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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Morning Newsdome: To be rich and powerful

click to enlarge HILARY CLINTON: Listen to her, she's powerful
  • HILARY CLINTON: Listen to her, she's powerful

>> Those list-lovers at Forbes first named Hilary Clinton the 36th most powerful woman in the world in August, but just three short months later, she's now named the 17th most powerful person in the world. You're no one unless you're on a list. (Forbes)

>> If you lost your job in the economic downturn, you can always turn your diminished bank account into modern art: Andy Warhol's silk-screen painting "200 One Dollar Bills" sold for way over just $200. The seven-and-a-half-foot wide canvas, one of the artist's earliest works, sold for $43.8 million today, four times its estimated price. (Bloomberg)

>> With the money from your art auction, you can invest in real estate like this discounted beauty: Bernie Madoff's two homes in New York and Florida have been cut by as much as 10 percent after two months on the market and sale proceeds will help reimburse victims of his $65 billion scheme. His new jail cell is much more economical anyway. (Reuters)

>> Catholics usually dip their hands into holy water when entering and leaving the church, but many were becoming fearful of the tradition with swine flu on the rise. Enter the electronic holy water dispenser in the northern Italian town of Fornaci di Briosco that acts like an automatic soap dispenser of priest-blessed water. Catholics don't have to fear the swine flu any longer! (Reuters)

>> More than 7,000 Chinese women are applying for one of the 40 tickets to a version of Cinderella's ball where several male multi-millionaires are paying $5,400 to meet their future wife. If only this was in America--we could make a great reality TV special out of it. (Reuters)

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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