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Why Lululemon's Stuff Almost Never Goes On Sale (LULU)


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Consumers aren't likely to find a sale rack at any Lululemon.

The athletic apparel chain sells 95 percent of its merchandise at full-price, according to The Wall Street Journal.  

While many other retailers rely on promotions and marketing to get shoppers in stores, Lululemon has the perfect strategy for selling to its niche without either. 

Instead, Lululemon offers fewer items to create the perception of scarcity. 

"Our guest knows that there's a limited supply, and it creates these fanatical shoppers," Day told the WSJ. 

Despite a rough week, the yoga-wear chain won't be discounting merchandise anytime soon, CEO Christine Daysaid on CNBC: 

"People thought we were going to start playing that game, which absolutely isn't true. You can't blink. The consumer sees Black Week, which is what we call the week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the consumers are savvy and they're waiting for retailers to discount. You'll either offer promotions or not, and we're in the "not" category. You've got to shape your buying patterns to respond to that. If you're not going to discount you've got to have some bold and unusual things planned, which we do here." 

It looks like Lululemon won't be offering big sales anytime soon.

If you're a fan, you can always try the eBay "black market" for discounts. 

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A Surge Fanatic Is Building An Army To Bring Back The Extinct Soda


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More than 21,000 people are pleading with Coca-Cola to bring back Surge, the soda it discontinued a decade ago. 

The Facebook group, which calls itself the SURGE Movement, was founded by 24-year-old Evan Carr of California a year ago. Another group on the social network also supports the cause. 

"Surge was more of a lifestyle for me and I always had a can when I was growing up in the '90's," Carr told us. "I just wanted to see if other people out there missed it as much as I have."  

The group has raised nearly $4,000 to buy a billboard near the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. 

The billboard reads "Dear Coke, we couldn't buy Surge, so we bought this billboard instead" and directs people to visit the movement's Facebook page.

Surge was a citrus-flavored soda released in 1996 that was meant to compete with Pepsi's Mountain Dew. Coca-Cola stopped producing it in 2003, when sales were declining. 

In addition to its billboard, the group has "Surging days" where members inundate the consumer affairs hotline at Coca-Cola. 

While they haven't received a straight answer from Coca-Cola on bringing back Surge, Carr says he knows their calls have made an impact. 

"We actually found out that Coca-Cola began watching our page and had warned employees in a memo before one of our 'Surging' dates," Carr said. 

Carr said that the discontinuation of the soda left a void in his life. 

"I just always used Surge to get me going in the morning, and I would love to drink it regularly," Carr said. "There's just nothing like it out there today."

Carr did find out, however, that Surge still tastes better than ever. 

He bought several six-packs when the soda expired and cracked open a can a few weeks ago. 

"I can report that it was just as delicious as ever," he said. 

If you're interested in bringing back Surge, join the group's Facebook page. 

Here's a mock-up of the billboard that will go up early next month: 

surge billboard

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Legendary NYC Nightclub Marquee Is Back — And It Already Hosted The 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Wrap Party


After a yearlong, multi-million-dollar renovation, the red velvet ropes will once again hold back the lines outside famed New York City nightclub Marquee.

The West Chelsea hotspot is scheduled to open to the public Friday with a performance by techno DJ Dubfire.

The revamped space will be better-equipped for A-list DJs and musical acts, with fewer tables and a bigger dance floor. And designer Josh Held gave it an industrial-style makeover, covering the walls in recycled leather belts and using welded rebar for the handrails.

Marquee officially opens this weekend, but guests at the wrap party for Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" got a sneak peek when they partied there Saturday.

Check out some pictures of the party and the new space below:

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HOUSE OF THE DAY: David Duchovny and Tea Leoni List Their Upper East Side Triplex For $9.25 Million


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Despite the couple's split back in 2011, David Duchovny and Tea Leoni's triplex maisonette has been sitting untouched on the Upper East Side — until now.

The property was just listed by Stribling & Associates for $9.25 million, according to a Curbed NY report. Though public records reportedly name the seller as "Salvator Trust," Curbed cites an old blog post by Big Time Listings from 2009 that says the now-separated couple are the owners of the unit, which they bought in April 2008 for $6.25 million.

The 170 East 78th Street address was originally three separate artists' studios that were combined into the five-bedroom townhouse that's currently on the market. The pre-war building comes complete with a doorman and garden. It's even pet friendly.

Originally three separate artists' lofts, the triplex is made up of 12 rooms with 13-foot ceilings.

Source: Stribling & Associates

The living room and family rooms all have wood-burning fireplaces.

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The master bedroom has two huge floor-to-ceiling windows to let in natural light.

Source: Stribling & Associates

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Here's The Big Beautiful BMW That Will Replace The 3 Series Coupe


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At the Detroit Auto Show this week, BMW officially debuted the 4 Series Concept Coupe, the car it confirmed in December will replace the current 3 Series Coupe.

It has been a while since BMW introduced a ground-breaking, head-turning car.

Long enough that Jalopnik put the German giant at the top of its list of automakers that lost their way in 2012, writing:

It's only a matter of time before people realize the company isn't selling anything special (a host of front-wheel-drive compacts should help that along), and smart buyers will move onto the next big thing.

This 4 Series, while officially a concept, may be the car that erases that recently earned reputation. We got a firsthand look at the new ride in Detroit, and fully approve.

The new Bimmer is longer and lower than its predecessor. It is closer to the ground, too, so better dynamics come along with the extra space.

It is built to reduce drag, improving speed and fuel efficiency. The lines actually live up to BMW's press release, which describes a "strong, athletic silhouette."

And of course, it is a safe bet the 4 Series will be built with the same excellence that has kept BMW at the top of the luxury market for years.

But most of all, it is a thing of beauty.

It even earned a thumbs up from Jalopnik.

Check out more photos below.

Full Disclosure: Ford paid for our travel and lodging expenses to visit the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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10 Incredibly Easy Ways To Improve Your Life


running morning sunrise1) Get out in nature:

You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there’s research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.

2) Exercise:

We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarterhappier, improves sleepincreases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.

3) Spend time with friends and family:

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (approximately an extra $131,232 a year.) Not feeling socially connected can make you stupider and kill you. Loneliness can lead to heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The longest lived people on the planet all place a strong emphasis on social engagement and good relationships are more important to a long life than even exerciseFriends are key toimproving your lifeShare good news and enthusiatically respond when others share good news with you to improve your relationships. Want to instantly be happier? Dosomething kind for them.

4) Express gratitude:

It will make you happier.

It will improve your relationships.

It can make you a better person.

It can make life better for everyone around you.

5) Meditate:

Meditation can increase happinessmeaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Along similar lines, prayer can make you feel better — even if you’re not religious.

6) Get enough sleep:

You can’t cheat yourself on sleep and not have it affect you. Being tired actually makes it harder to be happy. Lack of sleep = more likely to get sick. “Sleeping on it” does improve decision making. Lack of sleep can make you more likely to behave unethically. There is such a thing as beauty sleep.

Naps are great too. Naps increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones. Here’s how to improve your naps.

7) Challenge yourself:

Learning another language can keep your mind sharp. Music lessons increase intelligence. Challenging your beliefs strengthens your mind. Increasing willpower just takes a little effort each day and it’s more responsible for your success than IQ. Not getting an education or taking advantage of opportunities are two of the things people look back on their lives and regret the most.

8) Laugh:

People who use humor to cope with stress have better immune systems, reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, experience less pain during dental work and live longer. Laughter should be like a daily vitamin. Just reminiscing about funny moments can improve your relationship. Humor has many benefits.

9) Touch someone:

Touching can reduce stress, improve team performance, and help you be persuasive. Hugs make you happier. Sex may help prevent heart attacks and cancer, improve your immune system and extend your life.

10) Be optimistic:

Optimism can make you healthierhappier and extend your life. The Army teaches it in order to increase mental toughness in soldiers. Being overconfident improves performance.

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See What Happened When A Photographer Wrapped His Models' Faces In Scotch Tape


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Any fourth grader can tell you that facial features contort easily with scotch tape. But commercial photographer Wes Naman took it to a whole new level with his Scotch Tape series.

First reported on by Wired, Naman's series of monstrous faces stemmed from a silly encounter with his assistant as they were wrapping Christmas presents together. She stuck a piece of scotch tape to her nose, and Naman did the same to his lips. After seeing their faces in the mirror, the idea for the Scotch Tape project was born.

A year later, Naman began taking portraits of his friends' faces made completely unrecognizable by the common household product.

Though the project was done solely as a way for Naman to be creative outside of his commercial day job, that doesn't mean the series might not make its way into the advertising world. According to Wired:

Before Naman had even finished the Scotch Tape series he was already in talks with a local Albuquerque add agency that saw the photos and wanted to possibly pitch them for a corporate campaign. Some of the ideas tossed around include selling the series to an office supply store or maybe a plastic surgery office with a slogan that might go something like, “You can trust those guys or you can come here.”

Naman's inspiration for the series was seeing his assistant tape her nose.

He was able to distort his models' faces in the weirdest ways.

The tape was pulled tightly over their faces to leave indents and pull the features in odd directions.

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SCIENTIST: Yes, That Lobster You're Boiling Alive Is Probably In Real Pain


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A lobster thrown live into boiling water may suffer for many seconds, said a scientist who argued Thursday that crustaceans can likely feel pain.

A set of experiments on crabs revealed that the animals are willing to give up a valuable dark hiding place in order to avoid an electric shock, an indicator of pain, said a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Crabs in the study learned to avoid the shelter in a laboratory tank where they had repeatedly received a shock, said study leader Bob Elwood of Queen's University in Belfast.

"They were willing to give up their hideaway in order to avoid the source of their probable pain."

Elwood told AFP it was impossible to prove beyond doubt that the animals feel pain, but the research results were "consistent" with pain and added: "Perhaps we should err on the side of caution".

Elwood said billions of prawns, crabs and lobster are caught or reared for human consumption every year and treated in "very extreme ways."

"Crabs have their claws torn off and the live crab is thrown back in the sea. Lobsters and prawns have the front half of the body torn off from the abdomen which is kept for the meat. The nervous system in the head and thorax is still functional an hour later."

The biologist said many people assumed that because crustaceans do not have a brain resembling that of vertebrate animals, they could not feel pain.

"Crustaceans are invertebrates and people do not care about invertebrates," he said.

"More consideration of the treatment of these animals is needed as a potentially very large problem is being ignored."

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Victoria's Secret Angel Sued By Her Former Management Company


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One of Victoria's Secret's angel-winged beauties is being sued for $3.3 million by her former modeling agency.

Marilyn Model Management is suing Constance Jablonski and her new agency DNA Model Management, claiming DNA stole Jablonski away despite her signing a three-year exclusive contract with Marilyn, according to court documents filed Monday in Manhattan.

Jablonski signed with Marilyn in 2008 when she was a "virtually unknown model" and the agency catapulted her to her current success, according to the suit.

Jablonski now models forVictoria's Secret, Calvin Klein, Dior, and Estée Lauder, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Marilyn claims the top model renewed her contract with the agency in September 2011 and signed for a three-year term but then tried to sever the agreement in December 2012.

"Marilyn's direct competitor, DNA, tortiously induced her to breach her contract with Marilyn and, upon information and belief, to sign an exclusive agreement with DNA instead," Marilyn claims in its lawsuit.

According to Jablonski's attorney Bennett Krasner, however, DNA didn't lure the model away, she left because of changes at Marilyn.

“At the beginning of her career, she loved working with Marilyn,” Krasner told the New York Post. “Unfortunately, all of the people she worked with closely have left. She loves her new agency. It’s very supportive.”

Jablonski stuck to the same reasoning when letting fans know about the agency switch.

"With a New Year comes new beginnings. After my bookers, many of those I began with at Marilyn and my dearest Marilyn Gaultier left the agency this past year, I decided to move on to DNA," Jablonski tweeted Wednesday. "I'm very excited with the move and I hope you are too!! Wishing all my friends from.Marilyn all the best with their new beginnings. Thank you to all of you followers and fans, for always supporting me!!"

Marilyn is seeking an injunction against Jablonski's new contract, preventing her from working with DNA.

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These Are The 10 Best Cities To Lose Weight In America


runner, central park, nycEvery year, there are at least a handful of lists pointing out the "fattest" and "fittest" places in the country.

Problem is that drawing a line between fat and skinny isn't going to do anyone much good—especially if a healthier lifestyle is what they're after.

Instead, real estate tracker Trulia decided to dig deeper, crunching the numbers for 100 of the largest U.S. metro areas to find out exactly which places are best suited for people looking to lose weight.

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"Before we looked at the data, people in the office did a guessing game of which places would end up on the list," Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko told BI. "A lot of people expected Miami, San Diego ... [but] it turned out these aren't necessarily the places that offer the best tools for losing weight."

Kolko and his team looked at five factors* to rank the cities: healthy food options; access to outdoor activities; weight loss centers; gyms; and the ability for consumers to bike or walk to work. 

When all was said and calculated, one clear trend emerged: These places don't come cheap. In fact, six of the top 10 cities charge more than $200 per square foot for living space. 

"These places tend to have spending power to support gyms, fitness centers, outdoor activities," Kolko explained. "And these are all types of businesses that have an easier time surviving in more affluent areas because people have more spending power."


Food options: ratio of “slow food” establishments (supermarkets, specialty food markets, and full-service restaurants) divided by “fast food” establishments (convenience stores and fast-food restaurants)
Outdoors activities: sporting-goods stores per 1,000 households
Bike/Walk commuting:  percentage of workers who commute by walking or biking.
Gyms: number of gyms, health clubs, and fitness centers per 1,000 households.
Weight loss programs:  weight-loss and diet centers per 1,000 households

10. Seattle, Wash.

Seattle has more going for it than the Space Needle, the music scene, and great coffee. 

According to Trulia's data, the city ranked the ninth best place for commuters looking to bike or walk to work, thanks to a tightly condensed urban center. There's still room to stretch your legs, though.

The city beat out 85 others to land in 15th place for the number of gyms per person, and 11th in outdoor activities. 

Median price per square foot: $181

Source: Trulia.com

8. Peabody, Mass.

Peabody, Mass. isn't exactly the greatest place to find healthy food options (it ranked 84 out of 100 in that category), but at least it has plenty of options to work off the calories.

The city came in sixth in the number of gyms on hand, and 12th overall for weight loss centers. 

Median price per square foot: $189

Source: Trulia.com

9. Philadelphia, Penn.

Despite its affinity for the Cheese Whiz and steak combo, Philadelphia is among the top 10 best places to bike or walk to work, according to Trulia.

And it's the No. 1 city for weight loss centers, if you're looking for a more regimented health plan.

The only drawback? It's not exactly the greatest for the outdoorsy types, ranking 76 out of 100 overall.

Median price per square foot: $135

Source: Trulia.com

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CALIFORNIA: Home To 8 Of The 10 Hottest Up-And-Coming Neighborhoods In America


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Yesterday we told you how California came back from the dead.

It's a particuarly impressive story given how busted California's housing market got became.

Parts of it still are (three major cities filed for bankruptcy last year alone).

But housing is a local story. And California is pretty big.

So even as weaknesses persist in the state's hardest-hit areas, some cities have recently come roaring back. San Francisco (green line) and Los Angeles (red line) have both seen their home price rise faster than the national average, as measured by the Case-Shiller's 20-city index (blue line).

The real estate services site Redfin recently polled its agents on which neighborhoods or cities would be the most up-and-coming in 2013.

Of the cities nominated, Redfin ranked them considering three categories: change in on-market listings, sales volume, and median price per square foot.  This yielded a list of 10 neighborhoods set to break out this year.

Eight were in California.

We compiled Redfin's stats and detailed a representitive aspect of each neighborhood's attraction in the following presentation.

Eagle Rock, Los Angeles

Listings: -54 percent

Sales volume: +44 percent

Price: +11 percent

Comment: Eagle Rock is home to Occidental College, a private school that has weathered the state's education budget crunch and seen steadilyincreasingenrollment.

Source: Redfin

The Mission, San Francisco

Listings: -29 percent

Sales volume: +17 percent

Price: +80 percent

Comment: The Mission boasts San Francisco's most popular and longest-running arthouse movie theatre, The Roxie.

Source: Redfin

Glassell Park, Los Angeles

Listings: -64 percent

Sales volume: +31 percent

Price: +17 percent

Comment: Glassell Park is home to local artists like Justin Stadel, whose amusing, giant cutouts of famous Hollywood cowboys have been featured on numerousoccasions in the LATimes. 

Source: Redfin

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Chinese Millionaires Say Wealth Leads To Unhappiness


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China's millionaires say that the richer you are, the less happy you are, according to the first Millionaire Happiness Report from Hurun.

While this could be a PR move to support the Communist Party line that wealth is dubious, Hurun has been a reliable source on Chinese millionaires in the past.

Here's what the report found:

Chinese millionaires don’t sleep that much, 6.6 hours on average during the working week. The Chinese super-rich, fall into two categories, those who are workaholics and those who are winding down, supposedly toward early retirement.

Self-made female millionaires are more likely to be divorced, 35% of the respondents, with an average age of 37 years, are either divorced or remain unmarried which is twice the figure amongst their male counterparts.

Men consider setting up their own company as the happiest moment of their life, whereas women consider theirs to be falling in love. 

Both male and female millionaires are dissatisfied generally with their health and want to spend more time with their children.

The idea that wealth leads to regret always surprises people, though it has been repeated countless times. One recent study found that $75,000 was the optimal income for happiness. 

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Listen To The Engine Of The LFA Supercar Lexus Will Never Make Again


Lexus may have made its 500th and final LFA last month, but the spirit of the supercar was still present at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

At the crowded show, automakers do lots of things to keep visitors engaged, from hiring models to stand alongside cars to bringing in video games that simulate driving their new rides.

Nearby the newly revealed 2014 Lexus IS was a computer display that played the sound of the now defunct LFA's 552 horsepower engine, capable of sending the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and up to a top speed of 203 mph.

Going through the supercar's gears with the touch of a finger, the recreated engine sounds pretty good.

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Hear it go to work:


And here's a photo of the LFA, in white:

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Here Are Those 'Moisturizing Jeans' Wrangler Is Advertising For Women



Wrangler has begun promoting a bizarre new line of skinny jeans for women, "Wrangler Denim Spa," which rub skin cream onto the wearer's legs as she walks around in them.

For just $149 a pair, the jeans "are infused with one of three soothing ingredients: Aloe Vera, Olive Extract or special formula Smooth Legs," according to the Asos.com web site where they're available.

Model Lizzie Jagger has been signed up as the face of the brand (see below right).

Lizzie Jagger wranglerThe tagline is, "the soothing touch of nature, now available in jeans."

One version of the jeans will also "reduce the appearance" of cellulite, Wrangler's PR firm tells us.

The moisturizing effect only lasts a few days, but you can "reload" them with a spray.

Here are the details, per Asos:

Wrangler Denim Spa Molly Skinny Jeans With Olive Extract


    Molly skinny jeans by Wrangler
    - Made from stretch denim
    - Stretch added for comfort and fit
    - Innovative olive coating to interior for moisturising effect
    - Shaped yoke for a flattering fit
    - Natural fading and whiskering
    - Low-rise waist

    An exciting innovation, Denim Spa from Wrangler is a collection of great fitting jeans infused with cosmetic ingredients that will provide treatments for your legs as you wear them, keeping them silky smooth throughout the day. Favourite skinny styles Courtney, Corynn and Molly jeans, are infused with one of three soothing ingredients: Aloe Vera, Olive Extract or special formula Smooth Legs.

Here are some more shots from Wrangler's product people:



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The Most Disgusting Restaurant Foods Of The Year


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We all break down and get some fast food or pull into a diner from time to time, but some restaurant fare is better than others.

And since it's the new year, many people are also trying to cut down their unhealthy habits. So, here to turn you off chains like Denny's and Johnny Rockets forever, is the list of the worst restaurant foods out there.

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their annual "Xtreme Eating Awards" list for 2013. It calls out the craziest, most unhealthy dishes being served at big restaurant chains across America.

This year, stalwarts of indulgence like Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano's made the list for their calorie-laden concoctions, along with a massive smoothie from Smoothie King. Here's the info from the report.

A Cheddar Bacon Double, Sweet Potato Fries and Big Apple Shake at Johnny Rockets (3,500 calories, 88 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 mg sodium and 15 teaspoons of sugar).

Bacon Cheddar Double: 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium. (Three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese have "only" 1,570 calories.)

Johnny’s Sweet Potato Fries add another 590 calories—110 more than his regular “American Fries” and 90 more than a large McDonald’s Fries—and 800 mg of sodium.

Surely, you have room for the extra 1,140 calories, 37 grams of sat fat, and estimated 13 teaspoons of added sugar in a Big Apple Shake.

Country Fried Steak & Eggs from IHOP (1,760 calories, 23 grams saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams sodium and 11 teaspoons of sugar).

IHOP’s Country Fried Steak & Eggs isn’t one thing. It’s “8 oz. fried beef steak smothered in country gravy. Served with two eggs, hash browns and two buttermilk pancakes.”

It may just be breakfast, but there's more than enough for at least a day of eating: all the calories (1,760—almost a day’s worth), all the saturated fat (23 grams—your full quota until this time tomorrow), all the sodium (3,720 milligrams—2½ days’ worth), and all the sugar (11 teaspoons—close to two days’ worth), if you use a typical quarter cup of syrup.

The report says: "Think of it as five McDonald’s Egg McMuffins sprinkled with 10 packets of sugar."

The 18 oz. Veal Porterhouse at Maggiano’s Little Italy (2,710 calories, 45 grams of sat fat, and 3,700 mg of sodium).

Take the 18 oz. Veal Porterhouse, which is drizzled with butter sauce and comes with half a pound of roasted, fried, and garlic-buttered Crispy Red Potatoes. Even without the spuds, you’re talking 1,900 calories, 40 grams of saturated fat, and 2,860 milligrams of sodium.

The potatoes bring the total to 2,710 calories (almost 1½ days’ worth), 45 grams of sat fat (a two-day supply), and 3,700 mg of sodium (2½ days’ limit). And those numbers don’t include the Ciabatta Roll that comes with the meal. You’d be better off eating four Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizzas.

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Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss Announces Plan To Go To Harvard


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Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss is one of the most prolific models of the year. 

She walked in the lingerie company's fashion show, hosted her very own MTV show and fronted campaigns for Mercedes and Juicy Couture. 

But 20-year-old Kloss has announced her aspirations don't end there. 

“[Going to] Harvard at some point is in the plan, but all in good time,” Kloss told The Daily

She wants to study medicine or business. 

“I have always had an interest in medicine; my father is an emergency room doctor. Now that I am getting more and more involved in these entrepreneurial projects I think business is something that would also be fascinating. To have a better understanding of economics and business and the way to run a successful company.”

Kloss also said that she was inspired by former Victoria's Secret Angel Tyra Banks. 

“Tyra [Banks] did it. She went to Harvard business school. I can do it, too," Kloss explained. 

In the mean time, perhaps Kloss' tech investor boyfriend can give her business tips. 

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Yelp Is Adding Health-Inspection Scores To Reviews


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Yelp Inc., the business review site, will add health scores to information it provides about restaurants, part of a push to be more useful to consumers and local governments while promoting public well-being.

Through a partnership with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Yelp created a system that lets cities upload inspection data to its website, and plans to tag health grades to reviews in the Bay Area city and New York in coming weeks, the company said in a statement.

Lee will present the proposal today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, working to embolden other cities to release health details on the site.

The added data would give consumers more information about the restaurants they frequent while stepping up pressure on establishments that receive low marks.

In Los Angeles County, a requirement that restaurants display health grades at their entrances led to a 13 percent decline in hospitalizations for food-borne illnesses, Yelp said, citing a 2005 study in the Journal of Environmental Health.

“The open-data standard will have a good impact on society,” Yelp Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Stoppelman said on a conference call yesterday. “In the weeks ahead we hope to have all of San Francisco’s restaurants online. We’ll then begin migrating New York data online as well.”

Yelp, which displays consumer reviews of local businesses from pizza shops to plumbers on its website, expects Philadelphia to follow in adding restaurants’ health scores soon. Yelp, based in San Francisco, fell 1.2 percent to $20.36 at yesterday’s close in New York.

More Visibility

The change may mean more visibility of inspection data in San Francisco, where restaurants are required to post or make such reports available, yet don’t have to publicly display their scores. Accompanying restaurants’ health ratings on Yelp will be a link to a full report that logs all inspections, including a list of violations.

Releasing government data to the public in a more understandable fashion has been a mission of Lee. In October, he proposed that the city hire a chief data officer, charged with adding data sets -- local transportation information, for example -- to 200 that are already public. San Francisco has used the DataSF website as a conduit for releasing more information to the public.

“By making often hard-to-find government information more widely available to innovative companies like Yelp, we can make government more transparent and improve public-health outcomes for our residents through the power of technology,” Lee said in the statement.

--Editors: Jillian Ward, Tom Giles

To contact the reporter on this story: Danielle Kucera in San Francisco at dkucera6@bloomberg.net

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Here's Why American Airlines Is Changing The Look Of Its Planes


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American Airlines rolled out a new logo and look for its planes this morning.

The announcement, made in a video featuring CEO Tom Horton, heralds a new day for the airline.

There are two reasons for the rebranding. The first is all about timing.

The airline plans to take delivery of 60 new aircraft this year, and it will start flying the Boeing 777-300ER on January 31.

American says the 300ER will be its landmark plane. Judging by these photos, the twin jet, which seats 310, is a real upgrade for the airline.

On top of that, American should emerge from bankruptcy soon, according to NYC Aviation. (It is also considering a merger with US Airways.)

With the new year, a new plane, and a better financial situation, now is a good time to unveil an updated look for a brand whose image has lost much of its luster in recent years.

The second reason for the livery change is practical: American is adding the Boeing Dreamliner (which has been grounded around the world due to safety concerns) and the Airbus A320 to its fleet.

Because both planes use composite materials, not aluminum, American's simple, polished metal look is no longer an option: The new aircraft have to be painted. To maintain its "silver bird" image, American has chosen silver mica paint.

The new logo is a simplified, abstract take on the airlines' eagle mascot, which has been updated several times since the first version was introduced in 1934. Here's a closer look at the update: american airlines new logo

And a quick history of AA logos:

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Vogue's Hurricane Sandy Photo Shoot Is Not As Offensive As You Would Think


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As a wave crashes on to the bow of a US Coast Guard boat, three models strike a pose, gazing serenely across the choppy waters in barely there dresses.

It's an arresting image, as is that of the National Guard delivering food parcels to a nearby hospital while supermodel Joan Smalls leans on an infantryman's shoulder and shows off a Proenza Schouler leather crocheted jacket and skirt.

This is American Vogue's Storm Troupers shoot, inspired by – and featuring – members of the emergency forces. And it has not gone down too well, with many commentators calling it tasteless.

The editions of Vogue around the world have form for devising their photo shoots with, shall we say, "current affairs" in mind. There was the 2007 Italian Vogue shoot inspired by the Iraq war, featuring models grappling with soldiers in a scene that Guardian writer Emine Saner described as looking like "prostitutes brought to an army camp as entertainment". Italian Vogue was also responsible for a 24-page spread in 2010 that saw models doused in "oil", in the spirit of the Deepwater Horizon spill. That's not to mention the photoshoot in Vogue Paris featuring children in makeup, or women being throttled by men in Vogue Hommes. So you see, with the Storm Troupers shoot they're just at it again, aren't they?

Or maybe not.

Of all the global disasters to choose from, the fashion industry has been particularly drawn to Hurricane Sandy. First, it's a relatively apolitical disaster. Celebrities risk nothing by coming out in support of the cause. The Re/Create New York project, for example, offers "a charitable platform for creators to give back", which roughly translates as "the rich and the famous offloading their old trainers to be auctioned to the highest bidder". Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan are among the designers who have donated, as has Kate Moss, who signed a book about herself with the words "Fuck you, Sandy" (current bid $2,358 (£1,475) if you're interested). With its sleek, sober website featuring the handsome headshots of our planet's A-Listers, Re/Create didn't just come up with a way for celebrities to get involved in the cause without actually doing anything, they made it the place to be seen.

Another reason the fashion world has been so drawn to Sandy is the American fashion industry's actual proximity to the hurricane's path, resulting in a number of initial drives to donate clothes or sales profit to the Sandy charitable funds. Fashion Girls for Humanity raised more than $120,000, while the LVMH Group donated $1m to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Which brings us back to Vogue. Unlike previous controversial shoots, there is more meaning behind Annie Leibovitz's images than first meets the eye. They are not scenes of catastrophe with a model hitching her skirt in the general direction of devastation. That was left to Brazilian model Nana Gouvêa , who looked out of the window, saw some crushed cars, thought: "Hello Mr Opportunity!", and staged an impromptu fashion shoot mid-disaster for the aptly titled online magazine EGO. As she found out in the subsequent furore, getting your pose on next to some wreckage will only make people wince.

But while photographing Karlie Kloss on the Bellvue neonatal ward might seem incongruous, the picture does at least include the medical staff who work there. All the pictures include members of the emergency services, and their stories about how Sandy unfolded for them.

The reaction to Vogue's shoot suggests that people think the fashion world has no business getting involved in a situation as series as Sandy. But this isn't a drive-by interest on the part of Vogue; while working with the CDFA, the magazine helped to raise $1.7m (£1.06m) for the relief effort. If it wants to photograph the Air NYPD and put those men in uts magazine, it has earned the right.

This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

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