Love Plants But Can’t Keep Them Alive? This Service Will Ship You a New One Every Month

House Plant Box
House Plant Box

House plants are more than just decorative. Research has shown that plants can purify indoor air, help you focus, and lower stress levels. (Yes, they do also make for very nice decor.) Unfortunately, not everyone is great at keeping plants alive. If that's the case with you, a new subscription service called House Plant Box is here to help.

The program—which is aimed at all plant lovers, to be clear, not just brown thumbs—is designed to deliver you new house plants on a monthly basis. For as little as $12 a month, you get a new, in-season indoor plant chosen by the experts at House Plant Shop, an online plant store based in Southern California.

You can choose between a few different options. There’s three standard boxes that include one plant for $12 a month: one box for all-season indoor plants, one for air plants, and one for succulents. Because a number of common houseplants are toxic to cats, dogs, or both, there’s another $12 box exclusively devoted to pet-safe house plants.

Plants from the succulent House Plant Box subscription option
House Plant Box

There are also two premium box options that offer a variety of plants for $30 a month. One box features a grab bag of house plants that can include air plants, succulents, and other species, while the other box offers a selection of air plants.

You can choose to pay month-to-month, once every three months, once every six months, or once a year, with discounted rates for longer subscription terms. All of the subscriptions include periodic surprises in the form of terrariums, fertilizer, and other accessories.

The subscription is great for anyone who worships all things green and can never have too many plants around the house, but you don’t have to be an obsessive botanist to enjoy it. You could use your endless supply of greenery to give all your dinner party hosts leafy gifts, or use them to decorate your office. And of course, while we can’t condone killing your plants, it would also be very handy if you're a newbie gardener whose plants don’t have a great survival rate.

Snag yourself (or your loved ones) a subscription on the House Plant Box website.

Stranger Things Fans Can Now Buy a 6-Foot-Tall Demogorgon Sprinkler

BigMouth Inc., Amazon
BigMouth Inc., Amazon

Some fans watch a show and then talk about it. Others create art inspired by it. Others develop far-out theories. But sometimes, fans go even further than that—like when pool accessory company BigMouth Inc. revealed its massive Stranger Things-inspired, inflatable Demogorgon sprinkler, which is now available for any fan to purchase.

The sprinkler, the perfect gift for those wishing to combine their love of sci-fi monstrosities and thorough lawn irrigation, stands 6 feet tall and can be connected to any standard hose, allowing it to spurt water from its horrifying open face, according to House Beautiful. And for fans thinking it can only be found in the far corners of the internet, fear not: the sprinkler is available now at Target and on Amazon.

If you want a less flashy way to show off your Stranger Things fandom this summer, BigMouth Inc. also sells a plethora of other novelty items based on the show, like an Upside Down-themed pool tube, Scoops Ahoy floating cupholders, and a float based on one of Eleven’s trademark waffles. (See all the options on Amazon here.)

This marks the latest in a series of collaborations for the hugely successful Netflix series. Prior to its release, Stranger Things teamed with both H&M and Nike to release clothing and shoes inspired by the series. It also collaborated with Coca-Cola to produce a limited edition collection of New Coke cans inspired by a moment in the third season.

We’re glad there’s a plethora of Stranger Things merchandise available, even the terrifying Demogorgon sprinkler—it sounds just ridiculous enough to buy right away. It's available at Target or Amazon for $100.

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The World’s Steepest Street Is in Harlech, Wales

Tonktiti/iStock via Getty Images
Tonktiti/iStock via Getty Images

It wasn’t by chance that Ffordd Pen Llech just clinched the Guinness World Record for the world’s steepest street: The townspeople of Harlech, Wales, worked hard to steal the recognition from Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

At its steepest point, the gradient of the street in Wales is 37.5 percent, beating out Baldwin Street’s 35 percent. “I feel sorry for Baldwin Street and the New Zealanders,” Gwyn Headley, who spearheaded the campaign, told The Guardian, “But steeper is steeper.”

Guinness World Records has a surprising 10 criteria for the honor, including a blueprint of the street in question. This was the toughest for Harlech residents, because the thousand-year-old road was there long before roads were planned out with blueprints. So surveyor Myrddyn Phillips created one from scratch, using a satellite dish and chalk to calculate every possible measurement. Another criterion is that the road must actually be used by both people and vehicles. This one was easy, considering it leads to Harlech Castle, a UNESCO Heritage Site that was built over 700 years ago.

Having just lost to England in the Cricket World Cup, New Zealand is having a rough month—which Headley does feel bad about. “At least they have the Rugby World Cup … for the moment,” she said.

Because of its opportunities for bikers, motorcyclists, and other thrill seekers, Baldwin Street has become something of a tourist destination, which Dunedin residents have capitalized on by establishing nearby food, drink, and souvenir shops. Since the street is just as steep as it was before losing the world record, it’ll likely still function as a tourist attraction. But the townspeople are understandably disappointed, and one even suggested resurfacing it to increase the gradient.

In the meantime, Harlech is planning a party. “We know the anticipation has been building for quite some time now and I’m pleased to see the outcome has brought such joy to the residents,” Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday told The Guardian. “I hope Harlech enjoys the celebrations and that the new title brings lots of people to the beautiful town.”

[h/t The Guardian]

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