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Win a Copy of Stuff Hipsters Hate!

Note: Our good friend and occasional contributor Brenna Ehrlich has written a book. And when our good friends and/or occasional contributors write books, we like to promote them. Make her (and her co-author Andrea Bartz) feel welcome!

Stuff Hipsters Hate, the nefarious blog-turned-book, serves as the perfect antidote to all this holiday cheer. (Oh yeah, and it makes a pretty good gift.) Penned by Andrea Bartz and mental_floss contributor Brenna Ehrlich, the tome documents the mating habits, philosophy, theology, grooming practices and preferred entertainment of the modern-day hipster—complete with helpful graphs and charts to help you understand the trendy beast. And we’ve got a copy to give away! More on that in a minute; first, some of our favorite hipster objects of less-than-affection:

Wearing Socks With Sneakers
Doesn’t matter that your shoes will end up smelling like the inside of a frat boy’s dorm room trash bin one week after purchasing the suckers—you should never wear socks under your Keds, Vans or Chucks (although Chucks are totally out, so that’s a moot point anyway). Hipsters wear their blisters like a badge of freaking honor, their fallen arches a testament to their rejection of mainstream, sock-wearing society. If a hipster ever deigned to enter a salon, I would pity the poor woman charged with executing a pedicure on those mangled and marinated toes.

Bros and Trixies

It could be said that the biggest haters of hipsters are Bros and their female counterparts, Trixies. Well, the feeling—obviously—is completely mutual. If we take a trip back to “your formative years” (a.k.a. high school, a.k.a. the most scarring period of your life), it becomes clear why hipsters hate the Ed Hardy-wearing faction of the population.

Picture your high school lunchroom—see those kids over there at the popular table, the muscle-bound dudes shoving multiple sandwiches into the hole directly above their soul patches (bulking up for the Turkey Day game, no doubt), the girls with the flat-ironed hair listlessly picking at the tiny piles of Doritos scattered on their lunch trays? Those would be the future Bros and Trixies.

But where are the future hipsters? Well, they’re either in the corner of the library, reading The Chocolate War (again) or out in the parking lot getting stoned. And dollars to freegan donuts, the popular kids are not exactly kind to that girl over there wearing multicolored clogs or that dude with the pink studded belt.

And thus, a deep hatred is seeded within the hipster in question very early in life. A hatred strong enough that, when the hipster finally breaks free from the bounds of high school hell and comes to the city, where all the hipsters may frolic and roam free, they can finally retaliate against their old high school tormentors: the popular kids, who are now all tragically living in Murray Hill and carrying gym bags.
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For a shot at winning a copy of Stuff Hipsters Hate, channel your inner hipster and leave us a comedic rant about something you hate. (Keep it clean, people.) Andi and Brenna will pick a winner at random on Monday. If you need s’more inspiration, check out the blog that inspired the book, stuffhipstershate.tumblr.com.

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The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, Top10RealEstateDeals.com reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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