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30 Most Impressive Accessible and Inclusive Playgrounds

All children deserve to experience the thrill and escapism of meaningful physical play. What’s more, it just takes a bit of thought and planning, and everyone can enjoy the exhilaration and magic that arguably only playgrounds can produce. Of course, more than anything it’s about social interaction – and in this respect no child should be left on the sidelines. Play parks without proper wheelchair access and equipment suitable for all visitors – including those with special needs – are starting to seem like relics from the past. Here we look at 30 of the most impressive accessible and inclusive playgrounds from around the world.

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20 Oddest Animal Couples

In the Animal Kingdom, friendship often cross the lines of genus and species and results in some oddball inter-special relationships like this. Defying the laws of nature itself, animal odd couples forge friendships under the most peculiar circumstances. But in the process, they show us that humans aren’t the only members of the animal kingdom to demonstrate complex emotions and traits. “To know that these animals are capable of emotions like love and understanding and caring, like we are, is quite an eye-opener”

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10 Notoriously Violent Courthouse Crimes

Courtrooms are places where life-and-death decisions are made on a daily basis. They’re also places where violent criminals, witnesses, close family members, and officials like judges as well as police officers can be found in close proximity. Not surprisingly, there have been occasions when courtroom aggression has moved out of the verbal arena and become violent – even deadly. From notorious criminals of the past like Floyd Allen, to radicals and hostage situations, read on for 10 of the most notorious courthouse incidents in history.

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Top 10 St Patrick's Day Events

ST PATRICK'S Day madness is set to take over most bars across the UK this weekend as punters flock to down pints of the black stuff in silly hats. But if you're after something a little bit more Irish than a clover in the head of your pint, there's loads going on all over the country especially to celebrate the day. Like a comedy show in London where stand-ups do the first half of their routine sober and the second half sloshed. Or a Dublin pub crawl where two musicians join you and play you around the city. With the help of expedia.co.uk, we've come up with a Top 10 list of ideas to get your weekend off to a flier. Expedia's Seamus MacCormaic said: "St. Patrick's Day is a huge celebration, not just in Ireland but across the world, with many Brits and expats celebrating in the UK. "For those looking for something a bit different to the traditional pint of Guinness, there are quirky events taking place up and down the country – from the largest British St. Patrick's Day parade in Manchester to the annual 'Paddle for Paddy's' on the Thames."

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5 Best Apps to Invest Smarter

Money magazine picks the best apps to help you invest and manage your portfolio. Motif lets you invest in a very narrow sector -- say, clean tech or companies tied to the housing rebound -- using one of 90 themed portfolios. The site requires a $250 minimum and charges a commission of $9.95 per portfolio.

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5 Tips If You Love Someone With Mental Illness

The National Institutes of Mental Health reports that one in every four adults – approximately 57.7 million Americans – experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in four, and that’s just the U.S.! And for every person in the world diagnosed with a mental disorder there is at least one, probably more, trying to help, cope and support that person any way they know how. Mental illness is often a family issue. Parents, siblings, spouses and extended family provide housing, care and support, emotional and financial, sometimes to the point of becoming proverbial case managers. It’s hard enough when the chronic illness is something everyone recognizes, like diabetes. It’s a whole other thing when the disease is a mental illness which is ripe for misunderstanding, misinformation and stigma. By helping yourself you will help your loved one better. Care givers often have a hard time with this concept. Here are a few tips.

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Top 10 Pirated eBooks at The Pirate Bay

NET journalist and author David Carnoy recently wrote about a steep increase in the number of Kindle eBooks floating around file sharing networks, stripped of protective software by hackers. His essay focused on eBook bundles created by Pirate Bay members: “[W]hat the publishers should be most concerned about, is the fact that a library of 2,500 books can be downloaded in a matter of hours. E-books are small files and 2,500 of them can be packed into a single download (Torrent) that’s only about 3.4GB. If you set the average price per book at a measly $2, the worth of said download would be $5,000. Bring it up to $4 a book and you’re at $10,000.”

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10 Reasons Not to Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store

Most dog lovers know about the often horrid conditions of puppy mills, the unregulated breeding facilities owned by disreputable breeders. Dogs are often bred far too frequently, are kept cramped together in squalor, and are not socialized with humans. In addition, these breeders do not always care about the health and strength of the breed, which often results in genetic illnesses, poor health in general and unlikable personality traits. But many of these same dog aficionados, who have t-shirts and bumper stickers denouncing puppy mills, don't know that most puppies sold at pet stores come from there. There are some pet stores that buy their puppies from commercial kennels regulated by the Department of Agriculture. However, even these pups tend to be unhealthy and unsocialized. This is partly due to the fact that commercial kennels tend to breed many different breeds in one facility and they breed for quantity, not quality. Therefore, their interest does not lie in the healthy promotion of a certain breed but rather in how many sales they can get.

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The Very Best Viral Conan Clips of 2012

This list of the Very Best Viral Conan Clips of 2012 includes some of the best Conan sketches of the year. 2012 was a good year for Team Coco, and this list has all the viral video clips from the Conan O'Brien Show to prove it. If you're looking for funny videos, or silly sketch comedy, this is the place to be. These funny clips from the Conan show include Triumph the Insult Comic Dog covering the Presidential election, the iPad mini launch, funny videos of seniors using electronics and social media, and even a visit by Conan to the Guinness brewery. These hilarious videos are sure to make you laugh, cry, maybe even pee your pants a little.

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7 Tucked Away City Hotels

It's easy to understand why travelers venture to some of the world's largest cities. They are often packed with gorgeous architecture, delicious food, fabulous art institutions, endless shopping and unparalleled entertainment and nightlife. Yet there are potential downsides to a high density of culture. Bustling metropolises usually attract massive crowds, frustrating traffic and deafening noise. For those looking for some respite, book a room in hotels sequestered away in quieter quadrants of these respective cities. Take two-year-old Hotel da Estrela in Lisbon's Campo de Ourique neighborhood. While most hotels and B&Bs in Portugal's capital are concentrated in buzzier Chiado, Rossio and Bairro Alto, Hotel da Estrela's less-central address offers quiet nights and crowd-free streets—and the city's best restaurants, lounges and shopping are just a 10-minute taxi ride away.

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8 Interesting International Tripoints Worldwide

The International tripoint is a geographical point at which the borders of three countries meet. There are currently 157 international tripoints (i.e., tricountry points) by some accounts. Usually, the more neighbours a country has, the more international tripoints that country has. China with 16 tripoints and Russia with 11 to 14 lead the list of states by number of tripoints. This is list of 8 interesting international tripoints worldwide.

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10 Breathtaking Examples Of Government Hypocrisy

It’s no secret that our leaders aren’t always perfect—but there’s a difference between screwing up and flagrantly violating international treaties, breaking your own laws, and throwing morality out the window, all in the name of making a quick buck. And boy, do our respective governments sure like some easy money.

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