Thrift Store Finds That Might Turn You Green With Envy

I didn’t grow up in a family where thrift stores were much of a thing, although we did love a good garage sale on a summer morning. It wasn’t until recently that I became aware of what truly amazing (and creepy and weird) stuff people find secondhand.

These people are clearly no strangers to the hunt, though, and they’ve come up with some pretty intriguing treasures.

16. Definitely seems like the best place to find cosplay pieces.

Finally gave this gem a night out it deserved. This was perfect for Harry Potter Yule Ball event that hosted at my favourite little geek themed bar.

Posted by Kirbie Humber on Sunday, December 15, 2019

15. A hare on a Victorian chair.

I see your tiny pets with mini furniture- I give you “my giant hare on a Victorian chair!” I found this Victorian…

Posted by Ali Ann on Sunday, December 22, 2019

14. We will hear no more arguments on the matter.

Found at an antique shop. The prototype for toilet paper showing that it clearly is supposed to be OVER 😂

Posted by Loren Lockmiller on Thursday, January 9, 2020

13. Shared for the adorable granny.

Update: because everyone loves her so much we’ve set up an Instagram for you all to follow her crazy little ass a round and give you all some much needed Joy and granny spam 😂 Her username is nanny.maureen and we’ll be using it to log and post how much of a joy she is so make sure to follow 😊 Everyone is sharing their mini finds, here’s my 89 year old grandmother and her “camera” she is also a mini find as she is she is 4ft 5 inches in height 😂😂😂 Edit wow I can’t believe how everyone fell in love with her she is the most amazing women alive and too many comments to reply to lol, Her name is Maureen, my nanny and to her great grandchildren they call her big granny 😂 she’s 89 lives here in little old Dublin Ireland with my grandfather Thomas married over 60 years and she loves life and everyone in it Also she will adopt everyone asking ❤

Posted by Orla Mahony on Monday, December 23, 2019

12. I really want to know why such a thing exists.

Posted by Michayla Hanson on Friday, December 20, 2019

11. Because you just never know when the apocalypse is coming.

Pardon my ridiculous "I just paid $20 for full chainmail" face.Edit to add: woah this blew up! Just in case anyone is…

Posted by Maddox Marcus on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

10. She should wear this whenever possible.

My grandmother passed this year and my aunt was kind enough to give me her school uniform from the 1940s. It fits! I…

Posted by Johanna Willis on Thursday, January 2, 2020

9. Taking the ugly Christmas wear to a whole other level.

Merry Christmas.. Found my dress for the Christmas Party..💃

Posted by Keeli Dollar Russell on Saturday, December 14, 2019

8. Wow, those are really something!

The other day i saw someone post some really cool Limited Edition Doc Martens, so I would like to raise you these…

Posted by Nicole Beckett on Thursday, January 2, 2020

7. These hedgehogs are fancier than I am, even though the teacup is second hand.

Update: omg, you are all so wonderful! Thank you so much for your kindness!💛 I am completely amazed and overwhelmed that…

Posted by Shana Couillard on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

6. Make sure to read the whole story.

Not a great photo but a good story! 2015, I found this lovely and large portrait in a local 2nd hand story.The card on…

Posted by Susan Frazee-Kurner on Sunday, December 22, 2019

5. Well that is awkward and funny.

Was looking through the ugly sweater section at goodwill, and found the sweater, I was wearing !! I definitely got a good laugh out of it, and so did the people around me !!! 😂😂

Posted by Jena Wolkens on Monday, December 16, 2019

4. Steampunk winner.

Found at the Goodwill Dunn Ave. Jacksonville, FL

Posted by Kelly Kaler on Friday, December 13, 2019

3. I still don’t know what it is, but the connection is cool.

Posted by Jason Smith on Monday, January 13, 2020

2. You are now ready for any costume party ever.

Posted by Jackie Kristine on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

1. Pets lounging on tiny furniture is my new favorite niche of internet pics.

Since we're doing tiny couches, I found this beautiful chaise for 6 dollars at a church thrift store.It was my cat's favorite and when she passed we retired it to a shelf in our library in her honor. 💖

Posted by Rich Kiska on Monday, December 9, 2019

I’m going to have to make more time for thrifting – this history buff is salivating!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve found secondhand? Share it with us in the comments!

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A Clever Guy Turns His CPAP Mask into an ‘Alien’ Facehugger

There’s not much that’s funny about having to wear a CPAP mask in order to be able to breathe through a good night’s sleep.

That said, any time you can use your necessary medical equipment to turn your face into an attacking alien facehugger…I mean, you’ve gotta do it. I honestly can’t believe it hasn’t been done before now.

Jared Grey, the genius in question, is an author and self-described Tinker Gnome. He’s also a science fiction fanatic, so when he was thinking about ways to make the inconvenience of sleep apnea more bearable, he came up with the idea of turning the machine into a life-size foam Alien Facehugger replica.

Grey describes the process step-by-step on his social media, and honestly, I think he could also get work on science fiction sets if he’s ever hard up for cash.

A twisted idea who's time has finally come.

Posted by Jared Gray on Friday, April 27, 2018

What’s even funnier is that he’d joked about what he would do if he ever had to have a CPAP, even before being diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Image Credit: Jared Gray

“I’ve been joking for years that if I ever ended up needing a CPAP mask, I’d incorporate it into a facehugger. Because obviously…I was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, and now have my own CPAP torture machine. Seriously, these things are awful and create as much discomfort as they prevent. So I may as well have some fun with this thing while it’s intruding on my life.”

Image Credit: Jared Gray

I say that’s a pretty healthy outlook to go along with some pretty amazing creativity.

This is the worst ConCrud I've had in a long time. I can't breathe, I can't see. I've got this lump in my throat and a…

Posted by Jared Gray on Monday, May 28, 2018

Would you ever imagine something like this? Would you be able to pull it off? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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People Talk About Whether They’d Return to the Past Knowing What They Know Now

Everyone has thought about this question at some point in their life – if you could drop your life, go back in time (in this case 8 years) and redo the last decade with all of your current knowledge, would you?

For me, that would be no, since the last decade brought me my husband and my boys, but it gets trickier for me to answer if you offer to let me go further back and just, you know. Tweak a few things.

These 15 Redditors all stood up and answered, and some of their responses just might surprise you.

15. Just to have a bit more time.

Oh yeah. My mom passed away in 2013.

14. There’s gotta be one.

I’m the bitcoin investment comment.

13. Any time spent on worrying what other people think has been wasted.

Yes, those were the skinny years I wasted thinking I was fat.

12. So many of these sad posts. Go to the doctor, people!

I would tell my dad to get regular scans so that they catch his cancer before its too late. I miss you dad.

11. 8 years experience really is a big selling point.


I’d never give the poor excuse of a boyfriend I had a chance that year.

I’d save more money use it wisely and I’d be a hell of a lot more confident mostly because I’d keep the extra 8 years experience.

10. Never put off until tomorrow what you could do today.

In a fucking heartbeat.

My entire life crashed because of one decision I made in 2012. I don’t care about the money, I just want the chance to fix myself and be ok.

9. Sounds like he might have a good reason.

That was 6 months before i got seriously injured for the fist time… I think i’d take it.

8. A travel buddy is always nice to have.


I would have 8 years of memories with my husband that he wouldn’t have.

Plus I’d have to live through him losing has dad again, and that was brutal.

But if we could both go back, then yes, absolutely.

7. Definitely a temptation.

Yes. With everything I know now, I could easily go back and be a millionaire.

6. To live on your own terms.


Ten years ago I was grumpily dragging my feet up the stairs when my mom woke me up in the middle of the night.

Now I’m sitting here thinking about how, for almost all of the past ten years, I’ve been trying so hard to be who everyone else wanted me to be that I don’t even know who I am or what I want to do with my life.

If I could go redo it, I’d live my life for myself instead of those around me.

5. I mean…you still have some youth left though.

I turned 21 in 2011.

You’re saying I could redo my 20s, with a 29-year old brain and experiences?

Hell yes I would.

4. High school can be rough.

11th grade?

Fucking absolutely, with the confidence and personal peace I have now? Oh my lord.

I found my old phones from high school a few months ago while visiting my mother, and it was pretty bittersweet looking through the old texts and photos. I was such an angry kid, I thought everyone hated me, and I missed every signal any girl would put out. Hindsight would’ve been such a great fucking cushion to hold onto.

Breathe, drink a little water, rice instead of fries, and look them in the eyes, and I would’ve completely skirted past the mental health issues.

Great question by the way OP. It’s something I think about often.

3. I mean…maybe you just think you will.

Yes because I would be able to have a fresh start

2. Money is a big motivator!

Yes, because:

  • Bitcoin
  • Stop myself from making certain stupid financial decisions (that cost thousands and gave my phone number to scam agencies from whom I still get calls on occasion) in 2012.
  • Take my twenties more seriously in general.
  • Bet on the Cubs winning in 2016, even though I don’t really need the money from that because bitcoin.

1. You can always use more parenting time under your belt.

My kids are teenagers now, so I’d get to have another 8 years of them being little kids, and I’d have the chance to be a better parent to them. They’re doing fine, really, but having an extra 8 years of parenting under my belt would probably help me do a little better.

And those were great years. I loved it.

Also I’d have my dog back—he passed away last summer and I’d love to have a few more years with that colossal dumbass.

Also purchasing lots of Bitcoin.

They make some decent arguments, don’t you think?

What would your answer be? Why?

Tell us in the comments!

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Woman Edits People’s Toxic Exes out of Photos for a Cheap Price

Now this is a brilliant business idea!

A Twitter user who goes by the handle @hexappeal has become quite popular lately because she will perform a very important service for you for an incredibly reasonable price.

She’ll use her impressive photo editing skills to remove your terrible ex from old photos. For only $15 a pop, you never have to look at awful person ever again! She originally started out with a $10 fee, but as demand grows, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Here’s a little message about the price increase.


Here’s another great example of her work.

Boyfriend? What boyfriend? I don’t remember that guy. It’s like in Back to the Future when Marty McFly’s family is slowly disappearing from that snapshot. Except this time it can be permanent!

I’m sure a lot of us could do a halfway-decent Photoshop edit to try to remove those toxic folks from our memories forever, but this woman has some serious skills, so why not throw a little cash her way and she’ll do a bang-up job? Don’t be a cheapskate, okay? You’ll thank me later.

Sometimes, social media can really be used for good.

Is this a million-dollar idea, or what? Heck, it might even be a billion-dollar idea…

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Frequent Napping Has Health Benefits, Including Reducing Stress

This is great news for me! As a self-described expert napper, I’m always looking for a good reason to take a quick snooze. And I can do it anywhere. Couch, chair, floor, under tables, in cars. Whatever you got, I can make it work.

And I know I’m not alone; there are tons of people out there who love the napping life just as much as I do. Well, research shows that not only are naps enjoyable, but they are good for you, too.


A napping habit can help you have sharper brain function and hone your problem-solving skills. A short slumber can also help you deal with stress better, regulate your blood pressure, and even assist you with maintaining a healthy weight.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, there are three types of naps that they suggest taking:

1. Naps that you plan before you get tired. These help out with tiredness and fatigue.

2. Emergency napping is when you are too wiped out to do your everyday work and activities. These are good for people who deal with fatigue and drowsiness.

3. Habitual naps describe ones that are taken at the same time, each and every day. A lot of babies and elderly people are on this schedule.


Napping is frowned upon in the United States because of our hectic work schedules, but in other countries, it’s very common to take a nap during the day. A study from Greece – where napping is culturally much more accepted – found that napping three times a week can lower your risk of developing a serious heart condition by up to 37%.

Nap time

The amount of time you nap has benefits for different aspects of your health. If you nap for 20 minutes, you can look forward to enhanced memory and mental alertness. A 20-30-minute nap can help boost creativity and memory. Snoozing for 30-60 minutes helps you optimize memory and decision-making skills. And if you want to nap for 60-90 minutes, you’ll experience REM sleep, which will help you to reset your brain and can improve your problem-solving skills.

Take that, anti-nappers!

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People Share Memorable Stories From Y2K

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the hysteria that surrounded the events leading up to Y2K.

It’s been 20 long years, but back then, some people were convinced that once the calendar flipped over to 2000, everything would go haywire: Planes would start falling out of the sky, our systems would crash, currencies would be wiped out, etc.

I was in the middle of nowhere in Colorado that night (and I didn’t have a cell phone), so I knew that if the sh*t hit the fan, I’d probably be just fine.

In the end, we didn’t have anything to worry about, but you know how people get when they start to lose their minds.

AskReddit users shared their stories from that memorable evening.

1. That’s kinda weird.

“I was managing the IT department in a state agency, and were under enormous pressure to prevent any Y2K problems. On NY day I went to work before dawn and tested everything before the Exec Director arrived. Relieved that everything was working ok, we went to IHOP For a celebratory breakfast. The IHOP bill was date/timed stamped 32Dec1999.”

2. Keep on living.

“My favorite thing was cemetery headstones that were not Y2K compliant. People had headstones made before they died with the 19 pre-engraved, planning on filling in the next two digits when the time came. Oops, they kept living.”

3. Joke’s on you!

“I lived overseas and was watching the news with family and friends on the armed forces network, the newscast did the countdown and then at 1 they cut the feed and it went to static. There were several gasps and then about five seconds later the feed came back and the newscast shouted “Just kidding! Happy New Year!”

I thought it was pretty clever.”

4. Oh, mom…

“My mother was one of those folks that was convinced that everything was going to implode for Y2K. She thought that it would be like a post apocalyptic nightmare – no food at the stores, banks shut down, people rioting – the whole nine yards.

She desperately tried to convince me, my two brothers, and all of our families to come to her place in the country and bunker down for the duration. Of course, none of us were going for that but we did keep in touch so that she didn’t worry too much.

I will never forget the phone call where she explained that she had stock piled canned goods, bought a generator, and bought a MILK COW. The cow was so that the kids would have milk since there obviously wouldn’t be any at the store after all commerce broke down.

Shm. Her heart was in the right place but really mom?!? A milk cow?? None of the kids were even babies that would need milk.

She ended up selling the cow shortly after nothing happened. We still laugh about the Y2K milk cow.”

5. Working overtime.

“My dad was a systems analyst, working for what was then a major UK high street retailer based in Liverpool, who had their own in house Epos system that my dad worked on.

His department learned of the y2k issue at a conference in 94 or 95, and had the system 90% compliant by 1998 but the management were very cautious. Everything was tested and retested and dad was on call throughout December 99, with incredibly generous rates.

The office was at the Albert Dock, and dad was called in new years eve as a precaution, so we got to watch the fireworks over the Mersey from the top floor where dad’s office was. Dad reckons the extra pay (after tax) amounted to about six weeks pay.”

6. A lot of time went into that.

“I worked in IT at one of the Dow Industrial companies’ headquarters, and I spent a high percentage of 1999 doing “Y2K tests” on every single computer, server, printer, fax machine and, I’m pretty sure, coffee maker.

No problems, and no signs of problems. That year was a waste of my life.”

7. This is amazing.

“In October, my dad finished off the spam he purchased for Y2K. He bought 12 cases of it because it was super cheap leading up to y2k and he just really enjoys spam. I am honestly impressed at the dedication of someone to eat 288 cans of spam over 20 years.”

8. Out in the country.

“I am from the RURAL midwest. Looking back at my childhood, you would think I grew up in the 1970s and not the 90s because of how country my hometown was.

My family didnt really understand Y2K but they bought into the hype. A lot of religious people were twisting the whole thing into an apocalyptic type of thing.

I was a kid and it scared me. I dreaded new years eve, because I was worried that was when the world would end. A few days prior, a low flying aircraft of some kind flew over the family farm. It was so loud and must have been going fast because there was a sound that may have been a sonic boom. I was outside with my grandpa and I ran inside at the sound, hid under the kitchen table and started bawling.

My grandpa fished me out from the table and I told him why I was so scared. He and I rang in the new years together that year so he could show me that everything would be fine.”

9. A little chaos.

“I’m a firefighter and was working on the Y2K night. Right at midnight, all of our primary radio and CAD systems failed. It was a huge, system wide failure just like everybody predicted would happen. We were getting dispatched by backup radios and our dispatchers were writing down calls on pieces of paper.

The suck is that my engine company had the first call of the year, but we didn’t get credit for it because of the confusion. When they put calls into the computer after it was fixed we ended up with call 00013.

Fuck you Engine 3, we were first. Sincerely, E12.”

10. “It was perfect.”

“We were in high school. Had a huge group of friends 30+ that spent New Years at one my friend’s parent’s house.

We were doing the countdown. Everyone was nervous from all the hype that computers were not going to be able to calculate the date correctly and revert to 1900, shutting down vital city systems. (Internet and computers were just beginning to take over managing everything. For reference, I had a beeper in high school guys!)

5….4….3….2…1…. The entire house goes completely dark. Silence.

Friend’ dad comes upstairs looks at our scared faces and starts his ass off, slapping his legs and doubling over with humor. Can’t catch his breath. He flipped the breaker. Lights back come on. Happy Y2K everyone!!

It was perfect.”

11. Go back to bed.

“Alberta, Canada. My Dad worked for the provincial government and was assigned to Alberta Environment’s Y2K rapid response team. If the millennium bug caused anything in the oil fields to go boom, Dad would have to supervise clean-up efforts.

January 1, 2000. At around 1:30 AM, Dad got the call. “Yeah…everything’s fine. Rapid response team is being disbanded. Go back to bed and enjoy your day off.””

12. A great time to do acid.

“Lived in a house in the middle of the boonies with my friends shortly after high school. This house was owned by a survivalist software engineer who said we could live there rent free on the condition that we all go through survivalist training by a high ranking marine officer at his own expense. This was him initiating a small group of go-getters who would help him recreate society after the Apocalypse, which was inevitably coming (most likely with a y2k societal collapse).

I learned how to navigate and triangulate with and without map and compass, lead a group of civilian soldiers, and shoot a Colt 45. By the end of training, I could assemble and disassemble it in a minute and 7 seconds blindfolded. The peak of our training was when my best friend and I (both female) took down a line of cans at 30 yards from the outside in, one starting on the left and the other starting on the right, in complete tandem, hitting the middle one simultaneously. The man who trained us was gushing with pride that day.

New year’s came around. We sat by the fire, took some acid and contemplated what was next for our lives.”

13. Militia men.

“I grew up in rural Tennessee, and my neighbors at the end of the road were a legit militia. Like, they had built a bunch of bunkers and stockpiled food and fuel and weapons, and went out in the woods on training exercises.

Through the Clinton administration, they were mostly preparing for a New World Order / Black Helicopter / Hillary Clinton takeover type scenario. But Y2K really meshed with their worldview.

They offered to let my neighbor (a machinist and welder) join their crew, but I guess they didn’t have much use for my family.

In October, we got a misdelivered xeroxed newsletter in the mail. It was totally creepy. Full of helpful tips for setting up your own little warlord-dom after Y2K–how to subjugate the population, set up roadblocks around your fiefdom, getting the most our of your serfs once civilization fell, building alliances with your neighboring warlords.

My machinist neighbor (who always had some shady characters hanging around his place) told the militia he’d be fine and went and bought a fucking machine gun.

After New Year’s, we didn’t see the militia much. Their leader died a few months later, which was really a shame, because 9/11 would have been right up his alley.”

14. Nice work!

“Lost my virginity on 31Dec99. That was 20 years ago?!”

15. The end is here.

“Neighborhood kid hit some kind of transformer with a mortar shell, knocked out the power on our block and a few others about 15 minutes after midnight. I was 12 and thought it was funny, I guess I never truly belived society could crumble from some 1s and 0s. However, a couple of guests who were my parents are started wailing like armageddon had just began. It was funny.”

Well, that brings back some interesting memories from 20 years ago, now doesn’t it?

Do you remember where you were for the Y2K craze when we entered the year 2000?

Tell us all about it in the comments. Let’s hear some good stories!

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These Facts Are Totally True, but Very Hard to Believe

What we’ve got here are 14 facts that are going to send you straight to Google so you can verify if they are BS or not.

And when you find out we were playing it straight, well, your mind just might be a little bit blown.

14. Time is a strange thing.

As mentioned [here] (, Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barbara Walters were born in the same year.

13. We’d never know what hit us.

Gravity propagates at the speed of light. So if the sun were to suddenly disappear, we would continue orbiting for 8 minutes.

12. Everything’s bigger in Texas.

There are more tigers in Texas than there are in the wild.

11. Just keep that in mind, folks.

Shrimp is called an abomination four times more than homosexuality in the Bible

10. I don’t….know?

And every time you shuffle a deck of cards, it’s likely that the particular ordering of cards has never been arranged before.

9. Harsh.

The current United States flag was designed by then 17 years old Robert G. Heft, as part of a school project. He received a grade of B-

8. Unsurprising, really.

Fortune cookies were invented in America and are seen in China as an american symbol.

7. I feel like this has happened to me more than once.

If there’re 23 people in a room, there’s a 50% chance two of them share a birthday. edit: google “birthday paradox” for more information.

6. It just SEEMS wrong, but it’s not.

Humanity is less violent now than it has ever been, which is a steady trend through history.

5. Those long-suffering Cubbies (no more!)

The last time the Cubs won a World Series: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma, and New Mexico were not yet states The Ottoman Empire still existed The Titanic had not been built yet Prohibition had not occurred yet The NBA, NHL, and NFL did not exist yet Radio and Television did not exist…

4. He has more subscribers than there are people in his home country.

A swedish guy who screams at video games is the most popular Youtuber in the world.

Edit: For the people who are apparently too lazy to read the child comments, I’m talking about Pewdiepie.

3. Spoiler alert: it’s kind of impossible.

There are three hundred billion stars in the Milky Way.

There are AT LEAST one hundred billion galaxies in the KNOWN universe. Using 300bn as an average for the number of stars per galaxies, that makes 3e22 stars in the observed universe.

That’s 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars. Try to wrap your head around how unimaginably big that is.

2. The mental images…

Blue whales don’t have enough blood in their body to get an erection, they would pass out from lack of blood in the brain, to compensate female blue whale vaginas are the size of an average living room

1. Everyone who ever ruled Europe was cousins.

King Edward V, Tsar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilheim II (the monarchs of England, Russia and Germany during the first world war) were cousins. Edward was first cousins with the other two, who were second cousins with each other.

I Googled so hard, y’all, and now I kind of don’t know what to do with myself!

Do you keep any of these on your hip for parties? Share them with us in the comments!

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Check Out the Giant Troll Living Under a Seattle Bridge

As you know, trolls always make their homes under bridges, so perhaps this story isn’t all that surprising. Except that it is pretty rare, of course, for them to leave anyone alive to tell the tale of their whereabouts, so perhaps this Seattle troll is worth talking about after all…

Luckily, it’s hard to eat people – children or otherwise – when you’re made of concrete and an abandoned VW beetle.

The 18-ft troll sits under a freeway overpass in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. It was constructed in 1990 after the artist won a Fremont Arts Council competitions designed to improve the looks of freeway underpasses around the city.

The sculptor is Steve Badanes, who did the job with help from two University of Washington architecture students, Will Martin and Ross Whitehead, and also from his girlfriend at the time, Donna Walter. Others have added onto the original vision in the intervening years, giving the troll green fingernails, tattoos, fangs, and even a green eye via spray paint.

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The city has attempted to cover up the additions with concrete, resulting in lumps here and there, and while they don’t like people painting the troll, you can totally climb on it if you want to visit.

His/Her birthday is on October 31st, and the city’s Troll-o-Ween includes a celebration and stage performance that’s open to the public.

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Happy #trolloween big guy 🧡🎃

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The troll sits under the bridge at the terminus of a dead end street, so if you do go visit, or want to help celebrate its birthday, it’s best to park in the neighborhood and take a stroll, since parking can get tight nearby.

And mind your fingers and toes, even if it doesn’t look real. You just never know about these things.

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14 Tweets for All You Book Lovers Out There

Book people are the greatest!

They’re also my people, which is why I’m so excited about sharing this list of funny, insightful, pithy tweets about our very favorite things.

Book people are also also hilarious, as is evidenced below – so get ready for a big ol’ grin that just won’t quit.

14. I feel like this would definitely get you an A.

13. She knew it was coming.

12. I’m pretty sure this is historically accurate.

11. Seriously what was wrong with him?

10. I just groaned and snorted at the same time.

9. Strictly speaking there’s nothing wrong with old books though.

8. I want to say YTA, but…

7. Some of us have made real accomplishments in this life.

6. Cathy Catherine Cath Linton Heathcliff.

5. Publishing, man. It never changes.

4. And we’ve all chosen Harry Potter, clearly.

3. Why am I not surprised?

2. They’re not hard to find.

1. No way this dude had friends.

I love each and every one of these, and also think I need to step up my Twitter game!

Which was your favorite? Share with us in the comments – and tell us what your favorite book-related account is while you’re at it!

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It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot, so Go Do It!

Flu season is here – and as the proud owner of two tiny little disease vectors (otherwise known as my beautiful children), I can tell you that getting sick is way easier than you might think.

Sure, you can wash your hands, try not to touch your face, and carry hand sanitizer everywhere you go, but following every single protocol didn’t save Kate Winslet in Contagion. Chances are, they’ll eventually let you down, too.

If you didn’t get the flu shot back in the early fall when it was recommended – because you decided to tough it out, or didn’t have time, or whatever – you might be thinking it’s too late to get one now.

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You would be wrong, according to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“It’s late – but not too late.”

The vaccine does take a few weeks to build up its protection in your body, and flu season peters out around the end of February, so although you’re not too late yet, you might not want to wait any longer.

The flu can be passed around any time of year, but in the States, it is most likely to be diagnosed between October and February. That said, flu cases have been known to regularly appear as late as May.

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You can actually get a flu shot year round, though Dr. Robert Glatter, an E.R. physician with Lennox Hill Hospital, admits there are optimal dates to try to get it done.

“You can vaccinate any time of year, but ideally, it happens in the fall.”

If you’re high risk for some reason, Dr. Joseph McBride says that it might still be a good idea to get the flu shot, even when the season begins to wane in February or March.

Another thing – you should get the flu shot even if you’ve already had the flu, doctors say. There are two reasons: first, Americans often think they have the flu but never go to a doctor and turn out to have been battling a different virus. Second, there is more than one strain of flu circulating this year, says McBride.

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“We’ve picked up information in our surveillance system that an occasional poor soul has had one kind, recovered and then gotten another one. That’s not common, but when you have two sequential dominant strains it’s going to be more common than it has been in the past.”

Although you can technically get a flu shot any time of year, the vaccines are updated for what physicians and disease experts are expecting to see each season, so if you got one over the summer, it might not be for the strain that’s expected to dominate the following winter.

The optimal time to get a shot is late September into October. A shot received in that window should give anyone with a good immune system and no secondary complications protection until late winter/early spring.

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If you’re older, younger, pregnant, or have other complicating factors, Dr. Schaffner says definitely wait a bit into the fall, because there’s some debate on how long the shot’s protections last for those kinds of people.

“I would not recommend getting a flu vaccine in August. It’s a once a year type thing, which makes it a good reason to wait until September or early October to get vaccinated.”

So there you have it, folks! Getting a flu shot reduces your chance of being completely miserable (if you’re healthy) or losing your life (if you’re in one of those other groups) by around 60%, so make sure you clear some time in your busy schedule to get one on board – if not this month or next, then definitely next fall.

Your body (and everyone who has to be around you) will thank you.

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