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There's A Giant Tropical Resort Inside This Old Soviet Airplane Hangar

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Tropical Islands inside Berlin aircraft hangar

South of Berlin, a giant airplane hangar on a former Soviet airbase has been transformed into a sunny, sandy resort.

Known as the Tropical Islands, the space is 1,181 feet long, 689 feet wide, and 351 feet tall. To put that in perspective, eight football fields and the Statue of Liberty could fit inside.

The resort has been open since 2004, and attracts around 1 million visitors each year.

It's pretty easy to see why: Despite Germany's chilly winters, the temperature inside stays at a balmy 78 degrees. There are 13 different bars and restaurants, miniature golf, flamingos, and the biggest spa in Europe at just under 33,000 square feet.

This is what the Tropical Islands looks like on the outside. Over 14,000 tons of steel were used in its construction.

Source: Tropical Islands



And here's what it looks like on the inside!



Over 1 million visitors come to the Tropical Islands each year. Aside from the steely dome, it looks a lot like any other beach.

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This Is The Best Picture Of A $45,000 Egg You Will Ever See

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Christie's will be selling this massive fossilized egg in London on April 24. It measures a whopping 12 inches long and nine inches in diameter; that's roughly 100 times the average size of a chicken's egg.

The pre-17th century egg comes from the now-extinct Madagascar Elephant Bird, which was the largest bird to ever live and measured 11 feet in height.

The world-famous auction house is expecting the gigantic egg to fetch between $30,000 and $45,000.

SEE ALSO: The Most Expensive Watches Ever Sold At Auction

Christie's Elephant bird egg

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How I Defeated The Bedbugs In My Hell's Kitchen Apartment

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Bed FeetWhen we last left off, I had just had my apartment treated for the first time for bed bugs. Two weeks later my PCO returned to once again apply a fairly environmentally-friendly spray to kill the unwanted intruders. 

In the meantime, like a total mental patient, I’d been scanning the room several times a day looking for something. Since the first and only sighting of the bug on my bed, thankfully while I was not in it, I had not seen a trace of them and neither did my PCO. 

On his third visit he scanned everywhere and told me the coast was clear but to let the (pesticide) dust settle for a few weeks and he’d bring his dog, Bruno, back to ascertain the situation. 

Again, I went over every corner of the room, particularly the only small area the dog ever noted bugs. Still saw no dead ones or any skin casings. 

I knew that the moving firm who had taken my furniture to be fumigated and stored, Moving Right Along, wanted to return my stuff within thirty days. I texted the landlord to see when she had instructed my PCO to inspect the apartment adjacent to mine.

I worried that the bugs could be in another apartment and even though they had left mine, could resurface when the coast was clear. Initially she had said she would pay him to do so but as the time got closer, she said she talked to the flanking units and they said they didn’t have bugs so she wasn’t going to allow the dog to do his job.

This worried me. Even if I got the go-ahead from my PCO to reintroduce my furniture to my apartment, I feared the neighbors may not realize they had bugs. I texted my landlord that they are usually not confirmed by sight, even by a skilled PCO, and that only a dog could really alert you of their presence unless you have a serious infestation. 

When she ignored me, I sent her a link to the official NYC website that seems to suggest landlords need to “…inspect all units adjacent to, above and below apartments found to have bed bugs.” Within minutes she said the PCO would be inspecting all units connected to mine.

The time came for the PCO -- Bobby from K9 Bed Bug Detectors -- to return, and this time Bruno the dog noticed nothing after a careful scan of all rooms, especially the bedroom. The PCO said all was clear and I could safely put things away and have my furniture returned from its storage place after its Vikane fumigation. 

Bobby said all other apartments were clear. 

Whew! I was so relieved and so excited to have my room be neat and organized, have all my clothes back and have my books returned to their shelves.

I scheduled a return of my fully fumigated stuff and requested the same guys as last time because they were truly amazing. Luckily most of them returned and knew I had been having unrelated medical issues and really handled everything from A to Z. Not only did they put things back, they unpacked and cleaned up after. They kept me calm and chatted. 

Afterward it took me a few hours with a friend’s help to re-fold things in my drawers and organize my books for alphabetical order (yep, I'm that compulsive), but all in all this whole bed bug situation—while extremely stressful—was really handled in the best way possible. 

So excited to finally lay in my bed with comforters and tons of pillows and not be afraid of creepy crawlies. However in the back of my overactive and neurotic mind I keep worrying that they will come back. I hope there is no part three to this.

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One In Four Teens Plan On Relying On Mom And Dad Till Age 27

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teens friends hugging in the woodsApril is Financial Literacy month, which is the personal finance industry's queue to ramp up its message that high school  –– and the home –– is ground zero for the movement. 

After all, if we can teach teens to handle money responsibly, we can ensure that the next generation of adults won't make a mess of things. Right? 

Unfortunately, teens don't have quite as much faith in their own financial futures as most people, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement USA/Allstate Foundation.

Nearly 60 percent of teens said they won't be ready to financially support themselves by age 24 –– a far cry from the same survey two years ago, when 75 percent of teens felt the same. Only 25 percent of teens said they'd be prepared by age 27.

That's a more than double the number in the same survey two years ago, when just 12 percent of teens felt the same. 

To be fair, they have reasons to be wary of flying the coop. The job market, though slowly improving, isn't exactly stellar, the cost of college tuition is perpetually rising, and student loans rates have tripled in the last decade.

“Parents continue to be the No.1 influence on teens when it comes to money, so helping their teens set financial goals and take steps to meet them should pay off financially for both teens and their parents,” said Don Civgin, president and chief executive officer, Allstate Financial. 

But herein lies the central issue of financial literacy: Whose job is it to teach kids how to manage money –– their teachers or their parents? 

Mom and Dad may know which snacks to pack, how to fix a flat and when to lecture about college and safe sex, but it's not like they have to pass a financial literacy test before bringing children into the world.  

In a T. Rowe Price survey, more than half of parents said they only feel 'fairly' prepared to discuss finances with their children. Another 18 percent said they aren't prepared at all.

On the other hand, financial literacy is part of the curriculum in roughly half the country in the U.S. There are free financial literacy services for teens, but convincing them to learn about budgeting in lieu of playing after school sports is likely a tall order.

There's a solid case for either side of the debate. The reality is that it will likely take both.

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Denny's 'Fit Slam' Could Have 100+ More Calories Than Advertised

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Many chain restaurants, including Applebee's, Denny's, and Olive Garden are offering new, lighter-calorie menu items in order to pull in a growing breed of health-conscious diners. 

The Lighter Fare menus list nutritional information to help consumers control their caloric intake.  

Consumer Reports recently investigated the accuracy of calorie and fat counts listed on menus and websites. 

In general, their results were in range of the restaurant's numbers. But there were a few exceptions that mostly had to do with the portion sizes served in different locations. 

Denny's Fit Slam, a breakfast dish featured on the diner's Fit Fare menu, is one example.  

The meal consists of egg whites scrambled together with spinach, grape tomatoes, and two turkey bacon strips. It also comes with an English muffin and a cup of fruit. 

The whole feast is listed as having 360 calories and 13 grams of fat on Denny's website

"We found those approximate levels in two restaurants. At a third, the Fit Slam had 494 calories and 19 grams of fat," Consumer Reports writes

That's 134 more calories and 6 more grams of fat than advertised.

The discrepancy highlights the challenge of quality control in food preparation. Even small tweaks — a little more cheese there, an extra splash of sauce there, can make big caloric differences on one plate of food.  

See the full list of results at Consumer Reports >

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3 Easy Ways To Get Your Credit Card Stolen At Hotels

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Regardless of where you are, there are crooks who want to steal your credit card number—even when you’re in the comforts of a hotel as you try to enjoy that well-deserved vacation.

Recently, fraudsters have developed trickier methods to dupe hotel guests into forking over their credit card information.

It is best to learn how these criminals operate in order to avoid having to deal with a compromised credit card account.

Dummy Wi-Fi. Free wireless internet is an amenity offered by many hotels—making it easy for you to enter your room and connect to the hotel’s wireless network from your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

However, you may not actually be connecting to the hotel’s secure network. Instead, you may have simply clicked on a dummy Wi-Fi network called “Free Hotel Wi-Fi.” Little do you know, the network is a mobile hotspot set up by a cyber thief, who is using the connection to monitor your browsing activity and steal sensitive information.

To avoid falling victim to this trick, ask the hotel staff for the correct Wi-Fi network before logging on.

Fake restaurant flyers. Hungry and don’t want to pay for room service? Lucky for you, there are a few food flyers at the door, one offering delivery will arrive in less than 30 minutes. You call, place the order and provide your credit card number to pay for it. Then, an hour later, you’re still waiting on your food, but it never arrives.

Unfortunately, you responded to a phony flyer. The people on the receiving end of those calls were simply fishing for people to hand over their credit card information, which they can now use to make a string of fraudulent purchases.

A quick online search can help to ensure the legitimacy of the flyer, but it might be a good idea to ask the hotel staff about the restaurant before phoning in your order.

Phishing by phone. Your hotel phone rings and the person on the other end says the hotel’s computer systems are down and they need your credit card information again. You oblige over the phone and go back to bed. The next morning, as you head out, you ask the front-desk staff if the computer systems are back up since last night. They respond, “Our computer systems were never down.” And it hits you: You willingly provided your credit card information to a stranger over the phone.

Fraudsters are now calling hotel rooms directly and posing as hotel staff to deceive hotel guests, who don’t suspect other people can dial straight to their room’s telephone.

If you receive such a call, take a quick trip to the front desk to see if thieves attempted to steal your credit card information.

Simon Zhen is a columnist and staff writer for MyBankTracker.com, where he covers banking, financial technology and savings rates.

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Flavored Sea Salts Add A Hint Of Garlic, Jalapeno, Or Truffle To Your Meal

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This is the 8 Sea Salt Starter Set from SaltFrenzy.

Why We Love It:Sea salt has fewer preservatives than regular table salt, and is a favorite ingredient in top dishes at trendy restaurants. The sea salt from SaltFrenzy takes it a step further by adding flavors like black truffle, chili verde, garlic, rosemary, and even Merlot, so you can season your food in one step.

For those skeptical about the cooking merits of flavored sea salt, Salt Frenzy even allows you to try two free sea salt samples (plus shipping), which come with a 20 percent off code for future purchases.

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Where To Buy: Available through SaltFrenzy's website.

Cost:The salts range between $2.50 and $6.95, and starter sets range between $14.95 and $22.95.

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10 Signs That You Are Addicted To Shopping

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Shopping is one of America's favorite past times, but shopping addiction is a very real problem that can lead to financial ruin and destroy relationships.

"Friday Night Lights" author Buzz Bissinger recently detailed for GQ how his shopping addiction led him to spend more than $600,000 in three years.

Much like gambling, alcohol, and drug addictions, it's not easy to "fix" the problem, or even realize when there is one.

Terrence Shulman — the founder and director of The Shulman Center in Detroit, which treats compulsive theft, shopping, and hoarding — spoke with us about the danger of shopping addiction and some of the tell-tale signs that you should seek professional help.

You shop when you're feeling disappointed, angry, or scared.

Buying something new for yourself is fun. But when you're doing it whenever you're feeling a negative emotion just because it makes you feel better, that's a sign you could be addicted.

Source: The Shulman Center



Your spending habits create conflicts between you and someone close to you.

Shulman said: "A lot of people who are over-shopping are keeping it a secret from their family members, from their friends, and sometimes from their own husband or wife."

"There's a huge incentive to keep it secret because people are tired of arguing about money all the time or feel ashamed, so they open a new credit card account or hide the purchases," he added.

Source: The Shulman Center



You buy items with your credit cards that you wouldn't buy if you had to pay cash.

If you're spending money you don't have, it can lead to enormous credit card bills, bad credit, and financial ruin.

If you know this and are still purchasing beyond your means, that's another bad sign.

Source: The Shulman Center



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North Korea's Enormous, Half-Finished 'Hotel Of Doom' Hits A Major Snag

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Ryugyong Hotel, the enormous hotel planned for Pyongyang North Korea that has been in the works for decades, appears to have hit a serious problem.

According to NK News, Kempinski, the German-based luxury group due to manage the hotel have said plans to open rooms in the hotel are on hold due to ""market conditions" in North Korea.

A statement from the firm sent to NK News says that while discussions to open the hotel happened, but "no agreement has been signed since market entry is not currently possible”.

The 105-story, 1,100ft-tall building — dubbed the "hotel of doom" by observers — has had a long, troubled path to completion. Construction began in 1987 and the hotel was originally slated to open in 1993.

However, the building instead sat dormant for 15 years until Egyptian conglomerate Orascom committed $400 million to finishing it.

Just last year Kempinski had announced that the hotel would open "partially, probably" in 2012. However, photos taken inside the hotel last year showed it to be almost completely unfinished on the inside, a shell of a building.

Kempinski's involvement in North Korea has always seemed a little strange — the brand is Europe's oldest luxury hotel chain, founded in 1897. However, the renewed interest in the building seemed to fit in with new leader Kim Jong-un's plans for a new, tourist-friendly North Korea with amusements parks, mini-golf and a online-booking for its state-run airline.

It seems that perhaps recent signs of aggression between North and South Korea may well have given the German firm reason to question the plan.

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Giving Birth In A Bangladesh Slum Looks Terrifying

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Life Born in a Slum_02 BangladeshSajila is a working mother living in the Korail slum of Dhaka City, Bangladesh.

Like most slums, the Korail slum lacks access to clean water, reliable electricity, and health services.

The slums are formed on government owned land and those living there do so illegally.

Saikat Mojumder is a photographer who spent time with Sajila and her family, beginning when she was four months pregnant.

His photos depict the harsh conditions women are forced to endure during pregnancy and birth.

Mojumder's photos were published on blog Pineapple And Milk. With his permission, we are republishing them here along with his comments.

Sajila is 34 and pregnant. She sits amidst the bleak environment of the Korail slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has a husband, mother-in-law, and three children in her family. Her husband cannot support the family himself, so Sajila works as a day laborer to support him.

Published with permission from Saikat Mojumder.



Sajila comforts her son while she tolerates terrible pain herself.

Published with permission from Saikat Mojumder.



Even during her pregnancy, Sajila worked as a day laborer because her family will starve if she does not.

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The Brand New Range Rover Sport Is A Lightweight Powerhouse

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Edgier, sleeker, and faster, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is the sporting complement to the off-road specialist (with on-road credentials) found in the new Range Rover.

Unveiled just before the 2013 New York Auto Show, the 2014 Range Rover Sport improves upon the previous model's formula with quicker acceleration, lighter weight, and greater agility.

How much lighter is the new Range Rover Sport? Try 800 pounds lighter. That's like kicking four 200-pound six-footers out of the super-SUV--without having to leave your friends on the roadside.

Four variations of the 2014 Range Rover Sport will be offered in the U.S.: the base SE, with a 3.0-liter supercharged 340-horsepower V-6; the HSE with the same engine but upgraded features; the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, with a 510-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 (naturally); and the Range Rover Sport Autobiography, with the same engine as the Supercharged model, but again, a better set of equipment.

All 2014 Range Rover Sport models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Two transfer cases are available: one with a single-speed Torsen limited-slip differential; a second with two-speed locking differentials and low range. The second is the more off-road-suited choice.

Stop/start is also standard on all Range Rover Sport models, as is the updated Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically adjusts to suit the terrain or road conditions.

Another new aspect to the Range Rover Sport range is 5+2 seating, bringing an optional third-row seating element for "occasional use". That should probably be read as "for kids, and for short periods only," but it does expand the utility of the Sport for those on the fence between it and the larger standard Range Rover.

The Details

daniel craig and range rover sport in new york march 2013So, aside from being 800 pounds lighter and offering two different supercharged engines, what does the 2014 Range Rover Sport bring to the performance table?

It's fairly compact, though longer than its predecessor by 2.5 inches. At 191 inches, it's still just over four inches shorter than the 2014 Cadillac CTS, however.

It's also 2.17 inches lower than the standard Range Rover, and 100 pounds lighter. Curb weight for the V-6 models is listed at 4,727 pounds, while the V-8s check in at 5,093 pounds.

The new lower weight and punchy engine options offer good-to-great acceleration for an SUV. The base 340-horsepower supercharged V-6 gets to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous normally aspirated V-8 model. The 510-horsepower supercharged V-8 variants sprint to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, nearly a full second quicker than the previous supercharged V-8 models--and that's almost all down to weight reduction.

Enhancing the on-road qualities of the Range Rover Sport, a suite of electronic systems combine to improve handling and response.

Electric power-assisted steering with a variable ratio and speed-sensitive assistance yields steering forces deemed appropriate for the vehicle's speed; the Dynamic Mode function of the Terrain Response 2 system enhances throttle and transmission response, steering assist, suspension damper settings, and traction/stability control for sporty driving; a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential system aids traction on acceleration, and locks up 70 ms quicker than the previous model; and Torque Vectoring by Braking simulates the benefits of a torque-vectoring differential, reducing understeer and improving cornering.

Off-Road Ability

range rover sportAs with any Land Rover, it's not all about the paved bits. The Range Rover Sport still offers its own form of off-road capability. While historically somewhat less than the Range Rover's mountain-goat attitude due to its low-profile, road-focused tires, the Range Rover Sport can accomplish feats that would stump other sport SUVs.

Part of the credit goes to Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system, updated for the latest generation. In Auto mode, the system analyzes the driving conditions through the vehicle's sensors to determine the optimum setting for traction.

Manual control is still available, with General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Rock Crawl settings available. Each mode adapts the engine, transmission, differentials, and suspension settings to provide optimal grip.

And of course, full-time four-wheel drive is standard with all models. As mentioned previously, two forms are available, both a standard all-wheel-drive type system, and a four-wheel-drive, locking/low-range system for more difficult terrain.

For those contemplating real offroading, the low-range transfer case is the obvious choice, with a 50/50 front-rear static torque distribution, and capability to send up to 100 percent of engine torque to either the front or rear axles as needed.

Those with a greater taste for on-road dynamics will prefer the other system, which offers a default torque bias of 42:58 front-to-rear for better driving dynamics. This Torsen-based system can send up to 62 percent of torque to the front axle and up to 78 percent to the rear.

With 11.2 inches of ground clearance in off-road mode (2.3 inches more than in the last Range Rover Sport), the 2014 model is able to clear most obstacles, but ride height is also adjustable. An intermediate setting allows more clearance at speeds up to 50 mph, an increase from 31 mph in the previous model.

When fitted with the optional Dynamic Response active lean-control system, the 2014 Range Rover Sport offers up to 21.5 inches of wheel articulation by isolating the stabilizer bar and reducing roll compensation--a solution for more severe off-road excursions.

Technology And Equipment

range rover sportAs you'd expect of any Range Rover, the 2014 Range Rover Sport offers a luxurious, attractive interior. What you might not expect is the sustainable, "full lifecycle" approach to the vehicle's materials. Throughout the vehicle, recycled or renewable materials have been used, including plastics, leathers, and wood veneers.

Of course, there's also a bevy of high-tech features, including lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beam assist, "flank guard" side-impact alert, blind spot monitoring, rear-collision alert, surround-camera system with intersection view, adaptive xenon head lights, park assist (including park exit for exiting tight parallel spaces and perpendicular park functions), and all of Land Rover's suite of stability, off-road, and braking assist systems:

  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Electronic Traction Control (ETC)
  • Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Gradient Release Control (GRC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Engine Drag Torque Control (EDC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Lights (EBL)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Corner Brake Control (CBC)
  • Electronic Park Brake (EPB) - activates directly on the rear brake calipers and has been engineered to provide smooth and refined automatic disengagement.

Rear-seat entertainment is available, including infrared wireless headphones; LED ambient lighting can be ordered; a powered tailgate, keyless entry and start, and soft-door close are standard; and for cold climates, heated seats, steering wheel and front windshield are available.

Now watch the Range Rover do some serious off-roading:

 

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Ivy League Admissions Letters Just Went Out, And Acceptance Rates Are Lower Than Ever

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Today is the day high school seniors find out whether they were accepted to some of the country's top schools.

Admissions decisions for the Ivy League schools went live at 5pm EST, and acceptance rates at the most selective schools were expected to hit record lows.

While not every college has released acceptance statistics yet, Princeton said it had offered admission to 7.3 percent of almost 26,500 applicants, and Columbia accepted 6.89 percent of the more than 33,500 students who applied, Bloomberg reported.

In comparison, Columbia's acceptance rate was 7.4 percent in 2012, and Princeton's was 7.9 percent.

The University of Pennsylvania admitted 3,785 students, for an admit rate of 12.1 percent, the admissions office told us. That's slightly lower than the school's acceptance rate of 12.3 percent last year.

The applicant pool at Penn included 31,280 students, a marginal increase over last year.

Brown admitted 9.2 percent of its applicant pool of 28,919 students, a slightly lower admit rate than last year's rate of 9.6 percent. Students from all 50 states and 83 countries were accepted, the university said.

Yale College made admission offers to 1,991 students, selected from a record-high 29,610 applicants. Its acceptance rate was 6.7 percent, compared to an acceptance rate of 6.8 percent in 2012. An additional 1,001 students were placed on the waitlist, the college said.

We've reached out to the rest of the Ivy League schools, and will update this post as more schools report their acceptance rates for 2013.

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Here Are The Craziest Ways Automakers Tried To Get Our Attention At The New York Auto Show

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The press preview days at the 2013 New York International Auto Show are over, and we were there to see the debuts of dozens of new cars.

Over two days of non-stop press conferences and announcements, automakers who wanted to make an impression had their work cut out for them.

To get the attention of journalists, many hired female models — aka "booth babes" — to accompany their cars and pose for photos.

Others had more original ideas.

From dance troupes to free popcorn to a fog machine, here are the best automaker gimmicks from this year's New York Auto Show.

At its press conference Wednesday, Jaguar Land Rover showed a preview of 'Desire,' the short film starring Damian Lewis and the new Jaguar F-Type.



Outside the Jacob Javits Center, Jeep set up a short course to show off how its cars can climb and descend steep grades.



Toyota made sure everyone on the scene knew how many awards its vehicles have won over the years.



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Check Out The Most Famous Street Corners In Hip Hop History

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Rap Quotes signs NYCJay Shells is an artist and graphic designer based in Manhattan who combines his love for design with his passion for hip hop in his latest project, "Rap Quotes."

First seen on ANIMAL New York, Shells has been installing signs with rap lyrics that reference street corners and locations all around New York City. He then posts the pictures of the official-looking signs to his @TheRapQuotes twitter feed.

"The idea came to me while working at home and listening to music," Shells explained to Business Insider in an email. "The Big L song 'Lifestyles Ov Da Poor And Dangerous' was playing. I've heard it hundreds of times, but this time when I heard myself rapping along out loud: "On 139 and Lenox Ave there's a big park / And if you're soft don't go through it when it gets dark," I thought it would be cool to mark that location so anyone who walked by would know it was part of NYCs hip hop history."

He realized there were dozens of rap songs that mention specific NYC locations like housing projects and music venues, and so he started to produce his bright red street signs and put them up around the city.

"Many have already been stolen, which I knew would happen," Shells said of his ongoing project. "One day I hope to use brass plaques to permanently mark these locations. But I would need permission from the city as well as a sponsor. I can't afford to do that in my own."

In 'You Wouldn't Understand,' Nas raps about Brooklyn's Lewis Avenue and Halsey Street.



Rapper Prodigy mentions 12th Street in Mobb Deep's 'Give Up The Goods (Just Step).'



40th Avenue makes an appearance in Tragedy Khadafi's 'Neva Die Alone Pt. 2."



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A Former Mortgage Broker Is Selling His Unbelievable Lakefront Palm Beach Mansion For $13.9 Million

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Former mortgage broker Franklyn de Marco is selling his unbelievable 7-bedroom lakefront Palm Beach home for $13.9 million, the WSJ reports.

That means we get to look at it — The pool, the awesome geometric layout, the wet bar/man cave, the foyer, the dock...

We could go on, but you should just take a look.

Betsy Fry of Sotheby's International has the listing.

Drive in.



Check out the lovely entrance.



Living room has a gorgeous view.



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Feng Shui Tips For Your Tiny Apartment

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san francisco tiny apartment renderingLiving in a tiny space doesn’t necessarily have to mean sacrificing design, or in this case, feng shui.

Here are some basic guidelines for maintaining good flow, however small your space may be.

Establish the command position

In feng shui, the command position, or power spot, is the point of the room where you feel safest and most in command. In this case, it is often the spot located directly opposite the door. You can easily see the entryway, thus giving you the best control (both visually and physically) of your space. If you’re living in a studio apartment, this will mean that you’ll have to decorate and rearrange furniture around your bed. Try using room dividers to make your space feel more like a larger apartment.

Declutter your life

This is an important standard not just in feng shui but in all aspects of life. Physical clutter translates into emotional turmoil and can leave you feeling unnecessarily stressed. As always, you can use self-storage to take care of any excess furniture you can’t part with quite yet. If you find yourself pressed for space but unwilling to invest in self-storage, storing vertically can be a lifesaver and will offer some unique and practical wall decorations.

Incorporate mirrors

The No. 1 problem with small spaces is that they’re too small for your big world. Mirrors are the key to bypassing this conundrum. Not only will they give your apartment the impression of being more spacious than it actually is, but they’ll easily place you in the command position, as they enable you to see what’s going on behind you at all times.

Additionally, keep visible knickknacks as decorations to a minimum. If you do have too many decorative objects, try to organize them together as a group. Overall, your objects and furniture should accompany and complement one another, not compete for attention.

Keep your entryway clear

In feng shui, the three most important spaces are the kitchen, the entryway and the bedroom. If you live in a tiny apartment or studio, then most likely these are your only spaces. The important thing is to make sure that your entryway is clear. Avoid cluttering your pathways as well so that good energy can flow throughout your apartment easily.

Personalize to make yourself feel ‘at home’

It can be difficult to feel “at home” and truly personalize your apartment if you know that you’ll only be staying there for a short amount of time. Even so, good feng shui means truly feeling comfortable and in tune with your living space. Surround yourself with artwork or decorations that are inspirational to you to encourage good energy. If you’re thinking about painting the walls, make sure you unify the color and theme with the room at large, accommodating the existing color of your furniture or making changes accordingly to fit your new color template.

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Jenny Zhang is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.


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10 Of The World's Most Delicious Breakfasts

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Maple-bacon biscuits. Chocolate-dipped donuts. A lavish spread of eggs. Is there any meal more comforting than breakfast?

Whatever time zone you wake up in, the best breakfasts will brighten your mood, fortify you for the day, and give you a taste of daily life in that destination.

See the best breakfasts around the world >

Our short list of memorable breakfasts, part of T+L’s coverage of the Best Places to Eat Like a Local, includes a Middle Eastern–inspired London café where platters of baked breads are served with the morning newspaper and a Tokyo fish market where early risers clamor for the freshest breakfast sushi.

Each was chosen not just for its standout food, but also for being a part of its hometown’s cultural fabric. So don’t settle for the hotel buffet; these breakfast joints are worth the trip.

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Al Soussi: Beirut, Lebanon

For more than 50 years, this pint-size kitchen in West Beirut has been serving an irresistible version of fatteh, made with layers of toasted pita, chickpeas, yogurt, and pine nuts.



Tasty Congee & Noodle Wontun Shop: Hong Kong

Wake up with a bowl of rice porridge at this Happy Valley institution—and pair it with an order of fabulously crisp youtiao (Chinese crullers).

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Mangerie: Istanbul

It’s the best breakfast on the Bosporus: a lavish spread of eggs, sheep’s-milk cheeses, olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, warm sourdough bread, local honey, and chai, on a rooftop terrace with postcard-worthy views.



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Here's Why Celebrities Are Always Buying Each Other's Houses

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Brad Pitt sold his Malibu beach house to Ellen Degeneres. Ryan Seacrest picked up Ellen's Beverly Hills compound for $49 million. Christina Aguilera bought Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's home back in 2007.

Celebrity-on-celebrity real estate deals seem to happen all the time. What gives? Is there some unspoken rule that says famous people can only live in the homes of other famous people?

Celebrity real estate blogger The Real Estalker has a logical explanation, which she explains in the Hollywood Reporter. In short, stars' homes have some unique amenities that only a fellow star would appreciate.

She writes: 

Stars and other high-net-worth people have special real estate needs regular people don't, needs probably already addressed in a home owned by a celebrity: high walls to act as looky-loo buffers, remote-control access and badass alarm systems are inviolable requirements. They need Kardashian-sized closets for all their swag and a home office to house their squadron of personal assistants. 

Since privacy is also important to celebrities, many of their real estate transactions are shrouded in secrecy in ways that regular folks would never even consider.

According to the Real Estalker, "It's not uncommon for brokers to sign lengthy nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), be told they can't have open houses and/or be asked to quietly shop a star's home off-market as a pocket listing before it goes on the MLS, if it ever does."

You can read the full article at the Hollywood Reporter.

SEE ALSO: Ryan Seacrest Bought This Gigantic Beverly Hills Compound From Ellen Degeneres For Around $49 Million

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Here's A Vintage Photo Of The One Time A Concorde Landed Over Maho Beach

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"So this one time, I was tanning on the beach when a Concorde flew, like, right over me."

In 1989, an Air France Concorde made a very special flight to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin. It would be the only time Concorde landed at Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Maarten, but the airport itself hasn't forgotten. This photo is still on display, just after security, in the terminal at SXM.

Note how almost no one on that beach is holding up a camera to capture the moment, save for possibly the lady and man at far right. These days on Maho Beach, where this photo was shot, even the daily arrival of 757s draw a snap-happy crowd. And let's not start on the few days a KLM 747 flies in from Amsterdam; you'll be elbow-to-elbow with a thousand people, their DSLRs at the ready, for that earth-rumbling arrival.

If only this image was a Vine; we'd give anything to hear this Concorde's low landing over the beach.

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