Mount Roraima Looks Like It’s Straight Out Of The Movies, But It’s Entirely Real

This is probably what comes to mind when you picture a mountain — triangular, snowcapped peaks piercing the sky.

But Mount Roraima is about to change that notion.

The flat-faced tepui, or tabletop mountain, spans three countries’ borders in South America: Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana.

From afar, it might not look particularly impressive…

But upon closer inspection, the 1,300-foot cliffs are quite breathtaking.

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Roraima is part of Canaima National Park and the tabletop peaks are some of the oldest geological formations on Earth.

They date back to two billion years ago.

Because of this, tepuis like Roraima are inhabited by plants and animals that aren’t found anywhere else on the planet.

It’s not uncommon for the sky-high mountain to be enveloped in cloud cover.

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While it might seem impossible, people actually climb the plateau.

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Obviously, the view is worth the dangerous trek.

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If you’re lucky to witness a sunrise or sunset from the summit, you can count yourself as one of the luckiest hikers in the world.

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If that shot right there doesn’t inspire you to take a trip to the south, I don’t know what will! Who’s coming with me?!

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ Was Right — You CAN Use Windex For Everything

Even if you haven’t seen “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” you’re probably aware of the family’s affinity for dousing anything with Windex.

From cuts to cleaning, they use that stuff for everything. And while I’m less inclined to put Windex on an open wound, I generally agree that it’s the perfect all-purpose cleaning solution, despite the original formula generally only being touted as a glass cleaner.

If you have a bottle of this cleaning product around your house, here are a few ways to use it you might not have known about!

1. Spray bugs like ants and mosquitoes with Windex to kill them. Avoid doing this on bees and wasps, though.

2. You can also deter bugs from coming into your house by placing a little bowl of Windex by doors and windows in the summer.

They dislike the smell of it.

3. You can clean diamonds and sterling silver with Windex…here’s how.

4. Crystal trinkets and chandeliers can also be cleaned with some Windex.

5. Remove a ring that’s too tight on your finger by spraying the area with Windex and wiggling it off. The spray helps shrink your skin.

6. Get rid of caked-on grease from your stovetop, pans, and even your range with some Windex. Just be sure to go over every spot with water before cooking there again.

7. A quick spritz of Windex cleans up any mess on your countertops. It’s safe on granite, marble, and even laminate.

8. Clean your bathroom from top to bottom with Windex…seriously, it’s great on tile, mirrors, faucets, and tubs.

9. Give your kid’s plastic and rubber toys a spray to keep them squeaky clean and germ-free. Make sure to rinse them off before handing them back, though.

10. The same rule applies for playsets.

11. Patio pieces need to be kept clean, too! Spray wicker, plastic, and other non-cloth furniture down when it’s looking grimy.

12. Get rid of messy dry eraser marks by spraying a whiteboard with Windex and wiping it off with a paper towel.

13. If you have marble or granite floors, don’t waste your money on expensive cleaners. Use Windex!

14. Clean just about every surface in your car (except for the seats and carpets) with Windex.

15. When you change the litter each week, deep clean the box with Windex before putting more litter in.

16. Get pesky stains out of your clothes by spraying with clear Windex. Let the item sit for 15 minutes, blot it dry, rinse with cold water, and launder as usual!

Finally, I don’t have to feel guilty about using this stuff to clean every inch of my house…it’s actually totally normal! Phew.

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Proof That Working At Animal Hospitals, Shelters, And Rescues Is The Best Job

I love my job.

I mean, who wouldn’t? I get to write about puppies, kittens, inspiring stories, travel destinations…you name it! But that doesn’t mean I don’t have serious job-envy of others.

No, I’m not talking about people who earn millions or travel the world for a living (though that is up there)…instead, I am über-jealous of those who work at animal hospitals, shelters, and rescues. While the work is tough, it is SO rewarding. And here’s the proof.

1. Even if someone is looking over your shoulder, it doesn’t feel overbearing.

2. And even if the waiting room is full, it’s totally adorable — not annoying.

3. Patients really know how to show their appreciation.

4. Fierceness is part of the job.

5. You get to bring together forever families.

6. Coworkers are super cute.

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7. And they’re always eager to take on new responsibilities.

8. Your patients never forget what you’ve done for them.

9. Oh right, and everyone is adorable.

10. Definitely a reason to wake up every morning.

11. When new patients come in, they’re a welcome handful.

12. But when they’re too much of a handful, you’ve got pockets!

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13. You never know who might walk in the door.

14. Baby beavers? Yep.

15. “‘ello mate!”

16. Bath time is arguably the best part of the job.

17. Your customers really look up to you.

18. But even if you’re landed with an angry patient, they’re still so. Darn. ADORABLE!

19. Off-site meetings are really awesome.

20. When things are slow, endless entertainment opportunities await.

21. Bottom line: Best. Job. Ever.

If I had a stomach for blood and surgery, I’d totally go to veterinarian school. Alas, I can just look on with utter jealousy…you lucky devils!

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They Transformed An Old, Run-Down Barn Into A Thing Of Beauty

Many people living in more rural parts of the country still have barns on their property…but sadly, most go unused.

Unless you’re a farmer by trade, the practicality of having and maintaining the grandeur of a barn is tough.

While some are being transformed into event spaces for weddings, many homeowners are opting for another option: returning their properties to their roots, so to speak — revamping the once beautiful buildings.

That’s just what one couple in Connecticut wanted to do…there was just one problem. Their barn had been sold off, becoming a brand-new home, so they enlisted the help of Douglas VanderHorn Architects.

The architectural firm found this barn, which was built in the 1860s, just outside of Albany, New York.

It had definitely seen better days. And then there was the issue of getting it to Connecticut!

Piece by piece, they began taking the barn apart.

Everything was transported to the couple’s home, tented, fumigated, and reconstructed.

When all was said and done, the barn was restored to its original glory…with some upgrades, of course.

The original siding was repurposed as planks for the ceiling inside. VanderHorn used siding from another barn that was in better shape to complete the exterior.

And how about this interior!

Everything inside is original to the barn — the floors are 2.5 inches thick! “You could still drive a tractor on them,” VanderHorn notes.

The barn’s original ice box was refurbished into a cabinet while the blue vent hood came as is.

The connecting glassed-in conservatory is a beautifully elegant addition.

Thanks to a new foundation, there was room for a wine cellar (we told you there were upgrades!). It was constructed using wood from the original barn, too.

What a great way to take something old and unused and make it beautiful again.

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I don’t know what this couple’s home looks like, but I have a feeling this guesthouse/entertainment space gets A TON of use…maybe even more than their main house.

If you’d like to see more of Douglas VanderHorn Architects’ work, you can do so here. And be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for plenty of drool-worthy design inspiration.

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When It Comes To Making Your Own Cleaners…NEVER Combine These Ingredients

With so many DIY cleaning recipes out there, it’s hard not to do a little bit of improvisation.

After all, what could go wrong if you mixed a little bit of this with a little bit of that? Well, according to these chemical reactions, a whole lot.

Here are just a few ingredients you should never mix to make an at-home cleaner. No matter how powerful they are separate, combining them will not make a super cleaner…but it will make a super disaster.

Bleach + rubbing alcohol

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This toxic combination creates chloroform, which is what rags are doused with when bad guys kidnap people in movies. Even though you probably won’t pass out, make it a habit to next mix these two.

Drain cleaner + different drain cleaner

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If one drain cleaner doesn’t work to clear up your clogged pipes, don’t throw another one down there. Toxic fumes (or worse) could come of it. It’s best to just call in the professionals.

Bleach + ammonia

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This combo creates chloramine. While it might sound harmless, if you inhale it, this gas can cause shortness of breath and chest pains.

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Bleach + vinegar

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Mix bleach and vinegar together and you’ll make chlorine gas. Even small amounts can cause breathing problems and burning, watery eyes.

Castile soap + vinegar

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When you mix these two together you don’t create anything toxic, you just make disgusting gunk. It’s not going to clean anything — just make it dirtier.

Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar

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The chemical reaction here creates peracetic acid. Not only is it harmful and corrosive to your home’s surfaces, it can also be bad for your skin and respiratory system.

Baking soda + vinegar

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While nothing bad happens here, nothing beneficial does either. In fact, this mixture just yields water with a little salt in it…which won’t really clean anything.

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Well, there you have it. Some DIYs should never be done when it comes right down to it.

Then again, these 17 DIY cleaning tricks are tried and true. We promise, no toxic gases!

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In Just A Few Steps, This Guy Built A Home Theater In His Basement…Epic!

In 2014, the number of people going to actual movie theaters hit a 20-year low.

Reasons varied from high ticket prices to lackluster movie options and an increase in streaming capabilities. But I’d argue something different altogether…

You see, when it’s so easy to build your own at-home movie theater, I can totally understand why people would rather curl up in their basement than have to deal with the overpowering smell of stale popcorn.

Don’t think it’s so simple? Well, I give you AtTheLeftThere‘s DIY creation!

Before getting to work on his basement, he sketched out his design and made sure the wiring was in order.

He painted the ceiling black for a real theater vibe.

Red walls were also key.

Wiring for the lights and electronics was hidden in the walls.

AtTheLeftThere made his own 105-inch screen out of projection cloth and pieces of pine for the frame.

Then it was time to get to work on the risers.

He opted for two-by-sixes and pieces of OSB for the platforms.

This shelving unit would hold his gaming consoles, video games, and other odds and ends.

He put carpet on the risers to prevent echoing and add a touch of coziness.

Couches and other furniture pieces went in…

Along with some old-school movie posters.

He gave it a whirl and is ultimately pretty satisfied with the results!

I’m not going to lie…

I’m pretty jealous of this home theater! While I still plan on going to the movies for 3-D films, this definitely has its own appeal. When can we come by for a viewing party?

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They Turned An Old, Ugly Dresser Into Something You’ll Want For Your Home

A few years back, Julie and her husband were gifted a dresser. It was a nice thought, but since it didn’t really match any of their home’s decor, it sadly went unused.

When they made the decision to start looking for new TV stands, the couple was disappointed with the options. It wasn’t until they found a DIY tutorial that turned an old piece of furniture into a brand-new stand that Julie knew just what to do. She enlisted the help of her handy husband and they got to work on their outdated dresser.

This is the old dresser they otherwise had no use for.

First, her husband removed the drawers, sanded everything down, primed and painted, and added support boards for soon-to-be shelves.

The top drawers were also removed to make space for the cable box.

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New, more modern drawer pulls were added.

Adorable wicker bins would serve as catchalls for TV equipment and other entertainment devices.

What a difference some paint and small design details make!

It just goes to show that almost everything has a second life if you just give it a chance! If you’d like more DIY inspiration, check out Julie’s blog here.

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Adele Disguised As An Adele Impersonator Surprises Other Adele Impersonators

Celebrities…they’re just like us, right? I mean, yeah, if you’re also disgustingly rich and have people who pretend to be you as their hobby or even profession…

While they may not be exactly our equals, it is nice when stars like Adele do something to surprise some of their biggest fans. When the famous British songstress got wind that some of her impersonators were getting together for a singing competition, she decided to surprise them in the most convoluted, but admittedly awesome, way possible. Just watch!

This reaction is the best.

How amazing is that?! She kept her cool for so long. Plus, you could really tell how grateful all the “Adeles” were to be in her presence.

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