Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park and zoo in Surrey, England has banned visitors from wearing animal prints to avoid confusing or scaring the animals.
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Banned prints include zebra, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, tiger, spotted and striped hyena, and African wild dog. To enforce its rule, the zoo has even hired bouncers to keep an eye on visitors.
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Zoo officials enacted the policy after employees noticed a behavioral change in animals following the opening of a reserve called "Zufari: Ride Into Africa!" The exhibit allows people to drive through a Serengeti-style reserve where animals roam freely. Now, if someone enters the zoo wearing an animal print, they’re issued a gray boiler suit (coveralls) to wear for the remainder of their visit.
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Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park and zoo in Surrey, England has banned visitors from wearing animal prints to avoid confusing or scaring the animals.Animal print clothing can be wild, but one zoo in England is declaring it downright dangerous. Read More »from Animal Park to Visitors: No 'Wild' Clothing
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 2:08 PM EDT
The mystery surrounding a series of $100 bills recently tucked into items at grocery stores in Oregon has been solved. Turns out, the good deeds were the work of a Portland radio station trying to drum up publicity and spread some good fortune. Read More »from Oregon Radio Station Behind Mystery Cash Prizes in Grocery Stores
Despite speculation that the mystery donor was an unidentified local lottery winner, on Wednesday, The New 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) announced that it was responsible for mysterious windfalls occurring around Oregon and Southwest Washington — although no one from the station would specify which stores were included in the treasure hunt. "We are everywhere and encouraging others to pay it forward and do the same," the station's music director "B-Dub" wrote in an email to Yahoo Shine.
Over the past week, 12 shoppers at a Fred Meyer grocery store on Southeast Commercial Street in Salem were delighted to find $100 bills stuffed inside egg cartons, ice cream containers, and other random grocery items over the past few weeks. Walmart customers have also
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 24, 2013 6:29 PM EDT
Read More »from 50 Shades of Fatigue: E L James Launches Wine Brand
It was inevitable: "50 Shades of Grey" author E L James has released a signature collection of wines for those who “enjoy the romance between Anastasia and Christian.”
The wines, which feature labels that read, “You are mine” are offered in “Red Satin” (with notes of black cherry, cocoa powder, and creamy caramel) and “White Silk” (tempered with crisp grapefruit, mineral, and lush pear) and for $17.99 per bottle, you can get drunk like a wanton college reporter.
The release follows news that James has partnered with Australia Target (no relation to the U.S. retail giant, yet oddly with the same logo and motto) to launch a lingerie line styled after the luxe items Christian Grey gave to Anastasia Steele — G-strings, balconette bras, bustiers, and chemises.
Wine and lingerie are obvious brand extensions for the best-selling author, whose book has topped global bestseller lists, been translated in 37 countries, and adapted for a movie. And James has smartly parlayed the success of her
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Sep 24, 2013 1:25 PM EDT
An Army father delighted and surprised the son he hadn't seen in two months when he dressed up as a coyote and crashed the school pep rally.
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For the past two months, E-4 Army Specialist Anthony Garza, 25, has been stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, and has been unable to see his family. His wife, Julisa Marie, and their two children, Aiden Matthew, 4, and Anthony David, 5, live about 400 miles away in Penitas. Garza had recently planned a three-day trip home and wanted to make an unannounced visit to Anthony David’s kindergarten classroom.
Julisa Marie had contacted Corina Pena Elementary School to organize the reunion and was informed that a pep rally was scheduled to take place last Friday, the day of Garza’s visit. So she and the school principal hatched a plan to surprise Anthony David. Garza would wear the school coyote mascot costume and appear on stage, where his son would be seated for the 9 a.m. rally.
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It’s one thing to witness and report a crime — it’s another to intervene, risking your own life in the process. Read More »from NYC Subway Cleaner Nabs Mugger, Wins Hearts
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New York City subway station cleaner Felicia Williams recently helped cops catch a man who allegedly snatched a woman’s wallet inside the 18th Street subway station and fled. As a result, she's now been nominated for the Hometown Heroes in Transit Awards.
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On March 18, Williams, a 45-year-old mother of two, was working with six interns on a project at the 18th Street station on the No. 1 line when she heard bloodcurdling screams she says she’ll never forget.
“These were screams of a terrified woman,” Williams told Yahoo Shine. “They were coming from the other side of the platform, so I couldn’t see what was going on until I walked to the end and several workers ran toward me, yelling that a woman was being robbed.”
Want to lose all your friends once you're married? Torture them with a list of "ground rules" to follow six months before your wedding. On Thursday, a weary tipster coming off active duty as "bridesmaid" supplied Gawker with an email from the bride, outlining a 10-point list of unbelievably selfish demands for the people who cared enough to stand in her wedding. Brides-to-be, take note for the subtle clues you're a bridezilla in the making. -By Elise Sole
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Queens Librarian Susan Scatena really wants children to read - so she enlisted the help of an alligator to get her point across. Scatena recently challenged 300 neighborhood kids to collectively finish at least 4,000 books over the summer. In return, Scatena, who works at the Whitestone branch, agreed to read a storybook to a six-foot gator named Wally, on loan from a local reptile trainer, while hundreds of children looked on last week. The stunt is just the latest in a yearly contest to get kids to read over the summer. "I'm not your typical librarian who wears a bun," Scatena told Yahoo Shine. "I want kids to think of library as cool." Here are some of her persuasion tactics. -By Elise Sole
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Exercise is essential for a healthy pregnancy, but one photo of a pregnant woman weightlifting has ignited a fiery debate on how much pregnant women should sweat. Read More »from Should Pregnant Women Be Weightlifting?
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Lea-Ann Ellison, 35, a stay-at-home mom in Los Angeles, is eight months pregnant with her third child and attends regular CrossFit classes at her local gym. Last week, Ellison emailed the company touting her success on the workout and included a photo of herself lifting weights. A few days later, the company posted the photo on its Facebook page, triggering an outcry on social media. Ellison received thousands of comments — many of which were negative — on CrossFit's and her own Facebook pages, through several media outlets, and in email.
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“This is why CrossFit is horrible. No one knows what they're doing. This is a good way to lose your baby,” wrote Facebook user Evan
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Fashion – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 5:17 PM EDT
In a world where baby style blogs rule and toddlers pop their collars on Instagram, the blog What My Daughter Wore by Jennifer Williams is a refreshing departure. Williams, 45, a stay-at-home mom of three, has spent the past few years snapping photos of her 11-year-old daughter Clementine's eclectic street style, then drawing whimsical illustrations. "Many fashion blogs for kids seem smug and I wanted to create a site that's artistic and documentary-like," Williams told Yahoo Shine. "Clementine and I both love fashion so it's something we can share together — but I need to ask her permission before taking her photo." Here are Clementine's fiercest moments. —By Elise SoleRead More »from Mom Illustrates 11-Year-Old Daughter's Funky Street Style
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 2:27 PM EDT
Most people dread awkward pauses at dinner, but one New York restaurant is encouraging such moments with “silent meals.”Read More »from Brooklyn Restaurant Bans Conversation — Say, What?
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On Sunday, Eat, a Greenpoint, Brooklyn, bistro that serves local, organic fare, hosted its first-ever silent dinner, serving a $40 four-course meal to 17 patrons. The only rule: No talking.
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“This was an idea that had been brewing for a long time,” Eat manager Nick Nauman told Yahoo Shine. “In my early 20s, I visited a monastery that served a silent breakfast each morning. The purpose was to teach people to focus on the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the food. When you do so, the entire eating experience improves.”
The event was an experiment for the restaurant, which opened in 2003 as a record store that served coffee, and Nauman hopes to make silent dinners a regular event. It’s a novel idea at a time when restaurants seem to be louder