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Starving monkey ‘gangs’ battle in Thailand as coronavirus keeps tourists away

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Starving monkey ‘gangs’ battle in Thailand as coronavirus keeps tourists away

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11 Most Isolated Places at the End of the Earth

11 Most Isolated Places at the End of the Earth

1. Palmerston Island

Palmerston Island is located 2,000 miles northwest of New Zealand. The scenic white sand destination is home to 62 people, 59 of whom are direct descendants of a man named William Marsters, who settled the place. There are no shops or markets on Palmerston because the community does not use money except to purchase supplies from the outside world. Palmerston is typically visited by a supply ship twice a year, but it is not uncommon for residents to go up to 18 months without a shipment.

As long as you can hack the 8-day boat voyage from Tahiti, residents are very welcoming of visitors and invite them to stay in their personal homes. You won’t be roughing it completely – there are two telephones on the island, as well as 6 hours per day of electricity and 4 hours of internet access.

2. Supai Village, Arizona

Despite the fact that the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited locations in the United States, nearby Supai Village is visited much less often. The tribal center of the Havasupai Tribe, Supai is a remote village located in the southwestern branch of the canyon. Tourists are welcome at the protected reservation, but it takes a rugged 8-mile hike or horseback ride, unless you can snag a helicopter.

Havasupai means “People of the Green Blue Waters” in reference to the four beautiful waterfalls to be found along the Havasu Creek. The waterfalls serve as the community’s water source. The 208 permanent residents get their mail via mule.

3. Oymyakon, Russia

If you’re a fan of extremes, you may want to put Oymyakon, Russia on your bucket list. This remote location is the coldest continually inhabited place on the planet, with average temperatures of -58 degrees. To get there, fly from Moscow to either Takutsk or Magadan, which will put you about 560 miles away. Then it’s a treacherous drive on the “Road of Bones” to Oymyakon.

There is no running water because everything is frozen, so be prepared to use an outhouse – quickly! It is impossible to grow crops in this climate, so typical meals include frozen fish, reindeer meat, and (get ready for this) ice cubes of horse blood with macaroni. Somewhere around 500 residents make their lives in this frozen locale, a place that experiences 21 hours a day of darkness.

4. Pitcairn Island, British Overseas Territory

You may be familiar with the story “Mutiny on the Bounty,” and if you are, you’ll recognize Pitcairn Island as the location settled in 1790 by the mutineers from that tale. There were earlier settlers, however, as the mutineers discovered the remains of a Polynesian establishment, including earthen ovens, burial sites, and stone gods.

Pitcairn Island is a British Overseas Territory located 3,300 miles from New Zealand, which plays the role of the island’s administrative headquarters. Today 50 people call Pitcairn their home. Tourists who undertake a 32-hour yacht ride visit regularly, but rarely does a new resident settle there.

5. Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Despite being the historically exciting location of Cleopatra’s Bath, the Siwa Oasis is not regularly visited because it is a 5-hour bus ride from Cairo. But the area’s isolation in the middle of the Western Desert has kept the residents’ Siwi language and Amazigh culture very well preserved.

If you can handle the bus ride, you will be rewarded with the chance to swim in Cleopatra’s Bath, a luxurious mineral spring, as well as sample delicious locally-grown olives and dates. There is an eco-lodge built of mud and salt available to house visitors.

6. Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island is unusual in that it has 40,000 residents yet only built its first road in 2011. It is also home to 800 rare species of plants, some with such odd shapes that they look like they came from another planet. In fact, the unusual appearance of these plants, 1/3 of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth, is evidence of life’s ability to adapt to the environment.

The island is located about 400 miles from the capital of Yemen and has a tropical desert climate. You can fly there from Sanaa.

7. Tristan da Cuhna

This remote island is volcanic, but that doesn’t stop about 258 people from calling it home. And there are many creature comforts to be found on Tristan da Cunha, including stores, schools, churches, and a hospital. There is no electrical grid, but residents do have gas generators for power.

The island was named by its discoverer, who gave the place his moniker but never actually set foot upon it. Today, the island is a British territory. To visit, you must plan carefully. It is a 1,732 mile boat ride from Cape Town, South Africa, and ships visit the island only 9 times per year.

8. Utqiagvik, Alaska (Barrow)

This frigid city has two names. Barrow was the name given in honor of Sir John Barrow, 2nd Secretary of the British Admiralty, though it is not clear why. But archeological evidence suggests that people have been living there since at least AD 500. The native people call the city Utqiagvik.

Despite the 3-month “warm” season consisting of temperatures around 36F (cold season averages 3F with 65 straight days of darkness), an impressive 4,429 people make their home in Utqiagvik. They heat their homes with natural gas and have water and sewer service, as well as phone, mail, radio, cable, and internet. There are hotels and restaurants. However, the city is only accessible via a 1 ½ hour plane ride from Anchorage.

9. La Rinconada, Peru

Located high in the Andes Mountains, La Rinconada is the kind of place you might like to say you’ve been, but you won’t want to linger long. At over 16,000 feet, it is the highest human habitation in the world. Visitors often experience symptoms of altitude sickness, including headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath.

About 50,000 people live there due to a gold rush in the early 2000s, but the majority live below the poverty line in a community with no amenities, infrastructure, or plumbing. There are no real roads, but a 6 hour ride from the closest city will get you close enough to hike up.

10. Bantam, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The isolation of the Cocos Islands, located about 1,700 miles from Perth, Australia, has kept the traditional oral language and religious and cultural practices of the native Cocos Malay thriving. About 600 people call the islands their home.

But despite its isolation, the area also invites tourism. Residents are welcoming and have made efforts to provide activities like snorkeling, surfing, kitesurfing, and bird watching available to visitors. There are flights twice a week from Perth.

11. Changtang, Tibet

Though not quite as high as La Rinconada, Tibet’s Chantang is up there with an altitude range of 4,000 to 9,000 feet. Colloquially called “The Roof of the World,” this 990-mile stretch of plateau is inhabited only by nomadic people called the Changpa. Of course, a variety of wildlife also call the place home, especially snow leopards and yaks.

If you like the idea of roughing it in Chantang’s cold, arid climate, you can access the area via Leh Airport, Udhampur Railway Station, or in a vehicle from Manali or Srinagar. However, you’ll need a permit to enter, and those can cost several thousand dollars.


So where will you go first? Is a warm private island in your future, or do you plan to rough it in the frigid temps near the top of the world? The isolated life certainly has its charms, and we can understand why the residents of these 11 remote places are happy where they are.

Though you might not be ready to completely eschew the convenience of drive-through restaurants and smartphones, any one of these locations would make an educational and worthwhile vacation.

11 Shocking Facts About Cruise Ships

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11 Shocking Facts About Cruise Ships

Shocking Facts About Cruise Ships

Cruise ships can be magical places, full of exciting activities, great food, and amazing entertainment, all interspersed with stops at fabulous world locations. But there is also a dark side to the cruise industry.
The ships endure most every negative feature of society itself, all condensed into a small space that you can’t get away from once the voyage has commenced. From crime to rampant illness to sheer grossness, the following horrifying facts about cruise ships may make you reconsider your next vacation.

1. The food is not always the freshest

The food is not always the freshest

When a cruise ship departs from harbor, it needs to have enough food on board to feed all of its guests for the entire length of the voyage. While vacationers might expect to have unlimited amounts of high end cuisine, there have been more than a few cases where ships ran out of food before the cruise’s end.
But even worse, as the cruise does near its end, the food that was loaded on Day 1 is no longer very fresh. That can lead to rampant food poisoning, as it did in December 2017, when almost 200 passengers aboard the Ovation of the Seas got violently ill after indulging in a “bottomless brunch.” That same month, 332 passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean ship had a similar experience. To look at the big picture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 1 in 10 guests will contract some type of food-borne gastrointestinal illness during their cruise.

2. Viruses spread like wildfire

Viruses spread like wildfire

Again, tight quarters can lead to the spread of all kinds of yuckiness, including illness-causing viruses. From the common cold to the kill-me-now agony of norovirus, spreadable germs can be found on the surfaces of all public areas, including the food buffets. Factor in the generally poor air quality on cruise ships (more on that later), and one sick passenger can bring down most of the rest.

Sometimes the delicate plumbing can be at fault for the spread of disease. In February 2013, the Carnival Triumph passengers were at the mercy of raw rising sewage on board for five days after a small fire. The 3,143 traumatized passengers later reported “sewage running down the walls and floors,” causing the media to nickname the event “The Poop Cruise.” Only a month later, a similar disaster occurred on another Carnival ship, the Dream. More like a Nightmare, we’d say.

3. The ships easily fall victim to plumbing failures

Viruses spread like wildfire

The plumbing on cruise ships is designed to be very efficient…at dumping raw sewage into the ocean. Relying on a vacuum flush system, when a guest flushes something that clogs the system, every toilet loses suction. And just as on shore, people can be really inconsiderate about what they try to flush. Sometimes it is things they may have assumed could be flushed, like a tampon or condom. But other times folks try to get around the rules for packing out everything they brought in. Lazy customers have been known to try and flush pool noodles, t-shirts, and shoes.

4. Wait, the sewage goes where?

Wait, the sewage goes where?

A standard-sized cruise ship is estimated to produce between 140,000 and 210,000 gallons of sewage every week. When we look at the industry as a whole, it adds up to more than 1 billion gallons of sewage per year that gets dumped directly into the ocean.
Because sewage is full of bacteria, that practice has the potential to be harmful to both marine life and the humans who choose to swim in the ocean.

5. They are serious polluters

The ships easily fall victim to plumbing failures

Beyond the dumping of raw sewage and harmful bilge water directly into the ocean, cruise ships gobble up a lot of fuel and consequently emit about as much sulphur dioxide into the air, per day, as 13.1 million cars.

A German environmental association, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) determined that the air quality on these ships is about 20 times worse than what is found in busy cities. This is due to the fine dust and soot that belches from the ships’ funnels, as well as the harmful nitrogen oxides and heavy metals that are distributed as a side-effect of the combustion of marine diesel fuel and heavy oil.

6. Alcohol-fueled crime is a real problem

A lot of drinking combined with tight spaces can be a trigger for high rates of certain crimes, especially sexual assault and fighting. In 2016, there were 92 total alleged crimes reported to have taken place on a cruise; 62 of those were sexual assaults. And according to FBI statistics, the rate of conviction for perpetrators of these on-board crimes is low, with only 7% of sexual offenders ultimately punished.
When it comes to fighting, the issues are often ongoing because the parties are not able to entirely avoid each other after a disagreement. Be aware, as well, that cruise ships can be prime hunting grounds for petty thieves. Guests often leave personal belongings lying around as they drink and/or take part in recreation, and tend to spend a lot of time away from their rooms.

Alcohol-fueled crime is a real problem


7. Operational mishaps, including fires, are fairly common

Operational mishaps, including fires, are fairly common

There are lots of moving parts and systems that propel large ships, and sometimes mechanical failure does occur. According to research firm G.P. Wild, each year about 60 people are injured and 10 die on cruise ships due to operational mishaps. Problems like small fires or actual explosions are the most common. Other problems involve collisions, sinking, or stranding.

While problems like this occur anywhere, they are especially traumatizing on board a ship in the middle of the ocean, because escape is often impossible.

8. People fall overboard more frequently than you’d think

People fall overboard more frequently than you’d think

While perhaps not the biggest danger in taking a cruise, a 2016 report by industry consulting firm G.P. Wild says that about 19 people fall from a cruise ship or ferry each year.

Luckily, it is not necessarily a death sentence. Between 2009 and 2016, only eight of those falls resulted in a fatality. Still, we recommend staying back from the railings if you’ve been drinking or haven’t gotten your sea legs yet!

9. Pirates are real, and they’re out there

Pirates are real, and they’re out there

The Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau reports that in 2009, pirates originating along the coast of Somalia attacked 214 vessels. However, to put that startling fact in perspective, only 47 of the 214 attempts resulted in a hijacking. Twelve of those ships, including their combined 263 crew members, were held for ransom.
The good news is that cruise ships are not often the preferred targets for pirates, but that doesn’t mean that passengers are not subjected to misery due to the threat of piracy. In 2017, guests aboard a 104-day cruise spent 10 nights in complete darkness and silence in an attempt to avoid attracting pirates. The passengers were scared, especially when they were asked to participate in drills designed to counter a pirate attack.

10. Bed bugs can spread like wildfire

Bed bugs can spread like wildfire

Despite all efforts by the crew, bed bugs frequently hitch a ride aboard cruise ships in the luggage of one or more guests. The fact that many guests come aboard from a hotel rather than home exacerbates the problem. Once on board, bed bugs can spread rapidly due to the tight quarters.
Unfortunately, there is nothing to be done until the cruise is over, because mitigation requires intense heat treating and there’s nowhere for guests and crew to evacuate during that process.

11. They must be prepared with space for a morgue

They must be prepared with space for a morgue

People die all the time, including on cruise ships. Cruise operators are required to have body bags on board and a designated space t to be used as a morgue. The space they must have dedicated depends on the size of the ship, but since it’s hard to predict how many people will die per cruise, sometimes the staff needs to get a little creative. As reported by Reddit user Thatcsibloke, a former cruise ship employee, the contingency plan for storing excess bodies is usually the walk-in freezer where food goes. In extreme cases, a helicopter will meet the boat in order to take bodies to shore more rapidly.
Taken rationally, these 11 cruise ship horrors do not necessarily mean that something bad is bound to happen if you choose this kind of vacation. It’s just that when things do go wrong, it’s a very unpleasant experience for those affected. For the average person, cruises can still represent a thrilling way to see the world. We do recommend, however, that people who have breathing issues or very sensitive stomachs think twice before embarking.

Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Seen from Space

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Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Seen from Space

By Doris Elin Salazar – Staff Writer 2 days ago

The Australian wildfires can be viewed in incredible detail via NASA’s Worldview tool.

The Worldview tool from NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows this scene on Jan. 2, 2020, as wildfires continue in their intensity along the southeastern coast of Australia.

The Worldview tool from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) shows this scene on Jan. 2, 2020, as wildfires continue in their intensity along the southeastern coast of Australia. (Image credit: NASA EOSDIS)
Satellites in space can spot changes to Earth’s climate, and they are providing frightening bird’s-eye views of the devastating consequences of global warming.
The wildfires raging in the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria began in November 2019, and they continue to pose severe safety and environmental problems. NBC News reported that thousands of Australians fled their homes on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), seeking refuge near the oceanside. On Thursday (Jan. 2) NBC News also reported that New South Wales declared a weeklong state of emergency, making this the third time an emergency period has been announced since the fires began.

“My last day of the decade felt like the apocalypse,” Sydney-based photojournalist Matt Abbott tweeted on Dec. 31. Abbott, who is covering the wildfires for The New York Times, added: “Been covering the Australian bushfires for the last 6 weeks, but haven’t seen anything like yesterday’s fire that decimated the town of Conjola, NSW.”
Related: Astronaut Sees Devastating California Wildfires from Space (Photos)

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Information from NASA satellites can teach scientists about the lingering consequences of these events, like the production of dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide.
NASA operates a group of 26 satellites collectively known as the Earth Observing System (EOS), and its flagship satellite, a bus-sized spacecraft named Terra, hit its 20-year mark in space in December 2019. Other NASA satellites, like Aqua and Suomi NPP, also contribute data to EOS, a mission tasked with taking global measurements of the air, land and water to help scientists learn how those systems fit together and morph over time.
The Worldview tool from NASA’s EOS Data and Information System transforms satellite data into an interactive page with over 900 imagery layers. You can view current natural disasters, like the Australian wildfires, on Worldview by date and information layer (such as thermal anomalies, borders and place labels). You can also watch an animation of activity by selecting a time range.
A look at Australia’s surface starting in October 2019 shows the astounding evolution of wildfires as they multiplied and spewed smoke across Australia’s eastern shore.

NASA's Aqua satellite used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer to capture this view of wildfires raging on Australia's eastern coast on Dec. 9, 2019. The wildfires were fueled by unusually hot weather and a potent drought that primed the region in October 2019, according to the space agency.
NASA’s Aqua satellite used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer to capture this view of wildfires raging on Australia’s eastern coast on Dec. 9, 2019. The wildfires were fueled by unusually hot weather and a potent drought that primed the region in October 2019, according to the space agency. (Image credit: NASA EOSDIS)
A severe drought in October 2019 primed the country for the destruction that’s still occurring. More than 100 fires raged over the next several months. By Dec. 12, the wildfires in Australia’s New South Wales had scourged an area of about 10,000 square miles (27,000 square kilometers), according to NASA representatives in a description of satellite imagery.
The wildfires are raging on Australia’s eastern coast, exposing many communities, including Sydney, to hazardous pollution levels. The Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere instrument on the Terra satellite found that the region is blanketed by abnormally high levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless and dangerous gas that’s released by the burning of plants and fossil fuels.

This map depicts measurements of outgoing longwave radiation in November 2019. The data on Australia's heat emission comes from the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System on board NASA's Terra satellite.

This map depicts measurements of outgoing longwave radiation in November 2019. The data on Australia’s heat emission comes from the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System on board NASA’s Terra satellite. (Image credit: EOS-Terra/NASA)
The fires have been particularly damaging to eucalyptus forests. The forests exist in both dry and rainy regions, and both climates are vulnerable to the wildfires for unique reasons. Eucalyptus plants that thrive in dry areas have oil-rich leaves that can easily ignite during a fire, according to a NASA description of the EOS imagery. Fires do help these plants release their seeds, but the dry season in October was so intense that it limited seed germination. Rainforest eucalyptus species, on the other hand, are not accustomed to fires. The ecosystem can’t bounce back the way a dry eucalyptus forest could under milder conditions. Unable to tolerate the flames, most of these rainforest plants die under these extreme conditions.
An instrument on NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite observed the unusually hot and dry conditions of November 2019 that fueled the wildfires. The sensor, called the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System, measures the heat emitted back into space. The instrument measured how the sun’s radiation was absorbed, emitted and reflected by Earth’s surface during the first month of the wildfires.
The flames destroy forests and make the air unbreathable for humans, but they also harm the animals that live there. “Browsing animals like kangaroos are driven out by fire for a short time, and the heat treatment of soil reduces the number of plant-eating insects and soil organisms during the early growth period,” Ayesha Tulloch, a conservation biologist at the University of Sydney, said in a NASA image description.

This animation is a model of where the black smoke from the raging Australian wildfires is traveling. It's based off of the GEOS forward processing (GEOS FP) model, which combines information from satellite, aircraft and ground-based observation systems and uses data such as air temperature, moisture levels and wind information to project the plume's behavior.

This animation is a model of where the black smoke from the raging Australian wildfires is traveling. It’s based off of the GEOS forward processing (GEOS FP) model, which combines information from satellite, aircraft and ground-based observation systems and uses data such as air temperature, moisture levels and wind information to project the plume’s behavior. (Image credit: GEOS FP/NASA GSFC)

Many koalas have also been affected, or even killed, by these fires. “But the range of the koala covers most [of] the east coast of Australia,” Tulloch said. “Relative to its range, the fires are relevant to only a very small proportion of the existing koala population in Australia.”
An animation made using the GEOS forward processing (GEOS -FP) model depicts the high levels of black carbon emitted by the wildfires in early November 2019, which then blew through the atmosphere and across the Pacific Ocean. Smoke plumes have risen as high as 7 to 8 miles (12 to 13 km) into the sky, which is unusually high for wildfires, according to a NASA description of the animation.


Take A Look Inside The Houses & Mansions of Your Favorite Celebrities

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Take A Look Inside The Houses & Mansions of Your Favorite Celebrities

By Justin Case
November 11, 2019

Christie Brinkley – $30 Million, Long Island

One of the many perks of being a blonde stunner is clearly being paid big bucks for walking the runway. And how else would Christie Brinkley even consider buying a home in Long Island if it wasn’t for the perks of her trade? Sure, the 9-bedroom home has been on and off the market with Brinkley’s asking price beginning at $30 million, but it looks like the most eccentric and lavish home to live in. Little wonder she can’t make up her mind on whether or not to give it up.

Lucy Hale – $1.7 Million, L.A.

Joining the ranks of celeb homeowners who own cool mansions in the L.A. axis is Pretty Little Liar star, Lucy Hale. When the actress isn’t gracing us with her on-screen prowess, she is likely kicking her feet up in the 2,168 square feet 4-bedroom home which is believed to cost a fortune in maintenance and in-house insurance fees. But then a $1.735-million purchase is worth every penny spent on insurance and given her recent burglarizing incident, we bet the actress understands this all too well.

Mark Harmon – Est. $9 million, Malibu

Mark Harmon is an established film and television actor who garnered popularity as a football player during his college days. He then moved on to acting and spent a major part of the 90s as a character actor. However, his career soon catapulted to a whole new level when he starred as Simon Donovan, the Secret Service agent in the political drama, The West Wing. Harmon earned an Emmy Award nomination for his role in 2002. He became more popular as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in NCIS. According to their financial lawyer, Mike and his wife, actress Pam Dawber, shelled out $9 million to lay their hands on a 19-acre estate in Malibu, California. The property stands on 4963 square feet and looks stunning with the 16th-century woodwork, seven bathrooms, five bedrooms, cherry wood floors, aside from a library and media room.

Hayden Panettiere – $2.1 Million, Nashville

Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville home is certainly the dream of anyone who ever considered filling out a mortgage application. It has rustic elements and memorabilia from her childhood, a cabin-like living room, a gorgeous, tucked-in bookcase filled with logs, and a music room for all her guitars. This $2.1-million home offers a gentle reminder of why home mortgage loans and online mortgage gain prominence. And what better way is there to get through life than by being surrounded by all personal things in a space you can call your own?

Marilyn Monroe – Est. $90,000, Brentwood, California

Does Marilyn Monroe need any introduction? We guess not. She stole the hearts of millions during her rule at the box office and could make any man go weak in his knees with her beauty and charm. She was popularly known as the “blonde bombshell” and her performance in films like Some Like It Hot, As Young as You Feel, Clash By Night, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes made many hearts skip a beat. She was far off from financial issues like refinancing or bankruptcy. Marilyn had her home in Brentwood, California and it’s said that she stayed there for a period of six months until she breathed her last in 1962. It was one of those very few things which was dear to Monroe. We have found from the property reports that the villa took her around $90,000, whereas according to other sources, the actual price was almost $10,000.

Ellen DeGeneres – $45 Million, California

According to Sotheby’s International Realty, DeGeneres and her wife are selling their house because they don’t have the time to enjoy it. Ellen DeGeneres’ Santa Barbara-area mansion is listed for $45 million. It is featured in DeGeneres’ 2015 book “Home” and is known by the name “The Villa.” The couple has had the property since 2012, and according to Sotheby’s agent Suzanne Perkins, the villa is completely modernized and has an additional sunken tennis court, pool, and an indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion. Whoever decides to buy this breathtaking villa should have a fat bank account.

Cheryl Tiegs – Est. $12 million, Los Angeles

If you have been an avid watcher of Million Dollar Decorators, the popular TV show, you might have seen Cheryl Tiegs last season when she was busy working on her Los Angeles residence. The Balinese inspired property is located on one of the most famous streets of Bel-Air and truly looks beautiful. Among its special features, you will find a swimming pool, a guesthouse with a bath, landscaped grounds, tranquil fountains, a chef’s kitchen, a tin ceiling that’s been hand-painted, and meandering pathways. The estate was recently on sale at a price tag of $12 million dollars but was removed just as fast as it was placed. Needless to say, it has all its insurance papers in place.

Barbara Walters – Est. $10.4 Million, New York City

The well-known author, journalist, and TV personality rose to prominence with ABC Evening News, 20/20, The View, and Today. She started building her career in 1953 and eventually called it a day in 2016. She held the 34th position in the list of 50 Greatest Stars of All Time in 1996. In 2000, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award on Walters which we must say was well-deserved. Her apartment in Manhattan has been providing her with the refuge she needed from the harsh lights of her studio. Each room of the property is filled with objects that are closely associated with Barbara. The black and white motif on the sofas and the gray walls add on to the beauty of the apartment. It was quite an investment on her part, and from what we can see, it was worth every dollar!

Colin Kaepernick – San Jose, Estimated $3 Million

Colin Kaepernick made big headlines last year, and some may argue that it wasn’t for the right reasons. His public feuds with the current president have put him in a dangerous position, making him the free agent that he is today, after opting out of the San Francisco 49ers. Maybe this is the reason why he sold his stunning mansion in San Jose for nearly $3 Million. He might miss this 4-bedroom and 5.5 bathrooms estate, but at least he made some profit from his little sale.

Rob Lowe – $42 Million, Santa Barbara

Let’s not butter it up – while you’re still bothering with the hassle of your mortgage application, actor Rob Lowe and wife not only purchased a gorgeous Georgian-Style home for $42 million but spent over $6 million in renovations. The castle-like mansion earned the celebrity couple a feature in Architectural Digest with their home, incorporating both old English style qualities and modern luxuries. Provided they never find a use for divorce law firms, their gorgeous property seems like it will be in the family a long time.

Tommy Hilfiger – $27.5 Million, Florida

One look at Tommy Hilfiger’s home will have you thinking the same thing we already are – his home insurance provider must be having both a blissful time and a series of small heart attacks. The fashion designer’s home is 14,079-square-feet of colorful furniture, art pieces, and cool memorabilia. It may be fun for insurers to receive monthly payments on a $27.5-million property every month, but imagine the fate of his insurance provider if Hilfiger were to file a claim on his home or general insurance.

Taylor Swift – $17 Million, Rhode Island

It’s normal for a 27-year old, pop star, with an estimated net worth of $250 million, to own more than one house. Taylor Swift is a real worth management expert when it comes to her proprieties and money. She has invested in some prime real-estate properties which are located in some of the best areas in the US. When it comes to her favorite residence she chooses her $17-million Rhode Island “beachfront house” as her number one favorite.

Eva Mendes – $1.269 Million, California

The Hollywood Hills home Mendes purchased back in 2008 is a mid-century modern villa dubbed as “an artistic sanctuary”. The estimated price of the house is $1.269 million, and it features three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. It measures more than 1,700 square feet. Mendes, whose net worth is reportedly around $15 million, has been its proud owner since 2002 when she first bought the place for $584,000. It has an eclectic decor with custom-made areas, too.

Elton John – Est. $33 Million, Beverly Hills

Musician Elton John is a wise family man, given his decision to opt for a comfortable house in Beverly Hills. As a lover of art, Elton ensured that the walls are covered in white lacquer, the finish that provides a sleek and polished look. With children all around, special attention is paid to the corners and stone surfaces’ treatment. One vital digital print by Jeremy Blake is a beautiful add-on to the living room, aside from the vintage sconces and David LaChapelle painting. Till now, we haven’t heard of bankruptcy affecting him, so we guess the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer would soon invest in some other real estate property!

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas — Est. $6.5 Million, Beverly Hills

Hollywood’s most talked-about wedding is finally over, and the new couple has moved into the highly coveted new residential mansion right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The fact it’s spread over 4129 square feet isn’t news. In case you are curious, there are five bedrooms and four bathrooms in total, with a beautiful pool added to the property that makes their abode a luxurious one. What’s important to know is if they hired any financial planning advisor, for we know the estate amounts to be somewhere around $6.5 million. And that’s not easy to tackle, no matter how much Nick and Priyanka have accumulated over the years.

Mike Ditka – Est. $3 Million, Florida

The National Football League has kept the ex-NFL player and coach preoccupied for a fairly long time. The long term that he devoted to the NFL has produced an outcome in the form of him materializing a $3-million property in Florida. Right from the 1960s, his record has been great, for he played with the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles, and also the famous Chicago Bears. With time, he has aged and sadly even suffered a heart attack very recently. Though he’s recovering, we can only hope his life insurance plan covers all the expenses.

Diane Kruger – $4.2 Million, New York

Tribeca, New York seems to be reserved for the crème de la crème of The Big Apple – those who go in desperate search of where to buy a home befitting of their pristine status. Why else would Diane Kruger own a pricey 2-bedroom loft in the popular neighborhood? That’s right, Kruger’s $4.2-million apartment holds only two bedrooms and a handful of other basic features. But, for what it is worth, homeowners may just get away with cheap home insurance plans given the high-brow area of their property. Well, low-cost insurance may be risky.

Rob Gronkowski – Estimated $2.2 Million, Boston

Even if the New England Patriots star’s home is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons, the 2,063-square-foot villa still makes for Rob Gronkowski’s ideal description of a safe haven. The $2.2-million penthouse boasts everything from a private roof deck to a subzero fridge. Furthermore, the 2-bedroom house comes with a built-in office as well as a bonus study which is perhaps where his safes were burglarized. We sure hope that he had property insurance – theft is no joking matter, and getting homeowner insurance is a must if you invest in such a gem of a property…

Chris Evans – $3.5 Million, Hollywood Hills

Somewhere in the Hollywood Hills, in a 4,599 square feet home in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood lives the dreamy Chris Evans. The Captain America star won the $3.5-million home in a bidding war and spends his days enjoying the lush, secluded backyard, as well as the spacious open-concept kitchen (which he uses because he can cook). But considering he’s bi-coastal and spends half his time in Boston, close to his family and friends, we have to wonder what the culmination of home insurance for all his properties cost.

Rebel Wilson –   $2.95 Million, New York

Nothing says, ‘celebrity’ like a 443 Greenwich address, and Aussie comic actress Rebel Wilson seems to have caught the bug, Her $2.95-million 2-bedroom apartment in New York City is the perfect emblem for her celebrity status. The 1,343-square-foot property is the actress’ perfect escape – and besides its many amenities, she also gets access to exclusive building services which, by the way, must have shot her insurance rates up by a fortune. But with a salary like hers, who’s complaining?

Justin Timberlake – $18.5 Million, New York City

Rebel might be comfortable with a smaller space, but Justin Timberlake is a family man with much bigger needs. So when he and Jessica Biel began looking to buy a home, their choice was a $20-million 443 Greenwich apartment to complement Timberlake’s lavish 2,598-square-foot SoHo Mews penthouse which he purchased in 2010. The $6.5-million apartment is a bachelor-esque beauty, but the singer and his wife have recently put it on the market with a staggering $18.5-million price tag.

Jerry Seinfeld – $32 Million, Hamptons

If you are a legend in entertainment, then buying a home with a mansion description similar to that of the presidential villa would not be too far-fetched. Jerry Seinfeld’s $32-million opulent Hamptons home meets and surpasses all the expectations. Dubbed the ‘party house’ by Ok Magazine and acquaintances of the Seinfeld’s, the 12-acre home is the idyllic villa with features and amenities that would otherwise be considered far too luxurious for daily living. Seinfeld certainly broke the bank on this one.

Kim & Kanye West – $17 Million, Bel Air

Move over Will Smith – there is new royalty in the little town of Bel-air, or at least there was, but Kim and Kanye West have proven to be quite the restless pair with regard to buying a home. Barely five years after making an $11- million purchase in the high-brow neighborhood, the power-couple flipped the property for a staggering $17 million. Now, who says Kim K has no talent? What do you call entrepreneurship again?

Tony Shalhoub — Upper West Side, $3.9 Million

American actor Tony Shalhoub and wife Brooke Adams have been married for a long time. Their lovely Los Angeles house went up for sale in the market in 2016 for $3.9 million. The beautiful four-bedroom house has been their home so far, but it is safe to assume that with his credit score soaring high, Shalhoub must have found an even better house now. Also, since they have adopted two kids, they probably needed a bigger place. Pretty soon, he bought a lovely house in Upper West Side, New York that cost them $4 million!

Marshawn Lynch – Estimated $3.3 Million, Richmond

There’s nothing like returning to a lavish water-front home after a hectic day on the field – and when Marshawn Lynch was deciding where to a buy a home, he couldn’t think of a better alternative to this 7,000-square-foot, 5-bedroom home. After all, it’s complete with a dock measuring up to 58 feet and overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Add an all-encompassing home and auto insurance into the mix and you have the perfect escape for just about anyone.

Bella Thorne – $2 Million, L.A.

Bella Thorne may be nowhere near on-screen best friend and co-star, Zendaya, with regard to celeb status, but the actress/dancer is making waves by herself nonetheless. Thorne’s $2-million Sherman Oaks mansion boasts features such as an outdoor barbecue area, pool, wine room, and a spa, in addition to its six bedrooms and baths and a few other deluxe amenities that emphasize the actress’ celeb status. At the end of the day, if you’re big, you’re big.

Naomi Campbell – Estimated $390 Million, Turkey

While other celebrities scramble to purchase cool mansions, Naomi Campbell is handed one by her billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. On her 41st birthday, Doronin gifted his model beau an eye-shaped vacation home in the heart of Turkey estimated to cost $390 million. While we admit that it was a sweet gesture, we can’t help but be slightly mortified at its cost in maintenance and insurance. Insuring a house with 25 rooms? Well, that should be fun!

Lorde – Estimated $2.8 Million, Auckland, New Zealand

In the light of her commercial success, Ella Yelich-O’Connor aka Lorde may have decided on buying a home outside her home country – or anywhere in the world for that matter. But the New-Zealand native took the purchase home, deciding to buy a 4-bedroom property in Auckland for $2.84 million. Given the size of the 182-square-foot home, however, we can’t help but wonder if the singer doesn’t buy into this generation’s idea of splurging on cool mansions – she could definitely use a little more space.

Carson Palmer – $24.9 Million, Del Mar

Another athlete with a penchant for buying cool mansions only to flip them over is the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback, Carson Palmer. Case in point: Palma’s $24.9-million 8,000-square-foot mansion which he purchased in 2010 at $4.4 million. He opted to renovate it to turn it into a palatial three-story mansion with six bedrooms, an infinity pool, and a wet bar. It sounds like a sportsman’s dream come true.


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Take A Look Inside The Houses & Mansions of Your Favorite Celebrities Celebrity Houses

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Take A Look Inside The Houses & Mansions of Your Favorite Celebrities
Celebrity Houses

By Justin Case
November 11, 2019

Samuel L. Jackson – Est. $13 Million, New York

We bet even the die-hard fans of Samuel L. Jackson wouldn’t have known that the actor has one more talent aside from wowing the audience with his spectacular performance in films. It seems that flipping apartments has become his passion these days. After laying his hands on an apartment located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 2005 for an approximate $4.8 million, he made up his mind to rake in some money by selling it after spending a good 13 years there.

He completely renovated the luxurious apartment which boasts of 3.5 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms in total and listed the property at an estimated price tag of $13 million. The Captain Marvel actor has a lot to offer to his fans, but we are mighty pleased with the way he is handling something as complicated as buying and selling apartments, and that, too, in New York City.

Eddie Murphy – $85 Million, Hollywood Hills


The famous comedian wasn’t trying to showcase his wealth when he bought his Hollywood Hills house for $20 million. It features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, nine bedrooms, a spa, tennis court, and finally, a fabulous, comfortable, and luxurious guest house.
The man knows how to live his life without worrying about his finances, and we’re sure that his girlfriend, Paige Butcher, enjoys living in there as well. The biggest proof is his other mansion in Granite Bay, California which is worth around $6.5 million, plus his car collection. His house’s monthly expenses must hit the roof!

Sylvester Stallone – Beverly Hills, Estimated $10 Million


Our beloved Rocky purchased his first real estate in 1998. Located in Beverly Hills, he became the owner of a 16,000-square-foot house after paying $10 million, though its price would probably be three times bigger today. His mansion is, of course, Italian-styled, and it comes with six bedrooms and nine baths.
Stallone’s property also includes an Olympic-sized pool and beautiful gardens. Its highlight is probably its massive garage, where Sylvester stores all his luxury rides. Seems like a house fit for a celebrity as wealthy as Stallone is, who currently sits on a mindblowing $400 million fortune.

Bruce Willis – Est. $33 million, Turks and Caicos

The Hollywood actor has always been a name to be reckoned with in the industry. He has entertained the audience with his hard-hitting performance in films like Pulp Fiction, Sin City, The Sixth Sense, The Expendables 2, and Armageddon. His Parrot Cay estate comes with a Pirate ship! You heard it right. Aside from that, the property has a full playground, a movie theater, special access to a resort, and a stunning pool.
The estate is nestled in the archipelago of Turks and Caicos and is one of the super-luxury homes that can catch the fancy of many. The whole area of the property is almost 11,000 square feet and boasts of 1000 feet of secluded beach. The total value of the estate is around $33 million. This is what we mean by a grand investment and Bruce Willis didn’t disappoint us at all.

Ron Howard – Est. $27.5 Million, Greenwich, Connecticut

With memorable films in his kitty like Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, Ron didn’t have to think twice when it came to buying a top-notch property spanning 17,000 square feet and having six bedrooms in total. Reportedly, the Greenwich Connecticut mansion is estimated to cost around $27 million and has an array of high-end amenities like a private lake, a tennis court, and an indoor pool.
What takes the attention apart from these is the beauty of the landscape, the forest, and green pasture. And rightfully, the man decided to keep his children in Connecticut, far away from Los Angeles. We are quite sure he has figured everything out for his kids, too.

Denzel Washington – Est. $14.6 million, Los Angeles

The Hollywood legend doesn’t need an introduction. He has stunned us all with his powerhouse performances in films such as The Hurricane, The Great Debaters, Remember the Titans, American Gangster, Cry Freedom, and just so many other legendary and iconic films.
Denzel lives in a lavish property in Beverly Park, in the heart of the posh neighborhood of Beverly Hills, and the estate stands on an area of 1.5 acres. Its special features include a large pool, a lush green tennis court and we’re sure so much more. Having around $220 million dollars in his pockets, laying his hands on a $190 million must have been quite a cakewalk.

Kathie Lee Gifford — $10.5 Million, Florida Keys

Today has made Kathie Lee Gifford a household name, and more than ten years have passed since her first appearance on the show. Her fans were utterly disappointed when she announced her retirement on April 7, 2019. Well, we do know how heartbreaking that is, but she needed to quit after years and years of hard work. If rumors are to be believed, she is planning to wield the camera for Then Came You, an upcoming film.
In addition to that, she has proved her mettle as a writer, too, as her recent book has turned out to be a bestseller. She would probably want to lead the rest of her life in peace at her Florida Keys residence which she acquired for a price near to $10.5 million. The home covers an area of 11,400 square feet and has 8 bedrooms, a personal gym, and a private deck.

Henry Winkler – Est. $3.4 million, Bel-Air

Henry attained fame as a comedian and actor and is best known for his portrayal of Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzarelli in Happy Days, a popular sitcom from the 70s. He notched up a higher income by starring as Sy Mittleman in Children’s Hospital, Barry Zuckerkorn in Arrested Development, and Eddie R. Lawson in Royal Pains.
His performance in Happy Days earned him three nominations for a Primetime Emmy and helped him win two Golden Globes. Winkler and his better half, Stacey, laid their hands on a 9000-square-foot nest in Bel-Air, and according to the public records, the County English-style house cost him around $3.4 million. The house has four bedrooms and the whole property sits on an acre of land.

Corey Harrison – Est. $2.4 million, Las Vegas

The popular reality TV personality came into the limelight as a prominent cast member of Pawn Stars, a television series on the History Channel. The show gives a clear picture of his work at the Las Vegas-based World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Corey happens to be its co-owner, alongside his dad, Rick Harrison. His personal life was marred with two divorce cases, one with Charlene Steele in 2015, and the other with Kiki Harrison in 2018.
We heard that recently, Harrison put his dream house in the market at an estimated price tag of almost $2.4 million. The Las Vegas property lies in the far northwest valley and has large lawns, Greco-style banisters, sculpted hedges, a circular drive which connects you to a columned entry, a balcony, and a brick facade.

Clint Eastwood – Est. $145 Million, Carmel, California

Clint Eastwood was a true heartthrob in his heydays and had stunned the audience with his magnetic personality. As an actor and an established director, Eastwood has gifted us a number of movies which are popular even today. For a man of his caliber, it’s only apt for Clint to purchase an opulent estate to match his star status. Clint’s Mission Ranch estate lies at the juncture of the Carmel River and the Pacific Ocean.
Standing on this property, you would get a mesmerizing view of the nearby beach, the blue ocean waters, and the well-known Monterey coastline. Even though Eastwood bought this Carmel property for a whopping $300 million and revamped the whole thing with his own hands, we heard that he has listed it for an estimated price tag of $145 million only.

Kirk Douglas – Est. $3.45 million, Palm Springs

Kirk Douglas has crossed a century on this planet and is one of the few living actors who graced the golden era of Hollywood. He kickstarted his acting career with The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946 and went on to become a huge box office star in the 50s. The father of another Hollywood legend, Michael Douglas, Kirk has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
As far as his personal properties are concerned, he had a house in Palm Springs, California, which has been recently listed for sale for a rough price of $3.45 million. You would get an amazing view of the surrounding mountains from the estate. Among a number of features, there is an outdoor billiards table, a private pool, a barbeque, and a rolling lawn. The main house has 3 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms and was one of the nicest investments that Kirk might have made in his life.

Melissa Gilbert – Est. $1 million, Michigan

Melissa Gilbert took up an acting career when she was still a child in the late 60s and appeared in a number of commercials. Her role of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the NBC series, Little House on the Prairie gave her all the recognition she deserved. She grabbed the limelight by competing in the 14th season of the reality show, Dancing with the Stars and was the President of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.
Melissa has retained the charm she has always been famous for, and it looks like she is happy and content with whatever she has achieved in her life. Gilbert and Timothy, her husband, made up their mind to sell their house in Brighton, Michigan at a price close to $1 million in 2018 and made the sale papers ready. However, they later decided to retain it owing to some reason we are not aware of.

Kelly Ripa & Mark Conseulos – Est. $30 Million, New York

Kelly Ripa has made her way up the ranks and is often hailed as one of the most powerful and decorated media personalities. Banking on her hard work and perseverance, she has been able to see success, fame, and money throughout her life. Her portrayal of Hayley Vaughan in the popular daytime on ABC, All My Children, will never be forgotten. Kelly garnered more fame with Kelly and Ryan, a morning talk show, and there wasn’t a single person who didn’t fall in love with her.
She chanced upon Mark Consuelos on the All My Children sets and soon, the duo settled down in holy matrimony. Ripa and Consuelos take immense pride in their New York City townhouse and we wouldn’t be exaggerating if we tell you that the property is a thing of beauty. A beautiful custom-made wardrobe, a private rooftop garden, and a fantastic interior decor make the $30-million estate worth a visit.

Danica Patrick – Est. $4 Million, Scottsdale, Arizona

Best known for her might on the race track, Danica has excelled as one of the most famous racing drivers recognized worldwide, although injuries have impacted her career often. Now that she has officially retired, she didn’t feel like moving into her Scottsdale mansion, despite having the best of amenities like a wine cellar, breakfast bar, and more.
She has decided to decorate her home as per her taste and preferences, just like any other sensible homeowner would do and has made investments in the best of interiors. Every minute aspect of the house speaks of her tastes and she worked on it relentlessly. So much is her attachment to the house that she dubbed it ‘The Jetson House’.

Matt Lauer – Est. $5.8 Million, New York

You might know Matt Lauer as one of the hosts of Today on NBC. Matt was with the show from 1997 to 2017 and that’s a pretty long time indeed. Keeping that aside, he found further fame by hosting the opening ceremonies of the world-famous Olympic Games and has also been a host of the PM magazine. Some controversies led to his termination from NBC and Lauer went ahead and made a few substantial investments in real estate.
Currently, Matt is the owner of many a property which is located close to his co-op in Manhattan. He also owns an apartment in New York City, and the architecture has a neoclassical essence and has plenty of Greek-inspired elements. Lauer and Annette, his better half, purchased their Upper East Side residence in 2004 at a price close to $5.882 million.

Simon Cowell – $29 Million, Beverly Hills

If there were an exclusive database of celebrities with cool mansions, then Simon Cowell and his $29-million home would top the charts. But it isn’t the eccentric design and lavish interior that take the cake in this property; its the technological inclusions that remain mind-numbing. A fingerprint analysis and retina scanner confirm one thing – this is a man who takes his privacy seriously.
We can only imagine how much his home and auto monthly expenses might cost, but to be honest, we doubt that he’s worried about that matter. Cowell now sits on an estimated $550 million fortune.

Sean Connery — Est. $1 Million, Ireland

Sean Connery is a Hollywood legend owing to some of his brilliant performances over the years, and his fruitful career allowed him to rake in some big bucks. Back when he was making movies left and right, he decided to purchase this gorgeous property in Ireland which suited him just fine since it was far away from the hullabaloo of Tinseltown and is surrounded by green forestry which is soothing to the eyes. At last, Sean could heave a sigh of relief, living in such a quiet environment.
The property is spread across an area of three and a half acres and the main house has bedrooms and a few bathrooms and is decorated with some artistic furniture, antique paintings, and silverware. Last we heard, Connery’s property, which he fondly called Violet Hill House, has been put up in the market, and included in the property listing is every bit of antique furniture and decorations within.

Billy Joel – $13.75 Million, Florida

With one property pawned off to Jerry Seinfeld, Billy Joel should probably consider buying a new home or holding on to his other properties – but this musician seems to have other ideas. Joel sold off his Mediterranean-style home in Miami Beach Florida at $13.75 million, a meager $175K more than the price he paid when he acquired it.

And giving up a 150-foot boat for that deserves some credit – but given his love for boats, we won’t be surprised if we hear that Joel would leave land for water.

Peyton Manning – $4.5 Million, Denver

For a man with a yearly salary of $18 million, Peyton Manning’s mansion description would strike anyone as quite modest. For one, the property of the former Broncos quarterback costs a paltry $4.57 million. The 7-bedroom mansion sits on a snug 16,464 square feet of space which also includes a 7-car garage and a panic room.
And it doesn’t save him much in home upkeep anyway – with a security system and panic room like his, he’ll be lucky if all he pays are electricity bills! With a $200 million fortune though, we doubt he’ll face any financial problems whatsoever.

Jimmie Johnson – Est. $14 Million, Manhattan

A rich blend of art and comfort is what Jimmie’s plush Manhattan home exudes. The floor plan is highly flexible, where both the kitchen and dining room can be closed or opened towards the living room. The latter is divided into two seating arrangements and imparts a soft and airy feel. The seven-time champion in the NASCAR cup series deliberately kept the furnishings’ palette throughout the house very neutral except for the study which has oak panels and few walls are in crisp white, replete with artworks from his collection. Now that he’s found this luxury property, we are sure that the racer won’t have to look for retirement homes.

Halle Berry – $5 Million, Beverly Hills

It is hard to believe an Oscar-winning actor won’t be able to afford a $5-million house with her credit card! When it comes to Halle Berry’s tastes, whose net worth reaches the $70 million quote, it goes Mediterranean all the way down. Her Beverly Hills home was first purchased for around $2.3 million and is now on the market for $5 million. The Catwoman star knows how to manage her wealth and get the most out of it. We also don’t think she has any house mortgage to pay for her other glamorous mansions (valued from $8 million to $15 million) in Malibu and Hollywood, CA.

Sheryl Crow – $5.8 Million, Nashville, TN

Being a celebrity singer/songwriter and a single mum comes at a steep price; one that Sheryl Crow had to factor in when buying a home. Hence, her choice of a 50-acre solar-powered Tennessee property comes as no surprise. The convenience of having everything in one place might be enviable indeed, but the cost of insuring a house that boasts everything from a piano room to a recording studio and a church (yes, an actual church) is enough to have any bank account cringing in horror. Let’s not even quibble.

Celine Dion – $65 Million, Florida

The music diva, Celine Dion, with an estimated net worth of $380 million, knows how to work with her bank account potentials by building and designing the most amazing Water Park Mansion located in Florida. She has created her own Bahamian-style paradise on a 10,000-square-foot of land. The mansion is surrounded by inviting pools, a few custom, man-made rivers, basketball, tennis, and croquet courts. It is estimated to cost around $65 million, purely justified by Dion’s living standards.

Katy Perry – $8 Million, California

Latest news regarding pop star Katy Perry indicate her desperate need to sell her house located in Laurel Canyon. She wants to ‘get rid’ of it so much, that she is willing to sell it for not a single-dollar of profit! Perry, whose net worth reaches nearly $100 million, bought the house in 2011 for $6.5 million. Perry’s not-so-modest house collection includes her Colonial House in West Hollywood, her Los Feliz, L.A home worth $3.39 million, her L.A home worth $6.5 million and finally, her New York apartment valued at $2.7 million. She seriously needs to hire a private wealth management expert lest she forgets the number and locations of the houses she owns.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Florida, Estimated $3.4 Million

Dwayne Johnson’s publicity is constantly growing, and with more publicity comes more money. “The Rock” has already been investing in real estate, and his newest addition to his portfolio is his $3.4-million Florida mansion, where he moved in recently. The 13,000 square feet house comes with six palace-styled bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a large home cinema, a gym to maintain his incredible physique, a pool with a hot tub, and elegant gardens. We don’t have details about any loans taken, but for the time being, The Rock doesn’t associate with any financial advisor.

Cher – Estimated $45 Million, Malibu

Cher may have once boasted ownership of this gorgeous Renaissance-style mansion, but power has since changed hands. The 16,000-square-foot property is now owned by Beyoncé. The singer and her husband were considering buying a home with an Italian-style rustic feel when Cher put the property up for sale. And between the artifacts, fireplaces, and Gothic chandeliers, we bet the singer will be considering premium in-house insurance. One thing holds true nonetheless – Cher has impeccable taste.

Miley Cyrus – $2.5 Million, Malibu

Miley Cyrus may be only 24, but her penchant for acquiring real estate precedes her. Unique of her properties is a 2-bedroom Malibu home that seems to contrast sharply with her personality. While the singer appears to have an infamous wild party-girl persona, the $2.5-million purchase is situated on 2.06 acres of lush greenery. Considering the hassle associated with home mortgage loans for properties this size, it appears our Hannah Montana has her head screwed on tight in the home purchase department.

Judge Mathis — Est. $3.199 Million, California

Having a reality show while being a judge pays off a lot – who would have thought? At the age of 59, Judge Mathis is a former 36th District Court judge, and it’s quite obvious why he decided to retire early: he’s got a house worth over $3 million in California. It’s massive, covering an area of 6,399 square feet and features five spacious bedrooms. However, a simple description like this doesn’t do any justice to the beauty that this building has to provide – Judge Mathis has done a wonderful job of decorating it. Working for shows like Judge Mathis has allowed him to have enough money to make investments like these without having any money problems.

Brooke Shields – Est. $4.55 Million, New York City

Brooke Shields, who gained early fame and success for her unparalleled performance in Pretty Baby in 1978, has grown up to be a prolific actress and a savvy investor who has never needed the service of a bankruptcy attorney in her life. The actress recently relocated to a Greenwich Village four-storey townhouse which looks absolutely fabulous from both inside and outside. Shields, who is admittedly a real estate romantic, picked up this 1910 property and took help of a Brooklyn-based design firm to infuse modernism with tradition, and the end result is for all to see.

Diane Keaton – Est. $1.5 million, Los Angeles

When the Academy Award winner had taken a pause from life in Hollywood, she often used her free time visiting construction sites in the hopes of finding a suitable abode. Finally, she got hold of her grand Los Angeles farmhouse, which is spread over an area of 8,000 square feet and is the subject of her new book “The House That Pinterest Built”. Diane Keaton has shelled out $1.5 million dollars to design the property with her own hands and the project has taken over three and a half years – she now calls it a “dream home”. The interiors are filled with pure white cabinetry, raw wooden, beams, subway tile, shiplap-covered walls, and a variety of antiques. This is surely one of the nicest investments of her life.

Ozzy Osbourne –  $10 Million, California

For a couple that listed their rental home for more than $20 million, you would imagine that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne would be less thrifty when buying a home. However, the opposite is, in fact, the case. But its six bedrooms, swimming pool, several bathrooms, and numerous other features seem like sufficient reasons to opt for this choice. With the kids all grown up, no need to be paying higher home insurance rates than necessary.

Winona Ryder – Est. $4,095,000, Beverly Hills

A refurbished version of a 1920 Beverly Hills house is exactly how actress Winona’s nest looks like. Thanks to her Manhattan-based interior designer and actor friend Kevin Haley who helped her at every step, her Beverly Hills mansion underwent a massive makeover. Since Ryder loves furniture, curtain rods and wrought-iron varieties were beautifully placed. To help her engage in her hobby, her interior designer friend transformed the tiny patio and backyard into a lovely garden. No matter how architecturally advanced the house looked, there was a blend of the right sophistication. Well, all good things come at a price, so Ryder surely had to break her bank account for snagging this.

Christie Brinkley – $30 Million, Long Island

One of the many perks of being a blonde stunner is clearly being paid big bucks for walking the runway. And how else would Christie Brinkley even consider buying a home in Long Island if it wasn’t for the perks of her trade? Sure, the 9-bedroom home has been on and off the market with Brinkley’s asking price beginning at $30 million, but it looks like the most eccentric and lavish home to live in. Little wonder she can’t make up her mind on whether or not to give it up.
Wesley Snipes – Est. $4.1 Million, Alpine
Wesley Snipes found himself behind bars for three years as he failed to file his income tax returns. Even though he was released in 2013, this controversy had a negative impact on his career. The well-known, actor, director, and martial artist gained a foothold in the entertainment industry with his performance in films and the list includes Demolition Man and White Men Can’t Jump. His most iconic role so far has been that of Blade in the popular Blade trilogy. We have come to know from the property reports that Wesley and his spouse Nikki sold off their home in Alpine, New Jersey at an approximate price of $4.125 million in 2014. We wouldn’t say that the Snipes couple incurred a loss since that was a pretty good deal they got. It’s nice to know that the duo didn’t have to keep their house on mortgage.

Will be continued later………..

20 Most Beautiful Eyes in the World 2017

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20 Most Beautiful Eyes in the World 2017

By Kimberley on September 6, 2017

It has been said that eyes are the window to the soul, and many men and women alike factor in eye-shape, style, color anymore when they are looking for a potential mate … or date. Blue eyes, green eyes, hazel eyes, and even a clever and confusing combination of the three. We have 20 most beautiful eyes in the world 2017, and some of them are beautiful for looking slightly outside of what is considered to be the norm. Isn’t it the imperfections that actually make someone perfect … ?

Below are 20 Most Beautiful Eyes in The World 2017….. But for me the editor of this Blog….This young girl from India has the most most most beautiful eyes.


1 – Mila Kunis

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Did you know that Mila Kunis had one green eye and one brown eye? No, we didn’t know that either, but it’s actually quite a common eye condition that actually affects more of Hollywood than you might have thought.
Mila’s different in eye color is said to be down to an undiscovered eye complaint in her childhood, which had actually left her blind in one eye for many years without anyone realizing. It was after recent surgery to repair cataracts that she regained her sight.

2 – Angelina Jolie

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You can’t really talk about the most beautiful eyes in the world 2017 without having a special mention for Angelina Jolie’s eyes. Famous for those just as much as she is for her lips, a UK study in 2014 proved that eye color and style / shape was very important when it came to dating. Her blue eyes came up as the sexiest in a number of polls, and second to hers were the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, who also rock those baby blues.

3 – Alexandra Daddario

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She’s got mesmerizing eyes, but some of you may remember this Upper Eastside actress from San Andreas, the saving-the-world thriller also starring The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson. With even the likes of Zac Efron gushing over those big baby blues, you know you’re on to a winner.

4 – Kate Bosworth

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Kate Bosworth is another of the different-coloured-eye-club of Hollywood, with a condition called Heterochromia Iridis. In a lot of people, this condition is rather subtle with very few changes between the two eyes. In the case of Kate Bosworth, however, the condition is very noticeable. If you look at her eyes closely, you’ll see that they are very different colors, and this is NOT something achieved with contact lenses.

5 – Cameron Diaz

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Another member of the baby-blue club, Cameron Diaz has eyes that the world over knows about. If you were asked to pick eyes out of a line, this actresses eyes would probably be the easiest of the bunch. She has very distinctive eyes, big and blue and beautiful, and they’re adored and lusted over by men and women all across the globe. We could stare into those baby blues all day …

6 – Megan Fox

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There seems to be some speculation over whether or not Megan Fox’s look is entirely natural, but you can’t deny that she has, and always has had, a beautiful set of eyes on her. In fact, they have been voted as the most beautiful eyes in the world 2017, and even a few more years before that too. Although it is debated, her face shape, and particularly the eyes, have changed considerably since about 2013 onwards, and many experts suggest these aren’t changes that can easily be achieved with makeup and special trickery alone. We’ll let you make your own minds up.

7 – Giada De Laurentiis

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You’d never guess that this beauty was 47 years old. Giada De Laurentiis’s eyes certainly don’t give the game away, that’s for sure. She’s a chef, TV presenter, writer and more, originally born in Italy, and she’s also appeared on a wide range of TV shows, showing off her culinary skills.

8 – Olivia Wilde

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She’s well known for her exotic looking eyes, much like many of the girls on this list, and also like many of them she has an eye condition called Heterochromia Iridis. Dan Akroyd is another celeb known to have different colored eyes like Olivia Wilde. As well as full Heterochromia Iridis, you can also suffer from a partial version of the condition, and actors that are known to have this include Superman hunk, Henry Cavill, and even Dr. Quinn herself, Jane Seymour.

9 – Elizabeth Taylor

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Elizabeth Taylor was known to have the most beautiful eyes in her day, and part of this was down to clever makeup trickery. Often wearing purple and blue eyeshadows, these are the perfect shades to help make naturally blue eyes look even bluer, and black eyeliner with a brown shadow shade is also another combination commonly used.

10 – Kristin Kreuk

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She has appeared on a number of ‘most beautiful eyes in the world’ lists, and with those steely baby-blues, it’s not surprising. Here’s a fun fact for those of you who also have blue eyes. Studies that took part among women, and also male prison inmates, showed that people with blue eyes had a slightly higher tolerance for alcohol than people with brown eyes. At the same time, however, those with blue eyes were also more likely to abuse the substance too. Who knew eye color could determine so much?!

11 – Kristen Stewart

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Twilight babe, Kristen Stewart is well known for her show-stopping eyes, a bluey-green that seems to shade with every photo taken. Kristen has quite deep set eyes, perfect for bringing a shine to the occasion with stain-style shades on the eyelids. If you also have deep set eyes, makeup experts suggest avoiding darker shadow shades. This can make your eyes look sunken, which is generally not considered a great look.

12 – Aishwarya Rai

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She has some of the most Googled eyes around the world, but Aishwarya Rai is actually quite rare. It is not common to find a woman of Indian descent with blue or green eyes, but she has a hazel, blue, green combination, and one that often changes too. If you take a peek at photos, her eyes look different in almost every shot. It is not uncommon for Aishwarya Rai to wear brown eye lenses for more traditional parts, but we do love it when she embraces her natural eye color.

13 – Demi Moore

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She’s 54 years of age, but you’d never have guessed it to look at Demi Moore. The woman with the beautiful eyes who starred alongside Patrick Swayze in Ghost has had her fair share of troubles in life, with her recent marriage breakdown (from Ashton Kutcher) causing her so much stress, she reportedly lost two of her front teeth as a result of it. In fact, when you look back over the life that Demi Moore has had, it makes her current fame and accomplishments all the more bright, with a rather tough upbringing, a number of failed relationships, mental health problems, and even the need for eye surgery twice to repair her sight behind her.

14 – Alice Eve

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Her right eye is green and her left eye is blue, but that’s not the only thing that makes Alice Eve so beautiful. The English actress is well known in Hollywood circles, with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, Sex and the City 2, and She’s Out of My League under her belt. You may also recall that she popped up in four episodes of Entourage.

15 – Celina Jaitley

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Another Desi beautiful with what appears to be unusually colored eyes, Celina Jaitley is the proud owner of blue, green, grey eyes. Just like others with a light eye shade, the tone of her eyes changes regularly, and seemingly with every photograph taken of her. Ex Miss-India is only 35 years old but has notched up an impressive career list, with beauty queen, model and now acclaimed actress too.

16 – Alyson Hannigan

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Famous for roles in How I Met Your Mother and the American Pie series of movies, Alyson Hannigan also has eyes that are different colors. She has the same condition as Kate Bosworth, but it’s not entirely obvious when you look at her. Rather than having two eyes that are entirely different colors, her eyes are blue on the outside and green on the inside or, on occasion, brown.

17 – Milla Jovovich

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You might not remember this, but Resident Evil babe, Milla Jovovich, was actually a supermodel before she became a kickass actress. You can see why. From an early age she was a natural beauty, winning her spot in the ‘Most Unforgettable Women in the World’ campaign, run by Revlon. What we should probably also tell you is that she was just 11 years of age when this happened. Impressive, right?

18 – Elizabeth Berkley

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Many of us will probably remember American actress, Elizabeth Berkley, from Saved by the Bell, in which she played the part of Jessie Spano. Of course, some of us might even remember her from the much-talked-about 1995 movie, Showgirls, which saw her in some rather compromising positions indeed. Whatever you remember her from, you can’t deny she’s got mighty beautiful eyes. Just like many others on this list she’s been on a few most beautiful lists, and also a few most beautiful eyes lists too. It’s not difficult to understand why.

19 – Jane Seymour

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour, is another in the two-eyes, two-colors club. In fact, we think it made her kind-of perfect for her role as Bond Babe in the 1973 hit, Live and Let Die. She was actually born in London, UK on February 15th, 1951. Yes, that’s right, she’s 66 years old, but with eyes as gorgeous as hers, you’d never have guessed it.

20 – Charlize Theron

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Another blonde bombshell in the world of Hollywood, the eyes of Charlize Theron are well known across the globe. Exotic and beautifully adorned with clever makeup, it might surprise you to learn that the actress actually has green eyes, and not blue (like we thought they were).

Suicide Rates Increase in Nearly All States

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Suicide Rates Increase in Nearly All States

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In a concerning trend, deaths from suicide have increased in nearly every U.S. state in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report found that from 1999 to 2016, suicide rates increased in 49 states, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30 percent. Overall, nearly 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016, which is more than twice the number of deaths from homicide, the CDC said.

Suicide is “a tragedy for families and communities across the country,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a statement. “From individuals and communities, to employers and health care professionals, everyone can play a role in efforts to help save lives and reverse this troubling rise in suicide.” [5 Myths About Suicide, Debunked]

Although suicide is often attributed solely to mental health conditions, it is rarely caused by a single factor, the researchers said. Indeed, the report found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of their death. Other problems often contribute to suicide risk, such as relationship problems, substance use, or financial or job stress.

Still, Schuchat stressed that better recognition of mental health conditions and improved access to mental health care remain important in preventing suicides.

But “if we only look at this as a mental health issue, we won’t make the progress that we need,” Schuchat said in news conference today (June 7). People can help prevent suicide by recognizing the warning signs, as well as the circumstances that often lead up to suicide, and take this as an opportunity to reach out to the person and help them get the help they need, Schuchat said.

According to #BeThe1To, a public health campaign by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, warning signs for suicide can include talking about feeling hopeless, trapped or like a burden to others; talking about wanting to die; increasing drug and alcohol use; acting anxiously or behaving recklessly; withdrawing from people; and experiencing extreme mood swings.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and just one of three leading causes of death that’s on the rise, according to the CDC.

The new report also found that, among U.S. states and the District of Columbia, suicide rates varied fourfold in 2014-2016, from about 7 per 100,000 residents per year in Washington, D.C., to 29 per 100,000 residents per year in Montana.

During the study period, suicide rates increased in nearly all states, with increases ranging from about 6 percent in Delaware to 57 percent in North Dakota. In Nevada, the only state that saw a decrease, the rate fell by 1 percent. (But Nevada still had a relatively high suicide rate during the study period.)

Preventing suicide requires help from all sectors of society, the researchers said. For example, states can help by expanding options for temporary assistance for those struggling with financial or housing stress; health care systems can help by offering treatment options by phone or online in places where services are not widely available; and communities can help by offering programs and events that bring people together so they feel connected. Everyone can help by learning the warning signs for suicide and how to respond.

Original article on Live Science.

Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights

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Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is the Hindu festival of lights. It is celebrated for five days across India and other parts of southern Asia, as well as in many other places around the world. It is the biggest Hindu festival and most important Hindu holiday of the year. During Diwali, people perform cleansing rituals, decorate their homes, gather for special feasts, exchange gifts and light fireworks.

Though the exact dates change depending on local custom, the festival is typically celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik, which falls in October or November. In 2018, the festival will start on Nov. 5 and end on Nov. 9, according to the Indian Express.

Diwali is “the most awaited and the most celebrated festival of India,” according to the Society for the Confluence of Festivals of India (SCFI), an association that promotes awareness of the festival. It is like rolling “a bit of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July all into one,” according to Hinduism Today.

Diwali celebrates the light overcoming the dark, according to the SCFI’s website, The light symbolizes knowledge and wisdom, while darkness is a symbol for all negative forces, such as wickedness, destruction, violence, lust, envy, injustice, greed, oppression and suffering.

Hindu children held earthen lamps called diyas to celebrate Diwali.

Hindu children held earthen lamps called diyas to celebrate Diwali.

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Households light dozens of little clay oil lamps, called diyas, to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The word “Diwali,” or “Deepawali” in Sanskrit, means “a row of lamps” in Sanskrit.

The festival’s roots lie in Hindu scriptures and legends, according to the SCFI, and there are many stories associated with the celebration. For example, Diwali commemorates the triumph of Rama, the lord of virtue, over the demon Ravana, as well as the return of Rama to his kingdom after 14 years of exile.

Hindus also commemorate the victory of the god Krishna over Narakasura, a king who had aligned himself with a demon, causing him to turn evil. Also, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth — including the wealth of money, pleasure, power, strength, knowledge, peace and children — is said to walk the Earth and bless people. Other legends are celebrated according to different local customs. Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists also celebrate Diwali but mark different events and stories. However, they all symbolize the victory of light over darkness.

Street vendors sell colorful clay idols of the goddess Lakshmi for Diwali.

Street vendors sell colorful clay idols of the goddess Lakshmi for Diwali.

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The names of the five days of Diwali vary by region. Each day has its own set of traditions and rituals. “The uniqueness of this festival is its harmony of five varied philosophies, with each day to a special thought or ideal,” according to the SCFI.


On the first day of Diwali, called Dhanteras (or Dhanvantari Triodasi, Dhantrayodashi or Dhan Theras), Hindus celebrate the day that Dhanvantari, the god of good health and medicine, emerged from the ocean with the gift of Ayurveda (the knowledge of life) to humanity, according to the SCFI. They also celebrate the day that Lakshmi also came out of the ocean with a pot of gold, according to the Indian Express. “Dhanteras” translates to mean wealth and prosperity.

Leading up to this day, houses and businesses are cleaned and decorated. Floors are decorated with bright, geometric patterns called rangoli, which serve as symbols of good luck and welcome guests and Lakshmi.

The diyas are lighted in every room of the home all night long so that the dark cannot enter. Sweet snacks, called prasad, are offered to Lakshmi and Yama Raj, the god of death, with prayers (puja) for protection from an untimely death.

This is also a major shopping day, especially for new clothes and for gold ornaments and silver utensils, in order to bring luck and prosperity, according to the Indian Express.

Narak Chaturdasi (Choti Diwali)

On the second day of Diwali, known as Choti Diwali orNarak Chaturdasi, Hindus remember Krishna’s victory over Narakasura. Others, especially in northern India, celebrate Rama and his victory against Ravana, while those in Bengal worship Kali, the goddess of death. Jains also celebrate Mahaveera, the 24th tirthankara (spiritual teacher) of Jainism and his reaching nirvana, or perfection.

On this day, fewer diyas are lit, and fewer fireworks are set off. Many people take a ritual bath before sunrise, rubbing massage oil and uptan (a paste of garam flour and fragrant powders) onto their bodies to relieve tension. They rest to prepare for fully celebrating Diwali.

Lakshmi Puja

The third day, Lakshmi Puja, is the main day of Diwali festivities. It falls on the night of the new moon. Celebrators clean their houses and themselves, dress in their best clothes and pray to Lakshmi and Ganesha, the god of wisdom and remover of obstacles, according to the Indian Express. The prayer rituals can take hours to perform. Lakshmi is believed to roam the land at night and visit the cleanest house first. Diyas are placed in all the house’s windows to welcome the goddess. The night ends with huge feasts and fireworks.


The fourth day of Diwali is known as Padwa or Govardhan Puja. Celebrators prepare and offer up a large mountain of vegetarian food to express their gratitude to the gods, according to the SCFI. The day commemorates when Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to protect villagers from torrential rains and flooding. The mountain of food represents the hill. After the festival, the food is shared by all.

A ritual performed on this day involves building a mound out of mud or cow dung to represent Govardhan Hill, according to the Times of India. The mini-mountain is then adorned with food and flowers and prayers are made to Krishna.

Bhai Duj

The fifth day of Diwali, known as Bhai Duj (also spelled Bhai Dooj)or Bhai Tika (also spelled Bhai Teeka), is dedicated to sisters. According to legend, Yama Raj, the god of death, visited his sister on this day. He gave his sister a vardhan (a blessing), which would be distributed to all those who visited her on that day, freeing them from their sins and allowing them to achieve moksha (final emancipation). Brothers visit their sisters’ homes on this last day of Diwali to pray for long life and prosperity.

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