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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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Why More People Are Finding Snakes Hiding in Their Toilet

Shannon Jackson

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Sitting down on the toilet and then realizing there is a snake in there. It’s a scene from a horror movie and can be anyone’s worst fear. Snakes hiding in toilets are becoming more and more common.

The latest story making the headlines is from Mike Green in North Carolina, who says he has pulled six snakes out of his toilet in the past four years. This is not the only example. Country singer Brett Eldredge recently shared that he walked in the bathroom where he was staying on vacation in the Bahamas and found a snake in the toilet bowl. There are plenty of stories of pythons hiding out in toilets in Australia.

There is a reason why this is happening. A former plumber and curator of reptiles at the Los Angeles Zoo is sharing the reason. He says that snakes are sleek animals and it’s easy for them to fit into tight spaces in their current environment. Snakes feel more at home when they are in a dark, tight space. When they get into a pipe, they feel good about it and it’s easy to navigate through the sewer system and then find their way up the pipes into someone’s toilet. Snakes get in through the ventilation pipes on the roof. Since the bathroom plumbing is usually connected through the ventilation pipes the snake slithers its way through the system and into the bathroom. It’s easy for snakes to slither up anything that will lead them to the roof, such as a tree. If you have a tree that is close to your roof and the ventilation pipe then it can increase your chances of having a snake in the bathroom

If you are wondering what to do if a snake gets in your toilet, know that flushing it away won’t work. If you do find a snake in your toilet then call animal control. Animal control can help you get rid of the snake but can also identify the snake. While the good news is that most snakes are harmless, there is a chance you could have a dangerous one. Don’t be a hero and handle it yourself, just in case it is dangerous.

If you want to avoid snakes in your toilet, there are simple things you can do. Find a way to make sure the ventilation is covered but that it is still able to do the job it is intended to do. By having some sort of block, such as wire covering and mesh, it not only prevents snakes from getting in but also other pests, like rats. You can also install a roof vent hood. These hoods help protect the venting and keep any creepy pests out. Who would have thought that you actually needed to take care of issues on the roof in order to prevent snakes from slithering through the pipes? If you are truly worried then you can invest in a multi-flap that fits over the toilet pipe and allows waste and water to exit but keeps critters out.

Keep in mind if you live in an area that is prone to snakes then this issue may be more common and you may already know how to deal with it. Many snakes that find their way into a toilet are not native to the area where they were found. It’s likely they escaped or were let free by their owners that no longer wanted them and they choose your pipes as a nest. Many snakes aren’t able to survive in the main sewer pipe for very long since there can be relatively low temperatures below the ground where pipes are located, making it unlikely that they actually set up their home in a main sewer line.

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Pigeons With Small Hats are Showing up in Nevada

Shannon Jackson

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It’s not uncommon to see a lot of weird things walking down some streets in Nevada. However, you may have thought your eyes were playing a trick on you when you saw a pigeon that was wearing a small sombrero or cowboy hat. While you may think it was just one of those dessert mirages, it’s not.

There have been sightings of a pigeon wearing a sombrero in Reno and then a number of pigeons in Las Vegas wearing cowboy hats. The city manager of Reno thought it was just adorable and funny. However, she was in for a rude awakening when she shared the pigeons on social media and then was attacked by animal rights activists. One of the Las Vegas pigeons that had a tiny hat glued to its head died. Activists are working to get the word out that regardless of how cute a pigeon with a hat on his head looks, it’s not a laughing matter.

The pigeons in Las Vegas were being spotted in mid-December. While the pigeons weren’t all wearing the same hat, the proximity of the sightings had many people believing it was the same group of people or one person that was responsible. The Internet was exploding with these pictures and there were even people getting tattoos of the cowboy pigeon. These people had a serious commitment to something funny but may be feeling a bit of regret when they learn the practice of gluing hats on pigeons is cruel.

When the pigeons were first spotted, the staff at Lofty Hopes, an animal rescue, wanted to track down the pigeons in order to try and remove the hats. Since the pigeons were all spotted wearing the hats for several days, the staff determined the hats were glued to their heads. The staff then worked on trapping the pigeons but it wasn’t an easy task. The staff named the pigeons in order for them to be easy to track. They went by Cluck Norris, CoolamityJane, and Billie the Pidge. Eventually, Cluck Norris and Billie the Pidge were caught and the volunteers and staff members could take a look at the damage that was done. At first, Billie allowed them to work on removing the hat. As the volunteers got to work, it was clear how much glue there was and how much damage was caused to the bird. Cluck allowed them to do the same thing and for him, the damage was even worse. The staff at Lofty Hopes later shared on Instagram that Billie the Pidge had died from an undetected illness. The staff shared that the hat could have interfered with the pigeon being able to dislodge small insects that gathered under it. Pigeons are active groomers and they don’t just groom themselves but also others in the flocks. Since pigeons have an extremely fragile respiratory system, the fumes from the glue could have contributed to slowly poisoning the bird. There are a number of things that could have gone wrong thanks to this prank.

Lofty Hopes is now working on tracking down the sombrero bird in Reno. The city manager is also doing her part to spread the word about the birds. She said while it is fun, it’s still inhumane and the birds are suffering. She said she doesn’t want the same thing to happen here with Billie dying. In the meantime, Lofty Hopes is still working on finding Coolamity Jane. They have kept a close eye on her but haven’t been able to trap her. The goal is to get the hat off as quickly as possible.

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These Hermit Crabs Will Blow Your Mind With Stunning Natural Ritual.

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If you are like most people then you are likely fascinated with the ocean and all the creatures inside it. While we can talk forever about massive whales, scuttling squids, and scary sharks, we’d rather highlight a cute little crustacean known as the hermit crab. Now, you’ve likely heard of the hermit crab and, perhaps, you even know what it looks like. As a member of the superfamily known as the Paguroidea, hermit crabs manage to stand out all on their own. In fact, after learning about this natural ritual that hermit crabs complete, you might even want one of your own!

In a post shared on Facebook by a user named Melody Flowers, it was revealed that hermit crabs are always looking for bigger shells to live in. While you probably knew this already, what you didn’t realize about this ritual is far more fascinating. According to the post, which has since been backed up by other scientific journals, hermit crabs like to line up next to shells that happen to be too big for them. Hermit crabs can wait for up to eight hours for another crab to come along and try the shell out. Why do these crabs wait next to shells that are too large for them? As it turns out, the first hermit crab is simply waiting for the second crab in line to discard its shell. 

So we outlined a natural ritual that hermit crabs undertake when finding a new home. Why is this so fascinating? While you may have summoned up an image of two hermit crabs swapping shells, that isn’t entirely accurate. As the second crab lines up behind the shell, more will come to follow. Before long, observers would be able to watch as dozens of hermit crabs all trade shells with one another to ensure that everyone has a comfortable home to live in. The smallest shell of the bunch gets left behind while the shell that started the queue will go to the largest hermit crab of the lot. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? The coordination and cooperation that these hermit crabs have to deploy is nothing short of impressive. If only humans could get along so well when it comes to making to sure everyone is comfortable and safe within their home.

Even though hermit crabs will work together in order to find homes, they are still a competitive species. Gastropod shells can become a limited resource due to a variety of natural and unnatural factors, such as climate change and pollution. When hermit crabs are of a similar size, they are more competitive and violent with one another. When hermit crabs vary dramatically in size, there are more resources available for every member of the group.  Hermit crabs are a fascinating sort of creature because they can come in varying sizes with a lifespan ranging between 12 and 70 years.  The next time that you see a hermit crab, make sure it has the perfect shell to call home. Maybe it will remember you a couple of decades later!

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7 Things You Should Know About History Making Ballerina Charlotte Nebres

Renee Yates

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Charlotte Nebres is making headlines and history in New York City Ballet’s 2019 Production of The Nutcracker

1. She’s only 11 years old

Charlotte is eleven years old and the middle child of three. Her mother describes her as a “free spirit.”

2. She has the lead in The Nutcracker, but she’s not Clara

Unlike some other productions, New York City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, the young lead who wakes the Nutcracker Prince is named Marie, not Clara.

3. She represents a variety of ethnicities

While Charlotte Nebres is being hailed as the first Black Marie to have ever been cast by New York City Ballet, she has a multiethnic background that shouldn’t be oversimplified or erased. Her father’s side of the family are people of Filipino ethnic origin and her mother’s side of the family are people of Trinidadian descent, much like famed rapper Nikki Minaj. Nebres truly represents the American melting pot.

4. She’s the first, but doesn’t think she should be

Charlotte Nebres is making history and headlines as the first Black ballerina to be cast as the lead in New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, but when the young ballerina found this news out, she was more than a little bemused. She told her mother, who related to The New York Times: “Wow. That seems a little late.”

Perhaps this is because Nebres was born into an era where certain ballet barriers had already been broken by stars like Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince, or maybe it’s just that the young lady represents a future most people never foresaw, but either way, the young star still understands the importance of representation, especially in the arts. In fact…

5. Misty Copeland is her inspiration

When Charlotte Nebres was just six years old, Misty Copeland became another historic first when she broke barriers as the first African American Female to become a Principal Dancer with the prestigious and exacting American Ballet Theatre Company. Although Charlotte Nebres loves singing and being on stage in general, the ballet will always hold a special place in her heart. Seeing Copeland perform on stage, someone who, in Nebres’ words “looked so much like her” was part of what inspired the artistically inclined little girl to pursue ballet in the first place.

Charlotte takes the need for diverse representation in ballet very seriously and knows that she is now a part of that representation. In fact, Charlotte Nebres is passionate about equal gender representation as well as racial and ethnic diversity.

6. She wants boys and girls to see themselves in her

In her recent interview, Nebres told The New York Times  “There might be a little boy or girl in the audience seeing that and saying, hey, I can do that, too.”

7. She’s still a student

Even though she’s been cast in a major role, Nebres is still a student currently enrolled in the American Ballet Academy. She has many years to go before she can become a choral dancer, principal or prima ballerina for any company. We look forward to many more years of watching this rising star continue to develop as a dancer and a role model!

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A Horse Sanctuary That Becomes So Much More

Shannon Jackson

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Animal rescue is far more than just a current fad. People are recognizing that animals are sentient beings and they deserve better treatment than we give them. There are now rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries all around the country where kind souls try to deal with the problem of pet homelessness.

Allison and Steven Smith decided to open a sanctuary for unwanted miniature horses. Many people don’t know of the plight of miniature horses, and the cause was near and dear to their hearts. They started the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue so they could provide a home where they could meet the needs of abandoned and unwanted miniature horses. 

From Modest Beginnings To Big Dreams

Pebbles and Cocoa were the first two residents, but the miniature horse farm turned into a menagerie. At this point, the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue has now rescued over 500 animals, including cats, dogs, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and even pigs that were rejected because of a disability.

Their original dream seemed like it was enough, but Allison and Steven realized that they just hadn’t been dreaming big enough. There is room enough in their hearts and at their sanctuary for so many more creatures that simply need a place to stay.

Moving Stories of Courage

One great success story is the couple’s rescue of a small sweet dog called G.I. Joe. He was 120 miles away but they knew they had to help. Paralyzed from the waist down, G.I. Joe had to drag himself along, but now he has a walker so he can move around with ease.

Allison and Steven have rescued several blind animals, bringing them back to what will probably be their final home, knowing they are safe. Mowgli was just a 10-week-old kitten when he moved to the horse sanctuary, and some of his blind friends are Martin the Labrador and Wanda the pot-bellied pig. One poor goat named Roy was abandoned at a mall because of a bad haircut.

Kitty City

Another dream Allison had was rescuing unwanted cats. Her dream led to the creation of Kitty City, a place where cats could come to be adopted or live out the rest of their days. Cats move to Kitty City when they have been moved to death row at different pounds, giving them a reprieve so they can continue to either search for a home or retire with other cats.

Kitty City originally had room for a little over 50 cats but the space has been expanded and there is also now a special area for FIV-positive cats. Volunteers make sure the work is done to make sure the cats are clean, fed, and socialized. You can either adopt a cat from Kitty City or if you need to surrender your cat, you can fill out a form and work with Kitty City to make sure your pet stays safe.

The Compassion Crew

The Smiths could easily see how the animals on the farm were thriving, and they took joy in the comfort of the animals they had saved. But then they had a great idea: why not use these down-on-their-luck pets to help teach children about compassion?

The Smiths took some of the pets to a local elementary school wearing capes and told the children the animals’ superpowers were empathy and compassion. The children learned a valuable lesson about looking different, and that it didn’t make sense to want to hurt someone because of a difference. The Compassion Crew was so successful the children wrote letters of gratitude, and the Smiths are thinking about letting groups like Girl Scouts come to them. What started out as a home for two unwanted miniature horses has turned into a great success story by any measure.

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