He’s The Reason You Can Fly, But There’s A Lot More To Orville Wright Than That

We all know the story of how man came to fly after millennia of staring at the stars. It came down to two brothers who didn’t have the most money, or the most scientists, but they had the perseverance to keep trying until they got it ‘wright’.

One of those brothers in particular has had their name enshrined forever because of their contribution to aerospace. Orville Wright was the brains behind the engineering of the first flying machine and had many interesting aspects about his life not generally known.

So let’s take a look at the man whose birthday is celebrated as National Aviation Day, and see what sort of person made one of the biggest impacts on human civilization to date.

Orville and his brother Wilbur loved the outdoors, and spent much of their free time camping and exploring the area around Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It wasn’t always easy though, the two brothers nearly drowned on their first voyage to the narrow strait.

Orville didn’t leave himself much time for dating it seems. Later in life when they were asked by journalists about their intentions to marry, Orville said that Wilbur should marry first, and Wilbur quipped that he didn’t have time for both an airplane and a wife.

Some Parents Want To Get Rid Of Birthday Candles, But Not Everyone Is Having It

These days parents are so concerned about every little thing that even going to a birthday party becomes a three-ring circus.

Bring a snack, but make sure it’s nut-free. Don’t bother buying gifts, because we’ve packed everyone a gift bag so nobody feels left out. Things seem normal when the birthday boy’s parents bring out a cake, but then they don’t put in any birthday candles. What gives?

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It turns out more and more parents are skipping this tradition out of concern that it will make their kids sick. The assumption is that blowing out the candles spread germs all over the cake, and that’s not entirely wrong.

Earlier this year, the Journal of Food Research published a paper reporting that blowing out candles on a birthday cake increases the amount of bacteria on the frosting by 1,400 percent.

To avoid exposing their little darlings to germs, parents have been keeping candles off their cakes, or making individual birthday cupcakes instead. Inventor Michael Tropeano has has even created a sanitary cake and candle cover to keep germs off the baked goods.

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But doctors warn you should take the study with a grain of salt, and have their own suggestions for keeping kids safe from germs at birthday parties.

A Delicious Spin on the Classic Scalloped Corn Casserole Will Add a Little Spice to Your Holidays!

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Holiday tables are filled with casserole of every kind. So my thought was to make a spicy spin on the classic scalloped corn.

The regulars are all here from the corn to the buttery and crunchy ritz crackers! I wanted to add my favorite flavor to this, which is jalapeno! And boy of boy does it add the right kick to your holidays!

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 jalapeno, finely minced
  • 5 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1 cup shredded white Cheddar
  • Kosher salt
  1. Position a rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Grease a 2-quart baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter.
  2. Whisk the eggs and half-and-half together in a large bowl. Add the sugar, corn, 1/2 cup of the crushed crackers, 1/2 cup of the Cheddar, jalapeno and 1 teaspoon salt. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, spreading with a spatula or spoon to make an even layer.
  3. Bake uncovered until the edges are set but the center is still wet, about 35 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a small dish in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Mix the butter into the remaining 1 cup crushed crackers until evenly moistened. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar and the buttered crackers over the corn. Continue baking until the edges are brown and the top is set and golden, 20 to 25 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Town Full Of Grinches Try To Shut Down Family’s Elaborate Light Display

For almost 20 years, the Halliwell family of Fairfield, Connecticut have lit up their town with a special Christmas tradition.

Beginning the night after Thanksgiving, the Halliwell family home transforms into “Wonderland at Roseville,” a holiday display that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Halliwells deck their halls with more than 300,000 lights, a model train, life-size Christmas figures and other decorations. They also play Christmas music to set the mood.

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There’s a small fee to admire the sound and light show, and all the proceeds are donated to a local Shriners Hospital. It’s hard to imagine a more wholesome way to celebrate the holiday season, but Wonderland’s neighbors are saying “bah, humbug” to this year’s display.

A petition signed by 45 neighbors from 28 nearby households says that the wonderland display puts children and the elderly in danger. The Halliwell family’s neighbors complain that the surge of cars on their street around Christmas is a risk and a nuisance.

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“During the time that Wonderland at Roseville operates, the constant noise, the flow of people walking in the streets and many walking across our lawns, and the litter left behind are all a serious nuisance to our residents,” the petition reads.

The Halliwells say they’re “not happy” about the complaint, and are telling their side of the story.

Results Of “Yeti” DNA Tests Came Back, And We Got The Answers We Needed

Some mysteries just refuse to be solved, but humans never give up on their search for truth.

For hundreds of years, stories of the mythical Yeti have led adventurers, scientists, and skeptics to the Himalayan mountains. The enormous and snowy mountain range is said to be home to the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, a giant ape-like creature similar to Sasquatch of Bigfoot.

An illustration of a Yeti encounter from the 1950s.Ev Vebell

Over the years collectors have identified samples of what they believe to be Yeti bones, skin, hair, teeth, and even feces. A new Animal Planet documentary called Yeti Or Not is putting nine of these samples to the test, identifying whether any of them contain actual Yeti DNA.

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The project involved a global team of researchers in America, France, Norway and Pakistan, who compared the Yeti samples to human and animal DNA. Eight of the nine samples were matched with common bear DNA, but the ninth, taken from a “stuffed Yeti” located by the film crew, was different.

Priscilla Presley Finally Opens Up About Loving And Losing Elvis

They were music’s most famous couple, but after they famously divorced in 1973, Priscilla Presley has been very guarded about her relationship with “The King.”

But now, at age 72, Priscilla says that she wants to “just tell it like it is,” and is talking candidly about loving and losing Elvis Presley. “Over 800 books have been written about Elvis,” she pointed out at an event called Elvis and Me: An Evening With Priscilla Presley, but only she knew “how much misinformation is out there.”

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“Either it’s been altered, they’re lies [or] they’re somebody else’s perception,” she says about most Elvis biographies. Now she wants to tell her side of the story.

It starts in 1959, when Elvis was a sergeant in the Army, stationed at the same base as Priscilla’s father, an Air Force officer. Priscilla was just a teenager when she met the singer (Elvis was 10 years older than her) but they quickly started a courtship that lasted for years.

Priscilla and her father in Germany, 1960.Closer

Priscilla reveals that her parents were wary of Elvis at first. “Absolutely not!” her mother replied, after Priscilla asked to go to a party with the singer. “I won’t let you walk across the street to see Elvis Presley!”  Her father was just as stubborn, until Elvis walked into their home “in full uniform” and won him over in minutes.

But Priscilla also revealed the trials she faced as Elvis’ bride, including death threats.

Make These Hot Cocoa Cookies and You Are Sure to Be on Santa’s Nice List!

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Cold winter nights need a nice hot cup of cocoa! But what if it’s hot outside?! Hot cocoa cookies! That’s what!

Almost like a regular cookie recipe except I added Hot chocolate mix with mini marshmallows of course! This adds a rich luxurious flavor that feels like your sipping a fresh cup of hot cocoa!

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 packages hot cocoa mix with marshmallows
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows, optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
  2. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Gradually beat dry ingredients into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks and cool.

‘Young And The Restless’ Star Shares Update After Suicidal Crisis

Kristoff St. John, best known for playing Neil Winters on the long-running soap opera The Young and The Restless, has been dealing with some heavy personal issues over the last few years.

St. John lost his 24-year-old son, Julian, in 2014 after he committed suicide while getting treatment at a hospital in Long Beach, California.

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Following Julian’s untimely passing, the grieving father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital for failing to protect his son, who battled schizophrenia and was considered a high risk patient.

Since then, St. John and his ex-wife, Mia, have been trying to raise awareness for mental health, and they have also taken to social media on a few occasions to share tributes and celebrate Julian’s short life.

Despite the amount of time that has passed, and all the sweet tributes, St. John has struggled to come to terms with his loss. In an interview with ET Online, the actor said that he was “still angry.”

Unfortunately, St. John’s anger and pain forced him to take some drastic measures, and this past October, TMZ reported that the Emmy Award-winning actor was transported to a hospital after he allegedly threatened to kill himself.

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According to the reports, the actor had allegedly threatened to commit suicide with a gun just a month shy of the anniversary of his son’s death. St. John allegedly sent photos of himself holding a gun to his head to a former lover, who then alerted the cops.

Police confiscated two guns from the actor and took to him to a hospital, where he was to be held under a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation.

At the time neither St John nor any of the parties involved have commented on the situation, but now, the actor himself has finally shared an update on his health.

You Won’t Believe It’s Not Store Bought!

Have you ever tried to re-create those beautiful Christmas bow’s, but instead end up with something completely different and not so beautiful? Well, lucky for you we have the step by step instructions on how to get the perfect bow for your tree!

  • burlap
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

1. Begin by taking your burlap and cutting out four strips the following lengths….18 inches, 18 inches, 15 inches, and 4 inches.

2. Take your 18 inch strip and using your hot glue, glue the ends together to create a circle. Once completed, do the same thing with your second 15 inch piece.

3. Now glue your two circles together, with the smaller one on top.

4. Fold the bow in the middle to create the dimples of the bow. Glue the ribbon together at each fold.

5. Take your remaining 18 inch strip and place it at the bottom of your bow ensuring both ends of the equal amount hanging, then using your smallest strip wrap it around the whole bow and tail and use your hot glue to keep it in place.

6. Final step is to cut triangles out at the end of each of your bow tails.

7. Fluff your bow so it’s not flat, and then find the perfect place to show it.

15 Years After He Murdered His Pregnant Wife, Scott Peterson Tells All

From an outsider’s perspective, Scott and Laci Peterson were a picture-perfect pair. The California couple, who seemed happily married, lived in a beautiful suburban home with their dog, and had a baby on the way.

As you can imagine, no one ever expected 27-year-old Laci to suddenly vanish while walking the dog on Christmas Eve of 2002.

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A few months later, her decomposed and mutilated body washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay, sparking a highly publicized murder investigation that captivated the entire nation. Everyone rooted for authorities to capture her killer as soon as possible.

Laci’s family, friends, and the rest of America had a difficult time understanding why anyone would want to commit such a heinous crime, especially considering she had no enemies. However, in an unforeseen twist, investigators began to grow suspicious of Scott due to his bizarre behavior, visible disinterest in the investigation, refusal to take a polygraph test, and inconsistent alibi.

Police eventually found evidence that suggested Scott, who worked as a fertilizer salesman, was Laci’s killer. He was arrested while on the run in 2003, charged with first-degree murder of Laci, and second-degree murder of baby Connor. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2005.

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So what drove this supposed “perfect gentleman” to kill his wife and unborn child?

Turns out, he might have been motivated by the extramarital affair he was having with a woman named Amber Frey. This information came to light after investigators found that Scott made a phone call to Amber during the New Year’s Eve candlelight vigil held for Laci. At the time, he told her that he was in Europe celebrating.

Amber later cooperated with the police, claiming that she had no idea Scott was married and that his wife had gone missing. She offered to share any information she had that could assist the investigation.

Fifteen years later, Scott is sitting in San Quentin State Prison’s death row, and has had two appeals and a request for a new trial denied.

He has recently made his first public statements about the case in the A&E docuseries The Murder of Laci Peterson, and he is once again the subject of a new documentary on Discovery titled Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery.

Scott still maintains his innocence, and has made some interesting claims.

15 Years After He Murdered HIs Pregnant Wife, Scott Petterson Tells All

From an outsider’s perspective, Scott and Laci Peterson were a picture-perfect pair. The California couple, who seemed happily married, lived in a beautiful suburban home with their dog, and had a baby on the way.

As you can imagine, no one ever expected 27-year-old Laci to suddenly vanish while walking the dog on Christmas Eve of 2002.

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A few months later, her decomposed and mutilated body washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay, sparking a highly publicized murder investigation that captivated the entire nation. Everyone rooted for authorities to capture her killer as soon as possible.

Laci’s family, friends, and the rest of America had a difficult time understanding why anyone would want to commit such a heinous crime, especially considering she had no enemies. However, in an unforeseen twist, investigators began to grow suspicious of Scott due to his bizarre behavior, visible disinterest in the investigation, refusal to take a polygraph test, and inconsistent alibi.

Police eventually found evidence that suggested Scott, who worked as a fertilizer salesman, was Laci’s killer. He was arrested while on the run in 2003, charged with first-degree murder of Laci, and second-degree murder of baby Connor. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2005.

The Modesto Bee

So what drove this supposed “perfect gentleman” to kill his wife and unborn child?

Turns out, he might have been motivated by the extramarital affair he was having with a woman named Amber Frey. This information came to light after investigators found that Scott made a phone call to Amber during the New Year’s Eve candlelight vigil held for Laci. At the time, he told her that he was in Europe celebrating.

Amber later cooperated with the police, claiming that she had no idea Scott was married and that his wife had gone missing. She offered to share any information she had that could assist the investigation.

Fifteen years later, Scott is sitting in San Quentin State Prison’s death row, and has had two appeals and a request for a new trial denied.

He has recently made his first public statements about the case in the A&E docuseries The Murder of Laci Peterson, and he is once again the subject of a new documentary on Discovery titled Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery.

Scott still maintains his innocence, and has made some interesting claims.

People Are Freaking Out Over This Optical Illusion Dog, Do You See Why?

Even if you have 20/20 vision, your eyes can often deceive you. There’s a photograph making the rounds on the internet, and it is the perfect example of how much your eyes can play tricks on you.

The picture, which was captioned “Optical Illusion Dog,” was recently uploaded to Reddit by user ‘chadwalk,’ and has since baffled people on the internet. The image has been garnering some hilarious reactions from those who can’t seem to figure out what they’re seeing.

“This dog broke my biological face recognition module,” wrote one user. Another commented, “Ouch, this hurts my brain.”

Check it out for yourself:

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Did you manage to figure out what is going on the in photo?

If you think there’s something off about one of the dog’s faces, you’re not alone, but you’ve been going about it all wrong.

“I just spent two minutes spinning my phone around trying to see this dog after already coming to terms about how great the owners are for adopting this poor dog, while taking solace in the fact that he doesn’t know he’s different, only to find out he’s ok after all,” wrote one Reddit user. “What a roller coaster!”

If you still haven’t figured it out, we can help.

20 Photos That You’ll Have To Look At Twice To Fully Understand

There is nothing better than a picture that makes you look twice. Whether it’s just something that was taken at the perfect moment, a carefully planned sign, or a complete mistake, there are some things that are just too good to miss.

We’ve got the best illusions, slip ups and just generally hilarious pictures that will make you wonder how they managed to get the timing just so right.

1. This dog has its four eyes on you…

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2. Parmesan flavor, check! Pizza flavor, check! Wait, what does that last one say?!

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3. The headless basketball player is the new star center!

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4. Talk about a bed hog…

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5. It’s probably really hard for this guy to find hats right?

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6. Take a quick look at the girl on the far right, interesting way to sit? No, it just looks like she’s sitting like that, her other leg is tucked behind

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7. That awkward moment when you go to the zoo and are wearing the same outfit as the gorilla

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8. Hang on a second, what are you trying to sell here?

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9. It’s not what you think, look again

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10. Where can I buy this teddy bear?

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Those aren’t only illusions that you’ll have to look twice at!

Breast Cancer Survivors Reveal The Reg Flags They Wish They’d Noticed Sooner

Breast cancer is a disease that affects many people. Whether it is someone who is suffering from it, or those with family members who are going through treatment, it affects a large portion of the population. It can be treatable, depending on when it is found, but a lot of the times we don’t know the signs.

Two mothers who were each diagnosed with breast cancer have spoken out about what they wished they had noticed. It’s not always just lumps, there is more to watch out for.

Emily Lunn was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016 after discovering a lump, but she hadn’t connected it to the symptoms she had experienced months before. She first noticed a milky discharge coming from her nipple four months before the lump appeared.

“I had no idea what it was, I just knew it was clearly not normal,” Lunn said. “My GP checked it out but told me it was nothing – it disappeared after a week.”

Emily Lunn

Months later when she found the lump, she realized that it was all connected. “I waited because I really thought it would be nothing. Now I wish I pursued my worries [earlier]… being told I have stage three breast cancer was like being hit by a train. I was reeling for weeks before it finally sank in.”

She has gone through treatment but it was a rough process for this mother of two. “Being breast aware is so important to me now. I’m constantly checking myself and looking for changes, anything unusual at all as I know so many things can mean breast cancer.”

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Luckily she has used her experience to help inform others, but that’s not the only other secret symptom that breast cancer has been hiding behind…

Music Helped Deaf Boy Recover His Hearing And Become A Top Conductor

Robert Guy lived in silence for most of his young life. He was born 70% deaf, but he didn’t let that stop him from accomplishing his dreams. He spent much of his childhood in and out of hospitals, trying to help clear up his ears.

Guy said that “I started on the piano because I came from a musical family and my nana taught half of Llay village.” That was when they started to realize that something wasn’t right.

He hadn’t noticed that his hearing had been off because he knew no different. “When you’re young you just think that what you’re hearing is just normal. But other people at school started to realize.”

Guy was given a surgery that would change his life forever. They were able to operate on his ears and help bring back his hearing. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing after the surgery. “After the operation I wouldn’t get in the car because I was terrified of the engine,” he said.

But after everything settled and his hearing started to come back, he was able to take his life in an unexpected direction…

Kelly Clarkson Gives Us A Glimpse Into Her Marriage And Talks Life As A Mom

Becoming a parent definitely changes the dynamic you have with your spouse. You have less time alone together, you can’t leave the house whenever you feel like it and you are a lot more tired then you were in the past.

Jumping into the passenger’s seat of James Corden’s SUV, Kelly Clarkson belted out some of her classics including “Stronger,” “Since U Been Gone,” and “Love So Soft,” before the conversation took a more serious turn.

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During her appearance on Carpool Karoke with James Corden, Clarkson opened up about her trying to carve out time to be with her husband, Brandon Blackstock.  

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The 35-year-old singer and her husband, Blackstock who acts as her manager, have two children together; three-year-old River Rose and 1-year-old Remington. The couple got married in October 2013 during a romantic ceremony in the hills of Tennessee.

“I think it’s difficult because obviously I work a lot, and I’m a mom,” Clarkson explained. “But we try.”

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Corden, who is a father of two, had something else up his sleeve.

Prince William Gave George’s Christmas List To Santa And There’s Only Thing On It

Prince George better have been good all year, because it looks like he has a tall order for Santa.

During a visit to a market in Helsinki, Prince William presented his son’s handwritten Christmas letter to Santa Claus.

The 36-year-old royal was visiting the Esplanade Park’s Christmas market on his second day during this tour of Finland.

Earlier in the day, William was seen admiring a pair of hobby horses, that would be ideal gifts for both George and Charlotte.

The horses were part of the Slush festival held in the Finnish capital. The royal was seen to be in good spirits as he wandered the booths of the student-driven event, testing out the latest tech on display.

In just a few years the event has become a global gathering, which supports and promotes the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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In the letter, the Duke of Cambridge’s eldest son has listed that he only wants one thing under the Christmas tree this year.

So what did Prince George ask Santa for Christmas?

Pentatonix Introduces Their New Member In New Christmas Cover

If you haven’t heard of Pentatonix in the past couple of years, where have you been? The a cappella group has become an international sensation with their pop-style arrangements of classics and their spine-tingling harmonies.

The group has sold more than 6.4 million albums in the United States alone. They have also won three Grammy awards, and have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. The group had its first big break when they won the reality show, The Sing-Off, in 2011. They won $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony, but they were dropped almost immediately after.

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After they were dropped, the group started up their YouTube channel and gained over 2.7 billion views. Their music began getting distributed through Madison Gate Records, and in 2012 their first EP was released.

The original members were Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola, and Avi Kaplan. They really shot to fame after covering Dolly Parton’s Jolene, with Dolly herself. But after years of service to the group, Avi decided to leave. Fans were left broken-hearted, wondering who would replace the vocal bass and percussion hole.

After about six months of speculating, Pentatonix finally revealed their new member, and they did it with a new cover of a Christmas classic.

High School Student Finds Perfect Solution For Kids Who Eat Alone

A student at Boca Raton High School has started a new club so none of his classmates have to eat lunch alone.

Denis Estimon is a Haitian immigrant who moved to Florida when he was in the first grade. While he eventually made friends, he remembers the time in his life when he felt isolated and alone – especially at lunchtime.

“It’s not a good feeling, like you’re by yourself. And that’s something that I don’t want anybody to go through,” Estimon told CBS News.

“To me it’s like, if we don’t try to go make that change, who’s going to do it?” he added.

With Estimon’s memory constantly being replayed in his thoughts, he and a group of his friends decided to to start a new club.

The Exhibits At The Museum Of Broken Relationships Will Break Your Heart

There seems to be a museum for everything these days, and that includes one for the feeling of heartbreak.

The Museum of Broken Relationships was established in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010, and is dedicated to failed romantic relationships.

The museum was created by Olinka Vištica, a film producer, and Dražen Grubišić, a sculptor, who had recently ended their four year relationship. The pair joked they should donate their personal items that they associate with one another. It originally began as a travelling collection of memorabilia donated by former lovers, who wished to erase the reminders of their failed relationships.

A second Museum of Broken Relationships was built on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles in 2016, and offers the public with the same cathartic release.