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February 3, 2015

Hasbro Is Secretly Putting Real Money in Sets of Monopoly

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How do you get children to truly learn the value of a dollar? Give them real ones!

Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro has announced that it will be replacing the game’s fake money with real cash for at least 80 lucky buyers in France. Only one of those people will hit the major jackpot, which will see every single note replaced for real money – that means they’re in for a windfall of 20,580 euros.

“We wanted to do something unique,” said Florence Gaillard, brand manager at Hasbro France. “When we asked our French customers, they told us they wanted to find real money in their Monopoly boxes.”

To make sure no one knew which sets contained the real money, the operation was carried out in complete secret in the small town of Creutzwald before it was shipped out to France. Unfortunately, Hasbro noticed that the real money is slightly thicker than the fake money, causing the boxes to bulge a bit more than normal. “The difference is marginal, unless you turn up at the shop with precision scales,” said game aficionado Patrice Wimmer.

The 80 special sets are hidden within 30,000 boxes of different types of game – classic, junior, electronic and “vintage”, meaning you have a 1 in 375 chance of getting your hands on some real cash (if you’re in France).

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch May Become A Rehab Center for Sexually Abused Children

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is currently up for sale and is attracting a number of buyers who want to turn it into MJ museum of sorts, and also one buyer who has proposed to turn it into a facility specializing in the care of sexually abused children. The New York Daily Post have reported that the local businessman behind the rehab center plan has bid “in the neighborhood of $40 million”. Colony Capital, who seized the ranch in 2008, believe they can sell the estate for $75 million.

A source with direct knowledge of the sale process also said of the local businessman’s plans “his goal is for the place to be used to help children in a serene setting recover from the trauma of sex abuse. The plan is to have children come there for treatment, and they will also hire trained therapists who would help the victims through the use of equine-assisted therapy, which works to improve the kids’ self-esteem, and it helps them to become more outgoing.”

Michael Jackson was accused multiple times of luring kids to the ranch to molest them, but was found not guilty of all charges of sex abuse following a 14-week trial in 2005.

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February 2, 2015

Gorillaz Co-Founder Announces The Band’s Return

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Gorillaz co-founder Jamie Hewlett has announced that the cartoon band is getting back together, posting new artwork of “band members” Murdoc and Noodle on Instagram with one of the captions reading: “Yes, Gorillaz returns.”

There’s still been no official announcement from the entire band, which includes Blur frontman Damon Albarn, but it’s believed a new Gorillaz album can be expected sometime this year.

The last release from Gorillaz was their fifth album The Fall, which came out in 2011, but the band went on hiatus shortly after due to a disagreement between co-founders Albarn and Hewlett. It’s believed the two have now fully settled their differences.

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CREAM, A New Daytime Canteen in Shoreditch

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Opened in January 2015, CREAM is a modern, food-focused daytime canteen offering a bright, fresh alternative to eating out in East London. CREAM challenges people’s perspective of what a cafe should be, stepping away from the stale pastries on the bar, and moving towards an effortless, more formal high-quality service.

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CREAM presents a new menu daily, offering a range of ingredient-led breakfast and lunch options, high quality coffee, fresh juices and a fine selection of independent artisan drinks and products. Choice of ingredients and presentation for each dish is carefully considered – the food is visually beautiful using locally sourced, sustainable and organic produce where possible. Available to eat-in or take-away, dishes on the opening menu included slow cooked eggs & sprouts; rose poached plum yoghurt seeds & coconut; blood orange and bitter leaf salad; poached salmon, butterbeans and quick pickle; and hand chopped beef, sorrel, crispy onions and toast.

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January 30, 2015

Women of Sundance: Amy Berg’s “Prophet’s Prey”

In a male-dominated industry, it’s time for its female filmmakers to take the spotlight. This year, Limité is proud to honor some of the talented women directors of Sundance—with a voice all their own.

by Opal H. Bennett

Prophet’s Prey (photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. ©2015. All rights reserved.)

In April of 2008, Texas troopers raided the Yearning for Zion (YFZ) FLDS ranch near Eldorado, Texas. Responding to reports of extensive child sex abuse by Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs, agents initially removed hundreds of children from the compound. In Prophet’s Prey, director Amy Berg recounts the history of the Church, detailing how Jeffs, leader of its splinter fundamental branch, not only continued the practice of polygamy (no longer practiced by the main LDS sect),  but did so with girls as young as 12.

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Women of Sundance: Liz Garbus’s “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

In a male-dominated industry, it’s time for its female filmmakers to take the spotlight. This year, Limité is proud to honor some of the talented women directors of Sundance—with a voice all their own.

by Opal H. Bennett

What Happened, Miss Simone? (photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. ©2015. All rights reserved.)

The mercurial and legendary songstress and civil rights activist, Nina Simone, is newly illuminated in Liz Garbus’s latest documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?. The title asks the question devotees of Simone have posed about a career that never matched the grandeur of her voice. Working with the blessing of Simone’s estate, Garbus enjoyed unprecedented access to archival performances, recordings, and writings, and employing great attention to detail, she uncovers facets of Simone that were previously known only to a privileged few. On the night of the film’s premiere, Garbus told the audience she felt this was the film she’d been preparing to make from the beginning of her career. Her last film, Love, Marilyn (2012), a documentary featuring Marilyn Monroe’s lost letters, similarly provides new perspective on a figure about whom we thought we already knew all there was to know. But where Love, Marilyn presents actors’ performances of Monroe’s words, Miss Simone tells much of the songstress’s story through her own voice and words.

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January 29, 2015

The Brown TLV Hotel Partners with Kolbo for Design Gift Shop

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The Brown TLV hotel, a stylish boutique property in the heart of Tel Aviv’s cultural epicenter and the city’s only member of the Design Hotels, have partnered with KOLBO for an exclusive “KOLBOKOOL” design gift shop, an in-house gift shop featuring a diverse array of meticulously curated design, household, tech and clothing items from around the world, open now through April 20, 2015.

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The first-ever collaboration of its kind in Tel Aviv, the “KOLBOKOOL” gift shop brings forth a new selection of artisanal design products and accessories from Italy, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. to Israel’s micro-metropolis on the Mediterranean. Brands and items featured in the KOLBOKOOL pop-up shop include: FRENDSheadphones; Smart Turnout; Ozaki iPhone chargers;Fatboy animal sculptures; Safe-T matches; Izola bamboo toothbrushes and candles; XL Corks wine cork stools, and design-brain-games from Neo-Utility, among others.

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January 28, 2015

Travel the World on $50 a Day

A guide by travel expert Matt Kepnes shows you how to “travel cheaper, longer, smarter.”

by Leslie Long

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Matt Kepnes is originally from Boston. After a trip to Thailand in 2005 inspired him to travel more, he quite his job and set off around the world. He is still traveling and enjoys helping others do the same through his guides and his blog, nomadicmatt.com.

Ever entertain the idea of quitting your job and traveling the world for an extended period of time? Matt Kepnes of nomadicmatt.com has written a guide that’s not only informative, but inspiring, too. This wise and experienced traveler generously shares his secrets to living well on the road for less. But what most impressed me was his psychological advice about subjects I really haven’t seen addressed in other travel guides.

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INSA Creates the World’s Largest Animated Painting in Brazil

London based artist INSA has created the world’s largest animated painting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the help of some satellite photos and a load of people who contributed to painting a mural large enough to be clearly visible from space. Over four days a surface of 14,379m2 was painted four times under his instruction, to be ready for the satellite to pass overhead and capture an image each day.

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January 22, 2015

Bill Gates Speaks On Why He Turned To Philanthropy

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Bill Gates just reclaimed his top spot as the richest man in the world and put a large amount his  and his wife earnings to good use. By mid-2013, they had donated over $28 billion via their charitable foundation, more than $8 billion of which has been used to help improve global health.

Gates didn’t always feel so charitable though, so what turned him into the philanthropist he is today? “Hmm, which is more important, connectivity or malaria vaccine? If you think connectivity is the key thing, that’s great. I don’t,” he said after attempting to take modern technology to the developing world back in 1997. This is a subject he’s now expanded on in an interview with Charlie Rose:

“The idea that a computer was relevant to the problems they were dealing with, where getting enough food, having decent health, getting any electricity, a reasonable place to live, it was pretty clear to me that, hey, I love this computer, and I thought it was neat and kids should have access, but they had to rig up a special generator so I could do this one demo. And they borrowed this generator. It wasn’t going to be there when I left. So the idea that there was a hierarchy of needs. While still believing in digital empowerment, that was not at the top of the list. That was pretty eye-opening for me.”

So there you have it. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has now been helping people across the world for 15 years.

 

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