You are in for a treat today as your favorite Pickles have compiled a list of their “Top’s” for your 2016-concluding enjoyment.
Yes, we know it’s a list of lists, and I know what you may be thinking – “C’mon guys, this is so overplayed, come up with a fresh idea. Thanks.”
Well, we are as burnt out as all of the other list-makers out there. In our defense, though, this compilation is nothing if not original, as each list reflects the individuality of its Pickle creator.
So without further adieu, we start with Michelle…
Majorette Michelle’s Top Five Tips for Baton-Twirling Excellence
You betchya! It’s no fun to go blank when you hit the competition floor or march down main street for the annual Christmas parade.You’ll never count to 8 so many times the rest of your life…And 5-6-7-8!
Seriously. Smile. No matter what. You just nailed the trick you’ve been practicing for months? Smile! Dropped your baton? Smile. It rolls into the crowd at the parade? They think you meant to do that because you’re smiling so big!
Don’t Be a Hero
Sometimes a move goes south. You may be mid-routine, amped up on adrenaline, but you’d better be ready to recognize when that aggressively-spinning, weighted, blunt object is uncatchable…and let it go. Your limbs, phalanges, and sometimes facial features shouldn’t be sacrificed for a few extra points from a judge, or claps from a stranger. Don’t be a hero.
There are always (ALWAYS) those bystanders who want to be armchair majorettes. They ask “can I try?” because how hard can tossing a long piece of aluminum be? Go ahead and hand your $40 baton to the guy whose sister got a glitter-filled plastic stick in her stocking that one year…You might gain a little respect from him, and you’ll definitely get a hearty laugh. Win-win.
Rock the Rhinestones
That’s right, appreciate how perfectly placed rhinestones or sequins can change the outlook on a day. Up before the sun? The perfectly-perked bun on the top of your head too tight? That’s ok, because you’re wearing the equivalent of sunshine & rainbows. All is right.
Jim’s Top Gadgets to Survive Five Days in the Wilderness
An axe or knife should work. This way you can hunt or try to avoid successfully being hunted.
A magnesium stick is a good way to light fires in dry or moist conditions. Just practice first. If you need a fire quick you don’t want to spend 30 minutes blistering your hand learning to make sparks.
Water and a Filter
You can survive days without food but humans are mostly water so you’ll die quickly without a good way to collect and clean it.
Edible Vegetation Identification Guide
Maybe you’ll see an animal and maybe you’ll be swift enough to catch it but the chance you’ll find edible plants is typically better. Plus, you want to keep that digestive system strong so eat some damn greens.
Your cell phone!
Cell towers are practically everywhere so why not give it a try?
Alex’s Five Cool Things People Don’t Know About the Philippines
The Flag of the Philippines is flipped during war time: During times of peace, the blue side is on top. During times of war, the flag is flipped so the red side is on top. Facebook once mistakenly declared the Philippines were at war by posting an image of the upside down flag to celebrate their independence day.
Lots of Little Islands
The Philippines is an Archipelago. It is made up of over 7,600 islands. You wouldn’t necessarily know this by looking at a map.
Filipino cuisine is extremely diverse, owing to its Austronesian roots, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and American influences. Where else can you get spaghetti that is slightly sweet, served with hot dogs?
The modern yo-yo was invented by a Filipino immigrant named Pedro Flores. His design allowed the user to make the yo-yo “sleep”. I also used to sleep through history class until my teacher told me hunters used stone yo-yo’s to kill animals back in ancient Filipino times.
Basketball is THE MOST POPULAR sport in the Philippines. It was brought over by the YMCA during the late 1800’s. You’ll see people playing EVERYWHERE. In the US, you can find Filipino/Filipino-American basketball leagues in almost any city with Filipinos.
3 of the 10 largest malls in the world are in the Philippines.
The Philippines is considered the “texting capital of the world.” Every day, 35 million Filipinos send about 350 text messages.
But First, Let Me Take A Selfie
Apparently, in 2014 TIME magazine named Makati City in the Philippines the “selfiest city in the world” producing the highest amount of selfies per capita.
And Of Course…
Filipinos are badass overachievers, hence my list of eight facts when you asked for five.
Russ’ Top App Recommendations to Lose Hours of Your Life
This will entertain me (and my kids) for hours. Especially fun to send to grandma who might not grasp the concept of augmented reality yet.
Lose yourself in the latest in products and software launches.
Because everyone needs another screen to check their Instagram feed.
Move over Snapchat, there’s a better way to see MS Paint art on top of recent photos from the last 24 hours of people I don’t really talk to.
If Facebook Live couldn’t get any more nerdy/awkward, we leveled up with a camera that captures EVERYTHING and has a sole purpose to stream randomness.