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Dinosaur Skeleton Up for Auction in the U.K.

Unusual items often appear in auctions all over the world. Last year, some of the strangest objects to go under the hammer included a stained pair of Elvis Presley’s underwear, a well-dressed skeleton, menus from the Titanic, the piano from Casablanca and Albert Einstein’s ‘God Letter’.

Now, a rare, nearly complete dinosaur skeleton is on display and up for auction in the U.K. The Diplodocus bones were discovered in America. Sharon Reich from Reuters reports:

 

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Harry Potter Visits NY’s Penn Station

Yesterday, Improv Everywhere struck again with another Movies in Real Life clip, this time featuring a young Harry Potter searching far and wide for Platform 9 3/4 at New York’s Pennsylvania Station. Fully equipped with luggage, wizard gear, and a stuffed white owl, the young Harry Potter lookalike turned to friendly strangers and transit employees for help.

What do you think of Improv Everywhere’s latest stunt?

See the group’s official webpage for more information and a peek behind the scenes of Harry Potter in Real Life.

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Skiing in Switzerland

Experience the dream of skiing the Alps

Experience the dream of skiing the Alps

If you have the time and the money and you enjoy skiing, few locations are more enjoyable than Switzerland. The options are vast when you start searching for the perfect location. Here we offer a rundown of a few of the best ski locations and home rentals that will make the stay that much more enjoyable.

Grindelwald: One of the unique opportunities this location affords is that it’s not isolated from civilization. In addition to the skiing that you can enjoy, you can also have fun with the nightlife, the restaurants, the discos and more. You can enjoy the resorts of Wingen and Murren by cog railway without even taking a car.

Saas-Fee: Here, you’ll find the Alpine Express ski slopes and also the many village stores and restaurants. Among the many choices for lodging is the 4-star 4-bedroom chalet-apartment owned by Marnin Michaels. The Saas-Fee Luxury Apartment is only 50 meters from the ski slopes and offers a great location.

Gstaad/Saanenland: This is a posh location for lodging and also offered music festivals, shopping and people-watching. The slopes here aren’t as challenging as in other locations so it’s a place that is best for beginners and intermediate skiers.

Verbier: This is the premier ski spot for French-speaking Swiss skiers with restaurants that serve creative food and a great eclectic ambiance. If you don’t feel French, however, you won’t feel uncomfortable here. The area also caters to those from England with English-style pubs and French cafes around.

Whether you’re interested in staying at Marnin Michael’s chalet-apartment or at a chalet in Grindelwald, you’re sure to have an amazing experience skiing in Switzerland.

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Halloween: Why You Should Be Giving Out Tricks Not Treats

halloween-candyThe fact is that American kids consume too much candy on Halloween.  A study by Ogden and Carroll found that over a third of children and adolescents in 2010 were defined as obese or overweight. A study carried out by the NPD Group (that undertakes market research on eating trends) found that a staggering 4 percent of all candy consumed during the year is consumed on this one day alone.

So what is the solution?  Well, you probably don’t want to be that parent that gives out tricks rather than treats.  And you can’t control what others are doing.  But you can exert some level of control over what your family is consuming on Halloween.  So, take some expert advice.  According to mother of three, registered dietician and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sarah Krieger, one way to handle the Halloween candy rush is to cut back on something else that you are eating on that day that is not so healthy such as sugared drinks or granola bars – anything with added sugar.  Then, sit down with your kids ahead of time to discuss what they intend to do with their Halloween candy.  Maybe they want to keep some and give some to charity.  Or maybe they want to give you the candy and let you decide when to give it to them, slowly.

In addition, it is wise to make sure you serve your kids a healthy, wholesome meal just before all the candy fanfare begins.  That way if they are full on good foods they are less likely to completely over-indulge.

At the end of the day Halloween is a lot of fun.  But it really doesn’t have to be all about eating as much candy as you can.  A lot of the enjoyment is in the collecting, going door-to-door, dressing up, trading with siblings and friends etc.  So as a parent, try to make the focus on that rather than the total over-consumption of Halloween candy.

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19 Professional Photography Myths Debunked

Photography enthusiasts all over the world are struggling to launch their careers while grappling with challenges they never thought they’d come across. Professional photographers from across the globe, such as Ray Kam, Thomas Devaux and Neil Krug, have developed their businesses despite such hardships, carving into the industry in their own ways.

Jim Harmer, founder of Improve Photography, host of the popular Improve Photography Podcast, author, and photography enthusiast, compiled a list of 19 myths which he believes must be debunked if you want to give professional photography a real shot:

  1. Being a pro photographer will allow me to work my own hours.
  2. If I charge $75 for a 1-hour shoot, I’ll be making $75 per hour!!!
  3. Getting tons of compliments about your photography means you’re ready to shoot professionally.
  4. Clients will love your photos if you take creative shots.
  5. Second shooters are optional for weddings–even high budget weddings.
  6. Paying for a nice website will bring in clients.
  7. You can earn as much by selling a CD of the images as you can by selling individual prints.
  8. A second body is optional.
  9. Working on a handshake is good for business.
  10. You’re perfectly capable of writing your own contract.
  11. You can avoid learning lighting and buying flash gear by calling yourself a “natural light photographer.”
  12. If you don’t have enough clients, you can do a giveaway on your Facebook page to get things rolling again.
  13. You can become a destination wedding photographer by writing, “Available for travel” on your bio page.
  14. Networking is optional.
  15. Nobody will notice that your portfolio consists of the same 5 people in every shot.
  16. Your portfolio will look great even if the models look average.
  17. People are dying to read your blog.
  18. If you love photography, you’ll love being a pro photographer.
  19. Photography is a growing industry.

Harmer explains each myth in detail, pointing out the potential pitfalls for those who believe them and offering solutions for each problem. View his full article here.

photo by: Hossein Ghodsi
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Quiet, Reserved Actor Finds Love Where He Least Expects It

120718KeithJill1Sometimes love is found where you least expect it… That is certainly what happened to New York University graduate Keith Powell, the man who played “Toofer” on the hit television series 3o RockHe explained that despite the fact that his career seemed outgoing, the publicity actually made him withdraw and remove himself from social experiences.

“I was feeling judged a lot, and I was closing off from people,” Mr. Powell explained.

Four years ago, when Powell was 29, a former classmate asked for his help with a workshop for a new play. Since the season of 30 Rock had already ended production, Powell agreed.

There he met Jill Knox, an actress who he described as “really hot, but also a little nutty.” He was surprised by the openness with which she discussed her love life, recent breakup and general life stories. “The things she said were so charming and funny,” he said. Still, Powell was much more reserved, and kept his distance.

Less than a week later, however, Powell found Jill waiting for a bus and asked her out for brunch. They went back to her apartment instead, and ended up talking for hours. Knox talks openly about how Powell was not her type, and that romance was not on her mind. According to her he was too skinny, and too young. But, Knox gave him a chance and the two grew ever closer. Powell also convinced Knox to expand her love and painting and pursue a career in the visual arts.

“We had so much in common,” Powell shared. “And also, I realized that I needed someone like her who is a little reckless and who throws caution to the wind.”

“Keith was crazy about Jill,” a friend said, explaining that Powell would always talk about how talented Knox was. “Keith was always a very grounded guy, very logical and sensible.”

In 2012, Powell really did throw caution to the wind and popped the question while the couple appeared on House Hunters Renovation. The two were married on October 12th, 2013, at the Tribeca Rooftop.

 

 

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