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Vermont Bakery to Sell for $75, an Essay, and Your Best Cupcake Recipe

Youtube user, Dreambroker Industries
Youtube user, Dreambroker Industries

It's officially a trend. Writers will inherit the world—or, at least, certain business ventures and the property they occupy. Inspired by the bed and breakfast in Maine and the goat farm in Alabama a Vermont bakery is now on the market for the low price of $75, an essay (just 100 words this time!), and your very best cupcake recipe.

Mix Cupcakerie and Kitchen is a charming shop in Waitsfield that has been selling comfort food and cupcakes and catering local events for the past two years. But now, owner Carole Keleher's family is relocating to Cape Cod, and she needs to find a suitable owner to take over not just the storefront but the business as well—as quickly as possible. She decided the best way to do so was to charge interested applicants just $75.

For that price, aspiring bakers will receive: The 800 square foot storefront; everything in the fully-stocked kitchen down to the pots and pans; all of Keleher's popular recipes; 80 hours of training from Keleher herself; and the first two months rent, utilities, ingredients, and payroll for the existing two employees.

It's a pretty sweet deal, but Keleher isn't just giving the bakery away. Like the other two essay-contest offers, she is hoping the entry fees net her a decent amount of money. From a combination of $75 per applicant and local crowd-funding on Dreambroker Industries, she's hoping to raise $22,000 to recoup the money she's poured into the business in the form of renovations and equipment. 

"We're raising money to put a qualified person in place that maybe doesn't have the money to start on their own," Kelaher explained to the Valley Reporter. "I could take all this stuff and go to the Cape and start another business, but I feel like the store should stay open."

Unfortunately, if she doesn't receive the $22,000, all the entry fees and donations will be returned and Mix Cupcakerie and Kitchen will close. Take a look around the store in the video below and if you're interested, act fast! The contest is only open until May 17, and you might have to go against a certain mental_floss staff writer.

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Scandal! 12 Camels Were Disqualified from a Saudi Arabia Beauty Contest Over Botox Allegations
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Saudi Arabia’s central Riyadh Region has been roiled by an animal show scandal straight from a Christopher Guest film. As NPR reports, around a dozen camels were disqualified from a beauty contest at the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival because their handlers illegally plumped their features with Botox injections.

The month-long Camel Festival in Al Dhana, Saudi Arabia, runs through February 1, 2018, and features around 30,000 camels. The animals participate in races, an obedience competition, and a beauty contest. Nearly $57 million in prize money rides on these high-stakes events, and owners preen their prized steeds accordingly with massages, hairspray, and—as it turns out—banned cosmetic surgery procedures, according to The Telegraph.

Camels in the ungulate pageant are judged on whether they have long necks, enlarged lips and noses, a big head, and defined humps. The criteria evidently drove some owners to desperate measures: Shortly before the Camel Festival kicked off, officials discovered that a vet had been injecting some participating camels with botulism.

The vet is receiving heat, but he’s by no means the only competitor to use illegal tactics, according to United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National. In addition to Botox injections and collagen fillers, some sneaky handlers darken their animals’ coats with oil, rely on hormone injections for enhanced muscularity, and stretch the camels' lips by hand to elongate their appearance. And while large facial features are considered desirable, large lobes aren’t, so the guilty vet’s humped charges also received ear reductions.

Officials can ban enhanced camels from entering future beauty competitions, and owners can face possible legal recourse for violating animal welfare laws. Some breeders have called for cheaters to face stronger punishments, like a fine, which is already applied to drug-enhanced racing camels. As for now, the 12 camels who went under the needle are now under the microscope.

[h/t NPR]

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LEGO Wants to Turn Your Space-Themed Design Into a New Set
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LEGO wants to turn your out-of-this-world brick design into a reality as part of a new contest calling for space exploration-themed concepts. The winning entry in the LEGO Moments in Space competition will be transformed into a real-life LEGO set that the company will give away as a promotional "gift with purchase" product.

As part of the contest, LEGO is inviting designers ages 13 and up to create what the company describes as “the ultimate space model." The design can be realistic or based on science fiction, as long as it follows a few important guidelines. The final assembled product must be made from around 300 basic pieces, and it can't be too big. It has to be able to fit on a 16-stud-by-16-stud LEGO baseplate inside one of the smaller LEGO boxes. The designs can feature stickers, but they have to be decals from old LEGO sets.

Participants can submit entries for the “LEGO Moments in Space” contest either in the form of digital renderings or photos of real-life projects through February 9, 2018. Fans can vote for the top 25 builds on the LEGO Ideas site, and then a special panel will select the grand-prize winner and 10 runner-ups. The results will be revealed to the public on March 2, 2018.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to see their design made into a real product in 2019, but will also receive a $250 online LEGO shopping spree and a curated collection of LEGO's previous "gift with purchase" sets. Get more information about entering the contest on the LEGO Ideas website.

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