Saturday, May 30, 2009

Want to Ride Manta?

Have you checked Seaworld's newest attraction yet? This newest ride has just recently been opened this May, so you might wanna check it out! To all Seaworld fans out there, here's another thrilling ride for you! How do you like it to be spinning and gliding and skim and fly like a giant ray once you are on this flying roller coaster ride? Take note, this is considered to be one of its kind in the world.
This head-first, face-down thrill ride is called Manta. Here's the real catch. You can join the manta quiz by checking out the "Participate and Win" section. Just follow the six easy steps of activities and feel free to participate. By doing all the six activities you can get your own "front-of-the-line" pass to Manta at Seaworld in Orlando.
It's learning and fun at the same time, don't you think? By the way, when you complete at least 2 of the Manta site activities, you will earn one complimentary electronic photograph from your Manta ride experience. Of course, completing the six activities will get you straight ahead to "front-of-the-line" pass as mentioned previously.
So, who loves roller coaster rides? Manta is somewhat unique from other roller coaster rides. It's like you're riding with the manta ray...but on steel rails! :). The 32 riders are attached securely to the manta's belly, lying prone and face down. Of course, you will be on a real thrill ride at highway speeds, - flying, gliding, soaring and spinning.

Go, go, go thrill riders!... you're next!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stress Attack

Physical and emotional stress has yet another downside in its cause-effect arsenal: a faux heart attack, also called broken-heart syndrome. Medical researchers report that people who undergo severe emotional or physical stress have all the symptoms of a heart attack-except it's not.

Those stressors might include the loss of a loved one, for example. Or they might include severe migraines, stroke or asthma flare-ups. The good news is that unlike a real heart attack, a broken heart syndrome attack doesn't have any lasting damage-but it can be just as frightening. What's happening is the sudden release of neurohormones into the bloodstream-up to 20 times what is normal. This basically stuns a person's heart, making it look injured and weak. But within 2 or 3 weeks, the heart is back to normal. That's unlike an authentic heart attack in which damage to the heart is permanent.

Monday, May 25, 2009

It's Show Time! - How To Create Your Backyard Cinema

1. Find a Screen. If you don't happen to have a big white garage, buy blackout cloth from a fabric store. Roll it up after the show.

2. Keep it Simple. Leave most of your indoor system intact by sending the signal off a laptop or portable DVD player.

3. Skimp on Sound. Some empty lot isn't the place to show off those 900-watt cherrywood floor standers. Use powered computer speakers.

4. Prevent trips. Keep cords neatly together and hidden by splitting a garden hose lengthwise and using it as a conduit for cables.

There you go, guys! Enjoy the show :).

Thursday, May 21, 2009

When Should You Go To The Emergency Room?

Dr. Lamm says if you have difficulty breathing, chest or upper abdominal pain that persists, fainting, changes in your vision, uncontrolled bleeding from any site, coughing or vomiting of blood, neurological changes such as trouble speaking, or suicidal feelings, it's time to go to your emergency room ASAP!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Shark-Fishing, Anyone?

Gear up! Here are your shark-snaring essentials.

1. Shakespeare Tidewater Bigwater Rod - tested for 130 pounds of weight, this fiberglass fish stick with heavy-duty stainless-steel guides can drag in almost anything that dares to take a bite. Just make sure your guns are pumped or else you'll be in for a frustrating afternoon of tug of war.

2. Mustad Circle Hook - Want to avoid ripping open the stomach of your catch - potentially killing a fish you don't even bring on board? Try a circle hook, which slides out of the shark's stomach and pierces his jaw.

3. Penn Special Senator Reel - To pull aboard a sea monster that's been ruling the deep for thousands of years, use a precision-machined spinner that won't fail you at the last second.

4. Alutecnos The Pro Fighting Harness - If you think those puny appendages you call arms can haul in an eight-foot tiger shark all by themselves, go ahead and try, tough guy! If your rod doesn't get yanked overboard, strap on this back-reinforcing harness to help pull in your prey.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The Best Cure For Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is caused by a fungus that is stimulated by moisture. Avoid it by not sharing footwear and making sure you don't wear the same shoes every day. Let things dry out. Should you catch it anyway, Lamisil and other over-the-counter products work effectively.

The fungus causes a break in the skin. Scratching introduces bacteria, which can cause cellulitis and require hospitalization.

Monday, May 11, 2009

How To Surround-Sound a Small Apartment

  1. Buy a single system. According to Keith Claytor of Klipsch Audio Technologies, mismatching means, "if a plane flies by on your TV, it'll go from sounding like a fighter jet to a Cessna."
  2. Place them properly. Try to make a triangle between where you're sitting and the left and right speakers. The center channel should be as close to the TV as possible.
  3. Decorate. Adding a carpet or curtains absorbs some sound, so you don't get as many reverberations. Think of it like talking in an empty room-furniture will soften the echo."
  4. Don't overdo it. A 6.1 or 7.1 system steers the sound to specific locations in a room. Or you can get a good 5.1 system with bookshelf speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Experimental Bionic Peepers Could Lead The Blind. Here's How:

  • What's the big idea? - Researchers at USC are testing a potential cure for blindness- a retinal implant that receives real-time images from glasses that have been equipped with a tiny video camera.
  • Who stands to benefit? - Volunteers who suffer from diseases like macular degenration and retinitis pigmentosa will have the one-square-millimeter apparatus embedded in the back of the eye.
  • How does the system work? - After images are converted into electrical signals via a PDA-size processor worn on a belt, the data is relayed wirelessly to the implant.
  • Will the blind really see? - Yep. The device's 60 electrodes stimulate subject's optic nerves which tell the brain what to see. The result? Pictures become visions.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How To Clean Your Fresh Shark Catch

  1. With a sharp knife, cut behind the top of the head until the spine is severed. Then turn the knife and run it just underneath the spine, toward the anal fin.
  2. At the end of the gut cavity, cut downward, stopping behind the anal fin. This should remove the head and guts in one piece, leaving solid shark meat.
  3. Peel off the backbone and clean underneath thoroughyl. Remove blood and green spleen from gut cavity. Hack off fins and tail and toss the meat on ice. Yum!
It's now a ready fish fillet! :).

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How To Shuffle Poker Chips

  1. Pile Up. Start with a stack of 8 chips. Split the chips into 2 stacks of four, and push them together so all the edges of the 2 stacks touch.
  2. Get a Grip. Grasp both stacks with one hand, your thumb pressed against one stack, middle and ring fingers against the other. Place your pointer on the thumb stack, near where the 2 piles meet.
  3. Hold Tight. With your pointer finger, lift the thumb stack while pushing both stacks together with your thumb, middle, and ring fingers. Now raise your hand straight up, keeping the thumb stack on top.
  4. Mix Well. As you lift your hand, the stacks shuffle into each other. Once the chips are in a single alternating stack, push them together, so your money will be tidy when the casino takes it away.