When I was in elementary school, I was so intrigued by tornadoes. My dad told me that sometimes the wind of a tornado moves so fast, it can stab a piece of straw through a tree! I had heard that tornadoes would sometimes tear through a person’s house and destroy almost everything, but their glassware cabinets would remain intact, without a single broken glass. Then, I went to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and learned that a chicken had been found alive in a bottle neck jug after a tornado (I later discovered this was a myth). As an eight year old, I found all these quirky facts about tornadoes fascinating.
Tornadoes have always caused me wonder and amazement, but they are not all witches on bikes, and flying houses. Tornadoes are very deadly. A large tornado’s wind speed can be over 200 mph, which gives them “the power to destroy everything.”
We have all heard or read about the most recent tornado in Oklahoma, and the amount of destruction it caused is stunning and sad. 24 people died and approximately 13,000 structures were demolished. My thoughts go out to the victims and the families in Moore, Oklahoma.
I WANT GOOGLE FIBER AND I WANT IT NOW! Are you with me? I bet you are, but I am one of the lucky ones in Austin who could have 1GB internet by this time next year! Since July 2012, Google has been implementing their fiber service in Kansas City and the local internet service providers are peeing their pants.
Time Warner and AT&T cannot compete with Google’s speed or price. When Google announced they were coming to Austin, AT&T announced they would be offering 1BG internet just like Google (as long as they got all of the same city incentives Google will receive). Just like the younger sibling who says “that’s not fair!” – AT&T hasn’t done the research or groundwork for laying 1GB fiber. They haven’t been working with the city for the last year or two on building the infrastructure needed using the newest fiber cables like Google has. AT&T’s statement is a complete bluff.
And unless you’re a cable company executive, you’ll be ecstatic when fiber hits your town too. All ISPs will now have competitive speeds and lower pricing. Its already happening in Kansas City. Google has the balls to stand up to the ISP oligarchy and put them in their place. Give them a helping hand when they arrive in your city. [Via]Share This Infographic
After going full-on vegetarian this year, I’ve seen my body react poorly to the new changes in my diet. I’ve seen more running injuries, (shin splints were never a problem before this year!) and an overall continuous feeling of exhaustion. One day, I developed patches on my tongue and cuts on the corners of my mouth. I put these symptoms aside and blamed them on the new mouth guard I’ve been sleeping with. But after two weeks the cuts never went away, and I started to get annoyed. I consulted Google to see if there were other ways of closing up the stubborn cuts on my mouth. Turns out, the cuts weren’t there because of my new mouth guard, they had developed because I was vitamin B and iron deficient!
The idea of my body reacting so violently scared me, so I went straight to Walgreens to load up on iron and vitamin B pills. One week later, the patches on my tongue cleared, and the cuts on the corners of my mouth closed up! It was frightening to experience the impact my vitamin deficiency was taking on my body. To this day, every morning I load up on woman’s multi-vitamin, a vitamin B complex, and an iron pill. I’ve seen positive changes in my energy level, and on my body as a whole. So readers, take your vitamins and eat your vegetables. Perhaps the ailments you have been feeling are the cause of a vitamin deficiency! [via]Share This Infographic
Let me first say that I want to be Bear Grylls. The dude is amazingly crafty and knowledgeable about survival. So, in the spirit of Bear, here’s an infographic to keep you alive in the worst conditions.
Under normal circumstances, a working cell phone would be much more useful than a broken cell phone. But, if you’re down to nothing but the bare essentials, breaking your phone might just save your life.
Firstly, you can make your battery combust to create a fire simply by attaching a wire (found from inside your phone) to the positive and negative nodes. Then, I would assume that you would need to quickly catch some grass or leaves to light your campfire because the wire will disintegrate quickly. Other uses include widdling your circuit board or metal back case to make a good cutting or hunting tool. My personal favorite is the LCD screen that can alert a flying plane to your whereabouts. Just throw the peace sign toward your savior plane and hopefully they will pay attention to flashing lights. BAM. Saved.
Know about any other survival tricks? Leave a comment!
I have a dear friend that I met shortly after he had moved to the US from Spain. Having just come back from a semester in Spain myself, I was a little obsessed with the country and its inhabitants. We instantly became friends.
One time–not too long after meeting–we went to grab some drinks downtown. Fernando, being the gentleman he is, offered to pay. Everything was going great until I noticed that he had only left a 10% tip. I started to panic a little. I didn’t know him well enough to tell him to tip more, and I certainly couldn’t add to the tip without an explanation. I decided the best course of action was to wait till he wasn’t looking and throw a few extra dollars onto the bar.
Long story short, I got caught. He saw me stealthily try to sneak the dollar bills onto the bar and asked me deadpan, “Did I not tip enough?” I fumbled around for an answer and finally just said, “Nope.” He laughed and said that I should tell him these things, that he is new to the the US and doesn’t know what is customary. Moral of the story: honesty is the only policy, and you should always do your research before going abroad. The following infographic discusses varying tipping etiquette from around the world. [via]Share This Infographic