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5 unconventional things to be excited about in 2018


So long, farewell, 2017! Whether it was your year or not, it’s time to wipe that slate clean, reset your goals (or maintain them, because you’re rocking it!) and jump into the new year with a fresh breath of air. 2018 is going to be an exciting year, so we decided to put together a list of unconventional things to look forward to in the New Year! For starters…

Puppy bowl! Go sports!

It’s the year of the dog! We know you’re getting ready for Super Bowl LII, taking place In Minnesota in February, but are you ready for the Puppy Bowl? Every year, Animal Planet airs its own annual sporting event, the Puppy Bowl, featuring adoptable shelter puppies as they face off to compete for MVP: Most Valuable Puppy. Who will it be this year? Tune in to Animal Planet when you find yourself needing a Super Bowl break!

New California laws for pet shops

If you’ve ever adopted a dog or cat from a shelter, you know what a wonderful thing this can be—it not only saves the life of the pet, but it gives you a new friend to take home! At the end of the year, California will officially become the first state to ban pet shops from selling animals from puppy mills, which are large-scale commercial breeding facilities with a goal of profit over animal well-being.. According to Assembly Bill 485, this bill,

“Would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2019, a pet store operator from selling a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group, as defined, that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter, as specified.”

Celestial delights

A supermoon kicked off 2018 on January 1, but if you missed it—fret not. According to NASA, there will be a supermoon and lunar eclipse on January 31, where the “supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia. The Moon’s orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth.”

And because it’s the second occurrence of a full moon in a month—sometimes referred to as a Blue Moon—and it’s a supermoon, that makes it a super blue moon. Try saying that three times fast! NASA says to mark your calendars and head outside to gaze at the glory of these celestial treats.

Real-life Toy Story land

You’re never too old to enjoy a movie like Toy Story—and if you’re a millennial then you likely watched this movie (and its sequels) as a kid and maybe enjoyed it a little too much when showing it to your own kids. And now you can experience a real-life version of this classic film during the summer of 2018 with Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. So plan that family vacation now if you want to get in on Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash and giant board games with your favorite Toy Story characters.

Pump your own gas in Oregon! Finally!

Have you ever found yourself driving along the beautiful coast of Oregon, and then, bam! Your gas light comes on—so you pull into a gas station and find that you’re not allowed to pump your own gas? This might be off-putting to some, certainly. Until this year, Oregon and New Jersey were the only states with laws against pumping your own gas. And now, as of January 1, you’ll be able to take charge and get in on that gas-pumping action, thanks to House Bill 2482. But don’t get too excited, it only pertains to rural Oregon counties containing 40,000 residents or less.