These Man-Caves-On-Wheels Are Amazing In Every Way

For the guy who needs space of his own, and a getaway home on wheels, look no further than here! The Utah based company Upper Valley Tiny Homes makes perfect man caves, which can be parked at the bottom of the garden, or towed off to a favourite spot on the river to fish. Or in fact to anywhere that takes your fancy.

These amazing little man caves measure only 7 x 18, and are perfect for hunting and camping. The company prides themselves on the fact that the homes are designed and made by men, for men, so they know exactly what men would like in their man caves.

With things like pull-out BBQ, dart boards, racks for guns, basketball hoop and putting strip, they are all that any guy could want. They even come with a deck to relax with a cold beer at the end of a hard day. The rear of the cave comes with a garage door which opens to store off road vehicles.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The caves come with flush toilets and 500 watt solar power. The kitchen has a stove and sink, fridge and cabinet. There is a bathroom with a compact shower, and bunks to sleep. The video will give you a better look at the inside of these tiny dens, and all they come with.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The man caves currently sell for around $43,000 and the complete specs are available from Upper Valley Tiny Homes. We think men of all ages will want one!

Source: Do It Yourself RV

Tory VAT Hike Will Cost The Average Family £2,500 – And Poor Will Be Hit Hardest

Every Tory Prime Minister has increased VAT! This dates way back to 1973 when it was first introduced by Ted Heath. It seems that there may be yet another VAT increase on the cards.

The Prime Minister and her ministers seem to have avoided the question on the increase after Chancellor Philip Hammond mentioned it. He is considering a 2.5{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} flat rate increase, which will cost a two child family £450 a year.

It seems that this tax bombshell will come into effect if the Tories are re-elected in June. On the other hand, it appears that there will be a £70 billion tax cut for corporations and the higher income bracket.

Philip Hammond has said that he wants ‘flexibility’ on the issue (Photo: PA)

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon backed the plan to forget about the promise made by the party to not increase VAT, National Insurance contributions and Income Tax.

A VAT rise would primarily hit pensioners the worst. These people have worked all their lives and suffered years of real pay cuts. The higher income group will benefit with their tax relief.

A woman looks out from a residential development in the London borough of Tower Hamlets
Margaret Thatcher almost doubled VAT when she first took office (Photo: Getty Images)

“Everyone knows that VAT is the tax Tory Chancellors can’t resist hiking up. It’s the tax bombshell that the Tories are planning for low and middle earners if they are re-elected in June,” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said.

“A Tory VAT rise would clobber pensioners, the worst-off and working people who have suffered years of real pay cuts, while the Tories’ super-rich mates and corporations enjoy tax giveaways of £70billion,” assistant general secretary Steve Turner said.

John Major took the tax rate up further to 17.5{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} (Photo: Getty Images)

At times it appears that the party does not care if it hurts the poor, as long as the high earners do not suffer. This Prime Minister is no different than the last one, with the same Tory agenda.

“A Tory government will hammer families with a VAT rise like every Tory PM has done since 1973,” Labour MP Wes Streeting, a member of the Commons treasury committee added.

“They don’t care that it clobbers the poorest hardest, that it hits people on middle incomes struggling to make ends meet, so long as they can keep on cutting taxes for the very wealthiest.”

“Theresa May is the same old Tory Prime Minister with the same old Tory agenda.”

Elderly man who can only afford to heat himself with one bar of the electric fire UK
David Cameron claimed he would not increase the rate of VAT – before taking it up to 20{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} (Photo: Rex)

VAT was first introduced at a flat rate of 10{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949}, it was then cut to 8{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} by Labour, but it increased right up to 15{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} when Margaret Thatcher came into office.

Under John Major it rose again to 17.5{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949}, with yet another increase under David Cameron to 20{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} in 2011, despite all his promises that it would not be increased.

The Tory plans prove they’re still a party run for the rich (Photo: PA)

This increase would cost families at least £2,250 over the next five year Parliament– with inflation meaning the true figure is likely to be even higher, if it comes into force.

It seems that the best thing to do is to wait for the manifesto, which will show what the Tories plan to do next. It looks like it will be the hard working Brits who will ultimately pay for the hard Brexit. It would be good to know exactly what the public can expect before the next election.

Cats play in an alley between terraced houses in the Eastwood area of Rotherham
Every Tory Prime Minister has raised VAT since 1973 (Photo: Getty Images)

“He doesn’t want too many targets inside the manifesto that are too prescriptive, that don’t allow you, as the situation develops over the lifetime of the Parliament, the flexibility,” Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon backs Mr Hammond’s plan.

“The Tories are plotting a tax bombshell on hard-working Brits to pay for their hard Brexit,” Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland said.

“Hammond must come clean on what taxes he plans to raise before the election.”

Diesel Car Drivers Could Be Forced To Pay 50 Per Cent Extra For Parking… After We Were Told To Purchase Them!

The Westminster City Council announced that it will apply a surcharge of 50 percent to diesel car drivers in order to crack down on pollution.

This surcharge will be the first of its kind in Britain, as councils debate ways to decrease air pollution.

The current rate to park in the borough is £4.90 per hour, and the council hopes to convince drivers with diesel vehicles to avoid the area altogether by tacking on an additional 50 percent fee for these “polluting” cars.

Westminster’s Cabinet member for environment, sports and community, David Harvey, said, “Residents and visitors tell us all the time that air quality is a key concern in central London.

“Additional charges for diesel vehicles will mean people think twice about using highly polluting cars and invest in cleaner transport that will make a real difference in the quality of air we breathe.”

The council is certain to profit from this scheme, which means other councils may soon impose similar fees.

President of the AA, Edmund King, said he believes the idea will “Spread like wildfire”.

However, King also feels it would be more sensible for councils to impose fees on older vehicles with diesel engines, since they are responsible for most of the air pollution.

Angler Catches Record-Breaking Mutant Trout Weighing Almost A Whopping 35lbs

This is an incredible post about an angler who caught a record-breaking monster trout that weighed almost 35lbs! It’s hard to believe that such an enormous trout exists until you see the pictures!

Michael Mitchell is a 52-year-old angler who was hoping to catch a 10Ibs brown trout on his fishing trip to Loch Earn in Scotland. Instead, he caught a mutant rainbow trout that weighed 34lbs 12ozs. And he was only using a maggot as bait!

It seem that this monstrously big trout had escaped from a fish farm where it had reached its enormous size. Biologists who examined the fish’s scales think it is about 5 years old and must have been gorging itself on the unlimited supply of stickleback fish and minnow in the lake to get as big as it did. The previous British record for a rainbow trout was 33lbs 4ozs. Mitchell is waiting to find out if his catch will be recorded as the official record.

Michael, a painter and decorator narrates how he caught the big trout:

“I was out in the loch on a boat with my brother-in-law, Ian Devine, and we just had a break for a sandwich when I caught a wee brown trout which I released because of its size.”

“Then this monster struck and when it did it nearly took my rod in. I just managed to grab hold of it in time.”

“I knew it was a big one and panicked a bit. It took about 15 minutes to reel in and got a bit of a fright when I saw it. I have never caught a fish that big before.”

The specimen was so big it broke two landing nets as Michael and Ian tried to heave it on board.

The loch fishery has a policy of removing rainbow trout because they are non-native species and anyone who unintentionally catches one is not allowed to return it to the water.

The fisherman was hoping to catch a 10lbs brown trout using a maggot as bait when he hooked into the monster from the deep, which is 38 inches long and weighed a mighty 34lbs 12ozs

The fish he caught was brought back to shore and weighed owned by Alex Murray, the Loch Earn fishery manager:

“Alex knew it was a Scottish record and said he thought it might be a British record too.”

“We have had to freeze the fish while all the correct paper work is sent off to the relevant authorities to verify.”

“I have only been fishing for five years and am over the moon with it. I’m still on cloud nine.”

Alex adds:

“There is a rainbow trout farm on the loch and any rainbow trout in the water are escaped fish.”

“We have had a scale sample tested and the results show the fish was in its fifth growing season. Judging by the size of it it had been in the loch for most of that time.”

“This incredible trout has had a plentiful supply of food all its life.”

The trout measures 38ins long and has a girth of over 26ins.

Source 

Family Of Seven Hospitalised After Cleaning Fish Tank

Most people never think twice about giving the fish tank a good clean out every so often. This family, unfortunately found themselves in hospital after doing just that!

This bizarre poisoning by toxins released from coral from a fish tank is very rare indeed, and has stunned the leading authorities of Australia’s tropical reefs. Professor David Suggett, of Sydney University said that for all the family members to be admitted was indeed very strange.

Two adults and five children were admitted for treatment on Tuesday after ingesting airborne “spores’’ released from coral taken from a home aquarium. All were reported as being in a stable condition.

County Fire Officers found several pieces of coral which had apparently been scrubbed and cleaned, outside the aquarium after being called by the family about 2am on Tuesday. The home was quarantined immediately and a clean up crew brought in to ensure that the house was safe for the family to return to.

CFC Regional Officer Peter Phillips said that by cleaning the coral, they had released toxic spores into the air, which then were breathed in. The fire department was also planning on analysing the water in the tank. There is a possibility that other things in the tank may have caused the toxicity. This may have been a combination of different things which led to the release of toxins into the air where the family was working, which is why they were all affected.

Emergency services volunteers prepare to enter the home. Picture: Doug Robertson

Professor David said that working with Zoanthids was risky, and they were very cautious. Water quality may also cause the formation of micro-algae. Officers at the house were in constant contact by telephone with marine biologists during the decontamination.

“It depends what they had in their tank (because) a close relative of coral, called Zoanthids, are known to release toxins,’’ he said.

“I have heard of incidents of aquarists fragmenting coral, breaking it into small pieces, and similarly, they’ve been exposed to toxins but that’s anecdotal, I’ve never seen actual evidence.”

“When we work with (Zoanthids) we are very cautious indeed.”

“Another factor to think about is the water quality in tanks can sometimes promote the formation of micro-algae … that are also prolific toxin producers. So we can’t completely point the smoking gun to the corals.’’

Coral in a fish tank at this Aldinga Beach property is believed to have released toxic spores. Picture: Doug Robertson

Sam Quigley, a hazmat specialist said that it was a very unusual case for the team. They had not come across a case like that is South Australia before. The family were reported to all be in a stable condition.

“It’s a very unusual job for us, we haven’t come across something like this in South Australia,” Quigley said.

Source: The Advertiser

Police Officer Wounded In The Line Of Duty Finishes His First 5K Run

You may think that after being shot in the head, life as you know it could be over. Not so with Mike McClaughry. After investigating a shooting in Mount Vernon, Washington, he was wounded in the head, which was classed as a traumatic brain injury. What makes Mike so special is that just months after the shooting, he was cleared to leave rehab.

“I really think that had a lot to do with the investment I made in my body before the injury,” Mike said.

Mike attributes his recovery to the fact that he was always been active outside, always jumping at the chance to do things outdoors, whether it was walking, hiking or jogging. He regularly hiked 50 – 75 miles with the troops, as he was a Boy Scout volunteer.

Mount Vernon police LT Chris Cammock agreed that it had always been important for Mike to be fit and active. So not surprisingly, when Cammock asked him to join the group of Mount Vernon Officers in the ‘Fun with the Fuzz’ 5K, he gladly accepted. Cammock said that they wanted to remind Mike that even though he only worked part time, after the accident, he was still one of the team.

“It would be nothing for him to go off and do 10 or 12 miles just to get out of the house and clear his head,” Cammok admitted. “It was very important for him to be physically active.”

“I was very excited, and very thankful,” Mike said. “I really wanted to do it.”

Mike took control of his training and his first milestone was when he reached 3.1 miles. His vision is damaged, and so he sees things as if you were looking through an ice cube, in a somewhat fuzzy manner. Mike learned that he could not push himself too far. He did in fact collapse five times during his training. Even the doctors did not know just how far he could push himself.

“The doctors didn’t know my limit because I was a bit off the charts when it came to recovery time,” he said. “So I had to do just enough to make sure I had the stamina for the 5K, but not too much to risk going down again. I didn’t need another ride to the hospital in an ambulance if I could help it.”

Mike rested a few days before the race and started it with Cammock next to him. Cammock was amazed to see Mike just take off as the starting whistle went. They crossed the line together at a time of 1:06:50, holding hands, and to cheering crowds.

“I had to keep up with him,” Cammock said. “He was like a thoroughbred—he just got out there and went. He carried himself the way he’s always carried himself, and it’s just really inspiring to be around him.”

“It was really special,” Mike said. “I had a great time, and I really enjoyed it.”

Mike says he hopes to participate in many more races. He said that what had kept him going through the 5K was the thought of his children. He says that even having had a traumatic brain injury does not need to slow you down. You can get through it, you may have to simplify your days a little, although Mike has learned to be grateful for each new day that comes along.

Source: Runner’s World

Man Discovers Incredible Hidden Fortune Inside Tank He Bought For Just $38K

Nick Mead and Todd Chamberlain got more than they bargained for when they bought a tank on eBay. Nick, who runs Tanks-a-lot in Helmdon, Northants, bought the tank for a bargain at £30,000 [$38,000].

Nick was filming Todd as he fished around inside the tank. Both men were expecting Todd to pull out weapons of some sort, so imagine their surprise when he pulled out bars of gold instead! Bar after bar were pulled out, with excited Nick filming the whole thing.

“Well, it’s not guns that’s for sure,” Todd said.

“Is that what I think it is? How heavy is it? Seriously?! Is that gold? Oh god, that’s about five or six kilos. Wow, good here init [sic],” Nick exclaimed.

“See how many there are, find the rest! Yeehaah! What are we going to do with them? “

“Oh my God. I don’t believe it,  what do you reckon they’re worth? Where did they come from?  It could be Kuwaiti or Iraqi.”

“How many more are there? This is better than having puppies! Incredible.”

Todd Chamberlain proudly displays one of the glistening bars he had discovered in the old Iraqi tank at the Tanks-a-Lot site in Northamptonshire
As Mr Chamberlain pulled out bar after bar Nick Mead exclaimed 'It's better than having puppies.' But he later admitted on camera that the pair were unlikely to be able to keep the gold (pictured)
As Mr Chamberlain pulled out bar after bar Nick Mead exclaimed ‘It’s better than having puppies.’ But he later admitted on camera that the pair were unlikely to be able to keep the gold (pictured)

Of course, after all the excitement had died down, the question arose as to what they should do with all the bullion. They speculated on spending it on cars are other things, but they knew that they would not be allowed to keep it. Something about taking it down to ‘Cash Convertors’ one bar at a time, might just set alarm bells ringing!

“It’s not something I’d thought I’d be doing, finding b***** great bars of gold hidden in a tank. Absolutely incredible.”

“But, we’ve got to ring the police. I don’t know whether this is millions or hundred of thousands worth. But one thing is for certain, I don’t want it lying around my office.”

“We’ll get a receipt and hopefully, just hopefully, we’ll get to keep it. What’s the chance of us keeping it?”

Off camera, some one replies: “Absolutely zero.”

“We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police,” shared Todd.

So after taking more pictures and the video of their find, they did the honourable thing and called the police. As Nick explained, the bullion was worth millions and he really did not want it lying around his office.

The Chinese-made T54 tank was sold on eBay for around £30,000 by Joe Hewes, pictured, who bought it 'ruined' and restored it
The Chinese-made T54 tank was sold on eBay for around £30,000 [$38,000] by Joe Hewes, pictured, who bought it ‘ruined’ and restored it
Despite missing out on the 'goldmine' sitting in the tank, Mr Hewes said he was not bitter but did expect a pint from Mr Mead 
Despite missing out on the ‘goldmine’ sitting in the tank, Mr Hewes said he was not bitter but did expect a pint from Mr Mead
Mr Mead phoned the police after finding the gold and it is now being kept in a safety deposit box in London
Mr Mead phoned the police after finding the gold and it is now being kept in a safety deposit box in London

It seems that the tank had in fact been already restored by the previous owner, but he had not even seen the gold stashed away inside. He had only replaced the tracks and the engine, not even looked inside. Nick, who has a collection of some 150 military vehicles, said that he had traded an army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun for the tank.

“It’s crazy and a great find so I hope they get to keep it,” said Joe Hewes who sold the tank to Nick.

“Everyone is thinking I should be devastated to have missed out on what could be a fortune but I’m not too upset because I made a fair bit of money on the tank anyway.”

“I haven’t been in touch with Nick but if he does get to keep some of the some of the money, I expect a pint!”

Pictured: Mr Chamberlain weighs the gold, which was later estimated to be worth around £2million
Pictured: Mr Chamberlain weighs the gold, which was later estimated to be worth around £2million ($2.5 million)
Nick Mead (pictured left) and mechanic Todd Chamberlain with the tank. They found the gold inside the diesel tank, which they had just removed
Nick Mead (pictured left) and mechanic Todd Chamberlain with the tank. They found the gold inside the diesel tank, which they had just removed

Judging by the weight of the bullion , they reckoned it was worth about £2 million ($2.5 million), although Nick doubted that they would even get a finders fee for handing it in.

“We know it is definitely an Iraqi tank and our theory is the gold is from Kuwait but we don’t know,” Nick said.

“When we found it, we were all laughing and joking and deciding what we were going to spend the money on.”

“My sister wanted a Land Rover and I would buy a Rolls Royce Phantom and chop the back off to make a pick-up truck.”

An Iraqi T-72 tank rumbles down a road near Baghdad in 2003, prior to the invasion by a US-led coalition. Many of Saddam Hussein's tanks were left behind in Kuwait after British and American forces liberated the country in 1991 (file picture)
An Iraqi T-72 tank rumbles down a road near Baghdad in 2003, prior to the invasion by a US-led coalition. Many of Saddam Hussein’s tanks were left behind in Kuwait after British and American forces liberated the country in 1991 (file picture)
Nick Mead (pictured) bought the tank after spotting it on eBay. He found the gold hidden inside the diesel tank
Nick Mead (pictured) bought the tank after spotting it on eBay. He found the gold hidden inside the diesel tank

The history of the tank is unclear, it is a Chinese copy of the Russian T54 design, built in the 1980’s, and had just 1507 miles on it. It may have been that the gold was stolen by Iraqi soldiers during the raid on Kuwait in 1990, but that remains to be proven.

“I saw it advertised and I had this idea of doing a ‘From Russia With Love’ experience where people would come and drive three Russian tanks,” Nick said.

“I always keep an eye on military vehicles on EBay, I check it once every three days. I often sell tanks on EBay and I buy from there too.”

“It is unusual to get one of these now, they range from around £10k [$12, 800] to £60k [$76, 700]. I did well buying it for £30k. [$38,000]”

Mr Mead bought the tank after trading it for an Army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun (pictured)
Mr Mead bought the tank after trading it for an Army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun (pictured)

After posting their find on a social media platform, Nick says they had some interesting comments, and even one reply from a person who said that he was a colonel in the British Army, and the tank belonged to him.

“It’s all very much up in the air at the moment,” Mr Mead said. “It’s very early days and I’m not sure what will happen yet.”

The police, after issuing a full receipt for it, now have the gold in a safe place. When asked about it, the Northants police said that due to ‘operational reasons’ they were unable to comment on the bullion.

“The chances of us keeping it are very slim,” Nick said.

“I’ve had quite a few strange phone calls.”

“I got a call from one person claiming to be a colonel in the British Army saying it was his.”

“It’s really good fun to have found it. It certainly is interesting.”

Source: Daily Mail

19 Best Countries For Raising A Family, As Voted By Expats

When a family decides to move abroad, they must take into account the children, and the education that they will need to be sure the children can receive there. Sometimes this can be a daunting thing to consider. Not only must education be taken into account, but also things like quality of life and cost of living. Leisure activities as well as family well-being should factor into the moving equation. As if these are not enough points, the family also has to factor into account the cost of moving from one country to another.

Here we have a list of countries which, after a survey of thousands of expats in some 45 countries, will give some ideas of the best countries for raising kids. The survey takes into account such things as childcare and education, healthcare and safety, which are important when making a decision as big as a move to another country.

19. South Korea

47{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} of expats surveyed said that they were very happy with the standard of education that their children were receiving there. The quality of education had greatly improved over the last two years. Family friendly locals made this a good place to consider.

18. Mexico

The attitude towards kids, along with the time to spend with their families, makes Mexico a place to think about. The country has a very good work-life balance for families. A salary went a long way and families did not have to work such long hours to earn a good wage, so free time was more.

17. Philippines

The country has a reputation for its high quality education system. Added to this, the country loves children, and families are always welcome when it comes to going out. The education system has improved over the last few years.

16. Singapore

While family well-being and child safety factors are rated as top, such things as childcare and education are not very highly rated. That will make the decision difficult when weighing up the pros and cons here.

15. South Africa

The country is rated as having the very best activities for kids. However, family well-being is cause for concern. Education rates in the mid range for most expats. Safety was considered to be a problem with some expats.

14. Luxembourg

Although childcare is very expensive here, and education does not find the top score, it is children safety and family well-being that puts this country at the top of the ratings.

13. Netherlands

Here we have a country which gets a solid score across all the points of education, child care, safety and family well-being. The Netherlands has risen in the rankings over the last few years.

12. Poland

The cost of childcare was very affordable here, and the quality of education was high, making Poland a place that is well worth thinking about.

11. France

Taking all the education in another language may be a problem, although 60{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} of expat parents admit that their children are fluent in the language. 36{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} of expats admit that the language may be a consideration before arriving in a country.

10. Germany

7{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} of expats send their children to public schools, with the remainder choosing the International Schools. This may be strange as Germany offers high quality education which is affordable to expats.

9. Belgium

Belgium has improved dramatically in the area of education and childcare availability over the last few years, making it a place to seriously consider now.

8. Taiwan

The friendly attitude towards children and families makes this a place to consider. Taiwan also did well in the score for child safety.

7. Australia

Leisure activities for kids brought the score high up here, in fact it is the number one for this. Education is in the mid range. Not surprisingly, the outdoor activities ranked very high in the country, with expats agreeing that there were plenty of activities that families could do together.

6. Norway

Childcare option have improved here from 17th right up to 6th now, making this a place to consider. The kid-friendly country attitude also adds to the attraction. Expat families said that they were very happy with the lifestyle and family time available to them.

5. Sweden

Sweden actually fell from 3rd place to 5th place in the quality of their education. This is in part due to the crisis situation in the school system, so that is a consideration for expats.

4. Austria

This country falls short in countries which are child friendly, in fact with this survey it fell even shorter, right down to the bottom three. Family well-being and education were also very much lower than previous years.

3. Israel

81{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} of expats were said to be very happy with education options, and 84{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} had a general satisfaction with the education system as a whole. As well as a good education, it seemed that expats enjoyed the relaxed lifestyles.

2. Czech Republic

While education is considered to be very affordable here, the quality is sometimes not as good as it could be, with many expats agreeing that the quality had fallen over the last years.

1. Finland

70{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} of expats said the education was excellent. In fact no part of the survey had any negative remarks. Health, safety and well-being all ranked right at the top. Compared to the global 21{a30e0c09ff70771d4c2559ca452283db427b609927687ae1d17157c286cad949} for education, it seems that Finland is the best place for expats and their kids – as far as education goes.

Source: Business Insider

Angler Boasts The Size Of Their Catch Compared To Their Newborn Babies In Funny Photos

In Australia two fishermen showed off their catches by placing them next to their newborn babies and comparing them. It seems they did this to show just how large their catches were – or perhaps how small the infants were!

The fishermen were diving in a secret spot – which they would not reveal – when they caught the two crayfish weighing over 3.5 kg each.

Daniel and his friend were diving in a ‘secret spot’ in between Fremantle and Rottnest Island when they hooked the 2 crayfish weighing more than 3.5 kg each:

“It was honestly the biggest crayfish I had ever seen and caught and I’ve been diving for just over 10 years,” Mr Fryer said.

Yay, crayfish for dinner! Angler Daniel Fryer posted a photo of his five-week-old daughter Charlotte next to two massive crayfish
Yay, crayfish for dinner! Angler Daniel Fryer posted a photo of his five-week-old daughter Charlotte next to two massive crayfish

A second fisherman reeled in two Dhufish and a Pink Snapper and laid them next to his daughter. The fish weighed in at 11 and 13 kg, while his baby only weighed 4.5kg:

“The two Dhufish were 11 and 13 kilograms… Brooklyn weighs 4.5 kilograms,” Mr Fee said.

“Although they are big they aren’t the biggest we catch.”

Something smells fishy! Bunbury man Matthew Fee lined up his impressive haul alongside seven-week-old Brooklyn
Something smells fishy! Bunbury man Matthew Fee lined up his impressive haul alongside seven-week-old Brooklyn

This was not the first time he had compared his daughter to his catch as he has pictures taken from the last time. He shared his photos on social media, saying that these were not the largest fish he had caught.

Mr Fee's eldest daughter Harper featured alongside a catch from January- Two of the fish are bigger than the 9.5 kilogram baby 
Mr Fee’s eldest daughter Harper featured alongside a catch from January- Two of the fish are bigger than the 9.5 kilogram baby

When asked why they compared the fish to their daughters, one of them said that it was better than using beer cans to compare them.

Read More: They’re exactly to scale! Fishermen show off the size of their catch compared to their newborn babies in hilarious photos

The 5 Best And Worst Things About Homeschooling

Most homeschoolers have their own list of pros and cons, when it comes to teaching the kids at home. Everyone is different. In this blog by a homeschool mom – who used to be a teacher – you can read some of her own best and worst things about the course she chose to take with her three children.

Her decision was made because her first child could read himself at very early age, and she felt he would be bored at a regular school. Interestingly, some of the pros are also cons. Life is funny like that.

Best Things:

1. Not missing any part of childhood

Homeschooling means that you get to be with your kids all the time, through their childhood. Being at home means that they will be somewhat sheltered from the rules which society dictates about how soon they should grow up. A huge bonus is how the innocence of childhood is not destroyed at a very early age.

2. Getting to learn at their own pace

Not having a child who is under pressure to learn at the same rate as all the other kids in the class is a huge benefit. Not all kids are quick learners who benefit from homeschooling, slow learners may learn at their own pace without being overlooked in a large class.

3. Close family relationships

Homeschooled families are invariably more close knit than kids who go off to regular schools. Kids will fight (as kids do anywhere) but overall the families are closer. Parents get to watch the family grow up together and strengthen bonds between siblings. Families tend to spend more time doing things together.

4. Freedom of time

Visiting museums midweek when they are quieter, taking vacations when regular schools are still working, field trips when it is convenient are all pluses when homeschooling. Families can take a whole year off and travel the country without being penalised for being absent from school. Most families realise how lucky they are when a child goes to college and routines must be obeyed.

5. My own learning

This homeschooling mom felt that her own learning had improves, especially in subjects like science and history. It is also good for the kids to see that mom and dad have never finished learning, it is an ongoing process, and never stops. Most homeschool parents learn to appreciate the learning process far more because they are so directly involved with it.

Worst Things

1. The weight of responsibility

You never can blame the teacher if your kid doesn’t learn, because you are the teacher! If the child ends up with a less than average education, then you only have yourself to blame. Homeschooling parents can never afford to be lax when it comes to teaching the kids. The whole end result depends on them.

2. Messy house

Homeschool parents need to accept that the house is never going to be completely tidy. Occasionally they will have other children over to all learn together, which means even more mess. Children and parents at home all the time means that the house will always have teaching projects on the go somewhere.

3. Lots of togetherness

While this is also a pro, a lot of togetherness means that occasionally people will get on each other’s nerves. Homeschool parents need to make special time for themselves. They may not want that time, but the truth is that they need time alone, away from the kids. Sometimes it is hard to organise time off.

4. Having to be in charge of structure

Mom and dad have to totally in charge of structuring the day. There must be a structured routine so the kids know when they are expected to work, turn in assignments, and be ready to start a lesson. Often this is a problem with parents who are more relaxed by nature, but it is important to keep a schedule for the kids.

5. Doubt

Every parent who homeschools their kids goes through periods of doubt at one time or other. The question arises about whether the child is anxious because that’s just the way they are, or is it because they are being homeschooled? As a parent, have you forgotten a vital part of their education? Most questions can be worked through, but the doubt may always be there.

While this mom is of the opinion that homeschooling is a great choice for her and her kids, she admits that it is not for every family. There are pros and cons in both methods of teaching, and each family will make up its own mind about the best method. She felt that it was the best solution for her and her three children.

Source: Scary Mommy