Theme Park Lets Kids Play With Heavy Equipment

Would you allow your kids to visit this theme park? 

There’s no denying that kids love construction toys, from big yellow trucks to plastic hammers to pretend screwdrivers.

Uber-popular shows like “Bob the Builder” and “Handy Manny” let kids enjoy these activities from the safety of their own couch.

But now, construction-themed amusement parks are literally putting kids in the driver’s seat.

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Diggerland, a New Jersey theme park that also has locations in the United Kingdom, allows children to operate heavy machinery all on their own.

And most of these machines are real, diesel-powered, full-sized pieces of construction equipment, including backhoes, excavators and much, much more.

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If you’re thinking this sounds crazy, according to the theme park website, their machinery is safe for kids.

“Each machine has undergone advanced engineering modifications which make them safe for the public, allowing children as small as 36 inches to operate with little to no instruction,” it says on the site.

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You can buy an annual pass for $54.95 or a single-day ticket for $28.95 to $36.95.

“Diggerland USA is the only construction themed adventure park in North America where children and families can drive, ride and operate ACTUAL machinery,” according to the Diggerland website.

“The majority of which are real, diesel powered, full size, pieces of construction equipment.”

The park covers 14 acres and features 25 separate attractions.

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However, not all parents are on board. While the construction equipment at Diggerland has been modified for children to use safely, some people fear it might make children think they can play with equipment on real construction sites.

In fact, in 2014, teenagers in the United Kingdom stole heavy machinery from a company that provides equipment to Diggerland.

The owner of the theme park had this to say, “The machines that were stolen are incredibly dangerous, and the perpetrator’s reckless behaviour has risked both their own and other people’s lives.”

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Thankfully, the teens were apprehended before they or anyone else was harmed.

However, it raised some eyebrows among parents and those in the construction business who want kids to view heavy machinery as dangerous equipment that should be used by adults only, rather than as toys that can be used for a joy-ride.

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No children have been harmed at Diggerland to date, and the theme park is committed to safety, the copy on the site reading that “Diggerland undertakes a full Health & Safety audit annually, in addition to regular audits carried out by Health & Safety consultants.”

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What do you think?

Would you let your kids operate heavy machinery if it had been modified to be safe for their use?

Or do you think it teaches them to take risks on construction sites?

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Dog Drags New Blanket Outside For A Very Unusual Reason

Rescue puppies that have been abandoned, know a thing or two about being depressed and know a lot about dealing with pain. But this pup Lana hasn’t let any of that stop her from being one of the sweetest dogs on the planet.

Lana was rescued from the streets of Brazil when she was about 8 months old. But she remembers her life as a stray. And because of that, her caring side came out one chilly night, when she spotted this little guy along the road.

Her owner had just bought Lana a thicker blanket in order to keep her warm and cozy since the nights were becoming quite chilly. So she knew that after tucking Lana into bed, she would be perfectly fine in her doghouse out front.

But when they walked out the next morning, they were welcomed with a pretty spectacular surprise.

That night, while everyone was asleep, Lana had seen a stray dog coming near the house. And instead of just barking at him till he went away, Lana decided to drag out her new blanket, and share it with the stray, ensuring that both of them would be warm for the night.

“I thought, ‘How beautiful what she did for her friend’. My best four-legged friend reminded me of something so important: generosity!” Said owner, Suelen Schaumloeffel.

She couldn’t get over how nice her little dog is. This little baby reminded us that sometimes we can make a difference in someone’s life just by doing something small.

Since then, Suelen started leaving food and water for the stray. But unfortunately, he runs away every time she tries to get close. For right now, she is just keeping an eye on him to make sure he is okay, and at least being taken care of.

They hope to soon find him a home, but they know it’s going to take some time until the homeless pooch feels comfortable enough to even get semi close to her.

We hope that if he is lost, that this little fur baby will find his way back home soon, but for now, we are just happy that he is being taken care of!

 

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Breakup Texts That’ll Crack You Up

Not all breakups are painful… Here are some really funny breakup texts which are just hilarious.  While some of them are done by mistake, others take the wittiness to another level.

 

#1  That girls has some balls…

#2  An English lover!

#3  Autocorrect’s a bitch!

#4  Two timing requires a good memory!

#5  Narrow escape!

#6  Never play that game… never!

#7  That’s one way to get your point across!

#8  That’s cruel!

#9  Never disclose your wishes!

#10  Witty!

#11  When you just won’t accept it!

#12  Epic!

#13  No coming back from it!

#14  Cheater detected!

#15  Who needs an enemy when you have friends like these…

#16  Witty and smooth!

#17  No pain … no gain!

#18  Witty!

#19  Sometimes things happen for the best!

 

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‘Little House On The Prairie’ – Secrets The Producers Kept From Fans

The Little House on the Prairie warmed the hearts of the nation with both the book and TV series.

The show debuted in 1974 and despite it ending over 30 years ago, it’s still much loved to this day by a wide range of audiences.

Whilst you may think you know everything about the TV drama, there are some behind the scenes secrets that the cast and producers tried to keep from fans.

 

1. Alison Arngrim’s Broken Arm Was Real In The ‘Bunny’ Scene

Alison had a real cast on in the episode after having a skateboarding accident in real life and breaking her wrist.

2. Heavy Beer Drinkers

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Both the camera and off-screen crew were known to get through two cases of Coors a day whilst filming.

3. Alison Arngim Almost Passed Out On Set

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The actress, who played Nellie Oleson, passed out on set once due to the extreme heat. The women wore 1800 style dresses and costumes including petticoats, bonnets and stockings. The temperatures would rise to as high as 100 at the California set causing Alison to faint.

4. Michael Landon Wasn’t Afraid To Show Off His Body

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Michael, or Charles Ingalls as we knew him on the show, was more than happy to do the shirtless scenes. He also reportedly used to wear no underwear under those extremely tight trousers.

5. Melissa Gilbert Was Only 15 Years-Old When She Had To Kiss Co-Star Dean Butler

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Melissa played the part of Laura Ingalls in the hit show who married Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler) – but she was just 15-years old at the time. She was extremely nervous when it came to the kissing scene, with it only being her third ever kiss! After the scene she asked producers if the affection between the characters could be kept to mainly hugs and kisses on the cheek.

6. Alison Arngrim & Steve Tracy Would Make Out On Purpose To Gross Melissa Gilbert Out

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The young teen actress would hate seeing the older actors openly kiss on set, so the pair would do it even more to wind her up.

7. Rachel And Sidney Bush Were Only 3-Years Old When They Played Carrie Ingalls

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The identical twins played the role of Carrie perfectly. Due to the law, the director had to swap the twins around every three hours to give them a rest, calling for a ‘fresh’ twin before scenes.

8. Carrie’s Fall In The Opening Credits Wasn’t Supposed To Happen

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The twin who played Carrie Ingalls trips and falls during the opening credits whilst running down a hill – but it was actually an accident. The director thought it shown the toddler in a cute light so kept it in.

9. The Food Was Dirty Moore Beef Stew

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In any of the scenes where the family are having dinner, the food was actually just dirty moore beef stew. For all but one occasion when Ma cooked fried chicken, which of course was KFC.

10. Melissa Gilbert Ended Her Friendship With Michael Landon After His Divorce

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The actress became close with Landon’s real-life wife and kids whilst filming the series. The actor’s affair with the make up artist became public, causing Melissa to distance herself from him and remain loyal to his wife.

11. Landon Wore Four Inch Lifts Inside His Boots

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The actor didn’t want anyone else to rise above him on set and wanted to appear taller. He can thank his special boots for the swagger he had on screen.

12. The Simi Valley Ranch Set Was Contaminated With Radioactive Waste

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It was reported that the set at the Big Sky Ranch was used for people to dispose of radioactive materials – was this to blame for the high cancer rates in the cast and crew?

13. Nellie Oleson & Laura Ingalls Were BFFs

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They were enemies on-screen, but in real life actresses Melissa and Alison were the best of friends and often had sleepovers.

14. Sean Penn Got His Breakthrough Role On The Show

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Penn was just 13-years old when he made his debut on the Little House on the Prairie. He appeared in the episode ‘The Voice of Tinker Jones’ being cast by his dad.

15. Landon Dyed His Hair For The Role

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Michael Landon took to the hair dye for his role as Charles. The actor went grey in his early 20s so starting dying it early on. He let the professionals step in and help with his hair colour in the Little House on the Prairie. It was said it would turn to a lavender colour after being in the California sun.

16. Michael Landon Asked Karen Grassle To Change Her Name

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When the actress auditioned, Landon asked Karen to change her name back to Karen Grassle. She was going under her stage name Gabriel Tree at the time.

17. Melissa Sue Anderson’s Mom Was Overprotective On Set

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Melissa’s mother was worried about her whilst she was filming, causing the young actress to not really make any friends on set. She played the part of Mary Ingalls.

18. People Didn’t Believe Melissa Gilbert & Dean Butler Had Believable Chemistry

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Melissa’s awkwardness made the chemistry between the on-screen couple unbelievable with the stars often being told to make more effort.

19. Nellie Achieved Her Curls Through An Old Fashioned Curling Iron

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The old fashion curling irons were used to ‘torturously’ style Alison’s hair and give her character Nellie the curls she needed.

20. But They Soon Changed It To A Wig

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They wanted to give Alison the perfect curls so swapped the iron for a wig. This actually made the actress’s scalp bleed as it held on with metal combs and pins.

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7 Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

If you have ants at home, try these 7 inexpensive but effective ways to get rid of them.

Warm weather means lots of outdoor time, barbecues with family and friends, gloriously long hours of daylight and… ant invasions.

Ants sure know how to ruin a picnic, and they’re pretty good at sneaking into your kitchen (gross).

The folks from Household Hacker rounded up some genius ways to deal with ants, whether you’re already living with these six-legged pests or if you’re trying to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your life.

From picnic table moats to vinegar, some of these are pretty creative.

1. Wash Your Soda Cans

Before you toss your soda cans into the recycling bin, give them a quick rinse to remove any remaining sugary soda that ants will feast on.

The same goes for other food containers that will be in or near your house until trash day—syrup bottles, juice boxes, etc.

You’ll also want to purchase airtight containers to store opened food packages in your pantry.

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2. Build A Picnic Table Moat

The next time you’re sitting at a picnic table enjoying lunch, build a line of defense to prevent ants from joining you.

Simply place four disposable pie tins or some other container under each leg of the table, then fill with water. The ants won’t be able to march over these tiny moats to ruin your lunch!

3. Make A Borax-Sugar Trap

If you’ve got kids or pets, tread lightly with this tip, as sodium borate should be kept away from kids and animals. Household Hackers recommends mixing borax and sugar with enough water to create a syrupy paste that ants will love to eat and share with their friends.

Use a tupperware to house the mixture, poke a few holes in the top and sides, and let the ants come and go until the borax wipes out their colony.

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4. Cayenne Pepper

You can also sprinkle a little cayenne pepper around the entrances to your home or directly onto the anthill (if you can find it).

Though they’re looking for sugar, the ants will get a spicy (and repellant) treat instead. If you do find the anthill, Household Hackers recommends dousing it with cayenne-laced boiling water in order to kill the ants inside.

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5. Spray Some Vinegar

In order to destroy an ant’s home, you first have to find it. Vinegar won’t kill ants, but it will throw off their sense of smell.

The next time you see one in your house, spray some vinegar near it and watch where it heads. Household Hackers’ advice says it’ll likely lead you back to HQ.

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6. Destroy Their Homes

If you can follow the trail of ants back to their home, your best defense is simply destroying the ant hill.

You can do this by running your garden hose on it for 10 minutes or by pouring some boiling water on it until you don’t see any more signs of life.

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7. Safeguard Your Space

Once you’ve rid your space of ants, you’ll want to be sure to erase any pheromones they may have left behind.

To do so, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water with a drop of dish soap. Then spray your mixture everywhere those little pests once lived, making sure to spray any entryways where they may have been entering as well.

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Hilarious Emergencies A Dog Would Have If They Could Dial 911

 

When you hear about a dog calling 911, it’s usually because their owner is having an emergency. But what would happen if a dog called 911 with its OWN idea of a crisis?

That’s the question that went through the mind of Twitter user Reverend Scott, and he’s come up with some pretty funny answers.

More info: Twitter (h/t: distractify) | Cover image credits: Kent Mathiesen

 

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Veterinarian Sits in a Hot Parked Car for 30 Minutes

Veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, set out to see what it feels like for a dog helplessly trapped in a hot car.

Armed with a clock, a thermometer and a video camera, Dr. Ward sat in his car, with the windows cracked, for thirty minutes while the temperature climbed to a sweltering 116 degrees.

The doctor explained, even with the windows cracked, the air in the car was still.  Just a few minutes in, and already drenched with sweat – a cooling function that dogs don’t have – Dr. Ward was already starting to reflect on the suffering that dogs must experience in the same situation.

The video below serves as a vivid reminder to pet parents to NOT leave a dog in a hot car, even if only for a few minutes.

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Exploding ‘Bait Box’ Covers Thief In Poop!

Tom Mabe lives in a neighborhood that is besieged apparently by package thieves. Weird, we know. But apparently it’s true. His family have had a few parcels delivered and left on the doorstep that have gone missing. And he’s sick of it. So he decides to act.

Setting up a couple of discreet CCTV cameras around the house, he decides to set up a fake box. A ‘bait box‘. One primed to explode. But not horribly, killing anyone. He’s filled it full of poop. And it’s set to go off after forty seconds. And boy does it!

It doesn’t take long with the bait box to ensnare a thief. This big bald guy below. He thinks he’s in for a free package… And, well, he kind of is. But it’s not full of DVDs or books or video games. It’s full of manure!

And it was no less than the guy deserved. Watch this. You’re gonna love it!

 

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25 Of The Dumbest Questions Customers Have Ever Asked

Ask Reddit asked… What is the dumbest question a customer has ever asked you?

 

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This Hotel Is So Haunted You Are Required To Sign A Waiver To Stay There

The hotel is located in the quiet Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, NY. (It even looks like a hotel out of a horror movie.)

 

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Dwelling somewhere in its 35 rooms and hidden basement are several spirits who delight in pestering the living who choose to spend their time at the Shanley.

Since its construction in 1895, the Shanley has been the site of a number of tragedies.

Even the original owner’s three children died in the Shanley Hotel.

During the Prohibition Era, part of the Shanley operated as an underground speakeasy and brothel.

Coincidentally enough, the part of the building that used to be the speakeasy is considered the most haunted. Those visiting that area of the house often report shortness of breath and a strange feeling of unease. Visitors feel as if something was watching them from the shadows…

Strange sights and sounds have been reported by guests inside the Shanley at all times of day and night.

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If you’re thinking about stopping off at the Shanley during your next vacation, you should be prepared.

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The current management of the hotel makes guests sign a waiver absolving them of responsibility in the event that a resident spirit does something dangerous…

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What Your Secret Fear Is According To Your Zodiac Sign

Do you agree with your zodiac signs secret fears?  Mine are pretty much bang on! 

Aries  (March 21 – April 19): Fear of losing people

The only thing scarier for an Aries than losing a fight is losing a friend in the process. Although they often won’t realize that until afterward, because they really hate losing a fight.

Aries are warriors. They throw themselves into combat not only because they want to win, but because it’s in their nature. They enjoy a good battle of wills, and if there’s no fight easily forthcoming, they’ll antagonize the ones they love, often without realizing it.

When an Aries’ actions backfire, the ones they love retaliate not by fighting back but by disappearing, and Aries will never forget his/her mistake. It puts Aries in a state of permanent “wrong-ness,” a feeling that absolutely makes their skin crawl.

Unfortunately, that restlessness spurs them to want to fight more, just to get the energy out. It’s a vicious cycle.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Fear of financial instability

Taurus loves to be comfortable. They enjoy the simplest creature comforts: good food, good friends, a nice shag rug, a fireplace and anything that contributes to a warm atmosphere. It’s more than just a preference for comfort — for Taurus, there is a deep need to be surrounded by amenity.

Since the conveniences that they require have to be supported by financial stability, Taurus guards their money and fights off debt like the plague. If they see their account balance dwindling, the first thing they worry about is the changes they’ll have to make to their lifestyle.

They don’t earn money just to earn — they earn to spend. Nothing scares them more than instability, financial or otherwise.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Fear of making decisions

Geminis change their decisions, opinions, choices and even their promises to themselves/others all the time. The reason? They don’t feel like sticking to them.

This quality is what often makes them such agile manipulators. They’ll change their stance so often you’ll forget what they originally told you.

But with every strength comes a shadow side, a weakness, and for Gemini that weakness is the fear of making decisions. Gemini is symbolized by the Twins, meaning there are two distinct sides to their personalities (more than two, when it comes to Gemini men) that are constantly in conflict with one another. The minute they settle on one choice, their “other half” begins to pipe up about what they could be choosing to do instead.

The problem for Gemini is that they know both sides have great ideas.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Fear of leaving home

Cancers are the ultimate agoraphobics. They like to stay in their safe zone, the place where no one can hurt them. The irony of agoraphobia, which is defined as “a fear of being trapped in places or situations where escape is difficult” is that it takes the people who suffer from it prisoner.

Cancers might feel safer in a zone that they are used to, but the isolation that this creates isn’t good for them. They need to learn to branch out, to do the things that scare them, to go to places that are both physically and emotionally unfamiliar to them.

That way, they can learn that personal freedom has more to do with internal than external circumstances.

Leo (July 23 – August 22): Fear of being ignored

If there is one thing Leo won’t stand for, it’s walking into a room unnoticed. Lucky for them, they know how to work with that fear in a motivational way. They make it almost impossible for people to ignore them, either through their wardrobes, their body language or the way they express themselves. Most of the time, they use all three to gain the attention of those around them.

Leos need to be witnessed. They need to be seen in order to validate their experiences. It is part of their mindset that if something isn’t seen by others, it doesn’t have the same impact, and that includes their own existence.

If you asked a Leo the old “if a tree falls in a forest” line, they’d answer confidently, “If no one’s around to hear it, then nobody cares! THE TREE WAS A FAILURE.” Good thing Leo does everything in their power to prevent themselves from meeting the same fate.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Fear of imperfection

Remember the full mental breakdown that would happen to Monica from “Friends” when something was spilled on the floor? If you walked into a Virgo’s apartment spilling wine on the carpet, throwing used tissues on the ground or wiping your greasy hands on their dishes, they’d file assault charges.

The slightest bit of disorganization in their personal lives or their physical world can trigger feelings of despair for Virgo.

It doesn’t take much to send Virgos into a spiral of negativity, because they happen to be naturally negative people, although they’ll claim they’re just being “helpful” or “realistic.” Staying organized is one of the ways they try to keep their emotions at bay.

While they consciously fear external imperfection, what they truly fear is their own internal imperfections.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): Fear of being alone

Intelligent, loving, passionate people, Libras are exceptionally good romantic partners. It’s hard to imagine them spending their lives alone. It’s especially for them to imagine it, but they do, all the time. Because nothing frightens them more.

Libras are typically either serial monogamists, or perpetually depressed. I should know, my Dad is a Libra. When my mom divorced him, he ate nothing but condiments and deli meat for a year. He also proposed to the first woman he dated because he’d fallen down a flight of stairs and was scared that no one was there to help him up, even though he wasn’t hurt. Bless his heart.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Fear of intimacy

Scorpios are dark, deep, complex people. You may have read that Pisces is the most sensitive sign in the zodiac, but that’s because a Pisces will (boldly) wear their emotions on their sleeve. Scorpios, I would argue, are even more sensitive than Pisces, because Scorpios are too sensitive to give full expression to their feelings. A Scorpio’s sensitivity is actually paralyzing.

Abandonment and engulfment are the two factors that create this fear of intimacy in Scorpios. They are afraid of others eventually leaving them, or they are terrified of losing their individuality to a relationship. As a result, they tend to draw partners toward them to eventually push them away, either by engaging in extramarital affairs or through emotional withdrawal. Even being friends with a Scorpio will lead you to wonder “What’d I do??” every few months.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) : Fear of enclosed spaces

Sagittarians are natural explorers. They love to travel the world in search of their personal truths, like trust fund kids after college graduation. The difference is, they’ll do it on their own dime without regretting the cost. They are ruled by the planet Jupiter, also known as the planet of expansion. They are wild horses made to roam, and that’s the truth.

Perhaps it’s Jupiter’s influence that endows every Sagittarius with a certain degree of claustrophobia, whether they are afraid of actual confined spaces or of daily responsibilities that make them feel confined, like checking their bank accounts before going on that trip to Morocco. Nothing scares them more than a hindrance to their freedom.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Fear of failure

Capricorns happen to be very business-minded people.  They’re workaholics, which is pretty much the best kind of addiction. But the shadow side of their ability to climb the ladder to success is a deeply embedded fear of failure. This fear is also what sets their slow-and-steady pace in everything they do.

Being Capricorns, they may have inherited this desire for success/fear of failure from some kind of twisted relationship with their father figure — either by putting their father on a pedestal or having no relationship with him at all.

Capricorn is ruled by the 10th house, which is associated with the father, fame and honor. Regardless of their daddy issues, Capricorns are a lot like Leo in that their fears often motivate them to succeed. Once they do, they can fund their therapy sessions to work on their issues with Dear-Old Dad.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Fear of institutionalization

Aquarius will spend their lives avoiding any kind of intellectual entrapment.  They’re a lot like Sagittarius in this respect, except that their claustrophobia is directed at institutions — like corporate work, school, hospitals, or marriage.

They view all of these institutions as a kind of intellectual imprisonment, and hate the idea of subscribing to any kind of “group mind.” They’re so original, it’s hard to blame them.

Leave an Aquarius to make up their own minds, or leave them alone. They’re probably much happier that way.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Fear of responsibility

The Peter Pans of the zodiac, Pisces live in a fantasy world where they just don’t want to grow up. Not that they could, even if they did want to. They are a study in contrasts — they’re somehow full of the wisdom of the ages, without an ounce of true maturity.

Pisces were given the gift of unending creativity, and with that comes a total incapacity to deal with day-to-day life. This is why so many Pisces turn to drugs and alcohol to effectively “turn off” the nagging responsibilities of the outside world, and why most of them only reach maturity with the help of a 12-step program.

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10 Amazing Homes Owners Refused To Sell

Some home owners sure can be stubborn when it comes to parting with their homes and holding out for a better offer may backfire on you if you are not careful!

1.  The Chinese man’s home that ended up at the bottom of a giant pit after he refused to sell it.

At first glance, this house looks like it might have been in the middle of a massive explosion, yet is somehow still standing. But the three-story building in Yichang, Hubei province is in the middle of a construction site of a high-tech industrial park and has fallen victim to China’s rapid urban development.

The lone house, surrounded by piles of dirt left by the ongoing construction, belongs to a man with the surname Yang, who has refused to move during a two-year battle with the local government.

In 2012, Mr. Yang was unable to agree a relocation compensation amount with the authorities, and the developer subsequently cut off his water and electricity. Both Mr. Yang and his family left the home briefly to move into rented accommodations while his daughter-in-law gave birth. Due to economic reasons, they have since moved back.

They are forced to collect water from a river more than a kilometer away. For light, they resort to using candles and lamps. (

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2.  The holdout farm in the middle of a Japanese airport.

At Narita airport in Japan, farmers refused to part with their land which happens to be situated in the middle of the airport! More astonishingly, they are in very close proximity to the runway and don’t mind experiencing the tremor each time a flight takes off or lands.

Since the airport’s opening, around 90 planes a day fly over their district – often at an altitude as low as 40 meters – as they take off or approach for landing. The noise often exceeds 100 decibels – a level equivalent to what one hears under an elevated railway.

It all started when some of the residents of Narita were angry that the Japanese government tried to use eminent domain to uproot them from their homes and farms. As a result, they fought hard legal battles that allowed them to keep their homes. The government eventually took enough land to build Narita Airport, but with just one runway, not the three originally planned, despite the years of bitter resistance.

The facility opened in 1978, two months after a last-ditch protest in which masked and helmeted leftists took over the almost-finished control tower and smashed its equipment. It was the longest and deadliest conflict in the country’s post World War II history, lasting 39 years and claiming the lives of 13 people. The final act in the conflict was played out in July 2005, when the airport authority announced that it had given up trying to persuade seven farmers holding small plots blocking the southern expansion to sell their land. (

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3.  The road that was built around a house after an elderly Chinese couple refused to move.

A lone apartment building stands in the middle of a newly built road after an elderly couple refused to relocate. Luo Baogen and his wife insisted on living in the half-demolished building in the city of Wenling, in Zhejiang province, China because they believe that the relocation compensation offered by the government was not enough.

Now the only building left standing, the five story block is a strange sight as cars drive around it while the couple remain living inside.To ensure the couple’s safety, adjacent rooms in the building have been left intact but all their neighbors have moved out, according to local media.

The road paved through the Xiazhangyang village leads to the Wenling railway station and was opened in 2012.

In the People’s Republic of China, during most of the Communist era, private ownership of property was abolished, making it easy for residents to be moved, but now the laws have been tightened up and it is illegal to demolish property by force without an agreement. (

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4.  The “Million Dollar Corner” bought to stop Macy’s from becoming the world’s largest store.

For decades it’s been hidden behind billboards or wrapped in a giant faux shopping bag. Many shoppers never even notice it. But old photos reveal a five-story building sticking out like a sore thumb in front of the world’s most iconic department store.

Although Macy’s leases ad space on it, the five-story building has never been owned by the store and is one of the most famous holdouts in New York real estate history.

It all started around 1900, when Macy’s, then located on West 14th Street, began picking up land in Herald Square for its huge new shopping mecca. Macy’s had a verbal agreement to buy a plot at the corner of 34th and Broadway. But an agent scored the plot instead.

The 5-story building on that corner had been purchased by Robert H. Smith for $375,000 – an incredible sum at the time. The idea had been to obstruct Macy’s from becoming the largest store in the world. It is largely supposed that Smith, who was a neighbor of the Macy’s store on 14th Street, was acting on behalf of Siegel-Cooper, which had built what they thought was the world’s largest store on Sixth Avenue in 1896.

Macy’s ignored the tactic and built around the building, which now carries Macy’s “shopping bag” sign (proclaiming Macy’s the “world’s largest store”) by lease arrangement. (Source 1 | Source 2)

5.  The couple whose utilities were cut off for refusing to sell.

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Niu Chuangen and Zhang Zhongyun’s home on its isloated ‘island’ of dirt
Couple’s home left on isolated ‘island’ after ground around it is dug up, Zaozhuang, Shandong Province, China – 14 Mar 2012
A couple’s home in Zaozhuang, northern China’s Shandong Province has been left on its own isolated ‘island’ after real estate developers dug out the ground around it. Niu Chuangen and his wife Zhang Zhongyun, both in their 60s, has been living on this island without water and electricity since 2009 when a local developer started to build high-rise residential buildings in the area. Niu said he didn’t sign the compensation contract as the offered amount was too little. So Niu and his wife stayed and not only was the earth around their home removed but they have been intimated by gangsters a number of time. They have also had to fend off various attempts to illegally demolish their house. Niu says he has spoken with the developer many times in an effort to negotiate an agreement but they refuse to offer him more than half the market price of the land his house sits on.

In 2012, Niu Chuangen and Zhang Zhongyun dared to stand in the way of a local property developer in Zaozhuang, in the Shandong province. As a result, the resolute couple, both in their 60s, have been left stranded on their tiny spot of land, while all around them the ground has been dug up and skyscrapers erected.

The distraught pair were regularly threatened by gangsters, and have had to fend for themselves over a number of attempts to illegally demolish their ramshackle home.

Their utilities were cut off in 2009 when a local developer started the construction of dozens of high-rise residential buildings in the area. (Source)

6.  The Washington townhouse homeowner who rejected a $2 million offer but eventually sold for $750,000.

At the dizzying height of the real estate boom, Austin Spriggs had the equivalent of a golden lottery ticket – a downtown Washington townhouse on precisely the red-hot block where developers hoped to build hundreds of swanky condominiums and offices.

Developers paraded in and out of his office, offering Spriggs millions for the building that had housed his small architecture firm since 1980. Each time, Spriggs told them no and held out for more money. Then, as offers dried up, he vowed to turn the place into a pizzeria that would feed newcomers to this once-forgotten strip along Massachusetts Avenue, east of the Washington Convention Center.

At a time when mountains of cash were being made in real estate, Spriggs’ resistance became the talk of Washington and beyond.

Four years later, the block-long crater that surrounded Spriggs’ building was occupied by glass, steel and brick towers. The pizzeria never opened. After his bank threatened foreclosure, Spriggs put the property up for sale for $1.5 million, nearly half of what one developer had once hoped to pay him. He eventually sold the house in 2011, for 750,000. (Source 1 | Source 2)

7.  The Chinese highway built around a farm.

Drivers on a highway built in 2014 found themselves on a road to nowhere when they hit an entire farm blocking the route.

Most of the residents accepted pay packages to move out and allow for construction on a Dongying, China road. But farmer Ye Tan, 72, and his wife Shen, 71, felt they were not offered enough, so they stayed put.

Not willing to miss the completion deadline, the local council simply built either side of it. Now, Mr. Tan’s barn and yard (home to a goat and a few chickens) straddles the highway in east China’s Shandong province, completely blocking any cars from getting past.

Small vehicles can make their way around on a narrow dirt track to the side. Trucks, however, will have to turn back and take a detour. Motorists have blasted the construction workers for failing to notify anyone about the obstacle, which does not show up on GPS. (

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8.  The four-lane highway that was built around two apartment blocks after residents refused to move.

In 2015, construction workers were forced to build a $15 million road around two apartment blocks in China after several families refused to move.

The embarrassing rebuke by the ten households forced developers to curve the major new route around the properties in the city of Yongjia, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.

Officials launched the multi-million dollar blueprint to much fanfare, saying the new 10-mile provincial road would provide a fast and efficient route between the city and 19 surrounding villages.

The homeowners say they are happy to move, but only if they are offered a fair price so they can afford a new property and be compensated for the inconvenience of leaving homes where they were perfectly happy. (

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9.  The nail house with a 360-degree road view.

If you can’t build through it, build around it – city planners seem to have taken this advice quite literally. Motorway builders encircled the homes of three Chinese families with a four-lane flyover after they refused to make way for the bulldozers.

Demolition teams in Guangzhou had planned to destroy the houses in order to connect the city’s road network to a recently opened tunnel under the Pearl River, but since the owners refused to sell, they had to make construction adjustments.

Some Internet users joked that authorities had given the holdouts homes “with a 360-degree road view.” (Source)

10.  The woman who refused to sell her home and had mall built around it.

In the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, there’s a huge shopping mall with a strange hole in the center of the building. Inside that gap sits a tiny house with an amazing story that some say inspired Pixar’s Up.

At 84 years old, Macefield saw the quirky, quiet neighborhood of Ballard becoming more and more gentrified. Old houses were being replaced with boutique shops and diners replaced with condos. When developers came knocking on her little two-story home’s door with plans to bulldoze it and the surroundings and build a shopping mall, she refused to sell, even after they offered her a million dollars.

The developers had no choice but to build around her, and as they did, she formed an unlikely friendship with the construction chief, Barry Martin. He found himself looking after Edith, picking up her medications, groceries, and even bonding with the stubborn woman. When he noticed that Edith didn’t seem to keep any weight on, it was he who drove her to the hospital and sat with her when it was discovered that she had pancreatic cancer.

When Edith passed away at 87, she had done something completely unexpected: she had willed her home to Barry.

Currently, the 1,550-square-foot house is now listed by local real estate agent Paul Thomas without an asking price. It has the potential to be used as a house, office, museum or as an addition to the Ballard Blocks retail complex surrounding it.

Whether or not the tiny house was the true inspiration for Up is debatable, but Edith Macefield’s story has left an inspiring legacy all on its own. She has become something of a folk hero, inspiring locals to get tattoos of the small house. Even a music festival has sprung up around her act of defiance. (Source)

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Generic Father Figure Needed For Backyard BBQ

I wonder what kind of response he received from this Craigslist ad?  LMAO!

 

To interested individuals,

We will be throwing a backyard BBQ on June 17th to celebrate beer and each other. We range in age from 21-26, and while most of us know how to operate a grill, none of us are prepared to fill the role of “BBQ Dad” That being said, we are in need of a generic father figure from 4PM to about 8PM (though you may stay the full duration of the party). Duties include:

– Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)
– Bringing your own grill (though this is subject to change. We will provide all of the meat)
– Refer to all attendees as “Big Guy’, “Chief”, “Sport”, “Champ” etc. (whilst drinking beer)
– Talk about dad things, like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc. Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer.

Desired experience:

– A minimum of 18 years experience as a father
– A minimum of 10 years grilling experience
– An appreciation of a nice, cold beer on a hot summer day

We can’t pay you in money, BUT we can give you all the food and cold beer your heart desires. Grill for a few hours, then sit back and crack open a few cold ones with the boys.

THIS IS A REAL AD. Do not hesitate to call if you are interested. Preference will be given to applicants named Bill, Randy, or Dave.

Via: craigslist

Pixar Inspired Pep Rally Turned High School Dance Team Into Internet Sensations

High school pep rallies don’t usually gain the attention of the NBA. They also don’t normally have sketches that reach millions of views on YouTube. But this Walden Grove High School dance team, who took storytelling to the next level with their Pixar-themed sketch, is anything but typical.

With special visits from “Monsters, Inc,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story,” the viral video with more than 4 million views, tells a unique story and draws in artists with an appreciation for dance.

All the performers wear intricate costumes that look just like the classic animated characters, and many involved face paint or masks. The well-planned dance connects everyone’s favorite stories. While the dance featured some of Pixar’s best known protagonists, it also highlighted some lesser known individuals, such as mini green soldiers from “Toy Story.”

As a result of the shares, the team was again approached by NBA’s representative Phoenix Suns and invited to perform at a game between the team and the Chicago Bulls.

For dance experts, it’s probably not a surprise that  Walde Grove High School’s state-champion team captured the attention of millions. This routine is absolutely astonishing!

Check it out in the video below.

source: inspiremore

Share their incredible talent today!

Source: Youtube