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I learned about this via a friend’s FB post today.

I’m assuming it is against the rules to post a link to the fundraising efforts, but here is a photo of the poor girl. She’s only 3.5 years old. https://polar-ocean-4195.herokuapp.com/696d6775722e636f6d/a/oHyBYDA

I have donated as much as I can afford, since I can’t imagine the heartbreak and guilt I would be experiencing right now if this happened to one of my furry family members. Figured that getting this message out might save someone else’s cat in the future.

Below is the text of my friend’s post:

“I never thought I’d share one of these, but I love my brother and my heart is breaking for him. His cat is in a bad way after getting into some dryer sheets. She went into liver failure and needed to remove a blockage in her stomach. The medical bills racked up incrementally and quickly, and before we knew it he’s up to $7K in costs and has to daily consider wether to add another $750 to give her another 24 hours in the ICU to recover. He’s past the point of no return financially and is stretching himself to see this through. She’s made some progress and is at a critical point where she has a fighting chance to recover if we can give her a few more days of tube feeding and hospital monitoring. My family would greatly appreciate if you can pitch in a buck or two so we can get her stable enough to take home.”

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Stats are taken from: World Health Organization and https://ourworldindata.org/causes-of-death

I posted this info to help increase awareness of how important medical research is.

P.S.
Sorry for the exaggeration ("very very very"), I meant to highlight the unlikeliness of dying from any separate event not related to a disease at all (each one of those events included in that remaining 8%)

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This is apparently, judging from random comments and posts, not common knowledge.

If you suspect ANYTHING that is illegal is happening, call the people in charge of illegal activities- the police.

Not an emergency? Everywhere in the world has a non-emergency line. You don't have to call 911. Look up the local non-emergency line or store it in your phone as a contact.

Do you see someone being abused? Call the police.

Do you sort of suspect you're witnessing a crime? Call the police.

Do you see someone who needs help and wish you could help? Call the police.

Think "Someone should do something!"?

Call the police.

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Wands for Wildlife ®​ is a program started by the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge that allows you to donate your old mascara wands to be reused for removing fly eggs and larva from the fur of wild animals! All you need to do is wash them in warm soapy water, fill out and print the 1 page form on their website and mail the wands to their P.O. Box! Visit this link for more info: https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html

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Most call centres use a 5 question system. The only question that matters is "on a scale of 1 - 9 how likely are you to reccomend this company to a friend"

If you answer anything less than 6 it goes against the advisor giving them a -100 for your call. 6-7 gives the advisor a 0 and 8-9 gives that advisor a 100.

Some companies also ask "on a scale of 1 - 9 how friendly was the advisor". Managers don't look at this and it does not go against the advisor in any way. You could answer 1 for friendliness and rate 9 for recommending the company to a friend and it will make no difference.

As these surveys are random they may only get one or two that week and if an advisor gets too many -100's or 0's they will loose their job.

The best way to show your dissatisfaction with a company is to raise a complaint. If you have raised a complaint or have had previous issues with the company I can not stress enough THE SURVEY GOES AGAINST THE LAST ADVISOR YOU SPOKE TO.

So if you are not happy with the company and you were given amazing service by the advisor you spoke to, remember that the questions go against the advisor!

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Unlike pharmaceuticals that have to go through years of clinical trials and rigorous testing, medical implants are can just blow through the system using a process known as a 510(k). This process pre-approves any product that is deemed "substantially equivalent" to another product already legally approved for sale. It costs less than $5,000, requires no clinical trials, and only takes an average of 3-6 months to complete.

The problem is that “substantially equivalent” is super vaguely defined, so there are tons of potential loopholes that help facilitate the manufacture of implants that have literally never been tested anywhere down the line.

There’s a ton of information about this online, but I found this article to be most concise http://www.moriarty.com/depuy_hip_recall/Updates/What_is_the_FDA_Approval_Process/

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Should clarify that if you're experiencing pain, you should see the dentist as soon as possible. If the nerve isn't exposed and you have no pain, this can be a quick fix so you don't look like a goober. Broke off the crown on my front top tooth about an hour before a job interview and the toothpaste kept my crown on! Still attached, not sure how long it'll last but I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. Just thought I'd share.

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If you go to vote get turned away for some reason, whether it be a screw up on their end or yours, regarding a name being misspelled or a wrong address or whatever, just ask them for a provisional ballot!!!

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Get the water boiling, gently drop in the eggs and boil for exactly 10 minutes for a perfectly cooked yoke. You must then immediately put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. You will have the easiest peeling eggs ever! A chef friend taught me this and it was a game changer. There is no need to add vinegar to the water, use older eggs, end up with over/undercooked eggs, etc. This is the perfect method. Note: 7 minutes for a soft-boiled egg.

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EDIT: aww s**t 1.1k upvotes and I just now saw the typo in the title. My bad guys. I'm in grad school for math, not english.

You should know more about the major company Hubble, which is currently advertising ALL over insta and fb.

For those who don't know what they are, they are contact industry company whose biggest draw is how budget conscious they are. The contacts they offer are daily disposable, which traditionally are one of the most expensive wearing schedule options available in contacts because of the quantity manufactured compared to a 2-week or monthly lens. They offer a cancel-anytime membership at only $33 a month. Sounds like a steal right?

Heres the facts.

"Hubble daily disposable contact lenses are made from methafilcon A material by St. Shine Optical Co. with powers ranging from -0.75 D to -8.00D, a base curve of 8.6 mm, and a diameter of 14.2 mm"- taken from Optometry Times

This means their contacts only come in one shape and size, and will only work if you dont use toric lenses. This eliminates a LARGE population of contact wearers. But, as many optometrists have filed complaints against Hubble, this doesnt stop them from sending you their contacts. In most states, companies like Hubble, 1-800-contacts or Sightbox, are legally required to contact your OD to verify that the prescription you provided the company is actually the correct prescription. What 1-800 contacts does, is they call your eye doctor, and an automated message with all your information plays, and they simply have to fax back a yes or no if the information is correct. But with Hubble, they call, but they dont let the doctors have any way of stopping an incorrect rx. No phone number, no fax number, no live agents. Our office is constantly flooded with calls from hubble fulfilling prescriptions that are completely inaccurate. Hubble is not verifying your information with your doctor before giving you their product. If they can't get your rx, they have been caught just fudging your rx to a non-toric fit and to the only size they offer, and sending you the contacts anyway hoping you don't notice.

https://qz.com/1154306/hubble-sold-contact-lenses-with-a-fake-prescription-from-a-made-up-doctor/

The material they use, Methafilcon A, is not recommended by most reputable optometrists. "One very important property of a lens material is oxygen transmissibility (Dk/t). This is a measure of how much oxygen can pass through to reach your cornea, while taking into account the thickness of the lens. Hubble contacts are made with an old material called methafilcon A, which has a Dk/t of 18.8. Research shows that a Dk/t of 24 is necessary to maintain cornea integrity and avoid swelling." Taken from drclaudialee.com. so not only will you have an increased risk of swelling, but the amount of oxygen allowed to pass through the lens is that much lower than other name-brand contacts.

I have seen more than my fair share of patients coming in from wearing hubble contacts coming in with corneal neovascularization/ulcers or kerataconus due too these poorly fitting contacts.

Please please please, understand that as awesome as contacts are, they are a privilege not a right, and if you use terrible contacts, that privilege could be quickly stripped away. Doctors know contacts aren't cheap. If you need a more cost effective option, talk to you doctor. There are safer options than Hubble contacts. Plenty of brands offer a year supply of contacts for less than $33 a month.

https://drclaudialee.com/2017/02/the-truth-about-hubble-contact-lenses/

http://www.optometrytimes.com/modern-medicine-feature-articles/low-cost-contact-lens-site-looks-improve-compliance-drive-exams

Tldr; hubble uses incredibly old and out-dated material to get their prices so low, and if they dont offer contacts in your prescription they've been caught just fudging the rx to work for their product without telling the consumer.

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I'm over 30 and just found out I can vote from my couch (provided I can convince someone to walk back and forth to the mailbox for me). Here's a link showing which states offer this awesome service. Check with your state's board of elections for more info!

http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/absentee-and-early-voting.aspx

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Here's how you can get automatic coupons for almost any site. This free tool applies every coupon code to your cart until it finds the best deal.

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A couple of months ago I accused my son of watering down my body wash because it was brand new and when I went to use it, it was so watery that the only explanation in my mind was that he was playing in the shower and put some water in it.

That bottle didn’t last very long. So when I went to buy more, I decided to check out the other bottles on the shelf in the store. Almost every one of them was just as runny as the one i had bought previously. I told the store in question about this problem but I don’t think they did anything about it.

Fast forward another month or so. I buy some of my usual shampoo and when I go to use it for the first time it is also very runny. It’s not even made by the same brand as the body wash. So it lasts a short time. When I go to buy a new bottle (at a different store) I checked the bottles there. Every single bottle was watered down except for the one giant sized one with the pump on it. At the same time I needed another bottle of body wash and every single bottle of my body wash was watered down. I had to switch to a different brand just to get a quality product.

I even googled watered down body wash along with the brand name and discovered a bunch of Amazon reviews saying not to buy from Amazon because you can’t check to see if it’s watered down. So it’s not just a local problem.

I don’t know if this is just terrible quality control from these companies or if they’re doing it on purpose to make more money from their products, but it’s a real problem. And I wanted to warn everyone to check out their favorite products the next time they buy them.

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... it may be because the theater is taking shortcuts to save money. The biggest culprit for dim 2D movies seems to be leaving the 3D lens in the projector at all times.

Here is one article that addresses the problem:

http://collider.com/movie-theaters-dim-2d-projection/

Some claim that theaters purposefully dim the projector bulbs so they last longer, but others disagree, saying the bulbs don't function that way.

The biggest culprit is said to be from not swapping out the 3D lens when playing a 2D movie, causing a significant decrease in screen brightness.

It is claimed that the theaters do this because of the time and effort it takes to change lenses, as projectors may require passwords, internet security measures, and specific employee training in order to open up and perform the swapout. It is a way to cut costs with the hope that the paying audience will not notice or complain.

I personally have experienced this with virtually every movie I can remember seeing in the last several years. I still go see movies I feel I must in order to not be completely spoiled, and to be able to participate in discussions with friends while it's still a hot topic. Besides that, I am very hesitant to pay to see one in theaters because of this issue. I am not overly excessive with brightness at home, but a Bluray/4K Bluray looks so much better (clearer, more vibrant, etc.) on my LG OLED. The theater isn't even close.

I really hope this trend goes away soon, whether it's by theaters finally taking the time to swap out lenses, or by newer technology that provides simpler ways to show the film correctly.

Movie theater companies have been vague and dodgy when responding to requests for comments over this matter. Perhaps an increase in public awareness and negative attention pointed their direction would help jumpstart the solution.

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Sinks and tubs have overflow prevention drains hidden near the top of the basin and a slot under the bath stopper toggle switch, respectively. Any force applied to the drain with a plunger just comes out these holes. If you seal them up with duct tape first, you can plunge sinks and tubs as effectively as toilets and avoid wasting money on chemicals and plumbers.

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Don’t think Karma is all you need online. It’s not and your wasting time trying to farm it. Don’t waste your time farming Karma, enjoy Reddit and all their glorious posts

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For the love of all that is effing holy...it is not ass-ter-ix or ass-trix or ass-trick.  It's never been any of those.  Ever.  It's not a colloquialism or due to an accent. It's ass-ter-isk.  Ter.  Isk. 

Gradually over the last 20ish years or so it's become more and more accepted and/or believed that this is how it's pronounced, defying social strata, gender, socioeconomics, paraplegics, the sightless, albinos, longshoremen...

We can do this people...we can take it back...reverse this course.  It's a little victory but it's one we can win. Start pointing this out to your relatives...correct your manager...that kid down the street with the cleft palate. Uhhh, wait, no, actually not him...he gets a pass. He's it though, everyone else, no mercy.

Ass.

Ter.

Risk.

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Just to clarify, the Apple earbud functions are only compatible with Apple devices.

Most people know that one quick tap pauses and resumes music, and two quick taps skips the current song.

Tapping three quick times will start the current song from the beginning, and if it is within the first few seconds of the current song, the same function sends you back to the previous song.

It’s much more convenient than taking your phone out for going back in your playlist.

Happy listening!

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A company called Federal Pacific Electrical developed a style of residential electrical load center and circuit breaker called 'Stab-Lok'. These had a fatal design flaw that can cause the panel & breakers to overheat and cause a fire. In short, they sometimes jam instead of tripping, fail to do their job to trip when the circuit is overloaded, potentially causing a fire. They got their UL certification with falsified documents and are unsafe. It is good practice to replace any and all Stab-Lok panels immediately, even if they show no signs of failure, wear, or damage, because the issue is a design flaw. They can exhibit the issue without warning and cause a major fire.

Almost 3000 homes fires occur each year due to Stab-Lok breakers and panels. They were never recalled due to a nasty hiccup in the bureaucratic process. You can read more about this regulatory whole train wreck in the links below.

  • You can tell if your panel is affected by the brand. If it says FPE, Federal Pacific, Federal Pioneer, Zinsco, or 'Stab-Lok' anywhere on it, you should be concerned. Certain products sold by Schneider Electric in Canada are also affected. There are other, less common brands that are affected. If you're not sure, Google the brand. If it says Square-D, Cutler-Hammer, Eaton, GE, Siemens, or other brands of load centers, the panel isn't affected by this particular issue.
  • Breakers working satisfactorily for a number of years without issue means nothing. Any Stab-Lok breaker can exhibit the defect at any time and burn your house down.
  • Knowingly keeping a Stab-Lok panel in service could have ramifications for home insurance purposes if the panel causes a fire.
  • Some electricians are aware of the issue, some are not. Do your own research instead of relying on a single electrician's opinion, especially ones who did a pre-sale inspection paid for by the seller of a home or were not working in the industry in the early 80s when this issue came to light.
  • Replacing just the breakers is not a proven or likely method to reduce or eliminate risk, as the issue was a design flaw from the beginning. There are no breakers available that fit Stab-Lok panels that hold a valid (non-falsified) UL rating. Do not attempt to test the breakers by overloading, as this is can cause a fire in a location you cannot get to.

Go look at your breaker box. If it bears any of the brands above, call in an electrician to confirm your assessment of origin and get a quote on replacing your panel. If you do have a Stab-Lok panel, be wary of any electrician that recommends alternatives other than complete replacement- you'll probably only hear this from inexperienced ones. Replacement isn't cheap, but a home fire can ruin (or end) your life.

If you cannot afford to replace an FPE panel right away, check your smoke detector batteries and start saving.

Sources:

A home inspector's analysis

An electrical contractor's take

WaPo article

Details on the defect from Inspect-a-pedia

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YSK when driving in America, the middle lane is for turning. IT IS NOT FOR MERGING! This is why it is called the 'Turning Lane'

DO: Use the middle lane to turn onto another street or into a parking lot.

DON'T: Use the middle lane to turn OUT of a parking lot to merge into traffic.

To merge with traffic when pulling out of a parking lot, turn into your lane directly. Do NOT use the middle lane to merge! This is a risk to oncoming traffic using the turn lane properly and a danger to traffic pulling into the turning lane behind you.

Stop doing this! Learn to drive!

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(edit) *Title should say "way" instead of "why"

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html

https://vimeo.com/196436492

With cold and flu season coming up it is important to know how to properly cover your cough or sneeze (it may not be as common knowledge as you think!) All too often people cough directly into their hands and inadvertently spread germs when they touch things. I see it on a regular basis and was even hollered at by a gentleman to "cover your cough!" when I coughed into my arm instead of my hand. Even if you already know this you can help prevent the spread of germs by politely informing someone the proper way to cover a cough if you are around a person who coughs into his or her hand.

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I was recently looking at condos on Zillow.com as I live with my parents and plan on moving out sometime but I was just looking. I wanted to ask a question on a property and it makes you enter in all your contact info. A couple weeks later and even 6 months later I am being bombarded by sales calls for people wanting to by my house that I don’t have, to roofing companies wanting to roof my house to finance companies wanting me to refinance, etc I am getting at least 5 sales calls a day it’s non stop I’ve never had this problem before. Zilliow will will sell the shit out of your information.

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