• 10 Outrageously Expensive Disney Princess Inspired Rings

    10 Outrageously Expensive Disney Princess Inspired RingsThis BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Make it your default. This BuzzFeed homepage is tailored for our readers in the USA. Switch to US Have you seen BuzzFeed English? Come check it out!

    CHOOSE YOUR BUZZWORKPLAYYour Post Has Been Launched!Fabulous! Don’t forget to share with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.1. Snow WhiteA beaming center round ruby rests atop a studded floral arrangement and a thin, gem-accented wreath in blue and yellow sapphires set in white gold.Available here.2. CinderellaTwo halos of aquamarine surround a cushion-cut, prong-set center blue topaz and continue in tandem down both sides of the white gold band in white sapphire.Covet it here.3. AuroraYellow gold softly ripples among pink tourmaline and diamonds, creating an understated heart motif around the center stone, a pink sapphire.Daydream about it here.4. ArielSet in white gold, two halos of amethyst surround a center garnet and continue down both sides of this dazzling band in emeralds.You can buy it here.5. BelleThe yellow gold fleur-de-lis of the French royal family is set with rubies and elegantly flanks the shield of sapphires, with a center stone of yellow sapphire.Give yourself sticker shock here.6. JasmineSet in white gold, two small bezel-set sapphires on each side of the gallery add another touch of radiance to accent the center blue topaz and double row of diamonds.Put it on your wish list here.7. PocahontasLacy embellishment of rose gold adds a feminine touch to the round center red garnet and surrounding smokey quartz accents.Kindle a love affair with rose gold here.8. MulanThe white gold scrolls and curves of this ring accentuate two off-center black diamonds while the emerald accent the center green amethyst.Wish you were Chinese nobility here.9. TianaTwo rings of sterling silver petals surround the center emerald and blossoming accents of green amethyst and green tourmaline.Blow your paycheck on it here.10. RapunzelBlooming flowers and braided vines of yellow gold run through with diamonds and pink tourmaline accenting this ring while a large, brilliant amethyst takes center stage.Stare longingly at it here.Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!Saving…Saving…Saving…Rebuzzed! This post has been added to your FeedI know, right? And there’s more where that came from.Totally! And there’s plenty more to love!Broken hearted? Maybe you’ll like something over here instead?
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  • When Fans Do It Better

    We are in an era of constant remakes and sequels. Everything old is new again, and aging properties, from the popular to the obscure, keep getting new life. Sometimes, this is good, such as in the case of Star Trek‘s film reboot and the revival of British TV favorite Doctor Who. But for every win, there are plenty of losers, such as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, and, perhaps most egregious, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, currently in theaters.
    I grew up a TMNT fan. Not the original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, which the purist worships, but the hokey cartoon and live-action films with guys in costumes. Perhaps these properties don’t hold up today, but they were beloved to me. As one of four brothers, at one point we boys all had pajamas in the design of each of the turtles as befitting our personalities, more or less (I was Donatello, the geeky, peace-maker, brain). We enjoyed their sarcastic humor and not-so-realistic fighting skills, playing with their action figures, and endlessly copying them for hours. And I got dragged to the 2007 animated movie, which is actually pretty cool.
    I understand that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not be for me. After all, if the previous efforts, beloved by young me, aren’t any good on a re-watch from an older perspective, they could very well be in the same vein as what Nickelodeon is doing with the property today, now with Michael Bay-explosions, giant plot holes, inconsistent characters, and Megan Fox trying to act, the latter not as bad as expected, but still far from good. It’s painful to watch something from my childhood destroyed by such an awful film, which I groaned and suffered through recently. The fact that the movie is making loads of money at the box office only rubs salt in the wound.
    The thing is, while I only enjoyed the for-kids version of the story, one of my oldest and best pals, podcaster and webcomic author Nick Arganbright, is and long has been pretty obsessed with the comics, so I did eventually read them. They are sharply written with a distinctive, unique style. They may not be my cup of tea, but I respect them from the quality they clearly exhibit, and it’s a shame they’ve been bastardized so badly.

    Now, while Hollywood may not always be faithful to the source material, the Internet has provided a place for fans to go and remake the series in their own way, distributing it to others who share their interest. Fan-faction has been around for a very long time, but seems to be much more prevalent today, and easier to get a hold of. Some of it is great, much of it is crap, and almost none of it is blessed by the original creator, which makes the ethics of it questionable and a genre I typically stay away from it.
    However, every once in awhile, some fan boy gets it right more so than the official entity in charge of the franchise. Nick, whom I mentioned above who loves TMNT, has an effort called Ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it’s good! It fits the spirit and personalities of the old comics extremely well, capturing the essence that the producers in charge now get so wrong. Speaking with those who care more for the original stuff than I do, I’m not the only one who thinks so. Nick writes the script and pays artist Eryck Webb to draw the pages, and he gets to see what he dreams of for his favorite series, regardless of whether or not a studio or publisher will ever make it good again.
    The question is, should he be allowed to do this? And should more take up the cause for their own favorites? That’s hard to say. I have no problem with people wanting to let their imaginations run free, and even using already established characters and universes. This helps the mind develop story-telling skills, and can be a step to making up your own works as you analyze the positives and negatives, learning from what the ‘real’ version gets right and wrong.
    But, in this particular case, which is a rarity, what this author is doing seems so much better and more true than other fan-fiction. Nickelodeon dropped the ball, and he picked it up and hit a grand slam with it. Obviously, he cannot profit from someone else’s ideas, and he’s not trying to, mindful of the law. But when some guy in a basement can write it better, shouldn’t he be permitted to do so?
    The main problem here is not that UTMNT exists; any fan of the Teenage Mutant Turtles should be glad to find it. The problem is sorting through all the junk out there to find the gem. And the other problem is that our current system doesn’t always mean that best minds get to make the decision, which results in the obscenity that is currently in theaters. I don’t know how to solve such issues, but when there’s an example this glaring, it certainly highlights what’s broken. I guess it’s up to you to decide for yourself if Nick and others like him are a possible solution and should be promoted as such.

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  • Honda Accords, Civics Top List of Most Frequently Stolen Cars. Check Your State’s List.

    Honda Accords and Civics are two of the most popular cars on the road, for both buyers and thieves.

    Accords and Civics, most of them older models, topped the list of the most frequently stolen cars, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and its annual “Hot Wheels” report. (See video below)
    Last year, 53,995 Accords and 45,001 Civic sedans were stolen. The NICB has a more detailed list by state that also provides the most popular model year for each make of car that made the top 10.
    If you just bought a new Accord or Civic, don’t panic just yet. Models built before 1997, according to statistics, are stolen more frequently. Models built before that time are easier to steal due to changes made to ignitions in following generations.
    The rest of the top 10 are the Chevrolet Silverado (27,809), Ford F-series (26,594),Toyota Camry (14,420), Dodge Ram (11,347), Dodge Caravan (10,911), Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272),Toyota Corolla (9,010) and Nissan Altima (8,892).

    See the NICB’s video below:

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  • The Picture That Got Us Kicked Off Facebook

    Well apparently, we’re not such nice boys afterall.

    Photo credit: Andrew Christian
    Yesterday morning as we logged into Facebook we saw that our page was down. Oh no, we thought, in a collective sigh, what have we done. We actually to put down our glasses of breakfast wine, to get to the bottom of the social networking crisis.
    It turns out that the picture above caused us to breach Facebook’s community standards, we can’t for the life of us work out why…
    We did wonder if Facebook was concerned about the cold looking environment that the model was standing in, but no.
    Apparently it was to do with nudity. But the guy is wearing underwear. Okay they don’t leave much to the imagination, but still they are there.
    Anyway – enjoy the picture in all its naughtiness here.
    Right, so now that we’ve been versed in community standards, we’re going to be extra sweetness and light. Like a disney princess.

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  • 10 most stolen vehicles—Is your car on the list?

    Honda’s Accord and Civic aren’t just popular among car buyers.
    According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s annual “Hot Wheels” report, the models once again topped the list of the year’s most stolen vehicles. They consistently rank in the report’s top five.
    If your car is among criminals’ favorites, there’s a silver lining. According to preliminary FBI statistics, overall vehicle thefts in the U.S. fell 3.2 percent last year to fewer than 700,000. That’s the lowest since 1967 and a more than 50 percent drop since the high in 1991, when 1,661,738 vehicles were stolen.
    “The drop in thefts is good news for all of us,” NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle said. “But it still amounts to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of over $4 billion a year.
    —By Michael Strong, The Detroit BureauPosted 23 Aug. 2014

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  • Frozen-themed Products Replace Furby as Most Prefered by Kids

    Furby toys have been the most popular Christmas gift for kids in 2013 and many years ago when they just emerged. However, this year Furbys could find a rival in Frozen-themed products. Disney’s film success is growing x-potentially, although it was …

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  • Intuitive Surgical Gets FDA Approval of Firefly for Xi – Analyst Blog

    Intuitive Surgical, Inc. ( ISRG ) revealed that it has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for using its da Vinci Fluorescence Imaging Vision System, well known as Firefly, as an optional feature in its newly launched robotic surgical system, da Vinci Xi. With the approval, the Sunnyvale, CA-based company will start shipping Firefly Imaging with all the da Vinci Xi Systems.Intuitive Surgical launched Firefly in 2011 for use with the original da Vinci Si Surgical System in the U.S. and Europe. The system combines a fluorescent dye with a specialized camera, endoscope and laser-based illuminator to allow surgeons to identify vasculature in three dimensions beneath tissue surfaces.The clearance means surgeons will be able to identify blood flowing in vessels and tissue during minimally invasive surgical procedures. While using the Firefly camera, tissue with blood appears green and the same without blood appears gray.Firefly also helps surgeons identify the biliary duct properly for laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgeries. While performing surgeries, there is a higher chance of mistakenly identifying the cystic duct as bile duct leading to injuries due to clipping and division of the common duct.Firefly Fluorescence Imaging Vision System helps surgeons use a specialized video camera to view real-time imaging of bile ducts (cystic duct, common bile duct and common hepatic duct). It enables surgeons to switch between standard, visible light and near-infrared imaging during minimally invasive procedures.Prior FDA Approvals for Products Related to XiThis is the third FDA approval, Intuitive Surgical received for products related to the new da Vinci Xi System since the latter launched in April this year. da Vinci Xi offers advanced features over its original da Vinci System. It includes wristed instruments, intuitive motion and an ergonomic design. Most notably, it enables 3D-HD visualization, which helps surgeons perform surgical procedures with a magnified view, virtually extending their eyes and hands into the patient.Last month, Intuitive Surgical received FDA approval for the EndoWrist(R) Stapler 45 and Stapler white, blue and green reloads, which can be used with the da Vinci Xi. The EndoWrist Stapler provides wristed articulation and SmartClamp feedback, which detects if the stapler jaws are adequately closed on the tissue prior to firing.The EndoWrist Stapler is made for resection, transection and creation of anastomoses (surgical connections between vessels or tissues) in gynecologic, general, urologic and thoracic surgeries.In June this year, Intuitive Surgical also received U.S. FDA approval for the EndoWrist One Vessel Sealer instrument for the da Vinci Xi System. The EndoWrist Sealer is a fully wristed instrument than can be used for sealing and cutting vessels up to 7 mm in diameter and tissue bundles that fit in the jaws of the instrument.Zacks RankCurrently, Intuitive Surgical retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks that are currently performing well in the medical instruments industry include Alphatec Holdings, Inc. ( ATEC ), ERBA Diagnostics, Inc. ( ERB ), and RTI Surgical Inc. ( RTIX ). All of these stocks carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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  • Hot Wheels: The 10 most stolen cars of 2013

    A new report published this week identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the US.
    The annual Hot Wheels report published by America’s National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) examines vehicle theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Centre (NCIC) and determines the vehicle make, model and model year most reported stolen in 2013.
    For 2013, the most stolen vehicles in the US were (total thefts in brackets):
    1. Honda Accord (53,995)2. Honda Civic (45,001)3. Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)4. Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)5. Toyota Camry (14,420)6. Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)7. Dodge Caravan (10,911)8. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)9. Toyota Corolla (9,010)10. Nissan Altima (8,892) The following are the top 10 2013 model year vehicles stolen during calendar year 2013:
    1. Nissan Altima (810)2. Ford Fusion (793)3. Ford Pickup Full Size (775)4. Toyota Corolla (669)5. Chevrolet Impala (654)6. Hyundai Elantra (541)7. Dodge Charger (536)8. Chevrolet Malibu (529)9. Chevrolet Cruze (499)10. Ford Focus (483)
    After a slight increase in 2012, the FBI predicts a reduction in national vehicle thefts of 3.2 per cent when final 2013 statistics are released later this year. The peak year for vehicle thefts was 1991 with 1,661,738. If the FBI’s preliminary 2013 vehicle theft estimate holds, thefts will be under 700,000, a number not seen since 1967 and a reduction in vehicle thefts of over 50 per cent since 1991.
    “The drop in thefts is good news for all of us,” said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle.
    “But it still amounts to a vehicle being stolen every 45 seconds and losses of over $4 billion a year. That’s why we applaud the vehicle manufacturers for their efforts to improve anti–theft technology and pledge to continue to work with our insurance company members and law enforcement to identify and seek vigorous prosecution of the organized criminal rings responsible for so many of these thefts.”
    Nonetheless, drivers must still be vigilant and protect their vehicles from theft. NICB recommends its four “layers of protection” against theft:
    Common Sense: Lock your car and take your keys. It’s simple enough, but many thefts occur because owners make it easy for thieves to steal their cars.
    Warning Device: Having and using a visible or audible warning device is another item that can ensure that your car remains where you left it.Immobilising Device: Generally speaking, if your vehicle can’t be started, it can’t be stolen. “Kill” switches, fuel cut-offs and smart keys are among the devices that are extremely effective.
    Tracking Device: A tracking device emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

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  • 10 most stolen cars in Va., Md., D.C.

    D.C.
    9. (tie)Chrysler Town & Country (2002)

    D.C.
    9. (tie)Dodge Intrepid (2002)

    D.C.
    8. Honda Civic (2012)

    D.C.
    7. Toyota Corolla (2007)

    D.C.
    6. Nissan Altima (2013)

    D.C.
    5. Ford Crown Victoria (2003)

    D.C.
    4. Toyota Camry (2011)

    D.C.
    3. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (1999)

    D.C.
    2. Honda Accord (1996)

    D.C.
    1. Dodge Caravan (2000)

    Virginia
    10. Dodge Caravan (2005)

    Virginia
    8. (tie)Toyota Corolla (2005)

    Virginia
    8. (tie)Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (1998)

    Virginia
    7. Ford Explorer (2002)

    Virginia
    6. Chevrolet Pickup, full size (2000)

    Virginia
    5. Honda Civic (1998)

    Virginia
    4. Toyota Camry (2013)

    Virginia
    3. Nissan Altima (2012)

    Virginia
    2. Ford Pickup, full-size (2005)

    Virginia
    1. Honda Accord (1997)

    Maryland
    9. (tie)Chrysler Town & Country (2002)

    Maryland
    8. Toyota Corolla (2010)

    Maryland
    7. Nissan Altima (2013)

    Maryland
    6. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (1998)

    Maryland
    5. Ford pickup, full-size (2006)

    Maryland
    4. Honda Civic (2000)

    Maryland
    3. Toyota Camry (2007)

    Maryland
    2. Honda Accord (1996)

    Maryland
    1. Dodge Caravan (2000)

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  • The Most-Stolen Vehicles of 2013: Hondas, Pickups

    The good news: Car thefts continue to drop. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports in its annual Hot Wheels report that the number of stolen vehicles reached its lowest since 1967.
    The bad news: That’s still a car stolen every 45 seconds – and the vast majority of them are older models that are easier to steal and whose owners may not be covered by comprehensive car insurance.
    Looking at preliminary data for 2013, the FBI predicts a reduction in national vehicle thefts of 3.2% from 2012, to fewer than 700,000. Compare that with 1991, the peak year: 1,661,738.
    The top 10 most stolen vehicles in 2013, according to the NICB:
    Honda Accord (53,995)
    Honda Civic (45,001)
    Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
    Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
    Toyota Camry (14,420)
    Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
    Dodge Caravan (10,911)
    Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
    Toyota Corolla (9,010)
    Nissan Altima (8,892)
    An Accord is the most-stolen car in 17 states, and it makes the top 10 in 47. (See the most-stolen cars in each state.) Should you panic if you own an Accord? Not unless it’s an older model; the prime targets were 1994-1996 models.
    Among shiny 2013 models, thieves’ top picks were Nissan Altima (810 thefts), Ford Fusion (793) and full-size Ford pickup (775).
    In a happy coincidence, CCC Information Services, which gathers claims and repair data for the insurance industry, released its list of most-stolen car colors on the same day. They were:
    5. Green
    4. Gold
    3. Black
    2. White
    1. Silver
    If you are unfortunate enough to own a silver mid-1990s Accord and live in one of the NICB’s 2013 car-theft hotspots (basically, California), think really hard about adding comprehensive coverage, or rethink dropping it, if you can’t afford to replace your car. It’s typically much cheaper than liability or collision coverage.
    And take these NICB-suggested steps:
    Lock your car and take your keys.
    Have and use a visible or audible warning device.
    Install an immobilizing device – that is, a “kill switch,” or fuel cutoff that keeps a car from starting. If it can’t be started, it can’t be stolen … easily.
    Install a tracking device that emits a signal to the police or to a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen.
    The original article can be found at Insurance.com:The most-stolen vehicles of 2013: Hondas, pickups

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