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    My 2-year-old nearly got me kicked off a plane. The reason? She refused to sit in her seat during takeoff, and that was just takeoff. How would I survive the next five hours? Suffice to say, long plane flights with kids can shave years off a parent's life. Children just aren't designed to stay in the cramped confines of an airplane seat for hours, and even an endless stream of on-demand movies can only entertain for so long. That's why British Airways conducted a study on the best toys for plane trips with kids, placing 30 youngsters aged 2 to 10 on a flight with a selection of toys, then observing what happened. (Believe it or not, the iPad paled in comparison to more basic options.)

    Here are the toys that occupied the kids for the longest amount of time.

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    Like a lot of people out there, my father hates to fly. He would rather spend 24 hours traveling by bus or train than to hop on a flight. I always thought he was being ridiculous until I came across the TSA Instagram account. You won't believe the types of things people try to get aboard planes -- even in this day and age of heightened security. Take a look at these incredibly scary and dangerous accessories passengers are caught with.

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    Ah the stages of packing for a vacation: From excitement to procrastination to the good start to the panicked tossing of everything in your suitcase, and off you go -- only to find out you packed all the wrong stuff. How do you make the whole process simpler and still end up with the right clothes?

    For me, packing for a summer vacation is all about reading the weather report, picking out separates in the same color family (so you can mix and match), planning to repeat a few things, and preparing for a few surprises. Here is my essential summer vacation packing list.

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    Talk about a role reversal. A trucker pulled over an Illinois state trooper he saw driving recklessly. According to the big rig driver, the officer was talking on his cell phone and going well over the speed limit on the rain-slicked highway. He honked his horn until the cop stopped and their entire exchange was caught on a cell phone camera.  It has over 3,000,000 views in the week since it was uploaded to YouTube. Once you watch, you will see why.

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    Summer vacation with the family is always a mixed bag. Making memories to last a lifetime comes with its fair share of cost -- most of which involves whining, putting up with annoying siblings, and some degree of hauling ridiculous amounts of luggage. A small price to pay, right?

    And those are the good vacations.

    Of course, small, petty annoyances are one thing. For some, vacations end up being much worse. In fact, some trips turn out to be an absolute debacle. The irony is: it's sometimes those messy vacations -- the ones with stories that last a lifetime -- that create our most enduring memories. We polled parents across the country to share some of their biggest vacation snafus with us. We got some doozies. Here are 10 memorable, hilarious vacation fails that somehow became classic family tales:

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    Is there anything better than camping during the early summer months? The temperature is nice during the day and gets just cool enough at night. You have an excuse to gather your family around a roaring campfire and cook meals while exchanging terrible knock-knock jokes and just laughter in general.

    But sometimes it can be tricky to find ways of keeping those younger campers in our parties entertained! There are only so many times you can send them to collect kindling for the fire before they claim slave labor. Never fear, for we are here! And we've brought with us 5 free printable campfire games perfect for the wee ones.

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    If you've ever been on a plane with a toddler, then you know all too well that doing so could probably be used as a form of torture.

    Sure, flying with a baby is tough too, but air travel really goes to a whole new level of suck once they grow up a little and become mobile. It's like the minute you sit down in the seat, they're all, "You mean I can't climb onto the floor and/or run up and down the aisles? Oh, HELL NO."

    Here's a general rundown of what flights with toddlers in tow are really like for moms.

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    Next stop, Scotland! After a spell of no sightings at all, it looks like Loch Ness's infamous monster might finally have surfaced! No, not literally -- but it's almost as good. Using sonar technology, Skipper John Askew aboard the Jacobite Queen won't say that he's found Nessie, but he will say that spending days going up and down the Loch on his ship, he's NEVER seen results like this on his sonar before. Be still my trembling heart -- NESSIE LIVES!

    I know it might make some people snicker, but I can't help believing in the Loch Ness monster. Good ol' Nessie. Let me be clear. I like to think of myself as being intelligent and reasonably well-informed. I'm not gullible. I actually think it's important for all intelligent people to keep an open mind. I quote a dear friend's dad when she asked him if he believed in ghosts. "I don't disbelieve in them."

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    Up until now they've seemed pretty darn happy together (much to our surprise) -- but Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell just made a move that will test their relationship once and for all.

    I'm sure you can already guess where I'm going with this based on this photo of the two of them in the car. Yep. They're on a road trip of sorts, people.

    And you know what that means, right? They're about to be all up in each other's business 24/7, which will result in them either a.) being more in love and committed to each other than ever, or b.) being so freakin' annoyed with each other that they have to rent a second car for the return trip.

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    Ask anyone from La Leche League and they'll tell you that boobs and children simply don't mix. Yes, you bet I'm being extremely sarcastic right now, but one Disneyland worker would definitely argue in favor of keeping our womanly assets well hidden if we want to enjoy the happiest place on Earth. He even went as far as scolding a mom for letting her cleavage peek out!

    Melissa Behnken was enjoying a day at the theme park with her Marine husband and three kids when an elderly male Disneyland worker reportedly approached her and told her she needed to "pull her top up." When she asked him if he was serious, he replied, "This is a family park. You are showing too much."

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