Strange And Dangerous Neighborhoods Exist Around The World. Here Are The Weirdest.

Mr. Rogers claimed that he wanted to be everyone’s neighbor. But even he would think twice about these neighbors. Questionable hygiene, cramped quarters, and eerie inhabitants make these neighborhood undesirable destinations. Paying your neighborhood dues won’t seem so bad after seeing a few of these places. (I suddenly appreciate my homeowner’s association.)

…Though that underground city does seem pretty sweet.

1.) Kowloon Wall, Hong Kong

Before it was demolished in 1994, this home to 33,000 residents was the most densely populated area of Hong Kong and existed without any police or protective service. The only thing close to being governed was the control of the Triad gang. On top of the prolific criminal activity, the buildings themselves were not structurally sound and were prone to catching on fire.

2.) Gibsonton, Florida

This town just south of Tampa was formed by traveling “freak show” performers on their off-seasons. While most of those shows have fallen on the wayside of traveling entertainment, many descendants of folks like the Bearded Lady, Fire Eater, and other sideshow attractions still live in the town. You can even still find some remnants of amusement park rides and an exotic animal or two.

3.) Manshiyat Naser, Cairo

The 60,000 residents of this Cairo neighborhood are surrounded by literal trash at all times. They are known as “garbage collectors” who go from door to door throughout the rest of the city requesting their waste, take it home, and sort through it. Most of the items end up recycled, but they live amongst the filth in the meantime.

4.) Roswell, New Mexico

The town became a mecca for conspiracy theorists who believed the government was hiding alien lifeforms on the nearby Area 51 military base. Over the years since the supposed UFO spotting, UFO festivals, museums, and other sci-fi seeking tourist attractions popped up around town.

5.) Miyakejima, Japan

The island is home to Mount Oyama, a mountain volcano that erupted several times over the years and killed 11 people in 1940. Residents were evacuated in 2000 when 17,500 earthquakes occurred in only a month’s time. There was an eruption in 2005 and sulphuric gas continues to flow ever since. However, there are still 2,800 residents on the island who are forced to wear gas masks 24/7.

6.) The Villages, Florida

This retirement area in Florida is the premiere party spot for the over 55 crowd. Golf carts are the only vehicles allowed to be driven within the gated community, and children can visit…but not for very long. Residents seem a little too interested in hooking up than hanging out with their families, anyway. Black market Viagra and STD scares run rampant, and it has the highest level of beer consumption per capita in the entire state.

7.) Amsterdam Red Light District, Netherlands

There are several “red light” districts around the world, but Amsterdam is definitely the most infamous. The seedy section of the city offers sex shows, sex shops, and prostitutes. There are also non-sex workers who live their ordinary lives surrounded by all the scandalous activity without blinking an eye.

8.) Coober Pedy, Australia

Residents of this mining town decided to beat the heat by staying underground. Currently, over 1,900 live in the community which includes several churches and a museum. There’s also a bed and breakfast for those looking to experience the underground life for a bit themselves.

9.) Miracle Village, Florida

The residents of this village are made up entirely of convicted sex offenders. Yep, that’s right. Due to laws that restrict the offenders from living near schools and other institutions, this controversial community was created to give them somewhere to rehabilitate.

10.) Slab City, California

Three hours outside of Los Angeles (near the Mexican border) this state-owned area of the desert is promoted as a haven for RV travelers. There is no electricity or running water, which leads to some waste removal issues. The residents are artistically minded and adhere very strictly to the “Golden Rule.”

(via Reddit)

And I thought my neighbors were weird. They’ve got nothing on these places.

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This Mountain Village Was Rejuvenated With An Amazing Hidden Hotel Getaway.

There’s an incredible secret hiding in the Italian town of Matera. Don’t worry. It isn’t scary. It’s actually gorgeous.

Booking a room at La Grotta della Civita, a hotel in the caves of Matera’s Gravina River Valley, will send you back to the simpler times. Its medieval decor and stone walls would be the perfect escape for fans of Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, or anyone looking to embrace something other than their phone.

The mountain village dates back to the Middle Ages.

There are 18 cozy rooms available and a restaurant on site.

The renovations took nearly 10 years to complete.

It was deserted since the 1950s, when those living there in unsanitary conditions were relocated by the Italian government.

Margareta Berg discovered the caves, then inhabited by hippies, when she ran away from home as a teenager.

Later, she would partner with entrepreneur Daniele Kihlgren to create the hotel.

It remains mostly hidden in the community. Most local tourism offices have not heard about it.

There are no telephones or televisions, but for those afraid of completely disconnecting, they do offer WiFi in every room.

Movies often use this picturesque area for the backdrop of their scenes, such as The Passion of the Christ.

Though they mostly stick to the rustic aesthetic, bathrooms feature this luxurious Philippe Starck bathtub.

The staff makes each evening feel like you’re vacationing in your own private cathedral.

Kihlgren hopes to continue reviving the community’s abandoned buildings with restaurants, wine cellars, tea rooms, and more.

(via Messy Nessy.)

Rooms start at around $250 a night for this unique Italian getaway. You can find more information on booking your trip on their website and Facebook.

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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.


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

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Obviously, the view is worth the dangerous trek.



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.


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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This Cotton Candy Vendor Will Dance His Way Into Your Heart With His Sweet Moves.

Michael Jackson was the “King of Pop.” He spent his entire life earning and living up to the title with his award-winning music and incredible dancing skills. His impression on the entertainment industry inspired countless others following in his footsteps.

I’m not just talking about Jackson’s fellow musicians. Russian confectioner David Shtorm is anything but “Bad,” as he channels the legendary singer while working at his cotton candy cart. The tasty treat becomes extra delightful with his dance moves and unbelievable energy, earning his own title as “Candy King.”


The answer to your question is yes, he is available for parties. You can find more information and videos on his Twitter account. 

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26 Tips That Are About To Make Your Next Long-Haul Flight A Million Times Better

Short flights are bad enough, but having to deal with long-haul flights feels like punishment.

Every time I have to sit on a plane for hours and hours, I ask the gods what I’ve done to make them smite me. Does it have something to do with the exorbitant amount of money I spend on makeup? My tendency to leave laundry in six-foot piles on the floor? Probably. In any case, I’ve felt the universe’s flying wrath quite a few times since I caught the travel bug a few years ago. You probably have, too.

Luckily, the internet is here to counteract some of the world’s suckage. (That might be the most ironic thing I’ve ever said.) Here are a few little tips and tricks that’ll make your next long-haul flying experience decidedly less terrible.

1. Go for a pre-flight jog.


Although most of the time I’d never, ever suggest jogging, working out before a flight is a great way to stave off the jitters. Just think about how long you’re going to be sitting. You’ll want to sprint by the time you get off that plane.

2. Step away from the fancy clothes.


This is an example of me needing to take a dose of my own medicine. As much as I love being overdressed for every occasion (and I can’t be the only one), comfort is key when you’re running to gates and cramming yourself into tiny seats. Ladies, opt for pieces like leggings, flats, and slouchy tees. Gents, ditch the suit and tie and try some comfy jeans, a tee, and a hoodie.

3. In that vein, become one with layering.


On your flight from, say, Los Angeles to Sydney, you will without a doubt experience every season. One second, you’ll sweat your face off, and the next, you’ll start to freeze solid. By layering pieces you can take on and off easily, you’ll stay one step ahead of the in-flight elements. Plus, it’ll save room in your luggage!

4. Minimize carry-on baggage.


There are few things more terrible than struggling with heavy luggage full of stuff you don’t need after enduring a marathon flight. Pare down on what you’re carrying on and then do it again two more times. Get yourself down to one small personal bag and a lightweight carry-on suitcase.

5. But don’t forget the essentials, even if they’re clunky.


You know what the most annoying thing to carry around an airport is? A neck pillow. You know what you’ll be really angry about not having on your flight? A neck pillow. Even though packing light is essential, especially when it comes to the stuff you personally have to lug around, don’t skimp on things like pillows, travel blankets, eye masks, headphones, and so on. Slay that creature comfort game, people!

6. Become BFFs with


SeatGuru (linked above) will help you tackle boarding with a game plan. You can enter your flight number on the site and it’ll show you the plane’s layout. Never go in blind, folks.

7. Pack the essentials you’ll need to freshen up, like extra underwear, toothpaste, and face wash.


You’ll probably take off and land on two different days, so treat your carry-on bag like the one you carried to sleepovers in third grade. You don’t need to channel your inner Kim Kardashian and pull off a full-blown outfit change, but changing your socks and underwear and washing up will make you feel all shiny and new.

8. Your skin is going to go through the ringer, so guys and girls alike, pack moisturizers and introduce sheet masks into your flying routine.

Plane air wreaks havoc on your skin, so be sure to pack moisturizer, lip balm, and my personal flying favorite, sheet masks. These things look seriously alarming, but they’re packed with serum that’ll bring your skin back to life. They’re also great for scaring babies and getting back at them for the complimentary migraine.

9. Bring forms of entertainment that won’t kill your battery.


Books can be clunky, but bringing along stuff to keep yourself busy without scrolling through your phone is never a bad idea. Into drawing? Pack a sketchpad. If journaling is your thing, write about your experiences the old-fashioned way.

10. Get your shop on.


Sitting for hours on end isn’t healthy, so take advantage of the fact that most terminals are shopping hubs. It’s for science.

11. Stop fighting for outlets.

Everyone’s least favorite thing to do in airports is share outlets, so be your sneakiest self and get in a little USB charging action by plugging into the back of one of the 6,000 televisions in your terminal.

12. Put your work down and relax.


Nothing says “I’m totally chill and ready to do this” quite like working in a total frenzy until you step in line to board, right? Wrong. Sure, terminals have free Wi-Fi. And yes, you probably have a few assignments that need to get done, but for the sake of your mental health, veg out a little before getting on a plane for what will ultimately feel like 35 years.

13. Buy enough food to cover your meals to avoid loading up on sodium.


Airplane meals are full of sodium, which is a nightmare when it comes to staying hydrated. Enjoy a healthy meal in the terminal before takeoff and pick something up to eat during mealtime on the plane, like a sandwich, a side, and the biggest bottle of water you can find. Just don’t buy anything smelly, okay? Oh, and if you can, eat at the same time as everyone else as a common courtesy to the other passengers who are also starving.

14. Get to the end of the boarding line.


Patience is a virtue, friends. Everyone’s always in a rush to board, but waiting until the end has its perks. While everyone in front of you is rushing to their seats, hang back and ask a flight attendant if there are any upgrades available. You can sometimes score a free upgrade to business (or even first) class if there are empty seats!

15. Avoid the first few rows of seating sections at all costs.

Airlines usually seat large groups (like families) on the ends of seating blocks. Say no to sitting near angry babies. We all detest long flights, but as adults, we’re not allowed to scream about it. Go hate flying quietly elsewhere.

16. Sit near the wing if you can.


I don’t know about you, but I’ve experienced awful bouts of turbulence that still give me nightmares. To cut down on the terror factor, try to sit near the wing. Because planes are designed to rock like seesaws in turbulent conditions, you’ll experience less movement in the middle. You know…physics and stuff.

17. While you’re waiting to take off, sync your watch and devices to your destination’s time zone.


Fall into your destination’s rhythm by getting your brain used to it early. That way you can adjust your sleeping schedule on the plane accordingly and cut down on disorientation upon landing.

18. Move around and elevate your legs as often as possible.


Deep-vein thrombosis is the least cute, so if you can’t bust out compression socks, try to walk around every hour or so to keep your blood pumping. If you’re lucky enough to be sitting in business class and you have actual leg room, you can also kick back and elevate your legs for a similar effect.

19. Starving? Order a special meal, like the vegetarian option.


If you skipped packing your own dinner and you feel like you’re going to pass out, request a special meal option to get served first.

20. Avoid carbs if flying leaves you feeling bloated.


Try not to load up on carbs if you become a bloated, monstrous version of yourself on planes like I do. Things like pasta are great for keeping hunger pangs at bay, but they’ll also cause your body to hold water. That’s especially bad if you’re not following this advice and not staying sufficiently hydrated, which leads me to my next point.

21. Drink water like it’s your job.


Remember that comically large water bottle you grabbed in the terminal? Finish that, and then ask the flight attendant (politely) to fill it every time a food or drink service rolls around. Staying hydrated might send you to the airplane restroom more often than you’d like, but getting through long-haul flights while you’re running on fumes isn’t fun.

22. I’m only going to say this once: BE NICE TO FLIGHT ATTENDANTS.


These people work hard (and, you know, fly around the world) to ensure that we’re as safe and comfortable as possible. The least we could do is be friendly. It just makes life easier for everyone involved, and there could even be some added perks in it for you in the end. After all, who doesn’t want extra pillows?

23. Don’t get wasted, even though you definitely want to.


As tempting as it is to get drunk and drown out the obnoxious cries of equally intoxicated frat bros on their first trip abroad, nothing will make you feel worse than pairing your jet lag with a healthy side of hangover.

24. Need a pick-me-up? Choose wisely.


I’m just going to slip into my hypocrite suit and tell you not to drink coffee on long flights. If it’s available, opt for green tea instead. It’ll give you the zing you need without the crash and jitters that, like a hangover, don’t go well with jet lag.

25. Trick your brain into sleeping.


Sleeping on planes will never be easy, but you can trick your brain into sleeping by carrying out your normal routine (or some version of it, anyway). If you can, change into a comfier shirt, wash your face, brush your teeth, and convince your mind that it’s bedtime.

26. If they look like they’re up to it, have a nice chat with your neighbor.


I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not exactly a chatty person. That being said, a great conversation can eat up some serious time on long-haul flights. While flying home from the U.K. once, I gabbed away with the woman next to me for four hours. Obviously, you have to feel the situation out. If you have a basic grasp on body language, you’ll know if the person next to you is in the mood to talk.

Long-haul flights will never be fun, but you’ll be a pro if you master these tips. Where will the sky take you this summer?

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This Is Your Ultimate Sundance Film Festival Survival Guide

Do Park City like a local.

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The Sundance Film Festival can be magical, or it can be a lot of standing around outside in the cold. I’ve had both experiences over the last 10 years of attending the festival as a local. In preparation for this year’s film festival, I talked to a few friends and compiled the tips we’ve learned through much trial and error below. (If you have some words of wisdom to add, please add them in the comments below.)

Jim Urquhart / Reuters

Jim Urquhart / Reuters


Actress Rachel McAdams attends the premiere of the film A Most Wanted Man at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 19, 2014; people wait in line to get into a Sundance Film Festival screening at the Eccles Theatre in Park City.

For starters, here are some basic facts:

• This year’s Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1.

• Film screenings, panel discussions, parties, and other events take place in venues scattered throughout Park City, which is about 45 minutes southeast of Salt Lake International Airport.

• Screenings and events also take place in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah County.

How to deal with the cold:

The short answer: layer.

The longer answer: With high temperatures during the festival in the 30s (though it may go up to the low 50s next week) and lows in the teens, it’s definitely going to be cold. The good news is that Utah is very dry, so 30 degrees in Park City isn’t nearly as bad as 30 degrees in, say, New York City.

But in any case, consider the environments you’ll be in: outdoors, on buses, in semi-heated tents, and sitting in movie theaters. You need outfits that can handle all of those situations. One monster jacket is not the answer!

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Instead, try this:

Coat: Wear a good, warm coat, but one that’s not too big. Remember, you’ll probably have to hold it on your lap for two hours during film screenings.

Under the coat: Sweaters, hoodies, scarves. In California, scarves are for fashion. In Park City, they’re for covering your face (and also for fashion). I usually found that three or four layers of diminishing thickness were enough to stand around for a half an hour in the waitlist line.

Head: Don’t forget a hat or earmuffs. Cold ears are not fun.

Shoes: Lightweight canvas and rubber shoes are not great for walking a lot in the snow. They get wet, and then your feet are cold for the rest of the day.

Still cold? If you need a quick way to warm up at Sundance, hop on one of the free buses circling the city (more on the buses below).

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How to see movies when you don’t have tickets:

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If you want to see a film but don’t have tickets, the waitlist is definitely worth trying. In fact, the waitlist is a classic part of Sundance and worth doing just for the experience.

Using the waitlist in past involved showing up very early and getting numbered slips of paper. It rewarded those who worked the hardest to see films. Last year, however, the festival debuted an electronic system that was buggy, frustratingly required electronic registration, and rewarded whoever had the fastest internet connection. Frankly, it wasn’t great.

This is what standby numbers looked like last year.

Still, using the waitlist means hanging out for a while with a bunch of independent film buffs who braved the cold to see a movie. So, potential friends. I’ve also attended plenty of Sundance films for free because someone with extra tickets happened to be hanging out around the waitlist line.

Using the waitlist now involves getting a number electronically on your phone, then arriving 30 minutes before show time and lining up in numerical order. Then just before the film starts, the empty seats are sold for $15 (cash only) to people in line. For full instructions, click here or watch this instructional video:

Where to eat and drink:

Here’s the thing with eating at Sundance: Park City has a tourist economy, which doesn’t necessarily lead to a lot of high-quality, good-value restaurants. In my experience, food in Park City tends to vary between generic mid-price options and what I think of as “Faux Rustic Beverly Hills.” So as a general rule, try to get as far away from the tourist crowds as possible.

That said, after talking with a few friends, this is the list we came up with for Park City:

• El Chubasco: Mexican food away from the crush of the festival crowds.

• Wasatch Brewpub: Wasatch Brewery operates two brewpubs, including one on Main Street in Park City. There’s a full menu, plus local beers with Utah-themed names like Polygamy Porter and Provo Girl.

• Java Cow: A coffee shop on Main Street that opens before the first film screenings and festival events in the mornings.

• Chimayo: This place isn’t cheap, but it’s well-regarded, creative, and located right on Main Street.

And here are a few places to eat in Salt Lake City:

• Eva: A cozy, small plates restaurant just a few blocks from several Sundance venues. I recommend asking to be seated in the back section of the restaurant. Also try Eva’s Bakery, just up the street, which is a French-style bakery and delicious.

• Copper Onion: A perennial contender for the best restaurant in Salt Lake City, the Copper Onion is both a local favorite and immediately adjacent to the Broadway Theater, Salt Lake City’s biggest Sundance venue.

• Juniors: A tiny little bar in Salt Lake City frequented by local newspaper reporters, among others.

• Bruges Waffles and Frites: The most delicious Belgian waffles anywhere. Bruges has expanded to become a small local chain in the last few years, but the downtown Salt Lake City shop is both the original and most charming location.

• The Rose Establishment: Just around the corner from Bruges, this coffee shop is delicious and occupies a warm space carved out of an old warehouse.

Also note: Wine and liquor are only sold in Utah at state liquor stores (grocery stores sell beer). In Park City, the state liquor stores are located at 460 Swede Alley and 1550 Snow Creek Drive.

And a second note: The Park Record has put together a list of restaurants that are closed during the Sundance Film Festival.

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Where to pee:

UPDATE: Readers have alerted us that some of the restrooms that were available in the past may no longer be accessible. However, Allison Butz of the Historic Park City Alliance told BuzzFeed News there will be four public restrooms available during this year’s festival. They are located at the Old Town Transit Center, next door to the Park City Museum at 528 Main Street, at Miners Park on Main Street across from the post office, and in the parking lot of the Wasatch Brewpub.

How to stay healthy:

Park City sits about 7,000 feet above sea level and it’s often bone dry. If you’re coming from a coastal city, give yourself time to adjust by going easy on the alcohol for the first day or two and drinking plenty of water. Continue drinking more water than usual throughout the festival.

How to get around:

Don’t bring a car to Sundance unless you absolutely need it. Instead, avoid snowy, slippery streets and use Park City’s excellent free bus system. (The Sundance Institute describes the buses as “free shuttles,” but Park City’s buses are always free.)

During the festival, the stops are clearly marked and are located at every Park City venue. Bus drivers are generally kind and helpful. Sundance has information about the buses on its website, as does Park City, though it may be easiest to just to show up and give it a try. Keep in mind that Park City is very small and you don’t need to be a public transit pro to master the bus system.

Leaving Park City without a car is a little bit trickier, but doable. There’s more info on how to do that at the end of this post.

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How to park for free and without stress in Park City:

If you are driving to Park City — or from your hotel into the heart of town — use the Monitor Drive parking lot.

Located at 2300 Monitor Drive, this park and ride is actually a Mormon church parking lot — so it’s closed on Sundays. But the rest of the time, it’s free and typically has spaces. It’s not within walking distance of most venues, but the free bus picks up right by the entrance (there will be signs). The alternative is fighting traffic over narrow, frozen streets to get to a comparatively expensive lot. Trust me, park on Monitor Drive.

The Park Record also has a comprehensive list of where parking is available and how much it costs.

Where to see Banksy art in Park City:

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Banksy came through Park City in 2010 when Exit Through the Gift Shop was screening and left behind at least four pieces of street art. Not all of them survived, but the best-known piece is protected under glass on the side of Java Cow, at 402 Main Street.

Another surviving Bansky, depicting a kneeling angel boy, is located on the side of a parking garage at 537 Main Street. That piece was damaged in late 2013, but “painstakingly restored” last year.

How to avoid crowds:

Jim Urquhart / Reuters

Jim Urquhart / Reuters


Sundance is absolutely packed, but only at certain times and on certain days. If you’ve had enough of the crowds, try these tips:

1. Get up early. Even during the first weekend of the festival, Park City is vastly quieter in the mornings than it is at night.

2. Stay through the second weekend. The biggest celebrities, parties, and crowds converge during the first weekend of Sundance. That bustle can be fun, but for a more laid-back experience stick around for the last few days. The festival has an entirely different atmosphere toward the end, and events and screening are much, much easier to get into.

3. Be friendly. Almost everyone you see “working” at Sundance is actually a volunteer. They are regular people with whom niceness opens doors. Literally. Like, doors to warmer places where there isn’t a big crowd.

4. Leave Park City. More on this below.

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How to experience Sundance like a local:

When I asked my Utah friends how to have the best Sundance experience, they almost uniformly said the same thing: Get out of Park City. The consensus is that Park City is crowded, expensive, and generally the least Utah-like place in Utah.

To get out of Park City without a car, take the 902 bus. The bus picks up at the Old Town Transit Center, at 558 Swede Alley, near Main Street. It drops off a little more than an hour later at 200 South and Main Street in Salt Lake City, which is within walking distance of several Sundance venues. Or take the bus to its final stop at the Salt Lake Central Station, where trains depart regularly for Ogden and Provo.

Note that this bus is not free and, because it’s designed for commuters, only runs in the morning and late afternoon. Check the schedule here. If you run into trouble, ask the driver for help, or try tweeting the Utah Transit Authority’s generally responsive and helpful Twitter profile.

Getting out of Park City definitely requires some effort, but the reward is a more low-key and authentic Utah experience.

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What Would You Do With A Million Dollars? Hopefully What This Guy Did.

Who couldn’t use a little extra cash? Whether you’re paying pesky bills, planning a dream vacation, or constructing that bed of money you only see in movies and TV, it’s safe to say we often think about what it would be like to have a few extra zeros in our bank statements.

A sense of financial security is something people pine for in a shaky economy and job market. There are many ways people try to gain security, from playing the lottery to playing the stock market. In the case of Eric Hale of Oregon, he played the lottery and won. But his story doesn’t conclude in the financial ruin and bankruptcy that seems to plague big lottery winners.

Eric Hale won a million dollars by playing the lottery.

When they were both young, Eric promised his brother, Quinn, that they would split his winnings if he ever won the lottery.

And what did they choose to spend their stacks of cash on? Eighty-foot yachts? Decadent parties? Dionysian pleasures? Nope.

Eric decided to spend a portion of his share on a twenty-day vacation in China.

Perhaps hoping to do a little traveling himself, Quinn put part of his half of the lotto winnings towards a motor home.

Both Eric and Quinn decided to use their portions to pay for their respective graduate degrees. Goodbye, student loan debt.


Even if we’re not all big lottery winners, we can still take something from where Eric and Quinn decided to put their money. Travel and education are two of the most enriching and rewarding ways to spend our money. Both have immense benefits to us and those around us. The Hale brothers are a fine example to follow for how to spend wisely. 

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This Smart Genet In South Africa Grabs Rides With His Bigger Buddies.

The Wildlife Act Team employs several cameras throughout different South African deserts as part of their animal monitoring system. And there’s one cute critter who can’t seem to get enough of the limelight.

At the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP), a genet (a small wildcat-like animal) is delighting crew members who discovered his unusual way of getting around at night. 

He hitches a ride with his much larger friend, this buffalo.

This way, the genet stays safe and gets a great view of the desert.

Wildlife Act’s director Dr. Simon Morgan explains the mutual benefit for the buffalo likely comes when the genet helps him out with bugs by his ears.

Which might be why this rhino enjoys his company as well!

Wildlife Act is positive this is the same genet grabbing another ride from a big buddy.

They joke about the animals being in a silly love triangle.

You can see in this photo of the three together (the genet is by the buffalo’s legs) that tensions do seem a bit high.

The trio simply went their separate ways, and the genet got a lift.

The more I see images of wildlife, the more I understand Disney movies. Those cartoons really don’t seem like much of a stretch when it comes to these adorable friendships.

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