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9 outdoor clothing brands worth checking out

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Topo Designs' classic Klettersack backpack retails for $169. Topo Designs When looking for reliable, quality outdoor gear, Patagonia …

Camping

GOP congressman: What other 'subgroup' of people has contributed more to civilization than 'white people'?

The statement came as other panel members were discussing the lack of racial diversity in the Republican Party ahead of the party's convention, which started on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.<p>One of the panelists, Esquire's Charles Pierce, said that the hall at the Quicken Loans Arena was "wired by …

Eastern Europe

'The Art of the Deal' coauthor says giving Donald Trump the nuclear codes could 'lead to the end of civilization'

When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced his candidacy 13 months ago, he proclaimed, "Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote 'The Art of the Deal.'"<p>He was referring to his 1987 memoir, which offers …

Donald Trump

Trump/Pence: a terrifying duo who sound like a lost Victorian currency

Donald Trump’s supposed running mate – Indiana governor Mike Pence – has been picked for two reasons: he’s too boring to upstage the boss and, naturally, he’s incredibly rightwing<p><b>Name:</b> Mike Pence.<p><b>Age:</b> 57.<p><b>Appearance:</b> If Anderson Cooper was your PE teacher.<p><b>Never heard of him.</b> That’s the point. It’s a …

Donald Trump

What Are the Best Sunglasses?

It’s a conundrum many of us face. We want nice sunnies, but we tend to drop, smash, or lose them. Enter the sub-$100 pair. At this price point, you can still get a fine set of shades, but it stings a little less if they fall off your face and go floating down your favorite river, never to be seen …

This amazing Supreme Court theory could probably never happen (but maybe it should)

Senate GOPers refuse to consider Merrick Garland before the election. But what if he just… showed up for work?<p>There is a fun legal theory floating around advocating one way the Obama administration could resolve the mess over Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In brief, the theory …

Obama Administration

Review: $40 Camping Hammock, Straps Included

Camping hammocks can be expensive, but with price usually comes quality. This one is a contender, and at a price that won’t make you balk.<p>When I set …

Backpacking

The Strange Way Botox May Help Knee Pain

Pain in your knee? You might want to consider getting Botox. No, really. A new study published in the <i>American Journal of Sports Medicine</i> looked at …

Dwyane Wade

9 Classic Cocktails to Know (and Order) to Sound Like an Adult

There comes a time in every drinker’s life when combinations of booze and soda no longer cut it. To help you through this time—and to help you make a …

Alcohol

NORAD's Santa Tracker started with a typo 60 years ago

Sometimes a simple typo can lead to a Christmas miracle.<p>60 years ago, a local Sears (SHLD) store in Colorado Springs ran a dial Santa ad. Except the number was a misprint. Instead of listing the number for Sears' Santa hotline, it posted the number for the Continental Air Defense Command center.<p>On …

Christmas Eve

America Cancels Thanksgiving as Trump and Carson Still Lead in Republican Presidential Polls

Photography: The White House (The White House Blog) Public Domain<p>For the first time ever, The United States of America canceled one of the most revered federal holidays on the nation's calendar -- the annual stuff your face with turkey, get totally drunk and spend the evening belching and farting …

Donald Trump

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley rejects refugees, playing into ISIS’s hands.

Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley announced late Sunday that his state would refuse to allow any Syrian refugees to be relocated there. “After …

OECD

If We Treated Other Public Health Issues The Way The Pro-Gun Crowd Treats Shootings

President Barack Obama's address to the nation on Thursday, hours after a gunman rampaged through a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, was the 15th time he has delivered remarks about a mass shooting during his presidency. Noting that the previous 14 killing sprees had failed to stir Congress …

Guns

President Obama Is Right: States With Strict Gun Laws Have Fewer Gun Deaths

Last night, in response to America's latest horrific mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama pointed out that stricter gun laws save lives, a fact that is indisputable when gun death rates are compared by state. "We know that states with the most …

Guns

How a Remote Peak in Myanmar Nearly Broke an Elite Team of Climbers

On one of mountaineering’s most dangerous journeys, a group was pushed to the limit by physical and mental challenges.<p>This story appears in the September 2015 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>The wind slams into me,</b> and I desperately grip my ice axes to keep from being ripped off the mountain …

Donald Trump is like that one kid on the playground who 'makes everyone else's recess hell'

"You're out," you say. "You just got tagged."<p>"No, I'm not," he says. "Nobody can touch me 'cause I'm made of fire."<p>"No, you're not," you say. "That's not how the rules work."<p>"Yes," he says, "Yes it is I made the rule that I'm fire and if I touch you you burn up and nothing you can do can undo it …

Donald Trump

A 26-year-old MIT graduate is turning heads over his theory that income inequality is actually about housing (in 1 graph)

Wealthy tech founders and the automation of middle-class jobs are often blamed for increasing concentrations of wealth in fewer hands. But, a …

San Francisco

The most racist places in America, according to Google

Where do America's most racist people live? "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.<p>The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes …

Research

What America Feels Like After 7 Months Of Foreign Adventure

Last September, I boarded a plane to Denmark. It was the start of a seven-month round-the-world adventure. Yesterday, at 10.05am, I landed at LAX. …

Vietnam

18 Things the Creative Director of Patagonia Can’t Travel Without

For Miles Johnson, creative director of adventure gear company Patagonia, preparing for an extended trip outdoors boils down to two rules: pack (1) …

Backpacking

Gear Closet: Beeline iPhone Case

One of the most crucial pieces of gear that we own these days is without a doubt our smartphones. While many of us try to deny it, they truly have …

Distractify

It's Official ... the Winner of the Worst Climate Denier in Congress Is ...

The votes are counted. The winner is in. Having survived stiff competition in a field of 16 of the most outrageous climate deniers Congress has to …

Clean Technology

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Text Messaging

3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

When you want to buy or sell something used online, your first thought might be to use Craigslist. After all, it's the site that brought the newspaper classifieds into the digital world and today has nearly 40 million new listings every month.<p>Of course, using Craigslist does have valid concerns. …

Mobile Passport Simplifies Paperwork When Returning to One US Airport

Android/iOS: When you're returning from an international trip, the process of going through customs is a drag. Mobile Passport, from the U.S. Customs …

Apps

Travel the World With a Backpack | The Art of Manliness

All images taken by Dave Danzeiser.<p><i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post by David Danzeiser.</i><p>I hung up the phone with the travel agent. I had just …

23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

Spend money on the big ticket camping items that ensure your comfort and safety. Don't spend money on all the little stuff that can often be better …

The Site Where Doctors Share X-Rays of Weird Things in People's Butts

You and me, we have Wikipedia. Radiologists, they have Radiopaedia. If you can get past the clinical language, you can see it for what it really is: …

Richard Sherman was the first person to congratulate Tom Brady

Great sportsmanship.<p>Before Tom Brady had even finished kneeling down out of victory formation at the end of Super Bowl 49, Richard Sherman was there to shake his hand:<p>Mark J. Rebilas of USA Today Sports got on the field quickly enough to capture the interaction:<p>Sherman gets a rep as a poor sport, a …

NFL