Strange Random Family Holiday Quote:
- Get your car serviced before paying for breakdown cover (confused.com)
- RAC Warns of New Year Breakdowns (prweb.com)
- Roads Look Rosy and Offer Cheap Alternative to Flying Abroad (prweb.com)
- Insurance Giant Aviva Sells RAC For £1bn (news.sky.com)
- Cutting corners on breakdown cover could cost you £172 (confused.com)
From Harrison Ford’s Big Apple penthouse to the late Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air estate, you can own a piece of A-list real estate as long as you’re able to pay the price. Celebrity homes are on the market all the time, with plenty to choose from, and compared to the recent rash of billionaire homes, they can be surprisingly affordable. Of course, some are still plenty expensive. Here is a look at some of the homes of the ultra-famous currently on the market, as listed by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, which posts famous and unique homes weekly.
The standout beauty of her era, Elizabeth Taylor became as famous for her string of failed marriages as for her amazing track record in film, and later, became a noted philanthropist and charity superstar. Her longtime Bel Air residence is on the market for the first time since she bought in 1981. The 1.3 acre lot overlooks LA, and has its own guard house fronting the driveway. The home is 7,000-square feet and has numerous suites and an open floorplan, along with a lovely pool of iridescent mosaic tile, with adjoining sauna and shower facilities. Grounds have extensive formal flowerbeds, a bamboo jungle, rose gardens and walking paths, plus a koi pond and greenhouse for cultivating orchids. A slice of Old Hollywood, yours for $8,600,000.
Strange Random Celebrity Quote:
“It stirs up envy, fame does. People feel fame gives them some kind of privilege to walk up to you and say anything to you – and it won’t hurt your feelings – like it’s happening to your clothing.” – Marilyn Monroe
- Elizabeth Taylor’s House Sells (huffingtonpost.com)
- Forbes Top 5 Highest Paid Actors [List] (radio923fm.radio.com)
- An Update on the Pending Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction (rubylane.com)
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp Top Highest-Paid Actors List (mtv.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor’s Bel Air Estate Sold, Sold, Sold (perezhilton.com)
- Do You Agree With Forbes’s Most Powerful Celebrities? (popsugar.com)
Our society doesn’t think much of the average consumer.
And yet manufacturers still go to laughable lengths to protect their customers from harm, bombarding them with ridiculous warning labels or stunningly obvious explanations of how their products work. Why else would a carton of eggs actually say that the product may contain eggs?
Strange Random Warning Quote:
Warning: Do not attempt to swallow (On a mattress)
- 10 Dumbest Mythological Creatures (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Dumbest Thing (fishofgold.wordpress.com)
- 10 Dumbest Celebrity Tattoos (socialitelife.com)
- What’s the dumbest car-related world record? [Video] (jalopnik.com)
- Explicit Everyday Product Labels – These Cigarette-Style Graphic Warnings Mock the Law (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
Here’s another of those Web 2.0 design sites to help you occupy a few boring moments or maybe even hours …
In the same way as many of its contemporaries, MakeRetro.com does one thing and one thing only, but does it remarkably well. Upload a photo or enter a link and then choose from a number of different effects which can be combined to create the perfect imperfect picture, so to speak.
If the options seem rather complicated, try the link at the bottom of the page that says “Chose (sic) an effect wizard” which brings up a very useful gallery showing you the combinations that were used on each photo.
So as usual, dive in, have fun and experiment!
Strange Random Retro Quote:
“There’s a sort of movement that says that when classics are bypassed, they can become cool again. That’s what’s happening to gin. It’s part of the whole retro cocktail culture.” – Richard Brandes
- Retro Snap: Want To See The Photo That Inspired This Painting? (thegloss.com)
- 3 Hipstamatic-Equivalent Android Apps For Retro Photo Effects (makeuseof.com)
- Righteous Retro Workout: Trampoline (fitsugar.com)
- Retro-Tech (whatdidyoudoforsummer.wordpress.com)
- Retro Snap: Guess How Old Audrey Hepburn Is In This Photo (thegloss.com)
- Do You Own Any Retro Appliances? (casasugar.com)
Reuters – Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, has suggested that owners of mobile phones which ring during concerts should pay a fine. Speaking to the BBC, he described the problem as becoming so common that it was “a plague.” “I would just love to see something where people would be fined … and that the money went to the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund,” he told the BBC. Davies said he was “really upset” when two concerts he attended recently were interrupted by phones ringing.
Strange Random Annoyance Quote:
- ‘More drivers using mobile phones’ (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Recycle Your Old Mobiles With First National (firstnationalnews.com)
- Orange T-shirt recharges mobile phones at Glastonbury Festival (textually.org)
- T-shirts that charge phones will be tested at Glastonbury Festival (theinformativereport.com)
- Old scam pushing all the right buttons (theage.com.au)
- Indian Man Electrocuted While Using Mobile Phone (textually.org)
- Inequality? (aidtwenty.wordpress.com)