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Most venomous snakes have a slit pupil, while ones with round pupils are usually non-venomous ( the coral snake is one exception); most have triangular heads.

by Anonymousreply 25209/06/2017

[bold]FAST[/bold] is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency service.

[bold]F[/bold]acial drooping: A section of the face, usually only on one side, that is drooping and hard to move. This can be recognized by a crooked smile.

[bold]A[/bold]rm weakness: The inability to raise one's arm fully

[bold]S[/bold]peech difficulties: An inability or difficulty to understand or produce speech

[bold]T[/bold]ime: If any of the symptoms above are showing, time is of the essence; call the emergency services or go to the hospital

The FAST was developed in the UK in 1998 by a group of stroke physicians, ambulance personnel, and an emergency room physician and was designed to be an integral part of a training package for ambulance staff. But we should all remember and recognized it.

by Anonymousreply 108/18/2017

Don't eat the yellow snow.

by Anonymousreply 208/18/2017

Always pre lube and douche daily

by Anonymousreply 308/18/2017

Long,ago I was mugged in NO by a couple of kids who said they had a gun. I pretended (and it wasn't hard) that i was having a heart attack, and they ran off.

by Anonymousreply 408/18/2017

For those DLers living in hurricane-prone areas, prepare a container containing your pet's food to last a week in case you are evacuated to a shelter.

by Anonymousreply 508/18/2017

FAST acronym was formulated to acutely identify early-onset stroke patients potentially eligible for clot-bustimg treatment (tPA). The fact is, less than 20% of strokes present with facial droop, arm weakness or speech slurring.

by Anonymousreply 608/18/2017

Most - maybe not all, but most - dangerous snakes and spiders are brightly coloured, as a warning. Same with poisonous frogs. If any of these animals are black and white, or have a combination of black with red, yellow or orange, they are likely to be dangerous. Best case scenario is that they are harmless but mimicking a dangerous one.

And remember, too, that not all heart attacks involve chest pain, especially in women. Pain can be in the arm or jaw, or there may be other symptoms like faintness and breathlessness and no pain. Don't assume it isn't a heart attack because you don't have the text book chest pain.

by Anonymousreply 708/18/2017

In North America where rattlesnakes of any species exist look at the shape of the head. It is diamond shaped. They often do not rattle before striking and they most often bite defensively because you unwittingly stepped on them or very near them. Wear leather hiking boots and keep watching where you step or sit.

If you're a tourist in Australia, assume that most anything can and possibly will bite you at any given moment. Sorry to say, you can't narrow it down to just snakes or crocs or rural areas; the cities are replete with many of these various critters.

In addition to multiple potentially deadly snake species and saltwater crocs there are deadly spiders, ants, box jellyfish, geographer snails, Stonefish, blue-ringed octopus, male platypuses and more I can't recall at the moment. All can cause, variously, unpleasant to excruciating pain if not death (though with many of the above death is a reasonable possibility.)

If being on a more elevated sense of watchful alertness about your surroundings is a vacation plus, Australia is a great destination for that. Oh, I forgot to mention the terrestrial leeches that will fall on you from trees and shrubs and make a meal of you given the opportunity. They are a special feature of Lamington Park in Queensland, though I imagine they might be found elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 808/18/2017

Water Moccasins / Cotton Mouths are black, not "brightly coloUred."

Copperheads are rust and dirt colored.

Those are the most numerous poisonous snakes in most of Texas and they are not "brightly coloUred."

Both of those kinds of snakes have lots and lots of non-poisonous imitators/look-alikes who end up slaughtered even though they are harmless.

by Anonymousreply 908/18/2017

Australia seems truly horrific for humans.

by Anonymousreply 1008/18/2017

Texas coral snake R9

by Anonymousreply 1108/18/2017

When I had strokes, the symptoms were loss of vision on one occasion and vertigo on another - none of the other symptoms.

by Anonymousreply 1208/18/2017

We have alligators in the lakes and rivers where I live, and some of the old timers can get pretty big.

But our 'gators are like play alligators compared to the salt-water crocs of NE Australia. Those motherfuckers are huge and look as iff they could eat you whole and barely chew.

by Anonymousreply 1308/18/2017

Eastern coral snake

by Anonymousreply 1408/18/2017

Coral Snakes do not strike humans like rattlesnakes. copperheads, cobras, water moccasins, etc.

They have to gnaw at you to break your skin - if you sit there and give them the time!

And you said "Most," but Coral Snakes are much less populous than the two types I mentioned, plus rattlesnakes which are also not brightly colored, but look like straw and rocks.

by Anonymousreply 1508/18/2017

Tried and True - Just Say No to drugs: cocaine, crack, meth, heroin, etc. They're going to hurt you. You don't do drugs - drugs do you.

by Anonymousreply 1608/18/2017

Here's my uneducated advice: When you see a snake, stay away or run away. Don't try to look at the pupils or the coloring. Don't take a selfie.

The same goes for crocodiles and alligators.

by Anonymousreply 1708/18/2017

Poison dart frog

by Anonymousreply 1808/18/2017

Poison dart frog 2. See also: wasps, bees.

by Anonymousreply 1908/18/2017

Don't ever mix Coke/Pepsi or any soda with laundry detergent it will release toxic gas that can kill you.

by Anonymousreply 2008/18/2017

Snakes can actually jump, too. Give them a wide berth.

by Anonymousreply 2108/18/2017

If you have a vertical crease in your earlobe, you have heart disease which could lead to a heart attack. If you have a concave chest, you have have ischemic-related heart problems which could lead to a stroke.

by Anonymousreply 2208/18/2017

Two things:

1) You can do the Heimlich maneuver on yourself if you feel you are choking and no one is around to help you. Put your fists together and make sharp jabs in your belly/lower abdomen to try to force air to dislodge food that might be stuck in your windpipe.

2) I've read that if you encounter a swarm of bees that instead of running straight away that you should run in the pattern of a Z, going zigzag, and that this sort of confounds them and if you keep going further away in that manner, you can escape from them.

by Anonymousreply 2308/18/2017

Don't go in the water for a half hour after eating.

by Anonymousreply 2408/18/2017

If you're being chased by a bear, running downhill makes it harder for them than running uphill.

by Anonymousreply 2508/18/2017

If you get lost in the woods follow a stream, most end at a road.

by Anonymousreply 2608/18/2017

Leaves of three, let them be.

Leaves of four, eat some more.

by Anonymousreply 2708/18/2017

Berries

White and yellow, kill a fellow.

Purple and blue, good for you.

Red... could be good, could be dead.

If [red berries are] growing in little clusters, they're probably not good. If they're growing in little singletons, they probably are good.

by Anonymousreply 2808/18/2017

If you are caught in a riptide, don't swim against it to get back to shore. Rip tides tend to be rather narrow. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current, then you can safely get back to shore. Swim against the current and you'll just tire yourself out and die.

by Anonymousreply 2908/18/2017

Banded snakes.

Red Touch Yellow - Kills a Fellow

Red Touch Black - Venom Lack

Yellow Touches Red - Soon You'll Be Dead

Red Touches Black - Friend of Jack

by Anonymousreply 3008/18/2017

R26, that's what drove me so crazy about Blair Witch Project. I kept thinking, follow the water, you stupid mfers! Everybody knows that!

by Anonymousreply 3108/18/2017

If you fall into a raging river, roll over on your back and point your feet downstream. Don't stand up until you are very sure you are in shallow water, like you can touch the bottom with your hands while still on your back.

by Anonymousreply 3208/18/2017

If you are on a ship that starts listing noticeably to one side, get on deck and kill anybody who tries to get in your way.

by Anonymousreply 3308/18/2017

If you have to drive through the ethnic neighborhood, lock your doors and raise your windows and keep driving. Don't stop no matter what.

by Anonymousreply 3408/18/2017

"In all situations, drink or cook only with water that comes out of the tap cold. Water that comes out of the tap warm or hot can contain much higher levels of lead. Boiling this water will NOT reduce the amount of lead in your water."

by Anonymousreply 3508/18/2017

R34

And whatever you do don't get out at that delicious looking taqueria or BBQ joint.

by Anonymousreply 3608/18/2017

If you are at the beach and the water starts receding quickly, don't stand around picking up seashells. Get to high ground before the tsunami gets there.

by Anonymousreply 3708/18/2017

It's quite odd that so many are obsessing about poisonous frogs, since many of you also probably posted with frantic horror about U.S. Parks deaths/disappearances, and few of you go outside, camping or into woods.

Most of you are going to die of heart disease, a drunk driver or in a hospital. So stop eating junk food, fatties. Your diet is more toxic than a frog.

by Anonymousreply 3808/18/2017

Buy cheap flood insurance if there is a creek within ½ mile of your home.

by Anonymousreply 3908/18/2017

Used to watch a survivalist show with this ex British ranger on some cable channel. For some reason these things stuck with me:

If you are going hiking or exploring in a wilderness area always leave an itinerary with a timetable with someone and check in regularly. Tell them to contact authorities if you miss one of your scheduled check-ins.

When your vehicle breaks down in the wild stay with it, don't go walking to search for help. People who leave their vehicles and go walking often get lost and die.

If stranded, burn one of your tires. The thick black smoke makes it easy for search planes to spot you. Burning brush/wood makes grey smoke that blends in with the clouds from up high it's easy for them to miss you on the ground. They won't miss a burning tire.

by Anonymousreply 4008/18/2017

Erna has HIV, Hepatitis, Chancroid., Trichomoniasis, Human Papillomavirus, Herpes, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.

by Anonymousreply 4108/18/2017

If a deer jumps into the road in front of your car your best bet is to just brake & hit the deer, don't swerve because you're likely to hit guardrails or a tree.

by Anonymousreply 4208/18/2017

R36. You are so right! Cuz then they will mug and rob you! Maybe do the rape on ya too!

by Anonymousreply 4308/18/2017

R36. They have E Coli.

by Anonymousreply 4408/18/2017

If you have a problem with bee stings, do this right away, immediately:

Cut an onion in half.

Apply to directly to sting and hold it there for awhile, maybe five minutes.

The onion works to draw out the venom and somehow neutralizes all pain. It's astonishing how well this works.

by Anonymousreply 4508/18/2017

If you encounter a skunk at very close proximity always stay facing it and just stand still, don't look intently into its eyes. The skunk might spray if feeling cornered but the spray is far less likely to radiate in your direction if its ass is facing in the opposite direction (though always look for dead calm or wind at your back for assurance.) They don't have great eyesight but can sense if a predator species (we fall into that group to them) is eyeballing them and are on higher alert in that situation.

If you or your dog do get skunked, a product called Skunk Off works really well.

by Anonymousreply 4608/18/2017

If you are going to swim in the ocean, first look up jellyfish mating cycles in your area. Many species of jellyfish congregate in large numbers for 1 - 2 days per month to mate. It's regrettable to get caught among the deadly ones.

by Anonymousreply 4708/18/2017

Always wear a condom even if you are on prep

by Anonymousreply 4808/18/2017

God I hope I'm never close enough to a snake to look it in the eye.

by Anonymousreply 4908/18/2017

Before agreeing to be alone with someone you don't know, stop and think. This is how many people are robbed, raped or killed nowadays. This sounds over-the-top but it could work: if you're traveling in an area of high crime, carry a fake wallet with some cash in it. Make it look convincing. That way if you're robbed, you're fake - robbed.

by Anonymousreply 5008/18/2017

A chef told me not to infuse cooking oil (by adding garlic or herbs) and storing it, myself. He said you can give yourself botulism that way.

Know how to sport deadly poisonous plants in your area and whichever area you visit - especially water hemlock, which can kill you if you touch it.

by Anonymousreply 5108/18/2017

By "area of high crime" I'm referring to tourist destinations. - r50

by Anonymousreply 5208/18/2017

Here are my life-saving rules, as related to public transportation:

First of all, never, ever, initiate or engage in conversation with anybody; do not make eye contact with anybody; and, whatever you do, DO NOT touch anything with bare hands! A multitude of maladies can be avoided by following these simple rules. Think about it.

Committing any of the aforementioned sins WILL result in stalkers, beat-downs, and bacterial and viral infections.

by Anonymousreply 5308/18/2017

A poisonous snake will put its tail in its mouth and roll like a wheel to chase you. Go uphill to get away from it and the snake won't be able to chase.

by Anonymousreply 5408/18/2017

Vampires can be warded off with garlic. Just hang some in a pretty, tied bunch in your kitchen or your front doorway!

by Anonymousreply 5508/18/2017

Career insurance: when your boss, manager, coworkers inquire how you are, your plans for your vacation/weekend: you are ALWAYS "Fabulous," and you are doing "absolutely nothing" for your vacation / time off. Disclosing ANYTHING is providing ammunition for manipulation, gossip, availability to pry at your privacy, and the like.

Whenever my manager or coworkers inquire about my plans for such, such as, "Are you doing anything special?" Even if I were to plan on indulging in all things glorious, as related to my time off (dating, shopping, sex, travel, eating, reading, cruising the DL, etc.), it's MY indulgent shit to enjoy; it is not theirs to 'use.' Therefore, my standard reply is always, "Yes. I'm doing absolutely NOTHING in order to enjoy the Gift of Time."

It's all about damage control and shutting down nosy-ass 'unnecessary questions.' Follow it.

by Anonymousreply 5608/18/2017

I hope the OP pets a boomslang or another deadly, round-pupilled colubrid.

Is OP 12 years old, a woman, or just ignorant with a capital A?

by Anonymousreply 5708/18/2017

Cottonmouths are not black. They are brown and gray and if you look closely you can see they are marked with intersecting bands.

Also, the young of many snake species look different than adults, and can easily be mistaken for harmless snakes.

Just leave snakes in the wild alone. Please.

by Anonymousreply 5808/18/2017

In NYC there's been a big promotion for people to carry around Naloxone, in case they encounter someone who's OD'd (on heroin I think ). It's available for free.

by Anonymousreply 5908/18/2017

Lay off the booze and joy juice.

by Anonymousreply 6008/18/2017

Get your bloodwork and blood pressure checked every year.

Kidney disease has almost no noticeable symptoms until it's far advanced.

by Anonymousreply 6108/18/2017

I had a heart attack a few years ago and was rushed to hospital and received a stent.

The next day when I was lucid, the doctors and nurses said that they wished they could tell all adults over the age of 40 to take aspirin daily as it had an incredible range of health benefits for most people.

by Anonymousreply 6208/18/2017

Anyone who worked in the cane fields of the Caribbean learned to fear the dreaded FER-DE-LANCE

by Anonymousreply 6308/18/2017

You need to learn how to fucking read, r57.

by Anonymousreply 6408/18/2017

R62, hope you're okay. I think the aspirin is a little tricky. For people who've had a heart attack, a baby aspirin, I think, but for others, the possibility of gastric problems may outweigh the benefits? Something for people to check on.

by Anonymousreply 6508/18/2017

If you are in a snake infested area stamp your feet as you walk, the snakes can sense the vibrations and will steer clear of you. ALWAYS slow down when driving at sunrise and sunset, that's when the kangaroos and wombats etc are at their most active and they have no road sense. Don't stand under a solitary tree in a lightening storm. If you're going into leach infested areas take some salt with you and sprinkle it on any leach that attaches. Ticks love your armpits and groin, metholated spirits kill them. If you leave your shoes outside give them a shake before putting them on, spiders love empty shoes. If you're going to an outside toilet always lift the seat with a stick and check for spiders and bull ants, spiders love toilets. Never move a rock or log with your bare hands, spiders and snakes and bull ants love hiding beneath them.

by Anonymousreply 6608/18/2017

Further to R47, if you are stung by a jellyfish or its eggs, plain white vinegar splashed on the affected area will reduce the pain.

by Anonymousreply 6708/18/2017

What if I have only balsamic?

by Anonymousreply 6808/18/2017

If you are an eldergay with nothing to eat in the kitchen and little to no money left a few days before your next Social Security or pension deposit, do not eat dogfood. It often contains ground bone parts that dogs can digest but you can't. The bone parts can be jagged and cause internal injuries to humans.

by Anonymousreply 6908/18/2017

R68 It'll work if you are stung by jellyfish on an Italian beach.

by Anonymousreply 7008/18/2017

R69 but cat food is A-OK!

by Anonymousreply 7108/18/2017

If someone a lot bigger than you is trying to hurt you, bend their pinky finger to the side as hard as you can. It hurts horrifically and can buy you enough time to get away. Bending the finger back doesn't hurt as much.

If you ever find a gun or for some reason have to hold one, remember the first rule of gun safety is to make sure the gun is pointed in a safe direction. This way, if it discharges, it won't hit anyone.

by Anonymousreply 7208/18/2017

Isn't twisting the earlobe a good tactic?, There's a form of martial art called Krav Maga that teaches how to use objects that are around, for self defense.

by Anonymousreply 7308/18/2017

The best tactic is going directly for the eyeballs and other balls, clawing, poking, biting, hitting, twisting etc. A housekey in the eyeball is effective.

by Anonymousreply 7408/18/2017

Don't vote Republican.

Always a BAD idea.

by Anonymousreply 7508/18/2017

Read The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. And then put his advice about learning to trust your instincts and follow them into practice, even if somebody gets offended or you make a scene.

Humans have survival instincts, just like other animals, but we've socialized ourselves into ignoring them for the most part (especially women, in the interest of being 'nice'). How many times have you watched one of those shows on Discovery ID where someone said, 'I got a bad feeling about the guy, but I went ahead and let him into the building/gave him a ride/kept talking to him etc etc...' That bad feeling was a warning. We must pay more attention to those kinds of feelings.

by Anonymousreply 7608/18/2017

This won't save your life, but it could save a baby's: retinoblastoma often presents as a white pupil in flash photography.

by Anonymousreply 7708/18/2017

If you're ever being attacked or something like that, yell FIRE. This gets people's attention much more effectively than yelling HELP.

by Anonymousreply 7809/04/2017

Wear a condom when one is HIV negative and hoovering cocks in one's ass in Berlin sex club cellars.

Do not stand up and yell "Jews for Jesus - the Prophet was a cock-sucking mother-fucker!" in a café in Gaza City.

Do not lick your lips and stare longingly into the eyes and ample crotches of white trash hotties on back road taverns in nowheresville.

by Anonymousreply 7909/04/2017

Turn your side mirrors out till you can't see the side of your vehicle, which you don't need to see, but you can see a good amount of the lane next to yours, which you do need to see. Eliminates a lot of your blind spot.

Keep your headlights and taillights clean. It's surprising how much dust and bug guts cut down on their illumination.

Keep a blanket, rubber boots, water, a flashlight and energy bars in your vehicle. If you have one of those emergency kiss from AAA, check the expiration date, because it has one.

Get out your spare tire and Jack and learn how to use them on dry pavement when you have some extra time. You'll be glad you did when you have a flat at 3 am on a country road with no cell phone coverage.

If you have to drive on ice, slow down and stay off your brakes. Use your gas pedal, easing up and pressing down to control the vehicle. If you go into a skid, just keep the wheel pointed in the direction you wanted and let the car correct itself. Stay off the brakes. Same goes for wet pavement.

Never go hiking, even for an hour without a jacket, a lighter, water, compass, and a knife. I'd probably add a solar phone charger to the list.

Remember your phone will quit working when you need it most. Don't get too dependent.

by Anonymousreply 8009/04/2017

r5, my dog would eat the entire amount in 15 minutes. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 8109/04/2017

Taking aspirin everyday is a bad idea, you might get gastric ulcers from it.

by Anonymousreply 8209/04/2017

Both bleach and amonia are great cleaning solutions on their own, but you should never mix them. They react chemically and give off mustard gas, which is poisonous. Mustard gas was used in WWI.

by Anonymousreply 8309/04/2017

[quote] R23: You can do the Heimlich maneuver on yourself ...

You can also do it using a chair.

by Anonymousreply 8409/04/2017

Wear long sleeves and a protective mask when cleaning out the cellar. I was bit by a brown recluse and you do NOT want that happening to you. Mold spores can cause dangerous reactions. Don't eat white mushrooms in the woods.

by Anonymousreply 8509/04/2017

If you encounter a shark while swimming, hit him on the snout with a hammer. They have sensitive noses and will swim away. Works for Moose, too.

by Anonymousreply 8609/04/2017

R86 who the hell is going to have a hammer in the middle of the ocean?

by Anonymousreply 8709/04/2017

Never leave your house and never answer your phone.

by Anonymousreply 8809/04/2017

R87: Corollary: never go swimming without a hammer.

by Anonymousreply 8909/04/2017

If you ever get your car stuck in a snowbank or stuck in the winter for whatever reason actually, get out and make sure that the entire area around the exhaust is clear of snow regularly. carbon monoxide will kill you as you run the heat in the car to stay warm.

by Anonymousreply 9009/04/2017

What about hammerhead sharks, R89? Huh, what about them?

by Anonymousreply 9109/04/2017

R87 "who...is going to have a hammer in...the ocean?"

Doesn't everyone?

by Anonymousreply 9209/04/2017

Just punch them in the nose or gauge their eyes. Screwdrivers are best for gauging.

by Anonymousreply 9309/04/2017

[quote]Therefore, my standard reply is always, "Yes. I'm doing absolutely NOTHING in order to enjoy the Gift of Time."

Bad idea. That makes you #1 on the list to call when a wheel falls off at work and someone needs to go in. Might I suggest you become a fan of camping? That way you're you're not a prick for not answering your phone, you're camping somewhere that has no reception. Just read the weather report before you go in on Monday.

by Anonymousreply 9409/04/2017

If you go out alone, hiking, boating, or camping, always tell someone where you're going and when you're expected back.

by Anonymousreply 9509/04/2017

[quote] Coral Snakes do not strike humans like rattlesnakes. copperheads, cobras, water moccasins, etc. They have to gnaw at you to break your skin - if you sit there and give them the time!

True-coral snakes are related to cobras, they don't have the more highly-developed venom delivery systems of vipers. They also don't have the heat-sensing organs that pit vipers do, pit vipers can "see" you even in the dark. A friend from India once told me that it isn't cobras that most people fear-it's the vipers, which probably kill many more people than cobras, but the cobra, because of it's lore and fearsome appearance, gets all the blame. Cobras will also sometimes give a warning bite, with no venom-my friend said many people he knew lived to tell of their cobra bites.

Mountain king snakes bear a resemblance to coral snakes, but are much larger. I've caught many in Yosemite in the dry rock beds in summertime. Admire, release-I would never take one from the park.

The Velvet Hammer, R87 (g)

by Anonymousreply 9609/04/2017

A cold weather kit in the car is a good thing for everyone up north. A warm blanket, charged up cellphone, water, some food. I got stuck on the highway back in '78 and it was a long time before rescue after the gas tank ran dry.

by Anonymousreply 9709/04/2017

When using a camper or a cabin somewhere remember that while natural gas is lighter than air and dissipates into the atmosphere, propane is heavier than air and sinks. Make sure you let the space ventilate a bit before lighting that propane heater or oven or whatever so you don't blow yourself up when you strike a match or even turn on electricity. Boats are especially dangerous since the bilge can fill and you might not smell it.

by Anonymousreply 9809/04/2017

Hit 'em with a flower, do it every hour.

by Anonymousreply 9909/04/2017

Do not engage deplorables for sanity's sake.

by Anonymousreply 10009/04/2017

In the event of a nuclear attack : Don't run, Stay inside! Shelter in place and put as many walls and as much concrete, brick and soil, clothing etc. between you and the radioactive material outside.

by Anonymousreply 10109/04/2017

Then kiss your ass goodbye.

by Anonymousreply 10209/04/2017

In the event of a nuclear attack, you will die, quickly or slowly.

You will die.

by Anonymousreply 10309/04/2017

Unless you like spending lots of time in the wilderness, or live in a very rural area, you're much more likely to be attacked by a human predator, than a snake.

If you are ever approached by a criminal who insists on taking you to another location, scream, fight and run. You are going to be robbed and killed, or robbed, raped, and killed.

Do not get in to a car with a criminal holding a gun to your head. If a criminal gets in to your car and tells you to drive while holding a gun or knife to you, crash the car in to a busy intersection, not at 100 mph, but hard enough that your airbags deploy. He will run.

by Anonymousreply 10409/04/2017

Heavens to Betsy, R104. You're terrifying me.

by Anonymousreply 10509/04/2017

If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, & the weather channel or meteorologists advise that the situation will become dangerous, evacuate your home early along with your pets. Duh!!

by Anonymousreply 10609/04/2017

R105, I had to jump out of a moving car once. I know what I'm talking about, since I'm still here to talk about it, obviously.

by Anonymousreply 10709/04/2017

All you guys worried about snake bites and quick sand are most likely causing yourselves heart disease and cancer by eating meat, dairy, eggs and oil.

by Anonymousreply 10809/04/2017

This floatable hammer will protect you at the shore, or in the backyard pool.

by Anonymousreply 10909/04/2017

No concourse with snakes, period.

Venomous or not, they harbor no good will toward human beings.

by Anonymousreply 11009/04/2017

[quote] R101: In the event of a nuclear attack : Don't run, Stay inside! Shelter in place and put as many walls and as much concrete, brick and soil, clothing etc. between you and the radioactive material outside.

I've heard that a cast iron tab (usually coated with porcelain) is a good place to hide. Bring your plastic hammer! I've also read that one should stand under a doorway, as they are structurally more sound than, say, the center of a room.

Don't look at the nuclear flash! You'll go blind!

by Anonymousreply 11109/04/2017

[quote] R91, What about hammerhead sharks, [R89]? Huh, what about them?

Grab them by the tail and swing it at the other sharks.

by Anonymousreply 11209/04/2017

If you need to break a car window don't try the windshield, go for the outermost edge of the side windows. don't hit with something blunt, use something sharp.

by Anonymousreply 11309/04/2017

Stare at the bright sun an hour a day (no sunglasses) and this will improve your eyesight.

by Anonymousreply 11409/04/2017

[quote] R93: Just punch them in the nose or gauge their eyes. Screwdrivers are best for gauging.

You have to be careful that they don't chomp down in your hands while punching them.

Years ago I rented a place where there was a small window in the shower area. One cold winter morning, I was showering and realized the storm window was open, creating a draft. So, I raised the inside window to get at the storm window. I then grabbed the tabs on the aluminum storm window frame with both hands to lower the window, and my wet hands were immediately frozen to storm window. I felt like Flick in A Christmas Story. Then the hot water shut off, and I was pelted with cold water while stuck to the window. Eventually, I just had to rip my hands from the tabs, leaving skin prints.

Never showered again.

by Anonymousreply 11509/04/2017

Make a tinfoil hat. You never know.

by Anonymousreply 11609/04/2017

Years ago I was mugged in NO by two kids who said they had a gun (under a cloth one was holding ) and that I should go with them where they said. I was on a walkway near the perimeter of a park, and thought they would take me to an isolated spot, then what. So I faked, quite easily, a heart attack. They ran off. Not much later I tead about the wife of some ball player who faked illness when she was accosted, and scared off the,guy.

by Anonymousreply 11709/04/2017

Especially if you live in a flood/hurricane prone area and you have pet dogs get a very secure water-resistant collar, especially if no local rabies dog tag is required by your town. Get an additional tag with your name, email, cellphone, address And VET etched on it. That is the best way to ensure you will locate your dog, even if it's found and relocated to a shelter out of state or in a remote in-state shelter.

Do so for your cats too, please.

If you have any pet bird species at all PLEASE relocate them with family, friends, a bird club or accomodating pet store/pet boarder well out of any hazard zone as far in advance as possible. Stress is the most problematic trigger for birds - it makes them quickly and easily subject to illnesses, viral and bacterial infections, pulmonary problems, etc that can kill them or seriously compromise their immune systems. And be sure to document your ownership, where they are, who they are with, the addresses of those individuals or companies, so they can be located once the crisis has passed. I strongly suggest micro-chips AND paperwork that you give to multiple trusted parties, as well as your own copies.

Do this with all pets.

by Anonymousreply 11809/04/2017

A vegan diet prevents diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and 70% of cancers.

You can even reverse diseases you already have by changing to a plant -based diet

by Anonymousreply 11909/04/2017

R19, I'm probably one of the few DLers to agree with your good advice. Most others will comfort themselves with a Big Mac. And by saying that vegans should die in a grease fire.

by Anonymousreply 12009/04/2017

R119, that is.

--R120

by Anonymousreply 12109/04/2017

I used to be a legal secretary. Be suspicious of lawyers. Particularly the ones who claim to be so concerned with you and your issues. They work for themselves and not their clients. They are the ultimate sociopaths.

by Anonymousreply 12209/04/2017

Also, you have to investigate to make certain the lawyer knows what (s)he is talking about, which is difficult. There are a lot of incompetent lawyers around. Just because someone has a degree doesn't mean (s)he is smart.

by Anonymousreply 12309/04/2017

r122, I worked as support staff for 3 different NY biglaw films over the course of forty years. You are absolutely correct.

by Anonymousreply 12409/04/2017

^ Firms, not films. But it's all about the show anyway.

by Anonymousreply 12509/04/2017

Carry a whistle. People respond to the sound of a whistle over a cry for help.

by Anonymousreply 12609/04/2017

R1, You're a hero!

My partner and I needed to take two cars into the city versus our usual one; we'd commuted together then. As we were getting into our respective cars for the drive to the city, my partner turned to smile at me, telling me he loved me (though only the left side of his face smiled at me).

As I followed him into the city, I'd noticed he kept driving onto the shoulder of the road. I telephoned him from my car to ask him what was happening to cause his driving so erratically, he said, "Issh, okay."

When we'd arrived in the city, he'd complained of a headache. Next stop: the ER.

Diagnosis: mild stroke due to undetected HBP.

Today: Mild paralysis of the left side.

"FAST"

by Anonymousreply 12709/04/2017

Gardasil is pretty cheap. Get it now. It might save you from mouth, throat and anal cancer.

Always carry a sharp object with you to fend off an assailant or to perform an emergency tracheotomy on yourself or someone else should the Heimlich manoeuvre fail. Also, teach yourself how to trach someone.

Do not fend off an assailant by going for their throat as you might collapse the windpipe or sever the main artery, and kill them as a result. You [italic]will[/italic] get jail time in most non-US countries for using too much force in defending yourself, let alone killing them. Rather, discombobulate the assailant by hitting them with the outer part of your fists on both sides of their head. Then call the authorities. While you're waiting for the law enforcement to arrive, use the sharp object you always carry with you to castrate the motherfucker so they won't ever pull that shit again.

And for god's sake, give diabetics some juice when they start spazzing out.

by Anonymousreply 12809/04/2017

Always fasten your seatbelt when you get into your car, and remember - the life you save may be your own.

by Anonymousreply 12909/04/2017

Here in NYC, there are PSAs encouraging people to carry Naloxone, in case they encounter someone who has ODed.

by Anonymousreply 13009/04/2017

Fart if someone is trying to rape you.

by Anonymousreply 13109/04/2017

Does anyone have any advice concerning memory loss?

R4 = R117

R59 = R130

by Anonymousreply 13209/04/2017

Always carry a bottle of water, your car, your backpack, your handbag, your bike, etc. Though you may not need it at any given time, be assured somebody will, including pets.

by Anonymousreply 13309/04/2017

The short story is I was being approached by two guys who were clearly going to try to mug me. I didn't have a clear escape route, so, I unzipped my winter coat, put my hand inside the coat where I imagined a gun holster might be. I don't own one and had to guess. The two guys wobbled and then changed direction and walked away.

I figured that I might get murdered, but I wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 13409/04/2017

Do not mix Tylenol with alcohol, ever. Do not mix Tylenol with other acetaminophen containing meds like Norco, etc. The recommended daily limit for Tylenol listed on the bottle is probably too high for a lot of people, especially if you're taking it for days. Just be safe and toss all the Tylenol from your house and use basically any other OTC pain killer.

I work in a liver transplant hospital and Tylenol is nasty shit.

by Anonymousreply 13509/04/2017

I had my locker opened at the gym once. They took a credit card and replaced my wallet, but they put the wallet in the wrong pants pocket, so I knew immediately. Apparently there are gangs that cruse locker rooms to steal wallets. They hand the wallet off to someone else, who runs to a store to buy stuff. Mine when to Hermes. I called the store and the thieves had just made a purchase a minute before.

So, don't let anyone stand too lose when you use a combo lock in public.

by Anonymousreply 13609/04/2017

I used to have to visit the Chicago housing projects back in the early 1980's, and as a skinny white kid in his 20's I stood out.

The best piece of advice I got was to always either wear a loose jacket or go around with my shirt untucked. That way people would assume I had a gun. I don't know if it was because of that advice, but I never had a moment's trouble in the two years I did it.

by Anonymousreply 13709/04/2017

Please stop posting pictures of snakes!

by Anonymousreply 13809/04/2017

Moose, donkeys, horses, zebras, and giraffes all have a mean kick.

by Anonymousreply 13909/04/2017

Oops, as do kangaroos.

by Anonymousreply 14009/04/2017

Thanks, R135. When I read somewhere, a few years ago, how even slightly exceeding the "recommended" dose can be harmful, I swore off. Of course Ibuprofen can have its own side effects.

by Anonymousreply 14109/04/2017

[quote]I work in a liver transplant hospital and Tylenol is nasty shit.

Let me add that this is especially true for people with Hep C, a silent disease that a surprising number of boomers have but may not be aware of. (Get tested! There is a treatment although it is expensive af.)

Other things to avoid if you like your liver and want to keep it: mystery mushrooms, Kava, Green Tea Extract capsules, and other "herbal remedies" particularly if you are mixing them with known hepatotoxins like booze or acetaminophen or other prescription meds that are metabolized via the liver. Check your medicine cabinet for multi-drug "cold remedies" that often contain Tylenol.

by Anonymousreply 14209/04/2017

Doctors don't always know best, for example: Years ago I was an accountant with a nationally recognized health care organization. One morning on my way to the office, I rolled my ankle and had to see a doc due to the intense pain. Upon assessing my injury, he'd advised me to take two weeks off of work and take 6 to 8 Advils per day, as pain/mobility dictate.

I returned to my place or work; my manager asked about my prognosis: "The doctor wants me to take two weeks off of work so he can poison me with Advil."

by Anonymousreply 14309/04/2017

R135, someone who works in pharm industry told me he thinks the FDA wouldn't approve Tylenol if it were up for review today. He said it's very dangerous. I think many suicides in Europe use Tylenol.

by Anonymousreply 14409/04/2017

If you meet a woman who is gaining weight in the tummy: unless you can spot a baby actually exiting her vagina, DO NOT ask her if she's pregnant.

The life you save may be your own.

by Anonymousreply 14509/04/2017

[quote]I think many suicides in Europe use Tylenol.

Suicide by Tylenol is a terrible way to die. Your liver shuts down, causing your coagulation factors to be so wack that you can start spontaneously hemorrhaging. At the same time, your brain starts to swell until it "herniates," pushing the brainstem down through the bony opening for the spinal column. If you are found before you die and you land in a hospital, you may have the pleasure of a bolt being screwed into your skull to monitor the pressure, if you aren't bleeding out of your ass, you will be given liter size enemas of a medication to correct your ammonia level; and you won't be given any narcotics... until you die or you get a transplant, if one can be found. Fun, right?

[quote]someone who works in pharm industry told me he thinks the FDA wouldn't approve Tylenol if it were up for review today.

It would under Trump.

by Anonymousreply 14609/04/2017

Tylenol is also sometimes combined with a narcotic, like Percocet, in a single pill. You might not even know you're ingesting Tylenol.

by Anonymousreply 14709/04/2017

Long-time inner-city commuter, here: whatever you do, DO NOT make eye contact, with anybody! Doing so may be perceived as a challenge or as an act of aggression.

by Anonymousreply 14809/04/2017

[quote] You can even reverse diseases you already have by changing to a plant -based diet

Yeah, but what's the point of living if you can't eat meat?

by Anonymousreply 14909/04/2017

If you are "working-class" or "middle-class" and you vote Republican, you are dumber than dirt.

They don't care about you.

At the least.

by Anonymousreply 15009/04/2017

I think everybody knows that if you think you're having a heart attack, you should call 911 and then immediately take an aspirin.

But did you know you should CHEW the aspirin?

by Anonymousreply 15109/04/2017

THE SPAZ TROLL WILL ALWAYS ALERT YOU TO HIS PRESENCE ON A THREAD BY MENTIONING HARRY STYLES.

IGNORE THIS ADVICE AT YOUR ABSOLUTE PERIL.

by Anonymousreply 15209/04/2017

R149, a serious question. As you may know, there are some labs working on a way to "grow" meat that would not come from an animal, but would taste the same and be the same chemically. If this were successful, would you eat that?

by Anonymousreply 15309/04/2017

Quorn tastes the same as chicken already.

But some people just relish the idea of eating corpses and they ain't gonna change.

by Anonymousreply 15409/04/2017

R148, or as a come on if you look even a tiny little bit gay, which we all do, let's face it.

by Anonymousreply 15509/04/2017

Don't drink coke which has been left out in the hot sun on the beach, as it will mutate into cyanide as the temperature rises.

by Anonymousreply 15609/04/2017

A Xanax (or any benzo) addiction is harder to break than a heroin or crack addiction and takes way longer.

Don't let your doctor prescribe you benzos.

by Anonymousreply 15709/04/2017

When picking a dog, avoid the hairless breeds like bulldogs, pitbulls, staffies, rotties etc as these are way more prone to canine dementia and thus far more likely to attack and kill you at some point down the line.

by Anonymousreply 15809/04/2017

Get your liver and kidney function, glucose and cholesterol tested every six months.

by Anonymousreply 15909/04/2017

Here is my contribution....if you have a cat which has started to spray urine in your house, you can give it a low dose of Prozac once a week and it will work to break the habit. It is not toxic. The number one cause of cats being surrendered to shelters is urine spraying; don't give up on yours.

by Anonymousreply 16009/04/2017

I don't thing that's the number one cause of surrendering pussy but ok I'll go with it R160

by Anonymousreply 16109/04/2017

Be aware of your surroundings at all times . Do a 360 turn ever so often while walking or shopping. Does a person you see suddenly look away, or down . Go to another asile and see if that person follows you. If you see the same person in different store areas, you might be being stalked . Stay with a group and if that's not possible ask a security guard to escort you to your car . Never leave the store alone if you have a bad intuition, trust it. It's called survival instinct.

by Anonymousreply 16209/04/2017

Avoid people from trashy families. They're usually sociopaths and will envy you if you come from a somewhat loving home.

by Anonymousreply 16309/04/2017

If you're about to be raped, tell your rapist that you have AIDS. It's worked for a few people.

by Anonymousreply 16409/04/2017

Yikes, R164. I think I'd rather be raped than have someone beat the shit out of me.

by Anonymousreply 16509/04/2017

R157 you are talking out of your ass! YOU ASS!

No way is any addiction on this earth, including meth worse than a crack addiction. Heroin and benz are beatable.

NOT CRACK.

ONCE YOU CRACK YOU AIN'T EVER COMING BACK!

by Anonymousreply 16609/04/2017

R163,Thanks, Ivanka.

R164, sounds valid, but I may have heard of someone who tried that, and the attacker was so enraged that he hurt her.

by Anonymousreply 16709/04/2017

Drop that cookie honey, and also that lemon bar in your pocket. Thought I didn't see it, didn't ya?

You're welcome for saving you from diabetes and a lifetime of misery from being obese..

by Anonymousreply 16809/04/2017

R156, really? Come on. Cyanide? If it were true people would use it to murder others. God are you a jackass.

by Anonymousreply 16909/04/2017

R156, Someone left YOU out in the hot sun for too long.

by Anonymousreply 17009/04/2017

R168 has a weight problem and is projecting. Why would any normal person speak of snacks unless they were a fatso themselves?

by Anonymousreply 17109/04/2017

Such a telling thread. Wow. Just wow.

by Anonymousreply 17209/04/2017

In my vast experience, a white rich guy is safe in any neighbourhood in Cairo but should never ever drink juice or eat street food.

by Anonymousreply 17309/04/2017

R172, would you expatiate?

by Anonymousreply 17409/04/2017

No matter how broke or old and desperate you are, don't eat commercial dog food, It almost always includes bone fragments and other things dogs can digest but humans can't. Beg from pantries, your neighbors, on the street, anything but commercial dog food. Don't do it. You too broke millennials.

by Anonymousreply 17509/04/2017

Never take anti-depressants and codeine on the same day. Over a short period the amount of seratonin in your body can reach toxic levels. You might live through the experience but it won't be pleasant.

by Anonymousreply 17609/05/2017

Anti-depressants and codeine sound wonderful. Remember we're just trying to get through one day to the next. And Tallulah's very last words on her hospital deathbed were allegedly " bourbon.... codeine...."

by Anonymousreply 17709/05/2017

Some great but scary warnings in this thread!

by Anonymousreply 17809/05/2017

[quote] Do a 360 turn ever so often while walking or shopping. Does a person you see suddenly look away, or down . Go to another asile and see if that person follows you.

You mean a pirouette? This could be especially charming in a tutu, up and down the Walmart aisles.

by Anonymousreply 17909/05/2017

Never approach a wild animal as if it wants to be photographed and displayed on your Instagram. I saw an idiot chase, and then get chased, by a moose. If this does happen to you, then find a tree or rock and get down, fast. Never, ever try to outrun them.

by Anonymousreply 18009/05/2017

Additionally, to evade a moose, run in a zig zag pattern and hide behind a tree or something. They're not that smart.

by Anonymousreply 18109/05/2017

Has nothing to do with intelligence, R181. They don't see very well.

by Anonymousreply 18209/05/2017

R181, true, Moose aren't very smart, but they are good with languages. R182, My Moose uses reading glasses but doesn't need them for driving. He's not a very good driver, though.

by Anonymousreply 18309/05/2017

Now Squirrel? That bitch can fly. Try getting away from that. Squirrels will rule the earth when we are gone. There's another something to help spare you some great harm: never get friendly with a squirrel. It will bite you, at the very least, and rip your face off.

by Anonymousreply 18409/05/2017

Fast men can outrun:

Elephantt25.00

Black mamba snaket20.00

Six-lined race runnert18.00

Squirrelt12.00

Pig (domestic)t11.00

Chickent9.00

House mouset8.00

Spider (Tegenearia atrica)t1.17

Giant tortoiset0.17

Three-toed slotht0.15

Garden snailt0.03

by Anonymousreply 18509/05/2017

If a hurricane is coming, grab your family and pets and get the hell out of there!

If a flood is coming, grab your family and pets and get the hell out of there!

If a wildfire is coming, grab your family and pets and get the hell out of there!

If a tornado is coming, grab your family and pets and get the hell out of there!

If a Republican is coming, grab your family and pets and get the hell out of there!

by Anonymousreply 18609/05/2017

Hide in case of mudslide.

by Anonymousreply 18709/05/2017

NEVER give an abuser a second chance. It always escalates. Make a plan and leave as soon as possible. Don't tell them. Let someone know what is happening.

by Anonymousreply 18809/05/2017

NOW he tells me.

by Anonymousreply 18909/05/2017

If a cop is acting unstable call 911 immediately and let the dispatcher know. Usually nips it in the bud. Because if cop is doing it to you he's done it to others.

by Anonymousreply 19009/05/2017

Flares can save your life in a breakdown on a busy highway. Use it.

by Anonymousreply 19109/05/2017

So venomous snakes have a round pupil...no, a round head and a triangular. ..no, the nonvenomous have a triangular head and a slit....uh.....the venomous have the triangular...uh...

by Anonymousreply 19209/05/2017

Right, R192.

by Anonymousreply 19309/05/2017

Carry a mongoose with you and you're safe from snakes.

by Anonymousreply 19409/05/2017

Got it: hammer for sharks, mongoose for snakes. What type of bag will be appropriate? Can I take the mongoose with me on planes? How long a hammer do I need?

by Anonymousreply 19509/05/2017

R194, Are you safe from the mongoose?

by Anonymousreply 19609/05/2017

just call it a service mongoose. if there are any mother fucking snakes on the mother fucking plane, it'll perform its service

by Anonymousreply 19709/05/2017

Never fly stand by. It could save your life.

by Anonymousreply 19809/05/2017

If the snake is close enough for you to see its eyes, you are too close.

by Anonymousreply 19909/05/2017

If you don't already know what it is learn to identify Greater Plantain. It grows almost anywhere it can get a foothold. It is reviled as a major weed here in the US. It grows throughout the US and Europe. However, if you're lost and need to forage for food you can eat its leaves. Or make fishing line or cord for other uses from the very tough veins of the leaves.

If you get an insect sting (bees, hornets, etc. especially) or a cut or open wound you can apply a poultice of leaves to the area to reduce inflammation and help it heal. You just need to pound the leaves with a rock or chew them a little to release the plant juices. It really works, especially if you're nowhere near any other bee sting antidotes or disinfectants for cuts, etc.

You can also use a mud poultice on a bee sting in an emergency. My first childhood sting was from a bumblebee and the older kids with me made mud and applied it. It drew out the stinger and reduced swelling and pain immediately.

by Anonymousreply 20009/05/2017

Kill all mosquitoes because you can't afford the treatment for Nile or EEE with the ACA. Sunscreen or cover up at the beach because skin cancer is no joke. Watch the health of your teeth. Mouth infections can result in serious blood poisoning that can kill you!

by Anonymousreply 20109/05/2017

Another great North American plant is Jewelweed, also called Touch-Me-Not among other common names. It is an immediate antidote to the toxic poison-ivy. Conveniently they very often grow alongside or fairly close to one another. If you touch or brush up against poison ivy just crush the very liquid filled stems and their leaves in your hands and rub them all over the affected area. It neutralises the irritating ivy toxins. If a poison ivy rash has started make a tea of the leaves, boil a bit in water, and apply the cool liquid to the rash. It will help dry up the rash very quickly.

Jewelweed and greater plantain also does this for nettle stings!

by Anonymousreply 20209/05/2017

If you're getting gangbanged, DON'T look back. It's much better that way.

Many of you will thank me for this advice someday.

by Anonymousreply 20309/05/2017

If you live in a place subject to tornadoes, make sure you know, ahead of time, where any safe places are located. Some trailer parks have tornado shelters: if yours doesn't (insert DL nasty joke here), be sure you know of a permanent structure where you can shelter. If you're in a high-rise, move to the innermost hallways. In a home, head to the basement, or whatever room is farthest from the perimeter. If you're on the road, DON'T hide under an overpass. Crouch as low as possible in a ditch, and cover your head: get as far away from your car as possible, so it isn't dropped on top of you. If you have pets, put them in their carriers, and keep them in them, and with you. If you're at home, make sure you have your shoes on, and if you have any kind of helmet (like a bike helmet or a football helmet), but it on right away. Tornadoes are real threats in many areas. I have no fear of snakes, and I'm arachnophobic, but I know what a venomous spider looks like.

by Anonymousreply 20409/05/2017

IF YOUR AREA CURRENTLY HAS A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER, FUCKING EVACUATE!!!

DO NOT HOLE UP AND PARTY LIKE THE SPAZZY SURFER COMMUNITY ON FLORIDA KEYS IS DOING RIGHT NOW

IRMA IS THE MOST POWERFUL STORM THE ATLANTIC HAS EVER SEEN

YOU WILL BE SMASHED INTO SMITHEREENS AND DIE HORRIBLY

by Anonymousreply 20509/05/2017

In an emergency shut off the water valve. Your water heater will be full of clean uncontaminated water that you can drain as needed.

by Anonymousreply 20609/05/2017

I've verified. The mongoose is a good egg and will make a fine comfort animal. It's not affiliated with the Mongolian Goose.

by Anonymousreply 20709/05/2017

[quote] R198: Never fly stand by. It could save your life.

Why, dear?

by Anonymousreply 20809/05/2017

R198 didn't punctuate correctly. It's :

Never fly. Stand by. It could save your life.

by Anonymousreply 20909/05/2017

Get the hell out of Florida before the hurricane hits!

by Anonymousreply 21009/05/2017

The mongoose is a bitey creature which isn't tame, it will attack you and the snake. People act as if they're kittens or bunnies and can be dragged around harmlessly. Nope.

by Anonymousreply 21109/05/2017

If you are leaving town for more than a few days, turn off the water to your house. That way, if a pipe bursts while you're gone, the house won't flood.

Turmeric is a natural blood thinner. If you're already taking blood thinners you may need to avoid it. Cinnamon and pepper both help even out your blood sugar.

Two things that are good to carry with you in case of emergency are glucose tablets, which are good for diabetics when their blood sugar drops, or can be used if you're stuck in the car without food for a long time.

Another good thing to carry is a packet of Celox, which is good if a family member takes blood thinners like Warfarin because they can bleed a lot if they are cut. It can also be used in case of a serious bleeding injury. It fits in your wallet and is available at medical supply stores. Just tell them you have a relative that takes blood thinners if they ask. Celox is better than Quick Clot because:

Q: What is the main difference between QuickClot brand & Celox brand? A: Three main differences are...#1 - QuickClot will require wound debridement, Celox does not. #2 - QuickClot is exothermic which can cause additional damage, Celox is not. #3 - QuickClot does not work with hypothermic blood, Celox does!

by Anonymousreply 21209/05/2017

So funny, all these wild animal and disaster warnings. You know the majority of you are going to die while slipping on a sex toy in your tub.

by Anonymousreply 21309/05/2017

[quote]If you are leaving town for more than a few days, turn off the water to your house. That way, if a pipe bursts while you're gone, the house won't flood.

Good advice. If nothing else don't forget to change the hose to your washing machine every few years. If that sucker bursts, you're screwed.

A friend had a pipe break while on vacation, and even though the basement had a drain, the water department said that according to the meter almost 38,000 gallons of water went into his basement while he was away.

by Anonymousreply 21409/05/2017

Before going away for more than a few days, freeze a glass of water. Then put a quarter on top of the frozen water, and put the glass back in the freezer. When you return home, the quarter should still be on top. If it's on the bottom of the frozen water, that means that you lost power and your freezer contents warmed to room temperature, and your frozen food has probably spoiled and should be discarded.

I heard this decades ago and have never actually done this, myself.

by Anonymousreply 21509/05/2017

R215, yes, I've seen that dozens of times as meme/clickbait/stupid hack on social media.

You'd think people would be able to tell by the melted/then re-frozen shape of things. Plus, your fridge reeks even after the power goes back on.

by Anonymousreply 21609/05/2017

Never use acetaminophen as a hangover cure and never use it at all if you are a regular drinker. It will kill your liver.

by Anonymousreply 21709/05/2017

There are vacancies for Hep A and for Hep B. Gays have an elivated risk of Hep B. The vaccine is much nicer to get than the diseases.

by Anonymousreply 21809/05/2017

If you are prone to panic attacks and are not able to get them under control by other means, carry around 5 mg of Valium to use when a panic attack strikes. DO NOT take them regularly as a preventative as they are horribly addictive.

by Anonymousreply 21909/05/2017

Good luck getting a valium script, but yes, taking a valium is helpful when suffering from nasty drug-drug interactions such as opioids+anti-depressants. Do not take valium with booze unless you want a quick trip to the Valley of the Dolls.

by Anonymousreply 22009/05/2017

Don't admit hating "YouTube Star!" Mark E Miller, or a raving meth head will bite your face off.

by Anonymousreply 22109/05/2017

R221 made me laugh.

by Anonymousreply 22209/05/2017

R220, A one-way trip to the valley.

Wouldn't taking valium on top of opiods and anti-depressants be dangerous?

by Anonymousreply 22309/05/2017

Thanks 202. In case my northern white genes change do to age and hormonal balance. Proud to be not allergic to poison ivy like the rest of the riff raff.

by Anonymousreply 22409/05/2017

Spoken like a true Spic, wait no. SPICENSIE

by Anonymousreply 22509/05/2017

R220 sometimes even doctors mistakenly prescribe opioids and anti-depressants together, which can result in something called Saratonin Syndrome, a toxic level of seratonin which can be fatal. Stupid doctors to do that! AFAIK a trip to emergency is the right response. It is possible they will give a valium to calm down shaking muscles.

by Anonymousreply 22609/05/2017

I am in Europe and diazapam is what is prescribed for panic attacks. Sounds like they use different meds n the US. Same principle, though - deal with your panic attacks as they occur, learn to control them, and do not take anti-anxiety meds as a means of prevention.

by Anonymousreply 22709/05/2017

R226, Some years ago in NYC there was a famous case of a young woman, Libby Zion, who was given some med at an ER that put her into a fatal SS. The doctor didn't know she was already on some kind of similar med. Her father was a journalist and started a campaign to change ER practices in regard to meds prescribed.

by Anonymousreply 22809/05/2017

Keep Benadryl in your medicine cabinet and in your car. You never know when someone (maybe you) discovers an unknown food allergy or insect sting. It's not as effective as an Epipen, but can buy you enough time to get help.

by Anonymousreply 22909/06/2017

Here's some advice If you're in the path of a hurricane:

If you vote GOP, stop reading now and die.

1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.

2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn't crack the container.

3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.

4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.

5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don't freeze your card for out-of-area "suspicious" transactions.

6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.

7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.

8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you're headed.

9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don't plan on taking them with you.

10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.

11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!

12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).

13. If you don't already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.

14. If you have special needs call 311 and register

15. Have a bucket in the bathroom & fill the tub. Use this water & bucket for flushing.

16. Walk pets during the calm that comes during the eye of the storm.

17. Charge your phone & keep it charged. A car charger is handy for when you lose electricity.

18. Do your laundry now. Everything gets dirty during the clean up & aftermath. You can't wash clothes w/o electricity.

by Anonymousreply 23009/06/2017

r28 "Purple and blue, good for you."

Well, my brother almost died when he was six from eating Pokeberries which are purple/bluish in color.

by Anonymousreply 23109/06/2017

[quote]Keep Benadryl in your medicine cabinet and in your car. You never know when someone (maybe you) discovers an unknown food allergy or insect sting. It's not as effective as an Epipen, but can buy you enough time to get help.

Pro-tip: Get the Benadryl [bold]elixir.[/bold] If someone has an anaphylactic reaction, their throat will start to close and liquid will be easier to swallow than a pill.

by Anonymousreply 23209/06/2017

You can charge your phone with a battery, a key, and one of those car charger adapters:

by Anonymousreply 23309/06/2017

To expand on R230 a little bit:

5. Every time you travel out of state, phone the bank before you leave. The first time you go to a restaurant or buy gas in the new state, those fuckers will freeze your ATM card and you'll be stranded without money. I've called them while on a trip, they've said they're unfreezing my card, and then it still doesn't work. I had to scrape a few bills out of the bottom of my car to get gas to get home. Always carry enough cash on a car trip for a motel room and gas home. Include extra for the cash deposit they make you pay in case you trash the room.

Also, hackers now put some sort of hacking device on outside gas station ATM payment devices that scans your card information and takes your pin code. If you're buying gas at freeway stops frequented by travelers, pay cash inside. That wil stop your card from being hacked. It happened to me, and a banker said this was more common than people realize.

9. Plastic bins aren't water tight. Put the stuff inside in a thick black outdoor garbage bag and tie a knot in the top. Or put it in two bags, one inside the other, with knots in each, especially if it's papers.

by Anonymousreply 23409/06/2017

If your mongoose gets bitey, give it a double dose of Tylenol. End of problem!

by Anonymousreply 23509/06/2017

R233, cool video.

by Anonymousreply 23609/06/2017

Keep a Sharpie handy if you can't evacuate the path of a hurricane. Write your name and a relative's phone number on your arm.

by Anonymousreply 23709/06/2017

Pull up the head rest in your vehicle so it will come in contact with the middle of the back of your head in case you ever rear ended. You just don't realize how easy it is to get whiplash and how bad it hurts.

by Anonymousreply 23809/06/2017

Always always always wear your seatbelt during a flight. Radical Weather events are here to stay.

Also keep your shoes on during take off and landing, the aircraft engines are either developing or decelerating power and are most vulnerable for a rejected takeoff or landing. The industry is so highly trained for safety now it is unlikely to be an issue - BUT is something does "go wrong" you dont want to be evacuating through hot aluminum in your socks.

by Anonymousreply 23909/06/2017

[quote] don't forget to change the hose to your washing machine every few years.

or you could just buy the steel reinforced hoses.

by Anonymousreply 24009/06/2017

The corrosion happens at the connectors, not the middle, R240. Check your washing machine, toilet and sink hoses with a flashlight every few months. If you see green verdigris or rust that means there's a slow leak and it needs to be changed. If you are in a hard water area be very diligent about this, you can prevent a flood on your house.

by Anonymousreply 24109/06/2017

What the hell is in your water R241? I had steel reinforced hoses in my old house for 25 years with zero problems or corrosion.

by Anonymousreply 24209/06/2017

R240, I just replaced my clothes washer water hoses, after 20 years. They were steel hoses, but inside them are rubber washers that do wear. I'd recommend replacement every 5 years, though I won't do mine again, ever. Haha.

by Anonymousreply 24309/06/2017

If you're going camping or hiking and you get lost, a small pocket mirror could save your life. Us it to flash the sun at planes or helicopters that may be searching for you.

by Anonymousreply 24409/06/2017

Own a cat. Train it to guard your house when you go away. Mine just killed a copperhead snake in the house and left it as a gift near the kitchen table while we were gone for 2 weeks.

by Anonymousreply 24509/06/2017

Cool cat, R245!

by Anonymousreply 24609/06/2017

R245, just how big is that cat?

by Anonymousreply 24709/06/2017

R245, is that poor snake all it had to eat, while it was "guarding" your house?

by Anonymousreply 24809/06/2017

r127 - did r1 post really help you and you hubby? Or just DL sarcasm?

by Anonymousreply 24909/06/2017

R128, If you are defending yourself, and kill the attacker while doing so, how were you supposed to know just the right amount of force to use to only disable? That someone could be prosecuted for that is nuts. If that doesn't apply in the US, that's one thing the country has right, at least.

by Anonymousreply 25009/06/2017

NSAIDS like Motrin and Aleve are ototoxic...meaning if you gobble them like candy you can damage your hearing, and/or develop tinnitus.

So Tylenol is bad for your liver and NSAIDS are bad for your stomach and ears. Are there any safe pain meds left?

by Anonymousreply 25109/06/2017

[quote]You can't wash clothes w/o electricity.

You've obviously never used a washboard and elbow grease, millennial.

by Anonymousreply 25209/06/2017
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