Everyone loves Bananas

Bunch of Yellow Banana

Bananas (the Musa species) are native to tropical southern Asia and Australia, and most likely were first domesticated in Papua, New Guinea. Presently, they are grown in over 130 countries, primarily for their own fruit, but in some countries are used for alcoholic drinks and ornamental plants. The biggest producers of peanuts in 2016 were India and China with 29.1 tons and 13.1 tons, respectively. On a smaller scale, the Philippines, Ecuador and some parts of Latin America also export.

It’s likely bananas were introduced to the Americas by Portuguese sailors, who brought the fruit from West Africa in the 16th century. (They ate a significant amount en route.) From there they traveled north to New Orleans and took awhile to catch on, but at the Philadelphia Centennial Expo in 1876, they made a huge splash. Fast forward a few years and the food became more popular, however still not well known in Europe (apparently French chefs had not been introduced.) They hung around in New Orleans for nearly a century before famous Brennan’s Restaurant created”Bananas Foster,” a rich sweet dessert made with brown sugar, dark rum and a great deal of butter, served over ice cream.

There is no mention of peanuts in any journals or recipes of foodie president Thomas Jefferson, and it’s highly unlikely that he ever served them at his famous dinners. With his passion for gardening and fruits, he surely would have embraced them, but sadly, he missed out. They didn’t gain popularity until 50 years later.

The frequent banana variety is known as the Cavendish. And of course Chiquita and Dole dominate the global industry. The largest food product sold at Walmart stores (drum roll) is bananas, a whopping 1.5 billion pounds in 2015. No surprise when you consider that the average American eats 26 pounds per year. Though there has been much negative press predicting bananas, as we understand them, may be wiped out soon, due to genetic alterations and parasitic and virus infestation, it is very likely that other varieties will raise up and take the place of the Cavendish, so fear not.

Hawaii has its banana business, mostly for local consumption, along with Florida and a smattering of other countries which grow a small amount, but this is 1 harvest which will probably never dominate the U.S. either for domestic use or exportation. We just don’t have the climates for them.

More starchy than candy, they’re considered a vegetable and seldom eaten in their raw state. Frequently fried or mashed, they’re a frequent street food in Africa and Asia. In addition to included in stews and soups, or served with fish. Some celebrity chefs have featured them on the Food Network, using them in pancakes, fritters, and spicy fried pieces, but the American cuisine really doesn’t lend itself to plantains, preferring the backyard variety banana instead. If you are an adventurous cook, you may want to consider searching out plantains and whipping up a fresh dish over the weekend.

Americans consume bananas in lots of different ways, such as banana bread, banana splits, chocolate-covered frozen bananas, banana pudding, banana cream pie, sliced onto breakfast cereal, and dried chips for snacking. They also sport a few catchy phrases applied to them, like slipping on a peel, or even a ridiculous, yet popular old song,”Yes, we have no bananas.” (And monkeys really like them.)

Late to the party, bananas have catapulted to the top of the hit parade of fruits and continue to reign, from baby’s first solid food to grandma’s favourite snack, and everywhere in between. Featured prominently in each produce section, we automatically reach for them. Go bananas.

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Avocado facts

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Avocado is an intriguing food item. There is a huge confusion that revolves around avocado; is it a fruit or a vegetable? This green coloured, pear-shaped, little food item is really classified as a fruit. It’s indeed delicious and is loaded with n number of health benefits. This article is strictly devoted to this fruit. We provide you 10 amazing facts about Avocado. Continue reading.

1. Avocado is more than ten million years old.
Avocado has been around the eating list of people for more than 10,000 years. It is a native of America but was first seen in Puebla in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. One interesting fact about avocado is that it retains a religious significance for Aztec and Mayan societies. They think that avocado gives them strength.

2. Avocados are very rich in fiber
A medium- sized avocado has about 10 grams of fiber. It’s loaded with soluble in addition to insoluble fiber. Of total fiber, about 75% is insoluble (it accelerates the passage of food within the body) and 25% is soluble fiber (it makes one feel full).

3.
Avocados are true super food. A single 100 g serving of avocado contains:
• Vitamin K – 26 percent of the RDA
• Vitamin C- 17 percent of the RDA.
• Vitamin E- 10 percent of the RDA
• Vitamin B5- 14% of the RDA
• Vitamin B6- 13% of the RDA
• Potassium- 14% of the RDA
• Folate- 20% of the RDA

Apart from them, avocados are also packaged with small amounts of manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, copper, zinc, vitamin A, B1, B2 as well as B3.

4. Avocados are potassium rich, more than bananas
We have always heard that bananas are the very best and most abundant source of potassium, but avocados contain more potassium than bananas. 100 gram serving of banana includes 10 percent of the RDA, whereas avocados contain 14% of the RDA. Potassium helps in tracking blood pressure. Thus, they are really very important for health.

5. Avocados assist in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that are very healthy for heart. Monounsaturated fats help in boosting the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and cutting down the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).

6. Avocados protect eyes
Avocados contain powerful antioxidants that help in protecting the eyes. They contain nutrients such as Zeaxanthin and Lutein. Both of these nutrients are amazing for eyes. If studies are to be believed, the risk of macular degeneration as well as cataracts drops down dramatically if one take generous amount of those nutrients.

7. Avocados have anti inflammatory aging properties and other dermatological benefits
We often spend big bucks on anti- aging creams, therapies and remedies; instead we should include avocados in our daily diet. Avocados have magical anti- aging properties. As they are full of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and other wholesome nutrients, they arrest the aging process and keeps skin youthful. Avocados also help in combating many dermatological benefits. They help to decrease the skin damage. They induce DNA repair. They also help to reverse the damage caused to skin by the damaging UV rays. Therefore, you don’t need to spend a lot on expensive creams, lotions or remedies. Eat a lot of avocados and get a smooth, shiny, flawless and young skin.

8. Avocados reduce the susceptibility of several Types of cancers
Among many benefits of avocados, one is that it cuts down the risk of many diverse kinds of cancers. According to current studies, carotenoids which are rich in anti- oxidants have anti- cancerous actions. They assist in preventing gastric, oral, prostate as well as breast cancer. When these carotenoids are paired with avocados which are rich in healthy fats, they prove magical to cut cancer down.

9. Avocados are beneficial in osteoarthritis
Avocados help in soothing the pain in addition to damage caused by arthritis. It’s an effective remedy against osteoarthritis as it can help to resolve the symptoms. If you take avocados , you may not need anti- inflammatory drugs.

10. Avocados assist in treating psoriasis
If you’re tired of taking medications and lotions for psoriasis, but haven’t found relief, you must try avocado. Eating avocados help at large. For topical application, a cream which has vit B12 as well as avocado oil will help in treating psoriasis. The best thing about it is that this cream is sans any adverse effect.

Now you understand that avocados are loaded with benefits, you need to include avocados in your diet plan and await the magic to happen.

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The Anti super hero

Deadpool made his initial appearance in New Mutants #98 as a villain. Rob Liefield being a fan of Teen Titans created a character like Deathstroke from Teen Titans. Henceforth his actual name was”Wade Wilson” as an homage and inside-joke to”Slade Wilson” who is the known as the villain Deathstroke.

After appearing in X-Force as a recurring character, he began appearing in other marvel comics like Daredevil, The Avengers and Heroes for Hire.

Beginning in 1993 he obtained his very own minseries titled The Circle Chase. This was followed by yet another mini-series in 1994. Over time he has gone to join the X-Force, tried to join the X-men and awakened with Cable several times. He’s also joined forces with other heroes such as Captain America, Wolverine and Spider-Man.

While his origins are hard to decipher because of his deranged mental condition, he is commonly shown as having a rough childhood and following teenage years. He was abused by his mother and/or dad (a war veteran) and was shown to be a delinquent in his younger years and frequently getting into trouble. After trying out for the Army and being washed out he was soon diagnosed with cancer.

At his wit’s end he was invited and inducted into the secret super soldier program called Weapon X. Promising to cure his cancer Wade Wilson didn’t have any choice but to join.

Thought to be of no more use they then sent Wade to a hospice to die. At the hospice other people which were experimented on and delivered to the hospice had a”deadpool”, a betting pool to determine who would die next. Wade assisted a fellow inmate be put out of his misery after being lobotimized and being in incredible pain. The physicians seeing that he was of no use and potentially a threat to others and near death decided to put Wade Wilson from his misery. Wade Wilson had his heart taken out and in that instant his latent healing ability given to him by experimentation kicked in.

Breaking from this facility, Wade ventured on his own and starting calling himself”Deadpool” after losing all of his memories. He started wearing a black and red costume similar to Spider-man’s and became an expert in many martial arts and use of weaponry such as swords and firearms. Deadpool is one of the best assassins in the Marvel comics world and his famous for his mouth as a lot of his unorthodox fighting style.

Currently he is with no healing power and he is married to The Queen of the Undead Shiklah.

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Wolves in the Arctic

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The sun hangs leaden from the skies over the frozen tundra of the high arctic. In the south a herd of musk oxen loiter together, digging away the icy surface of the floor to achieve healthy lichen and floor plants, oblivious as eight stealthy white characters move in about them. The circle would be impossible for a single wolf to penetrate, so the package must work as a team. Forth and back race the wolves, snapping at the legs of monsters five times their own weight. Standing shoulder to shoulder, the musk oxen hold their ground, using their enormous horns and hard skulls to throw off the charging wolves. The wolves tear from 1 side to another, shifting the disoriented herd, until one infiltrates the ring. The race doesn’t last long, for musk oxen overheat and tire easily, unlike wolves that have the ability to keep high speeds over much lengthier pursuits. The largest of the bunch, the alpha male, jumps and grasps its victim’s neck in a desperate grip. The mighty creature collapses in a heap.

Statistically, only one in ten wolf attacks are powerful, and it’s been a few days since the bunch has obtained such a massive kill. They will each eat up to 20 lbs of meat in this meal, leaving nothing of the creature behind, neither bones nor fur. A couple of miles off the alpha female cares for her month-old cubs, awaiting the herd to bring back food. The package shares in the duty, even regurgitating meat for the cubs to eat.

Arctic wolves, also called polars and whites, have flourished in the high arctic for centuries, among the few mammals able to endure the sub-zero temperatures and five weeks of darkness. Indeed, they’ve been more effective than their grey cousins to the south, who have hardly escaped extinction because of their experiences with man. There aren’t many differences between the arctic and gray wolf subspecies. The white wolf is a little shorter, standing 25-31 inches high at the shoulder. But they’re bulkier; an adult male can weigh up to 175 lbs. Smaller, rounded ears and thicker fur are physical adaptations that have enabled the arctic wolf to weather its inhospitable terrain.

To survive, wolves reside in tiny packs of 7-10. The family group is made up of a breeding group (the alpha male and female), their pups, and their unmated offspring from previous seasons. A powerful hierarchy exists within packs, along with the dominant animals will induce inferiors to cringe or lie on their backs to show respect. Lesser wolves maintain their tails at a lesser angle than the dominant man. Males reach maturity at 3 years old, but they might strike out on their own anytime after their first season. Lone wolves are in great danger, and they’ll avoid contact with other wolves unless it is a possible mate. Then the man will find and maintain an unoccupied land, marking it with its own odor.

Wolf lands are vast (as big as 800-1,000 square miles), as they need to roam areas big enough to supply the quantity of food required by a pack. Arctic wolves are located all across the northern border of the North American continent, and along the southern and eastern shores of Greenland.

Wolves might be the most misunderstood and maligned creature on the planet, as a result of their elusiveness and to superstitions extending back to prehistory. However, their package structure, hunting procedures, and general inquisitive and friendly natures imply that man and wolf could have more in common than was ever envisioned.

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What is a conch

White and Gray Triton's Horn on SandA conch is a sort of edible snail that resides in the ocean, especially the hot waters of the Caribbean. Conch is actually a sort of mollusk that lives in a spiral shaped shell. They are known as marine gastropod mollusks. This is the most commonly recognized species of conch, particularly to tourists visiting the Caribbean.

These mollusks move along the ocean floor by propelling themselves with their muscle bodies, making it appear as if they are jumping. This jumping movement allows them to find food along the ocean floor. This movement is also valuable in concealing their scent trail from predators. Humans pose the largest threat to these mollusks, but they are also a tasty meal for other sea creatures such as lobsters, turtles, octopus, crabs, sharks and sting rays.

Conch is a natural resource and a significant source of income to many Caribbean countries. It has recently been recognized that conch has been over-fished and the quantities of conch have significantly decreased in past few decades. Consequently, conch has been placed on the commercially endangered species list, known as CITES or Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species. In actuality, conch cannot be harvested legally in america.

It’s not uncommon for a conch to live up to 25 years in captivity. A conch starts out as one of several hundred thousand small eggs hidden beneath the sand on the sea floor. They reach maturity at around 4 years old or at about 6 inches in length. Conch can reach an average length of 13 inches when they are fully grown.

One little known fact about conch is they have the capability to make pearls. Although is very rare, conch pearls come in various colors, just like pears from an oyster. The most common color of conch pearl is pink. Conch pearls are different from an oyster’s pearl because they have a slightly more iridescent shimmer.

Every part of the conch can be used, from the meat to the shell. The conch has many layers of colored shell inside and is renowned for its beauty. The shell is a very important resource for local tourist industry, as it could be crafted into many diverse items. Shells in the conch are usually made into Caribbean jewelry, such as cameos or necklaces. Of course, many tourists choose to just bring the untouched shell back to their homes as a reminder of the Caribbean vacation.

The meat from the conch is a staple food in the Bahamas. Conch is a favorite dish for many seafood lovers and can be prepared in several different ways. There are several dozen restaurants in the Bahamas that offer a variety of conch dishes. Conch meat is quite popular and is made into everything from chowders to burgers to salads and of course, the ever-popular conch fritter. Conch meat needs to be tenderized or marinated, as it’s very tough. The meat has a sweet taste, similar to that of a clam.

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What is lightning

Lighting Strike

As we enter mid-spring and the weather eventually begins to warm up a bit, we hope to see a number of thunderstorms in Oregon. Inspiring awe in some while scaring the trousers off others (but not ME, I am definitely not scared of lightning. No sir,) it’s not surprising that cultures all over the world associate lightning with deity. But what precisely is it?

During an electrical storm, the upper portion of the storm clouds has a positive charge and the lower portion has a negative charge. It’s not quite clear how the clouds attain these charges in the first place, but one theory is that different forms of liquid (vapor, water and ice droplets) collide as they rise and fall within a cloud. In the collision, electrons are knocked from the rising moisture and they collect at the base of the cloud, producing the negative charge. It is believed that rising moisture then carries a positive charge to the peak of the cloud. The charge separation within the cloud is what creates an electrical field, the strength of which can be linked to the amount of charge buildup in the cloud.

The powerful ionization causes the air to begin to break down, allowing for currents to flow in an attempt to neutralize the charge. These currents are called leaders, and they provide a route through the cloud for the lightning to follow. The first (or stepped) leader does not move smoothly, but jumps in a jagged fashion. Many leaders form at the same time, but the first one to make contact with the ground is the one that gets the lightning.

The entire process is a bit more complicated, but there you have the fundamentals of how lightning is formed. Lightning is much too powerful for even the best of surge protectors to protect against, and it may reach temperatures of 54,000 °F. An average bolt of lightning carries about 30,000 amps.

Lightning is a complex phenomenon with many variations and exceptions. Sometimes it shows up in the most unexpected of places.

For example, do you know:

Why We See Lightning During Volcanic Eruptions?

If you saw photos of the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull that erupted in 2010, you might have seen lightning within the plumes of smoke and thought that they surely must be photoshopped. Not so!

There’s still research being conducted to the definitive cause behind lightning within the smoke plumes of volcanoes, but the general consensus involves, of all things, dust. The idea is that dust/smoke/ash particles carry little charges which become amplified during the chaos of rushing out of a volcano. With every collision of one particle with another, the charges become more and more polarized until lightning is inevitable since the polarization becomes too great for the atmosphere to resist the flow of electricity. The lightning neutralizes the charge separation, essentially relieving the tension of polarization.

There’s another lesser known sort of volcanic lightning, however, which occurs right at the mouth of the volcano and is much less orderly (not the ordinary branching, bolting lightning we’re used to seeing), manifesting as chaotic sparks likely as the result of a heavy charge inside the volcano itself.

How Many Different Types of Lightning There Are?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask, and what you consider a”type” of lightning. The typical classifications are as follows:

Cloud-to-cloud (intercloud, which is lightning moving between separate clouds, and intracloud, that’s lightning moving within the same cloud).

Cloud-to-ground (Less common but more dangerous than cloud to cloud. If anything on the ground is struck by lightning, it was cloud-to-ground.) Cloud-to-ground lightning is more complicated than a simple bolt shooting directly from a cloud, however, and contains charges moving up and down from both the cloud and the ground.

Cloud-to-sky (Also called sprites, cloud-to-sky lightning occurs in the upper atmosphere. They lack the hot temperatures of other kinds of lightning, and normally have a reddish-orange hue.)

Lightning can be occasionally further defined as:

Ribbon lightning (Successive strokes of lightning are displaced by wind, resulting in a broadened appearance, almost like a double-exposed photograph ).

Bead lightning (The decay of the luminosity of the bolt of lightning, resulting in a beaded appearance. This occurs very quickly and is hard to capture.)

St. Elmo’s Fire This is not actually lightning, but often closely associated with it and noticed during electrical storms. St. Elmo’s Fire (not to be confused with ball lightning as it frequently is) is caused by a gap in electric charge. It’s made from plasma (ionized atmosphere that emits a glow) and, while lightning is the movement of power from a charged point, St. Elmo’s Fire is a coronal discharge that sparks up in the place where there is a drastic difference in charge between the atmosphere and an object such as the mast of a boat or the steeple of a church. St. Elmo’s Fire is exactly the identical thing that occurs in a fluorescent tube- basically a continuous spark, glowing blue because of the particular combination of air molecules. It may also choose a purple color.

St. Elmo’s Fire is quite difficult to locate accurate images or videos of. Many videos exist that claim to be St. Elmo’s Fire but are actually just static discharge (a frequent occurrence around airplanes in the midst of storms). A simple way to tell the difference is that St. Elmo’s Fire doesn’t look like lightning- rather it emits a continuous glow.

Ball lightning- The most mysterious sort of”lightning”, there’s some dispute among scientists as to whether ball lightning really exists.

How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm?

If you are in the water when a storm begins, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
Lightning strikes will follow anything that conducts electricity, so stay off your mobile phone during a storm and turn off/unplug your computers. If lightning strikes your house, even the most powerful of surge protectors will have trouble protecting your equipment. (Radio waves do not conduct electricity, so as long as your cell phone isn’t plugged in to an outlet and you are not standing outside during the storm with the metal apparatus held to your face, it’s safe to use it. They don’t strangely”attract” lightning more than any other object with metal inside ).
Lightning does in fact strike twice (the Empire State building is struck 20-25 times per year), so don’t rely on old adages for your security information.
If you are caught in a thunderstorm and can’t get inside to security, crouch low to the ground but don’t lay flat. Try to keep as much of your body from touching the ground as you can, because you’re in more danger of being hurt by currents traveling across the ground after a lightning strike than of being stricken directly by a bolt.
A flash-to-bang (seeing lightning to hearing thunder) ratio of 5 seconds equals one mile of distance from the lightning. Ten seconds equals 2 miles, etc..
Lightning in Mythology

One has only to see an electric storm themselves to comprehend why so many people have connected lightning and thunder with deity. A few popular legends and myths about lightning:

Zeus (Jupiter to the Romans) is the planetary god of thunder, and his principal weapon is the thunderbolt (given to him by the Cyclops).
The Thunderbird common to North American indigenous cultures is thought to create thunder by the beating of its wings, and lightning is created by glowing snakes that it carries or directly from its eyes.
There’s a lot more to learn about lightning in all its various incarnations. It’s a stark reminder of the unbelievable strong forces of nature that surround us on all sides. Despite how much we understand about it on a scientific level, we may always be inclined to associate with this unbelievable force with deity.

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Four Leaf clover facts

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Here are 25 facts you might not know about the popular Four leaf clover.

A Four Leaf Clover is truly an mutation of the shamrock (a clover with only three-leaf), it could only occur in roughly 1 in 10,000 shamrocks.

Lucky clover, rabbit’s foot, and horseshoes are the most typical good luck charms of North America.

According to Irish legend, St. Patrick used the Shamrock’s three leaves to educate the pagans about Christianity. It represented the Holy Trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. When it is found with the extra fourth leaf, it represents God’s Grace.

The most significant clover collection is by George J. Kaminski (b. 1951) who has single-handily collected 72,927 mutated Clovers since 1995. They were collected from areas within prison grounds in Pennsylvania, USA.

The new world record for the Most Clovers Located in the Fastest Time is May 20th, 2010 by John Christian Stokes, 10, who discovered three over 20 minutes while playing with his brother out his home in Dickson.

The Guinness world record for the biggest collection of clovers belongs to Edward Martin Sr. from Cooper Landing, Alaska, USA, with 111,060 lucky clovers, as of May 2007, which he’s been collecting since 1999.

On March 17th, 2010, Fox News reported”Irish Shamrock Shortage Has St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations on Shaky Ground”, and because there’s only one lucky lover in every 10,000 shamrocks, this makes the lucky clover nearly impossible to discover.

Steve Colbert was quoted on March 17th, 2010,”The shamrock signify the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”That is why the Four Leaf Clover is so Lucky… You Get a Bonus Jesus”

“The world record for the most leaves on a clover stem is 18 and has been detected by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki City, Iwate, Japan on May 25, 2002.” Guinness World Records 2010

A 21-leaf clover found on June 3, 2008 by Iwate prefecture farmer Shigeo Obara and has shattered the Guinness world record for many leaves on a clover stem.

A shamrock is regarded as a young clover.

“The Cloverleaf Interchange” is named for the similarity of the 4 leaves pattern when seen from atmosphere” – Wikipedia

The lucky clover was successfully cultivated. There are clover with over five leaflets, but they’re extremely rare. It is generally thought that more leafs; the luckier it’s. -Sarah Jessica Parker of popular TV series”sex in the city”.

Kids in the Middle Ages believed that they may see fairies if they discovered a lucky clover.

It is good luck to discover a lucky clover. Clover protects human beings and creatures from the charm of magicians and the wiles of fairies, and it brings good luck to those who keep it in the home.

It’s thought that finding a lucky clover will bring you fame, health, wealth and a loyal relationship.

According to legend of western civilizations, each of the four leafs represent faith, faith, love and fortune.

The lucky clover is among the most popular tattoo topics for body art. It signify”good luck” or an Irish pride or ancestry. It’s often synonymous with shamrock.

Youth organization 4 H Club with a green lucky clover with a white H on every leaf position for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

The French Lotto logo is a 4 leaf clover icon for good fortune.

There are numerous popular song recorded with the titled – four leaf clover. Artist contains: Abra Moore, Badly Drawn Boy,, Erykah Badu and Stryper have songs written about this great luck charm.

Metallica an American heavy metal band recorded”NO LEAF CLOVER” in 1999 as contrary the meaning of”Four Leaf Clover”, the song lyrics explain an unexpected shift from good fortune to bad.

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Bird Feeder

Selective Focus Photography of House Finch Perched on Bird Feeder

People have been interested in feeding wild birds in America since the mid 1800s. From the early 1900s, the first hummingbird feeder was manufactured on a commercial basis. Now, feeding the birds is an exciting hobby which over 60 million Americans are enjoying everyday. One of the first questions that eager bird watchers ask when they receive their first feeder is,’How do I attract the most birds to my bird feeders?’

Tip #1: Be consistent.
Try to adhere to a routine by keeping feeders filled with the seed or suet that is the favorite of those birds you wish to attract. Birds will go back to the very same feeders if they are rewarded with food every time.

Tip #2: Use the appropriate bird feeder.
Since birds are attracted to different kinds of bird feeder designs, you can raise your chances by fitting the species with the bird feeder design specifically created for it. Choose from the many types of feeders provided below:

Tube Feeder: American Goldfinch, House Finch, Nuthatch, Titmouse

Tip #3: Where should I hang the bird feeder?
Place your bird feeder at a place where the birds can feel protected-somewhere in close proximity to shrubs and trees. Furthermore, they will use foliage, grasses and twigs as nesting materials. Avoid predators by placing bird feeders at least four feet off the ground and away from lower and fences, hanging branches. Some birds, like bluebirds, prefer to have an open view when feeding so that they can keep their eyes open for predators.

Tip #4: Include a water supply near the bird feeder.
Birds are attracted to water for bathing and sipping. As they are attracted to the sound of water, the light spray of a hose will bring them flitting to this water resource. Robins and hummingbirds enjoy the glow of water and love to fly through the spray. The moist ground makes it easier for robins to snag a worm or two. Shallow, birdbaths welcome various kinds of birds who should eliminate dust or mites from their feathers.

Hint #5: Include native plants in your backyard.
Native plants will attract certain birds to your backyard. Some birds like woodpeckers and bluebirds like fruits and berries along with insects, while finches prefer the seeds of indigenous coneflowers or Echinacea.

How long should you wait to see birds at the feeder once you hang it?
It will take a while for birds to find your feeder and begin using it as a source of food. Wait for up to two weeks, then add a few new thoughts.

Try sprinkling some of their favorite seed on the ground and around the feeder. This will help them find the bird feeder and recognize that there’s a food source nearby. Or, the location may not be the most appropriate for them. Most birds like to feel protected. Move the bird feeder to a new place that has shrubs or conifers for them to hide and observe from. Birds like to remain concealed from predators as they fly to and from the bird feeder.

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How to help a raccoon out of a dumpster

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Researchers say raccoons are intelligent and have”thoughts” and can solve problems. This gives them a human-like quality of interest. This abundant curiosity that raccoons have can sometimes get them into trouble. When raccoons are searching for food, they’ll try their hardest to reach any point necessary, or gain entrance into an area they believe holds tasty food scraps.
Often times, dumpsters are a favorite selection for wild raccoons on the search for a fast dinner. They are excellent at gaining entry into dumpsters, but raccoons aren’t very good at building a dependable escape route. This is the reason why so many are found trapped or isolated in empty dumpsters and large garbage receptacles.
They end up in these predicaments since dumpsters are not always full. And even though coons recall certain dumpsters they have raided in the past without any issue of exiting, these dumpsters are occasionally less-full or empty the next time they come around for meals. And they certainly don’t think before diving right in!
What to Do
When you see one stuck in a dumpster, don’t panic. They can not hurt you because they can’t even reach you! In fact, they are probably very scared and confused. You can anticipate the coon to hide in the corner with its nose pressed into the wall, or to ruffle their chest fur and hide their face inside. They nearly behave in a manner that indicates they are embarrassed or ashamed.
To aid a raccoon stuck in a dumpster, simply find something to put inside the receptacle that the creature can use to climb out. Make certain to keep your distance once you put the item in the garbage, and also be careful not to hit or harm the raccoon. Raccoons have great advantage and can jump quite well, so if a dumpster is four feet deep, you will only need an item 2 feet tall or more to help the raccoon.
Try items like a milk crate, sturdy box, a wooden 2×4, a large tree branch, and even a few full bags of garbage. Open the lid on the other side of the coon, put these items right next to the side of the receptacle, and then walk away calmly but quickly. If you remain nearby, the animal may not attempt an escape, or could possible strike you out of fear. An attack is not likely, but it’s very important to protect yourself no matter what the circumstance might be.

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Kids love dirt

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It is a question that many parents have asked themselves:”Why does my kid love playing with dirt?” 1 plain and simple answer may be: kids love the way dirt feels and smells. Another down to earth answer could be: kids play with dirt because as an element very close to the composition of their very own bodies, they are automatically drawn to it.
Of course, one understandable concern when children play with grime is health. However, studies reveal that children that play with dirt are not at higher risk of developing diseases, in comparison to those who don’t. Furthermore, it seems that children that play with dirt develop stronger immune systems and resistance to viruses and bacteria. An article released by the Wildlife Federation entitled, The Dirt on Dirt, explains that germs and dirt are in fact good for children:”… all those things which make mothers reach for hand sanitizer and laundry detergent–may, in fact, be a grubby little prescription for health and happiness.” Of course we would not leave our children play with dirt in a doggy park, or in any other location that would pose a threat to the health of children via contaminated animal feces, toxic wastes, or some other pollutants. Yet, if we have access to a backyard or if there is a well-maintained park in our area, than allowing children to play with dirt is perfectly fine.
Playing with dirt is very therapeutic, kin to the act of gardening. In actuality, teaching gardening to young children can be a excellent way to take their explorations with dirt into another level. Both, boys and girls equally enjoy playing with dirt. We may have seen how much fun boys have picking up dirt and dumping it as they roam through dirt with bulldozers and dump trucks, or girls having a ball as they pretend-play to be mommies; cooking everything from mud pies, to cookie mush. This kind of play isn’t only innocuous, but it lends itself to mutual socialization as children cooperate with peers in a non-competitive atmosphere.
There are infinite possibilities when kids play with dirt. Playing in open character, can have an impact in the intellectual orientation of children, even opening the doors to future academic pursuits. Children’s present interest in the products of the earth can literally spill into interests in the fields of biology, ecology and conservation. A research study on environmental education shows how beneficial it is for children to learn about their world hands. In her abstract, Joanne Glenn (Glenn, J 2000) explains that kids learn science by doing science. The results of her studies also reveal that children improve across several academic areas when educated in an environment-based classroom. Improvements were registered in reading and mathematics scores, science and social studies.
The Journey Back to Nature
It might not be simple to encourage kids who have been exposed to nature to get dirty. Children nowadays are so connected to technology, that playing in the dirt may seem like a foreign concept to many of them, especially those living in metropolitan areas. He is truly nostalgic of times past when kids freely played in character, and parents really encouraged it. He believes children should be reconnected to nature, but feels that somehow society is conditioning our children to be fearful of it. He proposes using the principle of green urbanism, and weaving character into classrooms to promote what he calls: A No Child Left Indoors movement.
Remembering it is only in the last three or four decades that we’ve turned our backs on mother nature as a source for privacy and enjoyment, can help us recover our dull senses. We have to awaken to the proven truth that children need to play, roam through, and research character if they are to grow up to be caring people that are interested in the well-being of the planet and its resources.

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Should you own a gun?

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Nowadays, all you’ve got to do is turn on the news to hear about riots and terrorist attacks on civilians all over the world. The world is seemingly headed for chaos.

This is just one of the reasons that guns are a necessity in today’s society. Interested in learning more about the remainder? Have a look at the 5 TOP Reasons Why You Should Carry a Gun:

5. It is your right

The 2nd Amendment states that each American citizen has the right to carry a firearm to protect his or her nearest and dearest from tyrants and in times of emergency. This was included in the Bill of Rights because the founding fathers saw the harm that could occur if responsible law abiding American citizens were unable to protect themselves.

4. “For those looking for safety, be forewarned that there is nothing more insecure than a political promise” – Harry Browne

While the Right and the Left argue over the minutiae in our gun laws or propose new gun laws, mass shootings are occurring all of the time and ordinary citizens are scared to leave their houses. While carrying may seem like a declaration of where you stand politically, it doesn’t alter the fact that self-protection is essential during these times, no matter your political views.

Still not convinced? Consider this – if someone tries to break into your home, how will you protect your loved ones? While it’s true you could call 911, there is no guarantee that the government will arrive on time. Possessing a gun at your disposal are able to keep the bad guys at bay(and perhaps even frighten them away.

3. Random acts of unspeakable violence are becoming more commonplace

The world today is radically different than it had been a few decades today. Stories about ISIS, mass shootings, and riots are constantly on the news, shedding light on how violent the world we live in really is. You never know where or when something bad will happen, carrying a gun can allow you to fight back against those people who are trying to terrorize you.

2. To protect you and your loved ones from harm

No matter how much our families can infuriate us, we love them unconditionally. Thus, we must do what we can to keep them protected against those who might wish harm upon them. There are a variety of approaches to go about this, but a gun in your hand significantly increases your ability to protect you and your loved ones.

1. Help you even the odds

Criminals are constantly on the lookout for simple prey. So, if you’re disabled, elderly, sick, or injured, you should know that bad guys consider you to be the ideal target. Happily, carrying a firearm to protect yourself makes your issues moot and places you on even keel with the bad guys.

If you decide to carry a firearm, it is crucial that you take a firearms safety program and/or learn how to use your firearm in a self-defense scenarios. There are far too many irresponsible gun owners who put their own lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk because they didn’t take gun training and safety seriously.

Additional considerations include:

** Treat all firearms as if they are loaded

** Don’t point the muzzle at anything you do not intend on shooting

** Your finger should only be on the trigger if your sights are on the target and you are ready to fire

** Confirm your target along with anything or anyone that may be about it

** To be an accurate shooter you’ll have to learn firearm presentations, sight alignment, trigger disciple, and follow through.

The Bottom Line

No amount of political interference will keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys and we will need to protect ourselves. This can be easily achieved with a firearm, sometimes the very of a gun is enough to scare off the bad men. But before you decide to go out and purchase one of you own, it’s important to be aware that shooting a gun correctly takes discipline and constant practice. If you choose to wear a firearm, do so responsibly

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Wild Fires

It’s time to start considering wildfire season and getting ready!

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Due to her work schedule our 18 year old daughter remained at home.

Only after 2pm I received a frantic phone call from her saying she could see a large fire burning in the mountains behind our home and she wanted to know what she should do if she needed to evacuate. My first reaction was, how bad is it?

This wildfire, called the Quail Hollow fire, consumed almost 2900 acres and caused the evacuation of 500 houses. At the time, it was the highest priority fire burning in america due to the perfect fire conditions and the dense population it had been threatening.

So now, hundreds of miles apart, we were putting a plan in place. We told our daughter what she needed to do in case our home was at risk and, most of all, that if she had been asked to evacuate, she would do this immediately.

I did have emergency survival kits and items in storage ready for a fast evacuation, but we never discussed the program officially as a household. That was a big mistake. For some reason, I’d always imagined that I’d be the one at home and ready to put our plan into action.

We were not one of the 500 homes evacuated, but I know several who were. In talking to them, they had hardly any time to evacuate because of the swiftness of the fire. It was quite fast moving due to drought conditions and the wind. Many just had time to catch a personal item or two and leave.

Our plan was flawed in a couple ways: (1) I left out a step by not communicating the details of the plan to my family, and (2) it lacked contingency plans for unexpected events. As Robert Burns wrote”Even the best laid plans of mice or men go astray.” Things won’t always happen as we plan and planning for many scenarios is crucial.

You NEED to have a plan. Why?

Emergencies occur without notice, especially wildfires.

Your family may not be in one place, as was the case for us.

So everyone knows what to do in an emergency and where the supplies are.

So you aren’t planning during the emergency – not the best idea.

Where should one begin?

Create a plan

Create or restock your emergency kits

RECOGNIZE WHAT YOUR WILDFIRE RISKS ARE

Depending on where you live your risk of wildfires will vary. Understanding the dangers help you formulate a plan. If you are at risk, then find out

How your Community government plans to Deal with a wildfire situation

How will your local government will communicate with the community,

What are the evacuation routes (sometimes roads are closed down to ease emergency vehicles).

Knowing the inherent dangers can help you minimize a few of the dangers for you, your loved ones and your property.

Keep gutters clear

Eliminate fire prone materials from around your house (i.e. woodpiles)

Landscape properly so that fire likely landscaping is away from significant structures.

This may be the difference between receiving fire damage or not.

CREATE A PLAN

Decide how you will communicate with one another, especially in the event that normal communication lines are unavailable.

Predetermine common meeting places if you are separated. Based on the circumstances, it may be a meeting place outside your home, neighborhood school, church, or a relative or friend’s home in another city.

Collect contact information to your family, friends and other significant or applicable emergency contact numbers. Make sure everybody has a copy of this information.

Have access to a radio or other sorts of communication and know where you need to go to get alarms. Keeping yourself informed can help you exercise your plan.

Contain contingency plans for different scenarios.

When You Have to evacuate

If You’re trapped

Maybe you need to stay put where you are

Your Family are in different locations

Involve your members of your family from the planning

Like I mentioned earlier, wildfires happen quickly and unexpectedly, often leaving you no time to put a bag together. With an emergency survival kit that’s ready and easy to grab is a must have in an emergency evacuation situation. A kit that can provide food, water and supplies for 72 hours is highly recommended. Depending on the magnitude of the emergency it can take emergency support groups a while to get in and supply services, especially if they are not able to immediately access the area.

You can buy an emergency survival kit or create your own 72 hour kit. Here’s a recommended supply list. Feel free to customize according to your own personal needs and your plan of action.

Water and food to last for 72 Hours:

1 Gallon of water per person per day, for washing, cooking and drinking.

(MRE’s, survival food bars or canned food work great in a kit). Items that don’t need cooking are best. If you use freeze-dried foods you will need to increase your water supply.

Emergency water filters and purification supplies. This might not be required but it is going to extend your water that could be extremely important during the warmer temperatures of the wildfire season.

Cooking, Heating, and Lighting supplies:

Cooking: Utensils, Cups and Dishes. Portable cook stove if your food needs cooking. I still recommend food that doesn’t need cooking.

Warmth: Emergency Blanket, Hand Warmers, Sleeping Bag, Tent.

Lighting: Battery or Hand Crank Operated Flashlight (LED Flashlights last longer than traditional bulbs), Glow Sticks.

Extra Batteries.

First Aid Kit and other Special Needs:

Drugs and Prescriptions:

Enough medicine to last enough time till you can get some more, particularly in the event your home is destroyed.

An Emergency Radio rather a hand crank radio is Essential to keep you up to date on the latest information

Two-way radios are particularly helpful for communication

Money:

It’s always good to have money available in small denominations

Credit Card

Phone Card

An extra change of clothes including extra layering items if situated in colder weather or gets chilly at night

Important Documents: (not all are a requirement but certainly nice to have)

Your Disaster Plan for each emergency survival kit

Listing of compiled emergency contact information; this can also include potential evacuation routes and predetermined gathering locations

Copy of Identification papers (license, passport)

Insurance information

Too often we neglect the importance of hygiene and sanitation in an emergency.

Portable Toilet

Toilet Paper

Soap and Towel

It’s ideal to store emergency survival kits and additional supplies in wheeled plastic containers. This will keep your gear more organized and easier to carry. Always start with the fundamentals of everything you will need and over time add to your kits.

Communicate and Practice the Plan

This is a crucial step as we found out. If your family doesn’t know what the plan is made up of, what their role is or where your supplies are not one of the prior steps matter. Every person needs to understand:

What each person’s responsibilities are

How each person Will work together

Where all of your emergency survival kits are saved

What and how to use all the items in your emergency survival kit

Practice as much of this program as you possibly can, such as contingency plans. Practicing will even show you defects or inconsistencies in your plan.

Assess your risk for wildfire and take the necessary actions to safeguard yourself, your family, your pets, and your property. You will never regret having taken the time to prepare. Discuss the plan during family meetings. You might even want a fire safety week or month for your family during which you build the plan, make or buy the kits, and practice what to do in a wildfire emergency.

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Earthquakes

Earthquake Rubble Collapse Disaster AnguisEarthquakes can happen anytime and without warning. Did you know that earthquakes that occur near the surface of the globe are more damaging than those that happen deep within the earth’s crust? Or the HYPOCENTER is where the vibration actually happens in the ground, and the point directly above the earthquake’s focus on the surface is known as the EPICENTER? Being educated about an earthquake may one day save your life, since understanding the terminology and properties of an earthquake can help you be better prepared if perchance you were ever to maintain one. Following are three basic components that may help improve your knowledge of, and possibly help you escape the devastation ofan earthquake, an earthquake.

1. PLATE BOUNDARIES. The earth’s crust is broken up into large moving plates known as TECTONIC PLATES. The majority of earthquakes occur along plate boundaries. The largest is the Pacific Plate that encircles the Pacific Ocean. It is referred to as the RING OF FIRE and includes the majority (more than 75%) of volcanic eruptions. The Ring of Fire isn’t actually a complete ring, just forming a horseshoe shape beginning with the Tonga-Kormadec Trench that is located northeast of the New Zealand islands and wrapping around to the Peru-Chili Trench in South America and the South Sandwich Trench just east of the South Sandwich Islands. The earth’s plates are always moving, bumping into each other. Whenever these plates move towards each other with enough pressure, and slip past one another, an earthquake occurs.

2. MAGNITUDE. The magnitude is how the power or intensity of an earthquake is measured based on the movement recorded by an earthquake-detecting instrument called a SEISMOGRAPH. The higher the magnitude, the more extreme an earthquake is. As an example, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 will be much larger and, therefore, more destructive than one measuring at 2.1. The size of an earthquake can vary, depending on many factors including the geography and the thickness of the quake. Usually a large earthquake also generates many smaller earthquakes after the larger sequence. The larger an earthquake steps, the more aftershocks could be generated and can linger for longer amounts of time.

3. INJURY. The harm that may come from an earthquake is often not from the first earthquake itself but from natural and man-made structures which can collapse on people during the shaking. If you happen to be outside during an earthquake, move away from buildings,power lines, and anything else that could fall on you. If you are inside a building, get under a desk or table and protect your head from any falling debris. You might even stand against an interior wall for security. Stay away from exterior walls, windows, anything including glass, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. If you’re driving, pull off to the side of the road, out of traffic, and stop. If you’re in the hills, beware of the possibility of a landslide.

Earthquakes happen on a daily basis, yet most of them are seldom felt because they are so small. They can not yet be predicted, which makes them even more deadly in the case of larger earthquakes. If you reside in an earthquake zone, where earthquakes occur often, it’s an excellent idea to learn more and be ready in case you were ever to experience one. It might be the difference between trauma or even survival.

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Survive the ocean

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Step 1 – Stay on board.

Stay on board your boat to the extent possible before you get into a life raft. The purpose here is to make certain you buy as much time as possible, and use the life raft as an emergency backup. The additional time can be used to gather more supplies or operationalize your emergency plan.

Measure 2 – Take what you can

Step 3 – Protect yourself from the elements.

If you are in an icy water climate, try to remain warm. It is more likely you will die from hypothermia before drowning, going hungry or anything else. Thus, try to put on dry outfits and stay out of the water. Delay your exposure to saltwater for as long as possible as it can harm your skin and cause sores. Present-day life rafts have overhang shelters, which shield evacuees from the sun, wind, and rain. If the overhang shelter is missing or broken, wear a cap, long sleeves, and jeans/trousers to protect yourself from sunlight.

Step 4 – Learn to fish.

Learn to fish and find food. If your life raft has been drifting for a little while, sea expansion will shape on its underside and fish will normally assemble in the shade under you. As with most life rafts, they should include angling snares in their emergency kits, use them to trap and consume the fish raw. If no snare is available, you can mold one using wire or even shards of aluminum from a pop can.

Step 5 – Search for property.

If you see land, try to get to it. But be careful not to overdo it, you’re going to need your energy. Most life boats should consist of small oars and therefore don’t harm yourself.

Step 6 – Signal for help

If you find a plane or another boat or ship, flag them down with whatever you can. You may use a mirror, flashlight (at night of course), spoon, really anything that reflects sunlight.

After such an experience you’re likely to want to be certain to get an emergency kit. Pick a watertight carrying case to store all your items. Ensure its large enough to hold items of different sizes, durable and easy to carry.

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Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

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Fundamentals of zombie survival

Zombie survival depends on three crucial things: being open-minded, having a zombie survival kit and developing a zombie emergency program.

Zombie survival starts with being open-minded, it is important because while we know that a zombie apocalypse won’t happen, the steps you would take to become zombie proof will be the same as real-life scenarios such as earthquakes, power outages, and pandemics. Overall, this will let you become better prepared for all hazards.

Pretending to experience a zombie attack represents a fantastic working model for describing human responses to natural disasters. They would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or worldwide partners dealing with a zombie virus.

Zombie survival depends on having a zombie survival kit. It will be necessary if you’re to live one of the following breed of zombie preppers. However, if a zombie survival kit is not practical, you might want to obtain an all-purpose, emergency kit. Try to make your way into a zombie survivor camp, or in the event of a tragedy, an evacuation shelter. Below are some items that you should have in your emergency kit.

Food & Water: At least one gallon of water per person per day as recommended by FEMA.

Light & Communication: Radio, Flashlight, Whistle, Matches.

Shelter & Warmth: Body Warmers, Tent, Poncho, Blanket, Extra Clothes

Tools: Knife, N95 Mask, Gloves, Sewing Kit.

Creating a zombie survival Program

Once you get your emergency kit, you should sit down with your loved ones and think of a zombie survival plan. This plan may include areas outside of your neighborhood, city, state or nation. It is crucial, if zombies started appearing outside your dwelling. You can also implement this plan if there’s a power outage, pandemic, earthquake or other emergencies that require you to evacuate.

Step 1 – Identify the type of zombie disaster that’s in your area? (zombie virus, earthquake, tornados, etc.). In other words, conduct a risk assessment for all of the hazards in your area. Consult your regional emergency management organization for more details regarding your regional hazards.

Step 2 – Pick a meeting place for your family . That is, of course when zombies invade your dwelling. But for other emergencies such as a power outage or hurricane, you should think about your first place to be right outside your home. If this location becomes endangered, your secondary site should be found outside of your neighborhood.

Step 3 – Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts such as the police, fire department and your local, zombie preppers. Additionally, identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during a crisis to allow the rest of your family know you are okay.

Step 4 – Zombie survival will require you to plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry, your brain will look delicious. Which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where to proceed with multiple alternative routes to take you there. Ensure the”Walkers” don’t have a opportunity. This is also helpful when natural disasters hit and you need to take shelter fast.

Zombie survival will depend on your understanding of the above mentioned tips. Bear in mind, create a plan and receive an emergency kit.

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