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9 Things About You That Prove You Were A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle When You Were A Kid

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In these controversial times, children are growing up fast, but not as fast as you did. When you were young, you skipped right past being a kid and went straight to being a teenager — but also a mutant… as well as a ninja… and a turtle at the same time. Your childhood was a confusing period of self-realization.

1) You fought with your primos over who could be which Ninja Turtle.

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Nobody fought over Donatello. Ever. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

2) Pizza was then and is now still the highest rated meal on the food chart in your heart.

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Pizza really IS life. Have some delivered to your party and turn the fun up to 11!

3) You’ve been saying, “cowabunga” for too long.

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That cute girl at work gave you her phone number. Cowabunga! You’re getting money back after taxes instead of owing. Cowabunga! You’re living in an old folks home, but your grandkids are due to visit any day now. Cowabunga, all day!

4) You give Vanilla Ice a pass as a rapper because he rolled with the Turtles.

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If you trace your dislike for Vanilla Ice, the guy, you’ll find that it has more to do with your own jealousy than anything else — unless you’re Freddie Mercury (RIP) or David Bowie (RIP), it’s high time you got passed the “itty bitty ting” controversy.

Dude LEGIT hung out with the fearsome foursome!

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That fact alone is why he should be celebrated like the dancing guy from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, or at least, like U-God from the Wu-Tang Clan.

5) You don’t consider the Turtles to be naked because they wear headbands, belts, and weapons.

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A more discriminating fashionisto might suggest the official turtle dress code is basically something like “Thunderdome-era bondage meets color-coordinated Hamburglar,” with the first initial of your name on the belt buckle to tie it all together.

6) Dimension X informed your entire understanding of string theory and theoretical physics.

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If you’re a good guy turtle in this dimension, surely there must be a bad guy turtle version of you in another dimension. Science, it’s not just for nerds! Turtle power!

7) You made your own ninja weapons out of sticks.

 

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A broken branch was the main ingredient used to create DIY staffs, swords, sais, and with the help of your shoelaces, even nunchucks! Not as deadly as Abuela’s chancla-chucks, but at least they don’t smell like feet.

8) You know the best skateboarding can be found in the sewer.

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I bet there’s still jerks down there just watching and waiting to yell, “Do a ollie!”

9) You don’t have a problem with April, an adult human, being attracted to teenage turtles or vice versa.

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Things take a turn for the super creepy about 47 seconds into this clip as Michelangelo actually says, “She’s so hot I can feel my shell tightening.” Now, it’s not up to me to judge you, so as always, time will tell whether you’re a guy who’s pretty into some weird sh*t or if you’re just progressive af.

If all that sounds like you, then stand up and meet your Turtle brethren for a three-fingered high five!

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Congratulations! Master Splinter definitely taught you to be a ninja teen (he’s a radical rat!), but he also impressed upon you that Leonardo leads and Donatello does machines (that’s a fact, Jack!). You knew Raphael was cool, but crude (gimme a break!), and that Michelangelo was a party dude (party!).

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Were you Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello or Michelangelo? Tag your friends if they were also heroes in a half shell! Comment and hit the share button below!

Mind Blown: Two Women In Cuba Invented An Extraordinary Way To Deliver Pizza From Their Rooftop Apartment

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Mind Blown: Two Women In Cuba Invented An Extraordinary Way To Deliver Pizza From Their Rooftop Apartment

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If you have a passion for something, there isn’t anyone or anything that will stop you from doing it. Success in any field, whether it is in your career, personal growth, family goals, etc., takes persistence and dedication. You must have a clear vision of how to make your goals and dreams a realization. The key is also understanding when to listen to others and follow critical advice. These are the many lessons we learned from two incredible Latina entrepreneurs from Cuba. 

Marta Castaeda is the owner of A Mi Manera (My Way) Pizzeria in Havana, Cuba, who found a perfect solution to selling pizzas from her apartment. 

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Castaeda began her pizza business in 2010 with her husband, but after his unfortunate death, Castaeda partnered up with another woman, Marta del Barrio, and a new chapter of her business came to fruition.

According to Great Big Story, who interviewed the two women, the Marta’s said that they initially sold their pizza in a standard way. You see, they run their business from their apartment, and their kitchen is on the top floor of the building. When the pizzas were ready to serve, one of the Marta’s would have to walk down the flight of stairs, hand it to the customer, and walk back up. Castaeda said this method was tiresome. We can only imagine. Then a stroke of genius changed everything for their business. 

Lots of people suggested ways to perfect their business, but one person gave a stellar idea on how to sell pizzas more efficiently: send the pizza down on a basket. 

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The invention worked. From then on the women took the orders downstairs, they’d call it up to the cook via phone, make the pizza, and deliver it down on the basket. While this is most definitely a clever and marketable way to sell pizza, they — like any business — also had some hiccups with this clever invention.

Castaeda recalled that one time, while a pizza was being sent down on a basket, it fell out and landed on a woman’s head. Now, we’ve lived in New York City long enough to know that if something is going to hit us on the head, we sure would rather be struck by a pizza than anything else. 

Castaeda is proud of her business, her partner, and how they’ve managed to be a successful, money-making venture in a nontraditional capitalist country. 

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“Here we have to find a way to sell, to be able to maintain the license, so that’s what we have done with our resources, look for solutions,” Castaeda said, according to The Cuban History. She also said that people come from all over the island — not to mention all over the world — to try out her pizza. But mostly to see the pizza come down in its signature way from the rooftop. 

The name of her business A Mi Manera is at the heart of what makes this pizzeria a hit with the people. 

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Castaeda discloses that pizzas are made exactly how the people want it. They can choose from a variety of toppings because the real taste that differentiates this pizza from the rest is in the sauce and handmade dough. While she does not disclose what’s exactly in the recipe, the pizzas are clearly a hit because people come from everywhere just to eat them. 

According to The Cuban History, each pizza typically sells for 12 Cuban pesos which are about 50 cents. We have one piece of advice for the owners of A Mi Manera pizzeria: increase those prices! Especially for tourists!! We also suggest they trademark this clever way of selling pizzas. We’re certain any pizza entrepreneur in the United States will see this and try to market it for themselves. 

At the end of the day, Castaeda said it’s not about making money but rather enjoying each other’s company by providing good food and humor.  

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“Pizza helps Cuba survive and persevere,” Castaeda said in her interview with Great Big Story. She adds that they are always looking for ways to improve their business and she’s always open to new ideas especially from her partner. 

So how do they keep up with demand even on the busiest days? Castaeda said she always ready to for light humor on the job and is ready to make someone smile. 

“I always try to do things while laughing,” she said, “because laughter brightens up the day.” 

This woman needs to be lecturing business courses at every top university! Now, for the most important information. A Mi Manera Pizzeria is located at 919 Neptuno, La Habana, Cuba. You’re welcome! 

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They Couldn’t Find A Job Because Of Discrimination, So They Did The Next Best Thing

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They Couldn’t Find A Job Because Of Discrimination, So They Did The Next Best Thing

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Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Los Perejiles is pizza catering service that offers way more than a few pies or delicious, warm pastries, the Guardian reports. The fast-rising company offers jobs to young men and women with Down Syndrome who are often discriminated by potential employers. Tired of being overlooked, a group of four young men with Down Syndrome decided to do something about it.

In 2015, this group of four young men decided that if no one would hire them, they would just create their own business.

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With a desire to work, and only discrimination holding them back, Franco, Leandro, Mateo, and Mauricio (pictured left to right) became entrepreneurs, opening their own restaurant, Los Perejiles.

With each founding member capitalizing on their own talents in the kitchen, the industrious group found a real recipe for success.

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By 2016, Los Perejiles was catering a few small affairs around Buenos Aires.

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The four chefs began catering events in schools, private gathers, and buisness events, La Nacion reports.

Word of mouth spread, and the demand for Los Perejiles catering ramped up.

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Los Perejiles keeps a Facebook photo album for every event they’ve worked. Each album shows how the gatherings have increased over time. Since 2016, the company has amassed a following over more than 35,000 Facebook fans.

And Los Perejiles had to expand its own staff to meet the demand.

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These days, the small crew has a main office in Buenos Aires’ Plaza de Mayo, and caters around the city as well as in the North, La Nacion reports. When they aren’t busy with events, the group hands out food to the homeless population in Buenos Aires.

For co-founder Leandro Lopez, success means that Los Perejiles can hire people who may not otherwise get a job.

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Lopez told ACI Prensa that he wanted to show that it was normal for people with Down Syndrome to be part of the workforce: “The idea was to change the paradigm around Down Syndrome.”

To date, Los Perejiles has catered over 128 events, and it employs 24 men and women with Down Syndrome.

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Lopez told ACIPrensa, “It seems to me that we all have the right to two fundamental things, to life and to be taken into account. These two premises can make a happy living person his whole life.”

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