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Rolls-Royce Wraith Debuts In Stunning And Somewhat Misogynistic Ad

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Rolls-Royce fully revealed the brand new Wraith today at the Geneva Motor Show, and it's is pretty much what we expected.

The coupe version of the Ghost has everything a top of the line luxury ride needs: a big engine, impressive speed, and a sumptuous interior.

The Wraith's V-12 engine makes it the most powerful and fastest (0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds) Rolls-Royce ever. The low, sleek body effectively hammers that home: This car is built for speed.

There's even the Starlight Headliner, an option that puts 1,340 fiber optic lamps into the roof lining, so you feel like you're constantly driving under a starry sky. This is an interesting idea, though we think we'd get bored of it pretty quickly.

We're not crazy about the two-tone color scheme, but considering that Rolls makes vehicles to order, that can be taken care of easily enough. All in all, it's a beautiful car.

Rolls-Royce has put a €245,000 ($319,358) price tag on the Wraith for European markets. Deliveries will start at the end of 2013. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

But the press materials that came with the Wraith did include one thing we did not see coming.

The promo video starts off as we expected: The luxury car whips through a forest at night, on its way to find a beautiful woman in distress.

When the handsome driver and woman meet, the scene freezes for a few moments. Everyone admires the Wraith.

Then the action resumes, and the man keeps driving, leaving the woman behind.

The video description says, "The darker side of Rolls-Royce is upon us. Power; style; drama."

But what the video itself says is, in the words of a YouTube commenter: "The Wraith...owned by blokes who don't pick up women in the forest?" That's not a great message to convey.

Here's the video:

And a few more images of the Wraith:

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Tour China's Enormous 'Ghost Mall' That Sits Virtually Empty Years After It Was Built

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Following a recent 60 Minutes report on China's empty "ghost cities", we've been thinking a lot about how some of China's grand construction projects have fallen flat.

One of the greatest examples of this overarching ambitious might be that of the New South China Mall, located in Dongguan, China.

Take a tour of the New South China Mall >

The mall was opened in 2005 and was heralded as the largest shopping center in the world with 659,612 square meters (7,100,000 sq ft) of space. According to CNN, the owners expected 100,000 visitors a day.

That didn't happen.

According to a report last year from Emporis, a global building data firm, the mall is virtually empty. "It has been classified as a 'dead mall'", the report states. An employee CNN spoke to claimed the mall had 20% occupancy.

One of the relatively few people who has visited the mall is journalist and explorer Wade Shepard, who published a great essay on the empty mall earlier this year at his website Vagabond Journey.

Wade has kindly allowed us to publish his photos with some of his comments here to give you a taste of China's "Ghost Mall".

Wade says the biggest problem with the mall was its location.



"This city is mostly made up of factories and factory workers — definitely not the target clientele for high-end shopping mall."



When Wade got to Dongguan, most people he asked had never even heard of the giant mall.



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Meet The Richest Person From Every Major Country In The World

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ernesto bertarelli switzerlandThere are more billionaires than ever this year, with a record total net-worth of $5.4 trillion, according to Forbes' new billionaires list.

But even if you cannot be the richest person in the world, it is still pretty cool to be the richest person in your country.

Many billionaires have held the title of richest in their country for a number of years, but as always, there are a number of new titleholders this year.

The richest Greek: Spiro Latsis

Net worth: $3.3 billion

Forbes rank: 412

Background: Latsis made his fortune in the shipping industry, but he has taken a real hit as Greece's economy has collapsed.



The richest Argentines: Carlos and Alejandro Bulgheroni

Net worth: $5.5 billion

Forbes rank: 219

Background: Their father founded Bridas, an energy company, in 1948. The brothers now hold large stakes in Pan American Energy, which was formed as a result of a merger between Bridas and Amoco. Pan American Energy is Argentina's second largest energy company.



The richest Egyptian: Nassef Sawiris

Net worth: $6.5 billion

Forbes rank:182

Background: Nassef Sawiris' father, Onsi, founded Orascom Construction Industries, which is Egypt's most valuable publicly traded company.



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Retirement Is A Nonstop Party In This Spanish Province

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In the province of Andalusia, the ancient land bridge between two continents, sits the Costa Tropical, a stretch of Spain’s coast that is little-known, quiet, and truly Spanish.

To the west is the infamous Costa del Sol, and to the east the desert-like Costa Almeria (Spaghetti Western country).

The Costa Tropical’s position between the brilliant blue Mediterranean and the soaring Sierra Nevada Mountains, rising to 10,000 feet just 62 miles inland, creates a sub-tropical climate where bananas, papayas, and mangoes flourish. The region’s climate is not only good for growing things, but for tourism, too. Holiday-makers come for the beaches and scuba diving, using this lovely coastal spot as a base to explore inland Andalusia and the beautifully preserved white villages of the Alpujarras, Granada’s Alhambra Palace, and the Sierra Nevada National Park. Plus, Morocco isn’t far away.

Sun-seekers and tourists, though, aren’t the only ones who would do well to pay attention to what Spain’s Costa Tropical has to offer. Retirees dreaming of a Continental beach retirement haventhat is also friendly, welcoming, safe, and affordable, should put this region at the top of their lists.

The Costa Tropical has three main towns: Motril, a typical bustling port town with an impressive 18-hole golf course; Salobreña, a pretty, whitewashed village perched on a hill topped by a Moorish fort; and the low-key town of Almuñécar (almoo-nyEAh-car). Of the three, Almuñécar is perhaps the most appealing for the would-be retiree, because it combines the charm of a typical Spanish town with the best of northern European influences and services. The locals are open and friendly, and the expats who’ve already discovered Almuñécar are happy to be here.

As one foreign retiree puts it, “I chose Spain because it met my key criteria: accessibility, culture, a language I could manage to learn, a lower cost of living, and, most important, a lifestyle, people, and set of values that I’m comfortable with. The Costa Tropical, specifically Almuñécar, became my focused target for its wonderful climate and vegetation, the Mediterranean Sea, the culture of Granada, and the mountains.”

Unlike better-known Spanish coastal towns, Almuñécar (population 22,000) has hung on to its Spanish charm. The heart of the old town is laid out with parallel streets radiating from the top of the hill on which the Phoenicians originally built the city. As you walk up the tightly winding streets, you come to the Plaza de la Constitution with its Town Hall (Ayuntamiento), church (Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación), and, farther on, San Miguel Castle and the barrio de San Miguel. The barrio (or quarter) is mainly pedestrianized (the streets are too narrow for cars) and is a magical place to wander around, peeping through to small plazas and white-washed homes with window boxes overflowing with flowers.

The main commercial center lies back down near the sea, where you’ll find banks, offices, grocery stores, and other shops.

A Spanish day is very different from the daily grind in the U.S., the UK, and even in neighboring France. Living here, you’d need to get used to the famous siesta. Most shops and many offices open by 10 a.m., followed by a mandatory long lunch (from 1 to 3 p.m.), a siesta until 5 p.m., followed by strong coffee and the start of the “second day,” running from 5 p.m. until late at night. In the summer, most Spaniards don’t eat their evening meal before 10 p.m. and often as late as 2 a.m.

On weekends, holidays, and evenings, Spaniards love to stroll, and almost every town, coastal or inland, has a paseo. Almuñécar’s Paseo del Altillo stretches for almost 3 miles from the district of Velilla in the east to Cotobro in the west and is wheelchair accessible.

One of the region’s biggest appeals is its sunshine. Most tourist information promises “320 days of sunshine” annually. On average, the region sees 20 days of rain a year. There isn’t a rainy season, and some years there’s no rain at all. However, when it does rain, it’s torrential. You’ll see gardeners and growers run to collect the precious drops of life and children rush to splash about. The results of the relatively mild climate are easy to see: the market is full of a wide range of delicious local fruit and vegetables, and the first almond trees blossom before Christmas.

The municipality of Almuñécar has about 12 miles of coast and 26 beaches. Some are white sand; others are covered with round, warm pebbles. Some beaches along the craggy part of the coastline can be accessed only via steep hillside paths, some are semi-desolate, and one is for naturists only (Playa Cantarrijan).

When it comes to show, pomp, and partying, the Spanish win hands down over any other European nation. With a calendar chock-full of fiestas, Almuñécar is no exception. Not a month goes by without at least two events. The main ingredients are always music, fireworks, food, and dancing. As well as the fiestas celebrated all over Spain (New Year, Three Kings, Carnival, Holy Week), Almuñécar has a long list of its own, with each barrio, as well as the main town, having a patron saint’s day to celebrate.

Andalusian fiestas help you to appreciate the strength and importance of the locals’ faith and its importance in the culture here. Festivals are not put on to attract tourists (though they do) but are an intrinsic part of the lives of all generations. If you live in a barrio, you will be expected to take part. It’s a great way to become part of the community.

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Ferrari's New Flagship Supercar Is A Beautiful Hybrid With A Dumb Name

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You are looking at the first images of Ferrari’s new flagship supercar, the LaFerrari, Italian for “TheFerrari.”

Code named the F150, the car that replaces the Enzo at the top of the Ferrari hierarchy made its debut today at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, easily stealing the limelight from all other debuts.

We can confirm that its powertrain is a hybrid setup that pairs Ferrari’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine and seven-speed dual-clutch 'box with its HY-KERS hybrid setup to boost output and lower emissions.

The system consists of two electric motors, one mounted to the gearbox and sending drive to the rear wheels and the other used to take some of the load off the engine by powering auxiliary devices.

Peak output of the combined system is a staggering 963 horsepower, as measured in metric figures. In good ol’ American numbers that’s still 950 horsepower to play with. Torque comes in at more than 660 pound-feet, with the final figure not yet confirmed.

Ferrari hasn’t given final performance numbers just yet, but says the LaFerrari will reach 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 217 mph (expected to be 230 mph). The car’s closest rival, the McLaren P1, which also debuts in Geneva, has similar specs but has its top speed limited to 217 mph. Another area were the LaFerrari is said to outmatch the P1 is in the 0-186 mph sprint, which the Ferrari should do in 15 seconds versus the McLaren’s quoted 17 seconds

Fiorano lap in less than 1:20

Ferrari boasts a lap time of its Fiorano test track of less than 1:20, which is 5.0 seconds quicker than the Enzo and 3.0 seconds quicker than the F12 Berlinetta.

The LaFerrari follows in a long line of ‘special series’ cars from the famous Italian sports car manufacturer. From the GTO of the 1980s right up to the Enzo supercar launched last decade, Ferrari’s special series cars have always been heavy hitters and some of the best examples of the transfer of technology from Formula One to the road.

n the case of the latest car, two of the headline technologies is the new hybrid system, Ferrari’s first on one of its production cars, and a new carbon fiber monocoque developed by Ferrari’s F1 technical director Rory Byrne. According to Ferrari, the central structure displays 27 percent more torsional rigidity and 22 percent more beam stiffness than the Enzo’s already stiff core.

The structure features no less than four different types of carbon fiber, all hand-laminated and autoclave-cured in the racing department using the same design and production methods as the F1 car. This helped optimize the design: various functions were integrated (e.g. seats and battery compartment) into the chassis. The final curb weight, not confirmed yet, is expected to be around 2,800 pounds.

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Purists may dislike the thought that Ferrari’s latest and greatest supercar is a hybrid, but the beauty of the system is that it not only cuts fuel consumption but it also allows for precise torque vectoring, traction control and brake force distribution. Ferrari claims a 10 percent reduction in the 0-124 mph sprint, along with a 40 percent reduction in emissions compared to a non-hybrid solution.

The hybrid also helps achieve those impressive power figures. While the car’s 6.3-liter V-12, a variation of the unit from the F12 Berlinetta and FF, is a masterpiece on its own, its peak output only reaches 789 horsepower--despite revving to 9,250 rpm. The main electric motor helps lift that to the 950 horsepower figure that will ensure the LaFerrari is the fastest road car to ever emerge from the Ferrari factory in Maranello.

Powering the electrical system is a lithium-ion battery that’s sourced from Samsung and weighs just over 130 pounds by itself. The batteries are charged in different ways: under braking (even hard braking with the ABS active) and every time the V-12 produces more torque than required, such as in cornering. In the latter instance, rather than being sent to the wheels, the excess torque is converted to energy and stored in the batteries.

Active aerodynamics constantly at work

Another marvel is the car’s active aerodynamics. The engineers’ aim was to deliver the highest degree of aerodynamic efficiency ever achieved with any road car, with a coefficient of drag of nearly 3.0, thanks to technical solutions honed with CFD analysis and fine-tuned in the F1 wind tunnel.

To boost efficiency, the LaFerrari sports active aerodynamic devices front (diffusers and guide vane on the underbody) and rear (diffusers and rear spoiler) which generate downforce when needed without compromising the car’s overall drag coefficient. These devices deploy automatically on the basis of a number of different performance parameters which are monitored in real time by the car’s dynamic vehicle controls.

One further innovative aspect of the LaFerrari is the integration of its active aerodynamics and hybrid system with the other dynamic control systems aboard. Proprietary algorithms deliver optimal integration of all the various systems, automatically and often without the driver even noticing. In cornering, for instance, the HY-KERS keeps the V12’s revs high to guarantee better acceleration on exit.

The brakes are from Brembo and are composed of a special carbon-ceramic material. They are housed within 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels at the rear. The tires are Pirelli P Zeros that measure up to 345/30 at the rear. Also aiding the handling are magnetorheological-type dampers, an electronic differential and Ferrari’s F1-Trac stability and traction control.

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A very advanced and uncompromising approach was also taken for the interior, which features an interface inspired by F1 single-seaters. The seat is fixed and tailored to the driver while both the pedal box and steering wheel are adjustable. The driving position is similar to that of a single-seater and was designed after consultation with the Scuderia Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, who played an active role throughout the entire development process.

Only 499 examples of the LaFerrari are scheduled to be produced, and all are almost certainly accounted for.

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The 9 Hottest Spring Break Destinations This Year

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Spring break is fast approaching and students are excited to soak in some sun.

We ranked nine of the most popular spring break locations in the U.S. and Caribbean.

First, we rated each of them on four different attributes:

  • Access (1—5, 5 being easiest): Based on how easy it is to get to this location.
  • Cost ($-$$$$$): Based on costs of hotels, activities, food, and drinks.
  • Activities (1—5, 5 being best): Based on unique and different options, in addition to typical beach options)
  • Safety (1—5, 5 being safest): Based on reports from the Department of State, and other sources.

Then we determined the order based on these ratings. Here are the best places to go on spring break.

#9 Acapulco, Mexico

Access: [1] Most trips have a layover in Mexico City. Depending on your city of origin, you may have two layovers.

Cost: [$] Recent violence has caused hotels to reduce prices even more.

Activities: [3] Parasailing is popular in addition to normal beach activities. There are also areas where you can dive into the ocean from cliffs. Many students rent villas and host their own day parties. There are a number of clubs, but companies organize a lot of the nightlife.  

Safety: [1] Drug-related violence has been increasing in Acapulco. A recent high-profile gang rape of six Spanish tourists confirms Acapulco's rising safety problems.



#8 Nassau, Bahamas

Access: [3] There are direct flights from many parts of the U.S. into Nassau. The airport is also close to the resorts.

Cost: [$$] There are a large number of hotels and resorts, and they often have good deals. Some are all-inclusive, but the casinos are popular and could jack up the cost of the trip with an unlucky streak.

Activities: [2] Many resorts host parties, which can be convenient if you are staying there, but it can also dilute the fun if there are too many separate parties. Going with a company that organizes parties is a safer bet if you want to be surrounded by spring breakers.

Safety: [2] The criminal threat level on the island is rated as critical by the Department of State. There are increased reports of tourists being robbed at gunpoint, even during daylight hours. Assaults have also been reported in casinos, at hotels, and on cruise ships.



#7 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Access: [2] There are few direct flights from airports other than Miami and Atlanta.

Cost: [$$] The dollar goes a long way in the Dominican Republic. Clubs are inexpensive and if you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you can reduce food and drink costs even more.

Activities: [3] There are normal beach activities such as volleyball and jet skiing. There are also a number of shops set up on the beach. Many resorts host day parties but the nightlife is mainly organized by companies like Student City. They bring spring breakers from different hotels to the same clubs. You may end up with locals if you venture out on your own.

Safety: [3] There are fewer reports of incidents than other international spring break destinations. But some Americans have been victims when returning to America. Smugglers place a baggage tag on a bag with drugs to be flown to the U.S., and if the bag is stopped, it has an American's name on it.



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A New Generation Of Supercars Was Born At The Geneva Motor Show

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The Geneva Motor Show opened to the press on Tuesday, and while there are clear signs of the disastrous state of the European auto market, there's plenty of glitz and glamour on display as well.

That's because European luxury car sales have not suffered the same plunge as more reasonably priced vehicles, and high-end automakers are reaching out to new groups of wealthy buyers in Russia, China, and the Middle East.

Among the dozens of car debuts, new offerings from the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin stood out.

These eight brand new cars represent the essence of the supercar market: They are incredibly powerful, incredibly luxurious, and incredibly expensive. And they're all beautiful.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 has a top speed of 196 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.



It is the first Porsche to have active rear-wheel steering.



The interior is made to look like a true sports car, with leather seats, of course. Price tag: $130,400.



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9 Ways Business Travelers Can Score Upgrades On The Fly

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reddit upgradeThese days, anyone with enough cash can buy their way into frequent flyer clubs, and points gurus are constantly broadcasting the secrets to gaming the rewards card system.  

This is not a trend we should be thrilled about. 

"It's getting harder and harder to get all of these perks because there are so many 'elite' travelers," said George Horbica, founder of discount airfare site Airfarewatchdog.com.

For business travelers who are constantly passing from one cramped flight and hotel room to the next, the competition is especially fierce.

We've reached out to a few travel experts for their tips on the easiest ways you can still score travel upgrades. 

Get upgrades on flights by booking an economy ticket with a Y or B booking code. According to TravelNerd.com's Amy Lee, this special booking code is gold for fliers looking for an upgrade. "This means that the ticket will be full fare but you will receive a complimentary upgrade if there are open spots in the next class of service," Lee said. Just request the upgrade when you book your ticket and then check your status 24 hours before your flight. Frequent flyers should hear about upgrades within 100 hours of their departure (based on status level). 

Give up your seat on a flight and kill them with kindness. When it comes to scoring upgrades, good manners could give you an edge over other grumpy flyers. "Once I volunteered to get bumped from a flight so a family could travel together," Lee said. "Not only did I receive a $500 flight voucher, but the gate agent upgraded me on the next flight. She did this because no one else would give up their seat and she realized that although I was inconvenienced, I was willing to help the traveling family." 

Dress nicely to give yourself an edge. "When flights are oversold [in economy class], sometimes gate agents will pick people to upgrade based on whether they're dressed well, or if they were nice to someone when they checked in," Horbica said. Get ahead of the game by kindly telling the gate agent in advance that you hope they'll consider you if any upgrades are available. "They'd much rather sell you an upgrade for $100 or $200 rather than give it away to a frequent flier," he said. 

Double up on rewards cards to reap more benefits. Lee clued us into the latest favorite travel hack out there. Since American Airlines and US Airways recently announced their merger, some travelers have signed up for both airlines' signature rewards cards (US Airways Premier World MasterCard and the Citi Select/AAdvantage American Express). With both of their signup bonus miles combined, travelers will be armed with as many as 70,000 miles that can be used together once the merger is complete.

Rent a car at the end of the day. "By the end of the day, all the standard and compact vehicles have been rented out and you are more likely to receive a complimentary upgrade [to something more luxurious]," Lee said.

And if rental agencies won't upgrade for free, try negotiating. "Premium cars can cost an arm and a leg, but counter reps will negotiate much lower prices if they are available when you pick up your car," says Brian Kelly of ThePointsGuy.com. "Ask at check-in if you can upgrade to a higher category, and if they quote you a price, be sure to negotiate since they won’t start at their best price ... Being super nice also helps."

Save up your bonus miles to score upgrades on the cheap. A number of airlines are selling miles with a big bonus attached (say, a purchase of 50,000 miles buys you an extra 50,000 miles at no cost). "Those miles can be used for upgrades from the lowest possible fare, and that's another thing to look for, especially if you're flying first class," Horbica said. "For example, you can upgrade the cheapest possible fare from New York To LA for about 17,000 miles right now." 

Ask for hotel upgrades when the front desk isn't busy. Front desk clerks are known to be willing to upgrade customers when business is slow, but you're best bet is to ask them when there aren't a load of other people around. "I just did this," Horbica said. "I had been booked in a room near the elevator. I told them I was a light sleeper and asked for a room at the end of the hallway. The nice person behind the desk upgraded me to a better room at no charge." Horbica typically follows this script: "I know the hotel is not full today. Do you think you could upgrade me to a suite?"

And Clement Carey, General Manager of The Kitano New York, says specifying room features is a nice gateway to a larger room. "Requesting a high floor or a specific view can garner an unexpected upgrade, if standard rooms with those features are sold out.  A reservation for a premium room type or package is more likely to get upgraded to a suite when occupancy is high. A discounted room rate is less apt to get an upgrade."

Don't shy away from airfare consolidators. Horbica recently helped a friend score a $6,000 business class ticket to London on Virgin Atlantic for $2,500. He did it by booking through an airfare consolidator site (Horbica likes http://planetamex.com/), which carry discounted first and business class international fares. 

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22 Products That Really Do Last A Lifetime

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In an age when the Next Big iGadget is always around the corner and people go through cell phones like pairs of socks, it's nice to know there are some products that can never be replaced. 

In a popular Reddit thread, more than 500 users shared the "trustiest" products they've relied on for years –– and in some cases, a lifetime. 

We rounded up 22 of our favorites. 

"My Gameboy color is still going strong as well as my Pokemon games."

 



"Samsung Blackjack II. Dropped it a million times, still works perfectly. I've had it for over five years."

 

 


"2001 Honda Accord. Not a single problem in all my years of ownership."

 



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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Buy Your Very Own Florida Key For $15.8 Million

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Ballast Island

Ten miles from Key West and 100 miles from Havana, Cuba sits the newly listed island Ballast Key.

The remote, 24-acre island even includes a beach-side mansion with eight bedrooms.

The 4,000-square-foothome has amazing views of the ocean as well as enough space to land a helicopter or boat when you're traveling to or from one of the other Florida Keys.

It's currently listed for $15.8 million through Realtor.com.

Ballast Key is a part of the Florida Keys.

Source: Realtor.com



It's just 10 miles west of Key West and 100 miles from Havana, Cuba.

Source: Realtor.com



The two-story home is on the southern end of the island, and gets plenty of sun throughout the day.

Source: Realtor.com



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Beyoncé's 'Zoo Shoes' Are Made From 5 Different Animals

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PETA is furious about a pair of Beyoncé's sneakers, which are made from five different animals. 

She wore the Rubin Singer shoes at the Superbowl Halftime Show. 

A graph we found on Reddit describes the different materials in Beyoncé's shoes and how much each one costs.

Materials include Ostrich, Cow, Anaconda, Stingray, and Crocodile. Crocodile alone can cost more than $600 per foot. 

Here's a YouTube video screengrab that shows all the animals: 

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Here's How Prince Alwaleed Spends His '$29.6 Billion' Fortune

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It's a classic he-said-she-said — except she is Forbes' Senior Editor Kerry Dolan and he is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, considered to be the richest man in Saudi Arabia and one of the richest people in the world.

They're fighting over how much the Saudi Arabian prince is worth.

Alwaleed believes the number is a $29.6 billion, while Forbes disagreed and placed him at number 26 on its annual billionaires list with a net worth estimate of $20 billion.

Regardless, Alwaleed is still rich beyond belief from his stake in his Kingdom Holding Company, his Saudi real estate investments, shares in Arab media companies, and investments in public and private companies globally, including Twitter.

Prince Alwaleed was born into Saudi royalty.

He is the son of Prince Talal and Mona Al Solh.

His maternal grandfather was the first prime minister of Lebanon and his paternal grandfather, King Abdulaziz, created Saudi Arabia.



He attended a California school for college.

It was while attending Menlo College in Atherton, California that he acquired what many believe to be a Western world outlook, making him the go-to Saudi investor for American businessmen.



He got his big break when he invested in a little company called Citicorp.

He received a $30,000 gift, a $300,000 loan, and a house from his father after graduating, and slowly began investing.

In 1991, when Alwaleed was 36, he made a high-stakes decision to invest in Citicorp, which made him $800 million. By 2005, that had turned into $10 billion.



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A 1973 Lamborghini Tractor Is On Sale For $9,500

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The Lamborghini name may conjure images of finely tuned sports cars, but the company's present day success is actually built on tractors.

In 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini founded the now famous Automobil Lamborghini, using the money he had made manufacturing high-quality tractors in post-war Italy. Lamborghini Trattori is still in business today.

For fans of the charging bull who want a Lambo that will really stand out in their vehicle collection, there's a 1973 tractor for sale, listed on Craigslist in Selma, California, for $9,500.

Here's the listing:

You are looking at a 1973 Lamborghini Tractor. This is a 4 Wheel Drive tractor that is 90 horsepower air cooled strong engine. The Model number is a R804DT. Great Collectors Tractor! Less than 700 hours! Great Condition! Asking 9500 OBO. There are two of them. Other Types of tractors on site!

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China Is Obsessed With The Extravagant Life Of This Spoiled Young Playgirl

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Zhang Jiale Chinese Playgirl

Chinese netizens have become obsessed with a Weibo account that appears to show the absurdly fabulous life of a young woman in Shenzhen, which we first read about on ChinaSmack.

"King" Zhang Jiale's luxury lifestyle has sparked strong criticism in a country where the new found wealth of elder generations is widely seen to have created a younger generation that is overly materialistic.

But is it really so bad?

Zhang has over 46,000 followers on Weibo.



Many appeared surprised, however, to discover she was a tom-girl.



Her age has alternatively been listed as 16, and 22.

Netease says 16, but the Telegraph says 22.



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Bronx Science Athletes Arrested, Coaches Suspended In Growing Hazing Scandal

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The Bronx High School of Science, one of New York's top public schools, has come under scrutiny recently for a hazing scandal on its successful track team.

So far, three student athletes have been arrested and charged with misdemeanor for forcible touching and assault as well as second-degree hazing and harassment, according to The New York Times.

Witnesses allege that older runners were intimidating younger students on the team, and that the abuse would quickly escalate to inappropriate touching and threats of rape.

But perhaps the most disturbing detail to come to light is that Marion Dietrich, the school's athletic director, not only knew about the incidents but that they had been going on for years, according to an email sent out by Dietrich and published today by the Daily News.

The email, sent to the school's coaches in March of 2012, alludes to an earlier "incident" that took place two years prior.

"The principal found out about it last Friday and is very concerned," an excerpt from the memo states. "A student's genitals were touched from an athlete on the track team, when the athletes were already changing."

Dietrich was suspended from the school this Tuesday along with two other track coaches.

Read the rest of the email over at The NY Daily News.

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You Must Be Young, Smart, And Gorgeous To Be A Flight Attendant On Thailand's Budget Airline

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It takes a special sort of person to be a flight attendant. In the early days of airplane travel, flight attendants were a cross between nurses and bellboys, then the jet era called for them to be glamorous representatives of the airline.

Today, flight attendants are recognized as service professionals who often undertake a full career in the skies.

Thailand's budget airline Nok Air is still seemingly stuck in that early jet age mindset, however, as they've just launched a recruitment drive via Facebook, with requirements that read more like Barbie's resume than a job posting.

Some of the strict requirements:

  • Females, "age not over 25 (at the time of application)"

  • No shorter than 160 cm (about 5'2")

  • Weight proportionate to height

  • "Excellent communication skills" in English and Thai (and a TOEIC score to prove it). A third language would be an advantage, preferably Mandarin Chinese

  • Minimum education is a Bachelor's degree

  • You must supply photos of yourself in both formal and casual dress

Note that all of this comes mere weeks after their nearly nude calendar scandal.

Having flown on Nok, we can vouch for the fact that the airline is receiving exactly those whom they seek. Our Nok attendants were young, slim, sociable, and ready with both a snack and a smile. Are they having fun? Flying to the paradise of Phuket sure seems like fun. Will they be doing this forever? Definitely not. When an airline recruits in this way, they've already got an expiration date in mind for the crop of new recruits.

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SEE ALSO: To Make It As A Flight Attendant In China, You Have To Be Beautiful

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'Beer Goggles' May Be A Myth

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When people drink too much, they often find unattractive people much more attractive.

This phenomenon is called "beer goggles."

What actually happens when you have beer goggles, and what makes people's visual perceptions change?

Amanda Ellison, a psychologist from Durham University in the U.K. has written a book, Getting Your Head Around the Brain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). In it, she introduces readers to the brain and how its functioning is linked to behavior.

In an interview with The Telegraph she said that "beer goggles" don't actually exist. We just become more liberal when we drink, but a person's physical appearance remains the same.

"We still see others basically as they are," she tells the Telegraph. "There is no imagined physical transformation — just more desire."

While alcohol impairs certain motor skills and parts of the brain (like the part encourages us not to act on impulses) libido is not affected, says Ellison.

"The area of the brain that makes us want to mate keeps functioning, meaning that people can still assess how visually appealing others are," she says. "Beer goggles depend on our ability to make rational decisions."

This is the opposite conclusion from a paper published in the British Journal of Psychology in May of 2009, which found that beer goggles do exist: "Alcohol consumption significantly inflated attractiveness ratings for participants viewing made-up sexually mature faces."

Ok, so maybe other people don't physically appear better when you're drunk. But a study published in the British Journal Of Psychology in 2012 found that, at the very least, you perceive yourself as more attractive when you drink. The study concluded: "The mere belief that one has consumed alcohol increases self-perceived attractiveness."

SEE ALSO: What Alcohol Does To Your Body And Mind

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Facebook Blocks French Art Museum For Posting Nude Photo

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nude facebookPARIS - On Friday, the Jeu de Paume museum's Facebook account was blocked for 24 hours, following a decision by Facebook to remove a photograph the Parisian museum posted on its page and which the social network ruled was a violation of its Rights and Responsibilities guidelines.

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The picture of a naked woman by Laure Albin Guillot (1879-1962) was part of a exhibition on the French photographer at the Jeu de Paume contemporary art museum in central Paris, Le Nouvel Observateur reports.

Here is the message the Jeu de Paume museum posted on its Facebook page after the 24-hour ban:

"We’ve missed you! […]

We had already committed other offenses in the past, publishing nudes by Willy Ronis and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. If we receive another warning from Facebook, our account may be permanently deactivated.

We will not publish nudes in the future, even though we believe that they have a high artistic value, and that there is nothing pornographic about these photographs, which are in accordance with "the right to publish contents of a personal nature."

Last year, Facebook removed an image of Gerhard Richter’s “Ema” from Paris’ Pompidou Center’s page, although it later apologized for confusing the painting with a photo –  nude photos are forbidden on the social network,  but not nude paintings or sculptures.

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