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In Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book: $475K Perfume & More Ridiculous Things

In Neiman Marcus' Christmas Book: $475K Perfume & More Ridiculous Things

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further: For just $475,000, Neiman Marcus is offering the chance to design a perfume with an expert in Paris. Your fragrance will come in 14-karat gold bottles, the Dallas Morning News reports. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, perhaps one of the store’s other nine fantasy gifts, all part of this year’s exercise-in-extravagance Christmas Book, will. Read more on Newser…

Michael Phelps Charged With A DUI

Michael Phelps was charged early today with driving under the influence, reports TMZ, the second such charge the swimmer has faced in 10 years. Sources tell the site he was pulled over in his native Maryland, reportedly going 84mph in a 45mph zone, and that he “bombed” his field sobriety test and had a BAC nearly twice the legal limit. Read more on Newser…

The CIA Has Its Very Own Secretive Starbucks

The CIA Has It's Very Own Secretive Starbucks

There’s one Starbucks in the world where there’s zero chance that your name will be misspelled on a cup: the Starbucks tucked within the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va., a location plainly referred to as “Store Number 1″ on its receipts. No names grace the cups here, much to the frustration of one food services supervisor at the compound, who complains to the Washington Post that things might move faster if they did. And according to the paper, there’s quite the crowd to service: The location is described as one of America’s busiest Starbucks, with lines that can snake down the hallway. Read more on Newser…

Food Truck Sold Tacos With Side Of Meth: Authorities

Food Truck Sold Tacos With A Side Of Meth: Authorities

Tacos with a side of salsa, guac, and—meth? Seventeen members of an alleged international drug ring have been busted and indicted, the state’s attorney general’s office announced yesterday, revealing that one sales venue was a taco truck parked on the streets of Denver, the Denver Post reports. Read more on Newser…

Man Ordered To Pay $5K For Taking Woman’s Virginity

Man Ordered to Pay $5K for Taking Woman's Virginity

A Chinese woman’s virginity is worth $5,000, at least in this instance. A woman referred to only by her surname Chen was awarded that amount yesterday by a Chinese court after she sued a man she was dating (and later learned was married) for “violating her right to virginity.” She alleged that he pretended to be single, vowed to marry her, and bedded her, according to Shanghai media via AFP; one outlet goes so far as to specify that they consummated the relationship while on a trip to Singapore late last year.  The South China Morning Post reports “Li” ended things soon after the trip. Looking to talk to him, Chen went to his home in February and discovered his wife. The suit followed. Read more on Newser…

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Texting While Walking

Taking a cue from an American experiment, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. But it’s apparently intended to be ironic—to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while walking the street. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone. Read more on Newser…

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