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Here are some interesting and amusing developments that the staff at Money Talks was talking about this week, but never got around to writing about...

1. Is the bad economy good birth control?

It makes sense: When you have less money, you have less children. “The Centers for Disease Control reported last month that fertility rates fell 4 percent between 2007 and 2009, to 66.7 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44,” The Today Show reported. “That’s the largest drop in more than 30 years.”

2. In Beijing, ‘luxury’ becomes a dirty word

Tax day in the United States will be luxury tax day in Beijing. “After April 15, any company that puts up a public advertisement in China’s capital city using the adjective – or a few other flowery phrases like it – will be fined around $4,500,” CNN reported. “The municipal government says on its website that such words induce hedonism and spiritual emptiness.”

3. Adzookie will pay your mortgage for ads on your house

If you turn your house into a billboard, a new advertising company will pay your mortgage. “Adzookie will paint the entire outside of the house, minus the roof, the windows and any awnings, over three to five days,” PC Magazine reportd. You must leave the ad up for at least three months.

4. Plastic surgery rebounds as job seekers try to look younger

Plastic surgeries are on the rise again. But the extra business is coming from a surprising demographic. “More than 13 million cosmetic plastic surgeries were performed in the U.S. during 2010, up 5 percent from 2009,” CNN reported. “Business is coming from men over the age of 55 who are concerned about keeping their jobs.”

5. Audi to offer $285,000 special edition ‘halo’ cars to tackle BMW

Audi is purposefully making expensive cars to burnish its reputation and take on BMW as a classy company. Its plan? Sell $285,000 SUVs for Russia and $136,000 sports cars for the United Arab Emirates. The vehicles come with customized interiors and paint jobs – and may not come to the United States until 2013.

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