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You Can Stay in This Potato-Shaped Hotel in Idaho

It's a big potato, even by Idaho standards. It's 28 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 11.5 feet tall, not counting any bacon bits that you sprinkle on top. Staying at the Big Idaho Potato Hotel outside of Boise will cost you $242 per night.

The building started out as a prop that the Idaho Potato Commission made 6 years ago. It was driven across the United States to promote Idaho's most famous product. When the advertising campaign was done, real estate developer Kristie Wolfe asked to convert it into an Airbnb rental. The Idaho Statesman reports that, compared to most potatoes, the living conditions inside are luxurious:

With 336 square feet, it includes a queen-size bed, two easy chairs, an elk antler chandelier, a small sink, lights, heating and air conditioning, and a beverage cooler. There’s a separate bathroom that looks like a miniature steel silo with a round corrugated steel tub, a walk-in shower and sink and toilet.

-via Unusual Places

Photo: John Sowell


Possible Root of Allergies: How We Develop Them As We Grow

Tests conducted by researchers from Korea and Australia might have found the reason why we develop allergies in the gut microbiome. It has been suggested that the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) which causes allergic reactions could be linked with the type of diet infants eat.

In the experiment, they tested two groups of mice. One group was fed normal food while the second was placed on a special diet which does not trigger the immune system. They surmised that the introduction of normal food could be the cause of the development of allergic reactions.

(Image credit: Academy of Immunology and Microbiology, Institute for Basic Science, Pohang, Republic of Korea)



The Craziest Things That Happened On School Trips

Any teacher that accompanies students on a trip is secretly going over all the things that can possibly go wrong. But when you've got dozens of students of varying stages of civility in a totally new environment, you cannot foresee all possibilities. A reddit thread asked teachers for their worst school trip stories, and the responses were pretty wild. Here's a sample.  

A girl on a BETA club trip thought it would be funny to put a sign in the window of the bus that said, 'Bomb on board.' Needless to say, the interstate was shut down, the bus was pulled over, and a SWAT team raided our bus! The girl admitted it was a hoax, but that didn't stop the bomb squad from showing up!"


We were on a fifth grade field trip to the zoo, and during a tour of the primate exhibit, a notoriously ill-behaved student hurled a stick into the gorilla habitat. Well, it landed near an adult gorilla who became angry and threw it back with the strength and precision of a tomahawk! It shattered on the boy's face, and he went down. But because of the commotion that ensued, more gorillas appeared and started screaming at the kids, which caused the nearby orangutans to catch wind of the situation and to mobilize to assist their gorilla comrades...

At this point, it had become a war on two fronts — gorilla and orangutans launching volleys of feces at the scattering students, until finally, an army of zoo staff swarmed the primate exhibits and managed to stop it. 30 minutes later, the zoo had indefinitely banned the school from the zoo, and the boy who started all the commotion was on his way to the hospital for stitches in his chin.


Read the most outrageous stories at Buzzfeed, or all of them (many are gross) at reddit.

(Image credit: Jirka Matousek)


A Fence Built Through a Pool

This happened in Orlando, Florida. See, someone a long time ago bought two lots with two houses side-by-side. They demolished one house and expanded the other with a garage and a pool, which extended over the property line. But it didn't matter, since he owned both, right? He eventually sold both lots to someone else, who got behind on their mortgage, and the property was foreclosed upon. The bank sold the two lots to two different people! The new owner of the mostly-vacant lot put up a fence on the property line, which bisects the pool of his neighbor. However, the most disturbing thing in this video is the way the news reporter pronounces the word realtor as "realitor." -via Boing Boing


Python Attempts to Eat Other Python, Fails

Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort and Caravan Park in Wyndham, Western Australia is a great place to see many of the amazing creatures that live in the World's Most Terrifying Continent. This resident python is a fine example. The caretakers found the 11.5 to 13-foot long python with a bloated body, as you can see in the photo below.

They thought that python had grabbed a chicken. But they then observed the snake regurgitating a smaller whole python that was just to heavy a meal. You can see more frightening photos of the snake here.

Don't worry about the snake--at least the bigger one. The humans relocated him because "the safety of the python is a priority."

-via Dave Barry

Photos: Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort and Caravan Park


The 62 Very Isolated People of Palmerston Island

How would you like to live in a South Pacific island paradise, picking coconuts and making babies with your three wives? That idea appealed to William Marsters, who settled on the then-uninhabited Palmerston Island in 1863, eighty years after it was discovered by explorer James Cook. Palmerston is a nine-day boat ride from the nearest store, and is completely populated by Marsters' descendants. Fifty years ago, that was as many as 300 people, but only 62 now remain on the island.

Palmerston Island is the true real-life representation of slow living. There is not a single shop or grocery store there. To make a living, people engage in fishing and harvesting coconuts and in their free time, they make jewelry, play volleyball, or swim. However, they do have electricity and even the Internet, but only for a couple of hours a day. Some lucky few even have mobile phones and there’s even a satellite TV. But no one is selling anything there – money is only used to buy supplies from the outside world. There are only two toilets on the island and inhabitants collect rainwater for drinking. Life there really seems idyllic – especially on Sundays when the church bell rings to summon people for a service after which no work or play is allowed as the island slowly descends into a balmy evening.

To be honest, 62 people and only two toilets sounds far from paradise. Palmerston wants people from the outside to movie in to work the land and add fresh DNA to their community. Read more about Palmerston Island at Bored Panda.

(Image credit: Hector CHRISTIAEN/CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


20 Questions About Game of Thrones' Finale

For anybody who has watched all six episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones, we're all probably thinking the same thing, what in the world was all that?

With so many things that happened in the series finale, we might be swirling in a lot of questions about contradictions within the plot, the character development, and the direction that the show took. So just to sum up almost every unanswered question from season 8, here is a list at Vox about which we can ponder.

(Image credit: Helen Sloan/HBO; IMDb)


Chivas Regal Box Turned into an Armored Knight

The creativity of the Japanese people never ceases to amaze me. Check this guy’s creation as he “deconstructed the packaging of a box of Chivas Regal Scotch whisky and put it together to assemble this badass sword and shield-totting knight”.

(Image Credit: @02ESyRaez4VhR2l/ Twitter)


What To Do When Traveling with a Baby

Difficult is an understatement when it comes to describing the parents' situation when they bring their baby or toddler with them on trips. Taking care of a child at home is already a hassle to begin with, what more when you bring said child to an unfamiliar place with lots of unfamiliar people, customs, and rules. It's a recipe for disaster.

Thankfully, we have some experienced parents who have gone through the hassle and devised ways to make their trips with their children a lot smoother and easier, or at the very least, decent. Here is a list of seven tips for traveling with your baby or toddler. The first one is probably a traveling rule of thumb, that is, to pack light:

Skip the crib. Babies are heavy—or rather, their accouterments are. So don’t bring what you don’t have to. “On Airbnb, I filter by houses with cribs or high chairs. (It's hidden in amenities.) This makes traveling with my eight-month-old and three-year-old much easier.” Searches can also be customized to suit families - and you can add “infants” to the guests to only show homes that are baby friendly.

(Image credit: Johannes Rapprich/Pexels)


Intelligent People Choke Under Pressure

A study recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology examined how goal-setting corresponds with performance among people with varying intellectual abilities. The said study says that people with high IQ tend to choke when under pressure. Interestingly, when goals are framed strategically, this disadvantage seem to vanish.

It suggests an ironic reason for why people with high general mental ability (GMA) often become mentally overwhelmed in complex, dynamic working environments: Their strong mental capacity leaves them vulnerable to performance anxieties and intrusive thoughts.

More details of the study at Big Think.

(Image Credit: JESHOOTS-com/ Pixabay)


Sound-Activated Smart Materials

Creating nanomaterials called metal-organic frameworks through the traditional process is a tedious and expensive procedure which could also cause damage to the environment. However, these nanomaterials are some of the most versatile and durable so we cannot eliminate or stop its production.

So researchers designed a new method of producing these MOFs through sound waves.

During the standard production process, solvents and other contaminants become trapped in the MOF's holes. To flush them out, scientists use a combination of vacuum and high temperatures or harmful chemical solvents in a process called "activation".
In their novel technique, RMIT researchers used a microchip to produce high-frequency sound waves. Using the sound waves to arrange and link these elements together, the researchers were able to create a highly ordered and porous network, while simultaneously "activating" the MOF by pushing out the solvents from the holes.

(Image credit: RMIT University)


How to Make a Big Mac Cake

We live in a fallen and broken world. Yet a spark of hope remains in the blight and, today, it is manifested in the Big Mac Cake created by the blogger behind Oh, Bite It.

She used canned crescent roll dough, sesame seeds, and, of course, lots of Big Macs. Specifically, she used eight of the burgers, between which she sandwiched extra slices of cheese. She baked this wonder in the oven at 350 degrees until it was warm, golden brown.

I wish that I had known about this possibility before wedding planning.


MobiKa: New Mobile Robot Assistant

Robots can be programmed to do a variety of things and this new one developed by researchers at Fraunhofer IPA not only helps with doing tasks but they can also interact with humans through voice and text. They say that MobiKa could be most useful for elderly people to assist them with daily activities.

"MobiKa is a service robot for use at home or in care facilities, which is currently available as a prototype," Graf explained. "The robot consists of a mobile, wheel-driven platform and a slim height-adjustable tablet on top. Using navigation software developed here at Fraunhofer IPA, MobiKa moves safely and autonomously to a given destination."


(Image credit: Fraunhoper IPA)


Stranger Things 3 | Summer in Hawkins | Netflix

So pumped.Finally season 3.


The Trade-offs of Biking in the City

When you bike through the city, you definitely help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions as well as get a good workout. However, not everybody decides to just set aside the convenience of driving with a car for nature.

There will always be risks to any initiative. It's possible that biking through the city could affect your lungs when you breathe in all the air pollution that vehicles emit. Not only that, but you also have to watch out for accidents. There isn't much protection for cyclists. You definitely would risk physical injury, despite your efforts to cover your body with protective gear.

However, that doesn't mean we should abandon biking altogether because of these risks.

Believe it or not, there’s actually a study that took on your very question about the health benefits of biking (ripped calves, strong heart) vs. huffing in polluted air (everything we already discussed), and found that the answer is yes, cycling is still worth it. Even in the most extreme cases — cities in the 99th percentile of particulate matter concentration — an hour-long bike ride is still considered to have net-positive benefits.

(Image credit: Free-Photos/Pixabay)

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