It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

December 15, 2010

So it’s -15 Celsius this morning in Montréal and I get this interesting piece of information courtesy of The Mayo Clinic:

Why the heat index matters
Created by the National Weather Service, the heat index (HI) tells you how hot it really feels when humidity is added to air temperature. When the HI is between 105° F and 130° F, heatstroke is possible with continued exposure or physical activity, if the HI is 130° F or higher, the heatstroke is highly likely with continued exposure.

Reduce your risk of heat-related illness by exercising outdoors during cooler times of the day when possible. If you must exercise in hot and humid weather, start with short, 10-15 minute bouts of low to moderate-intensity physical activity and gradually increase your time and intensity over to 10 to 14 days. This gives your body time to adapt to exercising in a hot and humid environment. Get plenty of rest, food and fluids before you exercise, stay hydrated during and after your workout, and take frequent breaks.

-Mayo Clinic


Holiday Food Poisoning Warning

December 10, 2010

Food poisoning is not the gift you want to get or give during the holidays. Here is something I just read that you should keep in mind while entertaining during the holidays and all year round:

Heat is not enough
Have you ever stuck leftover back in the fridge after sat out too long, thinking they would be “fine” once reheated? Think again.

Reheating food properly is important for destroying bacteria. But reheating does not destroy any toxins that the bacteria already produced.

Often, it’s those toxins that cause food poisoning symptoms. So if in doubt, throw it out! As a rule, don’t eat any food that has been kept between 40°F and 140°F for more than 2 hours.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Crazy Animal Laws

November 9, 2010

There’s a reporter from the San Francisco Cronicle that decided to dig for the strangest, craziest animal laws he could find and well, he found some wacky ones. Check out this list:

In Ohio and Oklahoma, it’s against state law to get a fish drunk. For those living in the Buckeye State, it is also illegal to hunt for whales on Sunday.

California law prohibits animals from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a pub, school or place of worship.

In San Francisco, it’s illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a street corner.

In Wilbur, Washington, it is illegal to ride an ugly horse. (I searched for a list of criteria, but came up empty handed.)

The town of Fairbanks, Alaska forbids anyone from serving alcoholic beverages to a moose.

In L.A., it is considered unlawful to lick a toad. (I guess some people will do anything to get high. Kissing toads, however, is still allowed.)

In Sheridan, Wyoming, a policeman can bite a barking dog, in order to quiet him.

When you pass a cow in Pine Island, Minnesota it is illegal not to tip your hat.

In Atlanta it’s illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or lamp post.

In Lawrence, Kansas, it is forbidden for anyone to carry bees in their hat while traveling on city streets.

If you should find yourself in Canton, Mississippi, know that is against the law to kill a squirrel with a gun while in a courtroom.

In North Carolina it is illegal to use elephants to plow cotton fields.

Arizona law prohibits a donkey from taking a snooze in a bathtub.

In Arizona, it is illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.

In Florida, if an elephant is left tied to an parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid, just as it would be for a vehicle. (I suppose this also means that your elephant will be ticketed in the event that the meter expires.)

Also in Florida, it is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine. (Who but only the most extreme masochist would want to?)

If you happen to be visiting the city of Miami, please be aware that imitating an animal is a no-no.

In Minnesota, you may not cross state lines with a duck on top of your head.

If you have a habit of leaving your sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperon, it’s best to steer clear of Montana where this is a ticketable offense.

In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

Baltimore law declares it illegal to take a lion to the movies.

Heard a weird one? Let us know…


Really Horrific Names

October 17, 2010

A blog for women asked its readers to share the worst names they’ve ever heard. These are all real…

• “There was a person in the San Antonio phone book in the early ‘80s named Weldon Rumproast.”

• “There was a man named Lord where I worked. It was really hard to send him emails.”

• “I used to work with twins called Girleen and Pearleen. GIRLEEN. AND PEARLEEN.”

• “I had a student named Nimrod.”

• “I work with two sisters whose names are Ivory and Sno. Their last name is White. Because of course it is.”

• “At the hospital birthing my son, a girl had just named her daughter Felony. Seriously.”

• “I know a mother who named her daughter Meconium … a baby’s first poo.”

• “I knew a guy named ‘Hi.’ Seriously, that was his given name. I never knew whether to say hi, hey, or hello when I saw him.”

• “I ran across a gentleman whose first name was ‘General.'”

• “I knew someone named Merry Christmas Smith.”

• “My roommate was in kindergarten with ‘Pajamas.'”

• “There’s a girl in my office named Sharmonica.”

• “Latrina. It’s Italian for ‘bathroom.'”

• “Most horrific: Awesome. They named their baby girl ‘Awesome.'”

• “I went to school with a Justice, Precious, Success, Fanny & a Cinderella. They’re all boys.”

• “My old janitor was named Richard Boob.”

• “I knew a Freakus Pelekus (it rhymes) when I was growing up. No joke.”

• “I taught swimming to a kid named ‘Carstairs.'”

• “My friend met a woman at the bus stop whose daughter’s name was Atrocity.”

• “My little brother went to school with a girl named Cholera.”

• “We have a family friend named Cash Register.”

Heard a good one? Share it below…


The Facebook Song

October 1, 2010

Alright, so I came across this song by Rhett and Link about Facebook and thought I’d share it with you. Please leave your comments…if you “like” it, you know what to do…click one of the “share” icons…Facebook it, Digg it or Tweet it! You can also email it, if that’s as social as you get…

[Click the grey triangle below]

After you’ve shared, add me as a friend: http://www.facebook.com/david.tyler.voice


Picture of the Week

September 11, 2010

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Do You Have Pet Insurance?

August 25, 2010

Here’s a story about a  Chocolate Labrador in L.A. who ate a beehive and won an award as “the most unusual pet health insurance claim in the United States” by the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company.

Ellie, who fully recovered from her encounter with the beehive in southern California, beat a border collie that ran through a window to get at a mailman, and a terrier that bit a chainsaw. Read more

I guess being from Canada and all, and considering how the U.S. doesn’t seem to like the idea of health insurance (for humans), discovering that you can get health insurance for you pet in the states is to me a bid…weird, no?


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