Want a Year of Free Flights from JetBlue? Delete All Your Instagram Posts

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Allison Joyce, Getty Images

For those who love to travel, the chance to win a year's worth of free, unlimited flights from JetBlue Airways is perhaps an even greater reward than winning cold hard cash. There's a catch, though. As The Hill reports, anyone who enters JetBlue's ongoing "All You Can Jet" sweepstakes will have to delete every photo from their Instagram profile first.

That's right: Every selfie, #latergram, and picturesque plate of food must be purged, per JetBlue's official rules. In addition, entrants are asked to use a photo tool on JetBlue's website to create an image with the following overlay text: "All you can [insert word of your choice here]." For example, other entries say things like "All you can relax," "All you can explore," and "All you can ski." To finish entering, upload the photo to Instagram, and be sure to tag @JetBlue and use the hashtag #allyoucanjetsweepstakes. (Also, keep in mind that your Instagram page must be public, not private.)

Posing what is perhaps an even greater challenge, entrants must also refrain from posting other photos to Instagram until the sweepstakes ends at midnight on March 9. (However, entries must be submitted by 9 a.m. on March 8.) Only one entry per person is allowed, and the contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Puerto Rico who are 18 or older.

At the end of the contest period, three grand prize winners will be selected randomly. Each winner will receive free air travel for themselves and a companion—a deal worth roughly $20,000. If you're fine with wiping your Instagram clean, third-party apps like InstaClean and Cleaner for IG let you delete photos en masse. And if you don't want to lose your images, TechJunkie has a post explaining how to download Instagram photos.

[h/t The Hill]

Snuggle a Raccoon While You Sip Your Coffee at Ukraine’s Raccoon Cafe

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Raccoons are often misunderstood creatures. While many people see them only as furry little pests who root through your trash or hole up in your attic (which they sometimes do), others think they make great pets. Mark Kolesnykov, founder of the recently opened Raccoon Cafe in Kharkiv, Ukraine, falls squarely into the latter group.

The Raccoon Cafe gives customers the unique opportunity to interact with and give belly rubs to Liza and Bart, a lovable pair of raccoons Kolesnykov adopted from a local eco-farm when they were just babies (a.k.a. kits).

The animals have a special enclosure in the cafe, where guests can watch them play and, if they're lucky, give them a pet. The exterior of the cafe pays tribute to the masked mammals with a mural of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon and various raccoons dressed up as superheroes, including Spider-Man (Raccoon-man?) and Wonder Woman.

Though it only just opened, the Raccoon Cafe is already proving to be a huge hit; CNN reports that the space is attracting approximately 200 visitors per day, which means that some customers must wait up to 30 minutes for their chance to interact with and feed the pair (neither of which are things you should ever do with a raccoon in the wild).

Patrons who'd rather not get too close can also just watch the pair as they climb around their enclosure, play with their toys, and interact with guests—and each other—in a special indoor room that’s equipped with soundproof glass and special lighting.

Kolesnykov told UATV that part of the cafe's allure is that while people regularly see photos and videos of raccoons doing adorable things, few people have ever witnessed their behavior up close. In person, according to Kolesnykov, the animals are “livelier” and even more “mischievous” than what people have seen on YouTube.

The cafe, however, is not without its critics. Animal psychologist Andriy Hapchenko, head researcher at Feldman Ecopark in Kharkiv, expressed concerns to UATV about businesses like the Raccoon Cafe, saying that wild animals that are used for business purposes can often be harmed by the amount of human attention (and food) they're given. But Kolesnykov assures potential customers that he consulted with veterinarians before opening the space to make sure that Liza and Bart would be both safe and happy.

[h/t CNN]

This London Pub Might Be the Most Ethical Bar in the World

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Pub owner Randy Rampersad is doing his part for sustainability. In June, he opened the Green Vic—a play on the fictional Queen Vic pub in the soap opera EastEnders—in the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Telegraph reports it’s aiming to be the world’s most ethical pub: Rampersad eschews plastic and paper straws and opts for gluten-free wheat “straws.” He sources the bar's 100 percent recycled toilet paper from green-minded company Who Gives a Crap, and the communal wooden tables are upcycled.

“I wanted to make the world a better place and run my own business, but I was waiting for that eureka moment,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. He discovered no one had done anything like this before.

There’s no meat on the menu—the food is totally vegan, healthy-ish pub grub. You can add CBD oil to the “chkn" bites appetizer, and the burgers are made from ingredients like soy, seaweed, and sweet potato. The beers are produced by ethical brewers, too: Toast Ale uses unsold loaves and crusts of bread; Good Things Brewing crafts its beer from 100 percent renewable energy; South Africa’s Afro Vegan Cider donates money to an organization that funds equal pay for female farmers; and Brewgooder donates to water projects.

In fact, everything the Green Vic does has charity in mind. “We don't care about the money, I’m planet first and profit after,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. Up to 80 percent of its profits will go to charitable causes, including local food banks. As for the staff, one in four are from marginalized groups. The Green Vic plans to operate as a three-month pop-up pub while scouting for longer term investment.

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