According to our database of current U.S executives, thousands of women are leading companies, and proving that they’re just as business-savvy as men.

A handful of women in particular are defying convention and making splashes in corporate America in big ways.

Safra Catz of Oracle for example, was not only the highest-paid woman in America in 2013, but she was the highest-paid CFO among women and men.

Then there’s Marissa Mayer, who brought Yahoo back to life as CEO when many thought the company was seeing its last days, and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose book—Lean In—was a bestseller in 2013.

To see all 15 women who made the list of highest-paid female execs in America in 2013, read the full story on TIME or explore our business executives topic.

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You know a person has struck it rich when they’re making a $1 salary.

Wait…what?

It might seem like the opposite of desirable, but a $1 salary is one of the latest indicators that someone is successful. So successful, that they don’t need to collect a seven-figure salary to make millions of dollars every year.

It’s a symbolic move that many CEO’s and high level executives choose to take, often because they’ve already received option awards that increase in value over time. Members of the $1 salary club also receive other forms of compensation, like bonuses and non-equity incentive plans, which–like options awards–are based on company performance and tie an executive’s financial interests closely with company interests.

To see which executives took a $1 salary in 2013, start with number 19 below.

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When you’re meeting foreign people for the first time, it’s important to remember that we weren’t all raised in the PB&J-eating, football/baseball-watching, “I call shotty!”-culture that has defined many American households. Some practices that Americans find completely normal could be offensive in other countries and vice-versa.

But it’s good to sort the offensive from the unoffensive when all you’re really trying to do is show your thanks to your non-American acquaintances or friends. The good thing is that we have complied a list of unacceptable gifts for 11 different countries that can help you decide what to skip and what to invest in.


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While college almost always pays off in the long run, it’s easy to daydream about what you could have bought instead of that college education—and boy did we daydream. First, we calculated the average cost of attending a public, 4-year university, using figures from the Department of Education. To keep things simple, we excluded financial aid (consider, however, that pricey private schools will end up being far more expensive than their public counterparts, even with financial aid factored in).

In the end, we arrived a total 4-year cost of $105k, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

So with that in mind, here are 19 things all that money could have purchased:


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When you’re sitting in your cubicle, counting the hours until you can escape to your frozen pizza and seasons of unwatched Netflix, there might be a moment when you wish you were doing something a bit more thrilling. And with a new study about the negative effects of sitting for eight hours a day, you probably would love nothing more than to be getting your hands dirty and smelling the open air instead of the stench of the employee fridge.

But some of these jobs that may seem great on TLC can literally cost you an arm and a leg. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs based on the 2012 fatality rate per 100,000 workers rather than the total fatalities. And when you’re done reading, you might feel more comfortable in your business casual than ever before.

Find out what jobs you should probably only take if you have a penchant for danger:


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You’re torn.

You need a car to get from point A to point B, but you don’t want to shell out more than you can afford. You also don’t want to skimp on an auto that’s going to fall apart in less than a year, and cost more in repairs than it did to purchase in the first place.

The key is to find a car with a reasonable balance between affordability and quality. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the 19 best cars you can buy for under $20,000.

We combined three factors including expert awards (the North American Car of the Year, Popular Mechanics Auto Excellence, Car Connection, Motor Trend Car of the Year, and Cars.com Best of the Year awards), safety (the NHTSA Overall Crash Test Safety Rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick Award), and depreciation (the KBB Resale Value Award) into a Smart Rating—one overall score out of 100—to rank the cars.

Keep in mind that it’s best to use this list as a general guide. The prices we have are based on the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) and it will typically be cheaper to buy a used car. But if you need help finding a reliable model, this is a great place to start.

Also, you can visit our entire cars topic to do your own vehicle search, as there are a handful of cars that are cheaper than those on the following list, with a slightly lower (but still good) Smart Rating.


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Times are tough. The economy is no longer the powerhouse it used to be and a lot of people are swimming in debt. So it’s probably not the best time to drop a lot of money on aesthetics. Of course, some people use plastic surgery for reasons beyond vanity, and if you need to get work done at once, no one should stop you. Go ahead. But just in case, we’ve compiled a list of surgeries, their average costs* and what you could invest in instead.

*Price only includes the surgeon’s fees (not costs for the surgical facility, anesthesia, tests performed, prescriptions, or other fees)


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define 27 separate forms of birth control, from condoms to pills to abstinence. When used correctly, the majority of these methods are extremely effective, succeeding well over 95% of the time. But like a low-carb diet or daily exercise routine, the actual results tend to fall well short of the ideal. As such, the CDC reports a second, more realistic success rate—called “typical use”—to account for all the mistakes, laziness, and inconsistencies so common of human beings.

At FindTheBest, we wanted to know which forms of contraceptive were the most deceptive—that is, where is there the greatest difference between the theoretical effectiveness of a contraceptive (“perfect use”) and the real-world effectiveness (“typical use”).

So let’s count down the the 27 forms of birth control ranked from least to most deceptive:

Note that the percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth in each graphic, but that the actual descriptions will sometimes highlight figures to the nearest hundredth.

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