What's Your Fantasy?

This weekend I'll be competing for the championship in my fantasy football league. I don't want to brag, but I'll just say that I'm favored to win and it'll be my second championship in a row. That said, I've grown tired of my fantasy sports leagues, so I've found some fun alternatives.

Fantasy Moguls allows you play Weinstein brother, choosing the movies you think will be most successful. You get a budget of $100 every three months to buy eight movies, which are priced according to their real-life budget, so Transformers will put you back more than Juno. Points are scored in four categories - total domestic box office, per theater average (PTA), IMDb user review score and placing in the weekly top five chart.

If you watch C-SPAN instead of E! or ESPN, there's even a fantasy league for you. Fantasy Congress is the brainchild of Andrew Lee, a student at Claremont McKenna College, who decided that he could combine the seductive power of fantasy football with his own interest in politics. Players (citizens) draft senators and representatives and get points when they pass laws, show up to vote, make the news or even break party ranks. One benefit (besides the obvious educational potential) is that Fantasy Congress doesn't allow you to be a homer, since there's a finite limit on how many of your own Congressman you can draft.

Fellow blogger Jason touched on Fafarazzi in a post last year. In Fafarazzi, you draft celebrities and get points when they make headlines on any assortment of tabloid and jamie_lynn_spears.jpgblogs. Not surprisingly, today's biggest earner was pregnant Jamie Lynn Spears with an impressive 33 points, followed by sister Britney and talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (they made entertainment headlines for announcing their return to work next month).

Another fantasy league that requires watching the tabloids is Fantasy Fashion. The game, which "gives women a league of their own," involves drafting designers and celebrities. You get points for covers on magazines like Vanity Fair and Marie Claire, features on InStyle's Look of the Day and recognition at awards shows. Designers get points when a celebrity wears their work, while celebrities get points for winning awards, getting mentioned in the tabloids and even attending the Oscars.

jim cramer.jpgIf you're looking to get an early start on beefing up your retirement fund, why not practice playing the markets with a Virtual Stock Exchange. Plenty of personal finance teachers have made their students play similar games. With no financial risk, you create a fantasy portfolio with real stocks and funds on the markets, then compete for the most profit. Enrolling in this league would finally give me an excuse for watching Jim Cramer freak out on Mad Money.

Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve

Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette

Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]


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