Bagatelle, a restaurant in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, will add this $1,000 ice-cream sundae to its menu next month. According to a press release, the sundae includes vanilla ice cream, chocolate truffles, French macarons and chocolate vodka sauce, along with a Dom Perignon Rose sorbet with gold leaves and “gilded brownies.” The price includes a ring from Mauboussin made of gold and steel worth $530, putting the price of the sundae itself around $470.

“In order to gain and hold the esteem of men, it is not sufficient merely to possess wealth or power,” as Thorstein Veblen wrote around a century ago. “The wealth or power must be put in evidence, for esteem is awarded only on evidence.”

Bagatelle’s will be the second $1,000 sundae available in Manhattan, according to Eater. Even if you estimate the price of this one at $470 rather than $1,000, it’s fair to assume it will raise the average price of a sundae in Manhattan by several percentage points. This is the kind of increase in price you’d expect if there were a shortage of opportunities for profitable investment, leading holders of capital with nothing to spend their money on except for ice cream sundaes. It’s an illustration of why even very low interest rates might be inadequate to stimulate demand in an economy with an especially unequal distribution of wealth, which is a very troubling possibility for economists such as Larry Summers. Bagatelle’s other desserts cost $10 each, but instead of selling one dessert each to 47 more customers, Bagatelle hopes, as the recovery progresses, to sell one $470 sundae to one very wealthy customer. Since producing the more expensive sundae probably does not require 47 times more work, it’s easy to see how prices might increase even as unemployment persists in a lasting economic malaise.

The image above is courtesy of Bagatelle. Click below for an essay in Vanity Fair on the new age of excess in New York.

Read more: http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/this-ice-cream-sundae-with-gilded-brownies-costs-1000/

Virgin Atlantic has a new 787 plane. In order to christen it, the airline held a banging party on the plane.

Rudimental and Gorgon City played music at the party, and the whole thing was live-streamed.

The party in the skies took place at 35,000 feet above the ground on a flight from London to Atlanta.

It looks like a pretty excellent party. I might even risk getting Ebola in order to party on a plane like this. Probably not, though.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/virgin-atlantic-plane-party-video/812839/

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Your next smartphone may very well be able to bend in half — if LG’s technology ever comes to market, that is. Following news that both Samsung and LG are preparing smartphones with curved displays, LG has announced that it is developing flexible batteries that could make their devices virtually bendable.

LG has recently started production of what it calls “cable batteries,” which are flexible, wearable batteries that utilize low electricity and are waterproof, according to an LG news release issued through the Korean Newswire. Their durability, energy efficiency and flexible form factor make them an attractive option for upcoming wearable devices, and LG claims that they can even be tied into a knot.

This isn’t likely to be the battery that ends up in LG’s alleged G Flex curved display phone, however. The Korea-based company has another component called the curved battery that is optimized for devices with curved displays, and LG says that will power its next generation of mobile devices.

LG has already been implementing non-traditional battery design into its current products, such as the “stepped battery” form factor that is present in devices such as the G2. This type of battery refers to a design that stacks two batteries on top of one another, creating what looks like a step. This method is said to take full advantage of a mobile device’s internal space, allowing for more battery without compromising its design.

That could explain why the G2 lasted longer than most phones during the LAPTOP Battery Test, which consists of continuously surfing the Web over LTE with the display brightness set to 40%. The T-Mobile G2 lasted for an astounding 13 hours during that test, which is longer than any phone we’ve ever tested.

The introduction of flexible batteries marks a rather significant breakthrough in the future of both smartphones and wearable devices. Although companies such as Samsung have been flaunting bendable displays since CES 2102, the prospect of flexible gadgets had seemed far-fetched because of necessary internals, such as batteries, that couldn’t be bent until now.

Both Samsung and LG are rumored to unveil the world’s first commercially available smartphones with curved displays sometime this month, which would mean that these gadgets would have virtually unbreakable displays. The touch screens on these devices would be made of plastic and would use flexible properties to keep them from breaking, but the displays themselves won’t be bendable.

It’s clear that LG built its latest flagship phone to last. If its blazing fast Snapdragon 800 processor wasn’t enough, the G2’s 3,000 mAh battery lasted a record-setting 13 hours and 44 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test. The AT&T version lasted 10 hours and 42 minutes, while the Verizon model lasted 9 hours and 14 minutes. All of these runtimes are great. While the back-mounted power and volume keys aren’t for everyone, overall the G2 is a formidable Android phone that’s built to go the distance.

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This article originally published at LAPTOP Magazine
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/10/08/lg-bendable-batteries/

I love acronyms and here are a few for today!

Positive Energy – Fuels The Spirit – Enhances Business
Unconditional Love – Lead with firm compassion and understanding
Skill – Always grow to be the Best Of The Greatest
Help – If you help enough others get what they want you will get what you want – Zig Ziglar

Mechanic – Get the best, Tools, People, Assets
Operations – Good Systems and Procedures Make for Good business
Research – Know your product and Market – Who What When Where Why and How
Expansion – Growth = Success = Profit

Faithful                                                     Get
Reliable                                                     Our
Independent                                             Actions
Enterprising                                              Linked to
Noble                                                         Success
Dependable
Supportive

Yes                          No is—–              Not
Expansion                                            Optional!
Succeeds

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Starting a business is not for everyone. You need a strong constitution and the ability to face failure. Because if statistics are any guide, you will likely fail.

But the web makes it easier for first-time entrepreneurs to tap into that spirit of risk. What do these go-getters have in common? They likely started a “business” in childhood (a lemonade stand, a paper route, etc.). They’ve likely used their own money to fund their dreams (and are likely to have maxed-out credit cards, as a result). And they are less averse to risk than the average human.

Check out this video by OnlineMBA.com for insight into the mind of the entrepreneur.

Thumbnail image courtesy of iStockphoto, morganl

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/30/entrepreneur-video/

Jimmy Fallon Plays Beer Hockey With Drake

Jimmy Fallon loves nothing more than playing games with his celebrity guests.

This time, Jimmy played a new game with musician Drake called Beer Hockey

“It’s the perfect combination of beer pong and air hockey.” 

Coming to a college party near you.

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/01/17/jimmy-fallon-plays-beer-hockey-with-drake/

One Chinese man – Zhang Biqing – let nothing stop him from building his idyllic mountain retreat, not even government safety regulations or the concerns of his neighbors. Biqing, a successful practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, spent six years piling rocks and plants into and around his penthouse on the 1000-square-meter roof of a 26-story apartment building in Beijing. [Read more…]

With gardens and open terraces, Biqing has converted the rooftop property into a picturesque mountain resort. His neighbors don’t see it that way, however. They have complained about noisy construction and leaking cracks in the ceiling, and some residents even fear that the makeshift mountain has compromised the apartment building’s structural integrity. Others have complained of receiving threats or physical abuse from Biqing. Local planning officials have given him 15 days to either remove the structure or prove that it is legal, or else they will remove it by force.

Biqing certainly could have gone about things in a nicer way, but I can’t blame the guy for wanting to live in a mountain penthouse.

Source: South China Morning Post (via)

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Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/illegal-mountain-villa-atop-26-story-building-beijing/

This was the only reason to go to McDonald’s.

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25. Tinosaurs (1986)

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Cute and colorful, these PVC dinosaurs (and cave people?) were a little different than your average Happy Meal toy as they were not a tie-in product for a TV show or movie.

24. Popoids (1984)

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These toys were just a series of stretchy and bendy tubes that basically allowed you to create a either a spider or an octopus. Although since the tubes had the consistency of a Squeezit bottle, you had to be careful not to stretch them too far for fear of ripping.

23. Ronald McDonald Cloth Doll (1984)

Ronald McDonald Cloth Doll (1984)

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A favorite since the 1970s, this toy was reintroduced in the 1980s to terrify a new generation of kids.

22. Halloween Pails (1985)

Halloween Pails (1985)

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Sure, these were the suckiest things you could use to carry on candy on Halloween night; the handle would usually painfully lodge itself deep into your hand under the weight of the candy — that is if it didn’t pop off. But since the pails had cool designs and were from McDonald’s, they were an ’80s kids essential.

21. Mickey’s Birthdayland Race Cars (1989)

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In honor of Mickey’s 60th birthday, Disney and McDonald’s partnered up to release these awesome little pullback racers, which, bonus, also came with a box you could turn into a tunnel.

20. Stompers 4×4 (1986)

Stompers 4x4 (1986)

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What made these so special you ask? Well, unlike regular cars or pull racers, these bad boys ran on their own power, or an AA battery to be exact. So all you had to do was sit back and watch it drive in a straight-ish line before crashing into a wall.

19. Cinderella’s Jaq and Gus Plush Christmas Ornaments (1987)

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OK, so technically not a toy, but these mice were too cool to just hang on the Christmas tree. Also, I’m sure pretty sure they never really released Jaq, ‘cause I was stuck with, like, six Gus ornaments.

18. Astrosniks (1984)

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These toys made the perfect villains for your Smurf figures.

17. Hot Wheels (1983)

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What’s better than a Hot Wheels car? A free one with your meal! You could NEVER have enough Hot Wheels.

16. Playmobil Figures (1982)

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Playmobil figures were usually the toys that rich kids played with, so getting one from McDonalds was like winning the lotto.

15. Fry Kids (1989)

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These were exceptionally detailed for fast-food toys. They also didn’t look as much like fries as they did colorful mops.

14. Kissyfur (1987)

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Mickey D’s was the only place you could get toys from this seriously underrated cartoon.

13. Bambi Figurines (1988)

Bambi Figurines (1988)

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These toys were not only well made, but they also had various moving parts that made them infinitely posable. They also happened to have that distinct plastic smell that would never go away.

12. Berenstain Bears (1986)

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Sure they got super dirty after the first time you played with them — thanks to their felt head and hands — but they were awesome and came with their own cool accessory. Also these things should’ve come with a warning that they were not meant for bath time.

11. McDonald’s Pullback Race Cars (1985)

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What made these so special? First, they were perfectly sized and could easily fit into a child’s pocket. Second, their McDonald’s theme told all the other kids on the playground, “Yeah, my parents love and indulge me enough that they got me a Happy Meal.”

10. DuckTales Figures (1988)

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DuckTales was the must-see late ’80s cartoon and these Happy Meal toys were an essential. Just looking at them makes me want to break out into the theme song (woo-oo!).

9. Garfield Vehicles (1989)

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In the ’80s Garfield — thanks in large part to his Saturday morning cartoon Garfield and Friends — was actually really cool and kids wanted to play with his toys. Although he is bit more active in these figures than he was on the show (or the comic).

8. Mac Tonight “Moon Man” Figures (1988)

Mac Tonight "Moon Man" Figures (1988)

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Let’s be honest, Mac Tonight was creepy as fuck! But these toys helped make him a little more bearable.

7. Oliver & Company (1988)

Oliver & Company (1988)

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Was there anything greater than a Happy Meal Disney film tie-in? NOPE. These were made even more special because they weren’t just ordinary Happy Meal figures, oh no, these were finger puppets.

6. Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers Cars (1989)

Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Cars (1989)

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Seriously, these things were great, not only were they cars, BUT you could interchange the parts (giving you hours of endless entertainment). The only thing that would have made them perfect was if you could actually pull the figures out.

5. McNugget Buddies (1988)

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Where do I even begin? These things were awesome for various reasons. First, they were super unique. Second, they came with interchangeable accessories. Third, and most importantly, they were CHICKEN MCNUGGETS and every kid loved McNuggets.

4. The Little Mermaid (1989)

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These were the most EPIC bath time toys you could ever have. I mean, where else could you truly recreate Ariel’s adventures?

3. Fraggle Rock (1988)

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Every ’80s kid owned at least one of these. While Gobo might have been the most prized toy, it certainly wasn’t the best. That honor went to Wimbly, who also came with a Boober figure attached.

2. Muppet Babies (1987)

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These were amazing. First and foremost, they were toys associated with the greatest cartoon of all time. Secondly, they not only came with their own cars, but you could actually pull the figures out and switch them around.

1. Changeables (1987)

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Seriously, what kid didn’t want to play with food that turned into a robot? Yes, they were essentially Transformer knockoffs, but they’re still the coolest and most epic toy line McDonald’s has ever released.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/the-25-greatest-happy-meal-toys-of-the-80s

Shrouded in mystery, ninjas have almost become more of an idea than an actual warrior. Hundreds of years ago though, in feudal Japan, ninjas were very active and very real. Not always good guys, not always bad guys, they were somewhat of a mercenary group carrying out assassinations and espionage for the highest bidder. Today, much of what we know about them is in fact little more than legend. If you’re not up to date, however, allow us to enlighten you. Here are 25 things you didn’t know about ninjas.

25. Ninjas tell time like bosses

Apart from the obvious skill of using the stars to tell time, apparently ninjas believed that the eyes of a cat are super sensitive. In fact, they believed them to be so sensitive that the cat’s eyes would reflect the movement of the sun and allow them to tell what time of the day it was. Of course just looking at the sun would be simpler, but would it be as cool?

24. Ninjas don’t get lost

In some ways ninjas are like boy scouts, they use seemingly useless things like tree stumps and Spanish moss to figure out other seemingly useless things like which way north is. Thus they can always figure out where they are at.

23. Ninjas rest on top of trees

There’s not much to really say about this one. They’re ninjas. It’s what they do.

22. Ninjas are survivalists

Trained since birth to survive on nothing but the skin of their teeth, ninjas know which berries are edible and they can find water by observing crazy things like ant behavior.

21. Ninjas carry crickets in their pocket

What better way to cover your already muffled footsteps than having a box of crickets chirping away in your pocket? In feudal Japan, those annoying insects were everywhere so they made for an assassin’s best friend.

20. Ninjas don’t fight dirty

For being trained assassins, ninjas follow a very serious set of rules. For example, a group of ninjas would never gang up on their victim but rather fight one at a time in order to maintain honor…and not get made fun of by other ninjas for being a wimp.

19. Ninjas take training seriously

When training, ninjas group off into different colors. A ninja has to stay with his color at all times otherwise they get kicked repeatedly as punishment. If you think that’s unnecessary, consider that they must always wear their tabi boots, even when they are sleeping.

18. Ninjas carry cooler weapons than the shuriken

Aside from the usual four-pointed stars and arrows dipped in poison, ninjas use some other pretty crazy stuff too. The ‘ashiko’ are spiked claws that can be worn on the feet and are used to climb faster and deliver deadly kicks while the ‘bo’ is a staff made from bamboo or hardwood which can be used to launch a poison-tipped dart or even a small knife.

17. Ninjas don’t make noise when they walk

Ninjas are like noise black holes. In fact, some say that the quieter your surroundings get the more ninjas are present.

16. Ninjas use poison…a lot

It shouldn’t be surprising considering their job description but ninjas are like the MacGyvers of poison. They could figure out a way to get something poisonous out of an apple peel if they had to. That may be a slight exaggeration but you get the point.

15. Ninjas wear black (usually)

Ok, so you knew that, but did you know that the uniform they wear is called ashinobi shozoko?

14. Ninjas make signs with their hands

They believed that making various signs with their hands allowed them to channel energy, kind of like gang signs -ninja style.

13. Ninjas use fake footprints

In order to avoid detection, ninjas would actually attach “ashiaro”, or fake footprints” to their boots that would make people think they were a small child or elderly person.

12. Ninjas invented their own flashlight

Well, it was really just a candle but they covered it up and cut a slit in one end of the covering in order to let out a beam of light that they could control. Apparently they were ahead of their time in illumination technology.

11. Ninjas always know where north is

We’ve been over this already, but it’s just that important. Theyalwaysknow where north is. They could find it blindfolded upside down on a spaceship spinning out of control.

10. Ninjas like to surf

Ok, not really, but they do have some pretty cool ways of getting across bodies of water using various inflatable raft and shoe type devices.

9. Ninjas use everything they have

Ifthey don’t have it, they improvise. In fact, almost everything they carry can either be used to survive something or to kill somebody-usually both.

8. Ninjas carry bombs

No, not like terrorists. Think Batman. They’re more like flash bangs that distract their enemies while the ninja disappears into thin air.

7. Ninjas are feared for their powers

It’s all smoke and mirrors, but if you have enough smoke you can make people believe anything, including the fact that you can disappear.

6. Sometimes girls are ninjas

Known as “kunoichi” these female ninjas were often employed for their murderous charm. They would get close with their enemies and then destroy them ninja style.

5. Ninjas had clan leaders

As you know, groups of ninjas were called clans. Each clan had a leader and that leader was often the source of numerous legends and statues. Lots and lots of statues.

4. Ninja school today

Apparently ninjas still exist and if you feel like the traditional college path isn’t for you, heck, ninja assassin could be a viable option.

3. Ninjas were called Shinobi

Although you may know them as ninjas, their unfortunate victims knew them as the shinobi (the original pronunciation). The word basically means “to steal away”.

2. Samurais vs Ninjas

Whileboth were warriors of feudal Japan, samurais were noblemen who followed the Bushido code of fighting while ninjas were recruited from the lower socio-economic class. They also differed in their loyalties as samurais typically served the emperor while ninjas could be hired by anyone who needed their services.

1. Ninjas loved cookies

No, they didn’t have a sweet tooth but they did eat a lot of calorie rich cookies known as katayaki while they were traveling through the woods or searching for their victims. It was something like modern day power bars.

Read more: http://list25.com/25-things-you-didnt-know-about-ninjas/