What To Do If You Are Stranded In Your Car During A Snowstorm

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If you live in an area where you experience heavy snowfall and snowstorms during the winter, you will need to know these car safety tips. Heavy snow can cause you to become stranded on highways and it can be a very stressful and life-threatening situation. However, you can survive and it always helps to be prepared.

Here’s what you need to do if your car is ever stranded on a snowy highway.

1. If the snowfall is too heavy and you can’t see where you are going, pull off the highway immediately

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When you pull off to the side of the road, make sure you are visible to anyone who may rescue you. Turn on your hazard lights as soon as possible. You may also want to tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna or door handle. Keep items like brightly colored cloths and extra lights in your car so rescuers can see you more easily in an emergency situation.

2. Call 911

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If you have a cell phone with you, call 911. You should always keep a cell phone and charger in your car for emergencies. Just remember to never text or call while driving. Describe your location and your condition. If you and your passengers are okay, you may also want to call AAA to come to get you instead of first calling 911.

3. Stay calm and stay in your vehicle

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If you get out of your car, you risk getting hit by other cars or getting frostbite. You will also want to stay calm and try to stay dry. If you start to panic and get sweaty, your wet clothes could make you susceptible to hypothermia. If you start to become too warm and tired, let some cool air in the car.

4. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

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Make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and is not getting blocked by snow to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Run your engine every 10 minutes or so to make sure your car doesn’t break down. You may also want to keep a window cracked for fresh air. When the engine is running, turn the dome light on to attract more attention to your car.

5. Aim to stay safe and warm in your car

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If you have multiple people in the car, huddle together for warm. Take turns sleeping so someone can be on the lookout for rescue crews at all times. Loosen tight clothing and change positions frequently to avoid blood clots that form from staying too still.

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This Crazy Optical Illusion From The 1800s Can Reveal Your Age

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You have probably seen this optical illusion at least once in your life, but did you know that it could reveal how old you are? The image is called “My Wife or Mother-In-Law” and first showed up in 1888 on a German postcard. It was redrawn by a British cartoonist in 1915.

So, what do you see in the image below? Do you see an older, unattractive woman or a young woman looking away?

Look at the image for one second

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One version of the optical illusion is an old woman with a pointed chin and a hooked nose. She looks toward the left. The other version is a young woman looking into the distance. While you can easily train your eye to see both versions, the version you see first and more often can reveal a lot about your age.

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According to a study that was published in the journal Scientific Reports, younger people saw the young woman at first and older people saw the old woman at first. They showed “My Wife and My Mother-In-Law” illusion to around 400 people between the ages of 18 and 68. They showed these people the illusion for only a half a second.

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Do you agree with the results of this study? If you are interested in seeing both versions of the optical illusion, here’s how to see both. Look at the images side by side. If you look at the picture, the younger woman’s ear and the older woman’s eyes are the same. The older woman’s lips are the younger woman’s necklace. The younger woman’s face is the older woman’s nose.

Here’s How to See Both Illusions

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The study said that we process faces that are more similar to our own ages. It makes sense that young people may see the young woman in the picture and older people might see the old woman. People tend to have a bias with others their own age, so this optical illusion may prove this bias.

What do you think about this study? What do you see when you look at this optical illusion? Do you think it reveals anything about your age?

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A Toy Monkey That Made It Out Of Nazi Germany Leads To An Amazing Family Discovery

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Can you imagine a simple toy bringing together a family after many, many years? One small toy monkey did just that. NPR reporter Uri Berliner’s father, Gert, was from Germany. In the 1930s, he rode his bike all around Berlin, with a small stuffed monkey on his handlebars. Gert considered the monkey his good luck charm, and perhaps after all these years, he was right.

In 1938, when the Nazis began taking over Germany, Gert was 14 years old. He was separated from his parents and taken to safety in Sweden through an Underground Railroad type program for children called Kindertransport. He couldn’t pack much but decided to bring his toy monkey with him to safety.

All He Had Left Was That Toy Monkey

When he fled the Nazis as a child, Gert Berliner packed a stuffed monkey. He kept it for more than a half-century before donating it to a museum, an act that led to a remarkable discovery: family he didn't know he had. https://t.co/hPCHlE3kQm pic.twitter.com/F3lTDdzS1z

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Unfortunately, Gert never saw his parents again, and they were killed in Auschwitz. When Gert was 22 years old, he came to New York and began a career as an artist and photographer. All he had left from his past in Germany was that special toy monkey he loved so much.

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In 2003, an archivist visited Gert to see if he had anything from his time in Berlin that he might want to donate to a museum. After a lot of thought, Gert decided to donate his toy monkey to a museum and share his memento with the world.

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Many years later, in 2015, a woman from Sweden named Erika Pettersson was visiting the museum and noticed the toy monkey. The museum featured a photo and Gert Berliner’s name next to the monkey. Erika realized that her mother’s last name was Berliner and wondered if there was a connection.

A Family Connection

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Erika contacted Gert and realized that they were related. Previously, Gert had no connections with any family, just the family he created which included his son, Uri and his grandson, Ben. He discovered that he had a whole other family that still lived in Sweden. 80 years later, he was able to connect with them, all because of that little toy monkey.

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Gert is now 94 years old. He was overjoyed to realize he had more family after a lifetime of tragedy. It seems this story tugged at the heartstrings of many on social media, many sharing their thoughts about positivity overshadowing darkness. What do you think about this amazing story?

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Carol Burnett And Cher’s Clothing Is Up For Auction! Here’s Your First Look

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Have you ever dreamed of owning clothing that was designed for and worn by famous celebrities? Now you can, if you have the money to spare. Julien’s Auctions is accepting bids starting on November 17, 2018, for items in their “Icons and Idols: Hollywood, Street, and Contemporary Art Auction”.

Many of the clothes up for auction are designed by the famous designer, Bob Mackie. Mackie famously designed clothes for Cher, Carol Burnett, Lauren Bacall, Raquel Welch, and many others. Some of the clothing that will hit the auction are Cher’s 1974 Academy Awards silk outfit complete with a cape, bandeau top, scarf, and low-waisted skirt.

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Cher’s Outfits

Other outfits that belonged to Cher that will be available to purchase will be a spaghetti strapped jersey gown and a marigold jersey jumpsuit, both items she wore on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. A Mother Goose costume worn by Cher in a skit with Bette Midler on the show will be featured as well.

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Some Of Cher’s Outfits Are Certainly NOT For Sale…

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Now, Carol Burnett’s Classic Outfits

Other items include costumes from The Carol Burnett Show. Mackie designed clothes for the show in the 1960s. According to the auction website, “Highlights of this one-of-a-kind fashion event will feature Carol Burnett’s colorful costumes worn on The Carol Burnett Show including a pair of costumes worn by Burnett and Joel Grey in a “Commedia Dell’Arte” skit with Grey and Burnett as Punch and Judy dolls (estimate: $2000–$4000); a coral jersey gown and embellished bolero worn on the show by Burnett (estimate: $1,000–$2,000) and a colorful custom-made crepon gown worn by Burnett to The People’s Choice Awards in 1977 (estimate: $2000–$4000).”

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Other Hollywood Auction Items

Also included in the auction will be Sharon Tate’s wedding dress. She wore it in 1968 during her wedding to Roman Polanski in London. Several other beautiful dresses will be available including a nude jersey gown worn by Raquel Welch and a black custom-made gown worn by Lauren Bacall in 1970 at the Tony Awards where she won the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress.

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The auction will also include other items that are not clothing. For example, Marilyn Monroe’s black Thunderbird will be up for grabs. She reportedly drove it for six years before giving it to acting coach Lee Strasberg’s son for his 18th birthday.

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What do you think about some of these auction items up for grabs? Would you love to drive Marilyn Monroe’s car or wear one of Cher’s outfits? To learn more about the auction, visit Julien’s Auctions website for more details.

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Lady Gaga Delivers Pizza To California Evacuees In Wildfire Shelters

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Lady Gaga recently had to evacuate her home in Malibu because of the devastating wildfires surging through California this past week. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she decided to give back to the other people who are struggling in California right now. Many people, not just Hollywood stars, have lost their homes or have had to evacuate their homes.

Lady Gaga delivered pizza and coffee to wildfire shelters and also brought some gift cards to families who are currently staying in shelters. This act of kindness just happened to be on World Kindness Day. She shared photos of her delivery on Instagram, with messages of support for those who lost their homes and for the relief workers who are working around the clock.

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One message on her Instagram story said, “Thank you to the Red Cross for all you are doing to provide shelter, love, and mental health support to the people of California.”

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Lady Gaga Helps Other Evacuees

Another shared a message that said, “All we have is each other. Kindness makes the world go round.”

She also shared that it was World Kindness Day and encouraged her followers to do at least one act of kindness, today and every day. Lady Gaga also visited another shelter on a different day where she posed for photos, sang to evacuees, and gave out gift cards.

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Lady Gaga is also an advocate for mental health issues and urged those seeking treatment and shelter to talk to a mental health counselor. She also urged people to share their stories with each other to help aid the healing process for everyone.

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More on the Fires

There are three fires spread out through California. The Camp Fire has killed at least 44 people and burned 117,00 acres. The Woolsey Fire has killed about two people and burned at least 90,000 acres. Hill Fire has burned about 4,500 acres and is getting closer to being contained.

Unfortunately, firefighters and other relief workers are still working to contain the wildfires. Hundreds of people also remain missing.

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We send our thoughts and prayers out to those affected by the wildfires in California. Thank you to everyone who has been donating money and time to help the victims of these wildfires. If you would like to help victims, there are many places you can donate to including the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

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Anthony Hopkins’ Home One Of Few To Survive Malibu Wildfires

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It turns out that Anthony Hopkins’ home is one of the few that are left after the destruction that the Malibu wildfires caused this past week. What’s even more mindblowing is that the home appears to be virtually untouched by a single flame, while his surrounding neighbor’s homes have been destroyed.

Hopkins’ next door neighbor’s house was completely engulfed by the flames from the wildfires. The Malibu fires, in particular, engulfed more than 98,000 acres of land and have killed three people in the process. The photos of the scorched earth surrounding Hopkins’ home is so chilling, you can even see the two lawn chairs standing perfectly in place where they were left originally.

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There are some other big Malibu names whose homes just barely come out alive. Pierce Brosnan’s $3.5 million Malibu beach house is one of the few left standing with surrounding houses being rendered unrecognizable. Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, were seen returning to their home on Tuesday this past week, wearing respirator masks to protect themselves from the harmful air quality.

While Hopkins and Brosnan are among some of the few with houses left untouched, many houses throughout the California state have been completely destroyed. Among those celebrities include Gerard Butler, who posted a photo of his house and car scorched from the fires.

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Brosnan has spoken out on the situation, saying that this is the worst wildfire he’s ever experienced in his 35 years as a Malibu resident.

“I have witnessed many fires in my community and personally experienced the devastation of those fires up close and personal,” he said, “But none as catastrophic as the events that have taken place in our communities these past five days and nights. The lives of many family, friends, and neighbors have been turned to ash, and many cannot be with us today because they are fighting to protect their homes.”

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Many celebrities affected by the wildfires have pitched in to help in relief efforts. Lady Gaga visited an evacuation shelter to deliver pizza, while Miley Cyrus and fiancé Liam Hemsworth donated $500,000 to The Malibu Foundation.

As for the entire state of California, the death toll has risen to 63 and a terrifyingly high total of more than 630 people have been reported missing. The fires have been mostly contained as of this point and some are finally able to return to their homes, or what is left of them.

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Please SHARE this article to send love and prayers to all of those rebuilding their lives after this horrible natural disaster. You can view the news coverage on the wildfires below, including the aftermath.

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