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The Hugh Hefner of Laguna Beach is selling his 'Clayboy Mansion' for $20 million


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A huge party palace in Laguna Beach, California, is up for grabs — if you have $20 million to spare.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the seller is entrepreneur Clay Berryhill, who made millions when he sold his company, Simple Mobile, to Carlos Slim's Mexican telecom conglomerate, América Móvil, in 2012. Berryhill gave the house its "Clayboy Mansion" moniker after he christened it with a giant housewarming party a couple of years ago. Brian G. Johnson of Teles Properties has the listing.

Keep scrolling for a tour of the sprawling mansion with a recording studio and breathtaking ocean views. 

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“This house has its own personality, and it’s a party animal,” Berryhill's wife, Delphine, told The Wall Street Journal.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The spacious interiors allow Berryhill's frequent guests to socialize without feeling cramped.

Indoor-outdoor living spaces take full advantage of the crisp ocean air and beautiful scenery.

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This real-life cyborg has an antenna implanted into his skull


Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind and sees the world in grayscale. But even though Neil can't see color doesn't mean he can't sense it. That's because Neil Harbisson is a cyborg who can hear color.

In 2004, Neil convinced a doctor to implant into his skull an antenna that detects and transposes colors into corresponding tones — allowing him to hear color through bone conduction. He considers it a new body part.

"This is an implant, so it's permanently attached," Neil says. "There's no way of removing it."

As co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation and one of several known cyborgs on this planet,  Neil expects humans to be more open to the idea of implanting technology into their bodies in the near future.

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Here's everything you're doing wrong in your indoor cycling class


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Indoor cycling is becoming ubiquitous. SoulCycle has filed to go public and it faces rising competition from rivals like Flywheel and Peloton.

But many indoor-cycling enthusiasts make simple mistakes that can lead to serious injuries. 

Getting hurt could keep you off the bike for weeks, says Brittney Ravettine, a physical therapist at New York Sports Med.

We asked Peloton's head coach, Stephen Little, to demonstrate some of the worst postures and positions – and give us some tips on how to prevent injuries to the knees, hips, and back.

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Don't rush in.

"Especially in New York, a lot of people — they rush to get in, rush to get out. They can miss the set up, they can do it wrong, and they could put that workout in a place it doesn't need to be," Little said.

Also, make sure "that you're in some way warming up," physical therapist Ravettine told Business Insider.

Adjust the bike properly.

Make sure your bike seat isn't too low. That can lead to potential lower back and knee injuries. You also don't want to be too far back, which can cause problems, as well.

You don't want to be draped over the bike, either.

When you’re draped over the bike, you put all the weight into your upper body — which means your not working the proper muscles and can strain your shoulders.

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24 life skills every functioning adult should master


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Life is funny.

No one gets a handbook upon turning 18, complete with all the rules they'll need to memorize and competencies they’ll need to acquire.

Somehow you're just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out and you shouldn't wear a fuzzy orange sweater to a job interview.

Fortunately, we've put together our own handbook of sorts, which lists many of the skills you'll need to survive as an adult in the modern world.

It's based on the Quora thread, "What are some of the most useful skills to know?" as well as scientific research and expert opinion.

We can't promise we've outlined every skill, but if you've mastered these, you're off to a good start.

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1. Accepting feedback gracefully

"For most of us it is hard to hear how we made a mistake or could have done something better," writes Quora user Pedram Keyani. "An amazing skill (which you can learn through practice) is to set aside your emotional response in the moment and focus on the information presented to you. Some of it will be valid and some of it invalid but let your brain decide that, not your ego."

Depending on what kind of feedback you're receiving, there are different strategies for responding with a cool head. For example, if your boss points out what she thinks is an error and you're not sure she's correct, you can say, "I hadn’t thought of that, and I’m going to look into it right away."


2. Apologizing sincerely

To err is human — but to craft a believable apology isn't a universal skill.

The apology "needs to be sincere, not qualified, not quantified, and also needs [to] outline how X will not happen again," Keyani says.

According to one CEO, there's a six-step strategy for successfully saying you're sorry:

1. Act quickly.

2. Apologize in person. 

3. Explain what happened

4. Show how you are going to avoid the problem in the future. 

5. Apologize.

6. Make restitution.

Keyani gives an example of what you might say if you were tardy for an appointment:

"I'm sorry I was late for the meeting. It must have been frustrating because you spent a lot of time preparing and got up early. I did a poor job accounting for traffic and didn't give myself enough buffer. That is my bad and I'm going to give myself an extra 10 minutes instead of five moving forward."

3. Managing your time wisely

There will probably never be a time in your life when you aren't juggling multiple personal and professional priorities. Time-management skills are a must, unless you want to feel constantly frazzled.

Perhaps the most important time-management lesson is that you should stick with one task at a time. Research suggests that multitasking is generally counterproductive, because the brain expends energy as it readjusts its focus from one activity to another.

You'd be wise, too, to limit the hours you spend working. Decades ago, Henry Ford discovered that productivity started to decline after employees logged more than 40 hours per week. Other research suggests that, after three weeks, 60-hour workweeks become less productive.

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The 25 best small companies to work for


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Small companies are able to provide a number of benefits and incentives not typically found at large corporations — things like flexible work hours, free child or doggy daycare, gym reimbursement, or even daily catered lunches.

Workplace data website Great Place to Work surveyed hundreds of employees at companies around the US to find the best small companies to work for — defined as one that employs between 25 and 249 people.

But it's not just the tangible benefits that make a company a great place to work. These 25 companies are highly rated by their employees as being encouraging, challenging, and fun places to put in your 40 hours.

Keep scrolling to see the companies that made the list.

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25. Ontraport

Santa Barbara, California

Business and marketing platform software company Ontraport encourages employees to expand their careers by allowing them to engage in apprenticeship programs, where they shadow members of other departments.

Between free catered breakfasts and lunches, unlimited paid time off, and a sponsored fitness program, 99% of employees surveyed say Ontraport has a great atmosphere and is a fun place to work.

24. Snagajob

Glen Allen, Virginia

Snagajob connects hourly employees with jobs and vice versa. Employees get bonuses for referring job candidates, are provided with three free days a year of back-up childcare, and are matched up to 6% in their 401(k) plans. Ninety-seven percent of Snagajob employees say they take great pride in working for their company.

23. Greenleaf Trust

Kalamazoo, Michigan

One hundred percent of Greenleaf Trust employees surveyed said they're offered unique benefits — like full health, dental, and vision insurance coverage for themselves and their families — and are surrounded by open and honest upper management.

The bank — an independent, wealth-management firm with a focus on trusts and estates as well as company retirement plans — also provides on-site package and mailing service, dry-cleaning pickup, and shoe-shine services.

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Scientists say there's a 99.9% chance of a destructive earthquake slamming a major city before 2018


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Trouble is brewing underneath the greater Los Angeles area.

Within the next 2.5 years, an earthquake of at least magnitude 5.0 could hit the city. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake is a moderate earthquake, but it can still cause millions of dollars in damage to densely populated cities like Los Angeles.

The chances of this happening are practically inevitable: 99.9% according to a national team of scientists led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California who reported their findings Oct. 7 in the journal Earth and Space Science.

Last year, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake shook the northeastern region of Los Angeles in suburban La Habra. The quake broke over a dozen water mains and a gas line, and caused widespread damage to the infrastructure throughout Orange County which experts estimated cost over $12 million in repairs.

Since then, the team have been monitoring the rocks in the surrounding environment. And they've noticed something ominous.

During and after last year's earthquake, the researchers used GPS satellites and air-based radar technology to map changes in the size and shape of rocks in Earth's crust — a process called deformation.

Their data showed the these changes had a "broader pattern than would be expected" from an earthquake of that magnitude, the scientists reported in their paper.

"When the La Habra earthquake happened, it was relieving some of that stress, and it actually shook some of the upper sediments in the LA basin and moved those a little bit more," Andrea Donellan, who is lead author of the paper, told CBS Los Angeles.

Here's a map of where Orange County is in California (on left) and where La Habra is in Orange County (on right): la habraWhile some stress was relieved, there's still more built up in those same faults. And the scientists anticipate that within the next 2.5 years the fault will alleviate that stress once more, causing an earthquake of at least magnitude 5.0.

The team predicts that the chance of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake is 99.9% while the chance of an even greater magnitude 6.0 earthquake is 35%.

While the scientists can't predict exactly where the earthquake will strike, they have narrowed it down to a circle that extends approximately 62 miles out from the central point where last year's earthquake hit.

Other scientists, however, are skeptical of the team's certainty. Particularly because earthquakes are notoriously difficult to predict — so much so, it's never been done before, according to Thomas Heaton, a professor of engineering seismology and the director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at Caltech.

"As far as I'm concerned there has never been a successful earthquake prediction and a scientific breakthrough would be required for us to make a scientifically based prediction," Heaton told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He went on to explain how the methods the team used have "been shown to have minimal predictive power." But added:

"That said, earthquakes tend to cluster in time and space, and the fact that there have been recent events in the La Habra area tells us that there is a reasonable likelihood that there will be more."

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This new robot smartphone dances, responds to voice commands, and has a built-in projector



The RoBoHoN Japanese smartphone is a pocket-sized humanoid robot capable of human interaction. RoBoHoN replies to voice command, can take pictures and video, and projects images and video to any flat surface. RoBoHoN uses cloud intelligence to learn more about the user in order to interact appropriately.

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How to use the app that can make browsing the web on your iPhone a whole lot faster


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The mobile web browsing experience isn't perfect, but companies like Apple and Google are taking steps to make it as smooth as possible.

One way Apple intends to do this is by giving iPhone and iPad owners the freedom to block certain things that can slow down the browsing experience, such as ads, trackers, and widgets among other things.

1Blocker lets you control all of these things from a single app. We recommend blocking other types of content rather than ads — remember, "free" content on the web is paid for by ads. 

Although the 1Blocker app is free, you'll have to pay to customize it even further. Here's a look at how to get started with 1Blocker. 


Go to the App Store and search for 1Blocker. Then tap "Get" to install it.

Once the app is installed on your phone, head over to "Settings."

Then, scroll down and select "Safari."

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The 19 best snacks to eat at your desk


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What you eat all day doesn't affect just your health and weight — it affects your productivity, too.

High-fat, high-sugar meals and snacks make us sleepy and have low energy, says Lisa De Fazio, a healthy-lifestyle expert and registered dietitian. But thanks to things like boredom, lack of time, and sleep deprivation, people tend to make bad eating decisions during the workday.

Luckily, there are plenty of quick, easy, and inexpensive healthy snack options.

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Almonds are a great source of protein and healthy fat that is satisfying. "They contain nine essential nutrients; have the highest rate of proteins when compared to other nuts; have the highest rate of fiber (3.5g per 23 pieces) when compared to other nuts; are rich in Vitamin E (23 pieces provide 35% of the daily value of Vitamin E); and contain monounsaturated fats that help increase HDL levels," explains Nicole Maftoum, a Lebanese clinical dietitian

Low-fat popcorn

This low-calorie snack will satisfy your craving for something salty and crunchy, and it's also a good source of fiber, De Fazio says. 

Fresh fruit

Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals and are full of great natural sweetness, Maftoum says. "They are also a great source of antioxidants needed for a stronger immune system and a better performance at work."

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19 of the most inspiring rags-to-riches stories in business


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Some of the richest people in the world were born into their wealth. 

But many of them started with nothing, and through hard work, talent, grit, and a bit of luck, managed to rise to the very top.

These 20 stories remind us that it's possible to overcome just about anything, from parents passing away, to extreme poverty, and more. 

Max Nisen and Eric Goldschein wrote an earlier version of this story. 

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George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary to become one of the world's most successful investors.

George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary after his father paid a government employee, whose Jewish wife he had helped hide in the countryside, to let him pose as his godson. In 1947, he escaped the country, which had come under communist rule after the war, to stay with relatives in London. Soros put himself through the London School of Economics by working as a waiter and railway porter. 

After graduating, Soros sold goods at a souvenir shop, writing countless letters to managing directors at merchant banks in London until he finally got a job. That was the beginning of a long and enormously successful career in finance, including his famous bet against the British pound in 1992, which earned him more than a billion dollars in profit in one swoop. 

Larry Ellison grew up in a poor Chicago neighborhood before co-founding Oracle.

Ellison was born on the Lower East Side of New York City. After he contracted pneumonia as a baby, his mother was unable to care for him, and instead sent him to live with her aunt and uncle on the South Side of Chicago. He has never met his birth father, and didn't even know he was adopted until much later in life.

In 1977, he co-founded a database management company called Software Development Laboratories. They changed the name to Relational Software in 1979, and in 1982, it became Oracle. Today, Oracle has annual revenues of around $38 billion, and Ellison has an estimated net worth of $46.2 billion. He's amassed all of the toys you'd expect from a billionaire — planes, yachts, multiple mansions, and even an entire Hawaiian island. He stepped down from his CEO role in 2014.

John Paul DeJoria lived in his car before John Paul Mitchell Systems took off.

As a first-generation American, DeJoria had it rough from the beginning. His Greek and Italian parents divorced when he was two, and he sold Christmas cards and newspapers to help support his family before he turned 10. He was eventually sent to live in a foster home in Los Angeles.

DeJoria spent some time with an L.A. gang before joining the military. After trying his hand as an employee for Redken Laboratories, he took a $700 dollar loan and created John Paul Mitchell Systems. He hawked the company's shampoo door-to-door, living out of his car while doing so. But the quality of the product could not be denied, and now JPM Systems has annual revenues of nearly $1 billion. He also created Patron Tequila and has a hand in a variety of industries, from diamonds to mobile phones.

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This haunted house takes photos of people's reactions to getting scared — and it's hilarious

This stationary bike might be a SoulCycle killer


SoulCycle is clearly a strong leader in the boutique exercise experience in cities across the country. But participants are vocalizing some issues with the business.

Peloton is trying to disrupt the traditional spin-class model, bringing the live experience to your home via a stationary bike with internet connection for a flat monthly fee. We participated in some live classes to compare Peleton's product with the SoulCycle experience.

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Business Insider is hiring a visual features intern


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We are looking for an intern to join our Visual Features team. If you love telling stories through images and are obsessed with both photography and writing, then this is the internship for you.

The Visual Features Intern will work closely with the Photo Editor and other reporters to create visually driven stories across Business Insider’s verticals.

The intern will pitch, photograph, and write their own visual stories. They will also source and write photo essays based on the work of other photographers.  

The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills and a passion for all things photography, including the technical know-how of a DSLR camera.

Here are some recent Visual Features written by the team:

Apply herewith a résumé and cover letter if this sounds like your dream job, and specify why you're interested in working on our visual features team.

As an intern at Business Insider, there's no getting coffee, filing, or making copies. Our interns are an integral part of our team. Many of our current writers and editors started as interns.

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5 things to know before buying your first suit


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When it comes to buying a first suit, many have no idea where to start. Let me break it down for you. 

This is the exact suit style you should buy: single breasted, two-button, dark gray, three-inch notch lapels.

And here's why it has to be that way: 

  • Color: Why gray? Because black is too formal for some settings and earth tones can be too informal. This is your first and only suit. You need to be able to wear it anywhere. Navy is also acceptable, but won't serve as well if you have a funeral to attend.
  • Style: Single breasted, two-button jackets are the dominant style in most workplaces (other styles can be too adventurous). Notch lapels are preferred over the more formal peak lapels; they should measure around three inches, as skinny lapels severely limit the ties you can wear.

Wasn't that easy? Hold on, buying your first suit does gets a bit more complicated...

  • Seasonality: This suit needs to take you through all four seasons. It can't be too thick or too thin.
  • Fit: If you try on a suit jacket and the shoulders don't fit, put it back immediately. Shoulders are the only part of the suit that a tailor can't alter — make sure they fit. As for tailoring, make sure the jacket extends to the top of your inseam and fully covers you in back. Sleeves should be graze the point where your thumb and wrist meet when your arms are at rest. 
  • Price: The quality of fabric and construction dictate the price. You'll often see "super" numbers relating to the suit's wool quality; the higher number, the better the wool (usually). If you're on a budget, settle in the $500 to $750 range. 

Plenty of makers — from Suitsupply to Banana Republic — sell perfectly serviceable suits. And for your first suit, that's exactly what you need. Save patterns, other colors, and non-traditional styles for your second or third suit. 

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25 roads that everyone should drive in their lifetime


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There are millions of miles of roads in the world.

Some provide incredible views and others are works of art in their own right.

From an oceanside cruise in Hawaii to treacherous hairpin turns in the Swiss Alps, these roads prove that sometimes the journey is much more captivating than the destination.

An earlier version of this post was written by Jill Comoletti and Maggie Zhang.

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The Valley of Fire Road in Nevada passes through beautiful red sandstone formations. Because they reflect the sun, the formations look like they're on fire.

Norway's Atlantic Road stretches across seven bridges and offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. If you drive in calmer weather, you might even see whales and seals.

Although it's known for its massive landslides, India's Rohtang Pass offers spectacular, diverse views — think glaciers, peaks, and rivers.

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This photographer is just 5 years old, but his work has already gotten him more than 140,000 followers on Instagram


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When Aaron Huey, a National Geographic photographer, started making his way around the West Coast in 2014, he wanted to share the fun with his then 4-year-old son, Hawkeye. He bought Hawkeye a camera and was instantly filled with joy at seeing his son's perspective.

"At the age of four, I think Hawkeye was open to just about anything. We also shoot bow and arrows, play with Legos, and draw," Huey told Business Insider. "We were just a father and son going on our first big trip away from Mom."

Now five years old, Hawkeye has more than 139,000 followers on an Instagram account run by his father. Like Huey, Hawkeye is now represented by National Geographic. The two are currently raising money via Kickstarter to fund Hawkeye’s first book of published work. Their initial goal was $35,000, but they've already raised more than $37,000 with just one day left to go. 

Huey has shared some of his son's best shots with Business Insider. 

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The father and son traveled from Seattle to the Salton Sea in southern California. The goal was to build — and then sleep in — blanket forts in the desert.

Along the way, they went to rodeos, climbed mountains, and visited Native American markets.

While they were on the road, Huey decided to get Hawkeye his own camera: a Fuji Instax instant camera.

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We pitted an iPhone camera against a point-and-shoot and a DSLR to see if there's really any difference


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Smartphone cameras have gotten so good that many people don't see the need for traditional cameras — and the truth is that for many people there is no need. But devoted cameras have to have some advantages, right?

We matched an iPhone 6 camera against the DSLR Canon 5D Mark II ($3,400 for the body alone) and the point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS ($244).

We tested the cameras in various situations, including bright sunny day, moving objects, close up, etc. Don't expect techie jargon or focus charts here. We're just considering what looks best.

Christian Storm contributed reporting to a previous version of this article.

Here are the contenders. Starting from the left is the iPhone 6, the Canon 5D Mark II, and the Canon PowerShot SD1400-IS.

We started with a shot inside the office. Fluorescent light can be tricky for cameras to read. On a DSLR, you can change settings depending what kind of light a shot has, and we were able to produce this picture.

The point and shoot camera sees the fluorescent lighting more yellow.

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These are the dirtiest things in your hotel room


When you check into a hotel room there are certain things inside that are usually dirtier than anything else. Here's a look at what they are and just how dirty a hotel room can be. The results are from a 2012 study conducted by researchers at the University of Houston. 

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The 'Cronut' chef is serving an 8-course dessert, and we've never seen anything like it


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Dominique Ansel rose to celebrity chef status when he invented the Cronut — a doughnut-croissant hybrid. People lined up for hours outside his Manhattan bakery just for the chance to taste one.

Now, the pastry chef is doing something even more ambitious. He recently launched U.P., an eight-course tasting menu. It's the equivalent of a fancy dinner, except for one big difference: every course is dessert.

Reservations are hard to come by, since Ansel serves the menu to just eight lucky diners at a time, a few times a week, in the test space above Dominique Ansel Kitchen.

But for anyone with a sweet tooth, it's worth a trip. The menu is currently themed around "firsts," and includes dishes like "first kiss," with roasted peanut water and cream soda pearls, and "first heartbreak," a version of baked Alaska with Valrhona Guanaja bitter almond ice cream and meringue.

The experience is $85 per person, and $45 for the drink pairing.Reservations can be made through the kitchen's website. Thanks to Dominique Ansel's chocolate supplier, Valhrona USA, for hosting us at U.P.

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Remember the Cronut? People went nuts for the doughnut-croissant hybrid when pastry chef Dominique Ansel invented it in 2013.

People literally waited hours on line to buy one. Scalpers tried to sell them for $100 a pop.

Now Chef Ansel is doing something far more ambitious with dessert. He's serving an 8-course tasting menu to a few lucky diners each week. It's 100% sweets, and themed around life "firsts."

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