Everybody's seen the video of Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild floating down the whitewater rapids using only a backpack as a flotation device, only wait, he's got an awfully big PFD-looking bulge under his shirt. Maybe you've heard he does all his badass stunts with tons of safety gear (like the rest of us), and that he spends the night in hotels and not on the hard ground. Maybe you think Les Stroud of Surviorman would totally stomp his ass in a cage match. Don't know what you think? Ask the Internet. Bear Wiki is the only wiki web page "dedicated specifically to claims that Man vs. Wild is fake."
The great thing about YouTube is anyone can make a video, post it, and be an instant celebrity. Movie making for the masses. The bad thing about YouTube is anyone can make a video, post it, and be an instant celebrity. We submit to you, for your viewing pleasure, one of the most useless videos we've seen. Presumably this video teaches you how to camp, providing such useful tips as:
Buy a tent for 2 people more than you really need
Pitch your tent on level ground
If camping with multiple families, maybe one family could be responsible for one meal
Use kindling to start your fire
What this video really does is turn you into a family like the Stolpas. It's scientifically proven to make you dumb. Next thing you know, you're stuck in the middle of nowhere, fighting off wolves and bears with sticks, desperately trying to call 911 on a cell phone with no signal. We'd like the four minutes of our life back that we spent watching this video so you wouldn't have to.
Been meaning to write about this for a while, but a post on the same topic on Blue Collar reminded me to throw it up. My experience with these patches, I used a box from Bell (some people think Park patches work better, but plenty of peeps still have problems with them), is that they're useless. Either the glue was old, and the Bell rep I spoke to flat out told me that it often is, or they just don't work very well. Guy over at Blue Collar obviously agrees and writes there is nothing equal to good old vulcanizing fluid to fix the tube. Only person I know that thinks glueless patches work is eBomb. And this coming from a guy that goes on a glamping bike trip once a year to Moab, where he has guys to cook him dinner and fix his flats for him. So, yes, if you only have to ride a couple of miles till your handlers can fix your tire, by all means, buy the glueless patches. If you actually have to ride your bike everyday, stick to the tried and true, and use glue. Here's a good tutorial on doing it the proper way.
"High sensation-seeking characteristics translate into curiosity, explorative urges, and openness to new experiences," says Marvin Zuckerman, Ph.D., author of Sensation Seeking and Risky Behavior.
What's more, "Women who participate in physical activity are more easily aroused, have a stronger libido, and have an improved ability to reach climax," says Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.
And with these six easy tips, it's practically done for you. Might as well pick up a box of Trojans and head on down to the climbing gym.
Cutter reminded us the other day there are a lot of bad suggestions circulating out there for how to remove ticks. He received an email recommending using a cotton ball soaked in liquid soap. We've seen suggestions ranging from vaseline to rubbing alcohol. Sure it might suffocate the tick and it could release it's grip, but more than likely it will just die embedded in your skin and then you're really screwed. Or even worse it could regurgitate fluids into your skin or bloodstream and bam....Lyme disease. All you hardy outdoor folk know the best way to remove a tick is by gently pulling. So says the FDA. So say other experts. Only problem is when the tick is located in a hard to reach place, like between your toes, where it's hard to get a good grasp of the sucker. The Trix Tick Remover uses a little adjustable lasso to remove the tick. Guy at Cool Tools has had good luck removing ticks from his pets. Visit the TRIX site for more info or Buy It for $12.50 here. Interestingly, they actually recommend twisting and not pulling:
You can do it either way but it is best to twist. Tests on more than 500 ticks has shown that if you pull, 9 of 10 ticks are damaged, if you twist 1 of 10 are damaged. The tick has a lot of barbs on its suction instrument (hypostome). The barbs and the tick´s glue will release best if you twist it away, and the risk to damage the tick is decreased. Use a good tick remover which are able to make a firm grip around the ticks mounthparts.
BEND, Ore. - Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks — and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.
With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast — he could turn a spigot, release water and rise — Couch headed into the Oregon sky.
Nearly nine hours later, the 47-year-old gas station owner came back to earth in a farmer's field near Union, short of Idaho but about 193 miles from home.
Major balls on this one. But then he's from Oregon. Don't know if it's balls or lack of brains, but both good.
I've been waiting to post this memory for years, but never really had the opportunity until today. So here goes. When I was a kid living on Kibbutz Newe Etan (yes, the same one Bob Dylan lived on) in the Northern Israel, all us kids roomed together in a big pre-school in true communal fashion. I must have been about 5 and was in the bathroom peeing into the urinal. So I'm just sitting there, doing what little boys do when they're at the urinal I guess. And from watching my boy, it's pretty much peeing in every place but the toilet. So, there I am and in walks this little girl, lets call her Shira. Shira walks up to the urinal, lifts up her dress, straddles the urinal, and pees standing up. I tell you, even at 5 years of age I knew that women pee different, but here was this little girl peeing standing up. And straight into the urinal. Unlike me. Standing there awe struck in a pool of pee, I always thought I would marry Shira. Alas, I moved away never to be reunited with my first love. You don't know how long I've carried that story around. Thanks Tom for posting about the SheWee and letting me finally write about it. It's nothing new, mind you. The Freshette has been around for years. We even have a GoLearn article Women: Peeing on a Rope and other Bodily Functions, one of our most popular for years, but usually with Germans looking for something else. The SheWee functions much the same way as the Freshette via a funnel. They just have a nicer website and perhaps better marketing. But, you know, why buy anything? If Shira could do it, why not you?
When I travel in bear country the only thing I carry for protection is a package of Hebrew Nationals. Bear charges me and my crew, I throw the Hebrew Nationals on the ground and run like hell. The bear is momentarily distracted, I get a head start down the trail, and as the saying goes, you don't have to be faster than the bear, just faster than the slowest person in your group. Only problem I find is my dwindling supply of backpacking buddies. So I'm looking for another solution, and bear spray seems a solid alternative to Hebrew Nationals. So says grizzly expert, Stephen Herrero, of the University of Calgary. He "analyzed dozens of human-bear encounters and found bear pepper spray to be 94 percent effective in deterring aggressive bears." Sucks to be the 6 percent where it didn't work, but they probably didn't follow the rules for proper bear spray protocol. Just so you don't become part of the 6 percent, here are the rules:
Says the product is made for stopping or preventing bear attacks.
Contains at least 7.9 ounces of spray.
Contains 1-2 percent capsaicin/capsaicinoids.
Can spray a minimum of 25 feet.
Has a minimum spray duration of 6 seconds, and is EPA registered.
Is immediately at hand in a belt or chest holster. It doesn't do any good in a knapsack.
Canisters smaller than this may not last long enough or spray far enough to stop a bear's charge.
So there you have it. Instead of Hebrew Nationals consider bear spray. Another public service announcement from your friends at GoBlog. Via Star Tribune.
Blah, blah, blah. I could give the spiel about ARacing, but you've heard the rants before. Listen, just because I was never good at it doesn't mean I can't throw stones. Anyway, here you go, yet another reason to waste time at work.
And now something a bit lighter while you contemplate the beast that is capitalism. Since sand is free, I'm gonna say building sand castles will remain an easily accessible sport, but to make the perfect castle still requires the skill and knowledge of a true artist. But you too can build nice castles if you avoid these common mistakes:
Mistake #1. Location, location, location The most desirable stretch of land is about 20 feet of the tide line. Farther away and the sand is too coarse and dry. You want fine sand (no shells, pebbles, weeds) with a high silt content. But too close to the water and the rising tide may wash your castle away.
Mistake #2. You did not bring the right tools Everyone remembers the buckets and shovels. But 2 very important tools are: spray bottle to keep sand damp and carve-able, and a mallet to knock the sand out of the mold. By the way, different size paper cups make great watchtowers for fending off marauding sand fleas.
Mistake #3. Weak foundation The saddest thing is to see a fine sandcastle droop lopsided because the builder did not lay a strong foundation. Use a stick and draw the castle’s base in the sand. Dig a hole down to the water table, where the sand is dark and moist. Dump a few gallons of water and let it sink in. Then add sand, more water, and pack. Repeat, sand, water, pack a few times until you have a firm, flat platform.
Mistake #4. You didn’t pack it, man! Use a mould. Add water and sand alternately inside the mould, stomping (tamping) it as you proceed. The key here is to make the sand very wet, and to compress it as tightly as possible to remove all air spaces and pockets of dry sand. A mallet is very handy to tap the base to pop the sand mold out.
Mistake #5. You ignored Feng Shui Maintaining balance is crucial. If you carve away a chunk from one side, remove an equal amount from the other. Do not attempt to complete one side at a time. Start from the top, work down, and always carve outward to retain structural integrity.