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Brazilian flip-flops

Sao Paulo, Nov. 27 (Reuters): Brazilians sometimes scoff when foreigners fork out up to $20 for a simple pair of Brazilian flip-flops that cost just $2.50 at home. But the shoe is about to be on the other foot.

Brazilian jewellers H.Stern have teamed up with Havaianas, Brazilís most popular flip-flop brand, to make a range of luxury flip-flops with a top price of $19,840 (58,500 reais).

A spokeswoman for Havaianas, made by Alpargatas, said yesterday that the luxury range, which also includes models priced at $3,660 (10,800 reais) and $2,440 (7,200 reais), would be made to order from H.Stern starting today.

The strap of the most expensive flip-flop is inlaid with diamonds and 1,636 feathers made out of 18 karat gold. Hidden among the gold feathers of the left-foot sandal is a small amulet in the shape of a frog, a symbol of prestige among Indians. The rest of the flip-flop is rubber with a black sole.

Spears zone

New York (AP): Britney Spears is in a zone, all right ó and itís at the top of the album chart. The pop starís sexy fourth album, In The Zone, debuted at number one with more than 609,000 copies sold in its first week, according to industry figures released on Thursday. The disc, which contains the single Me Against the Music with Madonna, has received mixed reviews. It showcases an all-grown-up Britney, panting about her sex drive, her shopping sprees and her all-night partying. The showing is a slight drop from the 21-year-old singerís last album, Britney, which also debuted at number one with 746,000 copies sold during its first week in November 2001. But itís less than half the sales of her second album, Oops! ... I Did It Again, which sold a whopping 1.3 million in its first week in May 2000. Michael Jacksonís Number Ones debuted at number 13. The Beatlesí Let It Be... Naked, which strips the bandís 1969 album of Phil Spectorís lavish production effects, debuted at number five with about 280,000 copies sold.

Petite drive

New York (Reuters): Petite former Burger King manager Sonya Thomas wolfed down 7-3/4 pounds of holiday food in 12 minutes on Wednesday to defeat a pair of 400-pound rivals and win the Thanksgiving Invitational eating contest. The 106-pound Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, devoured massive helpings of yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and turducken, a turkey stuffed with duck, chicken and sausage, to win the International Federation of Competitive Eating event. ďIím full but I could eat more,Ē Thomas, 36, said.

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