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“The poisoned candy scare was a moral panic in the United States (and Canada) during the 1970s and 1980s regarding the threat that children could be in danger of ingesting razor blades, needles, or poison introduced to candy by tampering, especially during traditional Halloween trick-or-treating. Apart from one incident—actually an act of premeditated murder by a trick-or-treater’s father—there have been no recorded incidents of deliberately poisoned candy during Halloween or any similar occasion. ” wikipedia.org
Every year around this time, this topic comes up and every year I have to explain to at least a few people that what they are talking about is an urban legend. Halloween candy is your friend, don’t fear it. Sadly it is because of the panic this rumor ensued that it is illegal in several states to hand out homemade treats which is a real shame, imagine the days when there was a change the door you knocked on had a freshly made candy apple for your treat.
A few simple rules should always be exercised, I like to refer to them as common sense:
1. Take a few moments to check over your kids candy before they are allowed to start gobbling it down like true little goblins.
2 Take out any damaged or open pieces, set aside or eat them yourself.
3. Use your best judgment, based on your child’s age some hard candy or gum could be a choking hazard, so you can scarf that stuff as well.
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World Animal day has been recognized every October 4th since 1931! World Animal Day (WAD) is a world-wide event so there is likely to be an event near you! Check your local zoo (National Geographic and zoos across the United States and Canada are working together to celebrate World Animal Day). Check the event calendar on the official World Animal Day website. No matter how you do it, if you care about the animals of this planet, find some way to get involved, to create awareness or to just plain have a good time.
Now, I’d like to draw attention to the Endangered Red Panda. Look at that face…
Red pandas live in the cool temperate bamboo forests in Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces in China, in the Himalayas, and in Myanmar. They share part of their range with giant pandas.
I was wondering around google doing a little research when I discovered, google is a jerk:
Form a team of 2 to 4 people, and apply to become official StumbleUpon ambassadors. If your team’s chosen, sign up as many users as possible between October 22, 2010 and March 1, 2011. It’s that simple!*
1,000 signups: FlipCams for all team members
5,000 signups: iPads for all team members
The team with the highest number of signups over 5,000 receives a vacation for the whole team (hotel + flight credit up to $5,000).
Stumbling on the go! How fantastic is THAT! Now you can whip out your smart phone and check your shares, reply to friends and click the stumble button for the all around boredom cure!
This free app allows you to thumb up sites you like and share them with your friends, even while on a long road trip with that friend that never shuts up! I whip out my droid and stumble in parking lots waiting for habitually late people and am no longer irritated about having to wait an extra 15min from the time I was instructed to be there. Doctor office waiting rooms are no longer hell on earth… Thank you Stumble app… thank you so much!
“Stay tuned for future updates to this app coming soon, like the ability to see the number of shares you have waiting right beside your text message and email notifications, the ability to find new Stumblers to follow, and more! (And for those of you using a web-enabled mobile device other than an iPhone or an Android phone, we’re investigating StumbleUpon app possibilities for other mobile operating systems. We’ll update our blog with any developments on that front!)”
Oh I’ll be staying tuned all right, from my phone!!!
There is also an app for ipad users.
For those of you that think “it isn’t that bad” or “the media is making more of this than it is” maybe this live feed will help you put it into perspective. Millions upon millions of gallons of oil are spilling into the ocean at a incomprehensible rate and it is going to affect the whole world.
It is actually a proven fact that smart girls have messy rooms. They are just too busy doing way cooler things to clean their rooms. Another closely guarded secret is that most geek girls are totally hawt, they just don’t want all the pervy guys to know that because they already snort all over them just because they are female. I am not talking about those “pretend” geek girls who are actually models dressed up as your favorite World of Warcraft toons at the conventions. I am talking about the girl sitting at her desk that could teach you a thing or two about CS4 or how to hack Firefox in her sleep.
Celebrate Geek Pride Day, buy the nearest geek some Starbucks and don’t tell them they are too pale because without them, well… the internet would pretty much suck.
Your rights on Geek Day (Via Wiki):
1. The right to be even geekier.
2. The right to not leave your house.
3. The right to not have a significant other and to be a virgin.
4. The right to not like football or any other sport.
5. The right to associate with other nerds.
6. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
7. The right to have all the geeky friends that you want.
8. The right to not be “in-style.”
9. The right to be overweight and have poor eyesight.
10. The right to show off your geekiness.
11. The right to take over the world.
1. Be a geek, no matter what.
2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
4. Save any and all geeky things you have.
5. Do everything you can to show off your geeky stuff as though it were a “museum of geekiness.”
6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
10. Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
11. Try to take over the world!
Scenes are being removed from the new season of ‘Doctor Who’ at every turn. The season premiere where Matt Smith removes his shirt near the end of the episode caused a lot of controversy when it first aired, mostly because his new companion refused to turn away and watched him undress with great intent, fair enough. So they removed it but what I want to know is how they managed to remove all mention of it from the internet as well?
There were blogs all over the place talking about that scene and now you can google your heart away and find nothing. How did you do that BBC? More to the point, WHY? Will this scene be included in the box set when the season is released on DVD or is it just gone forever?
Was this scene really so bad? See the clip below:
Tell me what you think and *please* leave any blogs you have found on this subject in the comments section.
In the quest for alternative, small-scale energy producing technology, one company has invented a device that can power electronics with something you’ve been just flushing down the toilet all this time–your pee. The portable, pee-powered battery, called MetalCell, can create enough of a charge to power a laptop for over four hours. The technology, while seeming to be modern, is actually reminiscent of an electricity producing method used close to 2 thousand years ago.
According to Popular Science, the battery was designed by a South Korean company for military situations where it may be hard to find power for electronic gadgets. It’s small enough to be transported easily and can produce energy to run equipment when no other sources are available.
Aside from urine, the MetalCell can produce electricity with just saltwater. Inside the battery are magnesium plates which react with sodium to generate a small amount of electricity. A report on the MetalCell’s capabilities says the chemical reaction may be a more convenient power generating method other methods are unavailable:
The device, known as MetalCell, is a backup power source that runs on sodium and can keep a laptop charged for more than four hours, its maker says. The design is relatively simple: a small, ruggedized box with magnesium plates inside. If an electrical gadget — anything from a computer to a flashlight — runs out of energy, a soldier on the battlefield could pour saltwater into the MetalCell and use the device as an emergency power source.
This method of producing a small amount of electricity resembles technology that dates back to nearly 2 thousand years. An artifact was discovered bearing similar qualities that may have been used to generate low-level voltage. Known as Baghdad Batteries, terracotta jars were found containing a copper cylinder and an iron rod that some believe could produce electricity when an acidic substance, like lemon juice, was added.
Just how much electricity the MetalCell can produce, and how readily available the materials needed to make are, could determine its viability in non-military applications. While it may not be superior to renewable sources like wind or solar generated power for long term energy needs, this pee-powered device could be an alternative in the future–or for when nature calls.
This tech has been around for a while (2000 years apparently) but we are just learning how to utilize it again. So now we have wind power, solar power and PEE POWER! Explain THAT to Captain Planet. In all seriousness this is some pretty cool
sh**, there is a similar pee power story by National Geographic below.