10 Crazy Sandwiches from Around the World

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It is amazing what you can find on a rainy afternoon, surfing the net.  Sandwiches are normally a safe option for a quick lunch but these concoctions are about to change the way we think about sandwiches forever:

ff0715081. The Luther Burger

Sweet and savory together are not normally an accepted mix for sandwiches but this one pushes the boundaries. It is a burger, with all the toppings, squeezed in between a glazed doughnut….

2. The Lasandwich

Lasagna is a dish best served hot with a loaf of garlic bread. This one is cold and squashed between two slices of doughy white bread.  Apparently, Tesco has followed this up with another one – the Strawberries and Cream sandwich. I will leave you to make up your own mind about that…

3. The McDonald Sandwich

This one is only for those that have deep pockets and am indulgent bank manager – or more money than sense!  Created by a chef called Scott McDonald, it is a combination of Wagyu beef, black truffle mayonnaise, fresh lobe foie gras, rocket, brie de meaux, English plum tomatoes and a red pepper and mustard confit. The price? Only £85.

KFC_Double_Down_'Sandwich'4. The Double Down

Love sandwiches? Hate bread? No problem Try the KFC Special. It is made from fried chicken fillets, between which you will find bacon, sauce and 2 cheeses. No bread in sight!

5. The Big Sandwich

Bread adds to the fat content of a sandwich in quite a big way, and this one just takes the biscuit.  It has burgers, sausages, pepperoni, bacon, cheese, chicken nuggets, crisps and, oh just so many ingredients to mention that all total around 50,000 calories!

6. The TastyKake Sandwich

TastyKakes in a sandwich?  These sweet peanut butter tasting sponge cakes covered in chocolate were surely never meant to be sandwiched into a cheeseburger.  Apparently, they were and were served as a dish at a restaurant in Philadelphia.

7. The Melo

Sandwiches should always be filled with a generous amount of filling but this one from a Deli in New York is bit too big. It is full of salami, pastrami and bacon and was named after Carmelo Anthony, a player for the Knicks.

8. The Candwich

The sandwich in a can is as bad as it sounds. It has a long shelf life, does not need to go in the refrigerator and contains an odd mélange of fillings, including pepperoni pizza and BBQ chicken.

insanewiches9. The Rubik’s Cubewich

This has to be the oddest sandwich on the list. It is built, as the name suggests, like a Rubik’s Cube and is made of cubes of cold meat and cheese. Quite difficult to eat, one would imagine…

10. The Fried Brain Sandwich

Yes, you read it right; this sandwich is made from sliced calf brain, fried in batter. It is apparently a meal that is commonly served in mid-western eateries and they are very welcome to it!

 

19 Incredible things Pope Francis did in 2013

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I’m not much of a fan of religion.

If it’s your thing, that’s great – I hope it serves you well – it’s just that it’s not my thing.

One of the things that really gets me about religion is the MASSIVE contradictions in the way that ‘good’ Christians are supposed to live their lives and the way that the leaders of the Christian religion live their lives.

The people I’m talking about are the priests, bishops, arch-bishops, and of course, the big daddy of them all, the Pope.

For all the people who feel the same, I’m sharing this article about Pope Francis.

This is the leader of the Christian religion and he’s a dude.

He’s doing great things, helping amazing people and loving life.

Check it out here: I Knew Pope Francis Was Good, But When I Found Out Everything He Did in 2013, I Was Blown Away

3 Ways How (Not) To Break Into Your Own Home

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This is a guest post from LocksmithsInSydney.com. These guys have saved my skin numerous times. They also have a good sense of humour.

I’ve seen some funny things during my time as a locksmith. People get locked out. You forget your keys.

Accidents happen

Imagine the scene: It’s the middle of the night. You are taking the garbage out, and a gust of wind slams the front door shut.

You just locked yourself out.

So there you are stuck in your pyjamas, on your front door step. Damn.

After 5 minutes of frustration, you do the standard checking of windows to see if you left anything open. Nope, your security-conscious-self did a great job. It is at this moment that you realise you are definitely locked out.

Now, most people tend to get some help at this point. Go over to a neighbours house? Call someone to let you in?

There are defining moments in a guy’s life. At this moment, you could surrender to your circumstances and ask for help, or you could rise to the challenge and get in touch with your inner Jason Bourne.

Sadly, in these circumstances some people like to rise to the challenge and decided they would break into their own home.

Here are the three attempts I consistently see when I’m called to a lockout.

Attempt #1: Break Through The Door Window
I have a theory. The first question people must ask themselves when locked out is “If I were a robber how would I break into my own home?”.

The answer: Crack open a window and slip in.

Most people forget to lock their garage door. Bad for security, great if you need access to some tools.

Every secret agent has to have his gadgets right?

Their gadget of choice: a flat head screw driver.

How do I know? It’s pretty obvious when it is still jammed in the lock or window.

So here is the idea. They would insert the head of the screwdriver underneath the bottom of the window pane. Most think that they would be able to wiggle it and force the window upward. They would open the window and climb in.

Sounds simple, right?

Not so. Darkness and people’s obvious lack of hand-eye coordination results in a damaged window pane, and still no entry. I’ve even had people try to loosen the window by trying it from the sides.

Nope, just more damage. This is usually when people give up and call someone.

For those determined folks, it’s time for Plan B.

Attempt #2: Open The Door With A Plastic Card
You’ve seen this in movies, so it has to work right?

The idea behind this is to use a card to open the spring bolt on the lock.

Some people use an old piece of plastic lying around in the garage. Others usually use a plastic card from their wallet.

The plan is to wedge the card between the door and the frame. The spring bolt is often triangle shaped and found just above the handle of the door. The idea is to push the card in and bend it away from the door knob. When you feel the card slide the latch back, turn the handle and voila! you are in.

As it turns out, the result is most people are left jiggling the piece of plastic in the middle of the night trying to get their door to unlock. After 10 minutes, most people have had enough.

But for the true diehards, they go one step further.

Attempt #3: Climb Through The Roof
When I see the results of these attempts, a story of my childhood came to mind. When I was a teen I got locked out of the house and my parents weren’t home. We had a balcony on the second story that my parents often left unlocked. It was difficult to get to with a ladder because there was a thorny bush under the balcony.

However, I had the brilliant idea of using the ladder to get onto the roof. I would climb over the house and drop down onto the second story balcony below.

I grabbed the ladder, climbed up onto the roof and, as I was getting my footing, I could see my mum driving down the street. I knew my mum wouldn’t be impressed with my roof-top antics so I quickly ran over the roof and dropped onto the second story balcony below.

Thankfully they had left the back door unlocked. I could come up with a story to explain the ladder, no way could I explain locking myself out on the second story balcony.

Most people don’t have a second story balcony that they may have left unlocked, however, some have their own creative means of entry. Many people think that they can take off the tiles on their roof and let themselves in that way.

In short: You can’t. And in the dark, it is not a good idea.

The Final Solution
After these inner secret agents have had a battering, many people succumb and called up a professional.

Just image the scene. You rock up to the call out. The customer is there slightly flushed in the face (breaking in is hard work), the epitome of style in his fluffy slippers, flannelet pyjamas, and baby blue bedrobe asking you to let you in. The window is damaged, there is a card stuck in the door and a bunch of tiles are missing from the roof.

James Bond right there.

Most people can have a great sense of humour at this time, but save yourself the trouble and call a locksmith.

5 Teamwork Technologies To Make The Dream Work

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Staying connected is the number one priority these days, but for business, it’s more than just keeping the social media intern on target with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook updates—it’s about connecting with the office as much as it is with the clients, and never before has that been easier.

With websites and programs that branch the distance between cubicles in the office to remote workers in different parts of the world, it’s never been better, faster, more cost effective to be on the same page, and these are the new ways to get there.

 

  • Asana

Created by the co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitch, and using tools and knowledge based on increasing the productivity of Facebook employees, Asana is the answer to tracking your team’s progress and work without having to install a security camera system. Offered for free and at a premium, the management system has a clean homepage that makes finding your to-do list and project updates simple and straightforward. Add team members to your projects and send inter-program emails—it’s all about making the work flow smooth and uncomplicated.

 

  • Trello

Trello, like Asana, is another project based management system that is based on the work practices from another Fortune 500 company: Toyota. With a simple interface that uses boards to track progress and allows you to drag projects from “Working” to “Completed” in seconds, it’s for people who enjoy the visual of Post-Its but hate having to keep track of them. You get a bird’s eye view of what you need to get done, and all the steps along the way to a finished product, and it’s accessible anywhere. Forget saving this one just for business, it’s just as efficient at sorting out your doctor’s appointments and grocery lists—getting organized was never so easy.

 

  • Discourse

While chat rooms may seem like a thing of 1990’s past, the way Discourse.org brings about the discourse is about as modern and top of the line as it can get. With a built-in program to keep out the trolls and internet bullies, this new-age internet discussion board is 100% free and works so well on your tablet and mobile phone that you won’t understand how you tapped into the forum of public opinion without Discourse before.

 

  • Plivo

Do you have a lot of calling traffic with work? Whether it be constant conference calling, networking, or getting to check in on what’s going on with your work around the world, Plivo is your answer to global carrier service providers. From tools like SIP trunking to Conference App Voice API, they work with people like Netflix to add SMS messaging to web and mobile apps for everything from political polling to help desks. Streamlining the process between business and client, Plivo gets the work done for cheaper, which is always a happy discovery.

 

  • Prezi

The Prezi is the 21st century answer to Powerpoint; with new twists and turns (literally), it’s the answer to your next big conference meeting video, and it’s going to make you look like a tech genius. By working with an interactive graphing map to draw paths to lead your presentation down, wowing your audience has never been easier. Attach pictures, video clips, sounds and text in cool configurations that zoom in and out of the screen with the same efficiency of the presentation programs you’re used to, but with a lot more modern flair. Bonus: you can access it from the internet anywhere, or download it for a permanent copy.

Whether you’re starting a new business or working on making the one you’re got run more like a well-oiled machine, these are the programs to go with. Not only are they freeing up time and energy, they’ll make you look savvy while you’re doing it too.

5 Exciting Presents to Get Your Valentine

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What’s worse than getting a gift you don’t want? Giving someone that gift. There’s a reason why the majority of us aren’t in the audience during the Oscars—we’re bad actors.

This Valentine’s Day, avoid seeing your special someone force a smile and insist they’ll use that quesadilla maker by getting them one of these 5 gifts that they’ll actually like.

5. A Monthly Gift Subscription

To something they actually like, of course! You wouldn’t want to give a person who doesn’t drink a membership to a wine of the month club.

Real Simple posted a list of eight subscription boxes that your Valentine will actually enjoy this year, each labeled by the recipients personality. There’s one to satisfy the inner crafter, one for fashionistas, and even one for coffee lovers, among others.

4. Something from Etsy

If you’re special someone is a Potterhead, Whovian, Sherlockian, or anything in between, you can definitely find them a unique gift on Etsy.com. Independent designers use Etsy to sell handmade, vintage, and craft items, many of which are designed with the most popular characters and series in mind.

The site isn’t exclusive to fan-inspired pieces, though. You can just as easily use Etsy’s gift guide for ideas on everything from jewelry and artwork to home brew kits and personalized cutting boards.

3. Event Tickets

It doesn’t matter whether they’re for a local sporting event or tickets to a play, getting your Valentine tickets to a local event is a perfect experiential gift. As P&G Everyday writer Anna Newell Jones explains, experience gifts gives you the opportunity to bond with your partner in a way that ordinary gifts usually can’t.

“You likely do not remember many actual gifts you’ve received,” said Jones, “but you probably hold tight to the experiences you had, especially with your family and friends.”

2. Sexy Accessories

Spice up your usual routine the night of the 14th with a few extra surprises for your Valentine. Handcuffs and blindfolds, for example, are great ways to ease yourself into some kinkier play in the bedroom. If you or your special someone was a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey, go see the movie first (it opens Valentine’s Day) then use some of the film-inspired products when you get home. Several of the toys, including the FSOG Tease Feather Tickler and FSOG No Peeking Twin Blindfold Set, are getting good reviews, too, as they have at least four-star ratings on adam&eve.

1. The Classics

Maybe you think that flowers and chocolates are cliché, but I don’t know a single girl who would frown if she was handed a well-crafted bouquet. The classics carry that label for a reason—they’re a safe buy that you know will be appreciated.

The same holds true for your dinner plans. If one person cooks (or gets takeout for a nice meal at home), you can add a personal touch by picking up a nice bottle of wine, some candles, and slice of cake from a local bakery. It’ll help to make the night even more memorable.

Surprise your Valentine with any one of these presents this year and you won’t need the gift receipt. Just try and mirror their reaction when you open your own gift…

The Best Advice on Life and Relationships I Ever Got From the Internet

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If you’re looking for advice, it’s not hard to find. We live in a day and age where every self-proclaimed philosopher can log in to their free blog platform and launch their own brand of wisdom out into the digital world at large, whether it’s worth reading or not.

Like any guy on the Internet, I’ve come across my fair share of awful advice. These terrible tidbits have ranged from self-soothing to delusional to straight up selfish and potentially harmful. But, I’m also happy to declare that I’ve also read a good deal of seriously useful pieces on living a successful life or maintaining a healthy relationship.

First, I’d like to share what is probably the harshest but also the most helpful truth I’ve ever come across: The rest of the world only cares about what it can get from you. Being a “good person” or a “nice guy” is just not enough. What can you do? What do you contribute? Do you have any useful talents or work in a respectable and skilled profession?

If you currently possess none of these attributes, it is time for you to put effort into developing yourself. This may sound like a cruel and defeatist attitude to some people, but in a realistic perspective, I found it highly encouraging in terms of creating new personal goals.

On a similar note, I recently read some related advice on how to attract women and kindle positive romantic relationships: You don’t attract people by tricking them into thinking you’re cool and attractive. You attract people by actually being attractive.

To be attractive, you have to be a better person. Trying to learn tricks and “game” is a waste of time and will get you nothing but shallow, easily manipulated partners. You have to become a whole, interesting, self-fulfilled and confident human being before you’re going to successfully and truly attract a smart, self-aware person who’s worth your time.

It’s great to do what you love, but you have to figure out a way to get someone to pay you for doing it.  Life costs money and you’d be an idiot to think you can find safety and success in your life without putting in some effort to make money.

Therefore, most people will never work their real “dream job“, but that doesn’t mean you have to live and die working the graveyard shift stocking shelves to make ends meet. There are compromises. Find something you like, and then put in the effort to make it profitable for you.

Finally, there’s that age-old cliché that still holds true: You can’t make everyone happy. This is not advice to excuse you from being lazy, rude, or having a terrible personality, but it’s true that no matter what you do, someone somewhere is not going to like it.

It’s a lot like how chocolate is good for your brain but bad for your arteries, and red wine is great for your heart but terrible for your liver. It’s a give and take, and it’s your responsibility to either find a middle ground or make peace with the fact that not everyone is going to like you.

Yes, some of the most truthful advice is also the harshest, but it can also be the most transformative. If all we ever listened to were the things we want to hear or the things that make us feel happy and safe, we’d never be encouraged to grow and improve as human beings.

Remember that if it placates you without teaching you anything, it’s probably terrible advice and it’s holding you back from personal growth. It’s the words that provoke your intellectual side and even make you slightly uncomfortable that will spur you towards new progress in your life.

Top Five Most Watched Shows on Netflix

What should I watch on Netflix? We all ask ourselves this; at least everyone who has a Netflix account does, it usually happens after we’ve finished our latest binge on a series. You know, that moment when you’re laying on your bed or couch, still astounded by the ending of the series you just watched and you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life. Well I’ve taken the time to comb the Internet and although, many different sites give different opinions as to what is the most watched, I comprised a list of the shows that trend through most of these sites.

 

1.)  Breaking Bad- How fitting that just about any site you go to for “Most watched shows on Netflix” will turn up Breaking Bad as the number one choice. Fitting because it’s a show about cooking meth, a highly addictive drug people binge on. Makes me laugh that people are binging on a show about a drug that people binge on. Breaking Bad isn’t just about cooking meth, of course. It’s about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer goes into the drug dealing business to set his family up financially.

 

Top 5 Most Watched Shows on Netflix

2.)  Orange is the New Black- This show has dramatic and comedic traits to it. A woman, Piper, gets sent to prison and has to learn about the ins-and-outs of being a cellmate. Full of all sorts of interesting character from a territorial kitchen lady, to a jerk prison guard, and everything in between this one will definitely pull on those heart strings a bit.

 

3.)  Mad Men- Now if you’re still scrolling through Netflix because neither of the previous listed shows are exactly your cup of tea, then how about a cup of scotch. That’s exactly what this show feels like. Mad Men is a series about men of advertisement in the 1960’s in the city that never sleeps, New York. Staying classy is what these men are about, suits, money, women, booze and cigarettes. Basically as close to the 1960’s as you can get through your computer screen.

Top 5 Most watched shows on Netflix

4.)  House of Cards- Interested in a more political show, with just as much drama, deception, and suits as Mad Men. Well House of Cards is the way to go, Kevin Spacey plays a conniving congressmen willing to do just about anything to make it through the ranks.

 

5.)  Walking Dead- Alright so personally, I’m not a huge fan of all these politics, I want to see some action and have the pants scared off of me, or in this case my pajamas. Walking Dead portrays a zombie apocalypse. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Great another zombie apocalypse movie.” However this is a series, you don’t watch this small group of people slowly dwindle till all that’s left is one guy and one girl. This show starts with a group of people that over time you get attached to and later will in fact die. Then more characters that you will get attached to come into the picture as well as other groups of people. In my opinion this show turns a zombie movie from a 2D picture to a 3D sculpture.

Top 5 Most Watched Netflix Shows

Has this article made you curious yet? Have you already gone to Netflix to start watching the pilot episode of one of these shows yet? I know I’m planning on it, time to bust out the popcorn and soda. The not so convenient thing about Netflix though is when you get all curious and excited to start a new show, but wait, Netflix isn’t available in the country your in? It was working just fine back in the states but during your trip to Asia you find out you have to go without Netflix. Oh but guess what you don’t have to go without, just go to this site to find out about geo-blocking, and which VPN is best for accessing Netflix.

A 4 a.m. Call About Business Valuations in Sydney

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My day started like this:

I was startled awake at 4 a.m. by the obnoxious sound of my cell phone.  Who would even think to call someone at 4 a.m.?  I didn’t recognize the number, but I still answered it, because if someone in calling at 4 in the morning either someone died or they are going to drunkenly profess their love to you.

Either way I still needed to know.  It was my friend, Rich, in Sydney.

“Palmer, you do that internet thingy right?” Oh man, he was drunk and wanted to talk business.

“Yeah, mate, I research cool stuff on the internet,” I told him.

“Awesome, I need you to find me a place that does business valuations here in Sydney.”

“What? Why would you need me to do that?” I asked him.  “You can just do a web search yourself.”

“No man, no.  I NEED your help, the internet is too confusing right now, and I want to know how much my business is worth.”

“Alright Rich, but first you have to confess your love for me.”

“What, did you say?”

“You heard me Rich; tell me how much you love me.”

“Oh Palmer, My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

That was from Romeo and Juliet, I had to look it up.

“Yeah Rich that was great thanks.”

Once I hung up the phone I went back to sleep for a little while, but I kept dreaming of Rich confessing his love to me which made me a little uncomfortable in my dreams, but I asked for it. After I woke up and had a bit of a breakfast I decided to find Rich a valuation.

I found Valuator .  They do business valuations in Sydney.  According to their “about” page, “Our highly regarded professionals specialise in Commercial and Residential valuation services. Provided through best practice principles, forefront production and communication technology; our professionals are committed to providing cost effective, commercially-based and technically-sound consultancy advice to our broad range of clients who include a variety of investment and commercial investors, corporations and property owners from around Australia.

If you are looking to get something valued then the team at valuator.com.au can help.

We are Australia’s leading valuation company and specialise in valuing the assets of your business.”

According to their website their services include industrial property valuation, commercial property valuation, and business valuation ad machinery valuation. So no matter what Rich needs them for I’m sure that they will be a good match.

I sent Rich an e-mail with all this information on it, and a half an hour I get another call.

“Palmer, how did you know that I needed this information?”

“You called me at 4 this morning, Rich.”

“No I didn’t!”

“Yes you did, check your call history.”

A minute passes….

“Oh, um, sorry about that Palmer, but thanks for getting the information for me!”

“No problem Rich, and remember, My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

Christmas Trees in Sydney Knocking on Your Door

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Delivery used be a luxury saved for pizza and packages, but nowadays every product, every food, hell even your groceries may be delivered right to your doorstep. So I got to thinking, is there a limit to this madness? Is there something somewhere that is committed to being like a stationary rock on a stationary road in a stationary house, and asks the customer to knock on its stationary door? The answer I found was… not really, man.

What I found out was that Christmas season is a time where anything goes. Cakes, animals, restaurants, everything can and will be sent to your home if it is what you so desire – so long as it fits in a box and can be carried by a burly man from the north side of the south. The item I found especially popular, to my surprise, were Christmas trees.

Maybe I’m just a little too clingy to my childhood innocence, but Christmas trees being mail delivered to your home just seems so wrong. I remember waking up at the crack of dawn to go chop down nature’s beard. I hated it. But it’s a part of the holidays that I can’t imagine not being there. Like Santa or gingerbread men, chopping down trees as Christmas as the baby Jesus himself, probably. Maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but businesses around the world are marketing themselves as being just a phone call and a carol away. From New York, to London, to the Christmas Tree Man in Sydney, Australia (where Christmas Day falls in the Summer, I might add) all deliver Christmas trees right to your door.

Soon enough, these mail-approved trees will come already decorated and gifted, giving every citizen of the world to sit on their sofa for each and every Christmas to come.

Beards and Beard Oil – A Quick Look

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I try to bring you guys articles that are interesting and about topics you may not have encountered before. I recently had a discussion with a friend who is trying to grow his beard out and I learned quite a bit about the subject and thought I would share with you what I discovered.

I learned there are a good number of men out there that are super serious when it comes to all things beard related. Dare I say hardcore? Yep, definitely hardcore.

The website www.beards.org has a ton of information and some really interesting pictures in its different galleries. The website explains things like cheek line and neck line and goes on to illustrate the different beard styles. My personal favorite was the chin curtain shown here.

My friend says the hardest thing about growing out a beard is the first month. You just let it grow willy-nilly so you know what you are working with. Using my friend as an example, it does start off looking scruffy and he says it itched for about a week.

Once you get some significant hair growth and can officially call it a beard, there is a good bit of grooming involved to keeping it up. There are videos on YouTube that give great tips and tricks and here is one I found on how to brush your beard. Yes, there is a right and wrong way to brush a beard!

Regular shampoo and conditioner can be used to clean and condition beards but there are product lines out there specifically made for them. They even make hair color for beards. Beard oil is another product that helps keep a beard smooth and healthy looking. I found a large assortment of beard oil at www.beardbrand.com.

I don’t think anyone has to worry about me sporting a beard. I would get about two weeks into the process and give in to the urge to shave. Before I did this bit of research, I always thought of bikers and the outdoorsy type as men who wore beards to avoid shaving. They may not have to shave but there is a lot more to caring for a beard that I never knew about.

Top Ten Most Expensive Websites Ever Sold

Making money with your computerWhen someone starts blogging, they might begin feeling a bit unsure, but still super-excited because they’re creating something that is uniquely their own. I’m sure that most bloggers dream of their blog someday making it so big, that someone offers to pay them thousands or even millions of dollars for it.

Blogging is pretty darn difficult in the beginning, I’m not gonna lie. Getting traffic, monetizing, and finding interesting ways to keep your blog updated frequently are obstacles that many bloggers choose not to face. They give up before they do any real work. Those that stick it through though, often reap pretty big rewards. And some of them reap rewards that most of us can only dream of.

The websites on this list are sites that started out pretty small and then grew into the giants they are today.

 

10. WorldHum.com – 6 Million Dollars

This blog was bought by the Travel Channel for a whopping sum of 6 million bucks. It’s a travel blog that was founded by Michael Yessis and Jim Benning. The blog was host to numerous interviews, essays, reviews, audio and video. According to the founders, “We started World Hum out of our apartments in May 2001 with $35 and one goal: To publish the best travel stories on the Internet.”

Fortunately for them though, they had lots of combined experience with travel writing. To this day, they continue to run their website. Not too shabby for a $35.00 investment!

 

9. Freakonomics.com – 8 Million Dollars

This blog was bought by the New York Times for 8 million dollars. Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, writer and economist, respectively, wrote the best-selling book ‘Freakonomics’. Thus, the Freakonomics blog was born! According to the creators, the book was “a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys.” Sounds pretty academic right? Ha! That was their angle, they made complex economic concepts simple to understand by the layman. This made it very marketable, and the NY Times jumped on the opportunity. Levitt and Dubner still operate the blog.

 

8. Treehugger.com – Ten Million Dollars

Treehugger.com is, (you guessed it!) an environmental blog. It was started in 2004 by Graham Hill. It was bought by Discovery Communications. According to Hill, “it [the blog] was entirely virtual and was managed from various cities around the world including Barcelona, Bangkok, Buenos Aires and New York.” Travel the world while blogging about the environment and then getting paid 10 million dollars for it sounds pretty darn sweet. Hat’s off to you, Graham.

 

 7. Celebrity-Babies.com – Ten Million Dollars

Celebrity Babies was started by blogger, Danielle Friedland. It was bought by Time, and is now hosted on People.com, the website of People Magazine. The site is actually about the offspring of celebrities, and not what I thought initially- that is was about infant movie stars. Shocking, I know! That would have been way cooler! There are babies out there with resumes longer than mine! But I digress. Back then, the site was receiving a whopping 720,000 visitors per month! I guess people really do love babies.

 

 6. Deadline.com– Fourteen Million Dollars

Initially known as ‘DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com’, Deadline was a blog started by columnist Nikki Finke, for the sole purpose of reporting on the lives of the rich and famous, as well as reports of the latest in show business. She ran this blog all by herself after her column in LA Weekly took off. It was bought by the Mail.com Media Group.

 

5. Bankaholic.com – Fifteen Million Dollars

Bankaholic was started by blogger John Wu. He was the sole (nerdy) operator of the blog until it was bought by Bankrate.com. He provided free financial advice about stuff like credit cards, savings accounts and so on.

According to Tom Evans, the CEO of BankRate, “Bankaholic is ranked high in natural search for both deposit and credit card keywords. We believe their organic traffic will increase our deposit and credit card revenue, and with a high composition of free traffic, will help to improve margins.”

 

4. ArsTechnica.com – Twenty-Five Million Dollars

Ars Technica is a tech ‘news and reviews’ blog that was created by Jon Stokes and Ken Fisher in ’98.It was later bought by Condé Nast. According to the founders, it was designed to be “the best multi-OS, PC hardware, and tech coverage possible while … having fun, being productive, and being as informative and as accurate as possible.”

The official description on the site today reads, “… we specialize in original news and reviews, analysis of technology trends, and expert advice on topics ranging from the most fundamental aspects of technology to the many ways technology is helping us enjoy our world. We work for the reader who not only needs to keep up on technology, but is passionate about it.”

Way to go, Jon and Ken!

 

3.  PaidContent.org – Thirty Million Dollars

Paid Content is a blog that was the brain child of journalist Rafat Ali. According to Ali, the purpose of the blog was to “chronicle the evolution of digital content that is shaping the future of the media, information and entertainment industries.”

The website was bought by the Guardian Media Group. Ali is still involved with the running of the blog, and actually now works for Guardian Media as an editor.

According to PaidContent’s ‘About’ page, “Our belief is that in the near future, all media will be digital media, and we are helping define sustainable business models and innovation within this sector.”

 

2. TechCrunch.com – Thirty Million Dollars

If you have any interest in technology and you don’t live in Siberia, you’ve probably heard of TechCrunch. It was created in 2005 by Michael Arrington. TechCrunch.com was bought by AOL for 30 million dollars. They focus on tech news, information  and interesting start-ups.

 

  1. ConsumerSearch.com – Thirty-Three Million Dollars

ConsumerSearch was founded by Carl Hamaan and Derek Drew in ’99. The interesting thing about it is that they didn’t actually write the reviews nor did they allow third-parties to post reviews. They got the reviews from other sources and then made their reports based on those reviews. It was bought by About.com which is a subsidiary of the New York Times Company.

 

Feeling inspired yet? You should be! All of those websites were started by little bloggers that could. They thought they could, and they did. And you can too. If you’re a blogger and you think you might be sitting on a blogging goldmine, you should probably get it valued by a website broker. It might not sell for millions but you never really know! Learn more about website brokers here. If you don’t think your blog’s worth anything yet, then keep working at it. I’m sure none of these bloggers thought they would be selling their creations for millions of dollars in the beginning.

3 reasons why I got my iPhone 6 Jailbroken

jailbreak iPhone 4It seems like everyone is getting their iPhone jailbroken these days.

I never bought into the whole ‘jailbreaking to make your iPhone infinitely better’ craze until recently and I can honestly say that it has been one of the better decisions I have made. Jailbreaking itself was really easy for me to get done. I like my tech and I am quite handy with modern devices but this was something that I thought was best to leave for the experts.

Anyway, there are 3 major reasons why I got my iPhone jailbroken and they really made the whole process worth it.

The Cydia app store

I used to think that the Apple app store was the best thing about the iPhone. Sure it had a decent camera and looked great but nothing could compare to the apps that I could download. That was until I found Cydia with my jailbroken iPhone.

Basically it is a different place to get apps from and is only for jailbroken iPhone’s. Most of them are free and there is a ton of great apps out there that can really improve your device and also make your realize how much better a jailbroken iPhone is.

Better battery life

I thought that this might have been in my head but after speaking to a few other people who have had their iPhone jailbroken then I found out that the process really does improve battery life.

While it obviously still uses the same iPhone battery, because it is changing the source code of the device then it can use it in a smarter way. I noticed that I was charging my iPhone less and less after I got it jailbroken and it has really helped to extend the life of my device on a daily basis.

It comes with an unlock

Just about every service that you use to jailbreak iPhone is able to unlock the device as well and for instance have this option as standard. Being able to use the iPhone on a different network is something that really appealed to me and while you can have this done by itself, it is better to get both the iPhone jailbreak and iPhone unlock completed at the same time.

I’m glad I did and now I have an iPhone that is not only much more powerful than the default device but it is also able to connect to any network that I have access to as well.

For those who are doubtful of what an iPhone jailbreak can do for your device then I hope this has cleared up some misconceptions about the process. I wasn’t sure about having my iPhone jailbroken however I am really glad that I did now because it has improved my iPhone experience immensely.

These are just some of the improvements that have been made to my iPhone recently and there is a lot more that you need to experience yourself to see just how good it is. For the relatively small price that it costs, jailbreaking the iPhone has great benefits and I would definitely recommend the process to anyone.

10 interesting things to make with a 3D Printer

09-20-2012form-1-on-desk00-1348689824I have always been on the side of skeptics when it comes to 3-D printing. I don’t know why but it could be something to do with the hype surrounding it, the hype that says 3-D printing is going to basically save the world!

I mean, what can you actually make with a 3-D printer? Anything useful?  Well, I thought I would dig into it a bit further and went hunting the internet, as I usually do and I have to say I was amazed at what I found!

A good 3-D printer will set you back around $450, which is not a great deal in the grand scheme of things, especially when you can make some pretty cool stuff.  I found the following 10 practical cool items on the internet that you could make using one of these printers. Ready?

An iPhone Case

IPhone’s are expensive things and a case is pretty much required if you want to protect your investment.  Store bought cases will cost you at least $30 but with a 3-D printer, you could have a new one every week!

Replacement Parts

Are you a fixer-upper type of person? Then you will love having a 3-D printer. Next time a plastic bit breaks off your washing machine you can just make a new one, instead of having to buy a whole new machine. Think how much money you can save just replacing a handle!

Accessories for the Smartphone

Smartphone accessories are pretty pricey these days but with a decent 3-D printer, you can make your own. You can print off things like stands, sound amplifiers and nifty little camera attachments.

TriK-Tripod-Adapter-3d-printed-1Camera stuff

Photography is not a cheap hobby and professional photographers spend a fortune on the right gear.  With a 3-D printer, you can save yourself a pocketful of cash by printing off lens cap holders and tripod mounts, little things that can make your life easier.

Accessories for a Bicycle

Cyclists like to spend time getting their bikes ready for the next big race and, with a 3-D printer, they can print off things like carrying handles, frame clips, even a brand new pedal if they want!

Scientific stuff

If you are a bit of a science buff, you can use your printer to knock up a tray to wash your slides on, make a new lens mount or even an anemometer! This is great idea for science students who are on a tight budget.

A Wallet or a Purse

I know it doesn’t sound nice, having a purse or a wallet made out of plastic but you might be surprised at the designs you can come up with. Be completely unique and make something no one else has got!

IMG_1124Clocks

Buy yourself a cheap clock movement and use your printer to knock up a smart looking little clock.

Containers

Everyone needs containers and buying them can work out pricey in the long run. No need, if you have a 3-D printer, just knock up a purpose built one whenever you need it.

Lego

Lego fans will be in their element here. You can print out any shape you can think of and use it in your Lego building.

These ideas will only work for the desktop printer, not for mass production. If that is what you are after you would need to look elsewhere. Will I buy buying one of these now? Oh yes and I intend to have a lot of fun with it too!

 

 

Creepy but Cool

Are you one of those who likes Goosebumps? Do you watch the olds ghost movies? You will love these then. On my travels through the web, I found quite a few interesting places that have long been abandoned, all of them equally as creepy as the next. Cool places to visit though!

russian-submarines-base-1Ukraine – Abandoned Submarine Base

This base lies on the northern shores of the Black Sea where it was abandoned after the Cold War.  It is now a museum.

Detroit – Ruins

Detroit is one of those cities that went from riches to rags over a long period of time and is full of beautiful haunting ruins. Buildings that were abandoned after the industrial revolution can be seen alongside brand new ones.

Berlin – Beelitz Military Hospital

Nothing says creepy more than an abandoned hospital, one where none other than Adolph Hitler himself was treated for a wound during the First World War.

New York City – City Hall Subway Station

Beneath the street in New York City sits a monument to transport. The city hall Subway Station, constructed more than 100 years ago, closed in 1945. It remains untouched to this day.

Ryugyong_hotel_01North Korea – Ryugyung Hotel, Pyongyang

This has to be one of the biggest disasters in the history of architecture. Construction began in 1987 and stopped in 1992 when money ran out. Construction did begin again in 2008 but whether this building can really be saved or not is a different matter.

Ukraine – Chernobyl Ground Zero

In the space of 16 years, the population of Pripyat expanded from nothing to around 50,000 before plummeting back to zero.  It was originally built to house workers and their families, for the Chernobyl Nuclear plant. Following the meltdown, the entire city was closed down and remains shut to this day

Cyprus – Abandoned Beach Resort

Varosha in Cyprus used to be a top destination for holidays. In 1974, it fell under the control of the Turkish and all building work stopped, leaving it an empty shell, a reminder of what used to be.

Russia – Abandoned Water Park

This was planned to be a huge indoors Water Park, full of rides and fun. Before it could be finished, the developer ran out of cash and it was never completed.

Indiana – Abandoned Cathedral

Like Detroit, Indiana also suffered from the end of the industrial revolution. While it is still an operational area, there are many empty places, including this beautiful cathedral.

RedsandsfortsBritain – Abandoned Sea Forts

These forts were constructed during the Second World War as a line of defense.  The Maunsell Sea Forts are still standing today, silently watching over the coastline they were once tasked to defend.

I hope you have enjoyed looking through these beautiful yet haunting abandoned places. The world is full of them, buildings that were once operational, buildings that never got finished and just fell into disrepair and places that were the innocent victims of disasters, like Chernobyl.