$200 Micro-Home

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If you’re interested in a tiny backyard studio, getaway, or even a place to live – but you don’t have the money to get started – take some notes from Derek Diedricksen. This builder has not only created a series of incredible tree houses, he has also proven that all you need to get started is $200, some reclaimed junk and a lot of ingenuity… These homes may be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the sleek, modern, architect-designed tiny houses that are a bit easier on the eyes, but they’re also as close to free as it gets.” w/ photos

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Doggie Driving School

“A charity in New Zealand is teaching rescued dogs how to drive a car. The canine driving school is aimed at proving how intelligent the animals can be. Monty the giant schnauzer is among the novice drivers who have learned to control the brakes, gears and steering wheel.” — palepupavankumar

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$40,500 Refrigerator

The fridge includes, in no particular order: a refrigerator compartment (derder!), freezer (surprise!), ice maker (get out!), dry storage pantry (yawn), coffee maker area (I’m asleep now), microwave (still snoozing), steam oven (snoring hard) and multi-function oven (farted and woke myself up). It can also be fitted with a flatscreen TV.” w/ photos

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Dog Ice Cream

“An ice cream van just for dogs is selling meat-flavored treats to pampered pooches. Named Phydough, it travels around baking hot Los Angeles, dishing out creamy ice treats to dogs only, really making it fido’s day. Ringing its bell like we all remember from childhood summers, Phydough serves up four flavors of ice cream and 10 different flavors of cookies to expectant pooches. Offering posh foie gras flavored ice cream and carrot honey and duck fat cookies. Phydough’s products are all edible to humans, despite not having a flake insight. Costing just around $1.50 scoop for the ice cream and just under $10 for 12 cookies Phydough’s products are all made from natural preservatives and from organic ingredients.” — barcroftmedia

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New York’s Real Life Female Superhero

“Risking her safety to help those in need, New York’s latest real life superhero ‘Prowler’ is a real life catwoman. Patrolling the mean streets of Manhattan, Prowler lends her help to New York City’s homeless, often well into the small hours of the morning. By day, Prowler is Nicole Abramovici, a 31 year old home clutter organizer, who tells very few people about her night time alter ego.” — barcroftmedia

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Face-Slapping Beauty Craze?

“A new beauty salon open in San Francisco features ‘the ancient Thai art of face slapping,’ which claims to reduce wrinkles and firm the face for $350. As AP’s Haven Daley reports, dermatologists are skeptical of those claims.” — AP

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World’s Most Expensive Cocktail

Mixologist Salvatore Calabrese claims to have set a new record for creating the most expensive cocktail in the world. The cocktail connoisseur mixed the luxury $5,500 concoction using 240-year-old ingredients dating back to before the French Revolution. He put a 1778 cognac, a 1770 liqueur, an 1860 Curaçao and bitters from 1900 into the drink at London’s Playboy Club. A bar spokesman said: ‘Earlier on today legendary mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, also known as The Maestro, broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive cocktail. ‘He created Salvatore’s Legacy, a classic blend of vintage ingredients, costing $5,500 a glass.’ Guinness officials are investigating to see if beats the current record, a cocktail costing $3,766.52 currently on sale in Dubai.” w/ photos

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New Vest Enables Hugs On Facebook

Scientists have invented a social media vest that enables people to give hugs to their friends, family and loved ones on Facebook. The Like-A-Hug inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the social networking site. The inventors say the sensation allows the wearer to ‘feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs’. Melissa Kit Chow, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, said: ‘The project was done as an exercise and exploration in shape display.” w/ photos

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