Top 5 Madly Insane Spanish Festivals

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Spain recently celebrated its La Tomatina festival, which saw thousands of tourists and locals flock to the little town of Bunol to throw tomatoes at each other! If you think that is weird check out our pick of the strangest festivals that Spain throws each year, some of them are just downright disturbing!

5 – Entrodia

Kicking off our top 5 is the Entroida festival, which happens in the town of Laza in northern Spain. This festival sees people flocking to the streets and throwing muddy rags at each other in the attempt to cover each other in mud. A selection of young men then head to the mountains to collect fire ants in sacks and then bring them back to the town where they cover them in vinegar to rile them up and then run round throwing them in people’s faces.

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4 – Fiesta De Santa Marta de Ribarteme (Festival of the near death experience)

This festival in northwest Spain sees those who have had near death experiences carried through the town in coffins to the Santa Marta de Ribarteme church. After this the procession heads on to the cemetery, and then to a shrine, where friends of those in coffins will offer financial tokens of gratitude for their loved ones surviving their near death experience.

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3 – Goat Throwing Festival

Every year in the village of Manganses de la Polvorosa, in honour of Saint Vincent, a goat was carried to the top of the village church tower and thrown into the crowd below who would catch the falling animal with a canvas sheet. The goat would then be paraded through the town and cheered by onlookers. However, due to animal rights groups demanding the end of the festival the goat throwing was banned in 2002. The festival still goes ahead today but a toy goat is used rather than a live one.

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2 – El Colacho

Once a year in Castrillo de Murcia the international baby jumping festival takes place. This involves men dressed as the devil jumping over babies that were born over the previous 12 months. The ritual is thought to bless newborn babies and remove any sin preparing them for a life with God. Babies are set in rows of two and up to ten children can be leapt over in one jump!

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1 – The Running Of The Bulls

One of the most popular festivals in Spain is the Fiesta San Fermin and the running of the bulls part of the festival sees bulls let loose in the streets where they charge at runners for 825 meters into the bullring. The run usually lasts between 3 and 4 minutes and as long as you are over 18 and sober you are allowed to participate!

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If you liked the look of any of these or know someone that would love a trip to Spain, then why not use Shareagift to group fund the perfect trip. Alternatively this may have given you an idea for a fundraising event for a cause that is close to your heart. With Shareagift you can collect money online with others to support those in need. We have also seen Shareagift used to fund local projects and events, why not fund your own event and put your town on the map!

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Top 5 Most Dangerous Places On Earth

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Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Considered by many to be a masterpiece of construction, although it is not the tallest, longest or widest bridge in the world it is still one of the most recognisable. The bridge is also known as suicide bridge because it is thought to be the world’s premier venue for suicide. Take a look at our pick of five of the world’s most dangerous places, which include shark infested waters, sand storms and volcanic smog.

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On average the golden gate bridge has one person jump to their death every two weeks, and more than 1,500 to date! Many more consider jumping but decide against it. According to the local police force it is rare for a week to pass without a golden gate bridge related incident. John Bateson a former crisis centre director stated ‘ There is a kind of allure to the bridge, for a brief period people receive attention in death that may have been denied in life’.

The African Lake Of Death

Lake Kivu lies on the border between the Deomocratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The water at the bottom of this lake is heavy with dissolved gas. The lake contains an estimated 256 cubic kilometres of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 65 cubic kilometres of methane. If released from the depths, the gasses could spread through the air and wipe out the 2 million Africans who live in the lake’s basin. Lakes in Cameroon with similar gasses have erupted in the past, one killing 37 people and the other wiping out 1700 villagers from the exposure of toxic gas.

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Death By Sand

In China, the Minqin County , in northwest Gansu province, is soon to be wiped out by two merging deserts. The Tengger desert approaches from the southeast and the Badian Jaran approaches from the northwest. Trapped between the two this area is slowly being overrun by sand storms and daylong winds. The Chinese government has started relocating residents as this area will soon become a sandy wasteland open to the elements.

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Volcano Central

Mount Merapi is located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta. Even during its calmest days smoke floats out of the volcanoes mouth, blackening the sky around it. It has erupted 60 times in the past five centuries with the most recent eruption in 2006. Around 200,000 villagers live within 4 miles of the volcano and many have been killed or severely injured by the hot gas and lava that the volcano spurts out.

Shark Infested Waters

Volusia County, located in the east central part of the U.S state of Florida has more recorded shark attacks than anywhere else on earth! One of the more popular beaches of the region, New Smyrna, fills with surfers each summer and many who hit the waves suffer from shark attacks. Luckily the majority of the shark attacks are not fatal with many just being nips and small bites.

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If you’re a thrill seeker or a daredevil and want to take someone away with you, you can use Shareagift to collect funds with friends online and go on the ultimate thrill seeking adventure. Whether it be skydiving for a chosen cause or visiting shark-infested waters with friends, Shareagift can help you fundraise, collect money online or group gift the perfect adventure!

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Top 5 Most Terrifying Places On Earth!

Today Lonely Planet named Kent as Europe’s top spot for a family holiday. The county brings in thousands of tourists due to its many attractions, which include the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Lees Castle (billed as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’) and Margate sea front. Kent also plays host to the most haunted village in England!

Pluckley Village draws in visitors from far and wide as well as paranormal investigators and various television crews. The village and surrounding area is rumoured to have around 12 to 16 ghosts haunting it. The most popular ghost is the screaming man who is believed to have worked in the village brickwork and was unfortunate to fall to his death. Here at Shareagift we love being spooked and have compiled a list of five of the scariest places to visit around the world!

1- The Door To Hell

The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Soviet engineers lit this natural gas fire in 1971 and it still burns to this day. The natural gas deposits in the area fuel the fire and the smell of burning sulphur fills the area. It was originally thought to be an oil field site but as the Soviets started drilling the ground beneath collapsed into a wide crater.

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2 – Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located in East Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania and got its name from the mixture of salt and minerals, called natron, which are revealed when the water’s level decreases. The lake’s water can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and is salty enough to poison most animals. Many of the animals that do visit the lake are turned into statues, through calcification resulting in scary looking figures in and around the area.

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3- Leap Castle

Leap castle is situated in Ireland and is widely recognised as the most haunted castle in the world. Numerous people were imprisoned and executed in the castle, which is one of the reasons that people believe it is haunted. Shadows are often seen wandering the Priest’s House within the castle grounds, the Murder Hole Room contains a blood stained floor, ghost sightings of two young girls have been reported by many visitors, and the infamous Red Lady has also been seen by many carrying a dagger in her hand and raising it in a menacing manner!

4 – La Isla De La Munecas – Island Of The Dolls

The Island of the Dolls sits south of Mexico City and has become a world-renowned tourist destination. This island is the home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls! The island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. Haunted by her death he started hanging dolls around the island hoping this would appease her tortured soul and protect the island from future evil.

5 – Paris Catacombs

These catacombs are located underground in Paris, France just south of the former city gate. They hold the remains of around six million people and it is said to be the world’s largest grave. It is now one of Paris’s most visited tourist attractions and was the location of last year’s horror film ‘As Above, So Below’.

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If this has put you in the mood for a scary day out then why not take someone along as a gift, after all there’s nothing better than watching someone jump out of their skin! At Shareagift you can save with others and make that special person’s day one to remember! If your looking for something a little less terrifying this summer then take a look at our top five alternative day’s out.

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Sitting Will Be The Death Of Us!

Here at Shareagift we are all concerned about the amount of time we all spend sitting in the office, surely this can’t be good for us? We spend a lot of our lives sitting down whether that is on the commute to work, at the office or on the sofa in front of the TV.

Is Sitting Bad For Your Health?

A quote from the NHS website states that ‘studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death’. http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/fitness/pages/sitting-and-sedentary-behaviour-are-bad for-your-health.aspx.

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Researchers looked at 47 studies regarding the relationship between sitting and mortality. Their findings were published last January in the journal Annals Of Internal Medicine. The results showed that people who sit for long periods were 24% more likely to die from health problems compared to people who sat less!

They also found that excessive sitting was associated with:

  • 18% increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.
  • 13% increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer.
  • 17% increased risk of dying from cancer.
  • 14% increased risk of being diagnosed with heart problems.
  • 91% increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

These are some staggering results, but don’t panic! With the help of the Internet we have produced a list of our top 6 tips for breaking up and avoiding long periods of sitting.

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Tips And Tricks That Could Save Your Life!

  1. Fidget! I know your mum told you not to but according to a number of studies this helps to keep the body active and more awake.
  2. Stand on the commute in (if you use public transport, obviously not if your driving to work, that would just be silly).
  3. Hide the remote. If you find yourself engrossed in long periods of TV watching this will ensure you get up every time you want to change channel.
  4. Keep office supplies far away. If you sit behind a desk all day, each time you need to staple that document or write a note you will have to get up from your desk to go find it.
  5. Drink lots! This will ensure you take regular toilet breaks.
  6. Get a dog. This speaks for itself!

Whilst looking for ways in which to reduce our sitting, we stumbled upon a number of amazing and wacky inventions people had come up with to help with this issue. Take a look at the videos of people trying out our favourite ones.

The Treadmill Desk

The Smart Cushion

Of course the most obvious way to avoid sitting is to go out and be active! Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to be active and raise money at the same time! Take a look at our post on Fundraising Gone Mad for some amazing inspiration.

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