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Husband Asks Why His Wife Was Fired From A Company She Worked For 11 Years, And Things Escalated Hilariously

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Cracker Barel, the restaurant chain with a Southern country theme, has been getting a lot of attention on social media lately, but not for a good reason…


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Just recently Cracker Barrel fired a woman that had worked for them for 11 years for an unknown reason. And she was fired on her husband’s birthday! Her husband, Brad, went to their Facebook page to ask why but, unfortunately, didn’t get an answer. Now, thousands of Internet users are seeking justice for Brad’s wife by trolling Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page. People are asking why Brad’s wife was fired and making jokes wherever they have the chance – which means on every single post! Hopefully, Brad and his wife will get an answer soon. #JusticeForBradsWife

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It all started with a simple question on Cracker Barrel’s Facebook page

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But things escalated pretty hilariously with thousands of people demanding an answer for Brad

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People are trolling their Facebook page by asking why Brad’s wife was fired and making jokes wherever they have the chance

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Which means on every single post

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Unfortunately, Cracker Barrel is ignoring all the trollers

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The worst part?

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She was fired on her husband’s birthday

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Things to do in St Lucia while on a Caribbean Cruise

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Things to do in St Lucia on a Caribbean Cruise

Earlier this year we went on a Southern Caribbean cruise that stopped at 6 different islands, including the island nation of Saint Lucia. One of the things we like most about cruising is that it gives us the ability to see a lot of places in a short period of time. Of course, the downside to this style of travel is that you only get a little taste of each island. Because of this, you need to be selective with the activities you choose to do on your day trip.

Today, we’re sharing our brief, but jam packed, experience on the lush island of St Lucia, located in the eastern Caribbean between Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

We’ve visited a lot of islands in the Caribbean and St. Lucia ranks right at the top.

There’s no shortage of things to do in St Lucia. From hiking through rainforests to snorkeling and sailing, you’ve got plenty of options that fit all travel styles and preferences. If you google ‘things to do in St Lucia’ you’ll find hundreds of tour packages and custom itineraries that include everything from booze cruises to helicopter tours to scuba diving. You can even check out the world’s only drive-in volcano!

Things to do in St Lucia, Caribbean Cruise

Given that we had limited time on St Lucia, we decided to hire a private driver to take us around the island and show us its attractions.

We chose a 2 hour tour that departed from the cruise ship port in Castries, the capital and largest city on St Lucia, and looped down to Marigot Bay and back again.

Prior to boarding the cruise ship in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, we did a little research on each of the islands that was on the itinerary. After researching things to do in St Lucia, it became clear that the island’s star attraction is the Pitons, two lush volcanic spires that rise a half-mile above the coastline. The Pitons are located near the town of Soufriere, on the southwest coast, and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While we would have loved to hike to the peak of Gros Piton, we were traveling with two young children and their grandparents, which meant finding compromise. At the time of the cruise, Connor was still taking afternoon naps, so we really only had about 4 hours to explore the island before it was time to return to the ship.

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The cruise ship docked at the port in Castries. How great is this parking spot?!

You can book island excursions directly on the cruise ship, but this approach will likely be more expensive than booking an excursion on land.

If you plan to take a long excursion, like a loop around the island or a catamaran tour to the Pitons, you might want to book the excursion from the ship to ensure that your tour returns on time. It will likely cost a little more but you’re paying for peace of mind. The best way to screw up your vacation is to miss the ship, like this women. Don’t be late, the boat will NOT wait!

Read next – Taking a Caribbean Cruise? Here’s what you need to know

We disembarked the cruise ship at around 9:00 AM and walked to the tourist info center. Dozens of hungry tour agents shouted their packages and transportation options at the tourists that passed through the info center. It was a little chaotic and reminded us of our time in third world countries, where sun-burnt tourists are viewed as nothing more than a dollar bill.

Once we began talking with a tour agent the vultures magically disappeared. I suppose it’s the unspoken code of the tour operators – once they have a hook in the mouth of a tourist, the others move along to new opportunities.

I can’t remember the exact name of the tour we took, but it appeared to be the most popular sightseeing tour on the menu. Because there was six of us, we were able to secure a private vehicle for the short sightseeing trip.

If I remember correctly, I believe it cost us $ 30 per person for this 2-hour tour.

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Morne Fortuné

The first stop on the tour is to the lookout at Morne Fortuné, a hill and residential area located south of Castries (pictured above). The views of Castries Harbour are great, but it’s a bit of a tourist trap with far too many energetic merchants pushing their handmade souvenirs and bottled water on disinterested tourists.

After we snapped a few photos we hopped back in the van and toured around the Morne Fortuné area. Our driver, Pat, informed us that the name Morne Fortuné means “Hill of Good luck”. He explained that this name could not be further from the truth because the hill was a constant battleground between the French and the English. The small island changed hands 14 times between the French and English.

We drove around Fort Charlotte and Pat pointed out a few of the historical sites, including the old Powder Magazine & Guard Cells, the Morne Battery and the French & British Cemeteries. 

We passed through an old military barracks that have since been converted into a school. Class was in session that day, so we caught a glimpse of school life on a Caribbean island. It’s fascinating to think that those classrooms once served as a military facility.

The next stop on the tour was to a wood working artist studio. While the art was nice, the prices were not. It felt like another tourist trap. We did our quick stop and moved on. I get the feeling each of the tour operators get a commission for bringing tourists to the store.

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15 Brilliant Things To Read While You Poop

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Owner Lists Five Things He Loves About His New Ford Focus RS

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Now that all the big reviews of the latest Ford Focus RS are out, it's time to see what owners of the hot hatch think about their rides.
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People Were Asked What The Craziest Things They’ve Done For Money Are, The Answers Will Surprise You

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What are the most important things to consider when buying a used car?

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While we all aspire to buy new cars and vehicles, the price of these models can be prohibitive (depending on precisely what you have in mind). This is why so many of us choose to browse the used market for high quality alternatives, purchasing our favourite vehicles for dramatically reduced prices. Quality is also far easier to find in the contemporary, used car market, with established dealers such as Shelbourne Motors providing a greater range of vehicles and improved regulations.

What are the most important things to consider when buying a used car?

Despite this, it is still important that you approach the used car market with care, and make several determinations prior to making a purchase.

With this in mind, here are three of the most important considerations: –

  1. The Importance of Value

Let’s start with value, as this is arguably the single most important consideration when buying a used car. After all, this is the main benefit of investing in a used car, especially when you consider that this type of investment usually depreciates over time. It is therefore important that you research the market and determine the median range for the type of vehicle that you want to buy, before approaching vendors and making a fair offer. If you are forced to pay outside of this median range, you may well lose value and ultimately lose money.

  1. The Basics of automotive performance

Test driving your car is absolutely essential, as is performing a comprehensive check for exterior and interior damage. While you can easily test drive the car to evaluate its steering, breaks, suspension and engine performance, you may well need to hire an expert service provider to inspect every single element of the vehicle in question. Both the AA and the RAC offer this service, and while it may require an initial investment the results can help you to drive down costs and secure huge financial savings.

  1. The fact that the art of negotiation can help you to save money

After the comprehensive inspection of a car and a thorough comparison of the marketplace, you may find slight defaults or anomalies that cause concern. To those with a proactive mind-set, these should be treated as leverage as they provide you with an opportunity to negotiate with vendors and reduce the total asking price. Just remember that negotiation is an art-form, however, and one that requires persistence, clarity of thought and excellent communication skills.

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10 More Things About Italy that Shock First-Time Visitors

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Pasta, pizza, and passion. We know what Italy is famous for, that’s why so many of us flock there – all 47 million of us a year. In fact, Italy is the 5th most popular holiday destination in the world! They boast having some of the best food, great wine, a rich and fascinating history, brilliant beaches, gorgeous lakes, bags of culture, and some of the most stylish residents. But there are a few things about Italy that will shock you if you’ve never been there before…

You Can’t Order Spaghetti And Meatballs

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Photo Credit: Foodnetwork

No you can’t. If you do, the Italians will just laugh at you. This is not an Italian dish you’ll be shocked to hear. It is, in fact, an Americanism that has found its way into many cultures and attributed to the Italians. .

So, how on earth did this happen? Well, about 4 million Italians immigrated to America from 1880 to 1920, about 85% of them came from southern Italy. Times were tough for them at the time, and they went from having no money to spend on food, to lots. As a result, meat became a staple in their dishes, as did trying to outdo the Italian neighbors down the road. So the meatballs got big and delicious and ended up paired with spaghetti.

Italians Are Very Loud

 They also famously can’t talk without moving their hands. At first you might think that everybody is having an argument, but they’re just passionate. You may find it all a bit too much to start off with, but you’ll soon learn to love the passion of the Italians. Also, you’ll discover that Italians love to communicate, preferable over a 2-hour dinner with plenty of good wine, and even if they don’t speak English they’ll still try to talk with you. They’re just like that.

Italians Love To Gamble 

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Photo Credit: Mises

In fact, Italy recently became the largest gambling market in Europe. Pavia is the city to go to if you’re looking to play the slots as there is one for every 104 of the city’s 68,300 residents – yes, a total of 656 slot machines.

Although the slots are big in Italy now, gambling has existed in the area for centuries and has taken on many forms. The Romans used to play a predecessor of the modern backgammon and introduced it into other European countries. Roman Emperors also loved gambling games, especially ones involving dice. It has been noted that Julius Caesar famously proclaimed, on crossing the Rubicon River, that “the die is cast” (alea jacta est). So, if you’re of the gambling disposition, Italy might take you by surprise with what it has on offer.

Time Doesn’t Exist in Italy

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Photo Credit: Charlotte’s Weddings

Well, it does, but then it doesn’t – not to Italians. So, if you make some Italian friends and arrange to meet them at 7.30pm, don’t be surprised if they turn up at 8pm – with no apology. It’s not rude, it’s just the way the country works.

Of course, this is a huge stereotype and one that is generally attributed to the South. Imagine if you had that lovely weather, all the pasta and lots of delicious wine to keep you amused – you’d probably be late to things too!

Also, it’s worth noting that quite often places in Italy are closed at midday. So, if you are shopping it’s best to do it in the morning or late afternoon.

There Will Be Tourists 

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Photo Credit: Life of a Minion

So get ready to queue. We’ve already said that Italy is the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world but the volume may shock you when you’re actually there. For example, if you want to visit the Vatican you should expect a 2-hour wait at peak times. You can avoid the queues by booking in advance, checking out the busiest times of the day for popular attractions or going off the beaten track.

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Photo Credit: Nations Online

It exists, but it’s probably best not to mention it to an Italian – unless you want to start an argument.

What are the key things that you need when working on your own car?

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There is no doubt about it, the cost of car ownership is rising. According to the Daily Mail, this had risen to a staggering £3,500 a year by the end of 2013. making the UK the most expensive place on earth to run a vehicle. This makes for startling reading, while it should also encourage motorists to seek out new and creative ways of cutting costs wherever possible. One of the easiest solutions is to handle some basic repairs and maintenance tasks independently, although this must be approached with care and a strategic mind-set.

The 3 Things you will need when working on your own car

So before you commit to working on your own car, you will need to make sure that you have the required skills, knowledge and equipment. Here are three things that you will need to succeed: – 

An Understanding of your skills and limitations

This is the most important requirement, as without an honest appraisal of your skills one of two things will happen; either you will overestimate your abilities and do more damage to your car, or you will be too conservative and fail to make enough financial savings. The key is to start with fundamental basics, including oil and tyre changes which are simple and can be learned through online video tutorials. From here you can progress to more challenging tasks such as replacing drive belts, always questioning your knowledge and using your instinct where necessary. 

The right tools

Once you have grasped the type of tasks that are capable of carrying out, the next step is to ensure that you have the right tools for specific jobs. After all, there is no point in learning and honing new skills if you lack the necessary equipment to complete the necessary quality of work.

Investing in such equipment can be costly, so it is wise to start by purchasing multi-purpose tools or those that can be used to complete multiple tasks. Take the type of bolting systems sold by SGS Engineering, for example, which can be used as torque-wrenches and to complete a range of additional tasks. Over time you can build your collection of tools as your skills develop, as this ensures that you do not waste your money on equipment that you are incapable of using.

The space in which to work

Finally, you will need the necessary space in which to complete an array of maintenance tasks depending on your level of skill and experience. Ideally you will own a garage in which to complete such work, or at least an expansive driveway that is connected to your private abode. Without this you will need to be creative in order to make some space, whether you choose to hire a mobile storage unit on a rolling lease or borrow a friend’s garage for a temporary period of time.

Things to Consider When Trying to Choosing the LED Light Kit

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For most car owners, finding ways to increase the appeal their vehicle is important. There are so many ways to make this happen, which is why you will have to do some research. Getting a led headlight conversion kit is a great option and will help to make the car look better and enhance the safety it has. With all of the different kits out there on the market, finding the right one may be a bit difficult. Taking the time to weigh all of the options that you have is the only way to make the right decision. The following are some of the things to consider when trying to get the right light kit for your car. 

The Quality of the Kit

One of the first things that you need to do when trying to get the right LED kit for your vehicle is to find out what type of quality the brand is known for. Buying a less than stellar quality headlight kit will only cause more problems for you in the future. Taking the time to look at some online reviews is a great way to assess the quality a particular kit is known for. 

The Model of Your Vehicle

The next thing that you will have to think about when trying to find the right light kit is the model of vehicle it is made for. Without this type of knowledge, it will be very hard for you to get the right fit. Usually, the description on the listing for the light kit will lay out the type of vehicles it will fit. You need to make sure that you pay extra close attention to this to ensure you do not get the wrong kit. The time invested in this type of research will pay off in the end. 

How Difficult Are They to Install? 

Another very important variable that you will need to consider when trying to get the right light kit is how hard it will be to get it installed. Some of the kits on the market are very hard to install and may require the help of a professional. If you need professional assistance, then you will need to figure out which of the professionals in your area is the best fit for your needs. The more you are able to find out about the professionals and their qualifications, the easier you will find it to choose the right one. 

Investing in a great LED light kit is wise on behalf of a car owner. Finding the right kits may not be easy, but the work invested is worth it. 

The Best Things We Saw at the FotoFest 2016 Biennial

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Our favorite projects on view during Houston’s FotoFest

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

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10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things Every Foodie Can Relate To

10 Things About Saudi Arabia That Shock First-time Visitors

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Saudi Arabia has been always the interesting type when it comes to Muslim countries with laws we find extremely odd and undemocratic. For the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, death penalties and stoning are still part of the judicial process, males and females are still pretty much segregated, and women are still known in keeping those hands off away from the steering wheel. Here are the shocking truths that first-timers will expect while in Saudi Arabia.

  1. Burqa all the way

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Women are required to wear abaya, burqa and hijabs no matter what your religion is. So don’t be surprised to see all the women entirely covered while roaming around the public areas of Saudi Arabia. Small girls are exempted but they must start wearing the required clothing after they reach puberty.

  1. Shop, stop, pray

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Shops close for 30 minutes during salah or prayer times. And that doesn’t only happen once, but five times a day. So you better know the prayer schedules before you go shopping.

  1. The death show

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Executions happen on public grounds even just outside shopping malls. You can see convicts getting their penalty in different ways – getting shot, hanged, or decapitated. If you’re interested to watch, there’s no need to be shy because you’ll be joined by a huge crowd who are also curious to see the “show”.

  1. Alcohol-free or else

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Thinking of hitting the bar or club after that tiring work week? Then, you better not waste your time searching for those in Saudi Arabia to quench your thirst with some booze. No market can even help you in having a bottle of cold beer. And if you think you can fly out somewhere and bring back loads of alcohol for stock, you’re definitely jumping into some trouble. The production, possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden in the country. A British man living in Saudi Arabia for 25 years was sentenced to jail and more than 350 lashes for the possession of homemade wine.

  1. No dogs around

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You won’t see dogs having a walk around the park (or the desert) every morning and getting petted right after. They aren’t popular to be owned as pets as they are believed to be unhygienic. However, you’d still see dogs around which are mainly used as guards, rescuers, or hunters. Nowadays, the image of dogs as non-house pets is changing and many are starting to own other dog breeds such as Great Danes and toy poodles.

  1. Women don’t drive

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13 Things You Should NOT Do While in Japan

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There are so many things to do around Japan. You can release the anime-lover in you, binge on Japanese food, see the historical sites, and do so much more. On the other hand though, there are things that you should consider thinking twice before doing and here are some of the things you should NOT do while in Japan. These aren’t laws but just a few things that should save you from looking rude in front of locals.

  1. Give tips

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Photo Credit: wakkanai097

You wonder, “Why would someone resist getting tips?” When in Japan, don’t be surprised when a waiter chases you down the street or politely hands back the extra change you left on the bill. Giving tips doesn’t show a “job well done” message for the Japanese but rather a “do better next time”, so better just keep the change back in your purse.

  1. Enter homes with your shoes on

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Photo Credit: Fufurasu

When you enter someone else’s home, you’ll step on a small area after the entrance, a level below the rest of the house. This area is called a “genkan” where you enter, remove your shoes, and place them properly on the floor or on a shoe rack before you can step on further to the house’s common area. You may also have to take your shoes off in certain areas like temples, shrines, and even restaurants.

  1. Eat and drink while walking around

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Photo Credit: troy_williams

You’re not in New York honey so better skip the thought of taking out a cup of coffee and a sandwich to eat while on the way to the subway. What’s more important to remember is you should never take food with you to eat while inside the train. Eating outdoors only applies to cultural and music festivals with food stalls.

  1. Littering

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Photo Credit: troutfactory

It’s easily understandable that throwing your trash on some random place is a big no-no wherever you are around the world. In Japan however, you’ll notice that trash cans aren’t always available that you actually need to hold your trash until you can find a proper bin for it.

  1. Hugging

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Photo Credit: U.S. Navy JAG Corps

You’re trying to be friendly, yes we know that. But take note that the Japanese are uncomfortable in hugging acquaintances and of course, strangers. So better stick to polite bows or handshakes.

  1. Talk on the phone while on the train

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Photo Credit: Virtual Zavie

If someone calls you while you’re on the train, decline the phone call. Answering so is rude enough to disturb the other passengers especially if you talk loudly (and you have no idea that you are actually noisy).

  1. Insist that you pay when you’re invited to a dinner

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Photo Credit: nancytru1

When you are invited by someone for dinner or some drinks, most of the time you’d know that you need to have some money to pay when the bill is split. However, splitting the bill doesn’t happen and insisting that you want to pay is rude for the person who invited you.

Five Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About Cars

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With Star Wars: The Force Awakens being the biggest in the series, it’s gotten me thinking about the influence of this incredible franchise on our lives. It defined a movie genre, of course, and no doubt inspired many a young kid to want to become a pilot or astronaut (me included, even if NASA still won’t return my calls). And just think how many cultural references we have thanks to Star Wars. Mysterious siblings and parents, going over to the “dark side,” and the much wished for Jedi “mind wave trick” are all byproducts of the series.

Some might argue Star Wars only moved the needle in our popular culture, but there are clearly some life lessons in these movies. Sure, good is better than evil is one; pluck and good cause overcoming big obstacles is another. And I’d argue the Star Wars series can also teach us some very useful lessons about cars and the auto industry as well.

Don’t think so? Just consider these five key lessons we should take to heart.

1. Girls Dig Bad Boys With Souped-up Junkers

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If you are of similar age as me, you probably saw the first Star Wars in kindergarten and thought Luke Skywalker was the cool guy. At a certain age, however, I realized Han Solo was really the guy I wanted to be. Sure, Luke has that feathered blond hair and a glowing sword, but Han’s the true bad ass. He smokes aliens with one shot, thumbs his nose at authority, and has the coolest, souped up hot rod space ship in the galaxy.

And most importantly, he gets the girl. The takeaway for car owners? The smooth talker with the sleek new sports car may seem to have the edge, but we all know girls usually go for the bad boys in the heavy metal hot rod.

2. Evil Empires Have Problems With Exhaust & Electrical Systems

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If Star Wars were our guide, then it’s no surprise VW and GM would wind up plagued by exhaust emissions and electrical issues in recent years. In the first Star Wars, a couple tiny missiles down an exhaust port blow up the first Death Star, and the second Death Star is knocked out by the vulnerability of its power generator. Even in the latest Star Wars (spoiler alert, in case you are one of the eight people on earth who’ve not seen the movie), some cockamamie issue with the power system leads to the demise of the latest planet-killing super weapon as well.

I don’t know whether VW’s disgraced CEO Martin Winterkorn or GM’s hapless former CEO Rick Wagoner make a better Darth Vader, but clearly neither were kept well informed on their problems with exhaust and electrical systems, and both got burned in the end. Regardless, the wise in the auto industry should take note that cultures of fear and bad internal communications usually lead to nasty outcomes.

3. Old Tech Is Often Far Superior To New Tech

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Sure, the Empire bristles with high tech weaponry, fancy shields, and legions of state-of-the-art star ships, but they always seem to get whooped by a kid with an old sword using his wits rather than silicon to do battle. I may be a creaky doomsayer waging a fruitless battle against progress, but I think we are badly misguided in our adoption of endless vehicle tech. Don’t get me wrong, some things are nice—I certainly appreciate stability control and GPS. But the headlong rush to pack our cars with more and more distracting technology and “driver aids,” culminating in the latest craze towards semi-autonomous driving, is insanity.

Just as Grand Moff Tarkin proclaimed the Death Star could never have a vulnerability (right before he was vaporized), Google and Elon Musk and all the others swear their robot car technology will be our salvation. Until it’s not, and some teenage hacker seizes control of your car and runs it into a ditch. I’m not saying technology is all bad or that we should go back to riding horses, but even movies teach us the lesson that overwhelming faith in technology is for the foolhardy.

We should proceed down the path of driverless cars with great caution.

Five Things Star Wars Can Teach Us About Cars

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With Star Wars: The Force Awakens being the biggest in the series, it’s gotten me thinking about the influence of this incredible franchise on our lives. It defined a movie genre, of course, and no doubt inspired many a young kid to want to become a pilot or astronaut (me included, even if NASA still won’t return my calls). And just think how many cultural references we have thanks to Star Wars. Mysterious siblings and parents, going over to the “dark side,” and the much wished for Jedi “mind wave trick” are all byproducts of the series.

Some might argue Star Wars only moved the needle in our popular culture, but there are clearly some life lessons in these movies. Sure, good is better than evil is one; pluck and good cause overcoming big obstacles is another. And I’d argue the Star Wars series can also teach us some very useful lessons about cars and the auto industry as well.

Don’t think so? Just consider these five key lessons we should take to heart.

1. Girls Dig Bad Boys With Souped-up Junkers

Han Solo Millenium Falcon
If you are of similar age as me, you probably saw the first Star Wars in kindergarten and thought Luke Skywalker was the cool guy. At a certain age, however, I realized Han Solo was really the guy I wanted to be. Sure, Luke has that feathered blond hair and a glowing sword, but Han’s the true bad ass. He smokes aliens with one shot, thumbs his nose at authority, and has the coolest, souped up hot rod space ship in the galaxy.

And most importantly, he gets the girl. The takeaway for car owners? The smooth talker with the sleek new sports car may seem to have the edge, but we all know girls usually go for the bad boys in the heavy metal hot rod.

2. Evil Empires Have Problems With Exhaust & Electrical Systems

Death Star Explosion
If Star Wars were our guide, then it’s no surprise VW and GM would wind up plagued by exhaust emissions and electrical issues in recent years. In the first Star Wars, a couple tiny missiles down an exhaust port blow up the first Death Star, and the second Death Star is knocked out by the vulnerability of its power generator. Even in the latest Star Wars (spoiler alert, in case you are one of the eight people on earth who’ve not seen the movie), some cockamamie issue with the power system leads to the demise of the latest planet-killing super weapon as well.

I don’t know whether VW’s disgraced CEO Martin Winterkorn or GM’s hapless former CEO Rick Wagoner make a better Darth Vader, but clearly neither were kept well informed on their problems with exhaust and electrical systems, and both got burned in the end. Regardless, the wise in the auto industry should take note that cultures of fear and bad internal communications usually lead to nasty outcomes.

3. Old Tech Is Often Far Superior To New Tech

Millenium Falcon
Sure, the Empire bristles with high tech weaponry, fancy shields, and legions of state-of-the-art star ships, but they always seem to get whooped by a kid with an old sword using his wits rather than silicon to do battle. I may be a creaky doomsayer waging a fruitless battle against progress, but I think we are badly misguided in our adoption of endless vehicle tech. Don’t get me wrong, some things are nice—I certainly appreciate stability control and GPS. But the headlong rush to pack our cars with more and more distracting technology and “driver aids,” culminating in the latest craze towards semi-autonomous driving, is insanity.

Just as Grand Moff Tarkin proclaimed the Death Star could never have a vulnerability (right before he was vaporized), Google and Elon Musk and all the others swear their robot car technology will be our salvation. Until it’s not, and some teenage hacker seizes control of your car and runs it into a ditch. I’m not saying technology is all bad or that we should go back to riding horses, but even movies teach us the lesson that overwhelming faith in technology is for the foolhardy.

We should proceed down the path of driverless cars with great caution.

22 Things To Remember When in New York City

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Hello, world. This is New York City. As everyone knows (or not), a day in NYC is always hectic and busy. People walk fast like their time is running out. Trains are always overcrowded, dirty, and if you’re lucky, stinky. There’s always something going on around this city and for sure you won’t get bored in it. Mixing in the fast-paced life is great, but it’ll be better if you’re prepared with these basic rules to live by when you’re in NYC.

1. Learn to refer subway lines by their numbers and letters.

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Photo Credit: jessespector

It is confusing at first (like almost everything in NYC) but knowing this is already helpful when getting around the city.

2. When ordering something at a deli, don’t place all your orders to the person behind the cash register.

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Photo Credit: Tanenhaus

If you want a sandwich, ask the person working behind the station. Grab your food and head to the checkout counter to pay.

3. Do not lean on the subway poles.

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Photo Credit: Spoiled NYC

You see, the train is crowded and people need something to hold on to.

4. A tip for tips

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Photo Credit: Varanaus

The bill’s 20% is the standard minimum. 15%, is a good way to piss someone off. Don’t tip at fast food places.

5. The food is great here.

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Photo Credit: wallyg

There’s always something new to try in town and you can even get authentic ethnic cuisines from all over the world. So, for your sake, forget about your plan going to Olive Garden and Friday’s. Please.

6. Never trust an empty car train.

Thinking of going VIP during rush hour? Sure, if you want to get empty car train perks like vomit, a busted air conditioner, or something worse.

7. Be sure your change or Metrocard is ready before you get to the turnstile.

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Photo Credit: david…richey

Avoid finding yourself searching for these things in your purse or wallet once you’ve stepped inside the bus or right before a subway turnstile. This rule also goes when you’re paying at the checkout counter – get your cash and cards out quickly, please.

8. Where do you find New York-style pizza in New York?

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Photo Credit: thepigmon

Nowhere and everywhere. You’re in New York right?

9. Stealing another’s cab ride isn’t illegal but…

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Photo Credit: invisibro

If you want to be the best candidate in everyone’s hate list, going farther from someone trying to get a cab to steal his/her ride should be your favorite daily activity. In other words, don’t.

10. Learn to walk… a lot.

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Photo Credit: Edwort

It’s healthy and the best way to get around the city. Don’t complain.

11. Know when you’re getting in someone’s way

Do you know how it feels like when you’re driving on a highway and the car in front of you is moving too slow? Annoying right? That’s how the people walking on sidewalks and subway feel too when you and your friends walk hand in hand around NYC like you’re in an amusement park.

The Thanksgiving Starter Pack: 9 Things To Expect in the Holidays

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It’s that crazy time of the year again when everyone has a chance to take a break from all the rush and go home to relax and eat good food with family and friends – and that’s what you call Thanksgiving. For non-Americans who just don’t understand how the United States stops every Thanksgiving, it’s time to make things understandable for everyone about what happens during this day and how it affects all Americans. For you Thanksgiving beginners who want to celebrate in the USA or wherever you are, leave your worries behind and you’ll find this day easy to love and hate with this Thanksgiving starter pack checklist.

1. Turkey

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Photo Credit: Artfcity

Let’s get straight to the point. Thanksgiving is all about filling your bellies with hearty homemade meals and a huge fowl on the center of the dinner table. Why should it be a turkey and not a chicken, a pigeon, nor a duck? History says (although unsure), a letter written by pilgrim Edward Winslow mentions a turkey hunting trip before the meal. Furthermore, wild turkeys were already common through all of North America so it wasn’t new for its people to hunt and eat turkey.
The list of reasons doesn’t stop there. Another reason why turkey is essential for Thanksgiving (and Christmas) is its size huge enough to feed a crowd and its affordable price. We guess it’s better to dig in the turkey-Thanksgiving relations and the turkey itself at the dinner table.

2. Black Friday

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Photo Credit: Imggood

Outside the USA, nothing much has been said about Thanksgiving and that goes too for Black Friday. But thanks to the internet, the world can easily see what happens during this day especially if it’s something crazy share-worthy. So what does the world see and think about Black Friday? Well, besides stores attracting crowds with their great deals, Black Friday is famous for its camping shoppers, stampedes, riots, complaints, and a whole day of tough work for the staff.
Crazy prices. Crazy customers. Crazy day.

3. Family

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Photo Credit: MemesVault

Who’s gonna cook that scrumptious feast without the “family”? Kidding aside, the family, besides the food on the dinner table, completes the typical setting of a Thanksgiving scene. And you just don’t have a family right in front of you, but individuals with different personalities, interests, and beliefs. So get ready to arm yourself with your answers when the table gets heated up with some sort of a debate regarding politics, your mom’s cooking, or worse – your love life.

4. Annoying Questions

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Photo Credit: Tumblr

Related to number three, once everyone’s complete for Thanksgiving, the battle starts with probably the same annoying and rude questions you already heard last year. Brace yourselves with a couple of questions such as, “Why are you not eating meat?”, “Did you gain weight?”, and “When are you getting married.”
You might be rolling your eyes already but remember most of these questions are thrown at you without the intention of hurting your feelings. So stay calm and try to slowly get away with some jokes or sarcasm.

5. Football

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Photo Credit: Mikeshredder

After the dinner, the conversations and such, it’s a ritual to sit down and turn on the television to watch football. This concept dates back to 1876 (after the game was invented) when college football teams at Yale and Princeton, followed by the University of Michigan and others, began the annual tradition of playing Thanksgiving games as most people are off work during these days.
Fast forward to the present, watching football continues to be a tradition up to television sets where families watch NFL games often hosted by the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys.

15 Things Every Single Girl Can Relate To

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10 Things You Can Do To Enjoy Liechtenstein

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Ever wondered what is there to see in this tiny country you call Liechtenstein? Tourists may have often just pass by this country as its neighbors in Europe are more known to offer a longer list of fun things to do and amazing sights to see. Meanwhile, Liechtenstein is an alpine land of 166 sq. km sitting quietly between Austria and Switzerland with no coastline, no airport, and no harbor. It was also known to be a popular tax haven for the rich who want to evade taxes in their home countries. Don’t even be shocked to receive a firm answer that Liechtenstein is a land filled with banks because it really is. So why bother going here? Well, here are some answers that might convince you to stop by and discover more about the world’s sixth smallest country. Seriously, Liechtenstein can be interesting too!

View high-quality postage stamps in the Postage Stamp Museum

Visit with no frills at all as the museum tells you what you are about to see – postage stamps. philatelists may find this place as a paradise with its exhibits displaying postal stamps from the old ones to the country’s current releases. The Postage Stamp Museum is small but never underestimate the amount of what you can see in here. It also stores rare stamps of Liechtenstein, historical documents, and historical postal service equipment. Admission is free so it won’t hurt to visit and look at these tiny art pieces.

Enter the castle grounds of Schloss Vaduz on August 15

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Photo Credit: zacke82

Schloss Vaduz is the the official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein which means you can’t just climb uphill and enter the castle at any time you wish. So if you dream of wandering around an actual castle with a real royalty living in it, visit Schloss Vaduz on the 15th of August, Liechtenstein’s National Day. You can also expect to see fireworks and celebrations accompanied by wine and beer during this day.

Discover the sculptures around the Main Square

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Photo Credit: atsubor

The city of Vaduz is dotted with interesting sculptures created by world-famous artists and it is easy to find them while walking around the main square. So far, there are fifteen sculptures displayed according to the country’s tourism website. You find bronze pieces such as the Tre Cavalli and Grande Cavallo by Nag Arnoldi, the Standing Figure by Herbert Albrecht, and the Renaissance by Daniel Spoerri.

Sample excellent wines at the Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein

Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein or simply the Wine Cellars of the Prince of Liechtenstein is a great stopover for those driving around Vaduz or for those who want to have a good view of Schloss Vaduz. But other than those reasons, enjoy spending time tasting the varieties of local wine such as the Vaduz Pinot Noir which is made from the grapes grown at the vineyard next to the tasting room. You can also walk around the vineyard if you want to.

Ski with your family in Malbun

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Photo Credit: martingraham999

Skiing in Malbun isn’t only reserved for the pros but also for the whole family. The ski resort Malbun has 23 kilometers of slopes for skiers and snowboarders, may they be beginners or experts. Kids will have fun joining too a the resort offers the Malbi Park Kinderland where they can carefully practice skiing on gentler slopes.

27 Things You Must Know Before Buying Used Cars

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In car lingo, a “cream puff” is a pre-owned vehicle in exceptional condition. Although rare, it’s easy to spot these by the attention given by the previous owner. The inside is well kept, the engine was maintained, the miles are low, and even the price is right. Dealerships and shoppers alike love these. They generate […]

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