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30 Unusual Scholarships

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Scholarships and academic awards aren't just for the super intelligent and athletic anymore; now you just have to be left-handed. If you have the right characteristic, last name, or niche interest, you could cash in with one of these unusual scholarships. 

1. $1000 from Tall Clubs International for an essay about what being tall means.

2. Tuition at Loyola University Chicago for any Catholic with the last name Zolp. 

3. $1500 from Juniata College for being left-handed.

4. $1000 from the International Star Trek Fan Association for active members. 

5. $3000 from Duck Brand Duct Tape for wearing a prom dress or suit made from duct tape. 

6. $2500 from Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation for good quiz takers. 

7. Full tuition for 200 golf caddies from the Evans Scholars Foundation.

8. $10,000 from the Ayn Rand Institute for the best essay about Atlas Shrugged.

9. $200 to $1500 for winners of the Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.

10. 45 percent of tuition from Wilson College for twins and triplets enrolled together. 

11. $750 from the National Beef Ambassador Program for speaking on behalf of the beef industry.

12. $5000 from the Vegetarian Resource Group for actively promoting vegetarianism.

13. Tuition, books, and supplies from American Welding Society for future welders.

14. $4000 from Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry for students looking to work with paper.

15. $10,000 for spreading the word about the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

16. $10,000 from Random House for Dr. Seuss fans.

17. Hiram College Hal Reichle Memorial Scholarship rewards students for random acts of kindness. 

18. $10,000 for winners of the Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest.

19. $5000 from American Association of Candy Technologists for future bakers.

20. $2000 for fire safety experts from the American Fire Sprinkler Association. 

21. Tuition for "mibsters," or marble shooters who win the National Marbles Tournament.

22. $1000 from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance for the corpulent activists.

23. $10,000 from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for pursuing a career in television. 

24. $500 from the Northern Tier Hardwood Association for students majoring in something forest related.

25. Tuition and books from Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation for students studying something related to vacuum coating technology.

26. $2000 for winners of the National Make It Yourself with Wool Competition

27. $30,000 and the honor of living in J.D. Salinger's old dorm room from Ursinus College.

28. $1000 to study puppetry from UNIMA.

29. $1000 from the U.S. Bowling Congress Scholarship for high school bowlers. 

30. San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Scholarship is for participants in the San Angelo Stock Show.

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13 Tricks and Tips to Get the Most Out of Google Maps
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It’s hard to imagine life without Google Maps. Memorizing routes and printing out driving directions seems like a distant memory in a world where a detailed map of any location is available at a moment's notice. Still, you could be using it more. Google’s popular software is packed with secrets, tricks, and Easter eggs beyond what you might expect. Ahead of the popular tool's update later this year, here are 13 ways to get the most out of Google Maps, from one-handed use to offline location tracking.

1. CHECK WAIT TIMES AT YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT

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Before you head out for dinner, use Google Maps to see if you’re about to waste an hour standing in line. Just search for the name of the restaurant on your desktop browser or in Google Maps for iOS and Android. Then, scroll down to the Popular Times chart and select a specific time. There, you'll see how long the wait usually is at that time and make your plans accordingly.

2. SEE HOW STEEP YOUR BIKE RIDE WILL BE


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There’s nothing worse than unexpectedly hitting a big hill while riding your bike. Next time, plug your route into Google Maps and ask for biking directions. You’ll see a graph that shows the steepness of each part of your trip and be able to avoid those big inclines in the future.

3. ADD MULTIPLE DESTINATIONS TO YOUR TRIP

Google Maps typically defaults to simple point-A-to-point-B for directions, but it’s easy to add an extra stop to your trip. In a browser, press the “+” icon under your destination. On Android or iOS, tap on the three horizontal dots in the top right corner to pull up a menu and then select “Add stop.”

4. TRAVEL THROUGH TIME WITH STREET VIEW

Street View is a fun way to explore neighborhoods all over the world, but it’s also a treasure trove of old photos. Just launch Street View in your browser and click on the clock-shaped icon in the top left corner. From there, you can browse through all the pictures Google’s taken over the years for any specific spot.

5. MEASURE DISTANCE

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If you’re using Google Maps in your browser you can easily measure the distance between any two locations. Right click somewhere on the map and select “Measure Distance.” Then, click anywhere else to see how far away it is.

6. USE GOOGLE MAPS WITHOUT AN INTERNET CONNECTION

If you’re traveling and you know you won’t have any internet, you can download a map of the area ahead of time. Pull up that location in Google Maps on your phone. Then, open the settings menu and select “Offline maps” to save it. When you arrive, you’ll be able to view the map without any service and even track your location thanks to GPS.

7. SEE YOUR ENTIRE GOOGLE MAPS HISTORY

Google Maps tracks you everywhere you go, and you can pull that information up whenever you want. Head to this website to see a detailed map of all the places you’ve ever been. If that creeps you out, you can also click on “Manage Location History” to switch this feature off.

8. ZOOM IN AND OUT WITH JUST ONE FINGER

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Pinch-to-zoom works fine most of the time, but if you only have one free hand it’s not that easy to do. Thankfully, there’s another option that only requires one free finger: Tap twice on your smartphone screen and then hold your finger down on the spot you want to get a closer look at. Google Maps will zoom in, and from there you can adjust the scale by sliding your finger up and down.

9. REMEMBER WHERE YOU PARKED YOUR CAR

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The next time you park your car, boot up Google Maps and tap on the blue dot that shows your location. When a menu pops up, select “Set as parking location” to leave a marker on your map for later so you can easily find your car when you’re ready to leave.

10. TURN THE STREET VIEW ICON INTO A UFO

If you want to have a little fun with Pegman, the yellow Street View figure, just search for Area 51 in Google Maps. Then, grab the man-shaped icon and hover it over the map to make him transform into a flying saucer.

11. SHARE YOUR LOCATION WITH FRIENDS

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If you’re meeting a friend, this feature makes it easy for them to track you down. Open Google Maps on iOS or Android and pull up the options menu (located in the top left corner) and select “Location sharing.” From here you can decide how long to reveal your location and who to share it with.

12. MAKE A LIST OF YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS.

Google Maps makes it easy to store all your favorite restaurants (or parks or book stores) in one spot. Tap on a location and hit “Save.” Then, select “New list” and give it a name. Now, you can add new locations to your existing lists. You can also share lists with friends, and they’re even accessible when you’re offline.

13. CHECK OUT SKI ROUTES.

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Google Maps has information on almost 100 ski routes from across the United States and Canada. Head to this webpage to start planning your next ski trip.

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Shopping Malls Might be Dying, But Miami Is Planning to Build the Largest One in North America
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Shopping malls and the "American Dream" are two things that are often said to be dead or dying, but one developer sees it a little differently.

Part shopping outlet and part theme park, American Dream Miami is slated to become the largest mall in North America when it opens in Miami-Dade County, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Indeed, "mall" might not be the best word for this mega-complex. In addition to retail outlets, plans are in the works for an aquarium, water park, ski slope, live performing arts center, Ferris wheel, submarine ride, skating rink, and 2000 hotel rooms.

The project is being developed by Triple Five Group, which operates the Mall of America in Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada—currently the two current largest shopping and entertainment centers on the continent. It also owns the American Dream Meadowlands in New Jersey.

This announcement comes at a time when shopping malls are being shuttered across the country. More than 6400 stores closed last year, and another 3600 are expected to go out of business this year, according to Business Insider.

American Dream Miami will cost $4 billion and cover 6.2 million square feet. Developers hope it will attract tourists as well as local thrill seekers who want a closer entertainment option than Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando. Developer Eskandar Ghermezian was reportedly inspired by a comment made by his daughter, who complained there was nothing to do in the area when it rained.

Critics of the project, however, called it "American Nightmare," arguing it would harm the environment and cause traffic congestion. The developer still needs to obtain several permits before construction can begin.

[h/t Sun-Sentinel]

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