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Someone Spent $5.6 Million On What Was Once The World's Fastest Car


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Once the fastest production car on the planet, the McLaren F1 just set a new sort of record: price.

British auto dealer Tom Hartley, Jr. has sold one of the rare 1998 cars for more than £3.5 million ($5.6 million).

That makes it the most expensive modern supercar ever sold, according to the Daily Mail.

The F1 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 243 mph. Only 64 were built, between 1993 and 1998.

Hartley told the Daily Mail that the car he sold is especially valuable, as "It has an unblemished history, has never been crashed and has been maintained regardless of cost."

The Bugatti Veyron is currently the world's fastest production car, with a top speed of 260 mph.

Hartley will not confirm the exact price or buyer, but says he sold it for "in excess of £3.5 million," and that the new owner is not British. During its production run, a new F1 cost £634,000 ($1 million).

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The 10 Greatest Adventurers Of The Year


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For the past eight years, National Geographic has been rounding up the 10 greatest adventurers from around the globe.

The men and women selected this year are explorers, artists, humanitarians, and athletes who achieved incredible feats in 2012.

Their collective accomplishments include riding a 15-foot wave, winning the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc race for the fifth time, and climbing the 3,600-foot Southeast Ridge and the Cerro Torre peak.

You can also vote for your favorite explorer on National Geographic's website for the People's Choice Adventurer of the Year. The winner will be announced on January 16, 2013.

Felix Baumgartner, Austrian BASE Jumper

Felix Baumgartner recently made history when he jumped 24 miles from space to the Earth's surface. He's seen here about to jump from the capsule of the Red Bull Stratos during the final manned flight in Roswell, New Mexico, on October 14, 2012.

Felix Baumgartner National Geographic

Photograph from the Red Bull Content Pool via National Geographic

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Josh Dueck, Canadian Skier

On February 3, 2012, Josh Dueck performed the world's first sit-ski back flip on a massive jump at Powder Mountain Catskiing outside of Whistler, British Columbia. Previously, he won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in the men's slalom sit-ski event.

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Steve Fisher, South African Kayaker

Fisher and his team successfully kayaked the Congo River's 50-mile Inga Rapids. The first stretch took four days, but the team was prepared after spending three weeks training on Uganda’s White Nile.

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These Manhattan Buildings Are Still Uninhabitable After Hurricane Sandy


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While SoPo is largely no more, some Manhattanites are still without power and homeless.

A number of residential buildings in the Financial District and on the East Side are still unlivable because their electrical and heating systems were badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy's storm surges, according to The New York Times.

Some buildings are telling residents it may be anywhere from two weeks to 90 days before they can return. Rumor has it some buildings are even letting residents break their leases.

Here's the status of buildings we know about:

  • 125 Maiden Lane: It may be months before it reopens, a disaster recovery official told The New York Times. The office building needs need new transformers, boilers and other equipment. 

  • 200 Water Street: The building's management is currently telling residents it may be another two weeks before it opens, and advises residents to find temporary housing. 

  • 2 Gold Street: This building has contaminated fuel in the basement, therefore leaving it unlivable. The doorman and residents have been told it may be more than a month before they can return. The city still has a vacate order on the building, but residents are allowed to enter the 51-story building for the next 48 hours and carry down as much as they can. 

  • 10 Hanover: "Is not habitable at this time" and does not have power. There's no time table on this building yet.

  • 75 WallPower should go on Tuesday, but heat and hot water is not expected until the weekend. 

  • 401 E. 34th Street: Rivergate remains uninhabitable, according to the Department of Buildings, and is without power.

  • 90 Washington Street: This building was just dried out today. The building staff is currently accessing the damages. Once those damages are repaired, Con Edison can turn on the power. They gave residents no time table of when they can return, according to a forwarded email from one BI tipster.

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: A Goliath Mansion In London Just Hit The Market For $160 Million


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London's One Cornwall Terrace has hit the market for $160 million, according to the International Business Times.

The mansion is named after King George IV, who was originally the Duke Of Cornwall.

The home was built in the 1820s, and spans 21,500 square feet. The house has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and 11 reception rooms.

Cornwall mansion is just one of eight homes on the property. The home has been classified a landmark, so the new owners can't tear it down.

At that price, you might imagine it's the priciest pad in Great Britain, but it actually falls short of a London townhouse that hit the market for an insane $484 million in September.

Welcome to Cornwall Mansion.

The home is one of the most expensive in the world.

A New Zealand diplomat used to live here.

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Why Major Art Museums Are Going Gaga For Islamic Art


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Last month, Paris's Louvre museum opened its new Islamic Art Wing amidst uproar over the series of controversial Mohammed cartoons that were published in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to the tune of $125 million.

And just last year, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art re-opened its Islamic art galleries, which had been closed for renovations for eight years. The Met's revamped galleries, called the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, cost about $40 million.

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The fact that two of the world's greatest cultural institutions have invested heavily in their Islamic art collections within the last year is worth taking note. So why are these major museums devoting so much space and money to Islamic art?

For starters, it's worth looking at the investors behind the museums' Islamic art collections. The Louvre's 10-year $125 million project was largely funded by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia and his wife Princess Amira al-Taweel, who gave the museum $20 million toward the galleries, according to The New York Times.

“After 9/11 all Arabs and Muslims have the duty and the responsibility to tell the west about real Muslims, about real Islam, and how peaceful our religion is,” Prince Waleed bin Talal said in a statement.

Other Louvre donors were the the French government, corporations like oil company Total, and the governments of countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The Met's $40 million renovation was funded largely by private donors, including Patti Cadby Birch, an Islamic art collector who passed away in 2007. Other major donors were the Vehbi Koc Foundation of Turkey; New York business family Bijan and Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani; and the Iranian-American community.

A look at the donors shows that the motivation behind these projects goes beyond finances. These new wings seem to promote tolerance and understanding of Islamic culture and history through art.

Sophie Makariou, head curator of the Louvre's department of Islamic art, hopes the new wing will teach lessons about tolerance and diversity through art, according to an AP story. "I like the idea of showing the other side of the coin," Makariou said. "We are talking about a diverse world that goes from the Atlantic, Spain and Morocco to India. It brings complexity."

Similarly, Sheila Canby, the curator of the Met's Islamic art department, said that the goal of the Met's collection is to showcase the art while educating people about Islamic history and culture.

“Thirty years ago there was just a small group of specialists interested in this material and a few people who collected rugs and objects,” Canby said in a New York Times article.“Now there’s much more attention and anticipation, though I think it’s driven by news events that are focused mostly on war. The history and culture represented by the objects in these galleries is still not known nearly as much as it should be, and the goal here is to change that.”

The openings of these two Islamic art wings are promising signs in the midst of a very tense time between the West and the Muslim world.

At the opening of the Louvre's new wing, France's new President Francois Hollande called the wing a "political gesture in the service of respect for peace," according to the BBC.

These two museums are not the only Western institutions to embrace Islamic art—the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has an impressive Islamic art collection, as does the Detroit Institute of Art and the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries—but they are the most well known and impressive cultural institutions to devote entire wings to the artform.  Will other museums follow their cue?

In Paris, the Louvre's futuristic new wing was designed by architects Mario Bellini and Rudy Ricciotti. It's a bold and modern design that's the most controversial addition to the Louvre since I.M Pei's pyramid, which was built in 1989.

Source: Louvre Museum

The Louvre's $125 million project took about 10 years to build and was financed by the the French government, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait and the Republic of Azerbaijan, and corporations.

Source: Louvre Museum

The glass and metal roof allows natural light to filter into the galleries below. The roof is comprised of glass panels flanked on each side by metallic gold mesh sheets. The exterior mesh layer filters daylight and the interior mesh layer serves as the ceiling for the galleries.

Source: Louvre Museum

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Here's What It's Like To Stay At 'The Best Hotel In The World'


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Travel + Leisure has named Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park the "best hotel in the world" for the past two years.

So when the Tanzania Tourist Board invited me to visit, I had to see what all the fuss was about.

I can't say for sure that it's the world's best hotel property, but it was one of the most stunning and unique hotels I have ever stayed in.

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Grumeti Reserve is actually a 340,000-acre concession on the western corridor of the Serengeti that's owned by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones. Jones partnered with Singita, a luxury safari brand with resorts around Africa, in 2006 to build an oasis in the wild.

In that time, they truly have built an oasis. Singita Grumeti established an anti-poaching unit and effectively stopped poaching in the area, resulting in a resurgence of big game. It's also working to reintroduce the endangered black rhino, and has a built a major education initiative for some 20 local communities around the reserve.

Of course, Grumeti Reserve is also now home to one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Singita actually has three main lodges spread across the property, as well as some smaller locales, including a mobile tent camp.

I stayed at Sabora Tented Camp, the most rustic of the three main lodges. My room may have been made of canvas, but it wasn't an ordinary tent. It was ultra-luxurious, with air conditioning, wi-fi, an outdoor shower, and a canopied bed.

Even so, at times I felt closer to nature than I'm normally comfortable with. By the second day, I stopped jumping every time a gecko ran up the wall. And I had a hard time falling asleep thanks to the hundreds of wildebeest lowing outside my tent.

The food was five-star, with a menu of locally grown produce and fresh meat and fish. But what really made the hotel so unique and probably why it continues to get such high accolades from travel publications is the individual treatment each guest receives.

Our guide, Simon, was with us from early morning until late at night, driving my tour group around the reserve and teaching us the intricate details of the Great Migration. We ate dinner at a private table in a different spot around the camp each night, and each meal felt like a celebration. From the managers to the waitstaff, everyone knew our names and went out of their way to make sure we were having the best time possible.

And it wasn't because we were on a press trip; I saw them do the same for other guests.

Singita Grumeti isn't cheap. Sabora Tented camp costs $1,150 per person per night in the high season and $850 in the low season; rates at Sasakwa, the flagship lodge, go up to $1,700 per person per night. It's the sort of place you go once in your life, if you're very lucky for a honeymoon or retirement trip.

Disclosure: Our trip to Tanzania, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Tanzania Tourist Board, Africa Adventure Company, Singita Grumeti Group, Coastal Aviation, Qatar Airways, Tanzania National Parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and Wildlife Division.

After a three-hour drive from Sasakwa airstrip through the plains of Grumeti Reserve, we finally spotted Sabora Tented Camp in the distance.

The place seemed to blend in with the scenery. From the kitchen to the guest rooms, the entire camp is actually made of thick canvas.

We hopped out of our off-road vehicle and were greeted by Sabora's staff, who welcomed us with a handwashing ceremony.

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SPOTTED: A $300,000 Ferrari Outside A Swanky Hotel


Great cars look best when they're in great locations, and this photo of a Ferrari 599 GTB parked in the driveway of the five-star St Regis Hotel in Atlanta is proof.

With a price tag above $300,000, this car has a deep red paint job that brings out its beauty. The 599 GTB goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and can top 200 mph.

The photo was posted to www.ExoticSpotter.com, which shared it with us.

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The 8 Best Islands In The World


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Now that the weather is turning cold, people in the northern hemisphere are dreaming about heading south to lie on a tropical beach somewhere warm.

But with so many incredible islands around the world, it can be difficult to decide which island to visit this winter season. That's where the readers of Condé Nast Traveler come in.

Condé Nast Traveler recently released their list of the Top Islands in the World as part of their 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. The magazine's readers voted for their favorite islands around the world, from the Caribbean to the Pacific and beyond. 

#8 Bozcaada and the Turkish Aegean Islands

Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 80.8

Located in the Mediterranean off the coast of Turkey, Bozcaada is an island on the Aegean Sea that has pristine beaches, quiet fishing villages, and Greek and Roman ruins. Plus there are great hotels and restaurants.

Source: Conde Nast Traveler

#7 Bali

Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 81.8

Bali is an incredibly diverse and dynamic island that has gorgeous scenery—from verdant rice terraces to surfer-friendly beaches—a rich culture and history, and phenomenal food. 

Source: Conde Nast Traveler

#6 Vancouver Island

Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 82.0

Vancouver is known for being incredibly safe, clean and generally pleasant.

The Canadian island, which includes the city of Victoria, has great shops and restaurants, as well as gorgeous natural scenery.

Source: Conde Nast Traveler

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Chipotle Is Experimenting With 'Latin-Themed' Craft Beer



Chipotle is recognizing that craft beer could be a big thing for upscale "fast casual" fast food restaurants.

It's experimenting to see how craft beer will do with the mainstream customer by adding a Latin-themed Chicago craft brewery's beers to its menu, reports Josh Noel at the Chicago Tribune.

A total of 15 Chipotles in the Chicago area are going to sell a pair of 5 Rabbit brewery beers — a golden ale and a dark ale.

And if it works, Chipotle may expand it to 75 stores in the area.

It's a hat tip to the rise of craft beer. Upscale chains are increasingly looking to boost their image by adding craft beers, and Chipotle won't be left behind.

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The Most Ostentatious Party In US History


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Although we're in the most plutocratic era in history, according to a new book by former FT editor Chrystia Freeland, the Gilded Age of the-late nineteenth century came pretty close.

It's hard to imagine a more ostentatious gathering of uber wealth than the 1897 Bradley-Martin Ball.

Here's how Freeland describes the party in Plutocrats: The Rise Of The Global Super-Rich And The Fall Of Everyone Else:

On February 10, 1897, seven hundred members of America's super-elite gathered at the Waldorf Hotel for a costume ball hosted by Bradley Martin, a New York lawyer, and his wife Cornelia. The New York Times reported that most popular costume for woman was Marie Antoinette—the choice of 50 ladies. Cornelia, a plump matron with blues eyes, a bow mouth, a generous bosom, and incipient jewels, dressed as Mary Stuart, but bested them all by wearing a necklace once owned by the French queen. Bradley came as Louis XIV—the Sun King himself. John Jacob Astor was Henry of Navarre. His mother, Caroline, was one of Marie Antoinettes, in a gown adorned with $250,000 worth of jewels. J.P. Morgan dressed as Moliere; his niece, Miss Pierpont Morgan, came as Queen Louise of Prussia."

"Mark Twain had coined the term "The Gilded Age" in a novel of that name published twenty-four years earlier, but the Martin ball represented a new level of visible super-wealth even in a country that was growing used to it. According to The New York Times, the event was "the most elaborate private entertainment that has ever taken place in the metropolis." The New York World said the Martins' guests included eighty-six people whose total wealth was "more than men could grasp." According to the tabloid, a dozen guests were worth more than $10 million. Another two dozen had fortunes of $5 million. Only a handful weren't millionaires."

The Bradley-Martins spent $369,000 on the evening, equivalent to nearly $9 million in today's money. Meanwhile the country was entering the last year of a 20-year depression.

Cue backlash:

[E]ven in a country that embraced capitalism, the Martin ball turned out to be a miscalculation ... The opprobrium — and, on the crest of the wider public anger toward the plutocracy the Martins had come to epitomize, the imposition of an income tax on the super-rich — the Martins faced as a result of the ball prompted them to flee to Great Britain, where they already owned a house in England and rented a 65,000-acre estate in Scotland.

The Martin ball has been called the last hurrah of the Gilded Age, as it was followed by an ega of social welfare legislation.

Now fast forward to the future ...

We're in a new Gilded Age, with new ostentatious parties, like the $3 million birthday party of Blackstone founder Steve Schwarzman in 2007. Or—post recession—the $20 million birthday party of British billionaire Sir Philip Green.

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Commuters Are Fighting To Get On The Few Trains Running Out Of Post-Sandy Williamsburg


With the L train still down, commuters from Brooklyn's Williamsburg are flooding the J, M and Z trains. Today may be the worst day yet, as people return to work and bikers take the train to avoid bad weather. 

The G train was just restored.

Our reporter Ashley Lutz was stuck at the Marcy platform in Williamsburg for an nearly hour, as every train that stops is already packed and lets on only 2-3 people.

Fights are breaking out on the platform, as cops with loud speakers are trying to keep the peace.

It was impossible to stay behind the yellow safety line because the crowds were so tight and people were pushing to get on the train.

When Ashley finally got on a train it was so crowded no one could move. Still people tried to push in, yelling "there's room on that train!" Someone else yelled at someone to get off the train because they cut in front of him.

There are no cabs in the area and car services have a two-hour wait — if you're able to get them on the phone.

The L platform is usually this crowded every morning (when it's running), but trains come every 2 or 3 minutes during rush hours. The J, M and Z trains only come every seven to 10 minutes, even with the increase in crowds.

The MTA has said it hopes to get the G and L trains running later this week.




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What You Need To Know About Getting High In Colorado And Washington


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On Tuesday Colorado and Washington voters became the first states to pass referendums legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D), who opposed Amendment 64, conceded defeat with a caveat: “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.

Still, the elimination of penalties for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana (for persons 21 and older) takes effect as soon as Gov. Hickenlooper signs a proclamation certifying the results of the election—which he is required to do within 30 days

The big takeaway, as Jacob Sullum at Reason points out, is that adults in bothstates don't have to worry nearly as much about being busted for possession because the vast majority of arrests are made by state and local police.

Scot Kersgaard of The Colorado Independent broke down legalization in Colorado:

•  It will be legal under Colorado law for adults to possess, grow, consume and give away (to another adult) up to an ounce of marijuana.

• Marijuana would be legally available for commercial sale no sooner than late 2013 or early 2014 as state, local and commercial regulations are adopted.

• The Feds could do nothing, move to block implementation, or wait until legal businesses are set up and then move to shut them down and arrest employees.

• As we noted, individual users have less to worry about, but toking in public and driving high are still illegal and employers can still test for marijuana if they choose.

• People growing their own could have up to six plants—with no more than three being mature at any given time—in secured areas not visible to the public, and growers will be able to possess their entire harvest (even if it exceeds the legal one ounce).

Kersgaard also details how legalization is projected to be a boon in regards to tax revenue, and notes that the first $40 million a year generated by the excise tax of up to 15 percent will go to a state fund for the construction of public schools.

Initiative 502 in Washington state is not as expansive but does legalize, regulate and tax sales of small amounts of marijuana to adults. The tax is a hefty one, imposing a 25 percent tax rate on the product three times: when the grower sells it to the processor, when the processor sells it to the retailer, and when the retailer sells it to the customer.

The Seattle PI notes that the initiative contains a one-year rule-making procedure, so “there is no need for precipitous action” by the federal drug bureaucracy and the state has "breathing space that allows for adult conversation at all levels,” according to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.

All in all, this is a big win for the states and proponents of legalization.

In the new book "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know," drug policy scholars note that the "Constitution does not allow the federal government either to order state governments to create any particular criminal law or to require state and local police to enforce federal criminal laws."

AND it won't really be a viable option for the Drug Enforcement Agency and their 5,000 agents nationwide to pick up the state and local slack by busting a lot of people who possess dope for recreational use or even those who grow pot for themselves and their friends.

Sullum points out that the DEA "can raid state-legal pot shops, as it has done with medical marijuana dispensaries, but the number of potential targets will be considerably larger once the market officially expands to include recreational users."

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wants To Sell This Beachfront Pad In Malibu For $23 Million


leonardo dicaprio beach houseAfter putting his beachfront home in Malibu on the rental market earlier this year for $150,000 a month, Leonardo DiCaprio has decided to unload it for good.

He just listed the mansion for $23 million, according to real estate blogger The Real Estalker.

The property has three separate buildings: a main house, loft space, and guest house. It's one of two homes the actor owns in Malibu. He bought it in 2002, paying $6 million.

The house is on prime Malibu real estate.

With amazing beach access.

And an awesome beachfront deck.

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The Craziest Things We Learned In That Book About Sex At Yale



We finally read a review copy of Sex And God At Yale, the controversial book by conservative commentator Nathan Harden that came out in August.

As many critics have said, the book gets pretty sanctimonious. But if you're just reading for the salacious anecdotes, well, there are a lot of those.

Here are some things we learned:

  • Yale spends $30,000 every two years on a thing called "Sex Week," which is supposed to educate students on safe sex and good sex.

  • Free porn is given out at Yale during Sex Week. Harden writes, "Most Yale parents don't realize that $50,000 a year includes free porn as a bonus. .. Moreover, it is ironic that porn is handed out at Yale's safe-sex seminars, since nearly all American porn is filmed 'bareback.'  Yale's peer health educators spent an hour telling us how important it is to practice safe sex 'every time' and then they offered us glamorized portrayals of condom-free sex on our way out the door. As I leave, I can still hear the girl shouting. 'Porn! Free porn! For anyone who wants it!'"

  • Ambitious women at Yale use the hookup culture to help delay love and focus on their careers. But it's not actually working, according to Harden: 

    The conflict many young women feel between their hearts and their careers is at the heart of sexual dysfunction on college campuses today. This leads us to a surprising conclusion: While the hookup, with its commitment-free sex and zero emotional attachment, seems to be skewed toward the desires of men, the hookup culture, is, arguably, largely controlled by women. The hookup culture endures, largely, because ambitious young women face a tremendous amount of social pressure to delay love. If real love is not an option, a hookup might seem better than nothing at all.

    Casual sex has been around forever. But the sexual culture at our colleges has changed in dramatic ways over the last few decades. Men used to have to work much harder to get sex. There used to be lots of dating and wooing and pleading going on. Now, it's just so easy.

    Sex can be casual, but it's never really trivial. It isn't possible to completely remove the emotional realities of sex from the equation. Scientists now tell us that the act of having sex actually alters our neurological makeup through the release of hormones that strengthen the emotional attachment by way of a chemical reaction in the brain. ... Sex with no strings attached often produces confusion, especially for girls, who tend to be more tuned into the emotional side of life.

  • Sex week features nude lectures. Writes Harden, "I was about to witness the very first naked lecture in the history of Yale University ...Then the teacher decides she needs to 'get more comfortable,' so she slips off her tights, and before you know it she is standing bare-chest in front of the entire class. ... The teacher, in this case, was a redheaded porn star form San Francisco who goes by the name Madison Young. ... Miss Young's second lecture was moved to a frat house one block away. A crowd of students gathered in the yard, along with a few curious bystanders, to watch. Young's partner tied her up and suspended her over the front porch, and she hung there, dangling in her underwear. Across the street an alarmed passerby shouted 'Why are you doing that?!' The pendulous Ms. Young shouted back, 'Because I liiiiiiike it!'"

  • During the "Babeland's Lip Tricks" seminar, one of 17 Sex Week seminars, an instructor named Darlinda gave a lecture on the "Pleasure Bill Of Rights" to a standing-room-only audience. Here's the "Bill" with quotes from Darlinda:

  1. You're sexy already. Every part of your body is sexy. And you can use your whole body to have sex: your mouth, your feet, your toes, your ears, your nose, everything.

  2. Loving yourself; it's a big, big, big important thing. "I really encourage masturbation, it's so important," Darlinda tells the class.

  3. Enjoy the journey. It's not all about having that orgasm.

  4. Own your own orgasm. ("Masturbate, masturbate, masturbate.")

  5. Ask for what you want.

  6. Take charge of safe sex. ("It's 2010. Guess What? We should all be having safe sex. You, know, there are diseases out there ... If you need to use dental dams you can use Saran Wrap. You can get Saran Wrap anywhere. Okay?")

  7. Use lubrication.

  8. Laugh.

  9. Don't be afraid to make a mess.

  10. Keep growing. ("Every day I learn new things. I learn them from you. And you can learn them from me. And we can learn them together.")

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Tory Burch's Trial Judge Calls Her Case A 'Drunken WASP Fest'


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Tory Burch's trial judge has spoken to Women's Wear Daily, calling the case a "drunken WASP fest."

WASP stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, and is basically a synonym for East Coast yuppies.

The judge, Leo Strine of Delaware Chancery Court, said he's excited for the case.

"We’ll be all geared up and in the mood for this sort of drunken WASP fest," he said. He dismissed WWD's Alexandra Steigrad when she pointed out that Tory Burch is actually Jewish.

The dispute is over Tory's ex-husband Christopher trying to sell his stake in Tory's $2 billion fashion brand (which he helped to start) and her saying that his company, C. Wonder, copied hers.

Strine seems to question the talent of both Burches, who were wealthy long before Tory Burch sold out of Reva ballet flats.

"Honestly, there are hundreds of people in New Castle County who could make a bunch of clothes if you gave them the catalogues," Strine said.

The spat between the Burches has been going on for years. The couple divorced in 2006, just as Tory's brand was emerging.

In the latest move, Tory filed a counter-suit yesterday. In it, she claimed that Christopher's woes were "his own fault."

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South Korea's Insane Plan To Build A $290 Billion Resort To Rival Macau


South Korean media has been abuzz for the last few weeks with the tales of 8City, a proposed $290 billion leisure and gaming destination.

AFP reports that the building is planned for Yongyu-Muui island near the nation's main Incheon international airport, and is being funded by luxury hotel operator Kempinski, South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air and Daewoo Engineering and Construction.

The first photos of the project appeared recently:

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As you can see, the resort looks something like Dubai's more outragous projects (remember the Burj Khalifa?):


That big object in the center there will be the "Megastrip", the resort's landmark. It will be one of the largest buildings ever built (if it is ever actually built).

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The resort is a clear attempt at courting Chinese gamblers who would otherwise be going to Macau (the name, 8city, refers to the lucky Chinese number of 8), but will it actually happen?

It's clearly an incredibly audacious project (the Burj Khalifa and the entire development around it cost $20 billion). One article in Yonhap News pointed out that the money raised so far (around $3 billion) wouldn't even cover half the estimated cost for land compensation.

If the plan actually does go ahead, it should be completed by 2030.

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Qatar Airways' Business Class Terminal In Doha Is Incredibly Cushy


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For most travelers, a seven-hour layover between connecting flights sounds like a nightmare. But for Qatar Airways' first- and business-class passengers at Doha International Airport, the experience is downright cushy.

I recently spent that long at the airline's Premium Terminal on the way to Tanzania, and between the snacks, massage chairs, and duty-free shopping, the time passed quickly.

The 10,000-square-foot terminal is completely separate from the rest of the airport, and feels more like a bustling hotel lobby than an airport waiting room. The two-story structure, which cost nearly $100 million to build, was completed in 2006.

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Disclosure: Our trip to Tanzania, including travel and lodging expenses, was sponsored by the Tanzania Tourist Board, Africa Adventure Company, Singita Grumeti Group, Coastal Aviation, Qatar Airways, Tanzania National Parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, and Wildlife Division.

Passengers arriving at Doha International hop on a shuttle bus to their arrival terminal. To get into Qatar Airways' first- and business-class lounge, they need to have a special purple ticket.

After passing through a security checkpoint, we were ushered into a massive duty-free store. There were tons of electronics, cosmetics, booze, and jewelry for sale, and browsing there was a good way to kill time.

But the real action in the Premium Terminal was up these escalators.

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WE'RE HIRING: Join The Business Insider Team As A Paid Editorial Intern This January


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Business Insider is looking for paid interns to join our editorial team this winter, starting in January.

Don't be dismayed by the term "intern." At Business Insider, there's no getting coffee or making copies.

Our interns spend their time doing meaningful work: researching, writing, pitching and producing features -- even breaking news if the timing's right.

Interns are encouraged to work full-time if their schedule allows. We do require 3 days a week minimum.

Other perks? We have lots of free snacks, and a ping-pong table where we hold quarterly tournaments.

When it comes to qualifications, a journalism background always helps, as do copy-editing skills and light HTML and Photoshop experience. Knowledge of social media and previous writing experience are both useful, too.

Please send your resume and three writing clips to jliebman@businessinsider.com. Please describe which BI section(s) interest you most and why. (Don't know what our sections are? Check out the nav bar on the home page.) And, please note: this internship requires that you work in our Manhattan office.

Interested in a journalism internship but have never heard of Business Insider? Here's some reading on our company and where we're headed. Here's another article on our latest round of financing.

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The L.A. Mansion Where Michael Jackson Died Finally Sold For $18M


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The final home where Michael Jackson was able to stare at "The Man in the Mirror" for the very last time has finally sold.

The 18,000-square-foot, French chateau-style Holmby Hills estate, which was on sale for $23.9 million earlier this year, was finally purchased for $18.1 million, according to broker Mauricio Umansky.

While Umansky wouldn't name the buyer, two people close to the deal told the WSJ it was Steven Mayer, a senior managing director of private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management.

AEG, Jackson's concert promoter, had been renting $100,000 per month property for the singer, his three children and staff for the six months leading up to his untimely June 2009 death in the home's master bedroom.

The property, which was previously owned by Ed Hardy owner Hubert Guez, boasts seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, a screening room, wine cellar, guest house and pool—all on 1.25 acres of land in a secluded Los Angeles neighborhood.

Broker Umansky also happens to be "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kyle Richards' husband, and says he has a special connection to the late king of pop.

"I knew him and my wife [Kyle] has been friends with Michael Jackson since she was 8 to10 years old... And I personally think there’s some great energy in the house and I see it as a major positive. I’m excited to be selling it.”

Now take a look inside this historic home, now a part of Hollywood history.

Images courtesy of Zillow.

Let "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" husband/broker Mauricio Umansky (married to Kyle Richards) give you the first video tour inside the home.

The exterior of the 17,000-square-foot home in L.A.'s exclusive Holmby Hills neighborhood.

The French chateau was designed by well-known architect Richard Landry.

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What Supermodel Adriana Lima Eats To Get Ready For The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show


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Supermodel Adriana Lima just had a baby. Even so, she'll definitely be ready to walk in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

While other models, like Gisele Bundchen, claim to eat steak and pizza, Lima is actually honest about her pre-show regiment.

Last year, she told the Telegraph exactly how she gets ready:

"She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body's muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima's energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes - "no solids". The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and "just drink normally". Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely."

In addition to her liquid diet, Lima works out for two or more hours a day.

Other models are also consuming liquids before the show. Fellow Angel Doutzen Kroes tweeted her smoothie recipe, which included cocoa, chia seeds, acai berries and flaxseed.

The fashion show is tonight but won't air until next month. We'll be there to show you what happens.

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