Banana

Banana

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Bananas (the Musa species) are native to tropical southern Asia and Australia, and most likely were first domesticated in Papua, New Guinea. Presently, they’re grown in over 130 countries, chiefly for their own fruit, but in some countries are used for alcoholic beverages 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 is 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.) Fast forward a few years and the food became more popular, yet still not well known in Europe (apparently French chefs hadn’t 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 lots of butter, served over ice cream.

There’s absolutely not any mention of bananas in any journals or recipes of foodie president Thomas Jefferson, and it’s highly unlikely that he ever served them in his famous dinners. With his passion for gardening and fruits, he surely would have adopted them, but sadly, he missed out. They did not gain popularity until 50 years later.

The common banana variety is known as the Cavendish. And of course Chiquita and Dole dominate the worldwide industry. The biggest 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 each year. Though there has been much bad press calling bananas, as we understand them, could be wiped out shortly, 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 modest amount, but this is 1 crop which will probably never dominate the U.S. either for domestic use or exportation. We simply don’t have the climates for them.

More starchy than candy, they are considered a vegetable and seldom eaten in their raw state. Often fried or mashed, they’re a common street food in Africa and Asia. As well as 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 garden variety banana instead. If you’re an adventurous cook, you might want to consider looking out plantains and whipping up a new dish over the weekend.

Americans consume bananas in a number of different ways, including 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 enjoy 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.

Avocado

Avocado

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Avocado is an intriguing food item. There is a big confusion that revolves around avocado; Why is it a fruit or a vegetable? This green coloured, pear-shaped, little food thing is actually classified as a fruit. This report is strictly devoted to this fruit. Here, we present you 10 amazing facts about Avocado. Continue reading.

1. Avocado is more than ten million years old.
Avocado has been on the eating list of individuals for more than 10,000 years. It’s a native of America but was first spotted in Puebla in Mexico about 10,000 years back. The gardens of America and Mexico always have avocado trees. One interesting fact about avocado is that it holds a religious significance for Aztec and Mayan societies. They believe that avocado gives them strength.

2.
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 percent is insoluble (it accelerates the passage of food inside the body) and 25% is soluble fiber (it makes one feel full).

3.
Avocados are authentic super food. A single 100 gram serving of avocado contains:
• Vitamin K – 26% of the RDA
• Vitamin C- 17% 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 percent of the RDA

Apart from them, avocados are also packaged with little 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’ve always heard that bananas are the best and most abundant source of potassium, but avocados contain more potassium than bananas. 100 gram serving of banana includes 10% of the RDA, whereas avocados contain 14% of the RDA. Potassium helps in tracking blood pressure. Hence, they are really very important for health.

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

6. Avocados protect eyes
Avocados contain powerful antioxidants that assist in protecting the eyes. They contain nutrients like Zeaxanthin and Lutein. These two nutrients are amazing for eyes. If studies are to be considered, the risk of macular degeneration as well as cataracts drops down dramatically if one take generous quantity 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; rather we should include avocados in our diet. Avocados have magical anti- aging properties. As they are rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and other healthy 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 also help reverse the damage caused to skin from the damaging UV rays. Thus, you don’t need to spend a lot on expensive creams, lotions or treatments. Eat a lot of avocados and get a smooth, shiny, flawless and youthful skin.

8. Avocados decrease the susceptibility of several kinds of cancers
Among many benefits of avocados, one is that it cuts down the risk of many diverse sorts of cancers. According to recent studies, carotenoids which are abundant in anti- oxidants have anti inflammatory cancerous actions. They help in preventing esophageal, oral, prostate in addition to breast cancer.

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 religiously, you may not require anti- inflammatory drugs.

10. Avocados assist in treating psoriasis
If you’re tired of taking medications and lotions for psoriasis, but have not found relief, then you should try avocado. Eating avocados assist at large. For topical application, a lotion which has vit B12 in addition to avocado oil will help in treating psoriasis. The best thing about it is that this cream is sans any adverse effect. Therefore, avocado is a very-pocket way to treat psoriasis.

Now you understand that avocados are loaded with benefits, you must include avocados on your diet plan and wait for the magic to happen.

Deadpool

Deadpool

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Deadpool made his initial appearance in New Mutants #98 as a villain. He was created by Rob Liefield and writer Fabian Nicieza. 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 called the villain Deathstroke.

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

Beginning in 1993 he obtained his own minseries titled The Circle Chase. This was followed by 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 due to 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 father (a war veteran) and was shown to be a delinquent in his younger years and often 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 encouraged and inducted into the secret super soldier program known as Weapon X. Promising to cure his cancer Wade Wilson did not have any choice but to join. In Weapon X he was experimented on and given a recovery factor larger than Wolverine’s but as a byproduct accelerated his cancer and left his body horribly scarred and disfigured.

In the hospice other people that were experimented on and delivered to the hospice had a”deadpool”, a betting pool to determine who would die next. The doctors seeing that he was of no use and potentially a danger to others and close to death decided to put Wade Wilson out of his misery. Wade Wilson had his heart removed and at the moment his latent healing ability given to him by experimentation kicked in.

Breaking out of the centre, Wade ventured on his own and starting calling himself”Deadpool” after losing all of his memories. He began wearing a red and black costume like Spider-man’s and became an expert in several 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 known for his mouth as much of his unorthodox fighting style.

Currently he is without his healing power and he is married to The Queen of the Undead Shiklah.

Arctic Wolves

Arctic Wolves

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The sun hangs leaden in the skies over the frozen tundra of the high arctic. Horizontal expanses of land are dotted with low-growing shrubs dusted with frost. In the south a herd of musk oxen loiter along, digging away the icy surface of the ground to achieve nutritious lichen and ground plants, oblivious as eight stealthy white characters move in about them. The circle would be impossible for one wolf to penetrate, so the pack must work as a team. Forth and back race the wolves, snapping at the legs of creatures 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 circle. The herd scatters as wolves give chase. The race doesn’t last long, for musk oxen overheat and tire easily, unlike wolves which are able to keep high speeds over much lengthier pursuits. The largest of the bunch, the alpha male, leaps and grasps its victim’s neck in a desperate hold. The mighty animal collapses in a heap.

Statistically, only one in ten wolf attacks are powerful, and it has been a few days since the bunch has obtained such a large kill. They will each eat up to 20 pounds of meat at this meal, leaving nothing of the creature behind, neither bones nor fur. A few miles off the alpha female cares for her month-old cubs, waiting for 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 thrived in the high arctic for centuries, one of the few mammals able to tolerate 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 due to their encounters 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 consists of a breeding pair (the alpha male and female), their pups, and their unmated offspring from previous seasons. A strong 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 may strike out on their own anytime after their first year. Lone wolves are in great danger, and they will avoid contact with other wolves unless it’s a potential mate. Then the man will find and claim an unoccupied land, marking it with its own odor.

Wolf lands are vast (as large as 800-1,000 square miles), as they must roam areas big enough to supply the quantity of food needed by a pack. Their main food source is musk oxen, caribou, and smaller mammals such as lemmings and hares, but wolves will eat anything they can catch. They may follow migrating caribou south in the summer. Arctic wolves are found all across the northern border of the North American continent, and along the eastern and northern shores of Greenland.

Wolves may be the most misunderstood and maligned animal in the world, due to their elusiveness and to superstitions extending back to prehistory. However, their pack structure, hunting procedures, and general inquisitive and friendly natures imply that man and wolf could have more in common than was ever envisioned.

Conch

Conch

Free stock photo of blur, shell, focus, close-upA conch is a type of edible snail that resides in the ocean, especially the hot waters of the Caribbean. Conch is actually a type of mollusk that lives in a spiral shaped shell. They’re known as marine gastropod mollusks. There are several different species of conch, the most popular being Strombus gigas, which is also known as the queen conch or pink-lipped conch. This is the most commonly recognized species of conch, especially to tourists visiting the Caribbean.

These mollusks move across the sea floor by propelling themselves with their muscle bodies, which makes it look as though they’re jumping. This jumping movement allows them to find food along the ocean floor. This movement is also helpful in hiding their scent trail from predators. Humans pose the most significant threat to these mollusks, but they’re also a tasty meal for other sea animals such as lobsters, turtles, octopus, crabs, sharks and sting rays.

Conch is a natural resource and an important source of income to many Caribbean nations. It has recently been recognized that conch has been over-fished and the numbers of conch have significantly decreased in past few years. Therefore, conch has been set on the commercially endangered species list, called CITES or Convention for the International Trade of Endangered Species. Loss of habitat and overfishing has made it essential to protect this species. In actuality, conch cannot be harvested legally in the United States.

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 ability to produce pearls. Although is very rare, conch pearls come in a variety of colors, just like pears from an oyster. The most common colour of conch pearl is pink. Conch pearls are different from an oyster’s pearl because they have a slightly more iridescent shimmer.

Every portion of the conch can be used, from the meat into the shell. The conch has many layers of coloured shell inside and is renowned for its beauty. The shell is a very important source for local tourist industry, as it can be crafted into many diverse items. Shells from the conch are often made into Caribbean jewelry, like cameos or necklaces. Ornaments and musical instruments are also very popular souvenirs made from the conch shell. Needless to say, many tourists decide to simply bring the untouched shell back to their homes as a reminder of their Caribbean holiday.

Conch is a favorite dish for many seafood lovers and can be prepared in several different ways. There are numerous dozen restaurants in the Bahamas that provide a variety of conch dishes. Conch meat is very popular and is made into everything from chowders to burgers to salads and needless to say, the ever-popular conch fritter. Conch meat has to be tenderized or marinated, since it’s extremely tough. The meat has a sweet flavor, similar to that of a clam.

Lightning

Lightning

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

During an electrical storm, the top section of the storm clouds has a positive charge and the lower portion has a negative charge. It’s not quite clear how the clouds reach 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 off of the rising moisture and they collect at the base of the cloud, creating the negative charge. It’s thought that rising moisture then carries a positive charge to the top of the cloud. The charge separation within the cloud is what creates an electric field, the strength of which is related to the amount of charge buildup in the cloud.

The strong ionization causes the atmosphere to begin to break down, allowing for currents to flow in an attempt to neutralize the charge. These currents are known as leaders, and they provide a path through the cloud for the lightning to follow. The first (or stepped) leader does not move easily, but jumps in a jagged fashion. Many leaders form at precisely the exact same time, but the first one to make contact with the floor is the one that gets the lightning.

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

Lightning is a complex phenomenon with many exceptions and variations.

For example, do you understand:

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 definitely need to be photoshopped. Not so!

There’s still research being conducted to the definitive reason for lightning within the smoke plumes of volcanoes, but the overall consensus involves, of all things, dust. The idea is that dust/smoke/ash particles take little charges which become amplified during the chaos of racing from a volcano. With every collision of one particle with another, the charges become increasingly polarized until lightning is inevitable since the polarization becomes too great for the atmosphere to withstand the flow of electricity. The lightning neutralizes the charge separation, essentially relieving the strain of polarization.

There is another lesser known type of volcanic lightning, however, which happens right at the mouth of the volcano and is much less orderly (not the normal branching, bolting lightning we’re used to seeing), manifesting as jagged sparks probably as the result of a hefty charge within the volcano itself.

How Many Different Types of Lightning There Are?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask, and what you think about 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. Cloud-to-ground lightning is more complicated than a simple bolt shooting directly from a cloud, however, and includes charges moving up and down from both the cloud and the ground.

Cloud-to-sky (Also known as sprites, cloud-to-sky lightning occurs in the upper atmosphere. They lack the hot temperatures of different types of lightning, and usually have a reddish-orange hue.)

Lightning is also sometimes further specified 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, causing a beaded look. This occurs very quickly and is hard to capture.)

St. Elmo’s Fire This is not really lightning, but often closely associated with it and seen during electrical storms. St. Elmo’s Fire (not to be confused with ball lightning as it often is) is the result of a gap in electric charge. It’s made of 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 at the place where there’s a drastic difference in charge between the air and an object like the mast of a ship or the steeple of a church. St. Elmo’s Fire is the identical thing that occurs in a fluorescent tube- essentially a constant spark, glowing blue due to the particular mix of air molecules. It might also take on a purple hue.

St. Elmo’s Fire is very tricky to locate accurate images or videos of. Many videos exist which claim to be St. Elmo’s Fire but are actually just static discharge (a frequent occurrence around airplanes in the middle of storms). An easy way to tell the difference is that St. Elmo’s Fire does not look like lightning- rather it emits a continuous glow.

Ball lightning- The most mysterious type of”lightning”, there’s some dispute among scientists as to whether ball lightning really exists. Arc faults along power lines (which appear as large, impossibly bright balls of light) and photographic anomalies are both to blame for the confusion.

How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm?

Lightning regularly strikes water, so never go swimming or boating during a storm. If you are in the water when a storm starts, get out of the water as fast as possible.
Lightning strikes will follow anything that conducts electricity, so stay off your mobile telephone in a storm and flip off/unplug your computers. If lightning strikes your house, even the strongest of surge protectors will have a hard time protecting your equipment. (Radio waves do not conduct electricity, so as long as your mobile phone is not plugged into an outlet and you are not standing outside during the storm using the metallic device held to your face, it’s safe to use it. They don’t strangely”attract” lightning more than any other object with metal in it).
Lightning does in fact strike twice (the Empire State building is struck 20-25 times per year), so don’t rely on old adages to your security details.
If you’re caught in a thunderstorm and can’t get inside to security, crouch low to the ground but do not lay flat. Try to keep as much of your body from touching the floor as you can, because you’re in more danger of being injured by currents traveling across the ground after a lightning strike than of being stricken directly by a bolt. Ten seconds equals 2 miles, etc..
Lightning in Mythology

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

The Thunderbird common to North American indigenous cultures is said to make thunder by the beating of its wings, and lightning is made by glowing snakes that it conveys or directly from its eyes.
There is a lot more to learn about lightning in all of its various incarnations. It is a stark reminder of the incredible strong forces of nature that surround us on all sides. Regardless of how much we understand about it on a scientific level, we may always be inclined to associate with this unbelievable force with deity.

Facts about four leaf clovers

Facts about four leaf clovers

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Here are 25 facts you may 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 teach the pagans about Christianity. It symbolized the Holy Trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. When it’s found with the additional 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 found three over 20 minutes while playing with his brother out his home in Dickson. The world record was sponsored by USA Laboratories, Inc.. Burns, TN.

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 has 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,”That the shamrock represent 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 was detected by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki City, Iwate, Japan on May 25, 2002.” Guinness World Records 2010

A 21-leaf clover discovered 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 considered to be a young clover.

“The Cloverleaf Interchange” is named for the similarity of the 4 leaves pattern when viewed from air” – 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 is. -Sarah Jessica Parker of popular TV show”sex in the city”.

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

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

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

According to legend of western cultures, each of the four leafs represent faith, faith, love and luck.

The late US President, Abraham Lincoln, was said to have carried a lucky clover everyday except on the night of his infamous trip to Ford’s Theater the day he was assassinated.

The late French Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped assassination when he stooping down to pick up a “Lucky Four Leaf Clover”.

The lucky clover is among the most popular tattoo themes for body art. It signify”good luck” or an Irish pride or ancestry. It’s often interchangeable 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 white symbolizes purity and the green represents growth.

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

There are numerous popular song recorded with the titled – four leaf clover. Artist contains: Abra Moore, Badly Drawn Boy,, Erykah Badu and Stryper all have songs written about the this good 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 describe an unexpected change from good fortune to bad.

Attract birds to your feeder

Attract birds to your feeder

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

Tip #1: Be consistent.
Try to adhere to a routine by maintaining feeders filled with the seed or suet that’s the favorite of those birds you want to attract. Birds will return 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 odds by fitting the species with the bird feeder design specifically made for it. Select from the many types of feeders offered below:

Tube Feeder: American Goldfinch, House Finch, Nuthatch, Titmouse
Platform Feeder: House Finch, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Titmouse
Hopper Feeder: House Finch, Blue Jay, Titmouse, Northern Cardinal
Suet Feeder: Northern Cardinal, Nuthatch, Titmouse, Warbler, Woodpecker, Wren
Niger or Thistle seed Tube Feeder: American Goldfinch, House Finch, Purple Finch
Nectar Feeder: Hummingbird
Fruit or Jelly Feeder: Eastern Bluebird, House Finch, Oriole, Woodpecker

Tip #3: Where should I hang the bird feeder?
Place your bird feeder at a spot where the birds can feel protected-somewhere in close proximity to trees and shrubs. Furthermore, they will use foliage, grasses and twigs as nesting materials. Avoid predators by placing bird feeders at least four feet off the floor and away from lower and fences, hanging branches. Many 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 source close to the bird feeder.
Birds are attracted to water for bathing and sipping. As they are drawn to the sound of water, the light spray of a hose will bring them flitting to this water source. Robins and hummingbirds appreciate the glow of water and love to fly through the spray. The moist ground makes it easier for robins to snag a pig or two. Shallow, birdbaths welcome various kinds of birds who need to eliminate dust or mites from their feathers.

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

How long should you wait to see birds in the feeder once you hang it?
First, have patience. It will take a while for birds to find your feeder and start using it as a source of food. Wait for up to fourteen days, then add a few new ideas.

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

Raccoon in the dumpster

Raccoon in the dumpster

Racoon Animal Garden Summer Raccoon Wild WResearchers say raccoons are smart 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 trying to find food, they’ll try their hardest to reach any point essential, or gain entry into an area they believe holds tasty food scraps.
Often times, dumpsters are a favourite selection for wild raccoons on the hunt for a fast dinner. They are excellent at gaining entry into dumpsters, but raccoons aren’t very good at building a dependable escape path. This is the reason why so many are found isolated or trapped in empty dumpsters and large garbage receptacles.
They wind up in these predicaments because dumpsters aren’t always full. And even though coons recall certain dumpsters they have raided in the past with no issue of exiting, these dumpsters are occasionally less-full or empty the next time they come around for food. And they certainly do not think before diving in!
What to Do
When you see one stuck in a dumpster, don’t panic. They can not hurt you because they can not even reach you! In fact, they’re probably very scared and confused. You may expect 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 almost behave in a manner that indicates they’re embarrassed or ashamed. This makes you want to help them out even more!
To help a raccoon stuck in a dumpster, simply find something to place within the receptacle that the creature can use to climb out. Be sure 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 good reach and can jump quite nicely, so if a dumpster is four feet deep, you will only need a product 2 feet tall or more to help the raccoon.
Try items such as a milk crate, sturdy box, a wooden 2×4, a large tree branch, and just a few full bags of garbage. Open the lid on the other side of the coon, place 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 important to protect yourself no matter what the circumstance may be.

Why kids love getting dirty

Why kids love getting dirty

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It is a question that lots of parents have asked themselves:”Why does my child love playing with dirt?” One plain and simple answer may be: kids love the way dirt feels and smells. Another down to earth answer could be: children play with dirt because as an element very near the composition of their own bodies, they are instinctively attracted to it.
Obviously, one clear concern when kids play with dirt is health. However, studies show that children that play with dirt aren’t at higher risk of developing diseases, compared to those that don’t. Furthermore, it appears that kids 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 dirt and germs are in fact good for children:”… all those things which make mothers reach for hand sanitizer and laundry detergent–may, in reality, be a grubby little prescription for health and happiness.” Of course we would not leave our children play with dirt at a doggy park, or in any other place that would present a hazard 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’s a well-maintained park in our neighborhood, than allowing children to play with dirt is perfectly fine.
Playing with dirt is quite therapeutic, kin to the act of gardening. In fact, teaching gardening to young children can be a excellent way to take their explorations with dirt to the next level. Both, girls and boys alike enjoy playing with dirt. We may have seen how much fun boys have picking up dirt and dumping it as they float through dirt with bulldozers and dump trucks, or women having a ball as they pretend-play to be mommies; cooking everything from mud pies, to cookie mush. This kind of play is not only innocuous, but it lends itself to mutual socialization as kids cooperate with peers at a non-competitive atmosphere.
There are endless possibilities when kids play with dirt. Playing in open nature, can have an impact in the intellectual orientation of kids, even opening the doors to future academic pursuits. A research study on environmental education demonstrates how beneficial it is for children to learn about their world hands-on. 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 math scores, science and social studies.
The Journey Back to Nature
It might not be simple to encourage children who have been exposed to nature to get dirty. Children nowadays are so connected to technology, that playing in the dirt may sound like a foreign concept to many of them, particularly those living in metropolitan areas. He is really nostalgic of times past when kids freely played in nature, and parents really encouraged it. He believes children should be reconnected to character, but feels that somehow society is conditioning our children to be fearful of it. He proposes using the principle of green urbanism, and weaving nature into classrooms to encourage what he calls: A No Child Left Inside motion.
Remembering it is only in the past three or four decades that we have turned our backs on mother nature as a source for solitude and pleasure, can help us recover our dull senses. We must awaken to the proven fact that children will need to play, roam through, and explore nature if they are to grow up to be caring people who are interested in the well-being of the planet and its resources.

Reasons to own a gun

Reasons to own a gun

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Nowadays, all you have to do is turn on the news to hear about riots and terrorist attacks on civilians throughout the world. The world is apparently headed for chaos. To survive, you need to learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones from harm and among the best ways to do so is with a gun.

This is just one of the reasons that guns are a necessity in today’s society. Interested in learning more about the rest? Check out the 5 TOP Reasons 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 their loved ones from tyrants and in times of emergency. This was included in the Bill of Rights since the founding fathers saw the harm that could occur if responsible law abiding American citizens were not able 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 suggest new gun legislation, mass shootings are occurring all of the time and ordinary citizens are scared to leave their homes. While carrying may seem to be a declaration of where you stand politically, it doesn’t alter the fact that self-protection is essential during these times, regardless of 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 that you can call 911, there’s no guarantee that the government will arrive in time. Possessing a gun in your disposal are able to keep the bad guys at bay(and maybe even frighten them away.

3. Random acts of unspeakable violence are becoming more commonplace

The world today is drastically different than it was 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 will help you fight back against those people who want to terrorize you.

2. To protect you and your loved ones from harm

However much our families can infuriate us, we love them unconditionally. Thus, we must do what we can to keep them protected against those who may wish harm upon them. There are an assortment of ways to go about it, but a gun in your hand significantly increases your capacity to protect you and your loved ones.

1. Assist you even the odds

Criminals are always on the lookout for easy prey. So, if you are 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 choose to carry a firearm, it’s important that you take a firearms safety course and/or learn how to use your firearm in a self-defense situations. There are far too many irresponsible gun owners who place their own lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk because they did not take gun training and safety seriously.

** Treat all guns as if they are loaded

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

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

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

** Gun laws vary from state to state, make sure you do your research to ensure compliance

** To be a true shooter you will need to learn firearm presentations, sight alignment, trigger disciple, and follow through.

The Bottom Line

No amount of political interference is going to keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys and we 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 deciding to go out and purchase one of you own, it is important to note that shooting a gun accurately takes discipline and continuous practice. If you choose to wear a firearm, do so responsibly

Wild fire Season

Wild fire Season

It is time to start thinking about wildfire season and getting prepared!

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As a result of her work schedule our 18 year old daughter remained at home.

Only after 2pm I got a frantic phone call from her saying she could see a huge fire burning in the hills behind our house and she wanted to know what she should do if she needed to evacuate. My first response was, how bad could it be?

This wildfire, called the Quail Hollow fire, consumed almost 2900 acres and caused the evacuation of 500 homes. At the moment, it was the highest priority fire burning in the United States due to the perfect fire conditions and the dense population it was threatening.

So now, hundreds of miles away, 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 importantly, that if she was asked to evacuate, she would do so immediately.

We let neighbors know that she was home. I did have emergency survival kits and items in storage ready for a fast evacuation, but we never discussed the plan 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 able to put our strategy into action.

We were not among the 500 homes evacuated, but I know many who were. In talking to them, they had very little time to evacuate because of the swiftness of the flame. It was very fast moving because of drought conditions and the wind. Many only had time to grab a personal item or two and leave.

Even though we were convinced that our daughter was safe and far enough away from the fire, we should have been better prepared. We were just plain lucky that day.

Our plan was flawed in a few ways: (1) I left out a step by not communicating the details of the program for my loved ones, and (2) it lacked contingency plans for unexpected events. Things will not always happen as we plan and planning for multiple scenarios is crucial.

So what did I learn from this experience? You NEED to have a plan. Why?

Emergencies occur without notice, particularly wildfires.

Your family may not all be in 1 place, as was the situation for us.

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

So you are not planning during the crisis – not the best idea.

Where should one begin?

Create a plan

Produce or restock your emergency kits

Communicate and practice your plan

RECOGNIZE WHAT YOUR WILDFIRE RISKS ARE

Based 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 handle a wildfire situation

How will your Regional government will communicate with the community,

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

Knowing the inherent risks can help you minimize some of the dangers for you, your family and your property.

Maintaining your home:

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

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

This can 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’re separated. Depending on the circumstances, it may be a meeting spot outside your home, local school, church, or a relative or friend’s home in another city.

Collect contact information to your loved ones, friends and other important or applicable emergency contact numbers. Make sure everybody has a copy of the information.

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

Contain contingency plans for various scenarios.

When you need to evacuate

If You’re trapped

Perhaps you need to stay put where you are

Your family members are in different locations

Involve your all members of your family in the planning

PURCHASE, CREATE OR RESTOCK YOUR EMERGENCY KITS

Like I mentioned earlier, wildfires happen quickly and suddenly, often leaving you no time to put a bag together. Having an emergency survival kit that’s ready and easy to catch is a must have in an emergency evacuation situation. A kit that could provide food, water and supplies for 72 hours is recommended. Depending on the size of the emergency it can take emergency service groups some time to get in and supply services, particularly if they’re unable to immediately access the area.

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

Food and Water to last for 72 Hours:

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

Non-perishable foods. Items that do not 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 which could be very important during the hotter temperatures of the wildfire season.

Cooking, Heating, and Lighting supplies:

Mobile cook stove if your food needs cooking. I still recommend food that does not 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.

Pet, Child, and Elderly care needs

Feminine Hygiene products

Drugs and Prescriptions:

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

Emergency Weather Radios:

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

Two-way radios are especially helpful for communication

Money:

It’s always good to have money on hand in small denominations

Credit Card

Phone Card

Clothes and Bedding:

Sleeping bags, Blankets

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

Your Disaster Plan for each emergency survival kit

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

Copy of Identification papers (license, passport)

Insurance information

Maps, GPS, or travel information in case of evacuation

Sanitation Supplies:

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

Portable Toilet

Hygiene cleansing wipes

Toothpaste and Toothbrushes

Toilet Paper

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

Communicate and Exercise the Plan

This is a crucial step as we found out. If your family does not know what the plan consists of, what their part is or where your supplies are none of the previous steps matter. Every person needs to know:

What each person’s responsibilities are

How each person is going to work together

Where all your emergency survival kits are saved

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

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

Wildfires can strike without warning. Assess your risk for wildfire and take the essential actions to safeguard yourself, your loved ones, 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 to have a fire safety week or month for your family during that you build the program, make or purchase the kits, and practice what to do in a wildfire emergency.

Information about Earthquakes

Information about Earthquakes

Earthquake Rubble Collapse Disaster HouseEarthquakes can happen anytime and without warning. Did you know that earthquakes that occur near the surface of the earth are more damaging than those that happen deep inside the earth’s crust? Or the HYPOCENTER is where the vibration actually happens in the earth, and the point directly above the earthquake’s focus on the surface is called the EPICENTER? Being educated about an earthquake may one day save your life, since knowing the language 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 understanding of, and potentially help you escape the destruction of, an earthquake.

1. PLATE BOUNDARIES. The earth’s crust is broken up into large moving plates known as TECTONIC PLATES. The biggest is the Pacific Plate that encircles the Pacific Ocean. It’s known 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, only forming a horseshoe shape starting with the Tonga-Kormadec Trench that lies 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 slide past one another, an earthquake occurs.

2. MAGNITUDE. The magnitude is the way the power or intensity of an earthquake is measured based on the movement recorded by an earthquake-detecting tool known as a SEISMOGRAPH. The higher the magnitude, the more intense an earthquake is. For instance, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 will be much bigger and, therefore, more damaging than one measuring at 2.1. The size of an earthquake can vary, depending on many things including the geography and the thickness of the quake. Usually a large earthquake also produces many smaller earthquakes after the larger sequence. The bigger an earthquake steps, the more aftershocks can be generated and can linger for longer periods of time.

3. INJURY. The harm that may come from an earthquake is often not from the initial earthquake itself but from man-made and natural structures which can collapse on people during the shaking. If you’re inside a building, get under a desk or table and shield your head from any falling debris. You might even stand against an interior wall for protection. Avoid exterior walls, windows, anything including glass, fireplaces, and heavy furniture or appliances. If you’re driving, pull to the side of the street, from traffic, and stop. Don’t park under bridges or overpasses, and prevent trees, power lines, and any other potential hazards. If you’re in the mountains, beware of the potential for a landslide. If you’re near an ocean, you might be in danger of a tsunami and should get to higher ground.

Earthquakes happen on a daily basis, yet the majority of them are rarely felt since they are so small. They can’t yet be predicted, which makes them even more deadly in the event of larger earthquakes. If you live in an earthquake zone, where earthquakes occur often, it is a good idea to find out more and be ready in case you were ever to encounter one. It may be the difference between trauma or even survival.

Lost at sea

Lost at sea

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Step 1 – Stay on board.

Remain on board your boat to the extent possible until you get into a life raft. The purpose here is to make certain you purchase 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 – Carry what you can

Get in the life raft, and take whatever provisions you can carry with you, including your emergency kit, emergency food, and water filtration systems.

Step 3 – Protect yourself from the elements.

If you are in an icy water climate, try to stay warm. It is more likely you will die from hypothermia before drowning, going hungry or anything else. So, try to put on dry outfits and remain out of the water. Delay your exposure to saltwater for as long as possible as it can harm your skin and cause blisters. Remain within the life raft for as long as possible. Present-day life rafts have overhang shelters, which protect 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.

Learn to fish and locate food. If your life raft has been drifting for some time, ocean growth 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 snare and eat the fish raw. If no snare is available, you can mold one using wire or even shards of aluminum from a soda can.

Step 5 – Search for land.

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 so don’t harm yourself.

Measure 6 – Signal for help

If you find a plane or another boat or ship, flag them down using 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. Select a watertight carrying case to store all of your items. Ensure its big enough to hold items of different sizes, durable and easy to carry.

Practical Emergency Kits was founded on the principal of providing families with emergency supplies and practical knowledge that is grounded in scientific research. We believe knowledge is the best way to conquering fear.

Zombie Apocalypse

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.