Health & Fitness

Tue
11
Apr
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Brain Parasite in Hawaii

Rat Lungworm

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Reports of a half of dozen cases of rat lungworm disease have been reported on the island of Maui, Hawaii—three cases on the big Island over the past three months according to officials. 

Rat lungworm is a parasite that affects the brain, despite its name.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the parasites official name is Angiostrongylus cantonensis. 

The cases involve four residents and two visitors, and the confirmed cases on Hawaii involve residents only.  Traditionally the state gets less than ten cases each year.  The most recent cases were all within a few months.   The last death from the parasite was in 2007 when two people died.

Mon
10
Apr
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Pool over the Street - Luxury Houston Apartment

Houston Pool

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

500 feet below swimmers enjoy the site of a busy city street thanks to an infinity pool in a Luxury apartment building with a glass bottom.  The pool is on the 42nd floor of the Market Square Tower.  To ensure pedestrian’s below don’t drown on dry land it features 8 inches of Plexiglas to keep the water in place. 

Anyone can enjoy this view all you need is an apartment in the building, for just under $2000 you can lease a 564-square-foot studio or if you want to get really comfortable you can lease a 2993 square foot penthouse but either way you get access to the pool.   Oh yeah the monthly lease for the penthouse is $18,715.  

Thu
06
Apr
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Elementary Student receives Pauper Stamp in Lunch Line

Lunch

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

“He was humiliated, didn’t even want me to take a picture of it,” is part of a quote appearing in recent reports from the parent of an Elementary School Student was stamped by the lady in the lunch line because his account was getting low. 

Tara Chavez’s son attends Desert Cove Elementary and as he was picked up he told his mother, “Hey mom, I got stamped.”  He said that he was still given lunch despite being stamped but when this concerned mother went online to check his account it still had $.75 available.

The concerned mother reached out to the principal, Stacey Orest and she responded, "[The staff member in the cafeteria] doesn't want the students to be embarrassed either so she is supposed to ask them if they want a stamp or a reminder slip."

Do you think this was a minority thing?

Tue
04
Apr
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Ben & Jerry's Free Ice Cream Day

Ben & Jerry's

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

It’s what we have all been waiting for; 4 April is Ben & Jerry’s annual Free Cone Day for any customer who walks in the door. 

Between 12PM and 8PM one can get a free small cone with one scoop of ice cream.  For 20 years the ice cream retailer has promoted Free Cone Day as a way to initiate this years “ice cream season.”  While not the healthiest snack it’s for sure one of the most tempting. 

The Burlington, Vermont company has been one of America’s favorite stops for more than two decades.  

Thu
30
Mar
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7 Foods you should Never Re-Heat

Spinach

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Warming dinner is the American way.  Most of us on a daily re-heat food from the previous night as a good option to fast food.  But there are a few foods that should never be warmed again. 

Celery, beets and Spinach to kick off the list should never be reheated.  Heat in these otherwise harmless foods can cause the nitrates of these vegetables to turn toxic causing food poisoning.  In this case the second time around is not always better. 

4.  Mushrooms, the shrooms should be eaten directly after preparation.  As soon as you cut them up, proteins can deteriorate. 

5.  Eggs, this amazing agglomeration of proteins whether boiled or scrambled can too be toxic. 

6.  Potatoes, to store it’s important to immediately refrigerate instead of allowing them to slowly cool to room temperature, if not botulism is a common result. 

Wed
29
Mar
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Planned Parenthood get Away with Selling Body Parts -- Activists Charged with 15 Felonies

Planned Parenthood selling Bodyparts

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

 

In a strange twist of justice, two antiabortion activists who personally recorded Planned Parenthood Officials have been charged with 15 felony counts of violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent. 

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are on the bad end of the state’s legal shotgun being triggered by California’s Attorney General Xavier Beccerra.  Beccerra said in a recent statement, “The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” the AG continued. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

Tue
28
Mar
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11 year old Burned from DIY Slime Project

Burned Hands

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

An 11-year-old little girl has suffered second and third degree burns on her hands after making Do-it-yourself slime. 

The Massachusetts girl was encouraged by her parents thinking it as a welcome distraction to social media and other technologies that consume pre-teens, according to recent reports.  The girl had made the slime many times before without incident, but this particular time landed her in the emergency room. 

The slime includes Borax One and is believed to be the cause of the girl’s injuries, the concoction blistered her hands and left her with chemical burns.   Her message to other’s is “don’t make it, don’t play with it.”

Thu
23
Mar
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How to cook Eggs over Light at home

EOL

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Many home kitchen chefs’ have gotten wrong the fried egg over light.  Today, I will explain how to make the EOL perfectly. 

Many people in order to compensate for the white near the yolk being undone either learn to live with it or flip the egg changing the look and the consistency of the yolk, but that is a sacrifice that you don’t have to make. 

You are going wrong with the olive oil, most HKC’s use a splash of olive oil when frying the egg, but that is not the way. 

Ok, here is the answer.  The perfect Egg over Light starts with a medium nonstick skillet that’s brought to temperature prior to placing the egg in the pan.   Instead of a splash of oil, the bottom of the pan must be covered completely.   Exercise patience, and do not flip the egg, stay with it and don’t give up on the egg. 

Wed
22
Mar
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Texas teacher accused of Inappropriate relationship with a Student

Sarah Fowlkes

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

A 27- year-old teacher in a town not far from Austin, Texas is accused of inappropriate relationship with a 17- year-old student. 

Sarah Madden Fowlkes offered a big smile for her mugshot.  

Lockhart, Texas is about 35 miles from Austin, Texas the tenured teacher at Lockhart High a felony charge.  The Superintendent of students wrote in a statement, “Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly. Student safety is the district’s most important priority,”

She continued, “As soon as we learned of the report, we acted swiftly to involve law enforcement and CPS to conduct a thorough investigation. The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child.”

Tue
21
Mar
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Whole Body Vibrator benefits Verified

Whole Body Vibrator Benefits

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Whole body vibration has been in the public eye for a few years now, but the endocrine society released a new study that suggests there are significant benefits to bone health.  A less strenuous form of exercise known as whole-body vibration (WBV) can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise in mice, according to a new study. WBV consists of a person sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second.

Whole Body Vibration consists of a person standing or sitting or even lying on a machine with a vibrating platform, when the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body and muscles contract and relax many times per second. 

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