Helpful tips for July 2014

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Helpful tips for July 2014

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General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary

General tips
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Okay, which things they are saying that you should not have before bedtime?
Well! Alcohol, Grapefruit, and Icecream!

Here are some useful hints for the next time you go to buy some new
If you want to avoid mix-ups with suitcases the next time you travel, then
this is important to keep in mind.
The most popular colors are black, blue, and red; all in that order.
Bright colors are usually easier to spot; yellow, purple, pink, and so on.
More people are attaching ribbons to their luggage so that may not be such a
great idea.
You may want to have your initials on your suitcase in large bold colors.

What’s this about honey bees?
They only live for a period of no more than six weeks.

About jade?
This is one of the most solid stones!

About your sleep apnea machine:
You should change your mask annually.
You can tell if it is leaking by the amount of water your humidifier uses
every night.

What is sleep apnea?
This occurs when you have difficulty sleeping but most people are unaware of
this condition.
Your snoring is loud, you have difficulty breathing while being asleep, and
sleep apnea can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Finally, sleep apnea can affect your blood pressure in a positive way.
That is, it can help to bring your blood pressure down.

About Tea Tree oil?
This particular oil can be used to treat bruises, scrapes, scars, and
pimples. There is much more to this oil than meets the eye so to speak!
It originates out of Australia.
Its color ranges from a pale yellow to almost colorless.

Having difficulty getting the wrinkles out of your clothes at the last
Well, there is a solution for this!
Place clothes on a hanger and then hang it in your bathroom.
Next turn on the hot water and presto!
The stam from the hot water will steam your clothes.
You can also do this while having a shower.

If you have received a burn then you can:
Use egg whites to treat it.
You would be amazed at the results.

Tired of those bothersome squirrels digging up and eating your precious
Well then: Try putting hen manure in your plant ots and around your plants.
You can buy this at your friendly plant nursery.

Okay now, here are some very useful tips for making various sprays that will
help you to rid your garden of bugs and pests.
How to Make Organic Pepper Spray for Plants
How to Make Homemade Organic Bug Spray for Plants
How to Make Garlic Spray


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

How to Set Up iCloud on Your iPod

By Tony Bove from iPod and iTunes For Dummies, 10th Edition

iCloud synchronizes your iTunes purchases, apps, and iBookstore purchases as
well as e-mail, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, and documents on a web
server on the Internet – also known as the cloud. You can even include music
you didn’t purchase through iTunes; Apple offers the iTunes Match service
for $24.99 a year
that lets you store music you’ve ripped from CDs or purchased elsewhere.

Apple provides 5GB of free storage in your iCloud account, but iTunes
purchases – including music, apps, books, and TV shows – don’t count against
the 5GB. That means you can use the 5GB for other stuff, like documents,
calendars, contacts, and e-mail.

iCloud first makes its appearance when you set up your iPod touch: the Set
Up iCloud screen appears. After setting up your iCloud account on your iPod
touch, you can set it up on your Mac or Windows PC.

How to set up iCloud on a Mac

iCloud requires Lion (OS X version 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS X version
Setting up iCloud is easy: Open System Preferences, click iCloud, and then
click Add account. Sign in with your Apple ID or create a new Apple ID.

When you sign in to iCloud for the first time, the service automatically
configures Mac OS X Mail on your Mac to send and receive e-mail from your
iCloud account and to synchronize contacts from the Contacts application and
calendars from the Calendars application. If you already set up your iPod
touch with iCloud, automatic synchronization should already be set up on
that Mac.

To specify which iCloud services to use with your Mac,
choose System Preferences, iCloud, and then enable or disable each service
by turning them on or off.

How to set up iCloud on Windows

iCloud (including iTunes Match) requires Windows 7 or newer, or Windows
Vista; the service is not available for Windows XP users as of this writing.
You need to use Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 to sync calendars and contacts
with iCloud.

Download and install on your PC the latest version of iCloud Control Panel
for Windows, available from Apple. iCloud Control Panel for Windows is
required to set up and manage iCloud services with Windows 7 or newer, or
Windows Vista.

To set up a Windows PC to sync with iCloud or to check or change your
services, open Control Panel from the Windows Start menu and choose iCloud
Control Panel. Sign in with your Apple ID or create a new Apple ID. You can
then enable or disable each service by turning them on or off.


A Dan Thompson contribution

Myths and Reallities regarding Tornados
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Updated March 27 2014

No place in the United States (or even the world – except maybe Antarctica)
is completely safe from tornadoes. Every one of the United States has
experienced at least one documented tornado, and many states are hit
multiple times each year by a twister. A tornado may occur at any time of
day, and on any day of the year. It may hit in the middle of the night, or
in the middle of winter. However, the most common timing for a tornado is in
the late afternoon of warmer months.
Unfortunately, for most communities outside of Tornado Alley (in the central
and Midwest US), a tornado is such a remote possibility, that cities or
towns may not have warning systems in place, and few people are prepared
when a tornado does strike. However, knowing what to do in case of a tornado
warning can save your life and the lives of your family.
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Tornado Myths and Facts
“When confronted by a tornado warning, you should open all the windows in
your house to equalize the pressure.”
MYTH: This just wastes valuable time. Don’t worry about equalizing the
pressure, the roof ripping off and the pickup truck smashing through the
front wall will equalize the pressure for you.
“I live in a big city, a tornado wouldn’t hit a big city.”
MYTH: Tornadoes have hit several large cities, including Dallas, Oklahoma
City, Wichita Falls, St. Louis, Miami, and Salt Lake City. In fact, an urban
tornado will have a lot more debris to toss around than a rural twister.
A tornado approaches downtown Dallas, TX on 02 April, 1957

NOAA library page

The path of the May 3, 1999 F5 tornado that tore through downtown Oklahoma

From KFOR-TV, Oklahoma

“Tornadoes don’t happen in the mountains.”
MYTH: Tornadoes do occur in the mountains. Damage from an F3 tornado was
documented above 10,000 feet, and a hiker in the mountains of Utah
photographed a weak tornado in the mountains.
“Tornadoes may occur in the middle of the night and even during the winter.”
FACT: Although the likelihood is lower at night and during colder months,
tornadoes have caused death and destruction during these times of day and
year. Violent tornadoes, while very unlikely during the winter months, do
occasionally occur at night. When severe weather is forecast, ensure your
NOAA weather radio is on and working properly before you go to bed.
“My city doesn’t get tornadoes because it is protected by a river.”
MYTH: Many tornadoes have crossed rivers and even gone on to cause
widespread damage to riverside cities. For example, the Nachez, Mississippi
tornado of 1840
directly down the Mississippi River, killing hundreds, mostly on the water.

view the photo here:

Others have crossed large rivers without losing speed (they momentarily
became water spouts) and devastated cities that folklore had thought immune
to tornadoes. An example was the Waco, TX tornado of 1953
crossed the Brazos River, seen at this link.

or the Great St. Louis Cyclone of 1896
jumped the Mississippi River. Seen at this link.

“Tornadoes have picked people and items up, carried them some distance and
then set them down without injury or damage.”
FACT: People and animals have been transported up to a quarter mile or more
without serious injury. Fragile items, such as sets of fine china, or
glass-ware have been blown from houses and recovered, miles away, without
any damage. However, given the quantity of airborne debris, these
occurrences are the exception, rather than the norm.
“Hiding under a freeway overpass will protect me from a tornado.”
MYTH: While the concrete and re-bar in the bridge may offer some protection
against flying debris, the overpass also acts as a wind tunnel and may
actually serve to collect debris. When you abandon your vehicle at the
overpass and climb up the sides, you are doing two things that are
hazardous. First, you are blocking the roadway with your vehicle. When the
tornado turns all the parked vehicles into a mangled, twisted ball and
wedges them under the overpass, how will emergency vehicles get through?
Second, the winds in a tornado tend to be faster with height. By climbing up
off the ground, you place yourself in even greater danger from the tornado
and flying debris. When coupled with the accelerated winds due to the wind
tunnel (Venturi Effect), these winds can easily exceed 300 mph.
Unfortunately, at least three people hiding under underpasses during
tornadoes have already been killed, and dozens have been injured by flying
debris. If you realize you won’t be able to outrun an approaching tornado,
you are much safer to abandon your vehicle, and take shelter in a road-side
ditch or other low spot (see Tornado Safety

For more information on the use of highway overpasses for shelter, please
see this NWS discussion on highway overpasses

Note: If a highway overpass is your only shelter option, only consider it if
the overpass has sturdy roadway supports, next to which (at ground level)
you can take shelter. Avoid the smooth concrete, support-less spans at all
“I can outrun a tornado, especially in a vehicle.”
MYTH: Tornadoes can move at up to 70 mph or more and shift directions
erratically and without warning. It is unwise to try to outrace a tornado.
It is better to abandon your vehicle and seek shelter immediately.
“While there is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane (the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Scale only goes to
category 5), there can be an F6 tornado.”
This tornado scale can be seen here:

FACT: The Fujita Tornado Damage Intensity Scale
actually goes up to F12!
Check out the photo here:

The F12 level only begins at wind speeds exceeding Mach 1.0 (or around 738
mph at -3

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