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10 Hotels With Very Specific Amenities

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1. Breakfast with a giraffe

At Kenya's Giraffe Manor, breakfasts aren't continental—they're monumental! The property's eight Rothschild giraffes are known for hanging out on the grounds, popping in during morning and evening meals, and occasionally peeping in rooms.

2. A paraglider entrance

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Guests at Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman, two hours from Dubai International Airport, arrive in style. They paraglide to the resort! But don't worry, less adventurous guests can arrive by speedboat or car. Yawn.

3. A sleep concierge

Some hotel pillows are too soft, some are too firm, but the sleep concierge at New York City's Benjamin Hotel will help you find one that's just right. The hotel offers a pillow menu catering to different sleeping habits, as well as sleep-inducing massages and bedtime snacks.

4. A room with a view

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Chances are, you don't actually live in a bubble. So why not vacation in one? BubbleTree offers inflatable, transparent bubble lodging in eight locations across France. They're not recommended if you want any privacy whatsoever.

5. A human-sized hamster wheel

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Guests at La Villa Hamster in Nantes, France can experience what life might be like as a rodent. Hamster masks are provided at check-in, and rooms come equipped with human-sized wheels, a haystack bed, and a bathroom full of wood chips (and a toilet).

6. A tanning butler

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Nothing ruins a fancy beach vacation like a sunburn. Enter the roving tanning butlers at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Miami. They offer hotel guests umbrellas, cover-ups, sunscreen, and tanning oil. Can't reach a spot? They'll rub it in for you.

7. Dog surfing lessons

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Why should dogs have to ruff it on vacation? A number of hotels offer pet-friendly amenities, including comfy beds and complimentary dog treats. Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego will take your pooch to the beach for a surfing lesson. After hanging 10, dogs enjoy a surf and turf meal and can even get a canine massage.

8. A recording studio

Guests at Jamaica's Geejam Hotel can record a song if they're feeling musically inspired. Studio engineers explain the process and provide the beats and booth. But don't think it's strictly an amateur operation—Björk and the late Amy Winehouse have jammed at the Geejam.

9. A fishy roommate

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Feeling lonely? Happy Guests Lodge in Cheshire, England rents out goldfish for visitors who'd like a roommate.

10. Fishwatching

Plans for luxurious underwater resorts are currently underway in Dubai and Fiji. Until then, travelers can scuba dive into Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida, formerly a research laboratory studying the continental shelf. The air-conditioned dwelling includes just two suites with a shared common room and kitchen, in addition to a pool, phone, and TV you won't even think about turning on.

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From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State
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There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

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20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer
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They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]

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