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The Craziest Post Offices in the World

An underwater post office seems like something from science fiction, but it's actually a real place in the small island nation of Vanuatu -and that's only one of ten crazy post offices located across the globe. Also strange is the world's only floating post office, that only serves freighters traversing the Detroit River. If you like things a little more old school, you might enjoy the post office in Peach Springs, Arizona that delivers mail with a mule team to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Believe it or not though, those three examples aren't even the most out of this world post offices around. 

So check out the full list of ten crazy post offices on TopTenz.

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20 of the Craziest Burgers from Around the World

If you believe a burger is made up of a ground beef patty and two buns, then you might just consider these burger monstrosities pure blasphemy. But if you like extreme food creations you might consider these to be right up your alley. Some of these are pretty simple concepts that most people might be open to -like the Hawaiian burger with pineapple and ham on it, but others ask the diner to keep a very open mind -like the bogan burger that features steak, chicken schnitzel, a potato cake, bacon, egg, cheese, onion and even a slice of beet. No matter how brave you are though, I somehow doubt you'll be willing to try the beyond outrageous garbage burger that has over 20 ingredients, including five cheeses, peanut butter, peppers, marinara sauce, ice cream hot fudge and a cherry on top (read all the 20 ridiculous ingredients here).

Thanks to Food Republic for the great infographic.

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The Perfect Accessory for a Fancy Picnic

Love a good picnic with a lot of class? Then you won't want to miss out on this wine and cheese table that easily sits right in the ground and provides support for a bottle, two glasses and a plate -ideally for your cheese or chocolate pairing. Sure it's easy enough to throw down a blanket and put your bottle and plate of snacks on the ground, but those wine glasses are always problematic at picnics and at the beach. This clever table solves that problem by hanging them off of the ground where they won't tumble over. 

They are available for sale on Faircraft USA's Etsy page.

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Women Describe the Worst Case of Mansplaining They Have Been Subject To

Some men still deny that mansplaining is a real thing or that even if it does exist, that it's a problem, but those men obviously have never had someone assume they were completely ignorant on a subject based solely on their gender.

For those still unconvinced that mansplaining is real, Twitter user @NicholeFroio asked other women to post the most obvious thing that was ever mansplained to them and the results are beyond depressing.

There's a great round up of the responses on Buzzfeed and things men felt they had to explain to women include a man telling a woman her name was spelled wrong, multiple men telling women they didn't know the basics of the thing the woman had an advanced degree in, and men telling women how female bodies work. 

So check out more of the responses here

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This Woman Unknowingly Wore Her Engagement Ring Around Her Neck for a Year

The Huffington Post recently shared the story of an Australian man named Terry who made his girlfriend a necklace out of wood for their one year anniversary. What he didn't tell her was that inside the necklace was an engagement ring.

His girlfriend wore the necklace for a whole year and a half before Terry decided to propose. When he did, he asked her to hand him the necklace so he could take a picture of it. Then he used a knife to open the secret latch to reveal the engagement ring inside. She said yes immediately, but it took her a moment before she realized that she had been wearing the ring around her neck the whole time.

You can read the whole story at The Huffington Post

Via Newser

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Pickle Popsicles and Pickle Soda Are Just What You Need This Summer

Looking for something a little refreshing this summer? Then head to your local novelty popsicle shop (that has to be a thing, right?) and pick up a Van Holten pickle popsicle

Or do you like your pickles a little less cold with a little fizz? Then maybe you need one of these pickle juice sodas from Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop. Sure, you could just drink regular pickle juice, but it lacks all that delightful carbonation you know you've always needed in your pickle juice.

Via Incredible Things

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Have Your Been Storing Your Champagne in the Fridge? Stop It

It's pretty common for liquor and grocery stores to keep champagne in the refrigerator section and many people buy champagne and store it in their fridge from the moment they get home until they drink it. The problem? Well, unless you drink the champagne within three or four days of putting it in the refrigerator, you're actually ruining your sparkling investment. 

The science is sound too. The cold, humidless air in the refrigerator dries out the cork, which might not release enough air to let the bubbles get away, but it does release enough air to oxidize the champagne and change the flavor. 

So what are you supposed to do? Either put your champagne in the fridge the day before you're ready to drink it or put it in a bucket of cold ice 15-20 minutes before drinking.

Read more about it in the Huffington Post.

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All the Books to Read Before the Upcoming Movies Based on Them Are Released

We all know by now that Hollywood has too few ideas of their own -which is one of many reasons why they make so many movies based on books. The good thing is that most books are better than the movie remake anyway, so if you don't want to wait for the next Hollywood release, you can just read the story ahead of time and probably find something more enjoyable anyway. So want to get a jump on the 2017 movie releases? Then check out this list of all the books they are based on and then head to your local bookstore (or Amazon).

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A Few Places Every Hello Kitty Fan Needs to Visit

Personally, I never got the obsessed Hello Kitty fans. She's cute and everything, but I just can't understand wanting to own every single piece of her merchandise. But if you happen to be that kind of a HK fan, then you won't want to miss this list of places across the globe that every Hello Kitty fan should visit. From cafes across the world to Sanrio Puroland in Japan and even a beauty spa in the Middle East, you won't believe how widespread the love of Hello Kitty is. 

So check out the whole list here.

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Fascinating Facts About the Romans

We know a lot of things about the Romans given that much of our modern society is based on theirs, but even so, there are a lot of things people don't know about them and possibly even more misconceptions about their culture. Fortunately for those who want to know more and clear up the half-truths they might have in their head about the Romans, this Top Tenz article is here for you. It features ten interesting facts about the Romans ranging from whether Nero was believed to be the antichrist to the strange lives of the vestal virgins. 

So head over to Top Tenz to learn more.

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Family Posts Note Informing the World Why Their Dog is on the Roof

It's not every day you see a dog on someone's roof. Well, that is unless you happen to live near this house where the dog climbs up on the roof so often that his owners thought it appropriate to share a note with the neighbors letting everyone know that they are aware that the dog is up there and that it is, in fact, under supervision and safe. Unsurprisingly, it wasn't long before the note and pictures of the dog ended up on Reddit and now #hucktheroofdog is a bonifide internet celebrity.

Via Good

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That is Not a Happy Cat

So this is what happens when you shave a longhaired cat...with the exception of its face. Reddit user mebeim posted this image without any other context and I can't say that I need any more than that.

Via BoingBoing 

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The Bow Wow Challenge Dares You to (Pretend to) Live Large

This Monday, rapper and actor Bow Wow tweeted a little humble brag about flying to New York with a picture of a private jet. The problem? He was spotted on a very not private flight by someone who already saw the Tweet and called him out on it -and thus, the #BowWowChallenge was born.

The premise of the challenge is simple -show a life of luxury in the image, then show the reality. 

Sure it's petty, but isn't that what Twitter is all about?

via Complex

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Was Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino Actually A Ripoff?

Starbucks' legendary unicorn Frappuchino has already disappeared from stores, but it won't soon disappear from the minds of customers -of from the minds of its board members after the company has been slapped with a lawsuit this week. Brooklyn-based The End cafe filed the suit claiming that Starbucks copied their unicorn latte, which was brought to market over a year before Starbucks' creation. 

While the two drinks look pretty similar though, the Brooklyn version was quite a bit healthier than Starbucks' sugary creation, as it is made from ingredients like cold-pressed ginger, lemon juice, dates, cashews, blended with dried maca root, blue-green algae, and vanilla bean. The healthy drink quickly became The End's most popular creation so they filed for a trademark in January, which naturally doesn't bode well for Starbucks. 

So will Starbucks' big corporate lawyers beat out the little guy with a trademark? Only time will tell, but the corporation will almost certainly be more careful next time they release an outrageous concoction like this.

You can read more about the story at Thrillist.

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American Travel Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List

We talk a lot about international travel destinations, but the US is a big country with a lot of very worthy places of its own. If you don't want to deal with the expense or hassle of leaving the country, but need some ideas of where to go, you won't want to miss this great list of 50 places from around the US to add to your bucket list.

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Check Out This Epic Rick and Morty Dominoes Set Up

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When the Cromulons decide to host a talent competition that doesn't just require singing, I think The Domino King might be Earth's only salvation when they start asking us to "show me what you got." Need proof? Just look at this epic 18,365 piece domino layout he created for Rick and Morty. It not only has amazing pictures from the series but reveals secret hidden messages from the show as it goes. Wubba lubba dub dub indeed!

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The Cheapest Places to Travel by Month

Want to cross a few dream destinations off of your bucket list but need to save some cash on the journey? Then you won't want to miss this Travel and Leisure article that can help guide you on the most affordable time to visit all number of popular destinations.

For example, did you know the best time to visit Berlin is in August? Or that Beijing is most affordable in June? Sometimes the most affordable time to visit also coincides with the worst weather, for example, I wouldn't want to visit New York in August when it's the most hot and humid. But that's not the case for all of the destinations -in fact, Los Angeles is quite nice in January when the worst weather you might hit is a rain storm.

You can check out the whole list of affordable destinations here.

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Finally a Fitness Class for the Rest of Us: Napercise

Some people live for exercise. Some people avoid it at all costs -but now there's a reason for those people to join the gym as well. David Lloyd Gyms in England have just introduced the Napercise class, which is essentially just a gym studio where people can take a 45 minute long nap.

The gym was inspired to start the course after a study revealed that 86% of parents said they were fatigued. We all know that getting enough sleep is important for your health, so why not get healthy at the gym with a nice nap workout.

You can read more about the new program at the Independent

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The Fondoodler is the Hot Glue Gun for Cheese

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Most kitchen gadgets are unnecessary (you really just need good knives, spoons and pans for the most part), but just because something is unnecessary doesn't mean it's not worth owning. The Fondoodler is absolutely worth owning, even if no one ever actually needs this in their lives.

After all, do you really need a "hot glue gun" for cheese? No, but don't you want to make ultimate nachos and pretzel houses held together with Swiss cheese? How could anyone say no to that?

You can get your hands on the the Fondoodler from Amazon.

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The Most Extreme Cities in the World

Do you know what the most populated city on Earth is? The city with the worst traffic? The city with the largest land area? The healthiest city? You might be surprised to know the answer to some of those questions. For example, the most populated city isn't New York or Tokyo, but Dhaka in Bangladesh. The worst traffic isn't in LA, but instead in Mexico City, which is actually the only country in the Western Hemisphere that ranks in the top five list for cities with the worst traffic. What about the largest and healthiest cities? You'll have to visit the link to find out -along with other record-holding cities. 

So find out more about the most extreme cities in the world at TopTenz.

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Some of the Most Amazing Places to Travel in the UK Outside of London

England and Scotland are beautiful countries with both amazing natural landscapes and wonderful historical towns. Despite that, most visitors to the UK head straight to London and many don't even make it outside the capital city. 

If you really want to see the best of the UK, get out of London and instead head to one or more of these 47 absolutely beautiful places from around the country

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Create Your Own Sci-fi Thriller With This Handy Plot Generator

Looking to write the next big alien thriller but need a few ideas to get you going? Then you won't want to miss this plot generator Wired created using two James Gunn films and two Ridley Scott creations. Of course, you could always use it like a Mad Libs game and insert your own ideas for plucky adventurers and terrifying boss aliens. 

Via Wired

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What Food Each State Looks for on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great place to find recipe ideas or even just incredible food porn, but people from different states have different obsessions when it comes to food and while Texans love searching for stuffed avocados, people in Alaska tend to seek out survival foods to get them through their harsh winters.

So what do people in your state tend to search for? Well, you can see the official results that aren't so well organized on Pinterest or see the full list alphabetized and a lot more clear over at Food and Wine.

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Fun Facts About Skittles

Candy fans can largely agree that Skittles are delicious, but did you know much more about them beyond that? For example, did you know that they have an amazing PR team that not only posts entertaining tidbits like "Marshmallows don’t dissolve, they just use hot cocoa to teleport to their homeworld" but also managed to shut down a Donald Trump Jr. analogy between the candy and refugees in the classiest way possible? And if you always felt like there were way too many yellows in each bag -you're right, there's more of them than any other flavor.

You can learn more strange and interesting facts about Skittles in this fun TopTenz article.

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This Company Rents Dapper-Dressed Alpacas and Llamas for Weddings

Want to have a memorable wedding and support a worthy cause? Well, if you live in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington you should get in touch with Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas. By renting a set of llamas or alpacas for your wedding you will not only have the best possible guests at your wedding, you'll also help support the group's therapy and education programs. Talk about a win/win. 

And these aren't just any llamas or alpacas pulled right off the farm, they not only come finely dressed, but they are perfectly trained for such respectable occassions. 

Still not convinced that a llama or alpaca couple will make your celebration the event of the year? Then check out the weddingllamas Instagram stream and see just how much they add to every wedding they attend.

Via Brides

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Nordstrom is Just Trolling Customers At This Point

In the last few months, Nordstrom has released an $85 rock in a leather holster and a $95 pair of mom jeans with clear plastic knees. Now they're really stepping up their game with a $425 pair of jeans that comes pre-dirtied with real mud.

The Barracuda Straight Legged Jeans are "workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty." Because nothing says "I'm not afraid to get dirty" than paying for someone else dirty your pants for you.

If you really want to go all out, you can even buy the matching $425 jacket also covered in mud

Via ABC Buffalo

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This Pizza Dress is Anything But Cheesy

Believe it or not, costume designer Olivia Mears didn't make this incredible pizza dress as the most incredible prom dress in history. Instead, it was her incredibly impressive contribution to the Domino's Piece of the Pie contest. 

As you can see, she even went so far as to  create a special pizza box throne to rule over her minioins once she wins the contest -at least she's going to stay humble.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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A Pizza Inside A Burger Inside A Pizza?

We've featured a lot of pizza/burger combinations in the past, including a burger made inside a pizza, but this pizza inside a burger inside a pizza might be the pizza/burger mashup to end all others. Like the burger inside the pizza, this outrageous creation is the creation of Hellthy Junk Food and just watching the video might just be enough to make you gain a few pounds.

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Via That's Nerdalicious

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37 Local Food Specialties That You Can Get Delivered Anywhere in the US

No matter where you live, chances are you have at least one favorite place that makes something you could never get anywhere else. Except nowadays, many of these local specialtlies can be shipped anywhere in the US.

Buzzfeed has even taken the time to track down 37 of the most delicious regional specialties from all over the country that you can get delivered to you no matter where you live -like these Duck Fat Caramels by Olive and Sinclair in Tennessee.

While it's not on the list, I might also add Cincinnati's Graeter's Ice Cream, which my wonderful step sister delivers to my dad once a year.

So check out the rest of the delicious local treats over on Buzzfeed

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A New Addition to the OED: Sonic Screwdriver

Doctor Who has been a staple of British culture for over 50 years, and now it has officially infiltrated the language -that's why the Oxford English Dictionary will be adding the word Sonic Screwdriver to the newest editions starting in June. In the announcement, the OED joked that it only made sense given that the dictionary itself is a lot like a certain blue box in that it is "blue, much bigger than it looks from the outside, and ‘the gateway to everything that ever was or ever can be’…showing you the whole of the past (and much of the present) of the English language."

Sonic screwdriver isn't the first Whovian term to be included. Already in the dictionary are TARDIS, Dalek, and Cyberman. You can read the announcement on the OED blog.

Via The Mary Sue

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