5 Places Around The Globe That Inspired Disney Movies

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Most of us have seen at least one Disney movie, but not many people know that some places pictured in those amazing fairy tales are actually real! In fact, Disney was often inspired by real destinations around the globe and captured those places beauty in amazing cartoons.

If you need more proof, get acquainted with the five places here which indeed inspired Disney movies, rounded up thanks to the Travel Ticker team. Enjoy it!

Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland 

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Sitting just nearby the beautiful lake of Geneva in Switzerland, you can find a castle which indeed looks like it was taken straight from a fairy tale. Chateau de Chillon dates back to when Roman Empire existed, and is a beautiful example of medieval architecture. Tourists love visiting this castle not only to admire its beauty but also to enjoy its beautiful surroundings as well. However, this is not why we are talking about it. In fact, this castle was the one which inspired Disney animators to create a Prince Eric’s seaside castle in The Little Mermaid. Some believe that even the rooms of the drawn castle represent the real ones is Switzerland. Visit one day and decide about this myth for yourself!

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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We are going to talk a lot about castles today, and you know it! And this one, located in Scotland was the one that inspired Pixar to create a castle where the heroes from the film Brave live. This breathtaking castle sits on an island in the middle where three grand sea lochs meet, surrounded by mountain scenery and making it look just exactly how we would imagine from our childhood fairy tales. The good thing is that the castle is pretty well preserved and open for tourists, so you can indeed enjoy walking around there and grasp the amazing atmosphere of beautiful Scotland.

Festival of Lights, Thailand

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Ok, we just have to mention this festival here, because it is one of the most beautiful scenes (at least in my personal opinion) in any Disney movie and one of the most beautiful festivals in the world as well. The Festival of Lights is also called ‘Yi Peng’ and during the celebration, people light over a thousand lanterns and send them into the night’s sky all while making a wish. Sounds familiar? Yes, the exact “festival” was pictured in the most expensive Disney movie ever made, which you know by the name Tangled, and you can definitely experience the same beauty pictured in the cartoon in real life. Do we need to say more to entice you?

The Forbidden City, China

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One of the mysterious cities in the history, the Forbidden City in Beijing, has inspired hundreds of movie makers all around the globe. Nowadays this amazing palace is open to the public, so you can definitely walk through the halls and enjoy its luxurious and amazing interior, which was pictured in the Disney movie Mulan. However, the timeline of the movie is set during the Han Dynasty,  from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D.; while the Forbidden City was built about 1,200 years later. While there are a few incorrect facts in the film, that doesn’t stop us from enjoying this amazing building and wonderful  movie!

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Let’s end with the beautiful city of New Orleans, which was the main setting for the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Indeed, this city is well-known; with its famous Mardi gras celebration, the fact that it is the birthplace of many music genres like jazz or blues, and its rich culture, New Orleans is very inspiring. There is nothing surprising about this entry, it is impressive how precisely animators captured the spirit of this marvelous city in yet another one of their amazingly beautiful stories.



Cosplay As A Butterfly or Moth With These Capes & Scarves

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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Whether you love insects or just fun fashion accessories, you need to check out the amazing and imaginative scarves and capes of Etsy seller El Costurero Real.

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Their delicate scarves and capes are a brilliant way to help you metamorphosize into the beautiful butterfly or moth you always knew you could be -and how many other fashion accessories give you the chance to do that?

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Of course, since the page has been “discovered,” their butterfly and moth item selection has been dropping rapidly, so if you want one, you’d probably better act now.

Via Geek Girls



Amazing Art for Your Dream Shelf

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Who is up for a little #shelfie? Here are some delightful, one-of-a-kind Etsy artworks you could put on your shelf to make yourself smile every time you enter your room.

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Who wouldn’t want to take a ride with the devil when he looks this adorable. It’s hard to believe this sculpture by llacarve is only $58.

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If you like something a little more cute on your shelf, you won’t want to miss this precious little sloth sold by FlowerLandShop.

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Finally, if you’re looking for  true art piece to accentuate your shelf and are willing to pay the price for something that detailed and unique, don’t miss this incredible ducky ship sculpture by spiderjelly. It may be $1,600, but hey, this post is all about dreams, right?

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This Dog Has An Important Job At The Airport

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Every day, Piper gets a ride to work, where she helps keep people safe at the airport. She’s not a bomb or drug sniffing dog though. Instead, Piper works on the airport helping to prevent something that endangers far more passengers -birds being hit by plane engines.

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The 8 year-old border collie simply does what comes natural to her -chasing ducks, geese, owls and more away from the runways. Of course, there was some training involved in getting the pooch to get used to the planes as that’s not something dogs normally feel comfortable around.

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Even when poor Piper injured her arm she continued to happily do her duty, running along with an adorable yellow cast. That’s not to say she is in danger at work though. Her handlers make sure to equip her with protective earwear and goggles.



5 Gifts for People Who Love Their Pets More Than People

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

We all know at least one pet-obsessed person we plan on buying a Christmas gift for this year. That’s where Etsy comes in, offering amazing, custom gifts that your pet-loving friends and family will simply love.

Custom Pet Ornament

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This product may be sold as a hanging display sculpture but even the quickest glance can reveal why it would also double as an amazing custom Christmas pet ornament.

Pet Portraits

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There are hundreds of Etsy sellers offering pet portraits in all different styles and color schemes. A quick search is sure to help you find the perfect one for the pet-lover you love.

Pet Nose Jewelry

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Did you know the nose prints of cats and dogs are as unique as the fingerprints of a human? Here’s your chance to immortalize a critter companion for the person you care about.

Fiber Animal Sculpture

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It’s one thing to have a portrait of a pet, but with a fiber animal sculpture, that image is never going to look more realistic.

Pet Pillows

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Finally pet owners can maximize their cuddle time with their pet even when the critter doesn’t want to be handled. With these pet pillows, no cuddle time is off limits.

If you’re trying to find something a little different for a special someone on your list, head to Etsy, where their holiday guide can help you find something for everyone.



Win Christmas This Year With This Stormtrooper Sled

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but experts are already arguing over what will be the hottest toys of the holiday season. Many have their money on the remote-controlled BB-8 that can be controlled with a smartphone. All experts agree that anything Star Wars is a pretty safe bet when it comes to the most popular toys of the season. That being said, if I was a kid, I’d be all about this amazing Star Wars sled for sale on Bonanza.com. It not only looks cool, but it can also be controlled with handlebars, making it a lot easier to operate than classic sleds. The fact that it’s only $100 also makes it a much more practical toy than many of the other options out there.

Heck, I only wish it had a higher carrying capacity than 150 pounds so I could use it even now as an adult. If I could just lose a few dozen pounds I’d be good to go.

(This post has been sponsored by Bonanza.com, though I really do endorse this awesome product)



How does the 3D Printed OctaWorm actually work?

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Rescue workers have been faced with many challenges when it comes to rescuing people who have been draped under collapsed buildings. In this regard, such workers often find it difficult to locate and reach people who have been draped under collapsed buildings. Additionally, the traditional rescue robots cannot traverse some spaces in the quest to rescue survivors. However, these challenges presented to the rescue workers and traditional rescue robots have been solved by the use of the OctaWorm. This is deformable, small robot that is capable of negotiating and exploring all kinds of spaces. This robot can traverse all kinds of spaces that have been challenging most of the traditional rescue robots. The OctaWorm was developed through the project by the University of Akron and the University of Chile. Juan Cristóbal Zagal is a person who is credited for designing the OctaWorm itself. The joinery parts of the robot that facilitates the connection of the electric linear actuators were developed by the use of 3D printing. Additionally, the 3D printing was also used in producing ball joints of the robot.

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The Working Mechanism of the 3D Printed OctaWorm

The 3D printed OctaWorm’s ball joints were created by the use of Stratasys Objet 3D printer while the rest of the printed 3D printed parts were developed by the use of the FDM 3D printer. The robot consists or rubbery balls located at the end of its legs. Such rubbery balls which provide it with the ability to traverse through and grip onto various materials and terrains. This is achieved by OctaWorm’s 3D printed ball joints which facilitate and controls the deformation motion, making it possible for the robot to assume various configurations and shapes. The robot’s basic structure consists of 3D printed parts with aluminum rods that make its legs durable.

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The OctaWorm is a small robot that is capable of squeezing it into cracks, crevices and gaps of piles debris that have been formed due to structural damage. This is achieved through changing its real size in order to fit the situation required. It can expand when necessary and also constrict when entering into small cracks, crevices, and gaps. It is worth noting that the main aim of developing the OctaWorm was the need to navigate and access confined spaces ire voids and cracks within disaster environments, air ducts, and pipes. In addition to traversing inside pipes with small diameters, the OctaWorm can also able to deal with the changes within the pipe’s internal diameter. This means that the robot can change its shape and size in accordance to the pipe’s internal diameter.

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The robot’s functional symmetry facilitates it to negotiate as well as travel along Y, T and L joints within pipelines. This has been hitherto a problem for the traditional rescue robots as well as rescue workers. Particularly, the conventional in-pipe robots were incapable of traversing through such kinds of junctions. On the contrary, the deformable OctaWorm robot could simply squeeze into a variety of junctions. There are three prototypes of the OctaWorm. The deformable robot’s third prototype has been undergoing various modifications since it was designed by Juan Cristóbal Zagal.

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The initial two models of the robot used syringes in order to move its joints accordingly and it was run by small hydraulics whereas the second prototype’s joints were run utilized electronic actuators. Further, the joints of the modern version of the robot use pneumatic-driven servo motors that are more reliable than electronic actuators. Despite the fact that the robot is currently operated by a wired controller, there is a possibility that future prototypes will be operated wirelessly.



Eat Your Way Into Restaurant Ownership

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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Are you a big eater? Well here’s you chance to put your money where your mouth is and eat your way into posession of a new business. All you have to do is eat a 30 pound burrito and then drink a ghost pepper margarita and you’ll take on a 10% ownership from New York restaurant Don Chingon.

Of course, it’s not going to be easy and you have to make an investment to participate. Entry is $150 and you have 1 hour to eat a three and a half foot tortilla filled with  chicken, steak, carnitas, chorizo, cheese, rice, beans and salsa. I can’t wait until John gets to New York because he’s ate at least twice that much during every Neatorama Christmas party.

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The Last (and Probably First) Unicorn Burger

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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In history, there has never ever been a burger that has been so fit for a pretty, pretty princess as this magnificent unicorn burger. This brilliant creation is brought to you by the creative baking company,Lou Lou P’s Delights.

Via That’s Nerdalicious



Great Online Gaming for Geeks

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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You don’t need to love games to be a geek, but there sure are a lot of nerds out there that just can’t get enough gaming time. Personally, I tend to feel awkward around people (even friends) unless we’re playing a game and then I feel entirely too comfortable. Gaming is also a great way to pass the time when you’re alone (or trying to pass time at work), but you can’t always sit down to play World of Warcraft, Minecraft or some other immersive, system-hogging game. For those times, I suggest trying one of these fun online games.

Adult Swim -It’s kind of amazing (and almost sickening) how many great games you can play for free on Adult Swim’s website. It’s almost like they don’t want you to do anything else with your life but waste time on their site -actually, I have the feeling that’s exactly what they want. I recommend starting with a game from one of your favorite shows like Rick and Morty, but don’t be surprised if you get stuck on a maddeningly simple game that just goes on forever (like Rainbow Unicorn Attack).

HearthStone – Made by Blizzard, the same company responsible for World of Warcraft, this easy-to-learn card game is entirely addicting. Best of all, it’s totally free to download and play -though you do have to download it, so you might try playing HearthStone on your phone if you want to play at work (unless you work somewhere that they just don’t care if you download stuff). If you get into it, be sure to add me, my account name is whysteria#1254.

Mansion Casino – Looking to play games with slightly higher stakes? Then check out this online casino where you can play all your favorite casino games, including great geeky ones like Marvel and DC slots and scratchers. You can play for free just for fun or bet and win real money.

Have any favorite online games of your own? Share them in the comments! I know I could always use a few extra distractions (even if my sense of time management disagrees with me on this point).

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