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  • Image of Woodleigh Replics property from Facebook.Image of Woodleigh Replics property from Facebook.

    It was an anglophile’s labour of love, and now it’s for sale. But the absence of offers has real estate agent Allan Weeks turning to social media to scare up potential buyers for his unique property on beautiful Prince Edward Island.

    Weeks, who is also a farmer, owns Woodleigh Replicas, a collection of miniature British castles and mostly medieval homes set on a park-like 20-acre (8.1-hectare) property about a 20-minute drive from Summerside.

    Weeks owns Woodleigh with his brother, and posted an offer on his Facebook page promising $10,000 to anyone who could make a customer referral that resulted in a sale. The post, which went up a week ago, has been shared more than 2,000 times, according to CBC News.

    Screengrab of Weeks' post from Facebook.Screengrab of Weeks' post from Facebook.

    Turning to social media was his son Tayler’s idea, Weeks told Yahoo Canada. The recent graduate in marketing from St. Francis Xavier University told his father it would give the listing a wider audience. And it’s worked, Weeks said.

    “The social media really beefed it up,” Weeks said

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  • It's off to grandma's. We can’t wait for the (loving) family squabbling and one helping too many of pumpkin pie. Only one thing stands in the way: the arduous road trip there. With gas prices at their lowest in seven years, it’s no surprise that driving remains the most popular mode of travel this holiday. To the 42 million Americans who will be hitting the highways this Thanksgiving, here are a few tips to keep in mind. First and foremost, deep breaths people!

    Daniel Post Senning is the great-great grandson of Emily Post, the pioneer of etiquette and the author of her eponymous book, Emily Post’s Etiquette, which is now in its 18th edition. Senning has teamed up with Ford (F) to share some pointers about navigating the roads in the digital world—and keeping your cool.

    Let the grand tour begin
    As the driver, you’re also the host. Cars are changing so fast and many are technology-enabled. People might not know there’s a power source in the backseat, a USB port that will charge their

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  • The numbers behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is expected to draw in millions of viewers, but for this three-hour show, it takes more than a year of planning.

    "We'll have 350 kids on the floats, 1,100 balloon handlers, 1,000 clowns, 11 marching bands, 27 floats and 17 balloons," says Amy Kule, Vice President, Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group. "We have about 6,000 to 8,000 people on the street bringing the parade to life."

    When the annual tradition started in 1924, it was fraction of the size it is today. Between 1928 and 1931, Macy’s would release the balloons at the end of the parade, and those lucky enough to find a piece of a balloon could return it to Macy's for a $50 gift certificate.

    Far from doing anything like that today, Macy’s has tried to recycle some of the helium from its balloons, as they are reportedly the second largest consumer of helium in the nation.

    While the floats and balloons may be larger than life, each one is carefully hand-painted. "All of this is done by my staff of

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  • Stocks in tight range ahead of holiday

    Today's slew of positive economic news might all but solidify a December rate hike, but on the low-volume day before Thanksgiving, stocks just shrugged at the good news on durable goods, incomes, and jobless claims.

    Winners and losers
    Dow Chemical (DOW), GameStop (GME) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) all slid lower today. The one-time tech giant reported weak results after the close yesterday, and investors were not prepared to give them a pass.

    And now some names that fared better: Electronic Arts (EA), Alcoa (AA) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which announced the launch of its new Keurig Kold beverage system in Canada, prompting the pop in the stock.

    Looking ahead
    When you get back to work next week here are some of the things that may be making headlines:

    • President Obama and other world leaders will be attending the UN conference on climate change in Paris beginning Monday.

    • Tesla (TSLA) gets a new CFO. Jason Wheeler takes the financial helm of the hot electric-car company beginning

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  • Square’s (SQ) IPO caused some serious whiplash on Wall Street. After pricing below its proposed $11-$13 range at $9 a share, it jumped more than 45% in its first day of trading last Thursday and closed the week at $12.85 a share.

    Among other so-called unicorns that have gotten buzz is Stripe, an as-yet private startup that also processes payments. At first glance, Stripe may seem like Square’s less glamorous stepsister. But in reality, they compete in different markets. Whereas Square began with the mission to make it possible and easy for all businesses to accept credit cards, Stripe has a specific focus on processing online payments, with an emphasis on mobile.

    Stripe confirmed its latest valuation of $5 billion. (Square was valued at $6 billion before its IPO, but since going public, its market cap is around $3.9 billion.) And though John Collison, president and co-founder of Stripe, did not comment directly on Square’s IPO, he told Yahoo Finance that the two companies are “quite

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  • Prototype Swatch watches are displayed during the Sotheby's preview on March 10, 2015. (Getty Images)Prototype Swatch watches are displayed during the Sotheby's preview on March 10, 2015. (Getty Images)

    Apple is a company that knows how to sell small shiny objects to its many devoted fans.

    It only makes sense, then, that they’re using this expertise to sell the Apple Watch Edition, which sells for $13,000 to $22,000 in Canada, to the company’s fans who enjoy the finer things in life.

    Apple’s basic watch starts at $449, but the ones at the high end of the range have an 18 carat gold case and a sapphire crystal. An extended warranty is available for an extra $2,000. None of the watches come with the necessary iPhone to use all the features.

    Compared to some of the less technically-advanced watches out there, however, like the timepieces Nate Borgelt sells, they’re a relative bargain.

    “I have clients who have $100,000 mechanical pieces, and wear their iWatch,” says Borgelt, Assistant Vice President, Specialist Watches & Clocks at Sotheby’s.

    The computerized watches are a remarkable contrast to the rare masterpieces Borgelt usually handles at the elite auction house, where the prices for

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  • How to Find Great Deals on Gifts

    Before I became a professional deal seeker, I was a talented amateur. Not paying too much, negotiating a deal, and finding a great price is an art. It’s an art that I learned from my mother and she learned from hers. I am a serious deal seeker. 

    But I am not willing to get up at dawn and stand in line outside a retailer to get a deal, because I think sleep and comfort are the best deals going. Some people enjoy it. And to them I say: Have fun!

    But getting a good deal is an art that has become less time consuming and much easier to do while staying warm and comfy because of technology.

    How to get Black Friday deals and keep your sanity

    Black Friday is insane. The deals are insane. The crowds are insane. The things people will do for a deal are insane. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great time to get deals (sometimes, and on some things). I keep an eye on the the sale offerings. But I do not fall for the hype. And I would never get into fisticuffs to save few bucks. 

    Often, you can get

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  • A diabetes testing kit, showing just some of the components a diabetic needs to pay for. (Thinkstock)A diabetes testing kit, showing just some of the components a diabetic needs to pay for. (Thinkstock)

    Days after his Grade 8 graduation, Julie Vanderschot’s 13-year-old son began to have blurry vision and stomach pains. He was rapidly losing weight, had difficulty chewing, was insatiably thirsty and frequently needed to use the bathroom.

    At the same time, he was taking medication to treat an infected tendon in his foot, which he’d hurt in a bicycle accident. “We initially mistook some of the symptoms as side effects of the antibiotics,” said Vanderschot, a policy analyst in Ottawa.

    Her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas can’t produce insulin because the immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce it. Insulin is a crucial hormone that helps shuttle glucose from the blood into the body’s cells where it’s used as an energy source.

    In the weeks and months that followed, the family attended training and education sessions at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), learning how to test blood-glucose levels, administer

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  • Shareholders of Rubicon Project (RUBI) may have had a rough few months, but cofounder and CEO Frank Addante is optimistic about its future.

    The company, which Addante describes a “the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange for advertising,” creates an exchange that allows digital properties to sell space to advertisers. It counts Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY) as customers, but Rubicon Project has to compete with the likes of Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) for advertisers' attention.

    “We have to fight with our brains, not necessarily our muscle, all the time,” said Addante about his company’s challenges. “Because we have such a large market share of sellers and buyers, and because we're an independent player in the market, that helps us to not only sustain our competitive edge but [to also] grow.”

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    In its most recent quarter, Rubicon Project reported $64.3 million in revenues, nearly double what it did the previous year. But

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  • Budget-conscious Canadians have demonstrated they’ll drive significant distances, wait in long border lineups and wrangle with assorted duties, taxes and shipping charges in pursuit of a bargain. The Retail Council of Canada figures Canadians buy $8 billion of goods in the U.S. each year online and in-store.

    U.S. Thanksgiving weekend Black Friday sales, where cheaper U.S. prices meet deep discounts, can be especially hassle-worthy. But with the loonie currently worth less than 75 American cents, combined with the fact that Canadian retailers are increasingly taking the Black Friday sale season more seriously, cross-border shopping has lost much of its allure.

    “There’s definitely a difference in Canadians’ willingness to go cross-border shopping this year,” says Kristen Larrea, communications manager at RetailMeNot, an international company that helps retailers with consumer engagement and sales. “Cross-border shopping is not offering what it used to.”

    In a recent survey, RetailMeNot

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  • Cocktail of the week: The Drunken Pilgrim

    Whether you just got to grandma's house after eight hours stuck in traffic or you're just looking for a new cocktail to offer your guests on Thanksgiving, we've got you covered. It's Yahoo Finance's Cocktail of the Week.

    The first Thanksgiving in 1621 probably featured apple cider, but then again they also probably ate deer and eel, so I think we're safe taking some liberties when it comes to a Thanksgiving tipple.

    Here at Yahoo Finance we're calling this week's concoction "The Drunken Pilgrim." Here's how to make it:

    •  In a cocktail shaker full of ice, add one and a half ounces of Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon

    • Half an ounce of Laird's Apple Jack brandy (more on that below)

    • A just a splash of sweetened lime juice

    • Top with four ounces of cranberry juice

    • Shake and pour over ice

    The addition of Laird's Apple Jack brandy adds an extra touch of Americana to this new Thanksgiving classic. The brand dates back to 1780, when it was created by one of America's oldest families. It's not

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  • Here’s 17 Of The Strangest Job Interview Questions Ever Asked

    Job interviews: They’re always the daunting, terrifying thing that stands in the way of you, and your dream job.

    And because of this, you can nearly always guarantee that they’ll be designed to suss you out, and see how you’ll react in the strangest of scenarios. 

    With that in mind, here’s 17 of the strangest, most off-putting questions that interviewees at top companies such as Google have had to endure. 


    1) Google: Choose a city and estimate how many piano tuners operate a business there.

    2) Facebook: How many Big Macs does McDonald’s sell each year in the U.S?

    3) Google: If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    4) Cisco: ‘What kind of tree would you be?’

    5) Boeing: ‘What do you think of lava lamps? And Dilbert?’

    6) Facebook: ‘How much do you charge to wash every window in Seattle?’


    7) Biogen Idec: ‘What were you like as a child?’

    8) Hess: ‘What’s your favorite color?’

    9) Apple: ‘How many

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  • If you’ve been in this country long enough, you know that Thanksgiving, aside from being a national holiday, is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. And as consumers shift from buying in stores to  online, a result of that trend is a rise in packaging waste. Fedex (FDX) is predicting a 12% jump in holiday shipments this year alone, and that also means a rise in cardboard boxes, plastic packaging, and other forms of shipping waste.

    All of this packaging has an impact on the environment, but what's its impact on business? David Steiner, president and CEO of Waste Management (WM), says this holiday season will be a big one for the shipping industry, but it's also an opportunity for the recycling business.
    Waste Management trucks filling up on compressed natural gasWaste Management trucks filling up on compressed natural gas“When you look at recycling, the most valuable material to recycle—and the best for greenhouse gas emissions—is cardboard and paper,” Steiner says in the attached video. "So all that packaging—put it all together, bundle it up, and let us take it away and recycle it for

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  • Black Friday no longer reigns as the biggest shopping day of the holiday season, according to data compiled by Foursquare.

    The social app determined that the Saturday before Christmas (called “Super Saturday” by retailers) sees more shoppers walking through store doors. Foursquare reached that conclusion after tracking its 50 million active users running the app in the background as they visited stores for over five minutes.

    Source: FoursquareSource: Foursquare
    “We've mapped every significant business in the world thanks to our members,” said Jeff Glueck, the company’s chief operating officer. “We're able to build an aggregate picture of how societal trends are changing, and how people are moving through the physical world.”

    One of the trends Foursquare sees is a spreading out of shopping during the holiday season. Glueck suspects this is the result of consumers going online or using mobile devices to find deals.

    Source: FoursquareSource: Foursquare
    “You don't just have Black Friday, you have really Black November,” he said. “There are just so many more

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  • Walmart (WMT) workers are “Fasting for 15” until Black Friday, calling for their employer to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Walmart, which employs 2.2 million people around the world, raised its minimum wage for 500,000 full- and part-time associates in the United States to $9 an hour in April and said it will raise it to $10 an hour in February 2016. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. 

    The latest protest campaign, which is a take on the “Fight for 15” protests, involves protesters fasting for 15 days leading up to “Black Friday.” According to the group’s website, protesters are also gathering outside the homes of Wal-Mart’s founding Walton family as well as those of the company’s board of directors. Demonstator are also gathering outside various store locations, circulating petitions and a “credo” calling on Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to raise the minimum wage:

    "To: Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Walmart is one of the richest corporations in the world, yet its employees

    Read More »from Nardelli: $15 minimum wage will put some businesses in jeopardy


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