Could Your Next Pet Be Exotic?

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Exotic or Domestic is the first question to ask yourself? Do you want a pet that is unusual or the more regular? There is a wide range of pets to choose from, besides the common dog, cat, or hamster choices.

However, exotic pets come with more responsibilities, thus the pet owner has to be ready and willing to do everything the pet needs. These pets may demand more time and plenty of attention, but are worth it, if you are an exotic pet fan.

There are many exotics pets to choose from. Prices can range from 100$ to $138.00 and sometimes there are legal obligations (requiring special license, etc.) to buying certain types of pets. So do the research first!  Research should include: the state laws for exotic pets (specific to the type you want), imported or breed in U.S. what the pet requires, health concerns (for pet and pet owner), what are the risks, and what are the advantages. Then decide if you really want to devote all that is required for the pet.

Kinkajous

The kinkajous are a nocturnal rain forest native. Their food source is fruits and eggs. Treats could be marshmallows and gummi bears.

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Sugar Gliders

Sugar Gliders are small marsupials from northeast Australia. These are also nocturnal, but still very social (so be ready to stay up late to play). These are recommended to buy in pairs for the social reasons.

 

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10 Celebrities Who Work Hard to Do Good

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It’s easy to think that all celebrities are spoiled and selfish but here is a list that proves that along with looks, talent, and money, these famous names have got huge hearts when it comes to helping others.
Brad Pitt – After Hurricane Katrina, Pitt started the foundation, Make it Right, to help families rebuild their houses and lives in New Orleans.  He and his partner, Angelina Jolie, donated more than $8 million to various charities in 2006 alone.
George Clooney – After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Clooney used his celebrity status to organize a telethon that raised more than $57 million for the relief effort.  He also regularly travels to Africa to bring attention to human rights violations in Darfur.
Angelina Jolie – Jolie is not only a beautiful actress and a busy mom to six kids – she’s also one of the most charitable people around.  Since 2001 she has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and she and Brad Pitt founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation which assists in global humanitarian crises. She also donates millions of dollars to charities each year.

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VW Microbus Making a Comeback?

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Auto blogs and Volkswagen lovers were abuzz recently because of this tweet from the company, “Klaus Bischoff confirms #VW is working on plans to ‘bring back’ a new version of the Microbus! Interested?”  Bischoff is Volkswagen’s Chief Designer and he told the British magazine Auto Express that “I would not be doing my job at Volkswagen properly if I was not thinking of bringing back the Camper.”

The Microbus first went into production in 1950 and was the second car released by Volkswagen after its iconic Beetle.  One of the first passenger vans, the “Bus”, as it’s often affectionately called, became a symbol of the Free Love movement in the 60’s and they were often seen painted with peace signs and other colorful, psychedelic artwork.  There were several models of the Microbus available including a fully outfitted camper, a panel van, and a pick up truck.  An ambulance model was even introduced in 1951.  The iconic Type 2 bus ceased production in the U.S. and Europe in 1979 but it is still being made in Brazil.  The original Microbus is a sought after item by collectors and restorers.

In 2001, Volkswagen first announced its intention of bringing a revamped Microbus back onto the auto market.  The company hoped to appeal to the same sense of consumer nostalgia that had made their relaunch of the Bug a success in 1998.  Unfortunately, the new Bus design had little in common with the original and the concept was scrapped in favor of bringing the Routan minivan to the market.

After years of waiting, is it finally time for the Volkswagen Microbus to make a comeback?  If it bears some resemblance to the original vehicle but is packed full of innovative features that meet the demands of today’s consumers, it just might have appeal for aging baby boomers and a new generation of fans.

MTV’s “Skins” Too Racy for TV?

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Images of sex, drugs, and drinking are definitely not a new or rare occurrence on television (think “Jersey Shore” or “Gossip Girl”) so what is it about MTV’s new show “Skins” that has so many people scandalized?  According to the Parents Television Council the show actually crosses the line from racy entertainment to child pornography because many of the young actors are underage.  The PTC has gone so far as to urge Congress and the Department of Justice to investigate MTV and its parent company Viacom saying, “We call upon your committees to immediately investigate Viacom and MTV for the production of this material. Furthermore, we urge you in the strongest possible terms to compel the attorney general to mount an investigation by the Department of Justice into whether the production of ‘Skins’ has violated federal law meant to protect minors from exploitation.”

While all of the buzz will probably cause more people to tune in (the first episode drew 3.3 million viewers, the majority of which were in the 12-34 year old age range), the controversy has advertisers running in the other direction.  To date, Taco Bell, GM, Wrigley’s, and Subway have all withdrawn their ads from the show.  MTV responded by saying that “We have an ongoing dialogue with our advertising partners about the best fit for them across our diverse lineup of shows. We know that not every show works for every advertiser. That said, we are confident that ‘Skins’ will continue to connect with the audience it was created for and that advertisers will take advantage of the opportunity to reach them.”

“Skins” is based on an award-winning British tv show and was adapted for an American audience.  In a statement on MTV’s website, creator Bryan Elsley defended the show saying that it “is written from the perspective of teenagers” and “reflects their world view”.  He also notes that “Skins” tries to tell the truth and that “Sometimes that truth can be a little painful to adults and parents.”

Time will tell if MTV decides to make any changes to upcoming episodes or stands firm against their critics. What do you think: are the show’s storylines accurate or sensationalized?