Yearly Archives: 2018

There’s a good reason people don’t exercise enough, eat healthy, or save for retirement, and a straightforward strategy can help them start

Stop trying to see yourself in the future.

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Stop trying to see yourself in the future.
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  • Want to exercise more, eat better, and save for retirement? Punish yourself for bad habits immediately, instead of waiting for future consequences.
  • That’s according to James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits.”
  • For example, you might recruit an accountability partner who will think you’re untrustworthy if you don’t show up to a workout. Or, you might sign a “habit contract” with important people in your life.

I don’t exercise nearly enough.

At the end of the workday, I’m able to effectively ignore the possibility of being weak and withered 50 years from now (or sooner), but what I can’t ignore is how comfortable my couch is.

That is to say, I’m human. I have a hard time visualizing bad things happening to me in the future and changing my behavior accordingly.

Read more: 58 cognitive biases that screw up everything we do

Ask James Clear, a productivity expert and the author of “Atomic Habits,” about this issue and he’ll tell you to stop trying to make yourself a better future seer. It’ll never work.

Instead, Clear recommends making something bad happen to you right now as a result of giving in to the habit you’re trying to quit.

Clear shared the example of a “habit contract”: One man had his wife and trainer sign a document that said he would write down all food that he consumed and weigh himself every day. If he didn’t do those two things, he would be required to dress up every day and give his trainer $200.

Another way to create immediate, negative consequences is to recruit an accountability partner. You probably don’t want them to see you as untrustworthy or lazy, Clear wrote, so you’ll be more inclined to keep your promises.

Clear’s strategies are straightforward enough. But scientists have spent years on this problem and have come up with some innovative (if less accessible) solutions.

For example, Hal Hershfield, an associate professor of marketing at the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, showed people digitally altered images of themselves that made them look older; the researchers found that those people were more inclined to save for retirement.

Another creative option, cited on MakeUseOf, is to punish a bad habit with a good one. For example, if you find yourself procrastinating while doing your work, you might do a few minutes of exercise. That way, you “penalize” yourself and also make it easier to work now that you’ve gotten your blood flowing.

As for me, I’m thinking about finding an accountability partner who knows whether I hit the gym or the couch every day (and isn’t afraid to ream me out for it).

Clear puts it simply. “The more immediate the pain, the less likely the behavior,” he wrote. “There can’t be a gap between the action and the consequences.”

The 15 best political Saturday Night Live sketches of 2018

Chris Redd and Alec Baldwin as Kanye West and Donald Trump in Saturday Night Live.

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Chris Redd and Alec Baldwin as Kanye West and Donald Trump in Saturday Night Live.
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  • It was quite the year in politics, which means NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” had a lot of material to work with.
  • The show, which has received a ratings bump during the Trump presidency, got political many times this year.
  • Here are some of the best SNL political sketches of 2018:

SNL reimagines “It’s a Wonderful Life” in a world were Trump never became president.

“Wow! Everyone looks so different,” Alec Baldwin’s Trump says. “What are those things on their faces?”

“Those are called smiles,” says Keenan Thompson as Trump’s guardian angel Clarence.

This sketch earned a response from Trump.


Democrats showed they were very confident about the midterm elections on “Midterm ad.”

“They say ‘don’t trust the polls,’ but I’m choosing to,” quips a shaky Kate McKinnon.


An advertisement featuring Trump’s emergency alert system.

Remember the emergency alert test message we got from the Federal Emergency Management Agency when it was trying out the presidential alert system?

Here’s an SNL ad for that.


“Political Musical,” the off-Broadway show that dives into today’s political landscape.

The musical one critic calls “dangerously oversimplified and literally helping no one.”


The RBG Rap.

Pete Davidson and Chris Redd created a rap about SNL’s favorite Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she broke three ribs.


SNL imagines what the Trump presidency would be like if he were black in “Them Trumps.”

“Maybe I done some dirty things, but I’m making America great again,” says Keenan Thompson’s Trump before a plot twist.


George W. Bush returns.

Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush returns in this cold open, reminding us that the W stands for ” wassup.”


The Game of Life: DACA Edition.

SNL creates an expansion pack for Hasbro’s popular “Game of Life” with a DACA edition where DREAMERs “get to jump through bureaucratic hoops.”


Ted Cruz’s “exciting” campaign rally.

Keenan Thompson and Awkwafina try to build hype at a Ted Cruz rally and it goes, well, not that great.


The Kavanaugh cold open.

Brett Kavanaugh breaks down over his “beautiful, creepy calendars,” his friends “PJ, Tobin, and Squee” and a scandal he said was orchestrated by “the Clintons, George Soros, Kathy Griffin, the Gay Mafia, and Mr. Ronan Sinatra.”


Jackie Kennedy (and other first ladies) visit Melania before the State of the Union.

Natalie Portman’s Jackie Kennedy, Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, and other first ladies visit Melania the night of the State of the Union to offer her advice on how to survive her husband’s presidency.

“Oh, Hillary, the world knew all of your secrets. How did you survive?” Cecily Strong’s Melania Trump asks Clinton.

“Well, you know, you just tell yourself it will all be worth it when you’re president,” Clinton says.


Betsy DeVos defends her “60 Minutes” interview.

Kate McKinnon’s Betsy DeVos defends her infamous “60 Minutes” interview in which she said arming teachers “should be an option.”


The very dramatic finale of “The Bachelor.”

“The Bachelor” contestant Becca K. could have never predicted the show’s season finale.


The Trump and Kanye cold open.

Rapper Kanye West visited Donald Trump in October this year, and SNL didn’t skip out on parodying it.


Neo-confederates consider moving to Vermont.

In search of a “Caucasian paradise,” a group of Neo-confederates figure out Vermont might be the place for them to go.

How to get a free or discounted ride on New Year’s Eve

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  • Business Insider has rounded up deals for free and discounted rides this New Year’s Eve.
  • Uber and Lyft are both offering discounts in locations across the US, and many public-transit agencies are offering free fares.

There are more reasons than ever to avoid drinking and driving on New Year’s Eve this year.

From public-transit agencies to ride-hailing services and AAA’s traditional safe-ride program, free rides abound to help get you home safely and legally.

Business Insider has rounded up some of the offers for this holiday:


Uber

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There aren’t completely free rides like there were for Election Day. But the company is still making it easier to get home in someone else’s car more cheaply.

Depending on your city, there is likely a discount code worth anywhere from $10 for first-time users to $35. A partnership with Miller Lite is worth $15 for new customers with the code MILLERTIME18.

In Detroit, you can be reimbursed up to $35 for rides between 4 p.m. on December 31 until 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day, easily the biggest discount available, thanks to a local law firm. Details are available here.

A similar – but slightly less lucrative – deal is available in Oklahoma City as part of the state’s “Drive Sober” campaign.


Lyft

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Uber’s smaller competitor has teamed up with local organizations across the country to offer promo codes and discounts for New Year’s Eve.

Participating locations include Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Chicago, Oregon, and Kentucky.


Public transportation

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A slew of subway and bus agencies are making trips free for holiday revelers:


AAA Safe Ride

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AAA clubs around the country are offering free rides for members and nonmembers alike beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Full details are available here.

Did we miss an offer? Let me know at grapier@businessinsider.com.

24 must-read books being made into TV series in 2019

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“Catch-22” is heading to Hulu.
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  • More books are being adapted into TV series.
  • Some will be on network channels, like Fox’s “The Passage.”
  • Others will be streaming, like the new adaptation of “The ABC Murders” on Amazon Prime and “Catch-22” on Hulu.

Some of the biggest TV series often come from books, and more are on their way.

Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” is heading to Hulu and is starring George Clooney, while comic book series “Deadly Class” is heading to the Syfy channel.

Here are 24 series based on books that will soon be on TV.


Fox’s “The Passage” is loosely based on Justin Cronin’s novel of the same name.

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The sci-fi series will center on a facility called Project Noah, where scientists experiment with a virus that could potentially cure all diseases, but can also kill all humans. A young girl named Amy is chosen to be a test subject at the facility but the Federal Agent put in charge of her decides to protect her.

Release date: Monday, January 14 on Fox

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“Roswell, New Mexico” will be the second adaptation of “The Roswell High” series by Melinda Metz.

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A girl moves back to her hometown only to learn that her high school crush is an alien and has hidden his abilities for his entire life, but he’s not the only extra-terrestrial around. Fear and hatred in the town threaten to expose the aliens and put them in danger.

Release date: Tuesday, January 15 on The CW

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Rick Remender’s comic book series “Deadly Class” is coming to Syfy.

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“Deadly Class” centers on an elite training school for assassins where the world’s top crime families send their kids and an orphan who is recruited to join. The series was created by “Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

Release date: Wednesday, January 16 on Syfy

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A series based on “A Discovery of Witches,” the first book in the “All Souls” trilogy by Deborah Harkness, made its way to TV.

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Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer star on the series.
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The series follows Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a professor and witch who rejects her magical life until she stumbles upon a powerful manuscript that awakens her powers. Other species, including vampires and daemons, have been searching for the manuscript, and that puts her in danger. She also forms a relationship with vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode).

Release date: Thursday, January 17 on Sundance Now

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Agatha Christie’s “The ABC Murders” is getting another adaptation.

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John Malkovich is playing Agatha Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot as he tries to catch a killer who is basing murders on the ABC Railway Guide. The series also stars “Harry Potter” castmates Rupert Grint and Shirley Henderson, as well as Andrew Buchan and Tara Fitzgerald.

Another Christie novel, “Death Comes As the End,” is also reportedly in the works.

Release date: Friday, February 1 on Amazon Prime

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“The Umbrella Academy,” a comic book series from My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way, will soon be a Netflix series.

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“The Umbrella Academy” is about 43 babies born on the same day to women who weren’t pregnant the day before. Seven of the kids are adopted by a millionaire who creates the academy to make his kids save the world. The team later disbands but reunites following their “father’s” death to stop impending doom.

Release date: Friday, February 15 on Netflix

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“Game of Thrones” may be past the events of the books, but it’s a good idea to read through the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin anyway.

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“Game of Thrones” is returning for its eighth and final season in 2019. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, many of the events on the show follow the books closely. Fans have been anticipating “The Winds of Winter,” the next book in the series, since “A Dance With Dragons” was published in 2011, but there’s no publication date as of now.

Release date: April 2019

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Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” will be released on Hulu.

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George Clooney stars on the series.
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The story follows World War II bombardier Yossarian who is angry at those trying to kill him and who is forced to fly into constant danger. The series will star Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, and George Clooney.

Release date: Spring 2019 on Hulu

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A mini-series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” is heading to Amazon Video.

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“Good Omens” is a story about the apocalypse and centers on the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), who work to prevent the Antichrist from coming because they are content with their Earth lives. The miniseries is set in 2018 and also stars Jon Hamm, Josie Lawrence, Anna Maxwell Martin, Frances McDormand, and Nick Offerman.

With a script by Gaiman, the series is sure to be an ideal iteration.

Release date: 2019 on Amazon Prime

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“The Perfectionists” is a sequel of “Pretty Little Liars,” both of which are book series by author Sara Shepard.

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Sasha Pieterse from “Pretty Little Liars” is returning.
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Another small town is stunned by murder and no one is as perfect as they make themselves appear. Alison and Mona from “Pretty Little Liars” are back in an unknown capacity.

Release date: 2019 on Freeform

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AMC is bringing Joe Hill’s supernatural horror story “NOS4A2” to the small screen.

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“NOS4A2” (pronounced Nosferatu) is about an artist named Vic McQueen and supernatural being Charlie Manx. Manx feeds off of children’s souls and sends them to an alternate world he calls Christmasland. McQueen has the ability to track Manx and works to save the children. Ashleigh Cummings is playing McQueen, while Zachary Quinto is Manx.

Release date: 2019 on AMC

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Henry Cavill is starring on “The Witcher,” a fantasy series by Andrzej Sapkowski, for Netflix.

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Henry Cavill will star on “The Witcher.”
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“The Witcher,” also an incredibly successful video game franchise, is a fantasy series about monster hunters with supernatural abilities.

Release date: 2019 on Netflix

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Umberto Eco’s murder mystery “The Name of the Rose” is being made into a series.

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John Turturro and Damian Hardung star on the series.
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The series is set in an Italian monastery where multiple people are found dead and a monk begins to investigate. John Turturro, Rupert Everett, and Michael Emerson will star on the series.

Release date: 2019 on Sundance TV

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Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s comic book limited series “Watchmen” is getting a TV adaptation from “The Leftovers” co-creator Damon Lindelof.

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The plot of the series is unknown but Lindelof shared an open letter on Instagram where he described the show wouldn’t necessarily be an adaptation of the comic book.

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built … but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original … It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens,” he wrote. “Most importantly, it must be contemporary.”

The cast includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., and Jeremy Irons.

Release date: 2019 on HBO

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Netflix’s “V-Wars” is based on an anthology series edited by Jonathan Maberry.

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V-Wars is short for Vampire Wars, and the anthology explores how a virus caused humans to turn into vampires. Ian Somerhalder is playing Dr. Luther Swann who tries to understand this new virus after his friend is affected by it.

Release date: 2019 on Netflix

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An adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series has a two-season order already.

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Pullman’s trilogy follows two children, Lyra and Will, as they venture through parallel universes. Deadline reported in September 2018 that the series had already received an order for a second season before its season one premiere. The series will star Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, and Ruth Wilson.

Release date: 2019 on BBC One in the UK and on HBO in the US

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Amazon is adapting Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” with director Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”).

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Whitehead’s novel takes the Underground Railroad and makes it a physical thing with conductors and engineers running a secret series of underground tracks and trains to help slaves escape to the north. The novel follows Cora, a slave from Georgia, as she makes the dangerous journey to freedom.

Release date: 2019 on Amazon Prime

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“Twilight” author Stephanie Meyer is adapting Daniel O’Malley’s thriller “The Rook” for TV.

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“The Path” actress Emma Greenwell will play Myfanwy Thomas, a woman who wakes up in a park with no recollection of who she is and must uncover a supernatural traitor in a secret British organization. The series will also star Paula Patton, Olivia Munn, Adrian Lester, and Joely Richardson.

Release date: 2019 on Starz

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Netflix is creating an animated series based on Roald Dahl’s children’s books.

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Possible stories Netflix can adapt for the universe include “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda,” “The BFG,” and “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”

Release date: TBD on Netflix

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series is getting a TV adaptation.

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The Amazon series based on Tolkien’s books will explore stories in Middle-earth as a prequel to the adventures of Frodo and Sam. But there is no announced plot for the planned series yet.

Release date: TBD on Amazon Prime

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“The Angel of Darkness,” the second novel in Caleb Carr’s Kreizler series, is being made for TV as a follow-up to “The Alienist.”

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Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning will be returning for the series. “The Angel of Darkness” is set a year after the events of “The Alienist” and is a mystery about a diplomat’s missing infant daughter.

Release date: TBD on TNT

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Celeste Ng’s “LIttle Fires Everywhere” was bought by Hulu.

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Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon are set to star in the miniseries about families in Shaker Heights, Ohio, whose children connect them. The town is also split over the controversial adoption of a Chinese-American baby whose real mother lives and works in the area.

Release date: TBD on Hulu

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Nicole Kidman is producing a series for Amazon based on “The Expatriates” by Janice Y. K. Lee.

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Nicole Kidman is producing the series.
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“The Expatriates” is about a group of women who are expatriates in Hong Kong. Many of the women live decadent lives, but their affluence generally means that their struggles also play out in public. It’s a story about building and rebuilding lives in a place that wasn’t always home.

Release date: TBD on Amazon Prime

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“The Kingkiller Chronicle” series is getting both a TV series and a movie.

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Showtime will air the series based on Patrick Rothfuss’ series about Kovothe, a musician, scholar, and adventurer. The series is set to “expand on the world outside of the books,” according to Lionsgate.

Release date: TBD on Showtime

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Disney World was forced to stop letting more guests into the jam-packed Magic Kingdom before noon on New Year’s Eve

Disney World closed Magic Kingdom's gates early on New Year's Eve.

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Disney World closed Magic Kingdom’s gates early on New Year’s Eve.
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  • Disney World stopped allowing new guests to enter Magic Kingdom at 11:35 a.m. on Monday.
  • The theme park is crowded with people planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve there.
  • Last year, Disney was similarly forced to stop allowing new guests in before noon as the theme park reached capacity.

If you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Disney World, you need to show up early.

At 11:35 a.m. on Monday, Walt Disney World Today announced on Twitter that its Magic Kingdom theme park was no longer allowing more guests to enter. Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom remained open as of 1 p.m.

The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is one of the busiest periods of the year for Disney World. New Year’s Eve is especially popular, as each park has its own celebration to kick off the new year.

“Magic Kingdom is the most popular park and will be the most crowded during New Year’s Eve at Disney World,” a post on a tourist blog says. “If Magic Kingdom is your park of choice, we recommend you arrive early and stay all day since it is likely to reach capacity for some part of the day.”

Read more: 50 fascinating photos inside Disney’s most exclusive spots that you may not know exist

The crowds are also resulting in long lines for people visiting the parks. As of 1 p.m., there was a three-hour wait to ride the Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coasters, according to the Disney World app.

Photos from the park show just how crowded Disney World can get around New Year’s Eve:

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It's not the first time Disney has been forced to close Magic Kingdom early on New Year's Eve. Last year, the park stopped accepting new guests at 11:30 a.m., but reopened its gates around 5:30 p.m., The Orlando Sentinel reported.

The tallest skyscrapers of 2018 include a helipad, sky gardens, and an indoor skating rink

Shenzhen's China Resources Headquarters is the fourth tallest building completed in 2018.

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Shenzhen’s China Resources Headquarters is the fourth tallest building completed in 2018.
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  • The year’s tallest skyscrapers include a number of luxury towers around the world.
  • The structures feature notable design elements like helipads, sky gardens, and an indoor skating rink.
  • 2018’s tallest building, the Citic Tower in Beijing, draws inspiration from an ancient wine vessel.

This was a landmark year for new construction, with more than 140 skyscrapers erected across the globe.

The number falls short of 2017’s total, but represents the second-highest tally ever recorded, according to data from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

The vast majority of tall buildings completed in 2018 are located in China, which underwent a major construction boom, producing more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world.

The nation is now home to half of the world’s 100 tallest skyscrapers, including the Citic Tower, a mammoth structure that tops out at more than 1,700 feet.

Take a look at some of the tallest buildings completed in 2018.


The year’s tallest tower was named after a wine vessel.

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At more than 1,700 feet, the Citic Tower in Beijing is the tallest structure built in 2018, and the eighth tallest structure in the world, according to the CTBUH.

The skyscraper is commonly known as China Zun, a reference to the ancient wine vessel that inspired its curvature.

Earlier this year, Chinese national security officials were worried that the building’s top three floors housed a secret view of the Zhongnanhai complex – the official residence of China’s president, Xi Jinping, and other top political leaders. A Singapore-based paper reported that the government has assumed ownership of those top three floors, but Business Insider could not independently verify the claim.

Read more: Saudi Arabia is building the world’s tallest skyscraper – here’s what it will look like


Vietnam’s Landmark 81 tower contains an indoor skating rink, movie theater, and five-star hotel.

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Vietnam’s Landmark 81 tower is part of a $1.5 billion mixed-use development called Vinhomes Central Park, which stretches across Ho Chi Minh City.

Residents of the tower’s luxury apartments have access to a pool, spa, and outdoor lounge. Visitors at the commercial center can enjoy a gym, movie theater, and indoor skating rink.

The tower also features a five-star hotel and three-floor observation deck, which offers unparalleled waterfront views.


The third tallest tower of 2018, built in Hong Kong, has a slightly shorter twin.

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Tower 1 of the Changsha complex in Hong Kong is about 500 feet taller than its twin, which stands at around 1,000 feet.

Though the two towers are structurally similar, Tower 1 features a 2.5 million-square-foot mega-mall, along with luxury office space and a six-star hotel.

The building is the 13th tallest in the world, according to the CTBUH.


Locals call Shenzhen’s third tallest building Spring Bamboo.

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China Resources Headquarters is unmistakable for its rocket-like structure and reflective glass panels, which illuminate the Shenzhen skyline.

At just under 1,300 feet tall, the building anchors a waterfront business district that includes office, retail, residential, and public space.

Its shape closely resembles a bamboo shoot, lending it the popular nickname Spring Bamboo.


There’s a helipad at the top of China’s Logan Century 1.

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The design of China’s Logan Century 1 is also nature-inspired – it mimics the shape of a blooming flower.

Aluminum fins on the facade help to conserve energy, while the sides are covered in tinted glass.

At the top of the tower is a helipad and observation deck, where visitors can gaze across the lush city of Nanning.


The Hanking Center Tower has a detached core that’s connected to the main building by a series of sky bridges.

Like many of its peers, the Hanking Center Tower was designed to house Shenzhen’s growing share of tech companies.

At around 1,150 feet, the skyscraper is the tallest building the world that has a detached core. The core is connected to the main tower by a series of sky bridges.

While the building’s main tower stretches high into the sky, it also features a ground-level center with an atrium and communal gardens.


Malaysia’s Four Seasons Place has been criticized for obstructing an iconic view.

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Four Seasons Place was the seventh tallest building completed in 2018, and it’s now the third tallest hotel in the world.

The project in Kuala Lumpur was sanctioned by Malaysia’s former prime minister, Najib Razak. But it has caused some controversy because it obstructs the view of the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin buildings.

The new tower’s 68 floors – including three below ground – house hundreds of luxury apartments and hotel rooms.


Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center was the tallest building to be completed this year in the United States.

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The United States is home to just one of the top 10 tallest skyscrapers completed in 2018, and 13 of the top 100.

This year’s crown jewel is the Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, which stands at more than 1,100 feet.

The building is home to a 12-story hotel and NBC television studios, as well as 13 three-story sky gardens.

A group of young architects also designed a method to counteract swaying on windy days, installing five dampers in the ceiling that hold 125,000 gallons of water.

Where the term ‘plead the Fifth’ comes from

Chances are, you've heard the phrase

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Chances are, you’ve heard the phrase “plead the Fifth.”
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  • Many people have heard characters “plead the Fifth” on TV shows and movies.
  • The term comes from the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees a defendant’s right not to provide self-incriminating testimony in a criminal trial.
  • Used colloquially, it can mean “I’d rather not answer that” for the sake of not admitting something.
  • The Supreme Court has upheld a person’s right to invoke their Fifth Amendment right without being considered guilty for it by a jury.

Whether you’ve heard the term tossed around colloquially or you watch a lot of court shows, you’ve probably come across the phrase “plead the Fifth.”

But you may not have realized it’s your constitutional right.

‘Plead the Fifth’ comes from the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution

As you can probably gather from context clues, when someone “pleads the Fifth,” the person is excusing him or herself from answering a question, typically when it could incriminate themselves.

The term comes from the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which outlines some of the rights a person has when facing criminal charges. The amendment reads:

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

The clause being referenced here is “nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” or what’s known as the privilege against self-incrimination.

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“Plead the Fifth” can often be heard on criminal procedural shows, like “Law and Order.”
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Colloquially, ‘plead the Fifth’ is used when you don’t want to incriminate yourself. Legally, it can also protect you in court.

In some cases, a court may force a person to testify in a case, sending them what’s called a subpoena. What this clause of the Fifth Amendment does is prevent the prosecution from mandating the defendant come to the stand and testify against themselves and then being held in contempt of court if they refuse.

So, if you hear a person – whether in a legal setting or a casual one – “plead the Fifth,” they’re invoking their right to avoid giving information that could incriminate them.

The amendment passed as part of the Bill of Rights in 1789 and was ratified in 1791, but more recent Supreme Court cases have tested the limits of the privilege against self-incrimination – namely, that a jury should not be able to infer guilt from a person pleading the Fifth, thus making a person worse off for utilizing their right guaranteed by the Constitution.

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‘We live and die by the price of oil’: Texas business executives sound off on Trump, tariffs, and more in new survey

Employees work at an Audi Q5 2.0 production line of the German car manufacturer's plant during a media tour in San Jose Chilapa, Mexico

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  • The outlook among manufacturing business executives in Texas worsened in December, underscoring frustrations around trade-related uncertainty within the manufacturing sector nationwide.
  • The latest survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas showed both its general business activity index and company outlook index plunged to their lowest levels since mid-2016.
  • Data for the survey was collected between December 18 and 26, during a particularly volatile time in the financial markets.
  • “We face great uncertainty for the near future,” one respondent wrote. “The economic policies of President Trump are causing unnecessarily volatile pricing and unpredictable outcomes.”

Executives in Texas have grown more negative in their overall business outlooks, according to the latest reading from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, accentuating broad tariff-related concerns across the manufacturing sector nationwide.

Several measures of business activity dipped in December, including the general business activity index and the company outlook index, which both plunged to their lowest levels since mid-2016.

The survey’s production index – a critical measure of the state’s manufacturing conditions – fell by one point to mark its fourth straight month of slowing output growth, a departure from the more robust expansion it saw earlier this year.

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“The weakness in this latest Texas manufacturing report is consistent with what we’ve seen from the other regional Fed manufacturing reports released this month, which showed declines in the respective headline indexes,” Emily Kerr, senior business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, told Business Insider in an email on Monday.

“Taken together this suggests a notable slowing in the pace of expansion in December, although these surveys do not cover all areas of the country.”

The Texas manufacturing outlook survey's production index.

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The Texas manufacturing outlook survey’s production index.
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Anonymous comments from the survey’s respondents, which the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas edits for publication, pointed to “declining oil prices, labor constraints, political uncertainty, higher interest rates, and reduced activity in the housing and energy sectors” as factors restraining growth or weighing on outlooks, Kerr said.

Here is a selection of comments from the survey’s respondents, along with the their specific area of manufacturing.

  • Machine manufacturing: “We live and die by the price of oil. With the oilfield down, we see less orders.”
  • Primary metal manufacturing: “Interest rate increases are the main potential problem to continued good times.”
  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing: “Housing is definitely seeing an impact from various variables such as interest rates, tariffs and a tight labor market in construction. Beginning in October of 2018, we had seen a dramatic shift down in sales of windows and doors for the residential market.”
  • Transportation equiptment manufacturing: “We are a defense contractor. The lack of decisive direction-setting on the part of the federal government continues to create an element of uncertainty in our planning processes.”
  • Printing and related support activities: “Political uncertainty and volatile markets make for a lousy investment climate. Major capital projects will be put on hold for a while until I see what is happening.”
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing: “Because of the tariffs, the aluminum and steel pricing is continuing to increase, and mills domestic and abroad are at capacity, so supply disruption is occurring. To add to rising costs, metal scrap-market values have been steadily decreasing, especially in aluminum. We face great uncertainty for the near future. The economic policies of President Trump are causing unnecessarily volatile pricing and unpredictable outcomes.”

The concerns surfacing among manufacturers in Texas are likely being felt outside the state, too.

“Texas is among the strongest centers for manufacturing across the nation, and slowing here is likely to be echoed elsewhere,” said Ray Perryman, president and CEO of the Perryman Group, a Waco, Texas-based economic research and analysis firm. “At the same time, as a very export-oriented state, Texas may feel global shifts before some areas.”

Perryman said while manufacturers have indeed become far less optimistic, most indicators remained in positive territory.

“The biggest challenge is uncertainty in the national economy, particularly regarding trade agreements,” he told Business Insider in an email on Monday. “Texas manufacturing businesses are inextricably linked to the world economy, purchasing needed input materials and parts and selling in countries around the globe ($1 in every $6 of US exports are from Texas).”

Data for the survey was collected between December 18 and 26, during a particularly volatile time in the financial markets. Of the 112 Texas manufacturers who responded, more than 20% noted their outlook worsened this month.

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The 50 most followed Instagram accounts in 2018

  • Business Insider has compiled the most followed Instagram accounts in 2018.
  • It is dominated by reality-TV stars, musicians, and soccer players.
  • Here are the top 50 most popular accounts.

In the world of Instagram, musicians, reality stars, and soccer players rule.

Business Insider has compiled the most followed people on Instagram for 2018, and well-known faces like Cristiano Ronaldo and Kim Kardashian top the list.

Up until this year, the singer and actress Selena Gomez had been the most followed person on Instagram, a title she held for the past two years running. But in 2018 Ronaldo nabbed the top spot.

Besides Ronaldo and Gomez, stars such as Dwayne Johnson and musicians including Ariana Grande are in the top 10.

Here are the 50 most followed people on Instagram in 2018:


50. Gal Gadot

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The “Wonder Woman” star, whose handle is @gal_gadot, has 27.1 million followers.


49. Ed Sheeran

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The singer-songwriter, who goes by @teddysphotos on Instagram, has 27.2 million followers.


48. Robert Downey Jr.

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The “Ironman” and “Avengers” star, whose handle is @robertdowneyjr, has 27.3 million followers.


47. Leonardo DiCaprio

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The actor and producer has 28 million followers to his account, @leonardodicaprio.


46. Snoop Dogg

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The rapper and producer, whose handle is @snoopdogg, has 28.6 million Instagram followers.


45. Louis Vuitton Official

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The luxury label has 29 million followers to its handle, @louisvuitton. It’s one of two brands to crack the top 50.


44. Vanessa Hudgens

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The actor and singer, whose handle is @vanessahudgens, has 31.6 million followers.


43. Lady Gaga

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The star of “A Star is Born,” has 31.7 million followers to her account, @ladygaga.


42. Anitta

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The Brazilian singer has 33.1 million followers to her account, @anitta.


41. Bruna Marquezine

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The Brazilian actress, whose Instagram handle is @brumarquezine, has 33.7 million followers.


40. Marcelo Vieira Jr.

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The Brazilian soccer star, who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid, has 34.5 million followers to his account, @marcelotwelve.


39. Zlatan Ibrahimović

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The Swedish soccer star, who goes by @iamzlatanibrahimovic on Instagram, has 35.9 million followers. Ibrahimović plays for LA Galaxy.


38. Zac Efron

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The “Baywatch” actor, whose handle is @zacefron on Instagram, has 37 million followers.


37. Gareth Bale

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The Welsh soccer star, who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid, has 38.1 million followers to his Instagram account, @garethbale11.


36. Shawn Mendes

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The Canadian singer-songwriter – and former Vine star – has 39.1 million followers to his Instagram account, @shawnmendes.


35. James Rodríguez

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The Colombian soccer star, who currently plays for German club Bayern Munich, has 40.8 million followers to his Instagram account, @jamesrodriguez10.


34. Cara Delevingne

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The English model and actor, whose Instagram handle is @caradelevingne, has 41.4 million followers.


33. LeBron James

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The professional basketball player, who currently plays for the LA Lakers, has 46.2 million followers to his Instagram account, @kingjames.


32. 9GAG

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A meme from 9GAG.
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The popular meme account – @9gag on Instagram – has 49 million followers.


31. Chris Brown

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The rapper, whose handle is @chrisbrownofficial, has 49.2 million followers.


30. Emma Watson

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The English actor and “Harry Potter” star has 49.5 million followers to her Instagram account, @emmawatson.


29. Vin Diesel

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The “Fast and the Furious” star, whose handle is @vindiesel, has 51.5 million followers on Instagram.


28. Drake

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The Canadian rapper, producer, and actor – who goes by @champagnepapi on Instagram – has 52.6 million followers.


27. David Beckham

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The English former professional soccer player has 53.1 million followers to his Instagram account, @davidbeckham.


26. Justin Timberlake

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The singer and actor, whose Instagram handle is @justintimberlake, has 53.2 million followers.


25. Zendaya

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The singer and actor, whose Instagram handle is @zendaya, has 53.8 million followers.


24. Shakira

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The Colombian singer-songwriter, whose Instagram handle is @shakira, has 55.8 million followers.


23. Ellen DeGeneres

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The TV host and comedian – who goes by @theellenshow on Instagram – has 63.2 million followers.


22. Rihanna

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The singer, actor, and entrepreneur – who goes by @badgalriri on Instagram – has 66.6 million followers.


21. Kevin Hart

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The actor and comedian – who goes by @kevinhart4real on Instagram – has 67.2 million followers.


20. Demi Lovato

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The singer-songwriter and actor – who goes by @ddlovato on Instagram – has 70.8 million followers.


19. Kourtney Kardashian

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The reality TV star – who goes by @kourtneykardash on Instagram – has 71.6 million followers.


18. Katy Perry

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The singer, whose Instagram handle is @katyperry, has 74.5 million followers on Instagram.


17. Miley Cyrus

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The singer and actor has 78.6 million followers to her account, @mileycyrus,


16. Nike

The sports apparel brand – @nike on Instagram – has 83.5 million followers.


15. Jennifer Lopez

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The singer, dancer, and actor – who goes by @jlo on Instagram – has 84.2 million followers.


14. Khloe Kardashian

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The reality TV star and entrepreneur has 84.5 million followers to her Instagram account, @khloekardashian.


13. Nicki Minaj

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The rapper has 97 million followers to her Instagram account, @nickiminaj.


12. Kendall Jenner

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The reality TV star and model has 101 million followers to her Instagram account, @kendalljenner.


11. Justin Bieber

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The Canadian singer-songwriter, whose Instagram handle is @justinbieber, has 103 million followers.


10. Lionel Messi

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The Argentinian soccer star, who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona, has 105 million followers to his Instagram account, @leomessi.


9. Neymar

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The Brazilian soccer star, who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, has 108 million followers to his Instagram account, @neymarjr.


8. Taylor Swift

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Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The singer-songwriter, whose handle is @taylorswift, has 113 million followers.


7. Beyoncé

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The singer and actor has 122 million followers to her account, @beyonce.


6. Kylie Jenner

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images

The reality TV star and entrepreneur, whose Instagram handle is @kyliejenner, has 122 million followers.


5. Kim Kardashian West

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Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

The reality TV star and entrepreneur has 123 million followers to her account, @kimkardashian.


4. Dwayne Johnson

The former pro wrestler and actor – who goes by @therock on Instagram – has 126 million followers.


3. Ariana Grande

The singer and actor has 141 million followers to her Instagram account, @arianagrande.


2. Selena Gomez

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Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The singer and actor has 144 million followers to her Instagram account, @selenagomez.


1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Massimo Pinca/Reuters

The Portuguese soccer star, who plays for Italian club Juventus, has 149 million followers to his account, @cristiano.

The 50 most-followed Instagram accounts in 2018

  • Business Insider has compiled the most-followed Instagram accounts in 2018.
  • The list is dominated by reality TV stars, musicians, and professional soccer players.
  • Here are the top 50 most-popular accounts.

In the world of Instagram, musicians, reality stars, and soccer players rule.

Business Insider has compiled the most-followed people on Instagram for 2018, and well-known faces like Cristiano Ronaldo and Kim Kardashian top the list.

Up until this year, singer and actress Selena Gomez has been the most-followed person on Instagram, a title she’s held for the last two years running. But in 2018, Ronaldo nabbed the top spot.

Besides Ronaldo and Gomez, stars like Dwayne Johnson and musicians like Ariana Grande are in the top 10.

Here are the 50 most-followed people on Instagram in 2018:


50. Gal Gadot

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ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

The “Wonder Woman” star, whose handle is @gal_gadot, has 27.1 million followers.


49. Ed Sheeran

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100

The singer-songwriter, who goes by @teddysphotos on Instagram, has 27.2 million followers.


48. Robert Downey Jr.

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The “Ironman” and “Avengers” star, whose handle is @robertdowneyjr, has 27.3 million followers.


47. Leonardo DiCaprio

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ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images

The actor and producer has 28 million followers to his account, @leonardodicaprio.


46. Snoop Dogg

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Johnny Louis/Getty Images

The rapper and producer, whose handle is @snoopdogg, has 28.6 million Instagram followers.


45. Louis Vuitton Official

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The luxury label has 29 million followers to its handle, @louisvuitton. It’s one of two brands to crack the top 50.


44. Vanessa Hudgens

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Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic

The actor and singer, whose handle is @vanessahudgens, has 31.6 million followers.


43. Lady Gaga

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

The star of “A Star is Born,” has 31.7 million followers to her account, @ladygaga.


42. Anitta

source
Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

The Brazilian singer has 33.1 million followers to her account, @anitta.


41. Bruna Marquezine

source
Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

The Brazilian actress, whose Instagram handle is @brumarquezine, has 33.7 million followers.


40. Marcelo Vieira Jr.

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Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images

The Brazilian soccer star, who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid, has 34.5 million followers to his account, @marcelotwelve.


39. Zlatan Ibrahimović

source
Shaun Clark/Getty Images

The Swedish soccer star, who goes by @iamzlatanibrahimovic on Instagram, has 35.9 million followers. Ibrahimović plays for LA Galaxy.


38. Zac Efron

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Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The “Baywatch” actor, whose handle is @zacefron on Instagram, has 37 million followers.


37. Gareth Bale

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Francois Nel/Getty Images

The Welsh soccer star, who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid, has 38.1 million followers to his Instagram account, @garethbale11.


36. Shawn Mendes

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Taylor Hill/Getty Images

The Canadian singer-songwriter – and former Vine star – has 39.1 million followers to his Instagram account, @shawnmendes.


35. James Rodríguez

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Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

The Colombian soccer star, who currently plays for German club Bayern Munich, has 40.8 million followers to his Instagram account, @jamesrodriguez10.


34. Cara Delevingne

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Peter White/Getty Images

The English model and actor, whose Instagram handle is @caradelevingne, has 41.4 million followers.


33. LeBron James

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The professional basketball player, who currently plays for the LA Lakers, has 46.2 million followers to his Instagram account, @kingjames.


32. 9GAG

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A meme from 9GAG.
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9GAG

The popular meme account – @9gag on Instagram – has 49 million followers.


31. Chris Brown

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Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BET

The rapper, whose handle is @chrisbrownofficial, has 49.2 million followers.


30. Emma Watson

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Matt Winkelmeyer/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA

The English actor and “Harry Potter” star has 49.5 million followers to her Instagram account, @emmawatson.


29. Vin Diesel

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Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The “Fast and the Furious” star, whose handle is @vindiesel, has 51.5 million followers on Instagram.


28. Drake

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Prince Williams/Wireimage

The Canadian rapper, producer, and actor – who goes by @champagnepapi on Instagram – has 52.6 million followers.


27. David Beckham

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Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

The English former professional soccer player has 53.1 million followers to his Instagram account, @davidbeckham.


26. Justin Timberlake

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

The singer and actor, whose Instagram handle is @justintimberlake, has 53.2 million followers.


25. Zendaya

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV

The singer and actor, whose Instagram handle is @zendaya, has 53.8 million followers.


24. Shakira

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Noam Galai/Getty Images

The Colombian singer-songwriter, whose Instagram handle is @shakira, has 55.8 million followers.


23. Ellen DeGeneres

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Andrew Chin/Getty Images

The TV host and comedian – who goes by @theellenshow on Instagram – has 63.2 million followers.


22. Rihanna

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Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The singer, actor, and entrepreneur – who goes by @badgalriri on Instagram – has 66.6 million followers.


21. Kevin Hart

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Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ. Magazine

The actor and comedian – who goes by @kevinhart4real on Instagram – has 67.2 million followers.


20. Demi Lovato

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Simone Joyner/Getty Images

The singer-songwriter and actor – who goes by @ddlovato on Instagram – has 70.8 million followers.


19. Kourtney Kardashian

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Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

The reality TV star – who goes by @kourtneykardash on Instagram – has 71.6 million followers.


18. Katy Perry

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Rich Fury/Getty Images for amfAR

The singer, whose Instagram handle is @katyperry, has 74.5 million followers on Instagram.


17. Miley Cyrus

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Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner

The singer and actor has 78.6 million followers to her account, @mileycyrus,


16. Nike

The sports apparel brand – @nike on Instagram – has 83.5 million followers.


15. Jennifer Lopez

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James Devaney/GC Images

The singer, dancer, and actor – who goes by @jlo on Instagram – has 84.2 million followers.


14. Khloe Kardashian

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Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

The reality TV star and entrepreneur has 84.5 million followers to her Instagram account, @khloekardashian.


13. Nicki Minaj

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ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images

The rapper has 97 million followers to her Instagram account, @nickiminaj.


12. Kendall Jenner

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Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The reality TV star and model has 101 million followers to her Instagram account, @kendalljenner.


11. Justin Bieber

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Ricky Vigil/GC Images

The Canadian singer-songwriter, whose Instagram handle is @justinbieber, has 103 million followers.


10. Lionel Messi

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Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The Argentinian soccer star, who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona, has 105 million followers to his Instagram account, @leomessi.


9. Neymar

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Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The Brazilian soccer star, who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, has 108 million followers to his Instagram account, @neymarjr.


8. Taylor Swift

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Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The singer-songwriter, whose handle is @taylorswift, has 113 million followers.


7. Beyoncé

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Parkwood Entertainment

The singer and actor has 122 million followers to her account, @beyonce.


6. Kylie Jenner

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images

The reality TV star and entrepreneur, whose Instagram handle is @kyliejenner, has 122 million followers.


5. Kim Kardashian West

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Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

The reality TV star and entrepreneur has 123 million followers to her account, @kimkardashian.


4. Dwayne Johnson

The former pro wrestler and actor – who goes by @therock on Instagram – has 126 million followers.


3. Ariana Grande

The singer and actor has 141 million followers to her Instagram account, @arianagrande.


2. Selena Gomez

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Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

The singer and actor has 144 million followers to her Instagram account, @selenagomez.


1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Massimo Pinca/Reuters

The Portuguese soccer star, who plays for Italian club Juventus, has 149 million followers to his account, @cristiano.