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 Most Expensive Desserts From Around The World

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Over the past few years you may have noticed a surge in the number of dessert parlours that have been popping up across towns and cities in the UK. From ice cream sundaes to doughnuts and waffles people are going mad for sweet treats! Many of the desserts that are now available come to the same price as a meal if not more, and with this in mind we set out to try and discover some of the most expensive desserts from across the globe.

5 – The £650 Golden Phoenix Cupcake

In 2012 Bloomsbury’s cupcake store in Dubai unveiled the world’s most expensive cupcake priced at around £650. It is made from the finest chocolate and wrapped in 23 carats of edible gold sheets. The ingredients were sourced from around the world with the flour coming from Dover in the UK, the cocoa from Italy and the vanilla beans from Uganda.

4 – Krispy Kreme’s £1,000 Luxe Doughnut

The department store Selfridges in London partnered up with the American doughnut chain Krisy Kreme to produce the world’s most expensive doughnut. The Luxe Doughnut has a 24 carat gold leaf, gold dusted white chocolate flowers, edible diamonds and Dom Perignon champaign jelly. To put into context just how much this doughnut costs, for the same price you could purchase 2000 glazed doughnuts!

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3 – The £9,415 Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence

Created in 2007 at The Fortress, a luxury hotel in Shri Lanka, this desert is a golden leaf Italian cassata with Irish cream and infused with tender fruit. The dessert’s base is formed of mango and pomegranate compote and Dom Perignon champagne. In the centre of the desert sits an aquamarine stone, known as the stone of courage it is thought to bring good luck, happiness and have a positive effect on relationships.

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2 – The £22,000 Chocolate Pudding

This is no ordinary chocolate pudding, shaped like a Faberge egg and filled with gold, champaign, caviar and a two carat diamond this is one of the world’s most expensive deserts. The chocolate used to make this desert is a mixture of four types of Belgian chocolate flavoured with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey.

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1 – Strawberries Arnaud for £2.5 million!

The world’s most expensive dessert lives in the town of New Orleans in the USA. The desert consists of strawberries, port, red wine, spices, citrus and vanilla ice cream with a 7.09 carat pink diamond engagement ring, which accompanies the dish and is soaked in £1600 worth of wine. Unsurprisingly it is the least popular dessert on the restaurants menu!

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If these desserts have you licking your lips then why not organise a night out to a dessert parlour or host a dinner party and cook up your own special pudding. Shareagift can help you raise cash towards hosting the perfect party or an amazing night out! We provide the easiest way to collect money online for anything and everything from group gifts to fundraising events or evenings with friends.

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Top 5 Cheap Eats In London

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It is not often easy to find somewhere cheap to grab a bite to eat in the capital that isn’t a McDonalds or a Wetherspoons. We have chosen our top 5 cheap eats across London for when you are low on cash and want to grab something cheap to eat or for if you are planning on going out for a birthday or office lunch and want to head somewhere everyone can afford.

Yalla Yalla

Area: Soho, Winsley Street, Greenwich

This Lebanese hub serves a wide range of top quality Lebanese dishes, which are very reasonable. The café serves as a popular lunch spot for local workers offering sit in and takeaway foods including falafels, grilled skewers and all day meze. The café is also open in the evenings and is a great place to meet and eat if you don’t want to spend loads on eating out.

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Silk Road

Area: Camberwell

This family run Chinese restaurant serves a number of cheap dishes including noodles, stuffed dumplings and stews. It has built up quite the reputation for being a hotspot for Chinese foodies who want to grab a cheap and quick bite. Bear in mind that the food is from the muslim region of Xingjiang, in the west of China and so many of the dishes are very spicy!

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Herman Ze German

Area: Charing Cross, Soho, Fitzrovia

This small chain serves a number of German themed dishes and is renowned for their hotdogs. Their sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald and are high quality pork! Their top sellers include the minced beef and veal sausage, the smoked pork sausage and the chilli beef sausage. This is definitely one to check out if you are a hot dog lover and the best part is that the majority of their meals are under a tenner!

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Pizza Union

Area: Kings Cross, Spitalfields

This Pizza bar offers great pizzas at amazing prices and is a great place to stop and grab a bite if you are in a rush as the service is second to none. Pizzas are often cooked and out within ten minutes and the majority of their pizzas are under £6! If your looking for a cheap fast food pizza joint this is a must if you are in the area!

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Bonnington Café

Area: Vauxhall

This Café in the heart of Vauxhall offers cheap vegetarian meals cooked by a collection of member cooks. Chefs take it in turns to run the kitchen and the menu changes on a daily basis depending on which chef is in. If you are looking to try out a few different vegetarian options then this place is worth checking out and even coming back to as the food served can be anything from Japanese, Medieval, Italian or French.

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So there you have it, there’s no longer an excuse for you to not be able to afford to try something different the next time you’re in London. Shareagift can help you plan the perfect meal, night out or dinner party. You can use Shareagift to collect money online so that before you go out you have all the money together so it makes it easier to pay the bill at the end of the night, avoiding confusion or awkwardness. You can also use Shareagift to collect funds online for a group gift which could be a trip up to London with food and drinks.

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Top 5 Most Expensive Weddings Ever!

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1. Prince Charles & Diana

Also called the ‘Wedding of the Century’, this royal wedding cost around $110 million, a number yet to be beaten. Watched by 750 million people worldwide, the wedding was broadcast in 74 countries. There were 27 wedding cakes in total for the 3500 guests who attended the ceremony. Several years later, this wedding still remains a sensation.

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2. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makotum & Princess Salama

This Arabian wedding cost about $100 million and the wedding was a celebration over a 7-day event. An amphitheatre was built specifically for this purpose to accommodate their 20,000 guests. Guests were flown in on 34 private jets and the couple awarded a bright red Mercedes to the main performer of the wedding!

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3. Vanisha Mittal & Amit Bhatia

She is the daughter of India’s richest man, Lakshmi Mittal. The wedding was estimated at $78 million and was held at the Palace of Versailles, France. Invitations to the guests were on a 20 page silver book that included plane tickets and rooms at a five-star Paris hotel. There were more than 200 different dishes on the menu for the 5-day festivities.

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4. Prince William & Kate Middleton

This royal wedding cost $34 million with the second most expensive dress worth $400,000, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Costs mounted with an $80,000 wedding cake and flowers worth $800,000. The Queen also hosted a luncheon for 600 people and 1900 guests were present at the wedding ceremony.

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5. Kim Kardarshian & Kanye West

The wedding cost $30 million and the celebrations lasted for an entire weekend in both France and Italy. Kim wore the most expensive wedding dress, a custom-made gown by Givenchy estimated at $2.1 million. Lana del Rey was paid $2.8 million to sing at their pre-wedding party and there were flowers worth $75,000.

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Be it a wedding in space or a simplistic wedding in your home, collect funds online and make your wedding a grand celebration. Set up a wedding fund on Shareagift to make your dream wedding come true.

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Top 5 Unconventional Weddings!

Save With Shareagift Towards … The Perfect Wedding

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.

Wedding Suspense

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!

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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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Top 5 Brilliant Birthday Event Ideas!

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The same thing happens every year, someone’s birthday is coming up and your in charge of sorting out the event but you push it to the back of your mind and before you know it there’s only 2 days left and you end up booking a last minute meal or having a few drinks, and then heading out to the nearest bar or nightclub. Well fear not, Shareagift has your back this summer! We have come up with five summer birthday event ideas that are sure to make anyone’s celebration a day to remember!

1 – Luau Party

It’s summer, the sun is shining (hopefully) and what better way to embrace the season than throwing a Hawaiian themed luau party! With everyone dressed up in hula skirts and leis, you will be transported to a tropical island! This event gives you an excuse to make some amazing and exotic cocktails and for everybody to show off their limboing skills! Sites like eBay and partycity have some great Hawaiian decorations and party games. This is the perfect idea for any sun loving beach goer!

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2 – Wine Tasting

For a more sophisticated event, wine tasting is a great idea for a birthday evening in. These evenings can be done in a variety of ways. Guests can save money together and buy a few boxes of different wines to try or everyone can bring their favourite bottle with them and introduce everyone else to it. Accompanied by a range of cheese and biscuits this event is great for those who love to spend their time relaxing and chatting with friends.

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3 – Outdoor Movie Night

All you will need for this event is a white sheet and a projector and you can turn your garden into an ourtdoor movie screening. You can have movie themed snacks and drinks and have everyone vote on a film or let the birthday girl/boy showcase their favourite movie. This is a great idea for a film-loving friend and it’s a great money saving alternative to a big night out. Check out allrecipies for some great movie themed snack ideas!

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4 – Museum Visit

For something a little different why not plan a birthday event around a museum trip. With science and natural history museums, galleries and gardens there is something to suit everyone’s taste. This is a great day out if the weather isn’t looking too good and can be followed by a dinner out or lunch in a chique museum café.

5 – Extreme Sports Party

For the daredevil and thrill seeking friend why not throw an extreme sports event. Take everyone kayaking, bungee jumping or motocrossing, there are plenty of sports to choose from. Shared experiences like this are very memorable and will encourage everyone to get involved and have an amazing time.

Shareagift can help you save money with friends to fund the perfect birthday event. Whether it be limboing, kayaking or cocktail making, with Shareagift you can save with others and plan for the ultimate celebration that will be remembered for years to come!

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How To Eat Well On A Budget

If you’re trying to squeeze the dollar out of a cent and enjoy good food, we’ve got just the thing for you!

Budget eating doesn’t have to mean just bread and water. Many blogs out there post recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Here are our favorite three:

BrokeAss Gourmet

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Paleo Cauliflower Rice

This is an original blog from Gabi Moskowitz who is also working on ‘Young and Hungry’ (ABC Family) – a quirky sitcom loosely based on her life as a young food blogger in the city (definitely one to binge-watch). Gabi brings life and personality to BrokeAss with personal stories and anecdotes, as well as themed dishes such as this Rainbow Themed Salad celebrating Equal Marriage.

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Green Chile Beef Burgers

One of our favorites has to be the Green Chile Beef Burgers, which only comes to $2 per serving! BrokeAss Gourmet also caters for vegans, vegetarians and paleo dietary requirements with delicious recipes such as Buffalo Tofu Bites and Cauliflower Rice.

Poor Girl Eats Well

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Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites

How to eat ridiculously well on a miniscule budget’ describes exactly what PGEW (Poor Girl Eats Well) does. One of our favorite things about this blog is that each recipe posting is marked with an exact ‘per serving’ cost, so that you can find exactly what you need. Just look at these amazing Quinoa, Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bites  at only $0.65 per serving!

To further help you squeeze the most of your cents: PGEW often posts about money saving tips and week shopping suggestions for extra help with your food budget.

BudgetBytes

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Thin Crust Pizza

Last but not least, BudgetBytes provide an amazing variety of fresh Italian-esque recipes. But what really made the blog stand out is their incredible Thin Crust Pizza at just $0.30 per pizza! Yes, that’s right, under a 50 cent for a pizza! The recipes are extraordinarily easy to follow – with step by step photos and in depth instructions for all you beginner cooks out there.

Share A Meal

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Budget Dinner Party With Friends

Aside from cheap recipes and ingredients, there are also many other ways to eat well on a budget just by being clever with your money. Gathering a group of friends and sharing out the cost of your meal means you can have fun eating (and drinking) with your friends AND be able to afford that one ingredient that seems too frivolous to buy on your own.

Group funds are easy to organize with ShareAGift! ShareAGift is an online money collection website that allows for you to collect money from friends. It is fun and easy to use and really helps when you’re trying to split that awkward shopping bill between you and your buddies. So make a ShareAGift page, gather your closest pals and start feeding in any savings for a nice dinner party treat or just Friday night dinner to save that uncomfortable conversation about splitting the bill.

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