Category Archives: Trivia

Burn Remedy

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egg first aid kit

Who would have thought that egg whites would be such a miracle cure for a burn? Maybe this is some old wives tale that I never read about, but last night when my friend burnt her hand cooking us a delicious meal all she wanted was some egg white for the searing pain. At first I thought it was very random to want to use something like that to heal a burn, but after we took an emergency trip to a 24 hour pharmacy and they gave her some ointment that did not work we then stopped to pick up some eggs; lo and behold the pain stopped!

Apparently, it is an urban legend to treat a burn with egg white. I believe there was an email that went around telling people about the amazing results if you use egg whites to treat a burn. If you would like to read that email check out Egg Whites As A Burn Remedy. Maybe this is some miracle home remedy that everyone else has always known about and I am just taking in this information very late, but if you did not know now you do and luckily eggs are usually one of the staple foods people have at home. If not you might want to stop by the shops and pick up some eggs later in case of an emergency.

Please do not cook the egg whites before you apply them to the burn area! You need to separate the yolk from the egg white and then coat the affected area in the raw egg whites. The boy in the email story may not be real, but my friend who burnt her hand last night and then felt instant relief after applying the egg white to the burn, is.

ME

Burn extra calories during the day…

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With Winter fast approaching I am dreading the cold weather. I prefer to find the silver lining and hopefully this is it! There are a few additional things you could do during the day to help you burn some extra calories. I am not saying that if you do these things you will lose weight I am just pointing out that there are some healthy habits you could try out and we all know winter is the season of ‘letting oneself go’ and with all the cots and jerseys to hide it all that does seem like the obvious choice, so maybe trying to burn a few extra calories during the day will be to your advantage. As much as you want to build up your ‘warm layer’ you do not want to have to work extra hard when summer arrives to work it all off!

1. Laugh more… if you tend to sulk and walk around grumpy all day it may interest you to know that if you laughed a little more you’d burn more calories. Let’s look at it like this: real laughter can burn between 10 to 20 percent more calories so just by laughing every day for 10 minutes means you burn of an extra 10 to 40 calories a day which is 4 pounds in a year. So stop sulking and start laughing!

2. Get your butt off your chair! Standing burns nearly 50% more calories than sitting. If you need to take a call try getting up and walking around. You may lose signal, but it will be worth it! Walking/pacing can help you burn up to 45 to 50 calories in an hour so get moving!!

3. Don’t fear the cold; embrace it! You burn more calories when it’s cold. It is different for everyone and those of you who are more adapted to the cold than other’s will obviously burn fewer calories, because you will not shiver as much as someone who is super sensitive to the cold! So the cold causes you to shiver which in turn causes you to burn off them calories.

4. Choose the stairs instead! Obviously, if you work on the 48th floor the last thing you should do is take the stairs all the way, but it is a great way to burn some extra calories if you have stairs at home or at the office.

5. If you’re standing in line to calf raises! Why not get something out of standing in line… If there is a queue you might as well do some calf raises and tone your legs as well as burning a few extra calories!

If anyone else has some daily activities to help burn extra calories then please share 🙂 Sharing is caring!

ME

Don’t tell thin people they are too thin!

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Do you see people going up to fat people and saying ‘You are so fat! Maybe you should cut back on the junk food.’ Have you ever gone up to a fat person and reprimanded them for super-sizing their meals? The answer is NO. As aware as fat people are that they are fat, most thin people are aware that they are thin. There is no humiliation attached to being skinny so for some reason people do not hold back when they criticize the thin people out there. You see someone skinny and you think there is nothing wrong with going up to them and saying ‘You need to eat a burger.’  Just as you can give a fat person a complex by reminding them that they are a cow, the same goes for skinny people. You are making them aware that they may be slimmer than what is considered acceptable or you are just jealous and you try to console yourself by saying they are too skinny. There are actually people out there with fast metabolisms and even though they try to put on weight they struggle to. Some people are survival eaters.

Survival eaters are the people who eat because their body needs calories to survive and function, not because they enjoy shoveling food in as many of us do. It is not that survival eaters do not enjoy food it is just that the thought of food does not enter their minds until they are hungry. They are the people who can take two bites out of a chocolate bar and put the rest away for later. They do not salivate at the thought of food, because they do not obsess about food like so many of us do. Those people are generally the slim ones because they do not feel the need to keep eating once their body tells them they are full. There are those out there who just naturally have faster metabolisms and as much as they try to put on weight they just cannot.

You cannot always assume that someone who is slim has some sort of eating disorder. You also cannot think it is ok to approach those people who you assume have an eating disorder, because they are slim and suggest that they eat a burger. I have friends who are so self-conscious about their bodies they wear loose-fitting clothes so that people will just shut-up and leave them alone. When it comes to someone else’s body if you have nothing nice to say then just zip-it! It is the people who are insecure about themselves who try to make other people feel insecure about their bodies as well. If you are naturally slim then enjoy it and if anyone wants to tell you otherwise you can redirect them straight to my blog so they can eat their words.

ME

Reasons to AVOID alcohol!

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Why would I ruin your Friday with this? Because I know most people will just laugh it off and take out a beer to drink while they read it. For the most part I expect you to sit there with a ‘doh’ expression on your face, but if you go out tonight you will see that even though people already know this, they actually couldn’t give a flying fart. Let us begin our ‘Doh’ experience:

1. Addiction
One of the most common Reasons to Avoid Alcohol is addiction, it is the most visible effect when someone consumes alcohol in long-term.  Without alcohol, this person is always feeling anxious and nervous.  By drinking alcohol, it helps him to feel relaxed.

2. Symptoms of Withdrawal
You will experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop consuming alcohol.  These symptoms include nervousness, anxiety, vomiting, nausea, and numbness.

3. Liver Disease
This one is the most dangerous and it is one of the Reasons to Avoid Alcohol. Scar tissue on your liver is not as fun as all the drunken nights out that lead up to it. Think of it as self-inflicted hepatitis!

4. Lead to Accidents
What? Consuming alcohol can lead to accidents? Who would have thought! The over-consumption of alcohol causes a person to lose their sense of stability and slow down their thinking process, therefore, affecting their response time. Think of it as watching a rock fall towards your face and just standing there staring at it until it hits you.

5. Uncontrolled Behavior
For example, having sex without contraceptives. And you know what that leads to! Watch the Durex ads if you don’t.

6. Negative Impacts on Relationship
Aside from becoming an abusive pig you can also have stupid fights that do not even make any sense! Watch out for those crying couples who after a conversation that no one can follow, dry off their tears and continue to party! It has happened to me!

7. Depression
An acceptable amount of alcohol can help you to relax, but excessive amount of alcohol will lead to a heavy depression.  A research shows that 40% of heavy drinkers show a sign of depression. Let’s us see a show f hands for those people who drink when they feel down?

8. Dirty Hygiene
Do not pee in public places! We know men can whip it out anywhere, but when girls drink they also lose their inhibitions and I can tell you now, it is not pretty! Plus, people tend to fall all over the place and you never know what you may land in. You may not care that night, but the next morning when you smell like sewage you will not be happy.

9. Beer Goggles

Need I say more?

Have a good Friday and remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

ME

Voodoo stuff!

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Yes, I have seen the Skeleton Key and I know that the voodoo magic only worked because she believed it would work, but come on now, you cannot tell me you wouldn’t freak out if you found lizard bones strung on to a piece of thin rope in the draw of your dressing table? Who knows, someone may just have thought it would be cool to string lizard bones on to a string and leave them lying around but to me that is just plain bizarre. I suppose in Africa it is more accurate to refer to a sangoma aka witch doctor. Funny enough when I got researching I found out that lizard bones are used to ward off crime and evil spirits so it seems I should thank whoever put those bones in my bedroom. Maybe believing in such things is similar to the placebo effect with regards to medication; You may be taking a sugar pill, but if you don’t know and you begin to feel better, then maybe it is all in the mind. Still, sometimes I think if something has magic or power then it has magic or power and believing or not believing will not change a thing.

I understand that some people are skeptics and they pffffft off everything that may force them to step outside of their comfort zone and take a look at things from a different perspective. I am not saying that the tokoloshe exists or that the lizard bones will ward of evil spirits and crime, but maybe that positive energy that comes from the belief that the lizard bones ward off evil spirits and crime does play a part. You know those people who say bad things always happen to them? Well, maybe it is the energy they are putting out in to the world. It is just a thought. I am not saying your belief or disbelief in something can give it power or take power away, all I am saying is that maybe there are some things that are bigger than a simple ‘I believe.’ I know there are many people who strongly believe in the power of positive thoughts and energy. I always enjoy hearing people’s views on this subject and maybe there are some people out there who could shed some light on the whole sangoma/witchcraft approach to things. I may need to interview a sangoma at some stage and find out more because my curiosity has been sparked.

ME

Phobias…!

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We are all terrified of something! Even if you have dendrophobia, which is a fear of trees. Here is a link to a list of fears that people suffer from: http://phobialist.com/  Let me tell you there are some of the weirdest things on there but if someone is as terrified of knees as I am of bugs (all bugs, anything creepy-crawly basically that runs, flies, slides or whatever) I wold not judge them. A phobia is an extreme IRRATIONAL fear or aversion to something. If I told you I am afraid of bugs because they look ugly and they crawl over your body which terrifies me people who are not afraid of them will laugh at me like I am some kind of mental person. It would be the same for someone who tried to explain to me why they are afraid of knees, I just do not understand that, but hey, it is your IRRATIONAL fear.

I know many people laugh at others who go to psychologists, but sometimes your fear can really drive you to the edge! Yesterday I had to lay down in grass and I jumped up screaming my lungs out when I saw bugs crawling over me. Yes, I literally jumped up screaming so loud the dogs in the park ran to me, because they thought I was being attacked or something. Of course I did feel as though I was being attacked and my adrenaline was pumping while everyone else laughed at me… I am used to that. Once I had to walk through a door at night and there was a light above it so where do you think all the bugs were? To me that was a death-defying act. I would not consult a shrink about my fear of bugs, but I would consult a shrink if I was afraid of chins or something like that. I am afraid of heights as well, but I just stay away from balconies and if I go on roller-coasters it is even more terrifying yet enjoyable for me because I have even more adrenaline pumping. So I use that to my advantage.

What are you afraid of? If it is something really bizarre or not I want to know what FREAKS you out and why…

ME

KISS ME!

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It’s amazing, you type lips in to Google (images) and you get a whole load of females lips in funky colors and seductive poses. Who doesn’t love lips? There is nothing like a hot pair of lips to seduce someone so if you have them, flaunt them! This has nothing to do with lips… below you will find some kissing trivia I thought people may like to know. It is nothing life changing, but it’s something most normal people enjoy so have a read and tell me if you know anything else we should all know.

1. Both men and women’s lips resemble the lips of the vagina. Don’t try to squint top look at your lips now, you will just look cross-eyed!

2. It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing. Now that is one heck of a kiss! Has that really ever happened to anyone?

3.  The mouth is full of bacteria so when you kiss someone else just remember you are exchanging between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria. Um, YUCK!

4. Diseases which can be transmitted through kissing include mononucleosis (“kissing disease”) and herpes. It is unlikely that HIV can be contracted through kissing, although there was a case of one woman who was infected in 1997 when the woman and infected man both had gum disease. Transmission was likely through the man’s blood and not his saliva.

4. Kissing, between the bride and groom, at a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign a contract. So it is not a prelude to the wedding night people!!!

5. Kissing is good for your teeth. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath… so kiss for the sake of your teeth!!! Unless the person you are kissing has crusty teeth then kisses won’t save them, only an oral-hygienist will!

6. French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two… so do not be a lazy ass, just French kiss all the time.

7. Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. I do not understand why people are obsessed with how many calories every activity burns??!!

8. Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips! Remember that people… the lips are important! Do not ignore the lips!

9. The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705… so people have been kissing ass for a pretty long time!

10. Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss… Even left-handed people?