Bob Maron, Watch Dealer to the Stars

By |May 25th, 2012|

Bob Maron walks onto the Sunland, California set of Anger Management, Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom for the FX network, like he owns the place. […]

“I’ll Trade You For Fake Boobs!”: Rise of the Barter Economy

By |April 26th, 2012|

When Toronto-based financial planner Shannon Simmons offered her expertise to a professional clown, it wasn’t exactly business as usual. Simmons advised her new client to switch from a “couch fund” to a high-interest-bearing account with limited market risk. And in exchange for her financial guidance, Simmons received… trapeze lessons.


Ship of Fools

By |February 23rd, 2012|

In early January, fans and owners of ETAP yachts, one of the most revered brands in modern watercraft, noticed something peculiar on the official ETAP Yachting website. […]

Great Moments in “Reply All”

By |January 20th, 2012|

Just like the separation between church and state, there is an implied separation between the corporate work environment and emails containing salacious personal information or off-color jokes. […]

Ambergris, Treasure of the Deep

By |January 13th, 2012|

Mandy Aftel, a Berkeley, California-based perfumist, is rarely at a loss for words when describing ambergris, one of the coveted ingredients she uses in her fragrances. “It’s beyond comprehension how beautiful it is,” she says. “It’s transformative. There’s a shimmering quality to it. It reflects light with its smell. It’s like an olfactory gemstone.” It’s a generous description for something that’s essentially dried whale dung.


How To Kiss Up To Your Chinese Boss

By |January 6th, 2012|

If you’re not working for the Chinese yet, you will be soon enough. […]

This Bud’s For You: The Marketing of Medical Marijuana

By |November 18th, 2011|

Attorney Joel Russman, a guest speaker at the 2011 HempCon medical marijuana convention in Denver — held during the first weekend of October — had some daunting advice for young entrepreneurs hoping to break into Colorado’s lucrative medical marijuana industry. […]

Rest in Peas: The Eco-friendly Funeral Industry Prepares For Its Moment in the Sun

By |November 9th, 2011|

Jeff Edwards, the owner and funeral director at Edwards Funeral Service in Columbus, Ohio, wants to make one thing perfectly clear. He isn’t flushing your grandmother down the toilet.


Child Bodybuilding: How Jacked Is Your Kid?

By |July 15th, 2011|

Unlike most 7-year-olds, Giuliano Stroe spends much of his playtime in his family’s Ciuresti (Romania) gym, lifting weights and toning his muscle-ripped prepubescent body. In one workout video recently posted on his popular YouTube page—Stroe’s videos have been viewed 13 million times—Giuliano benchpresses twice his body weight, flexes his biceps, and then growls at the camera like a cherubic Hulk Hogan. […]

Spray Tanning’s Golden Moment

By |June 16th, 2011|

Jimmy Coco is the first to admit that he has the best job in the world. When he shows up for work, he says, “Somebody’s getting naked, and it’s not going to be me.”


Ping-Pong Goes Corporate

By |May 9th, 2011|

During the late 1980s, Kim Gilbert was one of the top athletes in her field. Her winning streak included top prizes at the California State Open and Pacific Coast Open, U.S. Closed, as well as several gold, silver and bronze medals at the U.S. Olympic Festival. But then in 1992, she shattered her right arm in an accident and retired while still in her prime. […]

Southern Chic

By |April 25th, 2011|

When the defeated Confederate Army declared that “The South Will Rise Again,” they probably weren’t talking about New York Fashion Week. But that’s exactly what happened at last February’s annual trend-setting exhibition. […]

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