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If You Have Traveled Around the World, the Next Sojourn should be Outer Space

Have you ever thought about being an astronaut, but thought it was impossible? Now it is possible. A company called Space Adventures offers suborbital space flights, orbital space flights, and are even planning a lunar mission to the general public. This isn't a fly-by-night company; they have been around since 1998, and Google (GOOG) Co-Founder Sergey Brin is a Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Investor. One of their customers is planning on returning on a second flight.

How About a Luxury Oil Rig Resort?

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There are plans for a 300 room luxury hotel to be built upon a no longer used oil rig. It will have a casino, a pool , and a diving bell.

Icahn Increases Ownership of Lions Gate

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who is an activist investor increased his ownership of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. to the tune of 200,000 shares, giving him 14.5% ownership of the company.

Antigua Distressed by Billionaire Sir Robert Allen Stanford

Sir Robert Allen Stanford has been accused by the U. S. Government of an $8 billion fraud. Although he is from Texas, he owns two banks, two restaurants, a newspaper, and a cricket stadium in Antigua. This to the dismay of the residents of this small island nation.

Russian / NYC Billionaire Buying Real Estate

It's not a recession for some individuals. The Russian born Len Blavatnik, who made his money in oil and lives in New York City, has been buying real estate in Florida, Nevada, California and Texas.

Russian Billionaire Decides Not to Buy Most Expensive House

Russia's richest billionaire, Mikhail Prokhorov, has backed out of buying the world's most expensive house, the Villa Leopolda, on the French Riviera near Nice. The sales price would have been $633 million.

Auction of First Postage Stamp

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Sotheby's is planning an auction of the first public postal system adhesive stamp, known as the "Penny Black". Queen Victoria appears on the stamp, showing a portrait of her when she was 15. The stamp was released in 1840.

Unique Second Home: A Cave House

If you like to collect houses, you need to take a look at the cave home that is up for sale. Don't let the cave reference scare you away. The cave house has hardwood floors, fancy bathrooms, and no cooling or heating equipment needed. The price is a very reasonable $300,000.

Guest Article: My Business Success Philosophy

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My Business Success Philosophy
by Larry Underwood
author of the book Life Under the Corporate Microscope: A Maverick's Irreverent Perspective
Underwood started out his career working behind the counter renting cars to people at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and worked his way up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming a multimillionaire earning almost $4 million per year, and retiring before the age of 49

I was fortunate enough to have worked for a company, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, that believed in rewarding their managers for "bottom line" performance, with an incentive based pay plan that paid me millions for running a (highly) profitable operation for the company. As one of its top executives, I was also afforded the opportunity to run my operation with a great deal of autonomy; to stick to the company's core values as far as not only taking care of customers, as well as employees, in an honest and straightforward manner, but to carry out my responsibilities in a manner as …

Nude Photo of Madonna Sold for $37,500

A black and white photo of Madonna in the nude when she was 20 years old sold for over $37,000 at Christie's in New York last Thursday. The photo was taken by Lee Friedlander, and had a high auction estimate of only $15,000.

Five Most Expensive Homes for Sale

According to Zillow, there are five houses for sale for over $300,000,000. Here they are:

San Juan Bautista, CA $879,000,101

Queen Creek AZ 85242 $500,000,000

Black Mountain NC 28711 $460,000,000

Hope Hull AL 36043 $399,900,000

Newport Beach CA 92657 $329,500,010

Santonio Holmes Super Bowl Gloves to be Sold

Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver who had the game winning touchdown, is auctioning off the gloves that he used to catch the ball with. Proceeds will go towards the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Inc. The gloves have a buy-it-now price of $1 million.

Buy Lincoln's Victory Speech

You can purchase Abraham Lincoln's handwritten Victory Speech at an upcoming Christie's auction on February 12. Estimated sales price is expected to be between $3 million to $4 million.

State of Mississippi Jet to be Auctioned

If you are looking for a good deal on a jet, watch for the upcoming auction of a jet owned by the State of Mississippi, which had been used to fly around the Governor and other state officials. The jet is estimated to sell at about $3.7 million. The jet may be auctioned off on eBay. Speaking of eBay, the Bernie Madoff stock certificate still hasn't sold yet.