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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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Hilarious Antics of Pets Realizing They Were Tricked to Going to the Vet

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By looking at their faces, we can infer that our pets have the same feelings about going to the vet just like little kids are going to visit the dentist. So it might require some sort of trickery and cleverness to take them for a check-up. Here are some hilarious pets’ reactions when realized that they are going go to vet.

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This 6-Year Old Got Her Parent’s Amazon Account and Went Shopping

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A 6-year old in Utah spent $350 on toys. The child accessed her mother’s Amazon account and used it to buy toys. Her mother did not find out about the little girl’s secret shopping spree until the toys were delivered in boxes the next day. Some children have a way to get what they want. Little Caitlin is certainly one of them. Her mother allowed her to get on Amazon and order a Barbie doll, but she went ahead to order every other toy that she wanted. She also ordered board games and videos. She opted for next day shipping, and the next day, stacks of boxes taller than her arrived at her home.

Ria Diyaolu, Caitlin’s cousin, shared the story on Twitter. She wrote, ‘my bada** little cousin ordered $300 worth of toys w/o my uncle and aunt knowing. This is how everyone found out.’ She then shared a photo of Caitlyn standing next to the boxes with a smile on her face. The tweet has received over 20,000 retweets and thousands of likes. Internet users were shocked by how the little girl’s resourcefulness. Her cousin says she was so surprised to find out that the little girl knew about one-click, next-day shipping.

Did She Get Away With It?

Unfortunately for Caitlin, she did not get away with the incident. Her parents only allowed her to keep the Barbie doll that she was allowed to order. They donated all of the other toys to a Children’s Hospital. She was not grounded but was forbidden from using the internet for a month.

She Impressed Internet Users

Diyaolu described her cousin as a little scammer in the making, and other internet users seem to agree. One Twitter user said ‘That little girl is going places.’ Another one was impressed that Caitlyn was smart enough to get overnight shipping because it would ensure that her parents didn’t have time to notice. Another user said ‘I believe your cousin will be the first female president of the United States.’ Others shared similar experiences. One Twitter user explained that she had a little cousin who did the same thing. One time, she used her mother’s credit card to buy a new iPhone from the internet. A Facebook user, Megan Farrington, explained that her son did the same thing once, but Amazon refunded her money and allowed her to keep the merchandise.

Others Did Not Find Her Actions Funny

Some internet users feel that Caitlyn’s mother is irresponsible. One Facebook user felt that the mother was encouraging Caitlyn’s bad behavior. She felt that allowing the child to pose for a photo made it seem like she did a cute thing. Others proceeded to suggest the appropriate punishment for the child. Others suggested that the parents ground her, give her chores to pay for the $350, and to return all the toys. Another user feels that Caitlyn’s mother was irresponsible for allowing the child to access her account.

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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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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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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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