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Keeping Your Kids Safe

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Education, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

Child mortality rates have plummeted in the last few decades as we've become more cognizant of the potential dangers, and technology has advanced and recognized that safety is just as important as function. The warnings from a previous era are no longer adequate. do_notIt's paramount that parents recognize the dangers in their homes and make sure their kids remain safe. To that end we present these child safety tips. teddy_defender Check the closet and under the bed to be sure that there are no monsters hiding there. kidonhook When mounting the child on a wall, make sure that you use hardware that is designed for the weight of the child. girl-upsidedown Furniture should be designed to be used around children. Fully extend your drawers to be sure that the furniture won't tip over on your kid. hangdrawers Decorative hardware and drawer pulls should not have any sharp edges or your child may be in danger of falling when he's hanging from the drawer. baby_wash When you're washing your baby, don't fill the tub all the way. Always use the gentle cycle. kids_washing Encourage the kids to help with the household chores to get the job done more quickly. tvhug Soft cuddly toys are preferable to large electronic devices for play time. hallofscience Some toys are dangerous if used improperly. Young children should always use them under the supervision of someone older, preferably not an older sibling. dartaccidentfm3 Encourage sibling relationships. When one child is playing, younger brothers or sisters should always be included. hoarder1 If you let your child eat in his room, make sure he properly disposes of the containers and leftovers. knife_electric Make sure that the electrical outlets in your house are child safe by testing conduction potential. childproof_outlet The "taste test" is the most accurate way to check for lethal current. powdergirl Keep your cocaine locked up in a childproof container. overhead-kid When traveling with your child, bring along a favorite toy, and make him feel as much at home as possible. kidsleeps Make sure that your child isn't past his recommended shelf life. toilet-reading Toilet training is important for both the child's and parents' well-being. Encourage them to use it regularly by letting them entertain themselves while in the bathroom. first_drunk Eventually they'll learn to use it like a grown-up. plunger_boy Teach them to flush often or the toilet might clog. plunger_boys2 Kids learn by doing, so let them try things out until they learn to do it properly. kidtrap Toys and games should be age and size appropriate. Don't let your kids play with something that's too big for them just because you have it on hand. hsflashers Your kids' friends will have a lot of influence on them, so get to know the people they hang out with. dickisgood Learn about what they like and dislike, and try not to be too judgmental. putana Breast feeding is recommended up to a certain age, but don't smear your breasts with poison until after the babies have been fed. child_stove Including the child in the cooking process can teach him about where food comes from, and to make healthy choices. nyquil-nap Keep sugary snacks hidden so your child doesn't eat too much at one time. brownie-sleep "Special" edible treats should only be eaten by children in moderation. spiderboy Well padded furniture will increase the chance of a soft landing. kids_swim When on vacation, be sure to arrange some activities for the kids' benefit. kids_karachi Follow our simple safety tips to keep your kids happy and healthy. kid_safe
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Lending a Hand

by on Aug.16, 2011, under Health, Kids, Recreation, Technology

Matthew James, of Wokingham, Berkshire, was born without a left hand. Like a lot of other people, he was fitted with a prosthetic with a claw, but it was his dream to have a sophisticated bionic limb. What he really wanted was the i-Limb Pulse from Touch Bionics, a firm in Scotland. His family had raised some money, but nowhere near the £30,000 needed. The National Health Service only covers the cost of basic prosthetics. A Formula One racing fan, Matthew wrote to Ross Brawn, boss of F1 team Mercedes GP Petronas, asking for £35,000 to pay for a top-of-the line artificial limb. He even offered to have his hand sponsored by Mercedes in exchange for help.
Matthew was invited for a tour round the Mercedes factory, while a member of the F1 team got in touch with Touch Bionics. The two organisations agreed to share technology which is used in both the cars and the bionic arm. As part of the deal, the £25,000 fee to fit the hand and train Matthew to use it was waived. Mercedes is helping to fund-raise the rest.

Matthew said his old hand was "a simple open and close mechanism, like a claw" while the new one "has five individual motors in each finger and therefore each finger can move individually".

The arm was fitted on Friday and he is still getting used to it, but can already open jars and carry cups of tea. "Unfortunately there's one downside to it, I'm having to do more chores," he said.

Ross Brawn said: "Matthew's letter to the team was very touching. Meeting Matthew, and hearing first hand how the new device would improve his quality of life, was a pleasure and I am delighted that our initial contact has now led to such a positive conclusion."

Matthew's ultimate goal

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Fish Story

by on Aug.26, 2010, under Animals, Nature, Recreation

When the fisherman feels that tug on his line, he's hoping to reel in a beautiful tasty fish.

You never know what will take the bait.

Sometimes you get lucky.

Sometimes you go home disappointed.

You might catch something completely unexpected.

That's what happened to Bruce Chandler of Holmen, Wisconsin.  He was hoping to catch some bass with his new Ish's Phat Frog fishing lure in a Mississippi River slough near Goose Island.

A coyote leapt from the tall grass on shore, grabbed the frog lure, and held on.

"All I thought was that coyote had my $9 frog that I had just bought and I wanted it back," said Chandler, who used his trolling motor to pull the coyote into open water. "Once I got it out of the weeds and into open water, it became pretty submissive." He called a friend who helped him remove the hook from the coyote and recover his lure.  The exhausted coyote latched onto his friend's trolling motor so he used his boat to push his friend's boat to shore. "The coyote shook itself, rested a minute or so and then just walked away," Cbandler said.
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