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Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.” That’s necessarily the case now for many awe-inspiring locales around the world that have been rendered either wholly inaccessible or severely restricted to the public. Scroll through to see some of the most spectacular forbidden sites around the world. This may be the closest you’ll ever come to seeing them up close!
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5 Amazing Pieces From Serena Williams’ New Clothing Line

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Serena Williams is truly the goat. Her baby isn’t even walking yet and the ultra-athlete has returned to tennis and is dominating the French Open while still managing to find time to launch her clothing line, Serena.

The 13-piece collection features everything from work to weekend, all with an athletic flair. The line has American classics with Williams’ touch: including denim, athleisure, and even a “motivational” section.

The “S” featuring two tennis balls and logo’ing her brand stands not only for Serena but also around the concept of an “s” word. The 23 Grand slam title holder states, “Everyone can have an ‘s’ word. Mine is ‘sure.’ My mom’s is steadfast.’ A really good friend of mine who has been through a lot, her ‘s’ is ‘survivor.’”

Williams’ was eager to use her experience gained from two years of fashion school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. The line has been in the works for the past two years, admitting, “in between there I got pregnant and had a baby, which took a little time, and then I got married, which I needed to spend time on that.”

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She’s back with a force, giving us some 80’s vibes. She discusses her suit jacket with padded shoulders and states, “I love a shoulder pad. I put an extra one in mine to get a real structured, Balmain look.” She also complains about how much stretch is in jeans,”I feel like everywhere I go it’s just ‘stretch stretch.’

What happened to the amazing Levi’s? I wanted to bring that back.” With this being said, expect her jeans to have very little stretch. On the fit, she reasons, “I can fit in them. It’s enough [stretch] to get on and it fits very well. It brings the integrity of the jean back, and I feel that’s missing right now in all the jean collections.”

The inaugural collection ranges from $ 40.00 for a logo t-shirt or high waist briefs to $ 215.00 for a gold and black anorak jacket. On the more pricey side, for the consumer that simply wants to support Serena, there’s an “S” logo pin for $ 14.99. The line goes up to XL in only some pieces, which I’m sure is dissapointing to her plus-size fans.

There will be a series of capsule collection drops throughout the Summer and Fall, with over 75 styles ranging from $ 35.00 to $ 250.00.

The collection drops today and here are the top 5 pieces that are in our checkout cart.

ESSENTIAL MOCK CROP TOP, $ 75.00

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This black mock crop top is what you need to keep your New York style in full effect all summer. The piece is versatile and can be paired with jeans or a skirt and can be dressed up or down.

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Lori Harvey was pictured in Los Angeles pairing a black turtleneck with distressed straightleg jeans and black mules. She looks classic and chic.

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You can rock this style straight into summer with Williams’ turtleneck crop top. It’s sized from small to large.

Modern Denim Dress, $ 205.00

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I’m obsessed with this denim dress! Overalls are definitely trending and we love that she created this acid wash overall dress giving us a modern take on an 80’s favorite.

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The chain shoulder strap detailing adds to a punk rock trend and gives this dress uniqueness and life.

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Game Of Thrones star, Nathalie Emmanuel is on the red carpet in overalls and pumps and we love that Williams’ has given us an option to upgrade our overall trend in feminine form.

ESSENTIAL PENCIL SKIRT, $ 88.00

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A black pencil skirt is a must-have in every woman’s work (and play!) wardrobe. Serena has one for under $ 100.00 that has a hidden elastic waist and can be worn high waisted or at your natural waistline.

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A black pencil skirt is slimming, classic, and will pull together any outfit.

Weekend Cropped Sweatshirt ($ 60.00), Weekend Jogger ($ 70.00)

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We all need that outfit which is perfect for running errands and grabbing brunch with friends.

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Inspired by Juicy Couture back in the day, Williams’ gives us a gray and white jogger set with mesh detailing.

Beauties, what pieces are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comment section! You can shop the collection, here.

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SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains references and cameos in Deadpool 2. Proceed at your own risk.

UPDATE: Rhett Reese — the co-writer of Deadpool 2 — has revealed there’s a very famous face, hiding in plain site during the movie. When Cable first travels back in time, he meets a couple of hillbillys, one of whom is played by Alan Tudyk, as described below. But the identity of the other actor remained a mystery. Though he’s listed as Dickie Greenleaf in the credits, which should have been a clue. As the actor in question is Matt Damon, with Greanleaf the name of the character he played in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

“He’s not hidden like Waldo for just an instant; he gets some good screen time” Reese told Yahoo. “We’ve sneaked him past everybody. Literally thousands of people have seen the movie so far, and no one’s noticed.”

Director David Leitch added “Bill Corse, our make-up artist, had three hours with him to put him in deep prosthetics and give him that beer belly. We didn’t tell any of the crew. There were a few people who sniffed it out. But you work on enough movies, you got to keep these things tight.”

Comic Book Stuff

Logan

In the opening sequence, Deadpool plays with a musical toy that commemorates Wolverine‘s death at the end of Logan, complete with figurine impaled by a branch. Wade states that for his film to compete, he’ll have to die too.

Firefist

The character that Julian Dennison plays — who kind of turns into the film’s antagonist — is Russell “Rusty” Collins AKA Firefist. Created by Bob Layton and Jackson Guice, the mutant first appeared in X-Factor #1 in 1986. Rusty can “pyromorph,” which means he can generate and project flames from his fists.

Domino


Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Zazie Beetz — of Atlanta fame — plays mutant Domino in the movie, who can control probability. Which basically means she’s very lucky. The character first appeared in X-Force #8 in 1992, so it’s fitting that she helps form the X-Force with a few of the below characters here. In the comics, she sports a black tattoo on her white skin. In the movie, she has the reverse discoloration, which appears to be the result of vitiligo.

Yukio

Shioli Kutsuna plays Yukio, Negasonic Teenage Warhead‘s girlfriend. She doesn’t seem to be the same Yukio who was played by Rila Fukushima in The Wolverine. Instead, the Japanese mutant is a lot more like Surge, who first appeared in New Mutants #8 in 2004, and can also generate and manipulate electricity.

Cable’s Height

Weasel points out that Cable‘s height in the comics is different to his height in Deadpool 2. Cable is nearly 7-feet in the comics; actor Josh Brolin is 5’10” in real life.

Juggernaut

Juggernaut makes his second celluloid appearance in Deadpool 2. He first popped up in X-Men: The Last Stand, played by footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones. Here the super-strong and virtually unstoppable mutant is a fully CG character. Firefist also asks why Juggernaut wears a helmet. He answers so that his brother can’t read his mind, a reference to Professor Xavier. But more on him later…

Shatterstar


Lewis Tan as Shatterstar.

Lewis Tan plays Shatterstar in the movie, a superhero who first appeared in New Mutants #99 in 1991. On the page, Shatterstar can create shockwaves and teleport using his twin swords. In the movie, he mentions he’s from Mojoworld, an alien planet in the comics where they are obsessed with television.

Bedlam

Terry Crews briefly appears as Bedlam, a comic book character who first appeared in Factor X #1 in 1995. He can disrupt electrical fields, including bio-electricity, effectively scrambling brain functions.

Zeitgeist


Zeitgiest chundering in the comics.

Pennywise himself — Bill Skarsgard — pops ups as Zeitgeist, who debuted in X-Force #16. His ability to spit acidic breath means he has to wear a mouthguard.

Vanisher

That would be none-other-than Brad Pitt making a cameo as Vanisher. He’s initially invisible in the movie, so no gorgeous Brad Pitt face. But when he dies horribly via electrocution, Brad’s beauty briefly fills the screen. Fun fact: Pitt very nearly played Cable in Deadpool 2, but scheduling issues meant he was reduced to this cameo.

Hope Summers


Comic book Hope.

Towards the end of the movie, Cable reveals that his daughter is called Hope. That means she’s Hope Summers, the daughter he adopted in the comics, aka the Mutant Messiah. Hope first appeared in X-Men #205 in 2007, and was the first mutant born after Scarlet Witch turned pretty much every other mutant into a regular human.

Black Tom Cassidy

In the Ice Box — a prison that’s also taken directly from the comics — Deadpool faces off with the very white mutant “Black Tom Cassidy,” whom he calls out for “cultural appropriation.” Black Tom Cassidy first appeared in X-Men #99 in 1976. He’s a longtime collaborator of Juggernaut’s, who is also imprisoned.

Batman/Superman

Early in proceedings, Wade Wilson tells Vanessa that he was doing battle with a caped vigilante until he found out his mum was called Martha too. This is a reference to the mad moment that Batman and Superman stop fighting in Dawn of Justice. They also crib an iconic line from the start of Tim Burton’s Batman, when Cable asks “Who are you?” to which Deadpool responds “I’m Batman.”

DC Universe

The recent DC movies are a little heavy, and Deadpool calls this out, saying to Cable, “You’re so dark, are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

Irene Merryweather

Irene Merryweather is a TV reporter in the movie. In the comics, she’s a reporter-turned-ally of Cable, who also goes by the name Chronicler.

Mister Sinister


Mister Sinister in the comics.

In Deadpool 2, bad stuff is happening at the Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation. Which is very probably a sly reference to Nathanial Essex, the supervillain better known as Mister Sinister. Who first appeared in Uncanny X-Men and became a longtime nemesis for the X-heroes. Sinister is particularly interested in the Summers bloodline.

Stan Lee

Marvel legend Stan Lee cameos, but not in physical form. Rather he appears in a mural on a wall soon after the X-Force sequence.

Alpha Flight


Alpha Flight.

There’s an Alpha Flight airlines advert on the top of Dopinder‘s taxi. In the comics, Alpha Flight is a Canadian superhero team who premiered in Uncanny X-Men #120 in 1979. Ryan Reynolds is Canadian, and there are numerous jokes about his native country in the film.

X-Men

Deadpool visits the X-Mansion, rides around in Professor X’s wheelchair, and claims that Cerebro smells like X-Men actor Patrick Stewart. Then — in an all-star cameo — he briefly spies the likes of the Professor (here played by James McAvoy), Cyclops and Quicksilver before Beast shuts the door on him, continuing a joke from the first film that they are all avoiding him.

Winter Soldier

Cable has a bionic arm that’s a bit like Winter Soldier‘s. Deadpool can’t resist making reference to that fact, asking, “What did I do to piss off a grumpy old f–ker with a Winter Soldier arm?”

Black Widow

Deadpool calls Domino “Black Black Widow” which is a reference to… well, we reckon you know that one.

Black Panther

Deadpool calls Dopinder “Brown Panther,” A reference to… you know that one as well.

Hulk


Black Widow calming Hulk.

Deadpool tries to calm Juggernaut down with the same line the Avengers use to calm Hulk: “Sun’s going down real low.”

Hawkeye

Deadpool disses the least exciting movie Avenger by saying, “Give me a bow and arrow, I’m basically Hawkeye.”

Rob Liefeld

Legend has it that Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld won’t draw feet. Either because he doesn’t like to or can’t. Either way, it gets referenced in the movie, with Deadpool telling Domino she looks like she’s been created by “a guy who can’t draw feet.”

Thanos


Josh Brolin as Thanos.

Deadpool orders Cable to “Zip it, Thanos!” Cable and Thanos are played by the same actor, Josh Brolin.

Gerry Duggan

An armoured convoy drives down Gerry Duggan Parkway in the movie. Gerry Duggan has recently been writing a run of Deadpool comics, and even inserted himself as a character in Despicable Deadpool #300.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

A scene in which Deadpool tries — and fails — to slice bullets with his katanas mocks a similar scene in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While the post-credit sting features Wade inserting himself into the movie, and killing that much-maligned version of his character.

Green Lantern

The same post-credit sting ends with Wade visiting Ryan Reynolds when he’s holding the Green Lantern script, and killing him before he gets a chance to make the also much-maligned movie.

Movie/Music/TV Stuff

James Bond

The movie opens with a title sequence that mimics those that kick off the Bond movies. As they are normally underscored by a big ballad by a big-name singer with a big voice, Deadpool 2 features a song by Celine Dion.

John Wick

The film is directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick. The credits therefore feature the line “Directed by one of the guys who killed the dog in John Wick.”

Interview with the Vampire


Kirsten Dunst in ‘Interview with the Vampire.’

The Tom Cruise/Brad Pitt horror movie Interview with the Vampire is referenced regularly throughout Deadpool 2. Star Kirsten Dunst gets mentioned, and jokingly called Kristen. While Dopinder quotes her character (“I want some more”) and the shot of Hope and her mother’s charred bodies is exactly the same way Dunst’s character died in Interview.

Bambi, The Lion King, Saw 7

Wade Wilson says Deadpool 2 is a family film in that it kicks off with death, like these three very different films.

The Passion of the Christ

Wade name-checks Passion of the Christ as the biggest R-rated movie at the U.S. box office, but adds that Deadpool‘s international success makes it the biggest R-rated movie worldwide.

Alan Tudyk


Alan Tudyk (l) in Tucker and Dale vs Evil.

The star of Firefly and Rogue One cameos as a hillbilly that Cable encounters when he first travels back in time, discussing the merits of toilet paper versus wet wipes with his hillbilly pal. Which seems like it might be a nod to brilliant Tudyk flick Tucker and Dale vs Evil.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Wade dubs Negasonic Teenage Warhead “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” after the popular comic book/TV character.

The Goonies


Josh Brolin in ‘The Goonies.’

Deadpool calls Cable “One-Eyed Willy” because he has one normal eye, and one bionic eye. Which is a reference to The Goonies villain One-Eyed Willy. A movie that featured Cable actor Josh Brolin.

Adventure Time

Wade Wilson is likely to be an Adventure Time fan, as he wears an Adventure Time watch in Deadpool 2.

The Terminator

Deadpool shouts “Hands off the kid, John Connor,” which is a reference to the Terminator films, and also a way of acknowledging similarities between their storylines, which involve traveling back in time to stop something terrible happening in the future. Also, Cable looks a bit like a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator and Jason Clarke’s John Connor.

RoboCop

Colossus warns Russell to “Come quietly or there will be trouble,” before promptly getting called out for stealing the line from RoboCop.

Yentl/Frozen

Wade and Vanessa watch Barbra Streisand’s Yentl after making love, when Wade notices that “Papa Can You Hear Me?” sounds a lot like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen. The Disney lyrics also end up being Deadpool’s dying words. Fun fact: Streisand is Josh Brolin’s stepmother.

Harry Potter


The Harry Potter Sorting Hat.

Deadpool references Harry Potter by asking if there will be a “Sorting Hat” to put him in the right gang.

The Time Traveller’s Wife

Deadpool calls Cable “The Time Traveller’s Wife’s Husband,” a reference to 2003 novel The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Which was turned into a 2009 movie that starred Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

Bea Arthur


Deadpool is a big Bea Arthur fan.

Deadpool’s swords are named “Bea” and “Arthur,” a reference to the star of The Golden Girls and Star Wars Holiday Special. Wade Wilson is clearly a big fan, as he wore a Bea Arthur t-shirt in the first flick.

Cool Runnings

Wade Wilson talks about hitting rock bottom in his movie, and comparing it to when the sledge breaks in Jamaican bobsleigh comedy Cool Runnings.

The Human Centipede


The bad guy from Human Centipede.

Deadpool then claims that the actors in The Human Centipede hit their low-point when they signed up to appear in the movie. Harsh, but fair.

Basic Instinct

When he has the legs of a child, Wade Wilson uncrosses them and crosses them in a suggestive fashion, similar to Sharon Stone’s character Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct.

Say Anything

When Deadpool returns to the X-Mansion, and holds up a tiny boombox playing “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel to coax Colossus down. In Say Anything, John Cusack’s character holds up a slightly larger boombox playing the same song to show ex-girlfriend — played by Ione Sky — that he still cares.

Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back

Early in proceedings, when discussing kids, Wade says that all sons are destined to turn out like their fathers, as in Star Wars. Then adds they will also accidentally have sex with their sisters, mis-remembering Star Wars. Later, when Vanessa tells Deadpool she loves him, DP responds with ,”I know.” And we all know what scene that comes from.

The Proposition

Wade Wilson says The Proposition features “a wonderful Guy Pearce performance.” The Proposition is a Guy Pearce western from 2005.

Mario Lopez


Deadpool taking out Lopez.

Deadpool uses the phrase “Mario Nopez,” a reference to the former Saved by the Bell star turned entertainment host, whom Deadpool fought while promoting his first standalone movie.

George Michael

Wade Wilson’s love for George Michael is referenced when he uses the “Careless Whisper” lyrics while lamenting his lost love to Weasel. Wilson reveals that he’s sad that Michael is dead, but happy we still have David Bowie. Weasel quickly changes the subject.

The Karate Kid

Deadpool shouts “Sweep the leg, Johnny,” a truly villainous line taken from the final fight in the original Karate Kid.

A-ha

After Wade Wilson’s death, he starts to cross to the other side to meet Vanessa, as an acoustic version of A-ha‘s “Take on Me” plays. And the scene looks just like the video for that song, wherein a human girl crosses over into the comic book world.

Stranger Things

At the start of the post-credit sting, Wade calls Negasonic Teenage Warhead “Eleven” — a reference to the character played by Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things.

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My 5 goals for an amazing summer with my kids

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I usually feel like I don’t spend enough time with my family, and that feeling gets worse in the summer. I definitely don’t want to be the dad who works through every vacation. But, alas, I’m a bit of a workaholic. I not only have my normal full-time career, but also two part-time jobs.

So I’ve made a few summer resolutions I’m hoping might help make sure the season goes down as an enjoyable one instead of one that I wasted working, again.

Stop being such a jerk. True, I should avoid being a jerk anyway. But I really like teasing my kids. What works well as a bit of joking around at the bus stop, though, gets old on long summer days. Might as well save all my A material for when school starts up again.

Take time to educate. Determined to avoid an academic summer slide with our son, my wife had the great idea to ramp up the amount of reading we did last summer. It worked very well. Reading and learning games are a great way to increase the overall quality of family time.

Budget family time. I’m really good at budgeting my work time. I can extend that to my family time without overextending myself. Basically, this means setting aside a block of time each day where family is my job. No fiddling around on my phone, no napping on the couch – it’s time to play.

Take advantage of later bedtimes. When school’s not in session, I’m usually out of the house before the kids get out of bed. It’s possible to offset that loss of morning time by loosening up bedtimes a bit. If the day gets half an hour longer because I’m having more fun with the kids, that’s time well spent.

Summer Time

Remember the adults, too. I want to try to boost the quality of time with the kids, but there are also adults in the house I want to spend time with. Extra time with the kids becomes less meaningful if I ignore my wife every night. Moreover, I also need to preserve my own sanity. Some nights, I might just have to accept that I missed out on a fun summer day so I can be a good husband and a sane human being.

That last bit becomes extra important because my wife is going through surgery at the beginning of the summer and will thus be unable to move for a good chunk of the vacation. So somehow I have to find time to fit lots of fun into this summer while also being a good caretaker.

All of this rambling might make it seem like I’m turning a fun summer vacation into a pile of stress, but that’s how I seem to function. I’m a workaholic, and I even take my fun seriously. Hopefully I won’t take it too seriously and my whole family can have a great summer.

How do you get the most out of your summertimes?

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Don’t Let NCAA Hypocrisy Ruin This Amazing March Madness

Quick, and be honest now: When you filled out your March Madness bracket a few weeks back, along with millions of your fellow Americans, did you actually pick 16th-seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County to upset the University of Virginia, the top team in the entire NCAA men’s basketball tournament? Or Loyola University Chicago to knock off a string of bigger-name and better-funded programs on its way to the Final Four, which tips off on March 31 in San Antonio? And you certainly didn’t put any money on a 98-year-old nun emerging as the biggest celebrity of all, right?

No, of course you didn’t. No one saw UMBC’s win coming–the first time a top seed has lost in the first round–nor were we prepared for the joy that is Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Loyola-Chicago’s team chaplain, who has inspired her underdog charges while throwing shade at brash college hoops analyst Charles Barkley in a national television interview.

This is a March Madness for the ages–which only makes the hypocrisy surrounding the tournament all the more troubling.

In 2016–17, revenue for the NCAA, the nonprofit organization that oversees major college sports, exceeded $ 1 billion for the first time. Broadcast rights to the men’s basketball tournament alone delivered $ 761 million of that haul. The NCAA goes out of its way to protect the financial interests of its tournament sponsors. All members of the media sitting courtside at games, for example, are required to pour their drinks into Powerade cups, since parent company Coca-Cola is an NCAA “corporate champion.”

Meanwhile, the NCAA takes extraordinary measures to impede the financial interests of the tournament’s main attraction: the players. The organization’s amateurism rules prohibit student-athletes from earning any money above a stipend that covers the cost of living at school. Yes, players receive athletic scholarships that cover hefty tuition bills. That’s a valuable prize. But the vast majority of the kids lighting up your TV screen were recruited to their school to play basketball, not study chemistry. And don’t think they don’t know it.

While players are governed by draconian rules, coaches can enjoy the fruits of the free market. The University of Connecticut, for example, just lured coach Danny Hurley with a six-year contract worth roughly $ 3 million a year. Coaches are also free to profit from their celebrity by giving paid speeches, hawking branded products or selling instructional videos.

This disparity is all the more unseemly since the FBI has started nosing around college basketball’s shady underbelly. The ongoing federal probe has led to the arrests of assistant coaches and corporate-marketing representatives who allegedly arranged under-the-table deals to steer promising players to certain schools or tie them to financial advisers after turning pro. The scandal led the University of Louisville to fire Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino after $ 100,000 was allegedly funneled to the family of a top prospect in exchange for his commitment to the school. Pitino has denied knowing about such a payment.

This black market is a direct result of the NCAA’s outdated restrictions. If a school thinks a player is worth six figures, then that player should have a right to maximize his earning power. Even if the NCAA refuses to allow players a fairer share of its $ 1 billion pie, the organization could permit them to earn money through sponsorships with shoe companies or local car dealerships.

So does this mean we are all a bunch of March Madness–loving, binge-viewing-at-work hypocrites? Without a doubt. But decrying the injustice of big-time basketball’s amateurism rules doesn’t mean you have to stop fueling the college sports economy. March Madness is the greatest guilty pleasure in sports. After all, the NCAA knows what it’s got: there’s a reason TV rights to the tournament will increase to about $ 879 million in 2019, a 16% jump over two years. So please forgive us, Sister Jean, while we root on for Cinderella.

This appears in the April 09, 2018 issue of TIME.
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If you’re reading this article in an office (get back to work, silly) or just perusing the internet while avoiding doing the laundry, there’s a fair chance that you, like us, absolutely hate people. Yep, people suck, and the outside world is just way too peopley for us (*shivers*). However, there’s only so much time you can spend away from people before realizing that you have to pass your neighbor’s porch on the way to your car or pass a colleague on the way to the washroom. You’re probably thinking, ‘Oh, what I would do to live on an 86-acre private island off the coast of Maine, with my own church, boathouse, stables and personal tavern!’ Well, it’s funny you should say that…

Hope Island

If you’ve ever wanted to live on your own private island and avoid people altogether (AKA the dream), you better start counting your change, because one recently went on the market, and is looking for a new owner to look after it. Located just a 25-minute boat ride away from Portland, Maine, Hope Island consists of 86-acres of pure beauty. You can truly live it large on this picturesque island…if you have a spare $ 7.5 million in the bank. Psssht, we wish.

A little bit of history

So where did it all start with Hope Island? Well, a property developer by the name of John Cacoulidis decided to buy the island in 1993 for an incredible $ 1.3 million and has since transformed what was once a barren landscape into something out of James Bond. Boasting an 11,000 square-foot mansion, jagged coastline, beautiful beaches, a fixed pier plus boat moorings, helicopter pad, colorful woodland, roadways, and numerous outhouses, this island really has it all. However, the icing on the cake is that Hope Island has its own personal tavern. Yep, that really does mean you’ll have beer on tap…IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD.

A few added extras

As if the private tavern wasn’t enough to make you sell your own liver, Hope Island also offers a few added extras. Mainly, it’s not the only island included in the (hefty) price tag. Yuh-huh, Hope Island also features three ‘picnic’ islands, which you can use to your heart’s content. You might even want to build a swimming pool on one of these little islands, as weirdly, that is the only thing Hope Island is missing.

Why is it up for sale?

You might be wondering why John Cacoulidis would want to sell his beloved island, but it seems the answer is pretty heartbreaking. John was not alone when he transformed Hope Island into an impressive sanctuary. He was also helped by his wonderful wife, Phyllis. Unfortunately, Phyllis passed away in 2016, which meant John spent less and less time on the island by himself. He now wants to pass the island on to someone else. Could it be you?

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Can you imagine having to spend time without your phone or internet? Seems unthinkable, right? We rely so much on technology these days that it seems unlikely we could get through a day without using technology of some description. Whether we are sending an email on our phones, updating our Facebook status on the laptop, or watching Netflix on the iPad, tech is a big part of our lives.

And what’s the one thing that unites all these? Yes, they are all technology, and we all rely on them. But, the main thing that links them all together is Wi-Fi – there is no way to use any of these items properly without an internet connection. So, imagine for a moment you didn’t have any wireless. Now you know what the citizens of Green Bank, West Virginia face on a daily basis! Allow us to expand:

Green Bank, West Virginia

The name probably evokes that small town feeling for you, it certainly does for us – and you’d be bang on the money. The population of Green Bank is a tiny 143, and, judging by what goes down here, we aren’t in the least bit surprised. You see, Green Bank is actually one of the only towns in the world where wireless signals of any kind are actually illegal! Let’s break that down for you – that means no WiFi for your cell phones. No Bluetooth. No electronic transmitters. Basically, the tech-savvy teen’s worst nightmare in every sense of the word.

So what’s the deal?

Okay, so why on Earth would any place in the Western world make it illegal to have wireless signals? Surely that would result in people being cut off from the world? Well, yeah – probably accounts for the tiny population. But, the reason behind this is not to frustrate and annoy, but rather a reason that is linked to science. See, the town cannot have wireless signals moving about, as a result of the Green Bank Telescope. The GBT is the largest steerable radio telescope on the planet, and one of the most important scientific links to the universe.

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Scientists use the telescope to find out fascinating things about the universe and the Solar System. In fact, they listen to radio energy that has come on a journey of many light years, giving crucial information about how stars and galaxies are created. Any rogue signals in the area could disrupt these radio waves, and ruin years of research, not to mention stopping us from finding out important information about the world and how the universe works.

There is one way

Okay, so you’re probably crossing Green Bank off your list of places to go, right? Not so fast. Before you do that you need to know that there is one way of getting wireless signal and being able to update your social media while you’re here. Head for the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, where they have managed to get radio waves to a low enough frequency that they won’t disrupt the telescope. This was incredibly difficult and took a long time to achieve, but achieve it they did!

So, if you ever want to head to the town where wireless signals are illegal, you’ll know to head for Green Bank, West Virginia. There are so many reasons to not go, but, wouldn’t you love to head to a place this unique, if only for a while. How many people can say they have been to a town like this? Furthermore, you might get to check out the telescope as well!

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The amazing Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia

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Everyone has a bucket list, and there are probably some truly breathtaking things on that bucket list. The world is such an amazing place, full of lots of beauty and majesty, and it’s important to try to experience as much of it as you can. This might mean jetting off to some faraway land, and mixing with cultures you’re not familiar with, but that’s a great way to evolve as a person.

One of the things we absolutely insist you get on your bucket list is the stunning Salar De Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia. These are staggeringly beautiful, and perhaps the most remarkable vistas in the world. A salt flat is an expanse of ground that is covered in salt and other minerals that make incredible patterns and visual wonders on the ground. So, here is what you need to know if you want to visit Salar De Uyuni.

When you should go

Any time of the year, right? Well, no. There are two distinct seasons that apply when you want to go see the salt flats. There is the rainy season (December to April) and the dry season (May to November). However, you want to avoid December and January because it often gets too wet which can result in tours being canceled. The dry season might be preferable as you’ll be able to access places that aren’t so accessible in the rainy season.

How to get there

You also need to know how to get there when you decide to pay a visit. Now, the chances are you’re going to be going on a guided tour, in which case there will be transport. There are three different places from which the tours go, two in Bolivia (in Uyuni and Tupiza) and another from Chile. Where you go from will largely depend on where you are staying, and you will have to decide whether to book tickets in advance or buy them when you arrive.

Choosing the right tour

There are several tours you might choose to take when you go visit these stunning salt flats. And, the good news is that there are packages to suit your preferences. For those in it for the long haul, you could take a 3-day tour of the Altiplano region, that includes the salt flats, but also other stunning things like volcanoes, geysers, and deserts. Alternatively, you might like to do a one-day tour where you just go see Salar De Uyuni, which will cost lest. There are shared tours to consider as well, where you will be part of a group.

This is one of those unique experiences that you may never get the chance to have again, so you need to make the most of it. The Bolivian salt flats are simply stunning, and they need to be discovered to be believed. If you want to get the full experience you need to plan ahead and choose what sort of time of the year you want to go. Picking the right tour is also really important, and will help enhance your experience while you’re there.

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Unravel the amazing Bhutan

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The Kingdom of Bhutan is a country in southeast Asia, known for being a Buddhist country, and resting on the edge of the Himalayas. When you look at Asia as a continent to travel to, Bhutan might not be your first choice. In fact, it may not have made your list at all in the past, but it’s time to change that now! This is one of the best vacation destinations you’ve never been to, and you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

This tiny country is often overlooked because of the fact that it’s nestled between some of Asia’s biggest names, such as China and Nepal. But, if you give Bhutan the time, we guarantee you will have an unforgettable experience, and enjoy a unique side of Asia. Bhutan opened its borders to tourism in 2001, but still maintains much of its unique history and religious culture – and as such, the volume of tourism is generally lower. Join us as we unravel and explore the amazing Bhutan, and come up with some great cultural experiences you can have here.

Tiger’s Nest Monastery

One of the defining iconic emblems of Bhutan is the stunning Tiger’s Nest Monastery, located high up in the mountains just outside of Paro. This is a stunning feat of architecture, and one of the most religiously iconic and significant buildings in the country. It’s built into a series of caves and can be reached via either hiking or horseback riding. Depending on the weather, you might like to take a hike, assuming you have the right gear of course. This is a must-visit attraction in Bhutan and gives you a great feel for what the country is like.

Check out some Dzongs

Dzong architecture is a specific type of fortress, designed specifically to house and protect. There is a special emphasis on high exterior walls, protecting a complex interior of courtyards, temples, and sleeping quarters. Dzongs are generally used by monks for living, studying, and working, and they look stunning. The architecture is impressive, and they often straddle rivers or jut from the side of mountains. Whenever you see a Buddhist monk temple in the movies, this is the kind of thing you’re seeing. There are loads of Dzongs all over Bhutan, and they are an important part of the cultural heritage of the country.

Festivals

Like most Buddhist countries, Bhutan has a big festival culture, and there are plenty of opportunities to join in the festivities. Dancing, vibrant colors, and dressing up make these festivals an obvious highlight. They are known as tshechu and are a real treat if you ever get to experience one. Monks will be doing most of the performing, so it’s a great occasion to see them. The big towns have hugely popular festivals, but, you could well walk into the mountains to the smaller villages if you want a smaller affair.

Live like the locals

This is something we always recommend when going abroad somewhere. It’s important to make sure you share the lifestyle and experiences of locals, even just for one day. This gives you a valuable and unique experience and shows you how people live here. If you have the opportunity, try to live on a farm for a day or so, spending the night as well. It’s a special experience, and you can get involved in some of the great Bhutanese customs, like taking a stone bath and preparing local food. Wonderful.

Bhutan is such a mysterious place because we all know so little about it. But, there are plenty of opportunities to check out this wonderful country and get some important Asian cultural experiences. If you’re looking for a vacation with a difference next year, we thoroughly recommend you check out Bhutan and spend some time here.

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“Molly’s Game,” the new high-stakes poker movie, is a pretty safe bet. The crime drama is smartly written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, it features a piercing lead performance by Jessica Chastain, and it’s got something for almost everyone: from gambling and glitterati to the mafia and ice skating. But if you walk in thinking…
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I don’t speak French, and artist Nathalie Jomard calls her own English skills “bad.” Nonetheless, we’re both laughing about the pains and struggles moms around the world go through.

Check out a sampling of her illustrations, which run the gamut from pregnancy woes to parenting pitfalls…

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As someone who’s never been described as small-chested, I relate so hard to attempting to squish my girls into my pre-pregnancy bras for as long as possible. Naively, I refrained from investing in larger sizes because I assumed my breasts would go back to normal once I gave birth.

That last comic, yep. That was pretty much me, nearly choking to death on my super-sized, rock-hard breastfeeding boobs.

Of course, I also need a comic with a pair of deflated balloons to depict the post-weaning aftermath. Haha. (Sigh.)

What funny pregnancy or parenting moment of yours would you love to see given the comic treatment?

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The amazing table mountain in South Africa

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South Africa is a country of heart stopping beauty and elegance, and it also has a hugely important history. The country has changed and evolved significantly over the years, but, the natural beauty has always remained. Always been a constant. There is such a grand cultural legacy in the country, and so many areas of it we look at with awe and wonder. One of the most beautiful parts of South Africa is Table Mountain.

This truly staggering flat-topped mountain is considered one of the most iconic and stunning natural landmarks in South Africa. Overlooking the glorious city of Cape Town, Table Mountain attracts thousands of tourists every year and plays a big role in the cultural heritage of South Africa as a nation. So, let’s find out more about this iconic mountain, and the role it plays in South Africa’s heritage. Here are some awesome facts about Table Mountain that we reckon you never knew!

It’s ancient

You could probably infer from the fact that it’s a mountain that the majestic mound has been around for quite some time. What you probably didn’t know is just how long it’s been around for. Well, all in all, Table Mountain is thought to be more than 250 million years old, making it older than the Alps, the Andes, and the Himalayas! In fact, it is one of the oldest mountains in the world, and we feel this helps add to its sense of grandeur to it. We can’t wait to explore further and find out more about this ancient wonder.

Amazing wildlife

South Africa has no shortage of amazing nature and wildlife as it is, but Table Mountain, in particular, has some stunning examples. There is loads of beautiful flora and fauna here, and a lot of the wildlife only exists on the slopes of the great mountain. For instance, there is a species of frog native to these slopes called the Table Mountain Ghost Frog. This little guy can only be found on an 8 km square area on the southern slopes of the mountain, and nowhere else in the world.

It’s still growing

It might surprise you to learn that Table Mountain is actually still growing! No, you didn’t hear that wrong! Hundreds of millions of years ago the Earth was the supercontinent Pangea, with Africa at the center, and then the continents broke off and drifted away. During this time, the shifting tectonic plates caused land masses to split and fold, but, Table Mountain remained immune due to being made from granite. The force was thrust downward instead, and this resulted in the mountain slowly rising over the years, and this is still continuing. In a few hundreds of millions of years, who knows how big it could be!

Table Mountain is one of the most impressive and incredible sights in the world, and a place you absolutely have to see as soon as you can. The mountain is a huge part of the DNA of South Africa and brings in a lot of tourism for the country. These are a few of the cool things you might not have known about Table Mountain and what an amazing structure it actually is.

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Amazing places in Croatia

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Croatia is one of the most underrated countries in Europe – full of a rich and varied history, and some of the most beautiful Slavic landscapes in the world. It’s a country that was never really on our radar until we saw some breathtaking pictures, and that inspired us to check out this sensational European republic. If you’ve never checked out Croatia, it’s time to change your approach, and you can use this list to help you.

One of the things we love the most about Croatia is how diverse the landscape is. Much like France, you can get rural and urban areas, as well as more contemporary cities, juxtaposed with some retro towns. This is a list of what we feel are some of the most amazing places to visit in all of Croatia – you simply have to check out at least one of these.

Dubrovnik

This walled city illustrates everything great about Croatia, all in one city. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dubrovnik is a maritime city, based on a history of trade routes and has become one of the top Mediterranean destinations. If you’re lucky enough to get to Dubrovnik, you need to make sure you check out the charming Dubrovnik Cathedral, and, not to mention the famous Walls of Dubrovnik as well.

Zagreb

Zagreb is the capital, and one of the most contemporary cities in Croatia. It’s the perfect place to visit for those who want to experience beauty, history, and elegance. It might not be as lush and vibrant as the coastal cities, but the medieval architecture, the stunning Old Town, and the picturesque Zagorje region make this one of the best places in Croatia. We suggest you spend a few days here to really make sure you soak up the city.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Remember that stunning natural beauty we talked about in Croatia? Well, this is the perfect encapsulation of all of that. It’s the ideal location to enjoy and experience the best National Park in the country, and some stunning, otherworldly scenery. There are 16 connected lakes here, and you can hike around them to really make the most of the natural beauty here. Bask in the beauty of deep blue lakes, tumbling waterfalls, emerald forests, and mountain peaks.

Split

Split is another well-known city in Croatia, but it’s not quite as popular as some of the others you may know. In spite of this, it’s clear that Split is a firm favorite among many travelers, and this is generally to do with the fantastic port location, and the magnificent Diocletian Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage site. As well as some great history, and stunning tourist attractions, there are also plenty of activities you can do as well in the city. It’s ideal for young, hungry travelers looking to explore a different side of Croatia.

Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe for travelers. It gives you a great range of different cities and has a wonderful history to explore. Whether you’re looking for beaches, medieval towns, sprawling forests, or picturesque palaces, you’re going to find all of it and more in Croatia.

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New ‘Happy!’ Trailer Is Demented, Amazing, and Very NSFW

Happy! might be the new show I’m most stoked about. Based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, Happy! tells the story of Nick Sax. Nick is an ex-cop turned hitman and he’s about as sleazy as you can get. After a botched attempt on his life, Nick is resuscitated and finds he can now see a tiny blue unicorn named Happy.

Happy is the imaginary friend of Hailey, a little girl who has been kidnapped by an evil Santa Claus for… well, let’s just say it’s ugly stuff. Happy wants to try and get Nick to save Hailey and maybe find a little redemption in the process.

It’s a grimy, gonzo, gory, and goofy story. And now, we have our best look at the series yet in the form of a new trailer.

Warning! This Trailer Is Pretty NSFW!

WOW. This looks nuts. The series director is Brian Taylor, one of the co-directors of Crank. I’ve sung Crank‘s praises before and this looks like a fun continuation of Taylor’s manic approach to filmmaking. If it’s even half as bonkers as Crank, then we’re in for a hoot. Plus, he just put out the Nicholas Cage horror-comedy Mom and Dad (read our review) and it looks like he might be on a roll.

The graphic novel is a self-contained story and it seems like the first season of Happy! intends to tell that entire tale. Exactly how the show intends to go beyond one season could be difficult, but I trust the talent involved. Grant Morrison is on board as executive producer and writer, and I’ve already thrown my hat in with Brian Taylor. but how about that cast? Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt as the leads? Sold.

I’ll be screening the first episode of Happy! later this week at New York Comic-Con. My hopes are very high. I’ll let you know what I think. And you can watch Happy! when it premieres on Syfy on December 6.

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The amazing nature in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of the most popular and exciting countries in recent years, and it seems to be a hugely popular vacation spot these days. There is plenty to love about this Central American country, with its awesome climate and wonderful diversity. Costa Rica is a great place to go to if you want to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience.

One of the best things about the country is the wonderful geography. Specifically, there is so much natural beauty and wonder here, and it has to be seen to be believed. If you’re wavering over whether or not you should commit to a trip to Costa Rica for your next vacation, make sure you finish this post, it will change your mind. Here are some amazing things about the natural world in Costa Rica, and how it has become so appealing.

Amazing national parks

Costa Rica has such stunning natural habitats that its national parks are actually famous all across the world. It has no less than four UNESCO World Heritage sites, no mean feat considering the size of the country. La Amistad National Park is one of these and was one of the first national parks to be shared with another country, in this case, Panama. Cocos Island National Park is another one of the excellent national parks on offer, and it boasts a great selection of exotic animals, some of which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Make sure you see as many of these UNESCO sites as you possibly can.

World leader in conservation

For a country so small, Costa Rica does so much good when it comes to maintaining and conserving the natural world. The small nation contains 5% of the Earth’s biodiversity and is home to more than half a million species of mammals and marine life. The rest of the world could take a leaf out of Costa Rica’s book because they have 25% of their land under strict environmental protection laws. This has allowed tourism to flourish in Costa Rica and helped them keep their economy at a good level. It has also freed up money for other things. For instance, just last year, Costa Rica became the first country in the world to run for almost an entire year on nothing but renewable energy.

Hummingbird capital of the world

You may not be aware, but Costa Rica is actually the hummingbird capital of the world! The country is apparently home to 54 different species of hummingbird, around one sixth of the world’s population of theses amazing birds. And, one of these species is even an endangered species. These tiny birds are vibrant, colorful, and an incredible addition to the already impressive wildlife of Costa Rica.

More water than land

Costa Rica actually has more of a marine surface area than a land surface area! The country’s ocean territory is made up of lots of marine parks and plenty of nature reserves showcasing the incredible diversity they have beneath the ocean. There are all kinds of sea creatures here, like dolphins, sea turtles, and whales, and the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is an absolute must-visit for anyone traveling to Costa Rica.

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Bill Skarsgard Says His Pennywise Makeup For ‘It’ Was Both ‘Amazing’ and ‘Terrifying’

He’s coming! Bill Skarsgard hit the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of his new movie It on Tuesday, September 5, and talked to US Weekly about how it was to transform into his character — the horrifying clown, Pennywise.

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Amazing routes for road tripping in Canada

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If you’ve never been to Canada – well, what are you doing?! Book your tickets right now! Canada is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but with so much ground to cover it can be easy to miss some of the hidden gems. However, one of the best ways to see the real Canada is to embark on the ultimate Canadian road trip. Throughout this country, there are numerous incredible and amazing road tripping routes you can choose from. Check out some of the best:

The Icefields Parkway – Alberta

One of the most amazing aspects of Canada is that it is a country with so many different elements – there are forests, there are beaches, there are rainforests, there are big cities, there are mountains, and there are even glaciers! The Icefields Parkway road tripping route is the best way to see the slightly colder side to Canada, so remember to pack your wooly hat and scarf. The Icefields Parkway route will take you around three days to drive the 232 km route, but if you want to really take it in, it’ll take a little longer. Why not stretch it out to a week? Because you just have to stop off at various points through the Rocky Mountains, the Banff National Park and the Jasper National Park to check out the snow capped landscape, get a glimpse at the Glaciers and camp overnight to stargaze at one of the best stargazing viewpoints in the world.

Vancouver to Tofino – British Columbia

The Vancouver to Tofino road trip starts off a little differently to the rest, as you’ll need to board a ferry before you can go anywhere! Once you’ve made your way over to Vancouver Island, it’s super easy to travel the 207 km road from Nanaimo to Tofino. The route will take you past the MacMillan Provincial Park (which you definitely need to visit, their fir trees are legendary), and you’ll follow the Pacific Rim Highway. Once you get to Tofino, it would only be polite to stop off at Long Beach and ride their famous waves. Road trip and surfing? We’re spoiling you.

The Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is known for its breathtaking scenery, and The Cabot Trail shows off some its best assets – especially along the coast! This trail takes you 298 km around the top of the Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, which gives you immense views over the Atlantic Ocean as you wind your way along the coastal roads (and keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins). If you’re planning on driving The Cabot Trail, the best time to do this is in the fall, as your trip through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park will be filled with trees in brilliant hues of oranges, red, browns, and greens. Just make sure you keep an eye out for moose! Those guys just love to roam at the side of these roads.

Montreal to the Gaspe Peninsula – Quebec

The Montreal to the Gaspe Peninsula road trip route is the perfect route for nature and history lovers. The trip will take you around seven days to complete but will give you ample time to check out the heritage sites, old villages, and old monuments (the Citadelle of Quebec is a must-see) in Montreal before heading further towards Gaspe. Gaspe is a firm favorite of Canadian locals, who flock to this area overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence to go out on fishing trips, whale watching boats or just set up camp in Bonaventure Island to witness the incredible gannets and 300 other species of birds.

Regina to Saskatoon – Saskatchewan

If you’re looking to put your foot down and drive the open road (you know, without exceeding the speed limit) the Regina to Saskatoon road tripping route is one of the flattest routes in the country and will take you through the Western parts of Canada. You start your road trip in Regina, where you can witness the Royal Canadian Mounted Police parade, then head your way towards Moose Jaw to check out where criminals bootlegged their booze in the Prohibition era, and then drive further west where you reach the open road, flanked with colorful Western-style barns and ranches.

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, with stunning landscapes that make you feel as though you’re in the pages of an epic fantasy novel. It is teeming with nature and wildlife, but is also one of the more inhospitable countries due to its freezing temperatures in the winter. Taking a roadtrip in Canada will be one it’s guaranteed you’ll never forget.

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Carrie Fisher’s colorful and eclectic bedroom, offers a great insight into the late Star Wars actress’ creative mind.

Beneath cloud wallpaper, Fisher would often write and hold court in her bedroom that featured items she collected from her travels around the world.

Fisher’s home, featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, is exactly how she left it when she died in December one day before her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who lived in the house next door.

On Oct. 7 and 8, Fisher’s customized head­board along with thousands of other items will be up for sale when Profiles in History holds the The Personal Property Auction of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds that will feature many of the pair’s prized possessions, including Fisher’s writing desk, the Christmas tree she kept up year-round, her shooting script from The Empire Strikes Back and her director’s chair from Return of the Jedi.

“If you are a Star Wars fan, this is the Holy Grail,” says Profiles in History CEO Joe Maddalena about the script and chair.

Estimates for the items are not yet available, and part of the proceeds will go to mental health charities: Reynolds’s longtime cause the Thalians and the Jed Foundation, chosen by Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, 25.

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If our presidential election has taught us anything about America, it’s that we love setting the bar low.  And while some might be fascinated by Super Bowl facts and statistics that are genuinely unique or incredible, America’s not really into that. We like things simple. Not so much down-to-earth simple, more like six-feet-under simple. 

Here are some insane facts about the nation’s most beloved game in the new low-bar era.


– If you lay every yard on the field end to end, not including the end zones, it comes to EXACTLY 100!

– The game is played Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern US time, when half of the world is sleeping!

– When the first Super Bowl happened in 1967, there were still three whole years left in the 1960s!

– The number of quarters in a single Super Bowl game is equal to amount of quarters in a single dollar!

– No team has ever won the Super Bowl twice in one year! 

– Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has the exact same number of letters in his first name as he does in his last name: four!

– Grass is what gives the average football field its green color!

– For the last 50 Super Bowls, of all the teams playing in the game, the team that scores the most points is the team that ends up winning ― an impressive streak!

– NRG Stadium in Houston where the Super Bowl LI takes place has a seating capacity of 72,220. That’s potentially 72,220 noses, 72,220 hearts, and 72,200 mouths!

 – Lady Gaga, headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show, was born in 1986 in Manhattan. So she’s traveled over 30 years to be in the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston!

– The halftime show splits the game PRECISELY in half!

– When the game is over, NFL teams don’t play football for months!

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Amazing Video Sums Up The Hilarity That Is Kids’ Sports

For parents, summer means beach trips, barbecues and adorable little kids playing T-ball. Although, anyone who’s watched Little League and the like knows that young children’s sports games are not always thrilling.

In fact, it’s quite remarkable when the “wee warriors” manage to make an actual play.

The Holderness family put together a spot-on video about 5-year-old Penn Charles’ T-ball team as part of their new series “SmallStars” — “a hilarious look at youth sports.”

The video has all the makings of a classic ballgame — from the outfield players lounging in the grass to the infielders chatting about lightsabers to the hitter making a run for it way beyond the first base.

Ultimately, the game ends on a high note, as the narrator declares, “They don’t keep score, but everybody wins today. Time to hug Mommy.”

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Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama! This Is Why You’re Amazing

First lady Michelle Obama turns 51 on Saturday. Happy Birthday, FLOTUS!

Ever since she stepped foot in the White House, Obama has wowed us with her style, dance moves and hilarious Vines.

To celebrate her Jan. 17 birth, we’ve compiled a few moments highlighting Obama’s awesomeness.

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‘Amazing’ Is in the Eye of the Beholder

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by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger

Many things sound so much better in theory than they turn out to be in reality. Unfortunately, you usually can’t tell if that’s the case until you’re in the midst of the experience. Then it begins to dawn on you that, in fact, you’re in a bleak situation, or you at least made a dumb decision, and things are not as amazing as you pictured.

This was definitely true about a day many years ago when my boys and I spent several hours standing in line (the likes of which I’ve not seen since) to meet the Green Power Ranger at a local tire and auto business. I can kind of laugh about it now, but we weren’t laughing then.

We drove by the business holding this event every day. Once the boys heard the news about the Power Ranger appearance, their energy and enthusiasm for meeting one of their heroes was unleashed. Every time we passed the parking lot, they’d check it out for some sign of the rapture to come. When a tent appeared, along with a sign depicting the Green Ranger, they practically leaped out of their booster seats with anticipation.

How I drew the lucky straw on this adventure is still unclear. But it was on a Saturday, and we do have an institution called Penn State football; that probably factored into the decision about which parent would share the joy. So there we were, three boys who couldn’t have been much more the 4, 4 (twins), and 5 years old–maybe even younger–along with their mother, who’d planned to be in and out of there in about half an hour. Just the four of us–and another thousand kids with their moms or dads.

It took us the better part of four hours to inch around the building, getting closer and closer to the tent that concealed the GPR. For long gasps of time, the line simply did not move. At all. There came a point when I wondered if we should leave or stick it out. I figured if the boys could stand it, I could, too.

We were well into hour three before we stepped through the flaps of the tent to behold the superhero himself. By now, the boys had practically collapsed with exhaustion. Their dispositions held up remarkably well–better than mine, in fact– but their little legs were simply worn out from standing, mostly immobile, for hours.

Lucky for us, we have a Polaroid photo commemorating (see above) the event. Three boys, clearly thrilled and proud, surround a Green Power Ranger sitting in an armchair looking not unlike a green Santa, with what appears to be one of the auto center’s spare tires under his costume. It was comical. All this time, effort, and promotional energy–not to mention a thousand excited young fans–and this was the payoff? I guess a chubby green ranger was better than no ranger at all.

A few months later, it was a Power Ranger Christmas Miracle at our house, complete with figures, weapons, and genuine leatherette gloves that played the “PR” theme song with the swipe of your hand. The boys insisted on wearing them to church that morning, and I cringed several times as we heard them in concert with Christmas carols.

Fast-forward to 2014. There have been no action figures in our house on Christmas morning for many years. So why do I want to frame that Polaroid and pull it out every year, just to show them, just to remind them…of what? Childhood heroes? Their exuberance? I’m not sure. Maybe to prove that some experiences–even the most highly anticipated–can be unrewarding. To show them that if you expect too much, you will invariably be disappointed? How festive!

But wait just a minute. The picture shows none of that. It looks like three boys who are a combination of excited, slightly in awe, and perhaps a little exhausted. Maybe I have this all wrong. Maybe I pull that picture out to remind me that, although they’re young men, they were once so, so little, with all the joy and excitement children naturally bring to…well…everything. Older now, but the Christmas Miracle these days is that they’re still full of anticipation about what’s to come. They are my treasures, who–among many, many other things–have taught me that (even a lumpy, semi-disappointing, not-quite-as-you-pictured-it, somewhat adjusted) reality, when viewed through a prism of joy, can be every bit as amazing as you imagine it.

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Renee A. James works at Rodale Inc. and also wrote an award-winning op-ed column for The Morning Call, the Allentown, Pennsylvania, newspaper, for almost 10 years. Her essays were included in the humor anthology, 101 Damnations: A Humorists’ Tour of Personal Hells (Thomas Dunne Books, 2002), and are also found online at Jewish World Review and The Daily Caller. She invites you to Like her Facebook page, where she celebrates–and broods about–life on a regular basis, mostly as a voice in the crowd that shouts, “Really? You’re kidding me, right?” (or wants to, anyway), and she welcomes your suggestions, comments, and feedback to the mix.

 

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The 10 Amazing Things to Do, Eat or Shop to Get Through the Rest Of Winter

The holiday season is coming to its final weeks and this means one and only one thing: The long winter ahead of us, which for much of the country will stretch well into March, April and in some cases, even May. While it may not be another polar vortex, or other wicked winter weather year, that doesn’t mean that month of gray skies, dry air and chilly cold temperatures doesn’t take a toll. By the time early 2015 rolls around, many of us are more than ready for the warmer months again.

But though it’s not always possible to escape the winter season — even a getaway somewhere warm in the midst doesn’t chase it entirely away — there are some great ways to brighten up the dark days and cold nights of this time of the year.

Once the holidays are put to bed and you’ve started taking down the decorations, consider doing a mini-update to your space. It doesn’t have to be a huge overhaul or undertaking of giant proportions. Even just rearranging a few things can make your environment feel fresh and new. It’s a great time to leverage accent items and little details to punch things up. A cozy throw or new coffee table book can do the trick. West Elm’s Ivory Knitted Sequins throw (available in stores and online) weaves shimmery silver sequins into a thick knit that puts an instant bright spot to wherever it lands. Park a new ottoman in any room — especially in a bright color — for a pick-me-up addition. Online retailer Serena & Lily has a good mix for any taste, style or budget.

Of course it’s the little things that are everything to the environment, so even just a pretty candle in a fresh scent can make a difference in taking the winter month’s up a notch. LoveSpoon’s an editor favorite for its soy candles in amazing fragrances. Go with a sweet floral like rose for a soft vibe, or grab the cotton scent for a fresh experience.

Beauty items can also play a huge part during the winter months. You should already have a really good moisturizer for the body, particularly if you’re in cold, dry temperatures this time of year. But a great body scrub in a decadent scent or a fabulous body oil for the bath are also must-haves. Believe it or not, Whole Foods can be an amazing source for these types of items and often the products are natural, organic, cruelty-free, etc.

Food never fails to warm the heart and home, especially when it comes to home cooking. But you can cheat a little with pre-made items without skimping on that homemade experience. Trader Joe’s is an ace for this type of stuff — the mini frozen tacos in any combination are delicious. For more of an upgrade to a truly fresh made meal, keeping things healthy and whole is easier than ever. A big trend at the moment is to do interesting and unexpected things with items like rice and quinoa — adding brown sugar, fresh fruits and other unique items and recipe treats. There are so many great startup, boutique and incredible new food companies on the market — Mighty Rice, Justin’s nut butters, Fork In The Road meats, etc. It’s easier than ever to experiment.

To see more lifestyle tips, ideas and cool home, beauty, style and food products, check out this month’s edition of Condiment.
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Roommate Dancing While He Thinks No One’s Watching Is AMAZING

They say you should dance like no one’s watching. But if you actually don’t want anyone watching, you should make sure that no one is.

That lesson was learned the hard way by this poor soul in the video above, who was cleaning up after a Halloween party whilst dancing to the Sheena Easton classic “9 to 5,” according to the video description.

The dancing is great and this guy has nothing to be ashamed of. See for yourself above.

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Zaki’s Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Read my 2012 review of The Amazing Spider-Man here

In 2012, after a creative roadblock halted development on a planned Spider-Man 4 that would have re-teamed director Sam Raimi with star Tobey Maguire, and with the loss of the whole franchise to Disney a very real possibility, Spider-Man rightsholders Sony Pictures chose to reboot the Marvel Comics’ webslinger’s big screen series from the ground up just ten years after it started, and a mere five years after its last unfortunate installment. As a result, a lot of folks came down hard on The Amazing Spider-Man, with much of that resentment stemming from what they perceived as a wholly unnecessary razing-and-restart.

And as far as the necessity of the reboot, I’ll offer no argument. There was really no reason to see awkward loner Peter Parker get bitten by a genetically engineer spider again, to see his poor old Uncle Ben get fatally shot again, and to see him learn to master his spidery powers again — with the filmmakers twisting themselves into pretzels all the while to be different without being too different. That said, taken on its own merits, I enjoyed the film quite a bit. And I can now say the same thing about The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is the fifth Spider-Man film overall, the third Spider-Man sequel, and the first sequel to the reboot. Still with me?

Directed once again by Marc Webb (who feels a lot more confident at the helm of a mammoth superhero spectacle), we pick things up very shortly after we left the story last time, with Peter (Andrew Garfield) freshly graduated from high school, still struggling to find that balance between power and responsibility as his spandex-suited alter ego, while also doing the on-again/off-again dance with long-suffering gal pal Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), even after vowing to her dying dad in the first flick that he’d protect her by keeping her out of his world.

In his second spin through the title role, Andrew Garfield has really found his groove as Spidey, showing both his scientific know-how and propensity for witty banter in ways that were lacking in the Raimi-Maguire iteration of the franchise. Of course, this being a Spider-Man story, we know that things have to get more complicated. Thus, we’re introduced to new baddie Electro (Jamie Foxx), not to mention the return of Peter’s millionaire chum Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, taking over for James Franco from the previous series) to reclaim his family’s company.

Ultimately, if these movies live and die by their villains, then we’re kind of at the shallow end of the baddie pool with Electro (created in the ’60s by comic creators Stan Lee & Steve Ditko). We all know what a compelling actor Jamie Foxx is, but the underwritten role (courtesy of the script by Star Trek‘s Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman) sets him up as warmed over version of Jim Carrey’s Edward Nygma in 1995’s Batman Forever. He goes from fawning Spider-Man fanboy to furious Spider-Man foe while pretty much hopscotching right over the beats to get us from point A to point B. Batman Forever did it better (which is just a weird, weird sentence to type).

The Osborn family plotline, which encompasses Harry’s dying dad Norman (Chris Cooper) as well as further revelations about the mysterious disappearance of Peter’s parents (Campbell Scott and Embeth Davitz) when he was a child, is also marred by a lack of focus. In the interests of preserving some of the film’s third act surprises, I won’t get into spoilers, but I’ll say that it seems like the producers (among them franchise vet Avi Arad) are determined not to do the same old thing with Harry-Peter dynamic given how much it was laced through (or weight down, if you like) the prior trilogy. I give them credit for the intent, if not the execution.

While this is starting to sound like something short of a ringing endorsement, endorse it I do, based almost entirely on the strength of the Peter-Gwen relationship, itself elevated by the easy chemistry between Garfield and Stone. It’s so, so good, and such a far cry from the creepy-weepy relationship between Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst (which I never liked) in the other movies. That relationship felt forced and artificial, this one doesn’t. Not only do we believe in their affection for one another, we also buy Gwen’s integral role in both halves of Peter’s life, which in turn makes the climax (reprising a beat that should be familiar to longtime Spider-Man comic book fans) feel more consequential.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 really shouldn’t as work as well as it does. Because of Sony’s ambitious (read: risky) plans to spin-off (read: strip mine) the Spider-Man rights for all they’re worth, it’s tasked with not only furthering its own internal storyline, but also laying pipe for several other potential franchises. As a result, it has a few too many balls in the air, and a few too many plot threads randomly started or abruptly ended. It feels at times like two separate movies awkwardly scotch-taped together, which has me a bit worried about Sony’s big mega-franchise plans. But as far as this entry goes, despite its flaws, I left the theater feeling satisfied. Not amazed, but satisfied. B
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Man Captures Amazing Aerial Footage Of Dolphin Megapod Migration (VIDEO)

This incredible footage from a drone flying over Dana Point in Orange County, Calif. was captured by Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari. In this five-minute segment, we get soaring views over a megapod of dolphins and three gray whales migrating down the coast off San Clemente. Edited in is also some breathtaking footage of a Humpback whale calf nuzzling its mother, and an escort whale in Maui.

In the video description, Captain Dave says, “This is the most beautiful and compelling five-minute video I have ever put together. I learned so much about these whales and dolphins from this drone footage that it feels like I have entered a new dimension! I have not been this excited about a new technology since we built our underwater viewing pods on our whale watching boat.”

Amazingly, Captain Dave filmed the entire thing from a small inflatable boat, where he launched and caught the quadcopter by hand. It was a dangerous process, but no laws were broken. Still, wildlife videographers should not attempt to repeat the feat unless they are experienced and abiding by all laws.

Captain Dave works to educate the public about the massive whale and dolphin population off the California coast. He even started Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008, as entanglement in fishing gear is a major cause of dolphin and whale deaths around the world.

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These 10 Wedding World Records Are Nothing Short Of Amazing

By Kristen Droesch for YourTango.com

Weddings are becoming more and more extravagant, and we’re all aware of it. Haven’t you ever found yourself at a wedding reception and thought, “Gosh, this must be a record-setter”? Well, a record was quite literally recently at a Sri Lankan wedding, when the bride rolled in with 126 bridesmaids. Yes 126! This got us thinking — what other world records* are out there relating to weddings?

Wet and wild.
The largest underwater wedding was achieved with 303 divers in Poland attending the nuptials of Ewa Staronska and Pawel Burkowski in 2011. Even the priest, Father Pawel Wrobel, was a licensed diver!

All that glitters.
The record for most pearls on a wedding gown was set by Yumi Katsura of Japan, who put a whopping 13,262 cultured Akoya pearls on her gown in 2012.

That’s a lot of conjugal visits.
In 2000, 120 prisoners at Carandiru prison, Sao Paulo, Brazil, got married to their respective fiancées, setting the record for largest prison wedding.

Rolling thunder.
Also in 2000, Peter Schmidl and Anna Turceková of Bratislava, Slovakia included a wedding procession of 597 motorcyclists on their bikes. What, they couldn’t make it an even 600?

That’s some meal.
Jayalalitha Jayaram took the cake for largest wedding feast when she spent $ 23,299,162 on her foster son’s reception in 1995, hosting 150,000 guests. The menu alone was estimated at $ 621,311!

A table-breaker.
Weighing in at 15,032 lbs, the largest wedding cake in the world was made by the chefs of Mohegan Sun in Connecticut for their New England bridal showcase.

Watch your step!
The longest wedding veil measured 11,017 ft 0.5 in and was worn by Lebanese bride Sandra Mechleb. How do you store something like that?

Bark if you believe in love.
The largest dog wedding took place in the United States in 2007 and involved 178 dog “couples.” Though not official, we’re sure the dogs enjoyed themselves.

The Vomit Comet.
All it took for Erin Finnegan and Noah Fulmor (USA) to perform the first zero-gravity wedding in 2009 was a “modified Boeing 727-200” (and, we assume, a daredevil preacher).

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In 2011, Eleanor Franks of the UK set the record for fastest marathon ran in a wedding dress (veil included) by clocking in at 4 hr 11 min 01 sec.

*Source: Guinness Book of World Records

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