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- Kate Middleton's $35 Zara Necklace is (Unsurpringly) Sold Out
Another day, another company strikes gold thanks to Kate Middleton. A day after the Duchess of Cambridge wore a $35 sparkly, crystal bead Zara necklace to attend the premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" to honor the late Nelson Mandela, the necklace has sold out on Zara's website. Middleton paired the piece with a cream-colored Roland Mouret gown and wore her hair in a casual ponytail - a departure from the previous evening when she showed off a glittery tiara (a family heirloom valued at quite a bit more than $35) for an event at Buckingham palace. More on Yahoo Shine: Extra, Extra! Kate Middleton Has Gray Hair, Too
- Here's Why You Don't Have to Refrigerate Butter
You'll visit some homes where butter is left on the counter, while others would balk at ever leaving a dairy product outside of the refrigerator for long. Though, according John Bruhn, a dairy-foods specialist at the University of California at Davis: "Most butter contains added salt, which impedes the growth of spoilage bacteria." So, while butter will go bad, it happens much more slowly than with unfermented dairy products, such as milk. Unsalted butter takes about a week to spoil, but it contains enough natural salt to slow the growth of bacteria that causes spoiling.
- Trim the Treats: 7 Secretly Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes
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- Saudi Arabia now open to foreigners
Saudi Arabia launched a new tourist visa program this week that allows foreigners to visit the kingdom’s tourist and historical sites. Announced out of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities earlier this year, visitors are now able to apply for a tourist visa under the Extended Umrah Tourism Programme and stay in the country for up to 30 days. According to the Saudi Gazette, foreigners from 65 countries will be eligible for the new tourist visa. Saudi Arabia is home to two of the holiest mosques in Islam: Masjid al-Haram (also known as the Grand Mosque) in Mecca and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (also known as the Prophet’s Mosque) in Medina, home of Muhammad’s tomb.
- Takeout at Home: Pad Thai
- Forgotten change adds up at US airports
Travelers left behind a record $531,395.22 in loose change at security checkpoints in US airports in fiscal 2012, the Transportation Security Administration says. In a report to Congress, seen by the Washington Post, the TSA said more than $10,000 in change was forgotten at each of 13 major airports in such cities as New York, Dallas, Atlanta and San Francisco. Passengers at Miami International Airport, a prime gateway for Latin American travellers, left $39,613, more than at any other airport. Under US law, the TSA -- with a $7.6 billion budget for the fiscal 2012 year that ended September 30 -- is supposed to spend any loose change it finds on civil aviation security.
- Mexican Buñuelos Are a Cinnamon-Sugar Sensation
Buñuelos are one of the most popular desserts during the holidays in a Mexican household. These cinnamon-sugar crisps are usually given as gifts or made at parties as a tasty dessert to enjoy with a hot cup of champurrado. Anyone can make buñuelos this holiday season. All you need are four simple ingredients to make your Navidad extra special!