Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Global 2010: Top 5 bizarre news events of 2010

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Each year sees its share of bizarre stories, but it seemed like 2010 was overflowing with "you've got to be kidding me!" moments. Perhaps the proliferation of social media has made the quirky behavior of a few more accessible to the masses in warp speed -- but whatever the reason for the uptick in news of the weird, we're grateful for the fodder. Here are The Lookout's five oddest news events of 2010.

1. Paul the Octopus: The World Cup commands far and away the largest global following of any major sporting event. But no one could have predicted that an undersea creature would be among the most canny prognosticators of World Cup outcomes. Then again, perhaps it stands to reason that a sport so focused on leg agility should earn the close attention of an eight-legged animal.

2. The Chilean miners: It's unfortunately a common occurrence for miners to get trapped underground--but it's unheard of for their captivity to result in so many happy endings. All of the 33 miners trapped in a mine in Chile for 2 months not only survived, but became regular fixtures on news programs and even  morphed into international celebrities.

3. Volcanic ash: Who would have thought that an ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano could cause the biggest slowdown in the airline industry since the terror attacks on 9/11? But hey, it actually happened.

4. The midterm elections: Perhaps it had something to do with the sluggish economy and the generally dour national mood, but this year's elections seem to have inspired more wacky, gaffe-prone candidates to come out of the woodwork than any time in recent memory.

5. Steven Slater: When word began to spread on a Monday afternoon last April that a JetBlue flight attendant had -- in a fit of rage after an altercation with a passenger -- exited the plane via an emergency chute, the nation seemed instantly captivated.

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Global 2010: 11 Ways to Hurt Your Career

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While most career advice focuses on how to succeed, we can all learn valuable lessons by dissecting career failure as well. Workplace experts offer insights into some of the top ways workers undermine their own careers and jeopardize their career development.

1. Not Taking Your Education Seriously

2. Not Having a Plan

3. Lying

4. Sullying Your Reputation on Facebook or Twitter

5. Not Respecting Professional Boundaries

6. Gossiping, Slandering, and Excessively Criticizing

7. Carrying on an Inappropriate Relationship with Your Boss|

8. Not Controlling Your Alcohol Intake or Libido

9. Job-Hopping Just for the Money

10. Losing Touch with References

11. Leaving a Job on Bad Terms

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Global 2010: 11 mistakes women make in middle age

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Let’s not kid ourselves. Getting older is a drag, and middle age is particularly fraught with tension.

Do the sexy clothes you wore in the past now seem just plain wrong? Will smoky eye makeup that looks great on 19-year-olds make you appear just plain crazy?

Part of the problem is that aging often requires change, but most women don’t want to move to a frumpy town called Middle Age, where sensible shoes and boring clothes are de rigueur.

Here are the 11 most common mistakes aging women make—and how to avoid them.

  • Not realizing you need to change
  • Not spending enough on your clothes
  • Comparing yourself to you in your 20s
  • Skipping exercise
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Ignoring your teeth
  • Overdoing anti-aging efforts
  • Thinking there are hair “rules”
  • Using the wrong makeup
  • Settling for a boring sex life
  • Wearing the wrong bra

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Global 2010: Scoring Unlisted Jobs

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Job boards are irresistible because they seemingly put everything within easy reach. Unfortunately, the majority of job hunters are competing for the same small pool of jobs and getting turned down.

More than 80% of job openings are actually unlisted, says Steven Rothberg, founder of job website in Minneapolis. This can be a good opportunity for outside candidates with research and networking skills since most companies will try to promote from within or rely on employee referrals.

  • Look for signs
  • It's people, not paper
  • Make it easy to find you

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Global 2010: Beyonce Is Now and Will Always Be Richer Than You

Taylor SwiftCover of Taylor SwiftExtra! compiled the data from a few of Forbes magazine's lists of 2010's top-earning entertainment players to make their own countdown of who in Hollywood raked in the most money in the past year. The list is led, unsurprisingly, by Oprah with a 12-month total of $315 million. Slightly more surprising is the rundown of musicians who made the Top 20, with their respective rankings and cash intake: Beyoncé (Nine, $87 million), Britney Spears (13, $64 million), Lady Gaga (14, $62 million), Madonna (15, $58 million), Miley Cyrus (18, $48 million), and Taylor Swift (19, $45 million). That's six women, all in their teens or twenties -- save for Madonna, who celebrated her Sweet 16 Plus 36 this past summer -- who record pop music.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Global 2010: 6 cancer-fighting superfoods

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To reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. "All the studies on cancer and nutrition point to eating plant-based foods for their phytonutrients and other special compounds," says Richard Béliveau, PhD, chair in the prevention and treatment of cancer at the University of Québec at Montreal and author of Foods to Fight Cancer.

Aim for five to nine daily servings of all kinds of fruits and vegetables—especially these six superstars.


Helps fight: breast, liver, lung, prostate, skin, stomach, and bladder cancers

Your Rx: The more broccoli, the better, research suggests—so add it wherever you can, from salads to omelets to the top of your pizza.


Helps fight: colon, esophageal, oral, and skin cancers

Your Rx: Stoner uses a concentrated berry powder in his studies but says a half-cup serving of berries a day may help your health, too.


Helps fight: endometrial, lung, prostate, and stomach cancers

Your Rx: The biggest benefits come from cooked tomatoes (think pasta sauce!), since the heating process increases the amount of lycopene your body is able to absorb.


Helps fight: breast and prostate cancers

Your Rx: Munching on an ounce of walnuts a day may yield the best benefits, Hardman's research found.


Helps fight: breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers

Your Rx: Chop a clove of fresh, crushed garlic (crushing helps release beneficial enzymes), and sprinkle it into that lycopene-rich tomato sauce while it simmers.


Helps fight: breast and colon cancers

Your Rx: Add a serving—a half-cup—of legumes a few times a week (either from a can or dry beans that've been soaked and cooked) to your usual rotation of greens or other veggies.

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Global 2010: New iPhone for Christmas?

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Yeah, your brand-new iPhone does a lot of great things to help you stay productive. It’s great for checking emails and staying up on Facebook, and even translating words and taking photos with its camera. Oh, and you can make calls with it.

But one of the most interesting and deepest functions of the iPhone is its gaming ability. There are tons of gaming apps in the iTunes App Store, and while many of them are a little mindless and not too impressive, many more are phenomenal -- making innovative use of the iPhone’s touch screen, internal gyroscope and other hardware.

But how to wade through all the sub-par games to figure out what’s essential for your new game machine/cell phone? We’ve done the hard work for you: below are 15 games you should check out right away to get the most out of your iOS device.


Infinity Blade ($6.99)

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light ($6.99)

Eliminate Pro (Free)

N.O.V.A. 2 ($6.99)


Plants vs. Zombies ($2.99)

Osmos ($2.99)

Flight Control ($0.99)


Trundle (Free, with in-app purchases of additional levels)

Pix n’ Love Rush ($0.99)

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor ($2.99)


Cut the Rope ($0.99)

Angry Birds ($0.99)

Sudoku 2 (Free)


Tap Tap Revenge 4 (Free, with in-app purchases of additional tracks)


Real Racing 2 ($9.99)

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Global 2010: 10 Brands Americans No Longer Love

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Americans do not merely love their favorite and most cherished brands, they love them. Consumers love Apple. They love the Mustang. They love Starbucks, and they once loved The Dallas Cowboys.

Brand loyalty involves emotions as much as it does the logical reasons people become loyal to products. These are the primary forces that allow the best brands endure. Times change and so do brand features. The best brands evolve and change with the people to whom they are important. It is as much an art as a science to consistently find the right mixture or price, design, and features.

24/7 Wall St. looked at a number of famous brands which have been among the most important in America.  We chose from this list ten brands which were highly regarded and to which millions of people had strong attachments. We then identified those which had fallen from the status of most loved brands to that of also-rans, if they were even still existing brands at all.

Here is the list of brands Americans no longer love:

1. Chrysler

2. Dell

3. Kmart

4. Firestone

5. Time Magazine

6. Timex

7. Maxwell House Coffee

8. Reebok

9. Merrill Lynch

10. MySpace

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Global 2010: 10 First-Date Fumbles

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Last month my friend Paul met an interesting woman, asked her to dinner, and thought it went superbly—until she turned him down for a second date. He couldn’t understand it: Hadn’t she been charmed by his “funny” stories about his ex? Uh-oh, I thought. He was Annoying First Date Guy, but didn’t know it. It happens at coffee houses, bars and restaurants every day—a guy with good intentions blows that crucial first date and has no idea why. Want to get clued in? Here are ten common pitfalls:

1. Going on a rant about a former significant other
2. Divulging too much personal information that’s not flattering
3. Making the date feel like a job interview
4. Having too much attitude
5. Admiring other women
6. Complaining about the venue
7. Arguing with your date
8. Eating your date’s dessert
9. Not walking her to safety at the end of the date
10. Saying “I’ll be in touch” after the date goes badly

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Global 2010: First-Date Blunders You Should Try to Break

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Bob, a marketing professional, contacted Beverly, an attorney, after he spotted her profile online. The two began an email relationship that went smashingly well. After a few weeks’ worth of email, they set up a first date at a local restaurant that was halfway between their respective homes in the Boston area.

The first date seemed to be going well, and Bob was barely able to finish his

Bob’s mistake? “I didn’t give her a chance to get a word in edgewise,” he admits. “I spent the entire date talking about myself.”

Doing all the talking is a classic example of how guys can screw up that exalted first date. “I blew it,” Bob says.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Follow these five simple tips and make sure you get that second date:

  1. Don’t brag 
  2. Don’t go on about your ex 
  3. Don’t force your faves on her 
  4. Don’t drop her off and scram 
  5. Don’t press for a goodnight kiss 

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Global 2010: 15 Ways To Dazzle On Your First Date

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Former Bachelor hottie Matt Grant (yes, he’s the British one!) knows a thing or two about women. Especially after his stint trying to date 25 of them at the same time — on television, no less. “When I was on the show The Bachelor, I remember how overwhelming it was to have 25 women with one objective — to win over ME — coming at me from the limos. Some definitely made a stronger impact than others. What things stood out to me, you

Here, Matt offers all you future “catches” his fresh-from-the-dating-field advice, divulging what really he’s found works when it comes to making your meet-and-greet time with someone new truly memorable. So, go on and snag that “first impression” rose… or, at least, a second date!

1. Don’t be more than five minutes late.
2. Watch your breath.
3. Speaking of breath, remember to B-R-E-A-T-H-E.
4. Turn that frown upside down.
5. Wear date-appropriate attire.
6. Listen up!
7. Don’t try too hard.
8. Watch the heavy makeup.
9. Tell your date about yourself but leave some mystery, too.
10. Maintain eye contact.
11. Watch the catty remarks about other women.
12. Keep your technology toys hidden.
13. Don’t talk about your last relationship.
14. Ask questions that show you’re interested.
15. Be diplomatic about the check.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Global 2010: 6 misunderstood first-date signs

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You’re on a first date, and it’s going horribly. Or is it? It turns out that it’s all a matter of perspective. The elements that are making your date a disaster could actually signal something much sweeter. Read on for the six signs that your doomed date is anything but.

1. Your date is not your type

2. Your date is super-nervous

3. Your date tells you there are other people in the picture

4. You argue

5. The date feels more like an interview

6. There’s no goodnight kiss

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Global 2010: Seven Witty Ways to Snag a Second Date

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The first date is only half the battle. When someone says “Sure!” to date #1 with you, he or she may not mean more than, “I should get out more — and my DVR will understand.” But saying yes to date #2? That could mean, “I should get out more — specifically, with you.”

So, how do you increase the odds of doubling your pleasure? Second dates depend on more than first impressions: they’re also about how you handle the

1. Borrow something simple
2. Follow up
3. Call it a night
4. Let your date pay for this one
5. Do what works — again
6. Tell the truth — some of it, anyway
7. Lean in for a... handshake

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Manila 2010: Pinoy grad student in US faces deportation

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With the US Senate failing to pass a bill that would have legalized the stay of alien students there, a Filipino graduate student who finished magna cum laude from Harvard University now faces deportation. Arrested for being an illegal alien, Mark Farrales, 31, is hoping two senators and a congressman – all from California – will co-sponsor a private bill that could grant him citizenship, or at least give him more time to seek other means to stay in America. A Los Angeles Times report early this week said Farrales was arrested at his residence in Reseda in Los Angeles by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The report quoted a US-ICE statement saying the immigration courts have “consistently held that Mr. Farrales does not have any legal basis to remain in the US." “He remains in ICE custody while the agency makes preparations to carry out the removal order," the ICE article added.

Farrales is currently detained at the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster. He would have been a beneficiary of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, a legislation that would have extended a path to citizenship to illegal and deportable alien students. The bill seeks to grant, among others, citizenship to foreign students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, who arrived in the US illegally as minors, and who have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. Under the bill, qualified alien students may earn conditional permanent residency if they complete two years in the military or two years of a four-year program in an institution of higher learning. But the bill, introduced in 2001 and has been re-introduced in the US Senate since then, was subjected to a vote last December 18 and fell five votes short of the required 60 (55 to 41).

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Manila 2010: No official event for PNoy on Christmas Day, just family time

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There will be no official event for President Benigno Aquino III on Christmas Day because he will be spending it entirely with his family, a Palace official said Friday.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ricky Carandang said Aquino won't attend a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) event, which the Palace had proposed to be part of the president's Christmas activities.

"Hindi na siya matutuloy... he's going to be spending the time with the Aquinos and the Cojuangcos, so wala na siyang official event," Carandang told Malacañang reporters in a phone-patch interview.

Carandang said Aquino, a 50-year-old bachelor, will also spend noche buena with his family, although the Palace official said he was not sure whether the president will spend the day with his maternal or paternal relatives.

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Manila 2010: Sunset wedding for Filipino celebrity couple

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The bride wore a flaming red gown, her signature colour, to her wedding.

Filipino singer-actress Regine Velasquez, who tied the knot Wednesday (December 22) with long-time boyfriend, singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, "derives power from that colour," her friend, fashion designer Rajo Laurel, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

The off-shoulder outfit was a creation of Monique Lhuiller, the US-based Filipino designer who has also designed gowns for Hollywood celebrities Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Stewart and Hillary Duff.

Alcasid's gray suit was by Filipino designer Randy Ortiz. "I have nothing against the barong Tagalog (traditional men's formal wear). It's just that parang mas pogi kasi ako (I look more dashing in a suit)," he told the Inquirer in a previous interview.

The ceremony was held at The Peak, Terrazas de Punta Fuego Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas province, about two hours outside Manila.

The wedding was set in time for the sunset. "A thousand butterflies were released while Regine was walking down the aisle. They all clung to her. It was an amazing sight," Laurel said. "Everyone cried when the couple exchanged their marriage vows."

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Global 2010: 10 Resolutions You Should Never Make

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Have you ever swore to lose 15 pounds, quit dating unavailable men, and take up a new hobby? This year, we advise against it.

1. Get Married by the End of the Year

2. Fit Into Your High School Jeans

3. Go Blonde (Or dye your hair the opposite color it is now)

4. Become famous Get-famous-fast options usually involve sacrificing your dignity and privacy. Forget the Jersey Shore, honing your talents and polishing your work performance will get you much further, and winning the respect of those you admire is more satisfying and graceful.

5. Buy a New Wardrobe

6. Stop Using Facebook

7. Cut Out Sugars and Starches – Completely

8. Win Back Your Ex

9. Start a Blog

10. Try to Change Him

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Global 2010: Top 10 Box Office Movies of 2010

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In 2010, talking toys, mad hatters and super-armored comic book heroes dominated the box office, with moviegoers ringing up over $10 billion in ticket sales. Here are the top ten highest grossing films at the domestic box office this year.

Domestic Total Gross: $176,591,618

Domestic Total Gross: $217,581,231

Domestic Total Gross: $238,395,990

Domestic Total Gross: $250,588,005

Domestic Total Gross: $274,392,000 (and counting)

Domestic Total Gross: $292,517,082

Domestic Total Gross: $300,531,751

Domestic Total Gross: $312,128,345

Domestic Total Gross: $334,191,110

Domestic Total Gross: $415,004,880

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Global 2010: Idaho State player's foul shot gets stuck on front rim

Gawrzydek's first foul shot bounces high off the back rim, deadens on the front rim and remains stationary there for almost two seconds before finally falling through the hoop to the disbelief of everyone in attendance. It hung on the front rim long enough that a Utah State player underneath the hoop actually had time to wave his arms in an effort to generate a strong enough breeze to blow the ball out of the cylinder.

"There's absolutely no reason the ball couldn't actually do that if all the conditions were right because you have two round surfaces," Fontanella said. "As long as the middle of the ball is directly above the middle of the rim, theoretically it can stay there as long as it likes until it's disturbed by something. Maybe the conditions were just right."

It's difficult for Fontanella to quantify how unlikely it is for a basketball to balance on the front rim for that long, but he said he's only seen anything like it a couple times before at most.

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Global 2010: Tools to melt the pounds off

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With a master’s degree in nutrition, focused in weight management, I know what you need to do to lose weight: Pay attention to portions. Plan healthy meals and snacks. Write down what you eat. Exercise. Effective, yes. But also booooooring. I’ll admit it. So why not just do the latest diet fad, the one that promises faster weight loss with less effort? Answer: The pounds will come creeping right back. The better solution is to embrace those arguably “tedious” diet rules and make them more fun and inspiring—and with cool, new tools.

Here’s what I mean:

Diet rule #1: Set goals.

Diet rule #2: Plan your meals.

Diet rule #3: Keep track.

Diet rule #4: Keep an eye on size.

Diet rule #5: Move more.

Diet rule #6: Get support.

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Global 2010: Top 10 Trailers of 2010

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The ten most popular videos nabbed nearly 80 million views. Many of the expected flicks featuring imperiled wizards and sparkly vampires and shiny superheroes made the list, but one movie about aging action stars also did remarkably well.

10) Thor

9) Sex and the City 2

8) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

7) Shrek Forever After

6) Toy Story 3

5) Alice In Wonderland

4) The Expendables

3) Iron Man 2

2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

1) The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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Manila 2010: Iloilo City adjudged 2010's best performing LGU

A street lined with colorful advertisement-ban...Image via WikipediaLOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines - The city of Iloilo has been adjudged best performing local government unit (LGU) in Western Visayas for 2010, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). "Finally, we won as best performing city in the 2010 Excellence in Administrative Award," enthused Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog who remarked that in contrast, the city only garnered minor awards last year. Iloilo City beat the cities of Passi, Roxas, Victorias, Bago, Cadiz, Kabankalan, and San Carlos in the same award. Mabilog added that the city government "diligently complied with DILG requirements," as provided for in the Local Government Code.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Global 2010: Year's Biggest Luxury Buys

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Billionaires spent record sums on a rare gem, truffles and one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

What's more extravagant than spending $330,000 on two white truffles, the pricey fungi popular with foodies around the world? Spending $330,000 on the mushrooms and then not even eating them. Billionaire Stanley Ho, the casino king of Macau, did just that at a London auction last month. According to a truffle expert, the large, aged Italian specimens Ho bought--"grand champions," in industry parlance--were not the sort you'd want to sprinkle on your risotto. "They're mostly or entirely unusable for culinary concerns," says Britt Bunyard, publisher of Fungi magazine. "They're over-mature, split open, and often have bad or decomposed parts. The truffle connoisseur would pass them over for younger, fresher ones."

Sales of luxury goods this year nearly reached the 2007 peak, at $235 billion, says a Bain consulting study. The ultrarich on Forbes' world billionaire lists did their part, splurging on art, jewelry, horses, even incense burners and truffles. Here are some of their most expensive purchases in 2010.

Steven Cohen
Art: $145.4 million

Mian Muhammad Mansha
Hotel: $85 to $95 million

Kelcy Warren
Ranch: $46.5 million

Laurence Graff
Diamond: $46 million

Carlos Slim
Mansion: $44 million

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Global 2010: Truth About Your Weight Gain

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Two out of three people in America today are either overweight or obese. That means every time you sit down in an airplane or a packed movie theater, more likely than not you’re going to wind up as the lean center of a fat sandwich. But as you look right and left and see nothing but heft, you can’t help but think, What happened?

How did we all get so darn fat?

Well, the simple answer is that we eat more calories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that American men eat 7 percent more calories than they did in 1971; American women eat a whopping 18 percent more—an additional 335 calories a day! But the harder question is this: Why do we eat so many more calories? Are we suddenly more gluttonous? Do we have some kind of collective death wish? Is the entire country hellbent on qualifying for the next season of Biggest Loser?

No. There’s an even crazier reason: It’s the food!

We’ve added extra calories to traditional foods, often in cheap, mass-produced vehicles like high fructose corn syrup. These new freak foods are designed not by chefs, but by lab technicians packing every morsel with maximum calories at minimum cost—with little or no regard to dietary impact. Indeed, Eat This, Not That! 2011 has uncovered the truth about some of your favorite fast food and grocery store items and how they're causing you to pack on unnecessary pounds. It’s enough to kill your appetite, which—in these cases, anyway—would be a good thing.


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Global 2010: Jobs You Can Do From the Beach

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It's that time of year again, a time for fir trees, twinkling lights -- and cursing yourself for not living in a warmer climate. So why not consider getting a job that you can do from the beach?

Not only are there a ton of tourism-related jobs you can do from the beach, but thanks to modern technology, anyone with a laptop and wireless Internet access can set up shop on the beach.

Real Estate Agent

At the beach: Of course you'll need to get licensed in that area, and you'll need to get up from your beach chair to show properties, but your cold calls and online listings could all be managed using a cell phone and laptop.


At the beach: The sun and crashing waves are a great way to clear and relax your mind, and get the creative juices flowing. If you have a laptop and a phone, you can do everything from research to calling consultants, writing out your business plan and figuring out a budget. Take the flip flops off for business meetings, though, OK?


At the beach: All you really need is your laptop. You can check company earnings statements and read up on the latest news about the company or fund -- everything you'll need to determine if it's a solid investment. Then, with your trading account, you can execute the trade and track its performance. When it comes right now to it, the only times you'd have to get up from your chair would be to get another drink or use the restroom!

Corporate Event or Wedding Planner

At the beach: You'll need an office, rather than a beach chair, as your home base for this job -- mainly to store files and product samples as well as to take meetings. But who says you can't have an office with a view of the beach? And stepping out for lunch just got a whole lot more interesting!

Vacation Home Caretaker

At the beach: This one isn't so much a job you do from the beach as a job you do from a luxurious beach HOUSE. Hey, if you're going to have to clean, shop and repair, might as well do it in style!

Data-Entry Clerk

At the beach: This may be one of those jobs that's better in an office overlooking the beach, since you may have a pile of papers or other material to be cross-referencing -- stuff you don't want blowing away!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Global 2010: Is It Time to Leave Your Job?

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It's the holiday season, when we start making lists of the gifts we want -- and of the pros and cons of the jobs we have. The end of one year and the start of a New Year is the time when just about everyone takes stock of where they are with their work, and whether they are where they expected to be.

So as you get ready to transition from your Christmas list to a wish list for your career, ask yourself these five questions about your company, your colleagues, and your personal game plan for what comes next.

1. Does my company stand for something -- anything -- special?

2. Am I excited to see my colleagues when I show up for work on Monday morning?

3. Do I have a voice at work -- does anyone who matters listen to what I say?

4. Am I learning as fast as the world is changing?

5. Am I making enough money?

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