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7 Craziest Festivals In The World You Should Never Miss

7 Craziest Festivals In The World You Should Never Miss
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Festivals are like dream worlds within this real one where participants can get lost in a trance of awe, magic, and adrenaline as they experience vividly colorful sights and sounds, the smell and taste of foreign cuisine, and a unique culture. If you have a spirit for adventure, this visual guide will make you want to jump on a plane right now to check out some of the world’s craziest festivals.

1) Festival de San Fermín (Running of the Bulls)

Pamplona, Spain — July 6th–July 14th, 2015

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          The annual Running of the Bulls, also known as la Festival de San Fermín, is a gnarly, non-stop party where you can eat, drink, dance, listen to music and party all night and wake up to an adrenaline-packed, half-mile run with six furious bulls and six steers chasing you into an ancient Spanish arena where you get to feel like Russell Crowe for about an hour as you dodge a different oncoming bull every 10 minutes or so.

          If you’re a hardcore adrenaline-junkie willing to experience one of Spain’s most famous festivals running the risk that you can get gored by a bull… you need to attend the next one between July 6th and 14th.

          When I ran this two years ago, my friends and I didn’t have a room reservation so we left our backpacks in a luggage storage by a bus station and decided to stay up all night off of Red Bulls (which I’ll never drink again), jam out to the live concerts in the town, and do the run in the morning. One cool perk is that Pamplona had free wifi during the event and I made sure to Skype call my mom that I was running with bulls in two hours.

          I can attest that the run was easily one of top five craziest experiences of my life. A few tips I have for first-time runners are:

          – you’re safer by the side of the street
          – cut the corner on the steep right turn (you’ll know what I’m talking about)
          – when you run into the arena, clear out to a side
          – wear festive colors (white shirt and pants with a red scarf and bandana)

          2) La Tomatina

          Buñol, Spain — August 26th, 2015

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              The World's Biggest Tomato Fight At Tomatina Festival

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                  The pictures above may look like a blood bath, and La Tomatina is… but with tomato juice and held annually in Spain on the last Wednesday of every August. An average of 40,000 people show up in a small town to enjoy an hour of the world’s largest food fight, then they party out the rest of the day.

                  I rolled up here spontaneously in 2012 and it was a crazy, tomato-packed hour of pegging and being pegged by tons of tomatoes. The mass of participants was turned into a human margherita pizza thanks to the blistering sun, and I watched my shoes dissolve in the pools of tomato juice. I left the event thinking I wouldn’t eat tomatoes for another year, shoeless and shirtless, spending the last bit of my pocket change on a tomato and ham sandwich while intoxicated from buckets of sangria my fellow festival friends and I enjoyed.

                  If you want to experience the world’s largest food fight, love tomatoes, are vegetarian, or want to party with a bunch of loco people… this is a must-attend for you.

                  3) Holi

                  New Deli, India — March 6th, 2015

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                      Holi, The Festival of Colors, India

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                          If the idea of a massive food fight at La Tomatina sounded awesome too you, you’re going to love Holi. Also known as the festival of love, Holi represents the triumph of good over evil. Here, festival-goers engage in a celebration of color by dousing each other in a variety of colored powders. There’s an ancient Hindu back story behind the purpose of Holi that you can check out in preparation for the next one on March 6th, 2015!

                          4) Up Helly AA

                          Lerwick, Shetland — January 27th, 2015

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                                  Like Game of Thrones or Lord of The Rings? Here’s your chance to live like you’re in that time era. I have yet to attend Up Helly AA and only recently discovered how awesome it looks, however you can find more info here.

                                  5) Oktoberfest

                                  Munich, Germany — September 19th–October 4th, 2015

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                                          Dirndels and lederhosens, beautiful women and drunk men combine at this crazy festival packed with some of the world’s finest beer as everybody celebrates the harvest season. The history of Oktoberfest goes back to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Sax-Hildburghausen and citizens of Munich were invited to attend festivities in the field in front of the city gates. Over 200 years later, we still celebrate!

                                          Enjoy one-liter steins of your favorite German beers, eat delicious Bavarian food, do the chicken dance, and enjoy the festival rides… just don’t puke.

                                          I went with a group of German friends and it was described to me as “Narnia for men.” (I would say the same title still holds true.) Pro-tip: get to the tents as early as possible to guarantee seating.

                                          6) Burning Man

                                          Black Rock City, Nevada — August 31st – September 7th, 2015

                                           

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                                                  For one week, Black Rock City becomes the third largest populated city in Nevada… before it’s all taken down with no trace of existence. I have yet to go to this festival, and plan to next year. From what I’ve heard, it is so epically bizarre I don’t even think a description will help explain what Burning Man is all about. There are live DJs, a naked sushi camp, TED talks, amazing art and people, and more… all living in a gifting society that they have created.

                                                  If you’ve read up to this point, my guess is you want to experience the world’s craziest videos .Assuming that, check out this video of a virgin “burner’s” experience at Burning Man and come join me at the Playa next year!

                                                  7) The World Cup

                                                  various locations — 2018 to be held in Russia

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                                                          The World Cup is quite possibly the most epic of world festivals I’ve been to. With a TV viewership of over a billion people, 16 national teams play against each other head to head to win the glorious title of World Cup champions. The first one took place in Uruguay back in 1930 and tradition has kept them continuing once every 4 years, from June to July for a month of amazing performances of football (soccer), supported from the sidelines by crazy fans and lots of celebration.

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                                                          It brings people together from different nations, parts of the world, and cultures; a wonderful time for celebration and unity. If you want to experience the diversity of the world’s nations come together for outstanding sports performances, you need to come to Russia in 2018 for the next World Cup.

                                                          Featured photo credit: Daniel Malikyar via danielmalikyar.squarespace.com

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                                                          Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                                          Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                                          By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                                          Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                                          83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                                            84 write random letter

                                                              85 use a rubberband

                                                                86 dorm smell bad

                                                                  87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                                                    89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                                                      90 take a picture of the name card

                                                                        91 iron inside out

                                                                          92 old newspaper

                                                                            93 tumble try shoes

                                                                              keep a card like this

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                                                                                  94 soap bar

                                                                                    95 make a hole

                                                                                      96 drop the battery

                                                                                        97 use a coozie

                                                                                          98 when taking a picture

                                                                                            use a clean dust pan

                                                                                              try a pants hanger

                                                                                                use your cellphone light

                                                                                                  use a spring from an old pen

                                                                                                    quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                                                      user binder clips

                                                                                                        wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                                          put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                                            clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                                              use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                                                doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                                                  use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                                                    use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                                                      freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                                        use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                                          almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                                            sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                                              unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                                                cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                                                  remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                                                    turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                                                      for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                                        how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                                          tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                                            place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                                              ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                                                use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                                                  take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                                                    how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                                                      put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                                        How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                                          user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                                            good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                                              turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                                                50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                                                  the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                                                    add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                                        hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                                          stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                                            the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                                              how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                                                the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                                                    to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                                                      user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                                        a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                                          rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                                            use a soda pop tab

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                                                                                                                                                                                                51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                      kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                                              60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                                                hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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