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About 10 years ago, our family owned Yorkies. You know, the little dogs with bows in their hair. We didn't do the bows, but you get the picture.

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Sometimes a good idea should stay just that—an idea. During a lull in our production schedule this summer, FT decided to sincerely flatter Business Insider and see if we, too, could recreate Pizza Hut's Blockbuster Box, which repurposes a pizza box as a movie projector. The clever promotion was dreamed up by Ogilvy Hong Kong for Pizza Hut Asia.

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FireLake at the Radisson Blu in the Mall of America in Minneapolis got a honey of a deal from the University of Minnesota's Bee Squad: Support our bee research and by next summer you'll have enough local honey to sweeten more than just the honey-glazed pork chop currently on the menu.

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Clark Kerndt left his corporate job knowing that operating one unit wouldn't match his salary, but it would present a better lifestyle—both professionally and personally.

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Since January, Charles Smithgall III has been living in a 250-year-old house in the safest city in Mexico, studying Spanish daily and eating elegant breakfasts for the equivalent of USD $4. “I'm the only American here. They call me El Gringo,” he says proudly. On weekends he goes deep-sea fishing, and chats with his 50 closest Mexican friends, all of whom speak to him in Spanish. His wife has elected to just visit from Atlanta for now, he says, of his new home away from home. Once he's mastered Spanish, he'll move on to another project, piano lessons—and perhaps live part time in Spain. “My wife says if I move to Spain, she'll go with me,” he says with a hint of a smile in his voice.

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McDonald's banned the media from its annual meeting this spring, but our long-time writer Julie Bennett is a shareholder, too, and so made the cut. She offers a glimpse into a storied franchise now under siege.