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Here are some of the best reactions to Mark Zuckerberg’s change of tune on privacy at today’s big Facebook event

In his keynote at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, California, CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly highlighted his company’s pivot to privacy in front of a screen with the words “The future is private.”

In the months leading up to the conference, Facebook has been subject to one privacy scandal after another, including a bug that uploaded some users’ email contacts to company databases without user consent and subsequent investigations.

Vocal critics of Facebook’s privacy practices took to Twitter to point out how Zuckerberg’s change of tune on privacy could be considered hypocritical given previous statements he’s made on user privacy. Facebook also announced that its Tinder competitor, Facebook Dating, would be getting a feature that allowed you to match with your existing friends – an announcement that was promptly met with snark online.

Here are some of the best tweets poking fun at Facebook’s commitment to privacy.








A New York judge gave no jail time to a man who admitted he raped a teenage girl

Shane Piche

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Shane Piche
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  • A former New York bus driver who admitted to raping a teenage girl on his bus route was not given any jail time by the judge presiding over the case.
  • Judge James McClusky sentenced 26-year-old Shane Piche to 10 years probation and required him to register as a Level 1 sex offender – the lowest level status in the state’s sex offender registry.
  • The teenager’s mother told WWNY in a statement that “I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child.”
  • Lucian Chalfen, the New York State Office of Court Administration’s director of public information, told INSIDER that the court, prosecution, and defense all agreed with McClusky’s sentencing. He said the judge’s chambers “have received numerous vitriolic calls regarding the case, the vast majority from out of state.”
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A rape survivor’s mother is in shock after a New York judge granted leniency to a 26-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the third-degree rape of her teenage daughter.

In February, Shane Piche, who was formerly employed as a bus driver in the school district in Watertown, New York, admitted to raping the 14-year-old girl, who was on his bus route. In a February 2019 interview with WWNY, the girl’s mother alleged that Piche bought her daughter gifts and invited her and other minors to his home, where he provided them with alcohol and then raped the teen.

Despite that, however, Jefferson County Judge James McClusky handed Piche no jail time in court last week. Rather, he sentenced Piche to 10 years probation and required him to register as a Level 1 sex offender – the lowest level status in the state’s sex offender registry. McClusky found Piche’s punishment adequate because he had no prior arrests and there was only one victim involved in his plea, reported the Watertown Daily Times.

“I wish Shane Piche would have received time in jail for the harm he caused to my child,” the victim’s mother wrote in a statement provided to WWNY. “He took something from my daughter she will never get back and has caused her to struggle with depression and anxiety.”

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the majority of rapists never go to jail or prison, with only 4.6 out of 1,000 perpetrators of sexual violence ever incarcerated. As noted by The Washington Post, Piche’s sentencing aligns with other controversial sentences that have been carried out across the country dealing with sexual assault. For instance, in 2016, former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner received a six month jail sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, igniting indignation across the country from people upset with the California judge who had ordered the sentence.

Turner ultimately only served three months in jail, due to good behavior, and that judge, Aaron Persky, was recalled from his judgeship.

Lucian Chalfen, the New York State Office of Court Administration’s director of public information, told INSIDER that the court, prosecution, and defense all agreed with McClusky’s sentencing. He said that the maximum state prison time that Piche could have received was up to four years.

“Judge McClusky was well within the sentencing range on a negotiated plea conviction of this type,” Chalfen said. “The defendant is now a convicted sex offender who will spend the next decade on a very onerous and intrusive sex offender probation and have to register as a sex offender.”

Under McClusky’s ruling, Piche cannot be left alone with anyone under 17 years old, and he will also be required to pay $375 in court fees and a $1,000 special sex offender registration fee. His attorney, Eric Swartz, told the Daily Times that McClusky no longer works at the bus company.

Chalfen told INSIDER that the judge’s chambers “have received numerous vitriolic calls regarding the case, the vast majority from out of state, by individuals who know nothing about the facts and circumstances of the case, thanks to social media.”

“Judicial independence is a cornerstore of our society,” he said. “Removing judges from handing down sentences that some may disagree with cuts both ways, leaving us with no process of accountability.”

You can now get snacks from Disney World sent straight to your door every month

Depending on which box you purchase, you can receive up to 15 Disney World snacks from Boxney.

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Depending on which box you purchase, you can receive up to 15 Disney World snacks from Boxney.
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  • Boxney is a subscription service that delivers snacks from Disney World straight to your home.
  • There are three different boxes to choose from, which range in price from $30 to $110 per month.You can also purchase a single, one-time box.
  • Though the contents of each box are a surprise, you can usually find popcorn, Mickey-shaped rice krispies, candy from Goofy’s Candy Co, and cookies inside.
  • Boxes can be shipped throughout the US, as well as to some international locations.
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Aside from the magical rides and parades that Disney World is known for, the Orlando theme park is also highly regarded for its selection of snacks and candy. But, unfortunately for fans, signature Disney food can only be purchased within the parks.

However, there is one way to get a taste of Disney without traveling to Florida. Boxney is a subscription service that delivers snacks from Disney World straight to your door each month – even if you live far from the parks. Each product is hand-selected by Boxney staff members, who shop at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.

The company currently offers three different boxes, which customers can subscribe to receive monthly. You can also purchase a single box if you prefer not to commit to a monthly expense.

Mickey rice krispies are a popular snack that can only be purchased at Disney parks.

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Mickey rice krispies are a popular snack that can only be purchased at Disney parks.
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The most basic option from Boxney is the $30 Goodie Box Mini

It comes with three to four treats from Disney World, which differ each month. Past Goodie Box Minis have included snacks like popcorn, lollipops, cookies, and sour candy from Goofy’s Candy Company, so you can expect to receive similar treats.

This box, as well as every other one from Boxney, can be shipped to addresses within the US. The company also ships to limited international addresses, so long as you pay for extra shipping.

It's a surprise as to what snacks you'll get in your box.

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It’s a surprise as to what snacks you’ll get in your box.
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The $60 Goodie Box Original will get you a few more treats

The box contains four to seven snacks, which is the perfect amount to share with family or friends.

You'll get the largest variety of snacks by choosing the brand's premium box.

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You’ll get the largest variety of snacks by choosing the brand’s premium box.
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Read more: 24 photos of old Disney World attractions we wish would come back

The largest option available from Boxney is the $110 Goodie Box Premium

This option is filled with 10 to 15 items, ranging from character-shaped cookies to flavored popcorn. Like the other boxes, you can subscribe to receive this box monthly, or purchase it once.

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Occasionally, Boxney offers limited-edition boxes

At the time of this post, the company is offering a Gluten-Free Goodie Box, which includes four to six Disney snacks that are made without gluten.

But, according to the brand’s website, other limited offers can be found throughout the year. For example, Boxney sometimes offers boxes that contain food from Disney parks around the world. And during different months, Boxney also sells boxes with seasonal treats, such as Christmas or Halloween candy.

The Boxney box comes with Disney souvenirs as well

Inside every package, Boxney includes Disney maps, brochures, and sometimes pins. The additional items help to provide customers with the full Disney experience, despite never leaving home.

To learn more about Boxney, visit the brand’s website.

Norwegian scientists are accusing a harness-wearing beluga whale of being a spy — here are 14 other animals allegedly trained for espionage

  • Norwegian researchers believe a beluga whale they captured may be a Russian spy.
  • Russia says it uses beluga whale for combat operations, and the US Navy has been open about training animals like dolphins and sea lions.
  • Cats have even been trained for spying. Cats!
  • Animal spying has also been the subject of conspiracy theories: Numerous countries have accused Israel of avian espionage, though the birds were just tracked for migration patterns.
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Earlier in April, Norwegian marine researchers apprehended a beluga whale. It had been harassing fishers by headbutting their boats and gnawing at their nets, and the scientists were asked to look into it.

What they found was an aggressive whale wearing a harness with the words “Equipment St. Petersburg” stamped onto it. The harness had a spot that could fit a GoPro camera. The researchers believe the dolphin may be a Russian military asset.

“If this whale comes from Russia – and there is great reason to believe it – then it is not Russian scientists but rather the navy that has done this,” researcher Martin Biuw told the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

If the beluga whale is really a Russian spy, it wouldn’t be the first time an animal was used for espionage. The United States has a history of training animals to gather intelligence, from cats to dolphins.

“We never found an animal we could not train,” Bob Bailey, a former animal trainer and Navy strategist, told Smithsonian magazine in 2013. “Never.”

The history of animals being used as spies, however, is also the subject of conspiracy theories. Israel has been baselessly accused of training everything from eagles and chameleons as spies.

Here are 14 animals that have been accused of espionage.


Russia denies that it uses whales as spies. They’re just for combat.

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A Beluga whale wearing a Go Pro harness is seen in Norwegian waters, April 26, 2019 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media on April 30, 2019.
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The chief reason the scientists at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research believe the beluga whale may be a Russian spy is because the harness didn’t resemble the kinds use for scientific research.

Marine biologist Audun Rikardsen told the BBC that Russia has a naval base in the region, and that they’re known to train domestic whales.

“A Russian colleague said they don’t do such experiments, but she knows the navy has caught belugas for some years and trained them – most likely it’s related to that,” he said.

Viktor Baranets, a Russian military colonel, told a Russian broadcaster that the country doesn’t use whales as spies, though he said they’re trained for war.

“We have military dolphins for combat roles, we don’t cover that up,” he said. “In Sevastopol (in Crimea) we have a centre for military dolphins, trained to solve various tasks, from analyzing the seabed to protecting a stretch of water, killing foreign divers, and attaching mines to the hulls of foreign ships.”


Militaries of several countries have trained dolphins for reconnaissance.

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K-Dog, a Bottle Nose Dolphin belonging to Commander Task Unit, leaps out of the water in front of Sergeant Andrew Garrett while training near the USS Gunston Hall operating in the Arabian Gulf in 2003.
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Since the 1960s, the US Navy has used dolphins to find underwater mines and detect submarines. Russia has also trained dolphins for similar tasks, which has been a subject of recent tension with Ukraine.

In 2015, Hamas accused Israel of using a dolphin to spy on it, but the more likely explanation of that incident is that the animal simply had technology attached to it that tracked migration patterns.


The US Navy trains sea lions in similar ways.

Sea lions have excellent eyesight. And like dolphins, they are good at finding underwater mines and lost objects. The US Navy uses them to retrieve materials like unarmed mines for test reconnaissance missions, according to National Geographic.


The US pioneered using pigeons to spot enemy combatants.

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A mock-up of a pigeon with a small camera is seen on display at the ‘Top Secret’ Spy Museum in Oberhausen in 2013.
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Pigeons were used to pass messages between battalions World War I, according to “Beasts of War: The Militarization of Animals” by Jared Eglan. Further possibilities were dreamed up by B.F. Skinner, one of the founders of behavioral science, who proposed fitting them with homing devices that would allow them to steer missiles toward targets (it didn’t work).

In the 1960s and 1970s, the US military trained pigeons to fly over enemy territory and scope out potential ambushes, according to Smithsonian magazine. They were guided by laser pointers and trained to drop recording devices if they saw enemy troops. The program thwarted 45 potential ambushes, Bob Bailey, a former animal trainer for the US Navy, told the magazine. Unfortunately, though, there was no way to retrieve the pigeons if they didn’t see any enemies, Bailey said.

The US doesn’t appear to use pigeons for espionage anymore, though India has accused Pakistan of flying spy pigeons several times over the past few years.


The US military has also used ravens for spying.

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An American raven.
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Bob Bailey also told Smithsonian magazine that ravens were used similarly to pigeons. They’re good at detecting patterns, so they could be used to spot enemy combatants.

“It operates alone, and it does very well alone,” he said. “These things could pick up weights, heavy packages, even file folders. … It was incredible to watch these ravens carry a load in their beaks that would have defeated an ordinary bird.”


The CIA’s most mysterious animal spying project involved cats.

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What do they know?
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In the 1960s, the CIA spent around $10 million to surgically modify cats so that they could pass along audio recordings of what went on in Soviet embassies, according to “Beasts of War.” The program apparently didn’t work, because the cats would often wander off on their own, and operation Acoustic Kitty was canceled in 1967. Records about the program were destroyed in a fire in 1989.


The pentagon reportedly planned to turn sharks into spies with brain implants.

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It could have a chip in it’s brain, who knows.
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In 2016, the magazine New Scientist reported that the US Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) planned to remotely control sharks by implanting electrodes into their brains. The sharks would be used to stealthily track underwater vessels, and would take advantage of the animals’ natural abilities to sense electrical gradients and follow chemical trails.

Scientists discussed the project at the 2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s not clear if it ever turned into reality. A representative for DARPA didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.


Iran accused 14 squirrels of spying for Israel.

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Can this squirrel stop Iran from building nuclear weapons? Probably not.
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Governments hostile to the state of Israel often lobby unsubstantiated stories about it using animals for espionage. The subject even has its own Wikipedia page, “Israel-related animal conspiracy theories.”

One such accusation came in 2007, when Iranian intelligence services apprehended 14 squirrels near a nuclear enrichment plant.

“In recent weeks, intelligence operatives have arrested 14 squirrels within Iran’s borders,” Iran’s state-sponsored news agency IRNA reported. “The squirrels were carrying spy gear of foreign agencies, and were stopped before they could act, thanks to the alertness of our intelligence services.”

Former CIA agent and wildlife professor John Koprowski told NPR at the time that it was unlikely squirrels could be trained to gather useful intelligence.


Iran also accused chameleons of trying to foil nuclear plans.

In 2018, Hassan Firuzabadi, a senior military adviser to Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Western intelligence agencies tried to smuggle chameleons into the country. He said they could detect uranium mines.

“In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons,” he said at a press conference. “We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic Republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities.”

Zoologists have said that lizards are incapable of detecting uranium.


Saudi Arabian newspapers accused Israel of using a griffon vulture to spy on the country.

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A Griffon Vulture is held by a staff member of the veterinary clinic at the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo, near Tel Aviv in 2016. It was captured by residents of the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil on suspicion of espionage.
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In 2011, a Saudi Arabian hunter captured a griffon vulture and found a “Tel Aviv University” tag on its leg. The story spread to local news outlets, who accused Israel of using the bird for spying.

A Saudi Arabian national security official dismissed the rumors and ordered that the bird be freed. The university uses GPS monitors to track griffon vultures as part of a project to re-introduce them to Israel’s mountain regions.

“These systems are fitted to birds and animals, including marine animals,” Prince Bandar bin Saud Al Saud said at the time. “Most countries use these system, including Saudi Arabia.”

A similar situation happened a year later, when the Sudanese government captured a griffon vulture tagged with an electronic device with a Hebrew name. Sudan said the vulture may be a spy, but an Israeli avian ecologist, Ohad Hatzofe, said it was tagged to track migration patterns.

“This is ordinary equipment that is used around the world to detect movement of wildlife,” Hatzofe told CNN. “I’m not an intelligence expert, but what would be learned from putting a camera onto a vulture? You cannot control it. It’s not a drone that you can send where you want. What would be the benefit of watching a vulture eat the insides of a dead camel?”

More recently, one faction in Yemen’s civil war has accused another of using a griffon vulture as a spy. And Syrian rebels accused a griffon vulture of spying for Israel, but ultimately returned the animal to Israeli authorities after deciding it wasn’t.


Sudan also accused Israel of using a pelican for spycraft.

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Migrating Great White pelicans rest as they are fed as part of an Israeli Agriculture Ministry funded project at a water reservoir in Mishmar Hasharon in 2017.
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REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Sudan accused a pelican of spying on behalf of Israel’s Mossad service under similar circumstances in the 1970s. The two countries don’t have formal diplomatic ties, which made it difficult for Israeli scientists to rescue a pelican in 2011 that was tagged with Israeli GPS technology and captured in Sudan.


Israel was once again accused of fowl play with a Bonelli’s eagle.

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A Bonelli’s eagle.
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In 2011, Hezbollah combatants shot down a rare Bonelli’s eagle. Affiliated media agencies called it a spy for Israel.

As it turns out, the bird was just being studied by Prof. Yossi Leshem, an ornithologist at Tel Aviv University, who attached a GPS tracker to it.

“Unfortunately, this bird made the stupid mistake of moving to Lebanon, where it was shot down by one of Lebanon’s 400,000 hunters,” he told Jewish Journal.


In 2012, Turkey accused Israel of using birds as spies.

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A bee eater in Cyberjaya near Kuala Lumpur in 2008.
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Another version of the conspiracy theory emerged in 2012, this time in Turkey. Villagers in southeastern Turkey found a common European bee-eater with a metal ring around its leg stamped “Israel,” according to the BBC. Local officials declared that the bird may have been used to spy on Turkey, but an official at the Turkish agriculture authority examined the animal and said the ring was simply a tool used to study the bird’s movements for migratory patterns.


Hezbollah accused a kestrel of spying for Israel.

In 2013, it was the kestrel’s turn to be accused of being a spying bird special for Israel. In Lebanon, the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar TV reported that a kestrel carried technology they believed belonged to Israeli intelligence services.

Earlier that year, a kestrel carrying a ring stamped with Tel Aviv University’s name was captured in Turkey and accused of being an Israeli spy as well. It was released after a medical examination determined it didn’t carry any technology that would send information back to Israel.


The 20 best episodes of ‘The Office,’ ranked

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“The Office” is one of the most-beloved shows of all time.
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  • The workplace comedy “The Office” aired on NBC from 2005 until 2013.
  • The show followed the lives of the employees working at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
  • INSIDER found the highest-rated episodes of “The Office” based on IMDB ratings.
  • This post contains some spoilers for “The Office.”
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

The hit television comedy “The Office” documented the everyday life of people working for a paper company, Dunder Mifflin, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The show ran for 181 episodes across a span of nine seasons and starred Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Rainn Wilson.

Though you likely have your own favorite episode of the show, some are more popular than others. Here are the top 20 most highly rated episodes from the series based on IMDB user scores.

This post contains some spoilers for “The Office.”


20. In “Livin’ the Dream” Dwight finally becomes the regional manager.

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Dwight finally gets his wish.
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In “Livin’ the Dream” (season nine episode 21) Andy quits his job in order to pursue his long-held dream of acting and performing. David decides to replace Andy with Dwight once he sees Dwight receive his black belt in the office and recognizes his commitment and dedication.

Once Dwight becomes the regional manager, he chooses Jim as his assistant. Despite a tempting offer from Darryl to join sports marketing company Athlead on a country-wide tour, Jim decides to stay on full-time at Dunder Mifflin.


19. Michael tries to woo Holly in “Classy Christmas” when she returns to the office.

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Michael donned a classy Santa suit.
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In “Classy Christmas” (season seven episode 11) Michael overhauls the planning party committee’s holiday plans when he learns that Holly is coming back to the office for Christmas. He is crushed when he learns that Holly is still in a serious relationship with her boyfriend A.J., but Holly reveals to Pam that she is giving him an ultimatum because she feels he’s not committing enough to their relationship.

Elsewhere, Jim and Dwight have a snowball fight with each other that elevates to scary levels and leaves Jim paranoid of Dwight’s next attack.


18. Michael passes hosting duties onto the next manager in “Michael’s Last Dundies”

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Deangelo Vickers and Michael about to present the Dundie nominations.
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As Michael prepares to leave the office, Michael trains his replacement Deangelo Vickers (played by Will Ferrell) to take his place “Michael’s Last Dundies” (season seven episode 21). Chief among his managerial duties is hosting the Dundie Awards and Michael attempts to help Deangelo through his fear of public speaking.

On the night of the awards show, problems escalate until the office is forced to leave the Italian restaurant and they go back to Dunder Mifflin to finish the ceremony. The episode ends with the office singing a touching musical tribute to Michael.


17. The Dunder Mifflin branches go head-to-head in “Company Picnic.”

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Jim and Pam get a big surprise.
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In “Company Picnic” (season five episode 28) the various Dunder Mifflin branches meet for a picnic and company-wide volleyball tournament. Excited to see Holly again, Michael tries to win her back despite the fact that she is in a new relationship. The Scranton branch ends up playing volleyball against their old boss Charles, who still harbors animosity towards Jim. The game comes to a stop when Pam hurts her ankle and Jim has to take her to the hospital, only for them to find out that Pam is pregnant.


16. In “The Negotiations” Michael realizes he’s getting underpaid.

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Pam was shocked when she saw Roy.
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“The Negotiation” (season three episode 19) starts with Roy bursting into the office to attack Jim after realizing that he kissed Pam in “Casino Night,” but Dwight comes to his aid and pepper sprays Roy into submission.

Once Roy is fired, Darryl asks for a raise from Michael only to discover that a 10% raise would mean that Darryl would get a higher salary than his boss does. Michael then goes to New York City to insist that Corporate give him higher pay, and Jan grants him a 12% raise.


15. Michael burns his foot on a George Foreman Grill in “The Injury.”

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Michael is dramatic about his injury.
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In “The Injury” (season two episode 12) Michael burns the bottom of his foot on a George Foreman grill and insists Dwight come to rescue him. Driven into a panic, Dwight leaves in a rush and crashes his car into a pole, and the accident leaves him with a bad concussion.

Michael eventually makes it into the office and is upset that no one extends compassion for his injury. Meanwhile, concussed Dwight proves to be much nicer than his usual self but the office expresses concern for his well-being, much to Michael’s annoyance.


14. In “Broke” the Michael Scott Paper Company tries to stay afloat.

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The trio rode around in a van.
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After establishing his own paper company with Pam and Ryan, Michael tries to keep it from going under in “Broke” (season five episode 25). Not knowing that the Michael Scott Paper Company is on the verge of bankruptcy, new Dunder Mifflin regional manager Charles Miner expresses concern over the ten clients they’ve lost to Michael.

David Wallace visits the Scranton branch to fix the situation and ends up in negotiations with Michael, Pam, and Ryan. In the end David is forced to not only buy them out but give them their old jobs back.


13. The office goes to the beach for a day in “Beach Games.”

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Michael puts them through a series of challenges.
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Michael takes the office to the beach in “Beach Games” (season three episode 23) when he learns that he is in the running for a corporate position. Michael sets up a series of challenges, like a hot dog eating contest and a hot coal walk, to see which of his employees would make the best predecessor if he were to get the corporate job.

Pam, who was told to sit on the sidelines and take notes, builds up the courage to run across the hot coals. Feeling empowered by her feat, Pam runs up to Jim and tells him in front of the office, and Karen, that she has feelings for him.


12. In “Niagara: Part 2” Jim and Pam’s wedding plans go awry.

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But they live happily ever after anyways.
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In “Niagara: Part 2” (season six episode five) Pam grows anxious as her wedding with Jim goes awry, showing Jim her torn wedding veil and telling him that it’s just one of the ways their wedding has started to fall apart.

Wanting to do their wedding their own way, Jim and Pam run away from the church and get on a ferry boat to get married by the falls in their own private wedding ceremony. They later return to the church and the ceremony commences, with their friends and family dancing down the aisle in celebration.


11. In “Garage Sale” Michael wants to plan the perfect proposal for Holly.

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The sprinklers went off in the middle of it.
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After buying an expensive diamond ring for Holly that he spent three years saving up for, Michael tries to plan an elaborate proposal in “Garage Sale” (season seven episode 19). Michael enlists the office in helping him propose to Holly, and they hold lighted candles in the different places in the office where Michael fell in love with Holly.

As Michael gets down on his knee to propose, the candles set off the fire sprinklers and soak everyone in sight. Once Holly says yes, the episode ends with Michael revealing that he and Holly are moving to Colorado.


10. In “Threat Level Midnight” the office watches an action movie that Michael spent ten years making.

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They do “The Scarn.”
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In “Threat Level Midnight” (season seven episode 17) the office finally watches the famed action film that Michael has been working on for ten years. The James Bond-inspired film stars Michael as Agent Michael Scarn, Dwight as his robot butler, and Jim as the nefarious villain Goldenface. Angry that “Threat Level Midnight” is received by the office as an accidental comedy, Michael initially stops the screening.

However, he later realizes that although the film may be bad, everyone had fun watching it. Holly and Michael return to the conference room to finish the movie with the rest of the office.


9. In “A.A.R.M.” Dwight looks for an Assistant to his Assistant to the Regional Manager.

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Dwight is tricked into becoming his own assistant.
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In “A.A.R.M.” (season nine episode 22) Jim tells Dwight that he needs an assistant, so Dwight goes in search for a suitable assistant to the assistant to the regional Manager. After Jim sets up challenges that Dwight can’t help but do on his own, Jim pranks Dwight into thinking that the best assistant to his own assistant is himself.

Darryl returns to Scranton after he quietly quit to go work at Athlead, the sports marketing start-up that Jim helped establish. Realizing that his old coworkers are mad at him for leaving, Darryl allows everyone to say goodbye with an office-wide dance party.

Pam worries that Jim made the wrong choice by staying at Dunder Mifflin rather than going to work at Athlead, but Jim convinces her that she has always been his priority by giving her a letter he wrote seven years ago.


8. When Toby leaves Dunder Mifflin in “Goodbye Toby” Michael throws a huge party.

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Jim planned to propose.
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Elated that his nemesis is leaving the office, Michael throws Toby a huge going away party in “Goodbye Toby” (season four episode 18/19). As he prepares for the elaborate event, Michael develops feelings for Toby’s Human Resources replacement Holly Flax, who shares his goofy sense of humor.

Ryan gets arrested for using the Dunder Mifflin website to commit fraud, to Jim’s delight and Michael’s dismay. Jim also helps Michael plan Toby’s party with the intention of proposing to Pam, but his romantic endeavor is blindsided by Andy abruptly proposing to Angela.


7. In “The Job” Michael, Jim, and Karen all apply for a job at corporate.

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Jim also finally asked Pam on a date.
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In “The Job” (season three episode 24) Michael, Jim, and Karen go to New York City to prepare for interviews at corporate. Confident in his ability to get the corporate position, Michael gives Dwight his blessing to succeed him as regional manager.

Dwight takes the news in stride and starts his new reign as boss by promoting Andy to assistant to the regional manager, but asks Pam to be his secret assistant. Michael gets back together with Jan, but their relationship is immediately threatened when Michael learns that the corporate job he is interviewing for is actually Jan’s position.

In the middle of Jim’s interview at corporate, he finds a yogurt lid in his bag from Pam that reads: “Don’t forget us when you’re famous!” Jim leaves the interview to drive to Scranton and finally ask Pam out on a date.


6. In “Niagara: Part 1” the office travels to Niagara Falls for Jim and Pam’s wedding.

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Pam has to field awkward interactions with her family.
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Although Jim and Pam intentionally choose to have a destination wedding in order to avoid having their co-workers come to the ceremony in “Niagara: Part 1” (season six episode four), the entire office ends up traveling to Niagara Falls to celebrate their nuptials.

Michael and Dwight use the wedding as an excuse to meet new women, to varying degrees of success. At the rehearsal dinner, Jim accidentally slips up and reveals that Pam is pregnant, much to the dismay of her old-fashioned grandmother. Later, Pam is woken up in the middle of the night to drive Andy to the hospital after he hurts his scrotum doing a split at a hotel dance party.


5. “Casino Night” features a touching moment between Jim and Pam.

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The two finally kissed.
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In “Casino Night” (season two episode 22) Michael puts together a casino night in the warehouse and accidentally sets himself up on two dates: one with his boss Jan and another with his real estate agent (and Carell’s real-life wife) Carol.

Jim still harbors feelings for Pam despite her upcoming wedding to Roy and reveals to the documentary crew that he has “no future” in Scranton. As casino night wraps up and Roy leaves Pam with Jim, he finally admits that he is in love with her. Although Pam turns him down, the two end up sharing a kiss in the darkened office as the episode comes to a close.


4. In “Dinner Party” Michael forces his employees to attend a painful dinner at his home.

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After avoiding after-office interactions with Michael for months, Michael finally traps Jim and Pam into a coming over to his house in “Dinner Party” (season four episode 13). Feeling left out, Dwight shows up uninvited with his old babysitter and forces himself onto the occasion, which is already unraveling due to tensions that arise between Michael and his girlfriend Jan.

The lengthy dinner escalates to a screaming match between Jan and Michael, which results in her smashing his beloved plasma screen TV with one of his Dundies.


3. In “Stress Relief” Dwight sets the office on fire.

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In “Stress Relief” (season five episode 14) Dwight sets the office on fire in order to educate the office on their fire safety skills, but his good intentions cause office-wide panic and lead to Stanley having a heart attack.

Worried about Stanley and the wellbeing of everyone in the office, Michael puts on a roast to relieve stress at Dunder Mifflin. Meanwhile, in the break room, Jim, Pam, and Andy watch a fictional movie starring Jack Black and Cloris Leachman called “Mrs. Albert Hannaday.”


2. In “Goodbye Michael” Michael struggles to say goodbye to the office.

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In “Goodbye Michael” (season seven episode 22) Michael prepares to leave Dunder Mifflin for good and join Holly in Colorado. In an attempt to avoid a dramatic last day, Michael lies about when he is leaving and chooses to have small, personal moments with each of his employees.

After Jim suspects what Michael is doing, he and Michael have a tearful goodbye, in which Jim professes that Michael is the “best boss” he ever had. Later as Michael is boarding his flight, Pam catches him at the airport in time to say goodbye with a private farewell.


1. “The Finale” is the highest rated episode and the final episode of the series.

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“The Finale” (season 9 episode 24) stands as the last entry in the series and the most highly rated episode of the show. In “The Finale” the show flash forwards to catch up with the cast a year after the documentary finished airing. Everyone at Dunder Mifflin has found their own happy ending: Andy works for Cornell, Stanley happily retired to Florida, Dwight and Angela are getting married, and Pam and Jim decide to move to Austin, Texas so that Jim can pursue his dream job.

Jim also pulls off a series of “good pranks” for Dwight as his best man, including surprising Dwight by getting Michael to his wedding. In the final moments of the episode, the Dunder Mifflin crew returns to the office for one last get together before they part ways.

37 showstopping looks from the Miss USA pageant over the years

Michele McDonald, winner of Miss USA 1971, and Olivia Jordan, winner of Miss USA 2015.

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Michele McDonald, winner of Miss USA 1971, and Olivia Jordan, winner of Miss USA 2015.
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  • The Miss USA beauty pageant has taken place every year since 1952.
  • During each pageant, contestants wear a number of glamorous looks to impress the judges, from leotards to sparkling ball gowns.
  • Hopeful contestants have also worn daring necklines and flowing skirts during the competition.
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Since the Miss USA competition began in 1952, contestants have worn a number of glamorous looks in the hopes of advancing to the Miss Universe pageant.

In the earliest days of the contest, for example, women like Miss New York and Miss California won the crown after wearing tight leotards and minidresses. And by the ’70s and ’80s, pageant contestants were all wearing sparkling gowns.

From floor-length dresses paired with gloves to ensembles with daring necklines, here’s a look back at some of the most show-stopping looks worn throughout Miss USA pageants.


New York’s Jackie Loughery became the first Miss USA in 1952 while wearing a leotard.

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Jackie Loughery during Miss USA 1952.
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She was given a fur-lined cape to wear over her strapless leotard.


Carol Morris, who was once Miss Iowa, was crowned Miss USA in 1956. She wore a William Cahill coronation ball gown during the competition.

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Carol Morris poses in a coronation ball gown in 1956.
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She ended up taking the ball gown home as one of her prizes.


Terry Lynn Huntingdon was first named Miss California, and then became the eighth Miss USA in 1959. Like the pageant’s first winner, she was crowned while wearing a leotard.

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Terry Lynn Huntingdon during Miss USA 1959.
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She showed off her a few of her prizes – a cape, trophy, and scepter – while wearing a pink leotard.


Macel Wilson, a contestant from Hawaii, was named Miss USA in 1962, while wearing an elegant dress with an embellished top.

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Macel Wilson during Miss USA 1962.
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She donned a white gown for the event, which featured a slim skirt and beaded bodice. Wilson also accessorized with long white gloves.


Maria Remenyi took home the Miss USA crown in 1966 while wearing a shimmering ensemble.

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Maria Remenyi during Miss USA 2004.
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The former Miss California dazzled in a print gown and matching shiny gloves.


In 1968, Didi Anstett won the Miss USA title. She showed off her new title in a sparkly dress with a daring cutout.

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Didi Anstett during Miss USA 1968.
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The winner, who was also crowned Miss Washington, wore a sparkling halter-style gown with a beaded top.


Michele McDonald represented Pennsylvania during the pageant in 1971. She wore a unique gown with ruffled details that were popular at the time after being crowned.

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Michele McDonald during Miss USA 1971.
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One of her most showstopping looks from the pageant included a white strapless dress with a sheer overlay.


Kimberly Tomes turned heads in blue when she won the 1977 Miss USA title.

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Kimberly Tomes during Miss USA 1977.
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After winning the Miss Texas title, Tomes won the Miss USA crown while wearing a blue gown with jewel detailing.


Terri Utley, from Arkansas, became Miss USA in 1982, wearing a dress with a romantic silhouette.

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Terri Utley during Miss USA 1982.
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She took a unique approach to her competition style, and wore a brown dress with long sleeves.


Before she was an Oscar-winning actress, Halle Berry competed in Miss USA in 1986.

She represented Ohio in the competition, where she walked the stage in a blue swimsuit.


Courtney Gibbs competed as Miss Texas and was eventually crowned Miss USA in 1988, wearing a dress with a dramatic thigh-high slit.

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Courtney Gibbs poses in her evening gown from the Miss USA 1988 pageant.
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She wore a black evening gown with an intricate jeweled pattern.


Gretchen Polhemus of Texas became Miss USA in 1989, wearing a gown with what appears to be fringe detailing on the bodice.

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Gretchen Polhemus during Miss USA 1989.
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She wore a classic white strapless gown for her final look.


Carole Gist went from Miss Michigan to Miss USA in 1990. One of her most showstopping looks was this black and red dress.

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Carole Gist poses in her evening gown from the 1990 competition.
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She wore a stunning black gown with billowing red ruffles at the sides.


Kelli McCarty of Kansas wore this sparkling red gown when she became Miss USA in 1991.

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Kelli McCarty posing in her evening gown for the competition.
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She paired her sleeveless gown with matching red heels.


Shanna Moakler of Texas became Miss USA in 1995 wearing a white, embellished gown with a statement neckline.

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Shanna Moakler during Miss USA 1995.
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She wore a subtle shimmery gown with a halter-style neckline.


Shawnae Jebbia competed in the pageant as Miss Massachusetts in 1998, wearing a strapless design with a dramatic train.

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Shawnae Jebbia during Miss USA 1998.
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She won the competition wearing a beige sleeveless gown with an eye-catching necklace.


Kimberly Ann Pressler of New York took home the crown in 1999. She wore a subtle yet standout white dress with a sparkly top during the pageant.

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Kimberly Ann Pressler during Miss USA 1999.
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She wore an understated white gown with a sheer illusion neckline.


Lynnette Cole walked as Miss Tennessee in 2000 before becoming Miss USA. She wore a sleek floor-length evening gown.

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Lynnette Cole during Miss USA 2000.
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Her subtly sparkly dress featured a sheer train attached at the skirt.


Kandace Krueger represented Texas in 2001 wearing a classic white gown.

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Kandace Krueger during Miss USA 2001.
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The floor-length dress featured intricate lace emroidery.


Shauntay Hinton went from Miss District of Columbia to Miss USA in 2002 wearing a one-shoulder design.

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Shauntay Hinton during Miss USA 2002.
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Her modern spin on a classic evening gown ended up stealing the show.


Susie Castillo of Massachusetts won the crown in 2003 while wearing a semi-sheer lace gown.

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Susie Castillo during Miss USA 2003.
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The gown featured cascading ruffles on the bottom half of the skirt.


Shandi Finnessey competed as Miss Missouri in 2004, and ended up winning the competition in a semi-sheer jeweled design.

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Shandi Finnessey during Miss USA 2004.
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Her skirt featured a two-toned blue and gold design.

Read more: Here’s how Miss America, Miss USA, and Miss Universe are different


Chelsea Cooley of North Carolina took home the title in 2005. She wore a classic black dress during the evening gown portion of the show.

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Chelsea Cooley during Miss USA 2005.
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She impressed the judges with a flowing train.


She may not have won the pageant, but Melissa Witek from Florida wore a showstopping dress in 2005.

She wore an elegant coral evening gown for her final look.


Tara Conner represented Kentucky in 2006 in a flowing white gown.

Her evening gown featuring a ruffled slit at the left leg, which she paired with strappy sandals. She ended up taking home the crown in 2006.


Rachel Smith of Tennessee won the crown in March 2007 while wearing a red gown with a cutout design.

The evening gown featured shimmering sequins on the skirt.


Miss Texas Crystle Stewart was crowned Miss USA in 2008 wearing an intricate beaded design.

Her shimmering jeweled gown that sparkled as she made her way down the runway.


Kristen Dalton of North Carolina won the title in 2009 wearing a flowing blue gown.

Her billowing evening gown ended up stealing the show.


Winner Rima Fakih represented Michigan in 2010 and was crowned Miss USA while wearing a sleek white evening gown.

The gown featured silver embellishments across the fishtail-style skirt.


Alyssa Campanella took home the Miss USA crown in June 2011 while wearing an emerald-green gown.

She represented California in a gorgeous, sparkly evening gown.


Nana Meriwether represented Maryland in 2012 while wearing a flowing white gown.

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Nana Meriwether during Miss USA 2012.
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She paired the elegant dress with a pair of sleek strappy heels.


2013 winner Erin Brady of Connecticut dazzled in a red evening gown.

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Erin Brady during Miss USA 2013.
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The floor-length dress featured shimmering sequins on the skirt and lace embroidery on the bodice.


In June 2014, Nia Sanchez represented Nevada in a showstopping red gown that helped her win the Miss USA title.

She accessorized with matching sparkly earrings.


Olivia Jordan represented Oklahoma in a grand ball gown in July 2015.

She won the competition in a Barbie-pink strapless gown.


Deshauna Barber, Miss District of Columbia in 2016, glimmered in a golden evening gown when she became Miss USA.

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Deshauna Barber during Miss USA 2016.
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Her dress featured layers of silver tassels at the skirt and tons of gold sequins on the bodice and sleeves.


Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough walked down the runway in an eye-catching gown in 2017.

Her flowing gown helped her take home the title of Miss USA 2017.


2018 winner Sarah Rose Summer represented Nebraska in a dramatic black ballgown.

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Sarah Rose Summers during Miss USA 2018.
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The gown featured a flowing train attached at the waist.

Jan Vertonghen suffered a head collision so bad he ‘could hardly stand up,’ and soccer reporters are furious Tottenham allowed the groggy player to continue

Jan Vertonghen is assessed.

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Jan Vertonghen is assessed.
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  • Jan Vertonghen suffered a suspected broken nose and was left bloody and dazed after a nasty head collision as Tottenham Hotspur trailed 1-0 in the critical first leg of its UEFA Champions League match against Ajax on Tuesday.
  • Within four minutes, Vertonghen had been assessed, given a clean uniform, and allowed back on the pitch to play.
  • But his contribution lasted just another two minutes as he was once again forced off the field where he “half collapsed” down the tunnel.
  • The whole incident has left soccer reporters around the world furious because of how concussion is treated in the sport.
  • Two journalists have called for the protocol to be looked at, with one claiming that independent doctors rather than team medics should only assess head injuries.
  • Read more of Business Insider’s coverage for the 2018-2019 soccer season right here.
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LONDON – Jan Vertonghen suffered a nasty head collision during Tottenham Hotspur’s loss against Ajax on Tuesday.

It all happened in the 33rd minute of the critical first leg of the team’s UEFA Champions League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

Tottenham was 1-0 down and chasing an equalizer before half-time. The defender Vertonghen leaped into the air to challenge for the ball but ended up colliding into the back of his Spurs teammate Toby Alderweireld’s head.

Vertonghen’s nose was broken, according to The Guardian, and he bled profusely on the floor. The Spurs medical team assessed him, and within four minutes he was back on his feet, had changed into a clean uniform, and given one last assessment by the referee.

Though Vertonghen was permitted to continue, in the 39th minute he was eventually forced off the pitch for good as he appeared unsteady on his legs, dazed in his eyes, and unable to play. Moussa Sissoko replaced him.

The Guardian reports that midway down the tunnel, Vertonghen “half collapses” and was “caught” by his “concerned” soccer manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Watch footage of Vertonghen leaving the pitch here:

Though BT Sport, the match’s broadcaster in the UK, said he appeared to have recovered in the dressing room later, soccer reporters around the world were furious that Vertonghen was allowed to return to the pitch in the first place, rather than given a lengthier assessment and treatment.

Read more: Scary World Cup head injury shows soccer needs to change one of its most basic rules

The retired American international soccer player Taylor Twellman, now at ESPN, tweeted that Vertonghen “under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should have been allowed to come back onto the field.” He even accused the Spurs medical staff of “disgusting” behavior.

The Evening Standard’s chief soccer correspondent James Olley said the player “could hardly stand up” as he was helped off the pitch. The Independent’s chief soccer writer Miguel Delaney said that Vertonghen looked “like he was going to vomit.” And Press Association Sport’s deputy sports editor Jamie Gardner added that it is “unbelievable” how soccer “handles concussions.” Vertonghen should have been off “straight away, no question,” Gardner said.

John Cross, the chief soccer writer at the Daily Mirror, called for “independent doctors to decide if a player can carry on.”

And finally, Joe Prince-Wright the lead soccer writer and editor at NBC Sports agreed with Cross, and claimed that the whole “protocol has to be looked at.”

Tottenham lost the match 1-0. The second leg at Ajax will be played on Wednesday, May 8.

There were some awkward surprises in Tesla’s latest financial filings

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
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  • Tesla’s recently released financials paint an even worse picture of the company’s finances than CEO Elon Musk did last week.
  • On top of a few nasty surprises, the filing did little to shift the conversation away from a lack of demand for Tesla’s cars.
  • Meanwhile, questions linger about how Tesla will execute on its latest strategic shift – turning its cars into a fleet of robo-taxis.

Wall Street just got to see all the details of Tesla’s disastrous first quarter, and now things look even worse for the electric-car maker than they did just a few days before.

Here’s what went down: Last week the company reported select numbers – including a $700 million loss and deliveries that fell 31% from the previous quarter – while CEO Elon Musk swatted away questions about demand and refused to lower his expectations for the year to come.

Then on Monday, Tesla released all of its numbers, and there were a few nasty surprises that it had neglected to mention the week before. For one thing, the company made $216 million selling auto-energy credits, without which it would have experienced a quarterly loss of about $900 million.

For another, it stealthily changed its next “milestone.” In its annual report, Tesla wrote it would make 500,000 Model 3s from June 30, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Now the electric-car maker says it’s going to make 500,000 cars total during that period.

It also admitted to having a problem with one of its suppliers that held up production in the first quarter.

And finally, Tesla said it was in “material compliance with all financial debt covenants” by the end of the quarter. That may sound good, but this is Wall Street and words are tricky. Adding “material” to that sentence (as opposed to flat-out saying it is “in compliance with all financial debt covenants”) means something is amiss. Tesla has yet to answer Business Insider’s question about what exactly went wrong there.

Demand

Tesla listed a litany of problems with the quarter, none of them having to do with the problem Wall Street is focused on – demand. Over and over again on the earnings call, as he’s been doing for a few quarters now, Musk stressed that the company has no problem with demand.

Musk and his colleagues made its dismal sales numbers and multiple price cuts over the quarter sound like a blip – one caused by seasonality, global logistical problems, an isolated supplier limitation, and difficulties manufacturing for more than one region and for different variants of a car at the same time.

Tesla maintained that next quarter it’s going to blow it out of the park and deliver 90,000 to 100,000 cars (compared with the 63,000 it delivered this quarter). So some bulls, like Jed Dorsheimer at Canaccord Genuity, say that should “quell demand fears.”

Bears, of course, don’t buy Tesla’s reasons for its sales collapse in the first quarter. They point to the fact that Tesla didn’t make the mark this quarter and that it has a history of missing guidance.

Musk dodged any questions about demand or future price cuts on the conference call. He played down the existence of the $35,000 Model 3 that the company had proposed with such fanfare. Now customers have to call Tesla if they want one, and Musk said on the conference call that Tesla is seeing evidence that customers who would’ve bought the $35,000 car are actually opting for the more expensive model. That should help with the car’s margins, which fell from 25% in the fourth quarter to 20% in the first quarter.

Tesla said in its filing that it “may choose to seek alternative financing sources” for its operations. That makes sense. The company is now sitting on $2.2 billion of cash and has guided to spending about the same amount in capital expenditures for the year. It’s bleeding money, and it wants to finance the build-out of its Shanghai facility and the production of its Model Y and Semi next year.

The story has changed

Over at Morgan Stanley, Adam Jonas, a longtime booster of the company, admits the story has changed. He just cut his price target on the stock (from $240 to $230) for the fourth time this year:

We have long believed that Tesla’s share price movement is driven by 3 primary factors: (1) demand, (2) cash flow and (3) access to capital markets. A deceleration in the first driver has led to an outflow of the second, leading to a more dilutive outcome of the third. If we think back to late 2018, when the stock was trading above the $350 range, few investors questioned near-term demand for the product as the Model 3 was hitting the streets in exponentially higher volume. At the same time, Tesla posted very strong free cash flow generation in the back-half of 2018 … leading many to think the moment of “self-funding” had finally arrived at Tesla.

People thought self-funding had come to Tesla, in part, because Musk said it had. He reversed course last week when he introduced Tesla’s plan to put 1 million self-driving robo-taxis on the road by the end of this year. He said that thanks to a chip that Tesla had developed, it was now leaps and bounds ahead of its self-driving-tech competition at Uber, General Motors, and Google.

This without using lidar, a technology that uses lasers to measure distance to a target. Tesla’s competitors all use it, but Musk has bashed it as foolish, unnecessary, and too expensive.

Instead of swinging back to profitability, Musk says Tesla will use all of its resources to ensure that this robo-taxi plan is executed as soon as possible. Drivers, he said, can clear up to $30,000 a year if they upload this new technology and join Tesla’s robo-taxi fleet. It’s unclear how Tesla will get regulatory approval for this business, or how it will insure all of these cars (which Musk said it would likely be liable for). Tesla didn’t answer any of our questions on that either.

What we do know, though, is that the cost to build a robo-taxi is about $38,000. About the same amount it costs to build a Model 3, incidentally.

We also know that Tesla held a big event to announce this change – likely because it’s a big strategic shift. The word “autonomous” was not mentioned once in its January annual report, but it appeared four times in its most recent filing. Stories change.

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene are both leaving Alphabet’s board of directors

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  • On Tuesday, Alphabet announced that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud CEO Dianne Greene will not seek re-election to its board of directors.
  • Alphabet also announced the addition to its board of Robin L. Washington, CFO of the Bay Area biopharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences.
  • Schmidt will continue on as a “technical advisor to Alphabet,” and according to an SEC filing released Tuesday, he will receive an annual salary of $1 for his services.
  • News of the departures come on the same day as Alphabet’s stock plunged more than 8%, wiping out more than $70 billion in market value.

On Tuesday, Alphabet announced that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Google Cloud CEO Dianne Greene will not seek re-election to its board of directors.

Schmidt’s exit comes after 18 years on the board. According to the press release on Tuesday, the former Google CEO will continue on as a “technical advisor to Alphabet.”

Greene’s departure was perhaps more predictable, as the former cloud chief exec was replaced by Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian in January of this year. Greene served on Alphabet’s board since 2012.

Both Schmidt’s and Greene’s terms will end in June.

Along with the big name departures to its board, Alphabet also announced the addition of Robin L. Washington, CFO of the Bay Area biopharmaceutical company, Gilead Sciences.

“I’m excited to be part of a company that has such a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of people around the world,” Washington said in a statement.

According to an SEC filing released on Tuesday, Washington will receive a one-time stock grant worth $1,000,000 for joining the board. She will also be eligible to receive an annual stock package worth $350,000, as well as an annual $75,000 cash bonus.

News of the departures come on the same day as Alphabet’s stock plunged more than 8%, wiping out more than $70 billion in market value.

Read more: Google’s Q1 was a $70 billion disaster that analysts say is the reality-check it needs to finally make a big change

Tuesday’s announcement may seem like the end of an era for Schmidt – who served as Google’s chief exec for almost ten years and sat on its board since March 2001. But in the spirit of his former management coach Bill Campbell – the subject of his most recent book – Schmidt says he looks forward to “helping the next generation of talent” at Google and beyond.

For Schmidt’s role as a Technical Advisor at Google, according to the SEC filing, he will receive an annual salary of $1.

12 unexpected ways anxiety can impact your life

Anxiety can impact your life in a lot of ways.

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Anxiety can impact your life in a lot of ways.
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  • Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of physical and mental symptoms.
  • Anxiety can make it difficult for you to focus on tasks or remember things. It can also cause you to have nightmares.
  • Your immune system and skin can also be impacted by anxiety.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.

If you’ve experienced anxiety at any point in your life, you’re probably aware of many of the common symptoms of it, such as nervous thoughts, a racing heart, and disrupted sleep.

But anxiety can also impact your life in ways that might seem totally unrelated to your anxious feelings and thoughts.

Here are some of the many ways anxiety can impact your life.

Although this list can be helpful to reference, if you’re experiencing anxiety or side effects that come with it, you may want to reach out to a medical professional to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment options.

Anxiety can make it difficult for you to focus

“Often when your mind is consumed with racing thoughts and trying to ward off and cope with the intense anxiety that you’re feeling, it can be very difficult to focus at work, school, or even at home watching TV,” said Laura Chackes, a licensed psychologist and owner of The Center for Mindfulness & CBT in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Anxiety often keeps us stuck in the past or fearful of the future and ultimately robs us of being present in the current moment, which is where you need to be in order to focus on work,” added Lindsay Henderson, a psychologist who treats patients virtually via the telehealth app LiveHealth Online.

Read More: 10 answers to common questions about dealing with anxiety

Anxiety can make it challenging to remember big and small things

Similarly, Henderson told INSIDER that anxiety can be behind your ability to remember things both big and small, like an upcoming work assignment or a friend’s birthday.

“[Anxiety] can also lead to forgetfulness, as focus and concentration is critical for forming and consolidating memories,” she explained.

It could impact your self-esteem

“Anxiety can also negatively impact self-esteem,” said Chackes. “Whether you are suffering from social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or another type of anxiety, your fears and worries likely either make you doubt yourself or your ability to handle situations.”

It could cause you to experience nightmares or vivid dreams

Disrupted sleep is a well-known side effect of many mental health conditions, including anxiety. But even if you’re sleeping through the night, anxiety may cause you to have expressly vivid dreams or nightmares.

“Our minds don’t necessarily quiet when we go to sleep,” Henderson told INSIDER. “Anxiety and stress during the day can stay with you overnight, causing sleep problems and fear-based nightmares that make it difficult to get [sufficient] rest.”

Anxiety can impact your immune system, meaning you might get sick more than usual

Anxiety can weaken your immune system.

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Anxiety can weaken your immune system.
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Anxiety takes a toll on your entire body, so if you find yourself battling illnesses more often than normal, it could be because of your mental health.

“When your body notices an uptick in anxiety, it releases cortisol. Cortisol functions to shut down any processes that take energy away from ‘fight-or-flight mode.’ Some of these processes may be the same ones that boost the body’s immune response,” Meg Josephson, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist based in New York, told INSIDER. “This can lead to an increase in our likelihood of getting a cold or flu, or a general sense of feeling ‘unwell.'”

” [Anxiety] impairs the aspects of the immune system that fight infections. Studies suggest that individuals with chronic anxiety may be more likely to get the flu, colds, and other types of infections,” added Henderson.

If you’re experiencing anxiety, you may also be dealing with aches and pains throughout your body

Anxiety can cause back pain.

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Anxiety can cause back pain.
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“We often carry our stress in our bodies – mental tension and physical tension go hand in hand,” said Henderson. “This can lead to sore muscles, back and neck pain, tension headaches, and digestion upset.”

Anxiety can impact your skin

“Many people talk about stress and anxiety causing their skin to break out and there is actually some truth to this,” said Chackes. “Stress causes your body to [increase hormone production] that can increase oil production, which can lead to acne and other skin conditions.”

“Anxiety and stress can also exacerbate existing skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and fever blisters. It can [also] cause rashes and hives,” she added.

Visiting a dermatologist can help but you may also want to check in with a mental health professional if you believe anxiety could be contributing to your skin-related issues.

It could cause changes in your speech patterns

“Anxiety can lead to changes in speech patterns because it causes us to second guess ourselves and speak with less authority,” said Josephson. “Anxious thoughts may distract us from what it is we are saying and make it less likely that we deliver our thoughts in a confident, tangential way.”

If you have anxiety, you may find yourself wanting to be on your phone or tablet at all times

If you have anxiety, you could be using your phone as a distraction.

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In an increasingly tech-savvy world, it’s not a secret that many of us spend plenty of time on our smartphones or in front of a screen. But if you find yourself needing to be on your device very often, you could be avoiding dealing with your anxiety.

“Most people do not want to experience anxiety, so it’s natural that we try to find a way to avoid feeling this way,” said Chackes. “Distraction is a form of avoidance and with minicomputers at our fingertips all of the time, many [people] turn to playing games or scrolling through social media to distract from the discomfort of anxiety.”

She said this can be quite problematic because this generally involves tuning out emotions instead of processing them. She said this avoidance strategy doesn’t usually work and “anxiety actually tends to increase over time the more we avoid dealing with it.”

It could be difficult for you to sit still if you have anxiety

“One of the core symptoms of an anxiety disorder is restlessness. When your mind has difficulty settling, your body can also struggle to stay still,” Henderson told INSIDER.

Anxiety can also worsen the symptoms of other mental health conditions

“Anxiety is often the cause of other mental health conditions worsening or flaring up, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” Chackes told INSIDER. “It’s common that when one is experiencing increased anxiety, the symptoms of other disorders also increase.”