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7 of Our Favorite Challenges From the “The Great British Baking Show”

For your consideration, Paul Hollywood?

After airing more than 100 episodes and spawning multiple spin-offs, it’s safe to say the phenomenon that is The Great British Baking Show, which debuted in 2010, has brought warmth to many a home. It acts as a soothing balm and a palate cleanser for TV viewers around the globe, in contrast to the barrage of the seemingly endless supply of “original” true crime documentaries that are uploaded to [insert streaming service here] on what seems like an hourly basis. So, in an effort to keep the good vibes going, we’ve compiled our favorite TGBBS challenges below and their corresponding collections/seasons! (Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched all of TGBBS, there are a few spoilers from past seasons.)

The Craziest, Most Outrageous and Extreme Celebrity Vacations

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and live vicariously through these outrageous getaways.

After going through your camera roll and looking through old memories of far-off towns every day for the past year, you might be needing something new to reignite the traveler in you. While our own vacation’s past are a great way to remember why we love getting out into the world, other’s vacations, from lavish to outlandish, are what get us inspired. We’re looking at the most exciting, sometimes crazy, vacations of the rich and famous to get you about your next getaway.

Meet the Oyster-Shucking Wunderkind of Panama City

When not splitting open hundreds of oysters a day at a speed of four to five seconds each, he is reading about them, making videos of himself shucking to hone his skill, or slurping the bivalves raw.

South Korea Celebrates 14 Romantic Holidays Every Year. Here’s the Full Calendar

The 14th day of each month to dedicated to celebrating relationships with themed dates, gifts, and foods.

Most of us can likely only name a single romantic holiday: Valentine’s Day. Many young people in South Korea, however, are so passionate about dating culture that they’ve created love-themed holidays for the 14th of every month, plus a few bonus celebrations for good measure. In South Korea, women shower their partners with gifts on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), while the men reciprocate the following month on White Day (March 14th). The rest of the year consists of monthly themed occasions like Green Day, for sipping soju outdoors, and Music Day, for singing noraebang (karaoke) together. There’s even an official day dedicated to singles looking to drown their sorrows in noodles, which some have turned into an empowering day of independence. This calendar year, couples in South Korea can look forward to these 14 less-than-typical romantic holidays.

Start Planning Your Summer Vacation at These 9 Waterfront Airbnbs

Summer "fun in the sun" is contingent on a place to cool off.

With the news that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all adults by the end of spring, planning a summer vacation is no longer as wishful-thinking as it once was. Though things might not be perfect, they’re getting better, and as more and more individuals become vaccinated, the ability to safely travel once again is becoming a possibility we can finally consider. Vaccine scheduled and ready to finally get away (consider it a vaccine treat)? We’re rounding up the best waterfront Airbnbs for your summer getaways. Whether you’re wanting something tropical or lakeside, a place for you and your friends to reconnect, or a small and secluded home, we’ve got you covered with these nine rentals.