I've never heard about this medical condition before, but after extensive research - okay, I Googled it - it seems like there might be something to it.
It's called phytophotodermatitis. Here's the clinical explanation:
Phytophotodermatitis (PPD) is a cutaneous phototoxic inflammatory eruption resulting from contact with light-sensitizing botanical substances and long-wave ultraviolet (UV-A 320-380 nm) radiation. The eruption usually begins approximately 24 hours after exposure and peaks at 48-72 hours.The phototoxic result may be intensified by wet skin, sweating, and heat.
According to other sources, it's caused by lime juice being dripped on your skin followed by your body's later exposure to sunshine.
So, if you happen to be drinking a margarita at the beach, and you spill it on yourself, the next day, you could wind up with phytophotodermatitis.
From all accounts, it looks and acts nasty - sort of like poison ivy, but caused by the unlikeliest of produce.
There's a lesson to be learned here, people. From now on, margaritas in sippy cups!
So a woman is sitting next to her hubby at a baseball game, (allegedly) sexting another man when a pair of young ladies over her shoulder figure out what's going on.
It's the Braves versus the Dodgers on the field, but in the stands, it's Upright Citizens versus Lying Hoe.
That's the characterization of the Upright Citizens, by the way, not mine.
Their names are Brynn and Delana Hinson, and when they saw what was going on, they snapped some pix of the explicitexts.
Not only that, they wrote a note to the hubby on the night's player roster that read:
"Your wife is cheating on you. Look at the messages under Nancy! [It's] really a man named Mark Allen. There [are] pictures on my phone. [I]f she has deleted the messages... Sorry, just thought you should know!"
That was Delana, and she even gave the guy her phone number. They say he called for the pix later on.
Austin Water is currently in Stage 2 Water Restrictions. This means the amount of water in lakes Travis and Buchanan have fallen below a minimum supply level. Water is a limited resource. Remember to adjust your automatic sprinklers or manual watering times based on your address. Click here!Here's another way to conserve water when it comes to your lawn. Thanks to Shannon / PA for sending this heads up! Besides having a lack of water supply in Texas, nationwide and even worldwide, water quality is an issue too. The month of August is dedicated to getting the word out about improving water quality.
Did you know we're in the tailend of the International Decade of 'Water For Life'?
"Declining water quality has become a global issue of concern as human populations grow, industrial and agricultural activities expand, and climate change threatens to cause major alterations to the hydrological cycle. Globally, the most prevalent water quality problem is eutrophication, a result of high-nutrient loads (mainly phosphorus and nitrogen), which substantially impairs beneficial uses of water. Major nutrient sources include agricultural runoff, domestic sewage (also a source of microbial pollution), industrial effluents and atmospheric inputs from fossil fuel burning and bush fires. Lakes and reservoirs are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of eutrophication because of their complex dynamics, relatively longer water residence times and their role as an integrating sink for pollutants from their drainage basins. Nitrogen concentrations exceeding 5 milligrams per litre of water often indicate pollution from human and animal waste or fertilizer runoff from agricultural areas." More 411 here.
There are things you can do to help w/ the quality of used water coming from your home/business through 'Clean Water Action' "About half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coastline where runoff flows quickly to the ocean. This is why watershed protection — attention not only to the body of water but the area that drains into it — is important. The Environmental Protection Agency, which reports that 40 percent of the nations waterways suffer water quality problems, has a detailed watershed database, which allows users to locate which watershed they live in and learn about how polluted it is and what actions they can take to protect their regional water quality.
Clean Water Action offers a succinct but thorough factsheet on what individuals and families can do to prevent water pollution from their homes, including:
not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products
not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain
not putting anything but water down storm drains
fixing leaks that drop from cars and putting liners in driveways to collect oil and other materials
avoiding using pesticides or chemical fertilizers
choosing nontoxic household products when possible
Scientists came to the rescue in a MacGyver sort of way last week to save a nine-year-old killer whale found stranded on some rocks on the coast of British Columbia.
They think the orca got caught at low tide chasing a seal, and was unable to get back into the water.
According to The Daily Mail:
"The group designed what it called a 'MacGyver type water pump' to keep the animal from drowning, and ultimately were able to keep the nine-year-old mammal alive until high tide freed her that evening."
Pretty amazing stuff. Here's the video of the whale swimming free...