Incredible Facts About Teachers

It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.

In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)

In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.

Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!

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76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.

Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!

On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.

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In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.

In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!

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This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!

A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!

Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.

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Top 5 Weirdest Beer Flavours

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Are you tired of drinking the same old beers every time you go out? Or perhaps you are looking for something a bit different? If so now is the time to get out there and start exploring! We have put together our top 5 bizarre yet tasty beer flavours that you must give a whirl!

1. Pizza Beer

Brewed by Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer, this is in fact the ‘World’s First Culinary Beer’ brewed from garlic, tomatoes, basil and oregano to give it that pizza flavour. Pizza Beer was created in an attempt to develop the right type of beer that could be paired with several variety of foods. Available at several stores, you can also buy it online.

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2. Bacon Maple Ale

Brewed by Rogue Ales, the Bacon Maple Ale has a rich amber colour to it, with the aroma of maple and spicy bacon luring you to it. A doughnut inspired beer, this Bacon Maple Ale was brewed to be paired with desserts, doughnuts and pork. Although it is no longer brewed it is still possible to get your hands on if you look in the right places!

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3. Coconut Curry Beer

Flavoured with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and lime leaf, this beer is brewed by New Belgium Brewing. You can pair this beer with Indian food and other hot curries for a perfect dinner, a great alternative i Cobra!

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4. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Don’t be misled by the name ‘oyster stout’ as this beer is brewed from roasted bull testicles. Brewed by Wynkoop Brewing Company, this beer has a rich brown colour to it along with flavours of chocolate, espresso and nuts. Meant for a limited release, this flavour of beer was so popular that they kept brewing it past the limited release dates and it is still available today.

5. Avocado Ale

Brewed by Angel City Brewery, this beer contains avocado, garlic, red pepper, lime juice and cilantro. Probably the most popular drink at the Avocado Festival in LA, the Avocado Ale goes best with tacos and takes very limited preparation time. A guacamole inspired beer, you will have to go to the festival to try this one out.

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If this has inspired you to try something new then why not host your own beer tasting evening? Alternatively if you don’t feel like hosting there is sure to be a beer tasting inspired festival or group experience near you. If you live in the UK, Virgin offer a wide range of beer tasting experiences across that country that are worth checking out. Be it hosting a dinner party or finding some new exciting experiences, use Shareagift to collect money online from friends and plan the perfect event or group gift an amazing experience for someones leaving do, birthday, stag or hen.

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Shed Vs Sports Car

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Birthday Surprise

We are always intrigued to find out what fun and exciting things our Shareagifters are raising money for. This week we caught up with Natalie who used Shareagift to raise money for a birthday surprise for Jesse.

What gave you the idea to create a page and start collecting money for Jesse’s gift?

I got the idea because I know Jesse would have enjoyed a big surprise for his birthday such as riding a fast posh car on a track (which he has wanted to do for ages) but that it was too expensive for his friends to pay for alone.

Using the page meant that everyone could chip in for it, I also thought that it would be fun to make it a bit of a competition between two different things, a shed (which he needs) or a fast car (which he wants!). Seems like people want the shed so far!

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Why did you choose Shareagift?

I chose Shareagift as for my friend’s 40th in January it was used to club together to buy him his dream guitar and seemed to work well.

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

It has been helpful in that it’s nice to have a page that everyone can see and that I can show Jesse afterwards.

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How much of an impact will this money have on Jesse?

It will have a great impact as Jesse has had a hard year, we have a one year old who never sleeps (Oscar) so he deserves something special happening for him, although he will be really embarrassed, he’s quite shy!

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If you were to set up a new Shareagift page what and who would it be for?

I have a couple of close friends who are/have been really poorly and I would set up a page for a charity of their choice.

Does someone close to you have a birthday coming up? If like Natalie you want to surprise them with an amazing gift then head over to Shareagift and start collecting money with friends for an unforgettable birthday present!

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Top 5 Weirdest Things To Do In London

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Think you know all there is to know about London? Or maybe you are planning on travelling to the capital and are looking for something a bit different to do. If that’s the case then check out our pick of 5 of the weirdest things that you can do in the capital right now!

Attend An Early Morning Rave

Rave your way into the day! This is the slogan for the new craze that is spreading across the world. Morning Gloryville holds morning raves across 3 different areas of London. They throw immersive morning dance parties to get you live and kicking for the day ahead. Starting at 6.30 they last for 4 hours and offer a smoothie bar, an organic coffee kiosk and a wake up massage station. They throw the ultimate party to get you energised for the day and have even had acts including Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx get involved.

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Stuff Animals

Ever fancied your hand at some taxidermy? The Last Tuesday Society offer a range of classes depending on your skill and you get to stuff a number of different animals as you progress through the course. Prices are around £50 per person and they even allow you to take your artwork home and show it off to everyone.

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Drink Coffee In A Toilet

Formerly a Victorian toilet, the Attendant has transformed this space into a cosy café. The urinals have become a seating area and a café bar has been put in. Apart from this much of the interior has been preserved and just updated to give the café a Victorian feel. Having won best London coffee shop in 2013 this place is well worth a look.

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Listen To Naked Boys Read

If you fancy spending your evening doing something truly different then look no further than the naked boys reading events that happen in different venues across London. It’s all in the name, at these events people sit around and listen as one by one naked men take it in turns to read sections from different books to the audience. Each evening has a different literary theme and tickets are usually around £5 in advance. Head over to their Facebook page for a list of upcoming events.

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Cage Dive With Sharks

Yes that’s right, you can actually cage dive with sharks in London! If you don’t fancy travelling to do this experience then head over to the London Sealife Aquarium where for £25 you will be lowered into a tank of 15 sharks for 15 minutes. If you think that’s a bit steep then why not save some money with the family package and give the kids a truly terrifying experience that they will never forget!

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Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Or are you looking to do something a bit different this year for your own birthday celebration? Shareagift provides an easy way to collect money online with friends for the ultimate day out, evening meal or birthday surprise. Show someone you really care by saving for a group gift that they will always remember or do something wacky to raise money for a worthy cause and use Shareagift to keep on top of all your donations.

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Top 5 Weirdest Restaurants Around The World

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Restaurants are popular around the world, not only for the food they serve, but also for the weird themes and ambience that diners experience. Check out these top 5 restaurants that are popular for how weird they are!

1. Cabbages and Condoms, Thailand

A restaurant that has attracted international attention, this condom-themed restaurant runs by the tagline – ‘Food guaranteed not to induce pregnancy.’ You can expect the staff to wear inflated condoms on their heads, and everyone is invited to take condoms while the after-dinner mints are served. It is definitely worth it to plan a visit to this restaurant.

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2. Modern Toilet, Taiwan

Started by an ex-banker, this restaurant now has several branches across Asia. A bathroom-themed restaurant, food is served in toilet-shaped bowls. While dining, customers sit on acrylic toilets adorned with renaissance paintings. Taiwan does host other unusually themed restaurants, but Modern Toilet has been the most talked about restaurant.

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3. Fortezza Medicea, Italy

Meals are served in one of Italy’s oldest prisons, where the inmates serve meals. With guards surveying the crowd, the old rule ‘Customer is King’ isn’t applicable here as Italy’s dangerous criminals are the staff who serve tables. Guests are seated on plain benches in this 500-year old prison.

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4. Christon Café, Japan

This church-themed restaurant has menus shaped like coffins with a giant crucifix and stained glass windows to give it that Biblical vibe. The café serves Italian and French cuisine fused with Asian dishes. One of it’s most popular dishes includes the ‘humberger’, served exclusively for sinners.

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5. Dinner in the Sky, Various locations

If you are wondering about what a bunch of people are doing on the crane, you now know the answer. Hosting a maximum of 22 people, extravagant meals right from sushi to steak dinner are served high up in the sky. Meals are served while the crane is suspended high up in the sky and diners are strapped into a seat.

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Have any of these restaurants caught your attention because of their weirdness? Plan an exciting evening with friends and family or even take your date to these restaurants for an exciting dinner. Don’t worry about a budget, with Shareagift to help you collect money online. Start a page on Shareagift today and plan something exciting!

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Top 5 Most Expensive Pet Products

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Want to show your pet that it means the life to you? Check out these Top 5 expensive pet products to pamper your pet with the best. Do something for your pet that welcomes you with joy every time.

1. Pet Tiara – $4.2 million

Designed with emeralds and diamonds, this $4.2 million tiara weighs 250 carats and isn’t easy to wear it all day long. The owner also has other plans to design a hair clip made of jewels in order to adorn the dog with the best. An expensive and unnecessary investment, don’t forget to notice how unhappy the dog still is…

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2. Super Dog House – $410,825

It comes with a 52 inch Plasma TV, a temperature controlled dog spa and a day lounge! With automated food dispensers and self-cleaning bowls, your pet could possibly lose any opportunity of ever interacting with you. With webcams constantly monitoring your pet, the only thingsthat the house lacks is an ‘automated litter box’.

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3. Crystal Pet House – $31,660

This crystal pet house is actually designed by Hello Kitty, and is meant to accommodate pets of any size. The pet house has been encrusted generously with more than 75,000 crystal beds. Don’t bother looking for a toy for your pet if you have bought this crystal house, as your pet will pretty much manage to scratch off all the crystals.

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4. 22k Gold Thread Mattress – $3000

The owner of this dog who decided to buy this custom-made 22k Gold Thread Mattress, is a blogger who has never owned a brand new mattress himself. If you require a gold thread mattress designed for humans, you can get one at $30,000 as well.

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5. Roberto Cavalli Pet Clothes – $110 – $1200

If you have bought the best for your dog in every other category, why exclude accessories and clothes off the list? Roberto Cavalli’s line of pet clothes known as ‘pooch couture’ has quite a few varieties of satin bathrobes, silk shorts and velor tracksuits. You can also get some hooded pyjamas, to protect your dog from the cold.

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Want to celebrate the happiness and joy that your pet gives you? Invest in some of these expensive products and win your pet’s heart. Pamper your pet with the very best by collecting money online from friends with Shareagift. Start a page on Shareagift today and show the love you have for your pet.

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Top 5 Alternative Stag Do Experiences

Save With Shareagift Towards …. An Amazing Stag Do Experience

Stag Do‘s are now a big milestone in the road to getting married. With so many different activities available for stag do‘s it can be difficult to find the right one for your party. We have picked our top 5 alternative stag do experiences for those looking to do something a bit different but still have a truly memorable time.

Gorge Scrambling

If your looking for a Bear Grillsesque stag do experience then a day of gorge scrambling is for you. The activities that you do depend on the company that take you out but expect waterfall jumping and climbing, rock climbing, boulder hopping, cave exploring and raging rapids. It is a physically demanding day out so ensure that all the lads are up for the challenge before you book, but once you are out in the wilderness it’s amazing fun and a great team building and bonding activity.

Mountain Boarding

Derived from snowboarding, this off-road activity will see you riding down dirt tracks and grassy hills strapped to a plank of wood on wheels. With popularity growing, mountain boarding centres are springing up all over the place and although it takes a bit of getting used to, once you have the hang it gets very addictive. A great stag do experience if you are looking at trying something new and are keen to see your friends falling left right and centre!

Underground Zip Course

Underground Zip lining courses are a great activity, and have the added benefit of being inside so it can be done whatever the weather. Usually held in caverns and caves these courses have an underground maze that you must make your way though with zip lines, rope bridges, tunnels and obstacles. The darkness of the caverns give the experience an eerie feel and gets your heart racing as you traverse the course.

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Goggle Football

Goggle football is essentially a game of football but all players must wear goggles whilst on the pitch. A new activity that has been gaining popularity amongst stag do and team building experiences, the goggles disorientate the players which can often result in some hilarious football. Take a look at the video to see what we mean!

Extreme Cave Trampolining

This year saw the first cave trampolining centre open in Wales, the centre is made up of a number of giant trampolines suspended underground covered in nettling. Imagine a giant underground bouncy castle for adults, if you are after a completely new experience then this place is worth checking out. This centre has gained a tremendous amount of popularity and we are sure to see more opening now that the first one has been a success.

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If you are in charge of a stag do and liked the look of any of these amazing activities, or if you are planning something completely different then head over to Shareagift and create a stag do collection page today to ensure that everyone gets their money in on time. Shareagift provides you with an easy to use platform to collect money online for anything from stag do collections to wedding gift list pages, honeymoon funds and charitable collections. If you are involved in wedding planning then head over to our website and see how we can make your life a whole lot easier.

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