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iPoll Presents The Best Places For Shark Sightings

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There are plenty of scuba divers who have a tale to tell about a brush with a shark. This could mean going down to a coral reef to find Nemo only to have an unwanted fish with “dolls eyes” swim by. Then there are those divers who intentionally seek out the sharks. Usually, this would mean going over the side of a boat in a steel cage while giddy deckhands chum the waters. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see Jaws up close and personal. Definitely an adrenaline rush. The only stipulation for anyone going shark watching should be uttering the phrase, “We’re going to need a bigger boat” at least once every hour. You can get plenty of shark action during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. If you want to get closer, then iPoll has the perfect spots for you. Consider yourself duly warned.

Shark DivingShark feeding a.k.a. something I’ll never do in a million years. Image Source: flickr user: Joi Ito

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Written by Rick B.

August 7th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

iPoll Roundup: Cool Shark Flicks Other Than Jaws

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As the Discovery Channel is warming up the dorsal fins for its big Shark Week, we will no doubt be inundated with all things selachimorpha (look it up). In fact, if you were to do a Google news search for “shark attack” you would no doubt find a new entry every day. Today’s attack happened to a nine-year-old boy who was boogie-boarding off the Florida coast when a 3-foot shark tried to make him a snack. Luckily, for the kid, his mother was swimming right next to him and managed to scoop him out of the water. He’s got a severed Achilles’ tendon and ligament damage. Plus, the coolest story ever. For most of us, the closest we’ll come to any shark action is watching it play out on the big (or little) screen. Let’s stipulate that Jaws is the greatest shark movie ever made. Once you get over that hump, you can have some fun with sharks. Here is the iPoll roundup of the cool shark flicks other than Jaws.

Jaws Shark

Imagine having this show up in your fish tank. Image Source: flickr user: William Warby

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Written by Rick B.

August 6th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

iPoll Presents Everything You Need To Know About Sharks

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If you’re afraid of spiders, you have arachnophobia. If horses give you the shivers, you have equinophobia. If you cringe at the thought of worms, you have scoleciphobia. What about a fear of sharks? Actually, that would just make you sensible. The official classification of a fear of sharks is galeophobia from the Greek “galeos,” which roughly translated means “swimming fish machine of death.” I might be exaggerating there a bit. Although we might be afraid of sharks, we certainly have a fascination with the creatures. Any movie trailer that shows a fin in the water can guarantee box office gold. Over on the Discovery Channel, they’ve devoted a week to nothing but sharks for years. It’s the highest-rated week for the entire channel. As you get your chum ready for viewing, iPoll would like to load you up on everything you need to know about sharks. Always good to go into the waters as an expert.

Up Close With A Shark

Things I'll never do: Feed a shark. Image Source: flickr user: Joi Ito

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Written by Rick B.

August 5th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Take A Bite Out Of iPoll Surveys For Big Bucks

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Did you survive Sharknado: The Second One? This was the follow up to last year’s surprise, instant cult classic Sharknado. It’s kind of amazing that they could crank out a sequel in just a year. Then again, the production standards weren’t all that high to be begin with. If Sharknado has got you itching for more shark stuff, you’re in luck. Next week is Discovery Channel’s ode to the shark known as Shark Week. It’s all shark, all the time. The one thing that is unique about sharks is that they’re always in motion. They’re constantly on the prowl for their next meal. They can’t help themselves. They’re sharks! How does this relate to iPoll’s Mobile Missions? Well, you have to be in motion to take these special surveys. If you think of your next “prey” as money into your iPoll rewards account, then it is clear that iPoll’s Mobile Missions makes sharks of all of us.

At The Bank

Just got back from the bank and I’m happy to report I was making a deposit! Woo-hoo! Whilst there, I almost forgot about the Bank Mission that was waiting on my iPoll app. I’m always checking the app when I’m out and about but that doesn’t mean that I’m near a mission hotspot. That Bank Mission has been taunting me for quite some time. I have to admit there were times when I went to the bank but forgot the mission. Not today. BTW, as I was waiting for the telling to do their teller thing, I was doing the app. and got so caught up that I left my car keys on the counter. Rookie mistake.

Shark Breach

Not something you want to see when swimming. Image Source: flickr user: Travelbag Ltd

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Written by Rick B.

August 4th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

iPoll Encourages You To Go Hopping Among The Virgin Islands

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If your spin your vacation destination wheel and it lands on “The Virgin Islands,” you’re going to have to ask the wheel to be more specific. There are the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. Let’s stipulate for the record that any of the Virgin Islands would be a great place for a Caribbean getaway. However, for the purposes of this post we’ll focus our laser-like attention (SQUIRREL!) on the U.S. Virgin Islands that consist of St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, a little research reveals that there are 380 things to do on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Yeah, we’re not going to do all of those. We’re only going to pick the ones that involve the least amount of effort. This is a vacation, right?

Caribbean Perfection

A rainbow in Aruba? I'll take that. Image Source: flickr user: Mats Adamczak

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Written by Rick B.

August 1st, 2014 at 9:28 pm

iPoll Suggests That Relaxation Awaits In Aruba

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Of all the treasures that await you in the Caribbean, you might be the most surprised by Aruba. As island vacation spots go, Aruba is on the small side, measuring in at around 20 miles long. It’s also on the southern tip of what is considered the Caribbean. In fact, on a clear day you could see South America from Aruba’s shores. It is also part of the Netherlands. That would make the official language as Dutch. They also speak Papiamento, which is a kind of Creole masala of a language. Another surprise is that for a tiny island, they have a lot of local newspapers. Seven to be exact in various languages. These are all the little factoids that you might pick up from the locals but it’s not the reason to go to Aruba. The real reason for going to Aruba is that it is Aruba. Consider the evidence:

Aruba Flamingoes

You know you've landing in paradise when the flamingoes show up. Image Source: flickr user: David Stanley

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Written by Rick B.

July 31st, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Kick Back, the Caribbean Way: iPoll Explores Must-See Destinations in the Bahamas

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Suppose you were to pick a vacation destination that had over 700 places to visit? Seems a bit overwhelming, right? Well, down in the Caribbean, the chain of islands, cays, and inlets known as the Bahamas is really a collection of over 700 landmasses. Should you visit all 700? Not necessarily, as there are some standout stops that will address all your vacation desires. Zero in on Nassau, Abaco, Cat Island, Freeport, and Andros as your vacation destinations and you can’t go wrong. From these places, it is just an island hop by boat or puddle jumper plane to explore a new environment. iPoll is happy to sort through the sand to help you pick the hot spots for your Caribbean dream vacation.

 

Bahamas

What bliss looks like. Image Source: Flickr user ollie harridge

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Written by Rick B.

July 30th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

iPoll Takes in the Old World Charm of Puerto Rico

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Do you know your Caribbean archipelagos? As any seventh grade geography student will tell you, an archipelago is a chain of islands belonging to a singular group. Think of it as a big island with a lot of little bonus islands. Puerto Rico is an archipelago, and one of the more popular destinations in the Caribbean. Maybe it has to do with the fact that Puerto Rico is kinda, sorta part of the United States. Maybe it’s because of the old world charm you’ll find at this “rich port.” Or it could simply be popular because it’s the perfect place to bake in the sun and forget the rest of the world exists. In other words, it’s not a bad spot for a vacation. What can you do in Puerto Rico? Plenty.

Welcome to my new happy place. Image Source: Flickr user Trish Hartmann

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Written by Rick B.

July 29th, 2014 at 10:39 am

Mobile Army Monday: iPoll Goes Wherever You Go

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At the beginning of the summer, we discussed in great detail the idea of the “staycation,“  in which your family vacation uses your home as the destination. With a little investigating, there is plenty to do no matter what neck of the woods you’re in. As  fun as staycations can be, though, it’s hard to set aside images of white sand beaches, tropical sunsets, and frozen drinks with those tiny umbrellas. That’s why we’re headed to the Caribbean this week to poke around the islands. Naturally, you’ll have to pack your sunscreen, swimsuit, and your smartphone. You most certainly will want to continue taking iPoll Mobile Missions even when you’re traveling. Fortunately, iPoll goes where you go… even the car wash.

Ready for a Car Wash

The car wash is calling... big time! Image Source: Flickr user NatalieMaynor

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Written by Rick B.

July 28th, 2014 at 10:12 am

iPoll Wishes Batman a Happy 75th Birthday!

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If you go by potential Google results, Batman is the king of superheroes (at least today). He beats out Superman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, and Thor. Not bad for a senior citizen. Yes, Batman turns 75 this year, and his story is one of endurance, rebooting, and billions in merchandise rights. Just yesterday, the Internet blew up (sorta) with the Comic Con release of a stubble-chin Ben Affleck wearing the famous cowl for his appearance in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman big screen feature. Time to get to know a bit more about the caped crusader.

Batman

Batman making the rounds and selling video games. Image Source: Flickr user The Conmunity

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Written by Rick B.

July 25th, 2014 at 8:07 am