Lucille Ball's Former California Home Is Available For Rent

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After paying a visit to the Lucille Ball museum and National Comedy Center in the late performer's hometown of Jamestown, New York, I Love Lucy mega-fans might want to head across the country to Indian Wells, California. Located about three hours east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley, the city is home to Ball's former residence—and it's available for rent.

Ball shared the home with her I Love Lucy co-star, Desi Arnaz, whom she was married to for 20 years until their divorce in 1960. The decor is far from dated, though. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was remodeled in 2012 in a "vintage mid-century modern" style. Plus, the property contains "new everything," according to the listing on rental site Vrbo.

That includes king-sized beds and en suite bathrooms with sunken, Roman-style showers that double as bathtubs. There's also an outdoor patio and pool, making it the perfect place to host a party or cookout. (But if you prefer a more relaxed evening, you can watch I Love Lucy re-runs on the TV outdoors, or perhaps on the 60-inch flatscreen in the living room.)

The property boasts views of the surrounding mountains and is within walking distance of a country club and two "world-famous" PGA golf courses. Check out some photos of the property below, and visit Vrbo's website if you're interested in booking this property at an average cost of $500 per night.

The patio and pool
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A dining area
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A bedroom
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A bathroom
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New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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