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 Binge-Worthy Shows You Might Have Missed

Already repeated Breaking Bad a couple of times? Still crying over the fact that there will be no more Parks and Recreation? Or just don’t know where to start in the modern TV-streaming game? We, here at Shareagift, are on hand to help you navigate through the endless digital vault of TV with the top 5 shows to watch that you may have missed.

Broad City

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First up is a quirky comedy that follows two best friends; Ilana and Abbi, through everyday life in New York City. As young and fun loving early twenty-somethings, they are tested by the very real struggles of getting through the day without a truly horrific catastrophe. Combined with their outrageous personalities and hysterical stunts, Ilana and Abbi are the very best and worst versions of ourselves. Head on over to Hulu or Amazon Prime to binge-watch just 20 episodes so far.

Definitely better than Girls

Damages

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An American legal thriller; Damages is the deeper, darker and more complex older sister of Suits. It ran for 5 intense seasons between 2007 – 2012. The show toys with timelines and jumps back and forth in time to create extra suspense. The enormous plot-twists will have you on the edge of your seat.

The show focuses, in particular, on the relationship between Patty Hewes and young protegee Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne, well-known for her role on Bridesmaids…); as the show goes on, you see that Ellen’s perception of right and wrong become a little more blurred as the story unfolds (no spoilers).

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Sit back, buckle up and let Damages take you on a journey that will have you gripped every step along the way. The whole 59 episodes are on Netflix now!

Silicon Valley

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As the name would suggest; this comedy, based in Silicon Valley, follows the journey of a programmer who hits the goldmine with his new app – Pied Piper. Like a lot of start-ups, they face the struggle of beating tough competition and constant efforts by ‘Hooli’ (satirized combination of Google, Facebook and hints of Apple) to buy them out, sink them with reverse engineering and eventually, a heavy law-suit.

The socially-awkward team of developers, complete with their herd leader; bong-toting entrepreneur Erlich Bachman, deal with challenge after challenge with hilarious results.

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The one you love to hate: Erlich Bachman

Workaholics

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Adam Devine; Anders Holm; Blake Anderson (from left)

Have you already cycled through the list of shows where terrible people do terrible things for fun; from The League to It’s Always Sunny In Philedelphia? We’ve got another suggestion for you, Workaholics!

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With a fairly similar premises to It’s Always Sunny; a bunch of friends who spend too much time together get up to no good whilst being hilariously stupid, their antics will have you disgusted but also belly-laugh like crazy. Very good for binge-watching hangover days.

Transparent

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This Amazon Original Series follows the journey of Mort, who is slowly transitioning to become Maura (played impeccably by Jeffrey Tambor) and the journeys of self-discovery for him and his family. With brilliant light comic touches, the show also delves into exploration of identity, family and sexuality.

It’s even designed to be watched all in one ‘five-hour movie’ as opposed to 10 half-hour episodes, so you shouldn’t even feel guilty about binge-watching! Catch the show on Amazon Prime now.

Grab your friends and start a streaming account together; whether it’s with Netflix, Amazon or Hulu and get watching! Start a gift page so you can split the monthly cost and watch without any interruptions. It would make a great birthday present for that TV geek in your life. Shareagift with you friends and enjoy watching great shows together!

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Top 5 World’s Weirdest Hotels

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We all go to hotels to relax, put our feet up and relax in a calm and inviting environment. Or so that’s what most hotels aim to do… Today we look at the top 5 weirdest hotels: Where unoffensive decor and normal services are not on their list of priorities.

1. Hotel CasAnus

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As the name would suggest, yes, this little hotel is indeed a giant replica of the digestive system

STIAN_BUM HOTEL_IMAGE007 A HOTEL shaped like a COLON is getting rave reviews from punters…who are saying it is 'spicing up their sex life'. The CasAnus Hotel in Belgium offers couples a night inside a colon for just 120 Euros - around £100 - complete with a double bed, shower and central heating. Couples are flocking to the one-room hotel on an island near Antwerp to enjoy a night inside the colon, saying it's 'amazing'. The hotel was designed by Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout and is run by owners Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, who say the hotel is 'extremely popular' with couples. STIAN ALEXANDER 07528 679198

Located near Antwerp, Belgium, the large colon was, originally, a contemporary art piece by Joep Van Lieshout. It was turned into a hotel when Verbeke-Lens, the current owner, discovered that the vast space inside was suitable for nightly stays by travelers. For a very ‘modest’ fee of $150, you too can stay inside the only Anus hotel in the world.

2. Henna-na Hotel

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It may sounds like the start of every dystopian film but, in Japan, a robot hotel has recently opened its doors (automatically, of course).

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Robotic arm sorting out your luggage for you

Henna-na, literally meaning ‘weird’, is fully automated. Meaning you’re greeted by humanoid robots and a dinosaur that speaks English, your luggage is transported by machines and even your bed is made by a robot. There isn’t even the need for keys; every door has facial recognition technology.

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Creepy or amazing? You decide.

3. Propeller Island City Lodge

The name doesn’t give much away but this quirky little hotel in Berlin offers the unique experience of staying in different ‘concepts’.

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Upside down room

For example, you can choose to spend the night in an ‘upside down room’, where all the furniture is glued to the ceiling and everything is topsy turvy.

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Mirror room

If you felt that was disorientating enough, check out their Mirror Room.

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Finally, if you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to be dead – book a night in the Coffin Room… The design of the room is meant to recreate the feeling of resting in peace…

4. The Godiva Chocolate Suite

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If you have a ‘suite’ tooth, you’ll love this Valentine’s Day promotion at The Bryant Park Hotel, Manhattan. Every year, the hotel teams up with chocolatiers and artists to create a room made entirely of chocolate. Every wall is lined with chocolate and you can even see (and eat) a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”. Romantic! With a slight Hansel and Gretel vibe…

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Ali Larter (Heroes) not looking awkward at all whilst posing with chocolate “The Kiss”

5. Tianzi Hotel

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Last but not least is Guiness World Record’s “biggest image building”: Tianzi Hotel. Situated in Hebei, China; these three jolly dudes depict the Chinese gods of good fortune, prosperity and longevity. What’s more, you can book out the peach in Fortunes’s hand for a fruity stay!

With Shareagift you can see more of the weird and wonderful things out there in the world. Start a group fund so that you experience these unique places with your friends. Create a gift page on Shareagift today to start funding your ideal stay, whether it be totally bizarre or completely ordinary.

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Top 5 Unconventional Weddings!

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Everyone likes to put a personal touch to the happiest day of their life (so far). Conventionally, the most important decisions to make are regarding the flower arrangement, the bridesmaid’s dresses and the color scheme – to name just a few. But some people go to great lengths to make their wedding extra unique and memorable… Here are just 5 of the strangest wedding ideas and themes; weird, wonderful and controversial.

The Naked Wedding

Yep, that’s right, a couple decided to reject social norms and ditch the physical barrier between themselves and the natural elements. They decided to just wear nothing at all!

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After winning a radio competition which gifted them this free wedding, Mel and Rene Schachner were required to tie the knot in nothing other than their very own birthday suits.

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And they’re not the only ones! The au naturel look is very in vogue. Whether or not you’d personally choose to ditch the traditional attire, it certainly makes for a very memorable wedding.

Shrek Is Love Shrek Is Life

We’ve all heard of the story of the adorable Ogre who gets the girl and lives ‘happily ever after’ melting hearts across the globe.

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One couple decided that to mark their love, they would don heavy green make-up and have a Shrek-themed wedding to symbolize their journey.

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But their eye-catching efforts weren’t just a fancy display for publicity, it was in order to raise awareness for cancer.

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We hope that Nathan and Amanda get the happily ever after that they dream of.

I Did Nazi That Coming…

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Apparently, there’s a strange trend across Asia where many young Chinese couples decide to wed in Nazi Military Uniform… Perhaps they missed the memo about the truly horrific things that occurred in Nazi Germany; it certainly didn’t impress Netizens of China.

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On April 20, 2007 in New Orleans, PiercedSmurf decided to wed his long-term girlfriend hanging from his and her piercings…

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They wanted the occasion to showcase their love for one another as well as sharing their passion for body modification. Let’s just hope they didn’t leave each other hanging much longer!

Big Labels Small Prices

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Members of the public had to weave their little red trolleys around the size 8 shoe isle at the Mt. Pleasant TJ Maxx store on a July morning in 2012, when Drew Ellis and Lisa Satayut married in front of a small crowd of close friends and relatives. Described as her ‘happy place’, Satayut said that she ‘never once even looked at the shoes’ during the ceremony and that it was ‘perfect’.

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It’s certainly an unconventional place to get married! 

Whether you’re planning a crazy wedding or just a very ordinary affair, Shareagift can help to fund your wedding. Set up a wedding fund online and collect money from friends to go that extra mile with your perfect day.

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7 Of The Weirdest Celebrity Endorsements

We’ve all been a little tight for money, perhaps needing another job to cope with the financial demands of everyday life. But look at the lengths that these celebrities have gone to get that little bit of extra cash on the side. Here are our top 10 weirdest celebrity endorsements! They range from being a little bit awkward to the down-right bizarre…

7. 50 Cent On QVC

To kick off the list we have 50 Cent who has been in the headlines recently for his financial woes. In the toughest times he starred in this rather uncomfortable promotion of his self-branded headphones (perhaps trying to follow in the foot steps of Dr Dre) on QVC. QVC is a shopping channel that is usually aimed at middle-aged women, mothers and a rather different demographic to 50 Cent’s following. Which is why it was a little bizarre when he appeared on the channel looking a little coy and joking (slightly uncomfortably) along with the presenter!

6. Ozzy Osbourn Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

In 2006, well-known British Rockstar, Ozzy Osbourn starred in this hilarious ad for a butter-substitute company ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’. At Shareagift we love to see famous rockstars chilling out at home making fairy cakes.

5. Johnny Rotten Loves Great Butter

British rockstars just seem to love butter! Here we see Johnny Rotten, well-known for his anarchist shenanigans with the revolutionary punk band Sex Pistols, promote nothing other than good ol’ British butter. This is really ‘cream’ of the crop!

4. Andrew WK And His Fresh N Sexy Wipes

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Andrew WK Looking Fresh N Sexy

Next up: Andrew WK promoting what can only be described as ‘Sanitary Wipes’ (slightly NSFW). Andrew is mostly well known for his hardcore partying ways and his hit single ‘Party Hard’ which has over 8 million views on Youtube. If you give the video a watch, you’ll understand the irony of his endorsement of the product ‘Fresh N Sexy’… Just take a moment to enjoy the hilarity of his campaign photos.

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Getting Close And Personal

3. Ronaldo Snacks On Finger Lickin’ Chicken

Professional athletes usually have pretty intense training and diet regimes but we wouldn’t usually associate the 780 calorie (per serving) chicken dish as a casual post-game snack. Although Ronaldo would like to lead you to believe otherwise…

2. Ronaldo Likes A Toned Face

Another one from the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is this facial exercise ‘aid’. For those trying to tighten up those chubby cheeks (after a few family buckets at KFC), a quick bounce with the MTG product will help you on your way to looking chiseled and perfectly sculpted. And you won’t even look stupid whilst doing it.

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1. David Beckham Loves To Shareagift

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Disclaimer: this is not a real ad. David Beckham is in no way related to Shareagift

Last of all, WOAH WHAT, is that really THE David Beckham? Endorsing none other than Shareagift. Share moments with friends by setting up a group fund to collect money online!

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