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17 Fun and Unusual Calendars to Put Up Next Year

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The new year is sneaking up once again, and that means it's time for a new calendar. Sure, you could go with a free one you got in the mail, but why not keep track of time in a more interesting way? These calendars will get you pumped for the changing months ahead.

1. I COULD PEE ON THIS; $11

It turns out cats make pretty good poets. Francesco Marciuliano’s book, I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, is a great collection of poems from the viewpoint of housecats. Now you can get these felines' verses in calendar form. Each month features a different cat and a corresponding poetic masterpiece.

Find it: Amazon

2. UNDERWATER DOGS; $15

Photographer Seth Casteel is known for his shots of dogs jumping into bodies of water to fetch balls and other items. It turns out all those jowls and extra skin look pretty funny when pushed up by the water. This 18-month calendar comes with 12 amazing shots of wide-eyed dogs underwater.

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3. LIL BUB; $12

It’s no secret that mental_floss loves Lil Bub. The funny little cat has been named "nature's happiest accident," and sports the most irresistible mug in the animal kingdom. This calendar comes with plenty of cute pictures of the slack-tongued feline, as well as some fun stickers to stick on your books, folders, and friends.

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4. THIS IS GUACWARD; $8

Looking for a little honesty from your calendar? New York-based illustrator David Olenick has got you covered. His new calendar is filled with delightful drawings sharing some harsh, albeit true sentiments. The simplistic designs are perfect for the realist in your life.

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5. CATS OF 1986; $12

These cats are living the glory days of the mid-'80s in this super radical monthly calendar. Who knew felines could look so good with big hair and shoulder pads? 

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6. GOATS IN TREES; $9

This incredibly specific calendar comes with 18 months, so you can start using it immediately. And it’s never too soon to start enjoying athletically skilled goats that made it up into trees.

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7. SPACE CATS; $10-$15

Evidence the world is a beautiful place: You have multiple options when shopping for the perfect space cat calendar. Choose between TF Publishing’s hallucinogenic and seasonal calendar, or Rock Point’s more straightforward alternative. Either way, you win with cats flying through space.

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8. AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS; $12

The novelty blog Awkward Family Photos has been around for a long time and with good reason. These real family portraits are equal parts awkward and hilarious, reminding you that it’s okay to laugh at your own blunder years. Curators Mike Bender and Doug Chernack share some extra cringe-worthy photos for this day-to-day calendar.

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9. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS; $10

For nostalgic gamers, this Super Mario Brothers calendar features all the vintage artwork you could want. Each month has a different scene of one of the many iconic levels in the game.

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10. NUNS HAVING FUN; $11

As we’ve covered in the past, nuns can totally still have fun. Enjoy pictures of nuns playing sports, taking selfies, and winning prizes at the fair. 

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11. CARTOONS FROM THE NEW YORKER; $12

If you find yourself flipping through The New Yorker just looking for the comics, you might as well cut out the middle man and buy this calendar.

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12. SLOTHS; $11

Sloths are seriously cute. You can have the cuteness all year round with this second-annual sloth calendar. Zoologist Lucy Cooke shares some of the most adorable sloth pictures out there for your monthly enjoyment.

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13. THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC; $10

If you’re a fan of mental_floss, then you’re definitely a fan of cool facts. The Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar is filled with just that. Learn the answers to pressing questions like: How fast can an ostrich run? And why are cashews never sold in the shell? On top of important trivia, you also get folklore, tips, quotes, proverbs, and puzzles.

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14. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF; $10

Beloved cartoon artist and writer Allie Brosh is back again with a calendar featuring some of her charming illustrations and comics. The calendar features some of the best material and characters from Hyperbole and a Half.

Find it: Amazon

15. FUN PUGS; $11

Pugs are already fun but wait until you see them Photoshopped into seasonal scenes. From a fancy date in February to dressing up in October, the situations these pugs find themselves in are pretty adorable. The 12 month calendar features 12 pugs that you definitely don’t want to miss.

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16. A YEAR OF GOOD BEER; $13

Beer connoisseurs can find new selections and celebrate old favorites with this calendar packed with facts, trivia, and beer recommendations.

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17. THE LITTLE WORLD OF LIZ CLIMO; $13

Illustrator Liz Climo creates whimsical animal comics that are almost guaranteed to brighten up your day. This calendar gives owners one new cartoon a day, so you know it’s going to be a good year.

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This story originally appeared in 2015.

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Dream Job Alert: WOW Air Wants to Pay You to Move to Iceland and Travel the World
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WOW Air, the airline already known for its cheap flights to Iceland, has outdone themselves with their latest travel opportunity. According to Travel + Leisure, WOW wants to pay one lucky globetrotter and a friend to spend the summer traveling the world from Iceland.

After moving to an apartment in downtown Reykjavik, the new travel guide and a companion of their choice will be sent on eight WOW Air trips abroad and four within Iceland. During their adventures, the guide will be responsible documenting each spot they visit with photos, vlogs, and Instagram stories. This "digital travel guide" will give aspiring travelers an inside look at the food, culture, and cost of each destination on their agenda. The job, which lasts from June 1 to August 15, comes with a $4000 a month salary and free transportation and housing.

WOW Air is based in Iceland, but the airline takes passengers to cities around the world. Paris, Barcelona, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv are just a few of the 36 locations on its destination list.

Candidates who are 18 years or older and have a Facebook profile can apply for the epic summer job by creating a two-minute video travel guide of their hometown. Applications are due May 14, and the winner will be announced May 18. If you aren't lucky enough to secure the gig, there's still time left to plan a summer trip to Iceland on your own.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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20 Black-and-White Facts About Penguins
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To celebrate World Penguin Day (which is today, April 25), here are a few fun facts about these adorable tuxedoed birds.

1. All 17 species of penguins are found exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere.

2. Emperor Penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall. The smallest is the Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches.

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3. The fastest species is the Gentoo Penguin, which can reach swimming speeds up to 22 mph.

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4. A penguin's striking coloring is a matter of camouflage; from above, its black back blends into the murky depths of the ocean. From below, its white belly is hidden against the bright surface.

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5. Fossils place the earliest penguin relative at some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

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6. Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supraorbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing.

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7. Unlike most birds—which lose and replace a few feathers at a time—penguins molt all at once, spending two or three weeks land-bound as they undergo what is called the catastrophic molt.

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8. All but two species of penguins breed in large colonies of up to a thousand birds.

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9. It varies by species, but many penguins will mate with the same member of the opposite sex season after season.

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10. Similarly, most species are also loyal to their exact nesting site, often returning to the same rookery in which they were born.

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11. Some species create nests for their eggs out of pebbles and loose feathers. Emperor Penguins are an exception: They incubate a single egg each breeding season on the top of their feet. Under a loose fold of skin is a featherless area with a concentration of blood vessels that keeps the egg warm.

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12. In some species, it is the male penguin which incubates the eggs while females leave to hunt for weeks at a time. Because of this, pudgy males—with enough fat storage to survive weeks without eating—are most desirable.

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13. Penguin parents—both male and female—care for their young for several months until the chicks are strong enough to hunt for food on their own.

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14. If a female Emperor Penguin's baby dies, she will often "kidnap" an unrelated chick.

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15. Despite their lack of visible ears, penguins have excellent hearing and rely on distinct calls to identify their mates when returning to the crowded breeding grounds.

16. The first published account of penguins comes from Antonio Pigafetta, who was aboard Ferdinand Magellan's first circumnavigation of the globe in 1520. They spotted the animals near what was probably Punta Tombo in Argentina. (He called them "strange geese.")

17. An earlier, anonymous diary entry from Vasco da Gama's 1497 voyage around the Cape of Good Hope makes mention of flightless birds as large as ducks.

18. Because they aren't used to danger from animals on solid ground, wild penguins exhibit no particular fear of human tourists.

19. Unlike most sea mammals—which rely on blubber to stay warm—penguins survive because their feathers trap a layer of warm air next to the skin that serves as insulation, especially when they start generating muscular heat by swimming around.

20. In the 16th century, the word penguin actually referred to great auks (scientific name: Pinguinus impennis), a now-extinct species that inhabited the seas around eastern Canada. When explorers traveled to the Southern Hemisphere, they saw black and white birds that resembled auks, and called them penguins.

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