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23 Brilliantly Repurposed Objects


REPURPOSING is so hot right now.

At least if you’re on Pinterest or Tumblr, that is. If the most hardcore “upcyclers” are to be believed, there’s no such thing as trash anymore. These folks turn old yoga mats, washing machines, and even dumpsters into cool items with a new and clever use.

Luggage to Medicine Cabinet

Vintage suitcases; too cool to throw out, but not built to handle today’s batshit-TSA airports.

This is my favorite suitcase repurpose project. Add a mirror, hang it over the sink, done.

Card Catalog to Mini Bar

“You have a card catalogue in your den?”

“Yes, I own so many books, I’m forced to use the Dewey Decimal system. Just kidding, I’m a wino.”

Wine Barrel to Drum Set

As a percussionist, I can’t help but wonder what kind of sound those shells would get. Is there any resonance? 

Eh, whatever. It looks cool.

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MINORITY REPORT: America Will Be Defined By These Huge Demographic Shifts



This editorial is part of our GREAT DEBATE feature 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?'

The days of hand-wringing about urban decay have given way to a recognition of cities as key engines of the national and world economies, and with that recognition has come a greater understanding of the role that people play in their dynamism. 

For our discussion of the best places to live twenty years from now, we choose to focus on America’s metropolitan areas—large cities and the nearby towns, suburbs, and exurbs with strong economic, social, and cultural ties to them.

Today, enterprises of all types are less likely to move their employees with them when they relocate, but rather look for a place that already has a well-educated, competitive workforce.

An environment that attracts the brightest and best people—with efficient transportation, safe neighborhoods, good schools, cultural amenities, green space, fresh food, and much more—is critical to a city’s long-term prospects. 

Measure of America gauges well-being and opportunity with the American Human Development Index, a measure that combines official government statistics on health, education, and income into a single number. The ranking of the ten most populous U.S. metro areas on the American Human Development Index is as follows:

  1. Washington DC
  2. Boston
  3. New York
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Chicago
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Atlanta
  8. Miami
  9. Dallas
  10. Houston 

People living in the top-ranked metros have longer lives, more education, and higher earnings

"People living in the top-ranked metros have longer lives, more education, and higher earnings."

than those living in the bottom-ranked metros.

In Boston and Washington, DC, more than four in ten adults have at least a bachelor’s degree.  In Houston, two in ten adults did not complete high school.

Clearly the cities at the top today have a running start for top billing in 2032. But the present doesn’t wholly determine the future. 

Equally, if not more important, will be how different metropolitan areas deal with the demographic sea change the country is experiencing, in addition to the significant structural shift from manufacturing toward knowledge industries. If cities address these changes by making investments in people—their greatest asset in the knowledge economy of tomorrow—they will thrive. 

MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

Take Chicago as an example. Ranked fifth on the American Human Development Index, our calculations show that in the Chicago metro area, Asian Americans live an astonishing 18 years longer than African Americans. And while the typical white worker in Chicago earns $40,000 per year in median personal earnings, the typical Latino worker earns less than $24,000.

Widely disparate outcomes are seen by neighborhood as well. Some in Chicago have the capabilities—a first-rate education, physical safety, a clean environment, digital access, secure employment, etc.—to further their personal goals and live to their full potential. Others struggle with these basics.

Gaps like these are obviously detrimental to those at the bottom, but leaving large groups behind is also damaging to competitiveness, bad for community stability, and expensive for society as a whole. Only by building the capabilities of all in the Chicago metro area will the Windy City be able to vie for a top spot twenty years from now.

Metropolitan areas will also have to position themselves for demographic shifts and both the opportunities and challenges these shifts will bring; the U.S population is becoming older and more ethnically diverse—sometimes called the “graying” and “browning” of America.[1]

The next two decades will see the number of older adults grow three times as fast as the population as a whole. How will different metropolitan areas organize themselves to meet the needs of this population as well as to take advantage of their tremendous, and often undervalued, talents?

America is also becoming “browner,” Already, more than half of American children under the age of one are members of minority groups,[2] and white children make up less than half the population of children in 31 major metropolitan areas.[3] The US will avoid the grim demographic fate of many European nations, which face a looming imbalance between working-age adults and dependent children and the elderly, thanks largely to immigration.

"Innovators of the future will not want to live in a city that resembles a suburban golf club."

But while we are avoiding one crisis, we must urgently address another: the lagging scholastic achievement of African American and Latino children, particularly boys. Knowledge matters more than ever, and the gulf between cities with and without highly educated populations is growing ever wider. 

Finally, it’s critical that cities do not lose sight of what makes creative, promising young people choose where to live. Jobs matter, but the most talented have many job opportunities. Innovators of the future, if they are anything like innovators of today, will not want to live in a city that resembles a suburban golf club—a city stripped of texture, variety, and hidden gems.

The rising generation of majority-minority Americans will seek an inclusive, diverse civic life, opting for social solidarity rather than divisiveness. The inexorable march of gentrification and sorting of neighborhoods by income apparent in too many major cities crowds out many of the things that make city living exciting and fun.  The best cities to live in twenty years from now will be those that invest in and make room for all the people living there today—because the real wealth of cities is people.

[1] Xavier de Souza Briggs, “Community Building: The New (and old) Politics of Urban Problem Solving.” Faculty research working paper series, John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University, 2002.

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California Man Busted For Trying To Sell Fake Babe Ruth Glove For $200,000


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For $200,000, the earliest known glove worn by Babe Ruthfrom his days at St. Mary's orphanageseemed like a bargain.

But, not when the history behind the glove was all a lie.

According to Benjamin Weiser of The New York Times, Irving Scheib, the man who tried to sell pass the tattered glove off as Ruth's, could now face prison time after admitting it was all a ruse.

The maximum sentence is 20 years in jail.

Scheib, of Bonsall, Calif., appeared Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan and pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge for what prosecutors claim was his scheme to sell the glove for $200,000 as a genuine Ruth artifact, according to The Times.

Scheib had actually bought the glove for $750 on eBay.

Earlier this month an anonymous buyer from Long Island showed interest in the glove, and exchanged money with Scheib, but asked for notarized letters proving authentication. At the request of the FBI that buyer rescinded his offer and a new prospective buyer from Manhattan showed interest.

The second buyer turned out to be an undercover investigator. Scheib was busted.

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Nordstrom Will Open In A Fashion Wasteland When It Comes To NYC



The opening of a new Nordstrom flagship store in New York City, which won't happen for another two years, will send shockwaves through Midtown's other big retailers.

Will it succeed? Probably, but there's one important challenge that Nordstrom must overcome.

The store will be located in a wasteland totally devoid of other fashion stores — on 57th St., east of Broadway. When rich tourists come to New York to buy clothing and accessories, they don't go anywhere near where Nordstrom is going to be.

“Initially, [Nordstrom’s] going to be an island," Thor High Street Advisors CEO Joe Sitt told WWD. "They have to hope that some more retail follows down the road. Right now, there’s nothing coming down the road."

Right now, the property is adjacent to a supermarket and a small store. The other side will have a 90-story residential tower and hotel, according to the New York Times.

But one real estate agent told WWD that the less-than-stellar location was their only option:

“What were the alternatives? Hudson Yards? That seems like a long way off,” said one Manhattan real estate executive who requested anonymity. “It’s really hard to find a big box in Midtown. It’s an incredible opportunity. Nordstrom will ignite that part of the West Side.”

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A Hot New Italian Restaurant In The West Village Is Serving Veggies Straight From Its Rooftop Garden


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We've been hearing a lot recently about Rosemary's Enoteca and Trattoria, a beautiful new restaurant in New York's West Village with a unique twist. Instead of purely relying on a farm-to-table credo, Rosemary's has upped the ante by building a garden on its roof where it grows zucchini, tomatoes, radishes, and a bevy of herbs. 

Owner Carlos Suarez, the mind behind Rosemary's acclaimed West Village neighbor BOBO (also designed by Dekar Designs), completed Rosemary's garden on May 10, after only a two-day construction. He got help on the design and installation from his buddies at The Brooklyn Grange, who created a commercial organic farm on a Long Island City, Queens rooftop, with another on the way in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Suarez was first introduced to urban agriculture by Brooklyn Grange founder Ben Flanner, who, like Suarez, got his start in finance. Instead of building a career in the field however, Suarez chose to use his business smarts to start a restaurant. He describes himself as a "culinary hobbyist" who fell in love with cooking while in college. In 2007, after a spending a year in the hedge fund world, Suarez started BOBO, which also has a garden, and a beehive, on its roof. 

Carlos Suarez BOBO"The gardens are fun for us to do," said Suarez. "If we could have a farm, we would, but the garden is the best of both worlds. You get the energy of New York with rural therapy."

Of all the plants grown in Rosemary's garden so far, the radishes have been the staple crop. The staff has done three radish plantings and recently they hauled 15 pounds from the garden, a sizeable load for a modestly-sized rooftop.

In the kitchen Chef Wade Moises, previously of Mario Batali's Eataly and Babbo, uses the radish tops in one of Rosemary's most popular dishes: the orecchiette with homemade sausage and braised radishes. The garden's pièce de résistance, however, is the "Rooftop Salad," which every night contains vegetables grown on the trattoria's roof.

Chef Moises handles most of the gardening. When he arrives in the morning, he'll work in the kitchen on Rosemary's sauces before heading upstairs to pick from the garden. When the kitchen closes at night, Moises climbs Rosemary's interior stairwell to water the plants and enjoy a cold beer on the roof.

Rosemary's dining roomIt's not Moise's first go-around with farming, either. Like Suarez, who finds inspiration from his foodie parents and their vegetable grove in Lucca, Italy, Moise also comes from an agricultural background.

The experienced chef spent time learning from farmers in Arizona and worked the kitchen in a restaurant in Apulia, Italy. At that eatery, Moises admired how the Italian owners produced their own olive oil and veggies on-site, in addition to foraging for herbs and buying meat from local ranchers. 

Suarez and Moises have teamed up to bring this hyper-local model to the West Village. While they can't produce everything for the restaurant on its roof, the pair nevertheless utilizes it for its maximum potential. "The goal is to, at the very least, get enough herbs to supply the kitchen with," says Moises. 

For inventory they can't grow, Suarez and his kitchen staff still maintain close ties with New York farmers.

They'll soon have some inside help, too. Part of Suarez's plan for Rosemary's garden is to invite local students at P.S. 41 up to the roof to learn about agriculture and healthy eating. 

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PETA Slams Olsen Twins Over $16,900 Furry Backpack


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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are in double trouble with the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

PETA is slamming the Olsen twins for using real animal pelts for a $16,900 fuzzy backpack from their line, The Row, according to the New York Daily News.

It's not too happy about an alligator skinned purse that retails for $39,000, either.

"What they lack in creativity, they try to make up for in shock value," PETA said of the twins.

Celebrities Rachel Zoe and Jessica Biel are behind the twins, having sported bags from The Row. The Council of Fashion Designers of America also support the duo, naming them Womenswear Designer Of The Year in June.

But PETA doesn't seem to care.

"If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it's probably a Trollsen Twin,” the group said.

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A Beauty Pageant For Holocaust Survivors Sparks Outrage In Israel


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The New York Times' Jodi Rudoren reports on an unusual event recently held in Haifa, Israel's third-largest city: a beauty pageant exclusively featuring Holocaust survivors.

It was the first time any of the 14 finalists, who sported sensible shoes and shared their stories, had walked down a runway, Rudoren reports.

Israelis are not known to shy away from debate, but the anger sparked by this one appeared particularly poignant, given much of it came from fellow survivors. Rudoren writes:

Ze’ev Bar-Ilan of Beersheba, himself a survivor, wrote a letter to the newspaper Yediot Aharonot decrying the event as “an attempt to harness and exploit the harshest blood bath in human history for the purposes of entertainment."

Colette Avital, a former Knesset member who was elected on Thursday to head the umbrella group of 54 survivors’ organizations said in an interview, “If it was up to me, I wouldn’t even dream of it.”

The event was sponsored by Helping Hand, a nonprofit group dedicated to caring for Shoah survivors.

And here's a video slideshow of the event:

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A Massive Hawaiian Ranch With A Famous Polo Field Is On Sale For $65 Million


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A massive, 2,700-acre Hawaiian estate on the North Shore of Oahu just hit the market for $65 million, according to The Wall Street Journal

The property, named Dillingham Ranch, has 19 acres of shoreline property and is touted as one of the largest tracts of land on the island.

The actual house has eight bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Other features include a 3,000-square-foot great room and famous polo grounds.

Benjamin Franklin Dillingham, Hawaii's first railroad tycoon, founded the ranch. The home has hosted guests like Prince Charles, Noël Coward and Prince Hussein of Jordan.

Welcome to Dillingham Ranch, on Oahu.

Dillingham Ranch is considered the birthplace of Hawaiian polo, according to the listing.

The main house is called "The Big House," which dates to 1917, but has since been renovated.

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This Guy Made His Name Finding Stellar Wines For Under $20 And He's About To Spill His Secrets


jon-thorsenFor the last year, Twin Cities, Minn. native Jon Thorsen has been on a simple mission: To reverse the snobbery of winos around the world and prove, once and for all, that he could find high-quality wine for under $20.

So he dubbed himself the Reverse Wine Snob––"Thumbing my nose at bottles over $20"––and launched a blog that attracts thousands of readers each month. Just about every day, he and his wife review a new bottle, ranking them based on taste (1-10) and value (1-10: "As price goes up, the rating goes down."). 

In a recent chat with Business Insider, Thorsen answered our questions on how to find the best bottles on a budget: 

Q: OK. Time to get real. Where are you finding all this cheap, high-quality wine?

A: Costco and Trader Joe's. Costco simply because they take a lower margin than any other store. Combine that with the huge volume they buy as the largest wine retailer in the U.S. and you simply can't beat their prices if they carry the wine you want. The downside is the smaller selection. Trader Joe's is also a good spot primarily due to the number of wines they carry that are under $20 and even under $10. They do a lot of private label wines, which again, keeps the costs down. There are also a ton of really good independent wine shops out there that usually have really knowledgeable staff, you just have to do some work to find one in your area.

Q: Grocery stores are known for designing aisles specifically to put higher-priced items right in shoppers' lines of sight. Are wine shops following suit?

A: No, not really. The best advice I can give is to find a wine store with a knowledgeable staff and taste some of the wines they recommend until you find a person with similar preferences to you. If they're good, they'll be able to point you to lots of value priced wines you will probably like.

Q: Americans have formed a pretty illogical correlation between fancy brand names and value. What's your take? 

A: A lot of time you can find great deals on lesser known varieties simply because they are not well known. Macabeo, a white wine from Spain, or Bonarda, a red from Argentina are a couple good examples. Another trick is to look for better known varieties from atypical regions. So for instance, instead of buying the California Cabernet, try one from South Africa. Or try a Malbec from Chile.

Q: You cap your budget at $20, no questions asked. Does that mean you think everyone should turn up their noses at pricier bottles?

A: If you are not really well versed in wine, I would not recommend spending more than $15-$20 on a bottle. There is a ton of great wine out there under that price. That's not to say that wine over that price is not good, a lot of it is, but there is just as much bad wine over $20 as there is under $20. Price really has little to do with quality so until you really develop a good sense of what you like, don't waste your money. 

Q: When in doubt, what's a go-to brand for someone on a budget?

A: The Robert Mondavi Private Selection line is quite good across the board. They offer just about every variety and type of wine all for around $10 or less. And they are available just about everywhere. In the $5-$7 range I've been enjoying the Flipflop brand of wines and Redtree Wines recently. Both are widely available. Some other consistently good (and widely available) brands that offer lots of different types of wine around $10 include Santa Julia from Argentina, d'Arenberg from Australia, the Douglas Green Beach House series of wines from South Africa, and the Banfi Centine line from Italy.

Q: Where would you NEVER suggest buying wine?

A: Restaurants are the worst offenders. In fact, there are a lot of people who think wine under $20 can't be good, but then they buy a $30 bottle of wine at a restaurant, not realizing that it would actually cost them $10 at the store. Many restaurants still follow the old rule of pricing their wine by the glass at slightly above their cost for the entire bottle, under the rationalization that if they open a bottle and only one person has a glass they'll still make a little money. Of course, in reality that never happens so this is a huge profit center for restaurants. Just remember when you buy a wine by the glass you're paying about the same as buying the whole bottle at a store. Look for restaurants with a lower mark-up or better yet those that will allow you to bring your own wine with a small corkage fee.

Q: Last question. What's the deal with screw tops vs. corks

A: Personally, I prefer screw tops. No risk of the wine being corked, easier to open and close and many think it keeps the wine better. Virtually everything from Australia and New Zealand uses a screw top and I've even heard of some high end French wines switching to a screw top so, yeah, I think the lower quality stigma is going away slowly. Honestly, not sure if it really affects the price at the consumer level—it probably does for some wineries but others probably take the increased margin and hold the price steady. For the under $20 market and especially the under $10 market I don't think there's any stigma at all about a screw top.

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This Former Citigroup Trader Is Taking The Hip-Hop World By Storm


Former Citigroup trader Anteneh Addisu left his Wall Street job to pursue a career as a hip-hop artist. 

Addisu, a graduate from Duke University who performs as "ANTHM," told AllHipHop.com in a recent interview that he's a rapper who just happened to be a Wall Street trader. 

Apparently, his stint on The Street helped him transition to a full-time hip-hop career.

"Navigating through the cutthroat environment on Wall St, he acquired the instincts and edge to define his own future and developed the relationship that proved critical to his transition to hip-hop," his bio says

He also has more than 19,000 followers on Twitter.

Check out one of his music videos below. 

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An Antique Bentley Racecar Just Sold For A Record-Breaking $7 Million



Legendary British racer Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin would be rolling over in his grave if he knew what his 1932 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Supercharged ‘Blower’ just sold for at a British auction.

According to Bentley, the single seat, 240bhp supercharged red racer was bought for $7.06 million -- the highest amount ever paid for a Bentley at auction, outstripping the previous record-holding Bentley Speed Six known as ‘Old No 2,' which sold for $4.4 million in 2004.

In 1932, Birkin -- an ex-fighter pilot --  set a world record at the Brooklands track by getting the 'Blower' up to 138 mph, which in 1932 was an astonishing feat. In 1929 and 1931, he won the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

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The 5 Best Pizza Places In San Francisco


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With its access to fresh, high-quality ingredients and its devotion to food, San Francisco is home to some amazing pizzerias.

From thin-crust to Neapolitan-style pizza, the pizza options in the Bay Area are varied and plentiful.

In honor of Pizza Week, our friends at Zagat have rounded up the top five pizza joints in San Francisco

Did your favorite spot make the list?

Zagat ranks restaurants on a 30-point scale based on food, decór, and service. Ratings of 26 to 30 are considered "extraordinary to perfection," according to the company.

#5 Pizzetta 211

211 23rd Ave.

Zagat Food Score: 25

The crispy thin-crust pizzas at Pizzetta 211 are loaded with fresh artisanal ingredients like wild arugula, fresh tomatoes, and even farm eggs.

The Outer Richmond venue is tiny, the wait is long, and the staffers have a "too cool" attitude, but pie aficionados say that it's worth it. 

#4 Pizzeria Delfina

2406 California St. and 3611 18th St.

Zagat Food Score: 25

At Pizzeria Delfina, California meets Naples in the form of the fresh yet authentic thin, chewy, delicious pies topped with high-quality ingredients.

This upscale pizzeria has two locations (one in the Mission and the other in Pac Heights), but both have long lines of people who come to try the delicious pizza.

#3 Tony's Pizza Napoletana

1570 Stockton St.

Zagat Food Score: 25

People come to Tony's to watch celebrity chef-owner Tony Gemignani make his "phenomenal” New York-meets-Naples-style pies.

Though the wait is long and some complain that the pizzas are overpriced, the staff is friendly, the atmosphere cozy, and the pizzas stellar.

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15 Beautiful Pictures Of The Vast American West


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Living in a city, it's sometimes easy to forget that much of the United States is still relatively untouched by human hands.

Chris Boffoli, a Seattle-based photographer, was kind enough to share with us some of his images of the vast American West. They capture the scopeand emptinessof great swaths of land.

Check out his other photos on his website and read our Q&A with him here.

Fishermen; Great Salt Lake, Utah

Atop The Muir Snowfield; at 9,000 feet on Mt. Rainier, Wash.

Rainer Wildflowers; Mt. Rainier National Park, Ashford, Wash.

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HEY SAN FRANCISCO: Try These 10 Mouthwatering Foie Gras Dishes Before The Delicacy Is Banned Forever


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California is in the final countdown until foie gras becomes illegal in the state. The ban officially starts July 1 at midnight, California time.

Chefs and restaurants around the state are planning some upscale farewell meals in honor of the occasion.

Foie gras, which is made from the liver of a specially fattened duck or goose, was banned by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, with an eight-year grace period.

That all ends Sunday.

Here are 10 places in San Francisco, the state's foodie capital, where you can still grab a bite. Check out the lists compiled by our friends at Eater and Zagat as well.

Bon apetit!

Chaya has had Foie Gras specials all month.

132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Chaya is hosting a "Au Revoir Duck & Foie Gras Food Fair" in which it will serve seven special à la carte foie gras dishes in addition to its regular menu. They'll cost between $15 and $25.

Eat Naked Lunch's classic Artisan Foie Gras Torchon & Duck Prosciutto Sandwich.

504 Broadway, San Francisco

Naked Lunch is still offering its Artisan Foie Gras Torchon & Duck Prosciutto Sandwich for just $25, but warns on its website its in limited supplies.

Add foie gras to any dish at Palio d'Asti.

640 Sacramento St., San Francisco

While you bid farewell to foie gras add seared it to any lunch or dinner dish for only $5 at Palio d'Asti.

So you can enjoy a Risotto di Mare, a spicy saffron seafood risotto made with lobster stock, green beans and seven fruits of the sea—with foie gras!

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This Fancy New Handbag Holds Everything—Including A Bottle Of Wine


Swiss designer Claudia Eicke has created a handbag to accomodate a woman's every need...including a bottle of wine.

Her "weekender" bag includes a zipper compartment underneath the purse for a bottle of wine.

The bag is about $1,600 and is made from goat leather.

Would you use it?

Here's the bag with the wine exposed: 

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And zipped up properly:


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This Absurdly Extravagant Mansion In Bel Air Just Hit The Market At $58 Million


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A much-hyped Bel Air mansion by celebrity designer Mohamed Hadid has finally hit the market with a $58 million asking price.

At that figure, it's one of the most expensive homes for sale in the U.S., according to Forbes' Morgan Brennan.

Hadid, known for developing Ritz Carlton Hotels and his appearances on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," originally designed the home--called Crescent Palace--for himself, but later decided to sell it.

So what does $58 million buy you in Bel Air? Seven bedrooms, a 90-foot art gallery, and a subterranean mecca with a screening room, a ball room, and a Mediterranean-inspired indoor pool.

Welcome to the Crescent Palace, on Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills.

The home took designer Mohamed Hadid 15 months to create.

The home was built for entertaining.

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STUDY: Do Men Or Women Give More To Charity?


At LearnVest we are all about being smart when it comes to charity: giving what we can to the right causes, and not just around the holiday season.

So we jumped when we saw a BiddingforGood study released earlier this year that found that not only do men donate more money to charity than women, but they also give more frequently.

If you're surprised, so are we! Research in the past has suggested that, in general, women donate more than men. In fact just last year, a University of Indiana study found that female-headed households were much more likely to donate to charity than households headed by males.

But according to BiddingforGood, a company that connects businesses to charitable causes through online auctions, the tables have turned: Their survey found that 52% of men donate weekly or monthly to charity, compared to just 42% of women, and 62% of men give more than $500 a year to charity, vs. 46% of women.

Of course, charity isn't all about the money--studies show that women across all age groups volunteer more than men, and that women fill more not-for-profit jobs than men.

Who controls the giving in your house? How do you decide how much to give?

Check out this infographic from BiddingforGood for a detailed breakdown:

Which Gender Is More Charitable?

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HELP WANTED: The Queen Needs A New Housekeeper At Buckingham Palace


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Buckingham Palace is hiring, according to Bloomberg TV.

The Queen and the royal family are looking for a new housekeeper to run Buckingham Palace.

The ideal candidate will have experience and vast knowledge of the hospitality industry.

Responsibilities reportedly include overseeing the royal venues and managing a $2.8 million budget for cleaning and parties.

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US Soccer Star Landon Donovan Is Selling His Manhattan Beach Compound For $4 Million


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LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan is selling his California mansion for $4.26 million, Zillow reports.

There have been rumors of Donovan making a permanent move to the English Premier League. But there's no evidence that he's offloading his ocean-side pad to move across the pond.

The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom compound features a "main home" and a "lower home."

The coolest parts: a theater, a wine cellar, and a killer pool.

The outside of the house

The pool at night

The pool during the day

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