Some of the country’s most beautiful historic homes are just a couple of hours outside of New York City — take a peek inside 4 of them

Some of the country’s most beautiful historic homes are just a couple of hours outside of New York City — take a peek inside 4 of them
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New York’s Hudson Valley is filled with iconic sites that some of America’s most influential figures once called home. Politicians, artists, businessmen, and socialites built beautiful estates here in the 1800s, and many are still standing today.

As he grew up in a historic estate named "Aberdeen on the Hudson", which was built in 1802, architecture photographer Nathaniel Cooper grew an appreciation for sturdy, 19th-century design.

"As an architecture photographer, I’m primarily hired to photograph new constructions with modern furnishings," Cooper said to Business Insider. "Photographing historic homes with original and/or era-themed furnishings allows me to catch a glimpse of culturally unique and completely different time periods."

Combining his two interests of architecture photography and historic homes, Cooper got exclusive … Read More

Science says happy kids tend to have these 7 traits in common

Science says happy kids tend to have these 7 traits in common
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Raising kids is hard, and anyone who pretends to have all the answers is fooling you (and probably themselves too).

Many of the most important factors in a child’s happiness and success are outside of parents’ control, and there’s still a lot researchers disagree on or don’t understand about why kids develop the ways they do.

But there are some things that the literature broadly agrees make a difference in kids’ lives, even though kids who don’t check off these boxes are hardly doomed. (There are, of course, many routes to happiness.)

Some of the qualities we’ve summed up here may seem obvious, others not so much. But for parents, they’re all probably worth thinking about — while still taking them with an appropriate grain of salt.

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Rare behind-the-scenes photos show Muhammad Ali training for one of his most historic fights

Rare behind-the-scenes photos show Muhammad Ali training for one of his most historic fights
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In August 1974, photographer Peter Angelo Simon ventured to Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, to document Muhammad Ali at his remote training camp, "Fighter’s Heaven." At the time, Ali was prepping for what would be one of his most historic fights: the world heavyweight championship against George Foreman. Ali had dubbed the fight "The Rumble in the Jungle."

Simon wasn’t sure what to expect. "I had never been to a boxer’s training camp," he wrote in the intro to his upcoming book "Muhammad Ali: Fighter’s Heaven 1974." It’s an especially timely piece given Ali’s passing June 3.

"While a global audience was fixated on his fate, I was able to record aspects of Ali virtually unknown," Simon said in a press release for the book. Ahead, see some of the intimate moments Simon captured of … Read More

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RANKED: The 19 most expensive holiday destinations

RANKED: The 19 most expensive holiday destinations
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The world’s most expensive holiday destinations are revealed in a new ranking from the airport transfer website Hoppa.

To make its ranking, Hoppa added up the total of six travel expenses — including a 3-kilometer taxi journey, a night’s stay at a hotel per person, and a meal — to find the average cost per person for a day trip in each destination.

The cost of a pint of beer, a cup of coffee, and a bottle of wine were also taken into account.

Pricy destinations included both coastal locations in Central America as well as European capital cities.

Here are the 19 most expensive cities to visit, along with a breakdown of travel expenses in each place.

19. Shanghai — £131.90 ($186.18)

Taxi: £1.53 ($2.16)

Hotel: £75.95 ($107.21)

Meal: £21.93 ($30.96)

Pint of beer: £5.11 ($7.21)

Cup of coffee: … Read More