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A Cocktail for Every Zodiac Sign

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas believes that some people are inclined towards certain cocktails based on their zodiac signs. That's why they've developed a whole cocktail menu based on the signs of their customers -like the lover's potion for Aquariuses and the werly cup for Geminis below.

They were nice enough to share the recipes on Travel and Leisure, so if you want a cocktail based on your birthdate, don't miss the full list.

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The Best Comic-Based TV Shows (So Far)

There have been comic book tv shows since the 1960s, but there's never been more than there are now. So which ones are worth watching? Depending on who you ask, all of them or none of them. And no one really agrees on which ones are the best. But if you're the debating type, you'll want to check out this list on Complex ranking 20 of the best comic book TV shows. Personally, I think Agent Carter and Luke Cage should be way higher on the list -but then, by next year there will probably 20 more shows that can be ranked on a list like this.

So check out the full list over at Complex and feel free to argue your favorite show's case here.

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Sloths' Voices Are Just As Cute As Their Faces

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Sloths are fascinating creatures that are adored by the public. Strangely though we still know very little about them -both scientists and the public. Here's one more thing you might not know about the cute little critters: they make absolutely adorable sounds. Just listen to these little guys speak!

Via Mental Floss

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How to De-Politicize Your Facebook Feed

Are you tired of seeing posts about Trump and congress in your Facebook feed every day? Do you miss seeing cat videos and videos of your friend's babies? Don't worry, you don't need to ditch the social network all together, just check out this CBS article. Aside from the obvious "hide posts" or "unfollow" options most people already know about, there are also a few add-ons available, most notably Remove All Politics from Facebook and Social Fixer. While not mentioned in the CBS article, there's also Make America Kittens Again which will turn all pictures associated with articles that have the name Trump in them show up as kittens -and everyone loves kittens.

Via Mental Floss

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The Most Romantic Destinations in Each State

Traveling with your family, friends or even by yourself is pretty great, but there is really something special about traveling with your partner. If you're going to travel with the one you love (especially near Valentine's Day), you might as well go somewhere romantic.

For those seeking a romantic destination to visit this month, this Travel and Leisure article featuring the most romantic location in each state is a great place to start planning your vacation. Whether you want to go local or make a big romantic trip out of state, the article is filled with fantastic travel ideas.

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Make Your Bathroom Classy With This Boozy Toilet Paper Holder

There's something fun about his-and-her towels in a bathroom -but why should the concept stop there? Now you can really class up your bathroom with a his-and-her toilet paper holder designed to hold both wine and beer. It's also a great gift for those heavy drinkers who don't want to commit to either a can of beer or a glass of wine.

You can pick up this excellent Valentine's Day gift at SOLIDink3D's Etsy shop.

Via Incredible Things

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Things About America That Make No Sense to People in Other Countries

America's a big place and it's also kind of weird in some ways. TopTenz has collected ten strange things about the US that might actually seem normal to Americans, but seem very odd from an outsider's perspective. For example, beastiality is still legal in nine US states but premarital sex or co-habitating before marriage is still illegal in four states. Also, 30% of Americans would rather save money than get necessary medical treatment.

Perhaps most strangely, the American government has official advice for those who want to report Elvis sightings.

So check out the whole list at TopTenz.

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The Force is With These Tiny Star Wars Tattoos

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Big tattoos are great and all, but sometimes a small one is just as good. These Star Wars fans may not have big ink, but their love of the series is certainly unquestionable. 

(Image via dannifullyxo)

The small designs are a subtle way to fully align yourself with your favorite characters without having to announce to the world that you support the Light or Dark Side.

(Image via The Tattoo Gallery)

You can see a whole gallery of delightfully small Star Wars tattoos over at Pop Sugar.

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Van Gogh's Self Portrait in Embroidery

It takes an artist to truly replicate the skills of another artist and illustrator Ezgi Pamir offers evidence of that fact with her fascinating embroidery. She only embroiders outside of work hours, but her needlework is still increidble. 

See more of her embroidery (and her illustrations) on her Behance page.

Via Incredible Things

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Relax This Weekend -Watch This Corgi Wearing a Propeller Hat

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Life is stressful -especially right now. Some people are stressed about politics and some people are particularly eager to see their team win the Super Bowl. If you need to relax a little, this video is the way to go. What's better than a pup in a propeller hat just relaxing in the wind?

Via Incredible Things

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Ear Gauges and Snakes Are a Bad Mix

People end up going to emergency rooms for a lot of strange reasons, but having a snake stuck in your ear gauge is probably a new one even for the veteran ER doctors. Ashley Glawe of Portland Oregon found out the hard way not to let your snake get too close to your ear gauges. 

According to her Facebook posts where she shared the pictures, the snake got too close to the hole and before she knew what was happening, it was already stuck in her ear. On the upside, she and the snake are ok and she got to use some truly one-of-a-kind hashtags on the post like #SnakeStuckInEar and #SnakeStuckInEarlobe.

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You Need to Get Your Paws on These Cute Puppy Planters and Vases

Not everyone can have a shiba inu or a kitty, but that doesn't mean they don't like pets. Even if you can have a pet, you probably can't bring it to work. That's why we love these awesome pet planters and vases by Etsy seller Sirosfunnyanimals.

While she sells other designs, she really specializes in shibu inus like the planter at the top of the page and the vase above. Each sculpture is a perfect way to bring a little extra fun to your pet-free homes and offices.

Via Incredible Things

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How Things Look Different When You Are Colorblind

It's hard to imagine your vision working completely different than it does, which is why these illustrations helping people with "normal" vision understand what colorblindness looks like are so fascinating. 

If you're not colorblind, seeing things without blues, greens and reds can be quite strange and even a bit creepy, but it's a great way to appriciate how things look for those who can't see those colors naturally. 

You can see more samples like these at Bright Side.

Via Incredible Things

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The Grossest Foods From Every State

There are a lot of foods out there that may taste great and may actually be popular but are still pretty darn disgusting when looked at from an outsider's perspective. Foods like SPAM musubi, ambrosia salad and hot beef sundaes seem totally normal to those who love them, but to those from other regions, they may seem a bit gross -even if it's that kind of "eww that's terrible for you but I still want to try it" gross.  Thrillist has compiled the grossest dish from each state and the results are fascinating. 

While some things like carne adovada will seem at least worthy of a try to most readers, some of the items are hotly contested, like Cincinatti chili -which features either chocolate or cinnamon inside a thin chili and served on spaghetti. Of course, many readers disagreed with the choices, which only makes these kind of lists more fun. I, for one, have never even heard of "goop" and I've lived in California my whole life.

So feel free to discuss your state's grossest food in the comments after you check out the whole list here.

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Forget Snakes on a Plane, Here Are Falcons on a Plane!

Redditor lensoo posted this photo saying a friend of his sent him this image of a flight where a Saudi Prince bought tickets for 80 falcons (technically, he said they were hawks, but Business Insider points out that they were actually falcons as falconry is a popular pastime in the Middle East). It's also relatively common for them to travel on planes in that part of the world.

According to Atlas Obscura, falcons can actually get their own passports for flying in the UAE. The regulations about falcons flying on planes are pretty strange, but also pretty interesting. You can read more about falcons on planes on Business Insider.

Via PetsLady

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Fascinating Facts About Mexico

Thanks to Trump's wall and anti-immigration policies, Mexico has been in the news a lot lately, but while people have been talking a lot about the country, few people actually know much about it. Thanks to TopTenz, now you can actually learn a little about America's Southern neighbor and the facts they chose are pretty fascinating. For example, did you know Mexico is home to the world's smallest volcano and the oldest university in America?

And perhaps most surprising in our modern political climate -Mexico's net immigration to the US is negative, meaning more Mexicans are leaving the US to go back to Mexico than are coming to the US. Factors playing into this immigration trend are many, but include increased safety and more jobs in Mexico, as well as a desire to see friends and family members left behind. 

So learn some new and interesting things about what was once the fifth largest country in the world here.

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Delightful Harry Potter Kitchen Gadgets and Accessories

Baking may be a science, but cooking something incredible is a form of magic. And if you want to celebrate the true magic of making something amazing from scratch, then why not channel your inner-wizard with delightful Harry Potter kitchen items like this handmade oven mitt?

Sure, not all the items will actually help you cook -some of them just help you serve, but if you're already feeling like a top witch, why not serve yourself up a drink from this cool cauldron mug?

In the right hands, a cooking spoon can be just as impressive as a magic wand and these Harry Potter spoons will certainly help remind you of that fact.

Check out more fun Harry Potter kitchen merchandise here

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How Would Clifford The Big Red Dog's Owner Clean Up His Poop

Most of us who grew up since the 1960s (or who had a kid who did) remember the stories of Clifford the Big Red Dog. But one thing overlooked in the books was how his owners could possibly clean up after a dog the size of a house. One recent Reddit thread explored this concept and surprisingly, one Redditor actually came up with a completely reasonable solution: essentially, Clifford's owners would have to rent a commercial-sized dumpster and train the dog to go to the bathroom in it. The cost of cleanup would come out to around $100 a day, but as he points out, that's probably nothing compared to the cost of food for a pooch that big.

You can read the whole thread and more details on taking care of Clifford's business over at Reddit.

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7 Real Life Organisms That Seem to be Born From Nightmares

The world is a scary place, but  the things we are scared of during the day are hardly the most terrifying things out there. These real life creatures remind us that there are far scarier things in this world than sharks, spiders and bears.

1. Asian Giant Hornet

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"Giant" and "hornet" are two words very few people want to see next to one another -and with good reason. The Asian giant hornet is exactly what you would expect from the name -a giant hornet that lives in Asia. Don't console yourself by thinking that maybe their size is a tradeoff that makes them less dangerous either. These giant hornets are just as aggressive as the regular ones we've all seen and their venom is even more potent. In fact, 30 to 40 people die each year in Japan due to stings from these wasps.

You may be thinking, "well at least they're in Asia so I'm safe here in my North American or Western European home," but while that might be true for the time being, the insects have been spotted in the US, France and England already and their numbers are likely to go up, not down in these countries.

Sources: Daily Kos, Wikipedia

2. Human Botfly

Warning: This video is not for the squeamish -in fact, it's not for 90% of people, it's just nightmarish.

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Visually the botfly is just another fly and gross, but not all that terrible. But when you consider that the human botlfy larvae feeds on human flesh, it's easy to see why this insect is absolutely a thing of nightmares. The bug will lay its eggs on mosquitoes and ticks that then deposit the eggs on human skin when the blood-sucker goes in for a bite to eat. The eggs then manage to get under the skin of humans through the hole left behind by the parasite they were attached to and then the larvae will live there for six to eight weeks before bursting through the skin as a full-grown adult. It's enough to make you want to bathe in bug repellant.

Sources: ABC News, Wikipedia

3. Colossal Squid

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A Delightfully Wrong Geek Valentine's Day Card

We already featured a whole collection of great geeky Valentine's Day cards, but I didn't discover this design by Josh Cullen until almost a week later. It was so good, I just had to share it with the rest of you.

Josh's Etsy shop is full of great geeky art outside of his amazing Valentine's Day card. This Chewbacca Big Foot design is just one example, and you can see the rest of it here.

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The Best National Park in Every State

America is a beautiful country and our National Park system is an amazing way to explore the best wilderness and historical destiations in all of the US. Whether you like beaches, snow, rivers, forests, colonial towns or majestic mountains, the National Park service is sure to please. 

That's why we love this amazing Travel and Leisure article that picks out the best National Park in each and every state.

It's a great guide whether you want to see the best National Parks in states near you or to plan a huge road trip where you can see each of the best parks. 

So don't miss the full list over on Travel and Leisure (and feel free to argue your case if you feel their selections are wrong).

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The Amazing Geek Art of Stephan Andrade

Stephan Andrade is our kind of illustrator -he's got great skills and he puts them to work on awesomely geeky artworks. We particularly love the way he turns all of his geek illustrations into classic dimestore novel covers.

And his subject matter is wonderful too -from Seinfeld to Bob's Burgers and from The Labyrinth to Adventure Time, the portraits are delightful.

The only downside is that none of these books are real because, after all, with covers like these, the books have to be good, right? So check out his whole portfolio here.

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This Lobster is Ready for Love

It's normal for lobsters to get barnacles on their shells, but usually they just show up in random patches. This beautiful boy has a heart tattoo on his back that makes him truly special.

It's the perfect lobster for Valentine's Day -assuming he doesn't end up on someone's plate. After all, it's kind of hard to eat something that says it loves you while you chow down.

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Needle Felted Geek Accessories

Etsy seller ElvesinGlass specializes in felting geek fashion accessories like cell phone covers, berets and purses.

The decorations feature things like solar systems and animals -particularly animal butts like the corgi butt phone cover above. 

The 3D detailing on the flat artistic surfaces give the creations an incredible level of realism you don't normally see in felted works. Personally, I want to own every item in the shop!

Via Incredible Things

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These Tostitos Bags Will Tell You When It Detects Alcohol on Their Breath

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Tostitos has released new bags that can help detect alcohol on a person's breath and if they have been drinking, the bag will bear a "don't drink and drive" warning and even provide the user with a $10 credit. The company does want to make it clear that the bag is not a breathalyzer and cannot detect alcohol levels, just alcohol consumption. Even so, it's a great way to add a little more safety to your Super Bowl party.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Protect Your Cat in Battle With This 3D Printed Cat Armor

We've featured cat armor before, but it's always been expensive and hard to get a hold of. Now you can get your own in no time with this 3D printed cat armor available at Print That Thing. In fact, the armor is even free to print, so your cat can be protected for simply the cost of 3D printing materials. 

So download your cat's armor over here.

Via Geek Girls

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Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Robin Williams

Robin Williams died over two years ago and for his fans, the world still doesn't seem quite back to normal. Even if you're a big fan of his films though, you might not be familiar with some of these fascinating facts over on TopTenz. For example, did you know a lot of his "gibberish" on Mork and Mindy was actually just cursing in another language until ABC caught on and hired a censor that spoke five different languages? Or that he once tried to buy a giant rubber penis while in costume as Mrs. Doubtfire?

You might be surprised by what you don't know about Robin Williams, so see the full list here.

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This Glass Doorknob Caused a House Fire

You probably already know that you can start a fire by focusing beams of light -the same way a magnifying glass can be used to burn insects. But it's easy to forget that concept while buying home accents and one home owner found that out the hard way when sunlight hit her glass doorknob just right and caught her house on fire. 

Fortunately, the family was home at the time and was able to put the blaze out quickly and safely. Read more about the incident here.

Via Reddit

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The Best Dessert From Every State

Everyone has their own favorite dessert, but there are just some places that everyone rants about. Since you probably aren't going to go around trying every dessert in your entire state though, even with local favorites, you likely won't find the best dessert on your own. 

Fortunately, Livingly managed to find the best dessert in every state by looking at reviews on Trip Advisor, Yelp, restaurant websitees and more. The ones seen above are from the Humungous Banana Split from The Poky Dot, West Virginia and the Peanut Butter Push Pop at Citizen Public House in Scottsdale, Arizona. So find out what your state's favorite dessert is here -and feel free to disagree with their choices in the comments.

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Easy and Cheap Valentine's Day Photo Shoot Ideas for Your Dog

Whether or not they have a partner, many people still consider their dogs to be the most important figure in their lives. Now thanks to Kol's Notes you can find nine clever photoshoot ideas to celebrate your true love.

Best of all, the ideas all cost less than $5 to create so you can get an awesome picture of your perfect pooch without spending all kinds of cash. Of course, the ultimate success of your photoshoot will depend largely on both your photography skills and how patient your pup is, so the guide won't help you if your pet is the type to destroy props before you even get the camera in focus.

So see the full list of photo ideas at Kol's Notes.

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