Is your garage ready for the winter? Nature can be an ugly beast, and you definitely don’t want your car to be ruined by the elements. So, grab your tools, WD-40, and let’s head to the garage!
One of the most common troubles a garage door faces is a broken set of torsion springs. These usually break down and become rusty simply because of the wear and tear of time. It is important that you check them every now and then, because you don’t want them to bust while the door is moving!
Warped or misaligned tracks, however, need to be taken care of ASAP. Take it from someone who has spent four hours trying to knock a door back in place because the wheels came off the track. It is not fun. And also from personal experience (as I am now realizing I’ve fixed several garage doors), bending it back into place can work, but honestly, it’s probably time for a new track. If not, you will be dealing with that stupid warped piece every two or three days, until eventually, your entire door is broken.
Springs are another big one. Most injuries caused by garage doors result from faulty springs. If they are rusty, replace them. You do not want to take a chance with those springs busting while you’re trying to pull out and having the entire door slide down onto your car.
Now, I have imparted to you my knowledge of garage doors. This infographic will fill you in on the rest.
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Thanks to the advent of modern TV shows like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, research into the history behind American organized criminal activity has gained mainstream popularity. When thinking of the most deeply rooted organized crime scenes in the US, the top candidates are usually Chicago, Atlantic City, New York, or some small, po-dunk town on the East Coast with a slick Italian mobster running the show. Not Tampa Bay though, right?
Often overlooked, Tampa Bay, Florida was a pivotal center of organized crime throughout the 20th century. Sporting big crime bosses like Charlie Wall, Ignacio Antinori, and Santo Trafficante, Tampa’s mob scene came to define a drug, prostitution, and gambling culture throughout the Southeast United States, and even Cuba. (The drug pipeline set up by Ignacio Antionori is even thought to have reached the lengths of France!)
The influence of mobsters on the local and national community (both good and bad) was enormous as well. Charlie Wall, head of an illegal prostitution and bolita gambling rink in Ybor City, was publicly known for his generosity to the poor. For example, Wall even “provided food for over 900 cigar workers and their families” on a regular basis. On the other hand, the extreme culture of violence and brutality created by crime bosses caused turf wars between mob families, disrupting societal harmony. For instance, Ignacio Antinori was publicly assassinated while drinking his morning coffee at the Palm Garden Inn, causing mass public hysteria.
Tampa Bay’s crime bosses’ political influence cannot be overlooked either. Santo Trafficante Jr. had significant ties in American and Cuban politics, as he was suspected of being involved with CIA agent William Harvey’s assassination attempt on Fidel Castro. Some even believe he was involved in multiple plots to kill President John F. Kennedy in the 60s! For more info on these three crime bosses, check out today’s infographic.
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Now that it’s past Thanksgiving, we have the right to blast you with an extremely high volume of holiday themed infographics – this one may actually be worth your time. The holiday season creates millions of temporary jobs, mostly in retail, but transportation and logistics hire tens of thousands of extra help as well.
A ton of these seasonal jobs are filled by the young adult. My cousin is working back home just for the month of December before she heads back to her college town to finish up school. A lot of times these seasonal jobs will pay a little better than the normal retail floor gig. This is due to the competition retailers face when they all need more help at once.
The extra hands are justified when the holiday season makes up about 20 percent of annual retail sales in America. Malls are packed; parcel delivery services are swamped. My Amazon Prime took FOUR DAYS to reach my house instead of two. What a hard life. Black Friday contributes a ton to the holiday spending frenzy, but the online realm is taking it to the next level. Sales aren’t just on ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ anymore. Some stretch the entire weekend; other retailers are having huge sales run for weeks, with different discounts depending on the day. With all this money out there, there’s no reason not to catch a little bit of it yourself. Go see what seasonal jobs are available in your area. [Via]
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Christmas is around the corner, and one of the first items we get is a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is a symbol of love and happiness. A Christmas tree is a place to set our gifts, and a place to gather to open those gifts. Decorating the tree is a family tradition in many households. Everyone has lasting memories of decorating a Christmas tree with friends and family. This infographic has a comprehensive picture of Christmas tree history.
Some interesting facts about Christmas trees include that they were sold for the first time in 1851. Another is that more than 85 percent of fake trees come from China. Or that President Teddy Roosevelt banned Christmas trees from the White House because of environmental reasons. A Christmas tree takes seven to ten years to mature. As a benefit for allergy sufferers, Christmas trees remove pollen and dust from the air.
Take care of those Christmas trees and they will provide memories that will last for many years. Remember, a Christmas tree is more than a place to keep presents. They are one of the symbols of the holidays and a reminder of times past, present, and future. I will end with a quote from a famous poem, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
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One of my favorite things about the holidays – aside from the pumpkin, sweaters and family time – is going to see all of the awesome movies that start showing in November and December. Awards season is upon us, so there will undoubtedly be a lot of great movies playing, but I’m most excited about seeing The Hobbit in high frame rate 3D at Alamo Drafthouse.
Speaking of, it’s amazing that there are so many options for theaters. Going to Alamo Drafthouse for drinks, dinner and/or snacks is by far my favorite, but standard theaters have their own appeal. Sometimes you just want movie theater popcorn with butter, a soda and some Cookie Dough Bites. Unfortunately, most movie food is pretty unhealthy. According to the infographic, some movies snacks can be up to 1,200 calories, and are often full of sodium, sugar and fat.
Never fear, the infographic also provides some tips to follow that can prevent you from completely ruining your diet. You can leave the butter or extra salt off the popcorn, and skip the soda in favor of water. Another good option is to eat before the movie, or make a plan to eat immediately once it’s over. And if you’re really feeling daring, you can bring your own snacks from home. (I may or may not do it myself occasionally.)