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    Warning: There are spoilers ahead for season nine, episode five of "The Walking Dead,""What Comes After."

    Andrew Lincoln may have said farewell to AMC's "The Walking Dead" Sunday night, but he could have been killed off the show during season eight.

    "I tried to leave the show last season," Lincoln told Yvette Nicole Brown on series' aftershow "Talking Dead.""There was a plan. The tree that I was bleeding out under, there was an 'A,' 'B,' or 'C.' There was a version where I died, there was a version presumably where a helicopter may have arrived and whisked me away, then."

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    However, Lincoln said there was a moment where he realized he couldn't leave the AMC zombie drama just yet.

    "I think it was when I was at Comic-Con last year and I wasn't ready, for many reasons — my dear friends that work on the show all around the camera, the fact that the kid [Chandler Riggs] was leaving and I thought there wasn't enough real estate to do justice to his story, and then for Rick to go?" Lincoln continued. "I don't know if we took out the whole Grimes family in one season, I think that might have been a little bit too punchy."

    Instead, Lincoln started planning out how his story would end. He said he didn't have creative input in how he would go out, that was all showrunner Angela Kang.

    Read more: Rick Grimes isn’t the only beloved character who departed 'The Walking Dead' and fans are not happy with how it was handled

    "I love the fact that he's [Rick] alone as he began the story, bleeding to death on a horse. It's perfect, leading 10,000 zombies away from those communities," said Lincoln, who explained how the show can go on without him. 

    walking dead season 1 season 9 rick

    He said "The Walking Dead" isn't just the story of Rick Grimes. It's also the story of Michonne, Daryl, Carol, and more people who he sacrifices his life for on his final episode of the series. 

    "By taking Rick out of the narrative, you do free it up. You free up this show in a way we've never done before. And, I think, to be able to have these extraordinary actors leading the show in their own way, spinning off stories with Angela at the helm, I do feel that I've left this show in a better place than I've found it."

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    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lincoln said he and chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, who oversees the "Walking Dead" universe now at AMC, started mapping out his exit strategy on the show back during season four.

    Lincoln said, at the time, the two of them just "plucked a number out of the air" and eight sounded like a reasonable number. When season eight was a reality, Lincoln said the idea of doing several movies instead of coming back every now and then for a few episodes of the show made more sense to him.

    "There were many iterations [of Rick's endgame]. A lot of it was down to the good people at AMC, who just said no and they thought it would be an interesting and exciting proposition to expand rather than contract the show," Lincoln told THR. "Realistically, this decision was all about time. For me to want to do a limited number of episodes [of The Walking Dead] a year wouldn't feel like I was doing my job properly because playing this part has been so all-encompassing. I think I would get frustrated with that."

    You can follow along with our "Walking Dead" coverage here

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    • Elon Musk tweeted a walk-through video of the first Boring Company tunnel over the weekend. 
    • The time-lapse shows a lengthy tunnel for the company's autonomous pods, which it says can travel up to 150 miles per hour. 

    The Boring Company’s first tunnel under the streets of Los Angeles appears to be taking shape.

    CEO Elon Musk heralded the completion on Twitter, saying the tunnel was "on track for opening party Dec. 10," along with a mesmerizing time-lapse video of the tunnel's full length.

    The tunnel "will be very one-dimensional," the billionaire added — a nod to the three-dimensional theory he laid out in an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher last week, in which Musk explained how tunnels had historically been limited to a single dimension. If someone could figure out how to bore through rock at less expense, he continued, there could theoretically be no limit to the layers of tunnels crisscrossing below the surface.

    (Read more: Elon Musk lays out his plan for '100 layers' of Boring Company tunnels beneath the streets of Los Angeles)

    SEE ALSO: Elon Musk says he’d 'be very surprised' if another company beats Tesla to fully self-driving capability

    The Boring Company's plan to ease traffic is relatively simple, but has been criticized by transportation experts.

    According to the company's website, passengers will enter a "pod" vehicle that can hold between 8 and sixteen passengers, which is then lowered into the tunnel.

    Even at a capacity of 16 people per "skate," the capacity of the system is a tiny fraction of a traditional subway system. The New York City subway, for example, can carry up to 2,000 passengers in a single 10-car train. And the system can handle 24 of those trains per hour. 


    Musk's number one goal: reduce tunneling costs

    The company claims tunneling costs must be reduced at least 10-fold for a network of crisscrossing tunnels to be feasible. It's not clear what the current costs for The Boring Company tunnels might be, but the firm claims to have engineered a cheaper way through smaller diameters and 24/7 boring.


    Once finished, here's how a cross-section of the tunnels will look.

    The system can also transport individual cars, but will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists, its website says, at speeds up to 150 miles per hour. 

    The tunnel walls are equipped with vertical "curbs" to keep the skates in line as they travel, and a walkway for maintenance and emergency exits. 

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    Rebel Wilson

    • Rebel Wilson claimed last week that she was is the first plus-sized woman to lead a romantic comedy in her upcoming film, "Isn't It Romantic."
    • The false claim was refuted by many — particularly people of color, who said Wilson ignored plus-size black women who had starred in romantic comedies. 
    • Many of people to refuted Wilson’s claims on Twitter are documenting that they have been blocked by the actress.

    Rebel Wilson is blocking people of color on Twitter after being called out for claiming she is the first plus-sized woman to lead a romantic comedy while promoting her Valentine's Day film "Isn't It Romantic."

    The false claim was refuted by many — particularly people of color, who said Wilson ignored plus-size black women who had starred in romantic comedies, including Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique.

    And many of the people who refuted Wilson's claims on Twitter are documenting that they have since been blocked by the actress.

    Wilson doubled down on her claim on Friday, saying it was debatable the other actresses were plus-sized when they starred in the films, and arguing the films didn't count because the women weren't marketed as sole leads.

    After people started to get blocked by Wilson on Twitter, social media users started using the hashtag, "#RebelWilsonBlockedMe."

    And as she continued to block people of color on Twitter, Wilson said she would address the criticism "in proper forums" while promoting her film.

    "I'm all about supporting plus-size women and I work so hard to do so. I never want to disrespect anyone," she added.

    Wilson's claim on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" last week ignored the works of Queen Latifah (2006's "Last Holiday" and 2010's "Just Wright"), Mo'Nique (2006's "Phat Girlz"), and Nikki Blonsky (2007's "Hairspray," a role originally played by Ricki Lake in the 1988 version), who all starred in romantic comedies before her.

    A representative for Wilson didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    • Election Day for the hotly contested midterm races across the country is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
    • Though polls are generally open all day and into the evening, states vary on opening and closing times for polling places.
    • Business Insider has broken down the rules by state in the chart below.

    Polling places will be open nationwide to the public for Election Day Tuesday, November 6.

    Though polls are generally open from early in the morning into the evening, open and close times vary by state.

    To make sure you don't run out of time to make your voice heard, Business Insider has broken down the rules by state in the chart below.

    If you are in line to vote when the polls close, stay there. States have laws requiring people be allowed to cast their ballots if they were in line.

    See between which times you should plan to get to the polls:

    when polls open and close every state midterms 2018

    You can find the times for New Hampshire polling places in this document here.

    If you are in line to vote when your polling place closes, and anyone tries to keep you from voting, contact the Department of Justice Civil Rights Department by phone (1-800-253-3931), email (, or submit a complaint on their website.

    You can also call the non-partisan voter protection hotline (from groups including the ACLU and Rock the Vote) at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) if your rights have been violated, or you saw someone else's were. You can also text "OUR VOTE" to 97779.

    Read more of Business Insider's 2018 Midterm Election coverage:

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    • I spent a workday with Miguel Santiago, a 66-year-old truck driver who has worked for Coca-Cola for 20 years.
    • I asked him what his favorite parts of his job were. 
    • He named two major motivators: being able work for a global brand, and the ability to get home early. 


    Coca-Cola delivery truck driver Miguel Santiago has a workday that begins at 4 a.m. But, when I spent a day with him on his delivery route in October, he didn't complain about his early mornings.

    Santiago has been a delivery truck driver in New York City for Coca-Cola for 20 years. His job duties include driving Coca-Cola beverages from the Bronx to Penn Station, unloading those goods from his truck with his delivery assistant, ensuring orders are correct, and stocking shelves, amongst other tasks.

    When I asked him what he enjoys about being a delivery driver, he shared two highlights about his job. One is that, in his words, Coca-Cola is a "global company." People all over the world drink Coke products, and he feels proud to play a role in delivering them.

    Read more:A day in the life of a NYC Coca-Cola delivery truck driver, who gets to work at 4 a.m. and spends his morning pushing 175-pound carts full of bottles through Penn Station 

    The other reason Santiago said he enjoys his job is more personal. He has two children and several grandchildren, all of whom live in the Bronx. By getting to work early, he can get home early to spend time with his younger family members when they get home from school.

    He said it's particularly important for him to get home early so he can see his eldest granddaughter, who he sees every day.

    He also helps her practice Taekwondo, as she's a local champion. 

    "She's good at everything," Santiago said. "She's a black belt in Taekwondo. She plays softball in the summertime and now she's playing soccer. Everything she does, she's good at. She also plays the trumpet and the drums and a little bit of the piano."

    Because Santiago starts work at 4 a.m., he is usually able to get home by 2 or 3 p.m. It's just in time for his grandchildren to get home from school.

    SEE ALSO: Fascinating photos show what it's like to be a truck driver in different parts of the world — from driving pandas to the airport to spending $10,000 on truck art

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    • One of the largest pyramids in the world is in Memphis, Tennessee, and is owned by Bass Pro Shops. 
    • The "Great American Pyramid" is taller than the Statue of Liberty and houses a super-sized Bass Pro Shops, a hunting lodge-themed hotel, an indoor swamp, a bowling alley, and two restaurants. 
    • We visited the pyramid and discovered a place that is like nothing else on the planet. 

    An ancient pyramid looms over the city of Memphis. 

    Well, maybe not ancient. But, since 1991, the "Great American Pyramid" has welcomed travelers as they journey over the Mississippi River on I-40. And, the pyramid boasts a strange history, with a past life as a sports arena, events space, and even an abandoned structure nicknamed the "Tomb of Doom" due to rumors of a curse incurred by the founder of the Hard Rock Café.

    Inside the mighty pyramid, the scene grows even more bizarre. The pyramid is now owned by Bass Pro Shops, and the chain has taken it upon itself to transform it into a sort of theme park for the American outdoorsman: a 32-story building with an indoor swamp, gun range, and bowling alley. 

    Once you enter the "Tomb of Doom," you can never leave. Well, you can, but with a luxury hotel and two restaurants, there isn't much reason to do so. 

    We decided to visit the pyramid ourselves. Here's what it's like to stay in a Bass Pro Shops that's taller than the Statue of Liberty and almost the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza:

    SEE ALSO: We visited the regional chain that Southerners say is better than In-N-Out and Shake Shack — here's the verdict

    The pyramid sits on the Mississippi River. It's the first thing you see when you enter Memphis from the west.

    Since Memphis' namesake is the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, the Tennessean city thought it only right to build a pyramid of their own in the '80s.

    It cost a whopping $68 million, the equivalent of more than $124 million today. One of the original funders was arrested for failing to foot his portion of the bill, but the city managed to complete construction in 1991.

    Source: The New York Times

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    • John Oliver called out HBO's new parent company, AT&T, on Sunday's "Last Week Tonight" for taking so long to denounce Iowa Representative Steve King.
    • "The news really shouldn’t be these companies bailed on him, so much as they were okay with him for a shockingly long time," Oliver said.
    • AT&T announced recently that it would stop contributing to King's re-election campaign.


    AT&T owns HBO after acquiring Time Warner, but that didn't stop John Oliver from calling out his new parent company on Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight."

    Oliver criticized AT&T for backing Iowa Representative Steve King until recently, when it denounced King.

    AT&T tweeted on Friday that it had reviewed the "controversy" surrounding King, and determined that its employee PAC would no longer be making contributions to him because it "would not be consistent with one of our core values ... 'Stand for Equality.'"

    But Oliver still took the opportunity to blast AT&T for sticking with King as long as it did, noting that "the news really shouldn’t be these companies bailed on him, so much as they were okay with him for a shockingly long time."

    King has a history of contact with white nationalism, which has prompted backlash ahead of the midterms. When asked about it at an Iowa town hall last week, King exploded.

    "People who aren’t a white supremacist say ‘No,’" Oliver said. "Even people who are white supremacists know to say ‘No.’ So it takes a special mix of racism and stupid to f--- that one up."

    AT&T acquired HBO's parent company Time Warner for $85 million in May. Since then, it has expressed plans to make HBO more competitive in the streaming arena, including developing more content and launching a new streaming service next year that would be bundled with HBO.

    SEE ALSO: AT&T will jump into the streaming bloodbath by launching a Netflix competitor next year

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    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.


    The holiday season is meant to bring joy, happiness, and all of those warm fuzzy feelings, but gifting can inevitably bring the exact opposite feelings into your life. With so many people to shop for, and so many products you could buy, you're left to wonder how you could possibly find the right gifts to give everyone on your list.

    Luckily, some things just have a universal appeal, like tech gadgets. They're useful, can make life more efficient, and let's face it, they're straight-up cool. We scoured the web for awesome tech products for the home that everyone from your best friend who majored in computer science to your tech-averse uncle can get on board with. Whether you're looking for something small and practical, like a shower speaker, or something with a little more of a wow-factor, like a powerful, portable projector, we've got you covered with 31 cool home tech gifts for everyone on your list.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    A portable projector that turns any space into a mini home theater

    Anker Nebula Capsule Projector, $349.99, available at Amazon

    This device is about the size of a soda can, but don't let its looks deceive you — it's a surprisingly powerful projector that boasts 360 degree sound, Android 7.1 software, and is wire-free to boot. Whether they're traveling or relaxing at home, this portable projector will help them turn any device into a big screen experience. 

    A convenient, wireless charging dock

    Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad, $38.84, available at Amazon

    Sure, you could give them a regular charging cord to juice up their phone, but a wireless charging pad is undeniably cooler. This is one of our favorites for its compatibility with many iPhone and Android models, speedy charging abilities, and minimalist design that looks nice in their space.

    A turntable with modern specs

    Audio Technica Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo, $99, available at Amazon

    This makes a thoughtful gift for the vinyl aficionado in your life. They can plug this turntable into speakers of their choice to hear that clean, authentic sound that you really can only get with vinyl. Your loved one will thank you for helping them finally put that old record collection to use. 

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    The world of country music has served as the backdrop for plenty of great love stories. From Johnny and June Cash to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, plenty of the genre’s most beloved collaborators also happen to be married. These beloved pairs have partnered both personally and professionally for decades and are now considered some of the most iconic couples in country music history.  

    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are an iconic country duo.

    Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been one of country music's reigning power couples since falling for each other while on tour in 1996. The two got married and welcomed the first of three daughters later that same year. Throughout their marriage, they've remained close to each other's sides, most recently releasing a duets album together and embarking on their third joint tour, Soul2Soul: The World Tour.

    "I'm lucky to have her. She's the light of our whole family's life. She keeps everything going for us," McGraw told E! News in 2017. "We all strive to be like my wife, everybody in our family. If your wife holds the example for everybody in your family, that's a good thing."

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood consistently praise each other.

    They've been married since 2005, but this beloved country duo has known each other for nearly 30 years, according to Country Living. The two, who were each married to different people when they first met, were friends for decades before finally admitting their feelings for each other. The couple continues to lean on each other not only personally, but professionally as well — the two often join each other for duets on stage.

    "I just want to be wherever she's at. I love breathing the same air she's breathing," Brooks told Parade in 2016, while Yearwood added, "I just think we're meant to be."

    George Jones and Tammy Wynette created memorable music together.

    George Jones and Tammy Wynette were already country music superstars in their own right when they got married in 1969. But their coupling sparked a new fervor around their music, with the two releasing a series of albums and singles that hit the charts throughout the 1970s and early '80s. Their relationship wasn't perfect, as Wynette recounted in her 1979 autobiography "Stand By Your Man," and Wynette eventually filed for divorce in 1975.

    Though their marriage didn't last, they continued to collaborate regularly on music, even releasing a reunion album, entitled "One," in 1995. The pair also shares a daughter, Georgette Jones, who is also in the music industry. Both Wynette and Jones remarried multiple times after their divorce.

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    • Since Dutch scientist Mark Post made the first "lab-grown" hamburger in 2013, a handful of startups have emerged with the goal of making meat without slaughtering animals.
    • But Post's burger cost roughly the equivalent of a small house in Denver, or about $330,000.
    • So when will consumers be able to order a cultured meat burger for a reasonable price?
    • Three top-notch VCs who've backed startups like Memphis Meats shared when they expect to be able to dig into a plate of clean meat. Their timelines might surprise you.

    For roughly the price of a small house in Denver, Dutch scientist Mark Post created a real beef burger made without killing any animals.

    Post's $330,000 lab-grown beef burger graced a plate more than five years ago. Since then, a handful of startups have shared their own plans to turn Post's prototype into an affordable reality. All of them have the same goal in mind: create real meat with the purity of a veggie patty, at a cost that at least some folks will stomach.

    But when will anyone besides a handful of journalists and investors get to eat meat without the wasteful, grisly manufacturing processes that characterize modern-day factory farming?

    Here's what three venture capitalists who've backed some of the leading startups in the space think.

    'A big risk with huge disruptive capabilities'

    clean meat san francisco 14Transforming meat or fish cells into edible flesh is no easy task. From sourcing the animal cells to feeding them the proper mix of nutrients to brewing up enough of the stuff to feed more than a handful of people, there are a host of challenges that researchers and entrepreneurs face.

    No one knows these risks better than the CEOs of the startups who aim to make these products and the investors who've backed them.

    "I see clean meat a little bit like the taxi industry — there's a big risk with potentially huge disruptive abilities," Laura Zaim, a partner with the Silicon Valley venture firm New Crop Capital, said at a lab-grown meat industry event called the Clean Meat Symposium in San Francisco on Thursday. 

    Zaim said she believed chicken would be the first kind of meat that most people would be able to eat and added that she saw it happening within the next few years. Her firm has backed Post's startup, a Dutch company called Mosa Meats, as well as Silicon Valley startup Memphis Meats and Aleph Farms in Israel. 

    "I want to see it within three years," said Jun Axup, the scientific director of Silicon Valley biotech hub IndieBio and a partner with related VC firm SOSV. Axup, whose firm helped seed Memphis Meats and recently backed a new California-based clean meat startup called New Age Meats, agreed that chicken would likely be the first kind of lab-grown meat she expected people to taste.

    Macy Marriott, a venture analyst with Missouri-based VC firm Stray Dog Capital (another backer of Memphis Meats, Mosa Meats, and Aleph Farms), said she'd want to see lab-grown meat "really, really soon." Marriott also expected to see chicken before any other lab-grown meat.

    Despite the fairly long road in front of them, these VCs see their investment as having massive promise. The meat industry totals around $200 billion, and demand for beef, pork, and chicken continues to rise across the globe.

    SEE ALSO: We tried the first lab-grown sausage made without killing animals. It was smoky, savory, and tasted like breakfast

    DON'T MISS: A new lab-grown meat startup may have overcome a key barrier to making meat without slaughter

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    The 2018 midterm elections are here, and millions of Americans are expected to exercise their right to vote.

    Voting is one of America's most cherished democratic liberties, and it has a long and storied history. While the founding fathers saw voting as a fundamental component of the democracy and perfect union they sought to create, the right to vote was denied for many populations for centuries of US history.

    In the beginning of the republic, voting was mainly restricted to property-owning white men, which would later be extended to all white men. While the right to vote was also eventually granted to women with the 19th Amendment in 1920, white women were the main beneficiaries.

    Men and women of color would continue to fight to battle discriminatory voting practices for decades even after technically receiving the right to vote, culminating in the historic civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which led to landmark legislation that transformed American voting rights.

    But even today, activists and civil rights groups are continuing to fight voting laws they see as discriminatory.

    Here's a look at how voting rights in America have evolved over the centuries, and what issues remain today:


    SEE ALSO: All the dates, deadlines, and rules you need to know before voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections

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    1776 and before: Only men who owned property, who were mainly white, Christian, and over 21, had the right to vote.

    The earliest settlers of colonial America brought over many of the laws and customs of England with them to the United States. One of those laws stipulated that only "free holding" men, or those who owned property and paid taxes, could vote.

    Those men were overwhelmingly white, Protestant, and over the age of 21, meaning only a small subset of the population could vote. Just 6% of those in new America were eligible to vote to elect the first president, George Washington, in 1789.

    After the United States of America declared independence from Britain in 1776 and won the Revolutionary War in 1783, it was left up to the individual states as to how to determine who could vote.

    Over time, individual colonies and states steadily began expanding the right to vote to all white men, not just property owners.

    Sources: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American HistoryConstitutional Rights Foundation

    1848: Abolitionists and pro-women's suffrage groups first meet and organize in Seneca Falls.

    In 1848, prominent abolitionist activists such as former slave and author Fredrick Douglass and women's suffrage advocates like Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton convened together for the first time in Seneca Falls, New York.

    The convention, which is now considered the birth of the women's suffrage movement in the US, took place over two days.

    The attendees all wrote and signed a Declaration of Sentiments modeled after the Declaration of Independence listing their grievances and demands, calling on women around the country to organize for greater property and economic rights — and the right to vote.

    In a play on a famous line from the Declaration of Independence, they wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal."

    Just one of the attendees of the convention, Charlotte Woodward Pierce, who was 19 at the time, lived long enough to see all women receive the right to vote in 1920.

    Sources: Smithsonian Magazine, Encyclopedia Britannica

    1856: The right to vote was extended to all white men.

    In 1856, North Carolina became the last state to remove property ownership as a requirement for voting, meaning all white men could vote by this time.

    Source: Constitutional Rights Foundation

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    The polls for the 2018 Midterm Elections will open as early as 6 a.m. Tuesday in some states, so it's officially crunch time for making your final decisions.

    So whether you have no idea who's running for your district's congressional seats, or you need a quick brush up on the issues heading into the polling booth, there are some quick and easy ways to check what will be on that ballot. If you've been living under a rock and are just realizing that Tuesday is Election Day, you may be in luck — more than a dozen states allow you to register the day of.

    Here are six smartphone apps you can use to get last-minute information before heading to the polls:

    Vote With Me

    Vote With Me goes through your contacts to pull their voter registration information and voting histories. The app says the purpose is so you can message your friends (directly through the app) to encourage them to vote, but it has been criticized for its capabilities feeling a bit invasive. However, the information it presents has always been public, the app just provides a more efficient way to look it up.

    The app also provides a trove of personal relevant voter information — when polls open, background on the issues at stake, and who is running in your district.


    Countable is one of the best apps if you're looking for a comprehensive round-up of nationwide races and issues that are at stake for the election. The app is useful all year long in staying updated on congressional bills and how your representatives vote on them. 

    For the Midterm Elections, Countable has a "voter center" section with simplified step-by-step guides to getting to the polls and planning who to check off on your ballot.


    Outvote is similar to Vote With Me in its ability to sort through your contacts to find out their voting history. This app gamifies your community outreach, as you can level up and rack up points by posting on social media and reaching out to your friends via text and Facebook.

    One advantage this app has over Vote With Me is that it sorts your contacts by districts they're registered to vote in. Outvote also includes a slew of more emojis next to each contact that not only show their registered political party and whether they're registered in a district where there's a contentious voting race, but whether your contact has a history of actually showing up to vote or not.

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    • Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian wants you to know that "hustle porn"— the fetishization of extremely long working hours — is bad.
    • Ohanian let his own mental health go when he built Reddit. He suffered from depression, he says, but worked instead of getting well.
    • "This is one of the most toxic, dangerous things in tech right now," he told Web Summit on Tuesday.

    LISBON — "Hustle porn!" exclaims Alex Ohanian, his voice booming through the 20,000 capacity Altice Arena in Lisbon. "Is this a thing in the European tech community? Or is this a US thing?"

    The Reddit founder is standing on stage at Web Summit, the annual tech conference in Lisbon, and the audience is baffled.

    "This is one of the most toxic, dangerous things in tech right now," he says. "This idea that unless you are suffering, grinding working every hour of every day, you're not working hard enough."

    "It's such bullshit, such utter bullshit."

    Ohanian is referring to the fetishization of extremely long work hours, typically by entrepreneurs or tech workers, who give up nights and weekends to code their software or build their businesses.

    Read more: How Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and tennis superstar Serena Williams met and fell in love

    Ohanian hates it. It was a recurring theme in his speech to Web Summit on Tuesday, titled "What I wish a VC had told me." The backstory, of course, is that Ohanian was given $12,000 at a Y Combinator event in 2005, told "good luck," and went on to launch Reddit.

    Now — in addition to being executive chairman at Reddit — he is a general partner at Initialized Capital, his own VC firm. And he has advice to give about not working ludicrous hours that sacrifice your physical or mental health.

    "It has deleterious effects not just on your business but on your wellbeing," he says. Ohanian is passionate about this in large part because he suffered from depression while building Reddit after his mother died.

    "As entrepreneurs, we are all so busy 'crushing it' that physical health, let alone mental health, is an afterthought for most founders. It took me years to realize that the way I was feeling— when working on Reddit was the only therapy I had — was depression,"he wrote earlier this year.

    Ohanian has other advice to give, of course. But it was a theme that ran through his speech. Take care of yourself, because work is not a substitute for health: "Please do not succumb to hustle porn."

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    • Google ignores the periods in your email address.
    • That means and are the same email address.
    • You can use this trick to filter out spammers and companies that sell your email address.

    My personal email address is my name at Most of the time, it looks like this:

    But if I end up giving you, don't worry. I'll still get the email.

    In fact, if you're a Gmail user, the periods in your email address don't matter at all. Gmail completely ignores them. You can add or remove as many periods as you'd like. 

    Here's how Google explains it on a help page

    If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you'll still get that email. For example, if your email is, you own all dotted versions of your address:

    Gmail is one of the few services in which the dot doesn't make any difference in your username. Slate writer Will Oremus previously found that Facebook doesn't care about username dots, either, but nearly every other online services does. 

    Also, if your workplace uses Gmail, that doesn't mean you can stick periods in your work email — it only applies to addresses. 

    A secret spam address 

    Gmail Smart ReplyWhile periods in Gmail usernames can be a fun quirk, they can also be a useful way to sort your inbox and filter what lands there.

    Because the dots effectively give you scores of alternate email addresses, you can pick one and make it a defacto spam folder.

    For example, if everyone emails me at, that should remain my main email address. But every time I'm giving my address to someone who might spam me, I give them

    Then, in my gmail, I can create a folder for all mail sent to, and automatically star, or archive, or delete those notes. You can also use extra periods to sign up for a second account on a website without creating or using a new email address. 

    This trick also works with the + symbol, which can be used in any email address to create even more alternative addresses. "For example, if your name was, you could send mail to or," Google explains on a help page.

    "You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information. For example, I added "+donation" when I gave money to a political organization once, and now when I see emails from other groups to that address, I know how they got it. Solution: filtered to auto-delete," Google continued

    So while you don't have to stop telling people about the period in your email address, you should be aware of the superpowers it gives your Gmail account. 

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    • Rebel Wilson has apologized for her recent behavior.
    • The actress recently said that she is the first "plus-sized" woman to star in a romantic comedy.
    • Objectively, that's not true.
    • Wilson ignored plus-size black women who have starred in romantic comedies, including Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique
    • Wilson went on to block people who pointed this out to her.


    Late Monday night, Rebel Wilson apologized for her recent behavior.

    To recap: In the last week, the actress has said that she's the first "plus-sized" woman to star in a romantic comedy while promoting her upcoming movie "Isn't It Romantic," which is due out on Valentine's Day. 

    "I'm proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy,"she told Ellen Thursday.

    But, objectively, that's not true. In making those claims, Wilson ignored several plus-size black women who have starred in romantic comedies, including Queen Latifah and Mo'Nique. The Australian actress went on to block people of color on Twitter who pointed out her mistake to her.

    And that brings us to Wilson's Monday night apology. In a short series of tweets, Wilson addressed the situation.

    "In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus-sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake, and likely many others," she began. 

    She continued with her apology.

    "With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful. To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to acknowledge," she said. "I blocked people on Twitter because I was hurting from the criticism, but those are the people I actually need to hear from more, not less. Again, I am deeply sorry."

    Read more: People think Idris Elba is finally the right choice for Sexiest Man Alive

    Wilson's apology came nearly a full week after her comments went viral.

    Some people think the actor's apology was too little too late.

    Some think the apology didn't make up for her blocking women of color.

    Others appreciated her owning up to what she said.

    Let's be clear, Wilson's claim on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" last week ignored the work of Queen Latifah in 2006's "Last Holiday" and 2010's "Just Wright", Mo'Nique in 2006's "Phat Girlz," and Nikki Blonsky in 2007's "Hairspray," a role originally played by Ricki Lake in 1988.

    A representative for Wilson didn't immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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    As movie-ticket subscription service MoviePass continues to stumble, its competitor Sinemia has announced a new cheaper plan for customers who don't mind only going to the movies on weekdays.

    On Tuesday, Sinemia introduced a "weekday-only" plan for Monday through Thursday to encourage "attendance on days where most movie theaters have many empty seats" at a lower price than its other plans.

    The discounted weekday plans are:

    • $3.99 per month (instead of $4.99 standard price) - One ticket to any movie per month.
    • $8.99 per month (instead of $10.99 standard price) - Three tickets to any movie per month.
    • $9.99 per month (instead of $12.99 standard price)- Two tickets to any movie per month including 3D, 4D and IMAX formats.
    • $14.99 per month (instead of $17.99 standard price) - Three tickets to any movie per month including 3D, 4D, IMAX formats.
    • $23.99 per month (instead of $29.99 standard price) - One ticket to any movie per day (aka unlimited) 2D movie tickets

    MoviePass has been struggling to sustain itself. Months after it began transitioning users to a new 3-movies-a-month plan, it's still limiting movies and showtimes that subscribers can see, and its parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, recently postponed a critical shareholders vote on another reverse-stock split.

    Meanwhile, Sinemia has emerged as an alternative to MoviePass for moviegoers who don't want to be limited in the movies they can see (like MoviePass), or to a particular theater chain (like with AMC Stubs A-List).

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    • Fox News Channel anchor Harris Faulkner is the only African-American woman that hosts a daily news show on one of the three major cable news networks. 
    • She has made headlines for her comments both defending President Trump and criticizing him. 
    • We went behind the scenes of Faulkner's show "Outnumbered Overtime," which airs Monday through Friday on Fox News at 1:00 PM ET. 
    • Faulkner will join the network's special live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, November 6th beginning at 6:00 PM ET. 

    Following is a transcript of the video.

    Director: They're back in five, four, three...

    Harris Faulkner: We'll go "Outnumbered Overtime" now. I'm Harris Faulkner. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

    Narrator: Harris Faulkner is the host of "Outnumbered Overtime" on Fox News Channel.

    Faulkner: Great to see you, Congressman. You know, the big question today...

    Narrator: The show airs Monday through Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern. Faulkner is the only African-American woman that hosts a daily show for one of the three major cable news networks. On MSNBC and CNN, there are daily shows hosted by African-American men, with Craig Melvin and Don Lemon, respectively. But on those networks, African-American women only host broadcasts that air on the weekends.

    Faulkner: When Fox committed to giving me an hour of television, I said, "Oh my gosh I'm gonna be like," and I looked for those faces. I'm curious when I look across the dial Monday through Friday, you know, where are the other female black anchors? It's a tremendous amount of responsibility.

    Narrator: Faulkner joined the network in 2005. She became cohost of the midday show "Outnumbered" in 2014, and she got her own show three years later with "Outnumbered Overtime."

    Faulkner: This is the first edition of "Outnumbered Overtime."

    Narrator: The show's first episode aired the day after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.

    Faulkner: Of course, we're gonna cover this story moment by moment.

    Jay Soroko: Harris does breaking news better than just about anybody in the business. She understands the stories, she knows how to help the audience understand what's really important and what we need to learn and where we need to go with the story.

    Faulkner: How's it going? My day starts with the rose gold folder. We start out pretty early on an editorial call in the morning, and then we build this blueprint of the show, and now I'm ready to rock and roll.

    Narrator: Faulkner's career didn't begin at Fox News.

    Faulkner: I want to draw your attention to these big, four-foot deep — they would have been in the ground. This is cement.

    Narrator: She worked her way up the local news food chain as a reporter and anchor.

    Faulkner: Getting into network television was tougher than I thought it was gonna be.

    Welcome back to "A Current Affair."

    Narrator: Her first national job was hosting the syndicated news magazine show "A Current Affair," and she gained notoriety for her coverage of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

    Sean Hannity: With details is Harris Faulkner, the reporter for "A Current Affair." Harris thanks for being with us.

    Faulkner: That was my entree into Fox News Channel. I was on as a guest correspondent with Sean Hannity. The show got canceled, they wanted to keep me, and boom. Here I am at Fox News Channel doing some cut-ins at night, news updates, so that's, that was my entree here.

    Congressman, thanks for sticking for the breaking news.

    It's fabulously fun for me personally as a journalist because it's in real time, things are unfolding.

    Narrator: While Faulkner's "Outnumbered Overtime" show is news-driven, the show she cohosts, "Outnumbered," encourages opinion. And in 2017, one of hers made headlines. After the deadly violence in Charlottesville, President Trump was criticized for his initial statement.

    President Trump: We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.

    Narrator: After intense blowback, Trump made another statement two days later.

    Trump: Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

    Narrator: And this is how Faulkner responded.

    Faulkner: I would say this about the president's critics as a whole. If nothing will quiet them, then they don't have America in their sights. They don't care about us. They don't care about Americans, and shame on them.

    Narrator: Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple described Faulkner's comments as "pro-Trump shilling." In June of 2018, President Trump posted a tweet promoting Faulkner's book about growing up as a military brat. Faulkner responded with a tweet thanking the president that has been pinned to her profile ever since.

    Graham Flanagan: I have a few examples of things that you've said or tweeted that might conflict with what many people's perception might be of what an African-American woman might say or tweet, and I just want to ask you a few examples of these.

    Faulkner: By the way, those probably happen all the time because we're not all alike. I don't speak for all black people, and I hope that others don't speak for me. We're all different, we all come with our own points of view. To get a presidential tweet from the Commander-in-Chief about a military book that you've written is pretty awesome. And it wouldn't matter where that person's politics would be, it's the President of the United States. But that's not because I'm black that people give me negative feedback because the president tweeted about my book. They do it because they think that it's all about politics.

    Narrator: Recently, Faulkner has called out the president. She had strong words for President Trump when he cast doubt on the death toll of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

    Faulkner: No, it cheapens us as a country. To have that be the conversation right now. I think one of the complicating factors when you talk about death and loss and all of that, is that it becomes about the numbers and not about the people. I don't understand politically why anybody would even wade into that, whether it's the president or anybody else. Let's let the science figure that out.

    His hats say "Make America great again." And I look at how that doesn't fit the comments that you're saying about Puerto Rico. It makes it sound like we're not quite where we need to be, and it does cheapen us, and when the things don't match up, I call it.

    Now, this is the part where we go upstairs.

    Flanagan: Do you like working at Fox News?

    Faulkner: I love it. If I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't be here. I hope that people look at me and think that I'm good at my job. I also encourage myself on a daily basis to do my job in such a way that it would encourage others to hire people who look like me. So I challenge other networks to see the value of a different perspective on things. I consider it a calling and a blessing that I get to do it. And I love doing it here.

    Flanagan: I think you love this.

    Faulkner: Oh my gosh, are you kidding? Am I boring you with details? I'm like a walking C-SPAN.

    Flanagan: You're having fun.

    Faulkner: I am! If you need a commercial break, you tell me.

    Flanagan: No, I'm —

    Faulkner: Okay!

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    • Representative Steve King ended his Congressional reelection campaign with anti-gay comments.
    • He said he hoped Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor "elope to Cuba."
    • He also criticized his own party for supporting a gay candidate in a primary election.

    Republican representative Steve King closed his 2018 reelection campaign with a series of homophobic comments, joking that he hopes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor "elope to Cuba," and attacking his own party for endorsing a gay candidate in California.

    The eight-term Iowa Congressman is running for re-election against the Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten. He held a campaign event on Monday night in Hampton, Iowa, where he made the remarks.

    At the event, he said he hoped Republicans will "have a 7-2 court" if "Kagan and Sotomayor will elope to Cuba." The two justices were appointed by President Barack Obama.

    Read more:The chair of the GOP's House campaign arm disavows Steve King after he defended his ties to a Nazi-linked group.

    Later at the event, King attacked the National Republican Congressional Committee for sending out mailers in support of a gay candidate in a California primary election.

    "I don't know if they were holding hands, or what was the deal. It's hard to write a check to those guys when they do that," he said. "I hope we can hold conservative leadership in the House."

    In an interview in October, King said a Nazi-linked political party in Austria had the same values as the Republican party, and said that Jews should forgive Germany for the Holocaust. Those remarks led to the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Steve Stivers, to disavow King.

    Though King has a long history of incendiary remarks and associating with white nationalists, his recent round of comments led high-profile donors including Intel and Land O'Lakes to abandon their support for him.

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    Halloween is over, but horror shows like Netflix's reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," and "The Haunting of Hill House," are still the talk of the internet.

    Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the five most "in-demand" TV shows on streaming services. (The data is based on "demand expressions," the globally standardized TV demand measurement unit from Parrot Analytics. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or comment on social media.)

    This week's most in-demand shows include "Sabrina," which saw a huge increase in expressions from last week; "Stranger Things," which people are still eagerly waiting for the next season of; and a new entry, "Castlevania," which replaced "Big Mouth" on the list.

    Below are this week's five most popular shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

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    5. "Castlevania" (Netflix)

    Average demand expressions:  28,274,670 

    Description:"A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 100%

    What critics said: "Instead of another eight episodes of high-octane animated hyperviolence, the vast majority of 'Castlevania' season 2 is melancholic, atmospheric, character-driven tale."— James Whitbrook, i09

    Season 2 premiered on Netflix October 26.

    4. "The Haunting of Hill House" (Netflix)

    Average demand expressions:  35,437,912

    Description: "Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 92%

    What critics said:"'The Haunting of Hill House' is superlative in many regards. It’s a masterful, restrained work of horror fiction."— Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic

    Season 1 premiered on Netflix October 12.

    3. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

    Average demand expressions:  42,302,994

    Description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

    What critics said:"For the most part, Season 2 acts with more of a purpose and a vision that feels like it truly belongs to its creators, the Duffer Brothers."— Phil Owen, The Wrap

    Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on Netflix; season 3 drops in 2019.

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