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5 Real Life Wonder Lands

With presents to buy and families to visit, the holiday season can become an endless to-do list. But take some of that vacation time to explore the holiday spirit in action. At these five wonderlands around the country and the world, you'll find the wonder of winter, the wonder of shopping and the wonder of Santa Claus up close. This year, the White River National Forest is known for two things. It's the most visited recreational forest in the country, a hub of skiing aficionados, thanks to nearby Aspen and Vail, and it's also the home of the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Since 1970, the Capitol Architect has partnered with a different National Forest to choose a new tree for the Capitol lawn. This year it was White River.

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21 Toys For Adults In The 1 Percent

What do an $8,000 water slide, $700 roller skates and a $100,000 "Free Willy" submarine have in common? Aside from being items that'll probably show up on Rich Kids Of Instagram, they're perfect toys for adults in the coveted "one percent." Ranging from the outrageously priced to the ridiculously extravagant, these totally unnecessary leisure products are way out of most working peoples' price ranges. Sure, we may never be able to afford half of the "luxury" items in Hammacher Schlemmer or The Sharper Image (didn't they go out of business, anyway?) but that doesn't mean we can't make fun of them.

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25 Haunting Shipwrecks Around the World

Fellow blogger Tom Moran from Urban Ghosts inspired this post. His excellent article on ‘Ship Graveyards: Abandoned Ships, Boats and Shipyards‘ sent me on a quest to find some incredible photographs of shipwrecks around the world. The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor. These once mighty vessels, both sunken and beached, are a haunting reminder that nothing lasts forever. These beautiful ships used to rule the seas they traveled. Now they serve as a window into our past.

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The 15 Greatest Movies We Never Want to Watch Again

There are great movies you want to revisit and fall in love with all over again, and then there are movies that are great, but are so powerfully disturbing, profoundly unsettling, or deeply upsetting that you can acknowledge their greatness but refuse to ever endure the experience again. We’ve culled together a list of what we think are the greatest movies we never want to see again, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out. Each of these films are effective and great in their own ways, but all of them are too unnerving to ever revisit. Read on to check out our list of the greatest movies we never want to see again — does your favorite painful experience make the cut?

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12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, we started pronouncing them differently, or stopped using them entirely, and they became obsolete. There are some old words, however, that are nearly obsolete, but we still recognize because they were lucky enough to get stuck in set phrases that have lasted across the centuries. Here are 12 lucky words that survived by getting fossilized in idioms.

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7 Deadly Weapons You Should Never Ever Make Out of Harmless Household Items

I write a lot about edgy, semi-dangerous scientific projects. So, I get a lot of suggestions from people who want to share their own ideas for risky home projects. I like the reader engagement, but four times out of five, the ideas are dumb, and borderline deadly. Listen to me: if it involves a pipe, match heads, and gasoline, I guarantee you, it's a bad idea. Some ideas show more creativity than others. A lot involve diabolical reuses for simple household items. Here are seven such suggestions—oh, and by the way, don't ever make any of them.

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The 5 Best Grills For Memorial Day Barbecues and Summer Cookouts

And your cookout is only as good as your grill — so we reached out to the folks at Shop Smart magazine to show us the best grills and gadgets, according to Consumer Reports. Mandy Walker, deputy editor of Shop Smart, joined us to talk about her favorites.

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The 10 Cheapest Veggies To Grow

While you're dreaming about growing leafy greens and jalapeno peppers, you'll also want to consider the financial return on your investment. In some ways, it's impossible to put a price on the satisfaction of harvesting your own dinner. Even through laborious weeding sessions, it's easy to dream of sugary corn and fresh spinach and ignore your aching back. In many ways, the enhanced flavors from just-picked crops are well worth the labor. Still, I've grown some veggies that simply didn't pay off in terms of cold cash. For example, relatively low-cost veggies like potatoes may not be worth the cost, labor and gardening space. Besides, they're a pain to harvest.

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Get Your Shovel! (5 Still Hidden Treasures)

Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, right? It’s the thrill of the chase and the fortune that can be had at the end. And who couldn’t use a few extra bucks in this economy? There are many stories of people who have dedicated their life to find treasure, only to go broke and never find that proverbial (or in this case actual) pot of gold. Even if they find the treasure, there will likely be a lengthy battle over who owns it. A few years ago an expedition found a treasure in a sunken ship worth as much as $500 million. It didn’t take long for Spain to put in a claim on it because they said the treasure had initially been stolen from their country.

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10 Tips for Landscape Photographers

So many times I have pointed my camera at a landscape simply because it was there and looked beautiful. This was a a trap. I had been lured me into believing that simply taking the photograph was worthwhile in itself. All I had done was hold a mirror up to nature. I had not made the photograph. The image made no statement and expressed nothing about my own perspective. Ansel Adams understood that the photographer needs to find a voice through the landscape. For years I floundered because I had nothing to convey other than the obvious beauty of the land. I realised that I had to find a way to engage with the landscape because, if I couldn’t, then neither could the people who saw my photographs.

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The 5 Extra Ordinary Benefits of Martial Arts

While I am no martial arts expert, I enjoy training and taking advantage of the benefits they deliver. I like to train just to train. I find martial arts fascinating and enjoy the camaraderie. The bad news is that martial arts are often misunderstood. For me, it’s about discipline, meeting awesome people, training your mind and strengthening your body. This all will vary greatly depending on what art you choose. It’s incredibly easy to start, and there are so many different arts to choose from, you’d be crazy not to at least try and see how it feels. What stops most people is intimidation. If you’re like me, you will be afraid in the beginning, but once you get past that first hump, you’ll be glad you did. When I took my first martial arts class, I went alone and I was a bit afraid. I was 16 at the time and had no idea what I was doing. In hindsight, it was one of the best things I’ve ever done, even though I ended up quitting six months later because of an injury. A few years later I picked it up again and here I am.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It’s a hypersaline lake that is truly one of Earth’s unique places. Below you will find ten interesting facts along with a gallery of picture of this fascinating place.

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