PSA theater trailerMiami, Florida, is under siege by disease-carrying giant snails. But don't worry! Labrador Retrievers are being trained to deal with the slimy problem, probably because dogs aren't completely skeeved by the phrase "disease-carrying giant snails."
The Giant African Land Snail (Achatina fulica), which grows to be about 8 inches long ("as big as rats," Reuters helpfully points out), is an invasive species first spotted in Florida two years ago. It has no natural enemies and causes severe damage to agriculture and natural habitats, says the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. They also damage buildings by happily munching away on stucco and plaster.
They also pose a health risk to humans, because they carry a parasite called the Rat Lungworm.
I know. This story just gets more and more disgusting.
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Making the snails even more charming, they give off a strong odor. So now we know the snails are slimy, parasite-riddled, Rat
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
PSA theater trailerMiami, Florida, is under siege by disease-carrying giant snails. But don't worry! Labrador Retrievers are being trained to deal with the slimy problem, probably because dogs aren't completely skeeved by the phrase "disease-carrying giant snails."Read More »from Labrador Retrievers to Help Defend Florida Against Giant Snail Invasion
- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 12:13 PM EDT
My husband and I frequently lament the fact that we're not more outdoorsy. We enjoy hiking and camping, but with two little boys who can't yet pull their own weight the great outdoors loses some of its shine. I've hauled our second child up and down enough mountains that my knees start to hurt when I just LOOK at our carrier pack. Good hiking gear, however, really does make a big difference. Knowing I've got a good pair of shoes and a decent sleeping bag waiting for me makes the prospect of keeping my boys out of the campfire for two days a little more palatable. Also, I know it doesn't matter how I look while hiking and camping. But… it matters. So here's 7 stylish (but sturdy!) pieces you can wear while hiking, biking, climbing and whatever else you do to enjoy the great outdoors.
-By Kayla Moncur
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
It is important for your pet to keep active both physically and mentally. Brain games and puzzles challenge your pet in new ways, helping to entertain them and to calm them. Mental activity can effectively release built up energy in a positive manner. My corgis love their puzzles and games, and nothing seems to do better at relaxing them than a few rounds of thinking games. There are a number of brain games and puzzle toys on the market. Many are marketed to dogs, but in reality cats like a lot of these games as well. Prices range from nearly free DIY options (two of these are included in the slideshow) to rather pricey Nina Ottosson wood puzzles. In between are many quite affordable options. Below are 10 brain games that I personally use with my dogs. Each is demonstrated by my own corgis, Ty and Eve. Each also includes a difficulty rating of easy, medium, or hard, along with a price rating of affordable, upper end, and expensive.v- By Carleen Coulter
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
Sometimes the best part of a new gadget is dressing it up! Sleek, smart, and ubiquitous, iPads have become the device that no one leaves home without, so why not outfit yours in a designer iPad case to make it a fashion accessory, too? There are endless options, but we've narrowed down the best - here are 7 super swoonworthy iPad cases perfect for all budgets.
-By Leticia Barr
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
The explosion in bacon's popularity in recent years just proves how many of us have a deep love for this fatty, salty, delicious strip of goodness! With our bacon obsession comes bacon experimentation, which has led to quite an array of dessert recipes laced with this savory treat! The following desserts with bacon are truly decadent and are sure to please any bacon lover, and maybe even those of us who think we don't like bacon all that much. How can you not love mini ricotta cheesecakes with fig and bourbon jam and candied bacon? Or bacon caramel apples? Or peanut butter bacon Nutella cookies? Or…well, just click through! These recipes are to die for! Click through for 7 devilishly decadent desserts with Bacon! -By Jane MaynardRead More »from Bakin' Tips: 7 Devilishly Decadent Desserts with Bacon
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:49 AM EDT
It's that time of year when both high school and college graduates are looking forward to putting constant test prep and exams behind them and moving on to a (hopefully) more exciting phase of their lives.
But in the digital age, not everything is so easily left behind. Ever since they were young, our sons and daughters have been developing an online presence that can define them just as much as high school diplomas and university degrees. Through their contributions to Facebook, chat groups, and other online forums, young adults have created a digital footprint that's often not easy to change or cover up.
As graduates strive to make the transition from the study hall to the workplace, from the dorm room to sharing that first apartment, the last thing they want is an online presence that works against them. However, there are various actions that they can take to make that online presence more appealing. Here are a few suggestions that you might want to pass on:
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:39 AM EDT
Over the next few weeks, American college campuses will be filling up with the new classes of freshmen. Kids starting at 4-year colleges this year will be on schedule to graduate as the Class of 2017. I was a college freshman in 1994. That just also just happens to be the year many of this year's freshmen WERE BORN. Oh my scrunchy. I wax nostalgic all the time with people my age, but this freshman class truly has no idea how far things have come within the world of technology and pop culture in the last 18 years. Just the other day I was laughing with some friends over the computer labs we used, and the ridiculously long email addresses we were assigned in college. I didn't want the Class of 2017 to forget about all of the interesting and amazing and weird things that happened during their 1994 and 1995 birth years, so I decided to create a time capsule of information for them. Here are 7 things they should know that will simultaneously make you feel ancient. Enjoy! -By DresdenRead More »from 7 Facts About the Class of 2017 Guaranteed to Make You Feel Old
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:38 AM EDT
Many people dream of the day they can drive home in a brand new vehicle. With a little planning and a lot of budgeting, you can get that brand new dream car and still stay on the right financial track. Not everyone can be a naturally great negotiator, so it doesn't hurt to get a few tips from people who have been in your situation before. To help you out, here are 5 useful tips for getting that new car and still saving money:
-By Anna Newell Jones
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:33 AM EDT
Glamour ShotsThe summer after I graduated from college, I became a photographer at Glamour Shots. They had carved out a little niche in the photo studio market that particularly catered to women. We offered a full makeover including hair, makeup, and wardrobe styling in addition to the photo session.Read More »from What I Learned About Women While Working at Glamour Shots
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I had studied painting and photography in college and I had no idea what to do with my life. So when I saw an ad in the paper (yes, that's how we looked for jobs in the ancient days) for a photographer, I thought, "close enough." I'm not going to lie. I felt pretty out of place in this environment. Dressing women up in leather jackets and feather boas? It all seemed pretty cheesy to me. What I didn't know then was that I would learn a great deal at Glamour Shots. Not about photography so much, but about women.
I trained with Will*, a smooth-talking, handsome young man from Pensacola, Fla. (I can still hear the drawl in his speech.) From him I learned
- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
The Easiest Trick for Natural-looking CurlsBy now, we've all heard of curling wands and all of the different ways to use them. But what you may not know is the easiest styling tip for natural-looking curls. Here is a 4-step process to getting flawless curls that don't look like you're trying to hard!Read More »from Lord of the Ringlets: The Easiest Trick for Natural-Looking Curls
Step 1. Curling
Start by curling all of your hair away from your face. The thickness of hair coupled with the size barrel you're using will determine the tightness of the curls. I tend to vary the thickness to avoid uniformity. The bottom layers of my hair are sectioned pieces approximately 2 inches in diameter, whereas the top layers are approximately an inch thick. Hair should be curled when clean to help achieve longer holding results. Depending on your hair's ability to hold curl, you may want to apply styling mousse before blowdrying or even spritzing each strand with hairspray before curling.
My favorite curling wand is the Trio Clipless Curling Iron by Jose Eber Hair, $170; For loose beachy waves I prefer the 32mm Clipless