Digg.com's Top 15 Arts and Culture Stories of 2008

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Not surprisingly, the Digg community has its finger on the pulse of Arts and Culture in the world.  While some Diggers focus on tech, others on politics, we thought it was time to celebrate the respect for arts and culture in the Digg community.  From the Obama fist bump to the graffiti of Banksy to the history of the five dollar bill, here's a list of the 15 most dugg stories in Arts and...

StyleCrave Model of the Month: December 2008

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With 2008 behind us, our first order of work is to name StyleCrave's model of the month for December.  While our coverage of the world's most beautiful women was off for a week, we're back on and ready to start this new year strong.  Due to the break, we will be choosing between three model of the week winners as voted by the StyleCrave community.  And they are... Adriana Lima, winning...

Money as Art: Dollar Origami by Won Park

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Artist Won Park has developed a hobby fraught with existential conflict.  When faced with the choice of making money or making art, Park chose both.  Mr. Park is a "money folder", a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill.  Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not-- both in stunning detail.  While...

Body Painting Evolved: Emma Hack Body Art

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In a world where body painting is celebrated more often with testosterone than artistic appreciation, Australian artist Emma Hack stands out.  This skin illustrator, sculptor and photographer spent her early days as a hairstylist and make-up artist in Adelaide.  In its infancy, Emma Hack saw her vision come to life in unlikely places, like face paintings for children or high-fashion...

The Top 10 Architectural Wonders of Dubai

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It is one of history's most rapidly developing urban centers.  It boasts the world's "largest", "tallest", and "most expensive" architectural works in the world.  The city of Dubai has transformed itself from a humble port city into a sprawling metropolis fueled by immeasurable wealth.  To celebrate its achievements, here are the 10 greatest architectural wonders of Dubai.

The Watch That Can't Be Copied: Vacheron Constantin Quai de l'ile

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Looking at this watch, the last thing that would ever come to mind is the subject of counterfeiting. But that is exactly why this watch was designed. Fake luxury goods is a very profitable industry and Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watchmaker is trying to make sure the crooks don't make a penny at their expense. Designed by Swiss artist Roger Pfund, who also designs bank notes...

The 15 Top Paid Players in the NBA

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They are 15 of the greatest players in the NBA.  Some are future Hall of Famers, others will be forgotten.  All of them earn more than most CEOs in the business world today.  From Kobe to Shaq, Iverson to the Big Ticket, these champions of the hardwood command some serious salaries that are at the top of the sports world.  Here they are, the 15 highest paid players in the NBA.

StyleCrave Model of the Month: November 2008

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After a full month of scorching hot supermodels on StyleCrave, the time has come to pick your favorite.  Each week, we've polled you on who was your favorite model of the week.  In the month of November, you chose the following models as your favorites: License to Thrill: Olga Kurylenko (won with 78% of the vote in week 4) Julie Becker: Tattoo Tryst (won with 44% of the vote in week...

The 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World

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They're luxurious, they're lustworthy, they're fast-- they're also the world's most expensive.  These 10 cars are the most expensive models you can buy today, from Maybach to Mercedes, Bugatti to Lamborghini.  While only the richest of the rich can afford them, we can still drool.  Here are the 10 most expensive production cars available on the road today...

The Merus Winery in Napa Valley, California

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Looking far more elegant and graceful than some of the most renowned restaurants in the world, the Merus Winery in Napa Valley has been designed by Dutch Uxus Design to match the beautiful scenery and those amazing panoramas in California. The winery, which will open in early 2009, combines a minimalistic design together with modern architecture, to give it a highly refined and exquisite look....

Former Anti-atomic Shelter Becomes an Internet Datacenter

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Designed and fabulously shaped by Albert France-Lanord Architects, this unique data center is a modified underground shelter originally designed to survive a nuclear war. Located 30 meters under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm, the architects managed to create a beautiful structure fit for human activity by adding elements such as water, artificial light and vegetation....

Rome SDS x StyleCrave: Ultimate Winter Giveaway

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There are those that take these winter months as an opportunity to hibernate, to shut the doors and stay sheltered from the cold.  There are others who find this to be the most exciting time of the year-- when the hills and mountains are laced in thick white powder, just aching to be shredded from peak to valley.  In kicking off the 2008-09 winter sports season, StyleCrave has teamed up with...

The 15 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

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Best Paintings in the World: In 2006, media mogul David Geffen sold Jackson Pollock's masterwork, No. 5 1948, for $140 million.  This made Pollock's work the most expensive painting in modern history, leading a list of the world's most highly acclaimed artists.  From Pollock to Picasso, Renoir to Van Gogh, famous fine art fetches an other-worldly price on today's...

Porsche Panamera: the Four-door Sportscar

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The Dutch from AutoTelegraaf got their hands on some official images with the new Porsche Panamera. The four-door Porsche will play along with Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Audi A7, the BMW CS concept and the Aston Martin Rapide. The main attraction here isn't the quad doors, its what's under the hood. The Porsche Panamera is slated to be a powerful road best with engines ranging from 300hp up to...

The Rehhab Fully Loaded Chair

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We're obsessed with what we've dubbed "weaponized design", design items inspired by the symbol of weaponry.  While we're peaceful people, the iconography behind the weapon has worked its way into our design subconscious.  That said, we're instant fans of the work of designer Alexander Reh.  Reh has designed the Fully Loaded Chair, a solid steel chair perforated with once-fired 12-guage...

Weekly Roundup: 16 Top Paid Models in the World

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This week, we put together a list of the 16 top paid models in the world.  Many of you have grown rather fond of our women category here on StyleCrave, so we thought we'd supplement this with some more info about the beautiful women we love.  You do not want to miss it-- and be sure to join the thousands that have already voted on their favorite model there.  Check out the World's Top Paid...

The World's Oldest Cognac: $6,000 a Shot

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In case you were wondering where you can serve the world's oldest cognac, London's famed Lanesborough Hotel is the answer. The ultra-luxurious St. Regis property hotel recently got their hands on a cognac bottle that was distiled back in the 70's-- the 1770's that is, and now serve it for about $6,000 a shot in their ritzy Library Bar. And while you luxuriate in with this 240-year old cognac,...

"Rye One" Whiskey from Beam

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In the ultra premium whiskey category, there's a new bottle for you to remember. Beam Global Spirits & Wine has announced their (rī)1 Whiskey. Though I don't like the logo, the name or the bottle design, I am aware of the quality and the level of sophistication of the rye whiskey so these guys may actually end up selling some of the liquor. Beam started production of Rye One since last month...

Ferrari F430 16M Scuderia Spider

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Today, Ferrari went real with their latest F430 16M Scuderia Spider. Honoring the 16th constructors championship in Formula 1, this red beast will be powered by a 4.3-liter V8 that sports 510hp, will use the new super-efficient, dual-clutch 7-speed transmission and should feature a retractable hardtop roof. Sounds like the car of your dreams? Then you'd better be rich (and famous) because only...

The 007 Hottest Cars from the James Bond Legacy

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Across 46 years, 22 films and six leading actors, the James Bond film legacy has featured some of the world's most luxurious and iconic sportscars.  From the signature Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger to the Lotus Esprit Turbo in For Your Eyes Only, 007 has spared no expense in choosing his wheels.  To celebrate the release of the Quantum of Solace, here's a list...