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These 10 fashion and beauty brands are poised to have a huge 2019

Lulus raised $120 million in venture funding in 2018 and plans to grow the company's international presence.

Lulus raised $120 million in venture funding in 2018 and plans to grow the company’s international presence.

  • Retail isn’t dying – it’s changing. 2019 is set to bring more exciting changes to the industry.
  • Digitally native brands are dipping their toes into brick-and-mortar retail while some legacy brands are being forced to adapt or die.
  • These will be some of the most exciting brands to watch in 2019.

Retail isn’t dying – it’s evolving. And 2019 is set to bring more exciting changes to the industry.

Some of the nation’s most established brands have been faced with the fact that they either have to adapt or die, while some are being forced to take lessons from trendy young startups that have swooped in and redefined the way we shop.

Younger brands that often started out online are also dipping their toes into brick-and-mortar retail.

From Outdoor Voices and Vans to ThirdLove and Glossier, these will be some of the most exciting brands to watch in 2019:

Outdoor Voices

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Hot athletic wear brand Outdoor Voices is on a mission to become the world’s No. 1 athletics brand, overtaking more established brands like Lululemon and Under Armour.

In just under five years, 30-year-old founder Tyler Haney has built the brand from being an e-commerce-only platform to now having eight permanent stores in the United States.

Earlier this year, the company raised $34 million in funding, bringing its total raised to $56.5 million. At the time, it said it would use the additional funding to grow its store count. Two more locations are slated to open this fall and we can expect to see it spreading its reach throughout 2019.

Savage X Fenty

Rihanna’s underwear brand Savage X Fenty made headlines in September for its racy runway show that featured models of all shapes, sizes, and ethnic backgrounds, including two pregnant women. The brand was praised on social media for celebrating diversity.

As Victoria’s Secret continues to come under pressure and has been accused of having a lack of inclusivity in its campaigns, more body-positive brands such as Savage X Fenty are likely to take market share in 2019.



It’s been an active year for online lingerie startup Lively, which made its first foray into brick and mortar in July, opening a pop-up store in New York’s Soho area.

A spokesperson for the brand said that the company is eyeing Dallas for its new permanent store after running a pop-up location there.

In August, Lively announced that it would be partnering with Nordstrom to bring its products to some of its department stores and onto its website. The company is now looking to expand this partnership.

“Our Nordstrom partnership exceeded our expectations. For 2019, we’re hoping to make it bigger, better and broader,” a spokesperson told Business Insider in November.



In May this year, Lulus announced that it had raised $120 million in venture funding.

The California-based brand told Busines Insider that it plans to use the money to open more fulfillment centers around the US to speed up shipping times, roll out a new personalized shopping experience where customers can chat with personal stylists, and launch a bridal concierge service that would help brides-to-be and their bridesmaids shop for dresses.

In 2019, Lulus plans to market itself to a wider audience, reaching shoppers in Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the UK.



Californian skater brand Vans has been around since the 1960s but has exploded in popularity in recent years. After it was acquired by VF Corporation in 2004, it went from selling 90% of its products in California to growing its reach across the globe, making the leap to Asia and Europe.

According to Piper Jaffray’s latest “Taking Stock With Teens” survey, Vans has had the fastest growth in popularity since the study began in 2000.

The brand is double-dipping on two major trends in fashion at present: athleisure and a preference for vintage and retro styles, which don’t seem to be going anywhere.


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Glossier is expanding its brick-and-mortar base. Up until November, it had one store in Los Angeles. This has now been joined by a new flagship store in New York.

The brand is leading the way in beauty products. It has attracted more than $86 million in funding since founder Emily Weiss began selling beauty products in 2013, and revenues reportedly tripled from 2016 to 2017.

According to Bloomberg, the company sells one of its popular $16 “Boy Brow” eyebrow shapers every minute, accounting for an estimated $8 million in sales per year.



Off-White was labeled the hottest brand in the world in a recent ranking released by fashion and e-commerce platform Lyst. According to Business of Fashion, since launch Off-White has generated triple-digit growth year-on-year and shows “little sign of slowing down any time soon,” reporter Christopher Morency wrote.



Online lingerie brand ThirdLove has made it possible to buy bras without having to go near a fitting room. Customers complete an online quiz to find their perfect bra shape. Bras are shipped to the customer, who has the chance to test out the bra for 30 days and then either keep it – and be charged – or return it.

The company says it now has over 600 million data points about breast shapes, bra sizes, and the most common fit issues that women face. It also offers half sizes.

Founder Heidi Zak told Business Insider earlier this year that the company has no plans to go into brick-and-mortar retail but is continuing to iterate based on the data it receives, enabling it to roll out new sizes.

In 2019, we can expect to see ThirdLove looking at ways to blend technology with human customer service.

“There are certain things that machine learnings and algorithms can’t achieve,” Zak said. “That’s the interesting thing for us, when does the real person step in? When is the right moment for the fit stylist to step in?”



Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, started out as a newsletter in 2008 and has grown to become a $250 million business, now boasting a string of stores, an e-commerce site, and a podcast.

The company is now planning to move into television, though the details have been scarce so far.

Fashion Nova

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Fashion Nova is quickly becoming the internet’s fashion brand and it shows no signs of slowing down.

The California-based retailer now has 13.8 million followers on Instagram, was one of the most-searched brands on Google last year, and ranked as the No. 6 preferred website for young people in Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual survey of teen spending habits last month.

The company is in the process of opening a new distribution center on the west coast to support its rapid expansion.

Trump averaged 15 falsehoods a day in 2018

  • President Donald Trump made thousands of false statements this year, averaging 15 a day, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.
  • At the beginning of the year, Trump had made 1,989 false statements. He had tripled his rate by the end of 2018, The Post reported.
  • His approach to facts may no longer be working. A poll by The Post found that fewer than three in 10 Americans believe many of his most common false statements.

President Donald Trump began 2018 by tweeting a thread of misleading statements and falsehoods about Hillary Clinton, Iran, and The New York Times. According to The Washington Post, those tweets were among the first of the president’s approximately 5,600 lies, falsehoods, and mistruths of the year.

The Post’s Fact Checker database, which tracks Trump’s statements, calculated that the president averaged 15 falsehoods a day this year, nearly tripling his rate from last year. On the last day of the year, he has topped 7,600 false or misleading statements during his presidency, The Post found.

Trump’s approach to facts might not be working for him anymore. A poll by The Post earlier this month found that fewer than three in 10 Americans believe the president’s oft-parroted statements on issues like immigration, the border wall, and the Russia investigation.

Read more: Trump claims ‘I always like to be truthful,’ but his history of public statements before and after he became president prove otherwise

The Post’s analysis found that Trump began 2018 with a similar pace of false statements as in 2017, accumulating 200 to 250 falsehoods a month. His output rocketed in June, when he reached 500 falsehoods, an escalation The Post attributed to the president going into “campaign mode.”

The Post’s Fact Checker blog, which measures the truth of statements made by politicians and other public figures with a “Pinocchio” scale, this year created a “Bottomless Pinocchios” measure for repeated false statements. So far, statements from Trump that have earned this distinction include falsehoods about the 2017 tax law providing the largest tax cut in US history and about the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

It’s Black Monday in the NFL as 8 teams are now looking for new head coaches

Eight NFL teams will be looking for new coaches heading into the 2019 season.

Eight NFL teams will be looking for new coaches heading into the 2019 season.
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  • The NFL offseason began with a bang on “Black Monday,” with six more head coaches being fired.
  • Together with the Browns and Packers making their midseason firings, there are now eight head-coach vacancies in the NFL.
  • Some teams searching to fill their open positions will likely look to hire some of the newly available coaches, while others will look to candidates outside of the 2018 class.

It’s Black Monday in the NFL, as six more head coaches have been fired.

With two other teams already working with interim head coaches, there are now eight clubs that will be looking for new head coaches in the coming weeks. With 12 teams still alive for the Super Bowl, this could mean plenty of NFL subplots during the playoffs, especially as coordinators on playoff teams emerge as candidates for various jobs.

Here are the eight coaches who have lost their jobs so far.

Marvin Lewis — Cincinnati Bengals

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Seasons with the team: 16

2018 Record (overall): 6-10 (131-122-3)

Playoff appearances (record): 7 (0-7)

One thing to know: Lewis went 0-7 in the playoffs, but those seven playoff games were six more than the Bengals had in the 14 seasons before they hired Lewis.

Adam Gase — Miami Dolphins

Seasons with the team: 3

2018 Record (overall): 7-9 (23-25)

Playoff appearances (record): 1 (0-1)

One thing to know: Rex Ryan has reportedly been putting together his would-be coaching staff and telling them he has a good shot at landing the Dolphins job. Several other reports say he is not a candidate.

Vance Joseph — Denver Broncos

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Seasons with the team: 2

2018 Record (overall): 6-10 (11-21)

Playoff appearances (record): 0

One thing to know: According to Ian Rapoport, Joseph is expected to be a top defensive-coordinator candidate this offseason. It would also not be a surprise if he interviews for one or more of the head-coach vacancies.

Steve Wilks — Arizona Cardinals

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Seasons with the team: 1

2018 Record (overall): 3-13 (3-13)

Playoff appearances (record): 0

One thing to know: Wilks is the tenth NFL coach since 2000 to be out after one season as the head coach of a team.

Dirk Koetter — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seasons with the team: 3

2018 Record (overall): 5-11 (19-29)

Playoff appearances (record): 0

One thing to know: Whoever becomes the next coach in Tampa Bay will have Jameis Winston back as the starting quarterback, according to Adam Schefter.

Todd Bowles — New York Jets

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Seasons with the team: 4

2018 Record (overall): 4-12 (24-40)

Playoff appearances (record): 0

One thing to know: Bowles is one of the most liked people in the NFL. He will almost certainly be coaching in the NFL in 2019. He is expected to be a candidate for multiple head-coach vacancies. If those don’t pan out, he would almost certainly be a defensive coordinator somewhere.

Mike McCarthy — Green Bay Packers

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Seasons with the team: 13

2018 Record (overall): 4-7-1 (125-77-2)

Playoff appearances (record): 9 (10-8, including one Super Bowl win)

One thing to know: McCarthy was fired after Week 13 and is another coach that is expected to receive a lot of interest from other teams with vacancies.

Hue Jackson — Cleveland Browns

Seasons with the team: 3

2018 Record (overall): 2-5-1 (3-36-1)

Playoff appearances (record): 0

One thing to know: Jackson was the first coach fired this season, with the Browns letting him go after a 2-5-1 start, in which they were just a few plays away from being 5-3. The Browns went 5-3 after his dismissal, winning more games than they had won in 40 games under Jackson.

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NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where each playoff team stands heading into the wild-card round

  • The NFL playoffs are here, and the bracket is set!
  • The Saints, the Rams, and the Chiefs have dominated all season, but it’s hard to doubt the trusty Patriots, the Chargers, or the surging Colts and Eagles.
  • The wild-card round begins this weekend, and of course, the four teams with bye weeks top our power rankings.

And just like that, the regular season is over, and the NFL playoffs are here!

After 17 weeks, the 12 best teams are moving onto the win-or-go-home postseason, which always delivers excitement and a few surprises.

All year long, three teams stood out among the rest: the Saints, the Rams, and the Chiefs. Sure enough, they’re the Super Bowl favorites, but could we count out the Patriots? Or the Chargers? Or the surging Colts? What about the Nick Foles-led Eagles?

With the NFL playoffs starting this weekend, take a look at where each team stands going into the wild-card round.

12. Philadelphia Eagles

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Record: 9-7

Week 17 result: Beat the Washington Redskins, 24-0

Wild-card opponent: at Chicago Bears

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 30-1

One thing to know: Nick Foles worked his magic once again in Week 17 to help the Eagles make it back to the postseason with a shot at defending their Super Bowl title. Somewhat ironically, they’ll be facing the Bears – the team whose win over the Minnesota Vikings secured Philadelphia’s return to the playoffs – in the wild-card round.

11. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the Cleveland Browns, 26-24

Wild-card opponent: versus Los Angeles Chargers

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 20-1

One thing to know: The Ravens won six of their final seven games to steal the AFC North from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lamar Jackson didn’t throw a pick in December, and he’ll face a Chargers team that he threw for a career-high 204 yards against in Week 16.

10. Dallas Cowboys

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Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the New York Giants, 36-35

Wild-card opponent: versus Seattle Seahawks

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Cowboys have just one playoff win since 2009 but head into the 2018 postseason with a wealth of weapons, including Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and a defense that has gotten progressively stronger as the season wore on. Do they have enough to make a surprise run through the NFC?

9. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-24

Wild-card opponent: at Dallas Cowboys

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Seahawks are the only playoff team to have more rushing attempts than passing attempts in 2018. The method seems to have worked, as Russell Wilson completed 65% of his passes (second-best of his career), threw 35 touchdowns (a career high), threw seven interceptions (tied for a career low), and posted a career-high 110.9 passer rating. The Cowboys surely aren’t thrilled with the prospect of facing him in the first round.

8. Indianapolis Colts

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Record: 10-6

Week 17 result: Beat the Tennessee Titans, 33-17

Wild-card opponent: at Houston Texans

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Colts enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having won nine of their final 10 games to sneak into the postseason after a dismal 1-5 start to the year. With Andrew Luck back to being one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, Indianapolis seems to have all the makings of a Super Bowl run.

7. Houston Texans

Record: 11-5

Week 17 result: Beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-3

Wild-card opponent: versus Indianapolis Colts

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 25-1

One thing to know: The Texans did not beat a playoff team after topping the Colts and the Cowboys, both of whom were below .500, in Weeks 4 and 5. Credit to the Texans for beating the teams they should have beaten, but the wild card (against a Colts team that beat them in Week 14) will be a test.

6. Los Angeles Chargers

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Record: 12-4

Week 17 result: Beat the Denver Broncos, 23-9

Wild-card opponent: at Baltimore Ravens

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 16-1

One thing to know: At 37, Philip Rivers had the best season of his career as an NFL quarterback, leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record that would have been good enough for one of the top seeds in the AFC if only they didn’t share a division with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, instead of a first-round bye, they’ll have to travel to Baltimore and beat a surging Ravens team to carry their playoff dreams into the divisional round.

5. Chicago Bears

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Record: 12-4

Week 17 result: Beat the Minnesota Vikings, 24-10

Wild-card opponent: versus Philadelphia Eagles

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 9-1

One thing to know: The Bears defense repeatedly proved in 2018 that they can win games for the team. They were 3-1 in games when Mitchell Trubisky threw more than one interception. They may need to do the heavy lifting again in the postseason when they face a hot Eagles team.

4. New England Patriots

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Record: 11-5

Week 17 result: Beat the New York Jets, 38-3

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 6-1

One thing to know: The Patriots have not looked like their regular, dominant selves through much of the 2018 season, but with a first-round bye for the ninth straight season, they still have a great shot at making another Super Bowl. Can Bill Belichick and Tom Brady do it again? Or is this the year that the torch in the AFC finally passes to another up-and-coming AFC powerhouse?

3. Los Angeles Rams

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Record: 13-3

Week 17 result: Beat the San Francisco 49ers, 48-32

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 5-1

One thing to know: Jared Goff struggled after losing wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a torn ACL in Week 11. Since then, Goff threw 10 touchdowns and six interceptions and completed just 60.5% of his passes. The Rams will need Goff to kick it up a notch and get the offense back to its high-octane form.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

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Record: 12-4

Week 17 result: Beat the Oakland Raiders, 35-3

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 4-1

One thing to know: Patrick Mahomes finished the season as the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards, joining Peyton Manning in the exclusive club. Behind his arm, the Chiefs have one of the most explosive offensive attacks in recent memory and are the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

1. New Orleans Saints

Record: 13-3

Week 17 result: Lost to the Carolina Panthers, 33-14

Wild-card opponent: Bye

Odds of winning the Super Bowl: 9-4

One thing to know: The Saints had a sluggish end to 2018, but it’s hard not to view them as the favorites this postseason. They have a top-10 offense and defense (the Chargers are the only other such team), an MVP candidate and the most efficient quarterback in Drew Brees, perhaps the top two offensive playmakers in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, and the Superdome throughout the postseason. Can the Saints finish off what has been a pretty magical year?

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The mom of a 14-year-old who died from diabetes complications turned herself into the police, who are accusing her of hiding her daughter’s diagnosis for 5 years

Amber Hampshire.

Amber Hampshire.
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  • Amber Hampshire turned herself into police in Alton, Illinois, on Thursday and was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child, KMOV reported.
  • The charges came almost two months after her 14-year-old daughter, Emily, died from complications relating to diabetes.
  • Prosecutors are accusing Hampshire of hiding Emily’s diabetes diagnosis from family and doctors for five years and failing to provide her with medication and medical help.

An Illinois mother is accused of letting her 14-year-old daughter die by hiding the girl’s diabetes diagnosis from family and doctors for five years and failing to provide her with medical help.

Amber Hampshire of Alton, Illinois, was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life or health of a child, KMOV reported.

Officials from the Madison County state attorney’s office said Hampshire’s daughter, Emily, died from complications from diabetes on November 3.

Emily had been diagnosed with diabetes in 2013 and had previously experienced diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication in which the body produces excess acids in the blood.

Prosecutors say Hampshire, 39, knew about her daughter’s diabetic condition and took measures to conceal it for five years.

She also failed to provide Emily with appropriate medical treatment and medication, which ultimately led to the teen’s death from diabetic ketoacidosis in November, officials said.

Authorities responded to a 911 call on November 1 and found Emily in the Hampshires’ house not breathing and unresponsive. They determined she was in cardiac arrest and took her to a local hospital. She was later transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where she died on November 3.

“We can’t fathom in our hearts or our minds why a parent would commit this kind of act to put their child in such great danger, when treatment and support were readily available,” Madison County State Attorney Tom Gibbons said, according to The Telegraph. “The investigation indicates very strongly that the defendant took repeated, substantial steps to conceal the disease from everyone around her.”

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Emily’s death came eight months after she was hospitalized for pneumonia and diabetic ketoacidosis in February, KMOV reported.

At the time, she was reportedly prescribed insulin and provided information about diabetes, but she never showed up for her follow up appointments. A search warrant KMOV obtained showed no evidence that the insulin prescription was ever filled.

After Hampshire was charged in her daughter’s death, the Evangelical School, where she worked as a preschool teacher’s aide and where Emily studied, put her on administrative leave, the school said in a statement to KMOV.

Investigators believe Hampshire also kept Emily’s diagnosis from the girl’s father, who was often away for work, according to the St. Louis Dispatch.

“I try to do everything I can to keep my kids healthy and safe,” Gibbons said, according to the Dispatch. “I don’t know what would drive a person against that.”

Hampshire turned herself into police before being formally charged.

16 unbelievable ways that life in the US has changed in the past 100 years

The world we live in moves so quickly – there are things we use today that will be obsolete by 2020 – that it’s no surprise that it was completely different a mere century ago.

Take a look around your home – 100 years ago, there were no fridges, or microwaves, or hairdryers, and very rarely did someone have a bathroom, let alone two or three. Your medicine cabinet wouldn’t be filled with Advil or Tylenol, but over-the-counter heroin or mercury.

Keep scrolling to see 16 things that were the norm in the US a century ago.

There was essentially only one type of car, the Model T, and barely anyone drove.

A Model T.

Before the invention of the Model T (also known as a Tin Lizzie) in 1908, car ownership wasn’t feasible for the everyday American. But, once the somewhat affordable, $850 car hit the streets, people all over the country began learning how to drive.

It’s hard to imagine almost no one learning how to drive, and only having one real option to choose from – in 2009, 87% of the driving-aged population had driver’s licenses, and today there are hundreds of car brands and models to choose from.

Horse and buggies were commonplace.

It apparently took cars 50 years to fully unseat horses as the preferred mode of transportation.

One of the reasons why is that horses were also useful in rural areas, where they doubled as both transportation and work hands – cars aren’t exactly helpful in that way.

Now, riding in a horse and buggy is mainly just a tourist activity.

Letters and parcels were largely mailed by trains, trucks, or even motorcycles — the first airmail ever was sent in May 1918.

Today, communication can be transmitted instantaneously by email or phone, but back in 1918 that luxury didn’t exist.

While the US Postal Service is still around today, it’s continually losing money as less and less people are mailing things. One hundred years ago though, people were marveling at the idea of flying mail across the country.

Had an infection? Your doctors might prescribe bloodletting, aka leeches. Penicillin was still a decade away.

Bloodletting was actually recommended as a treatment for infections and other ailments all the way through the 1940s, which seems unreal today. Mercury, a literal toxic substance, was used to treat syphilis for many years. Popular beauty treatments were no less harmful.

Penicillin would be discovered in 1928 by Dr. Alexander Fleming. It would take two more decades for a patient to be successfully treated by it.

Heroin, and other opiates, were available as over-the-counter medicines.

Heroin was a popular cold medicine.
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Heroin was first introduced in 1898, and was included in many cold remedies as well as cough syrup. Morphine, opium, and cocaine too were being sold at pharmacies across the country.

Now, heroin is known as a highly addictive and dangerous drug, and the opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency in 2017.

People all over the US were pushing for Prohibition — the complete ban of alcohol.

The temperance movement, which pushed the government to ban the consumption and production of alcohol, first started in the 1800s. The first state to ban alcohol completely was Maine in 1846. The movement only gained power until the 18th Amendment was passed in 1920, which officially amended the Constitution to include a federal ban on alcohol.

Now, it’s a given that alcohol is legal in the US – in fact, people are pushing for the federal legalization of a different substance, marijuana.

The movies that people flocked to see were not just black and white, but entirely silent.

Silent movies are seen as quaint in 2018, but 100 years ago they were the height of innovation. In 1918, going to the movies was a fairly new activity – the first movies were shot in the late 1800s.

Women left behind corsets — only to trade them for girdles.

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According to Fashion History, “in 1916, Stanford Mail Order Company, New York, marketed girdles to ‘Misses and Small Women.'”

If you don’t know what a girdle is, don’t feel bad – they’re not really used today. They replaced corsets as the favorite undergarment of women in the 1910s, but they’ve since been replaced by Spanx.

A girdle is essentially a less form-fitting corset. It wasn’t as tight, but still changed the body’s shape.

Forget dating apps — couples got set up by their parents and courted each other.

The idea of “dating” didn’t really come into vogue until the ’20s – before the 19th century, most unions (heterosexual unions, anyway) were facilitated by parents, who would arrange for a male suitor to have a supervised visit in the woman’s home to determine compatibility.

In the early 1900s, romance was a new concept: people tended to marry for practical or financial reasons.

Women were protesting for the right to vote.

In 1918, women were two years away from winning their battle for voting equality and the passage of the 19th Amendment.

The beginning of World War I slowed down the suffrage movement, as women took on unprecedented responsibilities and entered the workforce (something else that’s commonplace today), but women were still protesting and fighting for their right to vote.

Gas stations were a relatively new thing — people usually bought their gas in a can from the pharmacy.

Before gas stations became permanent fixtures, people used to have to buy gas in cans at their local blacksmith shop or pharmacy and pour it into the tanks themselves.

Now, some people can just plug their car into a wall to charge.

There was no national anthem yet.

Today, pretty much every American knows “The Star-Spangled Banner” by heart.

But 100 years ago, the US had no official national anthem. While “The Star-Spangled Banner” was recognized for official uses, so were a few other songs such as “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful.” “The Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t become the official national anthem until 1931.

There were no federal laws on child labor, meaning many children dropped out of school.

The first federal child labor laws were passed in 1916, but it was only ruled to be unconstitutional two years later – and there would be no real regulation until 1938’s Fair Labor Standards Act.

While it’s hard to picture young children working full-time jobs in mines, factories, and pretty much any other unskilled profession today, it was the norm less than 100 years ago. The 1900 Census suggests that almost two million kids aged 10 to 15 were working full-time jobs.

Ladies had to leave their hair up to nature — blow dryers weren’t readily available until the ’20s.

The first hair dryer was invented 1888, but it was the size of vacuum cleaner – not exactly a practical home appliance. It also didn’t work effectively enough to become mainstream.

But once hair dryers became smaller and more portable in the 1920s, they blew up. And now, 88% of American households report owning at least one.

Indoor plumbing was still pretty new — outhouses were commonly used outside of cities.

Scottish inventor Alexander Cumm patented a flushing toilet in 1775, but toilets as we know them today were really only introduced in 1910 – but they were for the very wealthy only. And before that, even in huge metropolises like New York City, people used communal outhouses and chamber pots. It would take decades before indoor plumbing became the norm in rural areas.

Americans were very conscious of how much food they ate, in order to conserve provisions for soldiers fighting in World War I.

People receiving rations.
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We’re not really worried about running out of food in America in 2018 – affording it is a different story – but there’s really no shortage for us to be conscious of. Actually, we waste an extreme amount of food.

But in 1918, every patriotic American was constantly reminded not to buy any more food than necessary, since our troops across the pond fighting the Germans needed to be fed.

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9 Hollywood movies that dominated the Chinese box office in 2018, including some that underperformed in the US

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  • The Chinese box office has become an essential part of the success of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies.
  • Movies that underwhelmed in the US, like “Rampage,” rebounded in China. Others, like “Aquaman,” dominated the global box office thanks to huge box office in China.
  • China is projected to dethrone the US as the world’s biggest theatrical market by 2022.

The US box office broke records in 2018 thanks to blockbusters like “Black Panther” and surprises like “A Quiet Place.” But the international box office, primarily China, is still essential for Hollywood, and 2018 proved that.

China has approved an unexpected number of Hollywood movies this month in an effort to reach its 2018 box office goal of $8.7 billion by year’s end, Bloomberg recently reported. China still relies on many imported movies, but it’s fast catching up to the US in terms of its box office. The country is projected to surpass the US as the world’s biggest theatrical market by 2022, according to a report from Ampere Analysis released in November.

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Movies that underwhelmed in the US, like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Rampage,” rebounded in China. It grossed $101 million in the US, but $156 million in China. “The Meg,” another monster movie, made $530 million worldwide, boosted by its $153 million take in China.

“Venom,” Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off, overcame terrible reviews to become a global hit, propelled by its Chinese box office. Despite a 28% Rotten Tomatoes critic score, “Venom” is the fifth highest-grossing movie in the world in 2018 with $855 million. $270 million of that came from China.

But another huge comic-book movie could swim past “Venom” any day now. Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” is currently at $750 million worldwide, and is eyeing over $900 million before it leaves theaters. It’s grossed nearly $190 million in the US, but $232 million in China, thanks to a rare early release ahead of its domestic debut.

Chinese audiences love monster movies, Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst Jeff Bock told Business Insider earlier this year, and some of China’s top Hollywood movies fall into that category, like “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “Aquaman,” “Venom,” “The Meg,” and “Rampage.”

“Monster movies are bonafide box-office gold in China,” Bock said.

But Chinese audiences also flocked to the theater for the likes of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” showing that it’s not all about monster mayhem.

Nine Hollywood movies entered the top 20 at the Chinese box office this year, according to Box Office Mojo. We’ve rounded them up, including the Chinese, domestic, and worldwide box office for each.

Below are the nine biggest Hollywood movies in China in 2018, ranked by Chinese box office (all numbers are according to Box Office Mojo unless otherwise stated):

9. “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Marvel Studios

Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 18

Chinese box office: $121,203,074

Domestic box office: $216,648,740

Worldwide box office: $622,674,139

Estimated production budget: $162 million (source: Variety)

8. “The Meg”

Warner Bros.

Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 16

Chinese box office: $153,033,208

Domestic box office: $145,443,742

Worldwide box office: $530,243,742

Estimated production budget: $130 million

7. “Rampage”

Warner Bros.

Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 15

Chinese box office: $156,381,897

Domestic box office: $101,028,233

Worldwide box office: $428,028,233

Estimated production budget: $120 million

6. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout”


Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 14

Chinese box office: $181,184,137

Domestic box office: $220,159,104

Worldwide box office: $791,017,452

Estimated production budget: $176 million

5. “Ready Player One”


Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 10

Chinese box office: $218,471,784

Domestic box office: $137,690,172

Worldwide box office: $582,890,172

Estimated production budget: $176 million

4. “Aquaman”

Warner Bros.

Overall ranking at Chinese box office (so far): 9

Chinese box office (so far): $232,954,203

Domestic box office (so far): $188,785,000

Worldwide box office (so far): $748,785,000

Estimated production budget: $160 million (source: IMDb Pro)

3. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”


Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 8

Chinese box office: $261,224,207

Domestic box office: $416,769,345

Worldwide box office: $1,304,944,060

Estimated production budget: $170 million

2. “Venom”


Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 7

Chinese box office: $270,554,912

Domestic box office: $213,205,181

Worldwide box office: $855,156,907

Estimated production budget: $100 million

1. “Avengers: Infinity War”


Overall ranking at Chinese box office: 5

Chinese box office: $359,543,153

Domestic box office: $678,815,482

Worldwide box office: $2,048,709,917

Estimated production budget: $321 million (source: Forbes)

A store is selling giant oversized backpacks for $234 and people are actually buying them

This photo shows the CWF bag on the left and an average backpack on the right.

This photo shows the CWF bag on the left and an average backpack on the right.

  • Japanese retailer Plywood is selling giant, oversized backpacks for $234.
  • The backpacks were designed by the Japanese brand CWF.
  • The retailer’s website says that the bags can be used for camping or as an everyday style staple.
  • The “sand beige” version of the backpack is currently sold out, but the “olive drag” and “black” options are still available to purchase at the time of this post.

The mini-backpack trend might be over, but oversized backpacks are here to stay – at least according to one brand, that is.

Japanese retailer Plywood is currently selling oversized backpacks designed by CWF. The bags retail for $234 and are sold in three colors: “sand beige,” “olive drag,” and “black.”

The CWF backpack nearly reaches the model's ankles.

The CWF backpack nearly reaches the model’s ankles.

According to CWF, the backpacks can be used in a variety of ways

On the Plywood website, CWF advises customers to use the bags while camping, as they’re “indispensable for outdoors, carrying heavy gears and bringing in a large number of ingredients to the camp site.”

If you’re more interested in using one of the giant backpacks inside, CWF says that the bags are “ideal for storage of clothes” and “can be used instead of [a] closet.”

This model appears to be using the backpack as a pillow.

This model appears to be using the backpack as a pillow.

The website says they can “actually be carried as a backpack” and are meant to work just as well as their smaller counterparts.

The straps were designed with comfort in mind

According to the Plywood website, “the shoulder strap is designed to reduce the stress on the shoulder, making it easy to move and transport.”

From behind, the straps look similar to those found on any average backpack.

From behind, the straps look similar to those found on any average backpack.

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Rather than using two average shoulder straps, the CWF backpack uses a third middle strap for optimal support.

This model appears to be wearing the

This model appears to be wearing the “olive drag” version of the backpack.

The oversized design appears to be popular

While the backpack is still available to purchase in the “olive drag” and “black” color options, the “sandal beige” style of the bag is sold out. You can find the remaining CWF backpacks on Plywood’s website.

Representatives for Plywood did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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Lady Gaga just gave fans another sign that she is launching a makeup line in 2019

The evidence is adding up that Lady Gaga is on the cusp of launching a beauty line in 2019.

The evidence is adding up that Lady Gaga is on the cusp of launching a beauty line in 2019.
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

  • Lady Gaga’s rumored beauty line, Haus Beauty, quietly debuted a website.
  • The singer’s company filed a trademark for Haus Beauty earlier this year, with Lady Gaga herself using the #HausBeauty hashtag in September.
  • While fans can enter their email addresses on now, the website offers few details on when we can expect a makeup line from Lady Gaga to actually launch.

The evidence is adding up that Lady Gaga is on the cusp of launching a beauty line in 2019.

Over the last week, fans noticed that – long the rumored name of Lady Gaga’s yet-to-be-launched makeup line – was live and allowing people to enter their email addresses into the site.

The website’s appearance follows months of rumors surrounding the line. In May, fans noticed that Lady Gaga’s company, Ate My Heart Inc., had filed a trademark for “Haus Beauty,” Elle reports. The filing describes Haus Beauty as a cosmetics and makeup line.

In July, the trademark was issued for Haus Beauty as well as Haus Labs, another cosmetics-related trademark filed by Ate My Heart Inc.

In September, Lady Gaga posted a series of three Instagrams with the #hausbeauty hashtag. The photos and video show the singer in Marc Jacobs Beauty makeup, with Lady Gaga tagging the @marcbeauty Instagram account. Elle reports that Gaga’s makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, is the Global Artistry Ambassador for Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Business Insider emailed the address listed for support on for further information and did not immediately receive a response.

Beauty lines have long been popular and often profitable projects for singers. For example, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty has been making waves since it launched in September 2017. According to Vogue, the makeup line brought in $100 million in sales within the first 40 days of its launch.