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Hundreds of Shipwrecks are Off the Coast of of South Florida

Time for a quick history lesson. After Christopher Columbus found the New World, Spain proceeded to go forth and conquer much of it in the decades that followed. By 1533, the mighty and wealthy Aztec and Inca empires were under Spanish control and the Spanish began importing unprecedented amounts of gold and silver from their new colonies. Most of the ships bringing back these precious metals would meet around Havana in the summer and sail back across the Atlantic together. However, not all of those ships made it back to Spain. Some were attacked by pirates and some were sunk by hurricanes and other bad weather. Those two reasons are why there are hundreds of shipwrecks off the coast of Southern Florida and many are long forgotten and have yet to be rediscovered.

Until 1988, undersea explorers finding a shipwrecked galleon filled with gold could keep everything they found and make a fortune selling off all the gold. Now though, shipwrecks in America’s territorial waters are considered to be legal property of the state and it’s now illegal to scavenge from a shipwreck you might find. Although many fantasize about the riches they might find in a sunken galleon filled with gold and silver, most of the shipwrecks that have been found were old Native American canoes and slave ships. Still it is really cool to realize that when you look out at the ocean from South Florida there are hundreds of relics from a bygone age sitting there underneath the waves.


Considering the state of Spain’s budget, they could use some of that gold.

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The Cheapest Beer in the NFL

The NFL is one of the most valuable sports leagues on Earth and it’s popularity has made it expensive for fans. Since there are only eight regular season home games for each team and only so many seats in a stadium, ticket prices and concessions can be exorbitantly expensive. So much so that if you’re a Giants fan that wants season tickets, you have to go on a waiting list where you can expect to wait about 40 years. If you want to have a few rounds beers of beer and snacks at the game you’ll probably end up spending as much as you paid for your ticket. Now there is a very good social incentive for beer to be expensive at football games especially when the game is between bitter rivals. Fortunately, The Street recently put together a list of the cheapest per ounce pricing of beer in every NFL stadium this year. If you just want to watch a game with a reasonably priced beer and not get into a drunken fight with a fan of the other team, these are the best teams to go see at home to get the most beer for your buck:

Tie 6: Denver Broncos/New York Giants/New York Jets/Houston Texans/San Diego Chargers/Tennessee Titans/Cincinnati Bengals/Cleveland Browns $0.42 per ounce
5: Minnesota Vikings $0.39 per ounce
Tie 4: New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals $0.38 per ounce
3: Carolina Panthers $0.375 per ounce
2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers $0.36 per ounce
Tie 1: Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints $0.35 per ounce

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Florida’s Future Beaches Could be Made of Glass

The Earth’s geology has long caused issues for the people living on it. Earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanic eruptions have been going on long before humans were around and will continue long after we’re gone. However, the beaches in South Florida are facing a far less lethal problem for us and we’re coming up with an odd way of solving it. The sand on Florida’s beaches is constantly being drawn back into the ocean and keeping the beaches looking healthy and robust means constantly replenishing the beaches with sand. This problem is by no means old and for decades Florida simply took sand from elsewhere in the state and moved it to the beaches to keep them looking the way they do.

Florida is running into a problem though. They’re running out of land based sand to replenish the beaches. It has reached the point where Broward County is now looking at other more expensive alternatives. One such alternative would be dredging up sand from the seafloor just offshore and using that sand. That option is both expensive and environmentally destructive to the marine species that live there. Another more eco-friendly alternative is to pulverize recycled glass into a fine sand and use that on the beaches. Glass is made mostly from sand and if it is pulverized enough it is just about indistinguishable from beach sand. Such an idea was first proposed ten years ago but its implementation was derailed from state budget costs caused by the recession in 2008. Now seems like a good time to revive the idea though. It is a more efficient and more environmentally friendly way of recycling glass and it will help to preserve Florida’s beaches well into the future.

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Free Art Fridays in South Florida

Imagine you’re taking a walk in town on a Friday afternoon and you notice something odd. You see a painting leaning up against a lamp or a small sculpture sitting in a bush. Upon closer inspection you find a little tag that says “Free Art Fridays” That is something that is happening all over Miami-Dade and Broward counties and it’s called Free Art Fridays. The way it works is that local artists create a painting and just leave it out somewhere in public and the first person to find it is free to take it.

This trend was originally started in the UK a few years ago but it has spread across the world and has taken South Florida by storm. Artists do it as a way to promote their work while collectors enjoy the free art. It is a movement that has been made possible through social media. Often artists will post hints of what they’re going to be giving away and where they’re going to leave it. At least in South Florida the competition gets pretty intense among art collectors. They’re constantly checking the social media profiles of their favorite local artists and in some cases even following them to the place where they’re going to place their art. Ultimately though it is a fun new twist on something as old as art and an unexpected perk of living in the Miami area.


There are few things Americans love more than free stuff.

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Al Capone’s Final House Sells for Over $7 Million

When people think of organized crime in America Al Capone if one of the first figures that everyone thinks of. The Chicago-based crime lord made a fortune in the black market for alcohol in the 1920s and he became the most notorious gangster from the era of Prohibition. In 1931, he was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to eight years in Alcatraz. After getting out of prison he bought an estate in Miami Beach for $40,000 in cash where he lived until his death in 1947 at the age of 48.

Well it turns out that Capone and his successors could have made a fortune through more legitimate means with this house. The house where Capone spent the final years of his life recently sold for $7,431,750 according to Zillow. Adjusting for inflation the home’s value appreciated by $6.7 million between the time Capone bought the house and today. The estate has a two guesthouses and a 30′ x 60′ swimming pool and everything was recently renovated to add the most modern of amenities. Even if Capone had lived another 25 years the house’s value would have long since recouped the initial investment. Just consider that if alcohol wasn’t illegal in the 1920s Al Capone would have been a microbrewer instead of a mafia boss, but he still could have become a wildly successful real estate mogul in Miami.


It sure beats Alcatraz as a retirement home.

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10 Best Cities for Finding Employment

In need of a new job? Forbes.com has listed the 10 Best Cities for Employment. These cities were chosen by Adecco Staffing US, a Human Resources firm. They have the fullest employment, according to the Department of Labor, as well as internal data around job growth and demand. They then determined which areas in the US are the best for finding a job.

  1. Bethesda, MD
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Jacksonville, FL.
  4. Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Columbus, OH
  6. Seattle, WA.
  7. Phoenix, AZ
  8. New York, NY
  9. Richmond, VA
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

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Bethesda, MD

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Best Boardwalks in the United States

Summertime is on its way and those long days spent strolling along the boardwalk are coming! From Atlantic City to Santa Cruz, beach bums will strut their stuff down those sandy pathways, either taking in the views or letting loose on beachside coasters. Foodies will delight in summer treats such as saltwater taffy and Nathan’s hot dogs, and visitors can also play games, have their fortunes told, hit up unique shopping grounds, or just people-watch as the summer heat brings out some truly interesting characters. HuffingtonPost.com gives us the nine best boardwalks in the United States. Head to one of these boardwalks near you for some spring and summer fun in the sun:

Atlantic City Boardwalk, New Jersey
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California
Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, California
Wailea Oceanfront Boardwalk, Hawaii
Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, Florida
Navy Pier, Chicago
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk & Promenade, South Carolina
Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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America’s Best Public Parks

Weather.com has compiled a list of the best public parks around the country. The list would not be complete without some of the most iconic parks in America including:

Central Park: New York City
Yellowstone National Park: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Piedmont Park: Atlanta, Georgia
Grand Teton National Park: Wyoming
West Potomac Park: Washington D.C.
Yosemite National Park: Mariposa County, California
Grant Park: Chicago, Illinois
Acadia National Park: Maine
Griffith Park: Los Angeles, California
Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado
White Rock Lake Park: Dallas, Texas
US Glacier National Park: Montana
Encanto Park: Phoenix, Arizona
Everglades National Park: Florida
Golden Gate Park: San Francisco, California

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Central Park, NYC

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Best French Fries in the United States

Come on admit it, there is nothing better than a crispy, golden brown, salted French fry. Right?

CNN Travel‘s article, lists where to get the “Best French fries in the United States.”

1. Boise Fry Company, Idaho: Their slogan is “Burgers on the Side” and with Idaho being known for their potatoes, this place was destined to have killer fries. Customers can choose from six varieties of potato, then the cut, then the dressing. What could be better than a fry customized to your craving?!

2. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, NYC:This hip place is known for their thrice-cooked chips. Long, medium-thick slices of Idaho russet potatoes are first boiled, then fried twice in a sunflower/canola oil blend. Then they get a pinch of salt. Try them with the restaurant’s Cuban mayo.

3. The Original Hot Dog Shop, Pittsburgh:Known for dishing out fries piled a mile high, The Original Hot Dog Shop makes their fries using hand-cut, and peeled Idaho potatoes which are friend twice in peanut oil. Served perfectly golden and crunch on a cafeteria tray, this place will bring back the nostalgia of the good old days.

4. Duckfat, Maine:Duckfat uses locally grown potatoes for their famous fries which are fried twice in duck fat allowing the outside to get super crisp while the inside remains tender. Served in a paper cone alongside specially made dips like mussel mayo and chopped egg and caper mayo, these fries are unusually made but delicious.

5. Jasper’s Corner Tap, San Francisco: With a menu devoted specifically to fries, this place has to be a winner! Choose your fry, thin, thick, or sweet potato, then your seasoning. Folks say that the smoked cheese fondue that is served as a side for dipping is “to die for.”

6. Pike Street Fish, Seattle: Known for Seattle’s best fish and chips, this place serves hand-sliced fries that are fried to “perfection,” along with delectable dipping sauces. The tangy chili mayo is a favorite. Even better, fries are FREE every third Friday of the month from 5PM to 7PM.

7. The Green Room, South Carolina: The Chef here, Patrick Long, specializes in Parmesan truffle fries, shoestring cut, and immediately tossed in truffle oil after being taken from the fryer. He then finishes them with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

8. Bourbon Steak, Miami: Celeb chef Michael Mina offers mid-thick cuts of potato that are dunked in duck fat for the ultimate flavor and crispiness. An order covers three seasonings and sauce combos including rosemary herb with spicy ketchup, onion-dusted with sour cream sauce, and smoked paprika with smoked BBQ sauce. YUM!

9. Jonesy’s EatBar, Denver: Continually voted as Denver’s best fries, these thick-cut, extra crispy spuds are out of this world. They also come in four “World Famous” and original varieties like Buffalo (loaded in wing sauve and blue cheese crumbles with a side of dressing) and Bacon Mac & Cheese.

10. Thrasher’s, Maryland: Simply put, these are the ultimate “Boardwalk Fry.” These hand-cut fries are freid in peanut oil with the skins still on and served with salk & vineagar in a big bucket. The smallest bucket is 16oz and the largest weighs in at 53oz!

Bourbon Steak, Miami

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Five Places in Miami You Might Not Know About and Must Visit

Miami is a diverse city jam-packed with culture, history, entertainment and more. NBCNews.com Travel Section showcases some top Miami locations that visitors may now know about. View the original article here.

1. Venetian Pool: Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, this public pool takes swimming to a whole new level. The 820,000 gallon pool is the only pool to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features loggias, porticos, beautiful grottos, striped pillars, and a Venetian-style bridge.

Venetian Pool

2. Neptune Memorial Reef: Just of Key Biscayne, the Neptune Memorial Reef is the largest man-made reed ever conceived. It was designed to resemble the feel of an Atlantis-style lost city with columns, statues, and detailed structures beneath the water’s surface. Once completed, the reef will span over 16 acres. The creators of the reef, Neptune Society, estimate that the reef will become the final resting place for 100,000 people. It is free and accessible to all visitors.

Neptune memorial reef

3. Ancient Spanish Monastery: The story of this monastery is remarkable! William Randolph Hearst bought the structure in Spain in 1925. He then had it disassembled stone by stone and shipped from Sacramenia to the US. His financial problems caused the pieces to sit in storage for 26 years before they were purchased and put back together by two entrepreneurs in 1953. The monastery serves as an Episcopal church now.

ancient spanish monastery

4. William Wagner House: The oldest house in Miami-Dade County is located in Lummus Park. It was built back in the 1850s when William Wagner was homesteading on a tributary of the Miami River. Visitors are often shocked that anyone could live in such conditions- no air conditioning, screens, and very little comforts.

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5. Coral Castle: This sculpture garden was created by a Latvian immigrant who was jilted by his fiancé, Agnes Scuffs, just one day before the wedding. The sculpture garden was erected in such a strange way that many believe he had supernatural powers. Between the years of 1923 to 1951, he carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock all by himself. It is unknown how Leeskalnin, who was a mere 5 foot tall and only weighed 100 pounds, created and moved the giant stone sculptures. He died without revealing the mystery.

Coral Castle

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