29 things dogs should never eat

dog begging for foodWe may treat our pets like they're human, but that doesn't mean they get to eat "people food."

A recent study found Xylitol, a chemical commonly included in gum and sugar-free peanut butter, was deadlier than chocolate to dogs.

It made us wonder: what other common foods are dangerous for our pets?

We spoke with two vets, Dr. Richard Goldstein of New York's Animal Medical Center as well as Pamela Edwards of New York's Hope Veterinary Clinic, about what dogs should never eat.

Keep scrolling to see the list and the side effects.

Apple seeds and cores

The seeds and cores of apples can cause dilated pupils, bright red mucous membranes, difficulty breathing, shock, and even death for your canine pal.

They contain cyanide and are most potent when wilting or rotting, according to Dr. Pamela Edwards.

Coconut and coconut oil

Coconut products are the health trend du jour, but they're likely to cause an upset stomach and diarrhea if you give your dog a large amount of coconut oil, milk, water, or flesh. 


Avocado contains persin, a toxin that can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

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How Tyler Perry went from humble beginnings to one of the most powerful entertainers in film and television

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The INSIDER Summary:

• Tyler Perry has influenced pop culture with his defining character, a loud-mouthed grandma named Madea.
• Here's how Perry went from humble beginnings to one of the most powerful entertainers in film and television

Tyler Perry has become synonymous with his most famous character, Mabel "Madea" Simmons. Even if you’ve never seen any of his Madea movies, you most likely recognize the character and know a little something about her.

Madea, always played by Perry, is tough, loud, funny without trying, chronically makes questionable choices, and occasionally spurts a wise truth. Long before she crashed into theaters or appeared on Jimmy Fallon's show, the Madea character, and Tyler Perry, had humble beginnings. 

Perry’s career isn’t just about Madea, though. He has constantly reinvented himself, always trying on a new hat in Hollywood. But it seems we can always count on him returning to the character that earned him a place in Hollywood in the most unorthodox of ways.

With his newest film,"Boo! A Madea Halloween," out this weekend, keep reading to see how Perry's career in film and television took off .

Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. He had a tumultuous relationship with his father, after whom he was named.

Perry changed his name at the age of 16 to distance himself from his dad. His early years influenced much of his early work. In 2009, he revealed on his website that he was molested as a young child by the mother of a childhood friend and a man from his church.

Perry also grew up going to church with his mother. He explored themes of abuse and faith in his first play “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which toured from 1998-2000.

Perry introduced the character Madea in his second play “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” which he later turned into a film starring Tiraji P. Henson of “Empire” fame.



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Goldman Sachs now wants to lend you money — here’s why

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Goldman Sachs has officially booked its first consumer loan.

That's according to Chief Financial Officer Harvey Schwartz, who told analysts on a call following the release of third-quarter earnings Tuesday that he received word of the loan via email Monday night.

Goldman, arguably the best-known traditional investment bank in the world, launched its online lending tool, Marcus, last Thursday.

Technically, the firm had already tested the system by loaning real money to some employees. But Monday's loan marks the first nonemployee loan.

A convergence of factors led to Goldman's push into retail banking, according to Schwartz.

"The consumer and the market really presented itself to us," Schwartz told Business Insider. "We've always had technology skills. We've always had risk-management skills. ... It's just converged for us in a way that works. And we are a bank, so we can do it — and we can get accretive returns."

Schwartz added that if consumers were not using web platforms, rather relying on physical bank branches, "We probably wouldn't be in the space."

Marcus has no origination, prepayment, or late fees — Goldman Sachs makes money on the interest and allows customers to choose their monthly payment date and customize payment size and loan tenure. Customers can only take out one loan at a time.

The firm in April launched a digital savings account on GSBank.com, offering customers a 1.05% interest rate on their deposits, which can be as little as $1.

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A former Marine uses the ‘2-minute rule’ to help mental toughness clients tackle stress at work

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Sometimes it helps to treat your brain like a little kid — as soon as it starts acting up, offer to play a game to calm it down.

In this case, the game is the "2-minute rule." Here's how it works.

Say your boss announces that he expects you to submit a project by 5 p.m. today. You know there's no way you can do that — you've got other assignments on your plate and just gathering the necessary resources to start the project would take several hours.

This is the point when you should stop and think: "If this were possible, how would I do it?"

It's like a game of make-believe, and you can let your imagination run wild.

The 2-minute rule is the brainchild of Andrew D. Wittman, a former Marine, police officer, and federal agent; current mental toughness coach; and author of "Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You." (The book is available on Wittman's website, but not on Amazon.)

In adult speak, the gist of the rule is, when you're faced with a stressful situation, spend two minutes thinking about how you'd accomplish the seemingly infeasible task ahead of you.

"You're not arguing that it's not impossible," Wittman said when we spoke by phone in October. "But your brain will actually do the work and come up with answers" — answers that might help you get that project done by 5.

In other words, it's not about denying the fear or worry or whatever you might be feeling at the moment. "Hear the voice of resistance," Wittman said. Then try to see the problem from a different perspective.

The goal here is to be what Wittman calls a responder, as opposed to a reactor. When you respond, you systematically gather information about the situation like a first responder would when you call 911. When you react, you let your immediate emotions guide your behavior.

Those two minutes are the equivalent of a mental step back, giving yourself the space to process what's going on instead of launching into an angry tirade or panic attack.

Ultimately, those two minutes of thinking could save you hours of fretting and fuming, when instead you could be buckling down and getting the project done.

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Here’s why there might be multiple dimensions of time

String theory, one of the most complex theories in the scientific community, may also be the "Theory of Everything" — a framework that explains everything in the universe. While still theoretical and highly debated, the mathematics of string theory suggests that there could be multiple dimensions of time. Columbia University's theoretical physicist Brian Greene shares how that's possible.

Greene is the co-founder of the World Science Festival, which has a new initiative called "City of Science" which is a 5-event series. The third event will be taking place in Queens on September 25, 2016. All events will take place in one of New York City's five boroughs throughout this fall. 

"City of Science" is free and open to all New Yorkers of all ages. Learn more about where and when it will take place here. You can also follow the events on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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