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Stephen King’s House Is as Creepy as You’d Imagine: Do You Dare to Look?

Loungtastic’s Videos On YouTube! 🛬 Cue the creepy music: Stephen King’s house in Bangor, ME, is now vacant. After 37 years of living in this small Maine city, the literal King of horror novels is decamping elsewhere. celebrity real estate news

Apparently, he’s been spending more time at his summer home in Center Lovell, ME, a lake region near the New Hampshire border, and catching the Sunshine State’s rays in Casey Key, FL.

As for the home King’s leaving behind, it’s as creepy as you’d expect. While interior photos aren’t available, the exterior says it all, with a wrought-iron fence adorned in bats, spiderwebs, and an ornate letter “K” surrounding a blood-red Victorian house topped with towers and turrets.

This 1870 home won’t be on the market for regular folks to snap up, nor will it be turned into a tourist attraction akin to Graceland.

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Instead, the home will be rezoned as a nonprofit for King’s archives (his papers are currently stored at the University of Maine, in Orono, his alma mater), and a retreat will be established for up to five writers-in-residence, who will stay in the guesthouse next door.

Maybe you have a novel inside you, ready to burst onto the page? You could research your story in one of the five bedrooms, pace the nearly 5,000 square feet of floorboards, and stroll the 2-acre grounds, mulling your character’s arc. Alas, it’s too soon to talk about the application process, as no timeline has been announced for the retreat. So you’ve got plenty of time to start hatching your plot!

A brief history of Stephen King’s house | Loungtastic

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According to an essay King wrote for the Bangor Historical Society, he and his wife, Tabitha, moved to Bangor in 1979, choosing it over larger Portland, two hours south, because they fell in love with the house, the tree-lined street, and the fact that their kids could walk to school. Their kids were less enamored of the place at first (King’s eldest son believed there were ghosts in the turrets).

The area afforded useful fodder for several of King’s most famous works—including “It,” which he wrote there and was published in 1986. In fact, Derry, the fictional town in “It,” was based on Bangor. King once wrote that “any native of this city will recognize [Derry] almost at once as Bangor.”

Indeed, many real-life places in Bangor, including the Thomas Hill Standpipe and the Kenduskeag Stream canals, appear in “It” and other novels, including “Insomnia,” “Dreamcatcher,” “11/22/63,” and others.

For an aspiring novelist, there’s nothing more scintillating than sleeping in a famous writer’s former home. Scott Turow—acclaimed author of 11 novels and three nonfiction titles—once lived in this 10,800-square-foot manse in Glencoe, IL, 25 miles north of Chicago. celebrity real estate news

It recently sold for $5.15 million after nearly two months on the market. Turow owned the home from 2001 to 2009, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Listed with Marlene Rubenstein of Baird & Warner Highland Park for $5.5 million, the modern home was built in 1997 and designed by Tony Grunsfeld. Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, the five-bedroom home is packed with luxe amenities.

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They include a chef’s kitchen equipped with wine cooler, warming drawers, indoor grill, and Sub-Zero appliances. An enormous home gym features black-and-red-striped walls to get you energized for working out. celebrity real estate news

There’s also a library (of course) with built-in shelving and wall paneling plus a fireplace to keep things cozy. When it’s time to buckle down and go to work, the owner can retreat to a stellar home office.

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And executives will swoon over the conference room located on the lower level—it’s perfect for hosting off-site meetings.

The extensive use of blond wood and walls of windows enhances the spacing and lighting of the home’s open floor plan.

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Nearly every room features fabulous views of Lake Michigan, and the property comes with 133 feet of private beach.

A four-car garage means there’s ample room for vehicles and other toys—like, say, a boat. The master suite is on the first floor and features his-and-her dressing rooms, a walk-in closet, and access to the patio.celebrity real estate news

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R Is for Reduction: Sue Grafton’s Montecito Mansion Gets a Price Cut | Loungtastic

Sue Grafton, beloved author of best-selling mysteries, was known for weaving an intriguing tale. The late writer also managed to whip up an intriguing home.

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She and husband Steve Humphrey designed a beautiful mansion on a hill in Montecito, CA. It’s listed with a new price of $6,999,000, after going on the market earlier this year with an $8.5 million price tag.

The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home was completed in 2010. Grafton, who also spent time in her native Kentucky, where she owned another stylish estate, filled the coastal California property with a distinctive mix of SoCal cool and Southern charm. The author died in late 2017, after completing “Y is for Yesterday,” her last novel in the series.

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“Showcasing a Southern flair, this traditional home is filled with Martha Stewart’s collection of colors and does not have a single white wall,” says listing agent Crysta Metzger.

“The eaves of the home are painted in Haint Blue to keep the spirits and haints out, which is the Southern pronunciation of ‘haunt,'” says Metzger. “Mixing Southern California living with Southern hospitality, the home’s attention to detail and careful choice of materials offer a timeless elegance that does not disappoint.”

Tucked away on 2.04 hillside acres, the property includes a 5,790-square-foot main residence and a 800-square-foot guesthouse situated above a three-car garage.

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Elegant and expansive porches with lattice railings wrap much of the exterior. They’re the perfect place for rocking chairs, swings, and tall glasses of sweet tea. There’s even a fireplace on the front porch for those chilly coastal nights.

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There are three more fireplaces inside, in the formal living room, formal dining room, and master suite.

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The spacious master suite also features French doors opening to a balcony with a view of the hills and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The luxurious marble bathroom comes with a soaking tub, separate shower, and dual sinks.

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As you would expect from a prolific writer, there are plenty of built-in bookcases, as well as reading nooks situated to take advantage of the sunlight coming in from large windows.

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There’s also plenty of room for cookbooks in the chef’s kitchen with its double islands, marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and large pantry.

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Outdoors, walking paths wind past ponds and fountains under mature oak trees for which the area is famous. A long, gated driveway is lined with specimen fruit and other ornamental trees.

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It’s easy to see how the lovely setting informed her lead character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone, whom Grafton based in Santa Teresa, a fictionalized version of Santa Barbara.

Insane NFL Player’s Homes | Loungtastic

1. Tom Brady – $40 million

New England Patriots quarterback Tom owns a 5.2-acre house in Boston. The $40 million property includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool with a Baja shelf, an extensive library, a wine cellar, and a yoga studio.

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2. Troy Polamalu –   $4.75 million

Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Troy Polamalu purchased a 1.75- acre mansion in La Jolla, California. The $4.75 million house includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a swimming pool, outdoor loggia, three stone fireplaces, and a four-car garage.

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3. Aaron Rodgers – $425K

Aaron Rodgers, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, is reported to have sold his house for only $425K to one of his fans. Can you believe that?

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4. Antonio Brown – $6.6 million

Gridiron god Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is best known for tremendous swagger both on and off the field. Brown has not just one, but two properties in his hometown of Miami. One of the houses cost him $6.6 million, which contains a dozen bedrooms and private movie theater, as well as an impressive sneaker collection.

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5. Tom Romo –  $9 million

One of the most acclaimed quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys history, Tom Romo bought the lavish mansion for $9 million. The house features six bedrooms, a huge swimming pool, four bathrooms, and big gardens.

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6. Eric Decker – $1.45 million

Decker's house was built in 2006, and the house includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar and a bathtub in the shape of a boat. Last year, Eric and his wife decided to sell their house for $1.45 million.

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7. Julio Jones – $1.25 million

Playing for the Atlanta Falcons of his whole career, Julio Jones got his own expensive mansion in 2013 for $1.25 million. The estate includes seven bedrooms, a tennis court, nine bathrooms, an outdoor kitchen, and a guesthouse with two bedrooms and bathrooms.

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8. Adrian Peterson – $6.7 million

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson first put his estate on the market for a price of $6.7 million. The luxurious estate includes six bedrooms, ten and a half bathrooms, a walk-in cellar, a two-story library and a full bar with game room attached.

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9. Patrick Peterson – $2.69 million

Having been named the best defensive player at the Arizona Cardinals, Patrick Peterson dropped an estimated $2.69 million on this incredible mansion in Scottsdale. The estate comes with six bedrooms, a guesthouse, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar, and many other luxurious features.

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10. Peyton Manning – $3.4 million

Peyton Manning is the proud owner of an 8,810 square-foot mansion. The fabulous house features 900 feet of shoreline, a private dock, an electric boat lift, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Norman.

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11. Jay Cutler – $4.75 million

Former NFL star Jay Cutler bought an incredible estate in Chicago after marrying reality TV star Kristin Cavallari. The mansion includes seven bedrooms, a home cinema, a basketball court, and a garage that fits four cars.

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12. Colin Kaepernick – $3 million

Colin Kaepernick became a controversial player in the NFL when he protested by not standing during the national anthem. Despite all this, Kaepernick has always been a well paid player. He has a lavish house valued at $3 million in California, which has four bedrooms, a swimming pool with a waterfall, and a wall aquarium.

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13. Rob Gronkowski – $2.2 million

Gronk purchased his $2.2 million penthouse in Boston, which has an incredible view. In March 2018, his house was unfortunately robbed, and one of the suspects is still at large.

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14. Marshawn Lynch – $3.6 million

As an Oakland Raiders running back, Marshawn Lynch has always been a crushing enemy for his opponents. His lavish home, which was voted as the most extravagant NFL home in 2016, features an incredible view of the San Francisco Bay, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 7,000 square feet of pure opulence.

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15. Von Miller – $8 million

Besides his whopping salary at the Denver Broncos, Von Miller bags even more cash with his TV activity, appearing on the Dancing with the Stars in 2015. Von Miller is the proud owner of a Cherry Hills Village mansion, which features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a closet with 800 pairs of shoes.

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16. Eli Manning – $8.5 million

Not as legendary as his brother Peyton is, Eli Manning has still been a terrific quarterback for the New York Giants. He got himself a deluxe house, sitting right next to the sea. The house includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a vast pool, and extensive gardens.

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17. Ryan Tannehill – $4.3 million

Playing for the Miami Dolphins since 2012, Ryan Tannehill has long been the team's starting quarterback. Ryan got his own mansion in 2016 for $4.2 million. The home features four bedrooms, a private gym, home theater, five bathrooms, a big pool, and a huge garden.

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18. Ndamukong Suh – $6.5 million

Ndamukong Suh, is one of the best defensive tackles in the league and recently signed a new contact with the Los Angeles Rams. Suh is the proud owner of a mansion in Fort Lauderdale, featuring a wine cellar, eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, a waterfall, and a private gym.

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19. Julius Peppers – $6.5 million

Julius Peppers is still not slowing down even in his late 30s. He purchased his luxury house in 2015 and now he is looking to sell it for $6.5 million. The incredible home includes eight bedrooms, a chef's kitchen, eight bathrooms, and a gorgeous pool.

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20. Michael Strahan – $21.5 million

Michael Strahan has long been an iconic figure in the NFL. Besides his high salary as a football player, he has found many other ways to maintain his personal finances as a TV personality. He bought a humongous mansion in Los Angeles that was eventually sold for a $21.5 million.

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Finding the perfect place to live is hard, and these real estate terms aren’t making it any easier.

“Closing” celebrity real estate news

“Closing is when all of the preliminary steps to buying the house have been completed (home inspection, escrow, financing), and the deal actually goes through.” -Eric S.

“When the walls of the house are literally closing in on you. You should’ve never taken that golden statue from the treasure room!” -Tyler H.

“When the real estate agent brings coffee to close the deal.” -Clark M.

The actual definition: The meeting at which a home sale is finalized. The buyer signs the mortgage, pays closing costs, and receives the title to the home. The seller pays closing costs and receives the net proceeds from the home sale.

“Contingency” celebrity real estate news

“Contingency is a contractual precondition that must be met in order for the agreement in the contract to become enforceable (Ex. ‘I’ll buy your house ONLY IF I don’t find any hostages locked in your basement.’).” -Eric S.

“Some sort of poltergeist haunting.” -Mandy C.

“Signing a lease with certain stipulations.” -Clark M.

The actual definition: A condition that must be fulfilled before a contract is binding.

“Counteroffer” celebrity real estate news

“A negotiation tactic when signing a lease.” -Clark M.

“For those true marble and granite connoisseurs out there, this is when you walk into a house and see a countertop you really like and say, ‘Can I take this?'” -Tyler H.

“Like your offer, but vengeful.” -Kyle D.

The actual definition: An offer in response to an original offer.

“Earnest Money Deposit” celebrity real estate news

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“A deposit made with good intentions.” -Kyle D.

“When you don’t have all the money but are good for the installments.” -Clark M.

The actual definition: The deposit given by a buyer to a seller to show that the buyer is serious about purchasing the home. Earnest money usually is refundable to homebuyers in the event a contingency of the sales contract cannot be met.

“Escrow” celebrity real estate news

“Another name for those wacky things people put on the wall. Like a sconce, but more load-bearing.” -Alex W.

“Crow in Spanish.” -Tim U.

“I have no idea. This one is hard.” -Ashley B. Subscribe To Loungtastic’s Videos On YouTube! 🛬

The actual definition: The holding of documents and money by a neutral third party prior to closing.

“Foreclosure” celebrity real estate news

“I’m not entirely sure, but I think it’s pretty obvious that you don’t want this to happen to you.” -Kyle D.

“Prelude to peasantry.” -Mandy C.

“When you forget to pay your mortgage, for months on end.” -Clark M. The actual definition: A legal process by which the lender or the seller forces a sale of a mortgaged property because the borrower has not met the terms of the mortgage. Also known as a repossession of property.

“Loan-to-value Ratio” celebrity real estate news

“Loan-to-value ratio is a test you have to take when applying for a loan to see if you have the kind of values of a person who promptly and reliably repays loans at reasonable interest rates. You may only use a No. 2 pencil on this test and please fill in all the bubbles as neatly as you can to avoid inconsistencies in grading. ” -Eric S. “Something we were not taught in high school mathematics.” -Kyle D. “The congruence of my mind on my money with my money on my mind.” -Mandy C.

The actual definition: The ratio of the amount of money owed on a home to the home’s value. The LTV ratio for a $100,000 home financed with a $90,000 mortgage would be 90%, for example.

“Mortgage Insurance” celebrity real estate news

“A monthly payment for your monthly payment to be paid until you die. -Kyle D.

“Two concepts that teachers told us were important in school but never fully explained.” -Emily C.

“Insurance on your mortgage because life is unpredictable, and things might happen.” -Clark M. Subscribe To Loungtastic’s Videos On YouTube! 🛬

The actual definition: Money paid to insure the mortgage when the down payment is less than 20%.

“Short Sale” celebrity real estate news

“Short sale is when you make a short person – usually a child – complete your sale and hope that their cuteness will make it a better deal for you.” -Emily C.

“A short sale is where you get a free pair of cargo shorts as a thank-you for buying the house. Custom dictates that you get to choose the color, but they absolutely must be cargo shorts. There’s no wiggle room on that.” -Eric S.

“When the house is only on the market for a second before it’s bought up. ‘Wow! That sure was a short sale, Dirk!'” -Tyler H.

The actual definition: A short sale is a transaction in which the lender, or lenders, agrees to accept less than the mortgage amount owed by the current homeowner.

“Underwriting” celebrity real estate news Subscribe To Loungtastic’s Videos On YouTube! 🛬

“Underwriting is the really small text that nobody reads under the regular-sized text.” -Emily C.

“When weird writing in blood mysteriously starts appearing on every surface in your newly purchased house and you think, ‘Hm, must be something weird going on under here.'” -Tyler H.

“Underwriting is a person, or more commonly, a financial institution that agrees to stand as guarantor of your home purchase in the event something goes wrong and you can’t pay. In that case, the bank takes possession of the house and lets its nephew crash there for a few days until he can get back on his feet after just…a real tough year.” -Eric S.

The actual definition: The process of evaluating a loan application to determine if it meets the lender’s standards.

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Teacher Punished For Giving Oral Sex To Students

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If this woman, Jill Meldrum-Jones, looks to you like she’s feeling terrified, that could well be the case. She admitted to doing something completely wrong and inexusable on an airplane (and other places), lost her teaching career and faces jail time because of what she did.

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You would think a married teaching assistant and mother of two living and working in England would enjoy a chance to chaperone and be part of a four-day school trip to South Africa just for the break, wouldn’t you?

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Wouldn’t you expect that a 37-year-old teaching assistant, who is also a wife and mother, would teach the kids about South Africa since that’s where the class was going? But instead, Meldrum-Jones went where she shouldn’t have ever gone at all…

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On the airplane full of students, Jill Meldrum-Jones sexually molested a 15-year-old student of hers by masturbating him and giving him oral sex during the flight home to England from South Africa. She actually admitted to doing those two acts three times each during the 10 hour flight “under the cover of darkness.”

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Even worse, this wasn’t the first time Meldrum-Jones had performed sex acts on this child. She told the court there were several other occasions she engaged in sexual acts with this student during this school trip. The teaching assistant admitted that the first time she performed a sex act on the child was on a mini-bus on the way back from a day-long excursion. In addition to the charges of child molestation, Meldrum-Jones pled guilty to two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity which involved him performing oral sex on her.

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After the South Africa school trip, rumors about something going on with the teaching assistant and student were circulating and the two were often seen going for walks together. The school can’t be named to protect the child. Under questioning by authorities, Meldrum-Jones admitted what she’d done before pleading guilty in court.

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Jill Meldrum-Jones was given a jail sentence of two years, eight months. She has been added to the sex-offender registry list.

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Trump Impeached

Impeachment Begins…

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Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor before the House vote on a resolution to formalize impeachment proceedings, marking a significant step in the ongoing inquiry into Impeaching President Trump…

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” she said after emerging from a meeting of House Democrats in the basement of the Capitol. Mr. Trump, she said, “must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”

The announcement was a stunning development that unfolded after months of caution by House Democrats, who have been divided over using the ultimate remedy to address what they have called flagrant misconduct by the president.

In this case, with an avalanche of Democrats — including many who had resisted the move — now demanding it, Ms. Pelosi said that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, have left the House no alternative outside of impeachment. The inquiry has the potential to reshape Mr. Trump’s presidency and to cleave an already divided nation only a year before he plans to stand for re-election.

At issue are allegations that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his son. The conversation is said to be part of a whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress.

Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that he would authorize the release of a transcript of the conversation, practically daring Democrats to try to find an impeachable offense in a conversation that he has called “perfect.” But Democrats, after months of holding back, demanded the full whistle-blower complaint, even as they pushed toward an expansive impeachment inquiry that could encompass unrelated charges.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Ms. Pelosi said.

In a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Pelosi told senior Democrats that the chairmen of the six committees that have been investigating Mr. Trump for various issues would put together their best cases on potentially impeachable offenses by the president and send them to the Judiciary Committee, according to two officials familiar with the conversation. That could potentially lay the groundwork for articles of impeachment based on the findings.

The decision to begin a formal impeachment inquiry does not necessarily mean that the House will ultimately vote to charge Mr. Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors — much less that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to remove him. But Ms. Pelosi and her leadership would not initiate the process unless they were prepared to reach that outcome.

Airline Secrets Revealed

It doesn’t matter if being up in the air feels like a second home to you and you’re practically an honorary pilot at this point for how much you jet set — there’s a lot you probably never knew about your commercial flying experience.

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1 You’re probably flying with dead bodies.

Airlines need to make money however they can, and that includes taking on additional cargo like corpses and body parts. Ever wonder how donated kidneys make it from St. Louis to Dallas, or a body is flown from one city to another? Now you do.

—>2 You should never, ever drink the coffee or tea.

Your commercial flight has only three possible ways of getting the water for that fresh brew: bottled (too expensive, you’ll need to fly private for that), bathroom tap (the same sink someone may have used to deal with air sickness after a bout of turbulence), or from a fresh tap water holding tank that’s positioned just a few inches from the human waste and trash tank on most commercial flights. You do the math, and consider a can of seltzer or bringing your own Starbucks on board.

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—>3 Cabin lights get dimmed for a reason.

It’s not mood lighting, people. It’s for the sake of your eyes adjusting more easily to the outside world in the event of a crash upon landing. Less soothing than thinking your pilot just wants to create a spa-like environment, right?

—>4 Your floatation device may be missing.

While airplane designing minds decided long ago that storing floatation devices and vests under seat cushions would be a great way to maximize space and safety, they never accounted for the popularity of thieving passengers. It turns out those vests are one of the top stolen items on airplanes, and the crew hardly has time to notice. Make sure you check under your seat before taking off.

—>5 Your cell phone won’t make the plane crash.

But the signal censors up front in the cockpit are pretty sensitive, so if your pilot is up front trying to get clearance for a takeoff and you plus 30 of your favorite seat mates can’t just enjoy airplane mode for a few minutes — you’re going to delay everyone. Don’t be that person.

—>6 Nobody can tell you not to breastfeed.

If you’re up in the air and your baby is hungry or cranky, it’s your right to feed. If the passenger next to you complains or causes a stir, the cabin crew is usually obligated to relocate them, not you.

—>7 Bad passengers are seated in the kiddie section.

If for some reason your seat changes last minute and you find yourself in the middle of a family of 14 young children, it’s likely because you did something to annoy the gate agent. Yes, they can punish you, so it’s best not to be rude or demanding.

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Trump Impeached

Impeachment Begins…

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Faced with new allegations against President Trump and administration stonewalling, Democrats have ended months of caution.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor before the House vote on a resolution to formalize impeachment proceedings, marking a significant step in the ongoing inquiry into Impeaching President Trump…

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution,” she said after emerging from a meeting of House Democrats in the basement of the Capitol. Mr. Trump, she said, “must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”

The announcement was a stunning development that unfolded after months of caution by House Democrats, who have been divided over using the ultimate remedy to address what they have called flagrant misconduct by the president.

In this case, with an avalanche of Democrats — including many who had resisted the move — now demanding it, Ms. Pelosi said that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, have left the House no alternative outside of impeachment. The inquiry has the potential to reshape Mr. Trump’s presidency and to cleave an already divided nation only a year before he plans to stand for re-election.

At issue are allegations that Mr. Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to open a corruption investigation of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his son. The conversation is said to be part of a whistle-blower complaint that the Trump administration has withheld from Congress.

Mr. Trump said on Tuesday that he would authorize the release of a transcript of the conversation, practically daring Democrats to try to find an impeachable offense in a conversation that he has called “perfect.” But Democrats, after months of holding back, demanded the full whistle-blower complaint, even as they pushed toward an expansive impeachment inquiry that could encompass unrelated charges.

“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable facts of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Ms. Pelosi said.

In a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Ms. Pelosi told senior Democrats that the chairmen of the six committees that have been investigating Mr. Trump for various issues would put together their best cases on potentially impeachable offenses by the president and send them to the Judiciary Committee, according to two officials familiar with the conversation. That could potentially lay the groundwork for articles of impeachment based on the findings.

The decision to begin a formal impeachment inquiry does not necessarily mean that the House will ultimately vote to charge Mr. Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors — much less that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to remove him. But Ms. Pelosi and her leadership would not initiate the process unless they were prepared to reach that outcome.

Airline Secrets Revealed

It doesn’t matter if being up in the air feels like a second home to you and you’re practically an honorary pilot at this point for how much you jet set — there’s a lot you probably never knew about your commercial flying experience.

celebrity real estate news

1 You’re probably flying with dead bodies.

Airlines need to make money however they can, and that includes taking on additional cargo like corpses and body parts. Ever wonder how donated kidneys make it from St. Louis to Dallas, or a body is flown from one city to another? Now you do.

—>2 You should never, ever drink the coffee or tea.

Your commercial flight has only three possible ways of getting the water for that fresh brew: bottled (too expensive, you’ll need to fly private for that), bathroom tap (the same sink someone may have used to deal with air sickness after a bout of turbulence), or from a fresh tap water holding tank that’s positioned just a few inches from the human waste and trash tank on most commercial flights. You do the math, and consider a can of seltzer or bringing your own Starbucks on board.

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—>3 Cabin lights get dimmed for a reason.

It’s not mood lighting, people. It’s for the sake of your eyes adjusting more easily to the outside world in the event of a crash upon landing. Less soothing than thinking your pilot just wants to create a spa-like environment, right?

—>4 Your floatation device may be missing.

While airplane designing minds decided long ago that storing floatation devices and vests under seat cushions would be a great way to maximize space and safety, they never accounted for the popularity of thieving passengers. It turns out those vests are one of the top stolen items on airplanes, and the crew hardly has time to notice. Make sure you check under your seat before taking off.

—>5 Your cell phone won’t make the plane crash.

But the signal censors up front in the cockpit are pretty sensitive, so if your pilot is up front trying to get clearance for a takeoff and you plus 30 of your favorite seat mates can’t just enjoy airplane mode for a few minutes — you’re going to delay everyone. Don’t be that person.

—>6 Nobody can tell you not to breastfeed.

If you’re up in the air and your baby is hungry or cranky, it’s your right to feed. If the passenger next to you complains or causes a stir, the cabin crew is usually obligated to relocate them, not you.

—>7 Bad passengers are seated in the kiddie section.

If for some reason your seat changes last minute and you find yourself in the middle of a family of 14 young children, it’s likely because you did something to annoy the gate agent. Yes, they can punish you, so it’s best not to be rude or demanding.

Look at this beautiful house for sale in the Philadelphia suburbs. Looks great for a family!

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OK, the kitchen is a little dated, but great space and light.

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High ceilings, fireplace… Wonderful.

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Great space for entertaining!

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Nice size master bedroom… It has its own fireplace!

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Ooh! A gym! Wonderful.

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OH HEY WAIT WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS, A SEX SWING?

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OH MY GOD IT’S A SEX ROOM!

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GOOD GOD…

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THERE IS A STRAIGHT-UP SEX DUNGEON IN THE BASEMENT.

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Yes, it’s a fucking sex house. The 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home just went on the market, and yes, the furniture — sex swing and all — is included in the $750,000 listing price.

“Total suburban beautiful home,” the listing’s realtor Melissa Leonard told BuzzFeed News. “But the twist is it has this sex oasis in the basement.”

According to Leonard, the owner lived there with his family for years, until his wife died and he moved with his family to Philadelphia. In the meantime, he set up the house as an Airbnb to rent out over the last few months.

The Airbnb listing is titled “Maison XS – Just Be You” and has photos of the “underground adult room” with moody lighting. The Airbnb rents for $750 per night (yes, there is also a $250 cleaning fee, which seems exceedingly reasonable).

Maple Glen, where the home is located, is a sleepy suburb of Philadelphia with good schools and fewer than 10,000 residents. The sex house is located on a private street with just two other neighbors. Leonard is not sure what the neighbors think of the sex house, or if they know at all.

The home listing went viral on social media within hours of showing up on real estate site Redfin. Leonard is delighted by the attention and hoping for a buyer who sees a unique opportunity. “The big question I get from other realtors is, ‘How did you keep a straight face?'” she said.

UPDATE:

The mystery of how the neighbors feel has been resolved. In an interview with Slate, realtor Melissa Leonard was interrupted by an angry neighbor. Slate’s Dan Kois, on the other end of the phone, overheard this: sex house listing

Cue the creepy music: Stephen King’s house in Bangor, ME, is now vacant. After 37 years of living in this small Maine city, the literal King of horror novels is decamping elsewhere. celebrity real estate news

Apparently, he’s been spending more time at his summer home in Center Lovell, ME, a lake region near the New Hampshire border, and catching the Sunshine State’s rays in Casey Key, FL.

As for the home King’s leaving behind, it’s as creepy as you’d expect. While interior photos aren’t available, the exterior says it all, with a wrought-iron fence adorned in bats, spiderwebs, and an ornate letter “K” surrounding a blood-red Victorian house topped with towers and turrets.

This 1870 home won’t be on the market for regular folks to snap up, nor will it be turned into a tourist attraction akin to Graceland.

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Instead, the home will be rezoned as a nonprofit for King’s archives (his papers are currently stored at the University of Maine, in Orono, his alma mater), and a retreat will be established for up to five writers-in-residence, who will stay in the guesthouse next door.

Maybe you have a novel inside you, ready to burst onto the page? You could research your story in one of the five bedrooms, pace the nearly 5,000 square feet of floorboards, and stroll the 2-acre grounds, mulling your character’s arc. Alas, it’s too soon to talk about the application process, as no timeline has been announced for the retreat. So you’ve got plenty of time to start hatching your plot!

A brief history of Stephen King’s house | Loungtastic

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According to an essay King wrote for the Bangor Historical Society, he and his wife, Tabitha, moved to Bangor in 1979, choosing it over larger Portland, two hours south, because they fell in love with the house, the tree-lined street, and the fact that their kids could walk to school. Their kids were less enamored of the place at first (King’s eldest son believed there were ghosts in the turrets).

The area afforded useful fodder for several of King’s most famous works—including “It,” which he wrote there and was published in 1986. In fact, Derry, the fictional town in “It,” was based on Bangor. King once wrote that “any native of this city will recognize [Derry] almost at once as Bangor.”

Indeed, many real-life places in Bangor, including the Thomas Hill Standpipe and the Kenduskeag Stream canals, appear in “It” and other novels, including “Insomnia,” “Dreamcatcher,” “11/22/63,” and others.

For an aspiring novelist, there’s nothing more scintillating than sleeping in a famous writer’s former home. Scott Turow—acclaimed author of 11 novels and three nonfiction titles—once lived in this 10,800-square-foot manse in Glencoe, IL, 25 miles north of Chicago. celebrity real estate news

It recently sold for $5.15 million after nearly two months on the market. Turow owned the home from 2001 to 2009, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Listed with Marlene Rubenstein of Baird & Warner Highland Park for $5.5 million, the modern home was built in 1997 and designed by Tony Grunsfeld. Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, the five-bedroom home is packed with luxe amenities.

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They include a chef’s kitchen equipped with wine cooler, warming drawers, indoor grill, and Sub-Zero appliances. An enormous home gym features black-and-red-striped walls to get you energized for working out. celebrity real estate news

There’s also a library (of course) with built-in shelving and wall paneling plus a fireplace to keep things cozy. When it’s time to buckle down and go to work, the owner can retreat to a stellar home office.

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And executives will swoon over the conference room located on the lower level—it’s perfect for hosting off-site meetings.

The extensive use of blond wood and walls of windows enhances the spacing and lighting of the home’s open floor plan.

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Nearly every room features fabulous views of Lake Michigan, and the property comes with 133 feet of private beach.

A four-car garage means there’s ample room for vehicles and other toys—like, say, a boat. The master suite is on the first floor and features his-and-her dressing rooms, a walk-in closet, and access to the patio.celebrity real estate news

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R Is for Reduction: Sue Grafton’s Montecito Mansion Gets a Price Cut | Loungtastic

Sue Grafton, beloved author of best-selling mysteries, was known for weaving an intriguing tale. The late writer also managed to whip up an intriguing home.

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She and husband Steve Humphrey designed a beautiful mansion on a hill in Montecito, CA. It’s listed with a new price of $6,999,000, after going on the market earlier this year with an $8.5 million price tag.

The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath home was completed in 2010. Grafton, who also spent time in her native Kentucky, where she owned another stylish estate, filled the coastal California property with a distinctive mix of SoCal cool and Southern charm. The author died in late 2017, after completing “Y is for Yesterday,” her last novel in the series.

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“Showcasing a Southern flair, this traditional home is filled with Martha Stewart’s collection of colors and does not have a single white wall,” says listing agent Crysta Metzger.

“The eaves of the home are painted in Haint Blue to keep the spirits and haints out, which is the Southern pronunciation of ‘haunt,'” says Metzger. “Mixing Southern California living with Southern hospitality, the home’s attention to detail and careful choice of materials offer a timeless elegance that does not disappoint.”

Tucked away on 2.04 hillside acres, the property includes a 5,790-square-foot main residence and a 800-square-foot guesthouse situated above a three-car garage.

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Elegant and expansive porches with lattice railings wrap much of the exterior. They’re the perfect place for rocking chairs, swings, and tall glasses of sweet tea. There’s even a fireplace on the front porch for those chilly coastal nights.

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There are three more fireplaces inside, in the formal living room, formal dining room, and master suite.

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The spacious master suite also features French doors opening to a balcony with a view of the hills and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The luxurious marble bathroom comes with a soaking tub, separate shower, and dual sinks.

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As you would expect from a prolific writer, there are plenty of built-in bookcases, as well as reading nooks situated to take advantage of the sunlight coming in from large windows.

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There’s also plenty of room for cookbooks in the chef’s kitchen with its double islands, marble countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and large pantry.

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Outdoors, walking paths wind past ponds and fountains under mature oak trees for which the area is famous. A long, gated driveway is lined with specimen fruit and other ornamental trees.

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It’s easy to see how the lovely setting informed her lead character, private investigator Kinsey Millhone, whom Grafton based in Santa Teresa, a fictionalized version of Santa Barbara.

Insane NFL Player’s Homes | Loungtastic

1. Tom Brady – $40 million

New England Patriots quarterback Tom owns a 5.2-acre house in Boston. The $40 million property includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool with a Baja shelf, an extensive library, a wine cellar, and a yoga studio.

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2. Troy Polamalu –   $4.75 million

Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Troy Polamalu purchased a 1.75- acre mansion in La Jolla, California. The $4.75 million house includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a swimming pool, outdoor loggia, three stone fireplaces, and a four-car garage.

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3. Aaron Rodgers – $425K

Aaron Rodgers, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, is reported to have sold his house for only $425K to one of his fans. Can you believe that?

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4. Antonio Brown – $6.6 million

Gridiron god Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is best known for tremendous swagger both on and off the field. Brown has not just one, but two properties in his hometown of Miami. One of the houses cost him $6.6 million, which contains a dozen bedrooms and private movie theater, as well as an impressive sneaker collection.

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5. Tom Romo –  $9 million

One of the most acclaimed quarterbacks in Dallas Cowboys history, Tom Romo bought the lavish mansion for $9 million. The house features six bedrooms, a huge swimming pool, four bathrooms, and big gardens.

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6. Eric Decker – $1.45 million

Decker's house was built in 2006, and the house includes eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar and a bathtub in the shape of a boat. Last year, Eric and his wife decided to sell their house for $1.45 million.

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7. Julio Jones – $1.25 million

Playing for the Atlanta Falcons of his whole career, Julio Jones got his own expensive mansion in 2013 for $1.25 million. The estate includes seven bedrooms, a tennis court, nine bathrooms, an outdoor kitchen, and a guesthouse with two bedrooms and bathrooms.

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8. Adrian Peterson – $6.7 million

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson first put his estate on the market for a price of $6.7 million. The luxurious estate includes six bedrooms, ten and a half bathrooms, a walk-in cellar, a two-story library and a full bar with game room attached.

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9. Patrick Peterson – $2.69 million

Having been named the best defensive player at the Arizona Cardinals, Patrick Peterson dropped an estimated $2.69 million on this incredible mansion in Scottsdale. The estate comes with six bedrooms, a guesthouse, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar, and many other luxurious features.

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10. Peyton Manning – $3.4 million

Peyton Manning is the proud owner of an 8,810 square-foot mansion. The fabulous house features 900 feet of shoreline, a private dock, an electric boat lift, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Lake Norman.

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11. Jay Cutler – $4.75 million

Former NFL star Jay Cutler bought an incredible estate in Chicago after marrying reality TV star Kristin Cavallari. The mansion includes seven bedrooms, a home cinema, a basketball court, and a garage that fits four cars.

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12. Colin Kaepernick – $3 million

Colin Kaepernick became a controversial player in the NFL when he protested by not standing during the national anthem. Despite all this, Kaepernick has always been a well paid player. He has a lavish house valued at $3 million in California, which has four bedrooms, a swimming pool with a waterfall, and a wall aquarium.

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13. Rob Gronkowski – $2.2 million

Gronk purchased his $2.2 million penthouse in Boston, which has an incredible view. In March 2018, his house was unfortunately robbed, and one of the suspects is still at large.

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14. Marshawn Lynch – $3.6 million

As an Oakland Raiders running back, Marshawn Lynch has always been a crushing enemy for his opponents. His lavish home, which was voted as the most extravagant NFL home in 2016, features an incredible view of the San Francisco Bay, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 7,000 square feet of pure opulence.

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15. Von Miller – $8 million

Besides his whopping salary at the Denver Broncos, Von Miller bags even more cash with his TV activity, appearing on the Dancing with the Stars in 2015. Von Miller is the proud owner of a Cherry Hills Village mansion, which features seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a closet with 800 pairs of shoes.

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16. Eli Manning – $8.5 million

Not as legendary as his brother Peyton is, Eli Manning has still been a terrific quarterback for the New York Giants. He got himself a deluxe house, sitting right next to the sea. The house includes five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a vast pool, and extensive gardens.

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17. Ryan Tannehill – $4.3 million

Playing for the Miami Dolphins since 2012, Ryan Tannehill has long been the team's starting quarterback. Ryan got his own mansion in 2016 for $4.2 million. The home features four bedrooms, a private gym, home theater, five bathrooms, a big pool, and a huge garden.

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18. Ndamukong Suh – $6.5 million

Ndamukong Suh, is one of the best defensive tackles in the league and recently signed a new contact with the Los Angeles Rams. Suh is the proud owner of a mansion in Fort Lauderdale, featuring a wine cellar, eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, a waterfall, and a private gym.

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19. Julius Peppers – $6.5 million

Julius Peppers is still not slowing down even in his late 30s. He purchased his luxury house in 2015 and now he is looking to sell it for $6.5 million. The incredible home includes eight bedrooms, a chef's kitchen, eight bathrooms, and a gorgeous pool.

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20. Michael Strahan – $21.5 million

Michael Strahan has long been an iconic figure in the NFL. Besides his high salary as a football player, he has found many other ways to maintain his personal finances as a TV personality. He bought a humongous mansion in Los Angeles that was eventually sold for a $21.5 million.

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