microsoft has already announced the next Xbox, after the Xbox One.

    "The same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles," he said on stage on June 10. "Where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming."

    Of note, Spencer said "consoles"— as in Microsoft is apparently working on more than one future console. Perhaps a smaller, less expensive, streaming-focused Xbox, in addition to a more traditional, larger, $300 to $400 Xbox? 

    Spencer didn't specify, but did offer more information on the announcement during an interview with Giant Bomb's Jeff Gerstmann this week. "Everybody knows what's happening," Spencer said in reference to Sony and Microsoft making new consoles. "It's this kind of unsaid thing, of, like, 'Well, they shipped Xbox One X. They didn't lay off their whole hardware team. What do you think they're doing?'" 

    He said the announcement was a means of easing potential concerns of longtime console buyers: "It's not tomorrow, but I didn't want people to think that we're walking away from that part of the brand and the business, because it's really important to us." 

    In terms of what that console (or consoles) will actually be, Spencer isn't offering any major details just yet. From the sound of things, we're still a few years away from new consoles.

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    One of the Trump administration's latest immigration policies has come under fire, after Homeland Security figures revealed that ICE is separating families at the US-Mexico border.

    Between April 19 through May 31, border officials separated 1,995 children from 1,940 adults, the AP's Colleen Long reported Friday. The policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early May, enforces "zero-tolerance" regulations on those who enter the US without documentation. Any migrant who attempts to cross the southern border — even those seeking asylum — is now being prosecuted.

    The goal of establishing a firm physical boundary to separate the US from Mexico is nothing new. In the country that has the world's largest immigrant population, American presidential administrations have tried tightening security along the border for around a century.

    Though the divide was formally established in 1824, the US didn't launch its official Border Patrol until 1924. Inspection and holding stations were created after that, followed by the construction of miles of fences with barbed wire and steel barriers over the next few decades.

    Take a look back at the history of the US-Mexico border below.

    SEE ALSO: A group of engineers just submitted this incredible proposal for Trump's border 'wall' that's actually a $15 billion hyperloop

    The US established an official border patrol in 1924 with the goal of securing the US-Mexico border. In the photo below, American guards are patting down Mexicans who wish to enter the US.

    The Mexicali border station (pictured below in 1929) was surrounded by a tall fence. Cars lined up to cross into California.

    Much like today, people coming from Mexico were required to open their bags and suitcases at the border. In this 1937 photo, an agent inspects the possessions of shoppers going from Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas.

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    Some music videos are more memorable than others.

    From Michael Jackson's zombie dance in "Thriller" to Miley Cyrus' naked wrecking ball ride, certain visuals stay with the viewer long after the video has ended. 

    Here are 50 of the most iconic music videos of all time.

    "Life on Mars" by David Bowie (1973)

    The "Life on Mars" music video was filmed for the song's release as a single. It's incredibly simple, with David Bowie just standing in front of a white background for most of it, but with his orange hair, powder blue suit, and blue eye shadow, the visuals are vibrant and mesmerizing. 

    Watch the video here

    "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen (1975)

    The promotional video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" starts off with the striking, yet simple shot of the four band members sitting in darkness and singing the a capella part of the song. Then it shifts to the musicians performing on stage. The initial image is one that has defined the band since. 

    Watch the video here

    "Thriller" by Michael Jackson (1983)

    Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video is a cinematic masterpiece. Directed by John Landis, known for "Animal House" and "An American Werewolf in London," the mini-movie has the perfect horror aesthetic. From the movie theater setting that resulted in the popular "Michael Jackson eating popcorn" GIF to the choreographed zombie dance, it's 14 minutes of pure enjoyment. The video won a Grammy for best long-form video.

    Watch the video here

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    The NBA Draft is almost here.

    The Draft takes place Thursday in Brooklyn, NY, as all 30 teams will take a stab on what's considered a deep and talented draft class.

    Several versatile big men highlight the top of the class, while a few explosive guards and do-it-all wings make up some of the middle pack. 

    To get a feel for how the draft might play out, we surveyed seven experts' mock drafts and found the consensus pick for each position. When there wasn't a consensus, we went with one experts' opinion on who might be drafted.

    Take a look below at how the 2018 NBA Draft might play out:

    Our expertsJonathan Givony of ESPN, The Ringer staff, Michael Scotto of The Athletic, Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated, Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report, USA Today staff, David Aldridge of, and

    1. Phoenix Suns — Deandre Ayton, C

    School: Arizona

    Age: 19

    Experts: 8 of 8

    Other possibilities: none

    Expert quote: From Givony: "The Suns appear to be locked into Ayton with the top spot ... Physically, he's one of the most gifted prospects we've seen in the draft in the past few years, and he has an impressive skill level to boot."

    2. Sacramento Kings — Marvin Bagley III, F/C

    School: Duke

    Age: 19

    Experts: 6 of 8

    Other possibilities: Luka Doncic, G/F (Real Madrid/Slovenia), Michael Porter, F (Missouri)

    Expert quote: From Woo: "There is still uncertainty over exactly what the Kings will do with this selection, but Bagley’s athleticism and offensive talent seems like a strong fit. He should be able to help immediately, given he’s an extremely productive rebounder and manufactures easy baskets."

    3. Atlanta Hawks — Jaren Jackson Jr., F/C

    School: Michigan State

    Age: 18

    Experts: 3 of 8

    Other possibilities: Trae Young, PG (Oklahoma), Mohamed Bamba, F/C (Texas), Luka Doncic, G/F (Real Madrid/Slovenia), Bagley

    Expert quote: From Givony: "The youngest player projected to be drafted, Jackson might have the highest ceiling in terms of his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor. He has enviable physical tools, including a 7-foot-4 wingspan and tremendous mobility."

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    New RepublicSummer time is about enjoying the weather and having a good time. Going on vacations, hitting the pool or beach, and attending parties and weddings are just some of the many things you'll likely do this summer.

    With such a fun-filled schedule this season, you won't be able to wear the same exact pair of shoes for every occasion. In order to handle any and every activity, you'll want to pick up a few styles to create a well-rounded summer rotation. 

    Whether you're doing a lot of traveling, adventuring in the outdoors, or lounging around this summer, these are the best shoes for every occasion. Even if your summer plans mostly consist of working during the week, you'll find lightweight options for dressing professionally.

    To help you complete your summer wardrobe, we rounded up all the shoes you'll need for every summer occasion — and they're all under $200.

    Check out our picks for the best men's summer shoes under $200:

    Lightweight, casual sneakers for walking around:

    Allbirds Tree Runner, $95, available in six colors

    A good pair of lightweight sneakers is an essential for summer. You'll likely be doing a lot of walking, so you want to invest in a pair with good support and lots of breathability, like these Allbirds Tree Runners.

    This style is machine washable, lightweight, and seriously comfortable for a full day of walking. Unlike the company's original pair made of wool, this pair has an upper made from eucalyptus pulp that stays cool and breezy in the heat.

    Adidas NMD_R1 Primeknit

    Adidas NMD_R1 Primeknit, $119 (Originally $170) [You save $51]

    Designed for the urban nomad, the Adidas NMD is one of the most comfortable sneakers for active on-the-go lifestyles, so it's perfect for your summer travels. The sneakers feature Adidas' proprietary Primeknit material on the upper, so they're super lightweight, and won't crease like other shoes. That means they're easy to collapse and pack in a travel bag. A full-length Boost midsole provides cloud-like comfort, which allows you to stay on your feet all day long.

    Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

    Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, $44.97 (Originally $60) [You save $15.03]

    If you love going to summer festivals and concerts, you can guarantee that your sneakers will get dirty. Since it's a part of the experience, you'll want something that's affordable and easy to clean. At $45, it won't pain you to see your Chuck Taylors covered in dirt — and when the concert is over, the simple canvas upper is very easy to clean. Just throw them in the washing machine and you're good to go.

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