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Disneyland is Making Corn Dogs into Nachos

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Feeling hungry and happen to be in Anaheim? Well, if you're looking for something a little different you might want to head to the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland resort where you can get mini corn dogs that are served up like classic nachos complete with cheese, guacamole and more. The tasty treats are only served until the end of September -that's right, you only have about two weeks to get your hands on these bad boys.

Via Foodbeast

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These Lord of the Rings Firepits Are A Great Way to Warm Up in the Shire

We previously featured a Lord of the Rings firepit, but it was just a plain old One Ring. The incredible designs by Etsy seller Imagine Metal Art take nerdy firepits to a whole new level -adding layer upon layer of intricate design to each work of art.

The seller offers two different Lord of the Rings designs -the one above as well as this Witch King design

But there are more than just Lord of the Rings designs. Other geeky creations include designs that feature dragons and Star Wars

Check out all the rest of the designs here.

Via Geek Girls


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Movie Props That Were Actually Real

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You know how realistic that horse head in The Godfather looks and how terrified the actor appears to be when he sees it in bed with him? Well, that's because the head was actually a real horse head -not a prop. The design team actually tried to make a prop horse head, but Francis Ford Coppola didn't think it looked quite real enough, so instead they bought one from a dog food factory.

Over on TopTenz, you can read about ten movie props that were actually real -including the flame thrower guitar in Mad Max, the skeletons in Poltergeist and the door Jack Nicholson chops down in The Shining.

So see the full list here


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American Foods Tourists Are Most Excited to Try

When you visit another country, you want to try the local cuisine in order to really get a feel for the culture, but to the people in those countries, the food is just an every day reality. People from other countries feel the same way about your culture's food as well. So have you ever considered what tourists visiting America feel like they just have to try? They you have to check out this Reddit thread on the subject. Just as a spoiler, some of the most common responses are corn dogs, Thanksgiving foods and Creole cuisine.

See all the delicious (and sometimes odd cravings) at Reddit.

Via Thrillist

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What's the Weirdest Thing Your Pet Has Ever Done

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Pets are magnificent and part of the thing that makes them so great is that no two pets are exactly alike. And in fact, some animals are just plain weird. Over on our Facebook, we recently asked our readers what the weirdest thing their pet ever did was and the answers were as delightfully fun as you might expect. A few examples:

My cat got in the bathroom and took a dump on the toilet like those trained cats we see on YouTube. In the end he sit at the door and looked at me like saying "no one will believe in you"

Or:

My cat opens the freezer and sits in it. When we aren't home, stuff thaws because he doesn't close it when he leaves! He will also sit on the bottom shelf of the fridge and we've accidentally locked him in...

Or:

Tried to use all the remotes in the house to hide his poop. I mean all of them bedroom remote, tv, Dvd, and the Xbox remotes were pushed on top of the pile.

You can read all the great comments here, or add your own weird pet story in the comments on this post.

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Quirky Stories About David Lynch

I'm literally watching Twin Peaks as I write this and that's the great thing about David Lynch movies and shows is that you can watch them over and over again and catch new things every time. As it turns out, the man behind these classics is just as fascinating and the strange trivia bits featured in this Vulture article prove it. For example, did you know that he loves quinoa so much he made a surreal video about it? Or that Cameron Crow originally wanted Lynch to be the director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but Lynch quite politely turned him down?

You can read all kinds of weird facts about Lynch here (and watch his quinoa video for yourself)


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This Dog Constantly Stalks His Owner Wherever She Goes

Do you ever feel like someone's watching you? For most people, that's just a pointless paranoia but in the case of Lauren Birney, she's pretty much always right. Lauren's two-year old bull mastiff, Cyprus, suffers from separation anxiety and never lets her leave his line of sight. 

Wherever Lauren goes, Cyprus is sure to follow, whether that means going to the bathroom with her, peering at her from behind the couch or poking his head under the blinds.

Cyprus has earned himself the nickname of "convicted creeper" in his household. "Sometimes I have no idea that he is creeping on me until I get up off a seat or look around the room and find he will be standing behind an object with his head sticking out staring at me," she said. 

See more pictures of Cyprus here

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Fascinating But Totally Pointless Studies

Did you know that North Korea is the second happiest country in the world -according to North Korea? Or that monkeys who scream the loudest tend to have the smallest testicles? There are some studies that reveal nothing more than you would expect, but they're still surprisingly interesting. 

Over on TopTenz, you can have more unsurprising truths that are endlessly entertaining.


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The Food Each State Hates the Most

We've written a lot about the differing tastes people from each state tend to have (including each state's most talked about food, what food each state looks for on Pinterest, every state's most important food innovation and the fastest growning food chain in each state). One thing we haven't talked about much is what food each individual state dislikes the most, but thanks to Hater, now we know. 

While some of the results are to be expected -of course Texas is particular about its steaks and Washington hates K-Cups, some of the answers are a bit surprising if not weird. Personally, I didn't know gas station wine was popular enough to warrant hating but it must be in at least New Jersey and what's the deal with the last bite of a hot dog, huh Missouri? And on a more personal note I just don't see how anyone could hate tapas North Dakota -maybe they're just particularly bad in that state.

Via Thrillist

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The Most Important Chain Restaurants In American History

You probably already know that McDonald's changed the fast food landscape for good and you could probably guess that Starbucks did a similar thing for coffee shops, but did you know how important White Castle or Dominos are American culinary history? Over on Thrillist, you can learn a lot about the history of American restaurants and the chains that formed our modern dining options in this great article. It's a long read, but if you like food and history, you'll probably find it fascinating -even if you're not a fan of some of the places listed. 

So see the whole article here.

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Bring Pickle Rick to Your Family Therapy Sessions With This Awesome Plush

Pickle Rick is a pretty intense and very scary guy once he gets his rat suit legs, but before that, he's pretty darn helpless -which means he's in the perfect condition to force him to go to family therapy. Just pop him in your purse and you can have a perfectly complacent Rick who requires nothing more than the syringe that will eventually help him no longer become a pickle. You can get your hands on this great Pickle Rick plush through romARToy's Etsy page, where you can also get your hands on a plush Mr. Poopy Butthole, Cromulon head, and more. 

Via Geek Girls


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Every Marilyn Monroe Movie Ranked From Best to Worst

Marilyn Monroe is a legend and while she is best known for being a blonde bombshell, she was actually quite a talented actress and singer with a hefty film resume. Vulture took the time to rank all of her almost 30 movies from worst to best along with their reasons for their rankings. Keep in mind that the rankings are based mostly on Marilyn's performance, which is why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is ranked higher than Some Like It Hot. Whether you're a dedicated Marilyn fan or are just interested in seeing more of her work, the list is certainly worth checking out. 

So see the full list here.


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Prince's Favorite Color Wasn't What You'd Expect

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Everyone associates Prince with purple, which only makes sense given how often he wore the color and how one of his most famous songs is Purple Rain, but while he might be associated with purple, it wasn't actually his favorite color. So what was? According to his sister, he actually prefered orange. Granted, he may have worn orange on multiple occassions, but he will always be the Purple One to his fans. 

Read more about his purple vs. orange color associations over on Vulture.


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Express Your Love With the Love Hormone

When you're in love, hugging your child or even just flirting with a crush, oxytocin is the chemical in your body making you feel that magical emotion. Now you can give your loved one a physical reminder of that special hormone with this cool oxytocin necklace by Etsy seller Nikola Jewelry.

Is oxytocin not quite your thing? Well the seller also makes seratonin and dopamine earrings as well as jewelry featuring other molecules and DNA strands as well.


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People Share Stories of What Made Them Walk Out on Job Interviews

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We've all had bad job interviews before, but most people have to be put through a lot of BS before they walk out on the interviewer. Over on Reddit, people shared the stories of times they were pushed too far during interviews. One thing that continually gets people to leave is when employers lie about job positions in the listing -usually because they want to lure people into a shady sales job.

There are also quite a few interviews where the laws were actually broken. One particularly bad story:

"Are you deciding to have any kids soon? We'd rather not hire you then have to fire you when you're knocked up." I was 15 at the time.

Another thing that seems to drive a lot of people to leave is when interviewers don't bother to show up on time:

I showed up about ten minutes early, signed in, all that jazz... and waited. and waited. and waited. 45 minutes later I got up, asked the receptionist (who looked seriously embarrassed) to let my interviewer know I was no longer interested, and left. Two hours later I got a rude call asking if I had forgotten the appointment. I laughed and hung up.

See all the stories over at Reddit

Via Knowable


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Things You Probably Don't Know About Sloths

Everyone knows that sloths are adorable, but there's a lot more to any creature than its relative level of cuteness and sloths are particularly fascinating critters. For example, did you know that even experts experienced with sloths aren't always able to tell the difference between males and females of the species? Or that they even move faster in water than they do on land/trees? Or that they don't drink water? 

Learn a lot more about sloths over at TopTenz

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Gender-Swapped Versions of Famous Cartoon Characters

One thing makes a good cartoon character is creating a design that is instantly recognizable even when it's drawn in a completely different manner. Artist Alicia Herber took some truly fantastic characters and then changed their genders -and the results are delightful.

Her choices range from classics like Looney Toons to modern favorites like Rick and Morty, and include everything in between like Captain Planet. You can see her full collection over on Buzzfeed.

Via Geek Girls


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Still Have Those Eclipse Glasses? Consider Putting Them to Good Use

I know a lot of people have probably already tossed their eclipse glasses and many people who haven't already decided to keep theirs as a lifelong souvenir, but if you're still deciding what to do with yours, now there's another great option available. Astronomers Without Borders will be collecting donated glasses to donate to kids in Asia and South America so they can use them to view upcoming eclipses in 2019. 

While mailing instructions haven't been released yet, you can keep an eye on the group's Facebook page where they will be announced soon and in the meanwhile, keep those glasses safe.

Via Newser


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Got a Cold? Break Off a Piece of This Kit Kat Bar

Cough drops sometimes try to taste like candy, but have you ever heard of a candy trying to taste like a cough drop? Well, Kit Kat apparently thought it was a great idea because that's the newest flavor they're releasing to Japan. The good news is that because it has 2.1% throat lozenge powder mixed in with the white chocolate, it could hopefully actually help if you have a sore throat -and that powder is just enough to make the treat "fresh and invigorating."

Via Eater

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Tentacles Have Never Looked So Tasty

Have you ever wanted to taste a monster from the deep but worried it would be a little hard to catch and too salty and tough to enjoy? Then you'll want to head to Auckland, New Zealand, where you can get your hands on this colossal squid cone loaded with 3D printed cripsy cones and rich chocolate goodness from Giapo ice cream shop. The crazy creations are so popular that people often wait hours to get their hands on these tentacle treats. 

Via Thrillist

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Hot Pocket Stuffed Burgers

We've seen a lot of pizza/burger combinations, including a burger baked inside of a pizza and a pizza inside of a burger inside of a pizza, but for most people, making these outrageous pizza creations is just too crazy. On the other hand, following these instructions from Oh Bite It to make a burger with a Hot Pocket inside seems pretty straight forward -and best of all, you can switch it up to have a burger stuffed with turkey, broccoli and cheddar or hickory ham and cheddar -or whatever your favorite Hot Pocket flavor happens to be.

So make your burger a Hot Pocket pocket with these simple instructions.

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Horror Stories from Car Rental Agency Employees

Most people who use rental cars just need them to get from place to place, but for some people, the rental car itself is a bit of an adventure in itself. Unfortunately for the guys who work at the rental agency, those types of people often forget to clean up after themselves and the results can be pretty scary. 

Thrillist recently collected horror stories from people who worked at car rental agencies and the results will make you glad you never had to look underneath the seat of a car hoping to not stumble upon a gun or a syringe.

So read the full list of car rental stories here.


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Every Ride at Disneyland Ranked

We previously wrote about a ranking of all the best rides at Disney World, but if you happen to live closer to the West Coast, you might find yourself visiting Disneyland far more often. If you're wondering what the best rides at Disneyland happen to be, then you won't want to miss this Travel and Leisure article. Of course, everyone's personal opinion will vary -for example, while I love Splash Mountain, I think it's nowhere near the best ride at the park, and Autopia desesrves to be way further down on the list.

So check out the list and then get ready to debate their rankings here.


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The Best Movies Where Nazis Get Beat Up

Ever since the US entered World War II, many average Americans have longed to beat up Nazis and that dream is stronger right now than it has been for years. If you love the idea of punching a Nazi in the face, but don't want to do it yourself, then you might want to live vicariously through the movies. Over on Collider, you can see a list of the best movies where Nazis get beat up, ranging from the obvious -like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or Inglorious Basterds, to lesser know films -like Dead Snow and Green Room.

So don't miss the full list here.


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Every State's Most Important Food Innovation

Every state has added something unique to the American culinary landscape, whether it be a classic sauce, a popular chain restaurant or even distinct sandwich. Over on Thrillist, you can read about the best culinary invention created by each state. Granted, it might seem a little weird to claim a state's best innovention is a potato or crab legs, but it's more about what they helped popularize as a dining option -not just new recipes. 

So do you agree with your state's food innovation on the list?

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Taco Bell's Newest Monstrosity? A Spicy Pop Rock Burrito

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Taco Bell is known for creating crazy foods, but it's one thing to make a taco shell out of a piece of fried chicken and a whole different thing to add spicy Pop Rocks to a burrito -and that's just what they've started doing. The new creation, called the Firecracker Burrito is only available at four test locations in Orange County and it features rice, nacho cheese, sour cream, beef, and red tortilla strips. What makes it truly bizarro though is the option to get a side of "popping crystals," which are essentially chili-flavored Pop Rocks that give it a "sweet-spicy flavor along with a fizzy texture," according to Foodbeast.

Personally, I'll take my candy far away from my burritos, thanks.

Via LAist

https://www.foodbeast.com/news/taco-bell-spicy-pop-rocks-burrito/
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Behind the Scenes Secrets of Disney Princesses

Little girls go gaga over seeing their favorite Disney princesses when they go to a Disney theme park, but few of us really think much about the actresses that play these iconic characters. As it turns out, there a log of interesting things that go into getting them to play the role just right. For example, did you know they have to go through voice training in order to do the role just right? Or that they have to reaudition every year? 

Learn more about working as a Disney princess on Travel and Leisure


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This Magnificent Cheetos Restaurant Will Only Be Open Three Days

Real food fans know that Cheetos are one of the finer things in life and now, for three glorious days (August 15-17), the snack food company itself will be running a restaurant in New York, called the Spotted Cheetah, where every item features some kind of Cheetos product. The menu consists of:

Cheetos Crusted Fried Pickles; Creamy Ranch, Cheetos Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup; Cheetos Meatballs; Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes (breaded with White Cheddar Cheetos crust); Flamin' Hot and White Cheddar Mac n' Cheetos; Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese; Spicy Cheetos Nachos; and Flamin' Hot Limon Chicken Tacos.

But save room for dessert, which consists of Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake; Cheetos Sweetos Sweet and Salty Cookies; and White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepes. Those might sound strange, but if you've had the Cheetos Sweetos, you already know how sweet Cheetos are surprisingly tasty. 

Via Gothamist

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Some of the Coolest Themed Bars in the World

Ever wish you could have a drink while sitting on the lap of a Xenomorph? Or enjoy a white Russian with The Dude? Theme bars are the closest any of us could get to doing things like this in real life. Over on Supercall, you can read about 13 of the best theme bars on earth. Often when these things say "on earth," they tend to mean in the US with a few exceptions, but in this case, they really do mean around the globe as the bars are located in Japan, Iecland, Switzerland, Romania and more. 

So check out the full list of strange and wonderful theme bars here.


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This Octopus Gave a Sincere Thank You to the Man Who Saved It

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Film maker Pei Yan Heng was at the beach in Cyrene Reef, Singapore in 2013 when he stumbled upon an octopus stranded far above the water line. Pei filled up a cup of water and scooped up the octopus before releasing him back into the sea. After taking a moment to recover, the octopus went to his rescuer's shoe and hugged it with his tentacle in a sincere thank you gesture. 

Via Laughing Squid

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