Chocolate Easter bunny costs $49K thanks to diamond eyes

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It took a master chocolatier, cocoa from Tanzania and two solitaire diamonds to create what’s being billed as the world’s most extravagant chocolate Easter bunny, worth $49,000 — or, the price of a high-end car.

imageThe specs are impressive: The bunny statuette measures 38 cm (about a foot tall) and weighs in at 5 kg (11 lbs) — about the weight of an average cat — equal to 548,000 calories.

But what makes this particular edible animal over the top is its eyes, a pair of 1.07-carat solitaire diamonds valued at more than $37,320.

Commissioned by British luxury retail site VeryFirstTo.com, the chocolate bunny was carved by pastry chef Martin Chiffers, former Chef Décor of Harrods in London, and took two days to complete.

Diamonds were supplied by 77 Diamonds in London, which claims to possess the largest selection of diamonds in the world.

It’s the latest outrageous stunt from VeryFirstTo, which has made a name for itself launching extravagant, jaw-dropping products and packages that border on the ridiculous.

Last Christmas, for example, the online retailer created a holiday hamper filled with a 200-year-old cognac, caviar, truffles, foie gras, and foie gras with truffles worth $134,650, and a Valentine’s Day dinner package prepared by a Michelin-starred chef went for for $99,300.

In the market for a diamond-studded bunny? Orders must be placed by March 28 at veryfirstto.com.

FINALLY: Synthetic Hair Octopus Hairpieces Now For Sale

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For the woman who has everything …. but this! Cute little octopuses that sit in your hair and will be sure to turn heads!

Per the woman making these: “Not much to see right now I’m afraid but I’ve got more materials ordered and will soon be making new colours! If you would like to commission a specific colour please send me a message!”

You can see more colours I’ve done (but aren’t limited to) in my gallery: http://deeed.deviantart.com/gallery/31695495/Wig-Styling

Mother forces her daughter to eat braised mice for breakfast (to give her a nutritious boost before work)

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A woman from south-east China has caused a heated online debate after posting a picture of her breakfast of braised mice, served up by her mother.

Mum Says Mice Good For Healthy HaiA resident of Fuzhou in Fujian Province, the woman, who is simply known as Miss Chen, said her mother insisted on her finishing a bowl of mice that morning before she rushed to work.

She said her mother believed she was looking jaded and the dish would help as it was ‘highly nutritious’, reported the People’s Daily Online.

Miss Chen said at first she thought they were braised rabbits. After realising they were mice, she refused to eat, but her mum pressured her to eat them all.

‘My mum said it was a great effort to pluck out all the hair from these mice,’ said Miss Chen. ‘She said it’s hard work.’

She ate all mice reluctantly with her eyes shut, and she said she felt sick all morning.

Chinese restaurant bans African customers. BTW, The Restaurant is in Kenya

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Kenyan officials have arrested the owner of a Chinese restaurant in Nairobi — after it stopped most Africans from entering after 5 p.m.

Even journalists from Kenya’s biggest newspaper, The Daily Nation, were turned away. “Only taxi drivers or Africans accompanied by Chinese, European or Indian patrons are allowed into the compound,” the article said.

The paper quoted restaurant manager Esther Zhao, saying that the “no Africans” policy was based on security concerns. “We don’t admit Africans that we don’t know because you never know who is Al-Shabaab and who isn’t,” she said in reference to the militant group that’s been active in Kenya and neighboring Somalia.

The issue sparked swift outrage in the Twittersphere under the hashtags #noblacksallowed and #racistrestaurant. Hours later, the restaurant’s owner was arrested for operating without a license.

Whatever ends up happening with this particular Chinese business in Kenya, the controversy highlights simmering tensions created by region’s growing economic interdependence with China. Keep in mind that between 1 million and 2 million Chinese people have moved to Africa in about the last 15 years.

“These are people from all walks of life, but mostly people from working classes to the lower middle classes of China,” says Howard French, author of the book, “China’s Second Continent.”

For the most part, French says these newcomers are, “people who have very little previous knowledge of, and certainly no previous experience of, Africa. And they come to Africa bringing a lot of … baggage of prejudice and stereotypes about the African continent.”

Chinese people living and working in Africa have a whole range of attitudes about the people and place, French points out. But there is also a sense of entitlement among many Chinese business people who have come to Africa.

“There’s a special irony here,” French says. China’s sense of its own history has placed great emphasis on the impact of Western imperialism on the Chinese motherland. It may be apocryphal, French says, but there is a well-known image from the era of high European colonial influence in China that began in the mid-19th century and lasted roughly a century. The image that has been played up in Chinese propaganda is that of a sign reading, ‘No Chinese or dogs allowed.’

“So, now you have the Chinese arriving in an African setting replicating to some extent the same sort of behavior, the same sort of attitudes,” French says.

For many Chinese business people, French says the allure of Africa is still strong. “There’s a whole lore in China, where Africa has attained this image of this El Dorado: a place [that] with very little experience and little capital, you can start up your own companies, you can attain land, you can engage very profitably in trade, you can strike it rich quickly.”

Man who spent two months in jail–before police discovered his shipment of ‘cocaine’ was actually soap–is awarded $5 an hour for his time

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A French businessman who spent two months in a Spanish prison before authorities discovered his shipment of “cocaine” was actually soap was awarded $9,172.

Man-gets-9172-for-jail-time-from-cocaine-soap-confusionJacques Benoit Fiocconi, a cosmetics entrepreneur from Corsica, was arrested in Catalonia, Spain, in November 2012 while driving a van loaded with soap. He was with his father, Laurent Fiocconi, a former drug trafficker with ties to infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

The 2,850 bars of soap had been purchased from a factory in Figueres, Spain, but a field test performed by a Spanish Civil Guard patrol tested positive for cocaine.

A December 14 report by the Spanish National Institute of Toxicology determined there was no cocaine in the soap shipment, but it was seven more weeks before a court accepted the report and freed Jacques Benoit Fiocconi.

Laurent Fiocconi remained in custody as part of a probe into alleged drug trafficking linked to French and Spanish criminal gangs.

Jacques Fiocconi sought $90,643 from the Ministry of Justice to cover financial losses and moral damages from his two months in jail, but the ministry ended up paying him only $9,172. The ministry said it paid a “standard rate” of $131 per day he spent behind bars.

Pro-tip: When running from law enforcement, do not send out social media messages pinpointing your location

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11058403_1545103592421849_7355833377099411272_nA Maine man who’d been wanted by police for several weeks made a couple of critical mistakes that led to his capture — he sent out social media messages pinpointing his location.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office had been looking for Christopher Wallace, of Fairfield, in connection with a burglary in January.

Police tell the Morning Sentinel that on Sunday night they received tips from people who said Wallace had posted on Snapchat that he had returned to his Fairfield home.

So, police went to the house.

While they were searching with permission of the resident, they were tipped off that Wallace had posted a new Snapchat message saying police were in the house looking for him and he was hiding in a cabinet. He was found in the cabinet.

Yoga instructor flashed, abused kids at bar mitzvah

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Scottsdale police have arrested a 32-year-old Yoga instructor on suspicion of multiple sex crimes after officers were told she reportedly performed oral sex on a 15-year-old boy last weekend during a bar mitzvah, according to a department spokesman.

635628860570446961-Lindsey-RadomskiLindsey Ann Radomski told authorities she was intoxicated and does not remember the alleged encounter with the boy, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a department spokesman.

Police said between 80 and 100 people were at the home near Via Linda and Shea Boulevard at the time of the party and that Radomski, who recently got breast implants, reportedly exposed them to several people at the party, Hoster said.

Guests told Radomski to “sleep it off” after she reportedly flashed adults and children near a backyard pool, Hoster said.

After the other adults had left the party of gone to sleep, police said Radomski invited seven boys into a room and let them touch and fondle her breasts.

The other boys then left the room and investigators said Radomski performed oral sex on a 15-year-old boy.

A mother of one of the boys called Radomski the next day and the yoga instructor said she remembered exposing her breasts at the party, but Radomski said she did not recall anything that took place in the room because she had been drinking, according to court records.

Radomski later told police it was possible that she had engaged in sexual activity with the boys in the room but also said alcohol clouded her memory, according to court documents.

Radomski was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor, Hoster said.

She was held on a $10,000 bond and will have to wear an electronic monitoring device if she is released from custody, according to court records.