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Perfect Ways to Fake Your Travels this Year

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There are millions of people that are planning to take to the skies this year. They will end up traveling all over the world to exotic places that seem too good to visit. But did you know that there are people that are faking their travel experiences and posting the stories online for the world to see. And they are using some of the most hilarious ways to make it all happen. The reason so many people are faking their own plane ride is because of the “fake plane ride challenge.” This challenge is taking social media by storm and the people involved in it are actually having fun imagining ways to make people think they are traveling the world.

The way the challenge works out is that a person engaging in the challenge is to take video of themselves flying on a jetliner through the air. They are supposed to use ordinary objects and use them to make people believe that they are in fact on a jet flying thousand of feet through the air to their next exotic destination. As the person’s video plays out the picture slowly pulls back revealing the truth behind the images being shared on social media. In a world of smartphones and social media it is easy to create many such images with just a few of the following household items.

·         The toilet seat. The toilet seat is more than just a place to sit when in the hands of an imaginative social media expert playing the “fake plane ride challenge.” The person holds the toilet seat up in the air while filming it from up close. The seat is usually held at a slight angle to capture the clouds and the sky so it seems like the person in flying through the air. Of course, when the video is pulled back away from the seat, the truth is revealed.

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·         The simple tea cup. It is possible that only an imaginative person would ever sea a tea cups handle as an airplane window. Much like the toilet seat the handle of the cup is positioned at an angle so the sky is all a person sees. But after the video is taken and the truth is revealed only the cup is seen against the backdrop of the sky.

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·         The step stool. This prop allows a person to get a little more creative with the challenge as it provides more space for the camera to work with. Some individuals have taken a map and placed it under the prop to catch a famous location just under the aircraft. Well, when truth is told the prop and map has fooled a bunch of people believe the person has visited the famous sites.

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·         Use the handle of a bottle. This prop has the shape of a window at the right angle. Simply place an image under it to capture the next great attraction for people to believe you have been too.

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The human imagination has a lot of great ideas still to come. One can only stand to wonder what is next? Is it going to be the “Great Under Water Challenge?” As one would expect to portray some of the most surreal underwater environments. Time will only tell. For now, we will have to wait and see what imaginative minds create for the “fake plane ride challenge.”

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Strange Dog Turns Out To Be An Acquaintance

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Have you ever heard a knock at your door without seeing anyone knocking and it felt like you are hallucinating? Well something similar happened to me on Sunday morning. My daughter and I had watched a movie overnight about a ghost. So, in the morning we heard a knock on the door.

Of course, I was surprised because I wasn’t expecting any visitor and Danny the mail delivery man does not come on Sunday. Well, I was in the kitchen trying to make some breakfast so I told Gwen, my daughter to get the door. She pushed a stool towards the door and checked the eyehole. 

She ran straight back to me, looking like she had seen a real ghost, having goose pimples all over her face. Her first few words didn’t make any sense to me at all. What does “Daddy I warned you” have to do with who was at the door. I was like, Gwen didn’t you get the door? She kept on repeating the same sentence as she ran to her room. So, I ran after her.

Gwen, what did you warn me about? My daughter checked the eyehole but didn’t see anything while she was still hearing what sounded like knocks. So, she was definite that the ghost in the movie had visited us. Her friend at school told her that if you watch ghost movies at night, the ghost will visit you in the morning and indeed, she warned me. At that moment, nobody could convince her otherwise. No one could tell her that what Meg told wasn’t correct. 

The funniest part was that she screamed and tried to hold me back when I said I was going to see the ghost myself. I had to spend 5 minutes to convince her that not every ghost is evil and ghosts only hurt evil people. By the time I finished, I was sure the “ghost” would have gone. So, I went back to the kitchen and as our visitor new I was nearby, he barked. Could it be a dog that had been knocking?

I went straight to open the door without even checking the eyehole and – lo and behold, I was looking at the cutest pup I had ever seen. I was stunned and I stood there for some seconds and he barked once again to tell say won’t you let me in dummy? 

Even before I did anything I heard Gwen say waaaaooooh! She was also stunned. Her next question was “daddy can we keep him?” You will definitely love the pup. Immediately I opened the door wider, he ran in went near one of the chairs and sat beside and the look in his eyes was like “oh sorry I scared you buddy”. 

My daughter asked me the same question again and I said no! Keeping him will make us thieves. We have to find its owner. By the time we got outside with the dog, we saw a little who should be around 8 years, shedding tears and throwing tantrums in front of a much older boy who I presumed to be her big brother. On sighting them, the pup gave an adorable bark and jumped out of my hand. 

The joy in the girl’s eyes said it all. While cuddling her pet, you would hear her say you naughty boy, where did you go? I have been looking all over for you. At this juncture, I cut in. I said your cute dog just decided to pay us an impromptu visit. He came to knock at my door and decided to spend a few minutes with us. She couldn’t thank me enough. 

I later found out that the girl, her brother, and their mother came to visit one of my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton and they had all spent some minutes inside the house before they realized Timmy had other plans. He deliberately didn’t go in with them. Now here is the bomb. Timmy knew where he was going all along. 

When my wife was around, the girl and her mum came to see my Mr. and Mrs. Carlton but they were not around so my wife invited them inside our apartment so that they could wait for the Carltons. So, Timmy actually came to say hello to her. 

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Why Do Parents Name Their Children After Fortnite Characters?

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The popularity of certain baby names has been a topic for nearly as long as women have been giving birth. Each year, the list is updated, usually with names that have been popular at one time or another in the past. Names like Jacob, Olivia, Wyatt and Penelope have been popular off and on for centuries, and the name Jacob can even be dated back to biblical times. However, times have definitely changed, as it seems that now parents are choosing to name their children after video game characters. Now that the extremely popular video game, Fortnite, has mesmerized many players, the list of top baby names now includes many characters from this particular game.

Substantial research has been conducted on this new phenomenon, and a survey obtained from a popular parenting website, Baby Center, regarding the most popular baby names of 2018 revealed that there has been a substantial increase in parents giving their children Fortnite character names. These names, mostly given by Millennial parents, include the Fortnite characters Rogue and Bunny for girls, as well as Leviathan and Ramirez for boys. In fact, there has been nearly a 60% increase in parents naming their children Ramirez.

Psychologists have studied the fascination that preteens, teens and young adults have with Fortnite, and it has been concluded that there are many reasons. First of all, although the initial version of Fortnite wasn’t free, the current version that is being released is absolutely free. Free can be appealing to many people for obvious reasons. Another aspect of the game that draws young people in is due to the unique dances that the characters on the game perform. Not only are these dance moves attractive, but many players find them fun to perform themselves. The outfits worn by the characters of Fortnite is another lure. In fact, the survery obtained from Baby Center regarding Fortnite-inspired names revealed that the attire of the characters is one of the main reasons that parents felt compelled to name their babies after certain characters.

Furthermore, gamers like the fact that winning in the game Fortnite is actually attainable, unlike many other games. Games like Call of Duty only enable you to see how far you can get, but Fortnite actually offers play that is not only enticing, but it’s also goal-oriented, making winning a lot more fun.

An additional reason for the Fortnite-character baby name craze is due to the fascination with “expert” real-life gamers. For example, one well-known real-life gamer is Dakotaz, who posts his actual gameplay on social media via videos. As a result of Dakotaz’s game success, an increasing amount of parents are naming their baby girls and boys Dakota. Many younger parents and parents-to-be see certain gamers as very inspiring, which is based solely on their gaming skills. It’s easy for Fortnite enthusiasts to seek out these real-life gamers through various social networking websites. Even if they don’t seek out actual videos themselves, they may come across the many videos shared on YouTube, Facebook and other popular websites.

It doesn’t look as if Fortnite is going anywhere anytime soon, as game creators are constantly adding attractive upgrades to the game, which will continue to mesmerize young gamers. There, it is likely that parents will likely continue to name their children after characters from the game. When these Fortnite character-named children get older, their parents can share with them how they came up with their names, which might be somewhat interesting to the children.

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This College Student Had A Graduation Photo Shoot For The Ages

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If you are anything like us, you probably do not remember your college graduation too well. After spending four years (or maybe a few more, we don’t judge) working towards a goal, you would be forgiven for wanting to unwind with a few adult beverages.

After all, who really wants to contemplate the next step at that point? Gone are the days of cheap pizza slices and all night drinking benders. Enter the days of subprime mortgages and long work commutes. That’s why we can fully understand where this student was coming from once it came time to graduate.

He decided to bring a special friend to his graduation, so that they could share a moment that they would not soon regret. Get your minds out of the gutter, people. Massimo Montalbano was not trying to get lucky on his last night of college. He just wanted to party with his good friend.

As an animal science major at the University of Missouri, he has a unique outlook on these sorts of things. He did not want to walk across the stage without taking the time to acknowledge the friends who helped him get to this point. Amelia the cow was finally going to receive her flowers!

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Like most students in his major, Massimo spent much of his time at the Foremost Dairy Research Center. This is where he got to know Amelia and he bonded with her the most. All of the cows that are located at the research center became friends of his but it is safe to say that Amelia is his bestie.

Of course, getting the cow onto the campus for the big event was going to be hard work. It is not nearly as it seems. Luckily, Massimo was dedicated to the cause and was not about to give up for any reason. His determination would carry him through. He knew that he had to get Amelia to this photo shoot and allow her to enjoy the moment alongside the rest of the students.

Jim Spain is the university’s vice provost and his permission was needed before the cow could be brought onto campus. Believe it or not, this is not the first time that Spain has had to grant such a request. Cows have been taken onto the quad before and we are going to go out on a limb and say that they probably will be again.

This is understandable, since they play such an instrumental role in the educational process of these students. The operations department finally granted Massimo’s wish and his trip to campus with Amelia in tow inspired a lot of commentary.

The cow was squeaky clean, thanks to the nice bath she had before the ceremonies. Having the chance to celebrate a moment this meaningful with a friend this special is something that Massimo was sure to cherish. College is a moment in time that we are never going to get back. Anyone who has ever listened to their parents or older siblings reminisce about their college years is well aware of this fact.

Massimo’s future outlook is so bright, he is definitely going to need a new pair of shades. Now that he is done with his schooling, he is looking to take that all important next step. He’s even put in the time and effort necessary to score a new post graduation gig!

He will continue to spend time with cows on a daily basis by working with the good folks at Grasslands Dairy in nearby Monett. Hopefully, he is able to befriend some more awesome cows along the way!

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This Groom Was Surprised on His Wedding Day When His Bride Did This

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Many brides want to make their entrance spectacular, as it’s the first moment that the groom sees his bride for the first time. Other brides and grooms do a first look before the ceremony, where it is just the two of them, and they have a private moment to enjoy before the craziness of the ceremony and reception set in. Whether it’s a grand entrance or a first look, it’s a special moment that should be captured with video and photography and one that stands out. For one couple, this moment turned into something much more.

Jake and Faye Lorraine VanSickle started planning their big day, and obviously one of the details that were important was photography. They started working with Rebekah Lehman, who owns Kindred Photo & Design in Michigan, to go over the photography needs of their special day. After the meeting, bride-to-be Faye went back to talk with Rebekah about something special she wanted to do during the first look, in order to prank her groom and get a laugh. Since wedding ceremonies can be stressful with making sure everything goes according to plan and dealing with the nerves that come along with the big day, having some fun is the perfect way to enjoy the day and make it memorable. During the first look that was planned, Faye wanted to have Jake’s best friend Taylor meet him instead. The first look typically begins with the groom covering his eyes or facing away from the camera, and then the bride comes out and surprises him. Instead of Faye showing up to meet Jake, Taylor was there with a wedding dress on.

Jake admitted after the prank that it took him a split second to realize what was going on. After he realized what was happening, he played along and had a fit of laughter. He couldn’t believe his bride pulled off the prank and he was staring at his best friend wearing a wedding dress. After some fun photos of the two best friends, Faye came out in her wedding dress and the two had a real first look photo shoot. During the shoot, the bride and groom couldn’t stop laughing, but they still had the adorable photos of them gazing into each others eyes and showing their love, along with other images you would want for your wedding day.

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Photos of the prank were posted on social media and quickly spread. The photos received around 31,000 reactions, and people from around the world were commenting on the funny prank and how cute it was.

First look photo shoots aren’t necessarily a new wedding trend, but they still are a hot topic for those who are planning their wedding. There is a superstition and time-honored practice of not seeing the bride before she walks down the aisle, so some couples decide to stick with that. Other couples choose to do a first look photo shoot, in order to get in some more photos before the ceremony begins so they can enjoy the reception they worked so hard at planning, as well as the cocktail hour with their guests. For many brides and grooms, a first look provides the couple a way to ease some of the nerves that come with the big day. In this case, the first look not only gave Jake and Faye some time to enjoy as a couple before the wedding festivities began, but it also gave Faye the perfect opportunity to give her groom the memory of a lifetime and start their marriage with laughter. This was one enjoyable first look for all those who were involved.

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The Funniest Thanksgiving Prank – Texting Mom and Asking How Long It takes to Microwave a Turkey

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Thanksgiving is a time for holiday traditions: gathering around the table, eating turkey and cranberry sauce, watching the game on television. This year, you can add a new tradition to the list — millennials pranking their moms.

It started on Instagram. A poster named blessed.mess.jess texted her mom and asked her how long it would take to microwave a 25-pound turkey. Her mom’s responses were hilarious, including a suggestion that her daughter put the stuffing up her butt (that wasn’t the word she used). Blessed.mess.jess posted a screenshot of the conversation on Instagram, and a new trend was born, which soon spilled over from Instagram into Twitter.

The funniest exchanges were the ones where the moms, like the mom in the original post, lost their cool. In a Norman Rockwell vision of Thanksgiving, mothers are consistently patient and kind, always ready with an encouraging word for their children. In the real world, though, the moms pranked by their kids often cursed a blue streak or shook their fists at the fate that had brought them adult offspring who seemed so ignorant of the ways of the world. And the pranking millennials loved it, plastering the screenshots all over social media and claiming bragging rights for having the funniest mom.

Some pranked moms blamed their own parenting skills for raising such deficient offspring. Some thought their kids were drunk or high. Some used colorful descriptions of their children’s abilities and of the way a microwaved turkey would taste — like a bicycle tire, one mom said.

Some of the prankers may have gone a wee bit too far, genuinely scaring their moms, who thought their offspring might blow themselves up when their turkeys exploded in the microwave.

The whole basis of the prank is that, of course, you can’t microwave a 25-pound turkey, much less fit one into a microwave oven. Or can you? In an unexpected twist to this story, Butterball, the famous turkey company, actually responded to the prank by saying that yes, you CAN cook a turkey in a microwave oven. Here, in case for some crazy reason you want to try it, are Butterball’s instructions:

1. Start with a turkey that’s smaller than 25 pounds. This seems like Butterball is cheating a little, but the company does say that a smaller turkey will have enough meat for a typical millennial get-together.

2. Thaw it out first.

3. Put it breast-side down on a dish that is safe for the microwave.

4. Cook for 4 minutes per pound of turkey. Use the full power setting.

5. Baste the turkey with the drippings, then flip it over.

6. Cook for 8 minutes per pound at half power.

7. That’s going to take a while, but don’t go anywhere! Every 18 minutes (don’t ask where Butterball came up with this number), you’re going to need to use a meat thermometer to check the turkey’s temperature. While you’re in there, baste it again.

8. You’re looking for a temperature of 180 to 185 in the turkey’s thigh or 170 to 175 pounds in the turkey’s breast.  When you see that, the turkey is done!  Yay, time to eat. But first, baste it one last time.

So, there you have it. Butterball actually pranked the prankers by showing that it really is possible to cook a Thanksgiving turkey in a microwave oven, though a 25-pound turkey isn’t going to fit in a normal-sized microwave. As long as you go a little smaller, though, you can do it. Or so Butterball claims. Has anyone tried it?

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