China is building 10 massive “ghost cities” every year in order to stimulate growth!
China is building 10 massive “ghost cities” every year in order to stimulate growth!

In most places, the creation of new cities are dictated by speculation. Speculation is, to put it simply, taking educated guesses about what will happen in the future and acting on those guesses.

This is why people purchase land on the outskirts of big cities. They believe that, in a few decades, the city will grow and people will need that land for houses and businesses. If that guess turns out to be correct, the speculator can then sell back that land at a much higher price.

However, it seems this practice has led to bad results in China.

By order of the Chinese government, nearly ten new cities are being built every year. However, after their creation, these cities sit almost vacant, with only a few wealthy citizens moving to them. Designed to stimulate economic growth, these ghost cities are instead home to failing businesses and disappointed rich people.

Even the “Great Mall of China”, which has space for over 2000 shops, is over 99 percent vacant. It may be the largest mall in the world, but it is also one of the most pitiful.

But why, exactly, are these cities so vacant?

The answer seems to be in the pricing. Instead of providing low-cost housing, these new locations are filled with high-end apartments, something most Chinese citizens can’t afford. So, as much as families would like to move, they simply can’t afford to.

If China makes these new places more affordable and accessible, they may become true metropolises in the future. Until then, however, they remain ghost cities, filled with nothing but empty hopes and cold chills.

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Nintendo paid Mike Tyson just $50,000 to use his likeness for the NES Classic ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!’
Nintendo paid Mike Tyson just $50,000 to use his likeness for the NES Classic ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!’

"Punch Out" or "Mike Tyson’s Punch Out" was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. The boxing video game was consistently listed as one of the best games for the NES operating system.

However, despite his legendary status in the sport of boxing, Tyson was allegedly paid just $50,000 for a three-year use of his likeness. This was probably because when they licensed his image, he was yet to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

The game features the boxer Little Mac working his way up the boxing ranks to a final fight with the game version of Mike Tyson.

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You’ll never guess what show the Breaking Bad stars have in common!
You’ll never guess what show the Breaking Bad stars have in common!

Before they were out in the desert breaking bad, a lot of the “Breaking Bad” crew shared another, less serious show to share on their resume.

Each got a single they appeared on, different from the others, in 1999.

Little did they know they’d eventually meet up to create one of the most memorable series of all time!

Bryan Cranston appeared in the episode “Paranoid Dick” where Dick convinces Mary about a conspiracy against the university. Cranston plays as Neil.

Aaron Paul appears in the episode “Dick’s Big Giant Headache: Part 2” where The Big Giant Head continues to be inappropriate.

Paul plays an unnamed student. Finally, Bob Odenkirk appears in the episode “The Fifth Solomon” where Dick wrecks a car the Solomon family feels sentimental about. Odenkirk plays as Gary.

“3rd Rock from the Sun” ran from 1996 to 2001 spanning 6 seasons. It is mere coincidence that all three “Breaking Bad” stars played roles in the 1999 season. I wonder what kind of weird stories they swapped in between the violence, drug creating and tense moments on set.

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Cake frosting is healthier for you than Nutella!
Cake frosting is healthier for you than Nutella!

Nutella is one of the great tasting spreads you can pick up at your local supermarket. Beware, once you pop the top of it, it’s tough to stop!

The delicious, chocolatey almond spread was originally seen as being a great substitute for peanut butter, but a recent study found out you may as well spread chocolate cake frosting on your toast instead.

ABC looked into Nutella and other unhealthy foods and made a starling discovery: it’s about as healthy as the Milky Way candy bar.

One tablespoon of Nutella contains 100 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 11 grams of sugar.

In comparison, generic cake frosting has 75 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat and 7.5 grams of sugar. Cake frosting is officially healthier!

Nutella was taken to court for advertising it as a healthy breakfast treat and lost to the woman. They also settled a class-action lawsuit regarding the healthy advertising for $2.5 million. Anyone who bought Nutella from January 2008 to February 3, 2012 was entitled to a piece of the settlement. Contact your lawyer today!

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Every starting Texas Hold ‘em poker hand has a nickname!
Every starting Texas Hold ‘em poker hand has a nickname!

Poker players love making up catchy and clever nicknames for the best and worst hands in Texas Hold ‘em, but many would be surprised to find out that every single starting hand of two cards, down to the suit, has a nickname.

Some of them are pretty funny too!

The common names, such as “Big Slick” for an Ace and King card as well as Bullets for two Aces, are known throughout professional and amateur players alike.

The names are used when players announce their hand or by announcers to help spectators learn what the hands are.

Some personal favorites include “Jackass” which is imitative of “Jack-Ace” or the “Rounders Hand” after the Ace and 9 from the movie by the same movie. There’s no doubt poker players are a creative bunch to create so many nicknames for every possible combination.

There would be even more awe if anyone managed to memorize all of them, though they would get pretty annoying pretty fast.

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There is a dinosaur named after Harry Potter!
There is a dinosaur named after Harry Potter!

Dracorex hogwartsia or just Dracorex is a dinosaur genus of the family Pachycephalosauridae. His name means “dragon king of Hogwarts” and it was named such as a tribute to dragons (which it resembles) and the world of Harry Potter!

These were discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota by three amateur paleontologists from Iowa. They described it as an herbivore, with a skull with spiky horns, bumps, and a long muzzle.Besides it’s flat, nodal skull, the most prominent feature of Dracorex is the pair of huge unrestricted superior temporal openings!

The name itself however, was inspired not by the paleontologists, but by young visitors to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as a tribute to both dragons (Dracorex means “dragon king”), which the dinosaur resembles, as well as the Harry Potter series of books (Hogwartsia for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the fictional school from the awesome series).

So yes, Harry Potter has contributed to science! How awesome is that?

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During the 2012 Olympics, NBC refused to broadcast a tribute to victims of terror!
During the 2012 Olympics, NBC refused to broadcast a tribute to victims of terror!

Apparently, NBC thinks Americans don’t care about terrorism.

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics was an incredible event to behold.

Directed by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later), the ceremony captured the hearts and minds of 900 million people, keeping them fully engaged throughout its four-hour run time.

However, American viewers didn’t see the same ceremony as everybody else.

NBC, the corporation responsible for broadcasting the Olympics in America, chose not to show their viewers a tribute to victims of terrorist attacks. This tribute, which paid respect to the victims of a London bombing, was replaced with an interview between Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps.

According to NBC, the tribute was removed because it wasn’t “tailored to the U.S. audience”.

For perspective, imagine if an Olympic tribute to the victims of 9-11 or the Oklahoma City bombing was removed in Britain on the same line of reasoning.

Following the decision, #NBCfail became a top trend on Twitter. Tribute choreographer Akram Khan expressed his disappointment with NBC’s actions, accusing the corporation of being too commercial.

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Talk about benefits: Clif Bar employees get paid to exercise for 2.5 hours every week!
Talk about benefits: Clif Bar employees get paid to exercise for 2.5 hours every week!

Most people know Clif Bar & Company for their namesake product, the ever-popular CLIF Bar.

However, it seems this company is also a fantastic place to work.

In addition to standard benefits, Clif Bar & Co. offers a number of company-specific perks.

For example, while many corporations have an on-site gym, Clif also has a rock climbing wall, dual-purpose yoga/dance rooms, and massage rooms.

In keeping with with their outdoor-driven, health-conscious image, Clif gives employees two-and-a-half hours of paid exercise every week, complete with personal training. Employees are allowed to bring their dogs to the office and have access to counseling and life coaching.

But the benefits don’t stop there. In 2010, Clif Bar & Co. adopted an employee stock ownership program. This means that, collectively, 20 percent of Clif is owned by its workers.

Clif Bar & Co. was named one of Outside magazine’s Best Places to Work for five years in a row.

The company is owned by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford. It is currently run by CEO Kevin Cleary.

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This crazy cat breed looks like a leopard and acts like a dog! Best of all, you can own one!
This crazy cat breed looks like a leopard and acts like a dog! Best of all, you can own one!

Looks like this cat has the best of both worlds.

The Savannah cat is an interesting breed. First crossbred in 1986, the Savannah is a hybrid between a domestic cat and the wild African serval.

Though the cat’s coat depends on the domestic cat used in breeding, it is often known for its black spots, giving it an appearance similar to that of a leopard. In ideal litters, kittens will have cheetah-like tear-streak markings running from their eyes to their whiskers.

However, unlike domestic or wild cats, the Savannah’s personality is surprisingly dog-like. Similar to canines, Savannahs posses a great deal of loyalty and are known to follow their owners around. They can even be taught to play fetch and walk on a leash.

Unlike other cats, many Savannahs do not fear water. In fact, some even enjoy it, and it’s not uncommon to see Savannahs submerge themselves in the bath, play with their water bowls, or shower with their owner.

Savannahs may be owned in Canada and most parts of the United States, along with other countries. However, Australian cat-lovers are out of luck, as the Savannah cat is banned for being a potential threat to the nation’s native wildlife.

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Being a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd World Country depends on its Cold War orientation!
Being a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd World Country depends on its Cold War orientation!

During the Cold War, countries allied with capitalist countries and NATO were known as 1st world countries. Communist countries and the Soviet Union were known as 2nd world countries. Third world countries referred to countries not allied with capitalist nations or NATO.

Third world became somewhat synonymous with underdeveloped and poor countries. It is now seen as politically incorrect to use the term “third world country.” 

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