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A 3-Year-Old in St. Louis Had a Poop-Themed Birthday Party

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While other 3-year-olds might request a Frozen- or a Batman-themed birthday, one tot in St. Louis is already showing a creative penchant for party planning. According to The Huffington Post, a Missouri 3-year-old named Audrey (the outlet didn’t publish her last name) asked her parents for a poop-themed birthday party. And, because these particular parents are amazing, they complied.

Luckily, the poop emoji has reached a level of popularity that made it possible to decorate tastefully. There was a poop emoji piñata filled with Hershey’s Kisses and Tootsie Rolls. There was a game of "pin the poop," wherein guests blindly pinned poop emoji icons onto a drawing of a toilet bowl. Audrey’s mother wore a poop emoji costume. There was a fudgy chocolate cake and chocolate-frosted cookies in the shape of swirly turds. (Some also had rainbow frosting and glitter sprinkles, perhaps in a nod to the infamous Squatty Potty commercial.)

When it came time to leave, Audrey’s guests each went home with a Whoopie cushion.

Somehow, the poop theme is still not as weird as the kid who wanted a CVS-themed birthday or the little girl who requested a Costco-themed party multiple years in a row. We should all be so lucky as to have such a delightful, disgusting birthday as Audrey. Head to The Huffington Post for pictures of the gastrointestinal gala.

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Instead of Lighting Fireworks, People in This Chinese Village Celebrate by Flinging Molten Iron
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Fireworks are a cultural symbol in China, but they weren't always easy to obtain. In a village in Yu County, China, people use a 500-year-old trick to achieve the same effect as fireworks with cheaper pyrotechnics.

This video from Great Big Story highlights the Chinese art of Da Shuhua, or splattering molten iron against walls to produce a fireworks-like shower of sparks. It started in the village of Nuanquan in the 16th century as a way for poor residents to imitate the expensive fireworks shows enjoyed by rich people in different parts of the country. Blacksmiths noticed that molten iron burst into dazzling sparks whenever it hit the ground and thought to recreate this phenomenon on a much larger scale. The townspeople loved it and began donating their scrap metal to create even grander displays.

Today, Da Shuhua is more than just a cheap alternative to regular fireworks: It's a cherished tradition to the people of Nuanquan. The village remains the only place in China to witness the art as it was done centuries ago—the people who practice it even wear the same traditional cotton and sheepskin garments to protect their skin from the 2900°F drops of metal flying through the air. As Wang De, who's been doing Da Shuhua for 30 years, says in the video below, "If you wear firefighter suits, it just doesn't feel right."

[h/t Great Big Story]

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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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