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As U.S. Copes With Ebola, Are ‘Preppers’ Stocking Up on Food and Supplies?

By Nick DiUlio   October 20, 2014

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With Ebola having arrived in the U.S. only recently, most Americans haven’t had much reason to fret about the potentially deadly virus until now. But for single mother Daisy Luther, publisher of the website The Organic Prepper, the virus has been on her radar for the better part of a year.

“I’ve been following this outbreak since it became a big deal in the media in March,” Luther said. “But this particular outbreak has defied all previous expectations and rules of an Ebola outbreak. So that has me concerned.”

Despite the rising tide of public concern, if not hysteria, preppers like Luther and Cat Ellis, who publishes the website HerbalPrepper.com, are confident that they’re prepared for even the worst-case scenario. → Keep Reading

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Facts and Figures About Pumpkins, America’s Favorite Halloween Fruit [Infographic]

By John Egan   

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Pumpkins are deceiving. The orange gourds look so rough and tough, but they’re actually rather delicate.

The rind is a pumpkin’s only means of protection, agriculture experts say. Once the rind is bruised or pierced, organisms will invade and quickly eat away at the pumpkin. That’s frightening. → Keep Reading

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Inside the High-Flying World of Hot Air Balloons [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 7, 2014

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Soaring in the sky, hot air balloons inspire awe and exude beauty. That awe and beauty comes at a price, though. The owner and operator of a balloon easily can pump thousands upon thousands of dollars into this hobby.

“Hot air balloons are not inexpensive toys; they are vehicles that require maintenance, storage, and comprehensive insurance policies,” according to WiseGeek.com. → Keep Reading

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Welcome Inside One of the Coolest Photo Storage Facilities on the Planet

By Jay MacDonald   October 6, 2014

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Where’s the best place to preserve and protect your family’s photo collection? For most of us, it’s inside a dust-free protective container within a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

But if you’re Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and your Corbis Collection includes 15 million priceless photographs, negatives and glass plates dating back to the Civil War, you tuck them safely away inside a specially repurposed limestone mine 220 feet below ground in Boyers, PA, about an hour’s drive northeast of Pittsburgh. → Keep Reading

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7 Tips for Storing Holiday Decorations

By Anne Wynter   September 23, 2014

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You’ve eaten the leftovers, the guests have departed and the last traces of holiday cheer are fading away. The holiday season may be over, but you still have to pack up all the decorations, and that’s no small task. If storing your decorations overwhelms you, consider these seven tips for simplifying this year’s post-holiday routine—and next year’s decorating process. → Keep Reading

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Where Do America’s Diehard Fashionistas Live? The Answer Might Just Surprise You

By Elizabeth Whalen   April 30, 2014

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Pop quizzes (at least the ones in school) aren’t usually much fun, but we think we’ve found an exception—especially if you like fashion. Beware: Coming up with the right answer is not as easy as it appears.

Ready? Here goes: Where do America’s most devoted female fashionistas live? New York, right? Or perhaps Los Angeles? If not one of those two places, it must be Chicago, home to the Magnificent Mile, or Washington, D.C., where so many designer-suit-sporting female politicians and lobbyists are.

Nope.

Miami? Boston? San Francisco?

None of the above.

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6 Tips for How to Store Emergency Food

By Rachel Hartman   April 28, 2014

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When a tornado, hurricane or other disaster strikes, there may be little—or no—time to visit a grocery store.

And while storing food to prepare for natural disasters is key, keeping a supply for other unexpected events, such as a job loss, also can help prevent a crisis in your home.

“Food is like money in the bank,” said Paul Purcell, terrorism and natural disaster preparedness specialist and author of “Disaster Prep 101.” Having an ample supply on hand can help maintain your family’s well-being during the days and weeks after a disaster.

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California Cops Shut Down Marijuana-Growing Operations at Storage Facility

By John Egan   April 23, 2014

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Moneymaking marijuana-growing operations discovered at an industrial storage facility in Northern California appear to be going up in smoke.

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In Alleged Extortion Plot, Cops Uncover Jay Z Recordings at Storage Facility

By John Egan   April 22, 2014

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In their investigation of an alleged extortion plot, cops have unearthed a treasure trove of original recordings by rap superstar Jay Z (pictured above) at a Southern California storage facility.

TMZ pegged the value of the Jay Z tapes–known in the music biz as “master” recordings–at $15 million to $20 million. Police snatched the tapes April 18 at a storage facility in Northridge, a Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Cellphone Storage Thriving Near New York City Schools

By John Egan   April 10, 2014

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You can store furniture. You can store business records. You can store wine. You can store cars. Now, there’s a new high-tech wrinkle in the business of stashing stuff: cellphone storage.

A recent New York Times story points out that several shops near public schools in New York City’s borough of Queens are ringing up extra money by charging students to store their cellphones during the school day. In New York City, students aren’t allowed to carry cellphones in public schools.

These stores aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the cellphone ban, which took effect in 2005. The Associated Press reported in 2012 that thousands of New York City students are paying a $1 a day to leave their cellphones at gadget-storage trucks parked near schools—namely those campuses equipped with metal detectors, which can be set off by cellphones.

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