Miss WuBringing new meaning to the phrase 'happy couple,' Chinese businessman Wu Duanbiao gave his daughter and her husband a dowry worth nearly $150 million in celebration of their wedding on Sunday, according to the South China Morning Post.
Wu, who is the chairman of the ceramics firm Fujian Wanli Group, gave his daughter and her new husband four boxes of gold jewelry, millions of dollars deposited into their bank account, donations to local charities in their names, shares in the ceramics firm, two cars, and "an impressive property portfolio." A spokesman for Wu's firm confirmed the dowry.
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The groom's finances have vastly improved since his marriage on Sunday. He only makes about $24,000 a year, and "gets his bread from the government," according to the Daily Mail. The bride and groom have known each other since they were in kindergarten.
Reports of the Wu dowry and photographs of the bounty were published by the South China Morning Post on Monday.
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- Jessica Ferri | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 2, 2013 1:34 PM EST
Miss WuBringing new meaning to the phrase 'happy couple,' Chinese businessman Wu Duanbiao gave his daughter and her husband a dowry worth nearly $150 million in celebration of their wedding on Sunday, according to the South China Morning Post.Read More »from $150 Million Dowry for Chinese Businessman’s Daughter
- Jessica Ferri | Work + Money – Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:24 PM EST
This letter was found in Halloween decorations purchased from KmartJulie Keith was unpacking some of last year's Halloween decorations when she stumbled upon an upsetting letter wedged into the packaging.Read More »from Letter from Chinese Laborer Pleading for Help Found in Halloween Decorations
Tucked in between two novelty headstones that she had purchased at Kmart, she found what appeared to be a letter from the Chinese laborer, who had made the decoration, pleading for help.
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The letter reads: "Sir, if you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever."
"I was so frustrated that this letter had been sitting in storage for over a year, that this person had written this plea for help and nothing had come of it." Julie Keith told Yahoo! Shine. "Then I was shocked. This person had probably risked their life to get this letter in this package."
The letter describes the conditions at the factory: "People who
- Jessica Ferri | Love + Sex – Fri, Dec 14, 2012 2:57 PM EST
The ever-evolving 'perfect man.'Have you ever looked back at an ex-boyfriend and asked, how did I ever date that person when we were so obviously incompatible?Read More »from Women’s Idea of the Perfect Man Changes Drastically as They Age, Survey Says
It's not necessarily that you were incompatible...then. According to a survey conducted by Match.com over the past year, your tastes have simply changed over the years.
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Men must possess certain qualities to be considered "the perfect man," and those parameters change drastically as women age. In the survey, called "The Ages of Man," what women want from their relationships with men is broken down according to age range.
"[The research] also disproves the notion that standards drop later in life, as women over 55 were shown to be most picky about who they date," a Match UK rep told Yahoo! Shine.
The results of the study are summarized below. You can see the full study results here.
Women's main concern in their late teens and early twenties is that their partner gets along with their friends. "47 percent said
Little Hashtag or Yoga?Over half-a-million parents shared their unusual name choices with Baby Center over the course of 2012, and the results are in.Read More »from Most Unusual Baby Names of 2012
In 2012, a baby was named "hashtag." Little Hashtag Jameson takes the best (or worst) social networking name title away from baby Facebook, who was born last year.
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Parents reported to Baby Center that the name's uniqueness was at the top of their list of concerns in choosing a name for their baby. They also seemed to hope for a fashionable and beautiful child, when it came to girls (though there's no excuse for "Thinn") or a weird, wacky or brand-affiliated child, when it came to boys.
Here are a few of the highlights from Baby Center's very strange list:
Fashion-conscious: Couture, Fedora
Rolling Stones fans: Jagger
Altered names: Joshitha
J-names: J'adore, Jazzy, Jeevika, Juju, Jury
Aspirational: Ace, Admire, Excel, Monalisa, Oasis, Queenie
Places: Americus, California, Zealand
Just plain weird: Inny,
- Jessica Ferri | Shine Food – Wed, Dec 12, 2012 3:21 PM EST
The family cookbook with grandma's notes covered in splatters from years in the kitchen could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the popularity of food blogs and cooking apps. But a new "DIY History" project through the University of Iowa hopes to bridge the two worlds. The university is scanning a 20,000-item collection of vintage recipes, and asking food-loving volunteers to help transcribe and tag them, making gems like the ones below searchable and accessible to the public.Read More »from Peek into Early American Kitchens with Iowa’s Recipe-rescue Project
Proceed with caution, however. These recipes might be a little trickier to execute than grandma's artichoke dip. It takes an adventurous chef to follow vague instructions from hundreds of years ago, before the modern oven was invented.
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Mrs. Samuel Leeds's recipe for 'Cold Slaugh' and ale From the cookbook and travel diary of Mrs. Samuel Leeds, a recipe for 'Cold Slaugh' is followed by a recipe for beer!
Cut your cabbage fine, make a regular drawn butter, then pour in some vinegar. When it boils beat up the yolks of two
- Jessica Ferri | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 12, 2012 12:46 PM EST
Long waits result in frustrated passengersAs we all know, air travel has become a nightmare, from long security lines to flight delays and it's only worse at the holidays. Though it's easy to blame the airlines for everything that goes wrong, the quality of passengers has also declined, according to a new tell-all book, "Tales from the Tarmac."
Self-published by Claudia Helena Oxee, "Tales from the Tarmac" has already received a good deal of publicity, with a write-up in the Los Angeles Times and PRNewser. Oxee worked in airline ground operations in major airports like JFK and for airlines like TWA and Pan Am for 16 years.
“Once, a passenger of considerable size, a bride, stampeded the gate area in her complete wedding gown attire, tiara and all,” Oxee writes. “After asking her to change into comfortable clothing for her overseas flight, she boldly refused and demanded an upgrade using locker room profanities.” Another passenger demanded a ticket to Germany in spite of the fact that heRead More »from Former Airline Employee Shares Rudest Passenger Behavior
- Jessica Ferri | How To – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 1:21 PM EST
The image as scanned by Photoshopped Disasters.File this ad in the vault of epic airbrushing fails.Read More »from Model Joan Smalls Sports a Weird Phantom Limb in New Gucci Ad
Model Joan Smalls appears to be sporting a strange extra limb in a campaign for Gucci's spring collection. The offending photograph was discovered in an issue of American Express Departures magazine by the watchdog website Photoshop Disasters, and it's certainly a sight to behold.
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At first glance, Smalls's good looks distract from her lower body, which is blocked by a snakeskin purse. But then, wait-what's that? Is that supposed to be her leg, under the purse?
"Women keep a lot of things in their purses, but their hips aren't one of them. I'll be the first to admit that I'm no expert on women's hips (having spent little to no time near them) but even I know that they tend to be somehow connected to an actual woman," wrote Bryce, at Photoshop Disasters. "One day, I hope to confirm this."
It appears that Smalls perched on the corner of the table with both legs pointed towards her right, then
- Jessica Ferri | At Home – Tue, Dec 11, 2012 12:55 PM EST
Though at first glance they may look like dollhouses, these photographs are actually miniature recreations of rooms from classic novels like Jane Eyre and The Awakening. In the nineteenth century women were confined to the home, literally and symbolically. They were expected to put their domestic roles as wives or mothers above all else, and female writers of the period reflected on that feeling of isolation in their work. Artist Julia Callon explores the concept of dangerous domesticity in this photo series that she calls "Houses of Fiction." In the first photograph, the private rooms of the heroines appear clean and tidy-but in the second photograph are destroyed by a malevolent force.
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- Jessica Ferri | Love + Sex – Mon, Dec 10, 2012 2:06 PM EST
Is 12-12-12 a lucky wedding date?Forget once in a lifetime: this year, thousands of couples are tying the knot on 12-12-12, a once in a century wedding date.Read More »from On 12-12-12 Thousands of Couples Will Head to the Altar
According to a survey by David's Bridal, approximately 7,500 brides will tie the knot on December 12, 2012. To put things in perspective, that's a 1,446 percent increase from last year's un-special 12-12-11.
What's in a wedding date?
The date is popular across the globe. French news agency the Agence France Presse reports that in Hong Kong nearly four times as many couples will be married on 12-12-12, as compared to last year, and in Singapore, 540 couples will be married on 12-12-12, eight times as many from the previous year.
Marry Abroad UK, a planning website for weddings abroad, told Yahoo! Shine it has received a 15-percent increase in inquiries about that date, despite the fact that it falls outside the traditional May to September wedding season. "The lucky couples who have succeeded in booking 12-12-12 will be amongst a very select few in the world,
- Jessica Ferri | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 7, 2012 2:07 PM EST
Cacia with her daughter before she began her diet.Cacia Griggs knew she had to do something about her obesity when she broke her daughter's bed while tucking her in one evening.Read More »from Mom Cacia Griggs Loses 112 Pounds: Inspired By Daughter
Since that horrible night one year ago, Griggs, 26, has lost 112 pounds and married her fiancé in a beautiful wedding dress with the help of a local weight center in Peterborough, England.
Her daughter, Isabelle, now four, noticed Griggs's incredible transformation. "She commented about how I didn't have a big belly anymore and she loved doing exercise with me," Griggs told Yahoo! Shine. "She was also great at reprimanding me when I tried to take something from her plate. She would say, 'mummy you're not allowed these, you'll get a big belly again!'
In fact, the major motivating factor for Griggs was concern for her daughter's future weight. After reading an article in the newspaper about how children of obese parents are more likely to be obese themselves, Griggs strengthened her resolve to lose weight. "It might as well have been written about me and my