Good day all.
In India, over 2,000 people die annually from lightning strikes. About 16 died over the weekend just in one lightning strike. They were taking selfies at a popular tourist destination. Lesson: stay indoors. If you can hear the thunder, the lightning can kill you.
Ever hear of "boreout"? It's the new "burnout". You work so much you can't stand the work. Chronic boredom is just as bad as stress, it turns out. In fact, it *is* a form of stress. That explains a lot about me in high school. BORED!
Why check what your home used to sit on? Well, odd surprises. You might find it used to be a toxic waste dump, or... a bowling alley. Or a trash dump. In fact, about 70% of public or tax-subsidized housing in the US is near or on what is called "toxic land" ---- a waste dump, or soil/water so polluted you wouldn't be allowed to use it. Next time you hear someone talking about how great people have it in these "luxury welfare homes".... go check one out, but take your hazmat suit. Some of these are adjancent to EPA "Superfund" sites. By which think: Arsenic. Mercury. Things I can't spell. That sort of thing. Y'know. Potentially lethal. This results in residents having higher rates of certain health problems.
And, yes, the perception that only "nonwhties" need such housing is part of that phenomenon. How pathetic is that? *sigh*
Believe it or not, there are Ku Klux Klan "chapters" (or whatever they're called) in... Canada. Mind blown yet? Then try this on for size: There are scholarly articles on how racism in Canada isn't "the same" as racism in the US. Quoting a journal article on racism in Canada on that one.
Ever wonder why we have asphalt and concrete instead of pavers, bricks, etc.? Speed. That's it. People like cars that can go zoom-zoom without tire issues and bumps. Personally, I'd just as soon use rail, but that's me.
Bizarrely, one toxin found coming off roadways?... cooking oil. No joke. No idea how it gets there, but COOKING OIL. I mean, I can see the rest, but how do you get cooking oil on enough roadway surface for it to register in measurements in the Chesapeake Bay?!
Meanwhile, I recently saw my first ever Eastern Hognose Snake. Yes, they're as weird as they sound. They sort of snout-around in the dirt for prey, and use long rear fangs to ... uh... well, puncture the prey. But if threatened, they just head butt you. Bonk! Bonk! Then they, no joke, *play dead*. Right down to emitting a nasty smell. And here I thought a platypus was weird.
On that note, have a merry Monday! I'm... going to find the people who said "pregnancy-like spikes in hormones during perimenopause are normal" and make them suffer the slings and arrows and swellings and insomnia I've got. HRT? Nope. Messes with my epilepsy. I just get to grin and keep bearing it, while some doctor who made up what is "normal" gets to live without all this. Hmph. *tail lash*
Well, that summed up how I feel.***Reports are being released claiming Covid-19 came from a Chinese lab. This is shady stuff. Samples of the virus being studied in China in a lab may have pre-existed the US knowledge of the disease, but that's not a shocker. So.... How did the virus occur? Odds are that this little effer has just done what many bugs before it have done: Gotten into humans and...
Hi All, I know you have bodyaches and muscle pain as fellow fibro sufferers. Are you able to do your house cleaning? Does anyone help you? Do you hire a house cleaner?Just curious, since I'm having trouble doing mine. In addition to fibro, I have neck/back issues. May need to hire someone, but with Covid still raging, I'm skittish about having a stranger in my house...