Mosquito season is in full swing. Here are four things that can help if you find yourself covered in bites this summer . . .
- Take a Benadryl. At the core, you’re dealing with an allergic reaction. So it can help with the itching. It’s probably overkill if you only have one or two bites though.
- Put toothpaste on them. Calamine lotion is better. But toothpaste can help with the itching too. And it’s a good solution if you’re out camping and can’t get to a store.
- Put aloe on it. It helps with the itching and swelling, and also helps them heal. Apparently aloe from the actual plant works better than the sunburn stuff.
- Treat them with salt water. Or really, salt PASTE. Pour a little bit of water on the bite, just to get it wet. Then rub some salt on there. It might sting at first, but it should help with the itching.
There are also a few things you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home. And they all have to do with standing water. Clean your gutters out . . . fill in any holes in your yard . . . and get rid of anything else that might collect water. Like if you have a wheelbarrow, make sure you store it upside down.
(Lifehacker / MosquitoMagnet.com)
As Americans, we take our food SERIOUSLY. So we develop pretty strong opinions on the right way to eat some of the key staples of our diet.
A new survey asked people to weigh in, once and for all, on some of the ULTIMATE food arguments. Here’s what it found . . .
1. Should pizza be eaten with a knife and fork, or your hands? 92% say hands.
2. Should ketchup be used on eggs? 73% say no.
3. Which are better: Soft-shell tacos or hard-shell tacos? 64% say soft shell.
4. Is mayo a good condiment? 66% say yes.
5. And should mac-and-cheese be eaten with a fork or a spoon? 75% say fork.
Blurred Lines (Official Video) by T.I. & Robin Thicke & Pharrell on VEVO.
Billboard.com has put together a list of ‘The 100 Biggest Summer Songs of All Time.’ To do it, they looked at the most popular songs from Memorial Day up through Labor Day, for every year from 1959 to 2016.
Then, they ranked them based on each song’s chart performance on the Hot 100. So, there was a bunch of calculation involved, and no personal preferences. This list is 100% MATHEMATICALLY SOUND! (???)
Here’s the Top 20:
- “I’ll Be Missing You”, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112, 1997
- “The Boy Is Mine”, Brandy and Monica, 1998
- “Tossin’ and Turnin'”, Bobby Lewis, 1961
- “Blurred Lines”, Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell, 2013
- “Every Breath You Take”, The Police, 1983
- “We Belong Together”, Mariah Carey, 2005
- “I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, Andy Gibb, 1977
- “When Doves Cry”, Prince & the Revolution, 1984
- “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, Bryan Adams, 1991
- “Alone Again (Naturally)”, Gilbert O’Sullivan, 1972
- “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, The Rolling Stones, 1965
- “Hot in Herre”, Nelly, 2002
- “Bad Girls”, Donna Summer, 1979
- “Roses Are Red (My Love)”, Bobby Vinton, 1962
- “I’m Sorry”, Brenda Lee, 1960
- “In the Year 2525”, Zager & Evans, 1969
- “Eye of the Tiger”, Survivor, 1982
- “Lonely Boy”, Paul Anka, 1959
- “Umbrella”, Rihanna featuring Jay Z, 2007
- “Crazy in Love”, Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, 2003
(Billboard.com has the whole Top 100)
This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill.
ZIMA . . . yes, Zima . . . is back, baby!
MillerCoors just announced that they’re bringing back Zima from the grave for a limited time. It’ll go on sale July 4th weekend.
Zima debuted back in 1993 and eventually made up 1% of the American alcohol market . . . but its popularity faded and it was discontinued in 2008.
A spokesman from MillerCoors says they’re bringing it back because, quote, “’90s inspiration is everywhere, from food to fashion and more . . . it’s clear the decade has made a comeback.”
But he also says that once this run of Zima sells out, the dream is over . . . they won’t be making any more.
(ABC 5 – Cleveland)
Someone had a bunch of teenagers explain how to be “cool” on social media. Here are seven rules to follow . . . and none them are about Facebook, because teens just don’t care. Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat are where it’s at.
1. Pay attention to your “following” to “followers” ratio. You should have at least twice as many followers. So if you’re following a ton of people, delete them.
2. Only use hashtags ironically. Don’t use them for any other reason. And stop saying “Throwback Thursday.” Apparently it’s lame now.
3. Make your videos short, and don’t post too many. Like if you’re at a concert, don’t post 30 photos and videos to the same Snapchat Story. It’s annoying and lame.
4. Don’t post boring photos where you’re just sitting around or lying in bed. Only post photos on Instagram and Snapchat when you’re out doing something fun.
5. Don’t end your posts with a ton of emojis. The max before you seem lame is three emojis per post.
6. Stop posting photos of food. You can do it every now and then, but not too often.
7. Don’t post a ton of selfies. It makes you look like you have no friends.
A bunch of donut places are giving out FREE DONUTS for National Donut Day today. You can get a free donut at participating Krispy Kreme locations. You don’t even have to buy anything. (Find the closest participating location here.)
You can also get a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts if you buy a drink. (Check out a few more donut deals here.)
It’s not just a made-up holiday to sell donuts though. The Salvation Army started it in 1938 to honor a group of women who handed out donuts to soldiers in World War One to boost morale. So it goes back about 80 years. Now you know.