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Monday, June 24, 2013

The Finest Steel Come From The Hottest Furnaces

I’ll never forget the night in 1946 when disaster and challenge visited our home.

My brother, George, came home from football practice and collapsed with a temperature of 104 degrees. After an examination, the doctor informed us it was polio. This was before the days of Dr. Salk, and polio was well known in Webster Groves, Missouri, having killed and crippled many children and teenagers.

After the initial crisis passed, the doctor felt duty bound to inform George of the horrible truth. “I hate to tell you this, son,” he said, “but the polio has taken such a toll that you’ll probably never walk again without a limp, and your left arm will be useless.”

George had always envisioned himself as a championship wrestler for his senior year, after just missing it the season before while he was a junior. Barely able to speak, George whispered, “Doctor…”

“Yes,” said the doctor leaning over the bed, “what is it, my boy?”

“Go to hell,” said George in a voice filled with determination.

You see, Mom and Dad taught us that just like you would never let someone else come into your house with an axe and allow them to break up your furniture, you should never let a damaging thought come into your mind and break up your dreams.

The next day the nurse walked into George’s room to find him lying flat on his face on the floor.
“What’s going on in here?” asked the shocked nurse.

“I’m walking,” George calmly replied.

George refused the use of any braces or even a crutch that was given to him. Sometimes it would take him 20 minutes just to get out of the chair, but he refused any offers of aid.

I remember seeing him lift a tennis ball with as much effort as a healthy man would need to lift a 100-pound barbell.

I also remember seeing him, six months later, step out on the mat as captain of the wrestling team. George’s rehabilitation from the devastating effects of polio was written up all over the state of Missouri. No one had ever been known to recover so quickly or so completely from this disease.
The story continues. The next year, after being named to start for Missouri Valley College in one of the first football games to be televised locally, George came down with mononucleosis.

It was my brother Bob who helped reinforce George’s already strong philosophy of never giving up.
The family was sitting in George’s room at the hospital, watching the game on TV, when Valley’s quarterback completed a 12-yard pass to the tight end. Then the announcer said, “And George Schlatter makes the first catch of the game.”

Shocked, we all looked at the bed to make sure George was still there. Then we realized what had happened. Bob, who had made the starting line-up, had worn George’s number so George could spend the afternoon hearing himself catching six passes and making countless tackles. Later he said, “If I can do that flat on my back with a temperature of 103 degrees, just think what I can do when I’m up!”
As he overcame mono, he did it with the lesson Bob taught him that day…there is always a way!
George was destined to spend the next three falls seasons in the hospital. In 1948, it was after he stepped on a rusty nail. In 1949, it was tonsillitis, just before he was to sing in an audition for Phil Harris, a great orchestra leader and radio comedy icon. And in 1950, it was third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body and collapsed lungs. After an explosion had set George’s body on fire, my brother Alan put the flames out by throwing himself on George. Alan had saved his brother’s life, but he received serious burns himself.

Following each challenge, George came back stronger and surer of his own ability to overcome any obstacle. He had read that if one looks at the roadblocks, he isn’t looking at the goal.

Armed with these gifts, he entered the world of show business and revolutionized television by creating and producing such innovative shows as Laugh In and The American Comedy Awards. He also won an Emmy for his production of Sammy Davis Jr.’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Special.
He had literally been through the furnace and come out of it with a soul as strong as steel, and he used it to strengthen and entertain a nation.

Of course, the four of us didn’t always get a long, but we were brothers through and through, and yet… out of the conflicts came new respect and even memories about which we would later laugh.

By John Wayne “Jack” Schlatter

17 Cooking Projects Ain’t Nobody Got Time For Cooking

1. Convincing these macarons to dangle off the edge of a cake:

Convincing these macarons to dangle off the edge of a cake:
Sick cantilever, bro.

2. Deliberately disguising this cupcake to look like a hamburger:

Deliberately disguising this cupcake to look like a hamburger:
Cupcakes, I’m sorry but you’re over, and you need to come to terms with that. Rebranding is no longer an option.

Source: bakerella.com

3. Separately dyeing these strands of pasta different colors in order to achieve a C.R.E. (Cheerful Rainbow Effect) when combined in one bowl:

Separately dyeing these strands of pasta different colors in order to achieve a C.R.E. (Cheerful Rainbow Effect) when combined in one bowl:
THEY ALL TASTE THE SAME.

4. Piping 17,000 pink frosting ruffles onto this cake:

Piping 17,000 pink frosting ruffles onto this cake:
What the recipe fails to explain is why I would bother to do this when I could be piping them straight into my mouth?

5. Crafting these tiny-teeny microscopic pop-tarts:

Crafting these tiny-teeny microscopic pop-tarts:
LOL, cool, so glad you spent 18 hours on something it will take me 15 seconds to stuff in my face.

6. Applying stamp messages to these marshmallows that are inexplicably impaled on straws:

Applying stamp messages to these marshmallows that are inexplicably impaled on straws:
goodbye

Source: peggy

7. Baking five different cake layers in five different colors and then carefully slicing and arranging them so as to create one super-creepy clown cake:

Baking five different cake layers in five different colors and then carefully slicing and arranging them so as to create one super-creepy clown cake:
Is this for children? Do you realize a) how little they will appreciate your painstaking application of food coloring and b) how goddamn scary that clown is?

8. Layering one million jello flavors to create this monstrosity:

Layering one million jello flavors to create this monstrosity:
In the time it takes you to make this, you could also:
write a novel, raise a child, learn Swedish, go to the moon and bring back some cool moon rocks, write a second novel, this time in Swedish.

9. Inserting tiny fragments of bacon and arugula into the scooped-out halves of grape tomatoes:

Inserting tiny fragments of bacon and arugula into the scooped-out halves of grape tomatoes:
Do you need me to make you a real, normal BLT sandwich in order to understand why this is annoying? Because I’ll do it.

10. Whatever’s happening here:

Whatever's happening here:
Source: bakingdom.com

11. Arranging carefully trimmed cubes of stuff into this cubical salad:

Arranging carefully trimmed cubes of stuff into this cubical salad:
The paradox is this: If you eat so much as a cube, the cumulative cubularity will be irreparably harmed. This can only end in tears.

Source: shine.yahoo.com

12. Filling these miniature suspended-in-space ice cream cones with tomatoes and cheese:

Filling these miniature suspended-in-space ice cream cones with tomatoes and cheese:
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Source: luxirare.com

13. Going to extreme lengths to make this cake look like a fish:

Going to extreme lengths to make this cake look like a fish:
Oh, Martha, you charmer.

14. Mixing six different bread doughs in order to achieve this:

Mixing six different bread doughs in order to achieve this:
Is this edible? Are you sure? On a scale of one to totally, how sure would you say you are?

15. Obstructing access to this cake with an enormous icing flower and weird stripes:

Obstructing access to this cake with an enormous icing flower and weird stripes:
A cake is a gift in itself! Begone with your frippery and your weird, waxy-tasting icing.

Source: cakecentral.com

16. Rolling cream cheese and pineapple into this “waffle breakfast sushi:”

Rolling cream cheese and pineapple into this "waffle breakfast sushi:"
:(

17. Hiding candy inside these elaborately constructed piñata cookies:

Hiding candy inside these elaborately constructed piñata cookies:
Do you want to know how many steps there are in this how-to slideshow? 30. There are 30 steps. Do you want to know how many steps there are in purchasing and eating a bag of piñata-free M&M’s? Two.

All together now!

17 Cooking Projects Ain't Nobody Got Time For

The 18 Worst Things For Left-Handed People

1. Spiral Notebooks

Spiral Notebooks
Hurts the side of your hand. The worst are the 5-subject with the extra big rings.

Source: buy.com

2. Writing in a 3-ring binder

Writing in a 3-ring binder
You have to do that thing where you fit your hand between the top two, then eventually have to pick it up and fit it in between the bottom two.

Source: flickr.com

3. Only 1 gross lefty glove in gym class

Only 1 gross lefty glove in gym class
The handsweat of a thousand lefties before you.

4. Only 2 pairs of the green lefty scissors in class, 3 lefty kids.

Only 2 pairs of the green lefty scissors in class, 3 lefty kids.
Scrambling through the scissors to find the ones with the green rubber handles, only to see they’re already all gone.

Source: lennydavinci

5. Ballpoint pens don’t work as well because you’re pushing, not pulling the ball

Ballpoint pens don't work as well because you're pushing, not pulling the ball
The ink will never flow as well for lefties, so our pens stop up more.

6. Ink all over the side of your hand

Ink all over the side of your hand
Source: alithinks

7. Bonking elbows with a righty at the dinner table

Bonking elbows with a righty at the dinner table
Source: juliejigsaw

8. iPad Kindle app - left side is back page

iPad Kindle app - left side is back page
This is really annoying - if you prefer to hold it in your left hand, you have to move your hand all the way to the other side to tap. On a real Kindle, page forward is on both sides, thankfully.

Source: dmh650

9. Driver’s cup holder is for the right hand

Driver's cup holder is for the right hand
So you have to hold your cup with your right hand.

Source: bimmerfest.com

10. Numberpad is on the righthand side of keyboard

Numberpad is on the righthand side of keyboard
Source: bernskiold.com

11. Dying sooner, so becoming a zombie sooner

Dying sooner, so becoming a zombie sooner
Studies have shown lefties die up to 9 years sooner than righties. At least we’ll get to eat their brains.

12. These desks

These desks
College lecture hall desks with postage-stamp sizes desks. You have to twist your back and hold up your arm to use.

Source: srhbth

13. Measuring cups show you the stupid metric side

Measuring cups show you the stupid metric side
The cups/ounces side is for the righties. You have to do that thing where you twist your hole arm around to be able to read ounces.

Source: google.com

14. You, old friend

You, old friend

15. Made for righties

Made for righties
Apparently you can get modified lefty controllers, but maybe you should just go outside.

Source: google.com

16. Cord on the credit card machine pen never long enough

Cord on the credit card machine pen never long enough
Annoying. Annoying. I’m annoyed.

17. THIS

THIS
THE WORST

18. For which someone invented THESE

For which someone invented THESE
The saddest thing is that all the lefties in the BuzzFeed office now want these. The indignity.

Source: buywacom.com.au
 
Source: BuzzFeed

7 Things Your Nails Can Tell You About Your Health

Clues to potential problems are right at your fingertips

You spend so much time trimming, shaping, buffing, and painting your nails (or having someone else do all of that for you), but you probably don’t spend much time looking at them bare. And that means you may be missing spots, stripes, and odd colors that could indicate that something’s up—in a bad way—with your body.

While nothing replaces a visit to your physician for a proper diagnosis, checking your fingernails for the following abnormalities can help you spot early warning signs, so wipe off that polish and take a glance.

Close-up shot of pale, white nails
1. Pale Nails
The problem isn’t so black and white when it comes to white nails. If your fingernail beds are looking a little ghostly, you may have anemia, a blood disorder characterized by a low red blood cell count. “Anemia resulting from low levels of iron can lead to inadequate oxygen in the blood, which causes the

skin
and tissues to become pale, particularly the tissues under the nails,” says Shilpi Agarwal, M.D., a board-certified family medicine and integrative and holistic medicine physician in Los Angeles. Be sure you’re consuming good sources of iron, including green leafy vegetables, beans, and red meat, to boost your levels.

More seriously, pale nails could also be a sign of early diabetes or liver disease, both of which can lead to impaired blood flow. “When diagnosed early, diabetes can often be controlled with dietary changes,” Dr. Agarwal says. Avoid processed foods with refined sugars and carbs, and eat more fiber, vegetables, and whole grains. “These will help stabilize blood sugar levels and limit circulatory damage caused by uncontrolled sugar levels,” she says. For liver disease, a trip to the doc for testing is a must-do for accurate diagnosis.


While nothing replaces a visit to your physician for a proper diagnosis, checking your fingernails for the following abnormalities can help you spot early warning signs, so wipe off that polish and take a glance.

Thickened, yellow nails
2. Yellowing or Thickening
Yellow nails certainly don’t look pretty, and what causes the hue is even grosser: “Thickened nails, with or without a yellow-ish tone, are characteristic of fungal infections that generally traverse the entire nail bed,” Dr. Agarwal says. She adds that topical medication is often no help since the infection is in the nail bed and underlying nail plate. Your doctor can prescribe an oral med, which will reach the entire breadth of the infected nail.


While nothing replaces a visit to your physician for a proper diagnosis, checking your fingernails for the following abnormalities can help you spot early warning signs, so wipe off that polish and take a glance.

Dark stripes
3. Dark Lines
Even if you diligently check your skin for questionable moles monthly, you likely overlook your nails, a place where dangerous melanoma often goes unnoticed. “Dark brown or black vertical lines on the nail bed should never be ignored,” Dr. Agarwal warns. “These can be a hallmark sign of melanoma, which requires early detection and treatment.”

Leave your nails bare periodically so you can examine them, then go get a mani. “Sunlight is unable to penetrate through polish, so any shade other than a clear coat will provide an adequate barrier from the sun,” Dr. Agarwal says. Smart idea since your nails’ smooth surface makes it hard for sunscreen to be absorbed into the nail.


Pitted Nails
4. Pitting and Grooving
Depressions and small cracks in your nails are known as “pitting” of the nail bed and are often associated with psoriasis, an inflammatory disease that leads to scaly or red patches all over the body. “Individuals who suffer from psoriasis develop clusters of cells along the nail bed that accumulate and disrupt the linear, smooth growth of a normal nail,” Dr. Agarwal explains. “As these cells are sloughed off, grooves or depressed areas are left behind on the surface.” A physical exam is often all you need for a diagnosis, after which your doctor may recommend topical, oral, or injected medications or light therapy.

Lifted nails
5. Brittle, Thin, or Lifted Nails
Breaking a nail can be a bummer, but if your tips seem to crack at the slightest touch, it could mean your thyroid is amiss. This gland in your neck regulates metabolism, energy, and growth, and too little thyroid hormone often leads to hair loss, brittle and thin nails, and nails that grow slowly, Dr. Agarwal says.

Thyroid disorder also manifests itself by causing your nail plate to separate from the nail bed in a noticeable way. “Lifted nails are thought to occur because the increase in thyroid hormone can accelerate cell turnover and separate the nail from its natural linear growth pattern,” Dr. Agarwal explains.

Brittle, thin, slow-growing, or lifted, see your physician ASAP for a simple blood test that can check for thyroid disorder, which can be treated with medications.

White lines
6. White Lines
Stripes on your nails are only a good thing if they are painted on. Horizontal white lines that span the entire nail, are paired, and appear on more than one nail are called Muehrcke’s lines. These could be an indication of kidney disease, liver abnormalities, or a lack of protein and other nutrients, Dr. Agarwal says. “They are thought to be caused by a disruption in blood supply to the nail bed because of underlying disease,” she explains.

Shorter horizontal white marks or streaks, however, are likely just the result of trauma to the base of your nail. These may last from weeks to months and usually will disappear on their own.

Blue nails
7. Blue Nails
A blue face is a clear indication that someone’s lacking airflow, and blue nails mean the same thing—you’re not getting enough oxygen to your fingertips. This could be caused by respiratory disease or a vascular problem called Raynaud’s Disease, which is a rare disorder of the blood vessels, according to Dr. Agarwal. Some people just have slower blood circulation, especially when exposed to cold temperatures, she says, but have a physician check your blood and oxygenation levels if your nails are persistently blue.


Friday, June 21, 2013

8 Gmail Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Email

No need to fear your own inbox. Gmail’s got a few hidden email features that you need to know about.

your.name@gmail.com = y.o.u.r.n.a.m.e@gmail.com
Let’s say your email is your.name@gmail.com. That’s great, but the dots don’t matter. At all.


Source: mocoloco.com

2. Undo Accidental Emails.

8 Gmail Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Email
Click that weirdly shaped icon in the top right corner of Gmail, then mouse down to “Settings.”
Then click to “Labs.” Search for the lab feature titled “Undo Send.” Enable it, and click “Save changes.”

Still in “Settings,” go to “General,” and scroll down to the “Undo Send” section. Enable it there, too.
8 Gmail Hacks That Will Change The Way You Use Email
Every time you send an email, a yellow bar will pop up and give you the chance to click undo. So the next time you accidentally email the entire company something that was only supposed to go to one person, you’ve got a few seconds to fix your mistake.

3. Add plus signs to filter out unwanted email

Add plus signs to filter out unwanted email
Let’s say you’re signing up for a new gym membership, but you don’t want to give them your main email. So add a plus sign to it: your.name+GYM@gmail.com. (Anything you put after the “+” will work.)

When the first email from the gym shows up, click on it, then click “More,” then “Filter messages like these.” A pop up will appear, and enter the plus sign address into the “To” line. Click “Create filter with this search.”

Then you get to choose what you want to do with those emails. Want them all to go directly to trash? Just check “Delete it,” and hit “Create filter” to save your setting. And you’ll never see an email from your gym again! They’ll automatically all go straight into the garbage.

4. Send & Archive mode cleans up your inbox

Send & Archive mode cleans up your inbox
Go back to “Settings,” then “General.” Scroll down to “Send and Archive,” and click the “Show” button.

When you reply to a message in your inbox, you’ll see the “Send & Archive” button appear. Unless you really reeeeeally need that message to hang around on the front page of your inbox, hit “Send & Archive.” Your inbox will be a little bit less cluttered, and you’ll still be able to find that message by searching for it in Gmail.

5. Insert images directly into an email

Insert images directly into an email
Go to “Settings,” then “Labs,” then search “Inserting Images.” Enable the feature.

Then, the next time you want to respond to a co-worker with a hilarious GIF — or, you know, something practical for your job — you can embed it right there in the email. Just drag the image into the email. Or click the “Insert images” icon when you’re in compose mode and add the URL for the image.

6. Figure out which senders are legit

Figure out which senders are legit
This is another excellent Gmail Labs hack. Go back to “Labs,” and search for “Authentication icon for verified senders.” Enable it.

The next time you get an email from a company like Ebay or PayPal, you’ll see a little key next to their sender name. That’s how you know the email’s legit, and not an email from a spammer or identity thief.

7. Send canned responses for repetitive emails

Send canned responses for repetitive emails
So you hate sending the same email over and over again? Gmail’s got a trick for that. Again, go to “Labs,” then search for “Canned Responses” and enable it.

Now here’s the semi-tricky part. Go to “Compose” and write the canned email. Then, just below the “To” line, click “Canned Responses,” and go down to “Save.” Click “New Canned Response,” and give that email a title.

Then the next time you want to reply with that canned email, click “Canned Responses” and select the email response you want. Gmail will insert it at the top of your reply, and all you have to do is send it off.

8. Import other web tools to hack together whatever you want

Import other web tools to hack together whatever you want
Want to connect with your contacts on social media? Use Rapportive to see all of their social profiles within your inbox — no clicking required. (It shows up like that screenshot above.)

Running out of space in your Gmail account? Use Find Big Mail to figure out what big files are clogging up your email.

Want to schedule your emails for sending at a later time? (Sometimes, you don’t want your boss or professor to know you wrote an email at 3 a.m.) Use Boomerang to schedule that email for a more appropriate time.