Those Darn Millennials Were Just Blamed For Ruining Another Dying Industry

Congratulations, Millennials! Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings are going down, and they’re taking you with them.

Casual dining restaurants such as Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings recently revealed they’re in financial trouble, and Millennials are to  blame. Sally Smith, the CEO of BWW, explains: 

“Millennial consumers are more attracted than their elders to cooking at home, ordering delivery from restaurants and eating quickly, in fast-casual or quick-serve  restaurants.”
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Cool. Not only are we responsible for the death and destruction of wine, golf, and breakfast cereal, but now we can take credit for the demise of mediocre chain restaurants too.

Millennials everywhere took to Twitter to show their deepest remorse.

But maybe none of this would be an issue if Applebee’s started serving avocado toast.

Until then, I suppose Applebee’s and Buffalo Wild Wings will have to suffer with the harsh realities of capitalism. Can’t wait to find out  what Millennials will get blamed for ruining next!

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Shaq Showed His Feet Live On Air And People Were Traumatized

There are some infamous TV moments that will always go down in history. Like that time a contestant on The Newlywed Game accidentally talked about anal sex, or this amazing moment from Survivor.

Then there are some gross things that you just can’t unsee, and I blame Fear Factor for a lot of those moments. For instance, I’m still traumatized by watching people eat extra large dung beetles or boiled antelope brains.

And the latest in unseeable, unforgettable on-air grossness doesn’t come from a nasty food challenge or a misunderstanding about newlywed sex.

It comes courtesy of Shaq’s feet.

The NBA Hall of Famer put his size 22 foot on full display during the Cavs game this past Thursday night and well, people were horrified.

Like, really horrified.

They just couldn’t comprehend his big toe.

They couldn’t get over how mangled they looked.

Some people made unwelcome food comparisons…

Others thought they looked ancient.

Others just wanted him to get help.

His feet became part of a cruel, worst-case scenario game.

They were so bad, his own son went on Twitter to apologize for them on behalf of the family.

As mangled as they look, respect to Shaq for being brave enough to put them out there on TV, knowing full well he’d be roasted. I would get upset if someone even pointed out my stretch marks, let alone a toe that looks like a can opener.

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These Prize-Winning Christmas Decorations Earned A Family $50,000 Because They Were So Good

I didn’t grow up decorating my house for Christmas, but there’s nothing I love more than walking out on a chilly night with a huge mug of coffee and taking a stroll through the neighboring towns that go all out during the holidays.

Something about seeing bright red and green and white sparkling lights really warms me up and although I grew up Muslim, I can’t help but get all warm and fuzzy during Christmas time and get in the holiday spirit.

That doesn’t mean I’d go through the trouble of decorating my own house. No, no, I’m much too lazy for that.

But it makes me happy to see that people who work so hard to spread good cheer are getting rewarded for it, like this family from Glen Allen, Virginia.

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Well, they actually entered a competition for it, called, “The Great American Light Fight,” which kinda of goes against what Christmas is all about.

That doesn’t mean that Esther and Al Thompson didn’t work their butts off though. 578 hours went into setting up their home for the light-off.

The Thompson family have been long-time Christmas decorators for a while now. Every year they go all out to put on a brilliant display for the neighborhood to put everyone in the holiday mood.

ABC 8 reported that the Thompsons “couldn’t believe” they made $ 50k by doing something they’d done for years.

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“Not in a thousand years. I always look at ourself as the house on Wendurst Drive, you know, I make my decorations out of plyboard during the summer and how am I going to compete against these big mega decorators that have the computerized shows and so on. All homemade, a lot of interactive, all that kind of thing played a part, so we were quite surprised.”

The couple said that they planned on giving some of the earnings from the show to their local church while Esther says she wants to use the money to take a trip to Israel. A fitting way to spend money that you won in a Christmas competition. (h/t wric)

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Here Are Some Jobs You'll Wish You'd Known About When You Were In School

Growing up (thanks to TV and school) we always heard about specific professions: doctor, lawyer, police officer, fire fighter, nurse — more “standard occupations” — oh, and reality TV star, of course.

But as we pursued higher education, we still had this limited number of professions swirling around in our minds as the only options post graduation. But, as it turns out, there are a plethora of jobs out there that we’d never heard of or really considered — all of which make decent money. Time to start thinking about those… It’s never too late, right? 

Redditor EduardoA96 asked the question we all should have asked long ago — “What is a great career path that kids in college aren’t aware exists?”

So, lost souls, here are some professions to consider:

1. Perfusionist 

Oh perfect, no one knows about my career. Only 3,500 people doing it nationwide and we are in a job shortage. I am a Perfusionist and run the Cardiopulmonary bypass machine during heart surgeries. Get a Bachelor of Science degree, then go to a Perfusion School (1 or 2 year program). I am 4 years out of school and made six figures last year. I probably averaged 30 to 35 hours per week. It can be stressful because you can kill a patient very easily (won’t happen unless you’re careless) but it is very rewarding to know you are saving people’s lives everyday.

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2. Accent / manners tutor

If you’re from the UK/US, some people in China will pay you great money to babysit their kids so their kids can learn the “right” accent and manners. They’ll prefer someone with a college education since it’s more prestigious, and I know someone who was earning $ 50k straight away.

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3. Stagehand

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Stagehand, I am 22 I started at my local community college that I went to school. The starting position was $ 16 an hour and I was learning stagecraft, how to mix, focus lights, use the rail. Soon after doing that I started working for my local IATSE Local (Stagehand Union) and I am currently an apprentice there. I make about 40$ an hour doing the work and it is fantastic. I get to work for cool artists like Prince, Fleetwood Mac, the Who and see some really cool gear. Many people don’t really think about it.

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4. Flight Attendant (although the consensus seems to be that it’s a better deal for people working outside the United States)

Flight Attendants. I recently started working as one. I get 72 days of paid holidays a year, more than enough money, they cover my language learning expenses and medicine is already free in my country. It is not an easy job, but interesting and beneficial one.

After being a junior FA you can become senior FA and then an instructor.

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5. Card Dealer

Card dealing, just moved to Vegas. In 4-5 years you could work your way up to a top tier casino (cousin made it into Ceasers in 18 months but was a special case). Depending on your game could easily net 6 figures a year. Edit: tokes for Sunday and Monday combined were 700 usd a dealer. Gotta love football season.

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6. Museum Worker

Museums! I am currently in my third year of an awesome museum studies program at my university and I also work part time in a museum on campus. It is an extremely diverse field. You could do: • Curatorial work – basically object preservation, both preventative and repairs • Collections Management – overseeing the accessioning, deaccessioning, cataloguing, and storage of objects • Educational coordinator – create and execute educational programs and collaborate with exhibit designers • Exhibit design – making those awesome exhibits you see, from the placement of the text and pictures to the actual physical construction • Basically anything else – museums need all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Digital design, video production, fundraising, HVAC, etc.

Museums are amazing and fun and creative. And you can pair museums with any area of study too.

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7. Packaging Engineer

You basically engineer the packaging for products (so you hate that plastic clam shell packaging? You can be the solution!).

Great pay, interesting work and the job outlook is awesome. You can’t name many companies that don’t use some kind of packaging!

Not many school have the program, but if yours does, I highly recommend it.

8. Lesser-known health care professions. 

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A lot of the smaller healthcare professions get forgotten by kids in college or high school. Everyone focuses on being a doctor, nurse, dentist, or pharmacist, but there are so many other professions in healthcare. Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, medical imaging technologists (X-ray, MRI, US, Nuclear Medicine), radiation therapists, dietitians, audiologists, chiropodists, laboratory technologists. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some. They all tend to pay middle-class income or better with reasonable hours, they require specialized knowledge and skills that put your brain to work at least a little bit each day, and you get to work with patients who are typically quite appreciative.

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9. Air Traffic Controller (especially in Canada). 

If you’re in Canada, air traffic controller. All you need is a high school education. There’s lots of testing to get in, iq and personality, but if you do you’ll get paid while you’re in training. Then, depending on where you end up and how much overtime you put in, you can make over $ 150k per year.

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The original Trollbeads were crafted from silver then gold

Trollbeads have made a long journey from their humble beginnings in 1970s Copenhagen to today, where they adorn the wrists of everyone, celebrities such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson and Emma Watson, your mum and –probably –you included.  In recent years, these charming trinkets have soared in popularity.  But just what is it that makes them so covetable?  In this article, we will take a brief look into the history of the troll bead, their many varieties and of course now that Christmas is on its way, gift ideas for those who have caught the Trollbeads bug.

Troll beads were originally invented by the Nielsen/Aagaard family in 1976, when amateur silversmith Søren Nielsen fashioned a small silver bead into a creation called “The Mask”, so called because the bead had six different faces on it, each of which changed expression as the bead was rotated.

The Troll bead system itself is based on a silver or gold chain onto which individual beads can be threaded and interchanged due to the clasp which can become detachable from the main chain.

As for the rise and rise of Trollbeads in popularity, you don’t have to look far to see why they are so ubiquitous amongst everyone from celebrities to the average Joanna (Or Joe –they’re not just for girls) on the street.  Individuality is a buzzword these days applying to everything from the places we eat and drink, to our social networking pages, to the number plates on our cars, to the slogans on our tee-shirts.  Self-expression is now big business and back in fashion, so perhaps it is little wonder then that Troll beads are now experiencing such a huge revival.  With hundreds of beads to choose from, you can literally create a design which is entirely of your choosing, to remove, swap around and re-design as you desire.

The original Trollbeads were crafted from silver and later went onto include gold, semi precious and precious stones and pearls.  Each Trollbead tells its own story, with beads depicting mythology, animals, flowers and every day objects.  Even beads related to science are available, or simply beautiful beads made from exquisite Italian glass.

And as Christmas draws near, what better way to show your loved one they’re a real gem (Sorry) than by giving them a starter Troll bead bracelet, or even a couple of additions to their new one?  As well as coming in a variety of different colours, Trollbeads are also available with themed beads to celebrate an achievement, a special occasion or just to act as a reminder of a fond memory.  One or two of these amongst a couple of silver spacer beads would be the perfect Christmas gift and is sure to make the wearer smile whenever he or she sees it.

 

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