Yearly Archives: 2019

A story about Tiger Woods calling in sick to a tournament so he could go fishing shows he was not always as consumed with golf as most had assumed

Tiger Woods was never the golfing

Tiger Woods was never the golfing “robot” many believed.
Mike Ehrmann/Getty

  • Tiger Woods completed a triumphant return to golf with a win at the Tour Championship, his first win in five years.
  • At the peak of Woods’ career, many assumed he was a golfing “robot,” and that he was only consumed with winning.
  • In 2002, when Woods had his best shot to win the Grand Slam, he called in sick to his only tune-up event for the Open Championship and went spearfishing instead.
  • Read all of Business Insider’s Masters coverage here.
  • Visit for more stories.

Long before Tiger Woods’ fall from grace and the injuries that derailed his career, the public image was one of a person consumed with golf, beating Jack Nicklaus’ record, and becoming the greatest golfer ever.

It turns out this couldn’t have been further from the truth.

In 2016, Wright Thompson profiled Woods for ESPN the Magazine, in a story called “The Secret History of Tiger Woods.” While that story went into great detail about many of the stories we already knew a little about (his flirtation with joining the Navy SEALs, his infidelities, etc.) there is one story that didn’t make the final edit and may be the best indication yet of where Woods’ priorities were, even at his peak.

At the time, Thompson was a guest on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike,” and the group discussed the image of Tiger as a “golfing robot.”

It was 2002, and Woods had won six of the previous nine majors, including the first two majors of the year, the Masters and the US Open. After the US Open, there was only one month until the Open Championship at Muirfield in Scotland, and Woods was scheduled to play a single tune-up event, the Western Open in Chicago two weeks earlier.

Woods did not play in that event. He called in sick … literally. However, it turns out he wasn’t sick. He just wanted to go spearfishing.

“I accidentally found out, because I was talking to all the people he spearfishes with,” Thompson told “Mike & Mike.” “Dude was like, ‘man, he wasn’t sick, he was spearfishing with me.’ And he was like, ‘We were on a boat called the Jolly Rogers II.” I talked to the captain of the boat and the dive master, and they were like, ‘he wasn’t sick, he was on our boat spearfishing.'”

Here is how Reuters reported the “illness” in 2002:

Tiger Woods, who is halfway to winning all four majors in a calendar year, may compete at this month’s British Open without having played a tournament since the U.S. Open last month.

The world No. 1 was scheduled to compete in the Western Open this week, but withdrew yesterday, citing an unspecified illness.

A source close to the captain of the boat provided Business Insider with this photo from the trip.

Tiger Woods spearfishing on the Jolly Rogers II.

Tiger Woods spearfishing on the Jolly Rogers II.
Don Zurbrick

Woods went on to finish 28th at the Open Championship before finishing second at the PGA Championship.

When asked what he thought that tells us about Woods, Thompson said it shows us that Woods has always been more than just a golfer.

“He wants a life. Golf is important to him, but he has interests outside of this,” Thompson said. “There is this whole other thing that has happened in private the entire time we have been watching him that feels real and authentic to him but bears almost no resemblance to the guy in the red shirt on Sunday.”

Amazing. Here is Woods in 2002. He is going for something nobody has ever accomplished – winning all four majors in one year in the modern era. But he wasn’t consumed by that.

He just wanted to go spearfishing.

This story was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.

How to update Google Play Services on an Android phone, and troubleshoot it if it stops responding

Google Play Services runs many of your Android phone's important features.

Google Play Services runs many of your Android phone’s important features.
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Google Play Services runs in the background on your Android phone and connects your Google account(s) to apps installed through Google Play.

Google Play Services allows you to use apps without entering login details each time you install a new app. It also processes and keeps track of purchases made through Google Pay to ensure you get the right version of whatever media has been purchased (books, apps, movies, etc.).

Updating Google Play Services is a little different than updating your installed apps, but the process is quick.

Update Google Play Services

1. From your phone’s app settings menu, go to Apps (sometimes called Apps & Notifications).

Navigate to your Apps menu.

Navigate to your Apps menu.
Michelle Greenlee/Business Insider

2. Find Google Play Services under your list of all apps.

Find the app that simply reads

Find the app that simply reads “Google Play services.”
Michelle Greenlee/Business Insider

3. If you have an option to Update or Install, tap to do so. Your version of Google Play Services is up-to-date if you do not see these options.

If you run into issues with Google Play Services that an update hasn’t solved, you may need to do a little troubleshooting. There are a few things to try before making any drastic moves.

Google Play Services connection errors

Google Play Services connection errors may show up as an alert telling you to connect so your apps will work. You’ll likely notice there’s an issue before seeing an alert. Apps may become unresponsive and you may get multiple push alerts saying the service must be reconnected.

You can troubleshoot the connection error without contacting Google or your phone manufacturer about it. Here are a few options to check:

Check your internet connection

Ensure your connection, whether it be WiFi or cell network data, is working properly. A poor connection can sometimes cause issues with Google Play Services.

Clear Google Play Services cache and data

1. From your phone’s settings menu, go to the Apps section.

2. Find Google Play Services under the list of all apps.

3. Tap Google Play Services to open the app information screen.

4. Clear cache by tapping the Clear Cache button.

5. To clear data, tap Manage Space, then select the data you would like to remove. You can review search data stored by each app on your phone or use the Clear All Data button to remove all data.

You can clear all data with a single press.

You can clear all data with a single press.
Michelle Greenlee/Business Insider

Reboot your device

Occasionally, you may need to turn your phone off then back on again.

1. Press and hold the power button to bring up the option to Power Off your device.

2. Tap Power off to shutdown.

3. Press the power button to turn on again.

If you’re still having issues, Google has a handy list of more steps to fix problems on Google Play that includes additional tips for managing Google Play Services.

Related coverage from How To Do Everything: Tech:

13 confirmed movies and TV shows Disney is making for its Netflix competitor, Disney Plus

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

  • Disney is developing many TV and movie projects for its upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus.
  • They include two live-action “Star Wars” TV shows, a Loki TV series spinning out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a “Monsters Inc.” series.

Disney is entering the streaming war this year with its Netflix rival, Disney Plus.

On top of its already extensive library of content, Disney is developing several original shows and movies for the platform, including two live-action “Star Wars” shows and Marvel TV series spinning out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In a presentation to investors on Thursday, Disney confirmed the series focused on Marvel characters that were previously reported, like shows focused on Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, and the Falcon, as well as all the movies in the “Star Wars” saga and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.”

Read more: Wall Street analysts say Disney’s streaming efforts could rival Netflix in subscribers, and ‘anything less would be a disappointment for investors’

Its original content also includes a “Monsters Inc.” series, a “High School Musical” series, and movies starring Anna Kendrick and Willem Dafoe.

Disney will go head-to-head with Netflix, ending a licensing deal with the streaming giant this year. All new Disney theatrical releases, starting with “Captain Marvel,” will eventually land on Disney Plus.

On Thursday, Disney informed investors they predict 60 million to 90 million subscribers by 2024 for Disney Plus, and it plans to spend $1 billion in the first year and $2 billion yearly by 2024 on original content.

It will cost subscribers $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year ($5.83 per month) for Disney Plus when it launches on November 12.

Below are confirmed and reported projects in development for Disney Plus:


Loki from “Thor: The Dark World.”
Disney / Marvel

“The Mandalorian”

“The Mandalorian” will be Disney Plus’ first live-action “Star Wars” TV series.

The writer and producer Jon Favreau, who directed Disney hits like “Iron Man” and the upcoming “Lion King” remake, is developing “The Mandalorian.”

It takes place between the original and the new “Star Wars” trilogies, following a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.”

Episodes will be directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, the “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi, and more. The “Narcos” star Pedro Pascal plays the title character.

A Cassian Andor “Star Wars” series


Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed in November during an earnings call that a “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” spin-off starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor is in the works.

Andor died at the end of “Rogue One,” so this will be set before the events of the movie.

The official “Star Wars” website described it as a “spy thriller” that “follows the adventures of rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion.”

A new season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”


The animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which ended in 2014 after six seasons on Cartoon Network, will return for a 12-episode seventh season exclusively on Disney Plus. Iger confirmed in November that the series was coming.

A Marvel series starring Loki

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Marvel Studios

Iger confirmed in November that a Loki series was in development that would spin out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as the God of Mischief and Thor’s adopted brother.

A “Monsters Inc.” series

Disney / Pixar

Iger confirmed in November that a TV series based on the Pixar movie “Monsters Inc.” would come to Disney Plus.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”

Walt Disney Records

Disney announced the stars of its upcoming “High School Musical” series for Disney Plus in February. The cast includes a group of young up-and-coming actors such as Joshua Bassett (“Stuck in the Middle”), Frankie Rodriguez (“Modern Family”), and Olivia Rodrigo (“Bizaardvark”).

A “Lady and the Tramp” live-action remake


Disney is developing a live-action remake of its animated classic “Lady and the Tramp” for Disney Plus.

In a January interview with Barron’s, Iger said the movie was never considered for a theatrical release.

“There was not one discussion about whether we should make that for the big screen,” Iger said. “Everybody said this is a great story, would love to make it again, let’s make it for what we call ‘the service’ internally.”

“Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick

Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images

Kendrick and Bill Hader are starring in “Noelle,” a movie about a Santa’s daughter (played by Kendrick). It was originally scheduled for a November release this year in theaters but will debut on Disney Plus.

“Togo,” starring Willem Dafoe

Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker

The movie tells the true story of the 1925 Nome serum run, when 20 mushers raced across Alaska by dog sled to transport an antitoxin for a deadly bacteria that was ravaging the small town.

A Marvel series starring Scarlet Witch

Marvel Studios

At the Disney investor presentation of Disney Plus it was announced the show “WandaVision” will be on the service, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their Marvel Cinematic Universe roles Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively.

A Marvel series starring Bucky and Falcon

Disney/Marvel Studios

Disney confirmed at the presentation it is developing a series starring the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

A Marvel “What If?” animated series

Marvel Comics

A “What If?” series is also being made for Disney Plus, which will focus on alternate realities of Marvel. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said at the presentation that one of the episodes will be about Peggy Carter becoming a super soldier rather than Steve Rogers, thanks to a suit built by Howard Stark.

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”

Getty Images/Christopher Polk

Everyone’s favorite movie star Jeff Goldblum will host a docuseries for National Geographic, which will be available on the Disney Plus service. “Jeff pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas,” is how the show was described at the presentation to investors.

Disney became owner of National Geographic after it bought 20th Century Fox.



“Book of Enchantment”


Disney is developing “Book of Enchantment,” a series that will star some of Disney’s most recognizable villains like Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”) and Maleficent (“Sleeping Beauty”), The Wrap reported in February. It’s based on Serena Valentino’s “Villains” book series.

A Marvel series starring Hawkeye

Marvel Studios

Disney is developing a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner in which he passes the mantle off to Kate Bishop, a character from the comics who is a member of the Young Avengers, according to Variety.

A “Sword in the Stone” remake


The Hollywood Reporter said last year that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who directed “28 Weeks Later,” would direct a “Sword in the Stone” live-action remake. Reports have since indicated that the movie will head straight to Disney Plus.

And more:

“Three Men and a Baby”
Touchstone Pictures

Deadline reported in February that Disney was developing several “priority” movie projects for the streaming service: “Don Quixote,” “The Paper Magician,” “Stargirl,” a “Three Men and a Baby” remake, and “Timmy Failure,” from Tom McCarthy, the director of “Spotlight.”

Thousands of Stop & Shop workers walked out in a strike that forced stores to close for hours

  • Stop & Shop locations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut were forced to close Thursday afternoon after workers walked out in protest.
  • Thirty-one thousand employees at more than 240 stores went on strike in response to Stop & Shop’s proposed contract, which the United Food & Commercial Workers union says would cut healthcare benefits and pensions.
  • Stop & Shop defended its wages and benefits and said it needed to cut labor costs to compete with nonunionized grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Costco, and Walmart.
  • Visit for more stories.

Stop & Shop workers went on strike Thursday, protesting cuts on healthcare and pension benefits.

Thirty-one thousand employees of the Ahold Delhaize-owned regional grocery chain who are members of the United Food & Commercial Workers union walked out of their stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut on Thursday afternoon.

Workers at more than 240 locations left stores about 1 p.m., with some then picketing outside. Many stores – lacking employees – closed for a portion of the afternoon. The strike continued into Friday, but most of the stores reopened Friday morning with temporary replacement workers, a Stop & Shop representative told Business Insider.

“Given that negotiations with assistance of the federal mediators are continuing, we are disappointed that the UFCW chose to order a work stoppage in an attempt to disrupt service at our stores,” the retailer said in a statement. “Stop & Shop has contingency plans in place to minimize disruption.”

According to the UFCW, Stop & Shop’s proposed contract would increase healthcare premiums by hundreds of dollars, with full-time employees paying an estimated $893 over three years, and reduce monthly pension benefits for many newly hired employees.

“Instead of a contract that recognizes the value and hard work that our members provide every day, Stop & Shop has only proposed drastic and unreasonable cuts to healthcare benefits and take-home pay while replacing real customer service with more serve-yourself checkout machines,” representatives of the local UFCW unions said in a statement.

Read more: Jeff Bezos called for Amazon’s competitors to raise their minimum wage. Here’s how retail rivals like Walmart, Target, and Costco stack up on worker pay.

Some social-media users described shopping at Stop & Shop as the strike kicked off Thursday.

“Stop and Shop called their strike when I was in the middle of shopping… so I ditched my cart and left. Take care of your people and you’ll get my money,” one person tweeted.

“Just walked into Stop and Shop and the PA system goes ‘Everybody out we are officially on strike’ and all the employees legit just left. FIGHT THE POWER BABY,” another tweeted.

The UFCW and Stop & Shop reached a stalemate while negotiating a new contract in recent months, with employees working without a contract since late February. The strike affects all Stop & Shop locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, as the UFCW represents the brand’s 31,000 workers in New England. Stop & Shop is fully unionized, a rarity in the American grocery business.

“The men and women who make Stop & Shop a success have earned and deserve affordable healthcare, a good wage, and the ability to retire with dignity,” local unions said in a statement.

Stop & Shop said in a statement that its employees had some of the highest wages and best benefits in the grocery industry. The company said it needed to cut costs because most rival grocery chains in the New England area, such as Walmart, Costco, and Whole Foods, were not unionized and had lower labor costs.

“Stop & Shop is the only large fully-unionized food retailer left in New England,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Our labor costs are having a major impact on the company’s ability to compete in a fundamentally changing market.”

Numerous politicians spoke out in support of UFCW and Stop & Shop workers on Thursday.

“.@Stopandshop, a multibillion-dollar company, wants to drastically cut health care for 31,000 workers. I stand with @UFCW workers in their fight to protect health care and workers’ rights,” Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont tweeted.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted: “31k New England @StopandShop workers just went on strike for a contract that provides fair wages, good benefits, & a secure retirement. I stand in solidarity with @UFCW for these hard-working families to be treated with the dignity & respect they deserve.”

Disney soars to record high after laying out the details of its new streaming service

  • Disney shares rocketed more than 10% Friday morning to a record high after the company released details of its new streaming service, Disney Plus.
  • The entire “Star Wars” series and the first 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” will be available to stream at launch.
  • Watch Disney trade live.

Disney shares were up more than 10% Friday morning, hitting a record high of $130.90, after the company revealed details of its new streaming service Disney Plus during the company’s investor day on Thursday.

The new service will rival Netflix, which is currently dominating the space. Disney will launch the service in November and it will be priced at $6.99 per month, a notable discount to Netflix’s pricing which ranges from $8.99 to $12.99. Content will include “Marvel,” “Star Wars,” “Pixar,” and “National Geographic” content.

Disney anticipates the service will include 25 original series and 10 movies and specials in the first year, in addition to the more than 400 titles from its library. The entertainment giants sees 90 million households subscribing to the service, which it expects to achieve profitability in 2024.

UBS analyst John Hodulik was positive on the platform’s subscriber outlook, but noted that questions remain on the extent of foregone licensing fees for Disney.

“While not providing specific EPS guidance we believe management has given enough detail to help investors model near term earnings trajectory while showing confidence in the long term subscriber opportunity,” Hodulik wrote. Shares topped Hodulik’s price target of $128.

Wall Street is generally bullish on Disney, with 70% of analysts holding a “buy” rating. The company is set to report its first-quarter results on May 8.

Disney was up 17% this year, including Friday’s gain.

DIS stock chart

Markets Insider

Amazon is selling a motorized pool float that lets you zoom away from your problems at the touch of a button

The Poolcandy Splash Runner lets you zoom right into summer.

The Poolcandy Splash Runner lets you zoom right into summer.

Summer is right around the corner, which for many people means long afternoons spent lounging by the pool. There is no shortage of unique pool floats available for your lounging needs, but a new motorized version on Amazon might be the most extravagant yet.

The Splash Runner Motorized Inflatable Swimming Pool Lounger by Poolcandy is a motorized pool float that lets you “cruise effortlessly” in the water at the touch of a button.

The float

The float “moves in any direction.”

The pool float, which currently retails for $199.99, is called “the most feature-rich pool lounger ever made” on its official website. It includes two motors attached at the bottom that are controlled by joysticks on each side of the float.

The joysticks control where you float.

The joysticks control where you float.

The motor runs off 12 size D batteries and can hold up to 300 pounds. There’s also a convenient cupholder on the right side so you can zoom away from your worries with a drink in hand.

There's even a handy cupholder.

There’s even a handy cupholder.

At the time of the writing, the product has only one review on Amazon, with the customer giving it a three-star rating for being a “fun pool toy,” but noting that they thought it would not be appropriate for open water like rivers and lakes.

One reviewer called it a

One reviewer called it a “fun pool toy.”

YouTube channel OddityMall also uploaded a video of the product in action, and the man in the video appears to be living his best and laziest life.

If you’re looking for another pool float that’s just as relaxing but without all the extra bells and whistles, there’s also a giant sloth-shaped option that might be more your style.

Read more: This sloth-shaped pool float is the only summer accessory you need

THEN AND NOW: What 12 abandoned places in the US looked like before they became ruins

Grossinger's Resort in the Catskills, then and now.

Grossinger’s Resort in the Catskills, then and now.
Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

  • Borscht Belt” resorts in the Catskills went out of style and have sat abandoned for decades.
  • Houston’s Astrodome used to host sports games and concerts, but is now empty except for when it’s used as shelter during natural disasters.
  • The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, is now a museum and features a tour led by a former prisoner.
  • Visit for more stories.

From once-glamorous summer resorts to eerie sanatoriums, abandoned buildings (and even whole cities) across the US remain shells of their former selves. But what were these eerily empty structures like in their prime?

Here’s what 12 abandoned places looked like before they were deserted and how they’ve since decayed.

The Pines Hotel in South Fallsburg, New York, was part of the “Borscht Belt,” a collection of resorts popular with New York City Jews in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Pines Hotel’s ice skating rink in its glory days.
Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

New York-based photographer Marisa Scheinfeld grew up vacationing in the Borscht Belt with her family every summer. She set out to capture the crumbling glamour of the once well-known destinations in a photography book called “The Borscht Belt.”

Read more: 23 eerie photos that show the crumbling beauty of New York’s abandoned ‘Borscht Belt’ resorts

The ice skating rink at the Pines Hotel has seen better days.

What the ice skating rink looks like now.
Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

In the 1960s, cheap air travel allowed a new generation to visit more exotic and warmer destinations, and the Borscht Belt was no longer the place to be.

Grossinger’s Resort, another Borscht Belt hotspot, was once known as the “Waldorf in the Catskills.”

The indoor pool at Grossinger’s Resort.
Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

At its peak, Grossinger’s had 150,000 visitors every year and hosted entertainers such as Eddie Fisher, Jerry Lewis, and Milton Berle, according to Atlas Obscura.

Elizabeth Taylor married Eddie Fisher there, and according to The New York Times, it served as the inspiration for the setting of “Dirty Dancing.”

It closed in 1986 and its once-glamorous swimming pools and gazebos are being overtaken by the surrounding woods.

The windows of Grossinger’s indoor pool area.
Courtesy of Marisa Scheinfeld

The resort’s owner died in 1972 and the property was sold to a hotel developer, but nothing ever came of it.

From the 1880s to 1943, people with contagious diseases were quarantined on North Brother Island near New York City.

“Typhoid Mary” Mallon, an early 20th century cook who infected dozens with typhoid fever, was one of the island’s most infamous inhabitants. After World War II, North Brother Island was used to house veterans and later as a camp for troubled teens.

Today, most of its structures are on the verge of collapse.

An abandoned building on North Brother Island.
Dave Mosher/Business Insider

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation maintains the island as a bird sanctuary, and access to its crumbling remains of a morgue, boiler room, and dormitories is restricted.

Read more: New York City owns a creepy island that almost no one is allowed to visit – here’s what it’s like

The Wonderland Club Hotel in Elkmont, Tennessee, was a popular resort in the Great Smoky Mountains.

A postcard for the Wonderland Club Hotel in Elkmont, Tennessee.
Graphic Arts Agency/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Built in 1912, the Wonderland Club Hotel was a hotspot for Tennessee’s elite. It had 26 rooms that were all decorated differently and was known for its delicious family-style cuisine.

Nature is reclaiming the site of the hotel after a fire destroyed most of it.

What’s left of the Wonderland Club Hotel.
Brian Stansberry/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons

The National Park Service closed the resort in 1992, and a fire consumed most of what was left in 2016.

The Ohio State Reformatory opened in 1896.

The west cell block of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.
Courtesy of the Ohio State Reformatory

At its peak in 1955, the facility held 5,235 prisoners.

It closed in 1990 and is now a museum.

A row of cells inside the reformatory.
Niagara66/ Wikimedia Commons

The site now offers tours (including one led by a former prisoner) and ghost hunting classes. It has also been featured in many film and TV productions, most famously “The Shawshank Redemption.”

From 1911 to 1996, Letchworth Village in Thiells, New York, was a mental institution.

Letchworth Village in 1957. The children’s faces have been obscured.
Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images

Over 10,000 locals were employed by the institution to treat patients and maintain the grounds at its peak in the 1960s.

Some patients were taught vocational skills such as farming or sewing, but others were the subjects of controversial experiments.

Now, it’s a creepy abandoned building.

Inside the abandoned mental institution.
Forsaken Fotos/ Flickr

When a journalist named Geraldo Rivera published a 1972 expose on the cruel practices at Letchworth, the state of New York began scaling down mental institutions and moving patients to group homes.

New York City’s first subway station, City Hall, opened in 1904.

Financiers, city officials, and policemen ride New York City’s first subway in 1904.
Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images

The station was designed by Spanish engineer Rafael Guastavino, who was part of the City Beautiful design movement in the late 19th century and early 1900s. Guastavino in particular was known for his arches.

The abandoned City Hall subway station is only accessible via a special tour.

The now-abandoned subway station.
Felix Lipov/ Shutterstock

The station closed in 1945, but the the New York Transit Museum offers tours to members.

Read more: There’s an old, unused subway station underneath New York’s City Hall. Here’s what it’s like to visit.

Nearly $200 million worth of copper was processed at Kennecott Mines in Alaska between 1911 and 1938.

Kennecott Mines in Alaska.
Asahel Curtis – Asahel Curtis Photo Company/WIkimedia Commons/Public Domain

At its biggest, 300 people worked in the mill and 200 to 300 people worked in the mines, according to the National Park Service.

The mines closed in 1938 when the supply of high-grade ore ran out and has been empty ever since.

Kennecott Mines today.
Sewtex/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons

The National Park Service is working on restoring buildings that can be saved, such as the store and post office.

When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was the first domed multi-purpose stadium in the US.

The stadium hosted sports games, conventions, and concerts with a capacity of 70,000 people. Some called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

These days, it’s used as a shelter during natural disasters.

The Houston Astros baseball team and the Hoston Oilers football team moved on to new stadiums, and the last event there took place in 2002.

Michigan Central Station opened in 1913 and was the tallest railroad station in the world at the time.

Michigan Central Station circa 1913 in Detroit, Michigan.
Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

It was known as “Detroit’s Ellis Island” with 54-foot ceilings, chandeliers and 68-foot Corinthian columns.

The last train left the station in 1988.

The former transportation hub.
PsychoMafia/ Shutterstock

Michigan Central Station became a site of vandalism and theft until the city built a barbed wire fence in 1995. The station was set to be demolished in 2009, but the historic building was saved. It remains empty, but the Detroit city officials hope to refurbish it one day.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Kentucky was built in 1910 as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.
Courtesy of the Waverly Hills Historical Society

As many as 64,000 people may have died there, according to Mental Floss.

It closed in 1961, and many visitors think it’s haunted.

Reports of paranormal activity inspired the horror movie “Death Tunnel” set in the underground passageways used by staff to remove bodies from the building. The Waverly Hills Historical Society currently offers guided tours and paranormal investigations.

Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas, was founded in 1949.

The Log Jam ride at Joyland in 1997.
Patrick Pelletier/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons

The park operated before safety and animal rights regulations were put in place, resulting in unfortunate accidents.

Skeletons of roller coasters are all that remain.

A wooden roller coaster in the abandoned Joyland Amusement Park.
Ppelleti/Wikimedia Commons

The park was reopened under different operators in 2006, and closed down a few years later.

A huge new ‘Star Wars’ game from the folks behind ‘Apex Legends’ is about to be revealed — here’s everything we know so far

TIE fighters! A light saber! A droid of some form!

TIE fighters! A light saber! A droid of some form!
EA/Disney/Respawn Entertainment

  • A huge new “Star Wars” game is being unveiled on Saturday, named “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”
  • The game is being made by the same studio that created “Titanfall” and “Apex Legends,” Respawn Entertainment.
  • “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” fits into the movie canon between the events of “Episode 3” (“Revenge of the Sith” and “Episode 4” (“A New Hope”).
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A huge new “Star Wars” game is on the verge of being fully revealed: “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” is expected to arrive later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Even better: The game is being made by Respawn Entertainment, the same studio behind the excellent “Titanfall” series and recent blockbuster “Apex Legends.”

So what is it? Here’s everything we know so far:

1. “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” is a third-person action game starring a Jedi as the playable character.

No, not this Jedi — “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” takes place long before Rey was born.

Given the naming convention, you probably already guessed it: “Fallen Order” stars a Jedi.

That means, unlike “Star Wars Battlefront 2,” this game is no shooter. Instead, it’s a third-person action game that focuses on lightsaber-based combat.

2. It takes place between the events of “Episode 3” and “Episode 4.”


Spoilers for “Episode 3” ahead! In “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” (“Episode 3”), a very moody Anakin Skywalker – before turning into everyone’s favorite cyborg, Darth Vader – sets out to destroy the Jedi Order.

It’s part of a bigger jedi purge, known as “Order 66.” Few Jedi survive the purge, but apparently the main character in “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” is one of those few.

The game follows “a young Padawan’s journey in the Dark Times following Order 66,” according to Disney.

3. It’s likely to involve stealth gameplay.

EA/Disney/Respawn Entertainment

In a tweet this week, the official “Star Wars” gaming account from Electronic Arts published the image above with the text, “Don’t stand out.”

Given the time period of the game, it’s very likely that the main character – a Jedi – is trying to stay out of sight. When the game was announced in June 2018, Respawn Entertainment head Vince Zampella referred to its setting as “dark times.”

What that means for gameplay is that stealth is almost certainly involved. After all, even the most adept Jedi couldn’t withstand the collective force of the Imperial Clone army.

4. It’s scheduled to arrive in “holiday 2019.”

EA/Disney/Respawn Entertainment

When the game was announced in June 2018, it was given a “holiday 2019” release window by Respawn Entertainment head Vince Zampella. Given that the next major “Star Wars” movie is set to arrive on December 20, we’d guess that “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” will arrive somewhere in the vicinity of December or November.

5. There appears to be a droid of some form alongside the main character.

The image above leaked ahead of the official reveal, and it offered fans an early look at what to expect from the upcoming game.
EA/Disney/Respawn Entertainment

As you may have noticed in the image above, next to the Jedi is an adorable little droid. It appears as though that droid will star alongside the game’s main character – perhaps as an assistant? Or maybe it offers help in puzzle-solving situations? We’ll see!

6. It’s being made by the folks who made “Apex Legends” and “Titanfall,” Respawn Entertainment.

“Apex Legends/Electronic Arts

Respawn Entertainment, an EA-owned game studio, has only produced excellent games. Starting with “Titanfall” and, most recently, “Apex Legends,” Respawn Entertainment has a near-perfect record.

That said, Respawn Entertainment is known for creating first-person shooters – before Respawn, many of the studio’s employees developed the most iconic “Call of Duty” games. “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” is the studio’s first attempt at character action.

7. The game is getting detailed during a panel at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on Saturday.


Ready to learn more? Good news: Disney’s about to tell everyone a lot more about “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” on Saturday!

During a panel at the Star Wars Celebration 2019 in Chicago, Disney is scheduled to reveal many more details about the upcoming game.

Here’s the full panel description:

“Join the head of Respawn Entertainment, Vince Zampella, and Game Director, Stig Asmussen, along with many special guests, to be the first to learn about this holiday’s highly anticipated action adventure game, ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.’ Hear how Respawn and Lucasfilm collaborated on this original Star Wars story, following a young Padawan’s journey in the Dark Times following Order 66. And of course, we’ll have a few surprises in store.”

You can watch the panel live on Saturday at the Star Wars YouTube channel right here.

3 signs you aren’t as rich as you think you are

Signs you aren't as rich as you think you are.

Signs you aren’t as rich as you think you are.
Mark Evans/Getty Images

  • Though there isn’t a clear-cut measurement of how much money you need to have to be “rich,” your net worth gives you a good indication of your wealth.
  • Even if you think you’re saving, having a lot of liabilities – or money you owe – could mean you’re not as rich as you think you are.
  • Visit for more stories.

Being “rich” can be a broad term.

Typically, when we think “rich” we think of yachts, luxury clothing, and mansions. While these may count as status symbols for the ultra-rich, having wealth could be just as simple as having a high net worth, or what you own minus what you owe.

Read more: 17 things millionaires do differently from everyone else

Jeff Bezos, for instance, is the world’s richest man because he has the highest net worth: about $150 billion.

How large your net worth needs to be to be considered “rich” is subjective. Some Americans consider a $2.4 million net worth to be rich, according to a survey by investment management company Charles Schwab. The government, meanwhile, defines wealthy as individuals earning at least $500,001. If your net worth or income falls under those thresholds, you may not be considered rich.

“Rich” can also differ person to person. If you calculate your self worth and find you have one that is lower than you expected, you aren’t as rich as you thought.

Even if you think you’re rich, here are some signs that you may not have a net worth considered wealthy.

1. You have a lot of financial liabilities

Having a lot of liabilities, or debt you still owe, can impede your ability to attain positive net worth.

While some liabilities can help increase your net worth over time – like taking on student debt to get a high-paying career in the future – too much debt that has high interest rates can dig into your savings, Dana Anspach, certified financial planner and founder of Sensible Money LLC, tells NerdWallet.

2. You don’t have hefty retirement savings

If you’ve been saving for retirement, you might be on track to be a millionaire at age 65. Without saving the years leading up to that day, however, you can’t reach the millionaire threshold.

While how much you need to save for retirement varies, Lauren Cole, Business Insider reporter and certified financial planner, suggests dividing your desired retirement income by 4% to figure out how much you need to retire. For instance, if your perfect retirement salary is $80,000, Cole explains, that’s $2 million when divided by four – nearly the amount of net worth you need to be considered rich.

Saving over a million dollars takes work and strategic planning. Read more about saving for retirement here.

Are you on track for retirement? Find out with this calculator from our partners:

3. You spend more money than you make

As mentioned in the introduction, having a high net worth means having more assets than liabilities.

Even if you don’t have debt, not increasing your assets could be cutting into your net worth. Experts and (conventional wisdom) say you must save more than you earn. This can be tricky when you have bills to pay and families to feed, but “rich” people are those who can adequately save and spend money without taking on liabilities (like credit card debt).

NerdWallet suggests the 50/30/20 budget to help manage your bills and spending: devote 50% of your income to rent and insurance, 20% to paying off debt or contributing to savings and investing, and 30% for fun.

Being “rich” is a complex topic without a clear-cut definition or measurement, but the best you can do to increase your net worth is to save as much as you can while avoiding taking on too much debt.

To learn more detailed strategies to save money and pay off debt, check out Personal Finance Insider.

The best under-eye masks you can buy

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.

best under eye masks

Skyn Iceland / Business Insider

  • An under-eye mask hydrates and cools the often-stressed skin area around the eyes.
  • The Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels from Skyn Iceland provides instant cooling through a formula containing Icelandic glacial water, peptides, and botanicals.

Under-eye masks are basically sheet masks for, you guessed it, the skin under the eyes. They are typically single-use patches that come individually wrapped for convenience. When I travel, I prefer to use these to counter the negative effects on my skin caused by flying or a change in climate. Plus, I don’t have to deal with messy liquid moisturizers. (Yes, I’m that person doing skin-care while watching an in-flight movie. Avert your eyes.)

These masks deliver quick-hits of skin-boosting and -hydrating ingredients. Long-term effects are not the focus, but rather short-term benefits like depuffing, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimizing dark circles. Of course, if you use them regularly, you might see more dramatic results.

Most under-eye masks purport to do similar things: make you look more awake, temporarily smoothe-out puffy eyes (bags) and wrinkles to help with makeup application, and soothe irritation. But there’s plenty of variety when it comes to the formulas. As a reporter who covers and tests beauty and skin-care products, I have tried numerous under-eye masks and even incorporated some into my routine. Based on my experience and research, here are the top picks.

If you have sensitive skin or any concerns, consult a dermatologist before trying.

The best under-eye masks you can buy in 2019:

Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.

The best under-eye mask overall

Skyn Iceland

Why you’ll love it: The Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Masks contains Icelandic glacial water, peptides, and botanicals to soothe, hydrate, and depuff skin.

The Skyn Iceland Hyrdo Cool Firming Eye Masks were the first under-eye patches I ever tried, and they remain my go-to. The cooling effect is instant, thanks to the Icelandic glacier water in the formula.

In addition, peptides and a variety of botanicals are used in the soothing, wrinkle-reducing formula. I love to use these on airplanes to prevent my eyes from getting irritated. They’re also great for refreshing my skin before applying makeup. The patches come in sealed packs of two to protect the efficacy of the ingredients.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Masks have been featured in Elle, Allure, Rank and Style, Total Beauty, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. Ulta shoppers rate the product 4.2 stars.

“When I removed them to start on my makeup I was surprised at how refreshed my eye area looked. Wasn’t so puffy and my makeup went on much smoother,” one Ulta customer said.

Pros: Comes in pack of eight, individually wrapped, instant results

Cons: No long-lasting results unless used regularly

Buy Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Masks at Ulta for $30

The best under-eye mask for anti-aging


Why you’ll love it: The Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask contains a Vitamin-A derivative that helps reduce signs of aging.

Under-eye masks aren’t usually known for anti-aging ingredients, but the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask contains retinol, a derivative of Vitamin-A that is used in anti-aging skin-care products.

In addition to a liquid form of retinol, the product contains chlorella, mukurossi, and gambir plant extracts for further anti-wrinkle support, plus hydroxyproline to boost collagen production and hyaluronic acid for hydration. The individually-packaged masks are made of flexible cotton so they feel comfortable when applied.

You can flip one on its side and apply them to lines around the mouth, too. Keep in mind that you’ll need to use them consistently to see real anti-aging results.

This product is an Allure Best of Beauty winner and has been featured by Harper’s Bazaar, Rank and Style, Town & Country, Allure, and Elle. Sephora shoppers rate it 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 373 reviews.

“My eye area looks so much smoother after using these,” wrote one fan.

Pros: Contain retinol and other anti-aging ingredients, available in a pack of 12

Cons: Expensive

Buy the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask from Sephora for $68

The best overnight under-eye mask


Why you’ll love it: The Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels can be worn while you sleep.

I love an ultra-hydrating overnight mask when my skin is feeling dehydrated, and my under-eyes often need the most TLC. The Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels are designed to be kept on while you sleep to get the maximum benefits.

“These hydrogel patches take advantage of the body’s natural nighttime repairing abilities,” according to Allure. The formula contains anti-aging and hydrating ingredients like retinol, peptides, squalane, plant extracts, and betaine – all for adding luminosity and fighting fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles while you rest, according to Patchology. You can use them for five minutes or keep them on all night long.

The product is biodegradable, and the 30-patch option comes in a jar rather than the individually packaged kits you’d typically find. It’s not as convenient for travel, but you get a better value and reduce waste.

If you prefer the patches to be individually packed, Patchology does sell them in packs of five, for $20. Of course, you pay more for convenience.

Ulta shoppers rate it 4.6 stars based on 71 reviews and it has been recommended by reviewers at Allure and Total Beauty. “I use this product nightly to reduce the puffiness and my tired eyes appearance. It has helped lessen my dark under eye circles but not completely removed them. These eye patches smell wonderful, are very soothing and helps me relax,” said one customer.

Pros: Can be used overnight, anti-aging ingredients, good value, biodegradable

Cons: Jar not as convenient, not individually wrapped

Buy the Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Eye Gels on Amazon for $60

The best under-eye mask for travel

Wander Beauty

Why you’ll love it: The Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks are the perfect hydrating, brightening companion for your travels.

Travel can be rough on the skin, from dry airplane cabins to lack of sleep and changing climates. Wander Beauty’s Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks is made to combat those skin-care issues when you’re on the road.

The gold-foil masks are triple-layered, but the shiny color isn’t for showing-off in your Instagram selfies. It traps heat and locks in the serum, while elastic in the center holds the mask firmly in place (even if you cry during the in-flight movie) and cellulose fiber delivers ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe leaf extract, and lavender oil.

Hydrating, soothing, and brightening ingredients help combat all the worst effects of travel on your under-eyes and keep you looking fresh when you reach your destination. The Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks have been recommended by Elle, Allure, Total Beauty, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Although the product received mostly 5-star reviews on Sephora, some said they saw no results.

Pros: Individually wrapped, gold-foil for trapping heat and locking serum

Cons: Some customers saw no results

Buy the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks from Sephora for $25

The best soothing under-eye mask


Why you’ll love it: The Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches calm irritated under-eyes with soothing cornflower extract.

If you’re always rubbing your eyes (I’m guilty of it) the Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower provides relief, without the exaggerated fine lines.

The patches are formulated with a soothing cornflower extract that moisturizes and brightens the delicate skin around the eyes and calms irritation. They come in seven sets of two masks, for $24 per box, making this the best value of all the picks on the list.

This is a great option for sensitive skin as well. The patches are hypoallergenic, dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested, and cruelty-free. It’s been featured by Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Town & Country.

“I use these patches whenever I feel like my eyes need something cool and soothing. The second I put these on my eyes I feel much more relaxed and they actually help me fall asleep. There is a slight cooling sensation but it’s very subtle,” said one Sephora reviewer.

Pros: Seven sets of two, soothing, good for sensitive skin

Cons: No anti-aging ingredients

Buy Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches on Sephora for $24