How to Survive in the Wild

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Have you ever gotten lost in the woods with no one with you with no tools? Probably not, and I commend you if you have. But if you answered no, you might want to read on.

The first thing you want to do if you get lost in the woods is to call for help. Hey, you never know if someone will hear you.

Next you will want to take care of three essential things that a human needs to survive: food, water, and shelter.

The first of those three things is shelter. Try to make at least a small covering out of sticks (if you have rope, that would greatly help) to protect you from the elements.

Second is water. Water is the number 1 thing you want to have if you are lost in the wild. To find water in the wilderness, you would want to head downhill, rain water will run downhill. If you can not find water, don’t give up, if you see any animal, they have to drink also. You could dig down deep to find water too. You will want to make a fire to purify your water, but more on that later. Heres a small tip, try not to drink from a still pond to avoid parasites.

The third essential thing that a human needs to survive is food. In order to know if a wild berry is poisonous, first, smell it. If it smells like peaches or almonds, it is probably poisonous. Next, test it on your skin, if it tingles or get’s a rash don’t eat it. After that, place it on your lips, if it starts to burn, it is most likely poisonous.

After you take care of those, you have to make a fire. Gather small sticks to get the fire started, then get bigger sticks, then get big logs to keep the fire going. Put the small sticks in a little pile. To light that pile faster, you can add highly flammable substances such as birch bark and orange peels. To light it, if you have an orange, peel it, then put a rock in the center of the peel and take a stick and rub it against the stick, the peel will catch on fire for a while. If you don’t have an orange, bend a stick and tie a shoelace around each end to make sort of a bow looking thing. Then twirl a stick in it and rub it, it will make friction, which will eventually make a spark.  Continue reading

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Life

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Everyone wants to be happy, and you are happy if you are healthy, and you are healthy if you are happy!  So the question is, how do you stay healthy? Well here are 7 tips to have a healthy, happy life.

1. Get a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to having a healthy life. A good night’s sleep can help you learn things, live longer, be more creative, and leading into the next tip, reduce your stress.

2. Reduce your stress. We all have stress, and we all know that stress can be, well, stressful. Stress can make you worried, sad, see only negatives, and have nausea. To avoid stress you can practice positive thinking, don’t procrastinate, and just take a breather.

3. Listen to music. Listening to music can really relax you. Music can also help you find your happy place where you are at peace with everything.

4. Read. Similar to music, reading can help you relax and figuratively transport you to another (hopefully stress-free) universe.

5. Eat dessert! Dessert is a small but very important part of being happy. If you think that you can’t eat that chocolate cake because you think you would look fat, then you’re wrong. When you eat dessert you’re happy. And trust me, you will be more fat when you aren’t happy then when you are.

6. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine! Laughing can take your mind off of things and can let you have just a really fun time.

7. Relax.Sometimes, in this chaotic world of ours, we forget to just take a breather. Relaxing can just calm you down until you experience true happiness, which is the best feeling of all.

I hope this list will help you become a happier and healthier person. Continue reading

Contacts vs. Glasses

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Today, we will answer the age-old question (since 1948) which is better, contact lenses or glasses!

Not many people think this is a big deal, but if you are one of the millions like me, who are as blind as a bat without glasses, this is a huge part of our lives.

But to fully understand the universe behind contact lenses, we must take a look at their history.

The idea for contact lenses was thought up by Leonardo Da Vinci (who else would think of sticking pieces of glass in your eyes?)

The first physical model was made about 300 years later. They were basically glass bowls that completely covered your eye. As you might have guessed, they didn’t necessarily become the latest trend.

The next milestone in the world of contact lenses was when William Feinbloom combined glass and plastic to make a lighter type of contact lenses, which were a vast improvement to thick chunks of glass on your eye.

And finally in 1959, two Czech chemists named Otto Wichterle and Drahoslav Lim created the contacts that we know and love today.

Similarly, to understand glasses, we must delve into their history also.

No one really knows who invented glasses, but we think they were thought of during 1268 through 1289 AD.

We do know for a fact that the earliest ones were made of quartz often set in a bone frame. Talk about being as solid as a rock! (Please excuse the bad pun.)

And we all have heard the story of how Benjamin Franklin created spectacles. He cut his reading and distance glasses in half and smelted them together so he wouldn’t have to keep switching pairs of glasses. What people will do to avoid getting up!

So, which is better?  Continue reading