Predicting the 20 Hottest Toys of the 2018 Holiday Season

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It's hard to believe that November is over and we are back in full swing of the holiday season. For weeks, retailers like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and eBay have been preparing shoppers by offering their prediction on which toys will be this year's hottest sellers. While each list is a little different, there are dozens of items they all seem to agree on—some of which seem like a blast from the past.

One of the bigger names on the toy market this year looks to be the L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise. Who knows what lies inside? All you know for sure is the bang for your buck: 60+ surprises in one box.

The newly revamped Teddy Ruxpin is ready for his big comeback this holiday season as well. The old bear is back with new tricks, like animatronic talking, color LCD eyes, and an accompanying app as well so kids can read and sing along with his songs and stories.

Another interesting find is the Harry Potter Coding Kit by KANO. After connecting to the toy’s app on your tablet, you build your wand and learn to code with intuitive and informative challenges. Wave your wand and watch what happens as you learn the magic (and basics) of coding.

There are some classics predicted as well, like various LEGO builds and the updated Barbie DreamHouse. There’s also a new Elmo and Fingerlings. Here are 25 toys that are sure to be on your kid's gift list—better grab 'em while you can.

1. L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise

2. Teddy Ruxpin

3. Harry Potter KANO Coding Kit

4. Fingerlings Hugs
5. Hatchimals Hatchibabies

6. L.O.L. Surprise! Under Wraps

7. FurREAL Critters

8. Boxy Girls

9. Hairdorables
10. Harry Potter Great Hall LEGO Kit
11. Barbie DreamHouse
12. Sesame Street PlaySkool Friends Let's Dance Elmo
13. Power Action Pikachu
14. Air Hogs Supernova
15. Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg
16. Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set
17. Imaginext Jurassic World Rex
18. Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck
19. 4M Crystal Growing Experimental Kit
20. KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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25 Amazing Facts for International Beer Day

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Every year, suds lovers celebrate International Beer Day on August 7—which makes it the pefect day to share any one of these amazing facts about beer.

1. After he won the Nobel Prize, Niels Bohr was given a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.

2. The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.

3. At the Wife Carrying World Championships, first prize is the wife's weight in beer.

4. A cloud near the constellation Aquila contains enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer.

5. Coined in the early 1900s, the word alcoholiday means leisure time spent drinking.

6. The builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza were paid with a daily ration of beer.

7. During WWII, a bear named Wojtek joined the Polish army. He transported ammunition and sometimes drank beer.

8. Fried beer won Most Creative Fried Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair.

9. The top five states for beer consumption per capita: 1. New Hampshire, 2. Montana, 3. Vermont, 4. North Dakota, 5. South Dakota.

10. Germany is home to a beer pipeline. Taps in Veltsin-Arena are connected by a 5km tube of beer.

11. Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.

12. Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.

13. At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, "What America needs now is a drink."

14. Winston Churchill called the concept of Prohibition "an affront to the whole history of mankind."

15. George Washington insisted his continental army be permitted a quart of beer as part of their daily rations.

16. Oktoberfest originally started as a festival celebrating the 1810 marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig.

17. At spas in Europe, you can literally bathe in beer as a physical and mental therapeutic treatment.

18. In the 1990s, the Beer Lovers Party ran candidates in Belarus and Russia.

19. J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.

20. Beer helped Joseph Priestley discover oxygen. He noticed gases rising from the big vats of beer at a brewery and asked to do some experiments.

21. A Buddhist temple in the Thai countryside was built with over 1 million recycled beer bottles.

22. The moon has a crater named Beer.

23. Beer soup was a common breakfast in medieval Europe.

24. At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.

25. In the 1980s, a beer-drinking goat was elected mayor of Lajitas, Texas.