Helpful tips for February – a bit of something for everyone

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Helpful tips for February 2020

In this issue:

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


General tips
Courtesy of the research team at

About scams:
How can you tell that a phone call is probably a scam?
Well, here are some hints.
If the call is an automated one then it is probably a scam.
If when you answer your phone there is a few seconds of no one at the end of
the line then it is probably a scammer trying to tempt you.
If you are having problems hearing the caller because they are either long
distance or have a very thick non English accent, then it is probably a

What is probably one of the worst days to visit your doctor, dentist, or
Probably on Mondays.
This appears to be one of the busiest for doctors, hospitals, and dentists!

One way to keep your sandwiches moist and fresh before serving them:
Place a damp towel over them.
This keeps them fresh and stops them from drying out.

Well, here is a very important tip for you when next making a purchase in a
foreign country.
Be sure to check to ensure that your credit card is being charged in the
correct currency.
Once you authorize your transaction and if it is not charged in the correct
currency chances of you being able to redeem the right amount are extremely

Having problems finding a reliable way to keep sending and receiving your
Then check out either a gmail or outlook user account.
These appear to be the top ways to ensure that you can keep sending and


Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

A dan Thompson contribution

Five Sounds You can Not Hear
Think you have perfect hearing? There are still plenty of sounds in the
world that you can’t detect. The low range of human hearing starts around 20
hertz, and tops out at about 20,000 [
By contrast, bats can hear ultrasonic sounds with frequencies up to 110,000
hertz . Other animals, like elephants, hear sounds many times lower
than those a human can perceive. And as people age, their hearing gets even
worse, eliminating even more sounds from the range of audible
noises. Here are just a few sounds most people are missing out on:
1. Sounds for young people
As humans age, their hearing changes. Age-related hearing loss, called
presbycusis, means that older people can’t hear some high-pitched
sounds they would have heard in their youth. Most people over the age of 18
cannot hear the 17,400 hertz tone in the video above.
2. Music designed for cats
In 2014, activists from Pussy Riot rigged an electric piano to play music
designed specifically for cats. Cats possess ultrasonic hearing, meaning
they can hear a much wider frequency of sounds than humans (or most
other mammals, for that matter) can Although people could hear portions of
the concerto
Pussy Riot
staged to protest Internet censorship,
the melody is a whole lot more complex from the feline point of view. For
what it’s worth, the cats seemed to enjoy it. Research has shown that cats
are pretty into feline-specific tunes, in general. (We have some
) found at the next link,
3. A dog-specific Beatles’ song
In the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” the band included a whistling
noise at a frequency of 15,000 hertz right after the last chord of the song,
designed to be heard by canine Beatles fans. “We’d talk for hours about
these frequencies below the sub that you couldn’t really hear and the high
frequencies that only dogs could hear. We put a sound on Sgt. Pepper that
only dogs could hear,” Paul McCartney told the BBC in 2013. (The
sound starts just after the 5-minute mark.)
4. Ultrasonic finger friction
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal
When you gently rub your thumb and index finger together, the friction
creates an ultrasonic signal The action is a useful way to test out the
function of a
bat detector
, which converts ultrasonic sound from bat
echolocation into noise humans can hear. In the book
Insects Through the Seasons
Find at this link to buy:
entomologist Gilbert Waldbauer writes that pet bats can be trained to
respond to the sound, and fly toward it.
5. Infrasonic elephant calls
distances of more than a mile.
Listen to an example of these elephant rumbles from the
Elephant Listening Project
See Also: “Nine strange sounds No One can Explain.”


In a Pinch You Can Use This for That

Everyday Cheapskate

Have you ever discovered you’re all out of a certain ingredient just when
you’re in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I
know myself well enough that I don’t want to run to the store. For me an
unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That’s just
how impulsive I can be. I’ve learned that when I’m in a pinch- I need a

NEED AN EGG: Combine two tablespoons of water, two tablespoons of flour and
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

Thicken gravy: If you’re out of flour, you can substitute pancake mix up to
three tablespoons. It works well, just don’t go over three tablespoons or
your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

breadcrumbs: Crumble 1/2 slice of bread and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers to

Baking powder: For each teaspoon of baking powder, substitute:
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, and 1/4 teaspoon

NO BUTTERMILK: Combine one cup of fresh milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

HEAVY CREAM; You can make the equivalent of 1 cup heavy cream by whisking
together 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup soft butter or margarine (for use in
cooking or baking).

HONEY: Mix 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup liquid (use the same type of liquid
called for in the recipe).

PLAIN YOGURT: Cottage cheese blended until smooth makes an excellent cup-
for-cup substitute for plain yogurt.

SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: To make the equivalent of a 14-ounce can,
pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into a blender; add 1 cup nonfat dry milk, 2/3
cup sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and a few drops of vanilla extract.
Cover and blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Use
immediately or store in the refrigerator in a covered container.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet chocolate chips can be substituted with nine
tablespoons cocoa, seven tablespoons of sugar and three tablespoons of
(this makes the equivalent of six ounces chocolate chips.

BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar can be replaced with one cup of white sugar and one
to two tablespoons of molasses, mixed. Hint: This is so much better than
commercial brown sugar, you’ll be tempted to make a permanent switch.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE: I don’t know how often, if ever, you’ve discovered you are
fresh out of chocolate mousse. But you can never be too careful about this
kind of thing. So that you are prepared for an unscheduled chocolate fix,
learn this substitute: Stir sifted cocoa powder into any a tub of any
variety Cool Whip. Now taste. Unbelievable, huh?

WHITE COOKING WINE: 1/3 cup white grape juice plus 1 tablespoon rice

RED COOKING WINE: 1 cup grape juice, 1 tablespoon strong tea, 1 tablespoon
rice vinegar*
*Not rice wine vinegar


From the pages of Donna’s diary
An unexpected challenge at a hotel

As a regular traveler I often have the pleasure of staying at hotels that
range from excellent to very good and good but with some glitches.

This is what happened to me a few months ago in 2017. After entering my
room I discovered that there was a problem. No, not with the room but with
the elevators.

You see, the very nice service desk attendant had just escorted me to my
room but when we took the elevator up he told me that not all of the
elevators had access to the same floors. Some only went as high as #6 for
instance, others went as far as #12, and the rest went to the pent house

In addition, there was no way for me as a vision impaired person to know
which elevator went to which floors. What to do?

Well, the quickest solution was for me to ask for assistance each time I
needed to get to and from my room but it was not an ideal solution. In
addition, there were no Braille labels on the buttons; just raised large

I found it to be a very strange way indeed and I can only hope that this
hotel finds a way to fix this.

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