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The House That In-N-Out Burgers Built

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At age 30, owner and president of West Coast burger chain In-N-Out Lynsi Torres is the youngest female billionaire in the country, according to Bloomberg News. After an unfortunate sequence of family deaths felled Torres’s uncle, father, and grandmother, the heiress was the sole remaining candidate to take over the billion-dollar family business. Since assuming leadership and her half-share (a controlling interest that will increase to full ownership upon her 35th birthday) in the company in 2012, she has carefully maintained a veil of privacy between herself and an intrigued public. But no matter how many interviews Torres refuses, there’s no way to conceal the sprawling Southern California estate the heiress purchased for $17.4 million last year.


The house at night, illuminated by something a bit stronger than restaurant fluorescents. Courtesy DeasyPenner.com.

Real estate firm Deasy/Penner & Partners still hosts a listing for the sold property, providing a quick rundown of the amenities—a swimming pool, seven bedrooms, 16 baths, eight-car garage, and 16,600 square feet of living space on 4.16 acres of land—as well as photographic evidence of the estate’s verdant private golf course and double staircase beneath a classically opulent crystal chandelier. The photo set hints at even more gratuitously lavish facilities: tennis courts, an indoor batting cage, and a private movie theater. Not pictured are the inlaid marble floors and custom-painted ceiling, presumably made “custom” by the property’s previous owner, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré. The change of hands landed Torres on Curbed LA’s list of Top 20 Los Angeles House Sales of 2012, beating Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s purchase price by a measly $11,000.


The estate’s infinity pool, best enjoyed with a 100 percent real ice cream milkshake. Courtesy DeasyPenner.com.

The listing abounds with the requisite hyperbole: The house is a “masterpiece” situated on “exquisitely landscaped” grounds, offering “all the fine amenities and unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship desired by the most discriminating buyer.” There’s no mention of a 20-foot wall to hide the secretive new resident from prying eyes, but Torres can rest assured that any Animal-Style fries fanatics wanting to pay homage will have to pass through the 24-hour guarded gate first.


The kitchen: no drive-thru necessary. Courtesy DeasyPenner.com.

According to In-N-Out’s website, the restaurant’s philosophy is that “quality is the most important ingredient of all.” The owner’s new digs seem a fitting tribute.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
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Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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