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Take a Bite Out of a Giant, $8 Japanese Strawberry

Finding the best deals in produce can be tricky—from navigating what’s in season, to staying mindful of organic practices, to bartering with the man at the farmers market stand. And sometimes, all that money-minding goes out the window the second you spot perfectly ripe, oversized berries. Even if a single one costs $8.

Growers in Japan—a country more often associated with tiny food—have created a new jumbo berry that weighs about 1.5 ounces and is roughly the size of a large egg. They’re produced by a company called Ichigo Co. (ichigo means “strawberry” in Japanese) and are so pricey because of what it takes to grow them. The magic behind the berries: temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms and LED lighting. 

Ichigo Co. is selling the fruit online in packs of six so be prepared to shell out $48 (plus shipping) to get the mammoth strawberries. But Ichigo's wares aren't the only instance of the Japanese putting a premium on their fruit. Just last week a bunch of grapes sold at auction for $8,200, and earlier this year, a pair of Yubari melons went for more than $12,000. Nature’s candy, it seems, doesn't come cheap.

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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