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Pssst: Wanna buy a website? Greg McLemore is selling them by the hundreds, at what he says are bargain prices. Example: hamburger.net. It's yours for a low, low $25,000. Ditto for unemployed.com. Alas, you're too late if you wanted cleaners.com; that's already promised to someone else. McLemore is chief of WebMagic of Palo Alto, Calif., an Internet "incubating" company that registered domain names for virtually every conceivable product, service, and special interest group, intending to develop them into businesses. But not anymore, because "it's just not practical."

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The BBC - you know it as the British Broadcasting Corp. But now wags have a new name for the venerable news and entertainment network: Banned Biscuit Corp. The "Beeb" is considering eliminating free cookies, coffee, and tea for senior and middle managers at staff meetings in a bid to lower expenses. Last year's generosity cost almost $810,000.

Rating 10 most-overlooked, underrated vacation spots

Haven't taken your annual vacation yet? Are you looking for a respite that's not quite run-of-the-mill? According to a panel of editors at Fodor's Travel Publications, there's much to enjoy in overlooked spots such as Leavenworth, Wash., or Cloudcroft, N.M. Internationally, they cite Girona, Spain, and Saba, Netherlands Antilles, as places to truly get away from it all. After sifting through hundreds of locations, the editors made the following recommendations for unusual travel destinations: (For more on each, see: www.fodors.com.):

1. Antigua, Guatemala

2. Canadian Rockies, via the Rocky Mountaineer Train

3. Cloudcroft, N.M.

4. Columbus, Ohio

5. The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

6. Girona, Spain

7. Leavenworth, Wash.

8. Ouro Preto, Brazil

9. Plantation Country, La.

10. Saba, The Netherlands Antilles

(c) Copyright 2001. The Christian Science Monitor

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