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Tank Top Tuesday!

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As you may know, Las Vegas gets hot during the summer. Really, really hot. That’s why a few of us in Zappos Development have decided to start what we affectionately like to call “Tank Top Tuesdays”. It’s literally just that; every Tuesday, we rock our super awesome tank tops for everyone in the office to admire. Yes, even the dudes…or should I say, especially the dudes!

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Just a Little Weird...

“To be honest Mom, they’re all just a little bit weird,” that was the only phrase I could muster when my mother asked me how I was getting along with the other interns after my first week here in Vegas. I had just left all of my closest friends in New York City, and here I am on the other side of the country with a group of strangers who would comprise my new social circle.

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“Mom, they’re all from weird places like Canada, Alaska, and like – Michigan. One of them is obsessed with nail polish, one of them was born a conjoined twin, one has deformed fingers and there’s even a girl with a cat.” At first I was bewildered, I thought to myself, how did they pick the 17 weirdest people in the country for me to work and live with? But, then it hit me, that’s the beauty of Zappos, that we get to work in an environment that embraces and encourages weirdness. It’s even one of our core values. A place where it’s completely OKAY to be yourself, where you can wear WHATEVER you want to work, and put up as many Justin Bieber and Edward Cullen posters at your desk that’ll fit. I feel like one of the luckiest people on earth. I’m immensely proud to say that I work with a “stone-cold pack of weirdos,” and that I’m one of them, and that I may even be the weirdest. And yes, that was a quote from Bridesmaids; the interns are obsessed with quoting that movie.

I was super nervous at first to trade in the gritty streets of NYC that I called my home, for the sunny lanes of Las Vegas. Like I said before, in NYC the weirdos are all on the street, here in Vegas, they all work at Zappos. I realize now that it was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. I thought I would constantly miss NYC, but the Zappos family is so welcoming, I feel like I’ve lived here forever. One of the things that initially struck me about living and working here, is how in NYC it’s unheard of to hold the door for the person walking behind you (I’m guilty of this). You only crack the door open a slither, that’s just wide enough for you to slip through. Here at Zappos, we fight to hold the door open for one another, no matter how large the procession, no matter how long you have to stand there. Even better, while you do it, you smile and greet every person that comes through; it’s quirks like this that make Zappos an amazing place.

I have my fair share of internship horror stories. There was that time I was working at that magazine, and I had to walk the Editor-in-Chief’s aggressive toy-SharPei every day through Soho. There was also that time my boss made me pass out fliers in the grueling sun of Midtown. And let’s not forget I even worked for someone on the Lower East Side who didn’t know my name. But, so far here at Zappos, everything is smooth sailing. Horror stories like that don’t exist at Zappos. No matter what this zany and scorching Las Vegas summer has in store for me, I’m glad I’ve got a family of 17 Zapponians (who are all just a-little-weird) to experience it with.

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Instant Dance Party at Zappos HQ Lobby!

If you come out for a tour of Zappos HQ, make sure NOT to press the button…unless you want to be surrounded by pure awesomeness. You’ve been warned!

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A Musical "Thank You" From Our ZFC Family

Our Zappos KY family recently sent us some holiday cheer via an accordion-gram. They sent this awesome guy to serenade the Zappos HQ offices as a thank you for the team effort in getting the new WMS project up and running in the ZFC.

Big thanks to our ZFC family for putting a smile on our faces with some sweet accordion tunes!

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Zappos vs. Amazon: 5th Annual Tech Donut Eating Contest!

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Yesterday, our tech team hosted one of the "sweetest" (sometimes stomach-churning) traditions at Zappos--the Tech Donut Eating Contest. We faced off against Amazon.com in an all-out donut war. Unfortunately, Amazon won. The winner ate a whopping 24 donuts in just 20 minutes!

Fortunately, nobody got sick, although some looked close to it...

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Cake in the Face!

Birthday pranks are awesome, which is why they are such a common occurrence around here.

By the looks of it, Mauricio had an awesome and messy birthday!

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Zappos Parcourse Fun

In an effort to stay healthy and have fun during breaks, our wonderful Benefits team designed a parcourse around Zappos HQ for everyone to partake in. This is just another way we infuse a little fun into our days in the office…while getting in our exercise at the same time!

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Hsiehwalking: Chuck Norris Edition

What started out as a routine “Hsiehwalking” shoot, quickly turned into a Chuck Norris Facts spree!

Join “Tony Hsieh” (AKA Phil, his stunt double) as he walks around looking for Chuck Norris gold.