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  • 11 Outrageously Expensive Fast Foods Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 12:57 PM ET
    Fast food has been consistently popular all over the world for decades, for reasons that are pretty compelling—it’s tasty, it’s filling, food restaurant allows a family of four to eat for $20, and in this economy that’s a likely source of repeat business, regardless of the health implications.Still, would people be willing to pay more for fast food if it were made with better ingredients? Would they be willing to pay more for a hamburger made of high-quality beef? What if it was made from fresh

    What are some of the most outrageously expensive fast foods ever made? Click ahead to see them, in order of least to the most expensive.

  • World's Biggest Gold Reserves Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 11:17 AM ET
    With the price of gold reaching an all-time high of $1246 per ounce, in these uncertain times the market has been moving dramatically towards this traditional safe haven.  The biggest individual holders of gold - Central banks, International entities and governments - are believed to account for approximately 20.5 percent of the world's gold, holding about 29,787 tons. The numbers are taken from the monthly report produced by the , which the gold industry's key market development body. So which

    The holdings presented here are as of WGC's December 2011 report, unless otherwise noted. So, who holds the most gold? Click ahead to find out!

  • Countries With the Fastest Passenger Trains Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 10:59 AM ET
    As rising fuel prices continue to make air and car travel more expensive, countries around the world are pushing ahead with high-speed rail plans.The global rail industry is expected to reach a value of $870 billion in 2012, according to market research firm Datamonitor.In the U.K., nearly 5 percent more passengers used trains in the first three months of 2011, compared to the year before. The country's rail network experienced a level of traffic unseen since the 1920s, according to the Associat

    CNBC.com has compiled a list of the countries with world's fastest trains based on the highest speeds that trains have reached. Here's the list!

  • Top Singles Produced by Quincy Jones Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    Jazz musician, arranger, producer, entrepreneur, social activist and one of the first black executives of a major record company: all describe the inimitable Quincy Jones. He is a one-person history of the entertainment industry over the past 60 years, going from be-bop to hip-hop. With more Grammy nominations and awards than anyone else alive, Quincy Jones is one of the great American success stories.Here, we take a look at some of the top singles ever produced by Jones. The list is based on a

    With more Grammy nominations and awards than anyone else alive, Quincy Jones is one of the great American success stories. Take a look at some of the top singles ever produced by Jones.

  • CEOs Who Went From Rags to Riches Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    Many of today’s wealthiest and most powerful  chief executives are entirely self-made. They were born into modest circumstances and worked hard for everything they have. Others have come from much more desperate backgrounds, which, thankfully, many of us will never have to know.Many were born into poverty and raised in violent neighborhoods with rampant crime. But thanks to a combination of resourcefulness, ingenuity and a strong work ethic, they managed to transcend their circumstances. Today t

    Who are the American CEOs who went from rags to riches? We've compiled a list.

  • Got Credit? Surprising Credit Card Stats Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
    According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 159 million credit cardholders in the United States in 2000 and 173 million in 2006. That number was expected to top 181 million Americans in 2010.

    As Gail Vaz-Oxlade tackles some of the worst credit-card abusers and spoiled spenders in CNBC's new series "Princess," we take a look at the average consumer.

  • States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 2:19 AM ET
    Foreclosure filings, defined as a default notice, auction sale notice or bank repossessions, were an increase of nearly 4 percent from the previous month and down 29 percent from June 2010. 0.90 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 111) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of the year, according to RealtyTrac's June 2011 Foreclosure Market Report.

    Here are states with the 10 highest foreclosure rates in July 2011, according to RealtyTrac's July 2011 Foreclosure Market Report.

  • Scenes From The Mumbai Bombings Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 1:24 PM ET
    Near-simultaneous bomb blasts rocked three busy neighborhoods during evening rush hour in India's busy financial capital Wednesday, killing at least 17 people in what the government called an apparent terrorist attack on the city beseiged by militants nearly three years ago.The first blast struck the Jhaveri Bazaar at 6.54 p.m., tearing through the famed jewelry market. A minute later, a second blast hit the busy business district of Opera House, several miles away in southern Mumbai. At 7:05 p.

    Near-simultaneous bomb blasts rocked three busy neighborhoods during evening rush hour in India's busy financial capital. Click ahead from scenes from after the bombings.

  • 10 Cities Virtually Untouched by the Housing Bust Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 11:58 AM ET
    Over the past several years, the U.S. housing bust affected nearly every corner of the economy. As home prices fell, so did the finances and fortunes of most Americans. But in the highly segmented U.S. housing market some places have faired considerably better than others. According to data provided by real estate website since the national pre-recession peak for home prices in June 2006, 10 U.S. metro areas have seen home prices either go up or remain flat - compared to an average drop of 29.5%

    In the highly segmented U.S. housing market, some places have faired considerably better than others. Here are 10 cities left virtually untouched by the housing bust.

  • Celebrity-Owned Ranches and Farms Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 6:31 PM ET
    Most celebrities who count farms and ranches among their personal residences are not likely to be the ones tilling the fields or cleaning out the stables. They  still rich and famous, after all. These property owners might be better described as “gentlemen farmers” in that food is grown on land they own. Or they may only be called “ranchers” in that they sometimes like to ride the horses that live on their property.Still—these multi-acre rural residences are a long way from the urban landscape o

    This selection includes a range of antique to modern homes, and represents both current and past locations where famous people got back to the land.

  • 10 Active Athletes Over 40 Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 4:20 PM ET
    There’s a well-known saying that age is just a number. Unfortunately , this axiom doesn’t always apply when it comes to professional sports. While it’s true that athletic careers are getting longer thanks to advances in medicine and science, it’s also true human bodies just don’t bounce back from aches, pains and stress fractures like they used to when  people  were young. Even the mighty Shaquille O’Neal had to concede in  that, at the age of 39, "Father Time has caught up with Shaquille O'Neal

    Age is just a number. Unfortunately, this axiom doesn’t always apply when it comes to professional sports. Who are the 10 most notable athletes still active after the age of 40?

  • World's Most Expensive Places To Live 2011 Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:35 PM ET
    Each year, assembles its ranking of the most expensive places to live to help multinational corporations determine compensation allowances for expatriate employees, using New York as the base reference city. Mercer compiles information from 214 cities worldwide, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, entertainment, and more. “The world witnessed an incredible number of natural disasters and political upheavals that have all affected t

    Which cities are the world’s most expensive cities to live in? Mercer Consulting assembled its ranking of the most expensive places to live. Check out the list.

  • Airline Firsts That Changed the Industry Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 2:32 PM ET
    When the Wright Brothers successfully launched their airplane from the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on a chilly day in December, 1903, they likely never imagined the enormous global industry that would follow.In 2010, commercial airline industry revenues topped $554 billion and are forecast to hit $598 billion in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association. The growth over the last 108 years has been enormous, and so have the changes. Some were born of necessity, others of

    Here, we take a look at the evolution of air travel: the good, the bad and the inbetween — they're all "firsts" that changed the industry.

  • The Greatest Trades of All Time Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 9:11 AM ET
    Since the formation of the New York Stock Exchange in 1792, there have been players in various financial and commodity markets have made vast sums of money for themselves and investors. Some are able to keep their winning streak going perpetually whilst others get lucky once, only to lose it all. Regardless of whether you agree with their trades or not, the following list of people showcases some of the greatest trades in the business. My book, (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), goes over in full detail

    Since the formation of the NYSE in 1792, players in various financial and commodities markets have made vast sums of money. Check out our list of the greatest trades of all time.

  • World's Best International Airlines Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 9:55 AM ET

    Don't expect cramped seats or endless delays on these flights. These airlines were ranked as the world's best.

  • The 10 Most Expensive Cars to Own Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 5:49 PM ET
    In 1970, Janis Joplin sang “Oh  Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz?” When she did, it’s unlikely that she had thought through the full implications of her request, and it was a good bet that she had failed to take into account the total cost of owning such a vehicle. What about gas mileage? What about the cost of repairs or insurance, not to mention depreciation and taxes?Anyone considering the purchase of a new automobile has to think about more than just the sticker price, and ask how much

    Anyone considering the purchase of a new automobile has to think about more than just the sticker price, and ask how much the car is going to cost them to own.

  • Apocalypse, Wow: Disaster Ready Homes Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
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    When the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse approach, to where will you retreat? Here are home with differing styles of disaster preparedness.

  • BMW Art Cars Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 3:25 PM ET
    When race car driver and auctioneer Herve Poulain asked his friend, artist Alexander Calder, to paint the BMW 3.0 CLS that he would race in the 1975 Le Mans endurance race, it was the beginning of a truly gorgeous concept: the BMW Art Car Collection. The German automaker responded quickly to the enormous public enthusiasm surrounding Calder’s art-on-wheels, deciding to establish the Art Car Collection. Since then, BMW has invited varying artists to contribute their considerable talents to the co

    BMW has invited varying artists to contribute their considerable talents to the BMW Art Car Collection over the years. Click to see the artists’ touches on 17 priceless BMWs.

  • Twelve Movies About NASA Friday, 8 Jul 2011 | 8:28 AM ET
    This July, the agent of American space exploration better known as NASA, will launch its last shuttle - marking the final flight for the 30-year program, and quite possibly, the end of an era in film. Worlds beyond our own have served as fodder for a national fascination, most dramatically reflected on the silver screen. Since the first American went into space, filmmakers as well as audiences have embraced the astronaut-as-hero narrative in present, future, and even animated forms. Starting in

    Have we lost our connection to the cosmos? Click back in time to see 12 movies that chronicle our story of space.

  • Top Ad Campaigns of the 20th Century Thursday, 7 Jul 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    As the old adage goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Nothing could be truer when it comes to advertising. Great ads can yield dramatic results, but if the product quality isn't there, well, that horse won't be pulling out the platinum card anytime soon. Still, great ad campaigns can be revolutionary. They can change the way people live their daily lives — for better or for worse. By its own admission, AdAge refers to its selection of the top advertising campaigns o

    Great ad campaigns can be revolutionary. They can change the way people live their daily lives—for better or for worse. Here we celebrate the Top 10 advertising campaigns of the 20th century.

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