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Before They Were World Leaders

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Think you have to be born into a life of power and wealth to earn a little prestige, think again.

Everybody has to start somewhere, and yes that includes the leaders of some of the most powerful countries in the world. So if you think your job flipping burgers isn't going anywhere, MSN Money has put together a list of former jobs of world leaders to prove you wrong.  read more »

Sign Spinning Championship

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Ever see those people on the corner spinning a sign; turns out their time might be worth more than minimum wage.

Last week more than 100 of the best sign spinners competed in Las Vegas for the title of world sign spinning champion. In multiple heats, with music blasting, competitors wowed the crowd with skills that included twirling a five pound sign with one hand, twirling while taking off a jacket and twirling while holding a handstand.

Clint Hartman is a sign spinner from Oregon. He says he thought this would be a temporary job but has now been spinning for more than twelve years. And when he's not on the corner bringing in the customers he is teaching his moves to other people at least once a week.  read more »

Concierge Medical Care

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Looking to raise a little money; why not give, in order to receive?

Aubrey Serfling is President and CEO of Eisenhower Medical Center, located in Rancho Mirage, California. Since coming aboard seventeen years ago Serfling has helped to bring in $615 million, mainly due to a unique method of fundraising.

“I think it is a creative way and it's probably one of the better ideas I've had. “

It's called 24/7 Major Donor Recognition. People who donate a minimum of $250,000 over five years receive instant care no matter the time of day for themselves, family and visiting friends.  read more »

Monopoly

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Monopoly is getting an upgrade, and some fan favorites aren't making the cut.

Monopoly was introduced in 1903 as a way to demonstrate that an economy which rewards wealth creation is better than one that promotes monopolies. In 1935 the game was published by Parker Brothers and is now distributed by Hasbro and licensed in more than 100 countries. Now the popular family game is undergoing some changes, and the fans are calling the shots.  read more »

Privacy Concerns

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You know your phone, computer and bank account are at danger of being hacked, but what about your child's favorite new toy?

A talking doll is being banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked and personal data revealed. The doll is called “Cayla” and the software inside her was created by U.S. company Genesis Toys. It allows the child to have conversations with the doll but officials say this could lead to privacy issues. Plus if your child likes to tell her doll personal information such as your phone number and address that could lead to identity theft and fraud.  read more »

Salary Negotiations

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Negotiating for a few extra dollars? Better choose your words carefully.

According to an article on Glassdoor, the key ingredient to a successful salary negotiation is communication. But instead of focusing on the things you should say, Glassdoor has the nine words and phrases you should avoid if you don't want to walk away empty handed.

For example, the phrase “I’m currently making.” In your interview you might be asked how much you make. Experts say answering this puts numbers on the table and makes it hard for you to negotiate later down the line. Instead, and this only works at a new job, say you aren't comfortable sharing your current salary. Tell them that you don't have a specific number in mind and that they know better what your experience can bring the company.  read more »

Pop Tart Cafe

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Listen up New Yorkers! A popular breakfast treat is trying out a few new forms.

Whether they might not like to admit people young and old are fans of Kellogg’s Pop Tarts; the frosted, fruit filled pastry that is good hot or cold, on the run or at the table and at any time of day.

For this weekend only Kellogg’s is turning its New York City eatery into a Pop Tarts cafe. Usually the Kellogg’s cafe, located on Broadway entices breakfast lovers with things such as updated cereal bowls, milk shakes and sundaes. All made from your favorite Kellogg’s brand cereals including Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops and Froot Loops.  read more »

Pay As You Go Medical Care

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Looking for good medical care? Why not pay as you go?

“It doesn't involve a lot of people but it does involve some and I expect the trend if anything will probably increase or even grow. “

Aubrey Serfling is President and CEO at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. A medical center where doctors have dropped out of traditional insurance plans including Medicare and operate in a cash pay environment. So you open your wallet and in return you receive high quality medical care whenever and how often you might need it. A trend popular with both patients and doctors.  read more »

Mend

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Going through a bad breakup? There's an app for that.

Anyone who has lost that special someone is familiar with the stages of grief; talking about it with everyone you know, checking your ex's social media status and going through tubs of ice cream. Now a former google employee named Ellen Huerta has created an app called Mend that is being pitched as a personal trainer for heartbreak.  read more »

Valentine's Day Spending

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Valentine's Day has come and gone and this year the celebration was a little bittersweet.

According to the National Retail Federation Valentine’s Day spending is expected to drop this year, 7.6% to just over $18 billion. A number helped along by the 9% of people who decided not to celebrate because of money or lack of a special someone. But when it comes to those of us who did dip into our wallet for our loved ones; department stores were the most popular destination with candy the most popular gift. Next up is greeting cards, an evening out, flowers and jewelry.  read more »