Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

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  • The Top 10 Family Cars of 2011 Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    “Just as there is no perfect family, there is no perfect family vehicle that is just right for all families, all the time,” says said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com."However, there are many great options available on the market today in various segments,” he notes, and fortunately for those in the car-buying market, has just provided their annual listing of the cars best suited for transporting families, large or small, and

    For those in the car-buying market, KBB.com just provided their annual listing of the cars best suited for transporting families, large or small, and all that comes with them.

  • Where Have I Seen That Hotel? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 6:48 PM ET
    By the time major hotels reach a certain age they have often been residences for the famous and once-famous, and they even serve as the location for of history in the making. When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following ten hotels. Some of them have been the site of numerous shoots and others are known just for one distinctive film. Click ahead to see those

    When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following 10 hotels.

  • Surprising Terms That Were Once Trademarks Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    Most people know when they say “band aid,” “jello,” “coke,” or “post-it” as a generic term that it’s really a trademarked brand name still protected by law. There are names with less awareness like Crock Pot, which is used generally to indicate a slow cooker appliance, but is currently a trademark of Rival. Others like this include Bubble Wrap (trademarked by Sealed Air), Onesies (trademarked by Gerber), Styrofoam (trademarked by Dow), and Hula Hoop, Frisbee, and Hacky Sack (all from Whammo). It

    Click to see 10 generic - and surprising - terms that you might not have realized were once trademarked.