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Shark Bait Hoo Ha Ha

In case you were not aware, Shark Week 2016 is already halfway over. Only 4 more nights of terrifying yet captivating television until Scandal comes back in the fall.

Here are some mid-week facts to fuel your shark interest:


  1. Sharks mature very slowly

A whopping 12-15 years actually, which may be quick to humankind (especially for males…), but it is pretty delayed compared to other animals.


  1. Tiger Shark embryos eat one another in the womb

And then it starts eating the unfertilized eggs in its mother. Talk about tough sibling competition.



  1. If you are being chased by a shark, pray it’s a Whale Shark

Sounds horrible, whale + shark = gianormous; but, these big guys swim away from humans. They do not have time to chase dummies like us.




  1. Not a Whale Shark after you? Then, next hope for a Greenland Shark.

It’s rare to find this shark since it lives in freezing waters, BUT it is the slowest moving “fish” ever recorded. So there’s that.



  1. It estimated that 270,000 sharks are killed daily

One article found this number through conservation organizations’ research. It may seem good news to us, but it is very bad for shark populations and survival.



  1. They can’t be bony

That is because they do not have bones. Sharks are just giant blobs of cartilage.



  1. Respect your elders

Sharks were around before dinosaurs, so I would say it’s smart to just steer clear and let them do their thang.



  1. Rough bedroom role playing

Female sharks have tougher/thicker skin because males tend to bite while mating.


“You went too far this time, Jim.”


  1. Keep sharks in the wild

Captive female sharks can reproduce without a male’s assistance… yes, cloning. What’s scarier than a shark? A cloning shark.



  1. Out of balance

Multiple species of sharks and rays are near endangerment, which can severely impact the balance of life under the sea. Head to WWF to learn more.




 Want more random, fun facts to out-smart your coworkers and friends?

Check more out here.

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#NationalBestFriendDay Post-Grad Style

The idea of our “best friend” has evolved as awkwardly as we have since childhood: there are many phases of best friends and many types of BFFs. Some stay with us since childhood and others we are lucky enough to pick up along the way.

We have gone from the best friend, who we played make-believe games with as toddlers.

To the BBFLs in elementary school, who we tried new sports with and pretended we were “big kids.”

To the best friends in middle school, who we mutually helped get through the inexplicable awkwardness of 6th-8th grade.

To the best friends in high school, who we acted like pure fools with and thought we could handle a lot more than we actually could.

To the sistas (or bros) in college, who we cried in front of, who knew our secrets, who tested our limits, and who struggled hard with us.

To the current besties in our post-grad life. They are a special kind of best friend. There are different life experiences to explore, different stories to tell, different problems to tackle.

Here are the types of best-friend-moments you will have in your post grad, adult-like life:


1. “Going Out” means going out the door (only slightly) to get the pizza delivery 

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2. “Girls Nights” are more like laying on the couch (or floor) and just complaining 

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3. “Shopping Days” are when you run into each other at the grocery store and can both only afford a maximum of 6 items

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4. “Movie Nights” are Netflix marathons that turn into weekend-long endeavors 

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5. “Drinks Night” consist of getting all dressed and ready, only to realize it’s already 9:30pm and close to bedtime, so you stay in and drink cheap wine from a bag instead



6. “Adventures” are more like finding a new, trendy place to eat that is all over social media and pretending you are “cool” or whatever that is these days



7. “Gossip” is more like pulling up the Facebook accounts of old high school peers and either 1)laughing until you snort or 2) punching the computer screen 



8. “Laughing-fits” are when you both realize that you have nothing going for you LOLOLololo…. 

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9. Text conversations are just sending each other memes about your day or sending Buzzfeed posts that are scarily-accurate of your current struggles

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10. Birthdays are more like a set actual nights out that you force each other to do 




So happy National Best Friends Day 2016, you poor kids!





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#NationalDoughnutDay – Tampa Style

Everyone knows how eating a sweet is the best part of the day, but Tampa, Florida, is taking breakfast sweets to the next level. There are two doughnut shops in Tampa that have some major popularity among locals and are very worthy of it:

Datz Dough and the Mini Doughnut Factory


Datz opened its sweet shop, i.e. doughnut heaven, in 2011 and has already been featured in FYI’s “What the Fung”, Food Network Canada, and The Cooking Network’s “Doughnut Showdown.” Its claim to fame was the massive bacon-topped glazed doughnut. But, the originality does not stop there! Everything from cereal topped, birthday cake, red velvet, s’mores, blueberry, PB&J, and more keeps this dough shop popular. New creations are added often and some oldies make some repeat appearances when you least expect it! You never know what you will get when you walk it, which only makes it more acceptable to go there often.

But donuts is not the only specialty that Datz has up its sleeve! Holiday-themed lattes and blended beverages are offered. Lucky Charms Latte was one of my personal favorites. Also, I’m Irish, so I am probably a wee bit biased, but hey my vote still counts. There is always a classic Bacon Latte, Nutella Latte, and a Butterbeer Latte. Okay, my inner Harry Potter will briefly come out, and I’ll have to admit the Butterbeer is possibly tied for my favorite…

And lastly, Datz Dough has DOUGHNUT ICE CREAM CONES. You are welcome for officially making you hungry. There is literally nothing else to say except: genius.


(Obviously I feel no guilt eating Datz Doughnuts)

Next up on the Doughnut Tour a la Tampa is the Mini Doughnut Factory. As the name suggests, this place makes the cutest, petite-iest, tiniest donuts. And, that only means it is completely acceptable to eat more of them [obviously]. The fact that the donuts are tiny is not the only reason to check this place out; the toppings are where it’s at! Your taste buds will definitely appreciate the creativity here.

Some of the specialties include, but are not limited to: Nutella Churro, Cotton Candy, Peanut Butter Cup, S’mores, Fruit Loop, French Toast, and more. Like Datz, new ideas pop up all of the time. The best thing is that since the donuts are small, you can try multiple flavors at once without feeling guilty or forcing yourself to make such a stressful, soul-crushing, nail-biting, sweat-beaded-forehead decision of only choosing one doughnut. Basically, by my calculations, four donuts equal one, so you can try out four different tiny bites of goodness in one sitting. Gotta love math when it involves donuts.

You can buy these amazing babies anywhere from 3-packs to 25-packs and more! Perfect for parties, office celebrations, a quick breakfast for one (or two if you have to share), or dessert.

Like with Datz, the Mini Doughnut Factory has the classic coffees, lattes, and….. A DOUGHNUT MILKSHAKE. Think a milkshake is a glorious treat? Well, add a tiny doughnut on the straw and you have “holey” gloriousness. Ha ha, I’m so punny.


(Be jealous of my Cotton Candy Doughnut…be very jealous)


So in order to celebrate National Doughnut Day properly, head to one of these local shops and gorge on… I mean treat yourself with…. Tampa-style donuts.


Any other doughnut suggestions for Tampa? Comment below! Go #NationalDoughnutDay



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