Since you’re going to be drinking anyway…

Vodka

When the weekend comes, so does the morning hangovers. You’re drinking a couple of beers, some mixed drinks, then you get brave and down a few shots. Ahhh, liquid courage at its best… So as long as you’re going to open the liquor cabinet, why not put that week old vodka to use on something other than the demise of brain cells, huh?

With the Memorial Day weekend just passing, many of us decided to get away from the city and camp under the blanket of bright stars. So there you are, moseying along a fresh dirt path. While blissfully taking in the fresh air, you’re not noticing the bushes of poison ivy your leg is constantly brushing up against. Oh no! What to do?!

Many cultured to the outdoor world have reported that pouring vodka on the area that has been exposed to poison ivy immediately after contact ceases the discomfort. The vodka washes away the chemicals that causes the rash reaction. However, it’s said that the vodka needs to be 100 proof to work best.

Goodbye Febreze- Hello Vodka! If you’re tired of lugging a heavy sack of clothes around the house or using all of your hard-earned pocket change for the mat, try using vodka to freshen up the twice-worn-already pair of jeans. Simply spritz over your jeans, blouses, or shirts then hang to dry. The Vodka kills the bacteria that causes odor, but doesn’t leave a smell once dried. Be sure to test on a small area of clothing first.

In the last post, you learned that pocketing fabric softener can repel mosquitoes. Well vodka can do just the same. Pour a little vodka into a spray bottle and gently, avoiding the eyes, spray the alcohol on your body. It works just like DEET except you can have a little drunken fun after. Whoo!

Toothache? Here’s another good reason to reach for the vodka. If you’ve got a sore tooth, try swishing vodka around in your mouth. It’ll soothe some of the ache by numbing the gums a bit. And while you’re at it, take a couple shots. Now that will numb your pain.

Beauty is in the eye of the (drunken) beholder. Vodka doesn’t only sway the beer-goggle-vision, it really can make you look more attractive by giving you shinny lush locks. Just add one shot to a 12 ounce bottle of shampoo. Presto!

17 Tips To Make Your Life Easier

I received this as an email and instead of saving the email, I decided to post it here so that I know I always have these great tips on my site. I plan on trying every single one of them too. I actually just tried the dryer tip (#17) at the bottom, so we’ll see how that one works out. Oh yeah, I probably won’t be trying the hair conditioner on my legs for shaving either since, well…I’m a guy. A lot of these tips are things that I can actually use on a regular basis too.

1. Reheat Pizza
Pizza Slice
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs
Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing roughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

3. Expanding Frosting
Birthday Cake
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

4. Reheating Refrigerated Bread
Bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated , place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

5. Newspaper Weeds Away
Dandelions
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

6. Picking Up Broken Glass
Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

7. No More Mosquitoes
Fly Swatter
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. Squirrel Away!
Squirrel
To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

Update: I’ve heard from several people that using cayenne pepper can be dangerous to many animals, especially if they get it in their eyes. I’ve read recommendations of diluting the pepper in soapy water and spraying it on leaves to make it safer.

9. Flexible Vacuum
Vacuuming
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

10. Reducing Static Cling
Lady in Pink Dress
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — ta da! — static is gone.

11. Unsticky Measuring Cups
Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

12. Foggy Windshield?
Foggy Window
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

13. Reopening Envelopes
Envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Voila! It unseals easily.

14. Smoother Legs With Conditioner
Shaving Legs
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair…

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies
Plum and Fly
To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

16. Get Rid of Ants
Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home”, can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains , but it works & you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

17. Info About Clothes Dryers
Kid In Dryer
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material – I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like.

WELL…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film , but it’s there. It’s wha t is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free – that nice fragrance too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

How about that!?! Learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!

Expand on my musical interest.. Expand!

TuneGlue audiomap

Just about everyday, I find myself listening and researching a new band that I just heard on the radio. And with bands being born in garages or getting signed to a major label so often, it’s hard to keep up.

I love music, but I do have my favorites. I’d like to find bands that are related or resemble my preferred sound in a quick and easy matter. Simple enough, right? iTunes is a great resource to find new bands, but I need something that’s a little more direct and specific…

Ahh, TuneGlue; a resolution to my quandary. Start by typing in a musical artist and watch the audio map spawn its many legs of comparable bands. Expand and enjoy!

The Handwritten Clock

Handwritten Clock
Considering that you have access to computer, since you’re viewing my website and all, I’m not sure that this online handwritten clock is very handy. You know, because there’s probably a clock at the bottom of your computer screen, but I had to show it to you anyway, because it’s so cool. This is an actual clock that tells the real time. The numbers are drawn every time a piece of the clock changes, which also includes the year, month, and days. It’s a really fun idea.

Hello. My name is Amy…

Many of us has faked the swanky London accent for our own reasons; insanity, poor judgment call, or we just happen to be in a bit of rage swearing off the paparazzi… Whatever the reason may be, our simple accents are often pulled off with little or no grace.

That is why when you see Amy’s video of “21 Accents,” you’ll be quite impressed and left with no wonder as to why this woman is an aspiring actress. Tell me, how do you pull off an accent from Seattle?

If that wasn’t enough to astound you- check out her other videos. In my opinion, she’s definitely a Broadway Actress, but a little too exaggerated for Hollywood. You never know though… enjoy!

Fanboy Supercuts! Whoo!

Ahh, another brilliant way to waste time on the internet while at work…

Were you ever interested in seeing all of The Hills‘ awkward silences, looks, and dead air? Or wanted to see the Big Lebowski’s cast drop the F-bomb for two minutes straight? A sort of dialog montage, Fanboy Supercuts has a library of shorts to satisfy any taste of entertainment.

The Lost Archives of Banned YouTube Video

YouTomb

So what happens to the videos that are removed from YouTube due to Copyright Complaints? They are tracked down and documented over at YouTomb of course. Has someone ever sent you a link to YouTube and by the time you get it, the video is gone? It’s happened to me a bunch of times, and then I get all pissed because I never get to see what all the hubbub was about.

Well to be honest, you’re still screwed. YouTomb tracks down videos that have been removed from YouTube for alleged copyright violations and then puts information about that video up on their site. This is actually a project by the student organization, MIT Free Culture that was created to find aggregate mistakes that may have been made by the YouTube algorithm.

You won’t be able to watch these videos, but you will be able to see what videos people are uploading, what videos are being removed, descriptions, and who has asked for the content to be removed in the first place. Pretty cool idea, but it would be even cooler if we could watch the videos. 😉

Metal Egg Shaped Containers Make Beautiful Music

So this guy, I believe is named Manu Delago, plays something called a Hang Drum, which I’ve never seen before, but I wish I have. Anyway, all he does is tap in different areas of these things and makes some really great music. Ok, so I make it sound a little easier than it really is and I’m sure it takes a long time to actually learn this stuff. Anyway, check out this video and be prepared to be extremely relaxed and intoxicated in beautiful sounds of music.

Dangerous foods for our four legged friends

Fido

We know that we shouldn’t feed our dogs human food; either because we don’t want to spoil them, we don’t want them to start begging when we’re eating dinner, or because we don’t want them to have a poor and fatty diet. But many of us do it anyway.

You should stay away from feeding your dog human food not only for the above reasons, but because many everyday foods we eat are harmful, sometimes deadly to man’s best friend.

Mmmm, Guacamole. Tasty and good (high in healthy fats) for us- tasty but very harmful to our pets. Avocados contain a toxin called persin that can cause damage to the liver, heart, and other organs. Not only are avocados bad for dogs, but cats, birds, and most other animals.

Beer is bad for anyone in high doses- for obvious reasons. But even in the smallest amount, beer can cause liver and brain damage in dogs since they’re much smaller than us. Leave the drinking-yourself-into-a-coma to you and your buddies and not your pets.

In particular, walnuts and macadamia nuts are especially harmful. Effects from ingesting nuts can range from vomiting, paralysis, and even death. Just within 12 hours after eating nuts symptoms can start with not being able to stand or walk, vomiting, fever, weakness, and an elevated heart rate. The result can be worse if chocolate was added to the mix. That could cause kidney failure and may even lead to death.

You’ve probably heard this one before- don’t feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine- which is why you shouldn’t feed your dog this. This toxin can easily kill your pet if eaten in large quantities. It can also cause your pet’s heart to beat more rapidly or irregularly, which can have a deadly effect if he’s out being active and running around. Above all, dark unsweetened baking chocolate is the worse for little Fido. So if you want to lick the spoon after baking a delicious chocolate cake, make sure you don’t give any to your four legged friend.

Another sweet that has a bitter effect on pets is candy- or anything containing Xylitol. Xylitol is a sweetener found in many diet products. If consumed, it can cause a drastic and sudden drop in heart rate and if left untreated, this can cause our pets to die.

Coffee, tea, lattes, or anything with caffeine should not be given to our pets. Remember, because our pets are so much smaller than us, what effects us a certain way will surely effect our pets the same way, times 10. Caffeine is a stimulant that effects the animal’s central nervous and cardiac systems. This can cause heart palpitations and death depending on the amount of consumed.

Grapes and raisins, even just in a single serving, can cause kidney failure to an animal. If your dog ate grapes or raisins regularly, the toxins can build over time and can eventually kill your pet.

Onions are very common for anyone to have in the kitchen. Although great as a sautéed ingredient, onions are highly toxic to our pets. It can destroy the animal’s red blood cells which can lead to anemia, breathing difficulties and weakness.

We keep medicine away from our children, we should do the exact same with our pets. Besides obvious reasons as to why we should give out pets prescription medicine, the same goes with over the counter painkillers. We think we are doing out pets a favor if they’re in pain, to give them some Tylenol or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen- the active ingredient in over the counter painkillers is extremely toxic to pets. Leading to gastric ulcers, kidney failure, and even death, leave the painkillers in the medicine cabinet.

Now if you just can’t resist that puppy face with the big doe eyes, there are some good foods you can give your pet. But remember these tasty little extras for your pet should not be more than 5-10% of their diet.

Cooked lean meats- good and tasty for us- good and tasty for our pets. Although stay away from fatty meats like steak and roast, and chicken skin. Also, be sure to remove the bones from the meat.

You can’t go wrong with veggies. Corn, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, peas, and zucchini are all just fine for your dog to enjoy.

Cooked, baked potatoes are also good for man’s best friend. Be sure that it is cooked; no unripped potatoes, and no added butter or anything that you would use to flavor it.

Bread is also a good treat for your pet. Just make sure there are no nuts or raisins added to it.

Rice and pasta, my favorite dishes, are plentiful for your furry companion. In fact, veterinarians recommend plain rice and boiled chicken for an upset tummy.

If you’re ever in doubt what you can and cannot give your pet, better play it safe and not give him anything at all. Always keep your veterinarian’s or an emergency vet clinic’s number in a close and safe place in case your pet has consumed something he shouldn’t have.

What does Slinky and the Polio Vaccine all have in common?

The Oral Polio Vaccine

…they’re all younger than presidential candidate, John McCain.

With such diversity running in the 2008 campaign; race, gender, and age, it was only natural to heave some fun from it. Existing since 1936, John McCain is the oldest person to ever assume the White House. Things younger than McCain is a blog listing all sorts of things that readers have found that is younger than ol’ Pops McCain. He’s big brother to the Golden Gate Bridge, McDonald’s, Bugs Bunny, and even Helvetica.