caption The fate of MH370 has become one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries. source AP; iStock; Skye Gould/Business Insider Flight MH370 disappeared five years ago with 239 people on board. It vanished on its way from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, and only fragments have ever been found. Years of investigations have failed to make sense of what happened to the plane. Conspiracy theories have grown as families of victims accuse the Malaysian government of not releasing information. Malaysia’s government issued a major report seeking to draw a line under the mystery, but it didn’t provide concrete answers or stop the questions. On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished from air-traffic-control radar screens, never to be seen again – and spawning the most incredible aviation mystery of the 21st century. The 239 people on board were never found and are presumed dead. … [Read more...] about The mystery of MH370 remains 5 years later — here are all the theories, dead ends, and unanswered questions from the most bizarre airline disaster of the century
caption 2019 is the year of the pig. source Samantha Lee/INSIDER Chinese New Year takes place on February 5 this year. In honor of the Lunar New Year, here’s an explanation of the Chinese zodiac, and what it means for you. The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with an animal representing each year. Chinese zodiacs are determined by birth year, so each zodiac gets the spotlight once every 12 years. According to Chinese folklore, the order of these signs was determined by a race, which was won by a clever rat who rode on an ox’s back until it was able to cross the finish line first. Thus, the Rat is the first animal, followed by the Ox. This year is the year of the Pig, which according to experts could mean it will be an unlucky year for anyone born under this sign. It will, however, bring some luck to other signs, according to astrologers. Keep reading to see what your sign’s personality is like, according to the Chinese zodiac. … [Read more...] about Here’s what the Chinese zodiac says about you
For the first time since 2014, the polar vortex is descending on North America. Some areas in Minnesota and the Dakotas are facing temperatures 50 degrees below average for this time of year – that’s life-threatening cold. This polar air mass has always been present, but scientists first dubbed it the “polar vortex” in 2014, when a similar (though less severe) cold snap hit a majority of the continental US. North America, Europe, and Asia can all experience polar-vortex events, which bring temperatures that are simply too cold for people to safely be outside. “You’re talking about frostbite and hypothermia issues very quickly, like in a matter of minutes, maybe seconds,” Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center, told the Huffington Post. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than you can produce it. Frostbite arises when skin and the tissues below … [Read more...] about A polar vortex is engulfing the US. Here’s what that really means, and why these events might be getting more common.
caption This gesture is offensive in some cultures. source Kevin Winter/Getty Images Some hand gestures that are innocent in the United States are offensive in other countries. The thumbs up, the “OK” sign, and crossing your fingers are all examples of gestures that are vulgar in certain places outside the US. Not every hand gesture is universal. And sometimes, making what you think is an innocent gesture in one country can land you in hot water somewhere else. Just ask any traveler who’s given a thumbs-up in Afghanistan. Or someone who’s crossed their fingers in Vietnam or signaled “OK” in Brazil. All those gestures have offensive connotations away from American soil. Read on, or watch the video, to see the hand gestures you definitely don’t want to make overseas. The ‘V’ sign represents peace … source Shayanne Gal/Business Insider The ‘V’ sign, made by holding up the index and middle … [Read more...] about 5 everyday hand gestures that can get you in serious trouble outside the US
caption Jeremy, Winnie, and Julian. source Courtesy of Jeremy/GoCurryCracker Jeremy and Winnie retired from their tech jobs in their 30s, where they earned a combined salary of $135,000. They now travel full-time with their 3-year-old son, living on about $65,000 a year. For Business Insider’s “Real Money” series, Jeremy tracked their spending during a week in Europe exploring the Baltic and Nordic countries. Want to share a week of your spending? Email [email protected] My wife Winnie and I retired about six years ago with the idea of traveling the world. Traveling in retirement is a pretty common thing, so I suppose the interesting part is that we were still in our 30s and our 3-year-old son has now been to 35 countries. We didn’t do anything glamorous to become financially independent. Before retiring, I worked as an engineer at Microsoft and Winnie worked as project manager at Dell. Our combined … [Read more...] about After retiring from tech in my 30s, I travel the world with my family on $65,000 a year — here’s what we spend in a typical week