Colorado Man Breaks State Record with Giant Brook Trout Caught in High Alpine Lake
Jason Smiley has been chasing trophy brook trout in Colorado waters for over a decade. In early October, he netted one for the record books“The experience of this catch has been surreal, and it took a few days to soak in,” Smiley later told the CPW. “The toughest thing for me was deciding to keep the fish.” Smiley caught the big brook trout in Waterdog Lake after hiking 3.9 miles and gaining 2,400 feet of elevation.
There may be a lot of bacteria in those waters
The water park business is booming, with around 85 million people hitting up North America's 1,300 aquatic play places annually, according to the World Waterpark Association. The very people who operate these hotspots want to keep guests as safe as possible, but with so many visitors, it's hard to keep anything pristine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 58 percent of the public pools they tested in a study contained E. coli bacteria.
Water slides are responsible for a lot of injuries
Research published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine showed an uptick in the number of tailbone injuries related to water slide use. In an interview with Live Science, study author Patrick Foye, MD, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rutgers University, wants people to keep this in mind as they're taking off down their next slide. "I'm not advising everyone to live their life wrapped in bubble wrap, but it's important to realize that there are some risks that go along with these activities," he said.
Quentin Tarantino says the current movie era is one of the 'worst in Hollywood history'
The "Pulp Fiction" director said on "The Video Archives Podcast" that the current film landscape is just as terrible as the 1980s and 1950s cinema.The award-winning director has been creating feature-length movies since the 1980s.
These slides are actually more dangerous than roller coasters
Research conducted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs found that revelers are twice as likely to get injured on a water slide than a roller coaster.
There's a lot of science that goes into water slide operations
Water parks may appear full of frivolity at first glance, but just like with the crafting of roller coasters, there's a lot of physics at play here. For one, computer software is in place to keep water slide aficionados as safe as possible. According to National Geographic, these programs "mimic the effects of friction and mass on a waterslide." This helps keep riders spaced evenly in between turns. Indoor water parks are a fast-growing segment of the industry, and these are the top ones in the United States.
Western cities agree to remove decorative grass amid drought
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in Southern California, Phoenix and Salt Lake City and elsewhere illustrates an accelerating shift in the American West away from well-manicured grass that has long been a totem of suburban life, having taken root alongside streets, around fountains and between office park walkways.
One man is considered "the Father of Waterparks"
The World Waterpark Association pays homage to George Millay, whom they call "the Father of Waterparks." Millay founded SeaWorld and the very first Wet 'n Wild water park in Orlando, Florida.
You won't believe how much water it takes to fill one of these parks
Water is a precious commodity, so it will probably shock you to learn that it can initially take 900,000 gallons of the stuff to fill a water park. But the Star-Telegram reports that after this first fillup, a water park usually only uses up approximately 19,800 gallons each month. Technology advancements are also helping water parks use H20 in the most conservative ways possible. Speaking of water, it's important to stay hydrated when you're enjoying a day at the park and these fool-proof hacks will make sure you are getting your fill.
There's a thing called chlorine gas and it can be problematic
Chlorine is used as an effective way to disinfect public water spots, but sometimes the way the pool chemicals mix creates what is called a chlorine gas cloud. According to Michigan Live, 50 people got sick at a water park in Michigan when one of these gas clouds formed; 26 of them had to be hospitalized.
Biden opens secret amnesty door, swamping border facilities
The Biden administration, desperate to mute headlines about record illegal migrant crossings, has secretly started a new system to let in potential law-breakers that also puts them on a fast-track to legal status. The program amounts to an amnesty ticket and pre-selects some of those caught up in Mexico’s immigration controls.BIDEN-ALLIED GROUP VOWS TO PUSH BACK ON HOUSE GOP OVERSIGHT Word of the program has spread like wildfire, swamping border camps involved in the program, according to a new report by immigration expert Todd Bensman with the Center for Immigration Studies.
Swim diapers for babies aren't very effective
Water parks and public pools may require little ones who aren't yet potty trained to wear swim diapers while using these attractions in an effort to keep accidents at bay. But the CDC says that although these products may keep feces from dropping into the water, they are not leak-proof. "Swim diapers can delay diarrhea-causing germs, like Cryptosporidium, from leaking into the water for a few minutes, but swim diapers do not keep these germs from contaminating the water," their site reads. Here's how to take your little one to a water park and, yes, still have a good time.
Water parks really don't want you to know what they find in their drains
A Reddit AMA with water park employees uncovered some really disgusting allegations about what they've found in the drains on the premises. "We've pulled out innumerable weaves and fake nails," claimed one worker. "Lots of little dead animals (like) voles, mice, birds; Band-Aids, condoms, dirty swim diapers, tampons, glass; trash of all sorts, including food trash. Wallets. Phones. Empty sunscreen tubes. Just, everything. People are disgusting."
Avatar: The Way of Water on Track to Make Double the Opening Box Office of the First Movie
Avatar: The Way of Water is on course for a huge opening at the box office.Avatar: The Way of Water got a major boost earlier this week when it was announced that the sequel had been approved for release in China. For context, an opening of $150 million would almost double the opening of the first Avatar back in 2009, which managed to rake in $77 million before becoming the biggest movie of all time thanks to its $2.7 billion box office.
E. Coli may be the least of your bacteria concerns
When a 12-year-old girl contracted what was referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba" in 2013, it sent her straight to the hospital in critical condition. The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed this was a case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a rare form of meningitis, which can be fatal and is often linked to amoebas found in lake waters. In this instance, however, officials traced it back to Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The only way to really rid a pool of urine is to completely replace the water
No matter how many chemicals you throw into a pool, the experts NPR interviewed on the topic say the only way to truly rid it of urine is to change out the water. The longer one waits out the issue, the worse that water will get with the accumulation of chloride and what's referred to as "disinfection byproducts."
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is home to the largest wave pool in North America
This wave pool is so darn big that, according to Disney, it takes nearly 3 million gallons of water in order for it to be completely filled. For comparison's sake, an Olympic-sized swimming pool holds an estimated 660,000 gallons. Whether you're at Typhoon Lagoon or elsewhere on Walt Disney World property, these are the insider secrets you really need to know.
Eight glasses of water a day 'may be too much'
Aberdeen scientists have found the recommended intake of two litres of water a day may be excessive.Scientists from the University of Aberdeen discovered the recommended intake of two litres of water a day was often more than people needed.
Rides at water parks are exempt from federal oversight
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn't oversee precautions for water park attractions, which means regulation is left up to state and local inspections. Therefore there isn't one blanket safety code for water parks on a national level. It's something to consider the next time you have an uneasy feeling about a particular slide or ride. If you're heading to any amusement park, make sure you know the secrets they won't tell you, too.
An accident waiting to happen
We all remember to clean the crumbs off the counter and vacuum the dust bunnies out of the corners. But, there are some areas of the home that aren't as obviously dirty and if left untouched for too long, can actually be dangerous. The next time you do a big house clean, make sure to hit these spots too so that your home and family can stay safe. Watch out for these other hidden items that can be a fire hazard in your home.
Toaster ovens are a very commonly used item in almost everyone's homes and if they aren't cleaned enough they could start a fire. Crumbs fall off of food and accumulate at the bottom of the toaster—then, when the toaster is used again, those crumbs reheat and could start smoking. "I've also seen this occur with cheese or other ingredients melting onto the heating panel," says Spencer Dirocco, owner of K1 Cleaning and Restoration. "Items touching the heat source can become extremely dangerous as they will begin to smoke much quicker than a crumb on the bottom tray. I suggest cleaning the crumbs after every use and ensuring that nothing is touching the heat source."
'I Was Friends With Rosa Parks—I Knew a Side of Her Most People Didn't See'
H.H.Leonards writes about her time living and traveling with Rosa Parks, in this exclusive essay.I was privileged to spend the better part of a decade with Mrs. Parks as her "host" at my residence, The O Museum in the Mansion, in Washington, D.C., and as her traveling companion. There was never a day during that time that I didn't learn something about life and resilience from her.
Pests and critters
When you think about potential fire hazards in your home, pests and critters probably don't come to mind. If you aren't setting traps, cleaning up things that attract them, or taking measures to make sure they get out of your house, they can get inside of your home and potentially start a fire. "For example, if mice build nests within your walls out of combustible items—think straw or paper—you can end up with a volatile situation on your hands," says Michael DiMartino, Senior Vice President of Installations at Power Home Remodeling. "Similarly, squirrels can pose a problem in your attic, as they can enter the interior space through any gaps that have formed over time to find electrical wire as their new snack." This is the most overlooked fire hazard in your home.
Over time dust will naturally accumulate around the heaters in your home. If you don't make an effort to regularly dust your home you could be creating a fire hazard. "Dust can ignite quickly and spread throughout your home if your heaters or electrical sockets cause a spark," says Dirocco. "I recommend dusting your house at least once a week to prevent house fires caused by dust igniting." These 10 household items are extremely flammable.
Even though air conditioners are meant to cool down your house, if it's not maintained and cleaned regularly by a professional, it can potentially start a fire. "The main culprit is the wiring in the air conditioner. Broken wires can happen due to many reasons or just due to wear and tear," says Albert Lee, founder of Home LivingLab. "If the wire is totally broken, the risk is low. However, if the wire is partially broken or frayed, power still continues to flow with increased resistance. This causes overheating and can potentially start an electrical fire."
Some homeowners may try to temporarily fix frayed wires by tying the copper bits together and covering them in masking tape. This is also extremely dangerous because the heat from the wire will melt the masking tape and it could catch on fire. Lee recommends getting your air conditioning unit cleaned every three months during times of high use. Watch out for these household items that can ignite a fire if put together.
Regularly cleaning your rangehood can prevent grease fires and fires caused by smoking cooking oil. "As grease and remnants of smoke can buildup in the vents, regularly cleaning the range hood filter is key," says Eamon Lynch, Director of Warranty Service at Power Home Remodeling. For cleaning, Lynch recommends you use a little hot water, baking soda, and degreasing soap once a month. "If buildup continues, the filter could become clogged and even destroy your ceiling with bubbles and residue where exhaust isn’t able to properly escape."
Grill mishaps are all too common in the summer months as more people choose to cook outside. You need to properly clean up and store your grill after each use to make sure you don't start a fire. Grease build-up can cause a grease fire so make sure to scrub or wipe down your grill after each use. "When cooking in your backyard on a charcoal grill, make sure that your coals are fully extinguished. Wait until you no longer see a red glow on the coals, hose it down with water, and stir up the coals until they turn into a soup-like mixture," says Lynch. Be aware of these things you should never clean with water.
Overgrown trees and shrubbery around your house can be easy to ignore because you don't necessarily see if from inside your house. "Leaves and other forms of debris can become a fire hazard if they block vents for appliances such as the dryer or stove range," says Lynch. Make sure to rake and clear out around your house at least twice a year. You probably don't wash these everyday items enough.
It's important to clean the lint from your dryer as well as from the dryer vent that leads outdoors on a regular basis. If the lint isn't able to fully exhaust from your home it can be a huge fire hazard. You can purchase drill attachments to help you get deep into the vent to clean out all the lint. Lynch says that it is also important to make sure the duct's connection is secured and functioning properly—if it's not, don't try to repair it with duct tape; it's safer to replace the whole duct. These are the things you should be cleaning every day.
Most people with wood-burning fireplaces know that they need to get their chimney serviced on a regular basis. If things build-up or get stick inside of your chimney from lack of cleaning it can be a fire hazard. "Inspect your chimney for creosotes, or tar deposits, which can build up in your chimney and need to be knocked down," says Lynch. "If you notice this build-up, call a professional chimney sweep. They have the tools and the knowledge to tackle the issue and perform complete routine maintenance."
When you use your hairdryer every day, debris, hair, and dust start to build-up and can become hazardous. "If the appliance smells like burning hair, if it shocks or burns you, these are sure signs that it needs to be cleaned or replaced," said electrical experts at Mister Sparky. "Additionally, the hair dryer's power cord can overheat also leading to melting, fire, or explosion."
After using the lawnmower, people typically just push it into their shed or garage and forget about it until the next time they need to mow the lawn. There are risks that come along with not properly maintaining and cleaning your lawnmower though. "Debris or dry grass can easily get stuck in the mower deck and cause a fire, especially during the warmer months," says Nikolay Miloshev, owner of property maintenance company Two Lions 11 Ltd. "In addition, fuel vapors often end up packed in the hot muffler, again posing a risk." You should be cleaning off your lawnmower after each use. Now, to get your home sparkling clean and safe, learn about these nearly forgotten house cleaning tips from the past.
- Spencer Dirocco, owner of K1 Cleaning and Restoration
- Michael DiMartino, Senior Vice President of Installations at Power Home Remodeling
- Albert Lee, founder of Home LivingLab
- Eamon Lynch, Director of Warranty Service at Power Home Remodeling
- Arie Van Tuijl, licensed home inspector and Founder of Home Inspector Secrets
- Nikolay Miloshev owner of property maintenance company Two Lions 11 Ltd
- Charles A. Moore, Fire Chief, Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue
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Shorr-Parks: 49ers trading for Aaron Rodgers ‘makes a lot of sense’ .
Eliot Shorr-Parks of the Audacy Original Podcast “The Best Football Show” broke down why the San Francisco 49ers make a lot of sense to trade for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers this offseason.Rodgers has won four MVP awards, including in each of the last two seasons, but it’s looking like his career in Green Bay may be coming to an end. The 4-8 Packers could turn to Jordan Love in the coming weeks and then turn the page on Rodgers entirely this offseason.