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This isn’t the typical calendar we feature on Homorazzi, but it’s so darn adorable, I couldn’t resist. Philip Kirkman (live432.com) and Shannon McLaughlin (Fauna Photography) gathered New York City’s best-humored taxi drivers for their project. These gentlemen put a face to one of the most dedicated workforces in NYC, driving day and night to transport New Yorkers and our guests alike. I’d gladly take a ride with any of these cabbies. I love drivers that have a sense of humor and these guys demonstrate they have plenty.

According to the website, 100% of net sales proceeds will go to University Settlement. For over 125 years, America’s oldest settlement house have been serving over 30,000 immigrant and working individuals and families every year with basic services like quality education, housing, and literacy programs. They are based in the city’s Lower East Side. Check out the adorably cute calendar below.

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Instagram 2013 Year In Review

In: Donovan, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads
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Last year, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand was the most Instagrammed location. In 2013, it falls all the way to #9. Fret not Thai people, the top slot still remains within the country at Siam Paragon, a shopping mall in Bangkok earning the distinction as Most Instagrammed location of 2013. Random, right?

New to the list this year are Walt Disney World, High Line and Central Park in New York City and the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Au revoir Eiffel Tower, you’ve been bumped off the list. Coming up just short in second place is Times Square in New York. If it’s any consolation prize to the Big Apple, it came first on the social media’s most Instagrammed cities of the year list.

Check out the rest of the top locations below, along with stats about the most popular picture and holiday of the year.

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If you are of superstitious nature, then today is definitely not your day: Friday the 13th. I learned an interesting fact that Friday the 13th will happen at least once a year but never more than three. If the month begins on a Sunday, then you are destined for a Friday the 13th. The fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia.

According to history, there was no sign of a Friday the 13th phobia before the 19th century. One thesis states that the superstition came from the amalgamation of two older thoughts: that 13 is an unlucky number and Friday is an unlucky day. I also read that during the last supper, there were 13 sitting at the table. Therefore, it brings the idea that if you dine with 12 by your side, death may come to one who eats with you. Crazy theory I know but really interesting when you think that Jesus ate his last meal with his twelve disciples and then was hung from a cross. (Meanwhile, everyone reading this article is cancelling their weekend dinner plans or adding more to the bunch.)

So is there any way to save of us from the perils of the cursed day? In my hunt for research on why this day is so damn unlucky, I also came across some ways to keep yourself safe from the things that may (or may not) happen to you on this day of doom. Try them out, they may be helpful to you.

All 13 tips to improve your luck after the jump.

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You know what I’m thankful for? Todrick Hall, that’s what. The American Idol alum consistently delivers highly-entertaining parodies and spoofs. His ability to put a new (often times ghetto) spin on classic tales is outstanding. This time around he strays from his usual inspirations (Disney films) and targets a classic holiday tale. Hall puts some Gangsta HollyHood flava on How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

While I’m not a huge fan of the Dr. Seuss story, I thoroughly enjoyed How The Grinch Stole Crenshaw. What can I say, I love me a ratchet fairy tale. Todrick released his latest exclusively on WTF (WhatTheFunny.com). It’s Marlon Wayans’ answer to Funny or Die. Check out the clip below.

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Tasty Holiday Season Drink Cocktails

In: Charge It, Donovan, Random Reads
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Today marks the official start to the hectic holiday season. Love this time of year. Being the good little hospitable gay that you are, I’m sure you’re hosting some sort of party in December. Whether it’s an open house, an intimate orphan Christmas dinner or a New Year’s extravaganza, I have a few tasty drink recipes you should give a try. I have a cocktail recipe to suit the tastebuds of any guest you’ll be entertaining.

The EFFEN Toasted White Cranberry and Sauza Cider Hot Toddy are perfect to accompany a lovely holiday feast or fireside conversation. The EFFEN Salted Caramel Chai Sangria brings just the right amount of spice to a traditional sangria cocktail, perfect for cutting that winter chill.  Mix up a batch that serves 20 and keep your guests happy all night long!  The Orange Truffle Delight is also the perfect accompaniment to any party and a breeze to whip up for multiple people in a flash. Check them all out below.

EFFEN® Toasted White Cranberry

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  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 1 3/4 parts White Cranberry Juice
  • 1/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: Toasted Coconut Flakes

Instructions
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

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I’m sure you’ve all read about disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford by now. If you haven’t, the controversial political leader’s story is brought to life in a new biopic. The film details his battles with alcohol, drugs, and the city he was elected to run. So sit back and enjoy this rip-roaring comedy that critics are calling “Hilarious and entertaining!”

Playing Ford is none other than Chris Farley. Before you do a Google search, the late actor hasn’t risen from the dead. Instead, this hilarious faux trailer consists of spliced footage from Farley’s films including Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and more. No disrespect to Bobby Moynihan, but if Farley was still kicking around, he would’ve crushed playing Ford on SNL. Chris’ brother also agrees and tweeted a similar sentiment. Check out the clip below.

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen Jean-Claude Van Damme’s video where he’s doing the splits between two trucks. The viral clip demonstrating the precision and directional stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering has amassed over 34 million views since debuting last week. With that kind of popularity, naturally spoofs were bound to follow.

Taking a break while filming 22 Jump Street, Channing Tatum filmed a parody of Van Damme’s signature splits. Instead of two massive trucks supporting his feet, he opts for two food carts being pushed by members of the movie’s crew. Obviously without the stability of Volvo’s technology, things go awry for Tatum. Without spoiling too much, last year’s People’s Sexiest Man Alive’s clip ends with him yelling a few expletives while holding his naughty bits. Check it out below.

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Based on the photo above, I’m pretty sure you can figure out what word Oxford Dictionary declared as the word of the year. Not even with Miley Cyrus’ infamous MTV VMA performance, could ‘twerk‘ beat ‘selfie‘ for Oxford’s 2013 title.

(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. – Oxford’s official definition

The word ‘selfie’s’ origin dates back to a 2002 posting to an Australian Web forum, according to Reuters. Oxford’s editors found the use of the word increased by 17,000% since last year.

Do you think Oxford dictionary picked the rightful winner for 2013? If not, what word would define the year for you? Sound off below.

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