City Life

Google Maps Will Tell You About Speed Traps

Who hasn’t been rolling along, not paying much attention to your speeds, and seen the familiar blue lights or the flash of a speed trap camera?  Now you’ve got a speeding ticket, complete with fines and points on your license.  While posted speeds are law, we frequently treat them like suggestions and pay the price.

Google has decided to give the average driver a hand with its new feature; it displays the speed limit of any road you are on as well as just how fast you are traveling.  These guides will be shown on the lower left side of your Google map app.

Want more?  Google has devised a way of warning drivers audibly that they are approaching a speed trap, giving them time to tap the brakes and slow down before they see the flashing lights behind them.

The Google feature isn’t a new concept, but it was provided exclusively to certain locales, such as Rio De Janeiro and the San Francisco Bay areas, who have enjoyed the tech for a year.

Available In These Countries:

Mashable has researched a claim first leaked by the Android Police and can confirm that speed limit and speed traveled alerts will be available in Denmark, the US, and the UK.  Speed camera alerting will be available for drivers in India, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, the US, Mexico, and the UK.

Google has historically had to rely on drivers to send speed trap alerts, but this new Maps offering will allow drivers to see them in real time while using the app.

Waze is a popular mapping app that offers speed trap alerts, making it more user-friendly than Google maps. Google took over Waze in 2013, buying the company for around $1 billion USD.   Users wished that Google maps had the feature, but for nearly five years, they didn’t seem inclined to incorporate the upgrade.

These alerts will not only save drivers from costly speeding mistakes but will also keep the roads safer for everyone.

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Fashion

Are These Grass Shoes Set To Change The Industry?

When Nike tend to release a new pair of shoes, they tend to make a big splash in the market. As one of the market leaders and one of the most innovative companies around, they tend to know how to add something new to the market. Their latest product release, though, might be a step too far in the radical direction for some: a pair of shoes covered in grass.

These new golf shoes, made from grass, were recently set out as one of their biggest moves in the 2019 market. While it looks rather odd to begin with, it’s definitely something a little different to the norm. It is, though, definitely an interesting concept: and one that we’re sure plenty of golf fans will probably love putting on their feet.

The price of $149, though, will immediately put quite a lot of people off making the investment in the first place. They are supposed to blend in with whatever grass you happen to be playing on, which is quite an interesting take. Usually, we wear shoes to make sure we don’t blend into the ground too much!

A New Take On Turf

As you might imagine, too, the shoes brought more than their fair share of comical complaints and positive responses. As one user so eloquently put it: “Why would I want to play a gold shoe that makes you look like you are playing out of the rough!”

However, Nike are one of the largest manufacturers around, and have a bit of a habit of being trend-setters. We can probably see these selling pretty well, even if they would definitely not appeal to the average punter. Known for their innovation and desire to break trends, a pair of grass-made shoes might just do that!

Outside of their rather creative look, these shoes are also supposed to be designed to provide high quality comfort when playing golf. They might look a little on the wild side, but it’s fair to say that these must have a market for them – why else would Nike make them unless they’d see that there was an interest in such a release?

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Lifestyle

Carbs For Sports: The Low-Down

For any athlete, one of the most common problems that can crop up during your workout is ensuring your body has enough fuel. As we all know, exercise does a number on our bodies – and we need to help give our bodies the fuel needed to get through the workout itself.

Whether your sport of choice is running, cycling or swimming, you’ll need to give your body the fuel that it needs to complete your workout. Are carbohydrates the right choice for that energy, though?

Most of the time, carbs are seen as being added for us, and they are often decried within dietary communities. That, though, might not be the quality wisdom that was once expected. Carbohydrates are stored in the body by being turned into glycogen. That glycogen is then broken down through exercise, providing energy to our muscles as we go.

Glucose and sucrose are two common forms of carbohydrate and are often found in everything from fresh fruits like bananas to starchy products like rice and pasta. If you are someone who regularly believes that all carbs are bad, then you will definitely struggle to build up the energy needed during a workout.

Your body needs carbs to fuel itself during the workout process, so it’s foolish to simply cut them out of your system altogether. The challenge then is making sure that you get the right amount of carbohydrates into your system.

How Many Carbs Do I Need?

Since the body can only store a finite amount of glycogen, it’s important that you take enough carbs in to cover the length of your workout. If you believe that your workout will exceed one hour in length, then you should definitely look to store as much glycogen as you can to fuel that workout to success.

Without enough carbs, you run the risk of not having enough energy to finish the training program to a satisfying level.

You should, therefore, look to consume your carbs based on the intensity and the scale of your training in the first place. Roughly 30g of carbohydrates after the first hour of your training should be enough to get you around 90 minutes of action. Around 60g per hour is needed after your first 2.5 hours of training, and 90g per hour after the 3-hour mark.

While it will depend on the intensity of the exercise, this should give you a general starting point. Everyone is different, though, so try and experiment to find what appears to work best for you. You might not even need as much as this if you work at a lower training intensity.

Just be sure to start taking some time to look at things like the volume of carbs in grams in everything that you eat, as it will help you to make better decisions on what kind of carbs you are taking in. Get this right, and you’ll be very much more likely to maximize your training output.

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Lifestyle

Read This: Recycling 101

I want to applaud you if you are one of the very special people who place your empty plastic containers in a recycling bin because you have just become an important part of the recycling process. This bottle will become something new and will continue to over and over again!

Sadly, approximately 70% of people will toss recyclable items in the trash bin. Very few people place recyclable items in their proper recycling bins as they should.  If you don’t recycle, it’s time to understand the process and what becomes of these plastic bottles.

Items that are placed in recyclable bins are picked up, sorted, and then ground into plastic flakes.  The flakes are then sorted by types and separated before being washed and dried.  These flakes are used to make so many things including clothing, carpet, cups, trays, fibers, bottles, and so many other items.

Not only are recycled items good for the environment but saves on energy as well.  One of the most overabundant items found in the trash is water bottles that thousands of people consume every day.

Recycling Saves Energy

According to the International Bottled Water Association, turning these old bottles into new ones will use 84% less energy. If everyone understood what an important role they play when they recycle items, they might look at the process in a new light.

The IBWA has launched a program “Put It In The Bin” which is a partner-friendly initiative focusing on educating people about how valuable it is to put recyclables in their proper bins so they can be made into something new and wonderful!

We all have busy lives and recycling isn’t always convenient or we just forget to recycle but it really is very important.  Take a look at these very easy steps that will help you make recycling a part of your life, every day.

The Bin Location:

It will be so much easier to recycle if you place the bin next to your trash can.  It will be a reminder that throwing your plastic bottle in the recycle bin is just as easy as throwing it in the trash.

The Caps:

Once you have finished your bottled beverage or water, put the cap back on the bottle and recycle.  Both the bottle and the cap are made from plastics that are in high-demand by recycling facilities.

Bring Items Hone:

If you’re away from home and can’t locate a bin, bring them home and place them in the recyclable bin next to your trash.  Have a bag available in your car to empty used bottles in and then bring them home to your recyclable bin.

More than 90% of Americans have access to a curbside bin or a drop-off center.  Set an alarm on your phone so you will remember to bring the recycling bin out to the curb on the day they pick up.

Buy Recyclables:

Buy items made from recycled materials to support the ongoing effort to recycle these items later on.

While there are many things that can be recycled, bottled water is the most common at a rate of 53.9%.  One plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to power a 60-watt bulb for 6 hours.

According to Recycle Across America, 5 recycled plastic bottles provide enough fiber to produce one square foot of carpet!   The possibilities are endless and all it takes is one small choice to recycle!

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City Life

Spend Your Valentines In The Most Romantic Cities

Valentine’s day is upon us! You may think that you have the perfect Valentine’s day celebration planned out for your partner, but you might want to reconsider your location. An exclusive list of the most romantic destinations in the world was just released by Spa Seekers, and you may be surprised to find what the top city on this list is.

In order to construct this list, Spa Seekers examined 66 famous cities around the world, rating these cities on how romantic they are. The index score on this site is a combination of five factors including the city in which you are most likely to be proposed to based on hashtags like #isaidyes #heproposed and #engage.

The site also studied the marriage rates in each of these cities, the rate of sexual activity in each city based on a study done on 450,000 adults, the scene of LGBT dating based on a global study done by Nestpick, and how many people feel romantic in these cities, based on social media updates.

Based on these metrics, Spa Seekers concluded that New York City trumps all when it comes to romance.

Highest Number Of Marriage Proposals

According to the site, New York comes out as the world’s most romantic city with an index score of 46.4 of 50. According to Instagram data, the Big Apple has seen the highest number of marriage proposals over the past six months, and it was rated 5 out of 5 as the world’s best city for LGBT dating.

Amazing Cityscape Views

New York also has the 4th highest marriage rate in the world and is the 9th most sexually active city. There are several picturesque locations to go on dates like Central Park, for instance, or the Empire State Building, from where you can catch the amazing cityscape views.

Thanks to the 1,813 Instagram posts tagging it as a location, and the numerous marriage proposals over the last six months, London comes in as a close second. It is also the 4th most sexually active city in the world.

The rest of the list includes some more predictable locations like Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Miami, Melbourne, and Sydney. Once you’ve chosen your location, you could always raise the stakes by booking one of the world’s most romantic hotels, and crossing your fingers that your partner accepts your proposal!

Valentine’s day is upon us! You may think that you have the perfect Valentine’s day celebration planned out for your partner, but you might want to reconsider your location. An exclusive list of the most romantic destinations in the world was just...

Lifestyle

Helpful Hacks For An Organized Life

Big blow-ups of frustration in life usually happen because of all the little moments. Before the little annoyances that you face every day push you over the edge, take a look at these helpful habits.

Stop scrambling for the keys every single time you need to unlock the door. Quit letting your leftovers burn your tongue. Get yourself some organizational decor and fix your life.

The Key To Organization

This is a small but handy trick to prevent confusion and chaos when it comes to keys. Get some nail polish (you can get a couple of bottles of Essie for about $1 each). You can also use paints that adhere to metal.

Use a different color to paint the tops of each key. All you have to do is remember what color belongs to the car key, house key, etc.

Double-Duty Decor

Certain parts of the house are desperate for organization. The two main culprits are the kitchen and bathroom. Hang shelves up in spaces that are more cluttered than others. Cabinet pantries and spice racks can help hold your clutter in the kitchen.

Use shower caddies to hold your skincare products and soaps instead of spreading them along the edges of your bathtub.

A Magnetic Tip

Placing magnets in calculated positions is a magical little trick. Put magnetized strips to the side of the stove, the fridge, or the kitchen wall, giving yourself a place to keep knives.

Stick some in your workroom to hang nails, screws, and tools. You can use them to organize your tweezers and bobby pins in the bathroom.

Plant Doctor

Are you leaving for a couple of days. Do you forget to water houseplants when you’re at home? Fill a pitcher or a pot with water. Use pieces of string to connect your plants to the container.

This will make the water flow to your plants in a subtle, steady trickle, stopping them from dying of thirst or drinking too much.

Big blow-ups of frustration in life usually happen because of all the little moments. Before the little annoyances that you face every day push you over the edge, take a look at these helpful habits.
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Vacation

Getaways To Escape The Snow

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are so many countries and cities around the world that you can explore during the months of winter without breaking the bank. Take a look at these affordable locations and prepare to swap your mittens out for a nice cool umbrella drink.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is very balmy and hot during the summer, but luckily for you, the temperature drops to an easy average of 80 degrees between the months of November and April. If you’ve been looking to go on a vacation to Asia, the city of Bangkok is much more affordable than other, more popular locations.

Taxis will charge less than $2 a mile and a meal at a restaurant is usually about $1.50. Hotel prices are also exceptionally low, with an average ranging from about $20-$100. Another plus is that you can take part in the beautiful Chinese New Year festivities they have in December.

Peru

Peru is a gorgeous, exotic and affordable place to have a warm getaway in the winter. The village is located a couple of hours southward of Lima. It has lush cliffs, incredible wildlife and blue water all around it. Here, you can explore miles of amazing tree lines and sand dunes.

Meals, as well as cocktails, are very fresh and incredibly affordable. An entire day of eating out will cost you about $20, complemented by drinks that cost below a dollar on average. It costs about $25-$125 to stay a night in Peru.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula is Mexico’s hidden gem. It has beaches of white sand and the water extends further than the eye can see. You will completely forget about the snow at home. This island has a very slow-paced vibe which is completed by the fact that there are no vehicles that move faster than golf carts because cars are not allowed there.

There are miles and miles of coast just waiting to be explored either by snorkeling or kayaking. There are also a lot of amazing deals on dining and hotels because it isn’t as much of a tourist attraction as other places in Mexico. You will save a lot on transportation because you will most likely be walking everywhere.

An average meal ticket costs about $12 and on average, a night a hostel costs about $115.

Galveston, Texas

If you want a tropical getaway but do not want to leave the United States, then Galveston Island, Texas is just what you need. Galveston is about 50 miles from Houston so it is easy to find affordable plane tickets.

It never snows in Galveston as the average temperature in winter is 65 degrees. This small island is just 27 miles long, there’s just enough for you to explore through an extended weekend. Because the coastline is so long and the temperature is perfect, you will believe that you’re in the tropics. It costs about $150 a night to sleep in Galveston and about $10-$45 to have a meal.

Hawaii

If you are looking to travel within America, Hawaii is a great option for you. Some cities in Hawaii are quite expensive, but there are also some sweet and more affordable cities and beaches. Also, you will save some money by traveling between the months September and December, before the holidays, because after that, the prices of flights and hotels will rise considerably.

The prices of plane tickets in Hawaii and 40% more expensive during the peak season than they are during the offseason; hotel prices can rise up to 50%.

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
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Lifestyle

Finally In: No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For You

Alcohol really isn’t good for you and science has confirmed it! I am sure you won’t like this when you’re done reading it if you’re a drinker but what must be said must be said!

Almost everyone enjoys a drink now and again. It’s now a norm for people to gather together and drink while passing the time. Different cultures and people even have the drinks they prefer. At some point, alcohol was more accessible than clean water!

Over time, many studies have been conducted. A good number came up with the advantages of alcohol and encouraged people to continue drinking even while pregnant! As much as these studies tell us it’s good for us, we know deep within us that it really isn’t, but we carry on.

No Safe Amount

The whole bit of alcohol is good for you was a hoax, a well-packaged lie that will be broken down in this article. There is no safe amount of alcohol one can drink. It’s all unhealthy, and many scientists have come to prove this.

Researchers gathered together to look at the total positive and negative effects of alcohol. They wanted to use this data to come to a conclusion on alcohol, and they took data from over 190 countries and over twenty five years.

The data comprised of studies showing how often people drank and also the health risks involved in drinking. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the research.

They wanted to know if there were any positives in drinking moderately. I’m certain no one expects to drink heavily and still find benefits. The shocking thing was that although there have been reports stating that drinking in moderation could have positive effects this study said otherwise.

The study showed that drinking in moderation could potentially provide benefits against diseases like diabetes. Good yes? No! The study said more. Drinking in moderation could potentially cause tuberculosis! And that’s not all. Drinking could lead to road accidents and self-harm as well!

Denmark?

Fun fact: the study showed that Denmark has the most drinkers in the world!

In general, the adverse effects of alcohol grow over time and only get worse. In essence, there’s no light at the end of that tunnel. The study shows that the rate at which people are consuming these drinks contradicts with most health guidelines.

The use and consumption of alcohol cause bad health among a lot of people and what’s more, it shortens the lifespan of a good number of people as well (men especially).

The study also warned that if policy actions are not taken, the future generations stand a chance of feeble health. The mentality that alcohol is right for you has to be dropped as we are all seeing that alcohol has more negative effects than positive ones.

As alcohol now contributes more and more to death and disability, the study shows that the best amount of alcohol to be consumed by anyone is none at all. Of course, that would hurt many among us who enjoy their drinks, but results don’t lie!

Alcohol really isn’t good for you and science has confirmed it! I am sure you won’t like this when you’re done reading it if you’re a drinker but what must be said must be said!

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Vacation

Bucket List: 2 Best Snorkeling Hot Spots

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

This is why snorkeling is something you might not get the chance to do too often; you might simply not have the opportunity. If this sounds like the problem that you face, then we have two recommendations for you to check out: Jamaica, and the US Virgin Islands.

Jamaica For Snorkeling

If you are serious about enjoying the unique art of snorkeling, then you should probably look to take a trip to Jamaica as soon as you can. These kinds of experiences are best enjoyed if you head out towards Negril, Booby Cay. If you got to here, you will find a small island that was more or less made to be a snorkeling paradise.

Indeed, fans of Disney films like “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” will immediately notice the similarities that exist here. This stunning location is known to locals as Gilligan’s Island, named after the birds that float around the location.

It’s one of the best places to come and visit for those who enjoy a spot of snorkeling away from the usual. If you are serious about making sure you can enjoy the underwater cave systems of the region, then this is the place to start.

You will find that you get to enjoy many little trips through caves where you will see amazing coral reefs combined with amazing fish of all styles and varieties floating all around you.

As far as enjoying snorkeling goes, a trip to Gilligan’s Island is absolutely up there for places to go and see.

U.S. Virgin Islands For Snorkeling

If you like to take your snorkeling extra serious, though, you want to make sure that you come to the US Virgin Islands. Few other parts of the sea can promise to give you such a rich helping of culture, and nowhere else could really offer you the same opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment. Specifically, though, we recommend that you come and check out the amazing Trunk Boy over at St. John.

The reasons why are immediately apparent when you arrive. It’s the smallest of the three islands, around 673ft in length, but it’s amazing. It’s got some incredible underwater snorkel trails for you to head along, and it often gives you the chance to see all of the various living organisms that live around this part of the sea.

If you are serious about making sure you can have some proper fun, though, make sure that you take a trip over to the St. Thomas island as well. It’s the largest of the three islands, and is far busier and teeming with life. Definitely worth your time, though, if you want to enjoy getting up-close and personal with one of the most stunning snorkeling sites known to man.

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

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Check It Out: 10 Surprising Elevators

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the very top with nothing to do in this small, enclosed space.

Other times, you get stuck in there for such a duration with someone you know but never talk to. Welcome to five minutes of awkward silence or hesitant pleasantries.

Don’t get me wrong, the elevator is much better than walking up all those flights of stairs, but at times it can also be hugely inconvenient – if it’s one of those elevators that never seems to work – or just plain boring or awkward.

That is, until you get on one of these twenty elevators designed by some unique people who were tired of the typical elevator experience.

Check it out:

1) To keep the elderly patients from feeling anxious or, worse, running away, this long-term care facility for the elderly thought making the elevators into a mural would be a good idea.

Now, it just looks like a warm, inviting scene!

2) This designer must have been wishing for a snow day and decided to make his own. Step into a winter wonderland with evergreens and snow angels. It feels like Christmas every time you need to go up or down!

3) Wait, where are the buttons? Don’t worry; you’re not trapped. Just look down, and kick instead of pushing buttons, like any ordinary elevator would have you do.

Maybe get some of that pent up anger out while you’re at it, too!

4) This designer had emergency situations in mind. What an inventive way to take care of medical emergencies that cause one to land on the ground, unable to rise!

The alarm button located by the floor is accessible in any situation.

5) Now we’re going from winter wonderland to the tropics. Dive into this elevator that seems to take you under the sea as it’s surrounded by a giant aquarium.

I’d never take the stairs again in this German building.

6) The elevator up to the top of the World Trade Centre is one-of-a-kind.

While you’re in the clear elevator, you’re also getting a clear picture of the architectural evolution of the city as you head up.

7) If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you may want to take the stairs instead of this elevator.

The elevator provides a digital visual aid to alert its riders of how close it is to reaching its weight capacity. Smart!

8) Now this is probably my personal favorite. The button is located 30 feet away from the elevator so that, by the time you arrive at the doors, it should be ready to receive you!

Good for impatient, always-in-a-rush people like me.

9) Whether you struggle with memory loss or you can’t even remember what day it is after what just happened last night, this hotel in Ukraine has got your back.

Every morning, they change the elevator rug to let riders know what day it is.

10) Now this is a bit hilarious; I wonder what prompted the need for a “shuffle” button in an elevator.

The elderly? Indecisive people? Who knows! Definitely the first time I’ve had the option to shuffle off of an elevator without getting stuck in the doors.

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the...

Vacation

Anguilla: Your Next Travel Destination

When you look about setting up a little holiday and trip abroad, you often look to the same old places. Locations in Spain, Southern Europe, the United States, and Asia often come up.

If you are looking for something a touch more ambitious and unique, though, might we recommend that you take a look at Anguilla?

It’s not a place that many people will have heard of. When you first set your eyes on it, though, you will absolutely wish that you had placed eyes on it long ago.

It’s a stunning little Caribbean place to head off to and is perfect for everyone from happy grandparents to party animals looking to let loose.

It’s affordable, too, and is one of the most popular locations for those who love a white sand beach. With various shades of blue water to cast your eyes across, too, you will feel like you have stepped foot into a beautiful, chromatic paradise.

Treat Your Taste Buds In Anguilla

Part of what makes coming here so fun is the food. Eating in Anguilla is very easy, with 100+ restaurants to pick from. This allows you to enjoy many Caribbean foods, with foods that come inspired by Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.

If you are looking to enjoy a bite to eat, then you will find that every day offers unique foods and possibilities that you would probably never find back home!

On top of that, the selection of drinks and delightful options out there is diverse, too. Parties on the beach feel like they never stop, and getting access to drinks of all kinds is very easy indeed.

From a trip to the awesome Dune Preserve Brach Bar to a visit to the annual music festival, the Moonsplash, you will find it easy to eat, drink and dance the night away.

Embrace A Unique Culture

Another amazing part of coming here is that you get to enjoy learning about a location which is rich and delightfully draped in history.

From a trip to the amazing Wallblake House through to an enjoyable journey around the old plantation sites that once stood here, you can enjoy both the good and the bad history of this Caribbean paradise.

Indeed, you can even take a harrowing tour through the old 1700s slaves quarters, left here by Will Blake. It’s a sordid part of history, but one we should never forget to avoid repetition of previous mistakes.

Whether you choose to take in Anguilla by swimming around the Shoal Bay East or you choose to charter a private boat to go wherever you please, Anguilla offers you many unique experiences.

From places like the Little Bay to a trip through the stunning Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa, you can embrace both the rich history and the modern amenities.

Mixed in with weather that feels straight out of a paradise, and it’s so easy to see why trips to Anguilla should be high up on your list of places to see.

From a fishing trip to a tour of the Old Salt Factory, you can find that your desire for stunning weather, rich entertainment, and amazing culture can all be achieved if you choose to come to a location as immense as Anguilla.

When you look about setting up a little holiday and trip abroad, you often look to the same old places. Locations in Spain, Southern Europe, the United States, and Asia often come up.
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Man Builds A $230,000 House In 700-Year-Old Cave

The pressures of modern life mean that most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. But real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality – by spending over £160,000 turning a 250 million-year-old cave in the Wyre Forest into his dream home.

The completed house’s features are anything but stone age – it even has WiFi!

The ambitious makeover captured the imagination of viewers when it was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in September.

The 38-year-old, originally from Worcestershire, was living a high-flying life as the head of a successful recruitment company in Australia when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007.

The condition led to him being temporarily paralyzed – and inspired him to seek a simpler life.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and that was what made him question the lifestyle that he was living. Sooner he started his project about his man cave which is super modern located in Worcestershire county.

It was no surprise that he made an astonishing cave like this as his last name means ‘Master of the Stone’ that is probably in his blood. This cave reportedly inspired Tolkien while he was writing Lord of the Rings.

“The rock house kinda came along, you know without a shadow of a doubt. I was passionate about that as I was setting up my company.” says Angelo.

Lord of the Rings Style

This has to be one of the coolest houses in the world. Another plus side is that it seems that it was relatively cheap to make! Most homes nowadays are a lot more expensive than what this man put into that cave house! Who says a cool house has to be costly?

He also had to spend a lot of hours working on the house, to make this cave his dream house. “

In the end, I spent somewhere around 1000 hours basically breaking rocks, cutting rocks, burrowing rocks. You know to total around 70 or 80 tons of rubble that I excavated out of this rock house by hand, and real proof of that is the whole of the terrace outside, is literally 100 square meters of terrace out there. None of that was there when I started .”

Antony explains how he had to do the work himself in his man cave.

Although the cave was initially built as a holiday let, Angelo still harbors the ambition of one day living full time in his unusual property. So amazing!

 

A story, a man, a cave, that can teach us a valuable lesson that anything is possible if we give our best, if we believe in ourselves and work hard. Maybe one day we can all have a place like this if just get our hands dirty and have 1000 hours to make a holiday space like this!

Please share this fantastic video with your family and friends as it will surely interest them! This is one video that no one should miss!

Videographer / Director: Jon Dean
Producer: Tom Midlane, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters

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Vacation

5 Hilarious Moments Caught At The Beach

It’s always nice to spend time at the beach with friends, colleagues and other loved ones. The beach is a perfect place to relax and rid ourselves of all forms of stress. Having your feet in the sand, diving into the water, getting a little sunshine on our skin and feeling the fresh air makes it the perfect location for young and old, male and female as well as rich or poor people.

For regular beachgoers, you must have had a very pleasant memory of one or more of your visit to the beach. There’s also a good chance you’ve had some embarrassing experiences as well. Here are some of such embarrassing moments that were caught on camera. Some of them are really hilarious.

Who Is The Photobomber?

Taking a closer look at this picture, you’d find the dog is actually the only one ready for this photo. Perhaps, this is the world’s first pet selfie. Is the dog photo bombing these girls’ photo or is it the other way round?

Baes In Bay With A Manta Ray

“Whoa, slow down there Mr. Manta Ray, sir. Buy me a drink first, then we’ll see how it goes from there.” Well, he’s not about that life. He already offered water as the drink and has no time for fooling around.

Couch Surfing?

Couchsurfing is a site that affords users the opportunity to rearrange homestays, offer to lodge, and hospitality. These two guys obviously wanted to see what literal couch surfing would look like and it seems like they pulled it off. I guess we could say couch surfing is now an extreme sport, go figure.

A Bucket Full Of Sunshine

So much fun we can have by making things look bigger or smaller on camera. Just by making a few adjustments, this lady and her kid look like they are falling victim to a blue giant bucket and with her pose, she really sells it but not so much can be said about the kid’s reaction.

Hold Your Horses

The phrase “hold one’s horses” simply means you should “wait a moment” and this is a rare photo of the phrase actually being played out and from the look of things, the poor guy isn’t having any fun.

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It’s always nice to spend time at the beach with friends, colleagues and other loved ones. The beach is a perfect place to relax and rid ourselves of all forms of stress. Having your feet in the sand, diving into the water, getting a little sunshine on our...

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‘1 Alcoholic Bev’ – The Meme That Will Break the Internet

Do you remember when Kim Kardashian starred on the front cover of that magazine, promising to ‘break the internet’?

Well, it turns out that we might have something on our hands so irritatingly viral that it might break the whole thing. It’s the ‘1 Alcoholic Bev’ meme, and it’s gone so far, so wide and so fast it’s very unlikely you haven’t seen it yet. Anyway, if you are somehow free of its clutches, then you’ll want to know what it is – right?

Essentially… see the mate in your group who cannot handle their alcohol? That after a single pint/bottle/can/whatever, they are absolutely mashed?

Well, the 1 Alcoholic Bev meme was made in celebration of their wonderful ability to get lashed for so little. It’s also a celebration of the fact that these people become extremely loose with their words afterward, often to comical effect.

This meme has exploded, celebrating every one of the times we’ve all had a heart to heart with a complete stranger, or nearly had a fight with a random person over a football opinion. Sometimes, all it takes is one drink to turn you into a complete clown – and the 1 Alcoholic Bev meme is here to celebrate that ridiculous transformation we all take.

There’s a rather comical tweet series we came across that perfectly surmises the 1 Alcoholic Bev meme for those who have somehow managed to miss it.

How the 1 Alcoholic Bev usually works

So, these are all fine examples of a good night out. You are out and about with the sensible clothes on and the complete intention of having a simple night. No messing around. One drink in, though, you are on the table – the inhibitions are gone. You are dancing on the table, and the mild mannered couple across from you are looking partially intrigued, partially horrified.

Stumbling out the door afterward, it’s straight for a fantastic bite to eat – the smell just wafts right up your nose. You would eat out of a bin if someone told you it was the reason for the aroma you now want to marry. All it takes is that one drink to turn that donor kebab you nearly threw up thinking about earlier into the stuff of dreams.

As you trapeze on home, you think of sitting in bed. Cold. Alone. You tell yourself you won’t do it, but you send the text anyway – to him/her. You do it because you know you must, even though you know both of you will despise the approach tomorrow. But you do it anyway, as all it takes is one drink to convince you that – actually – you can make things work.

So, what has the worst been for you after a single alcoholic beverage? Try and avoid counting the times when you would start your drinking with something of supreme power, like Absinthe. Try and think of when all it took was a Becks, a simple Becks, to make you transform into the ‘real you’ that you hide in sobriety?

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Vacation

The Dirtiest Place on a Plane? Not What You’d Expect

When we go on a plane, we’re always looking around with a bit of edge at who we are surrounded by. Before long, the sniffling kid comes along, sneezes the whole 8-hour journey, and leaves your ‘romantic weekend’ in absolute disarray as you spend your time in New York sitting on the loo.

While it might not always be so drastic, planes are dirty places. However, most of the time, the dirties parts of a plane ride don’t come from where you would expect. In fact, according to a new consumer watchdog program on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), “Marketplace”, some of the dirtiest surfaces and locations on a plane are quite a shock.

Indeed, the show found that headrests and the seat pockets are among the grimiest parts of an airplane journey. For all of those who spend the whole journey sitting with your head up against the headrest, don’t panic. You might just need to sit forward a tiny bit more in future!

The episode which disclosed this was shown on October 26th, and instantly raised a lot of debate about the cleanliness of an airplane. Their team took flights between Ottawa and Montreal eighteen times, flying with Porter, WestJet and Air Canada. With over 100 surface samples taken, the results they came back with were pretty staggering.

It was then studied by Karen Warriner, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph. She checked out the samples, and found that yeast and mould were present on the majority of the flights undertaken. Other dirty points on your plane journey include:

  • Seat belts.
  • Tray tables.
  • Washroom handles.

So, uh, keep that in mind next time you happen to be going for a flight. Indeed, the study came to some pretty interesting conclusions.

What did the study find?

  1. 33% of seatbelts – one third – came with mold and yeast on them.
  2. Washroom handles all contained bacteria as well as high aerobic counts.
  3. Seat pockets had significant volumes of coliforms, mold and E. coli.
  4. Tray tables were also high in mold and other forms of bacterial count.
  5. Headrests were dirtiest, with bacteria, E. coli and the highest aerobic count.

Aerobic counts are a form of bacteria which the Food and Drug Administration rates as a measure of microorganism within a specific product.

In the show, staff for the airlines content that there “simply wasn’t enough time” to carry out the full disinfecting of the full aircraft prior to re-usage. That shines an interesting light on the capacity and overworking taking place within the industry. Can more be done to change that? Here’s hoping.

For now, though, it’s interesting to note that many parts of an airline considered to be the grimiest aren’t – it’s always the things you least expect, right?

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When we go on a plane, we’re always looking around with a bit of edge at who we are surrounded by. Before long, the sniffling kid comes along, sneezes the whole 8-hour journey, and leaves your ‘romantic weekend’ in absolute disarray as you spend your...