One Clever Way to Make More Babies

baby-165067_640European fertility rates have plummeted so much that people are going to great lengths to get people to make babies. Italy has the lowest birthrate of any country in the EU, and one of the lowest around the world.

A group of hotels in Assisi, Italy is actually offering couples who conceive with them – a free holiday. Ten hotels have signed up for this baby initiative which plans to either reimburse guests or offer another trip to those who prove they’ve conceived during their stay.

Of course, some are angry with the campaign, arguing that the sexual theme isn’t appropriate in the ancient city’s historic and religious environment.

Now, how can a couple cash in on this free vacation? They have to produce their newborn’s birth certificate that dates nine months after their stay (give or take 10 days). As organizers of the campaign said, “Giving birth to a child is an act of deep love, which should be encouraged despite the multitude of difficulties in life.”

Hotels that are offering the package include: Farm Basaletto; Farmhouse Casa Faustina; Farmhouse Le Mandrie di San Paolo; Hotel Upper Room Hotel Cristallo from Moro Gallery Hotel Assisi; Hotel Dei Priori; Hotel Fontebella; The Castle Hotel; and Hotel Windsor Savoia.

Italy isn’t the first country to have this fertility push. In June, Denmark ran a campaign that urged people to have more sex. The spot was called “Do It for Mom!” and encouraged Danes to go on more holidays to up the country’s birth rate.

Now that’s some interesting marketing for you.

Cool Kitchen Gadgets

accessory-1238757_960_720Now, most of us don’t need an egg cracker or a green onion cutter, but it sure would make our cooking days easier if we had some of these gadgets. From the banana cutter to the pizza picker-upper, these gadgets will have you singing happy during your cooking moments. Check out the creative, and at times silly, inventions that people have made for the chef in you!

The 10 Ten Shorelines in the World

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You want to go to a shoreline, but which one should you choose? Now, Dr. David Holmes has tried to tackle that question in a scientific way. His study, commissioned by Royal Caribbean, enabled his to create a mathematical equation to prove which shoreline is the best.

 

The top ten were:
1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 Blackpool, United Kingdom
3 Gulf of Mexico, United States of America
4 Cape Cod National Seashore, United States of America
5 Inchydoney, West Cork, Ireland
6 Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia
7 Cape Town, South Africa
8 Cavelossim, Goa, India
9 Krabi, Thailand
10 Whitehaven Beach, Whitehaven Islands, Australia

As Dr. Holmes said, “While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful. All countries have good and bad shorelines; however some are stunning in their unpretentious beauty combined with iconic features. Shorelines such as Dubai in UAE score well across all elements of the formula, whilst others such as Inchydoney in Ireland offer wonderful experiences with the added benefit of attracting smaller crowds.”

Five Keys to Happiness?

boy-158152_960_720It’s hard to boil life down into five questions, but that’s just what lifestyle expert and coach Sarah Jones. She says that there are five questions that allow you to know how close you are to true happiness. If you can answer these five questions, then you’re happy. The questions are:

1. What is your passion?
2. What is your happiness?
3. Do you know how it feels to wake up with a smile?
4. Is the cup half empty or half full for you?
5. When was the last time you cried?

Can you answer these five questions? Do you agree that they hold the key to your happiness?