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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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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Actual 911 Calls That Are Ridiculously Funny

This short story lists a few of the funniest calls ever made to 911. We cannot 100% verify the accuracy of these, so they are for entertainment purposes only!

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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.

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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.

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Share their incredible talent today!

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If You Do These 6 Things, You’ll Never See another Spider in Your Home Again

When the summer comes, all the insects come with it. Some can scare the hell out of us. The potential of the commercial spider and bug repellents is limited, but they are full with dangerous chemicals. Instead of poisoning yourself with them, why don’t you try natural ways to get rid of the nasty spiders?

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You can keep spiders away from your closets, by placing cedar blocks in your cupboards and closets, as well as your garden. Additionally, you can purchase cedar hangers and forget about spiders, as well as moths, near your clothes!

White Vinegar

You probably already know that vinegar is one of most versatile items you can use in your home. Its smell keeps ants, mosquitoes, and spiders at bay. You can prepare a natural repellent spray, by mixing 1 part vinegar in two parts water, in a spray bottle, and spray all around the house and the yard.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Spiders hate peppermint as much as we love it! You should make a natural repellent, by mixing 8 drops of essential oil, with a bit of liquid dish soap, to help spread the oil molecules in the water in a spray bottle. If the solution does not smell minty enough, you can add 8 more drops of peppermint essential oil. Shake the bottle well, and then spray it all around the house.

Furthermore, you can mix vinegar and peppermint, and prepare another natural repellent.

Chestnuts (and other tree nuts)

Tree nuts like chestnuts, walnuts, and horse chestnuts are effective in repelling spiders as well. Their scent includes a chemical which spiders cannot tolerate. You should place several on the windowsills and you will quickly solve this issue!

Keep it clean!

Your home should be absolutely clean in order to prevent these unwanted guests. This means you’re your floors should be vacuumed and swept. We also advise a seasonal de-clutter, and you will be surprised how much space you actually have at home!

Furthermore, make sure you also clean the outside part of the house. If you have a lawn, it should be cleaned of leaves, sticks, and clippings. Additionally, you should investigate whether you have some gaps in the doors or window sills. If you live in an apartment, regularly clean the balcony and windows.

If you are one of those who are continually struggling to maintain their home spider-free, then, these tips will definitely be of great help!

Source: familylifegoals.com

 

Her Body’s A Temple

Her Body’s A Temple

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Patrick O’Malley hoisted his beer and said: “Here’s to spending the rest of me life between the legs of me wife!” – and he took home the top prize for the best toast of the night.

 

In bed later that night, he told his wife: “Mary, I won the prize for the best toast of the night.” She said, “Aye, Paddy, what was your toast?”

So he told her: “Here’s to spending the rest of me life sitting in church beside me wife.”

“Oh,” she said, “that is very nice, dear.”

 

The next day, Mary ran into one of Paddy’s drinking partners in the street. Mischievously, the man said: “Did you hear about your husband winning a prize in the pub the other night for a toast about you, Mary?”

She replied: “Aye – and I was a bit surprised. Till now, he’s only been down there twice. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come”.

 
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Student Claims He Is Too Smart For First Grade, The Principal Has This Response

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A first grade teacher was having trouble with one of her students. One day she asked Johnny what his problem was he replied, “I’m too smart for the first grade, my sister is in the third grade and I’m smarter than her too.” 

The teacher took him to the principal’s office and explained the situation to the principal. The principal told her that he would give Johnny a test, and if he failed to answer one question he would have to go back to the first grade and be quiet. The teacher and Johnny both agreed.

Principal: “What is 3 x 3?”

Johnny: “9.”

Principal: “6 x 6?”

Johnny: “36.”

And so it went on like this, the principal asked him every question a third grader should know. Finally after about an hour he told the teacher “I see no reason Johnny can’t go to the third grade, he answered all of my questions right.”

The teacher asked if she could ask him some questions. The principal and Johnny agree.

Teacher: “What does a cow have 4 of that I only have 2 of?”

Johnny: “Legs”

Teacher: “What do you have in your pants that I don’t have?”

The principal gasps but before he can stop him from answering Johnny says, “Pockets.”

Teacher: “What does a dog do that a man steps into?”

Johnny: “Pants.”

Teacher: “What starts with F and ends with K and means a lot of excitement?”

Johnny: “Firetruck.”

The principal breaths a big sigh of relief and says “Put Johnny in the fifth grade, I got the last 4 questions wrong myself.”

 

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18 Microwave Snacks You Can Cook in a Mug

Here’s 18 very simple microwave snacks that you can cook right in a mug. They’re absolutely perfect for a quick and tasty treat you crave! 

1. Coffee Cup Quiche

Coffee Cup Quiche

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Get the recipe from The Saint Louis Post.

2. Instant Blueberry Muffins

Instant Blueberry Muffins

Get the recipe from Spark Recipes.

3. French Toast In A Cup

French Toast In A Cup

No-hassle brunch for one. Find the recipe for french toast here.

4. “Baked” Oatmeal In A Mug

"Baked" Oatmeal In A Mug

Find the recipe for “Baked” Oatmeal on Food and Whine.

5. Cinnamon Roll In A Cup

Cinnamon Roll In A Cup

Find the recipe here.

6. Coffee Cup Coffeecake

Coffee Cup Coffeecake

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Find the recipe for coffee cake here.

7. Banana Bread In A Mug

Banana Bread In A Mug

Use up overripe bananas with this recipe from Pass the Sushi.

8. Mac and Cheese In A Cup

Mac and Cheese In A Cup

DIY Easy Mac here.

9. Meatloaf In A Mug

Meatloaf In A Mug

Yes, you can even make meatloaf. Find the recipe here.

10. Coffee Cup Chilaquiles

Coffee Cup Chilaquiles

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Find the recipe for chilaquiles in a mug here.

11. Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Peanut butter pie mousse, hot fudge, and whipped cream all in one cozy mug. Find the recipe here.

12. Nutella Mug Cake

Nutella Mug Cake

O-M-G. Get the recipe from Live, Love, Pasta.

13. Cheesecake In A Mug

Cheesecake In A Mug

Find the recipe here.

14. Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

Chocolate Fudge S'mores Mug Cake

Find the recipe for s’mores in a mug here.

15. Cookie In A Mug

Cookie In A Mug

Top your hot cookie with ice cream and hot fudge and then serve. Get the recipe from No.2 Pencil.

16. Strawberry Mug Pie

Strawberry Mug Pie

Make this strawberry pie in a mug in the microwave or get fancy and use the oven. Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.

17. Chocolate and Caramel Mug Cake

Chocolate and Caramel Mug Cake

You can make this cake in just two minutes with the recipe from Babble.

18. Sticky Date Pudding In A Mug

Sticky Date Pudding In A Mug

Find the recipe here.

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Do You Have Psychic Powers?

Many people might have psychic powers but may not recognise the signs of of their ability.  Check out the following tell tale signs to see if you possess psychic powers yourself.

 

Sign #1: You’ve Always Been Drawn To The Paranormal

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Ever since you were little, you’ve kind of liked the things that go bump in the night. Maybe you liked staying up to watch the scary movies on TV when everyone else would rather be safe under the covers. Or maybe you feel a certain connection to the places and stories that other people think are just a bit too spooky.  It might be something telling you to explore that side of life a little more.

Sign #2: You’ve Always Seen Strange Things

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Maybe you’ve written them off as childish imaginings, but it’s perfectly possible that you’ve experienced something other.  Children are traditionally thought of as more receptive to paranormal events, and so you might have even thought seeing or sensing a spirit was totally normal!

Sign #3: You Hear Noises In The Next Room — When No One Else Is Home

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Just like seeing a snippet of a shadow is believed by some to indicate the presence of a spirit, hearing a strange noise like shuffling, murmuring, or motion in a place you know no one should be is also thought to be a sign that you’re picking up on the paranormal.

Sign #4: You Have Vivid Dreams — And Nightmares

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The dream and spirit worlds are thought to be linked, and so it makes sense that if you’re sensitive to spirits while awake, then you’d be sensitive while sleeping, too.  You may be able to remember your dreams quite clearly, sometimes for years, and experience sensations like touch and smell in your dreams.  And that includes frightening nightmares, too!  You might also be able to determine meanings and messages from your dreams, which some believe are the spirits communicating directly with you.

Sign #5: Electronics Seem To Malfunction Around You

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Many believe that the energy put out by spirits or by those with increased spiritual energy has the ability to interfere with electronic devices, causing them to glitch and shut off, seemingly at random — just like you see in horror movies!  If it seems like everyone’s phones lose service around you, or if you’ve had to call IT support one too many times, it might not be your devices.  It might be you.

Sign #6: You Have Strong Reactions To Old Places

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Walking into a place with a lot of history, you might find yourself getting a sudden, strong feeling that doesn’t seem to make sense — at least, not in this world.  The same thing might happen when you handle an old object that has its share of stories.  It’s believed that psychic energies can attach themselves to places and things, and if you’re sensitive enough, you might pick up on them.

Sign #7: You’ve Experienced Strange Things After The Death Of A Loved One

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Everyone is shaken after a death, but maybe you’ve noticed other things happening, out-of-the-ordinary things that also seem to remind you of the deceased.  Some people believe that this may be evidence of the departed’s spirit sticking around just a bit longer, usually to let the surviving family members know that everything’s OK!

Common signs include white feathers and floating lights.

Sign #8: You See Things Out Of The Corner Of Your Eye

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It’s not uncommon to think you see a dark shape — maybe a human-shaped one — dart past the corner of your vision.  There are many theories as to why these “visions” appear, but some believe that these shadows are actually spirits, especially if you find you see them in the same places.

Sign #9: Someone In Your Family Has Had Similar Experiences

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It’s believed that psychic abilities, like the ability to roll your tongue or being double-jointed, are hereditary.  So you may have heard your relatives mention, even in passing, a spooky experience they couldn’t explain.  Or maybe when you were kids, you had a cousin who insisted that their house was haunted.

Sign #10: You Have A Strong Connection To Animals

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Because psychic powers deal with the kind of communication that doesn’t involve words, so many times, they’re believed to be able to communicate with animals, too.  Maybe you’ve always felt a connection to a certain type of animal, or had a strong bond with a particular animal at some point in your life.  You feel a bond that requires no words.

So, do any of these characteristics sound familiar? If so, then some might say you have a propensity toward the spooky and unknown, and you might be able to communicate with things beyond most people’s grasp.

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House Looks Normal From Outside But Step Inside And OMG Purple

This house looks totally normal from the outside but once you step inside the purple is so overwhelming.  I like the colour purple but this is just too much.

Looking at it from the outside, you’d never know what hides behind the walls. Sure, this four-bedroom home in Middlesex, U.K. is beautiful, but unassuming.

People from all over the world were shocked when the home was put up for sale, and pictures of the interior were released. Purple EVERYWHERE!

In Europe, since the time of the Tyrian purple worn by Roman Emperors, purple has been the color most associated with royalty. It is still used by the British Royal Family and other royalty in Europe as a ceremonial color on special occasions.

In Europe and America, purple is the color most associated with vanity, extravagance, and individualism. Among the seven major sins, it represents vanity. It is a color which is used to attract attention. The carpet going up the bathtub walls is a humorous touch…

In parapsychology, people with purple auras are said to have a love of ritual and ceremony.

Garish or gorgeous? You decide. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

The estate agent said the interior has a “family-inspired design” that was maintained at the highest standard.

A potential buyer was reportedly lined up to buy the property, but no word as to who lives there now.

On the outside, the only hints of purple appear in the bundles of decorative lilac flowers.

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Cremated Ashes Turned Into Diamonds

Having your loved ones cremated ashes turned into a beautiful diamond might not be for everyone but it’s a very original and unique idea that many people might cherish.

Algordanza, a Swiss company, has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed; They will compress and super-heat your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished.

It all begins with a chemical process that extracts the carbon from the departed’s ashes. This carbon is then heated to convert it into graphite. That graphite is then heated to as many as 2,700 degrees Fehrenheit and subjected to forces as high as 870,000 pounds per square inch. The color of the finished diamond, which can range from white to dark blue, depends on the boron content of the ashes of the deceased. The prices begin at 4,259 Swiss Francs ($4,474 USD) for a small diamond with no additional service.

More info: algordanza.com | Facebook (h/t: ecouterre)

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The human body is 18% carbon. 2% of this carbon remains after cremation, and it is this carbon that Algordanza uses to make their diamondscremateddiamond3

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These last two photos are from a man who took his grandmother on a trip through the U.S. after her cremated remains were turned into a diamond ring

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31 Surprising Baking Soda Uses

Find out why baking soda—a powerhouse of a product—is one of the most versatile and effective tools in your household arsenal!

 

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Baking soda can do a lot more than just sit in the back of the fridge. Try these easy tips, and put baking soda to work in every room of your house!

  1. Skip produce washes—just put some baking soda on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

  2. Soak hair brushes and combs in a mixture of 1 teaspoon baking soda and a small amount of warm water. Rinse and dry.

  3. Before you store your patio furniture for the season, scatter baking soda under chair cushions.

  4. Keep your grill clean all summer long by putting some baking soda on a damp brush, scrubbing the grate, then rinsing.

  5. Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda on carpet, wait at least 15 minutes (preferably let sit overnight), then vacuum up.

  6. Add 1 cup of baking soda to your next load of laundry (along with your regular liquid detergent) to get clothes cleaner and brighter.

  7. Remove baked-on residue by shaking a generous amount of baking soda on pots and pans. Then add hot water and dish detergent, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.

  8. Deodorize a funky-smelling hamper. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the hamper (or over dirty clothes) to keep items fresher until laundry day.

  9. To brighten a dull floor finish, dissolve ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse for a shiny floor.

  10. Make your own bathroom scrub by mixing ¼ cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add vinegar to give it a thick, creamy texture.

  11. To put out a grease fire, scatter baking soda over it by the handful to extinguish flames.

  12. Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda.

  13. Add ½ cup baking soda to your bath for an at-home spa treatment.

  14. To shine tarnished silver, combine three parts baking soda with one part water. Rub onto silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

  15. Sprinkle baking soda in the kitty box, then add litter on top to keep smells to a minimum. Or make a DIY litter, mixing a small box of baking soda with 3 inches of sandy clay.

  16. Use baking soda to brush your pets’ teeth.

  17. For instant relief from bug bites, sunburn and poison ivy, mix baking soda with a little water and apply it directly to the sore.

  18. Pour in 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup hot vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.

  19. Fight dandruff by tabling the shampoo for a few weeks and massaging your wet scalp with a handful of baking soda instead.

  20. Gargle with baking soda, or use it as mouthwash.

  21. Soak toothbrushes in a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.

  22. Make a fluffier omelet by adding ½ teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs.

  23. Use a pinch in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea, to take out the bitterness and prevent cloudiness.

  24. Scatter baking soda on icy sidewalks―it’s not as corrosive as salt.

  25. Discourage weeds by sprinkling baking soda into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.

  26. Surround Fido’s food bowls with baking soda to keep pests away.

  27. Mix a little baking soda into your conditioner and lather on your hair to keep it healthy and resistant to split ends.

  28. Have heartburn? Create an antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of water.

  29. To clean a toilet, add ¼ cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.

  30. Exfoliate your skin with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Apply gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, then rinse

  31. To deodorize a drain, pour about ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clean residue. NOTE: Use this method only if your pipes are metal. And never mix with other cleaning solutions. Don’t try this if you’ve recently used a commercial drain product.

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People Who Eat Ketchup Are Being Warned By Doctors…

The majority of us always have ketchup in the fridge, as we put ketchup in the sandwiches, hot dogs, on French fries..Unfortunately, only a few are aware of the effects of this condiment.

Apparently, our favourite condiment contains much more than a healthy tomato dose.

If you grab a bottle of Heinz ketchup and review its ingredients, you will read the following:

  1. Tomato concentrates from red ripe tomatoes
  2. Distilled vinegar
  3. High-fructose corn syrup (or sugar)
  4. Corn syrup (sugar-again!)
  5. Salt
  6. Spices
  7. Onion powder
  8. Natural flavouring

First of all, don’t you think its’ strange that our ketchup contains a double dose of sugar? The terms high-fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are just fancy names for sugar.

Additionally, the law demands that ingredients are listed according to their amount, that is, to the weight, in the product, from the greatest to the least.

Yet, if we combine the amounts of corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup, we can easily see that sugar should be second on the list.

This made Mr. Eastcoastman do a small experiment which gave surprising effects! He filled up a typical 1.3-liter bottle of Heinz ketchup with the actual amount of sugar it has, and it had 33 tablespoons of sugar!

Also, two tablespoons of this ketchup contain 2 teaspoons of sugar, which is quite much, especially if we consider the recommended dose of 6 teaspoons daily for women, by the American Heart Association. This means that ketchup takes up a third of your daily sugar quota!

Furthermore, the distilled vinegar in Heinz ketchup is unhealthy as it is made of GMO corn, and it is openly admitted on the Heinz website!

Despite the numerous debates about the effects of GMO foods on our health, it has been recently found that they are linked to the Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which is used on genetically modified crops.

This pesticide apparently contains a carcinogenic chemical, called glyphosate, which has been found in the blood and urine of numerous people all over the world. This chemical has been linked to numerous autoimmune disorders, autism, acute toxicity, leaky gut syndrome, and much more.

Unfortunately, this chemical has been in our environment for long and has caused numerous adverse effects.

About ten years ago, honey bees all around the world began to experience Colony Collapse Disorder, and as soon as they came into contact with GMO crops sprayed with this harmful pesticide, they brought the chemical back to the hive with them.

Then, before new hives could be formed, they would die off. This toxic herbicide also caused behavioral issues and memory problems in newborn babies.

Additionally, do you have an idea what do the labels “spices” and “natural flavoring” refer to?- Well, ask the food manufacturers, as they are the only ones who know!

Under the sham that manufacturers hide the full list of ingredients for competitors not to duplicate it, they are allowed to get away with it.

Spices often refer to MSG, but they hide it as they can predict the reaction of their customers.

When it comes to “natural flavorings”, which need to be free of artificial ingredients and colors, they can be an issue for vegans and vegetarians, as they regard ketchup as vegetarian, while these natural flavorings may actually include meat!

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Kids Who Went To School In The ‘80s And ‘90s Will Understand

If you went to school in the 80’s or 90’s these things will definitely take you back in time.  Get ready for a trip down memory lane.

 

These were our text messages.

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You know you tried to write with all the colors at once…and broke your pen.

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Scholastic orders carefully placed so you could get books and the free poster.

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Good luck trying to quietly sharpen your pencil.

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You pretty much ruled the land if you had the 64-count box of crayons WITH the sharpener, no less.

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The card catalog — the original Google search.

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Put on that badge of honor!

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Come on. We all did it.

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These gym mats that were about as cushy as concrete. Have fun, kids!

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Not only did you write on the board, you also got to clean the erasers.

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The smell of the library cards and checking out who had the book before you.

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Scratch-and-sniff stickers for when you were tired of smelling your markers.

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Writing dirty words on your calculator.

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Ah, the overhead projector and the pain of trying to write on the transparency without smudging the marker.

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Push up pencils that worked until you lost a piece and were just screwed.

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Bet I can beat you with these! Time me…let’s go.

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Markers with stamps. What an ingenious idea!

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Scoot, scoot…

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via: twentytwowords

 

 

 

28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings

Street art is usually meant to disrupt its environment and to capture our attention, but the artists on this list practice a special technique that makes their artist even more eye-catching and playful – they tailor their art to its surroundings so that their (usually) 2D paintings seem to interact with their 3D surroundings.

It would seem to me like the most difficult part of creating works like these might be the fact that each must be created for a specific site or even temporary circumstance. You can’t just paint a stencil or art piece wherever you find a good spot. Their ability to think of these wonderful pieces also speaks to these artists’ wild imaginations – where we see a vine and a brick wall or a railing, these artists see the opportunity to create something that will make us think or make us smile.

There are artists who make work like this their MO. Oak Oak, Banksy, and Ernestas Zacharevičius are just a few examples of artists who regularly create awesome “interactive” street art – interactive in the sense that it interacts directly with its environment and somewhat less directly with us, the observers.

Cigarro

Image credits: 6emeia.com

The Legend of Giants, Białystok, Poland

Image credits: Natalia Rak

World Going Down The Drain, Spain

Image credits: pejac

Calvin & Hobbes, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Satellite Dishes, Birmingham, UK

Image credits: Davyd Samuels

Bruce Lee, Saint Etienne, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Sluggo On The Street

Image credits: David Zinn

UK Flags, London, UK

Image credits: banksy

Pom Pom Girl

Image credits: Sandrine Boulet

Spiderman, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Face Of The City, Toronto, Canada

Image credits: fauxreel

 

La Caravane Passe, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Girl, George Town, Malaysia

Image credits: Ernest Zacharevich

Bird, Athens, Greece

Image credits: WD.street.art

Scream, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Calvin & Hobbes, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

 

Seeder, Kaunas, Lithuania

Image credits: morfai

Lost Eye, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Bush, London, UK

Image credits: banksy

Sideshow Bob, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Sum Times

Image credits: Aakash Nihalani

Ostrich, Rome, Italy

Image credits: Pao

Bicycle, George Town, Malaysia

Image credits: Ernest Zacharevich

Shining, France

Image credits: Oak Oak

Hair, Fort De France, Martinique

Image credits: Nuxuno Xän

Kenny, France

Image credits: memeirl

Glasses, Russia

Image credits: P183

 The Straw

Image credits: mentalgassi

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