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
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. source Amazon Black Friday technically doesn’t start until November 23, but you can get early access to savings right now. Currently, Amazon Music Unlimited is offering new members access to tens of millions of songs for $0.99 for the first three months (regularly priced at $7.99 per month). You don’t need a Prime membership, but if you want to try it free for 30 days, you can sign up here. Black Friday is officially on its way, and along with it comes plenty of early deals from Amazon. Though the big day doesn’t start until November 23, you can take advantage of savings starting now – including a major deal on Amazon Music Unlimited. If you have an Echo device, you’ve probably asked Alexa to play a song for you. Somewhat frustratingly, … [Read more...] about Amazon’s premium music streaming service is offering unlimited access to millions of songs for less than $1 as an early Black Friday deal
caption Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo cook food in the Kagoma reception centre within the Kyangwali settlement on April 10, 2018 in Kyangwali, Uganda. source Jack Taylor/Getty Images Bill Gates likes to tout himself as a pretty sunny guy. He regularly asserts that the world is getting better every day, in spite of the fact that the price of a loaf of bread is climbing, many people can no longer afford to buy a place to live, and free and fair elections are consistently under threat. Gates remains undeterred. “Overall, I’m quite optimistic,” he told a crowd of Harvard students in April. He uses hard numbers to back up this persistently cheery outlook, pointing out that since the $50 billion-plus Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began in 2000, the number of extremely poor people around the world has fallen sharply. Since then, over one billion previously impoverished people have busted out of a so-called “extreme … [Read more...] about The CEO of The Gates Foundation says we’re approaching a dangerous tipping point in global poverty. We still have time to reverse it.
caption Marc Benioff is buying Time magazine for $190 million. source Kimberley White/Getty Images Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announced Sunday that they’re buying Time magazine for $190 million. The acquisition will cost Benioff around 21% of the estimated $900 million he earned from March 2017 to March 2018, according to our calculations, and only about 4% of his total $4.9 billion net worth. It takes Benioff about two and a half months to earn $190 million. It would take someone earning the typical US annual salary every day more than 11 years to earn that same sum. Benioff isn’t the first billionaire to purchase a media title – Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013, and Laurene Powell Jobs acquired a majority stake in The Atlantic. On Sunday, Salesforce CEO and co-founder Marc Benioff and wife Lynne Benioff announced they are buying Time Magazine for $190 million cash as individuals. This … [Read more...] about We did the math to calculate exactly how long it would take Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff to earn the $190 million he used to buy Time magazine