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Spud-loving couples can spend $200 a night to stay in this potato-shaped Airbnb.

Romance means something different to every couple. For some, it’s strawberries, champagne, and a romantic comedy. For others it’s a night of dancing cheek to cheek.

An entrepreneur in Idaho hopes spud-loving couples out there will die to spend a night in a giant potato.

For years, the 12-foot wide, 11-foot-high Big Idaho Potato toured the country as a curiosity to promote the Idaho Potato Commission.


Recently, the commission took the potato off the road and handed it over to Kristie Wolfe, a former Big Idaho Potato Tour spokesperson, who has given the spud a second life as a tastefully-decorated Airbnb for couples.

“I had a tiny house at the time and I was like 'this is the same square footage of my house,'” Wolfe told the Idaho Statesman. “I could totally make this into a place.”

When Wolfe took control of the potato, its interior was a storage area for those who toured it across the country. So she covered the inside with spray-on insulation to cover the metal support beams and then cut up a “million pieces” of wood to create its patterned floor.

The Airbnb rents for $200 a night and features air conditioning, a queen-sized bed, an indoor fireplace, hot water, and a bathroom.

However, couch potatoes beware, the Potato Hotel doesn’t have a TV and you’ll have to eat take-out because there’s no kitchen.

Here's what it looks like on the inside.

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[rebelmouse-image 19534948 dam="1" original_size="1024x683" caption="via AirBNB" expand=1]via AirBNB

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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Family

A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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