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    This Guy Was An Obscure Nation’s 6 Millionth Tourist, And He Got One Incredible Surprise

    Sandwiched between Turkey and Russia, the Republic of Georgia recently greeted its 6 millionth tourist (per the nation’s best estimate, at least) with a surprise VIP experience that included dinner with the prime minister.

    The lucky winner was Jesper Black, a Dutch traveler who flew into the capital of Tbilisi to visit friends living there. He had planned to explore the city by day and spend time with his friends at night. From the moment he checked in at customs, however, things took a surprising turn. Here’s a case study video of how it went down:

    As always with campaigns like this, one would be justified in asking if this surprise was really on the level. As one sarcastic YouTube commenter says, “I have absolutely, 100 percent, no doubt in my mind at all that this was a legitimate surprise for that ‘lucky’ guy.”

    We were equally skeptical, so we talked to the agency behind the campaign: Windfor’s. Creative chairman Vato Kavtaradze said “with pure heart” that the stunt was all very real, with a few slight nudges in terms of how Black was selected.

    “Believe it or not there is practically nothing that is not real in this video. The guy is absolutely unaware what is going on, and right until meeting with the PM, he thinks that it’s his host-friend’s surprise arrangement,” Kavtaradze said. “We had several development plans regarding the candidate passengers of the plane, which by approximate calculations was carrying that lucky guest on its board. We worked hard with customs office and corresponding state services.”

    In other words, he may not have exactly been the 6 millionth visitor, but they narrowed it down to his flight and then selected someone who seemed like a good pick.

    We also reached out to Black himself to learn more details:

    “Let me start by saying that I am very much a ‘real person,’ and not a hired gun, as some people suggest,” Black told Adweek via email. “I came to visit my friend, but clearly that went a little different than planned. I literally had zero idea of what was going on. This was all just one big surprise. And it didn’t make really sense in my head up until the point where the prime minister told me that I was tourist number 6 million. Up until that point, I thought that everything—the big Mercedes (waiting at the airport), the billboard, the camera crew—was the work of my friend. I just kept thinking, ‘What did I miss that she is able to arrange all this?’”

    While Black may not have been strategically selected in advance by Georgian tourism officials, he’s definitely the ideal candidate for such a bold effort.

    Currently living in Barcelona, the 30-year-old Netherlands native is a lifelong traveler who studied journalism but settled into a customer service job after moving to Spain. He began creating annual video roundups of his travels and, about six months ago, decided to start documenting his experiences more frequently on YouTube.

    “My channel is very small, and I’ve always made my movies for myself, as a memory of my wonderful travel days,” he said. “My videos had around a 100 views or so, and after the Georgia thing happened, my channel grew quite a lot—well, relative to its size. I gained around a thousand new subscribers overnight. Hopefully, someday I can make a living out of doing the two things in life I love the most: traveling and creating.”

    If you’re wondering whether it would be creepy to be picked up by a stone-faced driver and taken to an unknown destination—well, even Black admits the answer is yes.

    Arriving at the airport and expecting to be picked up by a friend, Black instead found “a man in a black suit with a piece of paper with my name on it,” and he’s taken to a black Mercedes S-Class sedan.

    “I have this tiny conversation in my head,” Black says in his own video recap, “‘If they’re going to steal my organs, would they use a Mercedes S-Class?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ So I get in the car without any question.”

    Admitting he was “a little uncomfortable,” Black decided to just go with it, and he soon found himself surrounded by a police escort and being taken to dinner with Georgia Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. As you can see in the video below, his bafflement was quite genuine.

    “There’s this massive billboard with my picture on it,” Black recounts, “and it says ‘He has arrived.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ My tiny little brain cannot comprehend what’s going on.”

    Black’s meal with the prime minister had another interesting bit of backstory: the agency created a website for Georgians to vote on which of the nation’s dishes should be served to the 6 millionth tourist. You can see the results in the case study video above.

    Here are some more videos Black posted from his surprisingly incredible visit to Georgia:

    And here he answers some questions from viewers, including, “Are you an actor?” As you can guess from his comments to Adweek above, the answer is no, but he does tell some fun behind-the-scenes stories of how it all went down.

     

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    Man Felt Sick After Rude Backpacker Puts Smelly Feet On Bus Seats

    Travelling through South East Asia is an incredible experience and I cannot recommend it more to people wanting to see some amazing sights.

    However, going from place to place can sometimes be a bit arduous, where buses, trains and boats can be crowded AF.

    Not only that, but its usually horrifically humid and your clothes stick to your body while you sweat out of every conceivable orifice.

    smelly feet
    Credit: Viral Press UK

    So naturally, you’d expect that if everyone is in the same situation you’d band together and make sure everyone’s journey is as smooth as possible.

    Well that sort of attitude didn’t fly with this particular backpacker who’s since been branded ‘rude and arrogant’.

    Narong Thaopanya was trying to mind his own business on a warm bus travelling from Bangkok to Sukhothai in northern Thailand.

    But unfortunately the woman behind him decided she would take her shoes off, keep her socks on, and rest them right next to his head.

    Not only is that a serious invasion of personal space but I can imagine that combo would fucking suck.

    Narong said he politely asked her to put her feet down, but she refused and just kept staring at him.

    I mean, if you look at the pictures there is a perfectly vacant part of the bus at the back where no one else is. WHY CAN’T YOU GO THERE AND PUT YOUR GROSS FEET UP.

    But no.

    Narong told the Daily Mail: “‘The smell from her feet was filling the whole bus. It was hot and made me feel sick, because her feet were next to my head.

    “I asked her many times to put her legs on the ground and she would not do it. She just kept them in the air.

    “‘People should be more respectful when they are visitors to other people’s countries.”

     

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    Expat Un-Brats: Why Taking Your Children Away From Everything They’ve Known Could Be The Making Of Them

    My boy was made in Italy, took his first breath in the UK, cut teeth in Hong Kong, was pre-schooled in Australia and primary schooled back in the UK. His sister’s birth certificate bears a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but her passport’s a very regal British burgundy, which was issued in New Zealand.

    Confused? Strangely my kids are not.

    My husband’s career in construction disputes, combined with a chronic wanderlust has meant we’ve called six different countries home. Since having children we’ve slowed down a little, adjusting locations and timing in-line with parental priorities. For instance, smoggy Hong Kong lost its shine when we became responsible for a pair of newborn lungs. Our kids’ time as expats though, (I’ll avoid using ‘immigrants’ as it seems like a dirty word right now), has gifted them with a worldliness and cultural empathy beyond their five and nine years.

    My son will talk at length about the persecution of Aboriginal Australians and the plight of the Calais jungle residents. My daughter’s breakfast read of choice (jointly tied with the Argos catalogue), is an atlas. Before they knew their alphabets they could each name all the continents. They’ve penned lengthy and fairly random travel bucket lists, mostly centered around food – the accessibility of maki rolls and fresh mango dictating a country’s ranking.

    This sense of excitement about the world, common among their little expat friends, hasn’t happened by accident, it’s something we’ve tried to cultivate. At a time when borders are tightening, lives are shrunk by walls (physical and figurative) and 52% of Brits felt the future lay in looking inward, we want our children to look outward.

    Our journey hasn’t been without turbulence though, which has come in the form of culture shocks. When we brought our boy back from the very urban Hong Kong at 6 months, his first time sitting on grass in a park caused an epic melt-down. On another visit home five years later, at the same park, much amusement ensued when he referred to how Mummy liked a ‘slippery dip’ – the Aussie word for a slide. It took his Grandma 45 minutes to decipher the term ‘flip-flops’ from his frustrated pleas to wear “thongs”. The single biggest source confusion for him about the UK though was: “who turned off the sun?”

    A common assumption about expat children is that they’ll either become over-privileged brats or friendless loners, with poor academic results and no roots. In the more old school destinations where domestic help is commonplace, there may be a danger of over-pampering. At my baby group in Hong Kong, the amahs (maids) held the babies while the expat mothers sat in another room drinking coffee. In Dubai, pass the parcel prizes at some kids’ parties came from the Apple store and several canine expats on my complex had their own dedicated maid.

    However, conscientious expat parents are mindful of the risk of creating monsters and strive to keep their feet on the ground. A millionaire friend of mine in Hong Kong, owner of investment banks in London and Moscow, employed just a single live-out cleaner and happily shopped alongside me for baby grows in the H&M sale bin.

    In terms of education, stats show that living abroad can actually be of benefit. A survey by Denizen, a publication for former expat or ‘third culture kids’, found that the majority had degrees, 30% had a post graduate qualification and 85% spoke two or more languages. Furthermore, 33% had since started their own companies, supporting the notion that people who grow up overseas may be more open to opportunity and less risk averse.

    Examples of famous third culture kids are: Barack Obama, John Kerry, Audrey Hepburn, JRR Tolkien, Yoko Ono, Spike Milligan and Freddie Mercury. A list made up of some dynamic trailblazing types and some plain bonkers ones, either way it’s quite possible that spending their formative years as cultural chameleons paved the way for adulthood success.

    There’s no doubt that dragging your children away from family, friendship groups and everything they’ve known comes at a risk but choose timings and locations carefully and it can be a wholly worthwhile one. So if another damp, grey UK winter has gotten you down or the small town xenophobia sweeping the country has made you claustrophobic, consider taking your family and staging your own Brexit. You may condemn your kids to a weird hybrid accent for life, but what a life they will have.

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    The Mum Who Hurled Racist Abuse At Bouncers, Bit One Of Them And Claimed She Had AIDS

    A mum has been jailed for mauling two bouncers during a drunken brawl in Wave Bar… and then returning to the venue to hurl a vodka bottle through the front window.

    Doormen were forced to intervene when Evonne McCleary, 41 became embroiled in a bust up over spilt drinks.

    But as the mum-of-two, described as a devout Christian and regular churchgoer, was asked to leave she punched and scratched the door staff, before sinking her teeth into one of the men’s arms and claiming that she had AIDS.

    Evonne McCleary was involved in a bust-up over spilt drinks

    A court heard how she was eventually ejected and arrested. But after being bailed she returned to the Portland Street premises and hurled a bottle of vodka through the front window.

    Manchester magistrates was told that McCleary had recently converted to Christianity and had joined a local church.

    But she wept in the dock and begged: “No, don’t do this to me, please” as as she was jailed for 18 weeks and ordered to pay each of the bouncers £100 compensation after she admitted charges of racially aggravated common assault and criminal damage.

    Wave, on Portland Street in Manchester city centre

    The incident occurred on March 30 after McCleary, from Woodlake Avenue, Chorlton-cum-Hardy had spent the afternoon drinking with friends. Trouble began at 6pm when she was drinking at the bar when one friend accidentally tipped over a table causing drinks to go all over her.

    An argument broke out between the group and the two doormen – Mohamed Delgado and Usman Iqbal – went over to defuse the situation.

    Tess Kenyon prosecuting said: “Mr Delgado explained that he heard shouting and screaming coming from the front of the bar, and he saw a table flip, he didn’t get to see how this argument started but he didn’t want the situation to get more out of control.

    McCleary was asked to calm down and leave the bar

    “He asked her to calm down and leave the bar area. But she said she wasn’t going anywhere and started to shout and scream at him and called him a n****r. He tried again to get her to leave and move away from the rest of the public but she then swung a fist and punched him to the left side of the face.

    “He tried to explain that she had to leave the premises but both men came to the conclusion that the best thing to do was to restrain her to stop her from causing more harm. As they were trying to restrain her she was still shouting and screaming. She told them “I am pregnant and I have AIDs’’ and tried to bite them both.

    ‘’She bit Mr Delgado hard on the forearm and tried to bite him again. She continued to call them both n****rs. Mr Delgado explained that he had a bite mark on his left arm and his face was scarred. He knew that working as a doorman, he would expect to see violence, but not from a woman. He has not suffered any psychological problems, but he has redness on his arm from the bite.

    “He explained that he was trying to stop her from going out of control and trying to stop her from harming anyone else at the bar. He didn’t seek any medical advice. Mr Iqbal was working alongside Mr Delgado and also attempted to calm Mrs McCleary down. He said he felt uncomfortable because this was the first time he had been involved in a situation like this. He just wanted to get her out of the bar without any problems.

    “He said she just continued shouting and screaming. He said he got concerned when she started to tell them that she had AIDS. When she bit him, it really made him think that she might be correct and he wanted to get himself a blood test to see if she had infected him.

    “Officers said she was shocked and looked deeply ashamed”

    “She kept saying “Take your hands off me you n****rs.” She also said: “I know some people who are going to get you, you shouldn’t be in this country.” He was getting increasingly concerned about the AIDS comment. He has now made an appointment with his doctor to get a HIV test to see if he has AIDS. He has bite marks on his forearm too.

    “He explained that she would not be removed easily and at one point they all ended up on the floor. Miss McCleary later said she had been drinking in the bar with friends when one friend tipped the table causing the drinks to go all over her. She explained in her police interview that she wanted to get her bag and leave. She denied that she said any racial comments and denied the assault.

    “However, upon listening to the CCTV and audio from the bar, she knew it was her and officers said she was shocked and looked deeply ashamed. She blushed and she was embarrassed. She was very apologetic.”

    The court heard McCleary was placed on bail with the condition not to go near the Wave Bar, however, she broke this condition by approaching the bar when it was closed and threw a bottle of vodka through the front window, smashing it and causing £500 worth of damage.

    In mitigation McCleary’s lawyer Avisha Gulhati said her client had a number of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder.

    He added: “Her realisation at the horror of what she had done made her think about what she is capable of when under the influence of alcohol. She is disgusted with herself and no longer drinks. She feels the only reason why she acts in this way is because she is drunk – she is doing all she can to help herself get out of the situation she is in.

    “She has joined a church and converted to Christianity a year ago. She now voluntarily works in their cafe. She is fully supported by the members of her church. She believes that she reacted badly to what happened and didn’t intend to cause the harm that she did.”

    McCleary was also ordered to pay £500 compensation for the damage caused to the bar.

    Justice of the Peace Sheila Margaret Levell told her: “The details of these two assaults are very serious. You attacked people who were doing their duty. This was a nasty assault and a serious offence and will not be treated lightly.”

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    Mum Claims She Can ‘Tell If You’re Poor’ If You Own This Kitchen Gadget (But We Bet Everyone Does)

    A WOMAN claims to have found the perfect way to identify if you’re poor or not – and it’s all down to owning one kitchen gadget.

    Her sister took to Mumsnet, the parenting website, to ask social media users their thoughts.

     A woman claims she can tell if you're poor if you own this kitchen item (Picture posed by model)
    A woman claims she can tell if you’re poor if you own this kitchen item (Picture posed by model)

    Writing under the username ‘DonutCone’, she commented: “Dsis [Dear sister] says she can tell we are poor by the fact we own a tin opener.

    “She says she herself has not bought a tin without a ring pull in years and obviously does not own a tin opener.

    “Apparently only poor people buy tins that would need a tin opener.”

    She joked: “Hmm. Shall I sell this idea to the Government as the new easy poverty calculator tool.”

    Mumsnet users were dumbfounded.

    “Eh what? How random and weird,” commented one, while another joked: “Tell her the artisan pates they sell in Fortnum and Mason food hall definitely do not come with a ring pull.”

     Bizarrely, the woman claims a tin opener is a sign of poverty
    Bizarrely, the woman claims a tin opener is a sign of poverty

    “She sounds a complete idiot, tbh,” wrote a mum, as another said: “My mind is a little bit boggled with this.”

    “The real sign of poverty is not having a tin opener, buying the cheaper tins and smashing them open on a rock,” said a Mumsnet user.

    Another said: “That is a really bizarre thing to notice. Why on earth does she care so much about your ring pull situation?”

    ‘DonutCone’ added: “She was also beyond horrified when she saw my value level shampoo.

    “She had forgotten hers so made me drive her to the nearest town to get some £10 a bottle stuff as there was no way ‘that stuff’ was going on her head.”

    But ‘ZaphodBeeblerox’ summed up most people’s thoughts when she simply said: “Your sister sounds like an idiot.”

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    Mum Disgusted By ‘Severely Undercooked’ Steak Served At Derby pub

    A mum says she was left disgusted after biting into a “severely undercooked” steak at a popular family pub in Derby.

    Louise Bailey visited the Nags Head in Mickleover on Sunday with her two young children.

    She ordered a medium 10oz rib eye steak which is described on the menu as: “So full of flavour you’ll be daydreaming about it for weeks.”

    However, after a few bites she said the daydream turned into a “complete nightmare”.

    The 39-year-old said: “I cut into the steak and I thought there’s no way that is a medium. I doubt it was even classed as rare. To me it looked like they had just cooked it on each side for about five seconds.

    “I thought I’d try it anyway and it was absolutely disgusting. It was slimy and felt like I was eating pure flesh.”

    Louise Bailey was horrified to be served this medium-cooked rib eye steak at Nags Head pub in Mickleover
    Louise Bailey was horrified to be served this medium-cooked rib eye steak at Nags Head pub in Mickleover (Image: Louise Bailey)

    She added: “When the waiter came over to collect our plates he could see that I’d barely touched the steak but he didn’t ask if everything was okay, he just started to take our plates away.

    “I asked him how that was cooked and he said it appeared to be medium-rare. But I told him that was the worst steak I’ve ever had in my life.

    “He didn’t apologise, he seemed to be a bit funny about it and said ‘so you want a refund then?’. I eventually got my refund and they did apologise to me later on social media but I certainly won’t be going back there again.”

    She said the pub, which is part of the Flaming Grill chain, also got her children’s order wrong.

    A spokesman for Nags Head said: “We take customer feedback extremely seriously and are sorry to hear this particular steak wasn’t cooked to the guest’s taste.

    Part of the menu at the Nags Head pub in Mickleover
    Part of the menu at the Nags Head pub in Mickleover (Image: Louise Bailey)

    “We have spoken with our team members who were working in the kitchen at the time to remind them of the importance of cooking a steak to the guest’s satisfaction.”

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    A Burial Machine That Will Freeze Your Corpse, Vibrate It To Dust, And Turn It Into Soil

    THESE DAYS, THE OPTIONS FOR what to do with our bodies post-mortem are nearly limitless in their number and imagination. Want to be mummified? You got it. Rather become a corpse-powered mushroom farm? Sorted!

    But what if you want to dispose of your body in the manner of an ecologically minded supervillain? That, too, is possible, via a process called promession.

    Devised by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, who spent 20 years developing the concept, promession is an elaborate decomposition system that takes a body, freezes it, vibrates it to dust, and dehydrates it, to create what the inventor claims is the most eco-friendly form of burial ever devised.

    Trained as a biologist and with a personal passion for gardening, Wiigh-Mäsak was concerned with what current burial methods are doing to the soil. The best way for organic matter to return to the earth is via natural decomposition processes, like what occurs in your standard compost pile. The materials break down and become a nutrient-rich fertilizer, that in turn keeps the soil healthy so that new plants and animals (and people) can grow, die, and keep that circle of life spinning.

    As Wiigh-Mäsak saw it, our non-biodegradable coffins, with their own harmful finishes, kept our bodies from returning naturally to the soil. Even with cremation, she saw the energy used to burn and crush a body as a waste, in addition to the harmful metals that are released into the air during the process. Thus promession was born.

    The promession process consists of five distinct parts. The first step is “coffin separation,” in which the body is removed from the coffin it lay in during viewings or funeral services, and placed into the fully-automated “Promator” machine, which processes the corpse. Next, the body is cryogenically frozen using liquid nitrogen, turning it into one big, brittle block of frozen flesh. The target temperature for the frozen body is -196 degrees Celsius (-321 Fahrenheit), at which point the remains should be ready to break apart.

    Instead of using traditional methods of pulverization, like the bone-crushing process used for cremation, the Promator then proceeds to shake the frozen body into millimeter-sized chunks. The vibrations supposedly reduce the body to a pile of fine particles in a matter of minutes.

    Once the body has been adequately reduced, the pile of remains is freeze dried to remove any excess liquid. At this point, the remains only retain about 30 percent of their initial weight, and bear no resemblance to human tissue.

    Then the dried body is run through a process that removes any metals from the remains. This eliminates any potentially harmful minerals that might have survived from a tooth filling, prosthetic, or some other bodily source.

    Finally, the cold, dried, de-metaled remains are placed in a biodegradable container made of corn or potato starch. This ultra-green package is then buried in a shallow grave just 30-50 centimeters underground (around a foot to a foot-and-a-half), where it is still in contact with the top soil. Within six to 18 months, the remains have turned into fresh new soil, and the circle of life continues. See a proposal video for the whole process below.

    In 1997, Wiigh-Mäsak started Promessa Organic, a company devoted to developing and promoting promession. Since then, Wiigh-Mäsak and Promessa have not quite made it to the stage of performing their process on human bodies, but they have run successful tests on pigs.

    Despite the elaborate, strange process and the prohibitive size and probable cost of a Promator machine, the idea of promession as a viable burial alternative has picked up some steam. The Swedish government has looked into legalizing the process as an alternative to cremation. The company has even started a support group called “Promessa Friends” to get the word out and drum up support. So while you might not be placing your loved ones into a Promator tomorrow, maybe one day soon you’ll be able to dispose of a body like Bond villain.

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    How To Grow Ginger In A Container

    There are a few spices that grow well in containers right at home, and ginger happens to be one of them. Popular in tasty Asian dishes and in many favorite baked treats, ginger adds zingy flavor to culinary delights of all sorts. And, ginger is super easy to grow in a container. In fact, it’s so easy to grow; you may not be able to stop yourself from running out today to get this simple gardening project started. You can have fresh ginger available to add to your own recipes in no time flat.

    Ginger has been a useful plant since before historical records even began. It’s believed to originate in India. It’s been a popular spice on the worldwide scale, second only to pepper, throughout time.

    The ginger plant’s adaptability has allowed the most humble of folks all the way to the fancy rulers to enjoy it throughout history. For example, Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) is credited with enjoying the appearance of gingerbread men popular still today at Christmastime. Ginger’s rich history goes right along with its impressionable flavor, and millions continue to enjoy its flavor and its medicinal properties today.

    ginger harvest

    HOW TO PLANT GINGER: CONTAINER SELECTION AND SPROUTING

    The healthiest ginger plants are grown from reputable nurseries or from quality online gardening sources. But a ginger root can also be purchased from your local grocery store. Grocery store ginger roots may be coated with a growth inhibitor, which prevent it from sprouting in the grocery store. Grocery ginger root may also be treated with fungicides and/or pesticides. So, to clean your ginger, soak your new ginger root for 24 hours before slicing it up to plant.

    Choose a wide, flat container to plant. Ginger’s roots grow horizontally, so width is more important than depth. Containers that are small enough to easily be moved inside and out are the perfect choice for ginger. Fill your container with a rich potting soil that will drain well.

    Slice your ginger knob, into thin pieces. Select pieces of the knob that have “eyes” on them. Eyes are indentations in the surface of the root, where sprout will begin. Place the piece of ginger with the eyes facing up into the soil, and cover with about and inch and a half of soil.

    HOW TO CARE FOR GINGER PLANT

    Water your ginger well in the early stages of planting. Continue to water or spray your plant’s soil often to keep the soil moist but not soggy. And be patient. Ginger can take several weeks to sprout.

    Ginger is a good plant to enjoy indoors in colder climates. While it will enjoy the outdoors during warm months, any frost will kill a ginger plant. Choose a location with indirect light for your ginger.

    After about eight months, your ginger plant will be mature. At that point, you can separate the rhizomes by pulling off a section of the plant including a piece of the rhizome. Transplanting is as easy as setting that rhizome into a new container of soil. Ginger is an easy root to share with a friend.

    HOW TO HARVEST GINGER

    Although the ginger plant may take many months to mature, you can harvest ginger when the plant is three or four months old. When you push away the soil from around the rhizome, you’ll notice that ginger rhizomes look knobby. You will also see roots reaching outward and downward from the rhizome. The rhizome is the edible portion of ginger. The roots can be cleaned off as you clean the rhizome to eat.

    To enjoy a bit of ginger, simply uncover a piece of rhizome, and trim off one of the finger-like extensions. You can harvest ginger in this manner anytime you wish. However, you may find that you love it so much that you’ll need more than one rhizome planted at a time. You can alternate snipping from your plants if you grow more than one.

    Before you eat ginger, you should rinse it and peel the skin off with a potato peeler. Then, enjoy your ginger freshly sliced or grated. Or, dry your ginger by slicing it paper thin and setting it on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in an oven or outside in a dry, sunny location. Ginger may take several hours or several days to dry. When it’s completely dried, it can safely be stored in plastic bags. You can also grate your dried ginger with a coffee grinder. Grated ginger is a delicious result of an easy gardening project!

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    This Is Why You Don’t Fall Asleep On The Rod!

    Now this is why you don’t fall asleep holding the pole… Unless of course, you have a friend with a camera and want to make the rest of us laugh!

    “Why do you say that?” you might ask. We’ll you just have to see this to believe it.

    This guy was out fishing off a small boat dock, built on Canadhota Lake, Pennsylvania. Maybe it was a long night without sleep, a few beers, a good meal, or maybe just a nice comfortable day, but something put him to sleep with a pole in his hand.

    His friend realized something (That was later referred to as a red-neck tarpon), was about to take a bite and turned on his camera. After focusing in on his slumbering pal (who looks like he sleeps for sport) the cameraman shifts his focus to the line, where you can clearly see a tug.

    Suddenly all you see is a huge splash and a displacement of water. As the cameraman pans back to his friend, where he finds that his friend has taken an unintentional plunge. The massive fish that he eventually caught ended up pulling him right into the water!

    You got to give the guy credit where credit is due, most folks would have just dropped the rod.

    This guy’s iron grip lead him in with it!

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    Swiss Family Spends $34,000 And One Year Building Natural Swimming Pond Complete With Fish

    A Swiss family spent $34,000 and more than a year renovating what was a dead patch of grass in their backyard into a luxurious and eco-friendly swimming pond.

    Reddit user VonBubenberg undertook the project with his sister and father, creating an oasis in the backyard that spills out of a stone-lined swimming area that measures about 26 feet long, six feet wide and five feet deep.  

    Complete with a solid filtration system, the freshwater is even home to plants and several fish, and stays clean and clear without the use of chemicals like chlorine.

    The family designed the pond, ordered materials from Germany, and got their hands dirty in the construction by learning everything they needed from the internet.

    Complete with a wooden deck wrapped around the water, VonBubenberg’s swimming pond is the stuff of relaxed summer dreams. 

    When VonBubenberg started the project with his dad and sister. Their backyard was a sad patch of dead grass, with the spray painted lines showing  a clue of what was to come

    When VonBubenberg started the project with his dad and sister. Their backyard was a sad patch of dead grass, with the spray painted lines showing a clue of what was to come

    The Swiss family hired an excavator to start digging up the dirt to create the swimming area, which measures about 26 feet long, six feet wide and five feet deep.

    The Swiss family hired an excavator to start digging up the dirt to create the swimming area, which measures about 26 feet long, six feet wide and five feet deep.

    They  set up the pipes that would circulate the water through a filter system held in the garage. The freshwater pond stays clean without the use of chemicals and is home to several fish

    They set up the pipes that would circulate the water through a filter system held in the garage. The freshwater pond stays clean without the use of chemicals and is home to several fish

    They had to lay down a layer of felt and a giant pond liner over it to seal the body of water. VonBubenberg said his father ordered all of the supplies from Germany

    They had to lay down a layer of felt and a giant pond liner over it to seal the body of water. VonBubenberg said his father ordered all of the supplies from Germany

    They created a rectangular swimming area with large stone bricks and laid smaller stones in the freeform pond area. VonBubenberg said he was 'tired to death' after a team of five men spent around 8 hours building the walls

    They created a rectangular swimming area with large stone bricks and laid smaller stones in the freeform pond area. VonBubenberg said he was ‘tired to death’ after a team of five men spent around 8 hours building the walls

    The project took more than a year to complete, and the water froze over at one point in the winter. The family cat ventured onto the ice

    The project took more than a year to complete, and the water froze over at one point in the winter. The family cat ventured onto the ice

    A pump carries the water from the pond into the highest barrel in the garage. The water is slowly cleaned as it runs through each barrel filled with different materials like gravel and foam

    A pump carries the water from the pond into the highest barrel in the garage. The water is slowly cleaned as it runs through each barrel filled with different materials like gravel and foam

    In addition to the filtration system, the family also dumps an eco-friendly powder in the pond two to four times a year to fight off algae growth. Pictured, they installed lights in the pool so they can enjoy the incredible landscaping at night.

    In addition to the filtration system, the family also dumps an eco-friendly powder in the pond two to four times a year to fight off algae growth. Pictured, they installed lights in the pool so they can enjoy the incredible landscaping at night.

    With the pond filled, finishing touches like the driftwood and fountain (far right) are added as the impressive transformation starts coming together

    With the pond filled, finishing touches like the driftwood and fountain (far right) are added as the impressive transformation starts coming together

    By the spring, the plants looked increasingly lush. Pictured right, the metal trestle built to support the wraparound deck

    By the spring, the plants looked increasingly lush. Pictured right, the metal trestle built to support the wraparound deck

    VonBubenberg posted the photos to imgur and reddit, with hundreds of commenters sharing their amazement. Reddit user DainBramage wrote: 'At first it looked like someone was just too cheap to invest in a swimming pool. Then it turned into something way cooler and much more original than any pool. This is awesome!!!'

    VonBubenberg posted the photos to imgur and reddit, with hundreds of commenters sharing their amazement. Reddit user DainBramage wrote: ‘At first it looked like someone was just too cheap to invest in a swimming pool. Then it turned into something way cooler and much more original than any pool. This is awesome!!!’

    The pond's filtration system also includes a UV-light to keep the water algae and bacteria-free. They even thought of a solution for possible flooding, creating outlets in the barrels to let the water run into the sewer system

    The pond’s filtration system also includes a UV-light to keep the water algae and bacteria-free. They even thought of a solution for possible flooding, creating outlets in the barrels to let the water run into the sewer system

    The family cleans the barrels once every year, and  use a water vacuum every three weeks to keep the waters clear

    The family cleans the barrels once every year, and use a water vacuum every three weeks to keep the waters clear

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    Quinoa Corn And Avocado Salad

    Quick cooking quinoa makes this a perfect summer salad when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. It is also great for a last minute potluck, or when company comes over unexpectedly.

    Instructions:

    Combine everything in a large bowl and mix well.

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    How To Save Your RV From Ants

    Ants inspect food in their vicinity by sending out their special scouts who first investigate the entire area individually. On finding food, the scout then, secretes a hormone called pheromones. This acts as a landmark for the food while the scout goes back to his hill and calls gets backup!

    They are incredibly organized, folks!

    When you are RVing in the wild, you will definitely find wilder ants scouting in and around your RV. Ant Invasion is certainly an unwelcome surprise, but what can you do next?
    According to RV Dream’s New Radio, when you spot a scout, squish him ASAP. And, if unfortunately you never catch the scout and chance upon the Ant troop parading with the Queen Ant into your RV, it’s time you braced up for some serious action, folks!

    In fact, getting rid of ants is not a big issue once you have spotted them, Red Riding Hoods! Pamela Hamilton, one can easily get rid of ants by using Raid Max Bug Barrier Barricade around the RV. 😀

    Here’s some SUPER EASY natural remedies for removing Ants:

    1. Mix Boric Acid with sugar and sprinkle on the ants or around the RV (Please take care to avoid contact with the solution as it can damage your skin voraciously).
    2. Place water filled dishes under the legs of your picnic table and possible areas where you suspect that ants can climb up.
    3. Always be on the Lookout!

    If that doesn’t solve your problem, listen to the clip of tips from a certified RV technician, Chris Dougherty on getting rid of ants:

    If you want to follow Chris’s success, first locate the source of ants and do as he says! Sounds easy, right? Well, go ahead and try it right away! 😀

    An ant invasion is truly scary and stressful even though it is inevitable when in the wild. Share this amazing advice with all your friends with RV NOW! Tell us your own personal serendipities on how you got rid of ants from your RV in the comments below.