10 Best iPad Apps for Managing Your Money

So much of our time is spent using a device to keep us connected to the world, so why not use these gadgets to manage our money as well? The iPad's portability and user-friendly features make it the perfect tool for managing your cash flow and accomplishing your financial goals in one convenient place. All you have to do next is load up on a handful of reliable financial apps, and you've got yourself a portable and personal financial adviser. Get your money in check with these 10 iPad apps.

  1. Mint.com

    Mint.com helps you track and budget your bank accounts and credit cards on the go. This free and easy-to-use app automatically categorizes your daily transactions and has the tools to create a personalized budget based on your spending habits. Become a savvy investor with Mint.com's helpful investment trackers and advice section. And don't be alarmed by sharing this personal financial information because Mint.com is super safe and secure.

  2. Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker and Reader

    Ditch your shoebox accounting system and go paperless with the Shoeboxed Receipt Tracker and Reader app. This handy tool lets you scan your receipts, extract the important data and file it into an accessible archive that can be used to track and manage spending, as well as generate expense reports. Shoeboxed also features IRS accepted online receipts, which make filing tax returns a breeze.

  3. Pageonce

    End late-payment fees and stay on top of your money with the help of Pageonce. This life-saving app automatically organizes and monitors your cash flow and bills and displays the info in one accessible place. Pageonce sends notifications and real-time alerts about your accounts, so that you can keep a close eye on your money and never miss a payment.

  4. powerOne Financial Calculator

    The powerOne calculator isn't your average calculator. This souped-up version can compute everything from finances, mortgages, investments, conversions, medical or math figures and much, much more. The powerOne calculator has many robust features that make it the perfect calculator for those who want to seriously manage their money and get organized. For extra tricky calculations, use the algebraic and RPN calculator. Then, utilize the hundreds of spreadsheet-like calculator templates for analyzing different financial scenarios.

  5. Ace Budget

    The Ace Budget app helps you put your finances into perspective. Users will be able to manage their money more efficiently and save wisely with the help of Ace Budget's budget chart, spending report and recurring transactions display. Using the data, you can create a new budget and customize it to display easy-to-understand graphs and charts, as well as schedule reminders for various transactions and due dates.

  6. ATM Hunter

    If carrying cash helps you manage your finances, then you'll definitely want to get the ATM Hunter app for your iPad. Just like the name indicates, ATM Hunter helps users find the nearest ATM by your current location, address or airport. This handy app can also be tailored to your banking needs. Whether you need to make an ATM deposit, get cash or find a PayPass merchant, you can do that and more with ATM Hunter.

  7. Loan Shark

    Don't let the name of this app scare you. Loan Shark is a safe and easy-to-use app that will help you fend off bad financial lenders and allow you take charge of your loans. The handy loan calculator feature lets you calculate the payment, interest rate and loan amount, which comes in handy when shopping around for the best loan offers.

  8. MoneyWell

    MoneyWell is a comprehensive personal finance app that will help you take control of your money and know exactly where it's going at all times. MoneyWell is based on the envelope budgeting system that helps you visualize and maintain a budget by putting the allocated money in its envelope, or this time, a bucket. MoneyWell's tried and tested system and interactive features can help users make better financial decisions and budget wisely.

  9. iCompta

    iCompta is a user-friendly app that makes money management a breeze. Users have several budgeting tools at their fingertips to track income and expenses, monitor their budget, schedule bill payments and see spending statistics in a clear graph or chart. iCompta can also take care of your banking needs, such as managing multiple accounts, tracking expenses and downloading transactions from your bank. Best of all – iCompta can be universally synched with Mac, iPad and iPhone.

  10. PayPal

    Making fast and safe transactions has never been easier than with the PayPal app. But, PayPal is not just a way to pay for your eBay purchases or collect money. This handy and useful app can also help users keep track of purchases and stay on top of IOUs. Not to mention, sending money, collecting money, sending digital checks and managing fundraising campaigns is completely free. And free is always good for the wallet.

9 Best Parks for the Outdoor Lover

For most people, the closest you get to the outdoors on a day-to-day basis is your backyard patio or the grass where you let your dog do his business. You might wander to the city park every once in a while, but for the most part, we lead indoor lives. For nature lovers, however, these small glimpses of the wilderness just aren't enough when the whole earth is waiting to be discovered. If you want to get away and escape city living, these are the nine best parks in the world for exploring, roughing it, and pretending you were raised by wolves.

  1. Denali National Park, Alaska

    The fact that there's an Old Spice deodorant scent named after Denali speaks volumes. Denali National Park in the middle of Alaska sees 400,000 visitors each year, most drawn by the gorgeous views and the highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley. The park includes forest at the lower levels and glaciers and snow as you get higher, and you'll find glassy reflections of the peaks in the lakes and streams that have formed as ice melts and runs down the mountains. If you plan a trip in the summer, you'll have 20 hours of sunlight to explore the land; during the winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are greater. Take flight seeing tours, backpack, or go dog sledding for big adventures.

  2. Iguazu National Park, Argentina and Brazil

    The spectacular waterfalls at Iguazu National Park (or Iguaçu National Park on the Brazil side of the river) are the kind of drops that haunt the nightmares of kayakers and rafters. Almost 2 miles wide and 262 feet high (about 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls), Iguazu Falls make up part of the border between Brazil and Argentina, and both countries claim the falls as part of their national parks, allowing guests access from either nation. The surrounding rainforests provide excellent hiking, with a train on the Argentina side that takes visitors to different trails and a bus system and a trail along the canyon in Brazil.

  3. Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands

    The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands aren't the only beautiful and unique sight to see. Over 90% of the islands were dedicated in 1959 to become a national park and have since been preserved for research and some tourism. Though you won't be allowed to explore the islands on your own for fear that too much human interference will deplete the natural resources, you can walk trails and take boat tours with a park guide. You won't find Galapagos wildlife anywhere else in the world, including many kinds of reptiles and birds, and the marine life is a favorite of divers. Don't expect the animals to be scared of you, though; one of the draws of the island is the way the creatures interact freely with humans.

  4. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    This famous landscape was the first national park in the world, paving the way (not literally, since paving over a national park kind of defeats the point) for about 100,000 nationally preserved parks to pop up around the world. It's located mostly in Wyoming, but also reaches into Idaho and Montana. Everyone has undoubtedly heard of Old Faithful, the geyser that erupts about every 90 minutes, but there are many other gushers to be seen since Yellowstone is home to 60% of the world's geysers. The forests provide great opportunities for hiking, camping, and fishing, and the perfect habitat to spot large animals. Herds of bison and elk, packs of wolves, and grizzly bears roam the terrain, so keep an eye on your picnics.

  5. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

    Khao Sok National Park has it all: vertical limestone cliffs, glistening lakes, and the oldest evergreen rainforest on the planet. Whether you choose to trek through the jungle by foot or drift down the rivers in a canoe, you'll see animals unlike those you'd see on any other continent. You could even find wildlife as exotic as leopards, tapirs, and tigers. The park also offers the chance to feed and groom some of Thailand's domestic elephants and stay in floating huts for the night — just don't be surprised if your alarm clock in the morning is the sound of one of the endangered gibbon monkeys.

  6. Banff National Park, Canada

    Canada is known for its abundance of pristine, stretching land, so it's no surprise that the country's first national park is a beautiful expanse of forests and mountains. Banff National Park is situated in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and offers staggering views of icy peaks and dense forests. Drive along the Icefields Parkway and you have the chance to hike around and touch a prehistoric icefield. With a guide, you can walk on the glacier; without a guide, you can fall through thin ice and die from the fall or freezing temperatures. Depending on the time of year, you can hike, bike, ski, or canoe in the park, all with the stunning Rockies in the background.

  7. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

    The steep fjords of Fiordland National Park, carved by glaciers 100,000 years ago, have made this area of New Zealand difficult to settle, leaving it unspoiled by development. To grasp the enormity of the cliffs, you can take a helicopter tour of the park, or you can hike one of the three popular trails. Milford Track, the most famous, allows visitors to travel 33 miles among lakes, mountains, and waterfalls, not to mention native plants and animals. For the serious hiker and camper (or trampers, as they call them in New Zealand), this park offers challenging landscape because there are few trails and many who like to really rough it choose to follow deer trails. The park is also a favorite among alpine climbers.

  8. Kruger National Park, South Africa

    This park isn't ideal if you're an outdoor lover who wants to face the wilderness on your own or move about as you please because the wilderness here will probably try to eat you. Kruger National Park is one of the biggest game reserves on the African continent and allows visitors to see local beasts ranging from lions to elephants to crocodiles all in their natural habitat. In fact, the viral YouTube video where a herd of African buffalo squares off against a group of lions and a couple of crocodiles was shot by guests at Kruger. There are walking and self-drive safaris for those who prefer a little independence in the bush, but visitors staying overnight in the park stay at a rest camp or private lodging that's protected from the animals.

  9. Yosemite National Park, California

    This California park has a little bit of everything. You can meander across meadows, marvel at giant Sequoias, and hike to various rock formations, waterfalls, and lakes. There are activities for every kind of outdoor lover, whether you want to enjoy the scenery from a bus or get out there to rock climb, bike, or backpack. Even the most energetic sportsmen will find plenty to do and see since the climate and geography changes as you get farther into the park. Make sure to give yourself enough time to see everything. And if you feel like being productive with your visit, you can volunteer a couple hours of your time to help restore habitats for endangered plant and wildlife so you can leave a positive mark on the park.

10 Most Bizarre Roadside Attractions

Road trips are a great way to see the best America has to offer. Of course, due to the sheer size of the country, the distance between those awesome sites is often huge. So when you're on long stretches of boring roads, you might be drawn in by billboards advertising strange attractions on your route. Small towns across the nation have been using all kinds of ploys to draw weary tourists into their neck of the woods, but here are the 10 most bizarre attractions that are totally worth your time.

  1. Lucy the Elephant

    While taking a road trip through New Jersey, you may be on the lookout for the ridiculous cast of Jersey Shore or Real Housewives of New Jersey, but what you're more likely to see is Lucy the Elephant. The 65-foot-tall creature stands in Margate City, just a couple miles from Atlantic City, and she's been there since 1881. Throughout the years, the rooms inside Lucy's body have been used for a variety of purposes: restaurant, offices, house, and tavern. Visitors can now tour Lucy and see the beach from her observation deck for less than $10.

  2. Museum of Bad Art

    There are millions of places you can go to see good art, but how many museums can boast that they have really bad art? The Museum of Bad Art, with branches in Dedham, Mass. and Somerville, Mass., houses the most inspired artistic failures of all time. An antique fanatic started the collection and founded the museum in 1993, and there are now 600 pieces that rotate through the display areas. There are genres here for every kind of art lover (besides those who like well executed art), from portraiture to nudes to landscapes. At least, those are the curators best guesses as to what the pieces are.

  3. Haines Shoe House

    There is a nice couple who lives in a shoe in Hallam, Pa. but they seem to have a manageable number of children, if any. The Haines Shoe House, off the Lincoln Highway, was built by a shoe salesman, who liked to think of himself as a "shoe wizard" as indicated by one of the stained glass windows in the house. The house was an advertising gimmick, and the man only lived in it briefly but it has since become a tourist attraction. For many years, it welcomed elderly couples and honeymooners to stay for a weekend, but it now belongs to Carleen and Ronald Farabaugh. During the summer months when the house is open for visitors, it would be a perfect road trip pitstop with charm to boot.

  4. World's Largest Ball of Twine

    This roadside attraction is highly debated because both Cawker City, Kan. and Darwin, Minn. claim to have the world's largest ball of twine. Cawker City's is actually the largest built by a community and is located off U.S. Route 24. One man started it in 1953 and the community pitched in. It's now located underneath a gazebo and the town gathers to add to it each year. The largest twine ball made by a single person was created in Darwin by Francis A. Johnson. He spent four hours on it every day for almost six months, and the town now celebrates "Twine Ball Day" each year.

  5. Cadillac Ranch

    Don't show up to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas without a can of spray paint. Graffiti is strongly encouraged and is really the only thing to do in the otherwise empty field where 10 cars are buried with their tail ends high up in the air. Located along Route 66, the installation is the work of a group of artists in the 1970s commissioned by an Amarillo millionaire, and the Cadillacs have since been stripped to their frames and covered in layers upon layers of paint. Even if you don't have any artistic talent, you should add some color to the cars; it'll be covered up soon enough anyway.

  6. The Paper House

    Boston has plenty of tourist attractions of its own, but if you take a short trip north to Rockport, Mass., stop in at the Paper House. Just don't take a smoke break near the building. The whole house (minus the frame, shingles, and floor) is made of newspapers. The idea originally began as a way to insulate the house, but the creator, Elis Stenman, was curious to see what would happen if the whole house was made of the paper. That was 1922, and the structure is still standing and in pretty good shape. Even the furniture inside is made of rolled-up newspaper. That sounds like a good use for bad news.

  7. Prada Marfa

    When you see a high-end boutique in the middle of the West Texas desert, you might think it's a mirage. But the Prada store near Marfa, Texas is actually a piece of art. On Route 90, with a backdrop of open skies and dry grass, Prada Marfa is out of place, to say the least. The installation looks like a real Prada store, but doesn't even have functional doors. Inside, six handbags and 14 unmatched shoes are displayed but not for sale. The "store" won't be fixed up when it starts to fall into disrepair and is intended to blend back into the scenery as the elements break it down.

  8. Weeki Wachee mermaids

    In the Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida, mermaids perform for guests — or at least as close to real mermaids as you can get. From a viewing room with a window into the springs, women don mermaid tails and perform routines and plays, like The Little Mermaid for guests. Rather than wearing tanks or going back up to the surface for air, the Weeki Wachee mermaids use hoses under the water to take breaths when they need them, so they can perform shows without being obstructed or interrupting scenes.

  9. Foamhenge

    If you don't have the time or money to go see Stonehenge in England, you can see Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Va. A life-size replica of the famous, mysterious rock arrangement, Foamhenge was an April Fool's prank that has become a great side trip for people in the Virginia area. The creator, Mark Cline, went as far as to arrange the massive Styrofoam blocks in the same astronomical places as its British counterpart. The monument is open to visitors year-round, but Cline warns that if you scratch his structure, he'll do the same to your car.

  10. The Oregon Vortex

    The draw of this mysterious area of land in Oregon is that there is supposed to be some force there that distorts the realities of physics. Balls roll uphill, people's heights change, and it all happens in a strange area where Native Americans refused to go, according to legend. Skeptics are invited to check out the phenomena for themselves, but of course, if you're not convinced after seeing it, you still won't get your $9.75 admission back. There's no mystery over how they make their money.

What is Cancer Immunotherapy?

Killing an average of more than 1,500 people a day, cancer has been the bane of epidemiology for more than a century. Radiation and chemotherapy, while well received, have been effective in stopping the spread of early-to-mid stage cancer but can be lethal themselves. On the other hand, alternative treatments and therapy have not yet produced the results necessary to gain any major recognition, although cancer immunotherapy is quickly gaining ground. So what is this new vein of treatment, how does it differ from past failures, and is it worthy of contending with today’s go-to cancer treatments?

Breakdown of Cancer Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is the stimulation, support, or other assistance of the immune system to help fight diseases. The old conception of the immune system dictated that it uses its antibodies only to prevent diseases at their onset. Now, as the American Cancer Society has illustrated, the immune system has been revealed to fight diseases well into their development.

After stripping down all of the medical jargon, cancer is basically an uncontrollable propagation of cells. The “problem cells,” which carry DNA errors, don’t follow the usual process of either repairing the error or dying; they multiply, encroaching on other tissues and creating major problems as they spread. In its support of the immune system to stop this spreading, cancer immunotherapy uses immunization, drug therapy, and cellular immunotherapy.

Especially at first, your immune system needs to be “calibrated” to fight cancer cells because it can’t differentiate them from normal cells. This leads to immunological tolerance, which is when the immune system doesn’t react to attacks as it should for a number of reasons. Most of the causes stem from the fact that the immune system’s ability to identify tumor cells is dependent on how distinct they are from normal cells. Since all cancer cells are derived from the body’s own, this can prove difficult. Cancer immunotherapy uses vaccine injections to fix the problem, honing the body’s ability to detect the abnormal activities of cancer cells, subtle as they may seem at first.

Next, cancer immunotherapy uses a form of drug therapy that arms the immune system with antibodies. After the antibodies are added, the immune system uses them to better locate and destroy cancerous tumors.

The final form of cancer immunotherapy involves the activation and refinement of existing cells that the immune system already uses to fight diseases. Using a class of molecules called cytokines, this branch of cancer immunotherapy basically “briefs” the immune system as to who the enemy is, and how to effectively kill it.

After ridding the body of cancerous cells, hopefully permanently, the added benefit of cancer immunotherapy is immunity. Immunity, naturally acquired immunity in this context, is the immune system’s ability to fight disease after being exposed to it. Unlike one-time treatments, surgeries, and drugs, a successful immunotherapy regiment strengthens the immune system, empowering the patient to fight the disease in the future.

Directly Addresses Cancer by Training the Body to Fight Back

From modified diets to musical therapy, new and alternative cancer treatments often fizzle to a quiet end as quickly as they started. Generally, these methods can be classified in one of two categories: pain management or cure attempts. The former may stand for a time, but fail to directly address the cancer, while the latter have just barely started to make some glancing blows. Idealized, cancer immunotherapy is a cure, and is gaining ground. The Cancer Research Institute, a major proponent of immonotherapy since the early 50s, just announced the winners of the 2011 William Coley award for their work in adoptive T cell therapy.

Another leader in cancer immunotherapy, Dendreon Corporation announced in late August that the FDA had approved its newest cancer immunotherapy manufacturing plant in Atlanta. Dendreon’s prime product is PROVENGE, designed to help prostate cancer patients develop immune responses.

A team of research experts led by Dr. Rainer Storb has even incorporated a kind of smaller-scale stem-cell transplant procedure into immunotherapy treatments, opening new avenues for cancer patients who react adversely to harsher treatments. With his “miniature transplants,” Dr. Storb and his team pioneered a procedure that gives patients powerful immune-boosting cells.

With dozens more grants, studies, trials, and new products on the market, cancer immunology has already surpassed most of its counterparts. Having found favor in the likes of the FDA, cancer research centers, and a slew of government initiatives, cancer immunotherapy is only projected to grow as a viable cancer treatment.

Since they formed the Cancer Vaccine Collaborative in 2001, the Cancer Research Institute and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research have conducted over 40 clinical trials involving cancer immunotherapy, several of which are currently running. These studies investigate cell cloning, vaccine formulation, and more.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center also announced this year that they will be launching the Immunotherapy Clinical Trials Network or CITN. With almost 30 locations in the states as well as Canada, CITN is conducting early-phase trials to investigate, modify, and even synthesize vaccines to streamline treatment for cancer patients. They are also conducting research and workshops to establish a list of the best agents to use for cancer drugs.

While cancer immunotherapy shares the same lofty goal as every other effort for a cure, this particular subset of cancer research has the most promise because it is the least harmful and most realistic method. Cancer immunotherapy directly addresses the problem, not by subjecting the body to harmful treatments in order to kill tumors but by training the body to fight for itself. Also, with so much attention focused on immunotherapy now, researchers are developing serious weaponry for the immune system and will hopefully continue to do so until cancer is more of a brief annoyance than a crafty killer.

10 Political Reactions to #OccupyWallStreet

Occupy Wall Street isn't your average one-day, clear cut, march-in-the-streets kind of protest. This ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City has caused quite a ruckus in the media and has received mixed reactions from politicians. Some are thrilled to see people standing up against government corruption and big business, while others think the protestors are lazy, shiftless people who are blaming the wrong guys. Check out these 10 political reactions to Occupy Wall Street:

  1. Michael Bloomberg

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been rather cooperative with Occupy Wall Street, and has expressed his willingness to let them stay in Zuccotti Park, as long as they obey the laws. However, Bloomberg recently changed his tune and has lashed out at the group of protestors, criticizing them of unfairly blaming "hardworking" Wall Street employees for the financial problems. Bloomberg also stated on his weekly radio station that Occupy Wall Street is trying to "take the jobs from the people working in the city."

  2. Russ Feingold

    Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold is in full support of Occupy Wall Street and the message they are trying to send. "I'm really encouraged by what I'm seeing," said Feingold. "People around the country are finally organizing to stand up to the huge influence of corporations on government and our lives. This kind of citizen reaction to corporate power and corporate greed is long overdue." Feingold has spoken out against the popular argument that Occupy Wall Street lacks a clear agenda and insists that outrage is the message. He said the protestors are expressing the "populist, genuine view that people have been ripped off."

  3. David Plouffe

    David Plouffe, the White House's top political adviser, shared his views and President Obama's thoughts on Occupy Wall Street. Plouffe told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that Obama wants the same reforms as the protestors, but Republicans do not. "If you're concerned about Wall Street and our financial system, the president is standing on the side of consumers and the middle class and a lot of these Republicans are basically saying, you know what, let's go back to the same policies that led us to the great recession in the first place," said Plouffe. He also noted that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a fair representation of the conversations people have every day across the country.

  4. Nancy Pelosi

    House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi has voiced her support for the Occupy Wall Street protest movement and considers herself in the group of Americans dissatisfied with Congress. During an interview with ABC News' Christiane Amanpour, Pelosi said that "[she] supports the message to the establishment, whether it's Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen." "We cannot continue in a way that is not relevant to their lives."

  5. Herman Cain

    GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is an outspoken critic of Occupy Wall Street, and hasn't held back from sharing his true feelings about the "anti-capitalism" protest movement. "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" Cain said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. "It is not a person's fault because they succeeded; it is a person's fault if they failed." Cain later retracted his comments about the jobless and poor, saying that statement was directed at the protestors on Wall Street, not the 14 million unemployed Americans.

  6. Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has expressed some sympathy for Occupy Wall Street and said he "can't blame them" for being dissatisfied with Congress. When asked about the protests during a hearing before the Joint Economic Committee, Bernanke said he thinks most people are "quite unhappy with the state of the economy," and the people have "some justification" in blaming the financial sector for "this mess."

  7. Eric Cantor

    At first, Eric Cantor was against the anti-Wall Street protestors and described them as "growing mobs," but has slightly changed his tune. The House Majority Leader said the protestors are "justifiably frustrated" with the economy and unemployment rate. Cantor sympathized with the protestors' frustrations and disappointment because, like many Americans, they are jobless and have an unclear future. Cantor did, however, state a difference between the Tea Party movement's protests and Occupy Wall Street's protests. He said that the protestors on Wall Street are "pitting themselves against others outside government in America," whereas the Tea Party protesters were "seeking redress of their grievances from the government.

  8. Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney joins the list of Republicans who are against the Occupy Wall Street protestors. The GOP presidential hopeful called Occupy Wall Street "dangerous" and compared the protests to "class warfare." Romney took another jab at the protestors whom he believes are seeking "scapegoats" for their financial problems. He's also defended Wall Street and stated that "finding someone to blame, in [his] opinion, isn't the right way to go."

  9. Joe Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden has expressed sympathy for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and has likened the movement to the Tea Party because he thinks they are frustrated by the same issues. Biden said the core of the protest is that "the bargain has been breached with the American people" and they "do not think the system is fair."

  10. Orrin Hatch

    Senator Orrin Hatch is against the Occupy Wall Street protests and expects them to turn violent any day now. Hatch shared his concerns with Utah reporters about the intentions of the protest movement. He called the protests "alarming" and has predicted that America will have riots because of their actions. Hatch also blames the Obama administration for pushing the protestors to react and trying to get his jobs bill passed in the midst of this event.

The 10 Worst Board Games Ever Created

Nothing is more family friendly than a night of playing board games together. Everyone's laughing and bonding over the friendly competition. There are millions of games that you could play, ranging from educational to humorous to challenging, but if you choose one of these 10 board games to play with friends or family, it's more likely you'll be bored, offended, or avoiding eye contact with each other. Make a mental note of these rotten games to save your sanity and your relationships.

  1. Beverly Hills 90210 Entangle

    The game of Twister was said to be selling "sex in a box" when it first came out, but those critics had no idea what was in store for society in 1991. Beverly Hills 90210 Entangle combines the popularity of Twister with the TV show that had teens glued to their televisions. Rather than players placing their hands and feet on colored dots, they are ordered to make contact with the body parts (none of them dirty in the official rules) of various 90210 characters. You might be directed to land your foot on Donna Martin's knee (take that, Tori Spelling) or your elbow on Dylan McKay's shoulder. And once you are done playing the game, you basically have a life-size plastic poster of the cast. This isn't just a weird concept to everyone who dislikes 90210 but it was probably disturbing to parents who were begged to purchase the game.

  2. Mouse Trap

    The Rube Goldberg machine of Mouse Trap made it incredibly appealing to children and adults alike. Most of us aren't creative or patient enough to figure out how to build this kind of device on our own, so if you convinced your parents to buy this game, both you and your mom or dad were probably eager to take it home and get it out of the box. But that's where the problem starts. In theory, you're supposed to build the trap as you go around the board and then wait for the fates to align so you can release the trap on your opponent, but what most people want to do is just build the thing and set it off. The pieces are complicated and the instructions would be nearly impossible to figure out for the six-year-olds who are playing. By the time the trap is set up, no one even wants to play; you just let the trap go off once and then begin the arduous task of disassembling it.

  3. War on Terror: The Board Game

    Nothing says family fun like pretending to be terrorists. This board game is comparable to Risk in that there are empires and players try to conquer each other. But the terrible magic really happens with this game when some people start discovering oil or obtaining terrorist cards that they can choose to use or not use at any time. The game can end in world peace (unlikely), the triumph of an empire, or the terrorists can destroy all forms of government. For people who like to play board games in order to escape reality, War on Terror: The Board Game will probably just leave you crumpled on the floor weeping openly for the state of our world. But if you like to play out what you read in the newspaper every day, this game could be a blast.

  4. Darkies in the Melon Patch

    This unbelievably offensive game was marketed as being a classic game from the 1930s. The goal is to escape from a melon patch as quickly as possible so as not to be caught by the farmer and is played like a basic roll-and-move board game. It has been discovered, however, that the game was probably only created within the last few years and made to look old to make a heftier profit. There is apparently a big market for black Americana that came from anywhere between the 1880s and World War II, and forgeries are common within every collectible genre. It's unknown whether this game ever existed in the early 20th century, but selling a new version of the racist race is just appalling.

  5. Power Lunch

    If you've ever tried to create a seating chart for a wedding reception or other important meal, you'll understand why Power Lunch isn't a fun, leisurely activity. In this game, players have to try to match up celebrities for power lunches. You can put them together in obvious ways, similar to the way you would play canasta or rummy (which no one under 50 understands), or you can try to convince your opponents that they would be eating together for some other reason. It's seems likely that "secret love affair" would come up a lot in this game, the only exciting part of a task that's no better than trying to find a way to keep your creepy uncle Dwayne from hitting on your attractive sorority sisters at your wedding.

  6. Who's Your Daddy?

    This game is really only suited for people who enjoy daytime talk shows where paternity is a highly debated subject. Each participant plays both a man and a woman (two separate people, not the topic for another episode of the same talk show). On your turn, you're playing a woman who can decide whether to get pregnant or try to convince other players that they are your child's father so that you can receive child support. The rest of the time, you play a man who has to deny paternity and try to avoid court-ordered payments. In the end, the last one to run out of money and flee the country wins. Besides developing your character, your best hope of entertainment is to offer to read the results of paternity tests in your best Jerry Springer voice or just randomly shout, "You don't know me!" to complete the trashy-show atmosphere.

  7. Antiques Roadshow: The Game

    The one thing that could possibly be worse than watching Antiques Roadshow on TV is sitting through a game based on the program. The PBS show allows regular people to bring in items they own, either through family estates or garage sales, and have them appraised by a professional. The show can be mildly entertaining when a particularly annoying person finds out their piece isn't worth anything or when someone brings in something worth tens of thousands of dollars. But the game doesn't offer any of that. All you get to do is guess the values of an item based on a photo of it and hope that you get it right just so the game ends faster. Now if the game came with actual priceless treasures, that'd be a different story altogether.

  8. Who's Having This Baby Anyway?

    When you think of a fun game night with friends, you probably imagine learning the disgusting details of pregnancy and childbirth together. Well, maybe if you're a hormonal pregnant woman who wants to spread her misery. This game claims to keep you from having to read a bunch of boring books about pregnancy since all the information an expecting mother needs to know (and her friends never wanted to know) is on the cards. It takes you from conception all the way through 40 long weeks of pregnancy, and the first person to dilate to 10 centimeters wins the game. This is probably not a game anyone would want to play on a full stomach or with small children since information on pregnancy can be pretty traumatizing.

  9. Capital Punishment

    Sometimes the best way to push a political agenda is through a fun board game, especially if the goal is to kill people or at least put them in prison for a very long time. Capital Punishment gives each player four criminals — a murderer, a rapist, an arsonist, and a kidnapper. Each person also has 15 innocent citizens. Your goal is to get your criminals into life imprisonment, death row, or the electric chair before they can victimize all of your citizens and before your opponents can properly punish their own characters. To stall justice for your competitors, you can use your "liberal" cards to free their prisoners. If their criminals are on the street, they can commit violent crimes against their citizens (who then obviously go to heaven).

  10. Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex

    If your sex life is so bad that you're turning to a board game (or Dr. Ruth, for that matter) for help, you've probably got bigger problems than figuring out the worst games out there. Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex can be played by up to four couples at a time for an awkward evening or by one couple who wants to test each other's sexual knowledge. As you move around the board, you gain "arousal points," but it's kind of doubtful that you'll actually be too aroused by the time the game is over, especially after discussing issues such as menstruation and warts. It's hard to tell which is worse: the board game or the video game of the same name. Either one seems like a sad waste of time. At least the name is obvious enough that you won't accidentally pick it up for a kid's birthday party.

The 10 Most Overused Movie Quotes

Maybe it's your best friend. Maybe it's your boss. Maybe it's someone you should seriously consider hiding from on Facebook. Whoever it is, there's someone in your life who feels the need to speak in the most dated and obvious movie quotes available. It's not that there's anything wrong with peppering conversation with pop culture touchstones. The problem is when you use the hackiest, most overused quotes possible. They're not even jokes any more, just signs that the speaker hasn't kept up with the times. The quotes below can only really be deployed ironically, and even then it takes practice and skill. Next time someone drops one of these on you, don't be afraid to roll your eyes and let the line die. And if you find yourself tempted to use one: Just say no. (That's an original one, right?)

  1. "'PC Load Letter'? What the f**k does that mean?"

    We've all seen Office Space. We've all laughed through the tears as we realize how sharply our own cubicle-based lives are being skewered. The movie's a bona fide late-blooming hit, the kind of flick nobody saw in the theaters (domestic earnings topped out shy of $11 million) but that everyone can quote all day long. It's a great comedy, too, and a fantastic look at working life in the late 1990s and today. But Michael Bolton's angry tirade against his printer has been done to death. Recommended replacement: "What am I gonna do with 40 subscriptions to Vibe?" You get the same lamenting tone, but a less frequently used punch line. (Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox.)

  2. "Say hello to my little friend!"

    If you're a huge Scarface fan, you're either pledging a totally sweet frat or related to Brian De Palma. The coked-out tribute to gangland excess has been hanging around since its 1983 release, earning plenty of followers and acclaim but never quite landing in the arena of legitimate crime thriller. Chalk it up to Al Pacino's insane personification of Tony Montana, who is sweaty or firing a gun in every scene. (Probably.) Granted, Pacino looks restrained compared with his later work, but that's still no excuse for trotting out "Say hello to my little friend!" It's just tired. Recommended replacement: Tony talks about how his town is like, well, an organ primed for the sexual act. It's a pretty rancid quote, actually, but you can get comic mileage out of it by singing it as an excerpt from Lonely Island's "Jack Sparrow." Just don't do it at work.

  3. "I know kung fu."

    The Matrix is great, really. It's got a good story, smart action, and enough vague philosophy to keep late-night dorm debates raging for years. The screenplay has plenty of fun quotes, too, but Neo's "I know kung fu" is easily the most overused. It's a cute transitional moment that bridges his training sessions and first fight with Morpheus, but it's become a shorthand for "I just learned something that might not be relevant but I don't know what to do about it." Recommended replacement: "Never send a human to do a machine's job." Useful in almost every situation, especially when dealing with computer issues.

  4. "Houston, we have a problem."

    Ron Howard's Apollo 13 is a solid historical drama that's worth watching even when you know the ending. However, the film's tagline — "Houston, we have a problem" — got so much play in the ads and awards packaging that it lost all meaning. When Jim Lovell actually says it in the film, it doesn't feel natural at all, but like he's checking it off a list. Recommended replacement: You can't go with "Failure is not an option," which was just as saturated in the culture after the film's release. Better bet: "We've got to find a way to make this … fit into the hole for this … using nothing but that." Bonus points for a deep cut and spirit of ingenuity.

  5. "Say 'what' again!"

    Pulp Fiction has some amazing dialogue, no doubt about it. It's Quentin Tarantino's best script (though Roger Avary shares story credit), and it's packed with lines that feel good in any number of situations. But Jules' "Say 'what again!" — actually, most of his entire tirade against Brett — has been overplayed. Such is the power of Samuel L. Jackson's performance. (He does tend to yell a lot.) Recommended replacement: "Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?" Just as threatening, in its own way, and still pretty cool, but less popular. Make it yours.

  6. "You had me at 'Hello.'"

    Blame it on Cameron Crowe's romantic side or Renee Zellweger's sniffly delivery, but this line from 1996's Jerry Maguire was a punch line before the film had even left theaters. It's just a bit too precious, and it's such a great reference that it's been used in dozens of parodies since. It's a cutesy shorthand for "Stop talking, you won, I will consider Scientology," but it's just plain overused. Recommended replacement: The problem is that most of the film's biggest lines are equally as tired by now. In awkward moments, though, it's hard to beat "Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren't completely embarrassed yet, but you glimpse tomorrow's embarrassment?"

  7. "Is nice!"

    If Borat didn't exist, the lame guy from your office would invent it just so he could continue making off-color jokes without bothering to understand the implications of satire or culture. Put another way: Borat is a great comedy, but one that loses all its punch when its quotes get recycled as happy hour references. Borat's "Is nice!" and other exclamations became the innuendos of the hour when the film was released in 2006, but it's time to let them go. Recommended replacement: "I will look on your treasures, gypsy. Is this understood?"

  8. "You can't handle the truth!"

    The final courtroom confrontation in A Few Good Men is a modern classic, but that doesn't mean it's good for all seasons. You can't just go trotting out "You can't handle the truth!" everyone time someone contradicts you. For starters, you'll get a reputation at the office as that person who shouts at people whenever they ask about spreadsheets or meeting times. But more importantly, you'll be running dated material into the ground. Recommended replacement: Aaron Sorkin's screenplay has plenty of memorable quotes. "You gotta ask me nicely" is a good one, and workable in most situations.

  9. "It's just a flesh wound."

    The men of Monty Python created some of the freshest and most influential sketch comedy of the 20th century, but their legacy is usually overshadowed by the pop culture profile of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which has become a touchstone for nerds since its 1975 release and is now almost exclusively the domain of, well, the societally less fortunate. Shouting "Ni!" or complaining about a flesh wound is the quickest way to brand yourself a greatest-hits-only kind of fan. Recommended replacement: "Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony." Infinitely more witty and entertaining, though it's a trick just to pull off without stumbling.

  10. "Run, Forrest, run!"

    Robert Zemeckis' love letter to Baby Boomers has plenty to offer, but the film will live in infamy thanks to the hokey slow-motion "Run, Forrest, run!" that the young Jenny shouts to Forrest as he sprints away from childhood bullies. The line became part of the cultural lexicon so fast that it's almost impossible to remember a time when behind-the-curve people didn't shout it at you when you ran or even walked quickly across a room. A lot of the film's lines had similar lives, notably the ubiquitous "Life is like a box of chocolates" routine. Recommended replacement: "She tasted like cigarettes." Admittedly offbeat, but hilarious and random. If you want something a little more palatable (ha), go with "That's all I have to say about that.

The True Origins of 10 Weird American Expressions

Even though your mother always told you to think before you speak, you probably use a lot of expressions in everyday conversations that you've never really thought about before. You just take for granted that other Americans know what you're saying even though very few of us know why we started saying it. But use some of these phrases with a child or a person outside the U.S., and you'll suddenly realize how ridiculous the expressions are. At least after you read the origins of these 10 idioms we use, you can explain to them where the phrases started and maybe convince them that you aren't totally crazy.

  1. Take the cake

    A stealer of sweets probably could be described as taking the cake, but typically this phrase refers to someone being the best at something. It has evolved to also being used when someone is in disbelief. If you've ever been to an elementary school carnival, you'll be familiar with the origins of this phrase in the U.S. The cake walk is a game of luck where people walk around a circle while music plays and then stand or sit on a number when the music stops. If your number is drawn, you win a cake to take home. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, winning a cake walk was something to take even more pride in. In the South, normally in African-American communities, couples were judged on how much flair they had in their struts, so taking the cake really gave you bragging rights.

  2. Beat around the bush

    Beating around the bush is what a guy does when his girlfriend asks, "Do I look fat?" and she actually does. He just avoids the question at hand by listing all her other good qualities (unless he's smart and automatically says no to that inquiry every time). The phrase "beating around the bush" comes from the hunting days of the 1400s. Hunters wanted to drive wild boars out of the bushes so they could kill them before the boars had the chance to ambush them. Of course, boars can be enormous with sharp tusks that can rip you in half, so the hunters themselves didn't want to get too close. They hired special workers to beat the bushes and get the monster pigs to come out. Reasonably, the hired help was scared, too, so they often just beat around the bush, trying to keep their distance from the dangerous situation.

  3. Pass the buck

    Sayings in English are confusing when they use words that have several different meanings. This leaves the phrases open to lots of nonsensical theories about where they came from. Today we probably think of a deer or a dollar when we hear "buck" but it's also a term that was formerly used in poker. Americans really loved poker during the 1800s but in those wild times, if someone suspected that you were a dirty dealer, you might end up dead in a gunfight. In order to keep everyone honest and allay suspicions, people in the poker game would take turns being the dealer. When you were the dealer, you would have a marker (normally a knife with a handle made of buck's horn) known as a buck in front of you. Today we call it the button. When you were done serving as dealer, you'd pass the buck, and thus the responsibility, on to someone else.

  4. In like Flynn

    When a guy's having a particularly successful encounter with a woman at a bar, he might smugly announce to his friends that he's "in like Flynn." The phrase isn't always used to refer to sexual accomplishments, but the origins of this expression are definitely carnal. Australian actor Errol Flynn was known for his romantic movie roles in the '30s and '40s and for his womanizing lifestyle. In 1942, he was charged with statutory rape, but was acquitted. The "not guilty" verdict didn't stop Americans from using his name as a synonym for ladies' man, though. "In like Flynn" became a very popular way to talk about a man's success in the bedroom, and even women (in the modest 1940s, keep in mind) began using it to mean success in general, though they might not have known its scandalous origin.

  5. Close, but no cigar

    The carnival worker makes his living and gets his entertainment by belittling strong men who can't win prizes at their midway games. The commonly used phrase "close, but no cigar" has its origin in this delightful taunting by carnies. In the 19th century, one of the popular games for men who wanted to show off their muscles was the one where you use a hammer to hit a lever, which every macho man hopes will cause a weight to skyrocket to the top of a column and ring a bell. For this feat of strength, the contestant would earn a cigar. But if someone tried to ring the bell and the weight neared the bell without hitting it, the fair worker might say something like, "Close, but no cigar." This saying started being used for any near-success that just didn't quite meet the mark.

  6. Go postal

    Working for the postal service doesn't seem like such a bad gig. You get to drive on the wrong side of the car, get lots of holidays, and don't face any more obvious dangers than dogs and paper cuts. But apparently delivering mail is stressful enough that it brought the phrase "go postal" into our culture. The saying, which describes someone who suddenly bursts out in violent rage, popped up in our vocabulary somewhere between the mid-'80s and '90s. Several incidents of postal workers snapping brought the phrase into the public lexicon. In 1986, a postman walked into the office and killed 14 co-workers before committing suicide. At least four other shootings by postal workers occurred by 1993. Even though the U.S. Postal Service spoke out against the saying, people in fits of rage are still stamped as "going postal."

  7. Cut to the chase

    This phrase meaning "get to the point" originally was used by people who wanted to jump to the exciting part of a film. Much like the pleadings of a little boy who wants to skip the mushy kissing scenes in a movie and head straight for the action clips, "cut to the chase" referred to the preferences of audiences (and sometimes directors) of silent films in the 1920s. The movies were normally full of romantic gestures and other boring stuff, but they often ended with a thrilling chase. Many early movie-goers would've like the director to just cut to the chase and not make them suffer through the dull love story. The expression has grown to mean that someone wants to avoid the unnecessary details and get down to the important points.

  8. Jump the shark

    Everyone knows of a TV show that has "jumped the shark." This is what you call it when a series that used to be good has undeniably lost its appeal with no hope of coming back. This moment of time is normally marked with a ridiculous plot point that is supposed to draw in audiences but ends up being both unbelievable and insulting to viewers who used to defend the quality of the show. The expression is actually the best known example of the moment when a good show went bad. In 1977, after four seasons, Happy Days took a turn for the worse when Fonzie literally jumped a shark. Wearing short, cut-off jeans and his signature leather jacket, the show's bad boy waterskis over a group of sharks on a dare. If the outrageous stunt wasn't enough to turn viewers off the show, Henry Winkler's upper thighs sealed the deal.

  9. No dice

    You might use the phrase "no dice" to indicate that you didn't get the results you wanted the same way you might say "no good" or "nothing doing." The origin of the expression is pretty literal: the absence of dice kept someone from getting the results they wanted. In the early 1900s when dice weren't being used for Yahtzee and Candy Land, many people were using them illegally for gambling. If groups of these hooligans were caught by the police, they would do anything to keep the cops from finding the dice, sometimes even swallowing the evidence. Most courts couldn't convict gamblers if the police officers didn't actually see the dice. "No dice" started meaning "no conviction" and eventually gained the connotation it has today of meaning that you didn't get what you wanted.

  10. Gung ho

    We use this phrase now to describe anyone who is enthusiastic and eager to do something, normally a little too much so. But it really started as a military motto that literally means "work together" (stolen from the Chinese "kung ho") that was used by a Marine battalion during World War II. The battalion's leader, Lt. Col. Evans Carlson would hold gung-ho meetings, something he picked up as a marine observer in China; the group would get together to figure out their problems and discuss their orders. The expression really took hold (and gained the meaning we all know) after a movie titled Gung Ho! came out in 1943 that depicted a Marine who would do whatever it took to get his job done.

11 Interesting Facts About Music Therapy

Music therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses music to help clients address their various mental, physical or emotional health issues. Trained music therapists have clients listen to music in order to relax their mind and body, reduce stress and manage their pain or anxiety. This positive response to music can help clients achieve their goals, whether it's beating cancer or overcoming a learning disability. See why so many people have tuned into music therapy with these 11 interesting facts:

  1. Music therapy works by stimulating different parts of the brain that are responsible for physical and mental functions

    Music therapy works by stimulating parts of the brain that are needed for various mental and physical functions. Different musical styles, beats and rhythms can elicit different feelings or emotions. Music also has the power to distract the mind and help it focus at the same time. Through music therapy treatment, clients can achieve relaxation, stress reduction and pain management, which makes them more receptive to their therapeutic goals.

  2. People of all ages can benefit from music therapy

    Music therapy is beneficial for people of all ages and mental health, developmental, behavioral or learning needs. Music therapy can be done on children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. There is no age restriction or musical talent required to reap the benefits of music therapy.

  3. Music therapy originated in Veterans hospitals after World War I and II

    The concept of using music as a form of healing dates back to the days of Aristotle and Plato, but the kind of music therapy that we know today started after World War I and II, when local musicians played for physically and emotionally traumatized veterans at the Veterans hospitals. When doctors and nurses saw the positive responses patients had, they requested that musicians be hired to play in hospitals. The growing need for properly trained musicians led to the creation of the music therapy college curriculum.

  4. Clients don't need musical talent to benefit from music therapy

    Clients receiving music therapy treatments don't have to be pianists, singers or play in a band to benefit from music therapy. Music therapy can have healing effects on all people, regardless of their music taste, skill or understanding of music. Regardless of a person's musical ability (or lack thereof), they can still achieve the therapeutic benefits of music therapy.

  5. Music therapy uses a variety of music styles

    Music therapists use several different types of music during treatment. There is no one style of music that is more beneficial or effective than the rest. The type of music used in a music therapy session depends on the individual's needs, preferences and circumstances. Although, research shows that patients will respond best to the music they prefer.

  6. Healthy individuals can also benefit from music therapy

    The healing power of music therapy is not limited to people with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Everyone needs to achieve specific goals in life, and music therapy has been shown to help people focus on these needs. The average healthy individual can benefit from using music therapy as a form of stress reduction and relaxation, as well as a motivation for exercise or creativity.

  7. Music therapy can be used to assist with labor and delivery

    Music therapy has its place in just about any environment – even in labor and delivery! Music therapy can be used to help expecting mothers relax, practice breathe properly and work through their contractions before giving birth. Everything from ocean wave sounds to jazz music have been shown to help mothers relieve stress and get comfortable in their delivery environment.

  8. Autistic individuals respond positively to music therapy

    Music therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on individuals with autism. Studies have indicated that autistic individuals display a heightened interest and response to the sound of music, and this form of therapy can help address the social and communication characteristics of autism.

  9. Music therapy can help comfort cancer patients

    Although music therapy is not a cure for cancer, it can have a positive effect on cancer patients as they undergo treatment. When combined with conventional treatment, music therapy can help patients reduce and mange pain and relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Music therapy can also aid in reducing stress, relaxing patients and improving their overall attitude and sense of well-being.

  10. Music therapy can assist in the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicts

    Music therapy can be very beneficial in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Not only does music therapy promote relaxation, stress reduction and anxiety management, but it also helps drug addicts and alcoholics take their mind off of withdrawal symptoms and focus their attention on recovery.

  11. Musicians can benefit from music therapy

    Believe it or not, music therapy can also help musicians hone their craft and improve their musical ability. Music therapy can help singers work through vocal problems, improve respiratory function and volume, as well as release endorphins and improve mood. It also has the power to help musicians and instrumentalists with muscle tension and pain management, while relaxing their mind and body.

10 Animals with Strange Sex Habits

For generations, "the birds and the bees" has been a euphemism for mating, especially when teaching children the facts of life. But when you really get down to it, some birds and bees (and lots of other animals) aren't exactly good examples for humans who want to have normal sex lives. From males sacrificing their lives to spread their seed to strange rituals involving urination, you'd be better off getting your sex tips from Cosmo than gleaning the animal kingdom. Here are just 10 of the animals with bizarre sex behaviors.

  1. Giraffe

    When mating, giraffes do some things you might consider cute, like performing a little mating dance that some people compare to the fox-trot. But one strange act that male giraffes do to make sure the time is right to hook up with a female is definitely less adorable. Males want to check if a female is near ovulation so the mating will be successful, and this involves the female's urine. First, the male giraffe nudges her rear with his head until she pees. He then tastes some of the urine to determine whether she's biologically ready for sex. If she is, he just follows her around until she gives in, and 15 months later, a baby giraffe is born.

  2. Praying mantis

    The female praying mantis is notorious for her cannibalistic appetite, but it isn't guaranteed that she'll kill her mate. In laboratory settings, scientists found that the female would always eat the male after mating, but they later discovered that it only happened about 30% of the time in the wild. Still not great odds for the males. They must know the risks, though; they jump on the female's back in order to avoid getting eaten. Every few mating situations, though, you'll find a female who decides to bite off the male's head. It not only provides a quick meal but also causes the male to seal the deal because he's no longer inhibited by his brain.

  3. Clownfish

    While most animals in the world are born as either a male or a female, clownfish are what experts call protandrous hermaphrodites. This means that they're born male but can become female. Since clownfish live in communities centered around anemones and don't move much during their lifetimes, mating could be restricted because of the limited selection of partners. But their unique system fixes this problem. The largest clownfish in the area (a male by birth) becomes a female and the second largest fish mates with her. If the female dies or is taken away by an Australian scuba-diving dentist, that second largest fish becomes the female and another dominant male mates with her.

  4. Honey bee

    If men knew that after having sex, their member would be torn from their bodies and they would die, they probably just wouldn't do it. But male honey bees, or drones, are so dedicated to their sole job of providing sperm to the queen, they face painful death with pride. Honey bees mate while in flight, and a virgin queen bee mates with several drones during her one and only mating session. After a drone does his duty, his genitals come off, ripping open his abdomen, and he dies. The queen then stores and uses the sperm she received during mating for the rest of her life, which can last several years.

  5. Porcupine

    Much worse than a human male facing the prickly, unshaved legs of a woman, male porcupines have the serious danger of the larger female's protective spines. In order to test the waters without getting too close to a potential mate, the male porcupine douses the female with a stream of urine from four to six feet away. If the lady likes what she sees (or smells), she'll raise her tail and give the guy access to her good, non-pokey parts. Some scientists suggest that the urine might also soften the female's spikes, just in case. One can never be too careful when sensitive body parts are on the line. And in case you were worried about the female, when the new little porcupine is born, its quills are soft and contained in a sac so it's not like birthing a cactus.

  6. Anglerfish

    The idea of two beings becoming one when they marry and mate has never been so literal as it is with the anglerfish. Fine, they don't get married (at least that we're aware of), but their mating ritual is unlike any other. The female anglerfish is the stuff of legend. She lives in the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean and lures prey into her massive jaws with a dangling, glowing light on her head. The male, however, wasn't even discovered until recently because it is literally absorbed into the female not long after birth. A male anglerfish is born small and without a digestive system. Its one purpose in life is to mate. When it finds its partner, it starts biting her and becomes a parasite that fuses together with her body. All that's really left of him is his male gonads, which the female uses to reproduce when she's ready.

  7. Bower bird

    The male bower bird is like an obsessive-compulsive man who builds a bachelor pad to seduce lots of women. This Australian bird builds a shelter on the ground (called a bower) out of twigs and moss and then decorates it. Depending on the type of bower bird and its personal taste, the decorations can range from shiny knick-knacks to manicured lawns of moss. One type of the bird only uses blue items and even goes as far sometimes as to paint the walls of its house with berries. When a female bower bird comes by to check out the male's decorating sense, the male will sing and show off to try to get her to come inside and mate. As soon as she's gone, he'll try to seduce another one.

  8. Alligator

    If you're near swamps during alligator mating season and hear a boom, don't go looking for fireworks. The mating call of alligators is loud and is similar to the sound of a cannon. It's confusing even to the reptiles; fireworks shows have been known to get zoos of alligators excited. Besides the unique noise made before mating, female alligators also have a change in diet that no human would envy. Before having sex, many female gators won't eat for eight or nine weeks. Imagine being a male and having to approach a hungry, toothy lady gator for some loving. That's got to be scarier than any hunter or Crocodile Dundee.

  9. Argonaut

    You may not have heard of an argonaut before, but you probably won't forget it after hearing its unique way of breeding. An argonaut is a relative of the octopus with eight legs and the ability to float freely in open ocean waters. If you see a male argonaut, you might notice that one leg is much longer than the others. This leg actually acts as his penis and has sperm inside. When he finds a mate, rather than getting up close and personal with her, he just detaches his penis leg, which swims over and attaches itself to her. You read that right. His penis swims on its own, like a sex-guided missile. When scientists first saw it, they just thought it was a parasitic worm, but the truth is much more interesting.

  10. Red-sided garter snake

    The mating ritual of the red-sided garter snake is so crazy, it's become a spectator event in Canada. Each year when the female snake comes out of hibernation, she lets off pheromones that attract thousands of male snakes from the area. As many as 20,000 snakes can respond to the scent of one female. They all gather in mating pits and form a massive mating ball trying to get to the female. To have the best chance to be the lucky guy in the snake orgy, the male snake has a penis on each side of his body so he can use the most convenient one if he gets the chance. As if things weren't complicated enough, the male snake also has to be careful who he's trying to mate with; there are "she-male" garter snakes that release pheromones to confuse the males and get attention — from the mating snakes and from Canadians looking for a creepy show.

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