1. Got $21K? Fly in luxury with a private bedroom, bathroom, and butler

    For the times when First Class just isn’t posh enough, there’s Etihad Airways’ Residence section, 125 square feet of luxury in the sky.


  2. For $2 million, hopefully this dog comes with a complimentary mansion. A Chinese property developer reportedly paid that hefty sum to get his hands on a one-year-old golden haired Tibetan mastiff in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever. 

    This is what a $2 million puppy looks like



  4. Obscure status symbol: No logo

    If your purse or sunglasses have the designer’s logo on them — even an expensive one — you’re clearly not part of the in-crowd. A new study published in The Journal of Consumer Research suggests that the more expensive the product, the more anonymous it is. People who can afford a $19,000 purse apparently don’t need a signature to recognize valuable accessories.

    7 obscure status symbols


  5. The world’s biggest iPod dock

    The 392-pound Wall of Sound 2.0 speaker stands over three feet tall and pumps out 8,000 watts. Its volume-control knob turns up to 11, but a small monkey head nearby warns you, with glaring red eyes, if you’re putting your hearing at risk.
    $6,900, thewosexperience.com

    Christmas gifts for those who have everything



  7. $26,075

    The price per glass for a 1787 Bourdeaux from Thomas Jefferson’s wine cellar.

    The most expensive bottles of wine ever sold



  9. Check out Norway’s Halden maximum-security penitentiary, where every prisoner gets a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, fridge, fluffy white towels, and a view of mountainous scenery through large, bar-free windows.

    Prisoners are encouraged to spend almost all day outside of their well-apportioned cells — paid to, actually, about $9 a day. They mingle with college-trained guards and life-coach counselors, eat waffles and other foods delivered on white ceramic dishes, have constant access to fresh-brewed coffee, and can spend their time in couch-outfitted common areas, on the beautiful grounds, at classes or workshops, or even in the prison’s recording studio.

    The cost of maintaining prisoners at Halden costs about $500 per inmate per night. Though the prison’s full impact can’t be measured yet, Norway has only 74.8 people imprisoned per 100,000 residents, versus 236 inmates per 100,000 in the U.S.

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