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We’re So Spoiled That We Refuse To Buy ‘Ugly’ Produce. Here’s What One Store Is Doing

Globally, we waste between 25 to 33 percent of food produced for consumption, a staggering figure that one French supermarket is combating with a digestible plan.

Intermarche, France’s third largest supermarket, was sick and tired of watching other stores discard perfectly good fruits and vegetables just because they didn’t look like perfect 10s.

“Everything that doesn’t fit into the norm, we toss,” one seller said in an interview.

So, Intermarche decided to give “makeunders” to the misshapen potatoes and oranges that usually don’t get a chance.

First, the chain purchased products that growers typically throw away. It then designated a section for said “inglorious fruits and vegetables” at its stores, which included such produce as the “grotesque apple” and “unfortunate clementine.” Each one was priced 30 percent cheaper than its prettier counterparts.

They were all perfectly fresh and healthful, they had just grown into, er, unusual shapes.

The experiment proved to be pretty fruitful.

Store traffic increased by 24 percent and the program reached 13 million people after one month. The only issue it ran into was getting sold out.

Now, that is pretty sweet.

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Disney And Then Some….

I know, I thought for sure I would never post about Disney *rolls eyes* but you know there are some pretty interesting facts about Disney that I just could not resist sharing them all.

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

With the Holiday this weekend it has got me wondering…..

How are you spending the holiday?  People all over the world have different ways of celebrating holidays and here are just a few:

In Barcelona, Spain, people sported their holiday best for the traditional Christmas Swimming Cup.

Food fight: Nearly 2,000 Brits took part in the world's biggest food fight in Spain today

Songkran Water Festival

Known as the Water Festival by visitors, this annual festival in Thailand falls shortly after the spring equinox. Songkran (based on a Sanskrit word for “astrological passage”) is celebrated in the country as the traditional New Year’s Day. Along with visiting elders and going to a Buddhist monastery, festivities include throwing of water – in this case, with a little help from an elephant!

Songkran Water Festival

Holi Festival
The colorful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of good over bad. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other, “Happy Holi.
Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. Numerous legends and stories associated with Holi celebration makes the festival more exuberant and vivid. People rub gulal and abeer on each others’ faces and cheer up saying, “bura na maano Holi hai.” Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.
Straw Bear

Straw Bear (Strawboer) Day is an old English tradition held on the 7th of January. It is known in a small area of Fenland on the borders of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire, including Ramsey Mereside. This day is believed to be traditional start of agricultural year in England. A man or a boy wears a straw costume covering him from his head to toes. He goes from house to house where he dances. As prize for his dancing people give him money, food or beer.

Whittlesey Straw Bear

Up-Helly-A

Up Helly Aa refers to any of a variety of fire festivals held in Shetland annually in the middle of winter to mark the end of the yule season. The festival involves a procession of up to a thousand guizers (pronounced “geezers”) in Lerwick and considerably lower numbers in the more rural festivals. They form into squads who march through the town or village in a variety of themed costumes.

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There is also a formal parade in which a galley ship, made just for the ceremony, is taken through the streets, towards the water. There, it is placed on the beach, awaiting for the ending ceremony. 

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The ship procession 

 After the city of Lerwick banned tar barrelling, permission was eventually obtained for torch processions. The first yule torch procession took place in 1876. The first torch celebration on Up Helly-Aa day took place in 1881. The following year the torchlit procession was significantly enhanced and institutionalised through a request by a Lerwick civic body to hold another Up Helly-Aa torch procession for the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh. The first galley ship was burned in 1889. 

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The procession culminates in the torches being thrown into a replica Viking longship or galley. The event happens all over Shetland, but it is only the Lerwick galley which is not sent seaward. Everywhere else, the galley is sent seabound, in an echo of actual Viking sea burials.

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After the procession, the squads visit local halls (including schools, sports facilities and hotels), where private parties are held. At each hall, each squad performs its act, which may be a send-up of a popular TV show or film, a skit on local events, or singing or dancing,  all-night Shetland/Scottish folk dancing, usually in flamboyant costume.

That said Happy Canada Day EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ohhhhhh wait that one was just for me oops!!!!

 

  Here I will try again! hehehehehehe

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

33 Animals With Stuffed Animals Of Themselves

Here are some animals hanging out with stuffed animal versions of themselves, 

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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

14 Cupcakes Disguised As Other Food

It is a real art form to be able to take something so delicious and obviously recognized world wide and turn it into something you never thought of without compromising that delicious taste and still all the creative edge you see in these pics below

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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

10 Surprising Discoveries Made Through Google Maps and Google Earth

With the continuous improvement in technology it has become quite easier to be an explorer.

Exploring the different avenues in the world just needs a computer, access to satellite technology and an adventurer’s heart. With the help of Google maps and Google Earth you can virtually travel , explore and uncover some pretty amazing places around the globe (not in 80 days) just with a click of the mouse.

Researchers, scientists and archaeologists are also using these technologies extensively to uncover the hidden mysteries buried deep down inside this amazing planets.

Check out 10 most amazing and inspiring discoveries that are made by several researchers by using these path-breaking technologie

1. New Hominid Ancestors

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Professor Lee Berger fromWitswatersrand University, South Africa discovered 600 unidentified caves and fossil deposits in the Cradle of Humankind. He also found two skeletons of another species of human ancestors that are almost 2 millions years old.

2. 2,000-year-old Roman Villa

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Computer programmer Luca Mori discovered this abandoned Roman Villa when he was studying maps of his town. He suddenly stumbled upon a large, oval-shaped form in nearby Parma which was later discovered as the remains of an ancient river and the courtyards of a Roman villa.

3. S.S. Jassim Shipwreck

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This accident took place in the year 2003, when a Bolivian cargo ferry hits shallow water on the the coast of Sudan. The shipwreck is one of the largest shipwreck visible and one of the most searched for on Google Earth.

4. Minefields in Cambodia

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The HALO Trust, used Google Earth to survey the various min affected areas of Cambodia and Angola. In this survey they found out that the border between Cambodia and Thailand are the most affected.

5. The Lost Forest of Mount Mabu

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The forest of Mount Mabu is the largest rainforest in southern Africa. It was found when scientist from Royal Botanic Gardens used Google Earth to search for elevated section of African Continent. Instead they found an unexpected patch of green on Mount Mabu in Mozambique which is known as The Lost Forest of Mount Mabu.

6. Kamil Crater

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This most well-preserved crater in the world was found by an Italian researcher. Kamil Crater is located in Egypt, and it did not wear with time because of a ring of bedrock which has maintained its shape.

7. Ancient Tidal Fish Trap

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In 2009 an unusual shape is discovered in the water near the River Teifi. Later, Dr. Ziggy Otto of Pembrokeshire College found that in the early 11th century, a community in Wales built this 850 foot structure to catch fishes.

8. Egyptian Pyramids

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Angela Micol, a Satellite archaeology researcher found some unusual mounds that are eroded and in triangular shapes in the southern Egypt. The largest of such mound was 620 feet wide. It is speculated that these are the great Egyptian Pyramides.

9. Pygmy Seahorse

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Great barrier reefs off the coast of Queensland, Australia was startled by the discovery of pygme seahorse at a depth of more than 300 feet . This amazing discovery was made with the help of Google Maps Street Views underwater, that can explore the great depths of the ocean.

10. Archaelogical Sites and Tombs

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Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia accidently found thousands of tombs and other sites that could be up to 9,000 years old.

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Bounce Below: A Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine

Bounce Below… The World’s largest underground trampoline, bounce and slide underground, in what we think is the most fun place to be in the world, on giant record-breaking trampolines!

Bounce Below is the first facility of its kind, a set of three enormous nets within the Llechwedd caverns in Wales — bringing trampolines to whole new terrain…literally. Bounce Below is an underground playground for both adults and children, set deep inside an old mining cavern that is twice the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

This activity lasts approximately one-hour and you will be supplied with a cotton overall and safety helmet before jumping on the train and taken inside the mountain. The train will disembark customers into a cavern that is lit up by an incredible display of lights and to a collection of 3 trampolines that have been interconnected by stairways and slides – the biggest of which is a 60 foot slide that just adds to the already awesome experience.

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Bounce Below: A Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine trampolines playgrounds caves

Bounce Below: A Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine trampolines playgrounds caves

Bounce Below: A Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine trampolines playgrounds caves

Bounce Below: A Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine trampolines playgrounds caves

If you’re afraid of heights, caves, the dark, suffer from claustrophobia or vertigo, this might not be for you, but if not, a small Welsh town has the perfect subterranean adventure for you: the world’s largest underground trampoline.

Just unveiled in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales, Bounce Below is a network of trampolines and slides mounted to the walls of an abandoned slate mine at heights of 20 feet to 180 feet off the ground.

Visitors are welcome to climb, bounce, slide, and jump in the netting amidst a technicolor light show.  Here is the link if you would like to know more:  http://www.bouncebelow.net/

 

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized