A Look Inside The New Harry Potter Theme Park In California

The Harry Potter empire continues to grow.  Universal just released a video that gives us a sneak peek of what we can expect at the new Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood.

If you’ve been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, it will seem pretty similar. It’s designed to look like the wizarding village of Hogsmeade, including staples like Honeydukes, Dervish and Banges, and Zonko’s Joke Shop. Personally, the best part will be the endless supply of butterbeer which will be available throughout the park.

The Wizarding World plans to open in the spring of 2016.

 

How To Actually Fold A Fitted Sheet According To Martha Stewart

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been able to figure out how on earth you fold a fitted sheet.  I typically start off with the best intentions, but it winds up looking like a ball of fabric when I’m done.

And the worst part is that when I grab it out of the closet, it’s covered in wrinkles.  Ughh.

Luckily, Martha to the rescue. In the video above, she explains the best way to fold fitted sheets so it will stay nice and pressed in your linen closet.

 

Watch Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, And Judy Garland Dance Perfectly In Sync To “Uptown Funk”

‘Uptown Funk’ is one catchy song.  There have already been some amazing mashups that have soared in popularity over the past few months.  However, this mashup puts a new twist and pays homage to the classic movies of the 1920s through the 1960s.

It’s perfectly timed to the music and appears as if Fred, Frank, Gene, and Judy had an early recording of ‘Uptown Funk’ so they could layout some awesome dance numbers.

Bonus Tip:  Click the “CC” icon in the bottom right corner and it will show the name of the movie on the screen.

Enjoy!

Related:  This ‘Uptown Funk’ Mashup With Famous Movie Dance Scenes Will Make Your Day

You Will Soon Be Able To Charge Your Phone By Simply Walking

 

Let’s face it, as much as we love our phones it can be a huge pain to keep them charged.  The good news is that there are some really bright people working to fix this problem.  A new company called SolePower has a unique approach on how to help. They want to take the energy produced through your steps and convert it into electricity that can charge your phone.

SolePower won the Popular Science Invention Award last year by creating an insole that generates power through the force of each foot landing on the ground.  This power can then be used to charge your mobile devices.  Matt Stanton, the founder of SolePower, said the ultimate goal is to help people in developing nations, where electricity is unreliable, produce power allowing them to connect to the world.

The video above helps explain the science behind their insole technology.  It’s interesting that one hour of walking will generate 30 minutes of power for your phone.

The insoles aren’t on the market yet, but you can pre-order now if you want to be the first to try it out.

h/t: Mental Floss

An Old Dog Smiles During Its Last Car Ride

 

The bond between dogs and humans is pretty amazing.  They are a full part of the family.  We treat our dogs better than we treat most other humans. That’s why when their life is coming to an end, we will to do anything to help.

Reddit user ewhippieyoustink2 took his old pal on one last car ride.  In the caption of photo he wrote “An old dog’s last ride”. You can see from the photo how he’s taking in the fresh air with a big beautiful smile on his face.

If you’re like me, you find yourself tearing up more in movies when a dog dies versus a human, this picture will surely will require a full box of tissues.

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So make sure to go home tonight and give your furry friend a big hug and spend a little extra time playing.  If you’ve lost your buddy already, then take a drive with the windows down in his honor.

Dad Accidentally Films His Entire Vegas Vacation With His GoPro In Selfie Mode

It happens to all of us.  Sometimes technology can be a little tricky to get right.

Joseph Griffin was on vacation in Las Vegas and he decided to capture the whole trip with the new GoPro camera that his son gave him.  Unfortunately, Joseph had the camera pointed the wrong way which turned all his footage into the longest selfie ever.

His son couldn’t resist and posted the results on Youtube.  The resulting video has been claimed by some viewers as the “funniest guide to Vegas ever.”

Don’t worry Joseph, we’ve all been there.

13 Amazing Useful Tips That Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

You think you know everything there is to know about cleaning?  Well check out these tips to further your cleaning knowledge and take your cleaning to the next level.

1. Use Wax Paper On Faucets To Make Them Shine
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Wax paper will help prevent water spots and fingerprints.   For detailed instructions click here.

2. Use A Seam Ripper To Get Hair Out Of Your Vacuum

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For more detail, click here.

3. Clean In Between Oven Glass

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Read the detailed instructions here.

4. Microwave Your Sponge To Kill 99% of Bacteria

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According to WebMD, putting a sponge or cleaning pad in the microwave will kill almost all of the bacteria.

5. Clean Your Dishwasher With Kool-Aid



According to Real Simple, use lemonade flavor Kool-Aid in the dispenser and the citric acid will remove all the stains.

6. Use Lemons and Salt To Clean Cutting Boards Without Any Chemicals


7. Use A Bagel To Clean Your Paintings Safely

Learn more here.

8. Get The Gunk Off Your Iron With Salt

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For all the details on how to do this, click here.

9. Use Baking Soda To Freshen Up Your Mattress

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Just sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and let it sit, then vacuum it up.   For detailed instructions click here.

10. Use Cream Of Tarter To Clean Stainless Appliances

To learn more click here.

11. When Cleaning The Bath Tub, Fill The Tub With 1-2 Inches Of Hot Water

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Heating up a bathroom by 10 degrees will double the effectives of alkaline cleaners, said Jenny Botero to HGTV. It’s a trick used by hotels.

12. Get The Buildup Off Cabinets With A Baking Soda Paste

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For instructions, click here.

13. Use A Hair Dryer To Remove Water Rings


This Alarm Clark Will Slap You When It’s Time To Wake Up

Are you like me and find that the traditional morning alarm clock doesn’t always cut it? Do you hit the snooze button a few too many times? Well, thankfully, Simone Giertz has created the ultimate alarm clock.

Simone is a YouTube robotics enthusiast who has built some crazy contraptions over the years. With this invention, she combined a rubber arm, a motor, an alarm clock, and a micro controller to create the “Wake-up Machine”.  In addition to the face pelt, it still has the classic loud alarm sound so there is definitely no excuse not to get out of bed.

Use This Simple Chart To Know How Long To Cook A Turkey [Infographic]

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re hosting the big day, then the pressure to make the perfect meal has already started to mount. Turkeys always take longer than I expect so planning is key. For example, if you planning for a 3:00 p.m. dinner, then you want to make sure your fully thawed 15 lb. turkey is in the oven by 11:00 a.m.

Thankfully, Real Simple has created a great chart that provides all the details. Just print it out, follow the simple instructions and you will be good to go with one of the key aspects of your Thanksgiving meal.

RELATED: Follow these 16 tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving!

This Easy 15-Minute Morning Yoga Routine Will Wake You Up Better Than Coffee

Yoga can be a great and very easy way to get your body and mind ready for the day.  According to Yoga instructor Brett Larkin, a quick 15-minute session can clear the mind, loosen up the body, and wake you up better than a cup of coffee.

Next time you are struggling to get out of bed, try walking over to a mat or any carpeted area and follow these basic exercises. The poses should wake you up but also stretch out your hips, shoulders, and back.

The good news is that the above routine is perfect for those who have never done Yoga before.

There’s A New Breed Of Cat That Looks Like A Werewolf And Has A Dog’s Personality

“Are you a cat or dog person?”  That question has endured through the ages. However, thanks to a new breed of cat, that has the gothic look of a werewolf, you may be able to get the best of both worlds.

The new breed of cat is called a Lykoi and is said to have the physical look of a cat while having the personality of a dog.

The Lykoi cats have short shaggy fur that grows lightly on the their faces and ears.  This gives them a very unique and mysterious look. The traits of the Lykoi are thought to have been a natural evolution from the standard short-haired feral cats.

They were initially bred a few years ago when veterinarian John Gobble received a pair of non-related cats with the genetic mutations. The first breed resulted in personalities that were more dog-like, but still had some of level of independence so they can entertain themselves.    Gobble described the personality of the Lykoi cats in a FAQ on his website:

I like to compare the Lykoi to hunting dogs. They are extremely loyal to their owners (slaves), very scent motivated (yes, many cats are…but these guys go almost ‘on point’ when they get a whiff of something!), and very intelligent. They are aware of EVERYTHING going on around them. They can be clingy at times, but generally if you are too busy to snuggle they will take ‘no’ as an answer and will go amuse themselves…as long as they are close enough to keep an eye on you!

Here’s a few comments from some owners:

We have had our two little Wolfies since November 2013, they were both born on August 16, same Dad, different Moms. We fell in love with them on our drive home to Michigan. After their solitary confinement they quickly became friends with our two Sphynx.  Both of them are lap kitties and extremely affectionate. Baxter loves to play catch, he literally catches things you toss at him.  He is a bit too intelligent at times, he figures things out that we would rather he didn’t know!  Lexi has the sweetest little face ever, she is such a sweet girl, but a bit of a troublemaker at times. Then she looks at you with that innocent face, and all is forgiven!! We just love them so much, they have been wonderful additions to our family!

 

He loves human companionship! Wilbur is always following me around the house and sitting on my lap.  There is never any “alone or private” time for me. LOL!

 

Let me first start by saying I am a pet mom to not only an amazing Lykoi boy named Fenris, but also to two beautiful Sphynx and a Chihuahua. I say this because even my mind was blown by how very special and different these wolf cats can be!

Unfortunately, these special cats fall under the “designer breed” category and currently cost $2,500.  Hopefully, as they become more popular the supply will increase and ultimately drop the price of these gothically-cute cats.

 

80-Year-Old Proves Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To Shredding On A Guitar

Watching this video is a little reminder to all of us that age can’t hold you back.

Bob Wood is an 80-year-old from Nashville, TN and apparently quite the guitar player. He stopped by British Audio in Nashville to play a few licks on a guitar and boy did he impress.

Props to Bob for showing that you can still rock-out regardless of age and giving us a little inspiration.

This Is What A $31 Million Wedding Looks Like (PHOTOS)

If you thought Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s $12 million wedding was an absurd use of money, then this wedding is going to push you over the edge. According to Forbes, the Chinese actress, singer, and model Angela Yeung was married earlier this month with a ceremony that cost $31 million.

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For a reference point, the average American wedding is $26,444 so that makes this wedding over 1,100 times more expensive.  And for another comparison, the royal wedding of William and Kate cost $34 million. So close, yet so far away.

RELATED:  Bride’s Father Stops Wedding Procession So Stepfather Can Also Walk Down The Aisle

Angela Yeung is considered to be the Kim Kardashian of China but she actually spent almost 3 times more money than her American counterpart.

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So how do you spend that much money on a wedding?  They did pre-ceremony pictures in Paris, had custom made gowns (yes that was plural gowns), a 2,000 person guest list, a 1.5 million dollar ring, rose filled rooms, and much more.

According to Forbes, the gown for the ceremony was absurd and featured “115 feet of ivory satin organza, and 165 feet of tulle…a 10-foot-long train, and nearly 100 hand-cut rose bouquets made of Chantilly lace.”

Here are a few pictures of the event:

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RELATED:  Husband Honors His Late Wife By Recreating Their Wedding Photos With His Daughter

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Let’s just hope they have some money left to help some people who are really in need.

Guys Hold A Fake Funeral For Their Friend Who Is Always With His New Girlfriend (PHOTOS)

We’ve all been there. You’ve got that one friend (guy or girl) who completely falls off the face of the earth when they start dating that “special” someone.

I guess it’s all part of life. Everyone has their own way of acting when they fall in love and some just want to spend every minute with their new boyfriend or girlfriend.

Here’s the story of Keiran Cable, a 20-year-old from South Wales, who recently fell in love and as a result left his group of friends in the past.  As reported by Daily Mail, Cable met Jess Ferguson about 18 months ago and since that first meeting he’s spent all of his time with his new love.

His friends weren’t liking that he basically vanished and they wanted to do something about it. So being a very creative group, they decided what would be more fitting than giving their buddy Cable a formal funeral.

About 50 of his friends told Cable they were going to watch the rugby world cup. But instead they wore black suits, rented a hearse, and created a coffin for their dear friend.

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Cable played along and even jumped in the coffin to officially accept his new fate.

With all the jokes aside, I think this was a clever way to show a friend how much they care about him. And for the record, Kerian’s girlfriend, Jess, insists that he can hang out with he boys whenever he wants.

H/T:  Elite Daily

This Genius Trick Will Help Guarantee The Best Thanksgiving Turkey

Do you get stressed about making that huge, onerous Thanksgiving feast for your family?  There’s always a lot of pressure to make the perfect meal. We’ve all been to that Thanksgiving dinner where they serve the dried out turkey. Don’t let that happen when you’re in charge.

Thankfully, in the video above CHOW’s Associate Editor, Roxanne Webber, gives you the perfect rundown packed with easy tricks to make the perfect turkey.

A few key takeaways:

  • Don’t add stuffing. It will dry out the turkey.
  • Place butter pieces under the skin. Mmmmm, butter.
  • Cook your bird breast side down. This really works, I’ve tried it.

UPDATE:   A lot of readers commented that they’ve had great success with brining their turkey.  We couldn’t agree more. Here’s Alton Brown’s video on how a brine works.  It’s a great way to keep that turkey moist.  Thanks for the idea.

Good luck!

 

Check Out This Quick Guide To Eliminate The Word “Um” When You Speak

Saying filler words like “Um” can easily creep into your vocabulary when talking. Unfortunately, using those filler words can make you sound less sure of yourself and take away from your credibility.

The London Speaker Bureau provided this great graphic with tips on how to avoid the “Um” word.  Some of them are pretty standard like slowing down and thinking through your thoughts ahead of time.  There are also a few interesting ideas like keeping your sentences short and not to have your hands in your pockets while speaking.

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Lady Watches Red Carpet Without A Phone – An Inspiration To Us All

It seems like even when you attend a live event these days and look around, most people are actually not watching the actual event. They’re just looking at it through the screens on their phones. I’ve been guilty of it myself and always need to remind myself that I sometimes just need to live the moment.

That’s why this lady is such an inspiration to so many. In this photo from the Boston Globe, most of the crowd spending all their time trying to grab the perfect pictures while the older lady just takes in the moment and enjoys it.

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A good reminder to us all that sometimes its great to just put down the phone and enjoy the sites.