5 Crazy Things People Built In Their Backyard

Most of us are happy with keeping a nicely groomed backyard with the occasional flower planting and lawn manicuring. But nothing compares with these 5 crazy things people built in their backyard. You can call it excessive zeal or just a lot of free time, but they went ahead and had their fun. On their own. Come to think about it, why wouldn’t someone want to build a miniature Paris in their backyard? Think of all the mini croissants and boulangeries. Why stop there? Let’s all build castles in our yards. And roller coasters for a pinch of excitement. Flower beds are so main stream and boring, they’re just not worth it.

5. The Miniature Paris

5 Crazy Things People Built In Their Backyard

You didn’t think I was kidding, did you? Gerard Brion is not laughing. He is the brains and patient steady hands behind the miniature Paris he built in his backyard. Over the course of fifteen years, Brion kept working hard on his capital of love, using concrete blocks, baby food jars and other junk. The miniature city also has streets, cars, rivers and, most amazingly, it’s connected to electricity so it lights up at night. Dare we ask about plumbing? Brion’s backyard is now the attraction of over 15,000 tourists each year who go in South of France to admire the miniature Paris.

4. The Infinitely Expanding Castle

5 Crazy Things People Built In Their Backyard

If you thought the miniature Paris took way too long to build, Jim Bishop’s backyard castle took over four decades of work. He did all the work by himself, starting at fifteen when he dropped out of high school. He bought two acres of land in Colorado and built a castle that has 250 foot towers and domes. Wondering how he did it? Bishop didn’t use any heavy machinery, each and every stone was laid by hand. The castle is still an on going project, with Bishop seemingly not very eager to fully complete it.

3. Homemade Roller Coaster

5 Crazy Things People Built In Their Backyard

Who needs to go to Disneyland when they have a roller coaster in their backyard? The answer is John Ivers. When he was finally got tired of waiting in line to have some fun, he thought why not build his own roller coaster? With welding experience and a lot of scrap metal available, he built the attraction which he named Blue Flash. He now opened his backyard to anyone who wants to go for a spin for free. If you pluck up the courage to try it out, you’ll ride in a modified car seat in what you’ll believe will be the last ride of your life.

2. A western town

5 Crazy Things People Built In Their Backyard

When he was asked to refurbish a bunch of old sheds in his backyard, Jimmy Helms had a better idea: building an old time western town. He even chose a name for it: New Dubina. It took him fourteen years to build it and now it has a store, a saloon, a school and even a small church. With almost twenty two buildings in his back yard, the Western town wouldn’t have been complete without a gallows. Helms actually did such a good job with his DIY project, that a TV network filmed a few episodes for a Western there.

1. A BMX park

5 Crazy Things People Built In Their Backyard

What happens when you move in California’s Mojave Desert and tell your teenage son he can build anything he wants in your backyard? He chooses to build a BMX park. Gordy Toth proceeded to clear his backyard of trees and begun digging ramps. Fast forward six years later, when his biking park was ready for him and his friends to have some fun. With 13 surgeries and many broken bones, we’re sure Toth and his dad had a blast.

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10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

Nowadays we’re hearing more and more about procrastination, increasing productivity and overcoming bad habits. They’ve become hot topics, especially since everyone strives to work less but have better results. If you’re looking for tips and tricks to boost your work flow, check out these 10 steps to increase your productivity. The main goal of these is to make you an addict to productivity. It sounds difficult to accomplish and that’s because it really is. A good place to start is to eliminate lack of sleep, improve your organizational skills, and finding out when your most productive hours are. After you take some time and tackle these, you can move on to the following points.

1. Set out a five year plan.

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And more importantly, go ahead and write down your objectives so you never lose sight of what you’re working hard to accomplish. It will also serve as a reminder that with each fulfilled task you are one step closer to your bigger objective.

2. Focus on one or two important tasks to be accomplished.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

To-do lists can be overwhelming and even depressing at the end of the day. Instead of jotting down a dozen tasks, choose the two or three most important ones. Then channel all your energy into making them happen.

3. Learn how to prioritize.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

Once you know what are the most important matters, make sure you work on them during you most productive hours. This way you can rest assured the essential things are getting the best of you, while the minor stuff still gets done, but comes on second place.

4. Embrace proactivity.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

Keep your mind on shaping the future instead of reacting to crisis. By planning ahead and having proactive habits, you’ll manage to keep the crises development to a minimum and focus on other things.

5. Relinquish perfectionism.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

I’m not encouraging handing in sloppy work, but condoning perfectionism. Some things require more attention than others and you should be able to make the difference between the two and act accordingly.

6. Discipline above all.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

It’s no secret that undisciplined people usually don’t accomplish what they want. If you fall under this category, you can train yourself to be disciplined by rewarding yourself once you fulfill your task. Stick to small rewards like a snack or a new tie.

7. You can’t do everything.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

If you’re not used or happy with delegating, you better start working on it. You’re not going to be able to do everything you want, just the way you want it. So brush up your people skills and start using other’s help to you advantage.

8. You don’t have to say yes to everything.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

If you feel something is not worth your time, go ahead and turn it down. You’re not forced to sit through boring meetings that won’t help you and won’t get you closer to your goals. Instead, use your time for things that really matter. By learning how to say no you keep boring events at bay and you keep working on your projects.

9. Forget about multi tasking.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

If you want to succeed at what you’re working on, doing that will require your full and undivided attention. So say good bye to multi tasking and hello to focusing on single tasking. You’ll be surprised how clear your mind will stay, no matter how hard you’ll work on something.

10. Peer pressure can actually help.

10 Steps To Increase Your Productivity

Although it’s usually frowned upon, peer pressure can work as an incentive. By telling your partners, colleagues and friends what your goals are, you’ll feel accountable to accomplish them. And make sure to work hard until you complete the tasks you set for yourself. You’re not helping anyone if you quit before hand and you’ll only manage to sabotage yourself.

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The Kings Of Internet Trolling

The internet has become a place to make fun of other people, show everybody else how you’re right and they’re wrong and make memes out of everything. I think I’ve got the gist of it, right? Of course, some are better at pointing and laughing, while others prefer the subtler, longer, more elaborate ways to making jokes. We’ll call the latter the kings of internet trolling in an endeavor to make a top five of the funniest (though not safest) ways of joking. Keep reading about these devil minds and what they were capable to do for a few laughs.

5. Wiki tinkering

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I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with Wikipedia and its vast knowledge of… everything. Since it can be edited by anyone, not everything on there is 100% reliable. But the quotes and summary for the “Saved by the bell” page transcend any human error into pure evil. The American 90s sitcom revolved around several friends and was a light comedy that occasionally tackled more serious issues. But nothing was so serious as this alleged quote from its Wiki page: “We are just insects… There’s no mercy in things. There’s not even a Great Beyond”. Yes, this troll had the brilliant idea to tinker with the some quotes. And they didn’t stop there. Some episode plots were entirely reinvented in a mishmash of crazy dark things.

4. Supreme Court Impersonator Makes Waves on Twitter

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People are braver on the internet. Under the thick cloak of anonymity, we’re all Hulks, Tyrannosaurus or the Great Others. Out in the real life, though, we shrink back to the true size. Twitter has become a place where everyone can blurt out things, add a bunch of hashtags, and then apologize saying it was all just a joke. But one particular troll took it to a whole new level. When a random blogger was mistaken for the Supreme Court on Twitter he just rolled with it. Hard! The people behind @SCOTUSblog started replying to angry tweets with equally witty and on point remarks. Our favorite? “Careful, you know we administer the death penalty, right?”

3. Tinder, tinder little app, how I wonder… what gender you are

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A Californian hacker came up with a stunt to pull on male Tinder users. He created two fake profiles of girls and each time a man wanted to chat with one of the fake girls, he would be matched with another guy. I can only imagine he grabbed some popcorn, laid back and enjoyed the show. Most of the guys didn’t stop to think again about the misleading hints, which goes to show everyone’s just looking for a fast hookup.

2. Tumbling Out of Space

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Tumblr’s recently implemented copyright system allows creators to request their work be taken down is someone has stolen it. From here on, a staff member reviews your request and applies their seal of approval. Invariably, we might add. Darryl Anka thought Tumblr can’t possibly review all the requests they get, so he decided to find out if the staff over there really does their job. This “trollemy” of Tumblr claimed he was submitting requests encouraged by his alien friends from the future. Slow clap. We can only hope Mr. Anka is writing these claims from his living room and not a soft walled bedroom.

1. The most expensive shoot out

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This video game has some very inventive users. Which translates into gamers being able to do whatever they please. Including shooting money at each other. This is hilarious with a sprinkle of genius because GTA bans players who make too much money quickly. So the attackers armed with money bullets can have a good laugh while chasing down players who are fleeing so as not to get too rich too fast. Therefore, we hereby crown the Kings of Internet Trolling and wish them a prosperous reign.

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5 Inspirational Kids

We’re used to thinking adults inspire kids, with children looking up (literally) at grown-ups for advice and role models. But things are starting to change and you too could find the following 5 inspirational kids amazing. What fuels these kids’ determination to change the world? They can be brutally honest and demand justice be done immediately. What is more, they seem to be able to ask the questions that are on the lips of most adults who can’t pluck up the courage to speak up. So get your pen and paper ready to jot down some ideas from these selfless kids.

1. Hailey Fort

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This 9 year old builds shelters as a hobby. After she became friends with a homeless man, she felt determined he had the right to have a roof over his head. It didn’t take long before Hailey took things into her own hands… literally. She can handle a screwdriver better than most adults so she managed to build her friend Edward a mobile small house. The shelter is not luxurious, but it can keep the man away from the cold and rain and it even has windows. Besides building houses, Hailey is also taking care of a garden which produces food that is then donated to the homeless people.

2. Christian McPhilamy

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This 8 year old’s sacrifice involved growing his hair for two years and then donating it to an organization for children who suffer from cancer or alopecia. Christian was 6 when he decided he wanted to grow out his hair and the other kids in schools weren’t very supportive of his decision. He constantly got bullied and mistaken by a girl, but he never thought of giving up. His blond hair grew as long as 12 inches, so you could say the teasing paid off in the end, all in the name of a good cause.

3. Gracey Chafin

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Gracey, aged 8, also donated her hair. She offered her help to a classmate who was diagnosed with leukemia and gave her 10 inches of her hair. But Gracey didn’t stop there. She initiated a fundraiser at her school and she managed to gather 1300 toys, games and books that were donated to a children’d hospital. She surpassed her record this year when she repeated the fundraiser that amounted to 2000 collected items. As an ambitious little girl, she’s already set an even higher goal for next year. All the items gathered by Gracey are gifted in hospitals to children who suffer from horrible diseases.

4. Robby Eimers

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Robby is joined by his grandmother  and his younger sister every weekend in Detroit where they serve food to the homeless people. If at the beginning Robby washed cars so he can buy food, clothes and toiletries for the homeless, his selfless initiative has attracted donations from big supermarket chains like Wal-Mart and other kind hearted people like those from the Detroit Red Wings. Helped by his grandmother, Robbie created the Eimers Foundation that focuses on helping homeless people with food and water and also attempts to get them off the streets.

5. Xavier Elliot

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This 10 year old has had a hand experience with homeless shelters. This determined him to work hard to help and do his part in the community. He came up with a unique way of raising money for the much needed food and clothes. Armed with a sewing machine, he makes clothes which he sells online. Encouraged by his mother, he managed to reach out to many online users that didn’t hesitate to offer donations, fabric supplies and sewing tools. As a former homeless boy, Xavier knows what it’s like to starve or not have a roof over your head. His actions are touching and a real inspirations both for kids and adults.

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10 Children Books That Make Grown-ups Tear up

There’s no questioning that you should  encourage your kid to start reading as soon as possible. But children’s books have other purposes than getting them to learn new words and start enjoying reading from an early age. They’re supposed to introduce children to topics such as sadness and hardships. But how do adults react when they read the heart wrenching stories for kids? Their deeper perception works against them and even brings them close to tears. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Read all about the 10 children books that make grown-ups tear up.

10. Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, 1982

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Morpurgo’s main character is a horse named Joey who carries an officer into war where he witnesses death and cruelty. At the same time, he remains courageous and loyal, but misses his former master, Albert, and wonders if they’ll ever meet again.

9. Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting, 1975

Children Books That Make Grown-ups Tear up

This beautiful children’s book tackles with immortality and the question if this is desirable. When Winnie, aged 10 meets the Tuck family she finds out that they are immortal after they have drunk water from a magic spring. Forced to go into hiding, one member of the Tucks offers Winnie some of the magic water and lets her decide if she wants to remain forever young or if she’d rather live a short but happy life.

8. Wilson Rawls’s Where The Red Fern Grows, 1961

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This book revolves around a little boy named Billy and his two redbone coonhound dogs. The three of them get into trouble with another little boy and his dog, leading to a series of dark events. Where The Red Fern Grows wasn’t initially thought up as a children’s book, since it first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. However, when it was finally published as a book it was directed towards kids, becoming a bestseller.

7. Doris Buchanan Smith’s A Taste Of Blackberries, 1973

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Another book that deals with death at an early age, A Taste Of Blackberries tells the story of a little boy who loses his friend. The death of Jamie is used to show how children deal with death, how they can move on and surpass the terrible event. A Taste Of Blackberries was unique when it was published due to the fact that it explored dead and healing after it at a young age.

6. Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, 1962

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This sci fi story is perfect to spark up the imagination of children and adults alike. After Meg’s father mysteriously disappears following some scientific experiments with a fifth dimension, she and two of her friends embark on an adventure to try and rescue Mr Murry.

5. Margery Williams’s The Velveteen Rabbit, 1922

Children Books That Make Grown-ups Tear upThis heart warming story is about a little boy’s stuffed rabbit. The rabbit’s strongest wish is to be loved by his owner, since this would help him become real. But when the boy gets sick with scarlet fever all his toys must be burned. After his recovery, he sees a rabbit in the woods that resembled his toy.

4. Fred Gipson’s Old Yeller, 1956

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Old Yeller tells the sad story of a boy who is taking care of the family farm when a dog arrives on his land. Travis doesn’t want to keep the stray dog around, but he is convinced by the dog’s loyalty that it could be useful on the ranch. A fight with a rabid wolf leaves the Old Yeller infested with rabies and Travis is forced to take action.

3. Katherine Paterson’s Bridge To Terabithia, 1977

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Another heart breaking story about the friendship between a boy and a girl. Leslie and Jess are 11 years old, they become best buddies and imagine they have their own kingdom in the woods, Terabithia, where they rule as queen and king. One day, Jess leaves Leslie by her own in their kingdom to go to a gallery with a teacher he liked and the little girl ends up drowning in the woods.

2. Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever, 1986

Children Books That Make Grown-ups Tear up

This book is one of a kind. It is about a mother who has a little boy, and it tells the story of his upbringing. We get glimpses of the two of them at different stages in their lives. One thing always remains the same. The mother soothingly holds and sings to her son, even when he is already a grown-up. Sadly, the roles are reversed when the mother is lying on her death bed.

1. Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, 2004

Children Books That Make Grown-ups Tear up

This is a very personal story and it mirrors Rosen’s tragic life. Sad Book is about losing your teenage son and the way it affects you: “Sometimes I’m sad and I don’t know why.
It’s just a cloud that comes along and covers me up.” The illustrations by Quentin Blake bring everything to life, but the nostalgic taste persists throughout the entire read.

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