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The Best Places to See Marine Life on Vacation This Winter

Winter is a great time to see marine animals and if you're willing to go somewhere a bit cool this season, there are a lot of places you might want to visit. In fact, with these kind of animals, it might be a good idea to plan a vacation around specific species. For example, if you want to see narwhals, Nanavut, Canada is a great place to go. On the other hand, if you want to see reindeer, you should head to Tromso, Norway. And not all of the places are chilly -the best place to visit humpback whales is in Hawaii. 

Read about other great places to travel and see animals over on Travel and Leisure.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Fun Secrets About The Disney Cruise Line

Disney likes to add an element of magic to all of their properties and even their cruise line is full of special secrets. In fact, even people who have traveled on Disney cruises often are unaware of all the fun things available to them.

For example, pin traders are given one night per cruise of amazing pin trading with the crew, but the nights are not on the official schedules and are never publicized so you have to keep your ears open to participate. Another fun fact -you can exchange currency on the ship without any commission fee. Oh and want to catch the newest Disney flick but won't be on land to see it? All films are released on the ship the same day they are released in the states. 

Check out more interesting Disney cruise secrets over at Travel and Leisure

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Every State's Favorite Halloween Candy

Does your state like chocolate, bubble gum or fruit candy for Halloween? CandyStore.com compiled a cool interactive map to help visualize each state's favorite flavors. It's worth noting that the data is based on sales, not consumption because there's no way enough people from any state actually like to eat candy corn that much.

So do you like your state's favorite and if so, is it actually your favorite? As a Californian, I like M&M's, but they're certainly not my top choice and I don't know many other people who would choose them above all other candies either.

Via Thrillist

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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The Worst Types of Food Snobs Ranked

Zeon recently wrote about the 19 types of beer snobs and how they compare to one another, but even more common (and often even more pretenious) are food snobs. Fortunately, the same site that brought us the list of beer snobs has now followed up with a list of the most annoying food snobs

From the sourcing stickler to the guilt-tripping vegan, you've no doubt seen almost all of these types in person and probably unknowningly went out to dinner with them before you found out how annoying they are at restaurants. It's hard to argue that all of these types of eaters are obnoxious, what is up for debate is which one is the worst. Personally, I think the over-pronouncer might just be the most terrible person on the list. 

So check out the list for yourself and then let us know who you hate the most in the comments.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Get Royally Cozy With These Disney Princess Blankets

Ever wish you could cosplay in the comfort of your own home all while getting nice and cozy? Then you'll love these adorable princess dress blankets by Etsy seller CHCreations4U

If you can crochet, you can get the patterns to make your own almost immediately, but otherwise you'll have to message the seller to see if there's any chance she may custom make you one of these blankets. Alternatively, there's always plenty of other crafters on Etsy that may be willing to put the pattern together for you.

The blankets come in Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle, Ariel and Cinderella designs and you can get your hands on all of them here.

Via Geek Girls

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When People Go Too Far With Their Finger and Toe Nails

Some ladies really like to express themselves through their nails, but there's a fine line between creative fingernails and horrible fashion atrocities. Over on Buzzfeed, you can see some of the most nightmarish finger and toe nails that have ever been created.

From distgustingly long nails on both toes and hands to designs with dead things in them, only the most morbid amongst you will want to click through to see all the terrifying creations.

But bones and fur nails are nothing compared to the infections featured in the article, so be sure to click through at your own risk. If you have a strong enough stomach, click here to see some of the creepiest nails ever.

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The Charming Halloween Costumes of PawsomeCrochet

It's always fun to dress up in costume for Halloween, but dressing up pets is even more entertaining. Aegean Drawn of Etsy's PawsomeCrochet makes some of the most delightful pet costumes around and they're all made of cozy crochet. 

From the big dog dragon mask above to the tiny pooch taco (which also fits kitties), there's a lot to love about the shop's selection -even if you don't intend to buy but just want to look at cute pets in costume.

So see the whole inventory here.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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How to Get in the Halloween Spirit Even if You're a Huge Scaredy Cat

Halloween is a great time to get spooked, but if you don't like feeling scared there aren't quite as many fun options since you probably don't want to go to any haunted houses. That doesn't mean you're out of options if you're trying to get in the Halloween spirit though. Fodors has rounded up 13 fun ideas to celebrate Halloween even if you're kind of a wuss. Some of the ideas might still be a little scary for the meekest people out there -like going on a walk in the woods or a cemetery, but a trip to Disneyland or your local zoo is pretty scare-free for just about everyone.

So check out the full list of ideas here

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Things You Don't Know About Hugh Hefner

No matter how you felt about Hugh Hefner before his death, there's no denying he changed the publishing landscape forever. Over on Complex, you can read ten fascinating facts about the Playboy founder including surprising trivia like the fact that he started the magazine after working as a cartoonist for Esquire and his boss refused him a $5 raise. Or about how Playboy was almost named Stag Party, but he had to go another name because there was already a Stag magazine.

You can read more about Hugh here.

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This Nurse Paints With a Syringe in Her Free Time

Nurses have to use syringes all day long, so it's no wonder that when nurse Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbauna decided to start painting during her free time, she opted to use a tool she had already mastered at work. 

Her cool creations require filling syringes up with paint and then squeezing it onto the canvas in thin, controlled splatters. The results are beautiful, intricate and entirely unique. 

You can see more of her work on her Facebook page or at Bored Panda.

Via Incredible Things

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Gallery 1988's Epic Bojack Horseman Art Show

Bojack Horseman is a dark and delightful show that is as hilarious as it is depressing. It's no wonder then that the Gallery 1988 show based on the Netflix original features such original, fascinating and downright meloncholy art.

Whether or not you've seen the newest season, it's hard not to love seeing the characters in so many different situations and art styles. 

So don't miss the whole collection on their website.

Via Flavorwire

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Fun Facts About Reddit

Just about everyone is familiar wtih Reddit, but what do know about the history of the site itself? You might be surprised about some of the fascinating facts about the site featured in this Daily Dot article. For example, did you know that as of 2012 the site had only spent $500 on advertising (and presumably not much after that either)? Or that the site didn't originally get comments and that, fittingly, the first comment on the site was a complaint about how they added the option to comment? 

Enjoy all 30 facts about about Reddit here.

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Cross Stitches for the Modern World

Cross stitching may be a quite old craft, but just because it's a bit old fashioned doesn't mean people aren't still doing their fair share of needlework. 

Over on Awkward Family Photos, you can enjoy some of the most delightfully modern cross stitches around and many of them are pretty darn funny.

Whether you like geeky referrences, song quotes or just sassy humor, you're sure to find something that will entertain you in this collection. 

So check out the whole list here.

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What Non-Americans Find the Most Baffling About America

(Cows of Ameica by Stephen Brian Philips)

What's normal to you about your culture may be seriously weird to someone from somewhere else. Over at Reddit, someone asked non-Americans "What is the weirdest thing about America that Americans don't realise is weird?" The responses are funny and sometimes very surprising to those of us from the states. For example, many people commented about the abundance of squirrels in the country and one person found the way we dispose of dead fish down the toilet to be the strangest thing in the world.

One thing that's not all that surprising is just how many of them had their minds blown by our portion sizes.

See all the responses here.

Via Travel and Leisure

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How to Get the Instant Dad Bod -the Hairy Beer Belly Fanny Pack

These days the world expects men to have the perfect figure just as much as women -only six packs are out and dad bods are in. But the dad bod isn't obtainable by everyone. Some skinny men will never be able to put on those sexy curves.

But now there's an alternative for those who can't get their own hairy belly and it even provides you with storage space as well. Unfortunately, the Dadbag isn't available yet, but it soon will be and finally it will make your dreams of a DiCaprio-style belly a reality. 

In the meanwhile, you can get an eyefull of these brilliant accessories over on the Dadbag's Instagram.

Via Travel and Leisure

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Terrible Trend Alert: The Avocado Toast Costume

Avocado toast might be one of the most annoying food trends from the last five years -and the fact that Millennials are buying it rather than homes doesn't help. As if avocado toast wasn't bad enough as a food (not that it's bad, just its whole trendiness), it's even more obnoxious as a Halloween costume.

But this year, avocado toast is catching on as the trendy new costume as well. Brit & Co has instructions to make your own, while Parents Magazine can tell you how to make this obnoxious hipster version complete with a child's own "cold brew" chocolate milk.

Worst of all, you can even make your in-bread cat into avocado toast with this Etsy costume by Miss Maddy Makes.

It's only a matter of time until you see crummy lycra costumes in a bag at all those generic Halloween stores out there.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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The Stories Behind the Greatest Movie Props of All Time

There are some movie props you will never forget. In fact, some of them are the cornerstone of the film they appeared in -like Wilson from Survivor, Rosebud from Citizen Kane or the Maltese falcon from, you know, The Maltese Falcon. Thrillist recently ranked the 100 best movie props of all time and rather than just write them all down, they also included the stories behind each of the props. It's a fascinating article though you probably won't want to read every single story behind all 100 props unless you have a whole lot of time.

See the whole list here.

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The Epic Heels of Zombie Peepshow

Some women like functional flats and some prefer fancy heels, but it takes a special kind of girl to appreciate the wildly over-the-top heels made by Etsy seller Zombie Peepshow.

As you may have guessed from the name, most of the shoes in the shop have a dark twist in them like the Disney shoes up top, but there are plenty that aren't creepy, like these mermaid heels.

But if the shoes aren't horror-inspired, they instead are delightfully geeky -like this set with dinosaurs on the heels.

And like practically every seller who creates geeky stuff on Etsy, there are, of course, the obligatory and awesome Star Wars creations.

So check out the full Zombie Peepshow inventory over at Etsy.

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Gestures You Shouldn't Use in Other Countries

Most of us don't think twice about our gestures other than the fact that they might help us communicate our thoughts more effectively. But while your nods and thumbs up might be fine to use in the US, you might want to think twice before using the same gestures in other countries. Even something as seemingly innocent as keeping your hands in your pockets can be seen as rude in Japan and Korea. 

So find out more about what your gestrues could mean in other countries here.

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The Happiest States in America

Some people can be happy anywhere, but there's no denying that where you live can certainly make a difference in how happy you are. Wallethub recently calculated the relative happiness of people in each state based on three main metrics: how emotionallly and physically well people are there, the quality of the local career options and their community and environmental appeal.

Based on these qualifications, Minnesota, Utah, Hawaii, California and Nebraska are the five happiest, while West Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas are the least happy. You can see the rankings of all the states in between here.

Via Newser

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Disneyland is Making Corn Dogs into Nachos

(Image via First Comes Disney [Instagram])

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

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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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

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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What's the Weirdest Thing Your Pet Has Ever Done

(Care For Your Pets by Legendary Phoenix)

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"


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...


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.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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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

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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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

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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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.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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