Make-A-Wish Recipients Describe What the Experience Is Like

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Most of us have heard of Make-a-Wish Foundation, the non-profit organization that arranges special experiences for children with critical illnesses. We’ve seen the kids on TV, meeting and greeting their favorite celebrities, and we’ve seen them in line for amusement park rides, especially at Disney World, where Wish Kids even have their own resort called Give Kids the World.

But have you ever wondered what it’s like for kids to choose their adventures and get sent on these unforgettable excursions? Because children’s conditions don’t need to be terminal to catch the attention of the foundation, several people who went through the program as children share what their experiences were like.

A recent thread on reddit had people talking about their own memories of Make-a-Wish. If you’ve ever been curious what goes on behind the scenes of the foundation, read on for 16 stories of Wish Kids who’ve been through the program.

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So, Will Clark is canceled.

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Yeah, we’d probably go for the Great Barrier Reef too.

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Two very different celebrity encounters.

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The whole Schwarzenegger family!

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The most selfless wish.

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Make-a-Wish finds a way to make the wildest dreams come true.

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Even with simple wishes, the foundation goes above and beyond.

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These selfless Wish Kids melt my heart.

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This person’s been on both sides of the Wishes.

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Penthouse suite on Waikiki!

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It sounds like they really pay attention to the kid.

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OK. Weezer is also canceled.

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Even when they can’t grant the Wish Kid’s first choice, they more than make up for it.

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True dedication.

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They’ll even shell out cold hard cash.

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What a truly incredible organization.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/11/14/Z1egoIG/make-a-wish-stories

6 Tiny Ways You Can Better Your Mental Health, According to Psychologists

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For many of us who are stressed, tired, and overworked, the concept of self-care can feel like a foreign luxury reserved for people with more time. But research shows taking care of yourself isn’t selfish or self-centered; rather, it improves health and overall well-being, making you more capable of accomplishing the things you want to do.

A recent thread on reddit asked psychologists to share common things people do (or don’t do) without realizing how damaging they are to their mental health. We’ve compiled some of their best answers to bring you a few easy changes you can make to your day-to-day that will ultimately improve your quality of life in the long term.

Tone Down the Venting

When we go through situations that are trying or anxiety-inducing, it’s common to air them out on the group text. After all, who hasn’t had a passive-aggressive spat with their boss and gone straight to Gchat to unload on their friends?

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But according to psychologists, co-rumination, or “repeatedly discussing and rehashing our problems and difficult feelings with someone else without coming up with a solution or resolution” can be really detrimental in the long run.

So much so, that it can lead to depression and anxiety if your venting goes unchecked. So even though it feels good to revisit and process your problems with friends, the circular gossiping can actually hold you back from addressing your issues productively.

Next time you catch yourself rehashing your complaints with your friend group, ask yourself the following questions to keep yourself from co-ruminating:

  1. Is my problem new?
  2. Have I spoken about it before?
  3. Am I working myself up about something that hasn’t even happened yet?
  4. Do I have any new information to share or am I just repeating myself?

Try to Keep a More Regular Sleep Schedule

If your personal slogan is “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” you might want to reconsider your brand. Erratic sleep schedules and frequent all-nighters can be quite damaging to your mental and physical health, according to psychologists who urge adults to try for a minimum of 7-9 hours a night.

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Research shows that, during sleep, the brain clears itself of harmful toxins like neuritic plaque and tangles “like a dishwasher,” per a University of Rochester neurosurgery professor. This helps to explain why we struggle to think clearly after a night of poor sleep.

If our toxins aren’t properly cleared, studies show they can ultimately lead to brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The best way to avoid these diseases? Prioritize 7–9 hours of sleep over another game of Fortnite or “just one more” episode of your favorite show. The TV will still be there tomorrow, we swear.

Don’t Sweep Your Problems Under the Rug

While overdoing it with repeated venting is decidedly unproductive, it can also be harmful — and ultimately counter-productive — to avoid thinking about problems altogether. 

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Avoidance coping, as psychologists call it, refers to dealing with your problems by, essentially, not dealing with them at all. For many people who have unsettling emotions or difficult memories, not calling them to mind may seem like a seductive solution.

But in fact, avoiding issues — rather than dealing with them and accepting how they make us feel — creates stress and anxiety, in addition to ravaging self-confidence, according to psychologists

If you feel like you use avoidance tactics to cope with your issues, try discussing them out loud instead. Don’t overdo it and get caught in a vicious cycle, but having others around to check your reality can help to get out of your own head.

Be Kinder to Yourself

The cornerstones of self-care are self-acceptance and self-love. This seems obvious at face value but is often overlooked in day-to-day life.

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We often engage in a paradox where we like the version of ourselves we have in our own heads while we simultaneously beat ourselves up when we can’t measure up to that constructed ideal.

And while a lot of people think this way, it’s not hard to realize how counterproductive this thinking is to bettering yourself and cultivating self-confidence, if you take a step back. 

Instead, show yourself the patience you give others, and cut yourself the same amount of slack. If you can change the fixed idea you have of yourself and believe you’re a constantly changing work in progress, you’ll start to grow and learn from your mistakes rather than torturing yourself by viewing every error you make as a sign of failure and weakness.

Learn to Say “No”

Many of us feel compelled to accept every invitation and spread ourselves thin by juggling a million tasks because it seems easier than turning someone down.

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But according to psychologists, setting boundaries by saying no from time to time is the best way to keep healthy relationships with ourselves and others. For one, it’ll keep you from feeling overly burned out, stressed and overwhelmed. And saying no will also ultimately help improve your quality of life once you can spend time on yourself rather than worrying about how to get out of your latest commitment. 

Interestingly, the inability to say no is often tied to low self-confidence and self-esteem. We might have been conditioned to become people-pleasers to the point where we imagine we’re useless if we’re not being helpful, or that our self-worth depends on how much we do for others.

The first step to taking back control of our lives and our time is to recognize the cycles we’re in and to keep our responses simple. Remember, you never have to ask for permission to say no, and remind yourself that you’re turning down a request, not a person.

Try Out New Coping Strategies

Several of us have our go-to coping mechanisms, the little pick-me-ups that work their magic when seemingly nothing else can. But when people don’t realize the long-term effect of dependence on unhealthy strategies, their physical and mental health can suffer.

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Drinking to deal with social anxiety is a common coping mechanism that can snowball out of control if it goes unchecked. Negative self-talk and oversleeping also fall into this category of instantaneous feel-goods that work against you in the long run.

So next time you’re tempted to take a “day in” because you’re feeling blue, reconsider your approach. Sure, it feels exhausting to be in the world when you’re feeling depressed, but isolation will only further the depression. 

A good rule when you’re feeling down is to do whatever your depression is telling you not to do. Calling friends, picking up groceries, or taking the dog for a long walk will help you feel less sad and worthless. 

This and our other tiny tips won’t take much time out of your day, and your mental health will thank you for the adjustments you’ve made later.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/11/12/ZemlDp/self-care-tips

17 Confusing Elementary School Problems That Even Have Adults Scratching Their Heads

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I would never, ever want to appear on Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader because I’m not really into nationally televised public humiliation.

When it comes to random trivia about movies and not so well-known actors, I’m pretty sure I’d wipe the floor with most fifth graders. Or if some 10 or 11-year-old wants to step up and take a driving challenge against me, I’d wipe the floor with them and laugh in their face as they cried home to their mamas.

But if elementary school kids are answering questions like this with ease? Then I’d be very, very, very cautious about taking them on. Because after staring at these problems for a few seconds, my brain started to hurt. Maybe you’ll do a lot better than I did.

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Third grade.

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For first graders in Singapore.

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Cheryl’s birthday.

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Wording?

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Hope you have a lot of time on your hands.

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OK so I got this one.

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Kindergarten.

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Algebra for first graders.

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Which way is the bus driving?

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Typo.

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Partial credit?

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Wait, what?

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Grammar.

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Six-year-olds have 20 seconds to answer this.

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Second grade.

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Spot the difference.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/11/09/Z1BOdEo/elementary-school-problems

53 Autumn Instagram Captions That'll Make Your Followers FALL for You

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Fall is upon us and you’ve probably begun to embrace the changing colors of the leaves, daylight saving time, and, of course, Pumpkin Spice Lattes. 

If the month has you ready to cozy up in front of a fireplace, go pumpkin picking, or start planning out your Thanksgiving weekend adventures, we hope you’re Instagram-prepared. Your followers are going to want to see your outdoor adventures and how well you’re rocking out this sweater weather.

And if you have an abundance of images ready to post, but no fall captions for your Instagram, we’ve got you covered. 

From movie quotes to song lyrics, with some PSL jokes in between, read on for 53 fall captions that’ll go great on your ‘gram.

Funny Captions

“Creeping it real”

“Fall so hard mother pumpkins wanna spice me.”

“Halloween is not a day. It’s a lifestyle.”

“The only thing getting ‘lit’ this weekend are my fall scented candles.”

“Trick or … treat yourself”

“#RestingWitchFace”

“If you fall, I’ll be there.” — The Floor

“Sorry for what I said when I didn’t have my Pumpkin Spice Latte.”

“It’s fall, y’all.”

“At this point, my blood type is pumpkin spice.”

Cute Captions

“Sweater weather is better together”

“Falling for you”

“Autumn skies and pumpkin pies”

“Hello, pumpkin”

“#UnbeLEAFable”

“At this point, my blood type is pumpkin spice.”

“Stay BOOtiful.”

“FALLelujah!”

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“FALLing in love with this brand new season.”

“Stay cozy.”

“My favorite color is autumn.”

“The trees show us how beautiful it is to let things go.”

“There are two seasons in the year: fall, and waiting for fall.”

“I’d like to see you s’more.”

“Oh fall, it’s nice to see you again.”

“Let there be pumpkin spice.” 

“Psithurism: The sound of the leaves rustling as the wind blows through the trees.”

Quote Captions

“My favorite color is October.” — Unknown

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” — Lauren DeStefano

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep, and Autumn was awakened.” — Raquel Franco

“Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” — George Eliot

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde

“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” — William Cullen Bryant

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery

There is a harmony in autumn and a luster in its sky…” — Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, falling from the autumn tree.” — Emily Bronte

“Be like a tree, and let the dead leaves drop.” — Rumi

“Designers want me to dress like Spring, in billowing things. I don’t feel like Spring. I feel like a warm red Autumn.” — Marilyn Monroe

“Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.” — Yoko Ono

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” — J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Movie/TV Captions

“Ahh, I’m just a big, toasty cinnamon bun.” — The Simpsons

“How do you like them apples?” — Good Will Hunting

“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” — You’ve Got Mail

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” — The Great Gatsby

“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Song Lyrics

“Summer has come and passed, the innocent can never last. Wake me up when September ends.” — Green Day

“In the quivering forest, where the shivering dog rests, our good grandfather built a wooden nest. And the river got frozen, and the hole got snowed in, and the yellow moon glowed bright till the morning light.” — Fleet Foxes

“And if you took to me like a gull takes to the wind, I’d have jumped from my tree and I’d have danced like the king of the eyesores, and the rest of our lives would’ve fared well.” — The Shins

“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting? Autumn in New York, it spells the thrill of first-nighting.” — Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

“Tell her to weave it in a sycamore wood lane, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. And gather it all with a basket of flowers, and then she’ll be a true love of mine.” — Simon and Garfunkel

“The autumn days swung soft around me/ Like cotton on my skin/ But as the embers of the summer lost their breath and disappeared/ My heart went cold and only hollow rhythms resounded from within.” — Fiona Apple

“I’m still in love with you, I want to see you dance again. Because I’m still in love with you on this harvest moon.” — Neil Young

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/11/08/1om5yK/fall-captions-for-instagram

Just a Reminder That Black Friday Is a Total Scam

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You see it every year. Hordes of undead shoppers obsessed with spending the least amount of money possible for Christmas line up in the middle of the night for the most unholy of retail days: Black Friday.

Whatever your thoughts are on rampant consumerism during the holidays, you can’t fault people for wanting to get some great deals on gifts for their family and friends.

But there’s one big problem with Black Friday: the “deals” advertised are either blatant lies, impossible to get, or so limited and based on such insane conditions, you’re not actually saving any money at all.

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One of the most common scams retailers like to pull on Black Friday is label-switching. They’ll say items are heavily marked down, but often they  replace tags and change the “original” price to something higher, then “mark it down” to the price they were selling it for all along or only a modest discount.

If there’s one thing that J.C. Penny’s attempt at eliminating sales for good taught us is that we’ve been conditioned to always look for bargains and deals while we’re shopping. No one wants to hear something’s one price and that’s it.

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Another common Black Friday scheme is to mark up the prices of clothing a week or so beforehand to inflate the savings people are getting. Oftentimes, Black Friday sales are no different than a random clearance sale to clear out old stock.

Now you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, what about that huge flat screen TV I always see being sold for $200 on Black Friday?” Well, there’s two ways they go about putting a low, low price on expensive electronics.

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First, notice the vague language Black Friday marketing uses to describe these “flat screen TVs.” Normally, a brand name isn’t mentioned at all. What you’re usually getting is what’s called a “derivative brand.”

The trick is to pull you into the store, even if you camp out, with the promise of some wild deals. The thing is, even if you get a poor-quality, made-in-Mordor electronic device for a super low price, it’s almost always of a super low quality and in extremely limited quantities. You ever try using a $50 tablet? They’re frustratingly impossible to use enjoyably.

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Speaking of limited quantities, many of the products, even the name-brand one, are often floor models that have been used and abused for some time, and there’s only one or two available.

So you’ll have to fight off your fellow shoppers for a chance to maybe save a few hundred dollars on a device that probably wouldn’t even qualify for refurbished status. 

As for those Black Friday fights, they’re the real deal.

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It seems like, every year, people either die or get severely injured in Black Friday shopping frenzies. People brawl on store lines and get trampled on, all because they think they’re saving money on a Powerbank or Toshiba Satellite laptop. It’s ridiculous.

So what’s a bargain hunter to do? Well, first, stop shopping for stuff on Black Friday, and if you need to get presents anyway, you’re much better shopping for stuff online (even though those deals aren’t really deals either). Online retailers almost always have lower prices than their brick-and-mortar counterparts, because their operational costs are much lower.

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As for actual deals on things you need to buy, you need to study the market. If you want a bigger and better TV, the week before the Super Bowl almost always has the best deals. Jewelry? Wait until right after Valentine’s Day, because they’ve got inventory that needs to go, go, go. New car? Best get that bad boy in April.

So please, have some self-respect and avoid Black Friday like the plague. It’s just a horrible marketing plot to sell you some garbage you never needed in the first place under the guise of “tremendous savings.”

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/11/02/Z2o6kEV/black-friday-2018

27 Motivational Quotes That Won't Make You Roll Your Eyes

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Whether you’ve got the Sunday blues or are struggling to get over that Wednesday slump, you might be looking for some words of encouragement to make the rest of the week feel less a pointless drag. 

And while you can surely find a repository of Winston Churchill quotes that will make you scoff and roll your eyes — because what could a dead, white British politician have said sixty years ago that would resonate with my life today? — what follows are not those quotes.

From the most encouraging movie moments to motivational celebrity tweets, here are 27 inspirational quotes that will (I promise) make your week so much better. And if you’ve got a friend going through the mud, send them these encouraging quotes, too. After all, what’s more uplifting than sharing a good laugh?

1.  “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” —Dita Von Teese

2.  “Be as good as your dog thinks you are, as rich as your kids think you are, and as handsome as your mother thinks you are.” —Unknown

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3.  “All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.”

—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

4. “There are two rules to success: Never tell everyone everything you know” —Roger H. Lincoln

5. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan

6. “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.”—A cleaner at NASA

7. “After the game, the pawn and the king go into the same box.” —Unknown

8. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” —John Lennon

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9. “The circumstances of one,s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” —Mewtwo, Pokémon: The First Movie)

10.  “We do have a lot in common. The same air, the same Earth, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same instead of always looking at what’s different… Well, who knows?” —Meowth, Pokémon: The First Movie

11. “Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red ‘S,’ that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears — the glasses, the business suit — that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.” —Bill, Kill Bill, Vol. II

12. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” —J.K. Rowling

13. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies while still alive. Never surrender.” —Tupac Shakur

14. “They don’t think it be like it is but it do.” —Oscar Gamble

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15. “Girls, girls, get that cash. Whether it’s nine-to-five or shaking that ass. Ain’t no shame, ladies, do your thing. Just make sure you’re ahead of the game.” —Missy Elliot

16. “When you do something right, people won’t think you’ve done anything at all.” —God Entity, Futurama

17.  “I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.” (Edna Mode, The Incredibles)

18. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.” (Unknown)

19. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” —-Steve Furtick

20. “Live your life so that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the Devil goes ‘Oh [crap], he’s up.”http://www.distractify.com/” —Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

21. “Dude, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.” —Jake the Dog, Adventure Time

22. “To live life, you need problems. If you get everything you want the minute you want it, what’s the point of living?” —Jake the Dog, Adventure Time

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23. “People used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I would say what a stupid question. The real question is what am I now?” —Jaden Smith

24. “People tell me to smile. I tell them the lack of emotion in my face doesn’t mean I’m unhappy.” —Jaden Smith

25. “Trees are never sad. Look at them every once in awhile. They’re quite beautiful.” —Jaden Smith

26. “And after awhile, you learn that you don’t need anyone else in order to survive. No one else is ever going to always be there, no matter what they say or promise you. You just gotta suck it up, accept it, & keep on keepin’ on.” —Gerald, Hey Arnold!

27. “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you’re a good person is like expecting a bull not to attack you because you’re a vegetarian.” —Dennis Wholey

I hope these funny, witty and downright ridiculous quotes (inspirational because if Jaden can blow minds on Twitter by imparting wisdom, what’s stopping you?) were the pick-me-up you needed today. 

Now go kick the rest of the week’s butt!

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/11/01/Z1kQ95X/encouragement-quotes

14 Things Sitting in Your Parents' Garage That's Now Worth a Crap Load of Money

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If your parents haven’t given away all your childhood stuff yet, you’re in luck. Many of your fave ’90s toys, shirts, VHS tapes, and other memorabilia are worth a surprising amount of money. From Polly Pockets to AOL disks, here’s why you need to call your mom and thank her for not throwing out your crap.

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Pokemon Cards

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Crystal Pepsi

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Polly Pockets

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Old ’90s Magazines

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Spice Girls Dolls

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Disney VHS Tapes

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AOL Floppy Disks/CDs

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Vintage Band T-shirts

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‘Baby All Gone’ Doll and Accessories

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Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Jersey

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3DO Console

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Stamps

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Yearbooks (If You Went to School With a Celebrity)

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Beanie Babies

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/10/29/1Mw4IF/90s-things-worth-a-lot

11 Purchases Under $20 That Will Seriously Upgrade Your Life

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When it comes to adulting, most of us could use a little help. I, for one, wish they taught us how to do taxes in high school, or how to start a car with jumper cables, or, you know, the kinds of things that are actually practical in day-to-day life.

And while I can’t offer you much help when it comes to Uncle Sam, I do think that a large part of adulting is learning how to use your money wisely to reduce the general stress in your life. Sometimes that means splurging $10 for something you thought you could get away with for $3, because the higher-end product will work better and last longer in the end.

From cooking and cleaning to just improving your overall quality of life, here are 11 purchases you can make for under $20 that will make adulting much, much easier.

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Electric Kettle

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Soups

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Slow Cooker

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Steal Soap

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A Nice Corkscrew

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Baking Soda and Vinegar

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Library Card

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If you have pets, get yourself a hand vacuum.

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Day Planner

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Hand-held Steamer

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Gym Subscription

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/10/26/nwq3u/adulting-hacks

26 "Crazy" People Who Were Vindicated in Death

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There’s a certain pleasure we all get in getting to tell someone, “I told you so” and, hopefully, that pleasure only comes from saying it about good things.

It doesn’t make me happy to tell my son, “I told you so” after he smashes his head against our ottoman tray, even though I warned him a bunch of times about the dangers of jumping off the couch and onto surrounding furniture with reckless abandon.

And if ghosts are a thing, I’d like to think that the people mentioned in this AskReddit post are saying, “I told you so!” from beyond the grave. These historical figures were either ignored or blasted as being straight-up crazy for their views, but ultimately had their theories/ideas legitimized after the fact.

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King James I

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Major General Pendleton

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Kotoku Wamura

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Ignaz Semmelwies

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Dr. John Snow

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Robert H. Goddard

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Georg Cantor

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Ludwig Boltzmann

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C.Y. O’Connor

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O’Connor…again.

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This guy’s Grandpa.

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Alfred Wegener

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Martha Mitchell

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Ernest Hemingway

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John O’Neill

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John Colter

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Otto Von Bismarck

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Bugsy Siegel

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General Billy Mitchell

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Gary Webb

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John Yudkin

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Ferdinand Foch

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Eratosthenes

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Copernicus

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Ike Eisenhower

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William Seward

Source : https://www.distractify.com/fyi/2018/10/26/Z2gdS5D/historical-crazy-people-vindicated

17 Mechanics Reveal Common Scams Auto Shops Try to Pull

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It’s the oldest trick in the book: an unscrupulous mechanic or auto-body shop takes advantage of your woeful lack of knowledge about the way your vehicle operates and charges you an exorbitant amount for an easy fix.

Or even worse, they never even do that easy fix, take your money, and your car is stuck with the same problem that’s been plaguing you for the past few weeks. So you bring your car back and receive yet another charge for another problem.

You keep dumping money into the vehicle with nothing to show for it except an empty bank account and no reliable whip to drive around town. But thanks to the evolution of the internet, finding out what’s wrong with your vehicle is a little easier than it was before. That doesn’t mean mechanics still won’t try to rip you off, but you can help stay ahead of the curve by listening to the advice in this handy-dandy AskReddit thread.

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Print this out to keep in your car.

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Ask to see the issue.

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Beware of up-sellers.

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Check your air filter before an oil-change.

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Reviews aren’t everything.

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You can’t trust anybody.

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Test a mechanic first.

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Insurance person coming in clutch.

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If you own a car, then these basics will help.

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Even more evidence to find a good local shop.

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National chains are usually the devil.

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The Dad approach.

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Check your fluid levels.

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Alarmism isn’t a good sign.

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Just like a good barber, find yourself a good technician.

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Little tip from a Dodge and Toyota tech.

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Google weird lingo…

Source : https://undefined/fyi/2018/10/23/Z1R0GRQ/common-mechanics-schemes