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Elon Musk’s hats are selling out faster than you can say ‘boring’

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Elon Musk is quite the hatter. 

Besides running a car company, a space company, a tunnel company and an AI company, he also managed to sell roughly $600,000 worth of hats, and the demand just keeps on rising. 

Musk’s Boring Company sold 30,000 hats adorned with the company logo since they launched in October, Musk tweeted Monday. Just a few weeks ago, Musk said the company has sold $300,000 worth of hats, meaning the sales have roughly doubled since that time. 

Over 30,000 hats sold!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017

If you order the $20 hat right now, you’ll likely get it in 3-4 weeks. But you might want to hurry, as Musk says the hats will be limited to 50,000 pieces only.  Read more…

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Weed and wine tours in California

With recreational use becoming legal in January 2018, visitors to the state can join trips matching cannabis with the more established grape-based legal high of the region

The wine was pale garnet, with notes of smoke and blackberry giving way to a lingering, slightly tart, finish. One sip sent my head spinning.

But then this particular vintage was more potent than your usual Californian red. The grenache, from Know Label wines in Arroyo Grande on the central coast, is infused with cannabis flowers.

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Santa on ‘Saturday Night Live’ has some thoughts about Roy Moore

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Christmastime is here. Happiness and cheer. And sexual harassment and assault and NFL anthem protests and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Everything in the news was coming out of Santa’s bag on tonight’s Saturday Night Live cold open, and if their questions were any indication, the kids are not all right.

Precious cherub No. 1 asked Santa (Kenan Thompson) for some toys, a laser tag game, the usual. Then he asked, “What did Al Franken do?”

Oh boy.

Santa punted, but the kid needed to know about Roy Moore. Whether he was on the Naughty List or the Nice List. Read more…

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La Paz, Bolivia guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

High in the Andes, Bolivia’s de facto capital is having a moment, thanks to local artists, chefs and cafe owners on a mission to breathe new life into the historic centre

There are few cities with such an extraordinary setting as lofty La Paz. At 3,640 metres above sea level, Bolivia’s de facto capital has serious altitude. Fly in and you’ll see the pancake-flat Altiplano (high plain) fall into a steep-sided bowl lined with a maze of adobe and red-brick buildings, which mix with modern skyscrapers at the base. And towering above it all is the jagged, glacier-topped Cordillera Real.

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Architecture

The polar bear in this video is dying from starvation. Fortunately, most aren’t…yet

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After landing on Baffin Island, Canada, wildlife photographer and environmental activist Paul Nicklen captured video of a frail polar bear — dying and foaming from the mouth — as the weak animal collapsed to the ground. The bear will soon be dead — if it isn’t already. 

On Dec. 5, Nicklen posted the grim video to his Instagram account, and since then, it’s been stirring  emotions around the web. Polar bears are, for better or worse, a symbolic species when it comes to global warming, and many are seeing this video as a new warning sign. 

Fortunately, however, the condition of this bear is not representative of most polar bear populations — at least not yet.  Read more…

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The Boot Inn, Repton, Derbyshire: hotel review

Ale fans will love this cosy, stylish pub with its own brewery in the heart of a curious little village – and the food’s quite something, too

South Derbyshire may not have the Peak District, its literary associations and country houses, but in one area of history it thoroughly beats north Derbyshire – beer.

Think hoppy beers were invented in Hackney in 2008? Think again. In the 1800s, the south Derbyshire and Staffordshire borderlands, and Burton upon Trent in particular, were the global epicentre of beer innovation. Burton’s strong, heavily hopped India pale ales were a sensation, a story you can explore at its National Brewery Centre.

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Architecture

Ambassador posts adorable proposal after marriage equality legalised in Australia

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Marriage equality is finally law in Australia, which means LGBTQ couples can start planning their weddings. Or in plenty of cases, start proposing.

As in the case of the Australian ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, who spared no time proposing to his longtime partner Thomas Marti on Thursday in Paris. 

The video was posted on Berne’s Twitter account mere hours after marriage equality was made legal in Australia.

“Now, as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn now. My turn to ratify my own relationship with my partner of 11 years Thomas. He is not aware of what I would like to do now,” Berne said in French. Read more…

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Marriage equality has finally become law in Australia, at last

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It was left to the last minute, but marriage equality is finally legal in Australia.

The country’s federal parliament passed legislation allowing LGBTQ couples to marry on Thursday, the last day for politicians to decide on laws like this before the summer break.

Marriage equality supporters gathered in front of Parliament House in Australia’s capital, Canberra, to be there for the historic decision.

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Travelling in the Andes: readers’ travel tips

From subtropical Colombia to Tierra del Fuego in the shadow of Antarctica, our tipsters have explored, eaten, slept and imbibed among these astonishing peaks

The Quilotoa Loop is a network of hiking paths connecting a series of indigenous Kichwa villages in the Ecuadorian Andes. Although challenging, the routes are not beyond novice trekkers. Winding through incredible valleys dotted with horses and llamas, the main loop culminates at beautiful Laguna de Quilotoa, set in the caldera of a long-extinct volcano. After two or three days’ hiking, it’s an astonishing and rewarding sight. Start your trip in the tiny village of Insinliví and you can enjoy a night of luxury before the hard work begins. Hostal Llullu Llama is one of the friendliest and best-equipped guesthouses in the Andes – there’s even a hot tub.
Dorm beds from $19, including breakfast and dinner, llullullama.com
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Architecture

These ‘Star Wars’ themed sex toys will make you feel a different kind of force

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So that new Star Wars flick is coming out soon, which means plenty of cross-promotion.

But we have a hunch the marketing types behind the franchise would’ve approved Star Toys, a series of sex toys that will leave you feeling a different kind of force, we guess.

It’s a new collection from Geeky Sex Toys from Brisbane, Australia, who were also behind the innocence-destroying Pokémoan series from last year.

Of course, Star Toys takes a bit of a darker turn, with a six-piece Dark Side Bondage Kit, which includes a familiar-looking Laser Sword Flogger and a Space Station Ball Gag.  Read more…

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Business

*Reduce Your Business Trip Pains With These 3 Tips – Singapore Edition

Prospective employees always associate business trips with a certain amount of romance. Jetting between countries on business class and staying in luxury hotels can indeed sound like a great way to spend your time. However, experienced business travelers know how misguided this can be. More often than not, fighting the jetlag, rushing between meetings and […]

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Architecture

Google debuts Google Go, its lightweight search for slow connections

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Google’s light search app for Android is here, called Google Go.

Like the Google app that you can already get on iOS and Google Play, Google Go will give you quick access to search, weather, and voice-activated functions.

But in order to stay light (at under 5MB per download), Google Go has opted to avoid the heavier Google app’s cards-based interface, and instead go with buttons that open into separate pages.

Google Go's interface

Google Go’s interface

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Google’s app may be targeted at slower connections in emerging markets, but that doesn’t mean users there need to go light on the multimedia.  Read more…

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Travel

Get a kick out of karate at Okinawa’s new fight club

With karate now included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, we check out a new complex dedicated to the martial art on Japan’s most southerly islands

Spinning, hissing, arms and legs pistoning: the 12 men are like steam locomotives. Karate master Morio Higaonna is supervising their training session. His attention turns to me. “It’s no good just watching,” he says. “You have to take part.” Higaonna takes one of my hands and interlaces his fingers with mine in what would be, in other contexts, an intimate clasp. There is a pause before, with shocking rapidity, he pulls my fingers up and back. I swear loudly and flap my hand to relieve the pain.

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Top 10 affordable spas, bath houses and hammams in Europe

Plunge into a world of soothing saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms with our pick of hot spots with character but without the whopping spa resort prices

Rejuvenate before you de-juvenate in Europe’s clubbing capital with a trip to Liquidrom, a much-loved spa in the trendy Kreuzberg neighbourhood that offers a chic-luxury experience for a fraction of the price you’d expect. The centrepiece of this urban bath house is a large salt-water pool in a dimly lit room with a domed roof; the salt density is high enough to make floating easy, while piped chillout muzak encourages a total trance-out. Elsewhere, there’s a range of saunas and steam rooms – including a Himalayan salt sauna and an outdoor pool where you can enjoy a drink in the crisp Berlin air.
• From €19.50 for two hours’ sauna and thermal bath, liquidrom-berlin.de

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Great Scott: walking Scotland’s Rob Roy Way

Sir Walter Scott’s account of the lawless life of Rob Roy was published 200 years ago. And today, hikers can follow in his cattle-rustling footsteps on a footpath across central Scotland

Hero, thief, extortioner, loyal Jacobite, traitor or Scotland’s very own Robin Hood. Any of these epithets can be used to describe Rob Roy MacGregor, and will at least be partly true. The outlaw, whose fame was sealed 200 years ago this New Year’s Eve with the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s fictionalised account of episodes from his life, is one of history’s true enigmas.

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Architecture

Mariah Carey appears to be sitting on an invisible chair and clearly has special powers

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At Christmas time Mariah Carey, who is very festive, gains special powers, because she is the Christmas Queen.

Fans shared a video of Mariah signing autographs in the middle of her show earlier this week, which is honestly a very weird thing to do, and likely messes with the entire flow of the whole thing. Anyway, Mariah appears to be sitting on a small stool or chair during the impromptu signing, but right before the clip ends, she stands, and there is NOTHING behind her for support.

.@MariahCarey stopped her concert last night to sign autographs to a few lambs 💕 pic.twitter.com/9c7GAyLtA0

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Entertainment

What I Learned About Traveling Solo 2.0

Here at Preen, we’re fully aware that adult life doesn’t always go as smoothly (and look as beautiful) as curated Instagram feeds. We all face challenges amidst all the good things. Meet Mikka Wee, a former food editor-turned-working gal in Singapore, who’s about to share all the ups and downs that come with adulting and living. […]

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Frankfurt city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Goldman Sachs’s CEO tweeted that he’ll be spending more time in the city after Brexit. He won’t be the only one. We asked a local journalist to show us around

As someone who grew up in this city, I’m familiar with what you think you know about it: it’s dull, it’s cold, everybody talks about money, there is no subculture, no real nightlife, and why aren’t you in Berlin already?

Let me stop you there. First, we are a good-humoured, friendly bunch, who are interested in getting things done without being pretentious about it. That’s why there are always new places popping up. The Museum of Romanticism is being built right next to the poet Goethe’s birthplace and is due to open in early 2020. The Altstadt, the old town destroyed in the second world war, is being reconstructed – not as a Disney fantasy but as a modern version of its former self.

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